Dan Schnur: Only Secretary of State Candidate to Support Voter ID

Dan Schnur: Only Secretary of State Candidate to Support Voter ID

Editorial by Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views, 6/2/14

 

Probably the most important role the Secretary of State has is to make sure our electoral process is fair and honest. Across the nation we have seen ACORN corrupt the process, in State after State people illegally voting. States like North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia have tens of thousands of people on their voting rolls that are also registered to vote in other States—at the same time.

One of the most important issues is that of “Voter ID. There are only three major candidates for California Secretary of State on the ballot tomorrow.

Dan Schnur: I interviewed him and this is his position: The Courts have ruled that as long as the State provides the means (transportation and payment of fees for those that can not on their own get a photo ID) then he would support and approve a Voter ID law.

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Alex Padilla: He opposes photo voter ID—but supports same day voter registration—truly makes it easier for corruption and electoral fraud. In Minnesota it took that State four years to figure out there were more illegal votes cast than the margin of victory for Al Franken six years ago.

Peter Peterson: Here is the LA Times endorsement, which says: “Peterson does not support voter ID laws and other supposed anti-fraud initiatives that would suppress legitimate voters.”

If you need to hear it from him directly, it’s in the Sacramento Press Club debate on the YouTube video. At 53:08, he says “I talk to lot of people who say, ‘I’ve never heard of a Republican like you before”. At  54:18, he states his opposition to photo IDs .

Actually, it is the nonuse of Voter Id that stops legitimate voters from going to the polls. Why vote when you know your County Registrar of Voters and the Secretary of State refuse to stop illegal voting?

Schnur: Supports Voter ID

Padilla: Opposes Voter ID

Peterson: Opposes Voter ID

The easiest way to corrupt the process is to vote illegally. Seriously, also you live in a very small town, you have no idea who the hundreds of people are that live in the same precinct as you. The last two elections I have actually voted on Election Day instead of via absentee ballot. The people at running the polls are folks I have never seen in my life, but are from the same precinct as I.

How do they know the people claiming to be Joe Smith? Without a photo Voter ID, anybody can claim to be anybody else. We have seen people charged with fraudulent voting in California and other States. Los Angeles County was found by the Election Integrity Project to have at least 60,000 people, who are dead, moved or illegally registered on the voting rolls. Neither the County Registrar of Voters or the California Secretary of State knew this. It is time to end the politics of running elections and return fairness and honesty to the process.

Contrary to the Los Angeles Times (when was the last time anybody used them to determine how to vote?) there is only one candidate in the race that is willing to assure each vote cast is a vote that is honestly cast. That person is Dan Schnur.

Zuckerberg Ripped off of $100 Million in New Jersey by Unions and Democrats—about to Lose ANOTHER $120 Million to California Government Schools

Mark Zuckerberg was brilliant in the creation of Facebook. He has style, creativity, foresight, the ability to understand the marketplace. When it comes to being charitable, he is taken by unions and Democrats like a bucolic hic just off the farm. He so wants to be liked and accepted, he is willing to give hundreds of millions to con artists, radicals and outright crooks. All of this thinking he is “doing it for the kids”.

He gave $100 million to the Newark, New Jersey government schools—only to find out the unions and crooks, with the active support of the professional educrats

“In 2010 super rich Suckerberg gave $100 million big ones to help turn around Newark, New Jersey’s failing schools. He made a big show of the whole thing, too, even making his announcement on the Oprah show.

But three years after the school had fully received the money and spent it all, Suckerberg discovered that the teachers union spent almost all of it on themselves. Meanwhile the children are still at the same statistics that they were before Suckerberg wasted his $100 million.”

Now he is about to donate $120 million to the Bay Area cousins of the Jersey crooks. We already know these are failed schools run by unions with failed administrators and terrible policies—why expect $120 million will do anything other than make the unions and the students gain lower test scores?

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Just Desserts: Silly Facebook Billionaire Ripped Off by Teachers Unions, Democrats, & Consultants

-By Warner Todd Huston, Publius Forum, 5/30/14

Oh, he thought that just because he had billions of dollars, all he had to do was flit into a New Jersey school system, spread some of his cash around, and voila kids would get a “good” education. But reality was a different thing as when Mark Zuckerberg tried it, he found that the greedy teachers union stole all the cash and his millions didn’t help the kids at all.

Yes, Facebook Billionaire Mark Suckerberg–er, I mean Zuckerberg–was mugged by reality and found out exactly why Johnny can’t read. Because our system of mis-education is held prisoner to the anti-education, greedy, uncaring, left-wing teachers unions who don’t give a flying fig about the kids. It’s all about them stealing as much cash out of the system for their bloated pensions and high-salaried union bosses as humanely possible quite despite whether it hurts the kids or not.

In 2010 super rich Suckerberg gave $100 million big ones to help turn around Newark, New Jersey’s failing schools. He made a big show of the whole thing, too, even making his announcement on the Oprah show.

But three years after the school had fully received the money and spent it all, Suckerberg discovered that the teachers union spent almost all of it on themselves. Meanwhile the children are still at the same statistics that they were before Suckerberg wasted his $100 million.

Suckerberg made this deal with Democrat Newark Mayor Cory Booker who is widely considered a Democrat star and one of those publicity hogs that people say is “the next Barack Obama.”

“We know what works” Booker told Suckerberg. And the good mayor insisted that Suckerberg’s cash would be a “transformational change.”

It wasn’t only the unions who stole the money away from the kids. The Democrat politicians and their greedy consultant pals also dipped their hands into the till.

This Facebook Sucker also found out that millions ended up going to Democrat consultants who were brought in to help “fix” the schools. As The New Yorker reported on May 19:

During the next two years, more than twenty million dollars of Zuckerberg’s gift and matching donations went to consulting firms with various specialties: public relations, human resources, communications, data analysis, teacher evaluation. Many of the consultants had worked for Joel Klein, Teach for America, and other programs in the tight-knit reform movement, and a number of them had contracts with several school systems financed by Race to the Top grants and venture philanthropy. The going rate for individual consultants in Newark was a thousand dollars a day. Vivian Cox Fraser, the president of the Urban League of Essex County, observed, “Everybody’s getting paid, but Raheem still can’t read.”

Suckerberg’s money all went down the drain, not one penny going to benefit a single kid. Perhaps this will teach him a lesson about how corrupt and evil unions and Democrats really are. But he probably won’t learn a single thing here, sad to say.

This whole, hilarious–but infuriating and sad–state of affairs proves yet again that our system of mis-education is not configured in any way to educate children. It is a slush fund for Democrats and unions and is ruinously corrupted by the same.

 

Elitists Value Tofu Over Quality Families—San Fran (Shockingly) “Just Average”

According to a Mid-West University, jogging is more important to your health than a quality job and policies that cause poverty. Like high taxes, per this study, then you live in a better place for “health”. Support low taxes, less government, hot dogs over tofu, you are “unhealthy”. If you prefer driving your own car over high priced, slow government transportation, you are not healthy.   Elitist have their own system of values—not shared by the vast majority of our population. But they do control the stories and headlines.

My guess is they do not understand they, the Elitists, are being laughed at by Americans for their silliness and lack of values. Get real, watch TV, eat a hot dog, create real jobs and stop pretending you are healthy because you job and “love” tofu..

Elitists health values, “City residents have more access to healthcare, better food choices and fewer people in poverty than the statewide average, the report found.

The City also has more physicians, doctors and mental health providers than nearly anywhere else in the state, and sees fewer teen births.”

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Report: S.F. Enjoys Average Health 

By Chris Roberts, SF Examiner, 6.1.14 

San Franciscans get plenty of exercise and eat healthy food.

But certain “lifestyle choices” helped The City score decidedly average in a recent survey of California counties’ overall health.

Out of 57 counties ranked — Alpine County did not participate — San Francisco rated 22nd, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The state’s wealthier coastal counties scored highest — Marin is the state’s healthiest place — with the poorer inland counties faring worse.

City residents have more access to healthcare, better food choices and fewer people in poverty than the statewide average, the report found.

The City also has more physicians, doctors and mental health providers than nearly anywhere else in the state, and sees fewer teen births.

San Franciscans are exposed to more violent crime, deaths by injury — such as pedestrian fatalities — drug use and drinking than the average. The City’s rate of sexually transmitted diseases is about 20 percent higher than the state average.

Perhaps predictably, The City has a concentration of HIV patients almost seven times the state average.

 

New IRS Obamacare Rule Guarantees Massive Job Loss

Small businesses, under the new IRS/Obamacare rules have been given a choice—high health care costs driving them into bankruptcy, or firing employees. Either way, it is not good for the economy. The White House has decided that crony capitalism, the support of big businesses at the expense of small ones, is the policy of the Federal government. It was known all along that forcing small businesses to make a choice would demolish them. Just as important it stops the creation of new small businesses, since they now have a cost they cannot afford, no matter how good the product or service.

“When employers provide coverage, their contributions, averaging more than $5,000 a year per employee, are not counted as taxable income to workers. But the Internal Revenue Service said employers could not meet their obligations under the health care law by simply reimbursing employees for some or all of their premium costs.

Christopher E. Condeluci, a former tax and benefits counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, said the ruling was significant because it made clear that “an employee cannot use tax-free contributions from an employer to purchase an insurance policy sold in the individual health insurance market, inside or outside an exchange.”

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New IRS Obamacare Rule Guarantees Massive Job Loss

-By Warner Todd Huston, Publius Forum, 5/27/14

For the last two years many businesses have been warning that because Obamacare will hurt them so badly they will cease offering employees healthcare and dump employees onto the Obamacare exchanges. But now the IRS has ruled that business will not be allowed to do this and this move guarantees that companies will begin a massive wave of layoffs to make up the costs.

An article in The New York Times relays the bad news to employers that no matter what they thought they were going to do, they are stuck with the massive new costs of Obamacare and they won’t be able to escape that massive tax increase by just closing out their healthcare benefits.

“Many employers,” the Times reported on May 25,”had concluded that it would be cheaper to provide each employee with a lump sum of money to buy insurance on an exchange, instead of providing coverage directly.”

When employers provide coverage, their contributions, averaging more than $5,000 a year per employee, are not counted as taxable income to workers. But the Internal Revenue Service said employers could not meet their obligations under the health care law by simply reimbursing employees for some or all of their premium costs.

Christopher E. Condeluci, a former tax and benefits counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, said the ruling was significant because it made clear that “an employee cannot use tax-free contributions from an employer to purchase an insurance policy sold in the individual health insurance market, inside or outside an exchange.”

If an employer wants to help employees buy insurance on their own, Mr. Condeluci said, it can give them higher pay, in the form of taxable wages. But in such cases, he said, the employer and the employee would owe payroll taxes on those wages, and the change could be viewed by workers as reducing a valuable benefit.

So, what will employers do in response to this “clarification” of IRS rules? Isn’t it obvious? They will begin to fire employees so that they can use those salaries to pay for this massive new tax.

Obamacare will also eventually be responsible also for any new company startup refusing to include healthcare as part of its compensation package in the first place, too.

Of course, some may like the latter idea. After all, liberals have been trying to decouple healthcare coverage from employment for a long, long time. This is their biggest success with that goal to date.

But it will make healthcare more expensive for the individual. Not to mention that perhaps tens of thousands of jobs will be permanently lost as a result.

 

Solar’s ‘Threat’ to Utilities Prompts Financial Rating Downgrade

Here is the conundrum, if we allow solar power—costly—to override oil based energy, the economy will lose tens of thousands of jobs, billions in revenues—and the killing of another American industry. Imagine the employment status of North Dakota or Texas without the oil industry.

