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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...
  • Riots Break Out Between Black, Latino Students At Victorville School

    09/28/2012 11:56:50 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | Sept. 28, 2012
    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. Rafael Muńoz said a group of people started the fights at Silverado High on Wednesday, which have poured out into the streets. “One person started fighting, then the other would jump in. And continuously jump in and (it) ended up to be mob fighting. (I) got pepper sprayed by the security,” he said. Cellphone video caught one brawl, which spilled into 14-year-old Jeremy Buenrostro’s lawn. “They busted my lip. Well, they broke my tooth....
  • Jerry Brown signs bill banning open display of unloaded rifles

    09/28/2012 4:26:02 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Sep 28 2012 | Sacramento Bee
    Gun-toting demonstrators will not be able to openly display their unloaded rifles in California cities under legislation signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor vetoed a separate gun-related measure, however, that would have barred peace officers from selling to the public potentially unsafe handguns that are not available at stores. Two Assembly Democrats, Anthony Portantino of La Canada Flintridge and Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, carried the ban on open display of unloaded rifles, Assembly Bill 1527. The measure is a companion to legislation signed into law last year banning open display of handguns.
  • Meng So: A UCBerkely voice for the undocumented

    09/28/2012 3:10:47 PM PDT · by fifedom
    UCBerkeley News Center ^ | Sept. 18, 2012 | Carol Ness
    Meng So ... serves as Berkeley’s first Undocumented Student Program coordinator. Creating the position is a milestone for higher education in the United States, So says. “Berkeley has been one of the pioneering institutions to create a campus support system for undocumented students.” “It’s an anxious moment for undocumented students to out themselves, because of the legality around it, so they don’t know who they can trust, they don’t know what they can say,” So explains.
  • Police shoot, kill 14-year-old armed with shotgun

    09/28/2012 9:51:41 AM PDT · by South40 · 24 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Sept 28, 2012 | DENISSE SALAZAR
    SANTA ANA – A 14-year-old boy – who apparently called 911 to say a man was armed with a gun – was fatally shot Thursday night by officers, police said Friday. Officers at about 10:40 p.m. went to the 400 block of East Wisteria Place, just east of Maple Street, in response to a 911 call about a man with a gun, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
  • California voters support path to citizenship for illegal immigrants,

    09/28/2012 6:50:41 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 22 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Sep. 28, 2012 | Kevin Yamamura
    California voters support path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, say no to driver's licenses: California voters oppose granting driver's licenses and in-state tuition breaks to illegal immigrants, though most voters support creating a path to citizenship, according to a Field Poll released today. The findings come as Gov. Jerry Brown is considering Assembly Bill 2189, which would allow a segment of the state's 2.5 million illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses in California. The Field Poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe that illegal immigrants in California should not be able to get a driver's license, compared with...
  • Diversity and Catatonic Schizophrenia

    09/28/2012 5:03:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Dianne Harrison is the new president of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). It’s a small college in the Golden State but it sure is loaded with diversity. How do I know? Because Dianne has written a letter to the entire university, telling everyone how diverse they are and, more importantly, what a great person she is because she loves diversity. In her short email of around 800 words she refers to diversity no less than 17 times (and I have highlighted them in bold letters). Because it is so dripping with Orwellian double-speak, I thought it would be fun to...
  • Comcast to close all California call centers

    09/28/2012 3:48:03 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    http://www.kansascity.com ^ | september 26, 2012 | claudia buck
    In an abrupt announcement that caught state and local business officials off guard, cable giant Comcast announced Tuesday that it's closing all of its California call centers, including one in Natomas that employs about 300 workers. Why? That's the tricky question. Earlier in the day, citing the state's "high cost of doing business," a regional Comcast official said the company's Natomas, Livermore and Morgan Hill call centers will be shuttered on Nov. 30. Overall, about 1,000 jobs will be relocated to existing centers in Portland, Seattle and Denver. But hours later, after state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento,...
  • Illegal Aliens Cost County $100+ Million in June-July

