Dear Readers: It has come to my attention an entity is selling the bumper sticker designed by Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition artist and patriot, Sarah Bond, outside of the Yes on 23!/Suspend AB-32 website for their own funding purposes. When Sarah and the main Yes on 23! coordinator — Eric Eisenhammer — came up with this amazing design (totally tasteful and reflective of sunny California, the Golden State), it was to help FUND-RAISE to support this important ballot measure.
(SARAH WILL BE ON WITH LADONA HARVEY AT 6PM TONIGHT, KOGO AM 600!!!!!)
If you recall, Proposition 23 will suspend implementation of the state’s version of Cap and Trade, saving thousands of jobs without jeopardizing the environment.
So, I wanted to highlight the fact these bumper stickers will be available, for FREE, if you can come down to the 10-10-10 Pre-Election Day Tea Party Rally at the Oceanside Amphitheater this Sunday, from noon to 4 pm. Details are HERE. Signs and other key support material will also be available to attendees, as well as a chance to meet/hear one of the most active activists involved in promoting Proposition 23, Byran Bloom. Bryan placed this gem in my inbox today:
On behalf of Tesoro and Valero’s nearly 4,000 employees in California, we would like to express how disappointed we were to hear Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once again misrepresent and demonize our companies and our workers, who have been working day after day to provide Californians with the products and services they need to live their lives.
We understand that our companies and the governor are on opposite sides of the debate over Proposition 23, the ballot initiative that postpones implementation of the state’s costly go-it-alone greenhouse gas reductions until the state’s economy recovers. However, opposing a political initiative is no excuse to retreat to the defense of the desperate: attacking the messenger instead of the message by insulting the more than 1 million Californians who work at our locations, who are vendors at our sites and who shop at our retail outlets every day.
It may make for great headlines for the governor to denigrate Proposition 23 supporters as “greedy” or “cynical” — or even to compare them to Adolf Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun, as he did in a speech on Sept. 27 making an offensive reference to the Holocaust — but doing so ignores the facts: Valero and Tesoro have donated millions of dollars to California charities in the years that we have operated in the state. Our employees have volunteered thousands of hours of their own time to charitable causes. We have met or exceeded California’s very rigorous environmental standards. And we have continued to do so even as our companies suffered financial setbacks in the current recession. In short, we have worked to make all of the communities where we do business better places.
Tesoro and Valero are just two of many, many California organizations that support Proposition 23. Neither of our companies can be properly characterized as “Texas oil companies.” Our companies have diverse operations in many states, particularly in California. Combined, we employ 3,841 people in California with annual payroll of $259 million. We also pay more than $100 million in taxes in the state. Nor are we, strictly speaking, “oil companies.” We do not produce oil or own any crude oil reserves. Instead, we buy crude from third parties and turn it into the transportation fuels so vital to the California economy.
Lorraine Yass Cohen had a great piece the other day, very much related to Proposition 23: The Truth about Windmills.
Speaking of Shrine friends, I am really getting excited about Sunday, as some of my good ones with be in Oceanside speaking. Dawn Wildman and Mark Mecker, key coordinators of Tea Party Patriots, will be there. Richard Rider, who I admire tremendously for his humor, savvy thinking, and activism, will also be there. I am very much looking forward to seeing Tommy Chandler (Chandler’s Watch)again. I am also hoping to get a chance to meet LaDona Harvey (KOGO news anchor and talk show host), who has one of the best voices in the business, and Rhonda Deniston (Oceanside Regional Director of Stop Taxing Us and Guest Host of the Rick Amato show, and one of the major forces behind this event).
I think all of the SLOBs (San Diego Local Order of Bloggers) will be there. A news round-up from these fabulous pundits:
Tim Daniel/Left Coast Rebel: He has a great summary of California election news in his Pajamas Media column today. On his LCR site, he has a report on a cultural icon’s support of the Tea Party movement.
The Liberator Today: Has a great analysis on why SAN DIEGO NEEDS TO VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION D.
I will end on this piece that ties into the Liberator’s post: San Diego pension payouts likened to city of Bell
The report was prepared by Marcia Fritz, president of the California Foundation for Pension Reform and states that the top 10 recipients of pensions in the city of San Diego will receive a combined $61.5 million over the next 25 years.
“These workers, these retirees, are drawing from four different retirement allowances at the same time,” Fritz said.
“They are making more in retirement than the current salary of the city workers that are replacing them,” she said. “We are making millionaires out of these workers.”
“This is actually worse than Bell, believe it or not,” Fritz said, referring to the Los Angeles County city currently facing corruption charges.
One standout of the report is a former San Diego city librarian eligible to collect $227,249 annually over 25 years.
Read more: Coast News Group – San Diego pension payouts likened to city of Bell
As an homage to one of my favorite blogs, the Scratching Post (a great piece on Lobster today, about which I totally agree), I wanted to feature a Cheezeburger. The gem below ties back into the lede of my post today.