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  • After suspending butcher who defended pregnant woman, Safeway faces public wrath

    05/16/2012 7:47:24 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 66 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 05/16/2012 | KATE MOSER
    When Ryan Young, a butcher at the Del Rey Oaks Safeway, stopped a customer from hitting his pregnant girlfriend in the store last month, he won praise from the police department. But Safeway slapped Young with a suspension — without pay — while the company investigates the altercation. The story, which appeared Tuesday on KION, has spurred a public relations headache for the supermarket chain. Its Facebook page was peppered with outraged comments. "Safeway is taking this matter seriously," Safeway spokeswoman Wendy Gutshall said in a statement. "We have store security video of the incident and have been engaged in...
  • [Manny] Pacquiao Banned from L.A. Mall for Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

    05/16/2012 5:32:00 PM PDT · by Justaham · 16 replies ^ | 5/16/12 | Ben Shapiro
    The “tolerant” same-sex marriage left has struck again – this time, at the popular hangout The Grove, in Los Angeles. The owner of The Grove, Rick Caruso, tweeted that iconic boxing great and Philippines Congressman Manny Pacquiao would not be allowed “on the premises” thanks to Pacquiao’s outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage. “Boxer Manny Pacquiao is not welcome @TheGroveLA,” he tweeted. “@TheGroveLA is a gathering place for all Angelenos, not a place for intolerance.” Pacquiao was supposed to do an interview today with “Extra” at The Grove.
  • State Supreme Court to decide if illegal immigrant can practice law

    05/16/2012 6:43:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 35 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/16/12 | Howard Mintz
    The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to consider whether the State Bar has the authority to license an undocumented immigrant and allow him to become a practicing lawyer. In their weekly closed-door conference, the justices unanimously decided to consider the case of Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who graduated from Chico State University, a Florida law school and passed the state Bar exam in July 2009 but has been stalled in his bid to secure his California law license.
  • Oakland law targets violent protesters

    05/16/2012 6:38:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/16/12 | Matthew Artz
    OAKLAND -- A proposed law would make it easier for police to arrest Occupy Oakland agitators by prohibiting them from possessing their weapons of choice at protests. The proposal would make it a misdemeanor to bring a host of items to protests including shields, fire accelerant and pressurized paint sprayers that several Occupiers have used against police officers and private property. Rather than having to catch Occupy agitators in the act of damaging property or using the makeshift weapons, police would be able to arrest protesters they saw carrying the prohibited items, potentially weeding out agitators before protests get violent....
  • State Employee Pensions to Cost California $3.7 Billion [And Gov. Moonbeam Wants More Taxes!]

    05/16/2012 6:04:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 16, 2012
    State Employee Pensions to Cost California $3.7 Billion May 16, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California will pay about $3.7 billion for state employees' pension in its next fiscal year, more than it now pays but less than the state set aside for retirement-related expenses in the prior fiscal year, the state's pension fund said on Wednesday. The California Public Employees' Retirement System, best known as Calpers, is receiving $3.5 billion from the state government, down from $3.9 billion in the prior fiscal year. The anticipated $213 million increase in the state's contribution for the next fiscal year reflects a...
  • Strip Club Tax of $10 a Head Being Considered by California Legislature

    05/16/2012 5:14:15 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 33 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | May 16, 2012 | Dennis Romero
    Gov. Jerry Brown says there are $8 billion worth of cuts coming to state programs this summer, and that's not even enough to fill the $16 billion sinkhole California faces July 1. One enterprising legislator has a wild idea, though: Tax strip club patrons $10 each time they enter an exotic dancing establishment. Damn. Talk about your cover charge. Assemblyman Das Williams of Oxnard plans to tax you like a gangster taxes drug dealers: AB 2441, which is moving through the state Assembly as we speak, would levy a $10 fee on each and everyone of you good gentlemen (and...
  • Junior Seau's Restaurant Closes for Good

    05/16/2012 5:01:20 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 9 replies
    KTLA ^ | May 16, 2012 | KTLA news
    Two weeks after NFL linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide, the Mission Valley restaurant that bares his name closed, a trustee announced Wednesday. Bette Hoffman, who formerly was the director of the Junior Seau Foundation and former vice president of Seau’s of San Diego LLC, announced the closure of the popular sports bar. Without Seau’s charismatic leadership, it was felt that the future profitability of the restaurant could be in question,Hoffman released in a statement. All employees will be paid accordingly along with their accrued vacation commitments, she said.
  • To Gov. Jerry Brown's dismay, pension board phases in state hike

