Because the Underground’s Crack Legislative Team never sleeps, they’ve managed to unearth yet another story that will fundamentally alter the fly fishing experience for millions of California anglers.
Or, just the uniforms of hundreds of wardens (via MSNBC.com):
“The game wardens themselves have been doing a TV show called ‘CalWild’,” says Pasadena Assemblyman Anthony Portantino. “So we have CalTrans, we have Cal Fire, CalFire, so the game wardens said why don’t we use the phrase CalWild?”
Portantino says calling the department “Fish and Game” is outdated. His bill would change the name to the “California Department of Fish and Wildlife.” Cal-Wild — “Cal-Wild” for short.
“This is an attempt to reflect the mission of the department and reflect a contemporary appreciation of wildlife,” Portantino says. He adds that there are cost-saving measures built into his legislation. New signs, uniforms, even stationary would only change when it is necessary to buy new ones.
But a legislative analysis has shown that just changing the department’s website and designing a new logo would still cost anywhere from $250,000 to $400,000.
So let’s get this straight.
The state budget is so far underwater you’d need James Cameron’s mini-sub to even find it, yet now’s the time to launch an expensive makeover of a department that can’t even keep a reasonable number of wardens in the field?
Then again, maybe it’s time they did away with those unflattering tan uniforms. Maybe a nice puce or avocado (I got it: mauve) would boost morale.
I know it would be easier to apprehend perpetrators while they’re laughing too hard to do anything but wet themselves.
And yes, I know exactly what you’re thinking.
“At $400K to design a logo and simply install it in an existing website, why isn’t the Underground chasing lucrative state web contracts instead of working for the under-paying private sector?”
Sadly, the L&T just asked exactly the same question.
For which I have no good answer.
See you changing the Underground’s name to “Cal-ManlyFlyFisher,” Tom Chandler.