"‘An Inhumane Creation’: The Rise of the Transamerica Pyramid, once S.F.’s Most Hated Building": Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, May 9, 2022.
California Legislature OKs Placeholder Budget as Talks with Newsom Continue (San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2020)
Oakland Schools Face $35 Million or More in Budget Cuts (East Bay Times, June 13, 2020)
SF, Other Bay Area Counties Facing Huge Bill from California at Worst Possible Time (San Francisco Chronicle, June 12, 2020)
California Legislature Pressing Forward on Budget Vote without Deal with Newsom (San Francisco Chronicle, June 10, 2020)
California Has One Week to Pass a Budget. Congress Doesnâ€™t Plan to Help in Time â€” If at All (Sacramento Bee, June 8, 2020)
â€œMutually Repugnant:â€ Gov. Newsom and Lawmakers Pursue Budget Compromise (CalMatters, June 7, 2020)
Editorial: California Lawmakers Need Federal Bailout to Plug Budget Holes (San Francisco Chronicle, June 6, 2020)
Editorial: California Legislature Needs to Get Real on Budget and Stop Counting on Federal Bailout (San Diego Union-Tribune, June 5, 2020)
California Would Delay Deepest Cuts under Legislatureâ€™s Alternative to Gavin Newsomâ€™s Budget (Alexei Koseff in the San Francisco Chronicle, June 4, 2020)
California Democrats Reject Newsomâ€™s Budget Cuts, Make a Deal Counting on Money from Trump (Sacramento Bee, June 3, 2020)
As Cities Make Deep Cuts because of COVID-19, Police Departments Are Keeping Their Funding (Fast Company, June 1, 2020)
Will Effective K-12 Education Survive Gov. Newsomâ€™s May Revise Budget? (Black Voice News, May 29, 2020)
Californiaâ€™s Coronavirus Budget Crisis Leaves Newsom and Lawmakers at Odds (John Myers in the Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2020)
California Assembly Meets as Rare Committee to Talk Budget (Santa Monica Daily Press, May 27, 2020)
Valid Assumptions or "Tacky bluffs" -- the Econ Forecast Shaping Newsom's Budget (ABC10.com, May 20, 2020)
The 2020â€‘21 Budget: Initial Comments on the Governor's May Revision (Legislative Analyst's Office, May 17, 2020)
Safety Net Programs Threatened by Californiaâ€™s Budget Deficit (LA Progressive, undated)
State Budget Information (California State Association of Counties, undated)
Coronavirus Forces Sharp Cuts to Schools, Healthcare in California, Newsom Says (John Myers, Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2020)
News Analysis: Californiaâ€™s $54-Billion Deficit Fueled by Coronavirus Will Test a Decade of Preparations (John Myers, Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2020)
California Cut Schools and Raised Taxes in Its Last Recession. What Will Newsom Do Now? (Sacramento Bee, May 13, 2020)
BART Seeks Further Federal Funding to Address Deficit: "Our Budget Is Deep in the Red" (SFGATE, May 12, 2020)
Bay Area Cities Face Grim Financial Outlook amid Budget Slashing. Hereâ€™s What They Are Planning to Cut (San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 2020)
California Is Reckoning With Its Huge Budget Deficits (Ed Kilgore at New York Magazine, May 7, 2020)
Hereâ€™s How a $54 Billion Deficit Will Hurt Californians (Calmatters.org, May 7, 2020)
California Lawmakers Set to Return Monday as Coronavirus Lingers (KTLA.com, May 3, 2020)
CalMatters Commentary: State Budget Will Take a Very Big Hit from Coronavirus (Ventura County Star, May 3, 2020)
California Governor: Expect Budget Gap in "Tens of Billions" (Bloomberg, May 1, 2020)
Coronavirus: Alameda County Finances to Suffer because of Pandemic (East Bay Times, May 1, 2020)
Opinion: City and State Auditors Warn of Oakland's Financial Peril and Mismanagement (Oakland Post, April 30, 2020)
Tough Times for Oakland as Coronavirus Outbreak Blows Giant Hole in Budget (San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2020)
Bay Area Braces for Budget Deficits as Coronavirus Dries Up Local Tax Dollars (KQED.org, April 24, 2020)
Coronavirus Prompts California Cities To Project 2-Year Losses Of $6.7 Billion (CBSN Bay Area, April 24, 2020)
Looming Budget Crisis "Like Nothing Oakland Has Ever Before Experienced" (Berkeleyside, April 21, 2020)
Coronavirus: East Bay Cities Bracing for Financial Hit as They Prepare Budgets (San Jose Mercury News, April 21, 2020)
Coronavirus: Financial Crisis for School Districts in Alameda Co. (Alameda, CA Patch, 4/20/2020)
"I wish we could go somewhere," she said. "Not just around here. I want to see different places. Maybe someday we could see the Rockies. We could drive up high; we could even live up there. They have towns up there right in the mountains."
"It's hard to get a job there," he said.
"We could open a store," Rachael said. "There's always things people want. We could open a bakery."
"I'm not a baker," he said.
"Then we could put out a newspaper."
He kissed her again, and then he lifted her up, off the floor and against him. Then he set her down on the arm of the couch.
"Tell your brother Nat," she said, "to give us one of his cars so we can drive. Tell him we need a new one we can sell when we get there."
"You mean it?" he said.
Of course she did. "But not yet," she said. "We better wait until after I have the baby. Then we can go. In a couple of years, when we have some money. When you're finished being an apprentice."
"You really want to get out of here?" After all, he thought, she had been born here; she had grown up here.
She said, "Maybe we could even go up to Canada. I was thinking about that. To one of those towns where they trap animals and there's a lot of snow."
"You wouldn't like that," he said. But, he thought, maybe she would.
-- Philip K. Dick, The Broken Bubble (London: Gollancz, 1988), pp. 73-4.