While the Governor and most legislators are congratulating themselves, and while our two state representatives - Senator Mark McGuire and Assemblyman Marc Levine are apparently still trying to figure out who they actually represent - another taxpayer effort, Prop. 54, The Transparency initiative, is under siege in the Legislature.
READ the SF Chronicle Op-Ed here:
Transparency is key to responsible governance. CSPP has pushed for transparency for the past 6 years, starting with our largely unsuccessful effort to have the County adopt COIN - Civic Openness In Negotiations.
This Transportation/Roads Tax has been in the mill since last year. Then, in lightning speed over one week, it was introduced and rushed through both houses - with more shortcuts and vote buying taken along the way.
Mark McGuire co-authored the bill, so his motives were clear from the beginning. Marc Levine, perhaps disingenuously, remained "undecided" until the 11th hour. Right. When asked by a reliable source what had prompted him to vote for the bill, he was said to have stated that the strong support of every council member and supervisor in Marin played heavily into his decision.
If this is true, maybe Mr. Levine has forgotten who put him in office - and it was definitely not the 60 Marin elected officials.