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Schwarzenegger's budget proposal freezes school funding; cuts health, welfare programs

Governor says $83.4-billion plan, with federal help, can cope with $19.1-billion deficit

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed an $83.4-billion budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that would freeze funding for Pleasanton and other school districts, further cut state workers' pay and reduce state aid for mental health care programs by an estimated 60 percent.

It would also continue--even accelerate--state take-aways of local property and gasoline sales taxes.

Along with a hoped-for $3.4 billion in help from Washington, and fund shifts and accounting changes, the governor said the new budget could close a budget gap now estimated at $19.1 billion. Analysts, though, have said the deficit is already well over $20 billion and climbing because of revenue shortfall in taxes being collected this spring.

The governor's statement at a news conference in Sacramento Friday follows:

Today I will be talking about the May Revise. I believe that the budget should be a reflection of what we in California value most and also it should be a representation of what our administration stands for, in good times or in bad. Now, we all know that we are managing through a global economic crisis, which is the worst since the Great Depression. But California should still be in a position to safeguard its most vulnerable citizens and take care of them, no matter what but we are not, because our budget system is broken. And I've talked about that since I came into office, that we must reform our budget system and we must reform our tax system and our pension system that is skyrocketing.

I now have no choice but to stand here today and to call for the elimination of some very important programs. If we had reform in place we would not be facing the "Sophie's Choice." It is clear that if for the last 10 years we would have had these budget reforms in place we would have $10 billion less in the budget deficit.

We know that every time we talk about reform the lawmakers don't have any interest to really do those reforms. The special interests shout that we're balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and at the same time they push the lawmakers to drain the budget when we have spikes in revenues and then scream for tax increases when we fall short on revenues. And the cycle goes on and on, just like this. This is what we call the "Budget Kabuki."

Now as you know, I presented my budget for this year in January and it solved our $19.9 billion deficit. But several things, of course, have changed in the last five months. First of all, I asked our legislators for $8.9 billion in solutions and after a special session of two and a half months they came up with $1.3 billion in solutions. Of course, by not dealing with the whole problem we lost time. And time is money. As a matter of fact, it cost the state an extra $2.8 billion by not having those solutions solved.

We also pushed to be reimbursed significant expenses by the federal government, expenses that they should be paying for and not the state of California. Now, we expected to get $6.9 billion; we didn't get that whole amount. But we were successful. We have received already $700 million and expect an additional $3.4 billion. And Ana and Kim Belshé can fill you in later on about where the negotiations are and how we are getting this money.

Then the third is court decisions. Court decisions have increased our deficit because federal judges have blocked many of the changes that we have made to Health and Human Services. So because these judges have prevented us from using a scalpel to go and trim some of those programs, we now have to use the ax and eliminate some of those programs.

And then there is, of course, T-Ridge, which is another $100 million.

Because of all of that, we are forced to make more severe cuts than I have proposed in January, in the January budget. As a matter of fact, like I said, in the January budget we had $8.9 billion worth of cuts to be made and now it is $12.4 billion.

California no longer has low-hanging fruits. As a matter of fact, we don't have any medium-hanging fruits. We also don't have any high-hanging fruits. We literally have to take the ladder away from the tree and shake the whole tree. We must make very difficult decisions:

 

Reduce Health and Human Services, including eliminating CalWORKs,

Eliminate 60 percent of funding for Community Mental Health,

Eliminate child care funding except for preschool and after-school programs,

Downsize some of our natural resource programs and the list goes on and on.

We are left with nothing but tough choices, as you can see.

But I want you to know, I will not sign a budget until we fix our broken systems. I will not sign a budget if we don't have pension reform and budget reform. For instance, talking about pensions, the cost of employee retirement benefits this year is $6.1 billion. That is more than what it will cost to keep CalWORKs, child care, mental health services and in-home supportive services, just to show you how much money we spend on those things.

We cannot go on like this any longer. Both Republicans and Democrats must get serious and take action. They must pass the budget and pass serious reforms. I support the legislators in their plan to move forward with their own budget process. I have made it very clear to everyone that my doors are open, that we always are willing to work with them in every step of the way in order to get this done.

And there's no reason why they can't present a budget to me by June 15th, so that I can sign the budget by June 30th, before the new fiscal year begins. Now, I think it is very important and it is very critical that we get the budget done on time.

