Posts Tagged ‘John Chiang’

CA Democrats mismanage campaign war-chests

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
California Democratic Convention

California Democrats converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend for the party’s annual state convention. Although Democrats face two scandals involving members of the state Senate, the party is well positioned for the 2014 campaign cycle. The party controls every statewide offic...

Another reminder of Jerry Brown’s, Mac Taylor’s irresponsibility

Friday, March 7th, 2014

This Los Angeles Times story should infuriate anyone familiar with Gov. Jerry Brown's claims that the state is on firm ground financially -- and absolutely appall anyone who knows that alleged watchdog Mac Taylor of the Legislative Anayst's Office gave Brown cover for his myths: "SACRAMENTO -- Whil...

Is John Chiang a CTA-spiting kamikaze? Or a slick posturer?

Friday, February 7th, 2014

California politics tend only to surprise with the extremes to which unions will go in flexing their power. Protect classroom sexual predators? No problem. Openly subvert direct democracy? Sure. Argue that only union nurses should be allowed to administer life-saving treatment to a student suffering...

Good news for state: Programmers found for antiquated computers

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

One of the strangest stories out of Sacramento in recent years has to do with state Controller John Chiang's repeated warnings that it would be difficult to implement furloughs of state workers because of the antiquated computer system used to process the state's payroll. This is from a fr...

Controller Chiang’s payroll website earning praise for openness, transparency

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Federal officials continue to reshuffle the management of, with Kurt DelBene, a former president of the Microsoft Office Division, tapped as the new point person for the troubled Obamacare website. If DelBene fails to deliver, President Obama should call California State Con...

State finances: LAO’s own report on CalSTRS demolishes LAO’s happy talk

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

I'm still struggling to make sense of Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor's bizarrely upbeat report last month on state finances that predicted budget surpluses for years to come -- but barely mentioned the state's huge unfunded liabilities for retiree pensions and health care. Instead of calling for ...

Friday hearing: Will judge ‘have the [guts]’ to shut down bullet train?

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

On Aug. 16, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny handed down a landmark ruling against the $68 billion California bullet-train project. Kenny held that the state High-Speed Rail Authority's plan to begin construction in the Central Valley in coming months broke two key taxpayer protections ...

State bullet-train contracts appear to violate federal grant conditions

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's Aug. 16 ruling concluded that the California High-Speed Rail Authority would break state law if it proceeded with construction of a small first portion of the state's bullet-train project without having full funding in place and completed environmental...

State can offload retiree health costs on Obamacare

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

June 8, 2013 By Chris Reed One of the best reasons to snort with derision over Gov. Jerry Brown's claim to have whipped the state budget into shape is his decision to simply ignore the crisis posed by cost of unfunded health benefits for state retirees. This is from state Controller John Chiang in...

Yet another computer fiasco in home of Silicon Valley

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Feb. 9, 2013 By Chris Reed Friday's news that state Controller John Chiang had fired the second contractor hired to upgrade the state government's computer payroll system for incompetence and poor work -- a few years after the first contractor was fired for the same reason -- is an amazing comment...