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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Supervisor Buster Is A Proven Winner

I’ll vote for Supervisor Buster. He’s a proven winner.

I’m ashamed to admit I voted for Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries – twice! The first time I met and listened to Mr. Jeffries; the second time, (as a disillusioned voter) I just assumed he would be better than nothing.

I was wrong. His abysmal record includes abstaining from voting 156 times in one session alone. Either voting “yes” or “no” would have been fine, but just abstaining, no way! The fact that we taxpayers paid Jeffries to do nothing while taking our money is disgusting at best.

In the meantime, First District Supervisor Bob Buster has been quietly taking care of business. A fiscal conservative, Supervisor Buster drives his own car and runs his office a quarter-million dollars cheaper than any other Supervisor. In recent history he has been a major supporter of parks, trails and open space in the First District as well as spearheading the new UCR Medical School, which will bring 8,000 much needed jobs. He has provided the First District with libraries in Woodcrest and Mead Valley, a Fire Station in Lake Mathews, a Community Center in Mead Valley and a Sports Park in the Temescal Valley.  

We don’t need a proven loser for Supervisor. I’ll vote for Supervisor Buster. He’s a proven winner.

Michelle Randall,

Corona

RESPONSE FROM KEVIN JEFFRIES' OFFICE REGARDING THE ASSEMBLYMAN'S VOTING RECORD:

"Kevin has frequently refused to vote for legislation that has not been through the committee process, has not had text available, or is an empty 'shell' bill. While most members simply vote like their party leadership tells them to vote on these bills, he has refused to vote on most bills that have not been properly vetted. He has continually sponsored legislation to require bills to be in print for at least 24 hours, but the legislative leadership has repeatedly killed it.

"By the way, a typical session has a couple thousand votes, to put the number in perspective.”

