Assembly members Brian Nestande and V. Manuel Perez are bound to earn some brownie points with locals for their legislative efforts to open the Bump and Grind.
But that hasn’t stopped Nestande, a Palm Desert Republican, from being targeted by a handful of community groups.
The California Partnership, Veterans for Peace, Occupy Coachella Valley will join Colelge of the Desert students and local health advocates to protest outside of Nestande’s Palm Desert office on Wednesday.
They’re upset that Republicans like Nestande refused to back the majority-backed budget plan. A press release announcing the protest also blasted Nestande for sending his constituents a “budget fact sheet” that Republicans were circulating before the June 15 vote.
“This email said that the nearly $8 billion dollars of cuts to core health and human service programs that serve the neediest and most vulnerable in our state were not enough,” the protesters said in a news release.
“Instead, he called for even further systemic and structural cuts that would essentially dismantle the infrastructure of the public safety net. Furthermore, this email directly targets seniors, people with disabilities, poor children and families by saying that the devastating cuts to programs that serve them should be cut even more.”
Wednesday’s protest starts at noon at 73710 Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert.
In case you missed it, Nestande had this to say after the June 15 vote:
“While Democrats lauded the swift passage of what they called a budget that brings California closer to fiscal solvency, this budget is the product of back door deals, accounting schemes, and does absolutely nothing to help dig California out of the financial hole that we are in. This budget increases spending, does nothing to protect education funding,” Nestande said in a statement.
“This budget contains no spending reforms whatsoever. We can no longer afford these budget gimmicks when dealing with the financial future and welfare of our state. We must put education first and reduce government spending. We must create a strong business environment by streamlining the regulatory process and improving our tax code to encourage more investment in business, thereby bringing jobs back to California.”