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  • 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...
  • Stanford’s Students of Color Coalition Accused of Antisemitism in Student Elections

    04/15/2015 11:25:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | April 13, 2015 10:23 pm | David Daoud
    A student leader at Stanford University, was asked by a campus group about how her Jewish faith would impact her actions regarding Israel in the Student Senate, prompting allegations of antisemitism and an Anti-Defamation League inquiry, a campus publication reported. As part of her campaign for student senate, Molly Horwitz applied for as many student group endorsements as possible, since an endorsement from each group would effectively secure their members’ votes for her candidacy. The Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) endorsement is the most-sought after, due to its large size and vast influence, as well as the fact that it...
  • "Riders Union" Rep: Private Buses are "Triggering"

    04/05/2015 1:17:20 PM PDT · by rightistight · 43 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/5/15 | Aurelius
    A bus union leader is saying that she is “triggered” whenever she thinks about private buses that are becoming popular in San Francisco. Leap, one such company, is gaining popularity in the city for their luxury buses and comfortable seating. Not all people are happy with such start-up businesses. The San Francisco Transit Riders Union, for example, is upset at companies like Leap. SFTRU for short, the union describes itself as “A rider-based, grassroots organization working to improve transit in San Francisco.” Ilyse Magy, a representative for the union, said that not only are private buses classist, but they are...
  • On water, Big Ag should ante up, too

    04/05/2015 12:27:56 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/04/2015
    As the rest of California comes to grips with the state’s historic new water mandates, there’s an elephant in the room. And it’s wearing a farmer’s hat
  • Justices reject appeal by US flag-wearing students (Morgan Hill CA)

    03/30/2015 7:53:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2015 9:44 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an appellate ruling that found that school officials acted appropriately because their concerns about racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame (sic) the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday. …
  • Judge OKs punitive damages in California gender bias case

    03/21/2015 7:26:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California trial judge ruled Saturday that a woman suing a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in a high-profile gender bias case may seek punitive damages that could add tens of millions of dollars to the $16 million in lost wages and bonuses she is pursuing. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn denied a request by lawyers for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to have Ellen Pao's demand for unspecified punitive damages thrown out. Pao, the interim CEO of the news and social networking site Reddit, claims she was passed over for a promotion at...
  • California governor to propose $1B drought plan

    03/19/2015 9:39:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 12:23 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders will propose more than $1 billion in drought-relief spending for California as it heads into a fourth dry year, according to a legislative staffer who has been briefed on the package. The staffer tells The Associated Press that the vast majority of the package to be announced Thursday accelerates spending that voters have already approved for water and flood projects, including last year’s $7.5 billion bond measure. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the staffer is not authorized to speak to the media. The package would provide immediate aid to communities...
  • Study: Fast-food curb did not cut obesity rate in South LA

    03/19/2015 12:30:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 2:08 AM EDT | Alicia Chang
    A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found. City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in 2008 that limited the opening or expansion of fast-food outlets in a 32-square-mile area south of Interstate 10 that struggles with high obesity rates and other health problems. The law, believed to be the first effort of its kind by a major city to improve public health, did not ban new eateries in strip malls. The research by the Rand Corp....
  • [Jerry] Brown says Republican governors are welcome for jobs visits

    03/13/2015 6:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 13, 2015 4:56 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    Gov. Jerry Brown says he has a message for Republican governors planning to visit California to woo business from the state: Welcome. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest governor to say he’s planning a recruiting trip to California. A letter he sent to shipping companies in California takes shots at Brown’s “tax and spend administration.” […] Brown says California has done the opposite of what Republicans advocate. He says the state is tackling climate change, immigration reform and taxing high-income people, and the state is prospering. …
  • California board moves to accommodate new Common Core test

    03/11/2015 5:03:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 11, 2015 7:34 PM EDT | Christine Armario
    The California Board of Education has suspended the state’s school accountability system for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core standards. The board voted at a Wednesday meeting in Sacramento not to produce an Academic Performance Index for the 2014-15 school year. The index uses student results on statewide tests to rank schools and to identify those that need improvement. …
  • Homeless ‘bill of rights’ up for Sacramento debate

