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Today live with Martha, John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com  and Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal, we welcome back regular contributor to CalWatchDog, John Hrabe.   John’s written a couple of investigative reports on the recent Redistricting of CA and his take is not flattering in outcome, the process nor the actions of any of the players involved.   What does it mean for California’s  jobs, economy, growth, and future?
CA GOP ‘Idiots’ Lose State Senate | CalWatchDog 
11 More Ways to Fix Busted Redistricting | CalWatchDog 

We’ll also ask John Hrabe about his take on the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad. 
John Hrabe: Eastwood Super Bowl Ad: Powerful, Inspirational and Dead Wrong 
and his most recent post, just in time for Valentine’s Day: 
Cal State Prez Salaries Top Facebook Exec | CalWatchDog  Feel the love!  But for whom? 

More from CalWatchDog.com
Kamala Harris’ Totalitarianism | CalWatchDog
and related story:
Group suspends California public pension reform ballot effort – Sacramento Politics – California Politics | Sacramento Bee

And we’ll talk with Ben Boychuk on the latest posted over at California City Journal:
  David Crane’s California Quest by Judith Miller, City Journal Winter 2012, a different take on the recent Redistricting outcome and possibilities and


California’s Demographic Revolution by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal Winter 2012
If the upward mobility of the impending Hispanic majority doesn’t improve, the state’s economic future is in peril.   I found reading her piece a prescription for restless agitated sleep.  In my opinion she paints little  possibility other than to stop anymore of “those kinds of people” and  only tangentially touches on the role of the white Anglo Saxons who dominate all the powerful state public employee unions, including the 800 pound gorilla in the room–The almighty teachers union, the CTA and their definitive role in the impoverished level of education of the economically and socially impoverished Latino population of CA.    I’m sure Ben and John will have a different take.  What?  We’ll find out. 

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, with Special guest, Steve Greenhut on Redevelopment–Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead!

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Jan 3, 2012:  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.  Steven Greenhut, the Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog, joins us to discuss the latest and hottest stories in CA politics, but especially, we want to talk about the how California’s RDAs [were] Hoisted on [Their] Own Petard.

Steve’s most recent book, Plunder, about Public Employee Union Benefits and Pensions are bankrupting the nation, is well known and regarded by serious reformers in the field, across the political spectrum nationwide.

But Greenhut also did a compelling and comprehensive book on RDAs or Redevelopment Associations, called Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain.  Did he ever think he’d see this program be dissolved in California?  How did it happen?  The title of his report says it all in one sentence.  We’ll have a chance to hear him talk about it in detail. 

Every week we cover an important story concerning education and the struggle to transform it into an effective institution. This week we touch on two stories.

One is very subtly described as State Sponsored Thievery Continues in Plain Sight, in an op-ed by Larry Sand, published today at UnionWatch.org.

The other story is regarding Parents across Southern California Demanding CTA apologize for fear mongering and intimidation tactics used against families who want to organize for reform, and demands that the CTA retract denigrating statements dismissing parents’ interests, intentions and good will. Linda Serrato of the Parent Revolution joins us to talk about this story.

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler. Steve Greenhut, maybe, and Oscar Cruz of Families in Schools

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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Dec 6, 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.  Steven Greenhut, the Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog, may be joining us to discuss his latest posted commentary at CalWatchDog, addressing Gov. Brown’s open letter to the CA Voters issued on Monday, Dec 5th, what Brown says and Steve’s interpretation of what it says and means to all of us.   


We’ll welcome Oscar E. Cruz, the President and CEO of Families in Schools, a partner with other groups such as 4Teaching Excellence in Los Angeles, committed to causing reform and transformation in what is known today as public education.  He’ll give us a brief sharing of who they are, what they cause, who is impacted, how they measure their results and how can  listeners learn more about them.

Related link: 
The Small Business Action Committee joined with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Taxpayers Association to file the initiative, which will re-establish the Gann Spending Limit of 1979. Although still in effect, the Gann Limit, named after proponent Paul Gann, was made ineffective by subsequent measures. Since that time, dramatic increases in spending have constantly put the state budget under water. The updated spending limit will stop the problem of unbalanced budgets.

 We’ll talk with our listeners and panel about the future of Gadfly Radio, moving forward, what we stand for, and what we want to be accountable for in our communication.

