Perata road show coming to Concord

Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Alameda, will host a press conference Monday morning at a Concord middle school. At his side will be school teachers who got pink slips in the mail as part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget cuts to education and other state programs. (Photo is of Perata at a recent presser in Marin County on the same issue.)

It’s part of Perata’s budget roadshow where he is calling for tax hikes rather than what he views as Draconian budget cuts to California’s schools, which already rank near the bottom of the nation in per pupil spending.

The governor and the state Legislature face a $16 billion budget deficit next year but the two parties remain sharply divided over whether to solve the problem solely with cuts, raise taxes or a combination of both. Republicans oppose tax hikes and although Democrats hold a majority in the Senate and Assembly, they lack the numbers to secure the required two-thirds vote to pass a budget or raise revenues.

Here’s what Perata’s office sent out a few minutes ago:

Senate Democrats Join Local School Employees Who Have Received Layoff Notices to Discuss School Funding and the State Budget

(CONCORD) – Senate Democrats will join local teachers, school employees and education officials on Monday at a press conference to discuss the effects of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts on schools.

Last week, pink slips went out to an estimated 14,000 teachers statewide.

Schwarzenegger proposed in January slashing $4.8 billion from education funding this year. That could mean laying one-third of the state’s teachers, reducing the school year by four weeks or increasing class sizes by 35 percent.

In recent years, California has consistently been ranked among the country’s 10 worst states in providing education funding. Budget cuts could drop the state to last in the nation.

Senate Democrats are committed to putting California’s classrooms first. Schools must succeed if California wants a competent workforce and a strong economy.

Classroom results are the product of a whole network of dedicated employees, from school bus drivers and custodians to school counselors and teachers. Senate Democrats have pledged to do everything possible to protect education funding and improve classroom results.

Senate President pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland)

Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro)

Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto)

Senator Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch)

Local school employees who have received pink slips

9:30 a.m., Monday, March 17, 2008

Glenbrook Middle School

2351 Olivera Road

Concord, CA 94520

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Pete Laurence of Clayton copied me on this email to Sen. Tom Torlakson and other Democrats in response to this press conference:

    Tom, Don Perata and other Democrats,

    Your orchestrated meeting with orchestrated cuts to try and create additional excessive taxation, will not work and is NOT the answer.

    You’ve seen this lull in the booming economy coming, so why have you over committed and over spent?

    In spite of Gray Davis being recalled, you’ve corrupted Schwarzenegger and the whole pack of you to use overspending as a way to turn California into a socialist state.

    Well it won’t work. Get your spending in line with prudent existing revenues and quit your belly-aching.

    Raising taxes along with your excessive regulations force employers to locate elsewhere. Allowing Illegals to enter AND get free taxpayer assistance is what is causing your budget shortfall, so why not balance the budget by passing a simple law….”Only California Legal Citizens are eligible for taxpayer benefits, be it hospitals, schools, welfare, etc.

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves and resign.

    Eventually the public will wise up to your mindless governance and throw you out.

    You’re a nice guy Tom, but still a school teacher without the brains to run a portion of government. I like you but get real, and have the state live within its revenues.


  • “In spite of Gray Davis being recalled, you’ve corrupted Schwarzenegger”- IXNAY,
    Ahnold was corrupt before he was elected
    and, barring a miracle, he’ll be corrupt as long as he is alive…