By the President of the United States of America.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State
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Posted by Allen Wilson on November 28, 2013
Posted by Chris Emami on November 19, 2013
I don’t normally like to write about stuff from outside of OC but this one had so many Orange County activists, Orange County PAC’s, and Orange County Central Committee Members behind it that it has strong Orange County ties.Nathan Fletcher
Republican Independent Democrat candidate for Mayor of San Diego has likely seen his political career come to an end this evening. Fletcher started the night in second place but has been trending downwards all night. He is down now by 2,000 votes after having started with a 3,000 vote lead, the most recent results come with 87% of precincts reporting. Here is a screenshot of the results:
Congrats to Kevin Faulconer on advancing to the run-off and we wish him well in his likely race against David Alvarez.
The Brown Act Does Not Allow “Closed Session” Discussions by a Public Entity On Project Labor Agreements
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on November 13, 2013
As Chris Nguyen reported in the two previous posts, I have the honor of representing Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustee member Phillip Yarbrough on the issue of the use of “closed sessions” by the Board of Trustees to discuss Project Labor Agreements. As I reviewed the Brown Act including the Appeals Court decisions and the Attorney General opinions on this subject, it became very clear to me that a public entity that is subject to the Brown Act, is not allowed to hold “closed sessions” of the Board meetings to discuss Project Labor Agreements. This issue is complicated in its legal explanation and Chris attached a copy of the letter I sent to the Chancellor and the Board President last week explaining my conclusions to them.
For those of you not familiar with the Brown Act – the Ralph M. Brown Act makes it a requirement that a local public entity must hold its meetings in open sessions where members of the public may attend and address the board on subjects the Board is dealing with in that meeting. There are some expressly stated exceptions to that rule that authorize the board to have “closed sessions” where the public may not listen to the board’s discussions on those topics. In short, the topic of Project Labor Agreements is not one of the authorized subjects for discussion in closed session. Thus any discussions on PLAs must be held in open session. The Board of Trustees did the right thing tonight by voting to hold all future meetings on this topic in open session.
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 20, 2013
State Assembly Candidate Anna Bryson – The Unions’ Favorite GOP Candidate!
When Anna Bryson first ran for election and then re-election to the CUSD Board of Trustees I was one of those who endorsed and supported her. After the 2010 elections, many of my friends who also supported her and I were aghast that she so blatantly switched sides and voted with the Trustees who were elected by the teachers and classified unions. She is seeking to replace my current Assemblyperson Diane Harkey who is termed out in 2014. As a resident of South Orange County, I am one of those taxpayers directly affected by her votes and I have no desire to have her as my “representative” in the State Assembly.
The examples below are drawn from the agendas and minutes of the CUSD or from newspaper articles that report on Ms. Bryson’s votes on key issues at Capistrano Unified School District. I always have believed that a politician’s voting record is the very strongest evidence of where their core values lie. In my opinion, Ms. Bryson’s voting record is evidence that her core values do not lie with the taxpayers.
Craig P. Alexander, Esq., Former Elected Member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee.
• THE TEACHERS UNION RECEIVED A $30,000,000 “PAY RESTORATION”
12/07/2010 During a closed session of the Trustee board it appears a majority of the board voted to give the teachers union approximately $30,000,000 in compensation restoration which was not on the agenda for that closed session (which resulted in an investigation by the Orange County District Attorney).
• ANNA BRYSON MADE THE MOTION AND VOTED YES ON THIS “RESTORATION” TO THE UNIONS WHEN THE BOARD “RECONFIRMED” THEIR 12/07/2010 ACTION IN OPEN SESSION ON MARCH 16, 2011
Minutes:http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/3577638514624170765.pdf [pages 25 & 26 of 594, 3 & 4 of Minutes]
• GAVE TEACHERS UNION A MASSIVE GOLDEN HANDSHAKE!
01/25/12 Anna Bryson voted with the union-elected trustees (and against the endorsed Republicans on the Board) to give the Teachers Union a multi-million dollar “Golden Handshake.”
