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  • Rent Prices Down in San Francisco, San Jose

    09/27/2016 6:25:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    KTVU ^ | SEP 26 2016
    A new report out shows rent prices are falling in several Bay Area cities. The trend for rent prices has been up for such a long time but in San Francisco, rent came down by 6 percent last month. Abodo, an apartment search website, released a new study showing where the biggest increases and decreases were in rents for one bedroom apartments across the country. >>>Click here to see the report. Rent in San Francisco between August to September went from around $3,950 a month to around $3,700. In San Jose, the news was better. It ranked number two in...
  • New law allows Californians to rescue pets from hot cars

    09/26/2016 1:20:15 PM PDT · by rey · 62 replies
    SACRAMENTO — Californians who see an animal trapped in a hot car can now break a window to set them free without fear of prosecution under a bill signed over the weekend by Gov. Jerry Brown. Rescuers can break into the car as long as there is no other way to free the animal, for instance if the animal appears to be in peril, the car is locked and law enforcement is not arriving quickly enough. The rescuer must stay at the scene until law enforcement respond to the situation. The bill was introduced after a series of incidents in...
  • Family of San Bernardino Shooter Wants Insurance Money

    09/26/2016 8:40:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 53 replies
    KFI 640 ^ | September 25, 2016 | news
    The mother of one of the San Bernardino terrorists has filed new court documents demanding a judge give her the proceeds of two life insurance policies seized by the U.S. government. Rafia Farook argues in the filing she's owed the $275,000 because she is an, "innocent third party beneficiary," of the policies, and had no role in the attack last December that killed 14 and injured 22. . . Farook has also asked the judge to order the government to pay her attorney fees.
  • Police might not know where their guns are, and the law says that's OK[ 300+ Weapons lost ! ]

    09/25/2016 9:43:02 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | Sept 25,2016 | By TONY SAAVEDRA
    Southern California police agencies regularly lose track of all manner of firearms, from high-powered rifles and grenade launchers to standard service handguns – weapons that often wind up on the street. An Orange County Register investigation of 134 state and local police agencies from Kern County to the Mexican border found that over the past five years at least 329 firearms were lost by or stolen from law enforcement agencies. Dozens of these weapons wound up in the hands of criminals – and some were involved in crimes. In Northern California, a missing police gun was used in a suspected...
  • Can racist tweets help predict hate crimes? L.A. is about to find out

    09/25/2016 8:21:00 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 33 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/23/16 | Richard Winton
    Can police prevent hate crimes by monitoring racist banter on social media? Researchers will be testing this concept over the next three years in Los Angeles, marking a new frontier in efforts by law enforcement to predict and prevent crimes. During a three-year experiment, British researchers working with the Santa Monica-based Rand Corp. will be monitoring millions of tweets related to the L.A. area in an effort to identify patterns and markers that prejudice-motivated violence is about to occur in real time. The researchers then will compare the data against records of reported violent acts. The U.S. Department of Justice...
  • Characteristic chemical signature for chronic fatigue syndrome identified

    09/25/2016 7:55:50 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | August 29, 2016 | Unattributed
    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious and maddening condition, with no cure or known cause. But researchers, using a variety of techniques to identify and assess targeted metabolites in blood plasma, have identified a characteristic chemical signature for the debilitating ailment and an unexpected underlying biology: It is similar to the state of dauer, and other hypometabolic syndromes like caloric restriction, diapause and hibernation. Dauer is the German word for persistence or long-lived. It is a type of stasis in the development in some invertebrates that is prompted by harsh environmental conditions. The findings are published online in the...
  • California Enacts Law Requiring IMDB to Remove Actor Ages on Request

    09/24/2016 8:20:42 PM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 24, 2016 | Ryan Parker and Jonathan Handel
    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove an actor’s age upon request. The law applies to database sites that are used by the industry to make hiring decisions, which includes IMDb and the Studio System. In order to make the request, a membership to IMDb is required, which is open to all to apply. “Even though it is against both federal and state law, age discrimination persists in the entertainment industry,” Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, said in a statement. “AB 1687 provides the necessary tools to remove age...
  • The Latest: Standoff in San Francisco prompts evacuations

