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South Bay Libertarians Monthly Dinner/Meeting

photoGreater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group

6:30 pm:Social Hour & Dinner

8:00 pm: Meeting, Speakers, Discussions

Our featured guest this month is Mike Alexander of the California Taxpayers Union who will present "Making California Golden Again". He has a radio program, "Radio Free L.A.", every Sunday on 870 AM from 8 to 9:30 PM.

Here is a link to our website: http://www.lplac66.wo...

San Pedro, CA 90731 - USA

Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/LALibertarians/events/255816521/

South Bay Libertarians Monthly Dinner/Meeting

photoGreater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group

6:30 pm:Social Hour & Dinner

8:00 pm: Meeting, Speakers, Discussions

Our featured guest this month is Mike Alexander of the California Taxpayers Union who will present "Making California Golden Again". He has a radio program, "Radio Free L.A.", every Sunday on 870 AM from 8 to 9:30 PM.

Here is a link to our website: http://www.lplac66.wo...

San Pedro, CA 90731 - USA

Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 PM

1

https://www.meetup.com/LALibertarians/events/255816521/

Daniel Larison on “Trump’s Nuclear Arms Race”

Trump just threatened to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal:

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that the United States would increase its nuclear arsenal until other nations “come to their senses,” threatening an arms race days after he said he would withdraw the US from a Cold War nuclear treaty.

“Until people come to their senses, we will build it up,” Trump said from outside the White House.

The U.S. doesn’t need to build more nuclear weapons, and increasing the arsenal will not make America or the world the slightest bit safer. On the contrary, a new nuclear arms buildup would cause other nuclear weapons powers to increase their own arsenals. Building more nukes would be extremely expensive, and it would make the world less secure by heightening international tensions, casting aside decades of arms control and arms reduction work, and encouraging more states to develop nuclear weapons for their own protection. This wouldn’t cause other governments to “come to their senses,” but it would show the world that our government has completely lost its own.

Trump seems to think that other states will be intimidated by a new buildup of nuclear weapons, but it is much more likely that they will be terrified into responding in kind. There is no way that the U.S. will be able to make any progress with North Korea if our government is simultaneously developing new kinds of nuclear weapons and increasing the number of weapons that it possesses. Other would-be proliferators may take this as a cue to pursue their own weapons programs. If reneging on the JCPOA was a body blow to the cause of nonproliferation, a new arms race could prove to be a fatal blow.

The cost of what Trump is proposing would be exorbitant at a time when the U.S. already spends far too much on the military. There could nothing more senseless and gratuitously militaristic than expanding a nuclear arsenal for its own sake. The U.S. needs to be be building on the successes of existing arms control agreements to get the world’s largest nuclear weapons states to cut back on their arsenals. It won’t be able to do that if it is throwing countless billions of dollars down a black hole of wasteful spending on new weapons that the U.S. doesn’t need.

Source:The American Conservative https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-nuclear-arms-race/

Message from the Chair – 10/4/18

The November General Election is right around the corner and many of you will be receiving your Vote-By-Mail ballots in the next few days. In preparation of the election the Libertarian Party of California discussed the 11 Ballot Initiatives at our last Executive Committee meeting and below is the Party’s recommendations on each of the Propositions:

Proposition 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute

Housing Programs and Veterans’ Loans Bond; authorizes $4 billion of state general obligations bond to fund existing housing programs.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 1.

Although they say this will provide affordable housing with no tax increase, it will cost the state $170 million per year over 35 years in annual interest payments which will need to come from somewhere. We are still paying for the 2006 ballot initiative, Proposition 1C, which said it would build affordable housing, yet housing is no more affordable today than it was 12 years ago. This initiative will be just another bond measure that will add to the state’s increasing and unsustainable, unfunded liabilities.

Proposition 2: No Place like Home Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. Legislative Statute

Use Millionaire’s Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds; authorizes $2 billion in revenue bonds for homelessness prevention housing for persons in need of mental health services.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 2. Although it’s stated that there would be no fiscal impact as $120 million per year would be directed from the 1% millionaire’s tax, the end result would be that the Proposition 63 revenues that had been dedicated to county mental health services would be redirected to debt servicing of this bond. Further, although revenue from the Proposition 63 tax increase can currently pay for this liability, if the economy shifts then it will mean cutting these services and the $120 million a year will need to come out of the general fund.

