Guess who's back ... back again? Jerry's back. Tell
Yes, Jerry Brown decided to come out of his hole Wednesday to rally supporters in Santa Rosa. And of course, the
issue of airplanes was front and center.
Samantha Young reports,"The events come after weeks
of negative media coverage about Brown's
use of a state plane, despite his previous statements
that as governor
he eliminated such perks, and questions about the size
of his state
pension. Brown told reporters on Tuesday that he would
of his pension when he gets the documents from the
"Brown said he has spent his summer working as attorney
meeting with groups around California
and courting donors. On Tuesday he held an intimate
dinner fundraiser at the apartment across from the
Capitol where he
lived when he was first governor.
"Whitman, by contrast, has been traveling the state
and has spent $104
million of her own money so far in the race, including
spending for her
divisive primary against Insurance Commissioner Steve
"Her campaign events are more akin to presidential
featuring professional lighting and sound systems,
a cadre of staffers
to assist her, and stages festooned with banners and
I love bunting!
Jennifer Chaussee looks at who's funding the Small Business Association.
"The recent expenditures also show how groups like
become key instruments for funneling campaign contributions
as Election Day approaches. The Small Business Action
Committee had less than $2,000 to its name on June 30, but managed to
scramble some fast cash by Aug. 11, when it gave the Proposition 26
campaign $800,000 - its largest single contribution to date.
"Despite its name, the money for the committee’s contribution
didn’t come from small businesses: Major alcohol and tobacco companies
proved to be the
driving force behind the big money, according to figures
the committee reported to the state Tuesday evening.
"SBA revealed that it received more than $1 million from alcohol,
tobacco and real estate groups.
Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, donated
$500,000. Anheuser-Busch, which brews Budweiser, gave $200,000 and the
Wine Institute chipped in another $50,000. Los Angeles-based Cypress
Management Company gave the group $250,000.
Capitol Weekly offers a run-down of some of the major legislation and last-minute deals in the closing days of the legislative session.
"The classic Capitol end-of-session brew is a high-stakes blend of
confusion, rumor, policy-making, drivel and knives in the back. The
may be mired in dysfunction, but the politics of battle
is doing just fine, thank you. Welcome to the California
Capitol, August 2010.
"Of the thousands of bills introduced last year, only
a few hundred ultimately will become law and most of
those will be relatively minor. As the session draws
to a close, attention is focused on perhaps two dozen
major bills dealing with such diverse topics as local
government bankruptcy, convenience stores, laid-off teachers, health
care, horseracing, insurance rates
and power plants."
The Legislature will vote on a plan to crack
down on reckless-driving paparazzi amid the sea of bills before
them in the coming days.
"A plan to crack down on paparazzi who drive recklessly
in pursuit of
celebrities is moving through the Legislature despite
from media organizations as lawmakers approach next
week's deadline for
advancing bills to the governor's desk.
As the paparazzi bill neared a floor vote Wednesday,
the full Senate and
Assembly gave approval to dozens of other measures.
Proposals to help
finance operation of a new private hospital to replace
the closed Martin
Luther King Jr.
-Harbor Hospital, make public the names of
businesses that receive state tax breaks and fine minors
who ski or
snowboard without a helmet all got final legislative
Geroge Skelton says Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and
Attorney General Jerry Brown are under no obligation
to defend Proposition 8 in court -- but they should, simply because it was the will of the
"There's a legal question whether, in the federal court
system, a lower
court ruling that declared Prop. 8 unconstitutional can be appealed by
its campaign sponsors — its sole defenders so far — or must be
shepherded by the state, meaning the governor or attorney
There'll be a court hearing on the issue the week of
Dec. 6 and the next
governor doesn't take over until Jan. 3.
"Moot or not — and regardless of Prop. 8's merits — there's a principle
at stake here. The pertinent issue is whether voters
should be hung out
to dry and ignored by the state after they pass a ballot
This isn't the same as courts thwarting the people's
will. Many Prop. 8
supporters whine annoyingly that when a court throws
out a measure
passed by the voters, it is an affront to democracy.
central to democracy."
The nomination of Supreme Court Chief Justice Tanil
to be on the fast track after a thumbs-up from a commission on
judicial appointments Wednesday, Maura Dolan reports
"The three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments heard nearly
hours of testimony before approving Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's nominee to head the state's $3.5-billion
court system and the California Supreme Court.
"A total of 12 witnesses, including a representative of a bar evaluations
committee, testified in her favor, and a community
activist and an
attorney spoke out against her."
A Judge has ordered Cal State Stanislaus to release
documents surrounding Sarah Palin's paid visit to the campus earlier this year.
"A California university violated the state's open
records law when it
refused to release the contract and other documents
related to former
Sarah Palin's fundraising appearance in June, a judge has ruled.
County Superior Court Judge Roger M. Beauchesne ordered
Stanislaus officials to release the contract as well
as other documents
related to the use of university facilities, personnel
surrounding the June 25 fundraising gala.
"Cal State Stanislaus and
a foundation affiliated with the campus were sued
in April after
failing to disclose details of Palin's contract, including
fee. Officials argued that the nonprofit foundation
that hosted the
former Republican vice presidential candidate was not
subject to the
state's Public Records Act.
And finally, if you've ever had doubts about your fellow
Americans, you might want to check out this list from
Newsweek about some of the things your countrymen and women believe.