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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
    breitbart.com ^ | 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
    guns.com ^ | 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
    http://sdgln.com ^ | 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