Orange County Grand Jury Reports $3.3 Billion Retirement Hole–Unsustainable

Orange County has already been in bankruptcy. It is possible thanks to the lack of pension reform to find itself back in court. This is a county that raised the payouts for pensions without finding the revenues to pay for them. It has been known for years that the pension system is in trouble, it has been unsustainable. But the unions have made sure no reform or fix is allowed. Now the Grand Jury has made public what has been known by the public officials—the county is again on the verge of collapse.

“Orange County city officials have promised workers over $3.3 billion in retirement benefits they do not have. Orange County cities have promised workers $10.45 billion in retirement benefits, yet have set aside only $7.13 billion to pay those benefits. Despite that alarming news, there are positive aspects to the story as well. Thanks to CalPERS, the city will be forced to deal with that debt in the coming years.”

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Orange County Grand Jury Reports $3.3 Billion Retirement Hole

California County News, 7/7/14

Orange County city officials have promised workers over $3.3 billion in retirement benefits they do not have. Orange County cities have promised workers $10.45 billion in retirement benefits, yet have set aside only $7.13 billion to pay those benefits. Despite that alarming news, there are positive aspects to the story as well. Thanks to CalPERS, the city will be forced to deal with that debt in the coming years.

Many predict the county will lose services and programs trying to pay down the debt, though currently, predictions do not foresee any dangers of Orange County suburbs.

The Orange County Grand Jury revealed these numbers after examining unfunded liabilities in the Orange County system. They also urged greater transparency.

In what has been called a “slightly-scolding tone,” the Grand Jury report urged the county to take action. “If unfunded pension liabilities are not addressed, cities could reach a crisis where outcomes are painful enough that they affect the quality of life in Orange County,” the report said.

The numbers show that on average, cities in Orange County have only 68.2 percent of the funds they need stashed away—which is far less than the 80 percent figure many strive for. Some experts say 80 percent isn’t quite enough.

Costa Mesa was shown to be the most underfunded city at 61.9 percent, whereas cities such as Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, and Aliso Viejo are tied for the most well-funded at 77.2 percent.

Read more about the county’s retirement woes here.

Barack The First: Send Riot Squads to Stop Free Speech in Murrieta, California

No surprise here—Barack Obama has declared war, without permission of Congress, on the American people. He bows to terrorists, harms our friends, kills off quality health care. He demands to be sued for his numerous violations of the law and Constitution. Rules mean nothing to him.

Now he has declared war on the First Amendment, free speech. In a few days riot troops in full gear will be sent in to harass and harm American citizens that want the President to stop importing illegal aliens to this country. Maybe this is why he has been adding so many illegal aliens to our military—they will defend criminals from foreign countries instead of protecting American citizens. Who are these “riot squad” folks? Obviously mercenaries that could kill for anybody. That is what American has come to, a President that imports illegal aliens and then uses law enforcement and military against Americans.

Angry yet? Time to go to Murrieta and stand up for freedom? Will local police arrest the criminals sent by Obama? Is Barack the First trying to start a war—is that why so many law enforcement agencies look like armies instead of police officers? Baracks’ War on America is now at the weapons stage.

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SOURCE: Feds to Bring in Riot Squad Against Illegal Immigration Protesters

by Kristin Tate, Breitbart, 7/6/14   6 Jul 2014

HOUSTON, Texas–As illegal immigrants continue to spill across the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities are attempting to relocate the migrants from South Texas to housing facilities in states across the nation. One such facility is located in Murrieta, California, where a large group of protesters recently blocked a bus full of migrants from arriving. The protesters remain there, adamant that illegal immigrants don’t get dumped in their town. But soon the concerned citizens may be forced to step down–Breitbart Texas has learned that federal agents plan to arrive in Murrieta on Monday with riot gear to ensure that another busload makes it to the housing facility. 

Jeremy Oliver, a resident of Temecula, California–a town that neighbors Murrieta–told Breitbart Texas that local police officers warned the protesters that “it’s going to get ugly.”

Oliver said, “The feds are pissed that they haven’t been able to use this facility. Officers out there warned people that federal agents will be in Murrieta on Monday–they are going to get the next bus through no matter what. Riot gear and shields will be used to push the crowd back.”