    03/08/2015 7:47:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    CalWatchDog ^ | 06 Mar, 2015 | James Poulos
    t could soon get easier to live on the streets in the Golden State. As controversy swirled around the police shooting of a homeless and mentally ill man on Skid Row in Los Angeles, legislators in California considered a new set of regulations activists said would “decriminalize” homelessness by providing a so-called “right to rest” in public.
  • Students at UC Irvine vote to ban American flag

    03/06/2015 3:59:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 6, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Students at the University of California, Irvine have voted to make their school a more “culturally inclusive” place by banning the American flag.</p> <p>The Associated Students of University of California (ASUCI) passed a resolution March 3 that would remove the Stars & Stripes along with every other flag from the lobby of a complex housing the offices of the student government.</p>
  • Companies spend $1 billion in latest California carbon auction

    02/25/2015 9:36:24 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 02/25/2015 | Dale Kasler
    Companies spent more than $1 billion in California’s latest sale of carbon emissions credits, making it the largest auction since the controversial cap-and-trade program began in late 2012, state officials said Wednesday.
  • UCLA Student Board Interrogates Candidate Over Jewish Background

    02/25/2015 9:11:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    inn ^ | 2/25/15 | Tova Dvorin
    A student's Jewish affiliation became the subject of a heated debate at University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) earlier this month, after the student government nearly scrapped her acceptance due to her background. Student Rachel Beyda applied to be a member of the UCLA Judicial Board in February, and presented herself as a candidate in front of the Board. However, the meeting quickly dissolved into a debate over whether her Jewish background and affiliation with Jewish life on campus is a "conflict of interest," as can be seen in the video below. The debate begins at 47:30.
  • SF archbishop easing strict morality code

    02/25/2015 6:59:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kevin Fagan
    SAN FRANCISCO — Under pressure from his Catholic schools community, the archbishop of the San Francisco archdiocese is peeling back strict guidelines he proposed for teachers that would require them to reject homosexuality, use of contraception, and other “evil” behavior. Most significantly, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he is dropping an effort to designate high school teachers as “ministers,” which, under a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling, would have eliminated them from government-mandated employee protections by placing them solely under Church control. In an hour-long meeting with The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, Cordileone said he is forming a committee of...
  • Republican lawmakers hold the line against Obamacare at state level

    02/16/2015 4:40:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Feb 16, 2015 | Mark Z. Barabak and Noam N. Levey
    As President Obama fights in Congress and the courts to preserve the nation's sweeping healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act faces still another threat to its viability: Republicans in statehouses, many bucking governors of their own party eager to accept its flow of federal dollars.When a group of Republican governors filed suit to overturn Obama's signature achievement, Wyoming's Matt Mead was among them, arguing the legislation was a vast overreach that violated the Constitution and trampled the right of states to set their own policies.But after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that argument, Mead decided it would be foolhardy to...
  • TV news helicopter pilot Zoey Tur completes her gender transition......

    02/03/2015 4:15:29 PM PST · by doug from upland · 59 replies
    daily mail ^ | 2-2015
    TV news helicopter pilot Zoey Tur has completed her sex change to join Inside Edition as America's first transgender reporter. Tur, formerly known as Chopper Bob, became famous for filming a mob beating driver Reginald Denny during the LA Riots, and the O.J. Simpson car chase. Following 14 months of hormone treatment Tur underwent successful sexual reassignment surgery in June 2014, transitioning from male to female. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2936989/TV-news-helicopter-pilot-Zoey-Tur-completes-gender-transition-join-Inside-Edition-America-s-transgender-reporter.html#ixzz3QjMtltiO Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Berkeley students outraged course reading includes Plato, Aristotle but nothing from transgenders

    01/22/2015 12:58:37 PM PST · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | January 22, 2015 | Maggie Lit
    Two students at the University of California, Berkeley are calling for students to “Occupy the syllabus,” or consider dropping a course if it only includes the works of white men as class material. Students Rodrigo Kazuo and Margaret “Meg” Perret wrote an op-ed in The Daily Californian, the independent student newspaper, titled “Occupy the syllabus” where they called for a student-wide occupation of all social science and humanities classes after they found their upper-division course on classical social theory lacked the works of women, trans people, and people of color. “The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that...
  • Farmers in dry California decry water decision favoring fish

