- Making News: Tree-sitters in Humbolt County
One of the hundreds of bills still pending this last week of the legislative session is the Heritage Tree Preservation Act. While most lobbyists crowd around the Assembly and Senate chambers, one advocate has spent the past 9-and-a-half months in Humboldt County, 120 feet off the ground in a tree called Jerry. Willow explains advocates' efforts to save old-growth trees, some of them over 1000 years old.
- Reporter's Notebook: Term Limits in the Sacramento Legislature
Politicians once served in the State Legislature long enough to figure out how one of the world-s largest bureaucracies really works. Term limits have changed the Assembly in the past few years, and this year, they'll do their work in the Senate. The Sacramento Bee's Dan Weintraub, himself a decade-long veteran of Sacramento, says term limits will cost the Legislature 300 years of institutional memory.