Don’t stop believing

Some of you may have heard, and some may not have heard, but there is political news now in the making.  Several weeks ago I decided to enter the race in the Republican primary to be the next Governor of the State of California.    The reason for this is very simple.  After spending this past year crisscrossing this state and traveling up and down the west coast it has become apparent that the entrenched bureaucracy in Sacramento needs new leadership.  It is amazing to me that many politicians make excuses or cite legal reasons why nothing can be done to save our farmers and our economy.  I cannot stand by another election and just hope for change.

So as we start 2010 I have formed a grassroots campaign staff.  Currently it is comprised completely of volunteers.  These are average Californians who are suffering under the oppression of the fat cat political machines that have become accustomed to destroying the wealth of our families, sending our jobs out of state, and constantly offering tax increase after tax increase to solve our problems.  This nonsense must stop here and it must stop now.

It is time for California to elect one of the people for Governor.  Someone who can bring together all of those individuals and businesses who continue to struggle under the weight of a overregulatory legislature that cares nothing for the people they serve, but only does the bidding of foreign interests who want to undermine our freedoms and eliminate our rights.

I’m not ignoring the problem.  I’m going to solve it.  By the time I’m finished California will be fully employed and prosperous again.  Real estate values will increase, taxes will be lower, energy costs will go down, and the budget will be balanced.  I will do this by returning to the limited government and fiscal responsibility that made us number one in education, number one in economic prosperity, and number one in leadership in this country.  We will turn our water back on, restore our agricultural sector, strengthen our borders, increase the exploration and development of fossil fuels, and stay committed to our core family values.  Please join my team to make California great again. 

You can visit my campaign site naritelli2010.com for more details on the major issues facing our state and how I plan to solve them.  It will not be easy but if we all work together we will turn this state around and return it to the greatness it once had under Ronald Reagan.  We will reduce taxes and regulations across the board, bring jobs back to our state, and hold accountable those who have tried to undermine our freedoms with false science and environmental extremism. 

I will not tolerate duplicity and deception in our legislature, nor in my own party.  My current opponents have supported Al Gore and Barbara Boxer.  They have funded the Democratic party and have not even voted in the last decade.  The people of this state deserve better.  The people of this state deserve a leader who will stand up for values and principles that made our country great.  I ask all of you to give me a fair evaluation and choose me to be the next Governor of this great state.    

God bless all of you and don’t stop believing!

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Rains soak California, drought ends, snowpack returns.

Over the past few weeks California has felt the positive effects of warmer temperatures as tropical moisture mixed with a seasonal cold front to end the drought across the state.  Snowpacks increased across the Sierras and moderate rains soaked the land from San Diego to Shasta.

It has happened just in time for water restrictions to be lifted for the upcoming growing season.  As commissions begin to rule against fish intake valve concerns some sanity can start coming back to our markets. 

In Carlsbad, CA environmental groups tried to claim false concerns about sea creatures getting caught in intake valves to stop a local desalinization plant.  Filtration and intake systems do not endanger species.  However, the process of purifying water does require a filter so the purpose of a desal plant is to make sure nothing gets through.  Does it cause species to go extinct?  Absolutely not.

By keeping the water restrictions high and supplies low the government is driving up water rates across the state, even without a natural drought.  This same policy is being applied to our electricity supplies as the water crisis is used to justify dismantling dams that generate clean, cheap, hydroelectric power.  As California’s resources are squandered the government goes deeper and deeper into debt, taxing the people more and more each day with rate increases, fees, and regulations. 

The economic impact continues.  Less and less money is made available to the private sector.  Total tax receipts decrease because economic activity slows to a crawl.  This then fuels higher deficits until the government goes bust once the wealth of the people is gone.  But a simple solution is at hand.  If only our Governor and President would act.

As the Obama Administration tries to figure out ways to create new jobs, it fails to recognize that its own socialist government controls are eliminating  jobs and wealth on a massive scale.  The nonsense leftist idealogues who think making a profit is a bad thing are about to find out what happens when you continuously lose the taxpayers money. 

If the leaders of our nation were strong they would end the water restrictions turn the pumps on, fill the reservoirs, guarantee ten times more than the 5% allocation at a minimum, and let the economy flow.  Once the water guarantees are in place the banks can loan on the land, this will spur agribusiness activity, employ more workers, and bring value back to our real estate.  A simple solution which only requires a common sense approach to the problem and not mountains of debt.

