Gray Davis's Aide owned stock during power talks
By Emily Bazar
Bee Capitol Bureau
(Published Aug. 24, 2001)
A key energy aide to Gov. Gray Davis has disclosed that he owned stock in a European power company while state officials negotiated and closed a 10-year, $1 billion deal with the company's U.S. subsidiary.
Vikram Budhraja, who is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealed in recently amended disclosure forms that he owned as much as $10,000 of ScottishPower stock before selling it July 30.
Earlier that month, PacifiCorp Power Marketing (PPM), a subsidiary of ScottishPower, entered into a long-term contract with the state Department of Water Resources, which coordinates the state's power purchases.
A spokesman for the Department of Water Resources, Oscar Hidalgo, said Budhraja was not involved in negotiating the PPM contract, which was signed on July 6.
However, Alfie Charles, a spokesman for Secretary of State Bill Jones, suggested that Budhraja may nonetheless have violated state conflict-of-interest laws, possibly invalidating the PPM and other contracts.
Budhraja has been criticized for weeks by Jones, a Republican who is running for governor and whose office has sought and disseminated economic disclosure statements from officials in the Democratic administration.
Initially, Budhraja -- whose firm has a $6.2 million, two-year consulting contract with the state -- came under fire for the information he provided in his original disclosure forms. They showed that he bought shares in Edison International, the parent of Southern California Edison, and Houston power producer Dynegy Inc. in mid-January.
The amended forms, which were filed Aug. 13, contain formerly undisclosed information.
They show that the former Edison executive also owned ScottishPower stock, which he purchased before 1996, and as much as $10,000 in Capstone stock, which he purchased last year and sold July 26. Capstone produces microturbines for use in power plants.
Numerous ongoing investigations are probing the conflict-of-interest allegations. According to his lawyer, the SEC is looking into possible violations of insider-trading laws by Budhraja.
Davis spokesman Steve Maviglio said Budhraja's amended disclosure forms have been forwarded to the Fair Political Practices Commission.
"We're waiting for a review by them before taking any action on Vikram," Maviglio said.
Ahhhh the good Governor and his CAMP are at it again~~
By Anonymous on Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 04:18 am:
Serial cowardice by Fresno Bee:
Condit continues to put himself first. Before Chandra Levy. Before her family. Before his constituents. Before his family.
In the end, this orchestrated, choreographed, ballyhooed interview yielded nothing beyond demonstrating that Condit is unfit to hold office.
Modesto Bee's Opinion:
After months of watching him stall and stonewall, Condit's weasel-like performance on Thursday was terribly disappointing. He had an opportunity to come clean, but instead rolled through the dirt of duplicity some more.
No one expects Condit or anyone else to be perfect. But when elected leaders make errors, especially grave ones, we expect them to concede their mistakes, accept the consequences of their choices, and change their behavior.
Condit has done none of this.
Instead, he has staged scripted media appearances in which he clings to evasions and echoes the spin already spread by his spokesmen. He conveyed a sense of entitlement Thursday, the gist of which was laid out in his letter to constituents:
I don't have to answer questions about my behavior.
I have been in public office for 30 years and I've helped a lot of people.
That should be enough to save my career.
And so the long silence continues. In his public statements Thursday, Condit said virtually nothing and gave voters no reason to renew their trust in him.
Condit thinks he deserves a pass. We still think the people of the 18th Congressional District deserve his resignation.
Dan Walters Condit ducks responsibility, cowardly portrays himself as victim
All in all, Condit's image-building blitz fell flat, coming across as coldly contrived and phony rather than sincere -- which is exactly the attitude that got him into trouble in the first place.
The essence of Condit's political problem was framed in a Fresno Bee editorial calling for his resignation.
"Even with a young woman's life at stake," the editorial said, "Condit chose to protect his political career rather than help find a woman he claimed to be a friend. When decency was called for, Condit failed.
"The congressman also deceived Levy's parents about the nature of his relationship with their daughter. Condit's instinct for deception is a character flaw that surfaces repeatedly in this case.
"He even used taxpayers to promote his lifestyle, putting at least one of his girlfriends on the congressional payroll. That makes this private affair a public matter."
Condit needed to answer for that behavior and, if he truly wanted to regain constituents' trust, apologize for it. But he chose, instead, to ignore the chief points raised by the Fresno editorial and other critics and portray himself as a victim of tabloid media excess. To the other strikes against Condit, therefore, one must add cowardice
By Anonymous on Friday, September 28, 2001 - 03:23 pm:
Campaign jet plane highlights problem
The news of the purchase of an airplane for Gov. Gray Davis has all of the elements of bad government ---- wasteful spending, conflict of interest, and campaign expenses disguised as a need to protect a public servant.
At a time when we are facing massive utility bills that may continue for years to come, budget shortfalls, not to mention the economic downturn in progress, it seems a little capitol austerity might be in order. This is hardly the time to spend $9 million for an airplane to fly Gray Davis to his photo opportunities.
California is a big state, but not that big. Seems the governor's time might be better spent behind his desk in Sacramento, not flying around the country to be on every talk show and in every public parade.
Then comes the news that this jet is being acquired through a trucking company that gives major money to the Gray Davis re-election campaign. It should be obvious that this is just another expense item that should come under the heading of "political campaign expenses," and clearly should be paid for from the governor's multimillion dollar political campaign war chest.
