To Sacramento: Let voters decide what kind of California they want

The definition of democracy seems pretty clear: a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

When considering California’s budget crisis — a mess that has become a detriment to so many public services — it seems the legislature ought to give citizens a chance to decide what kind of California they want.

For weeks, Governor Brown has rallied to try to secure republican support for a June special election that would let voters decide whether or not they want to extend taxes that would ultimately help close the budget gap. No such luck yet, and time is running thin.

As it stands today, the CSU will be hit with a $500 million cut for 2011/12. That brings state funding levels to those of more than ten years ago, while serving 70,000 more students.

These cuts will be painful enough. If the CSU has to bear double that, which will likely be the case if a June election is not allowed to happen, or if it is and voters say no thanks, it could bring the CSU to its knees.

As we wait in limbo, you can help take control. Let your legislator know you support a special election by calling 866-288-1495.

Let’s exercise our democracy. Time is running out.

— Rob Meszaros, CSUB Director of Public Affairs and Communications