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  • California Proposition 11 -- Redistricting

    10/16/2008 12:40:17 PM PDT · by Czar · 25 replies · 735+ views
    Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association | October 16, 2008 | Jon Coupal
    Jarvis Taxpayers Association Endorses Proposition 11 The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has announced the endorsement of Proposition 11 to stop the conflict of interest of lawmakers drawing their own districts and choosing the voters they want to help ensure their reelection. "The current system fixes elections so that fewer than five percent of state representatives face a challenge to their reelection," said HJTA president Jon Coupal. "This has resulted in a climate where lawmakers do not have to be accountable to voters for effectively addressing problems like on-going budget deficits and out-of-control spending." Proposition 11 will take the power to...
  • Muslims form coordinated Bay Area network

    09/02/2008 5:59:49 PM PDT · by twistedwrench · 5 replies · 225+ views
    SF Gate ^ | September 2, 2008 | Matthai Kuruvila
    Muslim beliefs are barely understood in the United States, if not intentionally distorted. It can also be hard for outsiders to know who speaks for Muslims, a diverse and complex group still finding its footing in America. **snip** Leaders hope that someday they will create a statewide body, a coalition for what may be the largest Muslim population in the nation.
  • California electoral vote split proposed

    07/31/2007 7:43:49 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 42 replies · 1,418+ views
    California electoral vote split proposed LOS ANGELES (AP) — A prominent Republican lawyer wants to put a proposal on the California ballot next year that could shake up the 2008 presidential contest to his party's advantage. California awards its 55 electoral votes to the statewide winner — the largest single prize in the nation. But under the proposal, the statewide winner would get only two electoral votes. The rest would be distributed to the winning candidate in each of the state's congressional districts. In effect, that would create 53 races, each with one electoral vote up for grabs. The state...
  • Brown-on-black violence plagues south state (CA)

    03/04/2007 5:08:26 AM PST · by radar101 · 12 replies · 825+ views
    SACBEE ^ | 4 March 2007 | Aurelio Rojas
    Cheryl Green, 14, pictured in the photos in her mother's hands and on her bracelet, was murdered because she was black, investigators say. LOS ANGELES -- It took political officials nearly a month to respond to the slaying of Cheryl Green. Since then, the 14-year-old African American girl has become the face of brown-on-black violence in this city. The FBI has joined the Los Angeles Police Department in cracking down on gangs. The Police Department, breaking with tradition, has publicly named the city's worst 11 gangs. And a city-sponsored report has called for an anti-gang Marshall Plan, a reference...
  • Calif. unveils anti-global warming plan

    08/31/2006 9:31:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 645+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California will impose broad caps on its greenhouse-gas emissions under a landmark plan that marks a clear break with the federal government and which backers hope will become a national model. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who helped assemble the plan, called Wednesday's agreement "an example for other states and nations to follow as the fight against climate change continues." The plan came after weeks of difficult negotiations and was sent to the state Senate, which approved it late Wednesday with a 23-14 vote. If approved by the Democratically-controlled Assembly, which is expected, the bill would then go...
  • Calif. to cap greenhouse gas emissions (Gub and dems agree on landmark deal)

    08/30/2006 4:09:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 95 replies · 873+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/30/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California would become the first state to impose a limit on all greenhouse gas emissions, including those from industrial plants, under a landmark deal reached Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative Democrats. The agreement marks a clear break with the Bush administration and puts California on a path to reducing its emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by an estimated 25 percent by 2020. The bill still needs lawmakers' approval, but that appears likely, given that Democrats control the Legislature. The deal gives Schwarzenegger a key environmental victory as he seeks re-election this fall....
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 7/26/06-Paphos,Beirut,Tyre,Khiam,Maghar,Rihaniya,Avivim,Haifa,Gaza

