AN INTERVIEW WITH B.T. COLLINS
On March 19, 1993, B.T. Collins died in a Sacramento hospital of a heart attack following a prolonged bout with a series of medical conditions. He was anything but the average 52-year old who died too young. B.T. was an exceptional person, as anyone who knew him will attest.    Read more »
A budget vote February 3 is the latest rumor du jour rolling through the state Capitol.
Allegedly the spending reductions – and tax increases – have been agreed to and the focus of continuing budget talks is the shape of the so-called “economic stimulus” legal changes sought by Gov. Schwarzenegger and his GOP allies.    Read more »
9:50 a.m., Sacramento, January 28:
The former eBay CEO and GOP governor wanna-be was jay-walking on 10th St. between L & J Streets heading toward the California Teachers Association World Headquarters.
Not unlike the State Capitol, would one enter those doors voluntarily?
From Justin Knighten of Lucas Public Affairs:
The re-occurring nightmare of blood-chilling weather, coat-check lines and traffic was worth the 10 minuets we stood 15 feet from President Obama and our nation’s First Lady at the Western Region Inaugural Ball. I had the opportunity to experience every moment of this grand trip, from gala to inauguration day, with a good friend – a state Capitol staffer.    Read more »
The sign next to the doors of Governor’s Schwarzenegger’s Capitol office and the graphic on his official State of California webpage are not only misuses of a minuscule amount of public funds for political purposes, they’re wildly inaccurate.
“Legislature’s Failure to Act” is bannered over a numerical tally of the days that have passed since the GOP governor called lawmakers into special session last November to address the state’s monstrous budget problems.    Read more »
A lobbyist for a large Southern California interest opined recently that Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, stacked his recently announced committee assignments to favor Northern California.
That would appear to be the case looking at the composition of Senate Appropriations.
Although San Diegan Christine Kehoe is chair, six of the remaining eight Democrats on the 13-member committee represent Northern California districts.    Read more »
Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks.
During his six years as President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, John Burton’s Senate webpage was permanently “under construction.”
Now that he is a candidate – apparently successful – for chair of the California Democratic Party not only does Burton have a website he has a slick and interactive one.    Read more »
From Ann Veneman, former head of the California Department of Food & Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture and now executive director of UNICEF:
I am so sorry to be slow in responding. I have been buried the last couple of days as I just got back from Africa on Sunday.    Read more »
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to name Glen Thomas, a veteran Sacramento educator, as his cabinet secretary for education, administration sources say.
Thomas, 62, who was executive director of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association for eight years, has held a variety of education posts over a 38-year career including stints helping to shape the state’s curriculum and improve arts education.    Read more »
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