This was easy to predict, and most of us saw this coming a mile off.
I boldly predict a five-peat next September.
The best recap of the whole thing was in a comment by RivCo Supervisor Kevin Jeffries in a reply to Mayor Bridgette Moore Facebook posting the news of the veto.
I asked councilmember Ben Benoit his take on this, and though it appears that there could be a glimmer of hope in the governor's remarks that accompanied the veto, he didn't put too much stock into it.
If this is an opportunity for us to get [the VLF funds returned] before the governor is no longer in office —great, but I don't know that's going to happen.
Councilmember Ben Benoit
The part that frosts me about Brown's prolonged obstinance on the matter is that he has no problem dishing out blindingly high sums to his pet projects.
Then he has the temerity to suggest that basic operating costs for these four cities (Wildomar, Eastvale, Menifee and Jurupa Valley) "must be considered in the light of other budget priorities."
“While I commend Senator Roth’s tireless commitment to assist the cities, this bill requires the state to make additional and long-term general fund spending commitments. As such, this proposal must be considered in light of other budget priorities during upcoming budget deliberations.”
Governor Jerry Brown
During the letter writing campaign I called our esteemed governor a booger... and knowing his delicate self esteem, it most likely sent him into a tizzy and cost the four Riverside County cities a combined $24M a year.
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