Monthly Archives: June 2006

November Ballot, In Order

Comments Off on November Ballot, In Order

Here’s the official list, with ballot numbers, of the November 7 ballot, just released by Secretary of State Bruce McPherson: Proposition 1A: Modification of 2002’s transportation funding initiative, Proposition 42. Proposition 1B-1E: The $37 billion in infrastructure bonds placed on … Continue reading »


Signed, Sealed, And Blue Penciled

Comments Off on Signed, Sealed, And Blue Penciled

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new $131.4 billion state budget into law, but not before using the chief executive’s blue pencil to scratch out a few spending items. First, the headline. The budget is now in place for the … Continue reading »


Squaring Off Over LAUSD

Comments Off on Squaring Off Over LAUSD

Maybe it’s the fact that this year’s budget debate was so, well, calm. But this morning’s latest round of a battle over the future of the Los Angeles Unified School District seemed particularly intense– so much so that at one … Continue reading »


Quickies: Budget, Bills, Victims, Levees, Lobbying

Comments Off on Quickies: Budget, Bills, Victims, Levees, Lobbying

A number of newsworthy items bubbling up today at the Capitol. * Budget Yes, Prop 36 Reform Maybe?: An interesting subplot in tonight’s $130.9 billion budget vote could be the fate of drug treatment programs first approved by voters in … Continue reading »


Budget Deal Details Emerge

Comments Off on Budget Deal Details Emerge

Details are still a little sketchy on the new state budget agreed to by legislative Democrats and Republicans today. Closed-door caucus meetings laid out the overview for rank and file members late today, and we’re told the actual bill will … Continue reading »


Public Campaign Financing Qualifies

Comments Off on Public Campaign Financing Qualifies

A much discussed proposal to publicly fund campaigns for state office has qualified for the November 7 ballot. The proposal, sponsored by the California Nurses Association, mirrors similar efforts that failed in the Legislature this year. The campaign cash would … Continue reading »


Budget Deal

Comments Off on Budget Deal

“We have reached a tentative agreement on a balanced, responsible budget today after several months of productive discussion. It reflects the values of both parties and moves our state forward. We hope to have a vote prior to July 1.” … Continue reading »


Prisons: "Monumental Challenges"

Comments Off on Prisons: "Monumental Challenges"

That was the assessment of Governor Schwarzenegger today in a speech in which he announced a special session of the Legislature to deal with California’s problem-plagued prison system, and propsoals ranging from new prison construction to counseling for prisoners about … Continue reading »


In Search Of... The Big Five

Comments Off on In Search Of... The Big Five

In case anyone’s keeping tabs, the new fiscal year for the state begins just 10 days from today. And a budget deal remains elusive, tied up largely over issues ranging from debt repayment to state subsidized health care for children. … Continue reading »


Special Election Reimbursement: Not Yet

Comments Off on Special Election Reimbursement: Not Yet

Under the headline “interesting but largely unnoticed news” this week, Senate Democrats balked at a plan to reimburse counties for the cost of the 2005 special election called by Governor Schwarzenegger. AB 1634, by Assemblymember Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) would allow … Continue reading »