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Joseph Farah --  -- November 27, 2010      
Let's secede from California   
I think the United States has to secede from the state of California. -- Imagine how much better off the rest of us would be without being unequally yoked to the former Golden State. -- Everyone knows California is economically and morally bankrupt. That's not to say there aren't a lot of nice, hard-working, moral people in the state...

Joe Guzzardi -- Noozhawk -- Santa Barbara, Calif. -- November 24, 2010    
Money for illegals compounds California's education failures   
One of the cruelest ironies in California's never-ending budget crisis is how the public school system has been brought to its knees while funding for illegal alien students, provided by citizen taxpayers, becomes ever more generous. -- The California Supreme Court decision last week in Martinez vs. Regents of the University of California upheld AB 540...

Yahoo Financial News -- November 17, 2010     
California will default on its debt, says Chris Whalen   
Municipal bonds have plummeted in recent days, as investors have suddenly focused on huge state and city budget deficits that there's no easy way to fix. -- Nowhere has this collapse been more visible than California, which faces a massive $25 billion shortfall and red ink for as far as the eye can see...

Los Angeles Daily News -- November 13, 2010     
Schwarzenegger points finger for budget woes   
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday pointed the finger at lawmakers and California voters for the $6 billion deficit in the state budget he signed just a month ago. The Republican governor sought to deflect blame for the deficit, even though the rosy revenue assumptions he and lawmakers used were widely reported...

Joseph Farah -- -- November 13, 2010    
No bailout for California   
Mark my words. Any time now, California politicians will be coming to Washington with their hands out. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. -- America will be subjected to tales of woe and imminent disaster. California is too big to fail, we will be told. -- We will hear about... [See Cal Bailout Watch]

KCBS-TV -- Los Angeles -- November 10, 2010    
California budget deficit tops $25 billion   
California's nonpartisan legislative analyst says the state's budget deficit has grown to $25.4 billion and is now more than a fifth of the general fund. -- The gap reported Wednesday includes a $6 billion shortfall in the $86.6 billion general fund spending plan Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed on Oct. 8 and a $19 billion gap for the upcoming year...

Dennis Prager -- -- November 9, 2010     
How do California and the Titanic differ?   
OK, riddle fans, here's a toughie: What's the difference between California voters and the passengers on the Titanic? -- The passengers on the Titanic didn't vote to hit the iceberg. -- Most Americans understand that California is sinking. What is almost incredible is that it has voted to sink...

Howard Hyde -- Front Page Magazine -- November 9, 2010    
Is there hope for Califrancia?   
Progressives, liberals and / or Democrats in California may be breathing a sigh of relief, having dodged a bullet on November 2nd, preserving their control over the Sacramento mansion and their representation in the halls of D.C. Almost the entire county got washed clean with the anti-Obama-Reid-Pelosi tea-party backlash...

Los Angeles Times -- November 7, 2010     
Unemployment payouts push California deeper into debt   
California's fund for paying unemployment insurance is broke. -- With one in every eight workers out of a job, the state is borrowing billions of dollars from the federal government to pay benefits at the rate of $40 million a day. -- The debt, now at $8.6 billion, is expected to reach $10.3 billion for the year...

Michael Laprarie -- Wizbang -- October 25, 2010     
"60 Mintues" - Unemployment actually 17%; 22% in California   
Last night, Scott Pelley filed a devastating report entitled "99 Weeks: When Unemployment Benefits Run Out" that focused on educated, professional employees who have been without work for nearly two years and cannot find a job of any kind. Pelley concentrated his story on people living in California's Silicon Valley, an area in which he expected to find growth, but instead...

Infowars -- Austin, Texas -- October 25, 2010     
California's best and brightest face homelessness, poverty    
I don't know why CBS insists on calling what's happening economically in this country the "Great Recession." It's the Greatest Depression. It is quickly shaping up to be worse than the first Great Depression. -- At least CBS admits unemployment is not a measly 9.5 percent like the government claims... [See Obama Watch]

Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner -- October 21, 2010    
Illegal alien-packed state is taxed to death -- chases taxpayers away   
Heated elections, repressive taxes and an uncontrollable state budget have sent California taxpayers running for cover. The slow decline in California's revenue has prompted legislators to raise taxes virtually strangling businesses ability to expand. -- According to "Breaking Bad," a report put out by Richard Rider a San Diego Tax Fighter activist, the state's taxation problem is getting worse not better...

Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner -- October 19, 2010     
California gubernatorial alumni Brown promises the Dream Act   
Let's face it California isn't just broke, it's bankrupt. -- California's largest budgetary item remains education and trying to hoodwink the Golden State's residents into adding more money to the state's failing schools will be especially tough. While Californians pay one of the nations highest per pupil outlays they are not seeing the return on their investment...

Economic Policy Journal -- October 19, 2010    
Why California is about to fall off Into an ocean of unpayable debt   
Perry Wong, Director of Regional Economics at the Milken Institute is co-author of a new report, Addressing California's Pension Shortfalls: The Role of Demographics in Designing Solutions. His conclusion: We're talking about a perfect storm: more state services needed for an aging population, a workforce that will spend more years in retirement...

Los Angeles Daily News -- October 5, 2010  
L.A. schools face $268M budget gap for 2011-12   
The Los Angeles school district faces a $268 million budget deficit for the next academic year that could affect as many as 3,300 jobs, the superintendent said Tuesday. -- Superintendent Ramon Cortines said he was proposing to partially cover the shortfall by using $103 million in federal education jobs funding and reducing expenses by $5 million at central headquarters and district offices...

Economic Policy Journal -- October 2, 2010     
More companies abandon the sinking ship, California   
Computer software giant Adobe, computer game monster EA Games, and Internet auction king ebay are abandoning California to set up shop in Utah. Why? California's horrid business climate and high taxes... These companies fleeing California's horrid business climate are not alone...

KCBS-TV -- Los Angeles -- September 29, 2010     
Here's Your "Change": Poverty rate rises in L.A. County, California   
Census Bureau data show more than 16 percent of Los Angeles County residents lived in poverty in 2009 — up from 15 percent from the year before. -- The data released Tuesday and reported in the Los Angeles Times means about 1.5 million county residents are living on less than $11,000 per year... [See Obama Watch & Importing Poverty]

Bloomberg -- September 22, 2010    
California budget impasse set to break 85-day record as no vote scheduled  
California is poised this week to break its record of going 85 days without a budget as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers remain at odds over closing a $19 billion deficit in the most populous U.S. state. -- "We can solve this in three seconds if the Democrats wanted to cut enough so the state could live within its means..."

Los Angeles Daily News -- September 22, 2010     
Illegal alien-packed LAUSD taking on new deficits   
Just a week into the new school year, Los Angeles Unified officials are already mired in budget woes and have just three weeks to figure out how to erase the $1.1 billion deficit projected over the next three years. -- Thousands of employee layoffs, program cuts and larger class sizes are being discussed as the school district lays out a plan...

Associated Press -- September 16, 2010    
California budget impasse about to become longest ever   
California lawmakers are on the brink of setting a record, but it's not one that is likely to boost their abysmal approval ratings among voters. -- California lawmakers are on the brink of setting a record... [The cover-up of the California disaster until after the midterm election will be one of the great scandals of the century – Glenn Spencer]

Judicial Watch -- September 8, 2010     
County's monthly welfare tab for illegals $52 million    
As the mainstream media focuses on a study that reveals a sharp decline in the nation's illegal [alien] population, monthly welfare payments to children of [illegal aliens] increased to $52 million in one U.S. county alone. -- The hoopla surrounding last week's news that the annual flow of illegal [aliens] into the U.S. dropped by two-thirds in the past decade...

Long Beach (Calif.) Press Telegram -- September 2, 2010     
Study: California leads U.S. in illegal aliens   
A new study says nearly a quarter of the nation's illegal [aliens] live in California, despite a nearly 4 percent drop in the state's illegal population. -- A Pew Hispanic Center report released Wednesday estimates California had 2.55 million illegal [aliens] in 2009, a 3.8 percent decrease from the year before...

NBC -- San Francisco -- September 1, 2010     
California Cities: D is for disincorporate   
City officials in Half Moon Bay say the municipal budget is such a mess that it may make sense to disincorporate and turn the place over to San Mateo County. -- I'm not sure if disincorporation is right for Half Moon Bay. But it may be the answer for many California cities struggling with too many spending commitments and not enough money...

American Patrol Report Feature -- August 25, 2010   
Economic Collapse -- California Leading the Way   
Half of the students in the California school system are Hispanic, and half of them don't speak English well. -- Hispanics make up about 30 percent of the prison population , and violent crime is the most likely reason for being there. -- In 2006, median household for all Whites in the U.S. about $52,000, but for Hispanics it was $38,000...

Bloomberg -- August 18, 2010     
Schwarzenegger orders 150,000 workers furloughed after injunction lifted 
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said 150,000 government workers must begin taking time off without pay starting Aug. 20 following a court ruling lifting an injunction temporarily blocking the furloughs. -- The California Supreme Court, saying it would review the governor's plan, stayed decisions by lower courts that had halted the furloughs...

NBC Los Angeles -- August 12, 2010     
We want our IOUs   
State Controller John Chiang said Tuesday that without a state budget, California's government would be unable to pay its bills in late August (or maybe early September). That means issuing IOUs to some people. Possible dates for IOUs could be either Aug. 27 or Aug. 31, when big payments to schools are due, according to this schedule on the controller's website...

Joel Kotkin -- City Journal -- New York -- August 9, 2010    
California's war on itself   
California has long been a destination for those seeking a better place to live. For most of its history, the state enacted sensible policies that created one of the wealthiest and most innovative economies in human history. California realized the American dream but better, fostering a huge middle class...

KGO-TV -- San Francisco -- July 30, 2010     
Here's Your "Change": Dozens of San Jose firefighters face layoffs   
For the first time in San Jose history, firefighters will be laid off. A stalemate between the city and the firefighter's union will result in the elimination of 81 positions, which translates into 51 layoffs. -- One fire station will be closed and three others will have less staff and equipment...

Los Angeles Times -- July 28, 2010    
No end in sight for Sacramento budget stalemate   
Sacramento -- As California staggers toward the fifth week of the fiscal year without a spending plan, a month of closed-door talks in the Capitol have produced little but tension and finger-pointing. The calendar is flipping toward August with no resolution in sight...

Joe Guzzardi -- -- July 21, 2010     
Free lunch program moves California one step closer to final collapse 
Since I moved from Lodi to Pittsburgh, PA two years ago, I've been viewing California's social and economic problems from afar. Instead of moving toward meaningful reform, California can't get out of its own way. -- Reporter Jennifer Bonnett's recent story chronicles California's continuing death spiral...

Los Angeles Times -- July 19, 2010     
Riordan says L.A. could run out of money for parks, libraries   
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan said Saturday that rising pension costs could cause the city to run out of money to pay for parks, libraries and other services within two years. -- The former mayor made his comments at a gathering of activists from across the political spectrum who are looking to push out the six City Council members... [See VillaraigosaWatch]

KCOP-TV -- Los Angeles -- July 17, 2010     
Judge: 'Governator' must pay, at least for now   
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lost a bid in court to have 200,000 California state employees' wages chopped to the federal minimum wage, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. -- Schwarzenegger had petitioned the court for the cut in order to help the state deal with its budget deficit by shrinking the wages of some state employees to the federal minimum wage...

KABC-TV -- Los Angeles -- July 15, 2010     
Schwarzenegger poll numbers hit 50-year low   
It was evident during his visit to opening day at the California State Fair that fans are still eager to see Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie star, even take a picture with him. -- "A celebrity," said Schwarzenegger fan Justin Jahn. "Even if he was a governor or not, I would still see him because of his movies." -- But as governor, he doesn't have many fans these days...

Jan Norman -- Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif. -- July 13, 2010    
California still bummed about economy   
Californians are stubbornly gloomy about the economy and unemployment, according to the Citi California Pulse survey of consumers and small-business owners released today. -- In fact, 92% rate the state's economy fair or poor and 16% of Southern Californians said their personal financial condition is better than last year, says the quarter survey by Citibank California...

NBC-TV -- San Francisco -- July 13, 2010     
Suffer these crimes in Oakland? Don't call the cops   
Oakland's police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if layoffs go as planned. -- Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism...

Los Angeles Times -- July 3, 2010     
Appeals court affirms Schwarzenegger's bid to cut state workers' pay   
Sacramento -- An appeals court ruled Friday that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can reduce state workers' pay to the federal minimum wage when the state budget is late. -- The ruling, stemming from a 2008 case, came a day after the new fiscal year began without a spending plan and the governor ordered the pay of roughly 200,000 state employees cut to $7.25 an hour until a budget is passed...

