HEARD ON THE TOM TOMS

HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views, 8/12/22  .

VERY BIG STORY!!!!

Democrats are to defeat Republicans.  Republicans are to defeat Democrats. 

On Saturday, by a 12-3 vote, the California Republican Party Board of Directors voted to end due process as a guiding principle of Republicans in California.  Instead they voted to act like CNN, Biden, Schiff and Schumer. Do not tell Republicans the charge and allow for time to create a defense. Instead of giving GOP nominees the charges BEFORE the hearing, Chair Patterson did not allow the candidates to be unendorsed to know what they were being charged with UNTIL the hearing.  Just a few weeks ago the same Board, in the same manner, unendorsed three GOP nominees for Assembly.  In total now, there are six races the Democrats do not have to worry about—add that to the 22% of the legislative races the Republicans do not have a candidate on the November ballot—and the Democrats are doing great, thanks to the “leadership” of the Republican Party.  Think the Democrats will thank the CRP Board for their help? 

But CRP staff is helping an eight time Obama donor/member of Republicans for Harris in 2016. raise money for an Assembly race—and did not attempt to unendorse a congressional candidate sued by the County of San Diego for being a deadbeat DAD, four kids with three different women.

California Republican Party Chair Jessica Patterson has been working hard.  She has been working hard, getting $250,000 a year of other peoples money for herself.  Her record is consistent with someone trying to close down the Party in California

  1.  She has refused to register voters
  2. She refused to get candidates for every office
  3. She refused to allow conservatives on CRP Committees, except for a token here or there.
  4. In 2020 she told the L.A. Times that she is telling GOP candidates not to mention President Trump, head of the Republican Party.
  5. Did not allow a Fall convention to promote our Statewide candidates, like State Senator Dahle, Jack Guerro or Robert Howell.
  6. In 2020 she forced the Board to unendorsed several GOP NOMINEES—then sent out press releases smearing them—while continuing the endorsement of a congressional candidate who was being sued by the County of San Diego for being a deadbeat Dad—not paying for four children!
  7. A few weeks ago, without telling them the reason prior to a hearing—so they were unprepared to defend themselves—she got the Board of Directors to unendorse  three GOP nominees for Assembly.
  8. Now the grossest action she has ever taken:  A few days ago she sent out a notice to CRP delegates that the Board in five days, August 13, will vote to unendorse five GOP nominees—for a total—so far—of eight!  But she is allowing delegates to make comments-by Aug.11

BUT, HOW CAN YOU MAKE AN INTELLIGENT COMMENT IF YOU ARE NOT TOLD WHAT THE CHARGES ARE.  THIS IS HOW BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATS OPERATE. 

What do you think happens to activists who see this?  Could this be the reason so many have left the Party?

NOW TO A VIOLATION OF THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY BY LAWS

The only way a nominee can get CRP money is if they are endorsed by the Party.

In the 71st Assembly district (Riverside/Orange County) the November election will see a race between kate Sanchez—endorsed by the Orange County GOP Central Committee—and who received more than 50% of the vote from the Riverside Central Central.

She is running against Matt Rahn—an eight time Obama for President donor.  A member in 2016 of “Republicans for Harris for Senate””.  He is a registered Republican.

Based on the by-laws and the fact CRP staff is NOT suppose to raise money for non endorsed candidates, you would think Chair Patterson would obey the RULES.  Instead a few week ago she announced that CRP Staff had bundled $400,000 for seven candidates—including Matt Rahn.  Then on August 10, she sent out a FUND RAIISNG EMAIL to raise money for Matt Rahn, based on the fact she was a candidate of California Trailblazers—now owned and controlled by the California Republican Party.  This is the group known for weeding out conservatives in primaries and running candidates against them.  One of her earliest supports for Chair was Chad Mayes!

If she is trying to fund unendorsed candidates—why isn’t she raising money for all of our endorsed candidate FIRST?  When you donate to the CRP ask where your money is going.  Make sure it is by the books—not an anti-GOP political agenda.  Ask members of the Board of Directors if they approve the use of staff and assets to raise money for unendorsed candidates who were Obama donors and Harris supporters?

P.S.  This is the same Jessica Patterson that used her proxies—which control voting in the CRP to help Lanhee Chan, anti-pro-lfe, Nathan Hochman anti-pro-life—and both are openly anti-Trump.  For years she has been trying to get the pro-life plank out of our Platform—and has REFUSED to send out a press release celebrating that the Supreme Court ended Roe v. Wade.  So when she supports a candidate, unendorsed and uses staff to raise money for them—you have to question the candidate as to his views.  If he claims to be pro-life, why hasn’t he stood up to her?

TALKING POINTS

  1. For years President Newsom has opposed the building of any new dams or storage facilities.  He even opposed President Trumps’ offer to expand the Shasta Dam by 100 feet, with the Feds willing to pay the full cost.  Now that he is running for President he realizes his views on water will kill him with farmers and city folk across the nation.  Now he wants more water.

Newsom calls for boosting water supply projects to curb California drought, climate change — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday said California must do more to expand its water supplies by building new reservoirs, desalination plants and recycled water facilities to address worsening droughts and water shortages from climate change. Paul Rogers in the San Jose MercuryIan James in the Los Angeles Times$ — 8/11/22

  • Unions have destroyed government education and many California industries.  Now even the L.A. Times realizes unions are old news and this is a new day.

Labor unions are hot, but their moment may not last — Experts acknowledge the newfound excitement around labor but caution that unions, which have suffered decades of declining membership, are unlikely to turn the tide. Noah Bierman, Don Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ — 8/11/22

  • California is the killing fields of the world.  We save the lives of murderers—but kill babies—even have a program to import women from other States, so we can kill them.  Shortly you will be able to go to morning class at UCLA, get a free abortion on campus, then go to class in the afternoon.  Drugs deaths are soaring in the State—and the Democrats are about to pass a bill to use government to give deadly drugs to addicts, to kill them!

Supervised drug injection sites could soon pop up in California. How will they work? — A handful of California cities and counties would operate supervised injection sites if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the legislation. The details of how the centers operate will be largely up to local officials. Ana B. Ibarra CalMatters — 8/11/22

(Periodically the California Political News and Views will publish tidbits of political news, to

keep you in the loop of what the pooh bahs know.  The phrase “tom/tom’s” comes from my

mentor, Lorelei Kinder who never passed a rumor, just called to tell me what she heard on the

“Tom/Tom’s”.  This column is named in her honor.)

