“Life is a wonderful journey with a final destination. This Passover I encourage you to tell your love ones (sic) how much you care and create memories for eternalty.” (sic)
……………………………Jerome E. Horton
As you may know, in the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God inflicted 10 plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would release his Hebrew slaves, with the tenth plague being the killing of all of the firstborn, from the Pharaoh’s son to the firstborn of the dungeon captive, to the firstborn of cattle.    Read more »
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is circumventing the Legislature by seeking to have all providers of retail electricity get 33 percent of it from renewable sources, according to a budget review by the Legislative Analyst.
In its examination of the “Resources and Environmental Protection” part of the GOP governor’s spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1, the Legislative Analyst notes on Page 24 that Schwarzenegger is ordering electricity providers and the state Air Resources Board to boost electricity generated from renewable sources to 33 percent when current law calls for only a 20 percent mandate.    Read more »
(Editor’s Note: Kudos for good use of Albert Einstein quote.)
There was a good deal of angst and tumult in the AB 32 world on March 25 resulting from a letter to the Air Resources Board form Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in which he appears to back several implementation strategies favored by business.
The two-page letter appears to advocate a more deliberate timetable in meeting the landmark law’s mandate of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the end of the decade.    Read more »
A quick look at the “Updated Economic Analysis of California’s Climate Change Scoping Plan” prepared by the Air Resources Board says that Ab 32, the state’s landmark greenhouse gas emissions reduction law, will add 10,000 jobs over the next decade.
The initial economic assessment in the original 2009 scoping plan predicted AB 32 would add 120,000 jobs by 2020.    Read more »
The Legislature adjourned for its spring break March 25 with a $20 billion hole still remaining in the current budget year and the next one, which begins July 1.
Before adjourning, however, the state Senate adopted a resolution by Sen. Elaine Alquist, a Santa Clara Democrat, acknowledging March 25 as Greek Independence Day.    Read more »
Jerome E. Horton, Vice Chairperson of the California State Board of Equalization recently was recognized at the first annual California Problem Gambling Training Summit for his outstanding leadership as a policy maker and continuous support in mitigating problem gambling throughout the State.
The California Office of Problem Gambling (OPG), a division of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, presented Horton with an award entitled “Achieving Success One Step at a Time,” at an awards luncheon co-hosted by the California Council on Problem Gambling and OPG on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at the Red Lion Inn in Sacramento .    Read more »
“Clean Money” Author Invites Lobbyists to $3900 Lunch
FOR RELEASE: March 24, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Wiebe, 916.448.4234
SACRAMENTO – The state senator who wrote Proposition 15, “to break the connection between political donations and public policy” broke bread with lobbyists and other political players at a fundraiser her campaign committee hosted today at a Sacramento steakhouse.    Read more »
(Editor’s Note: It has been brought to the attention of management that an error occured in the March 23 posting, Committee Approves Bill on California Condor Carrion.
Through a lapse in editing, the following sentence appeared in the post:
“Like former Senate President Pro Tempore John Burton, California condors date back to before the Pleistocene Epoch.”
In point of fact, not only was Sen.    Read more »
Among the requirements, give North America’s largest bird only euthanized livestock killed with non-lead ammunition, animals that die of natural causes and wildlife killed by traffic.
Although 87 condors ply the skies of California – up from 22 in 1982 – they need help finding food, supporters of the state’s condor recovery program say, because young condors, particularly those raised in captivity, don’t know where to find food on their own.    Read more »
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