Karen Bass says major reform on the way, yeah-right

Everyone knows Bass and Assembly Democratic leadership talk the talk, but can’t walk the walk.

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From the SacBee’s State Worker Blog, we learn that Former Legislative Speaker Karen Bass,talked tough to Fox News Business anchor Stuart Varney when the camera was rolling and the lights were on. She promised that she and her colleagues would be bring everything to the table to fix California’s budget crisis (again), including pensions, taxes, and spending. Yeah. Sure. Not holding my breath.

Show me. I’m from Missouri. Everyone knows Bass and Assembly Democratic leadership talk the talk, but can’t walk the walk.

STUART VARNEY: When you get back to California you need to come up with a plan that somehow fixes this deficit. I will ask clearly are you in favor of any pay freeze for state employees? Are you in favor of looking at the pensions California is currently paying its former government workers? (talking over each other)

VARNEY: You have got to get at this.

SPEAKER BASS: Exactly.

VARNEY: Are you in favor of a pay freeze? Are you in favor of doing something about those lavish pensions? Are you in favor of lifting environmental rules and regulations which are killing business?

BASS: I think we have to put everything on the table. Over the last couple of years we’ve had a deficit totaling 60 billion dollars. … Everything has to be on the table.

VARNEY: On the table?

BASS: That’s right.

VARNEY: On the table. When we say on the table I am talking about a serious interruption of the flow of money to your pensions for state government pensions. Are you prepared to counter that? Because frankly you are in such a hole that you have to take truly drastic action over and above what you’ve taken already.

BASS: And let me tell you, we have absolutely taken drastic action and we are going to continue…

VARNEY: Ms. Bass, I am going to ask you a fundamental question. Are you prepared to change course? Change policy course away from much more spending and away from higher taxes and get to much lower taxes and cutting spending? Are you prepared to change direction?

BASS: We are absolutely prepared. As a matter fact, in the next couple weeks you will see we are going to roll out a comprehensive reform package stay tuned. I think you’ll see big differences.

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Californians favor Convention

More than two-thirds of Californians (69 percent) would vote yes on “Proposition 1,” or the Citizen’s Constitutional Convention Act, which would allow the voters of California to directly call a Convention.

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Californians appear ready to support two measures to call a limited citizen’s Constitutional Convention to reform the state’s failed governance system, according to a poll conducted by EMC Research for Repair California.

After explaining basic details of the proposal, such as who could serve as delegates and what issues would or would not be considered, more than two-thirds of Californians (69 percent) would vote yes on “Proposition 1,” or the Citizen’s Constitutional Convention Act, which would allow the voters of California to directly call a Convention. A similar supermajority of 71 percent would vote yes on “Proposition 2,” or the Call for a Citizen’s Constitutional Convention, which would immediately call a limited Constitutional Convention to assemble a representative cross section of people of the state to propose reforms to the state’s governance structure. Both measures only require a simple majority of 50 percent of voters to win on Election Day.

The poll was conducted September 8-13, 2009 with 1000 registered California voters and has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

Despite Willie Brown kvetching about not being invited to the party, I seriously doubt this is what Senate leader Darrel Steinberg, Speaker Karen Bass, Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and the rest of the California State Legislature has in mind when they connive together to advance their own version of Constitutional Reform.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNVytZ31G0Q

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Seedy-10 questions for Sept 2

They say elections have consequences. No foolin’. Lots of questions remain concerning the outcome of the CD-10 Special Election.

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They say elections have consequences. No foolin’. Lots of questions remain concerning the outcome of the CD-10 Special Election.

1. Can Senator Mark DeSaulnier’s ground game be the difference in what could still prove to be a close contest against fellow Democrat frontrunners Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan and Lt Governor John Garamendi?

2. How badly will Republican David Harmer lose to the eventual Democratic Party nominee in November?

3. Win or lose, is Joan Buchanan in the dog house with the Democratic leadership? She thumbed her nose at Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and other party leaders to wreck DeSaulnier’s chance of victory against Garamendi. Could the Dems get even and challenge her seat in AD-15 or worse—show Joan what a glass ceiling really looks like?

4. Will CD-10 even exist as it does now after a new round of amatuer hour gerrymandering after the 2010 census?

5. Everywhere I go I hear about the future Anthony Woods has in politics. What’s his next step for electoral politics? County Supervisor? Assembly? Mayor?

6. Will the unsuccessful GOP candidates rally to Harmer’s cause, or treat as they have been treated?

7. Will Tom Del Beccaro, vice chair of the California GOP and backroom bungler for Harmer’s stealth moderate campaign, parlay yet another electoral disaster into a party chairmanship?

8. Is there any doubt that the Contra Costa Times will endorse any Democrat v. Harmer?

9. How will Mark DeSaulnier handle his first ever political defeat?

10. Despite their conservative airs, how does the Nelson Rockefeller, country club statist wing of the current county GOP leadership even begin to make room for rising stars like Bunch, Clift, Loos, Toth, and Peterson?

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Democrats react to budget plan

Craig Cheslog, local blogger and a representative of Assemblyman Tom Torlakson’s office, makes some interesting observations on the he-says-she-says status California budget negotiations.

In reponse (I believe) to Speaker Karen Bass’s explanation that “legislative leaders have compromised,” Cheslog writes, “The Democrats have been compromising with themselves on the state budget crisis. The Democrats have agreed to horrible spending cuts and other measures that go against their interest groups…The myth of bipartisan intransigence may be a more interesting story for state pundits to tell, but this fiction does nothing to move the state towards a solution to this problem.”

Here is the Bloomberg report on the plan Governor “blow the box up” Schwarzenegger proposed on December 31.

Here is the transcript of Speaker Bass’s reactions to the Governor’s proposed budget plan

Will the last sane adult leaving California please remember to turn out the lights?

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15th Assembly district candidates trade partisan endorsements; Bass ousts Parra

The two major candidates for the open Assembly-15 seat, traded endorsement announcements last week that surprised no one and bordered on non-news. Republican Abram Wilson announced the support of Contra Costa County Auditor, Steve Ybarra, while Democrat Joan Buchanan, announced the support of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies union. These ho-hum announcements run along the normal and expected faultline of Contra Costa partisan politics and should come as no surprise. Continue reading “15th Assembly district candidates trade partisan endorsements; Bass ousts Parra”

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California Assembly Speaker, Karen Bass, to headline Buchanan campaign fundraiser, Sept 10

Speaker of the California Assembly, Karen Bass, will headline a special dinner, Wednesday, September 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., to benefit Democratic candidate for the 15th Assembly District, Joan Buchanan. To be held at Patrick David’s Event Center in San Ramon, tickets begin at $150. Download the PDF to RSVP.

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