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Proposition 19: legalizes recreational marijuana use. Proposition 19, also known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 -

If approved by voters, will legalize various marijuana-related activities, allow local governments to regulate these activities, permit local governments (but not the state government) to impose and collect marijuana-related fees and taxes and authorize various criminal and civil penalties.

Arguments in favor

  • Create between 60,000 and 110,000 new jobs in California
  • Generate between $1.2 billion and $1.4 billion in new direct tax revenue annually
  • Expand California's economy by between $16 billion and $23 billion annually
  • Reduce violence in California and Mexico
  • Free up law enforcement resources to focus on violent crime and property crime.
  • Reduce environmental damage to California's public lands from illegal grow operations.
  • Reduce prison costs and prison overcrowding
  • Reduce funding to drug cartels, who currently get about 70% of their revenue from illegal cannabis sales
  • Reduce police corruption
  • Improve the relationship between police and the communities they serve
  • Reduce alcohol's cost to society by allowing adults to choose a safer alternative

Arguments against

  • Skip Miller, a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Miller Barondess and chairman of D.A.R.E. America, a drug-abuse prevention program, says, "Two beliefs drive this push to make pot legal: that new tax revenue will stave off deeper budget cuts and that marijuana is a relatively benign drug. Neither is true. Legalization almost certainly would bring with it additional substance abuse in the state, and the long-term public costs associated with that would vastly exceed the relatively modest amount of new revenue legal weed might bring in.
  • Full legalization will lead people to consume marijuana without the advice or guidance of a medical professional, and that could be dangerous for a number of people.
BOTTOM LINE - THIS WILL CREATE ANOTHER CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT BUREAU THAT WILL HAVE TO BE STAFFED AND FUNDED BY YOUR TAX DOLLARS. THE CLAIMS OF THE PROPONENTS OF THIS PROPOSITION STATE THAT TAXES COLLECTED WILL PAY FOR THIS NEW AGENCY. WE DO NOT AGREE.
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Proposition 20: adds Congressional reapportionment to the authority of the citizens redistricting commission created by Prop 11 of 2008 - voters first Act for Congress -

Official summary: Removes elected representatives from the process of establishing congressional districts and transfers that authority to the recently-authorized 14-member redistricting commission. Redistricting commission is comprised of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four voters registered with neither party. Requires that any newly-proposed district lines be approved by nine commissioners including three Democrats, three Republicans, and three from neither party.

Estimated fiscal impact: Probably no significant change in state redistricting costs.

The Congressional Redistricting Initiative, if approved by voters, will:

  • Add the task of re-drawing congressional district boundaries to the commission created by Proposition 11.
  • Define a "community of interest" as "a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation. Examples of such shared interests are those common to an urban area, an industrial area, or an agricultural area, and those common to areas in which the people share similar living standards, use the same transportation facilities, have similar work opportunities, or have access to the same media of communication relevant to the election process."

Ballot language was filed by Charles Munger. He was a supporter of Proposition 11 in 2008, which created a new way for political districts to be drawn for California's state legislators and its state Board of Equalization.

A competing initiative that may also qualify for the November 2 ballot, the Financial Accountability in Redistricting Act, seeks to repeal Proposition 11.

Congressional re-districting

If this initiative does not succeed, the next Governor of California and members of the California State Legislature will, as before, choose how to draw lines for however many U.S. Congressional districts California is determined to be entitled to after the 2010 census. Estimates are that California will have somewhere between 52 and 54 seats in congress after those census calculations are completed.

From 2000 to 2010, the population in California has undergone a major shift eastward, with people moving to California's inland areas from its coastal enclaves. This means that California's congressional district boundaries will certainly undergo major upheaval after the 2010 census. As one example, the San Francisco Bay Area grew less than 1% since the last redistricting, while the Central Valley area has grown by 21%. Los Angeles County has grown 5%, while San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties have grown by 17%. Another notable factor is that California's population hasn't grown, relative to the population of the rest of the United States, and may even have proportionally shrunk. California may even lose one or two seats.

BOTTOM LINE - WE WANT TO BE IN CHARGE OF OUR DISTRICTS. INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS, NOT THECALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE, SHOULD MAKE THESE DECISIIONS.

Funding for State Parks Initiative Prop 21

Proposition 21 -

A. Imposes a $18.00 VLF ( vehicle lic fee) on ALL California Car Registrations as well as motor cycle, and boat fees etc. The purpose is to create a "Trust Fund" (piggy bank) For the State Park System. It purports to provide free day use of the State Parks, if the initiative is passed.

B. Imposing a fee or TAX on everyone that registers a vehicle in California whether or not they use the park isn't right or prudent.

C. Given California's' notorious financial problems, creating a trust fund under the cloak of keeping the parks open and FREE, is an invitation to the powers that be, to raid the fund when they are in a jam, instead of curtailing spending. TheCalifornia recycling program is a prime example of this type of reckless spending.

