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Did you cause California’s wildfires? Should your monthly bill go up?

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6:04 pm | Randy Thomasson


In the aftermath of the 2017 wildfires, will California government add misery upon misery?

The “Big 3” public utilities in California are basically admitting substandard power lines and equipment caused at least some of this year’s destructive wildfires, including October’s large fires in California’s Wine Country, which destroyed an estimated 3,500 plus structures and killed at least 41 people.

Right now, attorneys and lobbyists for Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric are vigorously lobbying the California Public Utilities Commission to try to raise your gas and electric rates for THEIR problem.

The injustice of this (Creator God commands in Exodus 20 “Do not steal” and “Do not covet…anything that is your neighbor’s”) puts SaveCalifornia.com in strong agreement with a San Francisco-based consumer group.

In California, both “Left” and “Right” should grasp the reality that if the “Big 3” utilities (which constantly fight against competition and prefer a virtual “energy monopoly” over you and your family) have their way, your monthly utility bills will be jacked up and your service will ultimately go down:

But consumer groups say the push by PG&E and the state’s other two large utilities — Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric — is out of line. If the PUC allows utilities to pass along most of their uninsured wildfire costs to ratepayers in the form of higher monthly bills, critics say, they will have less incentive to properly maintain wires, trim back trees and take other sometimes costly measures needed to reduce wildfire risk.

“PG&E and the other utilities are very vigorously lobbying to see that the costs of disasters be covered by ratepayers, even when they are found negligent,” said Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network, a San Francisco consumer group.

“The shareholders benefit when the company does well,” he said. “They have to pay when the company doesn’t do well.”

TAKE ACTION NOW. The five members of the Public Utilities Commission are all Democrats appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. Since they claim to be for the poor, CALL AND LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE COMMISSIONERS, such as:

“I’m calling to leave a message for the commissioners: Oppose any and all rate hikes. The wildfires aren’t my or my family’s fault. Don’t punish us with higher monthly bills, which we can’t afford!”

San Francisco PUC office 415.703.2782
Los Angeles PUC office 213.576.7000
PUC Utility Complaints 800.649.7570

“…encourage affordable energy supplies for the electric generation sector, in order to maintain long-term affordable energy prices for consumers and industry, maintain reliable production of energy at all times, encourage economic development and promote job growth.”
“Affordability and Reliability” Model Legislation for States, ALEC

Democrat politicians caused and won’t fix California’s housing problem

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 4:33 pm | Randy Thomasson


Why has the median price of a house in California increased 64% in the past five years? In January 2012, the median price statewide was $306,000 and now it’s $503,000.

The answer is the most simple and important law of the free market — Supply and Demand. There aren’t enough houses and apartments for people to live in, so the Demand for housing has overtaken the Supply of housing. But liberal/progressive/Democrat politicians who don’t live in the real world “don’t get” this unchangeable law of money.

What’s been suppressing California’s supply of housing? Government thieves. First, the Democrat politicians in charge of California for decades now have burdened developers with an overwhelming amount of government fees, it’s more feasible to build houses in other states.

Add to this powerful friends of Democrat politicians, the environmental wackos. These groups devalue human beings and their God-given needs, and block housing development after development. For example, in Santa Clarita, California:

2011: “Environmentalists sue to block a new city in L.A. County”
2017: “L.A. County hit with lawsuit claiming Newhall Ranch project would be ‘menace’ to public”: Environmental groups are suing Los Angeles County and a development firm for moving ahead with plans to build 5,500 homes and apartments in the Santa Clarita Valley … For at least two decades, activists in the Santa Clarita Valley have tried to fight off the Newhall Ranch development.

Meanwhile, what’s been artificially increasing the demand for housing? Illegal immigration. Again, the Democrats in charge of California have been using all the magnets at their disposal to attract people to illegally cross over from Mexico. Invaders get virtually all the benefits of U.S. citizenship, including California driver’s licenses and government welfare, with zero legal need to learn English. Illegally crossing the border has been rewarded with money, so it’s no surprise that, in 2014, California had at least 2.35 million illegal immigrants.

So the Democrat politicians caused California’s severe housing problem. And now that it’s staring them in the face, will the Democrat politicians solve it? Nope. Of the raft of “housing” bills currently proposed by Democrats in Sacramento, all but one of their bills would grow government bigger and take even more money away from responsible, hard-working Californians.

This is what you get with the Democrats in charge. Higher prices, denial of reality, shrinking the supply of what people really need (think housing, water, jobs), and dumbing down the next generation with government schools that refuse to teach 7 of 10 children to read or compute proficiently.

“Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.”
Adlai Stevenson, Illinois Governor (1949-1953, Democrat nominee for U.S. President (1952, 1956)

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Proverbs 29:2

What I learned on my first visit to Yosemite

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 6:41 pm | Randy Thomasson

Can you believe it? I’ve lived all my life in California and have never visited Yosemite National Park. Fortunately, some dear people invited me on a mini-vacation and I finally got to experience it. My half-burned-out mind and body needed the rest!

While enjoying the visual feast of God’s beautiful creation at Yosemite, I was also surprised to experience or learn that:

1. Yosemite is clogged with cars and the Yosemite Valley is a long drive from the park entrance. All the visitors made it feel overcrowded to me. At the main “view” area, there were lots of foreign tourists, all talking in their native languages.

2. The government is making money off visitors. A vehicle with one or more persons is charged $30. The cheapest price, $10, is if you’re 62 or older. But is this a fair pay-to-play arrangement, or does the National Park Service regard visitors as a revenue source? With official stats reporting 5,217,114 visitors in 2016, and a projected 2017 budget of $27 million, they should be collecting only $5.17 per person. Yet it seems We the People are paying more than that to visit Our property.

3. There’s a big grocery store in Yosemite that sells a lot of alcohol. I asked a store clerk whether the liquor buyers are folks who are “partying” or simply trying to drown their depression. He said probably both types bought the booze.

4. There’s a United States courthouse right in Yosemite Park. This federal court has somehow acquired California state court powers to judge all citations and misdemeanors in the 750,000-acre park. And the alcohol-related crimes are very high. I can’t help but think that the big liquor aisle at the Yosemite grocery store is part of the problem.

After a robust day hike, during which I enjoying dipping my feet in the cool waters of Lower Yosemite Falls, I was glad to have finally witnessed in person the famous “postcard images” of Yosemite. It’s a day I’ll never forget, full of memories with folks I love.

Yet, to me, modern-day Yosemite has too many cars and people, too-high prices and too much government. No offense intended to any Yosemite aficionados, but next time I hike, I think I’ll find a quiet hill or mountain that gives me more for less. Having gone on several High Sierra hiking trips in my youth, I’ve become quite a nature-lover because I’m simply fascinated with God’s creation!

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Psalm 95:1-5