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  • CALIFORNIA: Judge says state controller has no power to block Legislature's pay

    04/24/2012 3:10:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/24/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    A Sacramento Superior Court judge has tentatively ruled that the state controller has no authority to judge whether the state budget is balanced or block lawmakers' pay as he did last June. In a bitter feud during last year's budget battle, Controller John Chiang determined that the budget passed by legislative Democrats was not balanced. Using new powers he believed he had under voter-approved Proposition 25, Chiang then blocked lawmakers' pay and expense money for 12 days until they cut a budget deal with Gov. Jerry Brown. In a tentative ruling today, Judge David I. Brown said that the controller...
  • California lawmakers to sue John Chiang over their pay

    01/24/2012 3:42:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 1/24/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Democratic legislative leaders sued Controller John Chiang today for blocking their pay during last year's budget dispute, a decision that drew scorn from lawmakers last summer. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez said the Democratic controller overstepped his bounds when he decided that lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a flawed budget last June and docked their pay. They said they are not suing for back earnings, but to ask the court whether Chiang can intervene this year if lawmakers face another budget dispute with Brown at the June 15 deadline. The lawmakers filed in...
  • California officials seek higher rates for meal reimbursements

    08/04/2011 4:22:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    sacbee ^ | August 3, 2011
    The chief executives of CalPERS and CalSTRS along with Controller John Chiang and Treasurer Bill Lockyer are asking the Brown administration to overhaul the state's travel meal reimbursement rates to help accommodate for trips to expensive locales. Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/the_state_worker/2011/08/california-officials-seek-higher-rates-meal-reimbursements.html#ixzz1U6X38OST
  • California – Lawmakers Whine.. Win – Back Pay..

    07/01/2011 3:15:50 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 12 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 7-1-11 | cakid1
    So much for the will of the people. Remember Prop 25? (Voters approved Pro 25: No budget – no pay for lawmakers.) And remember how pleased some folks where when State Controller John Chiang said he was ‘not’ going to pay lawmakers because the budget wasn’t signed and wasn't balanced? Oh.. well.. forget about all that. Lawmakers complained and so, now John Chiang’s office says basically .. Hey.. all’s well that ends well. And he’s now restoring their lost pay..
  • NEW: But — It’s Still a Phony Budget

    06/28/2011 6:57:11 PM PDT · by Siram · 7 replies
    Calwatchdog ^ | Bev Miller
    NEW: But — It’s Still a Phony Budget: The SacBee provided details of some of the changes that supposedly “balance” the budget. One is “$200 million Amazon online tax enforcement.” They actually think they can heist this money even though Amazon has promised it will fire the “affiliates” — some 20,000 small Mom and Pop outfits — that would be taxed. The tax would only affect those who use Amazon’s sales engine, not buy directly from Amazon itself (direct sales are ruled by federal law which isn’t changing). But there were no reforms in the Brown/Democrat budget — no spending...
  • Legislature's deception on budget backfires

    06/27/2011 8:16:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/27/11 | Dan Walters
    Sir Walter Scott wasn't writing about politics when he sagely observed two centuries ago, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." But he could have been – and his poetry perfectly describes the ironic consequences of two deceptive California ballot measures drafted by Democratic politicians and their allies. Last week, state Controller John Chiang invoked the intertwined provisions of the two measures, 2004's Proposition 58 and last year's Proposition 25, to cut off salaries and expense payments of state legislators because they failed to pass a balanced budget by the June 15 constitutional deadline....
  • Employees' glee at Chiang's pay decision doesn't add up

    06/23/2011 3:44:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 6/23/11 | Jon Ortiz
    California's state workforce is so vast and diverse that a journalist can quickly get into trouble making blanket assertions about it.But not this time.State employees love it, love it, LOVE IT that Controller John Chiang decided a new voter-adopted law prevents him from paying legislators because they missed the June 15 deadline to pass a balanced budget. For the last few years, delayed budgets fired up talk about whether state workers would be paid full wages on time.In 2008 and again last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to hold their pay to the federal minimum wage while deadlocked budget talks...
  • CALIFORNIA: John Chiang's pay blockage upends budget talks

