Why Does PG&E Get to Decide When to Turn Off the Power?

Will lawmakers de-energize PG&E’s power to shut off the juice when the Red Flag warnings start flying again next year?

Jerry Brown Signed $1 Billion in Wildfire Prevention—and None of It Applies to This Year’s Fires

Many provisions of Senate Bill 901 have not yet taken effect, and even when they do, will impact the state gradually.

The Year in Preview: Important Local Issues to Watch in 2018

There’s no telling the future, but here we give you some cursory predictions about a handful of local issues.

California Enacts New Law Prompted by Brock Turner Case

A new law spurred by the Brock Turner case mandates state prison time for those convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim.

State Leaders Past, Present Honor John Vasconcellos

California’s political elite, including Gov. Jerry Brown, turned out in mass Wednesday at the State Capitol to honor the late former State Sen. John Vasconcellos. “John always believed people were born good,” Brown said. “I have a darker view.”

Rules to Consider Bill that Limits Nonprofit Political Spending

A gut-and-amend state Senate bill that would restrict nonprofits from spending taxpayer cash for political purposes has elicited opposition from K-12 and community college associations, various local governments—including San Jose—and the nonprofits that get money from them. That and more at Wednesday’s Rules and Open Government Committee meeting.

Rules Committee to Discuss Enterprise Zones, Willow Glen Trestle

Since their advent in the mid-80s, enterprise zones have sparked economic development. But, in some cases, these geographic areas that provide companies a litany of tax breaks have also granted corporations a chance to game the system. Two competing bills in the state legislature could either eliminate these zones or modify their scope. On Wednesday, San Jose’s Rules and Open Government Committee will consider taking a stance on the bills, as well as discuss the future of the Willow Glen trestle.