    05/16/2012 4:09:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/16/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Against Gov. Jerry Brown's wishes, the California Public Employees' Retirement System board voted today to phase in a higher cost to the state over two years rather than bill the state immediately in full. In a letter to the board, Brown called that "not a prudent decision." The disagreement was over the pace at which PERS is lowering its assumptions about future investment returns from 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent, called the discount rate. Such changes are intended to compensate for lower market returns. When the rate of return assumption goes down, governments must contribute more. The PERS board agreed...
  • Steinberg: Democrats seeking alternatives to some budget cuts {in the Golden State}

    05/16/2012 4:05:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/16/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today repeated a pledge to look for budget solutions that would allow lawmakers to preserve some services targeted with steep cuts under Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget plan. "I said on Monday, I'm not looking for a public fight here," the Sacramento Democrat said this morning. "We're looking to work collaboratively and yet not be afraid to have our differences or air our differences with the other stakeholders, the other parties, but come to a resolution where we can in fact buy out some of the worst cuts." The revised budget proposal released by...
  • More California Gun Control: Bill to Ban Open Carry of Rifles & Shotguns

    05/16/2012 3:44:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 14 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    The California state assembly approved Anthony Portantino's bill that would make it illegal to openly carry unloaded shotguns and rifles on the streets. So, more gun control laws in California. Who here is surprised? Anyone? Anyone? An earlier bill spearheaded by Portantino banned the open carry of handguns. This new bill is just finishing what he started. There will be a few exceptions, of course: hunters and police will be able to carry weapons, and there will be select locations where the ban does not apply. For the most part, though, you won't be able to openly carry a gun...
  • Rabbi’s speech called hateful (because he expressed Conservative views).

    05/16/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by Zetman · 10 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | May 16, 2012, 05:00 AM | Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff
    A rabbi’s declaration that he is an “Islamaphobe” and an accompanying speech at a Tea Party forum in San Mateo earlier this month has been called racist and hateful by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Rabbi Nachum Shifren and all the other candidates for U.S. Senate were invited to a candidate’s forum May 3 at the American Legion Hall in San Mateo, co-sponsored by the San Mateo County Republican Party and My Liberty, a local Tea Party group. Shifren told a cheering audience, “I am an Islamaphobe and everything we need to know about Islam, we...
  • Manny Pacquiao: 'I'm not against gay people'

    05/16/2012 12:33:01 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 16, 2012 | Andrew Blankstein, Bettina Boxall and Shelby Grad
    The Grove shopping mall in Los Angeles has banned boxer Manny Pacquiao over comments he made about gay marriage, but the boxer said he was misquoted. "Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao, we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance," the Grove said in a statement. In an interview with National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao addressed President Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage. "God's words...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Rainbow flag will fly high in Hillcrest (CA)

    05/16/2012 10:17:17 AM PDT · by massmike · 70 replies ^ | 05/16/2012 | BEN CARTWRIGHT
    Very soon, San Diego's LGBT community will see a colorful symbol of their pride flying high above the Hillcrest neighborhood. Today, the City Council voted 7-0 to approve a proposal by the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) to install a 65-foot flagpole in the median on Normal Street where it intersects with University Avenue. Nicholas Moade, owner of Rich's and a donor to the flag project, urged the City Council to pass Item 333. "This flag symbolized tolerance and diversity," Moade said. "As long as LGBT youth are being bullied ... it is important to fly this flag as a beacon...
  • California politicians bet big

    05/16/2012 9:26:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/16/12 | Dan Walters
    Poker players often use the phrase "betting on the come" to describe a willingness, if instincts and odds indicate, to wager big on the hope that they will draw winning cards. That's a perfectly valid tactic when one is playing with one's own money and therefore bearing the risk. But is it appropriate for California politicians to bet on the come by approving many billions of dollars in spending on very shaky assumptions that the money will be there when it's needed to pay the bills? Risk was the underlying theme of two hearings in the Capitol on Tuesday. One...
  • SF fire chief's wages garnisheed - spousal support