This simple solution only requires one thing.  Political leaders standing up to the false claims of environmental organizations and the foreign interests who run them.  The people already know the truth, and it isn’t inconvenient at all.  We will stop the command and control policies of Obama’s tyrants and czars.  Lisa Jackson of the EPA does not have the authority to give President Obama dictatorial power.  If they continue to try to overturn our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, we will hold them accountable for the damage they are creating.  

Indeed the water crisis in California, is just a small sample of the command and control philosophies of the environmental police state.  In a recent 60 minutes interview one of the Delta Smelt’s advocates actually made this comment:  “don’t plant crops that have to have water every year.”  If there is anyone on this earth that knows how to plant crops that can go one year with water then one year without then you will have a great career working for the tyrants in Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA.  Until then it is time for the people of this state to stand up against the bureaucrats who are intentionally destroying our farms, jobs, and real estate values.  In 2010 we will take our country back from the politicians who are as corrupt as corruption can be. 

California has enough water for everyone.  It is corrupt politicians who want to bankrupt small businesses across the state who need to be made extinct.  They are the new endangered species.  California’s people will make sure of that in the next election.

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Department of Water Resources announcement. Tighter water restrictions, government’s drought to continue.

The following release (below photo) was issued by the bureaucrats who have decided to use the government to bankrupt family farms and raise water rates across the state under the fraudulent excuse of saving the fish.    

These very low estimates of future water supplies reflect the ongoing and increasing impact of the federal restrictions on pumping water through the Delta.  Last year at this time DWR’s initial allocation was 15 percent.  This year, the state and federal reservoirs are higher than they were last year and Northern California has received 90 percent of its normal precipitation, yet DWR’s allocation is only five percent.  The reason for this reduction has a lot to do with the limitations on moving water and the fact that the additional restrictions that were imposed on behalf of the salmon (not an endangered species) are taking full effect for the first time this year.  

So the water is cut off for a fish we serve in every restaurant in the country; a fish that is farmed.  This is outright tyranny. 

The government is continuing to use its authority to intentionally depress real estate values, raise water rates, and raise electric rates across the state.  They will continue to reduce supplies of basic necessities to wipe out generations of wealth.  All Californians will be effected.  

It is time to investigate the corruption in our government agencies starting with DWR Director Lester A. Snow.  See his quote below where he actually blames a non-existent drought for the complete mismanagement of our water systems by the Schwarzenegger Administration.  It is time to get rid of the negligent bureaucrats who have embraced Marxism, the global warming fraud, and the climate change hoax.  They are either insensitive or ignorant of the financial impacts of this announcement.  

property values drop from government water restrictions

Sacramento, Calif. December 1, 2009 – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial allocation of five percent of total contracted water deliveries to the State Water Project (SWP) contractors for 2010. Five percent is the lowest initial allocation percentage since the SWP began delivering water in 1967. 

“The Legislature took a major step forward earlier this month to address the state’s water needs by heeding Governor Schwarzenegger’s call and passing the most comprehensive water package in California history,” said DWR Director Lester A. Snow. “Nevertheless, on the heels of a three-year drought, we need to prepare now so that we have adequate water supplies for homes, farms and businesses.” 

The previous low for an initial allocation as a percentage of SWP contractors’ requests was 10 percent in 1993, but that number was increased to 100 percent during the year as supply conditions improved. The initial figure for 2009 of 15 percent was increased to a final allocation of 40 percent in May. 

The historical average of final SWP allocations as a percentage of initial requests over the past 10 years has been 68 percent. 

The initial allocation is a very conservative estimate of what DWR expects it can deliver as a percentage of SWP contractors’ initial requests for contracted water deliveries for a calendar year. 

This year, the contractors have requested 100 percent of the maximum contractual amount allowed — 4,171,996 acre-feet. While the initial 2010 allocation is only five percent of that amount, actual deliveries are expected to increase during the year once actual hydrologic and water supply conditions are known. SWP contractors provide water to more than 25 million California residents and more than 750,000 acres of farmland. 

The initial allocation figure reflects the low carryover storage levels in the state’s major reservoirs, ongoing drought conditions and federally mandated environmental restrictions on water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect endangered fish species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

The Department of Fish and Game’s most recent survey indexes indicate that all four Delta pelagic fish species (Delta smelt, Longfin smelt, Striped bass and Threadfin shad) are at their lowest-ever population levels. 

DWR will continue to monitor water supply conditions and drought impacts to identify any necessary supplemental response actions this year and will move aggressively to plan for a potentially dry 2010 in coordination with other state, federal and local agencies and the water community. 

The announcement is part of the Department’s effort to implement Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Drought Executive Order (S-06-08) directing DWR to help local water districts and agencies proactively address these conditions.

