California After Arnold

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Pumping Green Iron: California in the Post-Arnold Schwarzenegger Era
by Mickey Z.
What do you think of the Winter Olympics? Who's gonna win American Idol? Why are 90% of the large fish in the ocean gone? Which question doesn't belong?

California-based organizer, educator, activist-writer, and playwright (and, oh yes, home schooling father and devoted spouse) Richard Oxman knows the answer. He's more than aware that our current system—our very culture—is designed to shove the "big" questions to the fringes. This is why Oxman has conjured up a unique form of dissent (with some impressive worldwide support: Taking Over the State of California (TOSCA).
One Left Coast activist has a very people-focused idea

"A necessary, urgent action," he calls its, "designed to put thirteen non-politicians into the Sacred Seat in Sacramento (the Governor's seat)... with all of those citizens having an equal say... along with the working figureheads who will be our candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor in the 2010 gubernatorial race." Oxman feels California is ideally suited for such an effort and has begun the important work of getting the campaign (so to speak) rolling.
[For complete article reference links, please see source at Planet Green here.]

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What is TOSCA, you wonder? Here's Oxman's brief description:

"The main thrust of TOSCA is to have twelve unaffiliated, non-politician citizens serving as Governor of California (virtually on an equal basis) in lieu of having a single, self-serving careerist at the helm (once again!). You'd have to have a single working figurehead candidate (with a easy to spell name like Mike Davis or Angela Davis, say) who people could vote for (as a write-in candidate), but... it would be clear from the get-go that—once in office—all major decisions would be tackled in tandem with total transparency.
No closed doors, ever. In fact, even negotiations leading up to decisions at a later date would be accessible to the public. Nothing would go on whereby the average citizen couldn't look in and say, "Hey this guy's working against my interests, and that woman has got my priorities close to her heart." People will be able—for the first time in history—to see for themselves who the gangsters are. And stop their momentum... because an essential element to TOSCA is that our Guv would not only help people to self-educate in general, but would delineate suggestions about how to pressure the powers that be, how to go about forcing change from new angles. This all would be done daily."

Environmental Aspects of TOSCA

(in Oxman's words)

Our Governor would speak out vigorously, creatively and repeatedly on many environmental conerns, including the following:

    * One cannot get easy access to meaningful air quality measurements anywhere, let alone in California. Our Guv would revolutionize the whole notion that citizens don't have an absolute right to know what the quality of the air is that they're breathing; we have some of the worst in the nation. And our Guv would provide unprecedented help for people to put unprecedented pressure on polluters, politicians, et al.

    * Military pollution would be addressed

    * There would be an attempt to impose a nuclear research moratorium on University of California campuses. Ditto for the torture of animals in labs.

    * Drastically reduce the use of plastics

    * Address the issue of ocean water pollution, including increasing acidity in ocean.

    * Environmental education would be moved to the center in educational centers from the periphery. As leader of the UC Regents, making many meaningful major statewide appointments, the Guv could do wonders in this realm. Environmental school activity would not be relegated to routine recycling, but would include cutting edge innovations led by students, faculty, staff and workers in solidarity.

Before you dismiss TOSCA as "impractical," consider Richard's words:

"I say that nothing worthwhile in the history of this earth has been practical. I say that such talk is an excuse for staying in one's comfort zone. One can never say what's 'practical' if one is coming from a place that does not permit consideration of new paradigms, vision."

To find out more (whether you live in California or not) and to get involved, contact Richard Oxman today: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "All environmental groups are invited to come on board on a basis that will suit their purposes," he says.  

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