Aug 102014

Will California’s High-Speed Rail Dig a Financial Hole We Can’t Escape?
Seven meetings in seven cities could bury a proposed sub-San Gabriel Mountains Tunnel

DATELINE – California’s ever-burgeoning High-Speed Rail project (CHSR) may take an unexpected and expensive detour: a 15-mile long tunnel between Burbank down in the San Fernando Valley, and Palmdale, high in Antelope Valley. But San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Libertarians have significant opportunities this week and next to speak out against the project as others have done in the southern Central Valley, by attending one of the scheduled seven meetings (details below).

The bottom line is a “guesstimated” $4.8 billion increase in taxpayer-funded costs for the project, with $18.3 billion for the tunnel alone. The current plan, 40 miles of surface rail running alongside I-5 from Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport and Highway 14 into Palmdale, is estimated to cost an already pricey $13.5 billion.

But the project – tunnel and rail segment both – aren’t inevitable. Vocal opposition to the project at seven scheduled meetings can dissuade officials from adding the expensive tunnel to the beleaguered HSR. Three meetings have already been held in Newhall, Burbank, and Palmdale. Successful opposition is a nail in CHSR’s coffin.

If you live or work near any of the following cities and want to add to the opposition’s presence, please attend one or more of the following meetings (each meeting is scheduled from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.)

  • Monday, August 11, Acton-Agua Dulce Library, 33792 Crown Valley Road, Acton (Antelope Valley)
  • Tuesday, August 12, Sylmar Public Library, 14561 Polk Street, Sylmar (San Fernando Valley)
  • Thursday, August 14, Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Boulevard, Lake View Terrace (San Fernando Valley)
  • Tuesday, August 19, Los Angeles Union Station, Fred Harvey Room, 800 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles (downtown L.A.)

California’s High Speed Rail isn’t a done deal, despite what some law-makers want us to believe. Communities in California’s southern Central Valley have already successfully opposed HSR development through their cities and towns, and the same could happen for this segment of the ill-conceived project, too. Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties have all switched tracks to oppose California’s badly-mutated High-Speed Rail project. Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochogian stated at a county supervisors’ meeting two weeks ago, “We have an entire list of promises that have not been kept. … The current project doesn’t resemble Prop. 1A.”

If you do attend the remaining meetings, don’t go without adequate arguments against HSR in general and California’s HSR in particular. Read Legal Services of Northern California’s Race Equity Project’s damning report High Speed Rail and Social Equity first, and take notes.
For details about the proposed tunnel and the remaining meetings, read this Cal Watchdog article.

Jul 132014

New officers of the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles County were elected at its Annual Convention, held July 5th, 2014 at the San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles.

Current Vice-Chair José Castañeda was elected Chair, Bruce Dovner was elected Vice-Chair, David Bowers was re-elected as Secretary, and Jonathan Jaech was elected Treasurer. Our long-time Treasurer, Dave Wire did not seek re-election and was roundly thanked by all for his decades of service to  LPLAC, pre-dating its formation under its current Bylaws.

Jill Pyeatt, Laura Brown and Ted Brown were elected to the Judicial Committee. The separate regions caucused to select regional representatives. Representatives selected were – Edward Bowers for Region 61 (alternate Joseph Miranda),  Bob Weber for Region 62, and David McDonald for Region 63. The other regions did not select representatives at the Convention; and those positions remain with the current representatives or are open.

The Convention began with a moment of silence for two individuals – Toni Nathan, the first woman and Libertarian to get an electoral vote, as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Vice-President in 1972, and Steve Collett from Region 66 who ran as the Libertarian candidate for the 33rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and was very active in the Party since joining.

The officers gave their reports. Vice-Chair, Jose Castaneda reported that LPLAC developed a brochure and an awards program in 2013-2014. The Treasurer reported that the the L.P of L.A. County is in good financial shape for the new Treasurer to assume responsibilities. The Secretary reported on the 2013 Convention and motions passed during the year. No amendments to the Bylaws were brought forward for this 2014 Convention.

Marcus Ruiz Evans with Sovereign California spoke about the concept of sub-national sovereignty for California, a status in which a nation has policy control except for the printing of money and maintenance of a national defense.

Leon Weinstein gave a closing speech which emphasized the need for us to focus on getting the government off everyone’s back.

Sep 282013

The South Bay Libertarians will have a booth at Space #4 of the “Free Expression Zone” at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth.  To sign up, contact South Bay Libertarians Chair, Jay Jones at  j1000 at  (fill in @ for at) . To see where we will be, and to find free parking and free shuttle service,  go to .

May 302013

The below three LPLAC Bylaw Amendments will be voted on at our LPLAC Convention on June 1, 2013.

