Sacramento Bee Columnist Daniel Weintraub comments on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legislative loss Friday evening.
What Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted before he became Gov. Schwarzenegger was a government that lives within its means, one that spends no more than it takes in and doesn’t face massive deficits. He could have won a measure guaranteeing all that Friday night. He still might, if he takes a step back, takes a deep breath, remembers who he is and gets back to work.
It’s amazing (and distressing) to watch this California politics stuff play out. The California Legislature is essentially useless — so polarized that 2/3rd’s can’t agree on anything. Sure seems like it’s time once again for major constitutional reform — it’ll be very interesting to see what the Gov. proposes.
Sometimes you just happen upon things. I bow low to serendipity all the time.
Just happened across this link to a TypePad photo album — a superb photo of a Blue Angel #5 crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.
Not sure who the photographer is – looks like a new TypePad weblog is in the process of being created here – but it’s such a great shot! The rest of this photo album is pretty special as well! Wow!
At a show earlier this year in Menlo Park, I was struck by the beautiful photography of San Francisco-based photographer Chris Honeysett. Chris has a unique ability to transport my mind to the places he’s shot. I just purchased one of his prints — an early Christmas present to myself, I guess. Great stuff!
Take a look at this.
Some think of it as a storm out at sea, gathering gale force as it heads for shore. Others say it is merely a giant wave, demanding great effort to ride out, but survivable in the end.
Whatever the choice of metaphor, many agree that the budgetary bite of steeply rising pension costs for public employees will for some time to come erode spending for public services and programs typically provided by cities, law enforcement agencies and fire districts.
Those costs are soaring at a time when revenue for government agencies is falling — and when pension benefits in the private sector are declining or disappearing.
I certainly appreciate the dedication of municipal and state employees. But I really don’t appreciate their hand on my wallet to this extent — which is so far out of line with what’s happening in the private, non-public sector.
The San Francisco Chronicle has a great article in its Sunday magazine about why writers enjoy living in the San Francisco Bay Area.