    07/25/2006 4:02:05 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 61 replies · 4,116+ views
    NASA, DOD, IDF, Yahoo, AP, AFP, Reuters, and the usual suspects, and many brave photographers | 7/26/06 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 7/26/06 - Paphos, Cyprus, Beirut, Tyre, Khiam, Maghar, Israel, Rihaniya, Kiryat Shmona, Nahariya, Tel Aviv, Avivim, Haifa, Gaza City, Khan Younis, Damascus, Syria, Moscow, San Jose, Calif, Kiev, Santiago Israeli Response to many years of Hamas and Hizb'allah terror using Iranian and Syrian technology in 'Kofi Annan's War' in Civilizations War on Terror BREAKING: Paphos, Cyprus, U.S. Air Force rescues American girl to Ramstein Air Base, Germany BREAKING: Beirut- U.S. Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit rescue American citizens BREAKING: Beirut - Hassan Nasrallah admits over televison he told Beruit government...
  • Two Members of Tonga Royal Family Killed in California Wreck

    07/06/2006 6:50:16 PM PDT · by Brooklyn Kid · 41 replies · 1,267+ views
    FOX/AP ^ | July 06, 2006
    Two Members of Tonga Royal Family Killed in California Wreck Thursday , July 06, 2006 SAN FRANCISCO — Two members of Tonga's royal family were killed when a teenager racing her car crashed into their sport utility vehicle, authorities said Thursday. The San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault would not release the names of the crash victims, but he said a 56-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman killed in the crash Wednesday night were members of the Tongan royal family. "Out of respect for the Tongan culture and Tongan government, we are not going to release the names until the...
  • Mexican president visits Calif amid intense immigration debate

    05/25/2006 4:57:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 545+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/25/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    Mexican President Vicente Fox arrived in California Thursday amid intense debate over immigration and as the U.S. Senate approved sweeping reforms that include tighter border security and a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. Fox was to address a joint session of the state Legislature and meet privately with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, their first meeting since the movie star became governor. On Wednesday, Schwarzenegger said he would stress Mexico's responsibility for illegal immigration in his meeting with Fox. "Mexico is our friend," Schwarzenegger said at a Capitol news conference. "I am going to have an open discussion with...
  • California Parental Notification Abortion Initiative Has 1M Signatures

    05/23/2006 9:09:09 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies · 269+ views
    California Parental Notification Abortion Initiative Has 1M Signatures by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor May 22, 2006 Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) -- The organizers of a November ballot initiative to allow parents to know when their minor teenager daughter is considering an abortion say they have more than 1 million signatures on petitions to qualify the measure for the ballot. They need nearly 600,000 valid signatures to qualify the measure. The proposal largely mirrors the wording of Proposition 73, which California voters defeated last year by a 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent vote. However organizers say the measure will fare better in...
  • Calif. immigrants march for reform

    04/10/2006 11:36:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 1,398+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/10/06 | Jordan Robertson - ap
    More than 2,000 immigrants waving American flags marched downtown Monday as protesters fanned out across the state to demand immigration reform to legalize an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. "We are united. We are not going anywhere," protesters chanted as they marched nearly nine miles to the federal building. "A lot of us here broke the law to get here," said Umberto Rosas, 36, as he carried his 1-year-old daughter, Sandy, on his shoulders. "That doesn't mean we don't love America." Activists say the Senate's decision last week not to push through a bill that would have given many illegal...
  • Pakistani convicted of illegal aircraft parts exports in Calif

    03/17/2006 5:29:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 413+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 3/17/06 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    SAN DIEGO - A Pakistani who spent five years in prison for selling missile parts to Iran in the 1980s was convicted Friday of illegally exporting military aircraft parts to Belgium, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Arif Ali Durrani was convicted in U.S. District Court on four counts of exporting engine parts and other components for the F-5 fighter jet and the Chinook helicopter, said Jennifer Silliman, assistant special agent in charge for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego. Durrani was also convicted on one count of conspiracy to export parts, she said. The ultimate destination for the...
  • Malibu Mystery Races Away With Buzz

