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  • ISIS POSTS WARNING: “We Have 71 Trained Soldiers in 15 States” – NAMES 5 TARGETS

    05/05/2015 7:31:20 PM PDT · by crusty old prospector · 146 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    The terrorist group says they will murder Pamela Geller and kill anyone who shields her. The terrorists also say they have 71 fighters in 15 different states and they 23 have signed up already for missions like the failed Sunday attack in Garland, Texas. Via Sooper Mexican: Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem “The New Era” To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is...
  • Facebook Video Shows San Jose Police Wielding Baton, Punching Suspect Who Allegedly Attacked Cops

    05/05/2015 8:12:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/5 | Robert Handa
    Facebook Video Shows San Jose Police Wielding Baton, Punching Suspect Who Allegedly Attacked Cops, Refused ArrestSgt. Enrique Garcia said today that the Police Department is reviewing the incident on the video and that the department had yet to launch its planned pilot program for some officers to wear body-worn video cameras. Police said that the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Juan Moreno-Lopez, had been walking east on Story Road east of White Road at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and as two officers approached, he threw something into some bushes and tried to flee on foot. Officers chased him to the middle of...
  • Live: Group of idiots take over Oakland City Council meeting and chain themselves together.

    05/05/2015 7:16:12 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 18 replies
    No Theifs Allowed live stream ^ | 5/515 | Oakland City Council Camera
    Oakland City Council take over by activists D'jour.
  • Protest Brutality in Bosom of Social Justice

    05/05/2015 12:52:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Peaceful protest turns violent," read the San Francisco Chronicle headline about the May 1 protest in Oakland that ended badly. Police arrested about a dozen people after activists trashed new cars and smashed bank windows. I love that headline. It makes it seem as if it's an anomaly when an Oakland protest ends with errant sparks and glass shards -- even though a social-justice demonstration in Oakland has a better chance of ending with vandalism than a Hollywood marriage has in ending in divorce. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had warned that violence would not be tolerated, but to no effect....
  • Wells Fargo charged with opening accounts without permission

    05/05/2015 11:36:54 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    CNN, via WCYB.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Chris Isidore
    Wells Fargo is accused of opening up accounts and credit cards in customers' names without their authorization. The complaint charges that bank employees opened new accounts for existing customers without their authorization, in order to meet sales quotas. The employees also allegedly transferred money from customers' authorized accounts to pay fees on the unauthorized accounts. When fees on unauthorized accounts went unpaid, some customers were placed into collection. Others had negative information placed on their credit reports as a result.
  • 'Vagina Monologes’ Author Consulted To Injeect Feminism Into ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Female Characters

    05/05/2015 10:44:08 AM PDT · by drewh · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | May 4, 2015 | Kipp Jones
    At first glance, George Miller’s upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road seems to share a few standard themes with its three Max franchise predecessors, and while the thriller is sure to be (and looks) action-packed, an Esquire interview with female co-star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley reveals the introduction of a new element: feminism. According to Huntington-Whiteley, who is playing one of several female characters to be rescued by legendary rogue enforcer Max Rockatansky, Fury Road will be less of a story about damsels in distress, and more about the empowerment of female survivors, thanks to Vagina Monologues author and feminine activist Eve...
  • Santa Rosa Junior College’s ‘Dream Center’ aims to help undocumented students

    05/05/2015 10:02:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Santa Rosa Press-Democrat ^ | May 4, 2015 | BY LORI A. CARTER
    To U.S. citizens, state and federal laws can be dizzying. To someone here without legal documentation, it can be far worse: intimidating, frightening and limiting. Santa Rosa Junior College’s new Dream Center, which marked its grand opening Monday, aims to become a safe, supportive, one-stop shop for undocumented students and potential students as they explore their educational future. There are more than 900 undocumented students at SRJC, some of whom didn’t know they weren’t American citizens until they began to think about higher education. They hail from Mexico, Canada, China and even Russia, school officials said. Enrollment at the college...
  • L.A. Launches More Gun Buyback Dog & Pony Show

