There Ought To Be A Law.
Did you get the little post card from Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee inviting citizens to participate in the “There Ought To Be A Law” Contest? He wants to know what type of bills you, dear and gentle citizen, might like to see written into law. You can submit your ideas online to http://www.assembly.ca.gov/33 or can request a paper form by calling his District Office at (805) 549-3381.
Well, here’s my suggestion:
As you – of all people – should know, the State Water Board and the various Regional Water Quality Boards they’re supposed to be overseeing, could best be described as “The Wolf Guards The Back Of The Fox While He Eats The Chickens In The Coop.”
In short, the present system of regulators administering the Porter Cologne Act, for example, has no real system of checks and balances in place. This allows a lead agency and a subordinate agency to screw up big time, for example, and instead of an outside system of neutral checks that would allow the screw up to be fixed (or, better yet, caught in a timely manner before too much damage can be done), we have both agencies covering up and guarding each other’s backs. And they conduct the cover up at the expense and to the peril of regular citizens who have no real recourse or relief, since few of them can afford the gazillions of dollars needed to get protection from this abuse of power from the “real” courts. (Not to mention that too often “real” courts too readily bow to the might and power of corrupted state agencies, leaving individuals with no protections whatsoever.)
I know my proposed “Ought to be a law” will cause you to blow coffee out of your nose with laughter, because you – of all people – know that when it comes to “water” and “Sacramento” the controlling phrase is this: “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”
And that he who forgets those words will mysteriously (no fingerprints) find his political career and ambitions ruined totally. But then you – of all people – know that already, don’t you?
But, hey, you asked, so, there’s my Ought to be a Law suggestion.