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Ken Baxter is an adjunct instructor in political science at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in public administration from Stanislaus State University, as well as a transportation and management certificate from the University of California, Davis and a Leadership Training Program certificate from California State University, Sacramento. He has extensive experience working with government departments at the federal, state, and local levels in the areas of planning, business services, budgets, contracts, human resources, policy development, and general public administration. In addition to California State and Local Government, he is the author of A Dream Turned Nightmare: Eminent Domain — The Taking of Private Property and Livable Community Alternatives (2007).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Putting California in Perspective
Rich in Diversity
California’s National Political Strength
Chapter 2 Challenges and Opportunities
High Speed Rail
Energy and Environment
Water Supply, Quality, and Flood Control
Climate Change and Green House Emissions
Chapter 3 California ’s Historical Development
Modern History and Spanish Era
Americanization and Statehood
Chapter 4 Constitutional Principles and Practices
Power to the People
Chapter 5 Political Parties and Other Voluntary Associations
Do Political Parties Matter?
Qualified and Unqualified Political Parties
California Political Party Organization
Chapter 6 Campaigns and Elections
Campaigning for Nomination and Election
Money and Politics
Chapter 7 The California Legislature
The State of the Legislature
Redistricting and Gerrymandering the Legislature
Legislative Functions and Procedures
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Legislative Analyst Office (LAO)
Chapter 8 The Executive Branch
Secretary of State
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Chapter 9 California ’s Judicial Branch
The California Supreme Court
California Courts of Appeal
California Superior Courts
Chapter 10 California Finances and Budget Process
State Budget Funding Categories and Revenue Sources
The California Budget Process
Administering the Budget
California’s Enacted 2008/2009 Budget
Chapter 11 Local Government
Types of Local Government
School Districts (Special Districts)
Chapter 12 Collaborative Partnerships and Blueprint Planning
Chapter 13 Eminent Domain
Public Works Projects