Recently, California’s Capitol had the privilege of moderating a panel comprised of GOP Assemblyman Roger Niello of Sacramento and Assemblyman Jared Huffman, a San Rafael Democrat.*
Since it was the 67th Annual Conference of the California Water Association a fair amount of time was spent discussing water – or the state’s lack thereof – and assessing the cut of Huffman’s jib given his appointment as the new chair of the lower house’s Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.    Read more »
There is much garment rending and teeth gnashing in the state Capitol over California’s fiscal condition.
This fiscal year alone, which is nearly half over, there is at least an $11 billion gap between revenue and spending commitments. The governor predicts another $13 billion gap for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009.    Read more »
Women comprise just 10.9 percent of the directors and executive officers of the 400 largest companies in the state, up slightly from 10.4 percent last year, according to a fourth annual study of California women business leaders by the University of California at Davis Graduate School of Management.
“There is only one woman for every nine men in the executive suites and boardrooms of these high-profile companies,” Nicole Woolsey Biggart, the graduate school’s dean writes in the study’s preface.    Read more »
California localities approved seven of nine general obligation bonds totaling $2.4 billion, according to a preliminary count by the California Taxpayer Association.
Among the successful bonds — $500 million to improve parks in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
San Francisco approved an $887.4 million bond to retrofit San Francisco General hospital.    Read more »
Governor Schwarzenegger has now told California how bad its economy is and, as a consequence, how ugly the state budget is going to be.
In the current budget year, which ends June 30, 2009, revenues are $11.2 billion short of spending commitments. For the following fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009, revenues are expected to be $13 billion short.    Read more »
On April 12th, 1945, Vice President Harry Truman was told to come to the White House. He was ushered into Eleanor Roosevelt’s sitting room and informed that President Roosevelt had died making Truman the 33rd president of the United States.
“Is there anything I can do for you?” Truman asked Eleanor Roosevelt.    Read more »
Digging back into the campaign mailbag:
Supporters of Proposition 8, which would prevent same sex couples from marrying, show a grainy photo of California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell from a television ad in which O’Connell says that Proposition 8 has nothing to do with schools or children.
“He’s Lying,” the mailer says in large red letters.    Read more »
This time of year they are more common than a foreclosure in Sacramento, Stockton or the Inland Empire.
They purport to educate voters and “guide” them to the correct ballot choices.
What they actually do is attack, exaggerate, inflame and obfuscate.
They are the pieces of mail sent to voters by candidates, ballot measures and interest groups.    Read more »
So predicts former Assembly Speaker, mayor of San Francisco and master politician, Willie Brown. The Democratic presidential nominee takes Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and maybe even Arizona, Brown believes. Potentially North Carolina but not Florida.
Obama receives around 50 more electoral votes than Massachusetts Senator John Kerry did in 2004, Brown says.    Read more »
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