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January 8, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
The California Senate passed legislation Monday that would allocate $610 million in bond funds for a variety of water-related projects, including storm-water management, levee protection and water quality. The bill was passed by the Legislature in September but was vetoed by the governor. -- Patrick McGreevy
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November 8, 2011
Hey, California state Senate: You're kidding, right? You didn't really charge the state $111,316 for lunch and snacks last year. You didn't really think that was some kind of entitlement you earned for working through the noon hour in the Capitol as debate over the last Schwarzenegger budget dragged through the summer. Tell us you were planning to pay it back, seeing as you each already get $95,291 a year in salary (more for those in leadership posts), plus another $143 per day to pay for your expenses, like, well, lunch.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
A state Senate panel supported confirmation of the governor's appointment of Joan Borucki as director of the California Lottery after she apologized for authorizing an employee appreciation dinner that cost $43,000 and featured mock lottery games with prizes. Borucki's confirmation was recommended by the Senate Rules Committee after the chairman, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland), said she erred in allowing the dinner at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento. "I think the judgment was flawed," Perata said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Two days before Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to sign legislation paving the way for a new football stadium in the City of Industry, the governor Tuesday downplayed concerns that developers of the Los Angeles County venue may take an NFL team from another California city. "The team doesn't have to necessarily come from California. It could come from someplace else," Schwarzenegger told reporters. "I don't think anyone right now has in mind there to take a team and steal it from some California city."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
Legislation that would have allowed dozens of new electronic billboards to be installed along Southern California freeways has been dropped because of opposition from both environmentalists and lawmakers, the bill's author said Friday. State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) said she may pursue the idea next year but acknowledged that she was unable to line up sufficient support for it by Friday's deadline for initial approval. The measure divided legislators from Southern California, which would bear the brunt of the changes if the measure was eventually approved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
A proposal to ban the sale of helium-filled Mylar balloons in California ran out of air Monday in the state Senate, where it fell five votes short of passing. Sen. Jack Scott (D- Altadena) proposed the ban at the request of Burbank electric utility officials who said the metallic balloons have caused several power outages after becoming tangled in power lines. "I'm not a party pooper," Scott told his colleagues. "I'm not standing up and speaking out against balloons in general. This is a public safety matter."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Two days before Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to sign legislation paving the way for a new football stadium in the City of Industry, the governor Tuesday downplayed concerns that developers of the Los Angeles County venue may take an NFL team from another California city. "The team doesn't have to necessarily come from California. It could come from someplace else," Schwarzenegger told reporters. "I don't think anyone right now has in mind there to take a team and steal it from some California city."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
Legislation that would have allowed dozens of new electronic billboards to be installed along Southern California freeways has been dropped because of opposition from both environmentalists and lawmakers, the bill's author said Friday. State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) said she may pursue the idea next year but acknowledged that she was unable to line up sufficient support for it by Friday's deadline for initial approval. The measure divided legislators from Southern California, which would bear the brunt of the changes if the measure was eventually approved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
A proposal to ban the sale of helium-filled Mylar balloons in California ran out of air Monday in the state Senate, where it fell five votes short of passing. Sen. Jack Scott (D- Altadena) proposed the ban at the request of Burbank electric utility officials who said the metallic balloons have caused several power outages after becoming tangled in power lines. "I'm not a party pooper," Scott told his colleagues. "I'm not standing up and speaking out against balloons in general. This is a public safety matter."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
A state Senate panel supported confirmation of the governor's appointment of Joan Borucki as director of the California Lottery after she apologized for authorizing an employee appreciation dinner that cost $43,000 and featured mock lottery games with prizes. Borucki's confirmation was recommended by the Senate Rules Committee after the chairman, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland), said she erred in allowing the dinner at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento. "I think the judgment was flawed," Perata said.
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