Friday, December 19, 2008

Local 'COMPLAINERS' vs MORE 'doers'

It seems that there are MANY 'complainers' about this anti-illegal alien immigration problem. You read yards of Internet forum threads and many posts with some very emotional comments.

*I know there are too many lazy people who are 'keyboard warriors' and that's all they do. I would love to proved wrong. There is always more that can be done to help and improve their towns with personal neighborhood activism. Some don't have the conviction for their valid anti-illegal alien views. They want to hide but still talk big. Hypocrisy? Such silly impotent complainers which were not really that beneficial to The Cause. Just another classic case of bragadoccio keyboard "complainers" attacking community public event "doers". Their neighborhood and community shame.

*I am tired with people erroneously 'reading between the lines', falsely implying, wrongly putting words in people's mouths. Anything else like that which is embarrassing public sloppy thinking, dishonest, unethical and sometimes unlawful malicious slander in an extreme instance. Such sloppy thinking from our side won't win this very necessary mission we bring to apathetic voter residents. If you can't speak and mean what we say, what's the point? If you don't stand something, you will fall for anything.

*I am fed-up with mindlessly complaining people too.

BUT sadly, there are a very infinitesimally small amount of 'doers' about this anti-illegal alien immigration problem. I am and identify with people who 'do' something about this problem with their own community activism.
UNTIL MORE 'COMPLAINERS' become 'DOERS', your are wasting your own time, breath and bandwidth.

A. Doer

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Award Winning Newsman George Putnam is remembered by His Peers and Friends.

On a lovely past Saturday, at the Jeffers home in La Canada/Flintridge a wonderful public tribute was conducted for Los Angeles’ foremost conservative commentator and Emmy winning TV news reporter & anchor, George Putnam. Special speaker comments were from:
Tom Shelley- Producer of Putnam radio shows on Cable Internet News organization
Rabbi Shiffrin- Local minister, community family activist, running for state office
Ray Briem- Putnam show host understudy, KFI Radio Talk Show host
Stan Chambers- KTTV, Channel 5, Tribune Broadcasting News Director, TV Anchor, Reporter
Steve Cooley- Retired LA District Attorney, co-author of Prop 187
Bruce Herschenson- Nixon Administration member, TV commentator, ran for state office.
Michael Horn
Rees Lloyd
Doug McIntyre- KFI Radio Talk Show host
Richard Mountjoy-
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson- Black minister, community family activist
Jill Putnam- Daughter of George Putnam
Sonny Sardo- Local businessman and running for state office
Tony Valdez- Los Angeles, Channel 11, Fox news reporter
Chuck Wilder- Executive producer of TV Putnam shows for over 50 years

