by Lou Binninger

No aspect of California is exempt from the absurd and corrupt management practices of the state government. Most people in the rural north state have received those fire safety mailers showing how to clear-out grass and brush from around buildings. Yet, the environmentalist-controlled politicians and bureaucrats prevent the same management of our forests, namely routine clearing out of underbrush and dead trees to stop apocalyptic-level fire disasters.

So one day a human can’t tread somewhere to spare a beetle or owl and the next day a forest fire destroys all habitat, 500 homes and 12 lives while we spend millions of dollars flying around dumping retardant for weeks. Is that stupid or what?

As Sinclair Upton said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Whether it is ruining the timber industry, insane forest management and even ‘stand and watch’ fighting of forest fires, whoever will write the biggest check wins the argument.

Then, the San Diego Tribune brings up the fact that Cal Fire’s use of state prisoners or ‘slave labor’ to fight forest fires has allowed employed firefighters to cash in on exorbitant salaries.

Of course, prisoners love fire camp duty. It is better than prison life. They are out and about and learn marketable skills. They make more money than being “inside.” Pay is $2 a day plus $1 an hour, and meals and hygiene supplies are superior.

Well, let’s not get stuck at those ne’er-do-wells are getting a great deal. This chump-change-earning chain gang is toiling side by side with firefighters collecting enough on a strike team to return home and order a new car. And, state officials say using prison labor saves their budget $100 million a year. Firefighter union leaders are drooling.

The medium compensation for Cal Fire firefighters is $148,000 and the typical battalion chief is getting $15,800 per month. However, the ranks of Cal Fire workers are loaded with those earning in the $200,000 - $300,000 range.

According to Robert Fellner of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, when you add up the entry level average pay ($27,713) for 1,500 seasonal workers (9 months) including their “other pay” ($15,676), and overtime ($11,410) and pensions ($26,848), they’re compensation is at $81,647.

In late 2017, Cal Fire employees were set for a wage increase, ranging from 8.5 percent for the $189,600 per year battalion chiefs to 22.3 % for low-ranking firefighter/paramedics. However, the complicated formulas determining firefighter pay masks from the casual observer what is truly paid out in the end.

And this formula does not include retirement pension liabilities (promised but not budgeted) that the taxpayers are on the hook for. However, if you think this pay is high, Cal Fire employees are paupers compared to city and county firefighters.

California Policy Center shows the average compensation package for county firefighters is above $196,000 and for city firefighters is above $198,000, which is more than $50,000 a year in average total compensation above those at Cal Fire.

Some argue that state firefighters have a tougher job than the locals, since they are focused on wildfires when only 8 percent of local calls are fire responses. Most city and county call-outs are for medical assistance.

So, city and county firefighter higher pay is not attributable to more dangerous work than state firefighters nor is it reflective of free market supply and demand. There are hundreds applying for each job opening. Actually, many will do the job for no pay. Nationwide, 70% of firefighters are volunteers. It is at 30% in California.

The high pay is linked to political clout. Although the fire unions have leverage at the state level they have to compete with special interests and many other unions wanting a bigger slice of the budget.

Firefighter union intimidation has greater impact at the local level on council members and supervisors that depend on union endorsements and contributions to get elected. Candidates are fearful of being tabbed anti-public safety. Firefighter and law enforcement unions have less competition for local dollars.

Cal Fire said they only had around 680 firefighters on the Cascade Fire that should have had 3,000. If firefighters were paid based upon supply and demand rather than union muscle there could be more experienced personnel to save life and property and prisoners could receive better pay as well. However, this is Kalifornia.

by Lou Binninger

Marysville City Council, buried in millions of dollars in debt, decided last week to pay a consultant $12,000 to conduct a one-day retreat and have dinner with the mayor and city manager. It must be nice having all that money lying around, all courtesy of the taxpayers.

In the past, these annual events to set goals and brainstorm were led by the city manager or a local leader. Former city manager Walter Munchheimer conducted the last one but neither the council nor our $100,000 a year City Clerk could locate a copy for review. Guess it wasn’t that memorable. At least it didn’t cost $12,000.

Neither could the highpoints of a council gathering led by former Yuba County Superintendent of Schools Ric Teagarden be recalled. Teagarden annually guided his board trustees through such a meeting and provided attendees with cold drinks, sandwiches and coffee. Back then, administrators had the skills to lead and that’s what you paid them for. Maybe the refreshments cost a hundred.

The Council also agreed to hire another consultant for $22,400 to find a new fire chief for their one station department. With an amazing network of communications throughout the firefighting world a job solicitation for firefighters attracts attention from around the west.

Couldn’t the council use the same network to call for a chief without dishing out $22,400? How about contacting retired captains and battalion chiefs in this community and nearby that may be interested? At least they wouldn’t leave before they run out of business cards.

The city council appears to have little interest in the soccer field complex in Riverfront Park. A nonprofit soccer group took over maintenance of the fields from the city years ago and raises money to care for the fields.

The complex is utilized by thousands of children and their families. Thousands of visitors each year travel here to compete in tournaments. That all adds up to purchases of shoes, clothing, hotels rooms, food and fuel from local retailers.

Last year’s flooding damaged the entire river lowlands for which the city received federal monies for repairs and clean-up. Little if any funds went toward repairing the biggest sports complex in the two counties. Like the closed boat ramp that was ignored for years it seems like the city council has little vision for upgrading the valuable soccer complex to become an even bigger asset to the community.

If the complex were improved more tournaments could be hosted bringing more young athletes and their families to town. Currently, the local soccer program has more than 20 traveling teams competing around the state.

Photos from the 1900s show a Marysville with developed recreation opportunities along the Feather River. The city has miles of river frontage along the Yuba and Feather Rivers. However, city leadership has ignored the opportunity to take advantage of this asset. With a little revenue and leveraging volunteer help the riverside could be developed into a source of pleasure and pride for residents.

Nature abhors a vacuum. If the riverfront acreage is left abandoned others will find a use for it.

The city should make it easier to use the amphitheater and look at renovating the baseball parks. With these improvements along with the motocross, improved river frontage, boat ramp and soccer fields, the park would be busy year around. That all translates to better business for the twin cities and great activity centers for residents.

by Lou Binninger

The tension over what to do with the “homeless” aka vagrants, addicts, hustlers and mentally ill has nothing to do with loving and helping people who have lost their way. The federal judge ruling that towns and counties must provide one more location for squatters is a liberal potentate not someone that bases a ruling on law.

These renegade jurists are creating a back door to socialism by exempting criminals and rebels from obeying the law. Responsible hard-working citizens have their earnings forcefully taken to provide cash aid, food, and housing to those that reject rehabilitation and the values of their abused benefactors.

Legal activists like California Rural Legal Assistance attorney Ilene Jacobs, threaten the finances of taxpayers but are unlikely to take a “victim” into their own home for reformation. Jacobs declined the opportunity to put her home where her mouth was in the late 80’s when offered a personal challenge as she threatened to sue the Salvation Army to get federal funds for her “victims.”

Most communities have a multitude of resources - rescue missions, clean and sober homes, drug and alcohol rehabs, shelters, church food pantries and work programs. However, if troubled people refuse existing opportunities then loony judges force the jurisdiction to provide another resource at taxpayers’ expense. This is asinine and should be rejected by community boards and councils.

Look at what happened in Orange County. About 1,000 campers were evicted from along the Santa Ana River after a 10-year legal battle. The negotiated resettlement reached by U.S. Judge David O. Carter, social justice attorneys and the county forced the county to pay for almost 500 motel rooms for the former campers. Those rooms will never be the same.

Attorneys claimed campers had a “civil right” to squat on non-private property. Now, where will the nonconforming campers go to squat and sue? Is anyone asking about the squatter’s civil responsibility to behave?

The victorious “model citizens” forgot to clean-up after themselves in Orange County (OC) so Public Works (OCPW) spent three months on the detail. OCPW reported that in the first month workers removed 5,279 pounds of human waste, 404 tons of garbage and 13,950 used needles.

Health officials declared the area so toxic that the top 3 inches of two miles of bike trail along the river from Santa Ana to Anaheim needed to be removed and burned. The county will use asphalt slurry to seal all bike paths along the river’s edge.

Allowing this lawbreaking and the resulting health crisis is turning communities into Third World Countries health-wise. The Hepatitis A epidemic that started in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz camps has spread statewide now infecting 350 new people and killing 11 each week.

This is social policy Venezuela-style. Socialism converted the most prosperous nation in South America to citizens dining on rats. The average person there has lost 19 pounds.

An NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of trash, needles, and feces. The effort revealed trash littered across every block. Forty-one blocks were littered with 100 needles and 96 blocks had 300 piles of feces.

“If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at University of California, Berkeley. Riley explains that once fecal matter dries, it can become airborne, releasing potentially dangerous viruses, such as the rotavirus. “If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine,” he said. The results can prove fatal, especially in children. Hepatitis A is also spread by human feces.

Riley, author of the book ‘Slum Health,’ believes areas of San Francisco are filthier than many developing countries. Poor does not have to equal gross polluter. It takes a twisted thinker to excrete where you eat.

Mohammed Nuru, Director of San Francisco Public Works, says cleaning human feces, trash, and needles from the city's sidewalks costs his department about $30 million each year. A single pile of human feces takes at least 30 minutes for one of his staffers to clean. “The steamer has to come. He has to park the steamer. He's got to come out with his steamer, disinfect, steam clean, roll up and go.”

Other infectious disease outbreaks are starting in homeless camps. They include new strains of tuberculosis that emerged in Northern California; a deadly new strain of streptococcus that killed three street people in Anchorage; and a shigella food borne illness that causes bloody diarrhea, began in Portland.

The government kabuki dance around “the homeless” purposely ignores the liberal welfare state that created the problem and the resulting homeless industry in the first place. Now, a delusional judge rules that taxpayers must accommodate the waste.

by Lou Binninger

United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Chief Executive Scott Blackmun has resigned following accusations that the committee knew about former team doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of hundreds of female gymnasts and other athletes, years before it acted.

“For 31 months, I heard nothing,” gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman, 23, told the Wall Street Journal. “I find it hard to believe after all this time that the USOC is genuinely concerned about anything other than the scrutiny it’s now facing.”

Former Olympic gymnasts, including Raisman and McKayla Maroney, won’t participate in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s investigation into the Nassar scandal, saying they don’t trust the body to conduct a thorough and independent inquiry. The gymnasts are among 150 women formally accusing Nassar of sexually abusing them.

Nassar was arrested in November 2016 and last year pleaded guilty to state sexual-abuse and federal child-pornography charges. Nassar, who is now serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison, was sentenced earlier this year by two Michigan judges to terms of up to 175 years and up to 125 years in state prison.

Victims are now filing lawsuits against the USOC and others, alleging that the organization failed to protect athletes and lied about when it learned of the Nassar allegations.

Former USOC board member Edward Williams says the investigation is too narrowly focused. The probe should be expanded to include “the climate within the USOC in July 2015, as well as in the years leading up to the July 2015 disclosures, which permitted the abuse to occur.”

Aly Raisman said, “This investigation needs to be bigger than Nassar. There have been countless allegations of abuse for years and years. Anything other than a full investigation just isn’t good enough.”

Why are sexual abuse complaints against adults often ignored, minimized or scuttled altogether? It protect “important” people, schools or organizations.

It is no wonder young people lose respect for teachers, administrators and a judicial system they thought would protect them. Women who graduated from Yuba City High say they made complaints against Physical Education teacher Jim Whiteaker as far back as 1996. Some reports indicate “appropriate action taken” but don’t describe the action, nor were the victims informed. Whiteaker remained at work.

US female athletes have turned their attention from a pervert doctor to a perverted governing system that wanted to save face by ignoring victimized young women and hoping they would remain silent.

Athletes didn’t get counseling, an apology, anything. In fact, the ladies risked reputation, relationships, occupations and being shamed to come forward. To take on the full force of the USOC and the national exposure is no game.

For ladies to begin the case against Whiteaker, the Teacher’s Union and Yuba City Unified School District, let’s say it’s not for the faint-hearted. The union has plenty of tenured bad apples and more money than all the students’ families put together.

The life of a crime victim is tormenting. Being a juvenile target of sexual abuse is nearly impossible to overcome. For a young person, taking a stand against the adult perpetrator and facing a judicial system that is confusing and overwhelming causes many victims to just walk away.

Yuba City Unified, like the USOC, needs to do its own broader investigation on reporting of abuse as well as the morally permissive culture it has fostered.

by Lou Binninger

Many citizens and politicians relegate the Constitution and the convictions of the founders to the future of phone books and rotary phones. However, the nation-builders were literate, intelligent with some considered genius and they had backbones.

Far different than leaders today, they did not view “constituents” as sheep to be sheared.

The following quote is from the 1801 Inaugural Address of Thomas Jefferson. “With all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more fellow citizens – a wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned....”

Government today would not be described as “wise and frugal.” Politicians have mastered the fine art of thievery to lift the bread from the mouths of workers and make them feel that the taking is good and necessary.

The founding fathers launched the fastest growing industrial power and most successful country in history from scratch when today high-priced bureaucrats cannot even manage without hiring expensive consultants and incurring massive debt. Most of the elected know little about the Constitution and others treat it like a buffet. The result is a quasi-socialist government going broke while freedoms are routinely removed.

Yuba County Supervisors, already needing repeated bail-outs from the Yuba County Water Agency spent $30,000 for a firm to do an opinion survey of 556 voters on how to acquire more money. Before this survey to raise sales taxes they secured a consultant to cure homelessness.

Now, the City of Marysville lists on its March 6 Consent Agenda an item to pay a consultant $12,000 to conduct a retreat for councilmembers. They aren’t even willing to have an open discussion about the expenditure with the community.

Retreats usually teach participants how to get along and set some goals. Doesn’t City Manager Marti Brown have the skills to do this? It’s so easy to spend someone else’s money.

Did Mayor Samayoa recently write that the city needed to work on a General Plan? More consultants? Didn’t the city spend a couple hundred thousand for Bounce Back “experts” already? When is the city actually going to make improvements after getting its added 1% sales tax or an extra $1.5 million a year?

Did the council forget its slogan “We can’t lose one more cop” for the sales tax increase measure as they now spend the money wherever they please? Even after raising money for the police the council then borrowed more money to finance new police cruisers.

For those planning to reside in Marysville for the next two decades much of your taxes will go to pay-off B Street property bonds, employee pensions and police car debt. If residents managed their affairs like the city does they would go broke and maybe to jail.

Sutter County Deputy District Attorney Clint Curry announced he will campaign to replace retiring Yuba County District Attorney Pat McGrath. McGrath and Sheriff Steve Durfor have endorsed Curry. Curry has worked for 8 years prosecuting cases for Sutter County.

Clint’s father James Curry after serving in Vietnam 1963-1966, served as a Yuba County probation officer, attorney and then Superior Court Judge from 1997-2010. Clint also served in the Army, studied for a year in seminary and then completed UC Davis School of Law in 2007.

Clint and his wife Meredith founded the nonprofit Restoration Railroad to assist human trafficking victims and raise awareness about the problem. The effort led to a more active enforcement to protect children and arrest predators.

The Sutter County Citizens Advisory Committee on Homelessness met for the second time Monday, March 5. The Committee was commissioned by the Supervisors to identify a location for a homeless shelter, not whether or not to build one. No county leader has a solution on homelessness but they are sure the community needs to own a shelter.

However, no one has been able to answer the question of once a shelter is built then what is to be done with the homeless population remaining? If there is no plan of action then why spend a million dollars for a shelter and leave the rest of the vagrants to ignore existing resources and the law?

“Unclaimed debris,” as Sutter County Administrator Scott Mitnick calls it, is mounting in both Yuba and Feather River bottoms waiting for high water to take it to San Francisco. Like the local crows and pigeons the homeless are returning to their roosts and even developing new haunts.

by Lou Binninger

Sutter County 4th District Supervisor Jim Whiteaker was served with a Notice of Intention to Recall on Sunday February 25.

Recall proponents believe Whiteaker’s history of improper behavior with Yuba City High School students including accusations going back as far as 1996 make him unfit to serve as county supervisor. He was elected to that position in November, 2002 and is employed as a physical education teacher at the school.

So far, two lawsuits have been filed on behalf of students against Whiteaker and Yuba City Unified School District. After the latest incident in January school trustees placed the teacher on administrative leave and initiated termination actions against him.

A second teacher was thought to have been disciplined regarding the latest Whiteaker incident, but the administration said it did not place another teacher on leave. Whether a lesser form of disciplinary action was utilized is unknown.

The second teacher was accused of refusing to report a student’s accusation of abuse against Whiteaker to the administration. If true, it is a crime punishable by a fine and incarceration. Teachers at the high school received emails from the administration instructing them not to discuss developments with the Whiteaker case.

