Meeting Wednesday may be one step closer to toll lanes in the Inland Empire

 

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One of the items before the board of San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is a draft on how toll lanes would operate and how money would be collected and spent at the board’s regular meeting that starts at 10:30 a.m. on the second floor of 1170 West 3rd St. in San Bernardino.

The Board is currently looking at two plans to bring toll lanes to the 10 freeway from Pomona to Redlands and the 15 freeway from Riverside to Hesperia. The current Toll Lanes and Toll Roads in Southern California go mostly unused and empty leaving more freeway unused when traffic is already so bad. To make matters worse lets not forget the lower economic status of most Inland Empire residents so to levy a new FEE on residents seems heartless. Their is mixed reaction to the idea and it seems the crowd against Toll Lanes has the most community support but is getting snubbed by the County Board.

Bryon Thornberry said via Facebook “Toll=Tax, CA is already one of the most taxed states in the US.”

Tressy Capps one of the leaders looking to halt this idea in it’s tracks said this “I discovered the CAG meetings for the 1-10 corridor project (TOLL lanes) on the website and went to the meeting in Colton on Mar. 18, 2015 I was stunned at the lack of transparency and secretive nature of the meeting. I was told I could not videotape the meeting. They mentioned checking with their attorney, which felt like some sort of threat. I did not feel welcome at all and now doubt they have any real intention to disclose their TOLL lane plans in a meaningful way that the public can legitimately engage in. The feedback I have received when discussing the prospect of TOLL lanes with the public is overwhelmingly negative. One needs investigative skills to even begin to piece together all the pieces of this TOLL lane puzzle SANBAG has so cleverly concealed.” Here is video of Mrs. Capps being shut down https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bAfY5j5tcs

Councilman Shawn O’Connell City of Rialto – Said “I was not briefed of or made aware of Toll Lanes in the Inland Empire” & “I look forward to learning more about this issue”

The problem with these meetings is people with their own pocketbooks in mind are making decisions that affect the community at large and they don’t seem to care about the communities opinion or thoughts. A group has begun a page on facebook Called TOLL FREE IE ( https://www.facebook.com/tollfreeie?fref=ts )

Tim Watkins spokesman for SANBAG said in an interview with the PE

“Carpool lanes are being considered for I-10 because that freeway is more heavily used, said SANBAG spokesman Tim Watkins. Approving the toll policies will allow the project study process to move forward, he said.

Any new lanes are years away from being built, Watkins said, adding the final environmental document likely won’t be ready until at least 2017.” http://www.pe.com/articles/lanes-763532-toll-board.html

SANBAG is represented by a large group of local leaders. The city of Rialto is represented by Mayor Deborah Robertson a list of board members are listed below:

Member Jurisdictions and Board Members – 01/26/15

President L. Dennis Michael, City of Rancho Cucamonga

Vice President Ryan McEachron, City of Victorville

Rich Kerr City of Adelanto

Curt Emick Town of Apple Valley

Julie McIntyre City of Barstow

Bill Jahn City of Big Bear Lake

Dennis Yates City of Chino

Ed Graham City of Chino Hills

Frank Navarro City of Colton

Michael Tahan City of Fontana

Darcy McNaboe City of Grand Terrace

Mike Leonard City of Hesperia

Larry McCallon City of Highland

Rhodes “Dusty” Rigsby City of Loma Linda

Paul Eaton City of Montclair

Edward Paget City of Needles

Alan Wapner City of Ontario

Jon Harrison City of Redlands

Deborah Robertson City of Rialto

R. Carey Davis City of San Bernardino

Joel Klink City of Twentynine Palms

Ray Musser City of Upland

Dick Riddell City of Yucaipa

George Huntington Town of Yucca Valley

Robert Lovingood County of San Bernardino

Janice Rutherford County of San Bernardino

James Ramos County of San Bernardino

Curt Hagman County of San Bernardino

Josie Gonzales County of San Bernardino

Ray Wolfe Executive Director, SANBAG

Basem Muallem Caltrans District 8 Ex-Officio Member

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Public Safety Committee shoots down Teacher Sex Bill

Chair, Committee on Public Safety Primary jurisdiction is the California Penal Code

Tom Ammiano represents the 13th district and was key in shooting down key legislation that would put harsh penalties on teachers looking to take advantage of their students.

So who wants a new reason to despise their elected officials?

I got one for you, who thinks its ok for teachers K-12 to date their students? Who thinks its ok for teachers to pull full pensions when they have committed a crime especially crimes against children?

The Committee on Public Safety Voted down Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, who sponsored a bill that would have made it a felony for teachers to date their students. , accused committee members of siding with predators.

Why does she accuse them of siding with predators, because their committee voted down Mrs Olsons bill. Her bill would have re-drawn the lines between the Student Teacher relationship. Yes a law is needed because of the bond a child can develop with their teachers especially with parents becoming more busy and kids are spending more time with their adult teachers vrs their own parents. Plus teachers hold a level of control over their students that gone unchecked can be dangerous.

I speak with knowledge of my education in Child Development not to mention the ease teachers in LAUSD and other surounding districts have been abusing children and going undetected.

committee chairman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco called the bill “not fully baked” and suggested it might violate the rights of consenting adults. Who cares about the children Right Tom Ammiano?

Olsen said at least 16 other states have passed similar laws. She said it was not knee-jerk legislation. I agree our legislators have wasted time on do nothing bills and ignored crime and the budget. This is why we need a pert time legislator.

Former Teacher in Northern Ca

James Hooker left his wife and three kids for a former student who just turned 18.

Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, objected to targeting the pensions of a single group of public employees. She said she would be open to a bill that made teacher-student relationships a felony but did not go after retirement benefits. So Mrs Mitchel is more worried about Criminal Teacher Pensions than your children’s safety.

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, joined Ammiano and Mitchell in voting against the legislation. Cares more for criminal Teachers than your kids Safety. Mr Cedillo makes me the most sick because LAUSD seems to be the main breeding ground for education pedifiles.

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, abstained from voting, and is a coward for doing so what good is she if she wont go on the record.

The two GOP members of the committee, Steve Knight, R-Lancaster, and Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, were absent.

36th District Assemblyman Steve Knight

Public Safety Committee (Vice Chair) Steve Knight was absent from the committee meeting where a bill was introduced that would place harsh penalties on teachers looking to take advatage of their students.

Steve Knight was in Sacramento by his own admission on his Face Book page pandering to the airspace lobby instead of casting his vote and being the voice for the people. Both GOP lawmakers are cowards and could care less about our children or their communities.

Long story short all of these legislators are afraid of the teachers union. The Democrats are in debt to the teachers union because they fund their campaigns and if they cross the union the union will fund their opponent. Republicans are scared because the teachers union already target them these republicans don’t speak for their communities because they are scared losers.

Below are some of the ways to contact these legislators and tell them what YOU THINK.

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http://www.facebook.com/curt.hagman?sk=wall – Curt Hagman

http://www.facebook.com/search/results.php?q=Steve%20Knight&init=quick&tas=0.9251023551046305&search_first_focus=1334792069911#!/pages/Curt-Hagman/146670642076583

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1675314298 – Steve Knight

http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/36/

http://www.facebook.com/gilcedillo?sk=wall – Gil Cedillo

http://www.facebook.com/tom.ammiano?sk=wall – Tom Ammiano

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003617235288&sk=wall – Holly Mitchell

http://asmdc.org/members/a14/ – Nancy Skinner

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