October 21, 2011 archive

Oct 21 2011

Referendum to Overturn the California Dream Act is NOW Collecting Signatures


According to California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office today.

Opponents of a new law that allows illegal immigrants to receive college financial aid were given the green light to begin collecting signatures for a referendum to overturn the measure, Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office announced today.

Led by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, referendum backers hope to halt implementation of the California Dream Act. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure Oct. 8.

Donnelly’s group has until Jan. 6 to collect valid signatures from 504,760 registered voters. Donnelly has said he hopes to wage a largely volunteer effort fueled by social media and talk radio.

This referendum will be very popular in California and I am positive there will be some donors to pay to gather the signatures. The California GOP will want to bring voters to the polls to vote against this entitlement for illegal immigrants.

With such a poor California economy, even the most altruistic voter will have to consider the financial impacts of this law.

The law is not scheduled to take effect until 2013, but if sufficient signatures are gathered, the law will be suspended until an election on the referendum is held in either June (another referendum) or November 2012.


Oct 21 2011

Six Million Californians Living in Poverty?


Yes, nearly six million according to the Census Bureau.

The number of Californians living in poverty increased to nearly six million – more than the populations of most states – between 2009 and 2010, according to a new Census Bureau report.

Californians living in poverty increased from 5.1 million in 2009 to 5.8 million in 2010, and the state’s poverty rate jumped from 14.2 percent to 15.8 percent during the one-year period, virtually mirroring national trends. That means that California was almost exactly in the middle of the states, whose poverty rates last year ranged from a high of 22.4 percent in Mississippi (not counting Puerto Rico) to a low of 8.3 percent in New Hampshire.

The rates were derived from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and were based on how many families were below a “poverty threshold” that varies by age, number of children and family size and is updated to account for inflation.

Four of California’s larger urban areas were included in the Census Bureau’s 10-region list of those with the highest poverty rates, with Fresno the nation’s second most poverty-stricken area at 26.8 percent, Bakersfield-Delano fourth highest at 21.2 percent, Modesto sixth at 19.9 percent, and Stockton seventh at 19.2 percent.

And….. in a separate report, California is one of the few states where the percentage of families receiving some sort of welfare assistance has increased between 2009 and 2010.

What really is astounding to me is that the Democrats in the California Legislature continue to covet more taxes.

Yeah that will really help those six million Californians.

The welfare report, also derived from the American Community Survey, says that the proportion of California families receiving welfare at some point during the year increased from 3.7 percent in 2009 to 4 percent in 2010. Both numbers were well above of the national rates of 2.6 and 2.9 percent.

The survey analysis found that while 449,059 California families received welfare support in 2009 and the number increased to 500,432 in 2010, by far the largest numerical increase of any state.