John Henry, a Murrieta resident since 1991, was told the same thing by local officers.

“We’re being told that federal Marshals or ICE will be here in the next few days and that they are bringing riot gear,” Henry said. “They’re apparently going to be blocking off the street with concrete blockades so that no vehicles can get through. The River County Sheriff’s Department showed up last night and brought a huge watch tower that shoots up into the air 35 feet.”

On Friday, six protesters were arrested in Murrieta. One was apprehended for crossing “the yellow tape that blocked protesters from the Border Patrol station entrance,” according to USA Today.

Henry expressed frustration at the fact that the illegal immigrants are being “rewarded” for breaking the law–after illegally crossing the border, they receive a slew of taxpayer subsidized benefits like housing, food, education, vocational training, and legal counsel. Most are then released onto U.S. soil.

When U.S. citizens break the law, on the other hand, they pay the price. “If any one of us were to roll through a stop sign, we’d be pulled over and ticketed,” Henry noted.

On June 4th Breitbart Texas’ Managing Director Brandon Darby broke the news that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would be relocating illegal immigrants from Texas to California. Within moments of that story being published, the official Twitter account of the San Diego CBP tweeted at Darby, insisting the report was “erroneous” and asking for it to be removed from the internet.

Days later the San Diego CBP deleted the tweet from their official account. Subsequent reports, outlining plans to fly immigrants to Southern California, proved CBP had indeed planned the relocation all along.

It is unclear how the border crisis will be handled moving forward, especially given that many U.S. citizens oppose the migrants being shipped by the hundreds to their communities.

 

Fracking Has ‘Cut Carbon Emissions More than All the World’s Wind and Solar Energy’

Want to cut carbon emissions? Frack. Want to clear the air—forget the costly and highly subsidized solar and wind turbine. Fracking cleans the air, creates jobs, government revenues without raising taxes—it is the solution to many of our nation’s problems. Plus, we can create enough oil to fuel the world and stop the terrorists.

Do we want to clear the air—or do we want to kill off an industry so our special interest friends can get rich off the government tax dollars? Shame on us for killing the economy of families, businesses and the nation—so Obama friends can get richer.

“Fracking has succeeded where Kyoto and carbon taxes have failed. Due to the shale boom in the US, the use of clean burning natural gas has replaced much more polluting coal by ten per cent. In 2012, the shift to gas has managed to reduce CO₂ emissions by about 300 megatonnes (Mt).

“Compare this to the fact that all the wind turbines and solar panels in the world reduce CO₂ emissions, at a maximum, by 275 Mt. In other words, the US shale gas revolution has by itself reduced global emissions more than all the well-intentioned solar and wind in the world.”

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Fracking Has ‘Cut Carbon Emissions More than All the World’s Wind and Solar Energy’

by Nick Hallett, Breitbart, 7/4/14

Fracking has led to a greater reduction in carbon emissions than all the world’s wind turbines and solar panels put together, the Council of Europe heard last week.

“Fracking has succeeded where Kyoto and carbon taxes have failed. Due to the shale boom in the US, the use of clean burning natural gas has replaced much more polluting coal by ten per cent. In 2012, the shift to gas has managed to reduce CO₂ emissions by about 300 megatonnes (Mt).

“Compare this to the fact that all the wind turbines and solar panels in the world reduce CO₂ emissions, at a maximum, by 275 Mt. In other words, the US shale gas revolution has by itself reduced global emissions more than all the well-intentioned solar and wind in the world.”

Oil and Gas Onlinereports that Faulker also called on Europe to follow America’s lead, saying that if other nations are serious about reducing carbon emissions, they should look beyond renewable energy:

“Many countries in Europe, and across the world, have similar opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint, and to experience the same economic benefits.”

“These are not opportunities governments should overlook, or discount, as carbon reduction targets will not be achieved through renewables or any other current energy generation technology.