Not just as a Republican candidate challenging the governor, but as a taxpaying resident of California, I find the purchase of this costly mode of transportation, which is just another campaign tool for Gray Davis, an irresponsible and wasteful expenditure.
Candidate for Governor of California
By Anonymous on Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 09:05 pm:
Dear California voter,
Last week, a new state law was approved which will make college more accessible for undocumented immigrants. Supporters of the bill say that all students who work hard deserve a college education, while opponents argue that the government shouldn't force taxpayers to fund the education of lawbreakers.
Log on to http://california.vote.com to tell state leaders what YOU think. Do you support the law or should it be repealed?
When you vote on this issue, your opinion will be automatically sent to Gov. Gray Davis and state legislative leaders. Please make your vote count, and ask your friends and family to make their voice heard too!
By Anonymous on Friday, January 4, 2002 - 04:43 pm:
In an attempt to buy the VOTEs to win the Gov. race, Governor "Grayer By The Minute" LOL...
SACRAMENTO ---- With his longtime friend and confidant Rep. Gary Condit at his side, Gov. Grayer-by-the-Minute Davis declared today to be V-E Day ---- Victory over Energy Day ---- here in the Golden State.
"As always, the credit goes to the people of this state," Davis said. "Their conservation efforts have been nothing less than heroic."
The state did not suffer any energy-related blackouts all summer and Davis urged rate
payers to keep up the good work. "
yeah, not long after Governor "GRAYER" plundered CAL state's (surplus) coffer and pluged the state into a DEEP deficit...>>>>>
DO WE WANT A "GRAYER" LOSER in our State Governor's office again CALIFORNIANS?
By Anonymous on Friday, January 4, 2002 - 04:45 pm:
Oh yah, Rep. Gary Condit, we haven't forgot!!
WHERE is CHANDRA LEVY ??
By yingyangdingdong on Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 05:46 pm:
READ MY LIPS!!
NO NEW TAXES LOL...
After California faces a $12.4 billion Budget Deficit!!!
By yingyangdingdong on Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 05:53 pm:
California faces a $12.4 billion budget deficit this year, and Davis also said that raising taxes and chopping this year's education budget in the middle of the year could help the state crawl out of that hole..
By Danney Ball on Sunday, February 17, 2002 - 11:22 pm:
February 11, 2002
Bill Jones/Secretary Of State - A Clear Conflict Of Interest
News From The Front Lines Of The California Political Arena
By Danney Ball
Candidate For Governor Of California
Danney Ball For Governor
Saturday, February 9, 2002 - 10 AM
At The California Republican Convention
Media Room - Fairmont Hotel - San Jose, California
Thank you for being here today. My name is Danney Ball and I
am a candidate for Governor of California.
Today I will leave this convention and travel to Sacramento
where Monday I will contact the Sacramento Postmaster, The
United States Attorney, The California Attorney General, and
The Fair Political Practices Commission of California to ask
them to look into serious improprieties that have occurred in
the primary election process here in our state.
I will ask them to look into the possibility that Secretary of
State Bill Jones has:
1. Mishandled the election process that it is his job to uphold.
2. Allowed for a conflict of interest on his part to cloud the
minds by distorting the facts to the voters of California.
3. Conspired with the other four leaders of the California
Republican party to exclude some of his opponents in the race
for this states highest elected office.
4. Consistently lied to the residents of California in his own
5. Mishandled the mailing of voter guides to the registered
voters of California.
6. Used his influence as Secretary of State and as the unofficial
head of the republican party in California to partner with
Richard Riordan and Bill Simon and their campaign staffs to
exclude other candidates from the current campaign for governor
from participating in the open debates at the parties convention
and at the debates held by the California Broadcasters Association.
If candidates and their staffs can not be fair in a campaign, how
can we be sure they will be fair if elected to office?
This idea was then picked up by the press and there have been
hundreds of stories in news sources throughout California that
refer to Jones, Simon and Riordan, as the 3 candidates in the race.
They did not refer to these men as 3 of the candidates, but rather
as, “the 3 candidates”. This is a lie and a coverup. There are 7
certified republican candidates running for this office. This has
served to confuse and disenfranchise both the voters in the state
and those candidates which have been systematically left out of
news articles throughout the state.
I will register a complaint and ask the FPPC to investigate these
charges. I will also ask the state attorney general to look into these
improprieties and this conflict of interest and to make a decision
on what should be done to rectify this obvious discrepancy in the
state election process.
It may be that Bill Jones, who is Secretary of State, should
withdraw from this political race. At the very least the FPPC
should tell these candidates and their staffs to discontinue acting
as if there are just 3 republican candidates for governor in the state
of California. The FPPC should make sure there is no collusion
between Bill Jones as secretary of state, as a candidate for office,
and as a leader in the hierarchy of the republican party, with
others to discourage or eliminate the other candidates from
participation in open debates or any other activities of running
for this elected office.
I will continue to visit with postal officials to find out why the
voter guides have not been delivered to the voters in a timely
In a free society, those involved should strive for fairness and
accuracy. It is neither fair nor accurate for campaigns and/or the
media to act as if there are less than the true number of candidates
in any political contest. If all of these individuals are not written
about, then the voters do not get an accurate perception of who it
is they are to pick from. If the goal is anything less than to reveal
information about all of the possible choices, then the winner of
that election will have been picked by the party and the media, not
the voters. This limitation can not be acceptable in a democracy.