I believe our lawmakers will do the right thing and they will solve the problem which has plagued our state for decades. It is time that we are putting the people of California -- we are not putting the people of California on this roller-coaster ride. Continuously, vulnerable citizens are being put on that roller-coaster ride where one day we have the revenues and the next day we don't. It is time we learned from our history and from our mistakes that were made so that it never, ever happens again.

We live in the best state in the best country in the world, there are no two ways about it. Californians deserve a better system. So let's commit to get this done, Democrats and Republicans alike and I can promise you that I will do everything that I can in order to get this problem solved.

QUESTIONS/ANSWERS AFTER THE PRESENTATION:

QUESTION: If I could ask you just a broad question to begin with, you said at the beginning of your presentation that a budget reflects the values and I believe probably of the state but specifically of you, maybe in this particular case. Could you talk about those values? Because there are going to be people right outside this door who say your values are more about businesses, corporate tax breaks, things like that, than they are parts of the social safety net, which you proposing to cut. 



GOVERNOR: My values are to have a budget system in place that works, to have a tax system in place that is fair and that works and is stable and to go and bring the economy back as quickly as possible and to create the jobs, which will create the extra revenues so that we can afford all of those programs, so it reflects our values. That is the important thing. 

What we have to do is, we have to fix what you see here. You see capital gains taxes going up, then they fall. Then they go up and then they fall. Then they go up again. So that's what I'm talking about the roller-coaster ride. We can avoid that. We do not have to be in the position that we are in today if we would have fixed the broken system.

But as I have said earlier -- and I'm not here to beat up on the legislature but the fact of the matter is, I have proposed that so many times. I have begged the legislature to act, to do budget reform, to do tax reform. The Tax Commission, the bipartisan Tax Commission came in last year in October. We still haven't heard and they didn't even touch the whole thing.

And we've got to go and reform our pension system, because we can't continue on to have the rise, like just in CalPERS, from $150 million to $3 billion over a period of 10 years. That is crowding out other programs.



So those are the things that need to be fixed. And we are in a situation, as I said, where we have seen the perfect storm. We were hit by everything. By, like I said, judges' decisions, by the federal government not paying up their bill, by an economic crisis, by shortfall of revenues, by the pension situation. All of those kinds of things we were hit with. And so we have not really passed the stress test. We know that our systems don't work, so let's fix those broken systems. That is the most important thing. That's where my value is



QUESTION: Every politician in Sacramento would say they are for more funding for higher education. But given that you're proposing the elimination of CalWORKs, food and rent for children and deciding to delay tax reductions for business, how can you justify that choice? How can you justify raising money for higher ed and increasing the funds?



GOVERNOR: Well, I think that our priorities, obviously, are to go and have as much funding as possible. But because of the economy being down and because of our failed budget system and tax system, we don't have enough revenues to be able to afford all those programs. So we had to make severe cuts. And as you know and you look at education, they have really experienced severe cuts in these last two years. And also in higher education the fees went up by 40 percent. So everyone across the board has been hit here in these last three years. 

And so, as I said, it is painful to make those cuts. It is painful for me and for, I think, our entire team and Cabinet Secretaries and everyone in the Capitol, that we have to create those eliminations of certain programs. But we are forced to do it.

And I see very clearly the faces behind those numbers. I know how many people are suffering out there and how painful this is going to be. But this is just -- it's not the only state that goes through these problems. There are other states that go through that -- not that it makes it easier for our state -- and other countries go through it.

You see what's happening in Greece, you see what's happening in Ireland, you see what's happening in Spain now. And everyone has to go and look at it and say we've got to go and come to the realization that we can't continue spending money and promise people things that we can't keep. That's all the revenues we have. 

Let's not forget, when you look at the baseline revenues this year, you will see its $76 billion. That's without the fund shifts and without the tax increases that we have started last year. So $76 billion was exactly the revenues that were, when I came into office in 2003. Now, the GDP then was $1.3 trillion. The GDP now is $1.85 trillion.

So look at that increase over the last few years. But not when it comes to our revenues. So there is something wrong with our system. This is what I'm trying to tell people. This is the evil. 

