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Top 10 Stupidest New Laws in California for 2017

I’m not in the habit of complaining at the outset of a column, but I’ve taken on a nearly impossible task — figuring out which, of the hundreds of new California laws about to go into effect, are the stupidest.

Don’t laugh.  I’m serious.

It’s really, really hard to keep the list at 10 with hundreds of hare-brained schemes that became real laws.

After all, for far too long, the California legislature has been a “conservative-free zone” — even though there were a handful of “Republicans” occupying seats and taking up space.

I’m going to list the new laws in order of their egregiousness to me, but I’m open to additions or wholesale re-ordering if you care to comment.

Given that Californians are facing 898 new laws going into effect on January 1st, 2017, there’s plenty to hate.

  1. Prop. 63: “2nd Amendment Nullification” Act.  Although various portions go into effect in various years — yes, they staggered implementation of this “critically needed reform,” some out to 2019 — this is the most sweeping assault on our long-cherished, God-given natural right as Americans to protect our lives and our freedom.  It requires you to pass a background check and pay for a permit to buy ammunition for the gun you may have just passed a background check to buy.  Yeah, that’ll stop criminals — who buy their guns and ammo in parking lots from other criminals. WooHoo! Next, it makes high-capacity magazine (any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds) illegal to possess — even if you bought it prior to the current ban and ownership was previously considered grandfathered.  This law should make it clear that the goal of the left is not “safety” — it’s control.
  2. SB880: “Bullet Button Ban.”  For years, California Democrats have sought to ban a made-up classification of semi-auto rifles with “evil features” that they re-named “assault weapons” for propaganda purposes. Every year, California Democrats attempt to increase control over this “hated group” of guns — until they finally outright ban all semi-automatics.  This law will not do a single thing to further public safety, as the San Bernardino terrorist attack illustrated — determined mass murderers will simply ignore and work around all gun control laws — as if they are just words on paper. One last bit of irony: in a previous legislative session, this same bill was sponsored by none other than disgraced State Senator Leland Yee. If that name sounds familiar, you’re right.  Leland Yee wanted to “protect” Californians from “assault weapons” on our streets — that is, until he was arrested for trafficking fully automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades in exchange for campaign contributions.  He’s currently serving a five-year prison sentence.
  3. SB3: Minimum Wage Hike to $15/hour by 2020.  As a result of a strong socialist push by unions and complicit governments — such as the union-controlled California legislature—businesses are looking to eliminate as many jobs as possible, investing in automation instead. When you combine this with unchecked illegal immigration — where you have an unlimited labor pool willing to work for subpar wages under the table — the future for entry-level jobs and small business owners in California is bleak.
  4. AB1785 The “Hands Free” Law.  This is another example of government gone wild.  AB1785 prescribes driver behavior so severely that in and of itself, I believe it will cause more accidents — and more deaths.  Not only must the phone be dash mounted — meaning you’ll have a permanent distraction right in front of you — but you may not text, take photos or video, or enter GPS destinations while driving. Fat chance of stopping those activities with a mere $20 fine. The bill does stipulate that “the only time a driver is allowed to touch the device is when he or she is activating or deactivating a “feature or function.” However, that process should only involve a “single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger,” according to the bill,” mynewsla.com reports.   How about “hands off” my phone instead of an unenforceable “hands free” law?
  5. AB 1732: Single-User Restrooms.  If you’ve ever had to go so badly that you used the opposite sex restroom at a gas station or Starbucks, then perhaps you think this law is needed. But do we really need another law regulating bathrooms? Some businesses have already put signs on their single-use restrooms designating use by either sex.  And sometimes people just take it upon themselves. I can’t help but think this law is unnecessary and diminishes us as a society a little.

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  6. SB 1383: Controlling Cow Flatulence.  Not making this up.  In spite of the fact that 53 California dairy farmers went bankrupt, moved out of state, or just closed down this year, the Marxist-Progressives are back at it again. Capture cow farts or suffer heavy fines.  CARB (CA Air Resources Board) suggests inserting a tube into the cow’s digestive system and venting into a backpack.  Even liberals admit that laws like this, where government tries to control the uncontrollable, can have undesirable economic consequences.  Lost jobs, lost industries, lost revenue. Stupid law.
  7. AB 857 Ghost Gun Ban.  Even if you mfg. your own gun—starting with an 80% receiver—that requires you to have special skills and tools to complete the machining, you must now register it and get a serial number from the CA DOJ.  The purpose of this law is simply to get your name and your firearm on a list for eventual confiscation.  Once again, control—not public safety—is the goal.
  8. SB1322 Legalizing Child Prostitution This law bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with intent to do so.  So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.  Now that is nuts. I understand the idea of trying to not punish the victim, but certainly granting judges discretion is better than legalizing and therefor “green-lighting” behavior that is so harmful to the individual child.
  9. Prop 57  Early Release for so-called Non-Violent Criminals.  This was Governor Jerry Brown’s baby—the crown jewel of his prison reform initiatives.  Among those offenses he considers “non-violent”:   *Rape of an unconscious person *Human trafficking involving sex acts with minors *Assault with a deadly weapon. Blogger Felicia Wilson summed it up well.  “…Call me crazy, but shouldn’t a crime that includes the word rape or assault be considered, I don’t know… violent?”
  10. AB2466 Low-Level felons serving sentences outside of state prison get to keep their right to vote.  Hmm.  Wonder which party this could possibly help?  Just like the “illegal alien vote”, Democrats will have the felon vote locked down.  Simply about protecting their power and making it permanent.