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Stand beside her, and guide her…

On Saturday night November 21, 2009 I reached my destination in Fresno, CA.  It was a 5 hour drive from Redding so I went straight to the theater where the film “Not Evil Just Wrong” was screening.   I had already seen it twice, but I wanted to be there for the question and answer session with the film’s Producers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. 

Gorebusters!

I arrived just as the film ended.  The Producer and Director Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer were just being introduced.  These Irish Patriots have dedicated themselves to protecting America’s freedoms by exposing eco-tyranny.    

It was a very well-educated and intelligent audience.  They peppered Ann and Phelim with a variety of inquiries for over an hour about science, politics, environmentalism, and their film. 

Phelim described how the false science of global warming is used to create big government regulations over everything we do.

Ann then shared some of her experiences with environmentalists and how it relates to the people of Central California.

We can do without the smelt, but if the farmers in the Central Valley are the new endangered species, our government is too powerful. 

This crowd knows full well of the mistakes of excessive environmental controls imposed by the government.  When government takes over the farms with water restrictions, or other businesses with carbon restrictions, it becomes the oppressive force that we Declared our Independence from 233 years ago. 

Government induced poverty.  By controlling the amount of water the government can decide who succeeds, and who fails.  They can put strangers in charge of your wells, and caps on free access.  The bureaucracy has become too big, too powerful.

An audience member pointed out that government is colluding with some businesses over others in an effort to create government entities to undermine the free market.  Policies that are banned by our constitution have become tools for the left-wing conspiracies to topple capitalism.

The situation is made worse when big government comes in and tries to solve a non-existant environmental crisis like climate change.  The Cap and Trade scam being pushed by members of Congress does not fool anyone.  

As the new administration embarks on a policy of economic nonsense, huge budget deficits are created.  The mandates to switch to inefficient forms of energy production cause the taxpayers to pick up the tab for the losses created every time the wind blows.  These losses rob our children and grandchildren of funding for their education and their safety. 

Responding to a question from the audience on recalls and impeachments, Ann shared her thoughts about the change in our government.

They spoke like true patriots, standing up for freedom and American ideals.  Ann even shared her thoughts about Michael Moore.

One member of the audience asked about their background; how they became involved; what is the story behind their story.  Ann was very open and forthright as she apologized for once being a liberal.  Then as she worked to help save humanity, she converted from saving the planet to saving the people.  It was time to stop preventing economic growth for the sake of a fish or a lemur.

As the discussion continued the audience questioned the value of carbon offsets.  Phelim warned that Carbon has become a means to tax everything we do.

Again the audience questioned them about the financial windfall Al Gore has made by bankrupting his fellow citizens with fraudulent environmental laws.

Just like during the American Revolution in 1776, we are joined by patriots who love freedom and the ideals our country stands for.  Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer have stood up for the truth and supported our freedoms. 

Now as our own president travels to Copenhagen, Americans wonder if he plans to sell us out to eco-tyranny.  Any treaty based on climate change is an attempt to turn our sovereignty over to a new global government that will give us energy and water restrictions, economic controls, third world health care, and a government debt burden that will be paid with high taxes on our children and grandchildren.  

Enough is enough!  This global government is not elected by our people, not answerable to our Congress or our courts, not working for our best interests.  If our own politicians can put fish above humans, imagine what foreign political leaders will do once they control us with Cap and Trade.

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Tea Party Patriots carry the message across the land.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Robert Frost – Stopping by woods on a snowy evening

Snow, sleet, and rain on a cold November day.

After leaving Ellensburg, WA the fog hung low as fellow patriot Andrew Ian Dodge drove us through the mountain pass.  His lovely wife Kim helped navigate and coordinate the meet-ups with the local organizers all across the country.  They drove all the way from Maine carrying a messenger from California all along the way.  This was as historic as Paul Revere’s ride, except this time we rode in a Ford instead of on a horse.

Tea Party Patriots spread the word, our freedoms are at stake!  We cannot be complacent anymore.  As the President heads to Copenhagen time is very short. 

the winter scenery was magnificent

Rounding through the pass the pine trees were covered with a fresh layer of wet white snow.  The steep mountain slopes were covered with trees.  It was a beautiful sight as the polar ice cap descended across the North American continent just before the onset of winter.  High in the mountains the temperature was just a hair above 32 degrees, but once we came through the pass the snow turned to rain and the thermometer rose past 41.  This is nothing like my hometown near San Diego. 

As we descended toward the coast the snows melted away.  A light rain fell.  The warming effect of the Pacific prevented the temperature from dropping as it had a hundred miles back in the mountains. 

