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Reagan Statue In The Capitol? What Do You Think?

Gov. Jerry Brown approved the new statue in one of many bills he signed this week.

A statue of former governor and President Ronald Reagan was approved with Gov. Jerry Brown's signature on Friday, as Brown noted he would like to raise taxes like Reagan did.

"Even in those days he demonstrated courage and unique leadership ability - even to the point of raising California taxes when he saw they were needed," said Brown, according to a story in the Sacramento Bee.

The statue will be paid for with private funds. Even so, do you think a statue of The Gipper is appropriate? Let us know in the comments! 

Other bills signed this week included: 

  • A new, state-run retirement savings plan for the private sector, according to the Washington Post.  
  • No more open carrying of rifles and shotguns in California cities, according to the LA Times.
  • Legislators might have a tougher time raising fees at University of California schools. A bill signed this week said university officials must consult students and justify their need for fee hikes before putting them into place, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Foster parents and caregivers now are required to take training in "cultural competency and sensitivity" regarding gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual kids, according to the Chronicle.
  • High speed rail officials must disclose any financial stakes they have in the plan, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • Students will have free access to online textbooks, according to the Sacramento Bee's  Capitol Alert
  • Employers and universities can no longer ask workers, potential employees or students for their e-mail or social media logins or passwords, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
  • Brown signed 19 bills easing the way for more solar power and other renewable energy in California, according to the LA Times PolitiCal
  • California has a new marine reptile: the leatherback sea turtle. Read more in LA Times PolitiCal
  • No more using dogs to hunt bobcats and bears: read more in the Sacramento Bee.
  • Graduation rates and the number of students headed to college now will be figured into school rankings. Read more in the SacBee Capitol Alert.
  • Are you a victim of corporate fraud? Restitution now should come faster than before, according to the SacBee Capitol Alert.
  • State parks won't close for another two years, if at all, after the scandal this year involving a discovery of tens of millions of unknown dollars in the state parks fund. Read more in LA Times PolitiCal.
  • Driverless cars are now OK, at least if you have one like the Google guys. Read more on Santa Cruz Patch and in the Contra Costa Times.    
  • Partying with a friend who goes into a coma? You won't be punished after calling 911 if emergency responders find a small amount of drugs. Read more in HealthyCal.org.
  • Party bus operators are now responsible for underage drinking on board: in the San Jose Mercury News.
  • Domestic violence victims will receive more protections under a new law covered in the LA Times PolitiCal
  • The state's campaign disclosure website is about to get a facelift, thanks to lobbyist and political candidates. Read more in LA Times PolitiCal.
  • Nurse practicioners and others can perform non-surgical abortions. Read more in SacBee Capitol Alert.
  • Eighteen bills will help veterans and those in the military receive more benefits, including help with education and finance. Read more in LA Times PolitiCal.
  • Workers comp is getting an overhaul. Read more in the Associated Press story.
Albert Rubio October 03, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Richard Mellor, What kind of state do you advocate? Please name it.
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Why not put it at "Sather Gate" in Berkley? The California University Sytem used to be Free under Pat Brown so Californians could get a good education. Now it goes to the Highest Bidder who usually is from out of state or out of country. Ronny Boy took away the "FREE EDUCATION" that has led to all the tuition hikes and reductions of California Students. Let those out of state students Worship his image as they cross over to get their Coffee at Starbucks.
Albert Rubio October 03, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Richard, If I want my water heater replaced, and Someone is willing to do it for $200, and the exchange is agreed and completed voluntarily to the satisfaction of each party.... What part of this event (repeated daily under many differing particulars but the same results) is not a Free Trade? If such transactions actually occur freely, then Free Trade does exist and can be extended across all borders.
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:08 AM
My dreams of Viet Nam are less seldome now but I wish I had a Country who welcomed me home with JOBS rather than chants of "BABY KILLER". Even the "Homeowner Exemption" on my property taxes is laeger than the "Veterans exemption"...GO FIGURE !
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:15 AM
And how about the new TAX on driving called the "LEXUS LANES"? Instead of just widening the Freeways is more lanes for everybody., They build a new "TOLL LANE" to rip off the Middle class coMmuters durring rush hour. Time for some more "STALL INS" like on the "BAY BRIDGE" in the 60s and 70s. Soon all the Lanes with be "FAST TRAC" lanes. TAX TAX TAX....All Lanes should be FREE....Honk if you AGREE !
Albert Rubio October 03, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Edward, If it is a "rip off" why are people using them willingly and voluntarily? Drivers are not forced to use the pay lanes. How could any lanes be free? who would build and maintain them for free? If they were free then there would be no need for Taxation to obtain them.
