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  • Jerry Brown to reporter: 'Are you a Moonie, by any chance?'

    02/26/2012 3:16:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/26/12 | David Siders
    WASHINGTON - Gov. Jerry Brown had just finished meeting privately with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this afternoon when, on his way out, he ran into The Washington Times. It did not go well. "I'm just saying you've got some criticism that you've ceded way too much to the unions," said the Times' Kerry Picket. . . . When Picket asked again about bankruptcy, Duran said, "You're lying." Brown asked her, "Are you a Moonie, by any chance?"
  • Bad budget news for Jerry Brown

    02/19/2012 12:49:08 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The state's independent Legislative Analyst's Office warns that Gov. Jerry Brown relies on too much money from cap-and-trade taxes to shore up the state's beleaguered budget. In his 2012-13 budget, the governor overestimates how much relief he can expect from businesses forced to buy "credits" beginning in August to permit greenhouse gas emissions. The 2011-12 budget fell billions short of Mr. Brown's projected revenue, despite his boast last year that it was balanced....
  • Bullet train becoming ‘Moonbeam Express'

    02/01/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by landsbaum · 33 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 2-1-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    In a brazen denial of the obvious, Gov. Jerry Brown now insists the proposed California high-speed rail can be built for much less than its own business plan stipulates, and wants to use anti-global-warming carbon taxes to underwrite the proposal, whose price tag has nearly tripled in the three years since voters approved it. The governor seems intent on demonstrating how California's state government has burdened taxpayers with mounting debt, while overspending to create consecutive years of budget deficits. . .
  • California welcomes back oil industry production

    01/30/2012 5:59:48 AM PST · by usalady · 13 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | January 30, 2012 | Martha
    It is called underground injection, a process that brings up oil by using a rush of steam, water and chemicals from old, depleted wells. And it is getting the ‘go ahead’ from California Governor Jerry Brown, a major supporter of alternative energy.
  • Editorial: No special favors for California bullet train

    01/13/2012 10:35:28 AM PST · by landsbaum · 6 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 1-13-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad
    Despite a huge state budget deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown said last week that he not only intends to increase spending, he also plans to move ahead with California's questionable high-speed rail project, even though multiple critiques conclude it is a waste of tax money. ... The governor's refusal to delay or kill the implausible train project should make taxpayers wary of a bill introduced last week by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, to allow "public rail transit projects" to avoid rigorous environmental review.
  • Calif. targets 'underground economy' of off-the-books hiring, pay

    01/08/2012 2:11:45 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 103 replies
    ABC7 ^ | Jan. 3, 2012 | Nanette Miranda
    SACRAMENTO -- The state of California targets an "underground economy." Agencies are going after businesses that pay employees in cash, avoiding workers compensation insurance and withholding taxes. The state's going high-tech to crack down on those employers. The Contractors State License Board of California has videotaped numerous sting operations where they catch businesses operating without a license and hiring workers under the table -- meaning those businesses aren't paying payroll taxes, workers compensation insurance or contributing to unemployment benefits like legitimate businesses, and pocketing that money instead. California's underground economy, which includes the landscaping, restaurant, farming and construction industries, is...
  • Feds Insist On Rail Funds For CA Boondoggle

    12/20/2011 2:38:41 PM PST · by lasereye · 35 replies
    California Political Review ^ | December 20, 2011 | Katy Grimes
    If it is built, California’s High-Speed Rail would be the largest public works project in state history. That fact alone appears be intoxicating to state officials, in a perpetual quest to have California be the first state to do anything. Despite the warnings of a nearly $100 billion ballooning price tag, no track laid, no trains running, decreasing legislative support and even opposition from diehard rail advocates, the High-Speed Rail Authority is steaming ahead full throttle with plans to build the most expensive high-speed rail system in history. But there is pushback coming from so many places that it must...
  • Jerry Brown touts solar power as today's Hanukkah 'miracle'

    12/19/2011 6:01:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 12/19/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Gov. Jerry Brown sees a modern day message for proponents of solar power in the story of Hanukkah. Speaking at the Capitol Menorah Lighting this morning, the Democratic governor cast the eight-day Jewish holiday, which begins tomorrow, as a good time to reflect on "the whole idea that we're running out of oil so we need a miracle."
  • Dead Retiree Receives $7.7 Million in Government Pension Payment (CA)

    12/16/2011 1:42:41 PM PST · by Syncro · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Americns For Prosperity California ^ | December 16, 2011 | AIP
    Dead Retiree Receives 7.7 Million Dollars in Government Pension Payment  California State Senate aide retired in 1969 at age 56 after 22 years of work with a "super escalator" pension from the state. Almost a decade after his death he is awarded $7.7 million in an additional pension payout.Watch the video... Uploaded by AFPCalifornia on Dec 16, 2011 California State Senate aide retired in 1969 at age 56 after 22 years of work with a "super escalator" pension from the state. Almost a decade after his death he is awarded $7.7 million in an additional pension payout.http://calpensions.com/2011/12/12/bid-to-trim-pension-fails-7-7-million-settl...Ventura County Taxpayer Associationhttp://www.vcta.org/California Common...
  • Jery Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger urge green energy policies

    12/16/2011 11:26:42 AM PST · by SmithL · 36 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/16/11 | David Siders
    SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Jerry Brown railed Thursday against politicians who doubt climate change, calling them "political lemmings" and the chief obstacle in the fight against global warming. "The main thing we have to deal with in climate change is the skepticism, the denial and the cult-like behavior of the political lemmings that would take us over the cliff," the Democratic governor said at a high-profile conference on climate change at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. At a conference that included Brown's predecessor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Brown said climate change has...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger 'proud' of Jerry Brown on environment

