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  • 2 CALIFORNIA COUNTIES ASK TO FORM SEPARATE STATE

    08/29/2014 3:07:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 44 replies
    AP The Big Story ^ | August 28, 2014 | Juliet Williams
    Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal. Modoc and Siskiyou counties, which share a border with Oregon and have a combined population of about 53,000, submitted petitions from their county governments to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate after filing a petition complaining about a lack of representation to the secretary of state. "
  • Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on U.S. Border

    08/29/2014 11:09:07 AM PDT · by kristinn · 162 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Friday, August 29, 2014
    Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat. Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group...
  • Judicial Watch: Feds’ Bulletin Describes Threat of Imminent Terrorist Attack on Southern Border

    08/29/2014 11:24:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | August 29, 2014 1:47 PM | By Andrew C. McCarthy
    For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement: Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch...
  • New Security Breach at Metcalf Substation, Site of 2013 Sniper Attack

    08/29/2014 7:58:53 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Scott Pham and Cheryl Hurd
    New Security Breach at Metcalf Substation, Site of 2013 Sniper Attack By Scott Pham and Cheryl Hurd More than a year after a major sniper attack at an electrical substation near San Jose, a new security breach has PG&E asking the public for help. Cheryl Hurd reports. Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 • Updated at 7:27 AM PDT More than a year after a major sniper attack at an electrical substation near San Jose, a new security breach has PG&E asking the public for help. PG&E officials said burglars stole construction equipment from the Metcalf Substation. The security breach happened at...
  • Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume

    08/29/2014 7:15:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/28/2014 | JULIE CART
    The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous. The Bureau of Land Management said the report — and additional environmental reviews — will allow it to begin leasing on public land next year. The announcement is welcome news for energy companies that have been shut out of the oil-rich San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast. But critics, including environmental organizations whose lawsuits led to a judge's order to halt leasing last year, said the analysis was rushed by the...
  • (CA) Lawmakers OK bill setting standards for campus sexual assault policies

    08/29/2014 6:14:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 28, 2014 | Patrick McGreevy and Melaine Mason
    To address the problem of rape on campuses, California colleges and universities would have to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity under a proposal passed by state lawmakers Thursday. If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, such policies would be required at all public colleges and other institutions that receive state funds for student aid. They would have to include a detailed protocol for assisting victims of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and date violence.
  • Porn filming on hold as another star test positive for HIV

    08/29/2014 5:16:38 AM PDT · by Colehill1999 · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | Christine MaDuc
    An immediate and indefinite moratorium has been placed on all porn filming after another performer may have tested positive for HIV. lRelated Porn actress' positive HIV test roils adult entertainment world L.A. Now Porn actress' positive HIV test roils adult entertainment world See all related 8 “There was a positive test at one of our testing centers. Confirmatory tests are not yet back, but we are taking every precaution to protect performers and to determine if there’s been any threat to the performer pool,” said Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult...
  • Illegal Aliens Attack Border Patrol In San Diego With Rocks And Bottles

    08/28/2014 6:48:37 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    conservative post ^ | august 28, 2014 | brandon stewart
    As the Left is pushing amnesty like never before, and illegal aliens are staging regular protests at ICE locations, illegal aliens are also getting more brazen on our Southern border. Attacks against our border agents are way up, but this weekend’s move was unprecedented, as Mexican illegals coordinated a violent confrontation against outmanned agents. A crowd of more than 150 illegals pelted Border Patrol agents with rocks and bottles — injuring several agents — as they tried to cross into the U.S. illegally in the San Diego sector, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The incident happened Sunday in...
  • California drivers brace for costly new gas tax

    08/28/2014 6:26:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/27/2014 | William La Jeunesse and Laura Prabucki
    Californians already pay the nation's second highest gas tax at 68 cents a gallon -- and now it will go up again in January to pay for a first-in-the-nation climate change law. ... Estimates of the cost of the tax vary. The California Air Resources Board, the Golden State's premier anti-pollution agency, predicts the new tax will raise gasoline prices from 20 cents to $1.30 per gallon. A prominent state senator who helped author the bill estimated the cost at 40 cents a gallon. Environmental activists downplay the cost, but hail the impact. "We're going to now tackle probably 40...
  • On second try, California plastic bag ban passes Assembly

