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  • RICHMOND< CA: Corky Boozé may have hit bottom with online poll

    04/17/2012 12:48:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/17/12 | Chip Johnson
    Sometimes, you actually get what you ask for. After nine unsuccessful attempts to win a seat on the Richmond City Council, Corky Boozé prevailed in 2010 - winning election and a long- sought place in public office. After that much effort, it's only natural to ask what people think of your performance in office. Politicians rely on public polls to measure their popularity and take the public's pulse on controversial political issues all the time. But the method Boozé chose to test the waters is one for the books. He asked his council colleague - and former campaign supporter Tom...
  • Mountain lions raid ranches (A Big Cat)

    04/17/2012 11:58:05 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 106 replies
    The ranchers in Indian Valley, Genesee and Taylorsville, Plumas Co. have had 7 mountain lions killed this year after they had lost pets and livestock. One after this one was killed. Alicia Knadler, Indian Valley editor, wrote the following story in the March 27 Lassen County Times. "Blood and gore and the blank stares of his baby and adult goats greeted Genesee youth Paul Astles when he went to do his chores in the barn before school Monday, March 12. "He discoved a full-scale slaughter of his kids and adults. (Heather Kingdon told me he lost nine head that night.)...
  • Man electrocuted in California copper theft try

    04/17/2012 10:24:31 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 49 replies
    sfgate ^ | April 17, 2012 | Associated Press
    A suspected Southern California copper thief has been electrocuted after climbing a power pole and using bolt cutters on a live wire, which also caused a power outage. The San Bernardino County Sun ( says the body of 26-year-old Robert Buchanan and bolt cutters were found early Monday at the base of a utility pole in an unincorporated area near Fontana. Nearly 3,100 Southern California Edison customers were without power for about 90 minutes. San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators say Buchanan apparently used the bolt cutters to cut live wires from the pole. A sheriff's spokeswoman says Edison wires...
  • Los Angeles Police Department designates separate holding facility for transgender inmates

    04/16/2012 11:36:22 AM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies ^ | 04/16/2012 | RHEANA MURRAY
    The Los Angeles Police Department is expected to become the first in the country to provide a separate holding facility for transgender inmates. At the detention center, transgender people will receive both male and female clothing and be able to receive medical treatment such as hormone injections, KTLA reports. Capt. Dave Lindsay, commander of the LAPD's jail division, announced the policy change Thursday, saying it will help create "an environment that’s safe and secure, as there's been a history of violence against transgender people" in jail. Other changes were also noted. Police will no longer be able to pat down...
  • Stockton not only California government in financial distress

    04/16/2012 9:48:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/16/12 | Dan Walters
    It's easy – justifiably so – to beat up on Stockton for spending itself into a fiscal hole so deep that bankruptcy may be its only course. City officials borrowed and spent heavily on a baseball park, a sports arena, a marina and other facilities in hopes of resurrecting a woebegone downtown, and simultaneously boosted their employees' salaries and fringe benefits. At the time, Stockton was seeing a surge of sales and property taxes from a housing boom and the city's politicians and administrators wagered, in effect, that it would go on forever. When the bubble burst, it was left...
  • 100 Sickened By Tainted Tuna (Rotten stinking tuna from Cupertino. Nancy Pelosi has no comment.)

    04/16/2012 7:50:10 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 47 replies
    KMJ Radio ^ | April 16, 2012 | unatributed
    Tainted tuna is being blamed for a salmonella outbreak that's sickened more than 100 people in 20 states.
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • CALIFORNIA: 12 seek House seat in District 2, liberal sanctuary

    04/15/2012 11:22:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/15/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    The redrawn congressional district that stretches along the Pacific Ocean from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border is a political world like no other. The open seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma is one of the few places in the United States where all but the two Republican candidates are running to the left of President Obama.For the eight Democrats and two left-leaning candidates who decline to state a party preference, the district is a progressive sanctuary where longtime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart headlines a fundraiser and campaign trail visits from liberal icons...
  • 3rd Annual Tea Party Tax Day Rally Sacramento Pictures

