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Volume XIII www.Scribd.com/tavpo APRIL 2018

LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL


CANDIDATE Q&A
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BILL OF RIGHTS
AMENDMENT I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion; or prohibiting the Free
Exercise thereof; or abridging the Freedom of Speech, or of the Press; or the Right of The
People peaceably to Assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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The Antelope Valley
Lancaster City Council Candidates’ Q&A
POLITICAL OBSERVER
846 East Avenue K PMB #170
THOMAS FITZGERALD
readers, The Political Observer
invited the seven candidates to
bilitation center’ at Saddleback
campus in Lake Los Angeles.
Publisher
Lancaster, California 93535 answer basic questions on a few It’s a great start to addressing the
661.941.4748 There’s gov-ern-ment, and then weighty issues. Questions and homelessness crisis. By stabiliz-
there’s gub-mnt’. The ratio of answers are published verbatim. ing people through shelter, mov-
Publisher & Editor government versus gub-mnt’ in- Candidates Brian Avery, Shan- ing them into housing, can not
Thomas Fitzgerald creases in favor of the latter the non McDonald and Liza Rodri- only reduce, but help to eliminate
editor@tavpo.com “higher up” lower down the leg- guez did not return the Q&A. The homelessness in the Antelope
islative food chain we go. Political Observer made several Valley. I believe this proposal is
S t a f f Wr i t e r s At the federal level, “We, the attempts – telephonic and email a clear indicator that current gov-
Heathcliff Boots People,” get more than our mon- – to reach these candidates and ernment leaders are aware of this
Giorgio Fuentes ey’s worth in gub-mnt’ without receive their answers, and all at- growing concern and how it may
Samantha Reese much government in return. This tempts were unsuccessful. impact the aggressive city plans.
legislative dysfunction is preva- Following are answers as provid- It will be extremely important
Relationship Consultant lent at the State and county level ed by the two incumbents – Vice that measures are in place to en-
Ethel Nunez as well. Mayor Marvin Crist (elected) sure outside cities or counties do
One level of government seem- and Councilman Raj Mahli (ap- not send bad or criminal elements
Vi e w p o i n t s
ingly immune to the malady of pointed) – and challengers Shan- to the Antelope Valley.”
Ralph Brax & Sue Brax
gub-mnt’ is the municipal gov- non Perkins and Mike Rives. An- Rives: “I do not support the
Entertainment & Social Affairs Columnist ernment. Though not perfect, and swers were limited to 200 words. ‘transitional social rehab center’
Amy Jingle despite local, childish, personal Homelessness at Saddleback campus in Lake
feuds with sitting members by 1. Do you support or oppose L.A. First of all, the citizens of the
detractors in the community, it is the proposed “transitional so- community do not want it. They
The Antelope Valley Political Observer is a First Amend- foolish for one to make the argu- cial rehabilitation center” at have a right to reject something
ment Free Press. Incompliance with federal Civil Rights ment that municipal government Saddleback campus in Lake Los they feel will harm their commu-
legislation, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, is not attentive and responsive to Angeles? Justify your support or nity. Secondly, we in the A.V. are
creed, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, or absence addressing problems.. opposition. being a door mat for the coun-
of, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation(s) There are two primary factors Crist: “Yes, I support it. His- ty and the state. The homeless,
or veteran status in our employment. for this. First is the fact that our torically, Lancaster has been the mentally ill, and drug addiction
The Antelope Valley Political Observer has not investi- elected representatives at the mu- only city or area in the valley should be handled down below
nicipal level, in addition to liv- providing homeless support and where they have extensive facili-
gated any services, products, politicians or organizations
ing in the community they serve, a shelter. The more services we ties to handle these problems. We
advertised in this issue, and publication of such advertising work and shop here daily. can provide throughout the large have an E.R. at AV Hospital that
does not imply endorsement of the service, product, politi- It’s not a big deal to cross paths geographic area of the Antelope is packed. The County Health-
cian or organization advertised. with a councilmember while Valley, the better we can assist care Center on Ave. I and the
The Antelope Valley Political Observer publishes grocery shopping, at the park or people who need help and get numerous clinics and doctors’ of-
10,000 copies monthly and is distributed to retail and be stopped next to them at a red them back on their feet.” fices in town are filled. We are an
participating retail establishments in the communities light. Life is rife with opportuni- Mahli: “I support it. In Lancast- suburban and rural environment.
of Lancaster, Quartz Hill, Palmdale, Littlerock and ties to give a locally elected pol a er, we have been very proactive We cannot handle the hundreds
Rosamond. piece of your mind in attempt to in addressing the homeless crisis of problems that are being force-
. get them to fly right. that is affecting our communi- fed on us.”
Secondly, when the impact of ty and many others throughout 2. Do you support or oppose cur-
SEND A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
municipal legislation is found to California. There are many fac- rent city administration efforts to
E-mail: editor@tavpo.com. Write “Letter to the Editor” be counterproductive, reversing tors outside our local control, but address homelessness? Explain
