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  • Dog Tests Positive for Meth, Heroin

    05/22/2016 2:09:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | May 21, 2016 | Fox 5 San Diego
    Dog tests positive for meth, heroin TUSTIN, Calif. – A dog picked up during an arrest in Tustin, California has tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin, authorities said. Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright tells CNN that the dog named Bubba was found in a hotel room after officers served an arrest warrant for Joshua West, 40, on March 22 in Orange County. West was on parole for drug violations, said Wright. Police reported illegal drugs were found in the room along with used needles. The dog was turned over to Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) and transported to its facility....
  • California Mayor-Turned-Child-Sex Offender Arrested Near School For 3rd Time

    03/06/2016 11:33:03 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | March 4, 2016 | Michelle Moons
    Mayor-Turned-Child-Sex Offender Arrested Near School for 3rd Time Former Pittsburg, California mayor Marcelino Vasquez — a convicted sex offender — was arrested outside a school last week for the third time in five months. Pittsburg police Capt. Ron Raman stated that Vasquez was arrested near Marina Vista Elementary last week, according to the Contra Costa Times. Vasquez was a rising political figure until 1972 ,when he was convicted for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age. The Times reports that Vasquez served on the Pittsburg City Council and “took a turn as mayor” in the...
  • US Attorney Recommends 8 Tears in Prison for Leland Yee (CA Democrat Sen. Trafficking Machine Guns)

    02/18/2016 7:19:37 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies ^ | February 18, 2016 | Chris Eger
    US Attorney recommends 8 years in prison for Leland Yee Known as being "tough on guns," disgraced former California State Sen. Leland Yee may get 8 years in federal prison for his 2015 plea to racketeering charges. Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested in 2014 on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country via Islamic terror groups. This left many gun control advocates, who up until that time held the San Francisco-based politician as a champion in the crusade for tougher gun laws, dismayed. Facing potentially the rest of his life...
  • (Weird) ... Police Find Spiked Baseball Bats Throughout San Francisco

    12/06/2015 4:31:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies ^ | November 25, 2015 |
    Police find spiked baseball bats throughout San Francisco San Francisco Police are asking for help leading to those chaining up spiked baseball bats to poles throughout the city. San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of wooden or metal baseball bats appearing on poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning. Andraychak says 27 bats with spikes running through them have been found since then. The latest discovery was Friday in the Fishermen's Wharf area. Andraychak says the spikes on the objects allow them to be considered a prohibited or deadly weapon, which is...
  • (Los Angeles) Airport Commission Approves a Private LAX Lounge for the Rich and Famous

    11/19/2015 5:34:46 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 19, 2015 | Dan Weikel
    Airport commission approves a private LAX lounge for the rich and famous A proposal to build a posh private lounge at Los Angeles International Airport for Southern California’s glitterati was approved Thursday in a move that officials hope will reduce disturbances by paparazzi, looky-loos and autograph-seekers in the busy central terminal area. The Board of Airport Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the exclusive facility, which would cater to wealthy Hollywood celebrities, sports figures, diplomats and anyone else seeking privacy while waiting for their flights or after arriving at LAX. Airport officials say the lounge will be located in a...
  • Gun in San Francisco killing stolen from federal agent's vehicle, source says

    07/08/2015 11:14:44 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2015 | By Dan Simon, Sara Sidner and Ed Payne
    San Francisco (CNN)The gun used in the killing of a San Francisco woman in a case that gave new political prominence to the issue of illegal immigration was stolen from a vehicle belonging to a federal Bureau of Land Management agent, a source familiar with the investigation said Wednesday. Kate Steinle was shot to death on July 1 on one of San Francisco's busiest piers. The .40-caliber pistol was a personal weapon, not an official firearm, the source said. Investigators still are trying to determine how Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the man accused in Steinle's killing, allegedly obtained the weapon, according...
  • Los Angeles homelessness rises 12 percent amid slow economic recovery

