New California declares “independence” from rest of state


With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood. CBS Sacramento reports they don’t want to leave the United States, just California.

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston.

The state of New California would incorporate most of the state’s rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.

“There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston said.

Cal-exit? Meet the movement for California secession

But unlike other separation movements in the past, the state of New California wants to do things by the book, citing Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution and working with the state legislature to get it done, similar to the way West Virginia was formed.

“Yes. We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern,” said founder Tom Reed.

And despite obstacles, doubters, and obvious long odds, the group stands united in their statehood dream.

The group is organized with committees and a council of county representatives, but say it will take 10 to 18 months before they are ready to fully engage with the state legislature.

This is not the first effort to split up California. In 2014, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper submitted signatures to put a measure that would split California in six separate states.






From SF Gate

State lawmakers across the country have been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct over the past year as part of a national reckoning on the topic. A look at those who have resigned or faced other consequences:


1. Alaska: Rep. Dean Westlake, submitted resignation letter Dec. 15 after being accused by several women of inappropriate behavior.

2. California: Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, resigned effective Jan. 1 after a lobbyist said he pushed her into a bathroom during a Las Vegas social event and engaged in lewd behavior in front of her.

3. California: Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, resigned in November after allegations that he had kissed or groped multiple women without their consent.

4. Florida: Sen. Jack Latvala, resigned effective Jan. 5 following allegations of sexual misconduct raised by multiple women.

5. Minnesota: Sen. Dan Schoen, resigned effective Dec. 15 following several allegations from women.

6. Minnesota: Rep. Tony Cornish, resigned effective Nov. 30 following several allegations, including from a lobbyist who said he repeatedly propositioned her for sex.

7. Mississippi: Rep. John Moore, resigned in December after multiple women made complaints against him; the House speaker’s office said he had been facing an investigation led by an outside lawyer.

8. Nevada: Sen. Mark Manendo, resigned in July after a law firm concluded that he violated the Legislature’s anti-harassment policy and behaved inappropriately toward female staffers and lobbyists.

9. Ohio: Sen. Clifford Hite, resigned in October after being accused of sexually harassing a female state employee.

10. Oklahoma: Rep. Dan Kirby, resigned in February after two former assistants alleged he sexually harassed them, including one with whom he had reached a confidential wrongful-termination settlement that included a $44,500 payment from House funds.

11. Oklahoma: Sen. Ralph Shortey, resigned in March and later pleaded guilty to a federal charge of child sex trafficking after being accused of hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex.

12. Oklahoma: Sen. Bryce Marlatt, resigned in September after being charged with sexual battery for allegedly groping an Uber driver who picked him up from a restaurant in the capital city.

13. South Dakota: Rep. Mathew Wollmann, resigned in January 2017 after admitting to sexual contact with two interns, which a legislative panel said was a violation of rules.

14. Tennessee: Rep. Mark Lovell, resigned in February as a House ethics panel concluded that he had violated the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy.



1. Arizona: Rep. Don Shooter, suspended in November as chairman of the appropriations committee pending an external investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed a female colleague.

2. California: Sen. Tony Mendoza, agreed Jan. 3 to take a one-month paid leave of absence during an investigation into allegations that he behaved inappropriately with three young women who worked for him.

3. Colorado: Rep. Steve Lebsock, replaced Jan. 9 as chairman of the House Local Government Committee after allegations he sexually harassed a female lawmaker.

4. Illinois: Sen. Ira Silverstein, resigned in November as majority caucus chairman after a victims rights advocate publicly accused him of sending inappropriate messages to her.

5. Kentucky: House Speaker Jeff Hoover, resigned from his leadership post Jan. 8 after secretly settling a sexual harassment complaint with a female legislative aide and acknowledging he sent inappropriate text messages to her.

6. Kentucky: Rep. Jim DeCesare, removed from a legislative committee chairmanship in November after signing a secret sexual harassment settlement.

7. Kentucky: Rep. Brian Linder, removed from a legislative committee chairmanship in November after signing a secret sexual harassment settlement.

8. Kentucky: Rep. Michael Meredith, removed from a legislative committee chairmanship in November after signing a secret sexual harassment settlement.

9. Massachusetts: Senate President Stan Rosenberg, stepped aside in December from his leadership position pending an investigation by an independent law firm. The firm is looking into whether he violated any rules following a media report alleging that his husband sexually abused several men, including some who had dealings with the Legislature.

