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  • BREAKING: California- Ammo Ban To Be Decided By Voters In November

    06/23/2016 8:14:33 PM PDT · by dvan · 38 replies
    Second Amemendment Defense Comittee | June 23, 2016 | Richard Thompson
    We've been saying for weeks that Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom would more than likely qualify his Ammo Ban ballot initiative for the November Ballot. Now our worst fears are confirmed by the Secretary of State. The Ammo Ban will be decided by voters in the coming election. This just became an all out war. Gavin and his millionaire friends like Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton are going to be coming in at full force to strip you of your Second Amendment rights.  And once it happens in California,it's their goal to bring it to the rest of the country As Gavin himself said, "As...
  • Pro-Life California Pregnancy Centers Must Provide Abortion Information or Face Fines

    01/05/2016 5:19:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2016 | 7:32 PM EST | Lauretta Brown
    Pro-life pregnancy centers in California must choose between providing abortion information or paying fines. They face that dilemma after California judges denied multiple requests for preliminary injunctions against a law that went into effect January 1, mandating that all licensed pregnancy centers "disseminate to clients" a message promoting public programs with "free or low-cost access" to abortion and contraceptive services. Pregnancy centers that fail to disseminate this message "are liable for a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for a first offense and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each subsequent offense." ...
  • Two Illegal Immigrants Appointed to City Commissions in California

    08/04/2015 1:29:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | August 4, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    A lawmaker in Huntington Park, California, has prompted outrage in the community after tapping two illegal immigrants to serve as commissioners on city advisory boards. CBS Los Angeles reported that first-year City Councilman Jhonny Pineda, himself a documented immigrant to the United States, has appointed Francisco Medina to join the city’s health and education commission and Julian Zatarain to sit on the parks and recreation commission. The move makes Huntington Park the first city in the state to appoint illegal immigrants to city commissions. Pineda, who promised when running for his seat to create more opportunities for illegals, championed the...
  • California city appoints undocumented immigrants to government seats

    08/04/2015 5:53:02 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 3 replies
    Upi ^ | 8-4-15
    councilman came under fire Monday after he announced he will appoint two immigrants in the United States illegally to local government advisory boards. Jhonny Pineda, a Huntington Park city councilman in southeast Los Angeles County, drew jeers from the crowd at a council meeting when he announced Julian Zatarain, 21, and Francisco Medina, 29, will be joining the parks and recreation commission and the health and education commission, respectively. While some say Pineda, elected in March, is paying political favors through the appointments because both men worked on his campaign, Pineda said he simply trying to give more people a...
  • Freep a Poll!(Do think we should give drivers licenses to murderous drug lords?)

    07/14/2015 3:26:05 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    headlineoftheday.com ^ | 7-14-15 | Headline of the Day
    Do think we should give drivers licenses to murderous drug lords? Yes I don't know. No
  • Covering poor children without legal status is first step, say California advocates

    07/12/2015 7:59:35 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | July 12, 2015 | ANNA GORMAN
    When Fabiola Ortiz heard California had granted health coverage to poor children lacking legal immigration status, she was grateful. Since arriving in the U.S. illegally 12 years ago, she has taken her two youngest children to the doctor only for required school physicals and relied on home remedies for everything else.
  • GOP Rep. Slated To Introduce Legislation Targeting Sanctuary Cities

    07/07/2015 4:38:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Jul 2015 | Caroline May
    Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will again introduce legislation targeting sanctuary cities, Breitbart News has learned. Hunter’s bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to restrict funding to any state or locality that has in place a law, policy or procedure in contravention of federal immigration law, preventing “state or local law enforcement officials from gathering information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” The legislation would make those cities with sanctuary policies or laws in place ineligible for State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) funding. SCAAP reimburses states and localities for the cost of...
  • State Senate approves McGuire bill to ban oil drilling (off shore)

