Archive for December, 2008

Who says one vote doesn’t count?

December 30, 2008

Jim Winder retains his seat on the Yorba Linda City Council by a single vote. Once again, we see how important it is that everyone votes.

Ed Rakochy called for a recount which was completed yesterday. The final tally was 11,950 for Mr. Winder and 11,949 for Mr. Rakochy. The OCRegister article covering the final results can be read here.

Ed Rakochy stated in the article, “I think you’ll see a lot of improvement and a lot of reform.” I hope we do.

However, as I’ve said before, I am concerned that the goals of the group (YLRRR) will overshadow the desires of the community. As we saw in the election and in the first meeting on December 2, they are not afraid to push people aside if they don’t wholly agree with group. In the election, they did not support Henry Wedda after they supported his appointment to the Council in 2007. Then, in the first meeting where YLRRR had a majority of the Council, they passed over Jan Horton for the Mayor position and did not allow her to serve on any of the paid board positions.

We all must keep a close eye on what they do over the next two years!

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California Adds More Laws …

December 28, 2008

The following links identify some of the new laws in California that take effect on January 1, 2009.

The question is, do we really need all of these laws?

Personally, I think the Legislature has too much time on their hands. To make themselves feel useful, they come up with all of these laws, no matter how “silly” they really are, rather than addressing the real issues of this state.

I believe it is time to go back to a “part-time Legislature”.

In 1966, Proposition 1A was passed which created a “full-time Legislature”. Yes, Jesse Unruh believed Proposition 1A was the way to solve the problems he found, specifically the inability to address complex issues and eliminate potential conflicts of interests and the influence of lobbyists. However, I believe there are other ways to solve those issues.

  1. Make the pay “sufficient”. We all must be paid for the work we perform.
  2. Restrict all forms of “gratitude” from lobbyists.

I don’t think we can do anything about their inability to address complex issues. As we have seen over the last several years, they can’t even manage to get the budget under control even with the “special sessions”. The only way to solve that is for us, the citizens of this State, to elect individuals who WANT to solve those problems. Most who are elected today are concerned about the environment, a woman’s right to choose, animal rights or other such things that don’t help solve the bigger problems. So, it is up to us to choose our representatives wisely if we are ever going to get out of this mess.

In the meantime, getting back to a part-time Legislature will be a step in the right direction.

Here are a few articles on the subject for your edification.

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Merry Christmas !!!

December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all!

May your day remind you of the joy we have in the Lord!

Who’s to blame?

December 21, 2008

The economic crisis that is now crippling the world clearly started in the U.S. And, as the Japanese owner of the company I work for acknowledged, it was specifically the failure of the subprime mortgages.

The question as to who is to blame for the subprime mortgage mess is constantly debated. The media has clearly tried to point the finger at President Bush and the Republicans.

In an attempt to provide a more complete picture, I am including the following.

First, an editorial which got me started on this, from Investor’s Business Daily, “The Subprime Lending Bias”.

The rest of these links help support the statements made in the above article.

CRA Regulatory Change – 1995

First Union Press Release – October, 20, 1997

Andrew Cuomo – Affirmative Action “lending” – April 6, 1998

HUD Press Release 00-45 – March 2, 2000

It is clear from the above that the problems started during the tenure of President Clinton. However, it is also clear that President Bush did very little, if anything, to prevent the impending crisis.

But, more importantly, it doesn’t matter who is at fault. In the end, we will pay!!! Whether it is bailing companies out for making bad decisions or, as stated in the previous article, it is bailing out Legislatures who fail to manage the State’s budget, it is the taxpayer who will lose!!!

Once again, we pay!

December 18, 2008

So, the Democrats in California have figured out a way to get around the two-thirds majority required by the passage of Proposition 13 back in 1978 (California Democrats devise plan to hike taxes). And, once again, it is we, the taxpayers of California, who must “sacrifice” due to their inability to properly manage the funds they already take from us.

It is common sense that balancing a budget requires one thing, “don’t spend more than you take in”. This applies to personal budgets and should apply to government budgets as well. However, it seems that when a person takes their seat as an elected official, they lose all common sense.

Californian’s recalled Governor Davis because of the budget deficit. The budget deficit is much bigger. The citizens have or are facing the possibility of losing their jobs. The recession is getting worse. Home values have “crumbled”. And, now, the Legislature is looking to the citizens to bail them out.

What will Californian’s do this time?

Time will tell …

Atheists’ attacks on Christianity this Christmas season …

December 18, 2008

Once again, Chuck Norris echoes my sentiments in the article, “Atheists’ national holiday?”.

