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  • Rising seas and pounding storms taking toll on Highway 37

    02/03/2017 9:40:00 AM PST · by rey · 46 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 3 Feb 2017
    Surveying flooding along Highway 37 in January, ecologist Fraser Shilling began doubting his projections for when climate change will cause severe, perhaps catastrophic impacts on the major North Bay thoroughfare. In an influential 2016 report used as a guide for the highway’s future, Shilling, co-director of the Road Ecology Center at UC Davis, had established a timetable of several decades for those impacts to be fully realized. But that was before January storms forced the full or partial closure of the highway for roughly 12 days, causing havoc for thousands of daily commuters. “We’re starting to overwhelm the system in...
  • 20 Feet of Snow Expected at Mammoth Mountain in Next 10 Days

    01/04/2017 10:03:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/04/2017
    Since Tuesday, 26 to 48 inches of fresh snow had fallen, with the deepest totals at the summit. Plows were working furiously to keep lots and streets clear. Normal resort operations could be affected as personnel struggle to deal with the snow.
  • vanity

    05/16/2016 6:40:05 PM PDT · by make no mistake · 19 replies
    I just recently received my ballot to vote and I have no idea on who to vote for on the replacement of Senator Boxer. There are several Republican Senators running. I would love to hear Freepers suggestion. Thank You.
  • Protesters Waving Mexican Flags Erupt Violently Outside Trump Rally in Calif.

    04/29/2016 6:43:15 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 52 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/29/16
    Raucous crowds of protesters took to the streets late Thursday in California as Donald Trump brought his Republican presidential campaign to conservative Orange County after sweeping the Northeast GOP primaries. Dozens of protesters were mostly peaceful as Trump gave his speech inside the Pacific Amphitheater. After the event, however, the demonstration grew rowdy and spilled into the streets. At least four people were arrested and one Trump supporter had his face bloodied in a scuffle as he tried to drive out of the arena. One man jumped on a police car, leaving its front and rear windows smashed and the...
  • First Photo of Female San Bernardino Shooter Tashfeen Malik

    12/04/2015 3:44:18 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 235 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/4/2015
    <p>Since news today that San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik is said to have posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS around the time she and her husband killed 14 people Wednesday, the world’s attention has shifted to the mysterious mother-turned-murderer.</p>
  • Multiple Victims Reported in San Bernardino Shooting (Another Mass Shooting)

    12/02/2015 11:30:06 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 2,864 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 12/2/2015 | Willian Avila
    Authorities are responding to a report of 20 victims in a shooting in San Bernardino on Wednesday. The incident was reported in the 1300 block of S. Waterman Avenue (map), according to the San Bernardino Fire Department. Story developing...
  • Climate change: California Senate approves legislation to combat global warming

    06/04/2015 6:06:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 25 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 06/03/15 | Jessica Calefati
    The state Senate on Wednesday approved a far-reaching array of bills designed to cement the Golden State’s reputation as an international leader in the fight against climate change. If enacted, the legislation will trigger a fundamental shift in the kinds of cars and trucks Californians drive and the way they power their homes. New targets would force industries to create more renewable energy, make more vehicles that don’t burn gasoline and further slash greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Bill to extend Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants advances, is narrowed

    05/28/2015 4:25:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Melody Gutierrez
    SACRAMENTO - A lawmaker's proposal to offer Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants living in the country without documentation made it through a key legislative committee Thursday, although the bill was significantly scaled back to benefit primarily those aged 19 and under. SB4 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (LA County) was narrowed to reduce the cost by allowing older immigrants to enroll in the medical system for low-income people each year only as state funds are available to cover them. The bill would also authorize the state to seek a federal waiver so it could extend health insurance under its...
  • Is desegregation dead?