Agenda: Cost of the annuity that pays the retired teachers 85% of their base salary over 5 years is $12,008,405. CUSD Board of Trustee Meeting 3/28/12 agenda item #2 page 7. http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/3801265531793935057.pdf
Savings is due to increase in class size and will only be realized if 17 teacher positions are not filled. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/schools/p/158-cusd-teachers-enticed-to-retire
Minutes: Bryson seconds the motion to approve the retirement bonus – Source CUSD Board of Trustee meeting 1/25/12 agenda item #8, refer to the minutes of the meeting located on the Consent Calendar for the meeting of February 13, 2012 agenda item # 11 page 82; Motion Trustee Alpay; Seconded by Trustee Bryson. http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/3801265531793935057.pdf
• PAID FOR UNION’S GOLDEN HANDSHAKE BY INCREASING CLASS SIZES!
02/29/12 In order to pay for the Golden Handshake she had just given the Union, Anna Bryson made the motion and voted with the union-elected trustees (and against the endorsed Republicans on the Board) to obtain a special waiver to allow the 9th largest school district in California to increase class sizes beyond the maximum permitted.
1/5/12 email from Patricia Koch (assigned by OCDE to oversee CUSD Financial matters) to Wendy Benkert of Orange County Department of Education. Email_that_retirement_bonus_is_tied_to_class_size_increase
Test scores in the district are now steadily declining.
CA Department of Education – CUSD API Scores 2013: 874; 2012: 883. http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/Acnt2013/2013GrowthDstApi.aspx?cYear=&allcds=3066464&cChoice=2013GDst2
• SPENT TAX MONEY TO TEACH UNION LEADERS HOW TO BETTER NEGOTIATE AGAINST TAXPAYERS!
09/12/11 Anna Bryson made the motion and voted with the union-elected trustees (and against the endorsed Republicans on the Board) to spend tens of thousands of tax dollars to send union leaders on a junket where they would be trained how to become more effective negotiators – the negotiator for the taxpayers did not receive the same training.
Minutes: CUSD Board of Trustee meeting 9/12/11 agenda item #23, refer to the minutes of the meeting located on the Consent Calendar for the meeting of September 26, 2011 agenda item # 10 page 55: Motion made by Trustee Bryson. http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/5447917643984452609.pdf
• PROMOTED LIBERAL DEMOCRAT (INSTEAD OF HER REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE)!
12/12/11 Anna Bryson voted with the union-elected trustees (and against the endorsed Republicans on the Board) to promote liberal Democrat Gary Pritchard (pro-abortion, anti-Prop. 8, etc.) to President of the 9th largest school district in California (instead of her Republican Colleague who was also nominated and who had been proudly endorsed by the OCGOP, the CRA, Lincoln Club, Atlas PAC and most every other conservative organization in Orange County).
Minutes: CUSD Board of Trustee Meeting 12/12/11 agenda items #1-3 reorganization of the board, refer to the minutes of the meeting located on the Consent Calendar for the meeting of January, 2012 agenda item #10 page 84. http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/1057271136406735480.pdf
• REFUSED TO SUPPORT THE ENDORSED REPUBLICANS IN 2012 ELECTION!
11/02/12 Anna Bryson sided with the teachers union and failed to and / or refused to endorse the three conservative Republicans who were seeking election to the school board of the 9th largest school district in California that Anna serves on – and each of those candidates had been endorsed by the OCGOP, CRA, Lincoln Club, Atlas PAC and most every other conservative organization.
THE UNIONS HAVE ENOUGH FRIENDS IN SACRAMENTO – THE GOP CAN’T AFFORD TO SEND THEM ANOTHER!!!
Posted by Allen Wilson on October 16, 2013
Diamond Bar Council Candidate Joseph Kim is making some hay regarding AB 1266 in a campaign mailer drop.
AB 1266 was authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown that would allow transgender students to use school facilities reflecting their gender identity.
The Transgender bill faces referendum challenge by the Privacy for All Students campaign, which faces long odds of collecting 505,000 signatures by the November 12th, 2013 deadline to qualify for the November 2014 statewide ballot.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Mr. Kim will gain some traction by pushing the transgender controversy as a campaign fodder in local council campaign.
If Mr. Kim is successful, then Diamond Bar will become ground zero for future campaigns in 2014 for statewide and legislative candidates to capitalize the controversy surrounding AB 1266.
The Diamond Bar City Council election is slated for November 5th.
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 8, 2013
This Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. local residents will be gathering at the home of patriot Joyce Hicks (22541 Tindaya, Mission Viejo, CA 92692) to support Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming’s campaign for 5th District Supervisor of Orange County. Our current Supervisor Pat Bates is termed out next year (Pat is running for State Senate).
