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LOCAL
January 9, 2009
Harman is outstanding legislator of 2008 The California State Sheriffs’ Assn. has recognized Sen. Tom Harman as an Outstanding Legislator for 2008. The award was given to Harman in acknowledgment of his commitment to public safety and in appreciation of the senator’s dedication and support for law enforcement. The group represents the 58 elected county sheriffs throughout the state. “Keeping our neighborhoods and streets safe is one of my top priorities,” Harman said.
NEWS
February 27, 2004
What is the most pressing issue in the state? The most pressing issue facing the state is re-creating an environment that embraces and encourages free enterprise for our legal citizens and residents. A vibrant business climate provides the most opportunity for businesses, working families and individuals to succeed and provide for themselves. This sets the stage for further spending reductions and relief of our tax burden. Some specifics include reforming workers' compensation, addressing illegal immigration, reducing and including sunset provisions so regulations will be reviewed or expire after a period of time, repealing Senate Bill 2, the state-mandated heath coverage bill and the elimination of frivolous lawsuits.
NEWS
March 28, 2003
Mike Swanson The school board met Tuesday for the first time since issuing preliminary pink slips to more than 50 district staff members, and the basic plan arrived at in the meeting was to continue planning, with more emphasis on paring. In the "worst-case" scenario proposed by Gov. Gray Davis, the Laguna Beach Unified School District's budget is scheduled to drop from $22,887,521 to $16,453,253. Supt. Theresa Daem and the board of education continue to hope the "equitable case" scenario they've proposed, which would involve budget reductions but the fewest final layoff notices, will replace Davis' proposed budget.
NEWS
By Tom Harman | November 16, 2007
The Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill on Wednesday morning released her forecast for the 2008-09 state budget ? and it?s not a pretty picture. According to Hill, declining revenues and increased expenses add up to a $10 billion problem for the fiscal year that began July 1. In response, my Senate Republican colleagues and I are calling on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to convene a special session to address the massive deficit facing the...
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | January 26, 2009
Construction has been halted at Crystal Cove State Park, where a $10.5 million campground project has been under way. The project is one of hundreds of park projects and other construction jobs funded by state bonds that have been put on a list of projects to be shut down or suspended by the state’s Pooled Money Investment Board. Ken Kramer, Orange Coast District Superintendent for the state Department of Parks and Recreation, said the construction halt is temporary, but he does not know when workers will be back on the job. The park project is 40% complete.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | March 20, 2008
The Laguna Beach Unified School District has not issued any pink slips, despite statewide teacher layoffs. The district’s “basic aid” designation means that it receives its primary income from county property taxes, rather than state coffers, and is not as subject to the state’s budget emergency. Laguna and Newport-Mesa are the only two such districts in the county; many others, including adjacent Capistrano Unified and Saddleback Valley Unified, recently sent notices to hundreds of teachers and staff to meet $4 billion in state-mandated cuts.
NEWS
April 4, 2003
Mike Swanson Twenty-seven teachers in the Laguna Beach Unified School District qualify for an early retirement plan proposed by the school board last week that could provide relief, albeit minor, to the school budget crisis. The plan, administered by Keenan and Associates, must be accepted by at least six of the eligible teachers by April 30 for the program to be feasible to Keenan and to the district, Asst. Supt. Steven Keller suspects. "This is a one-time situation," he said.
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NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | January 29, 2009
The crisis in the California economy and state budget has dealt a double blow to long-awaited facilities at Crystal Cove State Park. Construction has been halted at a campground and RV park at the former El Morro Village trailer park, where a $10.5-million project has been under way. At the Historic Cottage District — set to begin the second phase of restoration, a $6.5-million project — two sources of funding have dried up,...
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LOCAL
January 9, 2009
Harman is outstanding legislator of 2008 The California State Sheriffs’ Assn. has recognized Sen. Tom Harman as an Outstanding Legislator for 2008. The award was given to Harman in acknowledgment of his commitment to public safety and in appreciation of the senator’s dedication and support for law enforcement. The group represents the 58 elected county sheriffs throughout the state. “Keeping our neighborhoods and streets safe is one of my top priorities,” Harman said.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | March 20, 2008
The Laguna Beach Unified School District has not issued any pink slips, despite statewide teacher layoffs. The district’s “basic aid” designation means that it receives its primary income from county property taxes, rather than state coffers, and is not as subject to the state’s budget emergency. Laguna and Newport-Mesa are the only two such districts in the county; many others, including adjacent Capistrano Unified and Saddleback Valley Unified, recently sent notices to hundreds of teachers and staff to meet $4 billion in state-mandated cuts.
NEWS
By Tom Harman | November 16, 2007
The Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill on Wednesday morning released her forecast for the 2008-09 state budget ? and it?s not a pretty picture. According to Hill, declining revenues and increased expenses add up to a $10 billion problem for the fiscal year that began July 1. In response, my Senate Republican colleagues and I are calling on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to convene a special session to address the massive deficit facing the...
NEWS
February 27, 2004
What is the most pressing issue in the state? The most pressing issue facing the state is re-creating an environment that embraces and encourages free enterprise for our legal citizens and residents. A vibrant business climate provides the most opportunity for businesses, working families and individuals to succeed and provide for themselves. This sets the stage for further spending reductions and relief of our tax burden. Some specifics include reforming workers' compensation, addressing illegal immigration, reducing and including sunset provisions so regulations will be reviewed or expire after a period of time, repealing Senate Bill 2, the state-mandated heath coverage bill and the elimination of frivolous lawsuits.
NEWS
March 28, 2003
Mike Swanson The school board met Tuesday for the first time since issuing preliminary pink slips to more than 50 district staff members, and the basic plan arrived at in the meeting was to continue planning, with more emphasis on paring. In the "worst-case" scenario proposed by Gov. Gray Davis, the Laguna Beach Unified School District's budget is scheduled to drop from $22,887,521 to $16,453,253. Supt. Theresa Daem and the board of education continue to hope the "equitable case" scenario they've proposed, which would involve budget reductions but the fewest final layoff notices, will replace Davis' proposed budget.
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