Saturday, July 21 , 2018, 12:48 am | Overcast 65º


Letter to the Editor: California Headed Over the Cliff

California’s budget has swelled to a projected $16 billion, according to the Washington Post. The dramatic increase during the last six months was due to a shortfall of revenue collections in April and excess state spending. Furthermore, the deficit has risen because lawsuits and federal requirements have blocked billions of dollars in state cuts.

Increasingly, many Californians and businesses have left/are leaving the state due to a hostile business environment and higher taxes.

But, why should this be a surprise? Year after year, the corrupt, left-leaning, controlled California Legislature continues to over-spend, radical environmentalists force unrealistic reforms upon us, and illegal immigrants are given anything they want.

Simply put, everything is out of control, and California is going over the cliff.

California needs to reverse course. Therefore, we will be voting for Mike Stoker for Senate. He has a history of working with Democrats, Republicans and independents and wants to move beyond the partisan gridlock that is paralyzing Sacramento. Stoker also wants to create a favorable climate for job creation, cut wasteful spending and deal with pension reform.

On June 5, get real and consider voting for Mike Stoker.

Donald and Diana Thorn

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >