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  • Time To Make Cinco De Mayo Nat’l American Flag Shirt Day – CA Court Rules For Mexicans Against U.S.

    09/18/2014 10:21:07 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 6 replies
    conservative infidel ^ | Sept 18, 2014 | Rick Wells
    Anyone who still doubts that there is a deliberate takeover of America being orchestrated through an alliance of treachery between Mexico, Central America and the Democrat Party needs to stop kidding themselves and open their eyes to the events that are going on around them. On Constitution Day, September 17th, the Ninth Circuit Court of California refused to hear a case en banc in an appeal of a decision against four American students who were sent home from Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, CA. The four were suspended for one day for wearing American Flag apparel on May...
  • Windsor police swarm home after prank 911 call

    09/18/2014 8:26:47 PM PDT · by rey · 18 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | September 18, 2014, | ELIZABETH M. COSIN
    Windsor police responded in force Thursday afternoon to a residential neighborhood on Alden Lane after a prank 911 call reported a shooting in a home there. Officers swarmed the quiet residential block just before 6 p.m., when elementary school-aged kids and parents were attending an evening program at the nearby Mary Agatha Furth Center. Police showed up at the home where a retired man and his wife live with one of their daughters and her child, after receiving a 911 call that appeared to come from the their address. The caller said a grandfather at the home had shot someone...
  • Microsoft lays off 2,100, axes Silicon Valley research

    09/18/2014 3:48:13 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 9 replies
    SEATTLE, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce. News of the closure of the Microsoft Research lab at the company's campus in Mountain View, California, was first made public on Twitter by employees. The company later confirmed the move and said it would involve the loss of 50 jobs.
  • King Fire: Alleged arsonist arrested in El Dorado County

    09/18/2014 5:10:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    SFGate ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Kurtis Alexander
    A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with intentionally igniting the massive King Fire, which has burned 71,000 acres of Sierra foothills east of Placerville while sending up a cloud of smoke visible as far as the Bay Area, officials said Thursday. El Dorado County authorities took Wayne Allen Huntsman into custody Wednesday on suspicion of felony arson and jailed him in lieu of $10 million bail. Huntsman is a resident of Pollock Pines (El Dorado County), a community in the heart of the fire area.
  • Democrats Sound the Alarm on Southern California Race

    09/18/2014 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | September 15, 2014 | Emily Cahn
    Democrats are sending warning signals on a previously sleepy southern California House race — a tangible sign of an increasingly tough midterm for the party. Freshman Rep. Julia Brownley is one of three House Democrats receiving extra and early help from the national party. A year ago, her district was barely on the party’s radar of competitive races, after President Barack Obama carried it by 10 points last cycle. “This is a tight race and a difficult seat, and we are committed to hanging onto it,” said Matt Thornton, a spokesman for House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC aiding...
  • New evacuations ordered in face of raging California wildfire

    09/18/2014 11:05:47 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    Reuters | 9/18/14 | Dan Whitcomb
    Authorities issued new evacuation orders on Thursday for Northern California mountain communities after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush. A force of nearly 3,700 firefighters struggled to stop the forward march of the King Fire, the largest and most dangerous of 11 major wildfires raging across California, but had managed to cut containment lines around 5 percent of the flames as of Thursday morning, officials said.
  • California winery put out of business for using volunteers

    09/18/2014 6:57:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The State of California continues its war on productive activity, fining a small family-owned winery that earns $11,000 a year a whopping $115,000 for the crime of inviting volunteers to learn about wine while helping out with the harvest and the crush. That is enough to drive it out of business, and the winery is starting to lauch a going out of business sale in response.Rebecca Parr reports in the San Jose Mercury-News: A small-time vintner's use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000 in fines --...
  • New groundwater laws to have ripple effect on agriculture (w/video)

    09/18/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | September 16, 2014 | Angela Hart
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic groundwater legislation Tuesday, imposing new rules in the Golden State that could limit how much water commercial and residential users are allowed to pump from underground aquifers — a move decades in the works, spurred this year by California’s drought. The new laws, which take effect in January, will require local government officials to ensure use of groundwater basins is sustainable, protecting underground reserves and averting other environmental damage. The regulations could have a ripple effect on thousands of farmers and ranchers across the North Coast.
  • L.A. Fashion District Gets Hit With Money Laundering Raid

