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  • All 29 defendants in massive corruption case appear in court (RAT Yee & shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/18/2014 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/17/14 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A story that sounds like a movie script is slowly grinding its way to trial. All of the 29 defendants in the massive corruption case involving suspended State Senator Leland Yee and reputed gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow appeared in federal court Thursday. With so many defendants, lawyers, and documents, the judge is trying to set up a system to manage what could be an unwieldy trial. What makes it even harder is that not everyone's on the same page. The frustration is beginning to show. There are 29 defendants, even more lawyers, a 137 page...
  • California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers, including Leland Yee

    04/07/2014 4:54:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 4/07/14
    The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases. The Senate removed pictures, video clips and legislative archives over the weekend involving Democratic Sens. Rod Wright of Los Angeles, Ron Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco. All that remains on the websites is information about their Senate districts. The three men have lost the rights and privileges of a senator, which include having a Senate-maintained website, said Mark Hedlund, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
  • Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?

    04/06/2014 8:09:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | April 6, 2014 | by Andrew Walden
    Homeless Tent Cities have proven a disaster in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento and other mainland cities where they have been tried. Homelessness Industry organizers set up their tents in an area--and the meth-addled denizens generate a crime wave targeting local businesses and residents as they seek out anything they can steal to buy drugs. Exasperated local officials pay the organizers off in order to get them to move into a different jurisdiction where the cycle of crime and shakedown begins again. In Honolulu, unofficial tent cities are now set up in strategic locations designed to pressure the tourism industry, the Chinatown...
  • Keith Jackson, former S.F. education official, accused of murder-for-hire

    03/27/2014 6:18:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nanette Asimov
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Keith Jackson, accused by the FBI on Wednesday of being involved in a murder-for-hire scheme and a gun- and drug-trafficking conspiracy, was San Francisco's top elected educator during the late 1990s.
  • Sen. Yee charged with trafficking firearms in sweeping FBI probe

    03/26/2014 6:32:21 PM PDT · by bkopto · 26 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | 3/26/2014 | Staff
    State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was charged Wednesday with conspiring to commit wire fraud and traffic firearms, part of a sweeping public corruption case outlined by federal prosecutors. The charges sent shock waves through the San Francisco and Sacramento political establishments, as FBI agents searched Yee's Capitol office. Last year the FBI raided the offices of Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), who was targeted in a bribery sting. SNIP The indictment alleges Yee and Jackson defrauded "citizens of honest services" and were involved in a scheme to traffic firearms in exchange for thousands in campaign donations to the senator. SNIP...
  • (Anti-Gun CA Democrat Busted for Arms Trafficking) State Senator Accused of Gun Charges

    03/26/2014 7:33:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | March 26, 2014 | PAUL ELIAS, SUDHIN THANAWALA
    State senator accused of gun charges SAN FRANCISCO — A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI criminal complaint that names 25 other defendants, including Raymond Chow, a onetime gang leader with ties to San Francisco's Chinatown known as "Shrimp Boy," and Keith Jackson, Yee's campaign aide. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms. Yee...
  • California lawmakers reconsider bare-hand food ban

    03/26/2014 6:13:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are beginning to back away from a new law that bans bare-hand contact with food in restaurants and bars, with the Assembly Health Committee voting unanimously Tuesday to repeal and revisit the regulation. The vote follows opposition from chefs and bartenders who say they were taken off guard by the new regulation. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last year requiring restaurant workers to wear gloves or use utensils when handling ready-to-eat food, including the rice in a sushi roll and the mint in a mojito.
  • Calif. state Senator Yee's arrest adds to Democrats' scandals

    03/26/2014 4:14:54 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Carla Marinucci
    The federal corruption and bribery charges leveled against state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco mark the third embarrassing scandal this year for Senate Democrats and their party, which control both houses of the state Legislature and every statewide office in California.Coming on the heels of recent tangled legal troubles of two other high-profile Los Angeles County Democratic state senators - Ron Calderon of Montebello and Rod Wright of Baldwin Hills - Yee's arrest may now hand the beleaguered state Republican Party an opening in a midterm election year, political observers say.
  • Leland Yee reportedly arrested in corruption case

    03/26/2014 10:12:28 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 44 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Kale Williams
    SAN FRANCISCO -- State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested on public corruption charges Wednesday morning amid raids of his office in Sacramento and searches by the FBI in San Francisco, several media outlets reported.
  • Another anti-gun California lawmaker in legal trouble today 

    03/26/2014 9:55:23 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    examiner.com ^ | march 26, 2014 | dave workman
    Anti-gun California State Sen. Leland Yeehas been indicted on charges of public corruption, according to a breaking story in the Sacramento Bee and other news agencies, making him the second high-profile Golden State gun control proponent to wind up in trouble in the past month. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the FBI is serving “multiple arrest and search warrants this morning” in relation to the case. KCRA News reported that Sen. Yee, an ardent gun control proponent and sponsor of a bill last year to limit magazine capacity on so-called “assault weapons” and require fixed magazines on such firearms, is a Democrat.
  • Leland Yee reportedly arrested in corruption case

    03/26/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 03-26-2014 | Henry K Lee
    State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested on public corruption charges Wednesday morning amid raids of his office in Sacramento and searches by the FBI in San Francisco, several media outlets reported.
  • Jimmer Fredette, Kings near buyout

    02/25/2014 11:26:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    ESPN ^ | February 25, 2014 | Staff
    The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette are working on a buyout of his contract, according to multiple reports. Fredette would be a free agent if he clears waivers. Yahoo Sports first reported the sides were working on a buyout. The Kings drafted Fredette with the 10th pick in 2011 after a sensational run at BYU, where he won The Associated Press' player of the year award his senior season. Fredette never lived up to the fanfare in Sacramento, though the franchise's instability -- playing for three different coaches and two different ownership groups -- didn't help his cause.
  • California Officially Working To Protect Fictional Environment

    01/03/2014 12:36:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | January 3, 2013 | Mark Horne
    The fact that a state legislature would decree population density mandates to cities in the state is an intolerable tyranny. Naturally, the California legislature is doing it. But it has officially decided to worry about the environment of a fantasy world, not the real one.
  • Is Your Illegal Alien Landscaper a Mexican Cartel Killer? This One Was.

    12/26/2013 8:31:45 PM PST · by montag813 · 20 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-27-2013 | TRN
    Would you like me to trim the hedges, Seńora? Ok, right after I clean my silencer.- "They just come here to work".That's all we hear from advocates for a massive amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens. Or we hear that they are all valedictorians. Of course we never -- ever -- hear about illegal alien criminals from the mainstream media or feckless politicians. Well one of the "hard workers" mowing lawns and trimming trees in Sacramento was hiding quite a violent and disturbing past. He was a Mexican cartel hitman, with the blood of more than half a...
  • It’s Time To Hold Progressives To Their Own Standards

    09/22/2013 3:25:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2013 | Dereki Hunter
    If there’s one thing liberals/progressives can’t handle it is being held to their own standards. They support higher taxes but shelter their wealth in trusts and tax havens, which already is earned and no longer taxable as income, so they can avoid the death tax. They claim “the rich” aren’t paying their “fair share” and decry “loopholes” but then avail themselves of every deduction their accountants can find. They will not live the way they seek to impose on others unless and until it is imposed on others, and then only maybe. In the case of Obamacare, Members of Congress...
  • California Democratic Flack Fired for Being Unhinged

    09/21/2013 6:25:31 AM PDT · by Red Statements · 39 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Sept 21, 2013 | Steven H Ahle
    Allan Brauer, Communications Committee chairman for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) was asked for his resignation just one day after tweeting death wishes to the children of a female Ted Cruz staffer, Amanda Carpenter. Brauer tweeted such remarks as, This is not uncommon among liberal political flacks. One look at the vile remarks made after the deaths of Ronald Reagan and maggie Thatcher are prime examples. What is uncommon is someone paying the price for those remarks. And indeed, his bosses in Sacremento, California, overlooked them until the heat got turned up by his continuing tweets.
  • California Democratic Party Official Resigns Over Offensive Tweet

    09/22/2013 11:22:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | September 21, 2013
    A Democratic Party official in Sacramento County has resigned after sending an offensive Twitter message during a heated exchange over President Obama’s health care law. SNIP Brauer addressed the offensive tweet to Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, as House Republicans voted to defund the health care law. Brauer wrote, “May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.” SNIP
  • Allan Brauer Resigns From Post of, Ahem, Communications Director of California Democrat Party

    09/20/2013 4:04:14 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Sac County Dems Chair tells KCRA @allanbrauer has resigned position following tweets to @amandacarpenter— Kevin Oliver (@KCRAKevin) September 20, 2013 Prior to that, Twitchy found some other vile things he tweeted at people (mostly women). He was serial offender. Thanks to Mike D. for sending me the tip. Posted by Ace at 06:53 PM Comments
  • Dem Official Wishes ‘Debilitating, Painful, Incurable Diseases,’ on Kids of Ted Cruz Advisor

