Multibillionaires Intend to Conquer the World. As the oldest man ever to be elected U.S. president begins his
administration, his immediate blizzard of executive actions suggests the energy of someone much younger. The reason for
this is obvious. Joe Biden is not running the country. He is a president in name only. The edicts coming
out of the Oval Office, along with the imminent legislative initiatives, are produced by the American equivalent of a Soviet
politburo, with the political and financial power behind this politburo coming from California. The
political actors occupying key roles include Kamala Harris, whose role as the tie-breaker in the U.S. Senate makes her the
most powerful vice president in recent memory, and Nancy Pelosi, who presides over the U.S. House of Representatives —
both San Francisco Democrats. These two politicians are only the most visible Californians in a group that includes cabinet
secretaries, administrative appointees, and what is by far the largest state Democratic congressional caucus. More
significant is the fact that Californians also provide the financial power behind the Biden politburo, as well as
the cultural power that propels the Democratic narrative.
California is collapsing.
The on-the-ground reality — as opposed to that portrayed in the media or popular culture — is more
Dickensian than utopian. Rather than the state where dreams are made, in reality California increasingly presents the
prototype of a new feudalism fused oddly with a supposedly progressive model in which inequality is growing, not
falling. California now suffers the highest cost-adjusted poverty rate in the country, and the widest gap between
middle and upper-middle income earners. It also has one of the nation's highest Gini ratios, which measures the
inequality of wealth distribution from the richest to poorest residents — and the disparity is growing.
Incredibly, California's level of inequality is greater than that of neighbouring Mexico, and closer to Central American
countries like Guatemala and Honduras than developed nations like Canada and Norway.
Californians are fighting to reclaim their state, even if that means starting their own. Mark Baird is a
third-generation Californian who hopes to one day be a first-generation Jeffersonian. Baird, like many in California's
sprawling, mostly rural north, is disillusioned with his state's Sacramento-based government, which he believes no longer
represents northern interests. That's why Baird and many others in the 23 counties above Sacramento have officially
declared the reclamation of their state, even if it means breaking away and starting anew in the proposed 51st state of
Jefferson, named for the third U.S. president.
feeling safer yet? A New York Post editorial quotes New York City police commissioner Dermot Shea: "We
have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the streets from felons, but when you look, three days later,
four days later, those individuals are back on the street committing more gun violence." The editorial continues by
saying that years of often ill conceived criminal justice reform has set up a revolving door that frees even repeat offenders
almost instantly. And "[w]orse, because everyone knows the perp will be back in the neighborhood again — and
the no-bail law lets the defense know right away who has talked — witnesses are ever-harder to come by." Well,
that's in one Democrat-run state. What about California? According to Hotair.com: "Through a series of
measures starting back in 2014, the state of California has made it increasingly easy for people to commit property theft and
get away with it[.] ... Even in cases where they do manage to catch somebody stealing, it's too often not worth the trouble
of taking them down to the station because they'll just be released immediately without bail anyway." One result of this
is that California businesses are shutting down for good.
Reportedly Hit Number Of Signatures Required To Force Recall Vote For Gavin Newsom. Organizers behind the
effort to recall California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom said late on Wednesday evening that they have reached the number
of signatures required to force a recall election this year. The multi-million dollar movement to oust Newsom from
office comes in response to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. California has had nearly a million more cases
than the state with the second highest number, and just recently passed New York as the state that has had the most deaths
from the pandemic.
warriors at San Francisco school board deny gay white dad with a mixed-race daughter a place on volunteer parent committee
because he is not diverse enough. A gay white father of a mixed-race child has been denied a spot on the San
Francisco Board of Education's volunteer parent committee because his race doesn't bring enough diversity to the group.
The issue of whether to allow Seth Brenzel to volunteer for the 15-person parent advisory council was debated for almost two
hours on Tuesday night during a board meeting. The parent advisory council, who had unanimously supported Brenzel to
join their all-female committee, had submitted his name to be approved by the school board. His candidacy, however,
faced opposition from some board members and members of the public who argued that there wasn't enough diversity on the
council — even though there are five seats currently empty.
Jonathan Hatami Files a Harassment Lawsuit Against LA County District Attorney George Gascon. Los Angeles
County District Attorney George Gascon has only been in office a little over two months, but he is already a boil on the side
of Lady Justice. Gascon has not only raised the ire of the Deputy District Attorneys in his office, but of District
Attorneys in other counties across the State. Gascon's "Special Directives" are being disregarded by local and regional
law enforcement, and the liberal-leaning District Attorneys Union has filed a restraining order against him. Los
Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold, and Judge James C. Chalfant have recently neutered Gascon's policies of removing
enhancements and special circumstances in criminal cases, and not enforcing three-strike allegations.
of D.A. George Gascón's reforms [have been] blocked by L.A. County judge. Los Angeles County Dist.
Atty. George Gascón was barred from implementing a significant part of his sprawling criminal justice reform
platform Monday, after a judge ruled his plan to end the use of sentencing enhancements in thousands of criminal cases
violates California law. The order stemmed from a lawsuit filed late last year by the union that represents hundreds of
L.A. County prosecutors, alleging some of Gascón's plans exceeded his legal authority and put line prosecutors in an
ethical bind. Sentencing enhancements can add several years to a defendant's time in prison if certain criteria are
met, such as using a gun causing severe injury during the commission of a crime, or being a documented gang member.
Effort to recall
Gavin Newsom moves closer to becoming a reality. An effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is
nearing the number of signatures needed with over a month to go before the deadline. "It's highly possible we could get
to 1.5 or 1.6 [million signatures] by the end of this week," said Anne Dunsmore, the campaign manager and finance director of
Rescue California, one of the two groups responsible for the recall effort. The groups have collected 1.4 million of
the 1,495,709 required to force a recall election but will likely have to collect more than the minimum as some signatures
will be invalidated upon review. Dunsmore's group is hoping it can collect 2 million total signatures ahead of the
March 17 deadline, something she says she is confident the group can accomplish.
latest move to thwart its own law enforcement efforts. The day may yet come when the California legislature
proposes a new bill that will actually improve the lives of its citizens, my friends, but today is not that day. The
latest bit of madness to come out of the Golden State is known as Senate Bill 271, and it's clearly designed to make people
less safe rather than safer. Currently, anyone wishing to run for Sheriff in any of California's counties must have
either a certification of competence from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training or recent, equivalent
salaried law enforcement experience. Makes sense, right? If you're going to put someone in charge of a major law
enforcement agency, it might be nice if they actually knew something about law enforcement and the challenges that officers
face out on the streets. But SB-271 would eliminate that requirement entirely. The stated reason is clear.
They want people who are interested in reforming, defunding or abolishing the police to be able to run for the position.
politicians demand grocery stores pay workers more; groceries close instead. Every business operates at a risk,
and the risk-reward ratio was obviously closed to the point that it didn't make sense to put effort into a store with
declining profits. Is this so hard to understand? Apparently, it is, because an emotionally driven, fact-bereft
city councilperson going by the name of Mary Zendejas, who sponsored the bill, said that "it really saddens me that they'd
rather take away 200 jobs instead of doing the right thing, which is paying hazard pay for these local grocery store workers
who risk their lives everyday they come in and who are putting their lives on the line every second they're working."
There is so much wrong with this sentiment. In Zendejas's world, there is now a moral obligation of private companies
to pay whatever rate is deemed appropriate by leftists on a given day. Today it's a $4-an-hour boost because everyone
is a hero. Tomorrow it's a national $15-an-hour increase. These are entirely arbitrary numbers, and by Biden's
logic, if there is no evidence that they upset the balance of supply and demand, then why stop there?
TVs Attracting the Pandemic? Now that Joe Biden has been elected president of the United States and
Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the target of a recall effort, the science on the "Flumanchu" has
miraculously changed. KTLA informs us, "After a two-month ban, Los Angeles County restaurants are once again
welcoming customers for outdoor dining Friday." The get-out-of-"Wuflu"-jail order includes restaurants, wineries and
breweries. Then the troll takes effect: "But when the eateries reopen, they can't have televisions on, according
to the county's new health officer order." What's the science behind that senseless royal decree? Nowhere
else in the country are restaurants forbidden to operate their TVs. Costco's electronics' departments have multiple TVs
going from open to close, some with a screen as big as a bedsheet. Yet there have been no reports of coronavirus
outbreaks in Costco. Why are televisions only potentially deadly when patrons are chewing?
Biden and Newsom Show How Grift and Fraud Makes the Democrat World go Round. The big news out of California
this week is that the utterly incompetent jackasses in the Newsom administration paid out no less than $31 billion in
fraudulent unemployment payments since last April. I say "no less than" because some reports peg the number at a cool
$50 billion. And that's just in one state. [...] Yeah, I guess when you're sending unemployment checks to crime
organizations in China and Russia, your security measures could be said to be lacking.
Says No More Ads For Movement To Recall Gavin Newsom. Fascbook is doubling down. Since the violence at
the Capitol our dear leader, the almighty Zuck, has sought out to silence dissent against his comrades in the Democrat
party. While of course Fascbook is free to do as they please as a private company, somehow claiming to be a free and
open forum at the same time is a bit disingenuous. Their actions continue to threaten the free exercise of speech by
individuals and by the press, as numerous personal accounts have been suspended for alleged "hate speech" and seemingly
innocuous articles posted by news organizations on only one side of the aisle (guess which side) are now being flagged by
Fascbook's "fact checkers" as false or for other vague violations.
CA Says No More to Lockdowns. May It Be a National Model! [Scroll down] A different, more local
revolt began last weekend in Carlsbad, CA, a town just north of San Diego. Its restaurant and bar owners decided
they're weren't going to take it anymore. They're no longer going to allow witless politicians to destroy what they've
worked so long to build. They're going to open their businesses to eager customers. Some will ask what California
legislators right up to Governor Gavin Newsom will say. Ideally the mini-revolt will wake these sick people up to the
extraordinary damage they're doing, but if not it's worth reminding everyone that the very individuals in government who are
presently limiting your right to work, operate your business, and live your life as you desire, used to not be in
government. Some even used to have regular jobs in the private sector. The main thing is that they're not experts
on medical matters, nor are they abnormally smart. They just happen to be good at politics. They're in no
position to tell us how to live, or operate our businesses, or whether or not we should have a job to go to. They're
just people who want power, prestige and money, only they want it the easy way.
Newsom plans to cancel California's COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday
[1/25/2021] plans to lift regional stay-at-home orders across the state — allowing restaurants to resume outdoor
dining amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. Sources briefed on the governor's plans told the Los
Angeles Times that all counties will return to a colored tier system that assigns local risk levels based on the number of
cases and positivity rates. Most counties will go into the "widespread" risk tier, which allows hair salons to provide
limited services indoors but restricts many other nonessential indoor business operations. Some elected officials and
the restaurant industry have fought in and out of court to overturn the highly controversial outdoor dining ban, according to
Gov Newsom appears to be retreating on Covid restriction as recall petition signatures surge. [Scroll
down] Newsom is fighting for his political life in the face of a recall petition that already has garnered 80% of the
signatures necessary for a recall election to be conducted by the state. [...] The immediate spark of the surge in signatures
was the release of photographs of Newsom attending a lavish birthday party at the French Laundry in the Napa Valley, one of
the most famous and expensive restaurants in America, with no mask and sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with his pals, including
the honoree for the occasion, a lobbyist. This in defiance of the lockdown orders he had imposed on lesser Californians.
DA Boudin Skips Memorial For Women Killed By Drunk Parolee — to Tweet About Inmates Not Receiving Vaccines. On
Friday afternoon [1/22/2021], a grieving mother who'd flown to San Francisco from Japan to collect her daughter's body and
belongings spoke at a memorial for that daughter, which was held on a sidewalk near the intersection where a drunk parolee in
a stolen car mowed her and another woman down on New Year's Eve. After running over Hanaka Abe, 27, and Elizabeth
Platt, 60, the parolee kept going, but was quickly apprehended by law enforcement. The crash has been big news in San
Francisco because the man who committed the horrific crime shouldn't have been on the street. Troy McAllister, 45, was
released from prison and placed on parole in April 2020 after serving five years for robbery. He was arrested in
November and December on felony charges, but instead of actually filing the charges the San Francisco DA's office simply
notified McAllister's parole officer that he'd been arrested [...]
Is Gavin Newsom Hiding Coronavirus Data from the Public? California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom is hiding
key coronavirus data from the public while inexplicably allowing several counties in the state to reopen. Following a
surge in November, Newsom unveiled new lockdown orders that divided the state into five regions, with each region locking
down whenever ICU hospital capacity dipped below 15 percent. Before long, about 98 percent of the state's population
fell under the new restrictions. Despite ICU capacity still south of 15 percent, the governor has lifted restrictions
for 13 counties in the Greater Sacramento area, the AP reported. State data updated daily shows the Sacramento region
currently has an ICU capacity of around 7.8 percent at the time of this writing.
to Recall California Governor Gavin Newsom Attracts More Than 1.2 Million Signatures. The effort to recall
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has attracted more than 1.2 million signatures. Recall organizers have until March
17th to collect 1,495,709 signatures. Californians are fed up with Newsom's authoritarian Covid lockdown orders that
have destroyed thousands of small businesses. Newsom came under fire after he ordered businesses to close while keeping
his own winery, Plumpjack Winery open.
HHS Appointee Launches Civil Rights Investigation Of Nation's Largest Sheriff's Dept. On Friday [1/22/2021],
California's Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is also President Joe Biden's choice to head the Department of
Health and Human Services, announced that he is launching a civil rights probe into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department (LASD). The agency is the largest sheriff's department in the United States and operates America's biggest
jail system. According to a news release from Becerra's office, "the investigation will seek to determine whether LASD
has engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing."
state senator trying to legalize hard drugs. Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has made good on his
promise to begin his effort to "decriminalize all drug use" step by step with the introduction of several bills at the start
of the new legislative session. Senate Bill 57 creates "safe injection sites" where drug addicts can use illicit drugs
under medical supervision. Senate Bill 73 lowers the criminal penalties on users and dealers of heroin, opiates or
opium derivatives, salts, cannabis, phencyclidine (PCP), and other dangerous drugs. Still promised, but not yet
introduced, is a bill Wiener says will legalize all psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms.
Democrat floats $23 minimum wage. California Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., asked his Twitter followers this
week to consider the benefits of raising the minimum wage above $20 per hour. In a since-deleted post captured by
ProPublica, Khanna noted that raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour is expected to lift 1 million people out of
poverty — while envisioning what an even steeper increase would do. "Raising the minimum wage to $15 would
lift 1 million people out of poverty. Imagine how many more lives would be impacted if we matched the rate of
productivity and made it $23/hr," the post read. A spokesperson for Khanna's office did not return FOX Business'
request for comment as to why the post was deleted.
no time for Biden to be California dreamin'. We did a double take at the report this week that Joe Biden, once
inaugurated as president, would treat California as the administration's "de facto think tank," placing it "center stage
again in Washington's policy arena." Surely, only Biden's enemies would spread such a vicious rumor about the new chief
executive. But the sources for the extraordinary story are supporters of Biden and his Californian running mate Kamala
Harris. The wonder is not that Biden would try to imitate California on policy — he's always been ready to
try anything harebrained — but rather that his allies would admit they planned to do something so obviously foolhardy.
COVID-19 benefits fraud could reach $9.8 billion. California may have paid out nearly $10 billion in phony
coronavirus unemployment claims — more than double the previous estimate — with some of that money
going to organized crime in Russia, China and other countries, according to a security firm hired to investigate the
fraud. At least 10% of claims submitted to the state Employment Development Department before controls were installed
in October may have been fraudulent, Blake Hall, founder and CEO of ID.me told the Los Angeles Times. The Times on
Friday [1/15/2021] said that would work out to $9.8 billion of the benefits paid from March through September.
Successful Recall of California Gov. Newsom Could Portend a Disaster for Democrats in 2022. As has long
been transparently predictable, the eve of the inauguration of Joe Biden has coincided with the determination of state and
local elected Democrat officials that the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic has passed, and economic and social life in
Democrat-controlled cities and states can now begin to return to "normal". [...] Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot suddenly has a
plan for reopening bars and restaurants in Chicago. [...] But one Governor who apparently has not received the message that
the political imperative of knee-capping the economy to get rid of Donald Trump has now passed is California Governor Gavin
Newsom. He is maintaining the restrictions that have been in place for months, continuing to impose regulatory
restrictions in California on a per county basis.
L.A. councilman lied to the FBI. Probation officials say he deserves no jail time. It was the first blockbuster
case to surface in the federal corruption probe of Los Angeles City Hall — a multi-count indictment accusing
former Councilman Mitchell Englander of taking envelopes of cash, lying to the FBI about that money and obstructing its
investigation. Englander, while serving in office, made false statements to FBI agents during three separate
interviews, prosecutors said, providing untrue information about his dealings with a businessman who gave him $15,000 in two
casino bathrooms. The case was resolved quickly, with Englander pleading guilty to a single count of scheming to
falsify material facts. But now, prosecutors are voicing objections to the sentence recommended by federal probation
officials: three years' probation, a $9,500 fine and no jail time or community service.
Cal Now, Day 2: Sheriffs John D'Agostini and Scott Jones—Constitutionality of the Lockdown Orders and the Rule of Law. The necessary element
of a "Police State" is cooperation from law enforcement to do just that: "enforce" the orders given, no matter how burdensome, unreasonable, and more
importantly, unconstitutional. Thankfully, there are Sheriffs in certain California Counties who take seriously their oath to the Constitution, the
rule of law, and their commitment to serve the people over and above a Governor's or unelected bureaucrat's executive orders or restrictions. [...] Then he
laid out simpler questions that even a 6th grader could understand:
• What amount of force is appropriate to enforce health orders?
• If someone is resisting compliance to health orders, what sort of force is appropriate for us to use against that person?
• Are we supposed to cite someone or release them if they are violating health orders or are we supposed to book them in jail?
• What if we see a public official violating health orders? As we've seen on the news, are we supposed to issue a warrant for that public official?
People in the audience actually yelled, "Yes!" to the last question, then everyone dissolved in laughter and applause. Newsom's French Laundry
debacle looms large in our legend.
reveal Governor Newsom's secret $1B CCP mask deal. A conservative legal watchdog group has announced that it
received hundreds of pages of documents revealing the contract materials and communications related to a $1 billion contract
for face masks between the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Chinese Communist Party linked BYD.
BYD reportedly has been barred by law from some federal contracts for providing faulty electric vehicles and lithium
batteries to U.S. buyers. The documents, all 848 pages of which can be viewed here, reveal that an OES legal
representative admits that the state deviated from their normal procurement process for this contract. Additionally, in
the contract with the OES, BYD uses a different name, Global Healthcare Product Solutions, LLC., and BYD provides no
liability or warranty for the masks if they are faulty.
DA's Throughout California Slam LA County DA Gascon's Policies, Refuse to Grant Jurisdiction. Now it's not just
the majority of his 1,000 subordinates who are publicly and vehemently opposed to new Los Angeles County District Attorney
George Gascon's policy directives. Three elected California District Attorneys (all female, interestingly enough) have
slammed Gascon's policies, and two of them sent letters directly to Gascon refusing to allow him to prosecute any cases that
arose in their counties.
New California COVID Orders:
Residents Can Travel No More Than 120 Miles From Their Homes. Despite insanely restrictive lockdowns for 10
months, travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, business closures, mask mandates and school closures, California has
some of the worst COVID numbers in the nation. The state currently has a total of just over 3,800 COVID
fatalities. Of course, in a state of 40 million that is .0095% of the population, but we're really not allowed to put
perspective on COVID-19 numbers these days. That little tidbit was for the curious. In a state like this one,
there is no such thing as policy failure. If a policy isn't working, we just get more of it. On Wednesday, the
California Department of Public Health announced new "guidance" for people in California who have the nerve to want to wander
around their free country. CDPH wants Californians to stay within 120 miles of their residences except for
to Recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom Exceeds 1 Million Signatures. The petition to recall California
Gov. Gavin Newsom exceeded one million signatures this week. "The people are being heard loud and clear, and it is
not a matter of IF we are going to reach our goal necessary that will trigger a recall election of Newsom, it is just when we
cross the finish line," Orrin Heatlie, the lead proponent of the effort to remove the Democrat, in a statement. There
are approximately nine weeks for organizers to gather 500,000 additional signatures, which would put the petition on the
ballot for Californians to vote on. March 17 is the deadline. Heatlie called the recall campaign a "literal
steamroller and Gavin Newsom's failed policies are being runover and flatten [sic] by the People of California who will no
longer be held hostage to his dictatorial failed policies." Newsom's office hasn't responded to requests for comment on
Soros Soars, GOP Cowards
Cower. I devoted my Dec. 15 column to newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón and
his benefactor George Soros. Gascón has one goal: to put the people of L.A. at the mercy of criminals.
He's the face of anarcho-tyranny, and George Soros is the wallet. [...] As I wrote in my Dec. 15 column, a key element in
Gascón's victory was the fact that the local GOP didn't lift a finger to oppose him.
riskiest American county to live in might surprise you. There are more than 3,000 counties in the United
States. If I were to ask you which one of them was the riskiest place to live, you might be tempted to say it would be
a county encompassing Baltimore or Portland. Perhaps New York City and Chicago would make your list. In some
cases, you might be correct, but not for the reasons you think, at least according to a new study compiled by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency. You see, my initial reaction was to think about places with the highest violent crime
rates, gang violence and street mobs. But what FEMA was looking at was the odds of a natural disaster striking and
wreaking havoc on residents. And coming in at the top spot on the National Risk Index was Los Angeles County.
The reasons have nothing to do with the Crips and the Bloods or their incompetent government, however.
Angeles County Prosecutors Sue Gascon For Not Enforcing The Law. Los Angeles County District Attorney George
Gascon hasn't even been in office for a month yet but he's been making more headlines than the pandemic. Unfortunately
for Gascon (and the citizens of his county), few of those breaking news items have been of the good variety. The wildly
liberal, anti-cop DA has been working overtime to empty the jails and prevent the prosecution of criminals, even as crime
rates have been surging in the City of Angels. The latest news out of his office won't be changing that pattern at
all. His own prosecutors are going to court to ask a judge to block their new boss's orders and prevent them from
having to break the law themselves by carrying out his directives. And it looks like they have a pretty solid case.
Francisco will give $5,000 to help your small business, unless you're a white guy. No check for the
privileged. At least that's the plan in San Francisco where they're passing out $5k grants to small businesses, but
making sure only the right kind of people get the relief. They say they are using this as an opportunity to advance the
city's "equity goals." In a press release from the mayor, she says they are prioritizing "minority-owned businesses
including women-owned, immigrant-owned, people of color-owned businesses," with the money. For those unfamiliar with
history, this is a practice formerly known as "discrimination." Maybe after these white male business owners watch
their livelihoods crumble to nothing around them, they can take some time to examine their privilege.
Francisco Proves It's In Full Societal Regression by Embracing Pre-Civil Rights Era Methods. San Francisco
apparently forgot that we in America judge people by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin, but the
radical left that has taken over the city has long abandoned the idea that virtues we've learned over the past decades mean
anything. According to a press release by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, money is to be distributed to struggling
businesses across the city. The catch? Priority will be given to businesses according to race and sex.
Orders Everyone to Stay Home; Asks Hollywood to Maybe Pause. If anyone needed any further reminders that not
only are we not all in this together, but a handful of powerful special interests are calling all the shots. The
essential and non-essential categories are gigantic scams. In California, not only is Hollywood considered essential,
but while people are being ordered to stay home, Hollywood is being asked nicely if it wouldn't possibly consider pausing
production. [...] This isn't the treatment that restaurants are getting. It's also not the treatment that so many other
businesses are on the receiving end of. Small businesses that are told to close and don't close, are harassed by
inspectors. [B]ut Hollywood is politely requested to maybe please consider pausing production. Don't expect the
entertainment industry, which pays the bills of California Democrats, to abide by this any more than they abided by the early
proposed curfew for filming, which was almost immediately rescinded. We're not all in this together.
California Small Business Owners Share Their Struggles to Survive Under Lockdowns. California small businesses
are crumbling under the weight of a new stay-at-home order and a lack of meaningful financial assistance.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, issued a new region-based lockdown order for California on Dec. 3, forcing more
California businesses to close their doors or severely limit operations. "We are at a tipping point in our fight
against the virus, and we need to take decisive action now to prevent California's hospital system from being overwhelmed in
the coming weeks," Newsom said in a statement announcing the new restrictions.
The Editor says...
Various governors and county kingpins have been saying things like, "We are at a tipping point in our fight against the virus," for almost a year now.
According to them, we're always at a critical moment in history: We must act immediately if we are to forestall disaster! This moment is
critical! Don't ask any questions, just do as we say! It's only for a few (more) weeks! Trust us!
Supreme Court Rules Thousands Of Sex Offenders Are Eligible For Early Release. On Monday [12/28/2020], the
California Supreme Court ruled that thousands of inmates convicted of non-forcible sex crimes may be eligible for early
release under a ballot measure that was overwhelmingly approved by voters four years ago. The initiative, called
Proposition 57, was written by then-Governor Jerry Brown (D) and passed by nearly two-thirds of the electorate. It was
crafted to reduce the state's prison population, saying any person found guilty of a "nonviolent felony offense" would be
eligible for early parole. Brown said it was never intended to cover sex offenders. However, the original
language did not exempt them from consideration. Lower appeals courts had ruled that nonviolent sex offenders could not
be excluded, and the high court affirmed those rulings.
is clobbering small businesses with a retroactive tax grab. Isabel Rubinas of Glen Ellyn, Ill., operates
Lollipop Seeds, a virtual boutique that sells clothing for young children online. And like many small specialty
businesses, its sales have slumped badly during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's also being clobbered by the California
Department of Tax and Fee Administration, the state agency that oversees the collection of sales and use taxes. This
month the CDTFA froze Rubinas' business bank account in Illinois in an effort to collect thousands of dollars in taxes on
sales that Lollipop Seeds made to California shoppers through Amazon.com in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The freeze threatens
to push Lollipop Seeds out of business. And her dilemma is not unique.
Gives Criminals Vaccine Before Elderly. Criminals are currently the top victim class among Democrats. And
that means privileging killers, muggers, and rapists above everyone else. California, as usual, leads the way in the
Sovietization of California. [Scroll down] Yet, here I am, sitting in a state where corruption reigns
(one of the leading Democrats of the last half-century told me years ago that politicians in California are window dressing;
the real power in California is wielded by unions) and where, for nine months, normal life has been shut down, schools have
been closed and small businesses have been destroyed in unprecedented numbers. During these last five days in Florida,
a state governed by the pro-freedom party, I went anywhere I wanted. First and foremost, I could eat both inside and
outside restaurants. At one of them, when I stood up to take photos of people dining, a patron who recognized me walked
over and said, "I assume you're just taking pictures of people eating in a restaurant." That's exactly what I was
doing. I even took my two grandchildren to a bowling alley, which was filled with people enjoying themselves playing
myriad arcade games as well as bowling. None of that is allowed almost anywhere in California. It is becoming a
police state, rooted in deception and irrationality. Restaurants have been shut down (except for takeout orders), even
for outdoor dining, for no scientific reason. After ordering Los Angeles county restaurants closed, the health
authorities of Los Angeles county acknowledged in court that they had no evidence that outdoor dining was dangerous; they
ordered restaurants closed, even to outdoor dining, solely in order to keep people home. The left's claim to "follow
the science" is a lie. The left does not follow science; it follows scientists it agrees with and dismisses all other
scientists as "anti-science."
Gavin Newsom. Governor Gavin Newsom is a disaster. Newsom is hypocritical, incompetent, and a
non-thinker. How bad does California have to get before people will consider someone who has an "R" after their
name? Just look at his actions over the past year. American Thinker interviewed many who think that the
governor needs to be recalled. Orrin Heatlie is the lead proponent of the nonpartisan recall effort. He feels
that the governor is acting as a tyrant, taking action over and over against the will of the people. He thinks, with
plnety of evidence, that the governor is out of touch with reality: the bill that put independent contractors out of work,
the bill to reduce penalties for certain sex crimes, the worsening of the homeless problem, mismanaging the gas tax, the
high-speed rail line to nowhere, fumbling fire management, and of course his handling of the pandemic, just to name a few of
his missteps. Under the state law for recalls, a hard copy of the petition must be signed in ink, rather than handling
it online. Heatlie is hoping every Californian will sign the petition. The court has granted an extension until
March 17th because they are halfway there but need about 900,000 more signatures. Tom Del Beccaro is working in synch
with Heatlie in an effort to recall Newsom. Del Beccaro agrees with Heatlie on all the reasons why Newsom should be recalled.
Dems Shut Down State Over Lack of ICU Beds, After Adding Only 7% More ICU Beds in 8 Months. Governor Newsom's
latest shutdown order closes down small businesses and warns residents to stay at home if their area's number of available
beds in intensive care units drops below 15%. "By invoking a Stay at Home Order for regions where ICU capacity falls
below 15 percent, we can flatten the curve as we've done before and reduce stress on our health care system," Governor
Newsom, fresh from partying at the French Laundry, declared. Spring had given way to summer and then to autumn and
winter, and California Democrats are still using the pretext of preserving "ICU capacity" and "flattening the curve".
The rationale of shutting down an entire state, not so much for the sake of stopping the virus, but for keeping enough beds
open in intensive care units, never made much sense even back then. It's insane now.
Small Business Aware of California's $21 Billion Surplus? A report from the bipartisan Legislative Analyst's Office
says California's savings account could grow to more than $18 billion by the end of 2021. California had a record
$21.5 billion surplus in the state budget in 2018. Newsom and the Democratic-controlled state Legislature spent more
than half of that money on paying down debts and boosting reserves. About $4 billion of it went to support ongoing
programs while the rest was used for one-time projects. Where did it go exactly and where is it going? Small
business owners deserve to know. As Congress debates more funding, a contentious point was federal dollars bailing out
states[, and] we see now that Pelosi is lying as California does not need a bailout.
Filed To Depose Gov. Newsom Over Calif. Protest Bans At Capitol. The complaints continue to pile up
for California Governor Gavin Newsom. Not only is Newsom combating a massive recall effort across the state, but some
are calling on him to testify about the ban on protests he made at the Capitol last spring. A motion requesting a
deposition was filed by plaintiffs Ron Givens and Christine Bish. Both are involved in a lawsuit that began in April
when California Highway Patrol refused to issue permits for demonstrators at the Sacramento Capitol. CHP claimed the
decision was made in the interest of public safety amid the pandemic. As it's a civil case, attorneys for the state
argued that Newsom, the former highway patrol commissioner, and the public health director cannot be deposed because all
witnesses currently or previously held public office.
Sheriff Rejects Court Order To Reduce Inmate Population, Blasts The ACLU. The sheriff of Orange County,
California, said on Wednesday that he would fight a recent order issued by a local superior court judge to significantly
reduce the number of inmates housed in the county's jail system due to COVID-19 concerns. According to FOX 11 News,
Sheriff Don Barnes "is refusing to release any more" incarcerated people despite the mandate. "These people who remain
in the jail, they may have diabetes, but they're also charged with murder," Barnes told the outlet during an online
interview. "Or they may be over 65, but may be a child molester." Sheriff Barnes posted an open letter to social
media on Wednesday afternoon announcing his intention to appeal last Friday's directive by Judge Peter Wilson to cut the
detainee population in all congregate living areas by 50%. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed in April by the
America Civil Liberties Union seeking to protect medically vulnerable people from coronavirus infection.
Sheriff Refuses To Release 1,800 Inmates After Judge's Order. A California sheriff is refusing to comply with a
judge's order to release 1,800 inmates from Orange County jails, including individuals who have been imprisoned for murder,
due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. County Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson on Friday ordered the
release of 50 percent — or 1,858 inmates out of 3,716 — to curb the transmission of COVID-19, the
disease caused by the CCP virus. "I have no intention of releasing any of these individuals from my custody," said
Sheriff Don Barnes, pushing back against the order. "We are going to file an appeal and we're going to fight it and if
the judge has any intent of releasing any one of these individuals, he will have to go through line by line, name by name,
and tell me which ones he is ordering released."
his star dimmed, California's Newsom could face recall. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has had a rough
year. The next one might be even tougher as a recall effort appears to be gaining momentum, fueled partly by outrage
over the first-term Democrat dining with friends at an opulent restaurant while telling state residents to spurn social
gatherings and stay home. It's not uncommon in California for residents to seek recalls but they rarely get on the
ballot — and even fewer succeed. Several launched against Newsom faded but another attempt is drawing
greater attention as his fortunes change while he enters a critical stretch in his governorship.
Soros DA George Gascon's Office: Deputy DA's Threatened, Intimidated to Uphold New Policies. Soros-funded
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, as we've reported, made major waves during his first week in office. On
day one, he issued nine Special Directives instituting "criminals first" policies like failing to prosecute many
misdemeanors, a blanket prohibition on seeking the death penalty or life without parole, and a ban on charging juveniles as
adults. Throughout the week, victims, law enforcement officers, and court personnel were shocked to see the results of
those policies in action in the courtroom (including a failure to charge enhancements or "strikes" against a man accused of
decapitating two of his children).
to California's 3rd Largest County: On Account of COVID, Release Half Your Convicts. How do you empty a
large county's jail system by half? That's a question currently demanding an answer, as a West Coast judge has ordered
that very thing. As reported by The Daily Wire, on Friday, Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson dictated Sheriff Don
Barnes must liquidate Orange County's jail system by 50%. The decision comes following the American Civil Liberties
Union's April lawsuit demanding the release of disabled and vulnerable inmates in light of the pandemic.
DA Gascon to decline prosecution on range of low-level crimes. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's
Office will no longer prosecute a range of misdemeanor crimes, from resisting arrest to drug possession to making criminal
threats, according to a memo issued this week by new DA George Gascon. [...] The memo spells out misdemeanors which should be
declined or dismissed before arraignment, with a number of exceptions at the discretion of the prosecutor. Among
them: Trespassing, disturbing the peace, driving with no license or a suspended license, making criminal threats, drug
possession, drinking in public, loitering to commit prostitution and resisting arrest, among others.
