Some government-watchers say that California is ungovernable because of its tremendous diversity.
But the fact is, California voters have entrusted the Democratic Party to turn the state around. Democrats occupy all statewide offices, including the governor’s chair, and have a supermajority in the Assembly and Senate.
So, the state is governable from the standpoint of getting things done.
On the heels of the November election, however, there already are troubling signs that some Democrats have no idea of what’s best for California.
First was the “Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act” introduced by Assembly Member Tom Ammiano of San Francisco. If the bill is signed into law as written, local authorities would surrender control of sidewalks, parks, beaches, bus stops — you name it.
Second was today’s introduction of legislation by Assembly Member Roger Hernández of West Covina that would give state employees another paid holiday. They now have 11 plus two “floating” days off with pay annually.
Hernández proposes designating the second Monday in October at Native American Day. You might recall the second Monday in October is Columbus Day, a holiday the state took off the calendar, along with Lincoln’s Birthday, in 2009.
This is a bad idea at the wrong time. State workers don’t need another paid holiday.
Hernandez and Ammiano are tone deaf and blind to the needs of Californians struggling with a slow recovery and efforts to get state government finances back on track.
They should focus on developing the state’s economy, balancing the state budget, rebuilding infrastructure and restoring the state as an educational leader.
The voters get it. They’re approved reforms such as citizens redistricting, the Top 2 primary system and term-limits modifications. They’ve voted higher taxes on themselves to ease the government budget crunch and save schools.
But clearly Hernandez and Ammiano don’t get it.
Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/the_state_worker/2013/01/legislation-would-add-a-holiday-to-california-state-government-calendar.html#storylink=cpy