Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Haim Saban's loan to Proposition 27 has been paid back

Haim Saban is a remarkable entrepreneur and businessman with unprecedented influence in political affairs. According to a Saban spokesperson:

“While Mr. Saban supported the passage of Proposition 11 in 2008 as a good idea, it hasn’t worked out as intended because the state’s diverse population has not been adequately represented in the process of selecting members of an independent commission. Accordingly, Mr. Saban does not support expanding the commission concept to Congressional redistricting and has agreed to make a loan to support the qualification of the FAIR ballot initiative.”

The “FAIR ballot initiative” (explained here in an Etopia News video interview with its Chief Proponent, UCLA Law School Professor Daniel Lowenstein) is now Proposition 27 on the November, 2010, California ballot.

As mentioned in the quote above and as reported in the Sacramento Bee on April 13, 2010, Mr. Saban loaned FAIR/Proposition 27 $2,000,000. In an August 31, 2010, e-mail to Etopia News, his spokesperson wrote, “To confirm, Mr. Saban provided a loan, which has now been fully paid back.”

Etopia News is waiting to hear back from the "Yes on 27" campaign in response to its question of the source of the money that paid back Mr. Saban’s loan.

Ted Ko at FIT Coalition updates the battle for a feed-in tariff

Ted Ko, Associate Director of the FIT Coalition, talks about PURPA, FERC, CPUC, and REESA, and about his group's efforts to implement a feed-in tariff policy in California and the US, recored August 31, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Derek Cressman at Common Cause on Props. 11, 20, and 27

Derek Cressman, Western State Regional Director of Common Cause, explains three ballot propositions, the already-passed Prop. 11 and the pending Propositions 20 and 27, which would impact the way California's legislative districts are determined, recorded from Sacramento, California, on August 24, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Joe Mathews and Mark Paul discuss "California Crackup"

co-authors Joe Mathews and Mark Paul talk about California's governmental gridlock and ways to solve it in this discussion of their "California Crackup: ; How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It," recorded remotely on August 20, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

David Irvine at UEG on the successful completion of the initiative circulation process

David Irvine, co-counsel of Utahns for Ethical Government, talks about the successful submission of sufficient voter signatures on an initiative petition for the enactment of a strong ethics-in-government law for the State of Utah, recorded on August 12, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

David Irvine updates the Utahns for Ethical Government initiative story

David Irvine, co-counsel for Utahns for Ethical Government, talks about the rationale behind his group's ballot initiative and its efforts to qualify it for the 2012 election, recorded from Utah on August 9, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Joe Mathews on the San Francisco Declaration on Direct Democracy

Joe Mathews, co-president of the 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, just concluded, sums up the event and discusses the consensus-derived "San Francisco Declaration on Direct Democracy," embodying agreed-upon best practices for modern direct democracy, recorded August 6, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fourth-generation psychic Linda Lauren talks about her presence in Second Life

a remote video interview with fourth-generation psychic Linda Lauren, talking about how she provides psychic services to people through their avatars in the virtual world of Second Life, recorded from West Orange, NJ, on August 4, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Technology and Direct Democracy: Obstacles and Opportunities

a video presentation made by Marc Strassman as part of "Panel 1: Do You Dream of Electronic Signatures?," during the August 2, 2010, EVENING PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM sponsored by Activate Direct ON The RISE OF DIGITAL DIRECT DEMOCRACY at the 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

Etopia News goes to the 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, Day 3

Bruno Kaufmann, co--present of the 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, reviews the third day of the conference, including presentations by Joe Mathews, Bruno Kaufmann, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Grover Norquist, Andreas Gross, Jim Brulte and others, recorded from San Francisco, on August 2, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Etopia News goes to the 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, Day 2

Bruno Kaufmann, co-president of the 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, talks about the latest news from the conference, recorded from San Francisco, California, on August 1, 2010