Daily Archives: October 1, 2010
Peter Hecht | Sacramento Bee
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation that will reduce the crime of possession of an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction, handing a victory to marijuana advocates one month before November’s state vote to legalize pot for recreational use.
The governor’s signature of Senate Bill 1449 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will not reduce actual penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Under California law, misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce was already punishable as infraction – with offenders facing fines of $100.
Marijuana advocates say the governor’s decision to sign the bill will significantly reduce the number of cases clogging California courts by removing the misdemeanor tag.
The law will take effect Jan. 1, meaning it may be superseded – at least for Californians over 21 – by the November legalization measure.
Schwarzenegger said he signed Leno’s bill because “possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is infraction in everything but name.”
- Maijuana Possession In California Reduced To Infraction (huffingtonpost.com)
- California Decriminalizes Minor Marijuana Possession: SB 1449 (nowpublic.com)
Getting everything ready as the audience starts to come in. Checked my e-mail and found I had a donation to the Under The LobsterScope operating fund from a reader in New Hampshire… so I, of course, immediately sent out the Bill’s Barnhart Ornaments font package (this month’s appreciation gift) by e-mail. The tile on the left is a Barnhart Ornament.
This is the first of the last three performances of Thurber Carnival… just tomorrow night and Sunday Matinee to go and it’s over. Not sure if I’ll be working on the next show here… I have some conflicts that they didn’t bother to ask me about… I guess they just assumed I’d be here. I much prefer it when people ask me in advance to work on their shows. This next one lands on Elly’s birthday and Thanksgiving week and I have lots of other things I’m involved with, like the Film Festival, during the rehearsal weeks. (That’s another Barnhart Ornament on the right.)
Introducing White House Whiteboard
In this first edition, Austan Goolsbee, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers at the White House, tackles the tax cut fight and what it means that Congressional Republicans are “holding middle class tax cuts hostage” as the President has said:
That makes it pretty clear, doesn’t it. While the candidates are off now running for their seats, please remember to bring this up to the Republicans who are saying that Obama’s Administration is doing nothing to fix our economy.
- Austan Goolsbee, tax cuts and “big red balls” (salon.com)
- Think Nobody in the White House Knows How to Explain Economic Policy? (theatlantic.com)
Following its $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association, News Corporation — the parent company of Fox News — has donated $1 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the heaviest anti-Democratic advertisers in this year’s elections. Spokesmen for News Corp. and Fox declined to comment.
Stinks, doesn’t it?
John Case and I are enjoying our post-show coffee over on German Street as we watch Phil work like a demon to service his customers (including getting our two bagels toasted). Right now none of his help are around and he is working like a mad man… impressive!
Today I’m finishing up my search for a sale of my dead car for parts. So far the best offer is at Brown’s for $200.00… I’m still hoping that one more guy who is looking for an Echo motor might come through and buy the car to retrofit. I gave him two days and this is the third, so I’ll call him. Whatever I get from the parts goes into paying for Linda Bartash’s Subaru.
Tonite starts the second and final weekend of Thurber Carnival… John says their brushup rehearsal was pretty good last night. I skipped it… the director said she didn’t need lights for the rehearsal. Just as well, since I was exhausted last night. Maybe we’ll have some audience, too. Full Circle does a really bad job of promoting shows and a 10 or 12 person audience in a 90 seat house is not unusual. We hit 30 on the Sunday matinee last week and that was the best house so far.
- It looks like I may buy Linda Bartash’s Subaru Outback… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Coffee’s Place In The Global Economy (mint.com)
- Doctors and Nurses Are Fueled by Coffee (webmd.com)