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  • CA: Curbing sprawl and global warming at the same time (Arnie signs more ugly law)

    10/01/2008 3:42:50 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 36 replies · 519+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 30, 2008 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed first-in-the-nation legislation Tuesday that takes the campaign to curb global warming to the streets. The complex measure includes a series of incentives and penalties aimed at encouraging cities and counties to be more aggressive in enacting land use policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. Sen. Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat who carried SB 375, said the measure "will be used as the national framework for fighting sprawl and transforming inevitable growth to smart growth. This is a historic day for California." The legislation would use up to $12 billion in...
  • Schwarzenegger vetoes universal health care

    09/30/2008 3:35:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 823+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/30/8 | Aurelio Rojas
    For the second time in three years, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have established a government-run universal health care system. Senate Bill 840 by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, would have set up a single-payer system in which the state would assume the role that private insurance companies now play. In his veto message, the governor said he could not support "a bill that places an annual shortfall of over $40 billion to our state's economy."
  • Schwarzenegger Vetoes National Popular Vote Bill [popular vote winner gets electoral college votes]

    09/30/2008 9:51:07 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 8 replies · 617+ views
    Office of the Governor press release ^ | September 30, 2008 | Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger
    [Veto message follows] To Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 37 without my signature. As I stated in vetoing similar legislation in 2006, I believe strongly in democracy and in honoring the will of the people. This bill represents a significant departure away from letting each individual state choose how to award its presidential electoral votes and towards a national vote for president. Because California’s endorsement of a national popular vote would significantly change the debate on the matter, enactment of this bill would represent a major shift in the way not only Californians but...
  • Harvey Milk Day Dies With Governor's Veto (Schwarzenegger)

    09/30/2008 11:35:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,790+ views
    On Top Magazine ^ | September 30, 2008
    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a proposed Harvey Milk Day. The measure would have set aside the birthday of the slain gay activist/politician in his memory and encourage public schools to commemorate and educate about the history of California's first openly gay politician. Schwarzenegger's veto came on the last day possible to kill the legislation introduced by openly gay Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and passed by lawmakers. In his veto message issued Tuesday, the governor explained his reasons for vetoing the measure. “I respect the author's intent to designate May 22nd as 'Harvey Milk Day' and a day...
  • AB 2567 - Harvey Milk Day (Gay Day) in CA schools - will Arnold VETO or sign?

    09/08/2008 3:37:14 PM PDT · by Lizavetta · 47 replies · 1,501+ views
    Life Site News ^ | August 8, 2008
    PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. The Number to call is : 1 916-445-2841 Legislature Passes Bill for 'Gay Day' Celebrations in California Public Schools By Peter J. Smith August 8, 2008, SACRAMENTO (LifeSiteNews. com) - California public schools soon will be planning 'gay day' celebrations every May 22 unless Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes the legislation. Thursday the California Assembly approved AB 2567, which designates May 22 as 'Harvey Milk Day.' The 43 to 26 vote occurred on party lines with Democrats for, Republicans against. Earlier this week, AB 2567 passed the California State Senate on another...
  • 'Central Planning' in California

    09/06/2008 4:38:03 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 46 replies · 498+ views
    Strange Cosmos ^ | September 6, 2008 | Seadogbytes
    California 'Central Planning'   If you live in California,  you already know  that the Inmates have taken over the Asylum.    ...If you don't want to end up 'living in a condo by the Railroad Tracks', do yourself a favor and either phone, or fax a letter to, Governor Schwartzenegger TODAY, urging him to oppose, and NOT sign SB 375.   See: for details... (...and see below for Arnold's fax number/address.)   Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841, ext. 0 (and tell them you oppose SB 375) Fax: (916) 558-3160  
  • California Activist Proposes Wealth Tax and Probably Unconstitutional Exit Tax

