- Posted June 17, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- Makia Smith you definitely have more sense than many Black elected officials, black lawyers, multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus, many Black police officers, and misguided Black nationalists!
- It would not be surprising in the least to find that 2nd District LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas is remaining silent because the criminal and unethical administrators/employees of Teen Happy Homes are his friends!
- There is not a Constitutional protection more important to the essence of what it means to be a U.S. citizen, than the opportunity to lawfully make a living, to have access to competent representation in a lawyer, an elected official!
- The LA Times article doesn’t disclose that past and present Black elected officials disgrace the office, and bend over backwards to serve personal friends and/or illegal aliens at the expense of the rights of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants!
- Good for You Michael Dell. As an Inner-City resident and property Owner, I’m 100% in favor of Keeping Proposition 13 Intact to Keep Greedy Government Bureaucrats from Taking Advantage of Taxpayers and Property Owners!
With Good Reason I'm One of Many Voters Who Will be Voting Against Governor Jerry Brown's November 2012, Tax Initiative!
"The purpose of government - securing rights - points to the inherent limits placed on a just government. That is, if the purpose of government is to protect rights, then government must be limited to those things necessary for the protection of rights. If the government itself becomes too large and powerful, it becomes a threat to the rights and liberties of the people, the very things government is supposed to protect"
With good reason, as a long standing law abiding taxpaying citizen, I'm against Governor Brown's tax increase initiative because government at the Federal, State, County and City jurisdictions, is not instituted for the protection of all its' law abiding U.S. citizens and legal immigrants in the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, the State of California, and the United States of America.
I resent and vehemently protest being forced to pay Federal, State, County Property taxes, and other taxes to a government that does not work for me, because this is "Taxation Without Competent Representation", this being truly un-American and destructive.
I have a “clean record and no criminal history”. I resent being punished, unearned punishment that is truly un-American, and in violation of the U.S. and California Constitutions. With good reason, I have contempt for all government institutions and elected officials who trash or ignore valid petitions for redress, to whom I’m forced to finance via taxation and/or who have contempt for the very individuals, specifically Michael L. Lofton, and other law abiding citizens, who pay taxes.
As for any support to raise taxes to reduce a City, County, State and/or Federal deficit, count me out, because for decades now, I don’t receive nor do I have access to basic Constitutional protections, or benefit, for the taxes I have paid, or currently pay.
This is documented by long standing but unresolved Los Angeles Superior Court Cases 895188, BC 385899, the Demurrer to LA Superior Court Case 10K18049, “Theft by Court” pertaining to egregious violation of the lawful rights of Mr. Carl Steadman and/or other court documented evidence.
With good reason, I intend to vote against, demand the impeachment, recall and/or firing of President Barack Obama, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, other members of the dysfunctional Congressional Black Clueless...AKA...the Congressional Black Caucus, 2nd District LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, 8th District Councilman Bernard Parks, 10th District City Councilman Herb Wesson, other inept incumbents affiliated with the Democratic Party, inept Deputy Court Clerk Delores Odom Stocks, who signed a default court judgment without authority at my expense, and/or other disgraceful individuals who have contempt for me, contempt for the U.S. Constitution and who have negated his or her first responsibility to honor the oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution, the 14th Amendment, “Equal Justice and Protection Under the Law” in behalf of law abiding U.S. born descendants of slaves, such as my parents, Mr. Carl Steadman, Mr. John Thompson, and I, or many other law abiding individuals, egregiously violated by truly serious wrongs of government.
It’s not too late for any of these individuals to redeem his or her character, or to truly make a constructive U.S. history first, to be removed from the “disgrace of the essence of what it means to be an elected official list”, the primary requirement of redemption is to uphold the “Principles to which this Nation Stands” to competently represent U.S. born descendants of slaves.
Michael L. Lofton
Gov. Brown demands legislators make deeper budget cuts, The governor calls the Democratic proposal presented in the Senate and Assembly fiscally irresponsible. He seeks more cuts in welfare spending.
by Anthony York, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2012
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown demanded Tuesday that lawmakers cut deeper into state spending, and welfare in particular, before they move a budget to his desk.
As majority Democrats presented their spending plans in both the Assembly and Senate, the governor released a statement declaring, "We're not there yet, " and said the proposal being pushed through the Legislature is fiscally irresponsible.