Proposition 3: Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute

California Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative; authorizes $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for water infrastructure, groundwater supplies and storage, surface water storage and dam repairs, watershed and fisheries improvements, and habitat protection and restoration.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 3. Since 2006 there has been $20.478 billion in bonds approved for water infrastructure and according to the State Treasurer in August 2018 there are still $7.1 billion in bonds that haven’t been issued. There have been no notable improvements in that time period with money still available, and there is no reason that the State of California should be saddled with another $8.877 billion in unfunded liabilities. Further, although part of the funds from this bond will go toward groundwater storage and water recycling, about half the money is earmarked for low priority uses like watershed land improvements, fish and wildlife habitat and flood protection.

Proposition 4: Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute

Children’s Hospital Bond Act; authorizes $1.5 billion, to be repaid by the state’s General Funds, for the construction, renovation and equipping of children’s hospitals in California.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 4.

Although the operators of 13 pediatric hospitals in California contend they need infrastructure investment to keep up with the demand for specialized procedures they offer to children with life-threatening conditions, this measure will add another $1.5 billion to the state’s unstainable debt and would add an addition $80 million in interest to be paid over the next 35 years. In addition, although the children’s hospitals and medical facilities that would benefit from this money are non-profit of the combined net income of the 13 hospitals was $276 million with over $4.6 billion in net assets which could easily be used for the necessary improvements.

Proposition 5: People’s Initiative to Protect Proposition 13 Savings- YES

Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

Property Tax Transfer Initiative; allows homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments, with a possible adjustment, from their prior home to their new home, no matter (a) the new home’s market value; (b) the new home’s location in the state; or (c) the buyer’s number of moves.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “Yes” vote on Proposition 5. Proposition 13 was originally passed so that homeowners that bought property at a lower price weren’t suddenly saddled with increased taxes as the property appreciated in value. Since then Proposition 60 was passed in 1986 which allows homeowners 55 and older to move to another property, as their needs change, at that same lower tax rates that Proposition 13 created, so long as the move is to a property of lesser or equal value, was in the same county and was limited to a one time more. Proposition 5 will expand the ability to people 55 or older or severely disabled to be able to take advantage of this benefit regardless of where they move within the state. This means many homeowners will finally be able to access the equity in their homes to purchase a replacement property, and maintain the low tax assessment they have enjoyed previously.

Proposition 6: Voter Approval for Increases in Gas and Car Tax-YES

Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Approved by The Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment

Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative; repeals fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “Yes” vote on Proposition 6.

Proposition 6 would repeal all gas and fuel taxes enacted by the California legislature since January 1, 2017, and would require voter approval for any fuel tax or vehicle fee increases in the future. California needs to learn to spend its money more wisely and if any future tax increases need to be approved by the voters they may find it easier to just tighten their fiscal belt.

Proposition 7: Daylight Savings Time Act-NO POSITION

Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute

Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure; allows the California State Legislature to establish permanent, year-round daylight saving time (DST) in California by a two-thirds vote if federal law is changed to allow for permanent DST.

The Libertarian Party of California voted to take no position on this matter leaving it up to each individual to decide for themselves.

The arguments in favor of approving this initiative are that although permanent Daylight Saving Time would desynchronize California from certain states, it would place it in sync with Arizona. In addition it’s argued that changing the time wastes energy and jeopardizes public health as research has shown an increase in strokes, heart attacks and accidents following the time changes.

The arguments in opposition of this initiative are that it would desynchronize California from certain states and mean that the time differences between different states would vary during the year. They also argue that Californians would wake up in the dark during the winter.

Proposition 8: Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act- NO

Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute

Limits on Dialysis Clinics’ Revenue and Required Refunds Initiative; supports requiring dialysis clinics to issue refunds to patients of patients’ payers for revenue above 115 percent of the costs of direct patient care and healthcare improvements.

The Libertarian Party of California recommend a “No” vote on Proposition 8. While seemingly good intentioned, price controls in Proposition 8 will cause many dialysis facilities to operate at a loss which will likely mean that clinics will close reducing access to dialysis care. In addition, if dialysis firms earn revenues exceeding 115 percent of qualifying costs in any year, it will be required to rebate the excess to private providers, not government programs. The high cost of health care is already due to government interventions and this proposition will ultimately lead to higher costs.

