10 Things to Look for in Gov Brown’s May Revise on Tuesday

By Jeff Gorell

On Tuesday, May 14, probably around 11am, Governor Jerry Brown will host a press conference and release his revised 2013-2014 budget proposal, aka the May Revise. For policy geeks like me, here are 10 things to look for on Tuesday:

1. What specifically does Gov Brown intend to do with the $4.5 billion surplus funds that have come in since Jan over projections and any future unexpected revenues? Will he create a Rainy Day Fund? Pay down education spending deferrals? Spend more on agencies and programs that have been demanding more money than he outlined in Jan? What about refunding all or a portion back to taxpayers?
2. What, if anything, does he change in public safety realignment? Former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado is using criticism of this policy, which was a keystone to Brown’s 2011 budget, to launch his GOP gubernatorial campaign. The governor might see realignment’s early weaknesses and propose spending more money on local programs or altering some of realignment’s policy constraints.
3. LCFF – In Jan, Governor Brown unveiled a controversial plan to shift greater levels of future money to SED Socio-economically disadvantaged school districts. Dubbed the weighted formula, or local control funding formula (LCFF), it has received the cold shoulder from most legislators. The May revise gives the Governor an opportunity to recalibrate the formula to make it more palatable and perhaps viable. Various legislators, including this author, have been brewing up alternate funding formulas for consideration.
4. Will state courts receive additional funds over the Jan proposal? The judiciary has been the most vocal when it comes to crying foul over funding deficits. The Chief Justice read the Governor and Legislature the riot act in their own house. Will courts get more money than proposed in Jan?
5. Will the Governor use the May revise to acknowledge the need for a tuition/fee cap at state colleges and universities in light of the incoming Prop 30 revenues? He has given the concept of a tuition cap lip service, but will he call for something more concrete? Note – his Jan budget proposal sends less than 50% of the new Prop 30 revenues to education. Most go to programs and services outside the education portfolio.
6. In light of the LAO’ criticism of the Governor’s specific plans to spend the Prop 39 (single sales factor initiative) revenues as a blanket appropriation to schools, will the Governor refine his plans for this money? At least 5 bills have been introduced to deal with Prop 39 funding streams, including input from the Speaker. If the Governor doesn’t hone his plan to make it more consistent with the language of the ballot initiative, he’s unlikely to get his way.
7. Any inclusion of budget transparency measures
in the budget process? In light of California’s recent D- grade for budget transparency, will Governor Brown call for any new rules, laws or processes that impose greater budget transparency? The mandatory 3-day waiting period before the budget may be voted on is gaining in visibility and popularity.
8. Will the Governor use the May Revise as an opportunity to acknowledge the misdeed by the Franchise Tax Board when it gutted a small business tax credit and sent 2,500 small business investors a 5-year retro-active bill and demanded penalties and Interest? This was at no fault of the taxpayers and has given the State’s business climate reputation a black eye. Rumor in the Capitol is that the Governor will absorb into his budget package the intent of two bills by Senator Ted Lieu and this author, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, that would unwind the FTB decision and bar state tax agencies from seeking fines and interest against taxpayers who participate in good faith in a state tax incentive program like this one.
9. Raises for public employees? This year the Governor’s Administration is in negotiations with a number of the larger unions representing public employees. His Jan budget proposal did not identify any specific additional money for raises to avoid showing his cards before the bartering started. The unions have high expectations in this process having helped the Governor pass Prop 30 and having supported the Majority party in a historic 2/3rds pick-up of legislative seats last November.
10. How will the more liberal Democrats in the Legislature, and the spending interests in the 3rd House, respond to whatever plan the Governor advances on Tue? There will be increasing pressure for the Governor and legislative leadership to spend on new programs and benefits, and to raise new taxes and fees. Whether the Governor’s May revise is met with more resistance from the Reps or the Dems depends on whether it is truly an instrument of “austerity” or just pays the concept lip service. He may find allies in unusual places.

(Jeff Gorell is a State Assembly Member representing the 44th AD. He serves as vice-chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee)

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Cal State Univ Chancellor Visits Camarillo, Supports Gorell Tuition Cap Bill

The Chancellor of California’s State University system Tim White visited Camarillo last week. Asked by reporters about Assemblyman Jeff Gorell’s bill, AB 67, which would cap fees and tuition at all state public colleges for 4 years, he said he supported the measure. Students all over California are supporting a Freeze on Fees and signing the online petition here.



