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Steamrolling the log rollers

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By Joel M. Williams

Some believe that those who sought to restrict the spending limits of the county council got exactly what they deserved. This got me thinking about what actually transpired during that steamrolling.

I started with numbers. Everybody knows numbers: County operations (budgets), council (votes) and scientists (probability). So here are some: There are around 18,000 L.A. residents; 58 percent of the 6,210 who voted in the last bond referendum nixed funding higher education — in Los Alamos, no less; and 2,000 plus signed the petitions submitted.

These people take special interest in things monetary and already represent 32 percent of the votes cast in that monetary query. Even a non-scientist can see that censorship is probable.

If throttled, county council/operations would be left with Pinochle deck rejects. Councilors would play war with the twos and threes as they promise to serve the electorate.

Operations, which generates the budgets, sets forth capital outlay requests and actually spends the taxpayers’ monies, would be morose.

Persuading four councilors with whom they interact frequently is a lot easier than persuading several thousand taxpayers who have clearly indicated by petition that, “you are spending our money at levels we do not appreciate.”


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