State and Provincial Budgets

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Bill Lockyer and Nadia Maria Davis Lockyer, California Democratic Power Couple, Split Up

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    State Supreme Court Upholds Abolition of Redevelopment Agencies

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Bond Fears:] Hours After County OK's $5.6 Billion Budget, State Says "Guaranteed" $48 Million May Not Come

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    A Budget-Sparing Message to State Sen. Tom Harman ... Now Spit

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Lou Correa Lets Online Poker Bill Ride

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Jerry Brown's Budget Slashes Higher Education Funding By $1.4 Billion

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Santa Ana College Quad Less Crowded

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    CSU Now Accepting Apps for Spring 2011! ... If State Cures Budget Woes

    State Education: Not a High Priority​Even 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2010

    Today's Best Quote

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Costa Mesa Makes State a $96 Million Offer to Buy OC Fairgrounds

    ​The Costa Mesa City Council has made a formal proposal to have the city purchase the Orange County Fairgrounds from the state for $96 million.

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Secret Code In Arnold's Letter to Legislature: F.U.

    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...

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Santa Ana Teachers Protest Funding Shift in State Budget

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    DeVore Scoffs at Budget Data Suggesting Orange County Uses More, Spends Less for State Services

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    State Taxman Pops Buena Park Doctor and Wife for Alleged Fraud

     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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2007

    Them That's Got

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2007

    Numbers, Numbers (and a semi-Nun)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2006

    Your Tax Dollars on the Campaign Trail

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2006

    Let the Schwarzenegger Dirty Tricks Begin

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2006

    Change in the air?

    This is certainly a refreshing development, although the participation of a gubernatorial candidate smacks of political posturing. NEW REPORT ON COMPANIES IN CALIFORNIA, ELSEWHERE TO FIND WIDE DISPARITY IN CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSES; INVESTORS WILL PUSH POOR-PERFORMING FIRMS TO SHAPE UP NEWS ADVISOR ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 2, 2006

    Commie Girl

    Being Arnold Schwarzenegger: Steve Westly comes to town. Town nods politely, hides yawn

  • News

    July 14, 2005

    Wrong Side of the Tracks

    State investigates Placentia case that
    OC grand jury said was legal

  • News

    July 14, 2005

    Tax Man Tran

    Republican Van Tran talks tough on taxes, spends freely

  • Columns

    November 6, 2003
  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Foster-Child Meat

    Californias Republican make-over