Cal Watchdog is Credentialed

Cal Watchdog is now officially credentialed by the state of California.

After seven months of waiting for official state capitol press badges, the wait is over. Editor Steven Greenhut and reporters Katy Grimes and Anthony Pignataro now have official press badges to cover the state Legislature. And don’t we look happy about it?

Our applications to the Capitol Correspondents Association of California for state capitol press badges went in last December – seven months ago – but were delayed along the way. Inquiries to the association led us to Assembly Speaker Karen Bass’s office, and finally to Speaker John Perez’s office for approval. But still the applications sat.

Today, we got word that our press applications had been processed and approved. We are bonafide.

“The timing is perfect,” Pignataro said. “We got to celebrate freedom and liberty the old fashioned way — by having our pictures taken by the government and then stored in an official database.”

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LtoR: Greenhut, Grimes, Pignataro. Watch out, Sacramento...

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  1. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 3 July, 2010, 06:19

    Congrats!

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  2. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 3 July, 2010, 12:48

    Guess I’m just old fashioned–and maybe naive too–but I’ve always thought of press folks as even-handed. Hard to get used to the kind of journalism that only looks for stories that conform to the reporters’ ideology. If you find stuff that makes government look bad, you’ll report it thorougly. If you find stuff that makes government look good, you’ll ignore it. Nevertheless, congratulations.

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  3. BGR
    BGR 4 July, 2010, 20:39

    Membership has it’s privileges!

    Just dont eat all the shrimp

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  4. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 5 July, 2010, 09:56

    Congrats.

    Steve, doesnt our government have to do something to make themselves look good in order for such an event to be ignored? If they could just count on their actions to get them good press, they wouldnt have to hire scumbag public relations people to cover their tracks.

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  5. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 5 July, 2010, 10:55

    They should be able to count on their actions to get them good press. Sometimes they need people to help them cut through the clutter of outlets like this one so their actions will be recognized by the general media and the public. But no matter what they do, outlets like this one will NOT report it if it is a good thing. That’s the difference between real journalism and ideology based journalism.

    Also, speaking of “scumbags”, do you mean the “scumbags” that work for Meg Whitman or the “scumbags” who try to get visibility for the Tea Party, or the “scumbags” who apologize for BP? If, however, you’re talking about all p.r. people, that’s a helluva cheap shot.

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  6. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 5 July, 2010, 11:49

    I read news from many sources and none of them have been able to report on anything good that California politicians have done in quite a while. What “good” things have been left out? The idiotic ban of grocery stores giving their customers bags? The attempt to ban free parking across the state? The time they wasted to declare a “No Cussing Week” that wasnt even honored because the public found out that they were screwing around with that instead of doing the budget? The time they are wasting redistributing the recycling money that have stolen from us over the last 2 decades? The time they are wasting by coming up with “Boycotts” or “Declarations of Disapproval” of laws that another state passes? The fact that noone can remember when they passed a budget on time? The fact that despite continuous deficits, the state has continued to hire thousands of people for meaningless government jobs? Hiring more consultants for 6 figures for their Magic Bullet Train? The fact that they have screwed every tax paying californian out of thousands of dollars because they didnt want to cut their pet programs to balance the budget? The fact that they raided the redevelopment accounts of cities who made the mistake of saving money to try to make their towns better? Other than those, I really cant think of anything “Good” that the Hacks in Sacramento have done recently that would warrent them being praised in the news.

    I couldnt care less what Whitman, BP, or tea party people do because they are spending their own money. These hacks in Sacramento take taxpayer money & political donations to hire some some sleezebag who has no problem lying through his teeth as long as his check cashes. If they would actually do the right thing in the first place, they wouldnt need someone to spin and manipulate each one of their actions in order to fool the public, all so they can try to get elected again, no matter how bad of a job they do.

    It pretty bad that the politicians in Sacramento are so bad at their jobs that they have created a niche industry for political professional liars. Is that their idea of how to create jobs in the state? The more these politicians screw up, the more people they need to hire to cover it up. Do these PR jobs count as green jobs since all these creeps do is peddle bull crap? That should help make up for the millions of jobs that AB32 will kill, right.

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  7. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 6 July, 2010, 09:48

    I guess someone’s off their meds today.

