• Review of Legislative Audit of Sec. of State

    Gauthier article IVN 8/15/2013 samples in italics

    Curtis in bold

    "The CA State Auditor released a report last week, requested by Sen. Padilla, wherein $26 million in federally appropriated (HAVA) funds went to waste over the last decade."

    David Curtis notes from review of audit:

    1) The audit argues the State has not spent HAVA funds effectively. 2) Some Counties have voting systems they can't use. 3) Legislature is arguing greater flexibility in spending funds exists if SOS declares the states compliance w/ HAVA. 4) The audit suggests SOS is perhaps reserving funds for deployment of VoteCal, the 2nd attempt at deployment of a Statewide Voter file. 5) One can interpret the audit as an attempt by the Legislature to manage the unspent portions of HAVA funds. 6) There seems to be room for greater transparency in the annual HAVA spending plan. The numbers need to synch up with the accounting system. 7) VoteCal, selection criteria for the replacement vendor limited the bidder field (to one). 8) An online checkbook would increase transparency. 9) SOS may designate additional voter registration agencies, to encourage voter registration.



  • Greening the Valley


    Greening the Valley - A Celebration for Green Party Change

    Join us in the San Fernando Valley at the home of Kimberly Lewis for an evening of music, fun, food, and speakers as we continue building on the successes of the Green Party. 

    *Keynote Speech and Poetry Reading by Luis Rodriguez, 2014 Green Party Candidate

    for Governor and author of "Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA"

    Green Party Candidate's Panel for Statewide Office:

    Laura Wells - Green Party Candidate for State Controller 
    Ellen Brown - Green Party Candidate for State Treasurer
    David Curtis - Green Party Candidate for Secretary of State

    Suggested Donation: $5 dollars 
    Lots of street parking available. Children welcomed.

    WHEN: Saturday, September 7th.
    WHERE: 5910 Costello Avenue, Valley Glen 91401 (Near LA Valley College).
    TIME: 6-9pm

    Yummy vegan food, drinks and sweets will be sold.

    Additional Speeches by:
    Michael Powelson - Green Party Candidate for Congress
    Lejuan Gibbons - Green Party Candidate for LA City Council
    Kevin Suscavage - Progressive Candidate for State Assembly

    Sandra Kyle (Speech on Progressive Politics)
    David Klein (Speech on Global Warming)
    Jasmin Vargas (Speech on Sierra Club/LA Beyond Coal Campaign)
    Featured Performances/Speeches by:
    Bleu Skyes (Live music)
    Cochino Daddy Band (playing Woody Guthrie covers)
    Magdalena Murillo (performing poetry, singer)
    Jesus Aguilar (performing poetry, singer)
    Marlon Storm (performing on acoustic guitar, poet)
    Luis Rivas (performing poetry)

    Vegan Corner by Stephanie Winnard
    Label GMO's by Karen Mangini
    Jewelry for Charity by Michelle Steele
  • Ban Fracking in California


    Suspend the state licenses of businesses that engage in fracking. The Sec. of State is tasked with the processing of state business licenses. A primary role of Government is to protect the public from harm. Fracking is known to harm water quality, which in turn risks health. It would be negligent to allow unregulated fracking to continue. The Governor should suspend fracking in California until consensus can be reached on an appropriate course of action. As Sec. of State I would establish departmental policy to limit fracking as much as possible in California.

  • David Curtis supports Restore the Delta

    David Curtis
    Supports Restore the Delta regarding the Peripheral Canal/Tunnels:

    (Freely adapted from the position statement by Restore the Delta)

    There is valid concern that local water quality would deteriorate, endangering the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s ecosystem, the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of both North and South America. The local Delta water supply could become more saline and threaten Delta agriculture, the region’s economy, culture, history, and way of life. Drinking water quality for surrounding Delta communities could suffer, and public health could be impacted negatively.

    Freshwater is essential for the health and vitality of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta community, economy, and ecosystem. Actions and long-term solutions must be founded on protecting the Delta as a public trust resource.

    Exports of water from the Delta must be reduced to a level compatible with protecting Delta values. Proposals for long-term Delta management must be based on a firm understanding of Delta freshwater needs and include strong protection for sufficient flows of water necessary for healthy Delta communities, including Delta agriculture. Assurances must be made for such protections, with appropriate and sustainable water export reductions before any proposals for alternative export conveyance or diversion methods are considered. A comprehensive flood plan and an emergency readiness plan must be prepared to protect the people, property, and infrastructure and provide for a healthy Delta ecosystem. A comprehensive plan to improve essential levees must be prepared and fully funded in consultation with local Delta experts.

    To restore the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while maintaining a reliable water supply for our neighbors throughout California, state and regional water agencies must aggressively implement regional water self-sufficiency measures, such as water conservation, reclamation, and water recycling.

    Designs must minimize the regional impacts of climate change: increased flood risks, sea level rise, and peak river inflows that are likely to result. These plans must allow for incremental responses to ecosystem changes resulting from climate change.
    Land use decisions, including potential island reconfiguration must be guided by local Delta expertise. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta landowners and residents must have an active role in development and implementation of all plans affecting their community. Any new governance boards for the Delta must be comprised of a fair and equitable number of residents from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

    To help preserve the unique cultural and environmental resources of the California Delta, the state should establish a California Delta Conservancy, as well as assist with obtaining a federal and/or state level protected status for the Delta region. Such programs should be developed in consultation with local Delta landowners and stakeholders, and should help to protect Delta agricultural interests.

  • David Curtis urges Governor Brown to save lives at CA prison hunger strike

    8/19/2013 Rather than make the reasonable requested changes to improve the living conditions of inmates, CA Government decided to force feed the remaining hunger striking inmates, while Governor Brown attends a Summit in Nevada asking for more Federal/private money. 

    8/16/2013 David Curtis urges Governor Brown to take immediate action to save lives at the state prison. The Administration and the negotiators must address the following issues as were itemized by Tom Hayden today:

    "...(Suspend) indefinite solitary confinement.
    Fix prison air conditioning systems.
    Provide inmates with fresh food and water.
    Give inmates access to a weekly phone call.
    Reopen the Pelican Bay visitors' center and allow visits of four to six hours on weekends and holidays for family members.
    Allow inmates to take one photograph per year, to purchase more art supplies from the canteen, to sell or give away artwork and to have more access to educational courses and current books..."

    The prison system is more than a holding facility, it is a means towards rehabilitation so that inmates can someday rejoin their families and communities. Human beings must have paths towards improving their situations.

    As a Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State, and as a human being, I also call on Governor Brown to end the practice of solitary confinement, a form of torture with crippling psychic consequence.

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