Assemblymember Shannon Grove updated the Taft Rotary Club on the last session of the California Assembly with another round of criticism of Sacramento politics.
The outspoken conservative had harsh words for the ongoing attempts to place more restrictions on oil drilling, a state law requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use either boys or girls restrooms depending on which gender they identify with.
She called that law “a cruel joke” on students and parents.
“They don't want their daughters to go into a shower with a male in there,” Grove said.
She criticized the state for what she described as walking over private property rights and shifting the state's debt to local government.
“I have huge concerns with where government is going, especially when it comes to property rights,” she said, saying power is being shifted to government agencies and commissions which levy hefty fines on property owners for even minor violations of regulations and laws.
Grove had praise for local government, including Taft chief of Police Ed Whiting and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, both of whom were attending the meeting.
“I have both of them on speed dial,” she said.
Local law enforcement agencies are getting some funding from the state to help them deal with the increase in criminals on the street because of AB109, but that money could dry up if another controversial project needs funding, Grove charged.
AB109 funding is supposed to last for four years, Grove said, but it could disappear.
“If we get in a pickle with high speed rail, they are going to take that money,” she said.
The oil industry was the target of 26 bills introduced in the last legislative session that would have imposed limits or a moratorium on fracking.
Gov. brown just signed a bill that neither the oil industry nor the environmentalists opposed to fracking and new drilling were very happy with.
On the bright side, a proposed ordinance now being prepared in Kern County would streamline the permitting process for multiple wells in the same location.