    08/28/2014 4:27:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | August 28, 2014 | BY JEREMY B. WHITE
    With a prominent grocery workers’ union back in support, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Just days after the measure could not muster the 41 votes needing to pass, falling short at 38, it passed on a 44-29 vote. Seven Democrats who withheld votes on the previous attempt pivoted to vote aye. Lawmakers turned back Senate Bill 270 on Monday as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union withdrew crucial labor backing for the sweeping prohibition. Central to the union’s reversal was a provision allowing grocery stores to offer paper or...
  • Brown nominee to California's high court wins approval

    08/28/2014 3:35:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 28, 2014 | by Bob Egelko
    Stanford law Prof. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar won a unanimous vote from a state commission Thursday for his nomination to the California Supreme Court, moving Gov. Jerry Brown a step closer to reshaping the Republican-dominated court. The three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments approved Brown's nomination of Cuéllar, a 41-year-old scholar, to succeed conservative Justice Marvin Baxter on the court. Baxter is retiring in January and Cuéllar will take office for a 12-year term if approved by state voters in November. The seating of the governor's two appointees will likely form "a new majority," moving the court somewhat to the left, said Gerald...
  • Immigrant Families Released to Slum Shelter,

    08/28/2014 2:43:59 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 9 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 8/22/2014 | Wendy Fry
    As federal officials grapple with a crisis-level influx of Central Americans who are showing up at U.S. borders, NBC 7 Investigates found at least three immigrant families released to a Santee shelter kept in deplorable conditions. According to a contract provided to residents of the “House of Hope,” the home is an outreach ministry of the Faith Family Christian Center, run by Pastor David Barrett. Conditions inside the “House of Hope” A resident led us through the shelter on Prospect Avenue, navigating our news crew through piles of bedding visibly covered in flies, fleas and maggots. At least eight, bedraggled...
  • Compton Officials Urged To Drop Plan To Arm School Police Officers With AR-15s

    08/28/2014 1:39:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 28, 2014 8:43 AM
    COMPTON (CBSLA.com) — Community leaders in the city of Compton Thursday were expected to demand officials rescind a policy that would arm school police officers with AR-15 assault rifles. The Compton Unified Board of Education approved the Urban Police Rifle (UPR) policy (PDF) in June to improve security on campus by allowing specially-trained officers to purchase and possess the semiautomatic rifles while on duty, according to The Los Angeles Times. According to the Board, the policy “will provide a more effective means to protect the students, staff, community, and police personnel in high risk and/or dangerous situations.” Under the plan,...
  • Arrest Rate in California Senate Higher Than Rate in All of State' Cities

    08/28/2014 12:26:15 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 5 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | August 26, 2014 | Phillip Reese
    Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities. State Senator Ron Calderon was arrested in February for allegedly taking bribes. State Senator Leland Yee was arrested in March for allegedly trafficking in firearms and taking bribes. State Senator Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving charges. A fourth senator, Roderick Wright, was convicted of perjury and voter fraud charges in January but was arrested prior to this year. [SNIP]
  • Illegal Aliens Storm the Beach in San Diego, Second Attempt Thwarted

    08/28/2014 12:22:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | August 28, 2014 - 11:23 AM | By Craig Bannister
    Illegal aliens successfully landed on a San Diego beach in a panga boat on Monday and ran to shore - but, when another group tried the same thing on Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) agents were waiting for them. Around 7am Monday morning, a horde of illegal aliens stormed a San Diego beach after coming ashore in a panga boat. They sprinted across the beach and climbed over a wall, entering the city Seven of the illegal aliens were spotted by helicopter and later apprehended several blocks from the beach; the CBP is still looking for at least ten...
  • Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit against University of CA to End Tuition Grants for Illegal Aliens

