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Government needs downsizing

Posted: August 5, 2009 8:46 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Redevelopment agencies and public transportation programs in California should be made self-funding or be eliminated to ease the budget crisis.  

I’ve yet to see a redevelopment agency do anything other than waste tax money, enrich the connected and support bureaucracy.  

Why is an area blighted? Who reaps the benefits of redevelopment?

Take downtown Newhall: It used to be a nice place to shop 20 years ago. Neglect of the neighborhood and lack of code enforcement east of the railroad tracks attracted elements that made downtown an undesirable area to shop.  

Owners complained about shoplifting and their rents kept rising. Then the mall opened and drove a final nail into its coffin. Sure, it could be a nice place once again, but is this the role of government? No. It belongs to private enterprise, unhampered by excessive regulations and restrictions.  

Let it work or fail.  

Public transportation can be self-supporting. The problem is that government is anything but innovative and efficient in getting people to use it. Routes are kept in service long after no one or very few passengers ride on them. When a route does work, riders are crammed into the buses like on the Orange Line until some bureaucrat finally gets around to adding a bus. Why isn’t there a monorail alongside the 405 corridor that actually takes people to places of high employment or the airport?

The great visionaries of public projects like Robert Moses, of New York, could never accomplish great public works projects today thanks to the mounds of red tape added by courts and self-interest bureaucracies.

We need new leadership, and true innovation will not come from either the Democrats or Republicans because both carry far too much baggage.  

It’s time to downsize government, and elect people who want to make it work efficiently and aren’t in the pockets of special interests.  

I see it as 140-plus job openings in Sacramento as a first step in fixing the state. Electing career politicians or those beholden to public employee unions is not an answer.


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