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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
    publicceo.com ^ | 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
    sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | 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
    MLB.com ^ | 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
    breitbart.com ^ | 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
    thereporter.com ^ | 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
    fox40.com ^ | 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 --(Ammoland.com)- 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...
  • Guns for Goons Courtesy Deputies Ryan McGowan and Thomas Lu(CA)

    06/05/2012 5:03:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4 June, 2012 | Robert Farago
    TTAG commentator Derrick writes: “When police responded to a report of shots fired near San Francisco in February 2011, they wound up in a standoff with 29-year-old Joseph Camilleri and his girlfriend,” news.yahoo.com reports. “The two were barricaded inside a home with as many as 20 guns, including 12 illegal assault weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.” And where did these guns come from? “On Friday, federal and state prosecutors alleged that two of the machine-pistol type weapons were sold to Camilleri by a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy abusing an exemption in state law that lets peace officers buy...
  • Buyers' remorse for California's 'bullet train to nowhere'

    06/04/2012 6:04:16 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04 Jun 2012 | Nick Allen
    California's politicians have until Aug 31 to give a final green light to an initial $6 billion, 130-mile section of track in the Central Valley Ambitious plans for a fast track linking Los Angeles and San Francisco at speeds of up to 220mph in just over two-and-a-half hours were slimly approved by 53 per cent in a statewide ballot in 2008. That allowed the state to raise $10 billion from bonds and secured an injection of $3.5 billion in stimulus money from the Obama administration. There is currently no direct train route between the two. Construction is expected to begin...
  • More Regulations: NJ Drivers Can Be Ticketed $1,000 for Not ‘Restraining’ Animals in the Car

    06/04/2012 4:33:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 4, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    Following on the heels of Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on certain sugary drinks in New York City restaurants, a wave of absurd regulations has seemingly begun emanating outwards. In neighboring New Jersey, drivers can be fined up to $1000 for driving with “unrestrained” animals in the car, and the Mayor of Berkeley, California is looking to ban sitting on sidewalks. According to CBS in Philadelphia, police and animal control officers will be authorized to ticket New Jersey drivers between $250 and $1,000 if they have “unrestrained” animals in the front seat of their car, on the driver’s lap, partially out the...
  • Michelle Obama to Announce Food Initiative With Disney Theme Parks

    06/04/2012 4:57:49 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    Michelle Obama to Announce Food Initiative With Disney Theme Parks First lady Michelle Obama will appear with Disney CEO Bob Iger in Washington Tuesday to announce an expansion of the media company’s food guidelines. Disney representatives say the corporation will be making health-conscious revisions to menus at their theme parks and resorts, though the details and scope of their implementation are yet to be revealed.” Disney is the parent company of ABC News. Michelle Obama has made promotion of nutrition and exercise a major theme of her tenure as first lady, particularly concerning children. The administration says her “Let’s Move”...
  • LA County Finds Health Code Violations in Skid Row (Well, Duh!)

    06/04/2012 3:36:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    AP ^ | June 4, 2012 | CHRISTINA HOAG
    LA County Finds Health Code Violations in Skid Row LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city of Los Angeles is violating the county health code for hazardous conditions on Skid Row, including nearly 90 rats' nests, a dozen hypodermic needles and piles of human excrement and trash on sidewalks, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has found. The notice of violation stems from an extensive Health Department inspection last month of the 10-block area of downtown Los Angeles that houses the nation's densest population of homeless people, most of them mentally ill and substance abusers. Health officials ordered the...
  • Man who forced way into home dies following fight with resident (CA)

    06/04/2012 2:07:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    lakeconews.com ^ | 3 June, 2012 | NA
    CLEARLAKE, Calif. – A man who allegedly forced his way into a Clearlake home early Sunday morning died following a struggle with the home’s resident. Randy Robinson, 30, died from injuries he received in a fight with 32-year-old Danne Petras, according to the Clearlake Police Department. Clearlake Police staffers have remained on scene – located in the 14000 block of Lakeshore Drive – conducting the investigation since the early morning, Police Chief Craig Clausen told Lake County News. According to a report from Sgt. Tim Hobbs, at 5:30 a.m. Petras was asleep inside his residence when he heard someone attempting...
  • Killer, due compassionate release, dies in prison

