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  • Obama pleads for Californians, Latinos, young people to get coverage under new health care law

    06/11/2013 2:03:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 88 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/ | 6/7/13
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — President Barack Obama on Friday encouraged the uninsured or those paying high prices for health insurance to sign up for coverage under his health care law and urged opponents to stop wasting time continuing to fighting its implementation. Obama used a trip to California to highlight how the state is implementing the Affordable Care Act and rebut continuing criticism over his signature legislative achievement. He touted an effort in the state to recruit Hispanics in particular to the health care exchanges that are being created to help millions of now-uninsured consumers afford coverage.
  • More than half of Californians say they know nothing about landmark global-warming law

    08/02/2012 9:26:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/2/12 | Dana Hull
    California's landmark global-warming bill was a white-hot topic in the 2010 governor's race and remains former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature environmental achievement. But as the state prepares to unroll the law's cap-and-trade program in November with the first state auctions of emissions permits, a new poll finds that 57 percent of Californians say they have never heard anything about the program. The statewide poll by the Public Policy Institute of California further found that 30 percent of respondents said they had heard "a little," while just 12 percent said they had heard "a lot." "Cap-and-trade is a very complicated issue...
  • Tech firms' data gathering worries most Californians, poll finds

    04/01/2012 9:59:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/1/12 | David Sarno
    California's high-tech firms make the world's most popular smartphones, social networks and search engines, but there's one asset they're struggling to build: trust. The vast majority of Californians surveyed in a statewide poll are worried about the data collected by Internet and smartphone companies, and most said they distrust even firms known for their ardent fans and tens of millions of daily users. Many of those surveyed in the latest USC Dornsife/Times poll also said they were wary of firms collecting personal information without their knowledge and concerned that personal data could become public or be harvested to sell them...
  • Snow strands pueblo people, livestock ( NM )

    12/31/2011 3:22:49 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    KRQE news ^ | 30 Dec 2011 | Bob Martin
    At Acoma pueblo thousands of cattle and even a few residents are still stranded by deep snow. The pueblo continues to dig out from last week's blizzards. Most of the 3,000 cattle on the Acoma pueblo have been isolated since the storms last week with no extra feed or access to unfrozen water. Ranch hands have not been able to get out there as the extreme cold of the high country keeps the deep snow from melting. Tractor crews are attacking it, but there are miles to go. Not only is access important for care of the livestock, but many...
  • Sheriff's Office says dogs attacked Tonopah woman

    12/16/2011 2:41:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sheriff Joe's Office says Tonopah woman was attacked Friday by a pack of dogs.
  • Arizona man sentenced for shooting his car

    07/07/2011 8:35:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    AP ^ | July 7, 2011
    <p>KINGMAN, Ariz.—A western Arizona man has received a three-month sentence after authorities say he shot his Camaro because it wouldn't start and then refused to come out of his home.</p>
  • Dozens of U.S. ( Democrat )Cities Lose Half Their Population In A Generation...

    02/09/2011 10:10:39 AM PST · by Leisler · 87 replies · 1+ views
    Manufacturing and Technology News ^ | March 31, 2010 | Richard A. McCormack
    "Dozens of American cities throughout the industrial Great Lakes states and Midwest have lost half of their populations over the course of one generation -- places like Cleveland, Youngstown, Detroit, Warren, Buffalo and Flint. This is the first time that so many cities have lost half of their populations in such a short amount of time since the Plague struck Europe in 1348........."
  • Californians support vote on tax measure: (Field) poll (electorate prepared to commit democide?)

    01/27/2011 8:50:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/27/11 | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A majority of Californians back Governor Jerry Brown's plan to ask them to extend tax increases to help close a $25.4 billion state budget gap, poll results released on Wednesday showed. Brown, a Democrat sworn in to a third term earlier this month as leader of America's most populous state, wants lawmakers to help him put a measure to voters in June that would propose extending tax increases that expire this year to raise money for California's cash-strapped government. Revenue from tax extensions, $12.5 billion in spending cuts and other moves would balance the state's books...
  • 3.5 million Californians would be eligible for healthcare tax credits, study finds