    05/05/2015 9:05:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 5/5/2015 | RRangel
    Over this next weekend the city of Los Angeles, will be having more gun buybacks, for “illegal and unwanted guns.” The city handlers say it’s successful and necessary, yet there isn’t a peep about the failure of Proposition 47 in the CBS article, that has led to a major increase of violent crime and shootings in the city. It’s completely likely that gun buybacks, have no effect, being that there’s no actual deterrent to violence committed by criminals.
  • Tobacco tax initiative proposed for California

    05/05/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 4, 2015 | by PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Stepping up pressure on the California Legislature to raise the tobacco tax, a coalition of health groups said Monday it will begin circulating petitions to put an initiative on the November 2016 ballot to hike the levy on cigarettes. The initiatives would raise the tobacco tax by $2 per pack of cigarettes to raise $1.5 billion annually for smoking prevention and smoking-related medical costs now borne by taxpayers through Medi-Cal, the state's healthcare program for the poor. The filing is by the group Save Lives California Coalition, which includes the American Heart Assn., American Lung Assn. in California, American Cancer...
  • Healthcare For Those In U.S. Illegally Could Cost California $740 Million A Year

    05/04/2015 7:25:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    LATimes ^ | May 4, 2015 | MELANIE MASON
    Healthcare For Those In U.S. Illegally Could Cost California $740 Million A Year Sen. Ricardo Lara's bill, SB 4, would extend Medi-Cal coverage to people in the country illegally. By MELANIE MASON Senate analyst estimates cost of Medi-Cal expansion bill ranges from $280 million to $740 million annually Estimated price tag of SB 4 would drop if President Obama's deportation relief order stands Extending state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally could cost California as much as $740 million annually, according to a Senate fiscal analysis released Monday. The report affixes a price tag to the proposal for...
  • Ouch! CarlyFiorina.org shows her layoffs at HP

    05/04/2015 10:48:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 05/04/2015
    If you're going to run for president, buy every website domain with your name. On Monday morning, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced she's running for U.S. president. But if you head to CarlyFiorina.org, you'll find a message that criticizes her for firing tens of thousands of workers at HP (HPCQ). It shows 30,000 sad faces -- one for every employee that was laid off while Fiorina was chief executive from 1999 to 2005. The accusation that she outsourced so many American jobs is a major thorn in Fiorina's side -- and one reason she lost her bid for U.S....
  • Health care: Illegal immigrants would get Medi-Cal under California bill

    05/04/2015 6:16:57 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 6 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 05/03/15 | Tracy Seipel
    The backbreaking work in California’s chili pepper fields and cherry orchards wasn’t so noticeable when farmworker Antolin Gonzalez was young. But the 49-year-old south Santa Clara County farmworker now suffers from dizziness, allergies from dust and pesticides, swollen feet and throbbing backaches — even eyesight problems from prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. Like many of the state’s 2.5 million illegal immigrants, Gonzalez does not have health insurance because he can’t afford it.
  • Lawsuit spells out 'nightmare' for California man accused without evidence

    05/04/2015 5:53:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-4-15 | Ashe Schow
    "Nightmare." That's how Scott Hounsell, the former executive director of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, describes the ordeal he went through two years ago, and is still trying to recover from today. "It was the most — the scariest, most devastating nightmare you could ever imagine ever going through ever," Hounsell added. "Because everything that you have and hold dear — my family, my career, everything — was threatened that it would be taken away from me." “ "It's scary. And I will never be able to get out of the shadow of this, ever. They fundamentally changed...
  • Earthquake Swarm, Including Magnitude 4.0, Shakes East Bay Cities

    05/03/2015 4:44:44 PM PDT · by John W · 23 replies
    KPIX San Francisco ^ | May 3, 2015 | AP/CBS
    CONCORD (CBS/AP) — A string of moderate earthquakes has rattled the East Bay Sunday, shaking buildings. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 hit at 2:13 p.m. Sunday. It was centered a mile south of Concord. Three smaller quakes shook the area in the moments before and after the larger one. A magnitude 2.5 earthquake hit at 2:01 p.m., followed by the 4.0 at 2:13, and a 2.7 magnitude quake at 2:14 p.m. A magnitude 2.4 shook the area again at 2:28 p.m. A magnitude...
  • The GOP attack on climate change takes a big step forward

