elections have consequences
John Laird, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, which oversees the state parks department, revealed last week that the department had been sitting on $54 million in “hidden assets” for at least 12 years. Some of that money could have been used to avoid the park closures and steep service reductions that have played out over the past two years amid deep state budget cuts.
State parks Director Ruth Coleman then resigns blaming her deputy director of administrative services, Manuel Thomas Lopez for “not telling her” about the hidden $54 million.
And Lopez also was the one involved in the vacation time buy-out of Parks employees that cost a mere $271,000. Having gotten a paltry $20,000 himself, Lopez is now lawyered-up. And filing for bankruptcy. As an “unemployed” man with a “school teacher” wife. With $708,000 in debts and $649,000 in assets. Poor fella.
Lopez maintains he “noticed” his boss numerous times about a $20 million surplus — so maybe there’s more to be found? Reports from the in-house auditors are …murky.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Moonbeam Brown travels the state signing bills to spend tens of Billions on a HalfFast Train and more Billions on a Tunnel to pump water away from the food growers and into the cities so they can continue to wash their driveways. Both of these measures will keep thousands of trial lawyers busy for decades with suits over water rights, read-eared frogs, fairy shrimp, land rights and other sundry issues where there might be a dime to be made off the CA citizenry and taxpayer. In his odd moments, Brown enthusiastically pumps up his Nov. ballot measure encouraging the citizenry to agree to yet More Taxes. [Hey -- these fairy shrimp ain't gonna sue themselves, yanno.]
So what does the valorous Governor of this state have to say about this “hidden/found” $54 million scandal?
“Hallelujah! More money is better than less money,” Brown said.
So be sure to vote for More Taxes!