    09/05/2008 12:21:19 PM PDT · by BookmanTheJanitor · 74 replies · 839+ views
    Tax Policy Blog ^ | August 25, 2008 | Joseph Henchman and Paul Galindo
    Earlier this month, a California activist began gathering signatures to put a state wealth tax on the ballot. The measure would impose a new 35% income surtax (in addition to federal taxes and the existing 10.3% top state rate), and penalize people who leave the state by seizing 55% of assets exceeding $20 million. The money raised would be used to eliminate the state's budget deficit and for purchasing controlling shares in large corporations. The 17.5% surtax is unusual because it would be on a taxpayer's total (not marginal) income whenever it exceeds $250,000, with another additional 17.5 percent tax...
  • California lawmakers pass several bills (Budgets while you wait .. Take a number)

    09/01/2008 11:49:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 388+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/1/08 | Nancy Vogel
    SACRAMENTO -- -- Insurance companies could no longer cancel with impunity the health coverage of sick people under a measure passed Sunday in the last hour of the Legislature's session. Lawmakers also moved to require that chain restaurants tell patrons the calorie content of their food; restrict unscrupulous practices by mortgage lenders; launch state review of chemicals; ban the sale of recalled products; and give college financial assistance to illegal immigrants. The Legislature finished its work on bills Sunday, but because lawmakers have yet to agree to a budget -- it is 63 days overdue -- they will return next...
  • Undocumented Immigrants Closer to Getting Driver's Licenses[California]

    08/31/2008 3:35:07 PM PDT · by BGHater · 50 replies · 618+ views
    KMPH ^ | 31 Aug 2008 | Dani Carlson and Kyra Jenkins
    A California bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses is one step closer to becoming a state law. State senate bill 60 passed through the assembly Friday. If the bill becomes law, legislators say the estimated 2.2 million undocumented immigrants in California will apply for one, an idea that's creating a lot of controversy. "I think they should be able to get licenses just like everybody else," said Nicole Holland, a Fresnan who supports the bill. "They are already committing a crime coming over here," said Albert Ratliff, a Fresnan who opposes the bill. "I don't think...
  • CA: State bill would be a blueprint for growth (Land-use rules to fight global warming / SB 375)

    08/31/2008 10:29:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 458+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/31/08 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO – California is on the verge of initiating a historic rewrite of local planning laws, fusing for the first time the issues of urban growth and global warming. Unprecedented nationally, the complex legislation would steer communities toward land-use policies to contain sprawl, using as much as $12 billion a year in state-controlled transportation funds as an incentive. “This bill will change the way California grows,” said state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, its author. Under the measure, the state Air Resources Board would establish targets for 17 regions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a broader campaign to...

    07/24/2008 9:37:47 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 54 replies · 253+ views
    Former Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is waging war on California suburbs because of global warming, says Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University. Brown is concerned about the alleged environmental damage caused by the suburbs. He wants to compel residents to move to city centers or to high-density developments clustered near mass transit lines: • Brown has threatened to file suit against municipalities that shun high-density housing in favor of building new suburban single-family homes, on the grounds that they will pollute the environment. • He is also backing controversial legislation -- Senate bill 375 --...
  • Calif. bill would tie land use to carbon emissions

    08/31/2008 10:12:17 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 34 replies · 654+ views
    AP via google news ^ | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For decades, California cities and counties knew one way to grow — by sprawling outward. That approach, which has led to ever longer commutes, jammed freeways and worsening air quality, is being challenged under a bill that was approved Saturday in the state Legislature. If signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has not yet indicated whether he would do so, the bill would require local governments to plan their growth so that homes, businesses and public transit systems are clustered together. The goal is to help California meet the emission mandates spelled out in a wide-ranging...
  • Calif. lawmakers OK freeway toll lanes in LA (10 and 110 freeways)

    08/31/2008 8:46:54 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 55 replies · 939+ views
    KSWT News ^ | August 30, 2008 | AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow drivers to be charged a fee to use car pool lanes on two Los Angeles freeways. The Senate bill passed Saturday would let the Metropolitan Transportation Authority use a $210.6 million federal grant to convert car pool lanes on congested stretches of the 10 and 110 freeways to toll lanes. The fees would vary depending on how bad the traffic is.
  • "Unnecessary and possibly dangerous" ( CA Euthanasia bill )

