by Lou Binninger

In August of 2014, World Net Daily (WND), an online news publication, produced an article “The Big List: Female Teachers with Students.” The piece was updated on 1/25/17 giving 13 pages of accounts (approximately 20 per page) of female school teachers having sex with underage students, in most cases males.

            WND has carried numerous stories about what it calls a national epidemic of sexual abuse in schools. The irony is how often the female predator or perpetrator gets off with probation. Similar acts performed by a male teacher with an under-aged female or even by adult non-teachers outside of school would get years in prison.

            The joke used to be that in union-controlled government schools it would take a teacher sexually assaulting a student to get fired and lose their credentials. Not so true anymore.  And poor work performance or bad character isn’t a job killer because of the cost to prove it is prohibitive.

However, job termination for lustful misdeeds may not be an option in the future as sexual-deviancy interest groups lobby for new consent laws allowing for child / adult sexual relations. Rhode Island (RI) is one of a few states where it is legal for teachers and other school employees to have sexual relations with students once they turn 16.

Rhode Island also received a D grade from a year-long study by “USA Today” for how well states track and share information about teachers who are abusers. In Michigan, sex between a teacher and student is prohibited at any age. Laws vary state by state.

Both the National Education Association and the United Federation of Teachers opposed a Rhode Island bill this month to make it a crime to have sexual interaction with students after their 15th year. Union officials and their members are well aware that sexual predators move from district to district and state to state and that threat of termination and loss of credentials are not sufficient deterrents and do not protect children. A district may get rid of an abuser but they have no ongoing concern for where they end up.

In a 2018 report, NPR’s (National Public Radio) Erin Logan says: “That cycle — abuse, dismissal, rehire and abuse again — is one that experts and researchers say is far too common across the nation. It has long been known as ‘passing the trash,’ and despite years of efforts to make policies to keep it from happening, no one really knows how often it does.”

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) became law in 2003 setting standards of behavior in lockdown institutions and declaring a zero tolerance for rape. Mandatory trainings are conducted for all employees to prevent fraternization with inmates as well as a sexually charged work environment and harassment. PREA seeks to insure that jails and other correctional settings protect inmates from sexual assault, sexual harassment, "consensual sex" with employees, and inmate-inmate sex.

Yuba County Office of Education (YCOE) placing 41-year-old teacher Heather Frey on administrative leave for an alleged improper relationship with an incarcerated juvenile hall minor raises a number of questions. Do YCOE employees working in detention facilities or at the Thomas E Mathews (TEM) Court school have PREA training?

If not, are there teacher-pupil standards of behavior that instructors agree to when being employed by YCOE? In 2015, a 26-year-old female teacher was arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old boy at TEM.

Is YCOE contributing to NPR Erin Logan’s described cycle of abuse, dismissal, and rehire of predators to abuse again? To fill Ms. Frey’s position, Jim Whiteaker, dismissed by Yuba City Unified School District for repeated accusations from female students of sexual abuse, has been hired by YCOE.

                                                                                                         


           

 

           

by Lou Binninger

In traveling to communist countries since the early 1990’s, there was once an appreciation for the freedom and lack persecution and government corruption in America.  However, the differences have dissipated.

            Both China and Vietnam have economically mimicked Western ways after experimenting with socialism and starvation, living off insects, critters and global hand-outs. Beginning around 1990, Vietnamese were allowed to operate their own businesses and keep much of what they earned. Vietnam is now making huge economic strides. China got about a 10-year head start on Vietnam allowing commercial freedom to realize their economy turnaround.

 However, government and police bribes are still everyday occurrences there, along with political and religious persecution. Communists are extremely paranoid and prefer a police state.

China is currently on a rampage to shut down churches and other religious groups and destroy meeting places. Government-authorized churches where pastors are hired and told what to say by bureaucrats are using facial recognition technology at building entrances to monitor who is there. Children, young people and the military are forbidden to attend. Google is assisting the government to track people with technology.

Communist Party members with a religious bent have been asked to submit to re-education, renounce their faith or resign their position of prestige and power. Being a party member is like being in the US Congress–lots of benefits.

Political activists and religious folks disappear to show-up not in court but in camps. For some with the right DNA, their body parts are “donated” to those from around the world eagerly paying the government for a new organ. Some hospitals specialize in parting-out prisoners and notifying next of kin that their loved one has passed. There is no Freedom of Information Act there.

In America, the last two decades have not been kind to government transparency and economic or religious freedom. There is no move or decision made here that is neither taxed nor managed by an overseer. Thousands of new regulations created during the Obama reign crushed particularly small businesses and restricted the ability of citizens to do what they wanted.

 Politicians and bureaucrats are routinely bought.  Leaders in our most respected agencies have proven to be despicable in trying to overthrow the Presidency. Bureaucrats known as the Deep State are in full rebellion working to sabotage our government and the policies of the current administration.

Our schools are now indoctrination centers. Published in Econ Journal Watch (September 2016), a study of faculty voter registration at 40 leading universities found that out of 7,243 professors, Democrats outnumber Republicans 3,623 to 314, or by a ratio of 11 1/2 to 1 or more than 90% liberals.

Out of five departments analyzed by the authors, the field friendliest to conservative scholars is economics, where there are only 4.5 liberal professors for every conservative. Conversely, history was by far the least conservative-friendly department, where liberals outnumber conservatives by 33 1/2-to-1.

The campus is the last place you would go to find tolerant people. Thinking of themselves as intellectuals they have become fools. Liberal professors need only apply.

If a student follows Jesus, is pro-Israel, pro-life, pro-military / law enforcement /America, a capitalist, heterosexual, questions evolution and man-made global warming, he or she may be shamed in class, mocked, and even physically attacked. Grades are influenced by political persuasion.

If you are a visiting campus speaker holding a view other than the dictated liberal ideology your event could be blocked, boycotted, or disrupted. Rather than the university being a market - place of free, different and critical thinking it has become a “no-think” zone inhabited by political and cultural zombies.

Admission costs are over-priced, corrupt, and entrance rules racist. Unless students are seeking a technical degree like engineering, accounting, medical or mechanics etc. attending a college is a waste of a good brain and hard-earned dollars.

America’s courts have been corrupted by politicians posing as judges doing what is right in their own eyes. A Muslim bakery can refuse to make a wedding cake for a homosexuals but a Christian bakery cannot. Muslims have religious freedom to pray and teach their ways in government schools but Christians do not. Judges look more like political puppets versus being safeguards of the Constitution.

It was conservative and Christian organizations targeted by the Internal Revenue Service and harassed by the alphabet soup of enforcement agencies under Obama. No country is perfect, but America is a mere glimmer of the beacon of light it once was.

Churches, once the voice of activism in the colonial era, are irrelevant to the culture today. They have been silenced. The Deep State comes to take what it wants while citizens cower behind their doors with earbuds in place.

 

