by Lou Binninger


The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

‘Militia’ did not refer to the military or law enforcement. The founders’ ‘militia’ meant every man, woman and child should both have a weapon and know how to use it to repel and defeat an over-zealous and power-hungry state.


The right to protect the person and property was God-given, not government-granted. The removal of God-given rights was to be over the dead bodies of patriots. (Throughout the course of the Revolutionary War, an estimated 6,800 Americans were killed in action, 6,100 wounded, and upwards of 20,000 were taken prisoner. Historians believe that at least an additional 17,000 deaths were the result of disease, including about 8,000–12,000 who died while prisoners of war.)


 Founders believed the citizen was primarily responsible to safeguard his family and property, not the government. No society can afford to hire enough police or military to insure personal safety or liberty. It takes seconds to shoot an intruder versus 10-15 minutes or more for a law enforcement response.

Concealed weapon permits, gun type limitations, registration of guns and background checks for purchasing ammunition are all glaring violations of the 2nd amendment. Again, the amendment was written to remind government to not infringe upon the people’s right to keep and bear arms.


The Sheriff is the local official with the greatest authority. Rather than go along to get along with an undermining of the Second Amendment he should honor his oath of office to ‘Defend the Constitution’ and declare the jurisdiction a Second Amendment Sanctuary County as originally written and intended.

County Supervisors offer no leadership if they cannot join the Sheriffs to stand with the same Constitution they took an oath to defend. Their passivity shows they are pawns of the state rather than representatives of the people.


Assemblyman James Gallagher’s recent video exposing the harassment endured by citizens to purchase ammunition actually concedes the more serious usurping of the authority of the citizens by the state.  Though Gallagher is with the minority party he should proclaim the God-given rights wrought with patriots’ blood to be free from government intrusion and not be content to rightfully mock the state’s troubling of the citizens.


Patrick Henry in his speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention on June 5, 1778, said "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."


Joseph Story wrote in ‘Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833’ that "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."


Samuel Adams at the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention in 1788 said, "The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."


William Pitt in his speech in the House of Commons on November 18, 1783 said, "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."

This week, Virginians are confronting tyranny in their state. It is time to stand with the Constitution and oppose the flood of regulations robbing us of our rights. It is time to buy as many guns and as much ammunition as possible from sources off the grid while you still are able. It is time to remove representatives who violate their oath of office.


It’s your republic should you desire to keep it.


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by Lou Binninger


You probably didn’t notice particularly if you haven’t been checked lately but sexually transmitted infections (STI) are booming. The myth is that you can live a sexually promiscuous lifestyle and if you notice no symptoms then you are well.


However, health officials say people are infected but may not be experiencing symptoms yet. People in one-night stands and affairs may be comforted by partner assurances of no infections on board but often they haven’t been examined. They just aren’t aware of any symptoms.


Other myths abound in the STI world. People in some African nations believe that intercourse with a virgin female or a monkey could cure HIV and other STIs.  What you don’t know can kill you in the STI world.

Unfortunately, politicians and even medical people often play sexual Russian roulette by not telling the whole truth about what is primarily spreading disease. To protect the image of groups with high risk behavior social engineers toss in ‘indirect causes’ like poverty, unstable housing, and insufficient funding. Though there are many contributing factors in spreading STIs including ignorance and the lack of transparency regarding sexual practices, the root problem is risky behavior.


Intravenous drug use, sex with many partners, and sex among homosexual and bisexual men are driving the spike in diseases. Add to the risky behavior the decreased or improper use of condoms, the lack of follow-through on treatment and not properly informing a network of sex partners about being infected.

If you had multiple partners over the years or injected drugs medical people advise telling your doctor and getting tested. Then remain sexually monogamous with someone that has also been tested, treated and cleared. For addicts, use a clean needle, get on suboxone or seek a rehab.


If sticking with one partner is impossible then use a latex condom, always. For the risk takers continue reading to learn about your STI world.


A report shows that from 2017 to 2018, there were increases in the three most commonly reported STIs --- syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. There were more than 115,000 syphilis cases. 


The number of primary and secondary syphilis cases – the most infectious stages of syphilis – increased 14 percent to more than 35,000 cases, the highest number reported since 1991. Among newborns, syphilis cases increased 40 percent to more than 1,300 cases.


Gonorrhea increased 5 percent to more than 580,000 cases – also the highest number reported since 1991. Chlamydia increased 3 percent to more than 1.7 million cases – the most ever reported to the Center for Disease Control.


Antibiotics can cure syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. However, left untreated, STIs can be transmitted to others and produce dangerous consequences such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, increased HIV risk and death. Congenital syphilis – syphilis passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy – can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death, and severe lifelong physical and neurological problems.


An estimated 38,000 new HIV infections occur in the United States each year. HIV diagnoses are not evenly distributed across states and regions. More than 50 percent of new diagnoses occurred in just 48 counties (of 3,142); Washington, DC; and San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2016 and 2017.


California had the most counties, with 8 leading the way in new cases – Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and San Francisco.


America has an estimated 1.1 million people infected with HIV and is spending $20 billion annually to treat and stop the spread of the disease.


French-Canadian airline employee Gaetan Dugas, was once vilified for spreading HIV to North America. Dugas told researchers that he had 750 sexual partners the previous three years before being diagnosed with HIV. Dugas recalled the names of just 72 partners.


That wasn’t an unusual number of sexual hook-ups for members of the homosexual community. Researchers said 65 percent of men in a Los Angeles cluster study at the time reported having more than 1,000 sexual partners in their lifetimes. Most of that sexual activity was with anonymous people thereby prohibiting HIV patients from giving medical officials any names for treatment.


No amount of effective medicine and care will curb STIs where people’s habits spread the disease and their ignorance and lack of transparency inhibits treatment. HIV is believed to have come from diseased monkeys in Leopoldville (Republic of the Congo) during the 1970s. The other three STIs have been noted throughout history.


California’s Senate Bill 859 is the latest attempt to pour more resources into education, treatment and care to stop this epidemic in spite of the tendency of the at-risk population to ignore facts and caution.


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Following the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the U.S. Senate, the California Farm Bureau Federation said the trade pact will help farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses throughout the state.


 “Passage of the USMCA has been a top priority for Farm Bureau and other farm organizations, and we’re excited to have achieved the milestone of congressional passage,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “Today’s Senate vote brings us closer to realizing the agreement’s benefits to California.”