    09/22/2013 4:18:12 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 30, 2013 | Noam Rothman
    Allan Brauer, the elected communications chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, California, is not a fan of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). When speechwriter and advisor to Cruz, Amanda Carpenter, took to Twitter to rally Republicans in the Senate to support a bill which would defund the Affordable Care Act, Brauer expressed his frustration with this sentiment in no uncertain terms. “May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases,” Brauer wrote. This sentiment ignited a firestorm on Twitter and many attacked Brauer for the inappropriateness of his comment.
  • Unfazed by Colorado recalls, California lawmakers press on with gun-control bills

    09/12/2013 6:09:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 09/11/2013 | Josh Richman and Mike Rosenberg
    SACRAMENTO -- A day after furious Coloradans recalled two state senators who voted for new gun laws, California lawmakers pressed ahead with their own agenda Wednesday aimed at giving the Golden State the strictest gun control in the country. Colorado's recall elections and California's rush to pass gun bills in the final week of its legislative session quickly reignited the national debate over balancing public safety with constitutional rights. The Colorado votes sent a Rocky Mountain chill down the spines of lawmakers in other battleground states, but those in bright blue California seemed unfazed. "I don't see anybody switching teams...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Sacramento County To Offer Home STD Tests For Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

    08/27/2013 11:09:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies
    CBS News/Sacramento ^ | August 26, 2013 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento County’s health department will begin distributing a take-home STD test for women that won’t cost users a penny. The city has one of the highest rates of STDs in the state, and it keeps going up every year. Now a new online program will hopefully get more people to get tested. “We definitely need all the help we can get,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. The division of public health says STDs are spreading like wildfire in Sacramento, with chlamydia and gonorrhea considered an epidemic. “Many people who have STDs do not...
  • California Wants Small-Business Owners To Pay Back $120 Million In Tax Breaks

    08/20/2013 10:26:37 AM PDT · by matt04 · 25 replies
    Small-business investors in California were promised big breaks five years ago, but now they’re being told to pay up, instead after a court ruling. After following the law, many of them are getting hit with tax bills as high as $250,000. “When we make a promise, we have to uphold it,” said Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach. But that is not what the state government appears to be doing. Small-business owners are getting hefty tax breaks for tax credits they already got five years ago. “They relied on California law as it was written, that they would get a tax...
  • Sacramento Ex-Liberal Converted by America's Anchorman (and Her Husband)

    08/01/2013 4:47:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 1, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: First call. And we're taking a call right now 'cause I'm fascinated by this. I got a call from my adopted hometown Sacramento. Kitty! Kitty, great to have you on the program. Hi. CALLER: Hi. How are you? RUSH: Good. Thank you. CALLER: I was saying back in, oh, '87, you were in Sacramento locally -- RUSH: Right. CALLER: -- and you came into where I worked, and everybody in the department -- it was a hospital, you made a visit. And everybody in the department was going, "Oh, Rush is here! Rush is here!" and I...
  • 4 more abortion centers CLOSED

    07/24/2013 6:16:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies
    Since the last 40 Days for Life ended in March, four more abortion centers — which were sites of 40 Days for Life campaigns — have CLOSED their doors for good!Shortly after the campaign, volunteers learned that a late-term abortion facility in Sacramento, California — where multiple 40 Days for Life prayer vigils had been held outside — had gone out of business.Just a few weeks later, a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Kenmore, Washington — where two 40 Days for Life vigils have been held outside — announced its permanent closure.Then an abortion center in Toledo, Ohio … that...
  • Jobless rate plunges in Sacramento and California

    06/22/2013 4:06:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 22, 2013 | by Mark Glover
    The unemployment rate in Sacramento and California registered a significant drop in May for the second consecutive month, but analysts cautioned that the steadily improving numbers conceal a large number of people who are working in low-wage jobs or who are no longer firmly attached to the workforce. The Sacramento area jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent in May, down from a revised 8.2 percent in April, according to statistics released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The statewide jobless rate dipped to 8.6 percent last month, down from 9 percent in April, 9.4 percent in March and 10.7...
  • Here's Why the NBA Is Forcing the Sacramento Kings' Owners to Accept a Low Bid

