Hector And Mike Experience - Common Sense In An Uncommon World
By Hector and Mike Experience
Hector And Mike Experience - Common Sense In An Uncommon WorldMay 04, 2022
Navigating the Waves of Communication: A Deep Dive with Mike Marando
Welcome to another insightful episode of the Hector and Mike Experience. In today's segment, we're privileged to host Mike Marando, a seasoned media spokesperson and a linchpin in the communications sphere for over three decades. Having served as a marketing and public affairs specialist for not one but five California state departments and agencies, Mike brings a treasure trove of knowledge, experience, and wisdom to our conversation.
Join us as we embark on a journey tracing Mike's path, delving deep into the world of communications. Mike sheds light on everything from the excitement of pursuing a career in this dynamic field to the nitty-gritty of confronting and navigating through challenges.
Every profession has its speed bumps, but how do we face them, learn from them, and drive forward more vigorously? Mike shares the trials and tribulations, as well as the triumphs, of his storied career.
Take a moment, plug in your headphones, and dive into this enlightening conversation with Mike Marrando. You won't be disappointed. Remember to subscribe to Hector and Mike Experience podcast for more enlightening interviews and stories from leaders in their respective fields.
Building Resilience and Focus: An Interview with Softball Pitching Coach Joe Jaquez
In this interview, we sit down with Joe Jaquez, a highly regarded softball pitching coach in the Sacramento region.
Joe has spent many years as a pitcher, traveling around the country to play in men's softball leagues. For the past two decades, Joe has been coaching travel ball and is currently a high school coach at Sheldon High School, where his team has an impressive win-loss record of 82-8 in the Delta League over the past seven seasons, with five section titles to their name.
What sets Joe apart from other coaches is his focus on the mental aspect of the game. He believes that softball players need to develop the mindset to stand on the mound even when the game seems to be falling apart around them.
In this interview, Joe shares his insights on what high school and college coaches seek in a softball player and how players can develop resilience and focus through adversity.
Joe Jaquez - Softball Pitcher and Coach
You can watch the interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Kt7NcOdWZAE
Food for Thought: Jami Goldstene's Inspiring Odyssey in Communications + Cuisine
In this interview, Jami Warner Goldstene takes us on a journey that began in Los Angeles, where she grew up in a family steeped in culture and politics. Her professional path winds its way to high places, as she worked with elected officials and ascended to the top of her field as General Manager & Executive Vice President for the Sacramento office of Edelman, the world’s largest independent PR firm. But her story includes other chapters. In addition to running her communications firm, Jami shares how she finally attained her lifelong dream of getting into the restaurant business. She opened Solomon’s, Sacramento’s first authentic Jewish deli, inspired by her Los Angeles upbringing and love of music. Jami’s story is about more than just professional accomplishments; she offers insights into the qualities that contribute to success and what has constituted a rewarding and meaningful life for her. *** Solomon's - No Bagels, No Life 730 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814 https://www.solomons.co
The Power of Perseverance: A Mortgage Advisor's Journey of Hard Work and Success
In this episode, Oscar Mora shares his story, which is one of perseverance and hard work and a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome challenges and succeed. Growing up as an immigrant child in a farming community, Oscar learned the value of hard work at an early age.
His parents instilled in him a strong work ethic that would serve him well throughout his life.
Despite the language barrier, he excelled in his studies, and after graduating from high school, he was accepted into college.
After college, Oscar pursued a career in the mortgage industry, and he quickly made a name for himself as a dedicated and hard-working professional.
He takes the time to build relationships with his clients, ensuring they feel supported and informed throughout the mortgage process. His commitment to his clients has earned him a reputation as a trustworthy and reliable mortgage advisor.
Oscar offers his advice on 27 years in the mortgage industry and how to work through the market's ups and downs.
Contact for Oscar Mora
@TheMoraTeam - Instagram
Oscar Mora - Linkedin and Facebook
The Four Agreements: https://www.miguelruiz.com/the-four-agreements
Are Police Dogs Racist? And Undercover Police Officers' Photos Accidentally Released
What a major screwup.
In response to a public records request, Los Angeles Police Department released every officer's name, rank, serial number, and photograph, including officers, working undercover operations involving gangs, cartels, and narcotics. LAPD Chief Moore apologized to the officers and admitted that the department mistakenly provided the photos of the officers.
And Assemblymembers Corey Jackson (D-Perris) and Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) introduced Assembly Bill 742, which would ban"the use of police dogs for arrests, apprehensions, and crowd control," citing racial bias and trauma.
Gavin Makes Headlines, the Narcos Crossfire, and the SVB Collapse
Mike and I discuss several critical issues, including the renter's assistance program, the Walgreens ban, the economic impact of Silicon Valley Bank, and how Mexico is caught in a narco battle.
Newsom Builds Momentum For 2024: From banning gas-powered vehicles to "punish" oil companies plus the withdrawal of Walgreens from renewed state contracts, California Governor Gavin Newsom is capitalizing on these short-sighted grandstanding policies to build momentum for a potential 2024 presidential run, if incumbent Joe Biden doesn't make a run himself.
