A State's Power to Protect Its Residents is Unquestionable

Washington, D.C.- Freedom Watch, and its founder, Larry Klayman, announce the filing of their amicus brief in support of the state of Arizona in the case of Arizona v. United States, which will decide on the constitutionality of Arizona's controversial SB1070 legislation (the Act).

Arizona's passage of the Act sought to enforce federal immigration laws by enabling state officers, inter alia, to verify the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally. The Obama Justice Department, which has miserably failed in securing the borders of Arizona and other states, has brought suit to strike down Arizona's law because they claim it is the sole authority of the federal government.

Freedom Watch has filed its brief supporting Arizona. While the U.S. Constitution granted the federal government the power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization, the federal government has used this clause to take over all immigration enforcement powers. Yet as drug cartels and potential terrorists sneak their way across the border, the federal government has done little to secure us from this threat.

Arizona was left with no choice but to take charge and had the constitutional authority to do so. The Constitution left the power to legislate for the health and safety of residents with the states, not with the federal government. Article I, Section 10 even allows the states to engage in war if they are invaded or faced with imminent danger. Indeed, as Freedom Watch set forth in its brief, states such as New York are claiming the capability to shoot down airplanes in order to defend against terrorist threats. Yet the Obama Justice Department has chosen not to file suit against New York, and its warlike capabilities to shoot down planes, but rather with this simple attempt by Arizona to enforce the federal government's own laws.

Freedom Watch’s brief also supports Latinos who have immigrated to the United States legally and salutes their patriotism and contribution to the American way of life. It points out how Freedom Watch will take legal action if necessary to further non-discriminatory enforcement of Arizona’s new law. Thus far, there has been no credible showing of any widespread discrimination despite false claims by the Obama Justice Department.

Freedom Watch's brief pulled no punches and called out the Obama Justice Department’s attack on Arizona’s law, for nothing more than a politically motivated lawsuit. This is also underscored by another complaint President Obama previously filed at the United Nation’s Human Rights Commission against Arizona, arguably an illegal and traitorous act by an American president against his own country. Sitting on the UN Human Rights Commission are none other than our “friends” Fidel Castro’s Cuba, Communist China, and Saudi Arabia (which secretly helps finance terrorism). The Obama Justice Department is also pursuing criminal and civil rights investigations against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County – who has led the charge for the new law – apparently for political and public relations purposes.

“President Obama, much like he did with Obamacare, is trying to ram its non-existent immigration enforcement policies down the throats of the American people and will stop at nothing to further illegal immigration to pander to elements of the electorate. This lack of enforcement is intended to benefit him and his Democratic Party during the period leading up to the 2012 elections,” stated Klayman.

The Court will be hearing Oral Arguments on the case in April of 2012.

For more information or an interview, call 310 595 0800 or email leklayman@yahoo.com. The brief can be found at www.freedomwatchusa.org. The docket number in the Supreme Court is 11-182 and a review of the file can be obtained through the court’s website.

 

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Written By Joshua Rhett Miller

A Virginia school district is considering banning cross-dressing by students, out of what one board member called concerns for the safety of "several" male students who wear dresses and wigs to school.

The Suffolk Board of Education plans to take up the issue at a meeting Thursday night, amid criticism that such a ban would violate students' First Amendment rights. The proposal explicitly bans clothing "not in keeping with a student's gender," distracts others from the educational process or poses health concerns. Board members will not vote on the proposal, which would take effect next year if approved.

Bradshaw said the... http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/09/virginia-school-district-considers-...

 


 

Written By Larry Klayman

As it stands today, it's now as clear as the noses on our faces! The likelihood is that Barack Hussein Obama will win the next presidential election, unless a miracle happens. There are a number of reasons for this.

First, Obama and his leftist comrades, both in and outside of the Democratic National Committee, have amassed a huge fundraising war chest of over a billion dollars. This money will be spent during the upcoming presidential campaign and dwarfs by far the monies that can be raised by any Republican candidate, given that they have already spent handsomely during the primary campaign. Unfortunately, as the old adage goes, "Money talks and nobody walks."

