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Siskiyou and Shasta Counties: Congressman LaMalfa to hold community meetings 8-18-14

Rep. LaMalfa Announces Shasta & Siskiyou County Constituent Meetings

Richvale, CA – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), today announced upcoming community meetings with constituents in Shasta and Siskiyou Counties. Constituents are invited to join Rep. LaMalfa and his staff to discuss his work in Congress, federal legislation and other issues affecting the North State.

Shasta County Events
What: Redding Community Meeting with Rep. Doug LaMalfa
When: Monday, August 18, 2014, from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Redding Library Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding, CA 96001

What: Redding Veterans Coffee with Rep. Doug LaMalfa
When: Monday, August 25, 2014, from 1:30 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Redding Veterans Hall, 1605 Yuba Street, Redding, CA 96001

Siskiyou County Event
What: Yreka Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Doug LaMalfa
When: Monday, August 18, 2014, from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Miner’s Inn Convention Center, 112 East Miner St., Yreka, CA 96097

For more information, please contact Rep. LaMalfa’s Oroville office at (530) 534-7100.

Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District including, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
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The difficult business of splitting a state

Comment: This is a news article in “Epoch Times” in Illinois. — Admin Liz Bowen

Any way you slice it, California is huge: it’s the most populous state in the nation, and the third largest in terms of land mass. 

California also boasts the 8th largest economy in the world, but success is slipping. 

According to billionaire investor Tim Draper, California’s big failures—such as enormous debt, rising poverty, a crumbling infrastructure, and one of the worst public school systems in the nation—stem from a state that’s simply too big to manage effectively. 

“Just think: there are 38 million Californians, but only one governor. How can that governor look out for all 38 million of us?” states a video for Draper’s Six Californias campaign.

Draper built his success backing technology companies such as Hotmail, Tesla Motors, and Skype. Now he wants to turn the Golden State into six sovereign entities based on local specialties (Silicon Valley, for example, would get its own state). Voters will weigh in on the idea in a 2016 ballot measure.

Drawing Boundaries

Draper’s idea may sound radical, but it’s by no means new—just the latest in a long line of about 220 proposals to divvy up California throughout its history.

“It’s a huge state and many people have talked about it over the years,” said John Lenau, Board President elect at the California Historical Society. “All these areas have talked about wanting to be split off since I was a kid here in California and I’m 75 years old.”

Proponents of the Six Californias plan say it will allow residents to focus on local priorities, while critics say it will drive an even deeper division between the rich and poor. 

According to Lenau, the ambitious six-way split also ignores practical concerns.

“[Negotiating] water rights would probably take about 100 years before you could even think about splitting up the state,” Lenau said, speaking from Los Angeles County, which would become the southern end of West California under Draper’s plan. 

“It would be a monumental disaster because 90 percent of water comes from the north or the middle part of the state, and is brought down here.”

State of Jefferson

The closest California came to actually making a split was in 1941. A proposal for the state of Jefferson cleared all the regulatory hurdles, and it was poised to become the nation’s 49th state on Dec. 8. But when Pearl Harbor was bombed the day before, patriotic Jeffersonians decided they should wait.

According to Mark Baird, founder and spokesperson for the Jefferson Declaration Committee, the people of Jefferson can wait no longer.

“We are going to separate from California for one very, very important reason: we have no representation on the state level,” he said. 

The Jefferson Declaration Committee does not have the money or exposure of Tim Draper’s idea, but it is gaining momentum. The organization is only nine months old, but six of California’s northern counties are already on board. Ten others have expressed interest. 

Some paint the Jefferson idea as a secessionist plot cooked up by rural conservatives, but according to Baird both Democrats and conservatives support the plan. The driving force behind forming the new state has much more to do with practical frustrations than political ideology. 

One county committee unanimously agreed to join Jefferson because they had spent three and a half years just trying to get a permit to clean up a boat ramp. 

“It cost them more for paperwork than it did to clean up the darn ramp,” Baird said.

According to Baird, the people of Jefferson simply want good roads, common-sense forest management, and regulations that better reflect the needs of the region. However, these local concerns remain at the mercy of the powerful urban districts that set policy for the entire state.

“The northern third of California has five state representatives, and the city of Los Angeles alone has 35,” he said. “We are taxed but we have no say in how that money is spent. We have regulations and laws imposed upon us, and we have no say in what they are, or the impacts of them are not felt by the legislators who pass the regulations.”

“Our kids are leaving. Our businesses are closing. We’re being regulated out of existence here.”

Clean Break

The Six Californias plan also includes the State of Jefferson, but Baird has little faith in Draper’s strategy. 

“He’s wrong,” Baird said. “There’s no constitutional precedent to split a state by initiative. I’m not necessarily against what he’s trying to do, but it won’t work.”

