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 State Senator Tony Strickland

Letters to the Senator:
    Sent August 24, 2009
    August 24, 2009
    Dear Senator Strickland,

           I am part of a large and growing group that would like to see the
    elimination of the agency CARB .  They have harmed the state over the years
    by requiring the poison MTBE in gasoline. Now they are going to put
    thousands of truckers out of business and cause everything that we buy go up
    in price.  They received over 800 million dollars this year, that money
    could have gone to teachers that were fired.  Why haven't you introduced a
    bill to eliminate this agency?  Do you have friends that work at CARB?  I
    can only assume that you do not care about our state by your inaction.  If I
    do not receive a correspondence back from you within the next couple of days
    I'm going to drive around Ventura with a big sign that says Tony Strickland
    Voted to Fire Teachers.

    Brian Cox
    Senatior Strickland's Reply on the CARB Topic (Though Brian did not get it--the reply was sent to
    Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the California Air Resources Board. I always appreciate input from the community and find it important to consider all sides of the issue before making up my mind.  I have visited and understand your frustration with the burdensome, job-killing regulations that have been placed on Californians due to regulations being imposed by CARB.

    In fact, I authored two bills this year, SB 462 and SB 464 to help contractors and other diesel operators with the onerous regulations from CARB. Both would have given tax credits – one to the equipment operator and one to the manufacture to help offset the cost of complying with CARB regulations. Unfortunately, neither bill passed their respective committees.

    Additionally, I authored SB 685 which proposed to eliminate the salaries for the California Air Resources Board members and only allow them to collect per diem when the board meets. This too was held in committee. I will continue to fight for hard working Californians and if legislation comes before me to eliminate the Air Resources Board I will support it.

    You also mentioned in your letter that I approved the firing of some 8500 teachers. On the contrary, I voted against all of the bills that cut funding for education including SBX3 4, ABX3 42, and ABX4 2.

    Thank you, again, for your comments on the Air Resources Board.  It is citizens like you who make the difference.  If you have any other questions or concerns on this or any other state issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (805) 306-8886.

    As always, it is an honor and privilege to represent you in the State Senate.

    Senator Tony Strickland