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The jewel of Daly City gets a shout-out on “The Daily Show” during a discussion of California’s catastrophic budget situation.

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
Under: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Daly City, Economy, San Mateo County | No Comments »

San Mateo County lawmakers stung by veto pen

Following Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent “Conan the Barbarian” routine, when he vetoed more than one-third of the bills that landed on his desk, we thought it would be worthwhile to see how our local legislators made out amid the carnage.

Here are the tallies for San Mateo County’s five state legislators, provided by their offices:

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco
Status — Severely wounded

Ma, whose 12th District includes parts of the North County, including Colma and Daly City, had nine bills signed into law. Nine were vetoed.

Among her successes was a measure dubbed Bright Schools that’s designed in part to make it easier for schools to install solar panels. Among the vetoes? A bill that would have prohibited “the commercial display of human remains” — in shows like “Body Works,” which features skinless corpses in athletic poses — “without the documented informed consent from the deceased or next-of-kin.”

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Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2008
Under: Aaron Kinney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democratic Party, Fiona Ma, Gene Mullin, Ira Ruskin, Joe Simitian, Leland Yee, San Mateo County | No Comments »

Boxer reacts to Palin’s speech

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaking Wednesday in Hayward and rocking a longer-than-usual haircut.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., speaking Wednesday in Hayward and rocking a longer-than-usual haircut.

Sen. Barbara Boxer has released a statement panning Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech last night. (Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a more favorable response.) Here ’tis:

“Last night, Sarah Palin proved that she can throw a punch — one packed with sarcasm to divert attention from her lack of experience.

“Palin didn’t even attempt to make the case to the American people that she is ready to be Vice President or President, should that become necessary. Sarah Palin is a great candidate for the far right, but after examining her slim record in office, I cannot imagine mainstream Americans would support a Vice Presidential nominee with such extreme views.

“Palin would criminalize abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, and does not believe insurance companies should cover birth control.

“Palin remains unconvinced that human activity is the cause of global warming, even though the world’s leading scientists unequivocally agree that it is.

“Palin has a one-dimensional answer to our energy crisis — the Exxon policy of giving more leases to Big Oil. She has no concern about our thriving coastal, tourism-based economy and no requirement that they drill in the millions of acres where they already hold undeveloped leases. Sarah Palin is a candidate who is extreme, not mainstream.

“In addition, Palin is under investigation by her state legislature for abusing her executive power and when she was mayor, she left the people of Wasilla in debt.

“The choice of Sarah Palin by John McCain shows a real lack of judgment.”

Meanwhile, Matt Drudge continues to try to do his best as America’s media “tone setter” to tilt the momentum of the campaign narrative back in McCain and Palin’s favor.

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2008
Under: 2008 Presidental Race, Aaron Kinney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democratic Party, Political Campaigns | 4 Comments »

Bay Meadows

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So Bay Meadows began what is probably, almost certainly, most definitely going to be it’s last full season of racing on Wednesday. (In the photo above, shot by Times photographer Mathew Sumner, Oakland resident Bill Jones, 86, makes his picks Wednesday afternoon.)

Track officials have declined to completely rule out the possibility of racing continuining into 2009, but demolition of the track is presently scheduled to begin sometime this fall.

So, anyway, we thought this would be a good time to post the rather lengthy item from Saturday’s print Insider column on Bay Meadows’ involvement in the fight over Props 94-97 and the Indian gaming compacts for those who didn’t see Saturday’s paper.

Here it is, with just a couple small edits to update the chronology:

The battle over four Indian gaming compacts got a bit nastier last week, when a union supporting the agreements filed a complaint with the state attorney general against the owner of Bay Meadows race track.

In a letter dated Jan. 29, the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association urged the attorney general to investigate whether Terry Fancher, whose real estate fund owns both Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park in Inglewood, made false statements to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which has invested $177 million in the fund.

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Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Under: Aaron Kinney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bay Meadows, San Mateo | No Comments »