Monday, July 24, 2017

The Jefferson Messenger - July 22, 2017

The Jefferson Messenger 

Edition 14 . July 22, 2017 . Volume 1 
500 Miles - One Step at a Time
It's All About Representation

Herve' Leconte will begin his 500 mile, 12 day run for representation, on July 29th, in Sonora, finishing the last leg of his run, on August 9th, in Yreka. I cannot stress enough the opportunities that this event offers to all of us who support Jefferson.

Newspaper stories have already been appearing, ahead of the Run for Representation, with pictures and Herve's story. Pledge dollars and lump sum donations are also coming in that will all go to the legal fund,

Counties who will have staging areas to welcome Herve' have been busy coordinating special activities, to thank Herve' and his wife Julie, for this special event that will raise awareness for Jefferson, occurring just a couple of weeks prior to the August 12th court date, when arguments will be heard in the United States District Court, Eastern District, Sacramento Division. Media has also been notified of that date and the importance of this Run.

The Run for Representation offers the opportunity for us to show up in force and declare our commitment for more representation and to have a voice. I urge those of you in the cities and towns along the 500 mile route to notify county chambers of commerce and visit local businesses, alerting them of Herve's arrival in their area, that might also generate an increase in their sales for that day.

Wear one of the 2017 “Run for Representation” souvenir buttons and hand them a pledge form. In El Dorado County, some business owners are circulating the pledge forms among their employees. El Dorado County is nearing its first $1,000 and Herve' doesn't arrive in Placerville until Sunday, July 30th.  Your local business owners could be a future source for donations of goods or cash for one of your future local events.

Write or call your local newspapers or other media. Notify your email contacts or other social media friends. Each county coordinator and local newspapers, have received the press release, Herve's Bio and itinerary, making them  aware of what, when and where this is happening in the fifteen counties.

Herve' and Julie are committed to bringing more attention to Jefferson, giving two weeks of their time, to do so. All we ask is a few hours of your time, whether it's showing up and helping at a staging area, lining up with family & friends along streets and roadways, visiting businesses, soliciting donations or  decking up your county with flags, signs, all wearing your Jefferson gear. Remember great things only happen to those who show up.

All the host counties have now confirmed dates and locations of routes and stops in their counties. For further details, names & contact information for the various committee members, please visit the SOJ51.org web site. Be sure to also  listen in this Sunday morning or every Sunday morning,  to the State of Mine radio show (KCNR 1460), as well as this Sunday's evening conference call.

Run for Representation tentative Itinerary & Schedule
Subject to change without notice

Day1) – Saturday, July 29 – Sonora (Tuolumne) to Jackson (Amador) – 45 Miles; 1 Stop – downtown, Angels Camp (Calaveras)
Day 2) – Sunday, July 30 – Jackson to Placerville (El Dorado) - 50 Miles; 1 Stop – Welcoming Rally, Veterans Memorial Hall
Day 3) – Monday, July 31 – Placerville to Grass Valley (Nevada) 50 Miles; 1 Stop at Auburn – staging area Ashford Park
Day 4) – Tuesday, August 1 – Grass Valley to Marysville (Yuba) – 40 Miles
Day 5) – Wednesday, August 2 – Marysville to Oroville (Butte) – 30 Miles; 1 Stop in Yuba City, Sutter
Day 6) – Thursday, August 3 – Oroville to Willows (Glenn) – 50 Miles; 1 Stop in Princeton (Colusa)
Day 7) – Friday, August 4 – Willows to Red Bluff (Tehama) – 50 Miles; 1 Stop in Red Bluff
Day 8) – Saturday, August 5 – Red Bluff to Redding (Shasta) – 30 Miles; 1 Stop Redding
Day 9) – Sunday, August 6 - Redding to Weaverville (Trinity) – 45 Miles
Day 10) – Monday, August 7 – Weaverville to Coffee Creek Firehouse – 40 Miles
Day 11) – Tuesday, August 8 – Coffee Creek Fire to Etna (Siskiyou) – 40 Miles
Day 12) – Wednesday, August 9 – Etna to Yreka – 30 Miles
End of Run

For more information on approximate arrival and departure times and welcoming staging areas please contact the County Committee listed on http://soj51.org/committees/ or call Terry Gherardi, 530-677-4294.

Please show up and support Herve', his wife Julie and Jefferson!  Thanking all of you in advance and let's get rolling for this Historic Event!