10. New Mexico: Sen. Michael Padilla, ousted in December as Democratic majority whip by the caucus after decade-old allegations that he had sexually harassed women in a prior job. Padilla also dropped out of the lieutenant governor’s race.

11. New York: Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin, formally sanctioned in November by a legislative ethics panel after allegations that he asked a female legislative staffer for nude photos and leaked her name when she filed a harassment complaint.

12. Oklahoma: Rep. Will Fourkiller, advised in February to get sensitivity training and blocked from interacting with the Legislature’s page program for a year after being accused of making inappropriate comments to a high school page in 2015.

13. Oregon: Sen. Jeff Kruse, removed from committees in October and told in a letter from the Senate president not to touch women after new accusations that he had inappropriately touched female colleagues. He faces an ongoing Senate investigation.

14. Pennsylvania: Sen. Daylin Leach, announced in December that he will “step back” from his campaign for a congressional seat after allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward female employees and campaign aides. Also facing a call from Gov. Tom Wolf to resign.

15. Washington: Rep. Matt Manweller, resigned as assistant floor leader and was removed as ranking member of a House committee in December. Manweller also was placed on paid leave from his job as a political science professor at Central Washington University and barred from contacting past and present students while the university investigates allegations of sexual harassment against him.

16. Wisconsin: Rep. Josh Zepnick, removed from legislative committees in December after being accused of kissing two women against their will at political events several years ago.



1. Idaho: Rep. James Holtzclaw, accused in a complaint of making inappropriate comments to at least two people during the 2017 session.

2. Pennsylvania: Rep. Tom Caltagirone, facing calls by Gov. Tom Wolf to resign after reports that House Democrats authorized paying about $250,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim from a legislative assistant against Caltagirone in 2015.

3. Rhode Island: Rep. Teresa Tanzi, publicly alleged in October that a more senior legislator had suggested that sexual favors would allow her bills to go further, but Tanzi has not publicly identified the lawmaker.

4. Florida: Sen. Jeff Clemens, resigned in October after an extramarital affair with a lobbyist. The House speaker had said that because a lobbyist is dependent on legislators, “the facts here raise a very real question of sexual harassment.”

5. Kentucky: Rep. Dan Johnson killed himself in December, just days after being publicly accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2013.




By Warren Yates

This will be an article with a series of “S” Storms!

“S” Storm #1 is hitting on January 15, 2018

“Cockroach On Board”

This series of “S” Storms will certainly anger certain people. But prior to being ticked off about what is being said, realize it is what you brought on yourself. This disclaimer goes to all of the people mentioned in these series of “S” Storms. Don’t kill the messenger.

It has been traditional that our law enforcement personnel including the beat cop, the sergeants, investigators, Chiefs of police, Deputy Dist. Atty.’s, chief Deputy Dist. Atty.’s, assistant district attorneys and district attorneys are honest, dedicated, trustworthy, law-abiding, faithfully fulfill their sworn oath and present themselves as examples to follow the law by.

What the He** has happened in Stanislaus County? For the last several years, Stanislaus County has taken on the appearance of some small Alabama (No offense Alabama, I spent some time in Mobile) backwoods “good ole boy” shameful hick bunch of badge bandits.

This first “S” Storm is about a very prominent and high-ranking member of the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. This person is Dave Harris. We’re not sure what his title is but it may be something like Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. or possibly assistant district attorney but we’re not sure. Now old Dave may be a great guy personally and not a bad guy to go out and have a beer and a few laughs with.

But this Storm is about the professional image he projects. Now recall that law enforcement personnel are people who are to set a good example for the general public. Because some prominent law enforcement people are not sure what the meaning of a subpoena is I am going to print the definition as follows:

“A subpoena (pronounced “suh-pee-nuh”) is a request for the production of documents, or a request to appear in court or other legal proceeding. It is court-ordered command that essentially requires you to do something, such as testify or present information that may help support the facts that are at issue in a pending case. The term “subpoena” literally means “under penalty”. A person who receives a subpoena but does not comply with its terms may be subject to civil or criminal penalties, such as fines, jail time, or both.

There are two types of subpoenas. The first, called subpoena ad testificandum (pronounced “ad test- te-fi-kan-dum”), requires you to testify before a court, or other legal authority. The second, called subpoena duces tecum (pronounced “doo-seez tee-kum”), requires you to produce documents, materials, or other tangible evidence. A subpoena may be requested in any kind of matter, …”

That is the legal definition of subpoenas including subpoena duces tecum. Now the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office in the myriad of cases that they pursue, serve many thousands of subpoenas each year to people which compel their appearance into a court of law after being served. If they do not appear and ignore the subpoena they are met with severe penalties up to and including going to jail for contempt of court.

