Del Norte County Democrats stand by Calif. state workers
The Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee voted unanimously at our May meeting to contact Senator LaMalfa about the recent vote in the state Senate regarding the contract for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. We noted that Mr. LaMalfa voted NO for SB 151 that included the Memoranda of Understanding for CCPOA.
Democratic Central Committee members have family and friends that work at Pelican Bay State Prison. We know firsthand what law enforcement at PBSP faces each day. Our family members and friends, who are civilian staff, return home each day unharmed due to the professional conduct of law enforcement. We know that CCPOA has been without a contract since it expired in 2006, and they deserve to have an elected representative stand with them. We are disappointed that Mr. LaMalfa, as their elected representative, did not stand with them when they needed his support. Only 2 republicans voted with the Democratic senators on May 2. I will quote the CCPOA spokesman JeVaugh Baker: "we wanted to do our fair share to help the state through a serious budget crisis while protecting the rights of our members in a tough economy. We believe our contract reflects this."
Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee stands with our state
workers. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and they
deserve a representative that will support the difficult jobs that they
face each day. It's thanks for nothing when it comes down to Mr.
LaMalfa's voting record!
Chair, Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee
If fluoride is so great why dosen't seem to be working?
When is it okay to drink toxic industrial waste? When it's called fluoride.
Remember when a grassroots organization got Measure A on November's
ballot, and when all the doctors, dentists, First 5, school board and
all the elected officials (with the exception of Councilwoman Donna
Westfall) told you fluoride is safe.
Then in February of this year the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services reported that 41 percent of our teenagers nationally have
fluorosis. Del Norte County has over 70 percent of our children with
cavities. If fluoride is so great, and in our water for the past 40
years, maybe someone can tell me why drinking fluoride doesn't seem to
be working. Because it's a scam and one of the biggest frauds of the
20th and 21st centuries.
I just want to make one point and that's about safety as it relates
to fake science. Before the election the public was treated to mailers
touting "none of the adverse affects described by proponents of Measure A
have come true." Wrong! Not only that, it's unsubstantiated rhetoric.
These people ought to be sued for breach of fiduciary duty because
if they weren't so lazy and had done their own research, they would have
discovered that people with kidney disease, diabetes and infants to age
1 cannot drink the toxic industrial waste called fluoride put into our
Are people in this county so gullible that they are willing to put
their life on the line because some agency that's going to profit says
It's a waste of time for firefighters to try to rescue a cat from a tree
While I sympathize with the woman who lost her cat for a short time
in a tree recently, I would like to state that it is really quite
unnecessary to waste the time of local firefighters with requests to
rescue a cat from a tree. Their time is needed for responding to real
If a cat climbed up the tree, he can climb down. A friend and
former big city fire chief would ask persons who requested this service
to recall when the last time they had seen a dead cat in a tree.
Just something to keep in mind before you divert needed emergency services.
There's a lot of things to do with local sewage besides disposing it
A little thought about our perfume factory.
About 40 years ago while I was attending SDSU, I took a Public
Health Microbiology class in my pursuit of a biology degree. One field
trip took us to the waste treatment plant on Point Loma. All the sewage
from San Diego was treated there, the methane burned off, liquids pumped
far into the ocean, and the sludge was transported to desert islands.
The sludge transformed a marsh into an Aquatic Park called Mission Bay
where Sea World, the Hyatt Regency, Bahia and the Hilton and other
hotels exist today.
When I was younger and my father was the civil engineer of Delano, a
worker brought in some beautiful tomatoes from the Sewer Farm. Tomato
seeds are not digested, so they will pass through and grow out of the
treated sludge. Although it is perfectly safe to eat such tomatoes, it
might seem a bit bizarre to some people. However, sludge is safer than
In a world needing to recycle, I would hope the people working the
sewerage of Crescent City would know enough from Sewage 101 to not pay
"Good Old Boys" to dispose of something they could sell or, at the
least, give away.
Sen. LaMalfa is sticking to his promise by not allowing new taxes
I read with great interest William Gilbert's Coastal Voices opinion
("Suggestions for LaMalfa on budget," May 12) on an open letter he sent
to Sen. Doug LaMalfa.
Mr. Gilbert's criticism of Senator LaMalfa as "undemocratic" and
violating his oath in office is extreme and I consider it unwarranted.
Senator LaMalfa was fairly elected by the voters in this
senatorial district, and his adherence to holding his position on
refusing to allow new taxes (and by that I include extensions of already
outrageously high taxes on vehicle registration, sales and income
taxes) is highly respectable and in concert with his campaign promise
not to raise taxes. Sen. LaMalfa is certainly not in violation of his
oath of office. I applaud Sen. LaMalfa for sticking to his promise.
No one wants to see teachers lose their jobs, certainly not me. But
one cannot ignore the blatant truth that California is arguably the
most highly taxed state in the country. Sixty-seven percent of the state
budget lies in just three areas: health, education, and welfare.
Continuing to maintain these high taxes, I believe, will hold back the
state's economic recovery.
California's fiscal problems are not rooted in a runaway CalTrans
Department or a so-called poorly-managed Department of Corrections.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Mr. Gilbert's reference to real estate partnership loopholes is
also incorrect. I know of no one making a financial gain selling real
estate in 2011. You might want to ask your local Del Norte County
Realtor if there are homeowners out there who have any equity remaining
in their property to take advantage of these so-called loopholes.
The real villains here are those who fraudulently receive freebies and benefits and California, which gladly provides them.
Look at the impact of illegal immigration in California. According
to the respected think tank Californians for Population Stabilization,
the cost of illegal immigration is estimated to be about $14 billion
annually in California. Los Angeles County disperses $1.6 billion
annually to the children of those who have illegally entered the United
We elect our officials not to second guess their every decision. If
you don't like Sen. LaMalfa, I suggest supporting the candidate who
opposes him in the next election.