Marysville, Ca.

 

Certain requirements must be met

 

Survivors of the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County who relocate to Yuba County may now be able to transfer the base year value of their damaged or destroyed property to the replacement property, according to Yuba County Assessor Stephen Duckels.

 

 A resolution adopted by the Yuba County Board of Supervisors earlier this year makes such a transfer of base value possible, in instances where there is a Governor-declared disaster.

 

 “What this means is that, if certain requirements are met, you may be able to transfer the assessed value of your property in Butte County to your property recently purchased in Yuba County and benefit from property tax based on your prior assessed value rather than the market value of the replacement residence,” Duckels said.

 

 The main requirements that must be met are:

 

  • * The original property was owned and occupied as a principal residence
  • * The replacement property is owned and occupied by the same person as a principal residence
  • * The market value of the replacement property at the time of purchase is of equal or lesser value than the market value of the original property immediately prior to the disaster
  • * The replacement property is purchased or newly constructed within three years, following the date of damage or destruction

 Those who believe their property may qualify for this benefit should contact the Yuba County Assessor’s Office by phone at 749-7820 or visit the Assessor’s Office at the Yuba County Government Center, located at 915 8th Street, Suite 101, in Marysville.

Yuba City, Ca.

 

A Patriot and Proud Founder of Latinos for Trump

 

The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Marco Gutierrez, Founder of Latinos for Trump, will be the Special Guest Speaker for their next meeting, Monday, October 21, 2019.

 

feather river teaMarco TrumpMarco will share his perspective on illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, the pardoning and clemency granted to illegal alien criminals, and free healthcare.  

 

Marco was born in Mexico and immigrated to the US as a teenager after raising his brothers and sisters in his home in Jalisco, Mexico.  His parents left him with the tremendous responsibility of caring for his siblings while they found work here in the United States.  Reagan’s amnesty program finally reunited the family in 1991 and Marco began his journey from immigrant teen to defender of the American dream.

 

Enter the 2016 election.  He founded “Latinos 4 Trump” and as the group grew “Latinos 4 Trump” signs became a common sight at counter protests, Trump events, and street rallies. His leadership put him in front of the news cameras more than once and he learned the danger of fake news first hand.

 

Marco could see Trump’s “America First’ stance would bring back the American dream not just for him and other Hispanics, but for all Americans.

 

As a family man with 6 beautiful kids, Marco admits it’s hard to fit it all in. Yet the feeling of hope for the future of our country keeps him driving forward and setting the trend for other patriots to follow. 

Marco Gutierrez is what Americanism is and was always meant to be.  He is a defender of the American dream and the American way of life.

 

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio Host and New California State movement President.  Paul will follow our Special Guest Speaker and will be discussing events of the day.

 

Everyone is welcome.  There is no membership and no cost to attend.  The Feather River Tea Party Patriots meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp and will be held at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; come early to register, socialize with like-minded patriots, and get a good seat. 

 

Contact Larry or Carla for Information: (530) 755-4409.

Visit our website: https://featherriverteapartypatriots.ning.com/

Placer County, Ca.

 

 Caltrans Also Activating Three New Ramp Meters on the Corridor

 

 In an effort to relieve congestion and make merging safer for motorists, Caltrans announced plans to activate three new ramp meters next week and initiate around-the-clock ramp metering on all freeway entrances to southbound State Highway 65 from Lincoln to Roseville.

 

Starting Monday, October 14, the three meters going live are: Northbound Galleria Boulevard to southbound Highway 65; southbound Stanford Ranch Road to northbound Highway 65; and northbound Industrial Avenue in Lincoln to southbound Highway 65. The meters will have expanded hours of operation, which will allow these signals to also manage non-commute congestion with on demand metering.

At the same time, seven other ramp meters on southbound Highway 65 from Rocklin to Roseville will expand hours of operation. Traffic metering will take place anytime or day during the daytime or nighttime hours when there is heavy traffic congestion on the freeway.

 

The seven ramp meters affected are:

 

  • Eastbound and westbound Pleasant Grove Boulevard on-ramps to southbound Highway 65.
  • Eastbound and westbound Blue Oaks Boulevard on-ramps to southbound Highway 65.
  • Eastbound and westbound Sunset Boulevard on-ramps to southbound Highway 65.
  • Westbound Whitney Ranch Parkway to southbound Highway 65.

Currently, six of these ramp meters – except for Whitney Ranch – operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

 

This is the first time Caltrans will operate anytime metering for freeway on-ramps in the greater Sacramento Valley region. To alert motorists of the upcoming changes, the meters will rest on green this week.

