August 17, 2017
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Bernstein With a Twist
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Episode
My heart goes out to RivCo supes John Tavaglione and Marion Ashley, charter members of the $50K Klub.

As reported in Tuesday's P-E, Tavaglione has a $54,000 car (compliments of the taxpayers) loaded with junk he doesn't even want! And Ashley got a $53,000 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (compliments of the taxpayers) because, well, he appears to be the state's only homeless county supervisor.

"I live in this car," he declared. That explains the heated leather seats.

All Tavaglione wanted was a simple four-wheel drive SUV so he could navigate his district's dirt roads in luxury instead of borrowing a county truck. And he wanted a trailer hitch so he could pull the occasional distressed constituent out of a ditch. ("Help is on the way, Captain Considine!"). Instead, he got the works.

"I made it clear that I did not want the DVD (player)," he told the P-E. "But there was no choice." They held him down and force fed him like a goose. He fought back with Seussian ferocity.

I do not want that DVD

I do not want it, can't you see?

I will not take it, I might sue

I'll hold my breath till I turn blue!

But he's only a supervisor. His hands were tied. They weighed him down with a sunroof, Bose speakers and lousy mileage! What could he do? Send his 2009 Yukon back to Purchasing? Demand (obscene word alert) a minivan to squire his staff around rugged Rubidoux?
Episode Date: February 27, 2009
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