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  • California Regulates Tire Pressure (no joke)

    09/08/2010 5:22:25 AM PDT · by EBH · 80 replies
    California.gov ^ | 09/06/2010
    Link is to the pdf final regulation. Take your vehicle in for repair, ... they are required to complete the tire air inspection. Sure you can decline, but have to either provide proof it was done in the last 30 days or promise to have it done in a week.
  • Public salary measure stalled

    09/05/2010 5:18:43 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    One News Now ^ | 9/5/2010 | Becky Yeh
    Outrage over city officials' salaries in Bell, California has driven state legislators to make their earnings public information, which gained momentum until lawmakers were faced with an Assembly bill that would require their own incomes to be revealed. A.B. 2064, introduced by Assemblywoman Alyson Huber (D-El Dorado Hills), would require lawmakers to make the salaries of highly-paid staff members, along with their own incomes, public information. It was announced in a press conference led by Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez as part of a six-bill package pushed by state lawmakers in light of the...
  • California gun bills fail

    09/02/2010 11:20:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 September, 2010 | David Codrea
    Three California gun control bills have died. AB 1810, the long gun registration bill from Mike Feur (D), AB 1934, the open carry ban from Lori Saldana (D), and AB 2358, the ammunition vendor reporting bill from Kevin DeLeon (D) died last night. From CRPA News and Updates, via CalGuns: "All three of these bills posed a fundamental threat to the rights of gun owners. And there was no room for compromise any one of the bills. It was a fight down to midnight, but in the late hours of August 31, AB 1810, AB 1934, and AB 2358 were...
  • Victory for Gun Owners in California! Wednesday

    09/02/2010 12:28:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | September 01, 2010 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Victory for Gun Owners in California!   Wednesday, September 01, 2010   Thank You for Your Hard Work and Support! Yesterday, Tuesday, August 31, lawmakers in the Golden State heard loud and clear the voices of pro-gun advocates when they defeated three dangerous pieces of anti-gun legislation.Assembly Bill 1810 would have established a registration system, similar to the one currently in place for handguns, for all newly-acquired long guns.  Under AB1810, the make, model and serial number of the firearm as well as the identifying information of the purchaser would have...
  • California Senate rejects open-carry gun ban

    08/31/2010 6:42:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 30 August, 2010 | AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Senate rejected a bill Monday that would have made it illegal to carry unloaded guns in public, but lawmakers will give the vote one more try. Monday's 20-16 vote fell one short of the majority needed, but the Senate will reconsider the measure Tuesday. The bill, AB1934, was introduced after a series of demonstrations by gun-rights organizations during which they encouraged participants to openly carry unloaded weapons. California law lets gun owners carry a rifle or handgun in a holster if it is not loaded. The legislation would make it a misdemeanor to openly carry a handgun...
  • Calif. rejects ban on plastic shopping bags

    09/01/2010 2:47:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 9/1/2010 | Robin Hindery
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers have rejected a bill seeking to ban plastic shopping bags after a contentious debate over whether the state was going too far in trying to regulate personal choice. The Democratic bill, which failed late Tuesday, would have been the first statewide ban, although a few California cities already prohibit their use.
  • Governor (SchwarzenKennedy) seeks delay in renewable energy rule

    07/21/2010 10:14:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 7/21/10 | John Howard
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked the state’s air-quality enforcers to postpone a rule to require 33 percent of the power used by utilities to come from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy. Schwarzenegger asked the Air Resources Board to delay until September its adoption of the new regulation, which had been expected this month. The Republican governor said he made the request because of “ongoing discussions with legislative leaders to develop a bill that I can sign.” If those negotiations don’t prove fruitful, the ARB “will be ready and able to adopt the regulations at that time (in...
  • California utilities struggle to meet renewable-power requirement

    07/10/2010 8:37:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/10/10 | Tiffany Hsu
    California boasts some of the toughest standards in the nation for boosting the use of renewable power. Getting utilities to meet those mandates is proving to be even tougher. State law requires the Golden State's three large investor-owned utilities to procure 20% of their retail electricity sales from clean sources by the end of 2010. But with less than six months left to meet that requirement, even government watchdogs don't expect the power companies to make it. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. are likely to end this year with a...
  • Could wartime records derail high-speed trains?