    05/19/2015 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2015 | Heather Knight, Chronicle Special Report
    San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school — and that is leading to less diversity [snip] A federal judge ordered desegregation, and in 1971 San Francisco put children on buses that crisscrossed the city so they could be in multiracial schools. The plan almost immediately ended racial isolation — but it also helped drive families out of the district and into the suburbs or into private schools. Many Chinese families resisted integration, boycotting district public schools and creating their own private “freedom schools” for their children instead. From the 1960s to 1983, the school...
  • 4.2 million have lost driver’s licenses because of unpaid fees

    04/09/2015 1:46:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 8, 2015 | Bob Egelko
    Unpaid traffic fines and mushrooming fees have left 4.2 million Californians with suspended driver’s licenses — more than one-sixth of the licenses issued statewide — with poor people the hardest-hit, according to a newly published study that criticizes policies that take drivers off the road because of debts they can’t pay.
  • Signups by undocumented immigrant drivers may explain 30% boost in organ donations

    03/12/2015 8:37:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | March 12, 2015 | BY BARBARA ANDERSON
    The California law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses may have an unexpected benefit for thousands of people waiting for organ transplants statewide. The California Transplant Donor Network says undocumented immigrants may have caused a 30% spike in the state’s organ and tissue donor registrations so far this year. The immigrant drivers, many of whom are from Mexico, also could boost numbers of Hispanics on the donor registry who are more likely to match with Hispanics waiting for transplants, the network says.
  • Earthquake Santa Rosa CA

    01/01/2015 1:18:36 PM PST · by rey · 23 replies
    Just felt a good one at 1:17 Anyone else? ANy info?
  • Fashion hub raids target cartel money laundering

    09/11/2014 5:25:25 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Merced Sun -Star ^ | September 10, 2014 | AMY TAXIN/Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities arrested nine people and seized about $90 million Wednesday in raids in the fashion district of Los Angeles, marking an unprecedented crackdown on Mexican cartels' increasing reliance on international trade to launder money from drug sales in the United States. About 1,000 law enforcement officers fanned out across the city's downtown to search dozens of businesses suspected of taking bulk cash funneled by drug cartels for clothing exported to Mexico. The raids came after three separate federal indictments in the biggest investigation to date into trade-based drug money laundering, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for...
  • Immigrants illegally in California comprise nearly 10% of workforce

    09/03/2014 8:25:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 3 September 2014 | KATE LINTHICUM
    Immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product, according to a report by researchers at USC released Wednesday. The study, which was conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, was based on Census data and other statistics, including data from the departments of Labor and Homeland Security. It looked at a variety of ways the estimated 2.6-million immigrants living in California without permission participate in state life.Among the study's findings: • Immigrants who are in California illegally make up 38% of the...
  • City pledges to provide health care for unaccompanied immigrant children

    09/02/2014 5:41:45 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | September 2, 2014 | CHRIS ROBERTS
    San Francisco is providing health care as well as education for the unaccompanied immigrant children seeking refuge in the United States. Since last year, more than 47,000 minors have crossed the border into the country unescorted by adults. As many as 500 youth refugees from conflicts in Central America are expected to arrive in San Francisco by the end of the year, the Department of Public Health estimates. And The City is solidly committed to providing them health care via San Francisco's public options, according to a resolution The City's Health Commission is expected to pass today. Under the Healthcare...
  • California School District Seeks Consultant To Deal With Migrant Children

    08/13/2014 2:07:40 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Aug 2014, | CAROLINE MAY
    A California school district is seeking a “support services consultant” to help unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors navigate the state's educational and support services. According to a USA Today report, the Oakland Unified School District began advertising for such a consultant this month to assist the unaccompanied minors with counseling, legal, health, and educational services. "In the same way there are school specialists who deal with foster youth or refugees, we need a specialist who tracks these kids," Catalina Reyes, principal at Oakland International High School, told USA Today. Since October, more than 62,900 unaccompanied minors have been detained illegally entering...
  • ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

    07/31/2014 1:16:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The bad news in California: If you liked your plan and/or your doctor, many of you couldn’t keep either if you had an individual-market plan. The worse news in California: If you liked your premiums, you definitely couldn’t keep those. In the first year of ObamaCare, premiums rose in the Golden State anywhere from 22% to 88% from the previous year — even as insurer networks narrowed so much that consumers had a tough time finding a provider at all: The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they...
  • Paving the new trail of tears with false compassion