Faulkner also criticised opponents of fracking, saying that their criticisms are not based in fact:

“Opponents of fracking and shale exploitations cite various risks. Yet a million and a half wells have been fracked in the US since 1947 and 95 per cent of all wells in the US are fracked today. It is a very safe method of exploration and production. Fracking occurs at several thousand feet below freshwater aquifers. It is virtually impossible for any of the fracking fluid to climb back up through the rock formations between the shale gas deposits and the aquifer.”

He then went on the praise the UK, which he said was the only European country to take shale exploration seriously, although he criticised shale industry for failing to sell itself correctly and engage with local communities to assuage any fears they may have.

“The UK is the only country in Europe which is progressing with shale exploration,” added Chris Faulkner. “The rest of Europe is watching the UK very closely to see what happens.

“The UK government is making every effort to get this right, albeit without much help from the shale industry which has spectacularly failed to properly engage with governments and, more importantly, with the public at large.

“The handful of companies operating in the field have not made any real effort to engage with local communities around sites, enter into proper discussions with local councils, or discussed fracking with environmentalists, allowing them free range to influence public perceptions using inaccurate, misinterpreted or exaggerated information mainly from the US experience.

“The industry has also failed to come forward with any suggestions for compensating landowners and local communities, seemingly leaving it to government to regulate.”

Several fracking areas in the UK have become sites for protests by environmental groups who remained convinced that shale exploration is dangerous. In May, it was alleged that protestors at the Daneshill drilling site in Nottinghamshire had turned to violence, including physically attacking staff working at the site.

A 58-year-old woman was arrested in connection with an assault on the site manager. Another female protestor allegedly screamed at a security guard: “We are going to kill you!”

John McGoldrick, chief executive of exploration firm Dart Energy, said: “We have recently witnessed an escalation in non-peaceful protest. Site personnel have been threatened with violence – death in one case – verbal abuse, racial abuse and now physical abuse.

“There is no way that the protest movement can claim it is making a peaceful protest. These abuses are despicable and cowardly.”

Chicago Rejects Illegal Aliens – Senator Dick Durbin (D) and Congressman Randy Hultgren (R) Block Facility Use

Maryland Governor O’Malley, loves amnesty for illegal aliens. But he does not want them in HIS State. So he calls his buddy Barack the First and got him to stop invading Maryland with 2,000 illegal aliens to be processed in Baltimore at the Social Security headquarters—and then fade into the shadows costing local taxpayers tens of millions.

Illinois Democrat U.S. Senate Leader Dick Durbin is another fraud—he denounces Republicans for opposition to the importation by the President of illegal aliens—but has a hissy fit when his fellow Illinoisan Barack Obama wants to drop thousands of illegal aliens on the streets of Chicago. He wants amnesty—but keep the criminals out of his State. To see the Durbin statement go to the article and see the video.

“Who will pay for the care, lodging and feeding of the children who will be moved to Olympia Fields, farther and farther away from their parents in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras? Who will be responsible for this children without legal guardians?” Wallace asked, according to the conservative Illinois Review website. “Will it be the federal, state or village of Olympia Fields and local taxpayers?”  (read more with video*<– note* Durbin statement in video

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Chicago Rejects Illegal Aliens – Senator Dick Durbin (D) and Congressman Randy Hultgren (R) Block Facility Use

by sundance, Conservative tree house, 7/4/14

If you watch the lame stream Pravda U.S. News you’d be inclined to think that only conservative communities take issue with busloads of disease riddled, contagion spreading, Illegal Aliens disbursed in their neighborhoods to overwhelm their social safety nets.

No so.   Here you see the same response from uber-liberal Chicago’s South Side.   But that doesn’t fit the Pravda narrative, so you probably won’t see Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow calling Chicagoans “bigots” or “racists”.

CHICAGO – Thousands of children who cross the United States border without their parents won’t be housed in a former monastery in Olympia Fields. The Department of Health and Human Services on Monday said the facility on Governors Highway was no longer being considered as an option.

Following orders issued by President Barack Obama earlier this month, DHHS officials last week sent out a notice that the former monastery could be put to use as temporary housing for children while their relatives are located.

Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) over the weekend called for those efforts to be stopped, arguing that moving the children to the facility in Chicago’s south suburb would only make matters worse for the children while creating orphanages even farther away from their homes.

“These children, unaccompanied by their families and under the control of smugglers and trafficking organizations, don’t need a stop gap solution,” he said Monday. “They should be returned to their home countries quickly and with human dignity, not left to languish in legal limbo.”

Congressional candidate Eric Wallace, who lives near the Olympia Fields, expressed concern about how the children would be absorbed into the community.

“Who will pay for the care, lodging and feeding of the children who will be moved to Olympia Fields, farther and farther away from their parents in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras? Who will be responsible for this children without legal guardians?” Wallace asked, according to the conservative Illinois Review website. “Will it be the federal, state or village of Olympia Fields and local taxpayers?”  (read more with video*<– note* istatement in video

Democrat Voter Fraud Exposed in Minnesota—by Democrats—Same Process Used in California

When you have same day voting registration (same day as an election), you have fraud. The 2008 Minnesota Senate election was found to be decided by fraudulent votes—in 2012. When government refuses to clean the voter rolls and keep people dead for years on the rolls, you get fraud and election corruption—approved by the government that refuses to keep honest voting rolls.

In Minnesota fraud is the norm—just ask Al Franken. In Chicago, corruption seems to be the law. But, now a Democrat is complaining about voter fraud—created by another Democrat—as the saying goes, “there is no honor among thieves”. California is looking to expand its fraudulent voting, starting in 2015 illegal aliens and anybody else will be able to register to vote and vote on Election Day, NO vetting, no ID, and then vote and disappear.

Here are the phony Franken votes: “The Hennepin County attorney’s office is investigating whether a private mailbox center in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has been improperly used as an address for more than 140 voters.

State records show that 419 Cedar Avenue S. has been used by some of the voters as far back as 2008.”

Photo courtesy of secretlondon123, flickr

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Liberal Star Tribune Discovers Vote Fraud in Democrat vs Democrat Primary

By P.J. Gladnick, Newsbusters, 7/5/14

Voter fraud is so rare “you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than find a case of prosecutor voter fraud,” according to Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the liberal Advancement Project.

Apparently lightning has struck very hard in a local  primary election according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune whose only real reference to voter fraud in the past two years was to reprint a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial mocking the possibility of its existence as “GOP voter suppression efforts.” What has made the Star Tribune suddenly discover the (GASP!) existence of voter fraud is that it was allegedly perpetrated by one Democrat candidate against another Democrat in a primary. Here is the Star Tribune finally acknowledging the existence of this “rare” crime but only because it involves Democrat vs Democrat:

The Hennepin County attorney’s office is investigating whether a private mailbox center in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has been improperly used as an address for more than 140 voters.

State records show that 419 Cedar Avenue S. has been used by some of the voters as far back as 2008.

No one lives at the address, which is a Somali-dominated commercial building housing several small businesses and a popular mail center. Several dozen apartments upstairs use a different building number. Records also show that more than 90 of the registrants at that address have voted in previous elections, although it’s unclear how many voted while registered at 419 Cedar.

The investigation reignites a long-running debate about voter fraud in Minnesota and is the latest flash point in the highly competitive race between Capitol stalwart Rep. Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor, who would become the first Somali-American elected to the Legislature if elected. Kahn was denied the DFL endorsement in April due in part to Noor’s ability to turn out Somali supporters. An August primary will decide the fate of the race.

After discovering the number of registrants at 419 Cedar, Brian Rice, an attorney for Kahn’s campaign, filed a petition asking the county to investigate.

“Every person needs to know they can only vote where they live,” Rice said in an e-mail. “Any person registered at 419 Cedar cannot be allowed to vote from that address.”

So does that mean that Democrat Kahn would support the efforts of organizations such as of True The Vote? Of course not. However, suddenly she is in favor of voter integrity when it comes to her own primary race against a fellow Democrat suspected of perpetrating voter fraud. A bit of karmatic kickback is involved here since Democrats in Minnesota have been loudly opposed to stronger voter ID requirements:

Conservatives for years have argued that the state’s system was vulnerable to fraud and pushed for greater voter security. Democrats, in their attempts to broaden access, insisted that fraud was minimal and that Republicans wanted to depress turnout.

“There is a side of me that is kind of chuckling,” Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, said Monday. Newman sponsored the failed constitutional amendment that would have required voters to present photo ID at the polls. “This particular story lends credence to what some of us have tried to accomplish.”

Newman said voters in 2012 rejected the idea that a voter ID requirement should be enshrined in the constitution but, “the issue of voter fraud has never gone away.”

The suspicion is that this example of voter fraud is being reported in the Star Tribune only because it is a case of Democrat vs Democrat. It remains to be seen if the same newspaper will treat the future charge of voter fraud by a Republican candidate against a Democrat campaign the same way or will it be written off as a “GOP voter suppression effort?”

 

 

Humboldt County Will Reconsider Working With Controversial Wildlife Agency

 Barack Obama loves illegal aliens, the delta smelt, wants to make peace with terrorists who laugh at him, but he is willing to kill wildlife. Though he is not willing to do it himself—he hates guns and tools of destruction—he has an agency do it for him. Local government is opposed to the slaughter and feel there is a better way to handle the predator problem—in a humane way.

“The Declaration of Independence insisted on America splitting from England because it charged of King George III, “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

Strange—Obama does not want YOU to hunt, but continues to kill off animals using a government agency. He is confused.

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Humboldt County Will Reconsider Working With Controversial Wildlife Agency

by Chris Clarke, KCET, 7/3/14

A campaign to urge California counties not to work with a controversial federal agency accused of massive cruelty to wildlife is gaining traction, as Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has agreed to discuss whether to renew the county’s annual contract with Wildlife Services.

The agency, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has come under increasing fire in recent years for what critics call its wasteful, cruel, and ineffective methods of managing native wildlife across the country. Sonoma and Marin counties have already stopped contracting with the agency. On Monday, a group of wildlife protection activists and organizations sent a letter to the Humboldt and Mendocino boards of supervisors formally urging them to do likewise.

The move by Humboldt County’s supervisors came on Tuesday, as the Board postponed a previously scheduled vote on renewing the county’s Wildlife Services contract for at least a month to allow public discussion of the issue.

“I am elated that the board has agreed to consider whether to renew its contract with Wildlife Services,” said North Coast wildlife rehabilitator Monte Merrick, one of the letter’s signers. “Wildlife Services is increasingly controversial and there are better options to address wildlife conflicts.”

Wildlife Services kills tens of thousands of animals a year in California, with the main target species being coyotes, bears, mountain lions, and foxes. A 2013 series of investigative reports by the Sacramento Bee’s Tom Knudsen revealed that nationwide, at least 50,000 non-target animals were killed by mistake by the agency since 2000, including household pets and protected species.

Since Marin County ended its contract with the agency 14 years ago and instituted a non-lethal predator control policy, livestock losses have dropped by almost two thirds, as are the county’s expenses for predator control. Sonoma ended its contract with Wildlife Services last year, and is still crafting an alternative policy.

“Humboldt County has an opportunity to do what’s right here by reviewing their contract with Wildlife Services and shifting towards a nonlethal program that is ecologically, economically and ethically justifiable,” said Camilla Fox of Project Coyote, another signer of Monday’s letter. “We pledge our assistance to the county toward this end and urge the Board of Supervisors to emulate the successful Marin County Livestock and Wildlife Protection Program that provides non-lethal assistance to ranchers.”

 

Seiler: State workers get pay raise –with what $$?

California, according to the State Controller had a $8.5 billion cash deficit the end of May. The Legislative Analyst Office informed us that the former Golden State is $340 billion in debt. In 2012 we passed Prop. 30, with the money supposedly going to education. In 2013 at least $1.5 billion of that money went to State employees pay raises—the confused Guv Brown lied to us. Since the State has no money, regardless of the confused Guv Brown claiming we have a surplus, where do we get money to pay for these increases?

“The Declaration of Independence insisted on America splitting from England because it charged of King George III, “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

Fully describes Jerry Brown and his legislative buddies.

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State workers get pay raise

By John Seiler, Calwatchdog,   7/4/14

How’s your pay raise going in the private sector? Woops! Didn’t get one?

Well, you should have joined the public sector and lived off those who actually produce something. July 1 saw a pay raise for state employees.

And of course, that’s in addition to the massive perks and pensions they also get. At age 52, many government workers retire in luxury with 90 percent pensions based on their last year’s generous pay.

Meanwhile, you’re slaving away to pay for everything.

Oh, and guess what? The economy is “improving” and unemployment is “decreasing” mainly because more government workers are being hired. The Wall Street Journal reported:

The recent hiring spurt—one of the best stretches since the late 1990s—has gotten a surprising lift by a major sector: government.

In June, all levels of government added a seasonally adjusted 26,000 employees. That gain outpaced the manufacturing and construction sectors — combined. Rising government employment not only adds to the total hiring figure, it also represents growth in a relatively well-paying field.

The Declaration of Independence insisted on America splitting from England because it charged of King George III, “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

But that’s just what “our” government now does to us now. And to think, the Revolution started because of some minor taxes on tea and stamps.

 

ACLU: Calaveras County Can’t Support Birth of babies—Consider it “Religious”

The Supervisors in Calaveras County have committed a crime according to the ACLU. The five Board members congratulated a group that supports live births of babies. The ACLU in San Fran and LA have applauded Planned Parenthood for massive abortions—but when a government agency supports allowing babies to live, it becomes “religion”.

By that reasoning, the “atheism” of Planned Parenthood is a protected religion by the Constitution, so why isn’t the ACLU opposing the San Fran and LA Supervisors? Because the ACLU is opposed to religion and this is another example of the double standard. Would you support or follow a political leader that was on the Executive Board of the ACLU?

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ACLU asks Supervisors to reverse resolution honoring Door of Hope

by Dana Nichols, Calaveras Enterprise, 5/30/14 

Group says move violated state constitution

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking Calaveras County’s Board of Supervisors to reverse its April vote honoring the Door of Hope, a Christian group whose services target women with unplanned pregnancies.

The May 15 letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California said that the resolution violates sections of the California Constitution intended to prevent governments from endorsing and supporting any particular religion.

In particular, the letter noted that the resolution praised Door of Hope for “advocacy and education” that “seeks to enlighten and strengthen the lives of women and young women in Calaveras County by inviting them to test and see for themselves the many blessings that can come from living the teachings of Christ.”

Supervisor Darren Spellman, who sponsored the resolution, said it was reviewed before the April 8 meeting by the county counsel and that he believes it is legal and that it does not endorse a particular religion.

“Christianity is not a religion,” Spellman said. “Christianity is a concept, a philosophical concept.”

On the other hand, Spellman said he believes it would be inappropriate if the Board of Supervisors were to endorse a particular church, such as the Methodist, Lutheran or Catholic denominations.

The agenda report for the resolution noted that it was being presented in conjunction with “40 Days for Life,” an annual event leading up to Easter in which so-called “pro-life” groups voice their opposition to abortion.

That political connection caught the attention of some community members who consider themselves “pro-choice” and so favor keeping abortion legal.

Muriel Zeller of Valley Springs appeared at the April 8 meeting to tell the board that by approving the resolution it was supporting a “religious crusade” and taking a position that “elevates Christianity over all other religions in Calaveras County.”

Zeller is one of 28 Calaveras County residents listed on the ACLU letter as supporters of the organization’s request.

The board vote that day was 3-1-1 with Spellman, board Chairwoman Debbie Ponte and Supervisor Cliff Edson in favor. Supervisor Chris Wright was opposed. Supervisor Merita Callaway abstained, saying she felt the resolution endorsed a specific religious point of view.

The ACLU letter also asks the Board of Supervisors to review its compliance with California’s open meeting law, also known as the Brown Act, and to ensure that the public gets an opportunity to comment before the board takes action on agenda items.

On April 8, the Board of Supervisors failed to provide an opportunity for public comment before it voted to honor Door of Hope. Chairwoman Ponte apologized for that, saying it was an oversight, and allowed public comment on the resolution after it had already been approved. It was during this belated comment period that Zeller made her remarks.

Spellman said that county leaders have already responded to that request by placing an additional paragraph near the top of each Board of Supervisors agenda explaining that the public can speak on any agenda item as it comes up.

Whether the board will also consider reversing the resolution or modifying portions of it that the ACLU deems to be in conflict with state law is unclear. The board and other top county officials discussed the ACLU letter during a closed-session meeting Tuesday morning.

Spellman declined to discuss the specifics of that meeting other than to note that the board took no action.

“I think you can draw your conclusions from that about how we feel about our legal standing,” Spellman said.

The ACLU letter, signed by staff attorney Novella Coleman, asked Calaveras officials to respond with the county’s position on the ACLU requests by June 5. Although the letter did not say the ACLU would sue if it wasn’t satisfied, the organization is well known for its litigation

Spellman said that he knew some county residents might be “dissatisfied” with his decision to have the county’s elected board honor a Christian, pro-life organization. But he said he did not expect anyone to ask “an outside organization, such as the ACLU, to put that kind of pressure on our county.”

 

Tom Steyer wants to ‘penalize people’ who add to ‘climate risk’–that means YOU

Do you drive a car? Billionaire Democrat funder Tom Steyer wants you to be penalized. Work at a restaurant or a farm? He wants the owners to be penalized for growing or selling food. Work in a grocery store that people drive to, you could be penalized for forcing people to drive to buy food. Expect a surcharge, a penalty for going to a ball game, visiting grandma or hiking in Yosemite (you drove there by car). All this to save the planet from the hoax of the Century.

Democrats are more worried about junk science and ways to make it more difficult for decent people to have a great quality of life than to try to be decent to the community. Steyer and buddies want to buy elections, and then sell out the community.

“That points to a plan to allow insurance companies to begin assessing for “climate risk” in certain industries, a more market-focused approach to discourage industries from emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide.

Some of the people who may be “penalized” for adding to climate risks, however, are workers in plants and factories all over the rust belt of the United States. While they recognize the need to mitigate the effects of climate change, some believe this shouldn’t come to the detriment of industries and traditional blue-collar workers.”

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Tom Steyer wants to ‘penalize people’ who add to ‘climate risk’

by Yaël Ossowski, Watchdog.org, 7/1/14

Speaking in New York City last week, Wall Street billionaire Tom Steyer laid clear his vision for penalizing people whose actions may contribute to climate change.

“We need to reward people whose behavior reduces climate risk and penalize people who add to it,” said Steyer “If we can get this right, I think there’s no doubt that our economy is going to continue to do very well.”

He was joined by several wealthy businessmen — such as Michael Bloomberg and former bankers and government officials Hank Paulson and Robert Reich— to unveil a report from Risky Business, an economic analysis of the financial impact to be caused by climate change.

A Wall Street baron, Steyer’s words are not to be taken lightly. Deemed the ‘liberal answer to the Koch Brothers, he’s one of the richest businessman in the United States and played a key part in raising millions of dollars to elect Barack Obama in 2008 once Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination.

Business and political leaders present the ‘Risky Business’ climate report in New York City.

He met with the president this week to discuss what the White House could do to tackle climate change, and how “insurance industry’s role in helping American communities prepare for extreme weather and other impacts of climate change,” according to Reuters.

That points to a plan to allow insurance companies to begin assessing for “climate risk” in certain industries, a more market-focused approach to discourage industries from emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide.

Some of the people who may be “penalized” for adding to climate risks, however, are workers in plants and factories all over the rust belt of the United States. While they recognize the need to mitigate the effects of climate change, some believe this shouldn’t come to the detriment of industries and traditional blue-collar workers.

“It is a fact that global warming threatens our planet. Scientists are as certain of this as they are of the dangers of smoking or riding in a car without a seatbelt,” said Tony Montana, spokesman for the local United Steelworkers union in Pittsburgh. “Declaring “war” on entire industries, such as coal, oil, or natural gas, however, is not the answer. These industries created and supported a way of life for workers and their communities for generations.”

“The answer to the threat of global warming is to focus on building a sustainable energy policy that includes all options, including the clean usage of fossil fuels in addition to hydroelectric, wind, solar and other renewable energy sources,” added Montana. “As these industries and technologies develop, the USW is working to make sure that there will be a strong demand for our union’s core products such as steel, concrete, glass and rubber.”

If the idea of penalizing carbon emitters eventually makes it to the political process, Steyer has assured he will have allies in the fight.

NextGen Climate Action, a multi-million dollar political action committee funded entirely by Steyer, has already beefed up the Democratic Senate Majority PAC with more than $5 million in preparation for next year’s election to guarantee the issue of climate change remains a political issue in many key states. Key union groups have similarly received funding by Steyer.

The American Federation of County, State, & Municipal Employees, one of the largest unions in the U.S., has already received $10,000 from Steyer’s PAC in 2014, according to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

A representative from AFCSME refused to speak to Watchdog.org for this report.

 

Like it or not, pension reform proposal deserves place on Ventura County ballot

If you believe the Sheriff of Ventura County—the government controls and runs the people. According to him, the public must get HIS approval if they want to change the laws or vote to save the pension system for his deputies and other county employees. Why Sheriff Dean wants the pension system to go belly up is not known. Inaction on reforming the system guarantees that young government employees will find out when ready to retire, the system cannot pay off.

It is always a surprise when a newspaper comes down on the side of the families and workers, against the unions and government bureaucrats.

“It started in February with union members showing up at petition sites and intimidating signature gatherers and has continued to the current legal fight to keep the proposal, having acquired the necessary number of signatures, off the ballot.

Support the measure or not, the unions’ actions still fly in the face of California’s democratic process.” Unions always hate allowing citizens vote—they may vote for their own interests not those of the unions.

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Like it or not, pension proposal deserves place on ballot

THE ACORN, 7/3/14

One doesn’t have to be a card-carrying member of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to find fault with some of the choices made by opponents of a groundbreaking Ventura County pension reform initiative.

It started in February with union members showing up at petition sites and intimidating signature gatherers and has continued to the current legal fight to keep the proposal, having acquired the necessary number of signatures, off the ballot.

Support the measure or not, the unions’ actions still fly in the face of California’s democratic process.

The initiative, which would give new Ventura County employees—including law enforcement and fire personnel—a 401(k)- style plan instead of a pension, should be headed to a November vote, but instead it is held up with the Board of Supervisors and its legal counsel, who say county voters don’t have the authority to change the system.

Union heads say modifying the pension system in Ventura County requires changes by state lawmakers or by an amendment to the state constitution because the county’s pension system derives its authority and rules of operation from the California Employees Retirement Law, a state law. Yet others argue that the people who pay for the pensions should have the power to change them.

The decision will be in the hands of a judge.

Ventura County, justifiably or not, has long been looked at as the poster child for public employee pension overindulgence in California, starting in 1997, when a state Supreme Court ruling known as the “Ventura Decision” allowed retirees to add in “special pay” when determining their final salary, enabling thousands across the state to earn more annually in retirement than they had while in service.

The practice of pension “spiking” was born in Ventura County. It was perfected here as well.

Few have worn the golden parachute as well as former Sheriff Bob Brooks, who left the department after 37 years with a final salary of $227,600 but somehow reaps a pension in excess of $283,000 annually. Brooks isn’t the only one to benefit from the county’s generosity: There’s former county CEO Marty Robinson ($272,000 annual pension), former fire chief Bob Roper ($253,000) and former assistant sheriff Dennis Carpenter ($244,000).

While we realize these are extreme cases and that most retirees receive only a fraction of the above payouts, they are a reminder of why so many residents are fed up with being told by local unions that Ventura County’s system is working perfectly and that everything will work itself out once the economic recovery is complete. That argument may have held water a decade ago but not today, not after so many failed promises to reform the system and numerous cases of abuse.

Let’s be clear: We’re not sure if the current proposal—which would do away with pensions for future county sheriff’s deputies and firefighters, two groups we believe are most deserving of them—is a good thing for Ventura County. Sheriff Geoff Dean, who’s proven himself a cost-cutter in recent years, says it will hurt his ability to hire capable deputies, and we’re inclined to take him at his word.

But we believe the initiative process shouldn’t be stifled and that county residents, who will long shoulder the cost of the system— whether the measure passes or not—should get to decide.