    07/10/2010 5:40:59 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 1+ views
    PressDemocrat.com ^ | Saturday, July 10, 2010 | Economist magazine
    Lawmakers in California voted unanimously on June 29 to approve a proposed law that would force any company bidding for contracts to build the state’s new $43 billion high-speed rail system to disclose whether they transported Jews, American soldiers or others to concentration camps during the Holocaust. Its author, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, a Democrat, specifically highlighted the wartime record of SNCF, which nowadays operates France’s TGV high-speed trains. The French firm expects that the bill will clear all further legislative hurdles, including the sign-off by the normally veto-prone governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Providing the details required by the law will be...
  • SCOTUS ruling and California’s ‘open carry’ law

    06/28/2010 3:30:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/28/10 | Josh Richman
    The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling 5-4 this morning in a challenge to Chicago’s handgun ban, ruled that the Second Amendment’s guarantee of an individual right to bear arms applies to state and local gun control laws. As a practical matter, this means all kinds of state and local gun restrictions will now be subject to more judicial scrutiny. For California, it confirms the already-strong likelihood that AB 1934 – the pending bill that would outlaw “open carry” of unloaded, unconcealed firearms in public places – quickly will be met with a lawsuit if it’s signed into law.AB 1934’s author is...
  • Assembly bill would ban free bags at California grocery stores

    06/27/2010 12:14:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 06/26/2010 | Jim SanderS
    Paper or plastic? Soon the answer may be neither. California would become the first state to ban grocery, liquor and drug stores from providing free paper or plastic bags under legislation pushed by Democrats and supported by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The goal is to fight litter and lighten the load on landfills by getting shoppers to use reusable fabric bags. Those who don't could buy paper bags for a nickel or more. "I think the proliferation of plastic bags is unnecessary, and it's a pollutant, an urban tumbleweed," Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, said of the lightweight bags that...
  • Bill would expose high-speed train contractors with Holocaust ties

    06/22/2010 9:00:03 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 32 replies
    San Mateo County Times ^ | 06/22/2010 | Mike Rosenberg
    Train companies and foreign governments that helped support the Holocaust could be barred from working on the California high-speed railroad under a new bill in the Legislature. The legislation would not exempt governments or companies such as France's bullet-train operator, whose locomotives once transported prisoners to concentration camps, from bidding for a piece of the state's $43 billion project starting next year. But it would allow the California High-Speed Rail Authority to disqualify any of those companies or governments based solely on their ties to World War II atrocities, specifically from 1942 to 1944. If contractors fail to provide evidence...
  • 'Open carry' proponents forced the issue (California)

    06/04/2010 4:46:17 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 27 replies · 443+ views
    Supporters of the "open carry movement" are proving to be their own worst enemies. In their high-profile display of weaponry, they have led many Californians to question the sanity of a law that allows people to openly carry unloaded handguns in public places. They certainly caught the attention of the California Assembly, which voted 46-30 this week for legislation by Lori Saldaña, D-San Diego, to repeal the open carry law that has been on the books for four decades. Saldaña introduced AB1934 after several dozen gun-packing demonstrators frightened beachgoers in San Diego last year. She regarded the flaunting of weaponry...
  • AB 7: Another California Strike-Out

    06/03/2010 2:28:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 463+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 6/3/2010 | Hugh Hewitt
    Gunnar Sandberg is a California high school baseball player was put into a coma this spring after being hit in the head by a line-drive coming off a metal bat. The very good news is that Sandberg is recovering, but the reaction to his injury has been sadly predictable: Democratic California Assembly member Jared Huffman has introduced AB 7 --a bill that would impose a moratorium on non-wood bats for one year.
  • Calif. moves to ban plastic bags at grocery stores

    06/02/2010 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1,125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2010
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the grocery store. Legislation passed Wednesday by the California Assembly would prohibit grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags.
  • OCDO Press Release - Assemblywoman Saldana misleads public - AB 1934 tramples property rights

    05/27/2010 10:40:35 AM PDT · by majstoll · 3 replies · 532+ views
    OpenCarry.org ^ | May 27, 2010 | John Pierce
    But even more disturbing than Saldana's histrionic approach to marketing her 9,996 word bill creating or amending 8 sections of California's complicated gun laws is that fact that she has misled legislators, the media, and the public at large into believing that AB 1934 would not impact private property rights. For example, Ms. Saldana flatly warranted on San Diego 6 News that "The bill would ban open carry in public places - on private property, you're still allowed to carry a gun." See http://www.sandiego6.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?articleID=778999 But as Mr. Pierce explained in his recent Op-Ed, all private property in California is considered...
  • Schwarzenegger signs gay rights bills

