South County Meet & Greet

I hope you can attend Liz Lawler’s meet and greet Tuesday, January 25th at noon at Running Shop and Hops in Morgan Hill.  She is running for Assembly District 28, which includes Morgan Hill, South San Jose, Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, where Liz currently serves as a City Councilmember.  We hope you consider bringing a check and donating to her campaign.  If you can’t make it and want to donate, you can email her campaign at the email address below.  Pizza will be provided.  See the flyer below and attached.

 

AD28 Candidate Liz Lawler's Meet and Greet on Tuesday January 25th at Noon

 

 

A Holiday Message From Our President

 

This is the Most Wonderful Time of Year

 

The season begins with leaves changing their color and the weather turning crisper and cooler. The obscene dry heat is a thing of the past and the air just smells better. In California, we begin our hopes that we will get rain.  Anticipation grows as several holidays and celebrations approach.

Perhaps my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.  It reminds us to be grateful for everything we hold dear and for our good fortune.  A joyous feast is the center piece of the holiday where we consume great quantities of comfort food with family members. During our food coma, we play games, exchange stories, and enjoy each other’s company. We flashback to the difficulties faced by the earliest settlers and their perseverance that led to the formation of the greatest country on earth that provides the freedom and liberties we all enjoy every day of the year.

Christmas sneaks up on us next. It always seems to arrive too quickly, but it is a wonderful journey.  We attend several parties, mail Christmas cards to our friends, reach out to persons that we don’t see regularly, and make lists for gift shopping and check it twice. We start scheduling the timetable to watch our favorite movies, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, “A Christmas Carol”, “How the Grinch stole Christmas”, and “Elf”, to name a few.  And it all culminates with another family gathering where gifts are exchanged, and another delicious meal is shared.

New Years Eve is a late but festive evening and morphs into parades and football bowl games on January 1st.  Another time for friends and family to gather and make our resolutions for the year.  And of course, more food.

I love the Holiday Season. Let the diets begin.

Gavin Newsom calls for bill modeled on Texas abortion ban to crack down on gun manufacturers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday he will push for a new law modeled on Texas’ abortion ban that would let private citizens sue anyone who makes or sells assault weapons or ghost guns. Newsom has excoriated the Texas law for limiting women’s access to abortion by allowing people to sue anyone who “aids or abets” one performed after about six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Nevertheless, he said the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to let the law stay in effect while legal challenges proceed has opened an avenue for states to circumvent federal courts.

In a statement Saturday evening, Newsom pointed to a recent federal court decision to strike down California’s assault weapons ban. In his decision, a judge compared assault weapons to Swiss Army knives, language Newsom has harshly criticized. “I am outraged by yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing Texas’s ban on most abortion services to remain in place,” Newsom said. “But if states can now shield their laws from review by the federal courts that compare assault weapons to Swiss Army knives, then California will use that authority to protect people’s lives, where Texas used it to put women in harm’s way.”

Newsom said he will work with his staff, the Legislature and California Attorney General Rob Bonta to craft a bill that would let citizens sue anyone who “manufactures, distributes, or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts” in California. They could seek damages of at least $10,000 per violation plus costs and attorney’s fees, Newsom said.

“If the most efficient way to keep these devastating weapons off our streets is to add the threat of private lawsuits, we should do just that,” said Newsom, a longtime advocate of strict gun control laws. Legal experts had predicted that other states would try to copy the tactic used in the Texas abortion law, which attempts to circumvent legal challenges by giving private citizens the power to sue. Arguing against her conservative colleagues’ decision to let the Texas law stand, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had warned their action would “clear the way” for other states to “reprise and perfect Texas’ scheme in the future to target the exercise of any right recognized by this court with which they disagree.”

Read more at: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article256524466.html#storylink=cpy