Second, credible rumors abound that Hillary Clinton will replace Joe Biden as Obama's vice-presidential running mate. This makes perfect sense. No only is Ms. Hillary ruthless to the core and would do any bidding to put herself in the No. 2 seat, but so too would her equally felonious hubby, Bill. In this way, he could back door his way into the White House for a second run at the interns, among other "affairs of state."

The sad reality is that most liberals — particularly the Jewish ones — continue to lament that Ms. Hillary is not the president, having lost faith in "Hussein," given his latent "black Muslim-like" anti-Semitism and hostility toward them and the state of Israel. While Ms. Hillary is a true criminal — remember Filegate, Travelgate and over 30 other scandals during the Clinton administration — the disgusting reality is that she would, given the so-called "rehabilitation" of the Clintons by even the Republican "leadership," be a formidable vice-presidential pick. Peoples' memories are short, regrettably.

In the case of the Republican leadership, it's not their memories that are retarded; they are afraid of her. Over 80 material witnesses died — including Hillary's last, and I mean last, boyfriend, deceased Clinton Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster (to be blunt, it now appears that Ms. Hillary prefers only women; see my book "Whores") — during her last reign of terror, and she and hubby Bill have enough dirt on Republican leaders to make them "friends forever."

Third, there are signs, however feeble, that the economy is "improving." We are at such a low point that any upward tick will be used by Obama and the Dems to pound their chests that Hussein's economic "plan" is finally working.

Fourth, while not likely to be Iran — which has likely bribed Hussein and Ms. Hillary to avoid military action to remove the regime in Tehran — the administration will try to create a "wag the dog" scenario, similar to what the Clintons did in the runup to the elections in 1996. A good little international crisis will serve them well in helping to convince voters that "now" is not a good time for change. In effect, Hussein will convert his "schtick" from the "change" candidate of 2008 to the "we cannot afford change" candidate in 2012.

Last but hardly least, however, Obama's and Ms. Hillary's greatest strength is the current Republican presidential candidates themselves. Never before in modern history have we witnessed a bigger bunch of compromised misfits if not halfwits. Whether its personal or financial scandal, or whatever, we all can agree that the crop of candidates for the highest office in the land do not measure up — however evil their Democratic opponents are.

In just the last few days, the alleged sordid details of Newt Gingrich's personal past, with a happily compliant ex-wife, Marianne, have been used by the leftist media, along with Mitt Romney's financial dealings and clumsy and overly defensive prevarication about releasing and publicly disclosing his tax returns, to promote Obama. While its hard to take hook, line and sinker anything said by a jilted and estranged ex-wife — indeed, Marianne Gingrich's ABC interview is revolting in its cheapness and hatefulness — and while there is likely nothing wrong with Mitt's financial dealings ( in fact they undoubtedly will prove that he actually knows something about business and the economy) — this will be used by Hussein, the Dems and the establishment media (with the exception of Fox News) to damage Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. And, the third alternative choice, Rick Santorum, simply does not conduct himself with enough gravitas to have voters seriously consider voting for him as president. The reality is that Santorum is also pure establishment — as his past "big government" voting record in Congress and his "miraculous" enrichment as a lobbyist after he was defeated as Pennsylvania senator underscore.

But worse than all of this, is that the Republican candidates, however compromised, are busy destroying themselves, with their attacks on each other. Each time one of them opens his mouth he helps produce another Obama/Clinton campaign commercial that will be effectively used by Dems during the lead-up to 2012 elections. And, as important, the media-hyped sleaze on any one of the Republican presidential candidates creates such a bad odor that it causes all of them to smell. I think we all can agree that Newt Gingrich's "odor" — coming on the heels of the Herman Cain fiasco — is likely to rub off on even Romney or Santorum, and I am not just talking about the gas this grossly overstuffed blowhard must emit periodically.

So we come back to square one again. "We the People" must do everything within our lawful powers to remove Obama and his comrades from office; be that enmeshing them in an impeachable or peaceful civil disobedience that makes even Ghandi proud. Yes, we are in a revolutionary state, and as it stands today, the ballot box is not likely to remove the most disloyal, anti-American, pro-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, socialistic and destructive president in our country's brief history. And, if Hussein is not bad enough, think of the likelihood that he will be joined by the criminal Ms. Hillary and backstage by another felon, her lovely hubby Bill, in "ruling" — and ultimately in destroying — our beloved country for another four years! God save the republic!

