Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Tom McClintock's Recommendations for California's November 2020 State Ballot Propositions

California Congressman Tom McClintock offers his recommendations on California's November 2020 state ballot propositions:


Proposition 14 – Brewster’s Billions: NO. “Brewster’s Millions” tells the story of a fictional character in 1902, who, in order to inherit $7 million, must first spend $1 million in a year and have nothing to show for it. In 2004, California voters were convinced to spend $3 billion on Stem Cell research – or about $260 (plus interest) for every family in California. A recent report found that $2.1 billion went to beneficiaries with links to the board that doles out the money. That money is now all but spent, with nothing to show for it. So, they’re back with another bond, this one for $5.5 billion (about $478 per family). This is amusing only as fiction.


Proposition 15 – How Not to Succeed in Business: NO. From the “How Tone Deaf Can They Be” file comes this proposal to reassess businesses annually in order to hike their property taxes. That’s because the state-ordered lockdowns, the arrests of shopkeepers trying to keep their businesses going, combined with California’s highest-in-the-country income and sales taxes and anti-business regulations, have left California’s small businesses flush with cash. It is still possible to build a successful small business in California, as long as you start with a successful large one. And remember, businesses don’t pay taxes: YOU pay business taxes, as a consumer through higher prices, as an employee through lower wages or as an investor through lower earnings (think 401k).


Proposition 16 – Judging People by the Color of their Skin and Not the Content of the Character: NO. In the Parents Involved Case of 2007, Chief Justice Roberts noted that “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” California voters had come to the same conclusion when they passed Proposition 209 in 1996, which forbids state government from discriminating or giving preferential treatment “on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.” Prop 16 repeals this civil rights protection for all Californians and opens a new era of official discrimination based on race.


Proposition 17 – Bank Robbers for Biden: NO. If there were any doubt of the Democrats’ contempt for the electorate, this should dispel it. This bill gives felons on parole the right to vote. Enough said.


Proposition 18 – High School Voters: NO. Wait, there’s more! Here’s a proposal to give 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary and special elections. Democrats are counting on their good judgment, experience and common sense to counter the influence of their nagging, annoying and totally unreasonable parents.


Proposition 19 – Fire Sale: NO. Right now, parents can leave the family home to their family without a crippling property tax hike. This bill ends that exemption, purportedly to add more money for firefighting. It’s a good bet that more family homes will be lost in fire sales than in fires.


Proposition 20 – A Step Back from the Abyss: YES. Long version: This measure repairs some of the damage of Jerry Brown era laws that have made California less safe. It increases penalties for many theft and fraud crimes that Brown reduced to misdemeanors, requires convicts to submit DNA for state and federal databases and restores the ability of parole boards to keep dangerous prisoners behind bars. Short version: Jerry Brown opposes it.


Proposition 21 – Rent Control with Nothing to Rent: NO. There’s an old soviet-era saying, “What good is a free bus ticket in a city with no buses?” The same is true of rent. Rent controls are very effective at drying up the supply of rental housing in any community where they’re imposed. Those currently renting do very well, but they hold on to their old apartments and landlords stop building new ones. Presto: nothing to rent – but at a very affordable price.


Proposition 22 – Let My Uber Go: YES. One of the worst bills ever enacted by the California legislature (and that says a lot) is AB 5, that essentially ended independent contracting in California. This measure exempts app-based drivers, meaning independent contractors put out of work by AB 5 can still take an Uber to a free state.


Proposition 23 — Bringing Venezuelan Heath Care to Dialysis Patients: NO. Two years ago, SEIU tried to impose price controls on dialysis. They lost and are back with this measure that imposes onerous and expensive requirements to have physicians on duty at dialysis clinics and prohibiting them from going out of business without state approval. This will help dialysis patients by assuring higher prices and will help encourage new clinics to open by forbidding them ever to close. Makes perfect sense.


Proposition 24 – When in Doubt, Don’t: NO. This measure purports to expand consumer privacy, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a consumer privacy group, calls it “a mixed bag of partial steps backwards and forwards.” Here’s what is crystal clear: it will unleash a new regulatory agency with vast powers to prosecute businesses that run afoul of the increasingly intricate consumer privacy laws in California. Another nail in the coffin of the once “Golden State.”


Proposition 25 – Catch and Release: NO. When suspects are arrested, they’re jailed until posting bail to assure they show up for trial. Surprisingly, many suspects don’t want to; go figure. Jerry Brown and the lunatic legislature did away with this process in 2018, replacing cash bail with “risk assessments.” This law was temporarily suspended pending this referendum, but the leftist Judicial Council did away with bail for most crimes during the COVID scare, resulting in the arrest, immediate release and subsequent re-arrests of criminal suspects the same day for different crimes. A NO vote would repeal this insane law.

 

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 10

Michael B. Everling writes:

Somewhat good news for a change. A glimmer of hope going into August.