    06/22/2011 9:21:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/22/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    Controller John Chiang has blocked pay for lawmakers, putting state budget negotiations into uncharted territory and upping the pressure on legislative leaders to strike a deal. Chiang rejected his own party's spending plan as insufficient to satisfy a voter-approved law requiring timely budgets. In doing so, the Democratic controller exercised unprecedented authority Tuesday, establishing a new role for his office under propositions 25 and 58 to determine whether a legislative budget is balanced. "I think it was pretty clear ... that (voters) wanted a balanced budget," Chiang said Tuesday in an interview. With a $9.6 billion deficit still lingering, lawmakers...
  • CALIFORNIA Controller: legislators will not collect their pay

    06/21/2011 12:35:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/21/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    The budget passed by the Legislature on June 15 was incomplete and unbalanced and lawmakers will not receive any pay until they approve a balanced pending plan, Controller John Chiang announced today. The controller's decision has been highly anticipated at the Capitol since Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a budget plan passed by only Democrats on a majority vote. Chiang found that the budget authorized $89.75 billion in spending, but revenues totaled only $87.9 billion, leaving an imbalance of $1.85 billion. "My office's careful review of the recently-passed budget found components that were miscalculated, miscounted or unfinished," Chiang said. "The numbers...
  • Q&A: Controller John Chiang ponders legislators' pay

    06/21/2011 8:13:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/21/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    Controller John Chiang, who battled former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on state worker pay, is in the middle of another wage fight.The Democrat could decide as soon as today whether to pay legislators their salary and living expenses dating back to Thursday. Under a new voter-approved law, Proposition 25, the state docks legislative pay each day lawmakers have not sent the governor a budget.We answer some common questions below: >Lawmakers passed a budget last week. What gives?Chiang determined that lawmakers must not only send the governor a budget, but a "balanced" one, as required by a separate 2004 voter-approved law. The...
  • Anti-tax group threatens lawsuit if John Chiang pays lawmakers

    06/18/2011 9:27:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/18/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association demanded Friday that Controller John Chiang withhold pay from lawmakers and threatened to sue if he does not. The group's president, Jon Coupal, contends that lawmakers must pass a balanced budget to receive pay under voter-approved Proposition 25. He referred to a veto letter in which Gov. Jerry Brown said the Democrats' majority-vote budget was "not a balanced solution" and "not financeable." "If you pay legislators for enacting a phony budget, then you have made Proposition 25's provision prohibiting pay meaningless," Coupal wrote. "We urge you to confirm your intent to withhold pay and force...
  • Controller John Chiang delays decision on legislator pay

    06/16/2011 6:16:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 6/16/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    Nobody knows if lawmakers are receiving pay today. State Controller John Chiang said this afternoon he must still analyze the budget bills to determine whether lawmakers met the voter-approved requirement to pass a budget by June 15 to get paid. "I will move quickly to complete our analysis of whether the budget bills passed Wednesday meet the constitutional definition, or fall short, which would require my office to forfeit their pay under Proposition 25," Chiang said. ...Chiang made a forceful statement earlier this month that lawmakers must not only send the governor a budget on time, but one that is...
  • No deal, but California lawmakers to begin voting on state budget

    06/10/2011 1:46:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/10/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Jerry Brown is still trying to close a bipartisan deal with Republicans to place taxes on the ballot and erase a remaining $9.6 billion deficit, but time is running out.State lawmakers are staring at a Wednesday constitutional deadline to pass the budget. The full Senate is scheduled to debate today without a handshake deal in place.We answer some common questions below: Why does Brown need Republican votes? Didn't we pass a measure allowing the majority party to approve the budget?A two-thirds vote is still required to approve taxes, place taxes on the ballot and take money from redevelopment. Brown's...
  • { John Chiang } Controller to legislators: No budget, no pay