Newsom's latest political stunt is directly hurting two communities that rely on Walgreens the most – seniors and those who need close proximity and reliable access to their medications. Yet, as Newsom claims to take the moral high ground with Walgreens, he continues to allow California to do business with countries that are anti-LGBTQ+ or countries that have negative environmental track records, like those that continue to decimate the rain forest.
Silicon Valley Bank Run: What does the Silicon Valley Bank fiasco mean to our economy, the constant increase in the interest rate, and the overall impact on inflation? A few years ago, $100 filled up the shopping cart, and now that same $100 would barely cover the bottom of the basket. Will this be a repeat of the 2008 collapse?
Renter's Assistance Programs: With the end of the renter's protection programs, what happens to all those who owe rent? How will that impact homelessness?
Mexico's Cartel Problem Continues: Mexican cartel issues an apology for kidnapping Americans and killing two Americans. The cartel problem in Mexico is difficult for both the people and the government.
With the cartel so entrenched in Mexico, is it a lost cause for the government? Should Mexico bring in the military and take over the policing operations state by state or leave it alone and hope it doesn’t escalate?
California Governor Itching For A Fight With Florida Governor
Hector and Mike examine whether California Governor Gavin Newsom will challenge Kamala Harris if Biden decides not to run and the continued verbal fighting with Florida Governor DeSantis.
Governor Newsom shouldn’t defer to anyone. He is the Governor of one of the largest states, progressive, and able to raise a ton of money - he shouldn’t blink to anyone within the Democrat Party, especially the Veep.
Did Trump Doom the Mail Ballot Fight for Republicans?
Republicans used to be the masters of mail ballots, but then came Donald Trump.
Across the nation, as voting by mail (absentee) expanded, President Trump talked about mail fraud and voting machine manipulation and insisted that Republicans cast their ballots in person, not via absentee.
On November 8, Election Day, Californians experienced severe rain throughout the state. How many voters fell ill that day, had to take their kids to practice, experienced long lines, and just went home? As all of us know, life happens.
For Republicans to be successful, they need to stop with the conspiracy theories and engage in all three types of voting – mail, early, and in-person. Play by the rules of the game and use all your weapons.
TikTok: Voting Conspiracies Continue to Doom Republican Votes
Republicans used to be the masters of mail ballots, then came Donald Trump with talk about mail fraud and voting machine manipulation. The problem with waiting is that life Happens. Play by the rules while you try to change the rules.
No Red Wave, Fetterman Wins, Eating Crow
Before the election, Hector and Mike wondered if Fetterman in PA would be the unforced error that costs the Democrats the Senate. But when the votes were counted, Fetterman was a Senator-elect, and the Red Wave mania turned out to be a Red-Wave illusion. Will GOP learn from its many mistakes or resort to the circular firing squad?
The political pilgrimage to Georgia begins with every political operative in the country, but the bottom line: it won’t make a difference. Democrats won everything they needed on November 8. We now know Nancy Pelosi will give up her gavel as Republicans take control of the House. With such a small margin, will the GOP equip all its members with heart monitors?
Abortion, civility, protecting democracy, and mini-Trumps seemed to be the issues that overcame the economy, inflation, and crime. The message was clear – time to look ahead and stop looking behind.
Does The Georgia Turnout Kill the Voter Suppression Narrative?
Georgia was ground zero in 2021 when the MLB All-Star game was moved from Atlanta to Colorado because of election integrity laws passed by the Georgia Legislature. Even the President and Vice President got involved calling it “Jim Crow 2.0” and saying it would “suppress the vote.” On Tuesday, Georgia voters will decide with their feet and their vote by going to the polls and voting. Right now, Georgia already has had more people voting in 2022 (an off-year election) than in the 2020 Presidential election. Will Biden, Harris, and all the other election integrity deniers eat crow when the vote totals are counted?
Want to Lower Gas Prices? Produce More At Home, Import Less from Our Enemies
Rather than begging foreign nations to increase oil production and lower their price, President Biden should just call up Gavin Newsom and have him sign the 1,200 oil permits that are collecting dust on his desk. There is no need to negotiate with countries who hate us and have purposely decreased oil production to side with Russia which is the Vice Chair of OPEC. We should become energy independent.
Is Fetterman the Unforced Error for Democrats?
US Senate candidate John Fetterman could have stepped down after his stroke and let the Democrats select another candidate. His argument would have made common sense - life-changing event, need to take care of his health and be there for his family, politics can wait. But instead, he let his ego overtake his common sense. Will it cost the Democrats a seat they thought they would win, and will it result in GOP control of the Senate? Hector and Mike talk about the Fetterman Effect on control of Congress.
Prop 1 Abortion is on the Ballot in California
Hector and Mike take a close look at Proposition 1 which would put in the state constitution the right to an abortion. But can a ballot measure that is only 37 words actually protect a woman's right to choose, or does it open the legal Pandora's box that puts the decision back in the hands of judges and lawyers?
Time for the mid-terms. Will Joe Biden's mid-term report card by the people cost Democrats the House, the Senate, Governorships?