 

Studies have found ramp meters are an effective way to reduce freeway congestion and collisions, improve travel time and make merging onto the freeway safer.

 

Caltrans District 3 is responsible for maintaining and operating 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. Caltrans issues updates about road conditions on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.

 

 

Yuba City

 

 At 3:10 pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019 a previous collision had caused Hwy 20 to be blocked at Frontage Rd, west of S. Butte Rd.

 

The driver, a 54 year old male, of a 2008 Nissan on eastbound Hwy 20 in the #2 lane, either slowing or at a stop in traffic. Richard Brian Heryford, 56, was driving a 2016 Ford eastbound on Hwy 20 east of Lytle Rd in the #2 lane at a stated speed of 50-55 mph approaching the Nissan. Heryford diverted his attention from the road and failed to see traffic ahead. Heryford collided with the rear of the Nissan, causing fatal injuries to the driver. Heryford remained at the scene and declined medical treatment. Alcohol or drug intoxication is not suspected to have contributed to this collision.

 

The name of the Nissan driver is being withheld pending notification of family.

Yuba City

 

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at approximately 2:22 pm, Zuber was driving  a 2014 Kia was driving southbound on the frontage road just north of Hwy 20 and North Township Rd. The Kia stopped at the stop sign on westbound Hwy 20. Girod was driving a 1990 Peterbilt, towing a flatbed trailer carrying a bulldozer was traveling westbound in the #2 lane of Hwy 20, at approximately 55mph.  Driving eastbound on Hwy 20, in the number #1 lane, was Graham Thorton in a 2005 Dodge. Both Girod and Thorton were approaching the frontage road intersection.

 

Zuber di not see the 1990 Peterbilt traveling westbound toward her locations, as she accelerated into the intersection and attempted to make a left-hand turn onto eastbound Hwy 20.  The 2014 Kia traveled directly in front of the 1990 Peterbilt. The right front of the Peterbilt collided with the left front of the Kia. The Kia spun out of control into a ditch on the north side of Hwy 20 and Girod lost control of the 1990 Peterbilt. Girod traveled across th westbound lanes and into the center median.  The vehilce continued across the median and into the eastbound traffic of Hwy20, directly in front of the path of the 2005 Dodge. The front end of the Dodge collided with the right side of thePeterbilt and the force of the colision forced both vehicles southbound across the eastbound lanes and toward the south shoulder. As both vehicles skidded onto the shoulder, the bulldozer detached from the flatbed trailer and collided with the left driver side of the Dodge. The vehicles came to rest on the south shoulder of Hwy 20.

 

Hwy 20 was closed to east and west bound traffic for several hours for the investigation, tow trucks and clean up. Traffic was diverted to alternate routes around the scene.

Sacramento, Ca. –

 

Each year more motorcycles are ridden on California’s roadways. Through a federal grant, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has developed the Get Educated and Ride Safe (GEARS) II campaign, to promote motorcycle safety and awareness.

 

The GEARS II goal is to reduce the number of motorcycle-involved crashes and crash victims. The number of motorcycle-involved crashes increased approximately five percent in Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 from the previous year and increased three percent in FFY 2018. Although crash numbers may continue to rise, the CHP is working to make that percentage as low as possible.

 

“Motorcycle safety is a top concern,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Improving motorcyclist and motorist safety through education and enforcement is the focus of this year’s GEARS grant.”

 

With the $700,000 grant, the regions with the highest number of motorcycle incidents will see enhanced motorcycle safety operations. A year-long series of motorcycle traffic safety education campaigns, including the “May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,” is planned. The campaigns will promote the use of U.S. Department of Transportation approved motorcycle helmets for all riders and will work to raise motorists’ awareness of sharing the road with motorcyclists. The campaigns will also focus on the most dangerous traffic violations, including speeding, improper turning, and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

joncoupal hp Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, will  be the featured speaker at the Sutter County Taxpayers Association luncheon meeting on Tuesday,  October 29.  The subject of his talk will be “The Threat to Proposition 13 on the 2020 ballot and other tax issues.”

 

Coupal has been with HJTA for 28 years.  He is a recognized legal expert in California fiscal affairs and has argued numerous tax cases before the courts, including Proposition 62 guaranteeing the right to vote on local taxes.  He is the principal drafter of Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, a measure passed by the voters in November 1996. 

