CRA Update: Coup Complete, Script Followed

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May 312015
 

There is a term called self-righteous suicide. Sometimes you are so right (in your own mind) that you commit suicide in the name of rightness. The CRA did just that yesterday.

I had seen it coming for a while. Others did not and that pretty much sealed the fate of George and I. The Bathroom Boys referred to John Briscoe as the “Obstructionist President” – so let’s go through what he was obstructing as we write the benediction of our series on the CRA.

There were a lot of things John Briscoe did not do because of what I will explain vis-a-vis the events of yesterday – because as opposed to interim CRA President Tom Hudson, John Briscoe cared about the integrity of the CRA versus compromising with fraud for a title.

The Placer CRA surrendered its’ charter before the board meeting started. The state board, led by a humiliated Tom Hudson and Rhodes Scholar Mark Gardner decided to invoke a section of the by-laws dating back to 1935 to refuse to accept it. The irony when juxtaposed with 15 dead units being kept on the books and the undertones of fraudulent units versus a unit that followed the letter of the by-laws is to delicious to ignore.

The CRA’s board of directors did everything I predicted – with a two key bonuses.

(Bonus 1) Tom Hudson threw in with the fraudsters – I had told people he’d sell his left nut to be CRA President. He did. They own him and will toss him aside once done with him, unless he continues to behave as required. (which he is capable of doing)

They stole the LaCanada Flintridge territory from the GBRA, claiming that GBRA had ceeded it. The people I know in GBRA were not aware of this arrangement.

The stolen territory was part of the papering over of the fake Pasadena RA that we documented did not meet at all in 2014 yet somehow had 15 members for the 2015 convention.

The fraudulent Nevada RA was papered over, and apparently Tom McClintock was made a factor in my lifetime ban from CRA. That is just plain stupid politically.

The fraudulent Ventura RA was papered over, while it still lists non-members on its’ roster.

Two key things to mention – they made sure that officer terms of office never expire and Tom Hudson went in to a long diatribe about how people don’t have to pay their own dues. Then David Reade and Mark Spannagel should be reinstated right away as that is what they were banned for. This of course is the same Tom Hudson that said units don’t have to keep minutes – and guess what, the new board rules eliminated that requirement, too!

This also matches what Coup leader Alice Khosravy had told people locally. Her problem is that she can’t get people’s addresses right or confirm they are breathing when she pays their dues! Of course, what Tom talked about was paying his unit’s dues and then collecting the money from people. What Alice did was renewed dozens against their will – or added people who did not know they were members.

The object with the enshrinement of the fraud of these three units is that the reasons used by the state board to deliver the Anaheim RA out of the death grip of its’ former President was that its’ officers terms had expired. The goal here is to make sure that the 9-10 delegates that these units can manufacture to control board positions or endorsements are secure.

The unit by-law amendments were one of the few times that Tim Thiesen actually spoke up in the 9 hour long meeting. Mr. Thiesen, true to form spoke rarely.

Mr. Hudson also made sure everyone got their own agendas satisfied – including allowing 1 1/2 hours related to the treasurer’s report and related board rules. The part was replete with the blame the Park Brothers for everything wrong mantra (pretty much every report was)

The new board rules eliminated standards that were established to ensure that units were complying with CRA By-Laws (such as keeping meeting minutes to prove 4 meetings a year, etc. – this was part of Briscoe’s alleged obstructionism)

They loaded the board with yes people. They also enshrined in board rules VP territories which will allow large sections of the state to have fraud screened off from scrutiny.

Craig Alexander was made Exec VP – based on his relationship with Hudson and his hatred of us. Bill Cardoza was appointed as a VP – a slap in the face of Johnnie Morgan who unseated him two months prior for National Committeeman. Two of Alice’s robots were appointed in the Pasadena Senate District slots (SD30)

D. Rick Marshall was appointed SD26 Director and director of race relations for the CRA.

Baron Night was appointed SD32 Director – a slap in the face of Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and the Anaheim RA.

Alexander and Hudson give the CRA two Old, White, Fat, Male Lawyers at the #1 and #2 slot of CRA.

They waited until the end of the meeting to take revenge on George and I. We were banned for life.

(bonus 2) The most interesting part of the meeting (as the rest of the occurrences were expected) was the attempt to disband the fraud investigation committee. What Alice and Tim did not count on was by loading the board with more people – they lost control of the vote on the Fraud Committee.

Alice had Nancy Hinton, she who does paid voter registration for the CRP of all things, attempt the run at the fraud investigation committee! The attempt to disband the committee failed with Baron Night and Craig Alexander of all people speaking out in favor of it!

The bottom line – the mantra of the scripted and pre-determined meeting was simple… the Park Brothers were the cause of all the problems within the CRA and they needed to go so we could move forward. Kind of like Lord of the Flies – CRA edition.