Hector and Mike look at the various races around the country and the fight for the U.S. Senate, and answer the question will a Republican Red Wave reach California or crash short of the Golden State?
Campaign Ads: Newsom's Florida Ad & Mack's Twerking Ad Hits Rhode Island
Gavin Newsom is in Montana, running ads in Florida while running for Governor of California - the clear message to Kamala is that Newsom and his team don't believe she will make it out of the primary in 2024 if Biden doesn't run.
Gavin Newsom television ad in Florida, discusses the freedom and independence in California? But how much freedom do we really have? California has become a give-away state.
Hector and Mike discuss Newsom's action as a show for 2024 - to show the Democratic base that they shouldn't be afraid of Gov. Ron DeSantis or Trump and that 2024 will not be an anointing of Kamala.
Why is California paying our neighboring states $1 billion a year to take our energy? We have so much energy at certain times of the day that we (California) pay Arizona and Nevada to take our power because it could negatively impact the grid. Yes, we pay that cost on our electric bill.
Joe Biden's administration sells the United States's strategic petroleum oil to foreign countries, yet our gas prices remain at record highs. This further diminishes Biden's credibility. https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/oil-us-reserves-head-overseas-gasoline-prices-stay-high-2022-07-05/
The latest ad by Rhode Island State Senator Tiara Mack's campaign for Secretary of State: A handstand twerk in a bikini. https://nypost.com/2022/07/14/ri-senator-tiara-mack-has-no-regrets-over-twerking-tiktok/
Homeless Get To Sue Under This Legislation
Hector and Mike talk about a piece of legislation that got out of committee. State Senator Melissa Melendez tweeted this: "Today the Senate Health Committee passed SB 1446, which says everyone has a legal right to housing and gives them the right to sue if they don't get it.”
SB 1446, or as we call it, “The Trail Lawyers Full Employment Act” is exactly the kind of legislation that makes California a laughingstock around the country.
California Democrats Hold the Line to Keep Gas Taxes Highest in America
California Democrats love to boast about how California is #1. The problem is when Dems yell “we’re number one,” it usually means a pile of number 2 for California taxpayers.
On Friday, April 19, California Democrats in the Legislature will refuse to hear and fail to report any legislation that would temporarily repeal the gas tax and give taxpayers some much needed relief.
Not only won’t there be gas tax holiday, but a new gas tax increase will be applied on July 1. Pack your bags now.
Gavin Is Already Playing the Trump Card
he election is seven months away, but Gavin Newsom is already playing the Trump card on GOP endorsed Governor candidate State Brian Dahle.
In a zoom meeting with campaign volunteers, Alexei Koseff (CALMatters reporter) wrote on Twitter that Gov. Newsom accused Brian of supporting the January 6 attack and not acknowledging Biden as president: "This guy is Trump through and through.”
This line of attack successfully worked against Larry Elder in the recall campaign, but will it work again? Everyone knows it’s just Gavin trying to talk about anything but the job he has done as Governor of California.
We talked with Brian, and he has more than once denounced the January 6 attack and has publicly acknowledged Biden as president. He also acknowledged that California has the highest gas prices in the nation, the greatest problems of homelessness in the nation, the highest cost of living in the nation, and the great flight of people from any state in the nation. We wonder when Gavin will acknowledge that.
Hector and Mike discuss the latest political attacks. Will they work, and what can Brian continue to do to deflect them?
Republicans Party in Anaheim
The California Republican Party held its spring convention in Anaheim this past week, and it featured Congressman Kevin McCarthy. The path to a Republican House comes through California, and the Minority Leader took the opportunity to raise the roof at the GOP Convention. The hope of the party faithful is that next time Kevin addresses the State GOP Convention, it will as Speaker of the House.
Mike and Hector discussed the pathway for McCarthy, the newly energized State GOP, their newly endorsed candidates, and what benefits come with that endorsement.
Here is a list of the endorsed Republican candidates for statewide office:
Sen. Brian Dahle: Governor - https://briandahle.com
Mark Meuser: U.S. Senate - https://markmeuser.com
Angela Underwood Jacobs: Lieutenant Governor - https://www.cityoflancasterca.org/government/commissions-appointments/deputy-mayor-underwood-jacobs
Nathan Hochman: Attorney General - https://www.nathanhochman.com
Lanhee Chen: Controller - https://chenforcalifornia.com
Amazingly Lanhee has already been endorsed by the Los Angeles Times!
Lance Christensen: Superintendent of Public Instruction - https://lancechristensen.com
More Economic Problems for the Biden Administration
High gas prices, inflation, and a flip-flop foreign policy agenda are causing more anxiety for millions of Americans as they get ready to vote in a few weeks. The GDP cratered in the first quarter of the 2022 to go along with the highest inflation in the last 40 years.
How bad are President Biden's numbers? Just 26% of Hispanic and 41% of youth voters approve of the job Biden is doing.
And American’s faith in our economy is even worse. A recent Gallup poll shows 42% of Americans believe the economic condition of the country is poor, and another 38% rate it only as fair. A whopping 2% rate the American economy as Excellent (no truth to the rumor that the 2% had last names of Biden and Harris).