    10/05/2010 10:26:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 10/5/10 | Duke Helfand
    The federal credits, provided under the nation's healthcare overhaul, would help low- and middle-income people slash the cost of coverage through a new state health insurance marketplace. An estimated 3.5 million Californians would be eligible for federal tax credits to slash the cost of their health coverage when they begin buying policies through a new statewide insurance marketplace in 2014, a study released Tuesday found. Under the nation's healthcare overhaul, tax credits will be available to low- and middle-income people once insurers begin selling policies through state-based insurance exchanges like the one being set up in California. The federal law...
  • Feds say two Californians tried to smuggle grenade launchers to Mexico

    10/04/2010 5:47:48 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 9 replies ^ | October 4, 2010 | Unattributed
         EL CENTRO, Calif. (CN) - Federal prosecutors charged two 21-year-old men with trying to buy grenade launchers, 40mm grenades and an M-4 rifle and export them to Mexico. Yoahjan Lara Flores, of Heber, Calif., and Arturo Lara, of El Centro, were arrested last week and pleaded not guilty. 
     Lara Flores also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted in 2009 of importing marijuana and was on supervised release when he was arrested, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
     Mexico has complained - to little effect - that many of the guns used in the...
  • Californians have the opportunity to fix state

    01/02/2010 7:23:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,443+ views ^ | 1/2/10 | John Grubb
    A once-in-a-generation voter revolt is brewing. This revolt is growing quickly and will test the very ideals of democracy to fix a state that has fallen far and fast. The movement for a constitutional convention offers Californians who passionately love their state a chance to cease armchair criticism and instead stand up to lead. The cause of the revolt is obvious, .. Our public schools, once the nation's best, are now among the worst. Our crumbling transportation and water systems were the envy of the world just a generation ago. Our business climate is ranked among the lowest in the...
  • Californians asked to spend more during unprecedented spree of water spending

    11/24/2009 8:52:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 513+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 11/24/09 | Mike Taugher -CoCoTimes
    Supporters of a proposed $11 billion water bond say the money is urgently needed to fix California's water supply problems, yet billions of dollars in previous bond money still hasn't been spent, according to the California treasurer. About half of the $20 billion in water and levee improvement bonds passed since 2000 was unspent as of July, according to the State Treasurer's Office most recent report on debt affordability. It is unclear how much of that money is actually available for new efforts, since lawmakers have appropriated billions for specific projects, according to Jason Dickerson, debt service analyst for the...

    10/12/2009 9:21:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 657+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 10/12/09 | Jon Coupal - HJTA
    When Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen remarked a half-century ago, “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money,” it was said with a sense of irony. I offer this clarification because a billion dollars no longer has the impact that it once had. Now with a former senator from Illinois occupying the White House, the federal government is throwing trillions of dollars around as if it were nickels. Still, for the average taxpayer, whether it is billion dollars or a trillion dollars, it’s a mind numbing amount. When the Legislature approved $12.6 billion in new...
  • Whitman: 'Californians want to trust their leaders again'

    09/22/2009 8:15:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 1,314+ views ^ | 9/22/09 | Joe Garofoli
    Billionaire former eBay CEO and political neophyte Meg Whitman officially announced her candidacy for California governor today in Orange County, vowing to cut 40,000 state government jobs and lower taxes. The 53-year-old Atherton resident, who registered as a Republican in 2007, told supporters in Fullerton that "Californians want to trust their leaders again. They want to be told the truth. "And most of all," she said, "they want to live in a place of opportunity and optimism, not a place of small dreams and scaled-down ambitions." Whitman will battle state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Rep. Tom Campbell in...
  • Democrats offer Californians a deal: Hike car tax, save state parks

    06/15/2009 9:23:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 1,323+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/15/09 | Mike Zapler
    SACRAMENTO — In a bid to avoid mass closures of state parks, Assembly Democrats on Monday offered a financial trade-off: Pay an additional $15 to register your car, and in return, the state will waive vehicle entry fees at all state parks for anyone with a California license plate. The proposal, outlined by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, is part of a sweeping budget plan Democrats aim to unveil this week and vote on as early as next week. ... But Bass said the majority party would also push for at least a handful of tax increases. In addition...
  • Californians have gotten recalls out of their system

