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"It was a splendid population - for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish-brained sloths stayed at home - you never find that sort of people among pioneers - you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material. It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day - and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, "Well, that is California all over."

- - - - Mark Twain (Roughing It)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sriracha hot sauce maker considers moving to Texas - Democrats drive jobs out of California

Texas state Rep. Jason Villalba, Republican-Dallas

Gone to Texas?
  • Insane California big government regulations can bankrupt a small business just with the legal fees to defend yourself from harassment.
  • In the Sriracha case, data provided by the AQMD showed the majority of complaints came from four households
  • Officials from Alabama, Philadelphia, Louisiana, Kansas, Ohio, Georgia, Iowa, Arizona, New Mexico, West Virginia and Washington offered a potential relocation.

Sriracha hot sauce may leave the Los Angeles area city of Irwindale for a new home in the Lone Star State.

Huy Fong Foods CEO David Tran Wednesday invited a Texas lawmaker into his Azusa Canyon Road manufacturing plant to observe the facility’s operation before he considers moving the popular hot sauce factory to Texas.

“(I) would first like to cordially invite you to come visit (the) facility in Irwindale so you can observe firsthand our operations as well as to assess whether there is any potential issues that may affect your residences before the company considers moving to Texas,” said a letter Tran addressed to Texas state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas reports the Pasadena Star Mews.

Villalba released a press release Monday  extolling the virtues of doing business in Texas and implored Tran to consider relocating his facility there.

“Just meet with us. Let us tell you what is possible by moving your operations to Texas. You will not be disappointed,” Villalba wrote.

The exchange came on the heels of the Irwindale City Council’s vote last week, which declared the Sriracha factory has created a public nuisance. Residents began filing complaints with the city last fall of a strong chili odor emanating from the factory that caused their eyes to burn, nosebleeds and induced coughing fits.

Huy Fong’s Executive Operations Officer Donna Lam said Tran was “disappointed and discouraged” by the Council’s decision.

Lam said Tran is also extending his invitation to any other municipalities that are interested in having Sriracha call their city its home.

Officials from Alabama, Philadelphia, Louisiana, Kansas, Ohio, Georgia, Iowa, Arizona, New Mexico, West Virginia, Washington and other cities in California have also courted Tran and offered a potential relocation, Lam said.

Tran has already surveyed his employees to see who would be willing to relocate if the company did move.

The city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods in October because of the odor, which neighbors say is heightened during the chili grinding season that began in late August and lasted through mid-November.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge denied the city’s request for a temporary restraining order, which would have shut down operations at the facility, but instead issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits Huy Fong from any operations that create the odor. The case is expected to go to trial in November.

Court records show the complaints began with City Councilman H. Manuel Ortiz’s son and about a dozen other residents submitted testimony. Data from the South Coast Air Quality Management District showed that it has received 61 complaints from residents since October, the majority of which came from four households.

Meanwhile, Huy Fong has been working with the AQMD to test air quality inside the facility. Huy Fong’s attorney John Tate told the council last week the company would have carbon filters installed at the plant by June 1.

The Sriracha Factory
Driving jobs out of California

GOP Governor Rick Perry Welcomes Sriracha
and Their Jobs to Texas.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GOP Congressman Skips Incumbent Label on California Ballot

Ballot designations matter for candidates
  • Many incumbents try to mask that they are incumbents by claiming on the ballot that they are "Doctor/Teacher/Congressman" or "Congressman/Emergency Physician" (yeah, I bet he spends lots of time in the emergency room.)

(Roll Call)  -  California Republican David Valadao is running for re-election to the 21st District — but you wouldn’t know he’s the incumbent from his ballot designation.

In the Golden State, candidates can choose a short description to accompany their name on the primary and general election ballots. The ballot designation is generally three words, unless it is an official title, and it’s considered an important opportunity to leave a lasting impression on voters before they make their final selection.

[Here is a brief explainer from the Riverside Press Enterprise from last year.]

In 2012, Valadao ran as “Small Businessman/Farmer,” even though he was also serving in the state Assembly at the time. This year, Valadao adjusted his designation slightly to “Farmer/Small Businessman,” but makes no mention if his current office.

On one hand, it’s not surprising considering the historically low job approval ratings of Congress. But Valadao’s decision puts him at odds with the 46 other congressional incumbents running for re-election in California who do mention their office in some form.

