I read your article covering the Political Awareness Day presented on Oct. 23, and organized by the Political Science Club at Sierra College (Journal, Oct. 24). State Democrat Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg was invited as guest speaker. His topic, as publicized, was “Education in California and the Importance of Your Vote.”
As noted by your paper’s coverage of the event, Senator Steinberg’s speech to a captive audience of college students morphed into a campaign speech for a “yes” vote on Proposition 30. He states, “... if Prop 30 loses, let me reiterate what the real-life consequences are: Over $5 billion of cuts to K-12 education and higher education, three weeks off of the K-12 school year, over $300 million in cuts to community colleges....”
Translated, Steinberg along with his Democrat cronies and governor, needs to generate $9.4 billion to build a bullet train that no one wants. And raiding the education budget to pay for it is where to start.
Steinberg violated state code with his campaigning on campus:
Government Code section 8314 states, “It shall be unlawful for any elected state officer, appointee, employee, or consultant to use or permit others to use state resources for a campaign activity.”
California Education Code 7054 states, “no public funds, services, supplies, or equipment shall be used for the purpose of urging the support or defeat of any ballot measure.”
Steinberg’s campaigning on campus was both unethical and illegal. He should be held accountable for deceiving the Board of Trustees at Sierra College.
Dianne Foster, Foresthill