    12/15/2008 8:09:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 490+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/15/08 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Reporting from Yuba City -- Five years ago, Donnette Shaffer was one of nearly 5 million Californians who did something unprecedented: she voted to fire Gray Davis, just months after he had been reelected governor. Now she wonders why she bothered. "I was thinking that we needed to do something before the ship totally sank," the 35-year-old postal carrier said last week as she ended her shift at Yuba City's downtown post office. A Republican, Shaffer voted to recall Democrat Davis and replace him with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. For a time, she was pleased with the new GOP governor, who...
  • CA: (Field Poll) Record number of Californians report being financially worse off

    07/25/2008 8:45:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 106+ views
    Field Poll ^ | 7/25/08 | Field Poll
    Record number of Californians report being financially worse off. Most do not expect improvement next year. - A record number of Californians (63%) report being financially worse off than they were a year ago. In no previous Field Poll survey in nearly fifty years of polling – covering several previous economic recession periods – has more than 50% described their financial condition so negatively. In addition, most voters foresee no improvement in their personal finances next year. There has also been a deterioration in Californians' appraisal of the state's economy. At present 86% of voters feel California is in bad...
  • Californians' power bills to bankroll climate institute

    04/11/2008 9:45:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 61+ views ^ | 4/11/08 | Janis Mara
    Are you willing to pay 12 to 30 cents more a month on your utility bill for an institute coordinating energy and climate change technology research across the state? Actually, you don't have a choice. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the $600 million California Institute for Climate Solutions, which will be paid for by money from ratepayers' monthly electric bills, to the tune of $60 million a year. The institute aims to speed up research into cutting greenhouse gas emissions, such as auto exhaust, that contribute to pollution. This work is already under way at laboratories...
  • Poll: Just a quarter of Californians open to supporting Bloomberg

    01/25/2008 9:19:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 74+ views
    THE RACE: Bloomberg in the presidential race in California --- THE NUMBERS - Would consider supporting Bloomberg for president in 2008 All voters, 25 percent Democrats, 23 percent Republicans, 20 percent Independents/others, 38 percent --- THE NUMBERS - See a Bloomberg independent candidacy as good for the country All voters, 29 percent Democrats, 25 percent Republicans, 25 percent Independents/others, 47 percent --- OF INTEREST: Presidential speculation has swirled around New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg since he switched from Republican to independent last year. But Californians do not have an automatic positive response to Bloomberg, who made billions with his self-named...
  • Most Californians call global warming 'a threat'

    11/10/2007 7:18:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 127+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 11/9/07 | Steve Geissinger - Media News
    SACRAMENTO -- An overwhelming majority of Californians believe global warming is a serious threat to their health and quality of life, according to a new statewide poll released Friday. The Field Poll also indicates Californians believe the problem is more serious than people elsewhere in the United States. More than seven in 10 Californians believe fears of air pollution and flooding are extremely or very important, compared with a national poll last year that put that figure at 52 percent. Statewide, 43 percent say global warming requires immediate action and 32 percent believe at least something should be done. Large...
  • Californians mull next step after fires (Green Gubby is not missing a beat fighting Global Varming)

    10/29/2007 10:01:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 51+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/07 | Chelsea Carter - ap
    SAN DIEGO - A week after a half million people fled Southern California's wildfires, shelters began closing and residents were figuring out what to do next — even as firefighters kept a wary eye on the possibility of strong winds developing later in the week. There was a chance of moderate Santa Anas — the fierce, dry winds that fanned the flames last week — returning in the next seven days, forecasters said. "It's a little premature to be celebrating, that's for sure," California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Fred Daskoski said. "We're looking for full control within...
  • CA: Fat bureaucracy won't trickle down to Californians

    03/08/2007 9:08:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 241+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 3/8/07 | Diana Ernst
    Legislators in Sacramento are pushing four new laws that would mandate California restaurant chains and grocery stores to reveal nutrition information immediately and ban all trans fats by 2009. Legislators believe they are fighting the obesity epidemic, but they are also expanding a government that is already overweight. The current obsession with obesity is driven by studies, such as the recent report by the nonprofit California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which found that California has an average of 4.18 times as many fast-food restaurants and convenience stores as supermarkets and produce vendors. San Bernardino County was found to have...
  • Californians' health insurance premiums rise 8.7% in '06

