The Legislature is back in action, and so is the Sac Report. A few weeks ago, I asked all the members of the San Diego delegation about their top priority for the New Year.
It might shock you to learn that a group of politicians did not all stick to the question too closely, but many identified one, two or a handful of things they plan to focus on.
Sen. Joel Anderson
“My goal has always been to make government work for my constituents, and we measure all the aspects of our office that work toward that goal. Here are just a few examples:
Constituent letters answered: I know how frustrating it can be when it feels like no one is listening. I ran for office because I believe government should be accountable to the people it represents, and that’s why our office responds to every constituent that contacts us. In 2015 and 2016, we responded to over 41,000 constituent letters, emails and phone calls. When you call our office, you get an answer.
Constituent issues resolved: Our constituent-focused approach helped 1,434 constituents solve their problems with state agencies such as the DMV, Franchise Tax Board and the Employment Development Department in 2016. That number is up from 1,377 in 2015.
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It's great to see how our legislators are just drooling to get their names on more new legislation. The U-T did the public a favor about a week ago by summarizing many of the new laws that went into effect on Jan 1 this year. As a reaction, I penned a letter to the editor, which they published a couple of days ago. Here's an excerpt:
".....I'd like to ask two questions. First, how many, if any, existing laws were repealed as outmoded, redundant, irrelevant in 2017 or otherwise no longer needed?I can guess the answer.
More importantly, has anyone calculated the estimated cost of each measure, as is required on citizen initiatives?Some of them have obvious costs to cities and counties, e.g., the law enforcement-related measures require enhanced enforcement efforts, and some mandate new actions by local governments. "