Proposition 10: Affordable Housing Act- NO

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute

Local Rent Control Initiative; Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent-control policies that cities and other local jurisdictions may impose and allows policies that would limit rental rates that residential-property owners may charge new tenants, new construction and single-family homes.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 10. Rent Control deters the development of new rental units and instead incentivizes developers to build condos which are out of reach for most moderate to low income Californians.And although rent control offers savings to current renters, it also reduces landlords’ incentives to maintain their properties. In many areas with strict rent regulations, these restrictions can contribute to neighborhood decline.

Proposition 11: Emergency Ambulance Employee Safety and Preparedness Act- NO

Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute

Ambulance Employees Paid On-Call Breaks, Training, and Mental Health Services Initiative; Allows private ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during breaks, paid at their regular rate.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 11.

EMTs have traditionally been on-call during their breaks because it’s cost prohibitive to have another full ambulance crew come on duty to cover them during a break if an emergency call comes in. But in 2016 the California Supreme Court ruled that the state law intended to protect general workers break periods also applied to EMTs. The private ambulance industry can’t make this work without substantial cost increases which present problems for the emergency response systems. If this initiative had simply corrected the problem caused by the 2016 court ruling, that would have left this up to the free market, however rather than just fixing a problem it also includes requiring private companies to offer more benefits and training which imposes an unjust burden on private employers.

Proposition 12: Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act- no position

Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute.

Farm Animal Confinement Initiative; bans the sale of meat and eggs from calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens confined in areas below a specific number of square feet.

The Libertarian Party of California voted to take no position on this matter leaving it up to each individual to decide for themselves.

The arguments in favor of approving this initiative argue that Proposition 2 which passed in 2008 was written to vaguely and didn’t specify the amount of room an animal requires to lie down and move, and that this vagueness has allowed farmed animal producers to cram animals into cruel spaces. They therefore believe that this proposition will remedy that by giving specific space requirements for certain farmed animals.

The arguments in opposition to this initiative claim that this is yet another poorly written law and only protects certain farmed animals (veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens). The opponents further argue that these regulations will cause many farmers to go out of business, possibly creating a shortage of chickens and eggs and raising prices.

Also, remember that we have several Libertarians on the upcoming ballot, so please be sure to vote for them if you are in their districts. Our endorsed candidates are:

Brandon Nelson, 4th Assembly District (Lake and Napa Counties, and portions of Yolo, Colusa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties) nelson4assembly.com

Justin Quigley, 21st Assembly District (Merced County and portions of Stanislaus County) facebook.com/QuigleyforAssembly

Christopher Stare, 51st Assembly District (Los Angeles County; City Terrace, East Los Angeles and areas east of Downtown LA) chris@votestare.com

Autumn Browne, 69th Assembly District (Orange County; Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange and Santa Ana) autumnbrowne.com/

Honor “Mimi” Robson, 70th Assembly District (Los Angeles County; Long Beach, San Pedro and Catalina Island) honorrobson.com/

And we have many others running in local, non-partisan races. Here are a few, but be sure to check your ballots!

Jeff Hewitt, 5th District Riverside County Supervisor votehewitt.com/

Nickolas Wildstar, 3rd District Fullerton City Council wildstar2018.com

John Ink, Mountain View City Council electinks.com

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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Message from the Chair – 10/4/18

The November General Election is right around the corner and many of you will be receiving your Vote-By-Mail ballots in the next few days. In preparation of the election the Libertarian Party of California discussed the 11 Ballot Initiatives at our last Executive Committee meeting and below is the Party’s recommendations on each of the Propositions:

Proposition 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute

Housing Programs and Veterans’ Loans Bond; authorizes $4 billion of state general obligations bond to fund existing housing programs.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 1.

Although they say this will provide affordable housing with no tax increase, it will cost the state $170 million per year over 35 years in annual interest payments which will need to come from somewhere. We are still paying for the 2006 ballot initiative, Proposition 1C, which said it would build affordable housing, yet housing is no more affordable today than it was 12 years ago. This initiative will be just another bond measure that will add to the state’s increasing and unsustainable, unfunded liabilities.

Proposition 2: No Place like Home Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. Legislative Statute

Use Millionaire’s Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds; authorizes $2 billion in revenue bonds for homelessness prevention housing for persons in need of mental health services.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 2. Although it’s stated that there would be no fiscal impact as $120 million per year would be directed from the 1% millionaire’s tax, the end result would be that the Proposition 63 revenues that had been dedicated to county mental health services would be redirected to debt servicing of this bond. Further, although revenue from the Proposition 63 tax increase can currently pay for this liability, if the economy shifts then it will mean cutting these services and the $120 million a year will need to come out of the general fund.