The CA Recall Grows and Small Businesses Revolt, Newsom Gaslights and Says he Has "Great Reverence" for Small
Business. Governor Gavin Newsom is feeling the heat of a growing Recall effort that already has over 800,000
signatures, small businesses that are refusing to go through a second lockdown, and County Sheriffs who are refusing to
enforce this latest Stay-At-Home effort and are essentially telling him to go pound sand. [...] When confronted with his
hostile policies toward small business via some regulation he has allowed the legislature to vote in and that he signs, or
another tax, he does a song and dance about his "humble" small business beginnings and how much he "respects" them.
Nobody is buying it anymore.
Reversed: California Judge Slaps Down Newsom Over Religious-Worship Shutdowns. Just how huge a precedent
will the recent Supreme Court decision in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn turn out to be? We can take one
measure from a California court late yesterday [12/10/2020] in Father Trevor Burfitt v Gavin Newsom. In a stinging
rebuke to Gov. Newsom, Judge Gregory Pulskamp imposed an injunction against enforcement of California's planned COVID-19
restrictions. Using Brooklyn as a guide, Pulskamp ripped California's arbitrary decision to shut down houses of
worship while allowing commercial businesses to remain open. Any such limitation on an explicit and textual constitutional
right requires a strict scrutiny standard, Pulskamp ruled and cited Brooklyn for support. But Pulskamp wonders
whether the restrictions even pass a smell test.
White males are no longer considered. Isn't that racial discrimination?
Times editor to Feinstein: Be "selfless" so Newsom doesn't have to choose between a Black or Latino replacement for
Harris. "Selfless," in this case, means "get out of our way so we can indulge our identity-politics wishes."
This plea from LA Times editor Erika Smith coincidentally comes at the same time as today's big New Yorker piece about Dianne
Feinstein's alleged mental-acuity decline. One has to wonder whether this might be motivating the Capitol Hill sources
who talked with Jane Mayer, too. [...] The problem, as Smith sees it, is that Gavin Newsom has to pick someone to fill out
Kamala Harris' remaining Senate term. The opening has created a food fight between the two key ethnic demographics of
the Democratic Party in California. Black party leaders see the Harris seat as theirs, while Latino leaders have grown
tired of waiting for their turn at California's Senate representation.
District Attorney Whistleblower: Gascon's Sentencing Special Directive Is Illegal. New Los Angeles
District Attorney George Gascon has had the most active first week on the job of probably any officeholder ever,
anywhere. On Day One he issued nine Special Directives to his staff, instituting a wet dream of Black Lives Matter and
Antifa justice policies — and decreed that those policies should be implemented in all pending cases and even up
to 20,000 cases in which the criminals were already sentenced. On Day Two he dropped charges against a "protester"
accused of trying to wreck a train (you read that right) during a protest against the LA Sheriff's Department after deputies
shot and killed a known gang member and drug dealer, Dijon Kizzee, who'd pulled a gun on them. We can't wait to see
what the rest of the week will bring.
Los Angeles DA Snubs Staff, Meets With BLM, Will Implement Radical Progressive Agenda. The worst fears about
the new district attorney in Los Angeles County, George Gascón, are already materializing. After defeating the
incumbent DA on November 3, Gascón was sworn in on Monday [12/7/2020]. Gascón announced that his office would
immediately end cash bail for many offenses, refuse to pursue the death penalty, and cease trying juveniles as adults for
Court Order Frees 250 Criminal Illegal Aliens into U.S.. Criminal illegal aliens who were released from
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody due to a court order in Adelanto, California, have been re-arrested for
child sex crimes, burglary, drug possession, and drunk driving. By October, ICE released more than 250 illegal aliens
from their Adelanto detention facility after a court order mandated that they free up space. Those released were put in
the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program that places GPS ankle bracelets on each illegal alien as they are freed into the
interior of the United States.
Restaurant Owner Rips Garcetti Hypocrisy: Why Shut Me Down While Allowing A Hollywood Canteen In My Parking
Lot? Earlier this week, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti banned outdoor service at restaurants in response to
the COVID-19 transmission spike. That includes Pineapple Hill Grill and Saloon in Sherman Oaks, whose owner Angela
Marsden sunk $80,000 into social-distanced outdoor dining infrastructure and had planned to reopen today. Marsden went
to the store yesterday to collect a few items for a planned protest, but got a big surprise when she arrived at the parking
lot adjacent to her dining patio. [Video clip]
Owner Forced To Close Her Business in LA Livid After Movie Studio Gets Approval for Food Tent Next Door. Bar
Owner: "And I walked into my parking lot and obviously Mayor Garcetti has approve this, has approve this being set
up. This is being set up for a movie company." [Video clip]
Court sides with church challenging Calif.'s COVID-19 restrictions. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday [12/3/2020] ruled
against a pandemic-related order by California Gov. Gavin Newsom banning some indoor religious services, agreeing with
critics that it is unconstitutional. In a one-page order, the high court granted a petition from lawyers for Harvest
Rock Church in Pasadena, Calif., seeking to set aside a lower court ruling upholding Newsom's ban.
from Black America. [Scroll down] Proposition 16, which would have allowed for favoritism of nonwhites in
public employment, education, and contracting, lost by a wide margin. Yet the backers of Prop. 16 outspent the
opposition $30 million to $2 million. And what a list of backers it was! The California Democrat Party and every
Democrat officeholder in the state championed Prop. 16, as did every major newspaper. Every leftist "social justice"
organization — the ACLU, NAACP, NOW, the ADL, BLM, even the Sierra Club and the PTA — backed Prop. 16.
So did the Chamber of Commerce, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Microsoft, Uber, Dropbox, Reddit, Lyft, Yelp, AirBnB, Instacart,
Gap, Levi's, United Airlines, Wells Fargo, the 49ers, the Giants, and the Oakland A's. Soros backed it. The Chan/Zuckerberg
Initiative backed it. Ava DuVernay backed it. Kaiser, Blue Shield, and PG&E backed it. All those heavy hitters.
All that money, and in a "blue state" no less. And yet... it wasn't even close. The big bucks, the big endorsements, the
push from big business and big tech, came to nothing.
Preen. If Hollywood were to cast a governor and future president, and if a straight white male were still
politically acceptable, he would look like California's Gavin Newsom. The 53-year-old governor, a former mayor of San
Francisco, Newsom handsomely epitomizes the preening politics of the California elite class that has nurtured and financed
his career from the beginning. Like aristocrats of the past, Newsom seems oblivious to the realities felt by
constituents among the lower orders. In the face of massive wildfires, he postures on climate change, conflating fires
with an angry mother Earth — as opposed to poor land management — and uses the conflagration to justify
a radical policy of switching to all-electric power over the next decade, with the elimination of gas-powered cars by 2035.
In the midst of a near economic free-fall, he favors raising taxes and works to tighten pandemic lockdowns; and, with the
state losing its ability to train workers, he backs an education system where almost three out of five California high
schoolers graduate unprepared for either college or a career.
Paid For the (Alleged) $15,000 Wine Bill Gavin Newsom and Friends Racked Up at French Laundry? [Scroll
down] Newsom can receive up to $500/year in gifts from someone who's not a registered state lobbyist. Could they
get around that restriction by claiming it was Newsom's wife who received the gift, and not the Governor? Nope. A
gift to Jennifer Siebel Newsom is considered a gift to Gavin Newsom for the purposes of FPPC reporting. If someone else
paid for Newsom's dinner, the only possible way that could be done without skirting required financial disclosure rules would
be if his longtime friend, the birthday boy, paid for the dinner, and if none of the lobbyist birthday boy's clients had
business currently before the state. Given that executives from the California Medical Association, clients of lobbyist
birthday boy, were in attendance, and that we're in the middle of a pandemic, claiming that exemption might not work.
But who knows. This is Teflon Gavin we're talking about.
Regime Is Crumbling. The era of one-man rule in California is over. A California Superior Court has ruled
in favor of me and fellow legislator James Gallagher in our lawsuit challenging Gov. Gavin Newsom's abuse of
power. The judge ruled that Newsom violated the state constitution by unilaterally ordering that all registered voters
be sent mail-in ballots. More importantly, she found good cause for a permanent injunction restraining Newsom from
issuing any further unconstitutional orders that make "new statutory law or legislative policy." The court rejected
Newsom's extraordinary claim that a state of emergency centralizes the state's powers in the hands of the governor, thus
turning California into an autocracy. This is the unlawful basis on which Newsom has collapsed our system of checks and
balances, issuing 58 executive orders and changing over 400 laws unilaterally.
Newsom's apology for flouting his mask and social distancing regs make him the most obvious liar since Joe
Isuzu. I am enjoying the squirming of Nancy Pelosi's nephew, California Governor Gavin Newsom, now that he has
been exposed as completely disregarding the COVID guidelines he is trying to force 40 million Californians to follow.
The very same man who told us that when dining out we should put a mask on in-between bites, that we should have no more than
10 people (from no more than 3 households) at our outdoor Thanksgiving celebrations was spotted and photographed
violating all of his strictures on the rest of us. Even worse, the party was held at The French Laundry, one of the fanciest
and most famous restaurants in the world. And it was a 50th birthday party for one of his old friends, who just happens to
be a lobbyist. Also in attendance: The CEO and chief lobbyist of the California Medical Association, who like
Newsom obviously don't believe the mask and social distancing regulations are genuinely important. You've probably seen
the utterly phony "apology" he made to Californians at a press conference. But take a good look at his smiles as he
lies like a Persian rug. He seems to think that the rubes, who are expected to give up their family gatherings at
Thanksgiving, are so dumb that they will buy it.
Newsom Manufactures a COVID Crisis to Make California Miserable Again. Fresh on the heels of the Sacramento
Bee's criticism of Gavin Newsom's multi-family extravaganza at the famous French Laundry, a swanky $350-a-person-before-the-wine-is-ordered
restaurant in Yountville, California, and after having his wrist slapped by the state Judiciary for exceeding his constitutional authority
in issuing emergency lockdown orders, he's decided that he really doesn't care what the plebs of his state think or what the law says about
his executive limitations. He's locking the state down again. The reason, as he and the media would have you believe, is that
California is experiencing a surge in positive COVID-19 tests, having just crossed the one million mark in cases. You're supposed
to focus on that big, scary number and not Gavin Newsom's blatant hypocrisy or his unlawful executive overreach, and certainly not the many
questions swirling about the looming prospect of the Trump legal team's potentially exposing massive election fraud, which could have an
enormous impact on the future of our republic.
Rules For Us and Rules For Them.
Of all the quotable lines in George Orwell's Animal Farm, few resonate as much as this one: "All animals are equal, but
some animals are more equal than others." [...] That quotation has been referred to often in recent days after
Gov. Gavin Newsom — fresh off of issuing a new set of edicts admonishing Californians to dine alone at home
and curtail their Thanksgiving celebrations — was caught dining with his wife and 10 other friends at a birthday
party for a prominent lobbyist at the French Laundry in Yountville. It's bad enough for the governor to seemingly violate
his own edicts, but to do so in Napa Valley, at one of the nation's toniest restaurants, certainly gave off the wrong vibe.
[Bring California's Problems To] The Rest Of America. California's political class is widely regarded as among
the most corrupt, irresponsible, hypocritical, hard left and incompetent of any comparable group of state politicians in the
country, which is saying a lot. The troubles have been on full display this week. A week after imposing sweeping
new restaurant closures across much of the state and telling Californians not to gather in groups for Thanksgiving,
California Gov. Gavin Newsom admitted on Monday that he attended a birthday party for an old friend at an ultra-swank
Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry. Never mind that the party for his buddy, himself a lobbyist, also included
a bunch of medical industry lobbyists. The photos show not only more people in attendance than allowed under state
guidelines, neither the governor nor his wife were wearing masks.
Newsom's Thanksgiving hypocrisy: Witness at 3-star Michelin restaurant says governor ate inside and NOT outdoors like
he claims. California governor Gavin Newsom dined indoors when he joined friends for a birthday dinner earlier
this month, a witness has claimed, challenging the governor's account of the celebrations. The witness, a woman who has
not been identified, said she was eating at the French Laundry restaurant on the same night as Newsom — who was dining in a
private room with 11 other people. She said a sliding glass door to the room was initially left open, but was pulled
across because the governor and his party were being 'very loud'.
considering statewide curfew as he orders emergency business shutdowns. Nearly three-quarters of California
counties must now operate under the state's most stringent pandemic restrictions, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday,
and health officials are considering a statewide curfew as coronavirus cases surge more dramatically than they did during a
summer spike. Indoor dining, gyms and movie theaters, among other businesses, must either remain closed or shut down in
41 of the state's 58 counties. The governor said he is "sounding the alarm" due to "the fastest increase California has
seen" since the pandemic began. Coronavirus cases have doubled in the last 10 days across the state, which hit the
grim milestone of 1 million coronavirus cases last week.
California Elections Pandemic. The once Golden State, renowned for creating and exporting much of what
constitutes American popular culture, now exports a vote-fraud rich, elections-stealing contagion across the nation. [...] A
consequence of Californizing elections will be rampant cynicism. Sullen distrust will take hold. Voters, in
droves, may elect not to vote. Yet nonparticipation may be the best case. In time, the nation may devolve into
warring political factions, who thuggishly vie to control the levers of power. Does that seem surreal?
Investigate Latin America, where countries are colored with rigged elections and associated violence.
judge rules Gov. Gavin Newsom overstepped authority with mail ballot order. A California judge has ruled
that Gov. Gavin Newsom overstepped his authority when he issued an executive order requiring vote-by-mail ballots sent
to all registered voters, according to reports. Sutter County Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman ruled Friday
[11/13/2020] that Newsom did not have the authority to amend or change existing election law — even during a
pandemic. The ruling put a permanent injunction on Newsom, prohibiting him from changing existing law under the
California Emergency Services Act (CESA), according to KCRA. The ruling does not affect the results of the 2020 general election.
Democrat Rule Is Killing California, And It's Coming For The Country. [Scroll down] COVID sucked the air
out of the room in the presidential debates, and in the media in general. However, my home state was never debilitated
by the Wuhan virus, which likely hit the West Coast in the early months of this year before spreading through the rest of the
country, and never overwhelmed our hospitals. The real epidemic we are witnessing on our streets daily and with which
so many of us have firsthand experience is the drug epidemic. Corona victims are not falling down dead on our streets,
like they did in videos from China; opiate addicts are. During our never-ending lockdown, drug overdoses in San
Francisco reached two a day. For comparison, San Francisco has seen a total of 149 COVID deaths. While nearly all
coronavirus patients eventually recover, few druggies do, so they stay on our streets until death, blocking off entire
sections of the city and taking over public transportation.
Latest COVID Regs [are] Nuttier Than a Holiday Fruitcake. Not many Californians will be trekking over the river
and through the woods to Grandmother's house for the holidays this year if Gov. Gavin Newsom has his way.
According to guidelines issued by his office, Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations in the Golden State can include members
of no more than three households, including everyone present — hosts as well as guests. Granny will
obviously have to be a little more careful about which set of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews she invites this year.
And for those who do wrangle an invitation, forget about singing any Christmas carols — or music of any kind, for
that matter. Newsom's edict directs that:
• instrumental music will be allowed, but only if the
musicians maintain at least a six-foot physical distance between themselves (and all musicians must be from one of the three
households; playing of wind instruments is strongly discouraged);
• everyone singing or chanting
should wear a face covering at all times;
• all those singing, shouting, chanting or dancing should
maintain physical distancing beyond six feet; and,
• they are strongly encouraged to do so quietly (at
or below the volume of a normal speaking voice).
California Emigrants are Toxic. Since 2012, California has overwhelmingly sent more transplants to Arizona than
any other state. When surveyed, escaping Californians cite high taxes, high crime rates, unaffordable housing,
out-of-control homelessness, and high unemployment rates as their top reasons for fleeing. Who is responsible for
creating such an alarming living environment within the state? California liberals. A November, 2020 report
produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University stated that California has 395,608 regulatory restrictions.
The sheer volume and scope of California regulations creates such a compliance nightmare that they kill entire industries,
send housing prices to unattainable heights, and restrict even commonplace liberties for which conservative leaning states
are known. Piled onto California's endless river of regulations are its nonsensical laws and policies. Twenty
major metropolitan cities or counties in California have established laws, ordinances, regulations, or other practices that
shield illegal immigrants from prosecution after committing a crime.
rules California Gov. Newsom's vote-by-mail order was improper. A California judge ruled that
Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order requiring mail-in ballots to be sent to every registered voter in the state was
unconstitutional. Sutter County Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman issued her ruling on Monday [11/2/2020], which also
contained a permanent injunction, instructing the governor not to issue further orders that would be similarly
improper. Tuesday's election will be unaffected by the ruling because a vote-by-mail order was ultimately passed by the
rules California's Newsom overstepped his authority with election order. A California judge on Monday
[11/2/2020] issued a tentative ruling in favor of two Republican state lawmakers who had filed an abuse of power lawsuit
against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Executive Order N-67-20, which Newsom signed in June, required that counties
mail all eligible voters vote-by-mail ballots before Election Day and regulated the number of polling stations.
Assemblymembers James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, and Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, challenged Newsom's order in court, arguing that
Newsom's Emergency Services Act — implemented in March amid the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic —
prevented the governor from issuing more executive orders or creating new laws.
governor sends his children to private school as local public schools remain closed. California Gov. Gavin
Newsom is sending his children to attend modified in-person instruction at a private school even as the public schools that
serve his local district remain closed for now. Newsom's children are "phasing back into school," he told media on Friday
[10/30/2020], "and we are phasing out of our very challenging distance learning that we've been doing, so many parents are doing up
and down the state." The governor and his wife Jennifer Newsom have four children. They were in private school
prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Gavin Newsom Ignores Crime Surge yet Claims Preparation for Post-Election Chaos. The headline in the
Hill yesterday, "California governor preparing state for civil unrest following election," is laughable. Governor Gavin
Newsom's idea of any form of preparedness is to stay at home and wear a mask. If anything, his policies of the last
year have guaranteed the civil unrest, rather than any measures to quell it. [...] Of course, King Gavin gave no specifics
about exactly what he planned to do to prepare for any potential election night chaos. Chief Dominick Rivetti of the
Beverly Hills Police Department has already announced that he will close down Rodeo Drive on Election Day and the day after,
and his police department will be on high alert from the Halloween weekend through Tuesday [11/3/2020].
Newsom bans indoor gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas. California won't allow indoor family gatherings
for the holidays, Christmas and Thanksgiving, and outdoor gatherings are limited to three families for a maximum of two
hours. This is arbitrary and tyrannical. "Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited.
This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests. Remember, the smaller the number of people, the safer,"
reads the "Guidance for Private Gatherings," issued by the California Department of Public Health on October 9.
DA Chesa Boudin surveys crime victims on how to make life easier for their attackers. Chesa Boudin, the radical
left-wing San Francisco District Attorney on whose watch San Francisco has become a crime-infested Caracas-like hellhole, is
starting to draw criticism from crime victims for his unwillingness to prosecute crimes. And adding insult to injury,
he's now using them as fodder for a survey on how to make their attackers' lives better. [...] The aim of course is to use
the responses to advance his political career, smothering out the victims' real concerns in order to advance his let-'em-out
political agenda in a quest for higher office. Always the P.R. man, Chesa is focused on gaslighting the public for his
own self-aggrandisement, claiming he's prosecuting criminals, while he's mainly attempting to get the victims of crimes he
never prosecuted to answer his survey with carefully worded options on what his priorities should be, leaving off the option
of 'prosecuting violent crime' and taking violent thugs off the streets as choices.
County Sends Health Department Workers To Fine Church That Sued Newsom. A Catholic church in Los Angeles County
is alleging that the local government dispatched two health department officials to harass them in retaliation for their
priest suing Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state officials. On Oct. 15, two health officials
showed up at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Arcadia, California, a congregation affiliated with the dissident Society of
St. Pius X. The officials watched approximately 11 parishioners leave the building from the sidewalk and then
cited them for holding indoor worship services in violation of COVID-19 restrictions, according to a copy of the citation
forwarded to The Daily Wire. The citation carried with it a $1,000 fine.
Gavin Newsom goes bonkers issuing Thanksgiving COVID orders. For someone whose previous career was in San
Francisco's trendy restaurant industry, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom has some bizarre ideas about why people gather;
what a comfortable dining experience is; and how people, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says, will do what they do.
Nope, he's got some weird stuff up, motivated, he says, by a supposed new wave of COVID: [...] Anyone with a lick of common
sense knows that neither he nor his constituents are going to observe these ridiculous diktats on the country's biggest
family holiday from the comfort of their own homes. The arbitrariness of these regulations is incredible. Two
hours together? Why not one point five hours instead? Thousands of lives could be saved!
Grinch Who Stole Thanksgiving. Governor Gavin Newsom's Department of Health has issued an updated "Guidance for
Private Gatherings" in time for Thanksgiving. Basically, fun is illegal in California: ["]Gatherings that
include more than 3 households are prohibited. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests.["]
So if you have three kids, you can invite two of them. ["]All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees
may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.["] This would not work well in
Just Declared War On Thanksgiving With Kafka-Level Regulations. Gov. Gavin Newsom just gave Californians
more regulations for an early Christmas present — and anyone hoping to celebrate the holidays with family better
hope there's a gift receipt. Just in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities, when most families gather
with loved ones, California's Democrat governor has issued a new set of regulations that bans gatherings of more than three
households. Additionally, no indoor gatherings are permitted, so don't plan on eating around the dining room table
unless you lug it out into your backyard. Newsom's ban on gatherings of more than three households means that a family
with more than two grown children can only have two visit at the same time. According to the Pew Research Center,
almost two-thirds of mothers in their young forties in 1976 had three or more children. If those mothers are
grandmothers now and their children are grown, that means up to two-thirds of families would be banned from bringing all
their children under one roof for the holidays.
To Half A Million Ballots [have been] Sent To California Voters Who Have Moved Or Died. Why do you suppose
California Republicans are setting up their own ballot drop boxes at churches and gun shops to offer voters a safe way to
ensure their votes make it to election officials for counting? Do you suppose they have some concerns about how well
the mass mail-in voting system will perform when it's put to the full test on November 3rd? Perish the thought.
I'm sure everything will be fine. Well... nearly everything. But we might not be entirely confident about the
eventual fate of roughly 400,000 ballots that went out this month. That's because their voter rolls don't appear to
have been tended very well over the years and that huge slug of ballots went to people who had either moved out of the state
or taken up residence in cemeteries.
House Democrat offers the GOP a pickup opportunity amid crumbling campaign. California's 21st Congressional
District was the last district to be called in the 2018 election, with Democrat T.J. Cox defeating incumbent Republican David
Valadao one month after election day. In a year of crazy election news, their rematch has become even more chaotic.
Cox started his 2018 run in California's 10th District, abandoning the crowded primary after the only Democrat running against
Valadao dropped out. Cox's carpetbagging didn't seem to matter too much as he landed the endorsement of the Fresno
Bee, the district's largest paper. Valadao had won his district in 2016 by nearly the same margin as Hillary Clinton
had, but the 2018 Democratic wave proved too much to survive.
Democrat Legislature Passed a Stupid "Vote Harvesting" Law and Are Now Paying the Price. To begin with,
California has the most ridiculously lax ballot harvesting law ever imagined. They passed it in late Nov. 2016 after
Donald Trump won the Presidency, and they clearly had in mind making use of it in a variety of nefarious ways in 2018.
They did so to great benefit, flipping several Congressional races in traditionally GOP districts that had become purple over
the course of several election cycles. The basic practice, as employed by Democrats, was to know the home address of
every Democrat who requested an absentee ballot in the 2018 election. One way they did that was by aggressively pushing
registered Democrat voters to ask for absentee ballots and track those who did by their home address given when they sought
the ballot through the party. In the days leading up to the election, an army of volunteers — many of them
union members from all parts of the labor movement in California, started knocking on the doors of those voters. Many
were elderly or otherwise housebound.
California Is Turning Into a State Governed by Identity Politics. If you thought racial identity politics were
just a fleeting flirtation of the radical left, California's new laws suggest otherwise. On Sept. 30, California
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into state law a bill setting up a nine-member board to study the amount of reparations that
should be owed to black people for slavery and Jim Crow. [...] But that's hardly the only racially divisive law California
has passed this year, since the Legislature convened in a coronavirus-racked session in June. The same day, Newsom
signed a bill to establish diversity quotas on corporate boards for racial minorities. Corporations with between four
and nine board members will now be required to have at least two racial minorities, while corporations with more than nine
board members will be required to have at least three represented.
Newsom Says He Is in 'No Hurry' to Reopen Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood. Don't expect Disneyland,
Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm to open anytime soon, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom at a
press conference Wednesday [10/7/2020]. He said there is "no hurry in putting out guidelines," but state officials are
continuing to work with amusement parks in California after the pandemic prompted closures in March. He called the
process "very complex," adding, "We don't anticipate, in the immediate term, any of these larger theme parks opening until we
see more stability in terms of the data."
Current Problems, California Cooks up Illogical Reparations Bill. Apparently, when California's one-party
government cannot find solutions to current existential crises, it turns to divisive issues that have little to do with the
safety and well-being of its 40 million citizens. California has the highest gas taxes in the nation, even as its
ossified state highways remain clogged and dangerous. Why, then, does Sacramento kept pouring billions of dollars into
the now-calcified high-speed rail project? When fires raged, killed dozens, polluted the air for months, consumed
thousands of structures and scorched 4 million acres of forest, in response the governor thundered about global
warming. But Newsom was mostly mute about state and federal green polices that discouraged the removal of millions of
dead and drought-stricken trees, which provided the kindling for the infernos. When gasoline, sales and income taxes
rose, and yet state schools became even worse, infrastructure remained decrepit and deficits grew, California demanded that
federal COVID-19 money bail out its own financial mismanagement.
Are Turning America Into Northern California. [Scroll down] Palo Alto, like much of Northern California,
was a cesspool of fear and grievance. The work being done was obviously incredible; the coolest and most useful
technology on the planet was all being born up and down the Bay Area. But the culture outside of the cushy campuses and
start-ups was one of persistent paranoia. You couldn't cross a street in Palo Alto without hearing voices warning you
of the dangers that lurk about. No, seriously. They had little recordings in the crosswalks that were on a
24×7 loop warning of general dangers. It was creepy. [...] And with the help of masks, that's how Jake Tapper and
Anthony Fauci (the posterboys for their leftist institutions) want all of America to be. And there are plenty of people
across the country who would gladly move into that kind of reality.
Newsom goes 'Bananas': 'Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites'. So Gavin Newsom of California has
gotten excited about masks again, just as Joe Biden and assorted leftists have made it mask-wearing the most recitable part
of the Democrats' party platform in the wake of President Trump's diagnosis of COVID. Joe Biden is out preaching for
the wearing of masks, but for Newsom, merely wearing them at the grocery store is no longer enough. [...] It's also a day
late and a dollar short, being ordered a time when COVID cases are way down in California and deaths are precipitously
declining. [...] A ridiculous order like this, detrimental to public health, is nothing short of the whims of a dictator
drunk on power. It's like a scene from Woody Allen's 1971 Bananas about a fictional tropical dictator who looks
like Fidel Castro.
office tells Californians to wear masks 'in between bites' of food when dining with members from same household in public.
Gov. Gavin Newsom's office told California residents they should wear masks "in between bites" of food while dining in public spaces
with people from the same household. "Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to keep your
mask on in between bites," the office of the governor tweeted over the weekend. "Do your part to keep those around you healthy,"
the tweet added.
The Editor says...
Fortunately, a tweet is not a law.
office tells diners to wear masks 'in between bites'. The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom has told
residents in the Golden State that if they go out to eat, they should be wearing a mask "in between bites" to protect
themselves from COVID-19. [...] For emphasis, the tweet shows an image of someone at a dining seat wearing a mask, then not
wearing a mask while taking a bite, and then putting the mask on again. However, the image then advises people to
"minimize the number of times you take your mask off." California has allowed limited indoor dining to resume in a number
of counties. San Francisco allowed indoor dining last week at 25% capacity. California has had more than 800,000
cases and more than 16,000 deaths due to the virus.
The Editor says...
That is not true. The total number of deaths from Covid-19 is less than 10,000 nationwide. The number of people
who have died with the virus (not from it) is much higher.
Oops! What an unfortunate error! Better luck in 2024.
County: Over 2,000 mail-in ballots sent without the option to vote for president. Nearly 2,100 mail-in
ballots were sent to voters in Los Angeles without the option to vote for the next president of the United States, according
to the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office declared them "faulty
ballots," the report noted. "While this has impacted a very small number of Los Angeles County voters ... we
nevertheless apologize to those affected by the mistake," said Michael Sanchez, a spokesman for the county clerk's office,
according to the LA Times.
The Editor says...
This tells you one thing about the Los Angeles County election officials: Nobody checks the ballots before they are
sent out. Or worse, they knew there was an omission and thought nobody would notice. Or worse still, they hate President
Trump so much that they were willing to interfere in the election. In any case, I can confidently predict the number of
county officials who will lose their jobs as a result of this: Zero.
Newsom Edges Ahead in the Country's Dumbest Governor Competition. COVID-19 has certainly exposed one of two
things. Either some of the dumbest people in the country are leading our states, or they are so hyperpartisan they will
beclown themselves to toe the Democrats' preferred narrative on the virus. The latest ridiculous instructions come from
Gavin Newsom's office: ["]Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to keep
your mask on in between bites.["] [...] One of the primary reasons that masking is controversial is because people
don't know how to use [them]. Apparently, this lack of knowledge goes straight up to the governor's office in
California. As a former healthcare worker trained on how to don and doff personal protective equipment (PPE) properly,
this is painfully stupid.
man wanted to open an ice cream shop, unfortunately he was in San Francisco. It's difficult to open a business
in some parts of the country because of all the red tape involved. One of the places where that's definitely the case
is San Francisco. Last Friday the San Francisco Chronicle published a column outlining Jason Yu's attempt to open an
ice cream shop in the city and the months and months of delays he has faced trying to take his project through various
slow-moving departments. Yu decided he wanted to open a shop selling green tea flavored ice cream back in 2018.
Eventually, he found an empty storefront and in June 2019 he signed a lease which cost him $7,300 per month. He knew it
would take a few months to open but he was prepared for that. He hired an architect to make plans for new electrical
and plumbing but there were no structural changes needed and no changes to the outside of the building. Six months
later, in June 2019, he submitted his plans to the Department of Building Inspection. And that's when his real
Is a Cautionary Tale for America. Anyone with the means to flee Detroit, does so. Likewise, the Golden
State hemorrhages residents, as they build their lives in differently managed states. [...] California bounds from one crisis
to another, with most of them being self-imposed. The latest one involves the raging wildfires that turned our air into
a putrid soup. Obviously, heat waves and high winds were the proximate cause, but poor land management, ill-conceived
liability and insurance laws, and the misuse of existing firefighting budgets are the fundamental problems. The last
crisis involved homelessness. Just because COVID-19 pushed it off of the front pages doesn't mean that it's become any
Ordered to Pay NRA Six Figures After Losing First Amendment Case. The Washington Free Beacon reports, a
federal court ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay the NRA's lawyer fees of approximately $150,000, just months after he
ruled a city ordinance violated the gun-rights group's First Amendment rights. The City of Los Angeles tried to penalize
any contractor with ties to the NRA. The NRA sued over the ordinance and federal district court judge Stephen Wilson
ruled it was an unconstitutional violation of the NRA's First Amendment rights. The city eventually repealed it and on
Tuesday, the judge ordered city officials to pay the NRA's attorney fees totaling about $150,000.
Iger quits California economic task force as Disney lays off 28,000 workers. Disney chairman Bob Iger quit
California Gov. Gavin Newsom's coronavirus recovery task force just two days after the Mouse House said it was cutting
28,000 jobs at its US parks business. A Disney rep wouldn't say why or exactly when Iger resigned from the task force,
which was formed in April, according to the Sacramento Bee, which first reported the news late Thursday [10/1/2020].
Disney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from The [New York] Post.
governor signs corporate boardroom diversity law. Hundreds of California-based corporations must have directors
from racial or sexual minorities on their boards under a first-in-the-nation bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Gavin
Newsom. The diversity legislation is similar to a 2018 measure that required boardrooms to have at least one female
director by 2019. Like that measure, it could face court challenges from conservative groups who view it as a discriminatory
quota. Supporters evoked both the coronavirus pandemic that is disproportionately affecting minorities and weeks of
unrest and calls for inclusion that followed the slaying of George Floyd in May in the custody of Minneapolis police.
chief to Newsom: You don't have the power to ban gas-powered vehicles. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler
rebuked California governor Gavin Newsom yesterday [9/28/2020] for his executive order barring sales of gas-powered vehicles
in the state by 2035. California no longer has the authority to impose such regulations, Wheeler reminded Newsom, and
it also lacks the power, literally:
OKs sterilizing treatments for teens. Despite the medical evidence and moral outcry, Gov. Gavin Newsom
celebrated the signing of a bill that allows gender clinics to provide transgender drugs and surgery known to sterilize
children and adults. Newsom praised AB 2218 for "strengthening protections for LGBTQ+ Californians" and providing an
"additional step forward" in "our march towards equality," in a weekend press release. "By rejecting the concerns of
doctors and parents, and siding with LGBT activists, Governor Newsom is yet again ignoring the heartbreak his policies will
unleash," said Jonathan Keller, President of California Family Council.
The Golden State in Utter Decay. With increasing homelessness, a soft approach to criminal prosecution, and the
ongoing embracing of illegal immigration, violent crimes are increasing after having seen a reduction the past few years.
According to The Trace, "homicides are sharply up this year" in California as a whole, and cities such as Oakland, with a 26%
increase, have seen a significant increase in the number of murders. With the jump in violent crimes, what steps has
California's government taken to reduce certain crimes? They recently passed the controversial bill S.B. 145, which
will ultimately end up reducing accountability and sentences for adults who sexually assault children as young as 14.
