Budget cut for state (and CSU)

January 10, 2008

Huge state budget cuts coming
According to the Sacramento Bee, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today will propose a spending plan that cuts virtually every function of state government to close a $14.5 billion budget gap. Reportedly the govenor’s plan asks lawmakers to close state parks and beaches, release prisoners, dramatically pare school funding, reduce Medi-Cal health services to the poor and reduce aid to the low-income blind, elderly and disabled.

The University of California and California State University systems would reportedly be cut under the governor’s plan, but by less than 10 percent because the administration attempts to make good on a long-term “compact” with higher education that promises funding growth each year.


Good Night, and Good Luck

January 4, 2008

Edward R. Murrow
My wife Sue and I just watched the prescient 2005 movie Good Night, and Good Luck. This movie is about Edward R. Murrow’s battle with Joe McCarthy, but despite the fact that it is set in the 1950’s it seems quite timely given our so-called battle against terrorism and some of the actions of recent years, especially the Patriot Act. The movie opens and closes with Murrow’s speech in 1958 to the Radio and Television News Director’s Association convention in Chicago. The speech makes timely reading today.

This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.

I recommend this movie to all students of Journalism, Political Science and to all students of our times. To all America, good night and good luck.

Southbay Labor News

January 4, 2008

From South Bay Labor Council

Community Budget Working Group Re-Convenes January 12th
The second Community Budget Working Group Meeting has been set for 9:30am, January 12th, at the Northside Community Center, 488 N. 6th Street. At the meeting, the group will discuss feedback from the analysts who looked at the generated ideas.

Your participation will ensure that recommendations made to the City reflect the concerns of all San Jose residents. We hope to see you there.

City Budget Training January 7th
Next Monday, January 7, Working Partnerships Policy Director and former City Budget Director Bob Brownstein will provide a training covering the nuts-and-bolts of the City’s budget. The training will be at Working Partnerships’ offices at 2102 Almaden Road at 7pm.

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