    08/28/2014 11:36:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Suit charges that both federal and state law prohibit UC system from using tax dollars to provide discounted in-state tuition benefits and financial aid to illegal aliens (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on August 26 2014, it filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court for the State of California, Los Angeles County, seeking an end to an estimated annual $19.6 million in non-resident tuition waivers currently being given to illegal alien students by the University of California (UC) Regents (Earl De Vries v. Regents of the University of California (No. 555614)). The suit also seeks an end...
  • Joan Rivers hospitalized after she stops breathing during operation: report

    08/28/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    www.nydailynews.com ^ | Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 11:04 AM | BY Larry Mcshane
    The comedian was undergoing an operation for her vocal cords when the incident occurred. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center.
  • California environmentalists decry feds' fire plan

    08/28/2014 7:09:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    omaha.com ^ | Updated: 9:02 am, Thu Aug 28, 2014.
    Under the proposal, about 24 square miles of the burned mountain range will be logged, as well as an additional 28 square miles along roads where trees threaten to fall and hurt people. ... "This is an ecological travesty," said Chad Hanson, a forest ecologist and founder of the John Muir Project, an environmentalist group. "It's basically an extinction plan for the California spotted owl." Hanson said he is considering challenging the suit in court and has no choice but to file a federal petition seeking to list the spotted owl as endangered or threatened. David Bischel, president of the...
  • Obamacare: Does Covered California really have you covered?

    08/28/2014 6:18:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | August 27, 2014 | By Emily Bazar
    A worrisome trend is emerging among some Californians who thought they were safe and secure under Covered California: Their plans are being canceled without consent and sometimes without notice. Take Ricki Manahan, who lives in Truckee near Lake Tahoe. Manahan and her husband signed up for an Anthem Blue Cross plan from Covered California early this year. They paid their premiums but out of nowhere last month, the couple received new insurance cards in the mail for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program, which provides publicly funded insurance to low-income residents. A growing number of Californians with Covered California plans are...
  • USC player Josh Shaw admits story was hoax [Media FACT CHECKERS FAIL AGAIN]

    08/28/2014 4:23:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/27/14
    Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans' team activities, the school announced in a statement Wednesday.
  • California mulls bill to remove guns from potential offenders (Misleading, actually confiscation)

    08/28/2014 12:26:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 27, 2014 | Joaquin Palomino
    A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence advanced in California on Wednesday, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state's legislative session. The measure was introduced after police 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 that he was in poor mental health and might become violent. The bill passed the senate 23-8. It passed the assembly once, but...
  • L.A. Mayor Garcetti Expected To Announce Plan For $13.25 Minimum Wage

    08/27/2014 6:26:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 27, 2014
    L.A. Mayor Garcetti Expected To Announce Plan For $13.25 Minimum Wage By CATHERINE SAILLANT L.A. council members are drafting an ordinance to boost hourly pay to at least $15.37 at the largest hotels Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is circulating a plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour over three years, followed by annual boosts keyed to inflation, according to business representatives and City Hall officials. The action is expected to be announced on Labor Day. So far, the proposal has received a cool reception from major business groups worried about the effect on payroll and...
  • Central California residents rely on bottled water as wells run dry

    08/27/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8-27-14 | Veronica Rocha
    Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville, many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water.. Roughly 300 homes have received a three-week supply of bottled water after Tulare County officials discovered their wells had gone dry. In all, county officials distributed 15,552 1-gallon bottles of water, and have been filling a 2,500-gallon tank with nonpotable water so residents can flush toilets and bathe.
  • Stunning before and after images of California's drought

    08/27/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    Vox ^ | August 27, 2014 | Brad Plumer
    California is currently suffering through its worst drought in at least a century, with 82 percent of the state facing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. The before-and-after photos below offer a visual look at just how staggering the change has been.
  • Bill Gates, wife donate $1 million to gun control group

    08/26/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    ap ^ | August 25, 2014
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. ... The large donation comes on the heels of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $500,000 donation earlier this month. Also last week, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated an additional $1 million, bring his total donation to the campaign to nearly $1.4 million.
  • Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

    08/27/2014 7:17:25 AM PDT · by Drango · 44 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/27/14
    California history textbooks will now be asked to cover "the significance of President Barack Obama's election," under a law signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown. requires California's Instructional Quality Commission "to consider including, and recommending for adoption by the state board, instruction on the election of President Barack Obama and the significance of the United States electing its first African American President, as appropriate." The author, Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden, said in a statement: "We want to make sure that future generations understand that the election of our nation's first African American president was a historic step in the...
  • Gov. Brown to Illegals: You're All Welcome In Caliornia (America the other Mexico)

