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  • Quarter-Cent Sales Tax Measure To Aid L.A. County Homeless Is Placed On March Ballot

    12/06/2016 8:32:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 6, 2016 | Doug Smith
    Quarter-Cent Sales Tax Measure To Aid L.A. County Homeless Is Placed On March Ballot By Doug Smith After listening to a cavalcade of speakers praise them for a vote they hadn’t yet taken, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously placed a quarter-cent sales tax proposal on the March ballot to fund homeless programs.
  • Students Are Anxious About Trump, So The L.A. Public School District Started A Support Hotline

    12/06/2016 6:35:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 6, 2016 | Joy Resmovits
    Students Are Anxious About Trump, So The L.A. Public School District Started A Support Hotline By Joy Resmovits The Los Angeles Unified School District has set up a hotline and opened “extended support sites” to respond to a high level of student anxiety about the election of Donald Trump as president. Parents and teachers learned about the new resources in a recorded call Monday from district Supt. Michelle King. She said the aim was to answer students’ questions and address their worries “about potential impact on them and their families” and “to provide you with emotional support, enrollment and attendance...
  • Disgruntled Democrats Want A Constitutional Convention To Leave The Union

    12/06/2016 12:54:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 143 replies
    ntknetwork.com ^ | December 6, 2016 1:57 pm | Staff
    On Tuesday, disgruntled Democrats held a forum to discuss the possibility of replacing the Electoral College. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) conceded that Democrats could not get rid of the Electoral College due to the way the United States Constitution is written. “I don’t think we can sustain our American democracy by having the majority ruled by the minority. And so the question is how to fix this since the Constitution is written in such a way that it’s almost impossible to amend,” Lofgren said. Lofgren went on to say she is open to a Constitutional Convention, “We are three states...
  • Ex-LAPD sergeant broke city rules by leaking recording of 'Django Unchained' actress,

    12/06/2016 12:13:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    LAT's ^ | 12/6/16 | Kate Mather
    full title............................Ex-LAPD sergeant broke city rules by leaking recording of 'Django Unchained' actress, ethics group says .................... The Los Angeles Ethics Commission decided Tuesday that a former police sergeant broke city rules by leaking to reporters an audio recording from his controversial stop of an actress from “Django Unchained.” In a nod to what one commissioner described as the “extraordinary circumstances” of the case, however, the board opted in a 4-0 vote to fine now-retired Sgt. Jim Parker $500 — far less than the $10,000 maximum penalty he faced. Tuesday’s ruling caps an unusual investigation by the Ethics Commission and...
  • California Supreme Court limits police searches

    12/06/2016 11:56:55 AM PST · by MeganC · 35 replies
    89.3 KPCC ^ | 12/6/2016 | Staff Writier
    Police officers may only conduct a search following a traffic stop if they believe there is probable cause a crime was committed, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in a child pornography case involving a bicyclist pulled over for rolling through a stop sign. Torrance police stopped bicyclist Paul Macabeo in 2012 after following him a short distance with their patrol car's headlights off. They acknowledged he was not riding erratically and did not try to flee. Macabeo was arrested after the officers searched his phone and said they found photos of underage girls. The state's highest court said that...
  • Cal Poly course examines ‘why white was invented’

    12/06/2016 9:18:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 6, 2016 | Anthony Gockowski
    Students at California Polytechnic University can now fulfill certain core requirements by completing a course that examines the “social construction of whiteness.” A course catalog for the school’s Ethnic Studies Department, where the class is taught, even notes that the 4-credit course fulfills “GE Area D5,” an abbreviation for Cal Poly’s “Society and the Individual” core area of study.
  • Papini Abduction Likely Work of Mexican Sex Traffickers

    12/06/2016 7:15:57 AM PST · by AuntB · 17 replies
    LIfezette ^ | DEc. 4, 2016 | Matthew Vadum
    Private investigator says evidence suggests a brutal cartel kidnapped and tortured California mom Recently freed California mom Sherri Papini who was tortured and branded by her captors was likely the victim of a kidnapping gone awry by a Mexican sex-trafficking ring, according to a private investigator who worked on the case. The case seems to underline how America’s porous borders enable criminals and other bad elements to enter the United States seeking victims. Mexican crime syndicates have become more active north of the border in recent years. The Redding area in Northern California has become an important corridor for sex...
  • Persons or property? Celebrity embryo lawsuit escalates

