Category Archives: politics

Districting Is Not the Universal Solution for Electoral Justice

The California Voter Rights Act is leading towards interest groups and trial lawyers suing local governments around the state to force them to elect members by districts. Many of the opponents who are against this because it only makes the district members care about their part of the city or school district than the good of the whole.

I think the main reason why they are wanting districts instead of an at large system is that progressives are having a hard time running locally and they want to stack the local government as how they have dominated state and federal elections in our state.

It should not matter what ethnicity, gender or even sexuality our candidates have. The main focus is the ideas our candidates carry through this upcoming election. As a challenger in the upcoming election the cost of a ballot statement is over five thousand dollars in my race. Although I would like the ability to purchase a cheaper ballot statement I would not want to sacrifice the function of the board either.

Close The Two Race Loophole

 

The dedication is lacking when you run for more than one office.
The dedication is lacking when you run for more than one office.

Believe it or not, its legal for people to run for more than one office in California as long as you are not running for two legislative offices. Paul Vincent Avila is running for State Assembly and Ontario City Council and two members of the Galvez family Sarah is running for Ontario City Clerk and Ontario-Montclair School District,  while Richard is running for Ontario City Council and also on the ballot against me for the Chaffey Joint Union High School District this November.

When I ran for State Senate in 2014, I knew that I had to expend my energies only on that race. I could not splinter off in two directions and run for a local office as well.  I know the Galvez family wants to build some name ID, but running for two offices makes people wonder which office will the members of the family want to keep if they ended up winning both races?

The only secondary office someone should be allowed to run for in addition to the local or legislative office should be is county party committee seats and President/Vice President.

Local politics watchers should also realize that the last man Christopher Agrella  who did this in 2010 ended up being a last place finisher in Montclair City Council and Ontario-Montclair School District race.

This would be one piece of electoral reform I would like to see in the state legislature. This loophole should be closed in the next session.

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

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.

 

 

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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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.