Oct92018

Political Scene

by Lou Binninger

While Governor Brown and the legislature have repeatedly deceived citizens to vote for water bonds that create no new storage President Trump is being credited for the passage of a new provision through the U.S. House of Representatives that will provide funding for California to build its first water storage infrastructure in 40 years.

For more than four decades liberals have blocked funds to provide more storage and flood control. Since 1979, California’s population has grown by 70%, but the water infrastructure remained basically the same. This state’s water must be stored and directed during wet months and years to prevent flooding and care for the dry times.

Republican Rep. Jeff Denham and Democrat Rep. Jim Costa have advocated for additional water storage for years in arid California. Denham’s proposal allows irrigation districts to apply for low-interest federal loans from the Environmental Protection Agency to build new reservoirs, develop below ground storage, recycling and desalination projects.

Sites Reservoir would be a large off-stream facility (water to be pumped into it). Recently, the project received some funding from the Gov. Brown Water Committee that initially rejected the Site’s proposal. Having some federal resources may have attracted the interest of state bureaucrats.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association (HJTA) President Jon Coupal says that the Proposition 6 title is, “Fake News,” because it never mentions the words “tax” or “fee.”

Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office gave the new gas tax repeal the official ballot title: “Proposition 006 – Eliminates Certain Road Repair And Transportation Funding.” The liberal San Francisco Chronicle called it “a hostile official ballot title.”

Those against the Prop 6 tax increase repeal have collected over $30 million or $7 for every $1 for the grass roots effort to roll-back the higher gas taxes and DMV fees. Watch for ads stating police, fire, law enforcement and teachers say to vote No. What they mean is that union bosses calling the shots want to stop the repeal and not your local emergency responder or teacher.

Another lie is that all road improvements would suddenly vanish if the Prop 6 repeal passes. If you want $700 a year or $7,000 back in your pocket over 10 years then vote yes. There is ample money in the state budget to care for the roads. Politicians are taxing citizens twice to fix the roads once.

The socialist California government has filed 44 lawsuits against the Trump administration in the past 21 months, with major battles on health care, immigration and energy policy. Remember, California paid for the services of disgraced former US Attorney General Eric Holder who lied to Congress. The goal was to undermine Trump’s policies.

The federal government, meanwhile, has filed three suits against California. The price tag for the California vs. Trump war was $9.2 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year ending June 30, up from $2.8 million the previous year — which included six months of the president’s first year in office.

Republican leaders and taxpayer advocates say the lawsuits amount to a political stunt and a waste of taxpayer money.

“Just because California and its Democratic leaders disagree with something the president or his administration does, that doesn’t mean the courts are the place to have that disagreement,” said Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney and committeewoman for the Republican National Committee. “Xavier Becerra is misusing the courts to score political points.”

Becerra is also threatening California businesses with legal action should they cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in its pursuit of illegal alien criminals.

Sutter County Superior Court Judge Brian Aronson announced his retirement effective December 31, 2018. Aronson was just re-elected to the bench without opposition. He will have served for 15 years following his appointment by Governor Gray Davis in 2003 to succeed retiring Judge Timothy Evans.

The Sutter Courts news release made no mention of why the judge is retiring. Hopefully, he is in good health. However, it is unfortunate that Aronson didn’t announce his retirement earlier to allow voters to choose the next jurist. Now, the citizens are ignored to politicize the judgeship with another appointment by the governor.

Attorneys rarely oppose an incumbent judge for fear of retribution as they continue to practice locally. Aronson’s maneuver will block the public’s input into the judicial selection process.

Aronson was questioned by the public in 2016 for what was perceived as low bail amounts set for more than 30 sex-sting perpetrators. Then, he refused to release the 2017-2018 Grand Jury report triggering the resignation of Jury members in protest after a year of work. His move was seen as protecting improper behavior by the District Attorney, the County Counsel and possibly others. The truth will never be known unless the report is leaked.

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