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  • New car purchases starting in June will have a mandatory black box installed.

    06/03/2011 3:30:05 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 193 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | May 25th, 2011 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    Beginning in June of 2011, all new cars manufactured and sold in the United States will be required to have a mandated black box device installed, which can be used to monitor several different physical and technical data points. (snip) The installation and use of these black boxes can have infinite possibilities for local, state, and federal governments to monitor and record data for a number of other revenue programs that are currently under consideration. In March, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a proposal to institute a tax on mileage to help pay for the federal budget deficit. Additionally,...
  • California Seizing Safety Deposit boxes

    04/13/2011 7:45:29 AM PDT · by pantherskincreek · 148 replies
    blog.mises.org ^ | circa 2008
    The State of California has stooped to looting the contents of safety deposit boxes to bolster state funds.
  • Schwarzenegger's legacy: Green laws and red ink

    12/26/2010 9:23:56 AM PST · by SmithL · 36 replies · 2+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/26/10 | Paul Rogers
    A month before the historic recall that drove Gov. Gray Davis from office in 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in a TV commercial making a promise to the voters of California."Here's my plan," he said. "Audit everything, open the books, and then we end the crazy deficit spending. "... If you're happy with the way things are, keep your current leaders. If you want to change this state, then join me."Voters joined in droves. But as he prepares to leave office seven years later, Schwarzenegger's promises are a distant echo.He leaves a legacy of landmark environmental laws, public works spending and...
  • Revenge of the boxes

    11/13/2008 7:56:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 23 replies · 1,261+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/13/8 | Debra J. Saunders
    Ever since California voters recalled Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 and replaced him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sacramento has been passing gimmicky state budgets that did not raise taxes, but also kicked structural deficit spending into the next year. Well, the party's over. In September, Schwarzenegger signed another kick-the-shortfall budget. Then the Wall Street meltdown caused capital gains to disappear, rich people's income to retract - and state revenues to shrink. As the Legislative Analyst reported this week, the state budget shortfall could reach $28 billion over the next two years. State Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer noted...
  • Schwarzenegger appoints aides to state jobs

    02/29/2008 4:46:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 97+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/29/08 | AP
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday appointed two former aides to well-paying state jobs, less than two weeks after ordering spending cuts to most state agencies. The state faces a multibillion dollar budget deficit over the next year-and-a-half. His latest appointments benefited a former speech writer and an assistant to Schwarzenegger's chief of staff. Jeffrey Danzinger, 47, of Fair Oaks, who was deputy communications director and chief speechwriter for the governor until 2006, is moving from being a member of the Integrated Waste Management Board to serving as an adviser to the board. His pay will be $103,603 in his new...
  • America Supports You: Command Makes Difference With Victory Boxes

    02/28/2008 4:40:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 26+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2008 – An Air Force Space Command major and two staff sergeants stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., are proving that just three servicemembers can affect people halfway around the world. Air Force Maj. Jason Gross (third from left) and a security detail prepare to deliver Victory Boxes to a local school in Iraq. Defense Department photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Maj. Jason Gross and Staff Sgts. Rosalia and Billie Burgan are making a huge difference in the lives of Iraqi and Afghan families through the Texas-based Victory Boxes project. The program encourages...
  • America Supports You: Boxes of Support Boost ‘Adopted’ Units

    02/04/2008 3:22:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 61+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2008 – Support by the boxful from a New York home-front group is keeping servicemembers’ spirits high as they serve overseas. “Being so far away from home, we want our daughter, son-in-law, and the 450 soldiers in their unit and other units to know that we love them, and think about them every day,” said Sylvester Henry, president of Adopt A Unit US. “Our objective is to provide the (servicemembers) with an abundance of support and comfort in order to encourage strength and optimism (while) bringing them as close to home as possible.” Helping servicemembers feel...
  • America Supports You: Mom Sends Troops Boxes ‘Packed With Pride’

    05/09/2007 5:45:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 332+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, May 9, 2007 – When Becky Mizener sends a care package to one of the more than 1,000 servicemembers on her list, they can be sure that it’s “packed with pride.” Mizener’s soldier son, Jesse, was killed Jan. 7, 2004, just outside of Baghdad. Before his death, he regularly received care packages from his mom. After a while, he asked her to send them to some of his buddies. Soon, she was shipping to 17 soldiers in her son’s unit and the whole platoon on holidays. When Jesse was killed, Mizener realized she couldn’t stop supporting the soldiers...
  • CA: On tough issues, governor's go-to plan does little (Let's Create another Commission!)