What a brilliant idea. Apparently, California's leadership believes that the pedophile community had been treated unfairly.
Robs A CVS In Broad Daylight As Employees And Manager Just Watch. Ever since California decriminalized what the
state considers 'petty crime', this sort of brazen robberies of stores has become more and more common. Add mask laws
to the mix, which conceals criminals' identities, you can bet on a lot more of these broad daylight heists.
Wants Me to Vote, Even Though I Haven't Lived There for Over 8 Years. States across the country are
experimenting with a mass switch to mail-in elections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But is it wise for states
to make such a big change, especially in light of messy voter rolls around the country? What I was sent earlier this
month by election officials in Alameda County, California, makes me worried that ballots going to the wrong locations will be
a significant concern this year. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters notified me by mail at my parents' address in
Oakland that I would receive a ballot when the state sends them out Oct. 5. This is following Gov. Gavin
Newsom's executive order that all California voters receive a mail-in ballot before the Nov. 3 election.
Black, Pacific Islander women in San Francisco to receive $1,000 monthly supplement. Approximately 150 pregnant
Black and Pacific Islander women in San Francisco will receive a $1,000 monthly supplement during their pregnancies and for
the first six months of their babies' lives, the city's mayor announced. Mayor London Breed's (D) office said on Monday
that the Abundant Birth Project is the first of its kind in the country. The project's goal is to eventually provide a
supplement for as long as two years post-pregnancy. [...] Black infants are nearly twice as likely to be born prematurely
than white infants in San Francisco. Pacific Islander infants have the second-highest preterm birth rate in the city,
according to the mayor's office. Black families also account for half of maternal deaths in the city and 15 percent of
infant deaths, although they represent just 4 percent of all births.
The Editor says...
[#1] There is a lot of discussion about mothers and babies, but no mention of the babies' fathers in the article above.
[#2] What's so special about Pacific Islander women? Which Pacific islands? Are these women U.S. citizens?
[#3] If black babies are so important, why are so many black babies aborted in San Francisco, with the enthusiastic support
of some of the same left-wing do-gooders?
imposes racial quotas on corporate boards. California's legislature is mandating racial quotas for corporate
boards. "Experts say" that "runs afoul of constitutional principles," according to the Wall Street Journal. "New
legislation passed over the weekend would mandate that publicly-traded companies headquartered in the state must have at
least one director from a minority community by the close of 2021. There are more than 500 public companies based in
California in the Russell 3000, which accounts for the vast majority of companies."
Californians oppose gender mutilation and sterilization bill. Sixty-four percent of California voters do not
want Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill to pay for transgender drugs and surgeries known to sterilize minors and adults,
according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by Spry Strategies in conjunction with the Women's Liberation Front,
shows that conservative Christians and radical feminists, who have joined forces to oppose AB 2218, are more in step with
California voters than state legislators. The controversial bill passed the Assembly 54-10 and the Senate 28-9 late
last month, and now sits on Newsom's desk awaiting his decision.
County's Public Health Director says what we suspected about the lockdown. [Scroll down] Los Angeles
County is America's most populous county, the largest government entity in America that is not a state or the federal
government, and the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world. It's also entirely Democrat-run, as evidenced by
poverty, drugs, and homelessness, as well as its vast wealth inequality. Los Angeles students still cannot go to school
but must, instead, do online learning. We already know that part of the problem is that the teachers' union had some
pretty stringent demands, few related to the students' physical and mental well-being. However, it turns out the
continued school closures are also because of politics. We know this because LA County's Public Health Director,
Barbara Ferrer, admitted as much when speaking to a gathering of school nurses and other school administrators: [...] There
is no scientific connection between the election and the Wuhan virus. There is, however, a cynical connection between
the lockdown and the election. The Democrats know that, and Ferrer finally said it out loud.
County bans trick-or-treating this Halloween due to coronavirus. Traditional Halloween activities won't be
allowed for residents in Los Angeles County this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to local health
officials. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a ban on door-to-door trick-or-treating,
carnivals, festivals, live entertainment and haunted houses. "Door to door trick or treating is not allowed because it
can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors especially in neighborhoods that are
popular with trick or treaters," officials said in a news release detailing guidelines for the annual tradition.
quickly reverses trick-or-treat ban. Los Angeles pulled a Halloween switcheroo on Wednesday — first
banning, and then quickly unbanning, trick-or-treating. Less than a day after saying the door-to-door candy grab is
banned due to coronavirus concerns, county officials changed course and said the popular children's tradition is now just
"not recommended." The revision came after parents and businesses "went apoplectic with outrage," Deadline reported,
citing a press briefing by LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. Also not recommended — but no
longer outright banned — are LA's popular "trunk-or-treat" events, in which costumed kids go car to car instead of
door to door.
to Offer Drive-Thru Voting for November Election in Orange County. Orange County, California, is offering
voters the option to submit a drive-thru ballot this November election season to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The county will use the Honda Center in Anaheim as a staging location, allowing voters to cast their ballots from their cars
or in person inside the arena, the Daily Pilot reported.
DA's new policy to consider looters' 'needs' before charging them. A California district attorney is requiring
her prosecutors to consider looters' "needs" when weighing criminal charges against them. The new mandate, set forth by
Contra Costa County District Attorney Diane Becton, makes it tougher to prosecute looting cases in the county, which sits
just outside San Francisco. Investigators must now consider "was this theft offense substantially motivated by the
state of emergency, or simply a theft offense which occurred contemporaneously to the declared state of emergency?,"
according to the policy reported by local outlet East County Today.
Legislature Passes Bill Reducing Penalties for Oral, Anal Sex with Willing Children. California lawmakers
passed a bill Monday that would reduce penalties for adults who have oral or anal sex with a willing minor child if the sex
offender is within ten years of the age of the victim. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).
legislature passes bill easing sex offender registry requirements for sodomy with minors. California
legislators passed a law Monday easing sex offender registry rules for those who commit sodomy or other sex acts with minors
in order to end "discrimination against LGBTQ young people on the sex offender registry." The bill, which now heads to
Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk, would "exempt from mandatory registration under the act a person convicted of certain offenses
involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring
the person to register," according to the bill.
Continues Its War on Christians. [Scroll down] But even if a genuine pandemic rather than COVID-Con
raged, pastors should never close churches. Both liberty and the Lord demand that we defy such dictatorship.
bill to form reparations task force advances after 33-3 state Senate vote. State senators in California
overwhelmingly supported setting up a task force to study potential reparations for slavery in a bipartisan vote Saturday
[8/29/2020]. The panel would study the effects slavery had on California and recommend to the legislature no later than
2023 what type of compensation would be appropriate, how it might be dispersed and who could be eligible to receive it.
The task force could also recommend other forms of redress besides money.
Having a party is a crime now?
celebrities criminally charged after LA house parties. TikTok celebrities Bryce Hall and Blake Gray are facing
criminal charges after they hosted recent parties in the Hollywood Hills despite the city's ban on large gatherings during
the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Friday [8/28/2020]. The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed misdemeanor
charges Thursday against Hall and Gray. The internet celebrities with millions of followers on TikTok share a home and
allegedly held two parties less than a week apart.
In California, cops
banned from pro-police speech but pro-BLM speech is mandatory. A California Highway Patrol division in Southern
California prohibited officers this month from displaying Thin Blue Line items, meant to honor law enforcement.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Police Department is decorating its precincts with materials celebrating Black Lives Matter, an
organization calling for the defunding of the police. The CHP memo, a roll call briefing document with the Border
Division dated Aug. 14, directed officers to "remove all Thin Blue Line paraphernalia, including anything resembling it ...
immediately. This includes any paraphernalia hung anywhere in the office, stickers/patches on State or personal
property that may be seen by the public during the course of duties, and email signature blocks." The Thin Blue Line,
depicted as a black and white U.S. flag with a blue stripe, represents the sacrifices that law enforcement make to protect
the public and prevent civil unrest. Civilians display the symbol to show their support for the nation's authorities.
Progressive activists, however, liken the symbol to white supremacy and police misconduct. A California police officer who
reviewed the document said it amounted to an official order because of the use of the word "shall." "It's all political so
I understand why they sent it out," he said.
Newsom failed to take promised pay cut, newspaper finds. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been drawing his
full monthly salary despite asking state workers in May to take a pay cut to alleviate the state's burden in fighting the
coronavirus pandemic. Though elected state officials are exempt from such pay cuts, Newsom pledged that he would
voluntarily slash his salary when he asked state workers to make that same sacrifice. But a Thursday [8/20/2020] report
from the Sacramento Bee revealed that Newsom has continued drawing his full monthly salary of $17,479. A spokesman for
Newsom's office blamed the matter on an "administrative error."
Angeles. Things are so bad in so many American cities that our mainstream media outlets do not have the space
or the time to cover it all. Even if they wanted to cover it all, which they clearly don't want to do. After all,
the decline and fall of America's great cities does not make Donald Trump look bad. And the only news that is fit to
print these days is news that makes Trump look bad. As Democrat run cities collapse before our eyes, the media assure
us that there's nothing worth watching there. New York, Chicago, Portland, Seattle... down the drink, as they
say. And the news media are trying to cover up the story, or, at the least, blame it on white Trump supporters.
Anyway, today's story of decline and fall concerns Los Angeles.
wants to fund youth sterilizations and sex changes. The California Senate will consider legislation soon to use
taxpayer funds to pay for hormone blockers and sex change operations for minors. The bill, after passing the Senate
Health Committee by a 7-1 vote last week, now moves to the Senate Appropriation Committee and then to the floor of the Senate
before the end of the month. As noted by numerous health experts, the use of cross-sex hormones and surgeries for
adolescents would permanently destroy their reproductive systems, a fact which AB2218 backers seem inclined to ignore.
Kamala Harris as VP pick, Gavin Newsom's White House hopes have stalled. Maybe you've noticed:
Gov. Gavin Newsom no longer looks like a promising future presidential prospect. He has been leaped over and left
behind by a California ally, Sen. Kamala Harris. Since Newsom was elected governor in 2018, the expectation has
been that he would seize the first opportunity after this year to run for president. Newsom, 52, wasn't ready this
year. But if President Trump won reelection, the Oval Office would be open in 2024. And if a Democrat ousted Trump,
there'd be another opportunity in 2028.
Apocalypse. Gold's Gym has become synonymous with the Hollywood Dream. [...] Yet today Gold's sits amid
post-apocalyptic scenes which have consumed much of LA, turning the City of Dreams into an urban nightmare from which people
are fleeing in droves. A makeshift tent city made up of flapping tarpaulins and cardboard boxes surrounds the gym on
all sides. Junkies and the homeless, many of whom are clearly mentally ill, walk the palm-lined streets like
zombies — all just three blocks from multi-million-dollar homes overlooking the Pacific. Stolen bicycles are
piled high on pavements littered with broken syringes. TV bulletins are filled with horror stories from across the
city; of women being attacked during their morning jog or residents returning home to find strangers defecating in their
Angeles: Why politicians' COVID bullying attacks will work. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has learned
how to govern like a third-world dictator. His threat to shut down the water and power to large house parties that
violate the city's coronavirus guidelines is right out of the totalitarian government handbook. [...] Starting on Friday
[8/7/2020], Mayor Garcetti announced that the city would shut off the power and water to houses, businesses, and other venues
that violated the strict corona virus safety guidelines. This is in response to a large house party that police
attempted to shut down. It turns out these parties are cropping up because the bars and nightclubs are closed as the
city institutes greater restrictions as reported cases increase. [...] And it will work. In the Third World, which is
what many of these cities have come to resemble, practical and authoritarian solutions prevail, especially when there is no
one to enforce the rule of law.
Politicians: America's Achilles Heel. Capping a long, impressive streak of dumb proclamations and
declarations, including suggesting that members of the LAPD put down their batons and "walk hand-in-hand" with the same
rioters who were then torching LAPD vehicles, attacking officers, and looting numerous businesses, Garcetti recently declared
that water and power would be shut off to any residence caught hosting a "large house party." What exactly constitutes a
gathering that is too "large?" Can/should a mayor shut off water and power to privately owned residences during the dog days
of summer, two utilities that the State of California and Garcetti's own Housing Authority have explicitly deemed essential
services necessary for habitation?
in California blasts Gov. Newsom for not reopening the state. Hundreds of President Trump supporters
descended onto the streets of Beverly Hills to protest property destruction and the 'villainization' of police while two
similar demonstrations were held in Texas. [...] On Saturday [8/8/2020], a crowd of around 200 Americans carried signs
reading 'Trump 2020' as they marched from West Hollywood to Beverly Hills. Footage showed several protesters waving
American flags, signs reading 'United We Stand,' Thin Blue Line American flags celebrating law enforcement and a plethora of
'Make America Great Again' paraphernalia.
County Supervisors Vote to Put Defunding Police on November Ballot. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
approved a proposal on Tuesday to amend the city's charter — which will be presented to voters on November 3 via
ballot — to remove $880 million from law enforcement and "reinvest" the money in "direct community investment"
and "alternatives to incarceration."
The Editor says...
Yes, put it on the ballot in November, and in the absence of massive election fraud,
it will fail. While you're at it, put coronavirus lockdowns on the ballot, too.
Fran is crawling with drugs. DA shows more concern for dealers. District attorney Chesa Boudin
acknowledges that the Tenderloin District of the city is plagued by drug sellers from Honduras, but frets that arresting them
isn't really worth it. Boudin, a former public defender who vowed as a candidate to prosecute fewer criminals, is not
inclined to address how the surge in drug sales during Covid lockdowns was affecting city residents, and instead focused on
the plight of the drug dealers themselves. Many were trafficked and their families were at risk at home if they
cooperated with authorities, Boudin said in a webinar last week.
California's Woke Hypocrisy.
No state wears its multicultural veneer more ostentatiously than California. The Golden State's leaders believe that
they lead a progressive paradise, ushering in what theorists Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca call "a new progressive era."
Others see California as deserving of nationhood; it reflects, as a New York Times columnist put it, "the shared
values of our increasingly tolerant and pluralistic society." In response to the brutal killing of George Floyd in
Minneapolis, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans to defund the police — a move applauded by Senator
Kamala Harris, a prospective Democratic vice presidential candidate, despite the city's steep rise in homicides. San
Francisco mayor London Breed wants to do the same in her increasingly crime-ridden, disordered city. This follows state
attorney general Xavier Becerra's numerous immigration-related lawsuits against the Trump administration, even as his state
has become a sanctuary for illegal immigrants — complete with driver's licenses for some 1 million and
free health care.
Newsom's $3.7 Million Estate Was Gifted to Him in 2019; 3 Months Later He Got a $2.7 Million Tax Free Cash-Out. One thing
that's become extraordinarily clear to Californians in 2020 is that there's one set of rules for Gov. Gavin Newsom, and there's
another set of rules for the rest of us. He preaches that we're all in this together and that we have to sacrifice to "meet this
moment," yet he's not missing a paycheck. As California businesses struggle, he sends a $1 billion contract for masks to a
Chinese company. When he shut down wineries throughout 80 percent of California, he kept his open. While the dream of
owning a home is increasingly out of reach for California's families, it appears that Newsom received a $3.7 million estate from
an LLC owned by his cousin then, a few months later took out a $2.695 million (tax-free) cash-out mortgage on it — and
didn't report the gift on any of his financial disclosure forms.
Newsom Rages at Trump Discounting Illegal Aliens for States' Representation. California Gov. Gavin Newsom
(D) on Tuesday [7/21/2020] decried President Donald Trump's executive order which will exclude Illegal aliens from being
counted for purposes of congressional apportioning. "Counting every person in our country through the Census is a
principle so foundational that it is written into our Constitution," Newsom said in a statement. "This latest action by
the administration to exclude undocumented immigrants when determining representation in Congress, rooted in racism and
xenophobia, is a blatant attack on our institutions and our neighbors."
The Editor says...
Well, governor, they may be your neighbors (very distantly, I suspect), but if they are here illegally they are not entitled
to representation in the Congress. Anyone other than a public school student should be expected to know that.
removes 'Black Lives Matter' street mural because of 'MAGA 2020' request. Street graffiti for me, but not for
thee. That's what lawmakers in Redwood City, California basically told a Trump supporter who wanted to paint "MAGA
2020" on the same street where left-wing activists had painted a Black Lives Matter mural. Last week, Redwood City
(which is located on the San Francisco peninsula) washed away the "Black Lives Matter" mural after a local
attorney — a Trump supporter — argued that since the street was now a public forum, she should be
allowed to paint "MAGA 2020" on it.
City Chooses No Speech over MAGA Speech. When faced with the choice of giving a Donald Trump supporter the
exact same right to free expression as the left-wing terrorist group Black Lives Matter, Redwood City, California, chose to
outlaw everyone's speech. How revealing. As Breitbart News reported Monday, Redwood City was so eager to allow
one of its residents to paint a Black Lives Matter mural on city property, the city — and therefore the
taxpayers — provided him with some of the materials.
Angeles mayor says city is 'on the brink' of declaring another stay-at-home order. Los Angeles Mayor Eric
Garcetti told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday [7/19/2020] that Los Angeles is "on the brink" of another stay-at-home order.
Los Angeles County has seen a surge of cases recently, with new record high hospitalizations and infections. The city
has more than 150,000 cases. "A lot of things went wrong," Garcetti said. He pointed out that cases haven't
increased as quickly in LA as in some cities, but said there is "no national leadership" in efforts to slow or stop the
pandemic. "It was politicized when it should have been unified."
Gov. Newsom Helps Chinese Get $1 Billion in COVID Aid. [...] I've learned my lesson this time: Don't
give Democratic governors the benefit of the doubt. I thought I'd learned it the first time. When New York's
Andrew Cuomo looked like he was showing strong leadership in the opening week or two of the coronavirus crisis, I thought
maybe we could put aside our petty differences and praise a politician from the other side. In fact, I did just
that. And then it all ended in tears. It wasn't the rambling, empurpled news conferences that made the
much-criticized presidential media briefings look like relative models of restraint. No, for me the moment I made a
clean break was when I learned the much-hailed hand sanitizer production program Cuomo was fond of touting consisted of
little more than inmates rebottling an outside product inside the Empire State's prisons in order to make the governor look good.
Bans Police-Conducted Traffic Stops, Will Send in Unarmed Civilians. Berkeley, California has approved a plan
that prohibits police officers from conducting traffics stops. The plan, proposed by the mayor and approved in a
virtual city council meeting early Wednesday morning [7/15/2020], is just one part of a major "defund the police" overhaul
planned by the city, Fox News reported. The move to separate traffic enforcement from police work is believed to be the
first of its kind in the U.S, according to the report. Instead of having trained officers conducting traffic stops, the
new policy will send in unarmed civilian city workers to deal with traffic offenders. Police unions for Los Angeles,
San Jose and San Francisco said in a joint statement that serious violations such as speeding, reckless driving, and driving
under the influence — are dangerous offenses and confronting violators can be dangerous work best handled by sworn officers.
to Release 18,000 Prisoners by End of August to 'Slow the Spread of COVID-19'. According to the California
Department of Corrections, the state is set to release up to 18,000 prisoners by the end of August to 'slow the spread of
COVID-19.' Officials in California say releasing prisoners will help protect the "health and safety of the incarcerated
population." "These actions are taken to provide for the health and safety of the incarcerated population and staff,"
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Ralph Diaz said in a news release. "We aim to implement these
decompression measures in a way that aligns both public health and public safety."
Nine politicians can stop
teen sterilizations in California, but will they? The fate of a bill to fund transgender treatments that
permanently destroy the reproductive systems of minors is now in the hands of nine California State Senators.
AB 2218, authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D) Los Angeles with principal co-author Senator Scott Wiener (D) San
Francisco, will be heard before the nine members Senate Health Committee when they return to the capitol at the end of the
month. The bill has already made its way through the Democrat-dominated state Assembly with little debate and approved
largely along party lines. It establishes an "LGBT Transgender Wellness Fund," to provide grants to nonprofits,
hospitals, health care clinics (like Planned Parenthood), and other medical providers to pay for puberty blockers, cross-sex
hormones, and mastectomies for minors, as well as cross-sex hormones and "sex-change" operations for adults.
Madness — Comrade Newsom Shuts Down California Indoor Activities. This is nuts. In an effort
to fundamentally destroy the livelihoods of millions of California small businesses, Comrade Governor Gavin Newsom has
declared that all indoor activities must shut down to top the spread of COVID-19. The overwhelming majority of dictates
around COVID-19 mitigation are not laws. There was no debate; no input from representative government; and no option
for the public to weigh-in on the decisions.
shuts bars, indoor dining and most gyms, churches amid rise in virus cases. California Gov. Gavin Newsom
on Monday extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most
places as coronavirus cases keep rising in the nation's most populated state. On July 1, Newsom ordered 19
counties with a surging number of confirmed infections to close bars and indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, zoos and
family entertainment centers like bowling alleys and miniature golf.
Newsom gives Californians a glimpse of their future. Once upon a time, California's Governor Gavin Newsom, the
leftist boy wonder of America's largest and most leftist state, was considered to be a top future contender for the White
House. That future is not so clear now that he's made it clear to Californians that every time the Wuhan virus rears
its head, he's again going to shut down their places of work and imprison them in their homes.
may release 10% of inmates in pandemic response. California officials will soon release another 2,100 inmates
from state prisons in response to the coronavirus pandemic and in all now plans to release a total of more than 10,000
inmates, or nearly 10 percent of prisoners, as Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure from advocates,
lawmakers and federal judges.
Legislators Violate Our Constitutional Rights. In multiple ways Gov. Newsom has become a
monarch — a benevolent monarch, but a monarch nonetheless. I am amazed at how many aspects of that document
the governor has violated. He would of course argue that his acts are for the public good, but he has tossed the
Constitution out the window. For example, Article 1, Section 8, says that Congress alone has the authority "to regulate
commerce with foreign nations and among the several states." Yet Gov. Newsom has unilaterally shut down varieties of
commerce and restricted travel, even excursions from one's home. Much of this commerce becomes interstate.
Lawmakers Urge Newsom to Stop Transferring People in Prison to ICE in Pandemic. Dozens of state lawmakers
called on Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday [7/6/2020] to stop California prison officials from transferring people to federal immigration
detention during the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter signed by 44 members of the state Senate and
Assembly — as well as 18 local elected officials, including Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland and Mayor Michael Tubbs
of Stockton — the political leaders said ending the transfers is urgently needed to help reduce the spread of
COVID-19 between detention systems in California.
calling for no fireworks for California's 4th of July, Gavin Newsom was in for a surprise. Amid a new outbreak
of the coronavirus, California's Gavin Newsom was adamant that no firework celebrations be done on the Fourth of July,
because the public simply could not be trusted to socially distance. [...] Illegal fireworks were once the province of
illegal immigrants bringing in the lawless ways of Mexico, but now it appears that everyone is doing them, thumbing their
nose at the law same as is done in Mexico and beyond. It goes to show that when the state overreaches, and puts out an
unreasonable demand, widespread disobedience is going to be the result. It happens in Mexico, now it's happening here.
the Wuhan virus, Gavin Newsom discovers the perils of crying 'Wolf'. In March, California Governor Gavin Newsom
put California in lockdown to flatten the Wuhan virus curve. Newsom, like Gov. Cuomo, placed virus patients in
nursing homes, which may have contributed to the 2,531 resident and 93 care worker deaths in those homes. The
government also had a hand in the virus's rampage through San Quentin prison, which killed three death row inmates. In
other words, Democrat policies in California managed to produce 42% of the state's 6,263 virus fatalities. With its
lockdown, which initially was to last for two weeks and that instead continued for months, Newsom weakened the California
economy, drove its citizens to despair, prevented people from getting healthcare for other potentially deadly conditions, and
deprived citizens of their constitutional rights.
Governor Forbids Christians From Singing in Church Houses. Golden State Christians have been ordered by
California's governor to stop singing in church. This is a direct assault on the First Amendment, [...] The new
guidance for places of worship was issued on July 1. "Discontinue singing (in rehearsals, services, etc.), chanting,
and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled
droplets. Consider practicing these activities through alternative methods (such as internet streaming) that ensure
individual congregation members perform these activities separately in their own homes," the 14-page order reads. The
previous guidelines only encouraged churches to "strongly consider" ending corporate worship, the Sacramento Bee
reported. The governor's office did not indicate how he intends to enforce the law. Can you imagine the optics of
National Guard troops storming into California church houses and arresting choir members for singing, "A Mighty Fortress is
Bans Singing In Houses Of Worship After Downplaying Spread Of Coronavirus At Protests. Gov. Gavin Newsom
(D-CA) has issued new restrictions limiting the reopening of the economy in nearly 20 counties across the Golden State.
One of the more controversial measures introduced Thursday will ban singing and chanting at houses of worships, which are
already restricted to allowing 25% of guests or just 100 worshippers (whichever is lower). The Sacramento Bee reported that
in late May, Newsom simply encouraged houses of worship to "strongly consider discontinuing singing, group recitation, and
other practices and performances."
Recall Gavin 2020. Everywhere you look, the
failures of Governor Newsom are obvious and appalling to everyone. For this reason, the Recall Gavin 2020 campaign is
not conservative or liberal, or right or left, or Republican or Democrat. This is a mass uprising. Our Recall
Gavin campaign is building a grassroots organization with over 80,000 California voters already signed up as volunteers to
sign and circulate recall petitions. That number is growing every week. And this is just the beginning. Are
you tired of being locked up, unable to make a living, at the same time as California's prisons are being emptied? Do
you wonder why Gavin Newsom's cronies are building "supportive housing" for the homeless at a cost of over a half-million
dollars per unit, instead of just getting them help in less expensive facilities? Then join the Recall Gavin 2020 movement.
Newsom orders closing of Calif restaurants, wineries — but HIS remains open. In what is seen as a
major rollback, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the closures of numerous businesses across 19 counties in
California to counter a surge in coronavirus cases. The order will be enforced for at least three weeks, and includes
restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, cardrooms, and bars,
Fox 26 reported. While a number of Central Valley counties are included, Napa County, where Gov. Newsom owns a
winery and tasting room is not among the counties affected and the business remains open as of the July 1, 2020 order,
according to the Fox affiliate.
San Francisco will
end mug shots release, citing racial bias. San Francisco police will stop making public the mug shots of people
who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes,
the city's police chief announced Wednesday [7/1/2020]. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said the department will
no longer release booking photos of suspects to the media or allow officers to post them online. The policy takes
Angeles school police chief releases powerful resignation statement after board slashes funding. Los Angeles
School Police Chief Todd Chamberlain resigned following a decision by the school board to cut millions in funding and remove
officers from campuses. Chamberlain, who stepped into the job just last year, turned in his resignation on Wednesday
[7/1/2020], according to district spokeswoman Shannon Haber, the Los Angeles Times reported. With over 35 years in law
enforcement, Chamberlain made the decision one day after the school board gave in to what he called a "potentially
life-threatening" choice to cut the school police budget by $25 million.
the Name of Tolerance, California Blacklists Idaho. In a bizarre show of authoritarianism — even for
them — California state officials have decided to ban state-funded travel to Idaho because of its transgender
law. In a press release, California's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, said: "Where states legislate
discrimination, California unambiguously speaks out. The state of Idaho has taken drastic steps to undermine the rights
of the transgender community, preventing people from playing sports in school or having documentation that reflects their
identity." In his comments Monday [6/22/2020], Becerra was referring to legislation signed by Idaho Gov. Brad Little
that banned biological males who say they identify as girls or women from participating in female sports at public schools,
colleges, and universities. House Bill 500, the Fairness in Women's Sports Act, passed by a significant margin in
Idaho's House and Senate. It wasn't even controversial among Idaho residents.
meaty issue: California tries to override the commerce clause. In late 2018, California voters passed
Proposition 12, banning the in-state sale of any pork or veal (regardless of origin) from an animal that had been "confined
in a cruel manner," defined as that which prevents an animal from lying down or turning around freely. [...] Yet, the issue
here is not just that Proposition 12 is bad policy. It's also likely unconstitutional under the Supreme Court's
commerce clause precedents, including its "extraterritorial doctrine." In Baldwin v. G.A.F Seelig,
Inc., the court ruled that a New York milk distributor could not be forced to pay New York minimum prices for milk
supplied by Vermont farms. "New York has no power to project its legislation into Vermont," the court declared, before
noting that the Founding Fathers gave Congress the power to regulate commerce because of "the mutual jealousies and aggressions
of the States, taking form in customs barriers and other economic retaliation" existing under the Articles of Confederation.
Mailing It In.
Assembly Bill 860, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on June 18, is premised on ensuring safety in the era of the
coronavirus. Yet Wisconsinites voted in person in April, and the predicted spike in coronavirus cases from that public
assembly never materialized. The state's caseload did climb, but no steep increase occurred in the days and weeks after
the primary, just a steady rise that has continued, partly driven by expanded testing. Apparently the same can be said
for the locations where George Floyd marches, encouraged by the media and many public officials, were held. The
pandemic, it appears, was a useful crisis — voting by mail has long been a priority among progressives, and the
coronavirus outbreak provided sufficient cover to institute it.
Abolishes School Police Department. The Oakland Unified School District abolished its own police force at a
school board meeting on Wednesday night, bowing to the wishes of radical left-wing activists and the Black Lives Matter
movement. The decision came a day after the Los Angeles Unified School District board could not agree on a similar
proposal. It follows nationwide demands from activists, including many Democrats, to defund or abolish the police.
When the Madness Ends? What will California's multimillionaire Governor Gavin Newsom do when his silly press
conferences end, but his 13.3 percent income tax rate and 47-cent gas tax still don't come close to closing his $50 billion
annual deficit? Give more adolescent lectures about how the virus and lockdown are "reimagining a progressive era as it
pertains to capitalism"?
a reason racial tension is rising in America - it's by design. In California, Democrats are moving to repeal
Proposition 209. Proposition 209 explicitly bans racial discrimination in hiring and education. In other words,
Democrats in California are now fighting for discrimination. This is not considered strange in 2020. No one even
mentions it. A couple of weeks ago, Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky announced plans to bring universal health
insurance to his state, but not for all citizens, just for people with the right skin color. Everyone else would pay,
but only certain ethnic groups would benefit. Andy Beshear is still in office. No one has tried to impeach him
for suggesting this because ideas like this are everywhere now. They're totally unchallenged. This is the most
divisive possible way to run a country. If you wanted to make certain that your children would hate each other, you
would hold them to different standards, and they certainly would. There is a reason that racial tension is rising in
this country — it's by design.
Mask-wearing is becoming
increasingly politicized. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, announced Thursday [6/18/2020] that
mask-wearing is compulsory in most public settings, making California the 11th state to mandate that people wear masks.
Public spaces include every workspace, public transit, and any facility in which people receive medical care. President
Trump, meanwhile, has discounted the benefits of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In Beverly Hills: Emergency Order Bans Protests In Residential Areas. The rich and famous are all about
protesting and declaring themselves down with the struggle until protesters forget their place and invade residential areas
of Beverly Hills. Then the masks drop. It's the ultimate Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) — the City of Beverly
Hills issued an emergency order Saturday night [6/13/2020] that bans public gatherings of more than 10 people in residential
areas between 9 PM and 8 AM. What brought this on? Well, it seems a group calling themselves "Occupy" disrupted the
beauty sleep of locals in their posh neighborhood on June 12 between the hours of 10 PM until 1 AM. The group used bullhorns
and "amplified music". The residents want their tranquility back. The emergency order remains in effect until further notice.
City Officials Admit to Accepting Bribes. A former Calexico City, California councilman along with a former
commissioner on the city's Economic Development and Financial Advisory Commission, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday
to corruption charges, admitting that they accepted cash bribes in exchange for promises of official action by the
city. David Romero and Bruno Suarez Soto entered their pleas before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal, who set
sentencing for Sept. 4, 2020, before U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo. Romero and Soto, who were charged in
federal court in May, were allowed to remain free on $10,000 personal appearance bonds secured by their own signatures.
Smacks Down Gavin Newsom's Election Executive Order: "Impermissible Use of Legislative Powers".
Throughout the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic and shutdowns the nation's Democrat governors have shown us just how dictatorial
their aspirations are by issuing reams of overreaching executive orders they claim are allowable due to the public health
emergency. California's Gavin Newsom has been one of the worst offenders, but an order issued Friday [6/12/2020] by
Sutter County Superior Court Judge Perry Parker could put a stop to a number of items on Newsom's wish list. Two GOP
members of the California State Assembly, Kevin Kiley and James Gallagher, filed suit Thursday seeking to invalidate Newsom's
Executive Order N-67-20 pertaining to the November general election and requesting "interim declaratory relief and a
temporary restraining order." [...] Friday morning Parker issued a temporary restraining order suspending implementation of
the executive order, saying it was "an impermissible use of legislative powers in violation of the California Constitution
and the laws of the State of California."
in LAPD Slam City Council Over Private Security Details Amid Budget Cut. While LA City Council President Nury
Martinez was filing a motion last week seeking to cut $150 million from the LAPD budget, she had an LAPD unit standing watch
outside her home providing her family with a private security detail since April. [...] "It's kind of ironic. Here she
is demanding $150 million be reallocated from the police budget, but yet she has security at her house by the Los Angeles
Police Department," said Det. Jamie McBride, who serves as director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the
Harris, calling for $150 million LAPD defunding, also used LAPD as her private security detail. A Los Angeles
city councilwoman was exposed as a hypocrite for introducing a bill to cut $150 million from the Los Angeles Police
Department budget, while maintaining an LAPD private detail at her home for herself. Security for me, but not for thee,
see, the leftist political elites always gets their takings first. Guess who else is just as hypocritical? Sure
enough, Kamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential frontrunner, who's loudly endorsed these $150 million police defundings,
supporting the idea, along with her political ally, Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was last seen calling the LAPD 'killers.'
