With voter approval November 6, 2012, California Democrats won both chambers of the California Assembly and Senate the votes needed to give them a 2/3 supermajority. Unfortunately, even flickers of sanity like Assemblyman Chris Norby, an educator for the reform and abolition of Statewide Redevelopment Agencies, lost his Assembly seat. This one party system is very troubling and will give the Democrats great power to eliminate or change California.
Beginning with Prop. 13, the Property Tax Relief Act, A legislature monopolized by Democrats in lock step can and will pass bills and create new laws behind closed doors, override the Governor’s veto power. They can even reinstate past bills the Governor vetoed like Senator Wolk’s SB 214 Infrastructure Financing Districts; and Steinberg’s SB 1156 Sustainable Communities Investment Authorities that will create and give special districts like schools the power to build and create debt without the vote of the people. Some say other bills will resurrected including one to recreate the California Redevelopment’s abusive ecosystem.
This possibility for such a scenario is very real and an imminent threat to all us no matter what party affiliation we are. These issues are non partisan and we all must get involved and fight for our rights, freedom, and liberty if California is to survive not only bankruptcy or worse.
Two bills that rule how California General Plan Updates (zoning and land use) must be implemented are Nunez/Pavley AB 32 that became law in 2006 (Global Warming/Climate Change). Then Steinberg’s SB 375, that became law in 2008, connects land use to AB 32 Implementation. These two bills created a new job for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), giving them still unknown power and authority to force businesses, farmers, and homeowners to reduce their greenhouse gases/carbon footprint to 1990 standards. And if you can’t Californians will be forced to buy Carbon Credits at whatever the going rate is. Has this European Style Socialist Legislature created standards that are impossible to reach?
Our forests will be used as mitigation for the big crony polluters, who will pay, but will continue to pollute. Smaller businesses will be forced out of business with this added cost. Carbon Credits (a tax) are like a commodity that will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange with Traders eager for the Auctions.
In March a friend attended a climate change workshop in the City of Sacramento where 3 women volunteered to be tutored for a year to help them reduce their carbon footprint. Volunteer #1, with a husband and children, sold and replaced their large two story home, large lot, and green grass for a smaller one story home with no grass; sold their SUV and larger car for a smaller car with better gas mileage, and had to limit visits to out of town parents and family in order to reduce their vehicle miles traveled to avoid further onerous taxation.
Volunteer #2 was a woman who said she was able to reduce her footprint, but had to trade something in order to make a trip to Europe. Volunteer #3 was an Asian college student, who lived in an apartment, gone most of the time, and used her bicycle for transportation. She was unable to reduce her carbon footprint. If this is our future in California and the U.S, I object and refuse to become a member of a Socialist Style Government and will fight even harder than I am now.