I never thought I would write a letter to The Bee stating that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom initiated a proposal in a more honest and straightforward fashion than the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. On Dec. 7, The Bee reported Newsom is proposing a new "carbon tax" to combat global warming ("SF mayor details plan for carbon tax," Page D-1). On Page B-2 the same day, The Bee reported the planning commission is unanimously recommending that new land development be required to pay to put one acre of land off-limits to development for every acre developed.
Why is Newsom's approach more honest?
Because he is proposing a broad-based approach shared by the entire community, while the county proposal singles out only development on new land. Under the Stanislaus County proposal, half a million people already here don't pay a dime to preserve agricultural land, while someone wanting a new home or expanding a business onto new land pays the whole bill. Who would ever think liberal Newsom would be the honest man and that the conservative Stanislaus County Supervisors are the hypocritical men?