Senator Mark DeSaulnier to Host State Budget Town Hall Meeting in Concord

March 25, 2014 10:06 am · 30 comments


Triple Canopy March 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM

There is a severe lack of credibility when Democrats talk about budgets. And DeSaulnier is a career politician that has been on the public payroll much too long.

All they know is that there is not enough money to do all the social welfare and illegal alien give-aways so the answer is always increased taxation. They are really good at dreaming up new ‘safety net’ programs while the working class follow the rules and put in an honest day’s work. Thanks for nothing.

How about making government more efficient by reducing the number overlapping departments/agencies, “dead-wood” employees, and overpaid administrators? Oh, that’s right….. there are union employees who cannot be fired because of labor agreements.

CA’s bloated government needs to be put on a diet.

Circling the Drain March 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Will he have an explanation of why high net worth individuals and businesses continue to move out of CA.? An why businesses still in CA continue to expand outside of CA.

An just who is DeSaulnier looking out for ????

Ted K., SuperMax March 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

DeSaulnier discussing budgeting is equivalent to Obama discussing leadership.


@Triple canopy March 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

So says an old guy living off government run social security and Medicare.

The Dems have done a great job since they’ve had control over the CA budget. We’re finally in sight of paying down our debt. Kudos to Gov. Brown and the legislature.

anon March 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

It can be he ran out of ideas. Na!

mutts March 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I agree with Triple Canopy….thanks for nothing Democrats. Give it all away to lazy ingrates

Mark will do what his largest March 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

contributors and others in power tell him to do. Public input is to make the “people” feel good, but actually does nothing.

The political machine runs this state, makes Chicago and DC look like a kindergarten. CA is much better at hiding stuff, few here really care at all.

unknown March 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

How much is this going to cost the taxpayers?

@4 March 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

You do realize there is the large and grossly under funded state employee retirement liability. Another way of thinking of it is the bill for the long time practice of buying votes for democrat politicians is coming due.

. March 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM


Keep drinking that kool-aid and Marky will keep you employed as one of his staffers..

Gary March 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Mark has done NOTHING substantive since being in office, other than to kowtow to his union supporters.

Triple Canopy March 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM


Your assumptions are WRONG. I’m not an “old guy” and am waaaay far from retirement.

Phillip March 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM

@Triple #12….

Don’t worry, he’s just another blind staffer for the democrats sent out to stir the pot. Just wait until Bonilla’s staffers start jumping in……you know, the ones that say that their boss “is perfectly in touch with their constituents.”

Jaded by politicians? Nah, not me…… just by perpetual liars.

Michelle March 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM

You should run for pesident, TC; but it seems you are not old enough yet. lol

Anonymous March 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

DeSaulnier is a wholly owned subsidiary of SEIU which is why he refuses to rein in BART strikes.

He’s sold out to radical unions.

Note to DeSaulnier staffers: you may now comment.

RANDOM TASK March 25, 2014 at 4:08 PM

lol dems ….lets start with hobby lobby lawsuit as Obama tries to make everyone foot the bill for abortion by making it mandatory or get fined. Political backers are cashing in on their purchases of dem candidates to the publics expense as usual or be fined

Elwood March 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I was getting worried.

Congressman DeSaulnier hadn’t engaged in any nauseating self-promotion for at least a week.

I was afraid he’d lost his mojo.

Yhe Phantom March 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Her are just a few ideas he accomplished as legislation just last year.


SB 133 – Enterprise Zones
SB 133 reforms redevelopment agency housing expenditures in the event that redevelopment is resurrected in some form.

SB 293 – Owner-Authorized Handguns
SB 293 requires that two years after two manufacturers have owner-authorized handguns on the “Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale”; no handgun can be placed on the roster by the Department of Justice that is not owner-authorized.

SB 299 – Reporting of Lost or Stolen Firearms
SB 299 will require that every person whose firearm is lost or stolen must notify local law enforcement within 7 days from the time the person knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been lost or stolen.

