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SOC Meeting

I have come to a decision regarding the Save Our Country (SOC) Meeting. I have decided to cancel any further meetings. There are too many conflicts with schedules etc. and my hearts in a different place right now, representing my community, in a different way, since my election to council in the Town of Apple Valley.
Thank you to all that made this so successful and the many guest speakers who caused us to join together.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Aleman pleads not guilty to felony charges

Former county Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman pleaded not guilty this morning in San Bernardino Superior Court to six felony charges involving the destruction of evidence and altering documents sought by the grand jury. He faces up to 18 years in prison.

I hope that Aleman has kept the hard drive he 'allegedly destroyed' on behalf of Postmus. What was on the county issued computer?

Aleman was recently elected to the Republican Central Committee....when will he resign?

Remember, Aleman has already admitted he had the records changed...'for 100% accuracy'. I believe he has made the admission that he is guilty.

Another BIG question: Supervisor Mitzelfelt who was chief of staff for Postmus for six years has been strangely quiet...!
I believe that Mitzelfelt knows where Bill Postmus was during the fires in 2006 and he should do the honest thing and discuss with the county disability board, his fellow supervisors and certainly with the people of this county where his boss was and if he had been in drug rehab during his 'leadership while serving on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.' It would also be helpful if Mitzelfelt told us just what drugs Postmus was consuming and for how long. Where was the rehab facility at? Did he use a county vehicle while under the influence of these drugs? And finally: In your (Mitzelfelt's) opinion was the county and it's people compromised due to drug use?

Just last month Postmus stated that he did the right thing by sending the county attorneys out of the room so that he and Supervisor Paul Biane could negotiate with the Colonies partners...and went on to say the attorneys were not adept in their duties! So, Postmus and Biane - who by the way - appointed these attorneys - could negotiate better than well qualified attorneys? We paid the Colonies $102 million for there fantastic negotiating and Jeffrey Burum the co-partner of the Colonies has buddied with Postmus and Biane in endorsing Mitt Romney on a slate mailer. Burum has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in their campaigns including $93 thousand dollars for Mitzelfelt's recent campaign for District 1 Supervisor...

Stop the insanity...

Bill Postmus needs to be a real politician


10:00 PM PDT on Friday, July 25, 2008

Bill Postmus doesn't seem to have learned much during his time as a politician.
Despite a six-year stint on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and a year and a half as county assessor, he hasn't acted like a seasoned elected official.
With his office under investigation, his political bosom buddies falling by the wayside and his former supervisorial colleagues looking at mechanisms for removing him from his assessor position, Postmus announced this week that he was taking a medical leave.
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What he failed to announce was that he was going into rehab.
C'mon Bill, be a real politician.
Any more, this is the modus operandi of veteran office holders.
Remember Rep. Mark Foley? Caught sending naughty messages to male pages, the Florida legislator resigned and entered treatment for alcoholism and other "behavioral problems."
Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, got tagged for having sticky fingers that just happened to attract money from the wrong places. His answer? Rehab.
And when Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, crashed his car near the Capitol, he practically ran straight from the accident site to a drug clinic.
But not Postmus. Maybe that's still to come.
The assessor reportedly did stop by the retirement board office. There's been much speculation that he may seek a disability retirement. He could receive an annual payment of more than $87,000 for life.
The only trick would be figuring out the convoluted reasoning that would allow someone who espouses hardcore Republican views to also be on the dole.
Whether Postmus can manage that kind of mental agility, one thing is certain. He is keeping the legacy alive.
Postmus is just the latest in a long line of San Bernardino County officials to wrap himself in the stink of scandal. Deserved or not, his name now will be linked with those of former county chief James Hlawek, former administrative officer Harry Mays and former supervisor Jerry Eaves.
With guys like these, San Bernardino has given federal investigators so much business it seems like we should get some kind of cash-back bonus.