Judge denies San Fran’s Motion for Stay Pending Appeal in lawsuit that strikes down noncitizen voting as unconstitutional

A few weeks ago a Judge agreed, it is illegal to allow non citizens to vote in San Fran elections.  Now that decision has been upheld.  This should be a warning to Oakland, Santa Ana and other cities that prefer lawbreakers vote in elections than hold honest elections.

Congrats to Jim Lacy for his leadership in upholding the law—too bad the local election officials decided to violate their oath of office.


 “ The successful challenge to the San Francisco noncitizen voting law was brought by Plaintiff James V. Lacy and affiliated organizations, namely the United States Justice Foundation and the California Public Policy Foundation, and San Francisco voter Michael Denny.

     Lacy said “we are buoyed by our successes in San Francisco in reestablishing election integrity there, and will build on these great outcomes to assure citizens’ votes are not further illegally diluted by misguided government policies in future.  We sense the momentum now in California is against allowing for noncitizen voting.” 

     Copies of the “Order Denying Motion for Stay” are available by emailing James Lacy at [email protected] or through the Superior Court of San Francisco.
 
Judge denies San Francisco’s Motion for Stay Pending Appeal in lawsuit that
strikes down noncitizen voting as unconstitutional.


Another California city now shelving efforts to adopt noncitizen voting.  Momentum building against noncitizen voting.
  Press release  8/13/22 
.      Yesterday afternoon August 12, Superior Court Judge Richard B. Ulmer, Jr., denied the City of San Francisco’s ex-parte Motion for a Stay Pending Appeal of his previous Order of July 29, which found that the City’s Ordinance allowing noncitizens to vote in school board elections “is contrary to the California Constitution and state statutes and cannot stand.”  A permanent injunction to stop San Francisco from processing noncitizen voting now continues to stand.  In denying the City’s Motion in a new Order, Judge Ulmer wrote yesterday that San Francisco’s noncitizen voting law “violates unequivocal provisions of the California Constitution and state statute; this is not a difficult or close question.”

     The successful challenge to the San Francisco noncitizen voting law was brought by Plaintiff James V. Lacy and affiliated organizations, namely the United States Justice Foundation and the California Public Policy Foundation, and San Francisco voter Michael Denny.

     As a result of the Lacy lawsuit, another city in California has now dropped efforts to adopt noncitizen voting.  The City of Santa Ana, one of the largest cities in Orange County, had been on track to adopt a ballot measure to enable it this November, but the Judge’s decision in Lacy vs. San Francisco was a decisive factor in the City Council “shelving” its plans.  “It would be a legal nightmare for the city,” Councilmember David Peñaloza told LAist. “It would definitely be challenged.”  

     Lacy said “we are buoyed by our successes in San Francisco in reestablishing election integrity there, and will build on these great outcomes to assure citizens’ votes are not further illegally diluted by misguided government policies in future.  We sense the momentum now in California is against allowing for noncitizen voting.” 

     Copies of the “Order Denying Motion for Stay” are available by emailing James Lacy at [email protected] or through the Superior Court of San Francisco.
 
About James V. Lacy

-Author of Politico Bestseller “Taxifornia”, www.amazon.com/author/james.lacy
-Co-Host, KABC 790AM’s “Live in Taxifornia”, KABC.com
-Managing Partner, Wewer & Lacy Law Firm, www.wewerlacy.com
-Owner, Landslide Communications, www.landslidecommunications.com
-Publisher, California Political Review, www.capoliticalreview.com
-President, United States Justice Foundation, www.usjf.net

Union Sponsored AB 5 Hits Independent Truckers

Thanks to the Democrats the Port of Oakland will see a reduction of trucks by at least 50%–and it could go as high as 90.  In either case, this port will be closed.  All of this due to AB 5, forcing independent truckers, mostly Hispanics to give up their trucks and work for giant corporations—while paying bribes to unions.  Instead of building on the American dream, these Hispanic truckers will be slave labor for the government policies.

“environmental laws. A recent ruling by the California Air Resources Board requires semi-trucks and other diesel commercial vehicles to have engines built in 2010 or newer by 2023. Under this new regulation, an estimated 40,000 trucks in California will have to be retrofit by next year. For independent truckers who own their vehicles and survive on thin margins, this is going to put them out of business. Thanks to the shortage of semi-conductors, there is a shortage of new engines and compliant trucks, making a costly investment even more expensive. The rising cost of diesel fuel has also put a financial strain on truckers.

And now on top of that, California’s 70,000 independent truckers are being hit with enforcement of AB 5, which has redefined “independent contractor.” Under the new criteria, most independent truckers will not be able to qualify. They will be forced to sell their trucks and either retire from the business, or drive as an employee of a shipping company.”

Literally, the government is the cause of the upcoming Depression—massive unemployment a cutting of the supply chain—and the theft of businesses from mostly Hispanics—that is called racism.

Union Sponsored AB 5 Hits Independent Truckers

In the Port of Oakland, 90 percent of the 9,000 trucks serving the port are operated by independent contractors

By Edward Ring, California Globe,  8/10/22  

For four days last month, independent truckers blockaded the Port of Oakland, preventing goods from entering or leaving. Threats of arrest, along with the possibility of personal liability stemming from a lawsuit filed against the protesters by the Port of Oakland were sufficient to bring the blockade to an end. But the reasons for the protest have not gone away.

California’s trucking industry already faced difficult challenges complying with the state’s strict environmental laws. A recent ruling by the California Air Resources Board requires semi-trucks and other diesel commercial vehicles to have engines built in 2010 or newer by 2023. Under this new regulation, an estimated 40,000 trucks in California will have to be retrofit by next year. For independent truckers who own their vehicles and survive on thin margins, this is going to put them out of business. Thanks to the shortage of semi-conductors, there is a shortage of new engines and compliant trucks, making a costly investment even more expensive. The rising cost of diesel fuel has also put a financial strain on truckers.

And now on top of that, California’s 70,000 independent truckers are being hit with enforcement of AB 5, which has redefined “independent contractor.” Under the new criteria, most independent truckers will not be able to qualify. They will be forced to sell their trucks and either retire from the business, or drive as an employee of a shipping company.

