SCHWARZENEGGER VS THE POOR (Part 73) attack on public transit


Arnold’s  

election wasn’t a referendum, it was a call for action from an actor.    One day you were watching Day’s of our lives and the next moment you weren’t and gone was your lights.    No Power?   Rolling brown outs…  What the hell……

Hitler had a larger fan base than then governor Grey Davis.   He was responsible for everything, the fat content in Snickers bar and the Pontiac Aztec and had to go.

Legitimate  candidates  stepped  up from both sides  but it was difficult to compete with the Terminator….  Unlike the other candidates,  Arnold had no real plans to fix our energy crises…..and told the voters ,elect me and then I will tell you my plans once I’m in office and in record numbers the electorate turned out for the Running Man.   For a second time in the states history, elected an Actor and Sacramento had a tourist attraction.

Sometime you get what you ask for…..

He made good on his promise for repealing an unpopular increase in the vehicle registration fee  the problem was that increase was needed for the state’s budget  and he didn’t have an alternative.    He has rejected luxury taxes on the wealthy, his reasoning the taxes wouldn’t bring in enough revenue to be affective.

Today, the state and its assets are up for sale.    Services for the poor and middle class have been slashed.   Funding for public education has been cut .  Public Schools are being closed and consolidated all over the state to make up for the short fall.    Taxes for the cities has been cut.

In the last three years the governor has raided transit funds by diverting  gas tax money that’s dedicated to public transit.   So far over three billion dollars.

In 07, the California Transportation Association, a coalition of local transit agencies,  like MUNI in San Francisco, RT in Sacramento and  La’s Metro, sued the state,saying the repeated raids on transit funds were illegal under rules set by Proposition42 and other transportation funding  measures passed by the voters over the pass 10 years.   The court agreed and last year ordered the state to pay back 1.2 billion dollars.  

So far, none of it has been paid back , and transit advocates say it probably never will be if the governor’s gas tax scheme becomes law.

Meanwhile, transit agencies are cutting service, eliminating lines to make up for the short fall.

8 million Californians take one form of transit,  if your concerned email your elected representatives.

Published by CityFella

Moved to the Big Tomata in the nineties from San Francisco. No Suburbs for me with its single colored houses and lawns and the excitement of pulling out my trash can once a week. I'm a CityFella , a part time New Yorker. I'm happiest in the Center City where people the streets and people are alive. I'm still waiting to buy a 34th floor condo somewhere downtown/Midtown with a nightclub. "Hurry I'm old" My politics are somewhere in the middle with a needle that constantly moves. I'm too liberal to be a Republican and too conservative to be a Democrat. Everything interests me . I've come to love Sacratomato, Its a nice town in cheap sensible shoes .

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