Terry Gherardi
530-677-4294
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

To catapult his candidacy for governor, John Cox, a republican from San Diego via Chicago, is promoting initiative 17-0002, the NEIGHBORHOOD LEGISLATURE ACT (NLA), which is now in the signature gathering stage.  I’d have been more comfortable if Candidate Cox had stated in his meeting last night in Lincoln (7/18) that it was more important to spread representation than his getting elected.  But I digress.

What is the NLA?  It creates 100 representatives per assembly or senate seat, but does have a mechanism to ensure that still only 120 legislators meet in Sacramento.  Each district (same size as today, barring changes as a result of the 2020 census) will have 100 neighborhood legislators, roughly one representative per 5,000 individuals in the assembly and one per 10,000 in the senate.  Not the worst idea presented to date.  In each of those districts, the 100 neighborhood representatives will elect one of their group to be the committee representative from the district.  That individual, by statute, will make 2/3rds of the medium household income in California and go to Sacramento and the other 99 will make $1 dollar and stay at home.

To bring you up to speed, we now have 12,000 legislators and 120 committee members in Sacramento split 40 in the senate and 80 in the assembly.  The committees (senate and assembly) will work the bills, BUT all legislation will be voted upon by the entire legislature by house.  The key to this scheme is modern communications through phones, texts and the Internet by the Sacramento bound individual to keep the other 99 district members informed.

Advantages to this system include low cost elections, the ability to look your representative in the eye and if needed, easily replace them if they do not promote the values you aspire.  Questionable items include the amount of influence that will be brought to bear on the one committee member speaking/acting for your district in Sacramento and the volume of information transmitted back to the homebound 99.  Outright disappointing is the fact that we still have a pure democracy/mobocracy as our Republic through this mechanism will not be reinstated.

So what does this mean to our beloved Jefferson?  First, we have a challenger soaking up our media attention as we try to promote our cause for increased representation.  Second, the courts may slow roll our case while waiting for the outcome of this initiative so they do not have to address it.  Third, we lose control of the representation argument.  Lastly, our leverage to gain our own state dissipates if this effort is successful.  We need to be in that negotiating room after winning our court case for Jefferson to succeed.

Click here for the full text of the actual act.

PUBLIUS
FUND RAISER EVENTS
 
Tri-County Town Hall
 
El Dorado, Nevada and Placer Counties are joining forces to hold our final summer Town Hall event. If Fair Representation, reduced taxes and regulations are important to you and you want to reclaim your Liberty and Freedom, then you will want to attend this town hall to learn about the State of Jefferson.

Come join us to learn more from Mark Baird, State of Jefferson spokesman, the gentle man standing strong for representation in rural counties for liberty from the tyranny of California. This man has long given his time, his talent, his commitment for this Epic Patriotic Movement. Learn about how the Citizens for Fair Representation lawsuit filing against the State of California relates to the State of Jefferson cause.

When: Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Where: Auburn Garden Theater
145 Fulweiler Avenue
Time: Fellowship & Music: 6:00 PM
Meeting7:00 PM
Additional: This venue has a gentle sloped lawn surrounded by tall evergreens; there are no chairs. You are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs or a blanket for comfort. There are some spaces at the top of the amphitheater for wheelchair seating.

All Are Welcome
Please click here to preregister so we can know you are coming.

Jefferson Gear will be available.

SPECIAL BONUS

Tickets will be available to win three great prizes:

1) The El Dorado County Jefferson Committee is selling tickets for a chance to win a 50 Caliber CVA-Optima v-2, Black Powder Muzzleloader Rifle. Tickets are $10 each and the drawing will be after 100 tickets are sold. No background check or registration is required.

2) The Placer County Jefferson Committee is selling tickets for a chance to win one of two items:

a) One is for a Ballistic Compound Bow donated by a supporter in Daly City who owns Pacifica Archery.

b) Another is for a FMK 9MM Side Arm. All applicable gun transfer laws apply.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Up to 1,000 tickets will be sold and the winner will be announced at the Auburn Town Hall, on August 17th.

Winners will be notified for all three drawings at the August 17th event in Auburn and they do not need to be present to win.

 
Conference Call
 
July 23, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Join us as we come together to share information that will inspire and encourage you.
 
Conference Call Phone number:
712-770-4114
Access Code: 307268#

For Questions during the call, simply log into our Chat Room.

Don't miss out!  Mark your calendar for upcoming calls!
  • August 13th and August 27th
  • Sept. 10th and Sept. 24th
  • Oct. 8th and Oct. 22nd
Standing County Committee Meetings
Subject to change without notice.