Newsom to close 200-person veteran's home after budgeting handouts to illegal aliens. Grandstanding
Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom reportedly wants to close a 200-resident veterans nursing home in a budget-cutting
measure while at the same time enthusiastically handing out about $75 million in direct cash benefits to illegal aliens
living in the state. In an extreme example of questionable priorities to say the least, Newsom, a far-left Democrat who
is enabled by a Democrat-controlled legislature, targeted the Veterans Home of California-Barstow for closure to save $2.6
million (or perhaps less) as the formerly Golden State faces a corona-virus-induced budget crisis. For Democrats,
illegal immigrants are among their primary constituencies, particularlyin California where, as noted above, they essentially
run a one-party dictatorship in state that could be the epicenter of voter fraud.
buyers reportedly in 'mad rush' to leave San Francisco. Amid the depths of a global pandemic and financial
downturn, the demand for real estate is unexpectedly rocketing in wealthy regions outside San Francisco, reports
Bloomberg. Agents say that demand is soaring in affluent areas around the Bay Area such as Napa, Marin and further
afield in Carmel, as people who have the means look to get away from the city.
Mayor Garcetti Calls His Cops 'Killers.' The 'Killers' Just Sent a Reply to the 'Unstable' Mayor. Mayors and
governors across the land have run to the cameras and microphones to be among the first to kneel in supplication to the
riotous mobs in the streets. They eagerly do what the Leftists at Black Lives Matter (BLM) and George Soros call for,
such as defunding police departments. They call for rule changes so that cops are defanged in the face of riotous
antifa and BLM mobs. [...] Just two weeks ago, mayors and governors across the land were lauding their first responders for
keeping the peace during COVID. Those days are over. The mob has spoken.
The Police' Is A Slogan For The Destruction Of America. If you thought "abolish the police" — or
it's more moderate iteration, "defund the police" — was just some asinine slogan blue-check journalists, woke
academics, and pandering public officials post on Twitter to show they support the Black Lives Matter movement, then you're
not keeping up with the revolution. This week Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, announced the city would be slashing the
police department's budget by $100 to $150 million and instead "reinvesting in black communities and communities of color."
The cuts to the LA police will make up the bulk of $250 million in funds to be reallocated to "end racism in our city,"
LAPD Rips Into Councilwoman Over
Reactionary Department Cuts: "We'll Take Care Of It At The Ballot Box". America is in a free fall and
none of our state and local leaders seem to have a clue how to fix it. Minneapolis got the brilliant idea to completely
eradicate their police department and replace it with some "citizen patrol" weirdness and what could possibly go wrong with
that? Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti made sure the media got lots of pictures of him kneeling just before he announced
the City of Angels would cut $250 million from its policing budget to give to "communities of color." If you think he meant
that he'd be handing out the cash personally to black business and home owners who just had their livelihoods burned to the
ground by looters and rioters, you are wrong. He will be handing that cash directly over to Black Lives Matter.
Where it goes from there is anyone's guess but hey, at least Garcetti will feel like a good person. Understandably LAPD
is not pleased. Not only were they deliberately prevented from stepping in to protect communities from Antifa during
the first days of the riot, they have been maligned and insulted by their own leadership.
LAPD' becomes a rallying cry, Garcetti will seek cuts up to $150 million. When Los Angeles was plunged into a
budget crisis earlier this year, progressive activists demanded that the City Council slash spending at the Police
Department, saying it's wrong to boost funding for officers while cutting other urgently needed services. The debate
over police spending at City Hall has only intensified after several days of protests against police brutality, the LAPD's
response to those demonstrations and the looting that sometimes followed. Activists with Black Lives Matter, Ground
Game LA and other grassroots groups say incidents in recent days where officers have used aggressive tactics including
projectiles and batons only reinforce the need to defund the LAPD.
Garcetti bows to rioters, vows to cut police budget. Los Angeles is lost. As a resident of Southern
California, I can tell you with a heavy heart that we lost. Los Angeles, arguably the heart of the west coast of
America, has been demolished by leftist policies for years. But in the face of riots over George Floyd's murder, Mayor
Eric Garcetti has done the exact opposite of what he should be doing. Instead of cracking down on crime, he's pulling
money out of law enforcement. On top of that, he's making ludicrous moves like declaring a moratorium on putting people
in the gang data base. As many leftist mayors and governors across the country are doing, Garcetti is making law
enforcement out to be the bad guys, only the Los Angeles Mayor is doing everything he can to be the most "woke" mayor of them all.
in the 21st Century: 20 Long Years of Constant Brainwashing. The campaign to brainwash America about the Wuhan
Virus has basically run its course along with the virus itself, and has now been replaced by a brainwashing campaign to
convince us that we should all run out to the nearest riot and take a knee, just like Joe Biden did in that black church on
Sunday. [...] In Los Angeles yesterday [6/3/2020], the National Guard there took a knee before the rioters, which means the
rioters are now in charge of Los Angeles, which is presumably how Mayor Eric Garcetti wanted it anyway.
Garcetti: LAPD budget to be cut by $150M to fund programs
in black communities. Amid nationwide protests ignited by the police-involved killing of George Floyd early
last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that up to $150 million will be cut from the L.A. Police Department
as part of relocating some $250 million from the city's budget to fund programs in communities of color.
The Editor says...
Programs? What kind of programs? What does that really mean?
Tried to Bail Out Illegal Aliens - and It's a Disaster. California's illegal alien population is its shadow
economy and with many of the industries that employ them shut down, the Democrats who depend on ghost districts populated by
illegals decided that something had to be urgently done to keep the illegal aliens from fleeing back across the border.
The Democrats figured that giving them checks would be cheaper than building a wall to keep them in. But who knew that
a $125 million stimulus program for illegal aliens would become such a disaster? Illegal aliens were eligible to apply
for up to $1,000 with $75 million coming from the California taxpayers bailing out illegals who don't pay taxes. And another
$50 million was supposed to be donated by wealthy lefties. But while the taxpayers of the state were forced to put up
their $75 million, the wealthy politically correct elites who have poured fortunes into electing Democrats didn't pay up.
Fiat: No California Protest Can Have More Than 100 People. Regressive Supreme Leader Gavin Newsom is
angry. On Saturday more than 2,000 showed up at the Capitol to protest his dictatorship, issuing 40 Executive Orders
and changing close to 200 State laws, without a vote of the Legislature or even telling them in advance. He signed over
400 NO BID contracts — some for firms owned by the Chinese Communist Party. People are angry — so
they protest. Now, in the name of "safety and health", Newsom has issued another illegal edict — no protest
can have more than 100 people. Watch as that edict is violated in every corner of the State. This is no different
than what the Chinese Communist Party is doing to the people of Hong Kong.
harvesting bounty: How Dems apparently used election law change to rout California Republicans. A minor
change in California's election laws may have had a major effect on last month's midterm elections that saw Democrats
steamroll their Republican rivals and claim all but seven of the Golden State's 53 House seats. Despite holding
substantial leads on Election Day, many Republican candidates in California saw their advantage shrink, and then disappear,
as late-arriving Democratic votes were counted in the weeks following the election. While no hard evidence is
available, many observers point to the Democrats use of "ballot harvesting" as a key to their success in the elections.
protest in Sacramento against stay-at-home order. Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the state Capitol on
Saturday [5/23/2020] to protest against California's stay-at-home orders even as residents entered the Memorial Day weekend
with newly expanded options for beachgoing, barbecuing and shopping. The rally to demand that Gov. Gavin Newsom
lift his restrictions on business, religious gatherings and other activities took on the atmosphere of a political rally and
festival on a closed-off street.
Democrats Want to Bring Racial Preferences Back. Rather than focus on COVID-19 or the economic recovery,
California liberals insist on pushing their pet issues. The "stimulus" bill rammed through the House this month by
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco was a liberal wish list of subsidies and spending. Now other California Democrats
are ramming through an effort to repeal the state's ban on racial preferences. Two things often happen when a single
political party dominates a state the way Democrats dominate California. First, an echo chamber of the dominant party
convinces its leaders they can steamroll over any opposition. Second, that conviction leads to political overreach.
Caucasian Americans are now only 19 percent of UC students, down from 38 percent a quarter century ago —
this change reflects the increasing ethnic diversity of Californians.
Newsom responds to Justice Department warning over church closures. After receiving a formal warning from the
United States Justice Department over church closures, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said his state is "weeks away" from
allowing in-person religious services to resume. A group of federal attorneys wrote a letter to Newsom warning him that
prolonged church closures likely violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment due to the fact that similar
non-religious businesses are receiving the green light to reopen in Stage 2.
Issa, Judicial Watch Sue Gavin Newsom over Vote by Mail. Former Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Judicial Watch sued
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday [5/21/2020] over his May 8 executive order allowing all voters in the state to
vote by mail — whether they had formally requested to do so, or not. Newsom's order cites the threat of
coronavirus: because "it is unknown to what degree COVID-19 will pose a threat to public health in November," mail-in ballots
must be sent to everyone — but in-person voting must also be provided.
Bust-Up. Every state and municipal budget in America will take a big hit because of the coronavirus lockdowns,
but no public purse is in as much trouble as California's. Its Department of Finance recently estimated that the Golden
State could face a $54 billion shortfall in the fiscal year beginning July 1, which surely must be the largest deficit any
state has ever accumulated, surpassing the $40 billion hole that nearly swallowed Sacramento in 2008. Still, though Governor
Gavin Newsome said last weekend that the staggering deficit was "a direct result of Covid-19," that's clearly not true.
Critics have long warned that the state's tax base is volatile, being increasingly reliant on wealthy residents and
vulnerable to sharp contraction in the next recession. Combine that with California's spending spree —
including expenditures to fix problems that the state's own bad policies have worsened — and the swing from
prosperity to penury isn't hard to understand.
Aliens Jam Phone Lines as California Offers $500 Each in Coronavirus Relief. The State of California is
offering $500 each to illegal aliens as part of a $75 million coronavirus relief program — even as it asks federal
taxpayers for help paying for its $54 billion deficit. The program, which launched on Monday [5/18/2020], saw phone lines
jammed as "undocumented immigrants," who are ineligible for the federal aid provided thus far, called a state hotline.
as far as the eye can see. California governor Gavin Newsom is now warning of the potential for a third and
fourth wave of the coronavirus, stating that we must remain humble by what we still don't know about it. While there
may be a lot that we don't know about this sickening virus that was thrust upon the world by communist China, we do know that
what is unfolding is unsustainable and unconstitutional. Our society is nearing a state of partial collapse due to
protracted mitigation in blue states as the Constitution is trampled upon and set on fire. Newsom, like Dr. Fauci,
appears to view our lives through the singular lens of this virus. But life is more complex than that (duh), and Newson
is ignoring the larger reality (or at least pretending to) in order to hold onto power. Citing what we still don't know
about the virus leaves the door wide open for him to continue to rule like an evil emperor.
Give Us Money Or We'll Fire Cops and Firefighters. Governor Newsom is behind in the Most Loathsome Governor in
America race, largely because he hasn't managed to kill as many nursing home residents as rivals like Cuomo and Murphy.
But here he is trying to take first responders hostage. [...] Cops and firefighters are the most expendable employees in
California. Not the billion dollar homeless services infrastructure. Not all the social justice and diversity
personnel. Not, for that matter, the vast useless corps of educational administrators. Nope. We're gonna
fire cops and firefighters because we decided to shut down the state and the rest of the country won't send us money.
Watch sues to stop Newsom from giving 75 million tax dollars to illegals. Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch is
asking a California Court to appeals to issue a temporary restraining order to stop Governor Newsom from paying out $75 million
tax dollars to people here illegally. The Lower Court found that JW's lawsuit is likely to succeed on the merits since Newsom
has no right to dole out the money, but illegal aliens need the money and that outweighs everything. Today's [5/18/2020] filing
asks the Court of Appeal to command the Superior Court to issue the restraining order against California Governor Gavin Newsom and his
Director of the California Department of Social Services Kim Johnson, enjoining them from making what is now an imminent, May 18,
2020, illegal expenditure of $79.8 million of taxpayers' funds to illegal aliens pending the final determination of the taxpayer
action brought by Judicial Watch in the lower court.
is offering $500 cash payments to unauthorized immigrants who don't qualify for stimulus checks or unemployment
benefits. California is rolling out a program on Monday that will give $500 cash payments to unauthorized
immigrants shut out of traditional government aid programs because of their immigration status. The New York Times
reported the $75 million taxpayer-funded program funded will be conducted by phone to reduce in-person contacts. It's
expected to distribute cash to 150,000 people and the maximum amount awarded per household is $1,000. "California is the
most diverse state in the nation. Our diversity makes us stronger and more resilient," Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a
statement last month about the program. "Every Californian, including our undocumented neighbors and friends, should
know that California is here to support them during this crisis. We are all in this together."
The Editor says...
[#1] Yes, they're "shut out" because of their "immigration status," to wit, they are not supposed to be here
at all. [#2] "We're all in this together" is the new Big Brother catch phrase designed and intended to
stifle dissent. You may notice Big Brother repeating this catch phrase over and over in every grocery store.
Newsom: First responders 'first ones laid off' unless California gets federal COVID-19 funds. California
Gov. Gavin Newsom says first responders will be the "first ones laid" off unless federal bucks arrive in the Golden
State in the near future. The Democrat appeared to be playing a political game of chicken with Republicans in Congress
over the weekend during a discussion about the coronavirus pandemic with CNN's Jake Tapper. Mr. Newsom specifically
had a message for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans when asked about a $3 trillion relief bill
being "dead on arrival."
Happening Here. Thousands of flag-waving Californians descended upon the State Capitol Friday [5/15/2020] for a
protest of Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide stay-at-home lockdown order, which has caused millions of residents to lose
their jobs and businesses," wrote Katy Grimes in the California Globe. Down in Huntington Beach in Orange
County, as Fox News explained, protesters were backing up traffic for a mile on Pacific Coast Highway, while others staged
rallies in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. What could have prompted these Californians to get out in the
streets? Governor Gavin Newsom had declared them "nonessential" and they showed up with signs reading "All jobs are
essential." So, basically they want their lives back. This is not what their governor wants, however. On
Wednesday, Newsom told reporters, "we believe we are weeks, not months, away from making meaningful modifications to that
indicator," a reference to his shelter-in-place order. The San Francisco Democrat didn't say what the modifications
would be or when he would make them, and he didn't want people expressing their opposition in public.
discovering that with sanctuary cities, what goes around, comes around. Atwater, California, has declared
itself a sanctuary city — sanctuary from tyrannical government draining the lifeblood from the people. If
leftist tyrants can provide safe haven to illegal invaders, why not have sanctuary cities that protect Americans from our
newly anointed dictators? So this rural city of fewer than 30,000 people located in the center of California has
decided to free itself from the suffocating chokehold of the state. At the end of April, the City Council voted
unanimously to open businesses and churches.
town declares itself 'sanctuary city' for businesses, opens up in defiance of stay-at-home order. A central
California city has declared itself a "sanctuary city" for businesses and will open up in defiance of the state's
stay-at-home order. The city council in Atwater passed a resolution Friday allowing businesses to open despite
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's order for businesses to remain closed, according to ABC30's Vanessa Vasconcelos.
City To Allow Reopenings, Declares Itself A 'Sanctuary City' For Business. The central California city of
Atwater has declared itself a "sanctuary city" for businesses. The Friday [5/15/2020] resolution passed by the Atwater
City Council allows business owners to open, openly defying Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom's coronavirus-related
stay-at-home order. The resolution affirms "the city's commitment" to "fundamental" human rights. Churches and
other nonprofits are included in the resolution, according to ABC30's Vanessa Vasconcelos.
governor: Shrink prisons to help cut budget. Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink
the footprint of California's prison system, partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic but also because
of philosophy. The revised budget he sent to state lawmakers this week envisions closing two state prisons in the
coming years; cutting nearly one in five of the 43 inmate firefighter camps; and eventually closing all three state-run
Democrats say 10-year rent-relief plan 'not a giveaway'. California Democrats on Tuesday proposed giving
tenants struggling during the coronavirus pandemic 10 years to pay their rent. The state would purchase unpaid rents
and allow renters a decade, starting in 2024, to pay it back without interest, under the proposal by Senate President Pro Tem
Toni Atkins, tthe Sacramento Bee reported. Landlords would receive a tax credit dependent on committing to not evict
tenants. "This is not a giveaway," Democratic state Sen. Steven Bradford said, according to The Associated
Press. "Our goal is to keep tenants houses and keep landlords out of foreclosure."
Revives Affirmative Action. On May 5, just a day after the California Legislature reconvened, an assembly
hearing was held for the controversial Assembly Constitutional Amendment NO. 5 (ACA-5) in the Committee of Public Employment
and Retirement. With a long session of contested public comments over the phone, ACA-5 was passed with a 6-to-1 vote
under the moralistic appeal of "hope for all." While purporting to increase diversity and representation, ACA-5 fails to
meaningfully address structural issues behind achievement gaps and racial discrepancies for both political and philosophical
reasons. Instead, the bill proposes a statewide reinstitution of government preferences in public employment,
education, and contracting along rigid racial lines. The utopian and myopic scheme, wrapped around feel-good rhetoric
with a steep price tag, will not only fall short of establishing long-lasting diversity, but can further compromise true
equality and the merit-based principle, both of which are bedrocks of American democracy.
Gavin Newsom Orders Vote-by-Mail for November Election. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday signed
an executive order permitting all registered voters in the Golden State to vote by mail in the upcoming presidential
election, citing concerns stemming from the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. "I signed an executive order that will allow
every registered voter in California to receive a mail-in ballot," Newsom said. "That mail-in ballot is important but
it's not an exclusive substitute to physical locations."
The Editor says...
In other words, you're being encouraged to vote in person, in addition to mailing in your ballot, and any other ballots you find in the
trash can at the post office, or in your neighbor's mailbox, or in the dumpster at an apartment complex.
Francisco DA Says His Father, Convicted Murderer And Former Member Of Terrorist Group, Should Get Out Of Prison. San
Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin believes his father, convicted murderer and former Weather Underground member David Gilbert,
should be released from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gilbert and Boudin's mother, Kathy Boudin, were convicted of murder
in 1983 for serving as getaway drivers during a bank robbery that left three people dead at the hands of their co-conspirators.
Is Ready to Get Rid of Gavin Newsom. Across California on May 1, tens of thousands protested in defiance of
statewide lockdown orders. In Sacramento, the west lawn of the state capitol building was filled with protesters, with
thousands more marching along the sidewalk surrounding the capitol grounds. Additional thousands driving their cars and
honking their horns created three hours of total gridlock on the streets that loop around the capitol. Noteworthy
protests have taken place in San Diego, Encinitas, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Paso Robles, Santa Rosa, and even tiny
Lakeport on the shores of Clear Lake. There is no end in sight. While the media has typecast these growing
protests as populated by right-wing extremists, Trump supporters, and remnants of a geriatric Tea Party movement, the reality
in California is different. In Laguna Beach, the protest was organized by surfers. Overall, these protests
included people who claimed never to have been involved in politics, people who identified themselves as former Democrats,
and young people. Thousands and thousands of youth: children, teenagers, college students, twentysomethings.
A generation is waking up.
California Thinking About Coronavirus Internment Camps? Gavin Newsom, governor of the "nation-state" of
California, is raising what he calls an "army" of 20,000 government employees who will trace the spread of coronavirus across
the state. Those found guilty, or rather, infected, are likely to run into an uncomfortable change in their
lives. In Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, a pilot program was launched this week to trace infections and
exposure, according to County Health Director Dr. Robert Levin. When infected persons are found, he said, they are
"immediately isolated." As more people are tested, Levin continued, "we will find more and more people who have
COVID-19." "We will isolate every one of them, and we will find every one of their contacts, and we will make sure that
they stayed quarantined, and we'll check in with them every day." Seems innocuous, even helpful. But: [...]
District Attorney Boasts 'I'm Keeping San Francisco Safer by Emptying the Jail'. San Francisco District
Attorney Chesa Boudin is bragging about his city's jailbreak policies that have been implemented throughout the coronavirus
pandemic, claiming in a Los Angeles Times op/ed that he is "keeping San Francisco safer by emptying the jail."
Lyft Sued by California in Major Gig-Economy Crackdown. Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. were sued by
California for allegedly violating a new state law designed to give gig-economy workers the benefits of employees.
While expected, the lawsuit filed Tuesday [5/5/2020] in state court marks a serious threat to the business model of an array of
companies that save on labor costs by classifying workers as independent contractors. If the companies ultimately lose
the suit, they could be forced to pay for overtime, health care and other benefits.
Free O.C. California
governor Gavin Newsom's executive order closing the beaches of Orange County, Calif., is what you get when you govern by
Twitter: A news photo showing a crowded Orange County beach makes the social-media rounds, provoking the predictable
outrage storm; Governor Newsom, rather than investigate, issues an executive order to placate the social-media circus; that
executive order is based on powers that the governor does not enjoy, and the Democratic governor singles out the historically
Republican cities of Orange County. It is not even clear that there was a real problem for Newsom to solve. One
photograph did indeed show an Orange County beach looking like spring break; other photographs showed a much more dispersed
and socially distanced crowd.
County DA 'outraged' after commissioner releases 7 dangerous sex offenders due to COVID-19 restrictions. Orange
County, Calif. District Attorney Todd Spitzer stated Saturday [5/2/2020] that he is "outraged" after the state ordered
the release of seven high-risk sex offenders from the county's jails over concerns they could contract coronavirus.
Appearing on "Fox & Friends Weekend" with host Jason Chaffetz, Spitzer said that the issue at hand is not just in Orange
County or California, but "is a ruse that has been pulled on the American public, on jails and custodial facilities all over
Newsom Puts Politics Over Data in California Shutdown. Los Angeles County, which has implemented the most
draconian beach closures in the country, has in excess of 1,000 coronavirus deaths. Orange County, which has
consistently taken a less restrictive approach, has had 45 deaths going into this weekend. Orange County's population
of 3.3 million is larger than 22 states. If it were a state, Orange County's death rate of 0.0014% would be the
49th lowest in the country. The primary hospital in Newport Beach has a 475-beds capacity and has never treated more than
25 people for coronavirus issues at any given time. The leaders of that hospital system believe that the curve has
flattened, and that Orange County needs to responsibly reopen.
Watch Sues California to Stop Governor Newsom's Initiative to Provide $75 Million in Cash Benefits to Illegal
Aliens. Judicial Watch announced it filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles
on behalf of two California taxpayers, Robin Crest and Howard Myers, asking the court to stop the state from expending $75 million
of taxpayer funds to provide direct cash assistance to unlawfully present aliens. The lawsuit alleges California Governor Gavin
Newsom overstepped his authority and violated federal law when, without affirmative state legislative approval, he took executive action
to create the "Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Project" and provide cash benefits to illegal aliens who otherwise are ineligible
for state or federal insurance or other benefits due to their unlawful presence in the United States.
of protesters flock to Huntington Beach following state-ordered OC beach closures. Large crowds opposing the
state's coronavirus stay-at-home mandate took to the streets of downtown Huntington Beach on Friday [5/1/2020], a day after
the governor closed Orange County beaches and drew frustration and criticism from some residents and city leaders.
Protesters gathered near the Huntington Beach pier shortly before noon, with the crowd eventually swelling to some
2,500-3,000 people, according to Huntington Beach police Chief Robert Handy. The tightly packed crowd, with most people
not wearing protective masks, repeatedly chanted "U.S.A." as they waited for the demonstration to begin.
Cities Vote To Sue Governor For Closing Their Beaches. The cities of Huntington Beach and Dana Point have voted
to take legal action against the state of California after Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) said he would close all beaches and
state parks inside of their cities and the rest of Orange County. According to The Los Angeles Times, Huntington Beach
voted 5-2 in a last-minute meeting in favor of seeking an injunction against the governor, who announced in Thursday's
coronavirus press conference that the state would close all beaches in Orange County in response to "alarm bells," including
packed crowds and a lack of reportedly improper physical distancing.
Grundy puts Orange County, but not San Diego County, on restriction. Just a few hours ago, I got back from La
Jolla, a rich and deep-blue enclave of the city of San Diego that's the home of Mitt Romney. The just-after-sunset
beach traipse was to see the bioluminescence event. Beach waves turn glow-in-the-dark at night as a result of the red
tide, and it's a rare and completely yowza thing to see. Of course it drew a crowd. Street parking was
competitive. The cars just kept coming and coming on Coast Boulevard near Wipeout Beach, and visitors bunched up at
stoplights to use crosswalks — no slipping across the streets real quick to get to the shore view from the
cliffs. Here's a bit of the pre-weekend flavor, and this was far from the most crowded scene I saw. You can see
that the groups have masks, look more like friends than families, and aren't socially distancing.
Newsom, beach cop taking on all California. California's Gov. Gavin Newsom is shutting down the beaches,
just as the entire population of California goes stir-crazy and the sunniest weekend of the year beckons. [...] Unless city
officials intend to deploy every police officer to politicing the beaches, it's very unlikely to be the sort of order that's
going to work. Already there are signs the order will never be heeded. The opening of the beaches, about a week
ago, was brought on by public pressure to open the public space, and that's just for starters. The surfer enclaves of
Encinitas and Huntington Beach have already seen fierce protests and calls to end the lockdown.
California-wide beach shutdown: Gavin Newsom went for narrow closure. State officials pushed to close all
beaches and state parks in California to try to prevent overcrowding they feared could spread the coronavirus, but
Gov. Gavin Newsom decided Thursday only to temporarily close beaches in Orange County, an administration official
said. Newsom said at a news conference he was ordering a "hard close" in Orange County after beaches in Newport Beach
and Huntington Beach drew tens of thousands of visitors during a heat wave last weekend. He said he was particularly
concerned about the beach activity because Orange County has more coronavirus cases and hospitalizations than many other areas.
The Editor says...
What happened to "the virus knows no borders?"
Gov Newsom [is] Only Closing Beaches in (Conservative) Orange County. In a move that makes him look even more
petty and dictatorial than before, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he's announcing state parks and
beach closures only in Orange County this weekend instead of closing state parks and state beaches throughout the entire
state as he'd planned, and which my colleague Kira Davis reported. The reasoning outlined by Newsom in the press
conference was nonsensical and inconsistent. More likely is that Newsom wants to punish Orange County officials, whom
he sees as uncooperative (despite his public claims), particularly Supervisor and former Assemblymember Don Wagner.
Orange County was one of the Republican Party's last strongholds in the state until the 2018 election, in which Democrats
swept all seven House seats in the county.
to close all California beaches, state parks over coronavirus: memo. California Gov. Gavin Newsom will be
closing all beaches and state parks across the state starting Friday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to
a memo sent to California police chiefs on Wednesday [4/29/2020]. The decision comes after Newsom called out the
massive crowds that flocked to Newport Beach in Orange County last weekend during a heat wave. Newsom called the beach
crowds an example of "what not to do" to make progress toward easing restrictions in the statewide stay-at-home order.
Gov Newsom Warns Sun-Loving Newport Beachgoers "Aggressive" Measures Coming. In a livestreamed update on the
Golden State's response to COVID-19 this afternoon [4/27/2020], California Governor Gavin Newsom threw down the gauntlet to
sun-worshippers in his state, who he was disappointed appeared to be enjoying life over the weekend. That's something
that just can't stand, man! Newsom began his speech with a smile, by thanking "the 40 million" Californians who "over
the course of the last number of weeks have not only bent the curve... but stabilized it." But the governor's smile only
lasted about 24 seconds, when he said this: [...]
to close all beaches after crowds ignore social distancing rules. California will reportedly close all beaches
and state parks beginning Friday [5/1/2020] after swells of beachgoers fled to the shore last weekend in defiance of social
distancing rules. The state's governor, Gavin Newsom, will formally announce the decision Thursday, according to a memo
outlining the move obtained by FOX 11. "After well-publicized media coverage of overcrowded beaches this past weekend,
in violation of Governor Newson's shelter in place order, the governor will be announcing tomorrow that beaches and all state
parks in California will be closed, effective Friday, May 1," said the notification, which was sent out to all California
police chiefs on Wednesday.
Francisco Bay Area Extends Lock-Down Order Throughout May. It is being reported the San Francisco Bay area will
remain in a state of forced lock-down with an extension of the stay-at-home orders throughout May. Considering this is
the home of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, this decision highlights an expectation that the federal government will bail out local and
state governments. We anticipated this type of approach where Blue states & Blue regions will keep their economies
closed as long as possible to inflict maximum political damage. Simply, if San Francisco were not confident they will
gain a federal bailout they would not be keeping their economic system closed for another entire month.
Help Out with the Pandemic and Unemployment, California Will Now Pay Seniors to Order From Restaurants. If
you're a restaurant-lovin' California senior citizen and lookin' to make a few extra bucks, you're in luck. Assuming
you fit the profile, the state will now pay you to wine and dine yourself — if you order your grub. On
Friday [4/24/2020], Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new program wherein local, state, and federal money (so if you're
local, will you be triple-taxed for this?) will be paid out to eligible seniors who order food from nearby restaurants.
Ordered by CA Supreme Court to Defend $75 Million Giveaway to Illegals. Californians struggling to make ends
meet during extended coronavirus shutdowns were not amused when their governor, Gavin Newsom, announced the creation of a
public-private partnership to give away $125 million ($500/person) in pandemic relief grants to illegal immigrants who are
ineligible to receive unemployment benefits or federal stimulus checks (because they are not here legally, duh). Newsom
further explained that of the $125 million in funding, $75 million would come from taxpayer funds (without explaining any
legislative process appropriating such funds) and that "a group of charities" had promised to chip in $50 million.
Fascism Shines Through. On April 14, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he's planning to give
$125 million in public and private funds to 150,000 adults living in the state illegally. Newsom understands that
illegal immigration is the future of the Democratic party. Californians are ordered to stay at home. Illegal
aliens are welcome to come there any time. Everything that Newsom and his party have done for illegals —
sanctuary cities, free health care, driver's licenses, in-state tuition — will encourage more to come here in
violation of our immigration laws. Fascists don't believe in the rule of law, unless it benefits them directly.
won't share details on $1B mask deal with China. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing pushback as state
lawmakers have begun demanding details of his nearly $1 billion deal to receive 200 million masks per month from a Chinese
manufacturer. Just two weeks after announcing the deal, Newsom has remained largely mum on the specifics.
Advisers to the California Democrat have declined requests for comment from the Los Angeles Times about the agreement, which
was inked with Chinese electric car manufacturer BYD — which stands for Build Your Dreams — earlier
this month. BYD was formed in 1995 as a battery manufacturer. In 2008, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway
purchased a 24.8% stake in the company.
'Reopening' Economic Task Force Is As Absurd As It Gets. California Governor Gavin Newsom has introduced his
new economic task force to begin plans for reopening the economy. The task force is 80 members and will include:
[#1] Former Governor Gray Davis, who — in a rare event of complete voter unity — was recalled from the
governorship for his utter incompetence. [#2] Former Governor Jerry Brown, who brought us our disastrous pension
liability. [#3] Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who gave us the current Democrat super majority by bringing us the
insane notion of "jungle primaries." [#4] Failed presidential candidate and very rich man Tom Steyer, who proudly
supports a New Green Deal and is very vocal about working to end vital business in the energy sector. Let's not forget
that Newsom said recently he views this crisis as a chance to usher in a "new era" of progressive policies.
Much Do The Pelosi's Have Invested In China? Pelosi may present herself as the defender of the little
guy. She is anything but. In 2018 her net worth was roughly $160 million. She is married to Paul Pelosi who
runs a top tier investment and real estate firm in San Francisco. Over the course of decades, as Nancy has risen
through the ranks of the Democratic Party, the Pelosi's have gotten fabulously wealthy. There have been any number of
allegations over the decades that Nancy and her husband have profited in ways that are clearly illegal from the access a
senior politician enjoys. Over a span of years, Nancy Pelosi used her influence to steer more than $1 billion to the
expansion of a light rail line into a San Francisco neighborhood where her husband owned commercial property and in which
business associates of his then purchased additional properties. The value of real estate in the area exploded with the
arrival of light rail, and the Pelosi's made a killing. There has also been an almost unending number of allegations
that Paul Pelosi has benefited from what is known as insider trading. That is, he has made sometimes enormous purchases
of stocks based on information allegedly provided to him by Nancy, who was privy to sensitive, non-public information by way
of her position.
California unemployment center hours extended, $125M fund created for undocumented immigrants. California Gov. Gavin
Newsom on Wednesday [4/15/2020] said he has extended the unemployment call center hours to help the record 2.7 million Californians
who have filed claims and created a fund to help undocumented immigrants, who comprise 10% of the state's workforce. The Employment
Development Department's call center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, rather than closing at noon Monday
through Friday. Newsom extended the hours through an executive order.
Because the state has a HUGE budget surplus...
will pay illegal immigrants not included in coronavirus stimulus. California will be the first state to send
money to illegal immigrants who did not qualify for assistance under the $2.2 trillion federal coronavirus stimulus package
passed last month. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced the allocation of $75 million in taxpayer
funds for $500 payments to 150,000 adult immigrants who are reeling from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Editor says...
Wouldn't it be far less expensive to deport them all? But that would require some concern about wasting the taxpayers' money.
Immigrants in Los Angeles Can Apply for Pre-Paid Debit Cards. Los Angeles will be doling out pre-paid debit
cards to residents who have faced economic hardship due to the coronavirus lockdown, and living in the country illegally
won't disqualify you from getting the cash. Los Angeles officials have begun accepting applications for a no-fee debit
card that provides cash to residents who were already living under the poverty line before the coronavirus crisis began and
have since had their incomes dramatically reduced because of the outbreak, KTLA5 reported.
