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  • Budget Is Hostage To Two-Thirds Rule (Tom McClintock Slams Supermajority Requirement Alert

    07/05/2005 1:19:57 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 480+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/04/05 | George Skelton
    One Republican who is a maverick on this subject is conservative Sen. Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks, who received 13.5% of the vote for governor in the Gray Davis recall election and plans to run next year for lieutenant governor. McClintock has long thought that the budget should be passed by a simple majority vote. "A perverse result of the supermajority requirement is that it does not constrain state spending," McClintock says. "What it does is bid up the cost of the budget with each additional vote. Every additional vote comes with louder calls for higher spending.
  • Catherine Stefani, head of Cali Moms Demand Action, is just another professional gun grabber…

    03/29/2014 10:37:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    gunmartblog.com ^ | 3/28/2014 | Eric
    Catherine Stefani has an article up over at the SacBee talking about how she became the head of the Kaliforniastan chapter of Moms Demand Action… Its not much more than a shameless plug and link bait for the civilian disarmament cult, but I thought it was pretty interesting for a couple of reasons… one, I had never heard of Catherine Stefani before this and two, I thought it was incredibly interesting how she talks about how she became involved in MDA:
  • CALIFORNIA: Will 2012 be a pileup for reform initiatives?

    11/27/2011 9:01:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/27/11 | Editor
    Some are deriding Nicolas Berggruen and other wealthy reform advocates for jumping into the initiative fray with plans for fixing California's tax system, schools and other services. This editorial board has long been leery of initiatives, and we certainly understand why many are angry about wealth disparities that have grown wider since the recession. Yet Californians shouldn't reflexively reject a reform measure because its backers are wealthy. Instead, we should welcome the energy behind any and all efforts to fix California's governance and finances, and recognize that any change in the status quo will require not only strong grass-roots support,...
  • Billionaires, Insiders Plan To Place $10-Billion Tax Hike On 2012 California Ballot

    11/20/2011 8:16:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 20, 2011 | Anthony York
    Billionaires, Insiders Plan To Place $10-Billion Tax Hike On 2012 California Ballot Acting as the Think Long Committee, they want to change the tax system to increase money for public schools and universities and for local governments. By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times November 20, 2011 Reporting from Sacramento— Joining the battle over California taxes, a group of billionaires and political insiders say they will place a $10-billion tax increase on the November 2012 ballot. The Think Long Committee, which includes Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, former governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles philanthropist Eli Broad, says its...
  • CA: State workers union loses pension ruling in court

    01/26/2011 10:00:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/26/11 | Bob Egelko
    SACRAMENTO -- As the debate over state pensions simmers in Sacramento, an appeals court Wednesday overturned part of a negotiated increase in retirement benefits for several thousand regulatory workers, saying the Legislature never approved the full increase or its estimated $40 million cost. The case involves 3,500 to 4,000 employees whose union, the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, reached an agreement with then-Gov. Gray Davis' administration in 2002 to reclassify them as "safety members" of the state's retirement system in July 2004. That entitled them to higher pensions - 2.5 percent of their pay, instead of 2 percent, for each...
  • Jerry Brown denies reports he's tapped former Gov. Gray Davis for transition team

    11/01/2010 10:03:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/1/10 | Carla Marinucci
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown says he seeks a lot of opinions from around California -- and denies the report from former Speaker Willie Brown suggesting he has tapped former Gov. Gray Davis to help run his transition team. We spoke to Brown, the former two term governor, Sunday regarding the report in the San Francisco Chronicle's Matier and Ross column which is being touted by the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. The Whitman team sent out the comments of Willie Brown to M&R, as the former SF Mayor noted he met up with Davis at a recent...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger approval drops to record low -- tied with Gray Davis

    07/14/2010 6:04:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee ^ | 07/14/10 | David Siders
    Arnold Schwarzenegger approval drops to record low -- tied with Gray Davis dsiders@sacbee.com Published Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's job approval rating has fallen to a record low, matching that of former Gov. Gray Davis from 2003, the year he was recalled, according to a Field Poll released today. Registered voters held an even dimmer view of the job state lawmakers are doing. Though the Legislature's job approval rating ticked up three points from March, it remained a dismal 16 percent, according to the poll. With the state mired in yet another budget crisis, just 22 percent of...
  • Davis sides with ex-GOP governors, others on line-item veto