    12/15/2011 8:53:14 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 15, 2011 | Sacramento Bee
    Hours after Gov. Jerry Brown issued a spirited attack on politicians who doubt the significance of climate change, Brown's predecessor -- former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- praised Brown but urged a spirit of inclusiveness. "To me, it made no difference if a Democrat had a great idea or a Republican had a great idea, or if someone from the outside had a great idea, or if someone from within the office had a great idea," Schwarzenegger said this afternoon at Brown's conference on climate change at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco. "The more inclusive you are about...
  • Jerry Brown criticizes 'political lemmings' of climate change

    12/15/2011 3:39:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 12/15/11 | David Siders
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Jerry Brown railed this morning against politicians who doubt climate change, calling "political lemmings" the chief obstacle in combating global warming. "The main thing we have to deal with in climate change is the skepticism, the denial and the cult-like behavior of the political lemmings that would take us over the cliff," Brown said at a high-profile conference on climate change at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The Democratic governor said climate change has lengthened the state's fire season and quickened its snowmelt, affecting agriculture and taxing public infrastructure. He acknowledged that Californians...
  • Jerry Brown counting on the 1 percent to save California

    12/10/2011 6:08:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Orange County California ^ | 12/10/2010 | Brian Calle
    Governor Brown wants to raise rates on the highest earners, who already pay nearly half of all income taxes and whose incomes can fluctuate wildly. California's budget is in a constant state of peril or, perhaps more accurately, a budgetary inferno, because of, as Gov. Jerry Brown accurately noted in his recent Open Letter to the People of California, "years of failing to match spending with tax revenues as budget gimmicks instead of honest budgeting became the norm." Ironically Brown's new proposal to raise tax revenue employs same old approach to extract additional dollars from Californians rather than make tough,...
  • Gov.-Jerry-Brown-implores-California-voters-Please-raise-taxes-on-yourself

    12/06/2011 11:57:45 AM PST · by bibletruth · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday proposed a ballot initiative that would ask Californians to raise taxes on themselves. Facing huge deficits despite $10 billion in budget cuts last year, California needs new tax dollars in order to avoid catastrophic cuts to schools and government services for the elderly, Governor Brown said.
  • Jerry Brown's tax plan tries easy political route

    12/07/2011 2:33:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/7/11 | Dan Walters
    Gov. Jerry Brown has formally proposed a $7 billion a year increase in sales and income taxes to close the state's chronic budget deficit. Whether it will be the only tax increase on the November ballot is uncertain. Several others are in the works, and if they reach the ballot as well, voter confusion could doom all. But assuming that Brown's stands alone, how would the campaign shape up? By next year, he presumably will have pulled the spending cut "triggers" built into the 2011-12 budget because revenues are not meeting its extremely optimistic levels, which would mean schools, colleges...
  • The Cycle Continues in California (Jerry Brown advocating new 1–2 % increase in taxes)

    12/07/2011 7:08:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/07/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Gov. Jerry Brown is now advocating a new 1–2 percent increase in the top income tax rates in California, which I think would put them at or over 12 percent. If it is true, as often reported, that 2,000–3,000 residents are leaving California per week, and that many of them are top earners, will the additional taxes entice them back, or do we simply wish them, and many of the jobs they create, good riddance? This year there were all sorts of sensational news stories in California — some state workers earning over $500,000, mandates for schools to teach gay...
  • California Bullet Train Project Advances Amid Cries of Boondoggle (Bullet Train To Nowhere Alert)

    11/27/2011 3:15:47 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/27/2011 | Adam Nagourney
    he pro-train constituency has not been derailed by a state report this month that found the cost of the bullet train tripling to $98 billion for a project that would not be finished until 2033, by news that Republicans in Congress are close to eliminating federal high-speed rail financing this year, by opposition from California farmers and landowners upset about tracks tearing through their communities or by questions about how much the state or private businesses will be able to contribute. The project has been mocked by editorial boards across the country — “Somebody please stop this train,” The Washington...
  • Western governors choose Yucca Valley for meeting

    11/26/2011 7:03:23 PM PST · by coton_lover · 3 replies
    Hi-Desert Star ^ | November 25, 2011 | unknown
    YUCCA VALLEY — Governors from the country’s Western states will meet Dec. 7 in the Yucca Valley Community Center. Creating jobs and economic development in small, rural communities will be one of the main topics of discussion. They also will hear from experts and young people about getting more families and kids connected to the outdoors. Two open sessions will be held between 10:30 a.m. and noon, followed by lunch at the community center. Residents may attend the sessions and lunch. There is a $30 registration fee, and seating is limited. Pre-register online at www.westgov.org by Wednesday.
  • Jerry Brown leaves California on vacation, destination unknown

    11/19/2011 5:29:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 62 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 11/19/11 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown has left the state for parts unknown. Brown's office announced this afternoon that the Democratic governor had left the state, but it declined to say where Brown is going or for how long.
  • Court: Prop. 8 backers can defend measure

    11/17/2011 12:42:05 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies
    Sacramento Business Journal ^ | 17 November 2011 | Kathy Robertson
    The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that proponents of Proposition 8 — the voter initiative in 2008 that amended the state constitution to say “only marriage between a man and a woman” is valid in California — have legal standing to defend the measure in court. That means the matter can proceed to the Ninth District Court of Appeals for a ruling on the merits of the measure. The legal question before the Supreme Court was procedural and unrelated to the substantive question of the constitutional validity of Prop. 8. It only assessed whether proponents of the measure can...