Friday, November 6, 2009

2009 "There Ought To Be A Law" Contest!

Our State Senator Bob Huff is running a contest. And not just any contest, but one where you get to propose a law and, if it is chosen as the winning idea, he will propose it before the California State Senate for their deliberation and maybe even a vote!

Now something along the lines of a law that would prevent a legislator from voting on a project that he has family financial ties to might be a good idea, but far be it from I to try and put words in your mouth.

So what we'd like to do here is have your ideas posted here. We will then compile them and into one mighty powerhouse of legislative thinkingsend 'em on in to the Senator for his consideration.

This is how the Senator words it:

2009 "There Ought To Be A Law" Contest

Do you have a common sense idea to cut waste, fraud, and abuse from state government? Are you a small business owner frustrated by bureaucratic red tape? Do you see a sensible solution to a growing problem in the community?

Some of the best ideas for state legislation come from those most affected by the proposal at a local level. If you have an idea for a new law that you'd like me to consider, or if you'd like to legitimately see a particular law abolished, I hope you will participate in my "There Ought To Be A Law" contest.

I hope to select one idea and introduce it as part of my 2010 legislative bill package in February. The person submitting the chosen idea will be invited to join me for lunch in Sacramento at the State Capitol and will receive a California State flag that has been flown over the Capitol.

There is no indication here of who exactly will be paying for the lunch.

Good luck! And may the best Tattler win!


  1. Good morning Tattlers,
    How about repealing the Passage of the Federal Reserve Act (1913),

    Congressman Lindbergh said on that historic day, to the House:

    "This Act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this bill, the invisible government by the Monetary Power will be legalized. The people may not know it immediately, but the day of reckoning is only a few years removed. The trusts will soon realize that they have gone too far even for their own good. The people must make a declaration of independence to relieve themselves from the Monetary Power. This they will be able to do by taking control of Congress. Wall Streeters could not cheat us if you Senators and Representatives did not make a humbug of Congress. . . . If we had a people's Congress, there would be stability.

    The greatest crime of Congress is its currency system. The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking bill. The caucus and the party bosses have again operated and prevented the people from getting the benefit of their own government."

    Representative Moore of Kansas, in commenting on the passage of the Act, said to the House of Representatives:

    "The President of the United States now becomes the absolute dictator of all the finances of the country. He appoints a controlling board of seven men, all of whom belong to his political party, even though it is a minority. The Secretary of the Treasury is to rule supreme whenever there is a difference of opinion between himself and the Federal Reserve Board. AND, only one member of the Board is to pass out of office while the President is in office."

    The true purposes of the Federal Reserve Act soon began to disillusion many who had at first believed in its claims. W. H. Allen wrote in Moody's Magazine, 1916:

    "The purpose of the Federal Reserve Act was to prevent concentration of money in the New York banks by making it profitable for country bankers to use their funds at home, but the movement of currency shows that the New York banks gained from the interior in every month except December, 1915, since the Act went into effect. The stabilization of rates has taken place in New York alone. In other parts, high rates continue. The Act, which was to deprive Wall Street of its funds for speculation, has really given the bulls and the bears such a supply as they have never had before.

    The truth is that far from having clogged the channel to Wall Street, as Mr. Glass so confidently boasted, it actually widened the old channels and opened up two new ones. The first of these leads directly to Washington and gives Wall Street a string on all the surplus cash in the United States Treasury. Besides, in the power to issue bank-note currency, it furnishes an inexhaustible supply of credit money; the second channel leads to the great central banks of Europe, whereby, through the sale of acceptances, virtually guaranteed by the United States Government, Wall Street is granted immunity from foreign demands for gold which have precipitated every great crisis in our history."

    "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." -Woodrow Wilson, after signing the Federal Reserve into existence

    I know it's out of the scope, I just wanted to spread a little knowledge.

    Neuroblast Films

  2. OK Tattlers, now is our chance to let Bob Huff know exactly what we think. We were all quite vocal on the blog a few days ago about his vote. If you posted on the blog send your law to Huff or stop complaining. Do something about it. Yeah, I know your ideas will not win you a lunch and a flag, but he and his staff will at least read what we think. Also everyone should send today’s Tattler link and the other link to his office. Let them know exactly what Sierra Madre thinks about him and his so call ethics.

  3. Sir Eric,

    1. All legislators must be RFID chipped and cloistered while in office.
    2. All legislators who suggest contests be sacraficed and placed in a cornerstone at the grand opening of any nfl stadiums to be built in the near future.
    3. Any politician who speaks to, has lunch with, or attends any meeting with lobby persons or millionaire real estate persons be arrested for treason.

