Crime corrodes a healthy society. Government’s fundamental purpose is to ensure the safety of the citizenry in their homes, their businesses and their persons. Few things undermine citizens confidence in free government more than that government’s inability to provide law and order. Senator Barry Goldwater warned that “Security from domestic violence, no less than from foreign aggression, is the most elementary and fundamental purpose of any government, and a government that cannot fulfill that purpose is one that cannot long command the loyalty of its citizens. History shows us – demonstrates that nothing – nothing prepares the way for tyranny more than the failure of public officials to keep the streets from bullies and marauders.”
Understood another way, crime is a tax. It is a tax on our freedom because we it places parts of our community off-limits to the law-abiding. It is a tax on opportunity when working families become trapped in gang-infested neighborhoods and schools. It is a tax on jobs when businesses move away from high-crime areas.
The California Homeowners Association’s mission is to support candidates and causes who share our convictions about law and order:
- Ending the “re-alignment” charade that is funneling criminals out of prison and back onto the streets.
- Corrections reform to reduce the cost of prison operations while increasing their capacity for incarcerating dangerous criminals.
- Restoring the death penalty of a deterrent by expediting carrying out death penalty convictions within the framework of common sense due process protections.
The Founding Fathers believed property rights are essential to the enjoyment and security of all our rights. This was not just a fashionable opinion of the time, but the statement of a transcendent principle that is true in all times and all places. To the extent we water down property rights, we jeopardize all our liberties. According to James Madison, the Father of Constitution, property rights included not just material things we owned such as land, but our beliefs, creative faculties, safety in our person – our very liberty: “As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.” This understanding is at the heart of the California Homeowners Association mission.
Government exists to secure and protect our property rights, but in recent years liberals and extreme environmentalist have been using government to assault those rights. This undermines the broad spectrum of our freedoms. The erosion may be gradual and delayed in its manifestation, but it is no less real.
In California, our property rights are being smothered beneath a bewildering, ever-growing thicket of regulations foisted on us by liberal legislators and hostile bureaucrats. The California Homeowners Association pushes back against this assault by supporting candidates and cause who understand how vital strong property rights are to a free and prosperous society. CHA opposes with equal vigor politicians who are part of progressive government’s ongoing aggression against this bedrock right.
Government is necessary to our enjoyment of ordered liberty, and taxes are necessary to the functioning of government, and our Constitution provides government with the power to levy them. However, as with all else regarding government. taxation must be just: it must be constrained to no more than is necessary to support for the proper operation of limited government.
The history of government is a chronology of the quest to acquire an ever growing share of the people’s wealth – and there is no more vivid illustration of this truth than the State of California. The liberals who dominate state government possess an insatiable appetite for other people’s money. Through boom and bust, recession and expansion, they boost spending and then complain they lack sufficient tax revenue to pay for this never-ending spending binge.
Wealth isn’t money – properly understood, wealth is choices. Unjust taxation restricts our choices as free people, and diminishes our liberty. It saps vitality from our economy and in so doing reduces our ability to rise and engage in the “pursuit of happiness.” The state’s sluggish economic growth rate is pale reflection of the California dream. Thanks to our heavy state tax burden, the California taxpayers must work longer than residents of all but three other states just to pay their total tax bill.
Every election, the CHA fights to change this dynamic by supporting candidates who understand the direct link between lower taxes and higher economic growth and job creation.
The California Homeowners Association (CHA) is one of California’s most active political action committees working in every area of the State. Established in 2009 the California Homeowners Association is a non-partisan Political Action Committee formed to support fiscally responsible candidates. Our donors are wide ranging from individuals, to small businesses to labor organizations all with one goal – protecting homeowners.
The CHA is focused on results and making a difference for California’s Homeowners at every level of government and has been actively involved in State and local elections in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern counties.
The CHA has a professional team of pollsters, consultants and an experienced treasurer to ensure all reporting requirements are conducted ethically and on time in accordance with the various jurisdictional laws. (For questions regarding the CHA’s reporting contact Kelly Lawler, KAL Group, PO Box 730, Hilmar, CA 95324.)
