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The deficit that stole Christmas

By Josh Richman
Friday, December 12th, 2008 at 11:02 am in Alberto Torrico, Assembly, Karen Bass, Sandre Swanson.

Apparently Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, is considering imposing an around-the clock Christmas week lockdown until lawmakers can come up with a plan to close the state’s staggering budget deficit. The plan, first floated by the Bay Area’s own Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, D-Newark, is OK with Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda, he said today.

“I am in strong support of the Speaker’s plan for a lock down. Our current budget short fall is at $14.8 billion and is growing each day. Frankly, we need to act like adults and take full responsibility in this time of crisis,” Swanson said. “Many working families in California will not have a Christmas at all. I have my red pajamas and am ready to be locked in until we get the budget done for the people of California.”

Whoa. Is that what we’ve come to — legislators in their jammies? STOP THE MADNESS!!!

(P.S. — Please send photos.)

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  • Mr. Oakland

    Swanson wouldn’t be the first Asemblymember in PJs over the budget stalemate; Audie Bock did the same thing in 2000.