April, 2010

Irresponsible boycott bandwagon

Friday, April 30th, 2010

APRIL 30, 2010 The recent spate of political leaders in California calling for financial sanctions and boycotts of Arizona businesses, is irresponsible and demonstrates that none of them truly care about the people hurt along the way. I am not just talking about the business owners, although the p...

Education waste: a textbook case

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

APRIL 29, 2010 By LLOYD BILLINGSLEY State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, seeks to block California from adapting textbooks from Texas, currently revising its curriculum along what Yee and other critics view as right-wing lines. The senator has not submitted a measure to deal with problems in Cal...

Liberal group's (PPIC) loaded questions

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Big surprise: A liberal-leaning think tank releases a study showing that Californians want more government spending on public education. As the Public Policy Institute of California explains in a newly released study, "As California once again confronts a multibillion dollar budget deficit, concern...

Critics slam state property sale

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

APRIL 28, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Recently, Department of General Services (DGS) Director Ron Diedrich removed several of the oversight appointees from building authorities in San Francisco and Los Angeles  for making waves about the 11 state properties for sale, replacing the critics of the sales...

Prisoner-transfer bans rejected

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

APRIL 27, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In a sometimes contentious Public Safety Committee hearing earlier this month, Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, presented SB1078 dealing with the transfer of California's prison inmates to out-of-state prisons, as well as prisons out of the country. Denham described his ...

Bill could sunset state agencies

Monday, April 26th, 2010

APRIL 26, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Should all state agencies be subject to possible dissolution after 12 years, following a review by The Little Hoover Commission and the Legislature? State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta, thinks they should and proposed SB887 creating the oversight to make t...

Governor Supporting Pension Reform

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

APRIL 22, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Yesterday Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murietta, announced that they're supporting pension reform for state employees. The governor stated that while it is a compromise from his earlier hard line approach, someth...

Snake Oil Legislators

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

APRIL 21, 2010 Nearly every person I talk to is either feeling the crush of the bad economy or knows people who are really suffering. Which leads me to believe that most California legislators don’t run in the same circles that I do. Most of the folks that I know are small business owners, entrep...

California’s Debt Bondage

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

APRIL 20, 2010 By JOHN SEILER In my previous article on finding ways to suspend some state spending for a year to help solve the $20 billion deficit problem, “Initiatives tax state budget,” I looked at initiatives voters passed that mandated spending. I wanted to isolate such spending, so I le...

Moving California forward?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

APRIL 20, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In one of the most relevant legislative hearings held recently, the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony from members of California Forward, the group proposing the controversial voting threshold change from the current two-thirds vote required for passing a stat...