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Piercing the darkness in California

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 9:51 am | Randy Thomasson

With evil forces hard at work, you hear a lot of bad news. But here 3 victories, right here in California!

The City of Downey, in southeast L.A. County, encircled by the 5, 710, and 105 freeways, has joined Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and the County of Orange in banning any flag on government property except the U.S., state, city (or county) and POW/MIA flags.

This is the fruit of the labors of those who helped elect pro-family city councilmembers. It took 3 of 5 votes to win on May 14, but fortunately, there was a conservative majority!

The mayor, Mario Trujillo (sitting in the center of the council’s semi-circle), is himself an “LGBTQIA+” activist, who was seething with anger because he wants to promote the unnatural, unhealthy, unbiblical, tyrannical homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda.

Kudos to the Downey chapter of Mass Resistance, which has worked for a couple years now for a conservative-majority council to approve this patriotic, pro-family flag policy. If you have and know a conservative city councilmember, ask him or her to introduce the same flag policy as Downey and Huntington Beach have bravely and lovingly done.

Watch the May 14 Downey City Council Meeting (relevant video is 5:37:17 to 5:56:40)
What can we learn from Jessica Tapia’s winning settlement?

1. Religious freedom and free speech in the First Amendment, plus California’s “employee protection” laws, can be potent allies of moral-values teachers in the government schools. Suing in federal court is the right venue and also a legal strategy to protect more teachers.

2. Other religious teachers opposed to the “LGBTQIA+” agenda in schools can also sue, with the help of able, First Amendment attorneys. If you’re a religious teacher in California “public schools” who doesn’t want to lie about what sex a biological boy or biological girl is, contact the same attorneys who represented and won for Jessica Tapia: Advocates for Faith & Freedom at 951-304-7583 or see their new page, Teachers Don’t Lie.

3. A federal lawsuit going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court is needed. The current high court seems to have either 5 or 6 judges that support religious accommodation, based on our written Constitution and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Which teacher and legal organization will love others nationwide to pursue this? The Becket Fund for Religious Freedom is representing religious parents of children in K-12 government schools. And while losing in federal appeals court May 15, they’ve won the right of appeal to SCOTUS.
Watch this TV news report about this parental rights victory in San Diego County.

Watch the Lakeside school board parental-rights discussion, debate, and vote, starting at 25:00 and culminating with the unanimous vote at 2:28:07

The Lakeside Union School District Parents’ Bill of Rights includes:
* Public listing and disclosure of all curricula
* Parent advisory committees to review and make recommendations regarding parental notification, student privacy matters, and selection and implementation of curriculum and supplemental instructional materials
* Detailing of age-appropriateness of library books, ensuring parents’ ability to restrict their child’s access to objectionable books
* Parents’ ability to “opt-out” of what they deem to be inappropriate topics including sex education
* Notification of official or unofficial district actions related to bullying, suicidal intent, sexual transitioning, and academic achievement
* Parental notification of state-mandated or district-initiated modifications to restroom and locker room facilities that impact children’s privacy
* Parental written approval for administering all medications or medical treatments from cold medicines to insulin

Every pro-family school board in California should pass a similar resolution. So if a school board in your community has a professing pro-family majority, please lobby your local school board members to pass the same Parents’ Bill of Rights as Lakeside has.

However, loving parents and grandparents should realize that, despite this pro-family resolution, impressionable boys and girls enrolled in the government-controlled K-12 system in Lakeside and throughout California will still be barraged with:

* A raft of statewide school sexual indoctrination laws
* Racist indoctrination under the guise of “ethnic studies”
* Anti-people indoctrination under “climate education”
* Other curricula that are pro-abortion, pro-fornication, and anti-America
* A myriad of policies and practices disparaging parents, family, real history, and Christianity

See California’s 13 sexual indoctrination laws + 10 more reasons to be concerned

SaveCalifornia.com urges loving dads and moms to permanently rescue your children from government indoctrination centers and take back your parental rights for good.

From teaming up with other parents to micro-school by hiring a teacher of your choice, to homeschooling with superior curriculum that does most of the teaching, parents are in charge! And with homeschool groups in most communities, healthy socialization abounds!

Discover the educational and moral excellence of exiting “public schools” for the safety and goodness of homeschooling, micro-schooling, or church-schooling today at our special site, RescueYourChild.com.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
The Bible, Titus 2:11-14

ALERT: Tell this Democrat senator to drop his anti-America bill

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 7:07 pm | Randy Thomasson
How can we have a republic if the written law — including election law — is not enforced? And how can we have a democracy if the vote of the People is compromised by fraud?

Please act now against a bad bill PROMOTING election fraud by a Democrat Party state senator who’s running for the “toss-up” 47th U.S. House seat in Orange County.

Urge Dave Min to DROP his bad bill (which is now on the floor of the Democrat-controlled California State Senate). See your 1 action step below!
SB 1174 by Democrat Party State Senator Dave Min of Orange County is on the Senate floor after its May 1 passage in its final Senate committee. If it passes the full Senate as soon as this coming week, this anti-America bill will be sent to the State Assembly.

Min introduced his bill because he hates that the Republican-run city of Huntington Beach (which he’s running to represent) wants to require ID before voting (this passed in March).

You see, there’s a constitutional revolution brewing in California, and Min wants to squash it before more conservative cities also require registered voters to prove they are who they say they are. But isn’t true identity the whole point of registering to vote in the first place? You register by claiming you’re a citizen living in a particular locale, then (before mail-in voting took over) on Election Day, you prove your identity before voting.
In contrast, Min’s SB 1174 would prohibit cities from requiring registered voters to present identification before voting. Of course, that flies in the face of a rock-solid fact that banks, airlines, and membership stores know — requiring proof of identification prevents fraud (in this case, election fraud by vote-stealing individuals and corrupt “vote counters”).

Min’s SB 1174 would add to the California Elections Code: A local government shall not enact or enforce any charter provision, ordinance, or regulation requiring a person to present identification for the purpose of voting or submitting a ballot at any polling place, vote center, or other location where ballots are cast or submitted, unless required by state or federal law. For the purpose of this section, “local government” means any charter or general law city, charter or general law county, or any city and county.

Yet without voter identification — especially photo ID — the American standard of “one person, one vote” is shattered. And since California state law DOES NOT require voter ID (thank the ruling Democrats), it’s up to cities and counties that care about accuracy and honesty to require voter ID locally. But they can’t do that under SB 1174, a domestic-enemy bill that is both anti-democracy and anti-America.
ACT NOW: Urge Dave Min to DROP SB 1174
Please share this important and urgent alert with friends who live in Orange County and especially in California’s 47th congressional district (Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach in Orange County).

This is where Democrat Dave Min is running for Congress. And he’s likely to become afraid if he receives hundreds of calls opposing his SB 1174.
Do you see why this alert is so important? Stop Min’s SB 1174, so more “charter cities” and even “charter counties” will require voter ID to combat election fraud.

Call TODAY to Dave Min’s Irvine office at 949-223-5472. If that line is busy, or the voicemail is full, try calling Min’s State Capitol office at 916-651-4037.

Leave your live message with a staffer, or your recorded message, saying something like: “I live in Orange County and am appalled that Dave Min is trying to ban voter identification. His bill, SB 1174, attacks our country’s ‘one person, one vote’ standard. Drop your un-American bill. Stop attacking democracy. Drop SB 1174!”

You can call during regular business hours (9am to 5pm) to leave a live message with a staffer, who will also ask your name and your voter registration address. Or you can call weekends or after hours on weekdays (6pm to 9am) to leave your voicemail message.

If you don’t live in Orange County, you can still call anonymously and after hours and weekends without revealing your name or where you live.

Conducted by the Honest Elections Project (HEP) from July 13-16, the survey reveals widespread support among the American electorate for common-sense election integrity policies. According to the poll, 88 percent of Americans support laws mandating voters show a form of ID in order to cast their ballot, including the vast majority of black (82 percent) and Hispanic voters (83 percent). Only 9 percent of those polled opposed ID requirements. The survey’s findings paint a vastly different picture than the one crafted by legacy media and Democrat politicians, who for years have maliciously smeared voter ID laws as Republican-sponsored tools designed to “suppress” the votes of racial minorities.
“Poll shows majority of Americans support voter ID,” The Federalist, July 31, 2023

Did California conservatives choose constitutional fighters or RINOs?

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 8:12 am | Randy Thomasson

SaveCalifornia.com provides this solely for educational purposes
and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

March 21 update: We’ve added State Senate District 37 in Orange County, where a Republican challenger could oust an incumbent Democrat.

March 19 update: All election-tracking links on this post have been updated due to Secretary of State Shirley Weber’s office changing her urls right in the midst of processing ballots. Two more Assembly races that could be won by Republicans have been added.

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In California’s March 5 (actually month-long and not over yet) “jungle primary” election, it was a chance for pro-family voters to support constitutional fighters over RINOs. Were conservative voters wise or foolish?

