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  • California Supreme Court Blocks Citizens United Measure From Ballot

    08/12/2014 10:41:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    LATimes ^ | August12, 2014 | MELANIE MASON
    California Supreme Court Blocks Citizens United Measure From Ballot Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), author of a non-binding ballot measure on Citizens United, said he was disappointed by the state Supreme Court's decision to hold it from the ballot. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) By MELANIE MASON State Supreme Court asks for more time to decide validity of non-binding measure on Citizens United The court's order effectively prevents Prop. 49 from appearing on Nov. ballot, both sides say The California Supreme Court on Monday halted state action on a non-binding ballot measure seeking voter opinion about a landmark U.S. Supreme...
  • Bye, Bye California

    05/03/2014 4:30:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | John Ransom
    Another blow was struck for competition, common sense and low taxes as Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it will be moving its campus in Torrance, California to a suburb outside of Dallas, Texas. “Toyota Motor Corp. is moving substantial parts of its U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif., to suburban Dallas,” writes the Detroit News, “as the world’s largest automaker seeks savings from its U.S. sales unit, people familiar with the matter said.” Although no figures are yet available, anecdotal evidence suggests that people are fleeing California, not just companies. SFGate.com says that 66% of all state revenue now comes...
  • Should Toyota's LBGT Employees Be Worried About Moving To Texas? (Yes, that's the real headline)

    05/02/2014 2:26:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | May 2, 2014 | Aaron Foley
    When it comes to inclusion and equal treatment of LBGT employees, Toyota is at the top of the list. And it helps that the majority of Toyota employees live in a tolerant state like California. But could that change when the company's U.S. headquarters move to Texas in a few years? Toyota is moving 5,300 employees from California (and some in New York and Kentucky) to Plano, Texas, a move Texas welcomed with open arms and an open pocketbook. It'll serve as a devastating blow to Torrance, Calif., who was apparently blindsided by the news. By all accounts, Plano seems...
  • LOOK: Why Is One of the Largest Car Companies Moving From California To Texas?

    04/29/2014 7:57:42 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | April 29 2014 | Benjamin Austin
    The car-making giant Toyota is going to move its U.S. headquarters from the liberal state of California to the much more red state of Texas, according to several sources. The Dallas Morning News stated that the auto company is looking at a massive plant location in Plano, Texas — although an exact location hasn’t been determined yet. Toyota’s move will involve over 5,000 employees. Many experts view this as a “win” for both Texas and its Republican governor, Rick Perry. The governor has been actively recruiting companies from all over the country to move to the Lone Star State, touting...
  • Another Company Abandons California

    04/29/2014 5:12:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    Another blow was struck for competition, common sense and low taxes as Toyota Motor Corp. announced that they be moving their campus in Torrance, California to a suburb outside of Dallas, Texas. “Toyota Motor Corp. is moving substantial parts of its U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif., to suburban Dallas,” writes the Detroit News, “as the world’s largest automaker seeks savings from its U.S. sales unit, people familiar with the matter said.” Although no figures are yet available, anecdotal evidence suggests that people are fleeing California, not just companies. SFGate.com says that 66% of all state revenue now comes from personal...
  • Video: Toyota bailing on California (Moves Sales and Marketing HQ to Texas)

    04/28/2014 10:54:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/28/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The world’s leading automotive maker will follow the lead of its competitors and other large businesses, and leave California for better business climates elsewhere. Toyota had its US headquarters in Torrance for more than three decades, but now nearly 5,000 jobs will shift to Texas: Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker’s plans. …The automaker won’t be the first big company Texas has poached from California.Occidental Petroleum Corp. said in February that it was relocating from Los...
  • Rick Perry Takes A Victory Lap After Texas Takes Toyota From California

    04/28/2014 2:56:17 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 4-28-2014 | Hunter Walker
    Rick Perry Takes A Victory Lap After Texas Takes Toyota From California Hunter Walker April 28, 2014, 5:04 PM ď‚™ Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks Texas' "employer-friendly combination of low taxes, fair courts, smart regulations, and world-class workforce" are responsible for Toyota's decision to move its sales headquarters from California to the Lone Star State. "Over the past decade, Texas and Toyota have developed a strong partnership that has resulted in good-paying jobs for thousands of Texans," Perry said in a statement about the automakers move Monday. "Toyota understands that TexasÂ’ employer-friendly combination of low taxes, fair courts, smart regulations...
  • Why It Makes Sense For Toyota To Leave California For Texas