    12/06/2016 3:16:40 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    CWR ^ | December 5, 2016 | Anne Hendershott
    Actress Sofia Vergara and her former fiancé Nick Loeb While much of the media ridiculed businessman Nick Loeb when he filed a lawsuit last year to prevent his former fiancée, TV star Sofia Vergara, from destroying the frozen embryos they created together in 2013, sentiment may shift following a disturbing development in the case. In an attempt to show that Loeb is dishonestly claiming to be “pro-life” in his quest to gain custody of the embryonic children the couple created together, Vegara’s attorneys have petitioned a California court to force Loeb to disclose the names of two women who underwent...
  • SFO adds therapy pig to greet travelers

    12/05/2016 5:51:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 12/5/16 | Beth Spotswood
    Believe it or not, adorable dogs aren't for everyone. That's one of the reasons why the San Francisco International Airport has added a new member to its four-legged "Wag Brigade" - a pig named LiLou. SFO's Wag Brigade allows SPCA animals certified by the Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program to greet and comfort hurried travelers as they arrive, depart, or languish through a layover. LiLou is the program's first pig.
  • Jerry Brown Farts in General Direction of Dairy Farmers

    12/05/2016 3:55:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Holy cow! Dairy farmers are balking at crazy climate change legislation that will rob America’s middle class of affordable dairy products.The Golden State used to be a place you could visit for a relaxing vacation filled with sunshine, palm trees and bayside avocado burgers—and then fly home to live a relatively free life—leaving California residents to cope with the “crazy” aspects of the state, like sky-high taxes. Not anymore. California is America’s largest milk-producing state. Thanks to new regulations from CA Gov. Jerry Brown, one thing is certain: if you love milk and cheese, significantly higher costs are coming your...
  • California Legislation Challenges Trump's Proposals For A Border Wall And Registration.....

    12/05/2016 2:43:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 05, 2016 | Patrick McGreevy
    Dec. 5, 2016 California Legislation Challenges Trump's Proposals For A Border Wall And Registration Of Muslim Immigrants by Patrick McGreevy In a challenge to President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall at the Mexico border, a California lawmaker said Monday he is introducing a bill that would require the project to first be approved by the state’s voters. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said the legislation is one of three proposals he is introducing as a package called Fight For California. Another bill would prohibit state agencies from providing federal entities with information for purposes of compiling a...
  • University’s ‘Whiteness Forum’ takes ‘critical look at whiteness’

    12/05/2016 9:46:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    College Fix ^ | December 5, 2016 | Jennifer Kabany
    Students at Cal State San Marcos on Thursday hosted a “Whiteness Forum” as part of a communications class they are enrolled in, setting up more than a dozen displays that highlighted what they contend is how white privilege has oppressed people of color in a variety of ways.
  • Pelosi: ‘I Don’t Think that People Want a New Direction’

    12/05/2016 7:31:56 AM PST · by Cheerio · 87 replies
    Grabien News ^ | Dec 4, 2016 | Grabien News
    ‘Our values unify us and our values are about supporting America’s working families’ ouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that despite Democrats losing the House, Senate, and almost two-thirds of state houses, the American people don't want a new direction. The California congressman appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday and instead said the issue facing Democrats is simply a failure of communication. DICKERSON: “The Democratic Party is in a moment of questioning about its identity. You were reelected to lead the Democrats in the House. What do you tell Democrats who want a new direction and then, go to...
  • Jerry Brown Far*s in General Direction of Dairy Farmers

    12/05/2016 7:22:15 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/5/2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Well, Brown(gov) is at it again. This time, he’s passing legislation targeting dairy cows for the horrific crime of releasing methane when they pass gas, belch or defecate. Brown has decided that he knows more than centuries of farmers—all over the globe—who have used and prized manure as a fertilizer. “Manure is a valuable fertilizer for any farming operation and has been used for centuries to supply needed nutrients for crop growth,” according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. Organic! Natural! Free-range! Environmentalists routinely employ these words to make themselves sound hip and helpful. But if you’re truly “green,”...
  • Oakland building where fire victims died was source of complaints

