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  • Robot-Powered Burger Joint Makes a Beeline For Bay Area

    07/03/2016 12:56:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jul 2, 2016
    Move over, humans. A robot-operated restaurant is heading to the Bay Area. Momentum Machines, a San Francisco-based startup, plans to launch a burger joint where fare is cooked, seasoned and wrapped by robots, Tech Insider reported. The still unnamed restaurant will utilize what Momentum Machines built in 2012 — a machine that could churn out 400 burgers in an hour. The innovative appliance includes a stamper that grinds and stamps custom blends of meat, a vegetable slicer, an oven to toast the meat and bun, and a bagger to wrap the complete product. Images released by the company show the...
  • Deal will close California's last nuclear plant by 2025

    06/21/2016 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2016 10:43 AM EDT
    California’s last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental groups announced the agreement on the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which sits along a Pacific Ocean bluff on California’s central coast. Environmentalists had pressed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for years to close Diablo, given its proximity to seismic faults in the earthquake-prone state. …
  • Obama announces new Los Angeles-based manufacturing hub

    06/20/2016 11:29:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 2:15 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    The Obama administration selected a Los Angeles group Monday to lead an effort aimed at making manufacturing companies more competitive globally by helping them consume less energy and produce less waste. The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition in Los Angeles will receive $70 million from the federal government to establish the ninth of 15 “manufacturing hubs” that President Barack Obama wants set up across the country. The winning team of nearly 200 partners will at least match that amount. The private-public partnership will develop smart sensors to make all types of manufacturing more efficient, Obama said at a conference designed to...
  • 20.1%: Calif. Metro Area Has Nation's Highest Unemployment Rate (El Centro)

    06/02/2016 8:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 2, 2016 | 6:04 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    El Centro, California bills itself as one of Southern California’s “most promising new commercial and industrial regions.” But it had a 20.1 percent unemployment rate in April, by far the highest of the 387 U.S. metropolitan areas surveyed by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. That 20.1 percent unemployment rate is more than four times the national unemployment rate of 5.0 percent (seasonally adjusted). The only other metropolitan area to come close to El Centro’s jobless rate was Yuma, Arizona, where the unemployment rate was 18.7 in April. El Centro and Yuma, both near the Mexican border, are located...
  • Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    05/29/2016 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2016 2:48 AM EDT
    Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said. A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was...
  • California's high speed rail delayed another 4 years

    05/23/2016 7:17:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/22/2016 | Rick Moran
    The incredible journey of California's high speed rail took another hit this past week when authorities inked a contract revision pushing back the opening of the first segment of the line from 2018 to 2022. Project costs for this one, 119 mile stretch of track through the relatively empty Central Valley have topped $69 billion, with only a fraction of those funds appropriated. The high speed rail authority has only purchased half the land necessary to complete the first leg of the project and not a single foot of track has been laid. The feds are blaming opponents of the...
  • 33 protesters arrested in clash with San Francisco deputies

    05/07/2016 8:25:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 7, 2016 7:18 PM EDT
    Authorities say 33 people were arrested at San Francisco’s City Hall during a protest calling for the firing of the city’s police chief. Dozens of protesters converged on the building Friday night and clashed with deputies in riot gear. […] The standoff came after five people who are on their 16th day of a hunger strike to demand the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr were taken to the hospital and their protest camp outside the Mission District police station was packed up. …
  • 15,000 Pounds of Trash Left After 4/20 Smokeout: SF Park and Rec

    04/21/2016 11:41:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/21 | Stephanie Chuang and Lisa Fernandez
    They came. They smoked. They left more than seven tons of trash. After more than 8,000 people flocked Golden Gate Park on Wednesday, or 4/20, as the San Francisco’s marijuana-loving community call it, countless bottles of Shasta soda, beer cans, Fruit Loops boxes and butts were left scattered across the grassy, green lawn. "We think we will end up with over 15,000 pounds of trash," San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg said Thursday morning. "Yes, it's impactful to our park." Ginsburg noted the mess was an improvement from last year. That trashy haul tipped the scales at...
  • Clean air advocate: California has nation's dirtiest air

