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Latino Democratic Club faces red tape in Galt

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Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 12:00 am

Sacramento County's Latino Democratic Club has been frustrated about not being allowed to set up a voter registration table at Galt's flea market for the past two weeks.

As it turns out, the Latino Club needs to provide a form from the Internal Revenue Service to prove that the club is an official nonprofit organization, Galt City Manager Jason Behrmann said.

Instead of providing a letter from the IRS, Latino Democratic Club representatives provided the city copies of the club's income tax returns, City Clerk Liz Aguire said.

"We didn't think that was being too difficult or demanding," Behrmann said. "There was no intent to try to exclude that group from the market."

Nonprofit organizations get a $10 discount ($20 instead of $30) to rent a booth at the open-air market on Wednesdays, Behrmann said. There is no discount for the Tuesday market. Groups can also walk around with a clip board and register voters free of charge without renting a table, he said.

"We appreciate the need for due process, but we went above and beyond what is required by the law," Latino Democratic Club President Silvia Landers said in a news release. "I feel like we were unfairly targeted by Galt. Our volunteers want to help people get involved and engaged in the civic process, and one of the most important ways is by registering to vote."

Landers said that her club, which was established about 3 years ago, not only registers voters, but members educate the public about the democratic governmental process.

"I don't know why they never called anybody but this low-level market employee," Behrmann said. "I just learned about it (Monday) afternoon."

Landers said she called and e-mailed Galt Market manager Armando Solis, but never got a response. Solis declined to comment on the situation, deferring comment to Behrmann.

Landers also contacted the city clerk's office, but Behrmann said she should have contacted him or Parks and Recreation Director Boyce Jeffries, who oversees market operations.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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7 comments:

  • posted at 1:28 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on Apr 6, 2010 7:54 AM:" Where's Barbara Payne when you need her? Shows how Galt and Lodi keep trying to protect their own Anglo domains to hinder minority groups from advancing in their good old boy society. Still living in the 50's makes them feel superior, I guess. "What a racist comment! you are a hypocrite lol

     
  • posted at 4:23 pm on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    Curveball, are you white?

     
  • posted at 2:02 pm on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    pressure$$,,,,are you miserable all the time?

     
  • posted at 4:36 am on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    Instead of providing a letter from the IRS, Latino Democratic Club representatives provided the city copies of the club's income tax returns, City Clerk Liz Aguire said."We appreciate the need for due process, but we went above and beyond what is required by the law," Latino Democratic Club President Silvia Landers said in a news release. -----Tax returns are not letters from the IRS. So, it's still not "above and beyond" what was required.This article can shed more light to the issue if the official requirements to get a table was listed here.

     
  • posted at 4:02 am on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    What a biased headline...Every non-profit knows they need to keep their tax letter handy. Most organizations make three or four copies- file the original away and give one to the treasurer, the secretary and the president. There is no red tape- there is a group that wants a discount but doesn't have their tax letter- why? Where is it? They want to gather signatures and personal information from people but they aren't organized enough to keep their own paperwork in order- that isn't Galt's fault...

     
  • posted at 3:10 am on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    What would happen if we tried to set up a White democratic club? Why cant we just be Americans? And by good ol boys..you mean White people? discrimination goes both ways!!!!!!

     
  • posted at 2:54 am on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    Where's Barbara Payne when you need her? Shows how Galt and Lodi keep trying to protect their own Anglo domains to hinder minority groups from advancing in their good old boy society. Still living in the 50's makes them feel superior, I guess.

     

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