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  • Sacramento Kaiser Treating Patient Possibly Exposed to Ebola Virus

    08/20/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies
    www.nbcbayarea.com ^ | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 • Updated at 10:40 AM PDT | By NBC Bay Area staff
    A patient admitted to a South Sacramento hospital may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, health officials said Tuesday. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center is working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test blood samples from the patient. "In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease," Dr. Stephen Parodi, director of hospital operations for...
  • Dead-Bird ‘Steamers’ at a California Solar Plant: 28,000 birds incinerated at Obama's favorite plant

    08/20/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    California’s massive Ivanpah solar power plant can produce enough electricity for 140,000 households — but the environmental cost is nothing less than an avian slaughter. The plant’s 350,000 mirrors bounce sizzling sunlight to the tops of three 40-story boiler towers, heating steam for turbine electricity generators. Temperatures near the towers can reach up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, heat certainly sufficient to fry a fowl. “Workers at the state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — ‘streamers,’ for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in...
  • Police charity raffling semiautomatic rifle, pistol

    08/20/2014 9:19:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 20, 2014 | Teri Sforza
    Perhaps the most important thing to know is this: It’s perfectly legal for a police charity to raffle off a semiautomatic rifle and a semiautomatic pistol. Whether it’s entirely appropriate, however, may be another story. Several deputy sheriffs’ associations – including those in Orange County and San Diego – sold tickets for the rifle raffle on behalf of another organization (one ticket for $5, five tickets for $20). The grand prize: An AR-15 rifle which, in some incarnations in years past, fell under the federal assault weapons ban, and was on the failed 2013 Assault Weapons Ban’s no-no list.
  • Field Poll: Obamacare support in California grows

    08/20/2014 7:39:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 20, 2014 | BY BERNARD J. WOLFSON
    California voters, who have always favored the Affordable Care Act by a large majority, now support it more strongly than ever, according to an opinion survey published Tuesday. A new Field Poll, conducted from late June to mid-July, shows that 56 percent of registered voters in the state favor the health reform law, also known as Obamacare, while 35 percent are opposed. The poll, sponsored by the California Wellness Foundation, was based on telephone interviews conducted from June 26 to July 19 – in seven languages – with 1,535 registered voters.
  • Immigrant children may get free legal help

    08/20/2014 7:07:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
    State Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking private law firms to provide free legal help to the wave of Central American children pouring into the state. Harris has called for a sit-down Wednesday in her San Francisco office with attorneys from a dozen firms, as well as with representatives of nonprofits, legal-aid groups and charities. The attorney general's office itself is legally barred from representing the youngsters, so Harris is using her "convening power" to pull together private help. The exact number of unaccompanied children showing up at the California border is hard to come by, but we're told that...
  • Patient at Sacramento Kaiser Permanente tested for Ebola

    08/19/2014 6:26:28 PM PDT · by Selene · 16 replies
    kcra ^ | 8/19/2014
    The patient may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will conduct blood samples. "In order to protect our patients, staff and physicians, even though infection with the virus is unconfirmed, we are taking the actions recommended by the CDC as a precaution, just as we do for other patients with a suspected infectious disease," said Dr. Stephen Paroli, an infectious disease specialist, in the Kaiser news release. "This includes isolation of the patient in a specially equipped negative pressure room and the use of personal protective equipment by trained staff, coordinated...
  • Livermore, Berkeley labs part of supercomputing effort to model climate change

    08/19/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | By Jeremy Thomas
    Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley lab researchers, along with scientists from six other national laboratories, will take part in a state-of-the-art supercomputing project designed to model, simulate and predict the effects of climate change on Earth. The 10-year Energy Department project -- Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) -- will develop and apply advanced climate system models on cutting-edge high-performance computing machines as soon as they become available, lab officials said. "The (complex scientific) challenge simulations are not yet possible with current model and computing capabilities," Livermore National Laboratory atmospheric scientist and ACME council chair David Bader said. "But we...
  • The Wheels Are Coming Off California's Ballyhooed Comeback

    08/19/2014 2:16:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/19/2014
    Stop the music. All the merriment over the California recovery may have been a bit premature. Tax revenues are way down this year in the Golden State, and this could throw the books back into the red. Not so Golden State Here is the sobering analysis released last week from the Rockefeller Institute of Government, which monitors state spending and revenues: "After four years of uninterrupted growth, states' tax collections saw a decline in the first quarter of 2014. Preliminary figures for the second quarter of 2014 indicate further declines in personal income-tax collections and possibly in overall state taxes."...
  • County settles suit with family of David "Deacon" Turner

