February, 2011

Kings Or Not, Sacto Can't Be ‘World Class’

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The Maloofs should leave town and take Mayor Johnson and his blather about "world-class cities" with them. FEB. 28, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT As Sacramento Kings owners’ Joe and Gavin Maloof ponder moving their basketball team to Anaheim, Sacramento area residents and civic boosters have once aga...

Cowboy Cops Pollute Sac Streets

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Steven Greenhut: I just saw a Sacramento city police officer take off on horse like a bat out of hell after a man clad in business attire crossed the street before the light changed to green. There were no cars around, so it seemed like a bit of an overreaction but it probably was fun to get a horse...

Poisonous Budget Spider Uncovered

Monday, February 28th, 2011

FEB. 28, 2011 BY WAYNE LUSVARDI There is a line in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe where a gentleman is... advised to remember that all the wealth he had acquired by sucking the blood of miserable victims had but swelled him like a bloated spider, which may be overlooked while he kept in a corn...

Pensions Before The Poor!

Monday, February 28th, 2011

FEB. 28, 2011 By TROY ANDERSON For years, officials in California have used accounting gimmicks, stimulus funds and the state credit card to keep the safety net intact. But experts say the state may have run out of tricks. Facing a $25 billion state budget shortfall, Gov. Jerry Brown has propose...

Advocates Advance New Pot Initiative

Monday, February 28th, 2011

FEB. 28, 2011 By STEVE KUBBY The November 2012 presidential election affords proponents of a ballot initiative to change state law concerning the regulation of marijuana a strong opportunity for success. The most significant consideration is that the California electorate for the next presiden...

Sacramento's Identity Crisis

Monday, February 28th, 2011

FEB. 28, 2011 For several years Sacramento has waged a debate over whether our NBA team, The Sacramento Kings, will leave town for greener pastures and deeper pockets. As a Sacramento native, I remember very well the fanfare surrounding the Kings' arrival in town in 1985. You'd have thought that...

Dr. Lopez Misdiagnoses Unions

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

John Seiler: In his Sunday column, L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez praises unions -- but doesn't distinguish between private and public unions. He writes: Neither of my parents went to college, but we always did just fine because my dad had union jobs that paid a living wage. He drove trucks for m...

Is An All-Cuts Budget Ahead?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

FEB. 25, 2011 By KATY GRIMES SACRAMENTO -- There is never a dull moment with California Gov. Jerry Brown. In a surprise visit to a budget committee meeting yesterday, Brown threatened to produce a budget that cuts $26.6 billion from state services if legislators do not vote to put his tax extensio...

“Balance” Is Missing From Budget

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

FEB. 25, 2011 By KATY GRIMES SACRAMENTO -- As the Budget Conference Committee hearings began on Wednesday, Republicans challenged the frequent use of the word “balanced” for describing the tax increases and budget cuts within the governor’s budget proposal. With Republicans and Democrats com...

Bulldoze Williamson Act Subsidies?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Bulldoze Williamson Act Subsidies?

Feb. 24, 2011 By DAVE ROBERTS There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth over Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cuts, but the outcry over elimination of state subsidies for millionaire landowners may be overkill. Brown has zeroed out funding for the Williamson Act, which this year is providing $...