U.S. Representative for California's 48th congressional district
U.S. Representative for California's 48th congressional district
Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898
We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams. We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment. We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon!
Impeach Judge Anna J. Brown
We the People of the United States petition the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Judge Anna J. Brown of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon for committing treason and for her participation in the insurrection against the Constitutional authority of the federal government pursuant to Article I Section 8 Clause 15, Article 3 Section 3 and Article 2 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, 18 U.S. § Code 2831 and 18 U.S. § Code 2383. Whereas Judge Brown, at the direction of the FBI and other federal agencies, is unlawfully detaining, and has been for over eight months, prominent activists within the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom political movement for exercising their First Amendment protected rights. Among the political prisoners are Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who both provide C4CF with necessary influence. These prisoners have also been subjected to mistreatment by the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service and employees of the correctional facilities. Whereas Judge Brown denied the Motion for mistrial after two of the government's witnesses introduced prejudicial information. Whereas Judge Brown is consciously proceeding with falsified charges filed by the FBI against C4CF and refusing to grant motions to dismiss after relevant laws (60 stat 1065 & Article I Section 8 Clause 17) were presented to her by the defense. Whereas Judge Brown is participating in a cover up of the suppression by the FBI (by way of COINTELPRO tactics) of the right to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, peaceful assembly, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Whereas Judge Brown has been/is conspiring with the prosecution and FBI by prohibiting the defense to admit relevant evidence and to sufficiently question the witnesses, and by sustaining objections never raised by the prosecution but rather herself. Whereas Judge Brown has proven herself unfit to be a impartial Federal Judge; Consistent to the extreme bias expressed by her assistance given to the federal government and its usurpation of power and by covering up the inhumane treatment of political activists who are being unlawfully detained.
Pass H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015
On June 11, 2015, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono introduced HR 2737 & S 1555 respectively as the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015. The pending legislation, “directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make appropriate arrangements for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.” Other groups have been formally recognized by the United States with the Congressional Gold Medal for World War II service; they include the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, Navajo Code Talkers, Women Air Service Pilots, Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and Puerto Rican Soldiers. Filipino World War II Veterans are equally deserving of this honor. In order to pass HR 2737, the bill requires sponsorship from 290 congressional representatives, S 1555 needs 67 senators. Today, HR 2737 has 312 cosponsors, S 1555 has 71. I would like to ask your assistance in reaching out to your congressional representative to get their support as a sponsor for the pending legislation. Time is not on our side; the number of remaining Filipino Veterans is fast decreasing. We need to pass these bills before the 114th Congress come to a close at the end of the year.
Make Senators Boxer, Feinstein, REMOVE the non-native species mandate from SB 1894
Purposely hidden in section 202 of the 147 page bill SB 1894 is the planned eradication of non native species in the delta and its tributaries to include largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass, crappie and catfish. The inclusion of these species in this bill MUST be removed. They are being made the scapegoats for the demise of the salmon and Delta Smelt when in fact the pumps are the largest non discriminate predator in the Delta. This eradication mandate will decimate the natural balance that has existed for 140 years, while doing NOTHING for the drought which is what the bill is supposed to address. It will decimate sport fishing on the California Delta, as well as adversely affect many businesses that rely on income directly generated from Delta fishing, i.e., bait and tackle stores, hotels, restaurants, tackle manufacturers etc. There are over 2300 local jobs that will be directly affected if this bill is passed; Guiding services, tournament staffing, Marinas, Bait and Tackle stores as well as grocery stores that will no longer have anglers to sell too. Boat dealers will go out of business with no fish to catch they will not be selling bass boats or V-Hulls so a dealerships like C&C, Anglers Marine and others that customer bass is fisherman will go out of business. Fisherman purchase thousands of gallons of fuel each day to fish in both boats and tow vehicles that will no longer be happening because there are no fish to be caught, no tournaments to go to. Hotels will suffer because they will not have two hundred anglers to use their rooms or eat at their restaurants or use there Casinos. This bill would hurt a thousand to one people in the ratios of employment and recreations then it would help.
