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When Jefferson was President, he expressed some hesitancy to endorse proclamations of this sort. Jefferson wrote in a letter to Reverend Samuel Miller on January 23, 1808, in response to Miller’s proposal that he recommend a national day of fasting and prayer: “I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises…Certainly no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the general government. …But it is only proposed that I should recommend, not prescribe a day of fasting and prayer. That is, that I should indirectly assume to the United States an authority over religious exercises, which the Constitution has directly precluded them from…civil powers alone have been given to the President of the United States and no authority to direct the religious exercises of his constituents.”
Traveling with Firearms in California
California Penal Code section 25610 does not prevent a citizen of the United States over 18 years of age who is not lawfully prohibited from firearm possession, and who resides or is temporarily in California, from transporting by motor vehicle any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person provided the firearm is unloaded and stored in a locked container.
The term “locked container” means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device. This includes the trunk of a motor vehicle, but does not include the utility or glove compartment. For more information, refer to California Penal Code sections 16850.
Nonconcealable firearms (rifles and shotguns) are not generally covered within the provisions of California Penal Code section 25400 and therefore are not required to be transported in a locked container. However, as with any firearm, nonconcealable firearms must be unloaded while they are being transported. A rifle or shotgun that is defined as an assault weapon pursuant to Penal Code sections 30510, 30515, or 30520 must be transported in accordance with Penal Code sections 16850, 25610, and 30945, subdivision (g).
California Penal Code section 30945 provides that registered assault weapons may be transported only between specified locations and must be unloaded and stored in a locked container when transported.
The term “locked container” means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device. This includes the trunk of a motor vehicle, but does not include the utility or glove compartment. For more information, refer to California Penal Code section 16850, 25610, and 30945, subdivision (g).
I am so thankful for my family, friends and volunteers. On the campaign trail we have been so blessed to meet so many wonderful people. We hope each and every one of you has Peace and a Wonderful Christmas and New Year. I think the quote below says it all.
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa
I never thought I would actually see the day when a sitting sheriff would expose themselves as San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon has.
McMahon, and several of his command staff, systematically went after former Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Bauer over his use of leave time to care for his ill mother.
A benefit guaranteed Bauer under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Eventually Bauer was unlawfully terminated.
After battling to obtain assistance from his union, the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA), Bauer found help by way of the Upland-based law firm Lackie, Dammier, McGill & Ethier.
Bauer’s attorney’s put together a damning case against the county, and the department. A case, filed in U.S. District Court, that illustrated just how far the sheriff’s department, and the county itself, will go to target anyone falling out of grace.
The Sheriff’s Department is a large organization requiring a strong leader, and disciplined chain of command. Based upon what was revealed in the Bauer case, it’s something that’s woefully lacking here.
To illustrate, here’s an expert witness report, prepared for the civil trial: Final Bauer Report
A potentially-lethal political blow was struck against McMahon and company in, believe it or not, a simple Civil Service Commission hearing. The proceeding in the Bauer matter, held before an administrative hearing officer, examined evidence and heared testimomy under oath. A key issue here.
I can’t recall in my 23 years in local politics seeing an incumbent vulnerable to attacks, accusing him or her of lying under oath, and being oblivious as to what’s going on in their own operation.
A couple of the county-wide elected offices have become more like a “It’s party time!” position. Meaning the task of the office has degenerated down to traveling, skirting chasing and boozing it up!
McMahon, who has to run in his first political election next June, is a public figure under the law. A legal distinction granting him very little protection in the area of defamation and slander. But, in the instant case, there’s no deflecting or combating the truth.
Furthermore, McMahon really comes across more like a cowboy shooting from the hip, than a politico. But, unlike predecessor’s Gary Penrod and Rod Hoops, McMahon now finds himself publicly caught up in the weeds.
If any, and I mean any, challenger with even modest credentials runs against McMahon, it won’t take much funding to hammer home a few choice pieces of campaign literature calling him dishonest. An indefensible accusation that will hurt. Especially when you combine it with the million dollars county supervisors paid to Bauer!
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in general, is a fine organization, when in comes to its rank and file members serving and protecting the community.
But these shenanigans, which spread through the department like wild fire, fall on management, and McMahon has no one to blame but himself, and those he chose to advise him.
Maybe it’s time he ought to consider some serious housecleaning.
This is an article from InlandPolitics.com regarding a recent lawsuit involving the current appointed sheriff John McMahon. A deputy was fired by McMahon for using Family Medical Leave to take care of his sick mother. The settlemnt could reach 2 million dollars.
InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Supervisors in the dark on Sheriff lawsuit
Written by Administrator
Posted July 13, 2013 at 10:00 am
Is it really a surprise?
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Sources say members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have been caught off guard by the revelation of a costly settlement with a Sheriff’s Deputy fired for using leave, in order to care for a sick parent, in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Records, obtained from the case file at the U.S. Distrct Court in Riverside, show Sheriff’s officials, never for a minute, believed Deputy Travis Bauer’s claim that his mother was sick. The department proceeded to target Bauer, with the objective to end his employment.