    06/03/2015 9:11:32 PM PDT · by rey · 13 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 3 June 2015 | GUY KOVNER
    North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire’s bill to permanently ban new oil drilling in state waters along the 840-mile California coast was approved by the Senate Wednesday and now moves to the Assembly. Calling the coast a “worldwide wonder,” McGuire, D-Healdsburg, said his bill will protect the natural beauty of the coast, which draws 150 million visitors a year and contributes $40 billion to the state economy. The bill closes a loophole in a 1994 law that banned oil and gas development in state waters, which extend out three miles from shore, but permitted exceptions in cases where state oil...
  • $15 Minimum Wage: Women, Blacks Hurt Most

    06/04/2015 5:03:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2015 | Larry Elder
    Fourteen to one, in favor. That was the Los Angeles City Council vote to raise, over the next five years, the city's minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15. Of course, as Investor's Business Daily tells us, the $15 per hour really is closer to $20. How does it get to $20? Investor's Business Daily says: "Once all the nonwage costs are added, including payroll taxes, paid sick leave and the big one -- ObamaCare's employer mandate -- minimum compensation for a full-time worker could rise as high as $19.28 an hour by 2020, an IBD analysis finds. That...
  • TV ad points finger at immigrants for California drought

    06/03/2015 8:55:19 PM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | June 3rd, 2015 | By Mike Luery
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —It's a television ad that runs just 30 seconds, but its implication that immigrants are draining resources during the California drought has critics contending its message is divisive and untrue. "I think those ads are disingenuous," said Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens. "They serve to further divide us as Californians."
  • LA could become latest US city to pass $15 minimum wage

    06/02/2015 11:50:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2015 2:38 AM EDT
    Los Angeles on Tuesday is set to take a final vote on becoming the latest big U.S. city to endorse a hike in the minimum wage. The City Council is extremely likely to make the move, which has the endorsement of Mayor Eric Garcetti and comes two weeks after a 14-1 preliminary vote on the wage. The vote would bring a $15-an-hour wage by 2020—more than double the current federal minimum. …
  • Drought Watch: Record Number of Water Waste Reported Submitted to Santa Clara Valley Water District

    06/02/2015 6:39:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/2 | Marianne Favro
    In the battle to save a precious resource a record number of people in the Bay Area are reporting their water-wasting neighbors. The Santa Clara Valley Water District has a program where residents can anonymously report water waste. In April, 900 people reported water wasters. It was the highest number since the district's program to conserve water by reporting water waste started last summer. Residents are able to report water waste through e-mail, phone or using the district's water app. "It's extremely helpful," said Jerry De La Piedra of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. "Often people don't realize they...
  • State Senate OKs health coverage for many immigrants here illegally

    06/02/2015 3:53:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    The state Senate on Tuesday approved a hotly debated measure that would allow many immigrants in the state illegally to sign up for special healthcare programs that would offer the same benefits as Medi-Cal. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said his proposal provides “what we can realistically achieve now” for the estimated 2 million people in the state illegally. “We are talking about our friends. We are talking about our neighbors and our families who are denied basic healthcare in the richest state of this union,” Lara told his colleagues.
  • California Senate approves health care for undocumented immigrants

    06/02/2015 1:30:34 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 2, 2015 | Alexei Koseff
    A proposal to expand health care to Californians in the country illegally cleared the Senate on Tuesday, passing on a 28-11 vote and heading to the Assembly.
  • With New Immigration Proposals, State Lawmakers Hope To Build Momentum [Medicaid For Illegals!]

    04/07/2015 5:50:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 07, 2015 | MELANIE MASON
    With new immigration proposals, state lawmakers hope to build By MELANIE MASON California lawmakers hope to keep momentum going with new immigration-related proposals Proposal would offer Medi-Cal to people who qualify regardless of immigration status. Democratic lawmakers will unveil a slew of new immigration-related proposals Tuesday, including measures that would extend state-paid health coverage to those in the country illegally and offer more protection against deportation. Legislators behind the 10-bill package aim to build on the landmark immigration laws passed in California in recent years, such as one that allows people without legal residency to obtain driver's licenses. By keeping...
  • California lawmakers propose expanding benefits to undocumented immigrants

