Vidak to Acting Governor Newsom -- do you care about disadvantaged schools in Shafter more than globe-trotting Jerry Brown?

While Brown hob-nobs with Global Warming crowd in China the state is withholding bonds from poor schools
Monday, June 5, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today sent a letter to Acting Governor Gavin Newsom requesting that he order the staff at the Department of Finance to start selling school bonds that were approved by the voters through Proposition 51 last November.

June 5, 2017

The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Acting Governor
State of California
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA  95814

Dear Acting Governor Newsom:

Last week I sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, before he jetted off to China, asking him to direct the Department of Finance staff to get off the dime and start the sale of the school bond (Prop. 51) that was approved last November.

In his haste to get to the big “Global Warming Party,” Governor Brown for some reason failed to reply to my letter.

Statewide, there are schools from Modoc to Imperial counties in desperate need of the funding these bond sales will provide them.  In my own Senate district, there are students, teachers, administrators, and parents at 66 schools awaiting $126 million in needed repair projects.

Apparently the disadvantaged school children in Shafter don’t rate as high with Governor Brown as the fat cats at the China confab.  I am hoping things are different with you Gavin.

Specifically, I am appealing to you to immediately order the Director of the Department of Finance (who serves as chair of the State Allocation Board) to stop stalling the sale of school bonds.

Governor Brown is off on holiday so now is your chance to show us your priorities Acting Governor Newsom.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Andy Vidak

Vidak recently received a letter from the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) which details the delays at the Department of Finance and lists 66 school sites in Vidak’s district that are awaiting over $126 million in funding from the sale of the bonds.