D. California Parks have a 1 Billion dollar backlog in maintenance and repairs. I am sure there is a long list of Union Companies that stand to benefit from this new fee. This proposition if passed uses 1 percent of the revenue for "administrative and oversight" costs, also establishes a "Citizen Oversight Committee". We have no idea what kind of cronyism will be going on if this is passed.

E. and last but not least, the backers of this prop has heavy Union Backing. Nurses, Teachers, California NAACP, Seirra Club, Tree Huggers INTL. <-------(that wasn"t a joke), Casa Nicaraugua, Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment just to name a few. It is a Progressives dream.

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Proposition 22 - Ballot title: Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government Projects and Services. Bars state government from taking, borrowing, shifting or restricting use of tax revenues dedicated by law to fund local government, community redevelopment or transportation projects -

The goal is to "wall off" money in local government budgets from the state government. The initiative would prohibit the state from taking local government, transit and transportation funds. Proposition 1A in 2004 and Proposition 1A in 2006 allow the state government to borrow from some categories of local funds during fiscal emergencies.

Chris McKenzie, executive director of the League of California Cities, says of the current system that it is "unsustainable, and we want to make sure that local services are not sacrificed because of the inability of state leaders to manage the state budget."

State borrowing - In 2009, the California State Legislature borrowed about $5 billion from city, county, transit, redevelopment and special district funds. Joshua Shaw, Executive Director of the California Transit Association, and Amy O'Gorman, Regional Public Affairs Director of the League of California Cities are pitching political advocacy groups around the state for their support of this initiative. In their pitch, Shaw and O'Gorman say that since 1992, the state government has taken $11.2 billion in locally approved tax measures for the general fund.

Under the proposal, the state would not be allowed to borrow or take revenue derived from locally imposed taxes, such as hotel taxes, parcel taxes, utility taxes, and sales taxes. These local taxpayer dollars are dedicated to cities, counties, special districts and redevelopment agencies and are used to fund public safety, emergency response, and other local government services. Local public transit and transportation funds, including funds from the Proposition 42 gas tax, HUTA gas tax. Also, if the ballot proposition is approved, when a local government entity sues the state government under the law and wins, the state comptroller must automatically appropriate the funds needed to pay to that local government the funds that the court has decided it is owed.

Official summary: Prohibits the State from shifting, taking, borrowing, or restricting the use of tax revenues dedicated by law to fund local government services, community redevelopment projects, or transportation projects and services. Prohibits the State from delaying the distribution of tax revenues for these purposes even when the Governor deems it necessary due to a severe state fiscal hardship.

Estimated fiscal impact: Significant constraints on state authority over city, county, special district, and redevelopment agency funds. As a result, higher and more stable local resources, potentially affecting billions of dollars in some years. Commensurate reductions in state resources, resulting in major decreases in state spending and/or increases in state revenues.

Arguments against

  • Proposition 22 would create a wall that will prevent state borrowing in times of economic crisis.
BOTTOM LINE - This will stop state government from taking, borrowing, shifting or restricting use of tax revenues dedicated by law to fund local government, community redevelopment or transportation projects.
NEW INFO ON PROP 22:

Quick info on Prop 22 - It very much favors urban areas. For rural counties it will concentrate monies in the cities and leave the county areas where many people live without resources. In southern CA it's probably not an issue but northern CA will be dramatically affected. Most of our populations live outside city limits and now they won't be able to use monies for projects.

I looked today and did not find anything updated from the text I have been through. I find most people are for it, the League of Women's Voters are staying neutral on the issue. There was a law suit filed by backers because they don't feel like the phrase, "local government" was used enough.
Here are my findings.
Prop. 22, Local Taxpayer, Public Safety, and Transportation Act of 2010 (version 2) Revised Dec. 4, 2009
Proponents: Joshua Shaw, Christopher K. McKenzie, and James N. Earp

My grounds for a NO vote - the bad in this measure outweighs the many good things.

We need something to cut off the diversions of the monies, but this has a hole bigger than Texas by allowing our Governor to declare fiscal hardship (we are there but no one sees this??) and raise our property taxes.

In past years BILLIONS of dollars in local property tax have been hijacked by politicians in Sac. The monies should have been used for local emergency services. There are many good limits in this proposition to keep the politicians from "borrowing" out local taxes. However, in Section Four of 1B the "acting Governor has the power to issue a proclamation that declares that, DUE TO A STATE FISCAL HARDSHIP", they can negate the modification in which ad valorem property tax revenues are allocated. Pursuant to a bill passed in each house of the Legislature by roll call vote entered in the journal, two thirds of the membership concurring, the statute must not contain any other provision. The Legislature may change by statute two or more specifically identified local agencies within a county, with the approval of the governing body of each of those agencies, to enter into a contract to exchange allocations of ad valorem property tax revenues for revenues derived from a tax rate imposed under the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law. The exchange under this subparagraph (2c) of revenues derived from a tax rate imposed under that law SHALL NOT require voter approval for the continued imposition of any portion of an existing tax rate from which those revenues are derived. They have to repay the taxes in full within 3 years. There is a severability clause in this.

