Evan Wecksell and AB5: A long-shot write-in candidate may just shake things up

2 03 2020

Evan Wecksell

This weekend, I was invited to a meet-and-greet for Senate District 25 Write-in Candidate Evan Wecksell.

Current District 25 State Senator Anthony Portantino is up for re-election, and would be running unopposed had it not been for Evan, and one other write-in candidate stepping up to the plate.

Thank God, because Portantino has to go. he has mostly been a rubber stamp for the progressive agenda: from his six-year-long career in the California State Assembly (2006-2012), to his four years in the State Senate (2016), he has followed the party line from his anti-gun ownership stance, to his promotion and vote for AB5, the so-called “Gig Workers” law that has removed our right to choose to work in the way that fits our lives, our schedules, and our preference.

As part of the Facebook groups where those affected by AB5 organize: Freelancers Against AB5 and Freelancers Against the PRO Act, I posted my research on write-in candidates for District 25, and Evan reached out to me personally and invited me to attend the event in Pasadena. Along with promoting it to my friends and colleagues in the district, Lynn and I attended.

Evan talked about his journey to becoming a write-in candidate, he talked at length about the AB5 law and why it needs to be repealed:

I took a few Facebook Live videos to curate his major points, and he had some ingenious ideas on how the focus on independent contractors could be approached, the perspective on responsible gun owners, and undoing onerous laws:

He acknowledged the long-shot nature of his candidacy, but encouraged us that through word of mouth, texting, lawn signs, business cards and informing people of his candidacy, he could get enough votes to make the runoff in November.

I was impressed by Evan’s attention to detail, game plan, and ground game. Truth be told, the other write-in candidate was weighed in the same balance, and found wanting.

California District 25 encompasses the cities and communities of Burbank, Sunland-Tujunga, Atwater Village, La Canãda-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, Glendale, Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, Upland, and San Antonio Heights.

CA Senate District 25

Former Governor Jerry Brown signed a law outlawing write-in candidates for the general election; so this is the one opportunity in the crazy California jungle primary to disrupt the one-party rule. If you live in District 25 and you haven’t voted yet, write in “Evan Wecksell”. If you are particularly unhappy with the direction in the state, this is your chance to force a choice.

In My Orbit…

8 04 2011

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

To shutdown or not to shutdown? That is the question.

President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Speaker of the House John Boehner continue their budget dance, supposedly trying to avert a shutdown at midnight. I see it as a game of who wants to come out of this smelling like a rose, which is a losing battle in and of itself. Whether they come to a compromise or not, nobody’s hands will be clean.

I, like many of my fellow Americans, yawn and change the channel, while wondering how we’re going to get through a Summer of $5.00 a gallon gas.

In Shut Down the government? Seriously? Ruben Navarrette, Jr. hits it:

“Here’s the real reason that professional politicians should do whatever they can to avoid a shutdown: After a few days of living without government, many Americans might just decide they don’t really miss it and could live with a lot less of it.”

Aside from feeling for our military, I could stand that–at the state level too. Scary Brown just bragged to SEIU bigwigs about plying Republicans with wine in order to affect a compromise. And he no doubt writes this off his taxes!

More proof that both sides are more interested in maintaining their corners of power than they are about averting a financial meltdown.

Jerry Brown tells state worker to take Republicans to lunch.


In My Orbit…

30 03 2011

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Girl has come up for air from her Yogically-concentrated path of Teacher Training to actually write a blog post. Can you believe it? Just three more weeks of training to go, then we’ll see where the path continues to takes me–I’m actually kind of excited!

I’m also excited about the series I am writing for my Faith & Community Page on Examiner.com called “Yogis of Faith”. Do pop by and check out Part 1: Transformation, and Part 2: Devotion. As soon as I finish this blog post I’ll get to working on Part 3: Application.

As always, that coming up for air includes checking back in with the political scene. Scary Brown is doing what I pretty much suspected, breaking off budget negotiations with the GOP. The Republicans have effectively put the kabosh on Brown’s plan to mount a special election in June to ask voters to decide whether tax increases should be extended.

The Christian Science Monitor forecasts the future in  California budget: Have Republicans outfoxed Jerry Brown? Lara Brown, a political scientist at Villanova University in Pennsylvania paints a not so pretty picture of gridlock:

“‘What he fails to understand is that in today’s highly polarized political arena, ideologically extreme position-takers consistently beat old-school partisan compromisers,

“‘[…]This generation of politicians understands that Democrats “are better off fighting and standing their ground – showing the liberal Democratic base in California that they are principled, than they are in giving into the demands from what is – and has been for some time – the minority party in the state,’

“The Republicans, meanwhile, ‘would also rather fight it out, because it allows them to cast the Democrats as extremist incumbents who are letting the state slip into insolvency, which then helps them in their attempt to recruit moderates and Independents,’ she adds. ‘Governor Brown, who came into politics in a different era, has yet to realize that he, like [former gov. Arnold] Schwarzenegger, will likely be the one to sustain the mortal wounds in this partisan duel.'”

