June 18, 2012 archive

AD-38: Scott Wilk Endorsed By Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber

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Republican California Assembly candidate Scott Wilk

From the Scott Wilk press release:

Simi Valley Mayor Robert O. Huber has endorsed Scott Wilk, the Republican nominee, for the open 38th Assembly District seat being vacated by Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita).

“Scott Wilk is the right person to serve as our next Assemblyman. He understands the needs of Simi Valley and will represent us well in Sacramento,” Mayor Huber remarked.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Mayor Huber and the entire Simi Valley City Council.  I appreciate the confidence the mayor has expressed and I plan to be an active partner in advocating for Simi Valley’s interests in the state capital,” said Wilk.

With Mayor Huber’s endorsement, Scott wilk has been endorsed by every member of the Simi Valley City Council.

This is an important endorsement for Scott who is now on his way to the general election contest against Democrat Edward Headington.

Scott should have little trouble winning a large majority of votes in conservative Simi Valley.

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Flap’s California Morning Collection: June 18, 2012

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On the road: Baker, California

Good Monday morning!

I have been on vacation the past ten days or so and enjoyed my time off in Las Vegas, Nevada at the World Series of Poker.

The California Legislature is in session.  Today’s schedule is here.

The California Assembly’s Daily File is here and the California State Senate’s here.

On to today’s California headlines:

California Legislature approves $92.1-billion budget

The California Legislature passed a $92.1-billion budget on Friday in a vote that avoided the drama and delay that long has characterized the Capitol’s annual spending debate.

The vote, largely a foregone conclusion, was almost completely along party lines, without a single Republican supporting the plan. The Senate voted first, approving the budget 23-16. The Assembly then voted 50-25.

The budget now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not said whether he will sign it. The spending plan pushed through the Legislature by Democrats is slightly larger than the one Brown proposed in May, and it makes fewer cuts to welfare, child care and college scholarships than the governor wanted.

Passing the budget on Friday allows lawmakers to meet their constitutional deadline and prevent their pay from being docked. But some major issues have not yet been decided.

First, negotiations will continue next week over social services and how to fund them. Second, the budget includes an $8-billion-plus hole that Brown and his allies want voters to fill with new taxes in November. The governor is pushing a plan to temporarily raise the states sales tax and increase income taxes for the wealthy. If voters reject the taxes, he says, the state will be forced to cut billions from public schools and colleges.

Republicans, who have been completely sidelined during negotiations, criticized the budget before the vote.

Campaign to defeat Jerry Brown’s tax measure gears up

One morning last week, as Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature huddled over the state budget at the Capitol, the effort to undo a central part of Brown’s spending plan began to take shape in an office building just a few blocks away.

There, at a news conference to announce the formation of “Californians for Reforms and Jobs, not Taxes,” Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, previewed the campaign against the governor’s November ballot initiative to raise taxes. It will rely on messages, he said, that “quite frankly, are short and sweet.”

Brown’s opponents, Coupal said, will remind Californians of the state’s relatively high tax burden, challenge the Democratic governor’s claim that his tax increase is for schools and publicize unflattering examples of government spending.

It’s a formula that has proven reliable in California tax votes in the past decade. Not since 2004 have voters approved a statewide ballot measure to raise taxes.

Rodney King seen as catalyst for policing change

Rodney King, who died Sunday after a troubled life, never meant to change the Los Angeles Police Department – but that’s what he ended up doing.

The mention of King’s name will always recall painful video images of his 1991 beating and the following year’s Los Angeles riots, which were sparked by the acquittals of the officers and resulted in vast destruction and dozens of deaths.

But the King affair also transformed basic practices of policing, not just in Los Angeles but across the country, author Lou Cannon said.

“The LAPD is famous and notorious and other departments key off of what they do,” said Cannon, who researched every aspect of the King case for his book, “Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD.”

“The King beating and trial set in motion overdue reforms in the LAPD and that had a ripple effect on law enforcement throughout the country,” he said.

After the 1992 riots and the ouster of police chief Darryl Gates, a commission headed by Warren Christopher – who became later President Bill Clinton’s secretary of state – recommended a number of reforms.

Calif. voters curbed GOP on budget, but not taxes

For two years in a row now, the Legislature has managed to meet its constitutional deadline to pass a budget – and it’s all thanks to voters.

Whether that’s a good thing depends on whom you ask.

In 2010, the California electorate approved Proposition 25, which required that lawmakers lose their pay if they fail to pass a budget by June 15, and also made it easier for the Legislature to approve a spending plan by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to a simple majority.

That enabled Democrats last year and on Friday to pass a spending plan without a single Republican vote. Although last year members of the minority party were a key part of budget talks, this year their involvement was almost nonexistent.

That’s because last year Gov. Jerry Brown wanted lawmakers to place a tax measure on the ballot, which required a two-thirds majority vote that could not be achieved without some Republican support. GOP lawmakers, however, refused to give Brown the votes he needed. So this year, the governor bypassed the Legislature and opted for an initiative, collecting voter signatures to place the tax increase on the ballot.

Enjoy your morning and Dan Walters’ Daily video:Bullet train is next task for Legislature

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