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  • Facility for undocumented kids opposed

    06/24/2014 3:31:49 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 11 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 6/23/14 | J. Harry Jones
    The crisis is sparking heated debate in Washington, where critics claim the Obama administration’s immigration policies are to blame, including the DREAM Act, which defers deportation for some children. Nearby residents who oppose the Escondido center said they’re concerned it will hurt property values, increase crime and cause other problems. But some also decried the idea of federal tax dollars being used for such purposes, especially in their city. “We want our City Council and the Planning Commission to push back to the federal government and adhere to the laws,” said Kitty Demry, who lives about a one-third of a...
  • Watsonville man sentenced in Tulare County murder

    11/21/2013 6:33:52 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 11/21/2013 | STEPHEN BAXTER
    VISALIA -- A 30-year-old Watsonville man was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years to life in prison after he pleaded no contest to killing his wife, the Porterville Recorder reported. Rafael Mendoza killed the mother of his children, 24-year-old Juliana Bravo of Tulare, on May 22, 2010, prosecutors said. He stabbed her in the eye, then repeatedly slashed her throat with a butcher knife, the Recorder reported. At the time of the murder, Mendoza was on parole for domestic violence against Bravo. He had been sentenced to 35 years to life in that case. In September 2013, Mendoza pleaded no contest...
  • Calif. law will require OT for domestic workers

    09/26/2013 7:42:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 26, 2013 | By LAURA OLSON
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California, after he vetoed a broader measure last year that critics said would have opened the door for government regulation of part-time baby-sitting. "Domestic workers are primarily women of color, many of them immigrants, and their work has not been respected in the past," the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, said in a statement. "Now, they will be entitled to overtime, like just about every other California working person."
  • Officials Defend Decision to Name School After Murderer

    12/18/2012 3:19:18 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/17/2012
    A California school district is defending its decision to name a new elementary school after an infamous murderer – by calling him a hero and a role model to children. The decision has infuriated many parents and law enforcement officers. The Alisal Union School District in Salinas agreed to name the new school in honor of Tiburcio Vasquez – who was eventually hanged for killing at least two people in the nineteenth century. Superintendent John Ramirez defended the board’s decision telling Fox News that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. “Tiburcio Vasquez, along with others, was an individual...
  • Overturning of Prop. 13 sought in lawsuit

    12/28/2011 2:04:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/28/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Proposition 13, which revolutionized government financing in California by slashing property taxes and erecting new barriers to other state and local tax increases, was upheld by the state Supreme Court soon after it passed in 1978, seemingly ending all questions about its legality. But a team of lawyers headed by a former federal appeals court judge has sued to overturn a crucial provision of Prop. 13 - the requirement of a two-thirds legislative vote to raise state taxes. The lawyers argue that the two-thirds requirement has been undermined by more recent decisions of the state's high court. In particular, they...
  • Don't display American Flag in American school.

    11/10/2011 2:40:34 PM PST · by MrNJ · 24 replies
    volokh.com ^ | 11/10/11 | Eugene Volokh
    Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District (N.D. Cal.), decided the day before yesterday, upholds a California high school’s decision to forbid students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. (See here and here for more on this case.) On Cinco de Mayo in 2009, a verbal exchange and altercation arose between a group of predominantly white and a group of Mexican students. This altercation involved an exchange of profanities and threats were made. A makeshift American flag was put on one of the trees on campus. A group of Caucasian students began clapping and chanting “USA” as...
  • 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...
  • P.C. Pronunciation in Mexifornia

    09/21/2011 9:05:11 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 23 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 09-22-11 | stolinsky
      P.C. Pronunciation in Mexifornia David C. Stolinsky Sept. 22, 2011 Mexifornia is a term coined by Victor Davis Hanson. It may be an exaggeration, but it is becoming less of one as time passes. One way to describe Mexifornia is a place where P.C. pronunciation is practiced. If you live in Southern California, you know that some newscasters pronounce the names of American people and places as if they were in Mexico. So long as the names are of Hispanic origin, they are pronounced as if the reporter were speaking Spanish, not English. Women are no longer named...
  • 99 arrested in Mexican Mafia crackdown in Calif.

