Well, boys and girls, this is it. On Friday afternoon,
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will unveil the
dreaded May Revise, and the arguing and posturing can
begin in earnest. Lucky for us, this is an election
year, which should make the budget process run that
much more smoothly. Right?
In the meantime, Michael Rothfeld looks at how both
Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner are using exaggerated claims in their attack ads against one
"An examination of the facts shows that most of the
charges on both sides
are puffed up. The candidates' profiles aren't so
different. Each has
acted in the past as a fairly moderate, pragmatic Republican
supported Democrats while trying to make money in the
business world."Although both campaigns exaggerate, Whitman's ads
appear to stretch the
From our Now We've Seen it All FIles, Meg Whitman is taking to the air with a new immigration ad starring ... Pete Wilson? The move apparently comes in response to Steve Poizner's new immigration ad.
CalBuzz reports, "Whitman’s anticipatory response on radio has Wilson – who was known
on the streets of Mexico for his anti-immigrant policies as “hijo de
puta” – assuring voters: “Meg will be tough as nails on illegal
immigration. She’ll fight to secure our border and go after sanctuary
Susan Ferriss looks at the Democratic race for lieutenant governor, and its
implications for November.
"The power of gender and geography could loom even
November, and influence the governor's race, some Democratic
and neutral analysts say.
"That could be especially true if
Republican voters in June choose Meg Whitman and Abel
Maldonado as the
GOP's nominees, respectively, for governor and lieutenant
showcase them as a diversity ticket.
"Wouldn't that be
interesting if the Republican Party had a ticket with
a woman and a
Latino – while the Democrats were two white men?" mused Sherry
Jeffe, a veteran political analyst at the University
"The Democrats' presumptive gubernatorial nominee is
Attorney General Jerry Brown, a former governor and
mayor of Oakland. If
Newsom wins the primary, two men from the Bay Area
would represent the
top of the Democrats' slate."
The Service Employees International Union has a new leader. "Pledging to "restore relations with the American labor
Mary Kay Henry was named president Saturday of the Service Employees
International Union, becoming the first woman to head
the massive and
politically influential group.
"Henry's election by the group's
governing board follows a period of explosive SEIU
growth that contrasts
sharply with a decades-long slide in union membership in the United
States, where fewer than 1 in 10 private-sector workers are now
"Despite Henry's promise Saturday to reach out and
heal rifts with
other labor unions, interviews indicated that California's
nursing homes would remain one of organized labor's
"Henry said she had "no plans whatsoever" to engage
with the "rival organization" — referring to the National Union of
Healthcare Workers — that is battling the SEIU in California. She also
told reporters in a telephone conference that she had
no intention of
leading the SEIU back into the AFL-CIO, which the SEIU left in 2005 to
form a separate coalition, Change to Win."
Shane Goldmacher looks at the races for the four seats on the Board of Equalization.
"The three Republicans are competing to represent a
district that stretches from northern Los Angeles County
to the Oregon
border. The district's expanse, combined with the general
the tax board, renders most campaign tactics moot. It's either
too time-consuming or too expensive to reach 9 million residents.
Much of the political jockeying has involved the job
candidates list on the ballot. For most voters, "all
you're going to see
is the name and three words" — the maximum allowed, Nakanishi said. "So
Barbara Alby, thanks to Bill Leonard's resignation,
has perhaps the most enviable
designation: "acting Equalization board member." She said her mentor's
resignation "was a shock to me" and not part of any
The state's tourism board projects visitors will be returning in larger numbers to the Golden State, the LAT reports.
"Get ready. Those photo-snapping, beach-strolling, souvenir-shopping
tourists are returning to California in greater numbers.And
they're expected to spend a bit more than
in the past."
Hey, great, maybe we can pass a budget this year contingent
upon increased tourism revenue of, oh, I dunno, say,
$25 billion or so...
And finally, from our Aroma Therapy Files, "Fans of
White Castle's oniony hamburgers have a new way to
without any calorie guilt: a scented candle infused with the burgers'
"The Columbus, Ohio-based fast-food chain this week
introduced candles that smell like its Slider burgers
in a promotion
with Autism Speaks.
Proceeds from the sale of the $10 candles will benefit the New York-based charity."