California Just Wrapped Up a Pivotal Legislative Session

By Rowan McGarry-Williams (PO ’21) Since the 2016 election, California has positioned itself as a site of resistance against the Trump administration. Trump’s recent revocation of California’s authority to set strict auto emissions standards is only the latest escalation in a lengthy conflict, as state Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed over 50 lawsuits against…

California Prop 47’s Unintended Consequences for Drug Court Programs

By Kimberly Tuttle (CMC’19) On November 4, 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, “The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.” The initiative reduces certain drug possession felonies to misdemeanors. It also requires misdemeanor sentencing for petty theft, receiving stolen property and forging bad checks when the amount involved is $950 or less. It was intended to…

CA Governor Newsom Combats Trump’s Border ‘Emergency’ in First Weeks of Office

By Savannah Green (CMC ’20) On the evening of February 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his State of the State speech and defied Trump on border security, criticizing the “border emergency.” As seen in the news throughout Trump’s presidency, the president has large plans to build a wall along the border between Mexico and…

What California’s Decision to Abolish Cash Bail Means For The State’s Criminal Justice System

By Kimberly Tuttle (CMC ’19) California Governor Jerry Brown approved legislation on August 28, 2019 that will abolish California’s cash bail system, effective October 2019. In a statement to the public, Brown said “California reformed its bail system so that rich and poor alike are fairly treated.” Cash bail has been a controversial issue in…

Is the Effort to Split California Into 3 States Futile?

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) The past year saw the rise and fall of California Proposition 3 (Cal 3), an initiative proposing to split California into three states. Sponsored by venture capitalist Tim Draper, it aimed to divide California into three: Northern California, Southern California, and California. Although Cal 3 gained enough voter signatures to…

Green Leadership on the Golden Coast

By Kaela Cote-Stemmermann (SCR ‘18) Interview Editor Over the past year, the Trump administration has continually rolled back the climate policies passed by the Obama administration. From repealing Obama’s Clean Power Plan that reduced pollution from coal-fired power plants,1 slapping trade barriers on imported solar equipment,2 to withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, the present administration…