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  • Airbnb user turns squatter: Woman facing legal battle to get vacationer out of her Palm Springs home

    07/22/2014 6:49:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 21, 2014 | Staff
    A California Airbnb host says a guest is squatting in her 600-square-foot Palm Springs condo and is now threatening to sue her. Cory Tschogl, 39, described the situation as a 'horror story' and says she begged Airbnb for help through scores of emails and phone calls but the accommodation marketplace failed to get the renter out. He now has renters' protection under California law because he's been there longer than 30 days and it'll take three to six months, a lawyer and thousands of dollars to evict him.
  • THEY’RE ALLOWED TO SHOOT CHILDREN ON THE STREET

    07/22/2014 12:37:34 AM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies
    Andy, walking down a street in Santa Rosa. (the patrol car chirped, an officer came out shouting then shooting). Erick Gelhaus— fired 8 large hollow point slugs at 13-year-old Andy Lopez. One missed. DA Ravitch, released her exoneration explaining in appalling detail Andy's (how to buy a child drugg smear)... Jill's picked “drug & drink " expert review concerning (Eric)the shooter and his partner's BDA content have been omitted from Dr. Jones. The DA (office) paid Jones to review the (after action) lab results and (to) compare them to what was "known" about Eric and Andy's drug and alcohol use....
  • Gay domestic violence: the hatred that dare not speak its name

    07/21/2014 9:50:21 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 12 replies
    On Line Opinion ^ | 22 July, 2014 | B. Terpstra
    To be clear, in America's polite upper-middleclass circles, gay domestic violence is the hatred that dare not speak its name. Ditto "progressive" Australia. For the media class, at least, would prefer to talk about white picket fences, rainbow flags and same-sex wedding cakes. The message: Think pretty things. Still, even MSNBC can't wish away ugliness. As one underreported UCLA study found: Although reported incidences of intimate partner violence, or IPV, are widespread, especially among women and certain ethnic groups, reported IPV was surprisingly high among lesbians, gays and bisexuals in California, who are almost twice as likely to experience violence...
  • Jerry Brown signs gun control bill

    07/21/2014 9:20:03 PM PDT · by blueplum · 29 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 18, 2014 1:20pm PST | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a gun control measure eliminating an exemption for certain semiautomatic pistols from California’s unsafe handgun law, Brown’s office announced Friday. Assembly Bill 1964, by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is designed to limit the exemption for single-shot pistols from the state’s unsafe handgun roster, excluding semiautomatic pistols altered to not fire in semiautomatic mode. :snip: The measure was one of 15 bills Brown announced signing Friday. In another gun measure, Brown signed legislation requiring local courts to notify the Department of Justice more quickly when actions are taken that would result in a person being prohibited...
  • White House Reports Drop in Minors Crossing Border

    07/21/2014 8:05:53 PM PDT · by bd476 · 37 replies
    AP and ABC News ^ | July 21, 2014
    White House Reports Drop in Minors Crossing Border Associated Press and ABC News WASHINGTON — Jul 21, 2014, 9:02 PM ET The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's down from an average of 355 per day in June ...
  • Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia (Is it Re-Reset Button time already?)

    07/21/2014 8:06:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/21/14 | Ken Thomas - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine. Clinton said in a Facebook chat from the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, that tougher sanctions would make clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin "that there is a price to pay for this kind of behavior." The former secretary of state said she agreed with Obama's comments earlier Monday urging "immediate and full access"...
  • Are The Obamas Buying A Home In Rancho Mirage? [No, Not in Compton!]