    04/28/2014 11:39:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/28/2014 | Dale Buss
    For Japanese auto brands, the logic of keeping their U.S. sales and administrative arms in California is breaking down under the outsized penalties of conducting business in the Golden State and the changing dynamics of the North American automotive industry. So Toyota is leaving, according to Automotive News. And where is Japan’s biggest automaker relocating its sales and marketing operations in America? Why, North Texas, of course. The move MOVE -5.08% to Plano, Texas, will involve most of the 5,000 managers and employees at Toyota’s current Torrance, Calif., headquarters, the magazine said. Texas Gov. Rick Perry apparently didn’t even have...
  • Toyota to move jobs and marketing headquarters from Torrance to Texas (LAT tries to spin loss)

    04/28/2014 6:29:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/27/14 | Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
    Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans. The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market. North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans. About 5,300 people work at Toyota's Torrance complex. It is unclear how many workers will be asked...
  • California drove Toyota out of state: Torrance Mayor

    04/29/2014 2:04:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 50 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 4/29/2014 | Jaewon Kang
    <p>Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto blames the state of California for Toyota Motor's decision to relocate its North American headquarters from the city to Plano, Texas.</p> <p>"The state of California lost Toyota," Scotto said on "Power Lunch" Tuesday.</p> <p>He pointed to a number of issues in the Golden State that negatively affect companies' bottom line: tax structure, workers' compensation and liability insurance.</p>
  • BREAKING: Sources say Toyota fleeing CA, taking 5,000 jobs to more business-friendly Texas

    04/27/2014 4:52:00 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 95 replies
    PANDO DAILY ^ | 27 APRIL 2014 | MICHAEL CARNEY
    California’s inhospitable tax policies may have struck again, this time costing Los Angeles one of its largest employers. According to multiple sources close to the situation, Toyota will be relocating its US headquarters from the LA suburb of Torrance to Plano, Texas. The company has yet to notify its employees of the news, but is expected to do so Monday, followed by a public announcement. While it’s unlikely that Toyota, which is ranked 8th on Fortune’s Global 500, will directly cite taxes as the reason for its relocation, it should come as little surprise that the financial burden of operating...
  • Asians Derail Affirmative Action In California: Repeal ban on racial preferences fails in Senate

    04/14/2014 7:33:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/14/2014 | John Rosenberg
    The express train hurtling to return racial preference admissions to California — in the form of State Constitutional Amendment 5 [1], which if placed on the ballot and approved by voters would have overturned Prop. 209 —has just been derailed [2] by an outburst of opposition from Asian Americans.The eruption of opposition caught SCA 5’s Democratic sponsors by surprise and caused a crucial three Asian American senators to withdraw their support, depriving the measure of the two thirds senate majority required to place an initiative on the ballot. “Prior to the vote on SCA 5 in the Senate,” Senators...
  • Angry parents crush race-quota revival

    03/21/2014 6:28:08 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | March 18, 2014 | Steven Greenhut
    SACRAMENTO — When my family moved from northwest Ohio to pricey Southern California, we could afford an entry level house but couldn’t also spring for private-school tuition for the kids. So we scoured the test-score databases, looking for those neighborhoods where home values were reasonable and public schools were tops. Given the focus on schools, it will surprise no one that we settled in a city with a majority Asian-American population.
  • Return of the Anti-Chinese League: Dems want California to resurrect an ugly institution.

    03/17/2014 8:04:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/17/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Are our boys and girls wrongIn expecting you who make your livingExclusively off the white raceTo stop patronizing Jap laundries.And thereby assist your fellow men and womenIn maintaining the white man’s standard in a white man’s country? — Placards belonging to the Anti-Jap Laundry League, Calif., 1908 California has a long and ugly history of discriminating against Asian Americans. From the Anti-Jap Laundry League, the Anti-Chinese League, the Asiatic Exclusion League, the alien land laws, the Anti-Coolie Act . . . the list is long. Much of that discrimination had its origins on the left, with the Ant-Jap Laundry Act,...
  • How TV Censorship Works for Democrats

