Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, Assemblyman Chris Norby, Carlos Rodriguez of CA Libertarios

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July 26, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Assemblyman Chris Norby of Fullerton, CA, John Seiler of CalWatchdog and Ben Boychuk of City Journal join us, and Carlos A. Rodriguez, Immigration Attorney, Libertarian Candidate for Congress in 2010, drops by to share a bit of what he got at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas two weeks ago.  We’ll see just how lasting the good vibes he picked up have held up with him. 

We’ll talk with Assemblyman Chris Norby, John Seiler and Ben Boychuk about: 

  • Steven Greenhut’s published op-ed,  “Making [the] Public Pay for Budget Cuts,”  “’Armstrong & Getty,’” a talk-radio show in Northern California, recently featured a morning drive-time discussion during which listeners shared similar stories of police indifference. Police officials are blaming budget cuts for their cutbacks in service, but it’s hard to accept this explanation…”  “…’The California Highway Patrol is handing out more traffic citations than it did a few years ago, and that has generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue for state and local governments…’”  Public safety officials are handing out more tickets and shutting down services that are important to the public.  Why? What’s the alternative? 
  • John Hrabe’s piece on redistricting,  Jeanne Raya Failed to Reveal Donations, about another California Redistricting commissioner who failed to disclose a campaign contribution to a political candidate.  The purpose of the Redistricting Commission is supposed to avoid the “taint of partisanship.”
  • The CA Legislature’s maneuvers to curb citizen direct democracy including a bill requiring an hourly wage and banning pay for per signature gathered, which is on the gov’s desk for signing, and two other reform measures in the Legislature, that curb citizen direct democracy.  
  • After getting present to the reality of CA’s situation, we’ll touch on a previous piece by John called Rutten’s Amazon Attack Ignores Reality.  What is  Amazon’s Referendum about and why the contempt from the Left on this issue?  “Rutten is upset that Amazon is using the initiative process, created a century ago by the progressives who battled Southern Pacific, to thwart the recent Amazon tax. (The tax actually hits 25,000 small “affiliates” a lot more than it does Amazon because Amazon and other companies fired their affiliates.) But until now, Amazon has had close to zero political involvement in California. It’s only involved because it was attacked by Rutten and crew.
  •  Last week we didn’t have enough time to do justice to a piece by Joel Kotkin in the summer issue of City Journal Magazine, called  Lost Angeles: The City of Angels goes to hell so Ben Boychuk will talk about it tonight.  

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog presents Assemblyman Chris Norby, on Tomorrow’s CA Budget Deadline, Prison for Small time Pot Growers, Redevelopment dead or alive? & Matt Rexroad, an expert on the new Redistricted Maps–The First Draft

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog presents Assemblyman Chris Norby, on Tomorrow’s CA Budget Deadline, Prison for Small time Pot Growers, Redevelopment dead or alive? & Matt Rexroad, an expert on Redistricting on the new CA Redistricted Maps:  The First Draft–where do we go from here?

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June 14, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:   CA Assemblyman Chris Norby R-District 72 and Matt Rexroad, a Sacramento based Republican Consultant with an expertise on Redistricting, particularly in CA.  John Seiler of CalWatchDog will be with us on the program.  
 
We’ll talk with Chris Norby about the looming hard set budget cut off date of June 15, for California lawmakers, where no budget means no pay, not no deferred pay, but NO PAY for the legislators for the time they don’t produce a budget. What does this mean for the taxpayers?   How seriously does this hard set deadline influence the legislators?

June 17th, America’s War on Drugs is 40 years old.  Although in CA we have  adopted a somewhat more tolerant policy toward Marijuana use via Medical Marijuana Laws, we still put people in prison for growing plants for personal consumption.  We’ll ask Chris about his support for AB1017, which would have allowed California prosecutors to decide whether folks caught cultivating marijuana should be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.  The San Francisco Chronicle referred to its primary sponsor as “Uber liberal Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco.” The bill failed and Norby is said to have ripped his fellow Republicans for not supporting it.  We’ll ask him why? 

Governor Brown is said to still be determined to redact, not reform Redevelopment in CA  and using the revenue that now goes to Redevelopment Agencies, to go to pay for local city and county services instead.  Is the budget showdown a High Noon moment for Redevelopment? 

We’ll ask Chris about the critical and obfuscated issue of Public Employee Pensions, possible reforms and initiatives being discussed in the Legislature, and what he sees as possible reform initiatives at the State level.

And we’ll welcome Matt Rexroad, political consultant with a formidable grassroots political pedigree and an expert on Redistricting, to discuss the new CA political district maps, what they mean, the issues and possible challenges and changes before they become final.  Yesterday I posted an L.A.Times story on redistricting which cited Matt, and touched on a few of the questions I’ll have him.  You can call in too, and share with Matt and the rest of us, your questions.  

We’ll take your calls, questions and comments on the air at 1-818-602-4929. 

 I am a stand for liberty, freedom and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that create jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives.   Thank you for supporting our enterprise, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this newsletter with others.  I value your patronage. 
It’s a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog’s team of government watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!
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Thursday–Two days after the last episode of Gadfly Radio, I’m already looking forward to next week’s show.