    05/01/2013 2:34:11 PM PDT · by llevrok · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | 4/30/2013 | Matthew Yglesias
    A consortium of Seattle businessmen offered to pay $365 million for a controlling 65 percent interest in the Sacramento Kings, (snip). A competing group offered $341 million to keep the team in SAC (snip) or $35M less. At first glance this seems perverse. (snip) Well, it seems to all go back to the arena. You see, in addition to offering $365 million for the team, the Seattle bidders were offering to build a brand new arena for the Kings. By contrast, the Sacramento bidders managed to persuade the city of Sacramento to build a brand new arena for the Kings....
  • Suspected Tagger Found Dead, Dangling 9 Stories Up on Office Tower (Graffiti Punk Meets Doom)

    04/02/2013 7:31:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
    Suspected tagger found dead, hanging 9 stories up on office tower A man whose body was found hanging from a downtown Sacramento building Monday, nine stories up, appears to be a tagger who was attempting the vandalize the property, authorities say. The man had used rope to tie himself in a seated position like a rappeller, authorities said. The rope was tied off with a window washing anchor, and fire officials believe that that anchor could have held his weight. But they don't think he was a window washer.
  • California lawmaker threatening Microsoft over … loss of Sacramento Kings?

    01/26/2013 9:03:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/26/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Last weekend, Phil Mickelson threatened to move out of California over the onerous tax hikes imposed by Jerry Brown and the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento. Mickelson later apologized for his outburst, although I'm not sure why; he has just as much right to complain as anyone else. CNN Money later attempted to correct Mickelson, saying that his total tax rate was somewhere around 53%, not 62%, but I'm not sure that was much comfort, nor an effective rebuttal to Mickelson's point.As it turns out, Mickelson's not the only sports entity looking at a Golden Gate exit. Forbes noted that one...
  • TSA Union Gets Sacramento Airport Privatization Revoked

    01/09/2013 6:14:03 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    County board votes to rescind airport privatization approval... After close to one year of lobbying efforts and a public campaign, the American Federation of Government Employees—the union for TSA workers in Sacramento and nationwide—today applauded the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors for voting to rescind its approval for Sacramento International Airport to be allowed to privatize, or use corporate airport screeners in place of federal employees.
  • Man Captures Video Of Strange Explosion In The Sky

    01/03/2013 2:55:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CBS13) ^ | December 30, 2012 11:59 PM
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento man scanning the night sky caught a sudden burst of light through his telescope. He recorded that strange sight with his smart phone. CBS13 shared the video with experts to see if they could solve the mystery. This mysterious little tale begins earlier this week when Good Day Sacramento’s Cody Stark got this message on Facebook: “I have something on video no one has ever seen. I had my telescope out, caught an explosion in space. Wanna see the video?” Cody’s response? Absolutely! The video was shot with an iPhone through the eyepiece of a...
  • Tragic end to 2012: Two killed, three injured in New Year's Eve shooting in Old Sacramento

    01/01/2013 6:41:41 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    SacramentoPress ^ | December 31, 2012
    The New Year's Eve fireworks celebration in Old Sacramento ended tragically before it had even begun: Someone pulled a gun during a fight inside the Sports Corner Cafe around 9:40 p.m., and now two people are dead three more have been shot, according to police. The midnight display was cancelled. An eyewitness, who provided her name but asked not to be identified, was walking outside the bar when said she heard several gunshots. She said she ducked under a stairwell, turned, and saw a young man in a white hoodie run outside the door, pull out a handgun, turn it...
  • Sacramento Veteran Pollster Fired Over Protest Against U.N. Observers

    11/03/2012 9:16:20 AM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    Sacramento.CBS13 ^ | 2 Nov 2012
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A poll worker is out of a job, and she says it’s all because of an email she sent her supervisor. The woman says she was concerned about poll inspectors coming to Sacramento for Tuesday’s election. Shannon Lewis has been a poll worker in Sacramento for 15 years. She said she sent that email and was fired 10 minutes later. “I just tapped out a really fast email,” said Lewis. But that quick email ended Lewis’ 15 year job as a Sacramento County pollster. “I just wanted to get my feelings known and get an answer to...
  • California’s tax revenue drops 33.5 percent exposing Sacramento’s delusion

