Posts Tagged ‘Sacramento’

Legislature takes up dueling water bonds

Monday, January 27th, 2014

There's no drought of water bonds in the California Legislature to deal with the record drought the state is suffering. The Republican minority in the Legislature even is pitching in. Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Marysville, is pushing Assembly Bill 1445, a proposed $5.8 billion water bond to be put ...

Sacto City Clerk rejects petition to put arena subsidy to a public vote

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

In another twist in Sacramento's arena derangement syndrome, a petition drive to put a public subsidy for the proposed Sacramento basketball arena project to a public vote, has been rejected by the Sacramento City Clerk. Friday, the city clerk announced that she rejected the petitions, along ...

Mayor’s ‘arena hype machine’ shuns due diligence, economic analysis

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Arena Derangement Syndrome continues. "Collusion" and "shady dealings," are just a few of the words used in a letter to describe the City of Sacramento’s "utter failure to conduct any economic analysis" in the proposed taxpayer-subsidized sports arena. Attorneys representing members of ...

State of the State: Gov. Brown seeks ‘fiscal restraint’ — and more spending

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his 2014 State of the State this morning. It was largely a recap of his recent 2014 Budget proposal press conference, but shorter. As Brown often does, he first took on his critics: "It occurred to me that these critics – who have long recited our s...

Hearing reveals DTSC clogged with regulatory problems

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Hearing reveals DTSC clogged with regulatory problems

The new year brought the implementation of complex new state legislation passed in 2013 dealing with toxic waste in California. Businesses also must prepare for yet more legislation that was enacted in 2013, but will become effective in 2015. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control conve...

Senate Ed committee balances school needs, parents, unions and worms

Friday, January 17th, 2014

At a meeting of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, a dirty little secret about the Capitol came out. There are apparently worms in the drinking fountains. SB 687 was on the agenda in the education committee. The bill would allow school districts to permit adults to volunteer time or res...

Bill would strengthen public's right to comment before votes

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

“The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them,” says California Code Section 54950 of The Ralph M. Brown Act, the state's bedrock open-government law. cure for diabetes But that’s not always the way the system works. Whether it's delibera...

Arena lawsuit: Sacramento officials will be deposed

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The judge's order in the Sacramento arena lawsuit is in: Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty and Sacramento Economic Development Director Jim Rhinehart will be deposed about undisclosed dealings between city officials and the new Kings ownership group to help it buy the team. Last week...

LAO questions legality of plan to use cap-and-trade $ on bullet train

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The governor’s just-released 2014-15  budget proposes to spend $850 million from cap-and-trade auction revenue on various projects -- including the state’s high-speed rail project. That would defy the very purpose of cap-and-trade. In a new report on the spending plan, the Legislative An...

Arena lawsuit: Deposition of key officials nears go-ahead

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Opponents of the push for a heavily subsidized downtown Sacramento basketball arena are closer to forcing key city insiders to tell what they know about how much taxpayers actually will have to pay for the project. Last week, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon issued a tentative ruli...