 In short order we arrived at our next stop, McCoy’s Firehouse Bar & Grill in Seattle, just after sunset.  Andrew and Kim kept us right on schedule.    The owner, Crystal McCoy, opened her place up to the Seattle Sons & Daughters of Liberty to bring our message to Seattle.  

The walls were decorated with the uniforms of Seattle’s finest.   

We were given a warm welcome by all.  Tea Party Patriot, Kelli, summarized the cause.

Then we heard from local residents on their own battles with radical environmental extremism.  Steve Hammond of the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights defended human use of the environment. 

Then Jenny Beth Martin described the national unity of the Tea Party movement and how it was banding together to stop big government. 

Images of our country’s forefathers struggling to gain our Independence from European governments stood in the back of my mind as I described how the water restrictions are destroying generations of wealth, and how Cap and Trade is a threat to our sovereignty.  Then we had a great steak dinner and enjoyed marvelous conversation with dedicated Tea Party Patriots of Seattle.

The next day we continued south through the storm.  Our first stop was Chehalis where Ken Morse of the Olympia Tea Party stood before the press and described similar damage affecting Washington State as government water restrictions in the Pacific Northwest are hurting family farms.

Then we traveled south all day before resting for the night in Medford, OR.

The next morning a heavy fog hung low over us.  Visibility was so poor we decided to eat breakfast first before getting on the road.  Once the fog lifted we drove past volcanos and rivers as we crossed the mountains in Northern California.  The magnificence and beauty of this country lay before us.  I hadn’t been to this part of the state since back in the late 80’s.  Boy does time fly.  That was during the Reagan years.  Seems like such a long time ago.  

By 11:30 we made it to Redding where a crowd of several hundred patriots were waiting in the Wind River Casino to hear our message.  They were a great group of freedom loving Americans who had a trailer truck full of food donations stocked up for Thanksgiving in the Central Valley.  I was presented with an official Tea Party Patriot cap for my travels and given God’s blessing for a safe trip to Fresno.  The people of this community were warm and friendly.  One man even offered to raise the bait fish on several fish farms so it could be taken off of the Endangered Species List.  Then we could get the water turned back on to our farmers and get back to making this state great again.

Redding Rocked!

The band followed us up and we headed off to Fresno.  Still a long drive ahead.  

Fortunately I made it just in time for the interview with the Producers and Directors of the film “Not Evil Just Wrong,” Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney.  They had just received the news of the massive cover-up of the Global Warming Fraud during the past decade.  Scientific hoaxes have been the basis for some of the most restrictive environmental regulations in the history of our country.  Hopefully the news gets out before we lose our freedoms in Copenhagen.

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From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans…

In mid November the call came in.  It was Tea Party leader Sarah Bond who needed a Patriot to join the Northern Route of the Farmers Relief Relay traveling across the country to bring awareness to the government water restrictions that are crippling the state of California.  With little hesitation I agreed to join the route and carry the message across the northwest.

Tea Party Patriot leader Jenny Beth Martin arranged for me to fly up to Spokane, WA where I joined her and two other patriots for the trek to Fresno.  As we traversed the state it became clear that the water restrictions of the Central Valley in California are similar to other extremist environmental policies that are crippling businesses and family farms across the country.

At our first stop in Ellensburg, WA we heard from Tea Party patriots who have witnessed similar oppressions against the apple industry, loggers, and small family farms throughout the northwest.

Water restriction policies spread across the country

It was an honor to receive such warm support and substantial donations to the cause, but their stories of the eco-tyranny against their apple and logging industries proved that we are fighting a widespread battle for our freedoms.  They even have their own fish story.  It is a shame when the fish story is no longer about the big one that got away, but about the little one that took down the dam.

These great Americans in Washington state stood steadfast in their support for California.  It has become abundantly clear that our government has over-extended its authority into the private lives of its citizens. 

"If they can do it there in California, the food basket of the United States, they can do it to us."

At this stop, those in attendance gathered to sign the Declaration of Independence to stand up for our freedoms.  Both young and old were proud to place their name into history by joining this struggle.  They gave us great encouragement with both handshakes and prayers.  America’s greatness comes from her people.

We stand united

Jenny Beth Martin asked the crowd to contact their representatives as this is not just California’s issue.  It is everyone in America’s freedoms that are at stake as environmental extremists push laws to subvert our Independence, steal our property, and place us under the control of a global governing body with no ties to the electorate.  This relay rally went across the country from Maine to New York to Pennsylvania to Ohio to Iowa, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho before reaching the state of Washington.