    04/09/2014 4:15:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he'd spent $668,000 on an illegal "shadow campaign" to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010. So the corrupt mayor of America's most important city is thrown out. A political scandal? The same networks that were utterly breathless over the local story of Gov. Chris Christie's aides slowing traffic...
  • (RAT) Lawmaker Yee Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges

    04/08/2014 4:43:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 4/08/14
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Yee entered his pleas in federal court to one count of conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and illegally import firearms; one count of conspiring to defraud citizens of honest services; and six counts of engaging in a scheme to defraud citizens of honest services. The San Francisco Democrat is accused of conspiring...
  • California Democrats intent on damage control after Leland Yee arrest (gun-running Dem a downer)

    04/02/2014 4:19:02 PM PDT · by Liz · 21 replies
    CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR ^ | 3/31/14 | Daniel B. Wood, Staff writer
    The stunning arrest of veteran Democrat Leland Yee will erode, at least temporarily, Democratic dominance in the very blue Golden State. Yee, arrested after a five-year FBI sting operation, faces federal charges related to conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and accepting campaign funds in exchange for political favors. An LA Times headline read, “Even old hands are stunned by Yee allegations.” “If there ever has been a more nauseating corruption scandal in Sacramento, I’m not aware of it, writes one observer. “The notion of a legislator masquerading as a gun control crusader while offering to help a...
  • University of California System Raises Number of Blacks and Hispanics Admitted

    07/13/2002 11:41:13 AM PDT · by rdf · 27 replies · 580+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL | July 12, 2002 | DANIEL GOLDEN
    July 12, 2002 Barriers Students Faced Count In University Admission Process By DANIEL GOLDEN Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL IRVINE, Calif. -- Stanley Park felt as if the University of California, Los Angeles, had revamped its admissions criteria just for him. UCLA was looking for students who had overcome "life challenges," such as family illness, being raised by a single parent or being the first in the family to go to college. After Mr. Park's parents, Korean immigrants of modest means, divorced three years ago, he lived with his mother. When she developed breast cancer, he began tutoring...
  • Some Asians' College Strategy: Don't Check 'Asian'

    12/03/2011 2:53:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 145 replies · 3+ views
    YahooNews ^ | December 03, 2011 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    Some Asians' College Strategy: Don't Check 'Asian' JESSE WASHINGTON Lanya Olmstead was born in Florida to a mother who immigrated from Taiwan and an American father of Norwegian ancestry. Ethnically, she considers herself half Taiwanese and half Norwegian. But when applying to Harvard, Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white. "I didn't want to put 'Asian' down," Olmstead says, "because my mom told me there's discrimination against Asians in the application process." For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it's harder for them to gain admission to the nation's top colleges. Studies show that Asian-Americans meet these...
  • Asian Americans Turn Democratic [73% Voted Obama: End H1B Visas & Chain Migration]

    11/23/2012 7:39:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 67 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | Taeku Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan
    Asian Americans Turn Democratic Their support for President Obama on Nov. 6 caught many political pundits by surprise. By Taeku Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan November 23, 2012 As the dust settles on the presidential election, there seems to be a new theory daily as to why Mitt Romney lost and what it signals for the future of the Republican Party. Common to nearly all the speculation are the partisan implications of demographic change. The United States is shifting gradually toward a majority-minority electorate, with ever-growing numbers of Latino and Asian American voters. Notably, these groups are increasingly voting as Democrats....
  • Bill would allow California state colleges to consider race

    06/07/2010 8:39:59 AM PDT · by Gennie · 59 replies · 103+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 3, 2010 | Associated Press
    Bill would allow state colleges to consider race By The Associated Press Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 4:16 p.m. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Assembly has approved a bill that would allow the state's public universities to consider race, gender and other demographic characteristics when they admit students. The bill, AB2047, passed on a 44-24 vote Thursday and now moves to the Senate. It would apply to the University of California and California State University systems. Democratic Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, who introduced the bill, says the legislation is needed to address the education gap in California. Currently, the state's black...
  • Another Lunge for Race Preferences (Davis Signs Assault On Proposition 209; PLF Poised to Pounce)

    08/22/2003 12:23:50 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies · 256+ views
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | August 2003 | Stephen R. McCutcheon
    DAVIS SIGNS ASSAULT ON PROPOSITION 209; PLF POISED TO POUNCE Proposition 209 is the voter-passed amendment to the California Constitution which forbids state and local governments from playing favorites by race in public hiring, contracting and education. The latest in a long line of assaults on Prop. 209 by proponents of racial spoils is Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally's bill that would play inventive word games with key mandates in the initiative. The Dymally legislation, A.B. 703, would require that the words "discriminate" and "preference" be interpreted not by the clear definitions that the California Supreme Court has used when applying Prop....
  • Defining Diversity Down

