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Courts join the long list of California failures

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Courts Join the Long List of California Failures

by Stephen Frank on 04/17/2014 

California Political News and Views

Energy is very expensive in California.  Our unemployment is in the 14-15% range, maybe more.  Our pension systems have a total of over $850 billion in unfunded liabilities.  In the past four months the State Controller has said the cash deficit has grown $4 billion, to $16.7 billion.  We lack water because government gives it to fish, not people. So far, close to 50,000 prisoners have been given early release—so those remaining behind can be comfortable.  Some want to spend over $200 billion for a train to nowhere for no one.

Add our court system to the list of failures in the former Golden State.

“Centralized administration didn’t lead to stable funding. Centralized administration didn’t improve the level of service we provide. Centralized administration didn’t bring us more prestige. And centralized administration certainly didn’t bring us a working case management system.

The issue is not simply the failure of the centralized model of state funding for the trial courts, but also the failure of the Council to adequately carry out its duty of oversight — the $500 million waste on CCMS being the most prominent example.

Yuba County supervisors endorse State of Jefferson

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:08 am

Appeal Democrat

By Eric Vodden/

Yuba County supervisors have joined the State of Jefferson movement to separate from Southern California and create a new state — the fourth such North State county to support the idea.
“All of the comments I have received from my constituents is to support doing this,” said Supervisor Roger Abe. “The only negative arguments I have heard is the belief that it won’t succeed. If the only negative is to say that it isn’t going to happen, that’s not bad.”

Abe was joined Tuesday by supervisors Andy Vasquez and John Nicoletti in supporting the movement, while Supervisor Hal Stocker voted in opposition. Stocker, who last month supported the idea, said after the meeting his vote was based on “input from constituents.”

Supervisor Mary Jane Griego was absent.

Yuba County joins Siskiyou, Modoc and Glenn counties in the movement seeking to create a 51st state, free from the political influences of a more populated southern California. Tehama County has also placed an advisory State of Jefferson measure on the June ballot.

Lassen County, Trinity County and Placer County are scheduled to consider supporting the State of Jefferson movement. Sutter County supervisors are also expected to take up the matter in the coming months.

Tuesday’s support by Yuba County supervisors was greeted by a standing ovation from more than 40 supporters, many wearing the gold on kelly green “State of Jefferson, Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt.

“I am so proud of this county and the people in it,” said movement leader Mark Baird after the vote.

Baird said county support will be used in a two-pronged strategy in which state legislators — “a moderate Republican and a moderate Democrat” — would be sought to carry a bill creating a new state. If that is accomplished, he said, the same legislation will be sought in Washington D.C.

In addition, Baird said, a lawsuit is being prepared to file in federal court in the event the effort with the Legislature goes nowhere. Such a lawsuit, among other things, would be based on the North State not having equal representation in the Legislature.

“What it comes down to is that in the state Assembly your vote is worth 0.5 percent and it’s .006 percent in the state Senate,” Baird said. “I suggest we have a lack of representation.”

Although no boundaries have yet been established for a new state, Yuba County is the southernmost county so far to support the idea.

“My feeling is that we are not represented until we see a change in the state Legislature,” Supervisor Andy Vasquez said. “That is not going to change. That can be seen in the water issues right now.”

Abe compared the idea the State of Jefferson movement can’t succeed to the success of the Civil Rights movement, saying there were likely many who said that couldn’t succeed.

“The only way for this type of thing to be successful is to believe in it,” he said.

Nicoletti asked whether it would be better to get support from the entire community through an advisory election in November, though in the end he supported the movement.

Stocker, who last month said, “I am in favor of it 110 percent,” backed off on that stance.

“There is an awful lot to be said for this, though I don’t agree with all of it,” Stocker said. “But I don’t see it succeeding in the environment we have in California at this time.”

Nickey Harris of Marysville encouraged the board to support the movement.

“Don’t let these people with the power and the money tell you it will never happen,” she said.

CONTACT Eric Vodden at 749-4769.