Impeach Judge Gloria M. Navarro
We the People of the United States petition the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Judge Gloria M. Navarro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada for committing treason and collaborating in the insurrection against the Constitutional authority of the federal government pursuant to Article I Section 8 Clause 15, Article 3 Section 3 and Article 2 Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, 18 U.S.C § 2831 and 18 U.S. § Code 2383. Whereas Judge Navarro, at the direction of the FBI, BLM, and other federal agencies, is unlawfully detaining (Amendment VIII of the Bill of Rights & 18 U.S.C. § 3142), and has been for over nine months, prominent activists within the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom political movement for exercising their First Amendment protected rights—protesting against federal government overreach [the fact it had sold 9,000 acres of public land bordering Bundy Ranch and other people who own grazing rights to the division to a Communist Chinese energy firm represented by Rory Reid (Harry Reid's son), EMM, for $4.5 million, $34.1 million less than its value, and began rounding up the the Bundy’s cattle and holding them in inhumane conditions … at least 60 purportedly suffering death or missing]—and, in order to suppress C4CF 's education of the People, they have been charged by the FBI for violating 18 U.S.C. § 371 - Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States; 18 U.S.C. § 372 - Conspiracy to Impede and Injure a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § lll(a)(l) and (b) - Assault on a Federal Officer; 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(l)(B) - Threatening a Federal Law Enforcement Officer; 18 U.S. C. § 924(c) - Use and Carry of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence; 18 U.S.C. § 1503 - Obstruction of the Due Administration of Justice; 18 U.S.C. § 1951 - Interference with Interstate Commerce by Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 1952 - Interstate Travel in Aid of Extortion; 18 U.S.C. § 2 - Aiding and Abetting. Among the political prisoners are Cliven, Ammon, Ryan and Mel Bundy, Peter Santilli (a journalist), Ryan Payne, Blaine Cooper, Eric Parker and Jerry DeLumus—all of whom provide C4CF with necessary influence. Whereas the discovery comprises substantial evidence proving the innocence of the defendants but is being concealed from the public at the order of Judge Navarro (in violation of Amendment VI of the Bill of Rights and Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure). These prisoners have also been subjected to mistreatment by the FBI, U.S. Marshall Service and employees of the correctional facilities. Whereas Judge Navarro is consciously proceeding with falsified charges filed by the FBI against C4CF and refusing to grant motions to dismiss after learning that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and many other local, state and federal officials ordered the BLM to return the cattle to the Bundy’s and withdraw from the land, and being presented with relevant laws [Article I Section 8 Clause 17 & Article IV Section 3 Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Nevada Revised Statute 568.225] were presented to her by the defense. Whereas, after being ordered by Sheriff Gillespie to stand down, Special Agent Dan P. Love of the BLM continued to impede on the rights and jurisdiction of the People of Clark County and all People of Nevada unabated; Committing acts of aggression that should be considered attempts to seriously injure or even kill peaceful protesters, including tazing several individuals and using blunt force (some already challenged by physical disabilities)—an apparent result of its militarization. Sheriff Gillespie stated that "anyone who had been in policing would question their tactics." Whereas Judge Navarro is participating in a cover up of the suppression by the FBI (by way of COINTELPRO tactics) of the right to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, peaceful assembly, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. One of the main functions of government is to enforce contracts, and in this case not only is the government failing to enforce a contract but it is also the contractor, and have abridged their obligations in addition to preventing the contractee(s) [Cliven Bundy—We the People] from discharging our duties enumerated in Article I Section 8 Clause 15 & 16 of the U.S. Constitution & 10 U.S.C § 311 and pursuant to Rule 501 of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Whereas Judge Navarro has proven herself unfit to be an impartial Federal Judge; Consistent to the extreme bias expressed by her assistance given to the federal government and its usurpation of power and by covering up the inhumane treatment of political activists who are being unlawfully detained for exercising their rights protected by the First Amendment to enforce the rule of law—to establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, guarantee a Republican Form of Government, and secure the right to life, liberty and property, as ordained by the Creator in the U.S. Constitution.
Stop Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir
Kashmir is soaked in the blood of Kashmiris who are being gunned down daily by the ruthless Indian army while the world watches. Dr. King once said, ‘the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.’ Are we the people so indulged in our own lives that we fail to see the daily misery and slaughter of innocent people in Kashmir or just ignore it? And so are the World powers, who are criminally silent as the Indian armed forces indiscriminately shoot innocent Kashmiri men, women and children in their faces and eyes, whose only crime is their demand to be free from Indian occupation. Since 1989, India has kept over 750,000 active duty troops in occupied Kashmir. The Indian Armed forces have killed 50 Kashmiris just in the last 10 days and over 47,000 Kashmiris have been killed since 1989. The least we can do is ask our governments to put diplomatic and economic pressure on Indian government to immediately stop killing, torture, rape and imprisonment of Kashmiri people. Remove ban on freedom of press and freedom of speech of Kashmiris and put Kashmir on the road to freedom by holding a free and fair plebiscite under United Nations Security Council Resolution 47.
