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Calif. members clash over debt reduction panel's failure

by Paul C. Barton
Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - California Republicans and the state's Democratic senators disagreed sharply Monday about who is to blame for the failure of the deficit-reduction supercommittee to come up with $1.2 trillion in savings over 10 years.

Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein pinned the collapse of negotiations on the insistence of Republicans to keep the 2001-2003 tax cuts passed under former President George W. Bush while cutting programs vital to middle-and lower-income Americans.

"These talks failed for one reason: Republicans refused to ask millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share," Boxer, D-Rancho Mirage, said in a statement. "Now we must follow the example of the Clinton years, when we balanced budgets and created 23 million new jobs by cutting smartly, investing wisely and ensuring that the wealthiest did their part."

Women’s Vote in California - 100-Year Anniversary Living History Day!

Women’s Vote in California - 100-Year Anniversary Living History Day!

In conjunction with a compelling new exhibit titled We Won the Vote! 100 Years of Equal Suffrage in California on display inside the State Capitol Museum (Room 105), docents in period attire will present engaging Living History performances on Saturday, October 15, throughout the State Capitol specially designed to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of when women gained full voting rights in California.   Interested guests should meet in the First Floor Rotunda to view the series of performances (guided by docents) that leave every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.   Visitors of all ages will encounter politicians and key women suffragists from an earlier time as docents re-enact several episodes that led to the historic achievement for California women.  For more information, call 916-324-0333 or visit www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov.

AB 1319 and the Continued Assault on BPA in Sacramento

AB 1319 and the Continued Assault on BPA  in Sacramento

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Congresswoman Matsui Announces $19.4 Million in Federal Grants for Sacramento Law Enforcement

Congresswoman Matsui Announces $19.4 Million in Federal Grants for Sacramento Law Enforcement

Congresswoman Matsui Announces $19.4 Million in Federal Grants for Sacramento Law Enforcement

Federal Grant Will Provide Funding for 50 Positions

SACRAMENTO, CA – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) announced Thursday that over $19.4 million in federal funding for local law enforcement, enabling the hiring, re-hiring or retaining of 50 first responders to protect and serve the Sacramento community.  The grants provide 100 percent funding for the entry-level salaries and benefits of newly-hired, or rehired, full-time officer positions over a 3-year period.  The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department was awarded $11,306,450 for 25 deputies; the Sacramento Police Department will receive $8,102,450 for 25 officers.

The federal grants are made available through the U.S.

NEWS10 EXCLUSIVE: Mayor Johnson talks jobs

SACRAMENTO, CA - There's going to be a lot of discussion Thursday and the days ahead following the president's speech about his new plan to create jobs.

RELATED: Mayor Johnson, Sacramento's unemployed await President's jobs speech

We wanted to know what's being done in Sacramento and how city leaders plan to stop the trend of small businesses leaving California for less expensive states.

Sacramento officials defend new city manager's pay

SACRAMENTO, CA - During a period of steep city budget cuts and layoffs, Sacramento's new city manager will make 20 percent more than his predecessors.

The city council is expected Tuesday to approve the employment contract for John Shirey, details of which were released Monday.

Shirey's salary will be $258,000, which is $43,000 more than the salary paid to Gus Vina and Ray Kerridge, the last two city managers.

Interim City Manager Bill Edgar, who was the lead negotiator, said it was important to consider the overall compensation package.

At a brief city hall news conference, Edgar provided a chart showing Shirey's total compensation, including health benefits and retirement contributions, is $305,940.

Edgar said the total package is just $13,000 higher than that of the previous two city managers because the city will not cover Shirey's PERS contributions and will not match 401(a) contributions.

Bill limiting gifts for state lawmakers dies

SACRAMENTO - A bill that would have limited the amount of gifts that state lawmakers receive died a quiet death in the State Assembly. The bill would have prohibited lobbyists and their employers from giving elected officials or their family members certain gifts, such as tickets to sporting events and concerts, gift cards, spa treatments and fishing trips.

The bill passed out of the senate without opposition, but was stashed in an assembly committee where lawmakers let the bill expire.

This is the third time Senator Sam Blakeslee has introduced legislation like this. Each time lawmakers have found a way to sweep the bill under the rug.