    10/08/2009 7:51:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 196+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 10/7/9 | Kevin Yamamura
    Former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis joined Republican predecessors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian in filing a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday supporting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's line-item vetoes of $489 million in state spending this summer. The California Chamber of Commerce, the California Taxpayers Association and the California Business Roundtable also signed the amicus brief. Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto authority to cut the funds out of the July budget revision, which he said was necessary because the Legislature failed to pass the entire deal he negotiated with legislative leaders behind closed doors. Lawmakers left the budget slightly in the red, and Schwarzenegger...
  • CA: Subpoenas issued in pension fund corruption investigation (Villaraigosa appointees resign)

    05/23/2009 10:34:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 924+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/23/09 | Michael Rothfeld and David Zahniser
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento -- An ongoing investigation into pension fund corruption across the country intensified Friday as California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown directed subpoenas at politically connected firms and individuals, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Brown issued the subpoenas as part of a probe into "placement agents" who help secure pension fund investment contracts for their clients in return for large sums of money, often millions of dollars. The subpoenas seek information on the use and disclosure of placement agents and potential conflicts of interest, said sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because...
  • Schwarzenegger May Return to Big Screen (Terminator IV;After Last Role: Gray Davis II)

    04/22/2009 4:15:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 640+ views
    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he may return to the big screen with the latest Terminator film, which will be released next month. The former Hollywood action star, known for his roles in previous Terminator movies, told a webcast interview on Tuesday that he had agreed to be in the new movie as long as he didn't have to perform. Hollywood studio Warner Bros., which will release Terminator Salvation May 21, is exploring whether it can insert images of Schwarzenegger from the original Terminator movie into the new film starring Christian Bale. Schwarzenegger told Twitter blogger Bill Bradley...
  • GOP delegate wants apology for Davis recall

    02/21/2009 5:38:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1,500+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/21/9 | Peter Hecht
    You have got to believe that the California Republican base is dispirited when a delegate at this weekend's state party convention is circulating a resolution to apologize to former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis for recalling him from office. But that is exactly what party delegate Alex Burrola is suggesting. The resolution, underscoring some party activists' seething displeasure with "post-partisan" GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, reads as follows: "Whereas, in 2003 a grassroots effort was begun to recall then-Governor Gray Davis from office on grounds which included gross mismanagement of the budget and finances of the State of California; "...Whereas, candidate Arnold...
  • Californians have gotten recalls out of their system

    12/15/2008 8:09:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 490+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/15/08 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Reporting from Yuba City -- Five years ago, Donnette Shaffer was one of nearly 5 million Californians who did something unprecedented: she voted to fire Gray Davis, just months after he had been reelected governor. Now she wonders why she bothered. "I was thinking that we needed to do something before the ship totally sank," the 35-year-old postal carrier said last week as she ended her shift at Yuba City's downtown post office. A Republican, Shaffer voted to recall Democrat Davis and replace him with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. For a time, she was pleased with the new GOP governor, who...
  • CA: Ethics agency fines former state senator (D-Martha Escutia, also fines GRay Davis))

    08/05/2008 9:12:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 139+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/5/08 | Patrick McGreevey
    SACRAMENTO -- -- The state's ethics agency announced fines Monday against former state Sen. Martha Escutia of Whittier for failing to properly disclose at least $340,000 in payments made by 17 special-interest firms and campaigns to her then-husband's political consulting firm. The state Fair Political Practices Commission also announced fines against former Gov. Gray Davis, related to the campaign fund he used to fight the 2003 recall that removed him from office. He failed to fully disclose $187,381 in unpaid expenses and a late contribution, and he did not keep some records required for donors who gave $5,000 or more,...
  • TOTALED RECALL - state spending up by $41 billion since Gray Davis