    05/16/2012 9:23:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/16/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    A judge has declared San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White a deadbeat divorcee and ordered the city to start garnisheeing $3,300 a month from her paycheck for spousal support to her ex-husband. Hayes-White says she stopped paying support about 14 months ago, after an incident in which her ex-hubby, Robert "Sean" White, grabbed and choked one of their sons while in a booze-fueled rage. In December, he pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and cruelty. He is serving his sentence on a county sheriff's work detail and living in a...
  • In City Where Dogs Outnumber Children, Finding a Way for Coyotes to Coexist

    05/16/2012 8:10:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    ny times ^ | May 14, 2012 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    SAN FRANCISCO — Dogs outnumber children here, making already assertive dog owners an even more formidable political force. But the emergence in recent years of coyotes in the city’s parks, and sometimes in its expensive backyards and picturesque streets, has raised doubts about whether that founding legacy can survive. Will the two animal worlds — the domesticated and the wild — be able to coexist? Might they even, as many in this liberal city hope, ultimately complement each other? Taking no chances, city officials recently cordoned off trails and barricaded a restroom in an area of Golden Gate Park where...
  • 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman's Bankruptcy Case Thrown Out

    05/16/2012 6:06:52 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 13 replies
    KTLA-TV ^ | May 16, 2012 | KTLA News
    The bankruptcy case against 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman has been thrown out of court, official records show. The mother of 14 failed to complete the necessary paperwork by Monday's deadline showing that she could not pay off her debts. Creditors can now resume efforts to collect their debts from Suleman, and foreclosure proceedings can resume on her rented La Habra home. The bankruptcy filing had put a temporary freeze on a foreclosure auction of Suleman's house. The home was supposed to go on the auction block at Orange City Hall on May 7, but it was put on hold until May...
  • Rep. Barbara Lee attacks Romney on Obama's behalf

    05/15/2012 10:25:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/15/12 | Josh Richman
    Rep. Barbara Lee on Tuesday went on the attack against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on behalf of President Obama's re-election campaign, blasting Romney's business record at Bain Capital. Lee, D-Oakland, said America doesn't need a president who got rich by putting the concerns of other wealthy investors over those of workers. "Like President Obama, I believe we need to restore middle-class security and create an economy built to last," she said on a conference call with reporters. "Unfortunately, Mitt Romney's economic policies would do even more damage to the middle class." Lee touted Obama's Recovery Act economic stimulus, which...
  • Manny Pacquiao Barred From 'Extra' Interview at the Grove After Bashing Gay Marriage

    05/15/2012 9:13:33 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 50 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | May 15, 2012 | Simone Wilson
    Update, 8:30 p.m.: Pacquiao is "not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future." Full statement at the bottom. ==================================== Update, 6:50 p.m.: "We're canceling the event," says Grove spokesman Bill Reich. "Manny Pacquiao is not coming to the Grove." And thus the backlash begins. ==================================== Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao and "Extra" host Mario Lopez were blowing up Twitter today about their 3/3:30 p.m. interview at the Grove on Wednesday. But mall executives tell LA Weekly that the event may be called off. Pacquiao told the National Conservative Examiner over the weekend that...
  • Poll: LAUSD calling on Calif. voters to approve new taxes on the November ballot.

    05/15/2012 6:52:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    KNX Daily Poll ^ | May 15, 2012
    The LAUSD Superintendent is calling on Calif. voters to approve new taxes on the November ballot to safeguard education spending. How do you plan to vote? Yes No Don't know Vote
  • Hurry Up And Spend? No, Slow Down And Think

    05/15/2012 5:25:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 15, 2012 | Editor
    High-Speed Rail: It says something that even struggling California may be willing to lose a $3.3 billion federal bullet-train grant. Maybe it senses some risk. Now how can that be? The Golden State is not known for its fiscal sobriety, but at least some of its top lawmakers are thinking twice about accepting the Obama administration's invitation to waste money. Last week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said a promised $3.3 billion federal grant to start the state's high-speed rail system is at risk unless the state budgets $2.7 billion from bond funds for it this June. State Senate leaders, bucking...
  • We’re Still Here, Still Golden (Liberal USC Professor Pans California Doomsayers)

