An Alternative to Six Californias

Elliot Schroeder Elliot Schroeder 4 Comments

Last year, Venture Capitalist Tim Draper’s Initiative to divide California into six states failed to make it to the November 2016 ballot. I posted before how this would impact San Diego. Undoubtedly, the knowledge that this would not pass a partisan Congress contributed to its demise.  Now the sixcalifornias.com website asks for ideas to fix California.  Is there something salvageable in the Six Californias idea? …

San Diego and Six Californias

Elliot Schroeder Elliot Schroeder 19 Comments

This week Venture Capitalist Tim Draper’s Initiative to divide California in to six states received approval to start collecting signatures.   Now the US Constitution requires that the State legislature and the US Congress both have to approve, but of course West Virginia didn’t really go that route, so there is still some legal ambiguity there.  Sharing statehood with the Bay Area frustrates me as much …

Not only does the Legislature need to “Man up,” so does Governor Brown

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-jerry-brown-20120414,0,7914862.story Is Governor Brown for real? He signed a budget that was based on overly optimistic revenue projections that everyone knew would not be met. If he was a leader, he would NOT have signed the current budget last summer. If he really cared for California, he would have said “NO” and forced the legislature to work out a realistic …

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”

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Alyssia Finley, quoted in the OC Register… “The fate of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative depends on whether voters buy his sales pitch that the new revenues will benefit schools. They won’t… About half of all new revenues will actually go to teachers’ pensions.” Of course the issue here is the pensions. They need to be funded, but why …

Governor Brown’s proposal to raise our taxes without any spending controls

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Regarding Governor’s Brown proposal for a ballot measure to bring in more revenue by increasing taxes, Steve Greenhut’s take is worth reading. Arguments about whether this is truly needed aside, I don’t see any safeguards in the measure that would control spending. First, as we know, salaries are the biggest drain on the budget. How will this measure control the …

Closing schools? The bigger issue is Sacramento

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Regarding San Diego Unified, see the UT’s “School closure plan draws ire, skepticism“… So what do you do when the population gradually moves out of an area? The district has avoided this topic for years and it looks like it is finally forced to act. The issue could have been addressed a long time prior, but decision-makers were afraid. Think of …

The State Budget: Why doesn’t Sacramento get it, or, why do we continue to elect these people???

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Wouldn’t it be nice if for once, no matter how hard it might be for them, that a real budget would be approved by Sacramento politicians without any gimmicks and not based on optimistic revenue projections? How about learning to live within your means? I scream whenever I hear the term “optimistic revenue projections” used anytime regarding the budget, because …

Wow! A state budget passed on time! Wow! But what kind of “wow” is it?

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Once again we’re left with a “smoke and mirrors” budget that doesn’t solve the problem and just passes the deficit to the next year. SO far Governor Brown has stood behind his campaign pledge and vetoed this budget because of the usual “Smoke and Mirrors,” but how long will he do so? What we need are politicians that instead of …

Why I’m voting no on Proposition 21 (State Parks/Vehicle license fee)

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Because Politicians lie and break promises and that is a fact. Let me explain. First of all, I grew up camping throughout the Western US, Canada and Alaska. I strongly support our County, State and National Park Systems, and I believe that our Park Systems are greatly underfunded. So with that in mind, why would I be voting “No” on …

State of the County Addresses Budget Concerns for 2010

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STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS 2010 CHAIRWOMAN PAM SLATER-PRICE WATCH THE ADDRESS HERE: http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/Portal/News/2010/Feb/021110SOC2010.html FULL TEXT: Good evening, and welcome to beautiful Irwin M. Jacobs’ Qualcomm Hall. January 3rd marked the 157th year of County government. We have accomplished a lot since the first Board of Supervisors rode to meetings by horseback, coach or wagon. There have been good times …

HJTA: Harkey, Anderson #1 Taxpayer Advocates in Sacramento for 2009

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The results are in from the 2009 Legislative Report Card issued by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), one of California’s oldest and most respected taxpayer advocacy organizations, and San Diego Assemblymembers Diane Harkey and Joel Anderson were the *only* elected state representatives out of all 120 legislative members in Sacto to receive perfect “A” scores! The Report Card, which is based …

Lawmaker pay cuts legal, commission boss insists

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http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/026853.html http://www.sacbee.com/capitolandcalifornia/story/2309392.html I’m in utter amazement reading that there are elected officials (“Legislature’s top administrators”) in Sacramento that are protesting the 18% pay and benefit cuts that have been proposed by the California Citizens Compensation Commission. First off all, if these elected officials can’t handle this cut, then resign or don’t run for reelection. No one is forcing you to …

Since we’re talking about the Board of Supervisors, let’s talk about the benefit package for many elected officials.

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A few years ago, a friend was getting ready to make a run for the Poway City Council. He started to tell me about the benefits of holding office, and as a small business owner, trying to scrape by, I saw one of his needs to want to run for office was for the benefits. On a side note, maybe …

A REAL solution to Sacramento’s never-ending budget mess

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The current and ongoing (Hopefully not forever) budget fiasco in Sacramento can give the Republican leadership (If it is still the party of fiscal conservatism, which lately, I’ve come to doubt) a chance to shine as the party that actual walks the talk regarding fiscal leadership and responsibility. Instead of just talking, the party must start seriously writing a measure …