    09/27/2012 6:40:05 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 8 replies
    SCV News ^ | September 26, 2012 | Mike Antonovich
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services reported that more than $100 million in welfare benefits were issued to illegal alien parents for their native-born children in June and July alone, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The $100 million consists of nearly $40 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $70 million in food stamps — representing 22% of all CalWORKs and food stamp issuances in the County. At this rate, the projected annual cost is more than $625 million. “With the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to...
  • Campbell Soup closing Sacramento plant cutting 700 jobs

    09/27/2012 6:08:22 PM PDT · by Justaham · 86 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 9/27/12 | Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman
    Campbell Soup is closing two U.S. plants and cutting more than 700 jobs as it looks to trim costs amid declining consumption of its canned soups. The world's largest soup maker said Thursday that it will close its plant in Sacramento that has about 700 full-time workers. The plant, which makes soups, sauces and beverages, was built in 1947 and is the company's oldest in the country. That also means it has the highest production costs of Campbell's four U.S. soup plants. Campbell also plans to shutter a spice plant in South Plainfield, N.J. that has 27 employees. Production will...
  • Yosemite Workers Tested For Hantavirus, Ordered To Keep Quiet

    09/27/2012 5:05:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    CBS - KTVU-TV Oakland ^ | September 27, 2012
    California public health officials have tested 100 workers at Yosemite National Park to determine whether they were exposed to the deadly mouse-borne hantavirus. Nine people who spent time at the park this year have been infected with the rare virus, the majority after staying at the “Signature” cabins in Curry Village. Three of them died. KTVU-TV Oakland said 100 park workers submitted to voluntary testing on Wednesday and they have been ordered not to discuss the testing.
  • Feds Arrest Producer Of Controversial Anti-Islam Film On Probation Violation Charge

    09/27/2012 3:24:35 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 91 replies
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com ^ | 27 September 2012
  • San Fran vandals deface pro-life billboard featuring a newborn black baby: ‘Kill the Shrimp’

    09/27/2012 3:35:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 27, 2012 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    SAN FRANCISCO, September 27, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - A pro-life billboard advertisement placed in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood was taken down following numerous acts of vandalism mocking the pro-life message, comparing the unborn to animals, and urging their murder. The billboard, which has been displayed in various cities, shows a black man holding a newborn baby and declaring “A Father’s Joy,” followed by a quote from the Gospel of St. Matthew: “And whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” At the bottom left of the display the logo of Pro-Life Across America is displayed, with a...
  • Another California city scrambling to avoid bankruptcy

    09/27/2012 10:36:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 27, 2012
    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... Since late June, three Golden State cities-Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes-have filed for bankruptcy protection... may have to declare a fiscal emergency" on Oct. 3.
  • O.C. man, others restrain erratic airline passenger with belts

    09/27/2012 7:47:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    OC Register ^ | Sep 27, 2012
    O.C. man, others restrain erratic airline passenger with belts Arash Durrani, 26, a model and actor, will be charged with interference with a flight crew in connection with incident on flight to John Wayne Airport.
  • Critical Mass bike movement at 20 years

    09/27/2012 1:20:18 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Peter Fimrite
    The bicycle party known as Critical Mass turns 20 on Friday. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of riders in all manner of dress and - if recent history holds true, no dress at all - will band together for a commemorative, congestion-causing cruise through downtown San Francisco. [snip] Chris Carlsson, the Critical Mass spokesman, said he expects 5,000 to 10,000 riders on Friday, more than 10 times the number of riders who routinely participate. "It's going to be a gigantic mess, but it is going to be fun," Carlsson said.
  • San Diego Mayor’s Race Sees A Mayor Endorsement And New Poll (Bad News)

    09/26/2012 9:16:30 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 9 replies
    KPBS ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico
    Mayor Jerry Sanders created some surprising news Tuesday when he endorsed City Councilman Carl DeMaio to be his mayoral successor. His opponent, Congressman Bob Filner, widened his lead in the mayoral race in a poll released the same day ... The relationship between Sanders and DeMaio has been notoriously frosty. Sanders said they don’t talk much and haven’t always gotten along. But Sanders said Tuesday he cared about the city too much to "sit out" the endorsement. ... A 10News and SurveyUSA poll of likely voters out Tuesday put Filner up 12 points over DeMaio, 50 percent to 38 percent....
  • San Diego Case Asks: Can Unions Boot Pension Reform from the Ballot?

