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  • California Primary Results [Flash: Obamugabe Got Less than 52% of the Dem vs. Rep Vote!]

    06/06/2012 10:04:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    [Here are screen caps of the Republican and Democrat Primary Results from yesterday]
  • California mom lathered daughter up in Vaseline, encouraged her to fight: report

    06/06/2012 9:09:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | June 6, 2012 | Nina Mandell
    A mom in California was arrested after police say she was caught on tape egging her daughter on in a fight against a classmate. According to police, Darlene Hart, 42, took her middle school daughter to Antelope Park to fight another middle school student, Espie Duran, CBS Sacramento reported. In a video of the horrifying incident, she can be heard cheering her on. “That’s right, go get her,” Hart is heard saying as her daughter claws at her classmate. “That’s right. That’s right.” The fight was broken up after about 90 seconds by a family friend, according to the report...
  • Cigarette tax fails by narrow margin

    06/06/2012 8:12:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/6/12 | Vivian Ho
    A measure that would have increased state taxes on cigarettes by a dollar was narrowly defeated, the Secretary of State's office reported early Wednesday. Proposition 29, which would have raised $810 million a year for cancer research and smoking cessation programs, lost by just 1.6 percent of the votes, with almost 51 percent of voters saying no and just more than 49 percent voting yes. The measure would have made California - which currently has a lower tobacco tax than 32 other states - the state with the 16th-highest cigarette tax in the country.
  • California Teachers Declare Independence from State and National Teachers Unions

    06/06/2012 8:04:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 17 replies
    In a bold move for teacher independence in Fresno, California, a group of local teachers, led by veteran educator Mike Cerrillo, recently voted to disaffiliate from the California Teacher Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA) in favor of local representation. The newly formed Washington Unified Faculty Association (WUFA) will now bargain independently and rely on the non-union Association of American Educators for nonbargaining member benefits and services such as liability insurance and legal counsel. The process to sever ties with the CTA/ NEA was lengthy and often dramatic for this tight-knit group of hardworking teachers. In the diverse...
  • San Diego And San Jose Approve Pension Cuts In A Landslide Vote

    06/06/2012 7:37:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/06/2012 | AP
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Voters in two major California cities overwhelmingly approved cuts to retirement benefits for city workers in what supporters said was a mandate that may lead to similar ballot initiatives in other states and cities that are struggling with mounting pension obligations. Supporters had a simple message to voters in San Diego and San Jose: Pensions for city workers are unaffordable and more generous than many private companies offer, forcing libraries to slash hours and potholes to go unfilled. "The public is frustrated," said San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican who staked his mayoral bid on...
  • Court rejects appeal to overturn Proposition 8 ruling—case could head to Supreme Court

    06/06/2012 6:06:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/06/2012 | By Pueng Vongs
    A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that it will not review a three-judge panel's decision to overturn California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. Following this ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Proposition 8 proponents plan to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, putting the battle for same-sex marriage on a national stage. The Supreme Court could decide to hear the case as part of its docket next year. The ruling comes after a federal appeals court in Boston ruled Thursday that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), that says states don't have to...
  • Cali cigarette tax vote too close to call

    06/06/2012 3:25:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/6/12
    The fate of California's controversial Proposition 29, a proposed tax on cigarettes, was still unclear early Wednesday. By 3 a.m. (6 a.m. ET), 98.6% of the precincts had reported. The vote tally stood at 49.2% in favor and 50.8% against the proposed law that would raise taxes on every pack of cigarettes by $1, yielding an estimated $735 million a year for the state, election officials said. About three-quarters of money raised would go to cancer research.
  • Public Pension Reform Wins in... Wisconsin, San Diego and San Jose

    06/06/2012 2:16:14 AM PDT · by cakid1 · 11 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 6-6-12 | cakid1
    Some would argue this is a trend. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker survived a recall election after he moved to cut the costs of public employee pensions. Here in California voters in San Diego and San Jose followed suit. Tonight.. Voters in San Jose approved Measure B. The passage of Measure B mean future employees will have to pay ....
  • LOCAL VOTERS APPROVE MAJOR PENSION OVERHAULS [Union Thugs Lose in Urban California!]

    06/06/2012 1:57:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies ^ | 6/6/12 | Dan Oney
    In San Jose, the current model for pensions and benefits will be substantially adjusted. In San Diego, it will be replaced. Both results come after voters overwhelmingly supported ballot initiatives in Tuesday’s elections.
  • SAN DIEGO: Pension reform scores big with voters

    06/05/2012 10:39:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 6/5/12 | Craig Gustafson
    A ballot initiative that would replace guaranteed pensions with 401(k)-style plans for most new city hires appeared likely to pass as early returns showed 69 percent of San Diego voters in favor. Proposition B is viewed by supporters, including Mayor Jerry Sanders, as pivotal to moving the city past a decade of financial problems that stem, in part, from the decision by past city leaders to twice increase benefits for workers without identifying a way to pay for them. Labor unions, which strongly oppose the measure, say Proposition B is illegal and will be tossed out by courts. They also...
  • Mayor thanks San Jose voters as early returns show huge lead for pension reform

