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.”

Doug Curlee February 22, 2013 at 05:21 AM
if brian jomnes really wants to benefit the citizens of california, he will do everything in his power to kill off this bullet train idiocy before it gets started... there is no way this thing can be built and run WITHOUT taxpayer subsidies..and we're talking about a 98 BILLION dollar project.. brian jones should be spearheading a statewide drive to put a measure on the 2014r ballot to reverse the vote approving this mess..we were lied to during that campaign.. stop the bullet train NOW! doug
Steven Bartholow February 22, 2013 at 05:26 AM
More on that topic from Doug: http://santee.patch.com/articles/de-rail-the-bullet-train-fix-the-water-supply
Jon Notw February 22, 2013 at 02:37 PM
My woman wants to ride the bullet (not no more) train to nowhere. BTW, she is handicapped she rides half price.
Mary B February 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Are you kidding me? Who is Brian Jones to say that the Dad who got laid off from his job is not now homeless, or the single mother trying to support her family is not part of the long-term unemployed. Who is he to say that a homeless person, or long-term unemployed person isn't searching or qualified to participate in the workforce. Being one of those labeled as "long-term unemployed", I can't get employers to give me an interview much less consider me for a job; and the longer one is out of work, the worse their chances become. In this day and age, the homeless and the long-term unemployed are those most overlooked when trying to find a job, and should be given just as much of an opportunity to support themselves and their families as anyone else. It's not just the recently unemployed who are suffering in today's current economic climate.
Komfort February 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM
barbara Hiatt February 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM
it is not even coming to S.D.
mike February 23, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I want to train ride to Vegas but I wouldn't pay more than the plane ride fare. If they can some how undercut air fares, even if it took twice as long, I'd love it. Get faded on the way to Vegas, no turbulence, TSA, AWESOME! About it costing money? There has never been a better, more affordable time for construction work. GET ER DONE!
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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