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Letter To The Editor: Gov. Brown's Failures

Patch user Donald Pallotta expresses his frustration with Gov. Jerry Brown and his policies.

by Donald Pallotta

Gov. Brown's failures from a non-partisan point of view:

1. A bullet train costing billions that we cannot afford or justify use of (it doesn't even go all the way through).

2. A tax plan to bail out the state that has little to no hope of passage (wait til we see how broke the state really is when it fails - we haven't seen program cuts like the draconian cuts we are going to see.)

3.The extortion of taxpayers with regard to hidden dollars in State Parks accounts - they made us think that there was no money for parks anymore and that closures were unavoidable (so we made private donations to keep them open)

AND NOW 4. a plan to degrade Delta water quality by shipping enormous quantities of water to Central and Southern Ca. via Peripheral Canal Tunnels -then turn around and tax us "northerners" for all the benefits the developers and water-wasters in LA will reap benefit from.

Why again did I vote for him again? 

Wendy Harrison July 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM
If you are old enough to have voted for him the first time, you should have remembered why you shouldn't have voted for him again.
Anne Mobley July 28, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I agree with Don and Wendy. Why in the world did people vote for this man again who has never held a job in the private sector. He still does not have a clue about fiscal responsibility. California is a laughing stock of the USA. We have a wonderful, beautiful state, full of wasteful politicians, stupid laws, and policies that are business unfriendly. Governor Moonbeam should move back to LA since he seemingly only represents the southern half of the state. Hey, let's divide California - Northern California and Southern California and let the south figure out where they are going to get their water. If he succeeds putting the underground pipes diverting the Sacramento River water south, it will cause salt intrusion in the Delta and destroy some of the richest farm land in the USA. Brilliant idea, Governor Moonbeam! He should be recalled.
Chris Kapsalis July 28, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I was an official poll watcher last election and when I went into the union hall on Alhambra where people were voting, I noticed a lot of Jerry brown literature there and a poster, and Jerry Brown stickers. I had no one to report it to that could take it down in time. It was too late. Voters were influenced where they voted , a huge violation. How many other polls had his stuff up in CA? BTW I am a democrat, always will be as far as I can see. But I just have to call it like I see it. That was mind boggling to me.
Chris Kapsalis July 28, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I have photos btw of the violations, without any voters in them of course.
Chris Kapsalis July 28, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Also I found a huge Jerry Brown campaign sign within feet of the union hall where voters voted, another huge violation. When I told them, they went out and took it down, again too late for most votes.
Old Monnkey July 28, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Even when I was young & dumb, I certainly had common sense not to vote for that idiot when he screwed up California the 1st time. I'm wondering what all those that voted for him and the other elected idiots are going to do when they have the same stuff as an illegal or a professional welfare client?
Brian Walker August 03, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Well, not to be contrary, but I actually think that Jerry Brown is a smart and effective politician. I believe he is tackling very difficult systemic issues in the state, and I have only a couple of (big) gripes. 1) High Speed Rail. I agree with Don, this is a "bridge to nowhere". It doesn't matter how many federal dollars we are able to suck up, the project is a money pit and doesn't add much value to the overall state, other than to south Central Valley residents. 2) Budget woes. The governor still owes too much to public-sector unions to be able to make the kind of hard budget choices that still need to be made. 3) Water wars. A re-packaged "peripheral canal" is still just another water grab from Northern California. I do applaud him for not ducking the issue, however. Re: Anne's comment on dividing the state... I would vote for it every time, but it won't happen. Why? Population density in SoCal ensures that we remain tied together. Be careful, however - the source of the Sacramento is in "The Republic of Jefferson", if they ever secede, we may all be begging for water! 4) It's the Economy. California still continues to lose jobs and manufacturing capabilites due to high costs and excessive regulation - state tax rates are high and there is talk of raising the state sales tax. 5) Cap-and-Trade. Read about it. Cap-and-Trade fees on business will increase the cost of your electricity substantially, mostly hidden in increased product costs.

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