 President Trump’s signature on the USMCA will finalize its ratification by the United States. Mexico has also ratified the agreement. The Canadian House of Commons is expected to vote on the pact in coming weeks.

 “We’re grateful to the many California farmers and ranchers who contacted their elected representatives on behalf of USMCA, and we thank Senator Feinstein for her vote to approve the agreement,” Johansson said. “The USMCA will further open markets for California-grown food and agricultural products, and will benefit the tens of thousands of Californians whose jobs rely on farm exports to Canada and Mexico.


 “This has been a big week for trade developments, considering the signing of a Phase 1 agreement between the U.S. and China,” Johansson said. “We’re hopeful the Phase 1 agreement will ultimately lead to further easing of trade between the two nations, and that the United States will continue to pursue trade policies that open markets for high-quality California farm products.”

Yuba-Sutter Toys for Tots Served 1,985 Children in Yuba-Sutter During December

2019 was an incredible time for Yuba-Sutter Toys for Tots as they celebrated a record year.

Here are the Yuba-Sutter numbers:


-1,985 Low income children served

-3,964 gifts went to local children, plus:

-398 books

-2,388 stocking stuffers


“We are so blessed to have such a giving community!” said Bob Harlan, local Toys for Tots coordinator.

They received 1,624 gifts from more than 60 local drop-off participating businesses and through a special event with the Yuba City Fire Department, which was a one-day appearance at Target in Yuba City collecting toys and money.


Local cash donations exceeded $12,000 to purchase gifts, which included $5,000 from our local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.


In addition to the 462 low income children served through the two-day "family distribution event" on the weekend before Christmas, they also provided gifts to 13 other local organizations, churches and schools.

Yuba-Sutter Toys for Tots has virtually no overhead this year. We received free storage space from Results Radio, incredible family distribution assistance from Yuba-Sutter Salvation Army, free family distribution and sorting facilities through Hilber's Inc. and Reason Farms, and various free services from Grocery Outlet!


Toys for Tots also received more than $15,000 in gifts at no charge from the Toys for Tots Foundation!

“Donations to Toys for Tots is a VERY pure form of giving as funds received are turned into gifts for families in need of providing Christmas for their youngsters,” Harlan said.


The local Toys for Tots organization has a nucleus of eight volunteers who run this program annually between mid-October and Christmas.

by John Mistler




Charles “Charlie” Leon McNiff was born on June 27, 1934 in Utica, Nebraska and passed away in Marysville on January 6, 2020.


Charlie is survived by Pat McNiff, mother of their five children: Katherine Everett from San Jose, Christine McNiff, (Steve Sheeran) Longmont, Co, Annette Martinez (Ernie) Santa Maria, Ca., Kevin McNiff Green Bay WI., Tim McNiff, Santa Maria and close friend Sharon Moffett, as well as twelve grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and one great, great, grandchild.


An athlete, Charlie lettered in three sports (football, baseball, and track) at Gridley High School from 1948 to 1950. He then transferred to Marysville High and lettered in those sports there too.











































Charlie was very proud of his tour on the USS Renshaw and wrote a story in the Territorial Dispatch about his memories of Nuclear Bomb Tests.










From 1951-1956, he served in the Navy on a destroyer, the USS Renshaw, during Operation Castle. Operation Castle Bravo remains to this day, the largest detonation ever carried out anywhere by the United States, and the fifth largest H-bomb detonation in the world. The ship Charlie was on was 20 miles away when the bomb detonated. Charlie played on his squadron’s all-star softball team as a catcher.


After the Navy, Charlie went to Yuba College and later earned a full ride scholarship to Fresno State University which was the top baseball school in the country.


In 1958, he set a Yuba College record in the 220-yard dash (:21.5) which stood until 1982, and in the 440-yard dash (:47.7) which still stands 43 years later. In 1959, he broke the San Jose State 440 record (:47.2) at the Modesto Relays, this was the tenth fastest in the world that year.

In 2001 Charlie was inducted into the Yuba College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Charlie at the Territorial Dispatch Charlie at the Territorial Dispatch


















Charlie worked for the Appeal Democrat Newspaper as a sportswriter and also sold advertising. In 1984 Charlie founded the Territorial Dispatch Newspaper in Meadow Vista, California. He moved the paper to Auburn Ca. and eventually to Marysville, Ca.  He sold the paper in 2001 but continued to write articles in his "Think About It" column until January 1,2020.  Charlie had a sense of humor and enjoyed wearing his trench coat and hat as an investigative reporter.


In the early 70s Charlie was an announcer for the stock car races in Marysville at the Triple M Raceway which was owned by his sister Delores Francis and her husband Cy Francis. He created the Sierra Mesa National Raceway, the first paved oval race track on the west coast off Highway 20 in Browns Valley.


In a recent interview by his granddaughter, Sarah Snyder, Charlie said, "If you believe in something hard enough, and passionately enough, it can happen."


He wants to remind his high school graduating class that he is proud to have lived through over a third of our nation’s history.


There will be a "Celebration of  Life" to be announced at a later date.



by Lou Binninger


A video posted on Facebook showed Third District Assemblyman James Gallagher attempting to purchase two cartons of shotgun shells at Sutter Orchard Supply, the popular farm and sporting goods store in Yuba City. Gallagher, a hunter, is no novice at purchasing ammo, but now in Commifornia he was rejected.


            The store employee asked for Gallagher’s identification (ID) so a mandatory background check could be run which of course the customer must pay for. However, the address on the driver’s license was a P O Box, unacceptable to satisfy the Ammo Nazis in Sacramento. They have to know where to apprehend you, the criminal.


            Gallagher left the store to return with his birth certificate, passport and other evidence illustrating who he was and where he lived. He then purchased his shells. However, if the assemblyman did not have a shotgun registered with the government he would have been denied as well.


            While Virginian’s are preparing to go at it over gun rights Commifornians are yawning, picking their teeth and surrendering their God-given rights to the weapons and ammo needed to defend against or overthrow government authorities.


There are reports of law enforcement lurking around Nevada ammo and gun outlets taking photos of CA license plates after people make purchases and return home with their contraband.  Those buying weapons and ammo out of state should pay attention.


The Yuba County Supervisors think alike. Maybe we could get by with just one representative and save some money. They unanimously put the illegal Measure K 1% sales tax increase on the ballot. Then, they unanimously chose to ignore the free advice of election law attorneys at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) that the Yuba Co measure was not legal.

