Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Portantino’

State parks: Only in California is a government surplus scandalous

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

July 23, 2012 By John Hrabe California’s Department of Parks and Recreation has been holding onto $54 million in surplus funds for the past decade. The agency didn’t bother to tell anyone at the state Department of Finance about their secret stash. Oops. Parks agency director, Ruth Coleman, ...

East Bay second Cal State foundation to file questionable tax returns

Monday, May 21st, 2012

May 21, 2012 By John Hrabe With 427,000 students and 44,000 staff on 23 campuses, the California State University System is the nation’s largest higher education system. But from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Cal State is raising tuition, cutting enrollment and campaigning for a multibillion-doll...

Dem Legislators Urge Cal State to Disclose True Amount of Executive Compensation

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

MARCH 13, 2012 By JOHN HRABE In response to a CalWatchDog.com investigation series, two Democratic state legislators are calling on the California State University system “to come clean with a complete and detailed look at just how CSU executives are paid.” In a letter sent Tuesday afternoon t...

Girl Scout Oath Makes Some Bristle

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Katy Grimes: On the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts, the California Legislature honored the organization with a resolution today, by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont. The resolution notes "the Girl Scouts' century-long commitment to building girls of courage, confidence and character wh...

Legislators Flunk Cal State ‘Fuzzy Math’

Monday, March 12th, 2012

MARCH 12, 2012 By JOHN HRABE Senate Republican leader Bob Huff flunked Cal State University’s “fuzzy math” and is calling for "substantial changes at the institution.” His action followed CalWatchDog.com's investigation into the system’s false and misleading information about the total ...

CalWatchDog.com Exclusive: Cal State Lies about Executive Pay

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

MARCH 2, 2012 By JOHN HRABE California State University officials have provided false and misleading information to the public about the total compensation provided to at least one of the system’s 23 presidents, a CalWatchDog.com investigation has found. According to IRS documents of the Cal Sta...

Pro-Biz California Democrats Emerging?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

FEB. 21, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI The intent of California political redistricting has been to attract more centrist candidates who might reduce the notorious political dysfunction in the state Legislature. A candidate has entered the race for the newly created State Assembly District No. 41, center...

Whistleblower Bill Advances in Leg

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

JAN. 11, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Each year, thousands of California state employees do the right thing by exposing government waste and fraud. But not in the state Capitol in Sacramento, according to Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena. At an Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Por...

Assembly Must Open Secret Budget

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The leadership in the California Assembly seems to think it's the Supreme Soviet, the legislative body of the old Soviet Union. It's not. The Assembly represents the people of California. And the people have the right to know what's going on there, including with the Assembly's budget. Yet, r...

CA Legislature Acts Like Sopranos Mob

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

JUNE 22, 2011 By DAVE ROBERTS What exactly was Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, implying last week when he took offense, both personally and for all Italians, after Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine, compared ABX1 27 to the type of extortion racket engaged in by Tony Soprano'...