    07/23/2008 9:08:10 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 19 replies · 143+ views
    ncpa.org ^ | July 23, 2008
    What has changed since Golden State voters ousted Gov. Gray Davis and cast their lot with Arnold Schwarzenegger's star power? Not much -- except for $41 billion in new spending, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD). At a point when most state lawmakers and chief executives have put their budgets to bed, neatly balanced, and taken off for some R&R, the Legislature and governor of California are still wrangling over a budget that is roughly $15 billion out of balance. This is nothing new. We've been hearing about these budget gaps, delays and political standoffs since before the current governor took...
  • Totaled Recall

    07/22/2008 8:15:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 157+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 22, 2008
    California: What has changed since Golden State voters ousted Gray Davis and cast their lot with Arnold Schwarzenegger's star power? Not much — except for $41 billion in new spending.What's big, blue and red all over? The great, Democrat-dominated and profligate state government of California. At a point when most state lawmakers and chief executives have put their budgets to bed, neatly balanced, and taken off for some R&R, the Legislature and governor of California are still wrangling over a budget that is roughly $15 billion out of balance. This is nothing new. We've been hearing about these budget gaps,...
  • CA: (former) Governor shielded from lawsuit over wrongful parole denial (9th Circus - Gray Davis)

    04/02/2008 3:21:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 168+ views
    An appeals court says an inmate can't sue former Gov. Gray Davis even though he wrongly denied the prisoner parole for three years. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals says governors are shielded from private lawsuits because they are essentially acting as judges and that erroneous decisions can be corrected on appeal. But the court did agreed that Davis had no authority to reverse the decision by the California Board of Prison Terms to parole Donald Miller, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder. Governors can only review parole decisions on murder convictions.
  • Pelosi attacks McCain for backing Calif.'s 2005 special election

    03/28/2008 8:39:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 656+ views
    KTVN-TV ^ | March 28, 2008
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sidestepped the superdelegate controversy as she opened the California Democratic Party convention tonight in San Jose, instead taking aim at likely Republican presidential nominee, John McCain. Pelosi noted that McCain campaigned alongside Governor Schwarzenegger during the polarizing special election the governor called in 2005. Schwarzenegger tried to pass ballot measures aimed at weakening the power of public employee unions, changing teacher tenure rules and clamping down on state spending. Californians rejected those reforms and she predicted they'd reject McCain as well. The gathering at the San Jose Convention Center continues through...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger is facing the kind of crisis that ruined Davis

    01/11/2008 12:38:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 195+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/11/08 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    Arnold Schwarzenegger stormed into office during California's last budget crisis, promising to "end the crazy deficit spending" so the state would never go over the financial cliff again. But four years later, California is back in the same spot. The cooling economy has opened up a projected $14.5 billion deficit over the next 18 months, and the governor proposed this week to cut school spending, release 22,000 prisoners early and shut dozens of state parks. The irony is rich: He is facing a repeat of the financial crisis that undid Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, the man Schwarzenegger ousted in a...
  • "Shades of Gray Davis" (déjà vu all over again)

    12/14/2007 9:53:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 112+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 12/14/07 | Jon Coupal
    The State Capitol is hemorrhaging red ink. The non-partisan legislative analyst's office (LAO) has released a report showing that the revenue shortfall from the budget just passed in August could exceed $10 billion. Fortunately, the governor and the Legislature established a modest $4 billion reserve or the deficit would be much higher. How did we get into this mess? If this seems like déjà vu all over again, you're right. It's been just seven years since then Governor Gray Davis, who inherited a budget surplus, began to run up massive state deficits which were largely responsible for his being recalled....
  • A juicy benefits battle -- Ex-DMV chief blames Davis in jobless pay row

    11/18/2007 8:25:18 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 599+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/18/7 | John Hill
    Ousted unceremoniously by Arnold Schwarzenegger on the triumphant governor's first day in office, the former head of the Department of Motor Vehicles has waged a four-year campaign against his former employer. His mission: to collect unemployment benefits. It's not that Steven Gourley needs the $5,000 he believes he has coming for six weeks when he was out of work. He's now a lawyer in private practice who figures he's spent more than $5,000 just on filing fees in his unemployment case. Rather, Gourley is trying to make a point. The point involves rather arcane arguments about procedural matters at the...
  • Grayja-vu: Arnold as Davis II

