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August 5, 2009 > Letter to the Editor: A tragedy for local governments

Letter to the Editor: A tragedy for local governments

The state budget is a tragedy for local governments. It takes $3 billion in vital funds from City Councils and County Boards throughout California. In Hayward, we are fighting to protect our economy. I was proud to help lead the recent, successful Measure A campaign, saving $13 million in vital services like police and fire, libraries, and roads. But now, this state budget means Hayward will lose another $4.6 million or more, including much of our redevelopment funds, which have financed vital projects like the new Burbank School and the Cannery Park expansion which could create new jobs.

In addition to these losses, Hayward will have to make further cuts, as will all local school and special districts. This madness must stop. It is the state's job to live within its means, not dump its deficit into local government's lap and tell us to deal with it. I urge the Hayward City Council, on which I'm honored to serve, to join hundreds of California cities in voting to sue the state. Our citizens are counting on us to fight for them.

Kevin Dowling
Hayward City Councilmember

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