Last time Steven was with us, I wrote the following about who Steve is, as he occurs for me, and it’s so spot on, I want to repeat it, in case you missed it.  Steve Greenhut writes about policy on various news and think tank websites, on various issues, and they are all related and stem from a unifying set of core values and unwavering principles through which he analyzes and communicates.   His work is instrumental to help raise public awareness and consciousness of truths v how the public is manipulated by slick and effective media campaigns and public relations by those in positions of power over our “free” society.   His bias is for championing the individual, the underdog, the entrepreneur who respects others’ rights as well as his own.   A truthsayer and a truth teller with a lot of heart, soul, wit and irony, he is self described curmudgeon.    He is a lover of liberty and I feel lucky to have him on our side.  

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Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler and Special Guest, Steve Greenhut on CA’s Prospects for Liberty and Prosperity

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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November 29, 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.  We welcome back Steven Greenhut, the Editor in Chief at CalWatchDog, for his take on the many current political, social and economic situations playing out in CA and the US.   


Steve writes about policy on various news and think tank websites, on various issues, yet they are all related and stem from a unifying set of core values and unwavering principles through which he analyzes and writes.   His work is instrumental to help raise public awareness and consciousness of the facts v how the public is swayed by conventional media and the public relations campaigns of the ruling classes of our “free” society.   His bias is for championing the individual, the underdog, the entrepreneur who respects others’ rights as well as his own.   A truthsayer and a truth teller with a lot of heart, soul, wit and irony, he is self described curmudgeon.    A lover of liberty, I feel lucky to have him on our side.  

Related Links: 

Can’t Live by Scenery Alone by Steven Greenhut – City Journal

Archive of Greenhut’s latest blog posts and articles at CalWatchDog

Steven Greenhut’s archive of articles in City Journal

Steven Greenhut, Author of “PLUNDER!: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives, and Bankrupting the Nation” Speaks to the Lincoln Club – December 10, 2009 – YouTube Video 9 minutes

Steven Greenhut: Archives at LewRockwell.com

Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars – 60 Minutes – CBS News
Whitney Tilson refers to this news story which features some amazingly poised, mature, intelligent and articulate homeless children who live in cars, on the street, to admonish Republicans to take back their country from extremist whom he presumes don’t care about these children because they are extremists who want to slash programs and oppose raising taxes on the wealthy.

Getting Serious About Ron Paul by Steven Greenhut

A Right Denied | The Critical Need for Genuine School Reform, a project founded by Whitney Tilson

California at or near the bottom in so many ways – Orange Punch : The Orange County Register

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California’s public safety workers: Police, firefighters on spot after Alameda incident – latimes.com

Op-Ed
The Alameda incident: ‘First responders’ who don’t
Police and firefighters stood by and watched a suicidal man drown. We need to restore the principle that the real constituency for public safety is the public, not bureaucrats and government workers.

The incident sparked widespread outrage in Northern California, and the response by the Fire Department and police only intensified the anger. The firefighters blamed local budget cuts for denying them the training and equipment necessary for cold-water rescues. The police said that they didn’t know if the man was dangerous and therefore couldn’t risk the safety of officers.

After a local TV news crew asked him whether he would save a drowning child in the bay, Alameda Fire Chief Ricci Zombeck gave an answer that made him the butt of local talk-show mockery: “Well, if I was off duty, I would know what I would do, but I think you’re asking me my on-duty response, and I would have to stay within our policies and procedures, because that’s what’s required by our department to do.”

If you stand a better chance of being rescued by the official rescuers when they are off duty, then what is the purpose of these departments, which consume the lion’s share of city budgets and whose employees — in California anyway — receive exceedingly handsome salaries?

Click to read article posted at latimes.com

Evidence from Southern California that redevelopment agencies don’t work | Redevelopment.US


Doug Tessitor is the mayor of Glendora, a city in Los Angeles County. He’s a self-described conservative and dead certain that preserving California’s redevelopment agencies (RDAs) is essential to his city’s fiscal health…Tessitor’s response is worth rebutting, not because his arguments are exceptional but because they echo those of other California Republicans who defend redevelopment. Read more…”

Click here for more…

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog hosts Special Guest Adam Summers of Reason, and Costa Mesa City Councilmember, James Righeimer if his meeting ends with in 3.5 hours tonight.

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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This week, CalWatchDog‘s John Seiler joins us on the show.  We’ll be joined by Adam Summers of Reason Foundation.  Also, if they can end their meeting in 3.5 hours, City of Costa Mesa’s Mayor Pro Tem, James Righeimer, and City Council member, Stephen Mengsinger are scheduled to drop in.

John Seiler is on assignment and will try his best to make at that the bottom of the hour. He wrote an excellent piece, as usual, this week at CalWatchDog, called CFT Explains Tax-Increase Strategy. The stratedy includes a proposal and push for a whole lot of tax increases and legislative changes including a split roll property tax to get around Prop 13 for businesses, and a change that would lower the required percentage of legislative votes required to pass a tax increase in the CA State Legislature from two thirds to a simple majority.

