Posts Tagged ‘tax increases’

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...

Gov. Brown's budget largely ignores massive debt
Friday, January 10th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday released his state budget proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1, with spending sharply higher than last year, despite promises of fiscal restraint. The governor’s $155 billion total spending plan increases the general fund spending ...

CA lawmakers back in the saddle again
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- After a nice long winter's rest, the California Legislature is back in the saddle again. And they hit the ground running, immediately bringing back many bills that did not pass in 2013. Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Assembly Sp...

‘Arena derangement syndrome’ afflicts Sacramento
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Call it "arena derangement syndrome," or ADS. It afflicts cities trying to use taxpayer money for new sports arenas or stadiums. It's now threatening the validation of 35,000 ballot initiative petition signatures that would halt the proposed subsidy of a new arena for Sacramento's Kings basketba...

How will Brown budget proposal address pensions, taxes, debt?
Monday, January 6th, 2014

California's budget battles will begin on Friday when Gov. Jerry Brown releases his proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1. The media and political buzz in the Capitol building is that the state has a surplus -- and maybe voters even are ready for higher taxes. "We now fin...

‘Since voters are so stupid, let govt. make all decisions’
Saturday, December 14th, 2013
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The pabulum voters are being fed has escalated to new heights… or lows as the case may be. In a letter to the Sac Bee editor today, a reader claimed Alexis de Tocqueville would have supported Sacramento City Council's decision to forge ahead with the publicly subsidized arena without a vo...

Merry Covered CA Christmas: No payment, no health coverage
Friday, December 13th, 2013
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If you are signing up for Obamacare, I hope you've already put your check in the mail. If you haven't paid by Dec. 23, don't count on having Obamacare insurance in January. As with all insurance coverage, the plan must be paid for before you are officially covered. According to the U.S. Departmen...

Update: Critics charge SF/Oakland Bay Bridge still unsafe
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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New questions have arisen about the subject of several stories I wrote last spring about the construction debacles on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge repairs. In May, I covered a report of the concerns of engineer Yun Chung. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck with 6.9 magnitude an...

EDD computers must be fixed by Dec. 31
Monday, December 9th, 2013
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This is Part 2 of a series on the EDD. Part 1, an interview with Spokesman Dan Stephens, is here. Just after the Labor Day weekend, the California Employment Development Department released a $100 million computer upgrade. It crashed. Without warning, 150,000 jobless Californians were cut fr...

ALRB’s Shiroma Backs AB 32
Monday, December 9th, 2013
Genevieve Shiroma is the new SMUD board president.

As part of CalWatchdog's ongoing series reporting about the California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board, it is interesting to note some of the political activities of ALRB Chairwoman Genevieve A. Shiroma, who has been politically active throughout her career. My interview with her is here. ...