“Usually, our thinking is to make the ballot designation as close as possible to the office that you are seeking,” said one Democratic consultant who does extensive work in California. “People like putting a round peg in a round hole.”

Democrat Congressman Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert claims as his
ballot occupation "Congressman/Emergency Physician".  
Somehow I doubt he spends very much time in the emergency room. 

But even though 46 members mention their current office, they do it in at least a dozen different ways.

Seven members list “United States Representative,” including two that include their district number, as their ballot designation. Nine members went with “U.S. Representative,” including four with district numbers. Nine other members chose “Member of Congress.” Four used “United States Congressman” and five used a form of “Congresswoman,” including freshman Rep. Julia Brownley’s very specific “Ventura County Congresswoman.”

Republican Kevin McCarthy went with the basic “Representative,” while Republican Darrell Issa and Democrat Susan Davis are using the long, “Member, United States House of Representatives.”

The final batch of nine incumbents couple their current office with another occupation:

  • U.S. Representative/Farmer Doug LaMalfa (1st District)
  • Congressman/Rancher John Garamendi (3rd District)
  • Doctor/Teacher/Congressman Ami Bera (7th District)
  • Businessman/Farmer/Representative Jeff Denham (10th District)
  • Farmer/Representative Jim Costa (16th District)
  • Farmer/U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (22nd District)
  • United States Congressman/CPA Brad Sherman (30th District)
  • Congressman/Emergency Physician Raul Ruiz (36th District)
  • United States Representative/Teacher Mark Takano (41st District)

For Bera, he just tacked on “Congressman” to his ballot designation after he won his race in 2012. Denham adjusted his designation from a couple of years ago, dropping “Businessman” and going with “Farmer/U.S. Representative” for this year.

Candidates can adjust their ballot designation between elections as well.

Last cycle, Republican Rep. Gary G. Miller ran as “Member of Congress” in the 31st District primary, but switched to “Congressman/Small Businessman in the general election. In both races, he faced “Independent Small Businessman” Bob Dutton, a Republican who also happened to be a sitting state senator who represented a sizable portion of the congressional district.

Of course, incumbents aren’t the only candidates who get to choose a ballot designation.

In 2012, Democrats were stuck with “Small Business Advocate” John Hernandez in the general election in the 21st District after he finished ahead of Democratic strategists’ preferred choice in the primary. That candidate, Blong Xiong, put “Fresno City Councilman” as his ballot designation, even though it’s not a Fresno district.

Liar, Liar?
Since 1975 Democrat Congressman Jim Costa of Fresno has served full
time in government posts, the State Assembly, Senate and then Congress. 
But on the ballot he is listed as "Farmer/Representative".  Hey Jimbo,
how many crops have you personally harvested lately?

This year, Hernandez is running again, but national Democrats have coalesced behind “Farm Policy Advisor” Amanda Renteria. Renteria is former chief of staff to Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow and former aide to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein who moved back to California in order to run for Congress in a district dominated by agricultural and water interests.

“Basically, we all just do whatever we can get past the county clerk or the [secretary of state] and if it goes to court, we never have any idea how they are going to rule until they rule,” according to one Democratic consultant who does extensive work in California.

There are a few other ballot designations of note.

In the 25th District, 2012 Democratic nominee Lee Rogers slimmed down his ballot designation to “Doctor” from “Doctor/Educator/Author” two years ago. He’s vying for a general election slot against two top tier Republican candidates. “Senator/Small Businessman” Steve Knight and “Business Owner” Tony Strickland are running running in the open seat. Strickland ran in the neighboring 26th District last cycle as “Senator,” when he was serving in the state Legislature. Now that he’s no longer an incumbent, he switched his ballot description.

In the 31st District, Democrat Pete Aguilar is making his second run at the seat. This year, he is “Mayor/Business Owner,” which is a slight change from “Business Owner/Councilmember” in 2012.
 Former Rep. Joe Baca is also running on the Democratic side, but his ballot designation is “Public Policy Educator.” Candidates are not permitted to include former offices in their designation, so it’s not just an attempt to avoid an establishment label. (In the 7th District, former Rep. Doug Ose is running as “Small Business Owner.”)

Also in the race is Danny Tillman, who may win the award for longest ballot designation. Normally limited to about three words, Tillman is listed as “Member, Governing Board, San Bernardino City Unified School District.”