SB 341 – Redevelopment Housing Successor Agencies
SB 341 revises rules governing the activities and expenditures of housing successor agencies to streamline administrative requirements while ensuring accountability, provide additional flexibility, and target scarce available resources to the greatest needs.

SB 391 – The Homes and Jobs Act sponsored by California Housing Consortium and Housing California
SB 391 imposes a $75 fee on the recordation of each real-estate document, except for documents related to sales, to provide a permanent funding stream for the Homes and Jobs Trust Fund to support the development, acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of homes affordable to low- and moderate-income households.

SB 425 – Public Works Peer Review Act of 2013
SB 425 allows administering agencies to use peer review groups, but requires that those agencies develop a transparent process for selecting members and discouraging conflicts of interest. It also requires the agencies to draft a charter for the peer review group describing the group’s members, its objective and scope, and the duties for which the group is responsible, among other things.

SB 466 – California Institute for Criminal Justice Policy
SB 466 establishes the California Institute for Criminal Justice Policy which will be responsible for conducting a cost benefit analysis of any criminal justice legislation and providing it to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature, no later than 60 days after receiving the request.

SB 486 – Office of Strategic Assessment and Accountability
SB 486 Requires Caltrans to publish quarterly reports measuring the department’s success in meeting performance benchmarks in order to improve transparency and public confidence.

SB 509 – California Health Benefit Exchange
SB 509 provides federally required authority to the Health Benefit Exchange to perform a background check for all employees prior to hiring for positions that will have access to enrollees’ personal identifying information.

SB 544 – California Violence Prevention Act of 2013
SB 544 establishes the California Violence Prevention Authority to coordinate statewide violence prevention efforts across agencies, organizations, and sectors including criminal justice and public health systems to better provide violence prevention for families, schools, and communities.

SB 613 – Toll Revenues
SB 613 limits the use of toll revenues for administrative costs to 1% of annual toll revenues and clearly defines what an administrative cost is. Additionally, the bill eliminates the ability for toll revenues to be spent on any future real estate purchases.

SB 652 – Residential Construction Defects: Notice Requirements
SB 652 requires someone selling a home to disclose any claim he or she made pursuant to the state’s pre-litigation process for construction defect claims and the status of that claim to a subsequent purchaser of the home.

SB 673 – Land Use Planning: Government Subsidies
SB 673 requires a city or county, prior to approving a development project that will receive a subsidy valued at over $1 million from the local government to review an independent cost benefit analysis of the subsidy.

SB 717 – Warrants for DUI Blood Tests
SB 717 conforms California’s Penal Code to adhere to a US Supreme Court decision finding that in drunk-driving investigations it is now unlawful to conduct a blood test without consent. This bill requires officers to obtain a warrant before they can take a suspect’s blood, should the suspect not give consent.

SB 745 – Transportation and Housing Committee Bill
SB 745 is a code clean-up bill to make non-controversial changes to sections of law relating to housing.

SB 747 – Public Health Epidemic Protection Act of 2013
SB 747 establishes the Public Health Epidemic Protection Act of 2013 to reduce significant public health risk factors that contribute to serious chronic diseases and coordinate actions necessary to mitigate the rise in preventable illnesses associated with these risk factors, as well as to reduce healthcare costs and lost workforce productivity.

SB 761 – Paid Family Leave: Anti-Retaliation sponsored by Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center
SB 761 prohibits an employer or agent of an employer to discharge or in any other manner to discriminate against an individual because he or she has applied for, used, or indicated an intent to apply for or use, paid family leave insurance benefits.

SB 782 – Sexual Assault Victim Equity Act (SAVE Act) sponsored by California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley
SB 782, the Sexual Assault Victim Equity Act (SAVE Act), creates a sustainable funding stream for California’s rape crisis programs through a $10 per customer fee on California sexually oriented businesses that serve alcohol or permit alcohol consumption.

SB 788 – Transportation and Housing Committee Bill
SB 788 is a code clean-up bill to make non-controversial changes to sections of law relating to transportation.