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A Golden Effort to Win Jobs and New Employers for California

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/jul/28/editorial-a-golden-effort-to-win-jobs-and-new/?partner=RSSA Golden Effort to Win Jobs and New Employers for California

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Assemblyman Jeff Gorell kicks off new jobs program with Lt. Gov

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell kicks off new jobs program with Lt Gov Newsom

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USS West Virginia: The Battleship That Symbolized The Greatest Generation.

By  Jeff Gorell

Thirty-two words changed the course of human history.

Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the air and naval forces of the Empire of Japan.”

FDR speaks to joint session on Congress on December 8, 1941

 With this simple preamble, uttered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on December 8 before a joint session of Congress, began the challenge to a generation of wide-eyed Americans to do nothing less than save the world.  It was a task of unimaginable proportion, perhaps the greatest responsibility ever foist upon a generation through the annals of mankind.  And it was a task that suddenly fell squarely upon the shoulders of young men and woman who knew little more than the struggles of the Great Depression, the Midwest Dustbowl and the simple, predictable life of pre-war America.

 Almost comically, in the days following Roosevelt’s speech, Grace Tully, his personal secretary, received dozens of letters from grammarians from throughout the nation correcting the President in his choice of words.  It’s a date “that” will live in infamy, not “which” will live in infamy, they wrote with prideful conviction.

 Some people simply didn’t get it.  But thankfully, most did.

 The American generation of World War II – later appropriately dubbed “The Greatest Generation” – was violently wrenched from youth to fight the forces of fascism and imperialism step by bloody step across five of the globe’s continents and across two of her largest oceans.  They did so with classic American moxie. 

 If there were ever a ship to represent, almost personify, this American determination, it was the aging battlewagon, the USS West Virginia (BB 48).  As the morning light warmed her teak decks in the early hours of December 7, she sat peacefully moored along battleship row paralleling Ford Island in Pearl Harbor.  But on this Sunday Sabbath, the sun did not arrive alone.

 The 1941 air assault, launched from 6 Japanese carriers a few hundred miles north of Oahu, killed more than 2,400 men and women of the armed services and 68 civilians.  Without warning or declaration of war, three hundred and fifty three Imperial planes attacked six Hawaii military bases destroying most air resistance and immobilizing the US Pacific Fleet. Three battleships were completely lost while 5 more were sunk or badly damaged.  Aboard the battleship USS Arizona, which today still lies on the bottom of Pearl Harbor, more than 1200 men were lost in one blast alone — nearly half the day’s total casualties. 

The USS West Virginia didn’t fare much better.  Through the attack, she sustained seven direct torpedo hits and two direct bomb hits.  More than one hundred sailors and officers lost their lives trying, in vain, to keep her afloat.

From the flames and wreckage of the West Virginia, American heroes and legends were born.  The Commanding Officer, Captain Mervyn Bennion, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his leadership and bravery.  Third Class Mess Cook Dorie Miller, the black sailor who manned anti-aircraft guns, was also later awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism under fire. 

USS West Virginia on fire and at the bottom of Pearl Harbor

By noon on December 7, the West Virginia had settled to the bottom of the harbor, a hulk of twisted, flaming steel and iron.  She was originally thought to be unsalvageable. But some naval leaders had bigger plans for the ship.

In 1942, huge cofferdams were built, weighted, and lowered by derricks to form a cocoon around the sunken vessel.  Water and debris were then pumped out of the ship, while oil skimmers retrieved nearly 40,000 gallons of fuel. On May 17, 1942, the West Virginia was refloated and before long was transported back to Puget Sound for complete overhaul.  And by September 14, 1944, the West Virginia set out for Hawaiian waters again to join the Pacific Fleet where she fought in campaigns at Leyte Gulf and the invasion of the Philippine Islands. 