    11/29/2006 8:06:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 420+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 11/29/06 | Mark Schwanhausser
    When it comes to paying the skyrocketing bills for health insurance, Californians are feeling more pain than the average American. The average cost of premiums jumped 8.7 percent in 2006 -- outstripping the 7.7 percent increase in premiums nationwide, according to an annual survey released Wednesday by the California HealthCare Foundation in Oakland. That's more than double the 4.2 percent rate of inflation in California. And chalk this up as a bitter side-effect: Single California workers no longer pay less than the rest of nation for the favorite type of health insurance in the state. That news has widespread impact....
  • For first time, majority of Californians may vote absentee

    10/29/2006 11:04:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 651+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 10/29/06 | Rachel Konrad - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO A majority of California voters may cast absentee ballots in the Nov. 7 election, a milestone that's forcing politicians to rethink campaign strategies and prompting registrars to streamline ballot-counting procedures. The growth of absentee voting in the most populous state echoes a nationwide trend that's most pronounced in the West. Oregon has used mail-in ballots almost exclusively for a decade. More than half of all votes are absentee in Washington, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Marin County, just north of San Francisco, has sent ballots to 54 percent of its nearly 147,000 registered voters. And registrar Elaine Ginnold...
  • Californians may opt to skip this election

    09/17/2006 9:46:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 752+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/17/06 | Mark baldassare
    Rather than embrace the opportunity to decide California's future on Election Day, voters appear poised to make the record books by staying home. --snip-- When the Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Survey was released a few weeks ago, political observers seized on the news of a 13 percentage-point lead for Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over the Democratic challenger, State Treasurer Phil Angelides, and that the four multibillion-dollar state bonds for infrastructure projects enjoyed only narrow majority support. But this focus missed a more important story -- a surprisingly high level of voter indifference in the upcoming election. Based on...
  • Californians Asked to Repudiate Redding Mayor's Anti-Muslim Remarks

    09/11/2006 9:07:33 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 44 replies · 1,593+ views
    CAIR & The American Muslim ^ | September 11, 2006
    Mayor: 'Either the Judeo-Christian philosophy will survive or the Islamic philosophy will survive'SACRAMENTO, CA -- (OfficialWire) -- 09/11/06 -- The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today called on Californians to repudiate remarks insulting to Muslims made by a mayor in the northern part of that state. CAIR-SV said that Redding, Calif., Mayor Ken Murray claimed Shia Muslims "believe it's acceptable to lie, cheat, steal and kill as long as it ultimately glorifies Allah." "Folks, they're not like us," said Murray. When asked about his offensive remarks, Murray drew a distinction between "mainstream" and Shia Muslims,...
  • CA: Senate OKs discount deal benefiting 5 million Californians (prescription drugs - SB 2911)

    08/29/2006 8:17:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 222+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/29/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    SACRAMENTO Legislation to provide prescription drug discounts for about 5 million uninsured or underinsured Californians was approved by the Senate on Tuesday despite warnings that it wouldn't work or could harm the state's poorest residents. The bill, the result of negotiations between the Schwarzenegger administration and Democrats, would require the state Department of Health Services to attempt to negotiate discounts with drug manufacturers. Drug companies that refused to cut deals with the state could find it tougher to get their prescriptions used by Medi-Cal, the state's huge health care program for the poor. The legislation comes after voters rejected two...
  • Californians to get discounts on drugs

    08/25/2006 3:57:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 398+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/25/06 | Robin Hindry - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative Democrats reached a deal Thursday that they say will help uninsured, lower-income Californians get discounts of up to 40 percent on name-brand drugs. The California Prescription Drug Initiative, announced earlier this week but formally approved Thursday, will give discounts of about 40 percent for name-brand drugs and 60 percent for generics to people who otherwise would have to pay full retail price. The enrollment fee will be $10 a year. The initiative will require prescription drug companies to offer discounts for medications or face possible sanctions. The Republican governor said the plan...
  • Californians Now Recycle Half of Their Trash (Today trash,Tomorrow,Politicians! California Dreamin')

