From: Fred Eisenhammer of Agoura Hills, 818-597-0553, firstname.lastname@example.org
To: George Miller, Ventura County Tea Party
Re: Former local resident Eric Eisenhammer of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers organization urges Thousand Oaks Tea Party Patriots to fight tax hikes as featured speaker on Jan. 17
Eric Eisenhammer of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.
Stirs Thousand Oaks Tea Party to Fight Tax Increases
Eric Eisenhammer, the director of grassroots operations for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., rallied members of the Thousand Oaks Tea Party to help fight tax increases during a speech before the group Jan. 17.
About 70 members of the local tea party group listened to Eisenhammer speak about such topics as the economic and fiscal climate of California and upcoming tax initiatives during his one-hour talk at BJ’s Restaurant in Westlake Village.
Eisenhammer, a former Agoura Hills resident, was most passionate on the subject of tax increases. He said a raft of bills to increase taxes was on the docket. But he expressed optimism the bills would be defeated.
“We will defeat the tax increases just like we defeated Prop. 1A,” said Eisenhammer, who lives in Roseville, Calif., just outside of Sacramento.
Eisenhammer served as the point person for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.’s campaign that opposed Prop. 1A in the May 2009 special election.
“Prop. 1A was a $16-billion tax increase,” Eisenhammer said. “It would have increased sales tax and income tax. We were outspent, 20-1, but we defeated the tax increase, 2-1. And it was because of the tea party movement that it was defeated.
“We need to get spending under control (in Sacramento).”
Eisenhammer pointed out that a hostile tax climate kills jobs. “Over the last three years, California has lost 1.2 million jobs and unemployment stands at 12%, a figure that does not even count those who have grown so discouraged that they have given up looking for work,” Eisenhammer said.
He said that one survey found 84% of California's business owners would not locate a new business in the state. Eisenhammer added that California just passed Louisiana, the state with the worst credit rating in the U.S.
Eisenhammer is the founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to affordable energy, economic freedom and a return to prosperity. He has been with Howard Jarvis, a California-based, low-tax political organization for four years.
Howard Jarvis gained most of its recognition for leading the campaign to pass Prop. 13, the property-tax reduction initiative, in 1978.
Eisenhammer added: “We’re going to defeat all the tax increases. The right solution is a spending cap. And that’s what Howard Jarvis is proposing . . . . We’re going to make it into the ballot. We feel we have a great chance of passing it with all the Supermen and Superwomen in this room.”
Eisenhammer, 29, graduated from Agoura High School in 2000 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Cal State Northridge.
He first came to Sacramento to serve as a fellow for Sen. Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) after interning for then-Sen. Tom McClintock in Thousand Oaks. Eisenhammer is currently pursuing a master’s in public policy and administration at Cal State University Sacramento. He recently was interviewed on the Jim Lehrer PBS NewsHour about his energy views.