The City of Costa Mesa has been in the news quite a lot regarding their reforms to address their local budget crisis. Part of their solution has been to outsource services and reduce the size of their government workforce and public employee benefits and pension liabilities. If they prevail, they set an example for other cities in CA to follow. We’ve invited James Righeimer, Mayor Pro Tem, and Stephen Mengsinger, City Council member, to talk with us about their efforts to date, their strategy, objectives, hurdles, successes and setbacks. They’re scheduled to join us if they can end their meeting in less than 3.5 hours. It’s government so there is no counting on it despite their own best efforts.

Adam Summers of Reason.org has authored two important studies we’ll look at tonight on the California Public Employee Pension Crisis. One called How to Fix California’s Public Pension Crisis:  How the state’s public pension system broke and how to fix it and the other on Comparing Private Sector and Government Worker Salaries: Public sector offers ironclad job security and greater pension benefits.

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

My mission for this radio program is (I quote here the mission statement of The Future of Freedom Foundation. I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), “to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.”
 I am a stand and cause 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 post 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 is 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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Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s Steve Greenhut & John Seiler, w/ Guest, Carlos A. Rodriguez, on the Role of Latinos in CA Politics, His Efforts to Recruit Them to Liberty’s Cause, & His Stand on Immigration Policy

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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This week, CalWatchDog‘s Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.  We’ll be joined by Carlos A. Rodriguez.   

Carlos was the 2010 Libertarian Party Candidate for U.S. Congress, CA District #28.  He got 8% of the vote, in a district with a very high Latino population.   He is an immigration attorney, a Libertarian, committed to advancing the Libertarian Party, and he’s a Cuban American, which gives many Latino Democrats fodder to cast aspersions and dismiss his credentials as “authentically” like the majority of Latinos in California.  

We’ll ask Carlos about his positions on policy and politics related to public employee benefits and pensions, education, property rights, his own political evolution and his self-identified strongest suits– the role of Latinos in CA politics and his team’s efforts to recruit them to liberty’s cause, and the issue of immigration. 
Other news for discussion on tonight’s show, from CalWatchDog’s Website, re-posted here:

Breaking News

MAY 10, 2011 By DAVE ROBERTS “I’ve never forgotten Jack Kemp saying the way we define compassion is not by adding up how many people receive government benefits, but rather tallying the numbers of those who no longer need them. The Democrat Party is not interested in that definition of compassio…

MAY 9, 2011 By KATY GRIMES California residents planning automobile road trips this summer beware. The Department of Motor Vehicles is not allowing July auto registrations to be paid. The DMV has been ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown to refuse to accept payment of all two million July vehicle regis…

MAY 9, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Californians keep looking for ways to boost our economy, which also would bring in more revenue to the state government. The Legislature still is struggling with a budget deficit of about $15 billion, after $10 billion in cuts were made. Here’s an idea: Switch to …

MAY 6, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT Yet another report released this week confirms the enormous liabilities that California taxpayers must endure to pay for pensions for public employees. The study, released at a Pension Boot Camp for elected officials held in Citrus Heights by the reform group Cal…

News from Around the State


We’ll touch on as many of these stories with our hosts and guest, as time permits, and get your imput if you want to give us a call during the show. 
 

My mission for this radio program is (I quote here the mission statement of The Future of Freedom Foundation. I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), “to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.”
 I am committed to being a stand and a cause for liberty, freedom and prosperity for all people; a stand for vibrant and innovative small businesses that creates 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 post 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!

Join us Tuesday nights, on Gadfly Radio live in Southern California or where ever you are.  California is a land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, if we get it right.   Join us.

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Steve Greenhut’s new article: Public Servants Lack Accountability

May 2, 2011

Union arguments in favor of their members’ lush pensions are falling by the wayside as the public examines the facts. For instance, union officials argue that the average public-sector pension benefit in California is “only” $30,000 a year, while neglecting to mention that the number, according to the state’s watchdog Little Hoover Commission, rises to $66,000 a year for recent retirees — a reflection of the widespread pension boosting of the past decade.

Virtually no one in the workaday private sector gets that level of guaranteed benefit, and the number of retired government employees grabbing $100,000 a year is growing by at least 40 percent a year. No wonder the public is angry. But the public is angry at more than the unsustainable pension debt and the unfair imbalance between the amounts received in the public vs. the private sector. People are getting angry at the abuses by public employees and at the lack of accountability even when miscreants are caught red-handed. Click here to read the article.

