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  • CalPERS gets decision: Judge rules Stockton can sever its city pensions (CA)

    10/01/2014 4:14:40 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/01/2014 | Dale Kasler
    In a potentially groundbreaking decision, a federal bankruptcy judge today struck down the sanctity of government pensions in California, saying the city of Stockton has the right to sever its contract with CalPERS. The verbal ruling from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein, two years after Stockton filed for bankruptcy, was the decision CalPERS longed to avoid.
  • Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy

    10/01/2014 3:47:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 1, 2014 | BY ROBIN RESPAUT
    The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday ruled that the state's public employee retirement system, known as Calpers, could be forced to absorb losses along with other creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. While the judge ruled the city may impose losses on Calpers, he has not yet ruled that it must do so as part of its financial restructuring.
  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat (N. California/S. Oregon)

    10/01/2014 3:14:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/1/14 | Jeff Barnard - ap
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. The full plan was to be posted on the agency's website. A copy obtained in advance calls for determining then decreasing the amount of water that pot growers illegally withdraw from creeks where young fish struggle to survive. Pot...
  • Message from the California Public Utilities Commission

    10/01/2014 2:21:34 PM PDT · by TMD · 14 replies
    On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:15 PM, California Public Utilities Commission wrote: A Message from the California Public Utilities Commission Look for a Climate Credit from the State of California on Your October Utility Bill This month your electricity bill will include a credit identified as the "California Climate Credit." Twice a year, in April and October,* your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your electricity bills. The Climate Credit is a payment to Californians from a program designed to fight climate change by limiting the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that our...
  • California governor signs 'gun violence restraining order' law

    09/30/2014 7:06:54 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    yahoo ^ | 9/30/2014 | Sharon Bernstein Reuters
    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - People who fear a close relative may commit gun violence will be able to petition a judge to temporarily remove the person's firearms in California, under a bill signed into law on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation - the first such measure in the United States - was introduced after police in Isla Vista near Santa Barbara said they were unable to confiscate weapons from a man who later went on a rampage and killed six people, despite concern from his family.
  • School accused of 'purging' Christian books

    09/30/2014 5:09:05 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-23-14 | Todd Starnes
    It’s hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust. But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message. “We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent...
  • Mayor of suburban Los Angeles city killed (Bell Gardens)

    09/30/2014 5:46:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 8:42 PM EDT
    Authorities say the mayor of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens has been shot to death and his wife is in custody. Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Crystal Hernandez said Tuesday that Mayor Daniel Crespo got into an argument with his wife, Levette Crespo, and their 19-year-old son tried to intervene. …
  • California governor vetoes ethics bills

    09/30/2014 5:19:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 7:43 PM EDT | Judy Lin
    Despite a series of political scandals that marred the California state Senate this year, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had vetoed key ethics bills seeking to place new restrictions on gift giving and campaign spending. The Democratic governor said politicians should be subject to campaign finance rules, but the general activities addressed in the bills already are subject to regulation and disclosure. The political ethics bills originated in the state Senate, where lawmakers have been under a cloud after federal agents arrested two Democrats in unrelated corruption cases. Agents say supporters lavished gifts and dinners on Sens. Leland Yee...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction

    09/30/2014 1:05:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT | Don Thompson
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill making California the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat. Brown announced the bill signing Tuesday. It was proposed by several Democrats and responds to a deadly rampage in May near the University of California, Santa Barbara. …
  • California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags

    09/30/2014 9:50:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 115 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 30, 2014 | By FENIT NIRAPPIL
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Plastic bags will be phased out of large grocery stores starting next year and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The legislation is meant to encourage consumers to bring their own bags and as a way to reduce litter.
  • California bans government sales or display of Confederate flag

    09/29/2014 11:03:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/26/2014 08:59:06 AM PDT
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting California state government agencies from selling or display items displaying the Confederate flag. Brown’s office on Thursday announced signing AB2444. It was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton after his mother saw replica Confederate cash sold at the Capitol gift shop. …
  • California drought and climate warming: Studies find no clear link

