Digital News Report – Senator Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto) today announced the appointment of Senator Mark Wyland (R-Carlsbad) to the Senate Select Committee on Surplus Property. Senator Wyland fills the vacancy left on the committee by former State Senator John J. Benoit when he was appointed to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
“As a strong advocate for maximizing hard-working taxpayers’ dollars, Senator Wyland brings a fresh approach to the committee’s work to ensure Californians receive the most value when the state disposes of surplus properties,” said Senator Cogdill. “The committee’s work will be a valuable asset in finding additional solutions to the state’s continued budget woes. In addition, the committee will develop a long-term strategy to make the best use of taxpayers’ investment in real estate and help eliminate roadblocks to selling surplus properties.”
“Addressing what to do with our surplus property is a major component that lawmakers must understand if we’re going to tackle our entire fiscal crisis,” said Senator Wyland. “I’m honored and eager to be serving on this important Select Committee and believe that we have a great opportunity to bring some much needed financial aid to California.”
The other members on the committee are: Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield), Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) and Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima).
On February 4, 2010, the committee will hold a hearing to examine the current process for the disposal of surplus properties and analyze the obstacles facing the Governor’s budget proposal last year to sell or refinance some of the state’s high-value assets. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. or upon adjournment of session in room 3191 of the State Capitol.
By: Senator Wyland