    08/25/2006 10:24:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 368+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/25/06 | Amanda Covarrubias
    State officials announced Thursday that California has finally achieved its goal of reducing landfill waste by 50%, thanks to diligent recycling by residents and businesses. The milestone culminates a 16-year campaign by the state to persuade people to separate recyclables out of the trash. The state passed a landmark law in 1989 mandating that communities establish waste-management plans for residents and businesses that would ultimately divert at least 50% of all recyclable trash from landfills. California was supposed to reach the goal in 2000, but preliminary data released Thursday show that the goal wasn't reached until last year. A total...
  • Wage law could hurt Californians (Tips under scrutiny)

    08/03/2006 6:33:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 597+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 8/3/06 | Claire Vitucci
    WASHINGTON - Hundreds of thousands of California waiters, hairstylists, bellhops and other workers who rely on tips to boost their incomes could see their wages slashed under federal legislation the U.S. Senate could take up by Friday. The House already passed HR 5790, a far-reaching bill that would raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in nine years, reinstate tax cuts for teachers and those who pay college tuition and reduce estate taxes for the richest of Americans. But Democrats are blasting a provision in the GOP-written bill that would require that tips be counted as part of...
  • (Field) Poll finds Californians' glass half full

    07/25/2006 9:24:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 128 replies · 1,084+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/25/06 | John Marelius
    As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger embarks from San Diego County on a campaign bus tour this morning, he will be greeted by good news in the form of a poll showing his re-election prospects brightening. A new statewide Field Poll shows that 45 percent of the likely voters in the Nov. 7 election would vote for the Republican incumbent and 37 percent for Democratic state Treasurer Phil Angelides. Three percent would vote for minor-party candidates and the remaining 15 percent were undecided. Although that does not represent a statistically significant change from May, when Schwarzenegger led Angelides 46 percent to 39...
  • Heads up for Californians - Gun Confiscation

    07/18/2006 1:56:13 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 62 replies · 2,168+ views ^ | 7 17 06 | David Hardy
    LA County Gun Task Force Serving Search Warrants LAPD & LASO Might Be Knocking On Your Door Next! LA County Gun Task Force Serving Search Warrants Officers from the Los Angeles County Gun Task Force in CA have begun serving search warrants on residents in that county who are suspected of holding un-registered "Assault Rifles" including 50 BMG target rifles. If you or any of your friends have not complied with the provisions of AB-50 that require you to register any 50 BMG rifles you own, you may very well expect a knock on your door at any time. This...
  • Arnold's message - He serves all Californians, not just Republicans

    03/03/2006 10:46:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 747+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/3/06 | Editorial
    Through an appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” and through other actions of late, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has put the GOP on notice that he's the governor of every Californian and not just fellow Republicans. “I will run as an Arnold Republican, which is I am there to govern and to serve the people of California, meaning Democrats and Republicans, even though there are some on the right wing that are not happy about that,” Schwarzenegger told host Tim Russert about his bid for re-election. Good for Arnold. It's exactly the right message, and it comes at exactly the right...
  • America Supports You: Californians Provide Holiday Spirit

    12/14/2005 5:51:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 162+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2005 – Yellow Ribbon America, a partner in the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program, will join the National Guard Association of California and the California state legislature in paying tribute to U.S. servicemembers during a Dec. 15 celebration in Newport Beach, Calif. Troops from both the active and reserve components will be on hand as part of "Operation Christmas for Our Troops II," a program aimed at gathering toys for the children of deployed California troops as well as DVDs and CDs for troops serving overseas. The bipartisan, statewide campaign kicked off in early December, and...
  • Thousands of Californians protest Iraq war

    09/24/2005 8:33:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 977+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 9/24/05 | ap - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES - Drums pounded, voices boomed and whistles shrieked as thousands of demonstrators marched in the shadows of downtown skyscrapers Saturday to protest America's involvement in Iraq, one of several California demonstrations on a day of protests across the country. The crowd, a mix of people ranging from mothers pushing baby strollers to spiky haired punk rockers, chanted for an end to the bloodshed and waved signs that said, "Who would Jesus have bombed?" and "War is not the answer." Police closed a downtown street to accommodate the protest, which they said drew an estimated 15,000 people. Protests across...
  • Poll: Californians back unions over Schwarzenegger

