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Trim the Federal Reserve Project

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 20:43

Objective: Operating within the TPP's tenets and coordinating with National TPP efforts, organize California TPP efforts to limit and restrict the Federal Reserve, and increase Congressional oversight of the Federal Reserve's activities and actions.


  • Educate the TPP membership and the general public about the Federal Reserve System, it's power, it's lack of oversight, and it's expanding role outside of it's orginal enabling legislation.
  • Formulate specific legislative proposals to "trim" and control the Fed.
  • Communicate and encourage our elected officials (Senators and Congressman) to the implement these controls.

Contact: For more information, or to join this effort, contact Richard Ginnaty, director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 714 771-1616, or fax to 714 771-2140.



The Voter Education Committee's First Project

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 23:05 Wednesday, 07 December 2011 22:17



BE AN INFORMED AND RESPONSIBLE VOTER is a website being created to provide California voters with a credible source of timely and reliable political information. It is intended to provide the user with information regarding their elected officials' voting records, pending and passed legislation and judicial candidates. It will be non-partisan, and as forthright as possible.

By entering their ZIP codes and selecting items from a list of 1 to 30 subjects of special interest the user will be able to access the following:

  • The names of their California legislative representatives and their contact information.
  • Expanded information about actual legislation relating to items of special interest to them and how their representatives voted on those legislation issues regardless of if the incumbent is currently from their district or new to the district as a result of re-districting and a method to score their past performance of record.
  • A list of the non-incumbent candidates running for elective office within their district. Their position on the chosen subjects of interest if available and a method to score their performance in private life as judged by the user.
  • Links to information and issues related to the challengers competing for an incumbent's seat.
  • Links to information regarding pending legislation and other relevant political information not yet acted upon.
  • When completed, the users may print out their own Voter Guide based on their own rating of their representatives' performance on their selected subjects of interest.

It is important that voters be informed and are aware of the facts regarding their representatives, candidates, legislation and issues to be an informed and responsible voter. This is critically important to the future of California.


Court bill stalls after Calderon gets personal with chief justice

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:32

Dan Walters: Court bill stalls after Calderon gets personal with chief justice

By Dan Walters

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Published: Monday, Jul. 4, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 5, 2011 - 7:57 am

When Assemblyman Charles Calderon commented on the physical and mental attributes of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye – positively – flags went up.


Women's groups and Democrat Calderon's female colleagues fired bullets at Calderon's allusion to Cantil-Sakauye while talking about a court management bill he was carrying.


"It isn't 'Is she nice?' 'Cause she is," Calderon said in May. " 'Is she smart?' 'Cause she is. 'Is she attractive?' 'Cause she is. It isn't about that."


The media paid a lot of attention to the barbs, especially when Cantil-Sakauye told an interviewer that she was "troubled" by the remark in conjunction with "a very serious hearing."


"That's when that answer is unresponsive," she said, "and is offensive and is not at all responsive to the question."


Outside the legal press, however, media have given little notice to the bill itself, the focal point of a very bitter battle that pits Cantil-Sakauye against a band of rebel judges called the Alliance of California Judges.


As both houses of the Legislature moved hundreds of bills last month to meet deadlines, one of the measures left behind was Calderon's Assembly Bill 1208, which would give local judges more authority over how their courts are managed, including finances, and therefore would take some authority from the Judicial Council, which the chief justice chairs.


A basic tenet of Capitol politics is that a legislator moves a bill when it has the votes, so one must assume that his contentious measure that would change how the court system is managed doesn't have the votes.


That makes it a tactical win for the judicial establishment and Cantil-Sakauye and may stem from those tone-deaf remarks Calderon made during a committee hearing. The Assembly's Democratic leadership, which had supported Calderon, backed away after the uproar erupted.


When the state assumed financial responsibility for the courts, it made them – like schools, prisons and welfare programs – another player in the annual budget game.


The dissidents contend that the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts have spent too much of very limited court funds on a bloated bureaucracy in San Francisco and an unworkable statewide computer system while forcing local courts to reduce operations. AB 1208 aims at curbing the diversions.


The rebel judges' ire was concentrated on Cantil-Sakauye's predecessor, Ron George, and his now-retired court administrator, William Vickery, but she inherited the issue and was plunged into the judicial civil war.


Although AB 1208 is in limbo, the war is continuing, even escalating. The just-enacted 2011-12 state budget whacks another $350 million from the courts. Cantil-Sakauye and rebel judges are already jousting over how the fiscal pain will be distributed.