Recall proponents now have 7-days to file the original Notice of Intention along with an affidavit of the time and manner of service with Sutter County Elections Clerk Donna Johnston.

Then, Supervisor Whiteaker has 7-days to respond to the Notice with an answer of not more than 200 words. If a response is forthcoming then Johnston has 7-days to legally inform one of the recall signatories.

Once petitions are drafted and approved by the Clerk then recall proponents have 90-days to submit enough valid signatures of registered voters from the 4th District to qualify the recall for the ballot. At least 25% of the registered voters in the 4th District will have to sign the petition. The exact number has yet to be determined from Clerk Johnston.

After enough recall signatures are submitted and certified by the Clerk then the Board of Supervisors has 14-days to order the Clerk to set a date for an election. If the Board does not act then the Clerk shall do so.

A ballot question would ask whether Supervisor Whiteaker should be recalled. The ballot would also include candidates interested in replacing Whiteaker should he lose the election.

If the recall qualifies for the ballot it has an historic Whiteaker family twist.

Supervisor Whiteaker’s father and 20-year incumbent Sheriff Roy Whiteaker was upset by Yuba City Police Captain Art Brandwood in the 1990 Sutter County Sheriff’s race. However, after less than 90-days in office Sheriff Brandwood was served with recall papers by defeated Sheriff Whiteaker’s shocked and disgruntled supporters.

Their complaint was that Sheriff Brandwood was cracking down on issuing concealed weapons permits. Brandwood argued that Sutter County had issued the highest number of gun permits per capita in the state (one permit for every 48 Sutter County residents). LA County Sheriff issued one weapons permit for every 24,216 residents that year.

Brandwood turned back the recall by capturing 59% of the vote and served two four-year-terms before retiring.

In other Yuba City High School personnel actions Varsity Basketball Coach Mamo Rafiq was fired last week. Rafiq had been the head coach since May 2013. He was not a teacher and can be terminated at will. The reason for his dismissal is unknown, but he had been the target of complaints from parents and others at the school.

Rafiq had been exonerated in 2016 after being placed on leave due to accusations of mismanaging school athletic funds. He was reinstated in September 2016 following an audit costing an estimated $27,000. Auditors criticized the district’s training and policies regarding handling of student funds.

by Lou Binninger

On Jan. 11, the campaign to recall Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky turned in nearly 95,000 signatures. Only 58,634 valid signatures were needed to qualify for the June 5, 2018 ballot.

“This historic campaign is part of a national social movement to end impunity for athletes and other privileged perpetrators of sexual assault and violence against women,” said Stanford Law School Professor Michele Dauber, the leader of the recall campaign. Dauber has received death threats for her recall efforts.

If Persky loses, it will be the first time a California judge has been removed by a recall election in 85 years.

The recall campaign was sparked by the Brock Turner case. Brock Turner, a 20-year-old student and elite swimmer at Stanford University, served only three months for sexual assault due to Judge Persky’s light sentence and a state law aimed at reducing jail overcrowding.

Following Turner’s release on September 2, 2016 he returned to his hometown in Ohio. California law requires Turner to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman and was convicted of three felony sex offenses, including assault with intent to commit rape. The victim, still anonymous and not a Stanford student, was found half-naked behind a dumpster.

She attended a fraternity party with her sister earlier that night. The victim woke-up with no memory of events and learned the details of her assault from the media. Two bicyclists pulled Turner off of the victim.

Judge Persky sentenced Turner to six months in county jail with three years of probation. Persky ignored the statutory minimum sentence of two years. The victim said Turner received essentially "one month for each felony."

Dan Turner, Brock Turner’s father, wrote a letter to the judge during sentencing. The father wrote, "His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve...That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life." The letter and Persky’s actions provoked anger among those believing judges and authority figures are lenient on sexual assault when it involves connected people.

Prosecutors asked that Brock Turner be sentenced to six years in prison for the January 2015 assault. The minimum sentence for his crimes was 2 years and he could have faced a maximum of 14 years. Turner was presumptively not eligible for probation under the law.

Judge Persky found that the case was "unusual" and justified sentencing Turner to probation instead of prison based primarily on the fact that Turner was an elite athlete at a top university and that alcohol was involved. He noted that a harsher punishment would have had a "severe impact" on him. The judge had to make a special exception to hand out such a light punishment.

In June 2016, at least ten prospective jurors refused to serve in a misdemeanor trial for possession of stolen property where Persky was presiding, citing the judge's sentencing of Turner. The following week, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen filed a peremptory motion for recusal in a case where Persky was to preside over the criminal trial of a surgical nurse. The nurse was charged with sexual battery for allegedly touching the genitals of a patient under sedation. In August 2016, Persky requested to be transferred from criminal to civil court, citing unwanted scrutiny and attention stemming from his ruling in the Turner case.

The recall has pitted the government system of justice (judges, public defenders and the bar association that support Persky) against citizens and victims.

In 2002, Persky, a Santa Clara County deputy district attorney lost a close race for Superior Court Judge to another deputy district attorney Ron Del Pozzo. Persky then was appointed the following year by Governor Gray Davis to the Superior Court.

by Lou Binninger

In 2014, the City of Marysville initiated a campaign to raise the sales tax rate to 8.5% for 10 years. It failed by 75 votes. The council, unable to service debt on a lame decision to speculate on property, blamed the shortage of funds on police and fire. City Hall launched a second identical tax measure in 2016 which passed on June 4 by 209 votes.

Both pitches promised the funds though not legally restricted would be used for police and fire. That was a lie. A citizens committee was to keep the council honest.

As soon as funds began to flow raises were given to employees, not restricted to emergency services. The other day City Manager Marti Brown in an interview with radio personality John Black mentioned that maybe some of the funds could go to parks. Yes, parks are terrible, but the money wasn’t for that.

Opponents of the sales tax increase argued that as personnel and council members come and go the new cash flow will be just that, and have nothing to do with police and fire. We are already there in Marysville. People are forgetting the emergency services tax lullaby.

Now, the Yuba County Supervisors just spent $30,000 of taxpayers’ money for a survey of 556 voters to convince citizens to raise sales taxes by 1%. It’s for police and fire they say.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association says, “Local governments also frequently hire expensive consultants (at taxpayer expense) to tell them the best way to pass a sales tax. These consultants sometimes advise local officials not to publicize the sales tax election to the entire community, but to target only their supporters. This means running a stealth election, communicating only with known tax supporters.”

“Since it is illegal for local officials to use public resources (including public tax funds) to urge a vote for or against a ballot measure, consultants frequently counsel sales tax supporters on the best way to wage ‘information’ or ‘education’ campaigns. This often means putting up signs or sending out material stating all the ‘good things’ a sales tax would do, but stopping just short of telling people how to vote. These tactics sometimes occur even before a tax is officially placed on the ballot.”

Cities and counties use scare tactics explaining this is the only alternative to save law enforcement and fire. They use “It’s only” campaigns. “It’s only a few cents a day or a few dollars a month more for police and fire.” They make it sound trivial. However, many people will pay more than $1,000 in additional taxes a year. The poor of the county will be hit the hardest.

The truth that won’t be told is that supervisors misspent funds designated for emergency services, overpromised on salary and pensions and now want a bigger bucket to bail- out a leaking boat.

This is a budgetary shell game. A sales tax measure is put on the ballot to fund a politically popular purpose (emergency services), and if the tax passes, it would enable local government to free up money from the general fund that can then be spent on the pet projects or programs of local politicians.

The Appeal Democrat will support the tax increase since the paper owes the county for getting their legal advertising. Businesses needing a favor from the county will contribute campaign funds as will employee unions that want their pensions funded by taxpayers.

Sacramento employee unions paid for Measure U, the half-cent sales tax voters approved in 2012 to “restore public safety services.” The union will likely fund the tax renewal campaign as well.

The League of California Cities reported this month that pension costs are expected to jump by at least 50% by 2024-25. It is unsustainable. Rather than stopping the insanity the league is advising all cities or in this case counties to launch local tax measures.

Since unions have money-and-vote-hungry politicians by the short hairs they both will get exactly what they want with taxpayers once again getting screwed.

by Lou Binninger

This is Black History Month. It was deemed so in 1976 but got its real start when Carter G. Woodson, scholar, historian, and educator, created “Negro History Week” in 1926. February was chosen because it marked the birthdays of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

Depending on who’s talking black people are today enjoying the bounty of America or are cursed here. Black economist Walter Williams says “Americans should be proud of the tremendous gains made since emancipation. Black Americans, as a group, have made the greatest gains, over some of the highest hurdles, in a shorter span of time than any other racial group in mankind’s history.”