He was eventually fired.
In January 2012, Bauer, with competent legal counsel, sued the county for violations of federal law. A move that was completely unexpected by the county.
Over the course of the next 16-months, the county initiated three attempts to either dismiss, or delay, the case, which alleges multiple federal and state causes of action. However, the federal judge assigned to the case didn’t see things the county’s way and set the matter for trial.
What wasn’t expected?
The case rapidly became riddled with contradictory evidence, and false statements, made by sworn and non-sworn management and supervisory personnel. Then depositions and other evidence from the discovery process leaked out showing an ugly set of circumstances.
Less than one week before Bauer was to take his case before a Federal Jury, county lawyers filed a notice of a yet-to-be-disclosed settlement with the court.
That’s if county superviors agree to approve it.
County records show the matter as never being discussed before supervisors in closed session. In other words, county supervisors were never made aware of the case. How county lawyers obtained the authority to even offer a likely hefty settlement remains a mystery.
How newly-appointed Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon allowed this situation develope remains unknown.
The incident will obviously become fodder for the June 2014 primary election. So far, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Schrader has announced he will run against McMahon. Retired Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Keith Bushey is reportedly also considering a run.
The settlement, if approved on July 23, will be made public that day.
Memorial Day may have different meanings to different people; for some it is remembering a father, brother, sister, or mother who passed while in the act of duty. Unfortunately, for others today is just another day on the calendar, this is simply unacceptable. Therefore, I wish to demonstrate in this speech how important this day truly is. In order to do this I will show the three perspectives in which I view Memorial Day, from that of a historical background, the stance of a fellow veteran, and that of a grateful American citizen.
From the first rallying cries of the Revolutionary War to recent operations in the Middle East, history has created heroes and their stories serve as inspiration to us all. In order to truly exemplify the magnitude by which wars affect our nation, I will lay out some numbers before you;
• In 80 months of the Revolutionary War there were 10,623 casualties, with 4,435 deaths, or about 55 Americans dying each month of the war.
• In 37 months of the Korean War there were 136,935 casualties, with 33,651 deaths, or about 909 Americans dying in combat each month of the war.
• In 90 months of the Vietnam War there were 211, 471 casualties, with 47,369 deaths, or about 526 Americans dying in combat each month of the war.
• In 1 month of the Gulf War there were 760 casualties, with 293 deaths, or 148 Americans dying in combat during the month of the war.
• In 14 months of fighting in Iraq, there have been 4,685 casualties, with 803 deaths, or 57 Americans dying each month of the war.
• In 48 months of World War II there were 1,078,162 American casualties, with 407,316 death, or 6,639 Americans dying in combat each month of the war.
These numbers are jarring, particularly when one realizes that these digits are not faceless, they each represent a brave soul who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Today is a day that we give back a little bit of our life and comfort that we owe to the spirit of these men and women.
I was fortunate enough to be able to serve in the Marine Corps, and through my service I truly gained an understanding of the family like bond that develops between soldiers. In the military one develops a sense of togetherness. You wake up day by day with your peers, struggle through training exercises, persevere through battle, and if able, survive through your mission. Through these trials there is a mutual understanding that you are there to help in any way you can and that those around you are also ready to help when you need it most. This is a bond that is not easily broken. When another bombing, or enemy attack occurs, you can not help but feel your heart drop – another family member has passed. This is an experience not easily forgotten from the mind’s eye. Therefore, Memorial Day to me represents the unity of the armed forces, and our collective sorrow in loosing fellow siblings.
We must look beyond the smoky haze of our barbecues and gain a true appreciation for our liberty, and those who fought for it. As an American I am thankful to be able to stand before you today, in this great nation with liberties that over 3 billion people are unable to enjoy today. Our freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the right to a representative form of government, all these tenants that we in the United States hold true would be but dreams if not for those who gave their all. It is said that “We must be willing to pay a price for freedom” many of us have not faced the need to defend our freedom, that is because we have a standing military who daily fulfills this payment on our behalf. The least we can do as citizens is set this day aside in their memory.
The men and women we revere today have taught us great qualities, a legacy for future generations. They have taught us to face adversity head on and respond with a resilient spirit. They have taught us courage, and a loving spirit. They have taught us the true value of our democratic society. How then can we ever honor and repay these brave souls, both alive and passed?
We can start by truly observing this Memorial Day, and continuing our sense of gratitude into every day of the year. We can also take steps to help those these fallen heroes have left behind, family members, friends, loved ones who may need comfort in these troublesome times. We can further take time to help those living veterans by listening to their story and emulating their patriotic character.
As citizens we are not only in debt to these men and women for ensuring our rights but we have a duty to pass these ideals on to our children and grandchildren. We owe it to our fellow man to be vigilant in protecting these liberties on the home-front. The spirit of the American people is a strong one, and its flame will not flicker anytime soon.