Friday, September 7, 2012

Is Proposition 31 the Worst Ever?

It is kind of like SB 375 on steroids, or Hasan Ikhrata's old school collectivist dreams brought to their highest (or lowest) forms of existence. A proposition that, should it pass (and as things stand now it very well could) deprive small independent cities of both their ability to steer their own course and experience the rewards of spending their own tax money. A Regionalism so pervasive that towns such as our could become little more irrelevant nameplates. Something to call the post office maybe, or a transportation village linked to whatever 210 Trolly station happens to be near by.

The idea behind Proposition 31 is familiar to anyone who has followed the war on communities such as ours currently being waged in Sacramento. Force suburban towns into regional governments, pool all of their tax money, and then allow that cash to be spent as the unelected regional authorities see fit. Think the San Gabriel Valley COG out on a shopping spree with your credit card as its main funding mechanism.

Here is how this is described by noted political affairs writer Stanley Kurtz., as laid out on Thomas Frank's California news site (click here)

Prop. 31 Kills Suburbs and Funnels Tax $$ to Big Cities like LA and San Fran - The real purpose of Prop. 31, when all the fluff is gone is simple. To make sure large cities like San Fran, Los Angeles, Fresno and Sacramento are well funded -- and that affordable housing government transportation and JOBS are in abundance in the preferred towns. At the same time smaller communities like Simi Valley, Hanford, Chico and Orcutt are told how to spend their tax dollars -- but most State money will be taken from them for the big cities.

How does Prop 31 work? It allows local governments to join together to form "Strategic Action Plans." Supposedly this pooling of local municipal services into a kind of de facto collective regional super-government would be voluntary. In fact, Prop. 31 deploys powerful incentives to effectively force the creation of these regional super-governments. To begin with, municipalities that join regional collectives -- and only those municipalities -- can effectively waive onerous state laws and regulations by creating their own more lax versions of those rules. Next, Prop. 31 channels a portion of state sales tax revenue to municipalities that join regional governing collectives -- and only those municipalities. Finally, Prop. 31 authorizes local governments participating in the regional collectives to pool their property tax receipts.

Prop. 31 ends local control of government and creates unelected regional government you can't defeat or throw out of office. Isn't that how Cuba operates?

It is kind of a bureaucrat's fantasy come true if you think about it. You get to spend taxpayer dollars on whatever you see fit without the involvement of those who come up with the actual cash. The taxpayer's will being effectively air brushed out of the picture by putting spending power in the hands of a regional governments that cannot be thrown out of office by the voters no matter what they do.

With SB 375 all rights to land use and development decisions were ripped from the individual cities and placed in the hands of central state planners. And with Prop. 31 the ability of cities such as ours to control how our tax money is spent will also fall into the hands of people who answer to nobody but lobbyists, pols and the usual assortment of governmental suspects.

All designed, of course, to prop up failed state and big city governments that cannot help themselves control their outrageous spending. Governments that have become financial black holes sucking up everything of value left in the state.

And with Prop. 31 they will have found a way to get even more.

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51 comments:


  1. "Force suburban towns into regional governments, pool all of their tax money"

    Absolutely crazy.

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    1. Have the backers of Proposition 31 heard of our very own local con Conway?
      Since the SGVCOG has now been exposed as a mechanism to enrich Nick and our local representatives as farcical actors in his production, why would anyone in this region give this proposition any serious consideration at all.

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    2. I'm sure CONway would love to head the regional government responsible for spending the tax money of a dozen or so cities. I'm sure he'd be glad to launder it through Arroyo Associates as well.

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  2. Some interesting information on the funding for Prop 31:
    http://www.kcet.org/news/ballotbrief/elections2012/propositions/prop-31-campaign-finance-funding.html

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  3. How are we going to fight this? You know that there will be tons of ads spinning the facts so that it sounds like it is in our best interest to vote for this - just like the tobacco industry did to defeat Prop. 26.

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    1. You are so right 7:46. Just looking at information about the Prop, and it sounds like something that increases local control, not decreases it. It will be a real mind bender for the voters.

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    2. They are lying outright. It is just another step in the campaign to diminish the importance of small city governments and the people who live there. The consolidation of power for one reason only, control taxes.

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  4. We have experienced enough fraud and deceit within our own local government.The thought of becoming a part of larger government entity is a nightmare!The deceit will only increase as the distance between the Citizens and their"representatives" increases . Government has become ugly and debased,an asylum for the most debauched elements within our society.

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    1. Agreed. All you have to do is look at regional govts like SCAG or The COG to see how this would work. It is frightening. All the crooks with their hands on our tax money, and with no way to vote them out of office. Can you magine how bad that is?

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    2. 9:27

      Yet another accurate post on the Tattler!

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    3. Excellent point 9:27. There almost seems to be a mathematical formula to predict the disconnect between citizens and their representatives. Less local yields nothing good.

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    4. Yet one more opportunity for the usual suspects to get their fat snouts in the public trough.

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  5. I heard Texas would be a great place to move to.
    This is just another way the "Progressives" want to redefine government.
    This very "Cuba" like in it's intentions.
    I was a Democrat,.....

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    1. 210 east....57 south...10 east....keep goin...C-YA!

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    2. Just don't leave behind anything valuable. The coyotes will have it within the hour.

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  6. Worst ever? Such a tough call, so many contenders. If not worst ever, certainly in the top ten.