    09/24/2016 6:17:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | Sept. 24, 2016 6pm | AssociatedcPress
    <p>5:25 p.m. Police say an ongoing standoff with an armed and suicidal man has shut down San Francisco's Civic Center and nearby United Nations Plaza.</p> <p>Police spokesman Carlos Manfredi says the man called 911 around noon Saturday to say he was going to harm himself and any officer who came close to him.</p>
  • LOOK: Kaepernick kneels at high school game while players protest on their backs

    09/24/2016 3:50:59 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 24, 2016 | Ryan Wilson
    Colin Kaepernick has yet to throw a regular-season pass, but the 49ers' backup quarterback's decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest social inequality has made an impact that extends well beyond a football game. As Kaepernick continues to protest, he has been joined by other NFL players, and athletes -- both professional and amateur -- in other sports. It has become a divisive topic nationally, especially in light of recent shootings of African-American men by police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina. On Friday night, Kaepernick was in Oakland at Castlemont High School, where he...
  • LA Police Union: Police Commission Wants Cops To Run From Armed Suspects

    09/24/2016 1:57:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Sep. 22, 2016 | Kerry Picket
    The Los Angeles Police Commission wants LAPD police officers to run away when a suspect confronts them with a weapon, warns the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the labor union of the city’s police officers. The organization posted a blog post critical of the commission’s recent decision to find that fault lay upon an LAPD officer who used deadly force when a female suspect, Norma Guzman, came at him and his partner swinging a large knife. “The key facts in this case are not in dispute. A female suspect, armed with an 8 to 9-inch knife, charged at officers, repeatedly...
  • Mispronouncing Student’s Name Now a ‘Microaggression’

    09/23/2016 9:26:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 22, 2016 | Susan Berry
    A campaign initiated by the National Association for Bilingual Education and the Santa Clara County Office of Education says a teacher who mispronounces a student’s name is causing a negative emotional state that can lead to poor academic success. The campaign, titled “My Name, My Identity: A Declaration of Self,” says on its website, “Did you know that mispronouncing a student’s name negates the identity of the student? This can lead to anxiety and resentment which, in turn, can hinder academic progress.”
  • Anthem protest spreads to Oakland City Council

    09/23/2016 7:07:23 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 23, 2016 | Otis R. Taylor Jr.
    Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem has inspired two Oakland City Council members to remain seated for the pledge of allegiance. Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan are the latest Oaklanders to follow Kaepernick in protesting oppression of minorities.
  • California’s Soberanes Fire Is the Most Expensive in America&#8202;—&#8202;Ever

    09/22/2016 4:20:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Pacific Standard Magazine ^ | 9/22 | Madeleine Thomas
    The Soberanes Fire — which continues to burn throughout California’s Monterey County — is officially the most expensive in the United States’ history, with costs topping $208.4 million, the Associated Press reports. California already sustains the highest annual wildfire costs of any state. And, as KPCC reports, this year’s fire season as a whole—which has included scorchers like the Blue Cut, Soberanes, and Sand Fires — could prove to be the most expensive for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) since 2000. The Soberanes Fire, which began on July 22nd after an illegal campfire, is only 71 percent contained, according to the...
  • Air Force Identified U-2 Pilot Who Died in Crash

    09/22/2016 12:10:03 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 20 replies
    Air Force Link ^ | 9/22/2016 | Beale AFB Public Affairs
    BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- The pilot who was killed when a U-2 crashed shortly after takeoff Sept. 20 has been identified as Lt. Col. Ira S. Eadie, according to Air Force officials. Eadie, assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, and another pilot ejected from the two-seater reconnaissance aircraft before it crashed at about 9:05 a.m. near the Sutter Buttes mountain range in northern California. The other pilot, who was not identified, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and is in good condition at a local medical facility. The U-2 was assigned to the 1st RS at Beale...
  • California University Students Call Words ‘Crazy’ and ‘Stupid’ Hate Speech, Play in Big Ball Pit

    09/22/2016 9:09:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | September 21, 2016 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    During its “inclusive language” campaign, California State University-Northridge students lounged in a bouncy-ball pit and held forth about words that hurt their feelings in a so-called “vent tent,” Heat Street has learned after exclusively reviewing documents and video footage. CSU-Northridge’s event stretched on for an entire week, teaching students about “potentially hurtful phrases” and cautioning that “using non-inclusive language can have a negative affect on others.”
  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event...

