Today California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez announced his candidacy for State Controller in 2014. In describing his reason for seeking the office, Pérez emphasized that while California’s economy has improved significantly in recent years, considerable work remains.
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As we reported earlier this week, Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva is introducing legislation to resolve the dispute between the County of Orange and the State of California over VLFAA property tax funds. The enabling legislation will be introduced in the Senate today. The legislation allows Orange County to maintain a balanced budget and avoid further cuts to critical public services provided by the county.
If you happen to have access to the Orange County Register, either through print or online, you may have heard that Diane Harkey announced a possible deal to resolve the loss of $54 million in Vehicle License Fee (VLF) revenues. Unfortunately for the Register, Harkey had nothing to do with the deal.
San Diego is a lovely city. SeaWorld, Coronado, the Naval base, a zoo, lots of sunshine and SCANDAL. Last night, Voice of OC broke the story of Bob Filner’s opponent in the mayoral election last year, Carl DeMaio, with this tame headline; “Filner Was Not the Only SD Mayoral Candidate With Alleged Sex Issues”
Last week the Air Quality Management District Board voted 7-6 to issue a new rule banning beach fire pits within 700 feet of homes. AQMD Staff indicated that standing around a beach fire pit is equivalent to breathing the air from 3 diesel trucks or 800 cigarettes. The new regulations will coincidentally cause the removal of fire pits from Newport Beach, the ONLY city that has been advocating for their removal.