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  • City removes actual fork in the road

    10/19/2012 6:39:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | October 19, 2012 | Daphne Sashin
    Jim Grant was driving home in Carlsbad, California, when he came to a fork in the road. No, an actual fork. The oversized kitchen utensil was 6 feet high, made of wood, painted silver and mounted in the concrete island at the intersection of Levante Street and Anillo Way in south Carlsbad.
  • California jobless rate slides, but state adds just 8,500 new jobs

    10/19/2012 11:58:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/19/2012 | Marc Lifsher
    SACRAMENTO -- California's unemployment rate fell to 10.2% in September from 10.6% in August, the second-largest drop in the nation. But just 8,500 net new jobs were created, according to the California Employment Development Department. The two statistics show somewhat different monthly trends because the unemployment rate is based on a survey of households while the total employment number comes from a more accurate check of businesses. The California results tracked national Department of Labor figures, released Oct. 5, that showed the national unemployment rate falling by three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8% -- its lowest level in 3...
  • Gunman robs Oakland council candidate (near home after attending neighborhood anti-crime meeting)

    10/18/2012 1:24:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies ^ | 10/18/12 | Henry K. Lee
    (10-18) 09:59 PDT OAKLAND -- An Oakland City Council candidate was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night near his home after he attended a neighborhood anti-crime meeting, authorities said. Dan Kalb, 53, an environmental policy director who is one of seven candidates vying for the District 1 seat that represents North Oakland, said he had parked his car near his home on the 5100 block of Manila Avenue when he was accosted about 8:35 p.m. A man pointed a gun at him, demanded his iPhone and wallet and fled in a car, said Kalb, who was not hurt. The robbery happened...
  • How will you vote on California's propositions?

    10/17/2012 10:21:41 AM PDT · by unique1 · 55 replies
    The Sun ^ | 10/13/2012 08:00:01 PM PDT | Barbara Jones
    The future of California's education system will be decided Nov. 6, when voters consider two dueling propositions that would raise taxes to support public schools. Proposition 30, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, and Prop. 38, bankrolled by civil-rights attorney Molly Munger, each would generate billions of dollars for public education, which has been hard hit by the state's financial crisis. Read more:
  • Obama running ads in California

    10/16/2012 11:12:44 AM PDT · by deek69 · 57 replies
    The last two days while watching Fox in the evening, I have seen an ad for Obama. The ad has run a number of times. It basically say Romney has shipped all the jobs to china. Im trying to figure out why is Obama spending money in California?
  • University of CA spends $80k on socialism project

    10/16/2012 7:58:28 AM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 7 replies
    The University of California -- Merced (UCM) spent $80,000 in a self-described attempt to advance ideas of “economic justice.” According to the school’s official website, UCM aims to create a “society in which the distribution of resources is equitable” and promote “cultural awareness.” To bring these goals to term, the university created a special “Social Justice” department which hosts annual events such as the “National Coming Out Awareness” week and a “Multicultural Odyssey in San Francisco.”
  • Cyber thieves robbing U.S. businesses

    10/15/2012 3:44:52 PM PDT · by CWCoop · 7 replies
    California Watchdog ^ | October 15, 2012 | Katy Grimes
    Crooks are breaking into banks and stealing money. But it’s not Baby Face Nelson or Jesse James doing the robberies. Today’s thieves and crooks don’t have cool sounding names. These are nameless, faceless, anonymous cyber thieves. There is a growing epidemic of online financial transaction theft from American banks and financial institutions. Just since 2008, cyber thieves have stolen millions of dollars from small businesses, school districts, churches, public libraries, municipalities, water districts and nonprofits. If your personal bank account is hacked and money is taken, your money is safe from cyber theft. But that’s not the case with commercial...
  • Filipinos Leaning Towards Romney

    10/14/2012 4:55:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    New America Media ^ | October 14, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO – About 30 Filipino-American seniors from all over the Bay Area gathered Thursday morning at a community center in a largely Filipino enclave in the heart of San Francisco’s South of Market district. Along with their regular breakfast and a mental health workshop, Rudy Asercion, who directs the West Bay Filipino Multi-Services Inc., also served up a good dose of politics, rallying them to register and vote. He also invited them to the center that evening to watch the vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan in their first and only televised debate. A recent national survey...
  • Nancy Pelosi says she read Obamacare bill

