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CALMATTERS: California Legislature makes a flurry of big changes to November ballot measures | Columns

With California’s votes for president and U.S. senator being foregone conclusions, the state’s political establishment has been gearing up for multimillion-dollar battles over high-stakes ballot measures this year. However, seemingly overnight — but really in about one week — the November ballot has undergone a… Read More »CALMATTERS: California Legislature makes a flurry of big changes to November ballot measures | Columns

CALMATTERS: Newsom’s State of the State address looked like a presidential campaign launch | Columns

The California Constitution requires that “the Governor shall report to the Legislature each calendar year on the condition of the State and may make recommendations.” Traditionally, that has meant that the governor would personally address a joint session of the Legislature early each year to… Read More »CALMATTERS: Newsom’s State of the State address looked like a presidential campaign launch | Columns

CALMATTERS: California Democrats score big win as Supreme Court blocks anti-tax ballot measure | Columns

The century-long and often tortured history of California making law through ballot measures took a new turn Thursday when the state Supreme Court blocked an initiative that would have made it much more difficult to raise state and local taxes. Unanimously, the court agreed with… Read More »CALMATTERS: California Democrats score big win as Supreme Court blocks anti-tax ballot measure | Columns

CALMATTERS: In rain, snow and drought, California’s fights over water rights, supplies persist | Columns

Legal rights to use water — particularly those obtained prior to 1914 — lie at the heart of California’s perpetual wrangling over the allocation of increasingly limited water supplies. For years state officials have been trying, with limited success, to reduce farmers’ diversions, increase river… Read More »CALMATTERS: In rain, snow and drought, California’s fights over water rights, supplies persist | Columns

NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley on AI: ‘We’ve got to get the ethics of it right’

Artificial intelligence is “exciting,” but guardrails must be put in place to protect labor, intellectual property and ethics, NBCUniversal Studio Group Chairman Donna Langley said Friday at an entertainment industry law conference. During a wide-ranging, on-stage conversation at the UCLA Entertainment Symposium, the media chief… Read More »NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley on AI: ‘We’ve got to get the ethics of it right’

CALMATTERS: As Californians’ stance on crime hardens, Republicans try to regain relevance | Columns

Over the last dozen years, Democrats have gained, lost and finally nailed down supermajorities in the California Legislature. Now they hold more than 75% of its 120 seats. Having achieved total control, Democratic leaders could — and did — completely ignore the dwindling numbers of… Read More »CALMATTERS: As Californians’ stance on crime hardens, Republicans try to regain relevance | Columns