Now, there will be people screaming for more taxes; we've done that. We have done that last year, we've done the biggest tax increase. The way we create the extra revenues that we need so badly is by stimulating the economy, by creating jobs, getting people to work so they pay taxes and therefore we have more revenue.

So stimulating the economy, as I said in my State of the State. Maybe the deficit has changed but my goal from the State of the State address in January has not changed at all, which is let's stimulate the economy and let's create the jobs. That's the important thing.


QUESTION: You've been talking budget reform this time around. In the past you've proposed a rainy day fund and bringing out the Tax Commission. Can you define what you hope to get in negotiations with the legislature?



GOVERNOR: I hope they look at the tax reform and what the bipartisan commission has presented. And they have laid it out, they have studied this subject very carefully. And I made it very clear to the legislative leaders that I'm not interested in just sticking with that formula but that we should get together, we should study that and we should go and have reforms based on that, because we need more stable revenues.

We can't continue on like we have here, with the income tax and capital gains tax that shoots up and down. Over 50 percent of our revenues come from income and capital gains tax and that is very, very volatile. 

So as long as we don't fix that we can never promise the people certain things. And we should be able to go and look at the people and say, you will have from now on your increase of education funding every year. We should be able to go and say this to the state employees. We should be able to say this for the in-home services, for everybody, if we start creating a straight line based on inflation and population increase, then we will be safe and we will always see increases.



But if we see spikes in revenues and spend it all for ongoing programs and then promise, based on that, that this is what we're going to give you in the future, like with pensions in 1999. I mean, things were promised; that the stock market will be at 24,000, when in fact it's barely at 11,000. And that there will be investments that will bring in 8.5 percent and all of those kind of things. These are all crazy things that you can't promise. How can you guarantee those things? I mean, the pension system was fine but they had to go and change it. And now we can't pay for it.

Now all of a sudden we are paying, the taxpayers are paying $6.2 billion on pensions. And now CalPERS has just asked us to pay an additional $600 million because they fell short with their investments. So we have to fix those things. 

So what I want to get out of it is to reform the taxes. And let's have a rainy day fund, because remember, just alone if we would have a rainy day fund today at 12.5 percent of our annual budget, when it was $100 billion, it would have been $12.5 billion. We would have divided that up into four, because let's say there are four problem years. We would have had every year $3 billion and that would have been just enough to help our students in higher education a little bit. It would have been just enough to help so that we don't have to lay off that many teachers. It would have been just enough for law enforcement and enough for in-home services or some of those very important things.

That's why Arkansas -- President Clinton has talked about many times, "You guys are crazy not to have a system in place like we have, that when you have a drop in revenues you know exactly which programs you cut first and which are the programs that are way down that will barely ever be cut." That shows priorities, that that state has priorities. But we just couldn't get that done. 



QUESTION: Governor, how serious are you about eliminating CalWORKs? You've proposed this once before, you did not eliminate it last time. Is this a starting negotiating point? And have you considered the impacts, cost shifts that this would push onto counties and local governments and loss of federal funds?



GOVERNOR: Absolutely. We have spoken to the cities, to the counties. We have reached out to everybody. We made it very clear, including law enforcement, people from health care, the education community. We have reached out to everyone to let everyone know. So this is not a surprise hit. It's not meant to be that, because in the end we have to solve the problems together. We all have to come together on this. And so, you know, there will be, you know, the counties and cities and they all will be suffering because of that.


But the bottom line is yes, we have proposed it last year and we negotiated and throughout the negotiations we then decided not to do it. I want to say also that last year -- I hope that this year we have the same kind of a collaboration between Democrats and Republicans as we had last year, because it was really remarkable of how both of the parties came together. And only because of that we were able to fix $60 billion in deficit. 

And this is why this Monday in Boston they will get the medal of Profile in Courage Award. Now, that comes from, as you know, the Kennedys and for two Republicans, to get it for them, the medal of Profile in Courage, is extraordinary. And there will be also the two Democratic leaders. But it is because they looked at the whole world, of who has really been courageous, to do things that they normally wouldn't do.

And that's what it takes. You've got to be very courageous, to go and sit down and to solve those problems that we have here. And you have to go beyond your party rhetoric and all of this. 

