2012-02-09 / Letters

Speaker believes tax bills will lose

Last month I enjoyed a memorable experience—witnessing my son speak to the Thousand Oaks Tea Party at BJ’s restaurant in Westlake Village.

It was quite a treat.

Although Eric Eisenhammer has been the featured speaker at about 100 political functions, this was the first time he had addressed his hometown group. Eric, 29, the director of grassroots operations for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, graduated from Agoura High School in 2000 and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cal State Northridge.

Now a resident of Roseville, Calif., Eric spoke to about 70 members of the tea party group about fighting tax increases, the economic and fiscal climate of California and upcoming tax initiatives.

Eric was most passionate about the tax increases. He said a raft of bills to increase taxes was on the docket. But he expressed optimism the bills would be defeated.

Eric is the founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to affordable energy, economic freedom and a return to prosperity. He has been with Howard Jarvis, a Californiabased political organization, for four years.

Eric told the group: “We’re going to defeat all the tax increases. The right solution is a spending cap. And that’s what Howard Jarvis is proposing. . . . We’re going to make it into the ballot. We feel we have a great chance of passing it with all the supermen and superwomen in this room.”

Eric first came to Sacramento to serve as a fellow for state Sen. Bob Dutton ( R- Rancho Cucamonga) after interning for then-senator Tom McClintock in Thousand Oaks. Eric is currently pursuing a master’s in public policy and administration at Cal State University Sacramento. He recently was interviewed on the Jim Lehrer PBS NewsHour about his energy views.

I couldn’t have been prouder to watch Eric interact with the tea party members, including taking about 30 minutes to answer all kinds of political questions dealing with the local and national arena.

His mom, Arlene, who died suddenly in May 2010, would have been equally proud.

Fred Eisenhammer
Agoura Hills

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