Columns-September, 2010

More Fixes Won't Fix Things

Monday, September 27th, 2010

SEPT. 27, 2010 It's easy to conclude that California may become, as former state librarian Kevin Starr put it, a "failed state." It's just too big, unruly and diverse to be effectively governed, commentators frequently say. Californians are also said to be different from people in other, less-i...

Lawmakers Like Prop 25

Monday, September 27th, 2010

SEPT. 27, 2010 By KATY GRIMES Proposition 25 has many of the state’s legislators up in arms, but for very different reasons. Some fear losing the two-thirds vote threshold on budgets and taxes, while others fear the initiative process is intruding on what should be "legislative territory." Prop...

When Is A Tax Just A Tax?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

SEPT. 24, 2010 By KATY GRIMES When is a tax just a tax, and a fee just a fee? A November ballot initiative seeks to answer the question by defining both a tax and a fee, and then require both the legislature and voters to pass all taxes with a two-thirds vote. “Currently the tendency is to dis...

Reading Meg's Tea Leaf

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

SEPT. 24, 2010 Meg Whitman fascinates me. She’s a former (and quite successful) CEO of a major dot.com who until two or three years ago showed precisely zero interest in anything involving elected politics. She didn’t vote or engage in the public arena. Then suddenly, like a bullet being fired ...

Officials Hid Size Of Pension Crisis

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

SEPT. 22, 2010 By DAVE ROBERTS Due to “Alice in Wonderland” accounting methods, the amount that taxpayers owe to provide pensions for local and state government employees is much larger – perhaps an extra $2.5 trillion – than government officials have let on, according to an economic advis...

Tax Hike Idea Ignores 'Capitalization'

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

SEPT. 22, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Debra Saunders has proposed raising the annual rate of property tax increase allowed under Proposition 13 from 2 percent to 2.5 percent to solve the state budget crisis (see “What I Would Do If I Were Governor,” SFGate, ...

The Attack on Seniors

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

SEPT. 21, 2010 by KATY GRIMES This op ed originally appeared in The Sacramento Business Journal Sept. 17, 2010. On the weary backs of California seniors, the governor’s May budget revision offers a plan to help alleviate the state’s $19.1 billion deficit. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed ...

West Covina's Great Ed Reform

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Steven Greenhut: Per the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: "WEST COVINA - Board members supportive of a new district policy are confident that West Covina Unified can maintain enrollment despite new guidelines that allow any student to transfer to other districts. The Board of Education last month voted ...

More On Right Up For A Fight

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

SEPT. 19, 2010 For years, Republican establishmentarians have taken their grass-roots supporters for granted, knowing that, come Election Day, activists will vote for the lesser of two evils – i.e., that even a bad Republican is better than a Democrat. In the primaries, Republican leaders often b...

The (Big) Money's On Whitman

Friday, September 17th, 2010

SEPT. 17, 2010 Earlier this week, gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman made a campaign stop at Yelp, a user-generated business review Web site. She received a bruising and biased barrage of questions from employees, critical of Whitman’s self-funded campaign financing. It was reported this week t...

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