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December 18, 2009 | By Eric Bailey
California won a reprieve Thursday from a federal threat to undercut funding that has kept nearly 700,000 children from being yanked off a state health insurance program for the working poor. Cindy Mann, director of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told state officials in an e-mail that her agency would delay a final decision on the issue until at least mid-2011. That will allow the state's Healthy Families program to continue operating under a plan adopted by the Legislature in September and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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June 21, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
More than half of California's state senators have agreed to reduce their $116,208 salary this year, most taking a 5% cut starting July 1. During budget negotiations last week, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) offered up 5% of his $133,639 pay and he also urged his 39 colleagues to follow suit as part of a cost-cutting package he called "responsive to the state's current crisis situation."
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June 29, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher
Democratic leaders in the state Assembly, frustrated by the refusal of Republicans to support tax hikes to help balance the state budget, pushed through a proposal Sunday night that uses a series of legal maneuvers to put higher levies in place without any GOP votes. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed to veto any budget package that includes tax increases, and he vetoed a budget last winter that contained a similar tax ploy.
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November 7, 2009 | Bettina Boxall
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went to a scruffy field in the San Fernando Valley on Friday to sign two pieces of water legislation passed earlier this week. The setting was the Tujunga well field of the San Fernando Valley aquifer, part of Los Angeles' water supply. One of the bills the governor signed establishes a statewide program to measure groundwater elevations. The other adds 25 state enforcement officers to track down illegal water diversions. Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the remaining parts of the water package in the coming days, including an $11.1-billion bond that will go before voters a year from now. Surrounded by state lawmakers and local officials, he informally launched the bond campaign.
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October 3, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by several state and local officials Friday at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to announce California's application for $4.7 billion in federal money to fund a high-speed rail line. Schwarzenegger said Californians would match the federal grant dollar for dollar with state and local funds, including money from the high-speed rail bond. "It's disgraceful for America to be so far behind in terms of infrastructure," Schwarzenegger said, referring to international high-speed rail projects.
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March 4, 2009 | Eric Bailey
Like a military commander busting down insubordinate troops, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) has stripped committee chairmanships from a trio of wayward lawmakers after they refused to join fellow Democrats in support of a key budget provision. The three assemblymen -- Sandre Swanson of Alameda, Warren Furutani of Gardena and Tony Mendoza of Artesia -- voted last month against a measure to cap state spending, which will appear on a special statewide ballot this spring.
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March 3, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year received more than $32,000 in gifts, including a Mongolian shield, a bronze bust of a California condor, a replica of a high-speed train, antique dumbbells and lots of wine and cigars. In a disclosure report filed annually by elected officials, the jet-setting governor said the gift-givers included Prince Karim Aga Khan (a clock), Mexican President Felipe Calderon (cigars), Chilean Ambassador Mariano Fernandez (a book) and film director Chris Columbus (wine).
OPINION
July 19, 2008
Social workers and lawyers crowd into a courtroom that is closed to the public and decide the fate of an abused or neglected child. This foster parent or that one? Separated from siblings or together? In contact with parents or cut off? The notion that a dependency court judge would listen to these arguments and make decisions about the child's life without allowing the child to speak -- perhaps without even allowing the child in the room -- is absurd.
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February 20, 2009 | Jordan Rau, Evan Halper and Patrick McGreevy
State lawmakers Thursday finally ended the three-month stalemate that brought California to the brink of financial collapse -- but now it is up to voters to keep the budget package from unraveling. The spending plan, which wipes out a nearly $42-billion projected deficit with tax hikes, deep program cuts and borrowing, hinges on $5.8 billion contained in several ballot measures that voters must approve in a special election May 19. Gov.
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November 11, 2008 | Dan Morain, Morain is a Times staff writer.
Forty-three Democratic legislators, including leaders of the California Senate and Assembly, filed a brief Monday urging the California Supreme Court to void Proposition 8. Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and incoming President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg signed the friend of the court brief, filed with the state Supreme Court. No Republican legislator signed the petition, though Gov.
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