    07/13/2011 3:06:50 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 13, 2011 | Salvador Hernandez
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — Nearly 100 purported gang members have been arrested, along with weapons, cash and drugs, in what law enforcement officials are calling a devastating blow on local gangs and leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia. Among those named in one of several indictments unsealed Wednesday was Peter Ojeda, a Santa Ana native indicted in 2005 and currently in federal prison. But despite his incarceration, Ojeda is accused of continuing to hold a grip in Orange County's Latino street gangs, ordering punishment on local gangs that refused to follow his commands and giving the "green light" on rivals...
  • LAPD eases impound policy for illegal immigrants

    03/16/2011 12:21:37 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    KPCC ^ | March 15, 2011 | Frank Stoltze
    In a move closely watched by other Southern California law enforcement agencies, LAPD Chief Chalie Beck has ordered his officers end the practice of immediately seizing the cars of undocumented immigrants who are stopped at sobriety checkpoints. The move comes amid concerns that police were unfairly targeting those drivers. The news came as a relief for Maria Ranjel of Boyle Heights. Her husband and three sons are undocumented immigrants who drive all the time, even though they're ineligible to apply for drivers licenses in California. “We know well that it’s against the law to drive without a license but it’s...
  • Fresno State student body president acknowledges he is an illegal immigrant, refuses to step down

    11/17/2010 2:00:40 PM PST · by kingattax · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 17, 2010
    Pedro Ramirez, Fresno State's student body president, is an undocumented immigrant serving in the position without pay. Ramirez, 23, attends school on scholarships and pays in-state tuition. California is one of 10 states that permit undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition -- a position that was upheld by the state Supreme Court this week. After his election last June, he told the administration he would serve without pay -- a $9,000 stipend -- because he could not lie on employment papers. On Tuesday, an anonymous tip to the college newspaper forced Ramirez to go public.
  • School Reverses Course After Ordering Student to Remove American Flag From Bike

    11/12/2010 3:35:08 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 100 replies
    fox ^ | 11-12-10 | fox
    A California school has done a U-turn after it forced a student to remove an American flag attached to his bike, saying the Stars and Stripes could spur racial tensions on campus.
  • School to student: Take U.S. flag off your bike

    11/12/2010 9:54:46 AM PST · by fullchroma · 40 replies
    The First Amendment Center ^ | 11/12/10 | David L. Hudson Jr.
    Since when is honoring Veterans Day with the display of the American flag disruptive? That's a question facing school officials at Denair (Calif.) Middle School who reportedly prohibited a 13-year-old student from attaching an American flag on the back of his bicycle. According to a story by Monterey TV station KSBW, officials at the school near Modesto forced Cody Alicea to remove his flag because some other students complained. School superintendent Edward Parraz told KSBW that students who didn’t like the flag might cause a disruption. Under the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School...
  • (CA Attorney General) Race Pits Dream Prosecutor Against S.F.'s Nightmare DA

    09/26/2010 8:53:00 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 26, 2010 | Debra J. Saunders
    I don't understand why San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris wants to be California's next attorney general. Then again, it's hard to understand why she even ran for DA -- other than because she has a yen for elective office. She hasn't been an aggressive prosecutor. She hasn't been a competent administrator. She seems more interested in advancing liberal causes than putting bad guys behind bars. It is a sad testament to the Democratic Party that Harris is its chosen nominee to run against Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, a consummate lawman whose tenure could serve as a...
  • California Pays Illegal Alien $4.5 Million to Molest Children