    05/15/2012 9:17:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    City Watch ^ | 05/14/2012 | DOWELL MYERS
    CALIFORNIANS AREN’T FLEEING - California, you might think, is a terrible place that people are fleeing from. One reason you might think so is that a cottage industry of pundits, business lobbyists, and politicians has been dedicated to convincing the world that California is and will remain a failure until our prevailing cultural and political climate changes. In this game, demographics are treated like a football. But the people of California are the demographics, and they may not like being tossed about. The doomsayer narrative presupposes that any place not booming with growth must be a failure. But any...
  • California Legislation Would Abolish Parental Control of Child Sexual Preference

    05/15/2012 8:48:09 AM PDT · by OneVike · 22 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 05/12/2012 | Chuck Ness
    It has become clear for some time that there is no limit to which a leftist will go in there attempt to control mankind from the cradle to the grave. Even the fear of voter backlash in an election year does not seem to slow them down any longer. Why else would Obama come out of the closet in full support of same sex marriage, at the same time that California Democrats are attempting to criminalize a parent's influence upon their child's sexual orientation. Passing through the California Senate Judiciary committee by a vote of 3-1, SB 1172 is...
  • Fish or Foul on the Klamath River

    05/15/2012 8:41:46 AM PDT · by Baynative · 48 replies
    AFPCalifornia ^ | 4/23/2012 | Americans for Prosperity
    The Department of Interior plans to destroy four dams on the Klamath River in Northern California so salmon can swim further than 180 miles up the river. But these dams provide water and flood protection to thousands of humans who also live along the river. Clean energy from these hydro dams supply electricity to 70,000 residents in the area. Despite a lack of scientific evidence that dam removal will help the fish, or any study on the human impact of dam removal, the DOI is pressing forward to have the dams destroyed. When their own scientist, Dr. Paul Houser, questions...
  • Jerry Brown aims new budget at tax vote

    05/15/2012 8:29:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/15/12 | Dan Walters
    Just a few months ago, Gov. Jerry Brown chastised "declinists" and "dystopian journalists" for their pessimism about California, particularly about emerging from a deep recession. "Contrary to those critics who fantasize that California is a failed state, I see unspent potential and incredible opportunity," Brown told the Legislature in January, citing supposed signs of economic recovery. On Monday, however, Brown blamed a sluggish economy for revenues falling billions of dollars short of the rosy estimates in the budget he signed last June. "You can never get it quite right," Brown told reporters as he released a revised budget aimed at...
  • Optimistic projections led to dramatic surge in California budget deficit

    05/15/2012 8:25:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/15/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that the state budget deficit had grown by a remarkable 70 percent since January, but fiscal experts said the economy had little to do with it. They instead blamed a bad marriage of volatile capital gains and political intransigence that led state leaders last year to count on a huge upswing in revenues that never materialized. At the same time, corporate tax changes from 2009 appear to have cost California more than state officials ever realized. The Democratic governor says the general fund deficit has mushroomed from $9.2 billion to $15.7 billion. Most of the...
  • Can California Be Fixed? (Short Answer = NO)

    05/15/2012 8:21:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | May 15, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Recently, I was driving down pot-holed, two-lane, non-freeway 101 near Monterey (unchanged since the 1960s) when the radio blared that on a recent science test administered to public schools, California scored 47th in the nation. As I looked at the congested traffic on the decrepit highway and digested the idea that our public schools are competitive only with Mississippi and Alabama, I wondered — is that what we get for a more than 10 percent income tax, 10 percent state and local sales taxes, and the highest gas taxes in the nation?
  • How Gov. Brown Ruined California in His First Term

    05/15/2012 8:06:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | May 25, 2012 | Mike Editorial
    California, like Greece is perpetually in fiscal trouble. Overoptimistic revenue forecasts coupled with spending $2 billion more than expected has California in a deep hole. Governor Jerry Brown has the same non-solution as ever, hike taxes. Brown wants a "temporary" (as in seven years) tax hike. Given we all know there are no such things as temporary tax hikes in California (seven years is permanent enough in the first place), and also given the California school budget needs an axe, I say let him. Please consider California deficit has soared to $16 billion, Gov. Jerry Brown says Gov. Jerry Brown...
  • Sink with California (The Golden State is in dire straights and it is not alone)