    01/12/2015 4:24:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2015 5:04 PM EST | Scott Smith
    California farmers struggling with drought say a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued Monday that keeps strict water restrictions in place to protect a tiny, threatened fish has forced them to leave thousands of acres unplanted in the nation’s most fertile agricultural region.The justices rejected appeals from farmers in California's Central Valley and urban water districts who had challenged a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to safeguard the 3-inch-long Delta smelt, a species listed as threatened in 1993 under the federal Endangered Species Act. The smelt only lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast...
  • California newspaper office vandalized over use of ‘illegal’ immigrant label

    01/09/2015 12:56:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 09, 2015
    A California newspaper will continue to use the term “illegals” to describe people who enter the U.S. without permission, despite an attack on its building by vandals believed to object to the term. The Santa Barbara News-Press’s front entrance was sprayed with the message “The border is illegal, not the people who cross it” in red paint, sometime either Wednesday night or early Thursday, according to the newspaper’s director of operations, Donald Katich. The attack came amid wider objections to a News-Press headline that used the word “illegals” alongside a story on California granting driver’s licenses to people in the...
  • California Just Started Another Insane Government Project

    01/07/2015 10:35:00 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 41 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | January 6, 2015 | By Katrina Trinko
    Talk about a trainwreck. Today, California broke ground on another disastrous government-funded project: high-speed rail that will eventually go from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The project is estimated to cost $68 billion. The plan is that the private sector will ultimately invest around one-third of the total cost, but so far, there have been no takers. And it’s no wonder. It’s hard to see how this project makes sense. Backers say the train will be able to make the trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under 2 hours, 40 minutes. However, according to a 2013 Reason Foundation...
  • My Strange Addiction:The elderly man who wears rubber suits to look like a teen girl

    01/03/2015 1:36:07 PM PST · by woofie · 106 replies
    AOL ^ | January 2, 2015 | By RYAN GORMAN
    An elderly California doctor has gained a cult following on social media for dressing in a rubber suit while pretending to be a teen girl. Robert, a 70-year-old from Newport Beach, revealed his act on TLC's "My Strange Addiction." He is part of fetish group called "maskers." The masked man goes by "Sherry" while dressed as the belle of the ball, he told the reality show. He has been wearing the rubber suits for more than a decade. The septuagenarian does not give his real name, but claims to engage in the bizarre ritual "because I think I look amazing."...
  • Court upholds ruling for California delta salmon

    12/22/2014 2:37:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2014 4:14 PM EST
    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 2009 federal decision that called for reducing the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species. The 2009 environmental review by the National Marine Fisheries Service found that continuing to pump water from the delta at such a high rate would threaten several endangered salmon species and killer whales. Some of the state’s biggest water agencies, including Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District, had challenged the 2009 federal decision. …
  • 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...
  • High-Speed Rail Strategy: Build Now, Hope for Money Later

    12/07/2014 9:33:35 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 7 Dec 2014 | William Bigelow
    Advocates for the projected bullet train running from San Francisco to Los Angeles argued at the Public Policy Institute’s all-day State of Change conference last week that simply getting the project started would catalyze the federal government to pour more money into the $67.6 billion boondoggle. The California High-Speed Rail Authority offered the $67.6 million figure in February 2014 ... As Reason Magazine recently reported, “The CHSRA April 2012 Business Plan is so deficient that it is inconceivable that policymakers would continue to rely on its assertions to evaluate the program.”
  • Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s paid speaking career

    11/26/2014 6:54:19 PM PST · by Baynative · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/26/14 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Philip Rucker
    <p>When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for public universities?</p> <p>The answer from Clinton’s representatives: $300,000 is the “special university rate.”</p>
  • City to vote on climate change labels at gas pumps (Berkeley CA)

    11/18/2014 10:04:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 11:56 AM EST
    The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley will decide whether to slap stickers on gas pumps warning that burning fuel contributes to global warming in a plan that’s a first of its kind in the country. […] A spokeswoman for the Western States Petroleum Association, an oil-industry lobbying group, has said the labels reflect the state’s and Berkeley’s opinions and would force “unwanted speech in violation of the First Amendment.” …
  • New court decision could end California’s restrictions on conceal-carry permits

    11/12/2014 3:15:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014
    Law-abiding Californians may not need to justify their need to carry concealed weapons, after the same three-judge panel that struck down restrictions on the permits earlier this year ruled Wednesday that it is too late for new opponents to join the fight against the ruling. The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would bar other law enforcement officials, including state Attorney General Kamala Harris, from gaining “intervener status” to join in further challenges of its ruling in a case originally brought by an independent journalist who sued the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department over its policy of...
  • Afghanistan war veteran fatally shot in California

    11/09/2014 4:19:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2014 6:48 PM EST
    A 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death Sunday only months after his return from Afghanistan, police said. Francisco Garcia had left a party at his girlfriend’s house and was on a sidewalk in the San Fernando Valley around 2 a.m. Sunday when two cars pulled up. A man got out of one vehicle, smashed a beer bottle on the ground and yelled at Garcia before going back to the second car to grab a gun, police said. Garcia died at the scene. No one else was injured. …
  • Sugary drink tax measure fails (San Francisco)

    11/05/2014 12:22:11 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 15 replies
    The San Francisco Examiner ^ | 11-05-2014 | Joshua Sabatini
    Proposition E, a 2 cent per ounce tax on the purchase of sugary beverages that was heavily opposed by the American Beverage Association, was defeated at the polls Tuesday when fewer than two-thirds of voters supported the proposal. The tax was proposed to combat health-related illnesses like obesity and diabetes. It drew the support of the majority of the Board of Supervisors, which voted to place it on the ballot, and a number of health organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the California Dental Association. The American Beverage Association, which represents the large soda companies, had raised $7.7...
  • Once A Crusader Against Big Money, Gov. Brown Is Collecting Millions

    10/31/2014 5:20:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | October 31, 2014 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, BEN WELSH
    Once A Crusader Against Big Money, Gov. Brown Is Collecting Millions By MICHAEL FINNEGAN, BEN WELSH Gov. Brown built his career crusading against big money in politics. Now, that fight comes with a qualifier 'You bet I was influenced,' Gov. Jerry Brown once said of donations to his campaigns for governor Twenty years ago, one of the first callers to Jerry Brown's radio show, "We the People," asked whether campaign money had influenced him as governor in the 1970s and '80s. "You bet I was influenced," he said. "You think you can collect $10 million or $20 million and not...
  • AP NewsBreak: Prisons agree to end race policy (California)

    10/22/2014 8:29:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2014 10:02 PM EDT | Don Thompson
    California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence. […] Instead, officers can lock down every inmate in an affected area, or individual inmates suspected of being involved in the incident or the gangs that were involved. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also agreed to provide inmates with opportunities for outdoor exercise any time a lockdown lasts longer than 14 days. …
  • Lawmaker sworn in with bash that busts tradition (Kevin de León, CA Senate)

    10/15/2014 9:07:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2014 11:43 PM EDT
    Democratic Sen. Kevin de León was sworn in as the first Latino to head the California Senate in more than a century with an expensive and out-of-the-ordinary soirée Wednesday night in downtown Los Angeles. The event at Walt Disney Concert Hall with an estimated price tag of $50,000 resembled a presidential inaugural more than the low-key affairs at the state Capitol held by past senate leaders. […] The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation, which receives donations from special interests seeking influence in the Legislature, picked up the tab for the event and organizers emphasized no taxpayer money was involved. …
  • Anaheim cuts power, water to shut down pot shops (California)

    10/14/2014 1:14:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
    Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses. Officials have used its operation of utilities to cut off water and power to dispensaries in the city that’s home to Disneyland, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday. …
  • Supreme Court won’t touch foie gras ban (California’s ban)

    10/14/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2014 9:41 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is allowing California to continue enforcing a law that bans the sale of foie gras. The justices on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the law from producers of the delicacy in New York and Canada. …
  • Bag makers launch push to overturn California ban (on plastic)

    10/11/2014 8:38:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2014 8:31 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California’s new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect. The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris cleared the way for the groups to begin collecting signatures for a referendum vote on the ban on the November 2016 ballot. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the first statewide ban on plastic bags, citing a “torrent” of plastic pollution in parks and waterways. It followed one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year, pitting bag makers against environmentalists. …
  • U.S. Congressional Debate In California Hosted Entirely In Spanish

    10/06/2014 9:54:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/06/14
    A Saturday morning debate between Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) and his Democratic challenger, Amanda Renteria, was hosted in Spanish, the Fresno Bee reports.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction

    09/30/2014 1:05:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT | Don Thompson
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill making California the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat. Brown announced the bill signing Tuesday. It was proposed by several Democrats and responds to a deadly rampage in May near the University of California, Santa Barbara. …