RESOLUTION NO. _______-2009
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORTERVILLE OPPOSING STATE SENATE BILL 54 (LENO)
WHEREAS, Article 1, Section 7.5 of the California Constitution reads “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”.
WHEREAS, these words reserving marriage for a man arid a woman were placed into the Constitution by the people’s affirmative vote on Proposition 8 on November 5 last year.
WHEREAS, 78,578 voters in Tulare County or 75.1% of the electorate voted in favor of Proposition 8.
WHEREAS, the California Constitution, Article II, Section 1 states that “all political power is inherent in the people” and that “they have the right to alter or reform it when the public good may require”.
WHEREAS, the natural institution of marriage is, was, and should always remain a beautiful, special relationship between a husband and a wife.
WHEREAS, marriage between a man and a woman is an important and beneficial role model for children to emulate.
WHEREAS, Proposition 8 reserved marriage licenses to a man and a woman by stating that the only “valid” marriage is “marriage between a man and a woman”.
WHEREAS, Proposition 8 additionally prohibited recognition of out-of-state marriages by stating that man-woman marriages are the only marriages “recognized” by the State of California.
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 54, authored and coauthored by eight Democrats in the California Senate and Assembly, would undermine Proposition 8, the people’s vote, and the marriage institution itself by awarding marriage licenses and marriage rights to out-of-state relationships that are not “a man and a woman”.
WHEREAS, SB 54 stipulates that a “marriage” between two persons of the same sex contracted outside this state is valid in California if the marriage was contracted prior to the passage of Proposition 8.
WHEREAS, SB 54 blatantly violates Article 1, Section 7.5 of the California Constitution, which states that the “only” type of marriage “recognized” from outside California is “marriage” between a man and a woman”.
WHEREAS, the Constitution refers to marriages past, present, and future when it absolutely and unequivocally states that, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”.
WHEREAS. the Proposition 8 proponents further stated in their ballot arguments that “Your YES vote on Proposition 8 means that only marriage between a man and a woman will be valid or recognized in California, regardless of when or where performed”.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE if RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Porterville, in respect of the voters, the California Constitution, and for the sake of the best interests of children, the City of Porterville opposes SB 54 as a blatant violation of our state constitution and the people’s vote to reserve marriage licenses for a man and a woman in the State of California.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 4th day of August, 2009.
John Lollis, City Clerk
By: Patrice Hildreth, Chief Deputy City Clerk
Presidential Candidate, filmmaker and conceptual artist Vermin Supreme is coming to Porterville to screen his film VOTE JESUS, sing songs, and more.
Please RSVP ASAP so that I can have the right sized venue. this should be ~ 4 hours of entertainment and education, and a chance to meet the first Presidential candidate to ever come to Porterville.
This is a potluck event on January 25, 2014. Bring your best creation to serve up to five people please.
More info is available at this facebook event
About Vote Jesus
Vermin Supreme, the notorious political satirist, conceals his identity by posing as a political candidate, Ken Stevenson, and sneaks his way past the moral iron curtain into the steamy viscera of American Fundamentalism.
Join Vermin Supreme as he attempts to come to terms with the new face of American culture…
FROM VERMiN SUPREME:
This, my fine feathered friends, is the movie project of the millennium. It is Vermin Supreme’s most sublime prank of the decade. It is, Vermin Supreme through the right wing looking glass.
Four years in the making, the documentary, “Vote Jesus”, chronicles the presidential and spiritual voyage of my altered ego, Ken Stevenson, as he travels through the parochial backwaters of mainstream religious extremism, in modern America, today.
The movie features extensive , exclusive footage of Ken Stevenson, candidate and host , interviewing and interacting with such deeply committed people as young earth creationists, anti-evolutionist activists, atheists against creationists , Jerry Fallwell as himself, Navy SEALS for Christ, faith based and faith biased political action committees, Bible Man and Bible Girl, and atheists against faith based political action committees.
Many others are presented, for your consideration and edification, including the ever eye-opening antics of the Westborough Baptist Church’s, God Hates America crusade. The film also highlights The Battle Cry Ministry for Teen Abstinence, Billy Graham’s Final Crusade, the Creation Museum Grand Opening, the Mega Creation Conference, and the Values Voter Summit in Washington DC.
I believe we have achieved our goal of making a film that is educational, informational, and entertaining. So regardless of your political or religious orientation, please, pull up a chair, take your shoes off, (for the security screening.) and enjoy.