    11/16/2007 10:12:49 AM PST · by ElkGroveDan · 19 replies · 108+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 11/15/2007 08:07:02 PM PST | Editorial
    In hindsight, it's only fitting that Arnold Schwarzenegger swept into office by recalling Gray Davis. Because the way things are going these days, we find ourselves recalling Davis all the time. Davis, you might, er, recall, was given the boot for allowing California to run up a massive budget deficit. Under his watch, Sacramento locked itself into outrageous spending patterns based on the assumption that the dot-com boom would last forever. It didn't, Gray got dumped, and along came Arnold, who has proved to be little more than a Davis sequel. Although Schwarzenegger proposed strong spending restraints in 2005, they...
  • Governor's boosting his big-spender credentials

    06/03/2007 9:08:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 403+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 6/3/07 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – State spending under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been growing faster than it did under former Gov. Gray Davis, who was ousted in a historic recall election driven mainly by a huge budget gap. The new state budget proposed by Schwarzenegger would spend $103.8 billion in the general fund, which pays for most programs – an increase of more than 30 percent since he took office, about the same as the boost under Davis. But it took Davis five years to raise spending by about one-third. Schwarzenegger, who was elected in the fall 2003 recall, has done the same...
  • Terrorists Spoke of Attack More Devastating Than 11 September

    11/02/2001 11:03:16 PM PST · by onyx · 35 replies · 870+ views
    news.independent.co.uk/world/americas ^ | 11-03-01 | David Usborne
    Terrorists Spoke of Attack More Devastating Than September 11 A series of intercepted telephone conversations between suspected members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida network prompted George Bush's decision to order a general terror alert for the United States on Monday, reports said yesterday. The calls indicated an attack against America that would be even more devastating than the 11 September assaults. The CIA and the FBI presented the information to President Bush and his national security team on Monday morning. While the intelligence from the telephone calls was chilling, officials wrangled for hours over whether the public should hear about ...
  • Schwarzenegger's health plan could meet same fate as Davis'

    01/28/2007 12:41:24 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 16 replies · 391+ views
    Press-Enterprise (AP) ^ | January 28, 2007 | LAURA KURTZMAN
    The last time California passed a major health reform law, Gray Davis was governor. And in just more than a year, both he and the law were gone. Now, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who won office when voters ousted Davis in 2003 and played a role in overturning his health care law, is trying another health expansion. The question is whether his reform will meet the same fate. Just like the law Davis signed, Schwarzenegger's plan has support from Democrats but not Republicans and upsets some business interests. But the Davis law had the backing of unions, doctors, hospitals and some...
  • Ruling says California miscalculated prison guard salaries ($440 million Ooops!)

    01/19/2007 8:32:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 674+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 1/19/07 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO An arbitrator has ruled that state officials miscalculated wages and benefits for corrections employees, a mistake that will cost California taxpayers an estimated $440 million over two years and force cuts to other state departments. The ruling, made public Friday, means the state will pay $200 million for back pay and health benefits to about 30,000 prison guards, probation officers and other correctional employees, retroactive to July 1, 2005. In addition, the employees are due a 3.1 percent pay increase retroactive to the start of the year under a provision that ties their wages to those of other law...
  • CA: Davis should feel at home for gov.'s oath (Gub's administration recalls that of his predecessor)

    01/05/2007 9:25:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 309+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/5/07 | Peter Nicholas
    SACRAMENTO — He was booted out of the Capitol three years ago, but when former Gov. Gray Davis returns today to watch the man who replaced him sworn in for a second term, he'll find an eerie resemblance to what he left behind. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has entrusted onetime Davis aides with his administration's success, appointing them to top jobs. He has embraced policies that Davis favored and settled into a similar governing style. The Republican incumbent is even beginning to sound a bit like his Democratic predecessor. --snip-- "If you look at where I come down on issues and...
  • Reparations for blacks topic at Bay Area events