Proposition 3: Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute

California Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative; authorizes $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for water infrastructure, groundwater supplies and storage, surface water storage and dam repairs, watershed and fisheries improvements, and habitat protection and restoration.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 3. Since 2006 there has been $20.478 billion in bonds approved for water infrastructure and according to the State Treasurer in August 2018 there are still $7.1 billion in bonds that haven’t been issued. There have been no notable improvements in that time period with money still available, and there is no reason that the State of California should be saddled with another $8.877 billion in unfunded liabilities. Further, although part of the funds from this bond will go toward groundwater storage and water recycling, about half the money is earmarked for low priority uses like watershed land improvements, fish and wildlife habitat and flood protection.

Proposition 4: Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018- NO

Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute

Children’s Hospital Bond Act; authorizes $1.5 billion, to be repaid by the state’s General Funds, for the construction, renovation and equipping of children’s hospitals in California.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 4.

Although the operators of 13 pediatric hospitals in California contend they need infrastructure investment to keep up with the demand for specialized procedures they offer to children with life-threatening conditions, this measure will add another $1.5 billion to the state’s unstainable debt and would add an addition $80 million in interest to be paid over the next 35 years. In addition, although the children’s hospitals and medical facilities that would benefit from this money are non-profit of the combined net income of the 13 hospitals was $276 million with over $4.6 billion in net assets which could easily be used for the necessary improvements.

Proposition 5: People’s Initiative to Protect Proposition 13 Savings- YES

Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

Property Tax Transfer Initiative; allows homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments, with a possible adjustment, from their prior home to their new home, no matter (a) the new home’s market value; (b) the new home’s location in the state; or (c) the buyer’s number of moves.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “Yes” vote on Proposition 5. Proposition 13 was originally passed so that homeowners that bought property at a lower price weren’t suddenly saddled with increased taxes as the property appreciated in value. Since then Proposition 60 was passed in 1986 which allows homeowners 55 and older to move to another property, as their needs change, at that same lower tax rates that Proposition 13 created, so long as the move is to a property of lesser or equal value, was in the same county and was limited to a one time more. Proposition 5 will expand the ability to people 55 or older or severely disabled to be able to take advantage of this benefit regardless of where they move within the state. This means many homeowners will finally be able to access the equity in their homes to purchase a replacement property, and maintain the low tax assessment they have enjoyed previously.

Proposition 6: Voter Approval for Increases in Gas and Car Tax-YES

Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Approved by The Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment

Voter Approval for Future Gas and Vehicle Taxes and 2017 Tax Repeal Initiative; repeals fuel tax increases and vehicle fees that were enacted in 2017.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “Yes” vote on Proposition 6.

Proposition 6 would repeal all gas and fuel taxes enacted by the California legislature since January 1, 2017, and would require voter approval for any fuel tax or vehicle fee increases in the future. California needs to learn to spend its money more wisely and if any future tax increases need to be approved by the voters they may find it easier to just tighten their fiscal belt.

Proposition 7: Daylight Savings Time Act-NO POSITION

Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute

Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure; allows the California State Legislature to establish permanent, year-round daylight saving time (DST) in California by a two-thirds vote if federal law is changed to allow for permanent DST.

The Libertarian Party of California voted to take no position on this matter leaving it up to each individual to decide for themselves.

The arguments in favor of approving this initiative are that although permanent Daylight Saving Time would desynchronize California from certain states, it would place it in sync with Arizona. In addition it’s argued that changing the time wastes energy and jeopardizes public health as research has shown an increase in strokes, heart attacks and accidents following the time changes.

The arguments in opposition of this initiative are that it would desynchronize California from certain states and mean that the time differences between different states would vary during the year. They also argue that Californians would wake up in the dark during the winter.

Proposition 8: Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act- NO

Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute

Limits on Dialysis Clinics’ Revenue and Required Refunds Initiative; supports requiring dialysis clinics to issue refunds to patients of patients’ payers for revenue above 115 percent of the costs of direct patient care and healthcare improvements.

The Libertarian Party of California recommend a “No” vote on Proposition 8. While seemingly good intentioned, price controls in Proposition 8 will cause many dialysis facilities to operate at a loss which will likely mean that clinics will close reducing access to dialysis care. In addition, if dialysis firms earn revenues exceeding 115 percent of qualifying costs in any year, it will be required to rebate the excess to private providers, not government programs. The high cost of health care is already due to government interventions and this proposition will ultimately lead to higher costs.