But unlike his predecessors, Postmus has a digital age trophy -- a YouTube video. You can find it at http://youtube.com/watch?v=ylTVnB58wnM
Barb Stanton, 59, of Victorville, is behind the creation. She sings, "Tell us what you did, Bill," over the strains of Lionel Richie's "Hello."
Stanton, who has an independent radio talk show, once worked with Postmus. She said the video grew out of a restless night.
"The day his office was raided, I couldn't sleep," Stanton says. "I found the karaoke music and I just starting singing. It wasn't written out. Bitterness, I think would be the inspiration."
Several years ago, Stanton says, "I thought (Postmus) was the savior of the High Desert. We loved him so much in the beginning. It took me about a year to see that things weren't quite right.
"In the past year," she says, her admiration for Postmus "turned into disdain."
Stanton says she has gotten a lot of feedback on the video. She plans to do a sequel.
I'm sure Bill can hardly wait.

Reach Mark Muckenfuss at 909-806-3059 or mmuckenfuss@PE.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Assessor Postmus takes Medical Leave!

Strange how Postmus is hardly mentioned and all the ink is on his replacement...guess there isn't much you can say about Postmus. I believe that this is Postmus way of delaying or possibly stopping the recall that has been started and the removal actions beginning by the supervisors.

Postmus should resign today and save us all the trouble of removing him...You can't run from your troubles Bill... Medical leave? Is he losing his mind? He rambles and studders and makes no sense....is reality setting in?

The reality is that the people of this county have lost all faith in Assessor Bill Postmus.

Here is the press release issued today at 4:30PM

County Assessor Bill Postmus Takes Medical Leave of Absence, Temporarily Assigns Responsibilities To Assistant Assessor For Operations Harlow Cameron

SAN BERNARDINO – San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus today announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence. As part this announcement, Postmus is transferring all duties and responsibilities to a thirty-five- year -veteran of the department, Assistant Assessor for Operations Harlow Cameron.
Based on the recommendation of his physician, the leave of absence will be for ten weeks.
As is customary in all San Bernardino County matters pertaining to absences related to medical considerations, the reasons for Assessor Postmus’ leave of absence will remain confidential.
“Harlow Cameron is an invaluable and longtime member of this department,” Postmus stated. “Under Harlow Cameron’s stewardship, I know the office will be in outstanding hands while I am away from the office,” Postmus stated.
Assistant Assessor for Operations Harlow Cameron is a 35-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office. Harlow Cameron was born and raised in Upland. He is a graduate of Upland High School in 1968 and the University of Redlands 1972.
Harlow Cameron began his career with the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office as a real property appraiser in 1973. He was promoted to Supervising District Appraiser in 1977 and served in that capacity in four different field offices for twenty years. Many sweeping changes that drastically changed the business functions of property tax valuation and administration occurred in those years. The most significant of these was the Proposition 13 initiative and subsequent legislation. Cameron helped in the planning, transition, and practical implementation of the succession of property tax law changes. In 1997, Harlow was selected to serve as the Chief of Assessment Services to oversee the valuation support functions of the department. As the manager of the Assessment Services Division he was the Assessor team leader on the Property Information Management System database rewrite project and the department Y2K coordinator.
Cameron was appointed to his previous position of Chief Appraiser in 2001. In this role he was responsible for the administration of the Valuation Division which appraises all locally taxable real and personal property in the County. He directed staff in nine Real Property field offices, the Business Personal Property section, the Special Properties unit, and Assessment Appeals in the valuation of over 800,000 parcels totaling $182 billion on the assessment roll and the performance of valuation related public service. Harlow Cameron actively supports technological development and utilization of data resources that improve the accuracy of appraisals and the efficiency of the valuations staff.

Since his appointment as assistant assessor for operations in early November 2007, Mr. Cameron has overseen approximately 200 employees and he worked with his staff in completing the 2008 Annual Assessment Roll, as he has done in several previous years in his various roles in the Office of the County Assessor.
Harlow Cameron enjoys family, church, outdoor recreation, and small construction projects. He served on the board of elders of the Twin Peaks Community Church for twenty years.
Cameron will assume the responsibilities as acting assessor beginning Thursday July 24, 2008.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008


Karl is right on with this one!


