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Volume 12, Bulletin 15 — May 26, 2005 [or see pdf version] [or jump to the previous bulletin]
CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE:
Subcommittee Reports Science, State, Justice And Commerce Bill; SCAAP Gets $355
House Passes Energy and Water Appropriations
At Senate Education Roundtable, CSU’s Reed Urges K-12 Outreach
Senate Committee Completes Energy Bill Markup; Feinstein Wins Partial Ethanol Exemption; Governor Makes Recommendations
House Appropriators Report Agriculture Bill
Senate Passes Feinstein’s SCAAP Reauthorization Bill
Head Start Bill Clears Senate Panel, Formula Change Could Negatively Impact California
House Criminalizes Trafficking of Counterfeit Labels
With No New Law Ready, Congress Punts On Transportation Again
Angel Island Bill Passes House
Science Subcommittee Examines Nanotechnology Initiative
Ways And Means Subcommittee Holds Hearing On Future Of WTO; Rejects Resolution To Withdraw From WTO
Senate Subcommittee Examines Efforts to Restart Human Spaceflight
Los Alamos Competition Heats Up
House Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness Focuses on Math and Science in U.S.
Oversight Hearing Examines CDBG Accountability and Performance
Senate Homeland Security Looks At Terrorism and Counterfeit Goods
Senate Judiciary Examines Intellectual Property Piracy
House Committee on Government Reform Examines Student Loan Programs
PPIC Special Survey Examines State Budget
LAPD Briefs Congressional Staffers on Terrorism in Los Angeles
Golden State Roundtable Features BRAC Panel
House Appropriations Subcommittee Reports Science, State, Justice And Commerce Bill; SCAAP Gets $355 Million
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce and Related Agencies reported its FY06 appropriations bill on May 24. The bill provides $57.45 billion in funding, versus FY05 funding of $56.24 and the Administration’s request of $60.5 billion (which assumed the transfer of economic development programs).
The bill appropriates $21.4 billion for the Department of Justice, of which $2.6 billion is for state and local law enforcement assistance programs. That funding is $400 million below the FY05 appropriations level, but $1 billion over the President’s request. Included in the state and local law enforcement funding is:
– $355 million for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program – an increase of about $54 million over the final FY05 level (after across-the-board cuts). The state of California and its counties receive about 40 percent of SCAAP funding, which amounted to $111.9 million of the $300 million (excluding across-the-board cuts) appropriated in FY04.
– $348 million for the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants program. Byrne discretionary grants received $170 million in funding under the FY05 Omnibus.
– $60 million is provided for meth hot spots – an increase of about $8 million over the FY05 level.
The bill also funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at $16.5 billion, which is $275 million above FY05 and $15 million above the Administration’s request. The bill: funds the President’s vision for space exploration at $3.1 billion; restores the aeronautics research program to the enacted level of $906 million, and provides $40 million over the request to partially restore NASA’s science programs. The appropriations also provide the Administration’s full request for the Space Shuttle program. In coordination with the House Science Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee also included language directing the President to develop a national aeronautics policy.
The National Science Foundation is increased $171 million over last year and $38 million above the budget request. Total funding is $5.64 billion, which includes $4.38 billion for research, $157 million over last year; and $807 million for education and human resources, $70 million above the request.
California Institute will do a more detailed analysis of the bill’s
Keeping to Chairman Jerry Lewis’s (Redlands) promise to pass all of the Appropriations bills before the Fourth of July Recess, the House passed the FY06 Energy and Water Appropriations bill (H.R. 2419/H.Rpt. 109-86) on May 24. The roughly $30 billion bill funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Civil, the Department of Interior including the Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy, and several Independent Agencies. The vote on final passage was 416-13.
– $4 million for the Shasta Reservoir enlargement study;
$2.5 million for
– $3.2 million for the Los Vaqueros Reservoir enlargement study;
– $300,000 for the Sites Reservoir study;
– $10 million for the Environmental Water Account;
– $3 million for conveyance;
– $4 million for planning and management;
– $4 million for water use efficiency; and
– $4 million for ecosystem restoration.
bill also includes $29 million for levee strengthening along the
Fusion energy sciences is funded at $295,155,000, an increase of $5,605,000 over the budget request. However, the bill includes a redirection of the funds for this account. See, Bulletin, Vol. 12, No. 14 (5/20/05). The bill also recommends $541,418,000 for the inertial confinement fusion and high yield program, which maintains the program at the current year level and is an increase of $81,000,000 over the budget request. The Committee’s recommendation provides $141,913,000 for construction of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the same amount as the budget request.