    03/03/2006 6:10:51 PM PST · by nuconvert · 32 replies · 2,819+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Mar. 2, 2006
    Malibu Mystery Races Away With Buzz Thursday March 02, 2006 It was a rare and exotic animal: a Ferrari Enzo, one of just 400 ever brought forth into this world. When you saw this thing coming, you didn't look away. If you wanted to own it, it cost you a cool $1 mil -- and it could earn you a whole lot of buzz. Last week, Swedish millionaire Stefan Ericksson slipped behind the wheel of his Enzo with, he says, a German named "Dietrich." They took the vehicle out on Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway. And they let that baby run....
  • $3B Calif. Stem Cell Agency Fight for Life (Prop 71 legal challenge delays funding)

    02/26/2006 6:31:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 359+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/06 | Paul Elias - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - The future of embryonic stem cell research could be shaped in a suburban courtroom where two taxpayer groups are challenging the legality of California's new agency dedicated to the controversial field. Opening statements were scheduled for Monday in a pair of lawsuits seeking to invalidate the law that created the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, which is authorized to hand out $3 billion in research grants. The lawsuits allege — among other things — that it violates a state constitutional mandate that the spending of taxpayer dollars be under state control. "The act delegates the disbursal of...
  • Woodland, Calif., native leads team on cache hunts

    02/01/2006 4:28:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 234+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    BARWANAH, Iraq (Feb. 1, 2006) -- The Marines of 2nd Platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment constantly search the palm groves and desert valleys here for insurgents and their weapon of choice … roadside bombs. Leading one of the platoon’s fire teams during hunts for weapons caches is Woodland, Calif., native, Lance Cpl. Sam E. Smithson. His fire team, with the help of the squad, is responsible for finding at least eight different caches since arriving in the area. In the last month, Smithson was part of two different operations, leading his Marines in finding many caches. His...
  • Norwalk, Calif., native keeps commander safe

    01/16/2006 10:52:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 270+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 16, 2006 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    HADITHA DAM, Iraq (Jan. 16, 2006) -- The job of lead vehicle gunner for a convoy in Iraq is one of the most dangerous and demanding jobs for a Marine, as insurgents continue to place roadside bombs aimed at injuring Marines, Iraqi soldiers, police and civilians. Norwalk, Calif., native, Cpl. Jason M. Farias, isn’t just the lead gunner on some convoys, he is the first line of defense for 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment’s commander as he travels to visit Marines in the area. With his M-240G machine gun, he sits high above the lead vehicle to provide fire support...
  • Analysis: Congressional budget bill threatens Calif welfare, child support programs

    01/13/2006 8:45:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 355+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/13/06 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A $40 billion budget-cutting bill nearing final House passage would badly hurt welfare and children's services programs in California, according to an analysis Friday by a group that advocates for low-income people. Among the bill's costs to California, according to the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington: -$2 billion over the next five years to comply with new welfare rules requiring many more recipients to participate in work training and other programs. -$1 billion in child support payments that would go uncollected over the next five years because of cuts in funding for child support...
  • Woodland, Calif., native leads team in patrol

    12/14/2005 5:10:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 250+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    HAQLANIYAH, Iraq (Dec. 14, 2005) -- Woodland, Calif., native Lance Cpl. Chris P. Stabler was leading his team down a street here Nov. 27 when suddenly the unusual sound of cheering crowds drew the attention of the patrol. When Stabler looked down the street, the sounds they had heard were citizens cheering on their family members during a game of street volleyball. It is because of Marines like 21-year-old Stabler that the streets here are safe enough for simple recreational activities. Stabler and other Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, go on these security patrols every day...
  • San Jose, Calif., native proud to be working with Iraqi Army