    09/29/2014 4:37:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 29, 2014 | By BETTINA BOXALL
    Global warming contributed to extreme heat waves in many parts of the world last year, but cannot be definitively linked to the California drought, according to a report released Monday. In the report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 20 research teams explored the causes of 16 extreme weather events recorded in 2013, including torrential downpours in Colorado, heat waves in Korea and Australia and a blizzard in South Dakota. The studies overwhelmingly showed that human-caused climate change played a role in the heat waves, in some cases making them 10 times more likely. But the report...
  • Jerry Brown approves loan program for undocumented students

    09/29/2014 4:10:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | September 29, 2014 | Staff
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation creating a new loan program for undocumented students in California’s public universities. California has already taken several steps to make college more affordable for undocumented students, including extending in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants who graduate from California high schools and making them eligible to apply for Cal Grant scholarships. Brown signed the bill on Sunday without comment.
  • Envelope with white powder sent to Reagan Library

    09/29/2014 4:09:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 9/29/2014
    Hazardous material and fire crews are at the Ronald Reagan Library after a worker opened an envelope containing a white powder, but a spokeswoman says there is no threat to the public. Library spokeswoman Melissa Giller said Monday that authorities checked the worker who opened the envelope and she is fine. Two others who reacted to the discovery of the white powder also were cleared.
  • California adopts historic 'yes means yes' rule on sexual consent

    09/29/2014 2:24:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09/29/2014
    The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed a bill that makes the state the first in the United States to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports. State lawmakers last month approved a bill by Senator Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, as states and universities across the US are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. Campus sexual assault victims and women’s advocacy groups delivered petitions to Brown’s office on 16 Sept urging him to sign the bill. De Leon has said the legislation will...
  • Brown: Free Lawyers For Illegal Alien Kids; Less Money For UC, CSU Schools

    09/29/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    breitbart ^ | september 28, 2014 | joel b. pollak
    California Gov. Jerry Brown approved $3 million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to illegal alien children fighting deportation hearings--yet vetoed $100 million for state-funded universities, citing low property tax receipts. The funding for lawyers for the illegal alien minors comes amidst a nationwide push by outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recruit legal talent to represent the children and teenagers--who often cross the U.S.-Mexico border unaccompanied-- against law enforcement proceedings. Holder is the nation's chief law enforcement officer. President Barack Obama and other Democrats have supported the legal recruitment effort. "Helping these young people navigate our legal system is the decent thing to do...
  • Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban On U.S. Flag Shirts

    09/29/2014 7:12:03 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 29, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: A Ninth Circuit Court ruling that students can't wear American flag T-shirts because they may offend Mexican students celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a ridiculous yet dangerous assault on the First Amendment. On Sept. 17, more than four years after Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., sent students home for wearing American flag t-shirts, an 11-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that it was the right choice, "tailored to avert violence and focused on student safety." The decision upheld the court's three-judge ruling in February that justified the school's actions based on tensions between Mexican...
  • Daily water allocation could be the next California drought strategy

    09/29/2014 5:48:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | September 27, 2014 | Steve Scauzillo
    You probably know your Social Security number, your driver’s license number and perhaps the latest wrinkle in mattress marketing, your sleep number. But do you know your drought number? The latter represents the amount of water you are allowed to use per day. If you don’t know it, you probably should. Not knowing could cost you money. As California’s severe drought moves into a fourth year, state and local water agencies are working on something called “allocation-based rate structures,” a kind of precursor to water rationing that’s all the rage in Sacramento and in some areas such as Santa Cruz,...
  • Saving California One Republican At A Time

    09/29/2014 1:25:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    California is morphing into a warmer Detroit with beaches and pneumatic blondes, but it doesn't have to be this way. Only liberalism could've taken the most beautiful, most hard-working, most entrepreneurial state in the union and turned it into a shabby province composed of deadbeat Oliver Twists holding up their bowls demanding more. Now that might be changing. It might be changing because the GOP, believe it or not, may be learning to win again. It used to know how. I remember when California produced leaders like Ronald Reagan. Today, conservative Californians breathed a sigh of relief that they were...
  • Leland Yee case filing alleges unidentified politician took money from undercover agent

    09/28/2014 3:02:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 9/24/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    An undercover FBI agent gave campaign donations to an unnamed Bay Area politician during a yearslong undercover investigation into a Chinatown gang and alleged political corruption that culminated in the arrests of state Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow earlier this year. This is according to the latest filing by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the federal case against the two men and about 20 others. Besides indicating that a politician other than Yee allegedly took money from undercover FBI agents in exchange for favors, the filing further lays out the relationship between former school board member and...
  • Protesters block unloading of Israeli ship in Oakland

    09/27/2014 7:06:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 27, 2014 | Hamed Aleaziz
    Protesters angered by Israel’s military actions in Gaza gathered at the Port of Oakland on Saturday morning in an effort to prevent a cargo ship managed by an Israeli company from unloading.
  • CSUN Student From Saudi Arabia Who Disappeared Sept. 18 Remains Missing [NO To Student-Visas!]