State of Jefferson proponents make pitch ahead of June ballot

Red Bluff Daily News

Town Hall meeting draws hundreds to Red Bluff Elks Lodge

By Andre Byik @TehamaSports on Twitter

Updated:   04/07/2014 05:17:49 PM PDT


Hundreds gathered for a town hall-styled presentation hosted by state of Jefferson proponents at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge on Saturday. Pictured from left

Hundreds gathered for a town hall-styled presentation hosted by state of Jefferson proponents at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge on Saturday. Pictured from left are Terry Rapoza, Mark Baird, Kayla Brown, Robert Smith and Tom Knorr. (ANDRE BYIK — DAILY NEWS)

Red Bluff >> More than 500 people rubbed shoulders Saturday at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge during a town hall-styled meeting hosted by state of Jefferson proponents ahead of a June measure that will ask voters here whether Tehama County’s supervisors should support a proposed separation from California.
Some of the state of Jefferson’s most ardent supporters and organizers including Mark Baird, Kayla Brown and Robert Smith took to the lectern to argue that the North State has been held hostage by Southern California legislators for too long, a 51st state could better represent the interests of rural counties and a new state also would be economically feasible.

State of Jefferson Declaration Committee spokesman Mark Baird of Siskiyou County on Saturday explains the benefits of separating from California to form a

State of Jefferson Declaration Committee spokesman Mark Baird of Siskiyou County on Saturday explains the benefits of separating from California to form a new state before hundreds of people at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge. (ANDRE BYIK — DAILY NEWS)

“Politics in Northern California is irrelevant,” Baird said during his keynote address. “We lack the authority, we lack the political will and we lack the strength to do anything we need to govern our lives properly, and that’s what the state of Jefferson can stop.”
Voters at the ballot box on June 3 will be met by the non-binding advisory Measure A, which will read, “Should the Tehama County Board of Supervisors adopt a Declaration of Support for the proposed separation from the State of California and formation of a new State?”
The county’s five supervisors have voiced support for placing the measure on the ballot, and at least three, Sandy Bruce, Bob Williams and Dennis Garton, all up for reelection in June, have said their vote regarding an official declaration of support will be tied to what the electorate votes for.
Some of Tehama County’s elected officials and candidates took in the presentations, and at times they were asked to stand before the largely pro-Jefferson contingent, which applauded those who came out.
“I’m glad the elected officials are here, because this is ‘We the people,’” said Terry Rapoza, who acted as a sort of master of ceremonies during the event.
Smith focused his presentation on the disparities of representation at the Capitol from the North State compared to those from the state’s population centers, because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Reynolds v. Sims in 1964.
“We are not represented here in the North State, and it’s not our representatives’ fault,” he said. “It’s not our elected officials’ fault.”
He said because of the ruling, the state Senate and Assembly are weighed by population, adding, “We have to overturn Reynolds v. Sims, and that’s what we intend to do.”
Brown, 24, after giving a brief overview of the Jefferson separatist movement that has occasionally emerged in some form since the late 19th century, said residents in the North State have long known they are being “taxed out of existence.” The area does not have the jobs needed to keep younger adults in the region.
Brown said that sentiment is personal to her. After graduating from Chico State with a 3.5 GPA, she said she couldn’t find a job in Northern California.
“I couldn’t get a job in the United States of America, so I went to Russia,” she said, eliciting laughs. “I got a job in Russia … But I wanted to work in the United States.”
She asked the audience whether it thought job prospects would be better under a state of Jefferson.
A resounding, “Yes!” was lobbed back at Brown.
Baird said a new state would likely have a population of about 1 million and hold four electoral college votes.
“We wouldn’t be the least populous state, and our economy would be about the size of New Mexico from day one going up from there with responsible resource use and wealth creation through the ability that we already possess,” he said.

This article appeared in the Red Bluff news paper after the Tehama County Townhall on April 5th.
I have DVD’s available ($2 ea.) from this presentation if you would like to share it.

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Yuba Board of Supervisors approve Declaration

Yuba Board of Supervisors vote 3-1 to approve the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California on April 15, 2014.

Press Release

By Liz Bowen

Jefferson News

On April 15th, the Yuba County Board of Supervisors approved the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California with a 3 to 1 vote. A fifth supervisor was not in attendance. Leaders of the Jefferson Declaration Committee attended the Supervisors’ meeting and were ecstatic with the decision, along with a room packed full of local Jefferson supporters.

“Yuba is the fourth county in the State of Jefferson,” said Mark Baird, spokesman for the Declaration Committee. Previously, three counties approved the Declaration. They are: Siskiyou, Modoc and Glenn.

“I am so proud of all the people who spoke in favor today,” said Baird, “one lady said she wants a state that her grandchildren can be proud of and California isn’t it.”

Baird also praised Sally Rapoza, who said to the supervisors: “What harm can come from endorsing the Declaration?” That statement seemed to change a few supervisors’ minds, except one, who uttered the many-times repeated statement: It is just too hard.

And that statement brought another local citizen to the speaker stand saying, “I’m sure in 1964 that’s what ninety percent of the people thought about the Civil Rights movement.”

“I want to also thank Supervisor Andy Vasquez, who was instrumental in bringing the Declaration to the Yuba Board,” said Baird. “He has championed this cause. He is appreciated.”

And next, Baird praised God. “I thank God. This is his will,” said Baird, who added that “prayer works.”

Yuba Co Supervisors to vote April 15, 2014

This Tuesday! April 15, 2014

Time: 9:30 am at the

Yuba Co. Board of Supervisors meeting room

915 8th St. in Marysville-

Mark Baird will be down there to speak in support of –

The State of Jefferson Declaration to withdraw from the State of California is on the Agenda. Be there in support and if you want to speak on behalf of the State of Jefferson be prepared to do so!

Tea Party Mark Harris explains BIGGER picture on BLM taking of Nevada rancher Bundy’s property



As always, the FACTS behind all of these gestapo-like tactics by the federal government involve corruption at the highest levels of the US government, including selling out to Chinese interests.  It has nothing to do with ‘tortoises’ or ‘delta smelt’, or even ‘the drought’.  It has to do solely with greed and corruption.  Read on:


In the case of this week’s raid on the Bundy ranch in Clark County, Nevada (Harry Reid’s county), the water shut-offs in the CA Central Valley (Nancy Pelosi’s domain), and many similar displays of federal muscle, high-ranking Democratic members of Congress are lining their pockets in secret deals for renewable energy uses, mostly solar energy, on the lands they are selling to the Chinese at pennies on the dollar.  To make their money, these elected officials are simply trampling all over the Constitutional rights of US citizens and throwing them off their land.  Is that what America has sunk to?


The 9,300 acres of land in Nevada was appraised at over $28 million, but Reid, working through his son, Rory’s NV law firm which represents ENN, arranged to sell it to China’s ENN Energy for less than $5 million.  


In the CA Central Valley, a direct result of the water shut-offs by Nancy Pelosi, hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile CA land has conveniently plummeted in value, as that land that is now being bought up by Pelosi’s husband Paul and his brother Ron via their renewable energy investment funds SolarReserve LLC and PCG Clean Energy Fund (funded by Chinese energy companies).

Many of the small farming families that have lost their livelihoods have little choice but to sell the land at a fraction of its value when it had water.


Do you see a pattern here?  And what are we doing about it?


Obviously, with their friend and cohort, Eric Holder, assuring them that he will take no action against them, its like kids-in-a-candy- store time for these sleazy politicians.


If you want to do something about this, YOU need to be at the American Freedom Alliance forum on Sunday, April 27th, where farmers, ranchers, lawyers, the Farm Bureau, Constitutional Sheriffs, and hundreds of conservative activists will be present to discuss PROACTIVE STRATEGIES for dealing with these unconstitutional infringements on private property rights, as well as the criminal acts of Reid, Pelosi, and many others in government.  