 

            “Our program will be interesting and informative.  We encourage members of the public to join us,” said Pat Miller, president of the Taxpayers Association.  The noon luncheon meeting will be at noon at Hillcrest Plaza, 210 Julie Drive, Yuba City.  Cost is $25 with advance reservations required. 

 

            Reservations may be made by calling Pat Miller at 673-6562 or Elaine Miles at 671-7916.

Marysville, Ca.

 

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department marijuana eradication team will be better protected with the help of Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program.

 

A $5,000 grant, approved today by Yuba Water Agency, will fund specialized uniforms and equipment for the team to use during investigations into potentially illegal marijuana cultivation sites, and corresponding water diversions and watershed-related environmental violations. 

 

The new uniforms will consist of a blend of chemical, fire and tear-resistant material to better protect team members when processing unlawful gardens and associated equipment used for illegal grow operations.

 

“Illegal grows negatively impact the quantity and quality of our water because of the harmful chemicals that are used,” said Yuba Water Agency Chairman Brent Hastey. “Funding these new uniforms will help protect both our sheriff’s deputies and our water.”

 

Yuba Water Agency is able to fund this equipment because of the potential negative impacts that illegal marijuana grows can have on the watershed.

 

The Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, which was created in 2018, is designed for first-responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $10,000 per applicant annually, associated with the purchase of rescue equipment and specialized personnel training. Since its inception, the program has supported 14 agencies with $163,500 in grants.  

Farmers, restaurants and their customers will all benefit from improved trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico, according to a coalition of California agricultural groups, restaurants and chefs. In a letter sent today to the California congressional delegation, the coalition urged approval for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

 

 The USMCA would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement and enhance the movement of food products on the continent. The coalition letter says the new agreement would benefit California farmers by improving market access in Mexico and Canada, and would benefit restaurants by assuring availability of high-quality ingredients and affordable dining experiences made possible through trade with the neighboring countries.

 

 “Restaurants and farmers need each other, and we all need the USMCA to assure the continued strength of the food chain,” California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson said. “By helping California farmers and agricultural businesses, and by enhancing North American trade in food and farm products, the USMCA will keep agricultural products affordable for all of us who eat.”

 

 Patrick Mulvaney, chef-owner of Mulvaney’s B&L in Sacramento, urged Congress to support what he called a “vital piece of legislation.”

 

 “Our success in California food is directly related to the hard work and diligence of our farmers,” Mulvaney said. “The USMCA will ensure that their efforts will pay off, for their families, workforce and consumers.”

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Yuba City, Ca.

 

The Sutter/Yuba Republican Women Federated (SYRWF) will host guest speakers Stephan S. Duckels Yuba County Assessor and Todd L. Retzloff Sutter County Assessor at the Thursday, October 17th luncheon. The doors will open at 11 a.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 11:30. Following the speakers there will be an opportunity  for questions and answers.

 

The luncheon cost is $17.  Because we pay for ALL the reservations, we ask that you call 24 hours in advance to cancel.  We appreciate your cooperation in this. Reservations are due by Monday, October 14th and cancellations are due by Wednesday October 16.

 

Please call CHERYL BRANDWOOD at 530-671-9128 to make your reservations.

Yuba City, Ca.

 

tea party Scott 1 The Feather River Tea Party Patriots announced Dr. Scott Sorensen, Chairman of the Yuba Sutter Friends of the NRA, will be the Special Guest Speaker for their next Meeting, Monday, October 7, 2019.

 

Dr. F. Scott Sorensen Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Life Chiropractic college in San Lorenzo, CA.  After graduation, he  moved to Yuba City in 1991 to take a Chiropractic position with a local clinic.  He started his own chiropractic office in 1999 and has successfully operated his Advanced Chiropractic Wellness practice for the last twenty years.

 

Dr. Sorensen started working with the Friends of NRA in 2009 to bring the dinner back to Yuba Sutter area.  He has been the Chairman of the Yuba Sutter Friends of the NRA for the last 9 years. 

 

He has successfully put together nine banquets and raised community awareness of the Friends of NRA.  The Yuba Sutter Friends of the NRA has grown from a startup event in 2009 to over a $60,000 net in 2018.  This year should prove to be the biggest year for fundraising in the Yuba Sutter area.

 

Last year through the NRA grant process Dr. Sorensen secured over $100,000 in funding for the Yuba Sutter and Lincoln areas. The local Friends of the NRA was able to fund the 6 trap teams in the Yuba Sutter area as well as the Sutter and Lincoln rifle teams.

