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California Coastal Commission - Why Funding Swap Makes Sense

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) wants to be compensated by California’s state agencies for legal services. It is a reasonable request - considering that last year, the DOJ lost $30 million of its budget and had to cut 130 attorneys from its staff.

As a way to manage their caseload and still provide legal services for state agencies, the DOJ is proposing to have the state re-allocate funds usually provided to the DOJ, to the general fund agencies, and in turn, have the agencies pay the DOJ for legal services provided.

The DOJ annual General Fund has sometimes not been sufficient to accommodate all of the legal services requested by the various agencies, which then outsource private counsel at up to double the cost than if they had been represented by DOJ.

The Governor’s budget overview projected a shortfall for the 2010-11 fiscal year of $6.9 billion, this deficit has grown by $13 billion in the budget, with the largest chunk - $4.9 billion - the result of Federal and State Court Litigation!

Opponents of the funding swap, including Peter Douglas, executive director of the California Coastal Commission, have complained that it would be “the greatest threat to the integrity of the Coastal Act since it was passed.”

This is simply untrue.

SINS OF COMMISSION documents the California Coastal Commission’s long history of overstepping the authority provided it under the California Coastal Act. Stopping the commission’s free ride on legal expenses would required it to prioritize its focus and keep it from capricious costly litigation.

The funding swap may reduce the Commission’s dictatorial pattern of obstructionist rulings, which are in clear violation of the Coastal Act and the Constitution, as when it picks unnecessary fights with families, farmers and ranchers at the expense of broader planning.

This important tax-saving, fair-minded proposal is long overdue.

If you would like to express your support for the legal funding swap please contact:

http://www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/subcommitteeframe.asp?subcommittee=125

http://www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/newcomframeset.asp?committee=18

http://www.sen.ca.gov/ftp/sen/committee/sub/BFR_4_AGENCIES/_home1/PROFILE.HTM

http://www.sen.ca.gov/ftp/sen/committee/sub/BFR_2_JUSTICE/_home1/PROFILE.HTM

Speaking of funding…

SINS OF COMMISSION is a fiscally sponsored film through the International Documentary Association, a 501 c3 non profit organization. This means you can support SINS OF COMMISSION the movie,  freedom of speech, documentary film making, the International Documentary Association, and receive a tax deduction at the same time.

MEMO TO: Sara Wan RE: The Coast is Under Attack

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Sara, read your open letter on CALITICS website, and I’d like to share a few thoughts.

Aren’t you being a bit over dramatic, crying wolf, telling everyone that the coast is under attack? Unless of course, you’re saying The Crab Monsters are at it again… and that’s some serious Mojo.

On the contrary, Ms. Wan, coastal people say that you, the California Coastal Commission, are the attackers.

People living along the coast of California welcome this new legislation, and consider it is very good news for ALL the people of California especially if pending legislation in the Public Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ)  requires the Coastal Commission to pay for all legal services previously supplied by the Attorney General (and swept under the rug - so to speak). The People of California need to know how much your commission really spends..

This is something that should have been done long ago - but now is a good time to start.

The California families you sue, that defend themselves in court against the California Coastal Commission, pay their own legal bills.

Maybe now is a good time for the CCC to return to doing what you were supposed to do when the voters passed proposition 20, e.g., protect the coast, that area from the mean high tide land to 1,000 yards in land. By the way you do such good work on the Navy Sonar marine mammal issues and overwhelming plastic debris…why not just stick the coast of California, as it was defined before you and the California Coastal Commission skewered the definition of “coast” to allow you to blitz-krieg  inland?

This new budget proposal would force you to stay away from people’s homes, and private property…and stay the heck out of their lives.

This would also mean the California Coastal Commission would be have to think real hard before it capriciously attacked picnic tables, rogue rose bushes, eucalyptus trees, horses,  sheep, goats, showers, house colors, trespass on private property, spy on folks, extort people’s land out from under them in exchange for a building permit or any other stuff like that.