    05/15/2012 6:29:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/15/2012 | The Editors
    California is in desperate fiscal straits, facing a nearly unbridgeable deficit of $16 billion, the result of spending that continues to exceed estimates and tax revenue that fails to meet them. Those in better-governed states who are tempted to sniff at the Golden State’s comeuppance, however, should bear in mind that California’s position as a national trendsetter is still quite secure: What is happening in California is very likely to happen in other states — and possibly at the federal level — if action is not taken. There are lessons here for both the Left and the Right, and those...
  • Flag Line For Fallen NorCal Soldier

    05/15/2012 6:26:46 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 8 replies ^ | 5-14-12 | n/a
    As of midafternoon Monday, The following information was considered to be accurate in describing the flag line route for fallen hero Spc. Chase Marta. Late monday evening, we received word the plannned route has been changed. The changes follow the original posting. Both the original and amendment were provided by members of the Veterans of Foriegn Wars .The route for Spc. Chase Marta has been revised to the following: This Wednesday, May 16th, the body of our Fallen Hero, Spc. Chase S. Marta, will arrive at Beale AFB at about 11:00 a.m.. There will be a procession from Beale AFB...
  • SAF, Calguns Foundation Sue Oakland, San Francisco Police

    05/15/2012 3:35:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | 14 May, 2012 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, Wash., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the police departments in San Francisco and Oakland, California for refusing to return firearms to people who had been charged with crimes, but subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing. SAF is joined in the lawsuit by the Calguns Foundation and two private citizens. The case is known as Churchill, et al. v. Harris, et al. The police agencies apparently are relying on a state Department of Justice document that requires proof of ownership of each firearm before they are returned. But Don...
  • High-speed spending: Bullet train may need $3.5 million a day

    05/14/2012 6:45:05 PM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 13, 2012 | Ralph Vartabedian
    If California starts building a 130-mile segment of high-speed rail late this year as planned, it will enter into a risky race against a deadline set up under federal law. The bullet train track through the Central Valley would cost $6 billion and have to be completed by September 2017, or else potentially lose some of its federal funding. It would mean spending as much as $3.5 million every calendar day, holidays and weekends included — the fastest rate of transportation construction known in U.S. history, according to industry and academic experts. Over four years, the California High-Speed Rail Authority...
  • Important Alert – OPPOSE SB 1315!(CA gun law)

    05/14/2012 6:36:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    crpa ^ | 14 May, 2012 | CA Rifle and Pistol Association
    Imitation Firearms Regulations; County of Los Angeles Once again we need your help in stopping a wrong-minded bill – SB 1315. SB 1315 is a rework of last year’s defeated bill SB 798 that attempted to regulate the manufacture and sale of BB devices and pellet guns. Last year’s bill language has been modified this year to give Los Angeles County and its cities the authority to enact local restrictions on BB devices and pellet guns. SB 1315 is still a bad idea! SB 1315, attacks California’s firearm preemption law by: * Exempting Los Angeles County and cities within Los...
  • (Democrat) Jerry Brown's plea to voters: 'Please increase taxes temporarily'

    05/14/2012 2:57:04 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/14/2012 | Chris Megerian and Anthony York
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday released his plan to contain California's rapidly growing deficit by closing state offices one day a week, deepening healthcare cuts and implementing a variety of short-term fixes -- all in the hope that voters give the state more breathing room by approving higher taxes in November. Brown warned that the deficit could grow significantly if his proposed ballot measure to raise the state sales tax and income levies on high earners fails. He says that would trigger severe cuts in public education that would be the equivalent of lopping three weeks off the school year....
  • FLASHBACK: 2011 Dems reject GOP plan to eliminate CA's $15.4 B deficit. Defict now $16 B

    05/14/2012 3:30:23 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 2 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 5-14-12 | cakid1
    FLASHBACK.. 2011 Democrats reject GOP plan to eliminate CA's $15.4 billion deficit without tax hike.... From 2011 ! Deficit is now $16 billion... For some in California its Déjà vu all over again. This week Governor Jerry Brown announced his ‘Honest’ budget from last year is now $16 billion in the red. Republicans did not support his plan. They offered their own plan to cut state spending and balance the budget without tax hikes. Now, one year later the Governor's new plan is convince voters to approve $63 billion in new taxes (over 7 years) According to an LA Times...
  • No way to fix a ‘fiscal disconnect'

    05/14/2012 3:05:52 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 2 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 5-14-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Boarad
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday unveiled his revised budget for the coming fiscal year with twin pleas. He pleaded poverty and pleaded with voters to approve more taxes on the November ballot. Both pleas are curious. . .
  • Got controversy? No smooth sailing for U.S.S. Harvey Milk idea