    09/17/2010 4:38:32 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-17-10 | DrJohn
    California might be gazing into a $20 billion deficit abyss, but it doesn't stop them from hosting their own version of "Who wants to be an illegal alien millionaire." Fernando Ramirez, a 24 year old illegal alien was arrested for molesting a 6 year old child in Orange County. Fernando Ramirez, 24, was in jail after being charged with molesting a 6-year-old girl at a local park. He eventually pled guilty to the lesser charge of battery against a child. He was held in Orange County Central jail, where other prisoners let Ramirez know that they took exception to...
  • RVs Dumping Human Waste on Venice Streets - (Los Angeles, CA)

    08/26/2010 5:55:05 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 77 replies · 2+ views
    KTLA-TV ^ | August 26, 2010 | Mary Beth McDade
    Authorities in Venice have removed about a dozen RVs from one neighborhood after complaints about human waste being dumped on the street. HazMat crews cleaned up the area around Rose and Third avenues Tuesday night after receiving complaints from Venice residents and activists. The LAPD then made the owners of about 12 RVs move them out out of the area. A local activist known as "Boston Dawna" said no one was cited. She said the RVs were back in the same spots by Wednesday morning. A woman who allegedly uncapped a sewage tank on an RV on Pacific Avenue near...
  • Forecast: Category 5 Riot Expected to Hit Oakland Soon

    06/30/2010 3:06:12 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 30 | Zombie
    When a hurricane strikes the East Coast or the South, residents are warned for days ahead of time to prepare for the upcoming disaster. But out here on the West Coast, unfortunately, our disasters usually come in the form of earthquakes, which arrive suddenly and with no warning. So it is with a rare and uneasy feeling that Californians are currently awaiting one of the few West Coast disasters which has been reliably predicted ahead of time. Except this catastrophe is not going to come courtesy of Mother Nature, but instead as what our president might call a “man-made disaster”...
  • LA mayor enjoyed freebies galore

    06/12/2010 1:48:31 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 369+ views
    upi. ^ | June 12, 2010
    LOS ANGELES, - A lawyer for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says his honor has received free passes to 81 concerts and sporting events since 2005. Attorney Brian Currey told the Los Angeles Times that city hall was still trying to round up documentation on who provided the ducats, but no formal records were kept. "There were no logs kept," Currey said. "There's just not much documentation.'' City law allows the mayor to accept freebies as long as his attendance is part of his official duties. The Times said Saturday that the details of the official nature of the appearances...
  • L.A. Times Declines to Endorse Sen. Boxer in California Primary

    05/07/2010 9:22:00 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies · 1,356+ views
    L.A. Times Declines to Endorse Sen. Boxer in California Primary The editors at the biggest newspaper on the West Coast, who were expected to endorse Sen. Barbara Boxer in her primary campaign against token opposition, have decided to remain neutral, saying the California Democrat doesn't display enough intellectual firepower. The editors at the biggest newspaper on the West Coast, who were expected to endorse Sen. Barbara Boxer in her primary campaign against token opposition, have decided to remain neutral, saying the California Democrat doesn't display enough intellectual firepower. The Los Angeles Times on Friday declined to offer endorsements in all...
  • S. Bay Students Wearing U.S. Flag Shirts Sent Home

    05/06/2010 6:04:12 AM PDT · by runningbear · 75 replies · 2,008+ views
    CBS5 news ^ | May 5, 2010 | CBS5
    MORGAN HILL (CBS 5) ― Click to enlarge1 of 1 CBS numSlides of totalImages On Cinco de Mayo, five Morgan Hill high school students came to school in red, white and blue, and got a very public lesson in school politics and free speech. The boys came to Live Oak High School on the Mexican holiday, wearing t-shirts, shorts and shoes emblazoned with American flags. Around 10 a.m., the assistant principal told sophomore Matthew Dariano he had to remove his bandana, which is against school policy.
  • New Provocative Film: 'Kalifornistan'