 

Dr. Scott Sorensen has also worked as the Zone Coordinator for the Friends of NRA Eastern division.  He assisted the other FNRA chapters to help them facilitate successful events. He has volunteered to assist many events with the Nevada Field Representative as well as the Eastern California Representative.  In 2016 he was awarded the volunteer of the year for the Eastern California region.

 

Dr. Sorensen is an NRA Benefactor Member and has been associated with the shooting sports since he was eight years old.  He is an NRA Certified Pistol instructor and has attended many courses on defensive tactics in Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun and has a passion for teaching these tactics.  He is also an Ambassador for Front Sight Firearms training and has attended the Rifle, Handgun, and shotgun courses several times.

 

Dr. Sorensen is a focused and dedicated supporter of the NRA and the NRA foundation.  He believes in the future of America and that our God given rights are codified in the constitution and that the Second Amendment was written to protect all the other rights.

 

Dr. Sorensen will review the beginning of the NRA and how gun control was started after the Civil War to keep guns out of the hands of blacks.  He wlll move on to the dealings of the NRA in subsequent years and the current shake up in the NRA upper management.  He will cover the formation of the NRA foundation, which is the formal 501(c)3 for the Friends of NRA.  All of the NRA programs have been essential to the survival of the Second Amendment in America.  

 

Don’t forget – Our regular feature In The News with Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio Host and President of the New California State movement, will follow our Special Guest Speaker.  Paul will be discussing events of the day.

 

There is no membership requirement to attend and everyone is welcome.  Doors open at 6:00 pm; meeting begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Come early to register, socialize with like-minded patriots, and get a good seat. 

 

The meeting will be Monday, October 7, 2019, at the Crossroads Community Church, 445 B Street, Yuba City.


Contact Larry or Carla at (530) 755-4409

NYWD Director

 

North Yuba Water District Director Gretchen Flohr will be hosting a community workshop to present her vision for the future of water in the northern foothills of Yuba County. Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm at the Alcouffe Community Center, 9185 Marysville Rd, Oregon House, CA.

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Brownsville, Ca.

 

In a major milestone for the Forbestown Ditch Piping Project, the North Yuba Water District (NYWD) Board of Directors approved the Project plans and scope of work during a special meeting earlier this month.

 

Approximately two years ago, NYWD received a $500,000 planning grant from the California State Water Resources Control Board “Prop 1 funds” to complete this engineering phase of the Project, including creation of a construction plan and final construction budget, now estimated at $10 Million.

 

With help from a second grant, awarded Monday, September 23, 2019 from the Yuba Water Agency for $225,000, the Project will continue uninterrupted into permitting and environmental reviews, the final phase before construction.

Originally dug in the 1860’s, the Forbestown Ditch is an unlined, open canal, approximately 10 miles long. The Ditch conveys water to the NYWD Treatment Pond, and is the sole source of drinking water for approximately 3,100 residents of Brownsville, Challenge, Rackerby and Forbestown.

 

Moving to a piped Ditch will lower the possibility of breaches like the those recently experienced in 2017 and 2018. A piped Ditch will also save a significant amount of water lost from seepage and evaporation, increase the amount of water available for customers and eliminate a vast majority of dirt, trash and contamination from entering the treatment pond.

 

“Our customers have endured massive blowouts on the Ditch, and periods of uncertainty with their drinking water,” said NYWD General Manager, Jeff Maupin. “Piping the Ditch was literally a ‘pipe dream’ until a few years ago. Now through the actions of our Board of Directors and the availability of Prop 1 funds, piping the Ditch is finally a possibility.”

 

NYWD was recently designated as a Severely Disadvantaged Community (SDAC) with an annual median household income less than 60 percent of the Statewide annual income. Potential funding sources to complete the construction include an additional Prop 1 grant of up to $5 Million from the State and a matching grant of up to $5 Million from the Yuba Water Agency.

 

“This is truly an historic project for the North Yuba Water District,” said Randy Fletcher, Yuba County Supervisor and Yuba Water Agency Director, “when you consider the Ditch was constructed when Abraham Lincoln was President, these residents are long overdue for a safe, secure way to receive their water.”

 

The Forbestown Ditch has quite a storied past. First called the “Miner’s Ditch,” the Ditch and the District have changed ownership and names several times, and weathered numerous epic blowouts over its 150 years. Historical photos of the “Miner’s Ditch” are on the NYWD website, and an actual segment of an old wooden flume, used to repair a breached segment of the Ditch, is on display at the Forbestown Museum.

 

For more information about the NYWD, visit www.NYWD.org.

