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Newsom’s Green Pension Plans Risk Default

Putting More Pressure on Taxpayers and Retirees

Governor Gavin Newsom is playing three card monty with our state’s pension funds. You remember? The ones that were in terrible shape before any of this experimentation?

The SacBee reported that Governor Newsom is going to include pension funds into a green scheme. The effort will withhold funds from some major transportation projects as well as redirect investment. All of this is a losing proposition. The new investment will bring back a lower return, requiring more worker contribution or tax dollars. Furthermore, switching where transport dollars go will likely lead to fewer, yet more expensive projects.

What could go wrong? The Governor thinks that all of this could go over the head of pensioners and taxpayers. Hopefully, we can prove him wrong.

Risky Scheme on Top of One of the Worst Systems in the Nation

As if things weren’t bad enough, the Governor is playing poker with our saved up retirement costs. And California has a terrible reputation for such things, anyhow. There are thousands of cases of bloated retirement packages, and state employees retiring years early. Furthermore, the state never properly financed such systems, despite how much it taxes. There’s a lesson in here somewhere, if any of the people in Sacramento were listening. The Golden State is one of the most at-risk pension systems in the nation, the Orange County Register reported.

Furthermore, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) each don’t earn nearly what they should anyway. This is terrible news for retirees. It’s even worse for people planning to retire anytime soon. And perhaps it is worst for the taxpayers of the state. Public unions squeezed us for years. This is the result. None of it bodes well for the state’s future. Unfortunately, our governor choose to gamble our futures even more.

Why is Gov Newsom Campaigning in Iowa While Our State is On Fire?

Where is Our Governor?

Like it or not, until and unless we recall Gavin Newsom, he is still the Governor of California. While we have power outages and wildfires, the least he could do is actually act like one. However, the state is still in need of a central figure while he is playing politician in other states.

Fires have settled down somewhat, but the state is still in need of leadership. Thousands of acres and homes were destroyed, and yet the Governor doesn’t seem to care. Instead, he was recently in Iowa to campaign for our other do-nothing local official, Kamala Harris. Perhaps Newsom’s campaigning there did to her campaign what he’s done to our state. She dropped out less than a week later. Oops.

Regardless of these grandiose political dreams, Newsom is still not doing his job. The SacBee reported on what the Governor’s gameplan was this coming weekend (before Harris announced she was leaving the race):

Newsom will help kick off a canvassing event for Harris in the Des Moines area on Saturday, Dec. 14. Later that day he’ll also speak about the senator’s record on LGBT rights and will attend a Harris campaign party at a private home in Des Moines. The following day, he’ll visit canvass event in Cedar Rapids and will attend a climate action-themed party for her at a home in Coralville.

So instead of actually acting as our chief executive, he was planning to spend time virtue signaling 2,000 miles away? Gotcha.

A Renewed Call for Action

If this doesn’t get you ready to recall Governor Newsom, I’m not sure that anything will. For more info on how to get involved, contact us or read other pages on our site. Furthermore, our group’s actions are growing alongside other statewide orgs. Together, we might be able to take California back.

State GOP Endorses the Recall Petition!

Perhaps the Start of the Next Gray Davis Moment

If you follow our site regularly, you know that we have been at this for several years now. In fact, our movement started while Gavin Newsom was still the Lt. Governor of the state under Jerry Brown. After his multiple gun grabbing efforts, we saw the corruption and incompetence coming. We decided to step up the effort after Newsom took the reins in Sacramento.

And we’re especially glad we did.

Now, the state Republican Party is backing our cause. Last week, the state GOP announced that it supported a recall effort against the Governor.

The Sacramento Bee reported on the big developments.

Even better, the organizations are raising money to further the effort. The SacBee reported that:

The two committees leading the effort to recall Newsom have reported raising nearly $53,000, according to filings made with the Secretary of State’s Office. Republican congressional candidate Erin Cruz raised $5,000 through her RAN Action Fund, while San Diego physician James Veltmeyer raised nearly $48,000 through his “Californians to Recall Gavin Newsom” coalition. Veltmeyer is also a former Republican congressional candidate.

