Monday, January 04, 2010

BRCI, Solution to CA Budget Deficit - Do not leave Sacramento Without it!

At a time when Orange County faces some $84 million short fall in the 2009 budget, state Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) wants a more "responsible budget" by increasing taxes..

Not to be outdone, the California Teacher's Association not only wants a more "responsible budget" by increasing taxes, but is working on an initiative to increase taxes.
Then there is assemblyperson Saldana's Assembly Bill 1921, currently handled by the wasteful and redundant department of redundancy, aka the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) - the CLRC in essence is a government funded group of unregistered lobbyists doing the work the legislature should be doing.

The California Budget Deficit will not be effectively dealt with until a Bureaucracy Realignment and Closure Initiative (BRCI) is fully implemented to eliminate or significantly downsize wasteful bureaucracies and programs. Taxpayers deserve efficient government, and by helping to identify and eliminate unnecessary bureaucracies, such as the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC), the Community Association Institute (CAI), the California Real Estate Commission and others would make government more cost effective and responsive. If these bureaucracies were eliminated today, taxpayers would not miss a bit - but would certainly have an impact on the budget!

The BRCI is patterned after the Base Closure and Realignment Commission. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) recommended military bases for closure in 1988, 1991, 1993 and 1995.

Example of wasteful spending by the CLRC: Saldana's Assembly Bill 1921
There is

"nothing commendable about the countless "paid" hours expended by the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) in bastardizing the Davis-Stirling Act" writes arbitrator and LA Times columnist D. Vanitizian, in an editorial piece dated March 28, 2008. "AB 1921 is the full employment act for special interest parasitic industries and California's legislators. It is shameful that the remaining few protections for the titleholder's vested property interests are dangerously diluted by the cumulative effect of this bad legislation," she adds.

Sources told us that Mr. Hebert, CLRC's executive director, had very much determined that ASB1921 would pass - it was a done deal, after all, this was one of Assemblywoman Saldana's baby, there was practically no homeowner opposition and the Community Association Institute was playing ball. On a piece dated June 24, 2008, I wrote:

"Ominously however, earlier this month, after we learned of a potential "Mutiny in the Bounty" - 17 Lawyers opposed to the CLRC .... we can glean from the 17 attorneys standing up to the CLRC and their behind the scenes industry supporters who use the CLRC as their personal un-registered lobbyists is that they are on the verge of self-destruction. Perhaps AB1921 is the triggering event?"

But like a bad dream, Mr. Hebert and the CLRC are baaaaack wasting taxpayer money trying to push AB1921 yey again! In addition to discounting criticism by advocates such as Vanitzian and George K. Staropoli, President of Citizens for Constitutional Local Government, Hebert writes in Memorandum 2009-12 dated January 30, 2009

"There is one new development on this issue that is worth mentioning. In 2008 the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) approved a final draft of the Uniform Common Interest Owners Bill of Rights Act (UCIOBRA), as a companion to UCIOA. When the Commission begins a study of
a possible homeowner bill of rights, it should look to UCIOBRA as one source of ideas,"

- Using yet more bureacracies and wasting more taxpayer money to promote special interest groups.

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