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    11/10/2015 7:18:00 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/10/2015 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    A whistleblower has emerged in the controversy of Governor Jerry Brown’s use of state oil experts to study his own family’s private land. Jennie Catalano, a mapping specialist for the California Department of Conservation, says she faced retaliation after complaining about being required to do personal work for Brown. It is illegal for politicians to use state resources for personal benefit. Brown says he used the same resources available to any Californian. The Associated Press confirmed the whistleblower complaint, which is separate from the original legal action by Kern County farmers alleging that Brown colluded with oil companies over the...

    11/05/2015 10:17:10 AM PST · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | november 5, 2015 | joel b. pollak
    California governor Jerry Brown used state experts to prepare a 51-page report on the prospects for oil development on his family's private land in Northern California, according to an Associated Press investigation released early Thursday morning. "Senior staffers in the state's oil and gas regulatory agency over at least two days produced a 51-page historical report and geological assessment, plus a personalized satellite-imaged geological and oil and gas drilling map for the area around Brown's family ranchland near the town of Williams," the AP reported. Brown's office declined to comment, referring the AP instead to the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, which...
  • Liberals Are Losing the Culture Wars

    11/04/2015 9:55:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 70 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Molly Ball
    In Tuesday’s elections, voters rejected recreational marijuana, transgender rights, and illegal-immigrant sanctuaries; they reacted equivocally to gun-control arguments; and they handed a surprise victory to a Republican gubernatorial candidate who emphasized his opposition to gay marriage. Democrats have become increasingly assertive in taking liberal social positions in recent years, believing that they enjoy majority support and even seeking to turn abortion and gay rights into electoral wedges against Republicans. But Tuesday’s results—and the broader trend of recent elections that have been generally disastrous for Democrats not named Barack Obama—call that view into question. Indeed, they suggest that the left has...
  • Gov. Brown's link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say

    10/22/2015 3:20:43 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 19, 2015 | By Paige St. John
    The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a battle cry against climate change. The wilderness fire was "a real wake-up call" to reduce the carbon pollution "that is in many respects driving all of this," he said. "The fires are changing.... The way this fire performed, it's not the way it usually has been. Going in lots of directions, moving fast, even without hot winds." "It's a new normal," he said in August. "California is burning." Brown had...
  • UAE to US lawmaker: We have a right to enrich uranium, too (nuclear arms race begins)

    10/15/2015 11:13:57 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    KRQE News ^ | October 15, 2015, 10:26 pm | DEB RIECHMANN
    WASHINGTON (AP) Amid fears of an atomic arms race in the Middle East, a senior United Arab Emirates official has told a top U.S. lawmaker that it too might seek the right to enrich uranium that Iran has asserted under the recently signed nuclear deal. The landmark Iran accord to curb its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic sanctions relief allows Tehran to enrich uranium. In barely noticed testimony last month, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the UAEs ambassador in Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, had informed him in a telephone call that the...
  • Gov. Brown bans 'Redskins' name at public schools

    10/12/2015 1:01:14 PM PDT · by rey · 59 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 12 Oct 2015
    LOS ANGELES Four California schools will be forced to change mascots after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation barring public schools from using the "Redskins" name for sports teams. It was one of three sports-related bills Brown approved Sunday. He also signed a measure that bans using or possessing smokeless tobacco on the playing field at professional baseball parks and another that recognizes competitive cheerleading as a high school sport. The mascot legislation will prevent public schools from using a term that American Indians regard as offensive. It goes into effect in 2017. Only four schools still use the name....
  • Trump says people will turn off tomorrow's Democratic primary debate because he's not in it!

    10/12/2015 9:34:24 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 63 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 12, 2015 | David Martosko
    Trump says people will turn off tomorrow's Democratic primary debate because he's not in it! 'I think people are going to turn it on for a couple of minutes and then fall asleep,' Trump told a Fox News audience Claimed 'a person at CNN' said that 'we have to put Donald Trump in this debate. We're going to die with it' First two GOP debates drew 24 million and 23 million viewers, largely on the strength of Trump's participation Hammered Obama for '60 Minutes' appearance: 'I watched his performance last night and I thought it was terrible' Tuesday's first...
  • CA Gov. Signs Bill Requiring Crisis Pregnancy Centers to Post Abortion Information (pro-life too)