Out of all the congressional races and ballot designations, I think my favorite is the 2nd District, where Supermarket Cashier Dale Mensing is running as a Republican.

Sikh Congressional Caucus
No ballot occupation can replace face to face relationships and campaigning.
Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Representative David Valadao (R-CA) announced the launch of the first-ever American Sikh Congressional Caucus.  Representatives Chu and Valadao are the Co-Chairs of the Caucus.
 Congressman Valadao noted, “The Central Valley is home to more than 25,000 Sikhs, the largest population in the United States. Just in my district, California’s 21st congressional district, there are at least seven Gurdwaras,” adding, “I am excited and honored that I will be able to represent the Sikh community in Washington and am looking forward to working with my colleagues to address the unique issues this community faces.”

Sunday, April 13, 2014

After losing ground to California tribes, Reno casinos regroup

Reno is Coming Back
  • California businesses are getting competition again from our neighbor in Nevada as Reno is making a comeback.
  • Reno and Nevada is attracting businesses, jobs and the tax income they generate away from the People's Republic of California.

The signs of decay linger on Virginia Street, the main casino corridor in “The Biggest Little City in the World.”

Pawn shops and cut-rate motels line up alongside the high-end hotel towers. The strip is still pocked with shuttered casinos, victims of the recession and burgeoning competition from Northern California’s Indian tribes.

But signs of comeback – slow and steady – are evident as well. Construction crews are turning the old Fitzgeralds casino, closed since 2008, into the outdoor-themed Whitney Peak Hotel. A small slot-machine parlor called Siri’s Casino soon will open next door reports the Sacramento Bee.

In nearby Sparks, the Grand Sierra Resort is pouring $30 million into new amenities, including a chic $15 million nightclub. The new owners of the venerable John Ascuaga’s Nugget are spending $50 million on a honky-tonk entertainment venue, a new sports-betting operation and other upgrades.

Closer to the California border, Boomtown Casino is putting $20 million into an overhaul.

Truckee River in Reno
Increasingly, casino executives and tourism promoters push the
concept of a Reno-Tahoe outdoor vacation with casinos as part
of the package. The area also is relying heavily on special events
such as Hot August Nights, the annual classic-car festival.

Add it up, and Reno appears to be recharging. Nobody is predicting a return to the pre-2000 glory days, before full-fledged Indian casinos became legal in California. Instead, local leaders are working to reinvent the city as an all-encompassing travel destination; the Whitney Peak won’t have a casino.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/13/6319471/after-losing-ground-to-california.html#storylink=cpy

Even among casino executives, the optimism is growing. Many say they think Reno has withstood the worst that the California tribes can dish out. With the overall economy improving, combined casino revenue in Washoe County, including the north shore of Lake Tahoe, rose almost 4 percent last year. That was the first increase since 2006.

“All the indicators are looking good,” said Carlton Geer, the new president and chief executive of the Nugget, a casino with its origins in the 1950s. “Most of those Indian gaming impacts have been absorbed by the market.”

Notably, Reno executives say they’ve experienced surprisingly little fallout from last November’s opening of the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino in Sonoma County.

“So far our data would show we have not had a major impact,” said Gary Carano, general manager of the Silver Legacy in downtown Reno, which survived a recent stint in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Brian Bonnenfant, an economist at the University of Nevada, Reno, said community leaders understand a good chunk of the gambling business is likely gone for good. Although Reno drew 4.7 million visitors last year, the most since 2008, the head count was nearly 1 million below 2004 levels. Gambling revenue in Reno is about one-fourth lower than it was a decade ago, a loss of $250 million.

“Everybody is in full realization,” he said. “Reno is ... sober about gaming and how far we can take it.”

California Businesses to Reno
A Northern California canine services and training business will relocate its headquarters and training center to Reno later this spring.

In a news release Wednesday, Red Bluff-based Vigilant Canine Services International cited proximity to Reno-Tahoe International Airport for canine and handler transportation needs as well as the state’s business-friendly atmosphere as keys to its decision to move to Reno.
 The company employs about 150 people with operations in 18 states.
(Reno Gazette-Journal)

Increasingly, casino executives and tourism promoters push the concept of a Reno-Tahoe outdoor vacation with casinos as part of the package. The area also is relying heavily on special events such as Hot August Nights, the annual classic-car festival.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/13/6319471/after-losing-ground-to-california.html#storylink=cpy

“We offer the total destination resort-casino experience,” Carano said. “That’s what Reno has to offer as a getaway that the Native American casinos in Northern California do not offer.”

