Columns-July, 2010

Old LAO Wisdom

Friday, July 30th, 2010

JULY 30, 2010 Oh, what a difference six years makes. We were cleaning out our conference room the other day, going through stacks of old government reports and think tank studies when we found a copy of the Legislative Analyst’s Office’s report California’s Fiscal Outlook, published way back...

Retrospective: A state of esteem?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

JULY 29, 2010 A CalWatchdog Retrospective: 20 years after the California Task Force to Promote Self-esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY California state documents do not generally fly off the shelves but 20 years ago the Golden State had a hot seller. Toward a S...

More furloughs, but no budget

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

JULY 29, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Faced with a $19.1 billion state deficit and no acceptable budget in the works, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reinstated furloughs for state workers on Wednesday. In an executive order declaring a fiscal emergency, the governor called for state employees to take three unp...

36,000 Entertainment Jobs Leave State

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

JULY 23, 2010 By LAURA SUCHESKI While some have admitted to themselves that companies are actually leaving the state and not coming back, few are convinced that California’s famous entertainment industry, too, is vulnerable. After all, Los Angeles is the world leader in films and television and ...

Another Taxing Tax Levy

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

JULY 22, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Senator Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, is sponsoring a tax bill that the California Chamber of Commerce calls a “Job Killer.” The tax levy bill has already passed the Senate Revenue and Tax Committee as well as the Senate Appropriations Committee, and is headed to t...

Do tax hikes fix budgets?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

JULY 21, 2010 By JOHN SEILER The U.S. and California economies continue to struggle to push up from the Great Recession. Even as revenues at all levels of government have been hit hard, businesses and citizens complain that, even if they have jobs, they’re finding it hard to make ends meet. In...

Dubious suit for more ed cash

Monday, July 19th, 2010

JULY 19, 2010 By JOHN SEILER On July 12, a coalition of school activist groups sued the state of California, alleging low state funding and low-performance in the state’s public schools. It cited the California Constitution’s guarantee of a decent education for every student. Article XVI, Sect...

No more talk, talk, talk!

Monday, July 19th, 2010
No more talk, talk, talk!

JULY 16, 2010 First the awful news. But don’t worry – we’ll get to the ugly stuff later... That’s right, folks: the state Employment Development Department has put out its latest monthly jobs report, and the unemployment situation – as you’re probably aware – is bad. Let’s just say...

SF’s other Golden Gate

Monday, July 19th, 2010

JULY 17, 2010 I'd been starting to wonder about whether there are any true progressives left in California, until I heard about Jeff Adachi, San Francisco's public defender. Many people describe themselves as progressive, mind you, but few seem to embody the core principles of a movement that i...

Those who can’t, organize

Friday, July 16th, 2010

JULY 16, 2010 When did nurses, teachers, cops and firefighters become card-carrying union brotherhood and sisterhood thugs? Service jobs used to be defined as jobs where caring for others was the priority; teaching children, providing health and medical care, and protecting society from bad guys an...

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