    05/14/2012 2:17:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 5/14/12 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco wouldn’t be San Francisco if not for robust political debate, even over a seemingly feel-good request to the U.S. Secretary of the Navy to name a ship after gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk, the assassinated city supervisor who served as a Navy officer during the Korean War. Critics of the idea, led by Supervisor Christina Olague and a contingent from the San Francisco gay Democrat club named in Milk’s honor, don’t think he would have wanted his name associated with a military ship. Milk was “against the Vietnam War and war in general,” Olague said of Milk,...
  • Tesla Still Losing Money, But Plans an Early Debut for Its Sedan

    05/14/2012 2:05:48 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 09 May 2012 | Kevin Bullis
    The automaker plans to ship its Model S electric sedan in June, rather than July. Tesla Motors announced today that it is on track to start delivering its Model S in June, a month ahead of schedule. It moved up the date of the first deliveries because it’s nearly completed testing on 80 cars it’s built so far. Tesla continues to lose money. It lost nearly $90 million in the first quarter of 2012, compared to a loss of about $50 million during the same period the year before. It’s staying afloat in large part thanks to a Department of...
  • Man [Illegal Alien] pleads guilty in hit-and-run death of Santa Rosa 4-year-old

    05/14/2012 1:21:21 PM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    KTVU ^ | KTVU And Wires
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A Santa Rosa man pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Sonoma County Superior Court to hit-and-run and other charges stemming from the death of a 4-year-old boy he struck and killed in a crosswalk in August. Marcos Lopez-Garcia, 23, pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run causing injury or death, and to misdemeanor charges of gross vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and driving without a license, defense attorney Walter Rubenstein said. Garcia faces five and a half years in prison when he is sentenced on June 29, Rubenstein said. "He wanted to resolve the case because he feels bad...
  • High-speed spending: Bullet train may need $3.5 million a day (California Craziness)

    05/14/2012 10:31:09 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 13, 2012 | Ralph Vartabedian
    If California starts building a 130-mile segment of high-speed rail late this year as planned, it will enter into a risky race against a deadline set up under federal law. The bullet train track through the Central Valley would cost $6 billion and have to be completed by September 2017, or else potentially lose some of its federal funding. It would mean spending as much as $3.5 million every calendar day, holidays and weekends included — the fastest rate of transportation construction known in U.S. history, according to industry and academic experts.
  • Municipal bankruptcy infighting flares anew in California

    05/14/2012 9:08:13 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/14/12 | Dan Walters
    When Vallejo declared bankruptcy in 2008, one collateral consequence was a years-long political duel in the Capitol between lobbyists for local governments and those for unions representing their workers. Unions pushed legislation that would have required local governments to get permission from an obscure state agency before filing for bankruptcy – an agency that is and probably always will be dominated by union-friendly Democratic politicians. Although it did not come to pass in Vallejo, unions representing police officers, firefighters and other local workers were worried that a federal bankruptcy judge might be willing to abrogate their contracts and perhaps even...
  • U.C. police clear out Albany Occupy protest

    05/14/2012 8:47:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/14/12 | Michael Cabanatuan
    Police cleared out Monday morning the small group of protesters who had set up an urban farming camp in a patch of UC Berkeley agricultural research land in Albany. University police officers in riot helmets gave the protesters 1o minutes to leave the Gill Tract before they marched across the fields near Marin and San Pablo avenues at about 6:15 a.m. The handful of protesters who had not obeyed the police order were sent scurrying off the property and onto San Pablo, which is closed to traffic. Two protesters were arrested for trespassing after they disobeyed police orders to leave...
  • Plan To Cut Tube Wear Falls Short At San Onofre Nuke Site

    05/13/2012 7:52:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    AP) ^ | May 13, 2012 12:13 PM
    A $670 million overhaul at California’s San Onofre nuclear plant was expressly intended to avoid the types of ailments that have sidelined its twin reactors. San Onofre’s twin reactors have been idle for more than three months in the midst of a federal probe into what went wrong with hundreds of tubes that snake through the generators. Some were so eroded after a brief run in operation they can no longer function safely. Less than a month before a tube break in January prompted Southern California Edison to take the plant offline, engineers writing in a trade magazine touted a...
  • California Legislation Would Abolish Parental Control of Childrens Choice of Sex

