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Monday, September 1st, 2014 - 3:26pm
“In California we are engaged in an intense battle to protect our children from propaganda that promotes a lifestyle that could takes decades off their lives.”
-Tony Strickland, 2000
In 2000, Tony Strickland joined a handful of California legislators on a ballot statement in favor of a controversial Oregon measure (Measure 9) that would have forbidden the state’s schools from “encouraging, promoting, or sanctioning homosexual/ bisexual behaviors,” and it was the successor of an unsuccessful 1992 measure that would have required schools to teach that homosexuality is “abnormal, wrong, unnatural and perverse” and should be “discouraged and avoided.” The 2000 measure failed narrowly.
The legislators’ ballot statement was filled with alarmist “don’t let this happen to you” arguments that detailed the advances made by “homosexual activists.” Their dispatches from the California include:
“Pro-homosexual curricula, films, and handouts have become commonplace”
“ We have in-services ­ sometimes called ‘diversity training’ -- at which teachers are taught how "to introduce gay/lesbian issues in all curriculum areas."
“We have pro-homosexual counseling programs such as Project 10, which routinely refer troubled students to outside homosexual organizations.”
As you may recall, Strickland came under fire during the primary after a debate held at College of the Canyons where he was the lone candidate to oppose the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, a law which would have outlawed employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The picture above followed a questioner’s request for a show of hands to indicate support for ENDA. Here’s a report from local Democratic columnist Charles Vignola posted the following day:
The full text of the Oregon ballot statement, retrieved from the online archives of the Oregon Secretary of State is below, in full. You will notice that Steve Knight’s father, Sen. Pete Knight, was also a signatory. Emphasis is mine. 

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS ASK HELP 
FROM OREGON VOTERS

We, the following California legislators, are pleading with the voters of Oregon to please protect the children of Oregon. In last four years homosexual activists, led by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), have greatly accelerated their activity in California's public schools.


Pro-homosexual curricula, films, and handouts have become commonplace -- such as the infamous Los Angeles Unified handout claiming Abraham Lincoln was a homosexual!


We have school-sponsored homosexual proms and dances in our larger school districts, where students are encouraged to meet adult homosexuals. We have in-services ­ sometimes called "diversity training" -- at which teachers are taught how "to introduce gay/lesbian issues in all curriculum areas."


Many of our schools routinely host homosexual speakers who give speeches that often contain graphic descriptions of various homosexual sex acts. We have pro-homosexual counseling programs such as Project 10, which routinely refer troubled students to outside homosexual organizations. Incredibly, Project 10 
distributes a handbook that contains stories about the seduction of students by homosexual teachers!


Even worse, last year two homosexual rights bills passed which were portrayed as simply measures to protect gays from discrimination in the schools but have become vehicles to advance their agenda. Legal counsel for our Dept. of Education recently informed us that certain private schools must comply!


GLSEN has targeted your state. What has happened in California WILL happen in Oregon unless Measure 9 passes. The public schools are not the place to promote or advocate this lifestyle. In California we are engaged in an intense battle to protect our children from propaganda that promotes a lifestyle that could takes decades off their lives. However, you now have the opportunity to preempt such a conflict by voting YES on Measure 9.


Assemblyman Steve Baldwin 
Assemblyman Rico Oller 
Assemblyman Bruce Thompson 
Assemblyman George House 
Assemblyman Dick Ackerman 
Assemblyman Tony Strickland 
Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian 
Senator Ray Haynes 
Senator Pete Knight 
Senator Bill Morrow

(This information furnished by Assemblyman Steve Baldwin.)


(Images from this post, by Howie Klein/Down With Tyranny)


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Monday, September 1st, 2014 - 11:19am
The wife and I might be enjoying a Labor Day weekend wrapped up in cool temperatures and sea breeze here in Seal Beach, but that's not keeping me from bringing you a Daily Brief. 
  • Tragedy Strikes on the Freeway: One person is dead and eight injured after a three-car pileup on the 5 in Castaic yesterday. The Signal
  • There's a Big Boost on the Rise: While the Hart district has seen declining student enrollment numbers in recent years, with thousands of new homes on the horizon there will be an increase by 2020, according to a recent study. The Signal
  • Mike's No Fan of the Ban: County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich penned a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, criticizing the recent efforts to ban plastic bags, which will add extra paper bag fees at the grocery store. KHTS
  • Checkpoint Wrap-up: During Friday night's DUI/license checkpoint on Bouquet Canyon Road, a reported 1,290 cars went through, 1,155 were screened and one person was arrested on suspicion of DUI. KHTS
  • City Hall Ready for the Next Shake-Up: The city wrapped up a seismic retrofit on City Hall, essentially installing gigantic shock absorbers in the building. Built in 1986, City Hall had its last seismic retrofit after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The Signal
  • Some Labor Day Thinking: "Somewhere along the way, this most American of promises was twisted into a joke about silly, entitled Spaniards and the lazy, crepe-munching French. Progress became a function of working more, not less." The article is from April, but on Labor Day, some thought-provoking reading whatever side of the argument you fall on. Paleofuture
  • Bouncing Back and Forth: First built as apartments, then converted to condos, then back to rental units, now The Madison at the corner of McBean and Magic Mountain is back to being condos for sale. It's a pricey location, but certainly has great amenities and is the closest you'll get to urban living here in Beige Valley. The Signal
  • Jobs, Not Wages, Making a Comeback: California is seeing a resurgence in hiring since the dark days of the recession, but a large part of it is minimum wage, part-time and contract employment. Daily News


