Archive for November 28th, 2009

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November 27, 2009

by Publius

Have you heard the one about the pimp, prostitute, politician and the community organizer? Well, thanks to San Diego private investigator Derrick Roach, Californians are not laughing at what is turning into a political nightmare for California Attorney General Jerry Brown and ACORN.

On Tuesday, November 24, Attorney General Brown appeared on KABC’s “Peter Tilden Show” after it was revealed that some 20,000 documents had been thrown into a National City dumpster by ACORN employees.

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A spokesman for the governor says the matter is related to a paperwork discrepancy and has nothing to do with the payment of taxes.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

November 28, 2009

Reporting from Sacramento – The Internal Revenue Service has filed a federal tax lien against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for nearly $80,000, public records show.

The lien was filed May 11 at the Los Angeles County recorder’s office for $79,064, according to a record in an electronic database that includes lien filings. The Read the rest of this entry »

VVDailyPress: State faces $20.7 billion deficit, again

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Local legislators share cost-cutting solutions

BY NATASHA LINDSTROM
STAFF WRITER

SACRAMENTO • Four months after closing a $26 billion budget shortfall, California lawmakers are faced with a n o t h e r $20.7 billion budget gap through 2011 — and tens of billions o f d o l l a rs more until r e v e n u e rebounds in 2014, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s office.

“Our problem is, rather than making the hard decisions 18 months ago, w e keep putting it off and so it only makes it that much more difficult,” said Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster. “Hopefully we’ll just get a plain, old reality check because we’re running out of options.”

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PressEnterprise Editorial: Recall farce

09:35 PM PST on Friday, November 27, 2009

The Press-Enterprise

The failure of the effort to recall Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia, is good news for California government. The state needs legislators who can cooperate to address pressing needs. There was no public benefit in misusing the recall process to impose an even greater ideological rigidity on an already polarized Legislature.

Adams was under fire because of his vote in favor of a February budget package that raised $12.5 billion in temporary taxes in an effort to close a $40 billion deficit.

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Sun Editorial: Proposed fixes come up short

Posted: 11/27/2009 08:20:06 PM PST

In the flurry of commissions and committees trying to figure out how to fix our broken state, California Forward once seemed the most promising. Its high-level, bipartisan leadership placed it above the fray that plays out in dysfunctional Sacramento. We hoped its work would eliminate the need for riskier steps, like the constitutional convention advocated by another prominent group, Repair California.

The remedies California Forward has proposed so far fall short of that hope – although that probably says more about the magnitude of the problem than the organization’s hard work. It’s pitching two initiatives for the November 2010 ballot. One would improve the way the Legislature operates. The other tries to address the needs of local governments, but it is flawed.

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Sun: Local city ranked 13th safest in United States

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Posted: 11/27/2009 05:46:15 PM PST

Several local cities were listed on the 2009 City Crime Rate Rankings, a new survey of national crime statistics released recently.

Chino Hills was ranked as San Bernardino County’s safest city and the 13th safest place in the country, according to a Publishing house CQ Press release that came out Monday.

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Sun: Patton officials, officers weigh in on staff reduction

Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/27/2009 02:49:11 PM PST

HIGHLAND – There’s a conflict behind the razor wire, chainlink fences and towering iron gates of Patton State Hospital. Some say it’s a long-standing power struggle between the state and union corrections officers.

Others say it’s a byproduct of the troubled financial times.

But whatever the issue is, Patton officials say one thing is certain: Security is not in jeopardy due to the reduction of more than a dozen corrections officers at the facility for the criminally insane.

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