Larry Klayman is a former Justice Department prosecutor and the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch. His latest book is "Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment."

 


 

Dear Jeff Gorell Supporters,

Jeff Gorell for Assembly 2012 is hosting a final precinct walk this Saturday to gather signatures for Jeff's candidacy filing. Jeff will be completing his deployment and returning home in just a few short weeks.

Please show your support for Jeff's re-election and join us!

Sincerely,
Laura Gorell

Date: Saturday, February 11th, 2012
Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Meeting Location:
Gorell for Assembly 2012 Headquarters
2219 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 209
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Contact:
Amanda Broggie
(805) 651-9618
amanda@jeffgorell.org
info@jeffgorell.org

Lunch will be served.

 


 

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 984, joint-authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark), Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), and Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) has been introduced.

SB 984 would require a lead agency to simultaneously and electronically prepare a record of proceedings and certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Additionally, SB 984 would require these records be available online, to provide immediate access to anyone interested in the administrative record and environmental studies. This bill would speed up the record-keeping process that usually takes months to compile after an EIR has been completed.

“I’m proud to be a joint-author on this bipartisan piece of legislation that will help streamline economic development projects,” Sen. Strickland said. “All too often, new projects get caught up in the lengthy CEQA process and sometimes never see the light of day. These projects have a potential to create jobs for hardworking Californians, so during these tough economic times, we should be doing all we can to help them succeed.”

“We have the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation and companies continue to flee California because of our regulatory policies,” Sen. Strickland added. “Right now, our number one priority should be job creation. The Legislature worked together in a bipartisan manner last year, passing a similar bill which will bring jobs to Southern California through the Farmers Field project, so I’m confident we can work together on SB 984 this year.”

SB 984 now heads to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland is Vice Chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

 

Written by Rowan Scarborough

America’s aging tactical Air Force — the jets that protect ground troops and strike hard-to-reach targets — is shrinking just as the Pentagon is cutting even more planes to achieve nearly a half-trillion dollars in spending cuts.

The trend has set off alarms among retired fighter pilots, some of whom wrote to Congress last month warning that U.S. “TacAir” is in trouble.

They fear the political pressure to drive down the deficit will mean there will never be enough money to replace 1970s jets with advanced aircraft to operate against rising militaries such as China‘s, which last year unveiled its own stealth fighter, the J-20.

“With the exception of our airlift fleet, we have a geriatric Air Force,” said retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, a former F-15 Eagle pilot and Operation Desert Storm war planner. “We’re flying fighters that are 30 years old. What people seem to miss is, a fighter is not like an airliner, where you take off from Point A and go to Point B. Our pilots put six to nine [gravitational forces] on these things every day.”

Gen. Deptula, who... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/5/fleets-fade-away-with-pen...

 

Written by Jonathon M. Seidl

Did you know that “bin Laden” is the vice president of the United States, or that the Civil War led to America’s independence? How about that Canada’s a state?

Well, that’s what some local students at (what appears to be) a Washington state high school think. In a video that’s probably a few hours from going viral, a young man decided to question classmates for a video called “Lunch Scholars.” It is anything but scholarly. HuffPo explains:

Austin, an intrepid young student-reporter, embarks on the noble mission of answering the question, “How much basic knowledge do American high school students really have?” The answer, however, may not be exactly what you want to hear.

“Do you know the vice president of the United States?” Austin asks.

“I don‘t know who it it’s, it’s, it’s somebody….Bin Ladin,” one student responds.

The video continues in similar fashion, asking everything from, “In what war did America gain independence?” (which no one answered correctly without a hint) to “What countries border America?”

By the way, one student says there are 51 states. Maybe he is friends with the girl who thinks Canada is one of them.

HuffPo may have... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/this-video-of-teens-failing-miserably-at...

 

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 984, joint-authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark), Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), and Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) has been introduced.

