Thursday’s John and Ken show: gas tax repeal, Newman recall

Thursday afternoon, KFI Radio talk show hosts John and Ken broadcast live from the Phoenix Club Restaurant’s parking lot in Anaheim. It was a final push for signatures to repeal the gas tax, and an update on the campaign to recall our tax-raising state Senator Josh Newman (see the official list of replacement candidates here).

A number of special guests were on the show, including Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Carl DeMaio of KOGO Radio, several county elected officials, and three of the candidates who will be on the ballot vying to replace Newman: Ling Ling Chang, Josh Ferguson and Fullerton City Council Member Bruce Whitaker. You can listen to Bruce at 79:50 on the timeline below.

A photo op outside the Phoenix Club Restaurant:

John and Ken's remote show from Anaheim 4/5/18

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Six candidates will vie to replace Josh Newman in recall election

Fire Josh NewmanSix candidates will appear on the June 5 special recall election ballot. The names were released by the Secretary of State Friday after the five o’clock filing deadline. They have qualified to be on the ballot to replace our 29th Senate District’s current state Sen. Josh Newman (D) should he be recalled by voters.

The candidates (in alphabetical order) will be: Kevin Carr (D) of Stanton; Ling Ling Chang (R) of Yorba Linda; Joseph Cho (D) of Buena Park; Josh Ferguson (D) of Fullerton; George C. Shen (R) of Industry; and Bruce Whitaker (R) of Fullerton.

To download the official candidate list issued by the Secretary of State, click here (pdf). It contains the occupational designation and contact information for each candidate.

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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
April6, 20
May – 4, 18, 28*
June – 1, 15, 29
July – 4*, 13, 27
August – 10, 24
September – 3*, 7, 21
October – 5, 19
November – 2, 11*, 16, 22*, 23*,30
December – 14, 24*, 25*, 26^,27^, 28, 31*

*Holiday observed
^Winter Closure

Fullerton City Hall

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Listen now to John and Ken live on KFI

They’re currently broadcasting live in Anaheim, gathering the final signatures needed for the initiative to repeal the gas tax. Listen now:

The show is on the air until 6:00 pm.

Or if you want to stop by to see the show at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, use the map below. NOTE: If you go, you can get a free “RECALL JOSH NEWMAN” yard sign.

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Council votes not to take a stance on Department of Justice lawsuit

By Brandon Pho, Daily Titan | Fullerton City Council will not take a stance regarding the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against California for three sanctuary laws entitling undocumented immigrants to certain protections.

The meeting lasted nearly 6 hours.“I was a little (surprised by this decision) just because I wasn’t sure where it was going,” said council member Jesus Silva, who said he initially suspected the council would vote to support the lawsuit at its Tuesday meeting.

Mayor Doug Chaffee, Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn and Silva voted in favor of receiving and filing the consideration, with opposition from council member Jennifer Fitzgerald and an abstention by council member Bruce Whitaker. The decision was met with uproarious applause by a majority of the audience.

In response to hecklers in the audience asking what it meant to receive and file, Sebourn and Chaffee said that the city would elect to remain silent on the issue without alienating those opposed to the lawsuit.

The matter was brought before the council at the request of Fitzgerald, who was in favor of supporting the lawsuit, citing overreach by the state and its sanctuary laws’ strain on the ability of the federal government to enforce immigration laws.

To read the entire story in the Daily Titan, please click here. To watch last night’s marathon council meeting, please click here.

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Watch last night’s city council meeting

It was a long meeting (5 hrs, 39 mins) due to more than 110 commenters on Item #3.

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Let’s keep school killings in perspective

By Chris Norby | Contrary to media myth, school killings are neither a uniquely American nor a recent phenomenon. Our desire to comprehend seemingly random evil reflects our varying agendas as to what’s wrong with our times and society—and how to fix it. Each network has its own panel of professional pundits and panderers dispensing bromides to feed the 24-hour news cycle.

The Left blames guns. The Right blames fatherless families. Left blames the Right for glorifying guns and keeping them available, while Right blames Left for undermining the police and school discipline. All can be contributing factors, but sometimes randomly evil acts are simply that. It was ever thus.

