Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Special Guests, Ben Chavis on School Boards, & Jack Dean on Public Pension Costs

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Dec 13, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com.  

Special guests tonight are Dr. Ben Chavis, author of  Crazy Like a Fox , of American Indian Public Charter School fame, on the critical role of School Boards in support of the current prevailing paradigm that is our K-12 Public Education System,  and Jack Dean of  Pension Tsunami on the significant increase in the level of the public’s awareness to the dangerous current system of public policy formulas for wages, benefits and pensions for our Public Employees or Public Sector workers, including a look at the most recent Field Poll, Gallup Poll and political developments in San Jose, San Diego, and other happenings in CA.   

I love Whitney Tilson’s write up on his blog, about Ben Chavis.  Here’s an excerpt:

His schools are grades 6-12 and his first group of 27 seniors graduated last year — and 100% went to four-year colleges. He’s grown AIPCS from one school to five and all of them got API scores above 900 from the CA Dept of Education (scores range from 200 to 1000 with a statewide goal for all schools of 800; needless to say, nearly all other Oakland schools are nowhere near 900, much less 800). He told me his black and Latino kids are outscoring white and Asian kids — so much so that leaders of the Chinese community in Oakland asked him to open a school in their community — and it’s his lowest-scoring school (so far anyway)! His brash, in-your-face style would make any reasonable person uncomfortable, but great leaders often have this trait (think Patton). Here’s what I know: if I had to send my kids to an inner-city school, I’d want them at one of his schools (if there weren’t a KIPP nearby of course; interestingly, critics level some similar charges against KIPP as they do against Chavis: the discipline is too harsh — oh boo hoo hoo…).

 
John Seiler’s latest hot piece up at CalWatchDog is another must read: New Chart: More Spending Impossible | CalWatchDog
And it’s a must discuss too!  

Related links are a sampling from Pension Tsunami’s posts for Today, Dec 13, 2011:


The State Worker: Poll: Government workers favor lower pensions for new hires 

PPIC POLL: Big majority support Brown’s tax increase plan | SignOnSanDiego.com

San Jose Needs to Continue Bargaining on Pension Reform (editorial – San Jose Mercury News)

Poll Finds Little Love for Big Gov; 64% of People Surveyed Said Big Government Is Biggest Threat to the Country (M.J. Lee / Politico)

PENSION PULSE: Most Misunderstood Asset Class Today? (blog – Leo Kolivakis)

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Jack Dean, Publisher of PensionTsunami.com

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September 27, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  welcome Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. 

  CA hits a new record at 12.1 percent unemployment level and Sacramento proves to be an island where unemployment numbers are down.  Meanwhile for our government employees, it’s business as usual.  John Seiler will walk us through a myriad of bills the CA Legislature passed this session, over 600 bills, but we’ll stick to the most egregious, expensive and job killing ones the Governor has signed into law. 

With Jack Dean we’ll look at Public Employee pension costs, their impact on local communities up and down the state, and a few notables in the news lately across the country.
 

We also want to touch on the fatal beating of 37 year old homeless schizophrenic, Kelly Thomas, at the hands of 6 City of Fullerton police officers.   What lessons do we take from this case?   What happens next?  How do citizens expose corruption in their communities?

Related Links: 
From CalWatchDog.com:

In this CalWatchDog.com blog post on Sept21, Steven Greenhut writes Brown Says It All.  

Speaking to a group of government officials and law enforcement leaders in Sacramento today, Gov. Jerry Brown reassured them that there will be plenty of money to implement the realignment plan that shifts responsibility from the bureaucratic and incompetent state corrections department to slightly less bureaucratic and slightly less incompetent county governments. He pledged to back a November 2012 initiative toward that end,… Brown said one thing that epitomizes the state Capitol: “Don’t worry about the money. We’ll get it to you one way or the other.”

In this piece, Brown Continues Attack on Jobs,  John Seiler writes Gov. Jerry Brown remains unfazed by California’s accelerating economic decline.

Brown’s Government Expansion Project 
In this piece published yesterday, Katy Grimes reports:

Many in the state say that Gov. Jerry Brown has demonstrated a propensity for doing things his way, even if it means bucking his own party. But what Brown really has shown a gift for is expanding government.

Faced with 600 potential new laws sent to him in bill form by the state Legislature, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown appears only to be prolonging the insecurity and uncertainty in California with his bill-signing pen.

A few good vetoes along the way have gotten more headlines than the impact of what he has signed into law.

Here are just 7 of the 10 entries at Pension Tsunami today.  The other three are no less compelling, but I am sure you get the picture from this  sample list below:

For related links to some of the stories we’ll discuss related to the Kelly Thomas murder and what lessons we can take to heart from this story and how it is unfolding, see this post here:

Police Abuse of Power: Peace Officers need to be held to higher standards, not granted secrecy, immunity and leeway to use violence against the citizenry.

  
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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.

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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.  

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Sat 7-24-10 Jack Dean joins me to talk about the explosive story that could be the match to ignite a voter’s revolt against the Public Employee Unions and How Race Trumped jobs at the Obama Adminsitration’s commands over GM

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My Guest: Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami, on the story about the $800,000.00 annual salary for the City Manager of the City of Bell, CA. Could this be the story that breaks the public employee compensation and pension abuse of the public trust and budgets? Will it be the match that lights a fire under the taxpayers, to cause a productive and revolutionary revolt?
If Bell City Manager retires now, he stands to reap over $30 million dollars in retirement funds. He’s not the only one with outrageous pensions. He’s just the worst case by far, but we’ll look at the more common, and yet still, very unjust overcompensation awarded to various officials and ex-officials, all on the dime of the taxpayer, who is on the hook to pay, no matter what.

Race Played Role in Obama Administration’s GM and Chrysler Dealer Closures – according to a report by Troubled Asset Relief Program Special Inspector General Neal M. Barofsky At what cost? And to benefit whom?

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Sat Feb 20, 2010: Jack Dean, Public Employee Pensions Taking States’ Economies over the Edge. Any hope for Reform? & Radio Sat. Nite, 8-11 PM PT


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Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami on the latest in the havoc wrecked by Public Employee Pensions on State and local governments’ budgets and solvency, and the efforts by citizens, to curb the Tsunami.

Saturday night I fill in for Nicole Bella Remini on CRN Digital Talk, CRN 1 from 8 pm to 11 pm Pacific Time. Please join me again. We’ll have fun, some great guests, and lot’s of great hot talk. My guests include Matt Labash on his latest book, Fly Fishing with Darth Vadar, and Danny Tarkanian, a serious contender challenging Harry Reid for the Senate in Nevada.
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Sat Nov 21, 2009: Humor cuts to the chase. Be political activists or have fun with friends? Do both! & Jack Dean on Taming the Pension Tsunami



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Tony Bushala is one of the founders of a gem blog, Friends for Fullerton’s Future Blog, a.k.a. FFFFB, an effective local blog and guerilla marketing strategy to whip elected officials honest, slap strays in line, or remove them, and prevent carpetbaggers from swooning in to capitalize on a favorable voter registration base.

It helps to start out with a voter friendly base, but even so, political machines of any party can become compromised and piggy. The City of Fullerton, CA resides in Assembly District 72, in Orange County, CA, with a roughly 43% to 34% Republican over Democrat advantage. It’s enough of a lead that party bosses for the dominant party can take their base for granted, grow fat, and abusive of their power.

At the top of their blog their mission statement says it all: Friends for Fullerton’s Future supports candidates and causes that promote intelligent, responsible and accountable government in Fullerton and Orange County.

We’ll hear about some of their most current successes affecting policy issues, and appointed and elected government officials. What do they do? How do they do it? What does it take? And can you replicate this strategy in your community? You’ll love the message and the messenger! The methodology they use is smart, in your face, good old fashion muckraking, hilarious clever humor, strategic cross marketing and low budget strategic advertising. Be inspired! Be empowered! “All politics are local”–Here’s how to fight the Machine and be a happy warrior!

Jack Dean, of Pension Tsunami and Californians for Pension Reform joins us to give us an update on the campaign to reign in the runaway train that is the Public Employee Pension Fund Gravy Train.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN 1
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If you read, write, & count you can move mountains. Knowledge is power. Derrell Bradford & Jack Dean want you to have it & be free: Sat. Sept.19, 09



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On the program, Derrell Bradford deputy director of Excellent Education for Everyone E3, a school-choice advocacy group co-founded by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, joins us to talk About our Children, a live televised star studded panel event happening Sunday at Howard University.
Paul Rodriguez, comedian and civic and education activist, also on the panel on Sunday, may drop in with Derrell and I, if his flight is on time. He’s been fighting to save the farmers, and farm workers and their families in California’s Central Valley too so he’s travelling from CA to DC.
The live event on Sunday Focuses on the Faces of Poverty and Education as a Pathway to Achieving the American Dream. It features Bill Cosby. The other star panelists are Dr. Ben Chavis, former principal of American Indian Public Charter School and author of the new released book “Crazy Like a Fox: One Principal’s Triumph in the Inner City,” Dr. Daniel Amen, founder of the Amen Clinics; Ben Austin, executive director of the Los Angeles based Parents Union; ” Dr. Alvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; and Randi Weingarten, former president of the United Federation of Teachers. I said it last week, and I’ll keep saying it: When and if conservatives pointedly, intentionally, and substantively take on the Cartel of public education, whoa! The political playing field will be transformed! The jig will be up! Let’s do it. Start by tuning into my show, and watch the live event on Sunday. You can participate live on both programs.

Jack Dean, the big taxpayer’s hero, editor and publisher of Pension Tsunami, and founding board member of California Pension Reform, has a lot to talk about with us. We’ll get an update on the ever expanding list of Calpers and CALstrs $100,000 Pension Clubs–Calpers’ own actuary says the system is not sustainable.
We’ll talk with Jack about Southern CA’s Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) failed attempt (this time) to give its employees a 25% pension boost. Angry voters stopped them this past Wednesday, for now,but it’s not over; they’re coming back around in October, so be ready.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN, Channel 1

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The Key to Win an Army of Allies, The Souls of Two Cultures Embodied in One Legend, The Insatiable Parasite’s Reach for Yet More: Sat. Sept.12, 09



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People all over the country come together today, to stop the massive expansion, the runaway train, of BIG GOVERNMENT, from Washington D.C. to your local city and town, across the nation. Bravo!
On the program, Bob Bowdon, Director of the powerful film, The Cartel, takes a break from the set of a shoot for the satire news website, The Onion, to talk with us, about his new film, (not a satire), and the real outrage over Obama’s speech to children in public schools across the land this past Tuesday. A WSJ editorial called it a missed opportunity for conservatives, who were reduced to looking foolish for their complaints about Obama’s address to the kids. When and if conservatives pointedly, intentionally, and substantively take on the Cartel of public education, whoa! The political playing field will be transformed! The jig will be up! Let’s do it. Start by tuning in, and checking out this film.

Film star & Santa Ana, CA lawyer, Jess Araujos, drops by to invite everyone in Southern California, this Saturday, to the premiere of the indy movie, The Cowboy’s Tragedy La Trajeria del Vaquero. He plays the town Sheriff, in the film, and accepted the role because it “depicts some of the most nobel and admirable qualities of the people of rural Mexico. Using the law to achieve justice is something that has been my profession and my life for over thirty years and town Sheriff was a natural fit for me” said Araujo. Conservatives and limited government activists, share a powerful connection, inherent in traditional Mexican culture depicted in this film; here’s a window into that perspective and understanding.
The legend and spirit of the Cowboy, is deep with in them, with in us, forever and always. It’s a connection of our souls that is inextricable.

