It’s nice to have a little honesty and straight-talk. Looking forward to hearing the whining from the top earners… that’s just classic.
Just heard this morning that some talk show guest’s response to the question “what do you think of gay marriage” was “why the F… are you wasting my time with that F…ing stupid question? Why do I care who marries who, and why is it a government question? What kind of F…ing idiots even care about that question?” Now, if a presidential candidate said THAT, he’d have my vote – and a WHOLE lot of others – in a heartbeat! I hope Obama discovers the actual payback of growing a backbone and standing up for gay marriage. Now it would be nice if he grew the same backbone regarding oil subsidies, money in politics, the transgressions of big ag, big car, big bank, etc etc etc. Not holding breath.
California Has Financial Problems–and NO wonder? Anybody up for counting these?
These are all California State Agencies: Do we need everyone of these? I don’t think so!
California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority * California Animal Health and Food Safety Services * California Anti-Terrorism Information Center * California Apprenticeship Council * California Arbitration Certification Program * California Architects Board * California Area VI Developmental Disabilities Board * California Arts Council * California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus * California Assembly Democratic Caucus * California Assembly Republican Caucus * California Athletic Commission * California Attorney General * California Bay Conservation and Development Commission * California Bay-Delta Authority * California Bay-Delta Office * California Bio Diversity Council * California Board for Geologists and Geophysicists * California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors * California Board of Accountancy * California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology * California Board of Behavioral Sciences * California Board of Chiropractic Examiners * California Board of Equalization (BOE) * California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection * California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind * California Board of Occupational Therapy * California Board of Optometry * California Board of Pharmacy * California Board of Podiatric Medicine * California Board of Prison Terms * California Board of Psychology * California Board of Registered Nursing * California Board of Trustees * California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians * California Braille and Talking Book Library * California Building Standards Commission * California Bureau for Private Post Secondary and Vocational Education * California Bureau of Automotive Repair * California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair * California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation * California Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine * California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services * California Bureau of State Audits * California Business Agency * California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) * California Business Permit Information (CalGOLD) * California Business Portal * California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency * California Cal Grants * California CalJOBS * California Cal-Learn Program * California CalVet Home Loan Program * California Career Resource Network * California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau * California Center for Analytical Chemistry * California Center for Distributed Learning * California Center for Teaching Careers (Teach California) * California Chancellors Office * California Charter Schools * California Children and Families Commission * California Children and Family Services Division * California Citizens Compensation Commission * California Civil Rights Bureau * California Coastal Commission * California Coastal Conservancy * California Code of Regulations * California Collaborative Projects with UC Davis * California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth * California Commission on Aging * California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation * California Commission on Judicial Performance * California Commission on State Mandates * California Commission on Status of Women * California Commission on Teacher Credentialing * California Commission on the Status of Women * California Committee on Dental Auxiliaries * California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, Junior Colleges * California Community Colleges Chancellors Office * California Complaint Mediation Program * California Conservation Corps * California Constitution Revision Commission * California Consumer Hotline * California Consumer Information Center * California Consumer Information * California Consumer Services Division * California Consumers and Families Agency * California Contractors State License Board * California Corrections Standards Authority * California Council for the Humanities * California Council on Criminal Justice * California Council on Developmental Disabilities * California Court Reporters Board * California Courts of Appeal * California Crime and Violence Prevention Center * California Criminal Justice Statistics Center * California Criminalist Institute Forensic Library * California CSGnet Network Management * California Cultural and Historical Endowment * California Cultural Resources Division * California Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Branch * California Data Exchange Center * California Data Management Division * California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission * California Delta Protection Commission * California Democratic Caucus * California Demographic Research Unit * California Dental Auxiliaries * California Department of Aging * California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control * California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) * California Department of Child Support Services (CDCSS) * California Department of Community Services and Development * California Department of Conservation * California Department of Consumer Affairs * California Department of Corporations * California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation * California Department of Developmental Services * California Department of Education * California Department of Fair Employment and Housing * California Department of Finance * California Department of Financial Institutions * California Department of Fish and Game * California Department of Food and Agriculture * California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) * California