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  • California wildfires: Governor brands fires 'new normal'

    12/09/2017 10:49:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 December 2017
    Devastating wildfires fueled by climate change are “the new normal”, California’s governor has said. Jerry Brown said vast fires, such as the ones that have ravaged southern California in recent days, “could happen every year or every few years”. “We’re facing a new reality in this state,” he said. Mr Brown made the comments after surveying the damage in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles. Thousands of firefighters have been battling the fires since Monday. Mr. Brown, a Democrat who has attacked the Trump administration’s stance on climate change, said: “We’re facing a new reality in this state, where fires...
  • Alternate juror in Kate Steinle trial: ‘He couldn’t be found guilty of murder’

    12/06/2017 10:35:57 PM PST · by KJC1 · 42 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12-06-2017 | Evan Sernoffsky
    An alternate juror in the Kate Steinle case said the jury made the right decision in acquitting the defendant of murder, manslaughter and assault charges after San Francisco prosecutors failed to prove he had intended to shoot anyone. Phil Van Stockum, a 33-year-old San Francisco resident who is co-founder of a technology company in San Mateo, did not take part in deliberations as the jury weighed charges against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a homeless undocumented immigrant whose attorneys argued an accident was behind the killing on Pier 14 on July 1, 2015. (snip) Van Stockum said prosecutors presented no motive...
  • America's homeless population rises for first time in years

    12/06/2017 5:56:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 6, 2017 7:49 PM EST | Christopher Weber and Geoff Mulvihill
    The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point in Time count Wednesday, a report that showed nearly 554,000 homeless people across the country during local tallies conducted in January. That figure is up nearly 1 percent from 2016. Of that total, 193,000 people had no access to nightly shelter and instead were staying in vehicles, tents, the streets and other places considered...
  • Trump Says 'Weak On Crime' Democrats Will Pay, Serial Border Crosser Acquitted Of Murder (Steinle)

    12/01/2017 7:20:17 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    BI ^ | 12-1-2017 | Alex Locke
    President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats on Twitter on Friday, the morning after a Mexican man who illegally entered the US six times was acquitted of murder in the death of a young woman walking on a San Francisco pier with her father. "The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court," Trump tweeted. A jury cleared Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, of murder and manslaughter charges on Thursday in connection to the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle, with...
  • California lawmaker resigns following misconduct allegations

    11/27/2017 9:59:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 27, 2017 2:22 PM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra resigned Monday following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, making him the first lawmaker to leave office amid a spate of reports rocking the state Capitol. The Los Angeles Democrat had previously said he wouldn’t seek re-election and would leave office at the end of the next legislative session. But on Monday, Bocanegra said that he’s decided to leave immediately following reflection over the Thanksgiving weekend and conversations with family, friends and supporters. In a statement released by his office, Bocanegra said he’d hoped he could clear his name. […] Allegations against Bocanegra first came to light...
  • VIDEO: Gun enthusiast destroys assault rifle in wake of mass shootings

    11/26/2017 8:13:13 PM PST · by Antioch · 40 replies
    wfla ^ | November 18, 2017 | WFLA Web Staff
    RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. (WFLA) — A gun enthusiast from southern California says he is taking a step to help destroy gun violence. One of Chad Vachter’s prized possessions was a thousand-dollar AR-15 assault rifle. After seeing the growing number of mass shootings in the country, Vachter said he was fed up and decided to take a hammer to his gun, destroying it. “I can’t do it,” he said. “I can’t have something in my house that so easily could become a part of another situation like that, and I’m not going to be desensitized to it. I refuse to.” Last...
  • Rocket launch will prove Earth is flat, California man says

    11/23/2017 4:54:27 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2017 | By Lukas Mikelionis
    A California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a home-built rocket to prove that astronauts faked the shape of the Earth. Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver, said his stunt will be the first phase of the flat-Earth space program, sponsored by Research Flat Earth, a group that believes Earth is, well, flat. He claims to have built the steam-powered rocket out of scrap metal parts in his garage. The project cost around $20,000, including the purchase of a motor home off Craigslist that was converted into a ramp.
  • Student who Stole a MAGA Hat Off Someone's Head Faces Year in Jail

    11/22/2017 7:43:44 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 59 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/21/2017 | Rob Shimshock
    A college student in California who stole a “Make America Great Again” hat off of another student’s head faces up to a year in jail, according to a Tuesday report.
  • Oakland Mayor Urges Residents to Take in Homeless: ‘Give Up That Airbnb’

    11/05/2017 10:26:59 AM PST · by workerbee · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/4/17 | Adelle Nazarian
    During her annual State of the City address on Thursday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf called on her constituents to open their doors and residences to the city’s homeless, as union workers picketed against her for her administration’s handling of the city’s rampant housing problem. “Give up that Airbnb. Fix up that back unit,” Schaff said, encouraging property owners to lease apartments at more affordable rates to recently homeless individuals, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “In Oakland, we don’t step over the homeless we step toward them,” Schaaf said. The city’s uptick in vagrants is tied to a general gentrification...
  • Pelosi endorses Feinstein in California Senate race

    10/30/2017 7:43:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 30, 2017 6:43 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Monday, calling her fellow San Francisco Democrat “a strong voice and a staunch advocate for the people of California.” Pelosi said Feinstein is uniquely positioned to defend the state against what Pelosi called President Donald Trump’s “constant attacks” on health care, immigration and voting rights. Kevin De Leon, president pro tem of the California state Senate, is among several Democrats running against Feinstein, pressing for fiercer resistance to Trump. Feinstein, 84, is seeking her fifth full term in the Senate. Pelosi said Feinstein’s seniority “is a source of strength to...
  • New California Law Prohibits Salary History Inquiries