Curry County, OR
2nd Wed. each month - 6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave.
Gold Beach, OR 97444

El Dorado County
1st Monday each month - 6:00 PM
Denny's Restaurant
Fair Lane Road, Placerville

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 5:30 PM
Black Forest Restaurant
Grants Pass
3rd Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Wild River Pizza, Cave Junction

Nevada County
July 24, 2017
5:00 PM for food ordering and socializing
Round Table Pizza
686 Sutton Way, Grass Valley
Guest Speaker:  Eric Eisenhammer to speak about the new Gas Tax

Placer County
2nd Tuesday each month 5-8 PMRound Table, Loomis
4th Tuesday each month 5-8 PMRound Table, Elm Ave. Auburn

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
3276 Bechelli Lane in Redding
Sutter and Yuba Counties
4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings
Bulding 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road,Yuba City
Tehama County
1st Friday each month - 7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street, Red Bluff
Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:00 PM
Sonora Re/Max building
207 S Washington St, Sonora

A Huge Thank You to
Our Newsletter Staff
Dianna Baird
Ginny Rapini
Terry Gherardi

Click here to subscribe:
The Jefferson Messenger

 
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Ratepayer Protection Alliance: Help Stop Water Rate Increases!

Please forward to all your Amador contacts!
Rate hikes for Amador Water Agency (AWA) customers loom large if at least half of the agency’s 7200 customers don’t file written protests.

That’s right, AWA directors are moving once again to raise our water rates.

This means that if we do not act by August 15, the service charge portion of our water bills will more than double. That’s an increase of $186/year.

Luckily, we can stop this increase. If AWA receives enough valid protests there will be NO rate increase.  It’s just that simple.

We must stop AWA from taking more of our money and squandering it on “debt service,” “upgrades to water facilities,” and “improved revenue” (as AWA's letter states). The same AWA directors who are trying to increase our water rates have continually told us that they were saving money by building very expensive projects. Unfortunately, these projects never save money as predicted and instead, the Directors are asking for yet another big rate increase.  Now they want more money from us to pay for all of their waste, poor judgment and bad decisions.

Every year, ratepayers shell out more than $2.7 million in interest payments alone on $39 million in debt from infrastructure projects that did not improve our quality of life.  Let’s not give them more of our money so they can keep spending, keep borrowing and keep increasing the debt payments. AWA is our local example of irresponsible government, spending and borrowing our money without improving our lives. Let us, the ratepayers, hold them accountable by filing protests against the latest big rate hikes. We need 50% of AWA customers to file a protest in order to stop the spending and borrowing madness of the Amador Water Agency.

Ratepayers should have received a protest form in the mail from AWA recently. If you need a form, you can use the attached form or just write one out by hand including the information below.

In order for your protest to be counted, you must be an AWA water customer (renters may protest if their name is on the AWA account). You may submit one protest for each water connection (use a separate form for each connection).Your protest must be received by August 15, 2017, in writing (no email), and include all of the following:

“I hereby protest the proposed adjustments to rates and charges for water service to be considered by the Agency Board of Directors at the public hearing set for August 15, 2017.”

·       -APN (Assessor Parcel Number) of the parcel served. Tenants do not need to supply the APN. Your APN is on your property tax bill. If you do not know your APN, you can search by street address on Amador County’s web site https://gisviewer.amadorgov.org/GPV/ParcelSearch.aspx or email info@amadorwatchdog.org with your street address and we will look up your APN for you.
·       -Street address & city of the parcel served
·       -AWA customer account # (on your water bill)
·       -AWA customer signature

Send your completed protest to AWA or Ratepayer Protection Alliance (RPA). If you send the completed protest form to RPA, we can track our progress and will deliver your protest to the meeting on August 15. Whoever you send it to, be sure to get it in the mail before August 11 so it arrives in time. If you have any questions, please email info@amadorwatchdog.org

We the ratepayers have the power to stop this rate increase, but we need everyone’s help to be successful. Please forward this message to help spread the word. Email it, Tweet it, post it on Facebook and show it to all of your Amador contacts.
Let’s keep our money in our own pockets by holding our local government accountable.

Mail your AWA Rate Increase Protest with all the required information by August 11, 2017 to:

RPA
PO Box 51
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Your neighbors and your wallet will thank you.

