Volume 3 . Issue 10                    May 25, 2019

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freedom of speech" - Benjamin Franklin

Fighting for Property Tax Protection

We, of Jefferson, started off the New Year, proclaiming we support business, veterans, law enforcement and gun owners. Because of our commitment, it is now time for us to step up to the plate and join the effort to stop Governor Newsom and others who want to remove the property tax protection on commercial and industrial property aka Proposition 13-Split Roll Tax. The measure, which qualified for the 2020 ballot, would create a system that reassesses commercial property at current market values every three years or less.

This type of property tax is known as a “ split roll tax ” because it splits the property tax roll by commercial vs residential property. However, it is widely felt that should Newsom and the proponents be successful, they will try to do away with the property tax protection on your residential property as well. Remember, during his 2018 campaign for Governor, Newsom stated, “Proposition is on the table.”

The passage of this measure could increase business owners' property taxes by 10 times! The measure will not only affect businesses, but everyone. Remember, most small businesses rent the property which they operate, and property owners will simply pass on the higher taxes to tenants by raising their rents.

The measure's higher taxes on businesses will get passed on to their customers in the form of increased prices on just about everything people buy and use, including groceries, fuel, utilities, day care and health care.

So, who is behind this and where might the money be coming from? The League of Women Voters for one, along with social justice groups such as the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and some prominent state and local teachers' unions. Big money has come from Bay Area philanthropic organizations such as the San Francisco Foundation and the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and yes, that Mark Zuckerberg.

An initiative to raise taxes should put the money into the general fund where elected officials can make decisions about how to spend the money. Instead, this measure uses the State Constitution to forbid the Governor, State Controller or legislature from touching the money. It takes the additional tax dollars from splitting the roll and puts them in special funds.

According to Ballopedia, the title of the initiative is, “The California Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative.” The money mainly goes to the primary sponsors of the measure: K-12 education. The initiative leaves no money for priorities in health care or other parts of education—notably early childhood, which Newsom is authorizing—or more tax dollars.

Supporters say that this measure will help schools, but only 40 cents of every new tax dollar goes to K-12 schools, while 60 cents will go to local government with zero requirements as how the money should be spent. In recent years, California has poured over $30 billion more into the budget for schools and has failed to improve test scores or close the achievement gap.

What happened to the Lottery money? California voters passed higher taxes for schools in 2012 and again in 2016, plus California schools received over $78 billion this year alone.

It was less than a year ago when voters were deceived by a measure that raised gas taxes, that also had a major impact on businesses and their customers. This was money for road repairs, but now we find that some counties like El Dorado are looking at a road tax because the gas tax revenue has come up short. The City of Oakland just announced they will be using $2.9 million of the state gas tax money to keep the lights on in their city.

Are California taxpayers ready to pass another ballot measure that does not include any taxpayer protections, cost controls, accountability or transparency requirements on how these new tax dollars should be spent?

Although this Measure will not be on the ballot until November of 2020, the campaign to prevent the passage of this measure starts today by alerting business owners and the public at large. If commercial and industrial property owners lose their property tax protection, family and senior citizens' homes will be the next target.

At the same time, this is an excellent opportunity to let business and property owners and homeowners know that we have a plan underway that will bring fair/equal representation to all in California and we would welcome their support.

Terry Gheradi

Events & Fundraisers

County fairs are just around the corner and other events are being coordinated to raise money for the Citizens for Fair Representation (CFR) court case, with the filing of our appeal right around the corner.

On Saturday, June 1, El Dorado County SOJ will be Celebrating Local Restaurant Day at the Apple Bistro Cafe, located on Highway 50, just above Placerville. Local Restaurant Day kicked off in January, with a breakfast at the Breakroom, in Shingle Springs and in March with brunch at Wally's Pizza Bar. On June 1, it will be “an afternoon delight” to enjoy a late lunch, early dinner, or to enjoy some of their great pastries and beverages. In turn, restaurant owners donate a portion of their proceeds. At the brunch in March, the owners of Wally's said that the number of customers was equal to that of a crowd they get during Sunday football games.