    07/19/2014 6:57:41 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 07/19/14 | Doug McIntyre
    Let me be the second to say it: “Welcome to Los Angeles. We’ll leave the light on for you.” The first to say it was L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti when he announced last week that Los Angeles will gladly welcome the thousands upon thousands of children who have streamed illegally across our poorly secured borders over the past few months. The light is always on for illegal immigrants in L.A., a green light welcoming even more desperately poor people into a city that never fails to double down on false compassion. “Before you get partisan, before you tell me where...
  • L.A. Mayor Garcetti Welcomes Illegal Aliens, Upsets Homeless Activists

    07/16/2014 8:46:37 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jul 2014 | ROBERT WILDE
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is welcoming illegal immigrants who have crossed America’s southern border to Los Angeles, saying the city is an appropriate place to reunify children with their families. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported Garcetti aims to house immigrant children who were detained crossing the border and has begun talks with the Department of Health and Human Services about the plan. The mayor reasoned that L.A. was a good place for sheltering the illegal aliens because their parents are probably in the Los Angeles area. Notably, in a forum hosted downtown by Politico Magazine, he said,...
  • Feinstein Compares Immigrant Children To Jews Fleeing Nazi Germany

    07/11/2014 5:16:17 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    CBS DC ^ | July 10, 2014 | CBS DC
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reportedly made a comparison between “boatloads of Jewish immigrants” turned away from the U.S. as they attempted escape from Nazi Germany during World War II and the current influx of illegal immigrants coming across the border today. As President Barack Obama met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican and Democratic officials to discuss the ongoing border crisis, Feinstein joined several Democrats in criticizing moves to deport thousands of Central American unaccompanied illegal children back to their respective countries, reports. “I think we’d better think twice,” Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.,...
  • Immigrants weigh in on California driver license rules

    06/25/2014 4:03:32 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Bakersfield Now ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | AMY TAXIN,Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As California prepares to issue driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, residents sounded off Tuesday on what documents should be accepted as proof of identity and residency in the state. At a packed hearing in Los Angeles, scores of immigrants urged the Department of Motor Vehicles to expand the list of acceptable documents to include church and children's school records, which may be easier for some people to obtain. "As a homemaker, we don't get a membership card or a pay stub," said Martha Escandon, 42, whose Mexican immigrant family obtained legal papers in...
  • Momentum Builds To Repeal Calif. Ban On Public Benefits For Illegal Immigrants

    06/06/2014 11:24:29 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 43 replies
    CBS Local ^ | June 5, 2014 | CBS Local
    LOS ANGELES ( — A 20-year-old California law that prohibits undocumented immigrants from accessing public healthcare, welfare and other benefits may soon be coming off the books. On Wednesday, State Senator Kevin de Leon joined other state lawmakers to introduce Senate Bill 396 (PDF), which calls for the repeal of Proposition 187 passed in 1994. Approved by 59 percent of California voters, Prop 187 – which marked the first time that any U.S. state passed legislation related to immigration – was aimed at saving state and local governments roughly $200 million due to reduced costs for public social services, health...
  • Calif. Taxpayers Funded Professors’ Meeting with Terrorists

    05/30/2014 10:34:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/30/14 | Adam Kredo
    San Francisco State University (SFSU) spent more than $7,000 to send two of its professors to the Middle East for a series of meetings with two convicted terrorists, according to funding documents obtained from a California Public Records Act. SFSU professors Rabab Abdulhadi and Joanne Barker were awarded the money by the university for a trip to Jordan and the West Bank where they met with two notorious terrorists tied to Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), both of which are designated as terrorist groups by the U.S. State Department. Abdulhadi, an ethnic studies professors,...
  • Viewpoints: Health care coverage for undocumented immigrants

