Thursday, November 23, 2006

UNDER THE BRIDGE ON THANKSGIVING

Myth: Homeless people are useless members of society.
Fact: 40% of homeless adult males served honorably in the US military. (Read more below)

THE BRIDGE MINISTRY: There is an angel named Candy Christmas, a beautiful Gospel singer in Nashville whose vision it was to feed the homeless. The power of one person's vision is miraculous. All by herself, on a wing and a prayer, she found a way to feed hundreds of desperate souls twice a week, every week. She started "Ministry Under the Bridge" in Nashville
  • THE BRIDGE MINISTRY



  • Myth vs. Fact
    Myth: Homeless are so old they are not "worth" helping.
    Fact: The average age of the homeless adult male is 38; the average age of the homeless adult female is 32. Both genders have many good years left to offer.
    Myth:People are homeless because they are lazy.
    Fact: 90% of homeless have successful work histories, and many are currently employed.
    Myth: A minimum wage job is all a homeless person needs.
    Fact: In Davidson county, it requires a job paying $10.54 per hour/ 40 hours per week to afford the most modest one-bedroom apartment. Minimum wage is $5.15.
    Myth: If you want to work, you can find a job.
    Fact: Manufacturing and industrial blue collar jobs are steadily decreasing. Homeless people need new skills to keep up with the changing face of labor.
    Myth: Homeless don't want to do better.
    Fact: 92% desperately desire a permanent home.

    Candy Christmas began this ministry in late 2004. The ministry currently meets under the Jefferson Street Bridge on Tuesday nights and on Shelby Street at the First Wesleyan Church on Thursday nights.
    A team of more than 75 volunteers work each week packing trucks, bagging groceries, setting up the meetings, preparing meals and gathering clothes to aid over 300 homes every Tuesday and Thursday night.
    You can help! Contact us from the contact page and we will let you know how you can help!
    Candy Christmas
    P. O. Box 463 • Goodlettsville, TN 37070-0463
  • THE BRIDGE MINISTRY
  • Friday, November 17, 2006

    DISARMING THE MADHOUSE

    Bush should stay out of his mind; it's a bad neighborhood. Two articles I wrote on this administration, "BUSH'S LAST WILL AND TESTICLE" and "DEATH IS SEXIER THAN SEX (to Ann Coulter), will be reprinted here soon -- or you can find them in various news journals in the sidebar. The books HOW TO TALK TO ANN COULTER, IF YOU MUST ; BLOGGING WITH THE DEVIL and FALLING UP are in the pipeline, not necessarily in that order.



    There are those who find themselves exiled
    On whom the fortunes never smile
    And upon whose lives the heartache has been piled - Jackson Browne "The Only Child"

    Ran into several of my favorite people last night: the songwriter whose music changed my life, Jackson Browne — whose music is so beautiful it makes me weep, it actually hurts; Norman Lear (activist and creator of "All in the Family"), Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com and Greg Palast, author of the New York Times bestseller, “Armed Madhouse” (Penguin 2006), about the Bush administration. When Palast, an investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering, turned his skills to journalism, he was quickly recognized as, “The most important investigative reporter of our time” [Tribune Magazine] in Britain, where his first reports appeared on BBC television and in the Guardian newspapers. Palast is also the author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy", and is launching an even more crucial investigation into how the right wing steals elections by eliminating Blacks from the voter rolls, and sending them to Iraq. You will not believe how corrupt and anti-American these maniacs are, and the criminal tactics they use in voter registration. Please contribute to the Palast Investigative Fund, which employs a team of investigators all over the world, uncovering the neocons' dense maze of crimes and lies.

    Also met Ed Rampell, the prolific journalist, critic and author of many books. His most recent is "Progressive Hollywood." With an introduction by Greg Palast, "Progressive Hollywood" features Rampell's interviews and interactions with Hollywood luminaries such as producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Robert Greenwald; actors Jack Nicholson, Rob Reiner, Mike Farrell, Ed Asner, Martin Sheen, David Clennon, Gore Vidal and Dennis Hopper; directors Michael Moore, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and Lionel Chetwynd; blacklisted screenwriters Bernie Gordon (who initiated the 1999 protests against Elia Kazan's lifetime achievement Oscar), Bobby Lees (who injected dialectical materialism into Abbott and Costello comedies) and Norma Barzman (author of 2003's The Red and the Blacklist).