    09/22/2016 9:00:16 AM PDT · by Carl Vehse · 27 replies
    East Bay Express ^ | September 21, 2016 | Nick Miller
    Multiple sources have confirmed that Sacramento Mayor, former NBA star, and UC Berkeley standout Kevin Johnson was hit in the face with a pie tonight at a farm-to-table dinner event — then he tackled and assaulted the protester in a "bloody" brawl. Full Title: "Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene"
  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson assaulted with pie at benefit dinner

    09/22/2016 8:35:25 AM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | September 22nd, 2016 | BY ELLEN GARRISON AND JESSICA HICE
    Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was hit in the face with a pie Wednesday night at a benefit dinner at Sacramento Charter High School, and got into a brief physical altercation with his assailant, the mayor’s spokeswoman said. “Let me be clear, the mayor was assaulted tonight,” said spokeswoman Crystal Strait. “He is home with his family…The whole thing is just shocking.” Sean Thompson, 32, was arrested on a felony charge of assaulting a public official and misdemeanor charge of battery on school property, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s website. He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail at...
  • Teen Sisters Hurt During Stockton Protest Felt Targeted Because They Are White [CA]

    09/22/2016 7:37:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | September 21, 2016 7:11 PM | Angela Musallam
    Stockton police are searching for the suspects in a vicious attack that happened on Friday against two teenaged sisters. […] What was supposed to be a peaceful protest remembering Colby Friday turned into a vicious brawl directed against two sisters, and now, investigators are looking for suspects. “Our understanding is that it involved several out-of-towners whose intent was more than protesting,” said Ron Freitas, the Assistant District Attorney for San Joaquin County. Stockton police say the protestors claimed to be connected with the Black Lives Matter movement and were protesting recent officer-involved shootings against blacks. According to police, the two...
  • This U.S. city has more Syrian refugees than New York and LA combined [ Boise, Idaho ]

    09/21/2016 7:12:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | September 16, 2016 | Rob Hotakainen
    Despite resistance by Idaho’s top political leaders, 118 Syrian refugees have moved to the Gem State since last Oct. 1, all of them settling in Boise, according to new data from the State Department. Compared with larger cities, Boise took in a disproportionate share, accepting more than twice as many refugees as New York, with 9, and Los Angeles, with 45, combined. ... Overall, the United States had admitted 11,469 Syrian refugees as of Sept. 9, ... no state took in more Syrian refugees than California, with 1,300. San Diego accepted more than half of them, or 690, while Sacramento...
  • Trump Leads in Arizona and Nevada, Clinton in California and Washington (InsightsWest Poll)

    09/21/2016 3:33:09 PM PDT · by Ravi · 28 replies
    Insights west ^ | 9/21/16 | Insights
    Online Poll FWIW: AZ: Trump 46; Clinton 41; Johnson 9; Stein 1 NV: Trump 47; Clinton 44; Johnson 6 WA: Clinton 44; Trump 32; Johnson 16 CA: Clinton 62 Trump 34; Johnson2 2; Stein 1 Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.
  • Tim Kaine here for fundraiser co-hosted by staunch Republican Meg Whitman (staunch?)

    09/21/2016 10:41:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/21/16 | Amy Graff
    Tim Kaine is swinging by the Bay Area's political ATM on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton's running mate will be attending two fundraisers in Atherton and another in San Francisco. Kaine will be scooping up cash during a roundtable at the home of Steve Spinner, an angel investor and top fundraiser in President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and his wife, Allison. In the afternoon, he'll be lunching at the home of former GOP supporter and Silicon Valley philanthropist Jillian Manus. Former GOP gubernatorial candidate and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman will be co-hosting the event. Over the summer, the high-profile Republican...
  • Gun-toting Democrats bristle at firearms limits in California