The Chairman of the California Homeowners Association is Donald Wilson.
Don’s background includes:
- Trustee, Center Joint Unified School District (top vote-getter in last election)
- United States Navy Veteran
- Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan’s alternate on the Sacramento County Library Board’s Joint Powers Authority
- Masters and Bachelors Degree from California State University, Sacramento
- Donald and his wife Susan have four children
The California Homeowners Association was formed in 2009 to represent homeowners in the Golden State.
Our goal is to support fiscally responsible candidates for public office at the state, county and city levels who reflect our priorities of:
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By Terry Castleman at The Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2023
The California exodus has shown no sign of slowing down as the state’s population dropped by more than 500,000 people between April 2020 and July 2022, with the number of residents leaving surpassing those moving in by nearly 700,000.
The population decrease was second only to New York, which lost about 15,000 more people than California, census data show.
California has been seeing a decline in population for years, with the COVID-19 pandemic pushing even more people to move to other parts of the country, experts say. The primary reason for the exodus is the state’s high housing costs, but other reasons include the long commutes and the crowds, crime and pollution in the larger urban centers. The increased ability to work remotely — and not having to live near a big city — has also been a factor.
The census data show that the trend has continued and point to those states that have seen population gains even as California’s has shrunk.
Net migration out of California surpassed that of the next highest state, New York, by about 143,000 people. Nearby states such as Utah have warned Californians who might consider moving to stay out. A similar story is playing out in Nevada, where California migrants are seeking to re-create their lifestyle.
Read more at Yahoo! News
By Jamie Joseph
February 8, 2023
In a move hoping to tackle the state’s rising crime rates, California Assemblyman Juan Alanis (R-Modesto) has proposed a bill to repeal Proposition 47.
Proposition 47, passed by voters in 2014 with nearly 60 percent of the vote, raised the felony threshold for theft in retail stores from $400 to $950, limited jail time for misdemeanors to a maximum of six months, and reduced some drug-related crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
The bill was part of a criminal reform effort to alleviate prison overcrowding, but it has faced criticism for an increase in crime, particularly property theft, across the state’s largest cities since it passed.
Alanis, who also sits as the Chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, proposed his new bill—AB 335—which, if approved, would roll back the statutes of Proposition 47, with the exception of the lesser penalty for possessing concentrated cannabis since marijuana is legal in the state.
The legislation must be approved by the electorate, presumably in the 2024 statewide General Election.
Read more at The Epoch Times
By Adam Beam at the Associate Press
February 23, 2022
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With California entering the third year of severe drought, federal officials said Wednesday they won’t deliver any water to farmers in the state’s major agricultural region — a decision that will force many to plant fewer crops in the fertile soil that yields the bulk of the nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables.
“It’s devastating to the agricultural economy and to those people that rely on it,” said Ernest Conant, regional director for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. “But unfortunately we can’t make it rain.”
The federal government operates the Central Valley Project in California, a complex system of dams, reservoirs and canals. It’s one of two major water systems the state relies on for agriculture, drinking water, and the environment. The other system is run by the state government.
Water agencies contract with the federal government for certain amounts of water each year. In February, the federal government announces how much of those contracts can be fulfilled based on how much water is available. The government then updates the allocations throughout the year based on conditions.
Farmers started last year with a 5% allocation from the federal government but ended at 0% as the drought intensified. This year, the federal government is starting farmers at 0% while water for other purposes, including drinking and industrial uses, is at 25%.
“Last year was a very bad year. This year could turn out to be worse,” Conant said.
Read more at ABC News
by Louis Casiano at Fox News
February 16, 2022
As crime continues to concern communities throughout California, Republican state leaders are making efforts to repeal a much-debated measure critics say has emboldened criminals and tied the hands of law enforcement.
In March, state legislators on the General Assembly‘s Public Safety Committee will conduct a hearing on AB 1599, which would pose the question of Proposition 47 – known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act — to voters once again in an effort to crack down on rampant theft.
The measure was ushered in by voters in 2014 and has been blamed for the many brazen smash-and-grab thefts and shoplifting incidents plaguing cities up and down the state.