    05/18/2014 11:37:34 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May. 17, 2014 - | Enrico Marcelli, Manuel Pastor and Steven P. Wallace
    Despite last fall being marred by a faltering federal website, the Affordable Care Act closed its first official enrollment period with unexpectedly high numbers. As usual, California led the way: the state achieved more than 1.4 million sign-ups on its insurance exchange, nearly 1 in 6 of the nation’s total. An additional 1.9 million are newly enrolled in Medi-Cal. California is now set to lead in another way: by closing the gap in coverage left when Congress decided to exclude undocumented immigrants from participating in either the insurance exchanges or the expansion of Medicaid benefits. The exclusion was largely a...
  • Mexican Says He Violated U.S. Immigration Laws Only To Be With His Three American Kids

    05/15/2014 8:15:48 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | May 14 2014 | R. Scott Moxley
    At the age of eight in 1987, Puebla, Mexico resident Lamberto Pedraza Sanchez saw his father abandon him to live in the United States. Two years later, Sanchez's mother joined her husband and left the boy with an aunt, who ordered him to quit school in the sixth grade, refused to allow him to play soccer and forced him to work on a farm. Without government permission, his parents brought him into the U.S. when he turned 14 years old and he still would be working Orange County menial jobs undetected by immigration officers if not for a family dispute....
  • Advocates: Reform can help immigrants fulfill their potential

    04/20/2014 9:04:52 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    recordnet ^ | April 20, 2014 | Dana M. Nichols
    STOCKTON - Immigrants feed California, and divide it. Immigrants and the children of immigrants are among California's most beloved heroes (think astronaut Jose Hernandez, who completed some of his early higher education at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton) and yet are often treated under federal laws as reviled outcasts. Immigration, particularly accelerating waves of immigration from Mexico in recent decades, has shaped California in profound ways, providing the human labor to boost economic growth, defining the way we see our ethnic identities and coloring our political debates. And now, just as Latinos have become the state's largest ethnic group,...
  • States work around Obamacare to help undocumented immigrants

    04/10/2014 9:25:30 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    12newsnow ^ | Apr 09, 2014 | Cindy Y. Rodriguez and Jaqueline Hurtado
    aira Murillo is just one of 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country who was specifically excluded from signing up for the Affordable Care Act, but it wasn't until recently that she found a way around the system. "I didn't realize that as a DACA recipient, I would also be eligible to receive health insurance. It was thanks to a professor who told me and other undocumented students about our eligibility for Medi-Cal," Murillo told CNN en Español. Deferred status, or DACA, refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program enacted in 2012. It grants some undocumented youths temporary...
  • Immigrants need mercy, justice, religious leaders at L.A. vigil say

    04/04/2014 8:38:32 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 4, 2014 | Kurt Streeter
    Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's immigration laws. Undocumented immigrants "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the vigil, held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. archdiocese, described current laws as "totally broken” and said they were unfairly punishing families and children. "These are...
  • Demonstration Wednesday works to prevent impounding vehicles of illegal immigrants

    04/02/2014 8:26:52 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    .bakersfieldcalifornian ^ | Apr 02 2014 | RUTH BROWN
    When Delia "Dee" Dominguez's close friend had a vehicle impounded and was left stranded on the side of Kern Canyon Road she decided to take action. Police had taken the car because her friend, an undocumented immigrant, did not have a driver's license.It was that ordeal that inspired Dominguez to participate in a demonstration held Wednesday outside the offices of the Bakersfield Police Department. The demonstration was part of a statewide effort to create a moratorium on impounding the vehicles of unlicensed, illegal immigrants -- many of whom will be able to apply for licenses when a new law takes...
  • Earthquake: 4.1 quake strikes near Rowland Heights; felt over wide area

    03/29/2014 6:29:02 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 43 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ken Schwencke, Paloma Esquivel and Louis Sahagun March 29, 2014, 2:45 p.m.
    A shallow magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon one mile from Rowland Heights, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:32 p.m. at a depth of 5.6 miles. (It was originally reported as a 4.4 magnitude.) Updated at 2:40 p.m. The quake was centered not far from the epicenter of Friday's 5.1 temblor in La Habra. There have been more than a hundred aftershocks since then, but this one was the largest.
  • California Driver’s License Program Hits an Unexpected Hurdle