    10/14/2012 6:09:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 10/11/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    Nancy Pelosi says she read Obamacare billPosted By: Debra J. Saunders | Oct 11 at 11:01 am Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came to the Chronicle for an editorial board meeting Wednesday. I used the opportunity to ask Pelosi about her most famous and quoted statement from 2010. On March 9, 2010, Pelosi said of the Affordable Care Act, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.” What did you mean by that? I asked. Pelosi said that the quote “was taken out of context” and it...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Poses for NOH8 Campaign on National Coming Out Day (CAPTION!)

    10/14/2012 5:25:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Broward Palm Beach ^ | 10/11/12 | Chris Joseph
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Poses for NOH8 Campaign on National Coming Out DayBy Chris Joseph Thu., Oct. 11 2012 at 2:49 PM Categories: The Gays Today is National Coming Out Day, and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is all about it. **SNIP** She also added this on the group's website: "Marriage equality and equal opportunity are one of the most important issues of our time, and this campaign is an important step toward this goal." NOH8 is a silent-protest photo campaign that got started to oppose the bullcrappy California Proposition 8, passed in November of 2008, which...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Porn company sued over penis injections

    10/13/2012 8:08:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 51 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/13/12 | Meredith May
    A stagehand working for a gay pornography company has sued his employers in San Francisco Superior Court, alleging he was forced to inject performers with a controlled drug to prolong their erections. According to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday, Ronald Baker of San Francisco claims he suffered emotional distress and anxiety-induced health problems when he accidentally pierced his finger in January after injecting a performer in the penis with TriMix, a prescription medication . . .
  • [Skateboarding] Group Takes Over Hollywood Boulevard, Police Issue Modified Tactical Alert

    10/13/2012 10:47:43 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 22 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 10/13/2012 | Melissa Pamer
    A group of skateboarders had taken over part of Hollywood Boulevard in central Hollywood Saturday night and were throwing bottles at police officers, authorities and witnesses said. A group of 400 skateboarders were in the street, and the Los Angeles Police Department had responded with a modified tactical alert, according to Sgt. Rudy Lopez.
  • California House race with veteran Democrats turns physical during debate

    10/12/2012 9:23:14 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 7 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | unattributed
    A bitter Los Angeles-area congressional race between two veteran House Democrats took a strange turn Thursday night when the two candidates nearly got into a physical altercation during a public debate. Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman are vying to win control of the same district due to California's new primary system, which sends the top two finishers to the runoff regardless of party affiliation. The Los Angeles Times reports 57-year-old Sherman seized the shoulder of 71-year-old Berman during the debate at a local college, yanked him toward his chest and shouted, "You want to get into this?" Berman,...
  • Wasserman Schultz Preparing to Oust Pelosi

    10/12/2012 9:16:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 11, 2012 | Tony Lee
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz may be President Barack Obama's worst surrogate, at least according to the Obama campaign's internal polls. But Wasserman Schultz may be campaigning for herself to win an under-the-radar race for a leadership position in her party that may allow her to succeed Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who could retire from Congress next spring. The Democratic Caucus Vice Chair -- the no. 5 leadership post -- is opening up and the National Journal reports Wasserman Schultz may be actively campaigning for the spot. DWS has been soliciting votes from Democrats who could potentially unseat...
  • A proposal for California.

