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What Deficit? State Staffers for Politicians See Raises
When the banking industry tried to justify their expensive habits they do for employees to President Obama last month, he gave them a stern warning: "Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn't buying that. My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks."Yesterday, news hit that over a half million in state funds was used to give more than 120 employees of the Assembly raises. This comes after months of forced unpaid furloughs for other state employees, higher taxes for Californians and as LA city employees brace for possible pay cuts.
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), who authorized $350,000 for Democratic employees, told the Sacrament Bee that "her legislative house has reduced its personnel and streamlined operations, thus allowing it to reduce spending while offering pay increases to some deserving aides who haven't received them in years."
Minority leader Michael Villines (R-Clovis) shared in Bass' sentiments and gave $201,000 toward Republican employee raises.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.