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Jul 16 2012

AD-38: Scott Wilk Endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association


The Scott Wilk for California Assembly announced the endorsement last week.

The Scott Wilk for Assembly Campaign is proud to announce the endorsement of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC California’s foremost leader in protecting Californians and small business from new and higher taxes.

“Scott Wilk has pledged to fight for the taxpayers of California,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal.  “The current crop of Sacramento politicians, who want to tax and spend California into oblivion , desperately need adult supervision — that’s why we need to send Scott to Sacramento to standup for the interests of taxpayers.”
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.
Working through the Legislature, courts, and ballot initiatives, the tax-fighting work of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has saved Californians billions of dollars. Estimates are that Proposition 13 has saved California taxpayers over 528 billion dollars.

This is an important endorsement for Scott Wilk and should help him with homeowner taxpayers in Simi Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley.

Proposition 13 is the heart of California conservatism and Wilk is going about locking up this important GOP constituency in his very “RED” California Assembly District.


Jul 16 2012

Will More California Cities File for Bankruptcy?


San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the Tuesday city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. City officials have said San Bernardino “has an immediate cash flow issue” and may not be able to make payroll with a budget shortfall of more than $45 million in the next fiscal year. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) Photo: Rick Sforza, Associated Press / SF

It certainly looks like a trend, now doesn’t it?

The bankruptcies of San Bernardino, Stockton and  Mammoth Lakes are raising questions about whether other California cities are confronting the same fate. Stockton’s filing had been discussed for months, but San Bernardino’s caught the public by surprise. The question is, how many other communities face insolvency?

From the Chronicle’s Wyatt Buchanan: “An additional eight California cities, including Fairfield, which declared a fiscal emergency in April, have officially notified the municipal bond market this year that they are facing significant financial hardship, according to Matt Fabian, managing director ofMunicipal Market Advisors, which conducts independent research on the municipal bond industry.”

“The notifications don’t necessarily mean these cities are headed for bankruptcy court, but they do signal real adversity.”

“Along with Fairfield, the other cities include Arvin (Kern County), El Monte (Los Angeles County), Grover Beach (San Luis Obispo County), Lancaster (Los Angeles County), Monrovia (Los Angeles County), Riverbank (Stanislaus County) and Tehachapi (Kern County).”

Read all of the piece and here is another story:

Pensions, loss of tax revenue puts other cities at risk for bankruptcy

Don’t be surprised if more California cities go belly up.

Certainly a number of experts around the state won’t be. The pressures that pounded San Bernardino, Stockton and Mammoth Lakes into bankruptcy mode aren’t much different from those threatening other cities around the state: stagnating tax revenue, spiraling pension obligations and decreased financial support from the state, among others.

“It seems inevitable that there will be more bankruptcies,” said economist Ed Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, which studies the regional and national economies.

“Our leaders have made budget commitments premised on optimistic and unrealistic expectations about future revenue growth and future gains in the stock market that aren’t materializing and are not likely to materialize.”

Predicting which cities are next to fall, however, is difficult, he said.

San Bernardino’s looming bankruptcy, for example, was preceded by little warning, though the city was known as one of the epicenters of the housing foreclosure crisis.

Dwight Stenbakken, deputy executive director of the League of California Cities, agrees other cities might be just as vulnerable, but it’s hard to know for sure.

“We don’t know of any cities that are at this point seriously considering bankruptcy,” he said. “Usually cities, if they’re in financial trouble, they’re reluctant to let anybody know until they finally make the decision.”

“We might have a few other bankruptcies,” he said.

The California Democratic Party and their friends, the Public Employee Unions have had a lock grip on the California Legislature for decades. They have simply over-regulated business and overspent the entire state of California into insolvency.

Maybe California voters will, instead of moving to Texas and Colorado, decide to fight and vote those left-wing ideologues out of office?

Any Californians up for another California taxpayer/voter revolt?

The top two California election system might just very well allow independent Californians to retake their government.

We will see – with more city bankruptcies likely on the horizon.


Jul 16 2012

Flap’s California Morning Collection: July 16, 2012


Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and City Hall

It is good to be back in Thousand Oaks this morning!

The California Legislature is not in session for a summer recess.

The California Assembly has adjourned until August 6, 2012 and the California State Senate is also in adjournment.

The California Assembly’s Daily File is here and the California State Senate’s here.

On to today’s California headlines:

Dan Walters: Democrats’ congressional hopes in California fade

Democrats would need to gain 25 seats this year to recapture control of the House of Representatives, and “the road to the majority runs through California,” Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi once declared.

Democratic operatives had expressed private hopes that the party could pick up as many as eight seats in California’s 53-member House delegation this year, although their more public goal was five or six seats.

Never mind.

In the aftermath of the June 5 primary, Democrats’ hopes for a big California gain and resuming control of the House that they lost in 2010 have plummeted. Democrats may gain California congressional seats this year, adding to the 34 they now hold, but it’s likely to be one or two at most. They could lose ground.

Gov. Jerry Brown signs 48 new bills

Gov. Jerry Brown approved a flurry of new laws Friday, including an exception to the ban on texting while driving, an increase in fines for staging bear and rooster fights, and a prohibition against law enforcement officers having sex with arrestees.

They will take effect in January.

Brown announced Friday that he had signed 48 bills. One will permit drivers to dictate, send and listen to text-based communications as long as they do so using technology specifically designed for voice-operated and hands-free operation.

Assemblyman Jeff Miller (R-Corona) introduced the measure to include texting in the hands-free exception that exists for use of a cellphone while driving. The new law, AB 1536, “will allow Californians to communicate safely and responsibly while on the road,” Miller said.

Brown also doubled from $5,000 to $10,000 the maximum fines for people convicted of causing bears, bulls and roosters to fight with other animals or with humans. The same measure raises maximum fines for spectators at the fights from $1,000 to $5,000.

Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) primarily wanted to end cockfighting, but bears and bulls are in the same section of existing law.

“Cockfighting is a cruel and inhumane sport that is a growing concern in the inland Southern California region and throughout our state,” said Emmerson, whose bill is SB 1145. “Clearly, our penalties and fines are not stiff enough to prevent this brutal sport from taking place.”

California primary was decided by less than a third of voters

Less than a third of California’s voters participated in the June primary election, the secretary of state’s office said Friday, and the majority did so by mail.

Turnout for the June 5 election was 5,328,296, or 31%, and 65% used mail-in ballots instead of voting at the polls on election day.

Among the counties, turnout was lowest in Los Angeles County, where just 21.8% of voters cast ballots. It was highest in rural Sierra (59.2%), Alpine (58.6%) and Amador (57.1%) counties. Sierra and Alpine conduct their elections entirely by mail.

Mail-in voting in this election broke the record set in the May 2009 special state election, in which 62% of ballots were cast by mail, officials said.

GOP recruiter backs outside candidates

Even as the California Republican Party struggles for relevancy, one of its national leaders is trying to change the dynamic in November by pushing a roster of congressional candidates who include a pro-choice woman and a Latino often shunned by his own party.

And both of those candidates – unlike many of their GOP colleagues nationally – have refused to sign pledges never to raise taxes.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, one of the party’s chief national recruiters when it won back control of the House in 2010, is trying to raise $3.6 million for the new Golden State Victory Fund for a handful of congressional races in November. It is a joint effort of the state Republican Party and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The immediate goal: to thwart Democrats trying to pick up five House seats in California en route to the 25 seats they need to reclaim House control.

Enjoy your morning and Dan Walter’s Daily video: California wins another national distinction


Jul 16 2012

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