Articles Tagged With ‘Politics’




Schwarzenegger ponders run for EU president

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who effortlessly transitioned  from Hollywood film stardom to California governor, could have his sights set on a new job as next head of the European Union.[YahooNews] The Austrian-born former body builder, 63, at loose ends as he tries... (Continue reading)

This open government week is a call to arms

Opinion By Richard P. McKee Our Founding Fathers, revered for their courage and determination, knew far too well the nation they were creating was only an experiment; that persistence lay ahead if the people’s government was to survive.  They openly... (Continue reading)

Nation rebuilding starts at home

OPINION By Roger Freberg - Around the world there are plans, strategies and formulas for nation rebuilding. Some of the basic questions are best addressed by setting priorities, not so much for what we want as for what is really needed.... (Continue reading)

State probe casts a shadow on new San Luis Obispo mayor

A three-year state investigation into the funneling of cash and gifts to the campaigns to stop Ernie Dalidio’s proposal to develop his San Luis Obispo farmland has revealed that the city’s newly elected mayor, Jan Marx, was part of the... (Continue reading)

Laird appears headed back to Sacramento

Former Democratic state Assemblyman John Laird, who lost last summer’s special state Senate election to Republican Sam Blakeslee, is expected to play a pivotal role in the new Jerry Brown administration. [Mercury News] Laird, 60, who also served as mayor... (Continue reading)

Tom O’Malley is Atascadero’s new mayor

The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Tom O’Malley as the city’s next mayor. In November, voters approved the election of future mayors. Councilmember Bob Kelley was selected as Mayor Pro Tem.... (Continue reading)

Why Lois Capps is worried

California House Democrats, including veteran representative Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara), are likely to face serious challenges to their long-held seats in the upcoming 2012 election. [North County Times] The reason: Changes in California’s election code and political boundaries make the... (Continue reading)

Kevin McCarthy, Young Gun

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) may be 45, but he clearly considers himself to be a “Young Gun” when it comes to national politics. McCarthy, whose district includes parts of San Luis Obispo County, and two other conservative Republicans have co-authored... (Continue reading)

Pinnacles to be California’s new National Park?

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) introduced legislation Thursday designed to elevate Pinnacles National Monument to a National Park. [LA Times] The 26,000 acre parcel of land, located near Soledad, is a nesting place for the endangered California condor. Hikers and naturalists... (Continue reading)

Term limits made things worse, many backers now say

Twenty years ago, California enacted the toughest term limits law in the nation, but today, many of those original supporters now regret their decision. [Mercury News] “Of all the mistakes I’ve made in public life, the one I regret most... (Continue reading)