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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 Editor May 22, 2006 Sacramento, CA ( -- 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...