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...

Earth to Brown: Ed Spending Is Up
Monday, January 31st, 2011

Steven Greenhut: Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan spares education because of the supposedly severe cuts that the state's public education system has endured in recent years, but this is utter nonsense. A new study released today at a Sacramento press conference by the Pepperdine University Davenport ...

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...

Don't say no to bankruptcy option
Monday, January 31st, 2011

JAN. 31, 2011 Congressional Republicans "should be ashamed of themselves for even suggesting" bankruptcy as an option for California and other debt-plagued states, according to Sacramento Bee Capitol columnist Dan Walters. Unlike municipalities, states aren't allowed to go bankrupt, but some co...

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...

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...

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...

Liberal PPIC Puts Pro-Tax Spin On Poll
Thursday, January 27th, 2011

JAN. 27, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI ‘Hey, diddle diddle, The poll cat played the fiddle, The Gov jumped over the moon (beam), The little (CalWatch) dog laughed to see such sport, And the Gov dished out the budget with a spoon.” A new Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) public opinion poll...