In Blatant Violation of State Law, Caltrans Work Crew Caught Stopping Traffic to Distribute Campaign Fliers Opposed to Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative

Jerry Brown may be the most corrupt Governor in our history.  As of this writing the criminals that used CalTrans to stop traffic and use the government agency to electioneer against the repeal of the infamous gas tax, are still working for the State.  Why haven’t they and their supervisors been fired?  Yesterday criminal complaints were filed against them.  Will them be brought before a court to answer the charges or given a raise and promotion for abusing the laws and taxpayers of California?

“On the morning of Tuesday, August 28 a Caltrans work crew was caught stopping cars (and creating a traffic jam) along State Highway 78 and Sutherland Dan Road (between Ramona and Julian) in San Diego County. Caltrans-funded work was being performed by Manhole Adjusting Inc. (truck and staff uniforms had the company logo on them) with supervision of a Caltrans Supervisor in a Caltrans-branded truck. A review of Caltrans contracts shows Manhole Adjusting Inc. was awarded a contract to perform road repair work along this stretch of roadway. This Caltrans work crew used a traffic stop sign to slow vehicles down and then handed out “No on Prop 6” campaign literature to each driver.”

This is the same agency that Senator John Moorlach found to have 3500 EXCESS employees—and still do.  This is the agency that demanded the legislature raise your gas taxes—and now is caught campaigning to keep them.  Shame on Governor Brown—he has been silent about this—and refused to order those involved be fired.  He has also refused to apologize to the taxpayers of the Confederate State of California for the corruption inside his Administration.

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In Blatant Violation of State Law, Caltrans Work Crew Caught Stopping Traffic to Distribute Campaign Fliers Opposed to Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative

Yes on 6 campaign,  8/29/18  

Yes on Prop 6 Campaign Files Ethics Complaint with Three Law Enforcement Agencies

WHAT: Press conference to release photographs and witness statements detailing a shocking violation of state law prohibiting the use of taxpayer resources to engage in campaign advocacy. A formal ethics complaint is being filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission and a demand for an immediate investigation into the matter.

Illegal Activity Captured: On the morning of Tuesday, August 28 a Caltrans work crew was caught stopping cars (and creating a traffic jam) along State Highway 78 and Sutherland Dan Road (between Ramona and Julian) in San Diego County. Caltrans-funded work was being performed by Manhole Adjusting Inc. (truck and staff uniforms had the company logo on them) with supervision of a Caltrans Supervisor in a Caltrans-branded truck. A review of Caltrans contracts shows Manhole Adjusting Inc. was awarded a contract to perform road repair work along this stretch of roadway. This Caltrans work crew used a traffic stop sign to slow vehicles down and then handed out “No on Prop 6” campaign literature to each driver. From 9am to 12:30pm Google traffic analytics captured a backup in traffic along SR 78 reflecting the bottleneck of traffic causing 15-25 minute delays due to the distribution of the campaign literature. Photos captured the Caltrans work crew member actually handing the materials out, captured the content of the fliers that contain “express advocacy” statements such as “Vote NO on Prop 6,” and admitted on video they were told to pass out the fliers by a Caltrans supervisor.

WHO: Carl DeMaio, Chairman, Reform California – Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign, plus several witnesses/drivers who contacted our campaign to alert us of this illegal action

WHERE: Yes on Prop 6 Campaign Headquarters, 1560 South Escondido Blvd, Escondido CA

WHEN: Press conference at 11am, Wednesday August 29, 2018
STATEWIDE MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL following, starting at 11:45AM. Call 202-888-2575. No pin required. Phone/Skype/other interviews available by request.

WHY: “There is absolutely no grey area here, Caltrans is caught in blatant violation of California law that prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for campaign activities or advocacy. This proves once again that Caltrans simply cannot be trusted to do what is right with our gas tax funds – they literally are using gas tax funds to support the distribution of campaign materials to raise the gas tax on working families. We demand an immediate investigation into this incident, we demand prosecution of the individuals involved, and we insist that the Governor instruct Caltrans to immediately cease any activities that could be interpreted as campaign activities.” – Carl DeMaio, Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative

LEGAL CITATION:
Government Code Section 8314 declares “It is unlawful for any elected state or local officer, including any state or local appointee, employee, or consultant, to use or permit others to use public resources for a campaign activity, or personal or other purposes which are not authorized by law.”

For media availability or questions, contact [email protected] for space or text 760-717-4100.

More information at www.GasTaxRepeal.org

Facts about this massive hike:

–Voting Yes on Prop 6 will repeal the car and gas tax, and ensures that any future car and gas taxes must be approved by the voters
–On Nov 1, 2017, Californians became subject to an additional tax of 12.5 cents more per gallon (20 cents more for diesel)
–Estimates suggest it will cost an average family of four $700 or more per family, per year
–The tax also hits business owners who rely on transporting goods, raising the cost of everything from apples to bread, and everything in between
–Vehicle license fees (car tax) will increase as much as $175 a year – striking the wallets of hard-working families across the state
–The tax revenue goes into the state’s General Fund, meaning there’s zero guarantee the money will be used to actually fund the transportation “fixes” they claim will happen
–Nearly 1 million signatures were collected to qualify the measure on the November ballot; just over 550,000 were required

 

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Comments

  1. Nothing new here. Caltrans has become a blatant political operative of Democrats for over a decade. They built two roundabouts in Santa Ynez Valley, called them wonderful and the people watch the accidents and congestion caused by them pile up monthly.