    11/04/2006 1:25:45 AM PST · by CrawDaddyCA · 60 replies · 983+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/03/2006 | Hanna Tamrat
    OAKLAND — Political and social activists, historians and educators from the United States and around the world are gathering in the Bay Area this weekend to discuss reparations for slavery of African people and colonialism in Africa. "The wealth of the West is built on slavery of African people," said Penny Hess, chairwoman of the African People Solidarity Committee. "White people need to recognize it and support (reparations)." Hess is one of nine speakers during the two-day event set for Saturday in Oakland and Sunday in San Francisco. The event celebrates African People Solidarity Day and calls for the white...
  • Expediency the mother of bad policy (Davis should have stayed)

    10/30/2006 1:35:33 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 2 replies · 317+ views
    SacBee ^ | 10-30-2006 | Dan Walters
    Remember the old adage about not wishing for something too much, because you might get it and regret it later? California politics are full of reminders about decisions that ignore long-term consequences. As the energy crisis was unfolding in 2000 and 2001, the state's politicians overspent a one-time windfall of income tax revenue, creating a chronic budget deficit whose multibillion-dollar effects also will be felt for years. Democrat Gray Davis undermined his governorship by botching the energy and budget crises, driving his popularity so low that in 2003 conservative activists launched a recall campaign that ousted Davis and elected Republican...
  • CA: Prison Break (.. Governor has released 14 times as many as his predecessor, Gray Davis)

    10/29/2006 9:04:23 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 533+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 10/29/06 | Howard Mintz
    Locked up in a state prison cell in Tracy, Alan Mann was so excited he had to put down his newspaper when he got word that Gov. Gray Davis had been tossed from office in the historic 2003 recall election. As a convicted felon serving a life sentence for killing his best buddy in a San Jose field in 1980, Mann couldn't vote. But he had more than a passing interest in seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger replace Davis -- ... snip ... For Mann and the 29,000 state inmates serving life sentences for murder and other serious crimes, there was virtually...
  • "Fanning the Flames" - San Francisco Chronicle COVER STORY on Conservative Figure, Melanie Morgan

    10/08/2006 11:06:59 AM PDT · by Impeach98 · 76 replies · 2,219+ views
    Fanning the Flames Melanie Morgan's swing from liberal to right-wing radio shouter may not have happened overnight, but it's permanent -- and profitable Morgan at the mike from which she led the charge to recall Gov. Davis and rails against Spare the Air Day in the KSFO studios. Chronicle photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez lighter side of Morgan: playing with Rufus, a golden retriever/chow mix from the SFSPCA as Tracy Pore tells listeners that he's up for adoption. Chronicle photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez Joe Garofoli Sunday, October 8, 2006 In the predawn darkness shortly after 5 a.m., Melanie...
  • As Schwarzenegger looks to health care fix, he once again looks to Davis veterans

    10/05/2006 3:20:12 PM PDT · by ElkGroveDan · 39 replies · 1,964+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | September 29th, 2006 | John Howard
    As Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger looks toward a second term, he has vowed to make access to health care a top priority. Schwarzenegger intends to unveil a major health-care plan in January, if re-elected. In preparation, Schwarzenegger has hired a top-level staff to actually write the proposal that includes ranking health-care experts from former Gov. Gray Davis' administration. Richard Figueroa, a veteran health-care consultant and go-to person for health issues on Davis' executive staff, is joining Schwarzenegger's team next week, according to Capitol and private sources with direct knowledge of Figueroa's new position. They confirmed that Schwarzenegger intends to release...
  • CA: As Schwarzenegger looks to health care fix, he once again looks to Davis veterans