    10/12/2015 10:50:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 12, 2015 | 12:50 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill on Friday mandating that all licensed pregnancy centers in the state disseminate to clients a message promoting public programs with free or low-cost access to abortion and contraceptive services. The new law has no exemption for pro-life, faith-based crisis pregnancy centers. [] According to the legislation, 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.
  • Gov. Brown approves automatic (drivers license) voter registration for Californians

    10/10/2015 1:04:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/10/2015 | Patrick McGreevy
    Targeting Californias recent record-low voter turnout, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure that would eventually allow Californians to be automatically registered to vote when they go the the DMV to obtain or renew a drivers license.The measure, which would also allow Californians to opt out of registering, was introduced in response to the dismal 42% turnout in the November 2014 statewide election.
  • California governor signs aggressive climate change bill

    10/07/2015 11:27:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 2:19 PM EDT | Michael R. Blood and Judy Lin
    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious bill on Wednesday to combat climate change by increasing the states renewable electricity use to 50 percent and doubling energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030. Brown approved the measure after losing a political battle against oil interests as he also tried to cut petroleum use by half in the state. [] Many moderate Democrats were concerned that the petroleum mandate would hurt Californias working-class residents. The lawmakers sought greater oversight of state regulators, but Brown refused to give up what he viewed as executive authority.
  • US Immigrant Population: Asians To Surpass Hispanics To Become Americas Largest Migrant Population

    09/28/2015 4:49:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/28/2015 | By Vishakha Sonawane
    Asians will beat Hispanics to become Americas largest immigrant population by 2055, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday. The study estimated the United States' immigrant population by 2065 and noted that the turning point comes in 2055 when 36 percent of the migrants will be from Asia. Migrants are estimated to account for 88 percent of the increase in the American population between 2015 and 2065, the report stated. Currently, 14 percent of the population comprises immigrants compared to 5 percent in 1965. "Without the immigrants, the U.S. population would start decreasing," said Pew demographer Jeff Passel,...
  • Jerry Brown Considering Running for President?

    09/17/2015 11:07:34 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 72 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 16, 2015 | BY MICHAEL WARREN
    California governor Jerry Brown gave signs in a Wednesday interview on CNN that he may be considering running for president. Brown, who has run for president three before, spoke with Wolf Blitzer about the current Democratic field. The Democrat said he has not yet endorsed a candidate, calling frontrunner Hillary Clinton "formidable" and refused to give advice about Vice President Joe Biden, who is reportedly mulling a run.
  • Exotic Cars Speeding Through Beverly Hills Focus of Police Report

    09/16/2015 2:03:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 | Jason Kandel and Robert Kovacik
    Police are investigating a street race between two high-performance exotic cars in Beverly Hills that garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and the man claiming to own the cars says he is protected by diplomatic immunity. The video shows a white Porsche 911 and a yellow Ferrari LaFerrari, a hybrid supercar with a combined horsepower rating of around 950, speeding through a residential tract at high speeds on Saturday evening in the 700 block of North Walden Drive. It includes an exchange between a journalist who captured the video and a man outside the house where the...
  • Owner Of LaFerrari Caught Terrifying Beverly Hills Neighborhood Claims Diplomatic Immunity

    09/15/2015 1:53:52 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 85 replies
    eBay Motors Blog via Yahoo News ^ | September 15, 2015 | Alex Lloyd
    A YouTube video that went viral showing a Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 911 GT3 tearing through residential streets of Beverly Hills; flying though stop signs while pedestrians waited to cross, narrowly avoiding other motorists has caused outrage, with neighbors pleading with police to take action before someone gets hurt. According to NBC4, the owner of said vehicles is claiming diplomatic immunity, telling a video journalist who asked for comment, I could have you killed and get away with it. The name of the cars owner has not been released, but he is rumored to be part of the...
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown schools Ben Carson on climate change

    09/13/2015 12:54:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/12/15 | Adam Howard
    Dr. Ben Carson has spent most of his professional career as a man of science, which is why the Republican presidential candidates recent remarks on climate change have been puzzling to many. In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, the neurosurgeon claimed I know there are a lot of people who say overwhelming science, but then when you ask them to show the overwhelming science, they never can show it. There is no overwhelming science that the things that are going on are man-caused and not naturally caused. The comment soon drew a rebuke from Democratic California Gov....
  • Californias Climate Change Revolt

    09/12/2015 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 11, 2015 | Editorial
    The environmental lobby has tried to turn climate change into a social justice issue even though its anticarbon policies disproportionately harm the poor. Honest Democrats are starting to admit this, as we saw in this weeks stunning revolt in the California legislature. Jerry Brown doesnt have much to show for his second turn in Sacramento, and of late he has focused his legacy attention on reducing carbon emissions. The Governor hailed California as a model of green virtue at the Vatican this summer and had hoped to flaunt sweeping new anticarbon regulations at the U.Ns climate-change summit in Paris this...
  • Jerry Brown Flouted Gay Marriage Law. Why Not A Kentucky Clerk?

