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Political Tea Party, Ventura, California

Updated on January 28, 2015

Tea Party Enjoyed By Many Citizens in Ventura

On April 15, 2009 (see 2010 update below), the citizens of Ventura, California held their tax protest tea party at the rotunda area of the Ventura County Government Center. The party was a success. All along the sidewalk in front of the Government Center people lined up with their signs, American flags to show their support for less government spending. Some were dressed in period costumes; one in a pig outfit to represent pork. Cars honked in support of the citizens who waved their signs and flags.

At the rotunda, several community speakers were scheduled to speak. The list included: U.S. Representative Elton Gallegly, Mike Morgan, Councilman Neal Andrews, Jim O'Brien, Coach Ron Tunick (radio station host) and tea party coordinator, Carla Bonney. This was a very peaceful, but concerned, group of Americans. This protest was not represented by any one political party. All parties and classes of individuals were there to let our leaders that enough is enough! Individuals came out to demonstrate their concern for the state of the economy and for their country as a whole. They came to protest the excessive spending that will rob their children and their grandchildren of their future.

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Once again, this year's Tea Party was coordinated by Carla Bonney, of Ventura. Carla has been extremely dedicated in her cause to inform and inspire citizens to step up to the plate, get involved and fight for what they feel is right; a government of the people, by the people and for the people. She has shown us that good people can unite and have their voice heard, that we can make a difference, we can be an influence for good. Thank you Carla and God bless you!

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Tea Party Folks are about Freedom

We are Americans, we are a special breed of people. We are about freedom. We are a republic. We are America!

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Ventura Updates

Coverage from Our "ventura Star" Newspaper

Tamma DeHart dressed head to toe in a homemade pink pig suit complete with a pig snout and plastic sewn-on teats Wednesday to show her displeasure with government spending.

"It's out of control," said the Camarillo woman, who shimmied her hips in a gold-coin miniskirt and waved a sign reading "Spare the Pork."

Hundreds of protesters, some dressed like Revolutionary War soldiers and most waving American flags or signs with anti-government slogans, gathered on tax-deadline day Wednesday for an antitax demonstration outside the County Government Center in Ventura.

Organizers estimated the crowd at more than 1,500. Other TEA - or Taxed Enough Already - events were held in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. They were among more than 2,000 nationwide modeled after the original Boston Tea Party.

One Average Man's Answer to the Housing Crisis!


By Bruce C. Davison

> January 24, 2009


> The financial "solutions" put forth by the United

> States Congress immediately prior to the United States

> Presidential election left a large portion of the electorate

> in a state of both astonishment and shock. They were

> astonished by the magnitude of the "crisis" that

> suddenly appeared on the national news. President Bush

> immediately pushed the "crisis" as a catastrophe

> of immense proportions. It was so bad, it required the

> "rush to judgment" mind set not seen since President

> Roosevelt pressed Congress for a "Declaration of War" on

> December 8, 1941.


> Bush didn't get the results he wanted right away.

> Within a couple of the weeks he did get the biggest

> "bailout" the Congress could cobble together.

> Unfortunately the plan called for massive unbridled spending

> and virtually no plan for how or when the money would be

> returned to the people (i.e. reduce the National Debt).

> Bush's Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, saw his

> chance to reward his friends in the Banking Community with

> an initial gift of $350 Billion of the taxpayers' money!

> (But wait there's more, there's another $350 Billion as

> soon as we can pry it loose from the Congress!).

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TEA PARTIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY - APRIL 15, 2009 - We the people are fed-up!

Love to hear from you. What did you think about the political tea parties? Did you attend one and if so what is your response?

Ventura Tea Party Gallery - April 15, 2010 - Photo Credit: Johnny Barraza

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    • Jack2205 profile image


      8 years ago

      I don't have any tea parties close to me, but it's good that people are participating in them when they can.

    • BarbRad profile image

      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Glad my former community was actively participating in these. I lived in Newbury Park before we moved here. I'm hoping a lot of my former neighbors were involved in the Ventura County tea parties.

    • puzzlerpaige profile image


      9 years ago

      So happy to see this lens. We attended our local Tea Party April 15 in St. Augustine, Fl and just attended again July 5th. We had a great turn out although the local newspaper called it a Fair Tax Rally (gee, could they get it right once?). I was all choked up seeing all the caring American People voicing their concerns. I could go on and on and on....etc.

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I'm glad to see this lens. I didn't attend a tea party - because I live in the boonies and there wasn't one near me. I'm glad so many citizens responded to this idea.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      9 years ago

      Great reporting, Sandy. Let's hope our politicians listen for a change.


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