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  • (Gov) Brown state worker pay proposal would cut $230 million in wages from local econony (sic)

    06/19/2012 5:06:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 17, 2012 | Phillip Reese
    Despite a push to diversify its economy, the Sacramento region still depends heavily on government wages. The state employs roughly 75,000 workers in Sacramento County, excluding those working for its two college systems and the legislature. Collectively, they earned about $4.4 billion last year, far more than state workers in any other county, according to the State Controller's Office. State workers based in Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties earned another $200 million. As part of his proposal to close a $16 billion deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to cut state worker pay by 5 percent (and introduce a four-day...
  • No End to Gun Owner's Weapons Cache Fight(CA)

    06/13/2012 5:02:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 12 June, 2012 | TIM HULL
    (CN) - A court must reconsider how much the government owes a woman who had to forfeit a $2.5 million collection of firearms, some of which had purportedly been stockpiled by a convicted felon planning to attack Fidel Castro, the 9th Circuit ruled. Many of the other 1,679 guns seized from the California home of Robert and Maria Ferro are so rare that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) wants them for its museum, according the federal appeals court's ruling. Robert Ferro gave up his gun-owning rights in 1994 when spent time in prison for possessing explosives. Prior...
  • Politics Blog: Obama explains why he hasn’t been to Fresno — and what about water issues? (VIDEO)

    06/12/2012 7:19:59 PM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Jun 12, 2012 at 7:15 am | Posted By: Joe Garofoli
    <p>For a while, we’ve been wondering why President Obama doesn’t do any public events while he flies through the Bay Area to swoop up campaign cash. If you think that’s tough, he has NEVER visited Fresno during his campaign nor his presidency. And Monday night, in an interview with ABC 30 in Fresno, Obama was asked, essentially, “What’s up with that?”</p>
  • Immigrant activists plan more campaign protests

    06/11/2012 7:37:23 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jun. 11, 2012 | E.J. TAMARA/Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES -- Illegal immigrant student activists are planning protests at more Obama campaign offices to pressure him to stop deportations, as students in Denver ended a six-day hunger strike that closed the president's campaign office there.
  • 4 killed in Sacramento home attack(CA)

    06/11/2012 6:09:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 10 June, 2012 | AP
    (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Authorities sought a motive Sunday after an assailant entered a Sacramento home and shot four people to death, police said. The suspect also was wounded and in critical condition.
  • Gang Member Arrested In Stockton Pharmacy Robbery(CA)

    06/10/2012 4:11:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    CBS13 ^ | 9 June, 2012 | NA
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – On Thursday, an armed suspect walked into Stockton Pharmacy demanding money. Jermaine Smith, 31, allegedly walked into the pharmacy, in the 3300 block of E. Main Street, and told everyone to drop to the ground while attempting to rob the store by demanded money from an employee. The employee grabbed a gun and shot at Smith; at which point, he fled the area in a vehicle. Stockton police responded to a call regarding a shot African-American male matching Smith’s description in North Stockton. He was arrested and treated overnight at an area hospital. Smith, a Stockton resident,...
  • No-fly list keeps SDSU grad grounded in Costa Rica

    06/07/2012 1:44:23 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | June 6, 2012 | Susan Shroder and Aaron Burgin
    SAN DIEGO — A San Diego State University graduate trying to return home after a family celebration of his commencement from a master’s program in Costa Rica was told he is on a U.S. government no-fly list and could not board a plane, a local Islamic community official said Wednesday night. Kevin Iraniha, 27, a Muslim who was born and raised in San Diego, was “shocked” and said he has never been involved in criminal or suspicious activity, said Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Iraniha had just obtained his master’s...
  • Dad Shoots Burglar Entering Child's Room(CA)