    12/04/2016 6:48:20 PM PST · by libstripper · 23 replies
    SF Gate ^ | December 4, 2016 | By Jill Tucker, Rachel Swan, Erin Allday, and J.K. DineenJill Tucker & others
    It was known as the Ghost Ship, a large, gray-walled warehouse with a skull and other artwork painted on the outside and chock-full of hand-built spaces tailored for musicians and artisans. But over the past decade, the 4,000-square-foot structure at 1305 31st Ave. was better known to city zoning and fire officials as a source of complaints about illegal residential uses, all-night dance parties and general blight.
  • Pelosi: Dems don't want 'new direction'

    12/04/2016 7:03:33 PM PST · by kevcol · 74 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 4, 2016 | Robert King
    House minority leader Nancy Pelosi downplayed problems with the Democratic Party, saying that the party's values "unify us." "I don't think that people want a new direction," Pelosi said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "Our values are supporting working families. What we want is a better connection of our message to working families.
  • San Francisco city officials to ask Kate Steinle’s family to dismiss lawsuit

    12/04/2016 5:17:10 PM PST · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    kron4.com ^ | 12/4/16 | Emily Kirschenheuter
    SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The U.S. government and the City of San Francisco are asking Kate Steinle’s family to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit in a hearing on Friday. Kate Steinle was shot and killed in July of 2015 on Pier 14 along San Francisco’s waterfront. Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, has been charged in the murder. Lopez-Sanchez was released from the San Francisco City Jail in Apil.
  • Building Engulfed by Deadly Oakland Fire Had Pending Habitability Complaints

    Sheriff's investigators at the scene of the Oakland fire on Saturday. At least nine people are confirmed dead and several dozen are missing after a fire ripped through the the "Ghost Ship" warehouse in Oakland... As many as 100 people were crowded inside the warehouse for a party when the blaze erupted. They struggled to escape the flames and smoke. Officials fear dozens could have been killed. City records show that there were habitability complaints made against the property's owner as recently as November 14 regarding an "illegal interior building structure." City inspectors appear to have visited the building on...
  • Vota Sign found in Atwater, CA.

    These are all over southern CA...
  • This painting was looted by the Nazis, then seized from my living room

    12/04/2016 10:13:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 100 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 4, 2016 | Craig Gilmore
    Two agents from U.S. Homeland Security’s ICE unit arrived at my door in September looking for a Polish lady — not a person, but a painting: Melchior Geldorp’s “Portrait of a Lady.” She had, they informed me, been looted by the Nazis from the National Museum in Warsaw. Unsure if these gentlemen were indeed who they claimed to be, I didn’t invite them in. But I knew exactly what they were seeking: My partner, David, and I had purchased this very portrait — ostensibly the work of a different artist — a decade earlier from a major auction house in...
  • Fury at the man behind illegal artist enclave where up to 33 died in fire: Organizer of

    12/04/2016 9:16:47 AM PST · by ColdOne · 89 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/4/16 | Myriah Towner and Regina F. Graham and Jenny Stanton
    full title......................Fury at the man behind illegal artist enclave where up to 33 died in fire: Organizer of 'death trap' Oakland commune makes self-pitying statement complaining that 'everything I worked for is gone' ................Derick Ion Almena has been identified as the operator of the Ghost Ship venue and Satya Yuga Art Collective where a fire broke out Friday night He wrote: 'Everything I worked so hard for is gone. Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound' 'It's as if I have awoken from a dream filled with opulence and hope.... to be standing now...
  • Oakland warehouse was a cluttered death trap filled with pianos, RVs but no fire sprinklers former r

    12/04/2016 6:30:20 AM PST · by libstripper · 71 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 3, 2016 | By Liam Dillon, Ben Poston, David Zahniser and Laura J. NelsonLiam Dillon, Ben Poston, & others
    Full title: Oakland warehouse was a cluttered ‘death trap’ filled with pianos, RVs, but no fire sprinklers, former residents say Excerpt: The Oakland warehouse where at least nine people were killed at a late-night concert was a deadly blaze waiting to happen. People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of rooms crammed with belongings — pianos, organs, antique furniture, doors and half-finished sculptures.
  • Biggest union reaches deal with California government [SEIU Local 1000]

