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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog hosts Special Guest Adam Summers of Reason, and Costa Mesa City Councilmember, James Righeimer if his meeting ends with in 3.5 hours tonight.

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This week, CalWatchDog's John Seiler joins us on the show.  We'll be joined by Adam Summers of Reason Foundation.  Also, if they can end their meeting in 3.5 hours, City of Costa Mesa's Mayor Pro Tem, James Righeimer, and City Council member, Stephen Mengsinger are scheduled to drop in.

John Seiler is on assignment and will try his best to make at that the bottom of the hour. He wrote an excellent piece, as usual, this week at CalWatchDog, called CFT Explains Tax-Increase Strategy. The stratedy includes a proposal and push for a whole lot of tax increases and legislative changes including a split roll property tax to get around Prop 13 for businesses, and a change that would lower the required percentage of legislative votes required to pass a tax increase in the CA State Legislature from two thirds to a simple majority.

The City of Costa Mesa has been in the news quite a lot regarding their reforms to address their local budget crisis. Part of their solution has been to outsource services and reduce the size of their government workforce and public employee benefits and pension liabilities. If they prevail, they set an example for other cities in CA to follow. We've invited James Righeimer, Mayor Pro Tem, and Stephen Mengsinger, City Council member, to talk with us about their efforts to date, their strategy, objectives, hurdles, successes and setbacks. They're scheduled to join us if they can end their meeting in less than 3.5 hours. It's government so there is no counting on it despite their own best efforts.

Adam Summers of Reason.org has authored two important studies we'll look at tonight on the California Public Employee Pension Crisis. One called How to Fix California's Public Pension Crisis:  How the state's public pension system broke and how to fix it and the other on Comparing Private Sector and Government Worker Salaries: Public sector offers ironclad job security and greater pension benefits.

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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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