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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Libertarian Supervisor Skeptical of Carbon Emissions Lawsuit

Libertarian Tom Tryon is serving his seventh consecutive term on the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors since first being elected in 1984. From an Jan. 28 article by Walt Cook in the Calaveras Union Democrat:

An environmental group filed lawsuits Wednesday against the California Department of Forestry that contend the agency failed to properly analyze carbon emissions stemming from 15 logging plans proposed by Sierra Pacific Industries. State law requires industries to analyze any projects that could add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and, thus, potentially contribute to climate change.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Libertarian Councilman Links MJ Dispensary To Community Concerns

The Mountain View City Council includes Libertarian Party member John Inks and economist Tom Means, a fellow at the libertarian Independent Institute. From a Jan. 27 article by Daniel DeBolt in the Mountain View Voice:

In 2005, Mountain View native Jonathan Lustig came to the City Council with a seemingly radical proposal: Let him open a medical marijuana dispensary somewhere in the city. With that the issue seemed to die, but recent shifts in policy at the federal and state level have led to a resurgence in requests to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Mountain View. So many requests are coming in, in fact, that the city manager is putting the topic of regulating such operations on the council's to-do list this spring.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Michael Seebeck Running For LPCA Rep To LNC

After a lot of consulting, consideration, and discussion with both family and colleagues within the Party, I am announcing my candidacy for LNC Regional Representative for Region 2, serving California.

These past two years have seen the LNC in turmoil and the LPCA in growth, and the next 3 years are OUR time. It is time to restore strong and principled leadership to the LNC and to continue that growth in California. As the largest state affiliate and the only single-state region, California’s role on the LNC is unique. We’ve seen their turmoil and its impacts on our state, and it is past time to end it and move forward with doing the jobs we have pledged our time, our money, our sweat, our tears, and even our blood—using the political process to advocate, create, and move towards a libertarian society. Great progress has been made, but it is time to build on that and grow nationally, and to continue our growth in California. THIS IS OUR TIME! We need to make the most of it. Voters are angry, and we MUST tap into that for our success, at all levels.

What do I bring to the LNC?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Nearly 100 LPCA Candidates Seeking Signatures For 2010 Ballot Access

Infromation below is from Ted Brown, LPCA Candidate Recruitment Chair.  Even though the LPCA is ballot-qualified, the government charges our candidates as much as $1,500 to get on the ballot.  That cost is reduced by around $10 for every registered Libertarian who signs a petition for an LP candidate seeking to represent them. Please join the Signature Circle to put LP candidates on your ballot.

Libertarians have declared their candidacies for each of the statewide offices that will be voted upon in the 2010 election. The announced candidates are:

For Governor - Dale F. Ogden of San Pedro; insurance consultant and actuary
For Lt. Governor - Pamela Brown of Northridge; Ph. D. professor of economics
For Secretary of State - Christina Tobin of Mill Valley; open elections activist
For Attorney General - Timothy Hannan of Santa Rosa; attorney at law, private practice
For Controller - Andrew Favor of Laguna Niguel; certified public accountant
For Treasurer - Edward Teyssier of San Diego; business owner and attorney
For Insurance Commissioner - Richard Bronstein of Encino; life/health insurance agent

For U. S. Senator - Gail Lightfoot of Arroyo Grande; retired nurse and veteran candidate

We have a total of almost 100 candidates who have signed up around the state. This includes all the statewide offices, 37 of the 53 congressional races, 10 of the 20 state senate races, and 39 of the 80 state assembly races. Many have run before, but many more have signed up for the first time. We had a lot of volunteers who contacted the party’s office this year, likely due to anger over current governmental policies — at both the federal and state level. Hopefully all of our candidates will succeed in qualifying for the ballot, since they need to go out and collect signatures from registered Libertarians to do so.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Watch Steven Greenhut Discuss Plunder! on CSPAN

Steven Greenhut of the Pacific Research Institute joined the Libertarian Party of California in 2008. This is C-SPAN's description of their Jan. 3 broadcast of his Dec. 10 book-signing in Orange, CA:

Steven Greenhut talked about his book Plunder!: How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation (The Forum Press; November 23, 2009). He took a critical look at government workers and the unions that represent them. Mr. Greenhut argued that government employees, who receive salaries, benefits, and a level of job security that far outpace workers in the private sector, have become a huge drain on state and federal coffers. He responded to questions from members of the audience.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

LPUS Lists 20 Elected California Libertarians

The LPUS has updated its list of Libertarians in elected office.  It includes the following 20 Californians. Four of them have pro-rated budget authority of at least $5 million.

Tom Tryon - Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, District 4, California - $37M
John Inks - Mountain View City Council, California - $24M
Norm Westwell - Ocean View School District Board, California - $15M
Jack Hickey - Sequoia Healthcare District Board, California - $5M
Frank Manske - Mount Diablo Healthcare District Board, California
Timothy Healey - Fair Oaks Water District Board, District 1, California
Jim Gardner - San Gorgonio Memorial Health Care District Board, California
Brian Holtz - Purissima Hills Water District Board, California
James Guadagni - Liberty Elementary School Governing Board, California
Jim Hill - Oceano Community Services District Board, California
Jonathan D Hall - Tehachapi Cummings Water District Board, California
Julie Dawson - Manton Joint Union School District Board, California
Kate O'Brien - Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board, California
Laurel Kieny - Esparto Community Services District Board, California
Linda Strom - Lakeside Community Planning District, California
Phillip Binley - Bolinas Fire Protection District Board, California
Phillip Leavitt - Carlotta Community Services District Board, California
Robert Dickson - Timber Cove Fire Protection District Board, California
Rodger Musso - Black Oak Mine Unified School District Governing Board, Seat 2, California
Vern Dahl - Oceano Community Services District Board, California