Danney Ball is a performing songwriter/businessman
& a Republican candidate for Governor of California
www.danneyball.com - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph. (909)658-6494 - 140 E. Stetson - Hemet Ca 92543
By Anonymous on Monday, February 18, 2002 - 03:03 pm:
- IT's EASIER THAN WORKING !!!
By Anonymous on Saturday, March 2, 2002 - 10:37 pm:
Sen. Kerry Chides Republicans on
Sat Mar 2, 9:44 PM ET
By Christopher Noble
CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. John Kerry, in New Hampshire to support
Democratic candidates for Congress, on Saturday accused Republicans of hiding behind
a "false cloak of patriotism" as they attacked Democrats for questioning White House
plans to expand the war on terrorism.
The Massachusetts liberal was speaking at a party fund-raiser in
New Hampshire, whose first-in-the-nation presidential primary will
play a key role in choosing the Democrat who will challenge
President Bush (news - web sites) in 2004.
While Kerry has not declared himself a candidate for the White
House, press aides hint that he is using trips to New Hampshire and
other states to gauge support for a run.
"He wants to know that if he decides to do that, he can do it in a
serious way knowing that resources are there," said David Wade, Kerry's director of
The speech was Kerry's third appearance in the Granite state since the 2000 election and
he used his remarks to launch a broadside against Republicans in the aftermath of
Democratic questioning of plans to fight the war on terror on new fronts.
"Those who try to stifle the vibrancy of our democracy and shield policies from scrutiny
behind a false cloak of patriotism miss the real value of what our troops defend," Kerry
told an audience of about 450 cheering party activists.
"We will continue to ask questions and we will defend our democracy," he said.
In comments that sounded a lot like a presidential campaign stump speech, Kerry
denounced Bush's policies on the economy, education, energy and health care.
The opportunist rat!!
By Anonymous on Friday, March 22, 2002 - 04:36 pm:
State senate leader proposes increasing tax on richest Californians
SACRAMENTO ---- Senate President John Burton said Thursday that the state should temporarily increase personal income taxes on the richest Californians to help offset an expected $12 billion budget shortfall.
Also Thursday, California Treasurer Phil Angelides proposed that the state could save more than $2 billion in the next 2 1/2 years by restructuring its debt.
Burton said that by reverting two top income brackets to the levels they were in the mid-1980s, California could raise an additional $2 billion to $3 billion a year. The increase would halt once the state built a reserve of 3 percent, he said.
Taxpayers affected by his proposal will get a federal tax break from the Bush administration, Burton said, so "it really isn't going to be that much of a hardship on anybody."
Californians in the highest income bracket pay 9.3 percent in state taxes. That includes single, heads of households making more than $45,888 and married couples earning more than $67,346.
Under Burton's plan, the state would restore two additional brackets ---- single filers making between $130,000 and $260,000, and married couples earning between $260,000 and $520,000 ---- which would pay 10 percent. The tax rates increase to 11 percent for a single filer earning more than $260,000 or a couple making more than $520,000.
"You're talking about people who got a pretty nice savings out of the Bush administration," Burton said. "If you're making $200,000 taxable, which means you're at $300,000 gross, and you have to come up with less than $500, I don't think that's necessarily going to cut into someone's standard of living."
A top Republican budget negotiator quickly labeled Burton's proposal as a "soak-the-rich idea."
"I expected this," said Assemblyman John Campbell, R-Irvine. "This is just their typical usual response when they spend too much, to try and figure out a way to create class warfare to hide a further dampening of economic activity."
Meanwhile, Angelides said his restructuring plan can help the state with the budget deficit caused by both a sharp economic downturn and a dispute over the state's ability to recoup money it has spent to buy electricity on behalf of three cash-starved utilities.
The proposals come a week before Gov. Gray Davis releases his budget proposal.
"The governor's been focusing on spending cuts, not raising taxes," said Davis' spokesman, Steve Maviglio.
Burton, however, said the solution would have to be half spending cuts and half new taxes.
"There's just no way, in my judgment and the judgment of most intelligent people, that you can cut your way through such a tremendous deficit," Burton said..
One of the many REASONS to vote for a REPUBLICAN Governor!!!!!!
By Anonymous on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 04:35 pm:
Report: Davis sought $1 million donation during Capitol meeting
SACRAMENTO ---- Gov. Gray Davis sought a $1 million donation while in his Capitol office and his campaign wanted to charge some university students $100 each to meet him, it was reported Sunday.
The reports come amid ongoing controversy over Davis's aggressive fund-raising as the Democratic governor prepares to face multimillionaire Republican Bill Simon in the November election.
A state investigation is under way into a $95,000 no-bid state contract awarded last year to software giant Oracle Corp. An Oracle lobbyist made a $25,000 contribution to the Davis campaign days after the deal was signed.
Davis has denied any link between the contribution and the contract but last week he returned the money.
The governor's request for $1 million came during a Valentine's Day meeting with officers of the California Teachers Association.
Davis was discussing policy and legislation issues in his office when "sort of out of the blue, he said, 'I need $1 million from you guys,"' association President Wayne Johnson told the Los Angeles Times.
There was an "awkward silence" and the political discussion resumed, he said.