The only way to avoid the situation from becoming like the Bundy standoff in Nevada, or worse, is to pull together NOW.  When these individual farmers try to stand up alone, they are mercilessly pounced on by many agencies of the federal and state government.  The only way to help ourselves is to help them.  As the Bundy ranch standoff proved, there is strength in numbers.



Sunday, April 27, 2014; 11AM – 5PM

Stewart Hall Conference Center

Temescal Canyon Park

Pacific Palisades

just north off of Sunset Blvd.

West Los Angeles

Organizer: Avi Davis, President

American Freedom Alliance

(310) 254-5355(310) 254-5355

(310) 444-3085(310) 444-3085


Marc Harris

Federal agency pulls back in Nevada ranch standoff, but legal fight remains

Comment: Fox News should be ashamed of itself. Talk about a one-sided story. It has now been learned of just some of the federal gov. corruption by US Nevada Senator Harry Reed in a project to allow the Chinese government to put in a windmill farm in Cliven Bundy’s grazing area. Gee whiz, scheming is really out-of-control. Come on Fox News report on the real reasons why the feds want Bundy and family out of the area! — Admin Liz Bowen

The Bureau of Land Management announced Saturday that it has concluded its mission to remove illegal cattle from a rural Nevada range after a tense week-long standoff with a rancher and militia supporters.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” the statement read.

Bureau officials had dismantled designated protest areas supporting rancher Cliven Bundy, who they say refuses to comply with the “same laws that 16,000 public land ranchers do every year.”

“After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” the statement said. “We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner.”

A group of about 1,000 supporting Bundy cheered and sang “The Star Spangled Banner” when BLM made its announcement.

The standoff at the ranch, some 80 miles north of Las Vegas, became an increasingly tense issue the longer it lasted, prompting elected officials in several states to weigh in, militia members to mobilize and federal land managers to reshape elements of the operation.

The roundup started last Saturday after the BLM and National Park Service shut down an area half the size of Delaware to let cowhands using helicopters and vehicles gather about 900 cattle that officials say are trespassing.

Bundy, 67, and his large family cast their resistance to the roundup as a constitutional stand. He says he doesn’t recognize federal authority over state land.

The dispute that triggered the roundup dates to 1993, when the BLM cited concern for the federally protected tortoise. The agency later revoked Bundy’s grazing rights.

Bundy claimed ancestral rights to graze his cattle on lands his Mormon family settled in the 19th century. He stopped paying grazing fees and disregarded several court orders to remove his animals.

BLM officials, however, say Bundy owes more than $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees.

BLM faced criticism when police used stun guns on one of Bundy’s adult sons during a Wednesday confrontation on a state highway near the Bundy melon farm in the Gold Butte area.

Video of that confrontation spread on the Internet, along with blog commentary claiming excessive government force and calls to arms from self-described militia leaders. Some have invoked references to deadly confrontations with federal authorities, including a siege of a ranch home in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 and the fiery destruction of a religious compound near Waco, Texas, that killed 76 people in 1993.

“Our mission here is to protect the protestors and the American citizens from the violence that the federal government is dishing out,” Jim Landy, a member of the West Mountain Rangers, who made the journey from Montana to Nevada, told Fox News Channel. “People here are scared.”

Arizona state Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff said he and state legislators weren’t arguing whether Bundy broke laws or violated grazing agreements. Thorpe said the Arizona lawmakers were upset the BLM initially restricted protesters to so-called free speech zones.

Sen. Dean Heller and Gov. Brian Sandoval, both Republicans, have also said they were upset with the way the BLM was conducting the roundup. After the areas were removed Thursday, Sandoval issued a new statement.

“Although tensions remain high, escalation of current events could have negative, long lasting consequences that can be avoided,” it said.

Amy Lueders, BLM state director in Nevada, said Friday that two protesters were detained, cited for failure to comply with officers at a barricade on Thursday and released.

That brought the number of arrests to three. Bundy’s son, Dave Bundy, was arrested Sunday on State Route 170 and released Monday with citations accusing him of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest.

Lueders said 380 cows were collected by Thursday. She declined to provide a cost estimate for the herding operation.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Matt Finn and The Associated Press contributed to this report