The Great Pension Debate – Steven Greenhut vs. Nick Berardino

Here’s a fun match up between pension watchdog Steven Greenhut and the head of the OCEA public employees’ union, Nick Berardino. The subject of yesterday’s debate was “Can pensions be reformed co-operatively?”

Click here to read more.

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha and CalWatchDog’s Steve Greenhut and John Seiler on CA Government and Lydia Grant on the harm and danger of unchecked police power against children in LAUSD

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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Gadfly Radio, with me and CalWatchDog’s Steven Greenhut and John Seiler on the latest and hottest stories up at CalWatchDog.com and in L.A. Children are being injured and their futures destroyed, by none other than the L.A.U.S.D.’s own police force with the help of the LAPD and the L.A. DA’s Office and LAUSD’s Complicit School Administrators.

A Black High Schooler in Los Angeles, CA uses a Cell Phone Camera to record a Police Officer beating a Student, is Charged with Attempted Lynching and faces Fourteen Years in Prison
Lydia Grant, education reform activist, parent, an LAUSD student safety activist and community liaison joins us to talk about the “seemingly weird case of Jeremy Marks, who is charged with “Attempted Lynching” and how the numerous examples of a gross abuse of power in this case are not so uncommon.  The difference in this case, the victim’s mother is getting some help to fight back, to expose a web of what appears to include a framing of an innocent bystander, dangerous harassment and intimidation by police officers against parents and children involved in the case, a cover up, and a gross abuse of power by police agencies with assistance from the Los Angeles DA’s Office.

A kid was severely beaten by a police officer for smoking a cigarette, and Jeremy Marks faces fourteen years for video taping the assault and not plea bargaining with the police. “If he pled guilty to charges of obstructing an officer, resisting arrest, criminal threats and “attempted lynching,” he’d serve only 32 months in prison.” Documents have been lost, kids’ homes raided at gunpoint by swat teams in gear, and other kids with similar stories have come forward. What is flying for “law and order” is criminal, immoral, unethical and dangerous for all of our children in public schools in Los Angeles.  

From the files at CalWatchDog.com, your eyes on California Government:
NEW: Govt. Fights Citizens’ Right to Know
How do we know there are over sixteen thousand retired public employees, from CalSTRS, CalPERS and Cal’s UC alone, receiving over $100,000 a year in retirement income? Well it took legal battles to get documents disclosed. This is information the public is entitled to know. We are entitled to know how our Government works, what they do,  how they serve us, and how their actions impact our tax liabilities, burden are obligations. The average citizen’s ability to find out what the Government will not willingly disclose is what is now under direct assault.

From CalWatchDog’s Breaking News Page:

NEW: High-Speed Rail Rides Again
APRIL 12, 2011 By KATY GRIMES Another attempt to stop the unchecked spending on high-speed rail was killed in committee on Monday on a party-line vote. That happened despite research proving that taxpayers cannot sustain the inevitable subsidy the project will require, and claims that voters…

NEW: Guards Imprison Gov. Brown
APRIL 12, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Call me a bleeding heart, but I think prisoners should be treated humanely. In most American prisons, they’re treated like animals — actually, the ASPCA would get anyone who treated animals like that arrested for cruelty. But given that prisons are run by gove…


NEW: Public Pensions Crowding Out Services

(or, “Cutting Redevelopment to Solve Pension Crisis”

APRIL 12, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A Chinese folk tale tells of a sculptor that placed fake money on a tree to trick villagers into cutting it down for him. But so many people believed the tree to be sacred that the sculptor was warned that if he cut down the tree he would be cursed. At the …

NEW: Forced March to the May Revise
APRIL 11, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Things are looking bleaker by the day for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $12 billion tax hike. So far, Republicans have remained rock solid against it, denying him the two GOP sellout votes he needs in each house of the Legislature to put a tax-increase before voters…

My mission for this radio program is (and I quote here the mission statement of  The Future of Freedom Foundation, with whom I have no affiliation other than that I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), “to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.”

It’s a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog’s team of government watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!

Join us Tuesday nights, on Gadfly Radio live in Southern California or where ever you are. No matter how bad things are, California is a land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, if we can get it right.   Join us.

To listen to a podcast later, if you missed the live call in show:

Tonight! Gadfly Radio with Me and CalWatchDog’s Steven Greenhut and John Seiler! 8PM PT!

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT
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Gadfly Radio–Steven Greenhut and John Seiler will have lots to talk about this evening.

We’ll talk about these stories by Greenhut and Seiler, from the Home page at CalWatchDog’s Website and I want to share a little bit about my trip to Austin, Texas this past Friday and Saturday for the sixth Annual Latino Congreso (which if I’d named, would be called Congreso Latino)

Breaking News

Will Brown Hike Taxes w/o Election?

