California's Senate District 16, Yours to Love, Ours to Protect
"Enough of the glitzy, picture-perfect imagery of Senate District 16 my Republican opponents would have you believe...the truth is that particulate matter in Kern County makes its air quality one of the worst in the nation leading to heart disease, lung cancer, COPD, and asthma, shorter lifespans than in neighboring counties.>>> It is reported that:
- Kern has fewer doctors per capita than Marin and other neighboring coastal counties. Ruth is already on the side of the aisle in the California Senate that can bring back the Medical School to Cal State Bakersfield.
- Short of reparations paid to victims who become patients, Single Payer health insurance is in order along with more doctors, and more publicly held hospitals.
- Pollutants from the oil-based industries as well as the "overkill" caused by seasonal controlled burns cause lung disease as well.
- Opioid use is rampant in rural America and overpriced drug prices and lack of medical aid is not helping.
- Fracking and the legacy of the oil and gold mining industry's proprietary toxic chemicals has resulted in the lacing of our public drinking water and now threatens a meteor size crater in the Castle Mtn. National Monument--a treasure that our current Republican state woman seemed to wear blinders to.
- Toxic groundwater pollutants introduced by Canadian mining companies and the groundwater heist threatened by LA's Cadiz Corporation currently threatens the East Mojave aquifer so critical to the habitat of the rare and endangered plant and animal species living there.
- Environment and water. The need for trucking clean water into Tulare County and the surrounding rural farming communities is a symptom of systemic regulatory failure brought to you by the Republicans now controlling SD16 through their candidate hush money. The same thing is happening in Newberry Springs. Climate change brought on by the impact of large human populations, requires a new science of water conservation, restoration, and reuse, but how can we get science in action with ignorance running amuck in the form of Republican Shannon Grove's insane thinking that climate change is an act of God's punishment of women having abortions.
Schools: The lack of supplies in the public schools is a sign of misplaced priorities. The missing high speed internet (absence of "net neutrality") in rural schools and communities is an injustice. Salaries for teachers falling short of other public servant salaries is disparate treatment of those responsible for the education of our most precious asset--our children and our state's future. And for cripe sake, whose insane idea is it to have teacher's toting guns into class? Shannon Grove's?
- Veterans. 1) Healthcare is an unresolved issue with the Republicans promoting the unacceptable idea of privatizing the VA through private clinics --instead, we must redirect military dollars to peacetime efforts including new publicly owned medical facilities. 2) Pensions. The burden that the revised military pension cut places on retirees is in effect throwing our veterans under the bus and into the hands of the wolves of Wall Street to navigate their retirement pension future on their own.
"Haven't you had enough of Republican obfuscation, inaction, and corporate cow-towing? If six years wasn't enough for Shannon Grove to get something done in Sacramento on behalf of the people...then why would anyone in their right mind give her four more?" --Ruth Musser-Lopez >>>
About RUTH MUSSER-LOPEZ, she's seen 65 years of California sunshine and is campaigning for "sunshine" in Republican controlled Senate District 16. Born and raised by Southern California dairy farmers, a sister of nine, they all pitched in learning through experience how the dairy and farming business works. Now a wife, mother, neighbor, friend, author, museum director, master's student, cancer fighter, political activist, and Archaeologist.
Currently the Chair, Inland Empire/Desert Region of the California Democratic Party's Rural Caucus, Ruth is a former elected Needles City Council woman, retired Federal Agency (BLM, USFS, FWS) archaeologist, and community activist. The Senate Democratic Caucus and the California Democratic Party gave her a 100% vote endorsement for the 2018 Senate seat.
Ruth Musser-Lopez has been writing resolutions and voter initiatives since the 1980s..at that time realizing that the Republic Party is for the Corporations she was protesting and that the Democratic Party is for Working People, she registered Democrat.
Tired of no one running against Republican Jean Fuller, in 2014 she pulled papers as a write-in candidate for the Senate seat. Ruth wouldn't let the Republicans run unopposed in 2018 either, so she puled papers and is determined to turn SD16 a golden shade of blue.
We need her talent in Sacramento>>>. Here's Ruth's record of leadership in SD16 and beyond:
* AUTHOR 2016, VOTER INITIATIVE: NO TAX W/O A VOTE, Needles Voter Initiative to prohibit annexation of properties into a tax district without a vote of the people.
* TAXPAYER ADVOCATE/ACTIVIST, 2016-Present NO TAX W/O A VOTE LAWSUIT Fought the property tax the Republicans in San Bernardino County passed without a vote of the people--under the guise of fire fighting. Citizen lawsuit which she helped to prepare is being heard before Judge Cohn.
* AUTHOR 2017 CDP#9033421: NO TO SAN BERNARDINO REPUBLICAN’S “TAXATION BY ANNEXATION.”
* PILT FUNDS 2014-2016: worked with the California Democratic Party Rural Caucus for the return of federal "Payments in Lieu of Taxes" (PILT funds) to our communities including for fire services.