Want a Depression for a generation? Go solar as a national policy.   Notice the financial markets are already voting—with lower rates and higher interest costs for the oil industry. The collapse is in progress and Obama will have another victory over the people of the United States. In five years he has transformed America into a soon to be Third World nation.

“Barclays’ assessment of utilities’ mid-term future is relatively bleak, with escalating costs of grid power making solar and storage more attractive to an increasing number of ratepayers. Or maybe that should be former ratepayers.

Of course, Barclays isn’t the only firm that sees this coming. The utilities do as well, hence the recent flurry of attempts nationwide to tax, disincentivize, or otherwise undermine home solar and storage. But the British bank thinks those attempts will ultimately fail.”

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Solar’s ‘Threat’ to Utilities Prompts Financial Rating Downgrade

by Chris Clarke, ReWire, 5/30/14

It’s that embarrassing thing where a major financial firm tells you your industrial sector might not survive if we save the planet. A team of analysts at Barclays, the dreadnought British bank and financial services firm, downgraded its rating for the American utilities sector this week due to perceived threat to the industry from residential rooftop solar with battery storage.

The move will make it more expensive for American power companies to obtain loans, especially if other analysts follow suit.

And it’s all because the Barclays boffins figure that it will soon be cheaper to generate and store your own power than it will be to pay your electric bill as usual.

The 324-year-old London-based financial firm, the world’s seventh-largest bank, dropped its rating of American electrical utilities to “underweight” from “market weight.” An “underweight” rating is intended to suggest to investors that they consider whether they might own too much of a particular stock, a more nicely worded version of the old “sell” rating being phased out by investment analysts.

It’s not news that the price of solar panels has been dropping precipitously over the last decade. As long as the sun shines, using that power is already cheaper in much of the United States, with the costs of equipment and installation amortized over the life of the panels, than buying power from your local utility.

That cheaper electricity from solar has driven a huge amount of growth in solar leasing and net metering. The problem for property owners seeking to become energy independent is that the sun sets, and then they need to use power from the grid to keep their lights on and refrigerator running.

But as it turns out, the price of battery storage suitable for residential-scale applications has also dropped dramatically. According to Rob Wile at Business Insider, a local battery bank for a household that cost $17,000 in 2009 costs just $3,700 now, largely due to the increase in electric car manufacturing.

Barclays’ analysts project that solar-plus-storage systems could become cheaper than grid power in California by 2017, and in the rest of the country well before 2030. (The state of Washington, with its super-cheap hydroelectric power, will be the last holdout.)

Barclays’ assessment of utilities’ mid-term future is relatively bleak, with escalating costs of grid power making solar and storage more attractive to an increasing number of ratepayers. Or maybe that should be former ratepayers.

Of course, Barclays isn’t the only firm that sees this coming. The utilities do as well, hence the recent flurry of attempts nationwide to tax, disincentivize, or otherwise undermine home solar and storage. But the British bank thinks those attempts will ultimately fail:

We fully expect utilities and regulators to make a good faith effort to preserve the status quo “regulatory compact,” whereby the monopoly utility provides a safe and reliable service and regulators allow it to earn a reasonable low-risk return. However, we also expect them to be playing a constant game of catch-up as solar develops. The costs of solar and storage technologies are falling quickly and may fall even faster as higher demand builds additional scale. But the cost of distribution grids and thermally generated power are more likely to rise than to fall, in our view. As a result, regulators and utilities will be constantly trying to respond to a moving target, which is precisely the environment where slow-moving incumbents can fall behind.

In other words, the 20th century monopoly utility business model may be a necessary casualty of a sane climate policy. it depends how soon America’s power companies see the handwriting on the wall — and in their bond ratings — and change course on distributed solar with storage.