    Jackson Browne looks so much like my brother, who died a few years ago, it's uncanny. Browne is also a great soul and activist for peace, the downtrodden, the environment and all good Democratic causes. His first album has a song called "Song For Adam", which is about a friend's suicide. After my brother died, I must have played this song 500 times. To this day, I believe Jackson Browne is the best songwriter alive. I love his album LATE FOR THE SKY. His mainstream hits are great, but I really love the songs that never got enough airplay, his hauntingly bittersweet melodies and lyrics mixed with violin, piano and acoustic guitar. Some of my favorites: "The Only Child"; "For A Dancer"; "Fountain of Sorrow", "Before the Deluge", "From SilverLake", "Looking Into You"; "These Days"; "Take It Easy"; "For Everyman" ... and of course "The Pretender"

    Jackson Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He is highly respected for both his musical gifts and his integrity. He spends most of his time helping important social causes he believes in. As Bruce Springsteen put it during his speech at the Hall of Fame inductions: "Listen to the chord changes of 'Rock Me On the Water' and 'Before the Deluge,' it's gospel through and through. Now I always thought that... our job here on earth, the way we regain our divinity, our sacredness, and our general good-standing is by reconstructing love and creating love out of the broken pieces that we've been given. That's all we have of human promise. That's the way we prove ourselves in the eyes of God and facilitate our own redemption. Now, to me Jackson Browne's work was always the sound of that reconstruction." Thank you, Jackson, for a creating the soundtrack to our lives.

    Lyrics to "Song for Adam"

    Though Adam was a friend of mine, I did not know him well
    He was alone into his distance
    He was deep into his well
    I could guess what he was laughing at, but I couldn't really tell
    Now the story's told that Adam jumped, but I've been thinking that he fell

    Together we went traveling, as we received the call
    His destination India, and I had none at all
    Well, I still remember laughing with our backs against the wall
    So free of fear, we never thought that one of us might fall

    I sit before my only candle, but it's so little light to find my way
    Now this story unfolds before my candle
    Which is shorter every hour as it reaches for the day
    But I feel just like a candle in the way
    I guess I'll get there, but I wouldn't say for sure

    When we parted we were laughing still, as our goodbyes were said
    And I never heard from him again as each our lives we led
    Except for once in someone else's letter that I read
    Until I heard the sudden word that a friend of mine was dead....

    Listen to the lyrics of "The Only Child" --

    Take good care of your brother
    Let the disappointment pass,
    Let the laughter fill your glass
    Let your illusions last until they shatter...

    Take good care of your mother
    And remember to be kind
    When the pain of another will serve to remind...
    That there those who find themselves exiled
    on whom the fortunes never smile
    And upon whose lives the heartache has been piled...
    They're just looking for another only child

    And when you've found another soul
    Who sees into your own
    Take good care of each other
    When you're thinking you're alone
    Be aware of each other....
    Take good care of each other

    Check out his website and listen to some of his hits from various concerts: jacksonbrowne.com

    I also love Loreena McKennitt "Book of Secrets" #8. It's a haunting Celtic ballad. We played it at our wedding in Malibu, filtered through the oak trees. Sometimes I feel that if you're part Welsh or Irish, as we are, you have Celtic music in your blood. That's why I love the LORD OF THE RINGS soundtrack so much.

    Monday, November 13, 2006

    CAN WE TRUST THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA?

    The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.
    – Eric Hoffer

    Los Angeles Times Liberal groups expect postelection results

    WASHINGTON — After toppling the long-dominant Republicans in a hard-fought election, the Democratic Party's incoming congressional leaders have immediately found themselves in another difficult struggle — with their own supporters...