Eydhunred Powngrila October 02, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Here is an interesting paper from USC about how the 35 highest abstainers (non-voters) in the assembly (out of 80 members) are ALL Democrats. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCMQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.calstatela.edu%2Ffaculty%2Fkaniol%2Fcalifornia-abstentions.doc&ei=1xprUPHDO4nIiwLXloGQAQ&usg=AFQjCNFKXSF5iiZd0UCJkjpWsbQmp13SRA&sig2=29qFK-m-kMyanV_UMiin1w
David Pereira October 02, 2012 at 05:48 PM
All I see is blight. Maybe the citrus farmer needs to go. I haven't seen not one improvement in the area in YEARS. Three people have been killed in just the last few months alone because of no sidewalks. How about some sidewalks? He might be a nice guy but I think he's pretty ineffective. Or how about the quarry? A leader with real power would have used his/her sphere of influence to squash the quarry. Instead all Buster did was cast his dissenting vote. No fight. So what's going to happen? T^he quarry will be built in Temecula, against all the peoples wishes, because their Supervisor Bob Buster has no balls, or gumption. He let's the other Supervisors walk all over him and now the children of Temecula will have to breathe in silica dust because of Buster's lack of any leadership skill-set. So yay, he funded a fire station, good for him. What about everyone else? Buster is a loser in my book, and he should be in everyone's book. Thanks for the quarry and no sidewalks Buster.
Mssnooper October 02, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Yawn. Typical pernicious attacks from the Buster campaign and his minions. Purely out of context and without merit. Have you ever watched a live Assembly Floor Session? Have you ever witnessed the Tsunami of Bills dropped on the Assembly members? The one group that controls Sacramento is the same group that refuses to allow transparency by allowing Assembly members the time to read what each bill contains. On the other hand, Kevin Jeffries has fought to bring transparency to Sacramento by allowing at least 24 Hours to review the proposed legislation. Evidently Mr. Jeffries does not subscribe to the philosophy that " we have to pass it, in order to know what is in it". I am voting for Kevin Jeffries. The hero fighting against the illegal fire tax (the tax which is hitting 800,000 Californians mail boxes this week), the man who saved us from higher higher income taxes, sales tax, vehicle tax, just to name a few. Unlike Buster, who supported Jerry Browns overblown budget that turns us all into tax slaves. Unlike Buster who cast the deciding vote for early release into our community of convicted felons. Listen to the sirens and read the reports dear, those are not all traffic stops.
Michelle Randall October 02, 2012 at 07:56 PM
The quarry is in the Third District David. Supervisor Buster has NO "sphere of influence" there. As to the sidewalks, what exactly have you done personally about that issue? What District are they in? Where exactly do you need them? Have you attended your local MAC meetings and requested them? Have you spoken with your Supervisor for that District about the issue? Have you done anything yourself except piss and moan and expect your Supervisor to be clairvoyant? I seriously recommend that you get up out of your chair and out from behind your computer and become active in your community. It works!
Andrees Vargas October 02, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Here's how ill probably vote this election. Paule over Melendez. Buster over Jefferies. And for City Council: Magee, Turner, and Carlos. Its that simple.
Michelle Randall October 02, 2012 at 08:10 PM
That's comical! The hero who saved us from the Fire Tax? He looks to me like the sorry person who would like to see me get burned out. Our son died in 1980, burned to death on a bulldozer in the Dawson Canyon Fire. I know the consequences of lack of fire protection and I am privileged to get to pay the Fire Tax. The Governor has pulled back funding from CalFire and the Fire Fee levied on those of us who use and need the services CalFire provides will have to pay to keep our fire services up to the level we have now. I've had two fires within sight of my house within a month this year and I'll guarantee I've had $115. worth of fire protection from CalFire. That's cheap! As to your comments about the man who saved us from... Please elaborate about exactly what Do-Nothing Jeffries did to save us from anything. Our Supervisors had NOTHING to do with either Jerry Browns budget or the early release of prisoners. That was all done at the state level. Supervisors just try to deal with the consequences on our County.
Jeff Greene October 03, 2012 at 01:50 AM
For those who think that Kevin Jeffries just complains about empty bills and not having public hearings only in the district, here's a link to him speaking on the Assembly Floor on one particular day this past March where several dozen empty bills were being heard at once! http://youtu.be/xKfilFEMeIQ
Michelle Randall October 03, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Jeff, I'm on a land-line and I can't stream videos, but I have no objection to being educated. Is there anything in print you can refer me to?
Jeff Greene October 03, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Here's the link to a copy of the press release we did the same day as his speech on the floor. This was a regular theme of his on the Assembly Floor throughout his time in Sacramento, but this day was just a particularly egregious example: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/66/?p=article&sid=165&id=251092
Danny Boy October 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
With Kevin's voting record it would appear that the only thing he is capable of is "watching the floor." Why is it that every other elected in Sacramento is able to understand their job and vote? In looking at Kevin's voting record it was also clear that he is able to vote on those matters that effect his large contributors like the prison gaurd union.
Danny Boy October 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
So he actually was able to speak once in 6 years? I'm impressed.
Michelle Randall October 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Hi Jeff. I went to the site you provided and checked out Mr. Jeffries initiated Bills. I see he initiated 80 Bills in five years and got one that had some merit passed. AB2005, 2060, 2148, 2719, and 657 were all bills that said something like, "when fully developed...". Are these examples of "empty bills" like Mr. Jeffries says he abstained on? Why would you waste people's time bringing an undevelped Bill to the Assembly? A lot of these bills, such as the one to demand weight equipment be provided for low-risk prisoners, are what I would describe as "fluff". I'll go back and read the content of all the initiated bills and get back to you, but it'll take me some time.
Jeff Greene October 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Many bills are introduced as "spot bills" that only have intent language. Frequently that is done because the details of the reform haven't yet been worked out by the deadline to introduce bills. However, you must have your complete language inserted into the bill before its first committee hearing. Sometimes, various groups are unable to agree on language for a bill or you determine that the reform is too expensive or cannot pass so the bill never makes it to committee. That is very different than asking people to vote for 37 bills on the floor of the Assembly that have had no committee hearings and still have no language within them. As for your example of a "fluff" bill introduced by the Assemblyman, while it is hardly an earth-shaking reform, it was Cal-Fire and the Department of Corrections that had asked him to carry the bill. When exercise equipment was removed from all prisons in the 90's, they made no exception for fire camps, and quite clearly, it is in everyone's best interest to allow inmates on fire crews to be physically fit. As a 29-year volunteer fireman, he has a keen interest in those sorts of issues and many of his bills have dealt with fire and public safety issues.
Michelle Randall October 03, 2012 at 08:31 PM
He's a volunteer Fireman? Could you please tell me when he has worked on fires and in what capacity he worked?
Roberto October 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Kevin Jefferis is in fact a volunteer Fireman and has been involved in his community. Has Buster been invloved in our community? NOT!
Michelle Randall October 03, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I've met Mr. Jeffries and the idea of him doing any physical labor makes me smile. As for Supervisor Buster, he has personally adopted two 1/2 mile sections of Regional Trail under the Riverside County Park District's Adopt-A-Trail program. One section of adopted trail is at Harford Springs Reserve, and the other is in Mead Valley. I met Supervisor Buster at a Community Clean up one morning and he told me how much he enjoys his trails. His comment to me was, "My brother came out from Chicago to visit and I took him hiking on my trail at Harford Springs.
Diana October 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I wish Mr. Buster would show as much interest and pride in the blighted pit of Lakeland Village as he does over trails. How much can it cost to maintain a trail, Grand Ave needs to be widened, sidewalks and cross walks for the kids, street lighting to keep people from being ran over at night. Just today in the middle of Grand are three little kids stuck out in the turn lane trying to get from one side of Grand to the other, does a child have to be ran over on their way home from school before someone provides safety for Grand Ave?
Michelle Randall October 04, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Diana, you guys sound like you need a MAC (Municipal Advisory Council) for Lakeland Village. Why don't you ask Supervisor Buster to create one for you and to appoint you to it? Ours here in the Temescal Valley works great to create a link between our residents needs and the Supervisor. I know it's late, but we have our meeting tonight at the Sycamore Creek Swim Club from 7 pm to 9 pm. Come and see how it works. What it costs to maintain a trail is honest labor. With all the cutbacks and layoffs, the Park District doesn't have the staff to care for our Regional Trails. The Adopt-A-Trail program has been a great success in the First District with miles of trails now being cared for by concerned citizens. If you miss this TMAC, please come to the next one. We meet on the first Wed. of every month.
Michelle Randall October 04, 2012 at 05:44 AM
It doesn't make any difference to me as a tax payer whether the abstainers were Democrat or Republican. In my eyes they are the same breed of cat, useless. I like the part of the paper that says dock their pay if they abstain. Better yet, fire them. Throw the non-productive members of that disfunctional legislature out.
Resident October 06, 2012 at 11:45 PM
But like he said, how do you vote on something where the texts haven't even been printed or provided? This isn't like asking if you wanted fries and coke with that, you know?
Resident October 06, 2012 at 11:48 PM
So by paying this tax, do we get a discount on our housing insurance?

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