Get out and vote – here are some thoughts on my ballot choices

3 Nov

Well, there were so many searches yesterday for election information, I want to talk about the issues that are important to me in this election.

President/VP – Trump/Pence

Congress District 1 – LaMalfa

State Ballot Measures – NO on all except for Props 20 and 22.

Prop 15 – NO – This raises the taxable value of every commercial property, including apartment buildings and farms. More money for schools? You mean, more money for salaries and benefits, not more money for the kids.

Prop 20 – YES – allows judges discretion to decide whether to make felony charges for some offenses decriminalized by AB 109.

Prop 22 – YES – The unions are trying to force part-time workers – like UBER and Insta-Cart drivers – to join the union. Meaning no more part-time, higher rates for customers, and I believe – less people performing these important services that have helped our economy, the environment, and public safety.

In Chico, I can’t vote for my district representative but I’m urging people to vote for Morgan in Dist 1, Schwab Dist 3, and Stone in Dist 5. I don’t have any recommendation for Dist 7, good luck to you folks on that race.

Morgan Dist 1 – I’m not happy that Morgan is pushing forward the Pension Obligation Bond – a tax without voter approval – but, I think Morgan could be pressured to drop this idea. That’s sean.morgan@chicoca.gov

Schwab Dist 3 – Same with Ann, I’m not happy that she is supporting the POB, but I find her to be malleable under pressure, so let’s start pressuring her about that too – ann.schwab@chicoca.gov

Stone Dist 5 – I feel good about this endorsement because Stone not only rejected the POB as a member of the Finance Committee, but he rejected the sales tax measure that Mark Orme wanted on this November ballot. He gave good reasons, whether or not you think he’s sincere, you might want to thank him – randall.stone@chicoca.gov

For Dist 7 I can’t really get behind either of these people. For one thing, they have no real record politically. Ober has served on committees without much distinction. Tandon has never served, I’ve never seen her at the morning meetings, and I’ve never heard anything she has to say aside from promises to clean up the park. I don’t like either of them particularly, but I think Tandon has got a bigger machine behind her, I don’t trust people who take and spend so much special interest money. She’s a Trojan Horse.

Measure E is the most important measure on the local ballot. This is not unlike Measure J, written to legalize the illegal taking of a tax off our cell phone bills. A southern California lawyer decides that every city in California needs to be gerrymandered to give lesser known and lesser supported candidates an edge in city elections. Whereas we all voted for every seat on council, now we are faced with one district representative? How is that good for anybody?

I think it’s telling that this council, when faced with a similar situation – a lawsuit over the illegal collection of a tax on our cell phones – council chose to continue to break the law right up until the voters rejected their measure. The big difference – the cell phone tax issue had already been decided by the state courts. But, sitting council – led by Ann Schwab – chose to continue to collect that tax illegally while asking the voters to make it legal!

Look at the map – see how the line between Districts 3 and 6 jogs over suddenly to take in the Dist 6 rep’s home. These were admittedly drawn around the sitting council members, that’s gerrymandering. And one sitting council member has already told me the districts will be redrawn after the election. Why didn’t they wait to get voter approval BEFORE they drew the districts?

Think Folks, don’t be bullied with the epithet of “RACIST!” A NO vote means the districts are NOT LEGAL and we have to at least go back to the drawing board. Don’t let the Gerrymanderers fool you, this is not a done deal, VOTE NO ON MEASURE E.

Those are the issues I feel are most important in this election. I’m sorry if you don’t agree. I am posting this because I’ve had an incredible number of searches for information in this election, and I’m glad to share my point of view.

 

Waiting for The Crazy to be over

1 Nov

I can’t remember when I’ve wanted an election over so badly. This is the nastiest election in my memory, especially locally.

I blame the Facebook groups here – both sides are ugly. Rob Berry, Faceblob gadfly, who has worked as an attorney for PG&E, leads the charge with threats of “boobytrapping” his campaign signs to keep thieves away. Rob, you were asking for it there, Buddy. You should have better sense, Mr. Lawyer.

Meanwhile, queen of the bum camps, Jessica McLaughlin, attacks people for having yard signs she doesn’t approve of, giving specific addresses in her anonymous posts on Reddit, and calling out Code Enforcement. This is especially ironic since she vociferously defends the creeps who are breaking the laws in our parks and other public spaces.

Wow – this is what we have to offer the young people of our town? I’m so embarrassed.