    My letter to the editor regarding the above article

    This article provides a perfect example for showing you why Americans no longer trust newspapers, one of the main reasons your circulation is declining.

    First, you create controversy where there is none. Very few people, if any, in the Democratic base are demanding immediate action on anything other than what the Party promised in the campaign--raising the minimum wage, affordable health care, bringing accountability to Congress and the administration, and so on. We will lobby for other issues, but we're not demanding that Party leaders to shoot themselves in the foot the way overeager Republicans did just after 1994.

    Second, you have an amazingly poor understanding of politics. I rolled on the floor laughing when I read your assertion that "Conservatives, though splintered over Iraq, immigration and other issues, had succeeded in keeping power since 1994 in part by forging a coalition built on compromise and shared goals — a practice that Democrats have yet to perfect."

    How anyone who's lived in this country for the last twelve years could believe that Republicans built their coalition on anything other than lies, hate, fear, and corruption has just not been paying attention. There was no compromise in the Republican coalition. The leadership used blackmail, fear, bribery and coercion to force their members of Congress to do what the leadership wanted. And that led to some of the most god-awful legislation ever passed in this country.

    I sincerely hope the Democrats never "perfect" that kind of "compromise".

    Carolyn Kay
    MakeThemAccountable.com

    Friday, November 10, 2006

    HOPE FOR VETERANS * JOY AND VICTORY

    "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." Harriet Beecher Stowe

    "Everyone is walking around smiling and grinning and happy like the bright light of the sun just destroyed all the bloodsucking vampires." - A Comment from Mike, about Democrats winning a majority of seats in Congress.


    Happy Veterans Day! GOD BLESS OUR LOST LOVED ONES... and a special THANK YOU to Clif, Desert Storm Commander; Marcus, currently stationed in Iraq — and John Conley, Marine Combat Vet who sent me his Purple Heart for speaking out against the invasion of Iraq. We need to take care of our troops, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    BUSH AND THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS CUT VETERANS BENEFITS!! What a shameful legacy. Haliburton should pay for our handicapped Veterans' severed limbs and all the medical bills and life support these Vets and their families need. Cheney and Haliburton, war profiteers, who charged $45 for a case of Coke in Iraq! They enriched themselves at the expense of our soliders, while cutting their benefits.

    DEMOCRATS TOOK CONGRESS and WE ARE ECSTATIC!! Fascism was defeated and there is HOPE again! America's glory and esteem in the world has a chance now. Good always wins over evil, because evil has no real power. There were almost too many text-book scandals on the republican side. It almost seemed like divine intervention.

    Two articles I wrote on this administration, "BUSH'S LAST WILL AND TESTICLE" and "DEATH IS SEXIER THAN SEX (to Ann Coulter), will be reprinted here soon -- or you can find them in various news journals in the sidebar. The books HOW TO TALK TO ANN COULTER, IF YOU MUST ; BLOGGING WITH THE DEVIL and FALLING UP are in the pipeline, not necessarily in that order.

    "Watch FOX the day after the election. It is like watching Soviet TV after Brezhnev died." Quote from my friend Steve Kelly, head of programming over at KPSI, the ABC affliiate in Palm Springs.

    "I can't help but notice the history channel is showing 'The Fall of the Nazi party'.
    Wonder if this was scheduled, or impromptu?" - Doctor Von Worfeus

    Got this letter today:

    Lydia,
    Some time ago I wrote you an e-mail, my first of a few to you, in which I wrote about my fears that we were on the verge of a new dark age. You wrote me a nice e-mail back and mentioned in your blog that you were confident that things would turn around and that the people of this nation would awaken to what was going on. Never have I been happier about being wrong.Now if we can just start moving ahead. It's my hope that our party will show everyone how our government is supposed to work. A democracy is based on compromise. We mustn't act like the Republicans did in 1994. We must work together and move forward. I have no doubt that is exactly what we will do. During the past two to three years I have had little faith in the future of our nation, but now, finally, the morning has broken.

