California facebook discussion regarding Senators use of time

Alex Vassar- Former California State Senator

Bet you didn’t know: In 1959, the State Assembly had a “Special Committee on the Disneyland Monorail System”

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Was this research conducted during work hours?
Thanks Alex. High Speed Rail, circa 1959! The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Finding this was research done on Senate time back when I was on the 2nd Floor. smile emoticon
56 years of legislative meddling – things haven’t changed much.
This explains a lot. Now  we know why the State Legislature has pursued silly utopian transportation solutions all these years. I wonder if there was also a committee on Fantasy-land. It would explain all the other social engineering they’ve tried to implement over the years. (“…No Senator, pixie dust isn’t real and it can’t make people fly… ” Walt Disney, testimony before the Assembly Special Committee on Tomorrow-land, June 2, 1962)
If I recall however wasn’t it Disney that proposed this system and was willing to foot at large part of the bill? At the time mass transit in So Cal hardly even considered a link between orange county and LA? Who wasn’t inspired by this amazing technology that Disney displayed. Even as a kid I heard stories about the possibility of its construction and thought it was innovative. The prospect of such a system continued through to my early adulthood and I followed it. I believe it was in part the catalyst of the rail system you have now. Those silly utopian transportation systems are what operated and kept our country growing and were instrumental in Lincoln’s strategic winning of the civil war. A monorail system is still a viable options especially with recent developments into self generating energy sources from the rail itself. Its still OK to think outside the box, wherever innovation shows itself. Especially legislators. Maybe a trip to Disneyland would not be a bad idea on Senate time to re-inspire your dreams. Those dreams are what made America so amazing.
Originally built by Alweg. Alweg proposed to the L.A. City Council to build a monorail public transportation system throughout the city entirely at their own expense asking only to collect the subsequent fares to cover the cost of building, operating, and maintaining the system. The City Council rejected the offer in favor of not having any mass transit system at all. Got to love those politicians.
I bet it didn’t cost $100 billion to build, either!

Brave Lads

Temple Intruder: “It Is An Act Of Violence Not To Yell And Scream”

by Dan Woog

Gregory Williams — one of the 2 men arrested Tuesday at Temple Israel — released this statement to local media:


Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children; the angering of the orderlies in the front parlor of the charnal house.  We could not, so help us God, do otherwise, for we are sick at heart; our hearts give us no rest for thinking of the Land of Burning children.
– Daniel Berrigan, S.J., 1968

At around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 12 May, my colleague, Dan Fischer, and I calmly walked into into Temple Israel, where the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces was holding a lunchtime meeting. So as to appear as non-threatening as possible, we had no bags, no literature—I had even left the small pocketknife I usually carry at home.

We were armed only with a written testimony by Nabila Abu Halima, a Palestinian woman who lives in the Gaza strip, who watched her son be murdered by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead, and who had to flee her home during last year’s Gaza massacre.

Our intention was simple: to read the statement at the FIDF’s meeting, which was hosting a brigadier general in the occupying, colonizing army that is responsible for her suffering, and the suffering of so many other indigenous Palestinian women.

Gregory Williams, author of this letter.Gregory Williams, author of this letter.

We were there, first and foremost, because we are Jews (additionally, I am a scholar of religious ethics), and we wanted to take responsibility for the racism in our community that fuels Jewish American support for the Zionist Apartheid regime’s continued occupation of Palestinian land.

Growing up, I remember hearing my mother and grandmother telling stories about members of our family who were killed during the Holocaust. One of the lessons that I learned from those stories was the lesson of collective responsibility.

History remembers kindly those Europeans and Americans who took responsibility for the racism in their community which had bred Naziism by protecting Jewish people, by lifting up their voices, and by working to build a political resistance movement to dismantle fascism.

I entered Temple Israel on Tuesday because I feel that, as a Jew living in the United States, the time has come to take responsibility for my community. Zionism is no less racist, no less hateful, and no less violent and threatening to human life and dignity than Naziism. Like Naziism, Zionism seeks to build a nation upon an ethnocentric vision which erases the lives of people it considers “undesirable.”

When Dan and I reached the second floor of the synagogue, we told staff exactly why we were there. We said that we had come to read a statement from a Palestinian woman at the FIDF event, and that we would leave voluntarily when we were done, or when we were ordered to do so by a police officer.

Daniel Fischer was also arrested at Temple Israel.Daniel Fischer was also arrested at Temple Israel.

The staff immediately assaulted us, and tackled us to the ground. We did not take any physical action against them. Instead, we started to read the statement that we had come to deliver and, since we were still outside the door of the meeting room, we did so loudly so that as many people would hear us as possible. The staff kicked our phones away, we began to say “Free, Free Palestine!”

Even though we had told the staff what we were doing, and had made clear that this was a nonviolent political demonstration, they turned around and, over the phone and in our hearing, filed a false police report, claiming that we were armed.  “We’re unarmed!” we said, “Tell them we are unarmed!  We are Jews coming to a synagogue!”

Because the staff (and apparently several others) filed this false police report, we are told that several schools were put on lockdown—this is one of the dangers of filing a false report or making a frivolous 911 call.

Since then, people from senators to judges to newspaper reporters have called us “violent,” “criminals,” even “terrorists.”  I ask you, who is the terrorist?  Someone who reads a statement from a Palestinian woman, or the general who helps murder that woman’s child?

What is violent, to protest that general, or to hold a public event to support her and the illegitimate armed force that she serves?  There are those who say that they felt threatened by our action.  I ask, what does it say about your community that you feel threatened by two nonviolent protesters testifying to the violence of that racist hate-ideology called Zionism?

Could this mean that your community is committed to racism and hatred?  There are those who say that they felt threatened by our volume. I respectfully submit that there are times, especially times when children are being murdered by a colonial regime and a racist ideology, when it is an act of violence not to yell and scream.