From Walnut Creek organizer:

I thought you might want to forward this info to the person or group that studied prop 22. It sounds like we may be duped if we vote yes on this proposition. I'm thinking we need to vote no. Please pass this info on and consider it before you take a stance on this. thanks.

I rarely read Tom Barnidge's column in the Times but his August 4 column lauding the $12 million dollar bridge over Treat Boulevard caught my eye. Unfortunately Barnidge missed the real story about this unneeded bridge.

The real story is that the bridge was built with county Redevelopment Agency funds. Where does that agency get its money? It siphons off property tax dollars that should be going to schools, fire, police and other necessary government agencies.

Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs) control about 30% of urbanized land inCalifornia. 12% of all property taxes are seized by these agencies. Statewide that amounts to $65 billion annually in funds diverted from counties, cities, school, fire and police districts.

Now let's go back to the Treat bridge. I was a member of the 2002-03 Grand Jury where we did an investigation of the Pleasant Hill BART Station county redevelopment area. Please take time to read that report at http://www.cc-courts.org/_data/n_0038/resources/live/0306rpt.htm.

Among the conclusions was: "The expenditure of some $4 million for a bridge over Treat Blvd. is improper. Whatever the increase in pedestrian or bicycle traffic, the building of the bridge is not an appropriate use of redevelopment dollars". And, of course, the Grand Jury recommendation was, "Do not proceed further with plans to build the bridge over Treat Blvd".

The stated reason for the bridge back in 2003 was that it would increase bicycle and pedestrian traffic into the BART station and increase BART ridership. The agency admitted that it had a consultant's report that said the bridge would not do that. When queried why they were building the bridge in the face of that report, the response was, "because we can".

That comment illustrates the arrogance of RDAs. They are largely unsupervised and can do whatever they want with impunity.

According to Barnidge, the final cost of the "bridge to nowhere" is $12 million. Just think what schools or fire or police districts could do with that.


Unfortunately there is Proposition 22 on the November ballot masquerading as a "protect local revenues" measure. If passed the only thing Prop 22 does is codify RDA protection into the state Constitution (preventing the state from taking RDA money for other things like schools). The county Board of Supervisors voted in July to oppose it.

With the miserable performance of RDAs and their seizing of billions of property tax dollars that should be used for essential services, we can't let that happen. Those dollars should be available for those essential services, not unnecessary and expensive bridges.

Barnidge closed his column with this comment about the bridge, 'A government project that the public likes'. Too bad he didn't follow Paul Harvey's lead and tell the rest of the story.

Local city diverts public monies to CRA. Another reason to OPPOSE Prop 22.

In case you have not read about this Oakley situation, here is Katy Grimes account:

Redevelopment giveaway for Oakley?

AUGUST 31, 2010

By KATY GRIMES

A small Contra Costa city appears to have an unusual amount of pull in the Capitol. A bill working through the Legislature would designate property tax revenues from a proposed power plant in the small city of Oakley, to specifically benefit the city's redevelopment agency.

With barely more than 33,250 people and only 10,523 households in Oakley, using state legislation to create a financing stream for the city's redevelopment agency has many questioning the bill.

Authored by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, SB1398 is a "district specific" bill that the bill summary says "will provide greater financial benefits to the Oakley Redevelopment Agency to host a power generating facility. Communities that are willing to host these facilities should be provided adequate resources to address any and all impacts that may arise and to provide additional benefits to the community."

DeSaulnier said that under existing property tax laws, any tax allocation the agency would normally receive from a new power plant is too small and insignificant. This bill revises property tax allocation formulas to allow property tax revenues from a new public utility power plant proposed to be built in Oakley, to be allocated to the Oakley Redevelopment Agency.

But recent legislative analysis is not favorable: "The bill redirects about $2.7 million of property taxes within the county, and reduces funds that would otherwise be available for low-income housing. Of this total, $500,000 would be from the City of Oakley (where the RDA is located) and $2.2 million from various water, sanitary, park, hospital, and other special districts within ContraCosta County."

One analysis stated, "The Committee may wish to ask the author why additional compensation is needed by the redevelopment agency when no new services are being provided to residents by the redevelopment agency."

Based upon the 2006 bill SB1317 (Torlakson), which created the current incentive for cities and counties to approve new power plants by allocating additional property tax revenues to the community in which the plant is built, DeSaulnier's bill specifies the Oakley Redevelopment agency to financially benefit from property taxes. The bill is even sponsored by the agency, and has support from the county's building and construction labor union coalition.

The California Public Utilities Commission denied PG&E 's original application to build the Oakley power plant because of "falling energy demands in this poor economy." The Contra Costa Times reported that PG&E had several other power plant projects already under way, including one in Antioch, and said the utilities commission singled out the Oakley plant for rejection because of environmental concerns and the need to reduce capacity. While the first application was denied, the PUC gave PG&E permission to resubmit the Oakley project at a later date.

