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California's budget whiplash: From a record-setting surplus to a massive shortfall in 1 year

Original post made on Jun 16, 2023

After last year's excitement over how to spend a record $97.5 billion budget surplus, the state is now grappling with a $31.5 billion budget gap.

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Posted by Parent and Voter
a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2023 at 7:12 am

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The best solution is to vote out Newsom and his supporters in Sacramento and our cities. Of course his solution is to tax us even more.
Nice hair is not a qualification for "serving" our State or our Nation.

Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on Jun 20, 2023 at 7:04 am

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Sadly, it isn't just Newsom. "Leadership" in California at all levels needs replacement. Our Legislature is rife with loons who are bent on the destruction of what one would call "normal society." We have devolved into a Kakistocracy: "Government by the least suitable or competent citizens of a State!" They say "you get what you vote for! California today is a shining example. And until the self-absorbed citizens of this State reverse course and begin electing competent leaders, the downward drift into the cesspool they have put in place will continue.
On Father's Day, in San Francisco, we had a "running gun battle" on the Embarcadero! Two vehicles whose occupants were shooting at each other. Multiple innocent citizens were injured, although thankfully none were shot. Evidently one vehicle crashed, and it has been reported that its occupants were from Pittsburg. So now, people go to SF to commit these criminal acts because it's a "safer place" to do them.
And if you think the "upscale communities" in the East Bay are immune to this sort of behavior, just stay tuned, it won't be long before these acts are commonplace there too!

Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 20, 2023 at 9:30 am

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That gun battle on the Embarcadero in the Dump by the Bay was shocking to say the say least. Throw in the lawlessness of shootings and hit and run drivers in Oak Town and you got yourself places to avoid.

Unfortunately, some of those lawlessness issues have already started to happen. Remember the Danville resident who thug life followed home from the Dump by the Bay a while back? The lawlessness will continue until so-called civic leaders do something to curtail the violence. But don't count on it.

Big Mouth Breed, the current Mayor in the Dump by the Bay, screamed from the top of her lungs to defund the police. What comes around goes around Mayor.
The number of San Francisco’s full-duty sworn officers is at a decades-long low – 1,500 plus. The Oakland Police doesn't fare any better.

Of course, it doesn't help when the liberal mindset vote in Chesa Boudin and Pamela Price for District Attorney. You get what you pay for - including the no cash bail policy your current governor supports. But there is more to that story.

The California Supreme Court is responsible for the elimination of the cash bail policy. However, the cash bail policy worked because the vast majority of thug life couldn't pay their bail, which in turn kept them in jail. Yeah, great job, California.

In the meantime things will get only worse.

Posted by Gerald Radinsky
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jun 23, 2023 at 10:33 am

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Eliminating the unnecessary arrest and forced incarcerations of those with minor misdemeanors is the crux of the progressive movement in California. Violent felonies are still dealt with accordingly and pursued to the fullest extent of the law.

Harsh dehumanizing conditions in county jails and state prisons are not rehabilitative initiatives and often lead to further crime upon release.

If more correctional facilities are warranted, they should be following the pattern of institutions designed to house white collar convicts like Elizabeth Holmes, Martha Stewart and others. In other words, make the prisons more hospitable so that upon release, convicts walk out with less resentment and hostilities towards society at large.

I am also curious why criminals from Antioch and Pittsburg drive all the way to San Francisco and Palo Alto to commit their crimes when affluent cities like Orinda, Walnut Creek and Danville are so close in proximity.

Is this because Contra Costa County law enforcement is more effective and pro-active at deterring crime?

If so, it is somewhat amazing how the police and DA Becton work in conjunction to keep Contra Costa County residents safe.

This is a commendable effort on the part of both progressives and concentional law enforcement practices.

Good work!

Posted by Sarah Westley
a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2023 at 3:15 pm

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** "And if you think the "upscale communities" in the East Bay are immune to this sort of behavior, just stay tuned, it won't be long before these acts are commonplace there too!"

Let's not overreact. The sky is not falling on the East Bay.

The COVID pandemic office closures had a lot to do with current SF conditions.

In addition to being a sanctuary city, San Francisco has become a haven for the unhoused and their presence has severely impacted tourism, retail sales, and public safety.

The East Bay cities did not experience these variables in demographics and municipalities like Danville, Walnut Creek, Orinda, and San Ramon are openly hostile towards transients.

Rest assured Contra Costans, while a few homeless individuals and criminal minds might pass through your fair cities, most don't stick around because of the predominantly white and upwardly mobile social environment.

So they go to San Francisco instead and speaking of instead...instead of worrying about SF, why not focus on your own civic concerns and improvements (if needed).

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