Davis repeated the request during a meeting with Johnson in Compton a few days before the March 5 primary, Johnson said.
"I don't recall it. I can't tell you with certainty that I didn't make a request" during conversations with the teachers' association, Davis told the Times last week.
Johnson, whose union has contributed about $10,000 to Davis's campaign this year, said he did not believe the governor was soliciting the money in exchange for support of union legislation.
Former Gov. Pete Wilson, a Republican, said he never made campaign funding requests of his Capitol office visitors.
"It's an abuse of the office," Wilson told the Times.
State law prohibits state officials from accepting campaign checks in the Capitol but they can ask for money on state property.
However, Davis has issued memos warning aides against using "the prestige or influence" of their positions for private gain.
"We must make every effort to distinguish between official state functions performed with state resources, and private political activities that cannot be supported with public funds," one memo said.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that days after the March primary, Davis fund-raiser Mike Montgomerey sent a letter to some Democratic student supporters at the University of California, Berkeley.
The letter offered a chance to "interact with the governor for a mere $100."
The letter was obtained by television station KTVU as part of a joint investigation with the Chronicle.
The campaign request amounted to "shaking down students for the lunch money," argued Bruce Cain, head of UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies, which oversees the university's student political organizations.
Garry South, Davis's chief campaign strategist, defended the solicitation.
"Every candidate running for public office, in both the major parties, does segmented fund-raising," he said. "We're successful. We do this well. George Bush did it well," South said. "What's the dif?"
South said the governor never has tied political contributions to policy.
"We don't promise anybody anything," he said.
This on top of multi-billion dollars budget deficit .. Thanks to DAVIS's ineptness as governor.
Get rid of Davis!
By Anonymous on Sunday, August 11, 2002 - 07:38 pm:
Burn the global-warming law
---- Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald
Californians are congratulating themselves for their new state law requiring higher automobile fuel efficiency. They believe the law will force car manufacturers to stop producing gas-guzzling vehicles responsible for global warming.
The logic behind the law requiring greater fuel efficiency from car manufacturers is a faith-based belief that the automobile industry is involved in a giant conspiracy to deny the public fuel-efficient cars.
Ford, General Motors and the other car manufacturers, according to these anti-big business addicts, have the secret to 300-mpg internal combustion engines locked away in a safe somewhere. The car industries make immoral profits by keeping this information from the public.
These urban-myth conspiracy theories have been around since the invention of automobiles. Since I was a boy I've heard stories about the invention of new spark plugs, carburetors or fuel additives that could allow cars to run for hundreds of miles on a gallon of gas.
Generally, the stories included details about how the inventors of these miracles had been paid off and threatened to keep their mouths shut, if not murdered.
Fifty years ago, these fanciful tales were voiced by run-of-the-mill drug store and pool hall conspiracy buffs. Now it's the greenies, environmental groups, anti-globalists and Californians who think that government laws can force General Motors et al. to finally release these secret fuel-efficient technologies.
It was cockamamie nonsense in 1952 and it's just as harebrained today. Car manufacturers wouldn't have to offer zero percent interest rates to sell cars if they could build cars with the size and power that buyers want and also get hundreds of miles per gallon.
Every car, SUV and truck owner in the nation would line up to buy such a vehicle.
The oil industry might not be pleased with 300-mpg cars and trucks, but, hey, that's the breaks. There will always be uses for oil.
Since no knowledgeable person expects revolutionary efficiency breakthroughs on the venerable internal combustion engine, about the only way to increase fuel efficiency is to decrease safety by making cars and trucks smaller and lighter.
Anti-SUV acolytes may want to see everyone in scooter cars and public buses, but that's a hard sell to motorists who don't feel better about themselves driving around in lightweight, cramped, underpowered vehicles.
The last I heard, the car manufacturers said they would contest the new California fuel-efficiency law. I suggest that the automobile industry simply ignore the law.
Californians think their law will force the car industry worldwide to build cars to California's standards.
Car manufacturers should notify all the car dealers in California that they will be out of business on the day the state's new fuel efficiency standards go into effect.
If Californians want to own a new car, they will have to move to another state. After a while, California would look like Cuba, where the cars are caught in a 1950s time warp.
Californians want the rest of the nation to pay to subsidize their lifestyles, which includes a gluttonous appetite for oil, electricity and water taken from other states. There will be a lot less strutting in LaLa Land if the auto industry simply ignores California's new fuel-efficiency law.
By Anonymous on Monday, October 21, 2002 - 12:56 pm:
By Anonymous on Monday, October 21, 2002 - 12:58 pm:
By Anonymous on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 - 02:45 pm:
Fire Gray Davis
North County Times
In an uninspiring race for leadership of the nation's most populous and most economically vital state, we endorse Republican Bill Simon. Gov. Gray Davis has proven himself to be too ethically challenged and too obviously for sale to the highest bidder to be entrusted with four more years in Sacramento.
Far too often, Davis appears to have bent state policies to favor his major campaign donors. There was the no-bid, multimillion-dollar Oracle computer scandal. There was his request for $1 million from the California teachers union during a "policy discussion" in his office. There's the revelation that the governor reversed state policy and allowed the Tosco oil company to keep polluting San Francisco Bay after the company donated $55,000 to his campaign. There are the dozens of major campaign donors Davis has appointed to state commissions and boards. And there's the $100,000 donation to his campaign committee that Davis expects before he agrees to make an appearance before any group of citizens of his state.