    04/07/2015 3:31:57 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2015 | Melody Gutierrez
    California legislative leaders took a bold step Tuesday toward protecting immigrants living in the country without documentation by backing legislation to offer Medi-Cal and other public services to a population they said they want to help move out of the shadows. The leaders of the California Senate and Assembly joined lawmakers and advocates in announcing the “Immigrants Shape California” legislative package at a press conference in Sacramento, saying the federal government’s inaction on immigration reform forced them to act.
  • California University 'De-Recognizes' Christian Group for Accepting Only Christian Leaders

    12/14/2014 9:04:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    San Jose State University in California has intimated Ratio Christi, a grassroots campus student ministry, of its decision to "de-recognized" the campus chapter as punishment for the ministry's "discriminatory" policy for leadership positions. School officials wrote to Ratio Christi, explaining their action is as per a new California State University Executive Order on how an organization selects its officers, the ministry revealed on its website this week. The ministry requires its chapter officers to be Christian and holding biblical beliefs, and the State of California now deems that as "discriminatory." "De-recognition" means the school chapter of the ministry is no...
  • Los Angeles schools declared a safe haven for undocumented students and parents

    12/10/2014 3:34:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | December 10, 2014
    The Los Angeles Unified School District is declaring itself a safe haven for unauthorized immigrant students and their families who may qualify for relief under President Barack Obama's executive order. At a press conference Tuesday, district officials and union leaders pledged to work together to help students who qualify access the records they need to file their applications.
  • Jerry Brown Passes Law Forcing Doctors to Undergo LGBT Sensitivity Training

    10/10/2014 3:00:55 PM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a law requiring that California health care providers be trained to better understand the specific health needs of the LGBT community. The law is meant to target inequities in medical treatment for LGBT patients who, according to the San Francisco Examiner, suffer from a lack of provider understanding of gay and transgendered health issues. Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, who authored the original bill AB 496, contends that LGBT patients have a variety of negative experiences with doctors and other healthcare professionals. Lesbian couples complain that they have difficulty finding OB-GYN doctors willing to counsel...
  • Nearly 1 in 10 California workers are in country illegally, study finds

    09/04/2014 9:36:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 9/4/14 | Kate Linthicum
    A report released Wednesday by researchers at USC found that immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product. The study, which was conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, was based on census data and other statistics, including data from the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security. It looked at a variety of ways the estimated 2.6 million immigrants living in California without permission participate in state life. FOR THE RECORD Sept. 3, 4:20 p.m.: An earlier version of...
  • Arrest Rate in California Senate Higher Than Rate in All of State' Cities

    08/28/2014 12:26:15 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 5 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | August 26, 2014 | Phillip Reese
    Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities. State Senator Ron Calderon was arrested in February for allegedly taking bribes. State Senator Leland Yee was arrested in March for allegedly trafficking in firearms and taking bribes. State Senator Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving charges. A fourth senator, Roderick Wright, was convicted of perjury and voter fraud charges in January but was arrested prior to this year. [SNIP]
  • Sriracha hot sauce CEO who fled communist Vietnam: Calif. isn’t much different

    05/15/2014 7:13:14 PM PDT · by mgist · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/15/14 | ernst
    People love Sriracha hot sauce, but the CEO of Huy Fong Foods does not love California’s officials. He even compares the state to the the communist nation he fled decades ago. “Today, I feel almost the same,” David Tran told NPR on May 12, referring to when he fled communist Vietnam 35 years ago. “Even now, we live in [the] USA, and my feeling, the government, not a big difference." ...
  • Analyst says California faces $340 billion in debt

    05/07/2014 1:36:01 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 7 2014 | Washington Examiner
    California faces $340 billion in debts, or more than $8,500 for each of its 38 million residents, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said Wednesday in recommending that the state set priorities for paying down its key long-term liabilities. The state should first address the $73.7 billion shortfall in the teachers' retirement system, a debt that could cost the state, teachers and school districts a combined $5 billion a year to resolve over 30 years. Without changes, the system serving 868,000 members is projected to run out of money by 2046.
  • Rick Perry Takes A Victory Lap After Texas Takes Toyota From California

