Our View: Take away their cars

Our View: Take away their cars

There are 15 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Jun 17, 2009, titled Our View: Take away their cars. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

In a major economic downturn, symbolism isn't everything - you can't take it to the bank.

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Loren Kizzia

West Covina, CA

#1 Jun 17, 2009
When I first read your editorial, my reaction was; "So what, it doesn't save that much money"..then I started to reflect on the arrogance that driving a Caddie when the people that elected you are losing their jobs, cars and homes shows is at best, tone deaf and insensitive, and more likely, completely out of touch with reality....Time for these people to GO.
Andy

AOL

#2 Jun 18, 2009
I suggest you also take away their jobs if they vote for even more taxes. These clowns don't seem to want to represent us and should be replaced. This is not rocket science and one could do their jobs part time. Government is too big and we can no longer afford this bloated government.
Anonymous

Sherman Oaks, CA

#3 Jun 18, 2009
Cut the number of state employees by 25% (their numbers have doubled in the last 10 years, but our population has gotten smaller), take back all state provided vehicles (they can use public transportation) and reduce ALL salaries (legislators as well as state employees) by 20%. All our cities are reducing salaries by at least 10% and they work harder than state employees.
Tyrone

Hereford, AZ

#4 Jun 18, 2009
Seems ironic that the editorial board is now critisizing the very democrats that they whole heartedly endorsed. Perhaps subscriptions are going down.
Bob Jimenez

AOL

#5 Jun 18, 2009
Thanks to some shoddy reporting by the LA Times, everyone who has read Patrick McGreevy's article is convinced that state taxpayers paid $54-thousand dollars for Senator Ron Calderon's Cadillac. Not true. Senator Calderon recieved no greater or lesser amount than any other senator. He, in fact pays $311 dollars a month out of his own pocket to drive his car, not taxpayers. And the senator told McGreevy he would gladly turn in his car allotment if a state commission looking into the matter, required him to do so. Somehow that got lost in the story. Get the story right LA times or don't do the story!
anonyamous

United States

#6 Jun 18, 2009
How about El Monte Cily worker with a truck with a yellow light on top of the hood driving with some girls at El Monte High Schools Baccalakureate about 11:00am...some out right disregard for the people and their tax money.
Anonymous

United States

#7 Jun 18, 2009
What? They need to do away with this perk. This is unbelieveable. They have their nerve. No more cars or gas. We don't owe them a car or gas. They get paid enough money. This is a insult. Live like the rest of us do.
JQ Public

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Jun 19, 2009
Don;t take away the Governor's all expesne paid private airplane trips, though. You know, the free trips that are paid for with funds from his tax deductible "education fund", which is paid for by "donations" from anonymous contributors--no one can call those bribes, though.
The Muffin Man

Torrance, CA

#9 Jun 19, 2009
Cut state legislators pay to state miniumum wage and offered no perks. Then and only then we will see who steps up and serves the state.
Time To Dump the Tea

United States

#10 Jun 20, 2009
Take away all government provided cars, credit cards, and unsubstantiated expense stipends. Put GPS tracking devices in their personal cars and pay them by the mile.(The GPS trackers will be necessary to keep their expense reports honest. Something all government workers are unfamiliar with.)

Cut government staffing levels by 30%. Cut government worker pay by 30%. Pay them for six holidays per year, one week of vacation, a sick day allowance of three sick days per year with no carry over or accumulation. Make them do more with less just like the public sector.

Since the government is filled with people who are basically unemployable except for a government job; we need to compensate them appropriately for their lack of skills.

Limit elected officials to one term only and no government retirement. They will have to use the 401K and Social Security system just like the rest of us.

Vote out all incumbents.

America - Take back your government.
Truth Detector

Walnut, CA

#11 Jun 21, 2009
Tyrone wrote:
Seems ironic that the editorial board is now critisizing the very democrats that they whole heartedly endorsed. Perhaps subscriptions are going down.
Wow, that's cold Tyrone (but true!). The Tribune supports every left wing liberal that runs for local office. Public officials should never get anything better than a Ford Fusion or a Malibu- seems they prefer the Cadillacs, why not, we're the idiots that keep re-electing them.
In fairness to the politicians, they do install red-light ticket cameras that generate $400 tickets, that should make the lease payments on the Cadillacs with no problem. The IDIOT voters of Covina and Walnut never turned out their Council members that put them in- they deserve everything they get.
AM in glendora

Hawthorne, CA

#12 Jun 22, 2009
State Commission? How about our lawmakers lead by example and return their cars, regardless of price, and drive their own. That is just the stand up thing to do. The spirit of the article is to examine whether or not our so-called leaders are invested in their own comforts, benefits, power, etc. or truly looking after their struggling constituents. I say, let the next article be about their pensions and retirement benefits.
What a Joke

West Covina, CA

#13 Feb 8, 2010
Bob Jimenez wrote:
Thanks to some shoddy reporting by the LA Times, everyone who has read Patrick McGreevy's article is convinced that state taxpayers paid $54-thousand dollars for Senator Ron Calderon's Cadillac. Not true. Senator Calderon recieved no greater or lesser amount than any other senator. He, in fact pays $311 dollars a month out of his own pocket to drive his car, not taxpayers. And the senator told McGreevy he would gladly turn in his car allotment if a state commission looking into the matter, required him to do so. Somehow that got lost in the story. Get the story right LA times or don't do the story!
Gee, is this California state employed Bob Jimenez, Communications Director of the 30th Senate District of California? Ron Calderon is your boss, right? DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER THAT HE PAYS $311 OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET FOR A $54,000 CAR??? Did you get a little pat on the head from Ron for making this comment? 3.2 million dollars over the last 3 years and all you've got to say is that he pays $311 out of his own pocket? Oh gee, will he turn his car in now? Your salaries and your lack of morals and ethics makes me sick. Wake up and look around! Your boss and the rest of those political hacks running this state into the ground want to balance the budget on our backs so they can continue to drive around in their fancy cars and gas up with premium 3 times a week. What a joke! Your attempt to stick up for your boss is truly pathetic. I hope he gets voted out and that his whole staff, you included, lose your jobs!
Left CA_to Libs_Illegals

AOL

#14 Feb 8, 2010
Gee, I thought all you California tax slave dummies were real happy sharing the wealth and paying for everyone elses everything ! You know, like being in a 60's Hippy Commune or something.
JQ Public

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Feb 8, 2010
State employee's doubled in the last ten years, huh? What kind of drugs are you on? Don't we have problems in this state with real waste, real fraud, and real hiding of future liabilities from the public? But, enough with goofballs just making up pure bulls@@t like that? Did that come from the hyperbole of other whack jobs, or did you just make that one up? Are you just too high on Rush Limbaugh's oxycontin to think straight?

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