    May we make the day that has dawned the beginning of a new, bright and enlightened age for all Americans, regardless of race, creed or political philosophy. May we bring that enlightened age to the world through understanding and communication.

    Your faith has been rewarded Lydia. In the future I will endeavor to keep the faith myself.

    Thank you, with love, Thomas J. Comer


    Thank you to all commenters on this blog. Your committment and unrelenting troll-bashing have actually helped win this election in some small way, in this blog. Every single voice counts. Every prayer counts. And we actually made a difference. Also, after doing over 30 radio shows across the country from a spiritual-progressive perspective, and in the South and Southeast — I know for a fact that we changed some hearts and minds. Everything we do makes a dent in the machine.

    "Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little." Plutarch

    Love & Peace xoxo
    Lydia

    Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    DAWN OF HOPE: DEMOCRATS DEFEAT CORRUPTION!

    "Everyone is walking around smiling and grinning and happy like the bright light of the sun just destroyed all the bloodsucking vampires." - A Comment from Mike, celebrating the Democratic win in Congress 2006.

    Happy Veterans Day! GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND LOST LOVED ONES... and a special THANK YOU to John Conley, Marine Combat Vet who sent me his Purple Heart for speaking out against the invasion of Iraq.

    Two articles I wrote on this administration, "Bush's Last Will and Testicle" and ""Death is Sexier than Sex (to Ann Coulter), will be reprinted here soon -- or you can find them in various news journals in the sidebar. The books HOW TO TALK TO ANN COULTER, IF YOU MUST ; BLOGGING WITH THE DEVIL and FALLING UP are in the pipeline, not necessarily in that order.

    "Watch FOX the day after the election. It is like watching Soviet TV after Brezhnev died." Quote from my friend Steve Kelly, head of programming over at KPSI, the ABC affliiate in Palm Springs.

    Thank you to all commenters on this blog. Your committment and unrelenting troll-bashing have actually helped win this election in some small way, in this blog. Every single voice counts. Every prayer counts. And we actually made a difference. Also, after doing over 30 radio shows across the country from a spiritual-progressive perspective, and in the South and Southeast — I know for a fact that we changed some hearts and minds. Everything we do makes a dent in the machine.
    Love & Peace xoxo
    Lydia

    Jim Webb who defeated George "Macaca" Allen, is a Naval Academy graduate and decorated Vietnam veteran who served as Navy secretary under Reagan, bitterly opposed the war in Iraq and switched to the Democratic Party.

    "I can't help but notice the history channel is showing 'The Fall of the Nazi party'.
    Wonder if this was scheduled, or impromptu?" - Doctor Von Worfeus





    WE ARE ALL ECSTATIC!! Corruption was defeated and America's glory is back. Our esteem in the world has a chance now.

    Good always wins over evil, because evil has no real power. There were almost too many text-book scandals on the republican side. It seems like divine intervention.

    Pelosi promises to work with Republicans to move America forward, out of corruption and out of the quagmire in Iraq.
    Boxer's PAC for change says:
    No more rubber stamp Congress
    No more free passes to the Bush Administration on Iraq
    No more arrogance
    No more give-aways to the most powerful
    No more cozy corruption

    Yes to accountability on Iraq
    Yes to consumers
    Yes to our families and our children
    Yes to the environment
    Yes to energy independence
    Yes to affordable health care and stem cell research
    Yes to an increase in the minimum wage
    Yes to the recommendations of the 9/11 commission

    Can we get it all done? Yes, if our colleagues in the Republican Party recognize that this is what the American people want -- and in a democracy, it is what they should have.

    I am hopeful because the people have spoken very clearly. By electing a Democratic House and, if all goes as it it looks now, a Democratic Senate, the American people have clearly spoken out for change -- and with your continued help, that's exactly what they're going to get. - Senator Barbara Boxer (D. Calif)

    Wednesday, November 01, 2006

    SAVE AMERICA: VOTE DEMOCRAT NOV. 7

    **PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF LOS ANGELES** SEE BELOW ON EXACTLY HOW TO VOTE AS A DEMOCRAT

    BUT FIRST THIS: REPUBLICAN COMPUTERIZED PHONE SCAM! Sinister allegations Republicans are tampering with votes in Democratic dsitricts.