    09/29/2006 10:37:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 475+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 9/29/06 | John Howard
    As Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, looks toward a second term, his administration has vowed to make access to health care a top priority. The govenror hopes to unveil a major health-care plan that he hopes to unveil in January if he is re-elected. In preparation, Schwarzenegger has hired a top-level staff to actually write the proposal that includes ranking health-care experts from former Gov. Gray Davis' administration. Richard Figueroa, a veteran health care consultant and go-to person for health issues on Davis' executive staff, will join Schwarzenegger's team next week in the Department of Managed Health Care, according to Capitol...
  • CA: Our hit list (part 1) - These three rotten bills deserve quick vetoes

    09/06/2006 10:20:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 483+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 9/6/06 | Editorial
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got off to a fast start in his annual September Veto Parade yesterday by saying he would reject state Sen. Sheila Kuehl's nonsensical, poorly drafted bill mandating that California adopt socialized medicine. It is a sad commentary on the Legislature that Kuehl's bill made it this far. Perhaps the governor next can tackle measures that are, respectively, anti-consumer, anti-common sense and pro-corruption. AB 2592, by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would allow car-rental companies to omit the cost of airport fees when advertising rental rates. How does Leno – who sees himself as a classic liberal do-gooder...
  • CA: Little risk to Schwarzenegger of blackouts, thanks to Gray Davis

    07/21/2006 8:15:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,265+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/21/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO Despite a midsummer heat wave that has pushed energy use to an all-time high this week, experts say Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably does not have to fear the blackouts that ended former Gov. Gray Davis' political career. And he has Davis to thank for that. The long-term contracts Davis signed, at great political cost, guarantee plentiful energy for the next few years at what now look like good rates. "In an interesting twist of fate, he's benefiting from the decisions that his predecessor suffered for," said Frank Wolak, a Stanford economist who specializes in energy. "The terrible contracts" Davis...
  • CA: Former governors ask politicians to stand behind school standards

    07/08/2006 4:47:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 303+ views
    In a rare show of bipartisanship, former Govs. Pete Wilson and Gray Davis asked state legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to stand behind curriculum standards and testing they credit with improving performance in the state's public schools. "Standards provide a measure of excellence regardless of one's skin color, family income or ZIP code. We believe that if we set expectations high, students will respond," Republican Wilson and Democrat Davis wrote in an open letter Friday. The governors' letter came a week after Democratic lawmakers stripped funding for the Board of Education from the state budget. Lawmakers had warned the board...
  • CA: Don't forget: Politicians share blame with Lay for energy debacle

    07/07/2006 9:40:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 969+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/7/06 | Dan Walters
    The purveyors of revisionist political history are back at work this week, inspired by the death of Enron Corp. founder -- and convicted felon -- Kenneth Lay to revive the myth that were it not for Enron and Lay, California wouldn't have experienced its 2001 energy crisis. ... --snip-- Attorney General Bill Lockyer had the good manners to remain silent about Lay's death from heart disease three months before he was to be sentenced for lying to mask the failing company's condition. It was Lockyer who in 2001 told an interviewer that "I would love to personally escort Lay to...
  • Schwarzenegger ad plays fast and loose (implies Gray Davis raised taxes, caused jobs to flee state)

    06/10/2006 9:28:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 495+ views
    OC Register ^ | 6/10/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO – In a new television ad, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says his Democratic rival, Phil Angelides, will take the state backward "to a time we never want to see again," which the ad says was "when soaring taxes forced jobs and businesses to flee our state." The problem is, there is no such time. Campaign officials acknowledged Friday that the ad refers to the administration of former Gov. Gray Davis, who presided over the stock market bust and the recession and state budget crisis that followed. But Davis did not raise taxes, except for suspending a few small credits, such...
  • CA: Water Firm Awash in Political Influence ($120K worth of Susan Kennedy)

    02/13/2006 8:41:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 378+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/13/06 | Michael Hiltzik
    Let us today hoist a glass — preferably of cool, clean Colorado River water — to Keith Brackpool, a walking illustration of how the generous bestowal of campaign donations and other largess can keep a man cozy with California politicians, even in the face of evidence that what he's selling may not be worth buying. Brackpool is the chairman and chief executive of Cadiz Inc. For years, Cadiz tried to entice the Metropolitan Water District into a $150-million scheme to store surplus water from the Colorado in the Mojave Desert. The skeptical MWD, which serves most of Southern California, finally...
  • CA: Governor's bond proposals getting thorough examination by lawmakers

