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  • Love Is In The Air Along S.F.'s Market Street

    10/03/2009 7:55:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies · 1,518+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | October 03rd 2009
    Love Is In The Air Along S.F.'s Market Street Heather Knight October 3, 2009 San Francisco -- Thousands of people dressed in neon wigs, sparkly butterfly wings, tutus, bikinis - or occasionally nothing at all - and danced, hula hooped and hugged their way down San Francisco's Market Street on Saturday for the city's sixth annual celebration of love. Based on Berlin's Love Parade, San Francisco's LoveFest was renamed this year to LovEvolution to avoid legal action from the promoters of the Love Festival in Los Angeles who had trademarked their name. But potential lawsuits - or the dire economy...
  • Fresno Co. GOP contribution scrutinized

    10/03/2009 6:04:02 PM PDT · by Amerigomag · 8 replies · 620+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | 10-01-2009 | E.J. Schultz and John Ellis
    The Fresno County Republican Party is under the microscope for campaign contributions to a Southern California Assembly member that a leading political watchdog said look "suspicious." In the spring of this year, the party's Central Committee received $30,000 from members of a San Diego County family, according to the committee's campaign filings. In the same time period, the committee gave a similar amount -- $28,500 -- to Joel Anderson, R-Alpine. Stuart Weil, a member of the Fresno County Republican Central Committee, said the committee took the money from the San Diego County family with no strings attached."Everything is legal," he...
  • Who Killed California?

    10/03/2009 11:54:36 AM PDT · by bilhosty · 90 replies · 2,349+ views ^ | Fall 2009 | Troy Senik
    through a series of social, political, and economic experiments, California has acted as America's foremost laboratory of innovation, trying out ideas the country as a whole would go on to adopt. In the 1960s under Governor Pat Brown, the state offered a model of modernization, building the most advanced education and transportation infrastructures in the nation. Under Brown's successor, Ronald Reagan, it offered a model of conservative governance that would go on to transform American politics. Hollywood has made California a crucial part of America's cultural identity, and Silicon Valley has put it at the heart of our vision of...
  • California U.S. Senate race: Is it Carly's or Macy's?

    10/03/2009 10:30:10 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 20 replies · 773+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 29 September 2009 | Joe Garofoli
    Is it Carly's or Macy's? Have you seen the new Carly Fiorina mini flier? As CA GOP vice chair -- and host of the FlashReport conservative blog -- Jon Fleischman quipped to us: "It looks like a Macy's ad." Hey, we've heard of retail politics, Carly, but this is taking it to a new level. Here's the flier for C-rina's exploratory Senate campaign: Carly's rival Chuck DeVore just dropped an online ad goofing on her Carlyfornia signs, which we noted the other day...
  • California on track to build first U.S.bullet train

    10/03/2009 6:18:08 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 87 replies · 2,008+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 2009-10-03 | Xinhua
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on Friday that his state would build the first bullet train in the nation, a project that would provide a 10-billion-dollar economic boost to the state.     "I think it is disgraceful for America to be so far behind when it comes to infrastructure," Schwarzenegger told a press conference.     "In Europe and Asian countries, they're traveling now up to 300miles or 480 kilometers (per hour on bullet trains), while we're traveling on our trains at the same speed as 100 years ago. That is inexcusable. America must catch up," he...
  • Man who allegedly posed as a West Los Angeles fertility doctor is arrested (Fake SpermDonor Clinic)

    10/03/2009 3:09:43 AM PDT · by tlb · 12 replies · 963+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | October 3, 2009 | Richard Winton and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Jeffrey Lynn Graybill, 40, of Phoenix is accused of pretending to be "Dr. Robert Richardson" and soliciting sperm donors for the nonexistent Fertility Clinic of West Los Angeles. Graybill was brought back to Los Angeles after being arrested Wednesday in Arizona, investigators said. He had moved from Marina del Rey to Phoenix in August. Investigators believe that there may be more than two dozen other victims in California and Arizona. Although he had no medical license, Graybill allegedly advertised himself as a physician through Internet listings on Craigslist and solicited potential clients, offering up to $4,000 monthly for sperm donations...
  • Calif. GOP looks to 2010 races for gov., US Senate (Boxer - DeVore - Fiorina)