The bill also includes $48 million for the federal payment to the Elk Hills School Lands Fund.
California Institute will prepare a more detailed analysis of the
appropriations impact on
Employing an unusual framework for committee inquiry, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee on Thursday, May 19, 2005, held a “roundtable” discussion (as opposed to a traditional hearing) that was entitled, “Higher Education and Corporate Leaders: Working Together to Strengthen America’s Workforce.”
In addition to Senate Committee members, roundtable participants included Dr. Charles B. Reed, Chancellor of the California State University system; Hon. Louis Caldera, President of the University of New Mexico (and formerly Secretary of the Army and a State Legislator from Los Angeles); Mr. Robert Craves, President of the Washington Education Foundation (and founder of Costco Wholesale Corporation); Mr. Edward J. Hoff, Vice President for Learning at IBM; Dr. Edison Jackson, President of Medgar Evers College-CUNY in New York; Ms. Patricia McGuire, President of Trinity University in Washington DC; Mr. James Mullen, President of Biogen Idec in Massachusetts; Dr. Walter Nolte, President of Casper College in Wyoming; Dr. Laura Palmer-Noone, President of the University of Phoenix; and Mr. Patrick J. Sweeney, III, President & CEO of Odin Technologies in Virginia.
Dr. Reed noted that CSU will graduate 88,000 students this spring, approximately 54 percent of them persons of color and 40 percent from homes where a language other than English was primarily spoken. He urged greater focus at all levels of education on “college awareness” — the understanding that higher education is important and an option in the first place — a particular challenge among minority populations. To address the issue, he urged a broadened partnership among 4-year institutions, community colleges, and K-12 systems. Reed noted that CSU accepts 7 of every 10 students from California Community Colleges and that a partnership would help strengthen important relationships.
Asked about public-private collaboration, Secretary Caldera praised the Committee’s partnership approach, noting the synergies effected by interaction with Intel and other corporate partners. McGuire noted that Trinity would be unable to serve many of its students (95 percent of whom are low-income) without generous federal financial aid assistance. Mr. Mullen urged maintaining focus on NIH and NSF funding, which he said drives graduate-level education opportunities in scientific and technical fields. Mr. Craves noted that the number of children on free- and reduced-priced lunches is rising sharply, driving his former company’s initial interest in the subject.
Chairman Mike Enzi (WY) asked how to encourage more students to go into math,
science, and technology, to which Dr. Reed recommended a stronger focus on core
mathematics instruction at the K-12 level and efforts to improve the
appreciation of prospective and future college applicants and their families of
the importance of math and science coursework. In particular, he noted that
students that have not been encouraged to have taken Algebra 1 and 2 by their
junior year of high school are inadequately prepared for college tracking, and
he criticized the widespread lack of useful, relevant college preparatory work
offered in 12th grade classrooms. Dr. Reed pointed out that
Other speakers made suggestions regarding math/science instruction, including Caldera’s recommendation that Congress develop a graduate program for Hispanic-serving institutions. Underscoring Reed’s comments, Trinity College’s McGuire commented that disadvantaged students often need extra preparation — “a 13th or 14th year” of K-12 schooling — in order to reach levels typical of traditional college “freshmen.” She suggested that year-round education might be a positive step, but that funding would be required to achieve it.
For testimony or more information, visit http://help.senate.gov/bills/edu_86_bill.html .
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee finished its markup of a national energy policy bill this week after adding language that increases the proposed mandates for the use of ethanol or other renewable fuels. As amended by the Committee, the bill would require oil refiners to use up to 8 billion gallons of ethanol, or like biofuels, in gasoline by 2012.