    07/21/2014 6:45:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    LATimes ^ | July 21, 2014
    July 21, 2014 Are The Obamas Buying A Home In Rancho Mirage? President Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out. The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community where entertainers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby once maintained estates. The White House said rumors regarding a home in Rancho Mirage are not true. But area real estate agents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Obamas are the buyers of the Rancho...
  • New California law limits schools' full-contact football practice

    07/21/2014 4:58:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Jones
    Sacramento -- Schools in California that have football programs will be forced to limit the number of days and hours young athletes can practice tackling and other full-contact collisions as a way to prevent head injuries, according to a bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, restricts full-contact practices to two 90-minute sessions per week during the regular and pre- season, and prohibits tackling during the off-season. "Football is a great sport, but parents want to know if their kids are going to be safe," said Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova),...
  • Overpass protest spotlights immigration issues (Santa Rosa, CA)

    07/21/2014 3:02:20 PM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 9 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | July 19, 2014 | Jeremy Hay
    Dozens of North Bay residents Saturday joined protesters nationwide who took to highway overpasses to call for changes to immigration policy, spurred by a mass migration, including of 57,000 children, from Central America nations torn by violence. As a steady sound of horns sounded from the highway beneath the overpass just south of Highway 12, George Moretto said of the children streaming to the southern U.S. border: “Of course they need help, but their own countries should help them. They should figure out other means than America; it’s not the only place to go.” A glazier from Santa Rosa, Moretto,...
  • Transcript: Retired Border Patrol Officer Zach Taylor explains surge of illegals on U.S. border

    07/21/2014 12:53:04 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 64 replies
    YouTube ^ | 07/19/2014
    This is a chilling interview with Retired Border Patrol Officer Zach Taylor about the surge of illegals coming across the U.S. border right now. If you haven't watched the interview, read this transcript: My name is Zach Taylor. I'm a retired Border Patrol officer. My main job was understanding and having intelligence capabilities about drug smuggling across the U.S. border and human smuggling across the U.S. border to bring contraband and people into the United States. That's what I did for twenty-six years. National security is a component of the immigration laws and the reason that immigration officers exist. Because...
  • Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

    07/20/2014 5:40:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 20, 2014
    SAN FRANCISCO — Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said. For years, dams have been one of California's main sources of clean energy, generating power without spewing greenhouse gases into the air. "If there's less hydro, the power has to come from somewhere," said Victor Niemeyer of the Electric Power Research Institute. "You have to burn more gas, and that costs more money." A power plant operator that uses more natural gas, raising its emissions, must make up by buying "allowances" under the...
  • White House reportedly dismissed border crisis as 'local problem' in 2013

    07/20/2014 4:04:02 PM PDT · by bd476 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2014
    White House reportedly dismissed border crisis as 'local problem' in 2013 Published July 20, 2014 FoxNews.com The Obama administration ignored a report to the Department of Homeland Security last year which predicted that a large number of unaccompanied children would arrive at America's southern border in the coming months, according to a published report.  The Washington Post reported Saturday that a team of experts from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) submitted the 41-page report in August of 2013 after discovering a makeshift transportation depot manned by Border Patrol agents at the Fort Brown station in Brownsville, Texas....
  • [26yr Border Patrol Veteran] Zack Interview-Security on the border between USA and Mexico

    07/20/2014 1:00:13 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 14 replies
    Here are a couple of links to talks with Zack Taylor, the Chairman National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers and former Arizona Border Patrol Officer. The second video has some graphic content, but is still very much worth seeing. He brings up a very good point that the border agents are being pulled off the border to deal with these "kids." It isn't necessarily these people that are the problem, but the ones who now have unrestricted access coming through other areas and are not being caught. Zack Interview-Security on the border between USA and MexicoTREASON! Ret Border Patrol...
  • Technology’s Rainbow Connection: Silicon Valley’s Embrace of the Gay and Lesbian Community

    07/20/2014 12:26:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 20, 2014 | MATT HABER
    Technology’s Rainbow Connection Silicon Valley’s Embrace of the Gay and Lesbian Community By MATT HABER JULY 18, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO — If it weren’t for the one naked guy, the furries with their articulated ears and the small gaggle of leather-clad members of the Society of Janus, this city’s 44th annual Pride parade in June could have been easily be mistaken for a technology conference. Every big company in the city and Silicon Valley — Netflix, Facebook, Google, Apple — each offering its own take on gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual pride, lined up along Spear Street before joining the...
  • The Triumph of Dubious Death Penalty Appeals