Yvonne, I’m sorry your yard signs were taken down, but, judging from your own video, they were posted illegally on the outside of your fence. Both sides are guilty of illegal posting. And, it’s the citizen’s right, sorry Yvonne, to take down and dispose of illegally posted sign. Although, if it were me, I would have put the sign in your yard and left you a nice note with Debbie Presson’s contact info on it.

What a town. Reminds me of the story of Little Black Sambo, a controversial folk tail about bullying. Here’s my analogy – Sambo is the average voter, a guy who’s trying to inform himself about the candidates and issues. On the way to the polling station he runs into a pack of tigers who are circling his city hall building with angry mobs, both sides rabid, shutting down sidewalks, disrupting public meetings with honking horns. They’ve created a hostile atmosphere of total anarchy.

Suddenly, the Chico First, One Chico, Citizens for Safe Chico, and the Stand Up for Chico folks start chasing each other around City Plaza, shouting threats and obscenities and waving signs at each other. As Sambo watches in horror, the howling mobs turn into a river of shit, polluting the entire town.

Sambo moves to Idaho.

And then there’s national politics. It’s so deja vu – 4 years ago we watched Hillary Clinton barking at the crowds about what a disaster a Trump presidency would be. She also attacked Biden pretty viciously – and we can’t help but wonder why she is not supporting him now, along with her dirt-bag wife-cheating husband Bill. And where the hell is Michele Obama? Pissed off because Biden chose Harris? So we have the Barack and Biden show – air bumping their way across the country, with threats of shutting down society as well as the economy.

The press is shameless, I can’t believe the lack of professional journalism. But here’s what I see – the Democrats are so desperate they are trying to play the polls game. The press is presenting one poll after another saying Biden is ahead.

Sound familiar? Cause that’s what we heard leading up to Election 2016. It’s all coming back to me. I was so disgusted with being forced to choose between Hillary and Trump, and no real campaign coming out of my old stand-by, Ralph Nader, I just didn’t vote for President. I went to bed expecting to wake up to Fascism, Hillary-Style.

Boy, was I shocked – it was SURREAL – when my husband woke me out of a dead sleep about midnight to say, “HILLARY CONCEDED!”

I won’t lie, I thought Trump would be a total disaster. That didn’t happen. Instead, according to fact-checked data, the country has more jobs and more people employed, programs in place to ensure better drug prices and more transparency in medical billing, more accountability in the Veterans Administration, reforms to the justice system that ensure fair treatment – read it here:

As I read through this list, I saw stuff I knew was happening without being told. Some highlights:

  1. The 25% lowest-paid Americans enjoyed a 4.5% income boost in November 2019, which outpaces a 2.9% gain in earnings for the country’s highest-paid workers. More than 400,000 manufacturing jobs created since his election. The poverty rate fell to a 17-year low of 11.8% under the Trump administration as a result of a jobs-rich environment. Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels since the U.S. began collecting such data.
  2. Trump signed a bill this year allowing some drug imports from Canada so that prescription prices would go down.  In the eight years prior to President Trump’s inauguration, prescription drug prices increased by an average of 3.6% per year. Under Trump, drug prices have seen year-over-year declines in nine of the last ten months, with a 1.1% drop as of the most recent month.
  3. He also signed an executive order this year that forces all health care providers to disclose the cost of their services so that Americans can comparison shop and know how much less providers charge insurance companies.  Hospitals will now be required to post their standard charges for services, which include the discounted price a hospital is willing to accept.
  4. Trump created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans. He also issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
  5. In 2018, President Trump signed the groundbreaking First Step Act, a criminal justice bill that enacted reforms that make our justice system fairer and help former inmates successfully return to society. The First Step Act’s reforms addressed inequities in sentencing laws that disproportionately harmed Black Americans and reformed mandatory minimums that created unfair outcomes. The First Step Act expanded judicial discretion in the sentencing of nonviolent crimes. Over 90% of those benefiting from the retroactive sentencing reductions in the First Step Act are Black Americans. The First Step Act provides rehabilitative programs to inmates, helping them successfully rejoin society and not return to crime.

So, I will be sheltering in place the next few days, got my groceries stocked up, errands run, outside chores done – waiting for The Crazy to be over. Good luck, keep your head down.

Dear Chico Unified Teachers: you can’t have your cake and eat it too

30 Oct

Well, you know how I just LOVE to say “I TOLD YOU SO.” and here it is:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/cusd-enrollment-down-home-schooling-spikes-since-covid-19-campus-shutdown/ar-BB1awxip

“Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) closed all public schools in the Chico Unified School District (CUSD) to in-person instruction and transitioned to at-home online learning, 581 students have left the district. “

And who could blame them – I’ve tried to use Zoom to attend meetings, it sucks. For one thing, if you don’t have perfect internet and top-of-the-line computer crap you are left out. And, I’m sorry – since when is it okay for kids to stare at a screen for more than 30 minutes?

“The decrease could affect future CUSD budgets since each student accounts for approximately $10,000 in state and federal funding each year. Given the current declines that would mean nearly a $6 million shortfall.”

All for teachers who want to get paid for sitting at home. I think they just caught the seats of their pants with their own pitchfork.

And you realize what they’re saying – the fewer kids they have, the more money they need? What? How come when enrollment goes down, they still need the money from those kids that left? Because they, like the city of Chico and many other public agencies, have given over-generous salaries and benefits, and have a huge pension deficit. Get ready for a bond measure to pop up on your 2022 ballot.

My congratulations and best wishes to you brave individuals who have opted to Home School. Don’t be discouraged – I Home Schooled both my kids, and we’ve never regretted it. Contact me here and let me know how you’re doing.

 

 

Letter to the Editor: City services will never be adequately funded until employees start paying their fair share

28 Oct

Dave was reminding me the other day (thanks Dave), elections come and go, but the suits are always working on  tax increases. It’s true, elected officials are here today, gone tomorrow, but The Song Remains the Same – City of Chico Staff is always trying to  find a way to  get us to pay their outrageous salaries and  benefits, without providing us with any services. 

I thought BC really wrapped it up good when he said, “Chico taxpayers… are guaranteeing the generous salaries and benefits of well heeled, well paid, privileged city employees.”

So, I wrote a letter to the editor about it! I borrowed generously from BC’s remarks made a week or so ago here, I hope that’s okay BC! I did change your comment about “average income” to “median family income” because that’s the only statistic I could verify. Still works. 

At my blog, chicotaxpayers.com, we’re discussing the Pension Obligation Bond currently being considered in closed door meetings Downtown.

CalPERS promises to fund the pensions with a 7% investment return, but have not met that target, forcing city of Chico to dip into the General Fund to make increasing payments. That’s right – Chico taxpayers, with a median family income of $43,000/yr, are guaranteeing the generous salaries and benefits of well heeled, well paid, privileged city employees.

A Pension Obligation Bond must  be paid ahead of everything else, at the expense of city services. In the event of a bad return, the bond holders can take our entire General Fund. 

To use a credit card analogy: The City has run up so much credit card (pension) debt, they can’t even make the minimum payment. So while they keep spending at the same or greater rate (hiring three new management positions this year), they mortgage the house to pay down the credit cards. They can’t afford to keep the house up (deteriorating municipal facilities, parks and public areas), can’t fix the driveway (deteriorating streets), can’t afford a security system (fire and police), and eventually can’t afford to put food on the table for the family (homeless).

City services will never be adequately funded until employees start paying their fair share.

Tell Mayor and Finance Committee member Ann Schwab what you think, at ann.schwab@chicoca.gov

Juanita Sumner, Chico CA

POST SCRIPT:  I’d also like to see Mark Orme fired, but maybe if we apply enough heat to the seat of his pants we can just make him quit. 

 

Contact Mayor and Finance Committee member Ann Schwab and tell her what you think of Mark Orme’s snake oil scheme to put his pension debt on the taxpayers

28 Oct

I got a great comment from Emily this morning. It was good to hear from somebody, besides me, and Dave, and BC, who is worried about the city’s intentions to foist a Pension Obligation Bond on the taxpayers, currently being discussed in closed meetings.

“Thanks for publishing all of this. I live in District 3 and asked both Denlay and Schwab (I do not consider Breedlove a serious candidate) about their plan to deal with Chico’s unfunded pension liability. Schwab emailed me back immediately with the same response she said she had already sent to you: best way is to make sure businesses can thrive here by improving infrastructure etc, state’s payment requirements are unrealistic and Chico is advocating for change, city has a pension stabilization trust w which to grow its payment funds, and city is considering a pension obligation bond though there’s “some debate” whether those are beneficial.

Thank you again Emily, for taking time to engage the candidates. I had a discussion with Ann, and tried to contact Denlay, who never got back to me.