    07/07/2005 4:43:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 799+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO – An overwhelming majority of Californians approve of the unions Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been attacking while they disapprove of the job Schwarzenegger is doing, according to a new statewide poll. The poll released Thursday by the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University is just the latest to show the governor has been losing support in recent months as he's pushed several ballot measures aimed at curbing the power of Democrats and public employee unions in state government. Schwarzenegger's approval ratings have fallen from 59 percent of Californians surveyed in January to 34 percent...
  • Poll: By 2-to-1 margin, Californians say state is on wrong track

    06/28/2005 9:32:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 435+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than twice as many Californians believe the state is on the wrong track as opposed to headed in the right direction, a new poll found. According to a Field Poll released Tuesday, 59 percent of Californians surveyed said the state is "seriously off on the wrong track," up from 51 percent in February. The percentage of people who believed the state was "generally going in the right direction" fell from 40 percent in February to 28 percent. Republicans were most optimistic with 46 percent believing the state was on the right track, while just 18...
  • CA: Governor urges Californians to reduce energy use during summer

    06/23/2005 6:06:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 347+ views
    ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday urged Californians to conserve energy this summer while promoting his plan to create a state energy agency. He said he doesn't want a repeat of the power crisis of 2000-2001, which followed the state's foray into deregulated energy markets and led to rolling blackouts and soaring utility bills. "There is no doubt about it that California will face big energy challenges this summer and probably for years to come," said the governor, speaking at the office of the Independent System Operator, which manages most of the state's power grid. "Conservation saves...
  • Study: Over Half of Californians Overweight

    04/06/2005 8:28:56 AM PDT · by Gaetano · 42 replies · 615+ views
    Foxnews ^ | April 6, 2005 | AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new study finds Californians are getting alarmingly fat, with more than half of all adults overweight. The study estimates that overweight and inactive Californians cost $21.7 billion a year in medical bills, injuries and lost productivity. The study blames a decade of overeating and sitting in front of the television. It finds that nearly 53 percent of Californians over 25 are overweight, and more than 17 percent are obese, or extremely overweight. The rates among Hispanics, blacks and adults with less than a high school education are even higher and exceed 60 percent. The study was...
  • (Field) Poll: Most Californians oppose licenses for illegal immigrants

    03/04/2005 8:47:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 287+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/4/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - By a wide margin, Californians oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, according to a poll released Friday. A Field Poll showed that 62 percent of state residents oppose granting the licenses, while 35 percent favor the idea. The poll also found that 49 percent support issuing a different kind of license to illegal immigrants, with 48 percent opposed. The survey found a large ethnic divide on the question. Three out of four white, non-Hispanics said they are opposed to issuing regular driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, while Hispanics favor the idea by a two-to-one margin. Of...
  • Conservative values trump other issues for many in suburbs

    11/06/2004 9:29:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 528+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/7/4 | John Wildermuth
    As a conservative Republican in Lafayette, Linda Ellman wouldn't even put a "Bush for President" sticker on her car for fear of what might happen. But when the president won re-election Tuesday, she was surprised to find she wasn't alone. "I go to a church where all four pastors are Democrats,'' Ellman said. "But when I called the church to find out the reaction to the election, I heard there had been a lot of high fives from closet Republicans.'' The Bay Area is the Promised Land for California Democrats, a region where liberal congresswomen like San Francisco's Nancy Pelosi...
  • CA: Record number of Californians believe nation on wrong track (Field poll)

    10/06/2004 8:31:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 78 replies · 894+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 10/06/04 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO - A larger proportion of California voters now believe the country is headed in the wrong direction than at any time since President Bush took office, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday. Driven by worries over terrorism, the war in Iraq and the economy, 58 percent of Californian believe the country is on the wrong track, according to a new Field Poll. That figure has gradually risen since December 2001 when 68 percent said the nation was headed in the right direction. Meanwhile, Bush continues to receive record low approval ratings in California with 54 percent saying...
  • Environment ranks high among Californians' concerns, poll finds

    07/22/2004 8:37:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 334+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/22/04 | Terence Chea - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Worried about air pollution and related health problems, most Californians want lawmakers to make protecting the environment a top priority, even if it hinders economic growth, according to a poll released Thursday. The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found wide support across racial, ethnic, regional and political lines for environmental protection programs to reduce air pollution, reduce auto emissions and develop alternative energy sources. "As our state becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, concerns about environmental issues are being seen across a broad spectrum of the population," Mark Baldassare, the San Francisco-based institute's...
  • Californians Pay Final Respects to President Ronald Reagan

