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Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner Discusses Budget Gridlock Effects on the Motherlode

Placer County Sheriff filled in for Gov Schwarzenegger on Tuesday morning as KVML´s Newsmaker:

Hi, this is Ed Bonner, Placer County Sheriff and President of the State Sheriffs´ Association, filling in for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.

Everyone is well aware of the budget gridlock at the State Capitol and the effects it has on our communities.

As stalemates grow longer and longer, local governments suffer from the uncertainty.

Law enforcement funds are always held hostage, forcing local governments to make devastating decisions affecting public safety.

And this year, there are threats to borrow from local governments and further cut law enforcement.

These proposed cuts will have real life consequences. For example, some communities will lose 24-hour law enforcement response service.

Can you believe that in California some of our communities might pick up the phone to call their sheriff and there not be a response at some hours of the day?

That´s why I applaud Governor Schwarzenegger for stepping up and demonstrating his leadership by proposing a compromise budget.

The Governor´s proposal does not borrow from local governments and will protect vital law enforcement funding.

That is no surprise to us.

Since taking office, the Governor has been a great champion for local government and the law enforcement community. He has continually said public safety is a priority and his actions have backed up that pledge.

He understands that cities and counties provide our citizens with vital and tangible services.

We fix streets and roads, maintain parks and libraries and protect our communities from crime, gangs and drugs.

And like the state, local governments are struggling with our own revenue shortfalls.

But now, legislators are considering balancing their budget by taking money from ours.

The effects would be devastating.

In Placer County, my sheriffs´ department is already 47 positions down because of budget cuts.

If the state were to take more money, it would mean even fewer deputies patrolling our streets.

It would jeopardize our methamphetamine and gang units.

Placer is also one of California´s fastest-growing counties.

Our people want and expect more patrols, more deputies, more resources, not less.

It´s not fair to punish them for Sacramento´s mistakes.

And it´s not fair to the people of California´s 57 other counties, either.

Along with the Governor, we urge the legislature, Democrats and Republicans, to solve the state´s budget problems without raiding our funds.

On behalf of Governor Schwarzenegger, this is Sheriff Ed Bonner.

Thank you for listening.

The Newsmaker of the Day can be heard each weekday morning at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47 on AM-1450 KVML.

Written by Mark Truppner