A bit more news from around the state:
• More news from eMeg: She wants to axe the initiative system. But Poizner disagrees, because, you know, “The people in California make better decisions than the Legislature.” Right, because Athenian direct democracy has been a real boon here.
• An accounting error may allow Arnold to cut even more from education without threatening stimulus funds. Yay!
• Whoops, you win some, you lose some. Next time, perhaps CalPERS will think twice before investing with Lennar.
• What’s LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s deal with local news personalities? He’s now dating KTLA’s Lu Parker, after his marriage broke up with the news of his affair with a Telemundo anchor.
• Arnold will bring his stellar governing skills to help US Soccer get the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. You can probably forget it for the rest of the century, given that.
• All that Twitter usage from Mayor Newsom has manifested itself into a citywide 311 system on CoTweet. Sounds like a great idea, actually.
• Speaking of gubernatorial hopefuls, San Diego unions sure are pissed at Jerry Brown for speaking at a fundraising lunch for the far-right Lincoln Club. Jeez…
• Vallejo’s bankruptcy is becoming a bigger mess than previously expected. Apparently, the fight has now become a question of the limits of bankruptcy law, specifically with the question of whether labor agreements can be broken.
• The California Supreme Court, moving away from social issues and on to corporate ass-covering, overturned a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit against Bank of America, now allowing banks to use Social Security and government assistance checks to claw back overdraft fees from the indigent. I won’t speak to the legal issues, but how about a lawsuit against the usurious bank fees in general? Exactly how are these poor customers racking up these fees? There are a lot of issues that the Supremes preferred to ignore.