CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2010 |
In choosing Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby for a vacant state Assembly seat, voters got a homegrown leader whose views on limiting government play well in the Republican stronghold. As expected, the former teacher, who grew up in Fullerton and served on its City Council before his 2002 upset election to the county Board of Supervisors, coasted to an easy victory in Tuesday's special runoff election, capturing 63% of the vote. Democrat John MacMurray won 31% and Jane Rands of the Green Party garnered 6%. "I have deep roots in the district," Norby said.
April 23, 2009 |
Troubled mortgage financing giant Freddie Mac and its employees were dealt another blow Wednesday when one of the company's top executives was found dead in his Virginia home, an apparent suicide. The death of David Kellermann, 41, the acting chief financial officer, adds more turmoil at Freddie Mac.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2003 |
Tension over California's unresolved budget came to a boil Tuesday when a top state official confronted another and delivered a public lambasting, saying extremist politicians are bringing state government to the brink of financial disaster. As a stunned capital press corps looked on, state Finance Director Steve Peace confronted Assembly GOP budget chief John Campbell in a crowded Capitol hallway, accusing him of partisanship that could damage the state for years.
January 26, 2003 |
Gov. Phil Bredesen, a multimillionaire businessman, is turning down his $85,000 salary, saying he can't accept it when he's contemplating the layoff of state employees to deal with a budget shortfall. "I have always seen this job as one about public service, not salary," Bredesen said in a statement. Bredesen, who took office Jan. 18, says the state faces a $322-million deficit this year and a budget shortfall of about $500 million for the next fiscal year.
October 4, 2001 |
Among the unseen casualties of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are California cities, which are bracing for cuts in services because sales and hotel bed-tax revenues are declining as shopping and travel spending craters. And beyond short-term worries over tourism, there is the specter of further trouble because the state of California's budget is going into deficit--and that will spell cutbacks for all cities and counties.
August 29, 1999 |
Cheap wine in Argentina and tortillas and tuition in Mexico, free land in Brazil, discounted gasoline in Venezuela, subsidized electricity everywhere: Such lavish government programs are gradually being dismantled across Latin America. But it should come as no surprise that it's politically unpopular to do so. Nor is it a coincidence that tiny Ecuador, a place where subsidies to consumers continue to hold sway, was in the news last week as the continent's latest economic disaster area.