FROM Betty Yee
California’s Top Fiscal Officer: Whom Do You Choose? The State Controller is elected statewide as California’s chief financial officer—ensuring that the budget is spent the way it’s supposed to be and that the state’s bills are paid on time. The Controller also can audit other state agencies and sits on no less than 81 boards and commissions, including the Franchise Tax Board, the Coastal Commission, the Lands Commission and the Board of Equalization. Ashley Swearengin is the two-term Mayor of Fresno. She is the Republican candidate for State Controller. Betty Yee is a member of the California Board of Equalization, and is the Democratic candidate for State Controller.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.