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10.30.2009
Dim Sum Slutiness Is as Dim Sum Sluttiness Does

Dim Sum Slutiness Is as Dim Sum Sluttiness Does

Being insatiable seems an essential element of sluttiness.

A slut can’t be sated or else they wouldn’t be a slut, right?

Being insatiable also bespeaks a certain lack of discrimination. Therefore, as a dim sum slut, if a new venue is discovered it must be experienced. Previously in this space, during the then known Sacramento dim sum universe, New Canton on Broadway was celebrated as the most divine.    Read more »

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10.29.2009
Billion Here, Billion There — Pretty Soon, Real Money

Billion Here, Billion There — Pretty Soon, Real Money

Both of the recently introduced $9.4 billion general obligations bonds to fund a variety of water-related projects would spend $1.5 billion on dirt.

In his bond proposal, SB3 7X, Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat, calls its “Statewide Watershed and Water Quality Protections.

In the bond introduced by Sen.    Read more »

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10.28.2009
Confessions of a Women’s Conference Escort 2009

Confessions of a Women’s Conference Escort 2009

Agnes Stevens, founder of School on Wheels was honored with a Minerva Award at the newly re-titled Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families.

The award is given to women who exemplify the courage and wisdom of the Roman goddess whose likeness appears on California’s state seal.

“Warriors on the frontline of humanity,” First Lady Maria Shriver said at the conference of the four Minerva award winners.    Read more »

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10.27.2009

Guest Post: Two (Senate) Officers and a Gentleman

By Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard and Greg Schmidt, Secretary of the Senate.

The day started with the usual grey West Coast beach overcast which, as the bagpiper played, soon began to break. The morning sunlight gradually crept through the stained glass windows, filling the sanctuary of the American Martyrs Catholic Church with a sense of warmth and welcome.    Read more »

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10.26.2009
Think of How Crowded the Freeways Will Be

Think of How Crowded the Freeways Will Be

Within 25 years, California’s population will reach 50 million, according to estimates by the state Department of Finance. 

By 2050, 60 million. 

The state’s roads, highways, schools and other public works are designed to serve 25 million — about 14 million fewer people than already live in California. 

To accommodate this projected population growth requires 220,000 new homes to be built each year, 19 new classrooms added every day for five years, delivery of an additional 200,000 acre-feet of water to the Central Valley and Southern California and construction of enough highways to handle 42 percent more vehicles.     Read more »

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10.23.2009
Rising Debt Payments Increase Budget Pressures

Rising Debt Payments Increase Budget Pressures

Among the points made in State Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s wide-ranging testimony to the Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Improving State Government (See the post below) is that California can no longer keep issuing debt willy-nilly.

He explicates the point in his recently issued annual Debt Affordability Report which shows the amount of debt service the cash-starved General Fund pays doubling from $6 billion this year to more than $12 billion in seven years.    Read more »

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10.23.2009
Effective Approach to a Common Problem

Effective Approach to a Common Problem

“I never panic when I get lost, I just change where I want to go.”

                                                                               –Rita Rudner    Read more »

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10.22.2009
Why Isn’t This Man California’s Next Governor?

Why Isn’t This Man California’s Next Governor?

When he gets up a decent head of rhetoric steam, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is remarkable to behold.

On October 22, in approximately 15 minutes of testimony before the Senate and Assembly select committees on Improving State Government, the former Attorney General and Senate president pro tempore said he was “Aristotelian” a “First Amendment purist,” informed the committee that “politics is theater for ugly people” and two-thirds of the bills passed by the Assembly are “junk.”

The select committees are considering ways to improve the legislative process.    Read more »

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10.21.2009
There Doesn’t Appear to Be Any Let-up Whatsoever

There Doesn’t Appear to Be Any Let-up Whatsoever

Although the state Legislature is in recess until the beginning of January the quest for campaign contributions certainly isn’t.

Candidates seeking election to the Legislature and lawmakers seeking re-election or higher office have 22 fundraisers scheduled – so far – from October 27 through December 11.

That does not count two Nevada lawmakers — Assembly Majority Leader John Oceguera and Assembly member Lynn Stewart – who are holding a $1,000-a-head event and $500-a-person event, respectively.    Read more »

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10.21.2009
Two GOP Senators Square Off Against Each Other

Two GOP Senators Square Off Against Each Other

There’s some friction in the state Senate Republican caucus because two of its members are running for statewide office – against each other.

Sen. Sam Aanestad of Grass Valley faces Sen. Jeff Denham of Merced in the 2010 lieutenant governor primary.

Aanestad recently launched his campaign. Denham’s view is that in instances where two senators are running against each other, one should not be “favored” as he believes Aanestad is with a seat on the upper house’s powerful Rules Committee.    Read more »

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