Williams says that “if American black income is totaled and thought of us as a separate nation along with its own gross domestic product, black Americans would rank among the world’s 20 richest nations.”

Then there are key national leaders. Colin Powell directed the world’s most powerful military and Barack Obama the nation. Clarence Thomas is a world-class Supreme Court jurist. Ben Carson is a renowned neuro-surgeon. Blacks routinely are picked for the President’s cabinet, sundry legislative seats and to be mayors of our largest cities.

A few black Americans are among the world’s richest and most famous personalities. There is a multitude of black millionaires.

Black intellectual, educator and author Thomas Sowell and Williams both contend that neither former slave nor slave owner would have dreamed that such changes and advances were possible in 150 years. It is a tribute to the Constitution and Americans that worked and fought to make the needed changes to conform the nation to the grand document. It should not be forgotten that 620,000 mostly white men waged a Civil War and died contending for and against slavery.

Yet, there are the black and white race hustlers that prey upon and keep the black population riled-up and always ready to throw-down the race card. It plays well for power politics by creating modern urban plantations of millions addicted to handouts and getting special benefits to stay there.

Liberal Charles Darwin-disciples are convinced but won’t admit that blacks are intellectually inferior to whites. Therefore, blacks need social and economic handicap ramps to compete in modern America. Quotas and affirmative action rules remind blacks that they can’t measure-up and are oppressed. Just one more hand-out and maybe even reparations will finally even the score though no one living today ever owned or met a slave.

Union government schools prepare blacks to drop-out and then blame them for the failure. However, private and charter schools see black students achieve excellence and qualify for college, tech school or the military.

NAACP and most legislative black leaders were glum knowing that blacks were going to work in record numbers last year. The charlatans were like pimps grieving the decision of their hookers to return to school and families. For race-chasers the term “black” has turned from a color or demographic group to a socialist political agenda of class warfare.

That’s why when Obama or the socialist black leadership say “our people” it means black people, not Americans of all flavors. That’s racist, but they get a pass. If a white referred to whites as “our people” it would be the political unforgiveable sin. There is no White History Month.

Democrat California Rep. Maxine Waters attended a Nation of Islam convention where the hate group’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, defended Palestinian suicide bombers. Farrakhan is an anti-Semite who calls Jews “Satanic” and says Hitler was “a very great man.”

Farrakhan argues whites are inferior to blacks, but all this is ok for him to say and Maxine to hang out with him. Don’t forget other Farrakhan democrat groupies like Obama, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and Indiana Rep. Andre Carson.

In fact Ellison and Carson, both Muslims, can have frequent meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood, a known terrorist organization and have no negative political repercussions. Whose side are these blacks on, not the side of the America most love.

Africa’s Liberia and Sierra Leone were both established in the 1800s to offer freed slaves a place to go should they detest America or not be able to make a living. A few took advantage of it, but most died of disease or were killed in conflicts with nearby black tribal people.

Today, both nations are corrupt, poor hell holes. Those that relocated there did not return to their tribal living but established essentially an American society founded on a Judeo-Christian worldview. They started churches and sent out missionaries.

Slavery was horrible but no American descendants of slaves are clamoring to return today to African poverty and corruption. It’s just the opposite.

In fact, there’s not much African about African–Americans.

by Lou Binninger

Since liberals took over the California legislature they have been concerned about water – storing less, using less for humans, and letting more go untapped to the ocean. In the last 50- years there have been no dams built while the population doubled and farms were abandoned after being deprived of a water allotment.

As liberals “re-wild” California and prepare the state for Governor Brown’s Global Warming Armageddon, conservatives have been smitten with the Stockholm syndrome. They repeatedly vote to borrow billions via water bonds and get no more water storage or water for farming.

Finance counselors advocate saving in good times to survive future difficulties. However, liberal legislators see no sense in holding back more water during winter to prevent drought or deluge.

In November 2006, 64% of voters passed “Proposition 1E -The Disaster Preparedness and Flood Protection Bond Act authorizing $4.09 billion in borrowing to rebuild and repair California’s most vulnerable flood control structures to protect homes and prevent loss of life from flood-related disasters, including levee failures, flash floods, and mudslides and to protect California’s drinking water supply system by rebuilding delta levees that are vulnerable to earthquakes and storms.”

On the same ballot, 53.8% said yes to “Proposition 84 - The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act” creating an additional $800 million in debt.

None of these nearly $5 billion included work at Oroville Dam but there was money to spend on “Sustainable Communities & Climate Change Reduction, Planning and Design Protection of Rivers, Lakes, and Streams, Forest and Wildlife Conservation, Protection of Beaches, Bays and Coastal Waters, Parks and Nature Education Facilities.”

It’s now 12 years later and some of the 2006 funds have yet to be spent.

However, in 2014 after a severe drought, neglected dams and insufficient water storage more than 67% of fearful voters approved “Proposition 1 -The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act authorizing $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds to fund ecosystems and watershed protection and restoration, water supply infrastructure projects, including surface and groundwater storage, and drinking water protection.” This act also included “Climate and Drought Preparedness,” code words to address the governor’s climate disaster phobia.

Breitbart writer Chriss Street wrote in a September 4, 2014 piece “that a close look at the language in the proposition reveals that the initiative is another legislative ‘bait and switch’ that will not complete a single major water storage or delivery system.” The $2.7 billion for water storage in essence offers to fund 25% of a project and only if it can prove a payback or “public benefits to taxpayers in recreation, ecosystem improvements, water quality and flood control.”

These benefits ($1 per $1 of state contribution) are defined not as how much water a reservoir can hold, but rather how much it improves recreation - boating or hiking, flood control and environmental conditions, such as helping endangered salmon populations come back by providing cold water to streams during dry periods.

The bond also states, “A project shall not be funded...unless it provides measurable improvements to the Delta ecosystem or to the tributaries to the Delta.” Any submitted proposals to use the funds must clear Governor Jerry Brown’s select California Water Commission.

“We’re not paying for water. We’re paying for public benefits,” said Chris Orrock, a spokesman for the California Water Commission. “As defined in Prop 1, water is not one of those benefits that we are funding. We’ve been very clear at every step.”

Four years later and they are just beginning to vet proposals for storage increases. Remember, the Empire State Building was erected in a just over a year. As Street wrote, the political game is rigged against new dams, plain and simple.

Now, environmentalists and their poll takers believe the voters racked by a 5-year drought and then torrential rains are still up for more bait and switch borrowing for water. In June 2018, the Legislature’s new $4.1 billion ballot measure will fund water recycling, construction of flood-control levees and cleanup of polluted waterways.

However, close to half the bond money would have little or nothing to do with water projects. Some would go to park acquisition and maintenance, much of it in Southern California. Money would be allocated for trail construction and land conservation in the Bay Area. Low-income communities would be given priority for the funding.

An $8.9 billion measure if it qualifies for the November 2018 ballot would not add storage. It would support more recycling, groundwater and clean-up programs. It would also pay for traditional water projects such as improved canals for farm irrigation in the Central Valley with a spiff of $200 million for Oroville Dam repairs and millions more for other reservoir upgrades to persuade Nor-Cal voters.

With $12.43 billion borrowed already and 2006 funds remaining to be spent and no sincere effort to build new dams, why do citizens keep voting yes? The voters are ideological hostages and joined the perpetrators to survive. It’s called the Stockholm syndrome.

by Lou Binninger

When you hear bureaucrats and politicians squeal like stuck pigs about the Trump Administration cutting the size of government you may think the nation is collapsing. These people think they and their ideas are indispensable.

It was a thrill to hear federal employees threaten that up to 25% of them would quit if Trump was elected. It is even better to see some keep those promises. Those leaving and even trash talking on their way out is a sweet sound.

Trump recently authorized millions of dollars to do an audit of military spending. People gasped at the expense. However, the law mandates an annual audit that no one has been doing. It is one thing to honor the military and properly fund it, but being a watchdog for the taxpayers is new for Washington.

A few politicians have weak stomachs. The waste in Washington makes them sick. Oklahoma medical doctor and Senator Tom Coburn was so put-out he created ‘The Waste Book’ annually highlighting some of the most bizarre and embarrassing uses of money forcefully taken from hard-working Americans.

Coburn retired from office in January 2014. Since then, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has taken on the cause of waste to produce Wastebook: PORKemon Go that lists the top 200 shameful examples. Here are a few.

