New CHP facility — at what cost? |

New CHP facility — at what cost?

The new $14 million California Highway Patrol facility is almost complete. It will be staffed by our dedicated officers, who cost taxpayers an average of $200,000 per year each, counting all benefits and pension costs.

In the meantime, the rural residential roads are a Formula 1 circuit of speeding vehicles, many of which have illegal or no mufflers. No child, pet or pedestrian is safe anywhere near their street, particularly the main feeder roads such as Banner, Norlene, Alexandra, Ridge, Boulder/Red Dog, ad infinitum.

Just curious: Had the CHP simply bought the Weaver property for the $4.5 million it traded for and perhaps (in this time of high unemployment) we could have a few $75,000/year officers, maybe the rural taxpayers could actually afford to have their neighborhood traffic laws enforced and there could be some respite from the incessant, obnoxious engine noise.

Unfortunately for the unions, lawyers and bureaucrats, this would mean they’d have to get a real job rather than live off the money-changing graft of a state project.

Graft. Corruption. Malfeasance. The California liberal utopia.

Greg Gibson

Grass Valley

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