    06/04/2012 8:45:39 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 9 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | June 4, 2012 | Bob Egelko
    A convicted murderer who was granted "compassionate release" by state courts, so he could spend his final days with his family, died in prison last week as he was about to receive an order setting him free, his lawyer said. Carl Wade, 66, was serving a sentence of 32 years to life for the fatal shooting of a fellow woodcutter, John Karns, in Lake County in June 1986. The two men shared a trailer home and had a drunken argument and fistfight before the shooting. Wade was classified as disabled in 2007 with severe heart and lung diseases that left...
  • Navy marks Battle of Midway's 70th anniversary (It happened 70 years ago today)

    06/04/2012 5:35:05 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    AP/Boston Globe ^ | June 4, 2012 | Audrey McAvoy
    Six months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan sent four aircraft carriers to the tiny Pacific atoll of Midway to draw out and destroy what remained of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. But this time the U.S. knew about Japan's plans. U.S. cryptologists had cracked Japanese communications codes, giving Fleet Commander Adm. Chester Nimitz notice of where Japan would strike, the day and time of the attack, and what ships the enemy would bring to the fight. The U.S. was badly outnumbered and its pilots less experienced than Japan's. Even so, it sank four Japanese aircraft carriers the...
  • Stockton, Calif. May Be The Next City Driven To Bankruptcy By Bad Management And Unions

    06/04/2012 6:44:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/03/2012 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock, Global Economic Trend Analysis
    Add Stockton, California (population 292,000) to the list of cities bankrupted because of bad management and over-generous public union wages and benefits. Please consider New Stockton City Hall building seized by Wells Fargo; city preps bankruptcy contingency plan: "The Stockton City Council announced Wednesday that they will look at bankruptcy contingency plans after Wells Fargo seized the new city hall building. The city paid $35 million to buy the 8-story building, but was not able to move in because of its money problems, and recently stopped making debt payments all together. This is the fourth building that was repossessed by...
  • California's Casino Budgeting (Higher tax rates will speed the exodus from the state)

    06/04/2012 4:20:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/04/2012 | By MICHAEL BOSKIN AND JOHN COGAN
    California's fiscal and governance crisis careens from bad to worse. The latest blow: a 70% increase in the state's projected budget deficit in Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget, to $16 billion from $9 billion. Meanwhile, S&P warns of a downgrade to the state's bond rating, already the lowest of any state, and the latest CEO survey ranks California's business climate dead last. Caught in the symbiotic financial embrace of special interests—teacher and other public-employee unions, trial lawyers and environmental extremists—Mr. Brown and the state legislature repeatedly nibble around the edges of the budget broken by costly, ineffective programs, financed by...
  • Obama law could be shot in the arm for Valley, state (ObamaCare) [Purge before reading]

    06/04/2012 2:26:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The SanJoaquin Valley Record ^ | June 4, 2012 | Claire Veyriras, California News Service
    California could gain as much as 100,000 jobs and $4.4 billion in economic spillover if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Barack Obama's health care plan, according to a report. A Bay Area Council Economic Institute report says the San Joaquin Valley would see employment rise by more than 3,500 jobs and its economy expand by $65 million. Had the health care law taken full effect in 2010, the report says California's economy - helped by federal and state subsidies - would have received a $6.7 billion boost from new spending on doctors, hospitals, medical device manufacturers and the hiring...
  • Louis Farrakhan demands a separate black nation or America will face divine punishment!

