Editorial: California bill punishes cities that do right thing

Last December, the California Senate’s new President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, shut down a small legislative staff bureau filled with investigators who provided oversight of a few of the state’s myriad bureaucracies and government programs. De Leon decided that Senate committees would now handle oversight – and his office has since dubbed various run-of-the-mill Senate hearings as “oversight hearings.”

But virtually everyone in the Capitol knows there’s much more appetite for creating and expanding programs than there is for looking closely at what existing programs do. Continue…