Archive for December 23rd, 2009

LATimes: Schwarzenegger to seek federal help for California budget

Facing another huge deficit, the governor wants $8 billion or threatens massive cuts in social services. He also plans to renew push for offshore oil drilling.
By Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper

December 23, 2009

Reporting from Sacramento – Facing a budget deficit of more than $20 billion, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to call for deep reductions in already suffering local mass transit programs, renew his push to expand oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast and appeal to Washington for billions of dollars in federal help, according to state officials and lobbyists familiar with the plan.

If Washington does not provide roughly $8 billion in new aid for the state, the governor threatens to severely cut back — if not eliminate — CalWORKS, the state’s main welfare program; the In-Home Health Care Services program for the disabled and elderly poor, and two tax breaks for large corporations recently approved by the Legislature, the officials said.

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SBSun OpEd: It’s time to get people back to work

Sen. Bob Dutton
Posted: 12/22/2009 06:04:10 PM PST

This holiday season, Sacramento policymakers have little reason for good cheer. Deficit spending, high taxes and excessive regulations are the equivalent of a large lump of coal in politicians’ stockings.

The public gets it. Most Californians appropriately blame California’s leaders for our failure to act: the governor’s approval rating has sunk to 27 percent, while a record low 17 percent approve of the Legislature’s work.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/22/2009 08:56:21 PM PST

The San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce plans to present a resolution stating its position on a proposed county government center at the Carousel Mall by the first of the year, chamber president Judi Penman said Tuesday.

The chamber is pushing to have its resolution presented to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors sometime after its first meeting in January, Penman said.

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SBSun: Colton mayor is 2009 recipient of Thalman award

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/22/2009 03:08:10 PM PST

COLTON – This month, Mayor Kelly Chastain was presented with the League of California Cities James S. Thalman Memorial Public Service Award.

Chastain is the seventh recipient of the award, which honors elected and appointed city officials for outstanding efforts on behalf of their city.

The league’s Inland Empire Division President, Rancho Cucamonga Councilman L. Dennis Michael, said Chastain was selected “for her dedication of service on behalf of her city and region to protect and further the cause of vital local government services.”

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SBSun: Senator stands by moderate label

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/22/2009 02:47:04 PM PST

Around this time every year, special interest groups in California publish grades for state lawmakers – ranking Assembly members and Senators on how often they stood up for the environment or for business owners or for public schools.

For many lawmakers, it’s an unpleasant part of the holiday season.

“A lot of people just dread the scorecards,” said Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Montclair.

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