Open Letter to Sean Flynn

It is good that people are running for office, I wanted to support you in the primary. However when I dug deep in your political contribution history I got disgusted. I do look in what type of candidates one supports to get an indication of how a candidate would lean on the issues of the day. When I found out you donated 75% of your donations to Democrats, that gave me a red flag for you. Its ironic when you talk about ending the “Affordable” Care Act, but you ended up giving 10k to one of its major proponents Senator Gary Peters in the past.

I want to support someone different than Paul Chabot, but I ended up endorsing Paul Chabot for the primary. I may disagree with Chabot on LGBT issues and his foreign policy positions. However I can agree with Chabot on immigration, the second amendment and making sure taxpayer money is not used to pay for abortions or suicide drugs.

If you are indeed evolving or indeed moving to conservative and or libertarian oriented positions I do indeed want to welcome you into the party. I know you may have a lot of progressive friends in your past, but I hope you can grow in the future where you can have an equal amount of both groups of supporters. You may have potential as a State Assemblyman for District 41 in the future. Or Congressional District 31 in 4-6 years.

I hope to see some investment in the future. Perhaps give some aid to Grow Elect which helps to bring Latino Republicans in local and state office. Build your investment in the party and help make a difference either if you are the nominee, congressman or simply private citizen out of the campaign.

If you do pull an upset, I will be happy to do what I can for you. I gave Paul Chabot the same offer when he beat the establishment candidate in 2014.

SAY NO to the SBX West Valley Connector

As someone who utilized public transportation as my main mode of transportation for almost two decades I stand opposed to the West Valley Connector. I am worried about several aspects of the project, the removal of lanes on Holt Boulevard, Foothill Boulevard, Haven Avenue and Milliken Avenue. The other issue is even if the service is only Monday-Friday, the lanes would be blocked off 7 days a week to the general public even if bus service is not being utilized on the weekends as shown in San Bernardino. I am worried about the removal of left turn lanes and the difficulty for people to access businesses along the major streets.

There is a better option for the residents, taxpayers and business operators of the corridor. We should utilize the OCTA Bravo system for limited stop service. Instead of running 60 stops, we would just run 5 or 6 stops this could be cheaper without the construction of new bus stations, road construction on the major streets and would be friendly to taxpayers and the transit dependent. So for route 61 we would have route 161 which would be the express route and route 61 would serve all the stops.

The board members for Omnitrans are listed here.

Thank You

Norma Torres and Immigration

Thinking about the upcoming election it makes me think about my Congresswoman Norma Torres. She has a real thin skin when it comes to facing people who disagree with her. I can understand her personal history makes the issue of immigration real personal to her where she came illegally as a child and then became legal as a teenager. However, as an elected official you have to listen to the concerns of all your constituents even the views you may find personally repugnant.

Some of my ancestors may have swam the Rio Grande to Texas, but that was a time when we had no welfare state. The borders have to be regulated and restricted if we have a welfare state. We cannot afford to be the giving tree to the world. This is one reason why I hope people consider her opponent this election.

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.

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.

Life in the Inland Valley