    03/13/2007 6:40:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 160+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/13/07 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – Creating commissions to address thorny issues has become a hallmark of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's governing style. The problem is they never seem to amount to much. High-profile Schwarzenegger advisory panels on prisons and government efficiency went nowhere. Now the governor has launched commissions on issues lawmakers have struggled with for years: prison sentences, the state water system and public-employee pensions. An in-depth report on schools requested by another Schwarzenegger panel, along with legislative leaders and the state schools chief, is scheduled to be released tomorrow. “Commissions are where intractable issues go to die,” said Thad Kousser, a political...
  • Governor fuels board furor (criticized for saying chiropractic panel should represent the industry)

    03/09/2007 10:18:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 266+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/9/07 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger drew immediate criticism Thursday for declaring that the state's Board of Chiropractic Examiners should represent chiropractors despite the panel's mission statement of protecting the public. The Republican governor made the remark as he tried to distance himself from his own chiropractic appointees, including two of his earliest bodybuilding friends, after the board took questionable actions last week that consumer advocates say favor the chiropractic industry. "They run their board by themselves, independent of us," Schwarzenegger said after touring the San Joaquin County jail in French Camp to promote his prison plan. "We don't give them directions. What...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger seeks sentencing review as key to prison reform

    12/21/2006 4:08:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 311+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/21/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday he will seek a review of California's prison sentencing guidelines, a politically risky undertaking that is part of a wide-ranging plan to address the state's burgeoning prison crisis. The governor also is proposing an $11 billion building program to add space for thousands of additional inmates and changes to the state parole system. Schwarzenegger characterized the state's prisons as in crisis and "in deep need of reform." "My administration inherited a system that was dangerously overcrowded, poorly managed and out of control," he said during a Capitol news conference to release his plan. "Now we...
  • AP Enterprise: Schwarzenegger hands former staffers plum jobs

    11/17/2006 11:17:01 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 282+ views
    Press-Enterprise (AP) ^ | November 17, 2006 | AARON C. DAVIS
    SACRAMENTO--Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger doled out high-paying and prestigious state jobs this year to dozens of outgoing members of his administration, including six-figure salaries for posts he once said were a waste of taxpayer money and should be eliminated. An Associated Press investigation of Schwarzenegger's staffing purge since last year's special election revealed that he has appointed or transferred 40 former staffers elsewhere in state government. At least half of those saw their taxpayer-funded salaries increase after they left Schwarzenegger's office, some by more than $30,000 a year. Schwarzenegger also gave six former staffers jobs with state boards and commissions he...
  • CA: Governor announces maritime security council

    10/12/2006 4:44:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 360+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/12/06 | Karen Kucher
    SAN DIEGO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday announced he had signed an executive order that creates a state maritime security council that should improve coordination and information sharing by federal, state and local governments on port security issues. As envisioned, the California Maritime Security Council will identify potential threats, organize training exercises and develop a statewide maritime security strategy. Officials said it will formalize relationships that already exist and make it easier for local ports to coordinate responses when problems occur. With the San Diego Convention Center as his backdrop, the governor was joined by other state officials, representatives...
  • CA: State creates board to manage sex offenders

    09/21/2006 9:22:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 324+ views
    Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation Wednesday creating a sex-offender management board to improve the state's oversight of sex offenders and foster communication between law-enforcement officials. The bill closely resembles a bill Schwarzenegger vetoed last year. The 2005 parole of convicted rapist David Allyn Dokich to Mead Valley, an unincorporated community south of Riverside, highlighted a lack of communication between state and local agencies. The sheriff's department had little notice of Dokich's arrival. Under AB 1015, a 17-member board will oversee the management and treatment of sex offenders. The goal is to reduce recidivism and protect the public. In his veto message...
  • CA: Governor looks at plan to raise minimum wage (revives dormant commission, fills it w/dems)

    06/03/2006 1:48:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 309+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/3/06 | Bill Ainsworth
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger revived a commission he once considered part of the wasteful bureaucracy yesterday to push his own plan to raise the minimum wage and circumvent the Legislature. Schwarzenegger appointed four new members to the Industrial Welfare Commission, which met yesterday to consider his petition to raise the minimum wage by $1 an hour, but without the automatic increases that Democratic lawmakers want. For the past two years, the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature have battled to a standstill over the issue. The Legislature has twice sent Schwarzenegger bills to raise the current $6.75 hourly minimum...
  • CA: Government girth (More More More "blowing up the boxes"? Not!)