    Virginia election officials called in the FBI to investigate misleading phone calls in to Democratic voters (Republican callers deliberately sending Democrats to the wrong precint to vote) and a prosecutor in Ohio urged voters to beware of similar scams.

    The Republicans have begun a nationwide program of making computerized phone calls (robocalls) pretending to be from local Democratic candidates in order to harass voters in their homes. The result? After repeated robocalls (supposedly from the Democratic candidate) the voter no longer wants to vote for the Democratic candidate who is harassing them. Of course, the voter doesn't know that it's really the Republican party pretending to be a Democrat.

    These calls are Republican dirty tricks to steal another election with more of their corruption. Every single Republican candidate should be called on to condemn these tactics and demand they cease immediately. And when the Democrats take over Congress on Tuesday, we need to pass legislation stopping everyone from doing these kind of sleazy efforts to nullify the legitimate votes of Americans. Regardless of the party, there needs to be a sufficient penalty that this never happens again.

    THIS is the GOP's "October Surprise": To crush Democratic momentum, to keep an iron-fisted grip on one-party power in government. These are people who will resort to anything in their desperation. Call your local news outlets and demand they report the story of these contemptable tactics to cheat democracy.
    Please tell everyone you know about these issues!



    MARCY WINOGRAD'S RECOMMENDATIONS are below. Marcy ran in the primary and is the mother/teacher/leader I most agree with on the issues. Below are her very specific voting recommendations for Los Angeles and the Westside. Marcy has really done her research.

    Find your polling place: http://wwww.lavote.net
    Volunteer for election protection: http://www.workthevotela.org
    BALLOT ENDORSEMENTS FOR TUES., NOV. 7TH DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATES

    Debra Bowen, Secretary of State
    http://www.debrabowen.com/

    Phil Angelides, Governor
    http://www.angelides.com/

    John Garamendi, Lt. Gov.
    http://www.garamendi.org

    Jerry Brown, Attorney General
    http://www.jerrybrown.org/

    Cruz Bustamante, Insurance Commissioner

    Dear Friends,

    Please be sure to vote (7 AM - 8 PM) tomorrow at your polling place (www.lavote.net) and to urge friends and family to vote, as well. If you encounter any election protection problems, you can call: 1-866-OUR-VOTE and/or contact: http://www.alternetvoterprotection.org/ -- also LA County ROV 1-800-851-2666 and Video the Vote at 213-48-2004.

    Below are my personal ballot recommendations, though you'll note I have not taken a position on every ballot issue or candidate. Thanks again for your support during the primary, when together we drove home the importance of challenging the Bush war agenda.

    Warm regards,

    Marcy

    P.S. Scroll to the very end for Election Night party details.

    STATE MEASURES
    * 1A: Transportation Funding Protection - Yes
    * 1B: Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, Port Security Bond Act of 2006 - Yes
    * 1C: Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006 - Yes
    * 1D: Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006 - Yes
    * 1E: Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006 - Yes
    * 83: Sex Offenders. Sexually Violent Predators. Punishment, Residence Restrictions and
    Monitoring - No
    * 84: Water Quality, Safety and Supply. Flood Control. Natural Resource Protection. Park
    Improvements. Bonds - Yes
    * 85: Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's Pregnancy -
    No
    * 86: Tax on Cigarettes. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute - Yes
    * 87: Alternative Energy. Research, Production, Incentives. Tax on California Oil - Yes
    * 88: Education Funding. Real Property Parcel Tax - Yes
    * 89: Political Campaigns. Public Financing. Corporate Tax Increase. Campaign
    Contribution and Expenditure Limits - Yes
    * 90: Government Acquisition, Regulation of Private Property - No
    (scroll to end for more on propositions)
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    CITY OF LOS ANGELES MEASURES :


    H - YES Affordable Housing Bond. (Bond Measure, One Billion Dollars )

