Yesterday, I, and a number of other interested individuals, traveled to the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles for the penultimate meeting of the Commission on the 21st Century Economy. I’d hoped to testify during the public comment period, noticed for the beginning of the 11:00 a.m. meeting, on the agenda posted for the Commission’s meeting. Unfortunately, the Commission failed to allow me, or others in attendance, to speak until nearly 6:00 p.m. after all but one individual – not me – had left to catch the last flight home. Commission Chair Gerald Parsky then told the one stalwart member of the public that he could have one minute to make his remarks. It is worth noting that those who traveled to the Commission’s July meeting were also allowed just a single minute to comment on the Commission’s sweeping proposals to remake California’s tax code. Had I been given the opportunity to speak, I would have addressed the key points outlined in the CBP’s expanded analysis of the proposal pending before the Commission.
The Commission will hold its final meeting in Berkeley on Monday.