Did California save Ted Cruz?

By Jon Coupal | Chuck DeVore is just one of thousands of former Californians who have moved to Texas. But DeVore is unique. Not only did he serve in the California Assembly, but he remains heavily engaged in policy issues as Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a free market think tank based in Austin.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalDeVore is a frequent guest on national television shows to speak on economic issues, including how progressive policies suppress economic growth. Moreover, he has firsthand experience with the movement of people and money between the two economic titans, California and Texas.

The migration of businesses from California to Texas is well-documented. Big names, like Charles Schwab, Campbell’s Soup, Burger King, Waste Management and other billion-dollar businesses severed their California connections for Lone Star liberty. In fact, it was entertaining to watch the sparring between then-Texas Governor Rick Perry — who frequented California to poach businesses from California — and the Golden State’s own Jerry Brown who tried to portray Texas as hick-country governed by a buffoon.

More than just businesses, it is people who have left California in numbers significantly larger than those coming in from other states. From 2007 to 2016, California has experienced net domestic out-migration of a million citizens, and the number-one destination? You guessed it. Texas. Of course, that doesn’t mean that California has lost population, in fact it has gained. But those gains have come from immigration – both documented and otherwise — and new births.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Vote for Greg Sebourn for City Council in District 3

The Orange County Register got it right with their endorsement of Greg Sebourn for city council in the newly created District 3. The Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers (FACT) also endorses Greg, as we did in both 2010 and 2014. We need to re-elect Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn.

Mayor Pro Tem Greg SebournYou can learn more about Greg and his personal, professional and political accomplishments here.

The  odd thing about this race is that even if Greg wins, Jesus Silva will still retain his seat on the Council for another two years. It’s a mystery as to why he is even running, though it may be that his public employee union supporters think this might be a way to oust Sebourn; the Fullerton Police Officers Association used smear tactics against Greg in the 2014 campaign.

The third candidate in this race, Nickolas Wildstar, is not a serious contender. Though he claims to have lived in Fullerton for five years, the first time we noticed that he appeared at a city council meeting was in September — way too little, and way too late.

FACT is not endorsing in District 5. None of the candidates have been involved enough in city politics to have established a track record upon which to base an endorsement.


You can watch the candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

In August, the Fullerton Rag published very good overviews of the candidates in both District 3 and District 5.

The Orange County Register also did a comparison of the candidates’ positions on the issues, and you can check that out here.

Swiped from the Friends for Fullerton's Future blogRegarding the odd story of pilfering Paulette Chaffee who allegedly dropped out of the race after her campaign sign-stealing scandal made television news, we recommend this post on the Fullerton Rag. It was also covered by the Orange County Register, the Voice of OC,and the Friends for Fullerton’s Future blog here, here, here and here.

It even garnered coverage by the Daily Mail — a British newspaper.

See also the TV news coverage by KTLA 5 and Fox 11.

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Still undecided on the governor’s race?

Listen to Cox and Newsom face off in their final appearance together

In this October 8 special edition of KQED’s Forum, California gubernatorial candidates John Cox (R) and Gavin Newsom(D) joined host Scott Shafer in studio for a wide-ranging conversation about their priorities and visions for the state. To listen to the podcast, click here.

John Cox and Gavin Newsom

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Look past the deceptive labeling on Proposition 6

By Jon Coupal | When it comes to protecting consumers, the federal government comes down hard on companies that engage in deceptive labeling on things we consume.  The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), enacted in 1967, directs the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration to issue regulations requiring that all “consumer commodities” be labeled to disclose net contents, identity of commodity, and name and place of business of the product’s manufacturer, packer, or distributor.”

A weekly column by Jon CoupalIf only such rules applied to California ballot measures, and especially for Proposition 6.  Prop. 6 would do two simple things.  First, it would repeal the wildly unpopular increases in the gas and car taxes imposed by the Legislature last year.  Second, it would require that, in the future, any increase in the gas or car tax be approved by the voters.  That’s it.