On Saturday, June 15, Calaveras County SOJ is hosting a Family Fun Day Fundraiser at Utika Park in Angels Camp. There will be food, wine & beer, drawings. Tickets are $15 a person, $25 a couple and $5 for children under 10. More information is available in the bottom of this newsletter or you can email

All booth spaces are sold out for the Friday, August 16th, 2nd Annual El Dorado County State of Jefferson Business Showcase. This year it has moved to a much larger facility, the Forni Building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. This is an event for the entire family, featuring many food vendors, to include Apple Bistro, along with many local businesses offering their goods and services. There will be games and prizes for young and old, and Silent and Live Auctions. There will also be other great fun activities for both big and little kids.

If your county is planning a fundraiser or has any ideas to bring more money in for the court case, please contact Terry Gherardi, If you want to advertise (free) your event, or want to submit any information/articles in the Jefferson Messenger, please email Penny Garland,

It is time to gather signatures on declaration forms, market both Jefferson and Citizens for Fair Representation, and coordinate fundraisers. Please, arm yourself with information and start visiting local businesses.

Terry Gherardi

State of Jefferson Supports

Business, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Gun Owners

United States Constitution

Memorial Day

Remembering Our Finest

Freedom does not come with a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they all have been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of the armed forces.”
Charlie Dent

With the fundraising season getting off to a start, if you are hand-given a check for a donation, please make sure that the entire check is filled out including the date. If possible, also ask to have them put a phone number on the check if it is not already there. This will make for a speedier processing for checks and will help keep checks from getting bounced that can cause SoJ extra fees and the donators as well.
Thank you.
Don't forget to sign up to be in the State of Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
The SOJChamber is currently in the process of creating a directory of pro-SOJ businesses. Listing yourself in the directory is free and will help pro-SOJ community members find you.

If you have a small business and want to be in the listing, click here and just use the Directory Signup form.

You can help support the citizens of Jefferson by supporting its small businesses.

For more answers to your questions you may email Eric Eisenhammer at or call/text Eric at 916-833-9276.
Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste:
Please see the Events & Fundraisers article above for upcoming events.

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Conference Calls
The conference calls have been put on hold for now and placed on an as needed basis. Please check back here to see if any have been scheduled.

Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.
Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesday each month - 6PM
60 W Third St
Coquille, OR

Curry County, OR
2nd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR

Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
Republican Headquarters
506 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR

El Dorado County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jackson County, OR
2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
County Library
412 E Main St
Rogue River, OR

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
Grants Pass, OR
3rd Thursday each month -
6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building

Klamath County, OR
1st Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sizzler's Meeting Room
2506 S Sixth St
Klamath Falls, OR

Mariposa County
4th Tuesday each month - 5:30 PM
Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room
5120 State Hwy 140 at 12
th St

Nevada County
2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month - 6:00 PM
Robinson's Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
Nevada City

Placer County
3rd Wednesday each month - 6 PM
Come early for dinner
Round Table Pizza
370 Elm Ave

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road

Shasta County Intermountain Patriots
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
Burney Lions Hall
Main Street, Burney

4th Tuesday each month
Social time - 5 PM
The Ol Merc
Hwy 299, McArthur
Meeting time - 6:30 PM
McArthur Lions Hall,  Hwy 299

Stanisluas County
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month - 6:30 PM
Grizzly Rock Cafe
4905 North Golden State Blvd  

Sutter and Yuba Counties
 4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City
Tehama County
 1st  & 3rd Friday each month -
7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County
 2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
3rd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane

Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sonora Re/Max Building, 207 S Washington Street
A Huge Thank You to
Our Newsletter Staff

Ginny Rapini
Terry Gherardi
Penny Garland
Sally Rapoza

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The State of Jefferson Formation is a grassroots effort to restore representation to the rural counties of Northern California. This movement is NOT affiliated with any political party. Over the last two years, presentations explaining the reasons for Jefferson have been given to all political parties, as well as men and women's service organization, chambers of commerce, county taxpayers associations, county and city government meetings, high school government classes, and town hall meetings for the general public, throughout Northern California.   The State of Jefferson welcomes everyone.
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