House-passed Energy Act, H.R. 6, mandates the use of 5 billion gallons of
ethanol, and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a 6
billion gallon mandate in its version of the bill. Currently, only about 3.4
billion gallons of ethanol is produced for use in fuel. Sen. Dianne Feinstein
has continuously opposed an ethanol mandate, arguing that it might increase the
cost of gas in
a letter to Committee Chair Pete Domenici and Ranking Member Jeff Bingaman on
May 13, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger provided his recommendations on several
issues under consideration in the bill. He specifically opposed inclusion of a
waiver of liability for manufacturers of MTBE, and called for the ethanol
mandate to be limited to 5 billion gallons, and be limited to non-summer
months. He also strongly opposed any new oil and gas leasing off
The Committee reported the bill by a vote of 21-1 on Thursday, May 26, after members withdrew several controversial amendments, including a Feinstein amendment on the siting of offshore liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals, and an amendment on offshore drilling.
After moving out of Subcommittee last week, on Wednesday, the Fiscal Year 2006 Department of Agriculture spending bill was approved by the House Appropriations Committee. The bill provides $16.83 billion in discretionary funding, which is the same as FY05 funding and $93 million more than the President’s budget request. The total bill appropriates $82.8 billion in discretionary and mandatory spending, which is $14.5 billion more than FY05 spending and the same as the President’s request.
Highlights of the bill include funding: the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service activities at $829 million, $16 million above last year’s funding level and $32 million below the President’s request; the Food and Drug Administration at $1.480 billion, $30 million above last year and $20 million below the President’s request; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at $5.3 billion, $22 million above last year and $47 million above the recently revised budget estimate; and the Agricultural Research Service at $1.124 billion, an increase of $164 million above last year’s level and $63 million above the President’s request.
California Institute will provide an in depth analysis of the appropriation from
The Senate passed S. 188, the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program Reauthorization Act of 2005, by voice vote on Monday, May 23. The bill, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, would reauthorize SCAAP through 2011. The authorization level for FY06 is $750 million, going to $850 million in FY07, and $950 million for FY08 through FY11.
After passage, Senator Feinstein said: “I am delighted that the Senate has passed this legislation to reimburse states for the costs they incur to incarcerate undocumented criminal aliens. Illegal immigration is the responsibility of the Federal government. States and localities have shouldered the burden of paying to incarcerate illegal alien criminals for too long. The passage of this legislation will help ensure that the Federal government fulfills its responsibility to pay for incarcerating these individuals.”
California’s state and local governments receive about 40 percent of total annual SCAAP funding, amounting to about $112 million of the roughly $300 million appropriated in FY04, the last year for which figures are available.
By voice vote, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved legislation that would reauthorize the $6.8 billion Head Start program, with higher authorization levels than the House drafted legislation.
Head Start, a federal program that benefits poor children and their families, has been running on temporary legislation since authorization language expired in 2003. Congress has failed to complete work on a long-term renewal due to partisan differences over what Democrats perceived as an effort by Republicans to block grant Head Start. A disputed White House demonstration program that would have given certain states added administration authority over Head Start centers appears to have been rejected this legislative session in favor of less sweeping collaborative enhancements. Both House and now Senate reauthorization proposals have accordingly been given warmer receptions by members from the minority party.
A House education panel unanimously reported its Head Start reauthorization plan (HR 2123) on May 19th and the Senate is equally keen to uphold the bipartisan tenor after this week’s successful Senate HELP markup.
The six-year Senate bill (S. 1107) improves setasides for migrant and seasonal workers, indigenous Americans and Early Head Start children (ages 3 and younger) to 5 percent, 4 percent and 18 percent respectively. Senate language would authorize $7.2 billion in Head Start funds for FY 2006 and approve an incremental $300 million increase for each of FYs 2007 and 2008. Remaining years would be authorized unspecified sums.
S. 1107 makes some changes to the formula that determines Head Start grant amounts to each state. It updates the base minimum amount awarded each state so that it matches how much the state received in total program grants in 2005 (currently the base year is 1998). Possibly of concern to California is a provision eliminating formula language that awards the balance of Head Start grants to a state based on its share of children below age 5 (Head Start’s target population). Senate language would instead award part of a state’s allotment based entirely on the Secretary’s discretion. Nearly two thirds of funds left over after base allotments are calculated would be awarded discretionarily with priority given to states “serving the smallest percentage of eligible children” while the rest would be distributed on a competitive basis, according to Senate language. It is unclear exactly how this formula modification would affect California’s Head Start allotment; however, California, by far, houses the largest number of children in poverty ages 0-4 (13.67%), and has, under the present formula, received a share of Head Start grants that tracks (almost exactly), the state’s share of the target population.
The Senate bill would also strengthen collaborative efforts between state pre-K programs and Head Start operators, require that at least half of Head Start teachers have a Bachelors degree by 2011, force low performing Head Start centers to compete for Head Start grants every five years, and raise income eligibility limits for Head Start from 100 percent of federal poverty to 130 percent.
During debate, some Democrat Senators expressed concerns over funding adequacy and the accuracy of test standards promoted in the bill.
Monday, the House passed H.R. 32, which would provide more legal resources to
stamp out piracy of
With conferees yet unnamed, and little time remaining to complete work on 2,000 pages of legislation, the House approved a month long extension of transportation programs on May 25th, 2005. The Senate is expected to clear similar language this week in time to beat the termination of current extension legislation on May 31st.
The extension (HR 2566), approved by voice vote, is the seventh of its kind and would authorize transportation spending through the end of June, to give the House and Senate time to reconcile multiyear legislation that is awaiting conference action. The House approved a $284 billion bill (HR 3) on March 10th by a vote of 417 to 9. The Senate-passed version, which was reported by a vote of 89 to 11 on May 17th, exceeds House authorization levels by $11 billion. The White House has threatened to veto both pending bills; the Senate bill for its cost and the House bill for language that would freeze transportation spending unless equitable minimum returns to donor states are achieved before a certain date.
Some House members had pushed for language in the extension that would have withheld further transportation spending in states until the completion of a comprehensive bill, to help advance conference action; however, objections in the Senate forced drafters to scrap the idea in favor of a clean extension.
The last multiyear transportation measure expired in 2003. Since then, the House and Senate have struggled to find an acceptable authorization level for highway and transit infrastructure and safety programs while balancing the White House’s insistence on budgetary discipline.
Demands made by highway donor states (states that send higher amounts of highway user taxes to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) than they receive in federal highway receipts) to increase the minimum rate of return for their investments from 90.5 percent to 95 percent have also complicated progress on transportation negotiations. The Senate bill would increase the minimum rate of return to 92 percent by 2009, while the House retains the 90.5 percent threshold. House language however contains an “equity hammer” provision that would force members to revisit the equity issue within a year if an approved bill does not boost minimum guarantees to 95 percent. After returning from the Memorial Day recess, lawmakers will have 19 legislative days to reach a deal on these and other issues in conference committee before HR 2566 expires.
other news, an analysis of House and Senate passed legislation by Federal Funds
Information for States (FFIS) shows that although House and Senate bills would
provide California with a relatively unchanged share of highway receipts over
the next five years, the state would see only modest growth in transit returns
and even receive a lower share of transit grants than is currently awarded the
state, under the Senate bill. On one hand, the authors estimate that
Monday, April 23, 2005, the House of Representatives passed the Angel Island
Immigration Station Restoration and Preservation Act, H.R. 606, by voice vote.
The bill, sponsored by Representative Lynn Woolsey (
1910 and 1940, more than 1 million immigrants passed through
For more information, visit the Angel Island Immigration Station website at http://www.angelisland.org/immigr02.html or their Foundation at http://www.aiisf.org/ .
The House Science Subcommittee on Research held a hearing on Wednesday, May 18 to review the activities of the interagency National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). NNI was created by the Science Committee as part of the 21st Century National Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, which became law in 2003. Nanotechnology is science at the nanometer scale – which starts at a size 1/75,000th of the width of a human hair.
The Committee heard from the following witnesses: Mr. Scott Donnelly, Senior Vice President for Global Research, General Electric Company; Dr. John Kennedy, Director of the Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (CAEFF), Clemson University (CAEFF is a National Science Foundation-supported Engineering Research Center.); Dr. John Cassady, Vice President for Research, Oregon State University (OSU), a leading participant in the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute; Mr. Michael Fancher, Director of Economic Outreach, Albany NanoTech and Associate Professor of Nanoeconomics, State University of New York at Albany, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Mr. Donnelly explained to the Subcommittee that GE believes that the novel material properties found at the nano scale can be leveraged to create completely new material performance levels for a wide spectrum of products and applications in the macro world. He outlined several areas where GE believes nanotechnology will have a significant impact in the future, including: energy, transportation, homeland security, healthcare, and defense applications.