    09/21/2016 7:57:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 20, 2016 | Veronique Dupont
    California is a Democratic bastion in the United States, but the party's presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has some voters up in arms over her push to tighten gun control. [Snip] A Pew Research study found that 40 percent of gun owners across the United States are Republican, twice the number of Democrats. But in California, the share of gun-toting Democrats is larger. "We believe there's an immense number of Democrats among California gun owners," said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, noting there were no official statistics on that. As for Clinton, he warned that "people are...
  • Nancy Pelosi’s Congressional District Has Taken In Zero Syrian Refugees

    09/21/2016 7:10:16 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 21, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been a vocal backer of President Obama’s (ultimately successful) plan to import a minimum of 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year, at one point accusing Republicans of “slamming the door on mothers and children.” But with just days remaining in the 2016 Fiscal Year, Pelosi’s own district has yet to resettle a single Syrian refugee. Since Oct. 1, 2015, more than 12,000 Syrian refugees have been placed in the U.S., according to data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center. San Francisco, California, which includes Pelosi’s district (CA-12), has taken...
  • Pilot dies after U-2 spy plane crashes in California

    09/20/2016 2:19:03 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sep 20, 2016
    One pilot died and another was injured after they ejected from a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane that crashed in Northern California Tuesday, an Air Force spokesman confirmed.
  • 1 pilot killed, 1 hurt in U-2 plane crash in Sutter Buttes (N. Calif.-Beale AFB)

    09/21/2016 3:13:41 AM PDT · by Drago · 22 replies
    KCRA-TV - Sacramento ^ | 09/20/2016 | Sarah Heise
    SUTTER COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) —One pilot was killed and a second pilot was hurt after ejecting from a U-2 plane out of Beale Air Force Based that crashed into the Sutter Buttes in Sutter County, Beale AFB officials confirmed...
  • San Francisco State To Launch Afro-Themed Dorm Floors

    09/20/2016 6:06:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    KPIX SF ^ | September 19, 2016 | Staff
    New student housing designed for African-American students and culture is coming to San Francisco State University. African-American students make up just under 6 percent of the campus population and it’s unclear how many dorm rooms will be dedicated to African-American culture. University officials says the plans are in the very early stages.
  • Hillary Clinton still way ahead in California, but she’s slipping

    09/20/2016 5:10:59 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 49 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/19/16 | DAVID SIDERS
    Even in California, Hillary Clinton has slipped.
  • Russia 'to revive the KGB' after Putin wins biggest majority

    09/19/2016 8:56:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 19 September 2016 • 3:39PM | Marc Bennetts
    Russia plans effectively to revive the KGB under a massive shake-up of its security forces, a respected business daily has reported. A State Security Ministry, or MGB, would be created from the current Federal Security Service (FSB) , and would incorporate the foreign intelligence service (SVR) and the state guard service (FSO), under the plans. It would be handed all-encompassing powers once possessed by the KGB, the Kommersant newspaper said, citing security service sources. Like the much-feared KGB, it would also oversee the prosecutions of Kremlin critics, a task currently undertaken by the Investigative Committee, headed by Alexander Bastrykin, a...
  • Hundreds of Santa Cruz County residents mistakenly told to register to vote

    09/19/2016 6:37:30 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 09/19/16 | Kara Guzman
    Sara Bowin, 12, is one of hundreds of Santa Cruz County residents who mistakenly received a mailing telling her to register to vote. The mailing came from the Voter Participation Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit, which this month distributed 4.6 million similar letters across California. Despite attempts to screen for errors, many of the letters were sent in error, some to voters who were already registered and others to people who were ineligible, such as Sara.
  • How pension deal went wrong & cost California taxpayers billions [OPPS Dems Off by 1/4 TRILLION $$ ]

    09/18/2016 4:12:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept 18,2016 | Jack Dolan
    It was a deal that wasn’t supposed to cost taxpayers an extra dime. Now the state’s annual tab is in the billions, and the cost keeps climbing. ith the stroke of a pen, California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation that gave prison guards, park rangers, Cal State professors and other state employees the kind of retirement security normally reserved for the wealthy. More than 200,000 civil servants became eligible to retire at 55 — and in many cases collect more than half their highest salary for life. California Highway Patrol officers could retire at 50 and receive as much as...
  • Marijuana, California Should Legalize it

