California Roundup: Issa Rising, Charney Sinking, Republicans Standing, Bond Bellyaching, and Latin Dancing

* Darrel Issa says it's their turn to cry: The Vista Republican famously bankrolled the recall of Gray Davis, then wept while conceding that Arnold Schwarzenegger -- not Issa himself -- would be the man to cash that check. But things may be looking up for the car alarm king who has never been convicted of auto theft. As ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa stands to gain subpoena power should the Republicans get control of the House of Representatives this November. Issa tells the National Review that he's going to "take on everybody that the president hires and relies upon; the people who tell him that everything is fine." Issa will be speaking at the California Republican convention this weekend.

* Dov Charney suffers for our sins: Los Angeles-based American Apparel  --  moth-eaten icon of sweatless manufacturing and hippie capitalism -- says it may soon be out of business. Which proves that even if you hire illegal aliens it's still too expensive to run a clothing factory in California.

* Republicans are still standing on the budget: The special election of San Luis Obispo's Sam Blakeslee to the state Senate puts a no-new-taxer into office and leaves the GOP with a fiscal-conservative minority large enough to continue blocking this year's budget. (Budgets and tax increases in the Golden State must be approved by a two-thirds vote rather than a straight majority.)

* Bill Lockyer says stop hurting our feelings: As California's credit rating sinks under the weight of reality, Treasurer Lockyer believes he has found the solution -- don't let bond dealers and derivatives traders say bad things about the state. Buried far down in Nathaniel Popper's L.A. Times story is the detail that after a months-long investigation Lockyer turned up "no evidence that the swaps market has made the state's borrowing more costly." Maybe people think the state is a bad credit risk because it is in fact a bad credit risk.

* Meg Whitman says hasta la vista, Jerry: Republican candidate for governor works to draw off Latino voters from Democrat Jerry Brown -- whose lead among Latinos is apparently smaller than it needs to be.

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  • Geotpf||

    Oh, I think American Apparel will go out of business due to the boss sleeping with every female employee and their practice of hiring people based on looks over experience or skills.

  • ||

    Oh, I think American Apparel will go out of business due to the boss sleeping with every female employee and their practice of hiring people based on looks over experience or skills.

    Why? I'm told that Affirmative Action works everywhere else.

  • skr||

    that and the stock tanking by 70%.

  • ||

    That and their regularily nasty looking portrayal of women in their ads, plus this season's shift in advertising to a "classic" style that's oddly 80's and seems out of step with what people actually want to wear. Plus their employee guideline leaking out on the internet and making people not want to work/shop there anymore.
    That said, if they are going out of business, I am going in and buying 10 of their cotton pencil skirts in different colors. They are lovely and comfy and look good for ages.

  • qwerty||

    I wish I could say that if Republicans get control of the House of Representatives and the governorship, they could fix the state, but no they can't.

    The state is beyond hope. We need to follow Lex Luthor's plan and create a new California coastline.

  • R||

    Broken window fallacy.

  • Jeffersonian||

    Not when that window is a trillion bucks in debt.

  • ||

    Good a time as any to pipe in again that the state is ungovernable, and one of the few things we could do to fix that is break the state up into two states.

    It's not clear to me that Northern California would want to stop inflicting their twisted values on Southern California, but just for the record, there really is no reason why the interests of the Inland Empire (for instance) should need to compromise with the interests of San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

    That really is the heart of the matter. The interests of Los Angeles and San Francisco diverge even further in their own way...

    The state is too big and too diverse to be governed from Sacramento. Let the Central Coast vote on which way it wants to go (North prolly), and let it be over already.

    You Northern California people would still be able to preen over Southern California, the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, but wouldn't you much rather be able to do the evil good you want to do without having to compromise with the likes of Orange County?

    You would, wouldn't you?

  • Jason S. ||

    Your favorite baseball team sucks.

    And we're the ones that don't have a problem with the state rock. That was your guys big idea. "Oh, serpentine has asbestos (sometimes) in it. We need to waste a bunch of time and try to save everybody from the state rock. We know what's best for California."

    Burn Hollywood, burn.

  • ||


    The state is beyond hope. We need to follow Lex Luthor's plan and create a new California coastline

    Yes! Then California could default along de fault.

  • ||

    "Barajas said Brown is taking Latino voters for granted and they can't be counted on to support him just because he "shows a picture of him with Cesar Chavez."

    Brown ain't the rock star he used to be, is he?

    http://www.hispanic5.com/farmer_worker_pictures.htm

    Looking at those old pictures of him with Caesar Chavez, it's like looking at old pictures Mick Jagger--showing people how you used to look sometimes doesn't help...

    Besides, if he wanted to impress people, he should be showin' pictures of himself with Linda Ronstadt...

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2.....n_mari.php

    ...or better yet, hook up with some smokin' hottie from Univsion or Telemundo.

    It worked for Villaraigosa!

  • DRM||

    Of course, César Chávez was anti-immigration; the UFW under him organized a "Wet Line" along the border to stop illegals from entering the country.

  • Ron L||

    That was when Linda Ronstadt looked hot. And had enough sense to bail out of political comments.
    Neither of which apply now.

  • ||

    I hope you see my point though...

    He looks a lot more impressive standing next to Linda Ronstadt than he does standing next to Caesar Chavez.

    That works with a lot of things: cars, beer, politicians...

    Nobody ever bought a car because Caesar Chavez was standing next to it.

  • DRM||

    Pass an initiative to cut legislative salaries to $7,200 a year and freeze them there. Even if it fixes nothing, it's ridiculous for California to be paying its legislators more than ten times as much as Texan legislators make, given the inferior results.

  • Memnon||

    What the hell is Issa doing with Bashir Assad in that pic? Invited him over to Cali for a free eye exam?

  • Virginia||

    I actually really like the American Apparel ads. And shouldn't they have gone BK years ago?

  • Joshua||

    yes, I will miss seeing my favorite porn stars in AA ads.

  • Virginia||

    But with its business in jeopardy, the company may need to take more drastic measures — including letting go of its longtime Made-in-USA stance, said Nikoleta Panteva, apparel analyst with IBISWorld in Santa Monica.

    She said American Apparel should consider outsourcing some of its manufacturing to countries such as China and Vietnam

    Then they become just another textile company. Their business model (which failed) is predicated on Made in the USA.

  • ||

    Yeah, well US residents no longer want to buy inferior quality American-made products.

    *ducks*

  • ChrisO||

    If by "inferior" you mean "more expensive," that's probably true.

    I wear a lot of t-shirts, and I've noticed a drastic decline in the fabric quality of cotton shirts across the board in the last few years.

    Newer shirts seem to be made of thinner, coarser fabric and shrink drastically after the first washing. This has been true with both more expensive shirts and the cheapest concert t-shirts I've bought.

    If American Apparel shirts are actually better quality, I might have to grab a few before the company goes under. Saving a few dollars is relatively unimportant concerning a staple item that I would intend to wear for years.

  • ||

    They're not. American Apparel actually pioneered the flimsy, super-thin, toilet-paper-like cotton tee. You are lucky to get it to survive a season of washing.

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