California gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is turning out to be quite a train wreck! “For all his talk of “getting government out of the way,” Donnelly has repeatedly voted to keep government in the redevelopment business, which property rights advocates describe as “a noxious combination of crony capitalism and bureaucratic control,” according to John Hrabe at Cal News.
“Redevelopment agencies have been the biggest abusers of homeowners’ property rights in California,” Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said in a 2011 press release. “Immediate action is needed now and we urge all legislators, including Republicans, to reject the influence of politically connected developers and do what is right for ordinary California homeowners.”
But, Donnelly ignored the advice of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, voting twice to keep redevelopment agencies. In March 2011, Donnelly voted against SB 77, the precursor to ABX1 26, which ultimately eliminated redevelopment agencies.
The conservative California Republican Assembly, which has endorsed Donnelly for governor, said in its annual scorecard that ABX1 26 “provided the first real opportunity in a generation to shut down local redevelopment agencies, which have proven to be the most abusive and corrupt examples of ‘crony capitalism’ and Soviet-style central planning. While flawed, this bill illustrates the difficulty of cutting Big Government.”
In addition to California’s leading conservative activist group, the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights flagged the bills in its annual “Private Property Rights Legislative Scorecard,” which gave Donnelly a failing grade that year.
That’s not all. Donnelly has also joined the state’s worst liberals in offering ridiculous tax credits to wealthy film makers as reported by the Sacramento Bee:
Asked Tuesday about proposals to give more tax credits to production companies, Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, said he prefers tax and economic policies that are not industry specific.
“I don’t like the idea of Hollywood leaving California, but I know that other states are subsidizing movies now, up to 30 percent of the cost of a movie, which is silly economic policy,” Kashkari told The Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Board.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a self-described tea party Republican from San Bernardino, was placed on probation for three years and fined $2,215 for an incident at Ontario International Airport in which security screeners discovered a loaded .45-caliber Colt Mark IV pistol and an ammunition magazine with an additional five rounds in his carry-on luggage.
As part of the plea agreement, Donnelly’s gun and ammunition will be destroyed by law enforcement, and the lawmaker is barred from using, possessing or owning any firearm not registered to him, said Christopher Lee, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
Why anyone ever thought that running a founder of the California Minutemen for California Governor is a very good question. But as we look more closely at Donnelly and he turns out to be bad news on taxes and redevelopment it is clearly time to dump the guy already and get behind Neel Kaskhari for California Governor.