    10/12/2009 12:30:23 PM PDT · by Mojave · 31 replies · 1,428+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Oct. 12, 2009 | Dan Smith
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed two gay rights bills, one honoring late activist Harvey Milk and another recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.
  • CALIFORNIA´S GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION TO HELP TRACK AMMUNITION SALES (AB 962)

    10/12/2009 12:27:47 PM PDT · by GL of Sector 2814 · 213 replies · 9,538+ views
    California Chronicle ^ | Oct 12, 2009 | California Chronicle
    Sacramento, CA – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law legislation that will help law enforcement officials track down and apprehend armed criminals and other prohibited persons. AB 962 by Assembly Member Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles) had the support of law enforcement officials from across the state and was modeled after successful city ordinances, including the cities of Sacramento and Los Angeles. AB 962 was the Brady Campaign´s top priority bill in this year´s legislature. The law requires maintenance of purchaser records by handgun ammunition vendors. Local law enforcement can use these records to find illegal guns. "The purchase records will...
  • California imposes 90-day foreclosure moratorium

    06/15/2009 7:07:21 PM PDT · by TexAsia · 12 replies · 794+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 06/13/2009 | The Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California is imposing a 90-day moratorium on housing foreclosures under a new law that takes effect Monday. The law is expected to make lenders try harder to keep borrowers in their homes. Loan companies must prove they tried to modify the delinquent loans before they can begin foreclosing. But supporters acknowledge the California Foreclosure Prevention Act won't stop thousands of foreclosures from eventually happening. There have been more than 365,000 foreclosures in California since early 2007, with many more already scheduled. The bill passed in February is similar to the Obama administration's Making Home Affordable Program that began in...
  • CA: Action required; Lead ammo ban

    06/15/2009 9:10:02 AM PDT · by Redcloak · 12 replies · 1,028+ views
    CALIFORNIA ALERT SYSTEMMultiple Organization Alert NRA Members' Councils of California   CAL-ERT  06/12/09 --- Noon ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ CALIFORNIA REGULATORY ALERTThis information is accurate at the time this CAL-ERT was written and originally distributed. The NRA Members' Councils of California and the California Rifle and Pistol Association have issued this alert in a cooperative effort and will keep you informed as issues affect your gun-rights in California. EXPANSION OF THE BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION MAY BE ATTEMPTED BY FISH & GAME HISTORY: On February 5, 2009, we informed you that the California Fish and Game Commission was considering a state-wide ban...
  • This bad penny just won't go away (50 Rd limit legislation in CA!)

    06/10/2009 6:13:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 42 replies · 1,705+ views
    sbsun ^ | 6/5/2009 | Jim Matthews
    After being placed in the suspense file, and everyone thinking it was dead, Assembly Bill 962 is moving through the state legislature again. It passed the state Assembly Wednesday and now moves to the state Senate. How it got this far is a mystery. In case you've forgotten, Los Angeles Assemblyman Kevin DeLeon's bill would: 1. Stop the sale of more than 50 rounds of handgun ammunition per month to individuals. Since "handgun" ammunition is not defined anywhere in the bill, it effectively means "all" ammunition, since you can buy handguns in just about any metallic cartridge today. It would...
  • Debate for Calif lawmakers: Budget or blueberries?

    06/11/2009 7:51:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 423+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/11/9 | JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer
    What budget crisis? As California faces what one official this week called a complete meltdown of state government, some lawmakers have their minds on other matters. Like creating a blueberry commission. Or standing up for pomegranate juice. And, in what passes for health reform in the nation's most populous state, ensuring that the name tags of medical workers are in 18-point font. Those are among the hundreds of bills being debated in the California Legislature as the state faces a $24.3 billion deficit and the prospect of running out of cash by late July. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged lawmakers...
  • The State Worker: California state employees have a pampered image

