May 31, 2013
What to do about the USFS Travel Management Plan’s infringement on public access in the Klamath National Forest?
Attend this meeting tonight!
Dorris City Hall
May 30, 2013
Posted: 05/28/2013 03:48:00 PM PDT
Scores of scientists and academics are urging Marin County officials to crack down on development near creeks in the San Geronimo Valley to protect endangered coho salmon.
In a letter circulated by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, a number of fisheries experts and others assert that without tougher regulations, “development in the San Geronimo Valley will likely lead to extirpation of coho salmon from the watershed, making the recovery of coho salmon in the Lagunitas Creek watershed increasingly problematical.”
The letter, contending a regulatory measure under review at the Civic Center is too weak, says any development within 100 feet of creeks should be “strongly discouraged,” including occasional “ephemeral tributaries” or headwater drainage areas.
Thomas Lai, assistant director of community development, declined comment when queried about the letter on Tuesday.
Lai’s planning staff developed the creekside ordinance approved by a 6-0 vote of the Planning Commission that county supervisors will consider June 18. The measure limits creekside development but allows exceptions involving site review and permit procedures. The measure would apply to streams in unincorporated areas.
May 30, 2013
My organization, Citizens for Self Governance has funded a class action against the IRS on behalf of all groups harassed by the IRS in their filing process for non-profit status. You can read all about it here, at www.SueTheIRS.com. I was on Neil Cavuto’s show this week talking about the litigation, and I’ll be on Hannity next Friday (along with tons of other radio and media outlets in between). We could use your help getting the word out. The email below is what I’m sending to groups and interested individuals:
“Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) has filed the first class action lawsuit in the nation, on behalf of tea parties, religious organizations and other liberty groups targeted for harassment and abuse by the IRS. This was not only the first class action filed in regard to this issue, but it was the first litigation of any kind in the nation arising out of the IRS scandal. The litigation is being sponsored and funded by Citizens for Self Governance, a non-profit founded by Mark Meckler, the former National Coordinator and co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots.
The litigation, NorCal Tea Party Patriots v. I.R.S. was filed in Federal Court in Ohio (the location of the “Exempt Organizations Division” of the IRS), on Monday, May 21, 2013. This class action lawsuit seeks to hold the IRS accountable for its actions.
If your organization (or one that you know) had its tax-exempt status delayed or denied, or if the IRS has sought excessive information from your group because of its political views, then you (or they) may be a member of this class. The intent of the lawsuit is to make these groups financially whole, and to expose and prevent this type of behavior by the IRS in the future.
While many organizations are expressing their outrage, and that’s important, CSG has taken action on behalf of grassroots organizations everywhere, and is already on the offense against the IRS. Our lead attorney is a former U.S. Attorney — that’s right, he was a federal prosecutor. Because we felt it was important to have someone in charge of the case who will act like a highly aggressive prosecutor on behalf of affected groups, and who isn’t in it for personal publicity or to raise money for his own non-profit group. We wanted someone who will go at the IRS like a bulldog prosecutor after a gang of criminal thugs, and there is no one better than a former U.S. Attorney to do that. We also have one of the top class action attorneys in the nation on the case. While many organizations might ultimately seek to sue the IRS over this, very few have high level, private sector expert attorneys in the very complex area of class action litigation. We do, because again, we are serious about prevailing against the IRS on behalf of grassroots groups. Many will seek publicity from this scandal, and many are. But we are here to fight the IRS, and we are here to win.
Participation in the class entails no cost to organizations participating. All fees and costs will be covered by Citizens for Self-Governance as a service to liberty seeking organizations nationally. We are doing this because it is core to our mission of returning power to the citizens by dispersing power away from unaccountable bureaucracies, especially tyrannical ones like the IRS. CSG as an organization will not receive any remuneration for our participation before, during or after the litigation is complete.
If you wish to learn more about the litigation, or read the complaint, or you just want to help us help the groups who were abused by the IRS, you can do so at SueTheIRS.com. If you are sick and tired of abuse by the IRS, and want to help us financially (all money supports the litigation), you can make a donation at the site as well.
If you have information about the IRS targeting groups or you want more information about joining this lawsuit, please contact the law firm handling the case by emailing Nichole Kruger at Nkruger@gbmglaw.com. You may also call her at: (816) 256-3181.
(530) 274-9900 Office
If you wouldn’t mind forwarding this to your list, I’d greatly appreciate your assistance. We need to get this out far and wide.
Mark Meckler, President
Citizens for Self-Governance
(530) 274-9900 Office
May 30, 2013
By Mark Prado Marin Independent Journal
Posted: 05/29/2013 05:45:59 PM PDT
The Drakes Bay Oyster Co. has cut ties with Cause of Action, the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that was providing it with legal help, after a dustup over a news broadcast about the oyster company and its struggle to stay open.
When former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced last November that he would allow the oyster farm’s lease to expire, forcing its closure, Cause of Action provided legal support to defend owner Kevin Lunny and the operation. Most recently the group provided the lead attorney at a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing May 14.
But the relationship went sour after the Public Broadcasting System’s NewsHour aired a segment May 1 that Cause of Action believed depicted the oyster operation in a negative light. On May 17 it sent a 14-page missive to PBS about the program and asked it to turn over background material and outtakes from its broadcast.