This event opened with a USA and Marine Corps flag posting ceremony led by Captain Bill Baker and executed by the Robert J. Castillo Honor Detail, Team 12 from the American Legion Riverside California. These veteran’s drill team groups are from Mr. Putnam’s local American Legion post. Then we had the flag pledge of allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem. Tom Shelley was the first podium host and Rabbi Shiffrin opened the event with a solemn prayer. The many funerary remembrance-attending speakers were slated to speak about Mr. Putnam. His peers and his family recounted his special life. Many interesting anecdotes were very appreciated by the two hundred persons attending. We heard about Putnam’s life starting in Minnesota and then how he moved to New York to further his career. Mr. Putnam was a WW2 veteran in the US Army and then became an officer in the Marines in the Pacific theater. We heard he loved to drink buttermilk and we were told about his great love of animals, especially with horses. A speaker told us about Walter Winchel, said that George had the best broadcasting voice in all of the USA. His daughter, Jill, a horsewoman from Sun Valley told of their mutual love for ranch life owning many dogs and horses. One of George’s six pet dogs named, ‘Wally George’ was the same canine that Putnam tripped over and broke his neck years back and later fully recovered. That story was recounted in detail to the listening crowd. I had heard that George Putnam had paid the real commentator Wally George’s immense cancer hospital bills towards the end of his final dying days. News reporter, Tony Valdez, told us that the old saying in LA TV news was that Jerry Dunphy READ the news, Baxter Ward INTERPRETED the news, and Putnam ACTED OUT the news! Another Los Angeles Radio and recognizable TV pioneer, Stan Chambers, attended and gave some great stories about Putnam’s successfully fighting the IRS over a legitimate tax deduction for his on air ‘uniform’, suits by Bond with their pockets sew closed. Preacher Jesse Lee Peterson told of Putnam’s solid support in civil rights and race relations during the 60’s. George being a life long member of NAACP. George’s understudy and great pal, Ray Briem, told about the early days of Los Angeles radio and TV. Doug McIntyre retold a story asking Putnam why George had so many horses. Putnam answered quickly with a smile, 'I like them. Have you ever heard of having good horse sense? I love horse sense.' Chuck Wilder, who produced ‘TALK BACK to the News’ shared some stories on how that live TV show got locally produced. (**Writer’s Note: I attended several of those live shows while a High School student.) Later in Mr. Putnam’s life, he broadcasted live from his comfortable ranch in Chico California and Tom Shelley produced those many Internet cable shows. LA city ex-district attorney, Steve Cooley, spoke on how Putnam was very supportive and active in community issues like Prop 13 and Prop 187. Putnam was instrumental in the writing, campaigning, and passage of Prop 187 IE illegal aliens NOT get issued official California driver’s licenses. Also, several activists were pointed out in the attending crowd. The event attendees acknowledged the two courageous parents of the illegal alien murdered LA sheriff deputy, David March and some state government officials. The whole event was being shot with two cameras for anyone who wishes to purchase a commemorative DVD of this fine event with historic Putnam background materials. The DVD monetary proceeds will go to Putnam’s American Legion post. Contact: George Putnam Tribute DVD, PO Box 433 Sunland, California 91041 for $25 each DVD. Finally, the Putnam memorial had an American flag folding ceremony and TAPS played by a local Eagle Scout, Robert Morgan of Riverside. The attendees were treated to a light lunch and some casual mingling. And a pre-recorded memorial DVD was playing in the Sun House with even more gracious testimonials for those who stayed for the small lunch and seeing conservative friends again. These DVD comments were from:
Mr. Raymond Herrerra- National Spokesperson of Minute Man Project
Mr. Jim Gilchrist- Founder and President of Minute Man Project
Chief Lee Baca- Head Sheriff of Los Angeles County
Mr. Terry Anderson- KFI Radio Talk Show host

I was able to mingle and speak to Jim Glichrist of the Minute Man Project and Ray Herrera. Also I caught up with some street protests co-partners named, ‘Newt’ and ‘Mrs Newt’. Some of the major topic of our conversations was the passage of Jamiel’s Law, electing Walter Moore for LA mayor, and LA city council closing down of 14 channels of citizen community public access TV. The event's two hours fled quickly and enthusiastically by all. It was a really lovely day and a pleasant memorial for LA’s best newsman and iconic conservative, George Putnam. You should have been there.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Jamiel's Law fails to qualify for ballot

Supporters of a proposed Los Angeles voter initiative that would allow police to arrest illegal-immigrant gang members solely for being in the country illegally failed to collect enough petition signatures to qualify the measure for the May ballot, officials said today.

Only 18,559 signed petitions were turned in – a fraction of the 73,963 required, said Jinny Pak, of the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office. Officials in the elections office didn’t even bother to sample the petitions to determine how many of the signatures were valid registered voters because so few were turned in, she said. Backers of the proposed law can continue to circulate petitions to qualify the measure for a future ballot.

The next city election is in March 2011, although the measure could be included in an earlier county election or even a special election, Pak said. The proposed law was named after 17-year-old Los Angeles High School football player Jamiel Shaw II, who was gunned down in March allegedly by a reputed gang member who was in the country illegally.

The measure would modify the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Order 40, which prohibits officers from initiating contact with individuals for the sole purpose of determining whether they are illegal immigrants.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The City stole their cemeteries.