County Administrator Robert Bendorf said the county was not interested in advice from third parties. However, Bendorf and supervisors had no problem unanimously hiring third-party consultants to scheme voters to promote Measure K while using tax dollars and violating the Constitutional rights of taxpayers.


Then, when HJTA, farmer Charles Mathews and newspaperman John Mistler contested the legality of Measure K in Yuba County Superior Court Bendorf and supervisors again unanimously used tax dollars to hire “third party” lawyers to defend the flawed ballot measure rather than use their county counsel.


When Judge Stephen Berrier decided in favor of HJTA, Mathews and Mistler, rather than the county accepting the decision, supervisors instead chose to appeal the Berrier decision with taxpayer money. That move costs the taxpayers more than $10,000 each day plus legal fees until the county gives up the fight. Adding insult to injury, the county gets to keep the tax revenue win or lose. That sounds more like a scheme concocted by Charles Ponzi or Bernie Madoff.


According to Yuba Co spokesperson Russ Brown the County has scooped $3,480,000 since April 1, 2019 from hard-working citizens. Appeal Democrat writer David Wilson quotes Brown as saying, “That money, which was supposed to enhance the county revenue stream, is being held in trust until the legality of the measure’s passage is decided in court.”

It has taken years for county officials to admit what Measure K was all about ---“enhance the county revenue stream.” Maybe the public safety bait and switch argument is finally wearing thin.


No mention is made in Wilson’s article that the Measure K legal fight is a heads the county wins and tails the taxpayer loses. Thank state legislatures for that unjust outcome. Revenue from taxes eventually found to be illegal becomes a cash cow for government. Anyone get refunds for the illegal state “fire tax?”


If the county loses their appeal of Measure K and quits the fight they keep all the money and then can put another “revenue enhancing” tax scam on the ballot.


Lastly, Yuba County Supervisors have unanimously endorsed Melanie Bendorf for Superior Court Judge. Figures, but it sounds politically incestuous. Melanie is County Administrator Robert Bendorf’s wife. Robert Bendorf takes care of the supervisors including advising them that they deserve more money. In turn, the supervisors set the pay for Robert Bendorf.  It’s a great gig if you can get it.


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by Lou Binninger


Many Western and other industrialized nations have done their best to abort themselves out of existence. Social engineers, the supposed ‘best and brightest,’ have touted that the earth is running out of fill-in-the-blank…space, water, oil, food, normal weather and so on. They persuade that it is merciful to murder the smallest and most vulnerable, sterilize women, and spread abortifacient pills far and wide to thin the herd.


It just seems more reasonable to kill the old, fat and ugly if the goal is to maximize the best use of “limited” resources and preserve the beautiful people. But that is another topic.

The fact is that the intellectuals have been off, way off in their predictions and it is too easy to kill those they dislike, like blacks and other minorities. This has been a mission of liberals, intellectuals and abortion icons like Margaret Sanger that strategically locate abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods to root-out the ‘human weeds.’ They also sterilized minority women and created the Ku Klux Klan to kill, intimidate and keep minority folks in their place.


Government has rarely been the friend of babies. A paranoid Pharaoh killed Hebrew males in Egypt, a threatened Herod killed baby boys in Israel, the Nazis killed Jewish children in Europe and liberals have mastered the murder of black babies and other children in America, all to save someone’s world.


Republican and Democrat officials have been complicit in funding the baby blood bath for decades. The recent funding vote for the U.S. government included money for Planned Parenthood again.


            The 2018-19 report for Planned Parenthood (PP) showed that 95% of pregnant women entering a PP clinic had an abortion. Cancer screening/prevention dropped 69%. Breast exams were down 68%. Pap tests decreased by 72% and contraceptive services shrank by 34%.


PP performed 345,672 abortions, their highest number ever reported or 81 abortions for each adoption referral. PP rhetoric claims that women’s health is its top priority but the report seems contradictory. Meanwhile, public funding for PP is up 27% since 2010.


It’s been 40 years since China started its “One Child Policy” in 1979 to boost its standard of living and feed a growing population. People were starving due to the state controlling all agriculture production. For decades the policy was strictly enforced by using punishing fines for an extra child, confiscating property, and demolishing homes of rebels.


Women were forcefully implanted with contraceptive intrauterine devices (IUD) and suffered sterilization and abortions. It is estimated that 324 million had IUDs implanted and 108 million underwent sterilization from 1980 to 2014. As the “One Child Policy” ended in 2014 some 500 million births were “prevented,” the majority being female.


In 1992, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) allowed international adoptions to occur. Just like the thriving organ transplant market using the parts of living criminals and political prisoners today, a baby market erupted with millions of infants being taken from their parents and sold to foreigners for $10,000-30,000 cash,  lining the pockets of CCP officials.


And just like the Communists informed families and recipients that their loved ones / donors died while incarcerated, adoptive parents were told these infants were abandoned. The CCP was running organ peddling and baby-selling schemes.


Thousands of Chinese families today have no idea what became of the children taken from them and sold. A new documentary “One Child Nation” reveals the horrors of the one-child policy as a symptom of the central-planning schemes of communist and socialist governance.

The shocking and sad part of the film is that the people were convinced via indoctrination and propaganda that this horrific sacrifice of their children and their family dreams was necessary for the “good of the nation.” With communism, individual freedom bows to the will of state planners and their collectivist ideology.


The “One Child Policy” created two problems for the government – too few young people to manage the nation and too few females to join with males. To solve these disasters Frankenstein-thinking social engineers have launched the “Two Child Policy” and females are being bought and abducted from neighboring nations to mate with lonely males.


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A first-generation rancher from Yuba County earned the Grand Prize in the 38th annual California Farm Bureau Federation Photo Contest. Kathy Brimmer won $1,000 for a photo of her husband feeding cattle on their property near Smartsville, as the sun set behind the Sutter Buttes.


 The 2019 CFBF Photo Contest attracted hundreds of images from amateur photographers who are members of county Farm Bureaus or supporters of the California Bountiful Foundation. Nine of the 12 top finishers were first-time contest winners.


 Cindy Lohse of Orland garnered First Place and $500 for a photo of a red barn in a field of bright-yellow sunflowers; Second Place and $250 went to Angels Camp resident Mindy Rasmussen, who submitted a photo of water trickling down an irrigation canal. Andrea Traphagan of Ravendale won Third Place and $100 for a sepia-tone image of her husband inspecting test plantings of grain.