Now that the “dust has settled” the week after voting ended in all the California races for State AssemblyState Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives, here are my observations, which I hope will help you vote, volunteer, and donate this election year.

Needed: Constitutional fighters to expose evil

The overwhelming need of pro-family citizens — who live in California or who have family and friends to live here — is to have at least one Republican in each house of the California State Legislature who will stand and speak to expose the harm of Democrat Party politicians and their evil bills.

In recent decades, reliable speakers in the Assembly for constitutional, moral/social/fiscal conservative values have included Tim Donnelly of the Inland Empire’s high desert, and before him, Steve Baldwin of San Diego County. And in the California State Senate in the 1990s, we had Ray Haynes and Dick Mountjoy.

But now, they’re gone, and more than two decades later, I can’t count on one reliable, consistent California state legislator who knows he or she is accountable before God and who will speak up for family values and expose the harm of “LGBTQIA+” bills, baby-killing bills, and other immoral bills, whether they be moral, social, or fiscal in nature.

Yes, I know there are some legislators who speak up for parental rights, but did you know they also vote for “LGBTQIA+” or increasing union-boss power or are otherwise mute when bad bills come up?

Which means, today, because of silence, acquiescence, and lack of exposure, the devilish Democrat Party supermajority in both houses in Sacramento has had “smooth sailing” — because no current Republican legislator will reliably stir up a storm whenever a bad bill comes up on the Assembly or Senate floor!

Conservative, constitutional, pro-family legislators standing and raising their microphones is the priority. Because when you’re in the numerical minority in Sacramento, your voice matters more than your votes.

RINOs getting worse and more plentiful

Here are some of the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) who are likely to be reelected, return to Sacramento, and vote for some evil Democrat bills:

California State Assembly
Voting in 2023 in favor of both pro-“LGBTQIA+” bills or pro-abortion bills or both were:

• Greg Wallis of Bermuda Dunes: AB 659, AB 5, AB 223, AB 352, AB 443, AB 492, AB 576, AB 598, AB 957, AB 1078, AB 1194, AB 1432, HR 33, ACA 5, SB 345, SB 385, SB 760

• Juan Alanis of Modesto: AB 5, AB 352, AB 443, AB 492, AB 598, AB 1194, AB 1432, HR 33, ACA 5, SB 541, SB 760

• Marie Waldron of Escondido: AB 5, AB 443. HR 33, ACA 5, SB 58, SB 541, SB 729, SB 760

• Laurie Davies of Laguna Niguel: ACA 5, AB 1194, SB 541

• Diane Dixon of Newport Beach: AB 223, ACA 5

• Bill Essayli of Riverside: AB 223, ACA 5

• Josh Hoover of Folsom: AB 5, ACA 5

• Phillip Chen of Yorba Linda: ACA 5, AB 443

• Devon Mathis of Porterville: ACA 5

See documentation of these bills and votes at our Legislation Center 2023 Archive

Of the 4 biggest RINOs in the Assembly:
Greg Wallis, whose district is in the Greater Palm Springs area, is likely returning because no conservative, pro-family primary opponent who would take him on.

Similarly, Juan Alanis, whose district covers Stanislaus and Merced counties, had no conservative, pro-family Republican primary challenger for Alanis’ reelection campaign.

Marie Waldron, of inland San Diego County, is termed out of office, yet this final year she’s pushing her AB 941 to require the State to embark on a path of legalization of “hallucinogenic or psychedelic substances,” which make our society more dangerous.

Laurie Davies, whose district stretches from Laguna Niguel in Orange County to Vista in San Diego County, had no conservative, pro-family challenger. This year, Davies has authored AB 2030 to fund the Left by sending up to $250,000 in taxpayer money to “LGBT business enterprises.”

The rest of the Assembly Republicans listed above, who’ve supported either pro-“LGBTQIA+” or pro-abortion bills or both, are likely to be reelected due to having no conservative Republican primary challengers.

California State Senate
In the California State Senate, 2 “Republicans” voted for Democrat bills promoting baby-killing or “LGBTQIA+” or both were led by:

• Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita: AB 352, AB 659, AB 1194, ACA 5

• Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh of Yucaipa: SR 33, SB 760, AB 1194

In addition:

• Both Wilk and Ochoa Bogh supported AB 1352 (which fortunately did not pass the Legislature) to permit liberal school boards to boot off conservative members.

• The sole Republican voting in favor of the Democrats’ SB 274 (signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom) to largely eliminate government-school suspensions or expulsions of disruptive, defiant “students,” was Brian Dahle of Bieber.