    05/12/2015 4:31:08 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/11/2015 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles County's homeless population has grown by 12 percent during the past two years amid a sluggish economic recovery that has left the poorest residents of the second-largest U.S. metropolitan area falling farther behind, a study released on Monday found. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's report cited stagnant or falling wages among the lowest-income earners, a local jobless rate that remains above state and national averages, and a worsening lack of affordable housing. "The economy has improved, but not for the persons at greatest risk of homelessness," said Peter Lynn, the authority's executive director.
  • Clowns Brawl w/(Animal Rights) Protesters Under Circus Big Top in San Bernardino

    04/19/2015 2:26:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | April 18, 2015 | Michael Larkin
    Clowns Brawl With Protesters Under Circus Big Top in San Bernardino • Hundreds of spectators watched the fight break out when workers allegedly tried to stop the activists from forcing their way inside Clowns brawled with animal rights protesters under a circus big top in San Bernardino Friday night, witnesses say. Hundreds of spectators watched the fight break out when workers allegedly tried to stop the activists from forcing their way inside after the Ramos Bros. Circus show began. Two protestors were arrested following the melee, while two circus employees were injured when the fight broke out at 8:08 p.m.,...
  • [Seattle's $15] Minimum wage limbo keeps [liberal] small business owners up at night

    02/07/2015 8:47:21 PM PST · by grundle · 69 replies ^ | May 22, 2014 | Deborah Wang
    Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale, was an early supporter of the mayor's plan to raise the minimum wage to $15. Now she is having serious second thoughts.Hazel Roos, owner of Paint Away in Redmond, had planned to open a specialty toy store near her home in Seattle. Those plans are now on hold. Ethan and Angela Stowell own 10 neighborhood restaurants in Seattle. They have decided not to move forward on two new restaurants because of uncertainty over the minimum wage. As the Seattle City Council continues to debate a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage, and...
  • Che Cafe at UCSD Must Close, Judge Rules ((Communist Icon Inspired Student Collective Evicted)

    10/21/2014 7:47:23 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | October 21, 2014 | BOB PONTING,
    Che Cafe at UCSD must close, judge rules SAN DIEGO — The student-run Che Cafe at UC San Diego will have to close its doors after a judge ruled Tuesday in favor of the university in its eviction lawsuit. UCSD filed suit after the student collective refused to vacate the 1940s- era building on campus. University officials said the building needs $700,000 in repairs to stay open. Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal ruled in favor of UCSD after a bench trial.
  • Murrieta Mayor Arrested for DUI Crash that Injured HS Cheerleaders, Apologizes & Seeks Re-Election

    10/18/2014 12:01:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Press-Enterprise ^ | October 17, 2014 | SARAH BURGE AND DAVE DOWNEY
    MURRIETA: Mayor, arrested in suspected DUI crash that injured four, apologizes Murrieta Mayor Alan Long was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Thursday after a crash left four Murrieta Valley High School cheerleaders with injuries ranging from moderate to major, authorities said. Long, 44, was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley and later released on $50,000 bail. He did not respond to requests for comment. About 8:15 p.m., Long was driving south on Jefferson Avenue when his full-size pickup truck crashed into the back of a car waiting to make a left turn at Lily Avenue, Murrieta...
  • Dystopia, CA - Man, 79, Beaten After Accidentally Bumping Into Car In Grocery Store Parking Lot

    05/13/2014 7:13:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies ^ | May 8, 2014 |
    Man, 79, Beaten After Accidentally Bumping Into Car In Grocery Store Parking Lot APPLE VALLEY ( — A 79-year-old man was attacked when he accidentally bumped into a car in a grocery store parking lot in Apple Valley. The incident happened Sunday at a Stater Bros. on Bear Valley Road. According to sheriff’s officials, Alfred McOsker was unloading his groceries into his car when his leg touched a newer Hyundai parked next to him. The car’s owner accused McOsker of scratching his vehicle and then punched the older man repeatedly in the face. The victim’s daughter, Alison Rennie, said the...
  • Rat Crime: Boys Hurt by Razor Blades Planted in Park (San Diego)