    07/20/2014 6:06:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    A -- all bow -- federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional because the state's "dysfunctional administration" has meted out the punishment to more than 900 murderers but imposed it on "only 13" since 1978. That's too arbitrary, wrote U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney of Santa Ana. Besides, "the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after (killer Ernest Dewayne Jones) was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment." And: A "death sentence carefully and deliberately imposed by the jury has been quietly transformed into one no rational jury or legislature...
  • Protest against Obama's illegal alien invasion, Sacramento, July 19, 2014

    07/19/2014 7:06:31 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 49 replies
    July 19, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    We had about a hundred people present at our anti-illegal alien protest in Sacramento today. We had people representing Oath Keepers, Overpasses for America, Free Republic and other groups, including a contingent of volunteers from the Bolinas Border Patrol. There was only one counter protester that I'm aware of and in the end she gave in and took up an American flag and a "Secure the Borders" sign. I overheard her say, "OMG, I've always been a flaming liberal and now I'm a member of the tea party!" But she was also an admitted lunatic and possibly an escapee from...
  • San Diegans Partake in Immigration Protests

    07/19/2014 6:20:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    NBC-7 San Diego ^ | July 19, 2014 | By Monica Garske
    San Diegans gathered Saturday morning to take part in a nationwide protest against immigration reform amid the border crisis. With American flags and opposition signs in hand, dozens of protestors united along the Interstate 8 overpass in La Mesa near Severin Drive to voice their opinions on illegal immigration. “We think our border needs to be better protected,” said Ocean Beach resident Lucy Ingalls. “Crime is coming in, we have disease coming in, we have mothers sending their kids off by themselves to get sick and die on their own and I think that’s a huge crime. I think we...
  • Whooping Cough Cases Nearing 900

    07/19/2014 5:03:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 | Andie Adams
    If the rate stays on track, 2014 could break 2010's record high of 1,179 casesSan Diego County has seen more than double the number of pertussis cases this year compared to last, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). Nine new instances of whooping cough, which may have left others exposed, brings the county’s total to 895. Just 120 cases were reported by this time last year, and for the whole of 2013, 431 cases were confirmed. “The county and state are experiencing an epidemic of pertussis,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., a county public...
  • Throwing American Foster Kids Under the Obama Bus

    07/19/2014 5:51:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/19/2014 | Scott Mayer
    Breitbart recently reported that the federal government is offering (through a Southern California charity) up to $6,000.00 per month (tax free) to house illegal immigrant children.  This should come as no surprise to those who recognize that the rainbow hovering over President Obama’s Utopia contains nothing but a full spectrum of stupidity and a pot of gold at the end in D.C.  Given this latest revelation in Obama’s growing immigration crisis, any adoption agencies currently struggling with the daunting task of placing American foster kids into good homes may wish to take heed of these developments. Benswann.com offers some additional...
  • Immigration Reform Opponents Gather at AZ Capitol

    07/18/2014 11:08:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    KPHO ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Steve Stout
    The Arizona Capitol is expected to be filled with protesters Friday morning as part of a national day of protest against immigration reform, amnesty and border surge. As the immigration debate continues to escalate, protesters from Oracle and other parts of Arizona made their way Capitol to protest the arrival of immigrant children from across the border with Mexico. The protesters started gathering about 6 a.m. Friday and also were directing people to a website called Remember1986.com, bringing up past immigration reform in our country's history. A second day of protest was scheduled for the same time Saturday.
  • Stockton Bank Robbers Had "Total Disregard for Human Life": Police Chief