    06/04/2009 8:00:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 1,092+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/4/9 | Jon Ortiz
    State workers, you're the face of California government – and for many outside of it, you're also the hired help.What really ticks off the "boss" is that their money pays your wages, but they feel powerless to dictate what you do or what you earn doing it.The complaints surface on The State Worker blog, in phone calls and e-mails. Here are a few, with numbers: • State workers make more than the "boss." California state employees' average base pay in 2008 was $63,815, according to a Bee analysis of state wage data that excluded the university systems. The median, the...
  • Assembly approves bankruptcy bill

    06/03/2009 9:32:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 732+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/3/9 | Bee Capitol Bureau
    The Assembly today approved a union-backed bill that would prohibit cities and counties from filing for bankruptcy without state approval. ... Unions want the state to weigh in on bankruptcies because the filings could void union contracts cities and counties have with workers.
  • Bill requires all eggs sold in California to be from cage-fee hens

    06/03/2009 7:53:50 AM PDT · by SmithL · 189 replies · 3,665+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/3/9 | Jim Downing
    California voters freed the state's egg-laying hens last fall, but Proposition 2 left a big loophole: Supermarkets could still sell eggs laid by caged birds in other states. Now, animal-welfare advocates are backing legislation requiring every egg sold in California to be from a cage-free hen. Assembly Bill 1437 would greatly expand the scope of the state's ban on standard egg-laying cages, which is scheduled to take effect in 2015. Economists predict Proposition 2, on its own, will drive up imports of cheap, conventionally produced eggs, pushing many in-state farms out of business. If AB 1437 passes, though, it would...
  • Calif. Bill Would Require Rx For Cold Pills

    06/02/2009 10:01:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies · 1,815+ views
    June 02, 2009
    Calif. bill would require Rx for cold pills Tuesday, June 2, 2009 A crime-fighting bill moving through the California Legislature would force patients to get a doctor's prescription to buy a common remedy for stuffy noses. The measure by Sen. Rod Wright, an Inglewood Democrat, would make it an infraction or misdemeanor to obtain ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or related drugs without a prescription. Those are common ingredients in cold medicines, but they're also used to make illegal methamphetamine. Wright says he wants to get them out of drug dealers' hands. But Sen. Sam Aanestad, an oral surgeon and Republican from Grass...
  • CALIFORNIA: Lawmakers reject money-spending legislation

    05/29/2009 7:50:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 868+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/29/9 | Jim Sanders
    Already struggling to pay the state's current bills, California lawmakers took a sledgehammer Thursday to hundreds of proposals for new money-spending programs totaling billions of dollars. The message was simple: Coffers of the nation's largest state are bare. A torrent of legislation with a cumulative price tag of nearly $213.5 billion annually was reduced to a veritable trickle that would cost the state's general fund about $9.3 million annually if all bills ultimately become law. Victims included the most expensive legislative proposal of all, Senate Bill 810, which called for creation of a state-run system to provide health care to...
  • CA: Never-ending assault - 'Job-killer' bills before Legislature defy comprehension

    05/26/2009 8:42:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,243+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/26/09 | Editorial
    As the state's acute budget crisis shows, it is absolutely crucial for California to have a hospitable business climate. Without a healthy economy, there is not enough tax revenue to sustain even basic government programs. One would think this would have finally sunk in with the Democrats who control the Legislature, given the plunge in revenue over the past two years and the resulting budget carnage. One would be wrong. The California Chamber of Commerce's recently released list of “job-killer” bills now pending in Sacramento is like a greatest hits collection of anti-business legislation. There are the usual attempts to...
  • Calif. Panel OKs Honors for Gay Leader Harvey Milk

    05/07/2009 3:25:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies · 749+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | STEVE LAWRENCE
    With encouragement from an Oscar-winning screenwriter, a state Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday that would designate a day honoring slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk. The Senate Education Committee voted 7-2 to send the bill by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, to the full Senate. It would designate each May 22 — Milk's birthday — as Harvey Milk Day. The "day of special significance" would recognize Milk's life and contributions to the state but would not be an official holiday, meaning there would be no cost to state government. It also would encourage public schools to conduct "suitable commemorative exercises"...
  • Economy booster: California looking to ban plasma TVs

    05/01/2009 2:32:07 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies · 828+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 23th | Ed Morrissey
    The state energy commission denies it wants to ban any kind of television sets. They claim that they just want to limit the market only to those models that provide better energy efficiency in order to save costs and cut down on emissions. The Orange County Register notes that the annual savings in energy costs between comparable plasma and LCD models amounts to a grand total of $30 per year.
  • California passes bills allowing renters to squat, unions to "card check"