    05/01/2014 7:32:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | May 1, 2014 | Fox 5 San Diego
    Boys hurt by razor blades planted in park SAN DIEGO – More than a dozen razors were discovered planted in the grass at a children’s playground near Mission Bay after two brothers slashed their feet Wednesday, police said. San Diego police received a call from a parent around 7 p.m. stating that her sons, ages 7 and 15, were cut by razors at Bonita Cove in Mission Bay Drive. One boy suffered minor injures that required stitches. “Paramedics were able to pull the razor blade out [of the 7-year-old boy’s foot],” SDPD Lt. Paul Phillips said. Investigators using metal detectors...
  • Leland Yee case: Disgraced California state senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns

    04/20/2014 2:41:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April `19, 2014 4:19pm PDT | Aaron Kinney and Jessica Calefati
    Beginning in early 2011, state Sen. Leland Yee repeatedly solicited bribes to fund his San Francisco mayor and California secretary of state campaigns, according to the FBI agents who brought him down last month. But he appears to have devoted more time and energy to a far more lucrative pursuit: crafting or carrying legislation benefiting special interests who supply campaign contributions. It's a practice that's all too common in Sacramento, but Yee was a master. :snip: Yee introduced 20 bills from 2011 to 2014 that advanced a special interest over the public interest, according to this newspaper's review of his...
  • All 29 defendants in massive corruption case appear in court (RAT Yee & shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/18/2014 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/17/14 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A story that sounds like a movie script is slowly grinding its way to trial. All of the 29 defendants in the massive corruption case involving suspended State Senator Leland Yee and reputed gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow appeared in federal court Thursday. With so many defendants, lawyers, and documents, the judge is trying to set up a system to manage what could be an unwieldy trial. What makes it even harder is that not everyone's on the same page. The frustration is beginning to show. There are 29 defendants, even more lawyers, a 137 page...
  • (Anti-Gun CA Democrat Busted for Arms Trafficking) State Senator Accused of Gun Charges

    03/26/2014 7:33:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | March 26, 2014 | PAUL ELIAS, SUDHIN THANAWALA
    State senator accused of gun charges SAN FRANCISCO — A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI criminal complaint that names 25 other defendants, including Raymond Chow, a onetime gang leader with ties to San Francisco's Chinatown known as "Shrimp Boy," and Keith Jackson, Yee's campaign aide. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms. Yee...
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary Guard Shoots Self in Foot (San Bernardino, CA)

    03/16/2014 4:37:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    San Bernardino County Sun ^ | March 15, 2014 | Greg Cappis
    Medical marijuana dispensary guard shoots self in foot SAN BERNARDINO - A medical marijuana dispensary guard shot himself in the foot for unknown reasons Friday night, according to police. Just after 9 p.m. officers went to the 3300 block of East Highland Avenue to investigate the shooting. “On our arrival, we found that the security guard for the business, for some reason, had his weapon out, discharged his firearm, striking himself in the foot one time,” said Lt. Travis Walker. The security guard was transported to a hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound, according to Walker. “We plan...
  • Those R@t B@stards! Ronald Reagan Monument Vandalized at Ronald Reagan Sports Park, Temecula, CA

    09/20/2013 6:42:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies
    DogByte6RER | September 20, 2013 | DogByte6RER
    The following are photos taken on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula, California. The Reagan statue and monument was likely vandalized either the night before or in the early morning hours of Friday September 20. The cause of the damage appears to be vandalism by arson. Local police were called to the scene and an investigation is ongoing. - Photo of the Reagan Monument with missing damaged tiles. - The missing/vandalized tiles were removed by city staff ... notice the burn marks at the base of the structure. - Burned/damaged tiles on both side...
  • (Cops & Robbers Agree!) California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers

    11/30/2012 2:24:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 147 replies ^ | 11/27/2012 | dabneybailey
    California Police Wish Gun Owners Would Just Comply with Robbers If a couple of thugs break into your place of business and point a gun in your face, then you would be perfectly justified in opening fire on them, right? Well, maybe not. San Jose police are giving one gun owner a stern tsk-tsk after she defended her property from a pair of armed thieves. According to ABC Local 7 News, a pair of thieves wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts burst into a San Jose jewelry store at 10:15 a.m. on Monday. At least one of the would-be thieves was...
  • Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest...

    11/18/2012 9:31:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 18, 2012
    Santa Monica Forced To CANCEL Christmas After Atheist Campaigner Launches Protest Against Town's Holiday Decorations 18 November 2012 A California town has been forced to axe its Christmas decorations after an atheist protester objected to a 14-piece religious display in the town centre and set up his own booths mocking Christianity and preventing church groups from celebrating the holidays. Officials in Santa Monica, California have snuffed the city's holiday tradition this year rather than intervening in the religious fight - prompting churches which have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama every year for decades to sue over freedom of speech...
  • Cities with the worst car theft rates

    08/14/2012 4:15:21 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 86 replies
    Insurance.Com ^ | 3 August 2012 | Mark C. Smith
    The odds of having your car stolen are higher in these 10 metropolitan areas. But you can take steps to protect your ride, and they might even earn an insurance discount. The bad news for California drivers? Your state had the greatest number of hot spots in the country for auto thefts in 2011, according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau report released recently.
  • Grandma’s pot cookies land toddler in hospital (Murrieta, CA)

    07/02/2012 7:40:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | 02 July 2012 | SARAH BURGE
    MURRIETA: Grandma’s pot cookies land toddler in hospital A 3-year-old Murrieta boy ended up in the hospital over the weekend after he got into his grandma’s special chocolate chip cookies while no one was looking. Little did he know, the cookies were not for kids. They were laced with medical marijuana concentrate, police said. The grandmother, who has been diagnosed with cancer, had a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana to treat her pain and to help her sleep, Sgt. Phil Gomez said. Days before, she had baked THC oil into a batch of cookies and tucked them away in a garage...
  • Monterey Biologist Accused of Feeding Whale (Faces 20 Years in Federal Prison, Large Fines)

    01/09/2012 5:19:17 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 46 replies
    AP ^ | Monday, January 9, 2012 | JASON DEAREN
    Monterey biologist accused of feeding whale SAN FRANCISCO ---- A marine biologist who runs popular whale-watching tours on California's Monterey Bay has been indicted for violating federal laws that protect marine mammals. Nancy Black, a marine scientist whose work has been featured on PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet, was charged Wednesday with four violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Her attorneys countered the charges by arguing that her interactions with the creatures were legal scientific research. She was accused of feeding killer whales in 2005 during a research trip, and misleading investigators by editing video footage of her...
  • Man throws aluminum water bottle at UC Berkeley student’s face (for NOT joining OWS protest)

    11/20/2011 5:30:38 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Californian ^ | Updated Sunday, November 20 | Stephanie Baer
    Man throws aluminum water bottle at UC Berkeley student’s face A man threw an aluminum water bottle at a UC Berkeley student Thursday evening on campus, causing minor injuries to the victim’s face. At about 5:09 p.m., the female student was approached by a man at “the northeast exterior of the Haas Pavilion,” according to a UCPD crime alert. The man asked the student if she was going to the protest on Sproul Plaza, and when the victim answered “no,” the suspect yelled at her. “People like you are the reason that California is in debt,” he said, according to...
  • Cali to Business: Get Out! (Firms flee CA's senseless regulations, confiscatory taxes)