For a while, AB 5, passed in the fall of 2019, didn’t affect truckers. It affected plenty of other people in plenty of other lines of work, prompting belated carve outs by the legislature to expand the list of exempted professions. Passage of AB 5 even provoked the ride share industry, led by Uber and Lyft, to raise over $200 million to qualify and run an initiative campaign, Proposition 22, to repeal the portions of AB 5 that affected their businesses. After Prop. 22 was approved by voters in November, four “gig drivers,” backed up by the SEIUsuccessfully challenged Prop. 22 in court. That ruling is now being appealed by Uber before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The reason AB 5 is only hitting independent truckers today, and not back in January 2020, is because immediately after it was signed by Governor Newsom, the The California Trucking Association challenged AB-5 in court, claiming it is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994, which bans states from enacting laws that affect a motor carriers prices, routes and services. Ruling in favor of the truckers, the district court issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of AB-5 against motor carriers. Unfortunately, the 9th Circuit Court disagreed, overturning the district court decision. With the U.S. Supreme Court refusing to hear the casethe 9th Circuit ruling stands, and the injunction preventing AB 5 from affecting independent truckers has been lifted.

There are still a few avenues left for independent truckers that want to retain their independence. The case goes back to the 9th circuit where there is a chance the truckers will successfully offer new arguments that convince the court to reverse its decision. Or the shipping companies may redefine themselves as “freight forwarders” in an attempt to nullify the most problematic of AB 5’s criteria to qualify as an independent contractor, that the truckers “perform work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business.” Then again, how shippers refer to their business, absent a fundamental change in how they do business, may be easily challenged in court as a ruse.

Finally, truckers may qualify for AB 5’s “business to business” exemption, in which case they would have to pass the so-called Borello test. AB 5 put in place the “ABC” test, whereby to qualify as an independent contractor one must prove that (a) they are free from the control and direction of the hiring entity, both in contract and in fact, (b) they perform work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business, and (c) they are customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work performed. The ABC test requires all three of its criteria to be met, whereas the Borello test has 13 separate criteria and does not require all of them to be fulfilled in order to qualify as an independent contractor. Nonetheless, it’s a stretch.

In the Port of Oakland, 90 percent of the 9,000 trucks serving the port are operated by independent contractors. Shippers with employee drivers rely on these independent contractors to handle overflow business. If they are required to hire them instead as permanent employees, it will increase their permanent overhead, even though their business is intermittent. This will drive the small shippers out of business and increase the prices the big shippers have to charge. From an economic standpoint, independent truckers fulfill a necessary role, as they have the freedom to go where they’re needed at the same time as shippers retain the ability to adapt their capacity to the changes in demand.

What happens in California does not stay in California. AB 5 has caused more problems than it has solved. What is playing out in the ports of California, thanks to AB 5, is an attack by big business and big labor on small businesses and independent contractors. In a great irony that ought to be clear by now to everyone, big labor, along with extreme environmentalist lobbyists and litigators, more often than not have now become allies of multinational corporations. What furthers the ambitions of all three of these special interests is an economy characterized by big union contracts for big companies. This is a war on personal independence and the freedom to innovate and compete. It is a war on every small business that lacks the economies of scale to withstand the costs of union labor, union work rules, and excessive regulations. It will end poorly.

AB 5 was authored by Lorena Gonzalez, who served in the California State Assembly from 2013 through 2021. Gonzalez has championed a union agenda throughout her political career and now serves as the head of the California Labor Federation. A sampling of her tweets on August 8, 2022 include this “Happy Monday! Good morning to everyone who wants a union in their workplace! Not sure where to start? Try here: https://unionizecalifornia.org,” and this “I try to make it a habit to ask every vendor, contractor or service company I have a relationship with the same question: are your workers employees? A simple way we can all combat wage theft & misclassification.”

But what about those of us who don’t want to “unionize California?” What about those of us who just want to be our own bosses? What if we realize, unlike these supposed collectivists, that competition, economic freedom, and deregulation will lower the cost-of-living for the benefit of many, and that is preferable to raising wages for the benefit of a few? What if, unlike Ms. Gonzalez, we see the downside of driving every independent contractor and every small business out of the state? AB 5’s impact on the shipping industry is a textbook example of what’s going to happen:

Once it takes effect for truckers, half of California’s 70,000 independent truckers are going to quit or leave the state, creating a shortage of drivers in a market where there already aren’t enough drivers. This will mean that the cost of shipping will go up more than it has already thanks to new engine requirements and costly fuel. California’s ports will lose business, and all products delivered in California will cost more. The winners? Big labor and big business. The losers? Anyone trying to live and work in this costly, hyperregulated state, where oligarchs, statists, “greens,” and union bosses coexist in a synergistic détente.

Culver City Government:  We will Steal From the Middle Class and Give it to the “Poor”

Government in Culver City is no longer pretending to represent its citizens.  Instead they are about to steal from some, give to others and ensure a fascist State.  If you live in Culver City now, sell out—before you lose your equity in homes and bank accounts to the Fascist regime.

“The city will work with the California Reparations Task Force to make local reparations a reality. Culver City is not the first SoCal city to make such efforts, according to Kamilah Moore, chairperson of the CA Reparations Task Force, and assistant city manager Onyx Jones.

For example, West Hollywood’s City Council approved a Request For Proposal of a Historical Context Study that would help inform the next steps in establishing racial equity initiatives, according to Jones. The proposed study will cost about $100,000.

Now you know why California is losing population—The policies of the State and local governments are similar to those in Cuba and China—theft if the priority of government.

Culver City One Step Closer To Making ‘Reparations A Reality’

Culver City Council agreed to work toward creating a system of reparation designed to narrow the racial income and housing gap in the city.

Rachel Barnes, Patch, 8/9/22   

CULVER CITY, CA — The Culver City Council on Monday unanimously voted to begin working toward creating a system of reparation designed to narrow the racial income and housing gap in the city.

“Culver City took the next step towards making reparations a reality,” Mayor Daniel Lee said in a tweet. “I don’t put a high value on agreeing with everyone but I am happy to say the vote was 5-0.”