    01/09/2008 8:40:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies · 108+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 9, 2008
    The world gets more competitive every day, so why would California's education elites want to dumb down their public university admissions standards? The answer is to serve the modern liberal piety known as "diversity" while potentially thwarting the will of the voters. The University of California Board of Admissions is proposing to lower to 2.8 from 3.0 the minimum grade point average for admission to a UC school. That 3.0 GPA standard has been in place for 40 years. Students would also no longer be required to take the SAT exams that test for knowledge of specific subjects, such as...
  • UCLA official resigns over racial admissions

    08/30/2008 1:27:05 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 228+ views
    oc register ^ | 8-28-2008 | MARLA JO FISHER
    A professor who said he suspects UCLA is cheating to illegally admit black students resigned Thursday from its admissions committee, saying the university refused to provide him the data he needs to investigate his suspicions. "A growing body of evidence strongly suggests that UCLA is cheating on admissions," political science Professor Tim Groseclose wrote in a report he released Thursday. "Specifically, applicants often reveal their own race on the essay portion of the application."Students typically report their race on their applications, but the people who evaluate their files don't see names, race or ethnicity. If race does come up in...
  • UC regents OK admissions overhaul [end-run around California Prop 209]

    02/05/2009 7:49:34 PM PST · by freespirited · 7 replies · 519+ views
    San Fran Chronicle ^ | 2/5/09 | Patricia Yollin
    A lot more young people will have a shot at getting into the University of California under new eligibility rules, approved by the UC Board of Regents today, that represent the most sweeping changes in admission standards in almost 50 years. "The bottom line is that it will be more diverse and more fair," said UC President Mark Yudof. The board approved these changes today: -- SAT subject tests will no longer be necessary. -- The pool of applicants who will be considered will widen, but the number guaranteed entry into one of the university's nine undergraduate campuses will shrink....
  • Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban

    02/13/2012 2:07:04 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    AP/CBS News ^ | Feb 13, 2012 | AP
    AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the state's elite campuses. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal heard arguments in the latest legal challenge to Proposition 209, the landmark voter initiative that barred racial, ethnic and gender preferences in public education, employment and contracting. The affirmative action ban has withstood multiple challenges since voters approved it in 1996, but advocates say their campaign to...
  • Appeals court upholds California affirmative action ban in state university admissions

    04/02/2012 1:29:20 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 18 replies
    AP/Washington Post ^ | April 2, 2012 | AP
    Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as a federal appeals court panel upheld California’s ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities. The ruling marked the second time the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned back a challenge to the state’s landmark voter initiative, Proposition 209, which was passed in 1996. 0 Comments Weigh In Corrections? Personal Post . Affirmative action proponents, who had requested that the court reconsider its 1997 decision after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that affirmative action could be used in college admissions, said they...
  • Proposition 209 Helped Blacks

    08/23/2012 11:27:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 16, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    An historic ballot proposition passed by California voters in 1996 to end race-based admissions to the University of California may have led to more blacks being admitted to UC. “At present, by a wide range of metrics—including relative to state population share and changes in toal UC enrollment—black and Hispanic enrollments are higher than before Proposition 209,” Stuart Taylor, Jr. and Richard Sander write in an amicus brief they filed in a U. S. Supreme Court case. “UC black enrollment had returned to pre-209 levels by 2002 and averaged some 40% above pre-209 levels by 2007.” They filed a brief...
  • California Asian-Americans show strength in blocking affirmative action revival

    03/18/2014 6:19:30 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 03/17/2014 | Katy Murphy
    Stunned by an unexpected uprising within their party's minority base, Democratic lawmakers on Monday dropped a push to reverse California's 16-year-old ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
  • Political Fight Is Brewing on Race-Based Preferences

