Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha Montelongo and CalWatchDog’s John Hrabe, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, with special guest Mark Cabaniss

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August 16, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal joins me as we talk with John Hrabe of CalWatchDog on the CA Redistricting, and Mark Cabaniss on his take on the Fullerton Police Department gang of 6 who should be prosecuted for murder and what the public needs to watch for and resist from the O.C. District Attorney.  We’ll discuss Ben’s on-line debate on the Parent Trigger for Education reform,  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villareigosa’s pronouncement today at a press club event calling for “reform” of Prop 13, and why is Ron Paul ignored as a top tier candidate? 


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To end police abuse, punish abusers By Mark Cabaniss, an attorney from Kelseyville, California, who has worked as a prosecutor and public defender in his former state of residency.

The Parent Trigger: A Positive Step or a Distraction for Improving Our Public Schools? an online debate featuring Ben Boychuk and Julie Cavanagh.

Mike Ward: Redistricting Panel Broke Law by John Hrabe of CalWatchDog.com

Carla Marinucci blogged today following LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls for overhaul of “corporate giveaway” in Prop. 13 “in a much-anticipated speech to the Sacramento Press Club today, urged progressives to “stand up to the idealogues” of the Tea Party and called for massive overhaul of state tax system — including Prop. 13 — to protect California’s future and resources, including education.”

I want to ask our panel, Why the media black out of Ron Paul’s 2nd place victory at the Iowa Ames Straw Poll on Saturday?

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Steven Greenhut: Left wins redistricting game |- Opinion – The Orange County Register

California’s new electoral districts crafted by a supposedly nonpartisan commission, which actually did the bidding of left-wing and ethnic interest groups, will almost certainly ensure a two-thirds legislative majority for tax-hiking Democrats.

In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 11, which created the California Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw new lines following the 2010 Census. The commission was charged with forming districts for the state Assembly, Senate and the Board of Equalization. Voters then approved Prop. 20, which gave the commission the authority to draw new district lines for Congress.

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Hrabe, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk, Marijuana Policy Project’s Morgan Fox

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July 19, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  Tonight on Gadfly Radio, What’s race got to do with it? The CA Redistricting Commission went dark a few weeks ago.  But one discovery written about by CalWatchDog investigative reporter John Hrabe touches on contorted measures taking root behind closed doors, to further secure centralized power for the CA State Democratic Party and the public unions and environmentalist groups they are beholden to, while conceding to collectivists demands by ethnic identity groups, for race to be used as a determining factor for districts’ makeup, trumping the integrity, cohesiveness, natural boundaries, and community interests of neighborhoods, cities and counties. 

Cities are cutting vital services including police, fire and other services to make ends meet. Most other states are better off, but national unemployment has risen to over 9 percent now. Yet the Obama Administration has announced a reversal of its 2009 position that put marijuana enforcement as a low priority, seemingly respecting individual State laws.


What are the costs vs benefits of criminalizing medical marijuana in spite of CA’s Medicinal Marijuana laws? What are the fears and the real consequences? What are the threats and dangers of the Obama Administration’s reversal of policy if pursued as recently stated? Morgan Fox, Communications Director with the Marijuana Policy Project MPP joins us to discuss the impact of the Obama Administration’s recent flurry of statements regarding Federal enforcement guidelines and policy and the MPP in CA. 


Ben Boychuk joins me, and among the other topics aforementioned, we’ll touch on the latest issue of CA City Journal‘s subscription magazine’s summer issue including a poignant piece by Joel Kotkin called Lost Angeles: The City of Angels goes to hell. Wow!

Ben will also touch on Steven Greenhut’s hard hitting commentary in the same issue, When Heroes Become Bureaucrats: Why cops and firefighters stood by as a man drowned in San Francisco Bay. Zing!

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Redistricting Commissioner Gabino Aguirre’s Secret Political Past

This report is published at CalWatchDog.com


Independent “Citizen” Commissioner Concealed Partisan Political Activities, History of Latino Activism & Connections to Redistricting Interest Group
JULY 15, 2011

By JOHN HRABE

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the 14-member independent panel of average citizens, was created to end partisan gerrymandering and draw political boundaries in an open process, without the influence of special interests.

An investigation by CalWatchDog.com reveals that at least one commissioner, Dr. Gabino T. Aguirre, has made multiple political campaign contributions to Democratic candidates — contributions that were previously undisclosed to the Commission; a long history of political activism in support of Latino causes; and an extensive web of connections to a special interest group that has submitted its own redistricting proposals to the commission…Click here to read the report. 

I love being Mexican American…I speak Spanish fluently, I love it, and I love the music and literature and the sensibilities of the language and the culture. When I think about my childhood, I flash on a myriad of images that are the unique experience of growing up in an area where Mexican/Spanish Culture was established in the late 1600’s. I get the same thrill attending functions of different cultures as well, including of European settlers. It’s all very interesting, and I am moved by the way different cultures express our universal values for love,children, family, honor, dignity, and culture.

That said, it is quite another matter for those who call for, advocate, support, promote, encourage or defend the case for political leaders who claim to have a special interest and special qualifications to legislate laws and rights on my behalf because we share a cultural heritage.