 Six photographers earned Honorable Mentions and $50 each: Amy Blagg of Lodi, Melissa Laney of Live Oak, Marti Hubbell of Tres Pinos, Kevin Robertson of Corcoran, Marilyn Ferrante of Napa and Samantha Francis of Napa.


 In the Budding Artists category for photographers ages 13 and younger, 11-year-old Dottie Davis repeated last year’s contest performance by earning First Place and $250. Her winning photo for 2019: a still life of hay hooks and gloves on her family’s farm near Orland. A close-up of an almond blossom earned the Second Place prize of $100 for 12-year-old Mylee Decroix of Orland. Both prizes were presented by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.


 All 12 prize-winning photos will be published this week in the weekly California Farm Bureau newspaper, Ag Alert®, as well as the organization’s bimonthly magazine, California Bountiful®, and will appear on the organization’s websites—, and—and social media pages. 

by Lou Binninger


One of the most remembered lines in American cinema is from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. After Captain (Strother Martin), the sadistic prison warden beats to the ground petty criminal Luke played by Paul Newman Captain says, “What we've got here is failure to communicate."


            That line describes current interaction between voters and the administration of Yuba Community College District (YCCD). Citizens and a Sutter County Taxpayers Association (SCTA) representative have submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain facts about the upcoming ballot Measure C authorizing $228.4 million more in loans.


            SCTA President Pat Miller asked for electronic links to current CalSTRS and CalPERS reports disclosing pension liabilities for instructors and other employees. Her requests were described by YCCD as “unclear.”


            Questions asked by others were for the number of students – full and part time, the number of students attending various district locations and how many receive tuition assistance. (One online review said 86% of students get some form of aid.)


This FOIA request was described by YCCD as “unintelligible.” An inquiry as to the number of empty classrooms was considered “vague and unclear.”(An online Yuba College Master Plan reports lecture instructional space as under-utilized.)


            The back and forth or ‘stone-walling’ is reminiscent of the Yuba County Measure K Sale Tax Increase when a Wheatland resident’s FOIA request asking about the amount of tax dollars spent promoting Measure K went unanswered for months.


            With the election fast approaching on March 3, 2020, FOIA foot-dragging undermines efforts to properly inform voters who are being asked to burden future generations with nearly $700 million (2006 and 2020 bonds) in debt. Only 55% percent of the voters need to agree to more borrowing.


            Government sarcasm and disdain for citizens have created the FOIA process that requires an attorney-like linguistically precise request worthy of even an evasive response from bureaucrats. The average hard-working taxpayer is unworthy of a swift answer by phone and is instead dismissed as “unclear” and “unintelligible.”


            What local school campus office manager could not tell a caller what attendance is? Do college people really not know or just don’t want to say -- ignorant or irritable?


            Searching elsewhere, voters say that YCCD attendance is down by about 1,000 students from 2012 to 2018. If true, then that aligns with other news reports that as costs to run California Community Colleges are booming students’ use of the schools is dropping.


            The attendance confusion comes when looking for full-time versus part time versus fulltime equivalent students. One source says there are 6,640 full and part time students, another says 5,529 and another source says 7,713 full-time equivalent attendees. One website notes fulltime attendance at just 1,535. What is clear is that the percentage of graduates from community colleges is minimal, less than 25%.


            One analysis says that the bulk of the 2006 bonds (currently still owe $191 million) were spent on the Woodland campus of YCCD.


            Pension and employee benefits debt is hush-hush at YCCD. Of 73 California Community College Districts YCCD is in the top 5 districts buried in unfunded pension liabilities surpassed only by Chabot – Las Positas, Napa Valley, Peralta, and Ventura County districts. Operating YCCD for a few thousand students is one expensive proposition.


            YCCD pension debt for fiscal year 2018 was $47,809,628 but is now more than 50 million. Bond funds can be used to pay pension liabilities.


            And, by looking at for YCCD 2018 salaries the top four administrators are being paid a total of just under $1 million. One hundred and eight-six employees make more than $100,000/yr. and 75 receive $150,000/yr. plus. In 2020, nearly 20 are each making $200,000 or more.


            Politicians today are on a borrowing binge at every level of government. Here is a way to look at it. What parents would be praised if instead of an inheritance they left their children decades of debt payments? Rather than be commended the parents would be a curse to their children.


            It is time to stop borrowing, sell what we cannot afford, and reduce the size of government. Vote No on Measure C.


(Get Lou’s podcast at “No Hostages Radio” and his articles at


by Lou Binninger

          In 1978, Californians voted to change the way their property was being taxed saving thousands of owners from losing their homes and commercial real estate. In the 1970’s, due to a combination of severe inflation, population growth, and increased housing demand properties were routinely reassessed spiking taxes.


People who had lived in their homes for decades and now on fixed incomes were then unable to afford property taxes and forced to leave their homes. The voter initiative Proposition 13 led by Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann promised to roll back property assessments and limit how real estate was valued for tax purposes. It passed with 62.6% approval.


The Jarvis-Gann Act decreased property taxes by assessing property at its 1976 value and restricted annual increases of the assessed value to an inflation factor, not to exceed 2 percent per year. The Act also prohibited reassessment of a new base year value except when there is a change in ownership or a completion of new construction. These rules apply equally to all real estate, residential and commercial—whether owned by individuals or corporations.

The other significant aspect of the initiative is that it required a two-thirds majority in both legislative houses for future increases of any state tax rates or amounts of revenue collected, including income tax rates. It also required a two-thirds vote majority in local elections for local governments wishing to increase special taxes. (A "special tax" is a tax devoted specifically to a purpose: e.g. homelessness, road repair or public safety; money held separately from the general fund.)


There have been numerous unsuccessful attempts by politicians to take back the ground gained for taxpayers with Prop 13. (Even with Prop 13 protections California still has the 16th highest property taxes in nation.)


November 3, 2020, there will be another push to convince voters to increase taxes, this time on commercial real estate. Under this initiative to change Prop 13, county assessors would split their tax rolls into two lists. Homeowners and some small businesses would still receive the full Proposition 13 benefits: a 1% tax based on a property’s purchase value and annual tax increases of no more than 2%.


