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6B Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 Butletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter I0000leasure .would stop state from local 'b,c00r-rowing' A coalition of local govern- ment, transportation, busi- ness, public safety, labor and public transit leaders announced the kickoff Dec. 23 of a statewide signature-gathering effort to qualify the Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transport- ation Protection Act of 2010 for the November 2010 ballot. The measure closes loop- holes to prevent the state from taking, diverting or borrowing local government, transporta- tion and public transit funds. Californians to Protect Local Taxpayers and Vital Services will collect more than 1.1 million signatures to ensure it meets the required 694,354 valid signatures need- ed to qualify a constitutional amendment for the statewide Signatures also will be collect- ed via paid signature gatherers. "California's cities, counties and special districts provide vital police, fire, emergency response and other services that every Californian relies upon," said Chris McKenzie, executive director of the League of California Cities and co-chairman of Californians to Protect Local Taxpayers and Vital Services. "But continued state raids and borrowing of local gov- ernment funds have put these vital local services at risk. This measure would put a stop to state raids and borrowing of local taxpayer dollars and pro- tect vital local services. "As various stakeholders evaluate the need for reform- ballot. Already, hundreds of ing California state govern- local government, public safe- ment, we believe there is no ty, business and labor leaders more important reform than have signed up to assist in a untangling the messy relation- massive volunteer signature- ship between the state and gathering effort, local governments." California voters have repeatedly and overwhelming- ly passed measures to restrict state raids of local govern- ment funds, as well as to dedi- cate gasoline taxes to trans- portation and public transit improvements and services. Despite this, state elected officials have exploited loop- holes in the law and used legally questionable tactics to borrow and raid more than $5 billion in local government, transit and redevelopment funds this year alone, and bil- lions more in past years. Coupled with the downturn in the economy and falling local government revenues, state raids and borrowing of local funds are contributing to severe cutbacks in local police and fire services, parks, libraries, street and road repair, public transit and other local services. If passed, the Local Taxpayer, Public Safety, and Transportation Act of 2010 would prohibit the state from borrowing local government property tax funds that are vital for public safety and other local services; prohibit the state from borrowing or taking gasoline taxes that are dedicated to transportation and transit improvements and services, including the state sales tax on gasoline (Proposition 42 funds), and the Highway User Tax on gaso- line; prevent taking locally levied taxes, including parcel taxes, sales taxes and other logally imposed taxes that are currently dedicated to cities, counties and special districts; prohibit the state from taking, borrowing or redirecting existing funding for public transit, including existing taxes on gas and "spillover" funds dedicated to the Public Transportation Account; add additional constitutional pro- tections to prevent the state from raiding redevelopment funds or shifting redevelopment funds to other state purposes. "California voters have repeatedly supported statewide measures that dedi- cate the gas taxes we pay at the pump for. transportation improvements," said Jim Earp, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs and co-chairman of Californians to Protect Local Taxpayers and vital services. "Despite this, year after year the Legislature exploits every loophole it can find to borrow or outright raid these critical funds. This measure will once and for all protect gas taxes from future raids and insure they are used to improve our roads, highways and transit systems--just like the voters intended." Josh Shaw, executive direc- tor of the California Transit Association and co-chairman of the coalition said, "For eight years in a row, state politicians have redirected funding that's supposed to go to local public transportation services, like buses, commuter rail and shuttles. "Even though we've warned these raids are illegal and the courts have ruled that such raids are illegal, there's no recourse, so the politicians continue to ignore the law and the will of the voters. "In these trying times, it's vital that we protect public transit services for working families who have no other mode of transportation to and from work, school, healthcare facilities and other life respon- sibilities." Jim Earp concluded, "We're confident that Californians will once again vote to protect local taxpayer funds and transportation services from continued state raids." For more information, visit [ answers questions about insurance, identification, green issues ASK GEORGE GEORGE VALVERDE : Director, CA Dept of Motor Vehicles Do you have questions about general driving and related requirements like reg- :istration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws anal restrictions related to driv- ing? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save time by going online at Q: I'm a senior citizen and recently lost the ability to drive due to medical compli- cations. Where can I find information on acquiring an identification card? Is there a fee for my new card? A: For customers over the age of 62, the DMV offers an identification card valid for 10 years for no charge. The card looks like a driver's license, but is used for identi- fication purposes only, The DMV will also exchange a valid license for a no-fee ID card to drivers who are no longer able to drive safely because of a physical or mental condition, yisit card for more information. Q" I bought a vehicle with a clean air sticker. Is the sticker still active even though I was- n't the original owner? A: Yes, all dean air-stickers remain with the vehicle they were originally issued to and cannot be transferred to any other vehicle. If you purchase a vehicle that has a clean air sticker you may transfer the sticker to your,name. To transfer the clean air sticker to your name, complete the following steps. Complete an Application for Clean Air Vehicle Stickers (REG 1000). Check the "Replacement ID card only" box. Submit the completed REG 1000 form to the address on the REG 1000 form. For more information on clean air stickers, visit Q: I've heard that the DMV is "going green." What is that all about? A: Great question. Energy and environmental conserva- tion is something that the department is deeply commit- ted to. In just the past two years, the DMV has opened several energy-efficient offices that include many features designed to conserve energy and resources, in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Q" Can you give me some more information on your senior ombudsman program? ', A: Sure. In a continuing effort to keep seniors driving for as long as they can do so safely, the Department of Motor Vehicles has created a Senior Ombudsman Program. Five ombudsmen through- out California are assigned to the program. Their pri- mary function is to represent the interest of public safety for all Californians, with a special interest in address- ing the concerns of senior drivers. They can assist as a "go- between" to ensure senior drivers are treated fairly, consistent with laws and reg- ulations and with the dignity and respect they deserve. The ombudsmen are avail- able to assist in indivilual cases, as well as participate in outreach seminars to promote driver safety in California with an emphasis on senior issues. DMV Senior Ombudsmen are available to assist you at the following locations: Sacramento/Northern California (916) 657-6464 San Francisco/Oakland (510) 563-8998 Orange/San Bernardino/San Diego (949) 553-3573 Los Angeles/Oxnard (310) 412-6103 Q: How much insurance am I required to have? A: These are the minimum liability requirements for pri- vate passenger vehicles (California Insurance Code 11580.1b): $15,000 for injury/death to one person. $30,090 for injury/death to more than one person. $5,000 for damage to property. Liability insurance compen- sates a person other than the policyholder for personal injury or property damage (compre- hensive or collision insurance does not meet vehicle Financial responsibility requirements). check your policy or talk to your agent or broker to make sure you have sufficient lia- bility insurance coverage for each vehicle you own. 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