The Contra Costa Times reported in July, "The proposed natural gas-fired Oakley plant would have occupied 22 acres near the Oakley-Antioch border with a generating capacity of 624 megawatts, and had been contracted by PG&E to Danville-based Radback Energy Inc."

There are many things wrong with the bill according to David Wolfe, Legislative Director for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. According to Wolfe, SB 1398 provides that the additional property tax revenues that will go to the Oakley Redevelopment Agency will not count as "tax increment." Tax increment is the primary income source that redevelopment agencies receive and use on redevelopment projects.

By not counting as "tax increment," the additional property tax revenues will go entirely to the Redevelopment Agency. Rather than focusing on actual projects that eradicate blight as redevelopment agencies are charged with, under SB 1398, the additional revenues will be used for the redevelopment agency operations, according to Wolfe.

According to Senate analysis, the bill will allow that the additional property tax revenues do not have to be used according to existing law. The law requires that 20% of the tax increment is set aside for low and moderate-income housing.Redevelopment Agencies usually can only receive tax increment to be specifically used for the "eradication of blight" and "the creation of low and moderate-income housing."

Wolfe said opponents of the bill are greatly concerned that SB 1398 could be precedence setting legislation, because it will make a huge shift in the funding for redevelopment agencies, and would allow the Oakley agency to utilize these additional funds for any purpose, since the funds would be deemed property tax revenue and not tax increment.

Senate analysis stated, "The Committee may wish to consider whether it is prudent to make such a fundamental shift in policy concerning redevelopment law."

"This bill creates winners and losers," Senate analysis states. "The Oakley Redevelopment Agency would receive increased revenues under the bill's provisions; however, several special districts in the area would lose revenue. The Committee may wish to consider whether it is prudent to get in the middle of a local issue by taking sides, thus picking winners and losers."

DeSaulnier posted a fact sheet on his Web site for the bill, which says, "This bill will help the Oakley Redevelopment Agency, which is currently planning to host a new, state of the art, air cooled, 600 megawatt power generation facility, the Oakley Generating Station (OGS)."

The bill's sponsors include the Oakley Redevelopment Agency, Contra CostaBuilding and Construction Trades Council, Diablo Water District, Ironhouse Sanitary District, and Oakley Chamber of Commerce.

Opposition includes the California Special Districts Association, and anti-tax group, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Officials for the city of Oakley have noted "that while the power plant would provide jobs during the construction phase of the facility, it will not necessarily provide significant annual revenues to the hosting jurisdiction if SB 1398 does not pass," meaning that the city of Oakley would not benefit financially without DeSaulnier's bill targeting the power plant property tax revenue.

This bill requires a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature (Proposition 1A, 2004).

I know it is a tough one, but this prop is designed to confuse us into thinking we should support it. Please check this link out that a patriot sent me. It spells out exactly what the dangers are in this bill and there are many!!! Go to this link and see for yourself. Chuck DeVore also single handedly changed the GOP stance on this prop.

For more backup re: No on 22 - the most outspoken guy on this is

Assemblyman Chris Norby, and I plan to attend his conference in October.

http://www.flashreport.org/featured-columns-library0b.php?faID=2010...

http://cp.perfora.net/X?p=&v=000000002594DDB970C4F51B&t=cp
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Proposition 23: rolls back AB 32, the states landmark greenhouse gas emissions law, until the states unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters -

AB 32 was enacted in 2006. The goal of AB 32 is to cap state-created greenhouse gases by 2020, based on 1990 emissions. Steps taken under AB 32 include retrofits on diesel engines and new devices on gas pumps. AB 32 has been described by the Wall Street Journal as "theGolden State's version of a cap-and-trade carbon tax."

Arguments made against AB 32 include:

  • Implementation costs "could easily exceed $100 billion", according to a 2009 study by economists at the California State University atSacramento and commissioned by the California Small Business Roundtable.
  • The same study says that AB 32 will raise the cost of living by $3,857 per household each year by 2020.
  • According to Assemblyman Dan Logue, AB32 will cost California 1 million jobs.

AB 32 is likely to become a factor in California's 2010 gubernatorial election. This is because the next Governor of California, by the terms of AB 32, has the power to suspend AB 32 regardless of whether the initiative passes.

Meg Whitman has said that she would act to freeze AB 32 for a year or more. - Jerry Brown says that he would support "adjusting" some features of AB 32 but that he generally supports it and would not suspend it.

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Arguments in favor of Proposition 23

  • Assemblyman Dan Logue: "The primary issue here is jobs. We need to concentrate on creating jobs and economic prosperity now.

Jim Kellogg, secretary-treasurer of the State Building & Construction Trades Council says, "I don't doubt that there will be more green jobs inCalifornia, perhaps even thousands of them; however, we don't want to put at risk the millions of well-paying, blue-collar jobs that put bread on the table right now. We need to make sure we do our homework, ask the tough questions and make adjustments as necessary to implement AB 32 in a way that reduces greenhouse gases without hurting millions of families in this state.