PART ONE: Sent MANY years ago and unresponded to-----

Re: Cemetery Memorial Park

Dear Mayor and Honorable Councilmembers:

I am the California State Coordinator for Saving Graves, an information and referral Internet website for the preservation and protection of historic cemeteries. As such, I am acutely aware of the problems that plague our many thousands of pre-and post-gold rush cemeteries. I am also aware that, of those who are responsible for damage wrought on these hallowed places, the names and capacities of public officials are ranked at the top of the list.I have been following the matter of your "Cemetery Memorial Park" since late 2002. I have been interviewed by reporters from the local area papers and the Los Angeles Times regarding the legal status of the cemetery. Since first being contacted about this issue, I have requested from various inquirers that they obtain for me the official City documents that marked the City's initial conversion of the cemetery to a park. None of these folks have been able to provide me with any valid documentation to evidence that the City of Ventura acted with proper statutory authority when it determined to convert these cemeteries to the present Cemetery Memorial Park.It is my opinion that the present Council has been led to believe that what the City did with these cemeteries beginning in the early 1960s was done legally and that, therefore, your present body bears no responsibility to correct the wrongs committed by your predecessors. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

PART TWO: I recently reviewed the Ventura County 2004-2005 Grand Jury Report findings and conclusions that resulted from the its investigation of a citizen complaint. From the information provided to the Grand Jury by the City, I am rather amazed that the present City Attorney did not detect that the City obviously failed to comply with State law when it moved to convert the cemeteries to a public park.For instance, it appears that the City claimed title to the City’s public cemetery through operation of law. Public cemeteries to which the public acquired legal title through operation of the former Political Code section 3105 (current Health and Safety Code section 8126) have always been prohibited from being used for any other purpose than as a public cemetery. There is nothing in the language of this law that would ever be legally interpreted to imply a public cemetery could also be used as a public park, memorial or otherwise. (See Attachment A for the text of these laws.)Even if the City had not acquired the public cemetery through operation of the former Political Code section 3105, but rather acquired it through purchase or otherwise, former Political Code section 3108, in effect at the same time, also contained a prohibition against the use of city public cemeteries for other than burial purposes. Section 3108 is now present Health and Safety Code section 8127 enacted in 1939. (See Attachment A for the text of these laws.)Furthermore, lands used as a cemetery is dedicated solely to cemetery purposesas long as there are human remains left buried in the ground. At one point it appears that the City did consider the removal and relocation of remains under authority of Health and Safety Code section 7600. This method of converting the cemetery to a park likely proved to be cost prohibitive, so the City did not act to do so. Because the City did not choose to avail itself of section 7600, the land that comprises the old City public cemetery may legally only be used as a public cemetery. Because it is a public cemetery there is a strict prohibition against its use for any other purpose, including as a park, memorial or otherwise.Similarly, when the City acquired the lands of St. Mary’s Cemetery, it agreed to keep the land for the purpose intended that of a cemetery. Had the City arranged to remove and relocate the graves from St. Mary’s, it would have violated the conditions of the deed with the Catholic Archdiocese. Instead, it seems, the City fathers decided to concoct this combined cemetery and park scheme so that it could both abide by the agreed upon terms imposed in the Catholic deed and get its park at the same time.


PART THREE From the Grand Jury Report, I also note that there seems to be a question as to whether the City holds record title to portions of the Cemetery Memorial Park. More specifically, the Grand Jury was concerned the City has no title to the Protestant or Presbyterian Cemetery and the Hebrew Cemetery. The Grand Jury report identified that the City maintains it acquired ownership of these cemeteries purportedly as a result of the fact that: 1) the City Cemetery was shown on maps dated 1887 and 1889; 2) two City ordinances (one for regulating and protecting the PUBLIC cemetery and the other creating a cemetery fund); and 3) section 8126 of the Health and Safety Code.Section 8126 (and the former Political Code section 3105) applies ONLY to public cemeteries or graveyards that were or are in use by the general public. It did NOT apply to cemeteries owned by private individuals, religious organizations or fraternal or benevolent societies. Therefore, the City’s citation that it acquired title to these cemeteries through this law, is unsupported in law.The fact that the City Cemetery was shown on an 1887 and 1889 official city map has no bearing whatever on the title to these two religiously own properties. The law does not provide that the title to privately owned religious cemeteries will vest in the public if they are not shown as separate parcels from the larger City Cemetery on an official city map. Therefore, the City’s reliance on the existence of what is shown on these maps is not relevant to establishing any legal title to these two cemeteries.Lastly, the City’s contention that the two ordinances past by it somehow inured title in the public to these two cemeteries is wholly ridiculous. The City enacted Ordinance No. 41 in 1889 for the purpose of regulating and protecting the City Cemetery. Ordinance No. 86 passed by the City in 1896 merely established a cemetery fund for its use in the administration of the City Cemetery. There is no basis in law to all the City to claim that the passage of these two ordinances in some way vested title to the Protestant and Hebrew cemeteries in the public.The Grand Jury report relates that both the First Presbyterian Church and the Hebrew Cemetery Association acquired their cemeteries in 1870 and 1876, respectively, through Grant deeds. Therefore, it would be impossible for the City to claim an ownership interest in either of them through operation of section 8126 or the predecessor section 3105 because the cemeteries were religiously owned and operated cemeteries.