    05/02/2015 11:11:19 PM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4-28-15 | Michael Hiltzik
    Living down to our worst expectations, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted Thursday to cut deeply into NASA's budget for Earth science, in a clear swipe at our agency's manipulation of climate data. The committee's markup of the NASA authorization bill followed what appears to be a deliberate attempt to keep (us) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the committee's rank Democrat, and her caucus in caucus "we understood why.", Rep. Eddie B whined.
  • Amid crumbling economy, Venezuela's Maduro raises minimum wage 30 pct

    05/03/2015 5:07:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | May 2, 2015
    President Nicolás Maduro raised Venezuela's minimum wage Friday for the second time this year to help workers being battered by the world's highest inflation. Speaking at a May Day rally, the socialist leader said he is boosting the minimum wage and pensions for retirees by 30 percent, with two-thirds of the increase coming this month and the rest on July 1. He also said he would raise salaries for government employees and military personnel. The wage increase, while a welcome relief for many workers, fell short of expectations that the embattled Maduro might use Friday's celebrations to expand state control...
  • M 3.9 Earthquake Shakes LA, No Damage Reported

    05/03/2015 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 05/03/15 | Oleevia Woo and Asher Klein
    A magnitude 3.9 earthquake struck the Los Angeles area early Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake hit about 1 mile from Baldwin Hills at 4:07 a.m. local time, according to the USGS. It was felt throughout the LA area, in nearby Culver City and from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.
  • 3.9 earthquake rattles Los Angeles area

    05/03/2015 6:46:55 AM PDT · by John W · 8 replies
    latimes.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | LA Times
    A shallow magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Sunday morning one mile from View Park-Windsor Hills, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:07 a.m. PDT at a depth of 5.6 miles. The quake was classified by the USGS as "light" but was felt over a wide area of the L.A. basin. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it had received no reports of damage. A 3.5 quake rattled the same general area on April 12. Both quakes were centered on the Baldwin Hills/Inglewood border. The Newport-Inglewood fault runs along that area.
  • Robert Edmonds and Caroline Banuelos came through!

    05/03/2015 12:49:45 AM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    peace and justice sonoma co ^ | 04/29/2015 | pjcsonoma
    Dear Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, As Chair and Vice Chair of the Sonoma County Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force (CALLE), ... The California Supreme (Court Copley Press v. Superior Court 2006) effectively changed California Penal Code, so that all independent oversight agencies, such as civilian review boards, oversight panels, and civil service commissions, must now cloak all officer records and findings of misconduct in strict confidentiality..., any independent investigation that would yield specific information about officer misconduct and patterns is stifled, and must come through an internal law enforcement investigation, or motions approved by a judge. Even...
  • Damage By Oakland May Day Protesters ‘Worst Seen In Years’

    05/02/2015 6:22:43 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 45 replies
    OAKLAND (KCBS) — Glass from shattered windows, graffiti, and debris littered the streets Saturday in the aftermath of Friday’s May Day demonstration in Oakland. As the cleanup effort got underway, the damage was described as the worst seen in years. Late Friday night, violent protesters broke windows at businesses and damaged dozens of vehicles along Broadway’s Auto Row. They even set cars on fire. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff said it was a very small band within the group of 300 or so demonstrators, who were responsible for the damage. “They came with rocks in their pockets and malice in their...
  • Highest Ranking Cold War Defector: The KGB Invented ‘Liberation Theology’

    05/02/2015 3:40:51 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 53 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2 May 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a startling new interview, a 3-star general and former head of Communist Romania’s secret police who defected to the United States in 1978, claims that the Theology of Liberation was the creation of the KGB, who exported it to Latin America as a way of introducing Marxism into the continent. Ion Mihai Pacepa has been called “the Cold War’s most important defector,” and after his defection, the Romanian government under Nicolae Ceausescu placed two death sentences and a $2 million bounty on his head. During the more than ten years that Pacepa worked with the CIA, he made what...
  • Dionne's Bad Advice for California GOP (Why would any one listen to a liberal?)

