Why Recall Governor Newsom
As most people in California are aware, there will be a recall election for Governor Newsom in the fall. Contrary to the news media, Republicans were not the only Californians voting for the Recall. Many Democrats and Decline to State voters also signed the recall petition.
As time passes, the worst of the pandemic hardships, many of them a result of Governor Newsom’s decisions, will be eased. People may decide that the worst is over and recalling the Governor is not necessary.
It is important to remember that decisions the Governor made were also a reflection of how he thinks and views the world. One of his decisions required a California District Court settlement.
The State of California, under the leadership of the Governor, allowed activity at grocery stores, warehouses, big box stores, transportation, and other businesses. The Governor did shut down religious activities such as church gatherings.
March 19, 2020 - May 25, 2020 - No Worship at all
May 26, 2020 - July 12, 2020 - 25 % capacity but no more than 100 people
July 13, 2020 - April 8, 2021 - No worship for over 90 % of California
April 9, 2021 - April 12, 2021-Restrictions on home Bible study lifted but not on singing and chanting.
April 13, 2021 - May 9, 2021- Mandatory attendance limits are lifted.
May 17, 2021 - and Forever - Discriminatory restrictions on churches permanently removed.
In July 2020, Harvest Rock Church filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Newsom over his restrictions on churches and even home Bible studies.
The Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit religious rights law firm, represented Harvest Rock in legal proceedings against Governor Newsom and the state of California.
Under the settlement agreement, discriminatory restrictions on worship and religious gatherings may no longer be applied to churches and places of worship.
Governor Newsom was also ordered to pay Liberty Counsel $1,350,000 for reimbursement of attorney fees and costs.
As the pandemic winds down, voters may think that recalling a governor is not worth the effort.
It is important to remember that the actions the Governor took reflects on his mind set over which things in life are important. California has suffered greatly the past year and a half. Although all states have suffered, states run by some Governors have not had as many negative results as California has had. The actions Governor Newsom has taken reflect his thinking and his attitudes toward so many issues that are part of our daily lives. It is doubtful that his way of thinking would change in another emergency.
Your Legislature at Work!
In case you are wondering if you should vote yes on the recall of Governor Newsom, here is an example of why you just might want to say goodbye to the Governor. It is also an example of why you might never want to vote for a Democrat legislator.
In January 2021 Senate Bill 132 took effect. This bill allows transgender-identified male state prison inmates to transfer into women’s prisons based on “individual preference” – no hormones, surgery or time spent living as the opposite sex required.
So far 264 male prisoners have declared a non-male identity and formally requested transfer to women’s facilities.
The House of Representatives has passed the Equality Act. If it passes in the Senate, incarcerated biological men who identify as female would be entitled to transfer to women’s federal prisons and possibly state prisons nationwide.
Women in prison generally have no objection to transgender inmates who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery. However, many men who are transferring to female prisons are not even on hormonal medication. Therefore, women in prison can be locked in a room with a man 24/7 who is a fully functioning male.
Many of the men coming into the women’s prisons are 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds. Apparently, the female guards at the Chowchilla prison are as upset by SB 132 as the inmates are.
The California law also directs cavity searches to be conducted “based on the individual’s search preference” meaning if a biological male who identifies as transgender would prefer to be cavity-searched by a female officer, he is entitled to it.
SB 132 is an example of the kind of law that the state legislature is passing. It truly is time for a change.
The Second Amendment
The Second Amendment is quite simple, yet it seems to be the most controversial of all the Amendments.
One only has to remember that the Founders were creating a nation governed by the people. Their only real concerns regarding tyranny revolved around defending the nation from the British to the north and the Spanish to the south, and from giving too much power to a president who might try to become king.
Alexander Hamilton wrote that a well-regulated militia is “the most natural defense of a free country.” The second amendment makes it clear that the federal government may not interfere with the citizens’ right to own firearms. The State Militia is a body of citizens which can be called up by the governor or Congress to protect the people from harm. The right to self-defense is a natural, unalienable right. Owning a firearm for self-defense was a longstanding right among the colonies before the Constitution was written. This amendment ensures the right to own firearms for personal protection, self-defense, and in service of the militia.
The Second Amendment reads as follows:
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The 2020 election certainly highlighted many controversies with the election system in the United States. Whether or not the validity of certain election results will ever be settled is an unknown at this time. However, the results of the 2020 race have put the spotlight on many of the challenges involved in arriving at honest election results.
The area that is most vulnerable to election fraud is the voter registration lists. This has been an area that has been most susceptible to fraud. It was for this reason that in 1993 Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act which mandates the all-important voter list maintenance obligations. The Act was enacted for two different goals.
The first was to “increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote, enhancing their “participation in elections for Federal Office.”
The second was to “protect the integrity of the electoral process, ensuring that accurate and current voter rolls are maintained.”
The most significant provision of the National Voter Registration Act is the requirement that every application for a state driver’s license must also serve as a voter registration application opportunity. That is why the federal law is termed the “Motor Voter” law. From 1992 through 2012 the registration rate has increased nationally by more than 11%.
The second goal of the National Voter Registration Act was to ensure accurate and current voter rolls. This goal has not been met.
A recent authoritative study done by the Pew Research Center noted that “24 million – 1 out of every 8 voter registrations in the United States are not valid or are significantly inaccurate”; “that 1.8 million dead individuals are listed as voters” and that “2.5 million people have registrations in more than one state.”
In 2019, Judicial Watch found at least 2.5 million voter roster names that were beyond the population of the jurisdiction.
The National Voter Registration Act covers 2,800 counties in all the states. Approximately 20% (581 counties) of the 2,800 counties reported sending confirmation notices during the last two-year period to fewer than 5% of their registered voters.
