Letters to the Assemblyman:
|Sent: 11/01/09||Reply: 11/06/09|
Senator Mark Leno
Assembly Member Jared Huffman
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Barbara Boxer
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
From: Jesse Owings Kaposi
Marin County, California
Subject: Budget- Reduce Government Waste and suggestions to help
am a citizen of California and I live in Marin County. I was born and
raised here. I am a 30 year old busy student. I don’t have as much time
as I would like to write you a letter.
I am concerned
about the State budget and I have some suggestions to help with the
problem. I see many agencies using up billions of dollars with little
benefit to the people of California. I’ve worked at numerous
municipalities where I saw first hand thousands of dollars of waste
every month. I see inexcusable tax dollar waste rampant through out our
state and federal governments.
There are hundreds if not
thousands of state agencies in California that have little or no
benefit for the people of California. Not only that but these agencies
make my life more difficult by fining me or forcing me to pay fees and
adding additional cost to products and services that I need. For
example, gas in California is more expensive then anywhere else in the
nation. Smog checks on my car cost me about $100 which is going to
increase in 2010 because the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is
going to rule that all current dynamometers must be replaced to meet
new, more stringent regulation. I can’t burn wood in my fireplace to
keep my home warm on a “spare the air day.” I burn wood because I can’t
afford to heat my house with a heater. These regulations are increasing
the cost of living in California so high that I could wind up on
Side Note: Wood burring is carbon neutral. The burning process just speeds up the decomposition process.
workers on the public payroll don’t seem to understand that when they
regulate everything in sight the extra cost of doing business is passed
down to me, the consumer, as in increased prices for gas, services,
I’m having trouble naming any state agency that has
proved beneficial for me except for the department of education, law
enforcement and the fire department.
I hear commercials on
the radio advertising the mere existence of state agencies. These
agencies are spending our tax dollars to create public awareness of
their existence. Why is this allowed? This is an inexcusable waste of
our tax dollars! It is not necessary for the DMV to advertise itself,
so why is it necessary for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District
and CARB to do so?
Another agency responsible for tax
dollar waste is the California Water Resources Board. They want to
spend billions of dollars on AB 885. We already have regulations
locally enforced by our counties that manage these regulations. Not
only that but if this bill passes it means that people using a septic
tank will have to pay an annual $325 inspection fee. For what benefit?
People maintain these tanks on their own otherwise they wouldn’t be
able to flush their toilet.
On a federal level I found out
that Nancy Pelosi has been provided a private jet to fly back and forth
from San Francisco to Washington at a cost of $60,000 a week while she
promotes policies that limit the amount of resources I should use.
all of the pollution created by these government agencies who manage
our air and water quality. They occupy huge administrative buildings
full of thousands of people producing pollution through their energy
demands: lighting, heating, cooling, maintenance, machines and
etcetera. And the people have to get to their workplace DRIVING CARS.
Consider all of the manufacturing that goes into production of
pamphlets, fliers, pens, and bumper stickers used to advertise and
“educate the public.” Consider the manufacturing of all of the
equipment used by these agencies: chairs, desks, computers and so on.
There are about 340 employees in the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District alone (wikipedia). And the California Air Resources Board
operates on a $759 million annual budget (wikipedia). Whatever happened
to cost vs. benefit analysis? I’d say all of the so-called benefit and
reduction in pollution attributed to the effort of these organizations
is negated by their mere existence. If the employees of these
organizations got a job in the real world, they would benefit our
community instead of taxing it and levying fines on it to pay for their
In closing: What’s next? I can’t mow my lawn,
smoke a cigarette, BBQ or drive to work on a “spare the air day”? I’d
say that I don’t own my house any more. I’ll just mail my mortgage
payment to the government every month. The money spent on wages and
benefits of most government employees could be spent so much more
wisely to help reduce pollution. Again, whatever happened to cost vs.
benefit analysis? The money could be spent insulating and weatherizing
people’s homes, or to create a fund that would help people pay their
PG&E bill and therefore not have to burn wood to keep warm, or to
create a fund to assist people in purchasing an EPA certified wood
stove to replace their non-compliant stove, or to create a fund that
would assist Chinese manufacturing companies to become less polluting
by funding the implementation of more green practices. Remember, we all
live on the same earth.
Lastly, why should government
workers have a state provided car? Why can’t you drive to work in your
own car and pay for your own gas like everyone else does?
will not receive my vote in the next election unless you actively work
to disband CARB and stop excessive regulation that only benefits the
growth of government. I will educate other people about this problem
and your position on this issue.
I am dependant on my
government representatives to make good decisions but it seems that
many of their decisions are made in their own self interest.
Jesse O. Kaposi
Resident of Marin County CA.
On Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 3:17 PM, Ely, Nick <Nick.Ely@asm.ca.gov> wrote:
Thank you for
contacting Assemblymember Huffman to share your thoughts on government
waste. Please feel free to give me a call if you would like to discuss
the matter further. I can be reached at 415-479-4920
Assemblymember Jared Huffman
|Sent: 11/07/09||Reply: 11/09/09|
|From: Jesse Owings Kaposi |
Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2009 1:26 AM
To: Ely, Nick
Subject: Re: Response from Assemblymember Huffman's Office
we discuss the matter via Email? I'd like to know if Assemblymember
Huffman will actively work to disband CARB? Or, at least consider and
respond to some of my commentary.
Jesse O. Kaposi
|Ely, Nick <Nick.Ely@asm.ca.gov>|
to: Jesse Owings Kaposi
Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 12:01 PM
RE: Response from Assemblymember Huffman's Office
to the fact that you have raised so many concerns it’s probably a lot
easier to have a conversation. That said, I can answer the question you
posed below. He is not in favor of disbanding CARB.
Assemblymember Jared Huffman