Liquor stores have taken advantage of a Department of Agriculture program to support rural businesses’ effort to install energy efficient lighting.

The section, titled “Getting Lit at the Liquor Store,” complains that the $5,000 grant to a store called Newberry Liquors, in Newberry, Florida, went to an establishment that, “In addition to liquor, wine, and beer ... also serves cigarettes and tobacco products.” Actually many rural liquor stores and other businesses and farms cashed in on the Rural Energy for America Program. Why do some businesses get welfare and not others? Good question.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry was given a $150,000 federal grant to develop “earthquake-proof gingerbread houses.” Then, there is the “Spaceport to Nowhere” ($80.4 million). The Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska (PSCA) was founded in 1996 with an $18 million earmark. It has been seldom used since its founding and is now in disrepair as a result of a 2014 failed launch. Last year, the Missile Defense Agency awarded a “sole source” contract for up to $80.4 million to keep the base open.

The Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation paid $460,000 for a study in which computers binge-watched 600 hours of “Desperate Housewives,” “The Office,” and other TV shows and online videos in order to train computers to predict human behavior.

Researchers at the University of California-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography received $1.5 million to study how well mudskippers, a fish that can survive long amounts of time out of water and can walk with its front flippers, could walk on a treadmill. More National Science monies ($450,000) went for research to determine if dinosaurs could sing.

The National Eye Institute spent $300,000 of public funds to study boys and girls playing with Barbie dolls. “Researchers were literally playing with dolls to prove what every child already knows — girls are more likely to play with Barbie dolls than boys,” Flake’s report stated.

National Institutes of Health spent $230,000 to discover that the color red makes female monkeys get hot and bothered for male monkeys. A study found female rhesus macaques spent more time checking out the hindquarters of male monkeys presented in front of a red colored background.

The colonies got in a war over paying taxes on tea but now business gets subsidies for tea and distilled spirits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department spent $850,000 in subsidies for tea and whiskey product development.

How about $2.4 million to determine how to be more popular online? The IRS spent $12 million on an email archiving service that it could not and did not use. Or, how about $74 million for a program that allows taxpayer-backed loans to be repaid with peanuts?

You get the idea and can study the entire book online. When you hear politicians say they can’t cut another dime just touch mute. It’s called the swamp and needs drained badly.

whiteaker  2 7 18by Lou Binninger

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 3pm Yuba City Unified School District board members will again consider assault charges brought against physical education teacher and former coach Jim Whiteaker.

Last week, local attorney Michael Trezza filed a claim for $500,000 in damages with the district alleging that Jim Whiteaker engaged in sexual misconduct with female students.

The current victim indicates she was in her physical education class on January 16 when Whiteaker “approached her without her knowledge and grabbed her buttocks.” Whiteaker said, “I’ve been teaching for 26 years; I’ve never had to face any allegations like this in the past. I don’t believe I should be terminated on these conditions.”

Whiteaker says that he mistook students playing around for them fighting and intervened. He denies grabbing the girl’s buttocks.

Others at the school say Whiteaker has a reputation for edgy behavior and for being a bully. A former school employee reported Whiteaker’s improper contact with female students to former principal Martin Ramirez numerous times along with former Athletic Director Joel Seaman and nothing was done.

A former student and current district employee indicated Whiteaker touched her breast in 1997 and on another occasion did not intervene as a male student held her against the wall and “gave her a hickey.” She said Whiteaker laughed. A student aid in his physical education class she did not report either incident. She said she was humiliated and indicated Whiteaker was known among students as a “perv” and a “creep.”

The Trezza claim tells of another student and her mother reporting to school authorities and to police in October 2014 that Whiteaker videotaped the 15-year-old girl while she was participating in his physical education class. Whiteaker allegedly filmed the girl’s buttocks and her body from the waist down, and admitted doing so when confronted by the girl and her mother.

The mother was refused a copy of the police report since the officer did not fully investigate the incident choosing instead to file an information report. Yuba City Police told the mother that they do not have to provide copies of information reports to the public. However, the district did give a copy of their file to the mother.

Gabe Foster expressed alarm at the previous board meeting that in his wife’s 1998 case, an investigation was done, a district report filed, but there was no description of any action taken for Whiteaker touching his wife’s breasts on two separate occasions when she was a senior.

The Trezza claim states that despite “red flags” from teachers, parents and students, the district failed to take action against Whiteaker or thoroughly investigate reports of inappropriate behavior.

The current victim says when she reported her incident to another physical education teacher he refused to report it since he did not see it. The claim describes the teacher saying that men Whiteaker’s age “like to play around like that.” Trezza argues that the teacher violated the law by not reporting the incident.

Other victims have contacted this paper or other noted victims but have yet to provide the details of their stories.

The school district has asked all victims to contact Lora Broad at 530-822-7601 and email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Lt Jim Runyen asked victims to contact Yuba City Police at 530-822-4661 or at 1545 Poole Blvd, Yuba City. Michael Trezza is asking victims to reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 530-673-5637.

by Lou Binninger

Being raised in a blended family by one republican and one democrat parent, they would have been in shock watching the State of the Union (SOTU) speech. The rudeness, disrespect and arrogance of democrat leaders would have been interpreted not as being anti-republican or anti-Trump, but anti-American.

Blue collar survivors of the Depression and World War II, laboring 6-days-a-week as small business owners, my parents were always current on the bills and avoided welfare and unemployment like a disease. They weren’t churched, but behaved themselves.

Witnessing the democrats’ petulant display of hatred at what Americans once considered common ground was like learning your spouse is an adulterer. Mom would have jack-slapped that democrat SOTU smirk from my face. There were no “time-outs” in our household.

Last week, a Portland, Oregon jury found a 48-year-old Mexican illegal alien guilty of raping a 9-year-old girl in Sanctuary Clackamas County. However, democrats sat irritated as Trump proclaimed improvements in border security and the need for a merit-based immigration system. That means no gang members, terrorists, perverts, criminals or traffickers of narcotics and humans.

Democrats weren’t comfortable with honoring the American flag, the National Anthem or our police and military. Watching so-called leaders despising those charged with our safety is nauseating. Chants of USA chased open borders advocates out of the auditorium like light sending cockroaches back into the darkness.

Though the opioid epidemic is killing thousands of Americans of all flavors democrats weren’t happy to prevent senseless deaths. Leftie politicians like death, dead babies, dead black youth and dead dopers. The most dangerous turf in the black community is a black woman’s womb courtesy of the jack-ass party.

Democrats mocked and despised hundreds of companies giving $1000-$2000 bonuses to millions of employees. Companies returning to manufacture here and bringing hundreds of billions of dollars back home couldn’t crack a democrat smile. Do they pray for a stock market crash? Do they dream of taking over the means of production?

Democrats hated and lied about the tax cut. They keep harping on the poor not getting any cut knowing the poor pay no income taxes. Class warfare-touting democrats love the hate-the-rich rhetoric. They fail to mention the rich pay most of all income taxes in America. The tax cut is huge and will lead to an economic boon.

The Congressional Black Caucus looked like fools when Trump celebrated the lowest black and Hispanic unemployment rate in history. An increase of 2.4 million jobs was a nonstarter for them. Fewer blacks dependent on a Sugar Daddy government means less money for race hustler politicians and a smaller swamp. Their true colors were on display -- hand-out green and socialist red.

Though multiple presidents including democrats supported recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel democrats were cranky about Trump actually taking action to move our embassy there. God even agrees with Trump.

Remember President Obama saying he had no strategy to address the terrorist “JV team” ISIS? The same great American military under different leadership in one year stopped this insane Muslim scourge. Democrats are despondent about that.

Trump wanting to protect the lives of all Americans including the unborn infuriates. Democrats support killing small people before they can have a say, particularly infants of color. The democrats’ latest stand against banning abortions before the 20-week mark sets the US apart in the world.

Out of more than 195 nations US joins North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Canada to permit abortion on-demand past 20-weeks. Other familiar countries take a different approach to killing babies some banning it and others going Abortion-Lite—Greece: up to 12 weeks —Austria: 12 weeks — Germany: 12 weeks — France: 12 weeks — Italy: 12 weeks — Spain: 14 weeks — South Korea: illegal — Ireland: illegal — Poland: illegal — Sweden: 18 weeks —Norway: 12 weeks — Denmark: 12 wks.