Important disclaimer : Vermin Supreme reserves the right to deny everything.”
Welcome to the launch of Porterville Equality and Fairness for All’s (“PEFA”) web site.
We represent the LGBT and allied community in Porterville California, where elected officials, goaded by influential segments of the local population, have been acting on homophobic impulses since at least 2008.
For example, Porterville’s City Council was the only one in the entire State to take a position in favor of the now-discredited Prop 8 (the measure that removed existing same sex marriage rights). More recently, in 2013, the same Council became the first in the nation to rescind and replace an LGBT Pride Month Proclamation.
The stories of these incidents and more are found in this web site, please browse around. Be sure to stop in to our Anti-LGBT Hall of Shame that documents the worst of the worst that has happened here.
There is a second section of this web site, where we affirm the positive attributes of our community and reach out for your help in helping hungry kids keep the best chance at education, reading materials and internet access that they have. PEFA has partnered with the Porterville Library with an innovative addition to their annual “Food For Fines” program that we call “Keep Kids Reading and Eating!“. With your generous help between now and December 21, 2013, we can do amazing things, triply leveraging every dollar donated and improve the standing of the LGBT community in Porterville.
Our motto is “Success Leads Where Open Minds Follow“, and so we also encourage you to like our facebook page for access to our up-to-date notices as we add to this site. Please share your favorite pages from this web site on your favorite social media using the icons provided with your friends both inside and outside the LGBT community nationwide and worldwide.
– Porterville Equality and Fairness for All
Water, Jobs, and Leadership are the key elements of her campaign for Tulare County Board of Supervisors, Porterville Councilwoman Virginia Gurrola told a crowd at a fundraising event last night (March 21) in Porterville.
Gurrola roused the crowd of all ages while explaining the main pillars of her campaign. She called for more water storage to save jobs in this area. Without water, she explained, farmers can’t grow. And without farmers, there will be no jobs for anyone.
Current 5th District Supervisor Mike Ennis does not effectively represent Porterville she explained. Previous Supervisor Jim Maples was always willing to collaborate with Gurrola during her earlier terms on Council. But Ennis has rebuffed the former Mayor whenever she tried to discuss issues that affect both City and County. She drew cheers from the crowd of approximately 50 people, saying she knew it was time for a change at that time.
Gurrola ended by saying she is looking forward to the rest of the campaign and to seeing everyone at the Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum on April 14 at Porterville City Hall. The event will also be carried live on KTIP Radio.
Campaign signs are available, both in large roadside size, and lawn sign size. “Gurrola for Supervisor” buttons and stickers are also available. There is no charge, but donations to the campaign are requested and appreciated.
For up-to-date news about the goings on, be sure to like Gurrola for Supervisor on Facebook.
Photo Credit: Brock Neeley
Cam Hamilton Proud of Vote, Porterville Economic Development » PEFA.html
Bizarre Behavior From Cameron Hamilton » PEFA.html
Bizarre behavior this afternoon (March 3, 2014) from Mayor Cam Hamilton. Unwilling and/or unable to defend his record or answer even the most basic questions about economic development in Porterville.
Update 1: Welcome Redditors!
Update 2: This conversation continued beyond this screen capture when ex-Mayor Ron Irish also jumped in. See the full conversation here.
Cameron Hamilton and Ron Irish discuss their thinking on economic development issues.
This is the full conversation with Porterville California Mayor Cameron Hamilton and recent ex-Mayor Ron Irish. They discuss their thinking on economic development issues. Issues that result from years of homophobic policies from City Council.
Cameron Hamilton responds with a childish online version of sticking his fingers in his ears and screaming “I can’t hear you”.
Ron Irish suggests that the be-all and end-all that Porterville needs to kickstart its economy is the long-delayed Super Walmart. Only the typical environmental lawsuits are all that stands in the way of his economic vision for Porterville. But when asked, he can’t give an example of a single one of the ~3500 cities with Super Walmarts already that have enjoyed the kind of economic revival he envisions for our city.
The fist half of this was linked earlier and picked up on Reddit.
If you already read that, then scroll down here to the red oval. That is where Ron Irish jumped in just after the prior screen capture was done. Otherwise, start at the top and try not to laugh and cry at the same time.
Both Cameron Hamilton and Ron Irish are winners (losers?) on our Porterville Council anti-LGBT Wall of Shame.