Saturday, June 5, 2010

Steven Greenhut's Election Wish and Orange County Taxpayer's Opportunity

In the June 4, 2010 Orange County Register’s Op-Ed Steven Greenhut says that June 8th will likely not bring the much needed reform that California needs.

Greenhut writes, “Love 'em or hate 'em, these initiatives are mostly self-interested deals. They don't offer major reform – and none of them get close to touching the fundamental issues that threaten California today. And none of the candidates offers real hope for taking on the vested interests and changing our state.”

Indeed, the statewide offices, regardless of who occupies them, will have little positive affect on most of us in our daily lives. But all is not lost. Voters need only to look at their local elections to see the winds of reform blowing in. Local elections offer taxpaying voters an opportunity to hold our incumbents accountable for their misdeeds and business-as-usual politics, to say nothing of their fiscal shell games.

Whether you take issue with wasteful spending, abuses of power, or constitutional rights, you can begin reforming your local offices and agencies by making smart choices with your vote. As Tip O’Neil said, “All politics is local.”

June 8th is the beginning of the end of Orange County’s longstanding RINO establishment. November 2nd, 2010 stands to be the nail in the political coffin for those who have reaped constituents with their bad policies. All you have to do is vote.

Voting is the quickest path to reform. Elect only those candidates who are ready, willing, and able to do what’s right in the face of controversy and opposition.

An excellent source for public policy and voter information is Cal Watchdog.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Kagan's Notes Give Liberals Hope, Admits She Has No Sympathy for the 2nd Amendment!


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Pension Reform Receives Court Backing

Those interested in Orange County government accountability and pension reform won a legal battle Wednesday.


In a ruling over a petition filed in December 2009 by the California Foundation For Fiscal Responsibility vs. the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS), the Superior Court of Orange County ordered the OCERS to disclose “…gross amount paid to the payee member, the name of the payee, and the identification of the prior public employer of the named payee and no other information contained in the records OCRES.”

The presiding judge, Hon. Luis Rodriguez, says in his ruling, “Individuals must have access to government files to hold governments accountable for their actions. Personal embarrassment is outweighed by the strong public policy supporting transparency in government and the strong public interest in knowing how it spends its money ‘to expose corruption, incompetence, inefficiency, prejudice and favoritism.’”

This ruling is consistent with the premise that government can only be held accountable when there is transparency. Without transparency, corruption, incompetence, inefficiency, prejudice and favoritism cannot be identified, much less routed out. When I read those pervasive flaws outlined by the court, I immediately thought of Tom Daly, Annie Mezzacappa (covering for Sidhu), Linda Andal (covering for Sidhu), Bryn Morley (covering for Sidhu), the OC Children and Families Commission (Cunningham, et al), the OC DA Chief of Staff Susan Schroeder, appointed OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, SAPD Chief Paul Walters, and the public employee unions just to name a few. All of those people seem to fall under one of those categories (corruption, incompetence, inefficiency, prejudice, favoritism) that the court has recognized in the ruling. It is up to the public to police our government and Judge Luis Rodriguez seems to agree.

Case Number: 30-2009-00330855-CU-WM-CJC

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Man released after police find he was helping victims (from the OC Register)

Yesterday, the Orange County Register first reported on this story with the headline "2 teenagers stabbed during fight in alley".  The OCR reported that police arrested Juan Jose Hernandez, of Anaheim because he was found with blood on his hands.  This caused a flood criticism about illegal immigrants, gang bangers, and Fullerton's recent violent crime wave.  Today, the OCR is reporting that Hernandez was attempting to help the victims, not hurt them.  This appears to be the result of good police work with detectives doing their fact checking along with their fact finding.  Fortunately for Hernandez, it was Fullerton Police Department's officers and detectives who were on the case and not one of the other sub-standard departments I've been reading about lately.  Below is the OCR's follow up from today. 
FULLERTON – A 19-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the stabbing of two teenagers has been released from jail after police determined that he had been trying to help the victims, police said Thursday.


Juan Jose Hernandez, of Anaheim, was arrested on suspicion of stabbing the teenagers during a possible gang-related fight that was reported at 11:22 p.m. Tuesday in the south alley of the 400 block of West Valencia Drive near Highland, said Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich.

When Hernandez was arrested, he had blood on his hands and clothing, Goodrich said.


"The blood evidence he had on him, his statements and the victims' statements all corroborated that he was helping the victims as opposed to fighting with the victims," Goodrich said.

Hernandez and the victims appear to be members of the same Fullerton gang, Goodrich said. Hernandez was released from the Fullerton City Jail Wednesday night.

Gang detectives are trying to determine where the fight occurred and who was involved.

Goodrich said there were no pools of blood or trails of blood in the alley where the victims were found, leading detectives to believe that the crime probably occurred somewhere else in the city. Goodrich said the victims were dropped off in the alley by an unknown person.