At 20 weeks, unborn babies have a beating heart, eyes that can see light, ears that can hear sound and eyebrows. They can sleep and awaken in the womb, make faces, suck their thumb, swallow and feel pain. But the democrats’ and two republicans’ vote to kill was reminiscent of Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi, “No life (soup) for you!”

The SOTU opened eyes. This isn’t your parents’ Democrat Party.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba City High School placed teacher Jim Whiteaker on administrative leave pending an investigation into accusations of inappropriate behavior with a female student. Information identifying the teacher was not officially provided by the district to parents.

Concerned parents had to discover the teacher’s identity through other sources. They needed to know what was happening and they have a right to know.

The fact that union employees are granted confidentiality in cases of possible misbehavior is wrong. Whether the accusations have been investigated yet or not, parents have a right to know what is going on with those in authority over their children.

Unions and districts protect teachers to the detriment of students and their parents. Who is responsible for protecting students? What rights do students and parents have? In the current government system students and their families are left in the dark and vulnerable while a covert process creeps along to resolve accusations against trust–breakers in authority.

Parents of teens are told to keep quiet. Bureaucrats panic when parents ask questions or request copies of records or investigation findings.

If a teen became a crime victim off-campus they would be afforded Victim Services assistance while the accused is being investigated and possibly tried for the crime. They would learn the name of the accused. It would be in the media. There are laws protecting victim’s rights--- the right to be properly informed by the system, free filing of restraining orders, how the judicial process works, someone is appointed to assist the victim etc.

Government employees – teachers, school administrators, coaches, counselors, probation officers, social workers and law enforcement have unique access to children and there are too many examples of children being sexually violated by those in a place of trust and authority.

There have been incidents in Sutter County where law enforcement has had sex with a victim, a probation officer had sex with the child of his client, a teacher groomed a student to eventually move in with her, and other faculty had inappropriate sexual contact with students.

When the school district has the authority to discipline and detain students, cite parents and tell parents what they can and cannot do, there is a sense of intimidation and fear when coming against this lawyered-up bureaucracy. Parents as taxpayers pay twice for legal counsel, both for the system and for their child to get due process.

Any laws that may protect students are only as good as those charged with enforcing them. Are accusations against teachers properly investigated, officially noted and archived for further examination? If not, why not.

Last year, more than 100 students and parents filled the Piedmont School District board chambers to demand the firing of a social studies teacher. The district had him on administrative leave, found the accusations true and then planned to reinstate the instructor in spite of his violating sexual harassment policies.

The complaints involved inappropriate behavior toward students, including four recent female graduates on a school trip with the accused to Europe. The incidents included asking girls about their sexual activity, inviting them alone to his room at night and making comments about students’ physical attractiveness, officials said.

The teacher eventually resigned. Lisa Sherman, mother of one of the victims argued that if nothing is done girls will stop speaking out against abusers and boys will consider it acceptable behavior toward females.

Rachael Denhollander, now an attorney, was the first female to file a complaint in 2016 against Larry Nassar, the doctor for gymnasts who molested her when she was a 15-year-old athlete. In coming forward Denhollander said she “lost her closest friends, every shred of privacy, and her church.” She was accused of “looking for a payday” and “being an ambulance chaser.”

She wrote in a January 26, 2018 New York Times Op-Ed .... “Predators rely on community protection to silence victims and keep them in power. Far too often, our commitment to our political party, our religious group, our sport, our college, or a prominent member of our community causes us to choose to disbelieve or to turn away from the victim.”

Denhollander’s legal skills and bravery together with her willingness to pay the cost of bearing her soul and the shame of it opened the door to hundreds of fellow female victim-athletes to join her in the case against Nassar.

Denhollander writes, “Ask yourself: How much is a child worth? Every decent person knows the answer to that question. Now it is time to act like it.”

Government schools need to consider students more than a meal ticket for teachers and administrators. They need to be put first where they belong.

by Lou Binninger

Political prisoners are normally thought to be in Cuba, Vietnam or China. Allen Yuan was arrested and sentenced to life in a Northern China hard labor camp and then released after 22 years. A pastor, he was accused of “counter revolutionary” crimes. After his release he was on house arrest until his death in 2005. His wife raised all 6 of their children without him.

However, the US government has political prisoners of its own. They are ranchers and farmers that resist the tyrannical policies of the federal government. Clark County, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons and others were arrested and held for nearly 700 days without bail.

They hurt no person or animal and stole no property. They were first tried in Portland, Oregon for a large protest that occurred at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They were arguing that federal agencies were illegally controlling state lands and they needed to surrender those lands to the states.

Portland juries found them innocent. However, Bundy and associates were returned to jail and sent to Clark County, Nevada to face charges for the 2014 armed stand-off over the Bundy cattle operation there. Bundy’s property was damaged and many cows killed before the government retreated.

Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the Nevada case against Bundy and stated that the government lied, was prejudiced, biased, and withheld more than 3,000 documents from the defense. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) police-state actions at the ranch were exposed due to former BLM Special Agent and whistleblower Larry Wooten, whose report describes the agency undermining the rights of the Bundys.

Wooten wrote that “... the investigation revealed a widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct, as well as likely policy, ethical, and legal violations among senior and supervisory staff at the BLM’s office of Law Enforcement and Security.”

Wooten said that the BLM had photos of Cliven Bundy and Eric Parker on its “arrest tracking wall,” but with an “X” marked through their faces and bodies, as if they were to be eliminated. Wooten also reported that the Special Agent in Charge, Dan Love, boasted that his actions in a previous BLM controversy led to three ranchers committing suicide.

Wooten’s report reveals telling statements by officials such as, “Go out there and kick Cliven Bundy in the mouth (or teeth) and take his cattle.” The report also says the agents commonly referred to the Bundys and their supporters as “rednecks,” “retards,” and “douche bags.” One agent even boasted about “grinding” a Bundy family member’s face into the gravel.

There were also descriptive titles given to body cam videos taken of the Bundy ranch, such as “Are you f–king people stupid or what,” “Pretty much a shoot first, ask question later,” and “Shoot his f–king dog first.”

The Wooten report exposed agency personnel as arrogant government hacks who think they are better than the rural folks they detest. This is reminiscent of the attitudes of ATF and FBI agents at Waco and Ruby Ridge according to former California Assemblyman Steve Baldwin. Wooten wrote that he thought the Bundy ranch confrontation could have turned deadly due to the attitude of the BLM agents.

While the Obama Presidency coddled criminals and fostered urban rioting, its rogue agencies destroyed the lives of thousands of farmers and ranchers forcing them off properties they have worked and managed in some cases for more than 150 years. The feds and politicians (Harry Reid, the Clintons, Obama) had other agendas for the land and good citizens were in the way.

“The federal government is controlling 640 million acres— nearly a third of the nation’s land. The majority of land in Nevada, Alaska, Utah, Oregon and Idaho is controlled by the feds. In Arizona, California, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Colorado, federal ownership exceeds a third. If all 11 Western states were combined into one territory, the feds would own nearly 50% of it. This land is primarily administered by the United States Forest Service (USFS), the National Park Service (NPS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The Department of Defense also owns 20 million acres,” according to an article by Baldwin.

Sovereign states did not join the union to surrender their acreage to federal agencies. It’s time for states to take back their lands to manage for their people’s benefit.

by Lou Binninger

The only reason that Democrats want to give amnesty to millions of low-skilled poorly educated foreigners is to insure future control of the voting booth. Democrat leadership does not care how these people will fare, if they’ll learn English or whether they’ll be good neighbors.

Liberals are fine with immigrants freeloading on taxpayers. In fact, that is preferable so politicians can take credit for what freebies (Pelosi Crackers) the newcomers receive.

The big losers with open borders are low-skilled and poorly educated black Americans. In fact, blacks are already losers on another liberal ploy, minimum wage laws that shrink opportunities for beginning workers.

Those who flunked math and critical thinking believe politicians that tout minimum wage as a right and beneficial. This is nonsense. Politicians take money from unions to increase minimum wages to eliminate nonunion competition. Wage minimums make the poor poorer.

The rush of 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants annually has oppressed blacks economically according to two 2008 studies.

Cornell University’s Vernon Briggs Jr. described in his 2004 testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights how mass immigration to the U.S. led to black Americans being replaced as the largest minority group in the country, being overtaken by Hispanic-Americans.

“Although black Americans were 13.5 percent of the nation’s native-born population, they were only 7.8 percent of the foreign-born population in 2000,” Briggs noted. “Hispanics, on the other hand, were only 8.5 percent of the native-born population while being 45.2 percent of the foreign-born population.”

