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  • River otters rebounding with hospitable habitat

    04/15/2012 9:54:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 4/15/12 | Carolyn Jones
    It's wild times in the watershed. The most happy-go-lucky denizen of Bay Area creeks is back, after a hiatus of at least three decades: the river otter. "They look like they're having a wonderful time out there. It's really exciting to see," said Steve Bobzien, a wildlife ecologist for the East Bay Regional Park District. "Plus, it's a really good biological indicator of the health of the ecosystem." From Antioch to Tomales Bay, park visitors have reported otters rolling in mud, gnawing on crayfish, sliding down rocks and generally partying on the creek banks. A Marin group has even created...
  • Senator Leaks Secret Mossad Meetings on TV

    01/31/2012 2:42:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    inn ^ | 1/31/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    A faux pax by Senator Diane Feinstein outed the presence of Mossad chief Tamir Pardo in Washington to discuss a possible strike on Iran. Mossad director Tamir Pardo is in Washington for talks about a possible attack on Iran's nuclear installations, Israel's Channel 2 reported on Tuesday. Pardo's visit, which would normally be conducted in secret, was revealed by US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, 78, who made the faux pax at committee hearing. The hearing was being broadcast live by US television. Feinstein said she had spoken with Pardo, who also met with CIA director David Petraeus, adding...
  • San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge

    04/13/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13 April 2012
    An incredible eight bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.
  • BrightSource kills IPO at last minute

    04/12/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 12, 2012 | by David R. Baker
    BrightSource Energy of Oakland, a solar power-plant developer whose first project won $1.6 billion in federal backing, abruptly canceled its initial public stock offering Wednesday night, just hours before trading was scheduled to begin. The surprise move killed what had been the most hotly anticipated clean-tech IPO this spring. It casts doubt on investor appetite for similar offerings in the future. The cancellation could also revive the debate over federal support for renewable power companies. Solar-module maker Solyndra of Fremont, which received $528 million from the same government program that funded BrightSource's first power plant, also canceled a planned IPO...
  • Gov’t Spent $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of San Fran Stimulus Project

    04/12/2012 3:38:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 12, 2012 | By Thomas Cloud
    The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045 billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009. “In October 2009, an ecologist identified a plant growing in a concrete-bound median strip along Doyle Drive in the Presidio as Arctostaphylos franciscana,” the U.S. Department of Interior reported in the Aug. 10, 2010 edition of the Federal Register. The bush—a Franciscan manzanita—was a specimen of a commercially cultivated species of shrub that can be purchased from nurseries...
  • Rodney King Pleads For Calm In Trayvon Martin Case

    04/12/2012 4:31:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    KVIA-TV / CNN ^ | April 12, 2012 | Stan Wilson
    When Florida authorities announced they were charging George Zimmerman with second degree murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Rodney King told CNN he was not surprised. "The justice system takes so long but it works and I am waiting, like the rest of us, to get to the facts and carefully, thoroughly, get to the truth without drawing conclusions," he said Thursday. While many of the facts in the case are not yet clear, King said he's sure about one thing: the identity of the person whose screams were heard on a 911 call made by...
  • California Declares War on Detached Homes

    04/12/2012 3:27:11 PM PDT · by robowombat · 76 replies
    New American ^ | 11 APRIL 2012 15:36 | RAVEN CLABOUGH
    California Declares War on Detached Homes WRITTEN BY RAVEN CLABOUGH WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL 2012 15:36 In its ongoing move to establish a full nanny state, the state of California has passed laws intended to minimize car use and carbon dioxide emissions. Those laws are now leading to policies that permit the state to mandate that up to 30 homes may be built on a single acre of land, in an effort to assuage concerns by climate-change advocates that humans are taking up too much space. “Metropolitan area governments are adopting plans that would require most new housing to be built...
  • Jarvis group launches 'Don't Sign the Petition' anti-tax campaign

    04/09/2012 9:08:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/9/12 | David Siders
    Less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown started using robotic telephone calls and mailers to gather signatures for his ballot initiative to raise taxes, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association plans to launch its anti-tax campaign today on the conservative "John and Ken" talk radio show. The taxpayers group this morning posted a red banner on its website inviting viewers to join a "Don't Sign the Petition" campaign. The banner links to a campaign website opposing Brown's effort to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners.
  • Jerry Brown Commutes Grandmother's Murder Sentence(Aide Admits He Is Less Compassionate Than Reagan)

    04/06/2012 11:21:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 6, 2012
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday commuted the prison sentence of a 51-year-old woman convicted of shaking her infant grandson to death 15 years ago, citing "significant doubts" about her guilt. Shirley Ree Smith has already served 10 years of the 15-years-to-life sentence she was given after a Van Nuys jury convicted her in the death of 7-week-old Etzel Glass. The jury relied on testimony by two coroner's officials relating evidence that another deputy medical examiner recently deemed "inconclusive." Smith was the subject of a five-year legal jousting match between the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of...
  • California's tough gun laws could not prevent East Oakland tragedy

    04/06/2012 9:30:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/6/12 | Steven Harmon, Bay Area News Group
    SACRAMENTO -- California's gun laws are the toughest of any state in the nation, but they could not prevent this week's East Oakland shooting that left seven people dead.
  • Prosecution of UC Davis protesters sparks anger, occupation