    04/20/2016 2:01:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 3:10 AM EDT | Scott Smith
    Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the nation’s most polluted. Bakersfield tops the list for having the most unhealthy days from airborne particles spewed by highway traffic, diesel trucks, farm equipment and fireplaces, the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2016 report says. Los Angeles remains the nation’s leader in harmful ozone pollution from car tailpipes emitting smog, the report says. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks, lead to lung cancer and cause premature death. […]...
  • Religious group sues San Francisco over open-air urinal

    04/18/2016 10:40:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 19, 2016 12:34 AM EDT
    A religious organization is suing the city San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and indecent from a popular park. The Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from the iconic Dolores Park. The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only through plants for privacy, “emanates offensive odors,” “has no hand-washing facilities” and “it’s offensive to manners and morals.” …
  • California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: 'The exodus has begun'

    04/17/2016 7:35:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/15/2016 | Shan Li and Natalie Kitroeff
    Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios. But over the years, cheap overseas labor lured many apparel makers to outsource to foreign competitors in far-flung places such as China and Vietnam. Now, Los Angeles firms are facing another big hurdle — California's minimum wage hitting $15 an hour by 2022 — which could spur more garment makers to exit the state. Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another...
  • Coachella to hold 'Berniechella' (Burned out Bernie Barf Alert!)

    04/14/2016 7:47:02 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 6 replies
    Desert Sun ^ | 04/14/16 | Anna Rumer,
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Coachella will be “feeling the Bern” soon, as the city plans for a block party/rally dubbed “Berniechella” on April 21 and 22. Just before the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, will host the Bernie Sanders Block Party from 5 p.m. to midnight April 21 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22, on Grapefruit Boulevard and Vine Street in Old Town Coachella. The free event is expected to draw between 1,500 and 3,000 people, although similar...
  • 20,000 lesbians in the desert: welcome to the Dinah, a world without men

    04/08/2016 5:21:35 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 108 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 4/7/16 | Arwa Mahdawi
    20,000 lesbians in the desert: welcome to the Dinah, a world without men For five days in Palm Springs, Arwa Mahdawi entered an alternate reality where gay women celebrate each other with pool parties, dancing and debauchery Every year at the end of March, 20,000 lesbians from around the world fly into the Californian desert for five days of debauchery, and I’m one of them. It’s my second time at the Dinah, also known as the largest girl festival in the world. I’m staying at the Hilton in Palm Springs, which is hosting the famous Dinah pool parties, and the...
  • San Francisco tries to make life affordable in costly city

    04/06/2016 2:03:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 2:06 AM EDT | Janie Har
    In approving a novel paid parental leave policy, San Francisco officials buttressed their efforts to make life a little more affordable for workers who eke out a living in one of the most expensive cities in the country. Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign legislation approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors that requires employers to provide fully paid six-week leaves for new mothers and fathers. Currently, the state of California pays about 55 percent of a worker’s salary when they take leave, which advocates say is not enough for working families. The San Francisco measure requires employers with...
  • San Francisco approves fully paid leave for new parents

    04/05/2016 5:54:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 5, 2016 8:02 PM EDT | Janie Har
    San Francisco became the first place in the country Tuesday to require businesses to provide fully paid leave for new parents in what was hailed as the latest move to address income inequality in the nation. The measure approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors will give new mothers and fathers six weeks of fully paid time off, a rarity now offered to some government sector workers and some private employees, particularly those who work in the tech industry. […] The measure requires another formal vote by the board next week as well as approval by Mayor Ed Lee, who...
  • Los Angeles father charged with killing son for being gay [R.O.P.?]

    04/02/2016 4:18:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2016 6:39 AM EDT
    <p>A man accused of fatally shooting his son outside a home where his wife was found dead has been charged with one count of premeditated murder as a hate crime, with prosecutors alleging he killed his son for being gay.</p>
  • California mayor bans Trump from campaigning in her city

    04/01/2016 7:07:32 PM PDT · by kevcol · 121 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 1, 2016 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump may want to avoid West Hollywood when he campaigns in California ahead of the state's potentially decisive June 7 primary. Lindsey Horvath, the mayor of West Hollywood, Calif., which is located in the heart of Los Angeles County and home to a sizable population of gay men, penned a letter to Trump this week explaining that he is unwelcome in her city. "With the primary making its way to California, as West Hollywood's Mayor, I want to make very clear that your campaign of violence and intimidation is not welcome in our City," she wrote...
  • Analyst: Wage hike would cost California taxpayers $3.6B