  4. There ought to be a law that legislators send their kids to the same kind of schools the majority of their constituents do, have the same kind of health care that the majority of their constituents have, shop at the same kind of supermarkets the majority of their constituents shop at, and drive the same kind of vehicles that the majority of their constituents drive. In short, while in public service living on the public dollar, legislators should live like the majority of their constituents.

  5. Revisit the Roski DealNovember 6, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    There pought to be a law that conflict of interest laws are enforced. No legislator should participate in any decision, including striclty procedural ones. that in any way benefits relatives. Kind of a knock off the nepotism/eforce conflict of interests law

  6. Abolish our ties to Sacramento. Establish Southen California as a separate state, and build a govt here that doesn't spend money like they print it.

  7. 9:35!
    I like your idea!

  8. The gerrymander system of districting should be abolished and in its place a square arbirtrary grid with roughly the same number of citizens in each grid established. (A first year drafting student could easily produce such a grid). No discussion just a perfectly square arbitrary grid.

  9. Name should not be emptyNovember 6, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    I propose a return to the entire Code of Justinian to be enforced by the Justice League, except for Batman because he doesn't really have any super powers.

  10. What I like most about the Tattler is how is gets some Sierra Madrean's to thinking about issues rather than just slam blogging. Went to the internet to look up a law about honking horns at rural crossroads to chase the chickens out of the road and couldn't find it--must have been repealed since I took the sociality class where we talked about laws that no longer carried any meaning. Aren't all laws a representation of someone else's bad behavior?

  11. Repeal SB375.
    Cities should have the right to set their own zoning and density issues, just like we did with Measure V.
    Sacramento has too much power, and look what's happened.
    Repeal SB375 and vote out any representive who voted for it.

  12. Repeal SB375. Call in the National Resource Defense Council to draft legislation that is actually good for the environment, without regard to developers' wallets.
    Enforce Conflict of Interest Laws. Make the punishment for violations more severe. It is obviously a law that is routinely ignored, so give it bigger teeth.
    Make all "gifts" to legislators illegal.

  13. Even better, all gifts are to be donated to the Red Cross.
    Let the Red Cross decide who most needs the massage certificates, trips to Las Vegas, fresh fruit baskets, tickets to events. Broaden the experiences of the homeless.

  14. Neuroblast,

    Nice to see that you are well-informed on "big picture" issues. I whole heartedly agree that the Federal Reserve should be eliminated and that The Creature from Jekyll Island should be mandatory reading for every US citizen. Unfortunately, Bob Huff is NOT the man for such a job.

    I also recommend Cadillac Desert, which lays out the history of the western United States since 1848; specifically how water, agriculture and development were used by the Federal government to populate the western US after the Mexican/American War and how much power the Federal government still maintains over these states so many years later.

    Then consider the Federal Community Redevelopment Act of 1947, which gave states the authority to create their own CRA's; giving them the power of imminent domain as well as a number of financial schemes for the purpose of "redevelopment." Here we can see how the Federal government took local control away from local jurisdictions via states' governments.

    Then consider the history of global governments and quasi-governments such as the United Nations, World Bank and World Trade Organization, which mandates that participating nations change their laws to meet the requirements of said Institutions/quasi-governments.

    It should therefore, be no surprise to anyone that after the Federal government took away local control, it then gave national control away to global corporations and banks (owners of the Federal Reserve, World Bank and World Trade Organization); the 2 biggest beneficiaries of the Great Depression and the current, so-called "global economic meltdown."

    I'll go one step further. The Dirts, indirectly, are local agents (thugs/bullies) for multinational corporations and banking institutions hell bent on global domination and economic enslavement.

    [That should illicit some responses] ;-)

  15. Did everybody get the Take a Survey and Let your Voice be Heard mailer from Anthony Adams? Huff and Adams are on the outreach path.
    Wonder if Adams' survey includes a question about his recall...
    Adams survey:

  16. I had a complaint and called Drier and Huff. Drier's office returned the call in 24 hours and Huff in 3 weeks. Is it really possible for us to repeal AB 375? If so, we need to organize and do so. A bunch of self centered politicians who look the other way except for their pockets and know that laws will not be enforced to keep them from spending money from a broken system that benefits the top 10%.

  17. Wouldn't you expect moreNovember 7, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    BIG DEAL!! A lunch in Sacramento with Huffy.

    Such an incentive, wow what a generous guy.

    Why not a ride in his car too?

  18. What about NAFTA, CAFTA and HAFTA?

  19. My Wi Fi Died, So I'm At BeantownNovember 7, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Why would you say we hafta? And if our esteemed State Senator rode a bicycle instead of a car (as befitting a "green" SB 375 voting legislator) wouldn't he naturally choose a Huffy?

