Fraudulent is the claim that California’s budget for 2013-2014 is balanced.
For the coming fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, is predicting a surplus of $1.2 billion. The Legislative Analyst’s Office, an independent agency, says the surplus is $4.6 billion. Temporarily, the budget is balanced. However, the budget does not contain information about the huge sums of money that California owes. [click to continue…]
Help Wanted: New Superintendent for large underperforming school district in Contra Costa County. Candidates should have a PHD in education, poccess strong leadership abilities, be a consensus builder, decisive, and have exceptional skills in community outreach. Candidate must also work closely with dysfunctional school board and aggressive teachers union on shoestring budget. Walking on water helpful but job comes with a life preserver golden parachute package when school chief is inevitably fired. [click to continue…]
Opponents of regional planning have engaged in distortion and coded language to whip up fear and hostility toward Plan Bay Area and the regional planning agencies ABAG and MTC. I recently received an alarming flyer and robo-call telling me of the imminent destruction of Orinda, loss of property, and massive high rise apartments for low-income people foisted upon us by “unelected bureaucrats”. The hysterical claims made by these groups and individuals are just not true. [click to continue…]
At the Lafayette Library, the monthly meeting of the local Democratic Club featured a talk by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan (D-San Ramon). She covered a range of items the salient features of which are: [click to continue…]