    05/12/2012 10:27:28 AM PDT · by OneVike · 73 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 5/12/12 | Chuck Ness
    It has become clear for some time that there is no limit to which a leftist will go in there attempt to control mankind from the cradle to the grave. Even the fear of voter backlash in an election year does not seem to slow them down any longer. Why else would Obama come out of the closet in full support of same sex marriage, at the same time that California Democrats are attempting to criminalize a parent's influence upon their child's sexual orientation. Passing through the California Senate Judiciary committee by a vote of 3-1, SB 1172 is...
  • Time for obstructionist to end snarky comments and seriously address pension reform

    05/13/2012 10:27:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | Updated 5/13/12 | Daniel Borenstein - Staff columnist
    Spotting my scheduled appearance on an upcoming conservative think-tank panel to discuss public-employee pensions, union spokesman Steve Maviglio went into Twitter attack mode last week.@stevenmaviglio branded me a "pension basher" and called my ethics into question. His sad attempt to divert the debate badly mischaracterizes my position and further undermines serious discussion of a complex issue.Here's a 140-character response I considered tweeting:Pensions good idea if affordable w/ honest numbers. Lacking in CA. Results: Lost jobs, cuts to needy, huge debt. Progressive issue. #GetRealBut this debate deserves more than digital sound bites. Here's some of my thinking: Traditional pension plans provide...
  • How Obama distanced himself from Gavin Newsom

    05/13/2012 10:00:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/13/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    President Obama's position on same-sex marriages has indeed been "evolving" - back in 2004, he wouldn't even have his photo taken with Gavin Newsom, for fear that being pictured with the man who opened the City Hall wedding chapel to gays and lesbians would cost him votes back home in Illinois. At the time, Obama was a mere state senator from Chicago looking to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. Like a lot of up-and-coming African American pols, he tapped Willie Brown to host a fundraiser here to score some badly needed cash.Brown tossed a party at the Waterfront...
  • Mad moms to food police: We'll eat what we want

    05/13/2012 8:38:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies ^ | May 12, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Moms in Minnesota are preparing to defy state dictates over when and how they can access food supplies for their families, with a rally scheduled Monday to coincide with the beginning of the trial of the manager of a farm buying club, according to the Farm Food Freedom Coalition. WND previously has reported on disputes between farmers and consumers on one side and federal regulators on the other. They have involved the purchase by consumers of raw milk, the rights of consumers to access milk from their own cows, a radio program that offered natural products and a blogger who...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown says California facing higher-than-expected $16 billion budget shortfall

    05/13/2012 7:47:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/13/2012
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s budget deficit has swelled to a projected $16 billion — much larger than had been predicted just months ago — and will force severe cuts to schools and public safety if voters fail to approve tax increases in November, Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday. The Democratic governor said the shortfall grew from $9.2 billion in January in part because tax collections have not come in as high as expected and the economy isn’t growing as fast as hoped for. The deficit has also risen because lawsuits and federal requirements have blocked billions of dollars in state...
  • inShare0 Gun buyback program nets more than 600 weapons in first hour(CA uber barf alert)

    05/12/2012 8:48:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 12 May, 2012 | C.J. Lin
    Authorities were hoping to net about 2,000 weapons in the city's annual gun buyback program Saturday, but the total tally of firearms that locals exchanged for gift cards won't be available until Monday, according to officials. The program, in its fourth year and held on Mother's Day weekend, is aimed at cutting down on shootings by allowing people to turn in the weapons - no questions asked - at six locations around the city, including Facey Medical Center in Mission Hills. About 600 to 700 guns were surrendered citywide in just the first hour, according to LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman....
  • Shortfall in California’s Budget Swells to $16 Billion

    05/12/2012 5:06:21 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    The state budget shortfall in California has increased dramatically in the last six months, forcing state officials to assemble a series of new spending cuts that are likely to mean further reductions to schools, health care and other social programs already battered by nearly five years of budget retrenchment, state officials announced on Saturday. Gov. Jerry Brown, disclosing the development in a video posted on YouTube, said that California’s shortfall was now projected to be $16 billion, up from $9.2 billion in January. Mr. Brown said that he would propose a revised budget on Monday to deal with it. “We...