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California Budget Crisis

When Activism Takes a Summer Break

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

We protested when the UC Regents proposed a 32% tuition increase across the entire system. Now, five months later, I seem to have forgotten about the issue. Why do we take summer breaks from caring?

With Schools In Crisis, Parents Organize Political Pressure Groups

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch By Louis Freedberg As public schools continue to be battered in California's budget wars, parents are ...

State Workers Earned More, Not Less, During Furlough Weeks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

This article comes courtesy of California Watch By Chase Davis Rather than taking a pay cut as intended, hundreds of state managers and other high-l...

California State Of Emergency Declared By Schwarzenegger Over $19 Billion Budget Gap

Reuters | Jim Christie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency over the state's finances on Wednesday, raising pressure on lawmakers to negot...

Let's Cut the Death Penalty and Save California $126 Million a Year

Ramona Ripston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ramona Ripston

The California Supreme Court has just 'sentenced' our state's taxpayers to an additional debt of $180,000 more per year. How? The state's high court upheld the death penalty in two cases.

Tweeting a New Constitution: "Radical" Ideas for Government Innovation (Part II)

Lenny Mendonca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lenny Mendonca

I recently made mention of five "radical" ideas for overhauling our government at all levels. The ideas are examples of applying private sector energy...

Chief Budget Analyst Slams Schwarzenegger's Plan To Cut Welfare | Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The Legislature's chief budget analyst advised lawmakers Tuesday to reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to eliminate the state's welfare program ...

New Lawsuit in California Might Signal Shift in Strategy, Surge of Similar Cases

Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sarah Butrymowicz

A lawsuit filed on July 12 alleges that California's school funding system is unconstitutional, and it might hint at things to come around the country.

Prop 25 Most Essential Part of California Ballot

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

The two-thirds requirement for passing a budget has paralyzed our state every year, and Prop 25 would end the extortion by a vocal minority of right-wing Republicans.

On Prop 13 -- Time to Amend and Correct

David C. Bohnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
David C. Bohnett

Proposition 13 has been an unmitigated disaster for California. A serious dialogue about amending this out-of-date roadblock to restoring the state's fiscal health is long overdue.

Judge Rules California Can Raid Local Funds To Balance State Budget

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday won the right to raid local redevelopment funds to help close California's budget def...

Recognizing the Debts We Owe to Universities -- And I'm Not Talking About Student Loans

Richard Ziman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Richard Ziman

As our leaders prepare for the next round of debilitating budget cuts, we must appreciate just how much we all owe to UCLA, the UC system and all of our public universities and colleges.

Cut This: The Death Penalty

James Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James Clark

California must re-evaluate its budget priorities. End the death penalty and save $1 billion in five years.

The Governor Cannot Fix Our Budget Problems Alone

Bonnie Reiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bonnie Reiss

We must reform the very culture of education in California. All students, regardless of zip code, deserve the same support and access to quality education as the students of Wonderland Avenue Elementary School.

Safety Net Most Critical in Economic Crisis

Karen Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Bass

There are some emerging, if still fragile, signs that the worst of the Great Recession is behind us: the closing of the Dow above 11,000, revenues in ...

Taking Action for Arts Education: Charles Segars

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Charles Segars, Chair of the Campaign to Save Arts Education for LAUSD, spoke with ForYourArt about arts advocacy after his testimony in support of the measure to appropriate $180 million for the NEA.

Buy It Now! Meg Whitman's California Campaign

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Will desperate Californians be beguiled by Whitman's multi-million dollar advertising blitz?

In Tough Budget Times, Let's See What We Can Do

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

Perhaps government could learn to operate differently, by empowering the community to take the lead in solving social problems and partnering where necessary, as opposed to the other way around.

Governments Budgets CUT As Stimulus Runs Out

BusinessWeek | Rich Miller and Anthony Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Spending cuts by state and local governments from New York to California may act as a drag on the economy into 2011, only the second time in more than...

Writing Checks Your Body Can't Cash

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Liberson, PhD

I don't like Federal bailouts to groups, states, or companies (I freely and gratefully accept all personal bailouts)! There are five reasons for my stance.

Posse Up, California Democrats

Bobby Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bobby Shriver

California's real problem is the system we all have built: the initiative process and its consultants, the lobbying culture that profits from inexperienced legislators with term limits, minority rule of the budget, and so on.

The Poll Democrats Need to Know About

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

This is a case study of how inadequate polling can lead Democrats to accept and promote a radical Republican view of reality.

California's Bad News Budget Threatens Education Reform

Ramon Cortines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ramon Cortines

California's budget woes threaten an opportunity for systemic and long-lasting school reform, always a challenge but even more so when the unpredictable cuts keep coming, month after month.

The Most Important Vote for Higher Ed

Jonathan Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jonathan Stein

California students are getting savvy. They are ready to take the future of the UC into their own hands. It's time to end the gridlock in Sacramento and restore public higher education in California to greatness.

The Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) Doesn't Deserve the Starring Role

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Annie Spiegelman

How is it, in a time of immense fiscal crisis, that an eradication program designed to clear out an otherwise ordinary and humdrum brown moth, has come to cost California taxpayers over $100 million dollars?