    06/03/2012 7:15:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 102 replies
    The Blogmocracy ^ | Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 | Rodan (Hat Tip: Kirly)
    Calypso Louis is back with another deranged rant. He brings back the NOI's long held demand for a separate Black nation. Farrakhan claims that God will punish America unless this new Black nation is formed. He also mentions the Mahdi is about to return! He claims the US will attack Iran for Israel and that there are plans to bomb Mecca! This is one of his most evil speeches. He claims "his god" will destroy American cities in retaliation of a possible bombing of Iran. His god isn't my god. Farrakhan is pure evil.
  • Oakland’s first-ever gun buyback fizzles(CA)

    06/03/2012 6:02:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    sfbay.ca ^ | 3 June, 2012 | Megan Taros
    Oakland is often criticized for its gun violence, then not recognized when it tries to do something about it. On Saturday, the Oakland Police Department set up the city’s first ever gun buyback in a Caltrans lot in Fruitvale. The net recovery? 12 guns. OPD Lt. Blair Alexander, in charge of the buyback operation, told the Trib he was disappointed in the lack of support it received: “The more people who come out, the more they send a message of a united front against violence.” Community leaders including 100 Mothers, which focuses on gun violence, had organized the effort. Oakland...
  • Misconduct scandal prompts L.A. schools to send 604 teacher discipline cases to state

    06/03/2012 5:24:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/01/12 | Michael Martinez
    Misconduct scandal prompts L.A. schools to send 604 teacher discipline cases to stateBy Michael Martinez, CNN updated 6:19 AM EDT, Fri June 1, 2012 Los Angeles (CNN) -- In the wake of a teacher misconduct scandal, Los Angeles school officials have referred the discipline cases of 604 teachers from the past four years to state authorities to decide whether the teachers' licenses should also be revoked, a school spokesman said Thursday. Of the 604 cases in which teachers were fired or facing discipline, 60 teachers were accused of sexual misconduct with pupils on or off campus or with minors who...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown proclaims June 2012 LGBT Pride Month

    06/03/2012 4:36:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    sfexaminer.com ^ | June 3, 2012
    As San Francisco and other Bay Area cities prepare for gay pride celebrations this month, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a proclamation Saturday declaring June 2012 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. In a statement issued Saturday, the governor called June 28, 1969 a “historic turning point” — a day when LGBT citizens in New York City resisted police harassment stemming from discriminatory laws during the Stonewall Riots. He noted that “California has been a leader in advancing the rights of its LGBT citizens”, including a San Francisco federal appeals court’s February ruling that found Prop 8, California’s ban on...
  • THE LEGACY OF WORLD WAR II: THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY

    06/03/2012 3:50:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 87 replies
    utsandiego.com ^ | 3 June 2012 | Peter Rowe
    Spanning hundreds of leagues and four days, June 4-7, 1942, the Battle of Midway pitted an overmatched American fleet against a Japanese armada in a desperate struggle for command of the Pacific. What unfolded more than 1,000 miles northwest of Hawaii was, British historian John Keegan maintains, “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.” Saturday in San Diego, the U.S. Navy celebrated this triumph’s 70th anniversary. Aboard the retired aircraft carrier named for the battle, 1,000 guests were to hear videotaped comments from a handful of survivors. They included aviators, Marines and one plucky steward....
  • Remember When the National Media Despised Recall Elections? California in 2003

    06/03/2012 11:12:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    News Buster.com ^ | June 3, 2012 | Tim Graham
    As the national media's political attention turns again to a Wisconsin recall election ginned up by angry labor unions -- that's not counting Ed Schultz, who's never stopped obsessing about ousting Gov. Scott Walker -- it's easy to forget that the national media used to be on the other side of a recall election. In 2003 in California, it was liberal Gov. Gray Davis who was recalled, and conservatives who ginned up the campaign. Back then, the governor was a hero and the opponents were cranks. As reporters Howard Fineman and Karen Breslau summed up in a Newsweek cover story:...
  • Voters have turned against California bullet train, poll shows

    06/03/2012 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian
    A strong majority of voters is against the bullet train project just as Gov. Brown is pressuring the Legislature to green-light the start of construction, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finds. Across the state, 55% of the voters want the bond issue that was approved in 2008 placed back on the ballot, and 59% say they now would vote against it. Since voters approved that $9-billion borrowing plan, the state and national economic outlook has dimmed and some of the promises about the bullet train have been compromised. 55% of the respondents said the state has bigger priorities than...
  • Is California high-speed rail an ego trip for Gov. Jerry Brown?