    12/14/2005 5:04:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 178+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Dec. 14, 2005) -- Marines from Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, recently worked with a platoon of Iraqi Army soldiers during a security patrol through the streets here Nov. 18. Private First Class Chase Nelson, an infantryman with Company I, was one of the Marines on the patrol and was impressed with the improvements that the Iraqi Army has made during the last three months since the battalion came here. “We took the IA out and let them conduct their own patrol while we watched over them and helped critique them,” said the 20-year-old San...
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger promises to help Calif. farmers and ranchers

    12/06/2005 5:40:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 308+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 12/6/05 | Anthony York - Editor
    MONTEREY, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday that his administration will work to minimize regulations and improve transportation to help California's ranchers and farmers. "We should be your partner in prosperity rather than a roadblock to success," Schwarzenegger said at the annual meeting of the California Farm Bureau Federation in Monterey. "We should make sure you don't get over-regulated," the governor said. "We should make sure you can operate freely and that you can really do your job, really grow and feed the world." Schwarzenegger said the state needs to build more roads, bridges, tunnels, railroads and ports to...
  • Santa Ana, Calif., teenager keeps battalion’s weapons in check

    11/29/2005 3:30:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 473+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 29, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Ronna M. Weyland
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 29, 2005) -- While many 19-year-olds juggle a busy college class load or their first part-time job back in the United States, one peer carries the responsibility of ensuring his battalion’s weapons are prepared for battle here. “It is an awesome responsibility,” said Lance Cpl. Christopher Ruiz, 19, battalion armorer, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Radio Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD). “I don’t know too many 19-year-olds back home who can say the same thing about what they are doing.” Ruiz, whose unit is based out of Marine Corps Base, Hawaii, has been in Iraq...
  • Oakland liquor stores under siege (Possibly Muslims attacked the store)

    11/25/2005 4:17:32 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 93 replies · 3,392+ views
    The Argus ^ | 11/25/2005
    Police say Black Muslims may have warned business owners not to sell alcohol to African Americans OAKLAND — Abdul Saleh has just one question for the men — suspected by authorities to be Black Muslims — who trashed his corner store late Wednesday, terrorizing his 17-year-old son and another clerk and causing thousands of dollars in damage. Why? "I don't know why they tried to destroy my life," said Saleh, who has owned San Pablo Market and Liquor in West Oakland since 1986. "We came here for a better living, not to make war with anybody." About a dozen African-American...
  • Calif. May Build Tunnel in Quake Region (11-miles thru the Santa Ana mountain range, ~9 billion)

    11/12/2005 7:08:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 74 replies · 1,341+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/12/05 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - Traffic is so bad along the eastern rim of Los Angeles' suburban ring that regional planners are considering the once unthinkable — an 11-mile tunnel through a mountain range in earthquake country. Critics question the logic of building a multibillion-dollar project in a region so prone to earthquakes that an alternate proposal for a double-decker highway was deemed too dangerous. The tunnel would begin barely a mile from a fault that produced a 6.0-magnitude earthquake about a century ago. "It's absolutely absurd to have a tunnel 700 feet below ground in earthquake country," said Cathryn DeYoung,...
  • L.A. native mans posts to keep Marines safe

    11/10/2005 9:13:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 323+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    BARWANA, Iraq (Nov. 10, 2005) -- Being an infantryman and standing security posts go hand in hand when in Iraq. While some are in security positions and others are regulating traffic, these posts are an important part of keeping Marines safe here. Standing many hours on these posts keeping his fellow Marines with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, safe is Los Angeles native, Lance Cpl. Steve Nuno. The automatic rifleman spends hours everyday manning the entry control point and other security position at the base here. His job while spending time on these mostly uneventful posts is to...
  • Victorville, Calif., native leads census patrol in Barwana

    11/10/2005 9:08:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 10, 2005 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell
    BARWANA, Iraq (Nov. 10, 2005) -- Just days after Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment arrived here, an early morning patrol left their firm base Oct. 26 to learn more about the community. Corporal Ralph E. Arzate of Victorville, Calif. led the census patrol from house to house as they gathered basic information about each family in the community. Arzate, some Marines with the company, and an interpreter went to each house in a three-block area, meeting the people and gathering information like names, the number of people in the family, weapons in the house, occupations and vehicles they...
  • Love of sushi could help Calif. coastal ecosystem