    11/17/2011 6:45:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 1+ views
    City Journal ^ | 11/17/2011 | Steven Malanga
    Last year, a medical-technology firm called Numira Biosciences, founded in 2005 in Irvine, California, packed its bags and moved to Salt Lake City. The relocation, CEO Michael Beeuwsaert told the Orange County Register, was partly about the Utah destination’s pleasant quality of life and talented workforce. But there was a big “push factor,” too: California’s steepening taxes and ever-thickening snarl of government regulations. “The tipping point was when someone from the Orange County tax [assessor] wanted to see our facility to tax every piece of equipment I had,” Beeuwsaert said. “In Salt Lake City at my first networking event...
  • Los Angeles Faces $28 Million Costs Under Occupy Protest's Plan

    10/18/2011 10:40:49 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 31 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 10-18-11 | Chris Palmeri
    Los Angeles faces tens of million of dollars in additional borrowing costs after the City Council told anti-Wall Street protesters the city intends to cut ties with banks involved in financial wrongdoing, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said. The city may have to pay $27.8 million in termination fees and replacement costs in just one program if it's prohibited from doing business with banks providing letters of credit for an infrastructure program, Santana said today in a memo to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and city leaders. Additional debt service would cost $14.9 million a year if it has to refinance commercial...
  • California, the Example of What the Nation Could Become

    10/11/2011 10:42:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    California Political Review ^ | October 10, 2011 | Congressman Tom McClintock
    I want to welcome this groundbreaking scientific expedition to the savage lands of the Left Coast. You are here in California to answer an important theoretical question and now you have your answer. Yes, this is what Barack Obama’s second term would look like. Study it. Fear it. And then go home and make sure that it never happens to the rest of the country. Of course, in spite of all of its problems, California is still one of the best places in the country to build a successful small business. All you have to do is start with a...
  • The Debt Panel’s Profligate Pork Patty Murray Problem

    08/12/2011 3:28:51 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies ^ | August 12, 2011 | by Michelle Malkin
    The Debt Panel’s Profligate Pork Patty Murray Problem By Michelle Malkin • August 12, 2011 10:34 AM House minority leader Nancy Pelosi rounds out the Super Debt Panel of Stupid today with her three hack picks. My column today focuses on the panel’s Democratic co-chair, my old Senator from Washington state: Profligate Pork Patty Murray. *** The Debt Panel’s Patty Murray Problem by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 Everything that’s wrong with the so-called debt “super-committee” can be summed up in the person, partisan hackery and policy ignorance of Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader...
  • California taxpayers pay record amount in benefits to children of illegal aliens

    01/18/2011 7:27:36 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies
    Examiner. ^ | January 17th, 2011 | Dave Gibson
    California taxpayers pay record amount in benefits to children of illegal aliens Los Angeles Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has just released data from the Department of Public Social Services which shows that in November 2010, $53 million in welfare benefits ($22 million CalWORKs and $31 million in Food Stamps) were given issued to illegal aliens for their U.S.-born children in Los Angeles County. The record amount is an increase of almost $3 million from November 2009, and represents 22 percent of all CalWORKs and Food Stamp issuances in L.A. county. In 2009, CalWORKs and Food Stamp benefits given to illegal...
  • Buoys strung on border canal to prevent drownings

    01/04/2011 3:45:32 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 4, 2011 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) -- A government agency on the front lines of the immigration debate has begun installing lifesaving buoys in a fast-moving canal along the U.S.-Mexico border where migrants drown each year as they sneak into the country illegally. The debate over the lifelines has long presented authorities with a moral dilemma: Is it acceptable to do nothing when so many immigrants are dying in the water?
  • Schwarzenegger says he’d like a job working for Obama

    12/20/2010 12:13:38 PM PST · by Enchante · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/20/10 | Holly Bailey
    Schwarzenegger, who counts legislation combating global warming as one of his signature achievements in office, suggested he might be interested in a post dealing with energy or the environment. "I'm a big believer in environmental issues," Schwarzenegger said, who added that he wanted a post where he could use his "celebrity power … knowledge and experience" to impact public policy. "I've traveled the world. … I'm very familiar with the world."
  • California approves extensive carbon-trading scheme