If you would like to stay updated on the progress of the protest, please send an email to: info@amadorwatchdog.org with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Jefferson Messenger - July 8, 2017


The Jefferson Messenger 

Edition 12 . July 8, 2017 . Volume 1 
JEFFERSON ON PARADE! Siskiyou, Placer, Calaveras and Glenn counties!
The Gentle Hand of History…

The gentle hand of history…What if a wiry redhead came to you with an idea.  What if some tall wack job who always wore a military uniform said “come with me, there are things to do.”  What if an obnoxious lawyer whose most recent case was to defend the town military for gunning down some unarmed men spoke of oppression and the need for change.  And add in his belligerent cousin who could always be found in the local tavern stirring up trouble.  What if another farther south was berating his fellow legislators preferring death to living the way he currently was.  And lastly, the portly womanizer who was too old to be acting out at his age.

These are just some of the men (Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin) who came to others and firmly stated that the “time had come” to break the bonds of servitude, shatter injustice and take the reins of their own destiny in the pursuit of Liberty at all costs.  They, with many others, laid it all on the line when there was very little personally for them to gain and everything to lose (as many did) in order to secure freedom for themselves and their posterity (us).

Who has placed their hand upon your shoulder in the recent past and asked you if it was time for a change, a rebirth of what those other gentlemen believed 250 years ago.  Was it some soft spoken Veteran pilot, a vociferous Portegue and his bubbly wife, a young woman who goes by the moniker “Mouse” or the cantankerous rebel of a man who’s known as the “Bear”.  Maybe it was a couple who have graced the earth for over a combined 150 years.  Have you looked into their eyes and just knew all they could tell was the truth and that things could no longer move forward on the path currently being traveled?  Who was it who came to you and asked if you were ready?

Many of you have answered that call.  You’re reading this now.  You’re wondering if this will ever happen “in my lifetime.” You ask yourself why do it and do I have the stamina to see it through?  Examples abound throughout our planet showing us what our future holds if the current trajectory is not focused in a different direction.  Our founding fathers saw and tasted injustice as we have.  But they marched on battlefields both ill equipped and ill prepared, froze to death, got off one shot before being bayoneted, watched their houses burn and suffered mightily under the force of an unrelenting government.

Now is your time.  We have been bound by the majority to live under rules that have little meaning but much bearing on how we live.  Now is the time to raise the conciseness of people in your counties.  Almost everyone who learns about Jefferson loves the idea.

Our story must be told.  You must be that person who places the hand upon your neighbor’s shoulder and say “the time has come for 51.”

Anonymous
HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS FROM OREGON?

In 1941 a group of disheartened men decided that California was not doing anything for them in the rural northwest (primarily no passable roads) so they decided to secede from California and make a new state called Jefferson. They blocked highway 99 and would only allow passage after handing a handbill the driver proclaiming Jefferson to be the 49th state. The movement grew to such a size that they decided to make Yreka the State Capitol and they elected a Governor. The grand entry onto the public stage was scheduled for December 8, 1941.  On December 7th, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and America dropped everything and went to war.

Moving forward to 2013, a man named Mark Baird from Northern California recognized that Northern California had only 1 senate representative to whole or parts of 11 counties while Los Angeles county had 7 senators (with 8 additional senators with neighboring counties totaling 15 senators for Los Angeles). Guess who gets to dictate what the rest of the state has to accept? Mr. Baird decided it was time to stand up to this imbalance of representation so he shared his message with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors who asked him to prepare something they can sign. This resulted in a Declaration and Petition on Sept 3, 2013.  Modoc County Board of Supervisors came on board three weeks later. Since he began, thousands of like-minded citizens from 21 counties in Northern California declared their intention to leave California and make a new State and the rest is history!

I got involved in November 2016, because no one in Curry County was doing anything to get Curry County out of Oregon and partner with Northern California to form “State of Jefferson.” When I got involved, only Josephine County had a working group for the same reason. Now we have working groups in Josephine, Jackson, Curry, Coos, Douglas and Jefferson Counties.

We need your help! We have to spread the word. We need to raise money so we can sue the State of Oregon for lack of representation. At the present time we have one representative per 5 or 6 counties while Multnomah County has 11 representatives all by itself. Do you really think your vote counts against these odds? Portland has the population therefore they dictate what the rest of the state has to comply with. We are no longer receiving O&C timber money to support our county. Why? We are no longer seeing miners and prospectors coming to our area because of the laws that Salem has passed.

