Category Archives: California

Senator Hancock and I agree

“Since 1978, California has spent about $4 billion dollars on death penalty costs and has executed 13 people, according to a new study. That’s $308 million per condemned inmate. By 2030, when the population of San Quentin’s death row is … Continue reading

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A Revenue Utopia

“Gov. Jerry Brown hinted Thursday that if the budget talks with Republicans break down, the initiative fight that would follow would not be limited to Brown’s plans to raise sales, vehicle and income taxes. He said he expects labor groups … Continue reading

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As if it isn’t embrassing enough being a California girl

Skirmish breaks out on Assembly floor during budget debate, by Shane Goldmacher, LA Times, June 15, 2011 Sigh. It wasn’t even about the budget. It was about… um, something else.

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Carmageddon is imminent!

So, now that I have your attention: Please don’t go anywhere near the 101/405 interchange from noon July 15 through noon July 18. Please cross-post like mad, thanks; it’s not like CalTrans is going to get the word out themselves. … Continue reading

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Fiscal bedlam and the way we live now

“Senate Democrats flashed a potential trump card in the state budget debate Friday by passing a bill that would allow local authorities to raise taxes on just about anything after Republicans defeated an extension of the statewide sales and vehicle … Continue reading

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And I thought redistricting was dullsville

“In its Santa Ana meeting, the Redistricting Commission was asked by many people to keep Garden Grove with Westminster and separate both from Santa Ana, in part to allow the Vietnamese community to develop its future political influence. To its … Continue reading

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I’m about to say something good about San Diego

And you are there. “The (SD city) council voted 7-1 to drum up an additional $9 million that they’ll use to prevent any cuts to parks and libraries and end the city’s 17-month-old brownout policy, which calls for the idling … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown on the job

“Gov. Jerry Brown has put a halt to plans for a $356-million construction project that would have created a new home at San Quentin prison for California’s condemned inmates. ~snip~ “The new housing unit would have provided room for 1,152 … Continue reading

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People of California

This is how Republicans spend your tax dollars: “On Monday, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a first-term Republican from San Bernardino County, stood on the north steps of the Capitol with seven other Republican Assembly members. Before being elected, Donnelly had been … Continue reading

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The Republican’s California of the Future

The near future if the CA Repubs don’t vote to extend the existing taxes for another five years. Oh well. Details.

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Abolish the death penalty in CA and save $$$!

“In California, for example, a 2008 report showed that the $137 million annual cost of maintaining the criminal justice system would drop to just $11.5 million annually if the death sentence were abolished.” Illinois House Votes to End Death Penalty: … Continue reading

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Balance the CA budget

If you can. “Try your hand at eliminating the red ink in California’s budget. “The state’s budget shortfall for the rest of this fiscal year and next, estimated to be $28 billion, is the size of the total general fund … Continue reading

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Governor Brown Redux

Wow, everyone looks so happy. Except Governor Brown. “Brown took the oath of office at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento on Monday, a few blocks from the Capitol. He will celebrate with an afternoon party at the California State Railroad Museum. … Continue reading

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Crash Taxes! Coming to your city soon!

“‘Sacramento, with nearly half a million residents, soon could be the largest city in California to do so. The City Council has scheduled a vote next month to establish what it’s calling a ‘fire cost recovery charge.’ The fee would … Continue reading

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Mr. Skelton regrets

“One thing should now be evident as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger packs up his office: It was a mistake to recall Gray Davis. “Davis didn’t deserve it. He had just been reelected the year before. He would have been out of … Continue reading

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Which way, reform?

“Reforming Proposition 13 is a daunting prospect. The most obvious and rational reform simply involves reassessing nonresidential property at market value, which, in 2008, would have raised six to eight billion dollars for cities, counties, and schools. Not only would … Continue reading

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Prop 13 on commercial property: destroyer of California

Well, one of the destroyers of California, but, no, I’m not kidding. “The failure to tax commercial property properly is anticompetitive. Companies which compete against each other have wildly different property taxes, not because of their location or value, but … Continue reading

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2010 Census: dreams and realities edition

“The overall US population is 308,745,538. California’s population is 37,253,956, still the most populous state by far – Texas is in second place at 25,145,561. “California needs to keep pace and hold off Texas in the coming years – single-payer … Continue reading

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Another $624M for HSR in CA

“Last month, voters in Wisconsin and Ohio elected Republican governors who pledged to stop their state’s high speed rail projects, even though they had won $1.2 billion in federal stimulus grants to begin the projects. On the same day, California … Continue reading

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Random Roundup

Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things and does he evah. (I really should stay the hell away from Tumblr blogs) Obama: What happened to the guy named Obama who wanted to lift the cap on Social Security contributions? L.A. Unified project … Continue reading

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It’s official! Cooley Concedes!

Like a gentleman. Thank you, Steve. “Steve Cooley conceded defeat today to Kamala Harris in the political slugfest for California attorney general, aides said. “Cooley’s concession came 22 days after ballots were cast, with his Democratic opponent, left, holding a … Continue reading

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Kamala! Kamala! Kamala!

Yay!

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Go Kamala Go! Whoo-hoo!

Kamala D. Harris (Dem) 4,044,927 45.9% Steve Cooley (Rep) 4,039,351 45.8% (as of 4:15PM today) Kamala comes through! Let’s keep it that way, shall we?

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Gah!

Kamala D. Harris (Dem) 3,928,805 45.8% Steve Cooley (Rep) 3,940,205 45.9% Gah! K’mon Kamala! Kamala for CA AG! Clap your hands for Kamala! Clap your hands for Kamala! Clap your hands for Kamala!

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Oh No!

Coolely has a 24,276 vote lead! (pdf) K’mon Kamala! Eveyone! Clap your hands for Kamala! Clap your hands for Kamala!

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17K vote lead for Kamala

“With more than 7 million ballots counted, and as many as 2 million still left to tally, the race for California attorney general remains undecided. But the hostilities between the campaigns seem to have escalated while the fate of the … Continue reading

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Kamala Kicks Cooley’s Keister!

Whoo hoo! Kamala Harris is CA AG! (I knew she could do it)

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K’mon Kamala!

You can do it! Kamala Harris for AG! “Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, a Republican, holds a narrow lead over Democratic opponent Kamala Harris, leading by a slim 39%-38% margin among likely voters in Tuesday’s election, compared with … Continue reading

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Google + Karl Rove = EVIL squared x infinity

“Why are a small group of Silicon Valley companies paying for a cynical attack ad? After all, Google’s slogan is ‘Don’t be evil.’ How else can we describe the politics that brings together tobacco and oil money to do a … Continue reading

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Kamala Harris for CA AG

Kamala Harris for CA AG Because Cooley doesn’t plan to give back $13,000 received during prosecution of oil company “Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley on Saturday said he has no plans to return $13,000 in contributions to his … Continue reading

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