    09/27/2014 3:00:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 27, 2014 | MARTHA GROVES
    CSUN Student From Saudi Arabia Who Disappeared Sept. 18 Remains Missing Police are asking for the public's help in finding Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, who has been missing since Sept. 18. By MARTHA GROVES CSUN student was last seen about noon on Sept. 18 in Reseda. Student's cellphone was traced to Beaumont in Riverside County, then it was deactivated. 'We are so worried about him," his older brother said. A CSUN student from Saudi Arabia who disappeared in Riverside County on Sept. 18 remains missing, Los Angeles police said Saturday. Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, a full-time electrical engineering student at Cal...
  • Django Unchained actress and her white husband hit out at 'racist' cops who handcuffed her

    09/14/2014 2:51:14 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 121 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 14 September 2014 | Jill Reilly
    A Django Unchained actress is claiming she was 'handcuffed and detained' by police after being mistaken for a prostitute as she kissed her white husband. Daniele Watts, who played slave CoCo in the award-winning film, posted the news on her Facebook page on 2 September and said her arm was cut when she was handcuffed. Watts and her husband Brian James Lucas claim that they were kissing on a Hollywood street when police were called and they were asked to show their ID card to which Watts refused.
  • 'Django Unchained' actress defends not giving ID to cop (race card)

    09/15/2014 10:30:42 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/16/2014 | CNN
    Los Angeles (CNN) -- "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts defended her refusal to show her ID to Los Angeles police before they handcuffed her last week. The African-American actress and her white boyfriend accused police of racism for questioning them in what they said was only a public display of affection. "I believe in America and what it stands for," Watts said Monday in an interview on CNN's "New Day." Police responded to a citizen complaint that "a male white and female black were involved in a sexual act inside a Mercedes" outside the gate of CBS Studio Center on...
  • Mammoth earthquake swarm is the largest in nearly a decade

    09/27/2014 9:53:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 9/26/2014 | Rosanna Xia, Veronica Rocha
    Deep down in the earth, there is magma, but the magma is not what’s moving, Shelly said. The earthquakes are usually triggered when water and carbon dioxide above the magma move up into higher layers of the earth’s crust and into the cracks of the small faults. The increase in fluid pressure sets off the movements.
  • Woman Irate That Ontario [California] Family Is Flying Mexican Flag In Their Front Yard

    09/27/2014 6:38:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    (CBSLA.com) — ^ | September 25, 2014 5:37 PM | Tom Wait
    A controversy involving the Mexican flag has one family in Ontario wondering why one woman made it her business, while the people she did business with, in turn, asked her to leave. Tressy Capps, a local political activist in the Inland Empire, was irked by seeing the Mexican flag flying in a front yard and confronted the homeowner on a video she shot on a smartphone and posted to YouTube. “Hi. Is that a Mexican flag in your front yard?” Capps is heard asking the homeowner, who is behind a window. “You know we live in America right? This is...
  • Californian woman Melora Rivera caught on camera hiding on roof from intruder

    09/26/2014 7:09:03 PM PDT · by bkopto · 55 replies
    WAToday ^ | 9/26/2014 | Amy McNeilage
    Chilling images have been captured of a woman hiding on her roof, cowering with fear, unable to see a masked intruder approaching her from behind. The Californian woman climbed out of her second-storey bedroom window early in the morning on Wednesday to hide from a man who broke into her home in Venice Beach, near Los Angeles. "Once I saw him in the house, I knew that we both couldn't be there," Melora Rivera told CBS news. "I knew that I didn't want to have a confrontation with him of any sort, you know, not knowing what his intention was."...
  • Forum on Ferguson violence highlights mayors’ conference in Sacramento (With Benjamin Crump!)