Reno’s other advantage is an assortment of casinos within a few miles of each other. That’s certainly the draw for Ernest and Yolanda Herrera of San Jose, who were walking through the forest of slot machines at the Nugget one afternoon last week. The couple said they have sampled the Indian casinos but visit Reno three or four times a year.

“You have a variety of casinos, and not just one like Cache Creek,” said Yolanda, 61. “It’s almost like going to Vegas.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/13/6319471/after-losing-ground-to-california.html#storylink=cpy

For the full article go to the Sacramento Bee.

Lake Tahoe
“We offer the total destination resort-casino experience,” said Gary Carano, general manager of the Silver Legacy. Gary Carano, general manager of the Silver Legacy.  “That’s what Reno has to offer as a getaway that the Native American casinos in Northern California do not offer.”

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Friday, April 11, 2014

California city declares Sriracha maker a nuisance

He should have moved to Texas
  • The Sriracha  company was founded by Vietnamese immigrant David Tran, who began mixing up his distinctive sauce in a bucket at his home in 1980.   The company moved to Irwindale two years ago, opening a new $40 million plant.
  • Data provided by the AQMD showed the majority of complaints came from four households
  • A company can be driven out of business by legal fees or forced to spend buckets of cash to "improve" their process based on complaints from FOUR households.  Who says California has an anti-business climate.?

The Los Angeles County city of Irwindale has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall. Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.

The decision came despite testimony by air-quality experts that progress was being made toward a resolution. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said its inspectors have taken air samples inside the plant, and believed the information gathered should allow the factory and the city to resolve their differences reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

In this Oct 29, 2013 file photo, Sriracha chili sauce is produced
at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif.
      Photo: Nick Ut, Associated Press

Attorney John Tate, who represents Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods, Inc., said the company had been working with the AQMD on its filtration system since the complaints first arose and was committed to finding long-term solutions by June 1.

He called the public nuisance declaration a demonstration of "the city flexing its muscle and thumbing Huy Fong in the eye."

A call to Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante was not immediately returned.
David Tran, company founder

Irwindale sued Huy Fong Foods last October, asking a judge to halt production at the company's factory, saying residents downwind complained that fumes from the grinding of red hot chili peppers was stinging their eyes and giving them headaches and coughing fits.

In November a judge ordered the company to stop producing the annoying odors, but by then the annual pepper-grinding season, which runs from August through October, had ended.

In the meantime, several residents complained that the smell was persisting as Huy Fong Foods workers continued to bottle the popular hot sauce that is a staple in Asian restaurants and homes. Data provided by the AQMD showed the majority of complaints came from four households.

Huy Fong Foods moved to Irwindale two years ago, opening a new $40 million plant in the largely industrial city of 1,400 residents.

The company was founded by Vietnamese immigrant David Tran, who began mixing up his distinctive sauce in a bucket at his home in 1980. As business boomed, he opened a plant in Rosemead, moving to Irwindale when his company outgrew that facility.

He said the privately held company took in about $85 million last year, adding it employs about 200 workers during the pepper-grinding season and 60 year-round.

The flaming hot sauce is contained in distinctive green-tipped bottles, each with a drawing of a rooster on the side.

Bottles of the Sriracha hot sauce travel down a conveyor belt to be boxed for shipment at the Huy Fong Foods Inc. facilty in Irwindale, California, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. A judge denied the city of Irwindale's request for a temporary restraining order and set a hearing for November 22 to determine whether the hot-sauce factory should be shut down while it fixes alleged odor problems.
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg Photo: Patrick T. Fallon, Bloomberg

This Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013 photo a worker unloads chili peppers for making of
Sriracha chili sauce at the Huy Fong Foods factory.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jerry Brown looks to rig California elections

Crooked Bastard Alert!
  • Socialist Democrats are frightened to death of free elections and passed a bill allowing government agencies to raid the offices of their opponents during and election campaign.
  • Nothing to see here.  Move along.  This is only a needed "reform" of the law.

The People's Republic of California's ethics and tax agencies now have more power to conduct campaign finance investigations under a law signed by Comrade Governor Jerry Brown.