It also appears that with the news coverage and grassroots support, the effort is just warming up. Furthermore, there is no significantly larger public support for such an action than previous. We now have a real shot of pulling this off.

Join the Fight!

Our group is just one of several with the same goal. To find out more or to sign the petition, please visit other parts of the site. Furthermore, if you are interested in carrying a petition in person please contact us or join one of our sister organizations growing up across the state.

California deserves better, and we might just be able to make it happen. We did it in 2003– and now it’s time to do it in 2020!

Newsom Vetoes Stronger Protection for Pedestrians

A Strike Against Walkers and Riders

California Governor Gavin Newsom took a major step back for safer streets this week. He rejected a bill that supported CalTrans prioritizing safety measures for pedestrians and bike riders. Instead, the Governor vetoed the legislation when it came to his desk. This was a grave mistake.

In fact, the action is likely to create severe problems for walkers and bike riders at a time when California’s roads are already unfriendly for them. The state’s system of transport is heavily weighed towards cars already. Furthermore, the motorist-centric approach already inhibits pedestrian traffic in major cities like Los Angeles.

KPIX reported on the stunning news. Pedestrian and bicyclist advocates hoped that the Governor would sign the bill.

May Survive Veto

State Senator Scott Weiner introduced the Complete Streets Bill, or SB 127. Among the many elements of the bill, CalTrans would be obligated to ensure better crosswalks and buildings to support walking, biking, and public transit.

The Governor said, “I fully support improving facilities to increase walking, biking and accessing public transit. However, this bill creates a prescriptive and costly approach to achieve these objectives.”

There was a major disagreement on the issue of cost. Weiner said that his bill may increase the cost of road miles by between $20,000 to $600,000. CalTrans’ estimate was much higher. Weiner believes that the CalTrans estimate was inaccurate. He called it “bogus.”

It is not clear whether the legislature has enough votes to override the Governor’s veto. However, this marks a negative day for California roads. The Governor took an oath to support the safety of all citizens. Supporting better facilities for pedestrians would be a good first step in that process. Furthermore, he did not complete the research needed for such a decision.

To find out more about potential safety issues on CA roads, keep it dialed here. We review different legislation and its effects. In addition, our skilled attorneys chime in with our decades of experience. Specifically, our years of personal injury law training are second to none. In conclusion, contact us for more info.

State Bars More than One Gun Purchase Per Month

Another Major Infringement on the Second Amendment

Governor Gavin Newsom is certainly brandishing his reputation as a gun grabber even further. Despite the state already having the most restrictive gun laws in the country, Governor Newsom signed new legislation into law that takes this even further. Previous CA laws barred people from buying more than one handgun per month. Under the new state law, this applies to long guns as well.

State Senator Anthony Portantino, a Democrat, introduced the legislation. According to the legislation, now purchases of long guns are restricted under state law. Furthermore, it also bars people under the age of 21 from exercising their rights. The Sacramento Bee reported on the new law.

Portantino said, “Limiting bulk purchases of guns, in this case the type of high capacity weapons that are the gun of choice for many mass shootings, will keep these guns from falling under the radar and getting into the wrong hands.”

Newsom said that he struggled with whether or not to sign the legislation, but decided to do so anyway.

The new law will come into effect July 1, 2021. There are waivers in the law for private security, police… and movie studios. Of course.

Just the Latest Assault on Citizens’ Freedoms

Unfortunately, this law is just another example of Sacramento restricting the God-given rights of the people of California. The state already has the toughest anti-gun laws in the country, and this sets an arbitrary limit on the ability of individuals to hunt or defend themselves. Not to mention the fact that it is not the legislature or Governor Newsom’s business how many legal firearms anyone purchases in a given period.

Furthermore, this is not going to be the last major piece of anti-gun legislation that will come out of the state anytime soon. We cannot accept this.

