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By Barbara Diamond | February 5, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman Tom Harman installed new officers and directors of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce at the annual dinner Jan. 30 at Tivoli Too. “It is a pleasure to be here this evening,” said Harman, who represents Laguna in the state legislature. However, Harman has not always been pleased with Laguna and his selection by the chamber to officiate raised some eyebrows. Harman opposed the Caltrans sale of the day labor site to Laguna for the state-appraised price of $18,000, which he pretty much characterized as highway robbery in an editorial made available to the media in January 2008.
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.
NEWS
June 3, 2005
Alicia Robinson Assemblyman Chuck DeVore has barely warmed his seat in the state Legislature, but he could be among the teeming masses expected to seek Rep. Chris Cox's congressional seat. President Bush on Thursday appointed Cox, who represents Laguna Beach, to chair the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, a day after current SEC Chairman William H. Donaldson announced he'll leave his post June 30. So far the short list of replacements for Cox includes state Sen. Dick Ackerman, a Republican from Tustin who says he'll run, and DeVore, who hasn't decided for sure.
NEWS
October 8, 2004
We are writing to ask Laguna Beach residents to vote yes on Proposition 1A on Nov. 2. Your readers should know that: Proposition 1A has been endorsed unanimously by the Laguna Beach City Council. Proposition 1A would prevent the state legislature from taking local property taxes to balance the state budget. Proposition 1A would keep property taxes in Laguna Beach for police, fire, paramedic, lifeguard and public works services. Proposition 1A does not raise taxes.
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By Joanna Clay | December 20, 2011
The Laguna Beach Unified School District reported that it reserved funds in anticipation of low state revenues and cuts, which went into effect last week under Gov. Jerry Brown. When the state legislature adopted the budget in July, it anticipated higher revenues than came to pass, said the district's Assistant Supt. of Business Services Norma Shelton. Initially, it looked like the state was going to pull $189 per student, but enough revenue was generated to reduce the deficit to $13 per student, Shelton said.
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By Cindy Frazier | May 2, 2008
State Sen. Tom Harman has been appointed Republican Caucus Whip, the third-highest position in the Republican Caucus. As Whip, Harman will be chiefly responsible for ensuring the enforcement of proper procedures and rules on the floor of the Senate. “It is an honor to have been selected to serve in this leadership role on behalf of my colleagues and I remain fully committed to providing my seatmates the highest level of steadfast protections that they have come to depend on in the past,” Harman said in a written statement to the press.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
Barbara Diamond Laguna Beach will lose less than city officials feared in a budget deal proposed Wednesday in Sacramento to bail the state out of its financial morass. The proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will cost the city $674,990 in each of the next two years, according to League of California Cities as of Thursday. The league was expected to vote on the proposal Thursday. The state legislature also must approve it. City Manager Ken Frank had announced the impending deal at the May 4 City Council meeting.
NEWS
March 20, 2009
Good government planning versus poor planning is markedly evident in the fact that Laguna Beach consumers and local businesses will see a half-cent local sales tax go away June 1 ? but not before the state raises its sales tax by 1 cent starting April 1. The half-cent extra tax ? to offset expenses from the disastrous Bluebird Canyon landslide in 2005 ? is ending three years earlier than it was originally intended to. The 1-cent sales tax hike ? to keep the state government afloat ?
NEWS
October 29, 2004
Lost among the statewide propositions concerning Indian gaming and the greater national race for the presidency of the United States is a little known proposed amendment to the state's Constitution known as Proposition 59. While it has been overshadowed by bigger and sexier campaigns, the truth is this initiative strikes a blow against those who would deny the people's right to know what government is doing. Proposition 59's passage would strengthen the Ralph M. Brown Act and the California Public Records Act and make it the state constitutional right for the public and journalists, acting on behalf of the public, to access governmental meetings and governmental documents.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 5, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman Tom Harman installed new officers and directors of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce at the annual dinner Jan. 30 at Tivoli Too. “It is a pleasure to be here this evening,” said Harman, who represents Laguna in the state legislature. However, Harman has not always been pleased with Laguna and his selection by the chamber to officiate raised some eyebrows. Harman opposed the Caltrans sale of the day labor site to Laguna for the state-appraised price of $18,000, which he pretty much characterized as highway robbery in an editorial made available to the media in January 2008.
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