SB 984 would require a lead agency to simultaneously and electronically prepare a record of proceedings and certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Additionally, SB 984 would require these records be available online, to provide immediate access to anyone interested in the administrative record and environmental studies. This bill would speed up the record-keeping process that usually takes months to compile after an EIR has been completed.

“I’m proud to be a joint-author on this bipartisan piece of legislation that will help streamline economic development projects,” Sen. Strickland said. “All too often, new projects get caught up in the lengthy CEQA process and sometimes never see the light of day. These projects have a potential to create jobs for hardworking Californians, so during these tough economic times, we should be doing all we can to help them succeed.”

“We have the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation and companies continue to flee California because of our regulatory policies,” Sen. Strickland added. “Right now, our number one priority should be job creation. The Legislature worked together in a bipartisan manner last year, passing a similar bill which will bring jobs to Southern California through the Farmers Field project, so I’m confident we can work together on SB 984 this year.”

SB 984 now heads to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland is Vice Chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

 

CAMARILLO, CA - The California Young Republican Federation unanimously voted to endorse State Senator Tony Strickland for California’s newly drawn 26th Congressional District. The group joins California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and the Ventura County Republican Party in endorsing Strickland.

“I’m honored to have earned the unanimous endorsement of the California Young Republican Federation,” said Strickland. “The support of grassroots activists and community leaders has been humbling thus far, and I’m looking forward to working with them to turn our country in a new direction.”

State Senator Tony Strickland was elected to the California State Senate representing parts of Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties in 2008. He previously served the area as a member of the State Assembly from 1998 to 2004. He is marred to his wife of 13 years, Audra. Together they have two small children: Ruby Ruth and Anthony Paul.

 

Written By Valerie Richardson

California’s first-of-its-kind “gay history” law went into effect Jan. 1, but so far, state educators don’t appear to be on the same page.

Given the state’s budget crunch, the state Department of Education has released no companion curriculum or textbook revisions to comply with the FAIR Education Act, which requires schools to include the contributions of “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans” in instruction programs and curricula at all grade levels.

The law, which evolved from Senate Bill 48, also outlaws instruction materials “reflecting adversely” on those individuals. The act also adds “persons with disabilities” to the list.

But the Legislature... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/30/gay-history-law-on-calif...

 

Carrying on (allegedly) with "different men from the neighborhood": haram. Murdering with an axe the person so accused: halal.

It is no accident or coincidence that Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that "retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right." However, "not subject to retaliation" is "a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring." ('Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.

Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but "the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour 'provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'" And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that "Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values."

Nonetheless, the media... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/01/pakistan-muslim-murders-sister-with-ax...

 

Written By U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties)

On Jan. 7, I announced my intention to retire from Congress next January at the conclusion of my current term of office. This decision was not made lightly because I truly love this community and the constituents I have served these many years. However, I will soon be 68 years old and while I enjoy excellent health, Janice and I have decided it is time for us to start a new chapter in our lives, a chapter that will include more time together and with our four children and 10 grandchildren.

Serving as your representative has been an extraordinary privilege and the experience of a lifetime. I want to thank my supporters, my staff and especially the voters for the trust they have placed in me throughout 13 terms and 26 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

When I was first elected to the House, I vowed that I would be a true citizen representative who would always stay close to the people I represented.

Throughout my tenure I conscientiously resisted the “beltway mindset” that believes only Washington insiders know what is best for everyone else. I live in my district and represent my district in Washington, not represent Washington in my district. I return home every week Congress is in session, making approximately 80 cross-country flights each year and maintaining a lifetime voting attendance record of 98 percent.

Above all, I have made it my top priority to advance the interests and needs of my district both in the legislation I authored and the constituent services we provided to those who asked for help.

Along the way, with your help and support we had some amazing legislative successes, improved Ventura County’s infrastructure and even witnessed history making events in other parts of the world.

The world has certainly changed since I first went to Washington, D.C. in 1986, from the Berlin Wall coming down to 9/11 to the Arab Spring and other world-changing events. But I hope that when supporters and critics review my record in Congress they will agree that I remained true to the values I brought to Washington on that very first trip and never forgot who I worked for.