After the rally we had lunch at a local family restaurant before crossing the snowy mountain pass that leads to Seattle.  A Pacific winter storm was coming through, but we were on a mission.  Our goal was to get to Fresno by Saturday night to meet the producer and director of the film “Not Evil Just Wrong.”

Outside was clear evidence of the Global Warming Fraud

As we left and drove through the pass the words of Jim Applegate foreshadowed my meeting with Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer.  His words and the truth of the environmental movement is just beginning to reveal the economic destruction of the Climate Change Hoax.

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Farming California – Trying to survive the Terminator

Here in America we live in a land of plenty.  Our land is so rich that it only takes water to create bountiful harvests for our holiday tables.  When we sit down to feast on that last Thursday in November it is important to gives thanks for the valuable abundance produced by the people of our state.

With the drought affecting the west side of the Central Valley, farmers are trying to survive with their remaining crops on the east side.  Those who are not fortunate enough to have east side water, are dried up right out of business.  Now, with new releases from the Friant Dam, east side groves have become the next target of environmental extremists trying to destroy our land.

Before new water restrictions are imposed, it is important to see some of the benefits to our economy provided by our agricultural sector.  This is where it all starts.  This is where our food comes from.  Harvest time in Central California, means jobs, but only if you had water for your crop.

Jeremy Freitas of Freitas Farms describes harvest time in the walnut groves of his family’s agricultural business.

When we water walnuts we create a win win situation.  The crops produced increase wealth for many families who work our land. 

These are good people.  Hard working Americans who dedicate themselves to feeding the world.  And, as Jeremy describes, after the machine harvest the remaining nuts are shared with neighbors and friends throughout the community. 

These are the people who make our country free.  These are the people who make our country great.  These are the people who create jobs with water.  Without water, walnuts will wither.  Jobs then disappear.  One small grove generates employment for many workers, vendors, truckers, and corporations.

Our farming community is the most ecologically sound segment of our society.  The people here do everything known to man to preserve our environment and maximize the sun’s energy.  They generate more energy with their crops than any solar panel or windmill in existence.  The food grown here increases output at every stage of production.  Farmers are masters at capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into carbohydrates and proteins. 

Here Jeremy shows us a silage corn field that produces feed for dairy cattle.  The milks and butters necessary for holiday cooking come from corn-fed dairy cows.   

There is an art to this science.  Everything is measured.  It is essential to follow efficient practices in order to maximize the farm’s output.  Free market competition forces the family farmer to keep his land well-ordered.  Every inch of land is maximized for greatest efficiency.

So how many ears of corn do you get from each stalk?  Six to seven-foot tall stalks 6 inches apart fill thousands of acres of corn fields across our country.  Imagine how many ears are needed just to fill our movie theaters with popcorn.

Any environmentalist who supports diverting water away from the farmers is not an environmentalist at all.  They are complete hypocrites who are eliminating green jobs and increasing the costs of our food production.  In addition the dust storms are increasing air pollution.  Dry fields are brown, wet fields are green.

There is a science to irrigating such large acres of land.  Jeremy describes the irrigation systems for a tomato field in the west side of the Central Valley.

These irrigation systems require engineers to design the equipment, vendors to supply the sprinkler heads and pipes, and farmers to operate, maintain and monitor them.  All jobs that come from the wealth of the land as it uses water to produce its increase.

But the jobs do not stop there as the crop must be harvested and brought to market.  How is that done?  Once again Jeremy described the next step in the process that uses water to produce jobs and food for all of California’s families.

If you want to keep our country great.  If you want our state to increase jobs.  If you want to keep your freedoms.  Get involved.  The government of California is still adopting policies to reduce water supplies, drive up water rates, increase our debtexpand government power over our free markets, drive up energy costs, and develop an environmental police state.

The new water bill that has come out of Sacramento and was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger this past week is filled with flaws.  It is proof that bipartisan compromise just creates an endless bureaucracy determined to raise taxes, increase deficits, reduce supplies of basic necessities like water and electricity, and develop a new environmental police state eager to impose fines and penalties for those who just want to survive.  The Governor has failed to stand up for the people.  His attempt to appease his opponents has only created more unelected officials who answer to no one but special interests.

This bill adds $11.1 billion of debt to our state, reduces water supplies, increases rates, and dismantles hydroelectric dams across the Northwest.  California’s electric rates will rise along with the water rates.  This bill flies in the face of economic common sense.

It is time to stop this nonsense.  It is time for California to elect a Governor who is one of the people.  Someone who will represent the people and not the special interests.  Someone who will oppose environmentalists who devalue human life.  Someone who will bring our jobs back, our farms back, and our freedoms back.  In 2010 California will say good-by to the Terminator.  This time he won’t be back.

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