Guest Opinion | Mayor Terry Tornek: New Year’s Plea to Our Legislators in Sacramento

Published : Monday, January 8, 2018 | 6:22 AM

Terry Tornek

As we begin a new year and the Legislature reconvenes, one mid-sized City Mayor respectfully makes a special request of you; please pass less legislation.

While there are lots of wrongs to right and governance improvements to make in the Golden State, it is reported that you crank out 900-1,200 new bills per year. By anyone’s standard, that’s a lot of new laws for your constituents to absorb and to implement. I can tell you that we’re having a hard time keeping up with modifications that have profound and frequently unpopular implications at the local level.

Just this year we’ve had to figure out how to cope with your effectively abandoning the concept of a single family zoning statewide; we’ve had to realign our traditional election dates and our municipal utility must continually scramble to alter its energy production and purchase strategies to ever-changing renewable requirements.

Now, I know that your work is well-intentioned and often well-founded. I also understand that each of you believe that the public’s measure of your performance is the number of bills that you have authored. But please take a beat and spend some time assessing the impacts of what you have already wrought before loading more on us. Also, please talk to your City Councilmembers and Mayors before piling on additional reforms and requirements.

Anyway, thank you for your efforts and Happy New Year!

Terry E. Tornek is Mayor of Pasadena

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