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Schwarzenegger's budget proposal freezes school funding; cuts health, welfare programs

Original post made on May 15, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed an $83.4-billion budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that would freeze funding for Pleasanton and other school districts, further cut state workers' pay and reduce state aid for mental health care programs by an estimated 60 percent.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, May 15, 2010, 7:34 AM

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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on May 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

Here's the press release for the JFK Profiles in Courage Award.
(Web Link)
The recipients are: "Dave Cogdill, California State Senator and former Senate Republican Leader; Mike Villines, California State Assembly Member and former Assembly Republican Leader; Darrell Steinberg, California State Senator and Democratic Senate President pro Tem; and Karen Bass, California State Assembly Member, and former Democratic Speaker of the Assembly"
This paragraph is the most interesting:
"In February 2009, amid one of the worst budget crises in California's history, an imploding economy, and potentially catastrophic partisan deadlock, the state's Republican and Democratic party leaders came together to address the financial emergency. After weeks of grueling negotiation, the legislative leaders and Gov. Schwarzenegger reached an agreement on a comprehensive deal to close most of a $42 billion shortfall, putting an end to years of government inaction and sidestepping of the difficult decisions necessary to address California's increasingly dire fiscal crisis. The deal was objectionable to almost everyone; it contained tax increases, which the Republicans had long pledged to oppose, and draconian spending cuts, which brought intense criticism to the Democrats. The two Republicans were ousted from their party leadership positions over the agreement. Voters defeated the budget referendum in May 2009. In June and July, the state of California began issuing high-interest IOUs to vendors in lieu of payment. In 2010, California's budget problems go largely unresolved. The Pew Center on the States has ranked California dead last among the 50 states on fiscal health."
So let's see, the legislative leaders did not listen to the voters, implemented a plan that still has CA 'dead last' on 'fiscal health', and for this they get an award? I guess Arnold got Maria to pull some Kennedy strings. Surely there are more politically courageous, if not more competent, people who are more deserving of this 'award'.


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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I have been on this blog for the last 2 years predicting this was coming and recommending and demanding that we file for bankrupcty to get out of these pensions but we keep kicking the ball down the hall. Arnie is just trying to make it out of office and then the next governor will have to take us bankrupt. He knows it and the legislature knows it. Heck we are doing the very same thing here in Pleasanton.......WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by Get rid of pension obligations, unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

"For instance, talking about pensions, the cost of employee retirement benefits this year is $6.1 billion. That is more than what it will cost to keep CalWORKs, child care, mental health services and in-home supportive services, just to show you how much money we spend on those things."

Why can't we reform pensions and get rid of unions? It seems, from reading the governor's remarks, that pensions are the biggest problem, and Calpers continues to ask for more and more because of their bad investment decisions.

No one is bailing me out because my 401K went down, why should we as a state bail out all those union employees/retirees whose union invested incorrectly? Their pensions are down, live with it, do not pass it on to the rest of us and do not take money from other programs to pay for it!

Pensions are killing the economy. If what it takes to get rid of this commitment is to file for bankruptcy, then do it, let California go bankrupt and that way we get rid of the very unreasonable pension obligations we got stuck with thanks to Davis and the unions.

We CANNOT affort pensions, or unions, or Calpers, get rid of the obligation, do what you need to do in order to start fresh.


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Posted by You bet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

You bet those programs have to be cut.....that seems to be what the voters and public employees WANT ! ! Otherwise, the voters would choose more responsible officials and royally rarified public employees would step up and live in the SAME world we taxpayers live in. (we continue working for decades after the retirement age we give our public employees....then live on whatever we've saved in our 401Ks). Gee, I'd quit on my 50th BD, at full pay, plus lifetime COL & medical increases, if I could only find an employer stupid enough to give that to me. Where ARE those GENEROUS officials that thought that was a good idea ?? If smart, they've changed their names and moved to other towns!


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Posted by You bet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

You bet those programs have to be cut.....that seems to be what the voters and public employees WANT ! ! Otherwise, the voters would choose more responsible officials and royally rarified public employees would step up and live in the SAME world we taxpayers live in. (we continue working for decades after the retirement age we give our public employees....then live on whatever we've saved in our 401Ks). Gee, I'd quit on my 50th BD, at full pay, plus lifetime COL & medical increases, if I could only find an employer stupid enough to give that to me. Where ARE those GENEROUS officials that thought that was a good idea ?? If smart, they've changed their names and moved to other towns!