The Early Release of Convicted Criminals and Human Traffickers
Crime is up in California, yet Sacramento politicians still don’t want to increase the penalties on criminals. They continue to support the early release of prisoners. This past week they voted to continue allowing convicted criminals who sell children for sex to get out of custody before their full sentence is complete. They voted to make the human trafficking of minors a non-serious and non-violent felony.
Ep 36 The Slap, CA Gas Prices and Biden’s New Tax Budget
In this episode, Hector and Mike discuss the slap - Where paper beats Rock. What if Taylor Swift had slapped Kayne West? Would the reaction have been the same?
Hector brings up the funny Don Rickles and Frank Sinatra story.
We look at Joe Biden’s talking points on his latest budget - full of new taxes. What’s the truth of these new taxes helping out Americans?
What good does being the climate leader when more and more people have to live farther away from their jobs because of the price of housing?
Will the Governor’s proposal to give a gas rebate help?
Gavin Newsom Has A New Challenger, Gavin Maskless, As Garcetti Held His Breath, and Getting Monkeys In the Mood
State Senator Brian Dahle has thrown his hat in the ring to take on Gavin Newsom for the Governorship of California.
Dahle is from Lassen County and currently represents the northeast part of California.
A “David versus Goliath” challenge.
Here are some quick facts on Dahle from ABC 10 News:
- He was born Sep. 20, 1965 in Redding.
- He lives in Bieber, Calif., with his wife Megan Dahle.
- He has three children.
- Dahle and his wife have a wheat farm and a related seed grain transport business in Bieber.
- He was on the Lassen County Board of Supervisors for 16 years before being elected to the State Assembly in 2012.
- In 2019, Dahle defeated fellow Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley in a special election for California’s vacant District 1 Senate seat.
- He is on multiple committees including: education, transportation and environmental quality.
- He is currently vice-chair of the energy, utilities & communications committee.
The RNC membership censured two Republican members who have criticized former president Donald Trump and the investigation of the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. But then US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell rebuked the Republican Party officials for the censure.
As Gavin Newsom gets caught not wearing a mask at the NFL Playoff game, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti claimed he held his breath while being maskless at the football game.
If you are going to lie, at least make it believable - take the criticism and don’t make it worse for yourself.
We end with a crazy story out of English, where zoo officials hired a Marvin Gaye impersonator to sing in order t get the monkeys in the mood for sex.
Why couldn’t they play the music?
Groundhog Dies, Yet Gavin Caught Maskless Again - Government Wants To Set Pay and Benefits
Milltown Mel, a groundhog who has for years offered his weather predictions on Groundhog Day, has died.
Rest in Peace, Mel.
Groundhog Gavin: Talking about groundhog day, Gavin Newsom gets caught again not wearing his mask as he continues to defend his mandates. When confronted by reporters, Gavin responded that he was “very judicious” and took off his mask out of respect to Magic Johnson.
I doubt those excuses would fly for our students or people in the workplace.
California State Government Takeover of Franchises: Under approved legislation, the Governor of California and two Democrat leaders would be empowered to appoint a commission to set minimum wages, working hours, work conditions, and other items.
What about the $15 minimum wage? And how do you give that much power to the State of California? They can’t pay unemployment benefits on time. They are spending billions on a train for the past decade that still hasn’t laid down a single track or the State Controller computer system that is now on its 18th year and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget.
Mike Talks about Tom Brady and what is next for him.
Government Takeover of CA Franchises: https://calmatters.org/commentary/2022/01/fast-food-bill-will-discourage-small-business-owners/
Kamala to the Supreme Court? Crazy Liability Insurance for Gun Owners and Mike's Football Predictions
After 28 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer will step down at the end of the current term.
Joe Biden and the rest of the Democrat Party are looking for Breyer's replacement.
One name that has popped up as a potential nominee is California Justice Leondra Kruger. Kruger, appointed to California's Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014, is widely known in Washington legal circles, where she worked for the Bush and Obama administration Justice Departments.
But what about Kamala Harris? What better way to get her out of the White House and find a replacement who can be more helpful to the Administration.
The San Jose City Council will require gun owners to buy liability insurance for their firearms and pay fees for "initiatives to reduce gun violence and gun harm." One of the worse PR stunts I've seen in the past 20+ years.
Maybe residents should buy liability insurance for these criminal justice warriors' dumb ideas and soft on crime policies.
As Mike continues to mourn Tom Brady's loss, he gives us his weekend NFL predictions, and we talk about some potential NFL retirements.
Crazy Joe Arrives At The White House
Joe Biden says that if you support voter id, you are racist, yet I have to show id and my vaccination card to enter a restaurant in LA. Even in Mexico, they have voter id.
Biden has polarized the right and alienated the people in the middle and some Democrats.
This type of intolerance is not what many expected from the Biden/Harris administration - the people who voted for them expected a more moderate tone.
This is part 1 of our 3 part podcast.