    06/07/2012 4:20:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    FOX40 News ^ | 4 June, 2012 | Eric Rucker
    Stockton man, fearing for his family’s life, shot a burglar in the face early Sunday morning. Alex Hernandez, heard a tap at his window and got into position. He grabbed a gun and waited just outside of his 2-year-old daughter’s bedroom, when the intruder tried to climb through the window Hernandez says he fired once hitting the man in the face. Stockton Police arrested 23-year-old Yobenrico Well a short time after he was shot. Well admitted to trying to break in, and for successfully breaking in a few hours earlier, this is where the story gets very odd. When Hernandez...
  • Greedy Unions Raid Pensions, Then Blame Wall Street

    03/07/2012 5:37:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 7, 2012
    Politics: Reports from a variety of media reveal California state employees are spiking their pensions to stratospheric levels, leaving nothing for their brother employees. Sorry, can't blame Wall Street for this one. In a laudable instance of the mainstream media doing its job, the Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, Bloomberg News and City Journal have all exposed "pension spiking" by California public employees. Basically, they manipulate rigid unionized pay and promotion systems to raise their pensions well above what they earned during their working years. The Los Angeles Times on Saturday pieced together tough-to-get data from Kern and Ventura...
  • Man Shoots Himself In Thigh With Homemade Shotgun(CA)

    06/05/2012 7:19:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 5 June, 2012 | NA
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – A 20-year-old Stockton man had to undergo emergency surgery Monday after he accidentally shot himself in the leg. The man was found in the parking lot of a store in the 2400 block of E. Main Street in Stockton with a wound to his upper-thigh. The weapon was a crudely made 12-gauge “zip gun”. Police say the incident happened while the man was allegedly trying to hide the gun in his pants.
  • Alameda County Runs Away From Nordyke Case by Conceding (CA)

    06/05/2012 5:56:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 June, 2012 | CalGuns Foundation
    San Carlos, CA --( In an astonishing eleventh-hour about-face, the County of Alameda’s “sweeping concessions” in open court to allow gun shows at the Alameda County Fairgrounds was accepted by the Ninth Circuit in its opinion for Nordyke v. King, released on Friday. As was noted in a concurring opinion by Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, the County’s representation at oral arguments that Plaintiffs could, in fact, now hold gun shows at the Fairgrounds, “change the game.” “While it’s certainly fantastic that the Nordykes are once again able to have gun shows on Alameda County property, it’s clear to us that...
  • Guns for Goons Courtesy Deputies Ryan McGowan and Thomas Lu(CA)

    06/05/2012 5:03:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4 June, 2012 | Robert Farago
    TTAG commentator Derrick writes: “When police responded to a report of shots fired near San Francisco in February 2011, they wound up in a standoff with 29-year-old Joseph Camilleri and his girlfriend,” reports. “The two were barricaded inside a home with as many as 20 guns, including 12 illegal assault weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.” And where did these guns come from? “On Friday, federal and state prosecutors alleged that two of the machine-pistol type weapons were sold to Camilleri by a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy abusing an exemption in state law that lets peace officers buy...
  • Man who forced way into home dies following fight with resident (CA)

    06/04/2012 2:07:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 3 June, 2012 | NA
    CLEARLAKE, Calif. – A man who allegedly forced his way into a Clearlake home early Sunday morning died following a struggle with the home’s resident. Randy Robinson, 30, died from injuries he received in a fight with 32-year-old Danne Petras, according to the Clearlake Police Department. Clearlake Police staffers have remained on scene – located in the 14000 block of Lakeshore Drive – conducting the investigation since the early morning, Police Chief Craig Clausen told Lake County News. According to a report from Sgt. Tim Hobbs, at 5:30 a.m. Petras was asleep inside his residence when he heard someone attempting...
  • Sacramento scales back solar project at Sutter's Landing Park

    06/04/2012 5:04:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 4, 2012 | Ryan Lillis
    When Sacramento officials proposed putting solar panels on an old city landfill two years ago, they did so with the intention of providing clean energy to thousands of homes. However, in a twist that surprised many at City Hall, the people who might be expected to celebrate such a green venture ended up being the plan's loudest critics. Environmentalists and wildlife advocates argued that the field in Sutter's Landing Park – sitting atop a mound of buried trash that boasts majestic views of the downtown skyline – is a key feeding ground for the threatened Swainson's hawk. The hawks, a...
  • Poll: Voters turn against California bullet train