    09/26/2012 7:42:56 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 4 replies
    Fox and Hounds Daily ^ | Sept 26 2012 | Pacific Legal Foundation
    If taxpayers want to curb pension costs with a ballot measure, do they need an OK from unions before they start collecting signatures? San Diego’s Municipal Employees Association seems to think so. The MEA, which represents 6,000 workers on the city payroll, wants government unions to have a gatekeeper role in the initiative process — a right to advance review of certain ballot proposals that would affect employee benefits. Disturbingly, the courts have declined, so far, to set the union straight.
 
 Triggering the controversy is Proposition B, the pension-reform plan that San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved on June 5....
  • Arrested principal had hidden cameras

    09/25/2012 11:29:53 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 16 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 9/25/12 | Ellen Huet
    A Santa Clara elementary school principal charged Monday with six drug counts also had 10 hidden cameras in his San Francisco apartment, including one in a teddy bear, according to a police report. Eric Lewis, 42, was arrested Thursday at the Caltrain station at 4th and King streets in San Francisco on charges of furnishing methamphetamine and GHB, a date-rape drug, to an undercover drug officer. They also found 10 mini cameras inside a bedroom closet, including at least one that was hidden as the nose of a teddy bear. Other cameras were concealed in a coat hanger, a lighter...
  • South Bay (elementary) principal jailed for drugs (meth)

    09/24/2012 12:38:25 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 20 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 9/12/12 | Ellen Huet
    A Santa Clara elementary school principal is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on six drug charges, including one that he offered methamphetamine to an undercover narcotics agent he met on a gay dating website. Eric Lewis, 42, principal of Montague Elementary School for seven years, was arrested Thursday at the Caltrain station at Fourth and Kings streets in San Francisco. When officers searched his apartment Thursday, they found a quarter ounce of methamphetamine, eight ecstasy pills, and three vials of GHB, a date-rape drug, according to Sean Webby, spokesman for the Santa Clara County district attorney. "It was a complete...
  • Mother of teen in grisly photos case writes about cyberbullies

    09/26/2012 4:45:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 26, 2012 | Greg Hardesty
    A mother who endured cyberbullying after her daughter's death writes about the insidious trend. Lesli Catsouras, the mother of Nikki Catsouras, has just completed a memoir "Forever Exposed," about her family's journey coping with Internet trolls and cyber-bullies in addition to the toll-road-crash death of her 18-year-old daughter.
  • Police Seek Public’s Help To Identify Taggers Who Allegedly Shot A North Hollywood Man

    09/26/2012 12:24:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 26, 2012 8:34 AM
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Police are asking for the public’s help Wednesday to identify taggers who allegedly shot a man riding a bicycle through his North Hollywood neighborhood. The taggers were marking a wall Tuesday night when one shot the 50-year-old unidentified victim in the 11300 block of Hatteras Street around 8:50 p.m., according to authorities. Allegedly the victim confronted the taggers asking what they were doing and one man thought he was trying to take a picture of them on his cell phone, police said. The man chased the victim and fired once with a handgun, shooting him in...
  • Fisker Karma earns a failing grade from Consumer Reports ($200 MM down the rat hole)

    09/26/2012 10:58:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | September 25, 2012 | Staff
    The striking Fisker Karma extended-range electric car has turned heads for months in our test program, from its distinctive design to its sci-fi hum soundtrack. During that time we've experienced far more than our share of frustrations. And in the final tally, the Karma scores a failing grade. The Karma ranks as our lowest-rated luxury sedan. Of all sedans, only three have lower overall scores: Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, and Nissan Versa SV. (Learn how we test cars.)
  • Fontana man caught filming up women's dresses (SO Cal)

    09/26/2012 1:04:19 AM PDT · by Bullish · 21 replies
    Inland Valley daily bulletin ^ | 9-25-2012 | Melissa Pinion-Whitt, the Sun
    A man suspected of taping a cell phone to his shoe to film underneath women's dresses was arrested by Fontana police Monday. A customer at Target at 16964 Slover Ave. noticed the man filming under his wife's dress at 2:45 p.m. The suspect fled when the man yelled at him, police said. The man chased the suspect into the parking lot where he held him until police arrived. Police arrested Jose Alderete, 38, of Fontana and booked him into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Officers found several videos on Alderete's phone of women that appeared to have been...
  • Calif. enacts law allowing unlicensed individuals to perform abortions

