Aiello, Dan

Dan Aiello, is the Sacramento reporter for the California Progress Report.

Leaked Industry Memo Prompts Warning on Chemicals

Dan_Aiello.jpgBy Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

Republican Freshman Legislator in Union Crosshairs


By Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

A coalition of labor organizations representing healthcare workers, teachers, schools, county and municipal workers has launched what its representatives claim is “only the beginning” of a public relations effort to bring constituent awareness and public pressure to bear on legislators with stated opposition to any revenue-generating budget proposals.

The first legislator targeted: Freshman Assemblymember, Steve Knight (R-36th).

Speaker Pushes For Public Support of Revenue Proposals During Virtual Meeting

Nancy-Skinner.gif By Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, hosted a conference call for online media yesterday as part of an effort to convey their message directly to Californians that they plan to “fight the good fight” to preserve as much of California’s safety net as they can.

Their message to the public: Pressure the governor to support at least some revenue generating proposals.

“Everybody knows what a difficult time period this is,” said Bass to about a dozen bloggers and other online media journalists. “You have two legislators here who both have a long history of activism and find ourselves in an unbelievable position.”

Chiang: State Coffers Worse Than Expected, Painful Cuts Inevitable

rally_june_2009.jpgDan Aiello
California Progress Report

For those Californians who didn’t hear or take seriously governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s warning that the golden state’s “Day of reckoning is here,” state controller John Chiang today released his monthly report detailing California’s cash balance. The news from Chiang is not good.

For the month of May, the State’s revenue was even worse than Schwarzenegger had planned, $827 million below the latest projections found in the Governor’s May Budget Revision.

Nava Hearings Focus on Home Lending Crisis and Mortgage Collapse

a_Pnava.gifBy Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

Assemblyman Pedro Nava (35-Santa Barbara) held a second hearing on the collapse of the mortgage industry Monday, focusing this time on the role California's accountants and accounting firms played in the home lending crisis.

As chairman of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee, Nava, who announced last week he will run for attorney general in 2010, held the multi-panel fact-finding discussion as part of a series of discovery hearings meant to examine what led the mortgage industry to collapse.