    06/02/2011 12:01:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/2/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Sacramento -- California lawmakers will have to go without a paycheck after June 15 if they do not pass a balanced budget within the next two weeks, state Controller John Chiang announced today. The announcement follows questions over whether a budget bill approved in March would satisfy the state's constitutional requirement that the Legislature pass a balanced budget by June 15. That bill did not solve the state's entire budget deficit, though it is technically the official budget bill for the 2011-12 fiscal year that begins July 1. California lawmakers routinely fail to pass a balanced budget on time, but...
  • Schwarzenegger fights union involvement in minimum wage case

    07/14/2010 9:40:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    sacbee ^ | July 14, 2010 | Jon Ortiz
    Attorneys for the Schwarzenegger administration on Tuesday filed a brief in Sacramento Superior Court that argues state employee unions shouldn't be allowed to enter the minimum wage fight between the governor and State Controller John Chiang. As reported here, California Association of Professional Scientists and Professional Engineers in California Government on Monday filed a motion to be a party in the minimum wage litigation flying back and forth the last week or so. SEIU Local 1000 and CCPOA have done the same. All the unions are siding with Chiang. A hearing is set for Friday at 11 a.m. The administration's...
  • Schwarzenegger Orders Minimum Wage for State Workers

    07/01/2010 5:15:46 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 14 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | July 1, 2010 | Jon Ortiz
    The Schwarzenegger administration today ordered State Controller John Chiang to reduce state worker pay for July to the federal minimum allowed by law -- $7.25 an hour for most state workers. The instructions from the Department of Personnel Administration exclude roughly 37,000 state workers in six bargaining units that recently came to tentative labor agreements with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Memo: Schwarzenegger ready to slash workers to minimum wage ('threats' of more furlough days too)

    06/23/2010 6:24:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/23/10 | Shane Goldmacher
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to cut the pay of state workers to minimum wage if a timely budget accord is not reached, according to a memo sent Wednesday from the director of the governor's Department of Personnel Administration to state agency and department heads. The memo, written by DPA director Debbie Endsley, also warned that Schwarzenegger could order more controversial furloughs, even though the state's final scheduled furlough day for tens of thousands of employees was last Friday. "The Governor retains the right and authority to order furloughs if necessary to address a fiscal and cash crisis," Endsley wrote. The...
  • The Chronicle Recommends: Schwarzenegger, to stay the course

    10/19/2006 8:35:07 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 348+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 19, 2006 | Editorial Endorsement
    GOV. Arnold Schwarzenegger said "something very special happened" in his third year in office. "We found the groove," he proclaimed during an interview with our editorial board last week. And Sacramento has been grooving with him. The just-completed legislative session represented one of the most productive in recent memory. The Republican governor and Democratic legislators worked together on essential long-term goals (upgrade our transportation systems and schools, help stop global warming) and short-term imperatives (raise the minimum wage, reform foster care, secure drug discounts for the uninsured) that will have an impact on Californians' lives. (snip) We have disagreed with...
  • California will issue IOUs starting July 2

    06/24/2009 6:11:41 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 2,080+ views
    California could begin issuing IOUs on July 2 unless the governor and lawmakers reach a budget deal, the latest challenge for the financially strapped state. On Wednesday, the state starts “a fiscal year with a massively unbalanced spending plan and cash shortfall not seen since the Great Depression,” State Controller John Chiang said in a news release. The state faces a $2.8 billion shortfall in July, increasing to $6.5 billion in September, with a “double-digit freefall” in the following months, he said. The state has an estimated $24 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year, after voters rejected propositions in...
  • The State Worker: Minimum-wage threat looms again

    01/21/2010 1:00:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 561+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 1/21/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Here are two words that state workers are going to hate to hear: minimum wage. Now government and labor officials around the Capitol are murmuring the phrase, since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will probably order state employee wages cut to the federal minimum if lawmakers drag out budget talks. He's done it before. That prospect prompted the heads of 14 state employee unions to fire off a rare joint letter earlier this month to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass: "We believe … that if our members go to work, they should be paid in full...
  • Counting on your California tax refund? Don't hold your breath

