Gov.-elect Jerry Brown has invited lawmakers, newsies, finance experts and local
officials to a sit-down on California's budget mess. This promises to be quite a gathering.
From the Chronicle's Wyatt Buchanan: "On Thursday, Brown, who has been out of the public
eye for more than two weeks, announced in a sparsely
worded news release that he would hold a meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday "to discuss the state deficit and immense
fiscal challenges." The meeting, open to the Legislature, government officials and the news media,
will come two days after a new Legislature is sworn
"The meeting, at the Memorial Auditorium near the Capitol,
will not be open to the public. Future similar events
for the public might take place throughout California, said Sterling Clifford, Brown's spokesman."
Speaking of Brown, the incoming governor may find it's not so easy being
green after all, reports the LAT's Anthony York. Hey, we know him
-- York, I mean.
"Jerry Brown ran for governor promising to
revive the economy through an aggressive expansion
of California's green-energy
industry — but that agenda could prove costly to consumers."
"Brown wants the state to make major new investments
in solar and wind power:
building large-scale power plants that run on renewable resources
solar panels on parking-lot roofs, school buildings and along the banks of
state highways. Although advocates of renewable energy
tout the long-term
savings of going green, billions of dollars would be
required to reach the
governor-elect's green-energy goals."
California's High-Speed Rail Authority has approved the first link in the bullet-train chain, a segment deep in the San Joaquin Valley. The LAT's Dan Weikel and Rich Connell have the story.
"Costing at least $4.15 billion, the segment would run
from the tiny town of Borden to Corcoran, an area hit
so hard by the recession
and agriculture declines that it has been dubbed the
New Appalachia. Stations
would be built in Fresno and Hanford."
"Included in the plan are tracks, station platforms,
bridges and viaducts, which would elevate the line
through urban areas. The
initial section, however, would not be equipped with
locomotives, passenger cars or an electrical system
necessary to power
Somewhere between Italy and Brazil you find California -- economically that is, reports the Times' Marc Lifsher.
"Despite the worst recession in 60 years and one out of eight workers out of a
job, California, if it were its own country, would
still be in eighth place
with a gross domestic product of $1.9 trillion, according to World Bank figures
"California is nestled between No. 7, Italy, and
up-and-coming No. 9, Brazil. The United States, with a GDP of $14.1 trillion, has a
lock on first place, followed by Japan ($5.1 trillion), China ($5 trillion),
Germany ($3.3 trillion), France ($2.6 trillion) and the United Kingdom ($2.2
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the WikiLeaks
folunder should be charged as a spy for making public thousands
of confidential diplomatic cables.
From the Bee's Foon Rhee: "Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence
Committee, today urged Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange for espionage, along with "any and all of his
"The unauthorized release of this information,
including the recent release of approximately 250,000 State Department
documents, is a serious breach of national security
and could be used to
severely harm the United States and its worldwide interests,"
California Democrat wrote to Holder in the letter,
which was also signed by the
intelligence panel's Republican vice chairman, Sen. Kit Bond of
Finally, from our "Staying Svelte" file comes the tale of holiday drinks that really
pack the pounds. The grand champ: Starbucks' Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha -- which has the same calorie count as a half-dozen beers. Ouch.
every high-calorie drink you forego in December, it's an hour
on the treadmill
you won't spend in January," says David Zinczenko,
Men's Health and author of the "Eat This Not
That!" series told The Post. "If you cut out caloric
drinks, you can pretty much eat whatever you want this
year." The danger
is due to the ease at which we can mindlessly consume
liquid calories without
ever feeling full."
"Zinczenko suggests forgoing a large, sugary, whipped
cream-topped drink and instead opting for a small or medium
made with skim milk
- hold the whipped cream, which account for at least
100 unnecessary calories.
Another option would be skipping the specialty holiday drinks
entirely and creating your own by adding a flavor shot
(only about 5 calories
typically) to regular coffee."
I'd rather have a yellow-label Guinness....