However, commercial and industrial property owners would be required to pay much more. While their tax rates wouldn’t change, beginning in 2022 the levy would be based on the current market value of the real estate. Business property values would have to be updated by county assessors at least every three years. Increasing the taxes to businesses will be passed to consumers in the form of high prices.


Liberal politicians and California’s most powerful public employee unions — including Service Employees International Union, the California Teachers Assn. and the California Federation of Teachers are behind the split-roll ballot measure. Their decision to endorse the effort brought tens of millions of dollars to fund the campaign.

The ballot measure title is California Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative. This is simply another revenue stream for an already bloated and wasteful government. California has some of the most dysfunctional and expensive government agencies from schools and Caltrans to the Department of Motor Vehicles.


Here are a few examples of gross waste by government. Those “Your Road Taxes at Work” highway signs cost us $32,644.25 each. Instead of purchasing and running natural-gas powered clean buses at a cost of roughly $300,000 each, San Diego MTS decided that political correctness demands they pay 3 times more per bus for all-electric buses – or $900,000 each.


Thirty percent of Caltrans’ $18.1 million local maintenancebudget went for picking-up after people in 2018.  So, $6.2 million went toward collecting litter off the freeway and for cleaning out the debris left behind by homeless encampments abandoned in the wake of 72-hour eviction notices.


More than half (57%) of the Caltrans employees earns $100,000 or more per year – with 11,256 Caltrans employees receiving $100,000 or more. For every “active” project at Caltrans, there are more than six members of the $100,000 Club. The average compensation at Caltrans is $113,554 a year. The median income for Californians is just $32,482 per capita.


Caltrans has 7,494 engineers – that’s more than three engineers for every active project. In spite of the Legislative Analyst’s Office saying Caltrans is overstaffed by 3,500 the agency is expanding.


Gas tax funds were used to pay Holistic Exchange $300 for massages for 12 staff members in Merced County. Local transportation agencies spent gas tax funds on a $5000 trip to Paris, Munich, and Milan, $2700 for a trip to Las Vegas, and a visit to China totaling more than $5,000.


State government needs no more money, but Californians will probably vote to tax businesses. In a socialist state businesses are considered evil.

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Yuba City, CA


Yuba city Fire Chief Alexander































December 31, 2019.


The City of Yuba City is pleased to announce the appointment of Jesse Alexander as the City’s new Fire Chief, effective January 13, 2020.  Chief Alexander joins Yuba City with twenty (20) years of fire service.


“We are honored and proud to have Chief Alexander join the Yuba City Fire Department team,” said City Manager Michael Rock. “Chief Alexander’s extensive years of experience and expertise will be a great compliment to our outstanding Fire Department.  He is a very talented leader with broad experiences responding to large-scale events and has served as commander on several high-hazard incidents.”




Chief Alexander joins us from the Chico Fire Department where he has served the past four years as Division Chief in charge of Training and Administration, focusing on emergency management. Chief Alexander began his firefighting career with CallFire in the Auburn area.  In 2001, he joined the City of Chico Fire Department and served on the Department’s Rescue Team specializing in Swiftwater Rescue. Chief Alexander has held key operational positions on multiple high-profile incidents, including the Oroville Spillway Incident, Stoney Fire, Thomas Fire, and Fentanyl-Mass Overdose.  Chief Alexander served as Branch Director on the Camp Fire, performing the largest search and rescue operation in California history.


Chief Alexander states “It is a great honor and privilege to be chosen to lead the women and men of the Yuba City Fire Department and serve the citizens of Yuba City.”


The Yuba City Fire Department has been without a permanent Fire Chief since July 2019.  Recruitment for the Fire Chief position was conducted by an outside firm, Bob Murray & Associates, who specializes in executive recruitment.  The recruitment process was highly competitive, the search resulted in 25 applicants.  The leading candidates went through an extensive process involving panel interviews and background investigations resulting in Jesse Alexander being the top choice for Yuba City.

by Lou Binninger


            California and Virginia legislatures, both with democrat majorities, are assaulting the Second Amendment, the right to firearms. California continues to pass laws hindering the use of guns -- mandating background checks to purchase weapons, sell them and now buy ammo.


Since July 1, 2019, 62,000 Californians were forbidden to purchase ammo as the new background check law took effect. Even law enforcement officers have been denied purchasing ammo.


            The California Department of Justice released background check rejection numbers in response to a lawsuit filed by the California Rifle & Pistol Association that seeks to overturn the new regulations. The court filing said that 18 percent of $1 background checks for ammunition purchases have been rejected.


Records indicated that 19,000 rejected ammunition buyers weren’t in the database at all, mostly because the Department of Justice was behind in maintaining the data.


Another 22,000 rejected ammunition buyers had addresses that didn’t match what was listed in the gun registry. Many of that number had moved since their data was entered.


Nearly 8,000 ammunition buyers were rejected because their names on their identification didn’t match what was in the registry.


Only 101 of the stopped ammunition purchases out of 345,547 total ammo purchases prevented “prohibited persons” from making a transaction. The ammo purchasing system violates the Second Amendment and is tyranny. This is not government’s business.


The charade to stop violence with gun laws is a brazen power move to disarm the public. It will have no effect on criminal behavior or deaths by firearms.


Founding Father Noah Webster wrote that the right to bear arms was “To prevent rule by a standing army; To prevent Congress from executing unjust and unconstitutional laws; To prevent the Federal Government from becoming unjust and oppressive; The people bearing arms should be superior to an army controlled by Congress.”

Richard Henry Lee, writer of the Resolution Declaring Independence, explains, “[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.


Virginia’s Patrick Henry said, “Oh, sir! We should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all? You read of a riot act in a country which is called one of the freest in the world, where a few neighbors cannot assemble without the risk of being shot by a hired soldiery, the engines of despotism. We may see such an act in America.” 


No American should be required of government to seek permission to buy a gun, use a gun or acquire ammunition.

Meanwhile in Virginia today, 87 of its 95 counties, 10 cities and 17 towns have passed resolutions designating themselves Second Amendment ‘Sanctuaries.’ This was done as the new democrat majority declared its intention to bring strict gun control to the state.


The sanctuary movement has been advanced with the advocacy of the Virginia Citizens Defense League and other smaller gun advocacy groups.


“I did not think it would be that high of a number,” said Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins. “It’s an organic thing that just took off after Election Day. Elections have consequences and this is the result. This has truly rocked the conservative, libertarian group’s core. It has really shook a lot of them awake. They are fully awake.”