Newsom Signs Law Forcing Colleges to Provide Abortion Medication on Campus

Abortion on Demand, Even After Class

Abortion is obviously a difficult topic to discuss, and one that still builds a lot of disagreements, even within the Republican Party. However, there seems to be a lockstep towards more abortions all the time in California. Gone are the days of “safe, legal, and rare.” Instead, the state headed by Governor Newsom is dramatically expanding the role of abortion in individuals’ lives. This includes on campus– which should be more of a neutral ground instead of an epicenter of politics.

However, the Governor signed a bill into law this session mandating that colleges provide abortion pills on campus. This forces clinics that had no role in this debate prior to become a hotbed for politics. The Sacramento Bee reported on the case.

The law forces all public universities to provide abortion pills at their campus clinics by 2023. State Senator Connie Leyva proposed the legislation three years ago. This was originally rejected by Governor Jerry Brown, who argued that abortion services are available an average of five miles from each campus in the state.

A Vice President of the Berkeley College Republicans, Rudra Reddy said, “Newsom is opposed to the moratorium on the death penalty in California but he’s perfectly fine executing unborn children.”

Governor Newsom said, “We’re removing barriers to reproductive health – increasing access on college campuses and using technology to modernize how patients interact with providers.” What a copout. The Governor also compared the law to efforts to diminish abortion in other states. However, he did not talk about the effects of his legislation on the colleges themselves. Or the money needed to fund it. Or the regulation’s effects on women.

Opposed More Widely than Other Legislation

Not only did religious and conservative groups oppose the measure, but Newsom’s own Department of Finance did as well. The Department said that the new plan was not feasible with the staff it had. It also said that the plan would be very expensive and difficult implementing. Furthermore, this is a radical change. Such a bill is way out there for many voters. Newsom’s efforts are out of the mainsteam. Not to mention how California pushes outside of the other states’ consensus on abortion.

For more info, keep it dialed to this site. We review the news of the state and how Governor Newsom makes our state worse. It is our time to fight back. And our chance to remove Newsom. We did it for Gray Davis. There’s no reason we can’t do it again. Like us on Facebook to get regular updates. Sign the petition if you have not already. Keep up the fight.

Blackouts a Symptom of CA’s Political Failures

Back to the Gray Davis Days

Blackouts and brownouts are rolling across California again. It’s the same as the bad old days under Governor Gray Davis. This is supposed to be a first world state. Instead, California’s power grid and electricity system is acting more like that of a failed state. It’s a complete disgrace. In fact, despite all of the talk about the recent wildfires, the true cause of many of the electricity issues are man made. Our should we say– Democrat made.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the issues in a recent article. In many ways, the state control of the electrical grid caused severe issues. The state supports PG&E as a state monopoly. This utility is unable to properly keep the lights on, while it also racks up the dollars on executive spending and stock options. Democrats in the legislature and Governor’s mansion looked the other way for years as PG&E did not fulfill its obligations to clear flammable brush out of the way of power lines.

Failed Government Policies and More

Furthermore, the use of electricity mandates are causing even more issues. California has not built any nuclear power plants in decades. Furthermore, environmental policy effectively bans the construction of any new large power dams in the state. Right there– the two largest carbon-neutral sources of power are off the table for consumers.

Meanwhile, people like Governor Newsom will virtue signal and tell us all about how we need to save the environment. Instead, his mandates for green energy are actually spiking prices while creating a less stable power grid. Tech has not caught up to what the Governor wants yet. Furthermore, California is becoming increasingly dependent on importing energy from out of the state. This situation is unsustainable and unacceptable. Hopefully, voters will use this as a chance to make a change.

Opinion Piece Asks: Is California a Failed State?

May Soon be Unable to Fulfill its Promises

California is in deep trouble again. Don’t just take it from this site– you could probably tell we already believed that. However, you can find that out from even left-wing publications now questioning the state’s viability.

And that doesn’t mean just a failed state as in terms of the union. Instead, it means it in the wider context: is California on the brink of not being able to provide the services it promises to both citizens and illegal immigrants? The signs seem to be pointing to yes, unfortunately. Furthermore, the state’s policies are becoming more radical at a time that the state cannot handle any more major changes. In addition, the sharply increased spending will catch up to the state in time– and probably sooner rather than later.