    09/03/2015 11:35:47 AM PDT · by Bratch · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 2, 2015 | David Benkof
    As is now well-known, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruled in June that states are required to recognize same-sex nuptials. But the fury aimed at Davis has been disproportionate to the actual facts of the situation, and shows galling and revealing inconsistency on the part of her critics. In particular, where was the outcry when Attorney General and later Governor of California, Jerry Brown, refused to mount a defense of gay-marriage ban Proposition 8? Representing the state in court was at the center of his job. Yet he put his personal...
  • Man Who Killed SDPD Officer Archie Buggs Granted Parole

    08/28/2015 5:15:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 8/28 | Andie Adams
    Jesus Cecena killed SDPD Officer Archie Buggs in 1978The man who shot and killed San Diego Police Officer Archie Buggs "execution-style" has been granted parole, according to the San Diego District Attorney's office. On Friday, the state Parole Board decided Jesus Cecena should be released after 36 years behind bar for Buggs' slaying. In 1978, Cecena was pulled over by Buggs, 30, for a traffic stop in Skyline. Cecena pulled out a gun and shot the 4-year SDPD veteran to death. Cecena was originally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 1979, but in 1982,...
  • Top 5 Taxes You May See on the (CA) 2016 Ballot

    08/22/2015 1:00:26 PM PDT · by fifedom · 27 replies
    California Political Review ^ | Aug. 14, 2015 | Joel Fox
    In reverse order of probability: (5) oil severance tax, (4) Sales tax on services, (3) split property tax rolls (separate rates for homeowners than businesses), (2) cigarette tax, (1) Extension of Prop30.
  • As Hillary implodes, the Democrats have no real Plan B

    08/22/2015 1:26:48 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 84 replies
    The summer has not been kind to Hillary Clinton. The drip-drip-drip of revelations about her possible misuse and mishandling of classified information threatens to become a deluge in the fall. They have taken a serious toll on her reputation and even more notably, her treatment by liberal media figures who surely would rather she be elected even if the Risen Christ were to be the Republican nominee. Democrats are worried so worried five donors who raised millions for President Obama as well as Obamas chief Florida strategist have both sworn off Hillary and joined an effort to draft...

    08/17/2015 8:33:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/17/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Democratic Party is bleeding California and they're rapidly running out of other people's money. So that means more taxes. More and more taxes. Governor Brown, for his part, has left the door open. His approach has changed since his previous term, when he promised to give voters the final say on tax proposals even though their assent is not required by law. "Everything is on the table," said Deborah Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Brown. Everything except cutting taxes and spending obviously. The Capitol's ruling Democrats want to hit up residents and businesses for billions of dollars as...
  • 'Alien' is Alienating for a Reason

    08/17/2015 8:26:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | August 17, 2015 | Arthur Shaper
    In an unprecedented move to impose political correctness further into state law, California Governor Jerry Brown removed the term “alien” from the California Labor Code, arguing that the term was offensive and archaic. The Los Angeles Times reported: Continuing his push for change on immigration issues, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of measures Monday, including one removing the word "alien" from California’s labor code because it is seen as a derogatory description of those not born in the U.S. or who are not fully naturalized citizens. Jose Vargas, himself an illegal alien who was duped into considering himself a...
  • There is no California

    08/16/2015 10:48:54 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 35 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 16 Aug 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Driving across California is like going from Mississippi to Massachusetts without ever crossing a state line. Consider the disconnects: California's combined income and sales taxes are among the nation's highest, but the state's deficit is still about $16 billion. It's estimated that more than 2,000 upper-income Californians are leaving per week to flee high taxes and costly regulations, yet California wants to raise taxes even higher; its business climate already ranks near the bottom of most surveys. Its teachers are among the highest paid on average in the nation, but its public school students consistently test near the bottom of...
  • In the Wake of Proposition 47, California Sees a Crime Wave

    08/16/2015 4:51:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | August 16, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act" isn't living up to its promise. Also known as Proposition 47, the California ballot initiative, which was approved in November 2014 with 60 percent of the vote, downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. Proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was the rare prosecutor who pushed for its approval. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, "What we have been doing hasn't worked, frankly." Gascon spokesman Alex Bastian told me, "The voters indicated that possessing small amounts...
  • How marijuana is making California drought worse