    10/29/2005 10:46:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 815+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - America's growing appetite for exotic sushi may help preserve vanishing beds of seaweed seen as an important part of the ecosystem along the California coastline. Diners in sushi restaurants are eating ever greater amounts of sea urchin roe, known as Uni, creating a $23 million industry in California for harvesting the creatures, the California Sea Urchin Commission said this week. The spiny echinoderms, a potential peril to swimmers stepping on rocks, feast on kelp, which is dwindling along California's coastline. Divers in the state now harvest 800,000 pounds of Uni annually, the Sea Urchin Commission said,...
  • Orange County, Calif., native joins Corps for many reasons

    10/21/2005 4:12:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 293+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 21,2005 | Cpl. Shane Suzuki
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Oct. 21, 2005) -- Lance Cpl. James Loomis joined the Marine Corps for a number of reasons. While some people join for adventure or college money, others join for the chance to travel and experience other cultures. Loomis, a machine gunner from Orange County, Calif., enlisted in the Corps for all those reasons and more. Loomis, who is with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, grew up in southern California and always knew that the world had more to offer than the odd jobs he worked before enlisting. “I didn’t have any scholarships for college and...
  • Calif. thunderstorms trigger mudslides

    10/18/2005 6:47:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 446+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/18/05 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A spectacular series of thunderstorms rolled through Southern California, bringing walnut-sized hail and bursts of heavy rain that triggered mudslides and shut down the main highway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Parts of the region remained under a severe weather watch early Tuesday. Interstate 5 was closed for about five hours Monday in both directions about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, because of mudslides and up to four feet of standing water on the road, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Johnny Fisher. "There's a few feet of mud all over the roadway," Fisher said....
  • NMCB 40 Seabees Deploy to Support Hurricane Katrina Recovery

    09/02/2005 3:37:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 629+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Sep 2, 2005 | Journalist 2nd Class (SW) Barbara Silkwood
    PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 began deploying a detachment of 125 personnel to Gulfport, Miss., Sept. 1 to provide humanitarian assistance and conduct debris removal in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The detachment will lend support to the 22nd Seabee Readiness Group in disaster recovery operations. Twenty-seven NMCB 40 Seabees comprised the first group to deploy to the Gulf Coast, with the remaining Seabees scheduled to deploy sometime during the same week. NMCB 40 is currently at its homeport for a 10-month training period.
  • CHP Revises Policy on Pot Seizures (Hands off medical marijuana)

    08/28/2005 9:29:35 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 69 replies · 969+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 28, 2005
    CHP Revises Policy on Pot Seizures Sacramento -- The California Highway Patrol has ordered its officers to stop confiscating medical marijuana during routine traffic stops, a victory for patients hoping to win broader acceptance of the controversial medicine from balky police departments around the state. Highway Patrol officials sent out a bulletin last week to field commanders spelling out the policy shift, which would allow patients to travel on California's highways with up to 8 ounces of marijuana as long as they have a certified user identification card or documented physician's approval. Patient advocates say the change will make the...
  • Calif. Marijuana Seizures Up 20 Percent

    08/28/2005 5:59:52 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 65 replies · 1,030+ views
    http://www.telegram.com/ ^ | 8 28 05 | The Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Agents have seized more than $2.6 billion worth of marijuana plants this year, already surpassing last year's season total by 20 percent, authorities said. The state Department of Justice's annual Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, or CAMP, is still a month away from wrapping up operations after the season peak at the end of September. The raids, many in remote, forested terrain, pit agents against often heavily armed guards protecting their marijuana plots. About three weeks ago, a grower was shot dead and a state Fish and Game warden was wounded during a raid on a 22,000-plant pot farm...
  • SEAN PENN IN IRAN - Day Three