    10/10/2012 7:53:16 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 19 replies
    10 Oct 2012 | US Navy Vet
    OK, We as the United States will pay off ALL of California's debts BUT in return California give up: 1. Statehood for 40 years 2. All California Public Employees are terminated 3. ALL California laws are hereby null and void AND 4. The rest of the United States will DRILL DRILL DRILL and utilize ALL of California's Natural Resources and WE see fit.
  • Bankrupt California

    10/09/2012 11:15:37 PM PDT · by radpolis · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/9/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    thought of my fellow Californian Energy Secretary Steven Chu last week, when I paid $4.89 a gallon in Gilroy for regular gas — and had to wait in line to get it. The customers were in near revolt, but I wondered against what and whom. I mentioned to one exasperated motorist that there are estimated to be over 20 billion barrels of oil a few miles away, in newly found reserves off the California coast. He thought I was from Mars. California may face the nation’s largest budget deficit at $16 billion. It may struggle with the nation’s second-highest unemployment...
  • California Education Officials Violate Education Code Section 7054

    10/09/2012 8:26:47 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-10-04 | Matt Blumenfeld
    During the course of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign for Proposition 30, the estimated $6 billion income and sales tax hike on the November ballot, school officials throughout the state have been warning students through letters, emails, rallies, and word of mouth that the passage of this ballot measure is essential and necessary for the continuation of the California educational system as it currently stands. While school officials are allowed to voice their personal opinion on an issue outside of their professional role, they are not allowed to lobby students or their parents on ballot measures using educational funds, as...
  • California Outlaws Normalcy; Liberty Counsel Sues to Get it Back

    10/09/2012 5:40:02 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 5 replies ^ | 10/09/12 | Gina Miller
      It can always get crazier, and it does on a daily basis in our world today. We have seen an alarming rise in the “success” of the radical homosexual movement in the past few years under the current administration. Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) has placed a record number of homosexuals in positions throughout his administration, and this has led to the brazen advancement of this debauched lifestyle in numerous areas in our society, including our military, with the shameful move to allow open homosexuals to serve. We also have an all-time high number of homosexual characters...
  • Bankrupt California: No money for crumbling roads, but billions for high-speed rail

    10/09/2012 5:26:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/09/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I thought of my fellow Californian Energy Secretary Steven Chu last week, when I paid $4.89 a gallon in Gilroy for regular gas — and had to wait in line to get it. The customers were in near revolt, but I wondered against what and whom. I mentioned to one exasperated motorist that there are estimated to be over 20 billion barrels of oil a few miles away, in newly found reserves off the California coast. He thought I was from Mars. California may face the nation’s largest budget deficit at $16 billion. It may struggle with the nation’s second-highest...
  • Rewriting History (The Real Cesar Chavez)

    10/09/2012 3:47:33 AM PDT · by OddLane · 9 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | October 9, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    With a little under a month remaining until Election Day, the Obama campaign has transitioned into full-blown hispandering mode. This week’s symbolically potent, yet empty, exercise in gestural politics entailed President Obama designating the home of former California labor leader Cesar Chavez a national monument. The ostensible purpose of this decision is to rally support among one of his party’s most reliable voting blocs, i.e. Hispanic Americans. Because even though they still decisively support the President’s reelection, that support does not always translate into votes, as other analysts have trenchantly observed. What makes Obama’s trip to California so fascinating though...
  • Dianne Feinstein tells regulators to investigate high California gas prices, again

    10/08/2012 5:16:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Sacramento Business Journal ^ | 10/08/2012 | Steven E.F. Brown,
    Six weeks after calling for an investigation into high California gas prices, Sen. Dianne Feinstein once again told the Federal Trade Commission that Golden State drivers are being gouged. Dianne Feinstein letter to FTC">In a letter to FTC boss Jon Leibowitz, Feinstein wrote of "malicious trading schemes in the California gasoline market." Feinstein sent an earlier letter to Leibowitz complaining of price spikes "unjustified by supply and demand" on Aug. 28. Citing a possible "illegal short squeeze," Feinstein called for not only an FTC investigation, but also better monitoring of the gasoline and oil markets and also the creation of...
  • Social engineering is working in California gas market

    10/08/2012 6:56:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/08/2012 | Thomas Lifson
    One of the great priorities of the left is to get Americans out of their cars and onto public transportation. When the masses no longer have access to cars, it clears the streets for the limos of the nomenklatura, just as it did in the old USSR, and still does in North Korea. The best way to accomplish this goal is to push up gasoline prices. Energy Secretary Steven Chu famously hoped that energy prices would double, and President Obama also admitted to wanting energy prices to rise, just not too quickly, lest the frog catch on the water is...
  • Gov. Brown launches effort to push gas prices down