Next week, Assemblyman Chris Norby will join us and we’ll cover what we planned to cover with him this past Tuesday night, and anything else that should come up that would take precedence. Also joining me will be Richard Winger, Publisher and editor of Ballot Access Blog, to talk with us about Americans Elect (Americanselect.org), an anecdote for our issue with a two party system and American’s lack of real and meaningful voice or choice in our electoral process.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog presents Assemblyman Chris Norby, and Publisher of Pension Tsunami Jack Dean: CA Budget Deadline, Prison for Small time Pot Growers, Redevelopment and Public Pensions

UPDATE–JUNE 9, 2011: Next week, Assemblyman Chris Norby will join us and we’ll cover what we planned to cover with him this past Tuesday night, and anything else that should come up that would take precedence. Also joining me will be Richard Winger, Publisher and editor of Ballot Access Blog, to talk with us about Americans Elect (Americanselect.org), an anecdote for our issue with a two party system and American’s lack of real and meaningful voice or choice in our electoral process.

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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June 7, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:   CA Assemblyman Chris Norby R-District 72 and Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami  join me on the program.  Steve Greenhut and John Seiler are on assignment.
We’ll talk with Chris Norby about the looming hard set budget cut off date of June 15, for California lawmakers, where no budget means no pay, not no deferred pay, but NO PAY for the legislators for the time they don’t produce a budget. What does this mean for the taxpayers?   How seriously does this hard set deadline influence the legislators?

We’ll ask Chris about his support for AB1017, which would have allowed California prosecutors to decide whether folks caught cultivating marijuana should be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.  The San Francisco Chronicle referred to its primary sponsor as “Uber liberal Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco.” The bill failed and Norby is said to have ripped his fellow Republicans for not supporting it.  We’ll ask him why?

Governor Brown is said to still be determined to redact, not reform Redevelopment in CA  and using the revenue that now goes to Redevelopment Agencies, to go to pay for local city and county services instead.  Is the budget showdown a High Noon moment for Redevelopment? 

We’ll ask Chris about the critical and obfuscated issue of Public Employee Pensions, possible reforms and initiatives being discussed in the Legislature, and Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami can help us navigate what he sees as possible reform initiatives at the State level as well as the myriad of reform initiatives gaining steam and much resistance or blow-back in San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.  

We’ll take your calls and comments on the air at 1-818-602-4929.

 I am a stand for liberty, freedom and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that create jobs, that in the process of prospering, nurture and support creative and dynamic culture, in the work place, and in our personal lives.   Thank you for supporting our enterprise, by listening, sponsoring, and or sharing this newsletter with others.  I value your patronage. 
It’s a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog’s team of government watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!
Tuesday nights live, on Gadfly Radio in Southern California or where ever you are.  California, the land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources,  when we get it right.   Join us.

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CA GOP Saves Eminent Domain! Party of the tax payer? NOT! Party of the Property Owner? NOT!

MARCH 18, 2011

By STEVEN GREENHUT

California Republicans love to talk about limiting government, fighting bureaucracy and keeping taxes low, but on Thursday they proved that this is nothing more than a rhetorical device. Given the opportunity to rein in the size and power of government in a tangible way, Assembly Republicans – with one sole exception – punted. They rallied to save some of the most abusive and wastrel government agencies around.

As the California GOP begins its convention in Sacramento today, party members ought to at least understand where its Assembly members stand – on the side of big government, higher taxes and uncontrolled debt and against property rights, individualism and freedom. As the party blathers about luring minority and working-class voters, let it be clear that the GOP sided with the developers and government planners who want to drive minorities and working-class people off of their property. The Democrats are right: The GOP is the party of big business and privilege.

As part of the governor’s budget package, the Assembly voted on SB77, which would have ended the state’s redevelopment agencies. But only longtime redevelopment foe, Chris Norby of Fullerton, sided with taxpayers and property owners. The rest of the Assembly Republicans voted “no” or didn’t vote at all. Had even one of the Republicans joined Norby, the bill would have passed with a two-thirds majority. There may still be time, but the GOP is too busy celebrating that it stopped Brown on this one issue. They put partisanship above their own ideology. They stopped Brown in one of the few areas where Brown was right.Click here to read more.

Repost from Friends for Fullerton’s Future Blog: Redevelopment on the Chopping Block?

Humn? Maybe there really is a Santa Claus… Or maybe it really could snow in Haiti. Posted by Assemblyman Chris Norby: (If this is true, wow, this is a big deal!)

Dear Friends, I just returned for my first full legislative term here in Sacramento, having gained valuable experience serving for the past 10 months since the special election. One announced reform I can embrace is the new governor’s goal of abolishing redevelopment agencies and restoring their funds to counties and schools. As a longtime critic of these agencies, I’ve been called by numerous media outlets and colleagues on issues related to this little understood level of government.

Redevelopment agencies capture 12% of all property taxes statewide-that’s $6 billion annually diverted from school districts, counties and municipal police and fire protection. The funds are largely spent subsidizing private development projects whose promoters acquire land under threat of eminent domain, while 20% pays for low income housing projects.”

Click here to read the rest of the story.

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Chris Norby: Local officials susceptible to ‘Bell syndrome’ (As in City of Bell)

By CHRIS NORBY The state assemblyman represents Fullerton and other parts of North Orange. Chris has been a City Councilman in the City of Fullerton. He’s also served as a Supervisor in Orange County. I know Chris because of the work he’s done for decades, helping ordinary people who either lost their properties, their homes and or businesses, or were able to fight City Hall and triumphantly save their properties. He founded M.O.R.R. (Municipal Officers for Redevelopment Reform). For more information about his work on helping average Joes fight Redevelopment) click here

“Stockholm syndrome” refers to the counterintuitive behavior of hostages who come to identify with their captors, based on the study of a Swedish kidnapping. Its counterpart in local government is the common acquiescence of elected officials to professional staff. In place of their own judgment they were elected to use, city councils often simply take orders from the city manager.

Call it “Bell syndrome.” Click here to read the column.
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