I’m a proud Democrat who voted for the Governor. But I’ve been tremendously upset with the choices he has made at the expense of those Californians most in need. First, the Governor eliminated Redevelopment Agencies stating that localities were misusing the funds. While there is certainly some validity in this claim, he went on to say that he would use the funds pulled back to the state to fund affordable housing measures. Has this been the truth? No. As the Vice Chairperson of the Culver City Homelessness Committee, I hear from homeless service providers that they have families lined up and ready for affordable housing. But no new voucher funds have come from the state. For the sake of balancing a budget that remains unbalanced, he has chosen to not fulfill his promise: California families are sleeping on the streets.
In the San Francisco Chronicle (10/18/2012)
Balancing our budget is of critical importance. Yet it cannot be done through misrepresentation (think Proposition 30 where only 60% of the funds will actually go to schools). It is equally wrong for our leaders to state they will fund important programs (funding for homeless, funding for Californians hit from the foreclosure crisis, funding for education), and then never release said funds for those in need. We must take a stand by doing some withholding of our own. We can withhold our votes for those who mislead Californians and serve agendas over people.