Jack Dolan reports that some affluent areas are taking advantage of tax breaks designated specifically for the poor.
"It's impossible to say how many neighborhood residents
employers have benefitted from the tax breaks — city officials refused
to release the names and addresses of the people hired
program, citing a concern for their privacy.
"But the officials
acknowledged that because of the way the state measures
communities, the tax breaks meant for residents of
economically distressed neighborhoods can also be claimed
white-collar professionals living in upscale Westwood, parts
Lake and the stretch of the Venice seaside that was
home to Dennis Hopper."
Don Thompson looks at what's at stake in the Sam Blakeslee vs. John Laird race tomorrow.
"If the Democratic candidate, John Laird, wins
the open seat, it would bring Democrats within one
vote of the
two-thirds majority they need in the Senate to approve
budgets and tax
increases. That possibility prompted the endorsement
from the president,
who says the ability of Republican state lawmakers
to block the
spending plans of majority Democrats is equivalent
to the roadblocks he
has faced in Congress.
"The possibility that Democrats could get so close
to a supermajority
in one house of the Legislature has led Republicans
groups to open their wallets in hopes of keeping the
district in GOP
"When you're one vote away from two-thirds, anything can happen,"
said Rob Lapsley, executive director of JOBSPAC, a
committee backing the Republican candidate, state
Blakeslee. "That's what this is about. It's simple
Geroge Skelton wants jail time for Bell's overpaid public officials.
"I don't care if he and his fellow conspirators haven't
been charged, let
alone convicted. They're guilty of ripping off vulnerable,
taxpayers in one of the county's poorest cities, exploiting
trust and, sadly, apathy.
"Moreover — not to get overly patriotic about it — they have further
undermined our democratic institutions. It's almost
public already is acutely cynical about elected representatives.
these Bell bozos just confirmed a lot of people's darkest
Paul Rogers look at the other environmental regulations that could be affected
if Proposition 23 passes.
November ballot measure that would suspend California's
global-warming law could also end up rolling back some of
other sweeping environmental standards -- including rules that require
utilities to generate a third of their electricity
sources and programs requiring oil refineries to make
"How broadly courts might interpret Proposition 23 is
setting off alarm bells among Silicon Valley executives
"If we don't go forward with 33 percent
renewable standard for California's energy supply,
we undercut all those
companies and entrepreneurs creating jobs in solar,
wind, biofuels and
other renewable forms of energy," said Carl Guardino,
CEO of the Silicon
Valley Leadership Group, a San Jose organization that
than 300 companies and that opposes Proposition 23.
Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer both weighed in on
the controversy surrounding a plan to build a mosque near the former site of the World Trade Center towers
in New York.
Maeve Reston reports, "Two days after President Obama
waded into the controversy over plans
to build a mosque near ground zero in New York City,
candidate Carly Fiorina said it was an “intensely personal and local
issue,” adding that she didn’t think “it’s helpful when the president of
the United States weighs in.”
"The placement of the mosque two blocks north of where
the World Trade Center stood before Sept. 11 has prompted furious debate in recent weeks. Obama broke his silence Friday
at the annual White House dinner celebrating Ramadan,
America’s “commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
President Obama will be in Los Angeles Monday to raise money for Democratic congressional
"President Obama is scheduled to visit Los Angeles
afternoon to help raise money for the Democratic Congressional
Committee, according to variety.com.
"He is slated to attend a
fundraiser at the home of "ER" and "The West Wing"
John Wells and his wife, Marilyn. House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi and Rep.
Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the committee, also are expected
to attend, the website said.
"The cocktail and dinner costs $2,500 per person."
And finally,another great idea about how to settle
the budget stand-off. A Moo-off.
"When it comes to mooing, 10-year-old Austin Siok is
"The Dyer Intermediate School fifth-grader last week won an
annual mooing contest at the Wisconsin State Fair because
sounded more like a real cow than the other about 80 contest
participants. And since then he hasn't stopped mooing,
Austin's mom, Dawn Siok, 47, of Burlington.
"He's pretty much mooed everywhere we've went now,"
an administrative assistant for Kohl's. "He mooed at
the bank and
he mooed at Kohls. Everyone wants to hear him moo."
We've got $10 that says Garrick could out-moo Pérez. Just sayin...