Petition CA-48 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher - host in-person town hall meeting with constituents.
Constituents in CA-48 have been trying to meet with Representative Dana Rohrabacher, to discuss many issues that are important to those living in the district. Representative Rohrabacher has refused to meet with any constituents, and has refused to schedule an open-in person town hall. Visitors to the Huntington Beach office have been met with locked doors and police officers. Phone calls are not being returned, and are often not even answered. Rather than meeting with constituents, Representative Rohrabacher has been calling them thugs and enemies of democracy. We, the constituents of California's 48th Congressional District, are respectfully petitioning our representative, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to hold a public Town Hall meeting as soon as possible. The majority of voters in the 48th Congressional District, did not vote for Donald Trump. Those voters do not feel that they are being equitably represented. We want all voices to be heard, however this is not happening since it is apparent that Representative Rohrabacher is refusing to meet or listen to his constituents, Representative Rohrabacher will be voting on many important and relative issues that concern the citizens in the 48th District, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, climate change, education, immigration, women's health funding, veterans affairs, immigration, and the building of a border wall . We deserve to ask our Representative questions and want to hear his answers.
Support Targeted Sanctions Against Azerbaijani Government Officials. Support Azerbaijan Democracy Act of 2015
On Dec. 16, 2015, U.S. Representative Chris Smith introduced the legislation, titled the Azerbaijan Democracy Act of 2015 in the House of Representatives. The bill would deny U.S. visas to senior Azerbaijani officials due to Azerbaijan's "appalling human rights violations." The legislation would deny entry to and revoke current U.S visas held by individuals "in the senior leadership of the government of Azerbaijan," as well as members of their "immediate family." In addition to denying U.S. visas to senior Azerbaijani government officials, individuals who derive "significant financial benefit" due to their ties to senior officials, as well as security, law enforcement, and judicial officials involved in "persecution or harassment" of journalists, activists, and opposition or religious groups would also face these sanctions. On December 28, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev signed a decree pardoning 210 prisoners. Despite the hopes of many in Azerbaijan and abroad, none of the country’s more than 100 political prisoners were on the list. On the same day, prominent Azerbaijani journalist Rauf Mirkadirov was sentenced to six years in prison for espionage. Azerbaijani government has sent a clear message to the people of Azerbaijan that no political prisoners will be released and there will be no democratic reforms. With the amnesty signed on December 28 that did not include political prisoners, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev has sent a message to the United States that "quiet diplomacy" won't result in release of political prisoners. Considering the recent politically motivated arrests, no amnesty for political prisoners and continued human rights violations, the U.S. Congress must vote in favor of Azerbaijan Democracy Act of 2015. We urge the U.S. Congress to support the "Azerbaijan Democracy Act of 2015" and pressure Azerbaijani government to immediately release political prisoners. Support the people of Azerbaijan in the struggle for free and democratic society.
More parking spots for TRUCK DRIVERS!
Parking for our OTR Truck Drivers! It has come to a day and age when our truck drivers are being scrutinized for everything they do. Our truck drivers deliver everything that makes this world go around. If there was ever a 7 day strike of truck drivers this would shut our country down. Our law states that truck drivers must follow the "hours of service law" then we insist that you the government that makes these laws provide the areas where truck drivers can safely and legally stop to follow laws and rest without worrying about getting a ticket doing so. When our drivers try to obey the law THERE IS NOWHERE FOR THEM TO PARK! Many roadside parks/rest areas have been shut down because there is no money to fund it. Truck Drivers are parking on the side of the roads and being Ticketed for following the Law that you our government put in place. Why are they parking on the side of the roads? That is because the truck stops are full and rest areas are closed. There was a bill signed back in 2012 called the MAP-21 highway bill which would allocate additional funding to developing more rest areas for truckers yet today May 1, 2016 our truck drivers are still facing the same challenges. NO PLACE TO PARK! https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/ We the people demand for our government to step in and immediately make more parking spots so that our truck drivers can be within the law and not have to pay hefty fines for following your laws!
Justice for 14 yr. old boy fainted and hospitalized after 16 hours of interrogation.
