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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 ( http://bit.ly/IEc5yx) 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
    nydailynews.com ^ | 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
    SFGate.com ^ | 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
    bakersfieldnow.com ^ | 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...