California State and Local Government An Overview, Perspectives, & Politics

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-05-13
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
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California State and Local Government: An Overview, Perspectives, & Politicsoffers a thorough introduction to California state, regional, and local government. The book covers all core areas of government-the executive, legislative, and judicial branches-as well as Californiars"s historical development, political parties, campaigns and elections, state finances and budget process, collaborative partnerships, eminent domain, and many other topics. It is appropriate for courses at the college and advanced high school levels in political science, American government, and California state and local government, planning, and public administration. A significant challenge in California is the staters"s ability to provide sustainable and livable communities as it continues to grow. Therefore,California State and Local Governmentdiscusses relevant issues such as blueprint planning, livable community strategies, and other topics, offering examples of each. The importance of regional, multi-government, and private-sector partnerships and collaboratives is also discussed. California State and Local Governmentwill enrich the government and politics classes of any California university, junior college, or high school.

Author Biography

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

California Background

Rich in Diversity

California’s Economy

California Factoids

State Symbols


California’s National Political Strength

Intergovernmental Relations


Chapter 2 Challenges and Opportunities


Health Care

Traffic Congestion

High Speed Rail

Energy and Environment

Affordable Housing

Natural Resources

Water Supply, Quality, and Flood Control

Fire Protection

Air Quality

Climate Change and Green House Emissions

Prison Reform



Chapter 3 California ’s Historical Development

Modern History and Spanish Era

Mexican Era

Americanization and Statehood

Twentieth Century

Twenty-First Century


Chapter 4 Constitutional Principles and Practices


Power to the People

Water Protection


Chapter 5 Political Parties and Other Voluntary Associations

Do Political Parties Matter?

Qualified and Unqualified Political Parties

California Political Party Organization

Outside Parties


Chapter 6 Campaigns and Elections

Campaigning for Nomination and Election


Money and Politics

Direct Democracy

Campaign Reform


Chapter 7 The California Legislature

The Legislature

The State of the Legislature

Redistricting and Gerrymandering the Legislature

Legislative Functions and Procedures

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Presiding Officers

Legislative Committees

Legislative Analyst Office (LAO)


Chapter 8 The Executive Branch


Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General


Secretary of State

State Treasurer

Insurance Commissioner

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

City Government

County Government

Special Districts

School Districts (Special Districts)

Regional Government


Chapter 12 Collaborative Partnerships and Blueprint Planning

Collaborative Partnerships

Blueprint Planning

Regional Blueprints


Chapter 13 Eminent Domain


Public Works Projects

Rewards Program

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