in subject line. E-mails with attachments are deleted un- bad law is as simple as placing we should be as active as we can policy strengths if in support. If
opened. Keep letters to 350 or words or less. By U.S. Mail: the item on the agenda at the next from a humanitarian and fiscally opposed, explain your plan.
Send to address at top of this staff box. You must include council meeting. This in contrast responsible perspective. In terms Crist: “As Vice Mayor I helped
full name, address, city of residence, and daytime phone to the congress where once a bad of this proposal, providing ser- develop our city’s efforts to
number to verify authenticity. Only letter writer’s name bill is passed and signed into law vices in different areas is crucial meet the needs of our homeless
and city are published. by a president, there’s a snow- to ensure all who need are able to population. The first issue is we
ball’s chance in hell of revisiting get where services are provided. should not be stuck with the en-
“Governments constantly choose between and correcting the error. I would support several smaller tire financial responsibility to
And unlike the congress, citi- service provider locations rather fund these needs. For a long time,
telling lies and fighting wars, with the end zens cannot address the legisla- than trying to find one place to at- the county has shortchanged our
result always being the same. One will tive body for three minutes prior tempt to serve the entire valley.” community’s homeless funding,
always lead to the other.” - Thomas Jefferson to each vote. Perkins: “I support the pro- providing just 2% of the county
As a service to this newspaper’s posed ‘transitional social reha- Continued on Page 3
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AMENDMENT II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the Right of The People
to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
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City Council Q&A
have public safety/neighborhood awareness teams. Local
The Antique Asylum is located on
~ Historic U.S. Route 6 ~
Continued From Page 2 homeless shelters should have mental and drug/alcohol
funds for homeless when we have 12% of the homeless abuse health counselors and adult day training programs
population of the county. This disparity must be fixed.” for the homeless. Rather than ticketing these citizens, as South of
Mahli: “I am proud of the work our council has done a city council person I would support program that help Palmdale Metrolink Station
to serve our homeless population and protect our quality these individuals become productive citizens. One as to
of life. One of the first hurdles we must overcome is the
Continued on Page 5
unfair disparity of county funding. We receive just $279
per homeless person to meet their needs and help them
get back on their feet. The service area in downtown LA
receives $4500. That’s not only bad policy, it’s dangerous
given we are the one area of the county with extreme tem-
peratures that can be deadly. We’re working to address
On Tuesday, April 10
this from both a humanitarian perspective, assisting those
“Make Lancaster Great, Again!”
who need help with economic, or health and addiction recycling the past
challenges as well as from a public safety standpoint. We
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the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
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unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but
upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place
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important role and can press for stringent punishment for
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STEPHEN M. JENKINS distributers especially when sold to minors, seniors or dis-
CEO ACS Inc. remember that homelessness can be a result of a men- abled persons. I want to ensure we do all that is possible to
Contributing Writer tal health issues, lack of family stability, drug & alco- protect families and children in our community. I believe
hol abuse, lack of education and sometimes the lack Lancaster can beat this epidemic and be a leader in the war
Public Utility electricity suppliers are not fond of roof- of opportunity.” against drugs. Local municipal government’s sponsor help
top solar. In the early days of solar Photovoltaic (PV) Rives: “I do not support the establishment of a cam- and awareness centers within the community that is accessi-
home electric system installation, there was no Net Ener- pus for homeless people on the Westside of Lancast- ble and confidential throughout the community especially in
gy Metering (NEM). er. The support facilities for the homeless are down- known high drug concentrated areas.”
When a PV system was installed and tied to the utility town such as AV Hospital, Mental Health America, Rives: Did not provide an answer to this question.
grid the value of the solar energy spinning the meter back- Grace Resources, etc. It does not make sense to send 4. Do you support or oppose the municipal ban on recre-
wards feeding back into the grid was valued at wholesale, the homeless way out on the Westside. Besides, that, Continued On Page 6
which was a fraction of the cost of buying the energy at some of the homeless have violent histories. The
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AMENDMENT V
No persons shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on
a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval
forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall
any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor
shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of
Life, Liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for
public use, without just compensation.
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City Council Q&A “It was impossible the


Bank and paper mania
Continued From Page 5 areas. Recreational cannabis dis- crimes they commit simply be- ple into treatment centers or pre- should not produce great
pensaries must be monitored and cause their motive is related to vent them from using in the first and extensive ruin. The
ational cannabis dispensaries? addiction trends should be re- addiction. At the same time, ad- place.” President is fortunate to
Justify your support or opposi- searched closely as there maybe diction itself is a treatable con- Perkins: “As a healthcare pro-
tion? adverse impacts to society.” dition. We should provide di- fessional it is widely known that
get off just as the bubble
Crist: “I oppose recreational Rives: “We have enough addic- version and support programs to drug addiction as public health is bursting, leaving oth-
marijuana use, and stand by my tion problems in Lancaster with help people get clean and back issue. Rather than locking peo- ers to hold the bag. Yet, as
vote. It protects our community liquor and prescribed medicine. on the right track, along with ed- ple up for using drugs, I would his departure will mark
and youth from illegal access and We do not need to add fuel to the ucation to hopefully prevent drug like to see more rehabilitation of-
gateway drug use that can cause the moment when the dif-
fire by having medical or recre- use in the first place.” fered. Drug use impacts all sec-
serious problems for many at-risk ational cannabis sold it our city. Mahli: “Much like how we’re tors of our society, putting people ficulties begin to work,
residents. Further, we have seen If people want to smoke weed in addressing homelessness, taking in jail for drug use is very costly you will see that they will
the problems caused here and in their own home, fine, but get it a balanced approach is the best to tax payers and the results of be ascribed to the new
other states with the difficulty in elsewhere, but not in Lancaster.” way to improve public safety the past 35 years have not ended administration…”
detecting drugged drivers and 5. *This question is not limit- and help those suffering from ad- positive. The US Education De-
getting them off the roads.” ed to cannabis. It is directed at - Thomas Jefferson, 1797
diction. Over the past 50 years, Continued On Page 8
Mahli: “I believe it is our re- our nation’s policy of using law we’ve learned a lot more about

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and many adults whose lives are be better served if drug addic- try drugs in the first place. Sec-
harmed by drug addiction. For tion was looked at from a “pub- ond, by providing access treat-
this reason, I strongly oppose lic health and harm reduction” ment centers we help those are
recreational marijuana dispensa- viewpoint? Explain. *You are suffering from addiction. Third,
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AMENDMENT VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the Right to a speedy and public trial, by an
impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district
shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the
accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for
obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
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AMENDMENT VII
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the Right of trial
by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of
the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
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City Council Q&A