Ooops…She did it again. Not Brittany but Kamala
A New Year but the same rookie mistakes by VP Kamala Harris. In an interview with Administration-friendly MSNBC VP Harris came across as out of touch, told people to “GO Google,” lacked basic facts of the Administration’s own program, and somehow ended up giving props to the work of the Trump Administration.
Last night, Vice President Kamala Harris sat down with MSNBC reporter Craig Melvin to discuss the Omicron variant and the Biden/Harris administration response.
Kamala started her interview by praising the work of creating the vaccines, the boosters and acknowledged that when COVID-19 first hit the United States, there was much we didn't know, but that we are in a much better position now. Without saying Trump's name, the vaccines, booster, therapeutics and the operations for those getting them approved and distributed happened under the Trump administration. That had to leave some people in the West Wing shaking their head.
But now, as we are about to enter the 3rd year of COVID, the Biden/Harris administration act like the Three Stooges are running the show.
In the interview with Melvin, Kamala can't remember how many home COVID tests they ordered and when asked about testing sites, she responds with "do google." She goes on to explain when you want to find a new restaurant go goggle it on how to get there. Apparently to her finding a restaurant and finding a place to get a COVID test are equal.
Why doesn't the Health and Human Service department have a site where people can plug in their zip code and the nearest COVID sites appear? Why doesn't Harris know that her administration told the American people that they had ordered 500 million home test kits? And "do google" is her answer?
After that interview is it any wonder the approval ratings of Harris and Biden are so low.
Mike Gets 4th Vaccine Shot, CA Water Fines and Denmark's Giant Penis Children's Show
While antibody levels eventually wane, some people lose them in a few months. Mike discusses his 4th vaccine.
With record snow and water, Governor Newsom's administration institutes water fines. Where is all that water going? Why is it being flushed into the ocean?
Denmark launched a children's TV show about a man with a giant penis. This penis helps walk dogs, can be used as a pogo stick, and even save children from drowning.
John Oliver on Denmark’s Dillermand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A51mJjFyG_w
More Than a FI$Cal Crisis Plagues California
Thanks to Lanhee Chen (ChenForCalifornia.com) for pointing out the State Controller’s Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) accounting system that has been in the works for 18 years, at the cost of $1 billion, and it is still not completed.
18 years and more delays.
As @Lanheechen pointed out: “It took 7 years to land on the moon after JFK’s moon speech and 4 yrs to build the Golden Gate Bridge. It shouldn’t be this hard.”
We agree! How many other delayed computer projects are there in the state?
From the Sacramento Bee: "California’s $1 billion accounting program delayed again, could affect state’s credit" https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article257054247.html
IRS Wants Thieves to Pay Taxes on Stolen Property and The New CDC Isolation Requirements
Hector and Mike look at a bonehead move by the Internal Revenue Service requiring thieves to list all the stolen property on their 2021 taxes forms.
At first, many reporters and communications experts thought it was fake news, but it is real.
Hector and Mike also provide an update on the new CDC isolation/quarantine requirements. When does the clock start? What if you received a booster shot? https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html
And how can the Biden Administration be flatfooted with Omicron?
Finally, Hector and Mike look at some of the new laws and potential focus for the California State Legislature in the New Year, and they offer up their New Year’s Resolutions.
Who Will Get a Candy Cane or Coal This Year?
As Mike sits in his home, drinking hot chocolate, Hector is out on the beach for some relaxation.
In this episode, Hector and Mike look at who is getting candy canes or coal - Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Gavin Newsom, etc.
We hope you had a wonderful and safe Christmas.
The Woke and Sensitive Restaurant Owners Refuse Service to Police Officers
The Hilda and Jesse restaurant in San Francisco asked three uniform officers to leave because some employees were uncomfortable because they were armed. Then they went online to brag about it, saying that their restaurant was a “safe place.”
Here is where the hypocrisy kicks in: Once the online firestorm erupted, the owners, Rachel Sillcocks and Kristina Liedags Compton, apologized, saying, “We hope this will be a teachable moment for us as we repair and continue to build bridges with the SFPD.”
The officers carry firearms for their protection and the public. They are on the frontlines. The woke, safe place and hurt feelings in our society have gotten way out of hand.
We have some California schools ditching D and F grades. California is now looking to institute Woke Math in the name of equity and make sure some students don’t feel left out or less because some students take advanced/gifted math courses.
We all have skills sets, and our educational system helps foster them. Once we find something we are passionate about, then maximize it. But why is our society creating so many “safe places” for people at the expense of others?
Schools Are Ditching D and F grades: https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/why-some-california-school-districts-are-ditching-d-and-f-grades/
As Retail Thefts Dominate the News, Governor Newsom Acts Surprised
Make no mistake – the looting and smash and grab crime taking place in California is being seen around the country. It’s in the news everywhere, and it leaves people inside and outside California asking: Why is this happening?
The question is a natural one. How could a state which boasts so much prosperity become as unsafe as a third world country?
The answer is simple: It is human nature.
Criminals in California understand the laws better than the politicians who pass those laws.
If you allow criminals to get away with stealing from a Walgreens or CVS, why wouldn’t they move up to from stealing from higher-end stores? They think why stop at CVS when you can steal from Nordstrom?
