Thomas Friedman, the star columnist, returned a $75,000 speaking fee after accepting it from a California government agency in violation of a Times guideline.
When Friedman accepted $75,000 — his standard rate — for speaking to a regional government agency in Oakland this month, he ran afoul of a Times rule that staff members may take fees “only from educational and other nonprofit groups for which lobbying and political activity are not a major focus.”
Yeah, The State got the money back. But don't threaten to lay off firefighters, and then tell us that lives might be lost during the next fire season because we didn't vote for another tax increase.
California ex-pat Cranky at Six Meat Buffet lays out a few more brilliant spending decisions by our Suckramento pols...
(No, I'm not "back". Really, I'm not...)