When California Democrats promised to take to the streets to defend the rights of convicted felons, illegal aliens and welfare recipients, they weren’t kidding.  If only there were as serious about cracking down on immigration cheats and violent criminals as they are about penalizing law-abiding citizens and gun owners, California would have more jobs, less crime–and might be a place people want to come instead of flee.

Tim Donnelly, is a former California State Assemblyman, a speaker, author and columnist for Breitbart.  His first book–Patriot Not Politician: Win or Go Homeless is available on Amazon.

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Report: Russia, Putin Back Left-Wing California Secession Movement

 

by ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY                         8 Dec 2016Twin Peaks, CA

Left-wing Californians who want California to secede from the United States in the wake of the 2016 elections might be surprised to know their movement is supported by Russia and the administration of President Vladimir Putin.

According to a report by Bloomberg, #CalExit founder Louis Marinelli — a disgruntled Trump voter and former same-sex marriage opponent who switched sides — is now looking to team up with Putin and leftist anti-American radicals in Russia.

An expatriate living in Russia, Marinelli is running “Yes California,” the organization that leads the effort to put secession on the California ballot. He is married to a Russian woman who is struggling to immigrate to the U.S., and so he currently lives in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, on the Siberian side of the Ural Mountains — about as far as you can get from L.A.

He is hard at work preparing for a “California Embassy” in Moscow, Bloomberg reports, “with the help of a vehemently anti-American group supported by the Kremlin” called the Anti-Globalist Movement of Russia.

After Hillary Clinton’s repeated attempts to link rival Donald Trump to Putin and Russia (despite her own pro-Russia policy as Secretary of State), it may shock many of the leftist supporters of California’s secession to learn about their foreign patron.

Russia had a small colonial presence in California in the early 19th century — a fact that led Russian officials to joke about invading California during the international crisis over the Crimea in 2014.

Marinelli says his motivations are not advancing Russia’s interests, but those of left-wing Americans.

“California is a much more open, tolerant society, inclusive of immigrants or people of different sexual orientation,” Marinelli told Bloomberg.

So how did he get mixed up with the Anti-Globalist Movement of Russia?

Not surprisingly, with the diverse array of issues driving California’s growing secessionist movement, immigration played a key role for Marinelli.

The visa issues his wife faced, caused by a slow-moving bureaucracy that he calls a “quagmire,” finally turned him against America, he told Bloomberg.

He was so offended by the “anti-immigrant rhetoric” in America that he came to adopt the views of his adopted home state of California. That was before he moved to Russia.

Russia is well known for courting far-right, anti-establishment parties in Europe. However, Bloomberg notes, it also supports far-left movements in a variety of countries.

That now appears true of #CalExit as well — a movement that has become important enough for the President Pro Tem of the California State Senate, Kevin de Léon (D-Los Angeles), to acknowledge in his opening speech earlier this week.

“Many Californians – some tongue-in-cheek, some hand-to-heart – have advocated withdrawal. But, in America, no state ever succeeds by seceding,” he said.

The left,  and Russia, have a different view.

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California HOA Orders Marine Wife to Remove Her Flag

by ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY

The wife of a Camp Pendleton Marine received a letter from her homeowners association telling her to remove her American flag.

Heather Valenti told San Diego’s local ABC affiliate, 10 News, how it made her feel.

“They are hurting people like me and my husband,” said Heather Valenti.

She said the letter from her HOA that demanded she take the flag down “sounded pretty threatening.”

According to the letter, Valenti’s flag violated the rules for common areas.

Valenti said the small flag had a big meaning to her and her family. It is a flag that honors her husband, who is deployed, and her Marine grandfather, who recently died.

“I just watched a flag being folded at my grandfather’s funeral and handed to my grandmother by the Marines. It hits home,” Valenti told 10News.

Valenti said she believes the country is in crisis. Scenes of flags being burned hurt her.

“Unfortunately, we live in a country where people are burning flags, disrespecting flags,” she said.

Valenti was not about to let this battle over her flag go, even though her husband did not want to make a fuss.

“He’s over there serving our country and his response was just, ‘Whatever, just take it down. We’ll get an American flag doormat instead.’ I said no,” said Valenti.

The good news is that when a local group — San Diegans for Secure Borders — heard about Heather’s situation, they took action to defend her right to display her flag.

The group’s leader, Jeff Schwilk, cited the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, which he says guarantees that “HOAs cannot keep home owners from (reasonably) displaying American flags outside their homes and condos.

“We also promised the HOA a huge flag rally/protest outside their condo complex — with big media coverage—if they hassle her or anyone else that lives there ever again about their American flags”.

Heather said she’d felt targeted by the HOA, since several of her neighbors had flags similarly displayed.

Moving the flag less than a foot seemed to satisfy whatever mysterious criteria were used to justify the HOA’s objection to her flag in the first place.

 

Tim Donnelly is a former California State Assemblyman. He can be contacted on Twitter: @PatriotNotPol