California DemRATS Planning Speed Cameras, Photo Radar, Higher Gas Tax, Registration Fees, Zero Emission Cars
By Martin Hill
February 22, 2017


You can listen to my latest interview, February 22, 2017 with John Friend of 'The Realist Report' here. One hour 31 minutes. The show notes page is here.

Here are five very important legislative updates from the editor of the great site

Be sure to also see:

2017 - 2018 Legislation, # 1 of  5
Speed Cameras / Photo Radar (Oppose, Strongly)

New 11-26-16, updated 2-8-17

On Feb. 7, 2017 a bill was filed to start the use of photo radar (speed cameras) in California.

There's been six previous attempts, just in the last ten years, but the new 2017 attempt is much better organized and planned.

The proposed law, AB 342 (Chiu, San Francisco) was written by the cities of San Francisco and San Jose and as filed restricts the cameras to just those two cities.  But it is likely that later in 2017 other large and small cities could ask to be added as two of the co-authors of the bill represent a number of medium size cities near San Jose and there are Vision Zero programs in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Nov. 2016 Article
May 18, 2015 Article
May 31, 2015 Article

Please let your legislators and councilmembers know that you are opposed to photo radar and AB 342.  To see one of the reasons why everyone - even those who never speed - should oppose photo radar, read about the
newly exposed corruption in the City of Fremont.

Phone numbers and info about the legislative process, are available in the big purple box, above.

2017 - 2018 Legislation, # 2 of  5
Higher Gas Tax and Car Registration Fees - Including Zero Emission Cars (Oppose, Strongly)

New 2-8-17, updated 2-10-17

SB 1 (Beall, San Jose) is a repeat of Beall's bill from the 2015 - 2016 session, SB 16 which, had it passed, would have raised the gas tax and car registration fees.  SB 1 was filed in Dec. 2016 so already is moving through committees and on Feb. 14, 2017 will be heard by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

The California AAA auto clubs haven't yet taken a position on SB 1, so we need to encourage them to oppose it.  The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
wrote to Sen. Beall that they oppose SB 1.

Please let your legislators know that you oppose any bill like this.

Phone numbers and info about the legislative process, are available in the big purple box, above.

2017 - 2018 Legislation, # 3 of  5
Introduced 2017:  SB 493 - Lower Fine for Rolling Right Turns (Support)

New 2-20-17

SB 493 (Hill) will reduce the fine for rolling a right turn to (approx.) $300.

SB 493 was filed on Feb. 16, 2017 and is the new version (with some changes) of 2016's SB 986, which failed to pass.

SB 986 was approved in the State Senate on May 31, 2016 (unanimously!)
and then went to the Assembly where it needed to be passed by two committees,
by Aug. 12.  The Transportation Committee approved it (unanimously!) but
the Appropriations Committee did not approve it - they held it in "suspense."
SB 986 failed either due to the (exaggerated and distorted) safety concerns
voiced by the pedestrian lobby, or due to revenue concerns voiced by
the big government lobby.  You be the judge.

Had SB 986 made it through those commitees on time, it would have gone to a
vote by the whole Assembly, and then to Gov. Brown.  It is hard to tell if
he would have signed it, or vetoed it.  His Finance Department representative
said, at an Apr. 18 hearing on the bill, "We don't think that the fine is
unreasonable."  In other words, the governor wanted to keep the fine
money high, to help balance the California budget.  But other opinions
are that he liked the bill and would have signed it into law.

SB 986 was supported by both California AAA auto clubs.

SB 493 is the fifth attempt to reduce the fine for rolling right turns.  The earlier attempts were in 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2016.  For much more information about the effort to lower the fine for right turns, see AB 909 of 2010, below.

Phone numbers and info about the legislative process, are available in the big purple box, above.

2017 - 2018 Legislation, # 4 of  5
Predicted in 2017:  Add More Govt. Employees' Private Vehicles to Protected Plate List (Watch out!)

New 11-26-16

In the last session, AB 222 (Achadian) attempted to make the protected plate privilege available to even more government employees.  There's already 1-1/2 million private vehicles, belonging mostly to government employees and their families, with license plate numbers protected from easy or efficient look up, making those vehicles' owners effectively invisible to agencies attempting to process parking, toll, and red light camera violations.  AB 222 would have added State hospital employees to the already long list of those eligible.

"When a few leaders are so able to insulate themselves from everybody else... that has a corrosive effect."
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, on the Tavis Smiley show, 6-15-12. opposes any attempt to expand the protected plate privilege because there is no requirement for protected employees to give the DMV a service address (typically their employer's address) for the mailing of toll and red light camera violations.  In 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 there were bills which would have made that a requirement, but none of them passed.

AB 222 did not pass, but something like it will be back every year in the future. (The
official analysis of AB 222 listed other recent bills which attempted to add more employees to the protected list.)   Please let your legislators know that you oppose to any expansion of confidential plate privileges until a bill has passed to require protected employees to give the DMV a service address.

For more information about protected plates, see FAQ # 22.

Phone numbers and info about the legislative process, are available in the big purple box, above.

2017 - 2018 Legislation, # 5 of  5
Predicted in 2017:  Facilitating All Kinds of Tax Increases, Not Just on Cars (Watch out!)

New 11-26-16

In the last session, ACA 4 (Frazier and Wolk) would have paved the way for repeated tax increases around California.  The bill would have lowered the number of voters it takes to approve a new tax, from the present 66.6% down to 55%.  The bill was a "game changer."  Had it passed, Californians would have seen major tax increases on every ballot, forever, for road building and repairs and public transit -things we already are paying for through gas tax and sales tax.  ACA 4 was opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce, California Taxpayers Association, Associated Builders and Contractors of California, California Association of Realtors, California Retailers Association, Orange County Business Council, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (read their guest editorial), National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Orange County Taxpayers Association.

ACA 4 failed to make it out of the Assembly.  But it could come back alive (under a new number) as early as Feb. 2017, with little warning.  Please let your legislators know that you oppose any bill like this.

Phone numbers and info about the legislative process, are available in the big purple box, above.


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