    08/19/2014 9:56:52 AM PDT · by Mr170IQ · 14 replies
    The County has quietly settled a wrongful death suit stemming from one of Kern's most controversial officer-involved shootings. Los Angeles Attorney Gerson Horn said the county will pay $1.8 million to the family of David "Deacon" Turner, the former professional football player shot to death by sheriff's deputies in July 2011. ... In March, there was a hung jury in the wrongful death civil lawsuit.
  • California Assembly Votes To Change Washington Redskins' Name

    08/19/2014 9:40:50 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 50 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | August 19, 2014 | Joel B Pollak
    Though the Washington Redskins play for a city on the opposite coast, California lawmakers voted Monday to urge that the National Football League change its name because it is "believed by some to be a racial slur and to promote discrimination against Native Americans."
  • Another Blockade of the Port of Oakland: Protesters block ship partly owned by an Israeli company

    08/19/2014 8:57:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/19/2014 | By Ian Tuttle
    The Zim Piraeus traversed the Panama Canal two weeks ago, then turned its 964-foot deck north, toward California, where it was scheduled to offload tens of thousands of tons of cargo at the Port of Oakland this weekend — just like 1,897 other container ships last year. But the Zim Piraeus, which arrived in San Francisco Bay on Sunday afternoon, is not unloading — and might not anytime soon. The problem with the Piraeus is that Israel Corporation, Israel’s largest holding company, founded by the Jewish state’s government in 1968, owns 32 percent of the Piraeus’s operator, Zim Integrated Shipping...
  • Landlords, Tenants Unite On Amnesty Plan For Illegal Apartments

    08/18/2014 9:08:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 18, 2014 | EMILY ALPERT REYES
    Landlords, Tenants Unite On Amnesty Plan For Illegal Apartments Each year, the Los Angeles housing department discovers 600 to 700 unapproved apartments. Above, this building on South Corinth Avenue was found to have bootleg apartments in 2008. It's now under different management. (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times) By EMILY ALPERT REYES Los Angeles landlords and tenants have formed an unusual alliance seeking amnesty for illegal apartments The L.A. apartment amnesty plan would require units to meet safety standards but free them from other rules An unusual alliance of landlords and tenants wants Los Angeles to ease the way for bootlegged...
  • Uh oh: California solar plant fries thousands of birds in mid-flight

    08/18/2014 7:21:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Oh, dear. They even have a name for them: Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed....
  • Calif. protesters block Israel-owned ship at Port of Oakland

    08/18/2014 5:25:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8/18/2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    <p>Pro-Palestinian activists for the second day blocked an Israeli-owned ship from docking at the Port of Oakland in a protest against Israel’s military action in Gaza.</p> <p>Dockworkers at the Port of Oakland honored a picket line for the second day in a row Sunday as San Francisco Bay Area protesters gathered to stop a Zim Integrated Shipping Services vessel from docking and unloading, the San Jose Mercury News reported.</p>
  • Central Valley Dems run from climate change

    08/18/2014 4:50:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2014 | By Carolyn Lochhead
    Democrats running for re-election in California’s parched San Joaquin Valley are refusing to link the state’s historic drought to climate change, despite the direct connection drawn by President Obama and his chief scientist, Stanford University physicist John Holdren. Politically, most Democrats have come to see climate change as the new same-sex marriage – an issue moving irreversibly in their favor. But not in the Central Valley, where Republican climate-change denial apparently still holds sway. Amanda Renteria, a Democrat challenging freshman Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, told the Hill, “Climate change doesn’t really belong in the question, or answer.”
  • DA clears San Jose cop of shooting man who went on Thanksgiving stabbing, carjacking spree

    08/18/2014 3:11:54 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    contracostatimes ^ | 8-18-14 | Robert Salonga
    SAN JOSE -- A San Jose police officer was legally justified when he shot and killed a nine-time felon who stabbed three people and carjacked a minivan in a drug-fueled rampage last Thanksgiving, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office concluded in a report released Monday. The suspect, 42-year-old Albert Manuel Vasquez, was high on PCP and meth during the violent spree that also entailed a wrong-way freeway and city-street chase, according to autopsy details included in the report. At the time of his death Vasquez was on probation after repeatedly violating the conditions of his early supervised release under...
  • Body found, arrest made in case of Marine's missing wife