    08/06/2015 3:48:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 20 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | August 6, 2015 | By Pete Spotts
    California's most valuable cash crop, marijuana, is taking a heavy toll on some of the state's most sensitive ecosystems, with the effects ranging from erosion, contamination, threats to wildlife, and heavy water use at a time of severe drought. The situation is prompting ecologists and wildlife managers to urge greater focus on bringing marijuana plots under tighter environmental scrutiny. It's a tall order, notes a research team calling for the added focus via an article in the August issue of the journal BioScience. Among the challenges: Money to beef up enforcement and to cover cleanup is scarce. And where some...
  • Despite strong returns, California pension funds fiscal hole got deeper

    08/06/2015 6:15:54 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 5, 2015 | Jon Ortiz
    With a new ballot proposal reigniting debate over government retirement benefits, the latest federal figures show Californias public pension debt in 2013 stood at $4,425 for every man, woman and child in the state, despite strong investment returns by public retirement funds.
  • China Seeks Businessman Said to Have Fled to U.S., Further Straining Ties

    08/03/2015 10:24:34 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 3, 2015 | By MICHAEL FORSYTHE and MARK MAZZETTI
    LOOMIS, Calif. China is demanding that the Obama administration return a wealthy and politically connected businessman who fled to the United States, according to several American officials familiar with the case. Should he seek political asylum, he could become one of the most damaging defectors in the history of the Peoples Republic. The case of the businessman, Ling Wancheng, has strained relations between two nations already at odds over numerous issues before President Xi Jinpings first state visit to the United States in September, including an extensive cybertheft of American government data and Chinas aggressive territorial claims. Mr. Ling...
  • California website takes anonymous water waste tips in drought

    07/31/2015 3:10:35 PM PDT · by rey · 23 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 31 July 2015
    SACRAMENTO California is launching a state website that lets residents tattle on water wasters, from neighbors with leaky sprinklers to waiters who serve water without asking. California has multiple restrictions on water use, including banning washing cars with hoses that don't shut off and restricting lawn-watering within two days of rainfall. But enforcement varies widely across the parched state. Residents can send details and photos of water waste at . Complaints are then sent to local government agencies based on the address of the offense. The site went online Thursday as the latest conservation initiative. More than 300...
  • Kamala Harris Will Investigate Group That Exposed Planned Parenthoods Baby Body Parts Sales

    07/25/2015 10:59:21 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/25/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 24, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) announced she will investigate whether the Center for American Progress broke any laws in videoing Planned Parenthoods (PP) Dr. Deborah Nucatola. On the video, Nucatola discussed PPs sales of baby livers and the practice of partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts to those who want them.
  • Jerry Brown hops private plane to Rome

    07/21/2015 6:07:23 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 20, 2015 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown arrived in Rome for climate talks this week with the smallest of entourages three and the most comfortable of accommodations. Brown, who typically flies Southwest Airlines in California, flew to Italy with real estate developer George Marcus and his wife, Judy, in their private plane. Brown is combining his trip to a conference here with a vacation with those friends.
  • Man killed and another injured after confronting group of taggers in Anaheim

    07/21/2015 12:08:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    ANAHEIM Two men were shot late Sunday night, and one died Monday morning, in an unincorporated area west of the city, officials said. Dave Bruce Douglas, 51, and a second man were in a Ford SUV around 10 p.m. Sunday near Lullaby Lane and Poona Drive when they had a confrontation with three to five men who were on foot outside of the vehicle, Orange County Sheriffs Department Lt. Jeff Hallock said. Both men live in the neighborhood and drove by the group who were in their late teens or early 20s and who were spray painting, or tagging,...
  • Jerry Browns climate warning: We are talking about extinction

    07/21/2015 7:33:44 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 65 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 21, 2015 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, in an ominous appeal on climate change, said Tuesday that the world may already have gone over the edge on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction. We dont even know how far weve gone, or if weve gone over the edge, Brown said at a climate summit at the Vatican. There are tipping points, feedback loops, this is not some linear set of problems that we can predict. We have to take measures against an uncertain future which may well be something no one ever wants. We are talking about extinction. We...
  • California May Let Undocumented Immigrants Buy Obamacare