By Don Rae

  • Schiff and Swalwell are the lowest level of human vermin.
  • Does Jusse Smolett have Black Privilege?
  • Poor Joe Biden. He can’t reveal the truth because he is sworn to secrecy, but he is actually a secret shopper for shampoo companies and is paid to sniff hair and report back on the most pleasing scents.
  • AOC says people are dying because of climate change. Perhaps if she went to school and learned something, she’d realize how stupid a statement she has been making. But, then again, what you hear as a bartender on duty isn’t always credible.
  • Hillary and all her minions get passes for their crimes. Smolett receives a “get out of jail free” card. But Republicans go bankrupt fighting spurious charges. No wonder immigrants are flocking here, The US is just like their own country. They’ll be right at home with the rich privilege and corruption.
  • The Democrats had been slavering over the anticipated Mueller report, certain that Trump will be hung by the neck until dead. But they lost again. What a waste of time and money which should have been spent investigating the known crimes committed by the Democrats and Clintons.
  • In 2011, Moonbeam was informed that the Oroville Dam had problems.  In 2014, he got a water bond passed, which included money to fix Oroville.  He refused to fix the dam.  Then we had major rain events which compromised the dam. The dam broke and Moonbeam begged for Federal funds.  Trump actually came through with more than $300 million—because the damage was due to unrepaired portions of the dam, known by Moonbeam since 2011.  Moonbeam stole money from the Feds, to finance his fraud in passing a bond and not spending the money as required.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded Americans for being against a Democrat measure that allows illegal aliens the right to vote. Pelosi argued that America must not suppress the vote of newly arrived legal immigrants, including those who arrive in caravans at the U.S.-Mexico border. Then what? Let everyone in the world vote in US elections? Is Pelosi for real?
  • Senator Pocahontas, known for using her fake status as a Native American to get perks at colleges, is now attacking the rich parents caught up in the recent college admissions/bribery scandal. Warren says she has “zero sympathy” for these parents now caught up in the legal system. The old story of the pot and the kettle.
  • On May 27, 1941, then President Roosevelt, a Democrat, announced to Ambassadors attending Pan-American Day by saying: “I hereby proclaim that an unlimited national emergency exists…” He then gave Britain all the assistance he could without Congress declaring war on Germany. Keep in mind, he was a Democrat. Got it. A Democrat.
  • Douglas MacArthur: “One doesn’t end wars by disarming, leaving oneself defenseless – or one does not prevent wars by throwing away one’s rifles”. Do any of our so-called savvy politicians recall their history or use common sense and logic?
  • Just a random thought. Mueller’s report was not the result of an investigation. It was a coup attempt, which, so far, has failed.
  • Remember your history? Immigration has been subject to termination at various times during the 1900’s. Why? There were so many immigrants that it was felt they needed time to assimilate before the country was overrun. Years and decades were involved. We need the same policy now.
  • Bill Nye says that Internet access for all is part of the climate change agenda. Huh?
  • NOAA tide gauge data measurements have existed for 17 locations along the California coast. Eight of these locations having actually measured sea level rise data for more than 70 to 120 years in duration. The data shows that none (repeat – NONE) of these California locations are experiencing coastal sea level rise since climate “changers” first made such claims to the U.S. Senate in 1988.
  • Why are Democrats not cracking down on the ill-educated, ignorant, childish socialist, anti-American first term representatives in the House? These folks are no more than children who have never become adults. Their ideas are loony and do not deserve the coverage and support if either the folks or their colleagues in the house. They are headed for an all-out war.
  • As a result of World War I, the victors imposed their will on the Ottoman Empire and other regions of the Middle East. They created, without giving reasonable consideration to the wishes of the folks in the area, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine (and eventually Israel) and Turkey. No wonder there is constant chaos in the region. World War II and the Iraq War didn’t help matters any.
  • If you think that the Russian Collusion is a hoax, give a long thought to climate change. Also spend some time reviewing the history of sun spots in relation to the Earth’s climate. Knowledge is a wonderful thing.
  • Good grief. Now the “experts” are claiming that the foods Whites eat are destroying the planet. White diets are helping to destroy the planet.
  • Remember a few years back when Obama in the middle of the night flew pallet loads of cash (some $150 billion or so) to Iran? How many lawsuits were filed by state attorneys general over that fiasco?
  • Are we really going to get the bullet train crushed? Probably not. You see, Feinstein’s husband’s company has the contract for the first phase of the bullet train construction. Do you think she’s going to let all that nice taxpayer money slip through her pockets? How about returning it, Feinstein? Give the taxpayers a break.
  • The flakey Democrats are out promoting the scientific discovery of a third gender. After a million years that homo sapiens have been on earth and the billions of examples of humans have populated the entire planet – by doing what needs to be done to produce the next generation, we find out in 2019 that there are an multitude of genders running around the world. How did we miss all this frantic activity?
  • Nancy Fischer-Huffman writes on Facebook: What a great idea… Now the students won’t be able to write cursive, they can’t read an analog clock, they don’t study the United States Constitution, math is a joke… We have really prepared them well! Your tax dollars at work!! But let’s teach them about Islam, gender fluidity, and drag queen story time. Does anyone else think this train is off the track?

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by Lou Binninger

            Free enterprise and competition have led to an astounding abundance and prosperity throughout the Western world and wherever they have been tried, even in what once was known as the Third or Underdeveloped World.

             Never have so many people moved out of abject poverty, gained access to clean water, enough food, education and technology as in the last 50 years. Innovation, freedom and competition have sparked the burst forward.

            However, Tony Thurmond, California’s new Superintendent of Schools, maintains that competition has no place in government schools. What utter nonsense.

Tony suffers from a mental flat spot. His cure to low performance is always more money (higher prices for education). Why didn’t the fast food industry think of this?

            It wasn’t long ago in the early 1990s that Yuba-Sutter parents wanting to homeschool were harassed by school officials and threatened with legal action. However, County School Superintendent Ric Teagarden launched the Yuba County Career Preparatory Charter School (first in the area) and was met with disdain by the unified district. Teagarden set parents free by allowing them to teach their children under his charter school covering.

            Now, charter schools are everywhere and the unified districts offer all types of educational alternatives for students that don’t fit into mainstream methods. However, even the government charter school people see through socialist glasses being adamantly against private competition in education.

            The government sees no problem with forcefully removing money from taxpayers for schools including from those having no kids in the system. And it sees no problem with choosing the school where kids attend. If you don’t like it you can pay a second time for private schools as the government keeps your school monies.

            Low performing teachers are horrified at the thought of losing tenure and facing competition. And lousy schools that should be given a decent burial want laws that keep kids on their education plantation. These anti-choice mandates are not tolerated elsewhere in society.

            Why not extend the socialist policy of no competition and force all union teachers to only buy from a single vender like one restaurant, one grocery store, one car dealer, one clothing store, stay at one hotel, etc. Why not - because unions and politicians are hypocrites.

            In the meantime, our monopolistic government schools are indoctrinating children against the tenets of our founding fathers, the Judeo-Christian ethic, the Constitution, and traditional sexual values.

            A new California sex-education framework will be voted on by the Board of Education May 8-9. The draft recommends the book “Who Are You?” for pre-k–3rd graders as a “guide to develop their gender identity.”

The book explains to children that gender is a spectrum – unlimited and ever-expanding, rather than two biological sexes. Gender is defined as “boy, girl, both, neither, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, gender fluid, transgender, gender neutral, agender, neutrois, bigender, third gender, two spirit…” The draft describes sexual orientations as fluid. LGBTQ+ is noted as an ever-changing spectrum with expanding concepts to include “queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, allies and alternative identities (LGBTQQIAA).”

Informed Parents of California,” a group of more than 12,900 concerned parents, assembled a 24-page summary of the guidelines for k-6th graders that includes some of the recommended supplemental materials. Lessons for 6-year-olds offer details about sex like: “The man’s penis goes inside the woman’s vagina,” and “sperm can swim out through the small opening in the man’s penis – and into the woman’s vagina.”

A book for third graders shows a drawing of a penis ejaculating sperm while inserted into a vagina. Another book introduces 10-year-olds to anal sex, and the slang for male and female genitals.

Earlier this month, Lily Eskelsen García, National Education Association (NEA) president, read sections of “I am Jazz,” a book about a sexually confused child, to a kindergarten class in Arlington, VA. Parents had a fit.

Of course, the NEA is fond of confused Kevin Jennings and bestows honors his way. Kevin is founder of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN). This group conducted the “Fistgate” conference at Tufts University in Massachusetts in March 2000. There, state employees gave graphic instructions about “fisting,” and other forms of sexual activity to children as young as 12.

Parents are in an uproar throughout the state as NEA and GLSEN have free-rein pushing sexual deviancy dogma to children that are mandated by law to sit-still and whose parents’ wages will be garnished should they fail to pay their taxes for this child abuse. It’s time for vouchers and freedom for families.

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by Lou Binninger

       As social media continues to sizzle with Measure K controversy one pro-tax combatant mocked that the argument is only about 1 cent on the dollar. He did not reveal that he is a CalPERS pension recipient and at the highest retirement rate. 

Pro-tax people are often the last to donate to charitable causes (See book “Who Really Cares”). And, there is no law to prohibit people donating to the government to cover the unfunded pension deficit if they wish.

            Actually all taxes amount to a few pennies on the dollar. The problem is that there are hundreds of them and most of the money is wasted via bad management and corruption. There is nothing like being nickel and dimed to death, right? At the end of each year those coins amount to thousands of dollars per person.

            Depending on who is paying, when all taxes and fees are totaled it could come to 40%-70% or more of income. On top of that add California’s spiked prices for fuel and energy and the increased costs off products connected to these resources due to the state’s outrageous regulations. And how are those road repairs working for you anti-Prop 6 people?

            For a driver traveling 12,000 miles per year and getting 30 miles per gallon, he is paying $456 more for gas in California compared to the national average. And now, a Yuba County resident purchasing a $30,000 vehicle will pay an added $300 compared to buying before April 1.