    09/25/2012 8:40:01 PM PDT · by massmike · 39 replies
    http://redalertpolitics.com ^ | 09/25/2012 | John Rossomando
    A new California law could expose young women who have abortions to additional safety risks because it allows unlicensed individuals to perform abortions under certain circumstances, according to pro-life advocates. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law over the weekend permitting nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and midwives to perform abortions due to what Democrats see as a shortage of available doctors.
  • If You Live in a Blue State, Here Is What You Can Do To Help Romney Beat Obama

    09/14/2012 6:54:13 AM PDT · by Ziva · 100 replies
    Sept. 14, 2012 | Ziva
    No matter where you live in the USA, you can make a difference in this election by going to http://www.mittromney.com/call-home-landing. I live in NY, a hopelessly blue state. There is very little I can do locally to help Romney. However, they have an excellent phone-from-home system this year, much better than other phone banks I've done before. I started making phone calls from home for Romney. It is easy, well-supported, and free. It is important to start now so they can target the right people for the campaign. You can get started at http://www.mittromney.com/call-home-landingThey will direct your calls to the...
  • San Francisco To Vote On Apartments The Size Of Two Prison Cells [Hope and Change?]

    09/24/2012 7:15:27 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 66 replies
    NBCNews ^ | September 24, 2012
    San Francisco To Vote On Apartments The Size Of Two Prison Cells San Francisco may soon give new meaning to the word "downsizing." Supervisors are set to vote on Tuesday on a proposed change to the city's building code that would allow construction of among the tiniest apartments in the country. Under the plan, new apartments could be as small as 220 square feet (a little more than double the size of some prison cells), including a kitchen, bathroom and closet, the Los Angeles Times reported. Current regulations require the living room alone to be that size. Schematics for 300-square-foot...
  • 10 states stealing California’s population

    09/24/2012 5:28:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9/24/2012
    <p>A study released Monday finds that California, once the ultimate destination of millions of Americans dreaming of a better life, has been losing  millions of its citizens to other states over the past 20 years.</p> <p>The report, by the Manhattan Institute,  found that California’s net outflow of population has topped 3.4 million over the past two decades.</p>
  • Tom on the California 2012 Propositions (McClintock recommendations)

    09/24/2012 12:28:54 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 49 replies
    tommcclintock.com ^ | 20 September 2012 | Tom McClintock
    Prop 30: Your Wallet or Your Kids. NO Either approve $36 billion in higher sales and income taxes or else Gov. Brown threatens to shoot the schools. Don't worry, the income taxes are only on the "very wealthy," but it turns out the "very wealthy" include many small businesses filing under sub-chapter S, meaning lower wages, higher prices and fewer jobs. California already has one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country and yet has just approved a budget to spend $8 billion dollars more than it's taking in. Moral of the story: it's the spending stupid. Prop...
  • Obama could face October surprise

    09/23/2012 7:32:46 PM PDT · by thecodont · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 5:53 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012 | Willie Brown
    Mitt Romney has little chance of winning the presidential election, but Barack Obama could still lose it. Take a look at the polls: Romney just can't sell himself. In fact, the more you see of the guy, the less you are willing to buy. On the other side, Obama's lead is still narrow, but growing. Nothing is going to change on the economy between now and Nov. 6, so Obama has weathered that storm. But if he appears overly aggressive or cocky or condescending in the debates, or if the lid really comes off the Middle East, he could still...
  • Diversity Forever

    09/23/2012 5:47:42 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | 9/20/2012 | H MacDonald
    The University of California, San Diego has done it again. Last year, it announced the creation of a new diversity sinecure: a vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Campus leaders established this post even as state budget cuts resulted in the loss of star scientists to competing universities, as humanities classes and degree programs were eliminated to save money, and as tuition continued its nearly 75 percent, five-year rise. The new vice chancellorship was wildly redundant with UCSD’s already-existing diversity infrastructure. As the campus itself acknowledges: “UC San Diego currently has many active diversity programs and initiatives.” No kidding....