    12/17/2010 1:09:50 PM PST · by kingattax · 63 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12-17-10
    California has approved an extensive carbon-trading plan aimed at cutting greenhouse emissions. State regulators passed a "cap-and-trade" framework to let companies buy and sell permits, giving them an incentive to emit fewer gases.
  • Why California will stay blue

    11/08/2010 12:48:39 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 81 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 8, 2010 | Jane Junn
    While the rest of the nation went red in Tuesday's midterm elections, California emerged even bluer. What's going on? The standard answer is that registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans, and that many decline-to-state voters lean Democratic. But there's a more telling reason, one that promises to keep California blue for years. The state's rising numbers of new voters - newly minted immigrant voters, minorities and voters between the ages of 18 and 29 - are overwhelmingly Democratic in their preferences.
  • Bay Area already ruing loss of Pelosi's power (schadenfreude alert!)

    11/04/2010 3:32:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/3/2010 | Mike Lillis
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might be a radioactive figure in many parts of the country, but one day after Democrats lost the House in a landslide, Bay Area business and political leaders are already regretting the region's loss of clout. "Just look around," the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's Jim Lazarus told The San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday. "The $400 million for the Transbay Terminal project, the [$46 million] Doyle Drive rebuild, the [$86 million] Hunters Point Shipyard cleanup — if she wasn't there, I'm not sure we would have gotten the funding, and we certainly wouldn't have gotten it as...
  • Jerry Brown , governor redux, and California exits left

    11/03/2010 8:36:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 151 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/3/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    California voters have spoken -- and for the most part, they decided to stop the wave of anti-Democratic voting that swept the nation at the Sierras. Now California will have a Democratic governor, Democratic Legislature and with the passage of Prop. 25, Democratic budgeting process. For years now, the Dems have been blaming the Republican minority for the state's budget woes. That's over for the next two years. Whatever happens next with California -- it will be on Jerry Brown and his party. I sure hope Brown will prove to be the maverick he hinted he would be. Talk to...
  • Electric vehicle stations planned along I-5

    06/30/2010 7:14:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Everett Daily Herald ^ | June 29, 2010 | Bill Sheets
    As early as the end of this year, you might be able to hop into your plug-in electric car and drive to Portland, Ore., or Vancouver, B.C., without worrying about finding a charging station. The state has received federal economic stimulus funds to build four or five charging stations along the I-5 corridor from Canada to Oregon. The $1.32 million would ultimately pay for seven to 10 stations on I-5 and I-90. If all goes as planned, Washington will be the first state to have a series of coordinated electric charging stations spanning its borders, said Tonia Buell, a spokeswoman...
  • Porn probe snags S.F. planning officials

    05/05/2010 7:49:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 604+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/5/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    It seems the gang over at San Francisco's Planning Department has been looking at more than zoning codes on their computers - namely, porn.According to City Hall sources, Planning Director John Rahaim has recommended the firing of four high-ups - including veteran Zoning Administrator Larry Badiner - for allegedly receiving and in some cases circulating X-rated photos and videos for years.The material wasn't criminal - we're talking "Debbie Does Dallas" stuff, not child porn - but it was "incredibly inappropriate for the workplace," said one source, who would speak only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of...
  • Nine-year wind farm fight splits Cape Cod (leftists VS leftists)

    04/20/2010 12:42:46 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 49 replies · 1,128+ views
    CNN ^ | 4-20-10 | Wayne Drash
    The battle over the venture -- dozens of public hearings and nine years long -- has split members of American Indian tribes and pitted some of the nation's wealthiest people against each other. Liberals have squared off against fellow liberals. The most notable opponent was the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose family compound would have a view of the wind farm. The late Walter Cronkite also raised objec
  • Two-thirds of Californians dislike Congress, Field Poll shows

