Monday, June 05, 2006

Richard Pombo: Reverse Robin Hood

The last refuge of Pombo supporters in CA-11 seems to be the notion that Richard Pombo, by virtue of his 14 years of experience in Washington, DC, is the candidate who is best equipped to represent the interests of the district. Why start over with a new guy, this line of reasoning goes, when our representative is able to wield so much power on our behalf? As I noted in my last post, many voters have expressed the sentiment that “Yeah, he's a crook, but he's our crook, and isn't everybody a crook out there?” Implicit in that comment, though, is the assumption that “He’s our crook and we’re getting a good deal out of it.”

And that argument flies in the face of reality. Yes, Richard Pombo has experience; yes, Richard Pombo has accumulated a great deal of power; yes, he wields that power to promote his agenda.

It’s just that the welfare of his Congressional district isn’t very high on Richard Pombo’s political agenda.

Back in November, I talked a little bit about his stance on agricultural issues and how he has harmed family farms. Later I wrote about how Richard Pombo has been missing in action when it comes to addressing his district’s transportation woes:
First, there’s something you need to understand about Richard Pombo. When he initially ran for Congress in 1992, one of the issues he ran on was cutting pork-barrel spending in Washington. True to his mission, throughout his Congressional career Pombo has assiduously avoided seeking federal funding for projects in his district. According to a report issued this year by the Great Valley Center, in 2003 the national average of per capita federal spending was $6,923. In California, per capita federal spending was 89.6% of the national average at $6,196. In the Northern San Joaquin Valley, per capita spending topped out at 61.2% of the national average, a paltry $4,228. So it’s important to realize that in the person of Richard Pombo, CA-11 has a representative who is not just lazy or incompetent; he’s ideologically opposed to federal government funding of local projects.
Just to reiterate, for every $1.00 that Northern San Joaquin County sends to Washington, DC, in taxes, our federal government, in return, spends $.61 in Northern San Joaquin County, nearly 30% less than the average for the rest of California.

Richard Pombo has spent the last 14 years stealing from his constituents. He has used the prestige and power of his position in Washington, DC, to enrich himself, his family and friends, and the timber, mining and oil industries. He has used the prestige and power of his position to advance his far-right extremist “Wise Use” ideology. But he has not used any of that prestige and power to improve the daily lives of his constituents.

Please, on June 6, Say No To Pombo and Yes to the residents of CA-11.


Anonymous Republican spy said...

Geeze - If Pombo Sucks on getting Transp. $$ Tauscher, Miller, Lofgren and the rest of the Bay Area delegation must really Suck! Pombo got more dollars for his district than these three combined.

5:47 PM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

And yet I-205 remains the second most congested road in the nation. How can that be?

Pombo was busy spending money on "studies" for a pie-in-the-sky, brand-new, multi-billion dollar highway that just happens to be adjacent to agricultural land owned by his family. That highway will never be built. But in the meantime, the Pombo family's land got a lot more valuable just by virtue of the proposal (and the study only cost the taxpayers $22 million).

Meanwhile, the citizens of CA-11 got tired of sitting in traffic and waiting for Richard Pombo to do his job. San Joaquin County residents gave up on their Congressman and put together their own package for I-205 widening with absolutely no help from Richard Pombo.

If that's not an example of Reverse Robin Hood, I don't know w hat is.

6:12 PM, June 05, 2006  
Anonymous Republican Spy said...

Nice "hogwash". not that you care about the facts, but Pombo did secure money for improvement projects on the 205. He secured about 85 million this last go around. There are 9 members of the bay area delegation. What did they do to help? Pombo not doing anything for Transportation is another urban legend you guys like to talk about. But what the hell, why believe me? How bout the words of you beloved McCloskey;

"If all you care about is bringing money to the district, re-elect the SOB," McCloskey, referring to the clout that Pombo holds as a key Republican in Congress.
Lodi News Sentinal, June 3)

Even Mc gets it.

7:22 PM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

If you had bothered to click on the provided link, you would have found the following quote from the Modesto Bee:

"San Joaquin County's local transportation planning agency would use $66.3 million of its own funds to complete the project and be reimbursed by the state in equal payments of $22.1 million in fiscal years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.

