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September 21, 2006

Sue me

Carl Zichella of the Sierra Club explains why Lockyer's lawsuit against the auto companies is the right thing to do. But shouldn't Lockyer be suing me, too? My car didn't warm the globe a bit until I put some gas in it and started the engine.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:46 AM

It's that time of the year

Rex Babin. See a larger version here.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:45 AM

Up against the wall

The LA Times says a 700-mile fence would do nothing to address the "root causes" of illegal immigration. Patt Morrison also weighs in.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:37 AM

U-T: No on 89

The San Diego paper says "clean money" is hardly saintly.

Also, check out the paper's other editorial today, on the potential for problems in the county pension fund. The whole "Enron by the Bay" mess involved only the city.

An excerpt:

In 2002, as markets tanked and budget deficits loomed, county supervisors approved a staggering 50 percent increase in retirement benefits for 34,000 workers (including 12,000 retirees). This plunged the pension fund $1.1 billion into debt. Now, after selling bonds and failing to make sufficient payments each year, the county's overall pension debt stands at $2.7 billion. That figure includes $1.3 billion in outstanding bonds and an estimated $1.4 billion in unfunded obligations to retirees.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:34 AM

Merc: No on 85

The Mercury says parental notification is a misguided attempt to help girls.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:29 AM

Bee: No on 87

The Sacramento Bee opposes the oil tax. Not a good sign for the proponents.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:28 AM

Now they're blogging

The folks at Majority Report took the cork out of their blogging machine yesterday and went wild. Among the postings are a wrap-up of the press club debate between Sundheim and Torres, a rebuttal to the Reason study on the public works projects and a short but snappy item and Angelides "preaching to the choir." Welcome back, guys.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:21 AM

Maybe Phil should sponsor a contest too

Want free tuition at CSU for a year? Make a creative video mocking the governor. The contest is sponsored by the university's faculty union. The winner will be aired as a commerical on the Daily Show.

Posted by dweintraub at 5:11 AM



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