    11/29/2009 8:26:44 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 1,141+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 27, 2009 | Christian Toto
    It’s safe to say the folks who think Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan is a victim of post traumatic stress disorder, not a terrorist with a laundry list of ties to radicalism, won’t be tickled to see “Kalifornistan.” The new film, an unabashed assault on Islamic extremists, comes from conservative filmmaker Jason Apuzzo. The movie fuses film, video, documentary and surveillance footage to follow a terrorist planning to wipe Los Angeles off the map. He’s too extreme even for Al Qaeda, but that might not stop him from carrying out his plans. He somehow finds time to stalk an exotic...
  • LA passes law limiting roosters to 1 per household

    09/23/2009 11:21:54 AM PDT · by craum · 48 replies · 2,057+ views
    Breitbart ^ | September 23, 2009 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chickens have come home to roost for Los Angeles city dwellers who keep roosters. The City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance that—with few exceptions—allows only one rooster per property. It was spurred by complaints over noise and hygiene and concerns over illegal cockfighting. Janice Hahn, who authored the bill, says it will give residents of her district some peace and quiet. Neighborhoods from the harbor to the San Fernando Valley are sometimes annoyed by concerts from crowing roosters. Real estate developer Michael Mekeel says tenants of his Panorama City development have had to turn...
  • Schwarzenegger: Calif. Is In A State Of Emergency

    01/15/2009 9:18:10 AM PST · by thesharkboy · 27 replies · 791+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is bypassing his chance to lay out a vision for California in his annual State of the State address. In remarks prepared ahead of his speech Thursday, the governor says California is in a state of emergency. He says the financial situation is too grim for him to talk about education, infrastructure, water or health care reform. California faces a $42 billion budget deficit over the next year-and-a-half. So far, Schwarzenegger has been unable to broker a deal with Democrats and Republicans over how to solve it. He's also calling on lawmakers and the governor to go...
  • Calif. Taxpayers Due Refunds May Get IOUs

    12/31/2008 7:41:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 107 replies · 4,337+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/31/08 | Patrick Healy
    Calif. Taxpayers Due Refunds May Get IOUs By Patrick Healy NBCBayArea.com updated 8:46 p.m. ET Dec. 31, 2008 If you expect you'll be getting a refund from California when you file your 2008 state income tax return, be prepared: you may instead receive a "registered warrant." Translation: an IOU. California is rapidly running out of money. Blame it on the state budget deficit that continues to bleed billions of dollars from California's reserves. Facing inadequate credit to make up the difference, California's Controller John Chiang warns that by the end of February, the nation's most populous state may not be...
  • Schwarzenegger tells backers of gay marriage: Don't give up (Arnold, just admit you're a Democrat!)

    11/09/2008 3:58:42 PM PST · by tobyhill · 48 replies · 318+ views
    la times ^ | 11/9/2008 | Michael Rothfeld and Victoria Kim
    Reporting from Sacramento and Pasadena -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today expressed hope that the California Supreme Court would overturn Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage. He also predicted that the 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who have already married would not be affected by the initiative. "It's unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end," Schwarzenegger said in an interview on CNN this morning. "I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area."
  • Escondido tries to rid itself of undocumented immigrants

    07/12/2008 11:40:10 PM PDT · by Checkers · 43 replies · 157+ views
    www.latimes.com ^ | July 13, 2008 | Anna Gorman
    Escondido city officials refuse to give up. Two years ago, the city passed an ordinance to punish landlords for renting to illegal immigrants. But it rescinded the rental restriction after a legal challenge was filed and bills began to mount. Now Escondido is trying a new approach to what it calls the "public nuisances" of illegal immigration, citing residents for code violations such as garage conversions, graffiti and junk cars. The city is also debating a new ordinance that would restrict overnight street parking without a permit. In addition, it is drafting a policy that would prohibit drivers from picking...
  • Yes, By All Means Let's Discuss "hate speech"! (McCain announces he'll speak before La Raza)

    05/05/2008 3:59:52 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 356 replies · 258+ views
    National Review's "The Corner" ^ | February 02, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When Ms. Murguia of the National Council of "The Race" announces that "when free speech transforms into hate speech, we've got to draw that line " we don't know whether to laugh or cry, since her own organization's very nomenclature "The National Council of La Raza" is hate speech to the core. No other ethnic organization these days would dare to refer to themselves as "The Race." Despite all the contortions of the group, Raza (as its Latin cognate suggests), reflects the meaning of "race" in Spanish, not "the people" — and that's precisely why we don't hear of something...
  • Swedes boycott Absolut!