Crist: “When I first ran for City Council, I pledged to the voters that my main focus was job
Continued From Page 6
development and public safety. I’ve kept that promise. We’ve twice been named Most Busi-
partment, Public Health Departments and Law Enforcement play a critical role in ness Friendly City in Los Angeles County. We’ve attracted thousands of new manufacturing
how the next generations of Americans will view drugs. Such agencies can start jobs and industrial technology training programs to help residents prepare for those jobs. It’s
movements to remove the glamorization of drugs in movies, games and music.” no accident that our unemployment rate has dropped from nearly 18% to 4.2%. Our pro-busi-
Rives: “Some problems involving drug abuse are criminal justice related and ness, pro-job policies have brought in new employers, and there are many more on the way. As
some are health concerns. I believe that the drug abusers who steal, rob, and harm long as we maintain our focus on these strategies, we will continue to see economic growth.”
people should be locked up. The other addiction users should have the alternative Mahli: “As a small business owner, I know firsthand how difficult it can be in this state to
of getting medical health from the county or the state. This should not be the job keep the doors open. I brought my experience in business to work as Planning Commissioner
of a suburban community like Lancaster.” and now City Councilman. I’m proud of the job we’ve done to reduce unemployment and at-
Jobs tract new employers and jobs to our valley. In Lancaster, the unemployment rate is now 4.2%.
6. What is your plan for local economic growth and attracting industry offering Not too long ago it was over 18%. We’ve accomplished this by maintaining our commitment
well-paying job opportunities for Lancaster residents? to business-friendly policies that encourage companies to grow and relocate to our city. It’s
working, but there is always more we can do. That’s why I’m running for a full term on the
city council to continue the progress and bring even more prosperity to our residents.”
Perkins: “My plan is to bring more technological, manufacturing, and health care sector
jobs to our community. I would work with the city council and city manager on programs to
attract highly ethical organizations to Lancaster by offering incentives that ensure the success
of the organization and keeps the Lancaster employee employed for years to come. Lancaster
companies must build and invent products that can be sold around the world, in addition we
need an attraction that draws people to Lancaster to increase our sales tax collection.”
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AMENDMENT VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
City Council Q&A
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to try enticing big manufacturing companies to come to
our area, too.”
Make Your Pitch
7. In no more than 200 words, tell voters why you de-
serve to be a Lancaster city council member.
Crist: “I hope my eight years of service on the City
Council and strong track record has earned the commu-
nity’s support for re-election. Public Safety – Throughout
my time as A.V. Sheriff’s Booster President, Lancaster
Criminal Justice Commission Chairman and now Vice
Mayor, I’ve worked closely with our sheriffs to provide
them the support and tools they need. In that time, violent
crime has dropped over 40%. That is a significant drop,
especially when considering poor state policy on early
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The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain Rights, shall not be construed to deny
or disparage others retained by The People
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able…if you are a Republican. Does everybody in the Trump Administration really
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Beating your wife is also a perfectly acceptable family have to have a chair that costs $5,000 and $31,000 worth
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Unlike many, when Donald J. Trump was elected presi- Hey, I’m still waiting for the President of the United But the worst of it is they don’t even pay for it.
dent, I did not disavow my Republican friends. States to condemn the behavior of Rob Porter. If Democrats are “tax and spend” then one must say Re-
Yes, I questioned their judgement, but not their sincerity. Besides telling us what a wonderful man he is, Trump publicans are spend, and spend, and spend…that’s what
They hated Hillary and thought, why not give Trump a has remained mute. credit cards are made for.
chance? All right, I disagree, but I understand. Republicans are proud to be the party of sexual abusers The national debt, long a Republican campaign issue,
What I don’t understand is why, after a year of Trump, and wife beaters. just got over $1.5 trillion bigger with the Trump tax cuts.
they are still Republicans. Apparently only Democrats have to be fiscally conser-
For decades I have heard self-righteous Republicans For decades I have heard self-righ- vative.
proclaim they are the party of “family values.” teous Republicans proclaim they are When Republicans explode the national debt and use
They must have extraordinarily dysfunctional families. the party of ‘family values.’ the tax dollars of hard working Americans to take them-
Trump admitted to sexually assaulting women, and that’s selves and their wives on lavish vacations, it is justified
acceptable. Oh, but let’s not forget accused child molesters. They, because they are working so hard to “Make America
Mark Sanford is the former governor of South Carolina too, are welcome in the Republican Party. Great Again.”
whose affair with his “soul mate,” and lying to cover his “Family values.” Yeah, right.
tracks when he was in South America with his mistress, My entire life I have heard that Republicans are the party Bill Clinton was impeached for
has given us the expression “Hiking the Appalachian of “fiscal conservatives,” and that Democrats are the par- lying about an affair, but he was a
Trail,” meaning having an affair. ty of tax and spend.
Democrat.
Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about an affair, but Talk about big spenders, take a look at the White House.
he was a Democrat. His cabinet secretaries insist on flying first class, on my Way back when I questioned my Republican friends
Republicans can have an affair, lie about it, resign as dime, because otherwise people might yell at them. about Trump…“He’s a crude, racist, of limited vocabu-
governor and then be elected to Congress. This is understandable. The other people in first class lary, intellect, and ideas, with absolutely no dignity or in-
So, “family values” mean cheating on your spouse and have received obscene tax cuts from the Trump adminis- tegrity,” they assured me, “Oh, that’s just for the crowds
fabricating bizarre lies to cover it up is perfectly accept- tration and welcome his minions. at his campaign rallies. When he’s elected he’ll change
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opinion of England and of English writers it is a good; in that of other nations it is an evil; and excepting
England and her copyist, the United States, there is not a nation existing, I believe, which tolerates a paper
circulation. The experiment is going on, however, desperately in England, pretty boldly with us, and at the end
of the chapter, we shall see which opinion experience approves: for I believe it to be one of those cases where
mercantile clamor will bear down reason, until it is corrected by ruin.” – THOMAS JEFFERSON
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18 APRIL 1923: In New York City, 74,200 watch as Yankees open new stadium.
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ing capital punishment for all offenses except murder.
13 APRIL 1830: At a dinner on the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, Presi-
dent Andrew Jackson deliberately challenges the Southerners present by toasting, “Our
Federal Union – it must be preserved!” Vice-President John Calhoun returns the toast
with his challenge: “The Union – next to our Liberty, the most dear!”
01 APRIL 1918: The government begins its War on Darkness with daylight savings time.
25 APRIL 1926: College football promotes drinking, dishonesty, neglect of academic