    06/03/2012 6:24:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/3/12 | Dan Walters
    Jerry Brown, not surprisingly, used a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to tout his two bids for public works posterity – a north-south bullet train and a tunnel for water to bypass the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. "Suck it in!" Brown said. "We got to build, we got to do it right. And this bridge I think really expresses that sense." Just as the bridge proved to be an economic boon, Brown said, so would a bullet train and a tunnel to improve water supply reliability, adding that just as the Golden Gate Bridge "connects...
  • Nancy Pelosi skilled in art of political warfare

    06/03/2012 5:55:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/3/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    After 25 years in Washington, nearly half of it as the highest-ranking woman in American politics, Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi has learned the art of when to attack and when to pull back. The Democratic House minority leader, in an interview in her hometown last week, was asked about former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown's recent comment that President Obama has "lost his mojo" on the campaign trail and shows "no life, no personality and no real enthusiasm." Her answer was typically diplomatic. "I don't agree," she said. "I love Willie, but maybe he hasn't been to any of the public...
  • Prop. 29 will win, cigarette smuggling will rise

    06/03/2012 5:51:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/3/12 | Willie Brown
    Here's a primary prediction: Despite being seriously outspent by big tobacco, the Proposition 29 people get a last-minute infusion of campaign cash and squeak out a win for their measure tacking another $1-per-pack tax onto cigarettes. No sooner does the new tax go into effect, my street contacts tell me, than Indian tribes will open tobacco shops at their casinos, where buyers can escape state taxes and buy cigarettes on the cheap.Just as quickly, smugglers will start rolling in truckloads of smokes from Nevada, Arizona and Oregon, as street dealers realize there is more money to be made selling hot...
  • Oakland Police Offer $100 Gift Cards For Guns(CA)

    06/03/2012 5:35:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | 2 June, 2012 | CBS/AP
    OAKLAND ( CBS / AP) — Oakland officials were trying to reduce the number of guns in the city by offering a gift card to any Oakland resident who turns in a gun. As part of a gun buyback program, the city was handing out $100 gift cards to residents who handed over a working gun at the Oakland Police Department Saturday.
  • Vindicating the Second Amendment: A Pioneering Gun Rights Case Comes to a Close(CA)

    06/02/2012 3:32:10 PM PDT · by marktwain
    reason.com ^ | 2 June, 2012 | Damon W. Root
    The final chapter of a trailblazing Second Amendment lawsuit appears to have been written. Yesterday a full panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued its decision in Nordyke v. King, upholding an Alameda County, California gun control ordinance regulating gun shows at the county fairgrounds. The case first originated more than a decade ago when gun show promoters Russell and Sallie Nordyke filed a Second Amendment challenge against the county’s 1999 ban on the possession of firearms on county-owned property, a law enacted primarily to prevent any guns from being sold at the fairgrounds....
  • As Costs Soar, Taxpayers Target Pensions of Cops and Firefighters

    06/02/2012 3:14:29 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 56 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 2, 2012 | Michael Corkery
    SAN JOSE, Calif.—Firefighter Brian Endicott got an early taste of the pension battle brewing here when a man at the grocery store angrily pointed to the steaks in his cart. "Who do you think you are, wasting taxpayers' money on a meal like this?" the man yelled at 46-year-old Mr. Endicott, who was shopping for dinner with three other firefighters from San Jose Fire Station No. 1. After the 2001 terrorist attacks, sympathetic residents of this affluent city gathered at the firehouse to offer flowers, cakes and pies. Today, public sentiment toward the men and women in uniform has widely...
  • Coyote-human coexistence urged as animals migrate [to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park]