In the meantime, California continues its fast slide into insolvency and is quickly losing its taxpayer base. The 2010 Census numbers are bearing that out. Thomas Sowell, sagacious and experienced in these matters, hits it right between the eyes:

“In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched.”

Give it a read. Voting with Their Feet.



In My Orbit…

4 01 2011

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Happy New Year!  And California has a Happy New Governor.  Can you tell I’m thrilled?

In a no-frills ceremony, Scary Brown was sworn in, while Gray Davis and outgoing Governator Arnold smiled, both probably gloating over the mess they left Governor Brown x3 that he’ll probably not get cleaned up in the next four years.  My husband and I are contemplating the celebrity threat of 2000-2008: we’re moving to Europe.  But first we have to find work, so basically, we’re in the same boat we’re in here.  Sigh. Might as well stay…

One of those controversial messes the Governator left was reducing the manslaughter sentence of Esteban Nuñez, former Assembly speaker Fabian Nuñez’ son.  Arnie cut the young man’s sentence from 16 years to seven.  Wonder what Fabian did for Arnie to get such a hurried and huge favor?

Apparently the San Diego County District Attorney is pissed, and looking into the legalities of this executive commutation, as it was done in a hurry, and didn’t follow proper procedure.  I’m sure Arnie has already put it behind him.  He will simply go back to Hollywood, make more movies and rewrite his legacy, whatever that may be. Thankfully, he can’t run for President, so we’ll be content with his celluloid/digital creations for some time to come.

And on a lighter, and much more well-written note, the only thing worth reading on Newsweek/The Daily Beast: George Will’s 2010 recap.  Read it, marvel and laugh.  More Stimulating than the Stimulus.

In My Orbit…

3 11 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Postmortem edition, which is generally sunny.  I’m even way more optimistic about California than my fellow conservatives.  Though the Executive House has remained entrenched with leftist retreads like Brown, Newsom and Boxer, The State House has gone surprisingly conservative/right.  A look at Politico‘s very detailed Election results map, shows California voting district by district. We know it will take a major act for Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and the Norther Coastal parts to turn red–but the rest of the California landscape?  bloody man, Bloody.   So will that get us further entrenchment with nothing getting done, or will it precipitate change?  Whether we lose more businesses and jobs and how quickly we slip into insolvency will be the deciding factors.

And CBS News points to the Ominous Signs For Obama in 2012.  Major theme: It’s the economy–pay attention to the economy.  No president has ever won re-election with unemployment above seven percent.  Hopefully our President is reading this and will refocus in the right direction.  Hopefully….

Of course, the national results had me doing a happy dance!  Already 247 Republican House seats confirmed and 11 or 12 yet to be decided.  And a conservative turnover in Blue entrenchments like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and God love us–Illinois?  For once, the dead didn’t vote!

Evan Bayh, retiring Democrat Senator from Indiana gives some advice to his party on how to recoup and regain in 2012.   Where Do Democrats Go Next? Best pull quote:

“It is clear that Democrats over-interpreted our mandate. Talk of a “political realignment” and a “new progressive era” proved wishful thinking. Exit polls in 2008 showed that 22 percent of voters identified themselves as liberals, 32 percent as conservatives and 44 percent as moderates. An electorate that is 76 percent moderate to conservative was not crying out for a move to the left.”

Prescient me predicted liberal overreach after Obama was elected, and I was not disappointed.  Now the Dems are, and I don’t quite understand why.  What’s that proverb?  Pride comes before a fall, and Pride and Arrogance has been their waistcoat since January 20, 2009.  When will they get it?

Exit question–will they listen to Bayh’s assessment, or continue to try to shove their progressive agenda down America’s throat?  Only time will tell….

What is most clear to me is that the people have spoken again; now let’s hope that both sides interpret this correctly. No mandate here–just listen to what we’re saying, okay?  Because we do desire to see our country succeed, and now, we organize and WE VOTE.  And by the way, stop calling us fearful and stupid–gets you nowhere fast.

I like my nation for the people, by the people, and every election cycle reinforces why the Founders wanted it that way.  Thomas Jefferson said it well: “I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.”


In My Orbit…

1 10 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Politics and California and Hollywood, Oh my!

Apparently E-Bay Meg Whitman, California’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, has been blindsided by her former housekeeper and illegal alien Nicky Diaz Santillian.  The illegal housekeeper is being represented by media whore herself, Gloria Allred, of the Tiger Woods’ slut brigade.