Maan Brings Years of Policy & Leadership Experience to 4th District Race

Yuba City, Ca.

 

 Former Yuba City Councilman Tej Maan today announced that he is a candidate for the Sutter County Board of Supervisors District 4 seat.  The seat will become open when incumbent Supervisor Jim Whiteaker retires at the end of his current term.  

“I'm proud to announce my campaign to be the next Sutter County 4th District Supervisor," stated Maan.  "I have had the honor and privilege of serving the residents of Sutter County in local elective office for two four year terms on the Yuba City Council and working together we have made important progress for Sutter County.  In my time in local government, we promoted transparency, accountability and built trust - I'm looking forward to building upon that trust and support again in my race for Supervisor and am prepared to dedicate myself full-time to the job."  

With extensive leadership experience and service in the local region, in addition to two terms on the Yuba City Council, Maan has also served as: President of the Yuba-Sutter Fair Board, Ambassador to the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the American Red Cross Board, Member of the Yuba-Sutter General Plan Advisory Committee, a Yuba-Sutter Lead Graduate and he has held leadership roles in many other community service organizations.  Currently, Maan serves as Vice-President of the Yuba City Kiwanis as well as a member of the Yuba-Sutter Chamber Board of Directors and remains active in several volunteer organizations.

While serving on the Yuba City Council Maan stressed that some of his main accomplishments were: bringing leadership focus to repairing long-neglected levees to ensure the safety of our communities.  Prioritizing public safety to ensure law enforcement had the tools needed to push back against gang activity and keep our neighborhoods safe.  Promoting economic growth by attracting business and jobs through smart zoning planning and promoting a pro-business leadership climate. 

A long-term resident and community leader, Maan and his wife make their home in Yuba City where he continues the family legacy of farming and community service.  The primary race for Sutter County Supervisor District 4 is scheduled for March 3, 2020 - candidate filing will begin on November 11, 2019 and close December 6, 2019.


For additional information about Tej Maan and his campaign for Sutter County District 4 Supervisor visit: www.TejMaan.com or call Tej directly at: (530) 300-7800.

Marysville, Ca.

 

 In an effort to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the Yuba County foothills and preserve the critical water supply of the Yuba River, Yuba Water Agency  approved a $45,000 grant to launch a Firewise USA Site Activation Program.  

The Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council will manage the program, which is designed to assist rural residents in collectively improving the fire resistance of their homes, properties and community, and completing the necessary requirements to become a Certified Firewise USA Site.

 

“Not unlike the water conservation program we offer in the valley, this is a way Yuba Water Agency can help residents directly,” said Yuba Water Agency Vice-Chairman Randy Fletcher. “By encouraging and sponsoring these Firewise sites, we are reducing the risk for the people who live in the foothills, and protecting our precious water resources at the same time.” 

A certified Firewise USA Site can range anywhere from eight to 2,500 residences, and can be a street, subdivision, homeowner association, or other geographical location, as determined by the residents. Certified sites are formed to improve the fire resistance of neighborhoods, protect watershed health and reduce the negative environmental and water quality impacts that a wildfire could have in the area. 

 

While residents can perform much of the work necessary to become a certified Firewise Site, those efforts also require specific support from trained defensible space advisors, geographic information systems (GIS) specialists and registered professional foresters or fire scientists.

 

The funds from Yuba Water’s grant will be used for developing fire hazard and risk assessments, GIS mapping, program outreach and training for the defensible space advisors. 

 

Another portion of the grant will be used to bring the National Fire Protection Association’s Take Action - Teens for Wildfire Safe Communities program to the foothills, which is designed to get teens involved in the process of helping communities be better prepared for a wildfire event. 

 

“This funding will jumpstart a program that we desperately need in order to make significant improvements on the ground in our rural neighborhoods,” said Steve Andrews, coordinator for the Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council. “So many of our foothill residents want to put the work in to get their defensible space in order, but they often don’t know exactly how to go about it. This grant will give us the resources to help advise and encourage these folks to work individually and together as neighbors to make a difference.”   

 

Yuba Water Agency is able to fund efforts like this to reduce fire risk because they improve water supply and reduce the negative water quality impacts that a wildfire could have on the Yuba River Watershed. 

 

For people interested in creating a firewise site visit yubafiresafe.org or contact the Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council at 530-288-9355. 

 

Additionally fire districts are able to purchase swift water rescue equipment.

Two local fire districts will be better equipped to respond to water-related emergencies along the Yuba River with the help of funding from Yuba Water Agency.

