Voter’s actions send governor, legislature back to drawing board
Los Angeles, CA -- In the wake of the defeat of all but one of the initiatives on Tuesday’s ballot, the state of California faces a $21.3 billion deficit, and legislative leaders met yesterday with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to begin to look at ways to close the budget gap.
Had the initiatives passed, they would have provided about $6 billion in revenue and left the state with a $15.4 billion deficit, according to the May revised budget the governor released last week. But voter’s resounding defeat of Propositions 1A-1E, combined with state income tax revenue coming in at its lowest point since 1938, has sent the deficit spiraling up.
“It seems to me if you look at the votes from 1A to E and juxtapose that to 1F, what you see is that the general public is pretty disgusted with the governor and with the legislature and with Sacramento in general,” said Margaret Blue, dean of undergraduate studies at Cal State University Dominguez Hills and a professor of political science specializing in California politics and government.
“I’m not a big fan of the initiative process, but they (voters) really relish their role in being able to override the kind of things the legislature does and the governor does. They don’t seem to take serious what they’ve been told about the eventual consequences,” continued Blue, who pointed to Prop. 13 as a perfect example of that disbelief.
“. . . That’s sort of true in this case as well. I think there is a threshold, and I’m not quite sure how to determine what that threshold is, but (at that point) the general public ceases to support what is going on with politicians,” added Blue, who has studied Proposition 13 and its impact extensively.
Blue said she did not consider the ballot propositions the best in the world, but noted that they were the only ones offered.
In his revision of the 2009-10 budget released May 14, among the proposals the governor put forth are obtaining up to $6 billion through a Revenue Anticipating Warrant, which means selling “financial instruments” to raise immediate cash, and repaying them with interest within a short period of time.
Other proposals include reducing the number of children who qualify for the Healthy Families by 225,000; rolling back rate increases for family planning services; cutting Medi-Cal payments to private hospitals by 10%; reducing the state workforce by 5,000 general fund employees; selling seven state-owned proprieties including San Quentin State Prison and the Los Angeles Coliseum; cutting education funding by an additional $2.3 billion; eliminating outreach funding for UC and CSU higher education; entirely eliminating funding for substance abuse treatment, crime prevention and HIV education and prevention; and borrowing $2 billion from local governments.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in a starring role for the first time since he took office, as filming started today in Nevada and New Mexico for his new Western, “The Last Stand.”
The star plays a former Los Angeles Police Department officer who ends up sheriff of a small border town after a botched operation, according to Lionsgate. He must take on a drug kingpin who escapes the FBI and flees for Mexico, heading straight for the town.
Back in January 2010, a three-judge panel composed of a federal appeals judge for the 9th Circuit and two federal district judges, ordered the state to reduce its prison population in six-month benchmarks from 179 percent of design capacity to 137.5 percent within two years. The state filed an appeal of the decision to the United States Supreme Court and lost.
In May, the U.S. the Supreme Court upheld the three-judge panel’s finding that California prison overcrowding is unconstitutional and leads to severe violations of inmates’ basic rights.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ordered the state of California to address its prison overcrowding problem. As a quick fix nearly 30,000 low-level (nonviolent) offenders will be released in the next few months—nearly 12,000 in Los Angeles County—so the county has a few perplexing dilemmas:
In literally one day three events occurred that showed the continuing disengenuousness of the party of family values, personal responsibility, and country-first patriotism as three of the highest profile Republicans slipped on their party’s platform.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The longtime staff member who mothered a child with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger threatened to go public with details of their illicit affair because he fired her, it was reported today.
According to celebrity news website RadarOnline.com, the real reason behind the former governor's admission that he fathered a son with Mildred Patricia Baena was because of Baena's reaction when Schwarzenegger fired her from her housekeeper's job in an attempt to save his crumbling marriage.