28 Jan

CA to Ban Straws? Another Law that Sucks

Watching and writing on CA politics is difficult because not only are our elected officials mostly demagogues trying to sound important but the media who reports on them basically runs on Press Releases.

Let us take the example of (D) Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon’s newest bit of brilliance – banning plastic straws from restaurants.

If you were to read the media accounts of this you’ll see that under this newest piece of nanny-state-paternalism, waiters could be fined up to $1,000 for offering you a straw (Google News Screen shot presented as evidence with highlights added).

Google Straw Law Results

Sometimes a new agency will dig into some of the pertinent details such as when Reason Magazine pointed out that the 500 Million Straws # being cited by Calderon is nonsense: Read More

27 Jan

Season 2, Episode 4 – Jerry Brown Likes Trains

In this episode, technical stupidity aside, we talk about Kevin Kiley again in regards to his 10 Questions for Governor Brown as well and Joshua rips a little into his 10 Reasons to vote for Kiley.

We also look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s final State of the State address, specifically this nonsense:

The funds that SB 1 makes available are absolutely necessary if we are going to maintain our roads and transit systems in good repair. Twenty-five other states have raised gas taxes. Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called for a federal gas tax because the highway trust fund is nearly broke.

Government does what individuals can’t do, like build roads and bridges and support local bus and light rail systems. This is our common endeavor by which we pool our resources through the public sector and improve all of our lives. Fighting a gas tax may appear to be good politics, but it isn’t. I will do everything in my power to defeat any repeal effort that may make it to the ballot.

Since I have talked about tunnels and transportation, I will bring up one more item of infrastructure: high-speed rail. I make no bones about it. I like trains and I like high-speed trains even better. So did the voters in 2008 when they approved the bond. Look, 11 other countries have high-speed trains. They are now taken for granted all over Europe, in Japan and in China. President Reagan himself said in Japan on November 11, 1983: “The State of California is planning to build a rapid speed train that is adapted from your highly successful bullet train.” Yes, we were, and now we are actually building it.

Like any big project, there are obstacles. There were for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, for the Golden Gate Bridge and for the Panama Canal. But build it they did and build it we will — America’s first high-speed rail system. One link between San Jose and San Francisco — an electrified Caltrain — is financed and ready to go. Another billion, with matching funds, will be invested in Los Angeles to improve Union Station as a major transportation hub and fix the Anaheim corridor.

02 Nov

Newman Pushing SB1 Propaganda

Newman Brown Wallets
Newman SB1 Lie
Senator Josh Newman is a liar and/or the State of California is spending money it has yet to collect on projects of dubious justification. He is claiming that the funds from the gas tax is being used already to streamline projects. However SB1’s added tax on your yearly vehicle registration fee doesn’t start until January 2018 while SB1’s new tax on Zero Emission vehicles doesn’t start until July of 2020.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1
SB1 Dates
 
The Gas & Diesel Fuel taxes which went into effect yesterday won’t be remitted to the State until the End of NEXT month. Those taxes are not paid immediately by the fueling stations which collect them from you each time your fill up.
 
Excise Tax Due Dates
This means that the State of California has yet to receive a single dime from the newest taxes on California’s working poor. At the earliest the State of California will receive fuel excise taxes from retailers at the end of December for the taxes collected from you, the driver, in November.
But Josh Newman doesn’t care about facts or what’s best for the residents of California. He is more interested in pushing out propaganda to justify yet another tax breaking the backs of Californians while the legislature ignores the fiscal problems they themselves created and continue to create.
When asked where the previous tax money had gone and why our roads weren’t being repaired Newman equivocated and demurred that he wasn’t here then and was interested in looking forward. He has no interest, as is evidenced by the bills he has voted upon and introduced, to fix our broken government. Instead Newman wants to do what every CA (D) always wants to do and that’s simply tax us into oblivion while he perpetually runs for re-election.
Newman sold himself as a fiscally responsible (D) and instead has proven himself to be a fraud and just another thief in the legislature looking out for his own interests.
With the fuel tax increase that arrived yesterday Christmas will be more difficult now that Josh Newman and his pick-pocketing friends in Sacramento have made all of our wallets that much lighter.
Unlike the Grinch of our childhoods don’t expect Newman or Brown to give back what they have stolen from us because they’d have to have hearts for them to grow one, let alone three sizes.
17 Oct

Why is Jerry Brown in Fullerton?

Brown in Car

Why is Governor Jerry Brown in Fullerton at the Fox Theater right now meeting with the Fullerton City Council, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Fox Foundation President Leland Wilson?

Is Quirk-Silva trying to arrange for more cronyism to secure her re-election by saving that which thus far could not be saved?  She’s not willing to make the government better, and doesn’t give a lick about our State Constitution, so she must be trying to use other people’s money to buy re-election.  Maybe they’ll even put a plaque with her name on it if/when they finally open the Fox Theater around 2050 when all of Brown’s other projects debut.

 

Jerry Brown at the Fox

01 Sep

Reckless Naivete Regarding Newman

I met Senator Josh Newman. I voted for him. I went to his swearing in Ceremony at Cal State University Fullerton. I generally like the guy and half-jokingly tried to talk him out of the bear suit and blimp used during his campaign.


Then he voted to raise my taxes & insulted both my intelligence and the intelligence of anybody paying attention by regurgitating party talking points. He tried to hoodwink us into believing that he didn’t want to raise our taxes but could see no other way to fix our failing infrastructure. He fell line behind “Freeloader” Jerry Brown and race-baiting ideologue Kevin de Leon.

While talking about the recall effort with the Sacramento Bee on he is quoted as saying;

“I don’t think it will work, and it reeks of the worst kind of cynical politics,” Newman said.

Do you want to know what reeks of the worst kind of cynical politics? Lying to your voters and being disingenuous about the facts on the ground.

In that same article he justifies the gas tax by saying “We’re not borrowing money. We’re not passing the buck to the next generation. Unfortunately, there is a massive backlog that must be addressed.”

The boondoggle of High Speed Rail is not a massive backlog that must be addressed. That’s a pipe-dream that Governor “Freeloader” Brown won’t let die even if it bankrupts California to make it happen.

Why bring up High Speed Rail again? Because Senator Newman hinged his vote for SB1 on the passage of ACA5 which he touts as a “Lockbox” to make sure transportation funds are spent on transportation.

The trouble with his “lockbox” is that the increased gas and diesel excise taxes are essentially exempted. Sure, the money has to be used for “transportation purposes” but that phrase has such a loose meaning that everything and anything can get thrown under it come budget time.

High Speed Rail in California, which won’t be High Speed, is being financed through “General Obligation Bonds” and the only part thing ACA5 protects from being thrown into those bond payments are the vehicle registration fee increases.

That reeks of the worst kind of cynical politics.