Some government officials view members of the public as mushrooms, to be kept in the dark and covered with manure.

San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus is surely one of those officials. Postmus waged a pitched battle, at county expense, last year to resist turning over calendars and e-mails from his time on the Board of Supervisors in 2006.

Now, his aide, Adam Aleman, has been criminally charged with destruction of public records. The district attorney's office says Aleman deep-sixed the hard-drive of a laptop computer that belonged to his boss when Postmus was a supervisor. Postmus has not been charged with a crime.

The same day Aleman was arrested, June 30, the county Grand Jury issued a scathing report saying the assessor's office had been widely used for political purposes, with staffers engaging in Republican Party activities at county expense.

The Grand Jury found that when Postmus took office in January 2007, he hired an "executive support staff" that "lacked experience or training directly associated with assessor work." Most of the "executive support staff" had been with Postmus when he was on the Board of Supervisors or Republican Central Committee chairman.

While dedicated career employees who'd been on the job before Postmus was elected did the day-to-day work, Postmus' people did "public image" work and "engaged in political activities for various national, state and local political candidates during normal working hours." In other words, Postmus harnessed your tax dollars to the service of his own large political ambitions, whether you liked it or not. That's called taxation without representation.

County lawyers resisted turning over e-mails and calendars belonging to Postmus and Supervisor Paul Biane because, they claimed, disclosing those e-mails would supposedly interfere with these honchos' ability to do their jobs. The recent events expose this argument as a smoke screen.

Last year, the state Supreme Court ruled that the release of public employee salary records can expose "corruption, incompetence, inefficiency and favoritism." The recent events involving Postmus show just how right the court is and why good citizens shouldn't let public officials like Postmus keep them in the dark.

Karl Olson, an attorney in San Francisco, represented the California First Amendment Coalition in its open-records lawsuit against Bill Postmus and San Bernardino County last year.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Dan Seagondollar announces run for Apple Valley Council

Apple Valley Architect Dan Seagondollar announced his intention to run for Apple Valley council today on the Barb Stanton Show.

Seagondollar has a long history in the town. He just completed service on the General Plan Advisory Committee and has served on the planning commission from 1994 to 1998 representing Councilman Bob Berchfield.

Seagondollar ran for council in 2006, coming just short by 200 votes of being placed on the council.

More on this soon...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Assistant Assessor Aleman resigns!


After the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor's intensely discussed the irregularities in the Assessor's office Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman resigned today.

Board Chairman Paul Biane called for his termination for continuing to collect his $119,000 salary while facing six felony counts related to destroying public records.

“The taxpayers of San Bernardino County should not be paying Aleman’s salary while his criminal case works its way through the courts,” stated Biane during the weekly
supervisor's meeting. “I call on the Assessor to terminate Adam Aleman immediately,” Biane said.

“These are things that if any other county officials admitted to, they would no longer be employed,” Biane added. Biane went on to say that it’s pretty clear when looking at the sworn affidavit regarding the investigation that Aleman openly admits to altering documents.

Biane looked stern and weary during his pronouncement regarding Assessor Bill Postmus and the activities within his offices.

Aleman,was arrested on June 30, at 10:45 in the morning at his home in Rancho Cucamonga. Aleman is charged with six felony counts - three counts of preparing false evidence; one count of offering forged or altered documents as evidence; one count of destruction of public records; and one count of vandalism over $400. Aleman posted his $150,000 bail on the same evening as his arrest.

Tuesday evening, San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus issued a statement that Adam Aleman, had tendered his resignation via letter. Aleman's finale becomes effective on Friday.

Postmus responded to Aleman’s resignation, “It is with tremendous sadness that I accept your letter of resignation,” Postmus wrote. “For over three years, you have been an invaluable key member of my staff. I thank you for all you have accomplished for the people of San Bernardino County.” The letter went on to ask the public to withhold judgment of Aleman as he focuses on the charges against him, despite the information in the affidavit.

On an interim basis, the responsibilities of Aleman will be conducted by Assistant Assessor for Operations Harlow Cameron, a 35-year employee of the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office.

NOTE: It continues to baffle me that Bill Postmus carries on the charade and goes beyond the 'normal' thank you for your service, letter. In my opinion (and many others) for three years the people of this county had paid for the services of an unqualified and political activist employee. Too bad Postmus can't explain precisely what Aleman has done for the people of San Bernardino County. Maybe it should have said - thank you for what you had DONE TO the people of San Bernardino County. But he (Postmus) wasn't lying when he stated that Aleman had been an invaluable key member of his staff. Sure he was, and maybe will continue to be - although it looks like the people of this county will not be footing the bill.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ron Wilson former CEO of DCB opens bank in Louisiana

Ron Wilson former CEO of DCB is in Louisiana ..
I spoke with Ron and he is doing well...although his step-son was killed in a motorcycle accident in June...sad news.

Chief Executive Officer Ronald Wilson said South Louisiana Business Bank had a goal of raising at least $12 million before its initial stock offering ends on Aug. 31.

The bank began operating at its headquarters on July 1st, Wilson explained to me, and will hold a grand opening when the stock offering is complete.

South Louisiana Business Bank is the first locally chartered bank to open in Ascension Parish since United Community Bank opened in 1998, according to the state Office of Financial Institutions.

Wilson said the South Louisiana Business Bank began forming in April 2007. It was organized by about 25 people, all of whom have business interests in Ascension and Livingston parishes and several of whom have experience in the banking industry.

“We need a business bank here to choose from, one that’s here in our own backyard,” Wilson said.

Postmus continues games of deception with the people

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have asked prosecutors to investigate possible illegal political activity in San Bernardino County Asessor Bill Postmus office. This request following the scathing report issued by the grand jury regarding the activities within the confines of the assessor's domain.

It has become clear that Postmus wanted to remain a political player within the Republican party. It reveals how documents were modified, which has come to light by the recently released search warrant. And ultimately how the county grand jury's report led to the arrest of Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman.

The district attorneys office raided the assessors office on April 10th investigators seized documents and computers during the raid.

Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman, 25, was arrested on six felony charges, including presenting false evidence to the grand jury and destroying public records. The district attorney states that the investigation is ongoing.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Paul Biane said that County employees began receiving political e-mails from full-time members of the assessor's staff during regular work hours. He asked the staff to inspect e-mails sent and received by Mike Richman, a consultant whom Postmus hired in 2007.

Chairman Biane has indicated numerous times that he is surprised and concerned by the alleged political activities in the assessors office. He has also stated that Bill Postmus has been a longtime friend. To have his office investigated by the district attorney was a very serious decision made here by myself and county counsel, Biane explained to local media representatives.

Many insiders have stated that Biane's staff is also guilty of politicking on the time clock.

Postmus has made statements alleging 'shock' about the activities within his kingdom. Which I find laughable...who does Postmus think he is really kidding?

In my past relationship with Bill Postmus and staffers, when he was Supervisor, it was considered within the bounds of a normal work day to spend time on republican issues. His top staffers in his office talked about and maneuvered in the political arena - it was all politics...interaction I had with staffers was about the GOP and the republican movement.

When will Aleman be terminated or quit? How long will public money pay his $58 per hour?

The following is a partial news report by Mr. Gang for the Press Enterprise.

Postmus spokesman Ted Lehrer said there is no evidence in a separate grand jury report released Monday or in the charges against Aleman to suggest the assessor was aware of any improper political activity.

"It's becoming clear to the public and to the assessor that this is and has been a politically motivated witch hunt conducted by those with politically motivated agendas," Lehrer said.

The grand jury criticized the assessor's office for using county e-mail systems for political activity. The grand jury reviewed thousands of e-mails as part of its investigation.

The content of the e-mails included "arranging political meetings, solicitations for campaign contributions, instructions to move campaign monies from one campaign fund to another, solicitation of political proxies" and political discussions on a Republican blog, the grand jury found.

According to copies of the e-mails, Richman asked longtime Postmus campaign treasurer Betty Presley in May 2007 to forward contributions to Assembly and state Senate candidates.

Richman sent the e-mails at Postmus' request, according to copies of the e-mails.

Biane in a statement said he raised the issue with Postmus.

"This was most concerning because then-Supervisor Postmus and I had both had County Counsel train our offices on ethical standards, specifically on the prohibition against the use of county resources for political activities," Biane said.

"After Mr. Postmus became assessor, County Counsel and I both admonished him on what we believed was happening in his office," Biane said. "Despite this, the activity continued."

Lehrer said Postmus never received any admonishment and demanded Biane's office produce copies.

In an interview earlier this week, Richman said his Blackberry was inappropriately set up with a county e-mail address.

According to the affidavit, Jim Erwin, a former assistant assessor for operations, told the grand jury that Richman was a political ally of Postmus.

"Erwin said that Postmus still wants to be a 'political player' but that he no longer has the political power he had as a member of the Board of Supervisors," according to the affidavit.

"Mike Richman ... retains a reputation in the 'political arena,' which caused Postmus to want Richman to be 'on his team,' and enhance Postmus' political standing."

According to the affidavit, Erwin told the grand jury that Richman walked around the office talking about political campaigns, raising concerns from other employees that little work for the county was being done.

In an interview, Erwin said he stands by his testimony. He said the political activity is why he quit the assessor's office last year.

Richman called Erwin's accusations false.

Richman's Role

To date, no arrests have been made over illegal political activity in the assessor's office or the misuse of county e-mail.

The move from a complaint filed about e-mails to an arrest on charges of falsifying documents appears to stem from attempts to make it look like Richman did more work than he might have actually done, according to the affidavit.

Richman and his MPR Strategies firm received a $49,200 no-bid contract to create community outreach events, to promote a monthly newsletter and to forge ties with the state Board of Equalization.

Aleman ordered a secretary to change minutes of executive staff meetings, according to the affidavit.

For instance, meeting minutes from June 18, 2007, show that Rex Gutierrez, the assessor's director of intergovernmental affairs, had been "unable to get a response from Matt Cunningham regarding progress on the Annual Report. Adam (Aleman) will contact Matt and request an update."

The altered minutes, according to the affidavit, put Richman's name in place of Aleman's.

Aleman told the grand jury he was simply correcting errors, the court records show. But he made the changes between the time when the grand jury asked for the documents and the deadline for turning them over, the affidavit contends.

Richman told investigators that he did not know exactly why Aleman might have changed the documents, other than to "attempt to bolster my involvement in something that wasn't even contractually mine to deal with anyway," the affidavit shows.

In an interview, Richman said he stands by what he told investigators.

Appeal Denied

Superior Court Judge David Cohn signed the search warrant in April and initially had it sealed at the request of the district attorney's office. Prosecutors argued that releasing the document could jeopardize their investigation.

The Press-Enterprise successfully challenged an original order to have the warrant sealed, and the state Court of Appeal sided with the newspaper on Tuesday.

Cohn ordered the documents released on Wednesday after denying a last-minute appeal by prosecutors to redact some names and other references to the grand jury investigation.

Baine said the release of the documents prompted him to acknowledge his role in filing the complaint with prosecutors.

He said he has traded e-mails and phone messages with Postmus since Monday but has not had an opportunity for an extensive discussion on the affidavit and the grand jury report.

Past county leaders have made ethical missteps before, most notably in the 1990s, when former top officials were prosecuted for taking bribes.

Biane said people will look back at the 1990s and see efforts by supervisors to cover up misdeeds.

"Here, it was brought to my attention and immediately turned over to the district attorney," Biane said by telephone. "There is definitely a different culture here."

High Desert Home Prices for June 2008

Median price per square foot for sales of existing single-family homes in June.

Listed by zip code - the price per square foot - the number of units sold - and the percentage change from one year ago. Prices provided by Data-Quick

ADELANTO: 92301 / $ 90/ 40/ -43.4%
APPLE VALLEY: 92307 / $109/ 55/ -31.0%
APPLE VALLEY: 92308 / $113/ 35/ -37.3%
BARSTOW: 92311 / $ 95/ 21/ -36.4%
HESPERIA: 92344 / $ 96/ 36/ -46.7%
HESPERIA: 92345 / $110/ 86/ -37.0%
HINKLEY: 92347 / $ 59/ 1/ -11.8%
LUCERNE VALLEY: 92356 / $115/ 2/ - 8.4%
PHELAN: 92371 / $103/ 8/ -51.1%
PINON HILLS: 92372 / $113/ 5/ -35.6%
VICTORVILLE: 92392 / $100/ 100/ -40.8%
VICTORVILLE: 92394 / $ 88/ 46/ -44.4%
VICTORVILLE: 92395 / $ 98/ 35/ -43.7%


We're taking Back America - Notice is served

The Mojave Cross has been torn down again!

As expected, the Mojave National Preserve employees removed the cross erected the day prior. The seven foot cross made of PVC pipe was erected as a War Memorial on Monday, May 31, 2010 during a celebration of Memorial Day and the Mojave Cross. At noon today a call came from the site that the cross has been removed again!

Most of the small wooden crosses inscribed with the name of a fallen American hero were wedged into crevices of the rock and are still there today.


Taliban Video of Captive Soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl - Family Pleads for His Release

The family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl speaks out. Bergdahl was captured in eastern Afghanistan in June and his location is undetermined. The family is pleading for the release of their son, and urging him to "stay strong." Lt. Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard issued a statement Friday from the family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. airborne infantryman who was taken by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika province. In their statement, the family is urging the captors "to let our only son come home." And to their son, the family says, "We love you and we believe in you. Stay strong." Bergdahl, is the only known American serviceman in captivity. Marsano met with the family Friday morning at their home outside Hailey, Idaho.

U.S. Soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl

U.S. Soldier Pfc. Bowe  Bergdahl
Bergdahl captured by the Taliban and held hostage since June




The Nevada Development Authority released this flier today as part of a campaign to attract California businesses to Las Vegas.




Governor makes 'Stand For California' pitch - says "No Tax Hikes"




Newspapers, public must take more responsibility for election of public officials

By Charles Roberts, Editor, Highland Community News

“They didn’t become scalawags the day they were elected,” said San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales as she addressed the Democratic Luncheon Club Friday.

Speaking of elected officials, she advised, “Look at how they treat their families, their neighbors.”

She said questionable candidates should be culled out well before the election, and blamed the electorate for putting crooks into office.

“You are the beneficiaries of bad government,” she said. “And you are the beneficiaries of good government.”

She also took a swipe at County Supervisor Neil Derry for his choice of staff members, but added that supervisors have control over staff member choices, and her job is to work with everyone to get things done for the good of her constituents.

“I will work with anyone to deliver the services you need,” she said.

It’s worked well for her. She is now in the sixth month of her second term, and “so far, everything I put forward has been accepted.”

Noting that District Attorney Michael Ramos has not completed the investigation of former Assessor Bill Postmus, Gonzales said she asked Ramos point blank if he (Ramos) had been involved in anything illegal or extramarital, and he assured her he had not.

She urged him not to defraud and “do not bend to pressure.

She said she has continued to support Ramos, and still does until she is proved wrong in her trust.

She had high praise for County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer (“a good man, says it like it is”) and economic consultant John Husing (“honest, straight shooter”).

On the subject of the Grand Jury, she said one year is too short a term for members, and they should be given more power.

On campaign contributions, she said she works to be transparent, and criticized shadow committees that operate just inside the boundaries of the law and take little or no responsibility for questionable mailers and other mudslinging activities, and urged better investigation of political activities.

“There was a time when newspapers did that, but they have fallen by the wayside,” she observed. “Where are the reporters who have the tools and the right (to investigate)?”

Still, she sees no need for an ethics commission, calling it “baby sitting in disguise.”

While agreeing that ethics should be taught in school, she said adults should know what is right and wrong and do what is right.

From FlashReport


Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

June 15, 2009

[Publisher's Note: As part of an ongoing effort to bring original, thoughtful commentary to you here at the FlashReport, I am pleased to present this column from Jon Coupal. Coupal is the President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association - Flash]

If you are new to the FlashReport, please check out the main site and the acclaimed FlashReport Weblog on California politics.

A great line from Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain is “you probably think this song is about you.” Well, if you are reading this, Anthony Adams, rest assured that this column is not about you. It is about reasonable taxpayer expectations.

Some brief history: Anthony Adams is the Assemblyman who represents parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties who, along with two others in the Assembly, broke ranks with GOP colleagues to provide the votes needed to approve a $12 billion tax increase in February. That increase was part of a package that included putting Proposition 1A on the ballot which would have dealt taxpayers another $16 billion blow.

Since casting votes which inflicted irreparable harm to already overburdened taxpayers, Adams has taken the position that those votes were actually courageous because they prevented California from “going off a cliff.” For the record, there are those who describe Adam’s actions in more colorful and less flattering language.

Adams is a first term legislator who was elected to office by ordinary folks who work hard to look after their families, keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table, while at the same time generously paying high taxes to support others who cannot, or will not, support themselves. In this economy, many of these same voters now have a new challenge – holding on to their jobs and homes. So, after Adams voted to increase taxes that were already the highest in the nation, it is no surprise that many of his constituents now support an effort to remove him via recall. They cannot, they say, afford to take the chance that Adams will remain in office long enough to cast any more of his “courageous” votes.

Now in survival mode, Adams has abandoned his base of working taxpayers and sought the protection of the governor and the financial support of the “tuxedo class” to preserve his office.

Some argue that any recall of legislators who violated their written pledges to voters is a waste of time and money. What’s the point anyway when Adams can be challenged in the primary election just 12 months away? Is the recall effort just an over the top response by reactionaries seeking revenge, or is there a legitimate basis for resort to this tool of direct democracy?

First, it would be difficult to argue that Adam’s own actions would not provide substantial grounds for immediate dismissal from a private sector job. His foremost transgressions would clearly constitute “job fraud,” which is described as “fraudulent or deceptive activity or representation on the part of an employee…toward an employer.” There can be little debate that Adams misrepresented his views to his employer – voters – prior to the election.

Want proof? A mailer Adams sent out asking for votes states “I will oppose any attempt to raise taxes.” Additionally, Adams signed the following, “I Anthony Adams, pledge to the taxpayers of the 59th Assembly District of the State of California and to all the people of this state, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

And there is absolutely no evidence that enhanced interrogation techniques were used to compel Adams to make these declarations. The principal of “no new taxes” was clearly represented by Adams as a core belief and commitment and was presented to the public as a reason to elect him to office.

And that is what distinguishes his situation from all the Democrats who voted for the tax increases. That is precisely the behavior we expect from the majority party. And we are aware of no Democrat legislator in California who has signed the no tax pledge.

Some argue that all Republicans who voted for the tax increases should be recalled. While there is some merit behind that position, the other Republicans who voted for the “grand deal” either did not sign the pledge or are termed out of office. Adams situation, when taken as a whole, is different: A first termer who is now equally strident about defending his anti-taxpayer vote as he was strident about being a defender of taxpayer interests before the election.

There is another reason why the current Adams recall is wholly justified: Those Californians who do not live off the public dime want to make sure that those legislators who claim to represent the interests of taxpayers will continue to do so. Every member of the California Legislature is now constantly being pressured to save this or that program by the conga line of special interests now testifying in budget committees. Quite frankly, those who pay the bills don’t have time to travel to Sacramento to engage in this mindless dance. Recalling a legislator who stabbed us in the back is a good way to remind other legislators that there are certain acts which are unforgivable and punishable by the political death penalty known as recall.

The mission statement of the
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assocation reads:

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights including the right to limited taxation, the right to vote on tax increases and the right of economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

Accomplished taxpayer advocate and prominent attorney Jon Coupal, as President of the HJTA, heads up an organization that plays a critical role here in the Golden State . Beginning with the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, the HJTA has consistently been the lead organization looking out for the rights of California taxpayers. In literally EVERY major battle that occurs in Sacramento, where the forces of irresponsible government growth are trying to figure out another scheme to raise taxes or fees to redistribute taxpayer funds to the latest 'must fund' program, Jon and the HJTA are there to ask the tough questions, and to wave a big stick. You see, the HJTA doesn't just talk the talk. Whether leading efforts to get their many, many grassroots members to lobby their elected officials, going to court to fight illegal tax increases, or marshaling resources to take tax-protection measures to the electorate, HJTA has been there. But not just on a statewide level, but also at the local level -- fighting against local bond measures and fee-increase schemes that seek to unduly and unfairly burden taxpayers.

Traci Dean Rally


Thank you to Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt who clarified his association with Assemblyman Anthony Adams and Adams recent fundraiser which featured the Governor.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt clarified the information on a printed invitation which is shown below this article. The invitation stated that the supervisor was on the Host Committee and in support of Assemblyman Anthony Adams fund raising activities.

In a phone call today the Supervisor stated, “I did not agree to be on the Host Committee.”

Mitzelfelt went on to say that the original event he was involved in was a fundraiser in Victorville with Steve Poizner as guest speaker. Mitzelfelt said, “I had agreed to be on the Host Committee. Post that event it changed to the governor event. Adams used me on the host committee without permission.”

“I would have preferred to be asked again,” Mitzelfelt stated. “I did not go to the event. Anthony is my friend but I did not agree with his vote on the budget.”

Mitzelfelt mentioned the recalls that have been filed against 59th District Assemblyman Anthony Adams, “The recall is between him and the voters. I think this is an unfortunate situation, but we will just have to see how it goes.”



This bogus information was posted on Victorville's Website....thousands of jobs?

Victorville, CA - The City’s recently approved $568 million budget reflects funding for essential city services such as police and fire, as well as continued investment in job development.

According to City Manager Jon Roberts, the City currently invests in economic development to bring jobs and new services to Victorville.

Through the City’s efforts, thousands of manufacturing and logistics jobs have been created in town and at Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA), as well as countless retail and service related jobs throughout the High Desert.

Last year, Newell-Rubbermaid opened its distribution center at SCLA creating some 150 jobs. This month Dr Pepper Snapple is set to begin construction on its west coast distribution facility creating 200 new jobs.

In addition to the creation of new jobs, the City’s investment into infrastructure has increased the City’s ability to offer new services such as paramedic service, crime reduction programs, and new road projects . This year the City will complete construction of a new park and fire station at Eucalyptus and Topaz.

“In these tough economic times, the City is reinvesting taxpayer dollars back into the economy,” said Roberts. “All of our economic development efforts come down to one simple concept, job creation.”

It is hard to understand the direction Victorville is going in. So far the majority of jobs created have been low paying and substandard. I certainly don't see the thousands of jobs that are mentioned in this article that was posted on their website.

A message to the City: 'You can fool some of the people...aw you know where I'm going with this one'
By the way: retail sales are down 15% in Victorville and up 35% in Apple Valley. Oh, Hesperia reports an 8% increase.....Barb

The Treasury Dept. has issued a new dollar bill to reflect the state of the economy.

The Treasury Dept. has issued a new dollar bill to reflect the state of the economy.
Oh my God!