    So you don’t care what BP does? They are getting billions in tax breaks from the federal and state governments when we’re in the middle of a budget crisis. But that’s OK?

    And by the way, as long as Rabid Right Republican legislators refuse to allow a budget that has any revenue increases and as long as they hold veto power with the two-third vote, why should the Democrats waste time trying to pass a realistic budget?

    As to your rant about p.r. people, you are an idiot. Period.

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  8. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 6 July, 2010, 12:21

    Thats right, dont answer anything, dont provide proof to the contrary, just attack the person and change the subject. Its obvious you have been in the business for quite a while.

    Is BP the only company that gets tax breaks? You keep complaining about oil companies getting tax breaks but you dont say a word about the “Green” companies who not only get tax breaks, but they also get billions of dollars in grants & government backed loans. Should our government be throwing around money like that when we have a budget crisis? Especially when that money they are throwing around was borrowed from China in the first place. Is that OK?

    The reason they should pass a realistic budget is because its the law, but the people in Sacramento dont think rules apply to them though. There would be no reason to have any “Revenue Increases” (New Taxes & Fees) included in a budget if there was not so much waste & unneccessary programs included in the budget. You wouldnt have such a problem with the 2/3 majority if the Dems were the minority party. If they decrease spending then you dont need to raise more revenue, which means you wont have any problem getting 2/3 of the representatives to vote for it. Period.

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  9. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 6 July, 2010, 14:42

    “just attack the person and change the subject. Its obvious you have been in the business for quite a while.” Sorry, but I am NOT a right-wing talk show host.

    If you think so-called “green” companies get one-fiftieth of the billions raked in by big oil, I have a lovely bridge in the Bay Area to sell you cheap.

    And of course, your only answer is to cut, cut and cut some more. Destroy the only effective program we have to move people from welfare to work (CalWorks) so we’ll be the only state in the country without one. Throw elderly, blind and disabled homecare recipients into nursing homes or into the street. Shut down schools and parks. Reduce police and fire protection.
    Cut anything and everything, but, God forbid, don’t make corporations pay their fair share.

    Problem is that anything that doesn’t help you directly is unnecessary.

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  10. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 7 July, 2010, 08:03

    First off, I dont want your bridge, everyone knows those bridges are a huge financial drain and they are 1 big earthquake away from going for a swim.

    Second off, I never said anything about completely cutting any of those programs. I just think its ridiculous for the reps in Sac to continously ask us tax payer to make sacrafices and pay more taxes when they keep giving raises to their staff, continue hiring thousands of state workers, and refuse to reduce the budget to any tax funded social services. They act like the only people who should be suffering & making sacrafices in the time of a down economy is those people who go to work every day. If the government was not so wasteful with the money we already pay, they wouldnt be asking for new tax increases every single year.

    And once again, who mentioned anything about “Big Oil”? You always try to bring oil companies into everything just to deflect away from any other subject that you dont have an answer for. If you hate oil companies so much then stop driving, stop heating & cooling your house/office, and only use electricity from solar & wind power. And make sure nothing you use contains plastic since most plastic is a petrolium product.

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  11. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 7 July, 2010, 11:01

    “they keep giving raises to their staff, continue hiring thousands of state workers, and refuse to reduce the budget to any tax funded social services…”

    OK, one more time, the amount of money that “Big Oil” and other corporations are saving in tax breaks is twenty times larger than all of the money spent on the above.

    No, I don’t “hate” big oil. I just believe that if we are in a financial crisis everyone…including large corporations and big oil…should do their part to help solve it. I believe oil companies should pay an oil extraction tax in California–just like they do in every other oil producing state. I believe that corporations shouldn’t pay the same Prop. 13 property tax rates as my grandmother and that we should split the tax rolls so they will pay their fair share.

    Apparently, you’d rather attack state workers and cut social services than make corporations pay their fair share. That’s your privilege, but don’t accuse me of not having answers. I have plenty of answers, even if you don’t agree with them.

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  12. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 7 July, 2010, 11:47

    Your answers are just more taxes. If the public employees would cut back and take minor cuts during the hard times, instead of holding demonstrations demanding more more money & benefits, people & companies would be more willing to sacrafice a little more on their end. When the perception(& reality) is that the new taxes are just going to fund the additional pay & benefits for the unions, then you are going to meet strong resistance on the side of the taxpayers.