Chris NorbyIt’s easy to blame killings as unique to our particular time, but it would be wrong. The single worst mass school killing in U.S history was back in 1927, when 38 students died by a bomb planted at Bath Township School in Michigan by a deranged farmer. Fifty years ago, a gunman killed 14 students at the University of Texas. Yes, they garnered national headlines for a few days, but then there was no round-the-clock media that needed to be fed with sensationalism and non-stop analysis.

It’s easy to blame American culture as uniquely prone to acts of mass killing, but it would also be wrong. “This happens in no other place but the United States of America” says Connecticut Senator Chris Murray, reflecting a sort of reverse American Exceptionalism.

According to the DC-based Crime Prevention Research Center, the U.S. actually ranks 11th in the number of per-million people killed by mass shootings, putting us just behind the Czech Republic and just ahead of Austria. From 2009-15, we had .09 dead per million population. Number One on the list is Norway with 1.9 killed per-million. With just 4 million people, the 2011 summer camp shooting killing 77 Norwegian kids puts that normally peaceful Nordic country on top.

Yes, they happen here far too frequently, but we’re also a country of 325 million. Taking into account population, you’re statistically more likely to be a victim of a mass shooting in France, Belgium or Finland.

When the killer has an apparent political or religious agenda—especially if he’s a Muslim—these are called acts of terrorism. They can be blamed on religious alienation or an international network, even when the killer may be acting totally alone. When it’s a seemingly random white guy with no particular agenda, we’re stumped and grasp at anything for an explanation or someone to blame. Things sometimes just happen, and sometimes they are bad. Very bad.

Yes, in the Parkland, Florida case, there were warning signs that authorities ignored. Under-reaction is typically followed by over-reaction. Arming teachers is a bad idea, as a gun is as likely to be stolen as their grade book or car keys, as any campus prankster will attest. More armed guards can be literally hit and miss. Some may act heroically, while others run and hide, as shown by recent events. But the constant presence of armed campus security turns school discipline issues into legal ones and too often involves the police in routine playground fights. Thoughtful new gun laws and mental health services may have merit on their own, but we shouldn’t rush into quick fixes proposed by every network pundit.

I care about my own first-grader’s safety. The Fullerton School District lately robo-calls parents when some playground dispute could be seen as a threat. Fine. But I can’t expect his teachers, principal or the police to stop every possibility of violence, no matter how remote.  I’m still more likely to be killed by lightning on the golf course than he is to be killed at his school.

It’s a normal reaction to look for meaning and blame in seemingly random acts of horrible violence. It assures us that the world is understandable, knowable. But sometimes bad stuff just happens.

Chris Norby is a father of five, a retired history teacher (Brea-Olinda High School) and served in the California Legislature.

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

The AgendaTo read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda, please 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 also watch it on cable Channel 3 (Spectrum — formerly Time Warner Cable).

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John and Ken will be broadcasting live in Anaheim on Thursday

This Thursday (April 5) KFI Radio’s John and Ken will be broadcasting live from The Phoenix Club Restaurant parking lot in Anaheim (see map below).

This is a final round-up of signatures to repeal the gas tax and a major update on the effort to recall Senator Josh Newman.

We are told that Carl DeMaio and HJTA president Jon Coupal will be there along with other “mystery guests.”

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What would make legislation in California truly ‘family friendly?’

By Jon Coupal | Every year California politicians push bills advertised as “family friendly.” This label is certainly useful to gain sympathy for a proposal. It’s akin to labeling a bill “The Protect Puppies Act.” Who could possibly object to that except heartless cretins?

A weekly column by Jon CoupalLast year a number of bills were advanced as “family friendly” including Senate Bill 63 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. Known as the “baby bonding” bill, it is now illegal for an employer of 20 or more employees to refuse to allow an eligible employee to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption or foster-care placement. It also mandates that an employer maintain and pay for the employee’s continued group health coverage during the duration of the leave. Prior to the passage of this bill, parental leave was mandated only for companies with 50 or more employees.

Another “family friendly” bill that became law last year was Assembly Bill 1127, from Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier. It requires that diaper-changing stations be available to dads as well as moms at sporting arenas, auditoriums, libraries, passenger terminals, shopping malls, large restaurants and other places.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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