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Sept 19 - The Budget, The Economy, The War, The School District, The Election
Forget them. Today's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Arrghhhh!!! ...and Avast me maties! Arrggh, an' we'll have none of that Johnny Depp come-lately codswollop -- It'll be Robert Newton for King o' th' Pirates, Jim m'boy - an actor who could chew any scenery on any of the seven seas - and eat the audience's popcorn - and enjoy every morsel! - smf
SEVENTH GRADER SHINES WITH SOLAR CELL RESEARCH: William Yuan won a $25,000 scholarship for his graduate level work
By Christina Lent | The Beaverton Valley (Ore) Times
Sep 11, 2008 [Updated Sep 16, 2008] -- William Yuan’s bright idea to create a new, more efficient solar cell earned him top honors as Oregon’s only 2008 Davidson Fellow.
As part of the honor, the 12-year-old Bethany boy will be flown to Washington, D.C., for a reception Sept. 24 at the Library of Congress where he will receive his award and a $25,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.
FIRST STOP FOR 'MY FIRST VOTE' IS NORTH HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL | 50 DÍAS HASTA LA ELECCIÓN PRESIDENCIAL
First Stop for 'My First Vote' Tour is North Hollywood HS
From The San Fernando Valley Sun
Thursday, 18 September 2008 -- A bus stopping at North Hollywood High School Wednesday isn't so unusual, but Wednesday morning, a bus with a message for students to "Express Yourself" about the upcoming election is encouraging students to think about voting, campaigns and the political process. North Hollywood High School was the first stop.
LAUSD TALKS WITH TEACHERS UNION AT AN IMPASSE
LA Daily News
Sept 18. 2008 -- Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union have reached an impasse in their latest contract talks and are calling in an outside mediator, after the district declined to offer a salary increase, district and union officials said Wednesday.
Once a state board officially confirms that an impasse exists, a mediator will be called in by October to help the talks.
PROPOSED K-5 SCHOOL A HIT WITH PLAYA VISTA RESIDENTS
By Melissa Pamer, Staff Writer | DAILY BREEZE
Sept 17, 2008 -- Los Angeles Unified officials received a shock at a crowded meeting Monday to discuss plans for a new elementary school in Playa Vista: Residents love it.
It's on the perfect site and it will make Playa Vista more complete, they said.
They want it to open as soon as possible.
"We don't get this a lot," said LAUSD development team manager Susan Cline, to laughter.
TEACHING KIDS A FINANCIAL LESSON: Recent upheavals provide a dramatic backdrop for the launch of a U.S. Treasury program to educate children about credit.
By David Colker - Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 16, 2008 -- See Sally. See Sally run from the bank. Run Sally run.
In the midst of one of the worst banking crises in decades, the U.S. Treasury Department today will launch a long-planned program to teach young Americans about credit and other financial matters.
The theme of the campaign: "Don't let your credit put you in a bad place."
TESTING OF SPECIAL ED STUDENTS SHOULD BE RE-EXAMINED: Almost half of children with special needs failed their high school exit exam this year. Legislation calls for identifying new ways to assess performance and devising new methods.
George Skelton | LA Times Columnist | Capitol Journal
A State without a Budget, A Government without a Clue.
Day 81+: SENATE PASSES BUDGET …AND THE ASSEMBLY TOO (meaning also and again) But the clock is still ticking until the Governor signs and The Lege decides to do nothing about the inevitable line item vetoes.
Day 81: SCHWARZENEGGER: “A budget deal, but not structural change” + “Special election in '09”
By Amy Chance – Sacramento Bee | Published 3:28 pm PDT Friday, September 19, 2008
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a Capitol press conference this afternoon that the budget the Legislature will consider tonight is "an improvement" over earlier versions, but still fails to solve California's structural financial problems.
Schwarzenegger: Special election in '09
SAC BEE CAPITOLALERT by Shane Goldmacher on September 19, 2008 3:25 PM
After three elections in 2008, California voters better start gearing up for another election in 2009. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he and the Legislature would call a special election next year for voters to approve changes to the lottery and, likely, budget reform in a press conference announcing he would sign the budget.
State's Top Education Leaders Urge Everyone to JOIN THE PTA!
SACRAMENTO, CA- California’s top education leaders, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell and Secretary of Education David Long, today called on parents, teachers, and administrators to join the PTA.
