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The City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to hear a proposal to possibly oust two civil service commissioners for “highly inappropriate” comments made when they twice blocked the temporary promotion of a police lieutenant.
Mayor Gary Bric on Dec. 15 elected to delay discussion on Councilman Dave Golonski’s proposal until the full council could deliberate. Vice Mayor Anja Reinke was absent.
The Civil Service Board twice denied extending the temporary advancement of Lt. Armen Dermenjian to the post of acting captain, arguing that a city employee named in an FBI probe into excessive-force allegations should not be trusted with additional responsibility.
The California League of Conservation Voters gave all area Republicans low ratings on its annual environmental score card released in December.
The score card accounted for lawmakers’ votes for or against 22 bills singled out by the organization as “high priority.”
Among those bills monitored by the group was a package of proposals to create a state mandate that 33% of energy comes from renewable energy sources by 2020, a plan that was eventually vetoed. Read the rest of this entry »
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated today that the nation’s population would grow by about 0.9% in 2010, to about 308 million.
The estimate comes as officials prepare to launch the decennial Census in 2010.
Census workers will begin making population counts in March for the constitutionally mandated measure that is used to determine congressional districts and to allocate more than $400 billion in funds for local governments, according to the bureau.
The pre-Census estimate accounted for a population growth of more than 2.6 million people.
While a child will be born every eight seconds during 2010, a death will occur every 12 seconds, according to the bureau.
Immigration will account for an additional person joining the U.S. population every 37 seconds, according to the estimate.
Politicians continue to find loopholes in campaign-finance laws to raise millions of dollars in unregulated contributions, according to a report issued Tuesday.
The Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles found that legal defense funds and leadership committees, charitable donations, contributions from political parties and reimbursed travel expenses are among the “loopholes, tricks and end runs” used to sidestep regulations.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger raised more than $6.5 million in the first six months of 2009, including 23 contributions of $100,000 or more, despite donations to governors and gubernatorial candidates being limited to $25,900 per election cycle, according to the report.
Adam Mendelsohn, a political spokesman for the governor, told the AP that Schwarzenegger has a history of taking positions that are contrary to many of his supporters if they are in the best interest of the state.
Money flowed through Schwarzenegger’s California Dream Team, a general-purpose political fund that has been used to pay for ballot-measure campaigns. Mendelsohn added that the governor has repeatedly called for campaign-finance reform since taking office in 2003.
The report recommended a comprehensive model law to plug the loopholes and control the flow of money into politics.
The center spent one year reviewing political fundraising and spending nationwide. It found that loopholes were used even in states that had taken steps to control donations.
Glendale Unified School District Board of Education is meeting in a special session tomorrow morning to discuss and possibly decide on its application for Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion competative grant that we’ve written about recently.
The Burbank Unified Board of Education approved 5-0 to apply for Race, but could opt out at a later date. Check out the story in Thursday’s News-Press.
Burbank officials are accepting applications through Jan. 22 for a vacancy on the Art in Public Places Board.
Those interested in applying can find the form here or pick up an application in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 275 E. Olive Ave.
For more information on this specific vacancy, click here.
The appointment will be made Feb. 2 by the City Council. All city commissioners serve without compensation and must be Burbank residents. The rules stipulate that no person is allowed to serve on more than one board, commission, committee or task force at the same time.
The results of a statewide poll show Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating at a new low, as finances and the economy continue to weigh on the minds of Californians.
The Public Policy Institute of California poll found that 27% of Californians approve of the job the governor is doing, the lowest marks for Schwarzenegger in the organization’s surveys. The Legislature fared even worse, gaining the approval of just 17% of respondents.
The economy and jobs topped the list of concerns for more than 60% of Californians polled, with state budget problems running a distant second.
In a related question, 88% responded that the state’s budget crunch was a big problem. California in November collected $439 million less revenue than what was estimated in July, according to a report issued Tuesday by Schwarzenegger’s Department of Finance.
In January, the governor is expected to release his budget for the coming fiscal year. The dip in revenue leaves the state $1 billion behind projections midway through the fiscal year.
The $14.4-billion deficit expected in July is in addition to a $6.3-billion gap widening in the year as budget projections continue to fall short of projections.
The institute surveyed 2,004 adults by telephone; the margin of error is 2 percentage points.