SB 792 – Bay Area Regional Governance
SB 792 requires the Bay Area’s four regional agencies to adopt jointly a coordinated sustainable communities strategy that will additionally consider air quality, sea level rise, priority infrastructure needs, economic development, and social equity. The bill also requires the four agencies to prepare a plan for consolidating common functions and requires the joint policy committee comprised of the four agencies to appoint an advisory committee on economic competitiveness.

SB 803 – Mortgage Fraud sponsored by California District Attorneys Association
SB 803 allows a criminal court to adjudge void any false or forged instrument that affects title to the property of a victim of mortgage fraud. This will make it easier for people who have been defrauded to clear up their chain of title after the fraud.

SB 809 – Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris
SB 809 provides funding to operate the Department of Justice’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) program to deter prescription drug abuse and require that all prescribers and pharmacists enroll in the program.

SCA 6 – Initiatives: Funding Source
SCA 6 prohibits initiative measures that increase state and local government costs from taking effect, unless the measure provides for the revenues required to pay for itself.

SCR 2 – Constitutional Convention
SCR 2 proposes that the people of the State of California vote at the next statewide general election on the question of whether to call a convention to revise the California Constitution.

SCR 8 – Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month
SCR 8 declares March, of each year, as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month.

SCR 43 – Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial Undercrossing
SCR 43 names the Livorna Road Undercrossing of State Highway Route (SR) 680 in Contra Costa County as the Officer Kenyon Youngstrom Memorial Undercrossing, in order to honor and memorialize the life and service of Kenyon Youngstrom.

SCR 44 – Joe Eddy McDonald Memorial Overcrossing
SCR 44 designates the Willow Avenue Overcrossing over State Highway Route 4 in Contra Costa County as the Joe Eddy McDonald Memorial Overcrossing, in order to honor and memorialize the life and service of Joe Eddy McDonald.

SJR 11 – Encouraging Housing With Services
SJR 11 encourages the federal government to expand Medicare waivers to support Housing with Services models of affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities as a means to encourage aging-in-place and use Medicaid resources more efficiently.

The Convention is still pending…

Yhe Phantom March 25, 2014 at 6:57 PM

– State Senator Mark DeSaulnier for Congress 2014 – the Good Concord Solution as our leadership voice in Washington.

– For a list of his wide spread and diverse supporters:!

Anonymous March 25, 2014 at 6:58 PM

This is the guy who voted to let boys in the girls restrooms at high schools. He is ridiculous

Thank You, Yhe Phantom. March 25, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Nice to have an injection of real facts in these “discussions”.

. March 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM

And just introducing and voting for more laws does not make an effective leader.

It’s about quality not quantity. And it’s about listening to constituents and the facts…..not justt blowing them off as Marky has done. He voted the straight party line without regard for facts.

Dr. Doc, PHD March 25, 2014 at 9:13 PM

And nowhere in DeSaulnier’s body of ‘work’ is any incentive to promote private job creation. Instead its main focus is more bureaucracy , ‘’, and feel good legislation . Just like Phandum, DeSaulnier is not worth the air he breathes.



Anon March 26, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Yhe Phanturd working for more government since who knows when…

If we didn’t have to listen to either of them, Phantard and Desalter, we’d be better off.

Anon March 26, 2014 at 12:03 AM


Yhe Phanturd must have forgotten to include he master’s best work yet. LOL!

Boneguy1 March 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

To Yhe Phantom – He also voted to allow and require Elementray School students to use what ever bathroom they “feel” like to appease his feloow perverts. What a great guy Marky is!

Tom Hilton March 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

This is the usual turnout of trolls on Claycord with the exception of a very interesting list of bills by Ye Phantom.

So how about you trolls get off your keyboards go to the meeting tonight and ask some specific actions that may reflect what you want…

. March 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

More garbage being touted by the legislature, pretending they give a damn.

Must be election time.

. March 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Leadership? Hah!

The only leadership he knows is what the Dem leadership in Sacramento tells him – or what his union contributors tell him…..

I think the only “leadership” he displayed was when he owned TRs and could decide who to hire/fire.

. March 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Yeah, I would say the list is “interesting.”

Nothing beyond that.

@Tom #27 – so anyone that disagrees with you is a troll?

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