JOE ARMENDARIZ • THURSDAY APRIL 7, 2016
So, Das Williams, Carpinteria's newest tax and spend politician, a former Santa Barbara City Councilman turned State Assemblyman, who is now running for County Supervisor as part of his excellent adventure to the State Senate, and then Congress, President, and then, who knows, maybe President of the UN, has recently used the legislative committee he chairs up in Sacramento to oppose sensible legislation that, if passed and signed by the governor, would have made it easier for local and state transportation agencies to maintain California's battered freeway, highway, and roadway system...which as every California motorist knows is in a continual state of disrepair (no pun intended).
The proposed legislation (AB 1569), authored by Marc Steinorth, Republican Assemblyman from Rancho Cucamonga, and opposed by Williams and his cadre of committee Democrats, would exempt road maintenance from the strangling green tape of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). So far so good. The legislation died in committee...indeed it was effectively strangled in the crib by Mr. Williams.
Keep in mind we aren't talking about new freeway, highway, or roadway construction projects, where potentially sensitive environmental habitat might be threatened or otherwise impacted thereby requiring mitigations. We are talking about already existing infrastructure, which, it's important to point out, has already been subjected to layers upon layers of onerous and tedious environmental review.
Rather than being open and sympathetic to the hard working families in California who must rely on these roads to get to and from their jobs, and who are often prevented from doing so because of the horrendously poor condition of many of California's roads, causing severe wear and tear on people's automobiles, Williams' solution is, wait for it, higher taxes.
Das Williams' view is it isn't utterly insane bureaucratic red and green tape, or CEQA for short, that is to blame for California's crumbling infrastructure, rather it is because California's working families are undertaxed and because land-use projects in California are apparently under-regulated. Indeed it would appear that in Williams' mind, it is a lack of taxes being confiscated, I mean collected up in Sacramento that is to blame for California's third world infrastructure.
Well...I will grant Das the following point, there will never be enough taxes collected up in Sacramento to make him and his friends in the tax and spend lobby content. And there will never be enough political offices to make him happy. It's not unlike a California Black Bear who is never satisfied with the amount of honey it finds in a honey pot. More will never, ever be enough to satisfy the voracious appetite of the California bear, or the California politician who is addicted to power and spending other people's money.
Must be something in the water...
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