Los Angeles Times -- July 1, 2010     
California budget deadline passes without a budget   
California begins a new budget year Thursday without a spending plan in place and with no agreement imminent between state legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on how to close a $19.1-billion deficit. -- State employees and others who depend on government money were bracing Wednesday for the possible fallout...

Los Angeles Times -- June 30, 2010     
More California school districts edging closer to insolvency, state says   
An increasing number of California school districts are edging closer to financial insolvency, state officials reported Tuesday. -- One immediate effect has been teacher layoffs — probably in the thousands, although neither state officials nor the California Teachers Assn. have final numbers...

Full Disclosure -- June 14, 2010           
L.A. public utility leads nation in decline   
Veteran newsman and long time editor Ron Kaye describes the role of the Department of Water and Power and current city leadership that has presided over the rapid decline of the nation's second most populous city. From 1982 to 2008 as Editor of the L. A. Daily news Kaye acquired first hand knowledge of the inner workings of Los Angeles... [See Villaraigosa Watch]

KGTV -- San Diego -- June 5, 2010     
Ridiculous "California Dream Act" clears senate, headed to assembly   
A bill that provides financial aid for illegal [aliens] at state schools has cleared the Senate, but it must be approved by the California State Assembly before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will have to decide whether to veto it for a fourth time... [See: Aiding and abetting illegals is a crime]

Reuters -- May 27, 2010     
Bankruptcy talk spreads among California muni officials   
Antioch's leaders earlier this month said bankruptcy could be an option for the cash-strapped city of roughly 100,000 on the eastern fringe of the San Francisco Bay area. -- Antioch's fiscal woes are standard issue for local governments in California: weak revenue from retail sales and property taxes is forcing spending cuts, layoffs and furloughs... [See Obama Watch]

San Francisco Chronicle -- May 14, 2010    
Budget proposal deals blow to California's poor   
State programs that help California's neediest residents would be significantly cut or outright eliminated under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's updated spending plan announced Friday. Schwarzenegger proposed ending the entire state welfare program along with most state-subsidized child care, cutting mental health services by 60 percent...

CNS News -- May 14, 2010      
'MEChA Boy' L.A. Mayor: Illegal immigration adds to 'economic might' of deficit-ridden California   
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Thursday that illegal immigration has not contributed to his city's budget problems, but, on the contrary, that illegal immigration adds to the "economic might" of California... [More from this clown]

Economic Policy Journal -- May 12, 2010    
Schwarzenegger's buget cuts could be brutal   
Administration officials declined to reveal which specific programs the governor would eliminate. But officials involved in the budget process, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly, said they would probably include home healthcare for the elderly and disabled... [See Obama Watch]

Washington's Blog -- May 12, 2010     
California more likely to default than Iceland or Iraq    
The Federal Reserve isn't the only one who owns credit default swaps betting that California will default. -- As Ed Harrison points out, credit default traders have now ranked California in the list of top 10 governments most likely to default, with a 20% default probability...

Dan Walters -- Sacramento Bee -- May 12, 2010     
California's quandary Greek-like?   
The term "failed state" often pops up in discussions about California's evident governmental dysfunction, a malady most obvious in its chronically unbalanced state budget. -- More than one commentator has likened California to Greece, whose chronic deficits and soaring public debt...

Bloomberg -- May 12, 2010    
Schwarzenegger preps 'terrible cuts' to close deficit    
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will seek "terrible cuts" to eliminate an $18.6 billion budget deficit facing the most-populous U.S. state through June 2011, his spokesman said. -- Schwarzenegger, 62, who will introduce his revised budget plans on May 14, has said he won't seek tax increases to bolster California's finances...

Los Angeles Times -- May 11, 2010     
Top policy analyst for Los Angeles City Council calls for 1,000 more job cuts   
The budget roller coaster at Los Angeles City Hall took another sharp turn on Tuesday, with the City Council's top policy analyst calling for the elimination of 1,000 jobs on top of the 761 targeted by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in his proposed annual budget... [See Cal Meltdown Watch]

Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- May 11, 2010   
Failed Calif. Governor: 'I was going to speak in Arizona, but I thought I'd be deported'
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the commencement address at Emory University on Monday. -- His was a relatively non-political speech, but the Republican's prepared remarks included this...