    09/26/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee's City Beat ^ | September 26, 2014 | Ryan Lillis
    Mayor Kevin Johnson will convene a two-day forum of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Sacramento that will include a session discussing the response to the violence in Ferguson, Mo. The attorney representing the family of Michael Brown, the young man killed by police in Ferguson in August, will be part of the panel discussion. Attorney Benjamin Crump also represents the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot in 2012 by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla....
  • California to expand contraceptive coverage, eliminate co-pays

    09/26/2014 3:12:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 26, 2014 | By Bob Egelko
    Health insurance policies in California will have to cover all federally approved contraceptives for women by 2016 without charging copayments under legislation signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, countering trends in other states and the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill, SB1053 by Sen. Holly Wanker, D-Los Angeles, expands state laws that required coverage for most birth-control drugs and devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The new law mandates coverage for all FDA-approved contraception, prohibits co-payments and includes managed-care Medi-Cal plans, which are not expressly covered by current laws.
  • Carly Fiorina Hits the Trail With an Eye on 2016

    09/26/2014 11:20:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 25, 2014 | Emily Schultheis
    She's been to New Hampshire three times and South Carolina once. She's heading to Iowa this weekend, and then North Carolina and Michigan after that. Clearly, Carly Fiorina is thinking about 2016. But is anybody thinking about Carly Fiorina? The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2010 Senate candidate is hitting the campaign trail in the lead-up to Election Day for her new super PAC, teaching activists and politicians how to talk to female voters—and building herself a grassroots base in a half-dozen electorally important states in the process. While her efforts are focused on helping the GOP win control of the...
  • Public Pension Funds Face $2 Trillion Shortfall, Moodys Warns

    09/26/2014 11:53:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    zh ^ | 09/26/2014 | Tyler Durden
    the 25 biggest systems by assets averaged a 7.45% return from 2004 to 2013, but liabilities tripled over the same period leaving them facing a $2 trillion shortfall as investment returns can’t keep up with ballooning obligations. The top 25 funds account for 40% of the entire US public pension system with Illinois, Kentucky, Connecticut, and Louisiana at the top of the 'most underfunded' list. .... the New York-based credit rater’s calculation of liabilities tripled in the eight years through 2012, ... liabilities are crowding out spending for services, roads and schools.
  • State Farm dumps pitchman Rob Schneider over anti-vaccine views

    09/26/2014 10:05:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.latimes.com ^ | By Meredith Blake
    ob Schneider has learned the hard way that there's no way to inoculate yourself against an Internet backlash. State Farm Insurance has dropped an ad campaign featuring the "Deuce Bigalow" star in a reprisal of his "Richmeister" character -- a.k.a. the "making copies" guy -- from "Saturday Night Live." The decision stems not from an objection to rehashed humor from the mid-'90s, but to Schneider's outspoken stance against childhood vaccines. Along with former "View" co-host Jenny McCarthy, Schneider, who has lately been busy trying to revive his career with a spec sitcom, has been one of the most vocal celebrity...
  • Many Earthquakes in Mammoth Lakes, CA

    09/25/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 49 replies
    USGS Earthquake Map ^ | 09/25/2014 | Loud Mime
    Over twenty small quakes in the last 2 hours. What's going on?
  • Gay, bisexual men complacent about HIV testing, study finds

    09/25/2014 2:48:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 25, 2014 | By Erin Allday
    Survey results released Thursday suggest a troubling complacency toward HIV among gay and bisexual men in the United States that public health experts say could undermine efforts to slow down or even stop spread of the disease. Fewer than 20 percent of gay and bisexual men have been tested for HIV in the previous six months — as recommended by national public health agencies — and nearly a third have never been tested at all, according to a survey conducted this summer by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The same survey found that gay and bisexual men were largely uninformed about...
  • LITIGATION NATION: Lowe’s pays $1.6M settlement over 2×4 labeling

    09/25/2014 1:47:34 PM PDT · by Abathar · 67 replies
    Threepercentnation.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Unknown
    Lowe’s has new rules regarding how it can label building products in California. A Superior Court judge laid out terms by which the retailer must advertise its 2x4s and other dimensional materials in a $1.6 million settlement order and final judgement filed on August 27. The order, brought on as part of a civil consumer protection action, lists three main rules for the retailer to follow going forward: “Common descriptions” must be followed by actual dimensions and labeled as such. For instance, a 2×4 must be followed with a disclaimer that the wood is actually 1.5-inches by 3.5-inches and include...
  • California Proposition 1 Water Bond is Bait & Switch

