Sunday, June 26, 2016

Were They Stealing Local Planning Rights? The California Assembly Bill That Could Have Taken Away Local Control Regulating Cell Phone Towers


I received the following interesting email from a reader a few days back. It had to do with a California Assembly bill being pushed by the campaign cash obsessed local political irritant, Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

I wanted to provide you a story tip, about a very sneaky bill being pushed through Sacramento this week. It would basically allow companies to install wood or steel poles of any height in front of your home with cabinets featuring noisy cooling fans, and possibly diesel generators in your front yard (unless you live in a gated community). 

The bill (up soon for a vote before State Senator Hertzberg on the Energy Committee) would gut any local regulation for common sense issues (e.g. diesel generators near child care, equipment cabinets next to your bedroom window, tenant displacement, and so on).

The bill number is AB 2278. It is being carried by Assemblymember Mike Gatto of Burbank. He is desperately trying to raise money to run against Fiona Ma for State Treasurer.

This email included a link to the following article, which I am sharing with you here today. It was originally published on something called Steve Blum's Blog and can be seen in its original setting by clicking here.


The only occasionally useful League of California Cities was against this thing as well, and stated its opposition this way (link):


The good news is Gatto backed down


Sometimes the good guys can win. Click here for link to the rest of the story.

Selling off local planning rights is all the rage in Sacramento

It's not just cell towers, of course. Here is an interesting article from Preserve LA.

Developers Spend Big Money on Lobbyists to Win Profitable Favors from Los Angeles Pols In the first quarter of 2016, developers made up seven of the top ten companies that spent the most cash on politically connected lobbyists in Los Angeles, according to the city’s Ethics Commission. In total, development firms and other companies spent a gigantic $13.5 million on City Hall lobbyists in the first quarter.

On June 21, the Ethics Commission revealed that out of the top ten companies that spent the most money on City Hall lobbyists in the first quarter of 2016, nine of them were pursuing building projects — and seven of those nine were development firms. They include Jia Yuan USA; MREC HD Elysian Park; Trammel Crow Residential; Townscape Partners; CH Palladium; Jamison Properties; and Crossroads Associates. AEG, Clear Channel Outdoor and LAFC Sports round out the top ten.

According to an Ethics Commission press release, “During the first quarter, these clients reported total payments [to lobbyists] ranging from $118,914 to $220,660. In total, these payments represented 11.6 percent of all payments by clients for the quarter.”

In other words, spending money on high-priced, politically connected lobbyists gets results for developers and other companies at City Hall — and they reap king-sized profits once City Hall approvals are obtained.

To read the rest click here.

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36 comments:

  1. If being able to save a life with a call from a cell phone; not many land lines being installed; i would have to weigh the environmental concerns such as noise vs. Eternal rest.

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  2. Breaking news! It's dead:

    "Assembly Member Mike Gatto pulled AB 2788 this afternoon. When I say it’s dead, it is NOT being converted to a 2-year bill. It’s simply dead.
    Many, many community activists, mayors, council-members, supervisors, and local government staff all have worked to kill the misguided ‘wireless tower in front of every home’ bill.
    Now we need to start preparing for next year when the wireless industry picks another member of the legislature to do its bidding.
    Today is a great day."

    Jonathan Kramer

    http://celltowersites.com/2016/06/21/california-assembly-bill-ab-2788-dead/

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  3. There needs to be legislative reform so that "gut and amend" is not allowed at all. That's how this happens

    http://www.capoliticalreview.com/top-stories/california-legislators-gut-and-amend-is-gutless-and-abusive/

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    1. Wouldn't that take away the ability of state legislators to earn?

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    2. Wouldn't it be nice if we tax payers didn't have to keep an eye on what big money was pushing for in Sacramento? That we who are concerned about sustainability and living standards have to spend time and money to preserve that is disturbing to say the least. Thankfully we have the Preserve Sierra Madre organization here in town that is speaking up for our rights, I thank them for there efforts.

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    3. Left to the tender mercies of Sacramento there would now be in Sierra Madre 1) vast swathes of high density low income housing, 2) sober houses, 3) cell towers in nearly everyone's front yard, 4) downtown homeless shelters and 5) convicted sex offenders guaranteed complete freedom to live where ever they wish.

      Wait. 2 and 5 already happened.

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    4. It's a process.

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    5. California used to have a part time legislative session. My Uncle who was an assemblyman at the time convinced our family a full time body would be much better for California. Now look what mischief they get into with all that time to spend in Sacramento

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    6. A real conundrum is that even the most public-minded elected officials become entrenched and care only about themselves and their future elections, necessitating term limits, which, in turn, give us elected officials who have virtually no knowledge about government and existing law, no institutional memory about their legislative body or administrative agencies, and, given their enormous egos, no apparent willingness to try to learn about those things and the fact--and especially how the public would be affected or react--before drafting legislation about matters they're ill-equipped to even discuss intelligently much less change.

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  4. When this type of wide spread impact concerning cell phone towers coupled with generators you know that 'big time payola' has taken place behind closed doors, AGAIN!
    But this happens at County level and city level as well on other matters at SCAG and other payola gather location under the disguise of helping small city governments etc.. Beware of more than one lobbyist, lawyer or money lenders who gather.

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  5. Summary review of accomplishments and falilures for elected officials, along with term limits. We have no child left behind in our schools; most politicians fit this identity; as just witnessed by Congress and the 1960's revival of a sit in.

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    1. One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week.'
      The florist was pleased and left the shop.
      When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for
      him at his door.


      Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill , the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop.
      The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you ' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.



      Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill , the barber again replied, 'I can not accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' ; The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.
      The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there
      were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.



      And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.


      As Ronald Reagan said:
      BOTH POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON!

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    2. I really miss Reagan.

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    3. I miss Reagan, too.

      "I never knew anything above Cs."

      "Facts are stupid things."

      "A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?"

      "All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk."

      "I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at the point of a bayonet, if necessary."

      "I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

      "Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?"

      "I know all the bad things that happened in that war. I was in uniform four years myself."

      "Until now has there ever been a time in which so many of the prophecies are coming together? There have been times in the past when people thought the end of the world was coming, and so forth, but never anything like this."

      "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

      "It's true hard work never killed anyone, but I figure, why take the chance?"

      "America needs heroes and I know about heroes because during the war it was my job to pick out the men and women who deserved medals, men like the pilot of a bomber running to England after a raid on Germany. They were hit by flak and barely staggered to the English coast. 'Bail out everyone,' yells the captain and the crew headed for the exit door. All but one. The waist gunner yelled he was stuck in his turret and couldn't move. The co-pilot tried to pull him loose but no luck so he headed for the hatch. Just as he was about to jump, he saw the pilot approach the kid and squeeze in beside him. The pilot put his arm around the boy and said: 'Hang on, kid, we'll ride her down together.' The co-pilot jumped and the plane spiraled to its doom. That pilot is what heroes are made of."


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    4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25633673?dopt=Abstract

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  6. Our state government in action.....business as usual. Screw the people over for special interest i.e. $$$$$$.
    Can't wait till I can escape from this whacked out state.

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  7. Sounds like our local government and newspaper .......... If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain

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    1. What you see isn't what you get.

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  8. But shouldn't corporations, as persons under the law, have the right and freedom to do whatever they want? Surely, corporate managers and owners are people with freedom to seek profits. Why should GOVERNMENT via local laws interfere with their freedoms?

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    1. For money, of course. Government and corporations compete for the cash of residents and consumers.

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  9. I'll bet the pro-corporate fat cats who founded, run, and fund the NEVADA Policy Research Institute (which created Transparent California and uses it to sway public opinion against public workers but not against public expenditures to private corporations) aren't too pleased that AB 2788 was killed and certainly aren't pleased with local and other laws that interfere with unfettered corporate autonomy.