  20. We have adopted NAFTA, we have adopted CAFTA so we "HAFTA" follow court rulings about OUR trade policies that are now being decided by courts OTHER than US courts. By adopting these international trade treatises we have given up a certain amount of our sovereignty in regard to trade. yea us!!!!

  21. Hmm. Of course, that we owe practically every advanced nation in the world hundreds of billions of dollars isn't doing our trade policies much good, either. Besides, isn't that 710 tunnel something countries who export to the US are demanding? All those Long Beach offloads need to get to the American inland markets as quickly as possible. That way profits improve and then there is more cash to lend to Uncle Chump.

  22. Exactly right, 10:50 PM

    Our economy is in terrible shape and we had better decide either to save the "world economy" or America's economy!

    Bernecke needs to RAISE interest rates, boost up the value of the DOLLAR. It will be tough for a while, but the outcome will be a stronger America.

    Other countries need to be on their own.

  23. Sent on 11/02/2009 6:32 pm
    From kgemtv
    Subject Sierra Madre City Council Oct 27th
    Message Yes the meeting will be replayed, it took a bit of editing due to the power outage we had right before the meeting, but overall it turned out better then expected!

    This is the email I received from the broadcast station KGEM where our feed comes from. Any comments for them at KGEM? Here's the number.

    Community Media of the Foothills
    847 E. Olive Avenue
    Monrovia, CA 91017
    (626) 357-4974

    Studio Hours:
    Tuesday–Friday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Neuroblast Films

  24. Thanks as always, Neuroblast.

  25. Off Topic:

    Does anyone know why the Cong Church has not been on the agenda? (To refresh memories...the building that was built without aprovals and the rezoning of certain properties, master plans for the campus with rooms for classes that are not classrooms... It was scheduled for October. Is the city's agenda maker waiting for the April election to occur before taking action????? Lately the agenda has been very light.

  26. Good question. The Blight Law / SNF question never seems to come up, either. But when SCAG wants something, it is on the agenda meeting after meeting.

  27. There has been quite a bit on the agendas.
    The SCAG/COG stuff is important, because a lot of people want us to get out of those organizations in light of SB375.
    The Congs may be stalling to see if they get the majority dirts back on the council.
    As for the SNF, they probably are hoping to get a dirt majority as well, however, in this economy it will be very difficult to develop.
    A dirt majority would have to have an election to over turn Measure V. That would be next to impossible. So, I would guess that the SNF and Howies are not about to do anything in the near future. I would think the SNF would be happy to lease that property, if anyone was interested.
    The commercial real estate bubble has yet to hit the bottom. It will get a lot worse.
    Does anyone know David Smith, David was an SMRRD worker and writer for Katina Dunn's paper. He predicted the real estate crash in print. He is a very smart man, I wish Sir Eric would interview him, if he still lives in Sierra Madre?
    I would be fascinated to know what his opinion of the commercial real estate situation.

  28. Watch the stock market this week. We're getting back into a period of the kinds of wild gyrations we saw a few months back. Somehow I get the feeling this country is being held together with duct tape and plaster. Oh, and malarkey. Must not forget that important ingredient.

  29. The stock market is being pumped up by the banks such as (Goldman Sachs) using the tarp money, paying ZERO interest to the Feds. Such a deal for them, eh?
    Bernecke needs to raise the interest before you all say, then our loans would go up, not so......your dollars would be worth something again.
    Wall Street and their global counterparts are running the world.
    It's time America saves itself, instead of the world economies.
    We need to make this country a manufacturing country again. We can't survive buying things from China, India, etc.....what happens when not enough people are working to buy things.
    If Bernacke raises interest will put Japan, China, etc in dire straights. So be it.
    America has more resources than any country in the world. We need to take advantage of that.
    America first!

  30. 5:43, there's a great clip of David Smith posted by Neuroblast, during the Measure V campaign. It's called Mr. Smith Goes to Sierra Madre.

  31. Long view, there ought to be a law that all American children begin a study of ethics in the second grade, and continue that study throughout their educations.

  32. Old Teacher,
    I agree. Ethics is the answer. It is the direction for the future. Let ethics be your guide in all things. It is the age of ethics, and those without will be seen as ridiculous.


    P.S. they are attempting to bypass the ban on robocalls in Minnesota.
    here is the link:

    Neuroblast Films

  33. U.S.manu econ long gone, never to return. All we can make is burgers and fat people to eat them.

    The dumbest Euro country is a hunert times smarter than us. Six weeks off a year and national health care. 50 years of cold war to preserve the oil cartels... and it ain't over.

    Things are useless anyway. Only time and place have real value.

    Neither can be created.

    So hang on to that little enclave of Sierra Madera. It's probably worth it, real nice too. For now.