    10/02/2009 9:54:16 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies · 742+ views ^ | 2 October 2009
    Calif. GOP looks to 2010 races for gov., US Senate INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- The Republican race to challenge liberal stalwart Barbara Boxer for her U.S. Senate seat next year is shaping up as a likely contest between a socially conservative state lawmaker and a former Silicon Valley chief executive whose views are barely known to GOP voters in the state. Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and John McCain confidante, is not yet an official candidate, but she has registered a campaign committee, "Carly for California," and her team had a strong presence at this weekend's statewide...
  • Disney To Slash Miramax Films Staff To 20, Reduce Releases To 3 A Year [70% Staff Reduction]

    10/02/2009 9:50:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 951+ views
    LATimes ^ | October 02nd 2009
    Disney To Slash Miramax Films Staff To 20, Reduce Releases To 3 A Year By Claudia Eller October 3, 2009 Walt Disney Co., looking to rein in costs at its Hollywood studio as it focuses on mainstream movies, is slashing staff by 70% at its Miramax Films specialty label and is substantially reducing the number of pictures it releases. The retrenchment, which has been foreshadowed in Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger's strategy to emphasize family and "branded" films, comes quickly on the heels of the recent ouster of former Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook. The former movie chief left abruptly...
  • Court orders government to pay for water losses

    10/02/2009 7:21:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 2,126+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/2/9 | Mike Taugher
    The federal government must compensate two regional water authorities for water diverted to preserve the environment, a federal appeals court ruled this week in a landmark decision that could open the floodgates for agencies who contend the government is taking water from them for fish. After a 16-year legal battle, the 2-1 decision came down as California is coping with a drought and new environmental rules that are cutting into the water supplies of farmers and cities across the state. The ruling appears to create an opening for San Joaquin Valley farm districts that are lashing out at environmental regulations...
  • "Darned good" Republican Whitman endorsed U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in 2003 ("Friends of Boxer")

    10/02/2009 2:58:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 1,401+ views ^ | 10/2/09 | Carla Marinucci
    Former eBay executive Meg Whitman, the 2010 gubernatorial candidate who has recently portrayed herself as a "darned good" conservative Republican, endorsed Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in 2003, records show. "Whitman contributed $4,000 to Boxer in the 2004 reelection campaign -- and endorsed Boxer as a part of Technology Leaders for Boxer,'' confirmed Boxer aide Rose Kapolczynski today. And, she signed an "open letter" appealing for support from the California technology executives, touting Boxer as a "dynamic and courageous leader" on the tech front. Whitman's name was included in a "Friends of Boxer" release when the committee of a dozen...
  • Head of L.A.’s water and power utility steps down

    10/02/2009 1:07:50 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 9 replies · 790+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | Oct. 2, 2009 | Phil Willon
    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's top executive, H. David Nahai, has resigned from the agency effective immediately, the mayor's office announced this morning. In a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Nahai said he was leaving to take a position as an advisor to former President Clinton's climate initiative. Nahai had served two years as a DWP commissioner before Villaraigosa elevated him to the post of chief executive and general manager in 2007. Ever since, he had been under fire from an array of forces. He drew strong criticism from the head of the powerful International Brotherhood of...
  • Alvarez sentenced to prison, resigns water board seat after fraud conviction (prior SV Act violator)

    10/02/2009 12:22:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 553+ views ^ | October 1, 2009 | Wes Woods II
    POMONA - A judge sentenced Xavier Alvarez to five years in prison on Thursday for defrauding the Three Valleys Municipal Water District. Alvarez, who served on the water district Board of Directors since 2006, also was forced to resign his seat. Alvarez was convicted of knowingly registering his ex-wife Juanita Ruiz for health benefits with the district from Jan. 24 to Oct. 31, 2007. "This sends a message to public officials," said Sandi Roth, prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Public Integrity Division. "Even if the loss is small, we will not tolerate your actions. It's a warning...
  • CA: Climate summit delegates like state's planned carbon trading market

    10/02/2009 10:50:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 329+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/2/09 | Margot Roosevelt
    Manoel Silva de Cunha, leader of a group of 200,000 Brazilian forest-dwellers, was blunt about why he traveled this week from the Amazon to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Global Climate Summit. The rubber tappers, nut gatherers and fishermen who live off tropical forests want money from American corporations to help them preserve the trees that cool the planet. "These companies have polluted a lot," he said. "They have to make up for it." Many of the 1,200 delegates who crowded into Century City's Hyatt Regency this week came with similar hopes: to cash in on California's expertise, its technology and the...
  • Random Rants--A Friday Feature