The truly shocking news is that Governor Gavin Newsom seems surprised at what is happening.
Someone needs to tell the Governor that he supported lowering the charges and penalties for many offenses, including reducing property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors (Prop. 47 and 57). Democrats have supported eliminating the bail system.
What is happening is a result of the laws and policies supported and passed into law by our Governor and Legislature.
And then we have District Attorneys who don’t want to prosecute for certain crimes.
People need to be held accountable for what they do. Will they be?
That answer is also simple: No. In Los Angeles 14 out 14 people arrested for violent smash and grabs are still on the streets. Because of the laws on bail, every one of them is out free to do it again, or worse.
You reap what you sow. California has moved radically left in handling crime thanks to our Governor and District Attorneys and Attorney General and state legislators. The result is a state where lawlessness runs rampant with no consequences. And it doesn’t look like it will get better anytime soon.
Officers have begun calling those people ‘frequent fliers,’ offenders who know the specifics of Prop 47 and how to use it to their advantage. The thief in San Bernardino County had been caught shoplifting with his calculator, which he said he used to make sure he never stole the equivalent of $950 or more. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2015/10/10/prop47/
Gov. Newsom redirects Highway Patrol to Stop Smash and Grab: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2021/11/30/gov-newsom-enlists-california-highway-patrol-to-help-stop-smash-and-grab-retail-robb
Fix California Education - Education Savings Account Act of 2022
Today, we talked with Lance Christensen about his work with Fix California Education - Education Saving Account Act of 2022.
Californians pay high taxes for an expensive and outdated public education system that fails our children and does not prepare them for the 21st-century economy. Despite record spending on education this year, California public schools continue to rank below the national average in academics.
The Education Savings Account Act of 2022 is a bi-partisan approach that provides the opportunity to have the funds follow the students so parents can decide which school offers the best options and learning experiences for their students. Additionally, extra funds not used before graduating high school can be saved for college or vocational schools. And the best part is that this comes at no additional cost to taxpayers.
Here are some of the items that the Education Saving Account would provide parents:
- Students can opt into a K-12 savings account with $13,000 a year in state education funds.
- Parents can send their kids to an accredited school or homeschool of their choice.
- Funds can be used for tuition and other eligible education expenses.
- Children from low to medium-income families get initial access in the first four years.
- Up to $60,000 of leftover funds can be saved for college.
Get more information on the Education Saving Account Act of 2022:
Common Sense in a Turkey World
In this special Thanksgiving edition of the Hector and Mike Experience, Common Sense in a Turkey World, we look at the positive things to be grateful for this year - family, friends, and life.
We share some ideas on how to stay positive when it seems that everything is falling apart in our state and country.
As Gov. Newsom Says Screw You on Gas Prices, Biden Poll Numbers Tank
On this episode of the Hector and Mike Experience – Common Sense in an Uncommon World - we talk about the new presidential polling numbers from Quinnipiac Poll. Biden is tanking and the American people signal that they no longer trust Democrats on the economy. Will the New Year be better for Joe and Kamala?
Also we discuss Governor Gavin Newsom's response on California’s high gas prices: “Californians have to ‘disenthrall’ themselves from ‘being victims of petro politics,” which in Common Sense plain English translates to “Newsom tells Californians Go Screw Yourself on Gas Prices.”
Lastly we look at a piece written by CALMatters columnist Dan Walters: Why do California students take on immense debts for college educations that result in jobs that pay so little? Call it “diploma creep.” – with the high cost of an education and the poor pay that comes with the degree - should the Biden-Harris Administration be considering having the government pay off student loans?
Quinnipiac Poll - Biden at 36% Approval Rating: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/582109-bidens-approval-dips-to-36-percent-in-new-quinnipiac-poll
Dan Walters Article on Higher Education: https://calmatters.org/commentary/2021/11/california-student-debt-tuition-degrees/
Gavin Ghosts California, Biden Payout/Reparations Ignores African & Japanese Americans
Gavin Ghosts California, Biden Payout/Reparations Ignores African & Japanese Americans
Governor Gavin Newsom goes missing, and after ten days, he said his kids wanted him to spend time with them. This is a noble and a wonderful thing that a father should do, but do you believe it?
If that was the reason, Newsom should have said something from day 1. He is the Governor of one of the largest states in the nation. The media was going to ask why he didn’t attend the Climate Change Conference in Scotland and why he had no public events scheduled after he got his booster shot.
On a scale of 1 - 10, the believability is not where it should be - Newsom should have been upfront with it.
There were many rumors about why Newsom didn’t go to Scotland, including that he reacted to the booster shot and an alleged affair.
Will California’s estimated budget surplus of $31 billion create a cycle of dependency? More government services? Or should that additional tax money go back to the people?
Lastly, we look at how the Biden Administration is trying to settle with immigrant families separated at the border ($450,000 per person) but can’t find the money for reparations to African Americans or Japanese Americans.