    07/19/2015 12:16:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17/15 | Rachana Pradhan
    Uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy. By 5:11 AM EDT California lawmakers and activists are spearheading a first-in-the-nation plan to let undocumented immigrants buy Obamacare health insurance. Supporters say the California proposal, which would need federal approval and couldnt start until 2017, is the next logical step in expanding health insurance to a population that was intentionally excluded from the presidents health-care law. But uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy. Story Continued Below Theres no guarantee the California...
  • High rate of poverty bites California

    07/19/2015 12:00:07 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 18, 2015 | Dan Walters
    When the Census Bureau began calculating poverty a half-century ago as a war on poverty became a hot issue in Washington it devised a rather simple formula. The formula defined income that would be counted excluding non-cash income such as food stamps and housing subsidies and applied it to a narrow market basket of food and other living necessities. All the data were nationwide, with no adjustments for regional or local differentials. By the official poverty index, California doesnt fare too badly, with 17 percent of its residents impoverished, a bit above the national rate of...
  • Gov. Brown Moves Bill That Would Mandate 50% Reduction In Gas Usage by 2030 - Agenda 21

    07/18/2015 10:19:30 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 55 replies
    LA CBS ^ | 07/17/2015 | LA CBS
    Gov. Brown Talks To KCAL9 About Bill That Would Mandate Reduction In Gas Usage LOS ANGELES ( As Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to travel to Rome next week for an international climate conference, the debate over a bill aimed at reducing gas usage in California is heating up. Brown fully supports SB-350, which would mandate a 50-percent cutback in Californias gas usage in the next 15 years, arguing that its a prime factor in global warming. Weve got a serious problem here, he told KCAL9 Political Reporter Dave Bryan via satellite. Burning oil and gas and coal and diesel...
  • California urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners siphoned for budget crisis

    07/13/2015 2:08:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 07/13/2015 | Judy Lin
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget crisis. A Sacramento County judge found that the governor and state Legislature unlawfully diverted most of a fund that was part of a $25 billion settlement between five major banks and nearly every state in 2012. Brown's attorneys argued the state had the discretion to use that money in the state budget. But the judge sided with...

    07/13/2015 11:14:03 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | july 13, 2015 | chriss w. street
    GasBuddystarted an emergencypetitionon Friday calling on Governor Brown to obtain an EPA waiver to prevent gasoline price increases of at least 50-cents a gallon in Southern California and 30-cents in Northern California. As Breitbart News warned in December in Brown Needs Oil Trains to Prevent Skyrocketing Energy Prices,: decades of anti-oil-production-policies in the Democrat-controlled state had made residents highly reliant on inconsistent supplies of oil from Iraq and oil trains from North Dakota. With supplies now breaking down, Californians are sure to be angry paying $5 a gallon for gasoline. GasBuddy noted that an extraordinary convergence of fuel supply problems...
  • Covering poor children without legal status is first step, say California advocates

    07/12/2015 7:59:35 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | July 12, 2015 | ANNA GORMAN
    When Fabiola Ortiz heard California had granted health coverage to poor children lacking legal immigration status, she was grateful. Since arriving in the U.S. illegally 12 years ago, she has taken her two youngest children to the doctor only for required school physicals and relied on home remedies for everything else.
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown to Meet With Pope on Climate Change (and modern slavery)

    07/11/2015 5:02:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    NBC/AP ^ | July 10, 2015
    California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he will travel to Vatican City later this month to discuss climate change and modern slavery with dignitaries including Pope Francis as the governor seeks to burnish his legacy as a climate change activist. Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, plans to attend a two-day event starting July 21 hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences. The focus is on two issues highlighted in the pope's recent teaching document, called an encyclical, in which he chastised international lawmakers for failing to adopt effective, long-term policies that would protect the environment and...
  • Governor's finance office opposes bill raising minimum wage in California

    07/10/2015 3:28:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Citing significant new costs to the state and a negative effect on businesses, the Brown administrations Finance Department is opposing a bill that would raise California's $9 minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1 and boost it again to $13 in 2017. The Department of Finance is opposed to this bill because it results in significant, unbudgeted costs to the General Fund, the report says. Further, Finance notes the net impact of an increased minimum wage on Californias economy and state budget is likely to be negative. For the economy, losses from higher production costs to businesses would...
  • LA WOMAN EXECUTED by Shotgun Blast to Back of the Head By Black Man on Hollywood Sidewalk