And that's where I am. You know, I'm looking forward to working with the Democrats on this, I'm looking forward to working with the Republicans, because it's really a major problem and the only way we can do that is by us coming together and thinking about what is best for the state of California. And, you know, my budget -- this is our version. Then they will get involved, the legislators and we all will be looking at each other's kind of way of looking at this whole thing.

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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on May 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

Here's the press release for the JFK Profiles in Courage Award.
(Web Link)
The recipients are: "Dave Cogdill, California State Senator and former Senate Republican Leader; Mike Villines, California State Assembly Member and former Assembly Republican Leader; Darrell Steinberg, California State Senator and Democratic Senate President pro Tem; and Karen Bass, California State Assembly Member, and former Democratic Speaker of the Assembly"
This paragraph is the most interesting:
"In February 2009, amid one of the worst budget crises in California’s history, an imploding economy, and potentially catastrophic partisan deadlock, the state’s Republican and Democratic party leaders came together to address the financial emergency. After weeks of grueling negotiation, the legislative leaders and Gov. Schwarzenegger reached an agreement on a comprehensive deal to close most of a $42 billion shortfall, putting an end to years of government inaction and sidestepping of the difficult decisions necessary to address California’s increasingly dire fiscal crisis. The deal was objectionable to almost everyone; it contained tax increases, which the Republicans had long pledged to oppose, and draconian spending cuts, which brought intense criticism to the Democrats. The two Republicans were ousted from their party leadership positions over the agreement. Voters defeated the budget referendum in May 2009. In June and July, the state of California began issuing high-interest IOUs to vendors in lieu of payment. In 2010, California’s budget problems go largely unresolved. The Pew Center on the States has ranked California dead last among the 50 states on fiscal health."
So let's see, the legislative leaders did not listen to the voters, implemented a plan that still has CA 'dead last' on 'fiscal health', and for this they get an award? I guess Arnold got Maria to pull some Kennedy strings. Surely there are more politically courageous, if not more competent, people who are more deserving of this 'award'.


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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I have been on this blog for the last 2 years predicting this was coming and recommending and demanding that we file for bankrupcty to get out of these pensions but we keep kicking the ball down the hall. Arnie is just trying to make it out of office and then the next governor will have to take us bankrupt. He knows it and the legislature knows it. Heck we are doing the very same thing here in Pleasanton.......WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by Get rid of pension obligations, unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

"For instance, talking about pensions, the cost of employee retirement benefits this year is $6.1 billion. That is more than what it will cost to keep CalWORKs, child care, mental health services and in-home supportive services, just to show you how much money we spend on those things."

Why can't we reform pensions and get rid of unions? It seems, from reading the governor's remarks, that pensions are the biggest problem, and Calpers continues to ask for more and more because of their bad investment decisions.

No one is bailing me out because my 401K went down, why should we as a state bail out all those union employees/retirees whose union invested incorrectly? Their pensions are down, live with it, do not pass it on to the rest of us and do not take money from other programs to pay for it!

Pensions are killing the economy. If what it takes to get rid of this commitment is to file for bankruptcy, then do it, let California go bankrupt and that way we get rid of the very unreasonable pension obligations we got stuck with thanks to Davis and the unions.

We CANNOT affort pensions, or unions, or Calpers, get rid of the obligation, do what you need to do in order to start fresh.


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Posted by You bet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

You bet those programs have to be cut.....that seems to be what the voters and public employees WANT ! ! Otherwise, the voters would choose more responsible officials and royally rarified public employees would step up and live in the SAME world we taxpayers live in. (we continue working for decades after the retirement age we give our public employees....then live on whatever we've saved in our 401Ks). Gee, I'd quit on my 50th BD, at full pay, plus lifetime COL & medical increases, if I could only find an employer stupid enough to give that to me. Where ARE those GENEROUS officials that thought that was a good idea ?? If smart, they've changed their names and moved to other towns!


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Posted by You bet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

You bet those programs have to be cut.....that seems to be what the voters and public employees WANT ! ! Otherwise, the voters would choose more responsible officials and royally rarified public employees would step up and live in the SAME world we taxpayers live in. (we continue working for decades after the retirement age we give our public employees....then live on whatever we've saved in our 401Ks). Gee, I'd quit on my 50th BD, at full pay, plus lifetime COL & medical increases, if I could only find an employer stupid enough to give that to me. Where ARE those GENEROUS officials that thought that was a good idea ?? If smart, they've changed their names and moved to other towns!