    03/04/2014 8:07:11 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2014 | IAN LOVETT
    But one person after another stepped to the microphone and expressed fear that the licenses, far from helping them, could instead be used to deport them. Last year, when California became the most populous state to pass a law permitting undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, advocates for immigrant rights were thrilled, saying it would allow people to commute without fear while also decreasing rates of hit-and-run accidents and uninsured drivers on the roads. Now those advocates are confronting another formidable obstacle: the deep and longstanding mistrust of the American government among this population. It turns out that persuading immigrants...
  • Weird… California City of 150,000 Rolls Out Armored Death Machine Complete with Machine Gun Turret

    02/27/2014 10:35:47 AM PST · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2-27-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Welcome to Salinas, California. It’s a community of only 150,000 people and the owner of the military assault death machine. That’s right, a city of less than a quarter million owns a rolling death machine complete with a machine gun turret on top. What the h-ll would they need that for? Here’s another shot of the armored monster. The Salinas Police Department made its new armored rescue vehicle available for public viewing on Tuesday in front of City Hall. Police said the ARV, acquired and customized at very low cost to the city, will provide protection and rescue capabilities to...
  • ONE THIRD of Californian town’s police force suspended after officers

    02/26/2014 11:54:21 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 29 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 26 February 2014 | DailyMail
    One third of a central Californian town's police force were taken off duty after several officers were arrested, U.S. authorities have revealed. Four detectives from King City in California were taken into custody yesterday and questioned regarding a scheme which involved the impounded cars of underprivileged Hispanics. The officers involved include the recently retired police chief and the acting chief. Two other officers were questioned on unrelated charges and have been placed on paid administrative leave, KSBW TV reported.There has been a significant breakdown in the internal leadership of the King City Police Department,' Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo...
  • 125,000 Immigrants Eligible for Medi-Cal Benefits Under Obamacare

    02/25/2014 11:12:01 AM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2-25-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Joe Wilson was right. The South Carolina Congressman screamed, “You lie!” when Barack Obama told Americans the Affordable Care Act would not cover abortions or illegal immigrants. [video] Now we know – Obamacare covers illegal immigrants. 125,000 illegal immigrants will be eligible for free healthcare under Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid expansion. The LA Times reported: A new report shows that as many as 125,000 young California immigrants may qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The Affordable Care Act bars insurance subsidies and enrollment in the Medicaid expansion for undocumented immigrants, but a wrinkle in California rules...
  • Report: 125,000 immigrants given deferred action eligible for Medi-Cal

    02/25/2014 9:42:26 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 25, 2014 | Soumya Karlamangla
    A new report shows that as many as 125,000 young California immigrants may qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. The Affordable Care Act bars insurance subsidies and enrollment in the Medicaid expansion for undocumented immigrants, but a wrinkle in California rules does offer coverage for those with "deferred action status." The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created by President Obama in 2012 to grant immigrants who came to the country illegally as children -- sometimes called Dreamers -- legal status and work authorization for two-year periods. Laurel Lucia, a policy analyst at the UC...
  • Land of Inequality: Government of elites, by elites, for elites.

    02/24/2014 6:49:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Troy Senik
    From the end of World War II until the 1990s, California possessed a magnetism unique among the 50 states. It was — according to a mythology that was probably overwrought even in those halcyon days — an American Eden, a place where ambition and unfettered imagination combined to make even the most exotic dreams seem feasible. One of the reasons that image was so enduring was that the state consistently delivered on the outsized expectations. It came to be the center of American entertainment, with “Hollywood” becoming a metonym for the entire industry. It fostered the digital revolution that would...
  • Other States May Follow California's Lead in Considering Coverage for Immigrants

    02/20/2014 9:15:48 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies ^ | February 20, 2014 | George Lauer,
    A bill introduced last week in the California Senate aimed at allowing undocumented immigrants to get health care through the state may be the first legislation of its kind in the country, but it probably won't be the last. Stalled immigration talks in Washington, D.C., suggest that states will have to continue forging their own path. SB 1005 proposed by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) would establish a program to provide health coverage for more than two million Californians expected to be left without insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Many -- but not all -- are undocumented immigrants who...
  • U.S.-Born Children Ask for Stop to Deportation of Parents