    07/08/2015 10:43:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 78 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 6,2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Sunday night in Los Angeles as a 30 year-old white woman walked with her boyfriend near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, a mysterious Black man walked up behind the couple and without saying a word fired a shotgun blast to the back of the womans head, according to police. The killer was seen carrying the shotgun as he ran to a car and drove away. The search for the killer continues. The Los Angeles Times reported: The man walked up from behind the woman as she walked with her boyfriend in Hollywood near Sunset Boulevard. He aimed a shotgun and killed...
  • Free cars for the poor in California

    07/08/2015 4:01:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kevin Chupka
    A new experiment in California aims to solve two problems with one program. A pilot program backed by the California Air Resource Board is offering some big kick backs for residents of the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley if they turn in old gas guzzling vehicles for more energy efficient ones. The lower their income the more money could be coming their way. In fact, in the right situations, residents could get an electric or hybrid car for nothing. Literally $0. According to the press release from the Air Resource Board: The program works by providing increasingly...
  • It's official: Latinos now outnumber whites in California

    07/08/2015 9:03:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 8, 2015 | Javier Panzar
    The demographers agreed: at some point in 2014, Latinos would pass whites as the largest ethnic group in California. Determining when exactly that milestone would occur was more of a tricky question. Counting people isn't like counting movie ticket receipts. The official confirmation had to wait until new population figures were released by the Census Bureau this summer. The new tally, released in late June, shows that as of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state.
  • Father of Young Leukemia Survivor Reacts to New Vaccine law

    07/01/2015 3:31:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    SCPR ^ | June 30 2015 | Alex Cohen and Sarah Sweeney
    Governor Jerry Brown signed SB-277 - the highly controversial vaccine exemption bill - into law Tuesday. California will now have one of the toughest school vaccination laws in the country. The new law will require almost all children to be fully vaccinated in order to attend school - public or private - regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs. The only exception would be for children with medical conditions. The legislation spurred heated, sometimes raucous debate leading up to its approval. Check out the latest from KPCC 's Health Reporter Rebecca Plevin on SB-277 here. One of the law's...
  • Jim Carrey calls Gov. Brown a 'fascist' for signing new vaccination law

    07/01/2015 11:42:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 1, 2015 | By Veronica Rocha
    California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines, he said. This corporate fascist must be stopped. He went on to say the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is corrupt because they cant solve a problem they helped start. Carrey, who lives in Los Angeles, said he does not oppose vaccines, but is rather anti-neurotoxin. He believes vaccines should be free of chemicals and certain compounds, such as mercury and thimerosal. All we are saying is, 'Take the neurotoxins out of the vaccines.' Make them toxin free. History will show that that...
  • Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage

    07/01/2015 10:41:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2015 12:07 PM EDT | Sudhin Thanawala
    They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage. California legislation believed to be the first of its kind in the nation is set to change that. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday and sent to the governor for his signature would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage and overtime and sick leave if they work for professional sports teams based in California....
  • Census: Hispanics overtake whites to become Californias largest ethnic group

    07/01/2015 5:38:52 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 30, 2015 | Phillip Reese
    Its official: Hispanics are now the largest ethnic group in California. About 15 million Hispanics lived in California on July 1, 2014, compared to roughly 14.9 million non-Hispanic whites, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released late last week. The California Department of Finance predicted in 2013 that Hispanics would outnumber whites in 2014; the census figures confirm that prediction.
  • Liberal kalifornians arguing about their water shortage

    06/30/2015 9:59:02 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 14 replies
    It's a musician's forum but they talk about current events and politics, without really talking about politics. They're discussing the current water shortage and are dancing around the real issues, viz. moonbeam inviting the entire third world into the state and the fact that the "environmentalists" (who I suspect of actually following some primitive stone aged religion attaching spiritual significance to a turtle) are determined to return civilization to wilderness. Unbelievable. Liberals are truly insane. Discussion here.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs California's new vaccine bill

    06/30/2015 10:11:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 24 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 06/30/2015 | Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ended months of speculation by signing off on contentious legislation -- Senate Bill 277 -- that requires almost all California schoolchildren to by fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs.
  • Hey politicians: California is more than just a money bag for your 2016 campaign

    06/30/2015 9:47:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 30, 2015 | By TED RALL
    California has become the place where politicians go to rich people's homes to talk about the lives of less-fortunate people they rarely meet. What's notable is the fact that California, despite its huge number of electoral votes, is no longer in play politically in general elections. The state is widely considered to be a shoo-in for Democratic presidential candidates. But contenders from both parties continue to visit to raise money, which they spend on advertising and other campaign costs in battleground states. Thats why visits by presidential contenders to the Golden State tend to be private affairs rather than public...