Remembering Grantland Johnson

I am deeply saddened by the news that Grantland Johnson died today.

My first introduction to state government and politics came from two former Sacramento County supervisors – Sandy Smole and Grantland Johnson. At the time, I had no idea I would eventually end up at CSAC.

I met Grantland in January of 1999 as an Executive Fellow at the California Health and Human Services Agency. He was… Continue reading

Bond, Water Bond

In a scenario that almost reads like the finale from an Ian Fleming novel, the legislature is racing the clock to agree to terms on a Bond, Water Bond, that has a lot of people both shaken and stirred. The old proposal on the ballot in November is for $11 billion dollars, but the Governor, in his recurring role as “Dr. No” is pushing for a much smaller

A Road Trip “Up North”

I had the occasion recently to drive from Sacramento up to Siskiyou County for the day and a couple of things were pretty evident from the trip. First, California is an incredibly diverse state. In the span of a few hours, you can go from the State Capitol, to tree crops, to cattle, to lumber. And second, we are in a severe drought. Neither of these concepts is new or… Continue reading

Breaking up the Golden State: An Idea as Old as California

Two interesting articles came across my desk the other day regarding the movement to split California into six states. The first was a piece by KPCC radio that takes a look at previous efforts to carve up California. The second was written by Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton titled “Six-state proposal should be taken seriously, but it’s just hard to.”

Since I was a history major… Continue reading