The State Senate’s biggest RINOs:
Scott Wilk, whose district covers Southern California’s Antelope and Victor Valleys, is termed out. Despite adding to California’s immorality, Wilk says he’ll move out of state.

Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, whose sprawling Inland Empire district runs from Rancho Cucamonga to Hemet, is running for reelection in the newly-drawn 19th District covering much of eastern San Bernardino County. This primary election, she did not have a true pro-family, conservative Republican challenger.

RINOs in California’s Republican congressional delegation:
Among California’s current 11 Republican U.S. Representatives, some have cast controversial votes for or against impeachment; yet there are six (in alphabetical order) who’ve supported the unnatural, unhealthy, unbiblical, tyrannical “LGBTQIA+” agenda:

  • Ken Calvert (1)
  • Mike Garcia (1)
  • Jay Obernolte (1)(3)
  • Darrell Issa (1)(2)
  • David Valadao (1)(2)

(1) Voted to “codify” homosexual “marriages” in federal law (July 19, 2022)

(2) Supported or did not oppose taxpayer-fund “sex changes” in U.S. military (July 13, 2017)

(3) In the 2818-2019 California State Assembly, Obernolte twice voted in support of “LGBTQIA+” and abstained on pro-“LGBTQIA+” resolution attacking Christian churches

See SaveCalifornia.com’s documentation

Known RINOs who are not currently state legislators who are running for office:
In San Diego County, the top two vote-getters in the open seat of Assembly District 75 are homosexual activist Carl DeMaio and pro-family conservative Andrew Hayes, both Republicans. Will Hayes be able to expose DeMaio’s agenda and win in November?

In the northern reaches of Los Angeles County, Suzette Valladares, who was the most liberal Republican in the State Assembly*, was the top vote-getter in the primary election for the newly-drawn State Senate District 23 stretching from Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County to Hesperia in San Bernardino County.

* On June 27, 2022, then-Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares was the only Republican voting yes on SCA 10 to ask voters to place “the right” to unlimited taxpayer-funded abortions into the California State Constitution. Sadly, the Democrat politicians’ baby-killing SCA 10 (Prop. 1 on the November 2022 ballot) is now state law.

Is it wise to vote for ‘the lesser of two evils’?

You might think, “If I don’t vote for the lesser of two evils, I’m contributing to a worse government.” Or you might think, “It’s better to get anyone in office who’s registered as my party of choice — even a liberal — than someone from the opposing party.”

Yet both these ideas contribute to mid-term and long-term evil. Because you and I see what liberal Republicans have wrought: Political prostitution, failure to fight or speak against evil, deeper debt, more baby-killing, more sexual perversity, less religious freedom, less free speech, and less medical freedom. When “Republicans In Name Only” (RINOs) become numerous in a Republican caucus, the result is all that frustrates and grieves you about the modern Republican Party.

For only a liberal Republican can redefine or replace the Republican Party. And that’s what’s been happening the last few decades, all because of the fallacy of voting for “the lesser of two evils.” 

Then how should you, a moral, constitutional conservative, vote? This is how I vote in a general election: I will only support dependable conservatives, but not RINOs, and not Democrats. If the Democrat wins, then the RINO has lost, and I and my friends get to work a) exposing the misdeeds of the elected Democrat, and b) recruiting a true, conservative, constitutional fighter for the next election.

Will these conservatives expose the darkness?

As I’ve already explained, there are too many RINOs and seat-warmers (conservative legislators who mostly vote right but do not speak up for moral, family-values issues). Again, we need pro-family fighters who will speak up and expose the harm and dysfunction of the ruling Democrats. Republicans can’t win with their votes, but they can expose the lies and harm of Democrat Party agendas, if they wish.

These following non-incumbent candidates are moral conservatives, who, if elected, might have the vision to stand and speak for you and your values. Because articulate moral voices to expose evil are desperately needed on the Assembly and Senate floors in Sacramento.

California State Assembly
Covering parts of Fresno and Madera counties, much of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Inyo County and Death Valley, Assembly District 8 looks like it will have a Republican winner in November because, right now, Republican candidates are both of the top two vote-getters. If former congressman George Radanovich wins, he could expose much evil in Sacramento. For, as Radanovich says on his own website, he “believes many societal problems can be traced directly to the breakdown of families.” How refreshing for someone to tell it like it is. In Congress from 1995 to 2011, Radanovich is rated by the voter-tracking-database OnTheIssues as a “Hard-Core Conservative.”

In Orange County’s Assembly District 73, Scotty Peotter is a long-time moral, Christian conservative activist. If he beats incumbent Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris, Peotter could be a noticeable moral-values voice on the Assembly floor.