Jack Dean, big taxpayer’s hero, editor and publisher of Pension Tsunami , and founding board member of California Pension Reform, he has lots to talk about with us. We’ll get an update on the lists of Calpers and CALstrs $100,000 Pension Clubs–Calpers’ own actuary says the system is not sustainable.
He’ll also talk about Southern CA’s Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) vote next week to give its employees a 25% pension boost. If you live in So Cal, YOU’re the sucker who will pay the tab. Better stop them now, or switch to sponge baths and cactus and rock landscapes for your yards. The fee hikes will blow your mind, and blow up your budget.
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT, one fast hour on CRN, Channel 1

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Jack Dean on a Big Victory for Taxpayers v Stealth Gov Employee Pensions, Dan Tripp on Beating Obama’s Health Care Bill, Sat, July 18, 2009

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This Saturday on the program:
Jack Dean, Publisher of Pension Tsunami and Board Member of California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility CFFR, talks with us about the importance of CFFR’s recent court victory and more. He’ll talk about the Contra Costa Times story: “Contra Costa judge’s pension ruling is a huge victory for the public.”

Dan Tripp, National Political Director with Americans for Limited Government travels the country setting up state-based, non-profit activist networks and is heavily involved in the state ballot initiative process. His most recent victory was passage of Colorado Amendment 54, The Clean Government Act, which passed 51 to 49 percent in November 2008.

Today, Dan is organizing against Obamacare. His team has strategically organized in roughly 85 of the marginally Democratic congressional districts in order to put pressure on them to vote against Obamacare. Who are the “blue dogs” and why are they key to defeating Obamacare? What’s happening in the senate with Baucus, and Conrad? Can he and his team prevail? What can you do?
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Be Inspired, enthralled, and entertained. Join me & my guest, Jack Dean, Saturday at 11 AM to Noon on CRN Digital Talk Radio

This Saturday, Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami Blog joins me. He’s great entertainment, witty, sharp, and dangerously knowledgeable. We’ll talk about the major stories that broke this week, and which got eclipsed in the media by the three huge celebrity deaths and the media frenzy that ensued.
Despite the fiscal trajectory we’re on, taxpayers are paying attention, are fed-up, and a ground swell, at the grassroots level, is pushing back and causing measurable results. Jack will make you wince, laugh, and hopefully inspire you to join a viable and exciting movement.
On June 24th, Pension Tsunami reported A good day today for California’s pension reform movement. Keith Richman and the work of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility CFFR were profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Marcia Fritz appeared on not just one but two Fox TV shows, and the Los Angeles Times carried an article about Ventura County considering a ballot initiative that would require voter approval to increase pensions or benefits (similar to Orange County’s successful Measure J). This was very exciting news!!! Tune in. You gotta hear it as only Jack can tell it.
Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson, celebrity icons whose stars once burned bright in past decades–their passing gave many pause and escape, as we waxed nostalgic over where we were during those days when they were at the top of their game, and we were younger.
But Iran’s people fight with their lives, nuclear proliferation is at stake, and they need the world to bear witness to their noble and courageous stand for freedom and regime change.
WSJ reports on three states which are the leaders of progressive politics and policies and which sit on the brink of bankruptcy. Their example shows the nation what is sure to follow the Obama administration’s current path for national political economic policy.
A full court press is in motion now, to nationalize health care and to pass the Cap and Trade bill, sold as an urgent necessity to “save the planet.” DownsizeDC.org says it clearly: “The politicians seem to be unifying around “cap and trade” as a way to cut CO2 emissions. If they take this step it may be the largest increase in the size, scope, and intrusiveness of government since the creation of Medicare. Worse still, it may not even achieve its purpose. Please tell Congress to oppose “cap and trade.”