The law gives the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Franchise Tax Board the ability to begin audits during an election campaign.  The campaigns only need to be "suspected" of illegal activities, even if campaign statements or finance reports have not yet been filed.

TRANSLATION  -  The corrupt power broker Elites in Sacramento are going to fuck over their political enemies at election time.  Imagine the visual image of cops raiding the office of a candidate two weeks before election day and walking out with files on live TV.

It also explicitly allows the commission to seek an injunction in Superior Court to compel disclosure.

Brown signed the bill, AB 800, into law "to strengthen the public’s right-to-know in California political campaigns,” said Jim Evans, a spokes-hole for the governor.

Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park), the bill's author, said the measure improves the commission's effectiveness in the current campaign finance landscape, particularly the increasing involvement of nonprofit groups in elections spending. The law makes changes to the Political Reform Act, a 1974 initiative that set rules for disclosure of money in politics.

"This bill will give the FPPC the tools to make sure voters get what they asked for when they approved the Political Reform Act," Gordon said.

TRANSLATION  -  Dare to oppose your Masters and we will do an IRS-Tea Party screw job on you that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Erin Peth, executive director of the Fair Political Practices Commission, hailed the law as "a big step towards ensuring that campaign laws are followed before the election, when it matters."
Opponents had argued the measure gave the commission too much authority during the election season. Jason Kaune, president of the California Political Attorneys Assn., said last month that the measure allows the agency to "insert itself into the political process before an election and before an alleged violator has even filed a disclosure form."
The bill, which required a two-thirds vote, cleared the Legislature last month, in the narrow window when Democrats had a supermajority in both houses.

See more at the Los Angeles Times.

Democrat Corruption
Comrade Obama directed his boot-licking lackeys in the IRS to crush political opposition, end free speech and rig elections at the Federal level. 
The corrupt one-party controlled California legislature saw their marching orders.  They used their temporary two-thirds majority in the legislature to ram through a bill making it "legal" to use the police power of the state to rape their political opponents during an election.

Monday, April 7, 2014

San Joaquin Valley is sinking as groundwater stores are depleted

Chase Hurley general manager of the San Luis Canal Company stands on Sack Dam, which
is slowing sinking into the San Joaquin River east of Los Banos.

The Coming California Dust Bowl
  • As a major industry California agriculture may vanish in the future because of a near total lack of water management by the incompetent Ruling Elites in Sacramento.  
  • Instead of long-term water planning Democrats want to spend $100 Billion on a bullet train to nowhere and both parties want to suck the Sacramento Delta into a dry dust bowl in order to satisfy big money agri-business.

(Editor  -  As a Conservative John Muir Conservationist it staggers me the lack of any real interest by either party in protecting the environment of our Golden State.  A strong, protected environment means more businesses, jobs and wealth.)

  Flat as a tabletop, the furrowed, brown farm fields east of this San Joaquin Valley town are some of the most productive on Earth.

Every spring, they are planted with a smorgasbord of crops that in one form or another are trucked to grocery stores across America, from fresh juicy tomatoes to freeze-dried onion flakes, honeydew melons to tortilla chips.

Now that bounty is threatened by a crisis of geological proportions: The land is sinking – crippling the region’s irrigation and flood control infrastructure and damaging aquifers that are buffers against climate change.

Nature, though, is not to blame. This problem is self-inflicted, driven by the frontier-style exploitation of the last unregulated resource in California: groundwater.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/06/6299023/san-joaquin-valley-sinking-as.html#storylink=cpy

“We are looking at a material impact of a magnitude that is potentially catastrophic,” said Cannon Michael, a sixth-generation farmer who grows tomatoes, onions and other crops near Los Banos.

“I’m pro-California agriculture in every way,” Michael added. “But there are times when you realize that maybe there are some modes of operation that aren’t working. Your ground falling away at your feet is telling you something is not going correctly.”

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A water pump supported by a concrete pad that once sat directly
on the ground is now elevated about four inches due to land
subsidence caused by heavy groundwater pumping.

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Today’s drama is only the latest chapter in a long-running saga of sinking. Three generations ago, so much groundwater was pumped from aquifers that half the valley sank like a giant pie crust, sagging 28 feet near Mendota and inflicting damage to irrigation canals, pipelines, bridges, roads and other infrastructure.