PART FOUR Former Political Code section 3105, predecessor to the present section 8126, provided that the title to lands used as a public cemetery or graveyard would vest in the public through operation of this law, only if the public’s use of the public cemetery met certain prescriptive conditions. Among those conditions was that a public cemetery that was situate near to any city, town or village had to be used by the inhabitants of the city, town or village (read PUBLIC), continuously, without interruption for five or more years after January 1, 1873.The language of section 3105 was clear that it was only intended to effect a title in the public as a result of the public’s use of a public cemetery or graveyard. This law had absolutely no effect on the title to religious, fraternal association or benevolent society cemeteries. This law was strictly written to provide the public with a title to the public cemeteries that had been used, and continued to be used, by the people of the various communities of the State. [For case law decisions on the effect of these laws, see WANA THE BEAR v. COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION, INC. (1982) and STOCKTON v. WEBER (1893). See also Attorney General Opinion #98-503, regarding Gold Rush cemeteries, dated August 1998.]California law prohibits the use of cemetery land that has been, either formally or impliedly, dedicated to cemetery purposes for any other purpose than as a cemetery. Only if all the human remains have been removed from the land and the dedication formally and lawfully removed, may the land be used for any other purpose. The City’s use of the various cemeteries mentioned in the Grand Jury Report, including the City Cemetery, for any purpose than as cemeteries was simply not authorized by law until all the remains have been removed from the land. The City’s use of them today as Cemetery Memorial Park remains an unlawful use as prohibited by law.


PART FIVE The little information that I've located describing how the City managed to convert the cemeteries to a memorial park, points to the possible use of Health and Safety Code sections 8825 through 8829 (Pioneer Memorial Park). I have found no documentary evidence, however, that the City actually performed the statutory requirements of this law. Such non-performance constitutes non-compliance with the law. (See Attachment B for the text of the above codes.) Additionally, the Pioneer Memorial Park statutes apply ONLY to cemeteries abandoned by others and NOT to city owned public cemeteries. When the City acquired the title to the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery prior to converting the cemetery to a park, that cemetery was not thereafter considered abandoned as defined or required by sections 8825-8829. This is because the City had assumed ownership of it and, as such, it became a publicly owned cemetery. Therefore, the conversion of St. Mary’s would also not have been authorized by law because it was a public cemetery owned by the City. Finally, if the City had complied with the legal requirements of sections 8825-8829, it would have completed the legal process by filing to quiet the title to the Protestant/Presbyterian Cemetery and Jewish Cemetery. When the Grand Jury examined this matter it evidently was not provided sufficient evidence of the City’s alleged title to these cemeteries or the report would not have questioned the validity of the City's ownership claim. A Quiet Title Decree would have given the City title to the cemeteries so the City could lawfully have fulfilled the requirements of sections 8825-8829.