            Here is a list of more than 90 taxes that some or all Californians pay; Air Transportation Taxes (just look at how much you were charged the last time you flew), Biodiesel Fuel Taxes, Building Permit Taxes, Business Registration Fees, Capital Gains Taxes, Cigarette Taxes, Court Fines (indirect taxes), Disposal Fees, Dog License Taxes, Drivers’ License Fees, Employer Health Insurance Mandate Tax, Employer Medicare Taxes, Employer Social Security Taxes, Environmental Fees, Estate Taxes, Excise Taxes On Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans, Federal Corporate Taxes, Federal Income Taxes, Federal Unemployment Taxes,  Fishing License Taxes, Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas), Food And Beverage License Fees, Franchise Business Taxes, Garbage Taxes, Gasoline Taxes, Gift Taxes, Gun Permits, Hazardous Material Disposal Fees, Highway Access Fees, Hotel Taxes, Hunting License Taxes, Import Taxes, Individual Health Insurance Mandate Taxes, Inheritance Taxes, Insect Control Hazardous Materials Licenses, Inspection Fees, Insurance Premium Taxes, Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes, Inventory Taxes, IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes, IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax), IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax), Library Taxes, License Plate Fees, Liquor Taxes, Local Corporate Taxes, Local Income Taxes, Local School Taxes, Local Unemployment Taxes, Luxury Taxes, Marriage License Taxes, Medicare Taxes, Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans Under Obamacare, Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (if you don't buy "qualifying" health insurance under Obamacare you will have to pay an additional tax), Obamacare Surtax On Investment Income (a new 3.8% surtax on investment income), Parking Meters, Passport Fees, Professional Licenses And Fees (another form of taxation), Property Taxes, Real Estate Taxes, Recreational Vehicle Taxes, Registration Fees For New Businesses, Toll Booth Taxes, Sales Taxes, Self-Employment Taxes, Sewer & Water Taxes, School Taxes, Septic Permit Taxes, Service Charge Taxes, Social Security Taxes, Special Assessments For Road Repairs Or Construction, Sports Stadium Taxes, State Corporate Taxes, State Income Taxes, State Park Entrance Fees, State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA), Tanning Taxes (a new Obamacare tax on tanning services), Telephone 911 Service Taxes, Telephone Federal Excise Taxes, Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes, Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes, Telephone State And Local Taxes, Telephone Universal Access Taxes, The Alternative Minimum Tax, Tire Recycling Fees, Tire Taxes, Tolls (another form of taxation), Traffic Fines (indirect taxation), Use Taxes (Out of state purchases, etc.), Utility Taxes, Vehicle Registration Taxes, Waste Management Taxes, Water Rights Fees, Watercraft Registration & Licensing Fees, Well Permit Fees, Workers Compensation Taxes and Zoning Permit Fees.

            Are you still up for more? The Governor wants to add another tax on drinking water. And in 2020 there will be a proposition to repeal Prop 13 tax limits on business real estate. If passed that will be the beginning of the end for residential real estate tax protection as well. Politicians are using a divide and conquer strategy, wooing homeowners to throw business property under the real estate tax bus. Losing property tax protection will make homes unaffordable for all but the uber-rich and drive more business out of state.

            With 51 California cities and counties raising sales taxes on April 1 we have come a long way since 1913 when a vast majority of the population paid a personal income tax rate of 1 percent while the highest marginal tax rate was 7 percent. And there were very few of the taxes noted above. What changed? Socialism bred massive government growth.

 

 

by Carol Withington

     Historical research can be frustrating at times, especially when two African-American pioneers appear to have identical names.  In Delilah Beasley's book--"The Negro Trail Blazers of California"--a person by the name of Nimrod Jones arrived in California in 1849 and was a pioneer of Marysville.  However, this particular Jones never lived in Yuba County.

     However, a Nimrod Wellington Jones, a native of Virginia, settled in neighboring Nevada County where he purchased a lot for $50 on June 14, 1859.  His name first appeared in Nevada County's 1867 Bean's Directory, where Jones was listed as a cook.  Two years later, the name of Nimrod Street was included in H.S. Bradley's official map of Nevada City.  

     According to the 1870 Census Jones was listed in the Nevada Township as a laborer and  was indicated as W for white in the column entry for race.  It was not until ten years later, that Jones was accurately listed as Black.

     In 1871, Jones, along with 37 other African-American men in Nevada County, exercised their right to vote.  And whenever he moved, Jones always re-registered.  

     On March 4, 1875, Jones sold his Nevada City property for $275.  He then moved to San Francisco where he remained until his death in the early 1890s.  He never remarried after his wife Rosana died in 1869.  There were no children.

     During his sixteen years in Nevada City, Nimrod Wellington Jones was highly respected and the community "embraced" him as a citizen.  In fact, the name of Nimrod Street still stands proudly across from Pioneer Park.

                                                                               RILEY (NIMROD) JONES

     Riley (Nimrod)  Jones arrived in California in 1849.  A native of Kentucky, he settled in Marysville.  Somewhere along the way, the name of Nimrod was mistakenly attached to him by many historians.  However, local newspaper accounts never used the name of Nimrod when referring to Riley.

     During his lifetime, Jones served as trustee of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.  He was employed as a scavenger for the city of Marysville from 1869-1872, according to the city council minutes.  When Jones died at the age of 70, the January 1889 newspaper described him as "one of the oldest colored men" in the city.   The funeral took place at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.  Sadly, a Globe Mutual Company policy of $1,000 on his life did not materialize.  The company was in liquidation at the time of his death and only $52.25 was eventually given to Louisa, his wife.

     Hopefully, this solves the mystery of the two pioneers by the name of Jones.  Both were hard workers who served well in their respective communities.  Each have earned a special place in the African-American history of Yuba and Nevada Counties.

     Next month will include the introduction of journalist Jennie Carter of Nevada County who, along with her musician husband Dennis, had connections to Yuba County.

by Lou Binninger

The first Measure K Sales Tax Increase court hearing occurred on March 19, with the “guvmint” taking two of two issues. The State of California, who is to enforce the law and collect taxes wanted out of the suit and escaped unscathed. The motion for an injunction postponing the tax until the lawsuit is settled was also rejected.

So, the additional 1% sales tax (now at 8.25%) will be collected beginning April 1st and the funds held until the suit is resolved. If the county loses, then the funds will be refunded. However, to obtain a refund should Measure K be invalidated purchasers need to possess all receipts to make application for return of their tax dollars.

Purchases in Yuba County will be assessed a higher sales tax than surrounding jurisdictions such as Yuba City / Sutter County. So, consumers can choose to shop elsewhere to avoid the increase except for auto and other purchases processed through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Those items are taxed by where the purchaser lives versus where the sale occurs.

In the hearing, Superior Court Judge Stephen Berrier contended from the beginning that he thought the case against K was weak and that “essential services” could mean libraries and parks, suggesting this was a general tax versus a public safety tax. Measure K opponents in the courtroom audibly reacted to the judge’s outlandish conclusion after a nearly a year-long public safety campaign for K. They were admonished for their outburst.

However, when Judge Berrier was reminded by the plaintiff’s attorney that the judge’s initial comments sounded like his mind was “made-up” prior to hearing arguments and seeing evidence, Berrier walked back his statement.

The pressure is certainly on the opponents of K to show the judge in the courtroom that Measure K was pitched as a Public Safety tax throughout the marketing campaign.

The numerous campaign town hall-style gatherings were not called pension fund meetings, library and parks meetings, general services or homeless fund meetings. They were called “Public Safety Meetings.” And neither the librarian nor parks department director gave a talk. Neither did the Health Department or Human Services representatives speak. Human Resources people were missing as well.

The experts were County Administrator Bendorf, Sheriff Durfor and then Sheriff Anderson, fire department representatives, District Attorney McGrath and Probation Director Arnold. The attendees were told that the county had a “public safety” crisis. Night after night the Public Safety road show told tales of woe, of skeleton crews and one-hour 911 response times.

Outdoor signage scattered everywhere reflected the need for law enforcement and fire protection. However, the Grass Valley law firm hired with tax dollars to defend the county and the bait and switch campaign is hoping the judge lacks discernment, is a “guvmint” man, and the people have amnesia.

On September 11, 2018, County Document 820/2018 offered details provided by the public safety leaders (noted above) to the Supervisors for an annual expenditure of projected K Funds collected, between $4.3 and 4.9 million. The lower figure was used for budgeting.

            The document purposes monies for 14 deputies $1,692,000; 4 dispatchers $360,000; 2 jail correctional officers $180,000; associated equipment and training for sheriff’s department $244,800; 3 positions in the District Attorney’s office $309,600, 2 positions and increasing medical costs ($157,725) for Probation / Juvenile Hall $309,600; Fire Services $860,000, and $344,000 of the $4.3 million or (8%) for “Essential Services” described as economic development, infrastructure, marketing, and resident services.

There was no mention anywhere of libraries and parks under “essential services” as Judge Berrier speculated.

Since the election and Measure K’s supposed passage, the Yuba County Water Agency overseen by the same five people that serve as County Supervisors serendipitously found $635,000 (return of county tax dollars and payment of 50% of Supervisors’ county salaries) to send the county’s way annually. However, the money is to reside in the general fund rather than the “special fund” reserved for “public safety.” All the attention lately is on adjusting Water Directors’ and Supervisors’ salaries versus the urgent need to hire more deputies.

