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Chiang has to go

Posted: August 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.

In his Aug. 8 column in The Signal ("I'm doing my job, Sen. Strickland should do his"), state Controller John Chiang spoke about the state's outdated payroll system and noted: "In 2004, the Legislature passed and the governor signed a law declaring the urgent need to replace the state's existing payroll system."

What Chiang left out was that the Legislature provided $100 million in funding to upgrade the system. What have California taxpayers received for this investment? Apparently, an inability to perform or apply even the most simple accounting methods.

Add to this the recent revelation that Chiang, a CalPERS board member, did nothing to stop or expose massive salary scandals like the one in the city of Bell, and a clear picture begins to evolve. California is a mess and Chiang is at the forefront of two of the state's biggest failures.

We can't do the same thing over and over and expect different results. It's time for Chiang to go.


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