October 22 Open Thread

Hey, is that a spine that Harry Reid is growing? Apparently, the buzz on the street is that he’s going to include an (opt-out) public option in the bill he brings to the floor. We’ll see if it happens. Now, to the links:

• Tim Redmond of the Bay Guardian responds to the latest charges against Jerry Brown about his 90s liberalness.

• There are way too many initiatives being filed for the Nov 2010 ballot, some of them will even get on the ballot. This one about banning politicians from telling lies doesn’t seem too likely to succeed.

• There’s quite the back and forth between Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore regarding NRSC support. Chuck DeVore has basically launched an all-out attack against the DC Republicans.  How very tea-party of him.

• Medical Marijuana patient? Flying to/from SFO, no worries, bring your pot. The SFO airport police will allow card-carrying patients to have up to 8 ounces.

• Oh ya, the City of Industry Stadium legislation went through. Great, we can spend money on luring some NFL team. As a European soccer fan, I (Brian) am a big supporter of the idea of relegation and promotion of teams, an idea again proposed in last month’s Wired magazine.

8 thoughts on “October 22 Open Thread”

  1. Does that mean we get to relegate the Raiders to the City of Commerce?

    I’m just waiting to see whether the US is seeded for World Cup.  Ranked 11th is probably not good enough. Depends on what some of the European teams do.

    BTW… I know a few Greens who were protesting this, since they live in communities who will have to provide additional services but will not share in additional revenues.  I think that City of Commerce has about 13 K residents.  They must love it.  

  2. The City of Industry has a population ~800.  That is even better for relegation.  This would give them a chance to go into the Guiness Book of Records as the smallest city to have a major professional sports franchise.  

  3. Kudos to the legislators who voted against the stadium bill (ABX 3 81), which creates a horrible precedent by exempting a massive construction project from environmental review.

    Voting yes were 14 Dems and 7 Republicans — including Alex Padilla, Gloria Romero, Ron Calderon, and Jenny Oropeza, as well as Mark DeSaulnier, Carol Liu, and brand-new senator Curren Price (the lead sponsor).

    Voting no were 9 Dems, and 5 Republicans –including Mark Leno, Fran Pavley, Chris Kehoe, Loni Hancock, and Alan Lowenthal.

    The same type of coalition held sway in the Assembly, where Mike Feuer and Pedro Nava were among the very few who stood up against this.

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