    08/27/2014 6:29:06 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 26 replies
    agenda21radio.com ^ | 8/27/14 | Paul Preston
    On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California. According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is “the other Mexico,” Brown “spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California.” He “nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn’t matter if they had permission to be in the United States.”
  • LAUSD Superintendent Scraps Controversial $1B iPad Program

    08/26/2014 8:42:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 26, 2014 6:05 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Unified School District is scrapping its controversial $1 billion iPad program. Superintendent John Deasy sent a letter Monday to the Board of Education notifying them that he is ending his contract with Apple, according to the LA Times. Recent emails revealed Deasy had a two-year business relationship with the technology giant prior to awarding Apple the district contract. United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents LAUSD teachers, is calling for Deasy to explain his association with Apple and the lack of a bidding process involving other tablet makers. “The superintendent does not...
  • Three Men Charged In Shooting of San Bernardino Police Officer [Where's Sharpton and Holder?]

    08/26/2014 8:27:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 26, 2014 | JAMES BARRAGAN
    Three Men Charged In Shooting of San Bernardino Police Officer San Bernardino Police Officer Gabriel Garcia, 31, left, was badly injured in an early Friday gun battle with Alex Alvarado, 38, right, officials say. Garcia remains in critical condition. Alvarado was killed at the scene. (San Bernardino Police Department) By JAMES BARRAGAN Three men charged in shooting that critically wounded San Bernardino police officer Three men face felony counts in shooting, wounding of San Bernardino police officer, slaying of fourth suspect Three men were charged Tuesday with attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of an assault rifle in...
  • Jerry Brown: Immigrants, Legal or Not, 'Welcome In California' [And If Illegal Is ISIS Member?]

    08/26/2014 6:23:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 75 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 26, 2014 | CHRIS MEGERIAN
    <p>The trip comes less than a month after Brown visited Mexico City on a four-day trade mission. The governor has been prodding California's southern neighbor to take stronger action against climate change. He's also been seeking increased economic ties, including tourism and clean energy technology.</p>
  • Pelosi Might Never Want To Leave Her House Again (Best of Stretch Pelosi)

    08/26/2014 3:46:36 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 08/20/2014 | ANDREA D. COMBS
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi is known for her occasional quirky comments, but seeing many of them in one place takes the humor to another level entirely. Roll Call put together Pelosi’s most memorable and amusing moments – some of which include these absurd quotes:
  • California Forces Farm Workers into Union

    08/26/2014 12:46:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8-26-14 | Bill McMorris
    A group of Fresno farm workers is accusing the state of California of forcing them into the United Farm Workers union. Workers at Fresno-based Gerawan Farms held an election in November to determine whether or not they would remain in the UFW. However, those ballots were never counted. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) seized the ballots until it could investigate UFW allegations of voter impropriety. “We direct the regional director to forward to the Board and serve on all parties to the election all challenged ballot declarations and all other evidence in his possession relevant to the eligibility of...
  • ... world's first hydrogen reactor for reduction of unlimited hydrogen ...

    08/25/2014 10:16:16 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 92 replies
    Kochari ^ | July 22, so14 | Solar Hydrogen Trends
    Solar Hydrogen Trends, Inc., developer of innovative breakthrough technology with the world’s first hydrogen reactor for production of unlimited hydrogen, conducts final series of control tests on technology PR NewswireMENLO PARK, Calif., July 22, 2014 MENLO PARK, Calif., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ —  American company, Menlo Park based technology firm Solar Hydrogen Trends, Inc. (www.SolarHydrogenTrends.com) today announced that it has conducted a final series of control tests on hydrogen reactor Symphony 7A.Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140722/129200A follow-up series of tests was required due to the fact that the two previous series of tests had shown such incredible production of hydrogen in reactor...
  • Fresno federal judge: state's gun wait is unconstitutional for some

    08/25/2014 6:02:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | 8/25/2014 | JOHN ELLIS
    A federal judge in Fresno on Monday ruled the state's 10-day waiting period for buying firearms is unconstitutional for those who've previously purchased weapons and cleared background checks. U.S. District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii issued the ruling after a March bench trial, as well as deposition testimony and numerous briefings that concluded at the end of June. Last December, he had denied a request by state Attorney General Kamala Harris to throw out the lawsuit. Harris, along with the California Department of Justice, were defendants in the suit. "As an individual plaintiff I was ecstatic," said Madera County resident...
  • Federal Judge Rules California's 10-Day Waiting Period Unconstitutional

    08/25/2014 3:00:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    >Today, a federal judge ruled that California’s 10-day waiting period is unconstitutional. Gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, along with Calguns Foundation and the Second Amendment Fondation, challenged the law, saying that the 10-day waiting period adds additional costs and disruptions preventing them from exercising their constitutional Second Amendment rights (via Calguns Foundation): In the decision released this morning, Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, found that “the 10-day waiting periods of Penal Code [sections 26815(a) and 27540(a)] violate the Second Amendment” as applied to members of certain...
  • Gutiérrez On Coming Obama Executive Amnesty: 'Get Prepared'

    08/25/2014 1:39:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 08/25/2014 | Staff
    With President Obama expected to announce executive action on immigration reform soon, Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez says he is telling people to “get ready.” “It's music to my ears that someone would have a source at the White House that say it's 5 million. Let me just say, tomorrow, the next day, and all of this week we're getting ready,” he said. Gutiérrez appeared on MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart after MSNBC senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing said that senior White House officials expect Obama to grant executive amnesty to around 5 million illegal immigrants after his European trip to...
  • Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

    08/24/2014 9:48:41 AM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 46 replies
    AP, Town Hall ^ | August 24, 2014 | unknown
    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands on Sunday. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck just before 3:30 a.m. miles from Napa in California wine country was felt widely, breaking water mains, causing more than 100 gas leaks, leaving two adults and a child critically injured, damaging some of Napa Valley's famed wineries, and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. Dazed residents too fearful of aftershocks to...
  • Confederate Flag Doesn't Fly With California Lawmakers

    08/24/2014 7:12:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 69 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 8/21/2014 | Lydia O'Connor
    "No Californian should be exposed to the type of hate or threat of violence caused by the image of the Confederate flag," the bill's author, Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton), said in a press release.
  • M 6.1 Earthquake, 6km NW of American Canyon, California [CA Freepers please check in]

    08/24/2014 3:39:32 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 188 replies
    USGS ^ | August 24. 2014 | No Attribution
    An earthquake with magnitude 6.1 occurred near American Canyon, CA at 10:20:44.00 UTC on Aug 24, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
  • California: Insurers must cover elective abortions

    08/23/2014 8:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 5:51 PM EDT
    Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans. Although the federal Affordable Care Act does not compel employers to provide workers with health insurance that includes abortion coverage, the director of California’s Department of Managed Health Care said in a letter to seven insurance companies on Friday that the state Constitution and a 1975 state law prohibits them from selling group plans that exclude the procedure. The...
  • California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

    08/23/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies
    © 2014 NPR ^ | August 22, 2014 3:32 PM ET | by NANCY SHUTE
    A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus. But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.... C. gattii from three trees, Canary Island pine, New Zealand pohutukawa and American sweet gum, matched almost exactly with C. gattii from infected patients. And the tree samples matched not just those from recent patients but from people who were sick 10 to 12 years ago. Thus this strain of C. gattii has been...
  • Gov. Brown Urges $3 Million In Legal Aid For Immigrant Children

    08/22/2014 5:33:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 22, 2014 | MELANIE MASON AND KATE LINTHICUM
    Gov. Brown Urges $3 Million In Legal Aid For Immigrant Children Jerry Brown California Gov. Jerry Brown, seen here in Lake Tahoe on Aug. 19, announced a proposal this week to provide $3 million in legal aid to immigrant children. By MELANIE MASON AND KATE LINTHICUM Seeking to address a swell of unaccompanied children from Central America who have immigrated to the U.S. illegally in recent months, Gov. Jerry Brown and other California lawmakers announced a proposal Thursday to provide $3 million in legal aid to those minors. The bill, if approved, would steer taxpayer money to nonprofit organizations that...
  • Soros, Steyer Spend Big in Bid to Rescue Democrats' Majority