Richard Mellor October 03, 2012 at 05:22 AM
I believe that it is possible for humans to abolish classes in which case there would be no state. In tribal culture, prior to class society there was no state, no oppressive apparatus and all its means of coercion. The state, I believe, is an organ of class rule. I do not believe that the means of producing the necessities of human existence, what is produced and how it is distributed, should be determined by a group of individuals whose goal for setting this process in motion is not the needs of society but personal/private gain, or profit if you like. Capitalists wealth comes from one source and one source only, the use of human labor power. Therefore, capital is a collective product so it's use and allocation should be collectively determined by those whose life activity creates it. What do you do for a living Albert?
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:22 AM
REAGAN let out all the CRAZY PEOPLE from the mental institutions and one stabbed me in 1974. The police told me not to pursue prosecution because the person was known to them as a mentaly disabled person and the Oakland District Attourney would not waste his time trying to get a conviction. Reagan also took away the PAT BROWN dreem of a Free Education that was the basis of the California University System. Thanks to Ronald Reagan, it is now the education system going to the "Highest Bidder" and the Forign Students and out of states rich Kids WIN.
Albert Rubio October 03, 2012 at 05:25 AM
So are you a Marxist who does not advocate a Socialist state nor any state at all? Do you consider yourself an Anarchist then? I am an Engineer.
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Nothing wrong with monuments, where else would all the birds poop? I just hope they don't rebild it with public funds when the Gang Bangers cut it down for the "Scrap"?
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Ronald Reagn gave all his buddies a tax break when he closed down most of the Mental Institutions in the state filling the county jails with Mentally disturbed people. The STATE SAVED and the COUNTIES went Bankrupt so up went local Sales Taxes on the Middle Class and the Poor.
Richard Mellor October 03, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Your water heater replaced. Albert, when you pay someone $200 to change your water heater, this isn't the capitalist economy, it is not capitalism. It's almost like a barter, you agree on a certain value for this persons labor power. The capitalist does this too, but the end product, or the use vale of it is not what he seeks, he seeks its exchange value. He seeks the added value within that commodity, value he hasn't paid for and can only be realized through a sale. We are talking here about the economy of society not an activity between two individuals, one seeking a use value and the other providing it. The capitalist produces not for uses, but for exchange value, he couldn't give a damn about the use value of the finished product.
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:35 AM
We paid with Propositions to build our local freeways and we maintain them with Gasoline Taxes and we have done that for 80 years. Now we want to go "Third World" and make Toll Roads" out of our "FREEWAYS"... BANANA REPUBLIC"?
Richard Mellor October 03, 2012 at 05:38 AM
I do not believe the state can just be abolished or that it will simply disappear as anarchists do. I consider myself a revolutionary socialist, I believe that capitalism has had its historical moment and cannot take society forward, wars, poverty, starvation, that's capitalism's future as well as environmental devastation. My view is that a democratic socialist society can take society forward. But that won't occur spending our time on forums like these. Read that piece, The Transformation of money in to capital from Capital Vol one. It's great stuff, explains how the world really works that's all. What about them A's!
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Or the Value of the People that work for him...FOXCON!
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Since the ONE DOLLAR bill is worth so little, why not replace it with a 3 dollar bill with Ronnies face on it. Just to remind us just how Phony all politicians promises are once they get the POWER!
Edward October 03, 2012 at 05:53 AM
It was Ronnie Boy who said the Government does not need to fund "Aids Reasearch" because "all the infected people would die off and end the infection". 30 years later. 10 million infections in the USA alone and it's not going away by putting one's "head in ther Sand". He also closed the California State Mental institutions and freed a lot of "CRAZY PEOPLE". SAVE MONEY....HURT PEOPLE. The GOP is still hard on the job hurting working people. The 47%...
Albert Rubio October 03, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Dalamar, >The trade between consumer and producer are set at market price. Actually the market price is determined by prices ACTUALLY paid and not by prices set. A house may sell above or below the price set. Clearly, prices paid are always fluctuating as conditions change and no one can set that price without coercion. >Market price to be determined by cost of production, demand, competition and availability of supply as well as the consumers ability to afford the product. Market price is determined by what people are willing to actually pay (and this changes constantly), independent of the costs of the product. The costs of production against the market price will determine quantity and quality produced (a little, a lot, or none) >The addition or subtraction of competition will be naturally determined by all the above. Certainly competition is an important factor in affecting economic conditions. But Market prices also affect the level of competition. It is a feedback system. >consumers and producers will determine price, competition, some level of safety standards and some level of responsible environmental protections. Yes >In other words, at some point, trade will reach equilibrium in order to maintain sales. Sort of. equilibrium suggest a stable level of trade and price, however methods, tastes and conditions do not stand still. The market can never be stable in this sense, it ever dynamic and changing with the ideas of men.
