first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But looking at the bills Schwarzenegger has vetoed – a list is available at dailynews.com – it’s not as though he’s cut down a rash of critical, widely supported changes in the law. The list consists mostly of minor fee hikes, regulatory mandates and more “studies” of one issue or another. If anything, it’s the local Valley legislators – elected in skewed, gerrymandered districts – who are out of step with local communities. After all, the Legislature is dominated by Democrats, as is the Valley’s legislative delegation. But what bills did local leaders pass to deal with some of the most critical issues facing the state, such as crumbling infrastructure, the looming pension crisis or our structural budget deficit? None. And on the one issue where their support was needed most – speeding up construction of a car-pool lane on the northbound 405 Freeway – they dropped the ball, failing to pass a bill at all because they were too beholden to the public-employee unions that were opposed. That’s because under the state’s rigged districting system, Valley politicians don’t need to do the business of the people. Instead, they craft legislation on behalf of their campaign supporters and ideological allies. Well, we now know that the San Fernando Valley gets not only its fair share, but more, in at least one department – gubernatorial vetoes. While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes 24 percent of the legislation that crosses his desk, he’s even harder on bills authored by Valley legislators, which he axes 35 percent of the time. Who can blame him? Local legislators try to portray Schwarzenegger’s Valley veto-happy ways as a sign of extremism. “My impression is that the governor’s suffering from political schizophrenia,” complains Glendale Democrat Dario Frommer. “He’s trying to balance his right-wing base against where most Californians are politically. So he’s all over the map on things.” The result is they get vetoed a lot, which only makes sense. They’ve earned it.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more