The atheists are on the attack this year. And, what are they attacking? Religion and, more specifically, Christianity. Why can’t they just say they believe there is “no god” without attacking religion?

It’s the same with many who believe in evolution. They can’t just say they believe in evolution. They have to attack Christianity. For example, some have taken a Christian symbol and modified it, mocking Christianity.

Christian symbol –>

Darwin symbol –>

And, as Mr. Norris points out, society appears to have no problem when it is religion that is attacked. However, if you make any comment about a “minority” group that is considered an attack, it is front page news.

It is time for those who believe to make these inconsistencies apparent to others. You don’t have to attack back, just point out the disparities that exist. If we don’t stand now, we will kept down in the future.

And the reign of YLRRR begins …

December 10, 2008

It is official! YLRRR now controls the Yorba Linda City Council. The majority includes John Anderson, Mark Schwing and Nancy Rikel.

YLRRR backed the election of John Anderson and Jan Horton in 2006. They backed the appointment of Hank Wedda in late 2006/early 2007. Now, two of the three candidates they backed in this election, Nancy Rikel and Mark Schwing, have taken their seats on the dais.

And, what was their first action? The majority bypassed Mrs. Horton for Mayor, instead selecting Mr. Schwing as Mayor and Mr. Anderson as Mayor Pro Tem. (You can watch the video here. Select the “video” link on the December 02, 2008 City Council Meeting line. The selection of the mayor begins at approximately the 3:16 mark.)

Both Mrs. Horton and Mr. Wedda, according to comments by Tom Lynch (Yorba Linda Star, November 13, 2008, Opinion, Page 14), “chose to abandon the YLRRR principles”. This seems to explain why YLRRR did not support Mr. Wedda’s re-election this year and why they by-passed Mrs. Horton for the Mayor’s seat.

However, I have a different take. From where I sit, it all looks quite “orchestrated” to me.

First, we have the election in 2006 where YLRRR backed both Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Horton. They both easily won their seats with Mrs. Horton being the top vote getter.

Next, came the opportunity to gain a third seat on the dais left vacant when Mike Duvall was elected to the State Assembly. YLRRR pushed the appointment of Mr. Wedda. However, Mrs. Horton did not support Mr. Wedda’s appointment. Several YLRRR members expressed their disapproval of Mrs. Horton’s actions before the Council during that appointment process. In my opinion, it was at this point that YLRRR considered Mrs. Horton “no longer one of their own”.

Considering YLRRR did not support Mr. Wedda’s re-election, it appears to me that their support of his appointment was “planned”, knowing they would not support his re-election in 2008 and he would have a difficult time getting re-elected without their support.

Now, with a majority on the Council, they could “put Mrs. Horton in her place” by bypassing her for the Mayor position. Jim Drummond prepared the way for the move in his Political Perspectives column in the November 27, 2008 edition of the Yorba Linda Star, “Two paths to a mayor choice”. Mr. Drummond suggests that the Mayor would be one “who reflected the majority opinion of elected council members”. Ed Rakochy spoke before the Council on December 2, 2008 and suggested that selection of the Mayor is about “leadership”. When the time came to make nominations, Mr. Schwing nominated Mr. Anderson who declined and in turn nominated Mr. Schwing. Clearly, this was all orchestrated.

I expressed my concern about YLRRR controlling the Council the day after the election (Election Results …). And, as their first action demonstrates, they are focusing on the goals of YLRRR and what YLRRR believes to be best for the city. And, if Mr. Rakochy is successful with the recount (Rakochy to call for recount), then their controlling position will be strengthened even more!

I am concerned!

Update 12/14/2008: If you read Jim Drummond’s Political Perspective column in the December 11, 2008 edition of the Yorba Linda Star, “Mayor, pro tem picks signal start of contract for Y.L.”, or you attended or watched the complete meeting of the Council on December 2, you know that not only did the majority pass over Mrs. Horton for Mayor, but they also passed her over for all of the paid board positions. Some have suggested my thoughts are “non-sense”. But, when you look at it from the outside, you can only come to one conclusion, the majority is ensuring Mrs. Horton has no voice in or out of the City!

Jesus Is The Reason …

December 1, 2008

Yes, it’s cliché, but it’s the truth. Jesus is the reason for the season!

So, as we begin this Christmas season, listen to the song below and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Because, it’s called Christmas With A Capital “C”.

Christmas With A Capital “C” — Go Fish Guys