We are back! After a brief work vacation, we’re back at it jumping into all the important stories around Orange County and California. We have an update on the latest news concerning the recall of State Sen. Josh Newman. We also dive into some economic news about California’s future. The common man is a big topic of interest for our own Jerry Brown. He want to appeal to us common men to get the democrats more seat at the table. As if they don’t have enough already.
Recall Update(s) – Ling Ling is in the Race + FPPC Ruling
- She obviously feels that she is the best choice to challenge Newman (even though she’s lost to him once already).
- She lost to him by less than 1% of the vote during the last election
- She feels her voting record (anti-tax) stands in stark contrast to Newman’s (Cap and Trade, SB1)
- Newman campaign spokesman Mike Roth responded: “This is political opportunism to the extreme – just 8 months after voters fired Ms. Chang she’s betting her political future on them believing the bucket of lies they’ve been fed about the recall.”
- Hey, I agree with him here. Chang has no business running in this recall.
- Bill Whalen is against the recall.
- “Recalls are also a symptom of the political disease that ails this state and the nation: exaggerated outrage and inappropriate remedies.”
- He basically makes the same arguments everyone against the recall has been making.
- Newman is low-hanging fruit.
- Recalls are ineffective and waste money.
- “In Newman’s case, does voting for a tax increase rise to the level of Doris Allen, who was recalled by Orange County voters in 1995 for scheming with Willie Brown to give Assembly Democrats half the committee chairs and the operating budget despite Republicans having a majority?”
- “The same is true of the movement to oust Newman. He voted at his party’s beck and call. If that’s a hanging offense, good luck getting a legislative quorum.”
- Basically, if you recall politicians for voting with your party, there will never be a winning coalition in Sacramento again.
SD29 Story – Industry’s Solar Farm
- City of Industry has spent $9+ million (and plans to spend more) to acquire the 2,450 acre Tres Hermanos Ranch, which sits between Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.
- Consequently, it’s just north of where I live in Brea.
- They are trying to buy the land so they can build a 444-megawatt power generating solar farm.
- The problem is they haven’t acquired the land for the project yet.
- “Still, in an unusual public criticism from within Industry’s City Hall, one council member has warned the multimillion dollar outlays could be a ‘waste of taxpayer money’ if Industry’s bid to purchase a historical, 2,450-acre Chino Hills ranch, Tres Hermanos, is rejected.”
- They’re spending millions of taxpayer dollars to bid on construction for the solar farm, but if they don’t acquire the land, that money will have been spent for nothing.
- One major issue about the project is the secretive nature of the planning.
- “Elsewhere, State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, has asked for a fuller accounting of public spending on the solar farm project, proposed outside Industry’s city limits. Hernandez made the request in a letter to former state attorney general William Lockyer, who was appointed to monitor a series of financial reforms in Industry following a highly critical state controller’s audit of the city’s contracting and spending practices.”
- In a city of around 100 residents and tons of businesses, how much oversight is there for government spending? Who will stop them from doing whatever they want?
- “Industry’s bet on San Gabriel Valley Water and Power hinges partly on acquiring Tres Hermanos. But a state oversight board tasked with selling the land has delayed voting on Industry’s $100 million offer for nearly eight months. Members of the panel have demanded — and not yet received — details on Industry’s plans for the land.”
- The two cities whose jurisdictions cover Tres Hermanos (Diamond Bar and Chino Hills) do not allow zoning for solar farms.
- They aren’t opposed to solar farms, but they have criticized Industry for not being transparent about their plans.
- There are also questions about the environmental impact of building the solar farm on the native animals in the area.
- Industry apparently completed an impact report, but has not yet released it publicly.
- This is a story with tons of information. We should read up more on it and continue reporting.
California Story – Democrats and the Common Man
- Jerry Brown has advised California Democrats to avoid concentrating on traditionally divisive democratic talking points like abortion and concentrate instead on the problems facing the “common man.”
- “If we want to be a governing party of a very diverse, and I say diverse ideologically as well as ethnically country, well, then you have to have a party that rises above the more particular issues to the generic, the general issue of making America great, if I might take that word. The litmus test should be intelligence … (and) caring about the common man. We have to rise above some of our most cherished ideological inclinations and find a common basis.”
