CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2009 |
As the state's budget continued swirling into the red, top finance officials said Friday that California won't get enough federal stimulus money to avoid all of the tax hikes and service cuts lawmakers approved last month. The announcement by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Finance Director Mike Genest reaffirms that California residents will be hit with a $1.8-billion personal income tax boost and nearly $1 billion in slashed spending.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2011 |
California could lose tens of millions of dollars in job-creating federal stimulus money for home weatherization projects because the state and several local agencies — including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — have failed to perform as promised, according to an audit released Monday. Two years ago, California was awarded nearly $186 million to help low-income homeowners make their houses more energy-efficient. But as of April 30, the state had spent $68 million, the audit found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2010 |
When the federal stimulus program was launched in early 2009, the city of Los Angeles was in dire straits, facing a shortfall of $427 million and the possibility of mass layoffs. City officials scrambled at the new source of funds, ultimately netting more than $630 million in stimulus grants. But nearly two years later, the city has spent only about a quarter of that money, a rate of spending that trails that of New York, Chicago and several other large California cities. Though the bulk of L.A.'s stimulus money was awarded by last March, the city had completed only eight of its 108 projects by mid-October.
December 11, 2010
Outraged by excessive stimulus spending? Worried that construction of new infrastructure in your state will create operating costs lasting well into the future? If you're a Republican governor with such troubles on your mind, we have the solution: Send the federal money to California. The Golden State is more than willing to relieve you of the burden of all that free cash. Remarkably, the governors of Wisconsin and Ohio seem to have taken us up on an offer so disadvantageous that the most shameless infomercial producer would hesitate to promote it. After being awarded a combined $1.2 billion in stimulus money to build rail projects — $810 million for a train from Milwaukee to Madison in Wisconsin and $385 million for a rail line linking Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland in Ohio — the governors turned it down.
June 20, 2010 |
The gig: As California's inspector general for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, Laura Chick is the watchdog making sure that the state's $85 billion in stimulus dollars are spent wisely. Appointed last year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chick defines her mission as the 3 Ds: deter, detect and disclose any waste or fraud. California was the first state to create such an oversight position for federal stimulus funds. (Chick's position shouldn't be confused with that of California's other inspector general, David Shaw, who oversees the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
April 5, 2009 |
Asa Foss spends his days fielding calls from construction workers who were bulldozed along with Maryland's home-building market and now want to be part of a booming side-industry: making houses more energy-efficient. The callers tell Foss that they're desperate for work and that the classes he teaches can help them get it. He tells them there's a two-year waiting list. Foss runs Maryland Home Performance, a state-sponsored program based in the Washington suburb of Bethesda, Md.
October 4, 2009
The "cash for clunkers" program is over, so if you weren't in the market for a car during its summer run, tough luck. But for Californians, all is not lost. Thanks to the foresight of voters, we're poised to receive a big portion of federal transportation dollars being doled out under another stimulus program, this one for bullet trains. Last November, voters passed a bond measure(2008) approving $9.95 billion to fund a high-speed train line from San Diego to Sacramento. They couldn't have known it then, but the timing was fortuitous.
May 2, 2009 |
If I were writing her business card, it would read, "Kicking butt in sensible shoes since 1993." Laura Chick has enemies. I am not one of them. The woman who's leaving Los Angeles City Hall after two terms on the City Council and two as city controller is stepping up to the appointed job of inspector general of California's $48-billion share of federal stimulus money. Editorial writers have praised her as an eagle eye in a green eyeshade, a grandma turned pit bull.
November 23, 2010 |
Approval for the first of what could be at least a dozen large solar energy projects planned for the high desert near the Los Angeles-Kern County line is under threat from an unlikely source: the military industry. Northrop Grumman Corp. contends that a proposed 230-megawatt plant near Rosamond to be built by First Solar Inc. could impair operations at a sensitive installation for testing radar-evading stealth technology on aircraft. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other supporters fear that if Northrop succeeds in blocking the project, the state would be hobbled in its efforts to create tens of thousands of green-tech jobs and fight global warming by building renewable power plants in the sun-drenched desert of Southern California.
February 1, 2009 |
When the going gets tough, the tough buy local. That's the crux of the more than $800-billion economic stimulus bill under consideration in the Senate. It contains a "buy American" provision requiring that most stimulus-funded projects use only American-made gear and goods. The House passed its own version of the legislation last week. It stipulates that we not buy any iron and steel from pesky foreigners seeking a slice of stimulus pie.