Monday, July 18, 2011
Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein said the actions were necessary to close a $13.75 million budget deficit caused by state budget cuts. She said the cuts mean it will take many more hours to pay a traffic ticket in person, up to 18 months to finalize a divorce and five years for a lawsuit to go to trial.
"The civil justice system in San Francisco is collapsing," Feinstein said.
And that will be a huge problem for everybody.I remember when Proposition 13 passed 1978, the right wingers claimed state and local government would get along just fine, and the lefties said it would be a disaster. About a year later all the righties were crowing that nothing happened. The lefties said you have to wait and see. Then there was this period of state and local governments doing all sorts of things to make up for revenues lost to tax revolts. Sin taxes on cigarettes and alcohol; the tobacco settlement; CID housing; special districts; privatization; gambling; deals with sports teams; TIFs and BIDs; and on, and on. And now that the effort to destroy state and local government looks like it has finally succeeded, the right wingers are trying to smash the federal government as well. At this rate, soon we will be living like Mad Max, the Road Warrior.