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Water for Central Valley farms plentiful, but drought signs remain

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 July 2011 11:18 Wednesday, 29 June 2011 11:28


Water for Central Valley farms plentiful, but drought signs remain

BY GOSIA WOZNIACKA, The Associated Press | Tuesday, Jun 28 2011 07:00 PM


Last Updated Tuesday, Jun 28 2011 09:31 PM


Jaclyn Borowski / The Californian

Signs protesting the water cut to Central Valley farms are posted off I-5 at Stockdale Highway. Though these were posted in a empty lot, many have been spotted alongside farms both on I-5 and Hwy 99.


Jaclyn Borowski / The Californian

Signs protesting the water cuts to Central Valley farmers are posted at an empty lot on Stockdale Highway just off Interstate 5. Similar signs are posted at farms along Highway 99.

FRESNO -- Drive on Highway 99 or Interstate 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and you will see plastic banners scattered among wine tasting ads and billboards hawking the latest pesticide.


"Man-made drought," the banners draped across fences and cotton trailers proclaim in large, bold letters. "Congress-created dust bowl" and "Food grows where water flows."


The signs in the Central Valley, which provides many of the nation's fruits and vegetables, are a reminder of California's decades-old water war, a conflict stemming from large numbers of people living and farming in areas where the resource is scarce.


Some signs, put up by farmers long ago, are weathered from rain and faded from sun. Several hundred others went up in recent weeks, courtesy of an advocacy group for farmers.


But in a year of heavy rains and a formidable Sierra snowpack, with California's three-year drought officially over and most farmers getting all their contracted irrigation water, the signs strike some as odd.


"I just drove on the highway and those signs have a backdrop of green fields, green grasses," said Jim Metropulos, an advocate at Sierra Club California. "I said wow, these fields seem to be planted with a commodity crop, farmers seem to be irrigating. Where is the drought?"



The People’s Republic of Kalifornia: Unions’ Takeover Nearly Complete

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 July 2011 11:16 Wednesday, 29 June 2011 10:35


The People’s Republic of Kalifornia: Unions’ Takeover Nearly Complete

It was only a matter of time, you know. As unions in California have long placed their cronies into political office from San Francisco to San Diego, their control over the state legislature in Sacramento is nearing final completion. What little Republican resistance there is will likely be decimated in the coming years as the SEIU’s plan to mate liberals with RINOs comes to fruition. Now, though, the unions have a plan to complete their takeover of the state entirely.

Sponsored by AFSCME and introduced earlier this year by Democrat assembly member Nora Campos (whose husband is the CEO at Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council), California Assembly Bill 455 provides the following:

…when a local public agency has established a personnel commission or merit commission to administer personnel rules or a merit system, the governing board of the public agency would appoint 12 of the members of the commission, and 12 of the members of the commission, nominated by the recognized employee organization, would be appointed by the governing board of the public agency . Whenever multiple bargaining units are represented by different recognized employee organizations , the employee organization representing the largest number of employees would designate commission members pursuant to that provision.

In sum, if AB 455 passes, it will give unions all across the state the power to

…directly nominate half the members of the bodies that establish wages, work rules, and benefits; adjudicate workplace disputes; and set minimum qualifications and standards for job examinations.

In certain cities, like San Francisco, the civil service commissions even set the salaries of the public officials.

San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, a critic of AB455, says the bill would give unions too much power. [Ya think?]

“The way it’s done now, the whole council selects members from San Jose to the civil service commission, which is better than the unions appointing only people they like,” he said. “I can see nothing but skewed outcomes.”


“Its pretty clear that certain assembly members are aligned with certain groups,” Oliverio said. “And it’s no surprise Assembly Member Campos is a big supporter of and supported by unionized groups.

“It’s a business model, because if the work is not done by union workers, there’s no dues. When we outsourced the graffiti program, they lost those union dues.”

Even as Marxist “progressive” as San Francisco is, AB455 also has its critics:

“Were the Board of Supervisors to appoint members of the Civil Service Commission, all of its direct appointees, it’s safe to say, would be pro-union,” says Don Casper, a commissioner for 11 years. “The members nominated — that is, appointed — by SEIU would be union advocates.”

Of course, the check and balance to AB 455 is that the unions would only get to seat one half of the public agency. Presumably, elected officials would appoint the other half…

Oh, wait…

If the unions are the ones who get those public officials elected, then…

Never mind.

Let the exodus of the sane continue.



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