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Posted by You bet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

You bet those programs have to be cut.....that seems to be what the voters and public employees WANT ! ! Otherwise, the voters would choose more responsible officials and royally rarified public employees would step up and live in the SAME world we taxpayers live in. (we continue working for decades after the retirement age we give our public employees....then live on whatever we've saved in our 401Ks). Gee, I'd quit on my 50th BD, at full pay, plus lifetime COL & medical increases, if I could only find an employer stupid enough to give that to me. Where ARE those GENEROUS officials that thought that was a good idea ?? If smart, they've changed their names and moved to other towns!


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Posted by kate
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

his kids go to private school what does he care!


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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Arnie? Great actor and earned his money with his acting ability. Right up there with Olivier, Laurence Harvey, Katherine Hepburn, etc. I am surprised he has not won an academy award.


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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Well now...if the Governor completely cut out the 40 billion a year this state gives to help all the illegal immigrants, that would certainly help balance the budget. They won't ever mention that on the news (what this state pays every year to help all the illegals and their families out). If the U.S. did this in every state, you would see many of them leaving in no time. There's no other county in the world that would ever help illegals immigrants out, like the U.S. It's a complete mess that's been going on way too long.


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Posted by You bet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm

You are right Daniel. The illegals are a problem. At an event of 100+ people the first of this year, I clearly heard my choice Meg Whitman,say she wanted an end to sanctuary cities, no illegal driver's licenses,stop giving them free rides to Cal, finish the border fence,and strongly against amnesty ! etc. etc. etc. That's why Mr 187, Pete Wilson was a first to endorse her long ago. That's why it is appalling that desperate Poizner would stoop so low, to actually do last minute TV ads full of outright BIG LIES about Meg on illegals. She was VERY CLEAR about illegals from day one. Are there so many ignorant, gullible voters that he felt he was willing to risk such blatent lies. They are easily verified. I was about 6 feet from her when she gave her illegals checklist ! Poizner's lies go beyond civil campaign ads. Outright LIES ! Also, the AZ bill was revised about 'stopping' people, about 10 days after it hit the media..timing about tht bill changed things...he knows that.


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Posted by Fix the system!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Illegals are a problem, but so is the government that ignores the issue.

Did anyone read the article about Obama's aunt? She was here illegally, living in public housing, got disabled so she gets to stay and the taxpayers are subsidizing all of it!

It is wrong for that lady to be here but she could not do it without the consent of top government officials. Obama is her nephew and condoning the situation. What can we expect from a president that condones illegals and their being on public assistance?

Yes, California spends a ton of money on illegals. These illegals then send their kids to public schools, they don't speak English and even here in PUSD we have to accomodate the ESL students.

Fix immigration and the budget deficit will be less!

Fix the pension system and the budget deficil will be less!


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Posted by Fix the system!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Here is the article about Obama's aunt, an illegal who gets to stay in the US and is being subsidized by the taxpayers:

Web Link


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm

You can do way better than simply cutoff public outlays to illegals.
- secure the border
- enforce existing laws preventing employers from hiring illegals
- cut off any public services to illegals

No job, no school, no money = no illegals

- establish a fair guest worker program, that persons currently here illegaly can only join at the embassy in their home country, they get the ticket to it when they voluntarily self-deport.
- if you are caught here after a certain date = deportation and no chance for future return

Then we will do one better because we will have people coming here to work and pay taxes. These people will no longer need to run across the border, they can go home on holidays, etc and visit family freely, which will help the travel industry. There are myriad side benefits to this solution.

Now all we need are honorable people in the Congress and White House willing to enact a fair solution!


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Posted by Larry Haney
a resident of Livermore
on May 18, 2010 at 6:53 am

It is only going to get worse folks. They only cut expenses but do not deal with the real issues like mentioned above. Big trouble coming and we can see it but will not vote these idiots out. I am voting against any incumbant dem or rep. I will only vote for people who are about fixing the California economy and getting business back in this state and reducing programs.


