By Viji Sundaram
New America Media
U.S. Congressman Mike Honda, D-San Jose, said that California’s parks and other open spaces must be preserved at all costs, and selling them off to close budget gaps would be a violation of public trust.
“Public lands have been acquired with public dollars,” the longtime Congressman said. “They are a community’s pride. I don’t believe in selling them off (to close) temporary budgetary deficits.”
Honda, who is a member of the House Appropriations and Budget Committees, and Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, shared those observations at an ethnic media newsmaker briefing here on the topic, “New Vision for California’s Economy and Environment,” organized by New America Media May 25 at the offices of KSJO/KLOK.