State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has reportedly filed for divorce from his wife Nadia Maria Davis Lockyer, formerly an Alameda County supervisor, Santa Ana Unified School District trustee and rising star in the California Democratic Party.The veteran 71-year-old politician cited "irreconcilable differen ... More >>
Governor and Norcal Democrat Jerry Brown and Assemblyman and OC Republican Chris Norby don't agree on much, but they do see graying eyebrow to graying eyebrow on abolishing local redevelopment agencies to help close the state budget gap. Today, they and other RDA opponents scored a victory when t ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 29, 8:03 A.M.: Following up on yesterday's warning about the havoc to services--and possibly public health and safety--that will be caused by a state budget proposal that would withhold $48 million Orange County was counting on in its balanced, just-approved, $5.6 billion fiscal year ... More >>
A group of Orange County seniors, physicians, mental health professionals and community service workers want to send a message to state Sen. Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) this morning about looming state budget cuts they believe imperil California's healthcare safety net.But the group's demonst ... More >>
State Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) has introduced a bill that would help cut into California's budget deficit by installing an online poker system that aims to generate $1 billion in state revenues and 1,100 new jobs over the next
10 years.Vegas gives it 3-5 odds to pass--or at least Vegas d ... More >>
The Gov. The University of California president called it "a sad day for California." Today, Gov. Jerry Brown released his 2011-12 state budget proposal, one he described as "a tough budget for tough times," and higher eduction is feeling the blow. Under the proposed budget, funding for the ... More >>
UPDATE: Little did I know while posting this morning that Rancho Santiago College District, which oversees Santa Ana College, would be announcing sharp enrollment declines, although they are fewer than indicated in the student newspaper (see end of post) . . . With the tuition fee hikes, dwindlin ... More >>
State Education: Not a High PriorityEven aboard the sinking ship of state that is California and its illustrious state budget, the CSU announced that it'll start accepting applications for the spring term of 2011 starting Aug. 1.However, actual enrollment is "contingent upon restoration of state ... More >>
Goodbye guv"He calls himself the green governor and I would agree with that. He's molding."--Irvine insurance broker Ira Forkish in today's Washington Post article, "Arnold Schwarzenegger on the outs in California's Republican Party." Among other points, Sandhya Somashekhar's story notes that Sch ... More >>
Arnold and lawmakers have never really gotten along, and that's been even more the case over the past few years of California's budget metdown. So it's not too crazy to read into even the seemingly polite communications between the two...
Teachers from the Santa Ana Unified School District are among educators from 13 low-income school systems protesting at the Capitol in Sacramento right now over funding that may be lost with the enactment of the 2009-2010 state budget.The Quality Education and Investment Act was established in 20 ... More >>
Assembly Budget Committee chairwoman Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) released data from the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) that suggests cuts under the state budget plan approved Thursday morning could hit Republican areas hardest because they use more government services, while ... More >>
The state Franchise Tax Board (FTB) reports today that physician John S. Han, 61, and his wife Sonya Han, 55, were arrested on felony counts of Medicare fraud and filing fraudulent state income tax returns after a search of their Buena Park home.
According to FTB special agents, Mr. Han ... More >>
For Buena Park's James Ochoa, the indescribable agony of spending 16 months locked in the Orange County Jail and a California prison for crimes he did not commit is a bit less painful today.
This afternoon, a state board in Sacramento voted 3 to 0 to award Ochoa nearly $30,000 in compensation in o ... More >>
If you belong to one of the groups targeted for a good squeezin' called on to sacrifice in the governor's budget plan-- college students, public school teachers, families on welfare-- rest assured that the truly needy will still be well taken care of.
Kate Folmar reports in the San Jose Mercury New ... More >>
First for some numbers that aren't as big as you might think, or others might want you to think.
If California were a separate country, it would have the world's sixth-largest economy, one hears time and time again. The governor even repeated the We're Number 6 bleat in his State of the State spee ... More >>
... and I'm soooooo confused. I was out of town last Thursday through Sunday, and when I returned there were 17 messages on my phone from the likes of Pete Wilson, Dick Ackerman, Hillary Clinton, someone yammering about Jessica's Law, the Nguyen running for an OC school board seat and his partner in ... More >>
Well, Arnold promised to be a different kind of governor when he ran for office back in the recall election, and he is. In some ways. In June, Governor Schwarzenegger's office put out a press release marking the 62nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, and hailing the heroism of the US troops. Thi ... More >>
Like any good Republican--and only good Republicans--we got to participate in a telephone poll last night. One of the first questions the young lady on the other end of the line asked was, if the election was held today, who would I support, "Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, or Phi ... More >>
This is certainly a refreshing development, although the participation of a gubernatorial candidate smacks of political posturing.
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