By Jill Stewart
You gotta love California Governor Jerry Brown's war on the fat that rose like yeast bread under Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis. Brown's taking away 7,500 free cars that government workers never had one whit of a reason to be given. Early this month, Brown ordered state workers to turn 48,000 cell phones bought by taxpayers. Woo hoo.
Here's a good quote from his press release: “Fifty percent is a starting point. If we find more waste, we'll make more cuts.” Hee hee! Read on for more good news:
First of all, the headline is one you never see from a California governor: “Governor Brown Orders Immediate State Car Cutback”
His press release reads in part:
SACRAMENTO – In an effort to cut the state's passenger vehicle fleet in half, Governor Jerry Brown today directed all state agencies and departments to immediately halt new car purchases and turn in taxpayer-funded cars that are not essential to state business.
“There is a lot of wasteful spending on cars that aren't even driven,” Brown said. “And we can't afford to spend taxpayer money on new cars while California faces such a massive deficit.”
Brown said his goal is to halve the number of the state's passenger cars, trucks and home storage permits–which allow state employees to use passenger cars for their daily commute.
California taxpayers are paying for the commuting cars for state government office workers — who have among the fattest pensions in public or private working life in America, and very decent salaries, and can more than afford their own freakin' car payments.
The governor goes on to say he will also “move underutilized vehicles to new locations, so that the fleet is more efficient overall. Cars that are not needed will be sold.”
There are some 15,500 vehicles out there, paid for by working Californians, so that other working Californians do not have to buy a car. Not only that, but Sacramento departments have issued “approximately 4,500 home storage permits, that don't serve a health or public safety function.”
Don't serve a health or public safety function. Meaning pencil-pushers, clerks, analysts and the like.
Free cars, for no reason on earth except they begged for them and got them.
Brown's order directs every agency secretary and department director to immediately review their organization's home storage permits and withdraw those that are not essential or cost-effective. He explained that some employees may need a car around-the-clock because their jobs are public health and safety focused, or it is more cost-effective for the state for certain employees to have a car than not. The review will take this into account.
Brown is going to force the various government departments to sell or transfer to non-essential vehicles “within 120 days of the plan's approval.”
His order makes clear he understands the sneaky nature of state managers. State managers are masters at ignoring savings proposals and even better at hiding funds.
So Brown, understanding how state managers think, says: “The order additionally prohibits agencies and departments from buying new vehicles for non-emergency use.”
That deserves another hee hee.
No word on how many state workers are refusing to turn in their cell phones with every imaginable excuse.
Maybe state workers feel a strong entitlement to own taxpayer-provided phones because mass murderer Charles Manson and thugs in the Mexican Mafia are freely able to get their hands on cell phones while in prison and on Death Row. Hell, if they can have them …
If you want the full text of Jerry Brown's fresh Executive Order, read on:
[EXECUTIVE ORDER B-2-11
WHEREAS the Governor's 2011-12 budget proposes to close the state's structural budget deficit in a balanced and sustainable manner, in part through substantial reductions in state operational expenses; and
WHEREAS the Governor's 2011-12 budget proposes to cut state operational expenses by reducing waste and promoting efficiencies; and
WHEREAS the state fleet has more than 50,000 vehicles and mobile equipment ranging from light to heavy-duty vehicles, emergency response vehicles, aircraft, boats, motorcycles and construction equipment; and
[WHEREAS the state fleet has a replacement value exceeding $1.5 billion, and annually uses more than $90 million in fuel and incurs tens of millions of dollars in other operating expenses; and
WHEREAS state agencies report that thousands of vehicles are underutilized each year; and
WHEREAS state agencies report that approximately 4,500 vehicle home-storage permits have been issuedthat allow employees to take home vehicles that are used for purposes unrelated to public safety, health, or essential services; and
WHEREAS lowering fuel consumption in the state fleet will cut costs and reduce pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power vested in me by the Constitution and the statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue the following orders to become effective immediately:
IT IS ORDERED that each agency secretary and department director immediately review their organization's vehicle home-storage permits and withdraw those that are non-essential or cost ineffective. By March 1, 2011, each agency secretary and department director shall report their findings and the results of their review.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that by February 15, 2011, each state agency and department shall update and certify their vehicle and mobile equipment information that is presently being collected by the Department of General Services, and shall thereafter provide monthly updates to the Department of General Services.
[IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that each state agency and department shall conduct an analysis to determine the purpose of, the necessity for, and the cost-effectiveness of, the vehicles and equipment in their fleet. This analysis shall result in a plan to relinquish non-essential and cost-inefficient vehicles and equipment. The Department of General Services shall assist departments in developing their analysis and plans.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that each state agency and department shall submit for approval their analysis and plan to the Director of the Department of General Services and the Department of Finance. A schedule for submitting these analysis and plans shall be set by the Director of General Services and shall commence no later than March 1, 2011.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that state agencies and departments shall relinquish non-essential or cost-inefficient vehicles and equipment within 120 days when their analysis and plans are approved by the Department of General Services. The Department of General Services shall assist departments in relinquishing non-essential and cost-inefficient vehicles and equipment. Vehicles and equipment should be relinquished by selling them in a manner to maximize returns or by transferring them to other departments where there is a demonstrated need.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Department of General Services shall provide to the Department of Finance final tallies of the relinquished vehicles. Each department or agency shall provide to the Department of Finance the amount of fiscal savings for the relinquished vehicles. The Department of Finance shall evaluate the total savings achieved and adjust departmental budgets to reflect those savings as appropriate.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that state agencies and departments are prohibited from purchasing any vehicles for non-emergency use except when:
The agency or department has fully relinquished its vehicles and equipment pursuant to its analysis and plan approved by Department of General Services;
The purchase is necessary to protect the health and safety or security of the public;
The purchase is necessary to provide critical services and functions; or
The purchase will result in significant cost savings.
The Director of the Department of General Services must approve all such purchases, subject to the review of the Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency.
[IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Executive Order shall supersede EO S-14-09 dated July 17, 2009.
IT IS REQUESTED that other entities of State government not under my direct executive authority conduct an analysis to determine the purpose of, the necessity for, and the cost-effectiveness of their vehicles and equipment in order to reduce additional waste and unnecessary costs.
This Executive Order is not intended to create, and does not create, any rights or benefits, whether substantive or procedural, or enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of California or its agencies, departments, entities, officers, employees, or any other person.
I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this Order shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State and that it be given widespread publicity and notice.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 27th day of January 2011.
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California