    04/15/2012 10:11:13 AM PDT · by Jayster · 7 replies
    Pictures from the 3rd Annual Tax Day Rally in Sacramento
  • River otters rebounding with hospitable habitat

    04/15/2012 9:54:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies ^ | 4/15/12 | Carolyn Jones
    It's wild times in the watershed. The most happy-go-lucky denizen of Bay Area creeks is back, after a hiatus of at least three decades: the river otter. "They look like they're having a wonderful time out there. It's really exciting to see," said Steve Bobzien, a wildlife ecologist for the East Bay Regional Park District. "Plus, it's a really good biological indicator of the health of the ecosystem." From Antioch to Tomales Bay, park visitors have reported otters rolling in mud, gnawing on crayfish, sliding down rocks and generally partying on the creek banks. A Marin group has even created...
  • Bribe claim rocks Stark race

    04/15/2012 7:53:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/15/12 | Josh Richman
    An East Bay congressional candidate is on the warpath after the longtime incumbent he's challenging him publicly accused him of accepting bribes, yet hasn't produced evidence. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, leveled the accusation against fellow Democrat, Dublin councilman and Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell during a candidates' forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Eden Area on Tuesday night at Hayward City Hall. Stark, 80, said Swalwell, who was elected to the Dublin council in 2010, has taken "hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes" from the Lin family -- among the city's most prominent real estate...
  • The Lockyer family desperately needs help

    04/15/2012 7:46:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/15/12 | Daniel Borenstein - Staff columnist
    It's painful watching the Lockyer family drama spin out of control. The alcoholic 40-year-old Alameda County supervisor, who is also battling drug addiction, checks in and out of rehab, then continues to behave erratically like a typical substance abuser. The codependent 70-year-old elected treasurer of the nation's largest state risks his four-decade political legacy trying to preserve a marriage to a woman who cheated on him with a methamphetamine addict. Then there's their young son, who was dragged along with his mother to the Newark motel where she says her lover beat her up. These folks need help. None of...
  • What effect would proposed tax increases really have?

    04/15/2012 7:35:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/15/12 | Dan Walters
    Over the coming months of gestation about taxation, California voters will be inundated with claims, counterclaims and other forms of propaganda. We still don't know how many major tax proposals will be on the November ballot. It'll be at least one, but whether it's the one that Jerry Brown, other Democratic politicians and labor unions want, or the one that civil rights attorney Molly Munger and the PTA want, is still unknown. Most likely, it'll be both. Brown, having merged his original tax proposal with one pushed by a left-wing coalition, now wants to hike sales taxes by a quarter-cent...
  • Foul Play: War on women is real [by Sen. Barbara Boxer]

    04/15/2012 6:29:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | April 12, 2012 | Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    Suppose it’s the championship basketball game and one player is committing foul after foul. Each time, he denies he’s committed any offense. Eventually, he fouls out. But even as he heads to the bench, he’s protesting that he did nothing wrong. That’s what we’re seeing today from Republicans who claim there is no “war on women.” The Republican National Committee chairman likened it to a “war on caterpillars.” But whether it’s sports or politics, denials don’t change the facts. So let’s look at them. House Republicans have introduced more than 30 bills that would restrict a woman’s reproductive health care....
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT: Mind-numbing protests meet pepper spray

    04/15/2012 5:56:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/14/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    You have to really work at it to get arrested at a University of California campus protest. University administrators look at protest as part of the education process - and they frequently issue memos stating how much they agree with left-wing causes. Administrators don't want campus police to arrest students - especially students who attend demonstrations against state cuts to higher education. Thus students have had to ramp up dissident behavior if they want to be handcuffed and detained. Campus activists have begun to follow Occupy Wall Street's lead and set up tents to create illegal encampments. When campus police...
  • CALIFORNIA: Stand-your-ground the rule in state, courts affirm