    08/21/2012 8:13:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    examiner.com ^ | August. 20, 2012 | Kimberly Dvorak
    Revenue from Consumer sales fell a whopping 33.5 percent or $475 million, further demonstrating a severe reality check for the Golden State’s recovery plan. Decades of poor leadership from the state capital have contributed to an unsustainable yearly budget which means California voters must either substantially raise taxes or cut, cut, cut. All the accounting gimmicks have failed, Obama’s stimulus dollars only postponed the inevitable, Facebook’s shares have crashed, taxpayers haven’t approved a tax hike in the past few elections as their wallets are empty, the high-speed train to nowhere will only add to the state’s budget crisis and now...
  • Bernanke: Students must be wise with college loans

    08/07/2012 1:53:33 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee / AP ^ | 8-7-2012 | Staff
    WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says students need to be careful when investing in their education. Bernanke says taking on debt to pay for college can be an important way of increasing one's earning potential. But higher education can also become a financial burden if it doesn't lead to a good job, he warns.
  • Jimmer's (Fredette) future with Kings unclear after team adds Brooks to the mix

    07/17/2012 8:26:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    SI ^ | July 17, 2012 | Sam Amick
    Jimmer Fredette was Jimmer Fredette again Monday night, burying jumpers and runners and generally looking like the scoring machine that created so much hype back in his halcyon days at BYU. But all is not well for the second-year Kings guard, even with the 30-point outing he unleashed in a summer league game against the Rockets at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. Just minutes before hitting the floor, he received word that the Kings had signed veteran point guard Aaron Brooks and thus moved him even further down the team's depth chart.
  • Sanctuary State: California Senate Passes “Anti-Arizona” Bill to Protect Illegal Aliens

    07/06/2012 8:44:29 AM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 07-06-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona It's no contest. It's not even close. California is America's undisputed "Sanctuary State" for illegal aliens. And now, in their hysteria over the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the central provision of Arizona's S.B. 1070 - that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop - California legislators are setting new lows in contempt for the rule of law. The California Senate on Thursday passed a bill supporters dub the "anti-Arizona" law, which seeks to "shield illegal immigrants from status checks by local police" and which even welcomes in illegals from states such as Arizona. The...
  • Stupid Things We Do in Sacramento

    06/25/2012 12:15:55 PM PDT · by leftofright
    When guilt is demonstrable, confession is the best bet. So allow me to confess: as the California’s Director of Finance for four years, I did some stupid things. Let’s take a few examples and see if they help the casual observer to better understand how government, or at least how the Golden State’s’ budget process works – or fails to work.
  • California's Budget: Present, Future -- And What Might Have Been

    06/25/2012 12:13:20 PM PDT · by leftofright · 3 replies
    Not too many people get excited about dry budget numbers. Most people care instead about what’s behind those numbers — how much of our money will the government take, what kinds of services will it provide? Indeed, those programmatic and policy questions are far more important than the latest assessment of how bad our fiscal situation is. They’re also the subject of the remainder of this week’s conversation on these pages. As a former Director of Finance for the state, it falls to me to give an overview of the arithmetic and the budget process. Bear with me: you’ll laugh,...
  • Move over, Wisconsin -- the union battle is beginning in California

    06/10/2012 8:50:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 60 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/10/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Labor unions and business interests have been quietly raising millions of dollars and testing campaign messages for months, girding for a brawl over a November ballot measure that could fundamentally shift political power in Sacramento. Now, on the heels of an election that saw unions handed a major defeat last week in Wisconsin, the opposing camps in California soon will launch a campaign battle likely to consume $50 million or more in political spending. "Unions have just two channels of influence," said Daniel J.B. Mitchell of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, "collective bargaining and the political side,...
  • SEIU Loses historic Case

    05/21/2012 10:31:48 AM PDT · by russelljackson · 11 replies
    Sacramento County Times ^ | 05/04/2012 | Sacramento County Times
    SEIU Member Noujaim wins writ of mandate allowing her to get access to SEIU financial records.
  • Sacramento County Times covers Civil War

    05/19/2012 3:58:50 AM PDT · by russelljackson · 4 replies
    Sacramento County Times ^ | 05/18/2012 | Staff Reporter
    The 12th annual Civil War Experience starts Friday at Gibson Ranch Road and is expected to give families a living history day. The 12th annual Civil War Experience starts Friday at Gibson Ranch Road and is expected to give families a living history day.
  • Large Meteorite Hits Near Columbia CA at 7:55AM, Several Fires Reported

    04/22/2012 10:56:12 AM PDT · by .454Puma · 89 replies
    News 10 Sacramento ^ | 04/22/2012 | News 10 Sacramento
    An eyewitness says: "It was pretty freakin' real when all the dogs started barking right before it hit, then EVERYTHING shook. We were in the field just outside the barn & the barn continued to shake for a couple minutes afterward. We are about 50-60 miles or so from where it hit."
  • LAPD to Ignore California’s Car Impound Law Because It’s “Unfair” to Illegal Aliens

