Letters to the Editor Oct. 13, 2011

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers October 13, 2011 05:55 pm

Starving budget, LaMalfa shares blame for harbor funding failure

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB1429, which would have relieved our Crescent City Harbor District from having to pay 6.25 percent or $1.2 million of repair costs from the latest disaster caused by the tsunami March 11.

The governor sent his California Emergency Management Team to assess the damage and report what we needed. Everything was in place to assist where possible through permits required by agencies that everyone needed in order to proceed. It is rumored that the Santa Cruz harbor ignored the process and failed to get certain permits and lost its funding completely.

Now here is the kicker: Certain current harbor commissioners encouraged state Sen. Doug LaMalfa to oppose the rights of our citizens to vote on whether or not we should continue certain taxes in this state so that the state budget could be whole. Instead, we have another year of smoke and mirrors to which later this year the Legislature will need to cut all budgets again somewhere from $2 billion to $4 billion.

These cuts will cost our social services and education again. Sen. LaMalfa could have stepped up and given us the right to vote, but chose not to.

Now these same commissioners want the state to cough up their share of the disaster funds. (I believe in the first disaster, 2006, California put up approximately $15 million; the county Board of Supervisors, $5 million; and for this March 11 disaster, the federal government put up approximately $15 million and the state another $3.7 million.

I guess what I’m saying is you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Now by chance, if the Senator would have given us a chance to vote, possibly there would be funds to assist our Harbor District in its endeavor to obtain funds.

So the “letters to the editor” and the “editor” have sided with the notion that the governor did us a big disservice. All I can say is when you have no money in the checking account, it is pretty hard to write a check for over $1 million. The county Board of Supervisors stepped up and secured the $5 million in funding for the first disaster in 2006. When will the harbor commissioners step up and look for other funding sources to assist them?

Jerry Cochran

Crescent City