    08/18/2014 12:43:21 PM PDT · by dware · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08.18.2014 | Fox News
    The body of the pregnant missing wife of a U.S. Marine based in Southern California has been found and her alleged lover has been charged with homicide, police said. Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska and charged in the murder of 20-year-old Erin Corwin, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Monday.
  • New Solar Power Plants are Incinerating Birds

    08/18/2014 8:30:30 AM PDT · by No One Special · 62 replies
    weather.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Eric Zerkel
    Thousands of birds are flying into a new solar "mega-trap" in the middle of California's Mojave Desert, killing the avian lot at a rate of up to one bird every two minutes, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The state-of-the-art Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), which opened in February, is the world's largest solar plant to utilize "power towers," skyscraping structures that receive beams of focused solar rays to generate electricity. At Ivanpah, the sun's ray's are redirected from a sea of more than 300,000 mirrors on the desert surface below to hit water filled boilers...
  • Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland [Blockading Israel Ship]

    08/17/2014 11:54:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August17, 2014 | Rebecca Bowe
    Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland Blockade delayed as word spreads that ship is off the coast of California, closer to Santa Cruz, and won’t be docking that day Rebecca Bowe at the Port of Oakland 17 August 2014 Pro-Palestinian protesters at the port of Oakland attempt to prevent an Israeli ship from docking. Photograph: Justin Benttinen/The Guardian An Israeli ship that was scheduled to dock at the port of Oakland in California on Saturday remained at sea as between 2,000 and 3,000 pro-Palestinian activists streamed towards the port entrance, chanting and waving flags....
  • Early Jail Releases Have Surged Since California's Prison Realignment [For Peace? You Must Release!]

    08/17/2014 9:39:12 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    LATimes ^ | August17, 2014 | PAIGE ST. JOHN
    Early Jail Releases Have Surged Since California's Prison Realignment Early jail releases surge in California Inmates walk through the yard at the Kern County Sheriff's Department's Lerdo Detention Facility in Bakersfield. Because of the diversion of state prisoners, one Kern County jail reaches maximum capacity two or three times a week and must release 20 to 30 inmates to make room. Early jail releases surge in California By PAIGE ST. JOHN ng In L.A. County, male inmates often are released after 10% of their sentences, and female prisoners after 5% Across California, over 13,500 inmates a month are being released...
  • Courts in Arizona, California Recognize Transgender Marriages

    08/16/2014 6:23:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/15/2014 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    Courts in Arizona and California have delivered rulings in two separate divorce cases, legally recognizing transgender marriages, including that of the world's "first pregnant man." The Arizona Court of Appeals has allowed "Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie, who was born female, to dissolve his Hawaiian marriage with another woman, while the California Superior Court has ruled that the marriage of Jake Miller, also known as Buck Angel, with Elayne Angel is valid. A lower court had refused to dissolve the marriage of Beatie, who later got his birth certificate amended under Hawaiian law, with Nancy J. Beatie due to Arizona's ban...
  • Why Los Angeles ‘could be the next Ferguson’

    08/16/2014 5:49:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Los Angeles Daily Breeze ^ | August 16, 2014 | Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
    Could Ferguson happen here? Some would say it already did — nearly five decades ago. Days of sometimes violent demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., erupted after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot dead by a police officer Aug. 9, allegedly in self-defense. At the height of the civil rights movement, the Watts riots were triggered after a young black motorist was pulled over and arrested by a white California Highway Patrolman on Aug. 11, 1965, on suspicion of drunk driving. The struggle to arrest him sparked six days of rioting that claimed the lives of 34 people, injured more...
  • Professors Now Say SLAVERY Forced Colleague To Batter Teen, Destroy Her Anti-Abortion Poster

    08/16/2014 5:13:33 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Eric Owens
    The saga of University of California, Santa Barbara feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young has taken yet another bizarro twist after her defenders urged a judge to excuse the criminal allegations against her because of the “cultural legacy of slavery.” Miller-Young pleaded no contest last month to misdemeanor counts of battery, theft and vandalism after she rallied up a small gaggle of female vigilantes and attacked abortion protesters Thrin Short, 16, and Joan Short, 21. Miller-Young, who specializes in queer theory, black film and pornography, apparently failed to mention either “racial hatred” or “right-wing political sentiment” when she speaking to police...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Video: Hillary: When I’m ‘President Again’

    11/08/2007 8:29:18 AM PST · by rwa265 · 65 replies · 247+ views
    CNN "Situation Room" ^ | 11/7/7 | ianschwartz
    Slip of the tongue? Yesterday on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Hillary Clinton spoke about what she would do about licensing illegal immigrants when she is president again. Watch:
  • March in Oakland, Berkeley protests Missouri shooting