Jan Norman -- Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif. -- May 5, 2010    
CEOs rank California worst for business   
California ranks last among the states and Washington D.C. as a place to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine. It is the second year in a row that the state was given that dubious distinction. -- Such assessments are important in the interstate wrestling match for economic growth, Chief Executive notes... [See Eye on Arnold]

Los Angeles Times -- May 4, 2010     
Plunge in state revenue dashes hopes of an easy budget fix   
Sacramento -- State tax collections plummeted unexpectedly in April, wiping out months of steady gains that legislators hoped would ease their budget troubles and restore California's economy faster than experts predicted. -- Such hope is now fading fast... [We told you so]

Dan Walters -- Sacramento Bee -- May 2, 2010     
State fiscal plan mostly just wishes   
Cross the fingers of both hands, hold them out in front of you, close your eyes and think beautiful thoughts. Congratulations, you are now fully qualified to help fashion a new state budget. -- Say what? -- Yes indeed, Capitol politicians' strategy for dealing with this year's version of the chronic deficit appears, so far, to be crossing their fingers...

Los Angeles Times -- April 30, 2010     
Miserable failure of a California governor takes aim at Arizona law on Leno Show 
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday night declared the new Arizona law cracking down on illegal [aliens] "a mess" and something he "would never do." -- "That is a mess," he said of the new Arizona law that directs law enforcement to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. "I would never do that in California. No way." [This RINO idiot drove the state into the ground]

Jan Norman -- Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif. -- April 27, 2010    
Here's Your "Change": California's economic forecast fifth-worst in U.S.   
California's economic outlook ranks 46th among the states, according to the new study from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonpartisan limited government advocacy group of state legislators. -- Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index ranks the states...

Sacramento Bee -- April 21, 2010     
Sales tax revenue plummets in Sacramento region   
In the last five years, sales tax revenue in the Sacramento region dropped by $76 million as consumers increasingly stayed home in the harsh economy, a Bee survey finds. -- The Bee looked at revenue streams for 18 local governments, including Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties, and 14 cities...

Los Angeles Times -- April 21, 2010     
Credibility is strained as Villaraigosa backtracks on gloom and doom budget   
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday laid out his rescue plan for a city mired in its worst fiscal crisis in a generation -- an austerity budget that would cut library hours, scale back pothole repairs, freeze the hiring of firefighters and shut the agency that oversees neighborhood councils...

Reuters -- April 21, 2010     
California leads in borrowing for jobless benefits    
...The Golden State has borrowed $8.8 billion so far to cover jobless benefits during a recession where the national unemployment rate crested above 10 percent. It is not alone. More than 30 states have had to take out similar, albeit smaller, federal loans to keep their unemployment benefit systems afloat... [See Obama Watch]

Steve Malanga -- City Journal -- New York -- April 17, 2010     
The Beholden State   
The camera focuses on an official of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California's largest public-employee union, sitting in a legislative chamber and speaking into a microphone. "We helped to get you into office, and we got a good memory," she says matter-of-factly to the elected officials outside the shot. "Come November, if you don't back our program, we'll get you out of office.' 

London Guardian -- April 17, 2010     
LA's city government, at war with itself   
Last week, with headlines that could have fit right into the classic movie Chinatown, about the water wars that early Los Angeles lived through, the department of water and power, the mayor, and the city council engaged in an extremely public battle over shrinking financial resources...

Cal Watchdog -- April 17, 2010    
Fired official slams state 'fire sale'   
A complex administration plan to sell state-owned properties and then lease them back from the new owners is being compared to a short-term money raising gimmick by a recently terminited member of the commission that must sign off on the deal. He views it as a bad deal for the state that has not been sufficiently reviewed... [See Cal Meltdown Watch]

Associated Press -- April 16, 2010     
California jobless rate swells to 12.6 percent   
California's unemployment rate hit a modern record of 12.6 percent in March, though it rose only a fraction over the previous month, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. -- Non-farm payroll jobs increased by 4,200 as the economy shows signs of life...