Fast food CEO: Minimum wage hikes closing locations

Fast food companies understand the cost of a burger. In many places when you hit the drive through your order is not taken a few feet away, but at a call center in Utah. A local Ventura County pizza chain (Toppers) with seven locations, takes all phone orders at one location at a company owned call center. Robots, costing $50,000 are beginning to take the place of young kids in parts of the process of providing fries and other goodies. Carl’s Jr. CWEO (CKE Restaurants) understands this—that government can cost you all profits. He no longer builds in California—preferring Texas and other freedom States. Add to this the cost of minimum wage—in California a bill passed the State Senate to raise it to $13 in 3.5 years—tells him this is a State that wants to stay in a Depression.

“Puzder (CKE CEO) says it’s difficult to justify the risk of opening a business when government policies have hindered would-be entrepreneurs’ ability to generate profits due to increases costs.

Indeed, jobs data reflects this hesitancy.

Over the past two decades, businesses with 500 or fewer workers created about two-thirds of net new jobs, according to CNBC’s analysis of BLS data. This portion had dropped to about half by 2013.”

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Fast food CEO: Minimum wage hikes closing locations

CNBC, 5/31/14

CKE Restaurants’ roots began in California roughly seven decades ago, but you won’t see the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s expanding there much anymore.

What’s causing what company CEO Andy Puzder describes as “very little growth” in the state?

In part it’s because “the minimum wage is so high so it’s harder to come up with profitable business models,” Puzder said in an interview. The state’s minimum wage is set to rise to $9 in July, making it among the nation’s highest, and $10 by January 2016.

In cities in other states where the minimum wage has gone up considerably, Puzder said “franchisees are closing locations” after riding out lease expirations.

If the federal minimum hourly pay shoots up to $10.10 from the current $7.25-as many lawmakers and President Barack Obama are advocating-Puzder predicts fewer entry-level jobs will be created. If this happens, CKE would also create fewer positions, he forecast.

A recent nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office studyalso predicted mass job losses, estimating that a hike to $10.10 could result in a loss of about half a million jobs by late 2016, even as it lifted many above the poverty line.

“When the minimum wage increases, there are two things you can do,” he said. “One is you can reduce the amount of labor that you use or you can increase your prices.”

But with increased costs from food, taxes, fuel, health insurance and regulatory compliance, Puzder said businesses can only raise prices so much before customers become less willing to shell out.

Obamacare regulations, which impact businesses with 50 or more workers more than those with fewer employees, are also affecting CKE’s franchise growth.

“I actually have franchisees…who’ve either gotten out of the business or refused to build two restaurants because with one restaurant you have less than 50 employees,” he said. “With two, you have more than 50.”

Instead, some cautious franchisees are considering alternatives to expanding their businesses.

“They’re actually looking at other investments, which have less risk and lower costs-for example, bonds,” he said.

Puzder says it’s difficult to justify the risk of opening a business when government policies have hindered would-be entrepreneurs’ ability to generate profits due to increases costs.

Indeed, jobs data reflects this hesitancy.

Over the past two decades, businesses with 500 or fewer workers created about two-thirds of net new jobs, according to CNBC’s analysis of BLS data. This portion had dropped to about half by 2013.

“People don’t just grow because it’s Tuesday,” he said. “They grow because they think they can make a profit.”

To boost U.S. growth, Puzder says more business sympathetic policies need to be in place.

“I’m not saying the government should disappear or I hate the government,” he said. “We need a government. We have a good government, but the government’s gotten overzealous with respect to what it thinks it should do…The government needs to get out of the way.”

 

LAUSD Unions Try to Kill Off Another Charter School

The unions that run and control the Los Angeles Unified School district do anything they can to protect the forced dues money from professional teachers. Once teachers go into charter schools they, 90%, vote to disaffiliate with the union—no more dues. In Wisconsin when teachers were given the choice of joining a union 60% immediately said no, forcing two unions to close and merge into the last remaining teachers union. In Los Angeles, at the last minute—without legal notice of a form to be filled out—the union is forcing the closing of a charter school. That is how corrupt LAUSD has become.