    08/16/2014 8:02:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 16, 2014 | by Vivian Ho
    More than 100 people marched through the streets of Oakland on Friday evening, protesting police brutality in solidarity with those in Ferguson and calling for justice in the name of Bay Area victims of violence at the hands of law enforcement. The march was billed as a "F- the Police" action by organizers, but "FTP" meant different things to different people. Patricia Williams, 17, of Oakland said "FTP" for her and many others meant "For the People." There were windows broken and property damage during the march. One person was arrested in Berkeley. Police faced off with protesters near a...
  • Hetch Hetchy water tunnel in danger of 'catastrophic collapse'

    08/15/2014 3:24:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 8-15-14 | Marisa Lagos
    Mountain Tunnel, a key part of the Hetch Hetchy water system - which supplies 2.6 million Bay Area residences and businesses - is at risk of a "catastrophic collapse" and will cost more than $100 million to repair or up to $630 million to replace, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. City officials have known for 25 years that significant work is needed on the 19-mile-long tunnel just outside Yosemite National Park in a steep, hard-to-access wilderness area. They considered making it part of the PUC's decade-old, $4.6 billion water system improvement program, which is now more than...
  • Panel wants L.A. to look at using prizes to boost voter turnout

    08/14/2014 9:51:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    LATimes ^ | August14, 2014 | DAVID ZAHNISER
    <p>LA's Ethics Commission votes to urge the City Council to look at using cash prizes to get more people to vote.</p> <p>Council President Herb Wesson says the idea of using prizes to boost voter turnout piques his interest Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls.</p>
  • Rob Reiner Likens HAMAS To The TEA Party

    08/14/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 99 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Thursday on Ora TV's "PoliticKing with Larry King," left-leaning actor and director Rob Reiner compared the designated terrorist group Hamas to the American political conservative movement, the Tea Party.
  • Undercover FBI agent was removed from Leland Yee case (Democratic's shoulder fired missiles)

    08/14/2014 6:39:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 8/15/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** As early as November 2012, an FBI wiretap request noted that the investigation team’s leader had concerns about the agent. But according to the filing, an FBI “review has not resulted in any formal findings or determinations regarding the credibility of [the agent].” In early 2013, according to the filing, the agent was no longer involved in the case, but there is no clear explanation as to why. Still, the filing said there was a “series of outrageous behavior” on the part of the agent that might explain why he was removed. That behavior included arranging $20,000 or more...
  • Time for California to Switch to Green Ammunition

    08/14/2014 8:03:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    care2.com ^ | 8/13/2014 | s.e. smith
    California’s environmental movement has been pushing for the use of eco-friendly ammunition for years, and they finally got it with a state law mandating a phase-out of lead shot. The goal is to reduce the amount of lead in the environment — if people are going to be using guns in a state where hunting is a widespread and popular activity, they should be doing so with the environment in mind (though many of course argue that seeing an overall drop in hunting in the long term in favor of more animal-friendly recreation and food sources would be a better...
  • LAUSD opens doors to young Central American immigrants

    08/14/2014 5:21:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 13, 2014 | By HOWARD BLUME
    ... Across the country over the next year, federal agencies expect to manage about 60,000 minors who entered or will arrive in the United States without an adult guardian. That figure compares with about 7,500 who came in annually before the numbers surged to 13,625 last year and about 25,000 in the current year. Many unaccompanied minors land in Southern California; here they can be cared for by relatives who are part of well-established expatriate communities from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — the impoverished and sometimes violent countries from which most have journeyed. Services for these students could be...
  • Hetchy Hetchy Water Tunnel in Danger of 'Catastrophic' Collapse ( San Francisco )

    08/13/2014 10:57:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Breitbart .. San Francisco Chronicle, ^ | 13 Aug 2014 | William Bigelow
    a debate is emerging between the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency over the potential disaster if the 89-year-old Mountain Tunnel, which supplies 2.6 million Bay Area homes and businesses with water, collapses. The PUC acknowledges that the tunnel does have a chance of "catastrophic collapse," which would require repairs costing $100 million or total replacement, costing up to $630 million. But the PUC’s 10-year-old 4.6 billion water system improvement program did not include the Mountain Tunnel in its plans. ... The risk right now is that the tunnel lining could...
  • The facts about Dartmouth student Taylor Woolrich and her stalker

    08/13/2014 1:48:40 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 12, 2014 | john R. Lott Jr.
    It is often very hard for women who have been victims of sexual type crimes to publicly discuss what has happened to them. Last week in Washington, five women came forward to discuss how gun free zones at colleges have prevented them from defending themselves. From rape and sexual assault, to stalkers, to one woman whose stalker killed her husband, to death threats,these women bravely came forward and talked of the traumas -- all but one telling their story publicly for the first time. One woman's story made national headlines. Taylor Woolrich, a junior at Dartmouth College, has been stalked...
  • Ferguson Rioting and Looting; Michael Brown - Johnathan Gentry FaceBook [Superior Viral Video!!]