    09/18/2016 5:52:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    There's a reason marijuana laws don't work: There is no compelling reason for them to work. Marijuana is not a dangerous drug. Used in moderation, cannabis has few ill effects; used in excess, the intoxicant has fewer and less severe side effects than alcohol. It's not in a class with opioids that can kill users. There has been no known lethal human overdose of marijuana. The California Medical Association supports state Proposition 64, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for recreational adult use. There is no compelling public-safety interest in government's ban on adult recreational use -- not in...
  • Caught on camera: Man attacked in Fairfield Walmart parking lot

    09/17/2016 8:12:50 PM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    KCRA ^ | September 15, 2016 | Dana Griffin
    Susan Fowler started recording after a 64-year-old man with disabilities was pulled from his car, put in a chokehold and punched. ..The victim was arguing with the attacker's girlfriend because she parked in the disabled spot he needed. Witnesses said she didn't have a placard. "He was yelling to the lady, 'I'm handicapped. This is for handicapped people.' And the lady was just irate, and she was cursing at him and screaming, 'I don't give a "f" what you are,'" Fowler said. She said the woman's boyfriend then pulled up to the store and started attacking the man.
  • NorCal Hmong, ACLU Take on Sheriff Over Voter Suppression

    09/17/2016 11:24:05 AM PDT · by AuntB · 25 replies
    Court House News ^ | Sept. 15, 2016 | Court House News
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — Nestled under the dominating silhouette of Mt. Shasta in northernmost California is a bustling community of Vietnam War refugees and Hmong-Americans seeking solitude in normally tranquil Siskiyou County. Hundreds of newly settled Hmong residents sought calm in the mountainous terrain, but many say they have collided with a sheriff hell-bent on restricting their voting and property rights. Alleging systematic voter suppression in the June primary and subsequent racial profiling by Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, 10 Hmong property owners sued the sheriff and Siskiyou County on Monday in Federal Court. "I remember the panic and the...
  • Judge denies 5-week delay in Trump University trial

    09/17/2016 9:26:28 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 9/16/2016 | AP
    SAN DIEGO – A federal judge in San Diego has denied Donald Trump’s request for a five-week delay to a trial to determine whether the now-defunct Trump University defrauded customers. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled Thursday that the trial will begin Nov. 28, as previously scheduled.
  • As Kaepernick’s protest spreads, SF prep team takes a knee

    09/16/2016 7:45:49 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 48 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 15, 2016 | Hamed Aleaziz
    Greg Hill, the head football coach at San Francisco’s Mission High School, was standing on the sideline Saturday afternoon before a game in Marin County when it occurred to him that a player or two might take action during the national anthem. As the song began, Hill, 41, turned toward his team and was taken aback by what he saw. Every player on the roster — black, white, Latino, Asian — was on one knee, an echo of the hotly debated move by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest racial inequality and police brutality. In that moment, Hill said, he...
  • How Senator Feinstein Stuck It To U.S. Gun Companies

    09/16/2016 4:45:28 AM PDT · by detective · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 15, 2016 | Frank Miniter ,
    Republican politicians often claim they’ll slash back the jungles of red tape, in the form of regulations, that are strangling small businesses and making it difficult for American business to compete with imports. But that’s all they say, as the details are, by design, often tedious, boring, nonsensical and political. But here’s a comprehensible example of a rule change made by one senator that is making it hard for U.S. manufacturers to compete in foreign markets.
  • New Poll of SoCal Korean-Americans (Trump: 63% vs. Hillary: 36%)

    09/15/2016 10:35:49 AM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 31 replies
    Radio Korean News ^ | 9/14/2016 | Radio Korea
    [Translation] Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's approval ratings in the Korean community have dropped significantly. In a Radio Korea telephone survey conducted on September 14th, which canvassed 168 listeners, found that Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's approval rating was nearly 63% while the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's approval rating is a mere 36%
  • L.A. Times Stunned by Diversity of Volunteers at Trump H.Q.

