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Friday, February 6, 2009

California’s Clueless Caught Unawares By DMV Furlough


Nearly everyone who showed up to the DMV branch on Alma Avenue in San Jose had no idea it was Day One of California's furlough program, an order by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to shut down most state offices twice a month, including about 180 Department of Motor Vehicle offices, to save the cash-strapped state about $1.3 billion.

Wow.  How can you not hear about this?  I’ve been reading about it for at least a week and I live on the opposite coast.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Lynn Thurman, 58, of San Jose. "The whole situation. There is no need for this. We're supposed to be one of the richest states in the country. If we're so bad off, tell Schwarzenegger to take a pay cut."

Uhh, he doesn’t get paid in the first place lady.  Good try, though.

A San Jose man who asked not to be named said he called in sick Friday, an unpaid day, to run a handful of errands, including going to the DMV. The man said that doing business at the DMV has become increasingly difficult now that the state office no longer keeps Saturday hours.

Maybe if he had told his boss what he really planned on doing instead of lying, the boss could have filled him in about the furlough.

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