You mean we're spending taxpayer money...

... on lobbying fights over taxpayer money? I suppose at this point it's to be expected, but such soft corruption tears at the very fabric of our civic soul:

Cities and counties joust with each other over shares of the property tax, they join forces to battle with the state government over its periodic raids on local government treasuries, while governors spar with the Legislature.

Our state and local governmental structure's obsession with factional power struggles contributes heavily to its utter disconnection from the public's legitimate business – thus encouraging single-purpose interest groups to bypass it altogether and use the ballot to advance their causes.

These very well articulated sentences are from Dan Walters, who is always an insightful resource for California Big Think.