80 Days 16 Hours 51 Minutes: BUDGET STANDOFF OVER - Governor and lawmakers agree on spending plan
Matthew Yi, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer
(09-18) 16:51 PDT SACRAMENTO -- California's longest-ever budget standoff ended this afternoon when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders struck a deal, avoiding the governor's promised veto of a budget the Legislature approved earlier this week.
Day 80 4:06PM: BUDGET DEAL APPEARS IMMINENT
By Anthony York | Capitol Weekly | Published Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 4:06PM PDT
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders are nearing agreement on a budget compromise that would allow the governor to sign a new state spending plan that is more than 80 days overdue. The first signs of an accord emerged after the political leaders met today in the Capitol behind closed doors.
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE WORKING TO HEAD OFF BUDGET VETO
By JIM CARLTON – The Wall Street Journal
SEPTEMBER 18, 2008, 6:50 P.M. ET -- The California Legislature was racing to amend its $104.3 billion state budget to head off a threatened veto by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, with a new deal possible later today.
Day 80: ANGER BOILING INSIDE CAPITOL
Sources close to all four legislative leaders – two Democrats and two Republicans – said their bosses believe the governor has been deliberately deceptive, and they are prepared to go on a joint public offensive against the governor.
by Anthony York | CAPITOL WEEKLY | published Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 1:14PM
Legislative leaders say critical pieces of the state budget denounced by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- and used by him to justify an unprecedented veto -- actually originated in the governor’s own Department of Finance.
Day 80: MORNING BUDGET MEETING ENDS ABRUPTLY
Sep 18, 2008 12:48 pm US/Pacific
CBS 13 News/Sacramento and Associated Press
It used to be "The Big Five" ...now it's "The Big Four +1"?
SACRAMENTO (AP) ― This morning's budget meeting between Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders ended abruptly after 20 minutes with the Governor threatening an immediate veto of the current budget.
AROUND THE BUDGET IN 80 DAYS + OVERRIDING SCHWARZENEGGER'S VETO WON'T BE SIMPLE
SacBee CapitolAlert | Sept 18
Lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger met on Wednesday afternoon to discuss ways to sidestep a budget veto and an override showdown.
"We'd like to avoid a veto," said Assembly Speaker Karen Bass when she emerged from the gathering. "We'd like to avoid a veto override. Conversations are ongoing. No decisions were made. We'll be back tomorrow morning."
OVERRIDING SCHWARZENEGGER'S PROMISED BUDGET VETO WON'T BE SIMPLE
By Jim Sanders - Sacramento Bee
September 18, 2008 -- Lawmakers who assumed an override of a governor's budget veto would be easy learned differently Wednesday.
As they sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a budget he opposed this week, legislative leaders of both parties said they were confident they could override a gubernatorial veto. That takes a two-thirds vote, the same threshold required to pass the budget bill in the first place.
But complications surfaced Wednesday because the linchpin of the spending plan – an attempt to raise nearly $4 billion by accelerating tax payments – was passed in separate legislation using a procedural maneuver that required only a majority vote.
CALIFORNIA STATE PTA URGES GOVERNOR TO VETO THE BUDGET
On behalf of nearly one-million volunteer members, California State PTA opposes the budget that was passed late last night by the legislature.
We urge Governor Schwarzenegger to veto this budget because it is not good enough for California’s children or for California’s future. It is impossible to know just how bad this budget is yet because the public did not have a chance to review details before the legislature took action – but from the details we do know, this budget relies on borrowing and gimmicks that are not in our state’s long-term interest. After months of delay by the legislature, the public deserves a fair chance to see any proposal before it is passed and signed into law.
Day 79: League of California Cities Statement: FINAL BUDGET UNDERSCORES DRASTIC NEED FOR REFORM
Last update: 5:46 p.m. EDT Sept. 17, 2008
SACRAMENTO, CA, Sep 17, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- The League of California Cities has urged state leaders for months to find common ground on a state budget and produce one that is responsible and does not raid voter-protected local government, redevelopment or transportation funds. We urged them to level with the taxpayers about what it would take to get the job done, including budget cuts and tax increases. The Legislature's adoption of a budget early Tuesday morning, that some legislative leaders described at worst as a "Ponzi scheme" and at best as a "short-term solution," gives Californians little comfort that this goal has been met.
Day 79: TORLAKSON ON THE BUDGET "COMPROMISE"
BREAKING NEWS: The following update about the state budget situation was drafted before Governor Schwarzenegger announced his intention to veto the budget package. In the interest of keeping you informed about the state budget process, Senator Torlakson still wanted to send this statement to you for your review.