    04/15/2012 5:49:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/15/12 | Bob Egelko
    The stand-your-ground doctrine, which has vaulted into national prominence with the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, isn't limited to the two dozen states that have passed laws since 2005 expanding the right to use deadly force in confrontations. It's also the rule in California, by court decree. For more than a century, the state's judges have declared that a person who reasonably believes he or she faces serious injury or death from an assailant does not have to back off - inside or outside the home - and instead can use whatever force is needed to eliminate the danger....
  • Bakersfield police: Robber shot, killed in self-defense(CA)

    04/14/2012 6:45:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 12 April, 2012 | NA
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A deadly shooting Wednesday in a southwest Bakersfield apartment was deemed self-defense. Tremelle Spain, 23, was shot multiple times off Appleblossom Drive, near Planz and New Stine roads. Police said Thursday that Spain and 24-year-old Semaj Douglas were allegedly armed with guns when they busted into the apartment to commit robbery. The resident grabbed a gun himself and shot at both men, hitting Spain but missing Douglas. Douglas ran away but was later caught by police. Spain died at Kern Medical Center less than an hour after the shooting. The apartment resident was not arrested. Police...
  • Jerry Brown says lawmakers need to 'man up' and cut California's budget

    04/14/2012 1:38:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/14/12 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown urged the Legislature on Friday to "man up" and make spending cuts, acknowledging the state budget deficit is likely larger than he previously thought. The Democratic governor, in an interview on Bay Area talk radio station KGO (810 AM), said the deficit is "probably bigger now" than the $9.2 billion he estimated earlier this year. "We're trying to be as prudent as we can," Brown said. "That's why the Legislature has to man up, make the cuts and get some taxes and we'll make it." Democrats this year have resisted Brown's proposed cuts to social services and...
  • Which is worse — pepper spray or ignorance?

    04/14/2012 1:28:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 4/14/4 | Debra J. Saunders
    My Sunday column is on the Reynoso report on the UC Davis pepper spray incident. You can read the Reynoso report here. . . . The Reynoso report confirms some of the CAS findings. A professor offers extra credit to students who attend the Occupy UCD rally and write a report on it. Another professor tells students they are the law. The problem with professors who see it as their job to promote “social justice,” is they’ve forgotten that their job is to educate.
  • Advice from politicians who know: Nadia Lockyer's future is up to her

    04/13/2012 9:20:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/13/12 | Josh Richman
    John Burton was well on his way to becoming a political icon when he resigned from Congress in 1982 to battle an alcohol and cocaine addiction, but he won't deign to say Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer should follow his example and step down. As a politician who famously climbed back into the public arena, Burton said Friday that whether an addict is a street-sweeper, a county supervisor or the president of the United States, you don't get well until you commit to getting well. Whatever comes next is "her decision," Burton said of Lockyer. "The only person who can...
  • Lucas empire strikes back in Calif. studio battle

    04/13/2012 4:59:17 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 43 replies
    Associated Press via MSNBC ^ | updated 4/13/2012 12:18:35 AM ET | TERENCE CHEA
    SAN FRANCISCO — George Lucas' empire is striking back in its long-running battle to build a palatial film studio in the pastoral hills north of San Francisco. Lucasfilm Ltd., the force behind the Star Wars movies, shocked Marin County on Tuesday by announcing that it is abandoning the controversial Grady Ranch project, citing bitter opposition from neighbors and delays in the approval process. The company said it would build its new digital media production studio elsewhere and hopes to sell the historic farmland to a developer interested in constructing low-income housing.
  • New Trial Date Set in Fast and Furious Case

    04/13/2012 11:58:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | 12 Apr 2012
    A judge has set a new trial date for 15 people accused of participating in a gun smuggling ring that was investigated by the federal government in Operation Fast and Furious. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg set a Jan. 3 trial date.
  • LAPD Drops Transgender Pat-Downs, Eyes Separate Detention Space