"The state would pay the $25 million difference in the $92 million construction cost. State law allows agencies to lend the state money, interest-free, provided the loan is accompanied by an agreement calling for reimbursement in cash, or other transportation projects, in later years.

"Local funds for the construction project would come from proceeds of the sale of bonds backed by San Joaquin's Measure K sales tax. The bonds must be repaid because those tax dollars are needed for other projects.

"Under the proposal, if Measure K is renewed in 2006, the [San Joaquin] Council of Governments would agree to be reimbursed mostly in cash and up to $16.5 million in projects."

You claim that Pombo provided $85 million for the I-205 widening project. Where are your facts, your links? Simple. There aren't any. Because Pombo brought no money to the project. Zero, zip, zilch.

7:42 PM, June 05, 2006  
Anonymous Republican Spy said...

not 85 million for 205 alone, I mis spoke. love how you guys present Liberal rag stories as your fact, rather than using facts.

Here dipute these figures.

Congressman Richard Pombo secured $75.264 Million in federal funds for the 11th District, and $116.481 Million with other Members for a combined total of $191.745 Million in the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), H.R. 3 Conference Report.

In addition, Congressman Pombo, along with other Central Valley Members, worked to secure language for the burdened State Route 99 for its future designation to Interstate road status making it eligible for maintenance and improvement monies annually.

He also helped pass the Conference Report for the FY06 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriation on November 18, 2005.

Committed to creating a transportation system that is efficient, environmentally friendly, reliable, and safe.

Working both locally and nationally to redefine and prioritize transportation system needs to meet the growing needs of the 21st Century.

Continues to work towards a seamless transportation system.

Congressman Pombo has secured the following projects in H.R. 3058:
FY 2006 Appropriations

$5,000,000 ACE Gap Closure in San Joaquin County - A solution for ACE trains to operate on separate tracks between the maintenance yard and station siding. Currently, rights to tracks are shared with Union Pacific Railroad.
$500,000 Port of Stockton, Daggett Road in City of Stockton - To develop an access road and intersection from State Highway 4 to the bridge across Burns Cut-Off that connects the mainland to Rough and Ready Island.
$300,000 Dublin Boulevard & Dougherty in City of Dublin - To improve the Dublin Boulevard and Dougherty intersection by constructing additional traffic lanes to increase capacity.
$500,000 Stockton Airport - For airport development projects in support of air cargo and passenger services.
$200,000 SR 4 Widening & Bridge Replacement in City of Brentwood - Expanding from a two lane facility to four lanes and bridge replacement in Brentwood alleviating congestion and safety concerns.
$100,000 for Oasis of Hope Community Development Education Project (HUD) - Modeled after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Regional Diversity Outreach Team, Oasis was assembled to reduce fatality rates among minorities in the United States.

Projects Congressman Pombo has supported with other Members:

$3,000,000 for North County I-5 interchanges & Arch Sperry Road in San Joaquin County.
$1,000,000 for Capitol improvements of new bus facility in San Joaquin County.

Congressman Pombo’s Individual District projects included in SAFETEA-LU:

$7.6 Million - Feasibility study for constructing a highway connecting the Central Valley and the Bay Area (SR 130 Realignment Project)
$14 Million - Contra Costa County Brentwood Tracy Expressway Project (State Route 239 from State Route 4 in Brentwood area to I-205 in Tracy area; Highway linking Brentwood area in Contra Costa County with Tracy to accommodate growing automobile/truck traffic)
$7.2 Million - Daggett Road Access Project (Port of Stockton)
$11.12 Million - Reconfigure intersections at Highways 152/156 (Santa Clara County)
$3.2 Million - Construct full-access interchange at SR 120 /McKinley Avenue, with necessary SR120 auxiliary lanes (Manteca)
$15.6 Million Engineering - Right-of-way and construction of HOV lanes on I-580 in the Livermore Valley
$800,000 - Vasco Road Safety Improvements, Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the County of Alameda Public Works
$5.8 Million - Design and Construct Camino Tassajara Crown Canyon to East Town Project (Danville)
$5.8 Million - Construction of an interchange at Lammers Road and I-205 (Tracy)
$800,000 - Conduct study and Construct I-205 Chrisman Road Interchange Project (Tracy)

