Saturday, November 13, 2010

The List

We're back in Laguna Beach after a month's absence. Yesterday, our neighbor Debra gave me a long-overdue haircut at the salon where she works down in the village; and we stopped for an early dinner at what was Pomodoro when we left but is now Alessa, a whole new restaurant. Everything changes, Pomodoro just as much as the hair on my head. We made friends with good people at the next-door table. Then back home to watch Bill Maher's last "Real Time" for the current year. Politics gets more and more sickening; but we were happy to see Michael Moore en pleine forme. We were also happy to be distracted by the sight, from our balcony, of the high school football field, neon green under the floodlights, and by the cheers of the fans and the raw music of the band. Very Norman Rockwell, and a reminder that the TV screen, after all, is just another slice of unreality...

Anyway, my friend, reader, frequent commenter and artist Gary at CHISPHERE (read about his currency pup tent in the "Comments" to my 11/11 entry!) has let me off the hook for this Saturday. He sent me this list and dared me to post it on The Buddha Diaries. Thought you might enjoy it. It's pretty breathtaking. If you were Jerry Brown and had promised to start cutting, where would you begin?


> WHY CALIFORNIA IS BROKE AND WILL REMAIN BROKE!!
>
> LIST OF STATE OF CALIFORNIA AGENCIES:
>
> California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for
> Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California
> Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch *
> California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export
> Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California
> Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB)
> * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy and
> Advanced Transportation Financing Authority * California Animal Health
> and Food Safety Services * California Anti-Terrorism Information Center
> * California Apprenticeship Council * California Arbitration
> Certification Program * California Architects Board * California Area VI
> Developmental Disabilities Board * California Arts Council * California
> Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus * California Assembly
> Democratic Caucus * California Assembly Republican Caucus * California
> Athletic Commission * California Attorney General * California Bay
> Conservation and Development Commission * California Bay-Delta Authority
> * California Bay-Delta Office * California Biodiversity Council *
> California Board for Geologists and Geophysicists * California Board for
> Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors * California Board of
> Accountancy * California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology * California
> Board of Behavioral Sciences * California Board of Chiropractic
> Examiners * California Board of Equalization (BOE) * California Board of
> Forestry and Fire Protection * California Board of Guide Dogs for the
> Blind * California Board of Occupational Therapy * California Board of
> Optometry * California Board of Pharmacy * California Board of Podiatric
> Medicine * California Board of Prison Terms * California Board of
> Psychology * California Board of Registered Nursing * California Board
> of Trustees * California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric
> Technicians * California Braille and Talking Book Library * California
> Building Standards Commission * California Bureau for Private
> Postsecondary and Vocational Education * California Bureau of Automotive
> Repair * California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair *
> California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation *
> California Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine * California Bureau of
> Security and Investigative Services * California Bureau of State Audits
> * California Business Agency * California Business Investment Services
> (CalBIS) * California Business Permit Information (CalGOLD) * California
> Business Portal * California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
> * California Cal Grants * California CalJOBS * California Cal-Learn
> Program * California CalVet Home Loan Program * California Career
> Resource Network * California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau * California
> Center for Analytical Chemistry * California Center for Distributed
> Learning * California Center for Teaching Careers (Teach California) *
> California Chancellors Office * California Charter Schools * California
> Children and Families Commission * California Children and Family
> Services Division * California Citizens Compensation Commission *
> California Civil Rights Bureau * California Coastal Commission *
> California Coastal Conservancy * California Code of Regulations *
> California Collaborative Projects with UC Davis * California Commission
> for Jobs and Economic Growth * California Commission on Aging *
> California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation *
> California Commission on Judicial Performance * California Commission on
> State Mandates * California Commission on Status of Women * California
> Commission on Teacher Credentialing * California Commission on the
> Status of Women * California Committee on Dental Auxiliaries *
> California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, Junior Colleges *
> California Community Colleges Chancellors Office * California Complaint
> Mediation Program * California Conservation Corps * California
> Constitution Revision Commission * California Consumer Hotline *
> California Consumer Information Center * California Consumer Information
> * California Consumer Services Division * California Consumers and
> Families Agency * California Contractors State License Board *
> California Corrections Standards Authority * California Council for the
> Humanities * California Council on Criminal Justice * California Council
> on Developmental Disabilities * California Court Reporters Board *
> California Courts of Appeal * California Crime and Violence Prevention
> Center * California Criminal Justice Statistics Center * California
> Criminalist Institute Forensic Library * California CSGnet Network
> Management * California Cultural and Historical Endowment * California