The city will work with the California Reparations Task Force to make local reparations a reality. Culver City is not the first SoCal city to make such efforts, according to Kamilah Moore, chairperson of the CA Reparations Task Force, and assistant city manager Onyx Jones.

For example, West Hollywood’s City Council approved a Request For Proposal of a Historical Context Study that would help inform the next steps in establishing racial equity initiatives, according to Jones. The proposed study will cost about $100,000.

Moore suggested that Culver City follow others’s steps and look toward pursing a Historical Context Study to help put together reparation plans for the area.

The council also considered creating a fund to correct for racial disparities in enforcement of marijuana laws and financial assistance for low-income residents, including people of color.

The council members all agreed that they would like to move forward in strengthening the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and look toward also doing a Historical Context Study.

“There’s a lot of power in policy making,” council member Yasmine-Imani McMorrin said during the meeting. “It’s incredibly important to move from the harm, and in many cases that harm is ongoing.”

Affordable Housing Lowers California Home Values by 13%

The push by Biden and President Newsom for affordable housing is a massive tax increase for our homeowners.  In fact, it is shows that you will lose 13% of the value of your home.  Again, Democrats are doing everything they can to make Americans and Californians poorer.

“The data-filled report touts the bill’s potential — “construction of 2.7 million more homes in the United States, alleviating 14% of the nation’s housing shortage.” It’s a big push: U.S. builders are making plans to build 980,000 single-family homes at their current pace in June.

But let’s ignore calculating the legislative odds for this bill that’s only had its first subcommittee hearing. The housing policy is fascinating because its bottom line is slashing house prices.

You see, tucked into the report’s appendix was a list of average home prices for 2021 and the “after bill passage” price.

In California’s case, it was $1,004,408 to $877,367, a 13% drop. My trusty spreadsheet says that’s the seventh-largest dip among all states and triple the 4% national dip.”

If the Feds, led by Biden and Newsom get their way, you will lose a fortune.  This should be an incentive for you to help your free enterprise candidate win election in November.

Affordable Housing Lowers California Home Values by 13%

Press-Enterprise,  8/14/22  

Bravo to a group of U.S. Senate Republicans who awkwardly admitted an often unspoken truth about creating “affordable housing” — any significantly successful plan will lower overall home values.

The admission was buried within a report by the Joint Economic Committee Republicans. The research supports a bill by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) “Helping Open Underutilized Space to Ensure Shelter Act of 2022” (deftly dubbed the “HOUSES Act”).

The legislation calls for the federal government to sell for residential construction surplus land owned and managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The property would be near major cities, primarily in Western states where the U.S. owns roughly half of all land.

The buyers could only be state and local governments for this land to be sold at a discount. But there’s a huge catch: There could be none of the usual restrictions municipalities throw at developers. The law logic is that you can eliminate the time and costs of local interference, a flood of new homes built on cheap land could rapidly and dramatically boost a house hunter’s chances of finding an affordable home.

The data-filled report touts the bill’s potential — “construction of 2.7 million more homes in the United States, alleviating 14% of the nation’s housing shortage.” It’s a big push: U.S. builders are making plans to build 980,000 single-family homes at their current pace in June.

But let’s ignore calculating the legislative odds for this bill that’s only had its first subcommittee hearing. The housing policy is fascinating because its bottom line is slashing house prices.

You see, tucked into the report’s appendix was a list of average home prices for 2021 and the “after bill passage” price.

In California’s case, it was $1,004,408 to $877,367, a 13% drop. My trusty spreadsheet says that’s the seventh-largest dip among all states and triple the 4% national dip.

And where are the largest projected price drops, assuming HOUSES Act became law and the promised homes get built?

Values are projected to fall 27% in Idaho, 24% in Arizona, 22% in Oregon, 18% in Nevada and 16% in Montana.

The math

The committee’s affordability study says the nation is 20 million homes short of the supply required. The affordability goal is a typical house payment that’s no more than 30% of the house hunter’s income with a 5% downpayment.

Why does the bill cite such a big shortage number — as much as five times greater than other housing shortfall estimates?

Basically, the study eyeballed a level of new housing required to push the market back to price sanity. The report claims its calculations differ from other shortfall estimates that “often rely on extrapolating previous market trends, rather than capturing the entire shortfall in the housing stock due to excessive regulations.”

By the HOUSES Act math, California is 4.6 million units short, the No. 1 gap among the states and equal to 23% of the total U.S. shortfall. The state government’s own estimates say California needs to build 2.5 million homes by the end of the decade to address the housing shortage,

Next on the Senate committee’s list of home shortages was Florida at 1.9 million, New York at 1.5 million, Texas at 1.2 million and Massachusetts at 887,000.

The fix

If this plan works, California could get 1.23 million homes — the most of any state and 45% of the U.S. estimate of 2.73 million.

After California comes Arizona at 524,854 homes, Oregon at 274,862, Nevada at 159,037 and Idaho at 140,479.

And the resulting cut in housing shortages could be dramatic. California’s shortfall drops by 27% (No. 11 among the states) vs. 14% nationally. The bill claims it would eliminate shortages in Arizona, Nevada, and Wyoming and cut 95% of Idaho’s shortfall, and 85% of Alaska and New Mexico.

Yet the improvement in “affordability” is varied under the plan. The study claims the bill could boost the number of affordable California homes statewide by 4 percentage points to 18% of the state’s supply. That was the ninth-largest improvement but still left the state with the third-lowest affordability level.

The biggest beneficiary would be Idaho. Its nation-leading 17-point jump would up its affordability to 51%. And Arizona’s 13-point increases bring affordability to 50%.

The bottom line

This is just one of a slew of ideas to build our way out of the cost problem.

I’m not sure handing out supposedly surplus government land is the best idea. But at least HOUSES Act has some appreciation for the fact that any real “affordable housing” efforts must significantly lower today’s ridiculously lofty house pricing.

I’ll admit that the big strings attached to the HOUSES Act’s land discounts are a cunning way for the federal government to dull local and state homebuilding impediments. If the bill became law, that offer could appeal to certain municipalities in some states — even California.

Doctors from USC, UCLA say mask mandates for COVID-19 not effective, as debate goes on

This is not surprise to those who follow the science.  This is more evidence that Fascist Fauci and his minions knowingly LIED to the American public.  For years’ studies have shown the wearing of masks to prevent the passing of infections to be cosmetic, not medical.  Yet, to divide the nation, to force little kids to breathe dirty air and get sick, Fauci and friends demanded the wearing worthless mask—to prove they can control our citizens.

“But the doctors’ letter made the opposite case. After the L.A. County mask mandate took effect on June 30, 2021, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the county rose well into December, their letter pointed out. “It is clear from these data that infections continued to increase despite the imposition of the mask mandate suggesting limited or no efficacy of the mask mandate,” the authors concluded.

In an interview on Thursday, Klausner said the mask mandate was followed by a gradual rise in cases, but it’s possible the mandate prevented a much steeper climb. “People might argue it might have risen faster,” he said, but added, “By the naked eye, there was no clear discernible effect of mask use.”

Just like the fraud of social distancing and closing of schools, churches and businesses, we need an investigation into the corruption of the government abuse of power.

Doctors from USC, UCLA say mask mandates for COVID-19 not effective, as debate goes on

Letter from doctors said masking has limited effect and its best to stress vaccines; other doctors still back masksBy STEVE SCAUZILLO,  San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 8/13/22 

A letter from top-level doctors and researchers arguing against the effectiveness of indoor mask mandates, along with pushback from health departments, cities and business groups, possibly played a role in a surprise decision not to re-institute the mandate in Los Angeles County last month.

This newspaper obtained a copy of a February 2022 letter signed by doctors from UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine and USC’s Keck School of Medicine sent to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, asking the county to end the mask mandate that was in effect this past winter, claiming the policy did not work.

On July 22, some of the same doctors published their views in an op-ed in the Orange County Register, one of the newspapers in the Southern California News Group. At the time in July, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) was strongly considering reimposing an indoor mask mandate — but on July 29 decided not to do so.

The letter to the Board of Supervisors, part of a campaign to educate the board, was signed by Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner, clinical professor of medicine, population and public health sciences at USC’s Keck School of Medicine; Neeraj Sood, professor of public policy at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy; James E. Enstrom, retired professor of epidemiology at UCLA; Dr. Noah Kojima, senior resident for internal medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine; Dr. Catherine A. Sarkisian of UCLA’s Geffen School; James E. Moore, II, professor at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering; Dr. Gabe Vorobiof, associate professor of medicine and cardiology at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine; and Avanidhar Subrahmanyam, professor at UCLA’s Anderson School.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who strongly opposed the mask mandate, said she was influenced by the doctors’ letter, as well as views they shared on social media. She said in a public statement that she hasn’t seen empirical data indicating mask mandates decrease COVID-19 transmission. Also playing a factor in her opposition, she said, were decisions by public health departments in Long Beach and Pasadena, which indicated they would not go along with the mandate — and an outcry from business groups.

The cities of El Segundo and Beverly Hills also voted not to align with a mandatory indoor mask requirement.

“I do believe masking is another line of defense in protecting yourself and others,” Barger said. “But as far as mandating: It’s time has come and gone.”

The letter from the group of doctors cites the county’s statistics, and studies in Europe and some U.S. states, showing that after mask mandates were imposed, transmission of COVID-19 did not slow down. It contends that vaccines and boosters, plus immunity from those who’ve been infected, form a safeguard against high levels of serious illness, and that masks are not necessary in mid-2022, unlike during early stages of the pandemic.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health does not agree, and is continuing to “strongly recommend” people wear close-fitting masks “in most indoor public places,” according to its website. Masks are required on public transportation such as buses, trains, taxis and ride-sharing services and at airports and bus terminals, subways stations, seaports and indoor port terminals; in hospitals, doctor’s offices and any healthcare setting; nursing homes and other adult/senior care facilities; jails, shelters and inside businesses that request it.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the reason she “paused” the mask mandate was because the county’s hospitalization and case numbers were dropping. She has repeatedly stressed at recent press briefings that studies prove masks drive down transmission rates. Ferrer called mask-wearing an easy, sensible step that can protect against virus spread.

But the doctors’ letter made the opposite case. After the L.A. County mask mandate took effect on June 30, 2021, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the county rose well into December, their letter pointed out. “It is clear from these data that infections continued to increase despite the imposition of the mask mandate suggesting limited or no efficacy of the mask mandate,” the authors concluded.

In an interview on Thursday, Klausner said the mask mandate was followed by a gradual rise in cases, but it’s possible the mandate prevented a much steeper climb. “People might argue it might have risen faster,” he said, but added, “By the naked eye, there was no clear discernible effect of mask use.”

Klausner, along with colleagues who co-authored the op-ed piece in the Orange County Register, mentioned masking studies in North Dakota, the United Kingdom and Finland that found “the same lack of any clear benefit.” One study showed no significant benefit to the mask wearer, while another found a slight benefit, mostly in older adults. A study in Denmark found that wearing a mask produced a rate of infection 3 in 1,000 — lower than a control group that didn’t wear masks. The researchers concluded the difference was not significant. “The researchers could not tell whether the difference was due to chance or due to mask wearing,” said the letter.

However, Dr. Thomas Yadegar, medical director of intensive care at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, said his unit has seen an “obvious” uptick in COVID-19 patients — along with increases in outpatient office visits, emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

“I think masks do work in the correct situations and for the highest-risk populations,” he said on Friday. “When in an indoor setting with a lot of other people, if everyone is wearing a mask, it can decrease the rate of infection.”

It makes sense when transmission of the BA.5 subvariant is high and is infecting more people, to wear a tight-fitting, respirator-type mask indoors, he said.

Despite the possibility of the contagious BA.5 variant slipping past a mask, Dr. Davey Smith, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at UC San Diego, said recently that he still wears a mask when he goes to the grocery store or sees patients.

“What does it matter if it doesn’t work 100% of the time? It’s like going to a buffet where the oysters are bad. Do you eat one oyster or 12 oysters?” he said recently. Eating only one puts you at less risk of becoming sick, just like wearing a KN95 or N95 respirator mask greatly lessens the risk of COVID-19 infection.

But Klausner has not ruled out mask-wearing. “I do believe mask use has a role,” he said. “In the hospital the person has to wear a mask.” When he sees patients that have, or might have, an infectious disease, he always wears a mask, he added.

“The evidence at a population level says it has very little, if any effect. That doesn’t mean it won’t protect some individuals,” he said.

Dr. Bahman Chavoshan, director of respiratory care at St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach, said in a previous interview he believes masking is the key to limiting the spread of infection. But he backed off when asked about imposing mandatory rules, saying educating folks about the importance of masks is a better approach.

In another area mentioned in the letter signed by several doctors, USC’s Klausner also disagrees with the county’s reporting of hospitalizations — a key factor in the CDC community transmission guidelines followed by L.A. County.

A county must have more than 10 new COVID hospitalizations per 100,000 people over a seven-day period to reach the “high” risk level, which Ferrer has said could trigger a sweeping county mask mandate.

The county has been in the “high” category since mid-July and barely missed dropping to “medium” last week, posting a 10.1 per 100,000 residents, just 0.1 too high. On Thursday, the number of daily hospitalizations fell to 1,098 and to 9.9 per 100,000, which dropped the county into the “medium” transmission category, reported Ferrer.

In June, 57% of patients in hospitals in L.A. County were hospitalized for issues other than COVID-19, meaning 43% were hospitalized for complications from the virus, Klausner said. A study he conducted that focused on LAC-USC Medical Center showed that 68% of its hospitalizations were for reasons other than COVID-19, such as heart disease and diabetes. He argued that using this data would have dropped the county into the “medium” level sooner.

 “A couple of pieces of the county’s policy is nonsensical,” Klausner said. “If everyone wears a mask the benefits are quite minimal. And the policy based on hospitalization counts are inaccurate.”

When asked if L.A. County Department of Public Health should report hospitalizations differently, Barger responded: “I know of nobody who had this variant (BA.5) who had become deathly ill. It is more contagious, but it is truly becoming less severe.” She added, “If you talk to public health doctors at UCLA and at USC, they’d say (L.A. County Department of) Public Health needs to reset and assess this for what it is.”

Klausner is also opposed to requiring children to wear masks in schools, saying that 70%, or more, of children attending school have been infected or been vaccinated or both, giving them immunity from severe disease.

“If you are concerned about protecting a child against COVID, you will make sure they are up to date on their vaccine. If they develop a runny nose, fever or cough, get them a medical evaluation,” he said.

From July 9 to Aug. 9, 9% of new COVID cases in the county were among school-age children, Ferrer reported earlier this month. She recommends layers of protections for K-12 students returning to school, starting with vaccines and boosters, and keeping home anyone who has symptoms, following isolation protocols, and getting tested. She also urged students and staff to wear a mask while indoors.

About 35% of school-age children ages 5-11 are fully vaccinated in the county, and 79% of children ages 12-17 are fully vaccinated, Ferrer reported.

AOC and Her Squad Are Fascist Jokes—Time to Mock Them

In the 1930’s Hollywood started to make fun of Hitler and Mussolini, to show Americans the dangers of these killer fascists.  It is time for Hollywood to end being WOKE and start getting serious.  We have a Fascist Caucus in the United Sates Congress.  Starting with the openly Socialist/Communist Bernie Sander to the racist/bigot Fascist Elizabeth Warren.  But, the storm troops for the new American Fascism is led by AOC and her square.

“While half the U.S. population thinks the former bartender with the pretty face and big eyes is intelligence-challenged, the other half believes her every utterance. Some of AOC’s “astute” comments:

  • “Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don’t turn this ship around and so it’s basically like, there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question, you know, ‘Is it okay to still have children?’”
  • “We need to invent a technology that’s never been invented yet.”
  • “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week …”
  • “If Republicans are mad they can’t date me, they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet.”
  • “If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress.”

This is no joke.  Freedom is at stake.  It is time to work hard to elect freedom loving members of Congress—and throw out the fascists. 

The Next Time You’re Ready to ROFL at AOC

By Robin M. Itzler, American Thinker,  8/12/22   

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known to most as AOC, is personally responsible for a cottage industry of funny memes, video parodies, and ROFL (i.e., rolling on the floor laughing) jokes, all at her expense. Would you expect anything different from a beautiful woman who, with a sense of authority, speaks gibberish about serious issues facing the United States? When laughing at the memes, though, remember that in the last century two others were initially mocked when they first came onto the political scene.

In their rise to power, both Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini seemed more like comic-strip villains than diabolical dictators. From Hitler’s wacky mustache to Mussolini’s smirk and from Hitler’s effeminate speaking mannerisms to Mussolini’s standing with outstretched arms on his large hips, imagine all the funny memes and ROFL emojis had the internet been around in the 1930s.

Reviewing R. J. B. Bosworth’s “Mussolini,” which calls for revisiting how history views the Fascist leader, Alexander Stille, writing for the New York Times, opens with:

Americans have tended to think of Benito Mussolini as a cross between a gangster and a buffoon, a ‘‘Sawdust Caesar’’ who hijacked Italian democracy and led his country to disaster as Hitler’s junior partner. But in recent decades a number of Italian historians have disputed this view.

Likewise, writing about Hitler’s accession, Tom Phillips shares:

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In fact, this may even have helped his rise to power, as he was consistently underestimated by the German elite. Before he became Chancellor, many of his opponents had dismissed him as a joke for his crude speeches and tacky rallies. Even after elections had made the Nazis the largest party in the Reichstag, people still kept thinking that Hitler was an easy mark, a blustering idiot who could easily be controlled by smart people.

In Hitlerland, Andrew Nagorski discusses the media’s early impressions of Hitler and the Third Reich.

Yet you had Americans meeting Hitler and saying, “This guy is a clown. He’s like a caricature of himself.” And a lot of them went through this whole litany about how even if Hitler got into a position of power, other German politicians would somehow be able to control him. A lot of German politicians believed this themselves.

In January 1940, the Three Stooges released You Nazty Spy! Moe was the first screen actor to mock Adolph Hitler. Later that year in October, Charlie Chaplin’s classic The Great Dictator was released to great acclaim. In 1941, before Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II, the Three Stooges did a sequel called I’ll Never Heil Again.

All this was a 1930s version of ROFL. In “How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler,” Dr. John Broich, writing in the Smithsonian Magazine, explained,

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But the main way that the press defanged Hitler was by portraying him as something of a joke. He was a “nonsensical” screecher of “wild words” whose appearance, according to Newsweek, “suggests Charlie Chaplin.” His “countenance is a caricature.” He was as “voluble” as he was “insecure,” stated Cosmopolitan.

Hitler and Mussolini weren’t taken seriously by many people during their rise to power because the media presented them as caricatures; more to generate laughter than fear. As 1945 ended with 50 million, worldwide deaths, including the systematic murder of six million Jews, the world had stopped laughing.

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Image: Hitler and Mussolini in 1937AOC in 2022.

Many see AOC as a buffoon

Angry at the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, AOC joined 16 others on July 19 and “performed” in a planned protest outside the court. It made great theater because The Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund had asked the progressive representatives to “submit themselves for arrest.” Yet, much to AOC’s annoyance, the Capitol Police chose not to put her in handcuffs, and that meant a missed photo op.

Not a problem! AOC simply put her hands behind her back and faked the handcuffs during the perp walk. The charade would have been successful had she not outed herself by stupidly raising her fist in the air to cheering onlookers.

Following AOC’s fake handcuff walk, hundreds of humorous memes started populating social media. ROFL….

If you only viewed AOC’s social media posts in the days following January 6, 2021, you would never have known she was not in the Capitol building that day. In a 90-minute Instagram Live video, she vented about how she feared for her life.

Once again, memes started populating social media. ROFL….

More recently, commenting about a video that was shown during the Communist-like January 6 Congressional Hearing led by Never Trump RINO Rep. Liz Cheney, a frightened AOC tweeted, “Good Lord. The way it all comes rushing back into the body. It’s like it’s that day all over again.”

Once again, memes started populating social media. ROFL….

While half the U.S. population thinks the former bartender with the pretty face and big eyes is intelligence-challenged, the other half believes her every utterance. Some of AOC’s “astute” comments:

  • “Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don’t turn this ship around and so it’s basically like, there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question, you know, ‘Is it okay to still have children?’”
  • “We need to invent a technology that’s never been invented yet.”
  • “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week …”
  • “If Republicans are mad they can’t date me, they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet.”
  • “If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress.”

With AOC’s zest for publicity pranks and ignorant comments, she appears to many Americans as a buffoon who is good for a laugh. Just as the media once portrayed Hitler and Mussolini as comical foils.

Some readers might think it’s ludicrous to suggest that horrific events from the last century could ever occur in the United States of America. Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi said, “It happened; therefore, it can happen again. It can happen everywhere.”

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Democrats Endorsed by Chamber of Commerce Help Ram through Biden Agenda as Group’s Influence Dwindles

In 2020 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was warned that by endorsing Democrats for Congress taxes would go up, recession would hit us and the oil industry would be in chaos with the middle class of American bearing the brunt of the War on Freedom.

Now, after 18 months and trillions of tax dollars raised and to be spent by an abusive corrupt government, the Chamber members are feeling the brunt of the corruption of the Chamber leadership.

“The Chamber’s globalist policy prescriptions, representing the nation’s biggest multinational corporations, have long been out-of-touch with the Republican Party’s populist base of working and lower-middle-class Americans.

This year, as working and middle class Americans have been squeezed to the limits by record rates of inflation under the Biden administration, the Chamber has focused its legislative priorities on doubling legal immigration to the U.S. to lower Americans’ wages, amnesty to flood the labor market with millions of newly legalized foreign workers, and returning to a free trade consensus as the “answer” to a powerful China.

Meanwhile, Republican voters in the latest Harvard/Harris Poll said that the cost of living, inflation, soaring gas prices, mass immigration to the U.S., and crime are their top issues going into the midterm elections.

The U.S. Chamber no longer represents the American people or American businesses—instead they are the leading proponents of fascism, theft and bullying.  They, by promoting Democrats in 2020 could be considered the number one cause of inflation and recession—in America and around the world.  Supporting the Chamber is no different than supporting the terrorist supporting United Nations.

Democrats Endorsed by Chamber of Commerce Help Ram through Biden Agenda as Group’s Influence Dwindles

JOHN BINDER, Breitbart,  8/11/22 

The United States Chamber of Commerce’s influence in the beltway of Washington, D.C., has dwindled considerably as Democrats they endorsed continue voting for President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda despite opposition from the big business group.

In the 2020 election, the Chamber made the historic move to endorse 23 House Democrats facing re-election. A total of 15 of those Democrats won their re-elections. In this year’s midterms, the Chamber is endorsing more Democrats.

Most recently, the group endorsed Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) against Republican challenger Frank Pallotta — continuing its notable shift toward the globalist worldview that is increasingly represented by the Democrat Party and its base of upper-middle-class and wealthy voters.

In Washington, D.C., the endorsements have not helped sway Democrats away from some of Biden’s key legislative efforts that the Chamber has lobbied against, as the Wall Street Journal editorial board noted in a recent op-ed:

The Chamber in the runup to 2020 made the unusual decision to alter its voting scorecard to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats for re-election. The theory was that Democrats were likely to control Congress. The endorsements would buy support from Democrats who would resist an assault from the progressive left on taxes and regulation. Fifteen of the 23 won re-election. [Emphasis added]

How does that calculation look now, as the 117th Congress moves into its final months? Every one of the 15 voted for the $1.9 trillion spending bill in March 2020, despite Chamber opposition to sweeping jobless benefits that stoked labor shortages and stimulus checks that fed inflation. They also voted for the PRO Act, a radical pro-union rewrite of labor law. [Emphasis added]

Now comes the big moment of truth as the Schumer-Manchin tax and spend bill heads to the House for a crucial vote this week. The chance of Democratic defections is slim. Despite aggressive Chamber lobbying, all 15 rolled over for the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill last year, so they are unlikely to oppose something that has Sen. Joe Manchin’s approval.
[Emphasis added]

The Chamber’s globalist policy prescriptions, representing the nation’s biggest multinational corporations, have long been out-of-touch with the Republican Party’s populist base of working and lower-middle-class Americans.

This year, as working and middle class Americans have been squeezed to the limits by record rates of inflation under the Biden administration, the Chamber has focused its legislative priorities on doubling legal immigration to the U.S. to lower Americans’ wages, amnesty to flood the labor market with millions of newly legalized foreign workers, and returning to a free trade consensus as the “answer” to a powerful China.

Meanwhile, Republican voters in the latest Harvard/Harris Poll said that the cost of living, inflation, soaring gas prices, mass immigration to the U.S., and crime are their top issues going into the midterm elections.

Fed up with repeated break-ins and crime, Bay Area laundromat owners move out of CA

TESLA, Toyota, Schwab and many other big businesses have left the State.  Many farmers and cattle ranchers have left the State.  A Five Star Italian restaurant went from San Francisco, to Frisco, Texas.  Now even owners of laundromats are fleeing the dirty, illegal alien, diseased streets of California.

“Fed up, and moving out. After dealing with repeated break-ins, theft, vandalism, and more, one family of longtime Bay Area business owners have had enough. They’ve decided to move their entire family picked up, and moved to Alabama.

What plays out at Derek Drake’s Lake Merritt laundromat these days is so outrageous and frequent it almost feels like a heist movie.

“Three out of past four nights people have tried to get into my laundromat. Out of four nights… that’s crazy!” exclaims Derek via Zoom.”

And where is this black family moving, to be safe?  Alabama.  Ironic, huh!

EXCLUSIVE: Fed up with repeated break-ins and crime, Bay Area laundromat owners move out of CA

ByDion Lim, ABC7,  8/9/22 

Fed up with repeated crime, a Bay Area family with laundromat business started by Raiders’ Art Thoms moved out of California, says they won’t return.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Fed up, and moving out. After dealing with repeated break-ins, theft, vandalism, and more, one family of longtime Bay Area business owners have had enough. They’ve decided to move their entire family picked up, and moved to Alabama.

What plays out at Derek Drake’s Lake Merritt laundromat these days is so outrageous and frequent it almost feels like a heist movie.

“Three out of past four nights people have tried to get into my laundromat. Out of four nights… that’s crazy!” exclaims Derek via Zoom.

Derek and his family, have owned laundromats in the East Bay for decades. Derek explained how his father, Raiders legend Art Thoms said to him “my teammates laughed at me when I started buying laundromats 45 years ago.”

But it wasn’t until this past year when the frequency of break-ins and crime seems to have exploded.

A small business in Oakland wants to get the word out about a mass robbery where they say one hundred thousand dollars in merchandise was stolen.

“This is my sixth year of ownership (at Lake Merritt) and I can’t remember a time in the first five years where anybody ever tried to break in,” says Derek.

He shared a number of surveillance videos with ABC7 including one with shows a suspect ram a truck into another location’s front window and steal the ATM.

“That was about a $30,000 bill on that one,” says Derek who is thankful for insurance, but not for the headache.

Men can also be seen on another video, prying open the change machine days later.

“I got hit for $5,000 in just cash.” Says Derek who smiles, thinking back to the whole ordeal. “It’s pretty comical to watch them run across the street with a bag of quarters.”

Despite even going cashless video after video shows more break-ins, including a woman with a crowbar trying to pry open an office door.

Because the hits kept on coming, Derek who was born and raised in the Bay Area, along with his and entire family, decided to leave.

They say how the Bay Area handles crimes like these was one of the main reasons for their move to Alabama.

“We officially moved here in June. It’s just hard-working people living their life.”

Derek’s family isn’t alone. California’s population fell by more than 180,000 in 2020 and has declined two years in a row. While the numbers of people who left the state are still a tiny percentage of the total population, Derek says many of his friends have plans to leave too, citing similar difficulties.

There are more people leaving California than those moving in. Many are wondering if the California Dream is still alive.

Derek’s family just sold their Berkeley laundromat and is contemplating the same for the Oakland location.

“I never imagined selling. Even though it’s a terrible financial situation to take those offers I might.”

His family is now building up their businesses in Alabama. When asked if he’d return anytime soon? A resounding, “no”.

YAF Chapter Sues California College Administrators for Free Speech Violations

If you thought Fresno was a safe place for children and other living things, you are wrong.  In Clovis, the community college has to be sued to enforce the First Amendment right of free speech.   At Clovis Community College speech is as free as it is at Havana Community College.

Despite being officially recognized by the school, the CCC YAF chapter has faced an uphill battle to organize on campus––including administrators scheming to remove the chapter’s approved flyers and limiting the distribution of additional YAF materials to an approved “free speech kiosk.”

As you can tell from one of the posters, this is about reminding people about the cost of freedom and the cost of slavery.  Obviously the Administrators at Clovis must have first worked in Havana or Moscow.

YAF Chapter Sues California College Administrators for Free Speech Violations
Young Americans for Freedom,  8/12/22 

Officers of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Clovis Community College (CCC) in Fresno, California, filed a federal lawsuit against CCC President Dr. Lori Bennett and other administrators on Thursday after facing targeted ideological discrimination for distributing flyers promoting Young America’s Foundation’s Freedom Week initiative.   Officers of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Clovis Community College (CCC) in Fresno, California, filed a federal lawsuit against CCC President Dr. Lori Bennett and other administrators on Thursday after facing targeted ideological
discrimination for distributing flyers promoting Young America’s Foundation’s Freedom Week initiative.        
Despite being officially recognized by the school, the CCC YAF chapter has faced an uphill battle to organize on campus––including administrators scheming to remove the chapter’s approved flyers and limiting the distribution of additional YAF materials to an approved “free speech kiosk.”

Young America’s Foundation, the parent organization of Young Americans for Freedom, is partnering with FIRE to hold Clovis Community College administrators accountable in a court of law. Alejandro Flores, chairman of the Clovis YAF chapter and a plaintiff named in the suit––along with peers Juliette Colunga and Daniel Flores––is determined to hold his school accountable after witnessing firsthand the viewpoint discrimination his chapter faced. “Our goal with this lawsuit is to ensure that everyone has the right to free expression,” Flores said. “When administrators pick and choose what speech is acceptable, you no longer have free speech.

We hope this lawsuit sends a clear message to all tyrannical administrators out there––YAF is on watch.” “Free speech is under attack on campuses across the nation, and the recent, improper action by Clovis Community College administrators is another disappointing example,” stated Young America’s Foundation President Governor Scott Walker. “The school’s leadership violated the First Amendment by stifling and censoring conservative students’ free speech rights. 

Young America’s Foundation is proud to partner with FIRE on this important lawsuit, putting schools nationwide on notice: conservatives will not be bullied into silence and submission.” Read the full complaint here, and visit YAF.org for more updates on this important litigation!