This may be also a good time to send Mr. Cease-and-Desist Douglas packing especially since he’s so darn sue-happy.  You commissars have done enough to wreck life, liberty and the California economy. Maybe this may be why so many Californians are angry.

You also say that, ” the commission may be unable to initiate lawsuits to protect public access or other coastal resources.” This is a load of rubbish. I’m sure you will still have an appropriate budget to be spent wisely… like on the beach -however this also means you have to close your department of silly lawsuits. In case you elitist imperialists haven’t noticed… times are tough for We the people.

You say, “Jerry Brown’s (the Attorney General) budget people support this bad idea.” Could that mean Jerry B does too? And perhaps what you’re calling a bad idea is actually a real good idea…and an idea that is  way overdue.

You say, “this also effectively means that the Commission would be unable to deny any applicant or to impose any conditions on any proposal that the applicant opposes, based on whether the Commission could afford the cost of litigation.”  Yes, that is what it effectively means.

What this proposal also suggests is that  your bad-ass commission needs to stop the 30 year wave of terror. Quit lying and trying to steal folk’s land, then hiding underneath the judge’s robes. And most important of all - quit storm-trooping around people’s private property.

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SINS OF COMMISSION is fiscally sponsored film by International Documentary Association, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the art and advancement of all documentary films.

This means you can support SINS OF COMMISSION and receive a tax deduction at the same time when you donate through the International Documentary Association. Simply click the DONATE NOW link on the upper right… or the Crab Monsters may attack you next..

OYSTERGATE - Treachery on the California Coast

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

THE OYSTERGATE SCANDAL, a short film by Nicole Adams, clearly shows the great lengths government agencies and quasi-judicial commissions will go in pursuit of their agendas… nefarious agendas driven by corrupt government officials in partnership with NGO’s (non-government organizations) that have a vested political interest and ideological goal.

Agencies like the National Park Service and California Coastal Commission, both ideologically driven, serve as proxies for each other and often pursue a “by all means necessary” approach - even if it means cooking scientific data.

Citizens like the Kevin Lunny family in THE OYSTERGATE SCANDAL, Peg and Dan, Milos & Trish, and  Kathleen Kenny, in SINS OF COMMISSION, and thousands of other people don’t stand a chance.

What is going on?

I want to be sure facts are driving scientific decisions… not the other way around…the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.

Barack Obama, President of the United States

California Coastal Coastal Commission - Confidential

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Join SINS OF COMMISSION filmmaker Richard Oshen on Radio Liberty February 5th at 8PM PST as he takes listeners on an incredible journey into the shadow world of the California Coastal Commission - a nether world of twisted schemes and broken dreams -where ’dedication of property’ is the buzz-word for extortion, and driving people off their land a secret agenda of state.

Find out what happened to the family farm, private property and how the commission continues to destroy lives along the coast.  Discover why ordinary people can’t win against the California Coastal Commission, the politics of fire, the infulence of Paganists, social-engineering, the emergence of the eco-industrial complex, and why California Coastal Commission rulings could potentially destroy you - no matter where you live.

 Radio Liberty is hosted by Dr. Stan Monteith, outspoken radio personality, author of  “AIDS: The Unnecessary Epidemic”, and  “A Nation Deceived and Betrayed“, February 5, 2010, 8 PM  - 89.9 FM Santa Cruz. The program also streams live on the web at Radio Liberty Online and is carried over the ACN Network, and CRB Network.

Listen to Radio Liberty. Click the link http://www.radioliberty.com/

Sins of Commission on California Coastal Commission - 89.9 FM

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

SINS OF COMMISSION Filmmaker Richard Oshen talks with Dr. Stan Monteith, outspoken  Radio Liberty talk show host, author of  “AIDS: The Unnecessary Epidemic”, and  “A Nation Deceived and Betrayed“, February 5, 2010, 8 PM  - 89.9 FM Santa Cruz.

