Yesterday, the Democratic Caucus of the California State Assembly made history by selecting its first openly LGBT Speaker of the Assembly, Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles). The selection makes Pérez the first openly gay state Speaker of the House in the country.
States and localities spent a quarter of the money they are set to receive from the federal stimulus package – an amount that tops $69.1 billion – by late November, according to a report released by federal auditors.
San Diego is facing a deficit of $179 million next fiscal year and Mayor Jerry Sanders has proposed some controversial cuts. Step into the minds of SDNN experts and policy wonks Erik Bruvold and Murtaza Baxamusa to find out what the possible cuts mean.
The federal government has showered billions of stimulus dollars around the country this year to jump-start the economy and save jobs. But a Mercury News analysis of reported stimulus spending so far shows it has flowed unevenly, with wide gulfs between California's largest counties.