Under the rule of law, we are all equal. Or at least, that is how it is supposed to be.  There is no carving up of rights by race or ethnicity that can ever serve us well.   There is no integrity in such an argument. 

Such concepts are collectivist, anti-individualist, and only serve to divide us into groups, among our fellow citizens, and serve to empower “caudillios” or power brokers.  They erode our freedoms and true equality under the rule of law.  We can not right wrongs of the past by consenting to and condoning wrongs in the present.   That is absurd. 

Individual liberty, rights and laws to protect the individual, regardless of race, creed, sex, or color–that is what makes good political leaders, neighbors and policy that supports being free and having opportunity to creating and proliferating economic prosperity.

Congratulations Speaker Perez – But Watch Out For That Referendum

This is a powerful follow-up piece to the op-ed Tony Quinn wrote on Monday, and talked about yesterday on Gadfly Radio. “They need not spend money trying to elect more Democratic members; the Redistricting Commission has done it for them.” and “The real partisan work is being done by their staff of Berkeley Democratic consultants. Every change made to Assembly maps since release of the first draft districts on June 10 has favored the Democrats; to believe this is all by accident is to walk through an orchard and believe all the rows of trees just grew there by chance.

The 54th Democratic seat is a doozy, but it does the job.

Click here to read the article

Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, Tony Quinn of Fox&Hound, CA State Senator & Chair of Dems for Ed Reform Gloria Romero & Lydia Grant, Community Activist & Student Liaison in L.A.U.S.D.

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July 12, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:   Tonight on Gadfly Radio, Martha w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, Tony Quinn of Fox & Hound Daily, Chair of Dems for Ed Reform, Past CA Senator & Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero and Community Activist and Student Liaison Lydia Grant.  

Former CA State Senator and Senate Majority Leader, now Chair of CA Democrats for Education Reform issued a statement last week calling for sitting CA Board of Education member Patricia Rucker to recuse herself from the board’s hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13th, when the board decides on the final draft of rules for The Parent Trigger law in California in California.   If the rules are not adopted at this hearing, then the process needs to begin all over again.  

We’ll talk with the Senator over her role in passing the Parent Trigger Law when she was in the CA Legislature, her support for the Parent Trigger Law, and why she is riding with two bus loads of parents, to Sacramento to appear before the CA State Board of Education in support of the The Parent Trigger Law.   


Tony Quinn joins us to discuss his passionate op-ed, Excluding The Public: The Redistricting Commission Goes Dark | Fox & Hounds Daily, published yesterday in Fox and Hound Daily concerning the “black out” we are now experiencing from our CA Redistricting Commission.  
We’ll also speak with Tony regarding his Fox & Hound colleague Joel Fox’s op-ed concerning the CA Legislature’s attack on Prop 13, “First, They Want to Go After Business Property Taxes.”

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

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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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Excluding The Public: The Redistricting Commission Goes Dark | Fox & Hounds Daily

By Tony Quinn
Political Commentator and Former Legislative Staffer
Mon, July 11th, 2011

Running out of time, beset by rebellious consultants, and manipulated by partisans, the Citizens Redistricting Commission has decided to exclude citizens from the process. The Commission is going dark.

On Saturday, the Commission voted not to release a second set of draft redistricting maps to the press or the public on July 14 as promised. They also voted not to post maps of the districts they are drawing on their own redistricting website. Despite a $3 million budget and hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to their consultants, the consultants told them they had no time for public maps. Outside groups are being recruited for that task. Click here to read more.
(Tony Quinn joins me on Gadfly Radio Tuesday, July 12, at 8PM. Our other guests include Former CA State Senator, Gloria Romero, and Citizen liaison, activist, Lydia Grant)

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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California redistricting may mean gains for Democrats in U.S. House – latimes.com

There are some rumblings that the new districts violate the Voting Rights Act. If you count increase in Latino population, and you assume that a predominantly Latino community should be able to elect a Latino representative, and you also have to assume that a Latino can’t be elected if non Latinos outnumber Latinos in a given district. Those are all assumptions. There have been Latinos elected to the State Legislature that were not in predominantly Latino districts. Bob Pacheco, Rob Pacheco, and Abel Maldonado come to mind. They also all happened to be Republican.

Are the districts more competitive?

“Matt Rexroad, a Sacramento-based Republican consultant, cautioned that the maps are subject to change. But if the lines hold, he said, “There are three to five Republican members of Congress who don’t return.”

“We will see more competitive races without a doubt,” Rexroad said. “Once these seats are a little bit more exposed to the waves that go across the country … you will start seeing some changes.”

But the maps, while putting more House seats in play, could reduce the state’s influence on Capitol Hill.

Dreier, at risk of losing his seat after 30 years in the House, is chairman of the House Rules Committee.

Howard L. Berman, a 28-year House veteran and the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, faces a tough race in a proposed new San Fernando Valley district against fellow Democrat Brad Sherman — who, in anticipation of the redistricting, has amassed more than $3 million in his campaign treasury.”–Click here to read more.