    03/30/2016 5:07:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 5:21 PM EDT | Alison Noon
    Raising the minimum wage in California to the highest statewide level in the nation would eventually cost taxpayers an additional $3.6 billion a year in higher pay for government employees, legislative analysts determined. The estimate was disclosed as an Assembly committee gave initial approval Wednesday to boosting the wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The full state Assembly and Senate could vote on the deal between Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and labor unions as early as Thursday. […] First-year costs to the state would total $19 million, when the minimum pay bumps to $10.50 on Jan. 1, according to...
  • California's $15/hour wage could help workers, cost jobs

    03/28/2016 6:04:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 28, 2016 8:56 PM EDT | Don Thompson and Justin Pritchard
    A political deal to raise California’s minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 an hour could help some workers cope with the state’s crushing cost of living but also deprive other low-wage earners of jobs altogether, economists said Monday as Gov. Jerry Brown and other leaders touted what would be a landmark agreement. California’s economy is larger than that of most countries, with a wide diversity of earners. While newly minted millionaires gentrify neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, some Central Valley field hands lack access to clean water. A jump from the current $10 an hour spread over six...
  • Calif. to raise minimum wage to $15: reports

    03/26/2016 9:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | March 26, 2016 | Evelyn Rupert
    California lawmakers and union leaders have reached a tentative deal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is expected to make the formal announcement as early as Monday. According to the L.A. Times, the minimum wage will jump from $10 to $10.50 an hour in 2017 and will increase by $1 every year after that until reaching $15 an hour in 2022. Business with fewer than 25 employees will have an extra year to comply. "The governor and stakeholders have all been negotiating...
  • Calif. Sen. Wants To Do ‘The Country A Favor’ — Create Center for Gun Violence Research

    03/18/2016 9:37:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 17, 2016 | 11:58 AM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    California State Sen. Louis Wolk (D) says, “I think it’s time for California to do the rest of the country a favor,” and create a center for gun violence research. Wolk’s measure, SB 1006, was approved Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee on a vote of 7 to 2. The move would establish a state-funded national center on gun violence at a University of California (UC) campus. …
  • BART chaos expected to go on indefinitely

    03/17/2016 9:06:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    SFGate ^ | 03/17/2016
    BART service between the Pittsburg-Bay Point and North Concord stations will be shut down indefinitely — and overall service will suffer for months — as the transit agency tries to get to the bottom of a baffling track problem crippling trains by the dozens, officials said Thursday. Transit officials warned passengers Thursday afternoon that for the foreseeable future, riders who want to travel between the Contra Costa County stations will have to use a “bus bridge” arranged by the transit agency through four bus agencies. Those buses will travel on freeways that are sure to be more packed as they...
  • Anti-Gay Stickers At Indio High School Touch Off Debate: Hate Speech Or Free Speech?

    02/29/2016 7:39:12 AM PST · by simpson96 · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | Feb. 28, 2016 | Staff
    INDIO (CBSLA.com) - Students displaying anti-LGBT stickers at a high school in Indio have touched off a debate: is that free speech or hate speech?The stickers show a rainbow - the symbol of the gay community - with a line crossing through it. Officials said the stickers have increasingly shown up over the past two weeks on some students’ school ID badges at Shadow Hills High School, as well as on social media websites.The increasing number of the stickers caused an outcry at the school among students and faculty. Many called it hate speech. Shadow Hills senior and vice president...
  • Nudity on display in S.F. Valentine's Day parade

    02/14/2016 12:44:35 AM PST · by KingofZion · 21 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | February 13, 2016 | none
    <p>San Francisco nudists gathered today at Jane Warner Plaza in celebration of Valentine's Day and to also seek naked justice. The parade took place at noon Saturday and followed a route from the Castro District to City Hall.</p>
  • Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to plead guilty in jail scandal, his attorney says

    02/10/2016 2:44:52 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan
    Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to a single charge of making false statements, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff's Department. In a plea agreement filed in federal court Wednesday morning, Baca admitted to lying twice about his involvement in hiding an inmate from FBI agents who were investigating brutality and corruption by sheriff's deputies in the county jails.
  • California Overpaid State Employees, Working To Get Back $700K

