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During the California budget deadlock that had the State runningon CA IOU.s, I interviewed California Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico on KMEC Radio-Mendocino, regarding Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's punish-the-poor proposals and Democratic State legislators' response, which finally concluded in the compromise signed on July 24, 2009.

I had asked Assemblyman Torrico, a week earlier, whether there wasn't some way that the State's majority Democrats could advance their own vision of California, assuming they had one, and then negotiate from strength. He said that this year's budget battle had created a singular opportunity for them to do so, by discarding Schwarzenegger's budget and sending him their own, but, that they had declined.

Where does this leave California? I asked.

In need, he said, of grassroots organization and outcry.

I posted this interview clip to my You Tube Channel:
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To balance its budget, fund its obligations and ke... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 at 3:29:02 AM
Thank you, Scott. Fascinating. Maybe I should move... by Ann Garrison on Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 at 10:31:53 AM