Sounding Board for School Board Campaign

Hello residents of the Chaffey Joint Union School District, I am here to run for the governing board in November. The district covers the cities of Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and portion of Fontana.  I have lived in the area for over 35 years, graduated from Chaffey High School, Chaffey College and UC Riverside.

My goals for the governing board are the following:

  1. Increased trades education and partnerships with organizations and schools to help get our students into these opportunities. Perhaps work with the carpenters union in Ontario, get more guest speakers at our high schools about other various fields such as computer networking, air conditioner repair and cooking to name some other fields. I want our young people successful and productive.
  2. Offer options for students to utilize a digital version of textbooks instead of taking home the book at home depending if the textbook vendors have digital versions available. Students could use the family PC or a tablet to view the books. This is also implemented in the Chino Unified district.
  3. Schools with high traffic congestion should consider staggering their start times so traffic would even out throughout the day. It is one way we can maximize our school sites and make it easier for parents and community members to navigate through the neighborhood. Medical studies have shown that middle and high school students should start school later in the day. Perhaps we could have juniors and seniors start their day at the second period and end with the seventh period as an example. Students who have activities such as marching band would still follow a conventional schedule as well.
  4. Over 60% of the Measure P bond money is still available. I support prudent expenditure of the funds so the money people pay in their property taxes is spent well. This money should last us for the next 16 years at the earliest. Since we borrowed 848 million over 40 years we should not be coming back to property owners unless an earthquake ravages our schools or we have a massive baby boom.

A Message to Chairman Brulte

I sent this email awhile back (May 31) to the general email box, but this was not forwarded to the chairman or the political director.

I know marginal races are not logical for the party to give 100 or even 500 dollar checks to, but perhaps after a candidate is endorsed the CRP could provide an email attachment of voter data for the primary if they are the endorsed Republican candidate (or if unopposed endorsed by at least 1 county party). The voter data would be something valuable and needed for a campaign and be just as good as a 100 dollar plus contribution. Then we could provide an attachment of updated data in August and October for the campaigns if they make it to the general election.

I understand with your presentations to local groups and the state party delegates that we can only fund races that have the best impact with our money such as the Clint Oliver special election, but small efforts to help our candidates would be a big morale booster.

Even if this cant be done in 2016, it could be considered in 2018.

This is one idea that would seriously would result in me paying for general member fees in addition to my delegate fees.

Cookies for Admissions Equality (2003)

Welcome to another edition of Highlander Archives, these are pieces that were submitted to the newspaper. Many articles were printed, but this one was not.

In February 2003, the Berkeley College Republicans challenged the dominant political establishment on their campus by participating in a demonstration by having an affirmative action bake sale. The bake sale offered baked goods on a sliding scale price structure depending on what ethnicity and gender you are a member. The organization’s president believes that holding people to different standards based on their race is inherently racist. The demonstration at UC Berkeley and UCLA were inspired by the impending Supreme Court case in April regarding the University of Michigan admissions policy retaining affirmative action.

Demonstrations regarding wedge issues do not escape controversy unscattered. Former State Senator Art Torres, chair of the California Democratic Party took offense of the actions of the College Republicans of California. Art remarked that, “Once again we see hard working students of color subjected to racist Republican rhetoric for simply seeking a good education and equal opportunity” and that “These college Republicans have opted to perpetrate the legacy of Trent Lott.” However, Affirmative Action is indeed reverse racism because assumes depending on your race or status you need a leg up. Democrats are not perfect angels either where race relations are a factor. Our Lt.Governor used the n-word accidentally during a Black History Month presentation while presidential candidate Al Sharpton perpetrated racist and anti-homosexual remakes at Kean University in New Jersey. Continue reading Cookies for Admissions Equality (2003)

An Open Letter to “Liberals” on Gun Control

Found this on Facebook from one of the political pundits in my area that was worthy to share. -Matt

Dear “liberals,”

Do you see how easy it is for you to get illegal, banned drugs? Did anti-drug laws ever stop you from using any illegal drug? Now, take that same exact logic and apply it to guns. You can ban and regulate whatever you want, but buying an illegal gun is as easy as buying any illegal drug. Why? Because government trying to control and ban people’s actions fails every time it is tried. For those of you who don’t know, it is much easier to get an illegal gun than a legal one. The more uncivilized and controlling legislation you call for, the more illegal guns will pop up. If safety is what you actually cared about, then more control wouldn’t be your answer.