And that's just for starters. Though Davis was late to respond to California's electricity crisis, that fiasco cannot be laid entirely at his door. The entire Legislature and his predecessor, Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, share the blame for that. But Davis spent nearly a year downplaying the crisis before he took steps to address it.
He has taken a similar, weak-kneed response to the state's budget crisis. Faced with a $24 billion deficit, the governor's response has been to try to borrow his way out of it. That's irresponsible and less than honest. That enormous deficit is the most immediate problem facing California, with ramifications in every aspect of our lives, and Davis has chosen to dodge the issue rather than address it.
We endorse Simon not from the strength of his campaign but because Gray Davis needs to be fired. Simon's clumsy campaign has been riddled with missteps, and a political campaign should not be as difficult to run as the state of California, with its $100 billion budget, 220,000 employees and 35 million people.
Simon has staked his claim for support on his business experience, but there are as many questions there as answers. He has presided over some spectacular failures, and though his campaign claims that the candidate's company, William E. Simon & Sons, produced a 21 percent cumulative return on investments from 1994 to 2000, in those years Standard & Poor's average rose by 138 percent and the Dow Jones Industrials rose by 238 percent.
But there is no indication that Simon will put state policy up for sale, as Davis has done. He is fiscally more conservative, and knows it is impossible to borrow one's way out of a deficit.
In a state that needs leadership, Davis has offered us timidity, paper-shuffling and self-interest. Simon could not possibly do worse and he could do a lot better. He is the better choice for governor of California.
By Anonymous on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 12:14 am:
Felon implicates California governor in opened documents
By ALEXA H. BLUTH, Associated Press
Published 4:31 p.m. PDT Monday, October 28, 2002
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge ordered the release Monday of documents from a decade-old fraud and racketeering case in which a convicted felon implicated Gov. Gray Davis in a bribery scheme.
The release comes a week before voters go to the polls to choose between Davis and Republican Bill Simon, who has made attacks on the governor's fund-raising practices a centerpiece of his campaign.
Former Coastal Commissioner Mark Nathanson named Davis, then state controller, in two letters he submitted to prosecutors in 1993 as part of an unsuccessful attempt to cut a more favorable deal after pleading guilty to racketeering, tax fraud and soliciting bribes.
He was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison and fined $200,000. Prosecutors said Nathanson solicited money from celebrities and others in exchange for help getting projects approved by the powerful commission.
The Sacramento Bee has sought full release of the letters for two years. Until now they have been released only in censored form. The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the release three weeks ago when they refused to hear an appeal.
Nathanson claimed he recalled "a number of instances where Gray Davis approached Mr. Nathanson, who was then a member of the California Coastal Commission, to assist various friends or supporters of Davis who had matters pending before the coastal commission," according to a 1999 letter that was unsealed Monday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton.
Davis spokesman Roger Salazar said: "These are baseless charges made by a man who is a convicted felon, admitted perjurer ... in an attempt to get his sentence reduced."
Prosecutors rebuffed Nathanson's allegations at the time, calling him a liar.
Still, Simon kept up the attacks Monday up at a Malibu press conference.
"These are very serious allegations and yes, of course, we need to consider the source, but one should also consider the well-documented record of Davis' pay-to-play politics," Simon said.
Davis quickly struck back with a new television ad attacking Simon for making a false accusation against Davis earlier this month that he was later forced to retract.
"Mr. Simon should not be critical of anyone else," Davis said during an interview with KCRW-FM, discounting the claims as false. Simon had accused Davis of illegally taking a campaign check in the state Capitol, but retracted the claim when the photo he was using as evidence turned out to have been taken at a home.
Simon has contended Davis is worried about the contents of Nathanson's letters, citing as evidence a letter Davis attorneys sent to all major TV stations in California last week warning them not to run any Simon ad based on Nathanson's allegations.
Simon aides said there was no such ad.
By Anonymous on Monday, November 4, 2002 - 10:48 am:
Go out and vote will ya?
By Faith2002 on Monday, November 4, 2002 - 04:06 pm:
By Anonymous on Friday, December 6, 2002 - 02:24 pm:
Davis to propose $10 billion in budget cuts
SACRAMENTO ---- Gov. Gray Davis will propose $10 billion in midyear budget cuts and savings today to help address a budget shortfall that could soar past $21 billion in the next 18 months.
The $10 billion proposal doubles Davis' initial plan for midyear cuts as lawmakers prepare to begin a special session on the budget Monday. The figure includes cuts to this year's budget, savings in the following year and other measures, but Davis has said it will not include tax or fee increases.
"Hard times require hard decisions," Davis said in a prepared statement Thursday. "I am announcing these proposals now so we can begin next week ---- not next month ---- to tackle the fiscal challenge before us."
Meanwhile, special-interest groups lobbied furiously Thursday to prevent or lessen cuts to their budgets in Davis' new proposed spending plan.
A sagging economy has led to less state revenue, causing a shortfall that could exceed $21 billion deficit in the next 18 months.
Education, law enforcement and local government groups all said major reductions to their budgets would cut into essential services.
Californias - Yo .. Isn't Davis's Fun to Have for Governor...??? LOL
Simon is probably happy that he is not having to face the left-over crumbs of Davis's $21Billion Deficit!!!
