The League of California Cities, as you most likely know, has been in the forefront of the fight to stop Governor Jerry Brown from redistributing to more deserving organizations the billions of dollars in property tax money being held hostage by the state's 400 or so CRAs. They also fought hard to defeat Proposition 98 which, had it passed, would have truly ended Eminent Domain in the State of California. Instead they cooked up Proposition 99, something that, while claiming to curb Eminent Domain, actually preserved the rights of CRAs and other miscreants to seize private property for the purpose of building such things as auto malls and shopping centers.
But for 22 Orange County cities a key breaking point with the LCC appears to have been SB 375. Something that has also come to be known as the "Destroy California Cities Act" as it attempts to confiscate local land use policy rights and place it all in the hands of the central planning apparatus in Sacramento. Where naturally it all gets sold to the highest bidder.
Here is how Laguna Niguel Patch news reporter Debbie Tharp breaks it down:
Out with the Old, In with the New: The Association of California Cities Orange County launched Feb. 1 in response to grievances with the League of California Cities - Laguna Niguel, along with 21 other Orange County cities, has ended its association with the Orange County division of the League of California Cities. It joins a more locally focused organization called the Association of California Cities Orange Counties, which launched Feb. 1 in response to grievances against the League of California Cities.
Laguna Niguel City Councilman Robert Ming said, "There were quite a few issues over a series of years. The most recent problem was regarding a request that Gov. Schwarzenegger use his executive authority to suspend SB 375 until the economy recovers."
"Many cities believe SB 375 was a serious infringement on local land use control," said Ming. "With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Schwarzenegger could have suspended the bill. Three out of the four LCC's policy committees who voted on the matter recommended that the LCC formally ask him to do it. Even with all this, the LCC's (League of California Cities) board refused."
Sierra Madre's ties to the League of California Cities are currently close given the big development agenda of the G4 City Council. But certainly getting us out of this reactionary organization as 22 Orange County cities have now done should be put near the top of our to do list.
The FCC Cracks Down On Fake Green Certification
When I was a kid I used to carry in my wallet a card from an organization called the Universal Life Church. Run out of Modesto, all one needed to do to become a fully ordained Minister of this Church was send them a note and a couple of bucks saying you wanted to be one of their guys. Within weeks your Minister identification card would be in your mailbox, no questions asked. They're still around today, and if you feel the call to become an ordained Minister of the Universal Life Church, you can now conveniently do so on-line. Your journey begins by clicking here.
Now apparently there are organizations willing to sell you Green Certification using the same stringent processes used in becoming a Universal Life Minister. That being you send them a couple of bucks and they send you the certification. Except for one problem. The FCC doesn't dig the practice too much. Here is how one such organization was dragged to Court and forced to give up their nefarious. The report come from the website Lexology.
The FTC's Case Against Tested Green - Recently, the FCC took action against a company, Tested Green, and its owner, Jeremy Ryan Claeys, for selling worthless environmental certifications ... According to the Commission's complaint, Tested Green sold environmental certifications to more than 100 customers for a few hundred dollars each without testing the products it was certifying.
Next time you find yourself considering a product for purchase because it has a little sticker proclaiming it Green, use caution. The sticker might have come from Modesto.
EVG - Back In The News!
It must be another one of those coincidences. The Tattler complained yesterday about the lack of EVG reporting as of late, and behold! EVG reporting returns to the news venues of our sunny California valley home. Which is a good thing. This story needs to be reported, and we are always willing to help make it happen. Here is a part of the story published in today's Pasadena Star News:
530 victims now tallied in Sierra Madre ATM scam case - The number of victims tops 530, but authorities have stopped tallying losses stemming from an ATM scam at a neighborhood gas station, police said. Investigators also haven't found the former owner of EVG Quality Gas at 50 S. Baldwin Ave. where several alleged victims were duped, Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz said.
This is my favorite line from the article:
Beyond that, "there's nothing more I can say about the investigation because I've been asked not to make any remarks about it," Diaz said.
Apparently the cone of silence can only be lifted so far. I wonder who told Chief Diaz to dummy up like that. Anybody know? Is this now a Secret Service investigation, with the SMPD pushed to the side?
The Tattler has questions.