    08/31/2008 7:09:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 214+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | August 28, 2008 | staff
    Catholic physicians and other doctors in California who oppose mercy killing would be forced to provide terminally ill patients with information on morally questionable “end-of-life care options” under a bill now pending in the state legislature. The bill, AB 2747, is a repeatedly amended and watered down version of an original euthanasia measure sponsored by Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Eureka. Berg’s original bill, termed a “stealth assisted-suicide bill” by opponents, would have allowed doctors to administer “palliative sedation” to deliberately induce a coma, and to starve patients to death under a provision called “voluntary stopping of eating and drinking.” Also excised...
  • California plans to drug depressed patients to death

    08/30/2008 10:21:12 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 271+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8/29/08 | Bob Unruh
    Just as Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama was in Denver preaching to a crowd of thousands of fans about the "change" he wants to see in the United States, his party compatriots in the California Legislature were making a "change," by approving a controversial plan that would allow nurses to assist terminally ill patients with suicide. "AB 2747 allows a physician assistant or a nurse to opine that a patient is 'terminal,' and then push for unnatural death by 'palliative sedation,'" said Randy Thomasson, chief of the Campaign for Children and Families shortly after the vote. "Depressed patients who...
  • Schwarzenneger breaks promise and signs a bill

    08/26/2008 9:29:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 265+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/26/8 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who promised not to sign any bills until lawmakers reach a budget deal, reversed his position today and signed a bill for a statewide bullet train system that he strongly supports. The governor also wants to make exceptions for three other proposals that he has been promoting: budget reform; changing the state lottery to allow California to borrow against future ticket sales; and a bond proposal for water infrastructure. The high-speed rail legislation will replace a $10 billion bond measure on the November ballot with a revised version of the proposal that makes the bullet...
  • Free grocery bags targeted for extinction in California

    08/25/2008 2:36:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 198+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/25/8 | Jim Downing
    The plastic grocery bag is fighting for its crinkly life.From the city of San Francisco to Los Angeles County, more than a dozen local governments around the state have proposed or passed plastic-bag restrictions, ranging from recycling mandates to outright bans.Now, a proposal in the Legislature would put a 25-cent fee on all disposable bags – paper or plastic – given out at drug and grocery store check stands starting Jan. 1, 2010. It has won key support from the grocery and retail industries and faces its next legislative step today. Those in favor of the fee, led by Assemblyman...
  • CA: A smart bill for smart growth ... on verge of passage in Legislature

    08/21/2008 4:00:46 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 29 replies · 238+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 21, 2008 | George Skelton
    Shorter commutes. Less sprawl. Cleaner air. Denser housing closer to downtown near transportation hubs. "Smart growth" it's called. California policy makers have been yakking about this -- dreaming about it -- for decades. But too many interests have been prospering from dumb growth or have merely been skittish of a future they can't quite visualize. Enter a tenacious policy wonk with roots in local government: state Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). He has just managed to finesse to the verge of legislative passage a visionary smart growth bill that, by its nature, also fights global warming. ... (snip) The measure (SB...
  • Calif. could throw support to popular vote winner

    08/14/2008 3:46:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 45 replies · 98+ views
    California legislators have approved legislation to circumvent the Electoral College. But the measure could face a veto from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill by Senator Carole Migden, a San Francisco Democrat, would ratify an interstate agreement in which states award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. That would avoid a repeat of the 2000 election, when George Bush won the presidency but not the popular vote.
  • "Suitable commemorative exercises" ( Homosexuality )

    08/10/2008 2:41:15 PM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 184+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | Aug. 7, 2008 | staff
    Campaign for Children and Families (CCF), a leading California organization protecting parents' rights and children's innocence, condemns the passage of AB 2567, which will instruct all California public schools to "conduct suitable commemorative exercises" in support of the anti-religious, sexual-anarchy agenda of the late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Yesterday, the California Assembly passed AB 2567 on a 43 to 26 vote, Democrats for, Republicans silently against. Earlier this week, AB 2567 passed the California State Senate on a 22-13 vote, Democrats for, Republicans against. AB 2567 now goes to Governor Schwarzenegger, whose position is unknown. "If signed into law,...