> Cultural Resources Division * California Curriculum and Instructional
> Leadership Branch * California Data Exchange Center * California Data
> Management Division * California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission
> * California Delta Protection Commission * California Democratic Caucus
> * California Demographic Research Unit * California Dental Auxiliaries *
> California Department of Aging * California Department of Alcohol and
> Drug Programs * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
> Appeals Board * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control *
> California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) *
> California Department of Child Support Services (CDCSS) * California
> Department of Community Services and Development * California Department
> of Conservation * California Department of Consumer Affairs * California
> Department of Corporations * California Department of Corrections and
> Rehabilitation * California Department of Developmental Services *
> California Department of Education * California Department of Fair
> Employment and Housing * California Department of Finance * California
> Department of Financial Institutions * California Department of Fish and
> Game * California Department of Food and Agriculture * California
> Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) * California Department
> of General Services * California Department of General Services, Office
> of State Publishing * California Department of Health Care Services *
> California Department of Housing and Community Development * California
> Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) * California Department of
> Insurance * California Department of Justice Firearms Division *
> California Department of Justice Opinion Unit * California Department of
> Justice, Consumer Information, Public Inquiry Unit * California
> Department of Justice * California Department of Managed Health Care *
> California Department of Mental Health * California Department of Motor
> Vehicles (DMV) * California Department of Personnel Administration *
> California Department of Pesticide Regulation * California Department of
> Public Health * California Department of Real Estate * California
> Department of Rehabilitation * California Department of Social Services
> Adoptions Branch * California Department of Social Services * California
> Department of Technology Services Training Center (DTSTC) * California
> Department of Technology Services (DTS) * California Department of Toxic
> Substances Control * California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
> * California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVets) * California
> Department of Water Resources * California Departmento de Vehiculos
> Motorizados * California Digital Library * California Disabled Veteran
> Business Enterprise Certification Program * California Division of
> Apprenticeship Standards * California Division of Codes and Standards *
> California Division of Communicable Disease Control * California
> Division of Engineering * California Division of Environmental and
> Occupational Disease Control * California Division of Gambling Control *
> California Division of Housing Policy Development * California Division
> of Labor Standards Enforcement * California Division of Labor Statistics
> and Research * California Division of Land and Right of Way * California
> Division of Land Resource Protection * California Division of Law
> Enforcement General Library * California Division of Measurement
> Standards * California Division of Mines and Geology * California
> Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) * California
> Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources * California Division of
> Planning and Local Assistance * California Division of Recycling *
> California Division of Safety of Dams * California Division of the
> State Architect * California Division of Tourism * California Division
> of Workers Compensation Medical Unit * California Division of Workers
> Compensation * California Economic Assistance, Business and Community
> Resources * California Economic Strategy Panel * California Education
> and Training Agency * California Education Audit Appeals Panel *
> California Educational Facilities Authority * California Elections
> Division * California Electricity Oversight Board * California Emergency
> Management Agency * California Emergency Medical Services Authority *
> California Employment Development Department (EDD) * California
> Employment Information State Jobs * California Employment Training Panel
> * California Energy Commission * California Environment and Natural
> Resources Agency * California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA)
> * California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) *
> California Executive Office * California Export Laboratory Services *
> California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo) * California Fair
> Political Practices Commission * California Fairs and Expositions
> Division * California Film Commission * California Fire and Resource
> Assessment Program * California Firearms Division * California Fiscal
> Services * California Fish and Game Commission * California Fisheries
> Program Branch * California Floodplain Management * California Foster
> Youth Help * California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) * California Fraud
> Division * California Gambling Control Commission * California
> Geographic Information Systems Council (GIS) * California Geological
> Survey * California Government Claims and Victim Compensation Board *
> California Governors Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons *
> California Governors Mentoring Partnership * California Governors Office
> of Emergency Services * California Governors Office of Homeland Security
> * California Governors Office of Planning and Research * California
> Governors Office * California Grant and Enterprise Zone Programs HCD
> Loan * California Health and Human Services Agency * California Health
> and Safety Agency * California Healthy Families Program * California
> Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau * California High-Speed Rail Authority *
