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Governor Jerry Brown of California has until Sept. 30th to sign or veto bills passed by the CA Legislature or to let them become laws without his signature. One of the bills that made it to his desk is SB1464, which would provide bicycle riders with a 3-foot buffer from passing motorists ("Give Me 3") The bill's author has put the word out today that the Governor intends to veto the bill

The rationale for the Governor's veto is completely off-the-wall, a late hit out of bounds. The Governor vetoed last year's version of the bill in much the same way.

Meanwhile, the Governor is begging Californians to vote yes on his Proposition 30, a mess of an income tax/sales tax bill that is the lynchpin of the current fiscal year's budget. If the Governor cannot convince people to vote for his Proposition, massive budget cuts above and beyond the Draconian cuts already in place via this year's budget will have to be imposed. To avoid horrible budget cuts, the Governor really, really wants more money from folks like me.

As a cyclist who has been on the wrong side of too many unsafe motor vehicle passes, I think the proposed 3 foot buffer is a good thing. Cyclists will obviously be better off with a safe passing law than without one. It won't harm motorists to slow down a bit when they pass bike riders and it will be helpful for them to learn that safe passing is the law. Safe passing laws have worked well in the 20 or so other states that already have them.

Hey, Governor Brown, you clearly value what's in my wallet. But another veto of the safe passing bill means to me that you don't care about my safety when I ride a bike. You want my money but you don't care about my life? Then why should I vote for your pet initiative?

And next time the Safe Passing Bill comes around in a Legislative Session, maybe the bill should press for 4 feet instead of just 3 feet. How would you like that, Jerry?

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    Energy efficiency 1st in the loading order

    by Left Foot Forward on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 11:21:02 PM PDT

  •  Not sure I understand all this. We have bike lanes (3+ / 0-)

    here, so how does this 3' rule fit into this or is this for areas that don't have bike lanes?

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 11:37:52 PM PDT

  •  Get over yourself (12+ / 0-)

    Your issue is not handled to your satisfaction and you ignore the reality of what a no vote on 30 means:

    $5.5 billion cut from K-12. $500 mil from higher ex. No budget stability, future cuts, massive job loss.

    And unless you make more than $250,000 a year, the only portion of this plan that taxes you is a quarter percent sales tax, lower than what you were paying last year.

    Boo hoo, you didn't get your bike bill. Fuck Jerry Brown and all those kids, huh?

    •  what about the other tax proposition, 38? n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

      by AaronInSanDiego on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 11:57:23 PM PDT

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      •  My own view (2+ / 0-)
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        laurak, AaronInSanDiego

        Molly Munger and her brother are both gaming the initiative system. They have plenty of money (Daddy worked w/ Warren Buffet) and they like to toy with public policy. Brother Charles is investing in Y on 32, which will screw working people and turn CA into WI. So that's an obvious "no" for me. Molly's pet initiative will raise income taxes from all taxpayers, even the poor and middle class. (Trying to be nice here, at least it is a slightly progressive scale.) All money collected will go to schools. Never mind any other programs with needs, it is all for schools. True, our K-12 ed programs are in dire straits, but they already get 1/2 of the general fund. There has been no discussion, no balance, no sense of compromise. It's ALL for schools. Much of the new funding will just go into the usual K-12 black holes (administration, mandated programs, even charter schools). Whatever. I don't like ballot-box budgeting. I don't like how Ms. Munger stomped her feet and temper-tantrumed her way onto the ballot w/o working with the Governor and the Legislature. I plan to vote "no" on her initiative. The CTA took a hit for the team and fell in line w/ Jerry. Molly was all "my way or the highway". Heaven help us if either of these spoiled rich kids try to buy their way into statewide office.

        BTW I encourage a Yes vote on Prop 39, which will remove a Repub-forced tax break for out of state corporations and which will help schools.

        Energy efficiency 1st in the loading order

        by Left Foot Forward on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 09:06:03 AM PDT

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    •  Amen! (2+ / 0-)
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      sandbox, TheLizardKing

      Bicyclists are the most self-absorbed people on earth. I think bike lanes are almost always a waste of resources, but they have strong political support.

      I have seen what idiots like Michael Bloomberg have done to NYC traffic by their ridiculous focus on bike lanes, which are hardly ever used but have created enormous traffic congestion in lower Manhattan.

      Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

      by OIL GUY on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 05:11:20 AM PDT

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      •  I strongly support bike lanes but I also support (1+ / 0-)
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        bikers obeying the traffic laws which they often don't.  They ride side by side which often takes them to the edge or over into the traffic lane.  They make sudden moves because they can and I have not way of knowing what they are planning to do.  I support biking as a means of transportation but bikers need to take their own safety more seriously and the 3 foot rule should be a rule for them, THEY need to stay 3 feet away from cars.

  •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber

    with sanchez96.

  •  Don't forget it will destroy the (1+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber

    Independent disabled community, by slashing supports.
    This is sequestering with all cuts on those who cannot afford to lose, and no defense cuts.

  •  I think you could have made an argument (0+ / 0-)

    for the safe passing law without bashing prop 30.

    and I believe prop 30 includes money for know...the people who would enforce the safe passing law.

    FTR...I hope he signs it.

    We are not broke, we are being robbed.

    by Glen The Plumber on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 06:34:50 AM PDT

  •  This isn't about bike lanes (0+ / 0-)

    The bill is about streets and roads where bike facilities are not available, i.e. most roadways in the state. For those of you flaming this diary, have you ever been riding your bike and had a car speed by you like you weren't even there? Ever had car or truck mirrors almost brush you...when you are going 15-20mph and the motor vee is going 45-50? Unfortunately cyclists get hit or almost hit by passing cars regularly in our fair state. Motorists AND cyclists will benefit from a law they BOTH must obey concerning, essentially, how to get along.

    Prop 30 is deeply flawed, but the alternative will likely be worse. So I was going to hold my nose and vote yes. I've even been making phone bank calls for it. Letting the safe passing bill become law is a no-harm, no-foul path for Brown to take, particularly after all the kow-towing he got as this year's version was put together in close consultation with his own office. His new veto hits me in a personal way for the 2nd year in a row. Fool me twice? That's why I'm not going to fall in line with Jerry's proposition.

    Energy efficiency 1st in the loading order

    by Left Foot Forward on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:14:35 AM PDT

  •  Well, fine, but I've never thought (0+ / 0-)

    that Jerry Brown values much of anything, except perhaps what he sees in the mirror.

    I always thought him colder than death, and when I heard him fantasizing about flat taxes a couple of decades ago, I was hoping it would prove part of a desperate but failed attempt to regain the spotlight.

    A shame California couldn't do any better last time around.

  •  Can we get a bill through (0+ / 0-)

    that bans Critical Mass?

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