    10/07/2012 4:38:01 PM PDT · by umgud · 54 replies
    Bakersfield Californian/AP ^ | Sunday, Oct 07 2012 03:29 PM | Christopher Weber
    Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state smog regulators Sunday to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to help drive prices down. Winter-blend gas typically isn’t sold until after October 31. Few refineries outside the state are currently making summer-blend gas, putting the pressure on already-taxed California manufacturers. In some locations, fuming motorists paid $5 or more per gallon while station owners had to shut down pumps in others.
  • SoCal hit with huge increase in gasoline costs (Up to $6/gallon in some parts of L.A.)

    10/06/2012 10:52:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/06/2012 | Rick Moran
    There's a shortage of gas in California and consumers are beginning to feel the pinch. CBS LA: What goes up, must come down. But in the meantime, consumers try to cope. Southern Californians are paying the highest prices in the nation currently. And experts say that pain at the pump will last a little while longer. One station in Calabasas is charging the highest rate in LA County - nearly $6 for a gallon. Reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, Amanda Burden went to the station and called it a virtual ghost town. She said cars peeled in but peeled right...
  • Feinstein, Pelosi among richest in Congress

    10/05/2012 10:29:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/5/12 | Michelle Murphy, California News Service
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are among the 15 wealthiest members of Congress, according to a new survey. The annual rankings by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, showed the two San Francisco Democrats have a combined worth of at least $68 million, and potentially much more. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, tops the list with a minimum net worth of $306 million, roughly 4,000 times greater than the average American household. His wife, Linda, is the daughter of Lowry Mays, founder and CEO of Clear Channel Communications. No. 3 on the list, Rep. Darrell Issa,...
  • Motion seeks to have feds take over Oakland police

    10/05/2012 4:01:58 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 10 replies
    KFMB TV San Diego ^ | 10/04/12 | Terry Collins (AP)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers overseeing the terms of a settlement stemming from a decade-old Oakland police corruption scandal filed a motion Thursday requesting that the federal government take over the embattled department. Attorneys John Burris and Jim Chanin filed the motion in U.S. District Court in San Francisco asking Judge Thelton Henderson for a federal receiver to oversee the department.
  • Police: Suspected Teenage Robber Dead, Shot by Good Samaritan in Salinas

    10/05/2012 2:37:26 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    KION ^ | Oct 05, 2012 | April Valencia
    SALINAS, Calif. -- A suspected robber is dead and another critically wounded after being shot by a good samaritan who intervened during a robbery Thursday. Salinas Police say the two suspects entered a business on the 1500 block of North Sanborn Road to commit an armed robbery. There were several people inside the business at the time. Police say the suspects demanded money from the patrons and the business owner, while holding the victims at gunpoint. Police say while this was happening, a good samaritan associated with one of the victims inside the business retrieved a gun from his vehicle...
  • San Francisco: New archbishop is anti-gay marriage [Liberals Shocked at Biblical Morality]

    10/05/2012 3:36:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 5, 2012 | Ronnie Cohen
    On Thursday, Salvatore Cordileone became the leader of San Francisco's Catholic community. Cordileone has been a leader in the Church's opposition to gay marriage, unlike many other Bay Area Catholics. The Catholic Church on Thursday installed Salvatore Cordileone, a leader in the fight against same-sex marriage, as archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Following his installation as the religious leader of more than 500,000 Catholics in the largely gay-friendly Bay Area, Cordileone, 56, delivered a sermon and spoke about his recent arrest after failing a sobriety test at a police checkpoint. "God has always had a way of putting...
  • Parole Recommended for Fmr. Manson Follower Bruce Davis

