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Monday, January 28, 2019
The Jefferson Messenger - Vol 3 Issue 2
Volume 3 . Issue 2 January 26, 2019
"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freedom of speech" - Benjamin Franklin
State Legislature is Off and Running with Your Money
Hold on to your wallets! The California State Legislature is back in session, perhaps looking to pass even more bills than the 1,016 Governor Brown signed into law last year. New taxes are always at the top of the list for the Progressive/Democrats in the Super Majority State Assembly and Senate, but lately, bills with the word “Ban” are becoming a regular part of the dialogue of these legislators.
We have seen plastic bags all but banned. For many business owners, it was the last straw when “Straws” were banned. This week, Hannah Beth Jackson (D) Santa Barbara, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, banned the use of pronouns (he & she) in hearings, an action occurring more in the private sector.
But, wait there's more! Assembly Phil Ting (D) San Francisco, introduced AB 161, to “Ban” the use of paper receipts from restaurants and other businesses, with the warning that paper receipts are toxic as they may contain the chemical BPA plus claims the receipts generate 686 million pounds of waste.
The proposed legislation requires businesses to offer e-receipts as the default option or pay a fine of $25 per day. The bill would mandate that all businesses adopt such new hardware and software systems that produce e-receipts. Once again, mandates and these bans come with fines and additional costs to businesses along with another layer of bureaucracy.
And, guess what? According to the Wall Street Journal, it happens that the biggest beneficiary for this new legislation would likely be Square, Inc., whose headquarters is in San Francisco and run by CEO Jack Dorsey of Twitter fame. Mr. Ting's bill notes that “Data from Square, a company that provides mobile payment services, shows that their sellers send over 10 million digital receipts each month.”
Do you find it hypocritical that an Assemblyman from San Francisco, a Governor, and former Mayor of San Francisco, to include another former Mayor of San Francisco, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, are constantly on their environmental soap box but fail to address the toxic situation on the streets of their hometown, whose streets are lined with fecal matter, syringes, and homeless. Are these conditions not toxic and harmful to the environment and to those who do business and live in the infamous once called “Golden City”?
I will tell you what I want “Banned”, is state elected and bureaucrats calling government projects and programs “state funded or federally funded”. These, not to mention your salaries and benefits are “Taxpayer Funded”. And it should be no surprise that the State Legislature and the new Progressive Governor are coming for more of your dollars, to include taxing your tap water. Don't forget water rationing kicks in (55 gallons per person) and is coming soon to your neighborhood.
What may finally hit Californians in
their own backyard, is if Governor Newsom continues to keep Proposition 13 on the table, a statement he made during his campaign. Apparently it is of no concern to those who voted for him. However, Prop 13 is on the ballot in 2020 for commercial property and business owners, to raise property taxes on commercial properties, known as “split roll”.
Because voters supported the gas tax, voting NO on 6, it is thought that the Governor and the left in the State Legislature feel confident that the door is now open to bring forth more legislation, offering more taxes and burdening regulations, to include removing the residential property tax limit (Prop 13), that voters passed by a 2/3 majority forty years ago.
Frustration and even sadness is voiced by many who continue to see friends and family move out of our state because “they just can't take it anymore.” But not always because of high taxes and costs of doing business in California. It is the Socialist policies of a Governor Newsom, who calls himself a Progressive, or a Senator De Leon, also a progressive, the father of SB 54, Sanctuary State for illegal aliens.
But, some who have left the state are finding that these same Socialist policies have spread to the very states they escaped to. We of Jefferson are hearing from people in Nevada, Idaho, Illinois, New York, who are looking to follow us in our effort to expand representation in our state legislature. In the last couple of months, newspaper articles about expanding representation in Congress have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Washington Monthly Magazine, and The Ledger, a Florida newspaper.
I believe that those with a Progressive or Democrat-Socialist agenda, along with their proposed legislation for Nationalizing States Election (H R 1), is causing a majority of American citizens to finally wake up and recognize that the left's agenda is to undermine our Republic form of government. So, perhaps it is no coincidence that newspaper editors and others are recognizing that “America Needs A Bigger House.”
From day one, the message of Jefferson has been About Representation, and although our argument is with the California State Legislature, we too feel it is time to increase the representation in the House of Representatives. Change will only come through equal/fair representation. In this case, more representation means less government and a bigger voice for the people.
Citizens for Fair Representation continues to move forward with its court case with the filing of our appeal in the Court of the 9th Circuit expected sometime around the end of January. In the meantime, we remain vigilant with more joining our movement everyday, standing together for representation and our nation's Constitution.
This photo courtesy of Marie Roberson
Meet the County: Stanislaus by John Osgood III
“Stanislaus County is pleased to be chosen as the first county in the State of Jefferson for the new Meet The Counties feature in the Jefferson Messenger.” John Osgood III, Ceres, Jefferson U.S.A.
Recent events have again shed a spotlight on our southernmost Jefferson county, but these events in no way define us. We are very proud to be the home of the movie American Graffiti, Cruising, Gallo Family Winery and historical public utilities, such as the Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock Irrigation Districts. They all represent the Stanislaus County we know and love.
It is unfortunate that recently, Stanislaus County received nation-wide attention, sadly due to the murder of Newman Police Officer, Ronil Singh, causing the rejuvenation of the discussion surrounding SB 54, California's Sanctuary State law, while also intensifying federal issues surrounding border security.
We, the Stanislaus Concerned Citizens (SCC) and Stanislaus County State of Jefferson Committee (SCSOJ), have once again taken a proactive step to regularly attend County Board of Supervisors (BOS) meetings in an attempt to force the adoption of a resolution, condemning SB 54, that essentially prohibits county officials from complying with federal immigration laws. We know we have an uphill fight when dealing with an insubordinate group of elected representatives. Fortunately, we are not alone and were joined by Ben Bergquam, of Frontline America, who was formerly a spokesperson for Fight Sanctuary State.
Ben, along with several members of SCC and SCSOJ, spoke openly against Sanctuary State Jurisdiction at the January 8, Stanislaus County BOS, and we will continue to voice our displeasure with Sanctuary polices that ultimately harm our citizens and our economy.
In December, we in Stanislaus County and State of Jefferson once again were dealt a devastating blow when the California State Water Resources Control Board approved the Delta Bay Plan Update.
Stanislaus County is proud to be the home to two of the states oldest irrigation districts, located in the heart of the fertile Central Valley, with the Stanislaus River to the north, Merced River to the south and San Joaquin River, and dissected by the Tuolumne River, leaving us at the heart of the water issues plaguing California.
Our irrigation districts were founded by the people of our county and continue to operate for the benefit of our area today, providing electricity and irrigation services through elected district boards and superior water rights on the Tuolumne River watershed. Turlock, Modesto, Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts, along with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission have filed a lawsuit against the California StateWater Resources Control Board to defend our area from becoming once again a dry seasonal farming region.
The Delta Bay Plan Update forces increases to uninterrupted river flows of 30%-50% greater than previously required and ignores the voluntary agreement between state and TID (Turlock Irrigation District) and MID (Modesto Irrigation District) and others of the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority, to curb water usage on the Tuolumne River and contribute to habitat improvements. It is estimated to cost $1.6 billion dollars in losses with $167 million in farm gate revenue loss and $330 million in labor income losses, to include the potential elimination of up to 7,000 agricultural related jobs.
We remain vigilant in taking our power back at all levels and it starts with one voice, just as it started with one ditch in one irrigation district, turning into a slogan (Water, Wealth, Contentment Health) not only for our county seat, but one for all of Stanislaus County. Those who came before us knew that water was the way to win the west and you can rest assured we of Stanislaus County will continue to fight not only for our water but for our way of life and ultimately equal representation and the rule of law guaranteed under the Constitution.
Tehama County will be hosting a fundraiser March 9th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 23181 Chard Ave in Gerber. This is open to all businesses within the 23 counties of Jefferson to showcase their products and services. The cost is $50 per 10'x10' space plus a donation for our silent auction. This will be held at an indoor horse arena with parking, water and electricity available.
Don't miss out! Mark your calendar for upcoming calls!
Feb 10th and Feb 24th
Mar 10th and Mar 24th
Apr 14th and Apr 28th
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Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesdayeach month- 6PM
60 W Third St
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2nd Wednesday each month -
29513 Ellensburg Ave
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Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
506 SE Jackson St
El Dorado County
2nd Tuesday each month -
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions and/or enjoy a meal. The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
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2nd Thursday each month -
412 E Main St
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1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
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Kerby Belt Building
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1st Wednesday each month -
Shasta View Community Hall
5831 E Shasta Way
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4th Tuesday each month - 5:30 PM Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room 5120 State Hwy 140 at 12th St Mariposa