Briggs again stated in 2008 that there was “little doubt that there is significant” impact on African-American workers who generally compete for the same U.S. jobs that illegal aliens and legal immigrants seek after.

Studies show that if employers have an opportunity to hire illegal immigrant workers, they will always give them preference over legal citizens of any ethnicity. This is because illegal immigrant workers view low skilled jobs in the American economy as being highly preferable to the job opportunities in their homelands.

It is interesting that Democrat California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has threatened to prosecute any business found cooperating with law enforcement regarding the apprehension of employees here illegally. There is no love for black workers here.

Compared to white men, a much larger share of native-born black men have relatively little education. About six out of 10 adult black men have only a high school degree or failed to graduate high school, compared to about four out of 10 white men.

Schools in black communities typically are horrible. Though students can now opt-out, families often lack the resources to move or transport children to better schools. Liberal legislators consistently block voucher systems for poor black families, trapping them where they are.

Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP and other black liberal politicians are strangely silent regarding the lack of education opportunities for “their people.” Of course, “their people” does not mean Americans in general but black skinned humans. And, that perspective makes other people racist? The liberal response to uneducated blacks is to give more money to unions of deplorable schools.

If these “leaders” loved “their people” they would quit using them as a meal ticket and enable them to go free. However, politicians and charlatans lose power when people leave the ideological plantation. Black Race Hustlers have all been quiet as President Trump’s cut in regulations and taxes have reduced black unemployment to a record low in just one year in office. If they had access to quality schools blacks could fully access existing opportunities.

In 1993, Civil Rights icon and Democrat Congresswoman Barbara Jordan was appointed President Bill Clinton to chair the Commission on Immigration Reform. The Commission’s conclusion sounded profoundly Trump-like.

The Commission found that mass immigration to the U.S. hurt poor, working-class and lower-tier middle-class Americans the most, as it unfairly put them in competition with a never-ending flow of cheaper and often illegal foreign workers.

The Commission recommended cutting immigration numbers in half and enforcing E-Verify laws, preventing the hiring of illegals. It admonished Congress to prioritize skilled, English-proficient immigrants over low-skilled, non-English speaking immigrants, in order to give relief to America’s working and middle class. In other words, implement and enforce a legal merit-based system.

In 1995, Jordan wrote an article for the New York Times, titled “The Americanization Ideal.” Her comments are heresy to democrats today.

“Those who choose to come here must embrace the common core of American civic culture. We must assist them in learning our common language: American English. We must renew civic education in the teaching of American history for all Americans. We must vigorously enforce the laws against hate crimes and discrimination. We must remind ourselves, as we illustrate for newcomers, what makes us America.”

The Commission’s recommendations have been ignored. Today, the late Barbara Jordan’s comments would be called racist, though she was black and brilliant.

by Lou Binninger

This is the 50th anniversary since Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University, Paul Ehrlich and wife Anne wrote “The Population Bomb.” The book sold millions making Ehrlich an environmentalist god. He collected prizes and awards and achieved a life of academic luxury, now 85 years of age and still on the taxpayer’s dime. Ehrlich’s gibberish deceived millions.

Serving global warming nonsense, carbon dioxide lies and population panic as science have made students less intelligent. They ace the test but acquire the brain flu. Remember, for liberals it doesn’t need to make sense, just sound amazing.

Ehrlich boldly lost his mind. He predicted imminent mass starvation, in the 1970s and 1980s. Hundreds of millions would die from lack of food in spite of any immediate rescue efforts. It was too late to prevent catastrophic losses.

Ehrlich also said life expectancy in the U.S. by 1980 would fall to 42 years. People on average made it to 73.61 that year.

Ocean levels were to rise by 250 feet. Ehrlich went all in warning about a “high water event” if the polar icecaps started to melt. Philanthropist businessman billionaire Dan Pena asks why the brightest tight-fisted bankers would loan on coastal properties if they really believed Ehrlich, Al Gore, and Obama’s apocalyptic predictions. Pena says he’s just sorry he didn’t think of the Inconvenient Truth scam before Gore did. Gore and Ehrlich made millions.

As Nicholas Vardy notes in his essay for the Oxford Club, Ehrlich’s predictions ignored the fact that human ingenuity has always overcome crises that once seemed inescapable. Obama and his ‘brilliant’ Secretary of Energy Steven Chu got an ‘F’ here as well.

Ehrlich’s promised mass-starvation in “overpopulated” countries like India was undermined by American agronomist Norman Borlaug. Borlaug’s experiments with crop mutations dramatically increased productivity, enabling India and its neighbors to feed their people and export food.

Vardy reports that Charles Maurice and Charles W. Smithson at Texas A&M University studied the history of natural resources over 10,000 years and discovered that temporary shortages in resources are the norm. However, these scarcities led not to catastrophe but to an improved substitute.

The Greeks’ transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age 3,000 years ago was caused by a shortage of tin. The rise of coal-use followed a lack of timber in 16th-century Britain. A scarcity of whale oil in 1850 led directly to the first oil well in 1859.

Obama, either the idiot or the liar, boringly lectured about running out of fossil fuel resources. His solution was to force people to use energy from expensive and unpredictable solar and ‘bird-blenders.’ Like the guy that misplaces his keys, massive reserves of oil and natural gas were there all the time. New techniques and permission were needed to find and extract it.

However, the sadistic wing of the environmental movement sees mankind as an unfortunate arrival at earth’s party, and notes a bright side to famine, fewer of us. This genocidal bent is the result of a dark influence, leaving God and the divine spark of creativity out of the equation.

Ehrlich’s peer, Sir David Attenborough of Population Matters thought humans to be “a plague on the Earth” and saw it as “barmy” (crazy) to send food aid to Ethiopia, since the famines there resulted from “too many people for too little piece of land.” This thinning out the population is connected to thinning out the minorities via abortion and forced sterilization as well. Ehrlich taught that Blacks were an inferior “race” of humans, slow to evolve, nearer the primates.

These two intellectuals are stupid. James Delingpole explains that “the Ethiopian famines of the late 20th century were the direct consequence of civil war and, in the 1983-5 disaster, of the ‘social transformation’ policies imposed by Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Marxist junta. Overpopulation was no more the reason for that mass starvation than it was for the Ukraine famine of the 1930s or the Chinese famine of 1959-61.”

There can be unsavory consequences to misunderstanding the truth. Dominic Lawson explains that in India it led to Mrs. Gandhi’s mass sterilization program; in 1840s Ireland, it led to the British official attitude that there was no point sending food relief to the starving Irish during the potato famine because Ireland had an overpopulation problem.

Politically correct thinking is ideological coercion, the opposite free speech. It leads to people needlessly suffering and others dying. Locally, whether it’s stopping timber harvests for the spotted owl or no water for farms to save Delta smelt or no oil drilling due to junk science worship, Californians are suffering. Meanwhile weirdos like Ehrlich are honored by liberals.

by Lou Binninger

When it comes to education Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was a blessing according to New Orleans school officials and students. The storm wiped out one of the worst school systems in the nation.

As the community evacuated and stayed away teachers received pinks slips. As people eventually trickled back to rebuild, the majority of the schooling was rebooted using charter schools. Those schools were given much independence on hiring, curriculum and school management but held strictly accountable for outcomes. Children are thriving today as never before.

Many students are sad for the losses of property and people but they consider the natural disaster a key to their educational accomplishments. It sounds like a Twilight Zone episode until you try to get government to change its stuck-in-the-mud wasteful habits.

A local CalTrans employee recently explained how the state routinely overspends on items it needs. The system is not geared to get the best product for the best price. There is absolutely no incentive to do so.

The state auditor found there were 3,500 excess CalTrans engineers and planners, very well-paid occupations. Rather than laying them off, hundreds more are to be hired with the new Prop 54 fuel taxes. As these state employees saunter around Marysville during their breaks making more than $100,000 annually it can weigh on your nerves and bank account.

The inertia of waste and inefficiency is nearly impossible to interrupt without a serious intervention like a natural or financial disaster.

The recent plotting to launch another 1% increase to the sales tax in Yuba County should get people pondering what we really need government for. What do we want it to do? Or, what and who can we get along without?

During the hot weather the health department reminds us to wear sunscreen, a hat and to drink water. Or, they provide free condoms and installation tips. Can you remember when we made these tough decisions on our own? Maybe each morning the county can also remind us to “Be Careful,” or “Wear a coat today,” kind of like mom used to do.