    01/28/2009 4:49:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1,383+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/28/9 | Mike Zapler
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been warning for months that California's budget is hurtling toward the proverbial cliff — the point at which the state, which boasts a $100 billion operating fund, runs short of money to pay its bills. That time is about to arrive. While the scenario is less like a suicidal jump than a long debilitating tumble — Californians won't wake up one day to find state government has gone belly up — the fallout could be severe and far-reaching. And the pain will only multiply the longer the legislative budget stalemate lasts. Starting in February,...
  • CALIFORNIA: Deep cuts likely in updated state budget

    05/10/2010 7:38:17 AM PDT · by SmithL · 54 replies · 1,078+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/10/10 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Sacramento -- The state budget crisis has been quiet for the past few months but will return to center stage this week as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to belt out some bad news. The governor is scheduled to release an updated budget plan Friday that will probably include even deeper cuts than those he proposed in January, when he called for reductions in health and human services, prisons, education and state worker pay, among other areas.Unexpected gains in state revenues that leaders hoped would significantly cut the deficit evaporated in the last few weeks. State Controller John Chiang reported Friday...
  • CALIFORNIA: Controller suggests feds help fight off minimum wage for state workers

    06/10/2010 8:43:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 95+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/10/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Hoping to head off an order to drastically reduce state worker pay if budget talks stall, Controller John Chiang's office sent a message to employee unions this week suggesting they reach out to a friend – U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Although the three-page plain-paper memo acquired by The Bee is unsigned, the controller's office confirmed that Chiang Chief of Staff Collin Wong-Martinusen wrote the document circulated to labor leaders on Monday. "Seek Solis' immediate intervention on an unprecedented pay practice that, if allowed to proceed in California could become the new norm for all state and municipal governments that...
  • Chiang sues to block Schwarzenegger's minimum-wage order

    07/07/2010 5:56:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    sacbee ^ | July 7, 2010 | Jim Sanders
    State Controller John Chiang filed suit today in an attempt to block Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to reduce pay for most state workers to the federal minimum wage during the current budget impasse. Chiang's suit, filed in Sacramento Superior Court, complains that he is being forced to choose between violating Schwarzenegger's order or violating various federal and state laws. The controller's lawsuit follows a 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling last week that confirmed Schwarzenegger's authority to reduce pay to the federal minimum, currently $7.25 per hour. Schwarzenegger has argued that under a 2003 California Supreme Court decision he is...
  • Schwarzenegger sues, demanding Chiang pay minimum wage

    07/07/2010 8:38:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    sacbee ^ | July 6, 2010 | jon ortiz
    The Schwarzenegger administration filed a new legal action today asking the Sacramento Superior Court to force Controller John Chiang to pay state employees minimum wage for this month if no state budget is enacted. Chiang has said he will not comply with the governor's order to pay minimum wage for the July pay period. Filed by the Department of Personnel Administration and DPA Director Debbie Endsley, the action seeks to force Chiang to comply. It noted that the cut-off date to begin processing the July payroll is July 22. It says the order is "urgently needed" to stop Chiang from...
  • Old technology foils Schwarzenegger's wage order

    07/04/2010 10:00:51 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 82 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 July 2010 | CATHY BUSSEWITZ
    "A state appellate court ruled in Schwarzenegger's favor Friday, but the state controller, who issues state paychecks, says he can't comply. One reason given by Controller John Chiang, a Democrat elected in 2006: The state's computer system can't handle the technological challenge of restating paychecks to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour."
  • Court backs Schwarzenegger wage order

    07/02/2010 12:23:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/2/10 | Jon Ortiz
    The 3rd District Court of Appeal has upheld a two-year-old ruling allowing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to reduce state workers to minimum wage in the absence of a budget. The court, agreeing with a Sacramento Superior Court ruling, said State Controller John Chiang overstepped his authority by refusing to issue minimum-wage paychecks to state workers during the 2008 budget impasse. The decision, published just moments ago, comes the day after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Department of Personnel Administration gave Chiang the same pay reduction instructions the controller rejected two years ago. Chiang's office has not said whether it will appeal to the...
  • CA: Didn’t Think It Could Get Any Worse? Think Again

