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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” - Ronald Reagan

 

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) LOCAL GOVERNMENT

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes)  GETTING ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS' AGENDA

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes)  STATE GOVERNMENT

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes)  FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

 flag2.jpg (4027 bytes)   RESEARCH

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) RESOURCES

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flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) HOW TO BE AN ACTIVIST

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) WRITING LETTERS & MAKING CONTACTS

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

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grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Siskiyou Daily News
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Mt. Shasta Herald
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Herald and News  (Klamath Falls)
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Redding Record Searchlight
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Daily Triplicate (Crescent City)
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Eureka Times-Standard
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Oregonian
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   S F Chronicle  
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Sacramento Bee -   Capitol Alert
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   L.A. Times (science)
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Seattle Times  
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)   Fox News online
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)  Washington Times
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)  U.S. Newswire
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)  Capital Press
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)  MCTV
grnbullet.jpg (1185 bytes)  KTVL

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) FORMING COALITIONS

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) HOW TO ORGANIZE A POLITICAL ACTION GROUP

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) HOW TO MAKE EFFECTIVE PRESENTATIONS

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) HOW TO HOLD A RALLY

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) PETITIONS

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes)  OTHER ACTIONS

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes)   CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE (Just for information. The Bucket Brigade was an act of "Civil Disobedience")

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) ABOUT CONSENSUS FACILITATION

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) ONLINE COURSES IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND NEGOTIATION

flag2.jpg (4027 bytes) Other well-known strategic writings (Again, not particularly advocating)

 


CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 11 LOCAL GOVERNMENT SEC. 7. A county or city may make and enforce within its limits all local, police, sanitary, and other ordinances and regulations not in conflict with general laws.


From the California State Association of Counties (CSAC)

County Structure

The basic provisions for the government of California counties are contained in the California Constitution and the California Government Code. A county is the largest political subdivision of the state having corporate powers. It is vested by the Legislature with the powers necessary to provide for the health and welfare of the people within its borders. The specific organizational structure of a county in California will vary from county to county.

County as Distinguished from a City

There is a fundamental distinction between a county and a city. Counties lack broad powers of self-government that California cities have (e.g., cities have broad revenue generating authority and counties do not). In addition, legislative control over counties is more complete than it is over cities. Unless restricted by a specific provision of the state Constitution, the Legislature may delegate to the counties any of the functions which belong to the state itself. Conversely, the state may take back to itself and resume the functions which it has delegated to counties (e.g., state funding of trial courts).

Types of Counties

The California Constitution recognizes two types of counties: general law counties and charter counties. General law counties adhere to state law as to the number and duties of county elected officials. Charter counties, on the other hand, have a limited degree of "home rule" authority that may provide for the election, compensation, terms, removal, and salary of the governing board; for the election or appointment (except the sheriff, district attorney, and assessor who must be elected), compensation, terms, and removal of all county officers; for the powers and duties of all officers; and for consolidation and segregation of county offices. A charter does not give county officials extra authority over local regulations, revenue-raising abilities, budgetary decisions, or intergovernmental relations.

A county may adopt, amend, or repeal a charter with majority vote approval. A new charter or the amendment or repeal of an existing charter may be proposed by the Board of Supervisors, a charter commission, or an initiative petition. The provisions of a charter are the law of the state and have the force and effect of legislative enactments. There are currently 44 general law counties and 14 charter counties. They are as follows:

County Powers

The California Constitution authorizes a county to make and enforce local ordinances that do not conflict with general laws. A county also has the power to sue and be sued, purchase and hold land, manage or dispose of its properties, and levy and collect taxes authorized by law. Many additional powers have been granted to counties by the Legislature. The powers of a county can only be exercised by the Board of Supervisors or through officers acting under the authority of the Board or authority conferred by law. In addition, the Board must follow the procedural requirements in the statutes or its actions will not be valid. For example, if the Legislature has provided a method by which a county may abandon a road, that method must be followed. Also, where state law requires land use zoning by an ordinance, this statutorily prescribed method is binding on the county. On the other hand, where the law does not specifically prescribe a method for accomplishing a task, the county may adopt any reasonably suitable means

Legislative Role

As the legislative body of the county, the Board of Supervisors may act by resolution, by board order, or by ordinance. A resolution of a Board is ordinarily not equivalent to an ordinance; it is usually a declaration about future purposes or proceedings of the Board or a policy statement by the Board. Resolutions are often used when specific findings are made by the Board of Supervisors. A board order is usually a directive from the Board of Supervisors to its subordinate county officers.

An ordinance is a local law adopted with all the legal formality of a statute. The California Constitution allows a county or city to make and enforce within its limits all local, police, sanitary, and other ordinances and regulations that do not conflict with the state's own general laws. Most legislative acts, including using the police power, are adopted by ordinance. There are, however, numerous exceptions and specific state laws sometimes indicate whether the action requires an ordinance or resolution.

Quasi-Judicial Role

The Board of Supervisors also sits as a quasi-judicial body in the case of appeals of land use decisions and tax issues (i.e., may sit as assessment appeals board to decide questions regarding the value of property).


 

Federal Natural Resource Laws:

Executive Orders

1993 Pesidential Directive NSC-16 committed to a national goal of achieving sustainable managment of US forests by the year 2000; MOU among federal agencies responsible for data realted to the criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management 01-SU-11130144-010

Secretary's Memorandum 9500-6: Sustainable Development (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary, Sept. 13, 1996) (See also Sustainable Agriculture - Definitions and Terms)

"USDA is committed to working toward the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of diverse food, fiber, agriculture, forest, and range systems. USDA will balance goals of improved production and profitability, stewardship of the natural resource base and ecological systems, and enhancement of the vitality of rural communities. USDA will integrate these goals into its policies and programs, particularly through interagency collaboration, partnerships and outreach."

Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) Overview; Fact Sheet

 

Links

 

KARE

Siskiyou County Farm Bureau

Tea Party Patriots

Klamath Bucket Brigade

Klamath Basin Crisis

American Stewards of Liberty

Liberty Matters

California Farm Bureau

American Farm Bureau

California Cattlemen's Association

California State Grange

Western Counties Alliance

Oregonians in Action

National Association of Rural Landowners

New Mexico Cattle Growers Assoc.

SOS Forests

World Net Daily

The Westerner

Derry Brownfield

Property Rights Research

Property Rights Alliance

People for Preserving Our Western Heritage

Pacific Legal Foundation

Paragon Foundation

Mountain States Legal Foundation

Citizens for Multiple Land Use and Access

Cato Institute

Heritage Foundation

Range Magazine

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Political Economy Research Center

EcoNOT.com

Alliance For America

Freedom 21

Ozarks Property Rights Congress

Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise

American Land Rights -

Blue Ribbon Coalition

Frontiers of Freedom

National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition (NESARC)

American Land Rights Association Alphabetical links to Property Rights Groups

Western Governors' Association 

NACO

CSAC

Regional Council of Rural Counties

National League of Cities

 

 

 

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