Rob Anderson 
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Re: “The Governor Has No Clothes

Forgot to include a link to the voters handbook:
http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/past/2008…

Posted by Rob Anderson on 02/05/2015 at 10:03 AM

Re: “The Governor Has No Clothes

No mention of the governor's biggest, dumbest project: high-speed rail. Here he counts on the blind support of liberals and progressives, who like trains because they aren't cars (which is also why they like bicycles).

Supporters of this project have no idea of the actual cost of the project. From the analysis by the legislative analyst in the 2008 voters guide:

"While the measure allows for bonds to be issued with a repayment period of up to 40 years, the state's current practice is to issue bonds with a repayment period of up to 30 years. If the bonds are sold at an average interest rate of 5 percent, and assuming a repayment period of 30 years, the General Fund cost would be about $19.4 billion to pay off both principal ($9.95 billion) and interest ($9.5 billion). The average repayment for principal and interest would be about $647 million per year. Operating Costs: When constructed, the high-speed train system will incur unknown ongoing maintenance and operation costs, probably in excess of $1 billion a year. Depending on the level of ridership, these costs would be at least partially, and potentially fully, offset by revenue from fares paid by passengers."

$647 million a year just in interest out of the General Fund on the $9.95 billion in bonds voters authorized in 2008!

And Prop. 1A explicitly prohibits any taxpayers' funds to subsidize the system after it's built. The governor and the legislature have also hijacked $250 million in cap-and-trade money to throw into this bottomless pit. Where is the state going to get the money to even build the first section? The governor says "don't worry about it"!

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Posted by Rob Anderson on 02/05/2015 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Jerry Brown Channels His Inner Republican

Yes, and Brown is taking $250 million in cap and trade money to throw at his dumb high-speed rail project. He's both a meany and a dummy.

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Posted by Rob Anderson on 01/15/2015 at 3:05 PM

Re: “A Message to Readers

Good to know that you folks are in no danger of going belly-up. But I disagree about the Bay Guardian, which has been awful for a long time.
http://district5diary.blogspot.com/2014/10…

Posted by Rob Anderson on 10/23/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Transparency's Unlikely Foe

Unions in general have long been considered a force for progress, but they are becoming just another special interest group. They support dumb, wasteful projects like the Central Subway in San Francisco and the high-speed rail project just because they provide jobs for their members, not because they are good way to invest taxpayers' money. And they will also abuse CEQA when they think it serves their interests:
http://unionwatch.org/petaluma-city-counci…

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Posted by Rob Anderson on 08/28/2014 at 12:00 PM

Re: “It's Time to End the Death Penalty Nightmare

Neither Harris nor Brown are particularly courageous for opposing capital punishment in California. After all both were elected after their opposition was well-known. The death penalty should be abolished not because some people don't deserve to die or the method of execution is inhumane, but because in a class-ridden society almost all the people executed are poor people and/or people of color.

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Posted by Rob Anderson on 07/31/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “How Cyclists On Telegraph Mean Business

More on the City Hall/Bicycle Coalition's attempt to force bike lanes on the people of Polk Gulch in San Francisco:
http://district5diary.blogspot.com/2013/03…

And on the Polk Street survey referred to in the story:
http://district5diary.blogspot.com/2013/05…

Posted by Rob Anderson on 06/13/2014 at 9:25 AM

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