    08/22/2014 5:27:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 22, 2014 | Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
    George Soros gave $500,000 apiece to House Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund. Climate-change activist Tom Steyer gave the biggest super PAC donation in July with $7.5 million. Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names. Democrats dominate the list of notable July donors ... Michael Bloomberg is staying plenty active in his post-mayoral days. Aside from funding his gun-control-focused super PAC, Bloomberg has written checks to Senate Majority PAC and super PACs that backed...
  • California Forces Catholic Universities to Pay for Abortions for Their Employees

    08/22/2014 3:33:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Life News ^ | August 22, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    I told you this was coming. Now, Jerry Brown has decided to force two Catholic universities to cover abortion in their health insurance.From the San Francisco Chronicle story: Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has reversed an earlier decision to allow two Catholic universities to eliminate coverage of most abortions for employees, saying state law requires health insurance plans to cover all abortions…Urged by abortion-rights groups and university employees to reconsider the issue, Brown’s Department of Managed Health Care, in letters to be sent Friday to insurers for both universities, said the exclusions violate a 1975 state law that requires group health...
  • California Sex Ed Gone Mad

    08/22/2014 6:52:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 21, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    What’s the difference between a Playboy magazine and Fremont Unified School District’s sex-ed curriculum? The curriculum is free! The 9th grade textbook, which teachers unanimously approved, has been the center of a nationwide debate over the schools’ role in parenting kids on sensitive topics like this. In this particular California District, thousands of parents are protesting the jaw-dropping topics in the “Your Health Today” curriculum — including everything from bondage, sex toys, and various fantasies. “It’s a bit much for me,” said mom Latonya Stevenson. “I’m not comfortable with my child — I mean, wow, that’s the graphics are extreme...
  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • LA's Idea of Using a Lottery to Entice Voters Is a Stinker

    08/21/2014 8:28:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted unanimously last week to ask the City Council to consider "financial incentives, such as a lottery system," to draw voters to the polls. You just know that if the city embraces this new low, then it will spread like a cancer across the land. The City of Angels has a problem. As Ethics Commission President Nathan Hochman put it, campaign "spending is going up, and voter turnout is going down." Last year, 75 percent of registered voters skipped the mayoral race, and less than 10 percent voted in a more recent school board special...
  • Hurdles Remain to Signing Up More Latinos for Health Coverage

    08/21/2014 7:57:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    California Health Report ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Fran Kritz
    State officials are stepping up their enrollment efforts this month to prepare for open enrollment in October. But some Latino advocates say Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace, has a long way to go. “Fact sheets in Spanish only became available this month, and events, such as bilingual information sessions, were often not well publicized,” said Sonya Vasquez, policy director of the Community Health Councils of Los Angeles. Getting more Latinos to sign up faster this year is critical. The signup period is three months shorter than last year’s and will run from November 15 to February 15, 2015. Covered...
  • Sacramento Kaiser Treating Patient Possibly Exposed to Ebola Virus

    08/20/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies
    www.nbcbayarea.com ^ | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 • Updated at 10:40 AM PDT | By NBC Bay Area staff
    A patient admitted to a South Sacramento hospital may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, health officials said Tuesday. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test blood samples from the patient. "In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease," Dr. Stephen Parodi, director of hospital operations for...
  • Dead-Bird ‘Steamers’ at a California Solar Plant: 28,000 birds incinerated at Obama's favorite plant

    08/20/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    California’s massive Ivanpah solar power plant can produce enough electricity for 140,000 households — but the environmental cost is nothing less than an avian slaughter. The plant’s 350,000 mirrors bounce sizzling sunlight to the tops of three 40-story boiler towers, heating steam for turbine electricity generators. Temperatures near the towers can reach up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, heat certainly sufficient to fry a fowl. “Workers at the state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — ‘streamers,’ for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in...