Department of General Services * California Department of General Services, Office of State Publishing * California Department of Health Care Services * California Department of Housing and Community Development * California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) * California Department of Insurance * California Department of Justice Firearms Division * California Department of Justice Opinion Unit * California Department of Justice, Consumer Information, Public Inquiry Unit * California Department of Justice * California Department of Managed Health Care * California Department of Mental Health * California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) * California Department of Personnel Administration * California Department of Pesticide Regulation * California Department of Public Health * California Department of Real Estate * California Department of Rehabilitation * California Department of Social Services Adoptions Branch * California Department of Social Services * California Department of Technology Services Training Center (DTSTC) * California Department of Technology Services (DTS) * California Department of Toxic Substances Control * California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) * California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVets) * California Department of Water Resources * California Departmento de Vehiculos Motorizados * California Digital Library * California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Program * California Division of Apprenticeship Standards * California Division of Codes and Standards * California Division of Communicable Disease Control * California Division of Engineering * California Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control * California Division of Gambling Control * California Division of Housing Policy Development * California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement * California Division of Labor Statistics and Research * California Division of Land and Right of Way * California Division of Land Resource Protection * California Division of Law Enforcement General Library * California Division of Measurement Standards * California Division of Mines and Geology * California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) * California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources * California Division of Planning and Local Assistance * California Division of Recycling * California Division of Safety of Dams * California Division of the State Architect * California Division of Tourism * California Division of Workers Compensation Medical Unit * California Division of Workers Compensation * California Economic Assistance, Business and Community Resources * California Economic Strategy Panel * California Education and Training Agency * California Education Audit Appeals Panel * California Educational Facilities Authority * California Elections Division * California Electricity Oversight Board * California Emergency Management Agency * California Emergency Medical Services Authority * California Employment Development Department (EDD) * California Employment Information State Jobs * California Employment Training Panel * California Energy Commission * California Environment and Natural Resources Agency * California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) * California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) * California Executive Office * California Export Laboratory Services * California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo) * California Fair Political Practices Commission * California Fairs and Expositions Division * California Film Commission * California Fire and Resource Assessment Program * California Firearms Division * California Fiscal Services * California Fish and Game Commission * California Fisheries Program Branch * California Floodplain Management * California Foster Youth Help * California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) * California Fraud Division * California Gambling Control Commission * California Geographic Information Systems Council (GIS) * California Geological Survey * California Government Claims and Victim Compensation Board * California Governors Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons * California Governors Mentoring Partnership * California Governors Office of Emergency Services * California Governors Office of Homeland Security * California Governors Office of Planning and Research * California Governors Office * California Grant and Enterprise Zone Programs HCD Loan * California Health and Human Services Agency * California Health and Safety Agency * California Healthy Families Program * California Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau * California High-Speed Rail Authority * California Highway Patrol (CHP) * California History and Culture Agency * California Horse Racing Board * California Housing Finance Agency * California Indoor Air Quality Program * California Industrial Development Financing Advisory Commission * California Industrial Welfare Commission * California InFoPeople * California Information Center for the Environment * California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) * California Inspection Services * California Institute for County Government * California Institute for Education Reform * California Integrated Waste Management Board * California Interagency Ecological Program * California Job Service * California Junta Estatal de Personal * California Labor and Employment Agency * California Labor and Workforce Development Agency * California Labor Market Information Division * California Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN) * California Lands Commission * California Landscape Architects Technical Committee * California Latino Legislative Caucus * California Law Enforcement Branch * California Law Enforcement General Library * California Law Revision Commission * California Legislative Analyst’s Office * California Legislative Black Caucus * California Legislative Counsel * California Legislative Division * California Legislative Information * California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus * California Legislature Internet Caucus * California Library De velopment Services * California License and Revenue Branch * California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program * California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board * California Maritime Academy * California Marketing Services * California Measurement Standards * California Medical Assistance Commission * California Medical Care Services * California Military Department * California Mining and Geology Board * California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts * California Museum Resource Center * California National Guard * California Native American Heritage Commission * California Natural Community Conservation Planning Program * California New Motor Vehicle Board * California Nursing Home Administrator Program * California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board * California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board * California Ocean Resources Management Program * California Office of Administrative Hearings * California Office of Administrative Law * California Office of AIDS * California Office of Binational Border Health * California Office of Child Abuse Prevention * California Office of Deaf Access * California Office of Emergency Services (OES) * California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment * California Office of Fiscal Services * California Office of Fleet Administration * California Office of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Implementation (CalOHI) * California Office of Historic Preservation * California Office of Homeland Security * California Office of Human Resources * California Office of Legal Services * California Office of Legislation * California Office of Lieutenant Governor * California Office of Military and Aerospace Support * California Office of Mine Reclamation * California Office of Natural Resource Education * California Office of Privacy Protection * California Office of Public School Construction * California Office of Real Estate Appraisers * California Office of Risk and Insurance Management * California Office of Services to the Blind * California Office of Spill Prevention and Response * California Office of State Publishing (OSP) * California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development * California Office of Systems Integration * California Office of the Inspector General * California Office of the Ombudsman * California Office of the Patient Advocate * California Office of the President * California Office of the Secretary for Education * California Office of the State Fire Marshal * California Office of the State Public Defender * California Office of Traffic Safety * California Office of Vital Records * California Online Directory * California Operations Control Office * California Opinion Unit * California Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) * California Park and Recreation Commission * California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) * California Performance Review (CPR) * California Permit Information for Business (CalGOLD) * California Physical Therapy Board * California Physician Assistant Committee * California Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services * California Policy and Evaluation Division * California Political Reform Division * California Pollution Control Financing Authority * California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo * California Postsecondary Education Commission * California Prevention Services * California Primary Care and Family Health * California Prison Industry Authority * California Procurement Division * California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) * California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) * California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) * California Real Estate Services Division * California Refugee Programs Branch * California Regional Water Quality Control Boards * California Registered Veterinary Technician Committee * California Registrar of Charitable Trusts * California Republican Caucus * California Research and Development Division * California Research Bureau * California Resources Agency * California Respiratory Care Board * California Rivers Assessment * California Rural Health Policy Council * California Safe Schools * California San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission * California San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy * California San Joaquin River Conservancy * California School to Career * California Science Center * California Scripps Institution of Oceanography * California Secretary of State Business Portal * California Secretary of State * California Seismic Safety Commission * California Self Insurance Plans (SIP) * California Senate Office of Research * California Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Program * California Small Business Development Center Program * California Smart Growth Caucus * California Smog Check Information Center * California Spatial Information Library * California Special Education Division * California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board * California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) * California Standards and Assessment Division * California State Administrative Manual (SAM) * California State Allocation Board * California State and Consumer Services Agency * California State Architect * California State Archives * California State Assembly * California State Association of Counties (CSAC) * California State Board of Education * California State Board of Food and Agriculture *California Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) * California State Children’s Trust Fund * California State Compensation Insurance Fund * California State Contracts Register Program * California State Contracts Register * California State Controller * California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) * California State Disability Insurance (SDI) * California State Fair (Cal Expo) * California State Jobs Employment Information * California State Lands Commission * California State Legislative Portal * California State Legislature * California State Library Catalog * California State Library Services Bureau * California State Library * California State Lottery * California State Mediation and Conciliation Service * California State Mining and Geology Board * California State Park and Recreation Commission * California State Parks * California State Personnel Board * California State Polytechnic University, Pomona * California State Railroad Museum * California State Science Fair * California State Senate * California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) * California State Summer School for the Arts * California State Superintendent of Public Instruction * California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) * California State Treasurer * California State University Center for Distributed Learning * California State University, Bakersfield * California State University, Channel Islands * California State University, Chico * California State University, Dominguez Hills * California State University, East