I’ll give Ann credit – she responds, and she’s honest. But I have to differ with her statement that the state’s requirements are unrealistic. Schwab and her full council signed contracts allowing over-generous salaries and unrealistic employee contributions, and now she says it’s CalPERS’ fault?

Furthermore, she admits there is “some debate” over POB’s being “beneficial“. That’s an understatement, given the warnings the consultant made about the volatility of such bonds. Why would these investments fare any better than CalPERS’ investments, which have been coming in at half or less than their projections? The consultant made it clear – poor returns, which he also said repeatedly are very likely, would be a disaster for the city. The bond holders would take our entire General Fund. That’s about all we have left, besides the already established “Pension Stabilization Slush Fund”.

And, I don’t think the consultants were being fully honest about the streets leasing deal, I think that’s even more risky than they are willing to admit at this stage.

Denlay’s response to Emily was worse.

“I had to follow up with Denlay, who did respond with her ‘instincts’ about how to deal with this problem: get diverse stakeholders together to understand the problems as a whole before working on a solution, need to get different stakeholders to agree on a plan to pay it down within 30 years, but that Chico has ‘many pressing issues even beyond pension liabilities,’ including illegal encampments, needle handout programs, and the state of City Plaza.”

That’s what I’ve been saying about Denlay – she is way over her head. She doesn’t understand that the pension deficit is the biggest debt the city faces, that it is being paid by the taxpayers at the expense of all our city services, and if we don’t do something about it, we’re in for BANKRUPTCY. Worse, she obviously didn’t watch the consultant’s presentation, which is just plain LAZY, girlfriend. The first thing I look for in a candidate is their knowledge of the committees. I’m going to guess she doesn’t even know what committees or who is sitting on them.

But she has been tutored about the POB, because a reader sent me the response he got out of her. That’s what she’s talking about when she says “get diverse stakeholders together to understand the problems as a whole before working on a solution, need to get different stakeholders to agree on a plan to pay it down within 30 years.” The operative word here is “stakeholders” – is she including the taxpayers? Because the consultant also made it very clear that this bond will not go to the ballot, meaning the taxpayers are out of the conversation.

Emily added, “I’m at a bit of a loss bc I can’t believe Schwab is even considering the pension obligation bond, but it doesn’t look like Denlay understands the issues very well.

Thank you Emily, you put it in a nutshell.

But, I’ll still say, at least Schwab is honest, and she responded more clearly. I’ll also tell you something else about Schwab – she wants to get re-elected, I believe she wants to hold onto her seat until she is termed out, so I believe she listens to criticism better than most.

So, it’s time to contact Schwab – she’s not just the District 3 candidate she’s your mayor, and a member of the Finance Committee that is forwarding a recommendation to Council. Tell her what you think of this insane idea.

Tell her you know the sneaky, dirty truth that Mark Orme doesn’t want us to know. This isn’t the kind of bond that shows up on your property tax bill. It’s the kind of bond that drains city finances, written to be paid ahead of any of our other debt and ahead of financing services. This POB will show up in the form of PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICE CUTS, UNMAINTAINED STREETS, A FILTHY PARK, AND HIGHER SEWER FEES.

And there’s the next thing that will show up on the horizon – another tax proposal. They’ll let the streets go to crap, the park will remain a giant hobo camp, and you will continue to see “quality of life crimes” without any response from the cops. When they think we’re about up to here with it, they’ll offer another tax increase. They’ll tell us it’s for the streets and public safety. Oh yeah, remember – just like they told us the Trash Tax would go to the Street Fund. The truth is, they’ve voted year after year to put it in the General Fund, out of which they make their 7-8-9-10-and now 11 million dollar UAL “catch up” payments.

So tell Ann you’re hip to those kind of tricks. Yes, we need to address the pension deficit, head on. Meaning, THE EMPLOYEES, ESPECIALLY MANAGEMENT, NEED TO PAY MORE. And they need to do it without the raises council has given them every time they’ve agreed to pay more of their pension – how asinine is that?

That’s ann.schwab@chicoca.gov

And here’s why I voted for Matt Tennis, CUSD board

25 Oct

I’m glad to see so much interest in the school board election, but to tell the truth, there is only one candidate that I really feel good about – Matt Tennis.

The single most important issue to me right now is getting the schools back open for in-person instruction. I have a friend who is a board member in another small local district, and like he says – kids are not learning to read right now, they’re getting behind, and the farther behind they get, the less likely they are to catch up.

