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3.31.2011

The Three-Generation Saga That Created Moraga

The City of Moraga is named after the builder of the 1841 adobe on the knoll above Orinda’s Miramonte High School.

It’s the oldest building in Contra Costa County. And looked every year of it in 1935.

Joaquin de la Santisima Trinidad Moraga, who called the adobe home, was the third generation of one of California’s most notable pioneer families.    Read more »

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3.31.2011

Today’s Latin Lesson Is a Good Legislative Goal

Ne Plus Ultra

“The Highest Point Attainable or Attained.”

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3.30.2011
Don’t Saturate Lawns But California’s Drought Officially Over

Don’t Saturate Lawns But California’s Drought Officially Over

(Editor’s Note: A March 17 article in the Capitol Weekly, penned by the chief correspondent of California’s Capitol, noted that despite the state’s strong hyrdrologic condition, California was officially still in a drought because a February 27, 2009 executive order by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared the state in a drought emergency.    Read more »

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3.29.2011
GOP Demands Lead a Testy Jerry Brown to Halt Budget Talks

GOP Demands Lead a Testy Jerry Brown to Halt Budget Talks

A seven-page document generated by Republican legislators made public March 25 is a key reason why, four days later Gov. Jerry Brown has called a halt to budget talks with the GOP.

This voluminous list, posted by the Los Angeles Times, catalogues what Republican negotiators want in return for two of their members in each house voting to place before voters the question of extending $12 billion in taxes for five years.    Read more »

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3.28.2011

The First Dog Cometh and, Shortly Thereafter, Goeth Away

(Editor’s Note: The chief correspondent of California’s Capitol was recently inside the Governor’s Office, obtaining a new press credential for which, mercifully, an extensive background report is not required. He files this report:)

Standing in the hallway and chatting with a friend near the Governor’s Press Office – the rooms previously occupied by First Lady Maria Shriver and her staff – an unescorted corgi waddles around a corner from another office.    Read more »

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3.25.2011
What’s in a Name? Depends if It’s In the File or On the Ballot

What’s in a Name? Depends if It’s In the File or On the Ballot

A terrific resource for those interested in California’s Assembly or Senate is the Daily File each house publishes, not surprisingly, every day.

Among the information to be gleaned is how many pieces of legislation have been introduced – 1,427 in the Assembly through March 22 and 939 in the Senate.

The files contain compendiums of legislative committees and their membership, committee meeting times and bills slated for consideration as well as important deadlines and holidays such as Spring Recess – April 14 through April 25 — and June 3, the last day to pass bills out of their house of origin.    Read more »

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3.24.2011
No Election June 7, Says Jerry Brown at Budget Bills Signing

No Election June 7, Says Jerry Brown at Budget Bills Signing

Governor Jerry Brown said March 24 that it is too late to call an election for June 7 to vote on his proposed five-year extension of more than $12 billion in taxes set to expire this year.

Brown made the remark at a Capitol ceremony in which he rapidly signed 13 budget-related bills aimed at reducing what the Democratic governor says is a $26.6 billion gap between revenue and state spending commitments.    Read more »

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3.24.2011
Political Sightings at Sacramento’s March 23 Lady Gaga Show

Political Sightings at Sacramento’s March 23 Lady Gaga Show

Despite a population of more than 400,000, Sacramento still seems like a small town.

Consider the sold-out show at Power Balance Pavillion, formerly Arco Arena.

Among the political denizens sighted were several lobbyists, none in short skirts or high heels or otherwise costumed in outfits mimnicking Lady Gaga, as anumber of audience members were.    Read more »

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3.23.2011
Do Four Budget-Related Tax Law Changes Save $335 million?

Do Four Budget-Related Tax Law Changes Save $335 million?

The package of budget-related measures the Democratic majority Legislature sent to Gov. Jerry Brown March 17 contains a bill lawmakers say “includes changes that result in $335 million of budget solutions.”

That much savings appears elusive, at least from reading the analysis of the bill, SB 86.

At the conclusion of the five-page analysis, which guided lawmakers in understanding the bill’s contents, appears this paragraph:

“The total combined fiscal impact of all the provisions in this bill results in additional general fund revenues of $280 million in 2010-11 and $56.5 million in 2011-12.”

Added together, the total is $336.5 million, slightly higher than the savings claimed by lawmakers but in the current fiscal environment it’s probably prudent to err on the side of caution.    Read more »

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