Editorial ENDORSES Non-Existent $3 Billion Transportation Tax Plan for Ventura County




By Stephen Frank

Prop. 1A in 2008 told us that we could build a high speed train, going from LA to San Fran in 2:45.  They even showed the route, the costs and number of riders.  All of it was a lie.  Today the plan has the high speed rail going slowly for at least half the ride, the time has more than doubled and the cost is now about $80, one way.  The Ventura County Transportation Commission has a # billion plan, with made up numbers, suggestions for expenditures and no guarantee the money will be spent as advertised.  The people of Simi Valley, my home town will received $4.9 million in services every year from this program, but it will cost an additional $8 million in tax cost, per the City manager.  So, if passed Simi Valley LOSES $3 million a year.  Sounds like a government plan.

“The plan, crafted by the Ventura County Transportation Commission, was certified for the ballot with overwhelming support of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. It has garnered support from a majority of the cities and has strong appeal with a range of voters.

Not mentioned is that the City of Simi Valley, the only city to hold public hearings on this proposal, where we found out about the loss of tax dollars, voted 3-1 against the proposal.  Imagine if the other cities had questioned the proposal as well.  It is pretty much assured this will fail at the ballot box—another waste of tax dollars.

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Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant. http://capoliticalnews.com/

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William "Bill" Hicks
William "Bill" Hicks
4 years ago

Thanks Mr. Frank. Like so many other government transportation plans, the ridership “estimates” will never match the actual figures. These kind of projects are on auto-pilot for future unsustainable costs.

Quite typical of a governor that wants a 19th century technology named after him.