Gavin Newsom Declares California a "Nation-State,"
Suggesting It is Independent of Federal Authority. Look, either formally secede — with my
enthusiastic Bon voyage! — or get ready for invocation of the Insurrection Act and civil war by the usual
means. We're not going to have this [nonsense] where every state has to buckle under leftwing federal diktats
but that liberal states are free to secede-in-part whenever the federal government is not leftwing. If America isn't
working for you anymore — Leave. We can work out the details later. I suggest that all border
counties be permitted to vote to leave or stay on a county-by-county basis. We don't need to keep states intact when
we're dividing the country. Then I suggest we mutually agree that any citizen of one America has the right to move to
the other America as a citizen within five years of division. After five years, you're a foreign immigrant like
any other, and the countries can choose to accept or reject your request for citizenship as they like. The five year
period will permit a lot of self-sorting.
governor planning coronavirus aid for illegal immigrants. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state
Legislature are working on a coronavirus aid plan for the state's illegal immigrants and others not covered by the federal
government's $2.2 trillion relief package. Newsom, a Democrat, disclosed the plans Tuesday [4/7/2020], according
to The Associated Press. "Californians care deeply about undocumented residents in this state," the governor, a former
mayor of San Francisco, said.
is Giving Emergency Grants to Illegal Alien Small Business Owners. On Friday [4/3/2020], a reporter from
Telemundo asked California's Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom what emergency relief he would be providing for illegal aliens
amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "No state in America does more to help residents regardless of their immigration
status," the governor rightly assured the reporter. Newsom first bragged about the state's healthcare coverage for
illegal aliens before explaining how his administration is now helping illegal alien small business owners obtain grants
while a large part of the American economy remains shut down.
to release 3,500 inmates early as coronavirus spreads inside prisons. California is granting early release to
3,500 inmates in an effort to reduce crowding as coronavirus infections begin spreading through the state prison system.
Lawyers for Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday told a panel of federal judges the state is taking "extraordinary and unprecedented
protective measures" to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who live and work within California's 35 prisons.
The accelerated parole policy — affecting inmates due to be released over the next 60 days — comes
in the face of pressure to do much more.
County Sheriff Orders Closure of Gun Stores, Releases 1,700 Inmates. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva
has released 1,700 inmates from county facilities and is ordering gun stores in the county closed. Fox 11 reports the
gun store closures are part of the coronavirus stay-at-home order while the release of the inmates is an attempt to slow the
spread of the virus in county facilities.
Gavin Newsom says state won't issue guidance on whether gun stores are essential businesses. California
Gov. Gavin Newsom will not offer official guidance on whether gun stores can be classified as essential businesses and
remain open during the state's shelter-in-place order. Newsom was asked about the issue after Los Angeles County
reversed course on a move to close gun stores amid the spread of coronavirus in the region and the county's shelter-in-place
order. L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva initially ordered the closing of gun stores, but legal counsel for the
county determined gun stores are essential businesses and must remain open. Villanueva then rescinded the order.
Sheriff Suspends Efforts To Close Gun Stores. Confusion swirled as the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday temporarily suspended its efforts to close gun stores during the coronavirus outbreak. The decision was made as
the county counsel's office works to clarify whether gun stores are considered essential businesses under California
Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide order, a sheriff's spokesperson confirmed to CBS2 Tuesday night [3/24/2020].
Stay-at-Home Order Is a Legal Mess. California Governor Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order may well be necessary
as a matter of public health in the face of the new coronavirus — I will leave that to epidemiologists to
determine. But viewed as a legal declaration, it's a total mess. [...] The order is also drafted so badly that it
creates contradictions with the state's own website explaining it, with the governor's own speech rolling it out, and with
common sense. As written, the order does not say clearly that Californians can leave their homes to buy food or
medicine or other necessities. It doesn't say whether they can go out to help family members or friends who are
themselves vulnerable or otherwise in need. It is silent on going out for exercise. Although context suggests all
these may be permitted, the formal legal implication of the text would be that all are prohibited.
executive order allows California to commandeer hotels, motels to house coronavirus patients. Gov. Gavin
Newsom, the California Democrat, released an executive order on Thursday [3/12/2020] that includes the authority for
Sacramento to take over hotels and motels for medical use for coronavirus patients, in a move he said will help the state of
40 million prepare for any widespread outbreak. Some patients in the state have already been moved to hotels. The
Desert Sun reported that a 120-room hotel in San Carlos, which is near San Francisco, has been already tapped to house
passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship. The first-term governor told reporters that besides hotels and motels,
state officials are also scouting for potential lodging in "mothballed" facilities and state parks. The executive
order, according to the report, has been designed to allow the state's Health and Human Services Agency and the Office of
Emergency Services to commandeer private property for coronavirus treatment.
Outlaws Freelance Work. Freelance jobs are "feudalism," says California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.
She persuaded California's legislature to pass a new law reclassifying freelance workers as employees. That means many
people who hire them must now give them benefits like overtime, unemployment insurance, etc. Politicians said it would
help freelancers a lot. Of course, much of the media agreed. [...] Young reporters just don't understand that stifling
economic freedom always creates nasty side effects.
Is a Cruel Medieval State. One way of understanding California is simply to invert traditional morality.
What for centuries would be considered selfish, callous, and greedy is now recalibrated as caring, empathetic, and
generous. The current ethos of evaluating someone by his or her superficial appearance — gender or
race — has returned to the premodern values of 19th-century California when race and gender calibrated
careers. We don't pay medieval priests for indulgences of our past and ongoing sin, but we do tweet out displays of our
goodness as the penance price of acting amoral. A paradox ensues that Californians both have a high, indeed smug, view
of themselves and yet do a lot of damage to their fellow human beings.
California's Gig Law Comes For
the Scooters, Destroys Independent "Juicers". California's "gig economy" law — AB5 —
continues to have disastrous consequences across the state. The list of jobs affected or outright destroyed is huge and
growing every day. The wedding industry is collapsing. Festivals are closing. Theaters and music venues are
closing. A nursing shortage is now upon us because qualified nurses can no longer pick up extra side-jobs in areas like
hospice care. The law has even killed Christmas: mall Santas can no longer contract their services.
Bill Would Fine Stores With "Boys" and "Girls" Departments. [Scroll down] But should [Evan] Low's bill
become law, a retailer could actually have some fun with it. I'd comply and combine the sections, for instance, but
then label different displays as "blue" or "pink." Were it questioned by a government bureaucrat, I'd ask how he could be
so closed-minded as to associate a color with a sex. Better still might be to label displays as "Little XY" or
"Little XX." Upon interrogation, I'd expound upon how "experts" maintain that one can be genotypically male but
phenotypically female. "How could you be such a bigot, sir (or is it madam?), as to assume that the girls entering my establishment
don't have an XY chromosome configuration?" As for Low, he justified his bill with the usual lowbrow leftist boilerplate.
California Bill Requires Retailers Create 'Gender-Neutral' Aisles For Children. A new bill introduced in the
California Assembly would require retailers to create "gender-neutral" floor-spaces for children's merchandise, with the goal
of banning sex-specific labeling labeling such as "girls aisles" and "boys aisles." The bill proposed by Democratic
Assemblyman Evan Low, requires all retail department stores with 500 employees or more to comply with the newfound gender
standards of the Left.
The Editor says...
In a free country, businesses are allowed to arrange their stores in any manner they choose.
Democrats: Party's Over. It makes me smile to know that fewer people are watching CNN than have fled from
California in the last few years. These days even Jed Clampett wouldn't be convinced that Californy is the place he
ought to be. He would have the sense to take his money to Texas where the taxes are reasonable and you won't be
flash-mobbed by SJWs chanting that you're an eco-criminal for striking it rich in the energy sector. Modest as Jed's
education may have been, I think he would have understood that energy is a good thing and letting junkies poop in the aisle
at Costco is a bad thing. Even cousin Jethro would have winced at the mountain of filth that Pelosi and her party have made.
California bill would require gender neutral sections in retail stores. A new California bill would require
some retailers to have gender neutral floor space inside their stores, Politico reports. The bill, called Assembly Bill
2826, was introduced by Assemblymember Evan Low, a Democrat from Campbell. According to Politico, retailers would be
able to sell the same products, as long as they dedicate space where customers can find clothes and toys regardless of
whether the items have been marketed to boys or girls.
Berkeley law would put renters first. City officials say the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act would give
tenants more leverage and help them stay housed in one of the country's most expensive real estate markets, which has pushed
rents sky high and contributed to a growing homeless crisis. The median home price in Berkeley was $1.3 million
last year, nearly doubled from $704,000 in 2013, [Berkeley Mayor Jesse] Arreguin said.
Newsom Says Doctors Should Write Prescriptions For Housing. Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom said
that medical doctors should be able to prescribe housing in the same way they prescribe medication to sick people Wednesday
during his 2020 State of the State Address. "Health care and housing can no longer be divorced. After all, what's
more fundamental to a person's well-being than a roof over their head?" Newsom asked during the address. "Doctors should
be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin and antibiotics." The crowd erupted in applause.
AB5 Backfire: California's
poorly designed "gig-work" law is already having unintended consequences. AB5 took effect on January 1, and
it's already causing trouble. A limit on the number of articles that freelance writers could produce for one publication
resulted in layoffs for some California journalists and a First Amendment lawsuit from others. Workers in more than 135
occupations claim that losing contractor status hurts them, while independent theater and arts groups are facing thousands of
dollars in costs they can't afford because they must now treat staff as employees. Lorena Gonzalez, the assemblywoman
who wrote AB5, has introduced another law to remove the article cap for writers and address the status of musicians.
A sign of poor legislation is the need to rewrite it immediately after it takes effect.
A California-style Brexit.
Since AB5 took effect on January 1, hundreds of thousands of Californians are finding their businesses in tatters.
Musicians can't join bands for a one-night gig, chefs can't join forces with caterers, nurses can't work at various hospitals,
and writers must cap their submissions per media outlet to 35 per year. Under the law, these freelancers can no longer
conduct the same business-to-business transactions they have for years or even decades. Clients with whom they fostered
valuable relationships are gone — as are their successful careers and incomes. An overwhelming majority of
professionals in fields affected by AB5 identify as liberals and have generally voted along the blue line. Today,
however, many are so disillusioned with their representatives that they're changing political loyalties.
Calls on California to Fire Pension Official Tied to Chinese Spy Program. A Republican lawmaker urged
California to fire a top pension fund official because he participated in a Chinese program that the FBI has called
"non-traditional espionage against the United States." Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.) asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to
investigate Yu Ben Meng, the chief investment officer at California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), for his
"long and cozy relationship" with the Chinese Communist Party. The letter also decried CalPERS's investment in Chinese
companies that built up the regime's military presence in contested waters of the South China Sea and produced surveillance
equipment used for China's brutal crackdown in Xinjiang. "Governor Newsom, if it were up to me, I would fire
Mr. Meng immediately," Banks said in a letter to the governor.
Francisco's mayor admits to affair and accepting gifts from the city's disgraced homelessness chief. San
Francisco's mayor has admitted to having a fling with and to accepting thousands of dollars in unreported gifts from the
city's disgraced former homelessness chief who is now at the center of an FBI corruption probe for accepting kickbacks.
Mayor London Breed admitted on Friday to briefly dating Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco's former Director of Public Works,
around 20 years ago, leading to calls for her resignation from the city's top job. Nuru, 58, resigned from his post
earlier this week after he was arrested and charged by the FBI in January for a series of alleged public corruption schemes.
Mayor London Breed says she 'dated' now-indicted poop-patrol chief Mohammed Nuru. Apparently, Kamala Harris
wasn't the only ambitious and comely San Francisco female pol who "dated" a San Francisco political pooh-bah to advance her
career. Harris dated San Francisco mayor Willie Brown. Now San Francisco mayor London Breed says she dated
Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco's entrenched director of public works (famous for its "poop patrols"), taking a $5,600 "gift"
from him and "forgetting" to disclose it. [...] Nuru's now under indictment for kickbacks, pay to play, bribery, wire fraud,
and use of public services for private gain in what's called San Francisco's biggest political scandal in years. [...] The
pair have known each other, apparently intimately, for 20 years. And Nuru is a very powerful, entrenched fixture
on the scene in San Francisco politics.
Waters: CA Should Have More Say In Primary Because Of Big Money Raised At Beverly Hills Parties. For
years now, Democrats have been claiming they want big money out of politics. Yet Maxine Waters just claimed on national
television that California should have more sway in the Democrat primary process because of all the big cash generated for
Democrats at fancy parties in Beverly Hills.
car break-ins are so common that the city's district attorney is proposing reimbursing residents whose windows are
smashed. San Francisco's district attorney is proposing creating an auto-burglary-assistance fund that would
reimburse residents for the cost required to repair shattered windows from break-ins. The DA, Chesa Boudin, is
proposing using $1.5 million from the mayor's office to fill the fund. If it passes, it could be the country's
first fund of this kind.
Sues California Over Economic Sanctions on Religious States. One of the more bizarre elements of our cold
civil war is California's imposition of economic sanctions on any states that provide any element of religious freedom.
California has currently imposed economic sanctions on eleven states. And then it messed with Texas.
you cannot compel Americans to vote. Democratic California Assemblyman Marc Levine has introduced a clearly
unconstitutional bill which mandates that anyone registered to vote must attend a voting booth and file a response.
Levine says his intended law is justified and necessary because "democracy is not a spectator sport — it requires
the active participation of all its citizens ... Those rights come with a responsibility by registered voters to cast their
ballot and make sure that their voice is heard by their government." While registered voters would not have to select a
candidate in order to conform with Levine's desired law, they would have to file a ballot return, even if unmarked. But
as I say, this bill is patently unconstitutional.
County Has Released Thousands Of Criminal Illegal Aliens Because Of California's Sanctuary Law. The Orange
County Sheriff's Department has been forced to release thousands of criminal illegal aliens in the past two years, with both
the sheriff's department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement blaming California's statewide sanctuary law.
California's SB 54, legislation that largely restricts cooperation between ICE and law enforcement, went into effect in
January 2018. Since that time, Orange County has released over 2,100 illegal aliens back into the community despite ICE
detainers placed on every single one of them, the agency announced in a Wednesday press release. The sheriff's
department released 1,106 inmates without notifying ICE in 2018 and released another 1,015 again in 2019 without notifying
primary vote count could take longer than ever. Californians start voting Monday in a high-profile Democratic
presidential primary that has no clear front-runner and could take longer to count than any previous election in a state
already notorious for slow ballot counting.
Coastal States Are in the Fight
of Their Lives. Is the Rest of America Listening? AB5 — otherwise known as the "Gig Economy"
bill is much more dangerous and not just for us, but everyone in the nation. This bill makes independent contracting
illegal. It is absolutely the most communist legislation I have ever seen passed in my lifetime as an American.
It was aimed to get at Uber and Lyft and instead entrapped anyone who contracts their services. And I do mean
anyone. I spoke to a man who had to close his theater production because how can you hire 42 seasonal actors as W-2
employees every few months and then fire them and then rehire and on and on? You can't. Independent theater will
die. Linguists, courtroom reporters, translators, transcribers, truckers, rideshare drivers, musicians, caterers,
bartenders, writers, freelance journalists... anyone who earns money by contracting their services is now out of work or
about to be. It is the most massive and disturbing overreach I have ever seen, and yet hardly anyone else in the
country is paying attention.
the Golden State Embraced Corporate Socialism. Gavin Newsom, the lily white, urbane, coiffed scion of San
Francisco's posh royalty, is California's highest-ranking Democrat. He presides over a party that has taken progressive
ideals beyond absurdity to the brink of tyranny, a socialist party that openly disparages whiteness and wealth. One
would think that the party of Gavin Newsom is bent on destroying everything Gavin Newsom represents. So what's going
on? To understand the rise of Newsom, and every other hyper-privileged Democrat who even today remain in firm control
of the progressive movement, it is necessary to define a 21st-century version of corporate socialism. This goes well
beyond the use of the term merely to describe government subsidies for, say, the oil and gas industry, or, for that matter,
the wind and solar industry.
governor bans state-funded travel to California after being put on Golden State's blacklist. The governor of
Oklahoma has banned all state-funded travel to California after officials there placed a similar ban on travel to his
state. Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who is in his first term, announced the ban in an executive order
on Thursday, barring all non-essential travel by state employees to the Golden State, with exceptions for business recruiting
trips, college sports games and trips by schools to participate in out-of-state programs.
Becomes First California City To Ban Background Checks For Prospective Renters. Following a unanimous vote by
the city council Tuesday night, Oakland has now become the first city in California to ban criminal background checks on
potential renters. "Indescribable emotions and feelings," said John Jones III of Oakland, who got out of prison in 2012
and struggled to find a place to live in Oakland despite his well-paying job as an aviation mechanic. Jones said he's
among the many who left prison only to end up on the streets, contributing to Oakland's homeless crisis. That's why
he's been lobbying hard for the Oakland City Council to pass the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, which says landlords will no
longer be allowed to turn down potential renters because of criminal convictions.
Now Pushing Free Health Care for Illegal Immigrant Seniors. California has waged a war on the concept of
citizenship by essentially sidestepping the will of the American people and intentionally undermining immigration laws.
Worse, by extending social welfare to those illegal immigrants, the state is signaling that the concept of citizenship itself
is meaningless. It's clear that California's craziness doesn't stop, as [Governor] Newsom and the state's Democrats
have doubled down to extend free health care coverage to even greater numbers of illegal immigrants. Newsom's latest
proposed budget now aims to extend free health care coverage to illegal immigrants 65 years old and older as a part of the
state's Medi-Cal program. This would add $80.5 million to the budget this year and $350 million annually once fully
implemented, according to Politico.
Homelessness, and Misery: 9 Things I Saw in San Francisco. Home to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's congressional
district, San Francisco is reliably and overwhelmingly blue in every election (with perhaps a few votes going to the Green
Party). In just the past year, the city's Board of Supervisors declared the National Rifle Association to be a
"domestic terrorist organization," and the school board voted first to paint over, and then to hide, a mural of George
Washington in one of the city's high schools — a mural, incidentally, painted by a leftist who strove to show both
Washington's greatness and flaws. Such actions are just par for the course for San Francisco, a city of more than
884,000 that in the past decade also banned fast-food restaurants from including toys with most children's meals; prohibited
city-funded travel by local employees to 22 pro-life states; raised the minimum wage from $9.79 to $15.59 an hour; and, after
banning plastic bags in 2007, first set a 10-cent fee for each nonreusable bag at stores, and then a 25-cent fee per
bag. Yes, leftist insanity has long been the norm for San Francisco.
the purges: Comrade Chesa Boudin fires prosecutors for ... prosecuting. What would it be like if Hugo
Chávez and Bill Ayers ran the city prosecutor's office? San Franciscans are about to find out, now that Ayers's
stepson, Chesa Boudin, son of Weather Underground terrorists and translator to none other than Hugo himself, has made his
first move as San Francisco district attorney. He's kicked off his term with purges for insufficient revolutionary
fervor, taking a page from Andrei Vyshinsky, Stalin's famous show trial prosecutor who enforced ideological purity. [...]
Bottom line: Chesa has no use for such prosecutors who prosecute, and the only thing he wants prosecuted is "the
system," the idea of there being laws against crimes. It goes to show the depth of ideological conformity being
demanded now in what's clearly going to be a highly politicized D.A.'s office. Professionalism is the enemy of the
Francisco, solid blue city of — empty storefronts and missing young people. San Francisco is getting
to be a hellhole and not just because crooks are having a field day, or a vast homeless army has prompted new tech
'innovations' in poop-map apps. It's actually becoming a city with a hollowed out look, redolent of some place like
Steubenville, Ohio or maybe Utica, New York, during the bad years, empty storefronts and missing young people. So much
for the trope that leftwing cities, with their walkable boulevards full of food trucks, handmade crafts, knitting shops,
bookstores, artisan cheese shops, gourmet restaurants, and cafes are more lively and liveable than rightwing places.
For awhile, that did seem to be the story. But it's coming to an end. Sure, there's vast wealth. But
despite California being in an economic boom, the place is starting to look like Venezuela.
Abortions are okay, but stray dogs must be preserved.
want to be a no-kill state.' Newsom calls for end to animal euthanasia in California. Gov. Gavin Newsom
wants California to stop euthanizing animals, and he's ready to put taxpayer money toward the cause. "We want to be a
no-kill state," Newsom said during a press conference where he presented his 2020-21 budget. Specifically, Newsom's
budget calls for a $50 million one-time general fund allocation to the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program to develop a
grant program for animal shelters, with a goal of helping local communities "achieve the state's policy goal that no
adoptable or treatable dog or cat should be euthanized," according to the budget summary.
Does California Want to
Secede? On Friday [1/10/2020], Governor Gavin Newsom will present the state's budget for the next fiscal
year. In it, he will propose that the state of California sell its own brand of prescription drugs in order to
"increase competition in the generic drug marketplace and lower the cost of medications by having Sacramento contract
drugmakers to manufacture certain prescriptions under a state label." [...] Because California is so large, with such a huge
economy and so many people, the state's dominance generally steers industry and other governments in the direction it
wants. No company that does business with state governments can afford to ignore what California is doing.
sees California as model for U.S. The Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City mayor likes a
lot of what he sees in the Golden State and thinks its efforts on climate change, gun control and criminal justice reform
sets a benchmark for other states to emulate. "I think that California can serve as a great example for the rest of
this country," Bloomberg told supporters at the opening of his Angeles headquarters.
Resist California's Newest Bad Law. As of Jan. 2, Uber and Lyft drivers, independent truckers, freelance
writers, photographers, artists and musicians and the companies who hire their services have to abide by AB 5. The
law, which was originally concocted to destroy the business models of Uber and Lyft and has exemptions for 50 professions, is
a cynical and transparent gift to unions from the same Democrats who have been wrecking my one-party state for decades.
AB 5's proud mother, leftwing Democrat Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego, claims it's intended to protect
part-timers and freelancers from being "exploited" by their evil, greedy employers. Her law is supposed to provide
independent contractors with the same benefits and workplace protections that full-time employees get and — most
important to the Democrats — therefore make it possible for them to unionize.
California Law Prohibits Showering and Doing Laundry on the Same Day. "So all of the sudden I can smoke
marijuana as much as I want but I can't take a shower?," newsman Mark Kriski said. "Unbelievable. That's where
our state has gone." KTLA news anchors and reporters debated on LIVE TV the stupidity of a new California law
that effectively prohibits showering and doing laundry on the same day.
A tale of two states
in decline. Taxpayers in California and New York shoulder some of the heaviest tax burdens in the nation, and
now new data show the two have something else in common: Their growth rates have slowed. It's probably no
coincidence. According to the California Department of Finance, during the year that ended June 30, more people left
the Golden State than moved in — the first time that's happened since 2010. [...] One obvious reason: As the
Los Angeles Times notes, the Golden State has one of the highest tax burdens in America. Here in New York, meanwhile,
taxpayers also bear some of the nation's highest tax burdens. And guess what: This state has long been watching
its share of the national population shrink. No, taxes alone aren't to blame: Both states, for example, are
famous for their progressive policies, hostility to businesses and onerous mandates.
In truth, the Golden State is becoming a semi-feudal kingdom, with the nation's widest gap between middle and upper incomes —
72 percent, compared with the U.S. average of 57 percent — and its highest poverty rate. Roughly half of America's
homeless live in Los Angeles or San Francisco, which now has the highest property crime rate among major cities. California hasn't
yet become a full-scale dystopia, of course, but it's heading in a troubling direction.
California law to provide subsidized healthcare for undocumented immigrants. Under the new law SB 104
California will offer government subsidized health benefits for undocumented immigrants under the age of 26. Previously
only undocumented immigrant children could apply. It's part of new funding for MediCal. Gov. Gavin Newsom
says there will be "An additional $450 a month in subsidies reducing premiums by 25%. No state in America does that."
Sarah Dar from the California Immigrant Policy Center says this will make a healthier community.
State: 2,471,189 California Residents 25 and Older Never Completed 9th Grade; Highest Percentage in Nation.
California once again ranked No. 1 among the 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never
completed ninth grade and 50th for the percentage who have at least graduated from high school, according to new five-year
estimates (2014-2018) released Thursday by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. California, as CNSNews.com
reported last year, also ranked No. 1 for the percentage who never completed ninth grade and No. 50 for the percentage who
had graduated from high school in the five-year estimates (2013-2017) the Census Bureau released in December 2018. In
California, according to the new five-year estimate, 2,471,189 residents 25 and older had never completed ninth grade.
The Editor says...
So much for the claim that "immigrants make our communities stronger."
burglaries in some California cities are at crisis levels. Prosecutors say their hands are tied. An
epidemic of car burglaries in San Francisco over the last few years has led one Democratic lawmaker to propose plugging a
loophole in state law that allows some break-ins to go unpunished, but the Legislature has balked at prosecutors' requests to
make obtaining convictions easier. The proposal, which would eliminate a requirement that prosecutors prove a car's
doors were locked at the time of a break-in, has been shelved two years in a row in legislative committees. Lawmakers
struggling with prison crowding and public pressure to enact criminal justice reform have been reluctant to do anything to
put more people behind bars.
Why the Law?
The latest and most high-profile district attorney race victory went to none other than the stinking, crime infested city of
San Francisco. Does the name Chesa Boudin ring a bell? No not to me either, at first. Not until it was
revealed he is the son of 1960s radical leftist, American terrorist bomber Bill Ayers. It matters not that Boudin, a
defense attorney, has never prosecuted a single case. I bet he'll make a great district attorney for victims of crimes
(sarc.). Boudin has already stated he will not prosecute public urination, prostitution and "quality of life crimes"
for the homeless. What about quality of life for the hardworking tax payers and business owners? Supporters of
Boudin claim he wasn't financed by George Soros, but this statement is disingenuous.
Thought San Francisco's
Quality Of Life Couldn't Get Worse? Think Again. San Francisco garnered national headlines with the
election of its new district attorney, a progressive, which means there will be zero progress made in the homelessness
crisis, and little if any made toward reducing crime in the city and county. Chesa Boudin, a one-time deputy public
defender who has never tried a case, was elected in a close race, and will assume office in January. Before he had a
chance to decide if the new drapes in his office were going to be socialist red or blue state blue, Boudin announced that he
would not prosecute quality-of-life crimes such as "public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a
sidewalk, etc." We assume public defecating on streets and sidewalks, today's San Francisco "treat," will also go unprosecuted.
DMV Makes 50 Million Dollars a Year Selling Drivers' Info to Private Companies. A California Department of
Motor Vehicles document revealed that the government agency is generating $50 million a year by selling drivers' personal
information to private companies. According to a report from VICE, which received the document through a public records
request, revenue from selling information — which includes names, physical addresses, and car registration
information — has climbed from $41 million in fiscal year 2013-2014 to $51 million in 2018-2019.
In an email explaining the numbers, the California DMV did not specify which private companies have purchased the data, but
said the list may include insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and prospective employers.
city workers pay $0 in healthcare premiums. Garcetti said he'd change that. He hasn't. In a major
policy reversal that critics say will cost the city and taxpayers millions of dollars, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has
abandoned his long-stated goal of getting the city's public employee unions to pay a portion of their healthcare costs.
Under contracts signed this year that were supported by the mayor, many of City Hall's largest unions will continue to
contribute nothing toward their healthcare premiums. Garcetti also backed agreements with several smaller unions,
allowing those employees who had been contributing 10% of their premiums to stop paying in January.
Voters' Mistakes. Californians must no longer have recourse to the recall election. If Golden Staters
still have the recall, surely they'd be using it to oust their useless mayors who have allowed their once-beautiful cities to
degenerate into filth and ruin. They'd also be mounting a recall of their new governor, Gavin Newsom. Back in
2003, before the mass exodus to Texas, there were still enough decent Californians remaining to recall and oust Gov. Gray
Davis. Davis's replacement, Arnold Schwarzenegger, might have become a terrific governor had he been paired with a decent
legislature. But the Governator didn't have a decent legislature; it was populated with progressives.
Happened to California Republicans? [Scroll down] A cynic might argue that once a federal judge allowed
undocumented immigrants to enjoy the full array of state services and entitlements, there were incentives for millions of
other immigrants to enter the U.S. illegally, and California in particular. Statistics suggests they did just
that — often to the chagrin of Democratic politicians, the United Farm Workers and other liberal groups who
worried about the negative effects of illegal immigration on entry-level wages, unionization and poor citizens' access to
overtaxed social services. [...] The final irony? Those most hurt — and growing the most angry —
are the immigrants who once fled to a different California that now no longer exists.
California's Burning. California's
young and bold new progressive governor Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, probably figured he'd be thrust into
the national limelight after signing a host of must-do liberal measures ranging from statewide rent control to a new
union-crafted law that seeks to essentially ban companies from using outside contractors. He also signed a ban on the
sale of animal furs, stopped state agencies from leasing public lands for any oil-and-gas-related infrastructure (to stop the
Trump administration from expanding resource "exploitation" on neighboring federal lands) — and even signed a law
forbidding hotels from handing out those little bottles of shampoo and conditioner.
of Two Unrepentant Terrorists Wins DA San Fran Race. "Chesa Boudin has won the election to become San
Francisco's next district attorney," CBS News reported late Saturday. "The people of San Francisco have sent a powerful
and clear message," Boudin said in a statement. "It's time for radical change to how we envision justice. I'm
humbled to be a part of this movement that is unwavering in its demand for transformation." People in the vast
hinterland to the east might wonder who Chesa is, exactly, and what kind of transformation he has in mind. Bernie
Sanders was first to congratulate the victor, and San Francisco voters knew Chesa served as a translator for the regime of
Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Still, a full understanding must start with Chesa's mother, Kathy Boudin, a Weather
San Francisco: With Chesa Boudin as DA, good luck getting a cop when you want one. Well, Chesa Boudin has
finally done it: he's gotten himself into the San Francisco D.A.'s seat, after a lifetime of standing up for crooks and
mastering criminal "justice" from Bill Ayers's stepdad berth and Hugo Chávez's knee. Like the way criminal justice
works in Caracas? In San Francisco, Hugo Chávez's trusted adviser is now there to help. He's there to
"transform," as he says. That's his brand, as the Bay Area tech marketing hipsters say. This won't work out too
well if you've got bums vomiting at your doorstep, gang members shooting with muzzle flashes 'round corners, and junkies
setting up camp on your sidewalk. We've already seen the boulder-warfare some of the homeowners are putting up in a
desperate bid to stop it. Such people can probably now look forward to getting arrested.
Francisco Voters Elect Radical District Attorney, Son of Cop-killing Terrorists. Progressive candidate Chesa
Boudin wants to free criminals but prosecute police and ICE agents for doing their jobs. It's no surprise Boudin hates
cops so much. His parents did, too. Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert were terrorists in the Weather Underground who
murdered two police officers and a security guard during a 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored security car outside New York
City. There should be a law that children of terrorists who share their parents' worldview are barred from holding
public office, especially the role of the chief law enforcement officer. Boudin's dad is still in prison so he can't
kill any more cops, but his mother is out. Naturally, she is an assistant professor at Columbia University. After
his parents killed the cops, Boudin was sent to live with two other terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Dohrn
declared war on the United States and was on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
Gov. Gavin Newsom blasted for skipping funeral of deputy allegedly killed by illegal immigrants. The same
day a federal grand jury indicted two illegal immigrants accused of murdering Deputy Brian Ishmael, El Dorado Sheriff John
D'Agostini took aim at California's drug and sanctuary policies, singling out Gov. Gavin Newsom for skipping his funeral
in favor of a meeting with the state's beleaguered power provider.
runs up against US Justice Department rules in pardoning immigrants. Attorney General William Barr is trying to
deport some legal immigrants who were convicted of crimes many years ago. Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying to spare
some of the same immigrants from deportation by pardoning them. It's shaping up as another round in the Trump
administration vs. California. The immigrants are legal U.S. residents who, because they have not become
citizens, face potential deportation for past crimes that were punishable by sentences of a year or more. Barr,
overturning long-standing decisions by immigration courts, declared last month that migrants convicted of long-ago crimes
could be deported even when their home states had retroactively reduced or erased their sentences.
Francisco Supervisor Chants [in Opposition to] the [Police Officers Association] During DA Candidate's Campaign Rally.
Heading into 2020, it seems we've entered into an age in which anyone, from Twitter troll to elected public official, can say whatever
strikes their fancy no matter how abhorrent, destructive or violent, from any microphone they can manage to find, and with near
impunity. Oh, sorry. I mean, any liberal. Conservatives can't do that. Take, for example, San Francisco
Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, who, after clunking her way up to the stage to stump for left-wing district attorney candidate Chesa
Boudin, used her moment at the podium to rant against the city's 2,000-member police union by leading the audience in the chant, [...]
Is the International Language of Success — Except in California. It's been two decades, but I still
remember the excitement of helping to pass California's Proposition 227, which I thought would rescue Spanish-speaking kids
from an education ghetto of frustration and failure. It was an uphill battle. We fought an education bureaucracy
including California's powerful teachers' unions, book publishers who received lucrative government contracts, and even Jerry
Perenchio, the late Republican billionaire CEO of Univision, who donated $1.5 million to the efforts to maintain California's
"bilingual" education system. We won. Sixty-one percent of Californians were ready for a change. Amid
chants of racism and cultural insensitivity, Latino parents would tell me they knew that education and learning English in
their adopted country were key to their kids' futures. Unfortunately, the victory wouldn't last.
and Gas Cutoffs in Blue States Represent a Failure of Governance. California — a state that by
itself constitutes the world's fifth-largest economy, is endowed with vast stores of human and natural resources, and has one
of the planet's most amenable climates for human habitation — is failing. The Golden State is host to one of
the country's worst homelessness epidemics. It's a state in which 19th century diseases such as typhus and tuberculosis
are making a comeback. More people are moving out of the state than into it. Its rates of violent crime are on
the rise. It has more failing schools than any other state in the Union. And now, true to basket-case form,
California is home to massive, rolling power outages. But unlike in the developing world, these blackouts are not a
result of resource deficiency but the voluntary imposition of darkness on the public.
Prop 47 leads to [a] rise in shoplifting, thefts, [and] criminal activity across [the] state. These brazen acts
of petty theft and shoplifting are a dangerous and all-too-common consequence of Proposition 47, a referendum passed five
years ago that critics say effectively gives shoplifters and addicts the green light to commit crimes as long as the merchandise
they steal or the drugs they take are less than $950 in value. The decision to downgrade theft of property valued below
the arbitrary figure from felony to misdemeanor, together with selective enforcement that focuses on more "serious" crimes,
has resulted in thieves knowing they can brazenly shoplift and merchants knowing the police will not respond to their
complaints, say critics.