The county tells you smoking will make you sick and sometimes offers a cessation class. How many times from how many sources do we need to hear that something will kill us? How about the car seats and helmets for children? For all this extra help and all these folks watching out for us we spend millions of dollars a year. Does government need to do it?

Would water, hats, sunscreen and condoms be forgotten without government? Could the medical community provide reminders? Could the local hospital provide these classes and service clubs offer kids services? The hospital already hosts many classes about healthy living and coping with various ailments. Maybe retailers of protective items for youth could add training.

Radio stations sometimes remind us to drive carefully, don’t drink and drive, but drink water. Radio stations do this all for free, a public service.

Government says what it does is public service but wants a lot of your money for it. How about all those county Health and Human Service workers earning $150,000, $175,000, $200,000 to oversee giving away our tax dollars to people that aren’t working. How complicated is this work to earn the equivalent of a doctor’s salary? Plus the taxpayer still must pay the county pensions.

With all the various contractors here, why couldn’t we have them on contract for road and culvert repairs, sign replacements and so on? They are more efficient, own equipment, and handle their retirement saving taxpayers buying all kinds of assets that just sit around.

Is it cheaper to have a massive fleet of county vehicles or better to negotiate a deal with Uber drivers to chauffeur county workers around? Before you laugh, someone should add up the vehicle price, insurance, fuel and maintenance. A costly consultant could surely do an analysis.

Finally, there sure seems to be a lot of administrators, directors, chiefs and sheriffs for a poor rural community all getting rich compared to the lowly taxpayer. It’s something to think about but probably won’t change short of a disaster.

by Lou Binninger

Yuba and Sutter Counties are blessed with scenic rivers, lakes, and nature areas. Many sites are the way God created them and others have been developed or improved upon by humans. However, some activity left an ugly footprint.

God created the world. It was then presented to mankind to be good stewards to maintain and care for it.

The Gold Rush beginning in 1848 enriched Yuba County but hydraulic mining filled the waterways with debris and polluted the Yuba River. Lawsuits led to a stoppage of this approach. Dredgers then removed millions more dollars in gold leaving cobblestone piles and ponds. The filled-in Yuba and Feather Rivers led to routine flooding of valley residents.

Today, thousands of lowland dwellers are vexed with absurd environmental rules that prefer destroying homes, farms and businesses rather than mindfully dredging our waterways, managing the water and using dams to conserve our most precious resource.

Layer after layer of government endangers communities and limits the maintenance of our waterways. Dead trees, masses of concrete and wire from past development, shopping carts, tires and more mar our rivers.

It took years to get the motivation and the permits to muck out the boat ramp area in Riverfront Park. In fact, this park was once an embarrassment resulting from no management, trash dumpers, and perverts looking for hook-ups. The acres of waste were an eyesore.

It took the ingenuity and vision of pediatrician / soccer icon Len Marks to plan and develop the current soccer complex enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors annually. This venue complemented a once happening amphitheater, baseball fields, BMX bicycle course and motocross tracks. Some of these assets have now been abandoned or have that look.

Concert uses of the park have been prohibited or discouraged with a myriad of government obstacles. Everything rises and falls depending on leadership. Thus, behold the park in its present condition.

Marysville’s Ellis Lake was once the city swamp. In 1924, the Women's Improvement Club commissioned John McClaren, designer of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, to turn the swamp into a lake, something people could enjoy. The project was completed in 1939.

Unfortunately, nearly 80 years later few improvements have been made. Good leadership and public works monies transformed the swamp, but for decades it has become a neglected stagnant pond.

Yuba County is home to many beautiful lakes used for water management, flood control, power production and recreation. They attract thousands of visitors each year. Some campgrounds along the Yuba River have been developed as well.

Yuba County Supervisor Andy Vasquez, Marysville Councilman Dale Whitmore and Yuba City Councilman Stan Cleveland have advocated responsibly dredging the river, improving access to waterways and making them more hospitable to residents and visitors.

These water resources are gifts to the community. However, government has often lacked the vision and will to develop and maintain them. Yuba City has taken the lead by transforming the riverfront north of the 10th Street Bridge. Now, it is a destination for families to enjoy at no cost.

These river bottoms near Yuba City had for decades been a neglected mess and often were set ablaze by the homeless costing thousands of dollars to extinguish and polluting the air.

Councilman Whitmore has been talking and talking about not just removing tons of garbage and squatters from illegal riverside camps but instead mimic what Yuba City has modeled to encourage the use and exploration of the river. People will venture where there is access, maintenance and safety.

Some politicians are actually afraid to venture into the river bottom areas alone. That is a bad sign when you are elected and then afraid of the turf you rule over.

It’s time for politicians and bureaucrats to look again at the resources entrusted to us to open them up to this community and attract visitors. Can youngsters and ladies feel safe to jog, hike and explore near our water ways? If not, then why not?

by Lou Binninger

The New Year is already provocative and entertaining. Al Gore proclaimed the record pet-freezing east coast temperatures to be a confirmation of Global Warming. He puts his mouth where his money is.

Frigid equals Global Warming. Sweltering equals Global Warming. La Nina, yep Global Warming. Drought, Global Warming. Making millions off it all is ‘inconvenient’ Al Gore.

Meanwhile the energy alternatives to fossil fuels are tanking. Environmentalists once in love with ethanol now want a divorce. It has been a scam on the taxpayers from the beginning with every gallon subsidized with tax dollars to make it ‘affordable.’ Ethanol is more harmful to the environment and our pocketbook than gas and diesel. And the diversion of corn and land for ethanol production raises the price of food to the consumer. However, bad government policies rarely end.

Remember Barack Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu predicted the end of fossil fuel supplies. Yes, the media proclaimed them a couple of the brightest guys in the country and now Trump is stupid.

How about Obama saying America’s manufacturing sector was shrinking and would never rebound. Then he mocked candidate Trump as a liar for suggesting it could thrive again. Obama’s 2016 saw a loss of 16,000 manufacturing jobs while Trump’s 2017 saw a 196,000 gain.

Construction industry leaders are actually fretting over a shortage of competent workers. Black Americans have the lowest unemployment rate since labor records revealed ethnic differences beginning 45 years ago in 1972. The December Black jobless rate was 6.8%. Amazing.

No one has mentioned Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or NAACP leaders making any celebratory comments since ‘their people’ are benefitting from ‘racist’ Donald Trump’s job enriching policies. With their profitable racial pandering curbed maybe they can be barkers for Viagra.

The Hispanic unemployment rate remains at a near record low of just 4.9 percent, up just a bit from the record low of 4.7 percent in November of last year. White unemployment is at 3.7 percent, while only 2.5 percent of Asians are unemployed.

If Blacks were allowed school choice they could compete with whites and Hispanic workers. Many liberal professors are still convinced Blacks are intellectually inferior due to being less evolved. However, that lie has its roots with Charles Darwin and then the eugenics movement that seeks to exterminate so-called ‘feeble-minded’ minorities.

The Asians are the most employed with the highest academic scores. It isn’t their DNA. They just work harder. Third World Communist Vietnam, though extremely poor, is even outperforming US students. Asians are in school longer and study harder. Here teachers unions want more money not more work. The results show.

Anyone care about the stock market? Every baby boomer with retirement investments should be thrilled as the market breaks one record after another. Last week, a talk show financial analyst predicted the market would surpass 28,500 in 2018. Who would have imagined as media pundits predicted a market crash should Trump win.

It seems that liberals would even be furious if the Trump administration eradicates spiking gonorrhea and cancer. Tax reform was greeted with left thinking disdain. Giving millions of workers $1,000 – 2,000 bonuses was mocked as if they received coupons for Happy Meals.

As America punished corporations for decades with nearly the highest corporate tax rate in the world major businesses have been moving off shore along with their cash. With the recent tax reform reducing the corporate rate from 35% to 21% corporations distributed bonuses, raised starting pay scales and brought money back to America by the trillions.

Obama and Hillary-loving Apple alone may repatriate $200 billion to the US. Apple will pay a tax on the transfer and the funds will be held by US financial institutions. Instead of leaving the US due to Trump’s election they are sticking around and bringing their cash with them.

Government-loving liberals will cringe at federal employment numbers dropping by 16,000 and food stamps recipients shrinking by 2 million in 2017. Another fascinating fact is that law enforcement deaths were at a 50-year low last year. Did a cop and military-loving Trump make that difference? Obama’s mockery of both institutions undermined their authority and made them vulnerable to anarchists and terrorists.

The one disappointment is that the estimated 25% of federal employees and many celebrities threatening to flee a Trump Presidency have not left. However, there is still time left.