What stopped it were two massive government-funded irrigation efforts – the federal Central Valley Project and California State Water Project – that flooded the region with water from distant California mountains, relieving pressure on the area’s natural underground water supply. But the fix was temporary. Today, drought, climate change and other forces have unleashed a new era of groundwater pumping, triggering some of the worst land subsidence ever seen in California. Near Michael’s farm, the valley is predicted to drop 17 feet by 2060.

“Subsidence is really Mother Nature telling us we can’t continue to do what we are doing,” said Peter Gleick, a water policy expert and president of the Pacific Institute, an Oakland-based think tank. “It is a physical manifestation of the irrationality of our groundwater system.”

While dramatic, valley subsidence is only part of a larger catalog of trouble tied to unrestrained groundwater pumping across California, from water shortages near Paso Robles to dried-up springs and meadows in the Owens Valley.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/06/6299023/san-joaquin-valley-sinking-as.html#storylink=cpy

“You have too many straws in the glass, using too much water – mining the water,” said Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan think tank in San Francisco. “This cannot be sustained indefinitely.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/06/6299023/san-joaquin-valley-sinking-as.html#storylink=cpy

The Lake Tahoe Overdraft
“The cumulative overdraft – our deficit spending of groundwater – is over 122 million acre-feet. That’s Lake Tahoe. That’s water we have taken out of our groundwater resources in the Central Valley – and not replaced."
Lester Snow
Executive director of the California Water Foundation

About 30 percent of California’s water supply comes from underground supplies, more during droughts. Eighty percent of state residents rely to some degree on groundwater. Some towns, cities and farming operations depend entirely on it.

But unlike other Western states, California has no state standards for groundwater management. Instead, responsibility rests with a patchwork of local and regional entities where oversight varies from careful monitoring and allocation in some places to little or no control elsewhere. Amid one of the worst droughts in California history, state officials now are scrambling to establish a more comprehensive e approach.e approach.....................................................................................
“The cumulative overdraft – our deficit spending of groundwater – is over 122 million acre-feet. That’s Lake Tahoe,” said Lester Snow, executive director of the California Water Foundation, a Sacramento nonprofit that supports groundwater reform. “That’s water we have taken out of our groundwater resources in the Central Valley – and not replaced.
"Groundwater can be renewable if you manage it sustainably, but we are mining it,” said Snow, a former director of the California Department of Water Resources. “We are using water that may have been deposited thousands of years ago.”

Most of the overdraft occurs in the Central Valley’s more arid southern half, the 220-mile long San Joaquin Valley, according to a 2011 study published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters that monitored groundwater overdraft by satellite from 2003 to 2010.

“It’s a terrible situation,” said Jay Famiglietti, a professor of earth system science at UC Irvine and author of the study. And the future, he added, does not look better. “The snowpack is disappearing. Population is growing. There are competing demands for a decreasing supply of water,” Famiglietti said. “The agricultural community will have no choice but to mine the groundwater. And just like any other natural resource, it is not infinite.”

“Without doing anything, it’s over,” he added. “In my opinion, we will see the demise of agriculture in California without groundwater management.”

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See more at the Sacramento Bee

The "Natural" San Joaquin Valley
The bottom line is man wants to water a desert in order to grow crops.  That is all well and good, but the reason it is a desert is because water is very limited.  Groundwater has built up over thousands of years.  Draining those supplies dry over a few decades is crazy.  Conservation is long term.

Perth, Australia Desalination Plant
California has added tens of millions of new residents with almost no thought at all to adding new water.  The sky will not give extra rain on command and the rivers are already being sucked dry.
This single desalination plant in Australia, has a capacity of 160 megalitres per day and delivers a final product of 144 megalitres per day.  One megaliter (1Ml) is equal to one million litres.
  Much of California is a desert.  But instead of building desalination plants and dumping the newly created water into the existing aqueduct system, the hack politicians from both parties play games spending billions funding unproductive big government programs, illegal aliens and useless bullet trains.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bipartisan opposition rises to plan to split California

What the Hell - Just Do It
The entire state and nation are imploding.  Let's add to
the madness and vote yes if this makes the ballot.

Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who wants to split California into six new states, is getting some bipartisan opposition to his plan.

Steven Maviglio, a Democratic consultant, and Joe Rodota, a fixture in GOP politics, have formed OneCalifornia, a committee that will oppose Draper’s “Six Californias” plan if and when the constitutional amendment gets on the ballot.