    07/18/2014 11:03:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The suspects in Wednesday's deadly bank heist, police chase and gunfight in Stockton, California, were known gang affiliates with deep criminal pasts and no qualms with taking human life amid their "reckless and chaotic" crimes, police said Thursday. Stockton police detailed the bloody hour-long melee that followed the armed bank robbery — an attack that left dead two suspected robbers and a mother of two whom they took hostage and used as a human shield. The violence left police cars riddled with bullet holes and an entire community reeling. “In my over two decades of law enforcement, I've never seen...
  • Hundreds of Sites Set to Protest Child Migrants, Immigration Reform

    07/18/2014 10:33:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    COLORLINES ^ | Friday, July 18 2014 | Julianne Hing
    Hundreds of U.S. sites are set for anti-immigration demonstrations today and tomorrow, Saturday, July 19. The coordinated protests are being billed as: “The National Day of Protest Against Immigration Reform, Amnesty and Border Surge,” and if you live in a U.S. city, there’s a chance one is happening near you. The protests are organized in partnership with ALIPAC, an anti-immigration organization, and tea party groups. More than 45 are planned to take place across California alone. The Murrieta Border Patrol station, which organizers describe as, the facility “where Americans turned back buses of illegals,” will host protestors as well. As...
  • GOP Leader Rand Paul Visits Silicon Valley

    07/18/2014 10:24:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Senator Rand Paul is in Silicon Valley, and the Republican lawmaker and Tea Party hero has reportedly met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, according to reports. What does the GOP leader want? "Cash and geeks," according to TIME.com. Paul is hoping to fundraise among libertarian techies, whose political leanings are toward independence from government interference, meaning the red-blooded lawmaker has a shot in deep-blue California, observers say. He wants more of the $2.7 million Thiel donated to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential run, the website reported, and along with the cash, he's hoping for some tech...
  • USGS Widens Seismic Risk Zone in California

    07/18/2014 10:21:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    The earthquake-risk zone in California just got bigger.New faults have been discovered in California, where the earthquake hazard zone has grown. In most places, anyway. San Jose and Vallejo are at higher risk of earthquakes, while Oakland is at a slightly lower -- but still high -- risk of a temblor, according to the US Geological Survey. California and the greater West Coast are at the greatest risk of earthquakes of any region in the United States, the USGS found, but other areas in the country are now at higher risk as well following the 5.8 magnitude quake that hit...
  • REPORT: Mexican Coyotes Load Up Illegal Alien Girls With Birth Control For Their Rapes (Video)

    07/18/2014 3:34:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Gateway ^ | July 17, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Human smugglers in Mexico routinely give young illegal immigrant girls birth control for their trip through Mexico. The odds are they will be raped.
  • How to fix California? Make six of them, says billionaire Tim Draper

    07/18/2014 2:03:19 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 18 2014 | Andrew Gumbel
    Tim Draper loves California so much he’d like to see six of them. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist, best known for backing such companies as Hotmail and Skype in the early days of the internet boom, believes government in his home state is so broken down that the only way to fix it is to break it up – like taking an axe to a creaking corporation with too many unprofitable divisions and too much bureaucracy choking its potential. And so he dreams of Silicon Valley, his home turf, getting the chance to run itself; Los Angeles becoming its own...
  • Calif. City Will Fine Couple $500 For Not Watering Brown Lawn, State Will Fine’em $500 If They Do

    07/18/2014 1:52:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 18, 2014
    When you’re in a steady relationship, communication is clear. Because when mom says to do one thing, and dad says another, the kids get really confused. Such is the case in California, where the state has issued rules for homeowners to conserve water in the midst of extreme drought, with fines of $500 per day or violating those guidelines, but one city is threatening to fine a couple $500 — unless they water their lawn.
  • Stockton police describe violent chase that ended with one hostage, two suspects dead

    07/18/2014 7:55:34 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jul. 18, 2014 | Kim Minugh, Darrell Smith and Mozes Zarate
    It was a police chase of unprecedented proportions, even for this violence-plagued city.
  • $4-Million Settlement Reached In Political Embezzlement Case [Feinstein Gets Her Money Back!]