    04/13/2008 5:53:29 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 95 replies · 277+ views
    04/13/2008 | WesternCulture
    I'm Absolut Swedish but NEVER EVER again will I buy Absolut Vodka and I will, at least, TRY to avoid other products of V&S Group (their repertoire is a pretty broad one though and I kinda party from time to time..), a former Swedish company which recently was sold to French Pernod Ricard (for the sum of €5,626 billion). I've also managed to convince my father and some of my friends to join my initiative and I'll continue to campaign! The background is, of course, the already infamous Absolut Vodka ad with the words "In an Absolut World" slapped over...
  • Absolut vodka pulls ad showing California in Mexico

    04/09/2008 9:08:12 PM PDT · by KTM rider · 25 replies · 167+ views
    Reuters/ yahoo ^ | Mon Apr 7, | Noel Randewich
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The distillers of Sweden's Absolut vodka have withdrawn an advertisement run in Mexico that angered many U.S. citizens by idealizing an early 19th century map showing chunks of the United States as Mexican. The billboard ad has the slogan "In an Absolut World" slapped over a pre-1848 map showing California, Arizona and other U.S. states as Mexican territory. Those states were carved out of what had been Mexican lands until that year. Although it was not shown in the United States, U.S. media outlets picked up on the ad, and after a barrage of complaints, Absolut's...
  • Vodka-maker Absolut apologizes, ends ad showing California, Texas as part of Mexico

    04/05/2008 6:10:55 PM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 78 replies · 269+ views
    The Absolut vodka company apologized Saturday for an ad campaign depicting the southwestern U.S. as part of Mexico amid angry calls for a boycott by U.S. consumers. The campaign, which promotes ideal scenarios under the slogan "In an Absolut World," showed a 1830s-era map when Mexico included California, Texas and other southwestern states. Mexico still resents losing that territory in the 1848 Mexican-American War and the fight for Texas independence. But the ads, which ran only in Mexico and have since ended, were less than ideal for Americans undergoing a border buildup and embroiled in an emotional debate over illegal...
  • In an ABSOLUT World according to Mexico (Absolut responds to ad outrage)

    04/04/2008 1:51:32 PM PDT · by mnehring · 187 replies · 1,645+ views
    We have received many comments on an ad showing what an ABSOLUT world would look like from a Mexican point of view. We are sorry if we offended anyone. This was not our intention. We will try to explain. Though you may not agree, I hope you understand...... .....The In An Absolut World advertising campaign invites consumers to visualize a world that appeals to them -- one they feel may be more idealized or one that may be a bit "fantastic." As such, the campaign will elicit varying opinions and points of view. We have a variety of executions running...
  • Caption Absolut Vodka's new anti-american reconquista ad

    04/03/2008 8:15:21 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 215 replies · 1,131+ views
    michelle malkin ^ | April 3, 2008
    <p>Advertisement appeared in Quien magazine, in Mexico City, and billboards.</p>
  • Time-Warner: Vodka Ad Campaign Reconquers California for Mexico (boycott Absolut Vodka!)