    03/23/2014 10:58:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Until this month, supporters of racial preferences in California have enjoyed a cozy narrative. They were able to dismiss the 55 percent of voters who passed Proposition 209, which barred race and gender preferences in university admissions, hiring and public contracts in 1996, as over-entitled fear-obsessed white folks with little understanding of and sympathy for the obstacles that daunt minority students. That ended Monday when California state Sen. Ed Hernandez was forced to put a hold on a measure to allow voters in November to restore racial preferences in public education. It was a huge about-face. His Senate Constitutional...
  • Affirmative action debate create rifts in ethnic communities

    04/06/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 04/06/2014 | David E. Early and Katy Murphy
    The backlash by Chinese-American activists against a measure aimed at restoring affirmative action in the admissions process at California's public universities has set off political fisticuffs between ethnic groups accustomed to battling side-by-side.
  • Racial Preferences Under Siege: Asian Americans are now agitating to retain Proposition 209

    03/21/2014 7:07:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/21/2014 | John Fund
    Two recent events, one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast, demonstrate that after half a century, support for racial preferences in college admissions is getting more and more unsustainable — both politically and intellectually. In California, liberals have long deplored the 1996 passage of Proposition 209, which banned racial preferences at state universities. Its backers pointed out that the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which is often cited as the authority for mandating preferential treatment for racial minorities, actually forbids all racial discrimination. “It is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race,” Supreme Court chief...
  • Democrats Scrap Plan To Bring Back Affirmative Action To UC, CSU Admissions

    03/17/2014 8:21:03 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 11 replies
    CBS-5 San Francisco ^ | 17 March 2014
    Bowing to pressure from within their party, Democrats in the Legislature on Monday abandoned an attempt to repeal California’s voter-approved ban on affirmative action in the state’s higher education system. Assembly Speaker John Perez said he does not have enough support to place the constitutional amendment before voters in November. Instead, he said lawmakers will form a task force to study the issue of access in higher education. California voters passed Proposition 209 in 1996, banning the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions, state hiring and contracting. The amendment, SCA5, was initiated to address the drop-off in...
  • Affirmative action proposal for California universities runs into Asian-American opposition

    03/17/2014 1:03:39 AM PDT · by blueplum · 50 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/13/14 updated 3/16/14 | Katy Murphy and Jessica Calefati
    SACRAMENTO -- A legislative push to permit California's public universities to once again consider race and ethnicity in admissions appears to be on life support after an intense backlash from Asian-American parents who fear it will make it harder for their children to get into good schools. :snip: A planned referendum sailed through the state Senate in January without fanfare on a party-line vote, but three Asian-American Democrats who initially backed the measure are now calling for it to be "tabled" before the state Assembly has a chance to vote on it -- a highly unusual move. And it seems...
  • Torrance Officer Cleared in Dorner Mistaken ID Shooting

    01/15/2014 8:20:03 AM PST · by kiryandil · 41 replies
    MyFOXla ^ | January 14, 2014 | Hunter Lowry, Assignment Editor
    A Torrance police officer who opened fire on a pickup truck during the manhunt for former Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner was justified in his actions and will not face any criminal charges, the District Attorney's Office announced today. Prosecutors concluded that Officer Brian McGee "did not commit any criminal misconduct" on Feb. 7 of last year when he rammed David Perdue's truck with a patrol car, then fired three shots through the driver's side window. According to a charge evaluation worksheet prepared by Deputy District Attorney Geoffrey Rendon, McGee acted reasonably in light of the ongoing search for...
  • Police seeking Dorner opened fire in a second case of mistaken identity

    02/10/2013 3:33:41 AM PST · by deks · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 9, 2013 | Robert Faturechi and Matt Stevens
    David Perdue was on his way to sneak in some surfing before work Thursday morning when police flagged him down. They asked who he was and where he was headed, then sent him on his way. Seconds later, Perdue's attorney said, a Torrance police cruiser slammed into his pickup and officers opened fire; none of the bullets struck Perdue. "I don't want to use the word buffoonery but it really is unbridled police lawlessness," said Robert Sheahen, Perdue's attorney. "These people need training and they need restraint." Perdue's attorneys said their client was shot at without warning. "As you know,...
  • Artist who took credit for Torrance Chick-fil-A vandalism arrested

