jtaylor's picture
Monday, April 28, 2008 - 11:43am

Do you care who runs California's lottery? Would you mind if Blue Cross or some other HMO provided care in the state's prisons? Do you have feelings for (or understand) the Williamson Act or the State Compensation Insurance Fund?

Those were some of the ways mentioned to two-dozen Central California hospital officials April 25 by Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines of Clovis as he puzzled how legislators may tackle the state's multi-billion-dollar budget deficit.

jtaylor's picture
Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 7:25am

Lucky LA. Although lots of services are being cut in the name of budget "austerity," (LA Times headline-ese), the Bureau of Street Services (oxymoron?) will be bumped up 3% so it can repair an additional 60 miles of streets.

That means the city's backlogged calendar of street patch-jobs will decline from 63 years to 43 years, the Times says. (This ain't a waiting list to get Green Bay Packers seasons tickets -- this is busted axles and trips to the orthopod.)

wholderman's picture
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 11:47am

...seems overwhelming and destined for escalating calamity.

Crude oil supply has further been disrupted by attacks on pipelines in Nigeria that provides 400,000 barrels a DAY. Vigorous demands in China and other emerging markets are driving prices even higher. Saudi Arabia apparently does NOT have plans to increase production because they're uncertain about long-term future needs and if the consumption trend will be sustained. Mexico's oil fields are yielding less than expected.

wholderman's picture
Monday, April 21, 2008 - 2:43pm

...and women and children of course...ah yes, our beloved canines. What is it about a dog anyway? They never talk much about themselves, yet love to listen to us, and they act interested with what we have to say, they agree incessantly, are pleased with what we do versus what we should do, and provide unconditional love, security, and warmth (unlike the puppy peeing on your lap!). One minute you want to shoot them for tearing out the new bush you just planted, then the next, you inherit a fulltime job when you sratch their neck.

jtaylor's picture
Monday, April 21, 2008 - 1:05pm

The taco chain store was jammed, the teen staff making supremes and nachos as fast at their sanitary-gloved hands could move. But help was needed. And several staffers offered their bare, gotta-rub-my-nose mitts to mash together sliced lettuce and shredded cheese.

Is the slogan "Run (singular?) for the border?"