    04/13/2012 10:28:57 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | April 13, 2012
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police on Friday signaled a department-wide shift in its treatment of transgender people both on the street and behind bars, including a reported plan to provide hormone treatments to transgender detainees. Arrested transgender men and women will be housed in a separate section of the Los Angeles Police Department’s downtown Metropolitan Detention Center by the end of the month, according to a report published Friday. LAPD jail division commander Capt. Dave Lindsay announced the move Thursday night at a meeting of transgender people in West Hollywood that was also attended by police Chief Charlie Beck and...
  • Bizarre twist in Nadia Lockyer saga

    04/13/2012 7:43:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/13/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    More drama involving Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer - this time concerning an e-mail from her Web address that was sent to the San Jose Mercury News suggesting she was in serious distress and blaming her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, for hooking her on drugs. After receiving the e-mail Wednesday, the Mercury News called police in Hayward, where officers and paramedics were promptly dispatched to the Lockyers' home to check on her. According to law enforcement and other sources, Nadia Lockyer insisted she was fine and denied sending the e-mail. However, she did tell a Mercury News reporter who...
  • California Declares War on Suburbia, Planners want to herd millions into densely packed corridors

    04/13/2012 4:03:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 111 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 9, 2012 | Wendell Cox
    It's no secret that California's regulatory and tax climate is driving business investment to other states. California's high cost of living also is driving people away. Since 2000 more than 1.6 million people have fled, and my own research as well as that of others points to high housing prices as the principal factor. The exodus is likely to accelerate. California has declared war on the most popular housing choice, the single family, detached home—all in the name of saving the planet.Metropolitan area governments are adopting plans that would require most new housing to be built at 20 or more...
  • Old Fire suspect sentenced in sodomy case

    04/12/2012 10:47:17 PM PDT · by Bullish · 13 replies
    Inland valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 04/12/2012 | Mike Cruz
    RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Old Fire arson suspect Rickie Lee Fowler was sentenced this week to three life sentences in his jailhouse sodomy case. Judge Stephan G. Saleson denied defense attempts to get a new trial and sentenced Fowler on Monday to three terms of 25 years to life in state prison, according to court records. Fowler, of San Bernardino, was found guilty in February of three felony counts of sodomy by force on another inmate at West Valley Detention Center. The incidents occurred in August 2010. Jurors also found "true" each of Fowler's two prior strikes, thus allowing each count...
  • Calif. game official avoids fine from cougar hunt

    04/12/2012 4:31:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/12/12
    California regulators have given a warning letter to the president of the state Fish and Game Commission over a mountain lion hunting trip he took earlier this year, but they decided against issuing a fine. . . . It says he violated the state's $420 gift limit when he accepted an Idaho hunting trip in January worth $6,800.
  • Professor Shows Pornography to Her Class

    04/12/2012 4:07:43 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 51 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Oliver Darcy
    Fresno State Public Health Professor, Peggy Gish, played a pornographic, full-length film for her class on Tuesday. The adult film was called "Advanced Sexual Techniques, Volume One" and contained both sexually explicit audio and graphic video. Campus Reform learned about the incident after a student, who does not wish to be identified, came forward. According to an online synopsis the movie follows "12 couples of varying backgrounds and ethnicity" who "explore sexual positions and techniques."
  • California Declares War on Detached Homes

    04/12/2012 3:27:11 PM PDT · by robowombat · 76 replies
    New American ^ | 11 APRIL 2012 15:36 | RAVEN CLABOUGH
    California Declares War on Detached Homes WRITTEN BY RAVEN CLABOUGH WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL 2012 15:36 In its ongoing move to establish a full nanny state, the state of California has passed laws intended to minimize car use and carbon dioxide emissions. Those laws are now leading to policies that permit the state to mandate that up to 30 homes may be built on a single acre of land, in an effort to assuage concerns by climate-change advocates that humans are taking up too much space. “Metropolitan area governments are adopting plans that would require most new housing to be built...
  • Gov’t Spent $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of San Fran Stimulus Project