    09/25/2014 10:18:42 AM PDT · by fifedom · 15 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | 4 Sep 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    The $7.5 billion California Proposition 1 Water Bond on the November ballot promises to provide more above ground water storage for the first time in 40 years in order to gain a broad support from Democrats and Republicans. But a close look at the language in the proposition reveals that the initiative is another legislative “bait and switch” that will not complete a single major water storage or delivery system.
  • Exclusive: Bomb Squad Called To Investigate ‘Suicide Vests’ At West LA Apartment Complex

    09/25/2014 9:02:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 25, 2014 12:16 AM
    WEST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The LAPD bomb squad and the FBI were called to investigate what appeared to be suicide vests at a West L.A. apartment complex. The LAPD Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTSOB) explained to CBS2’s Serene Branson that the devices — vests which appeared to have wires, nails and bolts glued to explosives — actually turned out to be fake. CTSOB Chief Michael Downing said his team took every precaution but ultimately determined they were not explosive. Nonetheless, the whole incident rattled residents as many of them prepared for the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana. The vests...
  • Anti-war protesters take to S.F. streets to condemn U.S. bombing

    09/25/2014 7:08:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 24, 2014 | By Kale Williams
    A loud but peaceful group of protesters descended on downtown San Francisco on Wednesday evening to voice their opposition to recent air strikes in Iraq and Syria. The group, which numbered above 50 at its peak, gathered for about an hour near the corner of Powell and Market streets around 5:30 PM. Speakers came to the microphone blasting the Obama administration for what they called the most recent in a long string of unnecessary and costly military interventions in a region halfway around the world. “Millions upon millions upon millions of dollars are being spent to kill people in countries...
  • Woman beaten by California cop gets payout

    09/25/2014 6:24:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/25/14 | Artemis Moshtaghian and Sara Sidner
    A 51-year-old woman shown in a video being repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer has reached a $1.5 million settlement with the law enforcement agency, its media relations office said. The beating suffered by Marlene Pinnock, a great-grandmother, took place in July along the Santa Monica Freeway and was caught on tape by a passing motorist.
  • Every WiFi user in US may have $10,000 Wiretapping Claim against Google

    09/25/2014 6:21:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 52 replies
    breitbart.com/Breitbart-California ^ | 9-24-0214 | CHRISS W. STREET
    The [StreetView] cars had vacuumed up Wi-Fi e-mail messages, user passwords, and other communications from 2007 to 2010. With a consolidated class-action lawsuit seeking up to $10,000 for each affected private Wi-Fi user captured by Google, lawyers are about to go national with billions of dollars of claims for potential damages to virtually every U.S. e-mail user. ******** Under federal law, it is illegal and subject to up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for any third party to intercept any telephonic or electronic communication between other individuals. However, if one of the parties to the conversation...
  • PALM SPRINGS: Secretary of the Interior makes powerful promise about alternative energy

    09/25/2014 12:07:28 AM PDT · by blueplum · 18 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | September 23, 2014 updated Sep 24 8:23pm | DAVID DANELSKI / STAFF WRITER
    PALM SPRINGS – With giant windmills rotating behind her Tuesday, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a sweeping land-use plan for energy development in California’s deserts that seemed more like a promise than a strategy. :snip: The plan is a state-federal collaboration five years in the making, she said. It encompasses some 22.5 million acres mostly in Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It will create energy zones for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects on land considered of little importance to wildlife and other natural resources. These zones will be home to the projects that help the U.S. combat...
  • California R-I School Board considers lunch menus

    09/24/2014 2:01:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The California Democrat ^ | September 24, 2014 | By David Wilson
    The topics discussed by California R-I School Board at the Wednesday, Sept. 17, meeting included school lunch menus, the recent power surge/failure, sports participation and possible half-time entertainment The lunch menus were high on the list because of some recent social media comments and a few phone calls to school board members. Superintendent Dwight Sanders commented that the school cooks are doing their best to prepare meals which fall within the guidelines. An example given was if a cheese sauce is served with spaghetti, the guidelines will not allow a serving of bread, since that would be a second grain...
  • Poll: Californians Divided on ACA, Rate Regulation Ballot Initiative