    06/05/2012 10:34:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 6/6/12 | John Woolfolk
    San Jose voters Tuesday were handing Mayor Chuck Reed a crucial victory with his nationally watched pension reform measure leading by almost 3 to 1 in early returns. It was a big night for pension reform, with a San Diego measure also leading by a wide margin. City employee unions who argued the measures are illegal were expected to challenge both in court. But voter approval of San Jose's Measure B puts Reed and the city in the vanguard of efforts to shrink taxpayer bills for generous government pension plans. Passage also strengthen's Reed's hand as he and his City...
  • California budget proposal would end a science requirement

    06/05/2012 10:20:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/6/12 | Teresa Watanabe
    A little-noticed proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to eliminate the second year of science as a high school graduation requirement is sparking concern among educators who fear it could deepen the academic divide among students and further erode the state's scientific and technological leadership. The recommendation in Brown's revised May budget is aimed at freeing the state from reimbursing local school districts for the $250-million annual cost of the second-year science course. The state has not made any payouts to school districts since the requirement was ruled a mandate in 2005, so California owes public school systems $2.5 billion in
  • Man Shoots Himself In Thigh With Homemade Shotgun(CA)

    06/05/2012 7:19:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 5 June, 2012 | NA
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – A 20-year-old Stockton man had to undergo emergency surgery Monday after he accidentally shot himself in the leg. The man was found in the parking lot of a store in the 2400 block of E. Main Street in Stockton with a wound to his upper-thigh. The weapon was a crudely made 12-gauge “zip gun”. Police say the incident happened while the man was allegedly trying to hide the gun in his pants.
  • Senate Democrats blast national security leak on Iran cyberattack

    06/05/2012 6:38:48 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 8 replies
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday blasted leaks to the press about a cyberattack against Iran and warned the disclosure of President Obama’s order could put the United States at risk of a retaliatory strike. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, said the leak about the attack on Iran’s nuclear program could “to some extent” provide justification for copycat attacks against the United States. “This is like an avalanche. It is very detrimental and, candidly, I found it very concerning,” Feinstein said. “There’s no question that this kind of thing hurts our country.”
  • Lasorda hospitalized after suffering heart attack

    06/05/2012 2:16:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies ^ | June 5, 2012 | Ken Gurnick
    PHILADELPHIA -- Dodgers Hall of Fame former manager Tom Lasorda suffered a mild heart attack in New York on Monday and had a stent inserted for one blocked artery, the team confirmed Tuesday. "The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue," Lasorda joked. "I'm looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers." Lasorda was in New York representing the Dodgers at the First-Year Player Draft when he took ill Monday night and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old is resting comfortably and in stable condition and could be released as early as Wednesday....
  • Publicly-Funded Oakland School Sends Kids Panhandling To Raise Cash

    06/05/2012 1:19:01 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 3 replies ^ | 5 June 2012 | Breitbart News
    In Oakland, California, you may notice students out on street corners, panhandling. Unfortunately, that’s not too uncommon these days – there are too many homeless children desperately seeking aid. But that’s not the problem here. In Oakland, those kids are raising money for Saint Andrew Private School, a publicly-funded school that often sends students out to raise money by panhandling in dangerous areas, even after nightfall. Said one student, “It’s called interpersonal communications class.” The pastor, Robert Lacy, would apparently drive the kids around in a broke-down white van with no seatbelts, and then drop them off to raise funds....
  • Sacramento scales back plan to produce solar power

    06/05/2012 12:47:30 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies ^ | 5 June 2012 | AP story
    SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Sacramento officials are scaling back plans to generate solar energy on a former landfill after running into unexpected opposition from wildlife advocates. Two years ago, officials proposed installing enough solar panels in Sutter's Landing Park to produce 20 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power several thousand homes. The city is now working on a smaller 2.5-acre facility that would generate 1.5 megawatts to power about 400 homes. City officials hope to break ground next year on the smaller-scale project, which has been bolstered by a $1.6 million grant from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Debates over...
  • Police: Women Stole Cognac and Adult Videos

    06/05/2012 12:30:37 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 38 replies ^ | 3 June 2012 | Sam Cohen and Chris Nelson
    STOCKTON — Three women stole bottles of alcohol and adult videos, after a brief stand-off with a store clerk. Sunday afternoon, the three women walked into a Stockton liquor store. While one kept the clerk distracted, the other two made their way to the back and grabbed some cognac and adult DVDs. When the clerk saw them try to steal, he locked the doors to the store and confronted them. According to Stockton Police, one of the women kicked out the glass front door. The clerk grabbed a baseball bat, as one of the women grabbed a piece of metal...
  • California gay marriage case looks headed to Supreme Court

    06/05/2012 10:02:15 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 5, 2012 | Peter Henderson and Dan Levine
    (Reuters) - The ninth Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for the Supreme Court to consider California's gay marriage ban, declining an appeal to revisit the case.
  • Alameda County Runs Away From Nordyke Case by Conceding (CA)

    06/05/2012 5:56:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 June, 2012 | CalGuns Foundation
    San Carlos, CA --( In an astonishing eleventh-hour about-face, the County of Alameda’s “sweeping concessions” in open court to allow gun shows at the Alameda County Fairgrounds was accepted by the Ninth Circuit in its opinion for Nordyke v. King, released on Friday. As was noted in a concurring opinion by Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, the County’s representation at oral arguments that Plaintiffs could, in fact, now hold gun shows at the Fairgrounds, “change the game.” “While it’s certainly fantastic that the Nordykes are once again able to have gun shows on Alameda County property, it’s clear to us that...