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Saturday, August 30th, 2014 - 8:04pm
For Steve Knight, it turns out that a surprise assist from the nation’s foremost civil liberties organization was too good to be true.
My post last weekend took big exception with Knight’s vote against a bill (AB 2444) that would prohibit the State of California from displaying or selling the Confederate Battle flag. Knight stood with just two other members of the legislature in opposing the bill, and I discussed my distaste for the vote and my disbelief at the political blunder.
The next day, the Orange County Register ran an article that made it sound like the ACLU found the bill, as passed, to be unconstitutional:
“Whatever the sentiments may be behind the motivation, I think it’s pretty clear that it’s unconstitutional,” said Peter Eliasberg, legal director of the ACLU of Southern California. “I don’t know why they’re trying to do it.”
Eliasberg said that the state was within its right to ban its own sale of the item, “but to say any person who comes on state property can’t – I just don’t think it’ll survive judicial scrutiny.”
On the basis of this article, Knight wore the ACLU’s ostensible objection like a suit of armor when talking to the AV Press and  KHTS: “the American Civil Liberties Union said this bill definitely had constitutional issues. I understand that because (the bill) has to do with a Confederate flag image that people were very upset, but I felt that the bill had constitutional problems and voted that way.”
On Wednesday, the LA Times reported that Knight would be meeting with displeased Democratic leaders next week to discuss his vote. And yesterday, Timm Herdt of the Ventura County Star quotes Tony Strickland pouncing on his suddenly rightward opponent: “This [vote] is a no-brainer. We’re not living in Birmingham, Alabama.” 
Steve Knight standing with the ACLU, Tony Strickland saying this isn’t Birmingham…don’t let anyone tell you that top-two isn’t interesting. 
Meanwhile, something didn’t add up about OC Register article. The reporter quotes Eliasberg talking about a restriction (banning sales by anyone on state property) that existed only in the bill’s original draft. The bill that was passed only restricted sales by the state itself, and there’s no constitutional issue there, right?
Strangely, the article has Eliasberg saying as much (emphasis mine): “Eliasberg said that the state was within its right to ban its own sale of the item.” 
Sensing a big misunderstanding, I reached out to Mr. Eliasberg and sent him text of the original and final bills. We spoke earlier today, and he clarified that his discussion with the reporter covered two types of restrictions: sales by individuals on state property (in the original bill, and unconstitutional) and sales by the state itself (in the final bill, and OK under the Constitution). 
He made it clear that he doesn’t see a constitutional problem with the bill that passed because, “the state is allowed to sell what it wants.” Had the original bill passed, it would be a very different matter, of course.




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Friday, August 29th, 2014 - 8:30am
  • Not-So-Happy Valley: Some residents of Newhall's Happy Valley neighborhood aren't exactly fans of a sober living home that's been operating there, and which is reportedly seeking licensing. KHTS
  • Charter Bill Moving Along: A bill that would slap restrictions on charter schools operating outside the boundaries of the district that approved their charter is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Proponents of the bill have pointed to Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, which has chartered 21 schools in the past two years, nine of which are outside district boundaries. KHTS The Signal 
  • There's a Checkpoint, Charlie: The SCV Sheriff's Station is kicking off Labor Day weekend with a DUI checkpoint somewhere in the SCV tonight. The Signal
  • This Should Upset You: If I, a civilian, was texting while driving, drifted into a bike lane and hit and killed a cyclist, I would be in for a world of legal pain. But according to the county DA, if a sheriff's deputy is typing on their onboard computer while driving, drifts into a bike lane, and hits and kills a cyclist, there's no need to press charges. This is a clear example of changes to the law we should be pushing for. LA Observed Daily News
  • You Can Totally Trust TMZ, Right? So, a woman realizes her Simi Valley hotel neighbor is an MMA fighter wanted for allegedly severely beating his girlfriend. She reports him, and TMZ, that bastion of journalism, tells her there's a $20,000 reward, which she says "Give to the SCV Domestic Violence Center." No sign of the reward yet, however. The Signal
  • Are You Prepared?: The city is hosting several different emergency preparedness classes and seminars, perhaps a good thing here in earthquake country. KHTS
  • Are You Ready for Some Gridlock?: AAA is predicting some of the thickest Labor Day weekend traffic in several years, so you might want to just stay around town. Also, the CHP is bringing their friend Max Enforcement to town for the holiday weekend. The Signal
  • Speaking of Labor Day...: Not from 2014, but a few facts you may or may not have known about Labor Day. Time
  • In Case You Were Wondering: A quick list of what's closed on Labor Day. Daily News