    08/13/2014 9:50:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/12/14 | Johnathan Gentry
  • California Parents Object to New Health Book That Includes Oral Sex, Bondage, Drug Use

    08/13/2014 8:13:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/13/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Parents in Fremont, California, are pushing their school district to remove a health book with sections about oral sex, bondage and drug use from local high schools, saying there is no way the publishers can adapt the adult content featured in the book. The Fremont Unified School District purchased the textbook, Your Health Today, over the summer to be taught in its six high schools. After overwhelming response from parents, Superintendent Jim Morris offered to have the books amended. However concerned parents want the books pulled from shelves because of its adult subject matter. "My thinking, and the parents were...
  • S.F. ranks healthiest in Yummly's search activity analysis

    08/13/2014 6:28:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 13, 2014 | by Kathryn Roethel
    For San Franciscans who've been trying to eat healthfully, your efforts are being recognized. The city earned the top spot in a ranking of the healthiest eating locales in America. Yummly data scientists analyzed the 2013 culinary search habits of more than 100 million people. They computed "healthy eating scores" for the 25 most populous U.S. cities based on the nutrition in recipes residents searched. San Franciscans aren't big on meat of any kind. Our residents searched for recipes with meat substitutes, like tofu, more than any other city. San Francisco was second to last in searches for poultry or...
  • Police Fatally Shoot Man in South L.A.; Family Members Say He Was Lying Down When Shot

    08/13/2014 12:31:01 AM PDT · by blueplum · 42 replies
    KTLA 5 News ^ | August 12, 2014 11:39pm PDT | JOHN A. MORENO, MELISSA PAMER AND NERISSA KNIGHT,
    Family members said Tuesday that a 25-year-old man was complying with police orders when he was fatally shot by LAPD officers in the Florence neighborhood South Los Angeles. Officers responded to a report of a possible officer-involved shooting at the intersection of West 65th Street and South Broadway (map) at 8:12 p.m. Monday, Lt. Ellis Imaizumi of the Los Angeles Police Department said Monday evening. Patrol officers had “conducted an investigative stop” in the 200 block of 65th Street, and “during the stop a struggle ensued” and police opened fire, an LAPD news release issued midmorning Tuesday stated. :snip: A...
  • California may waive environmental rules for Tesla battery factory

    08/12/2014 10:44:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Marc Lifsher
    The plan being negotiated in the office of Gov. Jerry Brown could grant the automaker waivers for significant portions of the nearly half-century-old California Environmental Quality Act, Gaines said. The proposal is alarming some environmentalists. The governor's pitch also includes a number of tax breaks for Tesla that could be worth as much as $500 million, or about 10% of the project's total cost, said Gaines, a Republican representing the Sacramento suburb of Rocklin. He and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), are the coauthors of a proposed Tesla incentive bill that would put the package of incentives into...
  • California Supreme Court Blocks Citizens United Measure From Ballot

    08/12/2014 10:41:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    LATimes ^ | August12, 2014 | MELANIE MASON
    California Supreme Court Blocks Citizens United Measure From Ballot Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), author of a non-binding ballot measure on Citizens United, said he was disappointed by the state Supreme Court's decision to hold it from the ballot. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) By MELANIE MASON State Supreme Court asks for more time to decide validity of non-binding measure on Citizens United The court's order effectively prevents Prop. 49 from appearing on Nov. ballot, both sides say The California Supreme Court on Monday halted state action on a non-binding ballot measure seeking voter opinion about a landmark U.S. Supreme...
  • Gerald Desmond Bridge Makeover Over-budget & Behind Schedule

    08/12/2014 10:34:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Fox11 ^ | Aug 12, 2014 8:48 PM PDT | Hal Eisner
    <p>The new bridge will be taller --over 20 stories from the water surface... in order to accommodate the new mega cargo ships.</p> <p>John Pope is a spokesman for the port. He says "the budget has increased from the original estimates." Originally the new cable-stay bridge - approximately 8800 feet across with 515 foot tall towers - was supposed to cost 950-million dollars. That changed dramatically when all of a sudden, from out of the ground, they struck oil ... sort of.</p>
  • Robin Williams dead of suspected suicide: Are comedians more plagued by depression than other stars?

