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Posted on August 22 at 9:30 a.m.
jonk - here is the relevant snippet of Capps Aug. 13 written statement about the town halls: "...I look forward to continuing this conversation with my constituents on the need for comprehensive health insurance reform at community forums in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties early next month (Sept)" I've asked her staff to let me know as soon as they have confirmed logistical details on these and will report it in my column or on Indie web site. .
Posted on June 27 at 7:42 a.m.
"cq" is newspaperese for "sic," used as note to editors to confirm spelling or usage which is unusual, here referring to double m in Herdt's first name. .
Posted on June 15 at 6:57 a.m.
Campbell served as Finance Director in 2004 and 2005 and it's a fact that in both of those fiscal years, the state collected more in revenue than it spent (+$2.4 B in 04-05; +$1.8 B in FY 05-06), according to DOF records). Hence, "when the state had money." This was not necessarily due to any actions by Campbell - he himself states that he was "lucky" to serve during this period - but rather to the cyclical and volatile nature of California's tax structure, which was throwing off lots of cash amid the housing bubble. The state's tax system is now under review by the Commission on the 21st Century Economy (aka the "Parsky Commission") which is expected to recommend sweeping changes in the tax code in the next several weeks..
Posted on May 29 at 7:28 a.m.
Hi Mrs. Sharp - You are correct that the state share of UC's $16+billion budget is only $3B (a little less now). I was using the $16B figure for comparison's sake to indicate the order of magnitude of the problem. Sorry if that wasn't clear. Interestingly, there's a power/money grab move afoot in the Legislature in the last couple days in which a group of lawmakers, led by Sen. Leland Yee of SF, is trying to seize oversight authority for UC away from the Board of Regents and give it to Legislature. My partner and I have had some coverage of that issue over at www.calbuzz.com if you're interested. Thanks for checking in.
Posted on May 15 at 10:25 p.m.
greensoftshell - your statement that the story is inaccurate is inaccurate.For new details on the governor's proposal and other elements of this breaking story see www.calbuzz.com. I'll also have more in my upcoming Indie print column.
On Tranquillon Ridge Project Returns
Posted on November 12 at 9:56 p.m.
Bill - One of shortcomings of print over, say, TV, is that a flat transcription of a person's quotes can be misread without the visual and aural cues and context with which they were stated. In this case, Professor Hecht was referencing Catholics and Evangelical Protestants, not society at large, and speaking about theological disagreements among and between these religions, when he said "everyone hates" Mormons. He was speaking colloquially and informally; the failure to convey that context was mine, not his.
On Why Prop. 8 Won
Posted on November 12 at 7:42 a.m.
Bill - The article is correct - Strickland is ahead as of 7:41 am, 11-12-08. We've been updating the blog as new numbers come in and the teaser has lagged a bit. Sorry for confusion.
On UPDATED: Latest on Jackson-Strickland
Posted on September 19 at 9:07 p.m.
There's an update on the Legislature's final action on the budget on the Capitol Letters blog: http://www.independent.com/blogs/capi...
Posted on August 22 at 9:10 a.m.
Thanks for heads up Mrs. DS. Link is working now.
On The Only Grown Up in Sacramento
Posted on August 14 at 12:09 p.m.
Pritchett makes a good point, although the chief PPIC researcher quoted in the offshore oil piece stated that rising prices of fuel and other things underpinned attitudes on energy issues. Another interesting aspect of that poll was that while opinions on offshore drilling have flipped, attitudes towards nuclear energy have not, with a majority in the state still opposing expansion..
On Consumer Guide to Political Polls: What to Believe, Not Believe, and Why