Sitting in front of a computer screen for a couple of hours a day is not an acceptable substitute. They’d be better off watching Sesame Street. 

I’m tired of hearing about teachers who expect to get paid for NOT WORKING, or who are using COVID to muscle more money out of school boards. I think that’s a sad indication of the kind of people we have in the schools today.  Afraid of germs? How about conjunctivitis? When was the last time a school was shut down for a case of pink-eye? How about MRSA? Remember the hysteria over MRSA? I knew two kids who got it, but their school was not shut down, even though nobody could tell them exactly how they got it, and the only thing they had in common was the school they attended for 6+ hours a day.

So hey teachers, get out there and get your COVID shot, and get your whiney asses back in the classroom. Cause you realize, there are going to be parents that like homeschooling, because they don’t have to deal with jerks like you. Every time you pull some bullshit like this you will lose students.  And that’s going to take a big whack at your ADA.

So here’s what Matt Tennis has to say about opening the schools. I’m glad I voted for him. But, we’ll see how much I like him when the subject of teachers’ contracts and district financing comes around. It’s hard to pick a perfect candidate, but I’m pretty sure he’s the best of this litter. 

An endorsement I’m sure of – Donald Trump for President

23 Oct

 

Thanks Jenna for this pic from a recent Trump rally in Nevada.  He looks very presidential, and that’s one reason I support him – he’s a leader, a motivator, not a tyrant or a taskmaster. 

I voted for Trump because I like the job he’s  done.  I like his immigration policies, his judicial appointments, and the trade tariffs. I think he’s handled COVID well enough, and if he’s elected the country will open faster and the hysteria will give in to better public health policies. The bottom line for me is, my family has just done better in the last four years under Trump/Pence than we did under Obama/Biden.  

Biden and Harris are horrible. Now Biden admits Obamacare is flawed? He wants to fix it? Bidencare? Change police policy? Investigate the Kremlin?  Like Trump pointed out very well last night, Biden had 8 years to correct the flaws in Obamacare, he had 8 years to bring about change in police policies, he had 8 years to investigate outside influence in our elections, but did nothing.

Obamacare is a disgrace, having made the insurance companies rich while failing to provide better, or even affordable, health care. COVID has shown us the flaws in the so-called “Affordable Care Act”.  Our health care system was in poor shape before Trump came along.

As for police policy, Obama actually signed an order allowing police to shoot a subject without prosecution if they said they feared for their lives. This has been called “the policeman’s bill of rights”. Obama and Biden also support the “no knock warrant”, while Trump has said it should not be allowed. 

The conversation and fear-mongering regarding outside influence in elections didn’t start until Trump had already won the 2016 election. 

So the Democrats, led by Biden, threw investigations and impeachment at the president, then COVID, then the California wildfires – what else will the Biden campaign blame on Trump? How much will we suffer in the meantime? 

Harris, as Attorney General of California, failed to prosecute Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey when he had obviously been taking bribes from energy providers and utility districts. She was slow to investigate, finally citing Statute of Limitations. So, people all over California, including low income households, are overpaying for their power and water because of corruption of oversight.  As AG and then as Senator, she failed to investigate cases of obvious corruption at the California Public Employees Retirement System, despite three scandals involving bribes or insider trading in the last 5 years. 

As San Francisco city attorney, she allowed the lawlessness of illegal immigration and transients camping in public areas, pushing for “sanctuary city”. Her policies helped turn the entire state into a sanctuary for the lawless individuals who predate on the rest of us. 

Another big difference I would note between the two campaigns is that Biden and Harris are determined to use divisiveness while Trump, who calls himself a cheerleader for America, tries to bring Americans together. I shudder at the thought of a Biden/Harris victory – I can’t believe they wouldn’t “punish” those cities, counties and states that support Trump. 

I think Biden’s overall health and mental condition are also important considerations – the thought of a Harris and Pelosi essentially taking over our country puts chills up my spine. 

Trump has been a good president the last four years and I’d like to stick with him and see what he can achieve in the next four. 

 

 

 

What will become of $30 million city surplus?

18 Oct

Dave Howell sent this right-on analysis of the Sept 23 Finance Committee Meeting:

That finance meeting WAS PACKED with crazy and outrageous information. And the local media DIDN’T MENTION ANY OF IT!

