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STA – News and links to issues discussed at February 16, 2017 meeting

Sacramento Taxpayers Association – News and links to issues discussed at February 16, 2017 meeting.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg:


Craig Powell’s article and history on consolidation of City of Sacramento and County of Sacramento: http://eyeonsacramento.com/2017/02/the-regionalist-under-steinberg-will-consolidations-be-in-our-future/

And the download: view/download … The Regionalist … Under Steinberg, Will Consolidations Be In Our Future?


My 2013 article on John Cox’s Neighborhood Legislature initiative: http://calwatchdog.com/2013/03/27/neighborhood-legislature-could-restore-accountability/

From the article:

Under a Neighborhood Legislature, each of California’s 120 current legislative districts would be broken into 100 smaller districts. This would give California 12,000 legislative districts.

In each of the small districts, Cox said the neighborhood legislator would know most of his or her constituents. “Campaigns in the Neighborhood Districts would be door to door, face to face, voter by voter,” he said. “Social media, email and Internet campaigns will be key, and fundraising will be almost non-existent and of little effect.”

This could be the reason so many of California’s political elites aren’t crazy about the idea. Political consultants would be virtually unnecessary for legislative seats, and the current crop of political elites would have their power and influence greatly diminished. While this is appealing to liberty-loving Californians, those now controlling the state would lose out.

Changing the system would mean that each Neighborhood Legislator would be elected by only a few thousand voters — his neighbors — instead of 500,000 to 900,000 voters for the current districts.


Jobs leaving California, meet Joe Vranich, The Business Relocation Coach: http://thebusinessrelocationcoach.blogspot.com/


Fox & Hounds article: Why California’s Finances Could Derail Their Energy Plans: “California has billions of gallons of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas sitting off our coastlines and in the Monterrey shale. Jobs aren’t being created that can sustain working families, infrastructure is lagging and our energy portfolio isn’t functioning correctly to contain costs.  Our high-energy costs are one of the biggest factors why companies and CEOs are leaving California.” http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2017/02/californias-finances-derail-energy-plans/


Jon Coupal’s article on Sen. Bob Hertzberger’s dangerous SB 231 to redefine what qualifies as “sewer service” in order to increase water rates: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/prop-743737-adoption-proposition.html


HJTA And Central Coast Taxpayers Association File Complaint Against Illegal Electioneering By San Luis Obispo Governments: The complaint alleges that the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) and the Yes on Measure J Committee violated campaign reporting laws by failing to report nearly a quarter of a million taxpayer dollars spent by the County and SLOCOG on promotional materials and government employee and contractor compensation supporting Measure J, as campaign contributions. https://www.hjta.org/hot-topic/pr-hjta-and-central-coast-taxpayers-association-file-complaint-against-illegal-electioneering-by-san-luis-obispo-governments/

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association website: https://www.hjta.org/

Here’s the NFIB “The Good, Bad & the Ugly” proposed legislation of 2017-2018… so farhttp://www.nfib.com/assets/NFIB-GBU-Bills-020717.pdf

More to come after Friday’s bill deadline.


My proposal to have 4-early evening meetings a year in different parts of Sacramento County in order to reach out to more taxpayers. Please think about ways to reach potential STA members to attend these meetings. Neighborhood Associations? Other thoughts?

Thanks for a great meeting.


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