Why am I talking about the responsibilities of law enforcement personnel to be good examples for the citizens they are paid to protect? Why give you the definition of a subpoena you ask? Well buckle up cuz here we go.

Although it does not always ring true in Stanislaus County, I believe that a person is innocent until proven guilty. That being the case, I will tell you about a federal court case in Fresno California, Eugene Forte v. Stanislaus County Deputy Luke Schwartz, 1:13-01980-LJO. It alleges police brutality against a senior citizen, Forte by a Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff, Schwartz. I will tell you that I have seen the video of the assault by the deputy. It is uncontroverted that while Forte was on the ground facedown and not resisting, the deputy sheriff Schwartz drove his elbow into the back of Forte’s head.

To see that all the facts are brought to the court, Forte needs certain documents that are in the possession of the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. Dave Harris chose not to file any charges against Forte for the alleged felony of threatening to shoot a police officer (Which Forte did not do as the video shows). It’s like the District Attorney’s Office is saying it never really happened so King’s “X”, “fa gedda bout it”. That ain’t going to happen fladager.

So, in order to make sure all of the evidence is presented to the court, Forte takes all the legal steps required and obtained a subpoena duces tecum for Dave Harris and the custodian of records for the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. Forte attached the required checks to the subpoenas and a process server went to the district attorney’s palatial tower with them.

The process server called from the lobby phone and explained to the clerk that she needed to see the person who accepts service for the District Attorney’s Office Custodian of records and Chief Investigator or whatever his current title is, Dave Harris. The process server was told they had to double check the rules and a few minutes after being on hold, was told that provided the check for the witness fees were attached that the Legal Clerk, Jeanette, would accept service for the District Attorney’s Office.

The server was then granted access to the third floor (They have never let me get to the third floor of the palace. ;0(
) where she went to the bullet proof glass reception window, asked for Jeanette, the legal clerk (who was waiting at the window), and gave her the subpoenas which Jeanette accepted.

Prior to Fortes getting home approximately 25 minutes later, a message had been left on Fortes answering machine from someone who identified himself as: Douglas K. Raynaud, Chief Deputy District Attorney. (Dang. Here’s another one of them Chief Deputy Dist. Atty.’s) By the way, Raynaud is also going to face a “S” Storm in this series which may impact the district attorney’s election race. More on that later.

The message Raynaud left on Forte’s landline answering machine (that I listened to) said that even though the process server was granted access to the third floor and gave the subpoenas (with checks) to the legal clerk Jeanette, who the process server was told accepts service of process for the District Attorney’s Office, Legal Clerk Jeanette, wasn’t really the right person and had no authority to take the subpoenas…because, Jeanette did ask for permission to do so from some other unnamed person or supervisor in the office.

Raynaud stated that Dave Harris was not in the office and Raynaud didn’t know if Harris would be “amendable” to accept the subpoena. Now, there is a really dumb B.S. statement….by law Harris does not to have to be “amenable”

I have served many subpoenas in my law enforcement career and also as a private investigator. Public agencies such as law enforcement and all other law enforcement agencies such as the sheriff’s department and the district attorney’s office always have a designated person (Legal Clerk) to accept service of process for members of that agency.

Why would this be an issue? Dave Harris is a public servant being paid big bucks. What makes him better than any of us lowly citizens when served a subpoena? Why would he be exempt from appearing in court and bringing the required documents? What and why is he trying to hide? Is he trying to subvert justice? What document/s is he trying to conceal? Doesn’t sound like a very transparent District Attorney’s Office now does it? Maybe they will come out with a memo to all of us lowly commoners to explain why they don’t have to adhere to the law the same way we have to. But don’t hold your breath!!


Thus the sub, sub-title for this Storm. The manner in which Dave Harris or his minions are trying to help him avoid his appearance in a federal court remind me of a room full of cockroaches. While the room is dark they come out foraging around for some nefarious purposes. But when the light is flipped on in the room, they scurry around like cockroaches seeking a place to hide in or UNDER away from the light.

John 3:20 : All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. “New Living Translation”

Many more “S” Storms to come as the persecution of the Carson 8 commences.