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work and is a moral menace, according to a report issued by a committee of the Ameri-
can Association of University professors. The panel proposes a limitation of one year’s
participation for college football players, among other reforms.
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07 APRIL 1871: In the Illinois Railroad Act, a commission is set up with powers to fix
maximum rates on railroad and warehouse use; it also forbids all discrimination that
favors giant corporations over small businesses. These early attempts to regulate the
giant interstate corporations now spreading like octopi across the nation will in 1886 be
thwarted by an odd interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court
will rule that a corporation is a person under the meaning of the Amendment and there- Tough on Crime
fore cannot be deprived of property, meaning in this case profits, except by due process.
07 APRIL 1969: In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court rules unconstitutional
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SLAVERY
APRIL 1688: Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania, issue a formal protest against the
institution of slavery in the American Colonies.
14 APRIL 1775: The first Abolition Society in the American colonies, the Society for
the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, is established in Philadelphia A 25 plus years resident of Lancaster, Perkins has volunteered
by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Benjamin Rush. at the local YMCA and City of Lancaster Parks & Recreation.
APRIL 1792: At the Kentucky Constitutional Convention, Presbyterian clergyman Da- He was Parent Teacher Organization president and volunteered
vid Rice, unsuccessfully tries to exclude slavery from Kentucky. 01 APRIL 1840: The with many local non-profit organizations working with youth
abolitionist Liberty Party holds its first national convention in Albany, New York. By and disabled persons.
now the membership in various abolitionist and anti-slavery societies in the U.S. is over
150,000.
WAR ON DRUGS
18 APRIL 1838: A new Massachusetts law attempts to control the use of alcohol. Liquor “I share Lancaster residents’
cannot be sold on a retail basis except in quantities of 15 gallons. passion for our thriving and
28 APRIL 1890: Still attacking State Sovereignty, the Supreme Court in Leisy v. Hardin growing community and am
rules un-Constitutional State laws which forbid package liquor from entering the State, seeking election to the city
on grounds that it interferes with gainful profit. council because I believe my
15 APRIL 1903: The International Congress on Alcoholism opens in Bremen, Germany.
leadership skills, as well as my
30 APRIL 1908: Heralding a national trend, 267 Massachusetts towns and cities vote
for local Prohibition. Worcester, with its population of 130,000 is the largest city in the legislative, planning, business,
country to go “Dry.” and healthcare compliance
22 APRIL 1923: In Texas “Dry” agents start air patrol to catch alcohol bootleggers experience with regulations
(drug dealers). and regulatory agencies will
22 APRIL 1924: Washington D.C. report released indicating Volstead Act spurs crime. bring an important balance to
24 APRIL 1926: Washington D.C. “Dry Law” hearings end; “Wets” make final plea for
modification. the city.” - Shannon Perkins
07 APRIL 1959: In Oklahoma, 51 years of Prohibition draw to a close as a voter margin
of 80,000 repeals the ruling that has kept the State “liquor-free” since 1908.
08 APRIL 1968: A Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs will “oversee”
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“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That all powers not delegated to the United
States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people. To take a
single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a
boundless field of power no longer susceptible of any definition. The incorporators of a bank, and the powers
assumed by this bill, have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States, by the Constitution. They are
not among the powers specially enumerated.” - Thomas Jefferson, 1813.
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Katy Tur is an MSNBC news anchor, and idea she could think of was the 1882 Chi-
one of the best in the business. nese Exclusion Act, but that applied to a
But between June 2015 and November nation, not an entire religion.
2016 she was an NBC news correspondent The pundits all declared this was the end
and her job was to cover the presidential of Trump. In reality, his base loved the
campaign of Donald Trump, and she did idea and his popularity zoomed up.
one hell of a great job. Donald Trump knew his people.
She wrote a book about her experiences In March 2016, things really began to
titled, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat heat up. Twelve more days, she recalls,