    09/17/2014 6:43:18 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 9 replies
    mainstreet.com ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Hal M. Bundrick
    The fashion police descended in droves on the Los Angeles Fashion District last week, confiscating $100 million (mostly in cash), seizing three homes and arresting nine people. The raids on some 75 businesses are related to “Black Market Peso Exchange” (BMPE) schemes to launder drug money controlled by international drug cartels.
  • Corker's Kerry Critique Leaves Boxer 'Shaking and Trembling'

    09/17/2014 2:01:53 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/17/2014 | Breitbart TV
    Wednesday at the Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearing on U.S. strategy for combating ISIS, after Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) criticized Secretary of State John Kerry, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was left "shaking and trembling" in shock. Boxer said, "I think it is shocking and a sad state of affairs that we heard just now, such angry comments aimed at you, Mr. Secretary, and through you, at our president ....
  • Leftist Lawmakers and Enviro-Extremists Created CA Water Crisis

    09/17/2014 8:13:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | August 30, 2014 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    On Friday, the California State Assembly outdid itself. You can always count on the leftist leaders of what is supposed to be the “people’s house” never lets a crisis go to waste. With the passage of AB 1739 (Dickinson-D), SB 1168 (Pavley-D), and SB 1319 (Pavley-D), 100 years of history was reversed. The authors painted a grim picture of California’s groundwater future. Most of what they said is true. The only problem they didn’t bother to tell you two key truths: 1.It was these same so-called leaders who give up our seat—the property owner and the farmer’s place at the...
  • (California) State Sen. Wright resigns after voter fraud case

    09/17/2014 12:14:50 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Sep 15, 2014 | Judy Lin
    State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office. Wright, a Democrat from Los Angeles County, was convicted of perjury in January for lying about his residence and later was suspended with pay from the Senate. During the sentencing in Los Angeles last week, Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy said Wright is no longer eligible to hold public office.
  • Shooting by SJPD officer: Police tried to seize my phone, says man who recorded scene

    09/07/2014 2:36:36 PM PDT · by She_is_my_ hero · 50 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Sept. 4, 2014 | Robert Salonga
    SAN JOSE -- A San Jose resident who was one of several people recording the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting in South San Jose last month is alleging he was intimidated and threatened with detainment for refusing to surrender his cellphone or delete the images he took. The allegations are contained in an Aug. 21 internal-affairs complaint filed by Andrew Payne and comes as the issue of recording police performing their duties in public has gained national attention in light of the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri...
  • Brown's Final Nail In Prop. 187 Is Really A Blow To California's Voters

    09/16/2014 4:07:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Immigration: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a repeal of 1994's overturned Prop. 187, calling it a law that "has no place on the state's books." What do you call a man who claims voters' choices have no place in government? In most places out there, the name would be "tyrant," even if the word seems a bit fancy for the increasingly unpopular Gov. Brown. Because the hard fact remains that in 1994, millions of California's voters, by a margin of 59% to 41%, voted in favor of denying "free" welfare, education and other benefits to illegal immigrants on the clear...
  • Armored Vehicle, Grenade Launchers At Disposal Of LAUSD Police Force

    09/16/2014 1:18:23 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Unified School District police officials are considering whether they need the armored vehicle and grenade launchers they received from the U.S. military.
  • Valley Police Dept Says Nothing About Rumors Of Hidden Cams Aimed At Women

    09/16/2014 3:53:06 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 3 replies
    KMJ.580 ^ | September 15, 2014 | Unknown
    Rumors are rampant about male public safety employees in Ceres placing hidden cameras aimed at women, and the city isn't saying much about it. The stories about cameras placed under a woman's desk and in changing areas at the Ceres Police Department came to the attention of the Stanislaus chapter of the NAACP. President Frank Johnson says they got so many calls they thought it was a prank, and he says if it's not true, they'll apologize - but if it is true, the organization will take action against it. The city attorney would only say action is being taken...
  • Armored Tank [sic], Grenade Launchers At Disposal Of LAUSD Police Force

    09/15/2014 8:21:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 15, 2014 6:31 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Unified School District Police officials are considering whether they need the armored vehicle and grenade launchers they received from the U.S. military. The military hardware at the disposal of LAUSD police officers includes a 20-foot-long, 14-ton armored transport vehicles, much like the ones used to move Marines in Iraqi combat zones. The tank is worth $733,000 and the school district’s police force got it from the government for free. How would LAUSD use such a vehicle? “For us? That vehicle would be used for extraordinary circumstances,” LAUSD Police Chief Steve Zipperman said. The tank,...
  • Free lunch: Pajaro Valley schools extend meal program

