The governor prepares to sign a $24 billion (give or take) budget revision today in subdued Capitol ceremony
at 11 a.m. this morning. The legislative leaders who presented the governor
with this deal will be nowhere to be found, and the governor will have a couple of announcements
The governor is expected to make hundreds of millions of dollars in additional cuts , to restore the budget reserve that was eliminated
when the Assembly opted to kill off oil drilling and
local government proposals that would have meant more
than $1 billion into the state's general fund.
The Bee's Kevin Yamamura reports,
"The cuts will not include a fourth state worker furlough
day, Schwarzenegger's office said Monday.
"The governor is playing the hand he was dealt," said Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer
"The budget we got on Friday erased the reserve in the
put us under water, so the governor has no choice but
to use his
line-item veto authority."
The Times-Standard's Thadeus Greenson gets Patty Berg's take on the cuts . ”It's very
scary,” said former North Coast Assemblywoman Patty Berg,
she fears Schwarzenegger will use the opportunity to
for many of the safety-net social service programs that Democrats
fought to save during the budget process. “If further reductions happen
with the social services piece, we're going to have more homeless and
people will die. It will just be that cut and dry.”
What, Virginia Strom-Martin was unavailable?
Shane Goldmacher empties his notebook for the LA Times,
going behind-the-scenes in the budget all-nighter.
"There was one near-constant in the budget talks: Dennis Hollingsworth
was the first one into the governor's office and the last one out.
The Senate Republican leader from Murrieta forged a
close alliance with
Schwarzenegger; the pair were repeatedly spotted by staff and fellow
lawmakers puffing on cigars in the governor's courtyard smoking tent,
even after hours of fractious budget talks.
Schwarzenegger has long had his favorites among the
leaders; no one expected that one would be Hollingsworth. After all,
the Christian conservative rose to power in February
in a midnight coup
by bashing the last Schwarzenegger budget deal and
closed-door negotiations that spawned it.
Even more unlikely, however, was the kinship struck
Hollingsworth, an ardent opponent of gay marriage,
Democratic chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, who married another woman in
a ceremony in Hawaii about 10 years ago.
The budget cuts will likely mean an entire host of
local services will be more expensive. The LAT's Shelby Grad reports, "The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today is
expected to consider several increases in fees for various county services .
According to its agenda, the board will consider proposals
-- Add a 20% co-sponsorship fee for events at county parks, as well
as a $20 swimming lesson fee. (The proposal would also create a
financial aid program for those in need).
-- Increase fees at county parking garages in the L.A. civic center area during non-peak hours.
-- Modify fees for the spaying and neutering of pets by the
Department of Animal Care and Control, including daily
veterinary care and vaccinations."
So, cats and dogs seem to be the real winners in this
budget fight, then...
Speaking of which, Eric Jaye has left the Gavin Newsom campaign , in a sign that Garry South is tightening his grip, CalBuzz reports. "It’s not that South is a control freak; in fact, he’s perfectly
capable of working collaboratively and cooperatively
managers and other candidate handlers.
"But Jaye to date in the campaign had Newsom heavily
focused on using
and trumpeting his use of online social network tools,
organizing and for fundraising and South
is simply not, by nature,
Twitter-Facebook-kind of guy.
"The last political consultant to elect a Democrat governor
state, the Duke of Darkness is a bare-knuckles, in-your-face,
shoe-leather, hand-to-hand combat veteran who has two main tasks: 1)
Get his candidate to raise a ship load of money and
2) Needle, badger
and tweak primary rival Jerry Brown at every turn.
Jaye and South were both doing their best to handle
professionally, and with as little inside vitriol splashing
as possible. We tried to bait South into talking but
he refused to
And finally, Two men face theft and public intoxication charges after allegedly stealing water from a fire hydrant for an outdoor water game . Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department
spokesman Sgt. Dwayne Ritchie said the men were arrested Saturday after
a trailer pulled behind the pickup they were driving blew a tire,
sending the pickup and trailer into a ditch.
to authorities, the trailer was hauling a 15-hundred gallon tank filled
with water allegedly stolen from a fire hydrant in Underwood. Ritchie
said a witness saw the men filling the tank from a
city hydrant and
reported the action to police.
"Ritchie said the men indicated they were going to use
the water for a water slide."