By forming a new state we make the laws. We set the standards. Every County will have a representative. The new state will demand that ALL public land within the boundaries of the new state be given to the State of Jefferson. We can start cutting timber in a sustainable way. We can manage our public land for the best use. Have you bought a fishing license lately? It costs around $63.00 just to fish for Salmon with the required permits.

If you are a sportsman and a resident of Oregon the best you can do to save money is a Sports pack at $180.00. Maybe it's just me but darn that seems like a lot of money for my natural resources.

What I'm trying to get at is this: if you sit on your hands and let someone else do all the work, you get what you worked for! The workers will make the rules and laws.

As I mentioned before, we need to raise money. State of Jefferson movement is selling hats (4 styles), tee shirts, flags, bumper stickers, door magnets, and sweat shirts. We make a small profit on these items but more importantly it is advertising for the movement.

There is a meeting every month on the second Wednesday at Panthers Den at 6:00 p.m.

Randy Waters
Conference Call
 
July 9, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Join us as we come together to share information that will inspire and encourage you.
 
Conference Call Phone number:
712-770-4114
Access Code: 307268#

For Questions during the call, simply log into our Chat Room.

Don't miss out!  Mark your calendar for upcoming calls!
  • July  23rd
  • August 13th and August 27th
  • Sept. 10th and Sept. 24th
FUND RAISER EVENTS
 
 
Get Informed and your questions answered at this free public event!
 
When: Monday, July 10, 2017
Where: Angels Camp Utica Park
Time: BBQ/Merchandise: 5 PM; Meeting: 6 PM
 


El Dorado County Special Meeting
 
The El Dorado County State of Jefferson Committee invites you to a special meeting. The agenda includes the announcement of the “Run for Representation”, a 500 mile run through 15 of the Jefferson counties. Also, Steve Baird, the financial viability architect for the State of Jefferson, will be speaking. Most of his time will be allotted to field questions from the audience.  Admission is free and beverages & snacks will be available, as well as Jefferson merchandise.

When: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Where: American Legion Hall
4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Time: Doors open 5:30 PM
Meeting: 6 PM
 


Tri-County Town Hall
 
El Dorado, Nevada and Placer Counties are joining forces to hold our final summer Town Hall event. If Fair Representation, reduced taxes and regulations  are important to you and you want to reclaim your Liberty and Freedom, then will want to attend this town hall to learn about the State of Jefferson.

Come join us to learn more from State of Jefferson Spokesman Mark Baird and other guest speakers. Learn about how the Citizens for Fair Representation lawsuit filing against the State of California relates to the State of Jefferson cause.

When: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Where: Auburn Garden Theater
145 Fulweiler Avenue
Time: Fellowship: 6:00 PM
Meeting: 7:00 PM

We are raising funds for the Jefferson Formation Legal Fund! We will have two drawings, one for a Ballistic Compound Bow donated by Pacifica Archery; and a FMK 9MM Side Arm donated by Lincoln Gun Exchange. The tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20; only 1,000 tickets will be sold. All applicable gun transfer laws apply (as long as we are still in CA). Tickets are available at El Dorado, Nevada and Placer County committee meetings and on site the day of this town hall. You need not be present to win; winner will be notified.
Standing County Committee Meetings
Subject to change without notice.

Curry County, OR
2nd Wed. each month - 6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave.
Gold Beach, OR 97444

El Dorado County
Special Meeting:
5:00 PM Tuesday, July 11th, American Legion Hall, Greenstone Rd., Placerville
Regular Meetings:
1st Monday each month - 6:00 PM
Denny's Restaurant
Fair Lane Road, Placerville

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 5:30 PM
Black Forest Restaurant
Grants Pass
3rd Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Wild River Pizza, Cave Junction

Nevada County

2nd and 4th Mondays 6:00 PM
Robinsons' Conference Center
293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy, Nevada City

Placer County
2nd Tuesday each month 5-8 pmRound Table, Loomis
4th Tuesday each month 5-8 pmRound Table, Elm Ave. Auburn

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
3276 Bechelli Lane in Redding
Sutter and Yuba Counties
4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings
Bulding 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road,Yuba City
Tehama County
1st Friday each month - 7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street, Red Bluff
Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:00 PM
Sonora Re/Max building
207 S Washington St, Sonora

A Huge Thank You to
Our Newsletter Staff
Dianna Baird
Ginny Rapini
Terry Gherardi

Click here to subscribe:
The Jefferson Messenger

 
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