Dear CA Legislators:
Ya’ know all that chatter I sent you re:  You sold out CA.  Sold us down the drain.  Short changed education.  Short sheeted healthcare.  
Short shrifted emergency services.  The budget is just generally short-sighted & punts CA progress back to the Stone Age. Drill Baby Drill is NOT the answer to CA budget problems. This CA not AK. 
Remember all that?  Well that was just knee-jerk reactionary tweeting.  Not carefully thought out & somewhat misinformed.  So let me be perfectly clear.  You guys suck.  Big time. 
You sold us out to Big Oil wasting 40 years of investment & progress in reducing pollution, smog forming emissions & Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  To Big Oil.  Pollution & Global Climate Change are not now & never were local issues.  Thanks a lot for selling us down the river.  Pretty soon that will be the only thing in our rivers.  CA remains hot, dry & broke. 
& for what?  A drop in the budget bucket.  What is that drop in the bucket going to cost ultimately?  We can’t afford to subsidize Big Oil.  We can’t afford status quo.  We can’t afford to waste more time & money.
Below is the real scoop about the ‘Budget’.  Not a pretty picture.  If I did my job the way you do yours, this neighborhood would go to the cats.
Have a nice day.  Thanks for nothin’.
Sincerely, Yr friend,
opalK9 OTJ

Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 12:37:22 PM
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Janet Stromberg sent a message to the members of Fix the CA Budget Now!

Subject: California Dem Party Says Vote No on Budget Deal – Call to Action

California Democratic Party Chair John Burton just sent the following message, urging us to call our legislators and ask them to vote no on Schwarzenegger’s budget deal.

Find you legislators here:

Assembly Roster;

Senate Roster;

John’s message below:

Dear Janet,

As you may have heard, legislative leaders and the governor have reached a tentative budget deal that the Senate and Assembly could vote on as soon as tomorrow.

One part of the package is a Republican-written bill that would allow offshore drilling in state-controlled waters off California’s coast for the first time since the devastating 1969 oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast. This proposal is an affront to all Californians and we must urge lawmakers to vote it down.
This sweetheart deal for one oil company was negotiated behind closed doors, without any legislative hearings to allow public comment.
It strips the State Lands Commission – which has approved or rejected oil leases for the past 150 years – of this power and gives it to a commission controlled by the governor’s administration. This commission would have unlimited authority to rewrite the lease to benefit the oil company.
The offshore drilling plan does not solve either this year’s budget problems or systemic problems. That’s because its promises of future revenue are not actually written into law.
This Republican offshore drilling scheme endangers California’s environment. It would further pad the pockets of oil executives. And it does virtually nothing to solve the state’s current or future budget problems.

Ironically, the same Republican legislators who support this sweetheart deal are the ones who refused to vote for our Democratic leaders’ proposal for an oil-severance tax like the one levied in every other oil-producing state.

Please call your local lawmaker and urge him or her to say NO to new offshore drilling. Say NO to jeopardizing our coastline for minimal budget help this year or in the future.

Your representatives in Sacramento are:
Sen. Loni Hancock
Phone: (916) 651-4009

[find yours at;]

Hon. Nancy Skinner
Phone: (916) 319-2014

[find yours at;]

Please call them today to protect California’s coastline. Tell them to vote against allowing new offshore oil drilling.

This scheme reminds us again why it’s so important to have a majority-vote budget in California so Republicans cannot hijack the budget process to make bad policy changes that are extraneous to the state budget.

Peace and friendship,


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