November
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to the Craziest Campaign in American before the Florida and Ohio primaries.
History. She was convinced that if his gutless and
In the process, she visited 40 States with weak rivals were ever to stop him, they

Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Trump, and made more than 3,800 live would have to do it in these primaries.
television reports. Out of nowhere, Mitt Romney, the
No one had a better view of Trump than 2012 Republican presidential candidate,
Tur. She concludes that, “Trump has his shocked people when he took Trump apart
Show Hours: own version of reality.”
She heard him insult a war hero (Senator
with a hatchet.
Romney discussed his many failed busi-
Saturday 9-5 & Sunday 9-4 John McCain), brag about grabbing wom- nesses, like Trump Airlines and Trump
en by the you know what, manhandle our University, and he concluded that the can-

Return Sunday with judicial system, attack immigrants, trash didate’s foreign policy was not very smart,
the media, and “tout the size of his junk in and that Trump was a “con man, a fake.”
a presidential debate.” Romney urged GOP voters to vote for
Saturday’s Paid Admission! It is a very good read. anyone else. Trump lost a close election
On June 16, 2015, Trump and his third to John Kasich in Ohio, who was the gov-
wife, Melania, descended the Trump Tow- ernor of the State, but won in Florida, Il-

r
er escalator and he declared his candidacy linois, and North Carolina. Trump was

is t e for the highest office in the land. almost there.

e g Few believed he was a serious contender Tur cannot forget how vile, racist, and vi-
R W in and would never get the GOP nomination. olent Trump supporters were to those who

to ar m!
She remembers talking to Chuck Todd, disagreed with them.
the NBC News’ political director, about In Cleveland she recalled one Trumpite

F i re how to deal with Trump. told a black woman to, “Go back to Af-

a He told her to ask him if he owned a gun, rica.”


to keep her questions short, and let him do In Arizona, a Trump supporter punched
the talking. He warned her, “Remember and stomped on a protestor right in front
you’re NBC. He’s going after you.” of television cameras, leading a supporter
Oh, did he ever. to say the next time I see him, “I might

Guns, Ammo, Accessories & Much, Much More! Four months into the job, she recalls that have to kill him.”
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tering me up.” violence, and one time he told the crowd
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Someone asked her how that could hap- even more bizarre and unbelievable.
pen. She replied she had no idea, but real- And the beat goes on…
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government, are few and defined. Those which
are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on
external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will,
for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in
the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, im-
provement, and prosperity of the State.” - James Madison, Federalist No. 45.
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the individual subscribers, who are to name all the directors; neither Congress nor the States having any
power of interference in its administration…these schemes being always made unintelligible for the gulls
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20 The Antelope Valley Political Observer