    04/06/2012 9:18:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/6/12 | Darrell Smith
    Several dozen UC Davis students are protesting the upcoming court date of the "Bankers' Dozen," the 12 students linked to demonstrations in January and February that shuttered an on-campus U.S. Bank branch. About 400 students rallied Thursday afternoon at the university's Memorial Union to speak out against allegations of conspiracy and blocking access filed against the dozen in late March by Yolo County prosecutors. The event was peaceful and no incidents were reported. Students and supporters then marched across campus to Mrak Hall, chanting "Drop all charges," occupying stairwells and the building's lobby. Some students quickly set up tents and...
  • LARRY ELDER SHOW: guest Prof Ellis - Calif kids being harmed by leftist professors

    04/04/2012 4:06:46 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    KABC RADIO ^ | 4-4-12
    Listen live to Larry Elder. Professor Ellis coming up.
  • Gov. Brown looks to global warming fees to pay for high-speed rail ("Better, faster, cheaper")

    04/03/2012 9:11:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/3/12 | Mike Rosenberg and Paul Rogers
    With a lower price tag and speedier plan to start zipping bullet trains up and down California, Gov. Jerry Brown's ambitious new high-speed rail proposal is still wobbly on one vital ingredient: billions and billions of dollars. The state still has no guarantee on where it will come up with about 80 percent of the funding needed for a project that high-speed rail leaders announced Monday will cost at least $68 billion. But bullet train backers are now touting a new wild card .. Anywhere from $2 billion to $14 billion a year could be in play for high-speed rail,...
  • Cashless: The Coming War on Tax-Evasion and Decentralized Money

    04/02/2012 4:01:06 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 25 replies
    Financial Sense ^ | 03/30/2012 | By Cris Sheridan
    There are two major trends taking place that are shaping up as a recipe for disaster. On the one hand, we have massively indebted governments around the world desperate for tax revenues and, on the other, steadily growing multi-trillion underground economies whose main goal is to avoid paying them. According to a recent study, the amount of uncollected tax revenues in the U.S. is estimated around a whopping 500 billion dollars per year1—enough money to bailout most of Europe. At 8 percent of GDP, the underground or shadow economy in the U.S. is much smaller percentage-wise than other nations like...
  • "Bankrupting" Public Unions

    04/02/2012 6:22:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Distressed cities are finally doing what they should have been doing long ago, declaring bankruptcy to force concessions from public unions. Numbers are still a trickle, but at soon as a major city such as Oakland or LA selects that option, we will likely see a torrent of municipal bankruptcies. At a packed, two-day conference on municipal woes sponsored by Michael Stanton, the publisher of The Bond Buyer Distressed Cities Discuss Bold Tactics in a New Fiscal Era. The conference was devoted to a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the more powerful tools being used in many cities...
  • Good news! California’s choo-choo to nowhere will only waste 68 billion instead of 98 billion

    04/02/2012 8:30:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/02/2012 | John Hawkins
    California has a budget deficit north of 10 billion dollars a year, a debt that's over 600 billion dollars, and businesses are already fleeing the state because of the ridiculous regulations, high taxes, and unfriendly business climate. So, is California buckling down and starting to do the tough, but necessary work needed to get the state back on track? Well, only if you consider spending almost 70 billion dollars more on a high speed rail project that's practically guaranteed to be a disastrous money pit before it’s ever built to fit that definition. State transportation officials have slashed the price...
  • Chuck DeVore: Texas vs. California

    04/02/2012 6:54:37 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    OC Register ^ | 4/2/12 | Chuck Devore
    One in five Americans calls California or Texas home. The two most populous states have a lot in common: a long coast, a sunny climate, a diverse population, plenty of oil in the ground, and Mexico to the south. Where they diverge is in their governance. For six years ending in 2010, I represented almost 500,000 people in California’s legislature. I was vice chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and served on the Budget Committee. I was even a lieutenant colonel in the state’s National Guard. Before serving in Sacramento, I worked as an executive in California’s...
  • As U.S. car sales pick up, trade-ins are older

    04/02/2012 1:17:12 AM PDT · by blueplum · 41 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 01 Apr 12 | Mark Glover
    The economy remains wobbly, unemployment is still high and yet people are buying new cars at a pace that would suggest a sweeping wave of prosperity. Even auto industry analysts concede that it's counterintuitive … until you take a closer look at what's being traded in for new wheels. [snip] David Rodgers, senior vice president and general manager of the Sullivan Automotive Group, which oversees John L. Sullivan Chevrolet and Roseville Toyota in the Roseville Automall, said that, more than car age, he's been struck by the high mileage he's seeing on trade-ins. "The average (age) is running about three...
  • High-speed rail plan slashes costs to calm critics

    04/01/2012 2:14:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 4/1/12 | Michael Cabanatuan
    State transportation officials have slashed the price tag for California's controversial high-speed rail project by $30 billion and expanded the first stretch of track to run from Merced in the Central Valley south to the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. The California High Speed Rail Authority's revised business plan, which will be released Monday in Fresno, calls for those dramatic changes as the agency prepares to ask the Legislature to use $2.7 billion in state high-speed rail bonds to start construction by early next year. The drastic revision, which puts the proposed cost of the system at $68.4 billion...
  • CA: Stem cell institute to work with foreign agencies

    04/01/2012 10:06:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 4/1/12 | David Perlman
    California's $3 billion stem cell agency, now more than 7 years old, has joined research partnerships with science and health agencies in eight foreign countries, the San Francisco institute announced. The agreements call for collaboration in efforts aimed at speeding stem cell research from the laboratory to the hospital, where researchers hope that basic human cells will be programmed to treat scores of human degenerative diseases. Research partnerships between American and foreign stem cell scientists are encouraged, but the California institute's funds would only be spent within the state, institute officials said. Alan Trounson, president of the California Institute for...