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    1. Gatto is a Democrat and one of the state's biggest recipients of union political campaign cash. Your argument makes no sense.

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    2. You think there are no Democrat fat cats 4:35?

      Show us where Transparent California exposes public expenditures to corporations.

      TC's target is public workers. It wants your opinion to be against public workers, not against the corporations that take an ever increasing share of tax dollars through "outsourcing." You know, the same corporations that shift American jobs overseas, fight unionization, and pay the workers they do keep in America less than public workers (according to the Tattler).

      And yet the public workers are the villains in your mind, not the profit-above-all corporations.

      So ask yourself what interest does a Nevada group have in CA anyway? Profits to take from CA taxpayers for their leaders and contributors, of course.

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    3. You're nuts.

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    4. What cogent political analysis. An education certainly hasn't been wasted on 5:00!

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    5. People have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. Are you suggesting they don't?

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    6. I agree with you that we have the right to know where our tax dollars go, including public employees and public expenditures to corporations. The problem with the public employees is that there is no cap to the salaries. When Elaine, as city manager of the village Sierra Madre makes more than the governor of California, something is very clearly at odds.
      It is certainly not a reflection of the higher responsibility that a city manager has when compared to the governor. It is also not a reflection that more people voted for the city manager.
      This is partly a problem of our free society where anything goes and nobody thought about putting salary caps on public employees (unless they are federal employees - those are capped).

      And this is just one example. There are plenty of public employees in our towns that make more than the governor makes, local public employees that make more than federal public employees despite often higher qualification requirements for the later, etc.
      In other words, there are only checks (pun intended) and no balances.
      This is also true for public expenditures to corporations, both on the state and federal level. If you remember the farce investigation of Congress how Apple would not pay as much taxes as they want them to pay. It hurts to watch this, how much our Congress members were admiring their iphones and ipads that they could not launch an unbiased investigation. What you see there are elements of a banana republic (not the clothing company but the underdeveloped state).


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    7. Transparent California provides an incredible service for concerned taxpayers. That it upsets some shows just how effective the site has become.

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    8. Transparent California provides only public employee compensation/retirement benefits info to turn the voters against public employees, not for purposes of full disclosure of the disposition of tax dollars. It doesn't provide info about payments to corporations,

      So you're being duped with incomplete information.

      Remember, a lie by omission is still a lie, perhaps the worst kind of lie not only because it entails a breach of trust but also because it is cowardly.

      I await the next "I-like-keeping-my-head-partially-in-the-sand" defense of incomplete information.

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    9. Keep in mind that Transparent California would not be able to "turn the voters against public employees', if their compensation would show the modesty that one expects from a public employee, who first and foremost is supposed to serve the public and not his or her own pockets.

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    10. 8:00 - Transparent California's purpose is to make the taxpayer's aware of how their money is being spent. If the taxpayers react poorly to that information it is because of the absurd amounts of money city employees are paid. This would not be the result of any conspiracies as you claim, it would be because city employees are vastly overpaid and people are offended by that.

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    11. I think 8 o'clock is engaging in something called "blaming the messenger."

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  10. And while Ragan was mouthing these platitudes he was in office: first as governor and then as President. He played politician to the hilt while decrying politics. He is the biggest hipocrate of all. Furthermore: he would not sign the World Health Organization condemnation of infant formula, known to kill thousands of babies worldwide in the 1960-70a. We were the only county not to sign, and to quote this great humanitarian "It would interfer with the free interprise system."

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    1. Los Angeles County?

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  11. Mike Gratto = Shyster

    if he's name is attached to anything assume it's pandering to his own interests

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    1. Assemblymember Mike Gatto Accused Of Blocking Statewide Condom In Porn Bill
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/mike-gatto-condom-in-porn-bill_n_3879980.html

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