Proposal 1

In ARTICLE V:   OFFICERS, insert new Section 3, renumber subsequent sections.

Section 3: Interim Removal and Appointment of Officers.  A County Officer may be removed from Office by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive Board after failure to attend two (2) consecutive board meetings.  In the case of an interim vacancy of County Office, the Executive Board shall have the power to appoint a member to that office upon a majority vote at a regular Executive Board meeting.


Proposal 2

Append to end of Section 3 in ARTICLE VII: Board Meetings, the text in bold

Unless otherwise ordered by the Board, regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held monthly at a time and place to be determined by the Chair. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Chair and shall be called upon the written request of three members of the Board.  Electronic meetings of the Board via email, chat, video chat or teleconferencing, may be called by the Chair and shall be called upon the request of three members of the Board.  In the event of email meetings, all subsidiary motions shall have a seconding and voting period of three (3) days, all main motions, seconding and voting shall have a voting period of ten (10) days.  For all electronic meetings all main motions shall require an absolute majority of the Board to pass.


Proposal 3

Add Section 4 to ARTICLE VII: The Executive Board

Section 4:  Quorum.  A quorum at monthly Executive Board meetings shall consist of a majority of the current members of the Board.

May 302013

by Robert H. Biggadike

Illegal immigrants are good for America. There are jobs in construction, agriculture, grounds keeping, meat processing, and textile production for which illegal immigrants are not only cheaper but also more productive than Americans. Employers should have access to the best source of labor. Illegal immigrants pay sales, property, social security and income taxes. But they are not eligible for benefits. The illegal aliens come here because there are jobs available for them to do. To fully utilize this fine source of low cost labor, we should abolish minimum wage laws and rely on the free market.


Our wealth in America is determined by what we produce or acquire through free trade. It is not determined by how many jobs we have. The fact that some illegal aliens lack a high school education is no problem so long as they are able to do their jobs. Illegal aliens are able to live within their means through thrift and frugality. American employers must be given the right to hire those whom they think are most productive. Protectionism has been shown by principles of economics to be a bad policy.


One fallacy used to argue against illegal immigration is the statement that unneeded low skilled workers come to this country. But this is untrue, low skilled workers come to this country because there are jobs available in this country for which they are better qualified than Americans both in terms of productivity and in wages demanded.


Another economic fallacy the protectionist use is that the free market wages that result when government does not restrict employers right to hire will be harmful. But our wealth depends on what we produce or gain in trade not on the wages we pay. Employers can produce most efficiently when they hire the most productive labor force.


A third economic fallacy is that immigration should be restricted in order to encourage investment in labor saving technology. But government should not use immigration policy to encourage investment in machinery, the decision to invest in labor saving technology should instead be based strictly on free market forces.


Protectionists sometimes say that if we hire low cost labor, we are taking unfair advantage of the employee. This is another fallacy. When two parties agree to a contract of employment, whether oral or written, both parties benefit. The illegal immigrant benefits when he accepts what some would call a low wage job, otherwise he would not have accepted the job.

Apr 022013

San Antonio Winery

Heritage Room

737 Lamar Street

Los Angeles, CA 90031

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Registration  11:30 am-12:00 pm

Speakers  12:00 pm-2:30 pm

Business/Elections 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Wine tour 4:00pm

Wine tasting to follow

$20 includes speakers, winery tour, and wine tasting

($25 at door) *lunch extra/optional

Please make checks payable to LPLAC

To pay by mail send order form and check to P.O. Box 66808, Los Angeles, CA 90066-0808

Mailed payments must be received by May 23, 2013

For credit card payment go to



Apr 022013
Our organization is growing in numbers!  And with this new growth, there is a call for more of us to become involved in our day to day operation.  Each of these positions will require anywhere from a few hours per week to less than a few hours per month, depending on the position and your availability, of course!If you see something that screams YOU, send us an email with your interest and qualifications’d love have to you on board!     FREEDOM IS CALLING!
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-Duties may include:  Attending local events that may be of interest to libertarians, taking pictures of the events, and submitting them along with a brief synopsis to the e-newsletter editor for the upcoming monthly issue.
-Duties include:  Developing and executing plans to raise funds for local campaigns, operating expenses as well as for specific purposes/projects.  Must have prior experience in political fundraising.
-Duties include:  Writing and submitting four libertarian related articles per year, to appear in the quarterly L.A. Libertarian Journal issued every season.
-Duties may include:  Assisting editor-in-chief in preparation, financing, publishing and distribution of quarterly L.A. Libertarian Journal.
-Duties include:  Working with spreadsheets in order to identify and contact past members, current members, and potential members. Will work closely with and under supervision of county chair.  Must have proficiency in EXCEL or similar spreadsheet software, and internet skills.
-Duties include, but not limited to:   Developing, producing, ordering, stocking, selling and keeping track of LPLAC merchandise such as T-shirts, polo shirts, hats, etc.  Will work closely with regional chairs to distribute merchandise.  Prior experience preferred, but not necessary.
-Duties include:   Using the internet (and phone, if necessary) to determine the different offices, bureaus, boards, departments, agencies, bureaucracies, etc. that compose L.A. county & local city governments along with their relevant information such as term of office, positions available, and dates of any upcoming elections/appointments.  Will work closely with Campaigns Committee chair. Must be proficient in computer/internet skills including EXCEL or similar spreadsheet software.