The Florida Pundit / Hot Air -- April 15, 2010     
Calif. Madness: Spend, raise taxes, kill jobs-- the Obama model for America 
Reason TV has a put together a great video on the madness that has destroyed the economy in California: powerful public unions, raising taxes and government spending and record losses in private sector jobs. President Obama is putting the entire country on the same track... [See Obama Watch and MEChA-Boy Watch]

Washington Post -- April 12, 2010   
LAPD detectives sidelined by city budget crisis   
Los Angeles -- The city's budget crisis and cap on overtime is forcing homicide detectives to stop work for days at a time, hurting their ability to solve cases, authorities said. -- Some detectives said they had to delay interviewing witnesses to killings after supervisors ordered them to take days off... [See MEChA-Boy Watch]

Los Angeles Times -- April 11, 2010     
Teachers agree to shorten LAUSD school year   
Los Angeles teachers union members have ratified a deal to shorten the school calendar this and next year, officials announced Saturday. -- Nearly 80% of United Teachers Los Angeles members who cast ballots approved of the deal, which could save the Los Angeles Unified School District up to $140 million...

Los Angeles Times -- April 6, 2010     
Villaraigosa calls for shutting down some city departments amid budget crisis   
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Tuesday for all city agencies -- except for police, other public safety and revenue-generating departments -- to close for two days a week starting April 12 because of the city's continuing budget crisis. -- "We have to act, and we have to act quickly," Villaraigosa said... [See Obama Watch]

Walter Moore -- Los Angeles -- April 6, 2010     
L.A. City Hall goes Exxon Valdez on Cinco de Mayo   
That deafening scraping sound you hear is the City of Los Angeles slowly coming to rest on the big reef of Chapter 9 bankruptcy, courtesy of Captain Villaraigosa, First Mate Eric "Gilligan" Garcetti, and the entire Spring Street Crew...

Walter Moore -- Los Angeles -- -- April 5, 2010     
Los Angeles will run out of cash on Cinco de Mayo   
The City Controller just issued a statement that the City will run out of cash on Cinco de Mayo. Actually, she says it will be $10 million in the hole by then. -- The City Council was counting on a $73 million transfer from the DWP, but Villaraigosa's appointees have decided...

David Crane -- Los Angeles Times -- April 6, 2010     
California's $500-billion pension time bomb   
The state of California's real unfunded pension debt clocks in at more than $500 billion, nearly eight times greater than officially reported. -- That's the finding from a study released Monday by Stanford University's public policy program, confirming a recent report...

Los Angeles Time -- April 3, 2010     
Despite dire budget warnings, Los Angeles' payroll continued to grow   
Threats this week by Los Angeles' powerful municipal utility to withhold $73 million from the treasury helped reveal a city that has become increasingly dependent on indirect and onetime sources of revenue to pay its bills. -- Combined with the worst economic decline since the Depression, those dwindling sources of cash... [See MEChA-Boy Watch]

Associated Press -- April 2, 2010     
California's last auto plant shuts its doors   
Fremont -- The last car has rolled off the production lines at California's sole auto plant. -- Workers are trickling out of the New United Motor Manufacturing plant in Fremont as they complete their tasks and the plant readies to shut down...

Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif. -- March 29, 2010     
State's tax collections drop 14% in 2009   
State taxes collected in California dropped 13.94% in 2009 from a year earlier, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. That compares with an 8.6% drop nationwide. The report doesn't include local or federal taxes or state unemployment compensation taxes...

Business Week -- March 26, 2010     
Here's Your "Change": California jobless rate holds at 12.5 percent in February 
Sacramento -- California's unemployment rate held steady at 12.5 percent in February, although the state lost 20,400 jobs, the Employment Development Department reported Friday. -- The state's loss followed a gain of 32,000 jobs in January. There are 586,400 fewer jobs in California last month than there were at the same time last year, a drop of 4.1 percent... [See Obama Watch]

L.A. Weekly -- March 26, 2010     
Incredible!: Schwarzenegger backs Villaraigosa's DWP rate hikes   
On a day when the Los Angeles Times reported that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed DWP rate hikes of as much as 28.4 percent are only the tip of the iceberg for L.A.'s electricity customers, [turncoat RINO] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an endorsement of the mayor's plan...

