Friday, November 6, 2009
Property Rights Abuse, a Muni Stadium for City of Industy, a Model of Victory? For Whom? & Let's talk Sat Night for a Special Round: Nov 7, 2009
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Marcia Fritz will be on the air again Saturday night on CRN Digital Talk Radio on the Nicole Bella Remini Show with guest host Martha Montelongo. The show airs from 8-11 pm Pacific, and Marcia will be on during the 10 pm hour. She'll be talking about the two pension reform ballot initiatives just filed by CFFR with California's Attorney General.
My special guests include Eric Singer of the "Congressional Effect Fund" on how Obama's Pay Czar is driving talent away, and killing value for the companies which received TARP monies. We'll also ask him about Congress's plan to re-energize the the Community Reinvestment Act--the same act that brought us the housing market bubble, and credit market meltdown. It promises to usher in the next mortgage and credit crisis in the name of "helping to stimulate" the economy. With the Government buying up mortgages how do we really know the value of the market or how it's doing?
Marita Noon, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsible Energy, on the U.S. House Democrats recent passing the Climate Change bill out of committee, despite a boycott of the bill by Republicans. Is there any fall out for the Dems, for this heavy handed maneuver? What's in the bill? What's the status, now, and how has it been affected by the recent elections where a lot of Democrats in races, up and down, lost big.
In July, Sacramento State published a study that predicted California's version of Cap and Trade, AB32, would cost millions of jobs and billions of dollars to small businesses, the bulk of job creators and providers in the CA economy. It caused quite a debate, but it's still in force, and its impact is just hitting hard, to businesses, their employees, and consumers, and overturning it is a daunting task.
Marcia Fritz, President of Californians for Pension Reform, will talk with us about the two new Pension Reform Ballot Initiatives for CA, to reform public employee pension policy for future hires, and how taxpayers/voters can put the brakes on this runaway train.
There are over 9000 CalPERS and CalSTRS members combined in the $100,000 Pension Club, and a large 40 to 50 percent of current public employees with these absurd defined-benefit-taxpayer-obligated pensions in CA, are slated to retire in the next five to seven years.
What do we do to change an unsustainable level of future pension obligations? Ms Fritz has got a plan.
Live from the Conference on Property Rights Abuse sponsored by MORR (Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform), we'll talk with two of the featured guest speakers concerning the abuse of redevelopment that went into securing the land for the stadium to be built in the City of Industry, the costs to taxpayers for municipal stadiums and the arguments for revenues and jobs they are said to generate.
My two guests will be Dr. Victor M. Valle, Cal Poly Professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning, former Los Angeles Times Reporter and the author of City of Industry: Genealogies of Power in Southern California, and Dr. Roger Noll, Stanford Professor, nation's foremost expert on sports economics and author of Sports, Jobs and Taxes.
We'll have fun visiting. Remember, you've gotta be a happy warrior if you're going to outlast our foes of liberty and free enterprise. Keep your cool, but be stimulated... Join us.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"
"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night.
But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.
|Death of an innocent.||Death or injury of a police officer.||Death of a nonviolent offender.|
|Raid on an innocent suspect.||Other examples of paramilitary police excess.||Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.|
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