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association. A spokesperson said that if AB 32 is implemented as planned, it would be the "death knell for scores of manufacturing jobs.

When AB 32 was signed, the unemployment rate in California was 4.8%. In January 2010, California's unemployment rate had crept over 12% and 2.25 million Californians were unemployed. In March 2010, it was learned that 8 of California's 58 counties have an unemployment rate exceeding 20%. The last time that the unemployment rate in California was below 5.5% was in 2007. Since 2001,California has lost 34% of its manufacturing jobs

BOTTOM LINE - BUSINESSES IN CALIFORNIA ARE SUFFERING UNDER THE BURDEN OF AB32. WE HAVE SEEN SEVERE JOB LOSSES AND BUSINESSES LOCATING TO FRIENDLIER STATES BECAUSE OF THIS ONEROUS LAW. LET'S CREATE A JOB FRIENDLY, BUSINESS FRIENDLY ENVIORNMENT NOW SO THAT WE CAN AGAIN CREATE A VIGOROUS CALIFORNIA ECONOMY.

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Proposition 24: repeals recently enacted corporate tax breaks letting businesses carry back losses, share tax credits, and use a sales-based income calculation to lower taxable income.

BOTTOM LINE - DO WE REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE MORE BUSINESSES TO LEAVE AND GO TO ANOTHER STATE THAT IS MORE BUSINESS FRIENDLY?

Proposition 25: Reduces legislative vote requirement to pass a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority. California Proposition 25, the Majority Vote for the Legislature to Pass the Budget Act -

The goal of the proposal is to end the current requirement in the state that two-thirds of the members of the California State Legislaturemust vote in favor of the state's budget in order for a budget to be enacted. It also requires state legislators to forfeit their pay in years where they have failed to pass a budget in a timely fashion.

Official summary: Changes the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority. Provides that if the Legislature fails to pass a budget bill by June 15, all members of the Legislature will permanently forfeit any reimbursement for salary and expenses for every day until the day the Legislature passes a budget bill.

Estimated fiscal impact: Unknown changes in the content of the state budget from lowering the legislative vote requirement for passage. Fiscal impact would depend on the composition and actions of future Legislatures. Minor reduction in state costs related to compensation of legislators in years when the budget bill is passed after June 15.

BOTTOM LINE - THE LEGISLATURE IS SPENDING TOO MUCH OF OUR MONEY NOW. IF WE GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE IT EASIER ON THEM, THEIR SPENDING HABITS WILL ONLY GET WORSE.

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Proposition 26: Increases legislative vote requirement to impose state levies and charges from a simple majority to two-thirds.

California Proposition 26, or the Supermajority vote to Pass New Taxes and Fees Act. Increases legislative vote requirement to two-thirds for state levies and charges, with limited exceptions. Changes Constitution to require voters to approve, either by two-thirds or majority, local levies and charges with limited exceptions.

Estimated fiscal impact: Potentially major decrease in state and local revenues and spending, depending upon future actions of the Legislature, local governing bodies, and local voters

The proposed initiative would require a two-thirds supermajority vote in the California State Legislature to pass many fees, levies, charges and tax revenue allocations that under existing rules can be enacted by a simple majority vote. Supporters of the initiative call it the Stop Hidden Taxes initiative, because they believe that fees, levies, and so on imposed by the California government amount to taxes, and should therefore require the same supermajority vote required to enact income or sales tax increases. According to Allen Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, "The Stop Hidden Taxes initiative will prohibit politicians from using a loophole to raise even more taxes by disguising them as fees. Right now, elected officials at the state and local level pass higher taxes by labeling taxes as "fees" so they can pass or increase them with a 50% vote instead of the two-thirds required by law - and in the case of many local taxes, enact them without a public vote. We need theStop Hidden Taxes initiative to close this loophole. Higher taxes and fees make it more difficult for businesses to stay in California - the very businesses that employ Californians, create jobs and generate revenue for our state. Increasing employment and growing the economy are crucial to California's recovery.

Arguments in favor

  • Susan Shafer, a spokeswoman for the "Stop Hidden Taxes" campaign, says, "Legislators have been using the loophole of only needing 50 percent to pass a fee, but what we're saying is that they should have a two-thirds vote, because what they are really passing are taxes, not fees.
  • Teresa Casazza, president of the California Taxpayers Association, says, "Instead of using gimmicks to pass or increase hidden taxes on products and services that Californians use every day, legislators will need a two-thirds vote as required by our state Constitution.

Opponents

The California Tax Reform Association is one of "an array of good-government and environmental groups, who see the latest proposal as simply a vast corporate loophole. They angrily contend that companies cloak themselves as the defenders of jobs and fairness, when in fact they are gaming the system to maximize profits.

BOTTOM LINE - LET'S NOT MAKE IT ANY EASIER FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO PILE ON MORE TAXES UNDER THE GUISE OF FEES. THIS NEEDS TO STOP.

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Proposition 27: eliminates citizens redistricting commission created by Prop. 11 of 2008, putting all reapportionment authority back in the Legislatures hands. -

California Proposition 27, Elimination of the Citizen Redistricting Commission - Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives.

Official summary: Eliminates 14-member redistricting commission selected from applicant pool picked by government auditors. Consolidates authority for establishing state Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization district boundaries with elected state representatives responsible for drawing congressional districts. Reduces budget, and imposes limit on amount Legislature may spend, for redistricting. Provides that voters will have the authority to reject district boundary maps approved by the Legislature. Requires populations of all districts for the same office to be exactly the same.

Estimated fiscal impact (summary): Likely decrease in state redistricting costs totaling several million dollars every ten years.

If approved, this measure will repeal California Proposition 11 (2008), which authorized the creation of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. It would also modify the provision in California law that says that proposed congressional districts can't be subjected to a veto referendum.

According to political journalist Shane Goldmacher, Democratic political strategists say that this initiative can be seen as a political tactic to defeat the Congressional Redistricting Initiative, which is likely to be on the November 2, 2010 ballot: "Democratic political strategists say the best way to ensure a 'no' vote this fall on the congressional [reform] measure]] is to confuse the public further with a second ballot measure on the already head spinning topic of political line drawing.

Arguments in favor

  • "Under current law, three randomly selected accountants decide who can be one of the fourteen unelected commissioners who head a bureaucracy that wields the power to decide who represents us. This reform will ensure that those who make the decisions are accountable to the voters and that all their decisions are subject to approval by the voters. "A group of unelected commissioners, making up to $1 million a year in cumulative salary, preside over a budget that cannot be cut even when state revenues are shrinking.

Opposition

  • Ian Johnson of The Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College says, "The California Democratic redistricting machine is worried. Led by Congressman Howard Berman and his consultant brother Michael, they controlled the state's bipartisan incumbent-protection gerrymander in 2001. Now their control is threatened by an initiative that would place Congressional redistricting within the mandate of the Citizens Redistricting Commission. Congressman Berman and his allies are responding with a misleading measure aimed at confusing voters, apparently conceding that they cannot win the debate on the merits of their views...In one respect, FAIR is a positive sign: when the beneficiaries of the status quo are forced to resort to deception to preserve their positions, it is a sign they are desperate. Clearly, even they can see which way the winds of change are blowing.
  • John Kabateck, executive director of the California branch of the National Federation of Independent Business. He says, "Enough is enough. Decades of cynical, self-serving behavior from politicians has helped plummet this state into a fiscal and economic abyss. We need to be able to hold our elected officials accountable when they don't do the job we elected them to do. One way to ensure that politicians remain accountable to voters is by taking the power to draw political district lines from the very politicians who stand to personally benefit from the outcome
  • Now their control is threatened by an initiative that would place Congressional redistricting within the mandate of the Citizens Redistricting Commission
  • Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
BOTTOM LINE - THE LEGISLATURE WANTS TO CONTINUE TO USE REDISTRICTING AS A POLITICAL TOOL TO PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM THE OUTCOME. AGAIN, POLITICS AS USUAL. THERE IS A REASON WE PASSED PROPOSITION 11 IN 2008 TO CREATE A UNBIASED CITIZEN RESTRICTING COMMISSION. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT POLITICIANS REMAIN ACCOUNTABLE TO VOTERS BY NOT GIVING THEM BACK THE POWER TO DRAW POLITICAL DISTRICT LINES WHEN THEY PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM THE OUTCOME.

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“consequently, that the ultimate right of the parties to the Constitution (i.e. the States), to judge whether the compact has been dangerously violated, must extend to violations by one delegated authority as well as by another--by the judiciary as well as by the executive, or the legislature.” Virginia Assembly Report 1800, James Madison. 

If a nation can't define its boundaries, who comes in and on what terms, then it can't sustain itself culturally, financially, politically, morally and with security.  It's not a nation.- G. Miller 

McCain remarks from inside the Egy territory to the W.Post insults the Egy sovereignty.we consider him persona non grata.an unwelcome person— Egyptian Cabinet (@Cabinet_eg) August 6, 2013

"A lawyer is a person who knows the law" (Black’s Law Dictionary & other.) "It is said that all persons are presumed to know the law, meaning that ignorance of the Law excuses no one." (16 AM JUR 2D Sec. 178, 256.) Therefore all persons are presumed to be Lawyers.- Randy Due (illegally klidnapped by FBI and detained) 

A federal government which does not derive its lawful and limited authority from the Constitution of the United States is by definition an occupation government and criminal regime.  It’s authority is null and void and no one is bound by any rule of law to obey it.  --Donald L. Cline

When Party Loyalty Demands You Support a Creep, It's Time to Walk Away-- Jim Geraghty

Everybody is still talking about the other baby, the royal baby. In fact, I saw that President Obama released a statement congratulating Prince William and Kate Middleton on the birth of their son. Then he said, “And whatever you do — hang on to that birth certificate.” - Jimmy Fallon

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”-- Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Bounel Soebarkah

"And if you didn't know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your head."-  Quang Nguyen

Solution to the problem in Egypt :

They want a new Muslim leader, Give them ours. 