    08/23/2005 11:18:40 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 28 replies · 1,006+ views
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, August 24, 2005 | SEAN PENN
    We rendezvoused with the Siths at 2:45 in the hills over Tehran. We were waiting for another car full of them to join us. A police station to our left, the armed sentry paced, nervous about our growing convoy across the street. The third car joined us, and we snaked up the road, like a cruise into the Oakland hills. We came to a guard station, our arrival was announced, the traffic bar raised and we were allowed on to the estate. It wasn't clear to me at the time, but this was a private road under military guard, on...
  • San Mateo, Calif. native faces danger, supports troops on frontline

    08/17/2005 5:40:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 243+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 17, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Zachary W. Lester
    CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq (August 17, 2005) -- Lance Cpl. Silvio J. Davilaruiz can often be found in his 7-ton truck rolling through the desert sands of Western Iraq, where his fellow Marines from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion work to rebuild the country. Davilaruiz, a motor transport operator with Headquarters and Support Company, is often out in his 7-ton truck conducting various types of operations to provide support to his infantry counterparts deployed here in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “We take supplies, such as food and water, to the Marines at the FOBs (forward operating bases). We also...
  • LA Protesters Call for the Release of Iranian Political Prisoners

    08/15/2005 3:53:31 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 53 replies · 599+ views
    sfgate/AP ^ | August 14, 2005
    LA protesters call for the release of Iranian political prisoners - Sunday, August 14, 2005 Los Angeles (AP) -- Hundreds of demonstrators called for the release of student leaders held since 1999 by the Iranian government during a rally Sunday at the Federal Building in West Los Angeles. The protesters marched in support of Manoucher Mohammadi and Akbar Ganji, who were arrested in a crackdown on anti-government protests at Tehran University in July 1999 and who have recently embarked on a hunger strike. The government jailed about 1,200 people during the crackdown. Most were freed soon after, but Iranian authorities...
  • CA: Calif justices say Coastal Commission legal

    06/23/2005 12:18:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 874+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/23/05 | David Kravets - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's Coastal Commission is not an illegal agency, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, a move that keeps officials from reconsidering four decades of land-use decisions along the 1,100-mile coastline. The justices were reviewing two lower-court rulings that said the 12-member commission was unlawfully formed by the Legislature in 1976. The lower courts ruled that because the agency carries out the will of the Legislature, lawmakers who appoint eight members have too much power over the agency and governor. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that the agency did not breach the so-called separation of powers...
  • Calif. gov. submits signatures for measure

    05/04/2005 5:00:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/4/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday turned in thousands of petition signatures supporting ballot measures he wants to put before voters in a November special election. But Schwarzenegger said he is still interested in reaching compromise solutions with Democratic leaders before a mid-June deadline for calling the election. "Our doors are open for negotiation," he said. The move comes as Schwarzenegger's popularity has hit new lows and Democratic opposition to his proposals have grown in strength. The governor and his supporters are pushing three constitutional amendments that would put new limits on state spending, lengthen the time...
  • Calif. panel OKs right-to-die measure

    04/12/2005 9:42:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 788+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/12/05 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A legislative committee Tuesday approved a measure modeled after an Oregon law that would allow the terminally ill to end their lives with a doctor's assistance. The bill cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee after more than a dozen hours of testimony and debate spread over three hearings. It now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and finally to the floor. The Senate would then have to take up the legislation. Supporters said the measure would give people with no more than six months to live the choice to end their lives with a self-administered drug prescribed...
  • Calif. Supreme Court to determine future of Coastal Commission

    04/04/2005 9:45:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 524+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 4/4/05 | Terence Chea - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO – From the soaring cliffs of Big Sur to the teeming wetlands of Bolsa Chica, California has one of the world's most pristine and protected coasts, drawing millions of people each year to its sandy beaches and rugged shores. Conservationists say that's no accident – it's the result of a voter initiative passed more than 30 years ago that created the California Coastal Commission, the powerful government agency charged with protecting and restoring the state's 1,100-mile coastline. The California Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case that will determine the future of the commission, which has made...
  • Calif. Anti-War Memorial Stirs Passions ("Eyes Wide Open" exhibit)

