Assembly Calls Back Bills Passed in Violation of Prop. 54

by Placerville Newswire / Sep 05, 2017 / comments

[William Kolkey]
SACRAMENTO – Today the State Assembly brought back for a Final Form Concurrence Vote the first of several bills that had passed the Assembly unconstitutionally in April, by violating the 72-hour notice requirement of Proposition 54.
Assemblyman Kiley, who has authored legislation to conform Assembly rules with the requirements of Proposition 54, welcomed the return of the legislation in a speech on the Assembly floor.

California Fights Feds Over States’ Rights, But Same Issue Affects Local Governments

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 28, 2017 / comments

[Dan Walters, CALmatters]

California’s Democratic state government is exerting “resistance” to the Republican federal government on issues such as immigration and climate change.

California insists, under the doctrine of “states’ rights,” that President Donald Trump and a Republican Congress should not interfere with state policies on those and other issues that reflect Californians’ views.

Meanwhile, however, the state finds itself facing similar conflicts with its own local governments over attempts to force them to comply with decrees from Sacramento.

Sacramento Fire Districts: Big Pension, No Pension

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 28, 2017 / comments


A worried Herald Fire Protection District board discussed the possibility last week that the fee for leaving CalPERS may be around $400,000, an amount some members fear could push the small district in southern Sacramento County into bankruptcy.

Earlier this month, Transparent California reported that the suburban Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District has 216 retirees receiving annual pensions of $100,000 or more, and a dozen of those are $200,000 or more.

Commentary - GOP, the Party of Abraham Lincoln or Robert E. Lee?

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 27, 2017 / comments

[Chandra Serfoss]

The Republican Party, if it's going to continue forward, needs to decide if it's the party of Lincoln or the party of the Confederate States of America. 

The two disparate histories written at the close of the war between the states cannot be reconciled.

DA Pierson Supports Court Defeat of former Sup Ron Briggs' Death Penalty Lawsuit

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 26, 2017 / comments

[Cris Alarcon, Placerville Newswire]

On Thursday, August 24, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Briggs v. Brown, which upheld Proposition 66, the 2016 initiative to “mend not end” the death penalty in California, which was approved by the voters last November.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson commented,