    10/04/2012 4:50:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies ^ | Oct. 4, 2012
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Parole Board has recommended parole for convicted killer and former Charles Manson associate, Bruce Davis. Bruce Davis' 27th parole hearing was postponed back in June after Davis reported feeling ill, the L.A. County district attorney’s office said. The suitability finding is subject to a 120-day decision review period during which the Governor may reverse, modify, affirm or decline to review the Board’s decision. Davis is serving 2 life sentences for the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.
  • SF supervisor wants to crackdown on nudity (Supervisor Scott Wiener)

    10/02/2012 2:59:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies ^ | 10/2/12 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor is fed up with the almost-daily displays of nudity in one city neighborhood. Supervisor Scott Wiener plans to introduce legislation on Tuesday that would make it illegal to walk around nude on San Francisco streets. The city currently allows nudity except in parks, on port property and in restaurants. Wiener's legislation would add city plazas, parklets, sidewalks, streets and public transit to the ban. It would, however, allow nudity at parades and street festivals.
  • Group Sues California Over Bill Banning Reparative Therapy for Gay Teens

    10/02/2012 2:06:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/02/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A conservative legal group has announced that it will file suit against the State of California over its recent passing of a law banning reparative therapy for homosexual minors. Liberty Counsel announced the suit on Monday, bringing it on behalf of families, counselors, and the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). "The California governor and legislature are putting their own preconceived notions and political ideology ahead of children and their rights to get access to counseling that meets their needs," said Liberty Counsel in a statement. "This law undermines parental rights. Mental health decisions should be left...
  • Freep a Poll! (should "undocumented" {ILLEGAL!} immigrants get driver licenses?)

    10/02/2012 1:59:51 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 26 replies ^ | 10-2-12 | LA Daily News
    Do you think undocumented immigrants should be allowed to have driver's licenses? Yes No
  • Libertarian Ideology Blinds Republicans on Prop. 31

    10/02/2012 11:48:24 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies ^ | October 2, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    When I recently spoke before an Orange County crowd of Republicans at a ballot forum as the “No on Proposition 31” speaker, I was not surprised to find opposition. One person offered the observation that it was all those “country club Republicans” that stood to benefit from the corporate welfare of Prop. 31 who were in favor of it. To the contrary, it is libertarian ideology that has blinded Republicans to what Prop. 31 really is all about.
  • The Quiet Californians

    10/02/2012 9:39:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/02/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Obama ParadoxNo state has suffered the last four years as much as has California --- given that its progressive governor and legislative majorities serve as force multipliers for the Obama national agenda. We live in a 2X Obama state. And it is desirous for twelve or sixteen, not just four, more years in Washington.The bluest state is polling at a 20 to 24 point lead for Barack Obama. Who cares that it is struggling with nearly 11% unemployment and facing a $16 billion budget shortfall? What does it matter that its public schools rated variously from 45th to...

    10/01/2012 7:37:22 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 6 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 1, 2012 | The Wrap
    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed legislation extending the state's $100 million tax-credit fund for two more years. The measure allows California producers a 20 percent or 25 percent credit against income and sales and use taxes and is designed to help stem the production exodus that has plagued the state in recent years. "The state of California took a big step forward today, thanks to Governor Brown and the legislature,” said Christopher Dodd, chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America. “
  • University of CA Student Association condemns entire country of Israel of ‘racism’ in secretive vote

    10/01/2012 12:21:59 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 27 replies
    The University of California Student Association (UCSA) secretly passed a resolution last month which condemned the nation of Israel of “racism.” The resolution, passed through the student organization with unanimously support, claims there is a “wealth of scholarship and legal opinion” that exists affirming “racism” on behalf of Israel. The resolution was in response to HR 35, a California Assembly resolution condemning anti-Semitism in higher education.
  • California allows driver's licenses for young undocumented immigrants

    10/01/2012 4:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/01/2012
    Young undocumented immigrants will be able to receive California driver’s licenses under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Sunday. As many as 350,000 undocumented immigrants in California may be eligible for the Obama administration program, which waives the threat of deportation for two years for those who have no criminal record. According to The Times' Patrick McGreevy: Young people would qualify if they are accepted by a federal program giving work permits to those who came to this country before they were 16 and are now 30 or younger. Brown spokesman Gil Duran said that by issuing the driver’s licenses,...
  • California governor vetoes "Anti-Arizona" immigration bill

