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State Somehow Screws Up Legal Marijuana

This reminds me of a recent article that came out about legalization in Canada. The province of Ontario somehow managed to lose $42 million selling marijuana last year, according to the CBC. Such a thing should be impossible. However, with government, mismanagement is always the most likely option. It’s like that old Soviet joke– that if the Communists took over the Sahara Desert, within five years it would run out of sand.

Similar here in California. Voters and lawmakers expanded people’s rights in its legalization efforts. However, the legislators doubled back to severely restrict the market. This over-regulation and taxation instead led to severe disruptions. And since there is no real check on private production, many smokers have simply turned to the black market. Who could have guessed?

Reason wrote a good piece on the phenomenon. According to an informal count, there are now three times as many illegal dispensaries in the state as legal. The state raided almost $19 million in unlicensed sales last year. This compared to an estimated near $9 billion in total illegal sales in the state.

Complicating the Simple, Over and Over Again

Considering that the state does everything it can to make the process more complex, why should we be surprised. State and local taxes drive up the cost of legal weed by 30%. Not to mention the fact that Los Angeles is considering dragging out small time illegal sellers and growers. Another proposal is to cut off the power supply to suspected growers. Sounds a lot like how the law was carried out before legalization.

And LA is doing its best to constrain the legal market. According to the Reason article:

The city has received more than 1,600 applications to operate legally, but it has licensed only 187 so far this year. Only now, in September—nine months after it became legal to operate recreational marijuana dispensaries—is it going to approve 100 additional licenses.

Just make sure never to let Governor Newsom or the Legislature anywhere near the Sahara.

Newsom’s Rent Control Scheme Will Only Increase Housing Costs

Destroying CA’s Housing Supply, One Step at a Time

It is now official. Sacramento is going out of its way to harm your bottom line even more. After years of socialist-style experiments on housing supplies, the state is making the housing situation even worse. Prepare for even higher rents in the years to come as Governor Newsom signed the bill into law.

Rent control bill AB 1482 places a cap on the increase in rent in the state.

Of course, making the scheme even worse is the fact that the state is in a self-imposed housing shortage. A combo of environmental and zoning restrictions means that the state is adding far fewer housing units than we need. As a state of almost 40 million people, this is simply unacceptable.

Combining Housing Restrictions with Price Controls is a Recipe for a Shortage

In fact, CA ranks as 49th of 50th nationwide in housing production, according to Politifact. Years of Democratic control in Sacramento and in city halls across the state have simply made the problem worse. The combination of a shortage plus price controls will only make the issue much bigger in the years to come.

Reason reported on the terrible policy. The article cites a recent study, that found in part that:

“while rent control prevents displacement of incumbent renters in the short run, the lost rental housing supply likely drove up market rents in the long run, ultimately undermining the goals of the law.”

In parts of CA that are actually growing, this doubles the issue. Restrictive housing markets such as San Francisco require a balance to pricing. Soviet-style price controls do the exact opposite. Mark my words– there will be a sharp decrease in quality housing in the state over the next decade relative to needs. Just what we don’t need at the worst possible time.

California to Stop Suspending Students for Defiance

The Next in a Long List of Bad Decisions

In a surprising (yet not surprising) and disappointing move, California is taking another step in the wrong direction. The Golden State’s school system is already ranked at a gentleman’s C according to the Mercury News. However, the system under Governor Gavin Newsom is making the situation even worse.

Legislation Ruining Discipline in Schools

According to Senate Bill 419, Democrats pushed through a major new change in educational policy. The bill, still winding its way through the Legislature after being passed by the Assembly August 19th would do the unthinkable.

The bill that passed the Assembly would ban schools from suspending students in grade four through eight for disrupting school activities or willfully defying school authorities, including administrators and teachers.

By January 1, 2025, the process would continue further. The policy would expand into high school, leading to major and expanding behavioral issues. As if CA doesn’t have enough problems already. Furthermore, California’s schools are both among the highest funded and worst crowded. Socialist policies and poor choices led to these issues. Governor Newsom is doubling down on the same issues that caused the problems in the first place. And now the Assembly and State Senate is doing the same.

Even worse, the new law would apply not only to public schools but also charter schools. Elementary schools in California already cannot suspend disruptive students between kindergarten ad third grade. Furthermore, current law also bans the school from recommending expulsion of disruptive students.

Should the bill become law, it would become effective July 1, 2020. Just in time for the next school year.

If you have a problem with the new bill, speak out. Contact our organization for more info. Furthermore, write to your Assembly member or State Senator. Just another bill passed in Sacramento meant to ruin the state a little bit further.

