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December 19, 2002 | George Skelton
Sacramento Want bold from Gov. Gray Davis? You got it Wednesday. Maybe some drama, too. Even fun. A bold move for desperate times. For a governor, it doesn't get much more desperate than being perched on the precipice of a deficit hole that's 45% of your general fund. That would be a $35-billion gaping canyon -- roughly 60% bigger than last month's best estimate. Unprecedented. Not even Gov. Pete Wilson peered into such fiscal straits.
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OPINION
December 30, 2002
Gov. Gray Davis, famously averse to risk, tossed caution aside this month in choosing termed-out state Sen. Steve Peace as his finance director. Speaking of risk, it is now Peace's thankless job to find a path out of the state's $35-billion budget deficit, a fiscal hole that dwarfs anything any state has experienced. The mercurial Peace, a 49-year-old veteran of two decades in the Assembly and Senate, was most recently the workaholic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1991 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Steve Peace, it came as a hot flash as he sat in his car. Until that moment in mid-January, as he was leaving memorial services for Chula Vista Mayor Gayle McCandliss, the likelihood of death had only been a vague possibility. But, with his high school friend dead from cancer, a sense of mortality rolled over him as a sweat-drenching anxiety attack. "I knew she had died before, but I didn't know she died, that she ain't coming back," Peace said about the middle-age epiphany.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2002 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Ten years ago, Steve Peace wrote in a newspaper opinion piece that a budget crisis is a great opportunity to reform government. At the time, California's budget "crisis" was a $3.3-billion deficit on a $42-billion spending plan. Peace, an assemblyman from Chula Vista, found it a good excuse to propose that the state wipe out useless commissions, discipline an out-of-control bureaucracy and "focus on the needs of the future, not the habits of the past."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1990 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assemblyman Gil Ferguson (R-Newport Beach) on Friday was verbally confronted--some witnesses say even slapped--by a San Diego lawmaker upset about Ferguson's public letter accusing the colleague of keeping "pornography available to your children." The shouting match erupted early Friday in a Capitol corridor when Assemblyman Steve Peace (D-Rancho San Diego) ran up to Ferguson and began shouting about his letter published in the morning's San Diego Union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1991 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stung by bad press from another "memo" incident, Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) moved quickly Thursday to expose evidence of a special-interest group apparently trying to buy his influence with a campaign contribution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1990 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Diego County district attorney's office is reviewing allegations that a local optometrist was told that, in order to get referrals from a 15,000-member retail clerks union, she was required to make annual $500 donations at the union's direction--the exact amount seven optometrists each gave to the state legislative campaign of the union president's son.
NEWS
December 30, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Steve Peace (D-Chula Vista) has apparently beaten Republican businessman Joseph Ghougassian for a vacant state Senate seat from southern San Diego County. In unofficial returns from Tuesday's election, Peace had 30,487 votes and Ghougassian 28,186 in a race to fill the final year of Democrat Wadie Deddeh's third term in the 40th Senate District. Deddeh retired to return to teaching at Southwest Community College in Chula Vista.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1994 | MARTHA GROVES
Enough of the Public Utilities Commission, already. As far as state Sen. Steve Peace (D-Bonita) is concerned, the PUC has outlived its usefulness and is "way beyond reclamation." Peace's solution? He said Thursday that he plans in January to propose an amendment to the state constitution that would abolish the 83-year-old agency, responsible for regulating the state's utilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1985 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Steve Peace (D-Chula Vista) and State Sen. Alfred Alquist (D-Santa Clara) exchanged angry words in a capitol corridor Tuesday after the Senate Appropriations Committee defeated a proposal by Peace to spend $3 million for school buses equipped for handicapped passengers. The exchange riled Senate President Pro Tempore David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles), who demanded an apology from Peace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2002 | Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis strongly suggested Wednesday that he will propose tax increases to address the state's budget shortfall, which he said has soared to $34.8 billion -- nearly $14 billion more than was estimated four weeks ago. Davis also announced that he is replacing his finance director with Steve Peace, a former legislator who has strong support in the state Senate and Assembly. The shakeup comes in the face of growing resistance by Democratic legislators and interest groups to $10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2002 | George Skelton
Sacramento Want bold from Gov. Gray Davis? You got it Wednesday. Maybe some drama, too. Even fun. A bold move for desperate times. For a governor, it doesn't get much more desperate than being perched on the precipice of a deficit hole that's 45% of your general fund. That would be a $35-billion gaping canyon -- roughly 60% bigger than last month's best estimate. Unprecedented. Not even Gov. Pete Wilson peered into such fiscal straits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2002 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With negotiations over a new state budget at a standstill, a key lawmaker said Friday that he'll ask the Senate to vote on its own version of the spending plan regardless of whether a compromise plan with the Assembly is complete. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Steve Peace (D-El Cajon) also said the Senate proposal may abandon Gov.
NEWS
January 3, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a politician who has made a career out of rushing in where others fear to tread, state Sen. Steve Peace (D-Chula Vista) took the lead in shaping the state's effort to deregulate the electricity industry. Now the plan is a fiasco, and Peace's political future is in doubt. Among veteran Peace-watchers in San Diego, there are two schools of thought about whether he can survive to run again another day. One camp says no way, no how.
NEWS
November 21, 2000 | NANCY VOGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state senator who piloted electricity deregulation through the Legislature four years ago proposed setting aside billions of state dollars Monday to help California's troubled electricity market. The state could buy back power plants, for example, or build new ones, said Steve Peace (D-El Cajon)--moves that would reverse deregulation.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1994 | MARTHA GROVES
Enough of the Public Utilities Commission, already. As far as state Sen. Steve Peace (D-Bonita) is concerned, the PUC has outlived its usefulness and is "way beyond reclamation." Peace's solution? He said Thursday that he plans in January to propose an amendment to the state constitution that would abolish the 83-year-old agency, responsible for regulating the state's utilities.
NEWS
August 31, 1988 | LEO C. WOLINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman John Burton said his was a simple request: "I just wanted to give Peace a chance." Burton, one of Democratic Speaker Willie Brown's closest personal friends and political allies, was playing off the lyrics of the John Lennon-Yoko Ono song to explain why he had done the unthinkable Tuesday--offering a motion on the Assembly floor to oust Brown from the speakership and substitute dissident Democrat Steve Peace of Chula Vista.
OPINION
December 30, 2002
Gov. Gray Davis, famously averse to risk, tossed caution aside this month in choosing termed-out state Sen. Steve Peace as his finance director. Speaking of risk, it is now Peace's thankless job to find a path out of the state's $35-billion budget deficit, a fiscal hole that dwarfs anything any state has experienced. The mercurial Peace, a 49-year-old veteran of two decades in the Assembly and Senate, was most recently the workaholic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
NEWS
December 30, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Steve Peace (D-Chula Vista) has apparently beaten Republican businessman Joseph Ghougassian for a vacant state Senate seat from southern San Diego County. In unofficial returns from Tuesday's election, Peace had 30,487 votes and Ghougassian 28,186 in a race to fill the final year of Democrat Wadie Deddeh's third term in the 40th Senate District. Deddeh retired to return to teaching at Southwest Community College in Chula Vista.
NEWS
December 29, 1993 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After an expensive and bitter campaign, Assemblyman Steve Peace (D-Chula Vista) apparently has defeated Republican businessman Joseph Ghougassian in a special election Tuesday for a vacant state Senate seat from southern San Diego County. With all 170 precincts counted, Peace had a 52% to 48% lead. That reflected a 2,300 vote margin, but 4,800 absentee ballots were yet to be counted.
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