    12/03/2016 11:19:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2016 4:47 PM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    California’s largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration. If workers ratify the deal, it would bring to a close contentious negotiations that led to a strike threat and allegations of bad-faith bargaining. Service Employees International Union Local 1000 didn’t immediately release the terms of the deal, but union President Yvonne Walker said in a statement that it achieves improvements in compensation, professional development, working conditions, and health and safety. …
  • 9 dead, dozens missing in Oakland warehouse fire

    12/03/2016 5:33:42 PM PST · by The_Harlequin · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-3-16 | Fox-KTVU
    Fire tore through an Oakland warehouse converted into artist studios during a late night dance party Friday night, killing at least nine people, and officials said Saturday that the death toll could rise as high as 40.
  • Officials fear up to 40 dead in fire during concert at Oakland warehouse

    12/03/2016 5:31:31 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 58 replies
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-oakland-fire-nine-dead-warehouse-20161203-story.html ^ | December 3, 2016 | Russ Mitchell, Peter H. King, Liam Dillon, Tracey Lien and Paige St. John
    Authorities said they were preparing to deal with dozens of fatalities after a fire raced through a converted warehouse crowded with people attending a Friday night concert, officials said. Nine bodies have been recovered, but Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said officials were prepared for up to 40 fatalities. He said many of those inside the warehouse were young, some from foreign countries. Firefighters were beginning to move through the burned-out remains of the building looking for victims. The building’s roof caved in, and debris will make the search effort difficult, Kelly said.
  • She was trying to start a neighborhood watch group – now she’s dead

    12/03/2016 1:20:01 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 61 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 2, 2016 | Bill Lindelof and Nashelly Chavez
    The woman who was shot and killed Thursday night in her south Sacramento home was with her husband and two children when shots were fired into their house. Ariyana Jones, 26, was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office on Friday. Police said she was shot about 7:30 p.m. inside her house in the 6700 block of Tortola Way
  • Desperate families and friends of party-goers missing after huge Oakland warehouse blaze killed up

    12/03/2016 11:08:38 AM PST · by Cecily · 112 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 3, 2016 | Jenny Stanton
    At least nine people died in a massive fire that destroyed a northern California warehouse that was an artist collective during an electronic music party early Saturday morning and officials said the building had no sprinkler system or working smoke detectors. Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said that at least another 25 people are still unaccounted for after the deadly blaze started around 11:30pm in the 1300 block of 31st Avenue during an event advertised as 'Rave Cave' featuring musician Golden Donna's 100% Silk West Coast tour. 'We still have to do a more thorough search of the building and we...
  • California Recount Laws

    12/03/2016 8:41:54 AM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 11 replies
    http://www.ceimn.org/ceimn-state-recount-laws-searchable-database/states/California
  • Stanford Study Reveals California Pensions Underfunded By $1 Trillion Or $93k Per Household

    12/03/2016 7:06:36 AM PST · by george76 · 70 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier today the Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy highlighted an updated pension study, released by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, which revealed some fairly startling realities about California's public pension underfunding levels. After averaging $77,700 per household in 2014, the amount of public pension underfunding for the state of California jumped to a staggering $92,748 per household in 2015. But don't worry, we're sure pension managers can grow their way out of the problem...hedge fund returns have been stellar recently, right? Stanford University’s pension tracker database pegs the market value of California’s total pension debt at...
  • USC faculty member fatally stabbed on campus, suspect in custody

    12/02/2016 7:13:41 PM PST · by usar91B · 83 replies
    Daily News ^ | 12/2/2016 | By Staff and wire reports
    One person, a male faculty member, has been fatally stabbed on the USC campus and a suspect is in custody. The victim is a man, approximately 25 years old, says Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Just after 4:30 p.m., firefighter paramedics responded to a reported stabbing on the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue, located on campus near the Seeley G. Mudd building and the school’s running track. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Stewart said. No other injuries have been reported. USC’s college newspaper The Daily Trojan reported on Twitter that police locked down the...
  • Obama blocks proposed takeover of Germany's Aixtron