    02/18/2014 8:12:16 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 24 replies
    NBCLA ^ | Feb 17, 2014 | Steven Covelman and John Cádiz Klemack
    U.S.-born children of undocumented parents are asking President Barack Obama to stop deporting their mothers and fathers. Dozens of children, some with their parents and some without, gathered in Van Nuys Monday to urge for the end of deportation while immigration reform is debated. Many wrote letters to the president in the hopes that their messages would reach his desk and move him to act.
  • Obama Plays Water Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought [hypocrisy alert]

    02/17/2014 6:18:22 PM PST · by grundle · 12 replies
    Time ^ | February 17, 2014 | Zeke J. Miller
    After preaching shared sacrifice to assuage the California water shortage, Obama has played some of the country's thirstiest golf courses.Obama traveled to California Friday to highlight the state’s drought emergency at two events near Fresno, calling for shared sacrifice to help manage the state’s worst water-shortage in decades. He then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the hospitality of some of the state’s top water hogs: desert golf courses. ... played at two of the most exclusive courses in the Palm Springs area. On Saturday, Obama played at the Sunnylands estate, built by the late billionaire Walter Annenberg... The...
  • Obama Plays Water Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought

    02/17/2014 6:13:44 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    TIME ^ | Feb. 17, 2014 | Zeke J Miller
    After preaching shared sacrifice to assuage the California water shortage, Obama has played some of the country's thirstiest golf courses. Barack Obama traveled to California Friday to highlight the state’s drought emergency at two events near Fresno, calling for shared sacrifice to help manage the state’s worst water-shortage in decades. He then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the hospitality of some of the state’s top water hogs: desert golf courses. Vacationing with DVDs of his favorite television shows and multiple golf outings with his buddies, the duffer-in-chief played at two of the most exclusive courses in the Palm...
  • Dental services are coming back for California's low-income adults

    02/16/2014 11:37:48 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/15/2014 | Daniela Hernandrez
    Jennifer Guintini was 23 when her teeth started falling out. A habit of sipping on Mountain Dew all day -- and later, a seven-year addiction to methamphetamine -- caused her teeth to rot away. "Any time I ate or drank anything, it would be a stabbing pain," recalled Guintini, an unemployed gas station worker.
  • Randy Alcorn: Our Tacit Acceptance of Illegal Immigration Only Invites More

    02/16/2014 12:37:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | 02.16.2014 | Randy Alcorn
    The proposed construction of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Santa Maria is being fervently and openly opposed there by Latino groups that are threatening lawsuits, strikes and continued public protests to prevent the building of the facility. These groups fear that a local ICE presence will facilitate the apprehension and deportation of the many illegal immigrants who reside in the area. In other words, they fear that immigration law will be enforced. The protesters are letting everyone know that they will not stand for it. It’s like mice, which have invaded your home, protesting the introduction of...
  • Did paying traffic ticket land man in deportation proceedings?

    02/13/2014 7:13:25 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Bakersfield Now ^ | Feb 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM PST Last Updated: Feb 12, 2014 at | Jose Gaspar, Eyewitness News
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing Immigration and Customs Enforcement of violating its commitment to no longer conduct enforcement actions at Kern County courthouses. "(ICE) is using information they gather from the courthouse and using that to conduct arrest and enforcement actions," said ACLU staff attorney Michael Kaufman. "That's exactly what ICE national told us they were going to stop doing." Luciano Sandoval, 41, of Bakersfield, went to pay a traffic citation on Feb. 3. Sandoval said that three days later, he was on his way to work early in the morning. The car he...
  • Alleged Molester Faces Life in Prison Santa Barbara Independent

    01/21/2014 12:07:24 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Independent ^ | January 21, 2014 | LYZ HOFFMAN
    Carpinteria resident Santos Guevara Oliva will be made to answer to charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, forcible rape of a child, and a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury to a child, ruled Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Teresa Estrada-Mullaney on Friday during Oliva’s preliminary hearing. According to the District Attorney’s Office, if Oliva is found guilty of the charges, he will be the first alleged child molester in Santa Barbara County — and only one of a few statewide — to face a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The counts...
  • Border Patrol agent's scuffle with undocumented immigrant caught on camera