The victims, 16 and 17 years old, were taken to a trauma center. The 16-year-old boy suffered moderate injuries. The 17-year-old boy was in the intensive care unit, Goodrich said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fullerton police Sgt. Sergeant Jeff Stuart at 714-773-5758.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3709 or desalazar@ocregister.com

With Hernandez free, I'm sure Fullerton PD will do their best to catch the culprits and sort out the details. 

Waste And Deception. So What’s New? They’re Unions. (from FFFF)

So far the Orange County public employee unions have spend over a million dollars in this year’s 4th District Supervisor’s election.

Doing what? Calling Shawn Nelson a pedophile supporter; claiming what a virtuous and honorable man Harry Sidhu is. A million bucks.

Lest anybody thinks these goons are going to give up their death grip on the taxpayers without a struggle had better think again. A million times.

Forget issues. They only care about their own selfish interests and Heaven forfend anybody suggests that a County paper shuffler shouldn’t be able to retire at 55 and enjoy most of his pay for rest of his life. Naturally these people are going to do everything they can to distract attention from the main issue of this campaign: unfunded liabilities on the taxpayers caused by public employee union greed and spineless politicians.

And so Hide and Seek Sidhu, carpetbagger and perjurer, the man who doesn’t even know what a defined benefit is suddenly a paragon of virtue; Nelson is an unspeakable monster.



There you have it. Fear and Loathing, and enough to go around.

It's Just Union Noise



As one family member put it yesterday, "the day of reckoning is upon us." 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Gilliard Blanning Reportedly Behind Deceptive and Misleading Email

A friend forwarded me an email (see below) which they were able to trace back to a Gilliard Blanning ISP!  Gilliard Blanning is Hutchens' campaign consultantant.  The firm has connections to several corruption investigations (see bottom).  Hutchens is righteously scared that she will loose this election on June 8th.  I have been hearing overwhelming support for Hunt which was appearently demonstrated at a downtown Santa Ana rally today.  I expect more of these types of emails in the days to come.
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "no-reply@votercommunication.com"
To:
Sent: Wed, June 2, 2010 11:25:54 AM
Subject: Hunt Rally Today To Defend Gang-Banger Work
Bill Hunt will Defend His Gang-Banger Defense Work at Protest Rally in Front of Santa Ana Police Department
Pivate investigator Bill Hunt will try to revive his faltering campaign for Sheriff by defending the indefensible – his work to help violent gang-bangers escape punishment. Hunt is holding a protest rally in front of the Santa Ana Police Department at 11:30 AM today to defend himself.

An interesting side note is that Gilliard Blanning has done very little for one of their other candidates, Shawn Nelson, who is running for the 4th Supervisorial District seat vacated by newly elected Chris Norby. I haven't seen any smear emails from Gilliard Blanning against Harry Sidhu. Maybe Shawn isn't paying for the Platinum Campaign Package that Hutchens is. Or maybe Shawn is paying more and getting better advice, like "don't run a negative campaign; let the independent expenditures do that."

You might recall Gilliard Blanning and Associates was visited back in February of this year by investigators from the Riverside County DA's Office as was reported HERE and HERE. Several of their clients have been named as defendants in a corruption and conspiracy case as mentioned in the Press-Enterprise article. I hope no one at Gilliard Blanning or any of their "associates" needs a defense attorney.  Surely the defense attorney will want to hire a private investigator and we can't have that!

Sidhu and Friends

Defined Contribution vs. Defined Benefit

"...All Other Pay Cash!"


I was doing some research and found this blurb from the National Institute on Retirement Security:
"Worries about retirement security abound. Families fear that they won’t have enough to support an adequate retirement income as home values and financial markets plummet. Dwindling profit margins have employers looking to cut costs.
And governments are concerned about delivering on the promises that they have made to their citizens and to their employees as tax revenues shrink amid a weakening economy. In this environment, some have proposed replacing traditional defined benefit (DB) pensions with 401(k)-type defined contribution (DC) retirement savings plans in an effort to save money.
But decision-makers would be wise to look before they leap. To deliver the same level of retirement benefits, a DB plan can do the job at almost half the cost of a DC plan. Hence, DB plans should remain an integral part of retirement income security in an increasingly uncertain world because they offer employers and employees the best bang for the buck."

Now that is some smooth writing.  I was almost convinced until I re-read it and noticed "To deliver the same level of retirement benefit..." The author isn't talking about the overall tax burden of the benefit but rather the overhead it takes to manage the benefit system.  I will surmise that the defined benefit plan would cost taxpayers far more in the long term than any overhead created in managing a two-tier system that includes a defined contribution plan.  Further, why not simply offer employees an opportunity to meet with a financial planner so that they can create an individual retirement account?  A generous employer may also choose to contribute a small percentage of the employee's gross annual salary each pay period.  Then, management of the funds becomes the responsibility of the employee and not taxpayers.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bill Hunt on Cameron Jackon's The OC Show

Cameron Jackson interviewed Bill Hunt on last Friday's The OC Show. Hear from Bill Hunt about the recent attempts by the OC Register and KCAL9 to vilify Hunt's credibility.  Jackson helps put the facts on the table regarding Susan Schroeder, Paul Walters, and their connections to Bill Hunt’s opponents. Please click on the link above to hear the interview in its entirety.






