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Fix California With a Tweet


LASnark just broke the news about Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to fix California. Since the elected guys have no idea what to do, they’re asking the internet.

The Governor would like your suggestions via Twitter. Simply post your idea, followed by #MyIdea4CA. I tweeted mine, which referred back to an earlier post here on Metblogs. All suggestions become part of an ongoing forum at myidea4ca.com.

Why didn’t Villaraigosa think of this?

Your Tax Refund Has Been Delayed

California announced today that there will be a 30-day delay on tax refunds because the state is broke.

From the AP:

Controller John Chiang said Friday he must delay $3.7 billion in payments next month because lawmakers have failed to address California’s growing deficit.

Let me get this straight…

  1. A tax refund is money that you owe us because we overpaid you on taxes.
  2. You failed to do the job that we, the taxpayers, elected you to do.
  3. You now want to keep our money a little longer.

Anyone else find this outrageous? Anyone else find this to be a complete failure? Anyone else ready to march from Los Angeles to Sacramento and fire everyone?

California GOP Opens Mouth, Inserts Ass

The Washington Post reports that The California GOP has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission regarding Barack Obama’s trip to visit his dying grandmother. As you know, it was also announced today that Obama’s grandmother has passed away.

The Republicans argued that, because Obama did not campaign during the quick journey to Hawaii, it should not have been a campaign expense.

That sound you just heard was probably your lunch, making its return trip.

Crazy Blind Date

My friend Mitzi checked out CrazyBlindDate.com and wrote up this review. What follows was written by her, not me. -Sean

So I first read about CrazyBlindDate.com in the San Francisco Thrillist newsletter and I thought, “Wow, this sounds like a palm sweatingly fun adventure.” Unfortunately, it was only happening in a few select cities and Los Angeles was not one of them. A few weeks later I heard that they were trying it in new cities including L.A.  I was kind of on the fence about doing it but my friend (who also signed up) convinced me that anyone who would sign up for this kind of thing had to be fun, or at least interesting, like ourselves.

The registration process begins with logging into, or signing up for, an OKCupid.com account and filling in a profile for CrazyBlindDate. I supplied them with some basic information like my name, age, gender, height, body type, ethnicity. Then answered few open ended questions like what I look like, “things I’m good at talking about” and what I expect from a date. You have to upload a picture but they blur it so potential dates can only really see that you aren’t invisible. After you meet they reveal the photo to your date, you know, in case you got too drunk to remember what your date looked like at the beginning of the night.
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Poppy Viewing Season Is Here

poppy fieldSpring time in Southern California brings the wildflowers and, if it’s been a decently wet year, tons of poppies for your viewing pleasure. The best place to see them is at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in (you guessed it) The Antelope Valley. The AVCPR updates its website every couple of days during bloom season so you know when peak viewing days are. The latest update was from 3-11:

It looks like it might be a great year! There are tiny poppy plants germinating everywhere, and a handful of flowers are now scattered around. Most seem to be along the sidewalk between the visitor center and picnic area, and around the parking lot…Otherwise, no fields of flowers yet, but we expect in the next week or two it potentially could go off the hook- stay tuned…The wildlife is returning- gliding hawks, singing meadow larks, and lizards zipping across the trail. Lizards coming out also means rattlesnakes are coming out, so stay on the trail!

I’ve been twice to see the fields of poppies in the last few years and it is spectacular. As they recommend on their site, bring sunscreen and prepare for it to be windy. As it is a bit of a drive (60 minutes depending on traffic) plan to spend a few hours: bring a picnic and your walking shoes for the easy trails through the fields. If you want to see more than just poppies, there are tons of other wildflowers also blooming around Los Angeles and points not far beyond. Click into the jump for more flower viewing resources.
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