Archive for December 12th, 2010

The Sun: Study of vehicle fleet management finds ways to save

Derry

Supervisor Neil Derry
Posted: 12/12/2010 06:10:46 PM PST

About a year and a half ago, I asked our top San Bernardino County executive to commence a study to evaluate the management of our vehicle fleet and to determine whether or not we were efficiently using taxpayer resources. This request was largely ignored until Greg Devereaux, our current chief executive officer, came aboard and carried out the request.

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DailyBulletin: Schools facing storm

Money no longer there for education
Staff Reports
Created: 12/11/2010 08:36:16 PM PST

California’s massive 2011-12 budget shortfall won’t be closed without big cuts to public education.

The likely result doesn’t look pretty.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto stamp killed the bill twice in the last two years, and the business community cheered.

But last Monday it returned – a measure that would keep employers from looking into consumer credit reports as part of their hiring process.

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SacBee: Marijuana lobby sets sights on Washington

By Rob Hotakainen
rhotakainen@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 – 9:28 am

WASHINGTON – The cannabis industry has flexed its muscles in 15 states, including California, where it’s legal to smoke marijuana for medical purposes.

Now the industry is ready to go to work in Washington.

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By Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 11, 2010; 2:18 PM

SACRAMENTO – In the Year of the Republicans, California is the great exception.

Whatever force hit the rest of the country in November stopped at the California border. Democrats won every statewide office on the ballot. They increased their already hefty majority in the State Assembly and maintain a sizable majority in the Senate. Their congressional delegation remains intact, as well.

For Democrats, that is cause for celebration, given the battering they took almost everywhere else. But it is also cause for sober reflection. Are they up to the task of governing?

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown’s “budget discussion” last week fairly framed the woeful reality of California’s budget debacle.

Simply put, voters and legislators have committed the state to spending more than its revenue system can support. The income-outgo gap is about 7 percent when the economy does well, but the “structural deficit” is now about 20 percent because of recession.

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The state’s dysfunction isn’t all his fault, but it got worse during his time in office because of his failure to come to grips with the real issues of state government.

By Michael Hiltzik
December 10, 2010, 8:36 p.m.

The day he took office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commanded popularity enough to persuade California’s voters to swallow the harshest fiscal medicine.

The tragedy of his governorship is that he never used it.

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