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  • (Jerry) Brown approves driver's licenses for young undocumented immigrants

    09/30/2012 10:50:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 30, 2012 | 9:57 pm
    The governor signed a bill Sunday that will let hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants qualify for California driver’s licenses. Young people would qualify if they are accepted by a federal program giving work permits to those who came to this country before they were 16 and are now 30 or younger. …
  • Toxic State Syndrome: As California Declines, Texas Rises

    09/30/2012 6:51:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/30/2012 | Tom Gray
    After World War II, California was where Americans went in search of a better life—the state with more jobs, more space, more sunlight, and more opportunity. But since 1990, Californians have gone elsewhere for opportunity, with the state losing a net of more than 3.7 million people to other states. n the national recovery or slow slog since the economy bottomed out roughly three years ago, even California has regained some ground. As of this August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it has added more than a half million jobs since its payroll totals hit bottom around the...
  • Youths serving life without parole get second chance in California

    09/30/2012 2:57:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 30, 2012 | Mary Slosson
    (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Sunday a measure that grants juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison without parole the chance to petition for their release after serving 25 years. Roughly 300 inmates in California's prison system have been sentenced to a lifetime behind bars for offenses committed as teenagers, according to the bill's sponsor, state Senator Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco. Those inmates will now be eligible for parole after serving at least 25 years in prison. The courts can review their cases after 15 years in prison and lower their sentence...
  • California bans gay "conversion" therapy for minors

    09/30/2012 11:02:11 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 30, 2012 | Mary Slosson
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill barring a controversial therapy that aims to reverse homosexuality in minors, the measure's sponsor said on Sunday, making California the first state to ban a practice many say is psychologically damaging. The move marked a major victory for gay rights advocates who say so-called conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy, has no medical basis because homosexuality is not a disorder. The bill's sponsor, state Senator Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, said in a statement that Brown had signed the bill. An announcement from the governor's office was expected on...
  • Amtrak workers failing drug tests more often

    09/28/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Assoicated Press ^ | September 28, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    <p>A government watchdog says Amtrak's train operators are testing positive for drugs and alcohol more and more frequently over the last six years.</p>
  • California Becomes First State In Nation To Ban ‘Gay Cure’ Therapy For Teens

    09/30/2012 9:30:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | September 30, 2012 | James Eng
    California Becomes First State In Nation To Ban ‘Gay Cure’ Therapy For Teens California state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, sponsored the bill to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight. By James Eng, NBC News California has become the first state in the nation to ban therapy that tries to turn gay teens straight. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed Senate Bill 1172, which prohibits children under age 18 from undergoing “sexual orientation change efforts.” The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, prohibits state-licensed therapists from engaging in these practices with...
  • Pepper-spraying California taxpayers

    09/30/2012 6:26:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/30/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    UC has reached a $1 million settlement with UC Davis students who were pepper sprayed at an Occupy-inspired Nov. 18 demonstration to protest rising tuition. UC will pay student plaintiffs $30,000 each, and the ACLU will pocket up to $250,000. Everything that is wrong in California resides in this story. For $30,000, I'll get pepper sprayed. Students think tuition costs too much, so what do they do? Sue the university - it has deep pockets. This episode began because students know that if they stood around smoking pot and demanding more money from Sacramento, the administration would be tickled pink....
  • Black v Brown Clashes -- Who Are the Racists Then?

    09/29/2012 9:37:14 PM PDT · by man_in_tx · 33 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | Sep 28, 2012 | CBS Los Angeles
    VICTORVILLE (CBSLA.com) — Students at a high school in Victorville said violent fights have been breaking out between African-Americans and Latinos for the past two days. . . . . SNIP I need help from my fellow FReepers. I just cannot wrap my mind around this. How do we apply the usual Liberal "racist" template to this event, when there are apparently no whites around to blame? Who are the racists, here? The blacks? Or, the browns? Or, are both equally racist -- or, since they are non- white, are they given a "get-out-of-all-charges-of-racism-free" cards, meaning that they are color...
  • Talk Radio Plays Historical Role in Elections

    09/29/2012 7:48:37 PM PDT · by TeaPartyJakes · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Sept. 21, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (The following is the second of three excerpts from The Right Frequency: The Story of the Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment , by Fred Lucas; History Publishing Company. The adapted excerpts look at the impact of talk radio on election results.) Before what would turn out to be an historic election, a New York Times article said, “If Larry King’s CNN program functioned as a nominating process for Ross Perot; Rush Limbaugh may be a kind of national precinct captain for the Republican insurgency of 1994.” An election night poll by Fabrizio-McLaughlin of 1,000...
  • San Francisco’s New Archbishop Worries Gay Catholics [Serious Fumigation Needed!]

    09/29/2012 6:34:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    NYTimes ^ | September 29, 2012 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    San Francisco’s New Archbishop Worries Gay Catholics By NORIMITSU ONISHI September 29, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO — At Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in the Castro, this city’s largest gay district, about 20 of the faithful gathered for 8 a.m. Mass recently, clustering in the middle pews. Led by a visiting priest from nearby Oakland, the parishioners joined in celebrating the 30th anniversary of a gay couple. St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, where Bishop Salvatore Cordileone is to be installed as the new archbishop. His work against gay marriage worries some parishioners. Bishop Salvatore Cordileone is a rising conservative who...
  • Schwarzenegger admits affair with Brigitte Nielsen while he was dating Maria Shriver