> California Highway Pat rol (CHP) * California History and Culture Agency
> * California Horse Racing Board * California Housing Finance Agency *
> California Indoor Air Quality Program * California Industrial
> Development Financing Advisory Commission * California Industrial
> Welfare Commission * California InFoPeople * California Information
> Center for the Environment * California Infrastructure and Economic
> Development Bank (I-Bank) * California Inspection Services * California
> Institute for County Government * California Institute for Education
> Reform * California Integrated Waste Management Board * California
> Interagency Ecological Program * California Job Service * California
> Junta Estatal de Personal * California Labor and Employment Agency *
> California Labor and Workforce Development Agency * California Labor
> Market Information Division * California Land Use Planning Information
> Network (LUPIN) * California Lands Commission * California Landscape
> Architects Technical Committee * California Latino Legislative Caucus *
> California Law Enforcement Branch * California Law Enforcement General
> Library * California Law Revision Commission * California Legislative
> Analyst's Office * California Legislative Black Caucus * California
> Legislative Counsel * California Legislative Division * California
> Legislative Information * California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
> and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus * California Legislature Internet Caucus *
> California Library De velopment Services * California License and
> Revenue Branch * California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program *
> California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board * California Maritime
> Academy * California Marketing Services * California Measurement
> Standards * California Medical Assistance Commission * California
> Medical Care Services * California Military Department * California
> Mining and Geology Board * California Museum for History, Women, and the
> Arts * California Museum Resource Center * California National Guard *
> California Native American Heritage Commission * California Natural
> Community Conservation Planning Program * California New Motor Vehicle
> Board * California Nursing Home Administrator Program * California
> Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board * California Occupational
> Safety and Health Standards Board * California Ocean Resources
> Management Program * California Office of Administrative Hearings *
> California Office of Administrative Law * California Office of AIDS *
> California Office of Binational Border Health * California Office of
> Child Abuse Prevention * California Office of Deaf Access * California
> Office of Emergency Services (OES) * California Office of Environmental
> Health Hazard Assessment * California Office of Fiscal Services *
> California Office of Fleet Administration * California Office of Health
> Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Implementation
> (CalOHI) * California Office of Historic Preservation * California
> Office of Homeland Security * California Office of Human Resources *
> California Office of Legal Services * California Office of Legislation *
> California Office of Lieutenant Governor * California Office of Military
> and Aerospace Support * California Office of Mine Reclamation *
> California Office of Natural Resource Education * California Office of
> Privacy Protection * California Office of Public School Construction *
> California Office of Real Estate Appraisers * California Office of Risk
> and Insurance Management * California Office of Services to the Blind *
> California Office of Spill Prevention and Response * California Office
> of State Publishing (OSP) * California Office of Statewide Health
> Planning and Development * California Office of Systems Integration *
> California Office of the Inspector General * California Office of the
> Ombudsman * California Office of the Pat ient Advocate * California
> Office of the President * California Office of the Secretary for
> Education * California Office of the State Fire Marshal * California
> Office of the State Public Defender * California Office of Traffic
> Safety * California Office of Vital Records * California Online
> Directory * California Operations Control Office * California Opinion
> Unit * California Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) *
> California Park and Recreation Commission * California Peace Officer
> Standards and Training (POST) * California Performance Review (CPR) *
> California Permit Information for Business (CalGOLD) * California
> Physical Therapy Board * California Physician Assistant Committee *
> California Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services * California Policy
> and Evaluation Division * California Political Reform Division *
> California Pollution Control Financing Authority * California
> Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo * California Postsecondary
> Education Commission * California Prevention Services * California
> Primary Care and Family Health * California Prison Industry Authority *
> California Procurement Division * California Public Employees Retirement
> System (CalPERS) * California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) *
> California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) * California Real Estate
> Services Division * California Refugee Programs Branch * California
> Regional Water Quality Control Boards * California Registered Veterinary
> Technician Committee * California Registrar of Charitable Trusts *
> California Republican Caucus * California Research and Development
> Division * California Research Bureau * California Resources Agency *
> California Respiratory Care Board * California Rivers Assessment *
> California Rural Health Policy Council * California Safe Schools *
> California San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission *
> California San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains
> Conservancy * California San Joaquin River Conservancy * California
> School to Career * California Science Center * California Scripps
> Institution of Oceanography * California Secretary of State Business