    09/15/2014 7:24:22 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 09/15/2014 | Donna Jones
    WATSONVILLE >> Forty cents might not seem like much, but multiply it by two or three kids and fork it over daily for school lunch and it begins to add up — especially for families struggling to get by in Santa Cruz County. That's why Pajaro Valley Unified School District officials have decided to stop charging families who are eligible for a discounted meal under the federal school lunch program.
  • LIAR: Black Firefighter Cries ‘Racism, Police Bullying’, Cop’s Body-Cam Proves Him Wrong

    09/15/2014 4:22:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 9/14/14
    Make sure you watch both videos! See how the two videos give two different stories. Someone call Al Sharpton quickly before he gets the pitchforks out. With the nation a racial tinderbox in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s shooting death by a white police officer, a California firefighter threw out what could have been an incendiary spark by accusing a cop of treating him differently because he’s black. Little did Oakland firefighter Keith Jones know that the officer was wearing a body-cam video recorder when their tense encounter unfolded. And the video didn’t quite match the complaint Jones filed...
  • California Home Sales Dive, Prices Hit Wall, Millennials Blamed

    09/15/2014 12:32:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 73 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 13 September 2014 | Wolf Richter
    This must be part of the explanation why home sales in the expensive parts of California, which is where most people live, are collapsing: according to a Harris Poll on behalf of electronic broker Redfin, 92% of millennials who don’t already own a home do not plan on buying one in the future. Ever. These people, now between 25 and 34, are in their peak home-buying age. They’re the much sought-after first-time buyers. They’re the foundation of the market. But not this generation. Homeownership rate among them, according to the Commerce Department, already plunged from 41% in 2008 to 36%...
  • California School Changes Criticized Arab Mascot

    09/15/2014 4:37:10 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 33 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | September 10, 2014
    A Southern California high school has changed its nickname from the Arabs to the Mighty Arabs and has adopted a logo with a nobler image, school officials announced Wednesday. The Coachella Valley Unified School District governing board unanimously adopted the changes in a closed-session meeting Tuesday night after months of pressure from Arab-American anti-discrimination groups. "Dealing with the mascot issue has gone worldwide," Superintendent Daryl Adams said, according to the Desert-Sun ( http://desert.sn/1lUE3AK ). "I'm glad to see that coming to an end." Officials at Coachella Valley High School consulted with Arab-American groups in getting rid of the scowling, hook-nosed...
  • Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser

    09/14/2014 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama. New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager...
  • As Businesses Flee, Jerry Brown's California Attracts A Different Kind Of "Investment"

    09/14/2014 5:41:23 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 50 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12 September 2014 | Editorial
    Immigration: When California Gov. Jerry Brown hung out the "all welcome" sign for illegals, Mexico's drug cartels heard him loud and clear. Raids on Thursday left lawmen declaring Los Angeles a cash-laundering mecca. Roping off 100 blocks of downtown Los Angeles this week, federal agents from the U.S. attorney's office raided roughly 70 garment district businesses along with a few houses in tony Westwood and Beverly Hills. The suspected crime was laundering money for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. Agents hauled out $65 million in cash stuffed in duffel bags, suitcases and boxes, some of it blood-spattered. The cash came from hostage...
  • San Francisco Feminism: Go Ahead, Abort Girls

    09/14/2014 6:29:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Supervisor David Chiu wants San Francisco to become the first American city to oppose any ban on sex-selective abortions. It apparently has not occurred to him why no other city has chosen to do so. Journalist Mara Hvistendahl, author of "Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men," estimates that sex-selective abortions have "claimed over 160 million potential women and girls -- in Asia alone." Thus, it is rather disturbing to watch one of the most liberal politicians in liberal San Francisco grandstand in defense of a practice that devalues -- destroys, actually...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • san diego homebuyers get an unwelcome feeling

    09/13/2014 6:13:10 PM PDT · by BelleAl · 31 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/08/2014 | Maura Dolan
    Jerald Rice typed his wife's name into an Internet search engine. A series of unsettling stunts had perplexed him. Advertisements for sex with his wife popped up. "Adult entertainment of all types when my husband is not home," the ads said. "Not for the faint of heart. Come see me during the day while my husband is at work and we can get our freak on." Some ads contained the couple's address and a photograph of the home they shared with their two children. Some had his wife's photograph, he said. Alarmed, he called his wife at work and then...
  • Oakland Firefighter Plays Victim Card Until Police Release Video

