‘Lite Guv’ No More: California Candidates Spending Millions For A Job That Gets No Respect

By Joe Garofoli / The lieutenant governor’s position is so disrespected in California that its current occupant famously said California should “get rid of the position” if it wasn’t made more effective. That isn’t happening. In fact, just the…


‘It’s Getting Unbearable’: UC Workers Protest Increasing Cost of Living, Call for Rent Freeze

By Sam Levin / Demonstrators converged on Upper Sproul Plaza and marched to the Residential and Student Service Programs, or RSSP, office Thursday to protest rent increases and demand that UC officials freeze housing fees. Protesters laughed,…


Gayle McLaughlin For Lt. Governor: The Only Progressive Choice

By Steve Ducey / There are 11 candidates for California Lt. Governor on the ballot for the June 5th primary. Gayle McLaughlin is not only the clear choice for progressive voters, she’s the only candidate with the track record of success…


Book Review: 'Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City’

By Mike Wold / Twenty years ago, Richmond, California, a declining industrial suburb north of Berkeley in the Bay Area, would have seemed an unlikely candidate to become one of the most socially and environmentally progressive small cities in the…


Races Show Potential for Independent Left

By Ginger Jentzen / The midterm elections are being framed by many as either a fight for or against the Trump administration. The Democratic establishment however continues to fight for something right in the middle, shunning…


Independents Will Tip Key Races… Despite Being Ignored by Politicians

By Steve Peace / Election reform advocates have been scratching their heads over the failure of statewide candidates in California to tap into the rich vein of independent voters empowered by the nonpartisan top-two primary. Even the…


How Facebook Can Help Grassroots Campaigns Overcome Big Media Budgets

By Adriel Hampton and Shawn Kemp  The gap between big media campaigns and canvassing operations favored by the grassroots can seem like a tactical Grand Canyon. But what if you could use advertising to draw a crowd of interested voters ripe for…


Let Us Remember the Fallen As We Prevent Future Wars

As we remember all of the men and women who have died on the battlefield and in active military service, it is also important to think about the many risks we face today when America’s military engages in and escalates violent conflicts overseas.…


Rosemary Serna Has The Right To Remain In Her Home

I recently heard from a young woman named Rosemary Serna, a single mother raising her 5-year-old daughter in Highland Park, Northeast LA. Rosemary works for a non-profit helping adults with developmental disabilities, and she’s also about to…


Go big or go home: How to run statewide in California when you’re not rich, famous, or in office

"As mayor of Richmond, Gayle McLaughlin helped build a coalition of progressives to challenge the political influence of the city’s biggest employer, Chevron. Despite no major party backing and limited resources, McLaughlin said she hopes to…