    04/24/2009 10:33:31 AM PDT · by UltraConservative · 22 replies · 1,460+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | April 24, 2009 | Ben Shapiro
    The Los Angeles times is reporting that the California state senate has passed a bevy of bills that will increase the cost of doing business. First, they passed a bill, SB 789, to allow the state equivalent of federal “card check,” allowing farmworkers unions to form without a secret ballot. According to the LA Times, “Instead of holding an election with secret ballots, workers could submit cards, signed by a majority of the workers asking for representation, to state labor authorities.” This is bad policy – and more than that, it encourages bullying tactics from union thugs. How many people...
  • 'Ammunition Accountability' Legislation. (No ammo sales after 6/30/2009)

    04/20/2009 2:33:55 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 79 replies · 6,155+ views
    email | 4/20/2009
    Nobody can sell any ammunition after June 30, 2009. It has already started: 'Ammunition Accountability' Legislation. Remember how Obama said that he wasn't going to take your guns? Well, it seems that his allies in the anti-gun world have no problem with taking your ammo! The bill that is being pushed in 18 states (including Illinois and Indiana) requires all ammunition to be encoded by the manufacturer, a data base of all ammunition sales. So, they will know how much you buy and what calibers. Nobody can sell any ammunition after June 30, 2009 unless the ammunition is coded. Any...
  • California Gun Laws Could Get Tighter

    04/20/2009 10:28:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 722+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | April 20, 2009
    California gun laws could get tighter On the tenth anniversary of the deadly high school shootings in Columbine, Colo., California lawmakers announced new efforts to keep guns and ammunition away from people who are barred from possessing those items. Assemblyman Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, is backing a bill to require people who sell handgun ammunition to be licensed. It would also require sellers to conduct business face-to-face, bar Internet or mail order sales and require a thumbprint and other identifying information of people who buy ammunition. That information would be given to state officials who could check it against...
  • New bill by Mark Leno would ban gun shows at Cow Palace

    04/17/2009 2:10:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 717+ views
    San Mateo County Times ^ | 4/17/9 | Christine Morente
    DALY CITY — Every other minute, the Cow Palace marquee flashes, "Gun Show Coming, Gun Show Coming." That's a message that must stop, state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said Friday in a news conference announcing the reintroduction of a bill intended to end gun shows at the venue. "It's astounding a state-owned property is being used to promote weapons of death," Leno said. "We know they're used legally, but in a neighborhood that experiences unconscionable rates of gun violence, it's just maddening." Crossroads of the West Gun Show is scheduled to take place at the Cow Palace on May...
  • CA: Senate passes green energy bill (.. it’s time to show a little sense of urgency,”)

    03/31/2009 8:43:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,438+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 3/31/09 | Anthony York
    A measure that would require utilities to receive one-third of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020 passed off the Senate floor Tuesday with the bare minimum of 21 votes. The bill, SB 14 by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-San Jose, has been tagged as a top priority for Senate leader Darrel Steinberg. The bill’s passage was the first major policy decision in which Steinberg muscled a proposal out of his house, despite reservations from many within his own party. When Steinberg took the leadership gavel in December, he noted three top legislative priorities that could give the Legislature “a...
  • CA: Fran Pavley back on greenhouse gas patrol (Slew of new enviro bills)

    03/30/2009 4:43:45 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 516+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | March 26, 2009 | Malcolm Maclachlan
    . The author of California’s landmark law to curb greenhouse gas emissions has launched a two-year effort to expand the law’s reach into other operations, including logging, and shape the market place governing potentially billions of dollars worth of emissions credits. As the Legislature turns its focus from the state budget to legislation, dozens of ambitious new environmental proposals are emerging. But a bill by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, could be among the biggest pieces of environmental legislation this year. Pavley is best known as the author of AB 32, California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Pavley, who...
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger could OK $3 billion more in unemployment benefits

