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  • Albany: Middle-school teacher accused of lewd act with former student found dead of possible suicide

    10/02/2012 8:18:45 AM PDT · by AmericanSamurai · 27 replies
    Bay Area News Group ^ | 10/1/12 | Daniel M. Jimenez
    ALBANY -- A middle-school teacher who had been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a former student was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday morning, authorities said. James Izumizaki, 28, an Albany resident, was found between 10 and 10:30 a.m. in his car on Via Alamitos in San Lorenzo, according to Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. A family member who lives nearby found Izumizaki, he said. The death is being treated as a suicide, Nelson said. He would not disclose the manner of Izumizaki's death, but said that a gun was not involved. Izumizaki,...
  • Feds urge beetle's removal from endangered species list [California valley elderberry beetle]

    10/01/2012 9:37:33 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 2 replies
    Sacramento Business Journal ^ | Oct 1 2012 | Sanford Nax
    A tiny green beetle that has been blamed for holding up development projects in the Sacramento region has increased its range and presence, is no longer threatened and should be removed from the Endangered Species List, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends. The proposed rule, if made final, would remove the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from the list. The recommendation is based on studies that show the beetle’s range has spread from three locations in Merced, Sacramento and Yolo counties to 26 places, including much of the Central Valley from Shasta to Kern counties. The beetle, which is one-half...
  • Brown Acts On Driver's License, Deportation Bills [Brown Signs Driver's Licenses For Young Illegals]

    10/01/2012 8:07:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 01, 2012 | Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York
    Brown Acts On Driver's License, Deportation Bills By Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York October 1, 2012 SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that will allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and vetoed another that would have restricted sheriffs from helping federal authorities detain undocumented Californians for potential deportation. His actions, announced Sunday as the deadline neared to finish work on nearly 1,000 bills sent to him by the Legislature this year, followed an intense week of protests, prayer vigils and lobbying by immigrant advocacy groups. The governor also revived a tax...
  • Oakland schools enter agreement with feds to reduce suspensions of black students

    09/28/2012 9:15:39 AM PDT · by AmericanSamurai · 34 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 9/27/12 | Katy Murphy
    OAKLAND -- The Oakland school board on Thursday night unanimously approved an agreement with the Office for Civil Rights to reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions of its African-American students. Parents, community organizers, district staff members and other leaders spoke passionately about the need to pass -- and to fully realize -- the plan, and to involve students, families and teachers in the push for change. "We're here today to ante up and reclaim our children," said Chris Chatmon, director of the district's African American Male Achievement initiative. Chatmon said the resolution will give the system the sense of urgency...
  • California will give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants [Video Discussion]

    10/01/2012 1:26:48 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    latimes ^ | October 1, 2012 | 11:48 am
    ov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill that will allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Times reporter Anthony York will discuss these issues and others related to the flurry of bill-signings during a Google+ Hangout at 12:30 p.m. You can ask questions below or on Twitter using the hashtag #asklatimes.The driver's license measure will make illegal immigrants eligible to drive legally in California if they qualify for a new federal work permit program. That Obama administration protocol allows illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16, and who are...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits He Married Gay Couples, But Supports Traditional Marriage

    10/01/2012 12:40:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted in a new interview that he performed two same-sex marriages while serving in office, although he remains supportive of policies to preserve the traditional definition of marriage. "I always said that I have nothing against people doing what they want to do. If they – if the – a couple wants to get married, they should get married. I personally always said that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I would never enforce my will on people. I always want people to make that decision. If they want to get...
  • California governor vetoes "Anti-Arizona" immigration bill

    09/30/2012 10:01:36 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/1/12 | Mary Slosson
    California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed an immigration measure dubbed the "anti-Arizona" bill late on Sunday that would shield some illegal immigrants from federal status checks. The bill would have prohibited local authorities from honoring federal detention requests, which may lead to deportation proceedings, on illegal immigrants unless those individuals were charged or convicted of a serious or violent felony. Supporters said the measure would have served as a counterpoint for what they say is racial profiling inherent in an Arizona law that cracks down on illegal immigration that was allowed to stand by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this summer....
  • Some illegal immigrants may get drivers licenses under new California law

    10/01/2012 3:17:29 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    fox news ^ | 10/1/2012 | ap
    Some illegal immigrants could get California drivers licenses under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed into law late Sunday. AB2189 by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, will let the Department of Motor Vehicles issue licenses to illegal immigrants eligible for work permits under a new Obama administration policy. The bill requires the department to accept as proof of legal residence whatever document the federal government provides to participants in its deferred action program. Cedillo said his bill will make roads safer while letting young immigrants drive to school and to work. His reasoning drew support from several...
  • California allows driver's licenses for young undocumented immigrants

    10/01/2012 4:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/01/2012
    Young undocumented immigrants will be able to receive California driver’s licenses under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Sunday. As many as 350,000 undocumented immigrants in California may be eligible for the Obama administration program, which waives the threat of deportation for two years for those who have no criminal record. According to The Times' Patrick McGreevy: 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. Brown spokesman Gil Duran said that by issuing the driver’s licenses,...
  • Brown acts on driver's license, deportation bills

    09/30/2012 11:55:51 PM PDT · by South40 · 18 replies
    LATimes ^ | 9/30/2012 | Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that will allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and vetoed another that would have restricted sheriffs from helping federal authorities detain undocumented Californians for potential deportation. His actions, announced Sunday as the deadline neared to finish work on nearly 1,000 bills sent to him by the Legislature this year, followed an intense week of protests, prayer vigils and lobbying by immigrant advocacy groups. The governor also revived a tax break for Hollywood, allowed juvenile killers serving life in prison a chance for release and outlawed...
  • (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...