Here are some key takeaways the local media should have covered:

Last year at this time we thought the unfunded pension liability we were on the hook for was $128 million. Well, this year the bureaucrats and consultants say $146 million. AND NOW THEY TELL US WE OWE ANOTHER $140 MILLION IN INTEREST! But these numbers are low because they don’t include the 4.7% under performance from last year and also the prior year’s under performance. IT IS OBSCENE! WHERE THE HELL IS THE LOCAL MEDIA ON THIS?

UAL for CalPERs is 146.3 million which is a 43% increase over the last 5 years. UAL payments are now 9.9 million in 2021 and will grow to 13.2 in 2026. And remember this is assuming an unrealistic 7% CalPERs return. In all likelihood this number will be even worse as over the last 20 years CalPERs hasn’t come close to 7%. CalPERs return has only been 5.5%.

The City’s pensions are only 67% funded.

In addition to leasing the streets Morgan talked about the possibility of leasing the airport! WHAT A SCAMMER!

What was just as revealing was after the snake oil consultants left the meeting. Dowell went into the June and August financial statements. (What happened to July?) The city’s cash flow is up OVER $30 MILLION from last year resulting in an $8.8 million surplus! (You would think with a 30 million increase in cash flow the surplus would be even more.) And it sounds like these numbers will probably increase over the next few months. It turns out that despite the doom we were told the COVID crisis would have on the City’s finance, the crisis has generated a huge windfall for the City, similar to the Camp Fire situation.

Naturally, they didn’t even think of giving any of the surplus back to the taxpayers or using it to fix the streets. They are pigs at the trough and will take everything they can get, so even with millions in surplus you can bet they will be talking tax and fee increases next year! It just shows that no matter how much money they take, all of it and more will be devoured by pensions, other post employment benefits and raises. These people are parasites and they will bleed the people of this community dry! DON’T LET THEM DO THIS TO YOU!

Here was an interesting letter to the editor. How did the letter writer know about the surplus? I didn’t see it reported in any of the local media. Did the letter reader watch the video?

City budget surplus? How to help ALL city dwellers? Pave the streets and upgrade shoulders to sidewalks. Smooth pavement and safe routes help everyone. People can get moving: on foot, by bike, on skates or boards. Even in the car, the experience of quietly gliding over newly paved roads is a stress-reducer. Come on, council! Do what it takes: set money aside, get grants, and do it. Please!
— Kristi Ayars, Chico

Quiz: How much do you know about Chico’s pension deficit?

18 Oct

Here’s Part 1 of the quiz I was promising. These questions are all from the first 10 or 15 minutes of the video presentation posted here:

https://chicotaxpayers.com/2020/10/09/heres-the-video-from-that-sept-23-finance-comm-meeting-ever-wonder-what-people-are-saying-about-your-money-behind-your-back/

If you feel like it, send this video to your district representative/candidate, see how many of these questions he/she can answer.

  1. What is the city’s current Unfunded Actuarial Liability (aka “pension deficit”), not including interest?
  2. How much has that figure grown in the last 5 years?
  3. What are the two types of payments the city currently makes to CalPERS?
  4. How much are those payments projected to increase over the next 5 years?
  5. What is CalPERS investment return target, and what have they been averaging over the last 20 years?

Well, that ought to give you something to chew on, I’ll get more questions when I have a minute.

Mailed/delivered your ballot yet? You can check the status of your ballot at this link

17 Oct

Sorry to be a flake – have not had time to write that quiz, but yeah, it’s coming.

What I do have for you today is a link to check the status of your ballot – has it been received? Rejected or accepted?

https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/

Be patient, I had to try it twice, because I have crappy internet. Follow the prompts, there’s a couple of pages to fill out. You’ll need your CDL and SSN, they ask for the last four digits of each. First they will confirm your status as a voter, then they will check for your ballot. When I checked for mine, they said it had been “accepted.”

My husband and I have voted by mail for about 20 years. The county clerk has always had some sort of mechanism by which to check ballot status, each ballot is recorded “received” electronically as her staff processes it. One year, when the online mechanism didn’t work, I contacted her staff and they checked it for me manually.

We mailed our ballots in within days of receiving them. We had already studied the voter pamphlet and done research at ballotpedia.com, we were ready to fill them out and get them back in.

I really don’t understand this push to allow people a longer period to register and vote. I think it’s desperation on the part of the Democratic party. I expect legitimate charges of fraud in this election, all the way around.

So whatever your preference for delivery, give it a week and check your ballot status. We have to be our own watchdogs folks, there’s a lot of weird stuff going on right now.