GRIDLOCK GRIEF: Concerns about infrastructure, mass transportation, and mass traffic jams making headlines around the state this week....
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae, told POLITICO Monday he’s called for reforms which aim to prevent a repeat of years of delayed Bay Bridge construction, including safety concerns and billions in cost overrruns. His idea: Bar “all bonus payments on mega-projects costing over $1 billion, until all work is completed” -- and verified by an independent third party. We’ll have more on our talk with Levine later this week. First, take a look at the stories making headlines today…
With voter turnout at dismal lows, one state Assemblyman wants to take a lesson from Down Under and consider instituting a system of mandatory voting.
Assemblyman Marc Levine, a Democrat from San Rafael, told POLITICO this week that in the nation's most populous state, legislators and voters might consider that democracy would win — and special interests would lose — if voting was mandatory and viewed as more of a civic duty, "like jury duty."
It’s an iconic American pastime: kicking back on the couch with junk food, beer, and friends to watch your team play on a weekend afternoon. But like most things, the internet has added a new dimension to this hobby. One hand holds a brewski, while the other holds a smartphone, as fans constantly check stats, apps, and social media about the game playing on a much bigger screen behind their devices.
Another year has come and gone without any resolution in California’s long-simmering battle over legalizing Internet poker, and now politicians’ attention may be shifting to a newer, shinier form of online wagering: daily fantasy sports.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has voted to oppose legislation by Assemblyman Marc Levine to do away with the agency, with one Marin member of the panel scoffing earlier that the bill "was introduced around Halloween when they celebrate the dead."
Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced a bill in September to eliminate the powerful regional commission, saying it's not accountable to the public and has been largely ineffective in improving traffic.