    03/26/2009 2:57:09 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 556+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 26, 2009 | Marc Lifsher
    Reporting from Sacramento -- Close to half a million jobless Californians are in line to get $3 billion in extended unemployment benefits from new legislation that could be signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as early as Friday. The money, part of President Obama's economic stimulus program, will be an immediate help to 76,000 people, whose current benefits were scheduled to run out on April 11. They'll now get an additional 20 weeks of assistance, increasing the total number available to a maximum of 79 weeks. Weekly unemployment benefits range between $65 and $475, depending on a person's earnings...
  • Stop Proposed New Calif. Smog Test Law

    03/17/2009 10:06:31 AM PDT · by dhm914 · 9 replies · 894+ views
    SEMA website ^ | 03-17-09 | dave
    Here it is, AB 859 now in transportation committe in california. this would require yearly smog testing of cars 15 years and older with 1975 cut off. See below link listing teh proposed law, and the list of committee members with contact info: http://www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62541 Slowly but surely they have been increasing smog laws, registration fees and now this, yearly smog testing, which can coat nearly $100 for advanced enhanced area dyno tests. This will effect many classic cars, cars that may not be driven much at all (my 1980 Triumph will now require yearly smog testing, it is only used...
  • Dodgy science strangles industry (Ca. Local Lib Actually Gets It.)

    03/16/2009 10:11:32 AM PDT · by twistedwrench · 12 replies · 617+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | Mar 16 2009 | LOIS HENRY
    We are about to cripple California’s trucking and construction industries for absolutely no good reason. If I really believed the California Air Resources Board’s draconian new diesel emissions standards would save thousands of lives a year, I might say, sorry guys, you gotta suck it up for the greater good. But when you scratch the surface of the alleged science used by CARB to justify these rules, there’s just no “there” there. Our air is NOT killing us, despite what the “environmental alarmist complex” would have us believe.
  • California legislators consider extending foster care through age 21

    03/10/2009 12:32:41 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 21 replies · 827+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 03/09/2009 | Karen de Sa
    A bevy of bipartisan California legislators vowed Monday to be better parents to the state's foster youth, pledging to extend their life-sustaining benefits through age 21 rather than casting them off as teenagers. Currently, most youth "aging out" of foster care are bounced off state support at 18, a tender age for a vulnerable population that often has nowhere to go and no one to rely on. But an assembly bill written by Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would draw on newly available federal funds to support relative caregivers and transitional living programs through...
  • California leftists block efforts to fix budget problem.

    02/26/2009 1:54:27 PM PST · by mainestategop · 8 replies · 428+ views
    The California budget deficit could go away easily if liberals removed some of its unnecessary environmental regulations. California holds deposits of many resources including oil and gas that could be leased to companies for over 50 billion dollars. Unfortunately, the elite are blocking those efforts with shrieks of global warming and the fear of more people using cars and depending less of public transit, not to mention fears of oil spills and all this mumbo jumbo about animal rights. (Which take precedent over the rights of human beings every time, especially if they are not yet born.) Rich liberals and...
  • CA tax break starts soon for new home buyers

    02/25/2009 10:04:14 PM PST · by lainie · 14 replies · 799+ views
    KGO-TV ^ | 2-25-2009 | Nannette Miranda
    SACRAMENTO, CA (KGO) -- Finally, some much needed good news for homebuyers in California. New homebuyers will get a $10,000 state tax break starting this weekend. It is part of the deal that was negotiated to get the state budget passed.In a last minute deal to get Republican Senator Roy Ashburn to support the budget compromise last week, he asked for and got the credit. The properties in California must close escrow between March 1, 2009 and March 1, 2010. They must be brand new, single family homes that have never been occupied, and it must be the buyer's principal...
  • "Your Cell Phone Law Sucks" (CA State Senator Simitian Targeted on Billboard Over Law)

    02/10/2009 4:35:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 2,174+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Tue, Feb 10, 2009
    This billboard is catching people's attention as they drive on 101. California Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is the target of a billboard advertisement attracting attention alongside Highway 101 in Palo Alto. Grant Paulson of Pleasanton spent $10,000 to post a verbose message to Simitian, criticizing him for his efforts to pass a cell phone ban for California drivers. "Your Cell Phone Law Sucks," the message reads. "Amazing how one man's bad idea can screw over and inconvenience millions of people in California." Some drivers have complained that the sign has caused them to nearly get into accidents because of...
  • CA: New land-use law's message: build near transit (SB375, signed by Gub. SchwarzenKennedy)

    11/28/2008 2:24:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 781+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/27/08 | James Temple
    Many California planning and environmental groups are heralding the passage of legislation designed to address global warming by curbing suburban sprawl as a watershed moment, perhaps the state's most important land-use law in more than 30 years. "It's a sea change in the way we're planning and funding growth and development," said Stephanie Reyes, senior policy advocate with San Francisco's Greenbelt Alliance. "The winds are shifting, and this is the time to get on board." But she and other advocates acknowledge that the importance of SB375, signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in late September, lies as much in...
  • Critics: Schwarzenegger joins Brown in 'war on suburbs' (SB 375, AB 32.. what next?)