The next court date will set the schedule to argue the merits of the lawsuit brought by Measure K opponents.

by Lou Binninger

 A long-time meth user and frequent speaker at parole and probation meetings liked to tell a story depicting the moral deprivation of addicts. He said an addict would steal his friends stash and then spend the rest of the night empathetically searching for it with his victim. The speaker’s willingness to be vulnerable always got a laugh from a mix of parolees, their overseers and agency workers.

            Eighteenth century philosopher Adam Smith explained in “A Theory of Moral Sentiments” and in “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations that for the market place to function and grow there must be a “moral sympathy” or we would say today moral empathy between buyer and seller. Though all participants are driven to do business out of self-interest to better their lot in life, it would only work successfully to benefit society if there were a morality or fairness existing in the interaction.

            In the drug trade the person that fronts money is thought to be stupid or foolish. However, in much of mainstream America money is often fronted or partially so in deals, down payments and such. Money is deposited in banks or investment companies expecting there is a mutual trust and benefit involved.

The Bernie Madoff’s and the Charles Ponzi’s of the world are the outliers. Others scheme to rip-off Medi-Cal, Medi-Care, ATMS, the EBT system etc. The nation uses law enforcement agents to reign in abuses as hundreds of millions of transactions occur daily.

            However, what happens when the government is the con, the shyster, the fraud? What is the recourse of the citizens when the government can no longer be trusted? It steals from the people, files frivolous suits, removes money from personal accounts, and comes to your home with CNN reporters and dozens of agents for an arrest and publicity.

 The top people in the FBI, the IRS, the CIA and the DOJ have been proven to be involved in the highest level conspiracy in the land. They are liars and cheats, common sleazes and have committed treason. But rather than go to jail or be shot, they leave with their retirement and a book deal in hand.

Americans need no longer mock Banana Republics for lawlessness but just look at any level of US government.  Transparency is obtained legally about as easily as extracting an impacted tooth. Citizens are treated with contempt and disdain.

Proverbs 29:2 says “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Ecclesiastes 5:8-9 says, “If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.”

 Micah 7:3 reads, “They've all become experts in evil. Corrupt leaders demand bribes. The powerful rich make sure they get what they want.” Genesis 6:5 “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

            Leaders compete to be touted as the most aggressive baby killer. Tax dollars are forcefully taken to kill in the womb and on the way out. Neither political party is sickened by it. Even church pastors pitifully look the other way.

The most trusted in the country conspire to destroy a duly elected President of the United States. Conservative groups and religious nonprofits are targeted and harassed by the IRS for having the wrong political bent.

Californians are lied to by the government about the road tax repeal (Prop 6) to defeat it and preserve SB1’s massive tax increases. And now, as the billions of dollars are rolling in, the governor forbids using the funds for roads unless socialist housing program goals are met.

            Transsexuals and other sexual deviants are used as role models in our government education system. In fact, the entire curriculum has been corrupted by scuttling the Biblical and Constitutional bedrock the nation was established on.

            Elections are stolen using illegal voters. Good people are abused by the powerful as the Fake Media propagates deception. Businesses are harassed and extorted by politicians.

Our founding fathers encouraged taking-up arms against such oppressors. However, most Americans have been subdued. May God help us expose the sins of leaders in government, corporate America, education and the media.

           

By Don Rae

  • Newsom suspends the death penalty. What is next? Let all the prisoners out of jail to prey on Californians? Hopefully Newsom will invite all of his new friends to camp out at his house. Brainless fool.
  • Two bystanders tried to stop a person vandalizing cars and other property. Unfortunately, the man they struggled with died. So what do the police do? Arrest the good Samaritans for murder. This action follows the Democratic playbook of arresting good people and letting criminals out of jail. Something is wrong with this system. Terribly wrong.
  • The college bribery scandal is just the tiny tip of the iceberg. The improper behavior of college admissions has been going on for decades. Thousands are involved. It is about time the fraud is called out throughout the country. Why has it taken so long?
  • Democrats want illegal invaders who are not citizens (and 16-years-olds) to vote in US elections. But they talk out the other side of their mouths about Russian interference in elections. So do they want everyone in the world to vote – except Russians who might support Trump?
  • What in the world is this support for anti-Semitic representatives in the House? How far will the Democrats’ hypocrisy go in the future? How far down the sewer will they swim? Remove Rep Ilhan Omar from the House. How about you lead the parade, Garamendi? Or are you in favor of her behavior?
  • CNN says FOX cannot be part of the panel for the Democratic debates. Who are the intolerant ones?
  • Our Schiff-less one had his staff fly around for days spending hours prepping Cohen before his testimony before the Schiffty-committee. Witness tampering?
  • Another LA Times news column combining opinion with factual news. The article called Trump’s Hanoi summit as “made for TV diplomacy.” So much for the Times maintaining journalistic integrity.
  • The Philadelphia baseball club hands out $330 million to an outfielder. And not a word of complaint from the usual suspects who cry crocodile tears if a CEO makes a million. Hypocrites.
  • A male-only military draft is unconstitutional, so says a federal judge. A universal military training act for all youth would be definitely a good idea. It works in Israel.
  • The usual surveys are as useless as can be imagined. But maybe the one which says California ranks 14th in quality of life comes close to hitting the mark. The more the one-party system and legislature goes about its business, the lower the ranking will go.
  • The Social Security 2100 Act would crank up the payroll taxes paid by workers and their employers from 12.4% today to 14.8% by 2043. The bill would also jack up the application of the payroll tax to incomes over $400,000. That will be about $700 a year in added taxes—can you afford that?  Where will they stop?  The Democrats are eager to steal every nickel you earn.
  • According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the Congressional Budget Office can’t come up with a reasonable estimate of the impact of legislation. Initial estimates from the CBO claimed 14 million would lose their health insurance coverage due to the elimination of the individual mandate. Then, progressives touted a leaked number from the Congressional Budget Office claiming that 22 million people would “lose” their insurance if Congress repealed the law. Actually only 2.5 million were affected. Since the CBO’s figures are a major influence on policy-making, this is a major national story. Why isn’t the media picking it up?
  • AB624 the “Pupil and Student Health” bill would require Planned Parenthood’s hotline on the back of every 12 to 24-year-old’s ID. In other words, every California school student of those ages would be walking advertisements for Planned Parenthood without PP paying out a plugged nickel for ad costs. Are you in favor of that one?
  • Romney voted against the wall. First shot across the bow for 2020?
  • It is worth another comment as Newsom grinds away at his personal positions. The California vote in 2016 was to continue the death penalty and speed up the process. Newsom has started the slippery slope of eventually letting killers and other bad characters out of jail and in the midst of the community. At the same time he supports gun control to the point where even CCW holders can’t exercise their rights to defend themselves. Recall Newsom.
  • The real problem with government today was shown in the border funding vote. There is a psychotic fear of making changes to the status quo and letting power slip to the other side. In essence the government bureaucracy and elected officials protect their jobs and the public be damned.
  • Where did the idea of humans going extinct in 12 years come from? Out of AOC’s warped mind?
  • Some Georgia snowflake says that white chefs who cook black southern vittles should be prevented from doing so because, he says, such cooking is an appropriation of black culture. So does that mean that no black chef is allowed to cook Boeuf Bourguignon?
  • Good on you, Minnesota. Minnesota Democrats who are angry and offended at Rep. Ilhan Omar for her comments about Jews and Israel are reportedly considering killing her next nomination and running a different candidate in her place.
  • Just as a reminder as we continually hear about the disasterous effect climate change is having on the earth and AOC’s prediction that the earth will be completely depopulated in 12 years. In 1970, the following predictions were made -  Entire Nations Could Be Wiped Out by 1999 - Population Bomb to Cause Global Famine by 2000 - Air Pollution Will Be So Bad That City Dwellers Will Have to Wear Gas Masks - Ice Caps Will Melt Away – and in 1958, The Ice Age is coming. If all these “intelligent” prognosticators could be so horribly wrong, what makes you think that today’s fear-mongers are any smarter?

by Lou Binninger

               Proclamations like “We’re Number One” or “We’re the Best” should be noted with skepticism. Other mottos in the same genre could be “You can trust us” or “We’re transparent.” The reason these slogans sound out of tune is that conclusions or praise should be reserved for the general public to make about an enterprise, not the business about itself.

            Proverbs 27:2 (GNT) advises, “Let other people praise you - even strangers; never do it yourself.”

            The Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) likes to “toot its horn” about how wonderful they are and transparent. Indeed the Yuba County Supervisors who survived the 1955 flood launched a water project miracle that now over 50 years later is blessing Yuba County. And the county is fortunate that Pacific Gas and Electric paid the bonds off before going belly-up.