    12/02/2016 5:52:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 6:06 PM EST
    Citing a national security risk, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese investor’s proposed takeover of Aixtron SE, a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, a rare move that drew objections from Beijing and complaints that the U.S. was injecting politics into the deal. Obama ordered Fujan Grand Chip to “fully and permanently abandon” its proposed acquisition of Aixtron SE’s California-based subsidiary, Aixtron, Inc. The decision upheld a recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews foreign purchases of U.S. companies. The decision threatens to jeopardize the larger deal, which is under scrutiny [by] Berlin...
  • Criminal Charges Filed Against Anglican Priest Praying Outside Planned Parenthood [public property!]

    12/02/2016 4:53:13 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Allison Aranda
    Fr. James Linton and Family Father James Linton was arrested last month outside the San Bernardino Planned Parenthood for offering to pray with women entering the abortion facility. Police held him for six hours and later charged him with criminal trespass. If convicted, Father Linton could be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and a $400 fine. When he was arrested, Father Linton, an Anglican pastor, was standing on a public easement offering incoming mothers and fathers alternatives to abortion and praying for them to change their minds. “The arrest of Father Linton is an outrageous violation...
  • Charles Barkley Not a Fan of Golden State Warriors' ‘Little Girly Basketball’

    12/02/2016 2:21:27 PM PST · by drewh · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 2 Dec 2016 | Trent Baker
    On TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” NBA legend Charles Barkley went after the Golden State Warriors, saying he does not like how they play “little girly basketball,” and he does not want their style of play in the league. “Maybe I’m old school, but I’m never gonna like that little girly basketball where you have to outscore people,” Barkley said. “I’m biased against girl basketball. I love [UCONN Women’s Coach] Geno Auriemma, one of my favorite coaches, I love women’s basketball, but I don’t want it in the NBA.” Last season, the Warriors followed up their championshop season by setting the...
  • Pictured: San Bernardino terrorist smiles for the camera moments before slaughtering

    12/02/2016 11:06:49 AM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/1/16 | Ashley Collman
    full title......................Pictured: San Bernardino terrorist smiles for the camera moments before slaughtering 14 colleagues with his wife because they were 'upset he had to attend Christmas party despite being Muslim'................................. Husband-and-wife Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 and injured 22 in a shooting in San Bernardino, California last December 2 Authorities now believe that the shooting may have been triggered by a mandatory Christmas party at Farook's work In an email obtained by investigators, Malik complains that a Muslim should not be forced to attend a holiday party steeped in another religion Farook attended part of the party before...
  • Why We Need the Electoral College

    12/02/2016 2:33:28 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    Why We Need the Electoral College - The Rush Limbaugh Show BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's Lynn in Noblesville, Indiana.  Great to have you.  Glad you waited.  What's up? CALLER:  Thank you so much.  I'm glad to finally get through to you.  I have a question on behalf of a house full of Millennials, I should say.  I have four children 18 to 24 and a plethora of their friends.  The majority of them are Bernie Sanders fans, and they're having a hard time understanding this whole Electoral College thing, no matter how much we try to explain it.  My question...
  • Conor McGregor Issued Professiona; Boxing License In CA (140 m rumoured ppv take vs Mayweather)

    12/02/2016 3:40:00 AM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    MMA Fighting.COM ^ | DEC 1 2016 AST | by Ariel Helwani@arielhelwani
    While Conor McGregor has yet to officially respond to the UFC's decision to strip him of the featherweight title, it appears as though he has been busy behind the scenes. McGregor has been issued a boxing license in the state of California, according to his management team. "He got a license today and a federal ID," California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster confirmed with MMAFighting.com. "He's a California boxer now." This news comes just days after the UFC unceremoniously stripped McGregor of his 145-pound title, which he won less than 12 months ago, and named Jose Aldo the...
  • Captured: Two San Jose Fugitives Found Hiding in Attics Now Face Jailbreak Charges

