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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Call and/or Fax the "Republican 5" and tell them to vote to End Redevelopment in California Now!

Tell Them: By Supporting Redevelopment “California Republicans do not believe in limited government. They are the party of corporate welfare”

Senator Tom Berryhill
State Capitol, Room 3076
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4014
Fax: (916) 327-3523
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Senator Tom Harman
State Capitol, Room 5094
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4035
Fax: (916) 445-9263
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Senator Anthony Cannella
State Capitol, Room 3048
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4012
Fax: (916) 445-0773
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Senator Sam Blakeslee
State Capitol, Room 4070
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4015
Fax: (916) 445-8081
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Senator Bill Emmerson
State Capitol, Room 4082
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4037
Fax: (916) 327-2187

California Republicans Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
by Tim Cavanaugh, Reason Magazine

Link to Article: Click Here

“Redevelopment is about everything Republicans claim to loath: bureaucracy, debt, abuses of property rights, big government, excessive land-use rules, subsidized housing and fiscal irresponsibility. In California cities, redevelopment bureaucrats rule the roost and they leave a path of destruction wherever they go. They bully people and impose enormous burdens on taxpayers. The diversion of tax dollars to welfare queens mandates higher taxes, but the GOP sided with the redevelopment industry. They sided with agencies that run up hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed indebtedness. They sided with government-directed stimulus programs,....
The truth is California Republicans do not believe in limited government. They do not stand up for property owners. They are the party of corporate welfare.”

Supporting SB77 / AB101 did not in any way jeopardize the Republican position on taxes.

Failing to vote on ending Redevelopment goes against their own party platform, the people of California, and everything that California Republicans claim to represent.

If you can't get this one right, you might as well pack your bags and leave Sacramento.
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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

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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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