Tag Archive for budget crisis

We Have A Budget

For what it’s worth, the hostage crisis in Sacramento is over. While there is certainly some Republican blood on the floors of both legislative houses, no one died. I’m still waiting on some more detailed analysis of the budget provisions adopted early this morning at 6:30 AM, it appears that the gas tax increase has been…

Wherein The Governator Attempts to Regain Relevance

Wow. Arnold says the obvious. “If you think you can do this budget without any increase in revenues,” he said, “then you have a big math problem.” And he wasn’t finished there: “Anyone that runs around and says this can be done without raising taxes, I think has not really looked at it carefully to…

Republican Capitol Coup-d’etat

The Senate Republicans, upset over the budget that their leader had agreed to, successfully initiated a coup-d’etat and ousted their leader Dave Codgill for cutting the current budget deal. Their new leader Dennis Hollingsworth (left), demonstrated the resolve of his new leadership by demonstrating how he and the GOP caucus will hold their collective breath…

Assembly Speaker on Budget Vote

SACRAMENTO – In this week’s Democratic address, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) sees spending cuts and new revenues as necessary components of a budget that will help California end a cash crisis that has already impacted employment and state payments to taxpayers. She calls the compromise needed to close California’s $42 billion budget deficit a…

OC Probation Chief AWOL

Colleene Preciado, Orange County’s Chief Probation Officer, fired off an email to her staff on Friday evening in another demonstration of the misinformation campaign being launched by County executive managers regarding the current budget crisis. Hu·bris: Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance. Her message (full text here) begins with an eloquent demonstration of her own hubris.…

Groundhog Day 2009

Today February 2nd is Groundhog Day. The official history of Groundhog Day can be found here and starts out like this: Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on…