Endorse Chabot NOT Flynn SBGOP

Sean Flynn’s Democratic Party Donations

Date Amount Candidate
10/14/08 500 Gary Peters
7/28/09 1000 Gary Peters
6/29/10 500 John Callahan
8/30/10 250 Gary Peters
12/29/11 1000 Gary Peters
5/15/13 1000 Gary Peters
9/25/13 1650 Gary Peters
6/26/14 2500 Gary Peters

Information was found via the FEC website.

To be honest Sean did donate 1000 to Romney on 10/24/12, he still donated 5150 to Democrat Gary Peters of Michigan after that donation.

It seems odd that a candidate who wants to run for the Republican Party gave money to a candidate that has many of the same policies as the guy he wants to take over in congress. Gary Peters is just as progressive as Pete Aguilar.

I welcome people switching to the Republican Party such as former congressman Joe Baca, but transition in smoothly. Start by donating to some candidates. Even a moderate like Flynn could find some affinity with Senators Rob Portman or Lisa Murkowski. Or get to know the party activists a year before you run for office.

San Bernardino County Republican Party should NOT endorse Sean Flynn. We need an actual Republican who has a consistent message and has been active in our party with Paul Chabot.

School Boards Need to Be Inclusive

Inclusion is vital for any school board. It is vital for school districts to be a welcoming place for students and faculty alike. Students and staff want to make sure they have an affirming place to educate and to learn When schools are not a welcoming place for students from the governing board to the school principals the effectiveness goes down.

It should not take a lawsuit as what happened to the Chaffey Joint Union School District to force an inclusive school environment across its campuses where a kid sued the district for not stopping the torment he endured for being perceived as gay, but Chino Unified can do better. I like most of the members of the board despite them being very socially conservative, but they should hear from different perspectives.

The majority of Chino Unified governing board members have used the board as a bully pulpit for the passage of Proposition 8 and for the opposition for AB 1266 which expanded education opportunities for gender non-conforming students. However not all students and faculty are straight or cisgender, making people pariahs only makes the minority marginalized.

Social conservatives may say they are “advocating the homosexual agenda”, but the agenda the LGBT community wants is to be treated fairly so students can learn without intimidation and harassment. It does create a polarized education environment which led to some outbursts from opponents of equality legislation in the schools back in 2013.

I remember once when I was in a Facebook group for educators in San Bernardino County and someone ended up reading my personal blog posts when it came to immigration issues and said you should realize that there will be undocumented youth who entered the country illegally and if they read your blog posts it would make it hard for those kids to trust you. The same thing could be said about those governing board members when it comes to LGBT youth. Yes, there may be religious issues why the majority of the board may not be as affirming to the community, but we have to have empathy despite any disagreements we have on issues of the day just as I may have issues on immigration.

School Board President Andrew Cruz may of went overboard on a speech last year, but I may admire the majority in the board in fiscal stewardship. However, I do not trust a union dominated school board to spend the taxpayer money efficiently either. I would like a more inclusive school board so we can get the best and brightest staff members from all demographic groups that make up our community so we can have kids wanting to learn and not be fearful of going to school.

I don’t want any kid in the future to endure what I endured in school. That is why I am an advocate for safe schools. Students of all demographic groups should not have to worry about getting from class A to class B without intimidation from a bully.

Gold Line Extention for Ontario

I have been using public transportation for almost twenty years in the Inland Valley and beyond. I previously have been skeptical about the SBX project and not a big fan of the Rail to Redlands project. However the Gold Line extention project has some cards up its sleeve to do better things than the other two projects.

People can easily reach Ontario Airport instead of taking a taxi, park their vehichle for several days or have someone drop them off. People can reach Pasadena, Azuza Pacific University, Union Station, China Town and East Los Angeles.

The only issue is funding. San Bernardino County officials are stating that this is a pet project for the San Gabriel Valley people in Los Angeles County and why should San Bernardino County people pay for this back in 2014 in a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article which the executive director of SANBAG stated that.

Los Angeles County residents and shoppers do pay an extra cent sales tax to pay for projects such as the Gold Line. However since the Gold Line is not entirely in San Bernardino County, perhaps a fourth of a cent increase would be added to fund Omnitrans and the San Bernardino County portions of the Gold Line. To protect taxpayers, there would be a provision that increases in the sales tax would have to go to the voters.

Another option is to add a small surcharge to airline tickets. Fifty cents for flights under 200 dollars, and 1 dollar for flights over 200 dollars.

State and federal funding would also be critical for a project like this to break ground in the next decade as well. Most people would rather see local light rail over the bullet train boondoogle if we had to choose a transportation project to fund.

Personally I would rather see the Gold Line extention over toll roads.

General Plan Reform Act

Maybe it should be time for the people of San Bernardino County to show some teeth at their city councils.

This is a potential county ballot measure I would like to see implemented.