Sheriff Jenkins has been one of the sanctuary county advocates and even suggested deputizing thousands of law abiding gun owners within his county, to extend law enforcement firearms carve-outs to those gun owners who would otherwise be affected by new gun laws.


Meeting resistance, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam transferred an additional $250,000 to enforce new gun control laws even suggesting calling out the National Guard. He threatened consequences to law enforcement for being resistant to the new laws.


Americans have fought valiantly for their freedom on foreign soil but are pathetic at home in resisting infringement by government. It may be a strategic moment for bloodshed.


 Thomas Jefferson wrote, “And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

by Lou Binninger


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Occasionally on social media a photo-shopped road sign is posted to mimic those seen when leaving the golden state. It says, “Leaving California? Was it something we taxed?”


            An epidemic of taxes, fees and egregious regulatory obstacles have afflicted the lives of citizens though not the care of law makers or environmentalists. In fact, extreme greenies pray people leave so the state may return to the wild.


In 2018, nearly 700,000 divorced California and the departures have been increasing annually. The freedom refugees are not the welfare and food stamp lot, addicts and criminals, but rather taxpayers, young families, and small business risk-takers wanting a better life and government-lite.


            They are destined for other states seeking freedom, gun and ammo rights, lower taxes, less rules, and more buying power. Recently, a trucker posted a photo of his breakfast and the bill in the Midwest that was just half the cost of the same meal in Yuba-Sutter. You get a straw without asking and no one barfing near the front door.


            California gasoline is nearly $2.00 more than in other states and will get worse. Governor Newsom stopped ‘fracking’ and now promises the same fate for the state oil industry. Millions of SB1 road dollars were stolen by Newsom to undermine the use of vehicles thereby harassing people to use inefficient buses and trains.


            In order to compel people onto the slow and expensive bullet train, fuel prices will have to go way-up, roads abandoned and air travel taxed heavily since trains and buses cannot compete with cost-effective and efficient autos and planes. Remember, Steven Chu, Obama’s Secretary of Energy said gas would need to be at $9 a gallon to pry people from their cars.


The poor and middle class are subsidizing huge tax credits for the wealthy to buy unaffordable-for-most electric vehicles (EV). In fact, EV owners even get an exemption from paying their share of road costs.


Young workers and families are barely able to cover rent let alone buy a home. Mandatory solar and fire sprinklers on new homes along with a myriad of regulatory costs and years to acquire California Environmental Quality Act clearances for new developments make being in the home building business a loser. However, the current housing shortage may be solved by people fleeing the state and creating more vacant homes.


The state is flirting with building Russian-style public housing -- the bunker stack and pack look using taxpayer dollars. The government is the only entity left with deep enough pockets to construct unaffordable housing and then give it away ala taxpayer subsidies.


Newsom and his Capital Comrades are laying regulatory guidelines to eliminate property rights and single family housing. While being assessed with fire parcel taxes and a 1% lumber tax “to fight fires” rural communities have been intentionally put at risk with unmanaged forests, abandoned roadways, and ‘no maintenance’ power lines. Fire insurance companies are now abandoning rural parcels or making rates unaffordable.


Rather than put a gun to people government regulations will cause them to go broke, suffering slowly trying to comply. Citizens will leave voluntarily allowing properties to be repossessed and eventually assumed by the government.


This same strategy is being used to shoo farmers and ranchers from Bureau of Land Management properties. The government makes more and more rules, denies water rights, delays the permitting process and eventually creates criminals of honorable citizens.


Starting in 2020, Governors Brown – Newsom water rationing for indoor use at 55 gallons per person takes effect. In fact, Newsom wants to tax the water. This is a desk top created crisis as there is abundant water here but a lack of will to properly store and deliver it. Liberals routinely push propaganda that farmers are using 80% of all water. It is a nonsensical lie. Water-use is now restricted just like timber, oil and minerals.


A minimum of 50% of all water is set-aside for fish and runs unused to the sea. The formula is based on junk science, superstition, and a nut-case judge’s decision causing tens of thousands of fertile central valley acres to go fallow. Also forfeited is our food supply and thousands of agricultural jobs.


Finally, the PGE debacle is the fruit of a socialist government managing the utility. PGE has been forced to buy solar and wind energy at unprofitable rates and reduce the use of inexpensive fossil fuel and nuclear energy while the government sets the price for the consumer. Forcing PGE to go green bankrupted the utility. Watch for utility rates to double though they are already 60% higher than the national average.


Add sanctuary cities and free health care for illegals, horrible schools telling children deviant sexual behavior is normal, 150,000 addicts and criminals on the streets, 20% poverty and you have a perfect storm for an exodus.

Marysville, Ca.


Annual Give-A-Yam Drive Raised Nearly $166,000 in the Past Decade


cal transCaltrans District 3 employee Laura Featherstone watches North Region Right of Way Chief John Ballantyne load a case of noodles onto a scale for the district’s food donation competition among divisions. (Caltrans photos)


Large barrels loaded with canned foods and carts brimming with printed t-shirts, dolls, games and bicycles rolled out onto a loading dock, ready for delivery to families in need.


Once again, hundreds of Caltrans District 3 employees have stepped up this holiday season to give $9,005 and 9,545 pounds of food to the Yuba-Sutter Food Bank, Yuba-Sutter Chapter of the Salvation Army and other charities throughout the region.



In addition, employees for the 19th consecutive year donated more than 250 holiday gifts for the annual Christmas Angel Tree Program for needy children.


Caltrans North Region Right of Way Chief John Ballantyne, co-chair of the annual "Give-A-Yam" holiday drive, lauded employees for their continued generosity. “Our employees really opened their hearts this year and stepped up to help those that are less fortunate during the holidays and throughout the year,” he said. “Their generous gifts and donations will help make a difference to those suffering hardships in the community."

Major Julius Murphy of the Yuba-Sutter Salvation Army said the local chapter this season will distribute food boxes for holiday meals to about 425 families, which includes about 850 children. The Salvation Army also gives gifts to about 1,000 home-bound seniors in the region.


“The community we have is very generous,” Murphy said. “Caltrans continues to be our top supporter and donor, not just at Christmastime.”


This year, for example, a Caltrans employee donated 66 dozen eggs to feed the hungry throughout the year.

Murphy pointed out the year-round support is invaluable because of the chapter’s expansion of services, which includes taking over the 14 Forward shelter and the opening of eight new transitional homes. “We’ve doubled our outreach to the homeless community,” he said.  


