Trzcinski, Diane


Diane Trzcinski is a Los Angeles attorney with a Ph.D. in 18th Century British literature who also writes short stories. She says “I'm beginning to see that consensual reality is far weirder than the stuff I've been writing.” This article first appeared in Cab Drollery and is republished with her permission.

Governor's Priorities Clear

Sacramento_Capitol.jpgBy Diane Trzcinski
Cab Drollery

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made his priorities abundantly clear when the legislature handed over the budget "fix" for him to sign yesterday. Oh, he signed it, but not without a little more tinkering.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today [July 28, 2009] signed a budget plan approved by lawmakers to close the state's monumental deficit, using his veto power to impose nearly $500 million in additional cuts.

Mean-spirited or Just Plain Mean?

Sacramento_Capitol.jpgBy Diane Trzcinski
Cab Drollery

The anti-immigrant forces are at it again in California. Their targets this time are children. From the Los Angeles Times:

The plan: a California ballot initiative that would end public benefits for illegal immigrants, cut off welfare payments for their children and impose new rules for birth certificates. ...

Nightmare Scenario for School Lunches

Sacramento_Capitol.jpgBy Diane Trzcinski
Cab Drollery

In case anyone needed more evidence that a lot of Americans are going through desperate times, this article from Tuesday's Sacramento Bee provides plenty.

About 53.6 percent of Sacramento County's public school students received a subsidized lunch during the 2008-2009 year, up from exactly 50 percent the year before, according to a Bee analysis of recent California Department of Education data. That translates to an extra 5,000 Sacramento County kids taking a free or reduced-price lunch. ...