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Thursday, February 24, 2011

I am the host of the Martha Montelongo Show with CalWatchDog.com on 870AM KRLA on Saturday nights at 11 pm.

Update, March 5, 2011: Change of Venue: 870AM KRLA on Saturday nights at 11 pm to LA Talk Radio, Tuesdays at 8 PM, PT. I'm new to LA, sort of. I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, graduated from UCLA, and then moved to Santa Cruz in my late 20s and stayed there until my boys were well into their college years. I've just returned to L.A. and my show is new and I hope to grow it and have it move up in ratings and number of listeners.  number of days, but 
In the mean time, I am enjoying the surge of energy, the synergy and momentum I have discovered is happening here.
I've been involved in politics on the periphery since high school, a quixotic journey, on and off through a maze of adventures. I thought I was going to move to Fullerton when I moved back here at the end of last year.

Back in 2006, I worked on Proposition 90, a statewide ballot initiative on the November General Elections ballot.  It lost 47.53 to 52.47.   Prop 93, to legalize Marijuana on the ballot in November of 2010 lost 46.4% to 53.6% and that was considered close and worthy of coming back again.

Prop 90 would have grandfathered in current renters but phased out rent control. The land grabbers were able to whip up panic and frenzy with the apartment renters who feared the owners would throw them out rather than wait for them to die or move away so the apartment would be free of rent control.

They didn't seem to connect that the danger to their dwelling and what has done in so many renters and home owners is the REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AND THEIR LOCAL CITY OR COUNTY GOVERNMENTS.   That abuse of eminent domain would have been put to rest had Prop 90 passed. It would have stopped eminent domain for commercial development. Many apartment building owners want nothing more than to care for their rentals and to have a nice and steady income and maintain their properties.

I discovered Chris Norby, then O.C. Supervisor in Orange County, and Bruce Whitaker, now City Councilman in Fullerton, but then working as political adviser to Norby during the Prop 90 campaign. Chris was a co-founder of M.O.R.R. Municipal Officers for Redevelopment Reform. He saw the injustice of Redevelopment as an excuse to steal people's property and committed to doing something about it.

Besides the M.O.R.R. Conferences that happen twice a year, where you meet people who are fighting the political machines in their communities, and you hear them tell their stories--some win and many lose, and the battle goes on, he wrote a 38 page, 8 1/2 inch by 11 1/2 inch book with lots of cartoon illustrations, called Redevelopment: The Unknown Government--What it is. What can be done.
The last version published was in 2007. You can download it for free on line in older versions or track down the M.O.R.R. people on line and ask for a copy for a small cost to cover printing and shipping.

I'll tell you thrill seekers and adventurers, it's a lot more powerful to sit through and experience these heart wrenching stories that happen right here among us, than to go check out at Burning Man or any other transformational experience. You understand profoundly that it's us against the political establishment and their well connected partners and none of us little guys are safe and we could be next on the chopping block if "they" decide.
Bob Blue, one of the activists now part of LACleanSweep.org, which I've just discovered, has been going to M.O.R.R. conferences every year, for several years. He lost his luggage store, and the burn converted him and his colleague, Ziggy, into fiery activists against the abuse of Government using Redevelopment.

I met Tony Bushala who admins Friends For Fullerton's Future and is a very effective gorilla campaigner, very focused, and very grounded on moral principles around property rights and other civil liberties and also at holding elected officials accountable in Fullerton.

Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami lives down there too. He's been a favorite guest for all the time I had a show on CRN Digital Talk Radio. He has done a lot, like John the Baptist, only instead of foretelling, he was forewarning and his database mailing list just grew and grew and grew, and a lot of people were alerted by his efforts about the coming of the public employee pension crisis we are now critically facing.

Steven Greenhut was the Deputy Editor for the Opinion Section at the OC Register. I met him in 2006 during the Proposition 90 campaign.  In 2004 he published a book called Abuse of Power: How Government Misuses Eminent Domain [i like to add, "to steal your land."]
"Abuse of Power is must read for anyone interested in understanding the pervasive plundering committed by governments across this nation." -- James Bovard - Author, Terrorism and Tyranny Feeling Your Pain, Freedom in Chains & Lost Rights
I wanted to live in Fullerton and become part of the synergy of activists and writers for freedom, but, fate would have it, I ended up in L.A. instead.  It was a blessing.  I am grateful for the reason I ended up choosing Whittier instead.  But I had no idea whom I would coalesce with politically. I can't believe how excited I am to have discovered what is going on here. There is a formidable movement. It's fledgling but it's comprised of individuals who are experienced in their respective ways. They've all been warriors fighting good fights for liberty--property right, school choice, fiscal accountability, transparency in government, and calling for a balance of power.

The political establishment has behaved as if they were untouchable and impenetrable. But bloggers, including two formidable former L.A. newspaper editors, and local News Magazines and website publications are all reporting. They're organizing themselves. There is momentum and vitality coalesced around LA Clean Sweep's mission and their White Papers, their defining principles, their platform including key issues.

The board of L.A. Clean Sweep is of former newspaper editors but also, of activists including one Ms. Lydia Grant, recognized as organizer of the month in November of 2010 by The Parent Revolution fighting for charter schools in LA.   Ron Kaye, former editor of the LA Daily News publishes RonKayeLA.com blog.  Bob Blue who was a victim of Redevelopment in the City of Hollywood when he lost his Bernard's Luggage Store near Hollywood and Vine, but not without a fight and then he turned activist,  and Jack Humphreville  both write at CityWatchLA.com.   

Bill Boyarsky, former City-County Bureau chief, city editor and columnist at the LA Times, publishes at LA Observed.  Kevin James, talk radio show host on 870AM, KRLA on Monday through Friday nights covers the stories these bloggers and reporters with the LA Weekly and even the L.A. Times Blog write about, from midnight to 3 AM.  I know I'm in good company being up at this hour of the night.  He was formerly at KABC 790 AM.  

John McIntyre who is on 790 AM KABC from Midnight to 3 AM Monday through Friday used to cover the local beat in L.A., but now he's mostly national now from 1 to 5 AM.  Yesterday, Tuesday night, he had Steve Greenhut on his show talking about what is happening in Wisconsin, and public employee unions and Steve's book called  Plunder:  How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation. 

This Saturday night, we'll hear from two candidates who are endorsed by LA Clean Sweep in the upcoming LA City Council elections coming up on March 8th and the core issues that earned them endorsement from this coalition,  LA Clean Sweep.
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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


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.
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.

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