MARCH 28, 2011 By JOHN SEILER If you watch politics long enough, you see everything. The latest is progressives acting like conservatives on the state budget deficit and the liberals’ desire to raise taxes $12 billion. Last week a PPIC poll showed the tax increases would get wiped out by vo…

Dems Put Brakes on Budget Train Wreck

MARCH 28, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A new Field Poll  found that a supermajority of Democrats has swung against tax increases and wants to halt what appears to be an unstoppable future state budget train wreck. In what should have been unsurprising to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Part…

GOP Finally Gets Budget Action

MARCH 26, 2011 By JOHN SEILER There are a lot of problems with the list of budget demands Republicans proposed, such as retaining redevelopment. (The full list is here.) But at least they’re finally getting a rise out of Democrats. To this point, the large Democratic majorities in the Legis…

Restored Gann Limit Would Balance Budget

MARCH 25, 2011 By JOHN SEILER The problem with Calfornia’s $25 billion budget deficit is that state spending gushed upward in three wild splurges. I’ll list
 them here. As I do, recall if your pay was increased each year anything near as much as the California budget. Probably not. 
The first splurge is one people often forget. When Gov. Pete Wilson’s 1991 tax increases expired  in 1994, California finally joined the national economic recovery — two years late. Revenues recovered. And he spent the money. Expenditures rose 8 percent a year for four years straight fiscal years: 1994-95 through 1997-98. Then, in 1998-99, revenues went up another 9 percent.
The second splurge was when Gov. Gray Davis was elected in 1998. For his first two budgets, for 1999-2000, he increased spending an incredible 15 percent. And for 2000-2001, he splurged with an increase of an even more incredible 17 percent.

Spending rose from $57.8 billion in 1998-99 the year before Davis became governor, to $78.1 billion in 2001-02, his second year in office. It was a 20.3 billion increase in spending in just two years — a 35 percent. (Click the title to read the article.)


CA GOP Is The Party Of Numbskulls

MARCH 28, 2011
by Steven Greenhut
California Republicans love to talk about limiting government, fighting bureaucracy and keeping taxes low, but March 17 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 a sole exception — punted. They rallied to save some of the most abusive and wastrel government agencies around.
California voters ought to at least understand where the overwhelming majority of GOP Assembly members stand — in this instance, 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, folks who usually want to drive minorities and working-class people off their properties.

The Democrats, awful as they usually are, may be right: The GOP is the party of big business and privilege.

My mission for this radio program is (and I quote here the mission statement of  The Future of Freedom Foundation, with whom I have no affiliation other than that I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), “to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.”

It’s my privilege to share this program with CalWatchDog’s team of government watch dogs!

Join us Tuesday nights, on Gadfly Radio live in Southern California or where ever you are. No matter how bad things are, California is a land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, if we can manage to get it right.   Join us.

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Cyclist Activist joins forces with Small Business and Clean Govt Advocates to Viably Challenge the Political Machine in LA./ Steve Greenhut & Robert Vaughn on Public Employee Unions, Pensions and Phony Conservatives Saturday Night at 11 PM 870AM KRLA

Saturday Night February 19 at 11PM

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Podcast Part 1 Pensions, LA City Council Races, RDA, Collective Bargaining, Greenhut, Box, and Vaughn & Part 2 Greenhut, Box and Vaughn

Public employee salaries, benefits and pensions are hot news items, finally. Taxpayer guaranteed contracts exploded into a new and unsustainable realm a decade ago with little notice by the average voter. The formulas sound so innocuous–an increase to three percent up from two percent or the like. But the overall results are taking a toll on governments from local to state to Federal.
Groups like Californians for Pension Reform have been effective at exposing the current course we are on. Among other tactics, they fought and won important lawsuits for the right to publish a whose who list of “members” in what they dub the $100,000 Pension Club, where $100,000 is the minimum to qualify for “entry” into the club. The $100,000 Pension Club of CalPERS, CalSTRS and UC members now enjoys over sixteen thousand members and growing.

Steven Greenhut, the editor in chief at CalWatchDog–Your Eye on California Government, is the author of Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation.  He’s been on national news talk stations all over the country underscoring the critical need for reform and the burden and costs these runaway plans have on basic public services.

He has been so effective that he’s now at the center of a media campaign in defense of the public employee union packages in question, by the firefighter’s union, and as part of this defensive campaign, Greenhut is dismissed as a right wing extremist whose out to hurt workers. We’ll talk about it.  Robert Vaughn, Co-State Chair of the Campaign for Liberty, Director of LA’s Republican Liberty Caucus and a public employee union member himself joins the discussion.