    12/01/2016 9:22:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Dec 1, 2016 | Lisa Fernandez
    Fugitive Laron Campbell came out of the attic with pink insulation all over his body, a US Marshal said.The two inmates who broke out of the Santa Clara County Main Jail on Thanksgiving eve by cutting jail window bars and rappelling down with bedsheets now face additional charges after both were captured hiding in attics within 22 hours of each other. "They've left no stone unturned and have had many, many sleepless nights," Sheriff Laurie Smith said late Wednesday of all the agencies, including US Marshals and FBI agents, who helped bring the fugitives back into custody. Both captured fugitives...
  • BULLETIN: There's Finally a Way to Rid Congress of Dana Rohrabacher!

    12/01/2016 9:59:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 11/30 | MATT COKER
    Limp-fisted Democratic Party opponents have not done it. Term limits he himself championed when first elected to Congress in 1988 have not done it. (He has been reelected every two years since.) And too-close associations with slimeballs like Mike Carona, Dave Garofalo, Jack Abramoff, Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, Joseph Medawar and even his felony fraudster wife Rhonda have not done it. No, the only way the Orange County congressional delegation is finally going to rid itself of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Havana) is if Donald Trump nominates him for Secretary of State. Years ago, working at a daily newspaper, it was revealed...
  • Christmas Party May Have Triggered San Bernardino Terror Attack: Police

    12/01/2016 5:24:30 PM PST · by willk · 83 replies
    ABC news ^ | December 1 2016 | Brian Ross, Megan Christie, Rhonda Schwartz, Josh Margolin
    Authorities believe the terrorist attack on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory employee training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations, including a Christmas tree, that shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend.
  • California's Next Attorney General Issues Warning to Donald Trump

    12/01/2016 5:03:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 124 replies
    The Recorder ^ | December 1, 2016 | Cheryl Miller
    California's Next Attorney General Issues Warning to Donald Trump Cheryl Miller, The Recorder December 1, 2016 Just hours after Gov. Jerry Brown nominated Xavier Becerra to be California's next attorney general, the longtime U.S. lawmaker warned the Trump administration to expect a fight if newly emboldened Republicans challenge the Golden State's liberal laws and policies. "If you want to take on a forward-leaning state that is prepared to defend its rights and interests, come at us," Becerra, a 12-term Democratic congressman from Los Angeles, told reporters
  • House Dems in DC vote to keep Pelosi as their leader as her home state votes to regulate cow farts

    12/01/2016 3:25:27 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 19 replies
    BIZPAC Review ^ | November 30, 2016 | Carmine Sabia
    The Democrat Party has learned no lessons after the drubbing it took at every level of government on election day if its recent moves are any indication. While the state of California is drafting rules to literally curb the supposed global warming effects of cow farts, the Democrat Party in the House voted to keep Calif. Rep. Nancy Pelosi as its minority leader. The vote to keep Pelosi isn’t a big surprise but the move to create regulations for California farmers to curb the effect of cow flatulence is both stunning and absurd. “If we can reduce emissions of methane,...
  • Janet Napolitano vows to protect undocumented California college students

    12/01/2016 11:38:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    The University of California system announced Wednesday that campus police will not undertake joint efforts with any law enforcement agencies to investigate students suspected of breaking federal immigration laws. Police officers at the UC’s 10 campuses will not contact, detain, question or arrest any individual solely on the basis of immigration status, except as required by law, the school system said in a statement. The move comes in response to the election of Donald Trump, who has promised a widespread crackdown on illegal immigration.
  • Christmas Party May Have Triggered San Bernardino Terror Attack: Police

    12/01/2016 10:10:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 61 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Dec.1, 2016 | MEGAN CHRISTIE, RHONDA SCHWARTZ, JOSH MARGOLIN and BRIAN ROSS
    Authorities believe the terror attack on Dec. 2, 2015 in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations including a Christmas tree which shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend. Emails discovered by the FBI and police reveal Farook’s wife, Pakistani native Tashfeen Malik, objected to the Christmas setting and was upset her husband had to go.Just before the attack, Farook had posed with four fellow county employees in front of a Christmas tree in the conference room. A short time later, 14 people were killed and 22 others injured when...
  • Ex-ICE Agent: I 'Routinely' Arrested Illegal Immigrants with Voter Registrations

