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EDITORIAL: Brown to Riverside: Drop dead
North County Times ^ | Saturday, July 2, 2011 6:00 pm | EDITORIAL

Posted on 07/03/2011 9:10:31 AM PDT by granite

In what can best be described as a "drop dead" message to the state's Republican minority, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law last week that could essentially deal the death blow to four new and struggling Riverside County cities, including two in Southwest County.

Brown's office actually seems proud that politics played a role in his decision to sign Senate Bill 89, which eliminates a vital source of funding for newly incorporated cities such as Menifee and Wildomar.

The state's Republicans have refused to allow him to ask voters to renew a series of temporary tax increases, demanding that the budget be balanced entirely with spending cuts. So when Republicans asked him to help save several cities in their districts, the governor seized the opportunity for a little political retribution.

"So don't demand cuts and then complain about cuts," the governor's press secretary told The Californian. "We're moving on. They should, too."

Instead, Brown decided to give the Republicans ---- and a large swath of Riverside County ---- the old one-finger salute.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jerrybrown; sb89; vlf
You can't amend or repeal an initiative passed by the electorate with a bill passed by the legislature.
1 posted on 07/03/2011 9:10:36 AM PDT by granite
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To: granite
"So don't demand cuts and then complain about cuts"

Hard to argue with that. Where I live we have been fighting to stay unincorporated we do not want to pay city taxes. Unincorporated is really not all that bad.

2 posted on 07/03/2011 9:17:53 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: granite

At least the Democrats are forced to do this sort of stuff out in the open now. It’s my hope that the populace will become so disgusted with all Democrats that the Republican wins in the next election will be insurmountable. Hopefully these fledgling cities will be able to hold on until then.

3 posted on 07/03/2011 9:18:40 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye

the only city that works in CA is Vernon, and it makes the rest of the state look so bad that they are charging “corruption” and want to close it down, prevent the people who live there from voting, and bring in outside people to run it.

4 posted on 07/03/2011 9:32:12 AM PDT by donmeaker (I)
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To: granite

Well, it’s hardly a secret that libtards are scum.

Did anybody expect better from governor moonbeam? Did anyone think he would have shown any intellectual or moral development over the past 20 years?

As for that “you can’t ask for cuts and then complain about cuts” crap, a person would have to be pretty stupid to fall for that.

When you ask for cuts in the right places and the enemies of humanity—just out of spite—cut instead in the wrong places, a person has every right to complain.

That’s like saying you can’t complain if your surgeon cuts your throat instead of cutting out your appendix.

5 posted on 07/03/2011 9:38:19 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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A far-Left friend of mine voted for Brown and then posted on her Facebook page ‘Dear Gov Brown, please don't raise my taxes’. The definition of insanity? The outcome will ALWAYS be the same so stop being stuck on stupid you Leftist Californians!
6 posted on 07/03/2011 9:54:55 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: granite
"So don't demand cuts and then complain about cuts,"

Riverside was demanding the budget be balanced. If Brown is going to balance the budget with these cuts then Riverside shouldn't complain. If Brown is going to have "selective" cuts that punishes his oppenents without balancing the budget, then Riverside has every reason to complain.

7 posted on 07/03/2011 10:08:54 AM PDT by HarleyD
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June 29--Letter to Governor Jerry Brown from Wildomar Mayor Marsha Swanson:

The City of Wildomar respectfully requests a new bill be drafted that addresses the disparate treatment of newly incorporated cities in SB 89. This bill as drafted would reduce our balanced budget by 25% effectively forcing fiscal insolvency.

We incorporated on July 1, 2008. The Incorporation was the result of a Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis prepared in accordance with the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 and in accordance with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Guidelines.

SB 89 came into print late in the day on June 28, 2011 and was rushed through the process with little discussion. It contains a provision that would sweep approximately $130 million of city general fund revenues from the current vehicle license fee formula to a special law enforcement account beginning July 1, 2011. The projected revenue loss to our City is catastrophic and may be an unrecoverable crisis effecting everything from police, fire, and the parks where our children play.

This legislation unfairly burdens newly incorporated cities. We are asking for your help and consideration to rectify this oversight as new cities have a different funding mechanism that was not contemplated when SB 89 was drafted. This is why we are desperately requesting that you re-evaluate how the implementation of the budget bill will disproportionately affect newly incorporated cities.

8 posted on 07/03/2011 10:18:19 AM PDT by granite (This is America! This is the home of the FREE (stuff)!!)
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The Press-Enterprise:

The Eastvale City Council has called a special meeting Wednesday to brief constituents on recently signed California legislation that will deprive new cities of crucial revenue they need to survive during their first five years.

Council members will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 7447 Cleveland Ave.

Senate Bill 89, which is part of the general fund budget passed by Democrats last week, diverts city vehicle license-fee revenue to a fund that pays for local law enforcement grants. New cities receive extra license-fee money to get established and officials have said its loss will force layoffs, insolvency or even disincorporation.

Officials in Eastvale, Wildomar, Menifee and Jurupa Valley — Riverside County cities that have incorporated in the past three years — have hired a lobbyist to plead their case to state legislators. They hope to introduce a bill early this week that will carve out an exemption to SB 89 for new cities, which rely so heavily on the vehicle license-fee revenue.

Eastvale interim City Manager Robert Van Nort said council members wanted to let constituents know what the cities are doing to try to undo the impact of SB 89 and to allow constituents a chance to ask questions.

9 posted on 07/03/2011 10:25:42 AM PDT by granite (This is America! This is the home of the FREE (stuff)!!)
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To: HarleyD

Stone has no room to talk..what with his past of letting a family member use a County car and his million dollar slush fund that partly found it’s way to his did campaign money.

Riverside could rake in a lot of tax payer money if someone would boot Scientology’s tax exemption - like is being done in other countries.

10 posted on 07/03/2011 10:34:34 AM PDT by RummyChick
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