Links for your weekend:
• Susan Kennedy might leave the Schwarzenegger administration to shepherd the water bond through the 2010 election process. Meanwhile, Arnold is doing everything he can to explain away the $11.1 Billion pricetag of the bonds.
• While the initiative system is clearly causing some problems, the Center for Gov. Studies has an interesting point that most of the expensive ones come from the Legislature. Also of note, the most expensive measure to pass since the late 1980s? Yup, Arnold’s Prop 49 for after school programs. Not that it’s not a worthy program, but on occasion, you have to quote the famous philospher Pogo: We have met the enemy…and he is us.
• The Whitman and Poizner campaigns are spitting back and forth about who responded or didn’t respond to calls for debates. It’s a fascinating issue for the electorate, I’m sure.
• Joel Anderson gave back $100,000 at the heart of an FPPC investigation into whether Anderson laundered money improperly though the Placer County Republican Party Central Committee.
• Milken Institute released their rankings for business climates (PDF). No California cities finished in the top ten, and Bakersfield was our top performer at # 36.
• The Capitol Notes podcast is back with KQED’s John Myers and Capitol Weekly’s Anthony York.