| Jun 11, 2009
Bill Lockyer has some simple, blunt advice for Democratic legislators struggling to make painful budget cuts: Just assume you're not going to get reelected. Then dig in and slash.
Democrat Lockyer -- the state treasurer, former attorney general and...
| Jun 15, 2009
Animal analogies come to mind when somebody asks, "What is going on in Sacramento with the budget deficit?"
In one sense, the scene's like a horse race with some of the beasts balking at the starting gate. They'll get there eventually, but it'll take...
| Jul 7, 2009
Prospects for a resolution of the state's financial crisis darkened further Monday, with a top lawmaker saying negotiations were "getting worse," as the state's credit rating dropped to its lowest level in years.
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los...
| Jul 12, 2009
Hollywood Multi-hyphenate, Founder of Bad Robot Productions
With blockbusters like Star Trek and Armageddon, not to mention TV series Alias, Lost and Fringe, the producer, director, screenwriter, actor and composer has set himself apart as an...
| Jul 14, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced most members of the state Board of Registered Nursing on Monday, citing the unacceptable time it takes to discipline nurses accused of egregious misconduct.
He fired three of six sitting board members -- including...
| Jul 14, 2009
These are desperate days in the California statehouse.
Lawmakers are floundering as they attempt to halt a financial meltdown. Their popularity has plunged even lower than usual.
Now the 120 women and men of the California Legislature face another...
| Jul 16, 2009
They whiffed a fat batting practice pitch. Blew a gimme putt. Inexplicably clanked a slam-dunk.
Pardon the sports jargon, but it's a civil way to characterize incompetence and failure in Sacramento. It avoids invective language already too prevalent in...
| Jul 16, 2009
Efforts by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders to reach agreement on a package to wipe out the state's $26.3-billion deficit stalled Wednesday night.
Despite earlier consensus on how to close most of the gap, some nagging final issues...
| Jul 17, 2009
State Treasurer Bill Lockyer warned today that state leaders' failure to reach a budget deal has put California at risk of a credit downgrade that would cut off access to funds needed for building schools, roads and other public works projects.
| Jul 22, 2009
Less than 24 hours after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders announced a plan to close California's massive budget deficit, Los Angeles County officials moved to sue the state, a union for government workers said it might strike, and...
| Jul 23, 2009
Sacramento's latest budget product may be the worst ever -- and the very best possible given the reality of California politics.
Liberal interests are crying about painful spending cuts and no new taxes, not even on big oil or smelly tobacco....