The General Plan Reform Act

1. Mixed zoning changes do require the consent of surrounding property owners by buying permission by paying 1/10th the property value to the property owner of the said parcel to the left and right of the development. This helps to compensate for potential property value loss.

2. Zoning change elections cannot be done in a separate election, they must be done in a consolidated election such as November in the odd year, or primary or general in the even years.

3. General plans must be voted on by 55% of the voters of the city in an even year regularly scheduled election in November.

4. Cities or counties cannot spend more than half of one percent of their yearly budget to pay for general plan consultants if other departments and services were cut more than 3 percent in the last three years.

We should work together to filter this out and see if the idea could come to fruition.

Working Class Advocate, I Guess Not Leyva

As someone who ran against Sen. Leyva I am not a big fan of her advocacy to unseat people such as Assemblywoman Brown who helped to defeat SB 350 which will make it more expensive for working families to go to work and do their daily errands. As a member of the working class I wish she realized how each dollar and cent adds up to a family budget.

California can no longer be the state for just the very rich and the very poor. We need a middle class and a vibrant cadre of small businesses to make California golden. If we want to pay for the extended public services that Leyva and her allies want, we have to have the employers to hire the people that pay those taxes.

Even though gasoline is at an all-time low, we still pay the highest gasoline prices in the nation. We should not price out people from driving and being able to function in society. Even though SB 350 was defeated, it may come back again.

No Tears for Moderate Democrats

I don’t have any tears for the plight of Cheryl Brown being opposed by progressives in the Democratic Party (Re: Democrats vs. Democrats: Assembly moderates face challenges) on Jan 12 in the Sacramento Bee. I would love to see more ‘moderate’ Democrats in our legislature, but finding a moderate in the caucus is like finding a unicorn in a forest.

Her Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Score is 23.6 percent and she lent her name to a regional government agency to retrofit freeways we already paid for to add toll roads on I-10 and I-15 in Southern California. If Assemblywoman Brown was not a supporter of toll roads and had a score around 40-50 as a Democrat with the Howard Jarvis scorecard, then she would deserve to be spared for another term.

Republicans should run their own candidate in her district so Brown cannot survive solely on their votes as how she was spared by them in two elections.

What Am I Looking Forwards In 2016

  • For me to pass probationary period at my new employer. I am 86% there towards the goal of 1400 items processed in an 8 hour shift. Current record is 1204.
  • I aspire to have one fourth of my credit card debt to be paid down and hopefully refinanced.
  • Save up enough money so I can buy a functional used car of my own.
  • Contacting Gro Elect so I could be a possible candidate for school board in November 2016.
  • Making a plan to save up enough money so I can go back to school one final time either for a Masters degree in Political Science or a legal assistant certificate program.

Even when life has its hardships we have to brush off the dirt off our legs and keep on going. 2016 seems to be a decent year for me. It may not be as radical as what happened to me last year, but we all have to keep on fighting on.

Some Wisdom from Austin Petersen

People say that if you’re a male, you shouldn’t have an opinion on abortion. That logic doesn’t hold up of course, because weenie liberals don’t have guns, but they sure have a lot of opinions on how other people shouldn’t own them. Except for cops of course. Only cops should have guns, even though liberals think all cops are evil, white racists because ‪#‎liberallogic‬

Austin Petersen (commentator and candidate for President)

Two Bill Ideas I Would Like Passed in 2016

Note: Privacy for All’s 2015 attempt failed. However they will likely try again to use the anti-transgender hysteria in order for their allied groups to raise donations.

These are my bill ideas I would like to see Equality California to sponsor. Groups such as Privacy for All sponsor ballot measures to be considered to be on the ballot that go after transgender people, but they do not care about following FPPC regulations about campaign finance.

According to the FPPC list of outstanding fines as effective of November 2015, Privacy for All has accumulated a good number of unpaid fines adding up to $6870 that they need to pay up on. One of my suggestions is if an organization or individual has FPPC debts of more than 5000 dollars they are blocked from filing any new ballot measures. If fines of 2000 dollars or more unpaid for more than 18 months, FPPC can reserve the right to put liens on property or ruin one’s credit.

If the 460 campaign finance forms are not on time the second time in a year (more than 14 days late), the penalty would be 25 dollars a day from 10 dollars a day. I know some groups do not want to file their campaign documents on time because they want to be stealth, but it is an unfair and unethical tactic that needs to be clamped down.

Second idea I would like to see is a neutering of the Privacy for All ballot measure via the legislature. Since we have people who have a fear of people they do not know, it is easier for groups such as Calvary Chapel Chino Hills to throw the raw meat on the balcony to get support to limit people’s rights due to ignorance and prejudice.

There is a mechanism that allows for a 4,000 dollar fine when someone catches a transgender person in the ‘wrong’ restroom or locker room. My proposal is if the law is in effect was passed in any state where false accusations of gender identity would also be liable for fines. So if someone wants to arrest someone for being a man in the women’s restroom and the man is really just a butch woman, the butch woman could win the 4,000 dollars in damages.