In response to the governor’s budget and, more specifically, the cuts in the proposed 2011 state budget to human services, the Atascadero Democratic Club has approved and sent two resolutions to the governor.
Social programs are the easiest to cut. There are no high-priced lobbyists to fight for these budget lines. We must be their voice.
We cannot agree to the following cuts to health and human services:
Welfare cut in half and 115,000 families dropped from the program. Those who remain will receive smaller grants.
Lack of access for foster children to transitional housing after they turn 18.
Cutting in-home domestic services for some aged, blind and disabled.
Cutting services for 250,000 developmentally disabled people by $750 million.
Shuttering the state’s 330 adult day health centers that serve 27,000 low-income people.
Instead we commend the following:
Restore the vehicle license fee to its original level of 2 percent.
Implement a state oil extraction tax.
A second resolution demands that the Legislature pass a law imposing not less than 10 percent on oil extraction, joining 22 other states with similar laws.
Atascadero Democratic Club president
Not to be missed
I simply have to call your attention to an outstanding performance now under way in San Luis Obispo: the Little Theater’s “This is Rock and Roll,” the story of the beginning of rock ’n’ roll.
The performance features a live band, which is very good, as well as dancers and outstanding singers. It also uses segments of old movies to show legendary rock singers and pieces of historic footage, including clips of the McCarthy hearings and the payola scandals.
The highlight absolutely has to be Chad Stevens, who does an outstanding job in the role of the legendary disc jockey Alan Freed, commonly referred to as “The Father of Rock ’n’ Roll.”
The evening presents a total entertainment package. It shouldn’t be missed.
San Luis Obispo
A call for action
The communities of Arroyo Grande, Oceano and Grover Beach should be thankful for coverage of litigation and state water board violations at the South SLO County Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment plant in Oceano.
However, district leadership has not publicly addressed issues such as state board findings that the chief plant operator “willfully or negligently allowed a violation of water discharge requirements” and failed to ensure proper operation of the plant.
Surfrider has asked the district’s board of directors and stakeholder city councils to vote on a resolution requiring investigation into potential malfeasances at the plant by the Wallace Group, plant administrator. As public trust continues to degrade, our chapter contends the resolution and eventual investigation should be introduced and conducted in a publicly transparent way.
For residents in the three represented communities, we ask you to visit slo.surfrider.org and respond to our Action Alert e-mail campaign. The campaign will help community representatives measure public awareness of this issue.
Brad Snook, Volunteer Coordinator
Executive Committee for Surfrider Foundation, SLO County
At it again
Well, I see good old Joetopia is at it again. (“Our public schools need your help,” March 5.)
When the state has money issues and can’t give the schools money, he wants to raise taxes and add another burden to the senior citizens with added property taxes. Seniors trying to stay in their homes.
I would bet that good old Joe is not the owner of anything. Probably rents his computer. How about this idea, Joe? Just look at Atascadero and Paso Robles school districts, where they teach 10,000 students. These two districts will be short approximately $4 million for the upcoming school year. So instead of spending $25 million on a women’s jail so 192 women can sleep in beds, let’s spend it on the schools.
In fact, why don’t we spend $1 million and buy another 100 beds and stick them in the existing jail. Then spend the other $24 million on our schools. I would rather see my money go to children, not to adults who continue to make bad choices.
A living thing
To add to others’ responses to Joe Tarica’s ranting and raving about our American Flag:
Joe, you need to brush up on your flag etiquette. For your information, Congress declared the flag of the United States a living thing.
The next topic you most certainly will throw into the fire is motherhood.
Anita Shower, Miss Etiquette
Sad state of affairs
Leonard Pitts’ flawless depiction of intellectual corruption in today’s media (“Accuracy not a big deal today? God help us,” March 6), includes: “(media) overrun by true believers for whom accuracy is subordinate to ideology and facts useful only to the degree they can be bent, shaped or outright disregarded ”
He perfectly captures my views on the sad state of affairs in modern politics, where one special interest group after another has abandoned honesty in pursuit of their objectives. My disgust has achieved such a level that I’m afraid to open the daily news and find truth-empty words knowing that many readers will believe sweeping statements without integrity.
Few things are as simple as they seem. Though many like Pitts still try, even the best examples of the media such as Time magazine have featured articles on difficult topics written by those wishing to subtly influence readers in the proper direction.
It’s probably the scientist in me that questions the obvious. Even in the face of compelling evidence, good scientists look for another experiment, another way to test alternatives. We humans have been given this gift to think critically. Yet it’s deeply saddening so many of us are morally bankrupt!
I see and hear about banks placing more foreclosed homes on the market. It seems to me that individuals or families that weren’t eligible for loans for these properties — yet were found to be qualified by lending institutions — should not be further penalized with bad credit ratings, especially when they try to rent a home or apartment.
Identify these foreclosures as contracts that would not meet standards that are required today. Times are difficult enough without having a stigma due to loan institutions that didn’t follow the financial rules of real estate loans.