Just what did the coup leaders get? Come back tomorrow…

P.S. Why would any legitimate CRA units want to continue in the organization? This is a serious question – when rule breakers are protected and the people holding them accountable are banned for life… what kind of organization is that.

With George and I banned, when the problems continue? Then who gets blamed? Well… that will be the next purge.

CRA Update: Placer CRA Surrenders Its’ Charter

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May 302015
 

The Placer CRA – the most effective grassroots group in Placer County for the last 20 years has ceased to affiliate with the CRA. The following is the letter/email sent to interim CRA President Tom Hudson this morning:

(I deleted the procedural notes at the beginning of the letter in favor of the “meat”)

The decision to surrender our charter did not come easily, nor was it made lightly.  It was, however, made with all due consideration given to the fact that various officers of the CRA Board (yourself included) were made aware of the following and chose to take no action:

  1. The CRA has selectively enforced its by-laws, including tolerating the Pasadena RA’s failure to meet in 2014.
  2. The CRA has selectively enforced its by-laws, including allowing units with less than 15 members be credentialed for convention.
  3. The CRA has selectively enforced its by-laws, including allowing units to return rosters done for them by Board officers who are not members of said unit. Such rosters include people who did not pay dues to the CRA.
  4. The CRA has selectively enforced its rules by allowing several units to not provide meeting minutes as proof they were complying with the CRA By-Laws.
  5. The CRA has selectively enforced its rules by allowing units to operate with no duly elected officers and then tolerating an effort by CRA officers to help them cover up their violations of their own unit by-laws.
  6. The CRA has selectively enforced its by-laws by allowing a unit to exist with 42 proven cases of fraud on its roster, including a member who died and renewed her dues post-mortem.
  7. The CRA has responded to the people who have fought for the integrity of the organization by writing complaints against them that do not reference a single by-law violation. Then they voted to throw them out of CRA so that no one else will stand up to the fraud that has beset the organization.
  8. Five of the 7 remaining CRA Vice Presidents have never chartered a new unit for the CRA. One of the three former CRA Vice Presidents who did charter a new unit was just expelled from the CRA nine months after chartering the new unit. The other two that created legitimate new CRA units both resigned from CRA due to its culture.
  9. The current leadership within CRA bullied former CRA President John Briscoe in to resigning with withering personal attacks and pressure.
  10. The same people who ousted two of our Placer members from the CRA and helped force Mr. Briscoe to resign are now attacking entire units within the CRA and have been repeating falsehoods about criminal FBI and DA investigations publicly.

Worse than simply being complicit in the above issues, you suggested that the whistle-blowers resign, suggesting that somehow they were the problem and not the laundry-list of documented issues within the CRA.

You also voted to affirm the May 30 Board meeting and its agenda, which includes an attempt to expel from the CRA two members in good standing of the PCRA.

It was the opinion of the Board of the now-former Placer County Republican Assembly that the CRA has been overtaken by situational ethics and a group of people who want control at the expense of the CRA. The real workers who have tried in vain to build the organization have either been expelled or have resigned.

Your actions up to, and after, assuming the Presidency of CRA have only reinforced our opinion that you, as President, will accommodate a culture that completely runs afoul of the once-great organization that Ronald Reagan called, “the Conscience of the Republican Party.”

Sincerely,

 

Kirk Uhler

Immediate Past President

Placer County Republican Assembly

 

May 292015
 

The time honored tradition of termed-out incumbents and other incumbents looking to extend their political lives is upon us!

SD29 – Senate Permanent Minority Leader Bob Huff is Termed out and has picked Ling-Ling Chang, currently in AD55 (in her first term) to replace him. Ling-Ling announced today. Ling-Ling should be a shoo-in and has impressed observers in the capitol suggesting that she will have little trouble raising the resources she needs.

AD55 – the seat vacated by Ling-Ling Chang is going to set off a free-for-all primary.

CA24 – Lois Capps retired, setting up a free-for-all in this dem-leaning seat. Abel Maldonado attempted to beat Capps in 2012 and was trounced. Chris Mitchum won a crowded primary and was ignored by the NRCC, and only lost by about 3 points. This is why Capps retired in 2016 presidential year – higher Dem Turnout makes it more likely that Republican Assemblymember Katcho Achidijian (who is termed out) will have a difficult time winning this seat. Katcho is one of the most liberal Republicans in the Assembly, but is well-liked and is a poster child for “fits the district”.

AD35 – this is the district Katcho is termed out of. True to form, as with the insane Presidential Free-for-all, Republicans disregard the clear the field strategy… including in a marginal district like AD35.