    03/13/2005 11:28:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 670+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/11/05 | Seth Hettena - AP
    ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Laid out in rows stretching longer than a football field, 1,513 pairs of black military boots gave a sunsplashed park the quiet, somber mood of a cemetery. The traveling exhibit, a reminder of the U.S. troops lost in Iraq (news - web sites) , arrived on the West Coast this week as divisive as the war itself — especially for the families of the fallen men and women. To some of the families, it is a cathartic, fitting memorial in a nation they say seems largely anesthetized to the pain of a distant war. For others, it's...
  • Cost of Calif. U.S. Senate race: Relatively modest $19.1 million

    12/10/2004 6:52:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 260+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/10/04 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - California's U.S. Senate race between Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican Bill Jones cost a total of $19.1 million, according to final campaign finance reports made public this week. Spending by Boxer, the winner Nov. 2, accounted for fully three-quarters of that amount. Jones ended the race owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to consultants, airplane charters, lawyers, and even his own daughter, who did work for the campaign, the Federal Election Commission documents show. Jones' low spending made for one of the cheaper recent statewide contests. Boxer's 1998 victory over Republican Matt Fong cost more, as did...
  • Shriver sworn in as Calif. city councilman

    12/08/2004 2:31:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 408+ views
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Bobby Shriver took office Tuesday as a Santa Monica city councilman, carrying on his famous family's political legacy. Shriver, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and brother of Maria Shriver, wife of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said during a swearing in ceremony he would focus on helping the homeless during his term. "It feels good," he said afterward. "But I still have a responsibility. I'm very determined to do what I told the people I would do." The 50-year-old lawyer said he wants to establish a sobering facility in the city as well as a...
  • Calif. Faces Up to $10 Billion 2006-07 Shortfall (LAO report estimate)

    11/17/2004 6:24:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 463+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/17/04 | Reuters - San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's state government faces a year-end shortfall of $6.7 billion in its 2005-06 year, a gap it can close with $3.5 billion in deficit-financing bonds and with improving revenues, the state legislative analyst's office said on Wednesday. However, the nonpartisan office, which tracks the state's revenues, spending and budget, said California's budget gap could grow to nearly $10 billion in the state's 2006-07 year because a number of one-time solutions used to balance the current 2004-05 year budget will not be available. In the next year, California's legislative analyst's office said in a report, it estimates...
  • Schwarzenegger 'collectinated,' but Calif. still gives more

    11/14/2004 8:17:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 246+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/14/04 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned on a promise to get so much federal money for California he'd be known as the Collectinator. He pledged to secure more than $50 billion to correct California's "donor state" status that has residents paying more in federal taxes than they get in federal programs. A year later, Schwarzenegger hasn't delivered on the most extravagant of his campaign trail promises - most likely no governor could. The federal treasury remains in debt to California, and the $50 billion Schwarzenegger promised is nowhere in sight. But while Democrats say Schwarzenegger should have done more,...
  • Rangers Begin Dramatic Rescue at Yosemite

    10/21/2004 6:57:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 657+ views
    miami herald ^ | Oct 21,2004
    Rangers Begin Dramatic Rescue at Yosemite BEN MARGOT /Associated Press YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Rangers attempted a dramatic helicopter rescue Thursday of two climbers on a snowy mountain and struggled to remove the ice-encrusted bodies of two Japanese hikers after an unexpected early blizzard swept through the Sierras. The deaths occurred on El Capitan, a 3,200-foot granite mountain at Yosemite National Park, following a fierce blizzard that stranded nearly two dozen hikers and climbers across Northern California. Other than the two deaths, all of them were found or rescued. "Oh, thank God, thank God. This is the greatest day...
  • Court to Hear the Scoop on Dog's Poop

