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Shawn Nelson Congress Email Detail

Matthew Leslie

Shawn Nelson is one of three elected or formerly elected Republicans running to fill the 39th District U.S. Congressional Seat that will become competitive with the retirement of incumbent Ed Royce, Jr. In a recent email crowing about his endorsement by the California Republican Assembly, he reveals that he is running for Congress to, among other things, “protect you from the threat of illegal immigrants.” In a year when the biggest question Republican candidates face across the country is whether to run with or away from national disaster Donald Trump, Supervisor Nelson has wasted no time in giving us his answer.

Unregulated immigration is without doubt an issue that needs to be addressed, but in a systemic, humanitarian way that seeks to correct the underlying causes of the desperate poverty that drives the phenomenon. Beginning a list of three reasons for a congressional run with “illegal immigration,” and preceding the term with the word “threat” is an unveiled, direct appeal to a voter base that responded to similar language used by Donald Trump, who may have lost California in 2016, but had significant support in parts of the 39th Congressional District. In the race against undistinguished one term Assemblywoman and Royce protegé Young Kim and retired State Senator “Aloha” Bob Huff, the Nelson campaign has left little doubt about how it will position its candidate in the coming months.

Shawn Nelson Congress Email

No deal...

No deal…

In her capacity as Director representing the City of Fullerton, Councilmember Jan Flory was the lone vote against the Orange County Water District commencing negotiations to purchase 56,000 acre feet of water annually from Poseidon Resources’ planned desalination plant in Huntington Beach. As Vern Nelson reports on the Orange Juice Blog:

‘All ten directors EXCEPT JAN FLORY went ahead and voted to:

  1. “Direct staff to begin negotiating a term sheet with Poseidon Resources to purchase the 56,000 acre-feet per year of water created by the Huntington Beach Ocean Desalination project,” and
  1. “Report back to the Board no later than the March 18, 2015 Board meeting on the progress of the negotiations.’

Outvoted 9 to 1 by political hacks and others who make up the rest of the OCWD Board of Directors, Ms. Flory is reported to have asked why OCWD needed Poseidon Resources to build a desalination plant when the district had already built it’s own Groundwater Reclamation System without a private vendor. Good question, and The Rag thanks Jan Flory for asking it, and for opposing the purchase agreement with Poseidon’s yet unbuilt plant—an agreement that would require the OCWD to purchase the water each year whether it was needed or not.

"Aloha `oe! It's off to work I go..."

“Too busy to be here myself…”

Mr. Nelson also reports that several local politicians, including our own State Senator Bob Huff, sent representatives to shill for the project. Senator Huff’s campaign was the recipient of $ 1,000.00 from Poseidon in the 2011-2012 election season.

The central tenant of the late Marc Reisner’s classic work about water in the American West, Cadillac Desert, is that “water flows uphill toward money.” Senator Bob Huff and others continue to prove this adage true.

"Aloha `oe! It's off to work I go..."

“Aloha `oe! It’s off to work I go…”

It’s a tough life being a California State Senator. Long hours and plenty of travel are needed to serve the people of the 29th District, which stretches from Cypress to Chino Hills, Rowland Heights to Yorba Linda, and includes parts of three different counties. For State Senator Bob Huff, who represents, the 29th, what better place to discuss the important challenges facing 18 different cities than the Hawaiian Island of Mau’i?

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that some legislators from California are flying to Mau’i to meet with representatives from “oil companies, public employee unions, drug and tobacco firms, and others.” at the luxurious Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel in Wailea, which looks like this:

"Mahaolo lobbyists! This sure beats my office in Brea!

“Mahalo lobbyists! This sure beats my office in Brea!”

Legislators use their own spare campaign funds to pay for airfare, but the $350 per night hotel bill is picked up by a nonprofit called the Independent Voter Project who brought California the Top Two Primary system now in place throughout the state. That organization is supported, according to the LA Times, by 24 sponsors, who include “Occidental Petroleum Corp., the Western State Petroleum Assn., Eli Lilly, the Altria tobacco firm, the California Cable and Telecommunications Assn., the state prison guards union and the California Distributors Assn., which represents distributors of tobacco and other products.”

The article goes on the quote California Common Cause’s Sarah Swanbeck, who calls the yearly conference an “unwelcome tradition,” and suggests possibly banning them. The Rag agrees with Ms. Swanbeck. How can our democracy possibly be well served by allowing our legislators to be put up in an expensive beachfront hotel in Hawai’i and lobbied to support legislation favorable to the people ultimately paying the bill?

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Let’s review…

When he isn’t in Sacramento Bob Huff needs to stay right here in his district listening to ordinary constituents instead of living the high life in a tropical resort courtesy of lobbyists for big businesses and powerful public unions. If they want to talk to our state representatives, they should make  appointments with them at their offices like the rest of us are expected to do. As Senate Republican Leader, Bob Huff should set a better example to his colleagues and to the people he represents.

The Rag encourages readers to contact Senator Huff to let him know what they think of his comped Hawai’ian “conference” with lobbyists. You can reach him here:

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 305
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4029
Fax: (916) 651-4929

Brea District Office

1800 E. Lambert Road, Suite 150
Brea, CA  92821
Phone: (714) 671-9474
Fax: (714) 671-9750

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