19 Jan

Season 2, Episode 3 – New California Here We Come

Who needs to leave California with New California as an option? Well, those of us in Orange County because we’re on the wrong side of their silly line for one thing. We discuss this plan, or lack thereof.

High Speed Rail is getting more and more expensive so I try and explain how that is ripping us off and why Sacramento is lying to you about the funding.

We also talk about the Fullerton School Board voting to make firing terrible teachers a little bit more of a priority.

15 May

Episode 4 – A Tale of Two Californias

In this episode we spoke with Eric Eisenhammer of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association about the impending gas tax and its potential effect on everyday Californians. We discussed the recall of State Senator Josh Newman and HJTA’s backing of the recall effort. There are many ways to free up the revenue needed to fix California’s roads, but no one in power seems to care about any method that isn’t raising taxes. We then get into the overall affordability of living in California and those important issues the legislature seems to ignore year after year.

06 May

Episode 2 – Josh Newman Interview

State Senator for District 29

Here it is — our interview with California State Senator Josh Newman. He graciously sat down with us to discuss a couple of pressing issues for the 29th District and California as a whole. Specifically, he discussed his vote for SB1. While we had some issues with the live stream audio, the quality of our recording here is pretty darn good. Hopefully, this information will help his constituents understand whey he voted the way he did, for better or worse.

04 May

Josh Newman on The Hourly Struggle?

After reaching out to (D) California Senator Josh Newman’s local and Sacramento offices yesterday and talking to his local office off and on I managed to make contact. To be fair it was Senator Newman who made contact when he returned my call but I didn’t have him in my phone so I ignored him. Then he called again and I ignored him again. When I look at the number it didn’t look  like spam so I searches the interwebs, figured out who was calling and of course called him back. He called twice so credit there for persistence. The real story here is you know you’re somebody when you’re screening calls from Senators, amiright?

I would like to digress and say that his staff in both offices was super polite and seemed willing to address my concerns.

Senator Newman and I spoke for some time about SB1, ACA5 and the Recall effort being put together by Carl DeMaio out of San Diego. Newman was polite and responsive and when I popped the question as to if he’d be willing to come on our podcast, The Hourly Struggle, you won’t believe what he said…

Okay, you might believe it.

He said yes.

He would be willing to talk to us local blokes about these issues of great importance to the citizens of D29 and California in general. Even after addressing my concerns in our protracted conversation and knowing where I was coming from, which is quite opposite to his vote, he didn’t shy away. So there you have it folks – Senator Josh Newman will be on the next installment of The Hourly Struggle.

The show will be recorded tomorrow at 7am and technical difficulties notwithstanding we hope to have it up on FBLive the same as our intro show.

21 Apr

How Much Will SB1 Really Cost Us?

Costs of SB1

I can’t seem to escape the world of SB1 and the new taxes being thrown at drivers for the sake of fixing our broken infrastructure. I’ve read countless pieces on this issue and wasn’t able to really find a breakdown on how much it was going to really cost each driver. The (D)s that voted for it say $7-10/month. The (R)s that voted against it say more. Where’s the truth?

Look no further because I decided to figure it out for myself.

Thinking it over I decided to go as conservative as possible and ignore Governor Brown’s $5.2Billion water-mark. Government projections are almost always lies and you can pretty safely assume that if something is said to cost you “X” it will really cost you “X” plus an arm and a leg. Not to mention dealers fees and CRV.

I warn you that this gets ugly and stupid really quickly so strap in folks. Be warned also that my numbers make little logical sense owing to how conservative I’m setting the baselines. I’m using some of the lowest and yet still sourced numbers I can use without just taking Governor Brown at his word.

To start let us being with the population in my hometown of Fullerton. I’m choosing Fullerton because I live here and it’s a fairly good size town. Now according to the Census Bureau there are 140,847 people who reside in Fullerton. For the sake of our little experiment we’re only going to focus on those who work and drive to/from work because I can find numbers to support that premise. Read More