    01/29/2006 1:46:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 250+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/29/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can't say his public works bond proposals aren't getting thorough consideration by the Legislature. Whether he'll like the final product is another question. Legislative committees held nine hearings last week on various aspects of Schwarzenegger's plan, which includes selling $68 billion in bonds to help pay for transportation improvements, water and flood control projects, new schools, courthouses and certain other facilities. There are another 11 hearings scheduled this week, including the first meeting of a two-house conference committee that will try to put together a bond package for voters to consider, possibly in the...
  • SWITCHED OFF

    01/17/2006 6:37:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 716+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/17/6 | David R. Baker
    The order came late in the morning on Jan. 17, 2001. Faced with shrinking electricity reserves, California officials at 11:40 a.m. ordered the first statewide rolling blackouts of the energy crisis. Blocks of homes and businesses throughout Northern California suddenly lost power. Lights died, elevators stopped in their tracks, computer screens went black. The crisis had been building for months. But on this day five years ago, the full scope of the disaster finally became clear. By the day's end, Gov. Gray Davis had declared a state of emergency and ordered the state Department of Water Resources to start buying...
  • CA: Damaged goods no more (The Gub extols Gray Davis)

    12/11/2005 11:00:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 624+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/11/05 | Editorial
    BACK IN 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger vilified Gov. Gray Davis as an incompetent tax-and-spend chief executive who needed to be booted from office. Everything that was wrong with California was laid at Davis' feet. The Republican Schwarzenegger won the recall election, and Democrat Davis suffered the ignominy of being the first California governor to be recalled from office. Davis didn't exactly slink away from Sacramento into oblivion, but he was viewed by many as a sort of Charlie Brown character who never got things right. Two short years later, Gov. Schwarzenegger stood next to Davis in the state Capitol and extolled...
  • The Conservative Betrayal

    12/09/2005 11:13:54 AM PST · by Impeach98 · 30 replies · 522+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/09/2005 | Melanie Morgan
    ...The conservative betrayal Posted: December 9, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com The past few weeks have been a wakeup call to those Republicans, and especially those conservatives, who got stars in their eyes and supported movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor during the historic Gray Davis recall campaign. On the heels of a decisive defeat in the recent special election for his reform ballot initiatives, the Terminator is acting like he wants to terminate his alliance with the Republican Party. Since he has failed to even slow the nonstop spending of the California Legislature, Arnold's false reading of...
  • Davis, Schwarzenegger unveil Davis' official portrait

    12/07/2005 6:21:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 655+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/7/05 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A couple of former political foes, Gray Davis and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined forces Wednesday to unveil Davis' official gubernatorial portrait - a bright painting showing a smiling Davis standing in a field of golden poppies with Carmel Bay in the background. "I love it," California's 37th governor said after the portrait was hung on the third floor of the Capitol's historic west wing. "I hope that portrait reminds people how beautiful California is and of our obligation to preserve it for future generations." It hangs next to paintings of his four predecessors - Ronald Reagan, Jerry...
  • Kennedy Republicans (Closet Democrat Arnold Schwarzenegger has kicked the door wide open)

    12/01/2005 9:38:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 190 replies · 2,441+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 12/2/2005 | George Neumayr
    Arnold Schwarzenegger's selection of archliberal Susan Kennedy, a former Cabinet secretary to Gray Davis, as his new chief of staff "is the last straw for a lot of grassroots California Republicans," says California Republican Assembly president Mike Spence to TAS. Spence describes the appointment as the equivalent of "George Bush appointing Howard Dean to be his chief of staff." Even the jaw of George Skelton (the Los Angeles Times columnist who has spent much of his career telling the California GOP to move left) dropped after the appointment of Kennedy, who is one of the state's leading abortion proponents, a...
  • Ex-Davis Aide Admits to Molesting 2 Boys in 1970s