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Posted by You bet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

You bet those programs have to be cut.....that seems to be what the voters and public employees WANT ! ! Otherwise, the voters would choose more responsible officials and royally rarified public employees would step up and live in the SAME world we taxpayers live in. (we continue working for decades after the retirement age we give our public employees....then live on whatever we've saved in our 401Ks). Gee, I'd quit on my 50th BD, at full pay, plus lifetime COL & medical increases, if I could only find an employer stupid enough to give that to me. Where ARE those GENEROUS officials that thought that was a good idea ?? If smart, they've changed their names and moved to other towns!


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Posted by kate
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

his kids go to private school what does he care!


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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Arnie? Great actor and earned his money with his acting ability. Right up there with Olivier, Laurence Harvey, Katherine Hepburn, etc. I am surprised he has not won an academy award.


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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Well now...if the Governor completely cut out the 40 billion a year this state gives to help all the illegal immigrants, that would certainly help balance the budget. They won't ever mention that on the news (what this state pays every year to help all the illegals and their families out). If the U.S. did this in every state, you would see many of them leaving in no time. There's no other county in the world that would ever help illegals immigrants out, like the U.S. It's a complete mess that's been going on way too long.


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Posted by You bet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm

You are right Daniel. The illegals are a problem. At an event of 100+ people the first of this year, I clearly heard my choice Meg Whitman,say she wanted an end to sanctuary cities, no illegal driver's licenses,stop giving them free rides to Cal, finish the border fence,and strongly against amnesty ! etc. etc. etc. That's why Mr 187, Pete Wilson was a first to endorse her long ago. That's why it is appalling that desperate Poizner would stoop so low, to actually do last minute TV ads full of outright BIG LIES about Meg on illegals. She was VERY CLEAR about illegals from day one. Are there so many ignorant, gullible voters that he felt he was willing to risk such blatent lies. They are easily verified. I was about 6 feet from her when she gave her illegals checklist ! Poizner's lies go beyond civil campaign ads. Outright LIES ! Also, the AZ bill was revised about 'stopping' people, about 10 days after it hit the media..timing about tht bill changed things...he knows that.


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Posted by Fix the system!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Illegals are a problem, but so is the government that ignores the issue.

Did anyone read the article about Obama's aunt? She was here illegally, living in public housing, got disabled so she gets to stay and the taxpayers are subsidizing all of it!

It is wrong for that lady to be here but she could not do it without the consent of top government officials. Obama is her nephew and condoning the situation. What can we expect from a president that condones illegals and their being on public assistance?

Yes, California spends a ton of money on illegals. These illegals then send their kids to public schools, they don't speak English and even here in PUSD we have to accomodate the ESL students.

Fix immigration and the budget deficit will be less!

Fix the pension system and the budget deficil will be less!


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Posted by Fix the system!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Here is the article about Obama's aunt, an illegal who gets to stay in the US and is being subsidized by the taxpayers:

Web Link


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm

You can do way better than simply cutoff public outlays to illegals.
- secure the border
- enforce existing laws preventing employers from hiring illegals
- cut off any public services to illegals

No job, no school, no money = no illegals

- establish a fair guest worker program, that persons currently here illegaly can only join at the embassy in their home country, they get the ticket to it when they voluntarily self-deport.
- if you are caught here after a certain date = deportation and no chance for future return

Then we will do one better because we will have people coming here to work and pay taxes. These people will no longer need to run across the border, they can go home on holidays, etc and visit family freely, which will help the travel industry. There are myriad side benefits to this solution.

Now all we need are honorable people in the Congress and White House willing to enact a fair solution!


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Posted by Larry Haney
a resident of Livermore
on May 18, 2010 at 6:53 am

It is only going to get worse folks. They only cut expenses but do not deal with the real issues like mentioned above. Big trouble coming and we can see it but will not vote these idiots out. I am voting against any incumbant dem or rep. I will only vote for people who are about fixing the California economy and getting business back in this state and reducing programs.