    04/12/2012 3:38:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 12, 2012 | By Thomas Cloud
    The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045 billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009. “In October 2009, an ecologist identified a plant growing in a concrete-bound median strip along Doyle Drive in the Presidio as Arctostaphylos franciscana,” the U.S. Department of Interior reported in the Aug. 10, 2010 edition of the Federal Register. The bush—a Franciscan manzanita—was a specimen of a commercially cultivated species of shrub that can be purchased from nurseries...
  • Email from Nadia Lockyer account claims Treasurer Bill Lockyer supplied her with drugs

    04/12/2012 3:09:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/12/12 | Julia Prodis Sulek and Josh Richman
    The tragic unraveling of Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer took a disturbing turn this week when a message from her personal email account landed in a reporter's in-box: Her husband, California's Treasurer Bill Lockyer, the message claimed, bought and gave her drugs years before she met her drug-addicted former lover. . In an apparent call for help, the message also said she could no longer stand the torture and harassment of the ex-lover who she says beat her in a motel room two months ago. "I simply can't bear this any longer,'' the email said. "Goodbye to everyone.'' Fearing for...
  • Rail authority passes plan for Calif. bullet train

    04/12/2012 3:00:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/12/12 | SUDHIN THANAWALA and HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press
    San Francisco (AP) -- The authority overseeing efforts to build a high-speed rail system in California approved its revised business plan on Thursday, sending the ambitious project to an uncertain fate in the Legislature. The California High-Speed Rail Authority voted 6-0, with two members absent, to approve its latest plan. Two hours of public comment preceded the vote, most of it favorable toward the bullet train.
  • Trayvon Who? Most Angelenos See Improved Race Relations Post-LA Riots

    04/12/2012 1:44:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CBS) ^ | April 12, 2012 12:21 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Even as the national debate over race relations continues to simmer in the Trayvon Martin shooting, a poll released Thursday found most Angelenos believe the city is safer and more racially harmonious than it has been in decades. The survey conducted by the Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles found nearly seven in 10 residents felt racial and ethnic groups were getting along well in the city. Many also say Los Angeles is unlikely to see future rioting like the uprising after the 1992 acquittals of four white police officers in the...
  • BrightSource kills IPO at last minute

    04/12/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 12, 2012 | by David R. Baker
    BrightSource Energy of Oakland, a solar power-plant developer whose first project won $1.6 billion in federal backing, abruptly canceled its initial public stock offering Wednesday night, just hours before trading was scheduled to begin. The surprise move killed what had been the most hotly anticipated clean-tech IPO this spring. It casts doubt on investor appetite for similar offerings in the future. The cancellation could also revive the debate over federal support for renewable power companies. Solar-module maker Solyndra of Fremont, which received $528 million from the same government program that funded BrightSource's first power plant, also canceled a planned IPO...
  • Pelosi sees party's chances surging on gender gap (The wonders&perils of modern psychotropics)

    04/12/2012 9:01:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies ^ | 4/12/12 | Carla Marinucci
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking elected woman in the United States, plunged Wednesday into the heated battle over gender gap politics, arguing that Republicans and their party's presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, have alienated millions of women voters. That helps Democrats' chances of taking back the House of Representatives, Pelosi said at a news conference in San Francisco. "I would have said, two months ago, we had a fifty-fifty chance of winning the House," she said. "Since then, so much changed because women have shifted in large measure to the president and to the Democrats." Pelosi cited GOP budget...
  • Police: Santa Barbara homeowner shoots intruder, suspect in custody(CA)

    04/12/2012 8:30:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 11 April, 2012 | Shelby Rhodes
    A Santa Barbara homeowner shot an intruder Wednesday morning, according to police. Police said a 33-year-old man began knocking on the front door of a home in the 900 block of West Pedregosa Street. Police said the man inside the home woke up, and told the suspect to take off. Instead, police said the suspect uttered something about money, before walking around to the back of the home. Police said the man's family called 911, as he armed himself with an M-1 carbine rifle. When the suspect showed up on the back patio, police said he yelled out something indicating...
  • State senators say they won't rush bullet train plans