    09/13/2014 2:41:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jack Dunphy
    The perpetual siren call of victimhood. Oh, how alluring, how comforting, how most pleasing is the mantle of victimhood. So pleasing, in fact, that even when the claim to victim status is tenuous at best, some people cannot restrain themselves from rushing before the news cameras to inform the world of how they have been mistreated. Pátio ergo sum. I suffer, therefore I am. Witness the case of Keith Jones, a firefighter in Oakland, Calif., who recently had a brief but mildly tense encounter with an officer from that city’s police department. Jones, 43, was leaving an Oakland Raiders football...
  • State Sen. Roderick Wright sentenced for perjury, voter fraud (a whole 90 days in the big house)

    09/13/2014 1:31:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/12/14 | Jean Merl, Patrick McGreevy
    Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, convicted earlier this year on felony perjury and voting fraud charges, was sentenced Friday to 90 days in county jail and barred for life from holding public office. After turning down Wright's request for a new trial, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy also sentenced the senator to three years' probation and 1,500 hours of community service. He was ordered to surrender and begin serving his sentence Oct. 31. Some observers have speculated that Wright will serve little or no time behind bars, given his heretofore clean record, the nonviolent nature of...
  • Leland Yee co-defendant trying to shift blame, prosecutors say (shoulder fired missiles)

    09/13/2014 1:40:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 9/11/14 | Bob Egelko
    **SNIP** Yee, D-San Francisco, and Jackson, his former consultant and a former San Francisco school board president, are among 29 defendants charged with racketeering and other crimes after an undercover FBI investigation. Prosecutors have accused Yee, now suspended from his Senate seat, of soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from agents posing as campaign contributors in exchange for political favors. In a filing Aug. 14, Jackson's lawyer asserted that an FBI agent had been removed from the investigation and reprimanded because of financial misconduct. The agent, identified in court records only as UCE 4773, posed as a Georgia businessman and...
  • Taxi Drivers Object To Body Odor Test by San Diego Airport Authority [Drivers Claim Discrimination!]

    09/12/2014 9:13:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | September 12, 2014
    Taxi Drivers Object To Body Odor Test by San Diego Airport Authority Inspectors check 52 criteria to evaluate taxis but drivers protest that some checks spring from prejudice and discrimination 12 September 2014 Cab driver Daniel Afeweki looks out from his Toyota Prius cab as he waits in line for his turn to pick up fares at the San Diego airport. Photograph: Gregory Bull/AP Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Taxi drivers say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination. For years, inspectors with the San Diego regional airport...
  • President Obama Returning To Los Angeles For Fundraiser At Gwyneth Paltrow’s Home

    09/12/2014 4:49:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 12, 2014 4:00 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — President Barack Obama will be back in Los Angeles in October for a fundraiser at the home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Tickets for the Oct. 9 event will cost up to $32,400, and the evening will include an intimate dinner with Obama fielding questions from supporters, according to an invitation sent by the Democratic National Committee. The trip will be Obama’s 20th to Los Angeles or Orange counties since he took office in 2009. All but three of his trips have included political fundraisers. Obama was most recently in Los Angeles July 23-24, when he attended...
  • School Bans "Offensive" Chick-fil-A Sandwiches

    09/12/2014 2:19:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Feathers have been ruffled at California’s Ventura High School, where the principal this week banned the football booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches over fears that people might be offended. What, pray tell, could people find offensive about a plump juicy chicken breast tucked between two buttered buns? Were English teachers put off by the restaurant chain’s grammatically challenged bovine pitchmen?
  • Gay rights activists fund critics of Archbishop Cordileone

    09/12/2014 8:25:39 AM PDT · by San Francisco native · 3 replies
    Catholic San Francisco ^ | September 12, 2014 | Valerie Schmalz
    Gay rights money funds archbishop’s critics Faithful America part of national progressive advocacy network September 10th, 2014 Many Catholics in the San Francisco Bay Area were surprised by the strong negative reaction to Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone’s decision to give a talk about traditional marriage at a June 19 Washington, D.C., rally organized to support marriage. A national online petition from Faithful America and a nationally publicized June 10 letter from 78 politicians and others urged the archbishop to withdraw from the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. The letter and petition citing “hate” speech by the National Organization for...
  • California employers must provide sick days under new law