“The measure deserves to die a quick death,” Maviglio, former press secretary to Gov. Gray Davis, said in a statement. “We’re calling in the cavalry now to make sure that it does,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Although Draper has not yet turned in the 800,000-plus valid signatures needed to get the amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot, he’s been telling reporters that he’s close to getting to the number needed and has put up $750,000 of his own money to get it done.

That’s only a small piece of the millions it would cost to actually persuade a skeptical public to pass such a game-changing amendment. Organized opposition like that of OneCalifornia will only make that race more expensive.

Tim Draper

Of course, money already is a big part of any discussion about splitting the state. While California ranks 12th among the states in per capita income, a study of the initiative by the state legislative analyst’s office found that if Six Californias takes effect, the new state of Silicon Valley (which would extend from the East Bay to Monterey and include San Francisco) would be the richest state in the nation.

On the other end, Central California, made up of the Central Valley from Stockton to Bakersfield and a number of mountain counties, would be the poorest, with a per capita income $150 lower than that of Mississippi.

“This would be the greatest single misuse of time and money in the history of California,” Rodota, cabinet secretary to former Gov. Pete Wilson, said in a statement.

Draper, not surprisingly, sees things differently. The change would not only recognize the very different needs and desires of the various parts of California and put government closer to the people it represents, he has said, but it also would allow each of the new states to make a fresh start using the best practices of government.

But none of this means anything if Draper’s measure doesn’t make the ballot. Officials from the secretary of state’s office say Draper needs to turn his signatures in to county registrars by April 18 to ensure they can be verified by the June 26 deadline for the November ballot. If he wants to qualify the measure for a subsequent election, he needs to turn in the signatures by July 18.

Splitting California
The California state legislature approved splitting the state in two... back in 1859. The US Constitution Article IV Section 3 states that all it takes to split a state (and thus create a new state) is to get approval of the state legislature and the US Congress. Signoff by a state legislature has occurred three times in American history.
1) Massachusetts voted to set its northern district free to become Maine in 1820.

2) In the Civil War era, the "restored" Virginia government voted to create West Virginia. (There is considerable dispute about the legality of this vote, however).

3) California's legislature voted to split the state in two in 1859.

See more at Lost States.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

GOP targets high desert Assembly seat in the Antelope Valley

Democrat Steve Fox - #1 Target
  • Democrat perennial candidate Steve Fox accidentally won a GOP held Assembly seat by only 145 votes in the 2012 Obama landslide.  This makes the district target #1 for the California Republican Party.

A race that has attracted attention in the early going is in the 36th Assembly District that mostly takes in the high desert communities of Los Angeles and Kern Counties along with portions of Canyon Country and north Saugus.

The district is currently represented by Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Palmdale, who won a super narrow victory in the 2012 election and is running for re-election this year.

GOP Councilman Tom Lackey
Lackey for Assembly
A Changing District  -  The high desert has undergone massive demographic changes in the last 25 years.  Huge numbers of Latinos and African Americans have moved to the desert communities of Palmdale and Lancaster in search of affordable housing and to escape the crime and crowded conditions of Los Angeles.

Latinos have jumped up to 54.4% of the Palmdale's population and 38% in Lancaster.  African Americans have bumped up to 14.8% in Palmdale and 20.5% in Lancaster.

These changes also saw a drop in Republican Party voter registration over the years to the current 37.3%.

Republicans were asleep at the switch in 2012 when Democrats perennial candidate Steve Fox beat the Republican by 145 votes in the Obama landslide election.  Now Republicans are banking on a voter backlash to Obamacare to recapture the seat.

A collection of candidates running as Republicans have emerged to try to retake the seat from the one-term Democrat.

Included the field is GOP Palmdale City Councilman Tom Lackey who is a conservative raised in the small high desert mining town of Boron, Lackey graduated from Boron High School in 1977.

Republican Suzette Martinez
Martinez for Assembly
He is a retired California Highway Patrol sergeant who recently won reelection to a third term on the Palmdale City Council, receiving the highest number of votes among five candidates for two at-large seats.

Lackey is an elected member of the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee, and a member of the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly.

Lackey has been endorsed by a wide number of Republicans such as Board of Equalization Member George Runner, local State Senator Steve Knight, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, local Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.