Albert Rubio October 03, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Richard, Clearly I described a trade, and for it to be free it must be entered into voluntarily. This is a real life event and it satisfies the requirements of a free trade. An Free Trade economy is composed of such voluntary transactions. So Free Trade does exist as I claim in varying degrees and is virtually impossible to extinguish. A world without free trade is a world of absolute slavery for everyone. the economy is all barter, money is merely a medium of exchange that facilitates the barter much more efficiently.
Albert Rubio October 03, 2012 at 06:10 AM
A "revolutionary socialist" is also known historically as a communist. Is this fair, if not what is the difference? "Communism (from Latin communis - common, universal) is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless, and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order." Wiki
Albert Rubio October 03, 2012 at 06:12 AM
By "Revolutionary Socialist" does this mean you advocate a revolution by the use of force and violence if necessary in order to establish a Socialist rule?
Bong Sativa October 03, 2012 at 08:23 AM
If Fred Eiger's morals were as low as his scruples he'd have to climb ten flights of stairs to kiss a snake's ass !
Dalamar October 03, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Hello Albert- I apologize, I should have been more specific. I meant how the cartels behave in Mexico. Not here in the U.S. I realize here with all the effort to stop trafficking the premise is invalid. In Mexico due to various reasons, the cartels and their behavior appear to be exempt from government intervention. As such, the way they deal with competition, supply and demand I thought would be a beginning reference to Free Trade. Perhaps you are correct, this would be a difficult parallel.
Fred Eiger October 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
"revolutionary socialist" is another phrase for thug who wishes to enslave others. You're a putrid, disgusting and vile individual Mellor. You represent the worse that comes with unchecked immigration.
Fred Eiger October 03, 2012 at 12:31 PM
"Tribal culture"??? Brilliant idea, let's all sit around a teepee, carrying water in chamois bags from the river. Quick being such a jackass!
Fred Eiger October 03, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Mellor finally said something correct; that he is a "tool and not to be taken seriously".
Albert Rubio October 04, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Dalamar, I think what I said about drugs in the US applies to Mexico. Drugs are criminalized in Mexico as in the US. Recently there has been talk in Mexico about legalizing drugs but the US puts pressure against this. Biden, in Mexico, Says U.S. Won't Legalize Drugs http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203458604577264103153246424.html If I am missing your question could you pose it again?
Albert Rubio October 08, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Richard Mellor, Capitalism is not pro-business. Here is another explanation as to why one must not conflate a Capitalist with Business People. It has always been a Marxist practice to confuse the two. Is Capitalism "Pro-Business?" http://youtu.be/hjh7mXPfMKs "In this video, Professor Steve Horwitz advocates for free market economic policy. He refutes the often recited claim that "What is good for General Motors is good for America" by explaining that pro-business legislation encourages behavior that is not beneficial to society or the business itself. He suggests that, in a free market, factors such as profit and competition encourage behavior that ultimately benefits society. Professor Horwitz illustrates that pro-business legislation restricts progress and therefore caters to the interests of industry rather than to consumers, whereas "supporters of free markets are ultimately pro-human and pro-people because it is through markets that we get the most innovation and we get the most goods and the cheapest prices."
Fred Eiger October 08, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Excellent point Albert, but it will be lost on Mellor considering that everything for this Marxist is the standard Leninist line; "workers are being exploited" or "Profits are unpaid wages", "capitalism is unsustainable" blah blah blah.
Edward April 19, 2013 at 03:33 AM
We Voted and paid for the wider freeways because they were suposed to stay FREE. Now they have the money and the road is built, they make the 4th lane a special "Toll Lane" even though it was built with public money with a promise that everyone could use it without tolls. Lies, lies, lies. just like we were suposed to get our Social Security "TAX FREE", because we paid taxes on the contributions, we get a new Congress and we now get Taxed on the Benefits. Fortunatly the State has not followed the Federal Government in Taxing those benefits but the time will come when they will need money and that will be a "Back Door" way of doing it, so they will not have to raise taxes on their rich buddies.

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