Amid budget crisis, Sen. Sam at Trolley Junction


images6While the Legislature and Gov. Arnold fight about closing the budget gap down in Sacto, I spotted our fearless elected rep. — Sen. Sam Aanestad — lunching up here in Nevada City.

Sen. Sam was at Trolley Junction Tuesday eating lunch with local longtimer Andy Owens, now the general manager of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary and also a minister.

It seemed a long way from the budget woes in Sacramento, where the state’s residents are on pins and needles, hoping lawmakers and the Gov. can get off the dime and strike a deal.

The budget gap stands at a whopping$42 billion through fiscal 2010. (That adds up to a lot of weenies to the moon and back!)

Meanwhile Tuesday, California was cut to the lowest credit rating among the states by S&P, the debt-rating group. 

“At its current level, the rating generally recognizes our view of the lack of political progress around the budget negotiations that we believe is serving to exacerbate the state’s current and projected cash position,” S&P said.

And unions are fighting state attempts at furloughs — a great example of  “not getting it.”

Let’s be fair: perhaps Sam was just taking a deserved break from the tumultuous budget talks. You gotta have some down time.

Besides, meeting with a minister isn’t such a bad thing. At this point, California could use all the prayers it can get.

On second thought, Sam’s lunch guest is also a funeral director. 

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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