No more inspirational a photo was taken during World War II, then the August 31, 1945 signing of the unconditional surrender of Imperial Japan aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  Visible on the horizon and over the shoulders of General Douglas MacArthur is the resurrected USS West Virginia.  Like the proverbial Phoenix from the ashes, the ship stands as the only Pearl Harbor veteran afloat in Tokyo Bay that morning. In seeming peaceful silence, she silhouettes the signing ceremony – the symbolic end to a costly war only she saw begin.

Signing of instrument of surrender. USS West Virginia in background watches over ceremony

Her story, like so many of the stories of the men and woman of the World War II generation, is one that inspires.  Few creations of man’s hand can so eloquently represent man’s own struggle.  Indeed, the West Virginia represented all that was good in the Greatest Generation – her patience, her rise from decimation, her unbending resolve and her victory over world aggressors.  She reflected the lives of those who built her, manned her, called her home, and fought to protect her.  And in doing so, she has taken their identities and become an amalgamation of the Greatest Generation, making her, to many, an American hero.

(Jeff Gorell of Thousand Oaks is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve and a third generation naval war veteran.  In 2000, he served as on-set advisor to the director of the Disney movie Pearl Harbor, filmed in Hawaii, and he studied history at University of California at Davis and naval history and the Naval War College)

Published in: on December 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Camarillo Solar Power Company Becomes Another Anecdote For Why CA is a Job-Killer

Power-One Solar Inverter

A local solar power company, Power-One, announced this week that it is expanding operations in Arizona, not California, making the Camarillo tech company another anecdote for why California is a job-killer state. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/oct/05/solar-firm-plans-to-expand/.  Prognosticators said after AB32 passed green and clean energy companies – like solar energy technology corporations – would flock to California.  Here’s what Power-One CEO Richard Thompson had to say about that … “Arizona is where the solar corridor is in this country, and it is really attracting industry,”

California will be the last, not the first state to emerge from the recession if we don’t roll back regulations, lower taxes and prevent frivolous litigation.  Start by voting for Proposition 23 and suspend AB 32.  It’s time to level the playing field with other states like Arizona, show that California can compete, and start creating jobs here, not in Phoenix.  Power-one is making a prudent business decision.  This news is not the company’s fault, it’s Sacramento’s fault.

“Phoenix wants to be known as the Silicon Valley of solar,” he said. “The state made it very attractive for us to be there.” – Power One CEO Richard Thompson.
Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/oct/05/solar-firm-plans-to-expand/#ixzz11cnA18LC
– vcstar.com

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CA Assembly Republican Leader Pushes Hard for Candidate Jeff Gorell

California Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick (AD-74 Carlsbad) has broadcast his strong support for Jeff Gorell, candidate for State Assembly in the 37th District.  Garrick composed a letter calling upon Republicans to unite behind Gorell and support his primary campaign with a donation.  Jeff Gorell is a small business owner and Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Click here to read the letter of support for Jeff Gorell:

Click on the image of this letter to read it in entirety!

Published in: on May 19, 2010 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Jeff Gorell Assembly Campaign Launches 60-second Commercial entitled “Tested”

The Committee to Elect Jeff Gorell 2010 (37th Assembly District) has launched a 60-second commercial entitled “Tested.”  It’s a standard text-over-images campaign spot with no voiceover.

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California Republican Assembly “Conscience of the Republican Party” Endorses Jeff Gorell for Assembly

California republican Assembly Logo

This week, the California Republican Assembly, a group once called “the conscience of the Republican Party” by President Ronald Reagan, endorsed Jeff Gorell for State Assembly in the 37th District this week.  Jeff Gorell of Camarillo is a small business owner, adjunct professor of public policy at California Lutheran University, and a U.S. Naval Reserve intelligence officer.

“California Republican Assembly endorsed Jeff Gorell for State Assembly because Jeff has 20 years of service and commitment to conservative Republican candidates and issues,” said Celeste Greig, President of the California Republican Assembly.  “Our grassroots network will work to elect Jeff to this seat and other conservatives in 2010 and take back our state and nation.”

“It’s an honor to have the endorsement of the Republican Assembly,” said Jeff Gorell. “I am dedicated to the principles of smaller government, personal responsibility and reduced taxes and regulations espoused by the CRA.” 

For a full list of CRA endorsed candidates, please click here.

For more about Jeff Gorell’s campaign, click here.

Published in: on April 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm  Leave a Comment