California’s state flag, with its image of a grizzly bear and the phrase “California Republic,” is perhaps one of the most iconic state flags in all of America. However, many may not be familiar with its origins. Greg Tilles, a history professor at Diablo Valley College, will discuss the historical event that inspired California’s current […]
By Reg Page Special to the Herald “Timing is everything” is an old expression that can be applied to many things. For the city of Benicia, though, it has particular merit. That point is worth making now because we will soon be at the 170th anniversary of what was likely the seminal event that led […]
Legislators from throughout the state Senate and Assembly have said they support legislation written by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, to provide a comprehensive approach to address California’s water issues. Among the supporters is Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat.
What does ‘May Revise’ portend for Benicia, other California cities? Gov. Jerry Brown has made his annual May adjustments to his proposed budget this week, based on a predicted $2.4-billion increase in state revenues. While Brown, who released the modifications Tuesday, has said the May revision continues to pay down debt and reduce long-term liabilities […]
ARE CALIFORNIA SUMMER TEMPERATURE TRENDS different from the rest of the mainland U.S.? Let’s look at the historical data. The 119-year maximum temperature record for California summers is shown in the first chart, and for U.S. summers in the second. Does the California record “agree” with the U.S. (year by year) over the 119-year period? […]
AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, the Democratic Party’s agenda is effectively crippled by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Because of Republican gerrymandering in the wake of the last round of redistricting in 2010, winning back the House is an uphill battle for Democrats in the best of years, at least for the time being. In my […]