Friday Feedback: A Constitutional Convention for California

istock_000001483014xsmall.jpgMost Fridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Paul Currier from Claremont, commenting on Paul Hogarth’s “Could a Constitutional Convention Break California’s Impasse?

Here’s Paul’s comment:

My detailed response to Mr. Hogarth is posted on my blog Internet Alley. I am the author of the only two Initiatives filed that call for a California Constituional Convention: 09-0018 and 09-0019 filed with the California Attorney General.

We are organizing California now and we call for a Constitutional Convention. Mr. Howarth is not accruate in his report of Senator Hancock’s statement made at the EBoard. I know because I was present. Senator Hancock said that “AS STRUCTURED California is ungovernable” and she voiced her strong support for a Constitutional Convention, as well as her total support of her friend Rick Jacobs – founder of the Courage Campaign.

Mr Hogarth calls for a band-aid approach to the serious cancer in our body politic. He is no progressive when he advocates we not organize and advocate for our ownership rights of our State. For all who want to find our more and join us, we are organizing on Facebook as the “California Constitutional Convention” Group, and as the Registered Campaign Committee: The California Action Network. We need $10,000 to print petitions now, and we are organizing all 80 Assembly Districts in California with leadership teams in place already in most every Assembly District.

Many of you may know me as the Internet Community Organizer who called and put together the Obama Brigade’s National Unity Rally (held in over 350 Cities on April 19th 2008) that delivered 500,000 to 750,000 Grassroots Voter to Voter calls into Pennsylvania and delivered the Delegates that delivered the Convention to President Obama. I also put together the Slate for Change that secured 55% of the Elected Delegates to CADEM for Obama People last January 2009. We have 80 core groups in each Assembly District now and will use new on-line tools (Jelly’s and Tumblr) to organize 15,000 to 20,000 signature gatherers over the next 30 days. We are setting up 3 Garage Offices in every one of all 80 Assembly Districts and we are reaching a harmonic with the Students. Labor is next.

We hope you join us! WE CAN ! ! !

Fire it up!

Let’s GO!


  1. says

    Hi Everyone – Opps! Someone made a mistake. My name is Paul Currier, not Charles. WC Fields always said, it does not matter what they say about you in the press. The important thing is did they spell you name correctly. Ok – so I am Paul Currier. My full name is Paul Talcott Currier, and I live in San Francisco. I wrote the two Initiatives (California Initiative 09-0018, my proposed Constitutional Article 36, and California Initiative 09-0019, my proposed Constitutional Article 37). These are our tools now – to use to call a California Constitutional Convention with Elected Delegates. Each Qualified Candidate for Delegate will receive $200,000 in public money for their campaign. We will elect 5 delegates per Assembly District – that means 400 Delegates will be sequestered in Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove from the time of the completion of our election of Convention Delegates, until they present us with a New Proposed State Constitution.

    I specified a full scope Convention, which opens up all 35 existing Articles for re-write. My hope is the delegates model our new Constitution after the US Constitution with 7 Articles to frame our new Government, and 20 to 50 Amendments to add on the key features we need as Constitutional Code: Incorporate our Federal Bill of Rights (we can restrict FISA and the Patriot Act as our States Rights to restore our 4th and 5th Amendment Rights); a New Labor Code to include Free Choice; Single Payer as a State Right set in our Constitution; Political Equality (end Gerrymandering); Majority Rule (Budgets and Revenues come to mind as critical); Personal Liberty (Marriage Rights, end the Prohibition, empty our Prisons of all non violent offenders of Nixon’s failed War on Drugs and restore the rights of all who were damaged in the Prohibition); Water Code – to inshrine desalination of the Pacific Ocean for Residential and Agricultural Use; Public Utilities Code – to open up Community Distribution Grids to compete with the current Monopolies, add Oil Extraction Fees as California is the only State that allows Big Oil to take our resources without any compensation to our State; and there is so much more regarding Health, Human Services, Education, and State Documentation of State Residents. The Big Business Backed Bay Area Council and their front organization – Repair California – does not open up a full scope Convention in their offer, and they may delete Labor Law (the 8 hour day – safe working conditions and more) from their effort. I never considered the Pacific Maritime Association a friend of Labor – as demonstrated with their 2002 Lock Out and Bush’s Taft Hartley Enforcement assault on the ILWU. California Forward has a set of band-aid measures – they want to sell in a “May 19th Package Re-do”. And there are the plethora of “One-Trick-Pony” initiatives, which all address single problems by Initiative. The question the LA Times put forth today is correct! Do we want to continue our “Virtual On-Going Constitutional Convention by Initiative” as we have approached California’s problems since 1978, or do we want to Convene a Constitutional Convention with elected delegates and deal with re-framing our State with a new Government designed for the 21st Century and beyond.

