Democrats say they agree with Gov. Arnold. Schwarzenegger on how to close more than half of the state's $19 billion budget hole. It's all part of the spin wars
that mark the annual budget standoff.
Capitol Weekly reports, "This is the time of year when
the legislative leaders
begin to get a little sensitive about the notion that
they are standing idle as the budget stalemate drags
on. To that end, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is
trying to promote the idea that progress is being made
between Democrats and Republicans in the Capitol over
closing the state’s spending gap.
"Steinberg insists the fight between Republicans and
Democrats is really over a $7 billion hole, not the entirety of the
state’s $19 billion budget problem. But trying to get specifics
about what is in the $12 billion of reported agreement between the two
can be tricky. In fact, the notion itself was rejected
by a Schwarzenegger spokesman this week.
“Once the Democrats produce a budget bill, there very
well may be some things we agree on,” said Schwarzenegger’s press
secretary, Aaron McLear. “Every day they fail to do this, the problem
gets $52 million worse.”
The governor's office even got their handy-dandy deficit ticker out of the closet for one last go-round.
Kevin Yamamura reports, "Despite the clock's implication, the $19.1 billion state deficit is
not growing on a daily basis. The projected deficit size essentially
remains fixed. What changes is the amount of time that
has to reduce it.
"Schwarzenegger divides $19.1 billion into 365 days for an average of
$52.3 million a day. If the budget had been on time, the
state in theory
would have reduced its expenditures and increased
revenues by that
daily amount on average in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
"The actual impact of a budget delay is not as simple
as the budget
counter suggests. That's because not all deficit solutions
have a daily
John Howard looks at the most important telecom bill of the year, which snuck through the state Senate without a committee
"Warm lines are land lines that once carried regular
phone service that has since been disconnected, either
because the customer didn’t pay the bill or shifted to cellular or other
The abandoned lines can remain “warm” – electrified – for years and they
can still be used to make 9-1-1 calls, so even low-income people have
access to emergency services – the point of the original law."
Jerry Brown is set to make an announcement about his plans for
Latino outreach this afternoon in Los Angeles. We're
guessing it's something along the lines of "Pete Wilson=bad." Guess that Field Poll showing Whitman only trailing
by 12 points among Latino voters
and those new Whitman billboards must have served as a wake-up call...
Despite polling showing voters in an anti-incumbent mood, Barbara Boxer touted the value of political experience during a campaign stop Wednesday.
Maeve Reston reports, "For months, her Republican opponent Carly Fiorina has contended that
Boxer is a "failed senator" with little to show for
her time in the
Senate. Fiorina's supporters tailed Boxer on Wednesday
bearing that message, and her spokeswoman, Julie Soderlund, kept up the
criticism by accusing Boxer of trying to "rewrite the
facts about her
record and pretend she has actually accomplished something
people of California.
"To refute those attacks, Boxer's staff has spent the
last few months
cataloging every amendment, earmark and executive order
that the senator
has worked on over her three terms — posting many of them on her
website and assembling packets of the "highlights"
for local reporters
in each city in her two-day campaign swing across California. The trip
marked the formal campaign kickoff for Boxer."
Gov. Schwarzenegger is seeking a $1-million federal grant to strengthen the state’s review of health insurance rates. Duke Helfand reports
the governor "moved Wednesday to implement a major
the new national healthcare overhaul, seeking a $1-million federal grant
to strengthen the state’s review of health insurance rates.
Much of the money would pay
for actuaries to evaluate premium hikes sought by
Schwarzenegger also wants insurance companies' planned
increases to be
posted on their websites and on the websites of state
The healthcare law requires
states and the federal government to establish a process
“unreasonable” rate increases. The definition of "unreasonable" is
being developed, but the law provides grants to states
to begin the
evaluations. The grants will be announced in August."
African American groups are seeking the ouster of the leader of the state's NAACP for her support of a measure that would legalize marijuana."Bishop
Ron Allen and other members of the International Faith-Based
Coalition said Proposition 19 on the November ballot would hurt African
Americans, and he criticized Alice Huffman's backing of the measure," writes the LAT's Patrick
"Why would the state NAACP advocate for blacks to stay
high?" Allen said
at a Capitol news conference. "It's going to cause
crime to go up.
There will be more drug babies."
And finally, "Authorities have charged a 29-year-old man with aggravated assault and false imprisonment after
they allege he held his mother hostage for failing to iron his clothes. Carroll County Sheriff's Office
Sgt. Marc Griffith
said the man remained in jail
Wednesday without bond. The unidentified woman was
not harmed in the
June 30 incident.
said the man, who lives with his parents, wanted his
mother to do some ironing because it was
"woman's work." When she refused, authorities allege
he pulled out a
gun, and took his 51-year-old mother's keys and cellphones and refused to let her leave for
at least six hours."
Good help is so hard to find these days...