    Caltrans openly campaigns for candidate at the county level throughout the State and when caught, state it is individuals who “happen” to work for them.

    Caltrans used to have backbone and would not approve projects that are stupid and too expensive. No longer it is a political action committee for Democrats.

    There you go folks

  2. Was watching KUSI TV news this morning (San Diego) and this item is raising a huge stink. Hope the Democrats like the smell of their corruption.

    • (Here is a defining moment for this blog: I challenge the moderator of this blog to let this post pass through. To publish it for all to see. This is and will be the true test of the legitimacy of this blog… Whether you allow opposing viewpoints or not, provides the foundation of whether your beliefs are truthful or whether they are biased and one-sided. To allow an opposing viewpoint establishes the same principles of democracy and free speech. To disallow those provides valid reason to view you as a hypocrite, an oppressor, a tyrant who is incapable of facing a challenge. The choice is yours.)

      Funny that it’s raising a “huge stink” and yet the only outlet reporting this major news development is “the Washington Free Beacon”….

      Question is, do you realize who that organization is?

      Let me tell you… The Washington Free Beacon is the same entity that admitted to congressional investigators back in October of 2017, that they had originally funded the research firm that created the Trump-Russia dossier (Fusion GPS). What they were trying to do was to undermine Trump in the Republican Primaries so that he won’t get the nomination.

      Now, if you or anyone of your friends here have any common sense, you would at least question the integrity of the information that this outlet provides.

      Carry on though… Keep pretending that this story is factual and true… That it’s raising a big stick in San Diego and elsewhere.

      • The story IS FACTUAL.
        Nice try at diverting attention away from DEM/Regressive corruption mis-use of office/authority by unionized state (political) workers. What has happened to the miscreants? So far nothing!
        I guess that since nothing has happened to those who stop traffic for Dems it is OK for myself and a few friends to go stop road traffic to hand out pro Prop 6 materials. I have a reflective vest and a flashlight….
        I haven’t read the WFB. I base my opinion on the video tape and on Carl DeMaio’s statements.

  3. they will blame their Manhole

  4. Liberals are Busted. Nothing is going happen until we arrest them. This remind me of the story – The Battle of Athens https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Athens_(1946)

    • (I wonder if Steve Frank (or whatever his real name is, will approve an opposing view point, or whether he white washes the responses he received on this blog of his… I think I might come back and check on this tomorrow… I expect he will not publish this response… We shall see!)

      In response to Jr007’s comment:

      You don’t have to go back to 1946 to prove (or should I say to “disprove”) your point… Recent history suggests that you are clueless as to what would justify someone getting “arrested”. Good thing you didn’t use the usual “lock them up” that has been indiscriminately used of late in spite of what appears to be a case where those using it are the ones who ought to get “locked up”! Preferably in an orange prison suite to match their hair and skin tone!

      Your mentioning the word “arrested” brings up memories of Trump making a campaign promise to have Hillary Clinton arrested “the first day he is in office”. Which should be clear by now that was just another figment of his biased and baseless imagination. Similar to “Mexico will pay for the Wall”… Bwahahahaaaaa.

      Of course, not only did her arrest not happen, but Trump’s own Attorney General specifically offered that there was nothing he could justifiably charge her with, let alone arrest her?

      In his answers to congressional leaders who were asking him about appointing a special councel to investigate Hillary, he offered the following:

      “It would take a factual basis that meets the standards of the appointment of a special counsel,” and “… we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standard that requires a special counsel.” and “I would say, ‘Looks like’ is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel.”

      So you see, what might “look like” a real video of a Caltrans worker/employee/contractor passing out flyers to try and influence opinion about an upcoming ballot measure, might simply be another bull-excremrent filled attempt by a bunch of losers trying to influence the voters. They couldn’t present a sensible logical argument as to why they are opposed to the gas tax. Instead, they will reach as far as to suggest that CalTrans cannot be trusted to spend the tax revenue as it was intended.

      Pretty damned pathetic if you ask me….

      I am deeply embarrassed to admit that I too am a registered Republican… And no thanks to you or any other demented, deplorable, ignorant Republican! I used to be proud to show my American passport when I travelled overseas (which I do frequently). Recently, I found myself handing my passport to the officer at a foreign airport, and looking down or away involuntarily to avoid eye contact.

      You see, facts, proof, reality, and the truth are not elements that can vary and change like an “opinion” does. And until this simple basic concept sinks in your thick head, you should refrain from offering any sort of political or social opinion or point of view. Because if you continue to do so, the consequences of those opinions and the actions that result therefrom, are contributing to the demise of this country that you “presumably” love so much!

  5. Public servants? It is to laugh! Jerry Brown and his sycophants are ideologues They got elected to impose their values on us poor, dumb peasants..

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