Archive for October, 2011

October 30, 2011

California cities take pension reform to the ballot

 JUDY LIN AP — 10/30/11

 — San Francisco’s public pension system took a beating during the recession, which has left it carrying a hefty unfunded liability for its 26,000 current and 28,000 retired employees.  More…

October 30, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown occupied with his pension plan

Marisa Lagos in the San Francisco Chronicle — 10/30/11

 — He was Oakland’s mayor for eight years and has lived there for more than a decade, but Gov. Jerry Brown has had nothing to say about the Occupy Oakland protests that have been roiling the city and attracting international attention. More…

October 30, 2011

Occupy Oakland’s return spells trouble to top cop

Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle — 10/30/11

— In remarks that may put him on a collision course with his boss, interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan tells us that the decision to allow Occupy campers to return to Frank Ogawa Plaza is going to “pose a significant public safety hazard to citizens and police alike.”  More…

October 28, 2011

Obama administration approves massive Medicaid cuts requested by California

By Julian Pecquet – 10/27/11 06:42 PM ET

The Obama administration on Thursday approved hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to California’s Medicaid program that the state had requested to shore up its dismal finances.

The state’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, this summer requested the authority to slash Medicaid payments to providers by 10 percent to save $623 million this year and next. Cindy Mann, director of the federal Center for Medicaid and State Operations, said Thursday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has partially approved the request while rejecting cuts that would have affected beneficiaries’ access to care.  More…

October 28, 2011

Business Prepared to Go to War in Senate District 27

Joel Fox


Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Friday, October 28th, 2011

As part of an on-going effort to prevent a veto proof Democratic majority in the state senate, business interests have zeroed in on the newly created Senate District 27 that covers the western portion of Los Angeles County and the Eastern section of Ventura County. New redistricting has created concern that the Senate could go two-thirds to tax-hungry Democrats, which have focused business interests on SD 27 as a key swing district where a Republican can win with big-time financial help.   More…

October 26, 2011

Nurse Making $269,810 Demonstrates California’s Overtime Binge

By Michael B. Marois

Jean Keller earned $269,810 last year working as a nurse at a men’s prison on California’s central coast by tripling her regular pay with overtime hours.  More…

October 26, 2011

Jerry Brown to propose public pension changes Thursday

 David Siders SacBee Capitol

— Gov. Jerry Brown will give lawmakers his plan for pension changes on Thursday, the governor said in a letter to legislators this afternoon, though it remains unclear what Brown will propose.   More…

October 25, 2011

Police clear protesters near Oakland’s City Hall

Associated Press

OAKLAND — Police in riot gear began clearing anti-Wall Street protesters on Tuesday morning from the plaza in front of Oakland’s City Hall where they have been camped out for about two weeks. More…

October 24, 2011

Proposed marijuana ordinance stirs fears

 By Liz Kellar/Staff Writer

As the federal government cracks down on commercial marijuana dispensaries and raids local growers, a proposed county ordinance to regulate cultivation is stirring up controversy.

The proposed countywide ordinance to restrict or ban marijuana growing in residential neighborhoods was tentatively set to come before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday as a discussion item. But that has been pushed back to November at the earliest, said county counsel Alison Barratt-Green.  More…

October 24, 2011

McClintock fields questions during town hall in Roseville

Addresses illegal immigration, government spending, taxes in packed auditorium

By Sena Christian, The Press Tribune

Congressman Tom McClintock spoke at a packed town hall in Roseville Thursday, remarking several times that voters got the government they voted for in 2008 but, it turns out, not the one they wanted.  More…

October 24, 2011

An Initiative Storm is Coming

Joel FoxBy /Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Monday, October 24th, 2011

With the legislature out of session, focus on lawmaking has turned to the initiative process. We are only a year and two weeks away from the November 2012 election and plenty of initiatives have been filed. However, there is much anticipation about initiatives that have not been filed yet by important state political players but that are expected. More…

October 23, 2011

California State Politics — What Really Goes On

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove speaks about our California legislative process.  You might recognize the man in the purple shirt behind her — that is Eric Eisenhammer, our speaker on October 9.

