from The Great Debate:

The most expensive political contest in California is for an office nobody’s heard of

By Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Douglas Jeffe
November 3, 2014

A woman inserts her ballot into an intake machine at a polling station during the U.S. presidential election in Los Angeles

On Tuesday, California may not have a suspenseful governor’s race, but the contest for an obscure state education post has attracted an astonishing amount of outside money and turned into a high-stakes test run for the 2016 presidential campaign.

from Alison Frankel:

Artist royalties case asks en banc 9th Circ.: Can Calif. regulate whole U.S.?

By Alison Frankel
October 31, 2014

On Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the court needs to convene en banc to decide whether California's Resale Royalties Act -- which grants California fine artists a small percentage of the revenue from resales of their work -- runs afoul of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Resale royalties for artists, who otherwise receive no reward from works that have skyrocketed in value since their original sale, is an interesting question in and of itself: Though nearly 80 countries around the world grant artists a piece of the proceeds from such sales, California is the only state in the United States with a resale royalties law. But there's much more at stake in this appeal than money for artists. The 9th Circuit took the case en banc to resolve a conflict in its previous rulings on California laws that affected out-of-state businesses. The court's decision in the resale royalties case will shape California's ability to extend its regulations beyond state lines.

from Photographers' Blog:

Inside the prison actors studio

October 21, 2014

Norco, California
By Mario Anzuoni

Recently I was granted access inside a California state prison to photograph the Actors’ Gang Prison Project final presentation. The project is funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and aims to rehabilitate inmates through the arts.

from Breakingviews:

Hedge-fund-free – the latest Californian fad?

September 16, 2014

By Richard Beales

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

You can’t blame immigrants for gun violence

By Mike Males
July 24, 2014

A pile of handguns are placed in a trash bin after they were surrendered during a gun buyback program in Los Angeles, California

The eruption of anti-immigrant fury over the federal government’s plans to temporarily relocate undocumented Latino children to shelters and Border Patrol facilities in Murietta, California, and other cities, is largely founded on the expressed belief that immigrants bring drugs and crime, threatening the safety of communities.

from The Great Debate:

Why is the West betting against climate change?

By Richard Schiffman
May 19, 2014

The Las Pulgas Fire is seen burning near military structures at Camp Pendleton, California

With wildfires ravaging San Diego County, this year’s fire season is getting off to an early -- and destructive -- start.

from MuniLand:

California’s housing crisis hit local government revenues

By Cate Long
May 6, 2014

California

California’s real estate market experienced some wild swings that pushed housing prices up faster than anywhere in the nation before plummeting in response to the financial crisis. Local government revenues rode the same boom-bust cycle.

from The Great Debate:

The bill for climate change is coming due

By Richard Schiffman
March 27, 2014

Americans have just endured one of the coldest winters in memory, so global warming may not be on their radar. But a new U.N. panel report has just refocused the public debate on a problem some scientists call the greatest threat facing the world.

from The Great Debate:

Corporate tax reform: California points the way

By Bill Parks
February 10, 2014

The arcane, outdated and inefficient U.S. corporate tax code is costing our country jobs, factories, industries and tens of billions of dollars of badly-needed tax revenue each year.

from The Great Debate:

Twitter use on the rise in #statecapitals

By Grover G. Norquist and Patrick Gleason
January 7, 2014

Twitter’s November initial public offering has been a success for the company’s founders and early investors. This reflects the market’s optimistic view of the company’s profit-making potential. For Twitter has transformed much of daily life -- including how we get our news, communicate with others and participate in public discourse. (In fact, many media outlets now factor in what is trending on Twitter when covering news stories.)