Governor Newsom — Stop the Bullet-Train Debacle!

  • Today, 68 percent of California fourth grade students don’t read at grade level. Is this not an “emergency”? This is a true”high-speed” pipeline — one that goes directly from failing schools to prisons — one constructed by neglect and apathy. Where were the billions needed for tutors and mentors so that failure could be deterred and incarcerations diminished? Where were the biannual reports by well-organized and well-paid Committees reporting on the attempts to mitigate this criminal neglect?
  • Since 2008, there are 25,000 more California “homeless” (mostly mentally ill and drug addicted) individuals sprawled in encampments. Why weren’t billions targeted for the construction of the necessary mental health facilities, and well trained mental health professionals which collectively could have saved thousands of lives, diverting the mentally ill from jails to treatment and drug rehabilitation, while reducing open-drug sales and street violence.
  • Instead of having focused on the 100 billion dollar boondoggle, California’s political class could have invested and planned to end California’s consistent water insecurity by addressing the overuse of water for non-essential food crops, building reservoirs or desalination plants. We could have begun to do that instead of hiding behind the inevitability of climate change.

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Joseph P. Charney

Joseph P. Charney

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Legal Aid Atty, LA Dep. City Atty, LA Dep. DA, Justice Dep. for an LA County Supervisor, Loyola Law School Adjunct Prof. , Journalist, Playwright, Composer.