Governor's ‘pet project' deserved the axe, note Greens, who give superior court judge a ‘Green for a Day' award
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
Stuart Bechman, GPCA Spokesperson, 805-405-3929,
Susan King, GPCA Spokesperson, 415-823-5524,
SACRAMENTO (July 22, 2005) – The Green Party of California Friday said the
decision late Thursday by a Superior Court judge here to toss a key
proposition – the legislative redistricting plan – from the November
Special Election was probably a good thing because of the abuse of power
exhibited by the governor and his business cronies.
Noting that the initiative process was designed by Gov. Hiram Johnson last
century to "give a voice to the people," not special interests who already
control the halls of the Legislature through big money campaign
contributions, the Greens said the governor corrupted the process by trying
to also buy – and cheat – his way onto the ballot.
"The Judge gets the ‘Green for a Day' award for thwarting the governor's
attempt to break the ballot qualifying rules. Gov. Schwarzenegger's
redistricting plan would have consolidated power - the antithesis of green
democracy" said Tom Bolema, member of the GPCA Coordinating Committee from
And, GPCA spokesperson Beth Moore Haines of Nevada City said it was simply
wrong for the state to be spending tens of millions of dollars while many
Californians are so needy.
"It's unfortunate that the Governor feels justified in siphoning $70
million desperately needed tax dollars for his pet project special
election, but didn't bother proofreading. Dropping redistricting means
voters now waste that $70 million for a few remaining ballot items. Is this
the best he can do?," she said.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437