    06/04/2012 1:27:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Galveston Daily News ^ | June 3, 2012 | Staff and wire report, AP
    LOS ANGELES — A new poll finds California voters are experiencing buyers' remorse over a proposed $68 billion bullet train project, as the number of lawsuits against the rail system grows. ....In Southern California, 67 percent of voters said they would reject issuing high-speed rail bonds if they could vote again. If the bullet train system is built, 69 percent said they would never or hardly ever ride it. No respondents — zero percent — said they would use it more than once a week. Just 33 percent of respondents said they would prefer a bullet train over an airplane...
  • Oakland’s first-ever gun buyback fizzles(CA)

    06/03/2012 6:02:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | 3 June, 2012 | Megan Taros
    Oakland is often criticized for its gun violence, then not recognized when it tries to do something about it. On Saturday, the Oakland Police Department set up the city’s first ever gun buyback in a Caltrans lot in Fruitvale. The net recovery? 12 guns. OPD Lt. Blair Alexander, in charge of the buyback operation, told the Trib he was disappointed in the lack of support it received: “The more people who come out, the more they send a message of a united front against violence.” Community leaders including 100 Mothers, which focuses on gun violence, had organized the effort. Oakland...
  • ATI Debuts STG-44 Rifle to Consumers at Raahauges

    06/03/2012 8:09:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 88 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 May, 2012 | ATI
    ROCHESTER, NY –-( American Tactical Imports, a worldwide importer of firearms, is proud to introduce the GSG STG-44 to consumers at the Raahauges Shooting Sports Fair June 1-3 2012. The German Sport Guns .22LR STG-44 is the newest addition to the exciting line of GSG firearms. The demo was introduced at SHOT Show 2012, but now consumers will be able to see, handle and shoot the GSG STG-44 from ATI for the first time. The STG 44 (Sturmgewehr 44, literally “Storm Rifle”) was designed in 1944 in Nazi Germany and is considered by many historians to be the first modern...
  • Oakland Police Offer $100 Gift Cards For Guns(CA)

    06/03/2012 5:35:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 2 June, 2012 | CBS/AP
    OAKLAND ( CBS / AP) — Oakland officials were trying to reduce the number of guns in the city by offering a gift card to any Oakland resident who turns in a gun. As part of a gun buyback program, the city was handing out $100 gift cards to residents who handed over a working gun at the Oakland Police Department Saturday.
  • Vindicating the Second Amendment: A Pioneering Gun Rights Case Comes to a Close(CA)

    06/02/2012 3:32:10 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 2 June, 2012 | Damon W. Root
    The final chapter of a trailblazing Second Amendment lawsuit appears to have been written. Yesterday a full panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued its decision in Nordyke v. King, upholding an Alameda County, California gun control ordinance regulating gun shows at the county fairgrounds. The case first originated more than a decade ago when gun show promoters Russell and Sallie Nordyke filed a Second Amendment challenge against the county’s 1999 ban on the possession of firearms on county-owned property, a law enacted primarily to prevent any guns from being sold at the fairgrounds....
  • Store Owner Arrested After Shooting Shoplifter

    06/02/2012 4:56:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 30 May, 2012 | Lonnie Wong and Sam Cohen
    A Lodi liquor store owner is under arrest, and the alleged shoplifter he shot was treated at the hospital and released. Officers arrested the store owner, Gurminder “Gary” Parmar, and booked him into jail for assault with a deadly weapon. "You have to be in fear for your life, and at this point we didn't see any indication that he was in fear for his life," said Officer Jim Pendergast, Lodi Police spokesperson. Cops were called to Tokay Liquors in Lodi just before 10 p.m. Tuesday by a customer who said a robbery suspect was running away. While investigating, they...