    03/23/2012 8:53:05 PM PDT · by montag813 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-24-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWe have become sadly accustomed to California - America's Sanctuary State - sinking lower and lower into utter lawlessness for the sake of naked racial politics. But whatever they do in Sacramento doesn't even come close to the utter madness that is Los Angeles - which makes the rest of the state look conservative by comparison. This week saw the Los Angeles Police Department announcing that it will soon start ignoring California state law, which requires police to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days - because it is "unfair" to illegal aliens!That's right....
  • Sleep Train & the Betrayal of Rush Limbaugh

    03/03/2012 8:43:31 PM PST · by gaijin · 183 replies
    my brain ^ | march 4th, 2012 | me
    Dale Carlsen was about 24 years old and had been merely selling mattresses, but finally Dale got frustrated and went into the biz for himself. He was coming up on having to make a payment on the loan for his new, tiny mattress company. He didn't have much money, and this loan was at over 20% interest, ok? Worse was that Dale had chosen the location of his first mattress store in gritty South Sacramento, near Sac State, alongside some train tracks, next to a flea market. He'd thought the flea market foot traffic would bring customers, but in fact...
  • { Students, Occupy, & Union } Groups joust over Capitol rally role

    03/04/2012 1:28:15 PM PST · by SmithL
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/4/12 | Ed Fletcher
    A massive student rally in support of higher education funding planned for Monday at the state Capitol is being co-opted by labor and Occupy activists, says an executive with one of the student groups. In the run-up to Monday's rally, two groups, Refund California and Occupy Education California, have issued press releases and given interviews about their plans to "Occupy the Capitol." But Miles Nevin, executive director of the California State Student Association, says those two groups have "nothing to do with this event." "We are majorly losing the media battle. They are trying to take over our event," Nevin...
  • Occupy Oakland vs Neo-Nazis vs Sacramento Police at Tea Party Event

    03/02/2012 5:46:12 PM PST · by Jayster · 10 replies
    Jay Lensch ^ | 3/2/2012 | Jay Lensch
    <p>Pictures Monday (02/27/2012) was to be just another nice normal day for me at the CA Capital taking pictures of the Tea Party’s 3 year anniversary.</p> <p>They had advertised that they were meeting on the North steps; however, when I arrived I noticed that they were actually on the West steps and there was some group already gathering on the North side.</p>
  • Man shows up for job interview naked, high on meth

    03/02/2012 9:17:35 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 58 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 2, 2011 | Ian McDonald and Kimberly Rankin
    A man showed up for a job interview near Sacramento naked and high on methamphetamine, and now cellphone footage of his fight with police has gone viral. Jose Ayala didn't make the best first impression at a Del Paso Heights-area welding shop when he showed up last week frazzled and unclothed, says shop owner Chris Johnson, who added he won't soon forget the job applicant. “The producer from TruTV called me [Monday afternoon]. I can’t even get any work done now. I’m taking calls from camera crews and TV stations,” Johnson told FOX40 in Sacramento. Ayala was eventually subdued by...
  • (California Nanny State) New Law Forces Older Kids Into Child Seats

    01/02/2012 9:36:11 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 91 replies · 1+ views
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | January 1, 2012 | Rick Boone
    New Law Forces Older Kids Into Child Seats SAN DIEGO - A new California law that went into effect Sunday increased the age of child required to use a car seat. The new state law indicates any child under eight years old must be in a car seat, and if the child is over eight years old and too small for an adult side seat, they also must be in that seat. It's a change from the previous law for children under six and for those weighing less than 60 pounds. The state insists keeping older kids in booster seats...
  • Free pot draws a crowd as Sacramento County dispensary closes

    12/19/2011 7:52:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Sacbee ^ | 12/16/11 | Peter Hecht
    Free pot draws a crowd as Sacramento County dispensary closesBy Peter Hecht - The Sacramento Bee Last Modified: Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 - 3:58 pm Hundreds of people lined up for free grams of medical marijuana and discount pricing today as one of Sacramento County's last surviving dispensaries closed with a flourish and a day tinged with politics. People snaked around the building at the Magnolia Wellness Center, waiting more than two hours for their marijuana as the Orangevale dispensary doled out its inventory and promoted a political drive to overturn the county's ban on cannabis stores. Sacramento County, which...