    04/28/2014 2:56:17 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 4-28-2014 | Hunter Walker
    Rick Perry Takes A Victory Lap After Texas Takes Toyota From California Hunter Walker April 28, 2014, 5:04 PM ď‚™ Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks Texas' "employer-friendly combination of low taxes, fair courts, smart regulations, and world-class workforce" are responsible for Toyota's decision to move its sales headquarters from California to the Lone Star State. "Over the past decade, Texas and Toyota have developed a strong partnership that has resulted in good-paying jobs for thousands of Texans," Perry said in a statement about the automakers move Monday. "Toyota understands that TexasÂ’ employer-friendly combination of low taxes, fair courts, smart regulations...
  • City Where It's Now Illegal to Smoke in Your Own Home

    11/22/2013 10:01:45 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 61 replies
    AOL ^ | 11-20-13 | Alan Farnham
    The town of San Rafael, Calif., has passed a ban on smoking that city officials have called the most stringent in the nation. The new ordinance makes it illegal for residents to smoke in their own homes if they share a wall with another dwelling. The ban applies to owners and renters alike, and it covers condominiums, co-ops, apartments and any multi-family residence containing three or more units. Rebecca Woodbury, an analyst at the San Rafael City Manager's office, helped craft the ban, which took effect Nov.14. "We based it on a county ordinance," she told ABC News, "but we...
  • California College Forbids Passing Out Constitutions...On Constitution Day

    09/19/2013 12:52:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    http://thefire.org ^ | September 19, 2013
    In a stunning illustration of the attitude taken towards free speech by too many colleges across the United States, Modesto Junior College in California told a student that he could not pass out copies of the United States Constitution outside the student center on September 17, 2013—Constitution Day. Captured on video, college police and administrators demanded that Robert Van Tuinen stop passing out Constitution pamphlets and told him that he would only be allowed to pass them out in the college’s tiny free speech zone, and only after scheduling it several days or weeks ahead of time. The Foundation for...
  • California Protects Pedophile Teachers: Schools can’t be sued for teachers’ sexual misconduct.

    09/16/2013 8:28:13 AM PDT · by Joe Jitsu · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/16/2013 | Kevin d. Williamson
    If you want to molest children in California, a word of advice: Make sure you have a good union. California has enacted a number of changes — one cannot call them “reforms” with a straight face — to its electoral system of late, notable among them the creation of an “independent commission” to draw up electoral districts and the institution of a top-two primary system, in which primary elections are putatively nonpartisan and the top two vote-getters face off in the general election, regardless of party. The outcome, wholly foreseeable, has been to strengthen the position of Democrats as a...
  • California Legislature approves raising minimum wage to $10 — the highest of any state

    09/13/2013 7:13:36 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/13/2013 | Josh Richman and Mike Rosenberg
    SACRAMENTO -- California's lowest-paid workers are in store for a 25 percent raise after lawmakers late Thursday boosted the Golden State's minimum wage to the highest of any state in the country. In the final hours of its 2013 regular session, the Legislature voted to hike the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9 next July and $10 by January 2016 -- a move Democrats praised as a boon to struggling workers and Republicans lambasted as a "job killer." Gov. Jerry Brown has already promised to sign the bill, making California a leader in a growing movement to increase...
  • Editorial: Minimum wage boost in California is long overdue

    09/12/2013 6:42:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 12, 2013 | Editorial Board
    There can be no debate about the nation’s anemic economic recovery and its effect on the working poor. While the stock market is soaring again, jobs and wages continue to lag. Democratic leaders and the governor have rightly agreed to raise California’s minimum wage significantly – to $10 over two years. It would increase to $9 on July 1, 2014, and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016. In an economy with a record-high income gap (the top 10 percent of earners took more than half of the nation’s total income last year), such an adjustment is justified and long overdue....
  • CA Crime Rate Spikes After Easing Prison Overcrowding