California Becoming Premodern? California is now a one-party state. Democrats have supermajorities in
both houses of the legislature. Only seven of the state's 53 congressional seats are held by Republicans. The
result is that there is no credible check on a mostly coastal majority. Huge global wealth in high-tech, finance, trade
and academia poured into the coastal corridor, creating a new nobility with unprecedented riches. Unfortunately, the
new aristocracy adopted mindsets antithetical to the general welfare of Californians living outside their coastal
enclaves. The nobodies have struggled to buy high-priced gas, pay exorbitant power bills and deal with shoddy
infrastructure — all of which resulted from the policies of the distant somebodies.
to train poll workers how to interact with transgender voters. All poll workers in California will be trained
on how to properly interact with and assist transgender and gender-nonconforming voters when they cast ballots.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) announced the new initiative last week, saying his office is partnering with
the Equality California Institute ahead of next year's presidential primary.
California's governor really this clueless about high gas prices and power outages? California Gov. Gavin
Newsom finally noticed that his state has the highest gas prices in the nation, and he's angry. So angry, in fact, he
ordered his Attorney General to investigate the decades-long mystery. "There is no identifiable evidence to justify
these premium prices," Newsom wrote in a letter to state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. "If oil companies are
engaging in false advertising or price fixing, then legal action should be taken to protect the public." Newsom
correctly identified the symptom but remains clueless about the cause. He at least pretends to be.
California's AB-5 is a threat to the American way of life. I am freelancing this article. Doing so means
that I work from home, set my own schedule and have most days of the week free to write books. While books provide the
bulk of my income, freelancing provides substantial extra money that my family and I have come to expect. Barring any
unforeseen change in circumstances, over the next year I'll freelance dozens of articles at a rate of one or occasionally two
a week. If I did that in California, I'd be opening up my employers to legal penalties. Bill AB-5, authored by
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has just passed, limiting California freelancers to submitting 35 articles to a publication a
year without being hired by that company. Thirty-five may seem like a lot, but that limit makes a weekly column
impossible, let alone working for online companies where you might submit a short article or two daily and reach that limit
within a month.
California's new gig economy law could put freelancers out of business. If I lived in California, I'd be
staring down unemployment. A new law governing freelance work was signed into law late last month. It isn't
scheduled to take effect until January, but if panicking freelancers aren't able to force a change before then, many will be
banned from doing their jobs. It's a classic case of well-intended but functionally destructive regulation: In
the name of protecting workers, Assembly Bill 5 will prohibit some them from working. In the resultant chaos, a lucky
few will secure full-time jobs while the rest are "helped" right out of a stable income stream. A.B. 5's primary target
is gig employers like ridesharing apps Uber and Lyft, whose drivers are classified as contract workers, not employees.
That means they aren't entitled to benefits like health insurance or paid time off even if they're working full-time hours,
which A.B. 5 seeks to change.
legal weed profits going up in smoke. Legal marijuana in California as a business was supposed to be a
no-brainer. How could it not be profitable in a liberal state pushing 40 million residents where some of the best weed
in the world has been grown for decades? But nearly three years after Proposition 64, the law legalizing the adult use
of the drug, was passed, California cannabis producers are not seeing the windfalls predicted. [...] The California law gives
local governments the right to regulate the pot shops so towns can prohibit them. A whopping 80% of the state's towns and
cities have turned legal pot shops down.
Franklin Graham Condemns San Francisco Ban on Travel to Pro-Life States. Christian evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham
said progressive leaders in San Francisco who have banned travel for city employees to states that have enacted abortion restrictions
"want everyone to swallow the lie that abortion is a woman's right."
The Editor says...
Let the San Francisco bureaucrats stay in California for the rest of their miserable lives. I can't see how this travel ban has
any negative effects. What can't they accomplish over the phone?
War on Citizenship. California — a one-party state dominated by progressives — has become
the model for where progressivism will go when completely unchecked. Now, even the basic concept of citizenship is
under full-blown assault as the state has moved on from being a "sanctuary state" for illegal immigrants to outright
insisting that noncitizens have the same access to the levers of power as citizens. California Gov. Gavin Newsom
recently signed legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to serve on government boards and commissions. He also
signed another bill that would make it illegal to make immigration-related arrests at courthouses.
Francisco bans city employees from business travel to 22 states with pro-life laws. The City of San Francisco
has added 22 states with pro-life laws to a blacklist that prevents city employees from traveling to those states using city
funds or dealing with businesses based in them.
says independents can vote in Democrats' 2020 primary, but not Republicans'. California's more than 5.6 million
independent voters will be allowed to vote in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, but not in the Republican contest, Secretary
of State Alex Padilla announced Monday [10/21/2019].
governor pardons three convicted immigrants to help block deportations. California Gov. Gavin Newsom
announced Friday [10/18/2019] he's pardoning three immigrants who've been convicted of crimes as part of an effort to protect
them from deportation to their home countries. The three men — originally from El Salvador, Iran and
Cambodia — broke the law as teens or young adults, served their sentences and have taken steps to rehabilitate
themselves, the governor's office said.
legalizes eating roadkill. Awash in feces, blackouts, wildfires, opioids, junkyard highways, homelessness,
illegals, measles, typhus, and leprosy, California's one-party blue Legislature and its far-left governor have nevertheless
gotten around to the important things.
opens state boards to undocumented immigrants and other non-citizens. Undocumented immigrants and other
non-citizens will be allowed to serve on state boards and commissions after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills
Saturday [10/12/2019] intended to integrate immigrants further into society. SB225 by Sen. Maria Elena Durazo,
D-Los Angeles, expands eligibility for state appointments to any California resident over the age of 18. In a signing
message, Newsom said applicants deserved to be considered on their merits, rather than their immigration status.
Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Forcing Public Universities to Dispense Abortion Drugs. California
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill into law that requires public colleges and universities in the state to distribute
abortion drugs, effectively turning the schools into first-trimester abortion clinics. On Friday [10/11/2019], Newsom
signed SB 24, which was championed in the State Senate by Sen. Connie Leyva (D) as a reproductive rights issue.
nation's broadest gun seizure laws. California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 15 gun-related bills
into law Friday, tightening the state's already-stringent Second Amendment restrictions. One of the bills, which
expands a so-called "red flag" law to allow co-workers, employers and educators to seek gun violence restraining orders
against firearms owners they fear are a danger to themselves and others, was vetoed twice by Newsom's predecessor, Jerry
Brown. Newsom also signed a companion bill allowing the gun violence restraining orders to last one and five years,
although the gun owners could petition to end those restrictions earlier. The bill also allows judges to issue search
warrants at the same time as they grant the orders. The warrants can be used immediately if the gun owners are served
with the relinquishment orders but fail to turn over the firearms or ammunition.
Say Goodbye to Charter Schools.
There's no way to reform public schools, in California or elsewhere, given that they are government monopolies that are dominated by
unions. They will put kids first, as one former teachers' union official reportedly said, after the kids start paying dues.
People who think that such schools can be improved through new reforms and more money probably believed that the Soviet economy could
have been fixed with a better-developed five-year plan. The only way to deal with that reality is to escape. In 1992,
California passed one of the nation's most far-reaching school-reform experiments, by making it easy to create publicly funded
alternative schools where kids could flee. The original law authorized the establishment of 100 charters. The state
now has more than 1,300 of them, and they educate 11 percent of the state's students.
[are] turning California into a third-world hellhole. While they try to blame climate change and the
infrastructure, the reality is that neither of those has caused any significant changes in the last ten years —
but now, suddenly, due to Democrat policies, Californians have to start living in the 18th century. The Democrats who
run California also refuse to build more water storage capacity even though the state's population has dramatically
increased, ensuring that water has to be rationed during droughts. Democrats are turning California into a third-world
country economically. The income inequality between the über-rich Silicon Valley workers and the rest of
Californians is huge, just like in third-world countries, while the elites live in luxury and the rest live in squalor.
Judge Halts California Law Requiring Trump to Release Tax Returns in Order to Appear on 2020 Primary Ballot. US
District Judge Morrison England on Tuesday issued a temporary injunction against a California law which required Trump to
release his tax returns in order to appear on the 2020 primary ballot. Last month, the federal judge temporarily
suspended the law and announced he would be releasing a formal written injunction by October 1st. On Tuesday
[10/1/2019], Judge Morrison, a George W. Bush appointee, released a written opinion and argued the law signed by Governor
Gavin Newsom violated the Presidential Qualifications Clause contained in Article II of the US Constitution and violated
the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause as set forth in the 14th Amendment.
Shocked To Find Bill Decriminalizing Retail Theft Resulted In... More Retail Theft. A few years ago, California
passed one in a series of bills aimed at emptying the jails and prisons. Proposition 47 carried the disingenuous name
of "the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act and its stated purpose was to keep non-violent offenders out of jail. To
achieve this goal, the state decriminalized a number of lesser offenses, including retail theft. The law raised the
value of the amount of merchandise someone could steal while still only being charged with a misdemeanor to nearly one
thousand dollars. To the great surprise of the government, people noticed this change and began taking advantage of
it. They have now recorded multiple years of steadily increasing, organized robbery. These plots are known as
"mass grab and dash" thefts and they generally involve large numbers of young people all entering a store at the same time,
grabbing armfuls of merchandise and dashing back out to their vehicles and hitting the highway. Not only are robberies
on the rise, but arrests and prosecutions are down. Who could possibly have predicted this?
Newsom calls for impeaching Trump, gets slapped with recall petition from California's locals. California's
far-left governor, Gavin Newsom, is out there with the best of them, loudly calling for the impeachment of President
Trump. It's nothing new for him, given that he ran for governor in 2017 on this platform. [...] From his point of view,
it makes sense, because even though he's been on the job for only about a year, he's shown that he's always been more
interested in sounding woke than actually governing. Just tour the poop-strewn, disease-ridden streets of any
California blue city with a high Newsom vote count for a whiff of it.
Blocks California Law That Would Force Trump To Disclose Tax Returns. A federal judge temporarily blocked
California's law requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to gain a spot on the primary
ballot Thursday [9/19/2019]. The California law would require any candidate running for president or governor to give
the IRS tax forms for the past five years, after which portions of them would be edited for public viewing, the Los Angeles
Times reported. This could be an issue for President Donald Trump as he runs for president again in 2020 because he has
refused to disclose his tax returns, despite efforts by Democrats to force his hand.
judge blocks law requiring Trump to submit tax returns to compete in state's 2020 primary. A federal judge in
California Thursday granted the Trump campaign's request to block a new law that requires presidential and gubernatorial
candidates to release five years of tax returns to run in the state's primary elections. The law signed by
Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, in July would have left the sitting president off of the ballot in California's March
2020 primary unless he submitted five years' worth of his tax returns by a Nov. 26 deadline, the Los Angeles Times
reported. Under SB 27, Trump would be included on the general election ballot in November 2020. Oppoenents [sic]
of the law argue depressed GOP voter turnout in the primary could discourage voters from showing up to vote for the president
in the main race.
Judge: This Tax-Return Requirement For California's Presidential Primaries Smells Unconstitutional.
Indeed it does, and the injunction issued by US district court Judge Morrison England Jr represents a victory for Donald
Trump — if a temporary one. California had passed a law requiring all presidential primary candidates in the
state to publicly release the last five years of their income tax returns to qualify for the ballot. A former fringe
candidate joined Donald Trump in challenging the law for its super-constitutional efforts to add state-level qualifiers to
federal office, and Judge England issued an injunction against its enforcement.
The Editor says...
This is what's known as a bill of attainder.
adds Iowa to 'travel ban' over refusal to fund gender transitions. California announced last week that it has
added Iowa to the list of states on its ever-expanding "travel ban" list because of that state's new prohibition against
funding gender-transition surgeries under Medicaid. The announcement by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra means
that as of Oct. 4, California will no longer offer taxpayer-funded trips to Iowa for any public employee or student at
a state-run university. Becerra's authority came from a 2016 California law signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown that
bars state-funded travel to other states that undercut LGBT rights. The blacklist already included Alabama, Kentucky,
North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.
The Editor says...
California is attempting interfere with the other states entirely for the purpose of endorsing and legitimizing homosexuality.
Newsom Commutes Sentences of 21 Violent Criminals Incarcerated in CA Prisons, Including 4 Murderers with Life Sentences.
Far-left California Governor Gavin Newsom commuted sentences of 21 violent criminals including 4 murderers with life sentences
without possibility of parole. One of the murderers was arrested in 1993 for fatally shooting a man during a carjacking and
another was incarcerated in 1991 for killing an armed guard during a robbery. A man who served 31 years of 2 life
sentences for a double murder in 1988 was also given clemency by Newsom.
Introduces Bill to Ban ICE Detention Centers, Private Prisons. The state of California is cracking down on
"private for-profit prisons" after introducing a bill to ban the facilities. Moreover, it means shutting down U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's privately run detention centers. The bill AB-42 passed the state assembly
Wednesday [9/11/2019] with 65 votes in favorable votes. According to Newsweek, it would mean shutting down
four detention centers holding "up to 4,500 inmates."
Left's determination to destroy us from within. Governor Newsom of California has reached into the gutter for a
new and obscene low. So dishonorable is this man that he signed into law a bill that "struck down a more than
century-old law that required any able-bodied persons 18 years of age or older to assist a police officer who requested help
during an arrest." [...] Newsom, and the rest of the Democrat governors and mayors that destroyed their own states and cities,
have not only ruined the municipalities that they control, but have destroyed countless lives — namely, of
those who barely subsist on the streets of these cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle, Baltimore,
Chicago. They willingly promulgate the drug use of their homeless (they pass out free syringes) and seem to tolerate
the vast homeless encampments and all they entail: discarded needles, public defecation, crime, disease —
in short, the destruction of the cities they've been allowed to take over and ruin.
Newsom signs bill, now legal for citizens to refuse police officers' request for help. Gov. Gavin Newsom
just made it legal for anyone in the state of California to refuse to help a police officer requesting assistance. The
California Democrat on Tuesday [9/3/2019] signed into law a bill that struck down a more than century-old law which required any
"able-bodied person 18 years of age or older" to assist a police officer who requested help during an arrest, The Sacramento
Newsom signs bill allowing citizen to refuse to help a police officer. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a
Democrat, on Tuesday [9/3/2019] signed a bill that no longer requires any "able-bodied person 18 years of age or older" in
the state to help an officer who requests assistance during an arrest. The Sacramento Bee reported that the old law,
the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872, was common in the country's early days, but Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Los
Angeles Democrat who sponsored the bill, called the old law a "vestige of a bygone era." The law was employed to help
catch runaway slaves, the report said. The old law made it a misdemeanor that carried a fine of up to $1,000 for
refusing to help a police officer who requested assistance during an arrest.
The Editor says...
If the only purpose for that law was to have citizens assist the police with the capture of runaway slaves, there might be
some reasonable basis for repealing it. Surely the elected officials of California don't believe such a thing.
Governor Newsom's action reeks of race-based political opportunism, and the unintended consequences are not many days away.
San Francisco Board of
Supervisors Declares NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization. San Francisco's legislative body has challenged
other American cities and states to follow its lead and formally condemn the National Rifle Association (NRA). The
Californian city's board of supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday officially labeling the gun rights' group a domestic
terrorist organization. [...] It said the NRA "musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun
ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence."
Francisco Declares NRA a 'Domestic Terrorist Organization'. San Francisco, the "sanctuary city" for illegal
aliens — now crowded with homeless people camping and defecating on sidewalks — has just declared the
National Rifle Association a "domestic terrorist organization." The resolution, which the Board of Supervisors passed
unanimously Tuesday, urges the rest of the country to "do the same." The resolution accuses the NRA or mustering "its
considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence."
Crony Capitalism on Steroids.
California lawmakers want to bring back central-planning agencies that squander taxpayer dollars on corporate welfare and
abuse eminent domain — in the name of fixing a housing shortage that these agencies helped create.
California's War on Cars.
Traffic has long been horrific throughout California, especially in the Los Angeles basin and the Bay Area. But like
every bad thing in this state, it just keeps getting worse. The 2018 INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard tops the ranking of
most congested cities, with drivers spending an annual average of 104 hours stuck in gridlock. Other California cities
made the ranks of 50 most congested cities across the globe. The obvious solution is to, well, build more roads, even
though decades of neglect — and reams of environmental impediments such as the California Environmental Quality
Act (CEQA) — would make that a daunting task if state officials wanted to do so. But they have no interest
in doing so. Their goal is to coerce us into giving up our cars or at least driving much less. They've caused the
crisis and are not about to let it go to waste.
Governor Signs Use-of-Deadly Force Bill Aimed at 'Changing the Culture of Policing'. California Gov. Gavin
Newsom (D) announced on Monday [8/19/2019] that California is now a "model for the rest of the nation" when it comes to the
use of deadly force by police officers. Newsom on Monday signed Assembly Bill No. 392, which says police officers may
"use deadly force only when necessary in defense of human life." According to the text of the bill, the "authority to use
physical force...is a serious responsibility that shall be exercised judiciously and with respect for human rights and dignity
and for the sanctity of every human life."
In the last years of Arnold Schwarzenegger's governorship, Arnold more or less gave up on the existential crises of illegal
immigration, sanctuary cities, soaring taxes, water shortages, decrepit roads and bridges, homelessness, plummeting public
school performance, and a huge exodus out of state of middle-class Californians. Instead he began to lecture the state,
the nation, and indeed the world on the need for massive wind and solar projects and assorted green fantasies.
prefers 'free range rats' over humans. Proposed poison ban. California is prepared to sacrifice human
lives for the sake of wildlife apparently. The wise Progressives have let fester a growing health risk in allowing
their rat population to explode with no interest in controlling their expanding population. The Democrats want to ban
rat poison. You can't call them lazy. Once a female rat reproduces, she could have 15,000 descendants by the end
of just one year! Note: Your rat mileage may vary.
illegal.' Trump sues California over new law targeting his tax returns. President Donald Trump, the California
Republican Party, and the national GOP joined together Tuesday [8/6/2019] to sue California over a new tax-return law Gov. Gavin
Newsom signed last week. The law requires Trump and other presidential candidates to release the last five years of their tax
returns to get their names on the state's 2020 primary ballot.
Gavin Newsom torched as red-hot hypocrite for calling Trump's wall wasteful. California's leftist governor,
Gavin Newsom, got it in the teeth on Twitter after he tried to decry President Trump's border wall as, of all things,
government waste. [...] And it didn't end well for him. He drew about 6,000 replies, virtually all of them negative,
with a large number of them clearly from the locals.
becomes first US city to ban natural gas in new buildings. Berkeley became the first city nationwide to ban the
use of natural gas in new low-rise residential buildings in a unanimous vote Tuesday by the City Council. [...] In June 2018,
the council declared a climate emergency and called for a review of Berkeley's greenhouse emission reduction strategies.
The city determined in a report last year that gas-related emissions have increased due to an 18% population growth since 2000.
The Editor says...
I wonder if the Berkeley politicians understand that they share the atmosphere with 7.7 billion other people, most of whom
would love to have cheap and abundant natural gas available, rather than the firewood, coal, or dung they're currently using.
The city council's action is not just symbolic: It affects the construction of already-unaffordable new houses.
California, don't call them 'public servants,' call them 'the government gang'. As a Californian of more than
three decades, I have watched the highways deteriorate, with no new construction of freeways (or reservoirs for that matter)
while the population soared. I have watched the schools go from bad to horrendous. Meanwhile, taxes have soared
to levels that are driving out middle class taxpayers in very large numbers. The rest of us who are not members of the
government gang watch as the gang members get rich.
Gives Green Light to Health Care for Illegal Aliens. California is the first state to allow taxpayer-funded
health care benefits to go towards people residing in the U.S. illegally. Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill
into law on Tuesday which would allow low-income adults under the age of 25 to receive state Medicaid benefits through its
Medi-Cal program regardless of immigration status.
take their next step to destroy the USA. California has approved a new budget expanding Medi-Cal coverage to
illegal aliens up to the age of 26. This will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars, even without factoring in
the costs created by the obvious incentive the program will create for illegals to move to California. Moreover, the
formerly Golden State is bringing back the individual mandate, in part to fund the Medi-Cal expansion for non-residents of
California. This means that residents of the state who don't want to — or need to — buy health
insurance, as well as those who can't afford it, will have their money confiscated by the government to provide health care
to illegal aliens.
Assembly Approves Resolution That Calls for Church Acceptance of LGBTQ. The California State Assembly voted 9-2
to send to the state senate a resolution calling on "religious leaders to counsel on LGBTQ matters from a place of love,
compassion, and knowledge of the psychological and other harms of conversion therapy." While no one would argue with
the aim of being more loving and more compassionate in our counsel of our fellow man, the people's representatives do not
possess any authority in the arena of religious practice.
Democrats Propose Bill to Allow Illegal Immigrants to Hold Party Leadership Positions. Democratic lawmakers in
California have introduced a bill that will allow illegal immigrants to hold leadership positions within the Democrat Party
on the state and local level, Breitbart reports. Current state law limits noncitizen participation in party politics,
but the bill, SB 288, would change that, letting noncitizens, including illegal immigrants like Dreamers, serve as state
convention delegates and county committee leaders within the Democratic Party, which will allow them to be involved with
party platform and other issues.
Democrats Push Bill Allowing Illegals Party Roles: 'They're Already Leaders'. A bill proposed last week by California lawmakers could
grant illegal aliens the ability to serve in Democrat Party leadership positions locally and statewide. The new bill, SB 288, would allow
them to be part of shaping the party's platform, including serving as state convention delegates and county committee leaders.
Plan to "Make America, American Again". California Dems made sure the people of Mexico and other foreign
countries understood the borders were open, no one would ever be sent back, and Democrats would give them every form of
welfare for free. Then they gave illegals drivers licenses. They registered illegals automatically at DMV. They
made sure there was no Voter ID at the polls. Recognize the plan? Gavin Newsom gave it away. This is now the
national plan for Democrats. Make the whole country into California.
Gov. Gavin Newsom puts out a video for illegals on how to obstruct ICE. I thought it was satire, something
cooked up by his political enemies. You couldn't put out a less attractive video than the one Gavin Newsom did for
illegal aliens on Twitter, advising them himself on how to obstruct ICE from any deportation maneuvers. [...] Leave aside the
fact that he's the governor of a U.S. state, supposedly there to represent the interests of that state's citizens rather than
those of the foreigners who come here without papers, quite illegally, and run up the tab using his state's services.
People's Republic of California Jungle Primary Voter Suppression. In the 2018 midterm general election
California voters had the choice for US Senate on the general election ballot between liberal Democrat Senator Diane
Feinstein or even more liberal Democrat opponent. There were no Republicans on the US Senate General Election ballot in
2018. Two years earlier, in 2016, liberal Democrat Kamala Harris was elected US Senator by defeating Liberal Democrat
opponent Loretta Sanchez in the general election. Again, There were no Republican candidates on the general election
ballot for Senator in 2016.
Progressive Betrayal. The recent California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco exposed the divide
between the state's progressive and working-class voters. Progressives, in their militant certitude, support left-wing
policies that often don't affect them; it's the working class that suffers the consequences of these proposals. But the
Green New Deal, widely embraced by party leaders, pushed too far, triggering a backlash at the convention. The state's
private-sector labor unions, notably the building trades, organized a "Blue Collar Revolution" protest against the Democrats'
climate legislation. The Democrats are calling for the elimination of fossil fuels by 2030, which would result in
California's immiseration, especially for workers in the state's energy-production sector, the nation's fourth-largest.
In 2012, the oil and gas industry employed over 400,000 Californians, but these workers — unionized and
well-paid — can expect pink slips with the green package.
Says, 'Go West Young Illegals, Go West'. Doctors and hospitals are in the gunsights of many Democrats who want
Medicare-for-all as a draconian price control scheme by government over all medical care in the US. Hospitals are told they
charge too much and doctors are vilified for earning too much. What a relief that a sugar daddy has appeared, a rich
boyfriend, a benefactor with a fat wallet, ready to bestow his financial largess on financially strapped healthcare
providers. This sugar daddy is named Gavin, tall and handsome with good hair. I speak of California Governor
Gavin Newsom, who finalized a deal with the California legislature, "to provide full health benefits to low-income illegal
immigrants under the age of 26."
California Be Saved, or Is It Too Late? How did this state, once the envy of all others, become the pathetic,
indebted loser state it is today? The answer is simple, single-party Democratic rule. [...] State taxes in California
are the highest in the nation, as are our sales taxes. We fall nearly last in education. We have the most
homeless, the most illegal migrants. The state spends $30 [billion] on illegal immigration per year. Like
all cities run by progressives, our entire state is a disaster of Democratic making.
lawmakers weigh budget proposals to cover health care for illegal immigrants. California lawmakers are weighing
proposals this week that would offer government-funded health care to adult illegal immigrants but are at odds over how far
to go. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed $98 million a year to cover low-income illegal immigrants between
the ages of 19 and 25, but the state Assembly's bill would cover all illegal immigrants over the age of 19 living in
California — a proposal that would cost an estimated $3.4 billion.
to pay full health benefits for illegal immigrants. Democrats in the [California] state Legislature reached an
agreement Sunday afternoon [6/9/2019] as part of a broader plan to spend $213 billion of state and federal tax money over the
next year. The agreement means low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be
eligible for California's Medicaid program, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled.
dystopian nightmare that is California has been brought to you by... Democrats. Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles
Times reported a week ago on the obscene condition of downtown Los Angeles, "A mountain of rotting, oozing, stinking trash
... stretching a good 20 yards along a skid row alley. Rats popped their heads out of the debris like they were in a
game of Whac-A-Mole, then scampered for cover as a tractor with a scoop lurched toward them. ... The trash problem is not
confined to any one street, but this particular location on the 800 block of Ceres Avenue is surrounded by food distribution
companies that sell to shoppers, vendors, stores and restaurants. I counted seven within a block, so you have to
wonder — given the colonies of football-size rats — about the potential contamination of the food
supply chain and the spread of disease." What does the city say when confronted about the slow, or nonexistent, pace
loves its sanctuary label, but a housing crisis is testing its liberal values. This eccentric Northern
California enclave was a sanctuary long before the designation became a must-have merit badge for any left-leaning
city. Berkeley politicians proclaimed the place a refuge for Navy sailors resisting deployment to the Vietnam War
nearly a half-century ago. It was the birth of a movement to protect the outcast — and, in some cases, the
outlaw — from rules that this beat-of-its-own-drum city and its followers found immoral, most recently the
deportation of undocumented immigrants. But California's housing crisis is testing whether Berkeley can remain that
kind of place.
supes get 12% pay raise while everyone else at City Hall gets a lot less. San Francisco's supervisors will be
getting a 12% raise this year, more than three times the size of those being given to other elected officials and city
employees. The raise was approved by a 3-1 vote of the Civil Service Commission on Monday [5/20/2019] and represents a
$15,016 pay hike, bringing the board members' salaries to $140,148 this year — plus benefits.
Angeles Prohibits Employees From Traveling to Alabama Because It Banned Abortions. Los Angeles County has
imposed a one-year travel ban to Alabama in response to the state's new abortion law, which is the most restrictive in the
country. Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solia, author of the motion, said the state's law is an "attack not only
confined to the residents of those states, but an act of aggression upon all of us." "We must stand in solidarity and in
opposition against extremist and unconstitutional laws that put the health and wellbeing of families at risk," Solis said.
"The constitutional and human right to a safe and legal abortion is part of the very fabric of the United States."
lawmakers weigh budget proposals to cover health care for illegal immigrants. California lawmakers are weighing
proposals this week that would offer government-funded health care to adult illegal immigrants but are at odds over how far
to go. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed $98 million a year to cover low-income illegal immigrants between
the ages of 19 and 25, but the state Assembly's bill would cover all illegal immigrants over the age of 19 living in
California — a proposal that would cost an estimated $3.4 billion.
Sacramento's Biggest Gasbags.
Don't be alarmed by soaring California gasoline prices, which have topped $4 a gallon at most gas stations around the state.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders are on the job, as they sniff out the culprit behind rising prices.
They are pretty sure it has something to do with bad corporate behavior, based on their latest public statements. Stay
tuned — but you might not want to buy that giant gas-sucking SUV just yet. The cause of the high prices is
obvious to those of us familiar with the state's gasoline-related policies. In 2017, then-Gov. Jerry Brown pushed
through his signature increase in gas taxes to fund the road-infrastructure improvements that his administration had neglected
as it ramped up social spending. The law adds 12 cents to each gallon of gasoline and 20 cents to each gallon
of diesel and could add far more to the price in coming decades.
Pareto, and the Fall of the Elites. Encouraging mass immigration of illegals who compete for lower-level jobs
does not help the underprivileged, rather it creates a new group of voters that will support the Democrats. It also
helps privileged groups by supplying cheap labor. Take, for example, wealthy Marin County, California. Marin is
largely populated by well-to-do and highly educated professional people. An underclass of often illegal immigrants
provides affordable services such as yard work and babysitting. In the 2012 presidential election, Marin voted 74% for
Obama. In the 2016 election, Marin voted 77% for Hillary and only 16% for Trump. Another wealthy California
county, Santa Clara County, is the heart of Silicon Valley. In the 2016 election, Santa Clara County voted only 21% for
Trump. Fresno County, California, a county that is majority Hispanic with a very high poverty rate, voted 43% for
Trump. California as a whole voted 32% for Trump. The nation as a whole voted 46% for Trump. In the borough
of Manhattan, in New York City, one of the wealthiest places in the country, only 10% of the votes went for Trump. Clearly
the privileged class votes Democratic and strongly opposes Trump. In places inhabited by elites, the Democrats dominate.
moves to keep Trump off 2020 primary ballot. The California Legislature is trying again to force presidential
candidates to publicly disclose their tax returns, hoping a new Democratic governor known for his clashes with President
Donald Trump won't block them this time.
Politicians Hiked Gas Tax, Now Demand Investigation Into State's $4 Per Gallon Gas Prices. As lieutenant
governor, Gavin Newsom supported a 2017 bill increasing the state's gas taxes. When running for governor in 2018, he
opposed a ballot initiative that would have repealed that same increase. It's 2019, and Newson, now the state's
governor, is demanding an investigation into why the state's gas prices are so high. On Tuesday [4/23/2019], the
governor sent a letter to the California Energy Commission (CEC) asking that the state agency investigate the Golden State's
roughly $4.03 per gallon gas prices, currently the highest in the country (and well above the national average of $2.86 per gallon).
What 'Free Money' Means to Me.
Officials in Stockton, Calif., a hard-pressed agricultural and industrial city 75 miles northeast of San Jose, are enjoying
the glow of media attention from their ongoing, first-in-America program to provide residents with a Universal Basic Income, or UBI. [...]
This is about more than helping a few residents in a mid-size city pay medical bills, buy groceries, repair the car, or spend the
weekend in the Sierra foothills gambling at the Jackson Rancheria Indian casino (there are no limits on how the money is spent,
after all). It's about setting the stage for a national political "discussion" that might eventually involve large, direct
taxpayer payments to lower-income residents. The research and storytelling will be used to soften us up for the hard sell, which
will come in various state or federal proposals, and will sometimes be linked to plans for reparations.
If Gavin Newsom runs for president, [Eleni] Kounalakis may run for governor, or even higher office. In that quest, Eleni will again deploy
daddy's money and promotional support from Markos, who believes that a woman's proper place is in the White House. Eleni gets all this,
plus California's imported electoral college, from places like El Salvador and Mexico. For Clinton cronies, California offers the best
of all possible worlds.
Is a Very Bad Joke. [Scroll down] The 67-page audit of [the California] DMV found a "reactive culture
that has adversely impacted the field office customer experience," outdated management structures, a third of customer-service
windows closed even as people waited in lines that went around the DMV field offices — and pretty much
everything else that anyone who has visited a California DMV office would know. The audit suggested changes, but
the agency reacted in normal fashion and requested more money. DMV offices, which I've described as a cross between bus
stations and Soviet bread lines, have been like this since time immemorial (although they're better in some states) and will
always be this way. We must deal with the agency if we want to drive. There are no customers that must be
satisfied because we have no other choice.
in the Toilet — The Billion Dollar Cost of Public Bathrooms. The fastest rising item in the country
isn't gold or bitcoin, it's the cost of a public bathroom. In '08, a San Francisco Weekly article fumed that a park
restroom in Golden Gate Park was costing taxpayers $531,219. Fast forward, a decade later the cost of a park restroom in the
Golden Gate Boathouse had ballooned to $2 million or $4,700 per square foot. The modern bathroom had a third All-Gender
option that the '08 bathroom didn't. But adding a non-gender shouldn't have quadrupled the price. Inflation would
have kept the cost well below a million. Why did a 15-foot by 28-foot bathroom cost millions? Part of the answer
may be that San Fran privileges minority businesses and requires that 15% of work hours be carried out by "disadvantaged" workers.
Trump vows to shut the border to illegals, Gavin Newsom makes a suspicious trip to El Salvador. [Scroll
down] One can just picture how this trip looks from the Salvadoran side of things. Here come Big Daddy, the
California governor, the gringo who's already laid out a banquet of goodies for Salvadorans in California, from free health
care to free education, to sanctuary state protections to enable illegals to work, coming there supposedly to find out how he
can offer...even more goodies to Salvador's uneducated lower middle classes. The idea is to get even more of them to
come over. Big Daddy comes down with the Santa sack full of goodies.
executes a 'moratorium' on the death penalty. During the past eight years, California voters have twice
reiterated their support for the death penalty by defeating propositions seeking to overturn it. If anyone was confused
about Californians' understanding of the death penalty representing an important part of justice, in 2016 they even passed a
proposition calling for the speeding up of executions by shortening the decades-long appeals process. In other words,
Californians want the death penalty, and they want to it happen faster and more often.
Newsom Doesn't Care about Crime Victims. On March 13, California governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive
order granting a reprieve to all 737 convicted murderers awaiting execution in the Golden State. [...] All 737 reprieved
death-row inmates had been found guilty of murder by a jury of their peers, beyond any reasonable doubt. The convicted
murderers had also exhausted all the possibilities of the appeal process, which in the California criminal justice system is
quite extensive. Gavin Newsom is not an attorney and not a judge. The governor did not attend the trials and
produced no new exculpatory evidence in any of the cases. Those awaiting execution include Richard Allen Davis, who
kidnapped and killed twelve-year-old Polly Klaas, and "Tool Box Killer" Lawrence Bittaker, who raped and killed five teen
girls in 1979 after torturing them with pliers and screwdrivers.
Killing the Death Penalty via
Edict. To my conservative friends who like when chief executives push the envelope on "national emergencies"
and executive orders, I offer you California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Last week, he grabbed national headlines for his
decision to grant reprieves to all 737 prisoners on California's death row based on his own personal feelings: [...]
Governors have the power to pardon people and give reprieves. But just as advocates for limited government believe that
presidents should let Congress take the lead on spending matters, they too should prefer that governors stick to the spirit
and not just the letter of the law. Such reprieves are meant for particular cases — not as a means to change
Drug Legalization Leads to Political Corruption. California is going full narcosocialist and there's a price to
pay for that. The price is deeper corruption and criminality. [...] While part of the LA Times story tilt claims that
this is about "black market" drug dealers, most of these examples appear to involve those that were legal or trying to go legal.
But that takes us to the baffling difference between a black market drug dealer and a legal drug dealer is that the latter is paying
off the government. Now we have drug businesses getting in trouble for paying off government officials in the wrong sort of
way. We want drug dealers to legalize by legally paying off the government.
Newsom to order halt to California's death penalty. Gov. Gavin Newsom is suspending the death penalty in California,
calling it discriminatory and immoral, and is granting reprieves to the 737 condemned inmates on the nation's largest Death Row.
"I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the
premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people," Newsom said in a statement accompanying an executive order, to be issued
Wednesday [3/13/2019], declaring a moratorium on capital punishment in the state. "The death penalty is inconsistent with our
bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian."
Rendezvous With Reality. Californians brag that their state is the world's fifth-largest economy. They
talk as reverentially of Silicon Valley companies Apple, Facebook and Google as the ancient Greeks did of their Olympian
gods. Hollywood and universities such as Caltech, Stanford and Berkeley are cited as permanent proof of the
intellectual, aesthetic and technological dominance of West Coast culture. Californians also see their progressive,
one-party state as a neo-socialist model for a nation moving hard to the left.
Gov. Newsom inherits a steaming load of scandal from Jerry Brown. California's Gov. Gavin Newsom has
inherited a steaming load of financial scandals from Jerry Brown regarding high-speed rail and the Oroville Dam. Gavin
Newsom is the first Democrat California governor to follow a sitting Democrat governor in over a century. Newsom
campaigned as an ally of Gov. Jerry Brown by trumpeting how Brown eight years earlier had overcome a crisis projected by
the non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office to included a $6.4-billion current budget deficit, a $19-billion deficit for
the following year, and another five years of $20-billion-plus deficits.
Carolina vote fraud case shows just why Congress should ban ballot-harvesting nationwide. [Scroll down]
Sure enough, in California, this same ballot-harvesting that was illegally practiced in North Carolina is completely legal
and completely responsible for deep-red Orange County suddenly going blue in the last congressional election. Candidate
after candidate who had been leading in the 2018 midterm count all of a sudden saw those large leads reversed, with all of
them shifting to the Democratic side, with leftists taking all the congressional slots.
Gavin Newsom touts proposed $25 million in California aid to asylum seekers. Gov. Gavin Newsom and local officials
in San Diego on Thursday [1/31/2019] touted a proposed $25 million in state funding to address a growing humanitarian crisis
involving migrant families seeking asylum in the U.S. and blamed the Trump administration for manufacturing a problem at the border.
With prodding from San Diego lawmakers, Newsom has called for spending $20 million over three years to aid local nonprofits and
community organizations that provide services to asylum-seeking migrant families.
The Editor says...
President Trump did not "manufacture" the problem of uncontrolled illegal immigration across the Mexican border. That problem
has existed for decades, but in recent years has been exacerbated by the Democrats, who offer numerous incentives for immigrants.
under Welfare programs attract illegal aliens and other immigrants.
Gavin Newsom Proposes Tax on Drinking Water in First Budget. California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed his
first budget for the state on Friday [1/11/2019], and it includes a tax on drinking water. The budget, titled
"California for All," declares drinking water a "fundamental right," and adds: "The Budget includes short-term measures
to bring immediate relief to communities without safe drinking water and also proposes an ongoing sustainable funding source
to address this problem into the future."
The Editor says...
Wait a minute. If drinking water is a "fundamental right," why should it be taxed? Indeed, why does your city
government send you a utility bill and charge you for water, if it's a right? No, in reality, food and water and
housing and medicine are not "fundamental rights," regardless of the number of politicians who say they are.
Gov. Gavin Newsom seeks to add more illegal immigrants to state health care plan. Newly sworn-in California
Gov. Gavin Newsom, vowing to provide "sanctuary to all who seek it," has proposed extending state health care coverage to more
illegal immigrants living within the Golden State's borders. Hours after assuming office, Mr. Newsom released sweeping
health care proposals to raise the age limit for illegal aliens covered by Medi-Cal from 19 to 26, which would make California "the
first state in the nation to cover young undocumented adults through a state Medicaid program," according to a Monday [1/7/2019]
release from the governor's office.
Singh Was Laid to Rest. Guess Which Politicians Were Conveniently Absent. Just when we thought
politicians in California couldn't get any more horrible, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom proved us wrong. Apparently the
reason he was absent from Cpl. Singh's funeral yesterday was because he was too busy watching the Sacramento Kings
Brown "Legacy": Highest Poverty in Nation, Highest Homelessness/Worst Affordable Housing. We are a few days
away from the end of the Brown Administration. His legacy is clear, if you listen to the Democrats. They claim
California has the most poverty in the nation — true. We have a shortage of homes — true.
We have a massive homelessness problem — true. All of this has become his legacy. Add to this the
$200 billion train boondoggle, his cutting off water for farmers and the worst roads and freeways in the
nation — California is a Third world State.
Trump and Freedom, California Creates 1,000 New 2018 Laws. That the Land of Fruits and Nuts is legislating from
soup to nuts is significant because, while often forgotten, a law generally is a removal of a freedom. After all, laws
virtually always state that there's something we must or mustn't do. Thus, the more laws we have, the less free we are
from governmental control. And given that governments continually enact more laws but hardly ever rescind any, this
means that every year we're progressively less free. So what liberties were robbed in California this time around?
Grapes of Wrath — in Reverse. [I]n the last decade and a half, about 6 million Californians
over the age of 25 left the state; in the last 30 years, perhaps 10 million fled. There are no accurate
statistics on the political ideologies of the departed or even their actual numbers. But most studies suggest that the
reasons for radical outmigration were quality-of-life complaints, soaring home prices and taxes, poor state services, failing
infrastructure and schools, and rising crime. [...] According to one study, at least 13,000 companies fled the state over the
Democrats: A plague
on the nation. Governor Brown has effectively destroyed California, now benighted by rampant homelessness and the crime
that accompanies a population of illiterate, drug-addicted, gang-affiliated, criminally inclined persons adrift on our streets.
And now another young officer has been killed by an illegal alien thanks to the left's obsession with protecting the throngs of migrants
crossing the border into the U.S. It should be obvious to every American by now that our progressive left does not have the
best interest of Americans at heart.
Spends $100 Million to Maximize Census Cash Jackpot. California is spending over $100 million preparing for the
2020 Census to maintain its top spot to maximize the federal population spending jackpot. The key for California to
keep growing its top spot in state and local government spending that hit $587.9 billion this year is maximizing its number
of legal and illegal residents who currently justify $107.5 billion in direct federal transfers and about $376 billion
of indirect transfers to pay for federal salaries, income support, student financial aid, U.C. grants, corporate subsidies, and
a slew of other items. California has allocated $100.3 million for "outreach" this year to maximize the number of state
residents to be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. Only 10 other states have allocated any cash for "outreach."
California's funding is over 27 times the $2.3 million by number-two Georgia and 66 times the $1.5 million
funded by number-three Illinois.
Francisco mayor trying to get brother, a convicted killer, out of lockup 20 years early. San Francisco Mayor
London Breed sent a letter to departing Gov. Jerry Brown in late October asking him to "consider leniency" and commute
the sentence of her older brother, who has served nearly two decades of a 44-year sentence on a manslaughter conviction,
according to reports. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the mayor has joined other members of her
family in requesting an early release from prison for Napoleon Brown, who struggled with drugs from a young age.
Brown's 'Twin Tunnels' Project on Hold. The project, officially called the California Waterfix, aims to divert
water from the Sacramento River underneath the California Delta to storage facilities further south, from which water can be
pumped to southern California. The "twin tunnels" were to be Brown's major infrastructure legacy, in addition to the
California High-Speed Rail system, which faces significant financial and engineering hurdles. But it faced intense
local opposition from the communities in the Delta, who faced considerable disruption to their lives. The project was
also opposed by many environmental groups, and farming groups that were meant to benefit — at a price —
showed lukewarm support.
Gascón carried guns on planes, then whistle-blower was fired, suit says. A former senior investigator says
he was fired for blowing the whistle on his boss, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, who he alleged carried
a gun while flying — in violation of federal law. Gascón reacted with a "pattern of retaliation and
harassment" that culminated in the termination of senior investigator Henry G. McKenzie on Oct. 30, 2017, according
to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
More than 7-in-10 California Immigrant Households Are on Welfare. More than 7-in-10 households headed by
immigrants in the state of California are on taxpayer-funded welfare, a new study reveals. The latest Census Bureau
data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) finds that about 72 percent of households headed by noncitizens and
immigrants use one or more forms of taxpayer-funded welfare programs in California — the number one immigrant-receiving
state in the U.S. Meanwhile, only about 35 percent of households headed by native-born Americans use welfare in California.
California's ballot harvest: What is to be done? The ballot-harvesting issue, which gave Democrats an
absolute monopoly of power in even Orange County, signals a sort of the bottom dropping out in California. Now that
Democrats have discovered they can flip any race based on selective collections of mail-in ballots by Democratic
door-knockers from voters who didn't ask for them, their one-party state of the past 20 years in California has gotten even
more entrenched in power. One gets the sense that the landscape has changed and what the voters want no longer
matters. Voting is no longer about you, or what you think or the decisions you make, it's now all about that
unasked-for piece of paper on the kitchen table known as a ballot and how Democrats can get their hands on it. You are
incidental. The creepy Democratic machine, with its 1980s PRI-style politics, rigged this state this way, and in so
doing would make Hugo Chávez or Daniel Ortega envious. PRI Mexico was, after all, once called "the perfect
dictatorship." Now the title has moved on to California. It amounts to stolen democracy, which ultimately
cries out for revolution.
The Cloward-Piven strategy: Overload the system to intentionally break it.
Democrats plan to extend Medicaid to illegal immigrants. State Assembly member Joaquin Arambula, a Democrat and
a doctor, announced the plans Monday [12/3/2018] as the legislature convened at the state capitol, according to the Los
Angeles Times. Should the bill advance, California would become the first state to extend Medicaid coverage regardless
of immigration status. State projections for last year's bill found that 1.8 million people in California are uninsured
and reside there illegally; roughly 1.2 million would qualify for Medi-Cal, the name of the state's Medicaid program.
Trump: The Last President?
The Governor isn't the Governor of California, especially when he won in a 57% to 43% victory. The Governor is the
Governor of the Left, and will represent the Left, not the electorate in general. The swing vote, which has moderated
elections nationally is absent in California. The swing vote means that the most uninterested people have the levers of
power. That category of people simply does not exist in California. Party leader? Sure. Governor?
Well, in name only. In reality, the recently elected Governor is the Democratic Party leader.
tells audience, 'San Francisco values, that's what we're about'. Has Nancy Pelosi joined the GOP team anxious
to scare voters away from voting for the donkey party? The pejorative use of the expression "San Francisco values," to
indicate a loss of decency, tradition, and sanity, has at least two decades of history, and arguably almost three and a half,
since Jeanne Kirkpatrick denounced "San Francisco Democrats" at the 1984 Republican Convention. Today, San Francisco is
the exemplar of a city that has driven out the middle class and features the worst-looking income gap between rich and
poor. San Francisco's poor languish in its streets in the worst display of the degradation of poverty this side of
Calcutta. San Francisco's homelessness, its open drug use, and the spread of human feces on the sidewalks there have
made being a pedestrian there a health risk.
Newsom Helped Mother's Assisted Suicide. A recent article in the New Yorker extolling the (probable)
next Governor of California reveals that Gavin Newsom helped his mother commit assisted suicide. [...] When I first read the
piece, I assumed she didn't die in California because assisted suicide was a felony there in 2002, and Newsom was a member of
the San Francisco Board of Supervisors sworn to uphold the law. Wrong. She died in San Francisco.
city council candidate is caught dropping off his wheelchair-bound mom, 86, so she can panhandle. A nonpartisan candidate
for city council in Southern California has been accused of dropping off his elderly, wheelchair-bound mother to panhandle for the last
decade, even though they're not homeless. David Chey has been caught on camera leaving Soon Chey, 86, in her wheelchair in the
downtown district of Laguna Beach with a sign that reads, 'please, help me.' 'They have a brand new car, live in a condo in Irvine,
yet beg for our help,' local business owner Heidi Miller told DailyMail.com.
Ranks as Poorest State, One of the Worst for Income Inequality. Despite all the wealth in the state and the
Democrat control of state government, California actually ranks as the poorest state in the country after costs of living are
factored in. A whopping 19 percent of Californians live below the poverty line. While California represents just
12 percent of the nation's population, Californians represent a third of all Americans on welfare. The average monthly
cost of rent in the state is 43 percent higher than the national average. Nearly a third of Californians spend more
than half of their earnings on housing. The situation is made worse by skyrocketing energy costs. "Residents who
can afford rent or a mortgage are on the hook for electricity rates burdened by green initiatives and regulation that grew
500 percent faster than the national average from 2011 to 2017."
Francisco to Allow Illegal Aliens to Vote. In July, the Department of Elections issued voter registration forms
to illegal aliens to vote for members of the San Francisco Board of Education in the 2018 election, reported ABC7 News.
Now that the illegals are registered and ready, they will be voting in November.
piously politically correct blue state that bankrolls Putin. CalPERS, the $326-billion California state pension
fund for some two million state cops, firefighters, and bureaucrats, has never been shy about its trumpeting its political
correctness. It's positively famous for its pullouts of tobacco investments, Turkey investments, apartheid South Africa
investments, and coal investments, and so famous that you probably would never have heard of the fund were it not for its
pullouts. It's not that they are that awful in themselves — they often try to push back on calls to
divest. But they've always been seen by leftists as a tool to oppose President Trump. So in general, name the
lefty cause, and out they pull. Well, with one little exception: Putin's Russia. On that one, they've
shelled out nearly half a billion dollars to the Russian government (not companies, but the government) through its bond
buys. And hey, they're one of Russia's top foreign investors, top ten among foreigners.
San Francisco businesses could face homelessness tax. San Francisco has come to be known around the world as a
place for aggressive panhandling, open-air drug use and sprawling tent camps, the dirt and despair all the more remarkable
for the city's immense wealth.
Brown's get-out-of-jail-free card in California. Here's a story that's making the news in San Diego as a local
district attorney protests, but it's actually a state problem that goes back to the usual lefty suspects, starting with
Gov. Jerry Brown. Thousands of murder convictions are likely to be vacated due to a change in state law that
effectively says that if you were the guy sitting in the shotgun seat of the car as the other guy pulled the trigger, you get
off scot-free — you're no longer convicted of murder, too. The County of San Diego alone is set to release
about 150 such charmers onto the streets, and the other 57 counties are going to have to do similar. All told, about
800 of them are reportedly going to get let out.
Francisco: Land of the Living Dead. Effectively, there's nothing in this news story that you don't know
already. Anyone who has followed the news and who reads this blog knows full well that downtown San Francisco has been
given over to drug addicts and the homeless. In the most liberal blue city in America, Nancy Pelosi's home town, you
cannot walk the streets in many neighborhoods. What's news is the place it appeared: The New York Times.
The paper of record sent a reporter and a photographer out to document the nightmare that is the streets of San
Francisco. They did not pull any punches. They told it like it is.
One-Party State. [Scroll down] Dan Walters, a longtime political journalist in Sacramento, will tell you
it was the end of the Cold War that really brought about Democratic dominance. He points to the decline of the defense
and aerospace industries, major employers in Southern California, which prompted an exodus of Republican voters —
middle-class, white, and suburban — to cheaper states. Los Angeles County regularly went for the GOP in
elections. It's simple arithmetic, says Walters. When the GOP lost Los Angeles, it turned California over
completely to the Democrats. Today, the state is a liberal's dream. It's multicultural. It's largely
urbanized. It is socially and environmentally progressive. People here frequently boast, without a trace of
smugness, that if you want to see America in 10 years, look at California.
Weak passwords banned in California from
2020. Default passwords such as "admin" and "password" will be illegal for electronics firms to use in
California from 2020. The state has passed a law that sets higher security standards for net-connected devices
made or sold in the region. It demands that each gadget be given a unique password when it is made.
Socialist Oligarchy: Making the State Unaffordable. Nowhere are the consequences of California's
oligarchical socialism more evident than in the cost of housing. State legislation has made it nearly impossible for
developers to construct new housing outside the so-called "urban growth boundary." Instead, development is redirected into
the footprint of existing urban areas. While there is a natural tendency as population increases to see higher density
redevelopment in urban cores, by restricting outward expansion of urban areas, the value of the limited remaining eligible
land becomes artificially inflated. But established landowners and large development firms benefit from these
restrictions. They are able to withstand years, if not decades, of expensive permitting delays and endless
litigation. They are able to afford millions in permit fees because these costs are offset by their ability to sell
residence units — from high-rise condos to detached single family dwellings — at prices far beyond what
they would cost in a normal market. These billionaire business interests get richer, while ordinary Californians who
want to own or develop land cannot afford to go through the permit process.
One-Party State. The state [of California] has the most liberal environmental laws and regulations in the
country, which hamper the development of affordable housing. A San Francisco Chronicle investigation in 2017
showed rising housing costs driving lower-income Californians out of their homes and into the streets. Homelessness has
skyrocketed in both the cities and the rural areas of the state. While 12 percent of the U.S. population is in
California, 25 percent of the country's homeless live there. From Sacramento to San Diego, you can't help but notice
the multitudes of people living on the street. Look at the housing shortage and homelessness, the decline of manufacturing
and other blue-collar jobs, and the growth of a tech economy that rewards disruption over predictability, and you see why some
are suspicious of the California way.
will require women on corporate boards under bill signed by Brown. California became the first state in the
country to require that women be included on companies' boards of directors, as Gov. Jerry Brown literally sent a
message to Washington on Sunday [9/30/2018] in signing legislation that corporate associations opposed as unconstitutional.
Brown signed SB826 into law after it passed the Assembly and the Senate last month. The bill mandates that all publicly
traded California companies have at least one woman on their boards by the end of 2019.
The Editor says...
Notice how much of California's official business is transacted on Sundays.
Passes Law Allowing 12-Year-Olds To Get Tax-Paid Transgender Treatments. You have to be 16 obtain a driver's
license in California, 18 to buy a rifle, engage in consensual sex, or get married without parental consent, and 21 to buy a
handgun, alcohol, or marijuana. But in the nation's most progressive state, you only need to be 12 years old to
privately seek and consent to treatment for gender transitioning.
don't be like California. Once again, California has the highest poverty rate in America. According to
the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent report, the Golden State's Supplemental Poverty Measure averaged 19 percent between
2015 and 2017. Nationwide, poverty dropped in 2017 from 14.7 percent to 14.1 percent, but California's rate was
proportionately 35 percent higher than the national average. In spite of (or perhaps to divert attention from) its
high poverty rate, California's left-wing political class continues its unrelenting sermonizing to the rest of us.
DMV Gives Illegal Voters a Surge. Last week California's Department of Motor Vehicles sent 23,000 "erroneous"
voter registrations to the office of Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who maintains the list of registered voters. The
DMV blamed it technical errors and said none of the erroneous registrations involved undocumented immigrants. Padilla
was "extremely disappointed and deeply frustrated" and the DMV assured him it wouldn't happen again. Legitimate voters
have good reason to believe Padilla was not disappointed but delighted. The odds are strong that illegals make up most
if not all of the newly registered voters. The registrations of illegals will be happening again, in greater numbers,
as the November election approaches. The day after the 23,000 registrations made news, it emerged that from late April
to early August, the DMV registered 182,000 "new voters," with the largest number, 112,000, choosing "no party." Neither
the DMV nor Padilla would explain the numbers but the trend is evident and all by design.
Fran Green Lights Illegals To Vote. Our country has twisted itself in knots over the possibility of foreigners
(ie: Russia) having unduly influenced our elections (even though recounts and investigations have confirmed that the
outcome was NOT changed by foreign interference). You'd think that would be reminder enough as to just how precious the
individual value of a lawful voter is, and how it must be safeguarded against anything that would erode the value of that one vote.
moves toward corporate gender quotas, ignoring Norway's failure. Supporters of California's move toward the
nation's first-ever corporate gender quotas have insisted the bill will be good for business, but that's not what happened in
Norway. After the Norwegian Parliament required that women make up 40 percent of publicly traded corporate boards in
2006, stock prices plunged and firm values dropped as boards added less experienced female directors, while the numbers of
public firms decreased and private companies increased. "The quota led to younger and less experienced boards,
increases in leverage and acquisitions, and deterioration in operating performance, consistent with less capable boards,"
said the 2012 paper by USC professor Kenneth R. Ahern and University of Michigan professor Amy K. Dittmar.
Trump on the Ground.
For months, I've been driving on different routes through the vast San Joaquin Valley back and forth from the California
coast — and through the usually economically depressed small towns on and near the Highway 99 corridor through the
Central Valley. The poverty rate in many valley counties is higher than in West Virginia. It is a world away from
Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the Stanford or Caltech campus, Malibu, and Pacific Heights. In an overregulated, overtaxed
state of open borders and sanctuary cities, with the nation's near highest electricity and gasoline prices, and facing a
looming state and local pension unfunded liability of well over $300 billion, one might not expect much of an uptick from
the supposed Trump economic revival. California's calcified strategy, after all, is that global lucre pouring into coastal
high-tech and finance will more than balance out the economic damage wrought by state government. Sacramento is a sort
of court jester to Menlo Park.
last-ditch effort to pull California back from the brink. I fully understand the hatred and contempt many, if
not most, conservatives feel toward California. A state blessed with so many advantages has surrendered to left-wing
madness and, worst of all, pretends it has something to teach the rest of America. In the thirty-some years I have
lived here, California has gone from Reagan Country to thrusting people on the order of Kamala Harris and Gavin Newsom onto
the national stage. Of the two, Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco (and former husband of Kimberly
Guilfoyle, late of Fox News and currently rumored to be an intimate friend of Donald Trump, Jr.), is in a position to do more
harm in the immediate future, as he is running for governor of California on a platform of state-paid universal health care,
including for illegal aliens who manage to cross the state border, from Mexico or Nevada or Oregon.
Poverty Capital. According to the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure — which accounts for
the cost of housing, food, utilities, and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of
income — nearly one out of four Californians is poor. Given robust job growth in the state and the
prosperity generated by several industries, especially the supercharged tech sector, the question arises as to why California
has so many poor people, especially when the state's per-capita GDP increased roughly twice as much as the U.S. average over
the five years ending in 2016 (12.5 percent, compared with 6.27 percent). It's not as if California policymakers have
neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause, for decades now.
California's Gavin Newsom campaigns for free health care for illegals. Gavin Newsom, leading candidate for
governor of California, and a Democrat, has a new goodie on offer: free health care for the state's three million illegals.
The former mayor of San Francisco said so in this podcast, explaining that there is no reason not to "wait around" to extend
Medi-Cal coverage to anyone who asks, regardless of immigration status.
craziness: Congress may have to stop state from giving 'free' health care to illegal immigrants.
California has escalating crime, cities teaming with homeless people, clogged and crumbling roads, massive unpaid bills, some
of America's highest taxes, and some of its worst public school systems. So what's the plan by Gavin Newsom, the
Democratic Party's candidate for governor, to improve the situation? On Tuesday he suggested giving free health care to
illegal immigrants. Speaking on a left-wing podcast, the former mayor of San Francisco said: "I did universal
health care when I was mayor, fully implemented, regardless of pre-existing condition, ability to pay, and regardless of your
immigration status. I'd like to see that extended to the rest of the state. San Francisco is the only universal
health-care plan for all undocumented residents in America."
Newsom: I'm Bringing Single Payer To Everyone In California, Regardless Of Immigration Status. Gavin
Newsom is currently running for Governor in California and, barring something dramatic, he is going to win. So when he
says he plans to bring single payer to California as Governor, there's a very good chance he'll get his shot. Today,
Newsom appeared on the Pod Save America podcast where he was asked about his health care plans. Newsom made clear he
wants a single paper system that is for everyone in the state regardless of immigration status. "I'd like to see if we
can control our own destiny," Newsom said. He continued, "I'm not naive about it. I did universal health care
when I was Mayor [of San Francisco], fully implemented regardless of pre-existing conditions, ability to pay, and regardless
of your immigration status.
Gubernatorial Candidate: Gov't Should Pay for Universal Health Care for Illegal Immigrants. Gavin Newsom,
Democratic candidate for governor of California, said on liberal podcast "Pod Save America" that the state government should
pay for universal health care for illegal immigrants. In the episode, released Tuesday, the candidate and current
lieutenant governor of California touted his involvement in San Francisco having "the only universal health care plan for all
undocumented residents in America." "I did universal health care when I was mayor — fully implemented,
regardless of pre-existing condition, ability to pay, and regardless of your immigration status. San Francisco is the
only universal health care plan for all undocumented residents in America. Very proud of that," Newsom said. "I'd
like to see that extended to the rest of the state."
Just Another Word
for Nothing Left to Lose. [Scroll down] And, of course, there's virtually no area of our lives — outside
our sexual behavior and reproductive "choices" — that should be free from state interference. It should be no surprise,
then, that the libertarian Cato Institute's latest "Freedom in the 50 States" report finds California nearly at the bottom,
in 48th place. New York and Hawaii were worse, but California has been remarkably consistent in its ranking over the
past 16 years. Whenever there's some think tank report comparing the states for some bad thing, I always start at
the bottom to find my home state. Not surprisingly, we have the highest taxes in the country, even with 1978's
Proposition 13 putting the kibosh on uncontrolled property-tax hikes. We have a high level of public debt, [of]
course. As Cato points out, the state actually has one of the lowest percentages of government employees (11.2 percent
of private employment). But the reason is simple: California pays its employees such astoundingly high pay and benefit
packages that it simply can't afford to hire any more of them.
Gov. Jerry Brown Sets Record of 1,018 Pardons in 8 Years. California Gov. Jerry Brown used his
executive powers to issue 36 gubernatorial pardons on Friday, to hit a record of 1,018 pardons in eight years in
office. Although 22 of those were for murder and 13 for attempted murder or manslaughter, Brown said each of the
pardons he provided went to individuals that had had "demonstrated exemplary behavior" and lived "productive and law-abiding
lives" following their convictions and time served in prison, according to the Fresno Bee.
Initiative Filed to End Proposition 13 Protections for Commercial Properties. Funded by Silicon Valley deep
pockets — including the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, the personal charity of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his
wife Priscilla Chan; a coalition of teachers unions; the League of Women Voters; affordable housing advocates; and other
"social justice warriors" organized as "Schools and Communities First," — the activists submitted the signatures
to the Secretary of State on August 14 to place an initiative on the 2020 ballot to increase California commercial
property tax revenue by $11 billion.
Milk Or Water: California
Bill Aims To Curb Kids' Soda Drinking At Restaurants. A new state bill would give kids two options with their
meals at restaurants — water or milk. Senate Bill 1192 would make water or milk the default drink for kids
meals in a push to reduce obesity and access to sugary drinks for children. The bill passed the Assembly and is on its
way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. If he signs it, California would be the first state in the nation to have such a law.
of Three Cities. San Francisco is being overrun with the homeless and illegal aliens due to its sanctuary city
status and virtue-signaling leadership. The streets are littered with human feces, hypodermic needles, and syringes,
turning the once beautiful "City by the Bay" into a cesspool. What's the response of San Francisco leaders?
Banning plastic straws.
lawmakers grill DMV official over ballooning wait times. The leader of the state Department of Motor Vehicles
apologized on Tuesday for a recent steep increase in hours-long wait times at the agency's locations across California, as
complaints over excessive delays sparked new scrutiny from legislators. "The wait times you are experiencing are not
what we ever want our customers to go through," said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto, who testified at an Assembly hearing
convened to address the issue following months of public frustration.
DMV office serves lawmakers, Capitol staffers. In California, long lines are a fact of life at Department of
Motor Vehicles offices across the state, but for California lawmakers and their legislative staffers, there's an alternative.
KCRA has learned of a DMV office that is not open to the public. It's located inside the Legislative Office Building on
N Street, adjacent to the state Capitol.
Mask Slips In Santa Barbara. A little noticed detail in Santa Barbara's recent drive to criminalize plastic
straws, which culminated in the Santa Barbara city council taking testimony from a nine-year-old about the planetary menace,
has come to light in recent days. During that council session, councilman Jesse Dominguez said the following in
response to citizens who asked "what's next?": "Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate
every aspect of people's lives." Take that one in for a moment, for it expresses the core impulse of liberalism today.
Have to Regulate Every Aspect of People's Lives'. A Santa Barbara city councilman inadvertently let slip the
primary purpose of progressivism in 21st century America. The city recently criminalized the use of plastic straws.
Speaking to that issue, Councilman Jesse Dominguez said, "Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to
regulate every aspect of people's lives." Got that? "We" are smarter than you and know what's best for you better
than you do. Perhaps realizing that his comment revealed a fundamental truth of progressive thought, Dominguez tried
to walk back his gaffe: [...]
Wants to Reinvent the Power Grid. So What Could Go Wrong? Two decades ago, when California deregulated
the delivery of electric power, lawmakers, regulators and even some environmentalists hailed the decision as a way to lower
consumers' bills. The strategy proved disastrous. The plan resulted in an energy crisis that sent power bills
soaring, prompted billions in penalties against utilities and banks for manipulating the new electricity market, and led
Congress to enact laws to help prevent it all from happening again. Now the state's leaders have a new proposal for an
energy makeover, this time to create a single authority to manage the electric grid for most or all of the West. This
plan, too, promises to cut costs for consumers — by as much as $1.5 billion a year — while helping
to bolster use of carbon-free power sources.
Tax War On Business Owners — Part 1. In the early 1990s, the U.S. economy was hit by a triple whammy:
1) the Savings & Loan Crisis, 2) high oil prices as the result of the first Gulf War, and 3) a good-sized recession.
Following that recession, the U.S. economy experienced slow growth. So, recognizing that middle market companies are the primary
source of economic growth, Congress amended the Internal Revenue Code to incentivize the creation of new companies — "mainstreet"
companies and lower middle market companies. Subject to certain restrictions, upon sale of the company, founding owners would be able
to exclude up to a certain amount of gain. With California's tax code "conforming" to the Internal Revenue Code, the same
pro-growth incentive would have been available on a business owner's California income tax return. But, given the title of this
article, it couldn't be that simple — and it's not.
San Francisco: The City of Bans.
Who would have guessed that cafeterias would even be a public-policy issue? I've worked at companies with them and
without them. But I would have found it more likely for lefties to require such things rather than prohibit
them. Many workers, even in well-paid industries where such cafeterias are common, struggle financially given the high
cost of living in the Bay Area. Here's a chance for the city to help assure that they get a healthy meal while they
work those long hours doing whatever IT people do. What did I miss? "The supervisors introduced the legislation
because they say tech companies' employees are hurting local restaurants by taking advantage of the perk and eating in-house,
rather than patronizing neighborhood eating establishments," reported Smart Cities Dive.
supporters revamp campaign with plan to convert half of California into 'autonomous Native American nation'.
Organizers of a long-running initiative to secure California's secession from the United States now say they want to give
away nearly half of the state, including all of its federal land, to form an "autonomous Native American nation."
"Calexit," as the proposal for California's secession is known, was given the green light by the state government earlier
this year to begin collecting signatures to place the measure on the November ballot. Advocates had until mid-October
to gather 365,880 signatures of registered voters to put it up for a statewide vote.
Is Not as Big or Blue As You Think. The National Popular Vote plan is an interstate compact in which the
compacting states agree to award their electoral votes to the person who gets the most votes in all 50 states. It is
based on Art. I, Sec. 2 of the Constitution which grants state legislatures the plenary (and exclusive) power to
award electors, and the founders' expectation that states would use that power to maximize their influence in the selection
of the president. The first thing I hear, when the proposal is presented, is that "California is so big, it will run
the country" (mainly because I am from California) if the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact takes effect. My
conservative friends use California as an example of "what not to do" when it comes to public policy, and so, if California
is going to run the country under the state statutes implementing the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, then, they
say, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is dangerous.
'foreclosure capital' to give away $500 a month to residents in experimental welfare program. A California city
is set to become the first in the nation to embark on an experiment of Universal Basic Income, paying 100 residents $500 a
month without any conditions. The program's purpose is to eventually ensure that no one in Stockton, with a population
of 300,000, lives in poverty. The receivers of the cash will be able to spend the money on anything they want without
any strings attached. It will launch by 2019 and the 100 fortunate residents will receive the cash for a full 18 months
as part of its testing phase before deciding whether to roll it out across Stockton.
of anti-ICE protests prompts California county to forgo $3M federal contract. Citing the cost of managing
anti-ICE protests outside one of its facilities, authorities in a Northern California county this week severed a $3 million
contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allowed the federal agency to detain illegal immigrants in one of
its cities. Contra Costa County, across the bay from San Francisco, thus became the second county in the region this
month to cut ties with ICE, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The county's West County Detention Facility, in
Richmond, which averaged 200 immigrant detainees a day, had drawn protesters for months. At a news conference, Sheriff
David Livingston suggested the demonstrations played a large role in the contract's termination.