    11/16/2005 9:22:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 712+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/16/05 | Jean Guccione
    A prominent Democratic political consultant in Sacramento has testified that he molested two boys more than 30 years ago while working at a Los Angeles-area YMCA. The admission from John Robert Stevens — a former high-ranking advisor to Gov. Gray Davis and Assembly speakers Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson and Fabian Nuñez — came in a lawsuit accusing the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles of failing to protect two brothers from Stevens' abuse. --snip-- Stevens "is ashamed and would like to find a way to make it right," said Boucher, whose law firm represented Stevens in his deposition. Stevens is not...
  • Prominent political consultant admits molesting LA boys (An adviser to Gray Davis!)

    11/17/2005 5:42:51 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 829+ views
    KESQ.com ^ | 11/17/05 | AP
    LOS ANGELES A consultant to top state Democratic leaders has admitted that he molested two brothers while working at a Y-M-C-A more than 30 years ago. John Robert Stevens was an adviser to former Governor Gray Davis and Assembly speakers Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah), Herb Wesson and Fabian Nunez. In April, he testified in a deposition for a lawsuit accusing the Y-M-C-A of Metropolitan Los Angeles of failing to protect the boys from Stevens' abuse. He admitted he fondled and masturbated the brothers, who were then 13 and 10, when he was youth director of the Rio Vista Y-M-C-A in South...
  • Former Gov. Gray Davis takes teaching fellowship at UCLA

    10/27/2005 1:21:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies · 377+ views
    AP ^ | 10/27/5
    Los Angeles -- Former Gov. Gray Davis is adding teacher to his resume as he joins the University of California, Los Angeles as a distinguished policy fellow. Davis, who is also an attorney, will serve as a guest lecturer in classes, participate in panels, and generally serve as a resource for faculty and students on issues involving California state politics at UCLA's School of Public Affairs, department spokesman Stan Paul said Thursday. Former state senate minority leader Jim Brulte also was appointed as a policy fellow. Together they provide a complementary perspective. Davis is a Democrat, and Brulte is a...
  • WSJ: Protecting Paychecks - The referendum of the year.

    10/05/2005 5:28:08 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 453+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 5, 2005 | Editorial
    ...Mr. Schwarzenegger's goals as governor include shaking up Sacramento, where an intransigent legislature beholden to special interests had turned the state into an economic basket case. Arnold does have something to show for his efforts to date, insofar as the fiscal bleeding seems to have stopped. California's credit rating is out of the gutter, and the economy has created a quarter-million new jobs in the past year. Still, important reforms remain unaddressed, and the passage of Proposition 75, also known as "paycheck protection," would go a long way toward ending California politics-as-usual. By forcing public-sector unions to get written permission...
  • CA: Davis Advisor Named to Lead Shriver's Staff (gay advocate&fellow Democrat Daniel Zingale)

    09/28/2005 8:51:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 446+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/28/05 | Peter Nicholas
    SACRAMENTO — California First Lady Maria Shriver named as her top aide Tuesday a former senior official to ex-Gov. Gray Davis, the Democrat her husband tarred in the 2003 recall campaign as the symbol of ineffectual government. Daniel Zingale, who served under Davis as the link between the governor's office and the vast state bureaucracy, will be the new chief of staff to Shriver, a Democrat. He will return to the governor's suite of offices on the first floor of the Capitol, this time surrounded by many Republicans who labored to oust Davis. Zingale has also been an unpaid political...
  • CA: Davis Deals Still Haunt the State’s Taxpayers

    08/09/2005 4:31:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 459+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 8/9/05 | Christine E. Hauser - WECA
    Former California Governor Gray Davis was recalled more than a year and a half ago, but his legacy as the “pay to play” governor continues to haunt the state’s taxpayers and business community. Davis was well-known as a prodigious fundraiser, regularly accepting campaign contributions from groups directly affected by pending legislation – and then conveniently coming down on the side of the contributing interest at the time when his influence was most needed. Many of Davis’ most egregious “pay to play” deals involved the state’s powerful labor unions, such as the time a $260,000 contribution was made to Davis’s campaign...