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Assemblyman Calls High-Speed-Rail Hiring Plan ‘Social Engineering Disaster’

Brian Jones says state train project calls for first hiring the homeless, long-term jobless and felons.

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The office of Santee's State Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-71) recently began filming and releasing one-minute online videos of the representative speaking about specific topics dealt with (or not) in Sacramento that drive him crazy.

In this video, Jones comments on the California high speed rail project hiring the “most in need.” According to the Fresno Bee, the High Speed Rail Authority voted to adopt a community benefits policy that sets hiring goals, including the hiring of the homeless and the long-term unemployed.

“High speed rail should be hiring those who search for employment, are qualified, and apply for the jobs," said Jones. 

"Hire the dad who got laid off from his job, or the single mom who is trying to support her family, or the college graduates that can’t find jobs in California.”

PwmCwzy February 23, 2013 at 04:48 PM
The U.S. taxpayer has always funded large infastructure projects, i.e. Hoover Dam, Eisenhower's interstate project, TVA, WPA, etc. They have all had lasting improvements in our way of life and for future generations. To me it is the same difference as upgrading from dial-up internet connections or from land lines to cell phones. It costs money but do we live without the convenience?
Komfort February 23, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Executive Director, High Speed Rail Authority $354,609 http://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/PositionDetail.aspx?employeeid=2605501
Dianne February 23, 2013 at 05:56 PM
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." - Matthew 25:40. Mr. Jones ran with the backing of the Christian faith community and boasted his Christian credentials during his campaigns. I'm not sure of the eternal/spiritual implications of using God and religion for personal gain; that will be between Mr. Jones and God. But as a constituent I find his continued hypocrisy pretty disappointing.
Siskina March 05, 2013 at 03:31 PM
According to the Sac Bee, only 30% of the jobs are earmarked for the disadvantaged, and of that 30%, only 10% (i.e. 3 out of 100) are reserved for "most in need" that Jones is so upset about and who he so rashly asserts "don't want to help themselves". It's shocking how worked up you can get without all the facts. Jones, any thought leadership you're trying to accomplish is invalidated by such moronic tirades.
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