    09/11/2014 5:35:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 10, 2014 | Melody Gutierrez
    Millions of Californians will begin earning paid sick days under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown that makes the Golden State the second in the nation to require the benefit. The law takes effect in July and will help 40 percent of the workforce in California, employees largely in retail, fast-food and other service-industry jobs who work full time or part time but who receive no paid sick leave from their employers. Connecticut is the only state that requires employers to provide paid sick time. "Whether you're a dishwasher in San Diego or a store clerk in Oakland,...
  • Bay Area Democrats leery of stepped-up attacks on Islamic State

    09/11/2014 4:24:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Rep. Barbara Lee, the Oakland Democrat who for years has sought to repeal the war-making powers that Congress granted to Bush in 2001 and 2002, said Obama acknowledged that Islamic State poses no imminent threat to the U.S. "ISIS was nowhere to be found in Iraq until after the Bush administration's invasion and occupation," Lee said. "We can't forget that history, because now we have to make hard decisions that hopefully will not in 10 years (lead to) an even greater problem."
  • Man Charged In Florida In Yasiel Puig Smuggling

    09/11/2014 1:20:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    AP) ^ | September 11, 2014 10:08 AM
    <p>The indictment against Suarez remained sealed before the hearing, but a civil lawsuit filed in Miami against Puigcontains details about him.</p> <p>Those documents describe Suarez as one of the Miami-based men who financed Puig’s 2012 trip by boat from Cuba to Isla Mujeres, a fishing village near Cancun, Mexico. The initial price for the trip was $250,000, then was raised by the smugglers to $400,000.</p>
  • UCLA Forecast: California Economy ‘Painfully Plodding’ Along

    09/11/2014 1:00:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 11, 2014 10:56 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — California’s economy will continue to show steady but unremarkable growth in the months ahead, according to a UCLA economic forecast released Thursday. The state’s quarterly economic outlook shows that although job numbers are at an all-time high, the state is still performing below its potential in employment and output, UCLA senior economist Jerry Nickelsburg wrote in the Anderson Forecast. “That we are entering the sixth year of expansion just illustrates how painfully plodding this recovery process has been,” Nickelsburg wrote. Personal income in the state is expected to grow by 4.4 percent and 4.6 percent over...
  • Are High Housing Costs Restraining California's Growth?

    09/11/2014 6:57:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/11/2014 | Carson Bruno
    <p>It's no secret. California is expensive. But is it a little more nuanced than that; coastal California is very expensive while inland California is just moderately expensive. Yet, despite being a well-known fact, Sacramento doesn't appear too concerned with California's growing price tag even though there is evidence it could be slowing the Golden State's economic growth.</p>
  • Dem Congressman: ‘Forces That Will Rise If ISIS Is Destroyed Are Nearly as Evil as ISIS’

    09/10/2014 10:44:03 AM PDT · by libstripper · 94 replies
    CNS News ^ | Sept. 9, 2011 | Melanie Hunter
    CNSNews.com) - Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Ca.), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned Tuesday that destroying ISIS would only empower those fighting against the terrorist group – who are almost as evil as ISIS. “If you destroy one power in the Middle East, you empower the other side, and the four groups that are fighting ISIS now are in many ways nearly as evil as ISIS itself, and in fact, those who are fighting against ISIS today on the ground have killed far more Americans than ISIS has,” said Sherman, top Democrat on the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and...
  • San Diego Unified School District Gets Armored Vehicle (MRAP)

    09/10/2014 4:51:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | Setember 9, 2014 | Kristina Davis
    SD Unified gets armored vehicle City schools police have obtained their own military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle through a federal grant. Known as an MRAP, the armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with thousands of dollars in advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus, the San Diego Unified School District Police Department said Tuesday. The MRAP, valued at more than $700,000, was acquired at no cost to the district. The vehicle is expected to be operational in October. “We recognize the public...
  • Anaheim police officers to wear cameras

    09/10/2014 11:37:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 10, 2014 | Louis Casiano Jr.
    ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Police Department could be the first agency in the county to require officers to wear video cameras while on patrol, after the City Council unanimously approved the the $1.15 million purchase of 250 of the devices Tuesday. The first officers are expected to be outfitted with the body-mounted cameras in November, with all of them wearing the devices by April. It’s part of the department’s effort to increase transparency and mend a fragile relationship with the public after several high-profile shootings.
  • Huntington Beach woman charged over tirade that went viral