    07/17/2014 8:27:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    LATimes ^ | July 17, 2014 | MELANIE MASON
    $4-Million Settlement Reached In Political Embezzlement Case By MELANIE MASON A California bank has agreed to pay $4 million to settle lawsuits arising from the embezzlement of political funds by prominent Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee, attorneys said Thursday. First California Bank agreed to pay the politicians who said the bank abetted Durkee's fraud, said Wylie Aitken, the attorney representing Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), Linda T. Sanchez (D-Lakewood) and Susan A. Davis (D-San Diego), as well as state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana). "This the last chapter of this sad story of Kinde Durkee and her fall from grace,"...
  • Police say gunmen in Stockton shootout were gang members

    07/17/2014 5:55:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Evan Sernoffsky
    The surviving suspect from a Stockton bank robbery, car chase and shootout that left a hostage and two suspects dead is a 19-year-old gang associate, police said Thursday. Jaime Ramos of Stockton was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder. Police said he was one of three documented Norteńos gang members who took part in an hour-long chase and shootout with dozens of officers Wednesday. ... About an hour into the chase, the second bank-employee hostage was thrown or jumped from the vehicle that was traveling around 50 mph, police said. She...
  • Atty. Gen. Harris Seeks Legal Help For Flood of Minor Immigrants

    07/16/2014 8:05:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | July 16, 2014 | PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Atty. Gen. Harris Seeks Legal Help For Flood of Minor Immigrants By PATRICK MCGREEVY California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris on Wednesday convened a group of public and private officials to look at how legal representatives can be provided to the thousands of minors who are crossing the border illegally into the United States. With a surge of more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors who have arrived in the U.S. in recent months from Central America, nonprofit legal services groups that serve immigrants have been overwhelmed by demand, meaning many of the minors are not getting legal representation. Representatives of corporations...
  • Pelosi opposes change that would make deporting children easier

    07/16/2014 4:22:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | By LAUREN RAAB
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has shifted her stance on amending a law to make it easier for the U.S. to deport minors, now saying she opposes such a change because it would deprive the children of due process. Senior Democrats showed little willingness to amend the law, but Pelosi told reporters last week that changing it is “not a deal breaker.” She has since backed off from that stance. “We should change the law to treat Mexican children the same as we now treat children from Central America.
  • U.S. judge rules California death penalty system unconstitutional

    07/16/2014 3:44:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 16, 2014 | by Sharon Bernstein
    California's system for imposing and carrying out the death penalty is so long and drawn-out that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and so is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Ruling in the case of Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was condemned to death in 1995 and has yet to be executed, Judge Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. District Court for the Central California said that to take "nearly a generation" to decide on Jones' appeals was unconstitutional. As part of the ruling, Carney vacated the death penalty sentence in Jones' case. "The dysfunctional administration of California's...
  • Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional

    07/16/2014 1:32:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/16/2014 | Maura Dolan
    <p>A federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago.</p>
  • Garcetti Convening With Nonprofits To Shelter Undocumented Children In LA

    07/16/2014 7:30:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    CBS Local Los Angeles ^ | July 15, 2014
    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has convened with nonprofit groups to shelter undocumented immigrant children in L.A. while they await court hearings on whether they can remain in the United States. Homeless activist Ted Hayes, who has lived in L.A. for three decades, opposes the idea, insisting there are American kids on city streets who need help first. “It’s kind of a slap in the face to U.S. citizens,” Hayes said. “It’s embarrassing. It’s hurtful. Because it’s like a father saying that he loves children outside of the family more than he loves his own.” “We feel...
  • Silicon Valley is one step closer to being its own state. No, really.