“Charter schools are required by Proposition 39 to go through the process of applying for their school sites. The May 1 deadline is just one of the most recent deadlines in an ongoing negotiation about the school’s location.

Amy Held, executive director of the Citizens of the World Charter, said while it did miss the deadline, school officials were taken aback by the decision, especially because the charter school was never formally notified of the change and school officials had expressed interest to LAUSD earlier in the year of staying at the location. “We’ve never gotten anything in writing,” she said.”

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Del Rey charter school left without home for fall

By ANNIE ZAK, LA Register, 5/31/14

Parents of students attending a Citizens of the World charter school in Del Rey got a shock last week when they heard secondhand that the school would have to relocate.

The school, co-located with Stoner Elementary School, opened in the fall and generated some tensions in the neighborhood because of increased traffic. But it was a missed May 1 paperwork deadline with the Los Angeles Unified School District that apparently tripped up the charter school.

Now, students and parents aren’t sure where the school will be located come fall, a predicament for its families who live in the neighborhood and don’t want to travel across the city for school.

Charter schools are required by Proposition 39 to go through the process of applying for their school sites. The May 1 deadline is just one of the most recent deadlines in an ongoing negotiation about the school’s location.

Amy Held, executive director of the Citizens of the World Charter, said while it did miss the deadline, school officials were taken aback by the decision, especially because the charter school was never formally notified of the change and school officials had expressed interest to LAUSD earlier in the year of staying at the location. “We’ve never gotten anything in writing,” she said.

An LAUSD spokesperson said in an email that the district “has communicated its decision to Citizens of the World.”

CWC Mar Vista parents also said they weren’t notified of the change, but said that parents of Stoner Elementary students were.

“LAUSD still has not notified us directly,” said Anoosh Jorjorian, who has a daughter in kindergarten at the charter school. “We had to find out secondhand because Stoner Elementary parents were sent a letter from the district.”

She also expressed concerns that low-income families with students at CWC would be burdened if the new school site is a train or bus ride away. “To have LAUSD take it away for what is one missed deadline in what was an ongoing conversation in which we were very clear that we wanted to stay … is shocking and very upsetting for all of us.”

Though it’s operated by nonprofit Citizens of the World Charter Schools, the Mar Vista site is still a public school.

Held said the school is just hoping to find a solution, especially because CWC Mar Vista intended to expand next year by adding third grade.

“We need to make sure 250 incoming families have a place to go,” she said.

 

Los Angeles’ Solution To Failing Government

Want to see traffic gridlock, failed government schools, potholes on the streets the size of fish ponds, corrupt City Hall, illegal aliens squeezing out honest citizens for affordable housing and jobs, go to Los Angeles. This is a failed city showing the results of a generation radical policies. Note the entertainment industry leaving the area as quickly as possible. A project in Hollywood to create thousands of jobs, new high dollar housing and revenues for the city, easily killed off by environmentalists. Here is the test: When was the last time you heard of a national firm trying to come to Los Angeles?

Until the major issues, like the educational system, ridiculous city business tax system (which is not even addressed in the report), the cost of water and power, delivery of city services and the transportation challenges are addressed the chances of major employers expanding or moving to Los Angeles are nil. The good intentioned people who participated in the Commission have failed the residents and have lost an opportunity to move Los Angeles out of its morass.”

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Los Angeles’ Solution To Failing Government

Bruce Bialosky, Townhall, 6/1/14

Two months ago I wrote a column that addressed the first part of a report on the future of Los Angeles. The commission formed to address the issues facing the residents and their government has now delivered the second part of their report which lists solutions to the problems facing America’s second largest city. The report may be a bigger failure than the city itself.

In the interim period, the Anderson School of Management issued a forecast which stated that Los Angeles has not had positive job growth over the last 23 years. The county has lost more net jobs than any large metropolitan area in the nation from 1990 to 2013, the study stated. The study by the prestigious school added pressure for the commission to come forth with some solid proposals.

The second part of the report is entitled “A Time for Action.” After the usual flowery verbiage to start a report like this the Commission pinpoints five things from the original report; 1. a jobs crisis, 2. chronic budget shortfalls, 3. abundance of poverty, 4. traffic congestion and 5. public education.

The Commission then immediately bows out of dealing with the two most essential aspects of the report – transportation and education. While Los Angelinos twitter away millions of hours moving to and from their jobs there is little planned relief. Going somewhere on a Saturday night can compel one to stay home and watch Netflix. Travelling the Ventura Freeway at noon on a weekday can be demoralizing and it is nothing compared to the San Diego Freeway which is almost always an adventure in time management.

As pointed out in our first column, the single biggest issue facing Los Angeles is the horrible, immense school system. The graduation rate is 13% below the national average and 12% below the state average. Chicago and New York have systems where the mayor can battle the entrenched bureaucracy though de Blasio is attempting to undo Bloomberg’s advances in New York. Los Angeles is left to the whims of the school board which is handpicked by the teachers’ union and serves the teachers first and then the students. A bold move would have been a call for a restructuring of this relationship. L.A. will never improve until its school system does because it continues to drive the best students out of the city and underserve the residual.

The wisest proposal the commission calls for that should be enacted immediately is moving the municipal elections to unify them with the timing of statewide or national elections in November. The elections are held in odd years where no other issues are addressed. It spotlights the municipal elections, but the turnouts are dismal hovering near 20%. The move will force other municipal entities like the school board and county to change the timing of their elections. This will minimize the stranglehold the public unions have over every office as they march their legions to the polls while others barely recognize another election coming. This would provide the residents a chance at electing real leaders who can affect real change.

The commission then descends into naive folly. Their first recommendation and we believe that the first is always what is believed to be most important is to create an independent ‘Office of Transparency and Accountability.’ Really, this is the best you can conceive to change a deeply challenged city? The board of five members would be appointed by the Mayor, the City Council and the City Controller, yet would be wholly immune from politics. This proposal would create another bureaucracy that would ignore the needs of the residents.

In Los Angeles, power and water is delivered by a city department (DWP) that is quasi-independent. The head of the DWP is already appointed by the Mayor, but the commission comes up with another slick solution – form a board to oversee the operations. Otherwise another politically appointed board (mayor gets all these appointments) with new staff. Los Angeles already has nearly the most costly power in the country do to misguided policies like California requiring ‘renewable’ energy sources and the city council banning all fracking in the city limits. This proposal will do zero to limit the outlandish cost of power and water which is driving businesses out of the city and out of the state.

The commission goes on with such blockbusters proposals as a ‘truth in budgeting ordinance’ and suggesting the city becomes honest about the cost of future promises. Toward the end of the report they finally focus on the job environment which has already been hindered by the Commissions omissions and feeble proposals. They suggest we combine the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, focus on economic clusters and establish a regional tourism bureau all of which are fine ideas, but tinker around the edges.

Los Angeles needs bold leadership. Mayor Garcetti has been in office almost a year and yet nothing has been done in that time period that has worked to reverse the decline that continues in the civic stature. The Mayor has been nearly invisible.

Until the major issues, like the educational system, ridiculous city business tax system (which is not even addressed in the report), the cost of water and power, delivery of city services and the transportation challenges are addressed the chances of major employers expanding or moving to Los Angeles are nil. The good intentioned people who participated in the Commission have failed the residents and have lost an opportunity to move Los Angeles out of its morass.

Sacramento Democrats: Why not drive away more companies?

Sony has announced it is moving a major subsidiary to Canada. Toyota is going to Dallas, as is Occidental Petroleum and numerous other firms. Tech companies are moving to Austin. In fact in the last ten years one third of all jobs created in the United States were created in Texas. On the other hand California taxes, environmental, water and energy policies make sure companies leave the State. We have the CEO of CKE (Carls’ Jr.) saying he can no longer build in California. At one point he said it took two and a half years to get a permit to build in California yet in Texas 6-8 weeks.

