August 3, 2001

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico


In the recent issue you spoke of our kids missing out on years of education while the new jefe is on his throne.

It is worse than that. When he eventually leaves, there will be the pieces to pick up. The damage has already been done. The infrastructure of our school district has already begun to come apart. It will not be the same for a long time. Most administrators with a human side have either resigned, retired or have been edged out. (Alfaro, et al) I hear that the still reasonable principals out there (I won't name names because I don't want to give them any more hassle) have "maybe a year left". That's the word.. There are a few inner city elementary schools where there are few staff openings. Those are the ones where you can find a principal who still likes children. (Que concepto mas raro!!)

The principals who are left often act like bestias. I see it daily, and do not use the word lightly. They are told to be like this. La verdad.

Teachers who have alternatives are leaving the district and definitely leaving the focus schools.

And that is only the beginning...

Y estoy pensando en jubilarme... But, no.... courage, onward. I will be here when they are done!

An unnamed teacher
(Because retaliations are COMMON)

Davis' Budget under attack

I am outraged that the Democratic-controlled legislature passed Governor Davis' budget at the expense of California's taxpayers. After being promised tax cuts by Governor Davis during his campaign, we instead get a sales tax increase in order to achieve the $79 billion that the government will take out of our pockets each year.

This budget represents a 37% increase in the state budget in Davis' three years in office compared to Pete Wilson's final budget of $57.8 billion. During this same period of time, personal income increased only 23%. This budget, along with the $13.4 billion bond that the Governor pushed through the legislature to cover monies the State spent buying power, will harm California taxpayers for the next 10-20 years. Do you feel that our government is 37% better than it was three years ago?

It isn't just the size of the budget and the tax increases that make me mad; it's what Davis eliminated from the budget he proposed in January.

Manufacturers' Investment Credit increase worth $70 million in 2001-01, $90 million in 2002-03, and $95 million in 2003-01 - gone.

$27 million tax relief to Californians who provide for their school-age children - gone.

Employer Transit Pass Tax Credit of $3 million to employees in 2001-02, # million in 2002-03, and $4 million in 2003-04 - gone.

Equalization of funding for K-12 school districts and college districts - gone.

Property tax assistance to senior citizens and disable Californians - reduced by $265 million.

What do we get for our increased taxes? "Pork-barrel" projects for state legislators' districts to bribe them into voting for the budget. The only problem with this "pork" for San Diegans is that the overwhelming majority of this spending will occur in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

We also get more government employees. Since taking office in January 1999, Governor Davis has added more than 45,000 employees to the government payroll, more than Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian combined.

It's time for California voters to wake up and say, "I've had enough." Thanks to Governor Davis and the Democrat-controlled legislature, we went from a $13 billion budget surplus to a $4 billion budget deficit (requiring the sales tax hike) in only one year. Before the "golden goose" of the California economy and our quality of life is totally destroyed, we can make a change for the better.

Michele Nash-Hoff
San Diego

Davis needs to correct Community College budget cut

Governor Davis's budget has a cut of over $90,000,000 for community colleges in California is "Murder in the First Degree." On the contrary there should have been an increase. The Community Colleges of California are the Gateway to higher education for the disadvantaged (not in ability) albeit in money.

I go to the community college in downtown San Diego ... the students on this campus are highly motivated and many go on to higher education. Notwithstanding (Davis) must be advised to return the $90,000,000 as another piece of legislation this year that will correct an injustice against the disadvantaged students, who only need an opportunity and not hand outs.

Dr. Art Salzberg
San Diego

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