Posted by Here:, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm
"Let them have a taste of what it is like when the state comes to a "grinding halt,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says.
The governor says that if a budget deal isn't reached, he won't approve emergency borrowing to tide California over.
By Shane Goldmacher
June 11, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed Wednesday to let California government come to a "grinding halt" rather than agree to a high-interest loan to keep the state afloat if he and the Legislature do not close the yawning budget gap in coming weeks.
Posted by amazed, a resident of another community, on Jun 11, 2009 at 8:08 am
And need to lose those empty or near empty Wheels buses. Rode one the other day from one end of town to the other - i was the only one and the driver is on the radio dicussing something having to do with a contract. I'll bet there's other expenditures like this that are happening, because at one time we had money to burn, but we can't go on laying off teachers when we are throwing money away on things we can do without.
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 11, 2009 at 9:11 am
Hey, the Wheels buses are cheap! AC Transit was selected to run a hydrogen bus test program. The first buses they tested cost $3,500,000 each and their are three of them. This was all taxpayer money. The price per bus has dropped; I believe a recent article stated they are now down to $2,500,000 each. Funding may have been pulled on this program but well in excess of $10MM is now gone with questionable benefit to the taxpayer.
Posted by Johnny, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jun 11, 2009 at 9:31 am
I guess two other significants events are happening as well. BART is negotiating with the union on a new contract and the union is unwilling to budge at all and the city has reduced their budget by about 13 million but I did not read anything about layoffs or reduction of salaries which will be needed. Makes one really wonder when you look around town and see what we are investing in, softball fields, Stoneridge extension, new bart station, buses, etc.
Posted by Frank Lee, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 11, 2009 at 9:36 am
Almost every politician has one fear - the fear of being on the wrong side of any union. All public unions must be abolished. They are bringing the state, our city, our county and our nation down, and fast.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 11, 2009 at 12:26 pm
Get rid of the unions. Get rid of redundant organizations (think how useless the Counties of Educations are). Get rid of the three point system approved under Davis. Eliminate positions that are not needed (have you ever walked into a government agency? Too many people not doing anything!). Reform the welfare system (think the famous Octomom, raising kids and getting in vitro fertilization with taxpayers' money). The list goes on. Get to work, Sacramento: no taxes needed, we already pay a lot, what we need is true reform.
Posted by Johnny, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jun 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm
Resident, you want to see waste in action? Go down to to the planning department and walk in where they issue permits. Nobody is building anything in town and if you go in there you will see a minimum of 10-12 people standing around doing nothing.