    12/01/2016 9:20:23 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    fox news ^ | 27 Nov 2016
    Voting by illegal immigrants is easy to do and is being done in the United States, a former ICE agent explained on "The O'Reilly Factor." ... In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally . - Trump. ... To assess the claim, O'Reilly talked to retired ICE Special-Agent-In-Charge Claude Arnold, who said he "routinely" arrested illegal immigrants who had voter registrations. "I worked in six locations across the United States. I probably arrested more than 1,000 illegal aliens in my career and I...
  • California universities vow to defy Trump on immigration

    12/01/2016 5:57:51 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 30, 2016 | Alexei Koseff
    California’s public university systems are drawing a line in the sand with President-elect Donald Trump over his policies on illegal immigration, vowing not to cooperate with law enforcement officials who may seek to deport undocumented students on their campuses. University of California President Janet Napolitano on Wednesday released “principles in support of undocumented members of the UC community” that stated campus police departments would not assist federal or local authorities in investigating, detaining or arresting individuals for violations of immigration law.
  • SF judge explains why 66,000 arrest warrants were discarded

    11/30/2016 5:49:51 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 30, 2016 | Bob Egelko
    San Francisco’s chief judge says he and his colleagues discarded 66,000 arrest warrants issued over five years for quality-of-life crimes, like sleeping on the sidewalk, because it made no sense to lock people up for fines they couldn’t afford.
  • Mark Wahlberg Tells 'Out of Touch' Hollywood ‘Bubble’ Actors to Stop Talking Politics (yes!!)

    11/30/2016 5:55:40 PM PST · by drewh · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | By Douglas Ernst
    Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg has a message for his fellow thespians: Stop talking politics. The star of “Patriots Day,” an upcoming film on the Boston Marathon bombing, sat down with Task and Purpose to promote his work. The website, which is dedicated to issues of interest to veterans, asked him what he thought of Hollywood’s recent attempts to undercut Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. “A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t,” Mr. Wahlberg told the website. “You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway. They might buy your CD or watch your...
  • Senate Dems Pen Letter Indicating Fight Against Jeff Sessions’ AG Nomination

    11/30/2016 7:57:13 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 30, 2016 | Adelle Nazarian
    Senate Democrats are making it clear that Sen. Jeff Sessions will not have an easy time being confirmed as President-elect Donald J. Trump’s first attorney general. In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Democrats on the committee pushed for extensive confirmation hearings, indicating that they plan resistance, despite the fact that they referred to him as “a colleague” with whom they “have a personal and cordial relationship.” The senators also requested that Grassley allow for outside witnesses to testify on Sessions’ track record on immigration, civil and voting rights, women’s rights, and government oversight due...
  • Heartless family leaves escaped dog at shelter, adopts new pup

    11/30/2016 5:53:56 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 83 replies
    NY Post ^ | Nov 29, 2016
    Heartless family leaves escaped dog at shelter, adopts new pup By Chris Perez November 29, 2016 | 6:09pm A California family is being hounded on Facebook after they were caught on camera doing their dog dirty — getting her all happy and excited to leave an animal control shelter and then adopting a new four-legged best friend, instead. Heart-wrenching video posted on Monday by a worker at the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control center in Downey shows the German Shepherd, Zuzu, frantically wagging her tail and barking for joy after spotting her despicable owners. The pooch...
  • Hacked Muni refused $73,000 ransom demand; computers restored

    11/29/2016 7:47:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    SFGate ^ | Updated 7:48 pm, Monday, November 28, 2016 | Michael Cabanatuan and Marissa Lang
    For all Muni Metro passengers knew, the free rides they were getting Friday night and Saturday were a holiday gift from the transit system. Little did they know Muni was under attack from a hacker trying to squeeze $73,000 in ransom to unlock the agency’s computer systems. Muni refused to pay up. Instead, officials shut down the system’s ticket machines, threw open the fare gates as a precautionary move, and contacted the Department of Homeland Security and their own technology division to contain the attack, they said. ... The anonymous hacker used a ransomware attack — malicious software sent via...