Now, as I begin my last year I am deeply grateful for the many close friends and supporters, including Republicans, Democrats and Independents, who Janice and I have had the honor and privilege to know and work with during more than 30 years of public service. Without your support, none of this would have been possible. For the next year, I will work as hard as I ever have. My first priority is to work with my colleagues to help the private sector create jobs – including passing E-Verify, the largest jobs bill now before Congress – and to continue to shore up our defenses against our enemies, foreign and domestic.

I believe in a great future for our country and I know that all Americans share this belief. We must continue to work together with unwavering determination to ensure that America remains a beacon of liberty, freedom and opportunity.

When I return home next year to begin the next chapter, that belief and energy will remain a part of me, as it will for my many friends. I know I won’t be alone in my future pursuits. And I will be forever grateful for that.

 

Sacramento, CA - Senate Bill 983, authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) was introduced today.

SB 983 would allow counties in California to independently negotiate with other states for the transfer of inmates. The state of California already has the option to negotiate with other states for the transfer of prison inmates; SB 983 would extend this option to counties.

“I introduced this bill after hearing a devastating story of a pregnant woman in Los Angeles County whose life was taken at the hands of a criminal who’d been released early due to over-crowding,” Sen. Strickland said. “If Los Angeles County had the opportunity to contract for the transfer of inmates to another state, this woman’s life – and the life of her unborn child – could have been spared.”

“Every day, inmates are being released early from jail – sometimes serving only one or two days of their 90-day sentence – and then they’re back on the street, putting the lives of innocent citizens at risk,” Sen. Strickland added. “Individual counties should have the opportunity to do what’s best for the members of their community and SB 983 will give them that opportunity.”

SB 983 was introduced at the suggestion of, and is being sponsored by, Alan Jackson, a veteran prosecutor from Los Angeles County. “One of the greatest threats to public safety is a revolving door at the jail. This bill will give our local leaders the tools they need to ensure criminals remain behind bars. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Sen. Strickland to empower our local officials with the tools to help keep our streets safe,” Jackson said.

SB 983 now heads to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

 

Written by Madeleine Morgenstern

KINGSTON, Ontario (AP) — A jury on Sunday found an Afghan father, his wife and their son guilty of killing three teenage sisters and a co-wife in what the judge described as “cold-blooded, shameful murders“ resulting from a ”twisted concept of honor.”

The jury took 15 hours to find Mohammad Shafia, 58; his wife Tooba Yahya, 42; and their son Hamed, 21, each guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in a case that shocked and riveted Canadians from coast to coast.

(Related: ‘Honor Killing’: Muslim Father Charged With Daughters‘ Murder Said He’d Do it Again…100 Times)

After the verdict... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/muslim-family-found-guilty-in-canadian-h...

 

Written by Madeleine Morgenstern

Palestinian TV aired an interview last week with relatives of the convicted murderers of the Fogel family, who called their imprisoned kin “heroic,” Haaretz reported.

The interview was part of the weekly show “For You,” broadcast on the Palestinian Authority’s official television channel. “For You” focuses on Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, the interview with the mother and aunt of Hakim Awad aired on Jan. 19 and Jan. 21. Awad, along with his cousin Amjad Awad, were convicted of brutally stabbing to death five members of the Fogel family in their home in March 2011: Father Udi, mother Ruth, and children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and 3-month-old Hadas. The baby’s throat was slashed while she was in her crib, The Blaze previously reported. An Israeli court sentenced both Awads to five consecutive life sentences for their crimes.

In the interview... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/palestinian-authority-tv-airs-show-prais...

 
 
Local Republican Party latest to unite behind Strickland campaign

CAMARILLO, CA - The Ventura County Republican Party Central Committee unanimously voted Wednesday night to endorse State Senator Tony Strickland for California’s newly drawn 26th Congressional District.

“There is no better choice to represent Ventura County in Congress than Tony Strickland,” said Ventura County Republican Party Chairman Mike Osborn, noting the unanimity of the endorsement vote. "Tony is the clear choice for Ventura County families concerned about the economy and the runaway spending in Washington. We stand united behind his campaign because of Tony's record of distinguished service to our community. We're proud to endorse his campaign for Congress."

The Ventura County Republican Party joins California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro in endorsing Strickland.