    02/08/2016 6:00:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 8, 2016 | 3:44 PM EST | Eric Scheiner
    California officials say the state overpaid at least $700,000 to state employees last month and the government is working to get the money back. The Sacramento Bee reports about 20,000 state employees got too much money in their paycheck -- ranging from $37 to $101 per employee. State Controller's Office spokesman John Hill says the mistake was limited to workers covered by two unions, including 12,689 employees in the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and "about 7,000" workers in the International Union of Operating Engineers Bargaining Unit 12. ...
  • At least 3 killed in fight at complex; bats, sticks used (Marin City CA)

    02/07/2016 1:51:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2016 2:52 PM EST
    Authorities say at least three people were killed after a fight broke out among a group of people wielding sticks and bats at a large apartment complex in Marin City, north of San Francisco. Marin County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Doug Pittman tells the San Francisco Chronicle the fight broke out Sunday morning and that there may be more victims. ...
  • You Can Now Urinate in Public in San Francisco

    01/30/2016 5:50:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    TIME ^ | 01/30/2016 | Olivia B. Waxman
    An outdoor urinal has been set up in Dolores Park San Francisco has installed an outdoor urinal in Dolores Park near the Mission District as part of the more than $20 million renovation of the recreation area in an attempt to combat a "rampant" public urination issue. "The more options we can give them to relieve themselves, the better for the parkgoers," San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener told the Associated Press. Last summer, the city's public works division made headlines by experimenting with coating some walls with a paint that causes fluid to splash back onto public urinators.
  • San Francisco police recite pledge to root out intolerance

    01/30/2016 9:29:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 12:10 PM EST | Paul Elias
    San Francisco police officers are being asked to combat racism in the ranks and take a pledge to turn in colleagues displaying intolerant behavior, such as slurs and jokes targeting people of color, gays and women. The pledge is part of a broader public relations campaign by the embattled police department to repair frayed relations with minority neighborhoods and community activists. The campaign comes amid growing tensions between police and black communities that are shaking up departments across the country and have led to the dismissal of top brass in some cities, including Chicago. Politically progressive San Francisco is not...
  • 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." ...
  • Prison worker’s East Bay clash with Muslims probed as hate crime

    12/09/2015 3:01:39 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2015 | Evan Sernoffsky and Hamed Aleaziz
    A state corrections department employee is being investigated for a possible hate crime after she was captured on video aggressively confronting two Muslim men who were praying in a Castro Valley park over the weekend, officials said Wednesday.
  • BREAKING: Mary Spellman Resigns as Dean of Students (Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA)

    11/12/2015 1:30:58 PM PST · by abb · 115 replies
    The Forum ^ | November 12, 2015 | Staff
    At 12:02 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, Mary Spellman resigned as Dean of Students following calls for her resignation after students of color articulated concerns about the Dean of Students office being unsupportive towards students of marginalized identities, and two students yesterday began hunger strikes calling for her resignation. Additional coverage coming later — find Spellman’s email to the CMC community below. Dear CMC Community: Since 2010 I have been privileged to serve as Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College. Today I am submitting my letter of resignation, effective immediately. I do so with sadness beyond words, because these...
  • University axes homecoming ‘king’ and ‘queen,’ replaces it with gender-neutral ‘royals’

    11/12/2015 5:50:32 AM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    College Fix ^ | November 12, 2015 | Jennifer Kabbany
    San Diego State University has axed its longtime tradition of naming a homecoming "king" and "queen," and this year will go with the gender-neutral term "royals," the Daily Aztec campus newspaper reports. As recently as last year SDSU named a homecoming "king" and "queen" during its annual football game, according to the university’s website. But this Saturday when the Aztecs take on the University of Wyoming Cowboys, the Royal Court will end up with the "final two Royals," the website adds. It’s unclear if those final two "royals" will be one male and one female, or some other iteration of...
  • California Gov. Brown to sign expanded fair pay legislation

    09/20/2015 4:45:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2015 7:14 PM EDT | Janie Har
    Female employees in California are poised to get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps and receive protection from discrimination and retaliation if they ask questions about how much other people earn. A bill recently passed by the Legislature and that Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated he will sign won’t suddenly put all women’s salaries on par with men’s or prod employers to freely disclose what every employee makes, which could make it easier for workers to mount pay discrimination claims. But the legislation expands what supporters call an outdated state equal pay law and goes further than federal law,...
  • Gov. Brown, legislative Democrats scale back climate package

