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Conservative Rally Extends To Riverside County

At a rally in Murrieta today, conservative activists and political candidates will rail against illegal immigration, gay marriage and other hot button issues, while voicing their support for local government reform initiatives.

The “We the People Freedom Rally” is being held in coordination with the 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington organized by FreedomWorks, Tea Party Patriots and other conservative “free market” groups from around the country.

The Murrieta rally is being organized by the “Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar and surrounding Cities Tea Party,” according to the event’s website.

It will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the California Oaks Sports Park.

Topics listed on the website include, “Obamacare, immigration, Islam rising, Constitution and eminent domain.”

“This will be a learning experience,” said rally organizer Diana Serafin, who is active in the Tea Party movement and efforts to stop construction of an Islamic center in Temecula.

“We want to get people motivated, get them involved,” she said. “We desperately need to take back Washington and California.”

About a dozen people are expected to speak at the event.

Raymond Herrera, founder of the Claremont-based We the People, an anti- illegal immigration group, will discuss how illegal immigrants are harming California and the nation, according to Serafin. Los Angeles homeless advocate and anti-illegal immigration activist Ted Hayes will touch on the same subject.

Bob Tyler, an attorney for Advocates for Faith & Freedom, will discuss how to keep same-sex marriage banned in California.

Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that outlaws gay marriage in the state, was recently invalidated by a federal judge, but the ban will stay in place at least until a federal appeals court rules on the case.

Former Israeli Defense Forces Gen. Shimon Erem is slated to speak on the importance of strong U.S.-Israeli relations.

Serafin said there were plans for activists to voice their objections to a 25,000-square-foot “mega” Islamic center in Temecula, but the idea was dropped because the venue didn’t seem appropriate.

Information booths will offer information on voter registration and three Murrieta initiatives on the Nov. 2 general election ballot, she said.

Initiative A would limit Murrieta City Council members to two four-year terms; Initiative B would limit their salaries to 15 percent of the median household income of the city, about $80,000; and Initiative C would cap the pay of the city manager at 2.5 times the city’s median household income.

Republican Assemblymen Joel Anderson of El Cajon and Chuck Devore of Irvine, and five city council candidates from Menifee and Murrieta are scheduled to be at the rally.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman will have a booth, Serafin said.

A march from the park to nearby Interstate 15 is planned to close out the event.

KESQ News Team

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