Proposition 10: Affordable Housing Act- NO

Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute

Local Rent Control Initiative; Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent-control policies that cities and other local jurisdictions may impose and allows policies that would limit rental rates that residential-property owners may charge new tenants, new construction and single-family homes.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 10. Rent Control deters the development of new rental units and instead incentivizes developers to build condos which are out of reach for most moderate to low income Californians.And although rent control offers savings to current renters, it also reduces landlords’ incentives to maintain their properties. In many areas with strict rent regulations, these restrictions can contribute to neighborhood decline.

Proposition 11: Emergency Ambulance Employee Safety and Preparedness Act- NO

Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute

Ambulance Employees Paid On-Call Breaks, Training, and Mental Health Services Initiative; Allows private ambulance providers to require workers to remain on-call during breaks, paid at their regular rate.

The Libertarian Party of California recommends a “No” vote on Proposition 11.

EMTs have traditionally been on-call during their breaks because it’s cost prohibitive to have another full ambulance crew come on duty to cover them during a break if an emergency call comes in. But in 2016 the California Supreme Court ruled that the state law intended to protect general workers break periods also applied to EMTs. The private ambulance industry can’t make this work without substantial cost increases which present problems for the emergency response systems. If this initiative had simply corrected the problem caused by the 2016 court ruling, that would have left this up to the free market, however rather than just fixing a problem it also includes requiring private companies to offer more benefits and training which imposes an unjust burden on private employers.

Proposition 12: Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act- no position

Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute.

Farm Animal Confinement Initiative; bans the sale of meat and eggs from calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens confined in areas below a specific number of square feet.

The Libertarian Party of California voted to take no position on this matter leaving it up to each individual to decide for themselves.

The arguments in favor of approving this initiative argue that Proposition 2 which passed in 2008 was written to vaguely and didn’t specify the amount of room an animal requires to lie down and move, and that this vagueness has allowed farmed animal producers to cram animals into cruel spaces. They therefore believe that this proposition will remedy that by giving specific space requirements for certain farmed animals.

The arguments in opposition to this initiative claim that this is yet another poorly written law and only protects certain farmed animals (veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens). The opponents further argue that these regulations will cause many farmers to go out of business, possibly creating a shortage of chickens and eggs and raising prices.

Also, remember that we have several Libertarians on the upcoming ballot, so please be sure to vote for them if you are in their districts. Our endorsed candidates are:

Brandon Nelson, 4th Assembly District (Lake and Napa Counties, and portions of Yolo, Colusa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties) nelson4assembly.com

Justin Quigley, 21st Assembly District (Merced County and portions of Stanislaus County) facebook.com/QuigleyforAssembly

Christopher Stare, 51st Assembly District (Los Angeles County; City Terrace, East Los Angeles and areas east of Downtown LA) chris@votestare.com

Autumn Browne, 69th Assembly District (Orange County; Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange and Santa Ana) autumnbrowne.com/

Honor “Mimi” Robson, 70th Assembly District (Los Angeles County; Long Beach, San Pedro and Catalina Island) honorrobson.com/

And we have many others running in local, non-partisan races. Here are a few, but be sure to check your ballots!

Jeff Hewitt, 5th District Riverside County Supervisor votehewitt.com/

Nickolas Wildstar, 3rd District Fullerton City Council wildstar2018.com

John Ink, Mountain View City Council electinks.com

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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Nick Taber on “The Worst Totalitarian Since Mao”

This summer, a UN panel received reports of a human rights crisis unfolding in China’s far western Xinjiang province. The information showed that as many as two million people had been subjected to an intense political indoctrination and reeducation program. The backlash has largely focused on the ethno-religious nature of this crisis. Pakistan, China’s closest and most economically dependent ally, has asked China to ease restrictions on Muslims, and Uighurs (the ethnic minority group targeted) living in America are beginning to condemn China’s human rights abuses.