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  7. The head of the octopus, is A B A G, take a look at this:

    OAKLAND, CA, May 18, 2012... At a packed joint meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), officials voted last night to approve a draft long-range guide to the Bay Areas transportation, jobs and housing. The Preferred Land Use and Transportation Investment Strategy is a key milestone in developing the final Plan Bay Area, which is due for adoption in April 2013. MTC also voted to approve the One Bay Area Grants (OBAG) program, and ABAG approved a draft housing allocation methodology for Bay Area cities.

    When completed, Plan Bay Area will be the regions 25-year blueprint for transportation, housing and land use policies and investments. California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act (SB 375, Steinberg) requires that each of the states 18 Metropolitan Planning Organizations and in the Bay Area specifically MTC and ABAG develop a long-range plan to reduce per-capita greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. The Bay Area is required to reduce emissions by 7 percent by 2020 and by 15 percent by 2035. SB 375 also requires Plan Bay Area to include a strategy to house by 2035 all of the Bay Areas projected 25-year population growth, without displacing current low-income residents.

    In a separate action, ABAG voted last night to approve a draft Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) methodology. The methodology will be used to meet state requirements to include sufficient affordable housing for the Bay Areas projected population growth, so that people won’t have to commute to their jobs from homes outside the Bay Area. ABAG will take final action on the RHNA methodology at its July meeting.

    MTC is the nine-county San Francisco Bay Areas transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency. ABAG is the council of governments and regional planning agency for the nine counties and 101 cities and towns of the San Francisco Bay region.

    Our S C A G is the withered end of a tentacle, SGVCOG is a single sucker, Conway one of many parasites riding the octopi mother beast.

    Time to turn the monster into suishi.

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    1. Affordable housing in the Bay Area is even more of a mythical creature than it is here in our little town!

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    2. "Affordable housing" is just a salespitch to sucker in the nitwits. They have no intention of building anything cheap. This is all designed to break down cities opposed to SCAG style development. It is a payoff to the development and realty lobbies that buy off our representitives in Sacramento. California is a vastly corrupt state, and they tell us stuff like this because they think we're all hippy idiots. And considering the kinds of awful people we elect, we are.

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    3. Damn 11:31, I think you're right.

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    4. On target..nicely said!!!

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    5. 1984....revisited.Only our enslavement will be worse!!

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  8. Abut 6 months ago there was discussion about SE California leaving the state and becoming our 51st state. Anybody hear anything about that lately? Because if that is still in the works I would hope they'd agree to let Sierra Madre go with them.

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    1. Northern California would like nothing more than to get rid of Southern California.

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    2. As long as they take Sacramento and Los Angeles, I'm cool.

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    3. I'll have what 11:35 is having.

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    4. Are you on the waiting list for low-mod housing here in Sierra Madre, 11:48?

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    5. You think your water rates are high now...you have no idea...dumbest thing I have heard in quite awhile.

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    6. Actually 12:03, I'm in high-mod that I paid for. And you?

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    7. So you have a loaf under each arm and you are still complaining, 1:16?

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    8. Some people are never happy.

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  9. Fascism is on the rise in a big, big way here in in Californ-I-A...

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  10. Another fine mess for California, business is leaving, schools are the lowest in country, spending like a Valley Girl with Daddy's credit card. Moving to Texas sounds like a good plan, no state income tax, no high speed rail plans.

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  11. Will Jerry Brown send in the National Guard if we secede?

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    1. If there is a dime to be made, sure. He has a lot of public employee unions to pay off.

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    2. How would we start such a movement?

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    3. Where's big Joe Mosca when we need him?

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    4. Today I went to the beach with my children. I found a shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said, "You can hear the ocean if you put it to your ear." She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! I know this is off topic, but I had to tell someone!

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    5. Joe Mosca is in London. Which is right where we need him.

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    6. Makes sense. He always was in a fog.

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  12. There is hope for defeat of Prop 31 if we can get the word out about the toxic goo that is hidden in this thing. Seems to me other such measures showed bubbles of support in (probably phonied-up) public opinion polls but when voters found out what was really going on support collapsed in the last two weeks before the election.

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  13. I am so tired of the crap that Sacramento dishes out to us "for our own good", Can't people realize we are being gamed by the legislature, and just vote out all encumbants and start over.
    Is Steinberg some sort of god we in Southern California are enslaved to?
    We should not accept the loss of our local rights to them....
    More nanny stateism around the corner I guess.

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  14. To me it always comes back to the same problem: voter apathy.
    Hell, we're lucky if we get more than half of the registered voters in the country to vote for a president. That makes me despair about the future of my country.

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    1. How about the fact that half the voters are on the government aid.
      Half don't have sense enough to know a fake narcissistic

      demigod from a legitimate statesman.

      The problem with democracy is that when too many people can vote and are beholden to government, we turn into Greece.

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  15. 1:54 PM
    I'm very sorry about what happened to your little girl!
    I hope she will be okay.

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  16. New City Council meeting agenda for 9-11 is up on the city site. The SMPOA is in the secret session again with one of their bogus lawsuits.

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  17. Said this before, but it's starting to look like a straight "NO" vote on November's ticket. This and especially Prop 32, and Measure J to starve the 710 beast. Fortunately these National elections draw a fair number of voters.

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  18. @5:20 p.m., you sound like a reasonable person --- don't you mean you'll vote YES on Prop 32? As far as I can tell it would reduce the power of public employee unions in the state.

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  19. No on 32! It has big money banksters backing it...

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