Felonious cell mates George Jaramillo (left) and Mike Carona (right).

Greg Sebourn

Orange County Bail Bonds

The Beauty of a Storm

The Beauty of a Storm
Orange County, Ca.

My Grandma - A Eulogy

LET'S TALK ABOUT 1914 FOR A MOMENT.



FOR STARTERS, GRANDMA WAS BORN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914 IN HER FAMILY'S ATWOOD RANCH HOUSE.



IT IS WORTH NOTING THOSE ALSO BORN IN 1914:

JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



AND WHO DIED IN 1914:

JOHN MUIR, THE FAMOUS NATURALIST FOR WHICH NUMEROUS ROADS, PARKS, HOTELS, AND NATURE RESERVES ARE NAMED.



IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT IN 1914 WOODROW WILSON SIGNS MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION AND BABE RUTH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE RED SOX. MOTHER'S DAY AND BASEBALL- TWO OF MY FAVORITES!! (PERHAPS HER NICKNAME "BABE" CAME FROM BABE RUTH???)



GRANDMA WAS BORN INTO A PERIOD OF TIME FILLED WITH TURMOIL. IN JUNE OF 1914 ARCHDUKE FRANZS FERDINAND WAS ASSASSINATED. WITHIN ONE MONTH WORLD WAR I RAGED ACROSS EUROPE. TWO DAYS AFTER HER BIRTH HOWEVER, GERMAN AND BRITISH TROOPS INTERRUPTED WWI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. (PERHAPS THEY PAUSE KNOWING THAT A GREAT WOMAN WAS BORNE) WORLD WAR I CONTINUED UNTIL THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES IN 1919.



ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD, SHE SAW THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS CREATED AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO VOTE.



SHE LIVED THROUGH MANY NOTABLE EVENTS. LIKE THE 1933 LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE OR WHEN ATWOOD FLOODED ALONG WITH MOST OF ORANGE COUNTY IN 1938 AND THE FLOOD-WATERS CLAIMED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE, 43 OF WHICH WERE FROM ATWOOD! ALL OF THIS DURING A TIME THAT WE READ ABOUT IN SCHOOL AND KNOWN AS "THE GREAT DEPRESSION". SOMEWHERE IN ALL OF THAT SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, GRANDPA LEO, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, GOT MARRIED, AND HAD KIDS!



THEN THERE WAS WORLD WAR II. FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIROSHIMA, GRANDMA WAS RAISING MY UNCLE BOB AND MOM ARLINE. WITH AIR-RAID SIRENS AND BLACKOUTS SHE WAS A WIFE AND MOTHER. WHAT A TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN! I BET GRANDMA'S PARENTS WERE ABEL TO TELL HER A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING KIDS IN WARTIME.



GRANDMA WAS THERE WHEN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA HELD THEIR 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE IN 1953. SHE SAW AIRBASES OPEN IN '42 AND CLOSE IN '99. SHE WATCHED WALTER KNOTT START UP HIS BERRY FARM AND WALT DISNEY TURN ORANGE GROVES AND STRAWBERRY PATCHES INTO DISNEYLAND!



SHE SAW THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE FADE AWAY INTO HISTORY AND SPACE TRAVEL EXPLODE BEFORE HER WITH THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING. JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. FROM TUBE RECTIFIERS TO SUPERCONDUCTORS; FROM TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLES TO SATELLITE TV.



SHE SAW MORE IN HER 93 YEARS THAN MOST OF US WILL EVER READ ABOUT, LET ALONE LIVE THROUGH!



OF THOSE 93 YEARS IT IS MY HONOR TO HAVE BEEN HER GRANDSON FOR 35 OF THEM. SHE WAS MY MOTHER WHEN MOM HAD TO WORK. SHE WIPED MY NOSE AND PUT FOOD IN MY MOUTH. SHE LET ME PLAY WITH GRANDPA EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE STORE. SHE WAS MY GRANDMA AND I WILL MISS HER IMMENSELY.



JUST LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM; SHE DID THIS. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE INTO THIS WORLD AND TOGETHER TODAY. THIS IS HER LEGACY.



A Dedication To My Loving Wife, Stacey. Thank you for all you do for me!

Brad Paisley - I Thought I Loved You Then


I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss you goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there
And once again I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before.

Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
And I'll look at you and say I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then...

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