    09/14/2016 7:33:12 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2016 | ADELLE NAZARIAN
    The Los Angeles Times paid a visit to Donald Trump’s Southern California headquarters in Long Beach on Monday and was stunned by the diversity of volunteers who are committed to seeing him win the Golden State and the presidency. “It was as if the whole thing had been staged, in Cambodia Town, no less, to belie the notion that Trump’s appeal is largely limited to older white males,” the Times‘s Steve Lopez wrote. In Long Beach, one of America’s most diverse cities, that same diversity was reflected in Trump’s supporters at his Southern California headquarters. Lopez spoke with a woman...
  • Hillary Leaves Big Hollywood Donors Hanging (checks already been cashed!! they get Bubba)

    09/12/2016 1:30:10 PM PDT · by drewh · 55 replies
    TMZ ^ | 9/12/2016 11:43 AM PDT | BY TMZ STAFF
    TMZ has confirmed Bill Clinton will appear at both events on Hillary's behalf. Hillary Clinton's campaign charged up to a hundred thousand dollars for fundraisers in L.A. she may well not attend. It's a big deal ... the rich and famous were expecting to rub elbows with Hillary at Seth MacFarlane's home. There was also an "intimate dinner with Hillary" at billionaire Barry Diller's estate. For lunch at the "Family Guy" creator's pad -- donations start at $5k ... $10k gets you "co-host" status with preferred seating ... and for a whopping $33,400 you get a photo with HRC. Dinner...
  • 9/11 Memorial at Occidental College Vandalized, Members of College Republican Club Say

    09/14/2016 9:55:01 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 4 replies
    KTLA 5 Television ^ | September 12, 2016 | Cindy Von Quednow and Wendy Burch,
    A 9/11 memorial at Occidental College in Eagle Rock was vandalized, members of the College Republican Club said. About 3,000 flags meant to represent victims of the terrorist attacks that adorned the campus quad were found “crushed, snapped” and thrown in the garbage early Monday, according to a Facebook post by the club. “Not one was left in the ground,” the post said. “Not only did they destroy the memorial, they put posters and fliers up that shamed the victims of 9/11.” The flier read “R.I.P. The 2,996 Americans who died in 9/11. R.I.P. the 1,455,590 innocent Iraqis who died...
  • "The Worst Thing Imaginable"

    09/14/2016 3:50:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 14, 2016 | Lloyd Billingsley
    On the Friday before the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, a new report emerged on the terrorist attack of December 2, 2015, the day Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, California. Bringing Calm to Chaos: A Police Foundation Review of the San Bernardino Terrorist Attacks provides a chilling description by those on the scene. “Out of the blue, multiple popping sounds crackled outside,” the report says. “Several of the county workers thought fireworks had been lit, but others recognized the sound as gunfire.” The burst claimed two victims, then the terrorists headed inside, to a room...
  • Cow fart bill passes California Legislature

    09/13/2016 8:25:08 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 64 replies
    Cal Coast News.com ^ | September 7, 2016 | Staff
    California legislators have approved a bill targeting cow flatulence and manure, which lawmakers blame for releasing greenhouse gases. The legislation aims to reduce methane emissions related to manure to 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) authored the bill, which passed shortly before the end of the legislative session. Lara agreed to a compromise that will give dairy farms more time to comply with the new regulations. Critics have expressed concerns the new regulations will result in an increase in the price of milk from California cows. Proponents of the bill say methane emissions have...
  • Tobacco tax proposition draws national spotlight once again

    09/13/2016 3:35:40 PM PDT · by Drango · 37 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | Sept 10, '16 | Richard Craver
    California is once again in the national bull’s eye for a proposed major hike in its tobacco excise tax, with both sides touting potential ripple effects upon public health and the tobacco industry. Proposition 56, which is on the Nov. 8 ballot, gives Californians the ability to raise the tax by $2 per pack to $2.87. California is not only the nation’s most populous state at 39.1 million, but also a trend setter for statewide propositions and referendums, Since Californians are responsible for about 6.6 percent of the U.S. cigarette and snuff volume consumption, analysts have said the effect on...
  • Gov. Brown Vetoes ‘Tampon Tax’ Bill, 6 Others