    04/03/2008 9:17:15 AM PDT · by DesScorp · 87 replies · 489+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | April 3, 2008 | Warner Todd Huston
    Taking the Reconquista concept all the way to the end, Absolut Vodka launched an ad campaign that appears on billboards and at least one magazine that features a map of the western U.S. and Mexico with nearly the entire west coast appearing as a part of Mexico. This ad appears in Quien Magazine, which is owned by Time Warner and also appears on billboards in Mexico. Quien claims a "total audience" of 513,000 readers in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. The map covers what used to be Mexico's claimed borders before our 1846 war with them from which the U.S....
  • ABSOLUT Outrage!! (Vanity)

    04/03/2008 2:28:29 PM PDT · by Maceman · 72 replies · 107+ views
    For those of you who want to let the Absolut Vodka people know how disgusted you are by their appallingly offensive Mexican marketing campaign, here is a list of e-mail addresses for people at Absolut who ought to hear from you: Ketil.Eriksen@absolut.se - Ketil Eriksen, President V&S ABSOLUT Spirits Anna.malmhake@absolut.se - Anna Malmhake, Global Brand Director, V&S ABSOLUT Spirits tim.murphy@absolut.com - Tim Murphy, VP Marketing, Absolut Spirits Company, Inc. jeffrey.moran@absolut.com - Jeffrey Moran, Director of Public Relations and Events, Absolut Spirits Company, Inc. karl-johan.bogefors@absolut.se - Karl-Johan Bogefors, Global PR Manager, V&S ABSOLUT Spirits
  • CA: Governor's appointee resigns amid "hate speech" accusation ("Hate" is the 'in' thing, I guess)

    08/16/2007 9:51:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,019+ views
    A low-level appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger resigned Thursday after the Democratic leader of the state Senate accused him of posting a picture on his blog that amounted to "hate speech." Sam Wakim, a member of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, had posted a picture of a fake California driver's license designed to depict an illegal-immigrant in a sombrero. The posting was made in 2005 during one of many attempts by legislative Democrats to have Schwarzenegger sign a bill to provide driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, called the blog posting...
  • Santa Ana urged to declare sanctuary status

    07/07/2007 7:20:26 AM PDT · by LNewman · 53 replies · 1,169+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | July 6, 2007 | Jennifer Delson
    Latino rights activists want to shield families from federal sweeps. But some council members doubt it would accomplish much. ... On June 22, 175 people were arrested in Orange County on immigration violations during a five-day campaign, the largest single enforcement for immigration fugitives in Orange County... "The arrests make you think that Santa Ana is more vulnerable than other communities and it may be a good idea to make it a sanctuary city where immigrants do not have to be concerned about increased enforcement activity," said Amin David, who heads Los Amigos of Orange County, a civic group... A...
  • ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents arrest 3

    06/21/2007 3:11:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 546+ views
    The North County Times/The Californian ^ | Thursday, June 21, 2007 | North COunty Times
    ICE agents arrest 3 By: North COunty Times VISTA ---- Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents arrested three family members early today who are suspected of selling counterfeit immigration documents, said agency spokeswoman Lauren Mack. Agents went to one home at 6:05 a.m. in the 700 block of North Citrus Avenue, Mack said. The agents arrested a husband and wife, Alfredo Rodriguez-Mendez, 32, and Liberina Adelina Nino-Martinez, 28, both Mexican nationals, who were in the country illegally, she said. The couple's children who range in age from 18 months to 11 years old were U.S. citizens and were left in the...
  • (SAN FRANCISCO) City is sued for failing to report noncitizens arrested for drugs

    05/11/2007 9:28:28 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies · 1,280+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | Friday, May 11, 2007 | Leslie Fulbright, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO City is sued for failing to report noncitizens arrested for drugs Activist contends police are breaking California law Leslie Fulbright, Chronicle Staff Writer Friday, May 11, 2007 A San Francisco illegal immigration opponent has sued the city's police chief and police commissioners for failing to comply with a state law that requires officers to tell federal authorities about all suspected noncitizens who are arrested on drug charges. Charles Fonseca, a 70-year-old Portola district resident who came to the United States from Nicaragua at the age of 9 and filed the lawsuit May 4, said he opposes amnesty for...
  • Arrest mars gang success story