The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth.

-          Roger Ailes, Fox News

When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could You please get that for me.

- unknown

"There are 27 amendments in the Constitution but only one says 'shall not be infringed,'" Steve Toth said. "The Second Amendment is the amendment that keeps the people free."

“The States then being the parties to the constitutional compact, and in their sovereign capacity, it follows of necessity, that there can be no tribunal above their authority, to decide in the last resort, whether the compact made by them be violated; and consequently that as the parties to it, they must themselves decide in the last resort, such questions as may be of sufficient magnitude to require their interposition.” – James Madison 

"When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred." - Niccolo Machiavelli

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” - "Obama", 2008

"A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again."

This country does not need to have a conversation about how many bullets should go in a clip. It does need to have a conversation about how many parents should go in a family. It needs to talk about the ghettos of Obamerica and have a serious conversation about broken families and generational dependency. It needs to have a conversation about funneling new immigrants from broken parts of the world into areas already suffering from high levels of unemployment and street violence.- Daniel Greenfield

Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.- Traditional

  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!

A federal government which does not derive its lawful and limited authority from the Constitution of the United States is by definition an occupation government and criminal regime.  It’s authority is null and void and no one is bound by any rule of law to obey it. --Donald L. Cline

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." -- Thomas Jefferson

“Disarmament of the populace is always the first step to depriving them of their civil rights and human rights…many African-Americans and women are actively assaulting the very document that first secured their own freedom... if you do not believe in the Bill of Rights, then you are not, at heart, an American.” – Mike Adams

Only in America could liberals talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund raising event.

We need to demythologize guns before the liberal attempt to create a totemic fear of them succeeds. If the gun control mentality promoting fear of guns themselves becomes our national mentality, we would turn the clock back to the days when a warrior class ruled over the people because only they had the confidence and expertise to deploy the means of defense and coercion. The gun control agenda will turn us into a people too timid to defend themselves from our would-be masters. – Alan Keyes

So now that there is a new tragedy the president wants to have a “national conversation on guns”. Here’s the thing. Until this national conversation is willing to entertain allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons, then it isn’t a conversation at all, it is a lecture. – Larry Correia'

During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson: Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person! Stevenson called back: That's not enough, madam, we need a majority.

The economy is so bad, MSNBC had to lay off 300 Obama spokesmen. - Jay Leno

'Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman

“What we’re watching here today is the equivalent of Woodward and Bernstein helping Nixon cover up Watergate,” he said. “The mainstream media is Woodward and Bernstein. Watergate is Benghazi. Except this time, Woodward and Bernstein are helping Nixon cover it up.”-- Russ Limbaugh

Lets see if I have this straight...Former President Bill Clinton ... who lied to his own wife... was convicted of perjury ... disbarred from practicing law in his home state... an admitted philanderer ... who "Never had sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky" ... Impeached by the US House of Representatives ... is giving testimonials for Barrack Obama's character and intentions!!!???  Is this a great country or what!?

 "Thanking Obama for killing Bin Laden is like going into McDonalds and thanking Ronald McDonald for the hamburger. It's the guy cooking the burger that should get the credit, not the clown."

referring to 10-3-12 debate: "Obama made a lot of good points tonight. Unfortunately, most of them were for Romney." - Bill Maher, million dollar Obama donor

How can we stand up to someone that creates a 100 dollar Federal Reserve (FR) note for 2 cents and uses the face value of the note of 100 dollars to buy a 100 dollar U.S. Security where the government has to pay them 4% in interest at the end of the year? A yearly cost of 4 FR notes where it only cost the FR 2 cents to print.

This is the biggest Conspiracy you may ever encounter and this started sometime around 1913. Yes, your parents and their parents had so much of their time stolen from them at a cost of 2 pennies. And the National Debt is one big fraud. And this is not just in the United States but the whole world.- Steven Pattison

“Can you imagine a nation founded on the principles of God is being taken over by a party that despises God, denies God’s existence and wants to stab Israel in the back in order to support the Islamists who would kill the Jews and drive them out of the Middle East?”- - Michael Savage

"WE own this country, and when someone doesn't do the job "we have to let them go."- Clint Eastwood at RNC

"If you've got a business -- you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen”- Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro

“Capital must protect itself in every possible way, both by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected, mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible. When, through the process of law, the common people lose their homes, they will become more docile and more easily governed through the strong arm of government applied by a central power of wealth under leading financiers. These truths are well known among our principal men who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world. By dividing the voter through the political party system, we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance. It is thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so successfully accomplished.”
- President American Bankers Association, 1924

"I think it is wonderful that Eric holder is making sure that Mexicans' second amendment rights are preserved!" - Bobby Florenz 

“My father was a hardcore conservative and a straight line Republican voter before he died. Now he votes Democrat.” (-Unknown)

Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.' Obama is under the mistaken impression that America's symbol is the bald ego." --The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto

 ‘In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe.’—Chris Kyle, former SEAL sniper

Remember just a few years ago when...