    09/09/2015 7:10:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 9, 2015 10:06 PM EDT | Judy Lin
    With little time and deep-pocketed opposition from oil interests, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats were forced on Wednesday to retreat from their ambitious proposal to address climate change by dropping a key mandate to cut California’s petroleum use by 50 percent. Amid the political setback, they vowed to intensify their fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through other means and pledged to continue to champion the environmental cause for the good of future generations. Brown, a Democrat who has made climate change the centerpiece of his final term, said state regulators will announce toughened reporting rules on low-carbon fuel...
  • Sausalito Marin City School District Becomes Nation's First Organic, GMO Free District

    08/28/2015 8:17:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/28/15 | Tamara Palmer
    One Marin County school district hopes to set a national example when it comes to healthy eating. Sausalito Marin City School District started serving only organic and GMO-free meals to students this week, becoming the first school district in the nation to do so. It's an extension of what is considered to be a successful pilot program begun in 2013 at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City. The other school in the district, Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, has now joined Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in installing a permanent program. “The results speak for themselves,” Steve Van Zant, superintendent...
  • California plans taking farms for massive water tunnels

    08/17/2015 1:23:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2015 3:58 PM EDT | Ellen Knickmeyer
    Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans for massive water tunnels have yet to win approval, but a report shows California already is planning to take up to 300 farms to acquire land for the project. A 160-page report prepared by state contractors lays out plans to move rapidly to eminent domain to acquire land for two 30-mile-long tunnels. The tunnels would help ferry water from Northern and Central California to Southern California. …
  • Police sergeant shot and killed in California traffic stop

    07/22/2015 10:17:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2015 12:58 PM EDT
    Authorities say a San Francisco Bay Area police sergeant was shot and killed during an early-morning traffic stop. Hayward Police Wednesday morning identified the officer as Sgt. Scott Lunger. Lunger was shot about 3:15 a.m. after he stopped a white Chevrolet pickup that was swerving on the road. […] Police later discovered a truck in Oakland with bullet holes. It matches a description of the truck involved in the incident. It was not clear if the driver has been arrested. …
  • California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water

    07/20/2015 2:10:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 20, 2015 4:48 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    California regulators on Monday proposed a first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for a group of Central Valley farmers accused of illegally taking water during the drought. It would be the first such fine against an individual or district with claims to water that are more than a century-old, known as senior water rights holders. The action reflects the rising severity of California’s four-year drought that has prompted the state to demand cutbacks from those historically sheltered from mandatory conservation. …
  • California: Most new driver's licenses go to illegal immigrants

    07/18/2015 8:02:57 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/17/2015 | Janie Harr
    After a new law went into effect in January, more than half of all new driver's licenses issued in California this year have gone to people who are in the country illegally, the state said Friday. The California Department of Motor Vehicles reported it has issued roughly 397,000 licenses to people who live in the country illegally. A total of 759,000 licenses were issued in the first six months of the year.
  • Want Him to Enforce Laws That Would've Kept Steinle Alive? Gov Brown Thinks You’re a ‘Troglodyte’

    07/13/2015 9:42:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PJ Media's Works and Days ^ | July 13, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Let's examine the issues rationally, and see who actually understood the Age of Reason.Last March, California Governor Jerry Brown declared that those who wished existing federal immigration law to be enforced — in the manner that would have saved the late Kate Steinle from a five-times deported, seven-times released felon illegal alien – were: [A]t best … troglodyte, and at worst … un-Christian. In California, if one assumes that the law as written should be followed, one is dubbed either a cave-dweller or an apostate. Meanwhile, sophisticated non-troglodytes in San Francisco have a sheriff — with a criminal record of...
  • California school backtracks on Common Core opt-out punishment

