No Evidence That Prop 46 Will Affect Community Clinics' Services

By J.G. Preston

Consumer Attorneys of California

Proposition 46, the patient safety initiative on California’s November ballot, would adjust the state’s 39-year-old cap on compensation for non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases to give it the same economic value it had when it was enacted in 1975 (it has not changed since). “Non-economic damages” are awarded as compensation for such harm as the loss of limbs, brain damage, ongoing crippling pain, or the death of a child, just to name a few.

Marijuana Legalizers Should Move Debate Forwards, Not Backwards

By Mike Males

Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice

At a time when California's spectacular success in reducing marijuana arrests ranks second best in the entire country, supporters of legalizing marijuana can contribute to further progress by jettisoning obsolete arguments that create unwarranted fears of young people.

Why We Support Prop 45: Our Health Insurance Premium Went Up Over 1,300%

By Josh Libresco

I have a wife and two children. My daughter just finished her freshman year in college; my son is in high school. I have lived in California for most of my life, and have worked in marketing research most of my career. I spent the first 20 years of my career working for larger companies, but in 1997, I went off on my own. My health care was covered under COBRA for a while, and I started an individual (family) policy with Anthem Blue Cross in 1998 paying $151 each month for a plan with no deductible and a $10 co-pay for office visits.

Big Oil Brown Greenwashes His Legacy at UN Climate Summit

By Dan Bacher

Jerry Brown, one of the worst governors for fish, water and the environment in California history, spoke to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City Tuesday in a cynical attempt to greenwash his deplorable environmental record.

During his U.N. address, Governor Brown touted California’s controversial carbon trading policies as an example of "innovative climate strategies."

“The California story is a very hopeful one,” Brown gushed. “It’s a story of Republican and Democratic governors pioneering innovative climate strategies. It’s not been easy, it’s not without contest, but we’re making real progress."

Brown Holds Big Lead—Majorities Support Water Bond, Measure to Ease Crime Penalties

By Public Policy Institute of California

Jerry Brown holds a 21 point lead over Neel Kashkari among likely voters in the governor’s race, and there is majority support both for a state water bond and a proposition that would reduce penalties for some drug and property offenses. Likely voters are more divided on two other statewide ballot initiatives, one that would establish a budget stabilization account—or rainy day fund—and another that would give the state insurance commissioner authority over changes in health insurance rates.

These are among the key findings of a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.

Agribusiness Welfare Makes Water "Scarce" In California

By George A. Miller

How would you like to have a 90-year, interest free mortgage, with no principle payments for the first 50 years? If you are fortunate enough to be one of more than 270 federal water contractors in California - that's the deal.

It has become gospel truth: "Water is a scarce resource in California." But the gospel is a deception sustained by years of governmental interference in the basic laws of supply and demand.

Governor's May Revise Spotlights Medi-Cal Enrollment, But Includes No New HHS Restorations

By Anthony Wright

Health Access

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his May Revision of the State Budget for 2014-15, by trumpeting the strong and successful effort to cover more Californians in Medi-Cal coverage.

“This is good news for California,” he started, referring to a $2.4 billion more in revenues since the January budget, before indicating how the money would be spent. But the Governor did not propose new investments, restorations, or commitments in health and human services in this budget, but rather pointed to the increased Medi-Cal enrollment as where the added revenues are already going.

Soda Tax Myths: Do All Foods Really Fit in a Healthy Diet?

By Dana Woldow

Saturated fat will kill you - wait, no it won't. A big glass of orange juice is a healthy way to start the day - or maybe not. It feels like every week brings some new revelation that turns formerly gospel food wisdom on its head. Nutrition is an emerging science, and as more is learned about how our bodies process what we feed them, consumers can feel overwhelmed trying to figure out what they should be eating.

That's why many people rely on registered dietitians (RDs) for nutrition advice they can trust. Often, the advice they receive is that there are no "good" or "bad" foods, and that all foods can fit in a healthy diet; that's what RDs are taught in school.

Big Oil Spokesman Admits Water Use Will Rise with Expanded Fracking

By Dan Bacher

Oil and gas industry representatives constantly like to talk about the “small amounts” of water that the industry currently uses in fracking operations in Kern County and coastal areas of California.

However, on April 28, Tupper Hull, spokesman for the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and former press spokesman for the Westlands Water District, admitted in an interview on National Public Radio (NPR) what the anti-fracking community has known for a long time: Once they figure out how to make the Monterey Shale economically viable, the water usage will ramp up significantly.

Here is a partial transcript of Lauren Sommer’s interview with Hull, courtesy of the Stop Fracking California State Facebook page:

Prop 8 Resentment Lingers in District Attorney Race

By Dan Aiello

In California's Capitol, the County District Attorney's race is open for the first time in two decades with the announced retirement of Jan Scully.

One of the candidates, Anne Marie Schubert, the gay sister of the architect of California's notorious anti-gay marriage ballot initiative, Proposition 8, is running as a conservative law and order candidate endorsed by every major law enforcement association and correctional officer's union.

Public records show both Schuberts are registered as Republicans, while the candidate's two opponents, Maggy Krell and Todd Leras, are registered Democrats.