    09/24/2014 1:35:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    California Healthline ^ | September 24, 2014
    Californians remain split in their views of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. According to the poll, 42% of respondents viewed the ACA favorably -- down slightly from May. Meanwhile, 46% of respondents had an unfavorable view of the law. The poll, conducted between Sept. 8 and Sept. 15, included responses from 1,702 California adults, including 1,321 registered voters and 916 likely voters.
  • Study: Monterey County has highest youth homicide rate in California

    09/23/2014 7:55:43 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    KION ^ | Sep 23, 2014
    A nonprofit organization's annual study on youth homicide finds that Monterey County has the highest rate of youth homicides of any California county.
  • 3 in custody, accused of vandalizing American flags in Oceanside neighborhood

    09/23/2014 10:01:41 PM PDT · by Jagdgewehr · 16 replies
    ABC 10 News San Diego ^ | 3:53 PM, Sep 23, 2014 | City News Service
    OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Three 18-year-olds were behind bars Tuesday on suspicion of defacing American flags in a North County senior housing neighborhood last summer. Ruben Jimenez, Daniel Moran and Breanna Alexis Serrato allegedly spray-painted the three flags -- writing "(expletive) USA" on one of them -- in the 3800 block of Rosemary Way in Oceanside late on the evening of July 18, according to Lt. Leonard Cosby. A surveillance camera captured images of the crimes, he said.
  • Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer invests $1 million in Democratic fight to take Washington Senate

    09/23/2014 10:23:07 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 12 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 09/23/2014 | Jeff Mapes
    Tom Steyer, a California hedge fund billionaire who has emerged as a key Democratic donor, has put $1 million in a Washington fund in a reported effort to win Democratic control of the state Senate. The Washington Senate is now controlled by a coalition made up of 24 Republicans and two Democrats.
  • Anonymously circulated leaflets attack Cornell newspaper columnist

    09/22/2014 7:58:37 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 20 replies
    © 2014 THE ITHACA VOICE ^ | 09.22.14 | By: MICHAEL J. CONNOR
    Ithaca, N.Y. — Leaflets calling a conservative columnist for the Cornell Daily Sun a “Racist Rape Apologist” have been anonymously distributed around campus. Julius Kairey, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences and author of a biweekly Sun column titled, “Always Right,” recently wrote a column about sexual assault that drew rebuttals. The circulated leaflets show a photo of Kairey. Under the photo, the words, “Daily Sun Columnist and Racist Rape Apologist” appear. No other text, no specifics supporting the allegations, are printed on the page.... The most recent Kairey column takes issue with a new California law...
  • JPL: Don’t Expect Drought Relief From El Niño

    09/22/2014 7:54:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | September 22, 2014 4:41 PM
    PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — The anticipated blockbuster return of El Niño is looking more like it will be a flop, a climatologist said Monday. Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory say that unless developing weak-to-modest El Niño conditions strengthen, California will continue to stay bone dry. El Niño describes a weather pattern involving a warming of equatorial waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, a condition that is associated with increased rainfall on the west coast of North America. El Niño conditions in 1997 and 1998 doubled rainfall up and down California, Patzert said. “Those very strong El Niños happen every 30...
  • Versailles in California

    09/22/2014 3:19:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-22-14 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California is run from a sort of Pacific Versailles, an isolated coastal compound of elite rulers physically cut off from its interior peasantry. To understand how California works — or rather does not work — drive over the I-5 Grapevine and gaze down at the brilliantly engineered artificial Pyramid Lake. Thanks to California water project deliveries, even in a third year of drought its level still fluctuates between 90 to 100% full — ensuring, along with its companion reservoirs, plentiful water for the Los Angeles-area municipalities for the next two years. The far distant watersheds and reservoirs that feed Pyramid...
  • CALIFORNIA GOP CONVENTION: A DIVIDED PARTY FIGHTS FOR ITS SURVIVAL

    09/21/2014 11:23:58 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 21, 2014 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Despite a rousing speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who indicated that he would soon open an office in the state in pursuit of his presidential ambitions, California's Republican Party convention in Los Angeles, "Reclaim California," sounded a note of division, with three prominent Republicans declining to support the party's candidate for governor, amidst growing concern about the party's future as a statewide political institution. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who lost to former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari in the primary election after being outspent in the closing weeks, declined to endorse Kashkari when asked by the Sacramento Bee,...