I recently read a Times article that amid the California budget crisis, lawmakers are being wined and dined.
The $610,000 in outright gifts to lawmakers is just a drop in the bucket compared to the legal bribes - otherwise known as "campaign contributions" - generously donated on a regular basis by deep-pocketed special interests.
How much longer are we going to tolerate this? We need public financing of elections, beginning with the passage of the California Fair Elections initiative in 2010.
See www.yesfairelections.org for details on how it works. We must grab power back from these crooks and return our state to ordinary, honest Californians.