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GOP hopefuls would update tactics, not message

■ Thomas D. Elias / Contributed California Republicans have been predictably disconsolate since their election debacle of last fall, when Democrats swept them from every contested California seat in Congress and won complete control of state government for at least the next two years. The GOP gets its first chance to do something about that in its late February state convention in Sacramento, where the main order of business will be to replace the party’s current state chair, the affable former state Sen. Jim Brulte. A hotly contested race for this potentially significant slot features one moderate and two ultra-conservatives, all advocating change for their party. But none appears willing to (more…)
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Happy New Laws!

<strong>Happy New Laws!</strong>
Hemet and California ring in New Year with new legislation Chronicle StaffThe Denny’s located at 1290 North State Street in San Jacinto is adjusting to Assembly Bill 1884 that bans voluntarily providing straws. ■ By Jason Miller / Contributed With the start of the new year comes new state laws and a new city ordinance. In the city of Hemet, Measure Z has just gone into effect. The measure is a marijuana business prohibition and tax referral which was approved by voters in last years Nov. 6 midterm election. Measure Z imposes a general tax on all cannabis businesses operating within the City of Hemet while establishing the following tax rates: (more…)
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Federal government orders California to clean voter rolls

■ By Jason Miller / Contributed On Friday, Jan. 4, the state of California settled a lawsuit with the Election Integrity Project. In the lawsuit, which was filed in August of 2017 with EIPCa as a primary plaintiff, they (EIPCA) alleged that the defendants (State of California) were not following the requirements of Section 8 of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA requires states to reasonably maintain state and county voter registration rolls. According to EIPCa, “since the Clinton administration, the U.S. Department of Justice has given California a pass on following the NVRA voter roll maintenance mandate.” The result was that California has not been held accountable (more…)
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Pension funds, meet the “Super Bubble”

<strong>Pension funds, meet the “Super Bubble”</strong>
Photo by California Policy Center / Depicted on the chart is the performance of the Dow Jones Index from 1995, when the markets began first showing signs of “irrational exuberance,” to the extremely exuberant present day. ■ Edward Ring, California Policy Center / Contributed Earlier this month, outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown predicted “fiscal oblivion” if California’s state and local agencies are not granted more flexibility to modify pension benefits. As if to help Governor Brown make his point, U.S. stock indexes took an obliging plunge. The Dow Jones average cratered in December, dropping nearly 16 percent in three weeks, from 25,826 on Dec. 3 to a low of 21,792 on (more…)
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Candidate Joel Lopez puts the homeless to work

<strong>Candidate  Joel Lopez  puts the homeless to work</strong>
Photos by Joel LopezCrews comprised of the city’s homeless help clean up San Jacinto. Frustrated by street trash, the SJ City Council candidate takes action ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published: Oct. 4, 2018 While most people just complain about trash along the street or in vacant lots and bemoan the fact there are so many homeless people wandering around not working, San Jacinto City Council candidate Joel Lopez is doing something about it. Last week Lopez put the need to clean up trash around San Jacinto together with the need for homeless people to do something constructive with their time. He hired a squad (more…)
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Candidate Krupa says Hemet may be ready for pot

<strong>Candidate Krupa says Hemet may be ready for pot</strong>
Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleKrupa and school board candidate Rob Davis exchange pleasantries during a meet-the-candidates evening at the Hemet Elks Lodge. Citizens to decide if medicinal marijuana shops make sense ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published: Sept. 27, 2018 The times they are a changin’. That line from the 1964 Bob Dylan song of the same name could have been playing in the background of the Elks Lodge Monday night when Hemet City Councilwoman Linda Krupa addressed the Hemet San Jacinto Valley RWF (Republican Women’s Club Federated ) as part of a quartet of speakers to address the conservative group on (more…)
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Did California save Ted Cruz?

■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed Chuck DeVore is just one of thousands of former Californians who have moved to Texas. But DeVore is unique. Not only did he serve in the California Assembly, but he remains heavily engaged in policy issues as Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a free market think tank based in Austin. DeVore is a frequent guest on national television shows to speak on economic issues, including how progressive policies suppress economic growth. Moreover, he has firsthand experience with the movement of people and money between the two economic titans, California and Texas. The migration of businesses from California to Texas (more…)
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Feinstein’s race reveals a major ‘top-two’ problem

■ By Thomas D. Elias / Contributed Ever since the 2010 passage of Proposition 14, Libertarians and members of other small but sometimes significant California political parties have griped about the lack of choices presented to voters in the state’s biennial November general elections. Advocates of the “Top Two” primary election system set up by that eight-year-old initiative respond that it actually does provide runoff election choices, even if they’re often between different wings of the same political party. Voters had just such a choice this fall in the contest between longtime incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and former state Senate President Kevin de Leon. Feinstein represented moderate Democrats, de (more…)
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Voters enjoy 30 years of a gift to themselves

■ By Thomas D. Elias / Contributed As this winter’s gift-giving season proceeds, California voters might want to pause a moment and pat themselves on the back for a gift that has lasted 30 years: Proposition 103. If there ever was a ballot measure proving the effectiveness of direct democracy, making policy by letting the public vote on important policy choices, this is it. Voters who participated back in 1988 might also want to congratulate themselves on resisting the blandishments of a massive advertising campaign that sought to squash this initiative, whose backers were outspent by margins of more than 10-1. Fully $63 million was spent against Proposition 103 – that’s (more…)
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Decision on “California rule” will impact who rules California

■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed On its surface, the case heard last Wednesday by the California Supreme Court in CalFire Local 2881 vs. CalPERS doesn’t seem that important. At issue is the so-called “California Rule,” an obscure legal doctrine relating to public employee pensions. But for California’s beleaguered taxpayers, the case is one of extraordinary importance because its outcome will determine the extent to which the local governments will look to taxpayers to shore up failing pension plans even more than they already do. Labor interests have argued that under the “California Rule,” no pension benefit provided to public employees by statute can ever be withdrawn without replacement with some (more…)