The Declaration of Jefferson hopes to achieve statehood through Article 4 Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which includes rules for forming a new state from an existing one. The strategy has succeeded four times in U.S. history, but it’s been a while. The last split was the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

Under the constitutional process, the counties seeking to form Jefferson must get approval from the California legislature, and then a majority vote from the U.S. Congress and Senate. 

Baird knows it’s a long shot, but he believes it’s an idea that’s long overdue.

“A lot of the naysayers would say, ‘look, it’s been tried a hundred times therefore it’s impossible.’ What we’re saying is, about every 20 years in California’s history, conditions reach an apex where people realize that this really has to be done,” he said.

“California is almost 1,000 miles long. You can’t have a one-size-fits-all government in this state.”

Gutierrez to run for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Lydia Gutierrez, a long-time California educator and elected official on the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, has formally announced her candidacy for State Superintendent of Instruction. Gutierrez is a public school teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching children from kindergarten to 8th grade. She holds a master’s degree in education, and she is BCLAD certified. Additionally, Gutierrez serves as a Master Teacher for the UCLA Mathematics Project; she is a Fellow in Writing with California State University, Long Beach; and she has been a presenter at the Los Angeles Teachers Mathematics Association.

In the past, Gutierrez has also worked in the aerospace industry—both as an administrator, and as an acting cost-estimating supervisor, overseeing contract administration, scheduling, and budget analysis.

Lydia Gutierrez has served on the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council for six years; she is currently serving on their Education and Budget & Finance Committee.

Upon making her announcement to run for office, Gutierrez issued a scathing critique of the California education system’s scheduled move to the national Common Core State Standards initiative (CCSS).

While many remained silent, Gutierrez spoke up about the inherent dangers in the state’s intention to overhaul current standards, emphasizing that the completely untested Common Core State Standards do not reflect an academic bar of excellence, and were created without any evidence-based practice.

“The California educational system is in disarray,” Gutierrez said, “and Common Core mandates are not the answer. School districts across the states will be forced to settle for mediocrity under the cover-up name of ‘College and Career Ready’.”

In her critique, Gutierrez also pointed out that parent and local control is a pivotal element for every child’s academic success.

“Parents need to know that when they have a concern about their child, they will be heard, and local boards offer the best avenue to hear them. What is disturbing about the move towards Common Core is that parents, teachers and educational scholars were shut out in the development of these standards,” Gutierrez said. “Presently, school districts and charter schools across the state are scrambling to secure a curriculum that will teach these new standards. The question is, where are the oversight review boards allowing parents and teachers transparency for review before adopting this new curriculum? I believe that any curriculum that is adopted by a school district or charter school should be reviewed by the public. This is a requirement that I would like to see in every school’s bylaws.”

“What is even more troubling,” Gutierrez continued, “is that Common Core Standards are owned by two private organizations, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO). Neither organization has legislative authority, nor are they accountable to the public. The Common Core Standards cannot be changed or adjusted, because they own the copyright—which means closing the door on any discussion between parents and educators.”

Gutierrez went on to say that the constant bombardment of legislation and regulation is dramatically and detrimentally affecting public education in California by placing a severe financial burden on schools without providing proper funding.

“In desperation, schools have had to decimate their foundations by funding part-time nurses, counselors, librarians, music instructors, speech therapists, and having to deal with less custodian services, fewer or no aides, and the closing of vocational training programs,” Gutierrez said. “These resources and services are all critical in developing a well-rounded child. What people fail to realize is that these jobs were once full-time positions for every school in the 1960’s, but now they are barely present, and it has been the classroom teacher who has had to fill in the gap while having to endure a revolving door of administrative requirements year after year.”

As a result, many districts have turned to supplemental grant monies to help them strive towards their goal of achieving academic excellence. These grants have strings of accountability attached, meaning that teachers are required to provide yet another level of documentation in exchange for funding. Every moment that a teacher spends on these requirements represents a moment lost in the opportunity for that teacher to spend educating their students. In the environment of high-stakes testing, California’s mercilessly over-tested children will become little more than collateral damage in the battle to prepare for the final End of Year Test.

Regarding CCSS’ focus on technology being the wave of the future, Gutierrez went on to say that “teaching a child on a computer how to move and click a mouse is far from preparing a child to be ‘College and Career Ready’.”

“Humanities, the soft sciences, are what create a child’s higher-order thinking skills. It is not the ability to respond to someone else’s creative computer program,” said Gutierrez. “Art, drama, music, literature, all play an important role in creating an emotionally-balanced, educated child.”

Gutierrez said that what should be of concern in this mantra of ‘College and Career Ready’ is that we do not currently have the appropriate number of qualified teachers to teach vocational classes; nor do we have the funding for proper classroom setup. Presently, school districts and charter schools are using every cent that they have in order to develop, train for, and reproduce Common Core-focused materials and curriculum.

