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Jury selection targeted - law would cut allowed challenges

Thursday, January 16, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle

Bob Egelko
Thursday, January 16, 2014

California's cash-strapped courts are asking state lawmakers to shorten jury selection by reducing each side's challenges to prospective jurors, a proposal that unites prosecutors and defense lawyers in opposition.

Dan Morain: Calculating the profits, pitfalls of an oil tax

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sacramento Bee

By Dan Morain, Senior editor

At least some of those grease spots on the Assembly and Senate floors are what's left of grand legislation to raise taxes on the oil industry.

Big Oil Wants a Free Ride

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle

Noreen Evans

April 30, 2013

CEQA a fundamental safeguard for California

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Capitol Weekly

PD Editorial: SMART to airport makes sense

Sunday, December 23, 2012

PD Editorial: SMART to airport makes sense

The key to an efficient public transit system is the easy transference of passengers from one form of transportation to another. That’s why ending the SMART rail line as close as possible to the Larkspur ferry terminal in Marin County makes sense. That’s also why ending the SMART rail line — or at least the first phase of it — at the Guerneville Road station in Santa Rosa to the north doesn’t.

Humboldt County and Save the Redwoods League Join Forces to Keep Grizzly Creek State Park Open

Thursday, May 24, 2012


California State Parks’ Director Ruth Coleman announced today that she has signed and approved an operating agreement to keep Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park open.

The agreement is with Humboldt County, which will receive supplemental funding to be provided by the Save the Redwoods League, with the County operating the park for one year in order to prevent closure due to State budget cuts.

Mercury News editorial: Simitian-Evans plan to keep state parks open deserves support

Monday, May 14, 2012

When then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger first proposed shutting dozens of state parks to help close the deficit in 2008, it was a terrible idea, and he eventually dropped it. State parks are a remarkable legacy for California's children. Tens of millions of people visit them every year, and all 278 have value.

In fact, the savings in Schwarzenegger's plan were a sham: The costs of closed parks -- lost tourism, vandalism, fires -- would have outweighed the tiny amount of projected savings.

FRESNO BEE EDITORIAL: State must find ways to keep parks open to public

Friday, May 11, 2012

California is preparing to close as many as 70 state parks this summer to help solve the state budget mess. It's a bad idea, especially in this economy. Parks belong to the people -- they should be places where families can find inexpensive recreation.

Gov. Jerry Brown should be looking for ways to keep the parks open, and state lawmakers need to help him. They need to make wise budget decisions as they bring expenditures in line with revenues. Parks have value well beyond their annual operating costs.

California senators announce plan for keeping state parks open

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Published in The Sacramento Bee

Democratic state Sens. Joe Simitian and Noreen Evans today rolled out a proposal aimed at keeping the gates open at more than 50 California state parks set to close this summer.

Senators Evans and Simitian introduce bill to fund state parks.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

By Derek Moore

Two state senators unveiled a plan Tuesday to spare 50 state parks from closure this summer, in part by tapping into state accounts that fund road maintenance, septic system repairs and off-highway vehicle activities.

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