    10/02/2009 9:58:57 AM PDT · by timesthattrymenssouls · 1 replies · 325+ views
    Constitutional Guardian | 10/02/2009 | Nancy Tengler
    I used to manage money for a large German re-insurance company. Frequently I discussed social and economic policy differences between Germany and the U.S. with my client. It was from him I learned about Germany's pesky, perennial, high single, low double-digit unemployment rate. I know what your thinking: But, the Germans make great products. How is it their unemployment rate would remain high? According to my client and every other German business man I spoke to, the imposition of onerous social programs on the backs of small business, that's how. Let's consider the average small business owner in the U.S....
  • Exceptional Humans Did Not Evolve from Apes (can't the Temple of Darwin get anything right?...LOL!)

    10/02/2009 9:15:51 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 118 replies · 2,630+ views
    Secondhand Smoke ^ | October 1, 2009 | Wesley J. Smith
    Human exceptionalism received a boost today with the news that human beings apparently did not evolve from apes...
  • BART pledges to overhaul police department

    10/02/2009 7:50:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 181+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/2/9 | Dennis Cuff
    OAKLAND —The BART board pledged Thursday that it was committed to making sweeping changes in its transit police department's training, procedures and organization in the wake of an officer's fatal Jan. 1 shooting of an unarmed train rider. In a special meeting, the nine elected transit board members said they would develop an action plan to carry out recommendations in a 300-page top-to-bottom audit of the police force by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement executives, also known as NOBLE. The board paid $127,000 for the review. "We need a plan of action. We aren't going to set this...
  • CALIFORNIA: High court says state can't raid transit funds

    10/02/2009 7:45:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 379+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/2/9 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento - -- The California Supreme Court has left intact a lower court's ruling that the state illegally raided money intended for local public transit projects, a decision that could leave the cash-strapped state on the hook for up to $3.6 billion.The lawsuit is one of several facing the state over its spending plans, which have repeatedly relied on accounting gimmicks such as the transfer of funds from one state account to another.Losing the lawsuits would exacerbate the state's fiscal problems - a $7 billion to $8 billion shortfall is already expected for next year - and lawmakers are expected...
  • UC Protest Movement Continues to Unfold (UC up in arms over budget cut)

    10/02/2009 2:45:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 356+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 10/01/09 | Richard Brenneman and Riya Bhattacharjee
    UC Protest Movement Continues to Unfold By Richard Brenneman and Riya Bhattacharjee Thursday October 01, 2009 UC Berkeley students headed back to Sproul Plaza Wednesday evening to discuss possible actions to protest the university’s budget cuts and related topics. After a hugely successful student and faculty walkout Thursday, Sept. 24, which received national and international media coverage, about 200 students took part in a general assemby at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. The meeting had barely begun by the time the Daily Planet went to press. Student organizers said the meeting was intended as a grassroots effort to brainstorm ideas...
  • Armed homeowner thwarts burglary suspects

    10/02/2009 12:10:29 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 4 replies · 838+ views
    Appeal Democrat, Marysville, CA ^ | September 29 | Howard Yune
    Three suspects arrested in Sutter County after an attempted home burglary ran into the worst of luck - a homeowner with experience fighting off intruders. Two women and a man, all Sacramento residents, broke into an isolated house at about 2 p.m. Monday in the 3900 block of O’Banion Road west of Yuba City, according to Sheriff J. Paul Parker. The owner, David Massey, armed himself with a handgun and discovered one woman in his kitchen while the other woman and the man fled out the back door, Parker said. The suspects got into a Ford Explorer parked on the...
  • No special treatment for Polanski: Schwarzenegger

    10/01/2009 11:35:55 PM PDT · by Palin Republic · 14 replies · 912+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 1, 2009 | Jill Serjeant
    Polanski, who has dual French and Polish nationality, fled the United States in 1978 after pleading guilty in a California court to unlawful sex with a minor. He served 42 days in a prison, but left the country when he believed a judge would sentence him to years behind bars despite having made a plea agreement for time already served. His lawyers have said he will fight extradition. Schwarzenegger, the former "Terminator" action star who swapped Hollywood movie-making for politics in 2003, said he admired Polanski's work. He told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview; "It doesn't matter if you...