The Legislature returns from a month-long recess with no spending plan in place and just
one month left before the end of the legislative session.
Democrats say they will flesh out their budget plans
this week, while Republicans say Democrats need to
But really, this is the beginning of the end of the
Schwarzenegger governorship. There are just six weeks
left for bills to be moved and signed or vetoed. And
barring a budget stalemate that drags into the fall,
all but the details of the Schwarzenegger govenrorship
may be over by Sept 12.
David Siders says while Meg Whitman is filthy rich,
Jerry Brown in no pauper.
"They were in complete agreement, however, on one point: Her
Democratic rival Jerry Brown will keep bringing it
up. In doing so he
risks a certain counterpunch: Brown, the Democratic nominee, has enjoyed
some of the same advantages of wealth and power for
which he criticizes
"He invested money in a tax shelter and sat on a
corporate board. He accepted free memberships to exclusive
clubs and a
Gold Pass to a less exclusive one, Disneyland. He lives
in a $1.8
"Neither of the candidates has released copies
of their tax returns,
and it's impossible to say just how much they are worth.
But as a
longtime public figure, Brown has left a trail that
provides a picture
of his standard of living."
Hey, he renounced those vows of poverty years ago.
Brown discussed his spirituality and his vision for California in
San Francisco this weekend.
"Many revolved around spirituality, such as when Lea
asked Brown to
recall times when his faith had a major effect on
his life. Brown
recounted his decision to join the seminary (which he later dropped out
of, a fact he did not mention) and his time volunteering for Mother
Teresa in India, when he helped care for the destitute
would take your hand and say, 'What you do to the
least of these, you
do to me,' " Brown said of Mother Teresa. "When I would
pick up someone
and help them shower or shave, I could actually sense
this is Jesus in
my hands. That faith came from encountering that, but
also being in the
environment that Mother Teresa has created and the
Charity. The power of their faith was very contagious,
and made it much
easier, made it actually a joy to be in that special
George Skelton talks to former Secretary of State George Schultz about his new role as an advocate for California government reform.
Shultz, 89, has been there, done a lot and thought through much
the time he was President
Nixon's first budget director to when he was President Reagan's
chief strategist for ending the Cold War. In between,
president of Bechtel, the engineering giant.
He's now with the Hoover Institution at Stanford
And he's co-chairman of the campaign against Proposition 23 on the
Prop. 23, largely bankrolled by two Texas oil companies ( Valero
and Tesoro) that operate refineries in California, would significantly
hamper this state's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas
Former Assemblyman Keith Richman died in Los Angeles on Friday night.
"Richman died Friday night at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical
"Keith Richman was a great leader and passionate public
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. "He advocated for
so many important
causes in California, including health care and pension
reform, and his
work for our state made a lasting impact that will
"Colleagues remembered the longtime Northridge resident's
courage in being one of the few prominent elected officials
supported San Fernando Valley cityhood before the movement
"There are few people that have done so much for the
Valley," said Richard Close, who was chairman of the
Rod Wright is hoping to legalize sports betting in California. Patrick McGreevy writes, "State Sen.
Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood), who chairs the committee
that oversees gambling, supports a lawsuit filed by
New Jersey officials
challenging federal law that limits sports betting
to Nevada and a few
other states. Wright said he might ask the Legislature
to join the suit.
"If you took the sports book in Nevada and other places,
it's a pretty
healthy piece of money, and we currently don't get
squat,'' Wright said.
"I don't know how much longer we can afford to basically
the revenue to all these other states from California
"Under California law, it is a misdemeanor to bet on
a sporting event.
And the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection
the state from sanctioning sports betting, according
to Whittier Law
School professor I. Nelson Rose, an expert on gambling
Win or lose, we know a juice bill when we see one...
Other cities will be on the hook to pay the pensions of Bell's high-priced administrators.
Catherine Saillant reports,
story of the high
salaries paid to municipal officials in Bell
has delivered a surprise twist to taxpayers in Glendale,
Ventura and several other Southern California cities
— they're on the
hook for the pension bills.
More than half of former city manager Robert Rizzo's
pension will be spread among 140 small cities and special districts such
as Norco, La Cañada Flintridge and Goleta that are in the same pension
liability pool as Bell.
The rest would be shouldered by his former employers,
Rancho Cucamonga, according to estimates made by The Times
and reviewed by pension
And finally, Wendy's is all about customer service.
But they don't seem intersted in helping the guy who's
complaining about the lousy haul after robbing a Wendy's
"Police say a man who robbed a
fast-food restaurant with a gun was so mad about the amount
that he called back twice to complain. The man walked
up to the drive-through window of an Atlanta Wendy's
late Saturday night, wearing a ski mask and holding
"He demanded the cash drawer, grabbed it and ran away.
But police say he later called the fast food restaurant
about the amount of cash.
Police say in one call he said that "next time there
better be more