City Council Q&A California Cannabis Sales Growth


Could Be Slowed By Onerous Taxes
Continued From Page 9
friendly city. We must maintain our efforts and continue the progress we’ve made to DEBRA BORCHARDT
see our city continue to grow and our residents prosper. Support for seniors, veterans CEO, GreenMarketReport.com
and the disabled – As Chairman of the AVTA, we sought and received grants to allow A new report suggests that the California cannabis market growth may be slowed due
us to provide free transportation for seniors, veterans and disabled residents, all without to heavy taxes and restrictive regulations.
tax increases. They have sacrificed and worked hard for us, it’s only fair we do our best California: The Golden Opportunity, written by Arcview Market Research – Arcview-
for them. Thank you for your consideration. I would be honored to have your support.” MarketResearch.com/reports in partnership with BDS Analytics BDSAnalytics.com –
Mahli: “I’ve been honored to help through many different community and government writes that even the State’s revenue gains could be affected by the onerous tax and
organization including current and past service as a Director of the Antelope Valley Fair regulatory burdens that will drive consumers to the Black Market – exactly the opposite
Association, the Kids Charities of the Antelope Valley, the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s of what authorities wanted. The report stated that the taxes and regulations amount to a
Boosters, the Lancaster Master Plan Committee, the Lancaster Planning Commission 77% handicap versus the prices in the illicit market.
and now as a Member of the City Council. My two major priorities are public safety and California already had high sales taxes and now that is compounded by new cultiva-
economic development. In order to have protect our quality of life we must have safe tion and excise taxes. In addition to that, cannabis businesses are subject to the costs
neighborhoods and quality jobs. By working closely with law enforcement, we have of navigating 40+ different types of state licenses. All of these costs ultimately trickle
been successful in making significant cuts in violent crime. I’m proud to have the sup- down to the consumer.
port of the Association for LA Deputy Sheriff’s and the California Correctional Peace “While California cannabis companies are thrilled with the traffic increase they’ve
Officers Association. During my time on the Planning Commission and City Council, seen since January 1, they can’t help but worry that regulations and taxes are going to
we’ve twice been named the Most Business Friendly City in LA County. We’re proud handicap the legal market in the long term,” said Troy Dayton, CEO of the Arcview
of that and committed to maintaining those job friendly policies that have brought thou- Group. “It’s clear that every additional penny of a price increase on legal cannabis prod-
sands of new jobs to Lancaster and dramatically reduced our unemployment. I respect- ucts only serves to boost the attractiveness of purchasing from the illicit market which
fully ask for the public’s support and vote this election, and pledge to continue working has flourished in the state for decades.”
diligently and honestly to make our city better and stronger.” To get an idea of how pervasive the Black Market is in California – GreenMarket-
Perkins: “Mr. Shannon L. Perkins is a Compliance & Privacy Officer and a 25-year Report.com/reasons-californias-cultivators-dont-license – the State Department of
resident of Lancaster, he is married with 4 children which he and his wife have raised Food and Agriculture reported that cannabis cultivators (both legal & illegal) grew 13.5
in the Lancaster. Perkins has volunteered at the local YMCA and City Parks and Recre- million pounds of flower in 2016. However, residents only consumed 2.5 million and
ation. He was Parent Teacher Organization president and volunteered with many local the rest was diverted to the black market. Continued in the May Political Observer.
non-profit organizations working with the youth, seniors and disabled persons. Shannon
holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and City Planning and a graduate degree
in Public Administration. Political Platform: Tough on Crime/Supports Healthy Fami-
lies Program/Sustainable Economic Development for Citizens and Businesses. “I share
Lancaster residents’ passion for our thriving and growing community and am seeking
SINCE
election to the city council because I believe my leadership skills, as well as my legis-
lative, planning, business, and healthcare compliance experience with regulations and
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regulatory agencies will bring and important balance to the city.” – Shannon Perkins
Rives: “For years, I have run for city council and attended the meetings of the council
every month. I have offered some suggestions such as bus shelters, a sidewalk, a num-
bering process for citizen requests, etc., and they have been taken. I know the council
members, as well, as the board members of the numerous governmental bodies in the
AV. I can begin day-one to address the problems we face, with the help of my col-
leagues, and work with other governments in the region to solve the problems. I do not
need a training period to begin.”

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