    If you have a problem with the current tax structure, how about just an across the board flat tax. No write offs, no exemptions, that way no one can argue that people or companies are not paying their fair share. Everyone pays the same percentage of their income so you know that it was fair to everyone.

    You cant just keep coming up with new ways to add more taxes when there are no measure being taken to control the spending that is blowing though all of the tax money that is already collected. What guarentee would we have that there wouldnt just be a demand for another tax or increased taxes in a year or 2? If people have to get by with less when times are hard, there is no reason the government should have to do the same.

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  13. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 7 July, 2010, 15:17

    “Your answers are just more taxes.”

    Wrong! I would like to see the people of California decide what programs they want from government, like education, health care, and police and fire protection, and what programs they don’t want. The deal would be that they would be allowed to eliminate those programs they don’t want, but they would have to fully fund the programs they do want. And if there isn’t enough revenue to fully fund the programs they want, they have to find new revenue.

    Unfortunately, the right-wingers’ answers are just more cuts. They’ve done a masterful job of selling the MYTH that any new revenues will just be used to fund additional pay and benefits for unions, rather than the reality that they can be used to provide homecare to the elderly and disabled, improve public safety and education, etc.

    And, by the way, the public employees are holding demonstrations to protest propose CUTS in pay and benefits, furloughs, layoffs, etc. They are NOT demanding MORE money and benefits; that’s just another right-wing myth.

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  14. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 7 July, 2010, 16:58

    Did we just agree on something!

    Considering the fact that we have a 12%+ unemployment rate, the unions should step up and understand that things are rough and everyone is having to cut back. The private sector workers are facing slashed hours, benefits, no job security, and we have already been forced to pay a substantial tax increase. When they are taking the time to protest a possible delay in raises or even small across the board cuts, it gives the public the perception that the unions are not willing to make the same sacrafices that we have all been making. That is not really a good way to come across to people who have lost their homes, businesses, cars, benefits, etc.

    And im not a “right winger”, i think most of the people in sac have their party affiliation & their own interest in mind, not the interest of the people they are supposed to represent. Not every issue is black and white, and just because someone identifies with one or 2 views of a party does not mean that party is representative of all of that persons principles.

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  15. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 8 July, 2010, 08:42

    “…the unions are not willing to make the same sacrafices that we have all been making.”

    “All?” The corporations have allowed us to postpone their tax breaks to help solve the budget crisis? The oil companies have agreed to pay an oil extraction tax to bring in needed revenue? Yeah, when pigs fly.

    I wish that the people who have lost homes, businesses, cars, etc. would understand that it is not the fault of state workers or the poor or even “illegals”.

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  16. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 8 July, 2010, 09:18

    I like how you just pick fractions of sentences to cut & paste.

    I never even said anything about corporations or tax breaks. I didnt even place the blame for people losing their homes, etc on the state worker or illegals, I simply said that the people who have already lost everything they had and are already paying higher taxes are not going to sympathize with union worker who are protesting because they dont want to shoulder their portion of budget cuts. The fact that they have a cushy situation but they are still protesting makes it look like they dont appriciate the fact that they still have a job. There are millions of people in this state that would love to have those jobs, even at a fraction of the pay & benefits, so the union protestors are going to have a difficult time convincing everyone else that they really have it so bad.

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  17. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 8 July, 2010, 14:53

    You said that “we all have been making” sacrifices. I simply corrected you.
    ALL of us have NOT been making sacrifices. Corporations, agribusiness, the oil companies, etc. have NOT been making sacrifices. Why won’t you acknowledge this? You seem to want people to ignore the excesses of the corporate sector and blame state workers for all their problems.

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  18. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 8 July, 2010, 15:49

    All of the companies in those industries are paying more in sales taxes for anything they purchase within the state, they are paying more to register their vehicles in the state, they are paying more for the transportation of their goods, etc., so they are also paying more in order to pitch in and close the deficit. Just because they are not having all of the taxes levied on them that some people have suggested does not mean that they are not paying more money to fund the states obligations.

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  19. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 9 July, 2010, 13:14

    But how many corporate tax breaks are they getting that none of the rest of us enjoy? Why is a huge agribusiness or Disney paying the same property tax rate as my grandmother? It’s not what they pay, it’s what the DON’T pay that makes the current situation so unfair.

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