• Here's The Dope on Pot Vs. Wine Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010 | 2:08 PM ET
    Marijuana joint

    With California facing few palatable options—deeper cuts, higher taxes—some at the state level are considering legalizing marijuana and taxing it.

  • Schwarzenegger on 'Healthcare to Nowhere' Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 2:41 PM ET
    California Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger

    In his final State of the State speech, 62-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined what he called his "Sophie's Choice"—where to cut in a state which has already seen tens of billions in spending cuts.

  • Polar Bear Ice Sculpture

    If Copenhagen delegates want to know where the solutions to both the current climate and economic crises will come from, they need to look at the work of enterprising governors in the U.S. and Brazil.

  • Last night I shopped for Thanksgiving at Vons, owned by Safeway spacer, and bought everything, including a 14-pound turkey, for the lowest price I've ever paid: $32.

  • Help Wanted—Please Run $4 Billion University Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | 2:08 PM ET

    USC is the largest private employer in Los Angeles, with an endowment worth $4 billion. You'd think being "Top Trojan" would be a plum job. So why is USC taking out half-page ads in the Wall Street Journal?

  • Road Rage Rants Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 2:34 PM ET
    Road rage

    Is it possible to profit from road rage? One Web site hopes so.

  • Things Get Stranger In a Strange Land Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 4:24 PM ET
    California Flag

    California really is trying to get its act together, I think. The Los Angeles Times reports that a special commission hopes to reform lawmaking, since California lawmakers have been doing such a good job at it.

  • Has So-Cal Lost Its Mojo? Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | 12:40 PM ET
    Golden Gate Bridge

    I'm at the Milken Institute State of the State Conference, and the state of the state in California isn't good. Pimco's Bill Gross refers to our way of managing money as "Doo Doo Economics".

  • Where Does California Go From Here? Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    I'm at the Milken Institute's State of the State Conference as a wide variety of voices tries to figure out how to get the Golden State back on track.

  • Calpers Pension Fund Reviewing Fees Paid to Manager Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 9:51 AM ET
    Women and Retirement

    The nation's largest pension fund, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, said it is investigating fees paid to an outside manager that directed the fund's investments.

  • CalPERS Prioritizes Profits Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 | 2:20 PM ET

    CalPers - the largest pension fund in the U.S. is recouping losses from the financial fallout with a strategy that's boosted assets by $40 billion since its January low.

  • Regulation: Now and Later Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | 9:32 AM ET
    Carbon Tax

    With emissions rules looking inevitable, companies are taking steps to prepare for a number of different  government  scenarios.

  • California's Red Ink Still Getting Redder Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 5:56 PM ET
    Golden Gate Bridge

    California's finances are in worse shape than expected three months into the fiscal year. State Controller John Chiang says income is nearly $1.1 billion below the most recent budget estimates.

  • Call of Shame-Vote Now Friday, 25 Sep 2009 | 1:02 PM ET
    Call of Shame

    Autumn is upon us, but I see no fall off in candidates for our weekly look at finance's festering underbelly. Here's our list of nominees for The Call of Shame. Vote for your pick at the bottom. And feel free to leave a comment.

  • A Supply-Sider in the California Governor’s Race Friday, 25 Sep 2009 | 11:12 AM ET
    Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO

    There’s a lot of interest in the California midterm elections because of two well-known business ladies, Meg Whitman (former-CEO of eBay) and Carly Fiorina (former-CEO of Hewlett-Packard).

  • Can Meg Whitman Save California? Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 1:58 PM ET

    Last night I had the pleasure of interviewing California gubernatorial candidate and former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman, on her plans to rescue the moribund Golden Sate.

  • Good News in California! Really? Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 2:30 PM ET
    California Flag

    The state is broke. The hills are on fire. There's no water. Michael Jackson is about to be buried, and there's the horror of Jaycee Lee Dugard's captivity. California's doesn't have much to be proud of lately. The state went into recession first with a collapsing housing market and rising unemployment. Any positive news, any, is embraced as a sign of hope that the worst is over. Well, the following news is quite positive.

  • California Plans to Stop Issuing IOUs One Month Early Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 4:09 PM ET
    California Flag

    The decision came after meetings among state officials. They needed to review California's cash flow and assess investors' appetite for buying California bonds.

  • California Still Issuing IOUs, But 'End is Near' Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 4:34 PM ET
    California Flag

    Three weeks after reaching a budget deal, California is still short on money. It's still issuing IOUs. The State Controllers Office says that from July 2 through August 7, $1,862,358,782.85 in so-called "registered warrants" have been issued by California in lieu of cash. Of that amount, $369 million has been sent out in August.

  • Pros Say: This Market Rally is 'Justified' Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 11:10 AM ET

    Stocks opened lower Wednesday after a report showed a much sharper drop in durable-goods orders than expected. And a sharp selloff in China dragged on oil prices, which also weighed on the market. Mortgage applications also fell for the first time in four weeks. Read and listen to what the pros had to say...