    06/02/2012 9:32:12 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 133 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2012 | Peter Fimrite
    The revelation, along with photographic proof, that at least three coyote puppies were recently born in Golden Gate Park raises some interesting questions about the future of the park - namely, how much time before roving packs of yipping wild predators drive humans and their decidedly un-wily pets out? That, at least, is what the alarmists are asking, and the answer, according to the experts, is "never." The presence of coyotes in the city is good for the ecosystem, city officials and wildlife experts said, even if a few feral cats go missing. "It is important that people recognize that...
  • California County Finally Permitting Gun Shows

    06/02/2012 8:25:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2012 | Helen Whalen Cohen
    After years of legal drama, a California county is changing its ordinance that bars firearm possession on county property. This change will allow gun shows to be held in Alameda County, albeit with tight controls. After Alameda county made the revision, the 9th Circuit Counrt of Appeals ruled that the ordinance is constitutional. From the Sacramento Bee:   SAN FRANCISCO -- A years-long showdown over the right to bear arms in California's Alameda County appeared to end Friday after officials agreed to allow tightly restricted gun shows on government property. A special, 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the county's...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown plans to fast-track high-speed rail through courts

    06/02/2012 8:01:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 2, 2012 | By Mike Rosenberg
    Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to fast-track California's $69 billion high-speed rail project by easing legal scrutiny under the state's landmark environmental law, this newspaper learned Friday. The proposal, which the Legislature would have to approve this month as part of launching the state's biggest-ever construction project, does not change the California Environmental Quality Act. But Brown's plan, while angering environmentalists, would have two major consequences. First, it virtually takes away the final bullet in the chamber that project opponents were hoping to use to kill high-speed rail: a court-ordered injunction halting construction. Second, the proposal adds to a growing...
  • Jewelry store robbery suspect dies after being shot(CA)

    06/02/2012 5:01:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 30 May, 2012 | Alan Wang
    SAN RAMON, Calif. (KGO) -- Police say a jewelry store owner shot a robbery suspect inside his store and the suspect later died. The attempted robbery happened at the Gold N Treasures jewelry store, located at 2550 San Ramon Valley Boulevard. It sounds like the robbers were caught off guard and found themselves looking down the barrel of a gun. One thing that they might not have known is that a lot of jewelry store owners have guns of their own. There were four suspects and witnesses saw at least three of them running across San Ramon Valley Boulevard. One...
  • Store Owner Arrested After Shooting Shoplifter

    06/02/2012 4:56:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    fox40.com ^ | 30 May, 2012 | Lonnie Wong and Sam Cohen
    A Lodi liquor store owner is under arrest, and the alleged shoplifter he shot was treated at the hospital and released. Officers arrested the store owner, Gurminder “Gary” Parmar, and booked him into jail for assault with a deadly weapon. "You have to be in fear for your life, and at this point we didn't see any indication that he was in fear for his life," said Officer Jim Pendergast, Lodi Police spokesperson. Cops were called to Tokay Liquors in Lodi just before 10 p.m. Tuesday by a customer who said a robbery suspect was running away. While investigating, they...
  • Mexico left in the dark on Fast and Furious, ambassador says

    05/31/2012 7:27:12 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 15 replies
    The LA Daily Worker ^ | May 31, 2012 | Jamie Goldberg
    In March, Rep. Adam B. Schiff(D-Burbank) introduced legislation that would create two-year prison sentences for "straw purchasers," who acquire weapons to sell to Mexican gun smugglers. Currently, straw purchasers face probation or minimal jail time. Yet he worries that Republicans may oppose the legislation in order to keep the focus on the Fast and Furious debacle. "The Justice Department's inspector general is doing an investigation, and members on both sides of the aisle agree that we need to get the facts," Schiff said. "What I don't want is the continual use of this investigation for political purposes that distract us...