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California Has Highest Poverty Rate in the Nation: https://news.yahoo.com/california-highest-poverty-level-states-030027521.html
Oct 2: 50 container ships waiting to unload at ports of LA and Long Beach: https://www.capradio.org/articles/2021/10/02/no-back-up-of-cargo-ships-off-southern-california-coast-not-due-to-manufactured-supply-chain-halt/
Oct 13: President Biden declares 24/7 port operations in LA and Long Beach ports: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/us/politics/biden-port-los-angeles-supply-chain.html
Nov 10: 78 container ships waiting to unload cargo: https://calmatters.org/newsletters/whatmatters/2021/11/california-cost-of-living-skyrockets/
Nov 15: 90 container ships waiting to unload cargo: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/11/15/new-fines-for-empty-shipping-containers-start-monday/
Proposal to Payout $450,000 Per Person Separated at the Border: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/07/payments-families-border-richmond-520027
Biden and Harris Polling Numbers Crater & a $450k Payout to Undocumented Immigrants
The Biden Harris Administration now wants to pay $450,000 to individual undocumented immigrants who came across American borders. Will the polling numbers go lower as people's ire goes higher? And what about the trillion-dollar infrastructure bill - $550 billion for roads, bridges, and highways, but where did the rest go? The answer will make you wonder what infrastructure means to Congress.
Did you know there is a provision that requires all new vehicles to have "advanced impaired driving technology" installed? But of course, it doesn't detail what that means.
The President's favorable hovers at 38%. The Vice President's favorables are below 30%. Will the latest payout discussion crater even more?
We discuss that the Biden Harris Administration wants to pay at least $450,000 per person who was separated from their child when they tried to cross the border illegally. Some families can expect to get over a million dollars.
As this payment plan moves closer to reality, expect social media to light up. Here is how some have already couched the argument: If that doesn't offend your senses, think of this - the families of American military men and women who lose a loved one in service to our country only get $100,000. They can receive $400,000 but only IF THEY PAY for an insurance policy.
This immigration issue is bound to get heated as more details emerge.
Virginia Election Spells Trouble for Democrats, As Minn. Rejects Defund the Police
Virginia is for lovers...of common sense - https://www.virginia.org/
The Commonwealth elects a Republican Governor, a Republican African-American woman Lt. Governor, and a Republican Hispanic Attorney General. Is this a path to success for the GOP for 2022? What's next for a Biden Administration that threw everything they had into Virginia?
Was Kamala right when she said, "What happens in Virginia will in large part determine what happens in 2022, 2024, and on." Will her words come back to haunt the Democrats throughout 2022?
Hector and Mike give President Biden two very different suggestions on who he should call to salvage the Democrat Party in 2022.
And besides Virginia, other elections showed people are fed up with radical ideas which make their communities unsafe. In Minneapolis, a Defund the Police referenda was defeated, and other public safety measures where people are saying: "enough is enough."
Biden Build Back Better Hits Campaign Trail and CA Vax Mandates Based on Political Donations
As President Joe Biden hits the campaign trail to promote his Build Back Better Plan, are Americans buying it? They might have no choice. It's about the only thing on the shelves these days—a shortage of paper products, chicken, and other staples at the market. The energy price skyrockets and media reports of a lack of Christmas trees and turkeys are daily stories. Will the Biden message cut through the reality in America, or will people be asking, what exactly are you building?
Governor Gavin Newsom institutes vaccination mandates, but his administration supports California prison guards from having to follow those mandates. The Newsom Administration is in court fighting the order.
The Los Angeles Times wrote: "A champion of COVID-19 vaccines, Newsom fights plan to mandate them for prison guards. Newsom and the state's opposition to the mandatory vaccines are supported by the unions representing correctional officers and other staff."
Wait, so the Max Vax Governor says no to mandatory vaccines for prison guards? Why?
Follow the money. "In July, the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn. cut a check for $1.75 million to Newsom's recall defense fund. The Service Employees International Union, which represents about 12,000 staff in prisons, kicked in a combined $5.5 million to Newsom's anti-recall campaign from its various locals." https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-24/newsom-covid-19-vaccines-prison-guards
And finally, if you would like to see where the products you ordered are this season, take a look at this incredible video of the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach done by CNN.
CNN - Visualizing California's stunning shipping gridlock. https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/23/business/20211023-california-ports-animation/index.html
Diapers and Spaghetti Sauce on the Rise As More Schools Face Budget Deficits
As inflation and supply chain problems drive up the cost of diapers, spaghetti sauce and other products, a California State Assemblywoman tweets to Elon Musk “FU," and now Elon is moving Tesla’s headquarters from California to Austin, Texas.
If that wasn’t enough, more California schools are reporting budget deficits, even after the state of California provided them with almost 40 BILLION in new funding…so what happened to all that money?
Is it a full Halloween moon, or just another example of common sense disappearing faster than bacon at a supermarket (Bacon shortage)?
Link to the Trump wrapping paper we discussed on the show: https://secure.winred.com/nrsc/trump-wrapping-paper-special
State of California K-12 Budget (page 61): https://www.ebudget.ca.gov/2021-22/pdf/BudgetSummary/K-12Education.pdf
A $575,000 Homeless Unit…Why So Expensive?