    08/30/2013 8:15:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/29/2013 | Jack Dunphy
    It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way, was it? In 2011, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Plata that California must reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons, overcrowding so severe that the Court — or five members of it, anyway — found that it constituted cruel and unusual punishment and thus violated the Eighth Amendment. The “Brown” of the case is California Governor Jerry Brown, who when faced with the predictably grim prospects demanded by the decision, saw through the legislation and implementation of what has been labeled “Public Safety Realignment.” This innocuous term is of...
  • Supreme Court orders California to free thousands from crowded prisons

    08/02/2013 3:28:36 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    nbc news ^ | 8-2-13 | M. Alex Johnson
    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to let California delay the release of thousands of inmates from state prisons to relieve crowding. In June, a lower court ordered California to release about 10,000 inmates — nearly 8 percent of all state prisoners — by the end of the year to improve to improve medical and mental health treatment. Gov. Jerry Brown last month asked the Supreme Court to delay the order, arguing that it would jeopardize public safety. Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justice Samuel Alito, strongly dissented with the high court's 6-3 one-sentence order Friday, predicting a wave of...
  • School asks kids to trade in toy guns for a bicycle (Principal & photographer's brainstorm)

    06/09/2013 4:04:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 7, 2013 | Robby Soave
    An elementary school in Hayward, Calif. will sponsor a toy gun trade-in, encouraging kids to swap their harmless toy weapons for a chance to win a new bicycle. The purpose of the trade-in is to stop children from playing with toy guns, which may make them more likely to commit violence with real guns, said Strobridge Elementary principal Chris Hill. “Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun,” Hill said in a statement to Mercury News. The trade-in will take place on...
  • California lawmakers OK a dozen gun-control measures

    05/30/2013 2:37:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 33 replies
    The LA Slimes ^ | Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | Patrick McGreevy and Chris Megerian
    SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers Wednesday advanced a dozen gun-control measures, including background checks for ammunition buyers, and gave early approval to a tax penalty on the Boy Scouts for barring openly gay leaders. Californians who want to buy ammunition would have to submit personal information and a $50 fee for a background check by the state, under a bill passed by the Senate. The Senate also OK'd a bill that would outlaw the sale, purchase and manufacture in California of semiautomatic rifles that can accommodate detachable magazines. The measure, SB 374 by Steinberg, also would require those who own such...
  • DOZENS OF GUN BILLS HEADED BROWN’S WAY

    05/20/2013 8:12:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 5/20/2013 | Michael Gardner
    Major gun legislation More than 30 firearms bills have been introduced this year in Sacramento. Here are some of the big ones:
  • AP Exclusive: Calif. exchange granted secrecy

    05/10/2013 12:58:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    UT Sand Diego ^ | 5/9/13 | y MICHAEL R. BLOOD,AP
    LOS ANGELES — A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it broad authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, potentially shielding the public from seeing how hundreds of millions of dollars are spent. The degree of secrecy afforded Covered California appears unique among states attempting to establish their own health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's signature health law. An Associated Press review of the 16 other states that have opted for state-run marketplaces shows the California agency was given powers that are the most restrictive...
  • California seems likely to ban fracking

    05/08/2013 11:23:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 53 replies
    Quarz ^ | May 7, 2013 | Todd Woody
    Have environmentalists already won the war over fracking in California? It’s starting to look that way. A trio of bills swiftly moving through the state’s legislature would ban hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, until the practice is deemed safe. The bills are among nine pieces of legislation currently under consideration that would effectively restrict drilling in the Monterey Shale, a geological formation that holds an estimated 15.4 billion barrels of oil, the largest such reserve in the US. Unreachable by conventional drilling, the Monterey Shale has come into play with advances in fracking, which injects chemical-laced water into wells under...
  • City Council To Vote On Regulating Outdoor Fitness In Santa Monica

    04/23/2013 9:20:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | April 23, 2013 8:09 AM | Jon Baird
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Working out in large groups along Southland beaches could soon become a thing of the past if the Santa Monica City Council has its way. KNX 1070′s Jon Baird reports Council members were scheduled Tuesday to consider proposed regulations that would regulate outdoor fitness classes in city parks and at the beach. Among the proposals: a $100 permit fee and a 15 percent revenue charge for using Palisades Park and other sites for fitness instruction, classes or boot camps that have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional gym memberships. The ordinance – which was first...
  • Dystopia - Oakland Residents Upset Over Lockpicking Workshop Promoted in Oakland Mayor's Newsletter