PROP 57-Judge decides whether to charge minor as adult, NOT prosecutor.... BILL SB 1052- Law Enforcement can no longer interrogate minor without legal counsel. With no Evident against Sky except for his coerced incriminating statement, he's still locked up. It's time to FREE SKYLER AVILA!!! Interrogating children without a parent’s consent or knowledge should not be legal. Yet it is. As parents, we teach our children to obey the law and do what they are told so they will not get hurt. I have come to learn, we also absolutely need to teach them their constitutional/civil rights as well. We should take steps to protect our children from the abuse of governmental power. We don't have a perfect system, but we have a system. To be clear, I don't think we have a corrupt system. I strongly believe, however, that we have corrupt people with power in the system. I still have faith in the system and that is why I'm reaching out for help to demand the release of my son, Skyler Avila ( a boy with no record whatsoever). Six years ago, my three children and I moved back to California after living in Dallas and Austin, Texas, for 18 years to get away from a physically abusive marriage. My son Skyler, 14, struggled with the move and with his parents separating. His dad initially remained in Texas. After we settled in with extended family in California, Skyler quickly gravitated toward his 16-year-old cousin, Andy. Skyler, who had been carefree and had only known school and football back in Texas, was desperate for stability and a male figure in his life. One Saturday March 19, 2011, the boys were hanging out with their aunt in Andy’s garage. This aunt was a minor. There was no food in the house so they decided to go out to eat. Sky sat next to his aunt all night in the restaurant. When it was time to leave, he rode in the same back seat with his aunt while Andy drove. Along the way, Andy and the front passenger, who is Andy’s friend, communicated with other people on the phone. Andy continued driving and a drive-by shooting ensued. The shooter was later determined to be the front passenger, Andy’s adult friend. My son, who was fourteen at the time, had no way of stopping what seemed to be the inevitable or even get out of a moving car. He was a witness to a murder. At 2 p.m. the next day (Sunday March 20, 2011) detectives from Garden Grove arrested Andy after he left his residence. Skyler was with Andy and was taken into custody as well. Their minor aunt and Andy’s mother were home at the time. While at the Garden Police station, Skyler asked for his asthma rescue inhaler (in Andy’s car) as he was being led down a hallway by two detectives. Andy was with them. Skyler has been diagnosed with asthma since he was two years old. He needs his rescue inhaler every 2-4 hours, depending on the weather. There are good days when he is not as dependent on the inhaler but there are many bad days as well. The detectives ignored Skyler’s request for the inhaler. They took him into a room and interrogated him for roughly 16 hours. Transcript of the interrogation shows it commenced on Sunday 11/20/2011 at 4:34 p.m. and ended on Monday 11/21/2011 at 8:44 a.m. After sixteen hours, Skyler fainted in the interrogation room. An ambulance responded to the police department and transported him to Garden Grove Hospital (there is medical record). After they revived Skyler, one of the detectives finally went out of his way and notified his father. At the time, I was a single mother without a steady income but had to come up with thousands of dollars to retain a private attorney. Four and a half years into Skyler’s incarceration, while waiting for the resolution of his case, Skyler’s defense lawyer and the District Attorney persuaded me to convince him to plead guilty to a deal that would require him to serve a total of 5 years and 8 months. During that time span, he would be required to testify in one trial. However, as it was further explained and emphasized to me in a meeting with the DA and defense lawyer, Skyler would be free after 5 years and 8 months, even if the DA did not ask him to actually testify in a trial. Informed with this information, from a source I thought I could trust, I talked to Skyler about it. Initially, Skyler did not want the deal because he believed in his innocence; he was just a witness to a crime. I got him to focus on the 5 years and 8 months and about how he had already served 4 years and 6 months, which meant he just needed to survive another 14 months in jail before he could forget about this nightmare and start his life anew. Believing that I had gotten the correct information from the DA and his own defense attorney, Skyler signed the plea agreement. The time of truth has come. Skyler served his full 5 years and 8 months, hoping he would be released at his sentencing date on 11/04/2016. The sentencing date, inexplicably, had been postponed in court over 10 times since the plea agreement was signed. On 11/04/16, my recently widowed mother and I showed up to court hoping to take Skyler home for the holiday. We had been through a lot with two deaths in the family within the last year. We were looking to bring Skyler home so we could all begin to heal. At the court hearing on 11/04/16, the sentencing was postponed once again. My mom and I started to cry. Even after serving his agreed upon 5 years and 8 months, just for seemingly witnessing a crime, there appeared to be no end in sight. What happened to the agreement explained to me in a meeting with the DA and Skyler’s attorney that my son would be set free after serving 5 years and 8 months, even if he had not