​Court orders secretary of state to justify bill manipulating recall election rules​

A controversial law aimed at delaying the recall election of Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman has been put on hold.

Late today, the Court of Appeal issued an “Alternative Writ of Mandate” stating, in pertinent part, “Pending receipt of opposition and further order of this court, the respondent, Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State, is stayed from enforcing the amendments to the Elections Code effected by Senate Bill 96.”

The Associated Press news story is here.

Download the court order here.

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Want to improve housing affordability? Increase the homeowners exemption

By Jon Coupal and Phillip Chen |  California is in a housing crisis. The cost of housing — both for purchase and rental housing — is too expensive. Ineffective public housing policies and anti-growth policies that impede even reasonable development projects have choked supply in a high-demand market. California needs to start building homes and apartments as soon as possible. Recent estimates show that California must build 180,000 units of housing a year over the next 10 years simply to keep pace with demand. Currently, only about half of that amount is being constructed.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalBut in the meantime, a quick and effective way to provide financial relief to everyone in California with a roof over their head is to increase the homeowners exemption which has been stuck at $7,000 since 1972. A lot has changed since then. Mark Spitz won a then-record seven gold medals in the 1972 Munich Olympics. Atari released the PONG computer game and a gallon of gas sold for 36 cents. California’s population has nearly doubled from 21 million residents to 39 million residents today. And according to the California Association of Realtors, the median price of homes in California is well over $500,000 compared to $28,000 in 1972.

Because the average Californian earns $61,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, most are knocked out of the market before they even start. Only one-third of California residents can afford a median priced home.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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

City Hall Closure Dates

January – 1*, 2*, 13, 27
February – 10, 20*, 24
March – 10, 24
April – 7, 21
May – 5, 19, 29*
June – 2, 16, 30
July – 4*, 14, 28
August11, 25
September – 4*, 8, 22
October – 6, 20
November – 3, 10*, 17, 23*, 24*
December – 1, 15, 25*, 26*, 31*

*Holiday observed

Fullerton City Hall

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More skulduggery by Democrats to protect Josh Newman

Media exposes collusion between lawyer for Democrats and an FPPC board member.

In just the latest in a series of questionable maneuvers to protect Senator Josh Newman, the target of a recall by his constituents, it was revealed in a story this morning in the  Sacramento Bee that a lawyer for Senate Democrats held private meetings and exchanged texts and phone calls with a member of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). These contacts were kept secret until a reporter made a Public Records Act request to the FPPC.

The FPPC is currently considering a request by Democrats to allow other lawmakers to make unlimited campaign contribution transfers to Senator Newman, who is the subject of a recall for voting in favor of a recently-approved gas tax increase.

These private meetings raise new questions about both the impartiality of Commissioner Brian Hatch, a former firefighters lobbyist, and legislative Democrats, who face litigation from recall proponents for their last-minute approval of new hurdles that will delay the Newman recall.

“Tax-raisers are in a panic over the thought of losing their supermajority power to pass unlimited taxes,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “After having socked Californians with billions in new gas taxes, car taxes, and cap-and-trade charges, sleazy maneuvers are their last desperate attempt to cling to power.”

UPDATE at 4:40pm: The Orange County Register published a story on this topic this afternoon.

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Another shady move by Sacramento Democrats to protect Josh Newman

By Jon Coupal | Last week, the ostensibly nonpartisan California Fair Political Practices Commission agreed to remove a long-standing campaign contribution limit so that Democrats could better fight an upcoming recall election against one of their own. And you thought things were bad in Venezuela.

Earlier this year, frustrated taxpayers in Senate District 29 initiated a recall of state Sen. Josh Newman because of his vote to impose over $5 billion annually in new taxes on cars and gasoline. Within months, over 100,000 signatures were submitted in support of ousting Newman.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalIn a move to bolster Newman’s chances of surviving the impending recall, the Senate Democrats last month requested that the FPPC allow elected officials to contribute more than $4,400 — the legal limit — to Sen. Newman’s recall committee. Since 2003, the FPPC has maintained that the contribution limits that apply to candidate committees during regularly scheduled elections also apply to recall elections. In fact, back in 2008, that rule was applied against a Republican legislator, Jeff Denham, when he was fighting his own recall challenge. The justification for the limit is to prevent legislative leaders from using their power and influence over special-interest contributors to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, which could then be immediately transferred to the targeted legislator.

In response to the Democrats’ request, the FPPC’s own legal counsel reviewed the limit and concluded that the current interpretation is both “well-reasoned and legally sound.” However, in a 3-1 vote, the commission ignored its attorneys’ objection and gave preliminary approval to lift the contribution limit for recall candidates.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Mayor Whitaker sends letter on behalf of city to Sen. Josh Newman opposing SB 714

The following letter from the City of Fullerton was sent yesterday to state Sen. Josh Newman opposing his legislation to put West Coyote Hills under state control, SB 714:

Letter opposing SB 714


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Council votes 4-1 to oppose state Sen. Josh Newman’s SB 714

The legislation would effectively be a state takeover of West Coyote Hills.

After lengthy public comments and heated debate among members of the council Tuesday night, the vote was 4-1 to oppose SB 714 (authored by Sen. Josh Newman). Council Member Jesus Silva was the lone vote against the motion.

There’ll be lots more to come on this, but in the meantime you can watch the debate by clicking here for the video and advancing to the agenda item at 4:26:10.

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The latest on the Josh Newman recall

From yesterday’s John and Ken radio show on KFI . . .

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Watch last night’s city council meeting

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

To read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda, click here (pdf).

The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or thereafter.

And you can always watch it on cable Channel 3 (Spectrum — formerly Time Warner).

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