In the News

March 13, 2011

Like hundreds of people this winter fighting budget cuts, Steve Doherty trekked to the state Capitol on a recent Monday to argue his case.

The 50-year-old Walnut Creek resident spoke in a casual but unwavering tone to policymakers and others about the importance of four state-run institutions serving developmentally disabled people.

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March 04, 2011

While the weather was breezy outside, the temperature soared inside Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell's Culver City district office on Feb. 24, as more than 150 constituents crowded in to glimpse the new space, air concerns and receive an update on California's budget crisis.

With only weeks left to develop a budget that balances the state's $25 billion deficit for 2011-12 — $8 billion of which is from the current fiscal year — Mitchell said legislators are looking at ways to cut spending and increase revenue.

March 01, 2011

Sylvia Mnuchen has spent her life fighting.

First it was cancer that attacked her skin, then her breast. More recently it has been an ailment that has kept her in a wheelchair, her feet swollen, her legs wrapped tight like a mummy.

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February 11, 2011

The litanies of budget cuts have droned on throughout the past two weeks of subcommittee hearings. In a recent hearing over a proposed $1.5 billion in cuts to CalWORKS, the state's welfare-to-work program, things got a little more real.

It started with a finance department statistic that nine other states have imposed similar restrictions to the newly proposed 48-month time limit for benefits to adults and their children on CalWORKS. (That limit would end cash aid to about 5,500 families in California, and move up the clock for hundreds of thousands of others.)