Next week Steve reports at CalWatchDog on the Dumbest New Bills to address the budget crisis. But this week I want to talk with him about some phony conservatives who offer up phony bills to pretend they are for reducing regulations and keeping taxes lower but are in fact well, phonies.

Stephen Box  joins us in the studio tonight as we continue our coverage of this heated election campaign in Los Angeles, where citizen activists are coalesing around principles of civil liberties and small business survival protection to take on the steamroller political machine which Bill Boyarsky, former LA Times editor says “…is run by land developers and unions.” He left out their political lackeys– the targets of this campaign. 

An LA Weekly story on Stephen Box profiles his rise to viable candidate to do the impossible and unseat an incumbent LA City Council member.
“It took Box 46 years to become a U.S. citizen, which he did in 2010 for a specific purpose: to run for Los Angeles City Council.”
“…One of the most damning criticisms of the 15 council members, the highest paid in the U.S. at $178,789 a year — 400 percent of the average L.A. household income — is that they oversee their districts like feudal lords, with more than 300 personal staffers, while their time is largely occupied by parochial minutiae instead of, say, developing citywide policy or planning new infrastructure.”

“If you have a pothole on your street” your best to “jump ahead of others by seeking a favor from your council member…”if the council member thinks you can help — say he or she faces a development battle and needs to fill seats with ‘stakeholders’ — your potholes stand a good chance of being filled in a city that admits it’s about 50 years behind on road repairs.”
Box says… “This’ll be a great city when we stop reacting to complaints and start addressing standards.”

“…Box is running against LaBonge, 57, who is widely seen as an energetic, likable booster for L.A. — and, like many of the 14 other council members, an intellectual lightweight.”

“Seven incumbents running for City Council on March 8 enjoy countless advantages, not least of which is delivering these special personal favors to constituents, including cash gifts drawn from a $90,000 annual slush fund controlled by each council member. A new candidate like Box could never tap such riches…”
Box, as a result of his ascent as an effective activist for bicyclists in LA, played “a featured role in the grassroots citywide campaign against 2009’s Measure B, the controversial bid by the Department of Water and Power to control much of the solar power–installation industry in L.A.

Remarkably, bloggers, activists and neighborhood council leaders convinced normally disinterested L.A. municipal voters to reject the DWP power play. The little-guy opponents stopped Measure B, while being outspent by $1.5 million to just $65,000.

The victory cemented an alliance between Box and a group of budget-restraint advocates and City Hall watchdogs, such as Jack Humphreville, who blogs at CityWatchLA.com, and former newspaperman Kaye, who blogs at RonKayeLA.com.

Humphreville and Kaye are far different from bicycle advocates — they’re older, less liberal and, for the most part, skeptical of a vision of Los Angeles that isn’t car-centric. But Box has won them over on the issue of making allowances for bicycles by finding common ground.”

Related Links:

The Bikeroots
City Council candidate Stephen Box and L.A. bicyclists roll into the halls of power
By Hillel Aron Thursday, Feb 10 2011

CityWatchLA – Times of Crisis: Think Small CityWatch, Feb 15, 2011
Vol 9 Issue 13 LA NEEDS TO SUPPORT SMALL BIZ by Stephen Box. This piece underscores the coalition bond between the likes of Ron Kaye, Bob Blue, Jack Humphreville, and Bill Boyarsky “…one of the simplest strategies for jumpstarting LA’s local economy would be to retool the current “bigger is better” approach to business development in favor of a model that supports small businesses.”

L.A. council’s salaries are highest among 15 key cities, new study finds
February 2, 2011 7:04 pm

Rudy Martinez Versus Los Angeles City Hall
Flip This House reality TV star hopes to push out Councilman Jose Huizar

By David Futch Thursday, Dec 2 2010

L.A. City Council Spends Thousands of Your Money on Top Restaurants, Clubs, Hotels (Even for a ‘Personal Fiesta’)
By Dennis Romero, Thu., Feb. 10 2011 @ 9:28AM
City News

Fight for Council District 12
Valley citizens try to crack open L.A. City Hall
By Beth Barrett Thursday, Feb 17 2011

New CalWatchdog Radio Show
FEB. 13, 2011
Steven Greenhut: Stay tuned to 870 am KRLA in Los Angeles every Saturday night at 11 pm for the Martha Montelongo Show with CalWatchdog. Various CalWatchdog writers will join Martha every Saturday night and we will soon have the podcast included on our Web site. We’ll be talking about state issues, of course, and Martha always features interesting guests and provocative subjects.
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Saturday Night at 11 PM on 870AM KRLA: The New Martha Montelongo Show with CalWatchdog–OC and Pension Lawsuit, Parent-trigger is suspended, Super Sized Developers & Redevelopment v. Local Business Owners and Residents

Saturday Night February 12 at 11PM

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Podcast Part 1 Greenhut on OC Pension lawsuit, Linda Serrato on Parent Trigger& Part 2 Rudy Martinez, Bob Blue, Greenhut on LA and Glendale Redevelopment

Rudy Martinez, local resident, born and raised in East LA is fighting to curb the looting of Los Angeles by titan developers and their enablers and assistants at LA City Hall.   Star of Flip this House, LA, he is a successful local small business owner, and independent real estate developer who cultivates good local businesses, environment and good neighbors.    He poses a formidable challenge to sitting council member, Huizar in up coming City Council races in March.

Rudy Martinez joins Bob Blue, local LA blogger, reporter and champion property rights activist, and Steven Greenhut, to discuss Bob Blue’s recent column on why Glendale and Los Angeles are the poster children for why the CA Redevelopment Agency CRA should be abolished, including the most recent looting of millions of dollars and attempted looting of one billion dollars by CRA/LA and the battle between Ray Patel, owner of the Golden Key Hotel in Glendale and Los Angeles resident billionaire and developer, Rick Caruso, who is seeking and getting CRA/Glendale’s  support to obtain ownership of  Patel’s property that is not for sale!

Public Employee Pensions is a steaming hot topic particularly in California!
Steven Greenhut
, editor in chief at CalWatchDog and the author of Plunder: How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation, talks with us about the Orange County Board of Supervisors sending their legal battle over a retroactive compensation increase up to the State Supreme Court–an act that  pushes  for decisive resolution on the issue statewide.   How significant is this development?

Linda Serrato, Communications Director with the Parent Revolution, joins us to talk about the unjust scene at the Capitol on Wednesday, between impassioned parents and the political class of servants to the teacher’s union lobby. Parent Caroll Turner will also speak with us.

The Parent-trigger, which we covered on this program last Saturday is suspended until the adversaries who fought it, can revise it and make it to their liking.   The trouble is, the parents have tasted the power and responsibility that is inherent in having say over important matters like the education for their children, and they are not rolling over.   Meet one of the parents and Linda Serrato, Communications Director with Parent Revolution for an update on this epic battle for the future of our children. 

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Poster Children for Abolishment
LA & GLENDALE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
Bob Blue

Citizen’s Legal Action Halts LA City Council’s $1 Billion CRA Steal
By Ron Kaye on February 9, 2011 6:12 PM
REPRINTED FROM PRESS RELEASE
Contact Miki Jackson 323-855-0764 mikijackson@sbcglobal.com

Rudy Martinez Versus Los Angeles City Hall
Flip This House reality TV star hopes to push out Councilman Jose Huizar
By David Futch Thursday, Dec 2 2010

State Board of Education puts the brakes on parent-trigger law A group will be appointed to study how to implement the measure, which lets parents petition for sweeping reforms at low-performing schools. Critics see it as an attempt to derail the law.

Parents: Don’t gut ‘parent trigger’
Unknown: Will lawmakers clarify (undo) law?
Posted on 2/10/11

Shocker: California Superintendent Tom Torlakson Plans to Re-Write Parent Trigger Law, Education Reformers Stunned
By Patrick Range McDonald, Wed., Feb. 9 2011 @ 3:41PM

Fox News 11 flew out to Sacramento to film a segment on the Parent Trigger hearing and they nailed it on the head, how confusing the process was and how passionate these parents are.

My recent post on the Parent Trigger developments as of Thursday, Feb 10, 2011

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Newsflash: “Dems Prepping State For Tax Hikes” Say whaaa? No… Say it ain’t so!

DEC. 22, 2010
By STEVEN GREENHUT

“The governor needs to add a third (or perhaps fourth) voter option to his false ‘either-or’ choice,” explains Richard Rider, chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters association. “It’s not just less services or more taxes—the issue he’s dodging is how best to deliver desired public services.”

They should listen to Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters, who wrote, “We should, for instance, find out why, with 12 percent of the nation’s population, we have 32 percent of its welfare cases, and why we’re spending three times as much on prisons as Texas, which has almost as many inmates.”

And Californians should ask why there are more than 15,000 members (and growing) of the $100,000 pension club (in all California retirement systems), and why lists of state salaries are filled with police and fire officials and city managers earning $250,000 or more.

We are asked to choose between fewer services or higher taxes. Yet no one wants to look at the inefficiencies in the current system, at the way the state misspends its resources. Where’s the talk of privatization? Or pension reform? Or reduction of public sector salaries?
As the year ends, let’s review where Californians stand with its busted budget. This piece was published in PublicSectorInc.