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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on May 18, 2010 at 10:00 am

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There you go Larry! The last person we had run for Governor who fit your bill was McClintock. At the time he was a CA legislator, now in the US Congress.
McClintock stated the coming problem at the time clearly. Not saying there is any guarantee that he would have had more success dealing with the progressives in the CA legislature, but McClintock proposed very simply tying the budget $ to population growth with inflation factored in. If, during better times, we had done this, we would now have a budget SURPLUS instead of a $20 billion deficit.

The folks who control this are your California Senate and Assembly. I would wager that most of the people who read this column (and that comprises people interested in the topic and up on the news) cannot name the CA Senator and Assembly member & the district number they live in.


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Posted by artlover
a resident of Birdland
on May 18, 2010 at 10:26 am

Vis a vis immigrants: my mom immigrated here LEGALLY. My dad's dad immigrated here LEGALLY. I feel insulted that, so many here illegally, can get all of these services paid by taxpayers when my ancestors had to work so hard with NO safety net. BTW my mom had to be sponsored by her "immigrant" father-in-law who signed a document saying he would be repsonsible for my mom's entire financial, medical circumstances! She was interogated for several hours and asked some very embarassing questions.

Also, last week I met a lovely young man here from Nepal- when I asked him how he "got here" he said: "DV" m'am. "What is a DV? Diversity Visa. HUH???? We need people from all over the world to work in restaurants? So, while this was a very nice person- I wonder how much I would help I would get if I upped and moved to Nepal to add to their diversity!

Let's get real here folks- the way it is today - is not longer sustainable and many people are to blame. So, throw them out - the whole lot thrives on being obstructionist and elitest.


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Posted by Sirena
a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on May 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I agree with Fix 100%. The illegals also get free lunches for their children because the children are citizens. California needs to adopt English only. I volunteer at an elementary school, all nationalities speak English, except the Hispanic parents. These children are at a disadvantage right from the start. Schools spend thousands of dollars providing them with reading specialist. One child in the class goes to the reading specialist and then Barton reading specialist. If you want to come to this county do it legally and try to learn English. We make it way to easy and provide services that our costly.


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Posted by Workerbee
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm

It is humorus to hear all these comments. First, who elected the Governator, you did. You thought he was going to "fix" things and he did not. So, now your crying and trying to lay blame. Well look in the mirrow because your all to blame.
State workers,yes the ones who fix your roads, work at DMV and other agencies do not make a huge amount of money. Private sector (the ones who got all those ball out dollars) make 10 x's more than state workers, so they get benefits to make up for the poor wages. They must work a minimum of 20 years in order to get those benefits. Something many of you can't even fathom.
As to immigrants, guess what, your all immigrants. None of you were the first settlers to North America, you came over by boat or plane and filled out a few pieces of paper to say your legal. If you studies history in school, you would know that California was Mexico's land. Could that be why many of our cities, counties etc have Spanish names??? WAKE UP and stop the hostility. If you deport immigrants who is going to pick and process your food? Who is going to work in the restaurants or do your gardening?? You all need a reality check. Maybe sending all immigrants back to their homelands would be a good idea, then all the crops would fail and all restaurants will close and you all can go and live in filth!


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Posted by I don't get it
a resident of Castlewood
on May 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I don't get it - this article was about cuts, etc., and it turned into a bashing of illegal aliens. And just to set it straight - Workerbee has some points but it is not correct when he/she says it takes 20 years for a public employee to get benefits. I worked at UCD when I was a student in a "career" position, and I got benefits after 2 months. And no, private workers do not make 10x more, but I have to admit if you are in a management position, you work 10x harder than a public worker in a management position. I know as I have been in both work environments.


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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

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We must be Grateful to Meg; many are saying she will not Win. So let us say "Thank You very much for providing her portion $162 million dollar "Stimulus Package" contribution to "The Kalifornia Economy" For those that work in Political campaigning, Media, printing, air time, photographers, News People, Fuel, tires, Restaurants, Motels & more. "THANK YOU! Meg Whitman for Giving Back to California where Dreams can Come True!" Sincerely, Gary Schwaegerle


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Oct 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm

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Sirena,

I'm still trying to figure this sentence out:

"The illegals also get free lunches for their children because the children are citizens."

You stated the obvious. The children born here are citizens even if their parents are not. Why do I get the feeling you'd rather these children, who did not make the decisions about how they got here or where they live, go hungry?


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