More electric cars on California’s roads. The thought has conservatives at the Los Angeles Daily News bleating like sheep who know they are going to get sheared again.
The staff of the South Coast Air Quality Management District is polling right now to find out if voters will pay a quarter-cent sales tax hike in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties to help bring more electric vehicles to the region.
The staff members are paid a lot of money — the SCAQMD has about 800 employees and spends over $100 million per year on salaries and benefits — to figure out how to squeeze money out of hard-pressed Californians, who have already been juiced like a lime at a margarita festival.
The agency hired a polling firm that may be ringing your phone at this very moment.
Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson raised an objection. He was irritated with the too-clever effort to bury the word “tax” so far down in the lengthy poll’s questions that only an insomniac would still be awake to hear it.
San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford also voted no on the motion to proceed with the poll.
In the end, lazy conservatives will continue bleating from their safe districts (which are gifts from the Democrats) and their comfy newspaper desks. They won’t lift a finger to actually change the way public policy is conducted in California.