Lunny felt uncomfortable that he and his wife’s name were cited in the letter, as if they had condoned it. While Lunny agreed the report was inaccurate, he was concerned Cause of Action had gone after the press. On May 22, Lunny asked the group to retract the letter, which it did, but he also cut ties with the group.
“We are thankful for their work, but they have a different approach to the media and free press,” Lunny said. “We defend freedom of the press. Our goal and mission is to save farming and farmland in West Marin and West Marin’s agricultural
Cause of Action spokeswoman Mary Beth Hutchins issued a statement: “It is an amicable separation. Drakes Bay Oyster Company is one of many noble causes that Cause of Action supports.” The statement went on, “While we are no longer working together on this lawsuit, Cause of Action hopes for nothing but the best for Drakes Bay Oyster Company.”
The head of Cause of Action, Dan Epstein, has ties to the Koch brothers, wealthy industrialists who have funded ultra-conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups, most notably the Tea Party. Epstein worked for the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation from June 2008 to January 2009.
But Lunny said any attempt to link the group to the Koch brothers is tenuous and is only made by some to discredit the oyster farm.
Drakes Bay will not be without legal representation. Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP, Stoel Rives LLP, and SSL Law — all with offices in San Francisco — will continue working on the case for free.
A ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court on an injunction to halt the closure is expected in the coming weeks.
May 30, 2013
Police Shoot & Kill Grandfather While Responding To Burglary Call
May 28, 2013 4:59 PM
Driver’s license photo of Jerry Wayne Waller, who was shot and killed by a Fort Worth police officer on May 28, 2013.
(credit: Texas Department of Public Safety)
Those close to the family say the victim lived nearby and heard his neighbor’s burglar alarm. Neighbor Jerry Wayne Waller then apparently went outside to see what was going on.
The 72-year-old man didn’t even make it to the house across the street before he was shot. He died on his own property.
The neighbors in the Woodhaven Country Club area and generally know each other pretty well. Becky Haskin, a former Fort Worth City Councilmember, lives in the area and said she believes Waller, “…was doing what neighbors do probably checking on the neighbor that the alarm went off.”
The elderly man, who was armed at the time, was shot and killed in his own driveway by police responding to a burglary call. “We heard five shots,” Haskin recalled. They were just rapid fire one after the other.”
(Vid at link above – Kathy)
Speaking on the incident Fort Worth police Cpl. Tracey Knight said, “Officers felt threatened by the man with the handgun and he was shot.”
After the shooting Haskin said, “The police officers were sobbing uncontrollably and very distraught.”
For the normally quiet and quant neighborhood, Waller’s death is devastating. Neighbors say he and his family have always been very involved in the community. “They are just a nice retired couple, that loved working in their yard, having family over, and grandkids,” Haskin said.
CBS 11 News has been trying to get more answers from Fort Worth police. The official response has primarily been that the shooting is “an ongoing investigation.”
CBS 11 has learned that the two officers involved were not hurt and have been placed on administrative leave.
Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead released the following statement regarding the shooting:
“The events that took place the early morning hours on May 28th will require a significant amount of investigative effort; however, we remain committed to working with our residents and making this process efficient and transparent.
I ask for your patience, your understanding, and most importantly, your prayers for all involved.”
May 30, 2013
Last month, with a lot of help from Barack Obama, the United Nations passed its global gun ban treaty.
And now, Obama is expected to sign this freedom-crushing disaster as soon as June 3rd — just days from now!!
The only way you and I can stop the Obama-U.N. collusion from trampling our Second Amendment freedoms is through the U.S. Senate.
Only the Senate can ratify treaties. So I need your help to convince a strong majority of our Senators to vote NO on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty by signing this petition today.
Your signed petition is the best tool we have against this attack on our gun rights and our national sovereignty. We need to line the halls of the Senate with boxes and boxes of these petitions — and every petition counts, starting with yours!
We need to send a clear message to every Senator that they have only two choices: Side with us and stop the U.N. gun ban treaty…or start looking for a new job at election time.
So please, sign your petition today…we have zero time to lose. And after you do, I hope that you’ll make a much-needed contribution to NRA-ILA so we can WIN THIS FIGHT.
We need to hammer key battleground states with hard-hitting radio and T.V. ads. We need to blanket the Senate with millions of these petitions. We need to put our grassroots boots on the ground and win every last vote we need to stop this dangerous treaty before it becomes the law of the land.
But all of this costs money, and our resources are stretched thin right now. This year, we’ve been forced to spend more than we’ve ever spent …because the attacks we’re facing have been bigger than anything we’ve ever faced before.
So please, sign your petition and then make an emergency contribution of $15, $25, $50, $100, or any other amount you can afford to NRA-ILA today. Every dollar counts, and every dollar will be spent stopping the Senate from ratifying the U.N. gun ban treaty.
Again, we have no time to lose…June 3rd is only DAYS away!
Working together, I know we can save our freedom from this unprecedented attack.
Please take action now. Thank you.
Chris W. Cox
P.S. President Obama is threatening to sign the U.N. gun ban treaty as soon as June 3rd. You have to ACT NOW if you want to stop him and the U.N. from trampling your constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
So please, sign this petition as soon as you can. And when you do, please make an emergency contribution to NRA-ILA to help us win this fight!
NRA-ILA is putting every last ounce of our strength and energy into stopping the ratification of the U.N. gun ban treaty. But our efforts could fall short unless you help today.
I know we can win with your support. Thank you.