Throughout the year, Caltrans employees conduct a series of fund-raising events for their "Give- A-Yam" campaign. Over the past 11 years, employees have donated a total of $165,800 to local charities.


“Caltrans is part of the community. All the employees get into the Give-A-Yam fund-raisers,” said Brian Goldman, who works in the Caltrans Right of Way unit. “We enjoy giving back to the community.”


This year, the Right of Way employees also donated 9,100 pounds of food to the Oroville Rescue Mission. “”All the food to the mission was going to the Camp Fire victims,” Goldman said.

by John Mistler

Marysville, Ca





The theme of the 69th Annual Marysville Christmas Parade was "Nautical or Nice". The parade consisted of "A Beachy Boat Parade of Lights through Historic Downtown Marysville".


The First Place winner for Most Creative Lighting was Shayla Metal Buildings and More. Shayla Sullivan found the boat in a field and it was scheduled to be destroyed. She immediately saw that the boat could be repurposed  and with the help of her husband Robert they put it on a trailer added lights and it became a float in the Beachy Boat Parade.


Shayla said, " Since the parade she has talked to several people in the area that have memories of the boat. At one time it was even used as a playhouse for kids.


The boat is now on display for, the Christmas Season, at the Rubel Ranch, highway 20 in Hallwood. 

by Lou Binninger


            Usually when trouble or miscues are discussed regarding Carden School at Juvenile Hall or TE Mathews (TEM) School for youth on probation the students are the topic. However, this year, it’s the teachers.


            Carden teacher Heather Frey, 41 resigned in April when it was discovered that on February 23 she married a former juvenile hall inmate Joseph Etchevarria after he was transferred to Yuba County Jail. Etchevarria took a plea deal for voluntary manslaughter and was moved to the jail after turning 18. There had been a tip that Frey and Etchevarria were romantically involved when he was a minor at the hall.


            Then, TEM instructor Sylvester White was placed on administrative leave October 30 after making an disparaging sexual slur to a male student. A week later, long time TEM Principal Chris Meyers was removed from his position after returning from a conference. Vice Principal Steve Rebozzi had interviewed staff members in Meyers’ absence leading to Meyers’ reassignment to teach at Carden School and Rebozzi taking his place at TEM.


            Last week, TEM teacher Nicolo Orozco emailed a copy of a letter to more than 200 Yuba County Office of Education (YCOE) employees that he wrote to YCOE Superintendent Francisco Reveles.


            The letter indicated first year employee Orozco had also been dismissed and Orozco was asking Reveles if he was fired in retaliation for reporting an unsafe environment for employees and child abuse at TEM. Orozco had reported both the Sylvester White incident and also inappropriate touching of students by teacher Jim Whiteaker.


            Orozco indicated that Whiteaker slapped students on the butt and put his hands on their shoulders and neck area. Whiteaker was hired by YCOE after resigning from Yuba City Unified School District in July 2018 due to multiple reports of inappropriate sexual contact over a twenty year career.


            Also, TEM teacher Tammie Fagan has been relieved of her duties after a series of inappropriate texts were discovered among employees critical of YCOE staff and an inappropriate outburst by Fagan at the school.


            Taxpayers may wonder how much learning could be occurring among the neediest kids in the county when the adults in charge can’t behave well.

Marysville, Ca.



The Yuba Water Agency is partnering with U.C. San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes on atmospheric river research specific to the Yuba River watershed. This research will give data that Yuba Water needs to change the way they operate New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir (the 5th tallest dam in the United States), to maximize the use of the existing infrastructure and significantly reduce flood risk, with potential water supply benefits as well. The research is looking at both the Yuba and Feather river watersheds, as Bullards and Oroville dams are operated in a coordinated way to minimize impacts downstream.

Other partners in this project are CA Department of Water Resources (which operates Oroville Dam), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Weather Service California Nevada River Forecast Center.


On Thursday, December 12th Scripps scientists launched the first of many weather balloons that will reach a height of 80,000 ft to record moisture, temperature and wind speed.  "This data will be helpful in updating the procedures for flood control, forecast information and the flexibility of using the planned secondary spillway." Discussed by John James of Yuba Water Agency and Anna Wilson from Scripps.


Atmospheric rivers are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky – that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics. These columns of vapor move with the weather, carrying an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River. When the atmospheric rivers make landfall, they often release this water vapor in the form of rain or snow. Sometimes called a Pineapple Express. 


Scripps recently released a study that shows atmospheric rivers are responsible for approximately $1 billion in damage annually in western states.


DeDe Cordell, Yuba Water Agency communications manager said, "In Yuba County, we know that financial cost far too personally, having lived through devastating flooding in both 1986 and 1997. Our economy has never recovered. "

Pictured is: John James, Yuba Water Water Operations Project Manager leading the Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations and Carly Ellis of U.C. San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes.

by Lou Binninger


Last Saturday night, Panda Express in Marysville had two street guys welcoming customers at the front door. Another sojourner was snoozing along the east window like a big fish in an aquarium, just inches away from diners woofing down Orange Chicken inside. Under California’s Gig Economy law these ‘volunteers’ should be considered employees of the Chinese fast food outlet.


With ‘homeless campers’ being shot, stabbed, beaten with blunt objects, overdosing and found floating in the Feather River our communities have become more colorful and culturally diverse than ever before, a Leftist dream come true. Hippies rejoice, this is the back to nature movement you longed for 50-years-ago.


Taxpayer-funded addiction does wonders. This is the ultimate photo-op for smiling and back-slapping ‘humanitarian’ judges, legislators and local officials. However, small business owners tiring of government oppression, shit on their doorsteps and arguing with reclining vagrants are moving.


Even California’s Oracle Corp. just announced it is moving its annual San Francisco (SF) technology convention to Las Vegas. The tech giant signed a three-year agreement to bring its OpenWorld convention to Las Vegas, citing rising hotel rates throughout the Bay Area as well as poor street conditions in SF.


The relocated convention — the third-biggest held in SF in recent years based on room nights — will be a substantial loss to the city. The loss comes to a minimum of 62,000 hotel room nights and a $64 million negative impact. OpenWorld events have been located at the Moscone Center for the past two decades.