Mayor Robert Ming has a solid record of Constitutional conservative governance and activism. During his time in office, Robert helped cause Laguna Niguel to build their City Hall with absolutely no debt or higher taxes. He has a solid voting record against higher taxes and fees in his city and he opposed the use of redevelopment crony capitalism long before the state ended the practice. He is a founder of the Association of California Cities – Orange County a conservative alternative to the League of Cities and he still serves on its board of directors.
Robert has been endorsed by the Lincoln Club of Orange County and Atlas PAC.
Posted by Allen Wilson on September 29, 2013
The Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury issued their 2012-2013 report, which included a very detailed 71 pages (page 85-156) section entitled “Cities of Los Angeles County: Fiscal Health, Governance, Financial Management and Compensation”.
The City of Diamond Bar needs to brush up their fiscal health and best practices, because the city was ranked 64 of the 88 cities for “number of positive responses”.
The City of Diamond Bar was ranked 65 of the 88 cities for “Governance and Financial Management Best Practices”. According to the Civil Grand Jury report defines governance as:
“…the role of the city council in providing leadership for an organization.”
“Key tools of effective governance include strategic planning and management including performance measurement and monitoring.”
The City of Diamond Bar responded in the negative on the following governance and financial management best practices:
1) Performance Indicators
2) Annual Executive Goals
3) Conflict of Interest Policy
4) Formal Audit Committee
5) Updated Policies on Accounting Manuals
6) Fraud/Ethics Policy
7) Formal Internal/Audit Functions
The Grand Jury recommended the City of Diamond Bar to do the following:
2) Develop a balanced budget and commit to operate within the budget constraints.
3) Should commit to not using one time revenues to fund recurring or on going expenditures.
4) Should develop specific annual goals for the city’s executive.
5) Should formally establish an audit committee making it directly responsible for the work of the independent auditor.
6) Should undertake a full scale competitive process every 5 years for the selection of an independent external auditor.
The general demand by the public for transparency of financial matters regarding their local government has been increasing overtime and Diamond Bar is no different, which the Los Angeles Civil Grand Jury has highlighted the various concerns addressed to the 88 cities throughout the county.
It is imperative for the City of Diamond Bar to take corrective action on the Civil Grand Jury recommendations to ensure internal controls are in place with regards to fiscal health and governance best practices.
If no one is watching how their local government spends those tax dollars, then who will. It is best to ask questions now, than later with regrets.
We surely hope that the Diamond Bar City Council takes the Civil Grand Jury key points with seriousness and not brush it off by putting the report on a shelf to collect dust.
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on September 26, 2013
I have long felt that John McCain is neither a conservative nor a liberal but a politician of the Party of John McCain. He goes off on his own tangents sometimes advocating a position I agree with but most often not.
However his performance in the Senate this week and the statements he made about Sen. Ted Cruz and Obamacare were over the top and I believe a fundamental disconnect for him from his role as a Senator from Arizona. Rather than just quietly voting for the close of debate after Sen. Cruz finished his filibuster, Sen. McCain essentially stated on the Senate floor that because President Obama was reelected we just have to accept Obamacare as is. Ben Shaprio over at Breitbart has a short and well written post about this at http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/25/McCain-bashes-Cruz I recommend it to you.
As Mr. Shaprio noted, I guess the people of Arizona did not know they re-elected John McCain to not advocate legislation to fix or replace Obamacare but just accept it as is. And to call how the bill was passed “fair” is to ignore history. In addition Sen. McCain is giving a pass to President Obama for all of his unconstitutional exemptions and postponements of Obamacare’s requirements to big business, labor groups, anyone working inside the Capital dome but not the American people (no exemption of the “individual mandate”). These types of edicts / exemptions by President Obama are more in line with a banana republic than a country where the elected leaders respect the rule of law and U.S. Constitution. Sen. McCain should have been challenging the President and the Democrats over these unconstitutional edicts and not rubber stamping those actions by going a long with Harry Reid.
What Sen. Cruz was doing was not just about Obamacare (which is bad enough) but about whether we as a people are going to push back against a President who rules by edict and ignores and flaunts the U.S. Constitution. Sen. Cruz was calling the President out on this as well and Republican Senators should have been joining him in at least adding their voices against this threat to the rule of law!
I hope the people of Arizona are seeing this and will find a better representative when Mr. McCain is up for re-election.
