Potholes and pensions
EDITOR: To quote Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, “If there’s a pot of money out there to repair the roads, I’d like to know where it is” (“Plague of potholes continues,” Friday). What about the huge portion of taxpayer dollars that is going to fund illegally enhanced six-figure pensions, exorbitant salaries, lifetime platinum medical benefits and continuous cost-of-living raises going to the public sector?
Isn’t that the pot of money draining the public coffers, leaving no money to repair roads, parks, libraries and homeless services?
I am voting no on any taxes until city and county government rein in their pension costs. If you go to the websites of the cities and county, you will be shocked to see where all of our money is going, enriching the public sector, leaving nothing for us, our homeless, our roads or services.
And because the cities and counties don’t want to sacrifice 1 cent of their bloated salaries to help with dwindling services, they will always ask us to contribute more taxes.
Who dares to stand with me and vote no on all increased taxes until city and county government make the same sacrifices they are asking taxpayers to make?
For safe roads
EDITOR: In 1994, I drove a car around 15,000 miles and got about 11 miles per gallon. In 2017, I drove a car around 15,000 miles, but my mileage had improved to 20 mpg. Doing the math, in 1994 I bought 1,363 gallons of gas, and in 2017, I bought 750 gallons of gas. Since fuel taxes didn’t change from 1994 to 2017, I was paying less in fuel taxes by a lot.
Costs of maintenance of our roads and bridges have gone up a lot since 1994. In 2017, California Senate Bill 1 raised fuel taxes enough to keep pace with my better gas mileage car, so now I pay about the same in fuel tax that I paid in 1994.
I know the one thing you should not cut corners on is safety. Those who are trying to pass Proposition 6 would be cutting corners on road and bridge safety. We need to defeat Proposition 6 so we have those fuel tax dollars to make sure our parents, ourselves, our families and our friends can safely travel on our roads and over our bridges.
Don’t cut corners on safe roads and bridges. Vote no on Proposition 6.
MARY KENNEDY CABRERA
No thanks to building
EDITOR: I want to caution readers on Christopher Thornberg’s advice to keep on building (“Economist to county: Keep on building,” Saturday).
During a recent visit to Southern California, I experienced the 20-lane Santa Ana Freeway, which was congested and moving at less than 10 mph — and that is status quo throughout the day.
Don’t be fooled by this pied piper. Experts like him should stay in Southern California and clean up the mess created by unbridled growth.
Shame on Newsom
EDITOR: I have been a voter since November 1960, nearly always for a Democratic candidate or a progressive issue. In preparation for this November’s elections, I have been scheduling meetings for City Council candidates, studying brochures and reading through the election pamphlets mailed to us.