Faced with a state budget deficit of $25 billion, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed cuts are deep, wide and ever closer to home.
Among the most potentially painful here is a plan to slash all state funding from California’s 80 county and district fairs. Yes, the move would save the state $32 million. But it could financially hamstring more than two dozen fairs, including Sonora’s.
If Brown’s cuts are enacted, the Mother Lode Fair would take a $200,000 hit.
Although funding for this year’s July 7-10 fair is safe, beginning in 2012 the event could lose about a third of its $600,000 budget.
As everyone involved with a business, a government agency or even a family knows, setting goals is a lot easier than reaching them.
But if you set the wrong goals — be they unrealistic, impractical or unachievable — all that results is wasted effort.
To Tuolumne County’s credit, it has set reachable, sensible 2011 goals tailored to today’s struggling economy and to our thinly stretched government budgets.
Building out the ambitious Law and Justice Center off Old Wards Ferry Road is not on the list. Nor is purchase of a fleet of new sheriff’s patrol cars or paving Italian Bar Road.
The bad news is that Doug Boyack is hanging up his robe after nearly 20 years on the Tuolumne County Superior Court bench.
The good news is that Boyack is putting that robe back on almost every day, as a state-assigned judge filling his own vacancy. He’ll continue to do so until Gov. Jerry Brown appoints a permanent replacement, and that could be months or even a year away.
Even after that, Judge Boyack may fill in on occasion, both here and in counties around the state.
Yes, after two decades on the bench and another 14 as a prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office, the 63-year-old jurist deserves a rest. But we’re happy he’s sticking around awhile longer, because this soft-spoken, thoughtful man seems ideally suited to the job.
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