Californians Leaving the State in Record Numbers

More Bad News for Governor Newsom

In more difficult news for the State of California, its residents are leaving in massive numbers. Following a litany of anti-business regulations and tax increases, it should be of no surprise. In fact, the middle class of the state is leaving by the tens of thousands. California, which once housed the largest middle class in the world, is now a very different state. In many ways, California is becoming a combination of rich coastal elites and poor from Latin America.

The rate of residents leaving is so bad that the state’s population may soon shrink, according to a Quartz article. Even counting in natural births and legal and illegal immigration, the state is likely to fall behind many of the other states in the union.

Net migration to the state has fallen so far, that it is now negative. Even as Calfornia’s economy struggled earlier in the decade, it still attracted thousands of residents, often illegal immigrants. Recent data showed that in 2016 and 2017, the number of residents coming to the state was an actual negative. This also caused the overall popualtion growth to decline from nearly 400,000 in 2013 to about 150,000 in 2017. If this trend continues, the state’s population will actually start shrinking before not too long.

Growing Further

Perhaps not surprisingly, the percentage of people wishing to leave the state has increased dramatically. In one survey from earlier in 2019 cited by CNBC, a full majority of the state’s residents would consider leaving the state. The actual figure is now 53%– up from 49%. Even with the national economy improving, the headwinds at the state level make it far more difficult to make a living in the state. Poor planning and NIMBY regulations increased costs to an unacceptable level. According to the article,

“There’s no doubt that California’s economy, for all of its strengths when it comes to innovation and creating these industries that people want to be part of, is struggling with high costs,” said Aaron Terrazas, a senior economist with online real estate site Zillow.

Petition Reopened

Holding Politicians Responsible

Back by popular demand, we have reopened the petition to recall Governor Gavin Newsom from office. We originally started this petition during his time as Lt. Gov in 2016, and garnered over 5,000. In order to get a recall on the ballot, we need 12% of the total votes from the last Governor’s race, which totaled 7.7 million. That means that we’ll need over 900,000 signatures! It’s a big hill to climb, which is even more a reason to get involved! With the help of the citizens of California, we have a chance!

Of course, to get to nearly a million signatures we need any assistance we can get. For more info on how you can help the cause, please contact us on the “contact us” form on the right sidebar. Furthermore, if you would like to organize physical signatures or donate to the cause, please contact us.

The more publicity we get, the higher chance there is we can get this item on the ballot. Please make sure to share with your friends on Facebook and in popular online groups. Send this info as a letter to your local paper. Contact your friends and neighbors. There is no way that we have any chance without working together. California is not yet lost!

Collective Action Needed

Our actions together determine the future of California. Do we want a future of broken needles and feces on the streets of San Francisco? Do we want to tax the middle class completely out of the state? Should we tolerate terrible conditions of roads? Or the poor results of our educational system? Or rising tuition at the CalState and UC systems? Of course not! We can work together on this great project, just as we did in 2003 to throw out Governor Gray Davis after his terrible admin. We’ve done it before and we can do it again!

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To make change, we must all act together. If you have any stories about how Governor Newsom is making the state a worse place to live, contact us today. Use our contact form to share stories with the audience and increase the nation’s knowledge of what Newsom’s done to our state.

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LA Times: Newsom’s Anti-Trump Election Bill Worthy of Putin

I guess the LA Times is like a broken clock every once in a while. The newspaper published a letter to the editor slamming CA’s unconstitutional attempt to keep President Trump off the ballot in 2020. The state refuses to allow Trump to seek election in the state unless he releases his tax returns. It reads in part:

If people want to vote for a candidate despite a flaw — be it financial opaqueness or any other — by what right should the state stop them?

In 2016, the new California election law requiring any candidate to release five years of tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot would have erased more than 1.6 million votes cast for Donald Trump. Had Russian hackers erased this many votes, would we consider the election legitimate?

Using the Gilroy Shooting for Politics

After the terrible July 2019 shooting at a Garlic Festival in Gilroy, the Governor was quick to use it for politics. According to KRON, Newsom wants new gun laws. This is despite the fact that the shooter bought the gun legally in Nevada.

He used the attack as an attempt to override our rights yet again:

“We need a national background check system, we need to close the gun show loopholes,” Newsom said. “We need to address the absurdity that you can’t even rent a car at 19 let alone drink, but you can buy a weapon of war and gun down 12-15 people, it’s absurd, it’s extremism. The current debate in this country is not adequate to address another crisis.”