October 20, 2011

Medicare advocates rally at McClintock’s office

Press Tribune Photography by Philip Wood

More than 150 people bussed in to Granite Bay Wednesday morning from the around Sacramento advocate for Medicaid and Medicare from taking hits the federal budget. Supporters stood on the sidewalk outside Congressman Tom McClintock’s office while some met inside with McClintock’s staff about why he shouldn’t vote for cuts to the system. Loretta Jackson of Sacramento, an in-home health care worker, said the cuts would affect healthcare workers, patients and patient’s families. “We need him to help us and not cut medicare,” Jackson said. “The elderly and sick need medicare, and we need Mr. McClintock to have a heart.”

October 20, 2011

Council looks for long term stability

Annual city budget deficit could top $6 million without any changes

Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent

The city of Rocklin is beginning a long term strategy for keeping the city running through the year 2030. According to a Rocklin study, the city’s status quo costs will balloon annually over the next 18 years.

“Just in the general fund alone, by 2030 there will be about a $6 million gap,” City Manager Rick Horst said. “Everything we do can impact that number to shorten it or increase it.”  More . . .

October 20, 2011

Petition to Nevada City behavior ordinance certified

Christopher Rosacker/Staff Writer
With the Nevada County Election Office’s certification of 270 of the 288 signatures on a petition filed against Nevada City’s recently adopted public behavior ordinance, the City’s Council must again address the contentious topic.  More
October 20, 2011

Why are special funds so complicated?

Michele Hutchinson and Lee Guth Special to The News Messenger
Special funds are defined by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) as a fund or “account for the proceeds of specific revenue sources that are legally restricted to expenditure for specified purposes.”  More
October 19, 2011

Our East West Political Divides

Linking East, West Should Be the New California Story
by Joe Mathews

 Everyone in California knows that the state needs new, improved infrastructure. But there’s big narrative to explain our needs.

So let’s try one out here. When it comes to rebuilding the state, the overarching idea should be: East-West connection…   Read More…

October 19, 2011

Nevada City awash with water rate complaints

By Christopher Rosacker/Staff Writer

Concerned Nevada City residents have flooded City government with complaints over this year’s water rate increase.  Read More

October 19, 2011

Auburn Redistricting Shift

Supes agree to Auburn’s redistricting shift into rural District 5 By Gus Thomson Journal Staff Writer Placer County supervisors set new borders for their five districts … more
October 19, 2011

NID Studying Change

Nevada Irrigation District is looking at alternatives to a possible Bear River dam being seriously considered by the South Sutter Water District. With continuing concerns being voiced at an … more
October 18, 2011

One Fouth of Millionaires Paid Less Percent Taxes Than Most of Us


A Congressional Research Service report circulating privately on Capitol Hill confirms that about one-fourth of taxpayers who earned $1 million or more in 2006 paid less taxes as a percentage of their total income than taxpayers who earned $100,000 or less.According to the IRS’s 2006 Statistics of Income, there were 336,000 taxpayers who earned $1 million or more, including 44,000 who earned $5 million or more, the CRS report notes.

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October 18, 2011

Occupy Group Rally in Nevada City

Local Occupy movement to hold another rally

By Matthew Renda/Staff Writer

Following a robust turnout at the local demonstration in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, organizers will attempt to garner more support with an event in downtown Nevada City scheduled for Wednesday.  Read More 

October 18, 2011

Roseville becomes fully metered city

Completes decade-long retrofit project with last install Tuesday

By Sena Christian, The Press Tribune

Roseville’s transition to a fully metered city officially finished Tuesday with the last meter installation, although the majority of the retrofit project ended a few months ago.  Read More

October 14, 2011

$100,000 of TAXPAYER MONEY Given Away

Placer County supervisors disagreed Tuesday on how best to oversee a controversial $100,000 fund they control that uses taxpayer dollars for charitable causes. Donations from the county’s … more
October 14, 2011

Placer County taxpayer watchdog group set to fold after 39 years

By Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer


After 39 years, the League of Placer County Taxpayers watchdog group is poised to end its ongoing battle against government waste and overspending.

The non-profit organization’s board has decided to dissolve the league, turn over any surplus funding still in its coffers to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association and print one final run of 2,000 Tax Talk newspapers.  Read More