    03/07/2007 11:17:38 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 86 replies · 1,837+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 6, 2007 | Richard Winton and Amanda Covarrubias
    Mario Corona was lauded as one of Los Angeles' top gang success stories. Newspaper articles told of how Corona spent his youth on the streets as a gangster dubbed "Spider" for a Pacoima gang before going straight and rising in the ranks of gang intervention specialists. He spoke on panels and to students. ....Corona was arrested last week on suspicion of possessing a pound of methamphetamine, and now could face deportation. His arrest has saddened and shocked people who are involved in gang prevention in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere. "I am blown away. I didn't see this coming,"...
  • New rules require medical translation

    03/02/2007 5:24:34 AM PST · by radar101 · 7 replies · 346+ views
    SACBEE ^ | 2 MARCH 2007 | Clea Benson
    At the UC Davis Medical Center on Thursday, Carmen and Julio Ramos came in for a checkup. Their doctor, Sarah Marshall, was there. And so was a medical translator, beaming in via a computer screen from a central translation room a few floors away to help the Ramoses communicate with their English-speaking doctor in Spanish. Under new state regulations that went into effect last week, that kind of language assistance will become more common in medical facilities throughout California. Health maintenance organizations must now ensure that their members receive services in a language that they understand, consumer groups and officials...
  • Mexifornia, Five Years Later

    02/05/2007 6:59:38 AM PST · by rellimpank · 36 replies · 1,736+ views
    City Journal ^ | 5 Feb 07 | Victor Davis Hansen
    The flood of illegal immigrants into California has made things worse than I foresaw. In the Spring 2002 issue of City Journal, I wrote an essay about growing up in the central San Joaquin Valley and witnessing firsthand, especially over the last 20 years, the ill effects of illegal immigration (City Journal’s editors chose the title of the piece: “Do We Want Mexifornia?”). Controversy over my blunt assessment of the disaster of illegal immigration from Mexico led to an expanded memoir, Mexifornia, published the following year by Encounter Press. Mexifornia came out during the ultimately successful campaign to recall California...
  • California poverty increasing

    01/14/2007 6:03:05 AM PST · by radar101 · 28 replies · 857+ views
    SacBee ^ | January 14, 2007 | Dan Walters
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's elaborate rollout of his second-term agenda last week contained many moving parts and -- either inadvertently or by design -- underscored one of California's most salient trends: increasing socioeconomic stratification. But in the midst of those celebratory occasions, Schwarzenegger unveiled a sweeping plan to bring health care insurance to the estimated 6.5 million Californians -- the working poor, for the most part -- who lack it, thus focusing attention on a growing underclass. In one study, Mogull found that the state's poverty rate was 14.4 percent in 1959 and dropped to 11.1 percent in 1969, but "there...
  • [Los Angeles]County fraud explodes-$2 billion annual tab for worker, public abuse

    01/07/2007 4:15:39 AM PST · by radar101 · 9 replies · 718+ views
    L A Daily News ^ | 7 JAN 2007 | TROY ANDERSON, Staff Writer
    After downplaying the scope for years, Los Angeles County officials have started to quietly acknowledge that scams by county employees and recipients of county services may be costing taxpayers nearly $2billion a year. While there are no exact figures, the county Grand Jury last summer estimated welfare recipients are defrauding taxpayers of $500million a year. Prosecutors have estimated fraud in the food stamp, in-home care and health care programs costs more than $200million. "It's as though in all the public assistance programs - be it welfare, food stamps, child care or Section8 housing - someone put a pot of gold...
  • Bodies found in shallow grave in western Mexico

    01/05/2007 5:41:16 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 683+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 6, 2007
    The bound and gagged bodies of nine people have been found in a shallow grave in violence-plagued Mexico City, where President Felipe Calderon kicked off his crackdown on drug trafficking. An anonymous call sent police to an abandoned warehouse yesterday in Uruapan, 290 kilometres west of Mexico City in Michoacan state. There, officials removed a loose section of flooring and discovered the mass grave, said Magdalena Guzman, a spokeswoman for the state prosecutors' office. State officials yesterday found the bodies of three men and one woman, their feet and hands tied together and their mouths covered with tape. The bodies...
  • California: One nation, under Arnold?

    01/02/2007 9:48:31 AM PST · by Monkey King · 14 replies · 653+ views
    Variety.com ^ | Jan 2, 2007 | Peter Bart
    Plan B: the United State of Schwarzenegger MEMO TO: Arnold Schwarzenegger: Though you'll still be hobbling on crutches, Governor, your Inauguration on Friday will surely be a blast. With Donna Summer and Jennifer Holliday belting out songs at your $1.4 million party, and Paul Anka re-creating the lyrics to "My Way" to pay homage, no one can accuse you of backing away from your showbiz roots. So let's get real, Governor -- your political career is just warming up. If your rhetoric can galvanize the California electorate, why stop there? Sure, we all realize the constraints on foreign-born presidents, but...
  • The Shifting Debate Over Illegal Immigration( Victor Davis Hanson)

    10/05/2006 9:00:56 AM PDT · by kellynla · 65 replies · 1,407+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 05, 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    When I wrote "Mexifornia" more than three years ago, much of the criticism came from the academic and open-borders left. The memoir was considered insensitive in our politically correct age for complaining that it was not wise or moral that millions were here illegally from Mexico. But lately I have heard far more fault-finding with "Mexifornia" from the grassroots middle and right, over both my advocacy for some sort of earned citizenship for most hardworking illegal aliens and my objections, on both practical and ethical grounds, to mass deportations. Why the shift in public opinion? Broad class considerations are now...
  • 4 Los Angeles Latino Gang Members Convicted of Anti-Black Conspiracy (ethnic clensing)

    08/02/2006 5:16:02 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies · 678+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 2, 2006 | Joe Mozingo
    Four members of a Latino gang in Highland Park were found guilty Tuesday of unleashing a barrage of assaults and killings to push African Americans out of the predominantly Latino community in northeast Los Angeles. The verdicts in a downtown federal courtroom marked the first time a street gang had been convicted of breaking federal hate crime laws, traditionally employed against white supremacist groups like skinheads and the Ku Klux Klan. "I'm glad the truth is out," said Luisa Prudhomme, whose 21-year-old son, Anthony, was killed when Avenues members allegedly kicked open his door and shot him in the head...
  • Bill would Allow Illegals to attend California Community Colleges for FREE!!!

    06/19/2006 2:43:49 PM PDT · by Craig DeLuz · 56 replies · 1,553+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 06/19/2006 | Craig DeLuz
    State Senator Gill Cedillo, infamous for his effort to give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants has now wants to allow them to get grants provided to UC and CSU students and would make them eligible to receive the Community College Boar d of Governor’s Fee Waiver that would allow them to attend Community College in California for free. Read More...
  • (Vanity) Immigration Policies, or, Half-A-Glass

    06/04/2006 10:38:03 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies · 1,146+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 06-04-2006 | grey_whiskers
    Many pundits have fretted over the recent tide of unskilled, low-wage immigrants to the United States (particularly from Mexico). They claim that these immigrants depress wages, increase crime, and are undermining the medical system. Furthermore, it is claimed that President Bush's proposed "guest-worker" program is merely an amnesty, and will encourage a further inrush of illegal Mexican workers. Others point to prior waves of immigration, and say that these workers are necessary for continued economic growth, much as waves European labor were required for the great economic boom of the nation's entrance into the 20th century. Which of these is...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 05-01-2006

    05/01/2006 6:23:26 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 253+ views
    grey_whiskers | 05-01-2006 | grey_whiskers
    There was a thread last night, I even posted to the author that I was going to use it. But I could not locate the thread this morning, so I had to Google the topic instead. See for example this article first. Mildly vulgar language...and an assonance. And also, since today is May 1, a two-for-one bonus... Researcher makes oil from pig sh*t: Peak oil? Why, this ought to figx it. ;-) But that's not the least Forget the Middle East The Mid-West will become the "Big Sh*t". Full Disclosure: If this comes off, will the Arabs complain we are...