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Care for the environment

We’re blessed in the South Bay with beautiful beaches and parks. At the same time, because of our location, we’re often most affected by air and water pollution. Factor in the needs of businesses and employees, and the picture is even cloudier.

We must protect the environment, providing for people while planning for economic growth. The first step is to mistrust the experts touting phantom “green” jobs—and asking for government money at the same time.

Second, we must address the waste, fraud and abuse rampant when government is running the show:

  • In 2007, the state paid $12 million for Point Lobos Ranch, with no plans to open it to the public. Four years later, it remains closed to Californians.
  • The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection once spent $7 million on an airplane—with no forestry or firefighting capabilities.
  • The California Public Utilities Commission, with oversight on resources and environmental protection, hasn’t collected $33 million in fines since 1999.

Travel reimbursements, sick time payouts, ethical lapses and lawsuits consumed at least $429,757 in just six incidents. The state Natural Resources Agency once even paid $12,000 for a series of poetry readings—to “give [them]” the inspiration to do their work!

The California Air Resources Quality Board should be shut-down and its duties given to other agencies, but Governor Brown vetoed a bill in 2011 that would simply have required one of its members to be a business owner! This is outrageous!

It’s not the government’s job to pick environmental winners and losers—and they do a rotten job of it when they try!