    05/29/2009 7:36:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 3,021+ views
    California'sCapitol.com ^ | 5/29/09 | Greg Lucas
    As though the state’s fiscal condition weren’t dire enough, Controller John Chiang sent a letter on May 29 to the governor and legislative leaders saying that on July 31 the state will be $1 billion short of meeting its payment obligations to schools, local governments and vendors. “Based on the May Revision revenue and expenditure estimates provided to us late last week by the Department of Finance and taking into account the actual cash receipts and expenditures my office tracks, it is clear the health of the State’s treasury has significantly deteriorated since the adoption of the (budget), a mere...
  • CALIFORNIA: Cash not flowing yet, Chiang says

    02/19/2009 12:47:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 551+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/19/9 | Jim Sanders and Jon Ortiz
    No, the check's not in the mail.Legislative approval of a 17-month budget today will not spark immediate payment of $3.3 billion owed to taxpayers, contractors and local governments by the state."Just because they passed it doesn't mean there's all-of-a-sudden cash in the treasury," said Hallye Jordan, spokeswoman for state Controller John Chiang. The state finance department is expected to provide cash-flow data within a week that will enable a payment schedule to be set through June 30, Chiang said in a written statement."Once this budget plan provides the needed cash in the treasury, my office will work around the clock...
  • CA: Controller sees IOUs by Feb. 1 in budget crisis

    12/31/2008 2:32:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 467+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/31/08 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento -- State Controller John Chiang, who oversees California's cash flow, warned state agencies Tuesday that unless Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature agree on a budget, the state will have to begin issuing IOUs to some state employees and contractors as early as Feb. 1. "Without immediate cash solutions or the ability to borrow billions from the strained financial markets, the state controller's office has no choice but to pursue the deferral of potentially billions of dollars in payments and/or the issuance of ... IOUs," Chiang wrote in a letter to state agencies. Tuesday, Chiang was still in the...
  • Live Thread - California General Election - 7 November 2006

    11/07/2006 7:06:48 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 406 replies · 10,738+ views
    Welcome to the live thread for the California Primary Election. Polls are open until 8pm tonight. If you are a registered voter, it is your duty to vote and defend your rights and civil liberties, protect your pocketbook, and vote the bums out where applicable. Feel free to discuss issues key to your local area that others may be interested in. Post your polling place experiences if you like. And post numbers as they come in later tonight.
  • CAMPAIGN 2006: State Controller (Unknowns clash, battle to claim powerful state financial position)

    10/14/2006 12:38:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 335+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/14/06 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento -- The race to become the next state controller pits a former Republican state lawmaker who has a reputation for being a fiscal conservative against a Democratic chairman of the Board of Equalization who is a tax and finance expert. Despite being veterans of public service, one of the biggest challenges for both Democrat John Chiang and Republican Tony Strickland has been overcoming their lack of statewide name recognition. An earlier Field Poll showed more than 80 percent of likely voters surveyed said they didn't have any opinion about either candidate. Nevertheless, the office that one of them will...
  • CA: Tony Strickland vs John Chiang (Controller Candidates To Debate Live On CBS5.com)

    10/10/2006 1:41:20 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 2 replies · 365+ views
    cbs5.com ^ | 10 October 2006
    Controller Candidates To Debate Live On CBS5.com * Watch LIVE At 2 p.m. (today)* (CBS 5 / The Chronicle) SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial board will host a 60-minute debate between state Controller candidates John Chiang (Democrat) and Tony Strickland (Republican) today at 2 p.m. at the CBS 5 studios in San Francisco. The debate will be presented via Live streaming video here on CBS5.com and is the second of several Chronicle Editorial board candidate debates that will be offered via live and tape streams here on CBS5.com.
  • Live Thread - California Primary Election - 6 June 2006

