Sep 242020

You’d think after all these years that political people in Placer County would realize that your intrepid blogger will figure out their games after a while. Sometimes we get tipped off in real time.

Information came in to your intrepid blogger that the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce rendered their endorsements and they have been reported out to the candidates already. (Perhaps this explains why the information came in hard and fast)

The Chamber of Commerce endorsed Joe Patterson, Greg Janda and Ken Broadway for Rocklin City Council. Zero surprise. A well-run city with few problems (other than massive budget cuts coming due to the State’s Management and COVID).  I’ve received good reports about Josh Rolph, but he is not making a compelling enough case for change at this time. I keep hearing it time and again. I have also been told that Ken Broadway has been busting his tail on his effort.

This gets me to the School Board Races.

In the four-year race, the Chamber set fire to the crazed leftist Michelle Sutherland. The Chamber joined everyone not named Camille Maben, Rick Miller and Jill Gayaldo (all three are trump-hating liberal democrats by the way, get to work Rocklin) and endorsed Julie Leavens-Hupp and Rachelle Price for the 4 year seats on the Rocklin Unified School District.

Then there is the two-year race. After endorsing Five Candidates who really represent Rocklin, the Chamber of Commerce endorsed Camille Maben over Tiffany Saathoff. A 28 year incumbent who has supported every anti-family garbage bill that has come down from the Sacramento Mafia. The Rocklin Chamber endorsed a sworn enemy of Charter Schools. (An issue that polls nearly 70% even in California)

Oh, and then there is the fact that the Rocklin Chamber did NOT endorse Camille Maben in 2016. What changed?

Let’s introduce the new Rocklin Chamber of Commerce President: Jay Lang. Jay is married to Wendy Lang. Lang is also a democrat (who may be registered otherwise at the moment) who is very close to Camille Maben.

Make sense? The President of the Chamber imposed his will and told members of the PAC Board what he expected of them. (So I have been told, an so I believe and can easily ascertain as I know most of the players involved)

Let’s give a little more background on Lang/Maben. One of my first forays in to local politics was in the early-mid 2000’s when the Rocklin Academy was in a knock-down drag-out fight with the Rocklin USD. As the then President of the Placer CRA Chapter, I helped with an effort that unseated two incumbent board members of the Placer Office of Education. That election broke the stranglehold that the Rocklin USD had over the disposition of charters. The Western Sierra Collegate Academy was chartered shortly thereafter and the threat to the Rocklin Academy was mitigated as a 5-2 pro charter majority on the PCOE was ushered in.

The charters were able to appeal the denials of the Rocklin USD to the Placer County Office of Education, game over.

Lang and Maben remained staunchly anti-charter. Other members of that board were involved in the personality fight between the Crazed Mark Klang, the Late Joe Scharrer, Kevin Cooper and myself. I have since become friends, allies and a campaign operative for Bill Halldin and consider Todd Lowell a friend as well amongst others who were then on the wrong side of the Charter Issue.

Anyone that knows Bill Halldin now would never believe he was once on the same side of an issue as Camille Maben.

It was with that background in 2016, that the Placer County Impact Republicans PAC nailed Camille Maben:

I was told via third parties that Wendy Lang became enraged over this mailer. She is alleged to have filed an FPPC Complaint against the Placer Impact Republicans PAC. (I have no direct proof because cowards can file anonymous complaints, I have never filed an anonymous complaint and never will) It was related to me via Hearsay that Lang talked openly about filing the complaint.

Three years, tons of phone calls and emails later – the Placer CIR PAC got a technical violation for the disclaimers on all 16 mailers being incorrect. Note – the fine was not related to Lang’s complaint but was due to something else. It is also well-known that anyone that took money from the Charter Schools Association were targeted at the behest of Gavin Newsom (remember, the CCSA foolishly poured 15 million in to Antiono Villariagosa ) As a result of Lang’s complaint the Placer CIR PAC was fined $500 a mailer times 16 mailers for a total of $8,000.

Kirk Uhler raised the money to cover the fines while people like Ken Campbell, Tom Hudson and bay area liberals like Viktor Bekhet among others were emailing each other congratulations over the fines.

These are the kinds of people that the Lang’s are. I pass that judgement by watching them over a decade+ it is what it is.

Note: I am using a professional treasurer for all current efforts so when the Wendy Langs of the world file revenge complaints, we will be ready to deal with all the FPPC technicalities.