    This $1 Billion General Obligation Bond Issue will pay for housing and emergency
    shelters for the homeless and others in need, and will fund the City's share of the costs of local projects constructed by the State under Proposition 1C (if it passes) : YES


    J - YES Regional Fire Station Sites. (Charter Amendment and Ordinance)

    This City Charter Amendment would permit the construction of Fire Stations on sites smaller than two acres, where the Fire Department determines it is warranted : YES

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    CONGRESS

    26th: Cynthia Matthews (D) Matthews supports single-payer health care and an end to the US occupation of Iraq. Her opponent, David Dreier, is Cheney's bat boy in Congress.
    28th: Byron De Lear (G)
    Howard Berman continues to fund the war and support eternal occupation of Iraq. Byron De Lear offers a clear alternative -- peace, not unilateral war.
    33rd: Diane Watson (D)
    35th: Maxine Waters (D) (Go, Maxine!)

    CANDIDATES FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE

    Governor: Angelides (D) has had a progressive record as Treasurer,shifting state pension funds from the stock market to community reinvestment, and promoting shareholder activism against irresponsible corporations. He supports the return of the CA National Guard from Iraq, public campaign financing, and strong environmental protections. Schwarzenegger vetoed universal health care before he even saw it, pushed hard to prevent the unjust "3 Strikes" law from being voted out in 2004, spent a ton of state and county money on a special election, cut funding for social programs and is now acting as the good boy of CA. Don’t forget, He is an ACTOR!!!

    Lieutenant Governor: Garamendi (D) has defended consumers' interests
    several times as Insurance Commissioner. McClintock is an arch-conservative, anti-tax, anti-abortion, anti-environment, anti-union,pro-business ideologue. More than a token position, the Lieutenant Governor sits on several important state boards and casts tie-breaking votes in the state Senate, in addition to filling in when the Governor is not available.

    Secretary of State: Bowen (D) is the rare state legislator who has given
    large amounts of time and staff resources to supporting a grassroots movement - in this case, to protect our right to vote and to have our votes counted. Republican incumbent Bill McPherson (R) has been trying to push through the same faulty Republican-owned electronic voting machines that produced surprising Republican victories in other states.

    Controller: Chiang (D) says that going after the tax breaks for oil producers and refineries would be one of his top goals. He is the only elected state official to have organized free tax assistance for the indigent.
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    STATE SENATE

    28th: Jenny Oropeza (D)

    STATE ASSEMBLY

    37th: Ferial Masry (D) (Endorsed by Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles)
    39th: Alarcon (D) has made addressing poverty a focus of his work.
    41st: Brownley (D) has great positions on the environment and health care.
    43rd: Krekorian (D) has supported green building policies at the Burbank
    school district.
    44th: Portantino (D) has a good record of supporting open space and has
    avoided the temptation of being a "centrist" even though he represented a
    heavily Republican town. Costa (G) is also a good candidate with a clearly
    progressive agenda.
    47th: Bass (D) is a strong voice for progressive causes.
    49th: As a Monterey Park councilmember Eng (D) has supported environmental
    bills at the state level.

    51st: Price (D) supported the campaign to stop Wal-Mart in Inglewood.
    53rd: Ted Lieu supports single-payer universal health care and has appealed to Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles to work together on progressive legislation. Peter Thottam, backed by the Greens and ICUJP, says he would challenge Lieu's support of the military industrial complex in Torrance and El Segundo.

    56th: Mendoza (D) was endorsed by labor and environmental groups in the
    primary.
    57th: Hernandez (D) was endorsed by labor and environmental groups in the
    primary.
    61st: Soto (D) has a good record as a state senator.
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    Paul Koretz for West Basin Water Board
    (From Gary Shay of the Democratic Party ...)

    For those of you in the West Side of LA County, wondering about the West Basin Water Board, I am supporting Assembly Member Paul Koretz as is the California and Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

    The West Basin District has been plagued with a culture of corruption and mismanagement including paying for fancy trips and teeth whitening for a Board Member.