Senator Torlakson watched the Governor's press conference today. He is continuing his efforts to find a solution to the state budget debate, and looks forward to working with his colleagues to seek a resolution in the coming days.
79 Days + the clock is ticking: SCHWARZENEGGER VOWS TO VETO BUDGET - the view from two Times zones
[Transcript of Gov. Schwarzenegger's press conference vowing to veto state budget]
Legislators say they will quickly override Schwarzenegger's action. He'd respond by killing many bills.
By Evan Halper and Jordan Rau • Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
September 17, 2008 -- SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Tuesday that he planned to veto the state budget passed early that morning by the Legislature, setting the stage for an unprecedented confrontation in California's Capitol.
"When they send me the budget, I will veto it," Schwarzenegger said at a news conference here.
SCHWARZENEGGER TO VETO BUDGET AND OTHER BILLS
By JESSE McKINLEY - New York Times
September 17, 2008SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that he would veto a long-overdue state budget, and he threatened also to veto hundreds of other pieces of legislation, as the state’s 78-day budget crisis dragged on.
On the cusp of Day #79: SHARON RUNNER: "I won't override the veto"
Sac Bee CapitolAlert • Posted by Shane Goldmacher on September 16, 2008 5:37 PM
Republican Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, became the first lawmaker who voted for the budget to announce she will not vote to override the governor's veto.
Runner issued a statement late Tuesday saying she is "committed to finding a compromise which benefits Californians now and protects their future."
LT. GOV. GARAMENDI SUPPORTS BUDGET VETO
" All levels of education remain on a starvation diet that is sapping the strength of tomorrow's workforce and leaving California employers with insufficient skilled workers, ill-prepared to compete in the world's economy. Furthermore the most vulnerable in our society, the poor, the aged, the blind and the disabled are denied the basic needs that they deserve. We are the sixth wealthiest economy in the world - we can and we must do better - for our future and our children's future."
SAC BEE CapitolAlert | Posted by Shane Goldmacher
September 16, 2008 4:28 PM - Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is bucking the Democratic and Republican leadership of the Legislature and standing with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's planned veto of the state budget.
Schwarzenegger is "correct to veto the proposed budget...because it does nothing to solve the structural deficit, nothing to fund or to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our poorly performing education system, the prison system or address the need for affordable health care," said Garamendi.
Day 78: UNIONS ALREADY LOOKING TO REPEAL PORTIONS OF BUDGET DEAL
“The fact that this deal was three months overdue and had more smoke and mirrors than a David Copperfield show is a direct result of our broken budget process. Unless we change the threshold to pass budgets and raise revenues, we’ll never move beyond real budget cuts and fake budget solutions.”
Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation
Day 78 ...and still counting – SURPRISE#1: GOVERNOR WILL VETO BUDGET PROPOSAL!
Surprise #2: Governor's website crashes and cannot handle live webcast of veto press event! • play video
Surprise#3: If lege overides his veto he threatens to veto every bill on his desk!
By Steve Wiegand - Sacramento Bee
Published 3:26 pm PDT Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today said he would veto the long overdue budget lawmakers sent him just hours before because it does not include long-term spending changes he wants.
The move extends the state's record-setting budget impasse and sets up what could be an unprecedented override attempt.
78 Days: VETO WEBCAST @ 3?
SAC BEE CAPITOLAlert| September 16, 2008 - 1:25 PM
Schwarzenegger 'discusses' budget at 3 p.m.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference at the Capitol to "discuss the budget" among increasing indications that he will veto the budget passed by the Legislature early this morning, setting up an override battle with lawmakers.
78 DAYS: A BIT OF THE OLD S&M
"This budget has enough smoke and mirrors to play the main room in the Magic Castle."
Patt Morrison | KPCC-FM 89.3 | 1:16PM
78 days ...and now what? THE LATEST BUDGET NEWS as of 12:30PM Tuesday 16 Sept
The Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert
Lawmakers worked into the wee hours of Tuesday morning to pass a state budget. But they didn't include one of the three demands Gov. Arnold Schwazenegger made to earn his support.
Capitol Alert has a rundown on what lawmakers passed and what's next:
• Who voted for the budget
• 'Yacht tax' loophole closed
• High-tech overtime exemption passed
• The Schwarzenegger demand lawmakers didn't meet
• Lawmakers react to budget
• Will Republicans vote for override?
• Special election in 2009 likely
78 days and holding: VETO BAIT
Sac Bee Capitol Alert | AM Alert
16 September -- Today we will see what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger does with a budget that doesn't meet his demands for systemic change.
