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Monday, May 13 2013 11:00 AM

'First Look': Sustainable government a hot topic

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    J.P. Lake of Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government talks about the organization's work with Californian editorial page editor Robert Price on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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An issue advocacy organization that got its start when Measure D pension reform was on the ballot continues to take on two to three issues each year.

That's the word from J.P. Lake of Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government, one of the founders of the nonprofit who talked about its efforts Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The non-partisan group encourages government practices that promote economic growth and create jobs, according to its website.

Recently the group facilitated meetings between the Oildale Mutual Water Co. and North of the River Municipal Water District, and a lawsuit was set aside, Lake said.

Lake talked with Californian editorial page editor Robert Price about an event held Thursday night with speaker Frank Luntz. It focused on how choice of words can make a huge difference, and choosing words the public understands matters.

Lake said to him the word "sustainable" is about government being a good steward, and being efficient.

Price asked Lake what he thinks about separate but common facilities for city and county animal control functions. Lake said it does not make sense to him; the group is working on some ideas -- such as a community town hall meeting -- to get the public engaged in that issue.

The group's website is kerncitizens.org.



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