    07/16/2014 7:07:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/16/2014 | By Andrea Peterson
    Silicon Valley-based billionaire venture capitalist Timothy Draper has a dream: Six Californias. He's the major backer of a proposal that would split the nation's most populated state into six parts -- creating the new states of Jefferson, North California, Central California, South California, West California and Silicon Valley. And now his dream is a teensy bit closer to reality: A petition for "Six Californias" has reached the 808,000 some signatures needed to get a referendum on the ballot in 2016, spokesperson Roger Salazar tells Reuters. But that doesn't mean it'll be happening anytime soon: Even if the proposal is approved...
  • Garcetti says L.A. will shelter children who have crossed border

    07/15/2014 10:20:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    latimes.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | EMILY ALPERT REYES
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that the city would help shelter immigrant children who have been detained after crossing the border and has begun talks with a federal agency about doing so. "Before you get partisan, before you tell me where you are on immigration—these are children," Garcetti said Tuesday at a forum hosted downtown by Politico magazine. "As a father, who are we as Americans if we don't step forward first and say, these kids who are isolated, alone … let's get them someplace safe and secure," the mayor told the crowd.
  • Pressure builds against EPA water proposal

    07/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    California Farm Bureau Federation ^ | June 18, 2014 | Kate Campbell
    Proposed changes to the federal Clean Water Act have roiled farmers across the nation and created an uproar among many other water users—including cities and counties with parks and recreation areas, golf courses and local water agencies. If adopted, the proposed rule changes would expand the definition of "waters of the United States" to potentially allow federal agencies to regulate virtually every area of ground in the nation that gets wet or has flow during rainfall. California Farm Bureau Federation leaders were in Washington, D.C., in mid-May to explain to lawmakers face to face the damage the proposed changes could...
  • Oh my: California to really vote on whether to split into six states

    07/15/2014 6:28:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/15/2014 | AllahPundit
    <p>The people behind the idea missed the deadline for this year’s ballot, but now that they have enough signatures — more than 800,000 — they’ve earned a spot on the 2016 ballot. That’s a presidential election year, of course, which means higher turnout. A lot of Democrats are going to end up weighing in on this at the polls.</p>
  • To keep 'Hollywood' in Hollywood, tax incentives are key ("phenomenal success")

    07/15/2014 4:36:16 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | 07/13/2007 | PAUL KREKORIAN
    ---SNIP-- Before California enacted legislation in 2009 to create its first film and TV production incentive, the state had been asleep at the switch while Canada and other countries, as well as more than 40 states, offered lucrative incentives to lure away production jobs. Many argued the incentive would not be worth the investment, but the program has proved to be a phenomenal success in creating jobs
  • UC student regent nominee under scrutiny for ties to pro-Israel group

    07/15/2014 4:33:50 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 6 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 07/15/2014 | Katy Murphy
    For the second straight year, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has taken center stage in what is usually a routine appointment for a student leadership post on the UC Board of Regents.
  • California Students Given Good Grades for Holocaust-Denial Essays

    07/15/2014 12:50:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    Earlier this year, eighth graders enrolled in the Rialto Unified School District in Rialto, California were assigned a rather questionable essay assignment: Did the Holocaust happen, or was it "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth[?]" The district immediately apologized for the assignment once it came to light, and initially claimed that no students wrote that the Holocaust was a hoax. That allegation was wrong, as the San Bernadino County Sun newspaper discovered that over 50 students expressed doubt that the Holocaust happened in their essays, and were given high marks for their views. “I...
  • Outbreak on the Border: Federal health authorities contain pneumonia, swine flu outbreaks

    07/15/2014 9:42:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/15/2014 | Bill Gertz
    Health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials. The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue. However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said he was not aware of any cases of meningitis at the...
  • California's No-Win 'Money Talks' Recount

