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Yes Virginia; there is a Budget Deal and it ain’t pretty.

The Big 5 in our state government announced this evening that they have reached an agreement on the solution for California’s $26.3 billion budget shortfall. Steinberg: we have faced a cumulative $60 billion defecit since Jan. 1 Here is the video of the comments by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass at the Press Conference: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDI_G8GNosI&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] UPDATE: Here is today’s…

Counties and Cities to be hit hard by CA Budget Solution

The resloution of the $26.3 billion California budget mess is likely to be an all cuts scenario with counties and cities getting hit hard. In a message Friday from Paul McIntosh, the Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties, there is a hint of what we’ll be facing. (Letter edited due to length)…

Santa Ana Considering Tough New Graffiti Ordinance

Tonight at 6:00pm in the Santa Ana Police Department Community Room, City Council and staff will review a proposed new ordinance designed to address the problem of graffiti in the city. The proposed ordinance would require restitution for property damage, assess a fine of up to $1,000 and require community service penalties, specifically cleaning up graffiti…

Momentum growing to Repeal Prop 8 in 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on their Politics Blog that Another prominent LGBT group wants to wait on gay marriage vote until 2012. The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club — the nation’s oldest LGBT Demo club — thinks 2012 would be better, too. After hearing a presentation from San Francisco pollster Amy Simon this…

A request for a public apology that’s sure to be ignored

During their coverage of Noah Krom’s passing and in comments they both allowed on the posts themselves, Orange Juice blog editor Art Pedroza and anonymous blogger Red Vixen made some interesting accusations.  They claimed that LiberalOC bloggers were on the Krom payroll and that some commenters (notably Bruce Manning)who had the temerity to post a…

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…