Jerry Brown

Warning labels coming for soft drinks in California

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Tobacco tactics are alive and well in California, where they have passed a state law requiring warning labels on sugary drinks.

They are coming for your products, wait until some health jihadist decides the ingredients of your product are bad.

First they came for tobacco now they are coming for sugar. Wait until they require plain packaging of soft drinks as well…don’t laugh it has already been proposed.

I wonder if the Coca-Cola Company now realises its  error in not supporting tobacco companies as their intellectual property rights were awarded by the health jihadists?

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Governor Moonbeam vetoes anti-gun bills

Good on Jerry Brown, Governor of California, he has vetoed two anti-gun bills.

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, of California, vetoed two anti-gun bills today. The bills had passed the state legislature and combined they would have banned the sale and possession of semi-automatic “assault weapons” by name and banned semi-auto rifles that accepted detachable magazines if Brown had signed them into law.

But he didn’t.  Read more »

A good Democrat

It isn’t often you find a good Democrat. Jerry Brown is starting to annoy the liberal left with his prudent spending behaviour.

Brown has tried to cut spending so much that the main complaints about him are from the left, and budget-related—­especially about his resistance to federal court orders to spend more on California’s enormous and overcrowded prison system.   Read more »

Governor Moonbeam supports fracking

The governor of the socialist republic of California, Jerry Brown seems to be a convert of the benefits of fracking:

The USC authors cite “the possibility that greater-than-expected in-state energy production not only could support a return to stronger economic growth within the state, but actually accelerate the state’s economic turnaround, perhaps profoundly so.”

Unsurprisingly, the usual suspects have harrumphed loudly about the perils of fracking. “If and when the oil companies figure out how to exploit that shale oil, California could be transformed almost overnight,” Kassie Siegel, a lawyer at the Center for Biological Diversity, told the New York Times in February. “Fracking poisons the air we breathe and the water we drink. It is one of the most, if not the most, important environmental issue in California.”

But to his credit, Governor Brown — affectionately known here as Moonbeam for his liberal, hippie tendencies — has taken some small steps in the right direction. “The fossil fuel deposits in California are incredible, the potential is extraordinary,” Brownstated last month, also noting that “between now and development lies a lot of questions that need to be answered, and I feel confident that the people are in place in my administration to handle the issues as they come up.” Brown also reaffirmed his commitment, such as it is, to the state’s oil economy, declaring that “our permits are dramatically up … California is the fourth-largest oil producing state and we want to continue that.” It may be some time before fracking becomes a reality, but Brown is plainly both feeling the pressure and sensing the promise.

So for all the talk of a new, high-tech, white-collar economy bringing California back from the brink, it may turn out that one of the oldest and dirtiest industries around will save the future of the Golden State.

Len Brown take note, don’t bash the ‘burbs

Len Brown wants us to live in apartments surrounding rail corridors. This isn’t new, it is the push all around the world including in California. Len Brown should take note of what happens when people don’t share your dream/nightmare:

For the past century, California, particularly Southern California, nurtured and invented the suburban dream. The sun-drenched single-family house, often with a pool, on a tree-lined street was an image lovingly projected by television and the movies. Places like the San Fernando Valley – actual home to the “Brady Bunch” and scores of other TV family sitcoms – became, in author Kevin Roderick’s phrase, “America’s suburb.”

This dream, even a modernized, multicultural version of it, now is passĂ© to California’s governing class. Even in his first administration, 1975-83, Gov. Jerry Brown disdained suburbs, promoting a city-first, pro-density policy. His feelings hardened during eight years (1999-2007) as mayor of Oakland, a city that, since he left, has fallen on hard times, although it has been treated with some love recently in the blue media.

As state attorney general (2007-11) Brown took advantage of the state’s 2006 climate change legislation to move against suburban growth everywhere from Pleasanton to San Bernardino. Now back as governor, he can give full rein to his determination to limit access to the old California dream, curbing suburbia and forcing more of us and, even more so our successors, into small apartments nearby bus and rail stops. His successor as attorney general, former San Francisco D.A. Kamala Harris, is, if anything, more theologically committed to curbing suburban growth.  Read more »

Californication

US voters got to cast ballots on more than just politicians in this week’s Presidential Elections.

Flying below the NZ media’s radar in the election were a couple of  Propositions put to citizens of California, on subjects of more than passing interest to readers of this blog.

The mix of ingredients included :

  •  A Teachers’ Union up to its armpits in political influence buying
  •  Attempts to stop Union leaders siphoning their members’ money into left-wing politics
  •  A budget-blowing politician named Brown (who also has a $69 billion dollar train scheme)

Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, a very big spending namesake of Auckland’s own Spendin’ Len Brown, has dug California into a deep financial hole with “miscalculated” budget numbers and schemes like his $69 billion fast rail plan.

 

Rather than save his way out, he proposed an increase in taxes of over $6 billion dollars, through an increase in sales tax that would hit everybody, plus that perennial favourite, a special income tax on the rich.

Jerry sponsored Proposition 30.

It passed, and guess who donated most of the $40 million spent in a campaign to get it over the line – that’s right, the California Teachers’ Union and their mates in other public sector unions.

But the Teachers’ Union spent really big dollars to defeat Proposition 32.

The Paycheck Protection Initiative would have banned unions from using members’ subs to donate to political parties and politicians and stopped the compulsory employer deductions of union subs from a worker’s pay packet.

Thanks in part to the $22 million that the Teachers’ Union donated to a $68 million campaign, Proposition 32 was defeated. 

Politics and unions continue on their happy way in sunny California.