Columns-May, 2010

The Unserious State

Monday, May 31st, 2010

MAY 31, 2010 The Australian radio announcer interviewing me last week about the dreadful state of California's budget and economy wanted to know what she would find if she landed at LAX and drove around the state. It's not like "Blade Runner," director Ridley Scott's 1982 film depicting a dystopian...

Arnold goes home

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

MAY 27, 2010 It’s nice to see Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger get back to his true constituency now and then. That constituency is, of course, Hollywood, that wonderful factory of dreams and fantasies that turned an Austrian body-builder who could barely be understood when speaking English into an act...

State to foist inmates on counties

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

MAY 27, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI Although state legislators say that state-to-county unfunded mandates are illegal, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to use an exemption in sentencing laws to force counties to take title to state law offenders. On Wednesday, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Commi...

CA budget tops sensible limits

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

MAY 27, 2010 By JOHN SEILER Budget time. So I thought I would revisit an analytical tool I devised a few years ago to help better understand the California state budget. Back in the early 2000s, I was pouring over state government budget documents and noticed something peculiar: whenever state ...

Union bill would block city bankruptcies

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

MAY 25, 2010 By KATY GRIMES A union-backed Assembly bill, authored by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, would potentially prevent financially destitute California cities from filing for federal bankruptcy protection under Chapter 9 of the bankruptcy code. Mendoza’s bill would give the Califo...

Grab redevelopment cash

Monday, May 24th, 2010

MAY 24, 2010 Few things are more ironic, and infuriatingly funny, than listening to California's notoriously ham-fisted redevelopment agencies complain about the state's "theft" of redevelopment funds. Last week, California cities had to comply with a Sacramento Superior Court judge's ruling re...

Cal Jobs Gap widens in 2010

Monday, May 24th, 2010

MAY 24, 2010 By JOHN SEILER Instead of bashing one another for past liberal postures, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner should be talking about the California Jobs Gap. Jerry Brown should be, too. There’s no more important issue today, especially with the primary election now just two weeks away, o...

CA debates outsourcing inmates

Friday, May 21st, 2010

MAY 21, 2010 By KATY GRIMES In what felt more like a night court at times than a Capitol hearing room,with scores of state employees noisily filing in and out during a budget hearing, the Department of Finance, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office were busy assisting the Senate Budget and Fiscal...

Workers comp needs market reform

Friday, May 21st, 2010

MAY 21, 2010 The subject of workers compensation reform appears on the surface to be an issue only pertinent to employers and business owners. However, nothing could be further from reality. If more employees paid attention to employer regulations, fees and taxes and the cost of all insurances, the...

Governor adopts budget realism

Friday, May 14th, 2010

MAY 14, 2010 By JOHN SEILER The party’s over. That’s the message from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s austere May Revise, released today, of his budget for fiscal 2010-11, which begins on July 1. It calls for cutting $3 billion from state spending over the previous year, dropping it down to $8...

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