    09/19/2004 9:17:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 39 replies · 907+ views
    Miami Heald ^ | Sept. 19, 2004
    Court to hear the scoop on dog's poop Associated Press INDIO, Calif. - A blind couple is headed to court to resolve a dispute with their homeowner association about droppings left in the street by their guide dogs. Dennis and Shirley Bartlett are aware of the pooper-scooper rules for their Desert Grove homeowner association, but said they sometimes miss droppings left by their dogs. "You can't get everything all the time," Dennis Bartlett said. The Bartletts filed a small claims suit against former association president Delmar Pierce, alleging harassment and prohibiting their guide dogs from doing what they were trained...
  • Calif. lawmakers will try to wrap up their 2004 session this week

    08/22/2004 8:01:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 224+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/22/04 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than 700 bills - including measures to ban smoking on state beaches, protect the state's oldest trees and set nutritional standards for school food - face life-or-death votes this week as legislators try to wrap up their 2004 session four days early. Also on lawmakers' agendas are proposals to deal with the state's energy problems, help Californians obtain lower-cost prescriptions from Canadian pharmacies and allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. The deadline for action on most bills isn't until Aug. 31, but both houses hope to adjourn by Friday to enable Republican lawmakers to attend...
  • First public meeting on Calif government overhaul draws crowd

    08/13/2004 9:42:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 300+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 8/13/04 | Ryan Pearson - AP
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Frustrated at tangled bureaucracy and worried that important services would be slashed, hundreds of Californians on Friday crowded the first public hearing on a proposal to overhaul state government. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called for "many reforms" in an energetic but brief appearance before a panel he appointed to begin the laborious task of trudging through 1,000-plus recommendations in the California Performance Review report. The reform proposal includes large and small ideas for revamping the state's bureaucracy. Schwarzenegger didn't offer his opinion on details of the 2,500-page report but repeated his assertion that major change is needed. "We...
  • Borrowing Is the Order of the Day for Calif. Budget

    07/31/2004 7:13:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 308+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/31/04 | Evan Halper
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The tobacco state of Virginia is raising cigarette taxes tenfold. Illinois will make do with a work force smaller than it had in 1983. And New Jersey will force its millionaires to share more of their wealth with the state. Virtually every state facing a major budget shortfall this year has made painful policy choices. Except California. A year ago, as economic recession gripped the nation, state governments across the country were coping with deficits, shortfalls and financial angst of all kinds. But now, as other states are making their way back into the black, California continues...
  • U.S. District Judge Refuses to Lift State Ban on Electronic Voting

    07/01/2004 6:30:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 167+ views
    AP ^ | July 1, 2004
    U.S. District Judge Refuses to Lift State Ban on Electronic Voting Jim Wasserman/Associated Press Jul 1, 2004 SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge in Los Angeles upheld a partial state ban Thursday on electronic voting in the Nov. 2 election, denying a request by advocates for the disabled. In a tentative ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper declined to overturn an April 30 order by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to ban electronic voting in 14 counties. Four counties and advocates for the disabled sought a temporary restraining order to block Shelley's order. Riverside County officials sued Shelley in...
  • Rabbis Oppose Schwarzenegger on Calif. Licenses

    06/23/2004 7:37:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies · 332+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/23/04 | Steve Gorman - Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Several rabbis weighed in on Wednesday against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites)'s idea for adding a distinguishing mark to driver's licenses that would be given to illegal immigrants, saying it harks back to Holocaust-era persecution of Jews. In an open letter to Arnold Schwarzenegger, six Los Angeles rabbis wrote that his suggestion for allowing undocumented aliens to obtain driver's permits with a special emblem denoting their immigration status would subject them to "scorn and ethnic discrimination." "You are a person of faith, an immigrant and one who has been a friend to the Jewish...