State of Affairs: Assembly Speaker Rendon threatened, blue California could be seeing red

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two” interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about California politics, including resistance to state health care bills, a bill to increase transparency for campaign ad spending and the impact of the Democratic Party’s supermajority. Listen to interview here

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The Demise of California Redevelopment Law, and the Repackaging of Tax Increments for California Municipalities

originally posted on PUBLICCEO, March 24, 2015 On June 28, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that effectively dissolved all California Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs). Through the California Redevelopment Association and the League of California Cities, local governments challenged the constitutionality of the two laws (ABx1 26 and ABx1 27) at the California…

A Game of Drones

Much better known as a controversial U.S. military strategy to target members of insurgent groups across the world in the expansive “War on Terror,” drones are now creeping into domestic policy conversations around policy, privacy, and governance. Earlier this week, revelations surfaced about the use of drones by the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department for…