* CADIZ WATER HEIST LEGAL CHALLENGE 2012-14: Ruth filed the only federal legal challenge against the Cadiz Water heist forcing the BLM to review the project for its impact upon socio-cultural values and the hydrology system. The complaint was withdrawn when BLM intended to submit the project to federal review.
* AUTHOR 2017 CDP#9030596: OPPOSE TRUMP PLAN TO EXPORT AND PRIVATIZE EAST MOJAVE DESERT GROUND WATER.
Resolution against Trump's rescission of federal permit requirements of the Cadiz Corporation's privatization project. ADOPTED.
* AUTHOR 1990s NO WARD VALLEY NUCLEAR DUMP VOTER INITIATIVE: wrote and circulated the voter initiative to prohibit dumping of radioactive waste over desert aquifers (Ward Valley and Molycorp at Ivanpah Valley) getting over 20,000 signatures of registered San Bernardino County voters.
* CONCEIVED AND FOUNDED the predecessor ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM. Ruth had been an exemplary award-winning Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee, recognized with a monetary award after conceiving of and establishing in the East Mojave Desert the Adopt-A-Historic-Site Program in 1980, the very first program of its kind in the nation and ancestral to the now nation-wide Archaeological Site Stewardship program. WHISTLEBLOWER 1986. However, Ruth found herself without a job when she exposed her BLM Manager's indiscretions--a new federal office lease on his friend's Spike's Road property in Needles, an ancient Native American sacred site. She blew the whistle when the Manager acting as City Planning Commissioner told the community to go get whatever artifacts they want before the lease was let. She was drop kicked into politics and in 1993, Ruth blew the whistle on the City of Needles with regard to possible dumping of liquid toxic waste down unlocked sewer manholes which waste possibly caused a sewer plant bacterial kill and stench PLUS, untreated waste piped to middle of river and sludge took to the landfill owned by her former employer, the BLM. For this, the city retaliated by having her threatened with an unlimited jail sentence for "contempt" of their kangaroo court wrongly accusing she knew "who done it" and "who told her." Ruth exposed that City and County had also allowed PG&E to dump chromium 6 in the BLM's leased Needles Landfill resulting in a health hazard potential to those hauling refuse there and also to groundwater migrating to Colorado River, drinking water supply to millions. Ruth was the Erin Brockovich of Needles before the movie was ever contemplated. The dump is now closed...a Superfund site.
* AUTHOR 2017 CDP #9044132: GET YOUR KICKS ON RT66 to support the State of California’s acquisition, repair and maintenance of RT66 between Needles and Barstow for historic, recreational and safety purposes.
* AUTHOR 2017 CDP #9036338: AUTO ARREST CAMS; #9044030: EXCESSIVE FORCE REPORTING STANDARDS
* AUTHOR 2015 EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE Equal Access to Justice Resolution (passed by the California Democratic Party). Return of local justice courts to rural communities. ADOPTED. The Justice Court in Needles is now reopened on a limited basis.
* AUTHOR 2017#9038610: MT. BALDY SAFETY SIGNAGE urge the Angeles National Forest to install signage at the trailhead and at the dangerous trail portals which signage would include written language and pictorial icons or ideograms expressing the danger of the trail ahead and what precautions might be taken; with strongly suggested language being “enter at your own risk—you may be liable for costs associated with your rescue or recovery;” ADOPTED.
* UCLA, UCR WITH HONORS. Ruth is a San Bernardino County native and an honors graduate of the University of California having attended both the Los Angeles and Riverside campuses.
* EAST MOJAVE FEDERAL ARCHAEOLOGIST. Ruth relocated to Needles in 1980 with the Bureau of Land Management as East Mojave Archaeologist.
* NATIVE AMERICAN LOVE. 23&ME says he's 1/3 Puebloan Indian!....in 1983 she married Robert, together Robert and Ruth raised two children in Needles, now thriving in Portland...with daughter to be married this August to a very nice young Democrat man.
* UNION MADE. Ruth is endorsed by the California Labor Federation. Four generations of UNION, Ruth's husband Robert, father-in-law, and mother-in-law's father were all members of the union working for the Needles Santa Fe Railroad. Her son Bobby, is a union member at the Union Pacific in Portland.
* AFL-CIO Before retiring, husband Robert was a member of the AFL-CIO while employed as a welder for Southern California Edison at the Mojave Generating Plant in Laughlin. Ruth and Robert earned first hand what it was like to fight for a living wage. Robert participated in the strike while "scabs" tried to break through. He and others worked the banana boats on the shore docks to make ends meet.
* Ruth was both a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader and PTA vice president before being elected to the Needles City Council in 1993 to stop international nuclear dump scheme in Needles.
* Ruth is currently an "A" student at Cal State University San Bernardino in the "Applied Archaeology" graduate program. She has received a $3,000 grant to work on her thesis. She hopes to obtain her Master's Degree next year, now that she has time to travel from Needles and can afford graduate school at $18.00/quarter. Wouldn't it be nice if all students were in the +60 program...so sad that talent must wait to get a higher education!
Copyright by RUTH MUSSER-LOPEZ for CA SENATE 2018 (FPPC#1403226)