A marathon session of the Legislature ended at 2:30 a.m. The proposed compromise got the necessary two-thirds majority to pass the Assembly, 61-1, and the Senate, 28-12.
But lawmakers rushing to pass a budget plan were willing to approve just two of the three "budget reform" requirements the governor wanted.
78 days later: SQUANDERED CHANCE ON BUDGET – Three months late, this poor excuse for a spending plan is a waste of our time, money and goodwill.
LA Times Editorial
Tuesday morning, September 16 , 2008 -- It's tempting to tell state lawmakers, "Thanks for nothing," but that requires a generous definition of the word "nothing."
The state budget offered up Monday would have been a big goose egg for Californians had it been delivered on time, 90 days ago. Submitted now, with a quarter of the fiscal year already gone, the accord is less than zero.
78 Days and almost done: BUDGET COMPROMISE REACHES GOVERNOR'S DESK AFTER 78-DAY DELAY
ASSOCIATED PRESS WIRE - Tue, 16 Sep 2008 03:15 AM
●●smf 2¢: While the assembly and senate votes are technically 'veto-proof', it remains to seen whether the governator will veto - either outright or by line-item - and whether the legislature has the will and/or chutzpah to override.
After a 78-day delay, a state budget compromise has finally reached the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after it was passed by the California State Assembly early this morning.
77 Days, 21¾ hours later: LATEST STATE BUDGET IS THE WORST IN MEMORY
By Dan Walters / The Sacramento Bee | 09/15/08 21:42:55
They had to be kidding.
Nobody could have dreamed up a less responsible, more gimmicky, sure-to-backfire state budget than the one California's political leaders cobbled together and were jamming through the Legislature to end a months-long stalemate.
But it wasn't a joke, or at least not a funny one. They violated every principle of fiscal responsibility by conjuring up billions of dollars in sham revenues, basically money borrowed from corporate and personal taxpayers that would have to be paid back later to cover a huge deficit.
SCHWARZENEGGER'S THREE DEMANDS
8:35 PM Sept 15
CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS TO VOTE ON PATCHWORK BUDGET PLAN
By JUDY LIN – Associated Press | 8PM - 15 Sept
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Monday were considering a compromise plan to end California's longest-ever budget stalemate, a proposal that includes increasing the paycheck withholding for state income taxes.
Editorial: SCHWARZENEGGER SHOULD VETO THIS BUDGET
The Sacramento Bee: Published 7:32 pm PDT Monday, September 15, 2008
If this is the best the Legislature could do, California voters should be wondering what their lawmakers have been up to all summer.
The state budget plan cobbled together by legislative leaders over the weekend and scheduled for a vote Monday night is mostly a sham. The balance it claims between revenues and spending is so tenuous it will hardly survive until the bill reaches the governor's desk.
And when it gets there, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should veto it.
77 Days and counting: LAWMAKERS IN CALIFORNIA (appear to) REACH BUDGET COMPROMISE
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER | NY Times
September 15, 2008 -- LOS ANGELES — California lawmakers appeared to have resolved the state’s budget impasse Sunday, but it was far from clear whether Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would sign the proposal into law.
Lawmakers did not release details of the plan, but said they had reached an agreement that avoided new taxes and borrowing, thereby closing a roughly $15 billion hole in the most overdue budget presented by the Legislature in state history. The Democrats and the governor had sought to increase the state sales tax temporarily by a penny, but state Republicans rejected it.
LA Times: CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS REACH COMPROMISE ON BUDGET: The proposed state spending plan involves no new taxes. Votes on the plan are scheduled for Monday.
By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 15, 2008 -- SACRAMENTO -- Legislative leaders announced Sunday that they had reached a deal on a no-new-taxes state spending plan, bringing the longest budget impasse in modern California history nearly to an end.
Their proposal would increase spending for education and healthcare, though not enough to avoid cutbacks in services. It would borrow against the state lottery. And it relies heavily on maneuvers that would push the state's financial problems into the future at a time when economists have little hope that revenue is on the rebound.
77 Days without a budget: DON PERATA'S PRIVATE E-MAIL
from the Sac Bee Capitol Alert : Monday 15 September
There are only nine months left until the constitutional deadline to pass next year's budget.
Or, put another way, state lawmakers are now three months past the constitutional deadline to pass this year's budget.
The story of the weekend, though, was the private e-mail Senate leader Don Perata sent to his Democratic colleagues late last week. The Bee obtained a copy.
In it, he talks strategy for crafting a no-tax budget.
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