Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Lauren Steiner, commenting on Sheila Kuehl’s “California Budget: How Abel Raised Cain.” Here’s Lauren’s response:
I appreciated this article. There are very few places that we can learn about the ins and outs of state government the way we can about the federal government. It would be great if you could have a regular column from Shelia or any other former state legislator who is willing to share these kind of details with the public.
As to the issue, most of the problems in our state are due to these procedural issues like the need to eliminate 2/3 vote to pass the budget, the need for redistricting due to primaries in gerrymandered districts that only elect ideologues, the continued ramifications of Prop 13, the lack of clean money. Legislators can’t get anything accomplished. So important issues get put on the ballot for, I’m sorry, basically ignorant people to vote on. There is no serious discussion of the issues by the news media. So the people are swayed by whichever side has the most money to air and their propaganda advertisements.
The inside story on all the LA propositions is really enlightening and should be disseminated to a wider audience. Bottom line: Vote no on all!