    06/25/2015 12:28:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A California high school where a majority of juniors opted out of Common Core testing has backed off of plans to ban the students from using the school’s parking lot and from taking part in senior class activities after parents and education groups raised a fuss. C.J. Foss, principal of Calabasas High School in Los Angeles County, last week sent an email to seniors-to-be announcing that certain privileges would be withheld from students who skipped the controversial test, which detractors say is an attempt to nationalize America’s public education system. Although the test, which critics say dictates curriculum, is widely...
  • ‘Rush’ Drummer Who Praised Ayn Rand Now Pounds Rand Paul (Neil Peart: Support Democratic Party)

    06/22/2015 11:56:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 19, 2015 2:33pm ET | Ashley Rae Goldberg
    Neil Peart, the drummer behind the band Rush, has made it known that, as a “bleeding-heart libertarian,” he encourages people to support Democrats. […] Rolling Stone notes that Peart's newfound beliefs appear to prioritize the “bleeding-heart” aspect over the “libertarian” one. Speaking of the libertarian-oriented Senator Rand Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, Peart allegedly told Rolling Stone it is “very obvious” that Paul "hates women and brown people.” […] Peart, who recently became a United States citizen, told Rolling Stone, “For a person of my sensibility, you’re only left with the Democratic party.” …
  • California water wasters beware: #DroughtShaming on the rise

    06/10/2015 11:53:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2015 1:34 AM EDT | Gillian Flaccus and John Rogers
    Pssst. Ready to water that beautiful lush lawn of yours? The one that’s the envy of the entire neighborhood. If you live in Southern California you’d better wait until after midnight. Preferably on a cloudy, new-moon night during a power outage when it’s so dark even night-vision goggles won’t give away your position. Otherwise you could wind up the star of the latest drought-shaming video posted on YouTube or Twitter. “Yeah, I put your address out there. The world is watching a lot more,” says Tony Corcoran, one of several people who spend their spare time these days canvassing the...
  • San Francisco Considers Health Warning on Soda Advertising

    06/09/2015 2:10:22 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 9, 2015 | Janie Har
    San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for a favorite drink of children and a bane of public health advocates: Sugary soda pop. The "Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Ordinance" would require health warnings on advertising within city limits — on billboards, walls, the sides of cabs and buses. Supporters and opponents say San Francisco would be the first place in the country to require warnings on ads for soda, which is linked to rotting teeth and obesity.
  • 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. …
  • Gender neutral restrooms gaining traction among schools

    05/31/2015 8:54:59 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | May 31, 2015 | Pat Maio
    Two years after California passed a law that permits transgender youth to use whatever bathroom they wish, school districts continue to grapple with compliance, though major strides have been made. “You can’t just build a restroom or retrofit one tomorrow,” said Kurt Dearie, a history teacher at Carlsbad High School who has been a co-advisor for the school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance since 2002. “The lack of money and all kinds of things make this more challenging today.”
  • Illegal border tunnel found leading from Mexico (to San Ysidro)

    04/29/2015 8:36:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 28, 2015 6:42 PM EDT
    U.S. Border Patrol agents have found a suspected drug tunnel with lighting and a rail-car system that connected to a home across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack said agents patrolling west of the San Ysidro port of entry Tuesday morning found a sinkhole close to the U.S. border fence that opened up into the tunnel. …
  • Letters to the Editor: Build desalination plants, not a high-speed rail

    04/15/2015 6:30:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 43 replies
    Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | 4-15-2015 | Edna Jones, Pasadena & Richard Morrison, Lakewood
    Instead of spending money on a bullet train, California should build desalination plants. We cannot live without water or food. California supplies 70 percent of the food for the country and we have cut off water to the farmers to save the smelt fish. The legislatures are more interested in catering to their money backers than doing what is right for the citizens of California. Which sounds better, water or rain? Anyone with an ounce of common sense and a firm grasp on reality would say water is the only answer. We don’t need a bullet train that starts in...
  • Right to Bear Arms? Gun grabbing sweeping the nation

    04/15/2015 5:27:44 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies
    Cherished family heirlooms were among the 21 firearms Michael Roberts surrendered to the Torrance Police Department in 2010, after his doctor filed a restraining order against him. The court order was the result of a dispute Roberts had with a member of the doctor’s staff and, after Roberts pleaded no contest, the matter was resolved. Yet, even though he filed the proper Law Enforcement Gun Release paperwork on four separate occasions, obtained clearance from the California Department of Justice and had two court orders commanding the return of his guns, police refused to hand them over. With the backing of...