    04/26/2006 8:38:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 237+ views
    California's action-star governor pledged in his first State of the State address in 2004 to "blow up the boxes" of the state's bloated bureaucracies. But that campaign fizzled like a box office dud -- one that Gov. Schwarzenegger has apparently forgotten. The governor on Tuesday announced his support for SB 162, which the Senate passed in January. The measure would split emergency health duties from the Department of Health Services. The result: A new state bureaucracy, the Department of Public Health, would concentrate exclusively on preparing California to address a bioterror attack or an epidemic, such as the avian flu....
  • Migrant workers cram into cars, sheds, boxes - Coachella Valley

    03/31/2006 9:03:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 385+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 3/31/06 | David Olson
    Nowhere in the Inland area is the crunch to house the poor more evident than in the Coachella Valley, where 15,000 migrant workers are expected to arrive in the next few weeks for the grape and citrus harvest. Most will spend each night outside or crammed in a car or shed, said Nadia Villagran, special projects manager for the Indio-based Coachella Valley Housing Coalition. "They're working hard during the day and have to sleep at night in cardboard boxes, in a tree or in a car," she said. "It's shocking to see." Migrant-housing programs in the desert are confronting the...
  • Her name is Soña (Controversy over baby drop boxes)

    03/04/2006 7:30:56 PM PST · by formercalifornian · 31 replies · 1,055+ views
    Prague Post ^ | March 01, 2006 | By Kristina Alda
    Meet the infant at the center of the debate about a mother's rights to give up her child anonymously. Pavel Müller, a doctor at the private medical clinic GynCentrum in Prague 9, was watching the Winter Olympics when he heard the alarm ring. He rushed outside to find a healthy, 1-month-old girl lying on her back and wearing an oversized wool cap inside the clinic's so-called baby box, which is rigged with a sensor that goes off whenever its doors are opened. Soòa was born prematurely to a 23-year-old single mother, and is one of a set of twins. Her...
  • Whatever Became of the Gubernator?

    10/31/2005 7:29:10 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 51 replies · 903+ views
    ReasonOnline ^ | October 31, 2005 | Matt Welch
    California's reformer-in-chief looked a lot better in the previews For an action-hero politician who likes to taunt "girlie-men," Arnold Schwarzenegger sure turned out to be a wuss. Two years after sweeping into office with promises to "blow up boxes," perform "the Miracle of Sacramento," and "not rest until our fiscal house is in order," California's Milton Friedman–quoting governor is wasting our time with a special election that does little more than tweak his unionized political tormentors and tinker at the margins of mis-governance, while the state's fiscal house maintains its disorder of $6 billion budget deficits. The governor is tramping...
  • 407th ECES brings boxes together, expands clinic

    10/03/2005 5:37:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 226+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Oct 3, 2005 | Tech. Sgt. Paul Dean
    10/3/2005 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- The magazine selection has not changed, but everything else about the 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron medical clinic here has. Fifteen Airmen from several occupational specialties came together recently to double the clinic’s work space. Patients now have more privacy during screenings and treatment, a clinic waiting area and the six-person clinic staff is not tripping over each other during sick call. “It was a truly amazing effort,” said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Anthony Ghim, a 777th EAS flight surgeon deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany. “Civil engineering carpenters, electricians, air conditioner technicians, heavy equipment...
  • Governor fills technology job

    10/01/2005 6:20:07 PM PDT · by Amerigomag · 4 replies · 267+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Thursday, September 29, 2005 | Andy Furillo
    The Sacramento-based vice president of a worldwide information technology company with a lengthy tenure in state service was named Wednesday as director of California's newly created Department of Technology Services. In announcing the appointment, Schwarzenegger said in a statement that under Agarwal, the department established in July "will successfully consolidate and modernize California's information technology system for the future of our state." Agarwal's position, which pays $123,255 annually, will require state Senate confirmation. He declines to state a party preference on his voter registration.
  • Friday: California Performance Review (CPR) Public Hearing in San Diego

    08/16/2004 1:53:46 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 15 replies · 597+ views
    California Performance Review (CPR) Commission Website ^ | 16 Auguest 2004 | California Performance Review (CPR) Commission
    NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE CALIFORNIA PERFORMANCE REVIEW (CPR) COMMISSION HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATION, TRAINING AND VOLUNTEERISM AGENDA FRIDAY, August 20, 2004 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Price Center, Ballroom AB UC San Diego UCSD 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, California 92093-0076 This is the second of six public hearings on the recommendations in the report generated by the CPR. It will focus on CPR recommendations to improve the efficiency and management of the State Health & Human Services and Education, Training and Volunteerism programs. I. Call to order - Welcome remarks by Co-Chairs II. Introduction of Commission...
  • Thinking outside the blown-up boxes

    05/29/2005 10:09:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 250+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/29/5 | Debra J. Saunders
    RECALLING Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2004 State of the State pledge to not just rejigger state government by moving a few boxes around, but to "blow them up," I asked Schwarzenegger campaign guru Mike Murphy at a lunch earlier this month what boxes the governator has blown up in office. Murphy's answer: "Oh, I don't think we ... That's like a good policy question, because I'm not the policy expert." Columnist's translation: The boxes don't even have a dent on them. The administration isn't exactly happy about my question. On the one hand, Sacramento has become host to angry demonstrators who...
  • Reading: 'a sacred and reflective act' versus 'extracting information'