    Life long active Democrat, Assembly member Paul Koretz, is running for the West Basin Board in Division 4, which includes all of El Segundo, Culver City, Malibu and West Hollywood, as well as several other areas. I am proud to support Assembly member Koretz because I know that his many years of environmental activism as well as his 18 years of service as a Council member and Assembly member will bring a new dimension to the Water Board.

    Two of Assembly member Koretz's top priorities will be to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on lawyers for ventures into redistricting and making sure the District’s large reserves (over 80 million dollars) are in strong, safe investments.

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    From a friend in the progressive community ...


    JUDICIAL - SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

    YES Joyce L. Kennard
    NO Carol A. Corrigan (arch conservative appointed by Schwarzenegger)


    JUDICIAL - COURT OF APPEAL JUSTICE
    (Counties: Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura)

    YES Robert M. Mallano
    ? Frances Rothschild
    NO Roger W. Boren
    NO Victoria M. Chavez
    NO Patti S. Kitching
    NO Richard D. Aldrich
    NO Norman L. Epstein
    NO Thomas L. Willhite
    ? Nora M. Manella
    NO Steven Suzukawa
    NO Richard M. Mosk
    NO Sandy R. Kriegler
    YES Arthur Gilbert
    YES Dennis M. Perluss
    NO Fred Woods
    YES Laurie D. Zelon
    YES Candace D. Cooper
    YES Madeleine Flier


    JUDICIAL
    JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
    (County: Los Angeles)

    Office No. 8: Deborah L. Sanchez
    Office No. 18: John C. Gutierrez
    Office No. 102: George C. Montgomery [with reservations]
    Office No. 104: [do not have a recommendation]
    Office No. 144: Janis Levart Barquist
    Also recommended are: Zacky and Bobbi Tillmon

    STATE SENATOR

    24th: Romero (D) has been a leading advocate for stopping the emphasis on
    imprisoning youth.
    28th: After surviving cancer, Oropeza (D) has become one of the strongest
    advocates for environmental justice.


    JUDICIAL - COURT OF APPEAL JUSTICE

    YES Mallano - Progressive rulings.
    ? Rothschild - Could not determine.
    NO Boren - Conservative, endorsed by Republicans.
    NO Chavez - Endorsed by Republicans.
    NO Kitching - Conservative, endorsed by Republicans.
    NO Aldrich - Conservative, endorsed by Republicans.
    NO Epstein - Conservative, endorsed by Republicans.
    NO Willhite - Conservative, endorsed by Republicans.
    ? Manella - On balance liberal, but some cases give pause.
    NO Suzukawa - Conservative, endorsed by Republicans.
    NO Mosk - Consistently anti-Iranian rulings on Iran-U.S. Tribunal.
    NO Kriegler - Conservative, endorsed by Republicans.
    YES Gilbert - Gave clear thought to clemency for death penalty cases.
    YES Perluss - Progressive rulings.
    NO Woods - Wrote ruling restricting sex discrimination cases.
    YES Zelon - Champion of improving legal rights of the indigent.
    YES Cooper - Strong advocate of affirmative action.
    YES Flier - Progressive rulings.


    JUDICIAL: JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT

    8: Sanchez's opponent is a death penalty prosecutor.
    18: Gutierrez's opponent is an anti-gang prosecutor.
    102: Montgomery is less objectionable since he gives support to due process.
    104: [no position]
    144: Barquist leans liberal; her opponent is an anti-gang prosecutor.

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    Endorsements from the Santa Monica Democratic Club
    Santa Monica City Council
    Kevin McKeown Gleam Davis

    Santa Monica Rent Control Board
    Jennifer Kennedy Zelia Mollica Marilyn Korade/Wilson

    Santa Monica College Board of Trustees
    Nancy Greenstein David Finkel
    Andrew Walzer Louise Jaffe

    Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District
    Oscar de la Torre Emily Bloomfield
    Kelly McMahon Pye Barry Snell

    Local Measures:
    Measure BB (School Bond) YES
    Measure U (Charter Amend - Remove City Dept Heads from Civil Service . . .) NO
    Measure V (Clean Beaches/Ocean Parcel Tax) YES
    Measure W (Charter Amend - Change Campaign Contribution Restrictions) NO
    Measure Y (Muni Code - Make Marijuana Use Low Enforcement Priority) YES


    PROPOSITIONS: (A friend sent this to me and I'm passing it on ...)

