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California Budget Crisis

Optimistic About California

Robert Hertzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Robert Hertzberg

With more than two million Californians out of work, cities declaring bankruptcy and our state's budget in a perennial state of crisis, it feels like Rome is burning.

Marching for California, Again

Gavin Riley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gavin Riley

We draw inspiration for the March for California's Future from the famous marches for justice in the 1960s and particularly the 1966 march from Delano to Sacramento by Cesar Chavez and the UFW.

Legalize Drugs, Balance Budgets

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

Trafficking for export is very illegal in Canada, but it appears as though one of the biggest markets, California, is likely to legalized cannibis in the November 2 elections.

A Number Crunching Mom's Crusade Against Tax Inequity -- And Toward Solving the School Funding Problem

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Jennifer Bestor doesn't sound like a radical, but she has methodically peeled back a veil that clouds the inequity caused by the way California taxes commercial property

California Climate Law Under Assault In Poor Economy

AP | SAMANTHA YOUNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Four years ago, California earned accolades for adopting a law that would slash its greenhouse gas emissions and serve as a...

Yes on Measure E, Steve Lopez and This Great Kid Named Eli

John Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John Koch

If passed, Measure E would be a good start to helping repair the damage from the state budget cuts that have devastated our city's public schools.

Brownosaurus Rex and California's Ugly Election

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bennet Kelley

While it is premature to declare any winners in the June 8th California primary races, one loser is already evident -- the citizens of California.

A Crisis in Faith

Irene Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Irene Gonzalez

If I have learned anything during this March for California's Future, it is that people in the San Joaquin Valley have lost their faith and their hope along with their jobs and homes.

What's Next: Blackwater Homecare Visits?

Steve Mehlman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steve Mehlman

The Schwarzenegger Administration wants to purchase up to $5 million worth of military/security camera systems to photograph elderly, blind and disabled homecare recipients.

California's Failed Experiment

Zach Friend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zach Friend

Over time California's experiment in direct democracy has actually empowered rich interests to advance their agendas and circumvent the legislature.

Don't Swat the Kids

Jim Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jim Miller

In California, we're "swatting the kids" with cuts to education, cuts to health care and by closing the doors of opportunity for poor children as more and more of them are born into poverty.

California Democrats Propose New Taxes In Response To Proposed Cuts

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democrats in the state Senate on Monday countered Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts with a plan to raise ta...

Is Sacramento America's Greece? California Debt Crisis is an Economic Time Bomb

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sheldon Filger

The virtually insolvent U.S. federal government may be forced, sooner rather than later, to bailout its most populous state. California is fast descending into a fiscal sinkhole, with no resolution in site.

Time to Scrutinize California Tax Breaks

Betty T. Yee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Betty T. Yee

One option that should be on the table but has consistently been dismissed is the billions of dollars of tax breaks that have yet to be examined.

Californians in Crisis: Nothing Left to Sacrifice

Irasema Garza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Irasema Garza

For years the poorest people in California, turned to the state's CalWORKs program to make ends meet. But in order to reduce the billion deficit, Schwarzenegger has proposed a range of cuts.

The Fundamental Dishonesty of the Republican YouCut Budget Project

Colin Delany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin Delany

The fruits of Eric Cantor's new "YouCut" project made it to the House floor last week, with results entirely predictable: nothing passed, and it did s...

Passage of Health Care Reform a Good Thing for California!

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Make no mistake about it, Californians stand to gain a lot -- maybe more than many other part of the U.S. -- by passage of the health care reform measure.

Act Now to Prevent the Pension Crisis From Bankrupting Our Cities and States

Kathleen Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Kathleen Connell

Pension fund solvency has morphed into the next massive financial bubble. Bold action must be taken now, before Gov. Schwarzenegger's difficult choice confronts every governor and mayor in the country. Here are three steps that can be taken now.

Several Reasons Why Closure of Lanterman & Fairview Does Not Pass Legal Muster

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Boris Mamlyuk

I want to outline several reasons why the closure of Lanterman Developmental Center (Pomona, CA) and Fairview Developmental Center (Costa Mesa, CA) is...

To Balance California's Budget, Share the Burden

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

Women became increasingly vulnerable to job loss as the recession wore on. From 2006-2009, the unemployment rate for California's women doubled from 5 percent to 10 percent.

Schwarzenegger's Revised Budget Plan To Dismantle Health Programs?

latimes.com | Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to present a revised budget plan Friday that would dismantle some of California's landmark healthcare programs ...

Voice Your Opposition to Lanterman Closure March 17!

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Boris Mamlyuk

It seems the folks in Sacramento are pulling out all the stops to fast-track legislation to close Lanterman Developmental Center (Pomona, CA) and Fair...

L.A. City Council's Budget Committee Recommends 1,000 More Job Cuts

latimes.com | David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The committee's budget plan, which goes to the full council Friday, omits revenue the mayor expects from privatizing city parking. One councilman call...

California Students Look To Colleges In Other States

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

New reports indicate that more and more California students are leaving the state to pursue higher education. The San Jose Mercury News has more: Un...

California - A Crisis of Confidence?

Zach Friend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Zach Friend

It must be nice to be a billionaire. Over the last few weeks, GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has inundated California airwaves with an unprec...