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on May 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

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There you go Larry! The last person we had run for Governor who fit your bill was McClintock. At the time he was a CA legislator, now in the US Congress.
McClintock stated the coming problem at the time clearly. Not saying there is any guarantee that he would have had more success dealing with the progressives in the CA legislature, but McClintock proposed very simply tying the budget $ to population growth with inflation factored in. If, during better times, we had done this, we would now have a budget SURPLUS instead of a $20 billion deficit.

The folks who control this are your California Senate and Assembly. I would wager that most of the people who read this column (and that comprises people interested in the topic and up on the news) cannot name the CA Senator and Assembly member & the district number they live in.


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Posted by artlover
a resident of Birdland
on May 18, 2010 at 10:26 am

Vis a vis immigrants: my mom immigrated here LEGALLY. My dad's dad immigrated here LEGALLY. I feel insulted that, so many here illegally, can get all of these services paid by taxpayers when my ancestors had to work so hard with NO safety net. BTW my mom had to be sponsored by her "immigrant" father-in-law who signed a document saying he would be repsonsible for my mom's entire financial, medical circumstances! She was interogated for several hours and asked some very embarassing questions.

Also, last week I met a lovely young man here from Nepal- when I asked him how he "got here" he said: "DV" m'am. "What is a DV? Diversity Visa. HUH???? We need people from all over the world to work in restaurants? So, while this was a very nice person- I wonder how much I would help I would get if I upped and moved to Nepal to add to their diversity!

Let's get real here folks- the way it is today - is not longer sustainable and many people are to blame. So, throw them out - the whole lot thrives on being obstructionist and elitest.


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Posted by Sirena
a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on May 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I agree with Fix 100%. The illegals also get free lunches for their children because the children are citizens. California needs to adopt English only. I volunteer at an elementary school, all nationalities speak English, except the Hispanic parents. These children are at a disadvantage right from the start. Schools spend thousands of dollars providing them with reading specialist. One child in the class goes to the reading specialist and then Barton reading specialist. If you want to come to this county do it legally and try to learn English. We make it way to easy and provide services that our costly.


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Posted by Workerbee
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm

It is humorus to hear all these comments. First, who elected the Governator, you did. You thought he was going to "fix" things and he did not. So, now your crying and trying to lay blame. Well look in the mirrow because your all to blame.
State workers,yes the ones who fix your roads, work at DMV and other agencies do not make a huge amount of money. Private sector (the ones who got all those ball out dollars) make 10 x's more than state workers, so they get benefits to make up for the poor wages. They must work a minimum of 20 years in order to get those benefits. Something many of you can't even fathom.
As to immigrants, guess what, your all immigrants. None of you were the first settlers to North America, you came over by boat or plane and filled out a few pieces of paper to say your legal. If you studies history in school, you would know that California was Mexico's land. Could that be why many of our cities, counties etc have Spanish names??? WAKE UP and stop the hostility. If you deport immigrants who is going to pick and process your food? Who is going to work in the restaurants or do your gardening?? You all need a reality check. Maybe sending all immigrants back to their homelands would be a good idea, then all the crops would fail and all restaurants will close and you all can go and live in filth!


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Posted by I don't get it
a resident of Castlewood
on May 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I don't get it - this article was about cuts, etc., and it turned into a bashing of illegal aliens. And just to set it straight - Workerbee has some points but it is not correct when he/she says it takes 20 years for a public employee to get benefits. I worked at UCD when I was a student in a "career" position, and I got benefits after 2 months. And no, private workers do not make 10x more, but I have to admit if you are in a management position, you work 10x harder than a public worker in a management position. I know as I have been in both work environments.


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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

We must be Grateful to Meg; many are saying she will not Win. So let us say "Thank You very much for providing her portion $162 million dollar "Stimulus Package" contribution to "The Kalifornia Economy" For those that work in Political campaigning, Media, printing, air time, photographers, News People, Fuel, tires, Restaurants, Motels & more. "THANK YOU! Meg Whitman for Giving Back to California where Dreams can Come True!" Sincerely, Gary Schwaegerle


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Oct 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm

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Sirena,

I'm still trying to figure this sentence out:

"The illegals also get free lunches for their children because the children are citizens."

You stated the obvious. The children born here are citizens even if their parents are not. Why do I get the feeling you'd rather these children, who did not make the decisions about how they got here or where they live, go hungry?


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