$75.264 Million Individual Project Total

Many projects affect multiple communities. Congressman Pombo worked with other Members to secure the following federal funding levels:

$71.6 Million I-80 Corridor Improvement Project
Supported project with Doolittle
$4 Million Arch Sperry Road Supported project with Cardoza
$1.881 Million LAVTA Bus Facility Supported project with Tauscher
$2 Million Vasco Road Safety Improvements Supported project with Tauscher
$37 Million Widening of Hwy 4 to expand overburdened thoroughfare through Eastern Contra Costa County – laying the pavement for future phases of Route 4
Supported project with Tauscher

$116.481 Million Cooperative Project Total
$191.745 Million Combined Total

7:58 PM, June 05, 2006  
Anonymous rick said...

I must say "republican spy," only a Congressional staffer could have more precisely listed Pombo's line items better that you just did.

But this list of projects omits some critical information--namely, how many of these projects were earmarks advocated for by Pombo (i.e., what he actually went to bat for) and how many made their way through the formal FHWA, NHTSA, or FTA grant processes (i.e., what he took credit for despite having little to do with securing the grant)?

Without this context, we really don't know how effective Pombo actually is in securing transportation dollars for the district.

8:26 PM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Hmmm... the Modesto Bee is a "liberal rag"? Wow.

Okay, so you weren't really talking about I-205 and your $85 million has, in the space of one hour, shrunk to $75 million and you still provide no links. And yet we should believe your Pombo apologist propaganda.

Of course, you conveniently overlook the fact that almost one-third of the $75 million in transportation funds which you claim Pombo has brought to the district go to study "Pombo's Folly," the multi-billion dollar fiasco that will never be built. The only thing that $22 million in "study" money accomplished was to enrich Pombo and his family by driving up the values of their unimproved agriculture land which conveniently lies adjacent to these foolish and prohibitively expensive proposed routes. The mere suggestion that there might possibly be a freeway next to this Pombo-owned land has caused its value to skyrocket.

Meanwhile, the residents of the 11th District are sitting idly in traffic inhaling the gas fumes that make CA-11's air among the worst in the nation.

As to the rest of your list, I can't help but laugh at the fact that you allege with pride the fact that Pombo brought $72 million to an I-80 corridor widening project. Um, last time I looked, I-80 wasn't in Richard Pombo's district.

But why bother trying to work for the residents of your district when you can give their hard-earned money away to other districts, leaving them to pay for their own highway improvements?

8:33 PM, June 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. 2% of a buck again (with a question to our new friend of this blogfight)

Hey, Repuglican Spy -- what kind of bacon will the Dickster be able to bring home to Pombo Country in 2007-2008 if Pelosi is able to pull off the dreaded "15 and up" that she dreams of, starting with Busby in CA-50 tomorrow?

Show us some verbal cojones, "Repuglican Spy" -- or go hide under your rock and die.

$.02 out.

8:42 PM, June 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold that thought

11:46 PM, June 05, 2006  
Anonymous Republican Spy said...

1. It doesnt take a "congressional staffer" to find facts. They are public information.

2. The figures I posted clearly says which ones he requested, and, which ones he worked with other members to get.

3. These were not grants.... Thats another slice of the pie. These were earmarks.

4. Yes Pombo has worked with all Neighboring congressman on projects that help the area as a whole. Maybe your satisfied sitting in Berkley, muching on gronola and taking trips from your bean bag chair, but the rest of the country tends to not notice when they drive, ship produce, export products across congressional district lines.

5. Speaker Pelosi? Say it louder please.... and Make sure the rest of America hears. It will only insure our Republican Majority.

12:47 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Your skill at bobbing and weaving would make Rocky proud. You respond to facts and links with ad hominem attacks. When challenged on one set of facts, you default to a different topic. And you still have provided no links.

You further have refused to address Richard Pombo's failure to bring any money to the
I-205 project. This is a freeway that is the most congested in the state and second-most congested in the nation, which has, for the last decade, carried twice as many cars as it was designed to accommodate, leaving tens of thousands of commuters who live in CA-11 in hours-long traffic jams. And from Richard Pombo, nothing.