The program streams live on the web at Radio Liberty Online and is carried over the ACN Network, and CRB Network.

The filmmaker said he identifies with the program’s mission to bring listeners the story behind the story and the news behind the News. 

Oshen went on to say, “It is up to small independently owned, grassroots radio stations to carry the message of truth - a message that is being systematically destroyed by big multinational corporations who chose our news for us. Broadcast news, as we once knew it is gone with few rare exceptions.”  

Hear today or be gone tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                         Richard Oshen

Listen to Radio Liberty. Click the link http://www.radioliberty.com/

California Coastal Commission - Time to follow the money

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

[Last] week’s Supreme Court ruling that corporations are protected by “free speech” rights and can contribute enormous sums of money to influence elections is a de jure endorsement of the de facto dominance of corporations over our lives.

Truthout

Homer Simpson discovers corporations have more rights than he does.

To say money has always influenced politics along the California coast would be an understatement.  Just a glance at the way the legislature turns a blind-eye to coastal commission shenanigans or how the judiciary rubber stamps rulings consistently in favor of the CCC and the story can be told. 

When one ponders the implications of corporate citizenship, take into consideration the plethora of  PAC’s and non-profit corporations that wield a mighty big influence on coastal politics.

Well-known orgs like the venerable Sierra Club have also helped the California Coastal Commission eviscerate people’s rights along the coast of California.  The CCC is the de facto enforcer… the legal muscle for the corporate thugs.  We are just now beginning to discover the pathological relationship that existed between some environment groups like EDC who will sell-out the environmental for cheap.

Last year, SINS OF COMMISSION requested an accounting by the state of California to see which non-profits gave money to infulence the California Coastal Commission at a time way before the US Supreme Court blessed corporate citizenship last week. So far those documents have not been forthcoming.

The danger of foreign loot loading into U.S. campaigns, not much noted in the media chat about the Citizens case, was the first concern raised by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who asked about opening the door to “mega-corporations” …

Truthout

Corporations will now have more rights than people.

Tara Malloy, attorney with the Campaign Legal Center of Washington D.C.

Under current laws, human-people, as opposed to corporate-people, may only give $2,300 to a presidential campaign. But hedge fund billionaires, for example, who typically operate through dozens of corporate vessels, may now give unlimited sums through each of these “unnatural” creatures.

Truthout

And there you have it.

If corporations are the new citizens… what happens to us people? 

In the meantime, think about supporting SINS OF COMMISSION a flim about, by, and for the people.  Help to finish the film and get it out.  ALL donations are tax deductible and confidential when made through the film’s fiscal sponsor The INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION, a 501 c3 non profit foundation - a very worthy non-profit foundation concerned about preserving people’s rights to Freedom of Speech through documentary films.

Fastest, easiest way to help is to click the “DONATE NOW button” on the side of this page, and you will be whisked away to a secure PAY PAL page set up for us. Fill in the blanks, click “send” and bingo…you’ve helped!  You can also send a check to:

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Los Angeles, CA  90017.

Please be sure to write  “for: SINS OF COMMISSION” on your check. 

Thank you in advance for your support,

Richard Oshen

 

Time for Change on the California Coast

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

“Power never concedes anything without a demand; it never has and it never will.”

Frederick Douglass (no relation to Peter Douglas)

Yesterday’s blog post was about secret back room deals resulting in a covert agreement between an environmental grout Environmental Defense Center, EDC and Huston based Oil company PXP. This revelation seems to suggest just how twisted our system has become and offers the possibility that the system may be too broken to be fixed by politicians, commissions, and other so-called government insiders.

Regarding all matters coastal, change if it going to be real, and long lasting must come from outside Sacramento. It is time for all of us to take a good sharp look at the California Coastal Commission, and other land management resource agencies to see exactly how things get done along the coast of California.

Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

Martin Luther King

I always wonder why we people say we won’t get fooled again but inevitably do. Could it be that the new boss is the same as the old boss?

SECRET AGREEMENT - SIN OF COMMISSION

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The fate of public lands cannot be decided in contracts negotiated behind closed doors.

Controller John Chiang,  Lands Commission member

I’ve been looking for a way to demonstrate what I call the new eco-industrial complex while raising awareness about whole-scale corruption in the “name of the environment” then I read this little Dusey about a secret agreement between an oil company and a California environmental group, thank-you Calbuzz, and the pieces fit neatly into place.

It seems there is some kind of a secret pact between Huston based oil company PXP and Environmental Defense Center (EDC).

EDC has been prominent in the decades-long fight against offshore drilling in California according to Calbuzz.

Wait a second.

EDC, a prominent environmental group, has been publicly eschewing off-shore drilling but privately endorsing PXP’s application for lease to slant drill into state waters, from an existing platform under federal jurisdiction, more than three miles offshore.

It is shameful that an oil company got an environmental group - in this case Environmental Defense Center to do its bidding for YEARS for a piddly 100k… peanuts compared to the billions PXP is going to make.

PXP and EDC said they recently incorporated amendments to the agreement to address criticisms raised at the initial State Lands Commission hearing by strengthening written assurances that the promised benefits of the agreement will materialize.

Calbuzz

In one fell swoop EDC has not only tarnished environmental groups and raises the pay-for-play question, but has trashed the street cred of the State Lands Commission, and all the other agencies under them. This revelation raises some very uncomfortable questions - similar to the ones I raise in SINS OF COMMISSION that demand rigorous investigation and appropriate action.

SINS OF COMMISSION reveals that for decades the California Coastal Commission, an agency of state, engages in environmental degradation in exchange for a dedication of land or an easement of property.

Now it seems this deal-making behind closed doors is “business as usual.” - despite claims of transparency. If recent scandal-ridden history has taught us anything…this is just the tip of theiceberg.

…it is not unusual for environmental groups to keep private the legal agreements or settlements it makes with corporations applying for permits or leases before public agencies.

Linda Krop, chief counsel for the Environmental Defense Center

If it is a private deal that is one thing… but oil leases are not generally considered private….oil leases are a public resource.

If permission is given, this would be the first lease granted by the state since Union Oil’s disastrous 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill - an oil spill that lead to vociferous public outrage- an outrage that needs voice now right here in California.

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Read more at Calbuzz:

California Fire Season - A Promise Broken

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 29) — A growing wildfire sending massive billows of smoke into the sky north of Los Angeles nearly tripled in size Saturday, injuring three residents, burning a small number of homes, knocking out power to many more and prompting evacuations in a number of mountain

Mandatory evacuations were extended Saturday into neighborhoods in the canyons on the northwestern edge of Altadena, Glendale, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon, Forest Service spokesman Bruce Quintelier said. It was unclear how many residents were ordered to leave.

California is heading into the most destructive part of its fire season, when winds can whip flames into 90 mile per hour storms of fire - it’s clear that a promise was not kept.

Anyone who suggests fire protection can be as good this fall as in recent years most likely will turn out to be living a fantasy. That, of course, would include Schwarzenegger, for whom everything almost always is “fantastic” in more ways than one.

(Source-Tom Elias www.californiafocus.net)

The new state budget cuts $27 million from Cal Fire, the state agency that sends people and equipment wherever they’re needed most. The reduction includes more than $10 million earmarked for new fire engines, hoses, pumps and other equipment.

There’s also the matter of the DC-10 airborne tanker, another so-called budget cut likely to cost more than it saves.

For years, California has contracted for a standby DC-10 that can dump up to 12,000 gallons of water or fire retardant each time valves open beneath its huge tank.

But a stroke of Schwarzenegger’s pen cancelled the $7 million contract that kept that jumbo jet plane on standby for California.

Now, the state will pay more than $66,000 every day it uses the plane, with a five-day minimum. Anything beyond 21 deployments would end up costing more than the budget cut - and if this year turns out like the last few, that’s how it will be….assuming the DC-10 is available.

But these reductions in state firefighting ability may pale beside what local fire departments will suffer because of the new budget’s raids on local funds.

In Los Angeles, for one, firefighting officials must cover a $39 million shortfall caused in large part by the state raid. So there will be “brownouts” at many city fire stations, with a total of 87 fewer firefighters on duty each day, almost one-tenth of the usual work force. One battalion command team, 15 fire companies and nine ambulances will be out of service each day, but no city fire stations will actually close.

In other areas, including parts of San Diego County ravaged by several large fires over the last five years, fire prevention efforts are being cut. High-risk Fallbrook is one such place, while several other local districts are ironically casting about for money to pay their contracts for standby assistance from Cal Fire. If they can’t pay, the state agency will either have to let the locals handle all problems or go to work without the payment it usually gets. Since Cal Fire insists nothing will diminish its performance, the agency will probably work some fires without reimbursement. Some budget solution.

The most significant thing here is that while officials say they will still “attack and respond,” they may not be able to be as effective as usual.

(Source-Tom Elias www.californiafocus.net)

So far, there heven’t been any mega-blazes anywhere in California until mid-August. But the driest part of the year is still ahead, the season when past wildfires have ravaged Malibu, Berkeley, Bel Air, Rancho Santa Fe, Laguna Beach, the Oakland hills and many other California areas.

Farm Team Action Alert: STOP California Coastal Commission tyranny STOP AB 226 STOP AB 291.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Please take action on the following FARM TEAM ACTION ALERT.

We need the farmers - and the farmers need us!

Action Alert

Coastal Commission Bills Await Floor Vote

Two bills that would have major impacts on property owners in the Coastal zone are headed to the Senate floor for a vote.

AB 226 (Ruskin) and AB 291 (Saldaña) grant the California Coastal Commission (CCC) with new authority in determining violations, imposing penalties and administering the permitting process.

Considering California’s current budget situation, this is likely an attempt to increase revenues for the commission in order to maintain a budget the commission feels it deserves.

Stop the power grab and take action today by clicking on the bill numbers below!

AB 226 (Ruskin, D-Redwood City) Oppose

Increases the role of government by granting new authority to the California Coastal Commission to impose massive civil penalties for violation of the Coastal Act.  The bill would allow for penalties to be imposed after a simple hearing of the Commission as opposed to due process afforded through the judicial system.

AB 291 (Saldaña, D-San Diego) Oppose

Increases the role of government by granting new authority to the California Coastal Commission that prohibits a landowner from even submitting a coastal development permit if they are merely accused of a violation of the Coastal Act.

The State Legislature only has until September 11 to take action on the remaining bills.  Make sure your voice is heard today!

AB 226 Action Alert - http://www.capwiz.com/cfbf/issues/alert/?alertid=13948831&type=ST

AB 291 Action Alert- http://www.capwiz.com/cfbf/issues/alert/?alertid=13941621&type=ST

The People of California urgently need your help.

Donate to SINS OF COMMISSION or The CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU

Support SINS OF COMMISSION. I urgently need your help to finish the film and get it to the people. ALL donations are tax deductible and confidential when made through the film’s fiscal sponsor The INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION, a 501 c3 non profit foundation. Fastest, easiest way to help is to click the “DONATE NOW button” on the side of this page, and you will be whisked away to a secure PAY PAL page set up for us. Fill in the blanks, click “send” and bingo…you’ve helped!  You can also send a check to:

The International Documentary Association
Fiscal Sponsorship Program
1201 West 5th Street, Suite M270
Los Angeles, CA  90017.

Please be sure to write  “for: SINS OF COMMISSION” on your check. 

Thank you in advance for your support,

Richard Oshen



 
 
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