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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog presents Assemblyman Chris Norby, and Publisher of Pension Tsunami Jack Dean: CA Budget Deadline, Prison for Small time Pot Growers, Redevelopment and Public Pensions

UPDATE--JUNE 9, 2011: Next week, Assemblyman Chris Norby will join us and we'll cover what we planned to cover with him this past Tuesday night, and anything else that should come up that would take precedence. Also joining me will be Richard Winger, Publisher and editor of Ballot Access Blog, to talk with us about Americans Elect (Americanselect.org), an anecdote for our issue with a two party system and American's lack of real and meaningful voice or choice in our electoral process.
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June 7, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:   CA Assemblyman Chris Norby R-District 72 and Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami  join me on the program.  Steve Greenhut and John Seiler are on assignment.
We'll talk with Chris Norby about the looming hard set budget cut off date of June 15, for California lawmakers, where no budget means no pay, not no deferred pay, but NO PAY for the legislators for the time they don't produce a budget. What does this mean for the taxpayers?   How seriously does this hard set deadline influence the legislators?

We'll ask Chris about his support for AB1017, which would have allowed California prosecutors to decide whether folks caught cultivating marijuana should be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. 
The San Francisco Chronicle referred to its primary sponsor as "Uber liberal Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco." The bill failed and Norby is said to have ripped his fellow Republicans for not supporting it.  We'll ask him why?

Governor Brown is said to still be determined to redact, not reform Redevelopment in CA  and using the revenue that now goes to Redevelopment Agencies, to go to pay for local city and county services instead.  Is the budget showdown a High Noon moment for Redevelopment? 

We'll ask Chris about the critical and obfuscated issue of Public Employee Pensions, possible reforms and initiatives being discussed in the Legislature, and Jack Dean of Pension Tsunami can help us navigate what he sees as possible reform initiatives at the State level as well as the myriad of reform initiatives gaining steam and much resistance or blow-back in San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.  


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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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