For those alive when the New Bullards Bar Dam was voted on by residents, financed with bonds and constructed, efforts today to alter that history are met with skepticism. To say that the people and the county had no responsibility should PG and E fail is a stretch.

YCWA took issue with last week’s March 11 article “Big Payouts at CalPERS” by touting “inaccuracies and misleading information” about YCWA. However, there was no mention of what those miscues were or a specific rebuttal. What is provided by YCWA is a list of monies given to benefit county government, nonprofits, schools etc. and then a list of policies.

YCWA says, “Where we find a connection to our mission areas – reducing the community’s flood risk, ensuring water supply reliability, hydropower generation, improving fish and wildlife habitat, and providing recreation at New Bullards Bar Reservoir – we invest heavily for the benefit of the people of Yuba County.”

The problem is who is determining the connection or nexus. There is a glaring conflict of interest having the Yuba County Supervisors serving as YCWA directors and making decisions over YCWA monies. Was it a coincidence that supervisors running for office were included in news releases and photos giving away YCWA money and assets during the election?

YCWA found a nexus to pave a county roadway into their power house. They gave money to hill fire departments and law enforcement to provide services around the dam. That makes sense.

YCWA then pays nearly $5 million to pave North Beale Rd and Olivehurst Avenue because “people will use those roads in an evacuation.” Really, a nexus? Then, why not repair Marysville city routes, the death trap of the county when it comes to an escape from flooding? YCWA directors could at least find a nexus to water or flooding to pay for 12,000 life vests which are less costly than asphalt.

Funding the paving of escape routes is interesting, but what about law enforcement and fire agencies that actually manage the very emergencies that YCWA finds a nexus in? YCWA directors see no connection in funding fulltime hill deputies that manage emergencies, eradicate water polluting marijuana grows and hopefully have some plan against a terrorist assault on the dam itself?

YCWA spent hundreds of thousands of dollars cleaning-up the river bottoms’ garbage and toxic waste, but now does not consider the continued polluting by vagrants of the river ecosystem worthy of vigilance. What about a deputy or two to stop the destruction along our waterways?

Not having separate boards over YCWA and the County will always create suspicion in spending hundreds of millions of dollars. The poor treatment of YCWA director (non-supervisor) Charlie Mathews because he raises questions about the low interest rates earned on reserve funds, certain grants, about who cashes in on water sales, and questions giving raises to the YCWA directors brings into question the integrity of YCWA board.

Recently, Director Brent Hastey offered a motion and Mike Leahy a second with a unanimous vote in Mathews’ absence  to increase YCWA directors monthly base salary from $1283 to $2000/month effective after full Board approval; Increase the monthly salary by 5% annually in January for 10 years; Increase additional compensation to the Chair of the Board from $250 to $375/month; Add a monthly stipend for the Vice Chair of the Board of $250/month; Increase special assignments compensation from $100 to $150/month; establish a $200/month auto/travel allowance for travel within Yuba County.

Directors already receive a per diem allowance as Supervisors.

The YCWA board modified the raises after Mathews complained. Threats to censure Mathews or remove him from committees by Brent Hastey will further undermine the credibility of the agency.

The lack of honesty of the County Supervisors about Measure K has also brought into question the workings of the YCWA since the same individuals serve both and are moving monies back and forth at will between the county and the agency.

by Lou Binninger

When Marysville decided to license marijuana dispensaries opponents accused the city of being biased as to whom would be awarded a permit to operate. Two permits were authorized by the council and a zone where they were to reside. However, the zone moved depending on who wanted a permit.

            Rumors in Sutter and Yuba County tell of offers of big money to pass favorable grow ordinances and in – kind gifts for the supervisors’ favor.

            So goes the unclean relationship as government attempts to suck more and more money from business and business attempts to avoid harassment or tries to cash-in on bureaucratic micromanaging.

            The legalization of marijuana (MJ) has brought the dirt to the surface as MJ business people troll politicians with thousands in cash and government lusts after the big MJ tax money. All the while the black market which was supposed to wane away after legalization is booming.

            An article by Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times, “California is awash in cannabis cash. Some is being used to bribe public officials,” includes an amazing collection of corruption cases while legalization is just 2-years old.

            Most will remember Sheriff Jon Lopey who was offered $1 million if he would keep deputies away from certain illegal cannabis farms in Siskiyou County. Lopey contacted the FBI who video recorded numerous deliveries of thousands of dollars in envelopes to him. The brother sister duo, Chi Yang and Gaosheng Laitinen were arrested and prosecuted.

            Most people have a price at which they can be bought.  McGreevy says, “California is awash in cannabis cash from inside and out of the state, partly because pot remains an illegal drug under federal law, so banks won’t accept cash from the businesses. The state’s black market for cannabis was estimated to be worth $3.7 billion last year — more than four times the size of the legal market, according to the firm New Frontier Data.”

            Last year, the mayor pro tem of Adelanto, Jermaine Wright was charged with agreeing to accept a bribe to fast-track a marijuana business. FBI agents also served search warrants at the home of Adelanto mayor Rich Kerr, at City Hall and at a marijuana retailer.

            Last March, a federal jury found Michael Kimbrew guilty of bribery and extortion. He was a field representative to then Rep. Janice Hahn when he took cash from an undercover FBI agent while pledging his "undying support" to protect a dispensary the City of Compton wanted to close.

            An Oakland case involves developer Dorian Gray accused of offering bribes to then-Oakland City Council President Larry Reid and Assistant City Administrator Greg Minor.  Gray allegedly offered the councilman cash to help obtain a cannabis dispensary permit, and Reid reported the offer to authorities. Gray is charged with offering Minor, who oversees marijuana permitting for Oakland, a free trip to Spain.

            Marysville Mayor Ricky Samayoa was paid $5,000 by the current Marysville dispensary during his election and during its appeal to obtain a permit to operate. The company’s application was previously rejected. Another $5,000 donation was provided by others related to the dispensary owners.

            There have been other convictions in the past as medical marijuana was permitted two decades ago. The former mayor of the City of Cudahy was sentenced to one year in federal prison in 2013 for taking cash bribes in exchange for supporting the opening of a “medical marijuana” store.

The head of the city’s code enforcement division and a city councilman were also convicted of being in on the pay-off.

“Corruption is always worse at the local level because there are so many more local officials and they aren’t under as much scrutiny as those in Sacramento,” said Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML, a pro-legalization group that supported Proposition 64. State agencies, he said, “have been doing their best to expedite licensing, but too many local players have been getting their hands in the pie.”

Law enforcement is aware of tons of marijuana being exported from California throughout the country. Sam Clauder, former congressional aide and San Bernardino County Democratic Party official pled guilty in 2017 to charges in Texas of possessing 130 pounds of cannabis on his way east from California. He said he was earning $30,000 a trip as a runner and made 45 trips prior to being apprehended.

Corruption wasn’t born with the legalization of MJ. Big money being made by business is tough for most politicians to pass-up.

           

by Lou Binninger

After Yuba County misappropriated hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to promote Measure K and a 1% sales tax increase, it is now spending more to hire a private Nevada County law firm to defend the Measure in Yuba County Superior Court before Judge Stephen Berrier.

            Yuba County and the State of California are being sued by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Charles Mathews and John Mistler to invalidate the ordinance because the plaintiffs say the Measure needed a 2/3s approval versus the simple majority vote it received.

The Measure was promoted as a tax needed to maintain proper levels of public safety since there were no other monies available. The public was assured the needed new taxes would be secured in a special fund.

Since the November 2018 election hundreds of thousands of dollars are being released annually to the county general fund ($635,000 announced recently) from the Yuba County Water Agency. In spite of the county prophets of public-safety-doom there are no guarantees that these “newly discovered” dollars will be used to hire deputies and fund fire agencies. This is astonishing when recalling the pre-election scare-the-hell-out-of-‘em rhetoric.

 The irony is that prior to the election it was implied that a lack of public safety dollars led to the wounding of two Yuba County deputies responding to a parolee vandalizing a marijuana grow. The county administrator, five supervisors along with two additional water agency directors have that responsibility on them and not the citizens. There were hundreds of millions of dollars in the water agency account but they played a shell game risking the lives of public employees.

The real story here is the same throughout the state, counties and cities are going broke, unable to make their pension payments. However, few bureaucrats and politicians are honest enough to tell the truth. Instead the public gets razzle-dazzle and euphemisms like the “cost of doing business” is going up.

The state pension fund CalPERS is going under due to over-generous benefits, incompetent and corrupt union management, and politically correct stupidity in investing. Every week there is a new CalPERS crisis or miscue in the news.