“I’m excited that local leaders are uniting behind my campaign for fiscal restraint and common-sense reform in Congress,” said Strickland. “Having the unanimous support of my Ventura County neighbors who know me best is a tremendous honor.”

State Senator Tony Strickland was elected to the California State Senate representing parts of Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties in 2008. He previously served the area as a member of the State Assembly from 1998 to 2004. He is marred to his wife of 13 years, Audra. Together they have two small children: Ruby Ruth and Anthony Paul.

 
 

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 953, authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Simi Valley) was introduced today.

By creating the Bureaucracy Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC), SB 953 would save California money by streamlining state agencies. The Commission, modeled after the successful Federal Base Realignment and Closure program, would be made up of a non-partisan panel of analysts who would be charged with identifying, downsizing, or eliminating obsolete or duplicate state bureaucracies.

“Clearly, business as usual is not working here in California – we continue to have the second-highest unemployment in the nation, as well as an ever-present budget deficit and yet our state bureaucracy keeps growing,” Sen. Strickland said. “SB 953 is an opportunity to make government more efficient and is a no-brainer.”

“California is in need of reform and I believe SB 953 is a solid first step in achieving that reform,” Senator Strickland added. “Rather than raising taxes on hardworking Californians yet again, we should be looking at ways to trim the fat and make good use of the precious dollars that do come to Sacramento.”

SB 953 heads to the Senate Rules Committee for assignment.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

 

At its regular meeting on January 11, 2012, United Water Conservation District’s Board of Directors elected new officers. Daniel C. Naumann of Oxnard has moved up from Vice-President to become the District’s new President, succeeding Robert Eranio of Ventura. Lynn E. Maulhardt of Oxnard was elected Vice-President, and F.W. (Dick) Richardson of Fillmore was elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Mr. Naumann commended Mr. Eranio for his leadership over the past two years, noting that he had helped United keep focused on “achieving what is best in the long-term” and ensuring that “in everything the District does it does so with civility and complete integrity.”

Mr. Naumann represents Division 6, the Pleasant Valley area of the District, to the south and east of Oxnard. He holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a member of the board of the USDA Farm Service Agency, and he serves as an alternate for the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency. His family established farming operations on the Oxnard Plain in the 1890s, Mr. Naumann owns and operates Naumann Family Farms, farming various vegetable row crops. Mr. Naumann's uncle, Robert Naumann, served on United's Board in the 1950s. Continuing the family tradition, Mr. Naumann has been a member of the Board since 1991 and previously served as United’s Secretary/Treasurer in 1994-96 and 2008-2009. He also served as its Vice President in 1997-99 and as President in 2000-01.

Mr. Maulhardt represents Division 4, northeast of the City of Oxnard. His family has been farming locally since 1869, and he is a managing partner of a Ventura County farm. Mr. Maulhardt is active in community water activities and has served as chairman of Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency since 1987. He received a B.S. in Physics from Loyola University, Los Angeles, and a M.A. in Management and Human Relations from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Vietnam War Veteran and is a commercial airline pilot for a major U.S. airline. Mr. Maulhardt has been a member of the Board since 1985 and served as President from January 1987 to December 1993.

F.W. (Dick) Richardson represents Division 1, which includes Piru and Fillmore to Santa Paula. He has a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is a Vietnam War Veteran. For four years Mr. Richardson was a member of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. He is a member of the Fillmore Rotary Club and is a past trustee of the Fillmore Unified School District. His family settled in the area in the early 1900s, establishing farm and ranch operations. For 40 years he has operated Richardson Ranches, a citrus and ranch management operation in eastern Ventura County. Mr. Richardson has been a member of the Board since 1996.

Also serving on United’s Board of Directors are:

• Sheldon G. Berger, Division 7 - representing portions of the City of Oxnard, the City of Port Hueneme, CBC Port Hueneme Navy Base and several unincorporated beach communities
• Bruce Dandy, Division 5 – representing Northwest Oxnard
• Robert Eranio, Division 3 – representing a portion of Ventura
• Roger E. Orr, Division 2 – representing the unincorporated area between Santa Paula and Ventura, the towns of Saticoy and El Rio, and portions of east Ventura.