    10/17/2009 8:37:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies · 920+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/17/9 | Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON – Californians have an overwhelmingly negative view of Congress, with two of every three voters disapproving of its performance, according to the latest Field Poll. Only 23 percent said they approve of the way Congress is conducting itself. It's the highest disapproval rate since 1996. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco doesn't fare much better, with more Californians rating her negatively than positively. About one in three – or 34 percent – gave her good marks, while nearly half – 44 percent – said they disapprove of her performance. That's a sharp turnaround from March, when 48...
  • Left Coast holds tea party over oil

    04/19/2009 4:44:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 756+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/20/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    Last Wednesday, conservatives held coast-t0-coast "TEA parties" designed to send the message to Washington and state governments that the partiers feel "taxed enough already." The exercise struck me as more than a little out of touch with the political realities of President Obama's America. The next day, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar held a public hearing in San Francisco on a Bush administration proposal to sell federal leases to drill for oil and gas off the California coast. The hearing became the Left Coast equivalent of the right-wing TEA party. The only difference is that the overwhelmingly anti-drilling crowd was in...
  • Many Of Nation's Green Leaders From Bay Area [Socialist Elites At Work]

    02/01/2009 2:11:27 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 512+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | February 1, 2009
    Many of nation's green leaders from Bay Area Sunday, February 1, 2009 A Bay Area jeansmaker clothed miners in the dusty Sierra Nevada gold fields, creating what would become a fashion staple around the globe. Nearly a century later, two Stanford graduates birthed the high-tech age in a Palo Alto garage. Today, Bay Area entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers hope to join the vanguard of another revolution - one that aims to reinvent the way people use water, power their cars, build their houses and live their lives. President Obama has promised sweeping changes to the nation's energy grid, auto emission...
  • Letters in Response to Capt. Lund and Code Pink (RE: USMC Captain's Open Letter To Code Pink)

    10/17/2007 1:00:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 345+ views
    The Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | October 16, 2007 | Various
    Letters in Response to Capt. Lund and Code Pink • Editors, Daily Planet: Thank you for printing the letter by Captain Richard Lund. I work in a building on University Avenue. I am a woman, I am a mother, I am the wife of a veteran, I am a liberal, I am a democrat, I am a staunch opponent to this war, and I am an enemy of President Bush. And I am ashamed. Wars aren’t created by the military, they are created by politicians and their self- serving constituents. The Code Pink protest is an insult to the sacrifices...
  • S.F. cop on hot seat for writing sizzling letter about homeless

    10/17/2007 7:44:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 330+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/17/7 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    A veteran San Francisco police officer is under departmental investigation - and could be suspended - for writing a letter to The Chronicle criticizing the way Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Police Department are handling the homeless problem in Golden Gate Park. According to police sources, Sgt. John Lewis of Park Station is being investigated for authoring a letter that "undermines the efficiency of the department." Lewis' letter, published on The Chronicle's editorial page Aug. 15, questioned the Newsom administration's tactic of sending cops and outreach workers into the park before dawn to steer campers into social programs or, if...
  • Political Cartoon (Schwarzenegger Signs Bill Promoting Transsexuality, & Homosexuality in Schools)

    10/17/2007 10:28:18 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 575+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Tuesday, October 16, 2007 | Mark Thornhill
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  • (Backpeddling Mayor) Newsom Welcomes The Fleet With Fierce Defense Of San Francisco As Pro-Military