California’s Democratic leaders would have you believe that our state’s budget has been cut to the bone. They contend that the state’s never-ending budget deficit—currently estimated at more than $28 billion over 18 months—is the inevitable result of an unusually bad economy, and that more revenue is needed to avoid devastating service cuts. This is a false choice—there remains fat to cut in California’s budget, if politicians are willing to overcome union objections to doing so.

Governor-elect Jerry Brown (D) held a budget briefing earlier this month and fiscal conservatives took heart that the new governor was dealing forthrightly with dismal budget realities.Click here to read more

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The GOP Gets an undeserved Second Chance

Steven Greenhut 11-02-2010 11:02 p.m.
Special to the OC Register
SACRAMENTO – President Barack Obama saved the Republican Party from itself. In a two-party system, when one party makes a mess of things, the only choice is to reward the other party and hope that, eventually, one of the parties learns the right lessons. The Democrats received a well-deserved comeuppance, although the populist tide fizzled at the California state line. Our voters apparently are bigger gluttons for punishment than those in the rest of the country.

The GOP should thank its lucky stars that John McCain was not in the White House, or else it would be the Democrats who would be celebrating an Election Day rout. McCain supported the same basic noxious policies as Obama (cap and trade, health care reform, big bailouts, military expansionism) even if he wouldn’t have gone to the same extreme as our current president on the domestic stuff.  Click here to read more.

On October 28, 2010, John Seiler published a report on an interview with U.S. Rep Dana Rohrahbacher, R-Huntington Beach, warning “If the GOP fails, third party will rise.” While the race between U.S. Rep Loretta Sanchez and challenger CA Assemblyman Van Tran of Orange County didn’t result in deposing incumbent Loretta Sanchez, the U.S. Congress did change from Democrat to Republican control. Rohrahbacher outlines what the Republicans need to do if they are to earn the trust of the American people.
Click here to read the report.

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Found an even better quote from Greenhut’s piece on why No on 22: “Remember that redevelopment agencies are not local agencies. Legally, they are state agencies, although they are managed by local officials. If Prop. 22 passes, these agencies will get protection from state “raids” on their finances, which makes them largely unaccountable: the locals can’t control their abuses because they are state agencies, and the state can’t grab their money because they are local agencies. They apparently want it both ways.”

Prop. 22 protects corporate welfare

AUG. 23, 2010

It’s always entertaining watching various tax consumers fight with one another over a shrinking revenue pie, which makes the Proposition 22 campaign a spectacle. Despite the chatter from supporters about “saving local services” and stopping Sacramento from “raiding” local treasuries, this November initiative simply pits different government groups against each other to save their resources.

The main beneficiaries if the initiative passes: developers who receive tax subsidies to build their so-called “redevelopment” projects and bureaucrats who like to micromanage land use in their cities. This one is an easy “no” vote for any number of reasons.

Prop. 22, the Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act, “prohibits the state, even during a period of severe fiscal hardship, from delaying the distribution of tax revenues for transportation, redevelopment or local government projects and services,” according to the attorney general’s ballot description. In simple English, the measure would stop the state government from diverting money from redevelopment and transportation agencies to the general fund – no matter what disastrous fiscal mess the state finds itself in.

Both sides are trying to depict themselves as advocates of some sacred principle such as local control, but this is nothing more than various groups fighting to preserve their budgets by throwing other budgets overboard. Keep that in mind as you sort through all the campaign mailers that will soon be coming your way. Virtually all these government groups would love to simply raise everyone’s taxes to preserve their programs and pensions – but in this case they are fighting each other rather than ganging up to fleece taxpayers.

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(Rome is burning and …) Who Cares About Nannies? Or housekeepers?

From CalWatchDog.com, Steven Greenhut: If only Meg Whitman were an actual human being, rather than a carefully crafted campaign machine surrounded by scores of advisers, she could have indignantly mocked the Jerry Brown/Gloria Allred cheap-shot October surprise regarding Whitman’s illegal nanny. Whitman didn’t do anything wrong, yet the Bee plastered this on the front page for two days and all the usual suspects are pretending that Whitman is a goner. Some Republicans are responding by pointing to similar illegal-immigrant situation with an aide to a Brown spokesman. So what?Click here to read more.

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Unions Battle Reform in GOP Stronghold

by Steven Greenhut

“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction,” said German psychologist Erich Fromm. Whatever greed does to one’s psyche, it does even worse things to public budgets. California, sinking amidst a structural $19 billion deficit and facing as much as one-half-trillion-dollars in pension debt, is paying the price for years of legislators giving away the store to public employee unions.

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