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February 27, 2004
What is the most pressing issue in the state? Issue in the state: regulatory reform. What is the best solution to the state's budget crisis? Support the governor's proposal by refinancing the existing debts and resolving the energy problem. Assuming the Legislature stays in Democratic hands, how will you work with the majority party? Bringing facts and evidences, and requesting input from the public and experts in the private sectors to assist in convincing the state Legislature on some specific issues.
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By Cindy Frazier | February 5, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman, like most other legislators, seems dismayed but not overly concerned by the state budget impasse. In his annual meeting with reporters and editors from this newspaper group Friday, he described a Legislature that is gridlocked by party politics. He can’t get much of his legislation through the Democrat- controlled houses, and he isn’t budging on his party’s insistence that no tax be increased or new tax imposed to get a handle on the $40-billion-and-counting projected budget deficit.
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By TOM HARMAN | September 8, 2006
With a flurry of activity, the 2005-06 legislative session has drawn to a close. The halls of the Capitol no longer overflow with lobbyists fervently advocating for the interests of their clients. The passionate debates have ended, and the hundreds of bills voted on in the past few weeks are either dead or heading to the governor's desk. Whatever the outcome of the measures sent to the governor, the Legislature's priorities became very clear this last month. The Legislature focused its time on ensuring the passage of legislation that would protect illegal immigrants, coddle convicted criminals, promote gay marriage and benefit public employee unions regardless of cost or efficiency.
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By Barbara Diamond | January 17, 2008
The city put in the minimum $18,000 bid for the Day Labor Site in Laguna Canyon owned by Caltrans, but state Sen. Tom Harman (R-35th District) said he wants the property pulled off the market. Harman, who represents the city in the state legislature, blasted Laguna’s use of the property for a day labor center, as well as the minimum bid set by Caltrans. He announced Wednesday that he intends to use his position in the legislature to ensure the state gets an unspecified “fair price” for the property or keep it. Caltrans put the site up for bid for $18,000 after an independent appraisal came in close to the valuation by a city-hired appraiser, according to city officials.
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By Barbara Diamond | January 18, 2008
Laguna’s financial picture for this fiscal year is rosy even if the state is in the red. The state’s budget crisis will have no immediate effect on Laguna’s finances, but that could change in the next fiscal year if the legislature dips into the property taxes to cure its economic ills, the city’s top administrator said. “At this moment, the governor’s preliminary budget doesn’t have any cuts for cities,” said City Manager Ken Frank.
NEWS
By: Vince Lovato | October 5, 2005
In an effort to build two-way communication between himself and his colleagues and constituents in Burbank, state Sen. Jack Scott, who also represents Glendale, gave his State of the State address to the council Tuesday. "I need to constantly be in touch with the ideas of my constituents," Scott said during his comments near the top of the meeting. Scott, who represents the 21st Senate District, said he will host a Town Hall meeting regarding education at Glendale Adventist Hospital on Oct. 24. Mayor Jef Vander Borght said Scott's annual speech brought the state government closer to home.
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By Tom Harman | September 4, 2009
Let?s look at the facts. Just this week UC Irvine released a study that shows ? not surprisingly ? a spike in aggravated assault, robbery and burglary when parolees return to their neighborhoods. The Senate?s proposal to release criminals early, before completing their sentences, ignores common sense, disregards law enforcement concerns and is dangerous to law abiding citizens. So why is it even being considered? Money. The state is strapped for cash and some in the legislature are using the state?
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LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | February 5, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman, like most other legislators, seems dismayed but not overly concerned by the state budget impasse. In his annual meeting with reporters and editors from this newspaper group Friday, he described a Legislature that is gridlocked by party politics. He can’t get much of his legislation through the Democrat- controlled houses, and he isn’t budging on his party’s insistence that no tax be increased or new tax imposed to get a handle on the $40-billion-and-counting projected budget deficit.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | January 17, 2008
The city put in the minimum $18,000 bid for the Day Labor Site in Laguna Canyon owned by Caltrans, but state Sen. Tom Harman (R-35th District) said he wants the property pulled off the market. Harman, who represents the city in the state legislature, blasted Laguna’s use of the property for a day labor center, as well as the minimum bid set by Caltrans. He announced Wednesday that he intends to use his position in the legislature to ensure the state gets an unspecified “fair price” for the property or keep it. Caltrans put the site up for bid for $18,000 after an independent appraisal came in close to the valuation by a city-hired appraiser, according to city officials.
NEWS
February 27, 2004
What is the most pressing issue in the state? Issue in the state: regulatory reform. What is the best solution to the state's budget crisis? Support the governor's proposal by refinancing the existing debts and resolving the energy problem. Assuming the Legislature stays in Democratic hands, how will you work with the majority party? Bringing facts and evidences, and requesting input from the public and experts in the private sectors to assist in convincing the state Legislature on some specific issues.
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