Law enforcement petition to protect local funds

January 30, 2010 6:44:41 PM PST
Law enforcement, backed by local elected leaders, is trying to prevent a raid on city and county coffers around California. They fanned out around San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties Saturday to gather signatures for a ballot initiative.

If approved by voters, the measure would close loopholes to prevent the state from taking any transportation or public safety funding from local governments.

"We're losing money. The state keeps taking money to balance their own budget," said Foster City Vice Mayor Linda Koelling. "They've got a $20 billion deficit right now. They're using the local monies right now to take care of their own needs."

Hundreds of law enforcement officers have joined the massive effort to gather signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.