 

As part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, Yuba Water today approved two grants, worth up to $10,000 each, for Linda Fire Protection District and Olivehurst Fire Department, to help them purchase new swift-water rescue equipment. Much of the districts’ current rescue equipment is outdated and in need of replacement.

 

“These fire departments provide critical rescue and emergency services for Yuba County residents and people recreating along the Yuba River,” said Yuba Water Agency Board Director Andy Vasquez. “Now they will be even better equipped to respond to dangerous, swift-water situations.”

 

Linda Fire Protection District will purchase technical rescue equipment, ropes and associated hardware.

 

The Olivehurst Fire Department will use the grant to replace outdated ropes and purchase additional swift water rescue gear. 

Like all Bill Shaw grants, the agency is able to make these funds available because the first-responders may be called upon to provide emergency support to the agency’s facilities and staff, or to people recreating at its lakes or on the Yuba River. 

 

Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, which was created in 2018, is designed for first-responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $10,000 per applicant annually, associated with the purchase of rescue equipment and specialized personnel training. Since its inception, the program has supported 14 agencies with $158,500 in grants.  

Would Require Trump to Reveal Tax Returns

By Stephen Frank

 

Democrats tried to abuse the law and the voters by creating a new “law” to stop Donald Trump from being on the California Primary ballot.  It would not have mattered—he would have been on the General Election ballot anyway.  But, the real reason they tried this is that they wanted the DEPRESS/SUPPRESS Republican turnout in the primaries.  Why?  To use the disgusting Top Two (prop. 14) to get as many Democrats on the November ballot and eliminate Republican candidates.  That is how Russia runs its election—government decides who is allowed to run.  What is the difference between Sacramento and Moscow?  Moscow gets a lot of snow, Sacramento gets a lot of heat.

 

“England had peppered lawyers for California with questions about the law, which, while applying to presidential and gubernatorial candidates, was openly aimed by California leaders at Trump, who has refused to reveal his taxes. Trump, defying modern custom of presidential candidates releasing tax returns, has blamed an ongoing audit. But critics contend nothing would stop him from disclosing his tax returns.

 

The judge questioned whether California’s law is preempted by federal law, the Ethics in Government Act, that requires certain financial disclosures by presidential candidates. He also expressed doubt about the law’s compliance with the Constitution’s qualifications clause and suggested allowing California to set specific standards for candidates would lead to “a hodge podge” of different requirements by states.”

 

by Jon Coupal 

 

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and retired state Senator and Judge Quentin L. Kopp prevailed Monday (26) in a lawsuit to invalidate Senate Bill 1107, a 2016 California law that would have allowed political campaigns to be financed with taxpayer dollars.

 

“California voters passed Proposition 73 partly to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used as political slush funds,” said Jon Coupal, President of HJTA. “If politicians want to change that, they have to take the issue back to the voters.”

In a unanimous decision, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled that voters outlawed public funding of political campaigns when they adopted Proposition 73, co-authored by Kopp, in 1988.

 

Proposition 73 provided, “No public officer shall expend and no candidate shall accept any public moneys for the purpose of seeking elective office.” Senate Bill 1107 would have provided instead that “a candidate may expend or accept public moneys for the purpose of seeking elective office.” The Legislature, in passing Senate Bill 1107, included a finding that the bill furthered the purposes of Proposition 73. The Court of Appeal rejected that finding.

 

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association opposed SB 1107 and consistently opposes public funding of campaigns.

HJTA and Kopp are represented by Charles H. Bell, Jr., a leading California political law attorney with the firm of Bell, McAndrews and Hiltachk; Anthony T. (Tom) Caso, with the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence; and Allen Dickerson, with the Center for Competitive Politics.

Friday September 13, 2019 the United States Department of Justice filed a “Statement of Interest” in the U.S. District Court agreeing with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) in its legal action against California’s so-called “CalSavers” program. Originally called “Secure Choice,” CalSavers is a state-run retirement plan for private-sector employees. HJTA contends that it is an illegal program that leaves taxpayers, businesses and private sector employees exposed to unnecessary costs and risks.

“We are very pleased that the United States Department of Justice agrees with our core position that the program is facially invalid under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).” said HJTA president Jon Coupal.

He added, “There is no need for this program. Private employees already have access to Social Security which is backed by the Full Faith and Credit of the federal government. Moreover, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are easy to set up. Given the poor performance of CalPERS and CalSTRS, both in terms of investment performance and governance, why would we give state politicians and bureaucrats access to another pension program?”

The case is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.