“In a move of hypocrisy, Governor Brown allowed 30 adult and career educational schools to close in Los Angeles — totaling 72 statewide — while promoting ‘College and Career Ready’ education for California students,” Gutierrez said. “He did not want our K-12 monies supporting these vocational programs for our youth, but pushed it off to our over-crowded community colleges, which are now offering classes to the highest bidder because of the over-crowding. The fact that there is not enough funding for this educational direction, demonstrates that we are all in a word manipulation game, and not working toward the academic success of our children.”

Gutierrez said that as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, she will be responsible and diligent in her oversight of public educational monies, and that she will be the voice for the overall academic well-being of the education system in the state of California.

“I am running to create transparency and accountability of the tax dollars allocated to education and to assure that those dollars are making it into the hands that need it most—our schools” Gutierrez said, “I do not support Common Core as a valid measuring tool to bring about academic success when it has not been piloted to prove its academic success and directly takes parent and local control away.”

Register for “Liberty Tour” 8-30-14

Join the discussion to save America

Liberty Tour

Presented by Paul Preston,

Sat. Aug. 30

Win-River Casino in Redding, CA


Cliven Bundy – live by video from Nevada

Dane Wigington

Dr. Jim Garrow

Shannon Groves

Brad Dacus

Chriss Street

Orlean Koehle

Lydia Gutierrez

State of Jefferson Committee

Register today: Call 530-605-4565

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Come find out the truth on Benghazi, Flight 17 and 370, Private Property rights, Geoengineering, Jefferson State, EPA, IRS, Veterans, Agenda 21 etc….

Redding Tea Party: Lydia Gutierrez candidate for State Superintendent of Schools will be our guest speaker this coming Monday August 18th at the Redding Tea Party! 6pm 2570 So. Bonnyview Rd.

She is an expert on the evils of Common Core-come find out more!

Log Fire not too bad, but two others in Siskiyou blew up

Two new mandatory Evacuation orders

By Liz Bowen

Monday’s South winds affected the July Complex of Fires in Salmon River and the Beaver Fire on the Klamath River bringing two new mandatory evacuation orders issued last night by Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.

At 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 11th, the Beaver Fire Incident Commander requested the mandatory evacuation for residents of Horse Creek, Middle Creek, Brown Bear and Kohl Creek. This is for residents along Highway 96 from Doggett Creek to Horse Creek. Residents are encouraged to prioritize what they need to take with them. Once you leave, you will not be allowed to re-enter the evacuation area until the fire danger has passed.

The White’s Fire also blew up and could be seen with a huge swath of smoke on Salmon Mountain behind Etna and two chimneys of smoke at the head of French Creek. The White’s Fire is in White Gulch on the Salmon River side and has jumped the Sawyers Bar Road at Idlewild and Robinson Flat. The Sawyers Bar Road is closed from the top of Salmon Summit to Sawyers Bar and a mandatory evacuation order was issued at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11th from Taylor Lake near the Salmon summit down through White’s Gulch, Eddy Gulch to Black Bear Summit; also Sawyers Bar and Little North Fork.

Residents are asked to exit the area using the Sawyers Bar Road to Forks of Salmon, turn right and drive over to Highway 96. DO NOT USE THE CALLAHAN – CECILVILLE ROAD. An evacuation center has been established by the Red Cross at Scott Valley Junior High School in Fort Jones for residents from these two mandatory evacuations. Call the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department at 841-2900 for more information.

Today, the Log Fire did not threaten residents in Quartz Valley with new smokes.

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Mark and Cyndi Baird are OK

The Log Fire in the Shackleford Creek area West of Quartz Valley in Siskiyou County continues to burn and is pushing at the South end of the fire to possibly burn over the mountain into Kidder Creek. Because winds and fire behavior has not been helpful for those building fire line on the South end of the fire, Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey has issued an expanded Advisory Evacuation order to include South and North Kidder Creek Roads, the town of Greenview and Mugginsville.

Mark and Cyndi Baird’s ranch is immediately South of Mugginsville and is under the “Advisory” Evacuation notice. Currently, the Siskiyou Golden Fair is going on in Yreka and it along with their radio stations providing specific coverage have been taking up most of their time. Cyndi says they are OK for now.

More than 700 fire personnel are assigned to the Log Fire along with dozens of dozers, engins and fire crews. An Incident Command called July Complex has been set up outside of Etna, about 15 miles from Mugginsville; and there are now over 1,500 fire personnel based here. Those not working on the Log Fire are over in the rugged Salmon River country fighting the White Fire that burned North, East and South on Thursday.

The other three major fire complexes in Siskiyou are somewhat calming their threats to the Copco generating power supply and homes; and the Deer Fire in Eastern Siskiyou County was expected to be contained today.

It is the Log and White Fires in the July Complex that is providing a challenge to hard-hitting fire fighters.

– Admin Liz Bowen, Callahan in Siskiyou