Monday, March 16, 2009
More than 500 competitors from 60 California high schools, with their coaches and parents, filled the cavernous Sacramento Memorial Auditorium for the last event in a grueling two-day match to select the brainiest team of high schoolers in the state.
Moorpark High School took top honors in the 30th Annual California Academic Decathlon on Monday, setting the stage for the reigning national champion team to defend its title next month. Moorpark High set a record last year for the highest score in the statewide competition.
El Camino Real High School placed second this year in the state competition.
California Proposition 1A, also known as the Budget Stabilization Act, will appear on the special, statewide May 19, 2009 ballot in California as part of a package that state legislators believe will fix the state's budget problems.
Proposition 1A will extend for as long as four years the approximately $16 billion tax increase that is part of the budget deal struck in Sacramento. It will also impose a limit on the amount the state can spend each year.
Although six of the seven statewide ballot propositions on the May ballot (1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E and 1F) are intended to close an approximately $42 billion budget gap. A new report by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said in early March that tax revenues flowing into the state treasury are "well below" the projections it used earlier in the year, and that California's government now faces an additional $8 billion gap in addition to the earlier $42 billion gap.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The money is part of an $825 billion stimulus package the House of Representatives is expected to vote on today. It contains about $140 billion for schools nationwide.
The package would provide millions of dollars to most school districts in the Bay Area and across the state for construction, special education and help for low-income students.
"This does not solve the fiscal crisis, but it does throw us a lifeline," state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said Tuesday.
Although no package has been approved, California educators are salivating over what could be the largest infusion of one-time federal cash for schools in the state's history.
California is facing a $42 billion budget gap over the next 18 months, and state lawmakers have yet to agree on how to close it. With the state on the brink of running out of cash, California hopes to borrow money to keep short-term cash flowing.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Crescent City Comfort Inn
100 Walton St, Crescent City, CA 95531;
Location: Southside near Crescent City Harbor
This 100 percent non-smoking hotel is located at Gateway to the Redwood Forest and offers large rooms, some with partial ocean views.
Many of the rooms and suites have a balcony and a large whirlpool bath.
Guestroom Amenities at the Comfort Inn include in-room coffee service, 25-inch TV, microwave, refrigerator, ironing board,
iron, clock radio, hair dryer, cable and HBO.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
California Whale Watching Tours : Jan-Mar
From January through March, some 28,000 Pacific Gray Whales make their annual migration up along
the coast to their summer Alaska feeding grounds. During the summer Blue and Humpback Whales also
come to visit the local waters delighting visitors with upclose encounters.
California has several major world class aquarium exhibits and a number of lessor ones with a major emphasis on exploring life and habitat of the California Coastline.
The several major aquariums can provide a lot more info about guided VIP whale watching tours.
Tour Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey CA
Since it first opened in 1984, this facility has quickly evolved into one of the most unique and most popular attractions in America. It features many award-winning exhibits that are rich in information about the many animals, plants and natural habitats of our oceans with a special emphasis on the Pacific Ocean.
Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach CA
It takes more than an ordinary aquarium to lead you on journey of discovery of the world's largest ocean. Special exhibits let your dive into a unique exploration of sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the North Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.
California Coastal National Monument
Established in 2000, the California Coastal National Monument runs the entire length of the California coast (1,100 miles) between Oregon and Mexico, extends 12 nautical miles from the shoreline, and encompasses thousands of BLM administered islands, rocks, exposed reefs, and pinnacles above mean high tide.
Cooperatively managed with other federal, state, local overnment, universities, and private interests, the primary purpose of the Monument is to protect important biological and geological values. The islands, rocks, reefs, and pinnacles provide forage and breeding grounds for significant populations of birds and sea mammals.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Joshua Tree National Park
I went out with the Boy Scouts to visit Joshua Tree last week. They love the place with all the abundance of its giant rock formations. Never mind that the temperature dropped by 25 degrees right at sunset.
Standing nearly 40 feet tall, the Joshua Tree is not really a tree at all but the largest member of the Yucca family of plants. It was so name by early Mormon pioneers crossing the desert who found the angular branches to resemble the outstretched arms of Joshua leading the Israelites into the Promise Land.
Of particular note are the many unusual plants found here including Joshua trees, cactus,
ocotillo, smoke treess, palo verdes, pinon pins, yucca plants. The best
time to visit is early spring when a big array of desert wildflowers
reach full bloom.
AFC Divisional Game Tickets
11-Jan-2009 : San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday / 4:45 PM @ Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA,
Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s status for Sunday’s Divisional Playoff game in Pittsburgh is uncertain due to his sore groin,
but Darren Sproles and Michael Bennett will be prepared to carry the load if needed just as they did against the Colts on Saturday.
But the weather in Pittsburgh is going to be oh so cold!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Tour La Jolla Classic Car Show - Jan 11, 2009
Over 140 classic vintage automobiles will be on display at the 5th Annual La Jolla Motor Car Classic on January 11th. Come admire the breathtaking views of La Jolla Cove and the coastline as you view the range of fine cars, and make sure to stroll up to La Jolla Village for a taste of the exceptional dining and stylish shopping on offer.