But over-interpreting the religious aspect of the crackdown distracts from the true nature of repression in China. The crisis in Xinjiang should be interpreted more as an assault on basic freedoms and the expansion of a totalitarian tyranny than an expression of ethnic superiority. To be sure, this is nothing less than a cultural genocide. But as far as we know, the Chinese government is not Sinicizing this group simply because they are Muslim or ethnically Turkic. It is doing so because they are a perceived threat to the power of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Intense repression has been rapidly growing throughout the country, cementing the power of the CCP in all corners of society. Indeed, the human rights abuses in Xinjiang are strikingly similar to what’s been happening elsewhere in China since Xi assumed office. Human rights reports of Xinjiang describe mass political indoctrination, the creation of a digital police state, arbitrary detention, and pervasive controls over daily life. Let’s look at each of those components individually.

Indoctrination: Mass political indoctrination is the central purpose of the reeducation camps established in Xinjiang. Elsewhere in the country, however, the Chinese government has instituted a wide variety of indoctrination programs, with the explicit goal of expanding the CCP’s control over people’s minds. This includes overhauling all of China’s major educational institutions, increasing the ideological content of all media, and controlling the spread of foreign ideas and influences within the country.

During a speech given at a Beijing kindergarten in 2015, President Xi Jinping outlined his vision of party control over education, saying, “Children should memorize the core socialist values by heart, have them melt in their hearts, and carve them into their brains.” The CCP plans to overhaul the nation’s university system to turn it into an ideological education machine. Students will undergo a hefty political indoctrination program all the way through university. Chinese professors will be forced to teach CCP propaganda. According to recent government plans, university faculty will be judged foremost by their “ideological and political performance.”

And while indoctrination and reeducation programs outside of Xinjiang do not have the same force and severity as those within the province, they are nonetheless very invasive, and are a core component of the country’s move towards totalitarianism.

Full commentary by Nick Taber @ The American Conservative https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-worst-totalitarian-since-mao/

Message from the Chair – 9/29/18

The 2019 Convention planning is well underway and is shaping up to be another great gathering.The 2019 Convention will be April 5-7 and held at the Concord Crowne Plaza; 45 John Glen Drive, Concord, CA 94520.

AND this year we want YOU to pick the theme for the event! This is your opportunity to set the tone for the convention by helping us bring the speakers and events that you really want to be a part of.

The Themes so far are:

  • Let Freedom Ring!
  • Give Peace and Prosperity a Chance!
  • The Last Straw!
  • Harambe
  • Ancapistan
  • For the love of God, less taxes!
  • A Path to Liberty!
  • Libertarian is the Future!
  • NAP Time!
  • End the Liberty Drought!

Voting will be ending soon! The last day to vote or add your own theme is Wednesday, October 3rd, and you can vote as many times as you wish for only $10 per vote. Just go to https://ca.lp.org/convention/ to make your voice heard.

And while you’re there, be sure to take advantage of our special Early Bird Pricing which will only be available until the end of October. April is still a few months away, but you’ll be glad you signed up now, since those who wait will be charged more.  The convention should be the gala event of the season, where you can hear interesting speakers, meet with fellow Libertarians, help conduct party business as a convention delegate, and enjoy special activities based on the theme you helped decide on!

This will be an event you don’t want to miss, so why not save money in the process? I look forward to seeing you all there!

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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Message from the Chair – 9/29/18

The 2019 Convention planning is well underway and is shaping up to be another great gathering.The 2019 Convention will be April 5-7 and held at the Concord Crowne Plaza; 45 John Glen Drive, Concord, CA 94520.

AND this year we want YOU to pick the theme for the event! This is your opportunity to set the tone for the convention by helping us bring the speakers and events that you really want to be a part of.

The Themes so far are:

  • Let Freedom Ring!
  • Give Peace and Prosperity a Chance!
  • The Last Straw!
  • Harambe
  • Ancapistan
  • For the love of God, less taxes!
  • A Path to Liberty!
  • Libertarian is the Future!
  • NAP Time!
  • End the Liberty Drought!

Voting will be ending soon! The last day to vote or add your own theme is Wednesday, October 3rd, and you can vote as many times as you wish for only $10 per vote. Just go to https://ca.lp.org/convention/ to make your voice heard.

And while you’re there, be sure to take advantage of our special Early Bird Pricing which will only be available until the end of October. April is still a few months away, but you’ll be glad you signed up now, since those who wait will be charged more.  The convention should be the gala event of the season, where you can hear interesting speakers, meet with fellow Libertarians, help conduct party business as a convention delegate, and enjoy special activities based on the theme you helped decide on!

This will be an event you don’t want to miss, so why not save money in the process? I look forward to seeing you all there!

Yours in Liberty,

Mimi Robson

Chair, Libertarian Party of California

chair@ca.lp.org

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