    10/28/2017 6:02:42 PM PDT · by CodeToad · 140 replies
    Littler ^ | 13 october 2017 | Bruce Sarchet
    On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law a state-wide ban on employer inquiries into an individual’s salary history. The new law (AB 168) will apply to all employers, including state and local governments, and will take effect on January 1, 2018. The new law continues the expansion of equal pay protection in California. California’s Equal Pay law has been on the books since 1949, requiring equal pay, regardless of gender, for equal work. It remained largely unchanged until 2016, when it was amended to require equal pay for “substantially similar” work.
  • SF legislation aims to save cultural enclaves from gentrification

    10/23/2017 8:26:01 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 23, 2017 | J.K. Dineen
    The fight to protect San Francisco’s cultural enclaves against gentrification and displacement typically takes the form of opposition. Activists show up at public meetings to decry upscale housing, to bash new office towers, or to disparage chain stores or fancy restaurants catering to well-heeled newcomers. But the speed with which these neighborhoods are changing suggests that it hasn’t been working very well. Now Supervisor Hillary Ronen is betting that those fighting to save what’s left of San Francisco’s cultural districts would be better served by saying yes.
  • Utopia in one city: Stockton

    10/22/2017 9:04:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    americantyhinker.com ^ | 10/22/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Of all the candidates for utopia, Stockton, California would be on the bottom of my list. But a 27-year-old mayor, with the backing of a foundation, is trying for utopia, as seen by supporters of the Mommy State: Universal Basic Income. Futurism.com writes: Stockton, California, is about to become the first city to test government-supported universal basic income in the U.S. The program is the idea of the city's 27-year-old mayor and will be primarily funded by the basic income advocacy group Economic Security Project.
  • Gov. Brown: Climate Change Contributes To Catastrophic California Wildfires

    10/12/2017 8:48:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 73 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 10/11/17
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — California Gov. Jerry Brown warns that catastrophic wildfires will keep ripping through the state as the climate warms. **SNIP** He said a warming climate has contributed to catastrophic wildfires. “That’s the way it is with a warming climate, dry weather and reducing moisture.” said Brown. “These kind of catastrophes have happened and they’ll continue to happen, and we have to be prepared to do everything we can to mitigate.” The governor has positioned himself as a leader in the fight against climate change.
  • Jerry Brown signs bill making California a sanctuary state

    10/05/2017 11:45:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 5, 2017 | By Melody Gutierrez
    SACRAMENTO — California will beef up protections for undocumented immigrants beginning in January under a controversial new law Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday to create a statewide sanctuary policy. Brown signed the bill and 10 other immigration-related bills on the same day as a critical deadline for immigrants aided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, who must file by Thursday for a final two-year extension before the program is phased out.
  • Government jobs sprouting as legal pot looms in California

    09/30/2017 10:29:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2017 10:39 AM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    One of the things to blossom in California’s emerging marijuana industry isn’t green and leafy — it’s government jobs. Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018 and the state is on a hiring binge to help bring order to the new pot economy. Scientists. Tax collectors. Typists. Analysts. Lawyers. There could be nearly 500 new jobs by mid-2019. …
  • LGBT groups protest potential California textbooks

    09/27/2017 10:21:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 8:54 PM EDT | Jonathan J. Cooper
    Gay rights groups told a California state commission Wednesday that they object to several of the textbooks that could be recommended for use in schools, saying the books don’t include enough information about the contributions of LGBT Americans. The state Department of Education is preparing to update textbook recommendations for the first time since California became the first state to require teaching about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. A coalition of LGBT rights groups said the books should not merely include a token reference to San Francisco civil rights icon Harvey Milk but integrate the contributions...
  • Ontario joins California’s market to sell pollution credits

    09/23/2017 10:25:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | 4:01 pm, Friday, September 22, 2017
    California on Friday expanded its market for buying and trading permits to emit greenhouse gases to include the Canadian province of Ontario. The market is the centerpiece of California’s cap-and-trade program, which aims to reduce carbon pollution over time by capping emissions and requiring companies to obtain permits to pollute. Quebec is already part of the market. California is aiming to reduce emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. The two Canadian provinces have similar or stricter goals. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the agreement Friday in Quebec at a meeting with officials of both provinces, capping off...
  • GOP Leader McCarthy Giggles Before Announcing Major Border Wall Funding Delay (VIDEO)

    09/05/2017 3:01:33 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 67 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 9/5/17 | Joshua Caplan
    Does House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy think it’s funny to have to delay border wall funding? Apparently so. In a Tuesday appearance on Fox Business News with Maria Bartiromo, McCarthy giggled when revealing funding for President Trump’s top campaign promise was being pushed back months.
  • California initiative would legalize psychedelic mushrooms

    08/30/2017 7:53:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 138 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/30/17 04:10 PM EDT | Reid Wilson
    California would become the first state in the nation to legalize psychedelic mushrooms if a long-shot ballot initiative passes muster with voters next year. The measure is backed by a legalization activist who says he kicked his heroin habit with the help of a mushroom trip in Death Valley. It would exempt Californians over the age of 21 from a state law that criminalizes mushrooms containing psilocybin, the compound that gives some mushrooms psychedelic properties. […] … California is one of eight states where voters have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and Saunders said legalizing psilocybin-bearing mushrooms is the logical...