But you clearly aren’t interested in gun control or safety. What you’re really interested in is people control and forcing your emotional, baseless opinions on millions of unwilling participants. Next time your brain tells you it is a good idea to believe in something that includes controlling the actions of other human beings you don’t even know via government force, take the time to realize that it is not a problem with guns or any other controlled product, but a problem with your own thought process and behavior. Stop being a control freak. Thanks!

-Amir Zendehnam

Congressional District 31

Yes I am a moderate leaning member of the Republican Party and I am supporting Paul Chabot. Some in the establishment may think Chabot is a crazy lunatic, but compared to the other candidates running Chabot is the best candidate we have running right now.

If Joe Baca started to run earlier instead at the last minute I might of been supporting him instead, but Baca starting in March instead of January did hurt him. I think Joe Baca is more known and established and has voted more than part time politico Sean Flynn where the moderates should of backed him instead.

When people run for office people do look into your history such as your political donations. Back in January I was looking into if there was an alternative to Paul Chabot and I was intrigued by Sean Flynn. I wanted to know what candidates he backed so I looked into the campaign finance records and I was wondering if he supported far right politicians like Louis Gohmert or moderates like Mark Kirk. Instead I found out he donates 80% of the time to Democrats, but if one is a registered Republican he should of put his money into people like Mark Kirk. If Flynn is almost exclusively a Democratic Party donor then he should reconsider his partisan affiliation and become a member of the Democratic Party.

It is ironic that Dianne Harkey, San Bernardino Young Republicans and their friends are backing Flynn. They would just be as livid if someone was running for congress or state senate in their area and they were funding their opponents. Flynn did back an affordable care act supporter as late as 2014 and now he is attacking the affordable care act now what made him change his mind after he invested almost 8000 bucks to Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)? Establishment activists should of vetted their choices.

I find this personally offensive when a school board candidate wanted the county party endorsement and then one of its endorsement committee members found out that he endorsed my opponent in the 2014 general election. Why ask for the Republican Party endorsement when you have backed Democrats in partisan races?

The problem is Sean Flynn has barely voted. Even the mayor of Ontario Paul Leon got attacked by the Democrats for his lack of voting record where his voting history was spotty when he ran for the open seat in Assembly District 52.

Paul Chabot has served the community and is not afraid to go in neighborhoods that Republicans rarely visit. He wants to make sure the neighborhoods in San Bernardino are safe and small businesses in Rancho Cuccamonga are protected and treated with respect just as much as big established companies like Lewis Development. If you want immigration reform and the Second Amendment defended Chabot is your man.

I may not be comfortable with Chabot’s policy positions such as foreign policy and his love of the drug war, but he is a man of bold colors as what Ronald Reagan alluded to in the past.

Ignore the Flyer for District 4 Central Committee

Yes, you may have gotten a flyer from a PAC ran by Charles Munger Jr.  stating that these individuals may be good picks for central committee in San Bernardino County’s 4th Supervisor

Picks chosen by Charles Munger Jr's political action committee.
Picks chosen by Charles Munger Jr’s political action committee.

District. However I have an issue with one of those members on this slate mailer, DO NOT vote for Steve Davey, he has had a horrific attendance record in 2015.  If you want a conservative member to represent you, there are other quality individuals you can consider such as Ben Lopez or Earl DeVries.

If people do not regularly attend central committee meetings they should not be running for central committee. I am not against conservative people representing my county party, but people need to be active participants and Ben Lopez has done more for the county party than Steve Davey has ever done.

UPDATE: Steve Davey failed to show up for the May meeting.

 

 

Animal Welfare Bill Idea

Idea: Promote trap, neuter and release to the 10 animal control facilities in Northern and Southern California with the highest kill rates of cats.