> Portal * California Secretary of State * California Seismic Safety
> Commission * California Self Insurance Plans (SIP) * California Senate
> Office of Research * California Small Business and Disabled Veteran
> Business Enterprise Certification Program * California Small Business
> Development Center Program * California Smart Growth Caucus * California
> Smog Check Information Center * California Spatial Information Library *
> California Special Education Division * California Speech-Language Pat
> hology and Audiology Board * California Standardized Testing and
> Reporting (STAR) * California Standards and Assessment Division *
> California State Administrative Manual (SAM) * California State
> Allocation Board * California State and Consumer Services Agency *
> California State Architect * California State Archives * California
> State Assembly * California State Association of Counties (CSAC) *
> California State Board of Education * California State Board of Food and
> Agriculture *California Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) *
> California State Children's Trust Fund * California State Compensation
> Insurance Fund * California State Contracts Register Program *
> California State Contracts Register * California State Controller *
> California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) *
> California State Disability Insurance (SDI) * California State Fair (Cal
> Expo) * California State Jobs Employment Information * California State
> Lands Commission * California State Legislative Portal * California
> State Legislature * California State Library Catalog * California State
> Library Services Bureau * California State Library * California State
> Lottery * California State Mediation and Conciliation Service *
> California State Mining and Geology Board * California State Park and
> Recreation Commission * California State Parks * California State
> Personnel Board * California State Polytechnic University, Pomona *
> California State Railroad Museum * California State Science Fair *
> California State Senate * California State Summer School for Mathematics
> and Science (COSMOS) * California State Summer School for the Arts *
> California State Superintendent of Public Instruction * California State
> Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) * California State Treasurer *
> California State University Center for Distributed Learning * California
> State University, Bakersfield * California State University, Channel
> Islands * California State University, Chico * California State
> University, Dominguez Hills * California State University, East Bay *
> California State University, Fresno * California State University,
> Fullerton * California State University, Long Beach * California State
> University, Los Angeles * California State University, Monterey Bay *
> California State University, Northridge * California State University,
> Sacramento * California State University, San Bernardino * California
> State University, San Marcos * California State University, Stanislaus *
> California State University (CSU) * California State Water Project
> Analysis Office * California State Water Project * California State
> Water Resources Control Board * California Structural Pest Control Board
> * California Student Aid Commission * California Superintendent of
> Public Instruction * California Superior Courts * California Tahoe
> Conservancy * California Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically
> Competent Physicians and Dentists * California Tax Information Center *
> California Technology and Administration Branch Finance * California
> Telecommunications Division * California Telephone Medical Advice
> Services (TAMS) * California Transportation Commission * California
> Travel and Transportation Agency * California Unclaimed Property Program
> * California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board * California
> Unemployment Insurance Program * California Uniform Construction Cost
> Accounting Commission * California Veterans Board * California Veterans
> Memorial * California Veterinary Medical Board and Registered Veterinary
> Technician Examining Committee * California Veterinary Medical Board *
> California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board * California
> Volunteers * California Voter Registration * California Water Commission
> * California Water Environment Association (COWPEA) * California Water
> Resources Control Board * California Welfare to Work Division *
> California Wetlands Information System * California Wildlife and Habitat
> Data Analysis Branch * California Wildlife Conservation Board *
> California Wildlife Programs Branch * California Work Opportunity and
> Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) * California Workers Compensation
> Appeals Board * California Workforce and Labor Development Agency *
> California Workforce Investment Board * California Youth Authority (CYA)
> * Central Valley Flood Protection Board * Center for California Studies
> * Colorado River Board of California * Counting California * Dental
> Board of California * Health Insurance Plan of California (PacAdvantage)
> * Humboldt State University * Jobs with the State of California *
> Judicial Council of California * Learn California * Library of
> California * Lieutenant Governors Commission for One California * Little
> Hoover Commission (on California State Government Organization and
> Economy) * Medical Board of California * Medi-Cal * Osteopathic Medical
> Board of California * Physical Therapy Board of California * Regents of
> the University of California * San Diego State University * San
> Francisco State University * San Jose State University * Santa Monica
> Mountains Conservancy * State Bar of California * Supreme Court of
> California * Teach California * University of California * University of
> California, Berkeley * University of California, Davis * University of
> California, Hastings College of the Law * University of California,
> Irvine * University of California, Los Angeles * University of
> California, Merced * University of California, Riverside * University of
> California, San Diego * University of California, San Francisco *
> University of California, Santa Barbara * University of California,
> Santa Cruz * Veterans Home of California