Jay Lang needs to hear from the people of Rocklin as does the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce. This sort of insider game is the exact opposite of what the overwhelming majority of citizens want and especially not in Rockin.

Worse, a Pro-Business group endorsed a woman who supports Split Roll gutting of Prop 13? She supports AB5 which put tens of thousands of independent contractors out of work (the Uber Lyft thing)? If you look beyond Jay/Wendy Lang rigging an endorsement for Camille Maben – just on the base issues of the day the Chamber can’t justify what they did.

Why the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce sell out the business community? Ask the questions and let em have it.

P.S. Update: This screenshot was just sent in to your intrepid blogger: (Note 2 days ago at the time I got this would be 9-22-2020 before the tipoffs we received)

Nothing to see here, move along now.

Sep 152016

For those of you not privy to Rocklin City Council Drama – Councilmember Diana Ruslin abruptly resigned and moved to Georgia. The vacancy was filled last night.

I had written a short vignette about the race on 8/19 pending the outcome of the appointment drama:

This is a truly bizarre situation. Diana Ruslin moved to Georgia, opening a seat up for an appointment as the vacancy occurred after the window to declare a two-year-seat election. Several of the existing councilmembers have made it clear their preference to appoint Ken Broadway to the vacant seat.

Broadway was considered the top candidate for the ensuing election, before Ruslin’s move.

George Magnusen retired as well, ending his long tenure on the Rocklin City Council – a move that all but guaranteed Broadway’s election.

The lack of clarity has brought several candidates in to the race, liberal democrat Mike Mattos whose whole campaign is centered around public transit, a Michelle Vass who lives in an apartment and community activist and Republican Activist Joe Patterson.

Some in Rocklin are upset over Patterson’s entry in to the race. With Ken Broadway seemingly due to be appointed on 9/14 – Patterson’s entry in to the City Council Race gives the voters a sane alternative to Mattos who would have been a near shoo-in without another viable alternative.

Your Candidates are:

Incumbent Republican Dave Butler
Incumbent Republican Greg Janda
Republican Ken Broadway
Republican Joe Patterson
Republican Michelle Vass
Republican Mike Mattos

Ken Broadway indeed got appointed last night DESPITE being on the ballot. Should Broadway win in November – it would open up ANOTHER seat to be appointed – more on that in a second.

What I find confusing about this is that Ken Broadway had been positioned as the heir apparent to the seat everyone expected George Magnusen to retire out of. Broadway was raising money and support. By appointing Broadway to fill a vacancy were his allies on the council saying that they lacked confidence in Broadway’s ability to win a campaign?

Even more bizarre is that they could have had their cake and eaten it too. Bill Halldin had indicated interest in getting that appointment. This is the same Bill Halldin that ran for Assembly after several others in local government opted out. This is the same Bill Halldin that took one for the team so to speak – at significant personal expense as I know he is in debt from his campaign.

As I learned, there was an apparent fixation on appointing Ken Broadway and as a result, Bill Halldin never applied for the vacancy.

Now you have a dynamic where if Ken Broadway mounts a campaign for a second seat on the Rocklin City Council – the other candidates will rightfully be able to claim that the “Good ‘Ol Boys Network” are trying to set up a second appointment. This is NOT the narrative you want in the Donald Trump election cycle.

This is why the lack of situational awareness baffles me. Beyond abandoning Bill Halldin, they set Ken Broadway up for failure. IF he campaigns, then he is a tool of the Good Ol Boyz to control two seats and if he does not, then it looks to the seasoned observers that they rescued him from having to run (and potentially fail a second time) a campaign.

For this blogger – the situation makes my life easier making picks for Rocklin City Council. Win or Lose (in 2016) Broadway is still a Rocklin Councilmember, therefore he does not need the support of this blog as his now real position on the council fulfills my commitment to support him.

I helped elect Greg Janda to Rocklin Council in 2012. Short of Janda committing a felony, he will have my support and endorsement as long as he wants it. Greg Janda is very well liked and I respect the way he has approached dealing with the community. In his 4 years on the council, I’ve heard nothing but good, even glowing reviews of who he is as a person and what he has done on the council.

I committed to Dave Butler when I had breakfast with him that I would support him. Therefore, I am honoring that commitment and endorsing him at this time.