    08/09/2012 5:17:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 9, 2012 | Kate Mather
    Torrance police have arrested a West Hollywood artist who allegedly painted the words "Tastes like hate" on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant last week. Manuel Castro, 30, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism about 7 p.m. Wednesday in West Hollywood, said Torrance police Sgt. Steve Jenkinson. Investigators are also working to identify a person of interest "who may have been involved in the commission of this crime." The graffiti — accompanied by a representation of a cow holding a paint brush — appeared during a week of demonstrations at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide sparked by company President Dan Cathy's public...
  • Chick-fil-A 'kiss' day marred by 'Tastes like hate' graffiti [photo]

    08/03/2012 8:05:51 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 219 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8-3-12 | Rosanna Xia
    [photo at link] On a day that some gay-rights activists are planning a "National Same-Sex Kiss Day," a Chick-fil-A in Torrance was vandalized overnight with hateful graffiti. Chick-fil-A employees were greeted Fridays morning with the words "Tastes like hate" scrawled in large black lettering mimicking the chain's advertising across the back wall of the restaurant at 182nd Street and Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance. With media helicopters hovering overhead and police officers on the scene, one employee said, "I'm just trying to sort everything out."
  • Calif. senator threatens boycott over Lowe's ads

    12/11/2011 4:19:19 PM PST · by SmithL · 65 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/11/11 | CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press
    A state senator from Southern California was considering calling for a boycott of Lowe's stores after the home improvement chain pulled its advertising from a reality show about Muslim-Americans. Calling the retail giant's decision "un-American" and "naked religious bigotry," Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, told The Associated Press on Sunday that he would also consider legislative action if Lowe's doesn't apologize to Muslims and reinstate its ads. The senator sent a letter outlining his complaints to Lowe's Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Niblock. The retail giant stopped advertising on TLC's "All-American Muslim" after a group called the Florida Family Association complained...
  • 10 students injured in North High cooking equipment explosion - Torrance, CA

    10/22/2010 2:17:01 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 20 replies
    Daily Breeze ^ | October 22, 2010 | Nick Green
    Ten students at North High School in Torrance were rushed to the hospital today with injuries sustained when portable cooking equipment exploded in a classroom. Four of those teens were seriously hurt in the blast, which was reported at 12:46 p.m., officials said. Traffic was blocked at the intersection of 182nd Street and Prairie Avenue while 35 emergency personnel - including five ambulances - responded. The injured students were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. It was not immediately known what the cooking equipment was being used for or whether...
  • Calif. Man Convicted of Throwing Wife Off Cliff [After 13-Days of Marriage]

    12/17/2009 9:45:32 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 1,284+ views
    NYTimes ^ | December 17th 2009
    Calif. Man Convicted of Throwing Wife Off Cliff ASSOCIATED PRESS December 18, 2009 TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- A 28-year-old man accused of throwing his new wife off a Southern California cliff has been convicted of murder. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about a day before finding Jason Manai of Torrance guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday. Prosecutors alleged that Manai threw Julie Rosas off a Rancho Palos Verdes cliff in July 2005 because she wanted to annul their marriage. The two had been married for 13 days.
  • Crowd of 500 fights in L.A. mall brawl

    01/11/2009 1:24:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 72 replies · 3,634+ views
    kabc ^ | Sunday, January 11, 2009
    TORRANCE, Calif. (CNS) -- Police were still piecing together Sunday what caused a crowd of 500 people to start fighting in one of the largest shopping malls in the nation. A unruly crowd of about 500 people was brought under control by an estimated 100 police officers, one of whom was assaulted, at the Del Amo Fashion Center, police said Sunday. Officers and sheriff's deputies from El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach were called in to assist Torrance police and mall security when a large and rowdy crowd near the AMC Theatre Del Amo 18 got out...
  • CA: Hate crime charge in Prop. 8 sign attack (Here it comes.. )

    10/29/2008 9:09:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 987+ views
    TORRANCE – A Torrance man has been charged with a felony hate crime assault for allegedly using an anti-gay marriage “Yes on Prop. 8” lawn sign to attack a gay man wearing a “No on 8” button. --snip-- Wilson says Storm allegedly used the “Yes on Prop. 8” lawn sign to knock down the victim, who was then punched and choked while Storm allegedly uttered a homosexual slur.
  • Body of missing Lawrence soldier discovered in Iraq { Jimenez and Anzack }