The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, addressed a small crowd this past week at the groundbreaking ceremony where a 19-story homeless housing project, consisting of 278 units, is scheduled to be built by December 2023.
At a cost of $160 million, the housing project comprises 47 one-bedroom units, 228 studio units, and three units for the managers.
I get that property in Los Angeles is expensive and that lumber and other construction materials are in short supply. But what I don’t understand is the absurd amount of $575,000 per unit—each homeless resident could have been given a condo to own, at a lower cost.
The $160 million price tag doesn’t include maintenance costs or other support services that will be required for the homeless residents. Residences for the homeless should be transitional, safe, and functional. If LA government can’t figure out how to do that for less the $575,000 a unit, they should quit right now.
McAuliffe Says Parents Should Have NO Say in What School Teach - Good Luck With That
Virginia gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe is in some hot water after he was recorded saying that parents should not control what schools teach their kids.
But Terry’s type of thinking isn’t just limited to Virginia, it is found throughout the country - critical race theory, and with the idea that math and test are racist, and if you object, then you get labeled as a racist or white supremist.
Schools are funded with taxpayer money, our money.
Parents are stakeholders in our education system.
Every data point shows the more parents are involved with their kids (whether it’s father, mother, grandparent) the better the chance the kids will grow up right.
As parents we get asked to help fundraise, volunteer, and join the PTA. If our schools are to succeed, they require parent involvement, even if it an inconvenience to the teacher’s union and Terry.
San Francisco Pays 10 People $300 a Month Not to Harm or Shoot Others
Yes, you read that right. The city of San Francisco, home to the Speaker of the House and the Governor of California and the Vice President of the United States is doing a pilot program where it pays known criminals not to shoot people.
What happened to personal responsibility? Either the population of SF is so bad, or the politicians are so oxygen deprived from the forest fires that they have decided the best way to stop crime is to pay people who commit crime not to do it. Apparently, the thought of arresting people who shoot other people never entered their mind.
If the city already knows the 10 biggest troublemakers, why are they not in jail or under surveillance?
Is this how far we have fallen, where we have to pay bad people to do the right thing, to be good citizens?
What is The Role of Parents in Education; SF Pays People Not to Shoot and Half-A-Million Dollar Homeless Unit – Halloween Has Come Early
In this episode, we look at Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s comments that parents shouldn’t have a say in what schools teach their children. If Terry’s comments are accurate, why do we get asked to join the PTA, help raise money, or volunteer if we, as parents, don’t matter? Now we know who comes first – the union, then the teachers, then everybody else.
We also look at the insane amount of money the city of Los Angeles is spending on homeless apartments: $575,000 per unit.
And in San Francisco there is a new government pilot program that pays 10 individuals not to harm or shoot anyone because they have a reputation for repeated violence.
Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Why does SF only reward people who act badly? Why does LA spend over half a million dollars a unit per homeless person?
The "T" Word in the Recall...Not Just Trump, but Texas, and the Abortion Law That Took Center Stage In CA Recall Race
"Don't Let California Become Texas" was the message that Governor Gavin Newsom and other state Democrats used to defeat the recall campaign. It galvanized dispassionate Democrats, rang true with Independents, and even cut into recall support among Republicans, especially women.
For Republicans, the Texas law is like kicking a hornet's nest with national implications. What worked in California will be replayed in Virginia on November 2, 2021, in a dead even Governor's race.
Meanwhile, back here in the Golden State, the only thing golden is Gavin. The rest of California still faces the same problems we have had for years - homelessness, wildfires, crime, droughts, and poverty are still with us and have gotten worse in some areas.
Will the political success of Newsom evolve into policy changes that make our state better? And with less than a year until the June 2022 primary elections, another thing to consider is redistricting, and where political lines will be set for the next ten years.
How long do candidates have to lick their wounds from this bad defeat or celebrate their victory?
Are There Enough Angry Moms to Derail Gov. Gavin Newsom? Obama, Biden, and Kamala Come to the Rescue
In this episode, Hector and Mike discuss the closing days of the California recall election, and some of the underlying issues, which have many moms and other Californians frustrated and angry at Gov. Newsom.
The recall election has become a national thing. Latest poll numbers show that 58 percent of Californians now oppose the recall - a massive swing from just two weeks ago. Gov Newsom is bringing out the big guns in Democratic politics: Obama, Biden, and Kamala come to his rescue.
Kamala Cancels California Trip, As Biden Administration Keeps Fumbling
Recorded on 8/30/2021.
As the Biden administration keeps on fumbling with the withdraw in Afghanistan, Vice President Kamala Harris cancels her trip to California to help Governor Gavin Newsom with his NO on the Recall Campaign.
Joe Biden Loses Afghanistan
As the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan falls to the Taliban, Biden says the buck stops with him but then blames others. With a chaotic evacuation, the criticism mounts.
The Cuomo and Newsom Nightmare Continues
The summer of Cuomo and Newsom - two pillars of the Democratic Party could be gone in September.
As mentioned in our podcast, Pearl is a rescue. There is a lot of great work being done by the people at the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue. grcglarescue.org