Walter Moore's Newsletter -- Los Angeles -- March 26, 2010     
Yet another reason to recall Antonio 'MEChA Boy' Villaraigosa   
Remember when [Los Angeles mayor, traitor, and rabid open-borders fanatic] Villaraigosa planned to raise your DWP rates for power by 24%? That was so 24 hours ago. -- Now he wants to raise them by 37%, and you're supposed to like it because Al Gore says so... [See Recall City Hall]

Numbers USA -- March 24, 2010     
Illegal immigration = $1 billion cost to Los Angeles taxpayers (in 1 year)   
The total cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers alone exceeded $1 billion in 2008. Approximately $200 million is spent on public safety, $400 million for healthcare and $450 million to welfare and food stamps...

Los Angeles Mayor's Office -- March 24, 2010     
'MEChA-Boy' enviro-ripoff DWP scheme endorsed by green kook Al Gore   
[E-mail received 3/23/10 from illegal alien-bloated Los Angeles mayor Antonio Antonio Villaraigosa...]: Good news! -- Today, we got two big endorsements for our Carbon Reduction Surcharge plan to create 18,000 green jobs and turn the DWP into the greenest utility in the country...

Victor Davis Hanson -- National Review -- March 17, 2010     
Sun and socialism   
Sun and socialism are seemingly a bad mix. Socialism -- or at least communitarian practices that in their ultimate manifestations would result in socialism -- doesn't go well with 300 days of sun, long summers and short winters, sandy beaches and seaside cafés, and shorts and swimsuits. Each tends to bring out the worst in the other...

Associated Press -- March 16, 2010     
Here's Your "Change": Pink slips sent to thousands of Calif. teachers   
California's budget crisis could cost nearly 22,000 teachers their jobs this year. -- State school districts had issued 21,905 pink slips to teachers and other school employees by Monday, the legal deadline for districts to send preliminary layoff notices... [See "Hope & Change" Watch]

Associated Press -- March 16, 2010     
California Assembly speaker gives raise to top aide   
State Assembly Speaker John Perez [gay cousin of this incompetent creep] wasn't the only one who received a pay raise when he assumed the leadership post at the start of the month. -- The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that the Los Angeles Democrat boosted pay for eight of his staff members on March 1, the day he was sworn in...

Daily Breeze -- Torrance, Calif. -- March 15, 2010    
Report: One-fourth of welfare payments go to illegals   
Nearly one-quarter of state welfare payments and food stamps issued in Los Angeles County go to children whose parents are in the U.S. illegally, according to January figures released [March 10]. -- Supervisor Mike Antonovich offered the statistics, generated by the county's Department of Public Social Services...

California Independent Voter Network -- March 12, 2010      
RINO sellout Arnold wants amnesty for illegals   
Appearing on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren (Feb. 23), Governor Schwarzenegger briefly emphasized the need for immigration reform [aka amnesty] in light of California's economic woes. "We've got to go and make a decision so that people can come to this country legitimately, rather than having quotas there, because we need the farm workers," said Gov. Schwarzenegger. "We need the construction workers..."

Los Angeles Times -- March 11, 2010     
Here's Your "Change": Unemployment tops 20% in eight California counties   
For many California areas, unemployment rates moved persistently higher in January, indicating that the national economic recovery hasn't yet translated into jobs for the Golden State. -- New county-by-county figures released by the state Wednesday showed that in eight counties, more than 1 in 5 people were out of work... [See Hope & Change" Watch]

Charles Hugh Smith -- Business Insider -- March 10, 2010   
California is doomed   
The dysfunctions crippling California would easily fill a volume: a dysfunctional Legislature that has been gerrymandered to protect virtually every seat; a dysfunctional proposition system which enables special interests to craft Protected Fiefdoms via the ballot box; recalcitrant public unions who don't see anything wrong with public servants getting 90% of top-pay in pensions...

Associated Press -- March 10, 2010    
Schwarzenegger: Lawmakers must cut more spending   
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that he vetoed the largest piece of legislation in a package of budget bills because it did not take immediate steps to cut spending. -- Democratic lawmakers said the bill would have shaved $2.1 billion from the $20 billion shortfall projected for California's budget...

The Voice of Reason -- March 9, 2010     
Lone Star rises as Golden State sets (Texas model versus California model)   
In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the seemingly foolish character of Polonius serves as a brilliant tool for dispensing uneven wisdom. Intermixed with hackneyed sayings are common-sense ideas. None of these concepts is as important as, "neither a borrower nor a lender be."

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