Posts Tagged ‘Don Perata’

Sacramento pack somehow perceives well-run state government

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Happy Fourth, everyone! In January 2008. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he backed state lawmakers' push to revise strict term limits for a specific reason. In response to a question I asked him at an editorial board meeting, Arnold said he thought Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and Senate...

‘Violence is as American as apple pie’

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Jan. 30, 2013 By Katy Grimes The Senate and Assembly held a joint Public Safety committee hearing on Tuesday about guns, but the hearing room was not even two-thirds full. Several Capitol staffers told me that the hearing had not been noticed to the public properly, deliberately, in order to kee...

Pension reform puts teacher take-home pay in cross hairs

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Dec. 19, 2012 By Chris Reed The conventional wisdom about the 400,000 members of the California Teachers Association and the 120,000 members of the California Federation of Teachers is difficult to dispute:  Their unions dominate Sacramento in a way no other special interest remotely rivals. As...

Prop 29 tobacco tax defeated

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

June 6, 2012 Katy Grimes: Ballotpedia just reported that Proposition 29, the Tobacco tax, was defeated 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. Whew! That was close. But in the end, I think voters are just distrustful of another tax, and particularly how politicians would spend the funds.   Propo...

Proposition 29: Why should voters care?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

April 25, 2012 by Katy Grimes There are examples of waste, fraud and abuse in nearly every corner of government.  With the election season upon us, voters need to pay special attention to what is on the ballot. California's ballot initiatives say a great deal about the health of the state. The...

Ballot-Box Budgeting Scheme

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Katy Grimes: The latest proposed state budget demonstrates exactly why California doesn’t need the new spending scheme that will appear on the ballot this June. The budget released by the Governor last week projects that despite billions in cuts to programs over the last several years, California...