"The Legislature has agreed to some tough cuts, but the budget before the committees today is not structurally balanced and puts us into a hole in succeeding years," Brown's statement said. "We need additional structural reforms to cut spending on an ongoing basis, including welfare reform that's built on President Clinton's framework and focused on getting people back to work."
Lawmakers have a June 15 constitutional deadline to pass a budget. Under a law approved by voters in 2010, legislators' pay will be docked for every day after that until a budget is passed.
Legislative leaders and the governor are also eager to show voters they can get their work done on time and responsibly in a year when they will be hitting up California voters for billions of dollars in tax increases on the November ballot.
The major difference between the two sides remains Brown's proposal to cut welfare benefits by $880 million. Democrats in the Legislature have balked at the governor's call to reinstitute and tighten work requirements for some welfare recipients with young children, which were suspended two years ago in a cost-saving move.
They also bristle at Brown's call to reduce some monthly welfare checks by as much as 27% for a single parent with two children.
Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) called Brown's focus on welfare "a surprising and odd choice of an issue to stake your ground on," and said the governor's proposed changes would devastate some of the state's neediest.
"Reform that encourages people to go back to work is great," he said. "But reform that hurts middle-class and poor people living on the edge is not what we should be doing."
Republicans, meanwhile, are siding with the governor.
"He's wanting to change the culture from just welfare to more of a culture of work," said Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) of Brown. "I just don't understand Democrats for not supporting the governor on this one."
Steinberg reiterated Democratic lawmakers' pledge to pass a budget by week's end, whether or not they reach a deal with Brown. He said the state's books could be balanced without the welfare reductions.
"Over the last few years, cuts have been a necessity," he said. "They are not a virtue."
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times
May 19, 2012
Because of a $16-billion budget deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing $544 million in cuts to California's court system, which has already lost more than $600 million in funding over the last four years. This round of cuts will mean the judicial branch has had its budget cut by nearly 30% over the last five years, far more than any other branch of government. Trial courts will be asked to absorb the cuts by tapping into reserves and suspending construction projects. Layoffs and furloughs, reduced courthouse hours and outright closures of courts are inevitable.
Reducing court access will interfere with Californians' ability to seek timely justice in important matters such as home foreclosures, child-custody cases and divorces. For those who cannot afford a lawyer, navigating the court system is about to get harder. Programs designed to help them — such as self-help centers, translation services and court reporting services — will be first on the chopping block.
The 38 courthouse construction projects likely to be suspended are badly needed for public safety reasons. In many of the counties where these projects are taking place, the existing courthouses have no facilities to separate prisoners from the public and court staff. In some counties, temporary facilities such as trailers are being used.
The judiciary is one of three branches of our government, constitutionally equal to the executive and legislative branches. People should never have to jump over budgetary hurdles for access to justice.
Wm. T. "Bill" Robinson III, Erlanger, Ky.
Jon B. Streeter, San Francisco
Robinson is president of the American Bar Assn.; Streeter, president of the State Bar of California.
The Times' editorial on the deep cuts the state faces managed to ignore the elephant in the room. There is not a word about generous pension benefits for public employees. The state has more than half a trillion dollars in unfunded pension liabilities.
This $500 billion is more than the annual budgets of many countries. Despite some talk by the governor about doing something about this, nothing at all has been done. The legislators are hiding under their chairs. This is a travesty, and instead of dealing with this, the state wants more taxes even though Californians already have a high tax burden.
Even though I voted for Brown, he will not get my vote for more taxes.
It's wrong to press on with the bullet train while making cuts that jeopardize the lives of the poorest and most helpless. I heard a rumor that, when the governor was asked how these people are to find food, healthcare and shelter, he said, "Let them ride trains."
For years our lawmakers passed balanced budgets and patted themselves on the back for such a wonderful job. In fact, they had moved money around, borrowed wherever they could and just kicked the can down the fiscal road.
I voted for my state representatives to look out for the best interests of their constituents. But what I got was a group of lawmakers worried more about reelection than their fiduciary responsibilities.
Now, here we are $16 billion in the hole. It appears that our legislators served everybody but their constituents, and now we will pay the price.
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times