Posted by Matt Cunningham on September 25, 2013
In true blogosphere fashion, I fully intend to respond to David Bahnsen’s response to my original post about the Lincoln Club’s endorsement of Robert Ming for the Board of Supes – but I simply do not have time today.
However, I do want to address a directly related issue: the false rumor being spread that the other candidate in the race, Mission Viejo Council Frank Ury, is an advocate of high speed rail. Bahnsen made that claim here and on his own blog — which he has now retracted. At the Lincoln Club Board of Directors meeting where Ming spoke and was endorsed, the members were left with the false impression that Frank supports the high speed rail project (and this is according to Club members who were there).
This is manifestly false. in fact, the opposite is true: Frank is opposed to the high speed rail project. He is on record as opposing it. Here’s an example: at the February 20, 2012 meeting of the Mission Viejo City Council, Frank voted in favor of a resolution of support for Assemblywoman Diane Harkey’s bill to defund CHSR. Since he was mayor that year, Frank even signed the official resolution in favor of defunding CHSR.
Let me re-state the truth for the benefit of the hard-of-thinking: Frank Ury opposes the high speed rail project.
There are only two announced candidates for the 5th Supervisor District. Both are conservatives. Neither has been in the race very long. And already minions or supporters of one are spreading a false rumor about the other. Rumors don’t spontaneously generate out of thin air. People start them for a reason.
Judging from people I have spoken with, this particular one has its genesis from the fact that some of Frank Ury’s supporters have also supported CHSR. Therefore, their illogical thinking goes, Frank must also support. I find it amazing that otherwise intelligent people who ought to know better would fall for such thinking. That’s like saying that because you are endorsed by say, the Lincoln Club of Orange County, then you automatically support every other Club-endorsed candidate and their positions – or every position the Club takes, such as its bold (and correct) immigration reform policy.
Of course, that would be false and faulty logic.
Worse are instances of people who know this rumor is not true – or ought to know but don’t bother to find out — and spread it anyway in hopes of undermining Frank’s campaign.
Posted by Matt Cunningham on September 25, 2013
This came over the transom from the Frank Ury for Supervisor campaign:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I’m honored to announce that respected South Orange County business and community leaders Julie and Phil Vandermost have endorsed my campaign for Supervisor:
“We are supporting Frank Ury for Supervisor because he has his fingers firmly on the pulse our community and its needs. He’s a dedicated family man, champion for our region’s businesses, dedicated tax fighter and someone our region needs on the Board.”
I’ve known Julie and Phil for nearly two decades and have long admired their leadership on behalf of conservative causes. Thank you, Julie and Phil, for your support.
Join us Tonight!
You can join Julie, Phil and other supporters of my campaign tonight at my kickoff fundraiser at the home of Laguna Hills Councilman Andrew and Michelle Blount.
Please see the invitation in case you want more information. To RSVP, please call Julie Paule at (951) 325-8040 or email Julie@pauleconsulting.com.
Please visit www.frank4oc.com to learn more about my campaign and see the comprehensive list of Republican, business and community leaders endorsing me.
I hope to see you tonight!
Frank’s list of endorsements includes:
Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Trish Kelley
Mission Viejo Councilmember Dave Leckness
San Juan Capistrano Mayor Pro Tem Sam Allevato
Laguna Hills Mayor Barbara Kogerman
Laguna Hills Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Blount
Laguna Hills Councilmember and former SVUSD Trustee Dore Gilbert
Laguna Woods Mayor Bob Ring
Aliso Viejo Councilmember Mike Munzing
Former Anaheim Mayor and Speaker of the Assembly Curt Pringle
Former California Assemblyman Jeff Miller
Justin McCusker, Director, Santa Margarita Water District
Tim Jemal, South Orange County Community College District Trustee
Jerry Halloway, Former Mayor, Rancho Santa Margarita
Paul Glaab, Former Mayor, Laguna Niguel
Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem and OCTA Director Gail Eastman
Anaheim Councilmember Kris Murray
Orange Councilmember Fred Whitaker
Tustin Mayor and OCTA Director Al Murray
Tustin Councilmember Dr. Allan Bernstein
Fullerton City Councilmember Jennifer Fitzgerald
Former Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante
OCTA Director Michael Hennessey
Brett Barbre, Director, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Doug Davert, Former Tustin Mayor and East Orange County Water District Director