Escondido, CA

January is a great month for Capitol excess

It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the month of January. This is a great month which has New Year’s Day a great day of celebrating the end of a decade. Yes, the next decade doesn’t actually begin until Jan 1, 2021 even though many have proclaimed 2020 as the next decade. Now break into small groups and discuss. Previously I mentioned a parade and football games.

January also celebrates MLK Day and is also the month when our elected Legislators in Sacramento go into overdrive on producing bills with the hope they become law. Consider this. Assemblymember Waldron mentioned that somewhere about 3,000 bills may be presented before the 24th of January. Then the process begins to ready them for the Governor. Although they typically work (?) four days a week I will calculate their prolific production on a five day 10 hour day giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Using my abacus, tabulator and whatever math tool available here goes the summary. Fifteen days equals 150 hours for 120 legislators to craft 3,000 bills which means each elected official— don’t call them lawmakers because that only encourages them—will present 25 bills From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., taking out an hour each for lunch and dinner. They are busy with staff to come up with no doubt worthwhile potential laws such as the ‘roadkill’ bill I mentioned last week.

Now we look at what occurs in the Capitol building. Every hour of every day in session, 20 bills are up for consideration. Do the math. That calculates to one bill being presented every THREE minutes. How on God’s green earth is that even possible? Is there any wonder that we have an improbable state government? Think about our elected officials being able to comprise almost two bills every day they are in Sacramento ostensibly to make our lives better. What I can tell you from a local government perspective, is that more than five hours is required to formulate a sensible, workable law.

Now a shout out to San Diego State University for their achievements in athletics notably football and basketball. Coach Rocky Long has put Aztec football on the national scene; playing in bowl games the past nine years. He is stepping down as head coach but it appears he just might consider staying on staff as a less headache driven assistant. Let’s hope this is so.

This season the basketball team is ranked in the top 10 nationally. Congratulations to Coach Dutcher and staff and players on bringing the hoops spotlight to San Diego. How times have changed from 2004-05 when games at Viejas Arena had as many empty seats as full. One day a friend called me about 5 p.m. and asked if I wanted to go to an Aztec game. Four of us left Escondido about 6 p.m. to the game and had no problem finding parking then walked up to the ticket window to purchase tickets at $10 each. Choice seats were readily available. Try doing that today. Not going to happen.

The Tigers were my pick to win the college football National Championship and they came out on top. OK, both team’s nicknames were Tigers. Of course, it was almost a home game for Louisiana State University playing in the Superdome in New Orleans only 79 miles from the LSU campus in Baton Rouge but nonetheless a great game. The win will take some of the sting away from the New Orleans Saints being ousted from the NFL playoffs. Laissez les bons temps rouler.

Oh, if you do not have tickets to one of the most fantastic entertainment experiences you more than likely will not be able to purchase them. Shen Yun at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is a spectacle to behold; who chose Escondido as a venue over 15 years ago.

One pet peeve of mine is having a car in front of me turning right and hitting the turn signal either as they are turning or maybe 20 feet before they turn. I think they need to take the license written test again.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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