    03/04/2013 7:23:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    ABC 30 ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | KFSN-TV Fresno, CA
    Oakland Residents Upset Over Lockpicking Workshop OAKLAND, Calif. -- City leaders in Oakland have been getting some angry e-mails lately from some of the people they serve. Mayor Jean Quan is the major target after her newsletter appears to promote a class designed to teach people how to pick a lock. In a city with a crime problem, it's easy to see why they're not happy. The name of the class appears among 40 others in the catalog for the upcoming "Workshop Weekend" in Oakland, right alongside things like "robot building." It's a 3-hour class called "Introduction to Lockpicking" and...
  • Rocket Launchers Turned in During L.A. Gun Buyback Not Functional

    12/30/2012 7:26:38 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    KTLA 5 Web Staff ^ | December 30, 2012 | KTLA 5
    Rocket Launchers Turned in During L.A. Gun Buyback Not Functional LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) Two rocket launchers handed over to the Los Angeles Police Department during L.A.’s annual Gun Buyback were not functional. Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa showed off the launchers, which were turned in by families of former military members on December 26. The LAPD said all along the launchers appeared to be antiquated, and probably could no longer be fired. The department enlisted the U.S. military to investigate whether the rockets were ever stolen. Military experts have now confirmed to the Los Angeles Times,...
  • The $822,000-per-Year Bureaucrat and the Death of California

    12/12/2012 7:12:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Over the years, I’ve shared some outrageous examples of overpaid bureaucrats. The chief bureaucrat of a low-income California city getting almost $800,000 per year.Cops in Oakland getting average compensation of $188,000.A school superintendent in New York raking in more than $500 thousand of annual compensation.A Philadelphia bureaucrat, after working only 2-1/2 years, nailing down a guaranteed pension of $50,000 per year.A New York school bureaucrat simultaneously getting a $225,000 salary and $300,000 pension.California taxpayers being forced to pay a fired bureaucrat $550,000 for unused vacation time.An employee of the New Jersey Turnpike system raking in annual compensation of $320,000. Hopefully...
  • Sticker shock at California gas stations

    10/07/2012 12:37:44 AM PDT · by 867V309 · 23 replies
    CBS ^ | October 6, 2012 | John Blackstone
    In San Francisco the average is $4.69 a gallon. The lack of buyers at station charging $5.09 shows drivers have their limits. California pollution rules require a gasoline blend that isn't readily available from refineries outside the state..
  • Forty L.A. County Probation Officers Arrested Over The Past 12 Months - FBI Now Nabs Division Chief

    09/18/2012 7:01:30 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | September 18, 2012 | Richard Winton and Jason Song
    Probation department division chief arrested in fraud case Former Assemblyman Carl Edward Washington is accused of filing false identity theft claims, the latest in a series of arrests at the troubled agency. The arrests seem to be piling up at an unusual pace. Two weeks ago, a six-year employee of the Los Angeles County Probation Department was charged with persistently filing false workers' compensation claims. Earlier this month, police arrested a probation officer for allegedly shooting a man in a Covina bar. Those cases came on top of the dozens of drunk driving, drug possession and theft arrests that seemed...
  • Library cards may be used as illegal immigrant ID

    09/11/2012 1:18:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 9-11-12 | ap
    LOS ANGELES—Illegal immigrants in California's largest city could use library cards to open bank accounts and access an array of city services under a plan being considered by city officials. Under the plan, anyone with proof of Los Angeles residency could get a library card, the Los Angeles Times reported (lat.ms/P967MO). The idea is to provide a form of ID to those who cannot get a driver's license because of their immigration status.
  • Krazifornia and Electricity (or lack there of)