Offer aid to those facilities to run these programs for three years. To do 25-40 male and female cats bi-monthly to help curb feline overpopulation.

If the budget is impacted, we could make it where we could do matching funds for counties and cities.

The goal is to reduce the number of felines in our pounds populating the cages so we can reduce future generations populating our animal control facilities.

The plan is to fund the program for 3 years, then get the program reviewed to see how effective it is before it could be renewed for another 3 years.

The idea is a winning idea for many cities already, but some cities and counties need a nudge to do the right thing.

If it works for Rancho Cuccamonga and Oakland, it should work for a cash strapped city such as San Bernardino who would be open to it, or a reluctant county such as San Bernardino who would likely consider it if they had the money.

Primary Election 2016 Recommendations

This list will be updated occasionally until the primary in June.

Federal Offices

Congressional District 8: Tim Donnelly

Congressional District 27: Jack Orswell

Congressional District 31: Paul Chabot

Congressional District 35: Tyler Fischella

 

San Bernardino County Board Of Supervisors

Supervisor District 1: Paul Russ

Supervisor District 3: Donna Munoz

State Assembly 

Assembly District 40: Marc Steinorth

Assembly District 41: Casey Higgins

Assembly District 52: WRITE IN Toni Hollie

Assembly District 55: Mike Spence

State Senate

Senate District 25: Mike Antonovich

Republican Central Committee

Look at the recommendations from the Chino Tea Party or the Redlands Tea Party group for ideas.

Ballot Measures

Proposition 50: NO

The California Federation of Republican Women have something to say about it.

You will find one ballot measure on the June Primary Ballot- Prop 50. The CFRW recommends a “NO” on Prop 50! This proposition is titled, “Suspension of Legislators”, so many voters will think that this is a good measure protecting them from bad legislators. This bill was authored by Senator Darrell Steinberg in the wake of three Democrat Senators being either indicted or convicted of multiple felonies last legislative session. All three Senators were suspended with pay during the ordeal. At the time, Senator Steinberg was Senate President Pro Tem and attempted to save face with this proposed ballot measure. But Prop 50 does nothing to protect constituents, instead it perpetuates the culture of corruption by not allowing the legislature to expel indicted or convicted felons, but instead suspend them with or without pay. Californians deserve better. Prop 50 is also written so that members of the majority of the legislature could suspend a col-league just for disagreeing over legislation. This is potentially dangerous and unethical. The CFRW does not agree with this smoke and mirrors measure.
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Helping To Improve Health Care

Diabetes is an escalating issue in our society, many of us will unfortunately develop Type 2 Diabetes and it can be prevented if we do it right. Just telling people to be physically fit or watch your diet is not enough. I am thinking we should propose nutrition counseling where people can lean about what foods one should eat to maintain one’s health in that condition.

The idea would be is to have a seminar that would happen twice a week at the health plan offices or a conference center twice a week once on a weekend and once on a week night to teach people about the elements of a good diet and what foods to avoid. People would be served a lunch or dinner from the nutrition program as well. Either a national food service program such as Blue Apron or local retailer such as Sprouts could even offer a take home kit that would provide ingredients so one could make their own meals for the next day to help improve good nutrition habits.

We should have this trialed in our state and see if we actually make some progress in helping to improve health in our region.  We can begin by working with Medi-Cal providers in our state we could help cut costs and improve health outcomes.

10 Years of Inland Utopia.

It has been ten years that I decided to put up a blog and have it hosted on a web server. I thank the readers who have stumbled upon my blog over the time I have had this domain. I thought the blog was going to be huge like the mainstream media blogs, but it has been more independent like the zine scene of the 80s and 90s. I do not expect my blog to help me earn a five figure wage, but it would be nice for my blog to at least be self-sufficient where web hosting fees are covered.

One of the main things I want to do is go through my over 900 posts and find the best all time posts from my blog and do a feature article about these posts that I have found special over the years.

Here is hoping for another decade of writings about my life and the world around me.

Life in the Inland Valley