June 9, 2011 – San Luis Obispo residents are looking for leadership — and answers — from Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian.
At a rally, dozens of families, seniors and students urged Achadijian to protect local seniors, schools and public safety from the devastating cuts by voting for a balanced state budget.
If current revenue levels aren’t protected, San Luis Obispo County could face $25 million in education cuts alone. Cal Poly professor Dr. Jim Conway wants the Assemblymember to stop standing behind GOP rhetoric, and Stand Up for California:
“We’re calling on Assemblymember Achadjian to stop hiding behind generalities and abstractions and tell us where he would make the cuts locally. Which courses would he shut down at Cal Poly? How many teachers in our local schools should be laid off? How many deputies should the sheriff’s office lay off, and which cases should the D.A. stop prosecuting? If you’re going to vote for deeper cuts, have the courage and character to look us in the eye and be specific about the local consequences.”
By refusing even to maintain already existing revenues, Achadjian’s approach to the budget would force $10 billion more in cuts – pulling the rug out from under vulnerable seniors, slashing law enforcement even as crime is rising, and chopping up to a month off our kids’ school year.