The high season is upon us, the time of year when elected officials offer addresses on how our state is faring — overviews of California and its local governments. Mayor Faulconer will host his smile-a-thon at the Balboa Theater tonight… All together now: Everything is beautiful….
Gov. Jerry Brown will take his turn at the podium next Thursday (Jan 21st). It’s likely he’ll give us all The Lecture on fiscal prudence and run through a laundry list of unfinished projects: funding gaps for Medi-Cal, transportation infrastructure maintenance, and further attention to climate change.
In advance of Gov. Brown’s speech, two major polling outfits have released data purporting to show the mood of the people. Depending on who’s asking, Gov. Brown is either working against the will of the people or has the vision to lead the state into the future. [Read more…]