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  • Schwarzenegger eager to sign budget, stump for measures

  • Note to budget doctors: Don't spare the knife

    Note to budget doctors: Don't spare the knife
    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...
  • Speaker boycotts California budget session

    Speaker boycotts California budget session
    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...
  • Opposition to state budget deal mounts

    Opposition to state budget deal mounts
    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...
  • Budget mess makes California vulnerable to crippling credit downgrade, official warns

    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. "With...
  • Cries for reform of California government come from all sides

    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...
  • Send the legislators home at night

    Send the legislators home at night
    Here's another Sacramento reform for the long "to do" list -- one that wouldn't require a vote of the people or even the governor's signature. Prohibit the Legislature from voting on any bill after sunset. No exceptions -- and especially not a budget...
  • California budget talks stall

    California budget talks stall
    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...
  • In Sacramento, they all dropped the ball

    In Sacramento, they all dropped the ball
    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...
  • Diane Watson's retirement inspires a look back

    In Los Angeles, history often seems to careen on with hardly a backward glance. Last week, as Diane Watson announced that she would retire this year from Congress, history suffused the room and there were backward glances aplenty. In the conference...
  • Budget's a mess, but it's our mess

    Budget's a mess, but it's our mess
    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....