PART SIX As an aside, sections 8825 through 8829 did NOT intend that all of the gravestones, ornamentation and monuments should be removed from the cemeteries that were established as legal Pioneer Memorial Parks. It only authorized the removal of any tombstone, coping piece or monument that posed a threat to the public health, safety and welfare. Sections 8825-8829 of the Health and Safety Code was NOT intended to allow cities and counties to turn cemeteries into parks, but to aid in the preservation of old cemeteries that had deteriorated due to inattention by the once legal owners. The City’s method of acquiring the Protestant/Presbyterian Cemetery and Jewish Cemetery each constitutes an unlawful taking of property in violation of both the Federal and State Constitutions. By unlawfully taking these religiously owned cemeteries, the City also deprived these entities of their right to the free religious practice. Irrespective of the fact that either of these cemeteries may have appeared to be "left behind" by their respective owners, each organization held a validly obtained deed to their lands. Those interred within these cemeteries and their descendant families had a right to believe that these hallowed grounds would not be allowed to be unduly molested, desecrated or obliterated. In their absentee ownership, the City should have taken all due action or measures to ensure their protection. Instead, the City became the perpetrator of the ultimate crime. In short, the City stole their cemeteries.


PART SEVEN Now the City is faced with a new development plan for the dual-use cemetery and park it unlawfully created some forty years ago. It cannot continue to ignore that there is no legal basis for the City to have converted the public cemetery to a park or to have unlawfully taken the Protestant and Hebrew cemeteries.The question now is, do you wish to continue the masquerade that was set in motion so long ago when the City acted without even a smidgen of statutory authority? Or will you choose to uphold and protect the laws of this State and take all appropriate corrective measures to halt this illegal use of the cemeteries? If I am correct in my analysis of this situation, the City had no statutory authority to convert any of these cemeteries to a park, dual-use or otherwise, in the 1960s. Because it failed to use what actual authority it could have utilized over certain portions of the property, the City is in violation of, and out of compliance with, the California Health and Safety Code pertaining to public cemeteries.If I am incorrect as to the method the City used to convert the cemeteries to the present park, please forward to me a copy of the City Council’s Resolution passed in the 1960s, that declared the abandonment of the cemeteries pursuant to sections 8825-8829 of the Health and Safety Code. If the City did pass such a Resolution, please advise if it passed individual resolutions for each of the four separate cemeteries it ultimately declared abandoned, or did one Resolution include them all?Please send me, also, a copy of the published notice that appeared in the local area newspaper for the required four weeks notice pursuant to Government Code section 6064, and a copy of the City Council minutes from the 1960s meeting of the public hearing that was held as part of the City’s Declaration of Abandonment pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 8825-8829.California Saving Graves supports the restoration of these cemeteries to their original and only lawful use. We urge you to ensure the City ceases to violate the law and that its actions reflect its intent to comply with all applicable laws pertaining to them. Most importantly, please ensure that the unlawful use of them as a public park be immediately ceased.Respectfully,

SUE SILVER, State CoordinatorCalifornia Saving Graves31955 Rocking Horse Rd.Escondido, CA 92026(760) 723-3609

Professional Affliations:

Past President, El Dorado County Pioneer Cemeteries CommissionTrustee, Chung Wah Chinese Cemetery, Folsom, CAAdvisor, Sacramento County Cemetery Advisory CommissionAdvisor, Senate Local Government Committee, Public Cemetery DistrictLaw Reform (2002-2003)Advisor, Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries andLandmarks of the West, Berkeley, CASexton (1997-2002), El Dorado Cemetery (est. 1849)Past Advisor, Amador County Cemetery Board

Monday, December 1, 2008


For all the free people that still public protest,


We speak for you and you are protected by the BEST!

Our voice is strong and loud, but who will fight for YOU?

Just the ONES standing in our protest crowd.

We are your fathers, brothers, sisters, and in-laws,

wearing the boots and caring about our nation's laws.

We are the ones that leave all we own,

to make sure your future is carved in stone.

We are the ones who fight and get hurt or die,

We might not be able to save the world,

well at least WE tried.

We walked the street paths to where we are at

and we want no choice other than that.

So when you gather your group to keyboard complain,

take a look in the back of your brain.

In order for that US flag you love to fly,

Protests are done and patriots will publicly outcry.

We came here to make our own choice to fight for the ones we hold dear,

if that's not respected, we would rather stay right here.

So stop yelling and put down your silly anarchist signs,

and recognize those doing work for others behind local enemy lines.

When the conflict is over and all is well,

be thankful that we chose to go through protest's hell.