    09/13/2016 1:56:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    cbsla ^ | 09/13/2016
    The Democratic governor said Tuesday that it’s not right to create new tax breaks or expand existing ones that together add up to $300 million a year in state revenue. Other tax breaks that Brown announced vetoing include a proposal to eliminate sales tax on diapers and forgiving personal income taxes on mortgage debt for underwater homes.
  • Ed Edelman, crusading L.A. County supervisor, dead at 85

    09/13/2016 1:06:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 12, 2016 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart
    Ed Edelman, the longtime Los Angeles County supervisor whose crusading policymaking influenced many aspects of local life including child welfare, health services and environmental preservation, has died. He was 85. During his 20 years on the Board of Supervisors, Edelman championed efforts to improve the way county government treated its most vulnerable citizens while also fighting to protects parts of the Santa Monica Mountains from development.
  • Lil' Wayne Tells FS1's Skip Bayless That He Has Never Experienced Racism (don't tell Kapernick!)

    09/13/2016 12:15:18 PM PDT · by drewh · 13 replies
    TMZ.com ^ | 9/13/2016 10:30 AM PDT | BY TMZ STAFF
    LIL WAYNE I'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED RACISM ... That's Still a Thing? Lil Wayne just put himself in the national conversation about race and police brutality by revealing a bombshell -- he's NEVER dealt with racism. The rapper made the surprising admission to Skip Bayless on "Undisputed" airing on Fox Sports 1. Check out the vid ... Skip asks Weezy -- who grew up in New Orleans -- about race relations and what he experiences in his day-to-day life, and uhhh ... Who knew??
  • Orioles' Adam Jones: MLB short on anthem protests because it's a 'white man's sport'

    09/12/2016 6:06:00 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 72 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 12, 2016 | ESPN News Services
    With racial issues in the United States coming to the forefront in the sports world, Major League Baseball players generally have been absent from the growing chorus of athletes who have publicly spoken out about problems they may see in the United States, and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones thinks he knows why. "Baseball is a white man's sport," the Orioles star told USA Today. "We already have two strikes against us already,'' Jones told the newspaper, "so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can't kick them out. You need those players....
  • Bill Clinton To Take Hillary Clinton's Place At Upcoming Campaign Events

    09/12/2016 2:36:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 45 replies
    NPR ^ | Sept. 12, 2016 | Brian Naylor
    Former President Bill Clinton will take his wife's place at several campaign events in the next couple of days. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has been recovering from pneumonia at home after abruptly leaving a 9/11 commemoration ceremony in New York on Sunday, where her campaign said she became overheated and dehydrated. Hillary Clinton's Reluctance To Address Health Issues Follows A Long Tradition Politics Hillary Clinton's Reluctance To Address Health Issues Follows A Long Tradition Hillary Clinton was due to appear at fundraisers in California on Tuesday and make an appearance for a campaign event near Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday,...
  • Berkshire is accused in NY lawsuit of workers' comp 'siphoning'

    09/12/2016 2:22:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 12, 2016 | Jonathan Stempel
    Berkshire Hathaway Inc has been sued by a New York bicycle courier company over an alleged illegal scheme to cheat employers buying workers' compensation policies. The complaint, filed late Friday by Breakaway Courier Systems, came as Berkshire's Applied Underwriters unit faces scrutiny over its workers' compensation policies, including some that have been banned by California, Vermont and Wisconsin. Breakaway, with about 300 employees, accused Berkshire and Applied of "siphoning" premiums through a web of illegal shell companies, with diverted premiums going to unlicensed out-of-state insurers. The plan amounted to a "reverse Ponzi scheme" where unsuspecting employers expecting to buy affordable...
  • Nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 Memorial Flags Trashed At Occidental College

    09/12/2016 9:51:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    cbsla ^ | 09/12/2016
    Occidental College Republican Club wrote on Facebook that they had planted the flags on campus Saturday night, but at midnight, vandals had crushed, snapped and thrown each flag in the garbage and had instead put up posters and flyers up “that shamed the victims of 9/11.” College officials say they don’t know who is responsible for the vandalism, but are investigating and will take “appropriate disciplinary action.” Anyone with information can share the information at conduct@oxy.edu.