    10/07/2007 9:56:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies · 892+ views ^ | Sunday, October 7, 2007 | Susan Sward
    Newsom welcomes the fleet with fierce defense of San Francisco as pro-military Susan Sward, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, October 7, 2007 (10-06) 16:55 PDT SAN FRANCISCO - Mayor Gavin Newsom, attending Fleet Week festivities on the Marina Green on Saturday, lashed out at conservative critics who mocked San Francisco's consideration of a measure to ban the Navy's Blue Angels from flying over the city during this week's celebration. He cited that criticism and reports that the city turned down a Marine request to make a television recruitment commercial in the Financial District as examples of what he called exploitation by...
  • (California) Residents Are 'Green' Hypocrites, Poll Finds

    07/29/2007 5:22:43 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 57 replies · 1,842+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 07/29/2007 | Steve Geissinger
    Residents are 'green' hypocrites, poll finds Californians want immediate governmental action, but are unwilling to make personal sacrifices By Steve Geissinger MEDIANEWS SACRAMENTO BUREAU Contra Costa Times SACRAMENTO -- Many Californians' alarmed talk about global warming amounts to a lot of hot air. Experts say residents are growing more opinionated on the issue -- and hypocritical. A survey by the Public Policy Institute of California shows most residents think dirty air from cars is helping foster disasters such as drought and hurting their health through ailments such as asthma. They want immediate action from government officials and presidential candidates with...
  • Alimony Still Required After Ex-wife Enters Domestic (Lesbian) Partnership

    07/24/2007 9:42:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies · 1,941+ views ^ | July 24, 2007 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Alimony still required after ex-wife enters domestic partnership ASSOCIATED PRESS July 24, 2007 LOS ANGELES – A judge has ordered a man to continue paying alimony to his ex-wife – even though she is in a registered domestic partnership with another woman and uses the other woman's last name. California marriage laws state alimony ends when a former spouse remarries, and Ron Garber thought that meant he was off the hook when he learned his ex-wife had registered her new relationship under the state's domestic partnership law. An Orange County judge didn't see it that way. The judge ruled that...
  • Neighborhood alarmed to learn ice-cream truck vendor is registered sex offender

    07/14/2007 4:37:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies · 907+ views ^ | Saturday, July 14, 2007 | SARAH BURGE
    Neighborhood alarmed to learn ice-cream truck vendor is registered sex offender 01:13 AM PDT on Saturday, July 14, 2007 By SARAH BURGE The Press-Enterprise A group of Perris homeowners has launched a campaign to run their local ice cream man out of the neighborhood. Anthony G. Toles, his neighbors discovered recently, is a registered sex offender who has been living and driving his ice cream truck in the Villages of Avalon, a newer housing development near Lake Perris. On the Fourth of July, about 10 neighbors distributed 500 custom-printed door hangers alerting residents to "a potential threat to our children"...
  • (California Psychology) Board Won't Bar Alleged Molester From Schools

    06/28/2007 9:41:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies · 801+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 28, 2007 | Garrett Therolf
    Board won't bar alleged molester from schools School psychologist won't lose his license. The alleged victim's mother is 'outraged.' By Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer June 28, 2007 A former educational psychologist for Los Angeles schools who allegedly molested a boy hundreds of times two decades ago will not lose his state license and will be able to continue working with children. In a terse letter last month, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences informed the alleged victim's mother that it had concluded a nearly yearlong investigation, and no action would be taken against Peter J. Ruthenbeck because the statute...
  • Summer of love: 40 years later - Hippie Hippie Shakedown: But where was love?

    06/17/2007 12:07:44 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 146 replies · 4,624+ views ^ | 06/16/2007 | DAWN EDEN
    Summer of love: 40 years later Hippie Hippie Shakedown: But where was love? BY DAWN EDEN, Guest Columnist LA Daily News WHEN it comes to inappropriate names, "Summer of Love" has to be right up there with "Joy Division," the name the Nazis reportedly gave to the sections of concentration camps that housed the guards' sex slaves. For one thing, it was not just a summer event. The countercultural happening that swept through San Francisco and beyond began with an April1967 planning announcement by concert promoter Chet Helms, aka Family Dog, creating the "Council for the Summer of Love." It...