    05/02/2015 1:34:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    In his latest column, Washington Post commentator EJ Dionne advises National Republicans to learn from California's mistakes, or face declining voter support in election cycles to come.His first point of contact on this matter? The current Chairman of the California GOP, Jim Brulte:“California is the leading edge of the country’s demographic changes,” Brulte said in an interview. “Frankly, Republicans in California did not react quickly enough to them, and we have paid a horrible price.”That is true. Up to the early 1980s and the 1990s, California was a majority white state, Republicans did very well working the entire state. Other...
  • After peaceful day, protests grow rowdy at night in Oakland

    05/02/2015 7:16:50 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 2, 2015 | Hamed Aleaziz, Emily Green, Kale Williams and Victoria Colliver
    May Day protests grew violent in Oakland on Friday night after a day of passionate but peaceful rallies on both sides of the bay — all influenced by a decision in Maryland to prosecute six officers accused of brutality.
  • Protesters Say "Block The Tech Commute" Was A Bust

    05/02/2015 6:11:30 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 14 replies
    Vocativ ^ | May 1, 2015 | James King
    [Ha, ha! These Luddites don't like it that people who make money rather than spending their lives complaining move into their neighborhoods. I bet rent control has kept new housing low in this part of California, so the leftists probably created the problem they complain about!] Protesters Say "Block The Tech Commute" Was A Bust By James King A May Day protest intended to shut down the shuttle system that transports employees for tech companies like Facebook, Apple and Google from the Bay Area to their offices in Silicon Valley was a bit of a flop, according to several accounts...
  • Does Anyone Remember When California Set Civilized Standards For the Rest of America?

    05/01/2015 10:23:11 AM PDT · by pinochet · 49 replies
    There was a time when Californians were the most envied people in America and around the world. California was taken away from Mexico in 1848, and the new Anglo-Saxon owners of California aggressively promoted an Anglo-Saxon civilizational identity for the state. From 1848 to 1948, there was an economic expansion that was unmatched in American history. From 1948-1988, California had become the most successful Anglo-Saxon Civilization in history. This was California's Golden Age. Wages and standards of living were higher than the rest of America. Mexican-Americans who were descended from the Mexicans who lived in California in 1848, were highly...
  • University to host first summit for undocumented students in higher education

    05/01/2015 10:15:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    UC President Janet Napolitano and the President’s Advisory Council on Undocumented Students will host a national summit on undocumented students from May 7-8. The invitation-only conference, which aims to discuss the needs and challenges that undocumented students face in higher education, will bring together undocumented youth leaders, immigration advocates, researchers, government officials, artists and funders from across the country. This is the first time the university is hosting a summit on undocumented students, according to UC Office of the President spokesperson Shelly Moron. Moron added that the summit expands upon Napolitano’s previous work, such as her distribution of $5 million...
  • Labor leader hopes Sacramento council, not voters, will set minimum wage

    05/01/2015 9:41:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Sacramento Business Journal ^ | May 1, 2015 | by Allen Young
    A Sacramento labor leader said Thursday he hopes the fate of a proposed $15 hourly minimum wage doesn't come down to a ballot-box battle. Fabrizio Sasso, executive director of the labor council, acknowledged that the ballot measure is a possibility. But he said the group is focusing for now on convincing the Sacramento City Council to adopt the minimum-wage proposal. An overwhelming majority of Sacramento residents favor the idea, he said. The labor group has set clear terms for the kind of council action it wants, however. Its leaders say a minimum-wage measure must: * Set a local minimum wage...
  • VDH: How Jerry Brown Engineered California’s Drought

    05/01/2015 7:17:51 AM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies
    pjmedia. ^ | 4 2 15 | VDH and Ed Driscoll
    “You know, I believe people knew this was likely in the 1970s, but enviros stopped the necessary water projects,” Glenn Reynolds wrote as an aside in September while linking to an article titled “American Southwest has 80% chance of decade-long drought this century.” Today at City Journal, Victor Davis Hanson flashes back to when California enviro-leftists began the countdown on the state’s existence: Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent...
  • When Minimum-Wage Hikes Hit a San Francisco Comic-Book Store