Bay * California State University, Fresno * California State University, Fullerton * California State University, Long Beach * California State University, Los Angeles * California State University, Monterey Bay * California State University, Northridge * California State University, Sacramento * California State University, San Bernardino * California State University, San Marcos * California State University, Stanislaus * California State University (CSU) * California State Water Project Analysis Office * California State Water Project * California State Water Resources Control Board * California Structural Pest Control Board * California Student Aid Commission * California Superintendent of Public Instruction * California Superior Courts * California Tahoe Conservancy * California Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists * California Tax Information Center * California Technology and Administration Branch Finance * California Telecommunications Division * California Telephone Medical Advice Services (TAMS) * California Transportation Commission * California Travel and Transportation Agency * California Unclaimed Property Program * California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board * California Unemployment Insurance Program * California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission * California Veterans Board * California Veterans Memorial * California Veterinary Medical Board and Registered Veterinary Technician Examining Committee * California Veterinary Medical Board * California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board * California Volunteers * California Voter Registration * California Water Commission * California Water Environment Association (COWPEA) * California Water Resources Control Board * California Welfare to Work Division * California Wetlands Information System * California Wildlife and Habitat Data Analysis Branch * California Wildlife Conservation Board * California Wildlife Programs Branch * California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) * California Workers Compensation Appeals Board * California Workforce and Labor Development Agency * California Workforce Investment Board * California Youth Authority (CYA) * Central Valley Flood Protection Board * Center for California Studies * Colorado River Board of California * Counting California * Dental Board of California * Health Insurance Plan of California (PacAdvantage) * Humboldt State University * Jobs with the State of California * Judicial Council of California * Learn California * Library of California * Lieutenant Governors Commission for One California * Little Hoover Commission (on California State Government Organization and Economy) * Medical Board of California * Medi-Cal * Osteopathic Medical Board of California * Physical Therapy Board of California * Regents of the University of California * San Diego State University * San Francisco State University * San Jose State University * Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy * State Bar of California * Supreme Court of California * Teach California * University of California * University of California, Berkeley * University of California, Davis * University of California, Hastings College of the Law * University of California, Irvine * University of California, Los Angeles * University of California, Merced * University of California, Riverside * University of California, San Diego * University of California, San Francisco * University of California, Santa Barbara * University of California, Santa Cruz * Veterans Home of California
But of course, the only places they can cut costs are . . . Education, Police and Fire according to both state and federal politicians.
Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican or Independent, this list has to shock you. Over the years, these very same politicians have created this enormous pork barrel of agencies that employ about as many people as the total population of the State of Alaska. All of these people get salaries, medical coverage and pensions at the expense of California citizens.
Quite a list, indeed. Tom, did you accumulate this list or is a citation needed? Now a little homework. Under each of these, perhaps a little summary of what they do. Why it was created? What would happen if the agency was lost; just to start.
**Just because some entity says “California” in its heading or title does not mean California taxes are paying for them. Many of these funding mechanisms, i.e., CSU & UC systems are funded with private contributions (charitable, tax deductible dollars) and/or matching federal dollars and foundation grants (often big businesses, local businesses and corporations). So, Chris, the list is only about a quarter of the story. And because of these factors Governor Brown wields the red pen over what he’s cutting: mostly in public safety, schools and social services.
Lots of agencies, indeed. But without heeding Chris’ and Kate’s advice, suggestions, not a solution to budget problems. Need more itemized info, such as budgets for each of the above cited particulars. Particularly important, as Chris points out, is “why it was created/”
The money is in the bank, so to speak. The problem is when so many do every thing possible to avoid paying a fair share, or act irresposibly with other people’s money, calling for less regulation. Once again, weak regulations–less government–has led to the loss of 2 billion of other people’s money. But let’s get rid of that regulatory agency. That’ll solve the problem, RIGHT? And that guy from Facebook; built his fortune in USA, the renounces his citizenship in favor of becoming a citizen of Singapore. Symbolic of the mindset. I say, don’t let the MFer back into this country. Check out Jordon Belfort’s story, and the follow-up Catching the Wolf of Wall Street. When we rein in these slime balls who so many tout as the ‘best and the brightest’, and whose complicated manipulations of markets and derivitives caused the meltdown in ’08, from which Obama and team prevented the USA from falling into the abyss, budget problems can be solved. And when the forces of fanatical dogmatism proclaiming non-compromise a virtue becomes the credo of one party–proudly and aggressively asserted by the guy who just beat the very conservative Senator Luger in the Indiana Republican Primary–gain the upper hand in governance, then, as for problems, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Nostradamus aka Ed
So…..who are we keeping and who’s taking gas? I’m for kind of keeping the CSU and UC system around. Color me funny that way. I’m sure there are agencies that could be combined or eliminated. We could start with the veterans. That would be popular.
The point is, more data about each agency is needed before a blanket statement can be attached to each. How many employees? How is it actually funded? I agree with Jeff P., too many oversimplifications.
Chris, starting with the veterans–although I know you didn’t mean it–isn’t as outlandish as one might think. Now, this statement I read somewhere, months ago, and I can’t source it or prove it. That said, it still sticks in my mind, if I understood it correctly and it was fairly clear cut. Jon Huntsman had a proposal when pondering or an announced candidate for Pres., to the effect of lowering the tax rate for the richest group ( 10%, 1%, I don’t remember) to 25% or 15 % and concomittantly, to make up for the reduced revenue, among other things, begin taxing the disability and compensation payments of service connected armed forces disabled–such as myself. Even if I wasn’t affected, this, if true, is believable, considering the mindset of the right wing and is particularly repulsive considering the Damage Bush and his coop of chickenhawks inflicted on so many with the backdoor draft and multi-tours of duty. And now these poor souls with PTSD will begin their struggle with a totally adversarial VA. Not just my opinion–a very fine book has been written on this subject, and as my struggles with the VA continue, I spoke with a McClintock staff member recently who responded to my question submitted on an email from their office. It was clear, their office would make a couple of calls to the VA, accept their CYA explanation and drop it. But, if I write another book, it will be The Veteran is Always Wrong. (Perhaps I repeat myself.)
There a few other revenue raising options common in many east coast and mid west states, one in particular, simply a reminder of our Colonial and early years of independency.
Freeways are rare; instead, turnpikes and more rustic, scenic parkways dominate the auto and truck transportation network. And like in olden days, every set amout of miles, a toll is paid. Just like driving into S.F. Once one crosses the Mississippi River, I can’t remember paying tolls, except maybe in Oklahoma driving to Texas. And Dallas does have toll roads, too. It’s been years since I drove across country, so maybe it has changed a bit, but I haven’t noticed much change I CA since my arrival in 1986.
And the beaches and Pacific waves, therein lies a swell profit center. In the much of the Northeast, beaches are privitized, either by wealthy, gated compounds, or the towns themselves. One must show proof of living in the town to buy a season pass allowing entry to however many beaches under contol of that town. Some towns, such as Greewich, CT even have island beaches, accessed by ferry. And even at Todd’s Point, a gorgeous promontory, with ruins of an old estate, beautiful beach, walking and jogging trails through wetlands rife with shore birds, teeny and tall, and an abundance of areas for day time BBQs, on a long run, I had to carry my beach card to gain entrance.
Let’s put an end to surfers, waders, swimmers, sunbathers–even though they wear so much clothing these days–and those darn sand artistes, altering the sandscape with those castles, statues, and sundry visions culled from their senses into ephemeral objects of wonderment and beauty–not paying their share. Skiiers have to pay to use the snow; but they haven’t started charging the ice sculpters.
And, the holiest of the holy. Property taxes. I sure like the low rate I pay here, especially with the $100,000 assessment reduction as a 100% disabled Vet–with the value dropping by about 60% since I bought w/o a mortgage in 2005, my tax is now about $1,400–but if I magically transported my property back to the Town of Rye, Port Chester, N.Y., or Greenwich, CT–the taxes could easily top $15,000, depending on location, and probably not be lower than 6 to 7,000 anywhere. A little bump up could ease the strain, and I’m definitely on a limited income.
Hell, I’ll even send back my CA ST. tax refund from last year, if only everyone worked together for solutions. Still gung ho; working togrther. And a curse upon dogmatic demagogues pledging no compromise on issues nearly as fundamentally flawed as the insistence the the Southern Aristocracy was entitled to own people where they lived and in any new state added to the Union, the real heart of the conflict between the North and the South.