Thursday, August 31, 2006

Citizens organize for real change

One of the common themes on this blog, especially in my posts, but as a thread through others, is the fact that our Congressional representatives have failed the district, voting time and again based on their personal pocketbook without regard for the effect it might have on the citizens. A perfect example is the way that every representative in the San Joaquin Valley voted to override the protective labeling provisions enacted into law by the people of California with Proposition 65.

One of the consequences of such "vote the contribution" legislative history is the fact that the citizens of this district have learned to take these issues into their own hands. A perfect example is the newly announced web site of a non-profit organization named Citizens for Community Health and Sustainability (CCHS).

CCHS is starting to connect the dots between political action and the quality of life in the 11th Congressional District. Consider the following paraphrased from their site:
  • Lack of economic development in the Stockton/Lodi MSA means too many people have to commute to work West of the Altamont.
  • Lack of an effecient transportation system means that workers spend unnecessarily long times away from both work and family as well as creating significant auto exhaust driven air pollution.
  • Air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley contributes to an extremely high asthma rate in childresn.
  • One-third of children with asthma in the San Joaquin Valley miss 1 or 2 days of school every month, leading to more than 800,000 absences a year and a loss of at least $26 million/year for Valley schools

And what has our Congressman been doing besides grandstanding just before elections? Nada.


Blogger VPO said...

Come on, Delta, Pombo has been focusing on the important things, like blocking investigations into the Mariana Island sweatshops, attending fundraisers put on by casino developers and big oil, pushing to drill in the Arctic and offshore, campaigning for the restart of commercial whaling, and seeing that more species go extinct and more habitat and wilderness is destroyed.

Don't you know? He is busy doing stuff like meeting with off-roaders in Southern Cal who want to ride in protected dunes there (right after they gave his campaign several thousands of dollars), and making sure more snowmobiles can run through Yellowstone in the winter.

He is a man with a mission -- to fight all those nasty environmentalists and hippies. He doesn't have time for the "little" issues of some obscure California district.

Let the locals figure out transportation, air quality, jobs, education, healthcare, crime prevention -- Pombo has fundraisers and campaign photo ops to attend!

8:54 AM, August 31, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Let's stop the bickering and start to join a common cause, and that is to remove Pombo from Congress. I assume you are all Democrats, find a common ground, funnel the infortmation to a base. Then produce the resluts on the web and other places. I see too many Chiefs and a few indians. Leadership is easy, find someone who really cares.

Tom Benigno

11:54 AM, August 31, 2006  
Anonymous Uniter said...

Tom's right...there's too much bickering and not enough work going on. Here it is Labor Day and everyone has the day off and could be doing something for the cause, and instead I see no action. Let's get to it!

6:07 PM, September 04, 2006  

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