...the official unemployed was at 8.4 million instead of 12.4 million?

...the U.S. debt was at 9.5 trillion instead of 15.5 trillion?

...gas was $1.89 a gallon?

...the U.S. was friends with Isreal?

...food Stamp Recipients was at 29 million instead of 46 million?

...U.S. Astronauts didn't have to travel with Russians to go into space?

...our country's credit rating was a Triple AAA rating?

"Apparently, I'm supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine."- David Burge

Rep. Randy Neugebauer put the burden into perspective: “It will take over 24 million man hours to comply with Dodd-Frank rules per year. It took only 20 million to build the Panama Canal.”

"Sixty-one percent of debt issued by the Treasury is bought by the Federal Reserve -- which is to say the left hand of the U.S. Government is lending money to the right hand of the US Government. ... Nonetheless, in a land where every mewling babe in the American nursery is born with a debt burden of just under $200,000, the president brags that only his party is 'compassionate' to have no plan whatsoever even to attempt to do anything about this, no way, no how, not now, not ever." --columnist Mark Steyn

Isn't it amazing how every facet of Sergeant Bales life,  high school, college, employment, why he left his employment, his brother’s employment, his wife’s employment, real estate holdings, a missed house payment , a missed promotion etc., is exposed within a week and the same fact finders can't find comparable info on the most powerful man in the world in three plus years ?

"We do not have a single document that proves Mr. Obama's birth in Hawaii or anywhere in the United States for that matter. The document is fake, the representation is fake.—Mike Zullo, Arpaio Posse Chief Investigator

" If they (SCOTUS destroy the Constitution, they will have destroyed that which created their positions." - Stewart Rhodes.

"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, NOT to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Quick, name something that government does better than the private sector that doesn't involve detention, killing, or eliminating freedom." ----Bobby Florentz

"Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves."---- Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th US President


“The election of President Obama by the presidential electors, confirmed by Congress, makes the documents and testimony sought by plaintiff irrelevant,” Obama’s lawyer Jablonski said.

 

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
--Author Tom Clancy

 

But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace. "  

- Thomas Paine.

 

"Look, the Taliban, per se, is not our enemy.”

- VP Joe Biden
December 2011

 

"The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and for people, equally in war and peace, and it covers with its shield of protection all classes of men, at all times and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of men that any of its great provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government."

– Ex Parte Milligan (1866)

 

Permit me to hint whether it would not be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of foreigners into the administration of our national government ; and to declare expressly that the command in chief of the American army shall not be given to, nor devolve on any but a natural born citizen.
I remain, dear sir,
Your faithful friend and servant,

John Jay. 

 

Calling Ron Paul "out of the mainstream" is a double-edged sword, because it also means he can’t possibly be responsible for the condition of the country today. 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-        - <!--[endif]-->Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

 

 A guy named Reggie Love leaving the White House to get a degree at the Wharton School of Business. I guess he realized you can't learn anything about economics in the Obama White House.

- Jay Leno

Laws and regulations which violate the Constitution are not obligatory upon any free man. 

(believed to be from George Washington.)

 

  “We’re at that awkward stage where it’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”

- Claire Wolf

 

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its "basic source".
-       The Telegraph (good job Barack!) 

 

Those who make peaceful change impossible, make violent change inevitable     - Robert F. Kennedy

 

 "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." -- Albert Einstein

  

The four boxes of LIBERTY:
1. soap
2. ballot
3. jury
4. ammo
.....in that order!

 

"The actual need for a service, its relevance and value is always subordinate to the bureaucracy. This is the difference from the private sector: you go into a shop, and the sales assistant asks, 'Can I be of assistance to you, sir?' You go into a government agency: 'Get to the back of the queue and wait until you are called!”'

-       Alistair Mcleod

 

 

 "Only Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me. The blunt poetry of his words. His unadorned insistence on respect. He promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline."  

– Barack Hussein Obama 

 

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

-Oscar Wilde

 

“Anyone with an Obama 2012 Bumper Sticker is a Threat to the Gene Pool”

Congressman Allen West

 

“The Only People Who Don’t Want to Disclose the Truth are Those with Something to Hide."

- Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro

 

"If it takes a village to raise your kid, you’re in the wrong country."

-  Seen by Tim Clack II

  

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

-Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Soebarkah Bounel

  

"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum. " 

- Noam Chomsky

  

"Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself." -

- Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro (we are, Barry)

 

"…whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force…"

Thomas Jefferson, Federal v. Consolidated Government

 

“Better to be paralyzed from the neck down than the neck up”

Charles Krauthammer.

 

"Sublata causa, tollitur effectus" (Remove the  cause and the effect will cease)

 "Civilization and anarchy are only seven meals apart"                          

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