Beware of Voter Deception

Dennis Zine
Former Los Angeles City Councilman and Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant.

I have previously stated that I am not a Republican or Democrat. I am officially registered as a No Party Preference. I vote for the person or measure based on the impact the candidate or measure will have on me and my community. I would like to present my honest evaluation of the candidates and measures you have the opportunity to vote for. 

If I mention Howard Jarvis and the 1978 measure “Proposition 13” that brought us tax modifications for both residential and commercial property, what do you think of? Most of you will remember it establishing restrictions on all property tax increases in California. Well, deception is alive and well in Sacramento. With our one-sided majority of elected state officials in love with taxes, the increase connected with this “Prop 13” is massive. This time, Prop 13 will increase taxes, authorizing $15 billion in state general obligation bonds for public education facilities. The $15 billion will actually increase to $26 billion when you include interest that will be paid on the bonds. With $22 billion in state surplus accounts, do we really need this tax increase? 

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Join the EV train

Ronald Stein
Founder and Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure of PTS Advance, headquartered in Irvine, California

We’re constantly being bombarded with the EV movement, but Americans must have a multitude of subconscious reasons for not buying into one of the major movements to save the world from itself as they are showing their lack of enthusiasm by avoiding the dealerships.

In a recent Los Angeles Times article, citing Edmunds data, The number of battery-electric models available more than doubled from 2018 to 2019, but EV sales budged in the wrong direction. In response to the major efforts by manufacturers, the horrific EV sales data shows that only 325,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold in the U.S. in 2019, down from 349,000 in 2018. 

Those dismal numbers represent an embarrassing dismal 2% of the 17 million vehicles of all types sold in the United States in 2019. Are EV carmakers driving off a cliff?”

California remains the primary buyer of EV’s while the rest of America has shown little interest in the incentives and the increasing choices of models.

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CA Primary Presents Big Test for L.A. County’s New Voting System

Bill Boyarsky
Columnist for LA Observed and former reporter, editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times

After the fouled up Iowa caucuses gave vote-counting a bad name, there will be heavy pressure on Los Angeles County officials to make sure their brand new electronic voting system works for the March 3 primary election.

Media attention will be intense.  March 3 is Super Tuesday when California and 13 other states, plus American Samoa, hold primary elections to pick delegates for the national nominating conventions.  All eyes will be on the Democrats and their crowded, competitive close contest, especially in the two most populous states, California and Texas. California has a population of 19.9 million and 4.3 million live in  in the nation’s most populous county, Los Angeles.

Super Tuesday is especially important, since it follows the Iowa caucus fiasco, with its technical breakdown, and the important Nevada caucuses Feb. 22, with their own potential foul-ups. Troubles like these add to public unease about elections, fed by  suspicions that the Russian tried to rig the results in 2016 and may try again.

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How State Policy Makers Can Avoid It Becoming Siligone Valley

Kerry Jackson
Kerry Jackson is a senior fellow with the Center for California Reform at the Pacific Research Institute.

As unlikely as it seems, we could see in our lifetimes the decline of Silicon Valley, maybe the most dynamic economic and innovation machine man has ever known. Can it be avoided?

Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg, who’s earned Silicon Valley’s grandest fortune, said at last month’s 2020 Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Utah that “I do think on balance if I was starting from scratch now, I would not pick the Bay Area.” 

While he’s “not super negative on” the Bay Area, quite a few are. San Francisco’s most recent annual residential survey found that 35% say they’re likely to leave the city, with 15% saying they’re “very likely’ move out and 20% saying it’s “somewhat likely” they’ll go.

The Facebook chairman and CEO is not the first tech executive to send a chilly wind through the valley. Nor the most blunt. Reddit founder and venture capitalist Alexis Ohanian said straight out last year that despite San Francisco being a great city, “no one in their right mind” would build a company there.

Is it because the region has become an echo chamber?

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California No Longer a Passive Election Observer

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

California voters for Donald Trump will be going through a meaningless exercise on March 3. They would have a better chance betting on the lottery. 

Not so for Democrats who have much at stake in whom they will be voting for what could influence not just later primaries but even the general election. 

Since 1992 when Pres. William Clinton carried the state it has voted Democratic in every presidential election. 

Trump could make a dozen visits here and it would not matter in a state he lost by 4 million votes to Hillary Clinton in 2016. 

The only question is whether his coattails will be long enough to return any of the seven members to Congress who lost their seats in the 2018 midterms. The prospects are not good according to the latest polls. 

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Bill Introduction Update

Chris Micheli
Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Through yesterday, Friday, February 14, there have been 753 bills introduced in the Legislature.

That includes 506 ABs and 247 SBs. 

The deadline for introducing bills in the 2020 Session is Friday, February 21. With Monday being a state holiday, there are four remaining days for bill introductions.

Historically, the second year of a 2-year session has had fewer bills introduced than in the first year.

Last year, there were 2,576 bills introduced between the two houses, which is the most in the past decade.

Over the past decade, there have been between 1,900 and 2,200 bills introduced in the second year of Session.

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Happy President’s Day

Fox and Hounds Daily Editors

From the editors at Fox and Hounds Daily, please enjoy a safe and wonderful President’s Day.

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Housing Conference: Homelessness is an Emergency! Mandate Reforms.

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Frustration with the homeless crisis was pervasive with the public officials who have wrestled with the problem and attended the Unhoused: Addressing Homelessness in California conference at the University of Southern California yesterday. The danger words “emergency,” “crisis,” and “urgency” were echoed in many talks and perhaps a hard-nosed solution arose. 

Declare an emergency to bypass laws that are obstacles for change and mandate the standards and goals that must be met to end the crisis. 

Sponsored by USC’s Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, two former governors, four current mayors, a couple of county supervisors, five current or former state legislators, a city council member, and the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development appeared at the conference.* 

In introducing the program, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said that homelessness must have immediate attention because the economic success of California has left too many behind. 

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Why the California Citizens Redistricting Commission needs a Green, American Independent, Libertarian or Peace and Freedom member

Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein is a former Santa Monica Mayor and City Councilmember, a co-founder of the Green Party of California and a June 2018 Green candidate for California Secretary of State.

When the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) was established in 2008 (by Proposition 11), a super majority of its 14 members were to come from members of the state’s two largest political parties based upon voter registration – five from the largest party (in practice the Democrats), and five from the second largest (in practice the Republicans).  

Four other commissioners were to be from neither of these parties – meaning they could either be registered members of other ballot qualified parties, or be registered ‘No Party Preference’.

When the first CRC was chosen in 2011, all ‘four of neither party’ commissioners were registered No Party Preference. No commissioners came from California’s smaller ballot status parties – the American Independent, Green, Libertarian, and Peace and Freedom parties.

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Newsom’s water framework is imperfect but necessary. The alternative is further deterioration of the Delta

Jeffrey Mount and Ellen Hanak
Mount and Hanak are Senior Fellows at the Public Policy Institute of California

Gov. Gavin Newsom has put forward a framework for managing water and habitat in the Delta and its watershed. As far as we can tell, no one is very happy with the framework—and that may be a good sign.

The framework is the product of years of effort to negotiate an agreement among water users, other stakeholders, and regulatory agencies. Details are yet to be worked out, including firm commitments for water and funding, along with critical negotiations with the federal government on how to cooperatively manage upstream dams and the Delta pumps. Ultimately, the package has to be acceptable to state and federal regulators.

The scope of this effort is vast.

Over the next 15 years, the proposal is to spend more than $5 billion on new river and floodplain habitat to benefit salmon and other native fish species.

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