Sacramento legislators are quaking in their boots, according to Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.


"Let me give you some good news, folks," he told the crowd at an open house for his new office in the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center on Thursday evening, "We are winning!"


He cheered Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of a proposed budget, which he called a "sham paycheck-protection budget," put forth by legislators to meet the demands of last year's Prop. 98. The proposition withholds legislators' pay if they have not passed a balanced budget by June 15. (California Controller Ken Chiang ultimately ruled that the budget actually ran a $1.9 billion deficit and withheld their pay anyway.)


"It is you who have created this victory that the people have right now," Donnelly (R-59) said, as voters have risen up and told the legislature they've had enough.


"Sacramento is in chaos, because they don't know how to deal with the people saying 'no,'" he said. "Government should fear the people. It was given by the Creator to the people."


The freshman legislator said the next step is enacting "real reform."


"The reform is when we force them to cut the spending so it's within our means," he said. "We need to look at what laws we can repeal, what regulations we can shove down my shredder until we have 2.5 million [currently unemployed] Californians back at work."


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11.7 of Californians were unemployed in May. In San Bernardino County, the figure was 13.2 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department.


Donnelly made the remarks at the open house for his new office in Hesperia's Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center, where various county departments and First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, also have branch offices. The new office saves him more than $2,000 a month in rent over his previous office, he told those assembled.


"When you've got an issue, come to this office," Donnelly said, "So we can help you solve it."


Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's office is located in the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center at 15900 Smoke Tree Street, Suite 100, in Hesperia. For more information, call (760) 244-5277.


Friday night, Donnelly will be attending a dinner thrown by the Victor Valley Republican Club at the Percy Bakker Center at 9333 E Avenue in Hesperia. Tickets are $25. Call (760) 956-2361 for more information.


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