Gov. Brown’s plan to put tax extensions on the June ballot may not be dead yet. The so-called GOP 5 — which includes Sen. Sam Blakeslee — could still break with their party to vote in favor of the ballot measures.
Of course, this being Sacramento, they want concessions in exchange.
There’s plenty of precedent for that.
A couple of years ago, then-Sen. Abel Maldonado agreed to cross party lines to vote for a stalled budget. For that, he got an open primary measure on the ballot. That measure wound up passing and could be a game-changer for California politics.
Compared to Maldonado’s short wish list, though, the demands from Blakeslee and company — spending cap, pension reform, regulatory reform, civil service changes and tax reforms designed to lower rates — are enormous.
If they sincerely want to negotiate, they should pare down that list.
Ultimately, Californians deserve the right to vote on whether they’d prefer a combination of taxes and significant budget reductions or a slash-and-burn budget with $26 billion in cuts.
If politicians can make that happen, we’ll recall the 26 billion brickbats en route to the state Capitol.
Cuesta wisely passes on a bad deal
Cuesta College earns a frugal bouquet of day-old daffodils for walking away from a Grover Beach real estate offer that wound up being too good to be true.
Cuesta had been negotiating for months to lease a vacant industrial building in Grover Beach for a new South County education center. The building owner had offered to kick in $900,000 to pay for necessary remodeling, and through a Cuesta College Foundation fundraising campaign, private donors were well on their way to contributing another $1.2 million for furniture, equipment and the like.
The owner of the property — S&S Homes — had reportedly entered into a verbal commitment with the college, but later asked for more money. (Brickbat!)
Cuesta officials said no. Good for them. Now, however, Cuesta wants to immediately launch into a search for another site.
We still wonder: What’s the big hurry?
We agree that the goal of opening a stand-alone South County Center is sound. But given the uncertainty of state funding for education at every level, we don’t believe this is the right time to enter into a long-term financial commitment for a center.
Two or three years from now? Maybe.
In the meantime, by all means continue the fundraising campaign for the center. In fact, an extended, more comprehensive campaign could raise awareness and build excitement for the center — and help contribute to its ultimate success.
Parkinson puts in weekend hours
Sheriff Ian Parkinson has been showing up in some une----xpected places. As Tribune writer Cynthia Lambert reported Sunday, Parkinson turned some heads recently when he walked into the sheriff’s main station on a Saturday night. One sergeant, who’s been on the job for 24 years, said it was the first time he’d ever seen a sheriff at the station on a Saturday night.
We don’t know whether that says more about Parkinson or his predecessors, but we’ll offer the new sheriff a bouquet of morning glories and night-blooming jasmine for his round-the-clock commitment to the job.
Let’s hope it’s SOP for future sheriffs.