Dan Chmielewski

The Obstructionists in Irvine, Sacramento and Washington

Republicans thump their chests constantly as the party of freedom when they really should lay claim to the party of obstruction.  In Irvine, the Great Park Design Contract was finally approved by a 3-2 vote with obstructionists Christina Shea and Steven Choi voting no.  My kids, my friends and neighbors are all looking forward to…

Senate Republicans Proposed Budget Summed Up: Screw the Poor

Today’s LA Times and OC Register have stories on the Republican budget proposal.  Ackerman’s plan effectively cuts the budget at the expense of children on welfare who have parents that don’t comply with work requirements.  It also eliminates programs Republicans have detested for years (the elimination of the Labor Institute which educates labor leaders; you know…

Letters and “Memos” on the State Budget

In a hostage situation when a dialogue has begun, the kidnappers usually come forth with a list of demands or else the hostages will get hurt. With the Republican Senate minority holding the state budget hostage, and millions of Californians depending upon services from the state government, we still don’t know what these Senators want. …

No New Nukes?

The LA Times has a thoughtful editorial today about movements to build new nuclear facilities in California.   There are some considerable advantages of nuclear power.  As a kid growing up in upstate New York, field trips to the Niagra Mohawk facility in Oswego, NY were an annual ritual (see kids, Nuclear Power is good).  And for all its…

Budget Passes

Please see this link for more details; the assembly passed the budget late last night and it goes to the Senate for approval. Jon Fleischman is none too pleased about it and hopes the Senate Republicans hold the line.  I could write a letter to my assemblyman Chuck DeVore, expressing my displeasure at his No…