    06/07/2004 5:11:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 706+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/07/04 | JEFF WILSON
    Californians Pay Final Respects to President Ronald Reagan 9 minutes ago By JEFF WILSON, Associated Press Writer SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Nancy Reagan touched her cheek to the flag-covered casket, then made way for Americans by the thousands to pay respects Monday to Ronald Reagan before a cross-country journey to a state funeral in Washington. A steady, near-silent stream of people — some saluting, some praying — circled through the rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the body of the nation's 40th president will lie in repose through Tuesday before traveling to Washington. After Friday's state funeral, the...
  • Californians oppose the governor's bond measure (Prop 57)

    01/15/2004 8:52:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 164+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/15/04 | Daniel Weintraub
    <p>Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger faces an uphill battle to win voter approval of the first phase of his fiscal recovery plan March 2. But if he is willing to place his personal and political credibility on the line, he can probably pull it off.</p>
  • Dig deeper, Californians: Cost of living is going up

    12/31/2003 11:08:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 298+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 12/31/03 | Jill Tucker and Sean Holstege
    The cost of being a Californian is going up in 2004 and few in the Golden State will be spared from the efforts to bolster the state and local budgets with higher fees and fines. Fishing will cost more. So will filing for divorce. And driving. Or flying. And drinking from bottles and cans. Planning to pitch a tent this summer? That'll cost you. But perhaps nobody will feel the immediate effect of the new calendar like BART's 315,000 daily patrons. BART's across-the-board 10 percent fare increase takes effect with daytime service on Jan. 1. The average price of a...
  • Californians Launch New Prop. 187 Measure (denying some social services to illegal immigrants)

    12/20/2003 5:14:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 47 replies · 991+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/20/03 | ROBERT JABLON
    Californians Launch New Prop. 187 Measure 16 minutes ago By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES - Backers of a contentious 1994 initiative denying some social services to illegal immigrants have resurrected their effort and are gathering signatures to qualify a new measure for the November ballot. The "Save Our State Initiative" would bar undocumented immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses and most public services, including non-emergency health care. Police, teachers and other public employees would have to notify federal authorities in writing of immigration violations or face potential misdemeanor criminal charges. "We don't think it's right to give welfare...
  • A lesson for Californians

    12/01/2003 7:08:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 136+ views
    Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | 12/1/03 | Opinion
    If anyone should learn from the recall election, it is voters. Just about the time we think state legislators have found a constructive lesson in California's recall election, they prove us wrong again. Take, for example, a recent display of petty tyranny. Petty tyrants, according to Carlos Castaneda, come in three subcategories: pinches tiranos, pinches tiranitos, and pinches tiranitos chiquititos (the teeny weeny kind). We'll leave it to you to judge the category befitting behavior in last week's special session. Members of both political parties qualify, as columnist Jill Stewart makes clear (on the Comment page). The Republicans started it...
  • Recall revived Californians' interest in politics

    10/20/2003 8:10:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 148+ views
    OC Register ^ | 10/20/03 | Margaret Talev - Sac Bee
    <p>SACRAMENTO – The recall election that gave rise to Gov.- elect Arnold Schwarzenegger held Californians' attention as few news events have, according to a new survey, reigniting a disengaged electorate's interest in politics.</p> <p>As Schwarzenegger enters office for the first time, the results released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California suggest the Republican movie star may well find voters responsive to his campaign promise to take priorities before them through the initiative process if he can't make headway with a divided Legislature.</p>
  • Study: Californians can create more jobs, revenue by buying state-grown produce

    07/31/2003 5:34:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 275+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/31/03 | AP - FResno
    <p>FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Californians can help create more than 5,500 jobs and generate $1.38 billion in revenue each year if they shift 10 percent of their purchases to state-grown produce, according to a new study released Thursday.</p> <p>Californians can also generate about $188 million in taxes for local and state governments if 10 percent of their total purchases included state-grown fruits, vegetables and other California farm goods, according to a study funded by the Buy California Marketing Agreement.</p>