Cassady addressed nanotechnology from the academic
side, as an organic chemist and research administrator. He described the Oregon
Nanoscience and Microtechnologies
Institute (ONAMI) as the first “signature research center” funded
by the State of
During questions and answers from the Subcommittee members, all of the witnesses agreed that the federal government’s role in nanotechnology should include continued and expanded federal funding for basic research. In addition, the witnesses noted the federal government’s crucial role in providing incentives for students to enter math and science study programs, at the high school and college levels, and in assisting students to pursue these career paths.
Testimony of all the witnesses can be accessed through the Committee’s website at: http://www.house.gov/science .
Tuesday, May 17, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing on the
future of the World Trade Organization. The focus of the hearing was to
examine: (1) overall results of
Peter Allgeier, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative,
testified for the Administration. He testified that “The creation of the
WTO represented the culmination of a decades-long bipartisan
The testimony of the private sector witnesses can be obtained through the Committee’s website at: http://waysandmeans.house.gov .
to the hearing, on Tuesday, May 24, the Ways and Means Committee reported to
the House unfavorably a resolution (H.J. Res. 27) calling for the United States
to withdraw from the World Trade Organization. Under the law implementing
the committee rejected the resolution of disapproval on a voice vote, several
members from both sides of the aisle used the opportunity to criticize the WTO,
including Chairman Bill Thomas (
The House is expected to consider H.J. Res. 27 after the Memorial Day recess, and to reject it, eliminating the need for a Senate vote.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Subcommittee on Science and Space conducted a hearing to examine efforts to
send manned flights back into space. The extremely brief 35 minute hearing
entitled “Human Spaceflight: The Space Shuttle and Beyond,”
included testimony from Dr. Michael Griffin, Administrator of NASA, as well as
others. Among other issues, committee members focused on the potential gap in
manned-space flight capabilities that might occur when the space shuttle is
retired in 2010 if the new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) is not yet completed.
Committee members also worried about the potential loss of highly skilled
engineers if the return to space is delayed, as well as potential losses in
military and political power if the
For the full written testimony of all of the witnesses, visit the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s website at http://commerce.senate.gov/ .
for the contract to run the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National
Laboratory has intensified recently, with Lockheed Martin and the
Thursday, May 19, 2005 the House Subcommittee on 21st Century
Competitiveness, chaired by Howard “Buck” McKeon (Santa Clarita)
held a hearing to discuss “Challenges to American Competitiveness in Math
and Science.” The hearing featured testimony from Norm Augustine, the
retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp, Dr. Thomas Magnanti, the Dean of MIT’s
For the full written testimony of the witnesses, visit the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s website at http://edworkforce.house.gov/ .
On May 24, 2005, an oversight hearing focused on the administration and performance of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program found a consensus among the witnesses that the program needs reforms. However, panelists and members of the committee disagreed as to the nature and extent of modifications necessary to improve CDBG’s performance and to make the program more accountable to taxpayers.
provides federal grants to low and moderate income households to meet housing
and neighborhood and economic development needs of local communities.
The Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census hearing, chaired by Michael Turner (OH), examined how CDBG funds are used, whether funds are targeted in the way intended by authorizers, and how effectiveness of the funding can be better measured.
Roy Bernardi, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) testified that program rules require 70 percent of funds to be used to benefit low and moderate income persons and that no more than 15 percent of CDBG grants may be used to cover administrative expenses. When challenged to discuss why CDBG had few restrictions on the eligible use of funds, Bernardi testified that fewer CDBG spending requirements afford local authorities added flexibility, and that through the drafting and approval of long and short term plans, grantees are still required to serve low and moderate income individuals through reports, reviews, and audits. Bernardi also stated that he strongly believed HUD’s administration of CDBG is effective but that some indicators of success such as quality of life enhancements, crime reduction, and community advancements are not easy to track. An effort to update databases and form a proposed outcome performance and evaluation system is under way at the agency, according to Deputy Secretary Bernardi.
Panelist Sheila Crowley, President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, framed CDBG as an indispensable program that has been a “force for enormous good”. She stated that the program could best be served by adding income targeting provisions in program language and by including a housing cost burden factor in the CDBG formula. Ms. Crowley argued that current housing factors in formula language such as overcrowding and age of stock are less relevant today and can contribute to misdirecting CDBG funds to areas with high numbers of college students from affluent families.