In west Riverside County, will Republican Leticia Castillo (already earning 48.5% of the primary vote) take back this formerly Republican seat? On her website, Leticia seems strongly pro-family, with faith in God.

In Stockton and San Joaquin County, could parental-rights and medical-freedom activist Denise Aguilar Mendez win an open Assembly seat? In Assembly District 13, she’s received 36.2% so far. But as the second-highest vote-getter, if she works hard, Denise’s ability to attract followers could surprise many.

A Republican pick-up could be AD 27 covering Merced, Madera, and Fresno counties, where Joanna Rose has received more votes than her Democrat incumbent, Esmeralda Soria. It’s unknown whether Joanna Rose will speak on moral/family values. Yet her strong opposition to Covid tyranny means she likely supports medical freedom and property/ownership rights.

Another Republican pick-up could be in the sprawling Assembly District 36, in the southeast corner of California, where pastor Jeff Gonzalez, endorsed by moral Christian leader Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, will very likely speak out for moral values if elected. This is an open, newly-drawn seat, with the combined vote for Gonzalez and another Republican totaling 46.2%.

California State Senate
Covering San Joaquin County and the 680 corridor in Alameda County, the newly-drawn State Senate District 5 is an open seat, where super-patriot and strong moral Californian Jim Shoemaker, as the Republican candidate, received 44.1% on just a “shoestring” campaign against two well-funded Democrats. Going into the general election, if Shoemaker receives adequate funding to reach non-union, “common man” voters and diligently exposes the wrongs of his favored Democrat Party opponent, former U.S. Representative Jerry McNerney, Shoemaker could win an upset victory.

Another State Senate seat that Republicans might pick up is a newly-drawn open seat in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. District 31‘s primary election shows that a Republican can win it, because Republican Cynthia Navarro has, so far, received 45.8% of the counted votes despite spending hardly any money. If State Senate Republicans fund her general election campaign, Navarro could reach independents and Hispanics throughout the district with her popular message — as she outlined in this newspaper interview — of fighting crime, championing parental rights, and supporting small businessowners who provide jobs. Navarro’s Democrat opponent, “LGBTQIA+” activist Assemblyperson Sabrina Cervantes, has voted the polar opposite in Sacramento.

Still another State Senate seat in Orange County could flip Republican. This is the newly-drawn District 37 stretching from Fullerton to Laguna Niguel. In the primary election, Republican candidates (combined) received 52.9% of the vote, putting reliably-conservative-voting Steven Choi (a former state assemblyman) in the functional lead to defeat current Democrat State Senator Josh Newman in November.

U.S. House of Representatives
There are more than a dozen California congressional races where the Republican U.S. House candidate or all of the Republican candidates together received at least 40% of the vote in the March 5 primary election. Can they pull off victories in November?

Let’s look at the U.S. House primary contests with non-incumbent Republicans advancing to the general election (Caution: For most of these races, I do not yet know whether the Republican is a RiNO, a seat-warmer, or a conservative, constitutional, pro-family fighter):

In Sacramento County, will the Republican Party target Democrat incumbent Ami Bera and help conservative Republican Christine Bish pull off an upset?

In Stockton/Lodi, will Republican Kevin Lincoln oust Democrat incumbent Josh Harder?

From Fresno to Bakersfield in District 20, will the more conservative Republican Mike Boudreaux beat the less conservative Republican Vince Fong in November?

In the heart of the southern San Joaquin Valley, will Republican Michael Maher oust Democrat Jim Costa in November?

In Greater Palm Springs, will Republican Ian Weeks oust Democrat incumbent Raul Ruiz in November?

In Ventura County, will Republican Michael Koslow oust Democrat incumbent Julia Brownley in November?

In San Bernardino, will Republican Tom Herman beat Democrat incumbent Pete Aguilar in November?

In District 35, will Republican Mike Cargile oust incumbent Democrat Norma Torres in November?

In District 38, will Republican Eric Ching oust incumbent Democrat Linda Sanchez in November?

In District 39, will Republican David Serpa oust incumbent Democrat Mark Takano in November?

In Orange County, will Republican patriot Scott Baugh take back this Democrat seat in November?

In San Diego County, will Republican Matt Gunderson oust incumbent Democrat Mike Levin in November?
I hope this special election update has informed you — please share with others! But most of all, please grasp the opportunities presenting themselves this election year. If moral conservatives rise up in California, Right can overcome Wrong for the benefit of all.

To do evil is like sport to a fool,
But a man of understanding has wisdom.
Proverbs 10:2

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9