December, 2010

The California Players

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

DEC. 28, 2010 It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for nostalgic looks back and fond retrospectives on 2010’s most memorable events and personalities (this is due, in great part, to the fact that nearly everyone in the Capitol is on vacation so virtually nothing is going on). So it...

Lockyer Lives In State Of Delusion

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

DEC. 26, 2010 California Treasurer Bill Lockyer raised eyebrows last week by arguing in a newspaper column that "California isn't broken," but it's not allaying the fears of the state's hard-pressed taxpayers. If the state's top financial official is in deep denial about California's precarious sit...

Dems Prepping State For Tax Hikes

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

DEC. 22, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT As the year ends, let's review where Californians stand with its busted budget. This piece was published in PublicSectorInc. California's Democratic leaders would have you believe that our state's budget has been cut to the bone. They contend that the state's ne...

CA Economy Holding Back Nation

Monday, December 20th, 2010

DEC. 20, 2010 By JOHN SEILER Strong doses of reality keep throwing cold water over Gov.-elect Jerry Brown. The mess left behind by departing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to grow worse every day. The latest cold water splashing comes from California Lutheran University's Center for Economic Re...

Jerry Brown's Game of Chicken

Monday, December 20th, 2010

DEC. 20, 2010 We're about to witness a new twist on Sacramento's annual high-stakes budget game. Many Capitol observers believe that incoming Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats, who no longer need GOP budget support thanks to the Nov. 2 passage of Proposition 25, which allows budget appr...

School Cuts Would Mostly Target Fluff

Friday, December 17th, 2010

DEC. 17, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI At a state budget forum held on Dec. 14 in Los Angeles, Gov.-elect Jerry Brown and re-elected state Treasurer Bill Lockyer indicated that they are going to move quickly to significantly cut state funding for K-12 public schools given a “shocking” $28 billi...

Does Prop 25 Change Anything?

Friday, December 17th, 2010

DEC. 17, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO The promise of Proposition 25 was nothing short of a revolution in how California lawmakers negotiate and approve state budgets. “Real people suffer when legislators play games with the budget,” stated the official argument in favor of the measure. “Prop ...

Paper Campaign Records Doomed

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

DEC. 15, 2010 Yesterday marked the final formal hearing of the Political Reform Act Task Force. Since early September, I've watched the 25-member panel, convened by Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Chairman Dan Schnur, thrash out ways to improve, tighten up and otherwise make clearer the ...

Deciphering Brown's Budget Pick

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

DEC. 15, 2010 By ANTHONY PIGNATARO The stakes have never been higher. Since 2008, despite its requirement for a balanced budget, California has been wrestling with budget deficits between $11 billion and $25 billion. In November, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) released a rep...

CA Budget filled With 'Luxury' Items

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

To Plug State Deficit Stop Giving Poodles Luxury Gifts DEC. 14, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Charles Dickens’s satiric novel “A Bleak House” is perhaps more appropriate than his famous story “A Christmas Carol” for describing the bleak Christmas that California faces in 2010, and for ...