The latest is “California state workers hoarding vacation days, creating $3.5 billion debt for taxpayers.” (These figures do not include local jurisdictions). State workers can cash-out unused vacation days. These amounts are not reflected in the unfunded pension liability noted on the books.

Melody Gutierrez with the LA Times wrote, “After 36 years as a California government transportation engineer, Bijan Sartipi retired with much more than a goodbye party: He was paid $405,000 for time off he never used — one of more than 450 state workers who took home six-figure checks when they left their jobs last year. And Sartipi didn’t top the list — a prison surgeon in Riverside pocketed $456,002.”

The crisis is caused by lax enforcement of the cap on vacation time accumulation and other benefits. State workers have hit the pension lottery. And the $3-4 billion vacation payout last year did not include legislative or University of California personnel.

The unfunded liability also does not include figures for employees who used stockpiled days-off at the end of their careers to remain employed while not actually working, boosting the value of their pensions.

Employment rules state that vacation balances for most employees be capped at 640 hours. However, poor enforcement of the rule, along with an increasing number of state workers retiring, led to a 60% rise in the number of six-figure payouts since 2012, when 280 employees each cashed in unused paid leave totaling $100,000 or more the LA Times analysis found.

Stanford public policy professor Joe Nation blames government mismanagement. “It’s like having a speed limit but not enforcing it,” he said. “This is not a good way to run any organization.” It seems like a mismanagement virus is affecting California government at all levels.

In the private sector, some businesses offer “use it or lose it” paid vacation approaches. Others cap vacation accrual benefits between 40 hours and 400 hours and do not allow time to be earned beyond those limits.

Meanwhile, in Yuba County, state attorneys will appear before Judge Berrier to ask to be released from the Measure K legal action at a 2PM hearing on March 19, 2019. A motion for an injunction against the tax taking effect will be heard, as well.

by Lou Binninger

Politicians are at their worst when imposing sin taxes on tobacco, alcohol and marijuana (MJ).  Alcohol is the most widely used and devastating substances to society when considering addiction, health impact, auto accidents, crimes and offensive behavior. The country tried prohibition but has resorted instead to heavily taxing and regulating the industry.

Government takes a similar punishing approach to tobacco short of making the product completely illegal. The costs and taxes are so egregious that a flourishing black market has emerged. The same pack of cigarettes in Sacramento for $9 can be purchased in Saigon for 90 cents. The price difference between one state and another inspires bootleg cigarette entrepreneurs to move truckloads into the higher cost jurisdictions.

The enforcement and collection of revenues is so lush that there is the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to root out ne’er-do-wells who want to save or make thousands of dollars a year for their enjoyment. You can sin but you have to pay for protection to the government.

 Libertarians say let people partake of what they want as long as they are just harming themselves.  Let’s do away with government profiting from people’s preferences in life.

However, with a socialist medical system where “the poor” get a free ride, if the taxpayer is paying for the medical bills resulting from imbibing and inhaling, then should society be able to recoup its investment in livers and lungs? Some may say let’s have a market –driven approach to determine how to medically address drinkers and smokers who cannot pay their way.

The biggest cash cow that could be taxed are fat people who scientists say are over-dining for a disease or just plain wearing-out their body by packing around an extra 50-500 pounds.  However, others say the medical expenses even-out because fat people die sooner saving the taxpayers.  And, skinny people living “too long” can blow a couple million dollars in a health crisis at 85 by utilizing extraordinary life-saving equipment, super drugs and expensive procedures. Socialized medicine gets complicated.

Maybe all people could weigh-in at the health department each year to be charged by the pound for not making weight. That money could go into a co-op to pay for medical care.

Since 1996, when Proposition 215 permitted the use of marijuana with a prescription (215 Card) from a doctor, society has been evolving toward legalizing MJ and hemp for whatever ails you or just a buzz.

Though many very sick people have tried and/or benefitted from MJ, most people with a “wink and a nod” got the card to get high recreationally. Who wants to tell a cancer or severe seizure patient suffering on narcotics that they cannot try a MJ product anyway?

With the new recreational use passed in California the costs of both recreational and medical MJ are extremely high for growers, middle men, dispensaries and consumers. The fees to obtain a permit, jump through innumerable hoops, and taxing every phase from farm to fork are extremely high, so high that legitimate businesses have a tough time staying solvent. And, there are a huge number of illegal dispensaries who show-up then pack-up overnight with the state lacking the enforcement personnel to manage.

The black market will remain alive and well and keep ATF and other law enforcement types in business. This is another government-driven fiasco to profit politicians.

Along with government cashing-in there is a plethora of myths, bologna and wild claims about the benefits of MJ. Allen Berenson, a self-described libertarian who is married to Dr. Jacqueline Berenson, senior psychiatrist at Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute (for the criminally mentally ill) has written “Tell Your Children, The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.”

A Yale graduate with a respected journalism career, Berenson did research on the connection between cannabis, mental illness and violence. Talks with his wife about her clients prompted his alarm and interest in the subject.

Berenson accuses the media, MJ advocates and politicians of under-selling the dangers of MJ use while over-selling the benefits. He says, “For centuries, people worldwide have understood that cannabis causes mental illness and violence just as they’ve known that opiates cause addiction and overdoses.”

Currently, the government is making the big money from MJ but are authorities intentionally ignoring the studies and statistics on the risks with MJ usage? While the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, opiates and a bad diet are frequently publicized today maybe it’s time to help people make a wise choice on whether marijuana is right for them. In our current socialist system taxpayers will pick-up the tab for the trouble that arises.

by Lou Binninger

Liberals believe that outlawing abortion will lead to millions of illegal and unsafe abortions and many women dying annually. The same liberals say that making guns illegal will stop the firearm violence and deaths, saving nearly 40,000 lives lost in 2017. Left logic leads to brain freeze.

            Numerous efforts are underway by politicians to violate their oath to uphold the Constitution by restricting the use and possession of guns. These officials are unfit to serve and should be removed from office. Their political heresy amounts to an assault on the liberty and freedom of every American whether they own a firearm or not.

Today, it’s the Second Amendment and tomorrow Freedom of Religion, Speech and Assembly. The Founders believed that protecting the right to own weapons equipped the populace to overthrow a government like we have today. Colonists experienced England’s efforts to confiscate weaponry from them. They wanted to insure it never happened again.

            Plenty has been written explaining that throughout history guns confiscated and prohibited in free societies led to violent takeovers by Communist or Fascists thugs. In the absence of an armed resistance hundreds of millions of innocent people have been murdered by Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, Guevara, and more.

            Some states in America are leading the way to eventually take guns, Commifornia being an anti-gun poster state. Currently, there is a Constitutional stand-off led by County Sheriffs in New Mexico.

             New Mexico Democrats, led by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), are pushing universal background checks, gun confiscation via red flag laws, and a broadened prohibited persons list for firearm purchases and possession.

               Last week, 29 of 33 of New Mexico’s sheriffs signed a statement against gun control. The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association also announced plans to sue the state if the new gun controls are enacted. Next, a public backlash against gun control led to 21 of New Mexico’s 33 counties declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”

               There are 2nd Amendment Champion Sheriffs throughout the America. Many others are shameful, violating their oath to the Constitution and the people.

               Some counties in Colorado are also beginning to adopt “Second Amendment Sanctuary” status against a Democrat-sponsored gun confiscation law making its way through the state legislature. Democrat lawmakers are pushing a red flag law to empower police to seize firearms from Colorado residents. 

               The Constitution does not prohibit open carrying of firearms or establish a permit system to carry a concealed gun or create a gun registry. Many Yuba-Sutter residents recall as teens carrying firearms openly in public places and even in gun racks across the back window of pick-ups or in slings behind seats. A gun in the car at high school was not unheard of where students either went hunting before or after school.

            Making it mandatory to get a permit, register guns or to prohibit open carry is government tyranny. Having to obtain a permit or a license means it is not a right but is illegal unless permitted by government. If the state grants permission it can withdraw the permission. Some states comply with the Constitution honoring full 2nd Amendment rights, eliminating the need to ask the state’s permission to possess, carry openly or concealed.

            Founders of the Constitution saw rights being granted by God and therefore permission could not be granted or withheld by government authorities. However, rights not exercised or fought for by the beneficiaries are rights surrendered and lost.

              

by Lou Binninger

            The City of Wheatland has been in the news lately chastised by Commissar Newsom as one of 47 cities and counties out of lockstep with the centralized management of Sacramento. The egregious offense is not obeying or fulfilling affordable housing requirements established by comrades in the Capitol.

According to the State Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, which oversees the Housing and Community Development Department, Wheatland (approx 3,700 people) does not have enough affordable housing (welfare) and has not planned for such to be established. In a socialist system underperformers and the noncompliant are publically shamed and then financially punished.