We also have Republican Suzette Martinez, who is currently a board member for the Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce. 

She has been endorsed by GOP Assemblywomen Shannon Grove, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, Mayor of Lancaster R. Rex Paris and Senator Tony Strickland (Retired).

Also running is Republican J.D. Kennedy, who is a Marine veteran and former district representative for McKeon.

Another candidate, Kermit F. Franklin, has also signed on to run for the seat as a Democrat.



California State Assembly elections, 2012
Primary election
RepublicanRon Smith15,09735.1%
DemocraticSteve Fox14,16032.9%
RepublicanTom Lackey13,79532.0%
General election
DemocraticSteve Fox66,00550.1%
RepublicanRon Smith65,86049.9%
Democratic gain from Republican


Click map to enlarge
The district is 36.9% Democrat, 37.3% GOP and
25.8% independent and smaller parties.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ron Paul Endorses in Sacramento House Race

Constitutional Federalist Igor Birman
  • Birman has been endorsed by Rep. Ron Paul, Senator Mike Lee, Rep. Tom McClintock, Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Raúl Labrador, FreedomWorks, Young Americans For Liberty (YAL), Republican Liberty Caucus, Family Research Council and The Madison Project.

Former Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who sparked a libertarian movement that has rankled the GOP, has thrown his support behind a House candidate in California.

Paul endorsed former Capitol Hill aide Igor Birman in the 7th District, according to a letter shared first with CQ Roll Call.

Birman, who served as chief of staff to Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is one of three Republicans seeking to oust freshman Rep. Ami Bera, a Democrat, from this competitive, Sacramento-based House district reports Roll Call.
Ron Paul

“Igor Birman has seen first hand what happens when the government takes control of every aspect of your life,” Paul said in the endorsement letter, referring to Birman’s childhood in the Soviet Union before he and his family immigrated to the United States. “That experience will make him a valuable member of the House of Representatives and a leader for smaller government and more personal liberties.”

Birman, whose candidacy is backed by tea party-aligned groups such as FreedomWorks, faces former Rep. Doug Ose and businesswoman Elizabeth Emken, as well as Bera, in a top-two primary on June 3.

The top two vote recipients advance to the general in this competitive district, which President Barack Obama carried by a 4-point margin in 2012.

Privately, some GOP operatives argue that Ose’s business-friendly background make him the Republican best suited to take on Bera in November.

The Birman-Ose match-up marks one of the cycle’s top contests that pits tea party activists against business groups in the struggle to influence the direction of the House GOP caucus.

California’s 7th District is rated a Leans Democratic contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Please support Igor Birman for Congress

California's 7th Congressional District
In the 2012 Obama landslide election the Democrat House candidate won
a narrow 51.7% victory over a Republican incumbent.
Voter registration is 39% Democrat to 37% GOP.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jerry Brown far ahead in polls - As if it matters

Jerry Brown
(AP File Photo)

If it's Brown Flush it Down

Another "phony" and corrupt California election is to be held this November. 

The Sacramento power brokers from both parties have made sure that the voters will only have a Democrat or a Republican to choose from.  The corrupt "bi-partisan" top two primary will keep off the November ballot virtually all smaller opposition parties, independent candidates and your write-in votes have been declared illegal and the Elites will not count them.

The Democrat and Republican Elites have basically said "Fuck you" to the voters.  Our elections are about as free as those held in Russia.

On March 27, the Public Policy Institute of California released a gubernatorial poll. Pollsters mentioned four candidates to respondents.

The results:

  • Jerry Brown 47%
  • Tim Donnelly 10%
  • Andrew Blount 2%
  • Neel Kashkari 2%

Three percent of the respondents named someone whom the pollster had not mentioned, and 36% of respondents say they are undecided. Brown is a Democrat and the other three are Republicans.

 There are 15 candidates on the June primary ballot.

The primary is June 3, and only the two candidates who poll the largest vote can appear on the November ballot. Write-ins are banned in November for state office and congressional elections.

Here is the complete poll, which includes many other questions. Scroll down to page 14 for the gubernatorial results.

The pollsters should have included Cindy Sheehan, who is on the ballot as a Peace & Freedom Party member. She probably has more name recognition than either Andrew Blount or Neel Kashkari, and chances are she would have placed third if she had been included.

Via Ballot Access News