    05/01/2015 6:47:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/01/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    ‘I’m hearing from a lot of customers, ‘I voted for that, and I didn’t realize it would affect you.’” So says Brian Hibbs, owner and operator of Comix Experience, an iconic comic-book and graphic-novel shop on San Francisco’s Divisadero Street, of the city’s new minimum-wage law. San Francisco’s Proposition J, which 77 percent of voters approved in November, will raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 by 2018. As of today, May 1, Hibbs is required by law to pay his employees at Comix Experience, and its sister store, Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Avenue, $12.25 per hour....
  • Low-tech thieves target customers at Sonoma County gas stations

    04/30/2015 8:46:10 PM PDT · by rey · 18 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 30 April 2015 | PAUL PAYNE
    Ishara Sweeney couldn’t put her finger on it, but something was odd about the gas pump at the Santa Rosa Chevron station. The hose seemed out of place and the numbers began moving before she squeezed the handle. They stopped suddenly at $36.36 but she didn’t hear a click sound. Sweeney was further baffled when she got back into her Toyota Corolla after believing she had fueled up and saw the needle hadn’t moved on her gas gauge. It wasn’t until a knowing attendant arrived that she learned she was the victim of a scam. “I felt pretty dumb,” said...
  • San Francisco Sheriff Moves to Fire Deputy Accused of Staging “Gladiator Fights”

    04/30/2015 9:19:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is seeking to fire a deputy accused of forcing jail inmates to fight for food. The San Francisco sheriff's office says he started termination proceedings this week against the deputy sheriff accused of forcing two inmates to hit each other so he and others could bet on the outcomes. Inmates Say Deputies Forced Them to Fight "Gladiator Style" According to an investigation by the San Francisco Public Defender's office inmates were promised hamburgers if they won,
  • L.A. Port police chief indicted in alleged fraud scheme

    04/30/2015 6:32:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/30/15 | Matt Hamilton
    The chief of police at the nation's busiest container port was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges that accuse him of hiding his business links to a software developer he was helping win a contract at the port. Ronald Jerome Boyd -- the chief of police at the Port of Los Angeles for more than a decade -- faces charges of wire fraud, making false statements to federal agents and tax evasion, according to the 16-count indictment. The charging document alleges that Boyd defrauded the city "by means of bribery and kickbacks" and provided confidential information about the port to...
  • Hundreds march in City Heights to protest Freddie Gray’s death [San Diego, 4/29]

    04/30/2015 5:27:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    KSWB ^ | 4/30/15
    Hundreds of protestors took to the streets of City Heights, uniting in solidarity for Freddie Gray. Speakers warmed up the crowd just after 6 p.m. Tuesday night at the City Heights Urban Village Park. They called for organized protests to bring awareness to their issues including justice for Gray and to abolish police brutality. A march followed with protestors hands up in the air, chanting, “We will fight for Freddie Gray, all day, all night!” Several streets and intersections were blocked off by police to ensure the safety of the protestors. The entrances to the I-15 freeway off University were...
  • San Francisco set to introduce nation's highest minimum wage

    04/30/2015 4:09:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 30, 2015
    San Francisco is getting ready to raise its minimum wage to $12.25 an hour, a rate that will have the city joining Oakland as the locales with the nation's highest legally mandated pay for non-salaried workers. San Francisco's new minimum is set to go into effect on Friday. It was approved by voters as part of an initiative that will increase the minimum wage to $15 in 2018. The National Employment Law Project estimates that 142,000 workers will receive the higher wages.
  • Fontana man charged with hate crime in baseball bat beating

    04/30/2015 8:45:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4-29-15 | Matt Hamilton
    A 22-year-old man was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and a hate crime after police say he beat a man in Rialto with a baseball bat out of a desire to hurt someone who is not African American. The attack was “unprovoked” and “anyone who was not black was a target,” Stella said. Barron remains hospitalized in grave condition, Stella said. The attack has left him paralyzed and comatose due to extensive brain injuries, according to the criminal complaint against Bell filed by the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office.
  • Why California’s Drought Was Completely Preventable

    04/30/2015 8:18:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The present four-year California drought is not novel — even if President Barack Obama and California governor Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells — like those of 1929–34, 1976–77, and 1987–92 — are more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought — well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the...
  • Popular LA bakery built with embezzled money

    04/29/2015 9:20:06 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 21 replies
    AP via SF Chron ^ | Ap 28 2015 | AP
    LOS ANGELES — A thriving French bakery that helped revive a stretch of a major boulevard has become a symbol of betrayal for Robert Smylie. The women behind the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood’s La Maison Du Pain on Pico Boulevard said a trip to Paris inspired them to open a neighborhood bakery. Carmen Salindong and her sister said they took out second mortgages, sold property and pooled their life savings to do so. “It was a wonderful story — but it wasn’t true,” said Smylie, 67. Instead, court documents say the women embezzled $5 million from Smylie’s law firm, where Salindong’s sister-in-law...
  • An Ironic Drought In California (It's Their Own Fault)

    04/30/2015 5:45:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The present four-year California drought is not novel -- even if President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells -- like those of 1929-34, 1976-77 and 1987-92 -- more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought -- well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early...
  • Keystone on West Coast? Oil-sands crude could come to California

    04/30/2015 5:32:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 28, 2015 | David R. Baker
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has a new mission — keeping oil from Canada’s tar sands out of California. Steyer’s NextGen Climate organization released a report Tuesday warning that an “invasion” of tankers and railcars carrying crude from the oil sands could soon hit West Coast refineries, which currently process very little Canadian oil. Steyer, a major Democratic donor who quit his hedge fund to focus on fighting climate change, has risen to prominence as a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline extension, which would link the oil sands to American refineries on the Gulf Coast. But Tuesday’s report, prepared...
  • Illegal border tunnel found leading from Mexico (to San Ysidro)

    04/29/2015 8:36:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 28, 2015 6:42 PM EDT
    U.S. Border Patrol agents have found a suspected drug tunnel with lighting and a rail-car system that connected to a home across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack said agents patrolling west of the San Ysidro port of entry Tuesday morning found a sinkhole close to the U.S. border fence that opened up into the tunnel. …
  • Antelope Valley deputies Must Limit Backseat Detentions, Be Polite [Please Sir, Step Aside?]

    04/29/2015 8:04:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 23, 2015 | CINDY CHANG
    Antelope Valley deputies Must Limit Backseat Detentions, Be Polite By CINDY CHANG L.A. County sheriff's deputies in Antelope Valley must be polite, limit backseat detentions under federal deal A federal settlement made public Tuesday night prohibits Antelope Valley sheriff's deputies from routinely detaining people in the backseat of patrol cars and requires them to start most encounters by politely introducing themselves. Sheriff’s deputies in the high desert have been known for a harsh brand of policing that singles out blacks and Latinos, particularly those in subsidized housing. That reputation attracted the attention of the federal government, which this week reached...
  • Man Walked From Chula Vista to Border After Stabbing Friend: Chula Vista Police

    04/29/2015 7:47:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Samantha Tatro
    Police are searching for 19-year-old Andrew Cortez, who is wanted for homicide in the death of 44-year-old Rene Macias Pressa.A man that stabbed his friend and fled the scene of the crime left behind a bloody trail at least part of the way as he walked from the body to the border, police said. Police are searching for 19-year-old Andrew Cortez, who is wanted for homicide in the death of 44-year-old Rene Macias Pressa. Chula Vista Police were called to the second-story building at 45 3rd Avenue at approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday. The crime scene is located east of Interstate...
  • California sets tough new targets to cut emissions (MoonBeam goes off the deep end .. officially)

    04/29/2015 6:21:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/29/15 | BBC
    Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to bring down emissions to 40% below 1990 levels, in the next 15 years. The US state was already one of the most ambitious in its previous targets and has forced companies to pay for their carbon pollution. Mr Brown said the new target must be met for the sake of future generations. He called the plan "the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions". There were few details about how he intends to meet this target, but the governor has previously talked about increasing...
  • ILWU to idle Bay Area ports to protest police killings of African Americans