    09/10/2014 9:43:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 10, 2014 | Daniel Langhorne
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – A woman whose tirade against her roommate was videotaped and went viral was arraigned in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday for a variety of charges. Laura Angela Cox, 47, of Huntington Beach was charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of methamphetamine, battery against a cohabitant and vandalism resulting in less than $400 in damages. Cox was in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, but information on her bail amount was not immediately available.
  • S.D. SCHOOLS GET ARMORED VEHICLE FOR EMERGENCIES

    09/10/2014 9:29:26 AM PDT · by Defiant · 39 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | September 10, 2014 | Kristina Davis
    City schools police have obtained their own military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle through a federal grant. Known as an MRAP, the armored vehicle will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with thousands of dollars in advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus, the San Diego Unified School District Police Department said Tuesday. The MRAP, valued at more than $700,000, was acquired at no cost to the district. The vehicle is expected to be operational in October.
  • Hot lunch debate as Bay Area schools go meatless on Mondays

    09/10/2014 5:11:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 9/9/2014 | Jill Tucker
    South San Francisco Unified joined the Meatless Monday movement this year, joining Oakland, West Contra Costa and several other districts that have adopted the campaign within the last few years. There are billions of animals slaughtered for food production each year, said Kristie Middleton, food policy manager for the Humane Society of the United States. "By going meat free just one day a week we can prevent some of this animal suffering," she said. "And we tell them a little about the Humane Society and animals," she said. "I like how they talk about compassionate eating. I think the kids...
  • More districts skipping meat on Mondays

    09/09/2014 4:08:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 9, 2014 | by Jill Tucker
    Mondays have become meat free in hundreds of school cafeterias across the Bay Area, a move praised by animal rights activists and environmentalists and condemned by the livestock industry for pushing politics into the lunch line. South San Francisco Unified joined the Meatless Monday movement this year, joining Oakland, West Contra Costa and several other districts that have adopted the campaign within the last few years. District officials say it's all about improving student nutrition and drawing attention to alternative sources of protein.
  • California governor to sign mandatory sick leave bill

    09/09/2014 3:16:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 9, 2014 | by Sharon Bernstein
    California Governor Jerry Brown said on Tuesday he would sign a bill requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to employees, the latest of several moves by Democratic lawmakers to aid low-income workers in the most populous U.S. state.
  • Who's rich, who's poor? Lawmakers show us their money

    09/09/2014 12:17:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 9, 2014 | Cathy Taylor
    Californians take top, near-bottom spots on list of richest members of Congress. California’s congressional representatives are among the richest and – surprise – among the poorest of Congress’ lawmakers, according to federally required financial disclosure reports.
  • Ex-USC professor pleads guilty to having sex with boys overseas

    09/05/2014 7:51:50 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 71 replies
    LA Times ^ | Sept 5, 2014 | Richard Winton
    A former USC professor once on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list pleaded guilty Friday to flying to the Philippines and having sex with several underage boys he groomed online. Walter Lee Williams, 65, admitted engaging in illegal sexual contact with minors in foreign places, entering the plea during a brief appearance before U.S. District Judge Phillip S. Gutierrez. As part of a plea, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend that the onetime eminent professor of gender and sexuality studies serve no more than five years in a federal prison. He also would be subject to 10 years supervision upon...
  • CBS & David Letterman Slapped With Latest Intern Class Action Lawsuit

    09/09/2014 8:16:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Sept. 9, 2014
    Mallory Musallam filed a class action complaint against CBS Broadcasting, CBS Corporation and the retiring late night host’s Worldwide Pants Inc. for herself and everyone who has ever been an intern on the show. "Named Plaintiff has initiated this action seeking for herself, and on behalf of all similarly situated employees that also worked on The Late Show with David Letterman, all compensation, including minimum wages and overtime compensation, which they were deprived of, plus interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs," says the jury demanding filing in New York Supreme Court ... Claiming that the production company and CBS intentionally wrongfully...
  • University of California Students Had Better Wise Up and Learn Their Constitutional Rights

    09/09/2014 7:35:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/9/2014 | Velma Montoya
    Recent events on University of California campuses reveal a growing need for education about students’ constitutionally-guaranteed rights. Disgregard for Constitutional Rights On UC Campuses In one instance, University of California, Santa Barbara students allowed feminist studies associate professor Mireille Miller-Young (whose 2013 salary was $77,100) to steal and destroy an anti-abortion poster that constituted speech protected by the First Amendment and displayed in the Campus’ designated “free speech zone,” and to assault the young woman holding the poster.