Maybe we should make April Fool's Day into a week, or maybe even a month. I know that I enjoyed the hilarious attempts by staid news organizations to try to be the Onion for a day. Everybody gets into the act, but my fave was the Economist Magazine's Amusement Park idea. Boy, I wish we could just have that everyday! Anyway, to the links:
- Steve Poizner is already attacking Jerry Brown, pointing out that he, gasp, has been in public office for a long time.
- Asm. Anthony Portantino's AB 53 salary freeze measure moved out of the assembly's public employees committee.
BackwardForward endorsed all 6 ballot measures for the May 19 ballot, and I can't think of a better reason to vote against them all than that.
- I know that most of us here style ourselves as much better budgeters than the legislature. Now we can prove it. Over at Next10 you can take the “California Budget Challenge” and try to balance California's books yourself. The fun of an online game like Doom with the subject matter fit for long subcommittee hearings on 5-year projections of discretionary spending. What's not to like?
- Ooh, decentralized leadership in the GOP? Well, isn't that something.
- California Blue Dog, who's a complete moron, thinks it very untoward to have Executive Secretary Treasurer of the LA County Labor Fed, Maria Elena Durazo, deliver the Democratic weekly radio address. Neglecting, of course, that Durazo's late husband, Miguel Contreras, worked with Chavez, and was a Founding Member of the Chavez Foundation. So CalBlueDog's beef, as I understand it, is “person with knowledge of Cesar Chavez shouldn't deliver address about Cesar Chavez.” Anyone know which Sacramento consultant this tool is?
- Asm. Fiona Ma's bill, AB 223, to force San Francisco to reinstate JROTC made it out of committee with thanks to Republican votes. I don't care how you feel about JROTC, but the state forcing one school district to offer one specific elective is not a good idea. In fact, San Francisco's other Assembly member, Tom Ammiano said the bill was an attempt to “bully a local school board.” Hopefully, this bill will see be buried in the Assembly and never make it across the hall.
- And finally, apparently even the uber-rich ride Southwest Airlines. Capitol Alert informs us that Poizner and Whitman were on the same Southwest flight this week. I bet they paid for BusinessSelect.