    YES Prop 84 Authorizes $5.4 billion to fund projects relating to safe drinking water, water quality and supply, flood control, waterway and natural resource protection, water pollution and contamination control, state and local park improvements, public access to natural resources, and conservation efforts. (nearly 1 billion available for parks & water projects in LA County)
    http://www.easyvoter.org/site/evguide/content.php?type=1&id=70

    YES Prop 87: Alternative Energy

    This is NOT a gas tax, and won't raise your gas prices. What it will do is make companies extracting oil out of California pay a similar amount of money as they do in states like Texas and Alaska -incredibly, California basically gives away our resources virtually free,unlike everywhere else - and invest that money in alternative energy. You know it has to be something real good if the oil companies are spending $100 MILLION (!) to defeat it. It would establish a $4 billion program to reduce oil and gasoline usage by 25%, with research and production incentives for alternative energy, alternative energy vehicles, energy efficient technologies, and for education and training. The proposition prohibits producers from passing the tax on to consumers. Program administered by California Energy Alternatives Program Authority.

    YES Prop 89: Campaign Finance Reform

    Prop 89 will help take back our elections from special interests and create a level playing field for candidates to compete.
    Maine passed a universal health care plan thanks to grassroots candidates being able to challenge the insurance-funded incumbents. The money for the campaigns will come from a 0.2 percent corporate tax increase. This system has proven to loosen the death grip corporate lobbyists hold over government, though it won't make every politician honest! The public campaign funding will be received through the Fair Political Practices Commission, in amounts varying by elective office and type of election. The proposition also imposes new limits on campaign contributions to state-office candidates and campaign committees, and new restrictions on contributions and expenditures by lobbyists and corporations.

    Proposition 90:
    “Prop 90 is the single most dangerous threat that has ever been leveled at our
    state's environment” Robert Redford.

    If Prop 90 is enacted, environmental protection will grind to a halt, because we the taxpayers will be unable to afford the billions and billions in payouts.
    And guess what? Paralyzing government is exactly what Prop 90 aims to do.

    This cynical ploy is so insidious -- and yet potentially popular -- because it's masquerading as a law that will protect our homes and businesses from
    government seizure under the power of eminent domain.

    This measure being pushed by conservatives and developers would force taxpayers to pay some land owners to follow laws already on the books--or give those land owners a waiver to pollute or break other laws. For example, if a company decides they want to build a polluting factory on their property that’s not allowed by current zoning, the government would have to pay them for the forgone opportunity. It could cost state and local governments billions of dollars to maintain current protections. It is supported by the California Republican Party and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Proposition 90 is opposed by a broad and diverse coalition including: the League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, dozens of other environmental groups but also Working Assets, California Labor Federation, California Professional Firefighters, the NAACP and the California Chamber of Commerce


    YES Prop 1C- Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act: Allow state government to sell $2.85 billion in bonds for: housing projects and related development in urban areas and near public transportation, assistance for renters, first-time and low-income homebuyers farm worker housing, homeless shelters and other programs. Bond financing is regressive and from working in this industry I know how much money goes to waste and never reaches its targeted destination. Never the less, I think I will vote for it and pray…
    http://www.easyvoter.org/site/evguide/content.php?type=1&id=66

    YES Prop 1D (with reservation)
    Allows state government to sell $10.4 billion in bonds to build and upgrade education facilities:
    • $7.3 billion for K-12 schools, most of which would require local matching funds
    • $3.1 billion for community colleges and public universities
    Funding formula is not favorable to districts that have the greatest need. Bond financing is regressive.
    http://www.easyvoter.org/site/evguide/content.php?type=1&id=67



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