    07/11/2008 8:05:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies · 278+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/11/8 | Jeannie Nuss & Milton J. Valencia
    The body of Alex R. Jimenez, a Lawrence-based soldier who was kidnapped more than a year ago, has been found in Iraq in a tragic ending to a family's wrenching hope for his return. Jimenez's father, Ramon "Andy'' Jimenez, was notified by Army servicemen who came to his home yesterday that his son's body was found two days ago by Iraqi authorities, who contacted their American counterparts. The elder Ramirez, who had held out hope that he would one day see his son's return, seemed to come to terms with the news. "It comforts you when you accept something, and...
  • Torrance Police Chief, City and Council Members Served with Federal Lawsuit for CCW

    06/16/2008 6:47:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies · 135+ views
    Calguns.net ^ | 10 June, 2008 | BillyJack
    It was my pleasure to help bring together various employees of Torrance. You could actually feel the love in the City Hall Council Chambers as they each received personal copies of the Federal Complaint. What made this so exciting for City Council members is that they were served both individually as civilians and in their official capacities. Served Chief Neu at PD HQ after waiting for 45 minutes in the lobby while he was in an important meeting. Lobby officer asked me to make an appointment to serve him. Told her it does not work that way. I would sit...
  • Gun permits sought in suit - TORRANCE: Civil rights case challenges long-standing policy. (CA)

    06/15/2008 3:14:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 264+ views
    dailybreeze.com ^ | 06/12/2008 | Nick Green
    A Torrance man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city for its long-standing policy of not issuing concealed weapons permits. Also named in the suit were Torrance Police Chief John Neu and all seven members of the City Council. The chief, mayor and city attorney all declined to comment on the lawsuit they were served with Tuesday. David W. Spears, 43, alleges the policy is in "willful disregard of the law" and seeks to overturn it. Spears, a revenue investigator for the city of Lynwood who lives in Torrance, sought the permit for his .45 caliber subcompact...
  • Bush Lands at SFO {keeps his record of never stepping foot in S.F. intact}

    01/30/2008 6:56:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies · 189+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/30/8 | John Wildermuth
    SAN FRANCISCO -- President Bush paid a rare visit to the Bay Area Wednesday, ending a day in California that was all economics, all the time. Bush kept intact his record of never visiting San Francisco during his presidency. Instead, he flew into San Francisco International Airport late in the afternoon and immediately went by motorcade to Hillsborough, where he dropped by a dinner for the Republican National Committee. Earlier in the day, Bush joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, chatting with workers on the floor of Robinson Helicopter and urging the Senate to pass...
  • A Day in The Life of President Bush 1-30-08

    01/30/2008 3:40:01 PM PST · by daisyscarlett · 48 replies · 121+ views
    Yahoo, WhiteHouse.gov,various | daisys
    The president was traveling today. He will visit California, Nevada, Colorado and Nevada for the next two days, After arriving in California, President Bush spoke on trade and the economy following a tour of the Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, California. President Bush pointed Wednesday to a startling slowdown in US growth as he urged passage of a stimulus package and free trade pacts with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. First Lady Laura Bush visited kindergarten students at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 where she spoke about education. Enjoy your visit to Sanity...
  • The Terrorist Plot No One Talked About

    12/15/2007 8:12:00 AM PST · by jdm · 9 replies · 270+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Dec. 15, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    A terrorist conspiracy to attack military sites and synagogues developed among prison Muslims for years, and yet hardly any mention of the conspiracy made the news. The Los Angeles Times picks up the story no one else seems interested in reporting, noting that two of the accused have pled guilty to the conspiracy: Two members of a prison-based Islamic terrorist cell that authorities say was poised to attack military sites, synagogues and other targets across Southern California pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to conspiring to wage war against the United States. The plot, which police stumbled upon during a...
  • Friends, fellow Americans line Torrance streets to mourn a passing warrior(Funeral for Cpl. Anzack)

    06/02/2007 7:00:22 PM PDT · by rottndog · 24 replies · 858+ views
    DailyBreeze.com ^ | Saturday, June 02, 2007 | Sandy Mazza
    A crowd of people put their hands over their hearts, saluted and thrust flags in the air as the slow procession of Cpl. Joseph Anzack Jr.'s white, silver-trimmed, horse-drawn hearse made its way through the streets of Torrance on Friday. Many stood outside their homes to honor a man who made the ultimate sacrifice in military duty, and to mourn with his family.. Cpl. Joseph Anzack Jr. Complete ArticleProcession slideshow