    You are welcome to join us on Facebook now and the link is found on our web domain – We will open that site for signups shortly too. At this time, we have operated with no cash, and we need $10,000 now to print petitions and distribute them to all our 80 Assembly District Leadership Teams. The contribution link works as of now, and we need everyone who cares to pitch in: $5 to $10,000 or more. At this time CHASE does not allow more than $10,000 at a time. We have strong support from the Students. Last Friday, the Political Science Dept. at UC Berkeley set up a Fall Term Internship Program so students can work on our campaign and get course credit. CSU Humbolt and Chico are going to do the same. This is our chance to re-design California. Here is what we are supposed to print on our Petitions:
    Two Constitutional Convention Initiatives Enter Circulation
    Author: Secretary of State Debra Bowen
    Published on Aug 15, 2009 – 9:44:33 AM

    SACRAMENTO August 14, 2009 – Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced that the proponent of two new initiatives may begin collecting petition signatures for his measures.

    The Attorney General prepares the legal title and summary that is required to appear on initiative petitions. When the official language is complete, the Attorney General forwards it to the proponent and to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State then provides calendar deadlines to the proponent and to county elections officials, and the initiative may be circulated for signatures. The Attorney General’s official title and summary for the first measure is as follows:

    CHANGES CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW VOTERS TO CALL A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WITH AN INITIATIVE. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Amends the Constitution to permit voters to call a convention to write a new state Constitution by passing an initiative. Requires that such an initiative (1) prohibit all outside contact with convention delegates and staff during the convention; (2) prohibit the announcement of delegate names until after the convention begins; (3) require approval of only a simple majority of voters to adopt the convention’s proposed new constitution; and (4) identify how new constitutional officers will be elected after voters approve a new constitution. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: No direct fiscal impact, as any effect would depend on whether and how voters used the power to call and accept the recommendations of a constitutional convention in the future. Potentially major fiscal changes in state and local governments could result. (09-0018.)

    The Secretary of State’s tracking number for this measure is 1372 and the Attorney General’s tracking number is 09-0018.

    The Attorney General’s official title and summary for the second measure is as follows:

    CALLS A CONVENTION TO DRAFT NEW STATE CONSTITUTION. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Requires special election to elect 400 convention delegates. Closes convention to public and prohibits all outside contact with delegates. Allows simple majority of convention delegates to propose changes to any part of Constitution. Requires a special election to adopt or reject convention’s proposed new constitution, and requires a special election of new constitutional officers after adoption. Requires use of public money for campaign financing for all convention delegate candidates, convention fees, compensation for delegates and staff, and new statewide voting systems for three elections. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: This measure would have the following major fiscal effects: Direct, one time increase of state and local government spending on the hundreds of millions of dollars related to the constitutional convention. Potentially major fiscal changes in state and local governments if voters approve the convention’s recommendations, including higher or lower taxes or greater or less spending on particular public programs. (09-0019.)

    The Secretary of State’s tracking number for this measure is 1373 and the Attorney General’s tracking number is 09-0019.

    The proponent for these measures, Paul Talcott Currier, must collect signatures of 694,354 registered voters – the number equal to 8% of the total votes cast for governor in the 2006 gubernatorial election – for each measure in order to qualify it for the ballot. The proponent has 150 days to circulate petitions for each of these measures, meaning the signatures must be collected by January 11, 2010.

    The initiative proponent can be reached at (415) 571-1583.

    © Copyright
    I have not seen any document form the Secretary of State yet. That will come on Monday or Tuesday. I need to remove my personal cell phone and set up any office phone for inquiries. I do not look forward to printing 400,000 petitions with my personal cell phone on each. Oh well.

    We are recruiting Field Directors (20 for our Regions and Zones), Field Organizers (85 for our 80 Assembly Districts – as some are huge in physical size), and Interns – 160, one for each Assembly District (one Communications Director and one Data Manager).

    You will see that we are not waiting – rather we are building as we go. Shortly you will see group blogs of all our 80 Teams on our site so everyone can see what we are doing, as we pull in 15,000 to 30,000 Students from the Community Colleges and CSU Systems who want the education we promised them from first grade. They just got the shaft form the Governor and the Legislature. The Students are organizing. Are you?

    See you on the streets – let’s Fire it up ! ! ! Lets GO ! ! !

    We have started the walk of 10,000 miles. Will you join us?

    California Action Network
    .-= Paul Currier´s last blog .. =-.

  2. says

    His name is Paul Currier and he was one of key people who helped elect Obama. His people’s movement to start with a clean slate is the best of all the plans that I’ve read. It’s free from corporate interests and that means we’ll all have to get in and put some time and money into qualifying for it the ballot. Elected delegates are far better than “appointed” ones. Who would do the appointing? The Governor? The Corporate interests? No thanks. Give me Paul Currier’s grass roots any time!

    And thanks for publishing this article about the initiatives. The clock is now ticking. On Facebook California Constitutional Convention. The students have 80 teams already set up.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *