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News Roundup: 7-01-09

So in the news today we have a few items that you may want to know about. Governor, lawmakers blow deadline as budget hole deepens: The legislature and governor could not agree to anything yesterday. So we have now lost $3.3 billion in savings that would have been available to meet the shortfall. The state…

News Bits: June 29, 2009

Assembly Democrats approve majority vote budget fix BRIAN JOSEPH, Orange County Register:  Exploiting a legislative loophole, Assembly Democrats late Sunday passed a tax increase and other fixes to bridge the state’s $24.3 billion deficit without a single Republican vote. Typically, tax increases and budget votes require a two-thirds majority. Since just over one third of…

State Transportation Chief Hired As New CEO of OCTA

Will Kempton, a 35-year industry veteran, will take over the reins Aug. 3 ORANGE – Will Kempton, head of the California Department of Transportation for the past five years, was hired today to become the new chief executive officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority.Kempton, who is expected to begin Aug. 3, brings to OCTA…

Jaramillo gets almost $500,000 in back pay

The Orange County Register Crime Scene Blog has the story. Jaramillo wins back pay from county in judge’s ruling by Andrew Galvin SANTA ANA – Former Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo is entitled to four years of back pay and benefits from the county on his claim that he was unlawfully terminated by former Sheriff Mike…

GOP Legislators Back Insurer Ripoff

The following story from the California Progress Report blog was forwarded to us by one of our readers. 25 Republican Lawmakers Support Safeco in Insurance Overcharge Case Doug Heller, Executive Director, Consumer Watchdog In a stunning show of fealty to insurance giant Safeco, 14 Republican state Senators and 11 Assemblymembers have asked the California Supreme…

Legislative Leaders Announce Their Budget Plan

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) today presented the budget proposal approved by the legislature’s joint Budget Conference Committee yesterday that addresses California’s budget shortfall with a balanced approach including real cuts, limited new revenues and other responsible solutions. The Budget Conference Committee proposal addresses…

Is Revolution Brewing In Iran?

This commentary was posted over on Huffington Post. Nathan is one of OC’s strong Democrats and published author – expert in Iranian politics. Is A Revolution Brewing In Iran Following the announcement by Iran’s Interior Ministry that incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won reelection in an implausible landslide, hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to…