The rising cost of hosting events in SF has become an increasing concern among hospitality professionals. The average hotel rate in the metro area was nearly $264 a night in October, according to data from hotel analyst STR. According to, Las Vegas is one of the most affordable cities for hotels, with rates averaging about $69 a night.


Another factor was the SF street drama. There were more than 30,000 car break-ins in 2018. Human waste, used needles and SF’s ‘finest’ leaning and lying around, drooling and vomiting was finally a deal breaker.

Meanwhile in other communities, a Los Angeles (LA) family visiting Seattle was stuck by a 23-year-old female transient driving high on meth as they exited their hotel. Two siblings died and the father injured. The driver, of course, fled on foot and was found in an alcove changing clothes. While being arrested, she was singing, dancing and blaming the police. Yep, she just needed a tiny house.


Last month, LA Police shot and killed a transient who chased an officer into the street with a foot-long machete. This ‘poor fellow’ robbed an auto parts store at knifepoint, then carjacked a vehicle from a fast food drive-thru and clipped two police cars. People say the guy was ‘troubled.’


Also in LA, an 11-year-old was walking home from a soccer game in Westchester when a male transient grabbed him by the neck and said, “You’re not going to see your parents after I kill you.” The child escaped. His father said when the suspect was arrested that he resisted and had to be taken away by ambulance. This is just another day for an 11-year-old in a city run by kooks.


In Santa Rosa, out for a walk behind a high school, a woman was attacked by dogs living at a homeless camp. Bitten and dragged, the lady suffered tendon, bone and nerve damage resulting in emergency surgery and a three-day hospital stay. Camps with aggressive dogs now rule many California communities. Yuba-Sutter residents report similar attacks while walking the levees or trying to approach the rivers.


A male transient in North Sacramento threatened to kill a man with a hatchet, and when police officers made contact, the suspect threw a large rock at one officer, injuring him, and fled. When found, he was uncooperative even when ‘tased.’ The transient’s dog then began biting one of the officers, forcing him to kill the dog.


Earlier that same day in downtown Sacramento, a transient punched a woman in the face in an attempt to take her purse. A citizen intervened, detaining the suspect until police arrived. The day before, a man was shot and killed at a homeless camp in the backyard of a residence in the suburb of Rancho Cordova.


The liberal answer is more and more money for shit patrols, needle retrieval, nonsense, and bigger government. This is the utopia, or haven’t you noticed?

by Lou Binninger


There have been hundreds of local tax increases proposed throughout California to deal with one problem – government employee pension debt. This debt was never authorized by voters but was incurred by politicians desiring the contributions and voting clout of employee unions.


As a former local government administrator said privately last weekend, “Government takes very good care of its own.” Its ‘own’ does not include the taxpayer.


            Of course, in no ballot argument and rarely even in news articles will you read that tax hikes or bonds are for pension debt. The voter is routinely deceived by government bureaucrats and their Deep State mouthpiece, the mainstream media.


School districts have joined the flurry to tap the taxpayer by passing school bonds, many of them. You may be thinking “Heh, we just passed some school bonds or we’re still paying off those bonds on our property tax bill!” Good memory.


            Just one bond isn’t enough. The upcoming bond blitz will include two, three or more bond measures on the ballot. If passed, the taxpayers’ will pay their ‘fair share’ with their property taxes. The problem is that most property owners won’t see what hit them. Their tax bill is hidden in their mortgage payment.


            Every CA school bond is for pensions and benefits. Pension obligations (and pay increases) are devouring more and more of school budgets.  Employee costs in the San Diego Unified School district recently exceeded the entire district school budget.  But not one bond measure will tell you that and neither will the media.


            California’s State Auditor recently concluded that the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) with 41,000 students and 2,200 teachers is facing insolvency next year.         At a May 2019 County Board of Education meeting, Sacramento City Board members learned that “91 cents of every dollar is spent on salary and benefits,” with only 9 cents going to programs. The SCUSD Board acknowledged that the Sacramento County Office of Education had warned the District for 14 years that their practices were unsustainable.


After the SCUSD ended the 2017-18 fiscal year with an $11 million deficit and just days after Superintendent Jorge Aguilar submitted the 2018-19 budget projecting another $22 million deficit (which was rejected by the county), Aguilar and seven other administrators spent more than $35,000 to attend a six-day conference at the Harvard Business School. This is typical going-broke-spending in government.


Yuba College is asking voters to approve another $228.4 million bond that will cost taxpayers $412 million. Taxpayer’s still owe $190 million on bonds approved in 2006.


The Yuba College Board has buried the district in debt in the past. The Yolo County Daily Democrat reported, “The ‘ugly circumstance’ began in April 2011, explained Chancellor Douglas Houston, when the district board sold $4.6 million in bonds under Measure J, approved by the voters in 2006.”


“Because they were a lesser-known form of general obligation bonds called capital appreciation bonds that $4.6 million will result in an eventual $54.2 million interest payment — costing the district nearly $59 million to pay down.”


“In the case of the Yuba Community College District, no payments on the $4.6 million will be made until 2038, with final payments due in 2048, 2049 and 2050. The Yuba College district’s $4.6 million in capital appreciation bonds will ultimately cost it about $12 for every $1 borrowed,” the Daily Democrat reported.


Houston and the Yuba College Board that hired him worked to reduce the damage done to the district by previous financial mismanagement. In the end, taxpayers still pay for all the financial misdeeds.


Opponents of the current bond proposal are wondering why the college is leasing administration offices for $310,000 annually on Plumas Street in Yuba City and why new buildings need to be added if enrollment is stagnant or decreasing. Others are asking why we need to borrow money for maintenance work and whether the district is top heavy with administrators. As usual with government, transparency is not its strength.

The California Appeals Court approved the joint request to expedite the Measure K case. This could still take another 9 months or more. 


12/03/2019 Order filed. The "Joint Motion for Calendar Preference and to Expedite Briefing" is granted; the appeal will be accorded priority pursuant to statutory provisions.


What does this mean?

It means the case will be fast-tracked. The California Court of Appeal is not a fast moving process. Traditional appeals can take up to 18 months or more. Expediting means more like nine months or more. No briefs have been filed yet. We will post the briefs after they are filed.


Meanwhile, Yuba County is collecting on the tax that was ruled as invalid. Total collected so far - over $3 Million

Keep in mind that no new evidence can be submitted. The appeal is basically to make sure that Judge Berrier followed the law, and made the correct ruling: To INVALIDATE MEASURE K.