PIRATE PALOOZA 2012 is just around the corner.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 5, 6PM at Canyon Oaks Country Club.  Tickets are available at ILSNC (1161 East Ave) and Lyon Books (121 W. 5th St).  There is a limited number of tickets for this event.  Last year we sold out, so get your tickets early.

For additional details, click on this link to go to our PIRATE PALOOZA page on this web site.

Texas, Model for California? Maybe Not!

The Houston Chronicle (CFED)
By: Chris Tomlinson
February 5, 2012


Texans politicians (and our local Assemblymember, Dan Logue) like to tout the state’s economic growth, but more and more Texans are finding themselves teetering on the edge of poverty.

… a study by the Corporation for Enterprise Development has found that 27.7 percent of Texas households have no financial cushion in case of an emergency. If you exclude homes and automobiles from the calculation, a full 50 percent of Texans have no assets they could use to survive if they suddenly lost their income.

The findings match up with the latest U.S. Census data on Texas, which found that 17.9 percent of Texans — or 4.4 million people — live below the poverty line. That’s 2.6 percent higher than the national average and ranks Texas 40th in the nation.  When compared to the rest of the country, Texas ranks 41st in financial security.  Is Texas really a good model for California as we go forward out of the latest recession?


For the rest of the story, go to: http://blogs.cfed.org/cfed_news_clips/2012/02/many-texans-earn-low-pay-hold.html

Assemblymember Dan Logue explains "voodoo economics".


January Disability Employment Statistics Released

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has released the first disability employment statistics for 2012. 

Labor force participation for people with disabilities was 20.0 percent, compared to 68.9 percent for people without disabilities, while the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 12.9, compared to 8.7 for people without disabilities. 

Among youth age 16-19, the employment rate was 15.0 percent for those with disabilities, compared to 23.6 for those with no disabilities.  For youth age 20-24, the employment rate was 26.7 percent for those with disabilities, compared to 61.0 for those with no disabilities.

Universal Design table

Detailed information on the state of employment for disabled American workers can be found at: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/DisabilityEmploymentStatistics.htm