    01/21/2014 9:01:01 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    KWKT ^ | January 20, 2014 | CNN
    SAN DIEGO, CA — The man who filmed the arrest of an illegal immigrant finds himself in trouble with the law. Jose Guzman says he caught the incident on camera because he felt authorities were going to far. However, authorities arrested him because of his camera work, Allison Ashe has the report. This is the video that's causing all the ruckus. It shows a Border Patrol agent on top of an undocumented worker as another man holds his feet. You can clearly see the agent jabbing the man's ribs with his knee and hitting him. It does not show what...
  • Yearning for briefs and fees

    01/12/2014 5:32:15 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    economist ^ | Jan 12th 2014 | D.R
    SERGIO GARCÍA was just ten years old when he decided to become a lawyer. On a visit to the mayor’s office in the Mexican town of Panindicuaro, he met the relatives of some inmates in the jail next door, who told him that prisoners were freed only if they paid a bribe. “I thought, ‘This isn’t right,’” he says. “'People should get the justice they deserve, not the justice they can afford. I’m going to defend these people one day’.” It would be 26 years before Mr García would achieve his dream. He entered the United States illegally in 1994,...
  • Don’t ‘shoot’ the messenger: Inside the educrats’ war on words

    01/12/2014 11:28:35 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    eagnews ^ | January 10, 2014 | MERRILL HOPE
    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – News reports of frosted pop tart guns! Paper guns! Bubble guns! Pointed finger guns! Bang, bang, you’re dead! OMG! sound the alarm These days, everything’s a federal offense, so to speak, and no institution is ratcheting up the war-of-words like public education. This winter, public school administrators in Thousand Oaks, CA attended a “safe school” and “threat assessment” workshop, a collaboration of the local Ventura County Department of Education and the Ventura County Sheriffs where the education code was redefined to include a 21st Century list of words, phrases and expressions that can hurt. Literally. Yes,...
  • San Bernardino Diocese to celebrate cultures, push for immigration reform

    01/09/2014 12:10:12 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 01/08/14, | Neil Nisperos,
    San Bernardino Diocese to celebrate cultures, push for immigration reform at Mass in Rancho Cucamonga San Bernardino Diocese to celebrate cultures, push for immigration reform at Mass in Rancho Cucamonga..RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The region’s Catholics will gather Sunday at Sacred Heart Church, 12704 Foothill Blvd., to celebrate the contribution migrants have played as parishioners in the Diocese of San Bernardino. The diocese, which covers San Bernardino and Riverside counties, will celebrate its eighth annual migration Mass at 12:30 p.m. at the church. The diocesan Mass concludes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ observance of National Migration Week. The diocese has...
  • Nearly 100 march in support of a change in immigration policies

    01/06/2014 7:36:27 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 27 replies
    Recordnet. ^ | January 06, 2014 | Kevin Parrish
    STOCKTON - Nearly 100 young people from six Catholic parishes peacefully sang songs, walked through the streets of downtown and prayed for immigration reform Sunday. They held a march in the late-afternoon hours from St. Mary's Church to Dean De Carli Waterfront Square as a way to begin National Immigration Week. "This is important because of we have a lot of families who are separated," said organizer José López, director of Pastoral Juvenil/Hispanic Youth, Young Adult & Migrant Ministries for the Diocese of Stockton. "For a lot of families, their kids are born in the United States. We want to...
  • Battle forms over new law on detention of migrants

    01/04/2014 7:01:37 PM PST · by moonshinner_09
    U-T San Diego ^ | JAN. 4, 2014 | y Gary Warth
    Discord over the TRUST Act, which limits when local authorities can detain unauthorized immigrants for federal agencies, is entering a new phase with the start of 2014. Supporters of the state measure are launching community-outreach campaigns, while opponents are redoubling their assertions that it rewards lawbreakers and usurps federal powers. The TRUST (Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools) Act, which took effect Wednesday, is one of two such laws in the United States. The other, in Connecticut, went into effect on the same day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California’s measure narrows the scope of Secure Communities,...