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State Assemblyman Richard Gordon

Letters to the Assemblyman:

On July 14, 2011 this letter was sent to Richard Gordon.  If he replys, his reply will be listed below
July 14, 2011  Senator Leland Yee State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94248-0001  Dear  Senator Yee:  Assemblyman Richard S. Gordon State Capitol Room 5175 Sacramento, CA 94249-0021  Dear Assemblyman Gordon:  Senator Joseph S. Simitian State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94248-0001  Dear Senator Simitian:  Assemblyman Jerry Hill State Capitol Room 3160 Sacramento, CA 94249-0019  Dear Assemblyman Hill:  In 1981 my wife and I purchased a 3 acre parcel of land in unincorporated San Mateo County near La Honda. We built our house there and have lived in this heavily wooded area ever since.  Because of the location of our home we have found that electrical power outages are not only more frequent than in the “flat land” but also last longer. For this reason, we have always felt like an auxiliary generator was a necessity. Recently we found that our 14 year old generator was not working (during a 7  hour power outage). We decided to upgrade from the 5,000 watt generator to a 10,000 watt unit.  I found a 10,000 watt generator in a Northern Tool catalog that was listed for $1,000 and included a $300 transfer switch free with this purchase. I called Northern Tool and asked several questions. I received good answers until I asked for a freight quote. The sale clerk asked for my zip code and when I responded with “94062” he said, “Oh, that’s in California isn’t it?” I said “Yes” and he responded “Well, we can’t sell that generator to you. It’s not CARB approved.”  At that time, I had no idea what CARB was but when I asked what generator he could sell me in California, he directed me on-line to a 10,000 watt generator for $1,300 without the free $300 transfer switch. I said, “Let me make sure I’ve got this straight. Because I live in California, it’s going to cost me $600 more than it would cost someone in any other state to buy this generator and transfer switch. He said, “Yeah, and the irony is that this is all built in California”.  Having no other options, I bought the generator but became very curious as to what kind of an organization CARB was. The more I read the more convinced I became that California would be much better off without CARB. I’m sure CARB must have done something right, but I can’t find it documented anywhere, can you? In the meantime, all the CARB documentation I find is grotesquely bad. To name just a few:  MTBE – 20 billion dollar clean-up of ground water contaminated by CARB mandated gasoline additive.  Hien Tran – bought his PhD from UC Davis – and still works for CARB!  CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols – knew about Hein Tran’s false credentials before the December 2008 vote on diesel emissions, but did not tell the other Board members!  If any of the above reasons for termination of CARB are incorrect, I would welcome a response from you. If they are correct I trust that you will, in your capacity as a California assemblyman, support the effort to get rid of CARB.  Thanks,

July 14, 2011  Senator Leland Yee State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94248-0001  Dear  Senator Yee:  Assemblyman Richard S. Gordon State Capitol Room 5175 Sacramento, CA 94249-0021  Dear Assemblyman Gordon:  Senator Joseph S. Simitian State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94248-0001  Dear Senator Simitian:  Assemblyman Jerry Hill State Capitol Room 3160 Sacramento, CA 94249-0019  Dear Assemblyman Hill:  In 1981 my wife and I purchased a 3 acre parcel of land in unincorporated San Mateo County near La Honda. We built our house there and have lived in this heavily wooded area ever since.  Because of the location of our home we have found that electrical power outages are not only more frequent than in the “flat land” but also last longer. For this reason, we have always felt like an auxiliary generator was a necessity. Recently we found that our 14 year old generator was not working (during a 7  hour power outage). We decided to upgrade from the 5,000 watt generator to a 10,000 watt unit.  I found a 10,000 watt generator in a Northern Tool catalog that was listed for $1,000 and included a $300 transfer switch free with this purchase. I called Northern Tool and asked several questions. I received good answers until I asked for a freight quote. The sale clerk asked for my zip code and when I responded with “94062” he said, “Oh, that’s in California isn’t it?” I said “Yes” and he responded “Well, we can’t sell that generator to you. It’s not CARB approved.”  At that time, I had no idea what CARB was but when I asked what generator he could sell me in California, he directed me on-line to a 10,000 watt generator for $1,300 without the free $300 transfer switch. I said, “Let me make sure I’ve got this straight. Because I live in California, it’s going to cost me $600 more than it would cost someone in any other state to buy this generator and transfer switch. He said, “Yeah, and the irony is that this is all built in California”.  Having no other options, I bought the generator but became very curious as to what kind of an organization CARB was. The more I read the more convinced I became that California would be much better off without CARB. I’m sure CARB must have done something right, but I can’t find it documented anywhere, can you? In the meantime, all the CARB documentation I find is grotesquely bad. To name just a few:  MTBE – 20 billion dollar clean-up of ground water contaminated by CARB mandated gasoline additive.  Hien Tran – bought his PhD from UC Davis – and still works for CARB!  CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols – knew about Hein Tran’s false credentials before the December 2008 vote on diesel emissions, but did not tell the other Board members!  If any of the above reasons for termination of CARB are incorrect, I would welcome a response from you. If they are correct I trust that you will, in your capacity as a California assemblyman, support the effort to get rid of CARB.  Thanks,