The Blotter is going on vacation… sorta.

I’m on the cusp of what I believe to be my first two-week vacation in a decade, which means there won’t be so many posts from now through Jan. 5; I’m not leaving town, though, and I’m guessing there’ll be at least a few choice tidbits I won’t be able to resist sharing.

And although I feel like I’m stepping out while there’s a lot going on, I’m quite sure the state budget, the economy and everything else will be in just as much of a mess when I get back.

So, readers, best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy holiday season, and here’s hoping 2009 brings our state and nation more prosperous, stable times.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.