been used to testify in a trial by that deadline? I had apparently been fed this misinformation so that I would convince my son to sign the plea agreement. To add to the injustice, the only thing loosely linking Skyler to this whole mess was his coerced statement, which was extracted from him over the course of 16 hours, under the duress of him not being able to properly breathe without an asthma inhaler, and eventually necessitating his hospitalization. Incidentally, the detective who interrogated Skyler incorrectly documented some key facts in his report. For instance, in the detective’s report, he wrote that Skyler had said he exited the vehicle (prior to the shooting incident) with a crow bar in his hand. In the actual interview transcript, Skyler was asked and responded he did not exit the vehicle, and certainly never did so with a crow bar. Does anyone in our legal system still cares about integrity and constitutional and civil rights? After a sad and devastating year of two funerals, our family’s only hope of happiness was to see Skyler release after honoring what was agreed upon. At court on 11/04/2016, all my hope and faith were shattered. I cried and screamed outside the court room because I had lived for this day and now they told me my son cannot go home! There was a verbal agreement between the DA, Skyler’s attorney, and I that Sky would go home after 5 years and 8 months. Skyler was also required to testify, in one trial (with the exception of Andy or the other minor passenger in the car), during that time span if the DA needed his testimony. I feel misled and betrayed by the DA and the very own defense attorney I had hired. They never showed me the actual plea agreement. I did not think to ask for it and scrutinize it myself since we were represented by the defense attorney and I had believed in the integrity of the DA. I regret not having the chance to read the agreement that Skyler eventually signed. He was convinced by me and he assumed I had read it. The agreement was drawn up for Skyler to sign roughly two months after my meeting with the DA and the defense attorney. After the hearing date on 11/04/16, when Skyler’s sentencing was postponed yet again, I was in tears and tried to make some sense of what was happening. I asked the defense attorney to let me see the plea agreement but he denied my request. He told me he would take himself off the case if he showed it to me. Frustrated, I made a request to the court records clerk and was able to obtain a copy of the agreement. Much to my surprised, the terms in the agreement were different than what had been communicated to me. To protect my son I cannot go into details. Why would I, a mother, agree to convince my son to sign a plea agreement that would expose him to 10 – 15 years? I am Skyler’s hope, his resource, and all his trust rests with me. As his mother, I am supposed to protect and fight for him, not let him sit and wait for a day that may never come. I've stayed silent, I've been patient, played ball and through it all got strung along by these attorneys. I now have an obligation to stand up and fight for my son instead of waiting indefinitely for an outcome controlled by these attorneys who can no longer be trusted. We need answers. We need justice. Where are Skyler’s constitutional rights when he pleaded the fifth during his interrogation and yet the interrogation continued? When a child say, "I plead the fifth," that means I don't want to talk. I want all this to stop. Where are Skyler’s civil rights? I want to bring these other important questions to light: *Why did the police officer and/or detective not give Skyler his asthma medicine when he asked for it before he was led into interrogation? 16 hrs of interrogation without his medication resulted in him being hospitalized.*why did they finally decide to call his parent AFTER he was taken by an ambulance to the hospital after 16 hours of interrogation?*why did they promise a 5 year 8 month deal (testifying or not) and not live up to it? DA and unfortunately the defense attorney (I hired) fed me this information and asked me to convince my son to sign.*why did the detective write in his report that Skyler stated he exited the car with a crow bar when Skyler said the exact opposite during the interrogation (as noted in the interview transcript).*when Skyler asked to see his cousin Andy, why did the detective promise this would happen only after Sky give a statement. How can his statement still be voluntary after that promise was introduced?*why was the minor aunt who sat in the same car as the shooter, witnessing the same thing Skyler did, never got arrested for even A DAY? Why is she any different from Skyler?My son is a witness to a crime, not part of the crime.I won't stop reaching out to every entity needed to bring this case to light or until the day my son is release.These are the questions I have been living with for almost 6 years. My son has loss the best years of his youth. He missed his high school prom, falling in love, school field trips, family vacations, and the chance to create memories with his grandfathers before they passed away this past year. Instead he has been locked up in a room 23 hours a day, allowed to see sunlight one hour a week. Skyler has three cousins currently serving in the military to protect our freedom and constitutional rights, meanwhile he is fighting to be treated fairly in system protected by those very rights. As a mother and an American, our nation is better than what has been shown to my son and all the other mistreated juveniles. To date, they NEVER caught the shooter .......