All that said – I will be enthusiastically supporting and doing what I can to elect Joe Patterson to Rocklin City Council. I encourage those of you reading to do the same. Joe Patterson will be a breath of fresh air for Rocklin. His connections to real people as well as his experience dealing with people of all types in the political spectrum are exactly what Rocklin needs.

All this, and he is at least 10 years of age younger than the next youngest incumbent on the council. You can find out more about him here:

To be continued…

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Jan 092012

I already declared war on Camille Maben if she runs for re-election.

Greg Dailey is going to run for re-election to the Rocklin School Board. Recently, when Camille Maben’s friends were trying to get districts to take resolutions in support of an initiative to lower the threshold for Parcel Taxes to 55% (like happened with school bonds) Greg as board chair refused to agendize the issue.

Good job, Greg!

Here’s what I know about Rocklin City Council:

Dave Butler – immediate past Rocklin Chamber President, is in the race. He is a Republican that used to work for Tim Leslie.
Greg Janda – Businessman who finished 3rd last time, is also in the race. I am publicly supporting Greg.

Brett Storey – incumbent is retiring.
Peter Hill – incumbent is retiring by several accounts relayed to me
George Magnussen – is unpredictible, but is also expected to retire due to health concerns, and recent comments made by him indicate that he is thinking along those lines.

That being said – Rocklin Planning Commissioner Greg McKenzie is being pushed by political insiders, consultants and others. What I know of McKenzie is that he used to work for Pete Wilson. (ouch) I am sure I will talk to him soon to find out more.

Maria Trunzo is out, Bill Halldin is staying put at Sierra College, Paul Ruhkala is out.

This concludes the January Update for Rocklin.


Jun 222011

Rocklin. The city where Councilmembers serve for a generation.

In 1960, my Great-Grandfather was elected to Rocklin City Council – but retired no long after. He beat Roy Ruhkala that year and Roy would run again later and ended up serving for a long time.

Peter Hill and George Magnusen have served a long time. They are retiring, as is Brett Storey.

If you thought 8 people running for two seats was chaos last time – see what happens with three seats open.

I have my favorites – but that’s another post for another time way in the future.

Sierra College:

Elaine Rowen – the wife of recalled former CA Supreme Cruz Reynoso finally resigned after 18 months of not representing anyone, let alone Rocklin and Granite Bay. Not to make light of her life-threatening accident, but why wait 18 months, leaving a vacancy?

That being said, there appear to be three main suitors: Debbi Nason, a well-connected volunteer who retired to this area, Robin Trimble President of the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce and Bill Halldin, a local PR Guy and Placer GOP Central Committee Member.

I have no further comment at this time… other than I can’t wait to see what the trustees do. I’ve made a few calls and have only spoken to Aaron Klein.

Elaine Rowen was on the Sierra College Board in the first place because of the group, “Save Sierra College”. This was a group that dedicated itself to re-asserting a liberal majority on the Sierra College Board. After Bill Martin used his position on the local Grand Jury to get himself elected to the Sierra College Board – he teamed up with the group to attempt the recall of Aaron Klein and Jerry Simmons.

It failed. But Simmons retired, leaving the seat open. That’s when the Save Sierra College people helped get Elaine Rowen elected.

One of the proponents of the Recall, a “Republican” named Alan Cuenca is now involved in trying to recall three more Republicans from local office. Cuenca has now taken aim at 5 local Republican electeds.

The irony is that recall attempt against the Lincoln City Council has a bizarre sidenote. Spencer Short is part of the loud, vocal minority (although he is not loud himself) that attempts to shut down every Cent Com meeting. Members of the Lincoln Tea Party have convniced themsevles that the Placer GOP Cent Com is the center of corruption in Placer.

Spencer Short votes with their allies on the Cent Com and they are trying to recall him from Lincoln City Council. Nice.

Todd Lowell from the Rocklin School Board replied to an email I sent him apparently happy about the Western Sierra Collegate Academy getting their own building. He thought it was great that they would have their own identity… Lowell is a rumored Rocklin City Council candidate, but is likely staying put. However, it looks like Left-wing Democrat Camille Maben is going to retire. (Maben worked for Delaine Eastin – a sworn enemy of Charter Schools)

Rocklin 2012 will be chaos as usual. Lincoln will be chaos for 20 years. Sierra College Board will likely resolve itself with little or no drama.