- Basically, he’s saying ideological talking points are meaningless to most people.
- It’s weird when Jerry Brown has moments of salience.
- His suggestions come as several Southern California Republican congressional seats are under assault from Democratic challengers.
- Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher, Darryl Issa, and Ed Royce.
- “And as a candidate, when you’re running in a Republican district, if you’re a Democrat, you better be extraordinary. And you have to relate to a very different kind of constituency than we have here in San Francisco or in New York City.”
- He also made a point to say that Nancy Pelosi isn’t to blame for the Democrats’ losses in the few special elections that have been held across the country since Trump has been elected.
- If it’s not her fault, whose is it?
California Story – Are the Boom Times Coming to an End?
- When Jerry Brown released his budget back in May, he was very cautious about the state’s economic future.
- “Moreover, by the time the budget is enacted in June, the economy will have finished its eighth year of expansion – only two years shorter than the longest recovery since World War II. A recession at some point is inevitable.”
- So what economic indicators are out there that might signal a recession in California?
- Income tax revenues are falling short of projections
- We get a lot of our state revenue from income tax.
- California’s economy only grew by 1/10 of 1% in the first quarter of 2017, year over year.
- This is the slowest growth rate of any pacific state except Hawaii.
- It is the 42nd slowest growth rate in the country.
- California’s labor under-utilization rate is 10.7% — the 4th highest in the nation.
- This statistic reflects those who are unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons.
- The expansion of California’s economy can be almost directly traced to Silicon Valley.
- “Such dependence one region and one sector of the economy increases the potential downside, as we saw 17 years ago when the ‘dot com’ bubble burst, plunging the entire state into recession.”
- The economic history of California over the past 50 years has been boom and bust. An economic correction is inevitable.
California Story – More Voters than Legal Residents in 11 Counties
- Judicial Watch has sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla informing him that there are 11 counties in California where there are more registered voters than there are residents of legal voting age.
- “NVRA Section 8 requires states to conduct reasonable list maintenance so as to maintain an accurate record of eligible voters for use in conducting federal elections.1 As you may know, Congress enacted Section 8 of the NVRA to protect the integrity of the electoral process. Allowing the names of ineligible voters to remain on the voting rolls harms the integrity of the electoral process and undermines voter confidence in the legitimacy of elections…As the top election official in California, it is your responsibility under federal law to coordinate California’s statewide effort to conduct a program that reasonably ensures the lists of eligible voters are accurate.”
- In the letter, Judicial Watch threatens to sue the state if the voter rolls are not cleaned up in a timely manner.
- The letter states that “persons who have become ineligible to vote by reason of death, change in residence, or a disqualifying criminal conviction” should be removed from the voter rolls, and to also “remove noncitizens who have registered to vote unlawfully.”
- The following counties have more registered voters than they do citizens of legal voting age:
- Imperial (102%)
- Lassen (102%)
- Los Angeles (112%)
- The letter notes that LA County might be as high as 144%
- Monterey (104%)
- San Diego (138%)
- San Francisco (114%)
- San Mateo (111%)
- Santa Cruz (109%)
- Solano (111%)
- Stanislaus (102%)
- Yolo (110%)
- There haven’t been any claims of illegal voting, but the implication in there. This doesn’t mean that illegal aliens are voting. It could just be that those people who have moved or have died were not removed from the voter rolls. Secretary Padilla should make this a priority.
Orange County Story – Santa Ana River Trail Homeless City
Homeless Town AKA the Santa Ana River Trail Anaheim/Orange California
California Story – Nipton? More like Budton.
- The entire town of Nipton, California was purchased by American Green, Inc., a marijuana focused technology and growing firm based in Arizona for around $5 million.
- They plan on making Nipton a destination resort town for marijuana enthusiasts.
- “American Green said it will initially focus on bottling cannabis-infused water in the town. The production of marijuana edibles and the cultivation of cannabis won’t be far behind in American Green’s 18-month, $2.5 million development time frame.”
- I honestly had no idea you could just buy a town.