    05/29/2005 8:35:21 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 4 replies · 240+ views
    in illo tempore ^ | May 29, 2005 | Mike Fieschko
    'They're the most beautiful books that were created.' So said Peter Stoicheff, professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan, who wants to reassemble forty boxes of single manuscript pages. May 26, 2005: University of Saskatchewan Reassembles Medieval Manuscripts at Rare Book News and Scattered Leaves at Bookworm started me on a little journey. Prof Stoicheff's quote is in Pages for the ages: U of S prof on quest to reassemble pages of centuries-old manuscripts. The hand-written pages were torn from some 50 books in the possession of Otto Ege of Cleveland, Ohio. In the early decades of the...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger drops consolidation plans

    02/17/2005 6:42:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 225+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/17/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has dropped a plan to eliminate or consolidate 88 state boards and commissions - a major setback to his reorganization of a bureaucracy that he's called a "mastodon frozen in time." The plan "will benefit from further review" and more consultation with state lawmakers, Schwarzenegger said Thursday in a letter to an agency that reviews state operations. The nonpartisan Little Hoover Commission was scheduled to review the plan next week. Last year, after comparing the state's executive branch to a huge, extinct animal, Schwarzenegger launched the California Performance Review, which resulted in more...
  • California testing limits of the American form of government

    01/24/2005 12:31:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 53 replies · 1,284+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/24/5 | Dan Walters
    Those who created the American system of government, and encased it in the U.S. Constitution, were attempting to balance two equally insidious forces - tyranny and chaos. They had fought a revolution to escape the former, but had experienced the latter in the years following the war under the too-weak Articles of Confederation. The Constitution, therefore, embodied what were called "checks and balances," creating a stronger central government but diffusing its authority among two legislative branches, a separately elected presidency and an independent judiciary. The structure reflected the belief, as James Madison states it in the Federalist Papers, that "The...
  • CA: The California Performance Review: Devolving Constitutional Government in the Golden State

    10/14/2004 1:01:34 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 19 replies · 752+ views
    Advance Bulletin ^ | Oct 13, 2004 | Freedom 21 Santa Cruz
    "My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it... People need somebody to watch over them... Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave." Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. News & World Report, November 26, 1990 In the eyes of many elected officials, America is no longer capable of self-government. Many Americans were stunned to learn that a small group of Congressmen have requested the United Nations to monitor our federal elections this November. Yet at the same time, other elected officials are working to ‘reinvent’ American government...
  • Elias: When "reform" is the opposite (California state boards and agencies)

    01/19/2005 1:08:46 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 35 replies · 454+ views
    Midway Driller ^ | January 19, 2005 | THOMAS D. ELIAS
    Sometimes a cartoon says things better than thousands of words. So it was the other day when Bruce Tinsley's "Mallard Fillmore" spoof predictions for 2005 contained this zinger: "All agencies will be consolidated under the new 'agency of agencies,' which will oversee and coordinate the activities of the 'bureau of bureaus' and the 'department of departments.'" All, of course, would be ruled by the "czar of czars." Ordinarily a fan of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Tinsley comic strip this time was perfectly timed to puncture a key part of Schwarzenegger's many-pronged plan for so-called reform in California government. For...
  • No more unsolicited packages to Iraq, military requests

    12/05/2004 8:04:39 PM PST · by TexKat · 54 replies · 1,823+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12/5/04 | DARRYL ENRIQUEZ
    Caring civilians who send unsolicited packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan could misconstrue military commanders as Scrooges this holiday season. The Department of Defense wants an immediate halt to those well-meaning collection drives and the resulting shipments of donated goods to overseas bases. The plea is supported by two state military commanders who asked that gestures of generosity be made closer to home by supporting the families of soldiers abroad. Though packages from family members are still welcome, security concerns and distribution problems throughout the war zones make unsolicited items potential liabilities to military commanders who are busy fighting...
  • CA: Lighting a fuse to blow up the boxes

    08/08/2004 9:26:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 347+ views
    OC Register ^ | 8/8/04 | George Passantino
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lit the fuse on his promise to blow up the boxes of state government with the release last week of the massive, 2,500-page California Performance Review report. Many Sacramento insiders, including legislators and advocacy groups opposed to the reforms, are already frantically trying to stamp out that fuse. They say it won't work, reforms can't be made. Others say the report, like so many reports before, will simply end up in the dustbin of failed government reform efforts. But there's a difference this time: Schwarzenegger himself. "Of course there will be the special interests that will be...