    04/29/2015 5:59:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Journal of Commerce ^ | 4/29/15 | Bill Mongelluzzo
    International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 in the Bay Area will use its monthly stop-work meeting on Friday to idle the ports of Oakland and San Francisco to protest recent police killings of African Americans. The executive board and membership of Local 10 aligned its “Union Action to Stop Police Killings of Black and Brown People” with International Workers’ Day, which is celebrated on May 1 in many countries. Port of Oakland spokesman Mike Zampa confirmed there will be no vessel, yard or gate operations on Friday’s first shift. Vessel loading and unloading are scheduled to resume on the...
  • Laura Capps Won’t Seek Mother’s Seat in California

    04/29/2015 4:06:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | April 27, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    Laura Capps announced Monday she will not seek the California seat being vacated by her mother, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps. The younger Capps, a Democratic political operative and nonprofit consultant, had long been viewed as a potential successor in the Santa Barbara-based 24th District. “I’ve decided that now is not the right time for me, Bill and our four year-old-son, and I will not be seeking election to Congress in 2016,” Laura Capps said in a statement. “I have great respect for members of Congress who have young families, and hope there will be more of them, but a cross-country...
  • Graffiti artists' move to national parks shocks nature community

    04/29/2015 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 26, 2015 | Louis Sahagun
    Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris and New York, works as a top editor of the men's fashion magazine L'Officiel Hommes and has appeared in countless glossy magazines as a tastemaker and bon vivant. Two months ago he showed up on the decidedly un-fashionista website Modern Hiker, along with a photo of a boulder he tagged in Joshua Tree National Park. Since then, Saraiva, who lives in France and is known by his fans as Mr. Andre and Mr. A., has been scorned by American nature lovers and thrust into a highly charged...
  • Justices Express Skepticism In Oral Arguments For Gay Marriage Case

    04/28/2015 8:42:02 AM PDT · by VinL · 139 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 4/28/2015 | Riley
    Members of the Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday whether now is the right time to force states to allow same-sex couples to marry, pointing to how quickly public opinion has shifted on the issue of marriage equality. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a key figure in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, suggested that he might be worried about the court moving too quickly to force states to marry same-sex couples. “This definition has been with us for millennia,” Kennedy said of male-female marriages. The justice also said it would be very difficult for the court to...
  • White House Teams Up With Soros for Disturbing 2016 Plan

    04/27/2015 9:26:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    wj ^ | April 24, 2015 | Ben Marquis
    Last year, as part of his Imperial decree of amnesty for illegal immigrants, resident Barack Obama created the White House Task Force on New Americans, whose goal is to vastly increase the numbers and rates at which immigrants were naturalized and granted citizenship. This Task Force works hand-in-hand with the George Soros-funded, open borders-promoting Migration Policy Institute, as well as the openly racist group La Raza, a Mexican nationalist organization that has called for the mass murder of white Americans and a return of the western states to Mexico. The Task Force is headed up by one Cecilia Munoz, Obama’s...
  • Audit: California departments break law, game personnel system for money

    04/28/2015 11:35:02 AM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4-10-15 | Jon Ortiz and Jim Miller
    The report released Friday on the Department of Finance’s website did not include an estimate of how much money departments hoard by breaking the law, but it confirms a 2014 Sacramento Bee investigation that concluded tens of millions of tax dollars earmarked to pay workers is hoarded and funneled to other purposes. By law, departments are supposed to forfeit money for a position that goes unfilled for six months, returning it to its source fund for reallocation. But as The Bee’s report and the new state audit found, departments deceptively move employees between jobs ahead of the six-month deadline. They...
  • Spanking suspect re-arrested

    04/28/2015 11:32:33 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 4-28-15 | Jessica York
    The 30-year-old Soquel man accused of slapping two joggers’ butts Thursday morning was re-arrested over the weekend. Lee Cast posted bail Friday, after Santa Cruz police arrested him in relation to an alleged sexual assault on a Santa Cruz runner on Bay Avenue. A second jogger making the same allegations for an encounter later Thursday morning on Portola Drive did not come forward until after Cast’s release from jail, Santa Cruz police Lt. Bernie Escalante said.