By Anonymous on Friday, December 6, 2002 - 02:36 pm:
The election was so close and Davis spent millions of dollars just to find out that he is the most UNPOPULAR incumbent Governor in the whole COUNTRY.
He barely won to Simon, who is practically an unknown political figure.
2002 California General Election
Governor of California
By Anonymous on Friday, July 4, 2003 - 11:15 pm:
New poll: Davis should be recalled
LOS ANGELES -- A majority of voters believe Gov. Gray Davis should be recalled in a special election, according to a poll published Friday, hours after recall leaders claimed they had enough support to put the question on the ballot.
The Los Angeles Times statewide poll of 1,412 adults, 1,127 of them registered voters, found 51 percent want Davis ousted, while 42 percent would reject a recall. The rest said they didn't know what to do.
Many pointed to the state's $38 billion fiscal crisis as the reason Davis should be removed. Others gave the Democrat poor ratings on education and energy.
"I find it incredible that when he took office we had a surplus in this state, and now we're in the hole," Teri Hoerntlein, a 37-year-old San Bernardino County independent, told the newspaper. "If this were a private business, we would have had to declare bankruptcy."
By Anonymous on Monday, August 4, 2003 - 06:32 pm:
Well You've heard it here FIRST!!
Now it is a reality.
The RECALL is ON!!
By Anonymous on Monday, August 4, 2003 - 06:58 pm:
California's state of decline
FROM smog to silicon, from the sexual revolution to the tax revolt, the future has usually arrived in California first. Now the Golden State is degenerating into a banana republic. Can the nation be far behind?
The recall isn't just a case of hardball politics. It's also a grand act of evasion: in the face of a severe fiscal crisis, voters are being invited to focus not on hard choices but on personality. Replacing Gray Davis with someone more likable isn't going to pay the bills.
And California's slide into irresponsibility, in which politicians refuse to acknowledge any connection between the government services the public demands and the taxes that pay for those services, is being replicated all across America.
Thanks to the end of the tech boom and the bursting of the tech bubble -- with an assist from energy price gouging -- California's budget has plunged into deficit. State and local governments faced with deficits normally respond with a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. That's what Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has done in New York, it's what Gov. Pete Wilson did in California's last fiscal crisis, in the early 1990s, and it's what Davis proposed earlier this year.
But California's Constitution requires that budgets be passed by the state Legislature by a two-thirds' margin -- which gives the Republican minority blocking power. And that minority has refused either to vote for any tax increase, or to make realistic proposals for spending cuts.
You often hear claims that excessive spending is responsible for California's budget woes. True, budgets grew rapidly after the mid-1990s. But California began the 1990s by slashing outlays in response to a fiscal crisis, and most of the subsequent growth was simply a return to pre-crisis levels. As analysts at the nonpartisan California Budget Project point out, real state spending per capita was only 10 percent higher in 2002-03 than it was in 1989-90 -- that is, most of the spending growth was simply a matter of keeping up with the population and inflation.
The key factor in rising California spending has been the effort to rebuild a crippled education system.
Proposition 13, the 1978 cap on property taxes, led to a progressive starvation of California's once-lauded public schools. By 1994, the state had the largest class sizes in the nation; its reading scores were on a par with Mississippi's.
VOTERS wanted this shameful situation remedied. Indeed, much of the recent growth of education spending was mandated by a rather complex measure called Proposition 98. So when conservatives denounce "runaway government spending" in California, what they're really talking about is the effort to hire more teachers and repair decrepit school buildings.
Still, now the state faces a huge deficit, and spending must be cut. But shouldn't the state also seek more revenue? During California's last crisis, Wilson increased the sales tax and temporarily raised income taxes on top brackets. This time Davis proposed doing more or less the same thing -- but Senate Republicans refused to go along. Their counterproposal relied entirely on spending cuts -- but, tellingly, offered no specifics about what, exactly, should be cut.
Last week the stalemate was finally resolved, sort of. The budget that was passed contains one significant tax increase, a rise in the vehicle licensing fee -- for technical reasons, this didn't require a vote. And it uses elaborate fiscal footwork to evade restrictions on state borrowing, passing the problem on until next year. It's better than no budget at all, but it's a monument to political irresponsibility.
Which brings me to the final point: is Washington any better than Sacramento?
Outside the Social Security system, the federal government is now running a deficit equal to a third of its spending -- worse than California's. The administration says it will never, ever contemplate increasing taxes; it says it will narrow the deficit through spending restraint, but has never said what spending it intends to restrain.
If the federal government isn't in crisis, that's only because -- unlike state governments -- it isn't obliged to balance its budget each year. And so far bond markets have been willing to give the feds the benefit of the doubt.
But the people now running the country are every bit as irresponsible as those blocking a serious response to California's crisis. And sooner or later that irresponsibility will have the usual consequences. California, here we come.
Paul Krugman writes for the New York Times.
By Anonymous on Thursday, August 7, 2003 - 12:01 pm:
(Gray Davis) "He can run a dirty campaign better than anyone, but he can't run a state,"
"In the end, it is my duty to jump into the race and to bring hope to the people."
By Anonymous on Friday, August 8, 2003 - 04:01 am:
ARNOLD FOR GOVERNOR!
Quotes From Arnold Schwarzenegger
Thu Aug 7,12:39 AM ET
By The Associated Press
Quotes from Arnold Schwarzenegger in announcing his decision to run for governor of California in the Oct. 7 election to recall Gov. Gray Davis
"I speak directly to the people, and I know that the people of California want to have better leadership. They want to have great leadership. They want to have somebody that will represent them. And it doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, young or old."
"As you know, I'm an immigrant. I came over here as an immigrant, and what gave me the opportunities, what made me to be here today, is the open arms of Americans. I have been received. I have been adopted by America."
"I've seen firsthand coming here with empty pockets but full of dreams, full of desire, full of will to succeed, but with the opportunities that I had, I could make it. This is why we have to get back and bring California back to where it once was."
"The biggest problem that we have is that California is being run now by special interests. All of the politicians are not anymore making the moves for the people, but for special interests and we have to stop that."
"As you know, I don't need to take any money from anybody. I have plenty of money myself. I will make the decisions for the people."
"We want to make sure children aren't left without any books. We want to make sure our children have the books, that they have a place in the castle. We want to make sure that their mothers have affordable day care. We want to make sure we give the older people the care that they need."
"I'll be back."
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By Anonymous on Saturday, August 30, 2003 - 12:42 am:
Mud starts to fly in California recall election
By Christopher Parkes in Los Angeles
Published: August 29 2003 20:06 | Last Updated: August 29 2003 20:06
The first week of campaigning in California's recall election ended with the two top contenders for the governorship mired in controversies from the past.
Gray Davis, fighting to keep his job, adopted a familiar posture: with his hand out.
He offered Native American leaders greater political influence in the regulation of Indian gaming, adding later that he would like them to share some of their new-found wealth with the state.
California's dozens of tribes, bands and nations have been hugely enriched in the past three years by the introduction of Las Vegas-style casinos to their lands. As sovereign nations, they have no obligation to pay state taxes.
They have, however, become important donors to political campaigns. A band of the Kumeyaay, which operates a casino near San Diego, has in the past two weeks given more than $300,000 to Cruz Bustamante, the main Democrat candidate.
Mr Davis did not ask for contributions at the Thursday evening meeting.
Mr Bustamante's refusal to renounce his 1970s involvement with an allegedly racist, separatist Latino activist group came under close media scrutiny.
His membership of the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan prompted comparisons with the Ku Klux Klan from Tom McClintock, a conservative candidate.
It was the only direct personal attack of the day among the contenders, most of whom appeared willing to resist the temptation to sling mud dug up by the media - including a sexually graphic 1977 interview by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the top Republican candidate.
Venturing out of southern California to a Republican stronghold in the state's agricultural interior, Mr Schwarzenegger was pressed repeatedly about his admissions of group sex and smoking cannabis in his days as a star bodybuilder.
He told reporters he had no memory of the interview. "I don't know what you are talking about," he said. "I'm here to push my economic agenda."
By Anonymous on Friday, September 5, 2003 - 04:12 pm:
Dream Catcher ~
By Anonymous on Friday, September 5, 2003 - 04:17 pm:
Lookie Arnold ~
Thornhill For Governor LOL
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By Anonymous on Monday, October 27, 2003 - 11:02 am:
Inland tribal leaders tout environmental successes
CONFERENCE: The event gives Indians a chance to discuss their needs and meet with the EPA.
01:23 AM PDT on Thursday, October 23, 2003
By BETTYE WELLS MILLER / The Press-Enterprise
TEMECULA - A decade after federal grants began funding Indian environmental programs, nearly 600 tribal leaders and environmental officers met at the Pechanga Resort & Casino on Wednesday to celebrate their accomplishments, analyze their needs and look to the future.
Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, says Indian casinos provide the revenue to preserve culture, promote education and protect the environment.
Tribal governments have a responsibility to promote the education and health of their people, Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, said as he welcomed tribal leaders from California, Nevada and Arizona to the 11th annual tribal conference, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9.
Indian casinos provide the revenue to preserve culture, promote education and protect the environment, Macarro said.
"Our greatest investment is our young people," he said. "We do this for our ancestors. This is our legacy."
The three-day conference is the first held on Indian land. The annual event gives Southwest tribes the opportunity to meet with EPA staff on a host of topics, including clean water and air, monitoring pesticides, building wastewater and trash-disposal systems, and controlling illegal dumping on reservations.
Technical sessions provide information that enables tribes to develop environmental standards and take more responsibility for the environment, said Enrique Manzanilla, director of the Cross Media Division, which coordinates several programs, including tribal, pesticides, lead and environmental justice.
Tribes want to protect their land, said Lenore Volturno, environmental director of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, whose reservation is just south of the Pechanga tribal land.
The Pala tribal council this year doubled its environmental budget, she said, in part to stop illegal dumping on the reservation. The tribe also is developing air-quality, water and pesticide programs, and is opposing the construction of a landfill on land sacred to the Luiseno tribes in San Diego County.
During a session with EPA division directors Wednesday morning, environmental officers from some tribes pressed the EPA to advocate for more funding to set up air-monitoring programs.
The amount allocated for clean-air programs in Region 9 has not increased in five years, even though many tribes live in areas that do not meet federal clean-air standards.
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians near Indio recently began developing an air-quality program. Dale Blount, the tribe's environmental director, said the tribe wants to take responsibility for controlling emissions at its industrial park, which currently includes a power plant and a tire-recycling business.