You know the drill as it’s older than dust.  Whitman claims that Allred is working for Democrat Jerry Brown, and trying to discredit her weeks before the election.   Whitman and her husband, who allegedly wrote a note on the smoking gun SSA letter alerting them to a discrepancy in Diaz Santillian’s social security number, should have been smarter about such things, especially since Whitman has had political aspirations for quite some time, and you would think her counselors would have upended every rock they could to make sure she was scandal proof.  In defense of Whitman’s husband, he’s a doctor, and after my husband and I looked at the handwritten note on the letter, we quickly surmised that there is no way any doctor could have written that neatly–especially if he was in a hurry–which the note, if written by Whitman’s husband, seems to indicate.

Whether Jerry and Gloria are playing dirty tricks (more than likely) or Whitman was just plain stupid is still yet to be seen.  We know they are both vying for that all-inclusive Hispanic vote, and this is just the fodder to tip the scales one way or another.

But a new Gallup study is indicating that this may be a futile attempt on the Democrat side of things, as Hispanics are starting to drift toward the Republican ticket.  Gallup blames this on Obama dropping the ball (what else is new) and the popularity of the Arizona law nationwide among Hispanics of South American and Cuban descent.

Hot Air sums it up more accurately and succinctly–It’s the economy, stupid.  Take a gander: Hispanic Voters drifting back to the GOP.

And now for something completely different–a city with two indie films!

Like Dandelion Dust is premiering in the Los Angeles area today, and it’s at least in three theaters within a 15-20 mile radius of my vicinity (Thousand OaksSimi ValleyTorrance).  I can’t say enough good about this movie, which I previewed in last week’s In My Orbit.  If you’re looking for quality entertainment that is worth the price of admission, then this movie fits the bill.  Find a theater near you either on the Like Dandelion Dust Facebook page or via the website.

Also premiering this weekend is Midnight Reckoning, a film by Derrick Warfel, fellow USC alum and Premise member.  The film stars Persia White of “Girlfriends” fame, and soap opera-hottie Bruce Michael Hall.  It has received accolades across the film festival circuit this past year, and will be shown in limited release through the month of October, with a DVD release two weeks from now.

I’ll be viewing the film at the Cinemark Theatre in NoHo–come and join me!

Happy Labor Day?

6 09 2010

Apocalypse by Josee-holland Eclipse

L.A. Times delivers the “happy” statistics on the unemployed this Labor Day.  Not pretty, but not surprising either.  A pull quote:

“Granted, the situation was worse in the last three months of 2009, when 10% of the country was unemployed. But painfully slow economic growth and even slower hiring has scarcely improved matters since then. And now the country’s workforce finds itself in an unusually uncomfortable position: For the first time since the Depression, unemployment is likely to be above 9.5% for two consecutive Labor Days.”

All the journalists, pundits, and politicians blowing smoke up our asses for most of this year are smacked with the reality that we are headed for the double dip–and there is not much anyone can do to prevent it.

Of course, other politicians, and the wannabes, are surfing the adversity wave with promises of, “reelect (or elect) me, and I will increase the jobs.”  In employment-strapped California (Ranked No. 3 for highest unemployment in the nation), its Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman singing that tune.  While this talk seems to have launched Whitman ahead of her competition–and with competition like Jerry Brown, this is not difficult–Fiorina is slightly behind the abysmal Barbara Boxer in the polls; this is California, after all.

In No. 2 Nevada, the Las Vegas Sun editorial does the usual partisan blame game: Democrats are trying hard–it’s the Republicans fault.  But 99-week extensions on unemployment have not produced more jobs, or motivation in the unemployed to look for work; so that argument is full of holes.

Now the “on top of it from Day 1” Obama administration announced a $50 billion infrastructure plan to create jobs.  From CNN.com, Obama plans big economic push: too little, too late? However, the journalists of CNN ask the right questions.  When backed into a corner on how much job creation more spending (and that’s exactly what this is) will accomplish, the truth comes out.  From the article, emphasis mine:

“[A] senior administration official acknowledged that the infrastructure package will not add any new jobs until at least 2011.’This is not a stimulus, immediate-jobs plan,’ one senior official said. ‘This is a six-year reauthorization (of transportation projects) that is front-loaded’ with money to try and spark the economy once Congress passes it.”

Well, if the editorial writer from the Las Vegas Sun is correct in his assessment, then that will never happen–and definitely not before the mid-term elections.  The CNN article goes on to say that the Democrats plan to use the “blame Bush” strategy to explain away why they are inept and incapable of doing anything about the economy except try to spend their way out of it.

Time for me to have a heart-to-heart with my aunts and uncles who survived the Depression era; they’ll have better ideas–and maybe even some solutions–than any economist or politician out there, whatever the party label.

Too little, too late indeed.

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