Budget Project Leader with California Forward, Former Chief Fiscal Advisor for the Office of the Senate President pro TemBudget Project Leader with California Forward, a bipartisan think tank seeking to overhaul the budget process; Former Chief Fiscal Advisor for the Office of the Senate President pro Tem
FROM Fred Silva
New Cuts May Have to Be Made to Budget You thought this summer's state budget negotiations were hard? Wait until Republicans and Democrats go back to Sacramento this year, facing a $5 billion to $8 billion deficit in the spending plan they just passed. They'll have to make cuts in this year's budget for schools, cities, police departments and state agencies.
Googie May Be Historic, but Not a Chula Vista Bob’s Big Boy Bob’s Big Boy on the Wilshire Corridor west of Highland is about to make way for a new BMW dealership. Blogger Marissa Gluck says the eviction will happen on the 31st of this month.
California's Budget Morass California has one of the world’s top ten economies, but the state’s budget system is being called “the most dysfunctional in the country.” Forty-six states began their fiscal years on the first of this month, but California is one of just four that don’t have spending plans. If there isn’t one before August 1st, borrowing to keep going will get very expensive, and the deficit is already 15 billion dollars.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.