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Willie: The Man, the Myth and the Era, California's Initiatives
     

Willie: The Man, the Myth and the Era, California's Initiatives

by Pegasus Books
 

Willie – The Man, the Myth and the Era, California’s Initiatives, involves the history of the initiative process as practiced in California. Increasingly in California, the state’s biggest and most controversial issues and laws not are settled through the intended legislative process, but through initiatives, which, though necessary in

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Willie – The Man, the Myth and the Era, California’s Initiatives, involves the history of the initiative process as practiced in California. Increasingly in California, the state’s biggest and most controversial issues and laws not are settled through the intended legislative process, but through initiatives, which, though necessary in extraordinary times, are unsuitable for settling major issues with lasting consequences.In 1911, the corrupting influence of the Southern Pacific Railroad on the California State Legislature caused voters to adopt the “direct initiative,” the “indirect initiative” and the “referendum” as a means to bypass an irresponsible and an unresponsive Legislature and to repeal laws that did not benefit the people of California.In 1978, Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann used the direct initiative in order to bring about necessary tax reform in the state, and while there was an immediate benefit to struggling taxpayers, the greatest and most enduring benefit continues to be realized by the major property owners – the individuals and groups who owned large apartment complexes, business parks, and real estate development companies – these groups were the special interests for whom property tax reform was proposed.Proposition 13 And Other Major Initiatives takes up the initiative process as it has elated to tax reform, schools, spending, immigration and affirmative action, with elaboration on these issues and the scope of debate.Götterdammerung takes up Proposition 140 from 1990, the term limits initiative, which on its face was meant to eliminate “career politicians,” but was really purposed to “get Willie Brown,” to the detriment and ruin of the state. California, once touted as “the fifth largest economy in the world,” is now in decline, and the direct initiative process, exploited by special interests as a way to manipulate the state’s massive population, has been a large factor in the trials of the state.Look for other excerpts from the book, Willie – The Man, the Myth and the Era online and at ebookstores and libraries.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011403729
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Publication date:
05/18/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
140 KB

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About Pegasus Books Since its inception in 1998, Pegasus Books has anticipated a publishing industry that would evolve from a system of tradition and exclusivity to one of access and opportunity for thousands of good writers who, despite literal lifetimes of effort, were simply unable to break into a system built on cronyism, luck and institutional favoritism. On the other hand, there were the vanity presses, places where no accomplished, self-respecting writer would sacrifice his or her hard-wrought work. As a result, many great writers with incredible works were locked out of the process. Fortunately, the creation and availability of desktop publishing applications and Print-on-Demand providers have changed the course of a reluctant multi-billion dollar industry, and the Internet continues to influence that change. As a result, there are more opportunities now than ever for writers, published and unpublished, for those with agents or on their own. Pegasus Books is a traditional small-to-medium press, dedicated to publishing the works of aspiring new authors and providing greater opportunities and support to established writers by being at the vanguard of this transformation. We only expect our authors to match our passion and dedication to producing high-quality books and related products. We want our readers to enjoy consistently creative, thoughtful works in their many formats. MARCUS MCGEE Curriculum Vitae Birth dateAugust 8, Casablanca Morocco Locale 19XX– 19XXCasablanca, Morocco 1964 – 1967Madrid, Spain 1967 – 1969Omaha, Nebraska 1969 – 1984Sacramento, California Valley High School (Speech, Debate, Languages, Music) California State University, Sacramento (Communication Studies major, French Language & Theatre Arts minors) 1984 - presentSacramento, CA and Los Angeles, CA Writing/Production History 1982Three plays: Solomon and Constance, Michael Angelo, Stevie: The Eighth Wonder of the World 1983Produced and directed Stevie at Sierra II Theatre, Sacramento, July; wrote stage play Table 21 Wrote No More Cheesecake!; began first novel 1985Completed novel Deus Ex Machina, completed two plays: Caesar and Kidstuff 1986Wrote stage play Dream and one-act Fashion 1987Adapted Dream as screenplay; Piss Only on the Porcelain, short stories Till Death Do Us Part, Mr. Peacock, Anthropophagi 1988Wrote The Love Tragedies and Remember 1990Produced, directed and starred in No More Cheesecake! at the Sacramento Community Center Theatre, March; began Willie Brown biography 1994Wrote Mommy! There’s A Little Boy Under My Bed! 1996Completed Willie: The Man, The Myth & The Era; wrote short stories 1998Founded Pegasus Books; Published An Essay: On Niggers and Squirrels; began writing legal novel; wrote Black Bertha 1999Published short story collection: Four Stories; finished novel; wrote Apology 2000Published novel Legal Thriller; Published An Essay: On The Execution of Timothy McVeigh 2001Published short story collection: Synchronicity; began new novel 2002Published thriller The Last Year 2003Researched and developed Griot film project 2004Completed short story collection: The Silk Noose; began sequel to Legal Thriller 2005-06 Published The Silk Noose; researched and developed thriller Viral Vector; continued writing Murder From the Grave 2007-08 Completed Murder From the Grave; began writing ViralVector; founded Parnassus Press Partnership Publishing 2009-10: Published Murder From the Grave; published Shadow In The Sky, published Moment of Truth, published Mommy, There’s A Little Boy Under My Bed! completed Viral Vector; began work on An Old Negro Spiritual and An Essay On What They Called Us; Borders Book tour of the Northwest – Murder From The Grave a bestseller for region in Q4 2010 2011Wrote and published How To Eat An Elephant and Two Matadors; converted all books to eBooks; greater emphasis on publishing new writers; wrote Obama's Shirt and two additional books under pseudonym. Extras: Fluent in French, competent at Latin and Spanish; accomplished at saxophone and other woodwinds; strong science, math, history, political science and religions background Hobbies: Reading history and philosophy; theatrical production; music and movies Passions: Writing, research, stories, wine, art, Odd Fact: Marcus managed an upscale/political/lobbyist hangout Chinese restaurant called Frank Fat’s, one block from the California State Capitol, for fourteen years.

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