- Duties include, but are not limited to:  Ensuring county website is continually updated & improved, fully functional, informative, modern, easy to use, secure, useful, responsive to inquiries, accepts donations/renewals, etc.  Will work closely with and under supervision of county chair.  Must be proficient in computer/internet skills including WordPress software.

Apr 022013

By Ayn R. Key

The most dangerous thing, politically speaking, is an unaccountable center of political power. Allegedly the United States government is set up to prevent such a thing from happening. Congress has the power of impeachment of both the President and of Supreme Court justices. The Supreme Court has the power to nullify laws that were passed. The President has both enforcement power and veto power.
It is a nice theory, but does not work so well in practice. As it stands now, the congress has ceded almost all of its power to the other branches. What should be accomplished through legislation is instead accomplished by executive order or by judicial fiat. The only power that still remains with congress is that to pass a budget (or even a continuing resolution) and even that was attacked recently with the idea to mint a high denomination platinum coin.
The Department of Homeland Security, perhaps one of the most dangerous departments in the federal government, no longer submits to any sort of checks of authority. According to Infowars, Janet Napolitano is ignoring requests by members of congress to explain the large ammunition purchases by the Department of Homeland Security.
This follows but a few months after John Pistole, director of the TSA, declined to show at a congressional hearing. And this is not the first time that the leadership of the TSA has declined to show, setting rules for their participation that include not allowing critics of the TSA at the hearings.
There is very little accountability in the United States government. But blatant disregard of this magnitude is startlingly new. Only the quasi-independent Federal Reserve has ever been able to disregard the checks and balances up until this point. Moreover, the TSA has even retaliated against elected officials that dared to criticize the TSA. It is clear that in addition to controlling all entry and exit to the country, the DHA is setting itself far above the law.


Apr 022013

By Ayn R. Key

Libertarian websites, and other concerned allies on this issue, have noticed that the officials at the Department of Homeland Security have purchased an unjustifiably large amount of munitions. Janet Napolitano claims it is for training purposes, but training rounds are the cheapest rounds anyone purchases and hollow point rounds are not used for training.
The obvious conclusion is that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing for domestic unrest. But there is another aspect to the Department of Homeland Security that is also of great cause for alarm. It is which sub-agencies form the Department of Homeland Security.
The first departments to note are U. S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. These departments are there allegedly to prevent terrorists from entering the United States. What they do is to monitor the goods entering or leaving the United States. This ensures that all tariffs are paid, that drugs are not smuggled in, and that intellectual property is not smuggled out.
The next agency of note is the United States Border Patrol, a sub-agency of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This agency monitors all people entering the United States by land. The U. S. Customs and Border Protection monitors all people leaving the United States.
The Transportation Security Agency, officially charged with protecting the airlines from those who might seek to conduct terrorist activities while in the air. Actually what they do is to track all people who fly, and to forbid certain people who have their names on the often denied “no fly list.” Anyone who might seek to leave the United States by air must pass through the Transportation Security Agency. The Transportation Security Agency only monitors those leaving, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement monitors those entering the United States by air.
Then there is the U. S. Coast Guard. Originally it was part of the Department of Transportation that occasionally worked as part of the Department of the Navy. It was moved from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security. Any activity on the shores of the United States is under their jurisdiction. It conducts maritime law enforcement, migrant interdiction, and drug interdiction.
This one agency, the Department of Homeland Security, therefore monitors the entrance or exit of all people or goods that cross the United States Border, by air, sea, or land. Anyone who wishes to enter or leave has to deal with some agency within the Department of Homeland Security, and has to deal with some agency if any goods are to enter or leave as well.
It is the ultimate dream of those in power, to have complete control over entrance or exit over a country. The Department of Homeland Security is that ultimate dream made real. If there is unrest, as the leadership of that department obviously anticipates, that department therefore also has the authority to close all the borders.