    07/15/2014 9:07:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    California is in the midst of a sort-of statewide election recount. Will it be like Florida in 2000? Hardly. This isn't a heated national contest to see which party occupies the Oval Office. It's about the unsexy state controller's office and which Democrat -- former Assembly Speaker John Perez or Board of Equalization member Betty Yee -- will run in November against top vote-getter Ashley Swearengin, Fresno's Republican mayor. Yee garnered 481 more votes than Perez, so Perez wants a recount. But just as the Florida recount did little for the Sunshine State's image, a recount under California election rules...
  • REPORT: America's Most Famous Undocumented Immigrant Has Been Taken Into Custody

    07/15/2014 7:18:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 15, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Activists who were working with immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas near the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas released a statement Tuesday claiming he was arrested while attempting to pass through security at McAllen-Miller International Airport. "Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, has been detained by Border Patrol in McAllen after attempting to board a plane to Los Angeles," the immigrant youth-led organization United We Dream said in a statement on its website. Vargas traveled to the area last week to promote the efforts of UWD and other immigration reform groups before realizing it was within a secure perimeter manned by...
  • S.F. has new data-driven solution to old S.F. problem: human excrement

    07/15/2014 6:48:10 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 27 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | John Coté
    San Francisco is taking a new data-driven approach to a longtime city problem: human excrement. For decades, feces on streets and sidewalks has been one of the biggest quality-of-life issues for San Francisco residents and visitors, particularly in the hard-edged Tenderloin, home base for many of the city's homeless and the nonprofits that provide them clothes, addiction help and meals. Now, after a chorus of complaints and a month spent mapping the highest concentrations of human excrement in the Tenderloin, the Department of Public Works on Tuesday will roll out the city's latest approach: mobile bathroom stations at the three...
  • Pro-Palestinian Attackers Spit On, Assault Israel Supporters (los angeles, ca)

    07/14/2014 2:32:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | july 14, 2014 | adam kredo
    Pro-Israel demonstrators in Los Angeles were violently targeted by several men waving Palestinian flags on Sunday afternoon, prompting a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officer at the scene to fire his weapon at the attackers as they assaulted participants, according to DHS officials and eyewitness accounts from private security officials at the rally. The incident took place Sunday afternoon while a group of pro-Israel supporters were peacefully rallying in support of the Jewish state as it defends itself from attacks by the terror group Hamas. The peaceful pro-Israel rally, organized by the Israel-American Council (IAC), took a violent turn at...
  • Drought Shaming Pitting Neighbors Against Neighbors On Social Media

    07/14/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors are tattling on neighbors for wasting water and some are taking their drought shaming to social media. If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re being watched while you water your lawn, there’s a good chance you are during this historic drought. In Sacramento, water wasters can face fines, and the enforcer may be someone who lives right next door. Terrance Davis with the city department of utilities says he’s seeing a trend of drought shaming. “Our water use complaint calls have gone up exponentially from the last 2 years,” he said. Karen Halbo lives in River...
  • Violence Erupts During Pro-Israel Rally In Westwood (Fed Agent Shoots at Pro-Gaza Rioter)

    07/13/2014 10:31:42 PM PDT · by kristinn · 33 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | Sunday, July 13, 2014
    Violence erupted Sunday afternoon during a pro-Israel peace rally in Westwood. The rally was taking place in front of the Federal Building with more than 2,000 participants. Witnesses said four men — believed to be members of Hamas — waved pro-Palestinian flags and started to attack the pro-Israel demonstrators with sticks. There was also a report of a car being shot at...
  • California Governor Signs Homosexual Bill Eliminating Terms ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’

    07/13/2014 4:45:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Christian News ^ | 7/10/2014 | Heather Clark
    The governor of California has signed a bill into law that redefines marriage and replaces the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ with the generic term ‘spouse.’Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1306 on Monday, which will take effect on January 1, 2015.“Under existing law, a reference to ‘husband’ and ‘wife,’ ‘spouses,’ or ‘married persons,’ or a comparable term, includes persons who are lawfully married to each other and persons who were previously lawfully married to each other, as is appropriate under the circumstances of the particular case,” it reads. “The bill would delete references to ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ in the Family Code...