    Welcome to the live thread for the California Primary Election. Polls are open until 8pm tonight. If you are a registered voter, it is your duty to vote and defend your rights and civil liberties, protect your pocketbook, and vote the bums out where applicable. Feel free to discuss issues key to your local area that others may be interested in. Post your polling place experiences if you like. And post numbers as they come in later tonight.
  • California Democratic candidates spend time in church

    06/05/2006 11:09:56 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 29 replies · 689+ views
    Democratic candidates spend time in church The Democratic candidates for governor went to church on Sunday and prayed for victory, as well they might in a race that is neck and neck heading into Tuesday's primary. Steve Westly, who made his fortune at eBay, and Phil Angelides, a wealthy former developer, have been battering each other with nasty television ads for several weeks. Analysts say voters may respond to the negativity campaign by not voting. Westly, the state controller, appeared with Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles, at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, which he joined three...
  • CA Field Poll: Lt Gov, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Sec of State

    06/03/2006 9:11:52 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 5 replies · 435+ views
    Field Poll ^ | 3 June 2006
    Field Poll link Lt. Governor (Democratic): In the contested Democratic primary for Lt. Governor, State Senator Jackie Speier has pulled ahead of State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi and State Senator Liz Figueroa. The current poll finds Speier the choice of 30% of likely Democratic primary voters, with Garamendi at 25% and Figueroa far behind at 8%. More than one in three voters (37%) are undecided. The current findings are a reversal of voter preferences from April when Garamendi held the lead over Speier. • Attorney General (Democratic): Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown continues to hold a comfortable lead over Los Angeles...
  • California Controller race draws a crowd

    05/08/2006 1:17:55 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 13 replies · 464+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | 8 May 2006 | Bob Cuddy
    Controller race draws a crowd They’re all competing for the key job described by one as ‘the CFO for the sixth-largest economy in the world’ By Bob Cuddy The four candidates running for state controller. What a controller does (PDF) Ask the average Californian what the state controller does, and you’ll likely hear, "What’s that?" says state Sen. Joe Dunn, who wants the job. But Dunn and his opponents know better. "You’re the CFO for the sixth-largest economy in the world," says John Chiang, also a candidate for state controller on the June 6 ballot. Chiang and Dunn are opposing...
  • Ex-Democratic Aide Admits Stealing Checks (Clinton worker)

    02/16/2005 11:29:25 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 17 replies · 689+ views
    ap ^ | 2-15-05 | Sharon Theimer
    Ex-Democratic Aide Admits Stealing Checks Tue Feb 15, 9:41 PM ET Elections - AP By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - A former staffer for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee admitted Tuesday to stealing about $360,000 in donor checks while he was employed there. Roger Chiang pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of mail fraud. Sentencing is scheduled for June. Chiang, a staffer in charge of ethnic outreach and fund raising, was fired from the DSCC after about $360,000 in missing committee donor checks were traced to a bank account he had opened. The DSCC is...
  • Dem's Eat Their Own, Too.

    11/11/2004 12:13:23 PM PST · by papasmurf · 7 replies · 603+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/11/2004 | papasmurf
    The FBI (news - web sites) and U.S. attorney's office are investigating the apparent theft of about $350,000 in checks from a Democratic campaign committee... ...The money was traced to a private bank account that bank records indicate was opened by Roger Chiang, who was employed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee...
  • Politically incorrect

    10/25/2003 8:48:29 AM PDT · by tallhappy · 10 replies · 150+ views
    Post-Searchlight ^ | 10-24-03 | SAM GRIFFIN JR.
    Editorial: Politically Incorrect By SAM GRIFFIN JR., Publisher October 24, 2003 On Friday, May-ling Soong, 106, died in New York City. And for whatever reason, the press and people of the United States accorded her passing little notice: Ignorance, oversight, embarrassment or the conceit of political correctness—none of it reflected graciously upon us. Older generations of Americans will recognize May-ling Soong as Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, wife of Nationalist China’s leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek. In circles of academia and liberal intelligentsia—and thus in the press and in subsequent textbooks—it has been gauche to make complimentary remarks about the generalissimo. Chinese bandit,...