Editorial Staff

Orange County lays off more workers, seniority doesn’t count.

Today, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will announce her planned cuts in staffing to address the $28 million budget cut the department must absorb this year. The Orange County Register’s Jennifer Muir reports some details this morning: Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens plans to lay off two assistant sheriffs and six captains to help rein in department expenses, according…

Assembly Passes Final Budget Bills

They’re done in the Assembly. We have budget legislation on the way to the Governor. The Assembly budget solutions are short $1.1 billion from the Senate solutuoins. It should be noted that the drilling expansion bill of DeVore’s died. Anyone want to take bets as to how long it takes for the budget to be…

Cities Threaten to Sue over Budget Deal

Yesterday the California League of Cities hosted a press conference to announce their intention to sue the State of California over the raid on gas tax and redevelopment funds to “balance” the state budget. Martin Wisckol of the Orange County Register filed this report: Cities say they’ll sue if plan to raid local coffers moves…

Budget Deal Delivers $93 million Hit to OC

H/T to Jennifer Muir over at Total Buzz. According to County Finance Director Frank Kim, the impact on the county budget could be as much as $93 million and that does not count cuts to health and social services programs. Borrowing from Property Tax revenues $36.6 Million General Fund, $4.1 million from county parks, $3.1…

Voices4Equality Launches Repeal Prop 8 Ad to Change Hearts and Minds

NOTE: Orange County based TruthandHope.org just released the following ad in the effort to repeal Prop 8. This is the first of many real story narratives slated to be released in the upcoming campaign to change hearts and minds. The post appears on Daily Kos. by TruthandHope, TruthandHope’s diary :: :: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RARArQ-P6Ik&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Edailykos%2Ecom%2Fstoryonly%2F2009%2F7%2F16%2F754188%2F%2DWatch%2Dour%2Dnew%2DVoices4Equality%2DAdRepeal%2DProp%2D8%2Dwith%2DReal%2DStories%2Dto%2DChange%2DHe&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] Today TruthandHope.org released…

Courage Campaign’s Ad Slams Governator

EDITOR’S NOTE: Courage Campaign has just released this ad and call to action against Schwarzenegger’s budget demands. The ad was created by Orange County’s dMedia. The following text is taken directly from the Courage Campaign’s call to action. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WWfkDWlUwU&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecouragecampaign%2Eorg%2Fpage%2Fs%2FUpInSmoke&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to let our state go up in smoke. But you can stop…

News Roundup for Saturday, July 11

Burris bails: Illinois Senator Roland Burris announces he will not run for election to the Senate seat vacated by President Obama. More at The Atlantic. California’s next residents: “The US State Department confirmed Tuesday that as many as 1,350 Iraqi Palestinians – once well-treated guests of Saddam Hussein and now estranged from Iraqi society –…