Liz Writes Life 1-7-2014

Jan. 7, 2014

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

Garden seed catalogues are arriving in the mail box. Must say that I don’t feel very experimental this year. I plan to plant the basics including zucchini that I forgot last year. I think part of my lack of enthusiasm is the drought. CA. Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to declare that California is in drought condition. A few weeks ago, he created a new committee to look into the drought situation. Talk about a waste of money? He already has several state water agencies and that is their job! The Dept. of Water Resources monitors the snow pack and rain and is the main agency charged to build dams for water storage — along with the federal agencies.

The Advocate-Democrat newspaper in Sacramento Valley ran an article on the Colusa cattle ranchers recently, who are in dire situations. Some ranchers have been trucking water to cattle since February of 2013. Some have been feeding cattle rice straw and cornstalks, when there should have been plenty of grass in the hills.

According to George Cline, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, 2013 was the driest calendar year recorded in the Sacramento area.

Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, Sacramento received 6.13 inches of rain.

Records go back to 1877. The previous low was in 1932 with 6.52 inches of rain. The next lowest after that was 6.69 inches of rain in 1976.

At least we are not being hammered by the Polar snap that is freezing the Midwest and the Eastern states, but our drought situation, here in the West, is dire. We need an abundant amount of rain and snow.

Senate Bill 1

I’ve got to give the Tea Party kudos for fighting SB 1, which will give new unelected bodies powers of taxation and eminent domain if the governor signs it. Suburban neighborhoods can be deemed “blighted” and replaced by high density housing.

This is a direct affront to private property rights. We have learned when government gets involved in capitalism citizens can be forced to sell their property – also an affront to the Bill of Rights.

In a nutshell, SB 1 is implementation of Agenda 21. If you still think that Agenda 21 is hokum, just do a word search in Google and you will find scores of articles that prove high-ranking officials and rich people are involved. Agenda 21 is about controlling the people by removing them from rural areas, condensing transportation and building “stack and pack” buildings for residences.

Richard Hall, a blogger for San Rafael Patch, further explained that SB 1 will allow a city mayor or county supervisors to form a new joint powers authority called “Sustainable Communities Investment Authority” and appoint non-elected officials to serve on the board.  The new authority can then “wield the power of eminent domain to purchase unused, for sale or even occupied land in order to build high density multi-family housing – that it deems to be efficient land use.”

Hall also explained that the SCIA (Authority) can and will likely impose local taxes to pay, not just for the eminent domain purchases, but to help the land developer build by subsidizing the building of high density housing. This is outrageous.

Wow, and we are upset at the state legislature for passing the Fire Prevention Fee tax of $150 on us rural folks. Yes, our government is running away from the Constitution and towards Communism at an increasingly fast rate.

Your voice is needed to let Gov. Brown know that we don’t like SB 1 and he should not sign it. The bill has been passed through both the Senate and Assembly and is sitting on the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Call him immediately and voice your frustration at 916-445-2841.

Debbie Bacigalupi and a panel of top-notch speakers are holding a Freedom Advocates Conference explaining the “globalization of California” this next Sunday, Jan. 12th in Culver City – way down south. Debbie is the daughter of Jerry and Donna Bacigalupi, who are ranchers in Shasta Valley. She has done her research and is an expert in “sustainability” and how the “unelected” will soon be running the bureaucracies. We think the out-of-control bureaucracies can’t get much worse, but I think they can and will. We must be vocal and say “no more.”

51st State

Last week, I said that the Shasta Co. Declaration Committee is holding a Town Hall in Redding. It is actually at the Veterans Hall in Anderson on Sat. Jan. 18. Time is 6 p.m.

Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee, will be speaking this Jan 10 and 11th at Town Halls in Chico, Orland and Willows on the why and how to withdraw from the State of California. More info is on Jefferson

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou Co. and lives near Callahan. Call her at 530-467-3515.

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