Stockton, California, creditors asked a judge to end its bankruptcy case, saying at the start of a four-day trial that the city should cut excessive employee pay and pension benefits before seeking court protection.
Nine years ago, California Democrat Gray Davis became the first U.S. governor in 82 years to be recalled by voters. The state’s 20 million taxpayers still bear the cost of his four years and 10 months on the job.
California voters veer hard to the right on law-and-order issues, as politicians from both major parties have learned, defying stereotypes of a state of loony leftists. In recent months, attitudes have shown signs of changing.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System was flooded last month with applications by government workers seeking to buy additional years of service that can be counted toward their pension when they retire.
Arnold Schwarzenegger swore after his first month as California governor that he’d rip up the state’s credit cards. Instead, the Republican former action- movie hero pushed through at least $52 billion of borrowing.
California Governor Jerry Brown likes to brag about how frugal he is. He refused to live in the state mansion during his first term three decades ago and shunned the office’s Cadillac limousine for a Plymouth Satellite sedan.
California Governor-elect Jerry Brown faces the same dilemma over a widening budget gap that helped make his predecessor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger , one of the most unpopular state executives in 50 years.
More than 14 months before the next general election, voters fed-up with state lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands, gathering signatures to repeal the most legislation in more than a decade.