Now the Democrats are trying to move another California job killer. The higher the CEO pay the higher the corporate tax. That would be enough to create a stampede to Texas. Do they smoke loco weed in Sacramento?

A bill sponsored by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, would set a sliding scale for corporate taxes, cutting them for publicly traded companies whose CEOs earn less than 100 times the median compensation of their workers, and raising them when CEOs make more.

California currently has a corporate flat tax rate of 8.84 percent, except for financial institutions, which pay 2 percentage points more.”

Could the extra 2% be why Union Bank is leaving the State and Bank of America left a few years ago?

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Why not drive away more companies?
By John Seiler, Calwatchdog, 6/1/14

Taking a tactic from the envy playbook , Democrats in the California Senate want to grab even more from successful businesses. Which would drive away even more companies. The Register reported:

A bill sponsored by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, would set a sliding scale for corporate taxes, cutting them for publicly traded companies whose CEOs earn less than 100 times the median compensation of their workers, and raising them when CEOs make more.

California currently has a corporate flat tax rate of 8.84 percent, except for financial institutions, which pay 2 percentage points more.

California is the first state to consider tying taxes to CEO pay, according to Damon Silvers, policy director of the AFL-CIO labor federation, which tracks the issue for its Executive Paywatch initiative.

The California bill, SB1372, surprised some observers by passing the Senate Appropriations Committee by a 5-2 vote Friday, with Democrats supporting it and Republicans opposing.

The money, of course, would flow to the government, of which the five state senators are leaders. And which the AFL-CIO helps control through its public-employee members; and through financing political campaigns.

If these politicians really wanted to help the middle class and the poor, for starters they would slash the top 9.3 percent income tax rate that starts at about $55,000 of income. (The Prop. 30 tax increase will expire in five years.) That’s right, in California, you’re considered “rich” at $55K of income — even though the state’s so expensive that’s really lower-middle-class!

Next, they would repeal AB 32, which destroys jobs to fight “global warming” that isn’t happening.

Then they would repeal the California Coastal Commission, a Soviet-style agency that severely limits developing land, which drives home and apartment prices sky-high, so only the 1 percent can live here.

None of that will happen, of course.

 

CA Recovery? Sony Pictures Imageworks to move head office to Vancouver

Vancouver, Canada, has taken over as the filming capital of the world. Hollywood just begs for tax dollars, while the work goes on in Canada. Go here to see a small number of the shows and films done in this one Canadian town.

Now Sony is moving hundreds of workers from Culver City to Vancouver—and will hire hundreds more. While the Hollywood Elites demand higher taxes for you, more union control on your businesses, bad education for your children, they move their industry to Canada. Hollywood understands you keep people in poverty and they will see films that glorify, similar to the 1930;s—people were poor so they went to the movies for fantasy.

 “Argula said the two biggest factors behind the head office shift include Vancouver’s growing base of talented visual effects workers and provincial tax breaks designed to attract motion picture industry work.”

Tax “breaks” actually means lower taxes in Vancouver than Los Angeles.

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Sony visual effects arm quits California to employ up to 700 in downtown Pacific Centre space

 

By BRUCE CONSTANTINEAU, Vancouver Sun, 5/30/14

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“Imageworks representative Steven Argula said Vancouver will become the new head office almost immediately.

“We’re going to start referring to Vancouver as our headquarters as of now, even though we’re not in the new space yet,” he said.

Argula said the two biggest factors behind the head office shift include Vancouver’s growing base of talented visual effects workers and provincial tax breaks designed to attract motion picture industry work.

The company’s California office employs about 270 workers — who were told about the relocation on Thursday — and Argula said it’s still not clear how many people will be employed there next year.

“We will maintain a small base in Culver City, which will basically deal with L.A.-based clients,” he said.”