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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - 8:40am
Colossus isn't dead after all. Instead it's transforming into a hybrid coaster – a steel rollercoaster on a wooden structure. They're calling it Twisted Colossus.
It keeps the essence of Magic Mountain's most iconic and beloved ride, but adds elements that were unthinkable 40 years ago, and impossible on a traditional wooden coaster. It also fufills the side-by-side "racing" element that was a promise that the old Colossus didn't quite deliver.
Here's the video:

And here's a nice segment from CBS This Morning on the past and future of Colossus.



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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - 8:30am
  • Colossus is Dead...Or IS It?: "Magic Mountain and Rocky Mountain took what seemed like an insurmountable problem — what to do with an aging wooden coaster — and turned it into unbridled inspiration that resulted in a one-of-a-kind ride." Six Flags announced it's turning Colossus into a wood-and-steel hybrid, expected to debut as Twisted Colossus next year. LA Times
  • On the Lookout: Detectives are searching for an identity theft suspect they believe obtained personal info from an SCV woman, got a replacement credit card in her name and then zipped up to Bakersfield to buy a $23,000 Rolex. KHTS
  • Hoping There's Not a Third: Twice in the past month, a Canyon Country woman was assaulted while walking home, the last attack leaving her fractured ribs, a split lip and a fractured eye socket. Deputies don't believe this is an occurrence of the so-called "knockout game". The Signal
  • Trying to Stop the Runaways: "Too many families are separated by runaway film production. With this bill, help is on the way.” State lawmakers reached a deal on a five-year plan to provide $330 million in tax credits to keep film productions in California. The Signal
  • It Was an Inferno: "When the smoke cleared three days later, 17,200 acres had been scorched and 15 structures and numerous out-buildings were lost." Fifty years ago today a fire broke out that would sweep through Gene Autry's Melody Ranch studio in Placerita Canyon. SCV History 
  • Coach Cuffed for DUI: A "walk on" coach for the West Ranch boys soccer team (and formerly varsity boys head coach at Golden Valley and Hart) was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The Signal
  • McKeon Wants a Strategy: Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon is challenging the President to provide Congress with an actual strategy for defeating ISIS, currently terrorizing Iraq. The Hill
  • Looking for Details: In the wake f an investigation finding that 1 in 5 foster kids in California is prescribed psychiatric drugs, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is calling for a full report from the county's Department of Mental Health. Daily News
  • A Rock Mystery Solved: For decades, the "sailing stones" of Death Valley's Racetrack Playa have mystified people, forever moving but never caught in the act. Now, scientists have a handle on what's going on. Gizmodo


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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 - 8:30am
  • Anaheim Man Cuffed After SCV Sting: A Sheriff's Station sting operation culminated with the arrest yesterday of a 44-year-old Anaheim man, on charges he carried on a sexual relationship with an underage girl. KHTS
  • A Bill With Issues: Sen. Steve Knight said he voted no on a bill that would ban the display or sale by the state of the Confederate flag because there were "constitutional issues" with the entire bill. Jessica Boyer's piece doesn't touch on what any of those issues are, but Knight pointed out the ACLU had problems with the bill, too. KHTS
  • Murder Case Going Back to Trial: Almost two years after being arrested, a Saugus man is heading back to court to face charges that he murdered his live-in girlfriend. KHTS The Signal
  • Unsafe at That Speed: The Nissan 300z that was driven by a COC student who remains in critical condition was traveling at speeds faster than freeway traffic when it crashed on San Fernando Road Friday night, investigators said. One of the two passengers killed was sitting in the two-seater's luggage space, that's in place of a back seat. The Signal
  • Council Vote Sure to Spark Discussion: The City Council voted last night to approve nearly $130,000 for holiday lights in downtown Newhall, with a holiday lighting event on schedule for mid-November. The Signal
  • Run for a Reason: The SCV Food Pantry is hosting its 21st annual "Run Against Hunger" 5K this fall. The pantry helps about 5,400 local clients every year. SCV News
  • A Charged Story: County officials approved free electric vehicle charging stations throughout the county, including three here in Santa Clarita Valley. KHTS


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