AD68 – Don Wagner is Termed Out. It looks like a mad-rush there as well. My intel shows me that the crazed Deborah Pauly, Tax Raising Stephen Choi, Hide and Seek Harry Sidhu and Conservative Activist Scott Voigts are the contestants there.

AD76 – Moderate Republican Incumbent Rocky Chavez is vetting a run for US Senate. Given that he is struggling to gain traction, he may stay put. I think Chavez would be a good fit for a statewide run, while at the same time I’d prefer a more conservative Republican in a Safe R seat like AD76. (see also fit the district)

Today’s Installment of Bad Bills – Every Year It Gets Worse!

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May 282015
 

SB04 – Medi-Cal for Non-Citizens. Will cost Citizens $740M -$1.2B a year in California. Last time I checked, the state is still in the hole financially?

AB775 – would force Crisis Pregnancy Centers to promote abortion. (If you can force Christian Bakers / Photographers in to “sensitivity training” for not doing gay weddings, then why not force other Christians to offer abortions too?)

SB716 – Would Ban The Use of Commonly Used “Guiding Staffs” in the Training of Elephants! (Don’t these morons have better things to do with the state in turmoil?)

SB128 – Assisted Suicide. With murdering Unborn Children elevated to a sacrament by the left, why not help usher in Euthanasia?

SD151 / SD140 – further restrictions on smoking. Let’s see, legalize dope but restrict tobacco severely… how consistent.

BOUNS – Don’t forget the annual effort to jack up inflation ( I mean minimum wage) and tie that wage to inflation! Brilliant! (who cares what the bill number is, it will be back)

AB465 – takes away option from Employers to require arbitration for employment disputes. This will make lawsuits easier to file.

AB357 – requires TWO WEEKS NOTICE to change an employee’s schedule! This is called communism, telling businesses how to run their business.

… and a brilliant bill mandating Double Pay for employees that work in Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s author decries consumerism. (aka – her intent is to use government to force California Businesses to close on those days)

ICYMI: Incorporate Olympic Valley Dealt Severe Blow by the Facts. Finances Don’t Work

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May 282015
 

Placer County LAFCO released the long-awaited preliminary Comprehensive Financial Analysis (CFA) on the idea of incorporating Olympic Valley.  Suffice to say, the idea of incorporating a town of less than 500 people was dumb before the fiscal report was released on Friday (the start of the three-holiday weekend) and even dumber now.

Dumb and Dumber!

After having a chance to read the report, the idea to incorporate is not only dumb, it’s a complete waste of taxpayer time and money to have county government staff in any capacity spending time on this issue.  Technically, costs associated with working on the incorporation issue are to be reimbursed by the folks pushing incorporation. That man is Dr. Fred Illfeld, a psychology professor who teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno. Typical of hangers on to the system, he is skilled at spending everyone else’s money. Given the way he is wasting his own money, let’s hope we don’t ever experience his fiscal management in government!

Placer County officials on LAFCO, led by chairman Miguel Ucovich, have sufficient data in this report to sack the idea of incorporation. Miguel moved to Loomis in 1982 and was a member of the Loomis Incorporation Committee which formed the Town. He then served 4 years on the Loomis Planning Commission and was elected to the Loomis Town Council in 1998 where has served ever since. I mention this to suggest a possible motive for my friend Miguel to be supporting this effort. (Note that IOV has 1/10 the Population of Loomis!!!)

I have theories on Dr. Illfeld’s real motives to incorporate (which I have expressed), but it’s also likely he wants to be the new town’s mayor or Emperor and less likely a regular city councilman.

None of the Fiscal Scenarios Make Incorporation Work

According to the published fiscal report published by the financial consulting firm, RSG, the proposed town of Olympic Valley would run a deficit over an eight-year period starting July 2016, an estimated date of incorporation.

Ilfeld has promised that incorporation would not trigger tax increases or loss of services. He said as long as the fiscal report showed the town is feasible, he would continue to push for incorporation. Allow your intrepid blogger to help out, DROP IT NOW.

What caught my attention two weeks ago was the fact that Illfeld trying to keep the fiscal analysis secret. He had received an advance copy of the report and knew the numbers didn’t add up. He attended the LAFCO meeting and criticized the report and the staff before it became public! So much for transparency… but let it sink in, first he tried to flush the report and then criticized it before anyone (other than he and his crew) has seen it.

Don’t expect him to give up the cause just yet. With this report in hand, he can now start revenue neutrality negotiations with the county to and try to sweet talk Miguel and county staff into making the finances work.  That would be a big mistake for the rest of us in Placer County. Why waste more money and time when the independent study confirms that creating a town based on one revenue source and dependent on tourism and weather conditions, doesn’t make sense?

Under all scenarios reviewed by the financial expert, incorporation just does not work and worse is a high-risk venture in a bad economy.