    10/15/2008 9:32:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 457+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 10/15/08 | Scott Sabatini
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-A Wall Street Journal opinion article that claimed California Attorney General Jerry Brown had waged "war on the suburbs" continues to reverberate around rural and suburban towns in California. Critics of Brown's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow urban sprawl have another target, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who rekindled the debate when he signed pro-environmental bills earlier this month. Editors at the Sun-Herald in rural Colusa, Calif., which lies 90 minutes north of Sacramento, became the latest to rebuke the Republican governor for acting too much like the Democratic attorney general. "In his zeal to battle...
  • Prop. 5 calls for expanding drug-crime rehabilitation

    10/11/2008 9:42:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 440+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/11/08 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO – Eight years ago, 61 percent of California voters passed a novel initiative requiring treatment instead of jail or prison for tens of thousands of drug offenders. Supporters of that initiative are back with a follow-up measure that would require even greater leniency. Billionaire investor and liberal activist George Soros is helping fund Proposition 5 on the Nov. 4 ballot. The measure would prohibit sending paroled drug offenders back to prison for parole violations unless they commit a new felony, have a violent or serious record or are considered high risk by prison officials. The initiative would shorten parole...
  • In California, 'Gay Rights' Now Superior to Everyone Else's Rights

    10/06/2008 4:31:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 1,040+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 10/6/08 | Campaign for Children and Families
     Contact: Agency Contact, 877-405-4005, Campaign for Children and Families   SACRAMENTO, California, October 6 /Christian Newswire/ -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed three bills squashing moral values and religious freedom. By elevating the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda above the rights of everyone else, Schwarzenegger has confirmed his legacy is being the most anti-family Republican governor in California history.   "There is no gay gene, but religious freedom is a God-given right enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. So it's wrong and unfair to create new laws which make homosexual-bisexual-transsexual 'rights' superior to everyone else's rights," said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children...
  • California Gov. Signs Assisted Suicide Information Bill into Law

    10/06/2008 2:43:25 AM PDT · by Man50D · 8 replies · 351+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | Matt Hadro
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law a bill that opponents say could open the door to the eventuality of physician-assisted suicide in the nation’s most populous state. AB 2747 mandates that physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide patients diagnosed with a terminal illness – or who have been given a diagnosis of one year or less to live – with “comprehensive information and counseling regarding legal end-of-life options, as specified.” Specifically the law obligates doctors to inform the patient about the option of “withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments” – including food and water. Health care providers...
  • Opening the door to assisted suicide

    10/02/2008 12:18:33 AM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 12 replies · 655+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | October 2, 2008
    Schwarzenegger signs euthanasia measure into law California moved a step closer to legalized mercy killing on Sept. 30, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the “California Right to Know End-of-Life Act of 2008.” The governor’s signature came in a flurry of bill signing on Tuesday evening, just hours before the statutory deadline for him to either sign or veto legislation. The governor’s press office announced he had signed the euthanasia bill at 7 p.m. The bill, AB 2747, by longtime assisted suicide advocate Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Eureka, could force Catholic physicians and other doctors in California who oppose mercy...
  • Analysis: Governor sends loud, clear message with vetoes

    10/02/2008 8:03:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 555+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/2/8 | Kevin Yamamura
    After a tumultuous year, lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger finally get a break from one another – and, boy, do they need it. Democrats grew angry this week after Schwarzenegger finished vetoing 35 percent of the bills on his desk, a modern record. They're particularly incensed that the Republican governor issued a standard message for 136 of his 415 vetoes in which he blamed the state's 85-day budget delay. Schwarzenegger's unusual veto approach capped a divisive two months in which he turned combative with lawmakers as budget talks broke down. The governor drew their ire in late July after signing...