And apparently, you miss the entire point of the original post, which is that Pombo has not brought a fair share of federal money back into his district. However noble the purpose may be in sinking $72 million into I-80 widening, there is a screaming need for interstate widening in Richard Pombo's own district which he has refused to address. And this is not a small thing; this is a massive failure on the part of Richard Pombo to respond to the needs of his constituents.

The residents of CA-11 have played by the rules; they've been good citizens; they've paid their taxes. And what they've gotten in return is a representative who wouldn't even lift a finger to help with their problems.

$72 million for I-80 and not one dime for

1:27 AM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous mariposa said...

Mr. Anonymous Spy misses the entire point -- what is it about these sociopathic politicos -- they just don't get ethics:

Hey MR. Anonymous: I don't give a F*** if Sz. Pombo can get me a new car, a trip at taxpayers expense or a special ticket into heaven. I WOULDN'T TAKE IT, it is tainted by the corrupt hands it passes through.

I believe in honesty and integrity. If getting perks means I have to vote for a thief and a liar, a person serving the agenda of Chuck Cushman and the Wise Use Movement, various dubious militia and racist marginalia, I DON'T WANT IT.

7:32 AM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. 2% of a buck again (with a comment about our new friend)

1) The mere fact that "Red Spy Guy" is blogfighting us here is very telling -- telling us that they are beginning to be afraid

2) Why? One need only go to the latest Charlie Cook rankings to see that their chances of retaining the House are getting slimmer than Twiggy

3) When (not if, but when) that happens, the Dickster loses his big fat Resources Committee Chairmanship perch, and his "pie in the smoggy sky" chance to become the Ag Committee Chairman in 2009

4) Whistling past the graveyard, Red Spy Guy? I know that Duntzie and Roviac have told all your Red Roboclones to simply take a cardboard cutout of Pelosi with them on the stump, and say they're the only thing that is between their audience and "Comradski Speakerski Peloski", but Tip was right -- "all politics IS local", and I got your "missing in action" cardboard cutout right here in two words:

Resident Bush.

$.02 out.

8:34 AM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous Republican Spy said...

You guys are tooo funny.someday we might have to sap war stories.

Iterchange projects must be done to accomidate expansion of 205. Pombo got over 6 Million for thes projects, Which is more than George Miller got for his entire district. I guess though when your traveling half the year on junkets you dont have much time to lobby for your district!

facts -
$5.8 Million - Construction of an interchange at Lammers Road and I-205 (Tracy)
$800,000 - Conduct study and Construct I-205 Chrisman Road Interchange Project (Tracy)

10:19 AM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

First you brag about Pombo getting $72 million for interstate widening projects in another district. Now you seem to think he's running against George Miller. Sorry to burden you with reality, but this election is about the citizens of CA-11.

Fact: $92 million -- actual widening of I-205. San Joaquin County residents holding a bake sale.

10:54 AM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous Rocky Balboa said...

Yo babaloo.

Rocky here. Good job cummin back wit a stiff left undercut to duh friggin moron from duh BBB! Or wuz dat a stiff right uppercut? Rocky's eyes ain't seein no good as dey used to but I can still recognize a good punch when I see one and sumtimes even when I don't see one neither.

Rocky didn't realize dat you was an ineffectual leader like Mr VPO and Mr $.02 but hey you got it upstairs in duh friggin noggin too. So why duh hell did you spend most of yer time on dis blot complainin like Gibby Boy if you gotta brain like you got?

Its times like dese, when youse all can see clearly what Dems like us is made outta, like wholecloth like even Wayne Johnson sez, instead of you Repugs, who are made outta loincloth, which is also groincloth, butt since politics is a contact sport in yer case dat ends up being Cheezecloth! You know what I mean?? Heh heh heh.

You big sissy Repuglicans. Hidin behind yer cloak of anonymuss daggers. LOSERS! Woo woo woo.

Rocky out. Repugs down and out.

3:20 PM, June 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've all got your heads up your asses. NO ROADS! No CARS...No MORE PEOPLE!!!!We must go back to dying early and consuming less. That's what defeating pombo is all about. You sound like a bunch of Gaia destroyers, not sensitive anti Pombo types. Lets take that money and PULL UP SOME ROADS...we have too many already.

8:04 PM, June 06, 2006  

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