January, 2011

Brown's Address: Egypt on the Pacific?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

JAN. 31, 2O11 By JOHN SEILER In his State-of-the-State address today, Gov. Jerry Brown compared Republican legislators' refusal (so far) to put taxes  on a special election ballot in June to the longstanding thwarting of democracy in Egypt. Apparently he didn't read my Sunday blog that made a m...

Brown's Full-Court Tax Hike Press

Monday, January 31st, 2011

JAN. 31, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State speech Monday night was pretty much what anyone should have expected, as the new governor championed his "tough choices" budget and pushed hard for its centerpiece: a public vote on controversial tax extensions. Since his inaug...

Previewing Gov. Brown's State Address

Monday, January 31st, 2011

JAN. 31, 2011 By KATY GRIMES With Californians poised to hear Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address this evening, many of them want more details about his recent budget proposals. Brown set the stage with a recent state of emergency declaration amidst the state’s $25.4 billion deficit ...

End Redevelopment 'Luxury'?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

JAN. 31, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI We live in a virtual age of images that sometimes doesn’t reflect reality. Redevelopment agencies across the state are blitzing newspapers with online images of a group of elderly persons in a senior citizen housing project watching TV that purportedly would nev...

A Clue To Gov. Brown's Pension Plan

Monday, January 31st, 2011

JAN. 31, 2011 By LAER PEARCE Shuffled in with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last-minute appointments was one – a very good one – that almost slipped by largely unnoticed, until The Buzz blog at the Sacramento Bee outed it: Among other actions on his way out the door, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegge...

Tunisia, Egypt, California, America

Friday, January 28th, 2011
Tunisia, Egypt, California, America

John Seiler: First Tunisia. Now Egypt. Next, California. Out-of-touch ruling elites are tumbling everywhere. Tunisia and Egypt have been ruled by elites in power for decades. Egyptian boss Hosni Mubrarak has been working to set up his son, Gamal, as his successor.  That can't be California -- can...

GOP Union Allies Humiliate Conway

Friday, January 28th, 2011

JAN. 28, 2010 By STEVEN GREENHUT The three Assembly members who joined with Democrats at a union-sponsored rally to oppose government cuts to In-Home Supportive Services -- Jim Silva of Huntington Beach, Brian Nestande of Palm Desert and Paul Cook of Yucca Valley -- didn't betray their conservativ...

Tough Times, But Caltrans Wants More

Friday, January 28th, 2011

JAN. 28, 2011 By KATY GRIMES Despite the need for sizable cutbacks to the state budget, Caltrans and the High Speed Rail Authority asked for more money this week from the Legislature to purchase new cars, to cover increasing fuel costs, for additional job creation and to pay for high-speed rail co...

Junket Queen Pelosi

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

John Seiler: As I wrote in a blog yesterday, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the former House Speaker, cackled at President Obama's joke about the TSA's molestation pat-downs of innocent American citizens. Now we know why she thinks the joke was as funny as a barrel of congressional monkeys. Reports...

Another Bee Front-Page Parks 'Editorial'

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

JAN. 27, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT The Sacramento Bee is nothing if not persistent in its push for higher taxes to pay for the state's park system, as evidenced by its umpteen-part series last summer prior to the failed state parks bond. The Bee stoked fears of a park crime wave in order to push for...