Khloe Kardashian is moving to Dallas (one down, seven Kardashian-Jenners to go). You can get really good Mexican/Korean/Thai/Sushi/Vietnamese/Salvadoran food, sometimes all in the same taco. Plus, there’s the hilarity of living in a place where the latest high-profile police chase involves a Prius, the LA version of a “clean” getaway.
But when LA voters are being asked to decide whether porn stars should wear condoms, maybe it’s time to take a good long look at ourselves. More on that in a moment.
As 2012 begins, California is still reliving 2011. And 2010. 2009.
Revenues have not kept up with projections, so nearly $1 billion in new cuts kicked in January first. These include cuts to prisons, higher education, and social services.
I know there are people suffering from these cuts. I read about them in the newspaper. In my protected little corner of the Golden State, the only difference I've noticed is higher tuition for my daughter at UC Irvine, who claims her smallest class is 150 people. Meantime, roads are still being repaved, fires are still being put out, and I've noticed no uptick in crime due to prisoners being released early. I'm waiting for the first story to appear on someone who died because of state budget cuts. Still waiting.
Meantime, the more we cut, the more we legislate! Over seven hundred new laws have taken effect, most starting this week. These include:
- Forcing children up to age 8, or at least 4’9”, to ride in car safety seats.
- Large retailers and manufacturers have to show how they're ensuring suppliers aren't engaged in slavery.
- Public libraries at risk of being closed cannot be privatized unless new owners pay government-scale wages.
- The state has to send 75% of solid waste to recycling plants by 2020. (Bets?)
- Illegal immigrants can receive grants, fee waivers and reimbursement for serving in student government.
- Elected officials who lie about military honors have to resign from office. (We need a law for this?)
But wait! There may be more.
Los Angeles county voters may be asked to decide next November whether adult film actors have to wear condoms. Yes, vote for President of the United States, and on the same ballot decide how sex scenes should be filmed. Activists say they plan to seek signatures to get the measure on the LA County ballot since health officials will not act.