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No Budget, IOUs, Home for the Holiday Weekend

From the Orange County Register’s Jennifer Muir and Brian Joseph: SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers headed home Thursday without a budget deal, as the state controller’s office began printing tens of thousands of IOUs, leaving vendors, municipal governments and students who receive financial aid bracing for the worst.  Action on the budget appears to be stalled until Monday,…

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Shea/Choi on Great Park CEO Search

An interesting opinion by an appeals court judge, which basically says that two parties who settle a dispute one of those parties is entitled to reimbursement of legal fees.  Huh?  I think the decision should be appealed because it frankly discourages settlements and encourages more costly litigation through the courts. From Sean Emery’s story in…

12 Years Later…

Today, I — very reluctantly – cancelled my subscription to the OC Register.  I love newspapers.  I truly do.  But there’s a mindset on Grand Avenue that refuses to acknowledge the 500,000 registered Democrats in this county, many of them proud liberals, by continuing to use nothing but conservative and liberatian columnists in the editorial/opinion pages.  And…

Who’s Afraid of Hollywood Liberals: Chuck DeVore

One of my neighbors in Irvine forwarded me a fundraising appeal from Chuck DeVore that has me in stitches.  Senator Barbara Boxer has unleashed Hollywood liberati for fundraising.  Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! Here’s the copy from Chuck’s email appeal: In the past 48 hours Barbara Boxer has called on her liberal Hollywood…

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…

Smith/Rodgers Pay Up in Irvine

While my politics are certainly liberal, I was always a big fan of radio commentator Paul Harvey’s “Rest of the Story” commentaries. After our post last week, I’m happy to report the rest of the story.  Former Irvine city council member Greg Smith and former council candidate Pat Rodgers have cut checks to reimburse the…

Does Prop 13 need Reform?

Kevin O’Leary has an outstanding piece in Time.com on Prop 13.  It’s worth a read. Has Prop 13’s time come and gone?  I get the idea that its designed to help homeowners keep property taxes in check, but is Prop 13 more like using stragulation as a means of holding your breath? From the story:…