    08/12/2014 7:32:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 96 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Hollie McKay
    LOS ANGELES – They earn their living by making the masses laugh, but experts say comedians are all too often masking intense sadness behind those smiles.
  • Robin Williams dead at 63 in suspected suicide

    08/11/2014 5:22:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 11, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    <p>Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his northern California home in a suspected suicide Monday. He was 63.</p> <p>The Marin County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said the investigation into Williams' death is ongoing, but the coroner "suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia."</p>
  • Actor Robin Williams Dead at 63: Marin County Sheriff’s Office

    08/11/2014 4:12:14 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 193 replies
    KTLA ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | MELISSA PAMER
    Actor Robin Williams has died, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday. He was 63. The Sheriff’s Office was called to a home in unincorporated Tiburon just after noon Monday, the office stated in a news release.
  • Tunnel could boost high-speed rail cost ( California )

    08/11/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | August 9, 2014 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The cost of the high-speed rail project might be going above the current estimate of $68 billion. The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced a strategic shift to consider an alternative for its 40-mile Palmdale-to-Burbank link. Instead of the current plan of running it parallel to the Palmdale Freeway, the new line would run through a tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains. According to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who has advanced the idea, the tunnel would be about 15 miles long. ... it’s possible to calculate a rough — very rough – estimate. Let’s start with something we...
  • Gov. Brown Denies Parole to Manson Follower Bruce Davis

    08/10/2014 8:20:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Aug 9, 2014
    Gov. Jerry Brown reversed a parole board and denied on Friday the release of a former Charles Manson follower who served more than 43 years in prison. It was the third time a California governor denied the release of Bruce Davis, 71, a member of the murderous Manson Family who was convicted in the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty'' Shea. In March, the parole board once again found that he was suitable for parole based on his age, conduct in prison, he became a born-again Christian in prison, earned a doctoral degree in philosophy of...
  • San Diego Iraqi Christians alert public of Christian holocaust in Middle East

    08/10/2014 3:24:27 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    Renew America ^ | 8-10-14 | James Lambert
    San Diego is home to the second largest Iraqi Christian community in America. Late last July over 1,000 people from this community gathered near the El Cajon Civic Center to express their alarm regarding the recent persecution of Iraqi Christians in Iraq. In portion of Iraq that has historically had a comparatively large Christian presence, the ISIS invasion of Iraq has radically changed these demographics. ISIS is an Islamic, jihadist terrorist group. Their ultimate goal is to establish a caliphate (Islamic state) in the Middle East. They follow a hard line extremist philosophy that is totally intolerant of any western...
  • Lower Benefits, Higher Jobs -- Paul Ryan Has It Right

    08/10/2014 8:22:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    Co-written by Robert Sinche Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor of California, just recounted in The Wall Street Journal his week on the streets of Fresno posing as a homeless man looking for work. At the end of his op-ed, Kashkari lamented that he didn't need a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave or a health care plan. What he needed was a job. And Kashkari made the important point that all those government benefits, especially extended unemployment benefits, are work disincentives that may actually block job creation. To be sure, there are signs that employment in the country...
  • Jerry Brown Passes Buck on Troubled New Bay Bridge

    08/10/2014 7:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Who is responsible for the Bay Bridge?" I asked California Gov. Jerry Brown at a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting in May. Before Brown's 2010 election victory, which made him the boss of all Caltrans, Brown was the mayor of Oakland whose political posturing helped delay the retrofit of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, made necessary after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake knocked down a chunk of the span. It took 24 years and $5 billion more than the original budget for the state to complete the $6.4 billion span. Before the new span even opened, the...
  • Press Mostly Ignoring Feinstein's Warning That ISIS Wants 'To Attack Us in Our Backyard'

    08/09/2014 4:31:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 9, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    Yesterday, Roll Call and The Hill both relayed Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's call, in Roll Call's words, "for a broader military campaign against ISIL, not just the targeted missions authorized by the president." She believes it is needed because "It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries ... and possibly returning them to European and American cities to attack us in our backyard." Searches at their web sites indicate that the Associated Press and New York Times have not reported Feinstein's stark warning, which directly contradicts the President's January ridicule of ISIL/ISIS as the equivalent of...