Thursday, January 15, 2015

| Wednesday Jan 28, 2015
UN Agenda 21 and Its Effects on Your Private Property Rights An avid researcher for the truth and a "modern day Paul Revere," national speaker Debbie Bacigalupi speaks for freedom while exposing the details of United Nations Agenda 21 and how its exhaustive web is eroding the US Constitution, our property rights, and our liberty.
Debbie will cover private property, threats to farmers and ranchers, land grabs, water rights, critical habitats, endangered species, global warming, sustainable development, Common Core, pensions, energy, dams, regionalism, our Constitution and more; and what you can do about it.
For those who doubt Agenda 21 is real and being implemented, Debbie begins her presentation with a clip promoting House Concurrent Resolution 353 which passed on a voice vote on the House floor October 2, 1992
Recommended for adults and older, mature teens.The public is invited. Doors open at 6:00pm The presentation is followed by Q&A. Debbie is known for her extensive knowledge and lively presentation.

Price: Free

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January 28, 2015 General Membership Meeting: Debbie Bacigalupi



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Red Action Alert

 
Concerned about our County Supervisors approving $8Million to build a new school? But can't be at the meeting Tuesday Jan 13th?
 
Contact your Supervisor - Ask for a NO Vote!
Nate Beason, District 1 Supervisor, Chair Phone: 530.265.1480
nate.beason@co.nevada.ca.us

Ed Scofield, District 2 Supervisor, Vice Chair Phone: 530.265.1480 
ed.scofield@co.nevada.ca.us

Dan Miller, District 3 SupervisorPhone: 530.265.1480
dan.miller@co.nevada.ca.us

Hank Weston, District 4 Supervisor, Phone: 530.265.1480
hank.weston@co.nevada.ca.us
 
Richard Anderson, District 5 Supervisor, Phone: 530.265.1480
richard.anderson@co.nevada.ca.us

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Sunday, January 11, 2015


  Board of Supervisor Meeting, Tuesday Jan 13 - 1:15pm We'll Meet You on the Steps

 Ask Them Why $8 Million Dollars is Best Used to build a New Charter School
                   When the County suffers a Steady Declining Enrollment 
             Friends of Squirrel Creek - need help presenting the opposition side
 

Nevada County Board of Supervisors to decide this Tuesday, January 13 at 1:30 PM whether to allow Yuba River Charter School (YRCS) to build new school at intersection of Rough & Ready Highway, Ridge Road, and Adam Ave. 

Proposed project will cost $8 to $10 million plus bond interest, over life of bond estimated at over $10 Million.  New school funded with Prop 1D passed in 2006.   Prop 1D money can also be used to refurbish existing school structures.     
 YRCS currently leases Nevada City Elementary School (NCES) building from County. There is talk of Williams Ranch School in Penn Valley moving because of low enrollment.  A majority of the students attending YRCS live closer to the Williams Ranch School than the proposed new site. 
Renovating the NCES facility or William Ranch Facility with Prop 1D funding would:
1.      Save tax payers millions of dollars.
2.      Avoid increased traffic congestion during peak hours in downtown Grass Valley and the Squirrel Creek Neighborhood.
3.       Avoid potential flooding of neighbors living downslope of proposed new school site.
4.      Avoid potential contamination of neighbor’s well water down slope of new site. The school wants to build a septic system for 330 individuals (students and teachers) rather than hook into the Grass Valley sewer system.
5.      Disturbing a potentially hazardous historic trash dump (1890s through 1940s) that is naturally encapsulated.  There is no record of neighbors contracting lead poisoning from dump.  County Planning Department describes dump as potential hazard.  Several neighbors have lived on Adam Ave for over 50 years.  Their children played in the dump collecting bottles.  They never suffered ill effects of lead poisoning.

Usually an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is prepared for a large undertaking.  The County used a Mitigated Negative Declaration which is more subjective.  As a result, the County Board of Supervisors required the planning department to: revise traffic study which left out several intersections that will be impacted by project; revise the drainage study; and send the proposed septic system out for further review.  The adequacy of the revised studies is questionable.
All documents prepared for the project are available on the County’s web page My Nevada County.  Type Yuba River Charter School in the search box.


Resources to consider:
Architect rendering of YRCS project:

81 Paged - Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration  (in lieu of an Environmental Impact Review)
http://yubariverschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Proposed-Mitigated-Negative-Declaration-FOR-PUBLIC-REVIEW.pdf

14 Minute Video - Yuba River Charter School Proposed Building Project:
(Produced by YRCS, this video gives some visuals as to the proposed project site, mapping of project components, and architectural renderings and models.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny7970Y8GEA
Yuba River Charter School Building Project Website with links to information:

Here's the local financial obligation from Prop 1D:
For new construction projects, the cost is shared equally by the state and school districts. (ie 50/50)

At the local level, school districts typically meet most of their matching requirement and other construction needs by issuing local general obligation bonds. These local bonds can be authorized with the approval of 55 percent of the voters in the district. The bonds are repaid using local property tax revenue.

Another funding source:

Developer Fees. State law allows school districts to impose developer fees on new construction. These fees are levied on new residential, commercial, and industrial developments. Although they contribute a moderate amount statewide compared to general obligation bond proceeds, developer fees vary significantly by community depending on the amount of local development. In fast-growing areas, they can make notable contributions to K-12 school construction.
Much appreciation to Nancy Peirce for researching and submitting this information!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Board Meeting tonight 530pm
Wednesday Jan 7, 2015
Rough and Ready Grange Hall
14550 Rough and Ready Hwy
 *Guests presenting fiscal concerns for the newly proposed Yuba River Charter School on Adams in GV*  Come and find out more - All are welcome.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Wave Elections: What They Mean

Larry P. Arnn

President, Hillsdale College

LARRY P. ARNN is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. From 1977 to 1980, he also studied at the London School of Economics and at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 until his appointment as president of Hillsdale College in 2000, he was president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He is the author of Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution; and Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government (forthcoming).

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on December 5, 2014, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

We have had a wave election. For those of a conservative disposition, it is a satisfying wave. According to Michael Barone, speaking recently here at Hillsdale’s Kirby Center, this wave is like several recent wave elections in its magnitude and decisiveness. There was a wave in favor of the Republicans in 1980 and again in 1994. There was a wave in favor of the Democrats in 2006 and again in 2008. There was a wave for the Republicans in 2010. There was a stalemate in 2012. Now there is a Republican wave in 2014. Looked at one way, these waves appear more like tides, ebbing and flowing.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Governor Fails to Cancel Gas Tax - What Now?

 





(The Coalition of Energy Users is a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization for affordable energy and quality jobs)

Last week we presented the Governor's office with petitions from Californians around the state urging him to call the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and tell the agency to cancel the new hidden gas tax.

Unfortunately, the Governor failed to listen to the thousands of Californians who have contacted him and the new tax went into effect today.

What will happen now?

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