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December 19, 2011
Beginning October 1, the state began a massive “realignment” of services – transferring to local governments a whole host of responsibilities, including supervising parolees, managing lower-level offenders, and providing mental health, substance abuse, and child protective services. In this month’s...
August 29, 2011
Previously published at the Fresno Bee Last week, the California Employment Development Department announced more sobering news: Unemployment statewide rose to 12%, and the ranks of the jobless grew by 34,000 during the month of July. With unemployment in Fresno and Madera counties even higher at...
July 13, 2011
As published in The Modesto Bee The majority-vote budget passed by legislative Democrats and signed by Gov. Brown represents everything California voters hate about Sacramento. Not only does it make deep cuts to education, public safety and human service programs, but it fails to do anything to fix...
April 4, 2011
Previously published by the Merced Sun-Star When I arrived in Sacramento this past December, I walked into the state Capitol with no preconceived notions about the political wrangling and dissension that solving the massive challenges facing our state would cause. I knew making the kinds of drastic...
February 24, 2011
Previously published at The Modesto Bee. While Sacramento grapples with how to close our state's massive $25 billion budget deficit, cities and counties are understandably concerned about the discussions happening under the Capitol dome. As a former mayor, I know what a dramatic impact these...
February 22, 2011
Previously published at the Merced Sun-Star. Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted the nearing end of winter for the rest of the country on Feb. 2, but Groundhog Day cast two particularly dark shadows over Merced. First, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that our metropolitan area had the...
February 17, 2011
California Grocers Association 2011, Issue 1 … What are your top priorities and will the current economic climate impact your ability to achieve the goals you have set for yourself? … As a newly elected senator, my first priority is to help put my constituents back to work. This includes giving...

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