    09/30/2012 10:01:36 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/1/12 | Mary Slosson
    California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed an immigration measure dubbed the "anti-Arizona" bill late on Sunday that would shield some illegal immigrants from federal status checks. The bill would have prohibited local authorities from honoring federal detention requests, which may lead to deportation proceedings, on illegal immigrants unless those individuals were charged or convicted of a serious or violent felony. Supporters said the measure would have served as a counterpoint for what they say is racial profiling inherent in an Arizona law that cracks down on illegal immigration that was allowed to stand by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this summer....
  • Toxic State Syndrome: As California Declines, Texas Rises

    09/30/2012 6:51:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/30/2012 | Tom Gray
    After World War II, California was where Americans went in search of a better life—the state with more jobs, more space, more sunlight, and more opportunity. But since 1990, Californians have gone elsewhere for opportunity, with the state losing a net of more than 3.7 million people to other states. n the national recovery or slow slog since the economy bottomed out roughly three years ago, even California has regained some ground. As of this August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it has added more than a half million jobs since its payroll totals hit bottom around the...
  • Transfer of Unemployed to Social Security's Disability Program is Further Bankrupting California

    09/30/2012 11:32:28 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/30/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The latest California community to face bankruptcy is Atwater, just down the Golden State Highway from Modesto and next to Merced. Atwater, like its neighbors Modesto and Merced, are still reeling from the crash of the housing market where prices have fallen about 70% from their peak. And unemployment rates are roughly twice the national average. Since I don’t have the house price indices for Modesto, Merced and Atwater, I will use the Case-Shiller Las Vegas house price index as a proxy. Like many communities during the housing bubble, expenditures were made based on increased property tax revenue. When the...
  • Obama's Social Security Disability Policy Busting California General Fund

    09/30/2012 11:10:55 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 5 replies ^ | Sept. 28, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Here’s the dirty secret of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax increase of $8.5 billion. Most of it would not go to education, as advertised. Instead, it indirectly would go to plugging a gaping budget hole created by the Obama Administration’s policy of taking people off unemployment rolls and putting them on permanent disability benefits. The Obama policy blew a $11.7 billion budget hole in California’s budget. The Obama Administration’s loosened eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability have swelled the number of those on Medicaid in California. It is Obama’s relaxed requirements for Social Security Disability — put into place...
  • Illegal Aliens Cost L.A. County $100 Million in June/July – 22% of TOTAL Welfare Expenditures

    09/29/2012 9:46:00 PM PDT · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-30-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand with Arizona California is America's Sanctuary State - and Mexico's outsourced welfare state. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services reported that more than $100 million in welfare benefits were issued to illegal alien parents for their native-born children in June and July alone, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. The $100 million consists of nearly $40 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $70 million in food stamps — representing 22% of all CalWORKs and food stamp issuances in the County.  At this rate, the projected annual cost is more than $625 million. “With the $550 million...
  • Schwarzenegger admits affair with Brigitte Nielsen while he was dating Maria Shriver

    09/29/2012 4:16:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 9/29/12 | Juliet Williams and Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES -- Arnold Schwarzenegger is confirming that he had a "hot affair" with actress Brigitte Nielsen at a time he and Maria Shriver were dating and already living together. Schwarzenegger and Nielsen co-starred in the 1985 film "Red Sonja." Nielsen write in a memoir published last year that she and Schwarzenegger had an "outrageous affair" while making the movie and that she did know until later that he was involved with Shriver. In his memoir "Total Recall," coming out Monday, Schwarzenegger writes that he and Nielsen did indeed have a "hot affair," but he knew it wouldn't last. In...
  • California creates state-run private retirement plan (6 million lower-income workers to pay 3%)

    09/29/2012 2:14:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/28/12 | JUDY LIN
    Calif. creates state-run private retirement planBy JUDY LIN | Associated Press – 18 hrs ago SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will create the nation's first state-administered retirement savings program for private-sector workers, over the objection of critics who said it creates a new liability for taxpayers. The bill will establish the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program for more than 6 million lower-income, private-sector workers whose employers do not offer retirement plans. The program directs employers to withhold 3 percent of their workers' pay unless the employee opts out of the savings program,...
  • Impending bankruptcy threatens California cities

    09/29/2012 8:30:17 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    The Corsair ^ | 9/27/12 | William Duggan
    But faced with re-election or difficult labor negotiations, some leaders are content to turn a blind eye to deep structural problems, according to Caravalho. “It just gets too hard,” Caravalho said. “Some officials just don’t understand a city budget. They’re not always transparent, and maybe that’s on purpose.” Even during the course of bankruptcy, sometimes little is done to change policies or politicians that contributed to fiscal emergencies in the first place. “I don’t know if executives have enough to lose,” Caravalho said. In the end, Cole summed up the fundamental problem facing California’s cities by invoking former President Clinton’s...
  • Report: 225,000 Californians Flee State Per Year (Pharaoh...let my people go!!!)

    09/29/2012 5:36:48 AM PDT · by Kolath · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/28/2012 | Tony Lee
    Due to high taxes, burdensome regulations, lack of public sector reforms, and a lackluster job climate, more people have left California than come to the state since 2005, according to a comprehensive study by the Manhattan Institute released on Tuesday, suggesting California is no longer “perceived by most Americans as the land where dreams come true.” In the report, titled “The Great California Exodus: A Closer Look," Tom Gray and Robert Scardamalia found Californians have fled to states like Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, and Georgia because those states have a better economic climate with less taxes and...
  • FBI: Actor Ash Durrani threatened to kill flight passengers

    09/29/2012 2:45:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies ^ | September 28, 2012 | by Taylor Rios
    SNIPPET: "The FBI says that an actor threatened to kill flight passengers on a flight from Chicago Tuesday night. The plan was headed to Orange County and Arash "Ash" Durrani, 26, is going to appear in federal court Friday. Sources say that Ash Durrani was being unruly by pacing the aisles, demanding alcohol, harassing female passengers and threatening to kill people. According to the affidavit, the deranged model and actor yelled, "I'm from Afghanistan and I will murder all of you." This San Antonio Celebrity Examiner is just in shock. Did he say Afghanistan? Durrani was born in Alexandria, Virginia."
  • Los Angeles greenlights $1.2 billion football stadium

    09/28/2012 8:08:53 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-28-12 | Ronald Grover
    The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a $1.2 billion plan to build a downtown football stadium, moving America's second most populous city closer than it's been in nearly two decades to having a professional football team. Council members voted unanimously in favor of the Anschutz Entertainment Group's proposal to erect the 72,000-seat stadium in the city's downtown core. It will be named "Farmer's Field." AEG, controlled by billionaire Phil Anschutz, is up for sale but an agreement with the city will require its new owners to take up the stadium project.
  • Comcast to close all California call centers

    09/28/2012 3:48:03 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies ^ | september 26, 2012 | claudia buck
    In an abrupt announcement that caught state and local business officials off guard, cable giant Comcast announced Tuesday that it's closing all of its California call centers, including one in Natomas that employs about 300 workers. Why? That's the tricky question. Earlier in the day, citing the state's "high cost of doing business," a regional Comcast official said the company's Natomas, Livermore and Morgan Hill call centers will be shuttered on Nov. 30. Overall, about 1,000 jobs will be relocated to existing centers in Portland, Seattle and Denver. But hours later, after state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento,...
  • Rush Limbaugh: 'We’re Doomed' If Obama Re-elected

    09/27/2012 5:31:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 26, 2012
    Radio host Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to controversy. And now, a few short months before the November elections, Limbaugh is predicting a disaster scenario for America if Barack Obama is re-elected. He went so far as to say that if President Obama is voted into office for another term, the national economy is in serious trouble. “We’re doomed,” Limbaugh recently said on his talk show. “If Obama’s re-elected, it will happen. There’s no if about this. And it’s gonna be ugly. It’s gonna be gut-wrenching, but it will happen. The country’s economy is going to collapse if Obama is...