Polling on Prop. 6, when described simply as to what is does, shows that it is very popular and should easily prevail at the polls. Voters see last year’s tax hikes as horribly punishing to the middle class and, while all Californians desire good roads, the passage of 6 would simply mean a return to the status quo where California has the fifth-highest gas tax in the nation. Opponents of Prop. 6 have never satisfactorily answered the simple question of why is that not enough.

Because repeal of the car and gas tax is popular, opponents have engaged in blatantly illegal activity as well as mounted a campaign of lies so brazen even Pinocchio would blush.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Caltrans employees continue to campaign illegally against Prop 6 — the gas tax repeal

On Friday, Carl DeMaio detailed how Caltrans workers are still campaigning against Prop 6. The interview with DeMaio is short and is at the beginning of this podcast of John and Ken’s radio show on KFI 640:

Want a free $50 gas card? When you buy gas at participating California gas stations from 8 am-10 am tomorrow (Monday), one of the Yes on Prop 6 volunteers will help you enter to win a $50 gas card! Volunteers with the Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign will be at numerous gas stations statewide where drivers who pledge to support Prop 6 can register for a free gas card.

Yes on 6 - Repeal the Gas TaxLocations include Brea Shell, 3300 E Imperial Highway Brea.

Check out all of the details at GasTaxRepeal.org.

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Fullerton City Hall is closed today for another three-day weekend

City Hall Closure Dates and
Observed Holidays

January –1*, 12, 26
February – 9, 19*, 23
March – 9, 23
April – 6, 20
May – 4, 18, 28*
June – 1, 15, 29
July – 4*, 13, 27
August – 10, 24
September – 3*, 7, 21
October – 5, 19
November2, 11*, 16, 22*, 23*,30
December – 14, 24*, 25*, 26^,27^, 28, 31*

*Holiday observed
^Winter Closure

Fullerton City Hall

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Tonight’s special council meeting: What’s it really about?

After the city issued an announcement that there would be a special closed session council meeting today at 4:00 pm regarding a personnel matter, rumors have run rampant as to who will be the focus.

Matt Leslie at the Fullerton Rag blog initially speculated that Fullerton’s police chief David  Hendricks would be the subject, but then modified that post and switched to the theory posed by someone calling himself/herself “The Fish” over at the Friends for Fullerton’s Future blog that the discussion will be about former Fullerton police officers Jay Cicinelli and Joseph Wolfe — both of whom were fired after their involvement in the beating death of Kelly Thomas in July of 2011. Both posts are worth a read.


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Kim vs. Cisneros: 39th Congressional District debate on PBS

Young Kim (R) and Gil Cisneros (D)
This past weekend, Republican Young Kim and Democrat Gil Cisneros, candidates for the seat being vacated by longtime GOP officeholder Ed Royce, debated key issues on Inside OC hosted by Rick Reiff. The 39th district straddles three counties and includes Fullerton. To watch the show, click on the image above or click here. [EDITOR'S NOTE: See the report last week on the recording session by reporter Thy Vo on the Voice of OC website.]

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How to read your property tax bill

By Jon Coupal| Thanks to Proposition 13, property tax bills are less scary in California than they are in a lot of other states. Homeowners in Illinois and New Jersey, just to cite two examples, have been known to let out a blood-curdling scream when they open the tax collector’s envelope that would be right at home on the soundtrack of a Jamie Lee Curtis movie.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalProposition 13 limits increases in a property’s assessed value to 2 percent per year and provides property owners with a pretty good idea of what their tax bill will be before they open the envelope.

Still, there can be some surprises. Taxpayers should understand the various charges and check the tax bill to make sure they’re not being assessed for more than they’re legally obligated to pay. It’s a good idea to compare each year’s tax bill to the previous year’s bill.

For most California counties, the property tax bill will show three categories of charges. They are the General Tax Levy, Voted Indebtedness and Direct Assessments.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Listen to the ‘Yes on 6′ rally held yesterday on Orangethorpe

John and Ken broadcast their entire four-hour show live on KFI Radio:

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