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11.30.2010

California’s Public Schools Are Doing More With Less Money*

Starting with the budget signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in February 2009, the revisions to that in July 2009 and the record 100-day late budget signed in early October, public schools have been shorted $12.1 billion.

And because  temporary tax increases enacted in February 2009 will trigger off, lowering the state revenue available to support public schools, the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 will be just as grim for the state’s 6.2 million pupils and 300,210 teachers.    Read more »

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11.30.2010

Of the State of Washington…

“How can you not love a place whose capital is named after a beer?”    Read more »

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11.29.2010

How Some California Cities Got Their Names: Santa Barbara

Numerous California cities are named for saints, a leftover from the missionary zeal of the 17th and 18th centuries.

San Francisco is Spanish for St. Francis and San Jose is St. Joseph, the father of Jesus. Santa Maria, his mother. San Bernardino is St. Bernard of Menthon, he of the cask-carrying rescue dogs.    Read more »

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11.24.2010
Take a Look at California’s Public Schools and Their Students*

Take a Look at California’s Public Schools and Their Students*

In 1980, there were 4,119,000 students enrolled in California’s public schools.

Ten years later, there were 4,951,000.

In 2009, 6,252,000 — a 52 percent increase in 29 years.

Of those students, 3,065,00 are Latino — a 189 percent increase.

African Americans are 455,000 of those students — a 21 percent increase.    Read more »

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11.23.2010
Guest Post: Another View of the State’s Grim Fiscal Condition

Guest Post: Another View of the State’s Grim Fiscal Condition

***** (Editor’s Note: This synopsis of the state’s fiscal condition, mildly edited by California’s Capitol,  was sent to clients of Greenburg Traurig, an international law firm. Among the entities Greenburg’s Sacramento lawyers represent are El Paso Corporation, the American Council of Life Insurers, Otis Elevator Company, MillerCoors LLC and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.) ***** California’s Fiscal Outlook 2011-2012 — A $25 Billion Headache

Just one month after the passage of the latest budget in California’s history, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office finds that the state faces a whopping $25 billion budget deficit.    Read more »

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11.22.2010
How One Democratic Governor Responded to the Recession

How One Democratic Governor Responded to the Recession

Gov. Gregoire Suspends State Rule-Making Process

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2010

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today signed an executive order suspending and limiting the state rule making process to help small businesses and local governments as the state continues its economic recovery.

“State rules are essential to protecting the health, safety, welfare and quality of life for Washingtonians.    Read more »

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11.19.2010

Guest Post by Cindy McNatt of the Orange County Register

I had a fascinating conversation the other day with a San Juan Capistrano rancher — Annie Haven of the Haven Family Ranch.

Not only does she raise free-range, grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free longhorn and Angus cattle, she makes a delightful manure tea that is good for your garden and is as pure as the cattle that produce it.    Read more »

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11.18.2010
First Eight Members of Redistricting Commission Are Selected

First Eight Members of Redistricting Commission Are Selected

Using a wire cage and ping-pong style lottery balls, State Auditor Elaine Howle selected the first eight members of the 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission, charged with drawing legislative district lines for the 2012 election.

The commission strips that power from state Senate and Assembly members and the state’s 53-member congressional delegation who opposed the initiatives creating the commission and appear to still be working to undermine the commission’s authority.    Read more »

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11.17.2010

The Manitoba Herald’s Clive Runnels on Illegal Immigration

The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration.  The recent actions of the Tea Party are prompting an exodus among left-leaning citizens who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray and agree with Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.    Read more »

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11.17.2010
Are Lawmakers Planning Redistricting Commission Lawsuit?

Are Lawmakers Planning Redistricting Commission Lawsuit?

Unsuccessful in convincing voters to eliminate a commission charged with drawing new legislative and congressional districts lines, lawmakers appear to be preparing to mount a legal challenge.

The authority of the 14-member citizens commission, which was created by Proposition 11 on the November 2008 ballot, was expanded to include congressional districts by Proposition 20, approved by voters November 2.    Read more »

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