While I used to believe that the people sent to Sacramento were
somewhat intelligent and grasped the meaning of simple terms, such as
what it means to be a squatter, I now have my doubts, at least with
respect to the former assemblyman.
As a longtime and full-time resident of El Morro Village, I can
state that I -- along with the other members of the community -- am
not and have never been a squatter.
The rent for my lease space has been determined by the state of
California, pursuant to two separate leases for the past 25 years. I
have paid this rental rate as set by the state for the past 25 years
and several months. As such, I am not a squatter.
While the taxpayers and Ferguson can debate whether or not the
rent is up to market value, I did not set the rent or even negotiate
it -- the state of California did so unilaterally.
Ferguson appears to have had a longstanding dislike for my
community and the rent, but why didn't he do something about it
during his long tenure in the Assembly, during the time that he was
serving the taxpayers?
RAYMOND E. ACOSTA