On Monday August 10, Fernando, the manager at Dinah’s told me that while indoor dining is still restricted, there is outside patio dining available.

So-called physical distancing rules are in effect, as well as a six person limit on the number of diners at each table, and adjacent tables must be separated by six feet. We hope to arrange as much propinquity as possible.

Our plan, therefore, is to gather at Dinah's at one or two tables, as may be available, for a more informal meeting than we would have under the more controlled conditions in our usual indoor space. We dine al fresco!

Joseph Miranda will lead a more relaxed round robin style discussion over dinner. All other aspects of our meeting will obtain. Dues are $5.00 and our special COVID hours are 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to accommodate the restaurant.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 9

Michael B. Everling reports:

On July 28, I was advised by the duty manager at Dinah's that there is no indication as to when indoor dining will be resumed. Thus we will continue to suspend through August.

I will contact Dinah’s again the Wednesday before our scheduled meeting in order to confirm status just in case there are any changes that might benefit us, and then advise in the eMinder.

We regret the continued interruption.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 8

Michael B. Everling writes:

Well, here we go again. Just when things seemed to be getting back on track, we must yet again, with great regret, stand down the club meetings due to the non availability of our venue.

Sadly, this situation may obtain for the next several months based on information.

In the interim, we will publish, as usual, our ennouncements and eminders to keep you up to date on our disposition and to provide you with content you may find useful.

We will postpone and hold for rescheduling our programs each month as we go. Thus, we will invite this month’s speaker, Nancy Shiffrin, to join us sometime early next year.

If things open up sooner rather than later, we will continue the scheduled programs from that point. However, we anticipate that the closure may well extend to the end of the calendar year.

We appreciate your understanding and forebearance and we regret the inconvenience to our speakers and members.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Loscon 47 Canceled Due to Covid-19

Today I received the following email:


Members and Friends,

With the effects of the Covid-19  pandemic being felt in many sectors, we are not immune I'm sorry to say. The fallout of these effects sadly means that we will be postponing Loscon 47 until next year. We are rescheduling Loscon 47 for Thanksgiving weekend (November 26th through November 28th 2021).


We will be rolling Guests, members, and dealer room participants over to next year. Writer Guest Dr. Gregory Benford, our Artist Guest Jeff Sturgeon and Fan Guests of Honor Dennis and Kristine Cherry have all agreed to be there and are looking forward to being there next year.  

There will be more info as we re-assemble our teams to bring this to fruition in November of 2021.

A general meeting to discuss this will be on Friday 6/19/2020 at 7:30 via jitsi meet. This will be a very brief meeting just to touch base with members and staff. The link is https://losconmeeting.com/update2020 from most web browsers. You only need to download an app if you are on IOS or Android.

As always you may ask questions at email:info@loscon.org and I look forward to seeing you all Thanksgiving weekend 2021

Loscon Chairman, Scott Beckstead


This is disappointing. I attend Loscon most years. While I understand some members' concerns, I think this is overkill. Loscon 47 was to meet at the end of November. Surely Covid-19 will quiet down by then? Plus, Loscon 47 can always requires masks, gloves, and social distancing for those who choose to attend.

If you agree that Loscon 47 should go forward this November, please let them know. Offer to help in whatever you can to make Loscon 47 happen, and happen safely.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 7

Michael B. Everling reports:

On June 1, I spoke to Jazmin at Dinah's and it seems as though we will be on for June 15. Things are projected to be close to 95% of normal.

We are to be limited to ten persons in the usual place, the back dining room. We must be done and out by 8 p.m. Regular hours to nine o’clock will come later, perhaps by July.

Diners are to enter the restaurant with face coverings. Temperatures will be taken at the door with a hand held thermometer machine.

I plan to contact Dinah’s again on June 10 or so to double check for any updates.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Coronavirus Closure Update No. 6

Michael B. Everling reports: 

On Tuesday, May 26, I spoke to Angie, one of the managers at Dinah's Family Restaurant, our regular venue for over ten years. She said that their best guess is that indoor dining will not be restored before at least July 1.

I will consult with Dinah's management again by the end of June, if not earlier, to get updated information.

This means, of course, that we must continue to stay our program. We have considered alternate modes of operation, such as podcasting, Zooming, webinars, etc. but our model is an in-person, face-to-face, indoor dining, with post-meal address, which facilitates dialog among the participants.

If when indoor dining is resumed, there are rules for assembly which we deem overly restrictive, such as "social distancing" or even prescription of persons who are not closely related or residing in the same domicile, etc. then regretfully, we will continue to wait.

This may necessitate revamping our schedule of programs. We regret any inconvenience to our speakers and members.

While in hiatus, we will continue to publish the ennouncement and eMinder to provide updated information as to conditions. You are also welcome to comment on this blog, and visit our FaceBook page.

Thank you for your interest in and support of our club, and your service to our cause of freedom.

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