Every village, town and county has to live up to the expectations of Commifornia’s centralized management. Remember, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic’s (USSR) 5-year agricultural plans were utilized to “motivate” the masses only to achieve mass starvation? It’s the same gig here, but this time with housing not potatoes.

Wheatland does not build homes, thank God, but the state acts like they do or expects them to harass the contractors who risk their livelihood to do so.

In the real free-market-world houses are built when a contractor or developer sees a profit potential in risking time and money to create single family or multiple family dwellings.  When the costs of a project are too high with minimal return on investment, housing starts come to a halt. However, this Sacramento Decree isn’t about the free market but about the taxpayers picking up the tab on more government madness.

            In Commifornia, flat brain officials and enviro-terrorists have added so many fees, green requirements, legal challenges to development, and layers of white collar welfare that the big innovative affordable housing developments today are tents on public property along rivers, in subways and under freeways.

            There you can excrete where you eat, do dope, reside with your refuse and live lawless at no charge while being memorialized and mothered by liberals in otherwise the most repressive state in the union. Socialist ghettos with no responsibility are a bigger draw for participants than high density low-income housing.

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Former Commissar Jerry Brown said that the state’s department of Housing and Community Development was able to penalize municipalities for failing to comply and can notify the state’s attorney general’s office of the violations.

            Commissar Newsom’s described housing “failures” like Wheatland are not violations of some moral code but of arbitrary and tyrannical rules and regulations to reach some utopian mirage. The collateral damage of socialism is the loss of liberty and freedom of local residents where ultimately society goes broke except for the rulers who are exempt from the rules they make.

            The state demands that Wheatland reserve 17 acres where 20 low-income high density housing units will be installed per acre. That would work out to nearly 400 housing units where there are about 1100 total Wheatland units of all types now. 

Currently, there is little demand for new housing in the city. It’s like the state managing the milk supply, charging $20 a gallon and shooting the cows because the milk is not selling. It seems absurd because it is.

Low Income housing is a euphemism where the taxpayers buy the neighbors’ place as well as their own. In other words, the socialists are charitable with the money of others removed by force.

            How can the state tell local jurisdictions what to do? Locals are pimped out. The state takes the taxes, then usurps the rights of local people and controls them by withholding needed funding for projects. There is no difference between this evil corrupt system and what was employed in the USSR and is now utilized in Venezuela, Cuba, Laos, China and Vietnam. If locals do tricks for the state they will get a “fix.” If not, they won’t.

            The housing crisis has been created by socialist policies and enviro-terrorists and it will be solved only by a collapse of that insane tyrannical system. Problems are never fixed by the same thinking that created them. Destructive policies have been poisoning this state for decades and now the Wizards want the people to “make bricks with no straw.” Commissar Newsom, The Enforcer Becerra and the cast of suck-up judges are kooks on a mission.

by Lou Binninger

Sacramento attorneys Bell, McAndrews, and Hiltachk, LLP representing the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), Charles Mathew and John Mistler have filed a motion in Yuba County Court for Preliminary Injunction and Declaratory Relief regarding the Measure K sales tax increase. It will be heard on March 18, 2019, at 10am in Department 4 before Superior Court Judge Stephen W. Berrier.

Measure K received a simple majority of the vote 7,964 (53.04%) versus 7,051 (46.96%) on November 6, 2018 to add another 1% of local sales tax onto the state sales tax rate of 7.25%. All of the added 1 percent would go to Yuba County versus the State of California.

The contention by the plaintiffs and anti-tax increase people is that the way Measure K was written and promoted necessitated a two-thirds majority approval instead of a simple 50% plus one majority. Opponents say the Measure was written and promoted as a tax dedicated to a special purpose as opposed to a tax to benefit the general fund.

Election rules for new taxes have been established by Propositions 13 and 218 previously passed by voters.

On March 18, if Judge Berrier approves the injunction, then Yuba County would be prohibited from entering an agreement with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to enact and administrate the “illegal, unconstitutional and unenforceable Yuba County special tax.” If Berrier does not concur with the plaintiffs’ motion then the tax will go into effect April 1, 2019.

The suit says “Yuba County Board of Supervisors proposed, drafted and placed Measure K on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Measure K unequivocally proposed a special tax. By the terms of its own governing provision, funds generated by the tax were specially dedicated to “public safety” and related essential services. In addition, the funds generated by Measure K were to be placed in a special account to preserve them for their special purpose.” Special purpose taxes require a two-thirds passage by voters.

HJTA wrote the Supervisors prior to the election warning them that the ordinance was improperly drafted as a Special Tax but only asking for a simple majority passage. HJTA advised supervisors to correct the misleading of voters. County Administrator Robert Bendorf declined the input of HJTA maintaining the Measure K verbiage was legal and accurate.

HJTA won a similar suit against the City of Roseville in 2003 opposing a utility user’s tax and the Roseville case is quoted in the Yuba dispute. “The Roseville court then determined that a utility user’s tax, which generated revenues solely for police, fire, parks and recreation, and library services, was a “special tax” because it was imposed for specific purposes. This was true, according to the court, even though those purposes accounted for approximately 50 percent of the city’s general fund expenditures.”

The Yuba lawsuit further says the Measure K is similar to a number of other public safety taxes that have been “acknowledged” to be special taxes requiring a two-thirds vote for approval. In those cases voters approved the measure with more than a two-thirds majority. (San Marino, Oakland and California City are cited).

A preliminary injunction is requested by the attorneys as necessary to enjoin any agreement between the County and CDTFA for administration of the illegal tax until the Court can rule on the Plaintiffs’ underlying reverse validation action.

County residents are saying that Supervisors Fletcher and Bradford announced that the assessments of the higher sales tax of 8.25% will commence on April 1 and the revenues will be held in a fund by CDTFA until the suit is resolved. If that is the case and the county loses the suit, will taxpayers get a refund for being overtaxed incorrectly by businesses? Should consumers keep their receipts for purchases on April 1 forward? Who would refund the overcharge, CDTFA? How do people apply for the refund? It seems like undue chaos is being created by the Supervisors rather than waiting for a fair hearing on the matter.

by Lou Binninger

            On July 1, 2017, Chief Deputy County Counsel Courtney Abril took over as Yuba County Counsel after Angil Morris-Jones’ departure. “Over the last year, Mrs. Abril has developed a very good relationship with county departments and elected officials,” said Yuba County Administrator Robert Bendorf in recommending her to the board. “Her hard work and effective management of the County Counsel’s office is evident to all who work with her.”

            However, recently Abril resigned her position saying she needed to be more focused on family matters according to one source. The interesting timing was that Measure K had been challenged with a lawsuit alleging the improper crafting of the ordinance. Also, the county suffered the financial loss in attempting to nullify the 1979 jail consent decree. And, last year there was a million dollar settlement for a man ending his life while incarcerated.

Although Abril had been serving in the county counsel’s office she was the Chief for about 18 months.

New applicants have been considered by the Supervisors with Michael Ciccozzi being the likely choice this Tuesday after he resigned his post in El Dorado County (EDC) February 7th. According to the Mountain Democrat, Ciccozzi served as County Counsel there since April 2016 though he worked for the county on and off since 2003.

            Ciccozzi said his reason for leaving like Abril, was family, his wife’s family lives in Chico. “Family comes first” he says after a 15-year connection to EDC government.

            However, in a March 7, 2016 Mountain Democrat (MD) article Ciccozzi was criticized for the handling of the employment contract for retired Sutter County Administrator (CAO) Larry Combs who was going to work for EDC as interim CAO.

               CalPERS, the state employee retirement system, has rules guiding when, how and if a retiree collecting benefits can double-dip by returning to work for a CalPERS agency or county. Ciccozzi appeared to ignore them.

            The MD article says, “CalPERS has strict requirements to prevent double-dipping of a CalPERS annuitant, such as Combs. It was public pressure from citizens who were outraged at public officials making $200k a year in retirement benefits, like Combs, and then get another similar job, effectively doubling their income. Poor Mr. Combs, because of the double-dipping laws, is only pulling down $300K annually.”

            CalPERS requirements are spelled out in Government Code Sections 21221(h) and 21224. Two of those requirements are that an open recruitment for CAO is required before signing such a contract for an interim position and that the contract must have an end date. Comb’s contract had no end date and there was no publicized recruitment.

            EDC personnel rules say “All recruitment announcements will be posted on the county’s website and other appropriate locations for a minimum of five days.” There was no posting on the county website or anywhere else for a permanent CAO on or before the Combs’ contract was executed. The article says Ciccozzi’s statements and/or emails as published in the Mountain Democrat are misleading and false.

            Ciccozzi also served in EDC during the tenure of Terry Daly who was CAO before Combs filled in. Terry Daly eventually resigned under pressure and took a job as chief financial officer with Yuba County Water Agency.

Both Ciccozzi and Daly have been accused, and EDC is being sued over mishandling of Mitigation Fees. These are fees taken from property owners and developers for future infrastructure upgrades. However there are strict accounting and accountability rules to monitor the use and keeping of the funds by government.

            EDC Auditor-Controller (A/C) Joe Harn notified then CAO Daly that “EDC was out of compliance with County Ordinance 13.020.20, and California Mitigation Fee Act (Government Code Section 66000-66008) districts (in EDC) that collect money and the collection of those developers’ fees needed to stop.”

            A lawsuit against EDC (Dec 4, 2015 $30 million) maintains the Mitigation Fees have been mis-allocated and the proper re-evaluation of the use and need of the fees every 5 years was not done. Therefore, plaintiffs there are demanding a refund of their fees. Former County Counsel Ciccozzi along with Daly ignored and argued against A/C Harn’s protests that the county was out of compliance and violating the law.

            Some feel a worse-case scenario shows EDC paying out up to $50 million in a settlement over the Mitigation Fee Act violations.

            Many in El Dorado County are happy that Ciccozzi and Daly are gone. Now, they both work for Yuba County.

by Lou Binninger

              

A “hunger strike” that began with 46 ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainees at the Yuba County jail to protest jail conditions lasted for 6 days (Feb 10-15). “No-borders” activists who want all prisoners in ICE detention centers set-free offered the typical exaggerated rhetoric and sound-bite inaccuracies as fodder for the media.

            Autumn Gonzalez of Norcal Resist said, “A lot of people say Yuba is the worst experience they’ve had. It’s really hard on people emotionally and mentally.” Most inmates would disagree with Gonzalez.

A deported former inmate who lost his case called from Central Mexico last week. Unaware of the protests he described his experience being incarcerated at Yuba County as life changing. He received daily care for his diabetes and attended numerous classes and religious services over his nearly one year stay.

               Rhonda Rios Kravitz with the inmate activist group Alianza says “She can’t speak to the criminal history of all of the detainees, but does say they have served their sentences as provided by the criminal justice system and should be released into their communities here in the United States. That includes two gang members convicted of murder.”

Criminal history facts are of no concern to Kravitz since she believes noncitizens who commit crimes should be released in the U.S. after serving a sentence. However, that is not what immigration law says. Only U.S. citizens get that privilege. Noncitizens committing crimes may forfeit their permission to be in America.

            Local public defender Katie Finch at a Sacramento rally said, “We believe that no human is illegal and no human who enters a jail facility loses their humanity.” This straw man argument is nonsensical and double-talk. Is Finch saying no person is illegal but just the act of killing someone is illegal? OK then. So what? Should we come-up with a new term for people who are in this country violating immigration law or “illegally?”

No one is contradicting Finch to argue that people indeed forfeit their humanity when incarcerated in America? However, few housed at Yuba County would prefer a stay in their home country’s jail. Forfeiting your humanity does occur in Russia, China, Vietnam, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Chile etc. But, most all inmates prefer US detention for a chance to win the national lottery of freedom and cradle to grave entitlements here.

Sacramento activist Ruth Ibarra makes the bizarre claim that “ICE offers perverse incentives for struggling communities like Yuba County to house detainees in substandard conditions for financial benefits.” Ibarra twists the truth and forgets that in the real world money buys food and care.

When Yuba County first offered space for ICE inmates it was at the completion of a new jail expansion in early 1995. The fact is detention centers and jails are located in communities up and down the state that take ICE detainees.

            No protesting detainee really got hungry.  Inmates began by refusing their 3 meals-per-day but ate commissary foods instead. Then, those that had court out of town during the week ate lunch there as well. This is not fasting here but rather making a show by turning down the jail cuisine that is highly regarded by inmates and that correctional officers eat as well.

            As for medical and dental, where can the common citizen go for help under Obamacare to compare with the 24 hr. medical service for inmates and if necessary Adventist Health a few blocks away?

            What is ignored in media coverage and in the comments of activists is the fact that most if not all of these inmates can be released if they agree to deportation. They have served time for criminal acts and now what is in question is their legal status to remain in the U.S. They are here until their court proceedings are complete which can be months or years of waiting and appealing.

             One inmate living locally after serving 3 years federal time for transporting kilos of heroin and then 8 months in Yuba County Jail appealing her immigration case said Yuba was a great place to be held, officers treated her like a person and she was able to start a new life.

            Sheriff Wendell Anderson distributed a detailed news release listing crimes by category of ICE detainees in custody. If they had not committed these crimes they would not have deportation issues.

Of 177 ICE inmates the following are some of the crimes they served time for - Murder (12), Attempted murder (3), Aggravated assault (14), Robbery (14), Burglary (11), Theft (9), Weapons (7), Auto theft (9), Child molest (5), Child abuse (2), Sexual exploitation of minor or indecency (3), Drug trafficking (12), DUI’s 1 or more (15), Domestic violence (9), Rape (2), Sexual assault (3), Kidnapping (1), Weapons (7).

Many say that ICE is broken. That responsibility resides with Congress. President Trump wants to hire many more judges to expedite the long judicial waits.

The Obama Administration stopped ICE inmates from being trustees. That ruling made their stay more difficult, more restrictive and needs reversing. Finally, Ice / Homeland security employees are embedded in the jail specifically to serve the needs of those inmates.

The objective of activists and protests is to eliminate borders and what we know as citizenship. Any opportunity is taken whether at detention facilities or in assaults on the border using children as pawns to make common immigration rules seem unjust.

by Lou Binninger

            Patrick McGreevy’s article in the LA Times last week continues to draw attention to the lawlessness exhibited by agencies, along with city and county governments when it comes to using the taxpayers’ money for political campaigns.

            Alice Germond, chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), and other FPPC members are requesting to expand their prosecutorial powers so they can act when district attorneys do not.

            “We want the opportunity to take action when public money is misused,” Germond said. “Californians expect our tax dollars to be used appropriately and when that is not the case, I want to be able send a strong message on behalf of our citizens. And I want to set a clear precedent that such behavior is unacceptable.”

An FPPC study indicated that since 2015, the agency received 34 allegations of public agencies misusing taxpayer funds for campaign purposes, including mass mailings. However, “The Enforcement Division is not aware of any actions brought by state or local prosecutors related to those cases,” said the report.

Numerous Yuba County taxpayers submitted complaints to the FPPC about county government using hundreds of thousands of dollars for political mass mailings, robo-calls, biased signage etc. during the Measure K tax increase campaign.

The FPPC has appeared double-minded as it rejected and then accepted then stopped and now restarted investigations into the pro-Measure K abuse of tax dollars. The Governor’s, Attorney General’s and FPPC offices were all pointing fingers at each other for whom is responsible to prosecute theft from the public treasury for political gain.

According to the FPPC, it looks like the one key group that universally passes on prosecuting wrong-doing has been local district attorneys who benefit from government largess. Certainly as mentioned in an earlier column FPPC penalties averaging less than $5000 per incident will never dissuade wrong doing when the benefits of lawlessness add up to millions each year. In Measure K’s case the district attorney actually promoted the effort.

Commissioner Brian Hatch said the illegal activity is widespread. “There has been plenty of it, but they choose not to bring charges,” he said of county prosecutors.

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), said he has been complaining about the issue for three decades.

“It is so epidemic, we do not have the resources to track and respond to every one,” Coupal said, adding that district attorneys and the state attorney general are busy with violent crimes that are a higher priority for them. “If the FPPC steps up, that would be a good thing for taxpayers and, quite frankly, good for transparent government.”

HJTA filed a complaint that resulted in the FPPC conducting an investigation and issuing a finding of probable cause in 2018 that Los Angeles County failed to properly report paying to run television ads in support of a homeless services tax ballot measure the year before.

Since the FPPC says it lacks jurisdiction to prosecute for misuse of public funds, it found that members of the Board of Supervisors violated a separate law by not reporting political expenditures for advertising supporting Measure H, a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax.

Meanwhile, the California State Association of Counties sued to challenge the FPPC’s authority to pursue enforcement action. And, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has not announced any action on the allegations, and declined to comment on whether it is investigating.

Coupal is not surprised, “The district attorney gets their budget from the county and the county was the defendant,” he said.

The FPPC needs a two-thirds vote by the legislature to add to its responsibilities and prosecutorial powers.

Meanwhile back in Yuba County, Tuesday February 19th was a deadline for Yuba County to respond to a citizens’ lawsuit contesting the legality of the Measure K Ballot language according to postings in the newspaper.