For more information on this hearing, visit the Committee on Government Reform’s Website at: http://reform.house.gov .
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on Tuesday, May 25 entitled Counterfeit Goods: Easy Cash for Criminals and Terrorists. The hearing focused on recent indications that profits from pirated goods were being used to finance terrorist operations.
The Committee heard from several witnesses, including: Lieutenant John Stedman, Sheriff’s Department, County of Los Angeles; Kris Buckner, President , Investigative Consultants; and Matthew Levitt, Ph.D. , Senior Fellow in Terrorism Studies, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
his testimony, Lt. Stedman, whose work on intellectual property right (IPR)
crimes dates to the 1980s, detailed his experiences with raiding counterfeit
For the testimony of all the witnesses, go to the Committee’s website at: http://www.hsgac.senate.gov .
Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Wednesday, May 25 focused on
intellectual property rights (IPR) piracy, especially in
of the witnesses decried the explosion of IPR piracy in
For the testimony, go to the Committee’s website at: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov .
Thursday, May 26, 2005, the House Committee on Government Reform held an
oversight hearing examining the management and administration of the two major
federal student loan programs: Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFLEP)
and the Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP). FFELPs
are administered and distributed by private lenders, while the DLPs are entirely administered and distributed by the
federal government. Combined, the two programs distributed $69 billion in
education loans to approximately 10 million post-secondary students in 2004.
The hearing featured testimony from Theresa S. Shaw, the Chief Operating
Officer for the Federal Student Aid Office in the US Department of Education,
Nancy Coolidge, the Coordinator of Federal Student Financial Support for the
Office of the President at the
Both the testimony from witnesses and questions from Committee members focused on the benefits and challenges caused by having two parallel loan programs. Many post-secondary financial aid officers extolled the benefits to students and schools that emanate from market competition for FFELP loans, including loan counseling, training for administrators at schools, and often increased funding for financial aid. Supporters of the FDLPs focused on the program’s low cost to American taxpayers. The Committee is awaiting the September release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report analyzing and comparing the costs and administration for the FFELP and FDLP.
For the full written testimony from witnesses, visit the Committee on Government Reform’s website at http://reform.house.gov .
A new special survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) examines the state’s budget and budget deficit. The study, directed and authored by Mark Baldassare, PPIC’s Director of Research, found that more than 70 percent of Californians view “the state’s multibillion dollar fiscal gap between revenues and spending as a big problem,” while only seven percent of Californians “think the governor and legislature have made a lot of progress in solving the state’s budget problems.” Furthermore, the study showed that more residents believe “the state is headed in the wrong direction than the right direction (57% to 35%) and say they expect bad economic times rather than good times in the next 12 months (49% to 39%).” The survey is the fifth in a series of special PPIC Statewide Surveys on the California State Budget and Fiscal System, begun in June 2003 and conducted in collaboration with The James Irvine Foundation.
For the full survey’s results and analysis, visit PPIC’s website at http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=601 .
Thursday, May 26, 2005, John Miller, the Bureau Chief to the Chief of Police
and Commanding Officer of the newly formed Counter-Terrorism Bureau (CTB) for
the Los Angeles Police Department, presented a briefing to Congressional
staffers outlining terrorist threats to the Los Angeles area and underscoring
the need for sufficient anti-terrorist funding for the region. Mr. Miller, who
presented on behalf of the City of
On Tuesday, May 24, after a last minute cancellation by expected speaker Chris Matthews, the California State Society conducted a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) discussion panel for its bimonthly Golden State Roundtable luncheon. The discussion was moderated by Bill Lowery, a former member of the California Congressional delegation and a current partner at Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton & White, and included the following panelists: Representative Ken Calvert (Corona), who serves on the Armed Services, Resources, and Science Committees; Julie Meier Wright, the President of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation (SDEDC), which was the organization responsible for San Diego’s BRAC preparation; David Berteau from Clark & Weinstock, who worked with Governor Schwarzenegger’s office to prepare for BRAC; and Bill Cassidy, a BRAC consultant for San Diego and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under the Clinton Administration.
discussed topics ranged from analysis of
the current BRAC round,
For more information on defense and BRAC issues, visit the California Institute’s BRAC page at http://www.calinst.org/defense.htm .
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