    09/29/2012 4:16:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 9/29/12 | Juliet Williams and Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES -- Arnold Schwarzenegger is confirming that he had a "hot affair" with actress Brigitte Nielsen at a time he and Maria Shriver were dating and already living together. Schwarzenegger and Nielsen co-starred in the 1985 film "Red Sonja." Nielsen write in a memoir published last year that she and Schwarzenegger had an "outrageous affair" while making the movie and that she did know until later that he was involved with Shriver. In his memoir "Total Recall," coming out Monday, Schwarzenegger writes that he and Nielsen did indeed have a "hot affair," but he knew it wouldn't last. In...
  • State officials on defensive about business climate

    09/29/2012 1:56:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/29/12 | Dale Kasler
    The decisions by Campbell Soup Co. and Comcast Corp. to eliminate hundreds of California jobs rekindled the debate about the state's business climate – and forced Gov. Jerry Brown and others to leap to the state's defense. The announcements put state officials in familiar yet uncomfortable territory, having to explain why an employer was closing shop in California. Never mind that both companies said the business climate didn't drive their decisions. Even though California's job growth surpasses the U.S. average, the state remains susceptible to the charge that it's an inhospitable land of high taxes and red tape. Friday brought...
  • Three 4th Graders Accused of Sexual Assault at La Habra School [More On America's Cultural Decline]

    09/29/2012 9:51:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    KTLA News ^ | September 29, 2012
    Three 4th Graders Accused of Sexual Assault at La Habra School September 28, 2012 La Habra, Calif. (KTLA) A La Habra mother says her nine-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by three young classmates, twice on the same day at Las Positas Elementary School. Kelly Julian went before the school board on Thursday night to address the incident. Second Graders Perform Sex Acts in Class With Teacher Present Boys Force 8-year-old to Perform Sex Acts on Them on School Bus Police: 13-year-old Girl Gang-Raped by Classmates Julian said three weeks ago, her daughter told her that three boys, also fourth graders,...
  • Schwarzenegger: Shriver Changed Tune on Recall Run (Also" Rove Was an Idiot)

    09/29/2012 9:20:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife, Maria Shriver, was told to "snap out of it" by her mother for her attempts to persuade him against running for California governor in 2003, a conversation that ultimately opened the door to his successful candidacy. Eunice Shriver told her daughter that her husband would be "angry for the rest of his life" if she stopped his ambitions, Schwarzenegger writes in his new autobiography, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story."
  • Gov. Brown Signs Phone Bill Curbing Oversight On Calls Made Over The Net

    09/29/2012 9:08:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    AP) ^ | September 28, 2012 8:36 PM
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he had signed a bill curbing regulatory oversight of phone calls made over the internet. The Democratic governor said the legislation, which is backed by AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., will encourage the growth of “innovative services that have become the hallmark of our state.” Members of the California Public Utilities Commission said SB 1161 would prevent them from regulating any telephone services, because land-line phones now use technology that sends voice signals over the Internet. Consumer advocates also opposed the bill, and said it would enable companies to skirt regulations that help...
  • Impending bankruptcy threatens California cities

    09/29/2012 8:30:17 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    The Corsair ^ | 9/27/12 | William Duggan
    But faced with re-election or difficult labor negotiations, some leaders are content to turn a blind eye to deep structural problems, according to Caravalho. “It just gets too hard,” Caravalho said. “Some officials just don’t understand a city budget. They’re not always transparent, and maybe that’s on purpose.” Even during the course of bankruptcy, sometimes little is done to change policies or politicians that contributed to fiscal emergencies in the first place. “I don’t know if executives have enough to lose,” Caravalho said. In the end, Cole summed up the fundamental problem facing California’s cities by invoking former President Clinton’s...
  • California Hit Parade Rolls On: Atwater Scrambles to Avoid Bankruptcy

    09/29/2012 8:23:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The California hit parade keeps on rolling as yet Another California city scrambles to avoid bankruptcy. Atwater, a city of roughly 28,000 in California's Central Valley, may declare a fiscal emergency as soon as next week, but it is trying to avoid becoming the fourth California city to file for municipal bankruptcy this year, its mayor said. Under California law, a local government must either declare a "fiscal emergency" or go through a 60-to-90 day confidential negotiation process with its creditors before it files for municipal bankruptcy. Since late June, three Golden State cities-Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes-have filed...
  • FBI: Actor Ash Durrani threatened to kill flight passengers

    09/29/2012 2:45:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    EXAMINER.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | by Taylor Rios
    SNIPPET: "The FBI says that an actor threatened to kill flight passengers on a flight from Chicago Tuesday night. The plan was headed to Orange County and Arash "Ash" Durrani, 26, is going to appear in federal court Friday. Sources say that Ash Durrani was being unruly by pacing the aisles, demanding alcohol, harassing female passengers and threatening to kill people. According to the affidavit, the deranged model and actor yelled, "I'm from Afghanistan and I will murder all of you." This San Antonio Celebrity Examiner is just in shock. Did he say Afghanistan? Durrani was born in Alexandria, Virginia."
  • Los Angeles greenlights $1.2 billion football stadium

    09/28/2012 8:08:53 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-28-12 | Ronald Grover
    The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a $1.2 billion plan to build a downtown football stadium, moving America's second most populous city closer than it's been in nearly two decades to having a professional football team. Council members voted unanimously in favor of the Anschutz Entertainment Group's proposal to erect the 72,000-seat stadium in the city's downtown core. It will be named "Farmer's Field." AEG, controlled by billionaire Phil Anschutz, is up for sale but an agreement with the city will require its new owners to take up the stadium project.
  • Free digital textbooks offered as Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills

    09/28/2012 6:01:22 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 27, 2012 | 3:10 pm | Patrick McGreevy
    California college students hit with tuition increases in recent years will get a little financial help after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday to create a website on which popular textbooks can be downloaded for free. Twin bills by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) will give students free digital access to 50 core textbooks for lower-division courses offered by the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems. Hard copies of the texts would cost $20...