California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Ashleigh Aitken, a Democrat and the daughter of the powerful attorney Wylie Aitken, to the Orange County Fair Board, according to a press release. Continue reading
CALIFORNIA BUDGET CRISIS MAY TORPEDO TAX INCREASE INITIATIVE
By: Chriss Street
State Controller John Chiang shocked California legislators today when he sent a letter announcing that the State will run out of cash on March 8th without the legislature agreeing to allow the State Treasurer to delay $2.4 billion in payments to universities, counties and Medi-Cal, plus borrowing another $3.3 billion from Wall Street bankers.
The Controller’s announcement comes just two weeks after California Gov. Jerry Brown gave his State of the State speech to the combines Legislature, then immediately hit the road in a two-day campaign swing through Southern California to tout his November ballot initiative to raise taxes on all Californians. At a stop with 50 of Orange County’s top business leaders and CEOs, the Governor outlined how he was already making severe budget cuts, reorganizing state government, and implementing a 12-point pension reform plan. Brown said he offered these actions as credibility before asking business to support his November tax initiative. Continue reading
Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Beth Krom is running this year for Mayor of Irvine – and her campaign website is completely laughable. All it shows is a full length picture of a haughty Krom making some kind of fish face, with a caption below “It’s Official! Beth Krom for Mayor of Irvine 2012.” Wow – talk about hubris!
I think the OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley put it best, “Could there be more of an embarrassment to Orange County Democrats than Beth Krom, the Irvine city councilwoman who doubles as chairwoman of the Orange County Great Park board?” Continue reading
A statewide survey released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), found that 64% of the state’s voters oppose raising the state sales tax – a major element of California Jerry Brown’s proposed fix for our state budget deficit. Majorities across parties are against this idea, although Democrats (54%) are less likely to oppose it than independents (71%) or Republicans (74%). The poll also found that 35% adults, (41% likely voters) prefer closing our budget deficit mainly through spending cuts.
The news wasn’t good for our federal government either – only 35 percent of those surveyed think President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress will be able to work together and accomplish a lot in the next year and 62 percent do not. And just a quarter of Californians (25%) approve of the U.S. Congress, whose job approval rating sank to a record-low 20 percent in December 2011. Likely voters are even less likely (14%) to approve of Congress. Continue reading