5 comments:

TaraDharma said...

well, I know for a fact that the state provides very little in the way of support to the UC system. Maybe it's so small, in fact, that the state could do away with this line item. On the other hand, what saves a little for the state has a huge impact on higher education.

Having little to no information on most of these agencies, I cannot possible decipher how meaningful and/or needed each one is. Also, how MUCH state money goes to each? That's important. And some on the list are legislative committees...are they funded?

You friend's list and challenge don't mean much to me because it lacks a lot of background information. Easy to look at a title and say, "oh pish, we don't need THAT!"

I don't envy anyone in state govt. who has to make these hard choices. Personally, if I were queen, I'd raise taxes on the wealthiest Californians and abolish Prop 13., which has only really benefitted corporations, in the main.

mandt said...

There is no State complex more corrupt than the UC system.---with the possible exception than the police unions.

CHI SPHERE said...

Yes TaraDharma, abolish prop 13 and raise taxes on the wealthiest and then combine the agencies that are in general doing similar work so that the number of offices and repetition of officers is reduced along with their pensions and healthcare.

Many of these agencies are duplicates of certification and oversight that industry provides or that could be private businesses employing people more efficiently and generating taxes.

Many are the creation of special interest groups that have been created to bolster special interest investors. The background information on these agencies is available on line.

My dare to Peter was about sharing the scale of public expense for work that should be accomplished by private sector effort more efficiently while reducing the enormity of government

One fishing pole can catch just as many fish as two if it is shared by two people.

Anonymous said...

That list is rather tiresome and has almost nothing to do with the state budget. Industry/licensing commissions are self supporting. Many agencies probably result in a net gain to the state. You would do just as well listing the names of all California residents. Unfortunately, you just got sucked in to propagandizing for some old Jarvisites and Teabaggers.

robin andrea said...

Tara has it right, for the state to survive we need to overturn prop 13 for business and more fairly tax the wealthiest in the state.

The list makes no sense without details, services rendered, cost to the budget.