Jack Broadbent, division director, said the EPA awarded $2.5 million for tribal air programs last year. Requests totaled more than twice that amount, he said.
EPA Region 9 is managing 527 tribal grants totaling $111 million this year, Manzanilla said. Ninety percent of Southwestern tribes get some funding, he said.
Without the EPA, most tribes would not be able to start environmental programs, Indians attending the conference said.
Elaine Bethal Fink, chairwoman of the North Fork Mono Rancheria northeast of Fresno, said the tribe of 1,329 members has no casino or other business to support its government.
Pollution threatens food and air and water supplies, she said, as well as basket weaving.
Plants that tribe members use to make baskets are sprayed with pesticides when county crews attack vegetation along roadsides, said her sister, Lu Beihn.
"It gets on your hands and your mouth" when weavers use their teeth to split the leaves, Beihn said. "It numbs the mouth."
The tribe is concerned about the high rate of asthma among its members, and the impact on its wells from farmers selling water to Southern California, Fink said.
Reach Bettye Wells Miller at (909) 368-9547 or email@example.com
By Anonymous on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 07:58 pm:
Last modified Friday, January 23, 2004 10:52 PM PST
Here's to Mr. Really-Liberal-California Politician
By: RAY HAYNES - For the Californian
It's Super Bowl time, when all the new commercials come out. Have you seen those Real Men of Genius/Real American Hero series of commercials, celebrating Mr. Way-Too-Much-Cologne Wearer or Mr. Giant-Taco-Salad Inventor? Well, they missed one. So, to help out those Madison Avenue-types who missed this obvious set of geniuses, I offer up a salute to those California legislators we can affectionately refer to as Mr. Really-Liberal-California Politician.
Hey, Mr. Really-Liberal-California Politician. We know that you are real men of genius. You, who took a thriving California economy and turned it into a job-killing machine with your taxes and regulations. Only a genius could figure out how to take such a powerful economic engine and shut it down in just two short years.
You know that you are smarter than the rest of us, that is why you spend your time trying to enact great government programs you learned about in college while in the middle of some chemical-induced stupor, and actually think that it will work in real life.
There aren't many people in this world that could take a $12 billion surplus, and turn it into a $35 billion deficit, but you did it. Amazing.
Even more amazing, even though you had record majorities in both houses of the Legislature and controlled all the levers of the government, you managed to blame Republicans for the deficits.
You, Mr. Really-Liberal-California Politician can increase spending by 40 percent while tax receipts only increase by 25 percent, and then say that low taxes caused the deficit.
Only you can tax law-abiding California citizens to pay for law-breaking foreign nationals, and call the citizens racist for objecting.
You took a state with beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, Hollywood and perfect weather that had attracted Americans for over a century, and made it so intolerable that more citizens are now moving out of California than are moving into California.
Only you, Mr. Really-Liberal-California Politician, can pass a law that says a man can show up for work dressed like a woman, even if the boss objects. You then pass a law that says the boss has to pay the employee if a customer makes fun of the employee for dressing up like a woman.
And you think that choice is important, unless it's a choice in education, health care, self-defense, social security, or any other government program you control.
You were there, Mr. Really-Liberal-California Politician, when the governor of the state of California did everything you wanted, and you still complained. You pushed him even harder to do more liberal things, and he did them. Then, when he was recalled for doing what you asked him to do, you blamed him.
That is because, Mr. Really-Liberal-California Politician, you are smarter than the rest of us, and you know it. You know your programs don't work only because we are not spending enough money on them.
You know that the special interests, like the unions, that you pass your laws to protect are destroying the economy, hurting employees, taking the employees' money without the employees' permission, but who cares? They are giving that money to you so you will stay in power.
You know the trial lawyers are destroying jobs and the economy in this state with the laws you pass for them, so they can make more money, but who cares, because they are giving you that money so you can stay in power?
And that is what it is all about, Mr. Really-Liberal-California Politician, keeping you in power. Because if you weren't in power, you know that people would pay less in taxes, have more freedom, and live much more happily. And not being able to force people to do your bidding anymore would cause your precious self-esteem to plummet.
And that would drive you crazy. So, we salute you, Mr. Really-Liberal-California Politician, because without you, we probably wouldn't have anything to complain about. And that would be a shame.
OK, they won't make this commercial, but they should. It is only fitting for those folks we call Democrats in Sacramento.
Assemblyman Ray Haynes represents the 66th Assembly District, which includes much of Southwest Riverside County and northern San Diego County.
By Anonymous on Tuesday, June 1, 2004 - 02:09 am:
May 27, 2004
Schwarzenegger Exceeds Expectations
Most California voters (64%) say they believe Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) "is doing a better job as Governor than they expected," according to a new Field Poll. "Just 11% think he is doing a worse job, while for 15% he has met their expectations."
"Almost two in three voters (65%) approve of the job that Schwarzenegger is doing and just 23% disapprove."
In the previous two surveys, the new Governor "was viewed very favorably, but this latest measure finds his ratings higher than any received by his two immediate predecessors, and approaching the record highs given two former Governors."
(Field Poll article by Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field - Field Reseach Corporation)
By Anonymous on Monday, June 7, 2004 - 03:03 pm:
We will miss President Ronald Reagan very much.
Rest In Peace in Heaven!
We Love You.
By scidvkesex on Friday, December 12, 2008 - 01:00 am: