“Believe in yourself and live with honor. Hold your head high while remaining humble, and receptive to others needs.” Barb Stanton 2009

Recognized as a Victor Valley Most Inspiring Woman

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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Sorry for the inconvenience.


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THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Join our rally Memorial Day

WE ARE LEAVING 9AM SHARP FROM THE PARK AND RIDE LOT OFF THE 15 FREEWAY AT BEAR VALLEY RD. IN VICTORVILLE. THE CARAVAN IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT THE MOJAVE CROSS AT 10:30AM. OUR VEHICLES WILL PROUDLY DISPLAY FLAGS ON OUR VEHICLES DURING THE DRIVE.
THERE WILL BE A FLAG FOR EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS AT THE SITE.

WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 100 SMALL WOODEN CROSSES INSCRIBED WITH THE NAMES OF FALLEN HEROES FROM WWI AND OTHER ENGAGEMENTS IN HONOR OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOMS. THESE SMALL CROSSES WILL BE SPRINKLED AROUND THE BASE OF THE ROCK THAT FORMALLY HELD THE MOJAVE CROSS, AND ALLOWED TO MIX INTO THE EARTH AS A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM AND HONOR TO THE FALLEN.

BRING WATER, CHAIR, LUNCH, UMBRELLA OR WHATEVER WILL MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE IN THE DESERT. BRING YOUR PATRIOTIC SPIRIT, WE WILL PLAY MUSIC AND FORM A HUMAN CROSS AS A CLIMAX TO THIS HISTORIC EVENT....RESTORE THE MOJAVE CROSS AMERICA!


Memorial Day rally at Mojave Cross site
By
Press Enterprise

Proponents of the disputed, stolen, replaced and — most recently — torn down Mojave Cross war memorial are planning a Memorial Day rally at the site where some version of the cross has stood for 76 years.


The cross, erected by a group of veterans in 1934 as a tribute to their fallen comrades, has been the subject of a decade-long court fight over whether the religious symbol should be allowed to stand on public land in the Mojave National Preserve.

The U.S. Supreme Court late last month ruled that it could remain, at least until a lower court revisited the issue. But two weeks later, it was stolen. Soon after, a cross reappeared in the same location, but was ordered down by the U.S. Justice Department after it was deemed to be a replica of the stolen cross.

Monday's rally in support of the effort to replace the cross is scheduled between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Sunrise Rock, about 10 miles south of Interstate 15 near Cima Road. According to a press release issued by the organizers, a "human cross" will stand atop Sunrise Rock (in place of the real deal) for the duration of the rally.

— Ben Goad
bgoad@PE.com

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Norco woman settles housing discrimination free speech suit
Julie Waltz settles her case with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for $110,000 after her protests of a group home for the developmentally disabled prompted an investigation.

By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times

May 29, 2010

A Norco housewife, whose protests against a group home for the developmentally disabled drew the scrutiny of housing discrimination investigators, has settled a lawsuit alleging the government inquiry infringed on her right to free speech.

Julie Waltz, 64, agreed this month to settle her case in exchange for $110,000 and the promise that the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing will establish a "Julie Waltz First Amendment Policy."

The new policy prohibits the department from investigating citizens for housing discrimination solely on the basis of free speech activity, including speaking at public meetings, and writing, distributing and displaying signs or newspaper articles critical of public housing projects, even if they appear to advocate discriminatory policies.

The department agreed to adopt the new policy, seek to incorporate it in the California Code of Regulations and will publish it on its website and train employees in its use.

The dispute began when Waltz said she learned from public records that the group home next door to her house intended to serve clients who might make inappropriate sexual advances or who were small-time arsonists. At the time, however, the group home operator said no such individuals lived in the home.

Waltz covered her lawn with protest signs, including one that states in large red letters: "Your wife and kids are potential rape victims per Ca. govt policy."

After her signs appeared, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing received a complaint from lawyers representing group home residents that alleged Waltz was subjecting them to "verbal, visual and physical" harassment based on their disability.

The complainants said Waltz yelled at staff and residents at the group home; called the police on numerous occasions when disabled residents were seen in the front yard of the group home; used surveillance equipment to monitor group home staff and residents; and followed a disabled resident of the group home on foot and yelled at her.

Waltz denied the charges and said the state offered to end the investigation if she removed her signs. Finally, after a nearly yearlong investigation, the state determined in 2007 that it was unable to substantiate the allegations against her and closed the case.

If found in violation of anti-discrimination laws because of her demonstrations, Waltz could have been ordered to end her protests, pack up her signs and pay fines.

In an interview this week, Waltz said, "I wouldn't say my speech is offensive, but even if it is, the very speech someone says that's offensive is the speech we need to protect."

The Center for Individual Rights, a conservative public interest law firm in Washington, represented Waltz pro bono. The firm's general counsel, Michael E. Rosman, said, "Although the state did not admit liability in this settlement, they have changed their policy and obviously have some understanding that they were doing something wrong."

Department of Fair Employment and Housing Director Phyllis Cheng said in a prepared statement: "Thanks to Ms. Waltz, the DFEH has improved its policy and practice of conducting housing discrimination investigations. I am pleased that we have now strengthened the department's procedures in enforcing the civil rights of all Californians."

garrett.therolf@latimes.com

Jim Lindley Lands a Job



Dunsmuir hires new city administrator


The Dunsmuir City Council recently approved an employment contract with Jim Lindley of San Bernardino County. He is scheduled to begin work in Dunsmuir June 1, 2010.

By Ami Ridling
Mount Shasta Area Newspapers
Posted May 26, 2010 @ 01:10 PM
Dunsmuir, Calif. —

Dunsmuir’s new city manager is a former mayor, city council member and chairman of water district board of directors responsible for water and sewer operations for more than 88,000 people.

The Dunsmuir City Council approved an employment contract with Jim Lindley of San Bernardino County during its meeting Thursday. He is scheduled to begin work in Dunsmuir June 1.

While this will be the first time Lindley has worked as a city administrator, he has held a steady stream of public-sector supervisory positions for the past 12 years and private-sector managerial positions for more than 25 years.

Lindley’s employment agreement is for an initial three-year term at a $90,000 annual salary. He will also receive a $4,000 reimbursement for moving expenses. After the three-year term, his contract will be amended to reflect salary adjustments.

“The position of city administrator is not a policy-making position,” Lindley said while introducing himself during the May 20 council meeting. “I will present options to the council for them to make decisions.”

He said he looks forward to joining and serving the community as the new city administrator while enjoying the beauty that the Dunsmuir area has to offer.

“I hope that this administrator will give us visions and abilities that we cannot even imagine,” planning commission member Richard DuPertuis said before the council.

Nick Mitchell, who was among those chosen to participate in the community panel interviews during the hiring process, praised the council for selecting Lindley. “I look forward to working with him in the future,” he stated.

L.B. Hayhurst & Associates, a professional search firm hired by the city to recruit qualified applicants, received 63 applications for the position of managing city affairs.

Nine candidates were interviewed by the council last month. The three finalists were interviewed by community panels. Ultimately, the council voted to offer the position to Lindley during a closed session meeting on May 1.

Acting city administrator Alan Harvey was scheduled to resign from his position on May 18. However, he agreed with the council to enter into a week-to-week part-time employment contract with the city until Lindley takes over the reins.

Managing experience
Lindley holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in public administration.

From 1998 to 2006, he served as Mayor of the city of Hesperia for three years, Mayor Pro-Tem for three years, and an elected city councilman for two years. During this period he supervised 323 city employees.

While serving on the city government, he was chairman of the Hesperia Water District Board of Directors. He also chaired the fire department district board, the redevelopment agency board, and the Hesperia Financing Authority. He supervised all debt management, budgeting, and financial reporting activities of each city jurisdiction).

He went on to accept the position of Director of Legislative Affairs/Intergovernmental Relations during which he served directly under the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Lindley administered all state and federal legislative programs, managed contracts with federal and state advocacy firms, and directly engaged with legislators on behalf of the county.

More recently, Lindley served as San Bernardino County’s logistics officer and supervised all purchasing for 44 county departments, followed by a position as the county’s public health director where he was responsible for managing a $109 million departmental budget.

Goals in Dunsmuir
Lindley said that he looks forward to engaging in lobbying efforts to bring state and federal dollars to Dunsmuir.

“I intend to apply myself,” he added, noting that in his former positions, securing grant funding and regularly communicating with legislators was a crucial part of his responsibilities.

“I will develop a legislative platform for the council to consider for adoption,” he said. “It is important to access everything available on any other level of government – otherwise you are being remiss.”

Regarding his methods of communicating with the public, “My approach is that I prefer clarity to agreement,” he said. “Not everybody will agree on anything.” However, providing clear and accurate information to the public is effective when it comes to controversial decisions, he explained.

During his off hours, Lindley said he will be taking full advantage of the fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping opportunities in the area.

He noted that he has fond memories of summer vacations in Dunsmuir with his father when he was a child.

“I have wanted to move to Northern California for a number of years now, and I have also wanted to serve as a city administrator,” he said. “When the opportunity presented itself to relocate for this job, I wanted to grab it.”
Copyright 2010 Mount Shasta Herald. Some rights reserved

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

DON'T MISS KATIE ON WEDNESDAY



Katie Tagle petitioned two San Bernardino County court judges for a restraining order to protect her son Wyatt, from his father Stephen Garcia. Petitions were denied and Garcia made good on his threats and killed himself and their 9-month-old son, Wyatt.

Family members said when Tagle went in front of Judge David Mazurek in a Joshua Tree courtroom on Jan. 12, Mazurek denied the permanent restraining order despite Katie reporting Garcia had recently been abusive to her.

Next, the case was heard on January 21, front of Judge Robert Lemkau, in Victorville, who brushed aside her concerns about her son's safety. “My suspicion is you’re lying,” Judge Robert Lemkau said and continued to deny her request to provide safety for Wyatt.

Wyatt was given to Garcia that day. Both Garcia and the child were found dead 10 days later on a Twin Peaks dirt road, after Garcia took Wyatt during a court-ordered visitation.

“He was such a happy baby,” a tearful Katie Tagle, Wyatt’s mother said. “Everyone loved him.”

“He was my last hope,” said Tagle, referring to Lemkau who did not act on Tagle’s claims and e-mails indicating that Garcia threatened to kill their baby boy. Ten days later, Garcia killed their son and himself.

“I really thought I had it. I thought he was going to see the evidence and give me (the restraining order.)”

In the months that have followed Tagle has appeared on The Dr. Phil Show and several media outlets to share her personal loss and her story about the judges who were insensitive to the cries of a Mother to protect her son.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Illegal Super-Highway in Sonora Desert


Trash left behind from those crossing the Arizona desert illegally. Apparently illegals are hiding in culverts until deciding to move forward and unfortunately leaving behind their belongings which appear to be unneeded any longer.

Arizona knows you're boycotting them -- but you really should come visit
and see the previously beautiful Sonoran Desert.

It's just gorgeous right now! Arizona citizens say they know you'd love it and maybe you can share what you saw with the rest of the country so they can love it too!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Our Friend Julie Waltz never gave Up - Victory for California Free Speech


CA housing agency will no longer investigate speech as "discrimination"
New policy dubbed "Julie Waltz First Amendment Policy"

Washington, D.C.—California resident Julie Waltz' long fight for free speech for opponents of state subsidized housing policies came to a victorious conclusion today, when the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing agreed to implement the "Julie Waltz First Amendment Policy."

The new policy prohibits the Department from investigating citizens for housing discrimination solely on the basis of free speech activity, including speaking at public meetings, writing and displaying flyers, signs, or newspaper articles critical of public housing projects, even if they appear to advocate discriminatory policies or positions.

The new policy sets forth complaint handling procedures that must be followed by Department personnel to ensure that citizens are not subjected to long investigations that have the effect of stifling public criticism of housing policies. The Department agreed to adopt the new policy, seek to have it codified in the California Code of Regulations, publish it on its website and train employees in its use.

The dispute grew out of a 2006 housing discrimination investigation of Waltz that lasted for nearly a year. Waltz had posted yard signs and expressed opposition in other peaceful ways to the state's efforts to place sex offenders and other individuals with a history of behavioral problems in residential group homes, including homes in Phelan, CA, and one next door to her home in Norco, CA. Despite the fact that the complaint did not allege specific facts constituting a violation of housing discrimination laws nor any specific facts that would show that Waltz had illegally threatened group home residents, Department officials inexplicably continued to investigate her.

During the year-long investigation, state investigators told Waltz that her speech violated state fair housing laws, requested that she refrain from her speech activities, and threatened her with prosecution. An investigator also told her that the investigation would end if she removed signs from her yard objecting to the next-door group home as well as signs posted by other people in her neighborhood. Waltz declined to remove the signs.

Waltz sued in 2008, seeking an injunction prohibiting DFEH officials from engaging in investigations designed only to punish individuals for speaking out against government housing policies. In addition, Waltz sued Lillianita Brumfield, who handled her case, and other officials in their individual capacities for damages for violating Waltz’s federal constitutional rights.

Waltz commented, "I am pleased that the Department has recognized the need to protect the free speech rights of ordinary citizens to criticize and question housing policies without being made the subject of prolonged discrimination investigations. It is my hope that should any future investigations of this type occur, government officials will recognize that their authority does not supersede the United States Constitution. God Bless America."

Waltz was represented by the Los Angeles, CA firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, which donated its time pro bono and the Center for Individual Rights.

“This is an important victory for free speech. The new policy will ensure that citizens are not subjected to housing discrimination investigations solely because they openly express viewpoints the government does not like,” said Henry Weissmann, a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP who worked on the case.

CIR President Terence Pell commented, “This was an egregious case of housing investigators using their authority to harass and intimidate a citizen whose only crime was speaking out in opposition to government policies. It would be difficult to find a clearer violation of the First Amendment.”

CIR has successfully represented California residents in other cases involving the misuse of housing discrimination laws to silence criticism of government housing policy. In two earlier cases, Affordable Housing v. Fresno (2006) and White v. Lee (2000) the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made unequivocally clear that citizens may not be investigated or sued for housing discrimination solely because of their public speech concerning government housing policies. In both cases, the court found individual officials liable in their personal capacities for violating the clear constitutional rights of CIR’s clients.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

LA Boycott of Arizona may mean Lights Out


LA City Council members voted to boycott the state of Arizona over its new immigration-enforcement law -SB 1070, and now the Arizona Corporation Commission has responded. Gary Pierce, one of the commissioners chosen in state-wide elections to the utility regulation panel, notes that Los Angeles gets about 25% of its power from Arizona producers. If the City of Angels really wants a boycott, Pierce offers his services.

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,

I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies — a vote you strongly supported — to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act).

You explained your support of the boycott as follows: “While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our dollars — or the withholding of our dollars — to send a message.” (emphasis added)

I received your message; please receive mine. As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.

If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation. I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.

People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.

Sincerely,

Commissioner Gary Pierce

Wednesday, May 12, 2010



SB SUN: Incumbent Hoops is Clear Choice

May 12, 2010

Of the three candidates running for sheriff, only one has the practical experience and skill set that are vital to such a critical office. We endorse incumbent Sheriff Rod Hoops for San Bernardino County sheriff-coroner. In more than 30 years with the Sheriff’s Department, Hoops has worked his way up from the first rung on the ladder.
SB SUN: Man’s Dream of Becoming Deputy Becomes Reality for a Day


www.hoopsforsheriff.com/

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

SHERIFF HOOPS SAYS NO TO FORUM!


From the Headquarters of Paul Schrader, Candidate for Sheriff-Coroner, San
Bernardino County.

Date May 5th, 2010

Let's Roll on Community Debates for Sheriff's candidates in San Bernardino
County!"

Voters hoping for a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s candidate debates before
deciding who to support in next month's election are out of luck so far.

Candidate Paul Schrader Sheriff/Coroner had worked with local radio talk show
host Barb Stanton to schedule a forum in May at Victor Valley College with
candidates Rod Hoops and Mark Averback. All three candidates had agreed back in April to appear in this forum.

Barb Stanton was informed on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, by David Ellis, Hoops’
campaign manager, that Hoops would not participate in the forum. Ms. Stanton
asked why and Mr. Ellis said neither of the other candidates have enough money
for us to be concerned with it.

I believe the voters need the opportunity to see the differences in the
candidates. I believe in voter choice and I think the statement regarding who
has enough money, shows a disconnect by the current administration with the
voters in the county.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul at the listed number.

Paul Schrader
909-732-6964
www.sheriffpaul.net

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Vote NO on Riley for 59th Assembly



Bosacki signs Riley recall petition
Councilman signs petition targeting school board member after council meeting
May 01, 2010 2:51 PM
Beau Yarbrough
Staff Writer/HESPERIA STAR

Even as Hesperia school board member Anthony Riley vies for the Republican nomination for the assembly seat being vacated by Anthony Adams, he's experiencing pushback.

"No on Riley" signs that describe the Republican politician as a "radical liberal" have sprung up alongside his signs throughout the city this week and Hesperia city councilman Paul Bosacki has signed a petition to recall Riley from the school board.

"I don't care for Anthony Riley," Bosacki said Friday. "He's Mark Kirk's boy. He's the right-hand guy of Mark Kirk."

Kirk, the son of school board member Robert Kirk, is a former Hesperia city council candidate and the chief of staff for San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

"Riley hasn't done anything on the school board. ... I think Kirk will be looking to get out of the county deal and go be chief of staff for Anthony Riley," should he be elected, Bosacki said. "I signed the one on Anthony Adams, too. It's not any big issue to me."

"I don't even know Paul," Riley said Friday. "It's kind of sad. I wish he had, you know, before blindly signed something, had sat down and talked to me. I've been in contact with other council members."

Bosacki signed the petition after the April 20 city council meeting. The recall effort was started by Apple Valley resident E.T. Snell, who may be best known for speaking before the Hesperia Unified School District School Board and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in a clown costume.

"I told Snell that this was as a [member of the public]," said Bosacki. "I don't represent the Hesperia City Council, not anyone else."

One thing Bosacki and Riley both agree on is their assessment of the recall effort's chances.

"[Snell has] had recalls on everybody. He's had recalls on [former Hesperia city councilman Tad] Honeycutt and [former county assessor Bill] Postmus," said Bosacki. "The guy has to do something, you know, significant, and even then it's a long shot. I mean, look at Adams. Those guys [attempting to recall him] came out of Orange County with a lot of money ... and it didn't even qualify."

"He has done this before, to a variety of elected officials," said Riley. "Not only has E.T. shown up at school board meetings, dressed in his clown outfit ... he's also showed up at Azusa Pacific [University], where I was basically doing a private interview with the LA [Republican] Central Committee [and yelled] at me, degrading me in the hallway. (view the video of this at top of this page on right)

"Then he showed up at a fundraiser I was having on Tuesday, and he was videotaping my guests as they were coming in."

AMERICA WILL ALWAYS STAND

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.

REMEMBER AND HONOR

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

KISS YOUR ASSETS GOODBYE CALIFORNIA

KISS YOUR ASSETS GOODBYE CALIFORNIA
NEVADA PLAYS HAND

KISS YOUR ASSETS GOODBYE!

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

WE THE PEOPLE

I'M NOT A DOCTOR EITHER MR. PRESIDENT

SUPERVISOR PAUL BIANE SAYS...UMMMMMMM

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

VERY INTERESTING! CAN WE TRUST GONZALES JUDGEMENT?

VERY INTERESTING!  CAN WE TRUST GONZALES JUDGEMENT?
GONZALES CONSTANTLY FAILS TO DETECT CORRUPTION!

INTERESTING FROM HIGHLAND COMMUNITY NEWS

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

IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU, ANTHONY ADAMS

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.
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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

MITZELFELT SAYS, "I DID NOT ATTEND FUNDRAISER"

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.”

CONGRATULATIONS COUNCILMAN!

CONGRATULATIONS COUNCILMAN!
PAUL BOSACKI - HESPERIA'S NEWEST COUNCILMAN SPENT LESS THAN $7,000 TO WIN HIS SEAT. IT'S ABOUT CREDABILITY NOT SPENDABILITY!

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!

DID OUR STATE LEGISLATURES LEARN MATH FROM MA AND PA?