How did we get here?

Take a look at this recently published Bloomberg piece, sharply stating that California is in “big trouble” again. Ouch. Not a very good way to describe the state. The whole nation is going through a major economic boom– and yet California seems to be lagging behind again. Why?

Most likely due to a variety of failed Democratic policies and their effects.

Considering that Bloomberg is a center left publication, this must be a very bitter pill to swallow.

Fundamental Issues

The state budget is stuck together with tape and bubble gum, carrying small surpluses due to heavy new taxation. However, the state may be headed back to the bad old days of $40 billion deficits like in 2010 (not a typo). Furthermore, the state’s homeless population spiked 5.3% between 2010 and 2018– and the state represents a full half of all homeless in the nation. Furthermore, the state’s population of citizens is actually decreasing. Thousands move out of the state every month to escape high taxation and regulation. Most of these familiies leaving are solidly middle class, to boot.

Will the last person out of the state turn out the lights?

CA, Newsom Double Down on Illegal Immigrant Benefits

Bars Arrests in Courthouses for Immigration Offenses

The Los Angeles Times reported on the dramatic– but not very surprising– changes to the law.

According to the law, young people brought to the country illegally as children– the Dreamers– now can receive graduate tuition as the same rates as citizen children of Califonia. State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, of Los Angeles, said that she believes that the Governor will extend Medi-Cal benefits for illegal immigrants above the age of 65 next year. Newsom extended such benefits to illegal immigrants up until the age of 25 this year. Durazo originally wanted the coverage for all illegals. However, this did not pass due to its estimated $2.3 billion pricetag.

Newsom also signed legislation allowing illegal immigrants to serve on government boards and commissions. The Governor also barred the arrest of such illegals for immigration violations in state courthouses.

Such policies are the next stage in the long decline of California. Unfortunately, with Democrats having a filibuster-proof majority in the Legislature, there’s not much that the rest of the state can do. The coast controls the legislation coming in and out of the statehouse. Sacramento is now completely at the mercy of Governor Newsom and his allies.

Setting the Bar Even Lower

The Governor’s use of special protections for illegal immigrants is very dangerous to begin with. He barred local police from working with ICE or the federal government. Furthermore, Newsom supports the use of state dollars for just about every program to benefit illegals over native born or naturalized citizens. The state is entering into a dangerous spiral out of control. For all of the faults of Jerry Brown, he seemed to hold a radical like Gavin Newsom in check. Now that Newsom and his allies are in charge of the state, it’s looking more and more like a failed state.

Newsom’s Freelancer Law an Assault on Press Freedom

For all of the fancy talk about supporting press freedoms, the Governor sure doesn’t seem to match those words with actions. Is anyone else tired of hearing stuffed suits like Newsom talk about press repression ‘in the age of Donald Trump’ yet reversing basic right to work freedoms? It is beyond tiring. Furthermore, it is very hypocritical.

The new legislation puts a major crimp in the ability for individuals to market their own work in the state of California. The Hollywood Reporter (of all places) reported on the changes.

Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 into law on September 18th. It will come into effect on January 1st. The bill includes a crackdown on the freedom of freelance workers to do their jobs. This includes drivers for Uber and Lyft. It includes writers. It includes people writing for newspapers or on the internet. According to the new law, California freelancers are capped at just 35 submissions a year per news source. As a result, it is now very difficult for writers to be able to keep working at the same pace that they did. Newsom signed the law proposed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.

Read the text of the law itself here.

Discriminatory and Out of Touch

The law itself heavily punishes part time workers that do not want to come into work every day– or perhaps can’t. Furthermore, the proposed law also harms non-white writers. As THR reported, while 77% of newsrooms are white, (compared to 66% of the population) 62% of freelancers are that race. Unfortunately, all of the well-meaning policy in the world won’t solve underlying problems. Even Assemblywoman Gonzalez agreed that her legislation is arbitrary. That is cold comfort to writers soon to be out of work. What a major shame. Furthermore, it’s another black mark on the reputation of California and business.

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