Claremont Insider: Hey, Sacramento, Hands Off, Say Cities

Monday, June 22, 2009

Hey, Sacramento, Hands Off, Say Cities

The Daily Bulletin has an article by Liset Marquez, who writes about Governor Schwarzenegger and the state legislature's threat to tap into gas tax revenues that are supposed to go to local governments for road maintenance and repairs.

Marquez writes that cities, counties, and the League of California Cities are mobilizing to sue the state if necessary, arguing that Sacramento would violate the state's constitution if it took those local gas tax dollars. Cities across California are passing resolutions in support of possible legal action:

To stop the state from seizing nearly $1 billion in gas tax funds from cities and counties, Ontario has agreed to allow its city attorney to work with the League of California Cities attorneys.

In the Inland Empire the cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Diamond Bar and Fontana have already passed similar resolutions, Speigel said.

Sixty-seven cities throughout the state have sided with the League. In the next couple of weeks at least 30 more cities will also pass resolutions, she said.

Claremont, too, will discuss passing such a resolution at the next City Council meeting tomorrow night.