    08/21/2012 4:41:31 PM PDT · by jwsea55 · 5 replies
    Last week, SouthernKalifornia had a fair amount of heat. Kalifornians believe the way to solve generating capacity shortfalls is to get rid of existing generating capacity. The following is from a blog, SCE press release and KaliforniaEnergyCommission report (for some reason it is misspelled CEC, but heck it is Kalifornia). From the blog: Blog: NoPowerPlant.com Starts Signature Drive; More State Reports Show AES Redondo Not Required It's been a busy week on the AES power plant front.... NoPowerPlant.com kicked off their petition signature drive for the resident initiative that phases out the Redondo power plant and replaces it with a...
  • California Cities Consider Seizing Mortgages

    07/05/2012 10:57:24 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 5, 2012 | WSJ/NICK TIMIRAOS
    A handful of local officials in California who say the housing bust is a public blight on their cities may invoke their eminent-domain powers to restructure mortgages as a way to help some borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth. Investors holding the current mortgages predict the move will backfire by driving up borrowing costs and further depress property values. "I don't see how you could find it anything other than appalling," said Scott Simon, a managing director at Pacific Investment Management Co., or Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE. Eminent domain allows a government to forcibly acquire...
  • CARB’s Mary Nichols disallows presentation of public concerns on cap-and-trade carbon trading

    05/31/2012 5:44:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | May 31, 2012 | Guest post by Lorraine Yapps Cohen
    California Air Resources Board (CARB) met on Thursday, May 24. On the agenda was discussion toward deciding where and how to spend the billions raised from cap-and-trade carbon trading in the state.At the public meeting was Betty Plowman, who attended the meeting to present a letter on behalf of the industries that CARB calls polluters, the California Construction Trucking Association (CCTA) and California Dump Truck Owners Association. The letter describes CARB’s threats to these industries, induced by the Board’s regulations that are, in turn, based on junk science. The letter’s signatories indicate intention to seek reparations for the regulated class...
  • California Trying To Ban Food Vending Trucks As Danger To Children

    02/18/2012 6:55:53 PM PST · by ElIguana · 14 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 02/18/2012 | AmericanThinker.com
    (AmericanThinker.com) The California legislature continues to act as the hard left's petri dish for testing totalitarian policies. AB 1678, introduced last Tuesday, would ban mobile food and beverage trucks within 1,500 feet of elementary and secondary schools. ... The "no vend" zones would look effectively prohibit mobile food trucks from almost all of California's urban and suburban cities.
  • Protesters Throw Bricks and Bibles at Police in San Francisco

    01/21/2012 1:44:55 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    abcnews.go.com/blogs ^ | 21 jan 2012 | Olivia Katrandjian
    Occupy San Francisco’s “Day of Action” turned violent Friday night when protesters occupied an abandoned hotel and began throwing objects at police officers from the roof, police said. “Once they gained access [to the hotel], some of them made it to the top of the roof and they then began to throw bibles down at the officers,” San Francisco Police Department spokesman Carlos Manfredi said. “One of officers was struck with a brick to the chest and one of our lieutenants was struck in the hand with an object and may have damaged or even broken his hand,” he said....
  • Possible changes to LAPD impound policy ignites tempers

    01/20/2012 11:57:01 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/18/2012
    Tempers flared Tuesday night at a Los Angeles Police Commission community forum on a controversial proposal to ease the towing and impound policy for unlicensed drivers. Under current laws, the cars of unlicensed drivers are towed and impounded for 30 days if they are stopped by officers. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has proposed lifting the 30-day impound and giving the registered owner or a licensed driver a reasonable chance to retrieve the vehicle. Critics, including the LAPD police union, say the changes just reward lawbreakers and put politics above safety. The meeting in Northridge was packed with residents who were...
  • New law gives firms do-gooder status

    01/03/2012 10:54:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/3/12 | Dale Kasler
    California has a new law officially designating corporate do-gooders.Starting today, California businesses can incorporate as "benefit corporations," which allows them to work for the public good as well as their shareholders.Current law generally requires California companies to put shareholder interests first. Companies that incorporate under the new law, AB 361, can look at a broader set of criteria when making financial decisions. The effect is a kind of "safe harbor" for management. A company that wants to spend additional dollars on, say, environmental safeguards, would be given legal protection against lawsuits or other moves by angry shareholders."It gives some legal...