In 2018, Los Angeles County had about 1.6 million inactive registrations. Judicial Watch filed a federal lawsuit which mandated that Los Angeles clean up its significantly outdated voter registration rolls.
List Maintenance claims were included in federal complaints filed by the Department of Justice against Missouri, Maine, New Jersey, Indiana, and the City of Philadelphia. In 2009, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Voting Section of the DOJ told staff that voter list maintenance cases were no longer a priority.
Let’s look at Sonoma County.
Registered Voters as of November 2020: 300,586
Ballots cast in 2020: 272,244
Not Voting: 28,342
Peace and Freedom: 930
American Independent: 8,324
No Party Preference: 60,656
Republican Party 61,825 votes 23.04%
Democrat Party 199,938 votes 74.52%
Peace and Freedom 740 votes .28%
Green Party 1,499 votes .56%
Libertarian 3,418 votes 1.27%
American Independent 832 votes .31%
The Coronavirus gave people who are not interested in honest elections the perfect vehicle to manipulate election results. Here are the most common methods.
· Ballot Harvesting
· Opt-out Automatic Voter Registration
· Abolition of Voter ID Requirements
· Abolition of Voter Residence Requirements
· Same-Day Voter Registration
· Out-of-Precinct Voting
· Abolition of the Electoral College.
Without fair elections, our country will be no better than a banana republic. We cannot let this happen.
Get to Know the Cotati City Council
Many California cities have adopted dividing their city into districts due to the California Voting Rights Act of 2001. The City of Cotati has not implemented this process yet. The City of Cotati is made of 5 Councilmembers who are extremely progressive in their ideological views. The terms are staggered so that not all terms expire at the same time.
Mayor John Moore started his current role as a council member in 2013 as an appointee to replace an outgoing councilmember. He was elected in 2014 for his first full term and was recently elected for his second full term in 2018. Additionally, Mayor Moore serves as a delegate to the North Bay Labor Council and District Bargaining Unit Representative of Service Employees International Union Local 1000, District Labor Council 752, serving Sonoma and Marin counties. Mayor Moore’s primary goals include continuing engagement with the community to strengthen Cotati’s fiscal, environmental, and social sustainability.
Currently, Mayor Moore is up for re-election in 2022. He is registered as a Democrat. You can email Mayor Moore at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Mayor Mark Landman was appointed to City Council in November 2009 and elected to a full four-year term in 2010. He was re-elected in 2014 and again in 2018. Councilmember Landman is a founding board member of Sonoma Clean Power, where he has served as chair twice. He has also served as chair of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority in 2019, served as Chair of the Russian River Watershed Association and served as Chair of the Sonoma County Mayor’s and Councilmember’s Legislative Committee. Councilmember Landman was elected Vice-Mayor of Cotati twice, serving in 2013 and 2018. He was again elected to be Vice Mayor in 2021.
Currently, Vice Mayor Landman is up for re-election in 2022. He is registered as a Democrat. You can email Vice Mayor Landman at: email@example.com
Council member Susan Harvey was first elected to the City Council in November 2009. She was appointed as Vice Mayor in 2011 and served as Mayor in 2012. She served on the Planning Commission from November 2008 to November 2009. Councilmember Harvey currently serves as Cotati's representative on the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, the Subregional Wastewater Policy Advisory Committee, Sonoma County Health Action and Association of Bay Area Governments. She serves on the Board of Directors of the North Bay Division of the League of California Cities and as a member of the Water Advisory Committee. Councilmember Harvey says she is devoting her energy to preserving community police, maintaining essential city services, fiscal responsibility and supporting policies that enhance existing business and attract new business.
Currently, Council member Harvey is up for re-election in 2024. She is registered as a Democrat. You can email Council member Harvey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council member Laura Sparks was elected to City Council in 2020. She is an Astronomy Professor at Santa Rosa Junior College. During her time at SRJC, Councilmember Sparks has taken on a variety of leadership roles, including Academic Senate parliamentarian and department chair of Earth and Space Sciences. She is a member of the American Astronomical Society and a member of Astronomers for Planet Earth, an organization of professional astronomers, educators, and students who advocate for climate action. She called for more affordable housing, citing a need for zoning reform to clear the way for new developers. She believes houses should not just build anywhere as she wishes to focus development on areas near transit centers, and to build out Cotati’s bicycle infrastructure.
Currently, Council member Sparks is up for re-election in 2024. She is registered as a Democrat. You can email Councilmember Sparks at: email@example.com
Council member Ben Ford was elected to City Council in 2020. He teaches mathematics at Sonoma State University, where he has served as Chair of the Mathematics and Statistics Department and on two occasions as Chair of the University Faculty. He serves on professional bodies that help shape math education guidelines for the State of California. Before running for council, Councilmember Ford served on Cotati’s Planning Commission where he was able to gather bureaucratic experience and familiarized himself with local politics. He also spent time on Cotati’s Design Review Committee and worked as the treasurer for the Northern California Earth Institute. He cited sustainability and Cotati’s role in climate change as one of the foundations of his electoral platform. Councilmember Ford currently represents Cotati on the Russian River Watershed Association Board of Directors and is Cotati’s alternate representative to the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability agency and Sonoma Clean Power.
Currently, Council member Ford is up for re-election in 2024. He is registered as a Democrat. You can email Councilmember Ford at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Cotati has one of the better calendar sites for City Councils and the meetings are held when actual working people can attend. The Cotati City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month generally at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at Cotati City Hall, located at 201 West Sierra Avenue. Check the specific meeting agenda to confirm the start time at: