|Red arrow points to Wildomar mayor pro-tem Ben Benoit.|
The bill barely got enough votes to pass, and Senator Richard Roth, along with 29 year old Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, traded their votes for a bag full of goodies, which included the purloined VLF funds from four Riverside County cities being rightfully restored (Wildomar, Menifee, Jurupa Valley and Eastvale).
|After the signing. You can see a glimpse of Bridgette Moore on the far left.|
It's a well publicized story, direct from the mouth of our state assembly member, Melissa Melendez, that Brown made it clear that his refusal to restore the money, was payback for the way Riverside County voted for him... or should it be said, voted AGAINST him?
Link to blog detailing Melissa Melendez's comments on the topic from 2015.
I asked Councilmember Bridgette Moore, who was in attendance for the event, for her take on the signing.
"Today is an important day in Wildomar's history as Mayor Pro Tem Ben Benoit, and I were invited to watch Governor Jerry Brown sign Senate Bill 130. Which will annually restore the equivalent revenues lost June 29, 2011 when the Governor signed the bill which took away our Motor Vehicle License Fee Revenue of $1.8 million a year!" — Bridgette Moore
|Here you see Ben Benoit shaking Governor Browns hand.|
My apologies for the low definition images.
I'm just grateful that they were shared with me.
Below is ABC's clip on the story. Have to love some of the governor's characterizations. "I'm glad I'm going to give you a little more money that you can play with," and, "We're here for a lot of reasons, but mostly because the people of these towns have been neglected too long."
Whoa, thanks for the honesty there governor.
Here's just a random thought on the topic
Yes, we're glad to have that money back, so now the city will be able to finally get some breathing room.
At the same time, $2M million dollars to the city isn't like $2M to you or me. If that money suddenly was in our bank accounts, it would be party city. Not so much when spread out over the needs of 35,000 people in 24 square miles.
But that won't stop the people from forming wish lists a mile long. Come to think of it, I have one to add to the list myself.
How about fixing the white vinyl fencing on Cervera in Windsong Valley... and let's not use the same contractor the next time, that did the Stevie Wonder style fix the last time.
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