    04/12/2012 7:54:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 11, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian
    The plan to build the California bullet train is almost certain to be approved Thursday by the state's high-speed rail authority at a board meeting in San Francisco, but the project is facing a less certain future in Sacramento. The rail authority has long insisted that it needs to move as quickly as possible, starting construction on an initial $6-billion segment of track through the Central Valley this year to meet the terms of a federal grant that covers more than half of the initial project. But that push by the authority, labor unions and the Brown administration for quick...
  • Police searching for woman who attacked man with stilletto heel

    04/12/2012 7:32:13 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies ^ | 11 April 2012 | unattributed
    SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Police were looking for a woman Wednesday who sent a man to the emergency room after hitting him in the head with a stiletto heel early Sunday morning. According to, Matt Meidinger, the general manager at Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, was leaving the Balboa Café Saturday night after drinking with some friends when he witnessed a fight breaking out between two men. While attempting to intervene, a woman associated with one of the fighters hit him in the head with one of her high-heeled shoes. “Blood immediately started pouring down the left side...
  • Leftist California Professors "Corrupt" Higher Education

    04/12/2012 4:31:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | April 12, 2012 | Larry Elder
    "I don't know any polite way of putting this -- but he's lying," said professor John Ellis, president of the National Association of Scholars' California division. Ellis was reacting to a critic's characterization of the NAS's damning report, "A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California." California taxpayers spend $2.8 billion to educate the more than 230,000 students at the 10 campuses that comprise the UC system. But the report says the UC system does not help students learn how to think, but rather teaches them what to think. And what they "learn"...
  • 2 USC Students Murdered During Attempted Carjacking Near Campus

    04/11/2012 1:23:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | April 11, 2012
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two USC students were murdered Wednesday morning in what may have been an attempted carjacking in front of a home in the West Adams area. Officials say the victims, Ying Wu and Ming Qu, were sitting in a BMW in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue with hazard lights on when they were approached by an armed man at 1 a.m., according to KNX 1070′s John Brooks.
  • CA Planned Parenthood Joins Pro-Choice Clergy to Launch ‘40 Days of Prayer’ In Support of Abortion

    04/11/2012 11:17:32 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 11, 2012 | By Billy Hallowell
    The Six Rivers Planned Parenthood of Eureka, California, has a new prayer campaign that may cause some head-scratching among religious individuals who stand opposed to abortion. The initiative, “40 Days of Prayer: Supporting Women Everywhere,” provides 40 different prayers that can be offered up in support of abortion rights. . .
  • Charles Manson quickly denied parole

    04/11/2012 11:20:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 11, 2012 | Andrew Blankstein and Shelby Grad
    A California parole board Wednesday quickly rejected parole for convicted mass murderer Charles Manson, a prison spokesman said. Manson did not attend the hearing, which was the 12th in which state officials concluded Manson was too great a danger to be released. The board was expected to make a ruling Wednesday afternoon, and it's unclear exactly why the decision was rendered so quickly. Before the hearing, his attorney, DeJon R. Lewis, said he would like to see Manson transferred to Atascadero State Hospital from the state prison near Corcoran. "Charles Manson does not need incarceration at this point in his...
  • Doug McIntyre: California, where the math just gets fuzzier

    04/11/2012 10:44:42 AM PDT · by Mark · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 4/11/12 | Doug McIntyre
    The Wife's fingers fly clickity-clack over the calculator keypad as she works on our taxes. When she gets on a roll she makes that thing sound like Fred Astaire with an Uzi. I hear the occasional muttered expletive or plaintive sigh and that's when I want to give her a hug, but I dare not. The Wife is not to be messed with at tax time. This ritual is played out in millions of American homes - death and taxes, right? But in our home the burden falls fully on The Wife because I'm incapable of performing this basic function...
  • Hundreds Protest Outside Stockton Police Station

    04/10/2012 5:46:47 PM PDT · by Selene · 7 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | 4/10/2012
    STOCKTON, Calif. (KCRA) -- The families of a Stockton teenager and a man who were fatally shot by police officers held a march and rally against what they say is police brutality. Hundreds marched to the Stockton Courthouse and then to the Stockton Police station on Tuesday, including family members of Luther Brown Jr. and James Rivera. Photos From The Field: Rally Against Police Brutality Two busloads of "Occupy Oakland" protesters also joined the march and rally. Read more:
  • California revenues 4.2 percent shy in March

    04/10/2012 3:43:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/10/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    As state leaders hope for a surprise uptick in revenues this spring, state Controller John Chiang reported Tuesday that California lagged last month by $233.5 million, or 4.2 percent. The state missed its target most in corporate income taxes, which were $125.8 million (8.2 percent) off the mark. Income taxes and sales taxes were each less than 2 percent behind Gov. Jerry Brown's revenue forecast. For the fiscal year that ends in June, the state is now trailing Brown's expectations by nearly $1.1 billion, or 1.9 percent.
  • Report: Girls Who Admitted To Drawing Swastikas In Maple Syrup Expelled From School (Video at link)

    04/10/2012 2:54:25 PM PDT · by yorkie · 65 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | April 10, 2012
    Jon Lovitz may have been a comedian since he was 15, but for him, a prank involving maple syrup was no laughing matter. Lovitz took to his Twitter account to decry swastikas and “Jew” written in maple syrup on the front walkway of a childhood friend’s home in Northridge. Three girls, who admitted to what the Los Angeles Police called an ill-advised prank, have been permanently expelled from their school, Nobel Middle School, Lovitz tweeted Tuesday. The prank, which also included feces left on the family’s doorstep and toilet paper on the property’s trees, was discovered April 3. The family...
  • Jerry Brown, unions agree to delay contract talks until after tax vote

    04/10/2012 8:15:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/10/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to extend the labor contracts of four state worker unions, pushing aside a potential obstacle to his quest for a tax increase later this year. The agreements affect roughly 24,000 state employees working under deals that expire July 1, extending their current terms for one more year. The governor's deals with labor are "mind-numbing," given the state's $9.2 billion deficit, said Senate GOP leader Bob Huff. The Diamond Bar Republican and three other GOP leaders last month put their names on a budget proposal that included cutting state workers' pay by about 5 percent. "It's...
  • 18 Men Arrested In Sex Sting At Manhattan Beach Public Restroom

    04/09/2012 9:15:42 PM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    Several undercover stings involving public beach restrooms have ended in the arrest of 18 men for unlawful sexual activities. Los Angeles County Lifeguards alerted Manhattan Beach police to unusual activity taking place at a public bathroom located at Marine Avenue at The Beach, authorities said. “The same men were frequently using and returning to the location, and men were loitering in the area as well as inside the restroom for long periods of time,” Stephanie Martin of MBPD said. Lifeguards and maintenance staff also found graffiti that depicted “graphic sexual images as well as holes that were drilled in the...
  • Jarvis group launches 'Don't Sign the Petition' anti-tax campaign

    04/09/2012 9:08:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/9/12 | David Siders
    Less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown started using robotic telephone calls and mailers to gather signatures for his ballot initiative to raise taxes, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association plans to launch its anti-tax campaign today on the conservative "John and Ken" talk radio show. The taxpayers group this morning posted a red banner on its website inviting viewers to join a "Don't Sign the Petition" campaign. The banner links to a campaign website opposing Brown's effort to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners.
  • Trayvon Martin: Protesters march to L.A. City Hall

    04/09/2012 7:23:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | April 9, 2012
    Marchers were moving through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Monday evening to protest the shooting of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The Los Angeles Police Department warned that some streets between Pershing Square and downtown L.A. could be closed during the march, which runs from 5th and Hill streets to Spring and 1st streets. The march was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The march was organized by ANSWER Los Angeles Coalition. It was one of several in Los Angeles and other cities in recent weeks. "We must keep up the pressure in the streets to win justice,"...