California's Democratic Party swinging too far left? By Nov. 7, Democrats will learn if their left turn steered
them to victory or took them off a cliff. The state party's endorsement of Kevin de León, a self-proclaimed socialist's
upset of an establishment Democrat in a New York City congressional primary and talk of abolishing Immigration and Customs
Enforcement and enacting single-payer health care show an embrace of progressive politics that heartens liberal activists
enraged by conservative policies pursued by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.
Net Neutrality Efforts. California is moving ahead with some of the most ambitious — and
pointless — net neutrality laws in the country that will only make the patchwork laws springing up around the U.S
even murkier. California's bill offers stronger language than the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) rules
established under the Obama administration and repealed this spring. The state legislation not only prevents internet
service providers from throttling speeds or blocking websites, but it also bans excessive zero-rating practices of ISPs
exempting its own services from data caps while counting the usage of third-party apps against the limits.
governor signs soda tax ban into law. California cities and counties are banned from taxing sodas and other
sugary drinks for the next 12 years under a bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. The deal was
rushed through the legislature and to the governor's desk on Thursday. In exchange for the law, the nonalcoholic
beverage industry is withdrawing a ballot measure that had been slated for November. It would have raised the voter
threshold to approve local sales tax increases on any item, not just soda taxes, from a majority vote to a supermajority
vote. Signatures were gathered for the ballot through a campaign funded by the beverage industry.
Poster-Child For The Failure Of U.S. Cities' Blue Model. By any standard, San Francisco is one of the most
beautiful cities in the world. So why has it suddenly become an unappealing place to visit and to live? [...] San
Francisco proudly calls itself a "progressive" city. It follows what writer and scholar Walter Russell Mead calls the
progressive "Blue Model" of governance. Yet, the policies it follows — high taxes, inane regulations, petty
nanny-state authoritarianism, tolerance for rising lawlessness and disorder on its streets in the name of "compassion" —
are the very ones that have driven middle-class and working-class citizens out. Only the rich and the so-called homeless,
who have been welcomed into the city and are a growing issue, can afford to live in the city.
Oligarchs and Agitators. If one were to distill the essence of California's Democratic party into a one-page
document, it would be hard to beat a recent mail piece showing the SEIU's candidate endorsements for California's top
jobs. According to its website, the Service Employees International Union Local 1000 (SEIU) "is a united front of
96,000 working people employed by the State of California, making Local 1000 the largest public sector union in California
and one of the largest in the country."
What California Thinks is an Emergency Bill. California is a Socialist nightmare with oppressive government
regulations and high taxes killing the middle class. Housing is so costly that it's greatly adding to the number of
homeless. The open borders and sanctuary cities policies have allowed killers, perverts, and drug dealers to get
protection everywhere in the state. With all the problems they have, they rushed through a bill that could make you
laugh. According to the Washington Examiner, the oh-so-urgent bill that had to be rushed through bans California cities
and counties from taxing sodas and other sugary drinks for 12 years. Are you surprised that a nanny state banned
taxes? Don't be. The reason they did it was to keep high taxes on everything else!
reinstates California law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives. The law allows adults to obtain a
prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined that they have six months or less to live.
The Editor says...
The writers of this law apparently assume that doctors know everything, which they don't, and that
doctors' diagnoses are always right, which they aren't.
school board votes to name elementary school after illegal immigrant activist/journalist. At a divisive time
for U.S. immigration policies, a California school board has decided to name a new elementary school after an award-winning
journalist who disclosed in 2011 that he had been living in the U.S. illegally.
rise after California reduces criminal penalties. California voters' decision to reduce penalties for drug and
property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported.
Bay Area housing costs may be reflected in a large drop in births. A harbinger of the absurdly high cost of
housing in the San Francisco Bay Area may be visible in the region's maternity wings. San Francisco is a city of few
children. You're more likely to see a French bulldog roaming Alamo Square Park than packs of kids frolicking among the
Victorians. The lack of youngsters is indicative of a larger issue in the city: the absurdly high cost of
housing. According to a new study, when housing prices go up, the birth rate goes down.
push to elect progressive DAs in California fails to attract voters. New York billionaire George Soros'
multimillion-dollar effort to reshape California's criminal justice system by propping up progressive district attorney candidates
backfired Tuesday [6/5/2018], with most of his candidates suffering major defeats. Soros, together with other wealthy liberal
donors and groups, spent millions on would-be prosecutors who favor lower incarceration rates, crackdowns on police misconduct and
changes in a bail system that they argue discriminates against the poor. But most of the money went to waste as their
candidates lost to more traditional law-and-order prosecutors who didn't share progressive views or have hostile attitudes
America's King of Poverty.
I know it is not a pleasant topic but let's take just a moment and think about poverty in this country. Which state do
you think has the highest poverty rate? Must be Mississippi or Alabama or one of those Southern states. No it
ain't. The state with the highest poverty rate is... wait for it, CALIFORNIA!!! Yep, our progressive, income
redistributing state which accounts for 12% of the country's population is home to about 1 in 3 of all U.S. welfare
recipients. Our poverty rate exceeds 20% when the national average is around 15%. It is not as though California policy
makers have neglected to wage their assault on poverty. Since 1992 California has spent nearly $1 trillion on
benefit programs. Clearly it hasn't worked. Then again paying poor people to be poor never does.
lawless, porn-respecting, MS-13-loving, humorless American left. [Nancy] Pelosi says the low unemployment is meaningless, the tax cuts
are "crumbs," and that consumer confidence is low despite it being at an 18-year high. They see, hear, think, and propagate what they want
to be true, not what is true. Even California voters made a tiny dent in the left's socialist grasp on the state. No one
expected Republican John Cox to come in second. All Californians should be horrified by what has become of their once golden state.
Thanks to the polices of Gov. Brown, ex-senator Boxer, Feinstein, Kamala Harris, A.G. Becerra, etc. (it is a one-party Marxist
state), California is a disaster of incalculable proportions, drowning in the homeless, the illegal migrants, traffic, and the highest gas prices
in the country.
Desperately Needs A State Electoral College. This November a Republican — businessman John
Cox — will be one of two gubernatorial candidates in the state of California. This is significant because of
the Golden State's unique "jungle primary" system in which the top-two vote-getters proceed to a run-off election regardless
of party. The "jungle primary" was championed by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His reasoning
was that eliminating party-identification in a race would give Republican candidates a better chance in a deeply blue
state. Of course, the effect was just the opposite. With so many blue voters, the controversial system virtually
guarantees that the top two candidates are Democrats. The result has been that many voters not aligned with the
Democrat platform have been repeatedly forced to choose between candidates that don't in any way represent them.
Attorney General adds Oklahoma to growing travel ban list. I am so old that I remember when California Attorney
General Xavier Becerra was fighting against travel bans. Let's get in the Wayback Machine and turn the dial to March,
2017: ["]California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra issued a statement Monday [6/4/2018] saying President Trump's
decision to rescind a travel ban bogged down in court challenges 'confirms what we all knew: the travel ban was unconstitutional
and un-American.'["] Becerra, a social justice warrior and leading general in the War on Trump, relies on one of the
tried-and-tested tools of progressive activism: The Double Standard. This week, he issued his own travel ban on that
red bastion of traditional values and implemented a travel ban on Oklahoma.
officials unfazed after landing on California's state-travel blacklist. Oklahomans weren't exactly crying in
their sweet tea after learning that their state has been added to California's blacklist on state-sponsored travel.
"There appears to be more and more Californians sharing our values as we are seeing more Californians move to Oklahoma," said
Michael McNutt, spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, in a statement. "With our state's economy being as strong
as it is, we won't miss a few Californians traveling on state business showing up in our state."
68: A Yes Vote is a Reward for Bad Behavior. This adds about $400 of new debt onto your family's tab, that you'll repay in future
taxes plus interest. It promises to be used to prepare for droughts. Remember the $5 billion that was supposed to be used on
new reservoirs a few years ago? It wasn't. The best way to prepare for droughts is to store water from wet years so that we
have it in dry ones.
free health care for illegals, California Democrats hand a big campaign contribution to the GOP's Cox. For
Democrats, succoring illegals and doling out nationalized "free" health care are signature issues. What better way to
enact that agenda than to offer California's abundant illegal aliens free state health care? That's the scheme they've
cooked up, in their relentless push to make California a West Coast imitation of socialist Venezuela. It's so bad that
it's likely to draw California voters toward Republicans.
rebukes Trump with health care push for immigrants. California is poised to become the first state in the
nation to offer full health coverage to undocumented adults even as the Trump administration intensifies its crackdown by
separating families at the border. The proposal — which would build on Gov. Jerry Brown's 2015 decision
to extend health coverage to all children, regardless of immigration status — is one of the most daring examples
yet of blue-state Democrats thumbing their nose at President Donald Trump as they pursue diametrically opposed policies,
whether on immigration, climate change, legalized marijuana or health care.
assisted death law overturned in court. A judge in Riverside County on Tuesday overturned California's
controversial assisted death law nearly two years after it took effect, ruling that the Legislature improperly passed the
measure during a special session on health care funding.
Report finds cases of STDs reach all-time
high in California. The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high
last year and officials are particularly concerned by a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, state health
authorities said Monday [5/14/2018].
Bill Seeks to Replace Washington or Lincoln's Birthday Holidays with 'May Day'. A Democrat California
assemblyman introduced a bill seeking to make "May Day," or International Workers Day, a state holiday that would replace
President George Washington's or President Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago's (D-Los Angeles)
legislation calls for consolidating the two presidents' birthdays to be observed on the third Monday in February as a single
"President's Day" holiday, but it also calls for the state to observe May 1 as "International Workers Day."
pol in California proposes scrapping Washington's Birthday in favor of Marxist May Day. Leftists are
notoriously touchy whenever anyone questions their patriotism, and the mask seems to be off with a California assemblyman's
proposal to scrap Lincoln's or Washington's birthdays as holidays and replace them with the communist May Day. Surreal
as this sounds, it's true.
Bill Wants To Drop Washington/Lincoln's Birthday And Replace It With Communist Holiday. The California Assembly
discussed Thursday [5/10/2018] a bill that would replace Abraham Lincoln or George Washington's birthday with International Socialist
Workers' Day as a paid holiday. California Democrat Assemblyman Miguel Santiago introduced Bill AB-3042, which would allow schools
to replace Washington Day and Lincoln Day with Presidents' Day and install an "International Workers' Day" — conventionally
known as "May Day" — as a second holiday. "I'm aghast that a bill like this would be able to get through committee,"
California Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper said to the Assembly. "Are we in competition to be the laughing stock of the
The Editor says...
Yes, such a competition is apparently underway, and California is far ahead, although New York is catching up.
Demands That Christians 'Evolve'. There's a new legislative proposal banning all conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice — by
not just mental health providers but anyone. Since the "independent fact-checkers" are quick to swarm around conservative "misinformation," FactCheck.org,
PolitiFact and Snopes have all cried "False" at the idea that this bill is a threat to the sale of the Bible. They declared that a threat against Bible
sales is nowhere in the text of California Assembly Bill 2943, offered by gay assembly member Evan Low. That is correct ... on its face.
It doesn't mention the Bible. However, the bill would amend the state Consumer Legal Remedies Act, adding the ability to sue for damages for
"advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual." Any efforts to change someone's
sexual orientation "in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer are unlawful."
That's more than therapy. It's any kind of an argument.
Voters Oppose Arming Teachers to Shoot Back if Under Attack. By a wide margin California voters support more
gun control and oppose arming teachers to shoot back if under attack. The opposition to armed teachers was uncovered
via a Berkeley-IGS Poll and reported by the Sacramento Bee. The poll found 61 percent of voters opposed arming
teachers while only 37 percent supported it. When viewed by political affiliation, 83 percent of Democrats opposed
allowing teachers to be armed to protect themselves and their students, while 75 percent of Republicans supported the idea.
Munich Moment in California. Scarcely any moment in American history is as important for America's Christians as the developing crises
over religious freedom now happening in California. The legislature of Sacramento not only is underhandedly banning books opposed to the
doctrines of the transgender religion (including the Bible), but also has threatened Christians' rights to free assembly and freedom of speech.
According to its website, Summit Ministries, an organization devoted to advising Christian youths on how to live out a Christian worldview, has
canceled its scheduled appearances at Biola University in Los Angeles "due to concerns that California will forbid some of what it teaches."
Summit's concern is real.
Homeschoolers Defeated California's Push to Take Power From Parents. They came by the hundreds, one newspaper
said — "perhaps thousands." Some traveled hours, others waited hours, all for the opportunity to protest one of
the most outrageous homeschooling bills ever introduced: California's AB 2756. Spilling out into crammed hallways
and overflow rooms, families poured into the Statehouse just for the opportunity to spend a few minutes speaking out on a measure
that would give the government more power over parents who educate at home. Initially, the bill tried to mandate fire
inspections of all homeschooling families (which, not surprisingly, firefighters rejected). Then the proposal was
amended — this time to force homeschooling families to give out private information about the names and address
of homeschooling families.
They Keep Telling Us Who
They Are. The California legislature is processing a bill to ban and criminalize all speech, all writing, that
goes against "LGBTQ priorities". Assembly Bill 2943, which has already sailed through two committees, would criminalize
"efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions." It seems to be aimed at practicing psychologists, psychiatrists,
or counselors whose clients ask them to help them get rid of unwanted sexual attractions; but the bill is so vaguely written
that it could be used against virtually anybody — commentators who dissent from the agenda of Organized Sodomy,
parents who teach their children that there are only two "genders," and Biblically orthodox churches where homosexual
acting-out is presented as a sin.
California Is on the Verge of Banning Some Christian Books, Here's How. Late last week, I wrote an article that
caused a bit of a furious reaction in social-justice Twitter. Activists claimed I was lying, arguing in bad faith,
and/or exaggerating the effect of California's AB 2943, a bill that purports to declare "sexual orientation change efforts"
to be an "unlawful business practice." I claimed the bill was so broad that it could even ban books. And I'm
right. It can and would.
Bill Would Criminalize Speech, Books Opposing LGBT Agenda. In a direct assault on the freedoms of speech and
religion, the California Assembly on Thursday [4/19/2018] overwhelmingly approved a bill that would, in effect, prohibit the
dissemination of traditional Christian teaching on homosexuality and transgenderism. The Assembly voted 50-14 to
criminalize "a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer" that
consists of "advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual." The
bill defines "sexual orientation change efforts" as "any practices that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation.
This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or
feelings toward individuals of the same sex."
New California Bill
Would Mean Banning the Bible. The bill in question is California Assembly Bill 2943. It would treat as a criminal
violation of the state's consumer fraud act "the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer" that consists of "advertising,
offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual." Don't be misled into thinking that
this bill bans only professional counselors from trying to alter same-sex attractions. It goes well beyond that.
an attack against churches!? A California State Assembly is gearing up to vote on new bill that could ban the
sale of books and punish churches that encourage children to stick to traditional gender norms. Yes, you read that
right — they want to ban books that say things like, "Girls wear dresses" and shutter churches that encourage boys
to wear slacks. Assembly Bill 2943 would make it "unlawful business practice" to engage in "a transaction intended to
result or that results in the sale or lease of good of services to any consumer" that engages in "sexual orientation change
efforts with an individual."
crazy-intrusive politicians can't keep their hands off anything — Next up? Homeschoolers!
[Scroll down] The recently introduced Assembly Bills 2756 and 2926 are cases in point. This first, AB 2756,
requires fire marshals to perform in-home inspections of home-schoolers every year, implying that somehow home-educators are
less fire-safe than other individuals. This is, of course, egregiously discriminatory on its face. But wait.
The second one is even worse! With AB 2926, Assembly Member Susan Eggman proposes forming an appointed committee to
"investigate" homeschooling. The "instruction" committee would subsequently share its findings so that the California
legislature might consider how best to regulate those families. Because there isn't anything a bureaucrat loves
more than a new regulation! And these particular bureaucrats are already doing such a fine job of regulating
our public schools that roughly half of California public school students surveyed reported experiencing bullying.
Has Highest Poverty Rate In America. Democrats in California have consistently rejected forcing work
requirements on the able-bodied individuals who receive welfare. Forcing those who can work to look for a job and/or
maintain employment before receiving benefits is a policy unpalatable for the democrats who control the state.
Americans in California are mostly jobless and the ones who can find work are actually having their money taken through the
highest state income tax in the union to support immigrants, the majority of which are on welfare.
do Democrats love tax hikes so much? California is already seeing residents and businesses flee the state
because of its sky-high taxes. Yet unbelievably, two Democratic state assemblymen have proposed to more than double the
state business tax — hiking it from 8.84 percent to 18.84 percent on businesses with annual net incomes of
more than $1 million. This would be the highest state corporate tax rate in America. The rationale for the giant
tax hike? Denying the companies tax savings from the federal income tax cuts recently signed into law by President
Trump. Soak the rich! Billions in new tax revenue for the state! What could possibly be wrong with that?
latest contradictions — Welcoming criminals but warning about 'dangerous' coffee. Imagine a state
that passes a law welcoming, embracing and protecting criminals, directly endangering citizens. Then imagine that same
state passing laws, and judges issuing orders that make no sense except to micromanage people's lives in the name of keeping
them safe. A contradiction indeed, and especially ripe in California. The same week that a number of cities and
counties in California sued their own state over the dangerous law making the state a "sanctuary" for illegal alien
criminals, a judge issued a ruling to save Californians from themselves and their coffee-drinking habit.
Can America Survive
the Latest Plague? The left survives within a self-made mirage that uses well written speeches containing caring and poetic language
and emotional appeals that appear to be on the side of good, protecting the weak and needy in society. But in fact, the left exploits and
manipulates both weak and poor to continue to remain in power. Consider the infected American cities of Detroit, Baltimore, and Chicago,
where the left has total control and can implement whatever programs it wants, and look at the result: perpetual devastation, crime, and
misery. California, a once wealthy and successful state, is now an insolvent laughingstock of the world.
Democrat Introduces Bill to Force Websites to Use 'Fact-Checkers'. California State Senator Dr. Richard
Pan (D-Sacramento) has proposed a bill, the "Online False Information Act," that would require anyone who posts news on the
Internet to verify their information through "fact-checkers." The bill, filed quietly in late February as SB 1424,
requires all California-based websites to develop a plan to fight "fake news," to use "fact-checkers," and to warn
readers — including via social media — of "false information."
The Editor says...
Why stop at social media? Why not require the same of broadcasters and newspapers? Is CNN always
100% accurate? Is MSNBC never misleading? Is The New York Times not biased?
Department Sues California. On Monday [4/2/2018], the Department of Justice filed suit against the state of California,
challenging a state law that purports to prevent the federal government from selling federal lands without the permission of a state
agency. Passed by the California legislature in October 2017, Senate Bill 50 declares that, with limited exceptions, "conveyances
of federal public lands in California are void" unless the State Lands Commission is provided a "right of first refusal" or "the right
to arrange for the transfer of the federal public land to another entity." The statute also prohibits purchasers of federal land
from recording the deed to the newly acquired property without an accompanying "certificate of compliance" from the state commission
and provides for a $5,000 civil penalty for buyers who violate this provision.
stupid': Calif Dems push 'first of its kind' legislation restricting when a cop can use his gun. Talk about
handcuffing police, California Democrats are pushing an unprecedented law to limit when a cop can use his/her weapon.
Following the shooting death of an unarmed black man in Sacramento last month by police, state lawmakers have proposed
legislation that raises the threshold for when an officer may open fire, Huffington Post reported.
is right — California is out of control. When President Trump recently visited California, he came
away with the sense that it "is totally out of control." If he arrived at that conclusion from just a single visit, imagine
how many who live in the state feel. To be fair, California itself isn't out of control. There are many among the
40 million who honorably and honestly go about their daily business. Outside of Antifa riots and some infantile
behavior on college campuses, there are no mobs in the streets; crime is up but not unrestrained; there are multiple efforts
brewing to break up the state, but none are threatening violent insurgencies (though there is a Calexit movement that calls
for the state to leave the union). What is out of control is California's ruling class. Much of its political
agenda is hostile to basic human liberty and mocks the limits on what government should be allowed to do in an ostensibly
The Golden State Trying To Secede? There may be hope in California yet. Despite the state's political descent into
madness by illegally declaring itself a "sanctuary state," the resistance it growing. California has a political and legal fight
on its hands, one it can't win.
California Governor Jerry Brown Mentally Ill? The entire country is talking about the collapse of California due to decades of
insane liberal policies. And what is Governor Brown's response? He implemented hundreds more destructive liberal rules, regulations,
and giveaways to illegals. An article listing the top ten stupidest new California laws includes "Single-User Restrooms," "Controlling
Cow Flatulence," "Legalizing Child Prostitution," and "Felons Voting." Governor Brown signed a new law making California a sanctuary state,
doubling down on his bizarre quest to undermine American citizens. [...] Numerous California families have suffered devastating losses of family
members killed by illegals with long felony records who have been deported several times and welcomed back with open arms by Brown. One
mom whose son was killed by an illegal with two DUIs and two felonies said Brown should be arrested for treason.
Appoints Illegal Alien to State Office. California has its first illegal alien in state office, after Senate
President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) appointed Lizbeth Mateo to the California Student Opportunity and Access
Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. Mateo, an attorney, was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. illegally at the
age of 14 with her parents, who are also illegal aliens, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Francisco Is Suffering From The Excesses Of Its Own Liberalism. I live in a reasonably decent section of San Francisco, and
from what I gathered in speaking to many others, everyone has had his or her version of San Franciscan traumas. San Francisco, one of
the richest cities in the country and home to a booming center of intellectual capital, has suffered from the excesses of its own liberalism.
Bloated and inefficient spending, combined with a gross shortage of housing only worsened by rent-control antics and a fat city bureaucracy, has
left a city in utter disrepair. [...] The relative "coronation" of Democrats each election on the local and state level has led to a general
erosion of performance from the reigning party, which rarely feels the pressure to perform, given the absence of a legitimately competitive
Is California becoming
America's Taiwan? Taiwan is an independent nation — in its ambitions, its economy, its democracy.
But many countries refuse to recognize it as a separate country, deferring to mainland China, which claims Taiwan as a
possession and responds with threats when Taiwan goes its own way. California shares aspects of this conundrum.
Our state has the ambitions, economy, and democracy of a leading nation. But it remains very much a part of the United
States, which responds with threats when California goes its own way.
Has Become a Disgraceful State. At one time, California was the envy of America, attracting people from around
the nation to move to a state offering opportunity and the chance to pursue ambitious dreams. With scenic beauty, the
Pacific Ocean coastline, the major cities of San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California recruited entrepreneurs
looking for economic growth. As the home of Hollywood and multitudes of celebrities, California presented an enticing
potential to enjoy "lifestyles of the rich and famous." Today, California has become an economic and cultural
disaster. The state is home to over 114,000 homeless people, one quarter of the total in the nation. In San
Francisco, a health crisis has developed as the homeless have created a mess in the downtown area, littering it with fecal
matter, spent needles and piles of trash.
hope Democrats defend sanctuary cities. It's bad policy, and it'll cost them. The Justice Department is
now challenging several laws in California that not only interfere with the nation's immigration policies but also place
American citizens and law enforcement personnel at risk. The idea that laws can be ignored and that state and local
politicians can affirmatively warn lawbreakers of how to escape apprehension is incredible. It is indefensible.
We either have laws, or we don't. And if our elected leaders don't want to uphold the law, they can either change them
or resign. The law is not optional once you have made a pledge to uphold the duties of your office. Open-border
radicals in California and other liberal strongholds must be held accountable. Of course, liberals would have you
believe that they are only interested in protecting the poor, the oppressed and the hardworking who have nowhere else to go.
But in many cases, their actions allow dangerous and sometimes repeat criminals to be shielded from deportation or prison.
Dear California: Call
Me When the Commies Leave. I don't care what the libs do to the likes of New York, Chicago, or the Pacific
Northwest. Let the progressive loons have cities and states that are already cold, wet and miserable. But, as I
often asked audiences, why should we let them have a place as glorious as California? Apparently, no one was
listening. When the Democrats gained a super-majority stranglehold on the California legislature, they didn't waste any
time letting their far-left freak flag fly. As soon as some bills were floated, then passed, people began asking me in
private and in public interviews about the legislative madness issuing forth from Sacramento. I thought most of it was
boilerplate liberal lunacy that wouldn't stand up to any strict legal scrutiny, which made me shrug it off.
a list of 23 crimes now dominates California's debate over prison punishment. California has a long history of
mixing crime and punishment with raw politics. But outrage doesn't always translate into coherent policy, and
unintended consequences can spark even more public anger. With that in mind, consider the last two years of debate over
what should, and should not, be a "violent" crime. That debate begins with the index of crimes in section 667.5 of the
California Penal Code. The list was first enacted in 1976, and has been tinkered with so many times it's hard to say
whether it's a fair representation of the most heinous crimes.
has worst 'quality of life' in US, study says. Awards season is in full swing in California, and the Golden
State just took home a booby prize of its own. California ranks dead last among U.S. states in quality of life,
according to a study by U.S. News, ranking behind New Jersey (49th) and Indiana (48th). The ignominious honor reflects
California's low marks in the sub-categories of environmental quality and social engagement. The latter category
measures voting participation and community bonds. Californians scored poorly in part because they're simply
insufferable, U.S. News suggested.
News Crowns California Worst State for 'Quality of Life'. The U.S. News & World Report has named
California the worst state for "quality of life," largely due to the high cost of living. U.S. News ranks the 50
U.S. states each year on eight major social and economic categories to determine an overall competitive ranking. California
received an overall score of 32 in 2018, based on sub-category rankings for a Health Care (11); Education (26); Economy (4);
Opportunity (46); Infrastructure (38); Crime and Corrections (28); Fiscal Stability (43); and Quality of Life (50).
U.S. News found California's high cost of living to be its biggest detriment, despite its having the largest economy
in the nation. San Jose and San Francisco both ranked in the 20 top places to live in U.S., but two communities
were also in the most expensive for housing.
the 'most right-wing'? Only in San Francisco. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is regarded by most Republicans as a
far-left liberal. But a recent column identifies the San Francisco Democrat as the "most right-wing" candidate running in her
district this year. Emily Cadei, a correspondent for the Sacramento Bee, wrote Monday [2/26/2018] that Pelosi —
who'll turn 78 on March 26 — will be forced to fight off three opponents, all coming at her from the left,
when she seeks re-election later this year.
Feinstein No Longer Left-Wing Enough for California. This is a woman who was once mayor of San Francisco, who has
argued for the confiscation of guns from law-abiding gun owners, and whose lifetime ACU rating is under 10%. (Meaning she
has voted conservatively less than 10% of the time.) But Kevin de Leon is an even bigger anti-gun zealot, a man so far
left he introduced environmental regulation so radical (banning all fossil fuels in California) not even the hard-left Democrat
legislature would go for it. (Probably because existing renewable energy bills have already made California's electric
bills look like Michigan's car insurance premiums. Worse, actually.
Lunacy on Full Display in California. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has promised everything she can for
the young illegal aliens and her increasingly restive left-leaning caucus. The House members are grousing privately
about how their leader is ruining their brand across the country. As for the illegal aliens and their activist
enablers, they overwhelmed one of her press conferences in San Francisco. They badgered her US Senate colleagues,
including Chuck Schumer by protesting outside of his home in New York State. Two weeks ago, Pelosi stood for 8 hours to
demand that a clean DREAM Act be attached to the latest budget-spending bill. Nothing happened.
Meanwhile, since 2016 the Democratic Party has moved further left than anyone would have anticipated since 2016. They
will embrace every letter in the LGBTQAI etc. list, they want to repeal the Second Amendment, abolish the First, get rid
of the United States Constitution.
San Francisco Prisons
Implement Reforms Giving Transgenders Special Treatments. San Francisco prisons formally announced they are implementing
a policy for transgenders that will respect their gender preferences, house them in the cells of their chosen identity, and offer other
gender identity services. The San Francisco Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday [2/21/2018] that inmates who identify as
transgender, gender variant or non-binary will be able to choose a name and gender identity upon entering the prison. They will
also get to determine if a man or woman will search them before they're admitted into the prison, according to CBS San Fransisco.
How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces
throughout downtown San Francisco.
Paradox: More Immigration, More Poverty. California is a land of untold opulence. Hollywood's
glitter dazzles the gawking masses, while the world's most profitable companies, Google, Apple, and Facebook, funnel cash
into the Golden State from every corner of the earth. And yet California is also desperately poor. One-in-five
Californians live in poverty, the state's income inequality is worse than Mexico's, and untold thousands live on the
streets. California is a dystopia. How can so much wealth and poverty coexist? This is the California
paradox. It was not always this way. California used to be home to America's largest and most affluent middle
class. Now it is a playground for the rich and a prison for the poor. How did the Golden State become America's
Violent Criminal Illegals Now a 'Protected Class' in California. Illegal aliens — including violent
criminals — have become a protected class in California, Fox News host Tucker Carlson declared Tuesday
[2/13/2018], reacting to the state's new sanctuary policy: "It doesn't matter even if they have a history of crime,
even violent crime. In California, illegal aliens are now a protected class. And even more significant, the state
itself is now in direct opposition to this country's most basic laws." Carlson listed several ways California's laws give
special treatment to illegal aliens: [...]
Will Block Oil And Coal Shipments, Risks Constitutional Battle. California officials plan on preventing the
federal government from transporting oil and gas using existing pipelines in the state, according to a report Wednesday [2/7/2018]
from The San Francisco Chronicle. Officials on the California Coastal Commission are urging the federal Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management (BOEM) to rescind plans allowing companies to drill for oil off the coast. They are still hoping for
an exemption from the oil drilling plan, that Florida has received.
Today, San Francisco Is Erasing Everybody's Misdemeanor Pot Convictions. San Francisco District Attorney George
Gascón announced today [1/31/2018] that his office will proactively expunge and seal the records of misdemeanor
marijuana offenders, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The office will also resentence offenders who received a
felony pot conviction. Proposition 64, the 2016 referendum item that legalized recreational marijuana in California,
allows pot offenders to petition for resentencing if their crime would have received a different penalty, or no penalty at
all, under the new law.
Soft Secession Accelerates. California's progressive government is one part healthy federalism and one part
unhealthy separatism. If (and this is a big if) the state can temper its soft secession, California's progressives may
actually — in all their radicalism — show us a path out of our dangerous national polarization.
But first, let's chronicle what California is doing. Its resistance to the White House is well known. The state
government has filed 26 separate lawsuits against the Trump administration. That's roughly one new complaint every two
weeks, with challenges touching at least 17 different subject areas. Moreover, California is now a "sanctuary state"
and therefore sharply limits the extent to which its citizens or public entities can voluntarily cooperate with federal immigration
authorities. It's even considered imposing penalties on companies that worked to build a Trump border wall.
Eek! A man! In
the case of San Francisco city policy, it isn't so much how many heroin needles should be distributed outside the quinoa
cafes, or what punishment to exact upon sippers of straws. It isn't about what to do with car break-ins, which have
spiked to fever proportions and are growing at 26% annually. Nor is the debate about housing, where vibrantly
successful Democrat policy has caused "inflation adjusted construction costs [to] increase in San Francisco over the last
16 years by 60% not including changes in land values." All of these policies are right on the mark.
The trouble is the skin color and sex of the people in city hall.
California law will automatically register illegal immigrants to vote... and it all begins on April Fool's Day! A new
law in California that goes into effect this spring will automatically register people to vote — including immigrants who are
in the country illegally. In 2015, the state passed a law called the California New Motor Voter Act to increase voter rolls by
simplifying the process to register to vote. The legislation, which goes into effect April 1, will automatically register
people who apply for a new driver's license or new state ID at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
are so many people poor in the Golden State? It's not as if California policymakers have neglected to wage war
on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause, for decades now. Myriad state
and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200 percent above the
poverty line receive benefits, according to the California Policy Center. California state and local governments spent
nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments,
and "other public welfare," according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately, California, with 12 percent of the
American population, is home today to roughly one in three of the nation's welfare recipients. The generous spending,
then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.
AG: 'We will prosecute' employers who violate sanctuary laws. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned
employers Thursday of legal repercussions if they assist federal immigration officials in an impending crackdown in the
sanctuary state, The Sacramento Bee reported. Under a new state law — the Immigration Worker Protection
Act — employers and businesses could face fines of up to $10,000 if they provide employee information to U.S.
Immigration Customs, Becerra said. If employers "start giving up information about their employees or access to
their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office.
We will prosecute those who violate the law," he said at a news conference.
Democrats want businesses to give half their tax-cut savings to state. California lawmakers are targeting the
expected windfall that companies in the state would see under the federal tax overhaul with a bill that would require
businesses to turn over half to the state. A proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty,
D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would create a tax surcharge on California companies making more than $1 million
so that half of their federal tax cut would instead go to programs that benefit low-income and middle-class families.
California AG Threatens Charges Against Employers Aiding ICE Raids On Illegal Aliens. In a shocking admission
Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D-CA) threatened his office will charge employees cooperating with ICE
raids on illegal aliens. [...] The news comes amid Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen telling the Senate Judiciary
Committee Tuesday [1/16/2018] that her Department is preparing to arrest leaders of sanctuary cities.
prosecute' employers who help immigration sweeps, California AG says. The state's top cop issued a warning to
California employers Thursday [1/18/2018] that businesses face legal repercussions, including fines up to $10,000, if they assist
federal immigration authorities with a potential widespread immigration crackdown. "It's important, given these rumors that
are out there, to let people know — more specifically today, employers — that if they voluntarily start
giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they
subject themselves to actions by my office," state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference. "We will
prosecute those who violate the law."
The Editor says...
The AG is very selective about the laws he will defend. "We will prosecute those who violate the law," he says.
But that doesn't mean he will prosecute those who are not supposed to be in this country.
the California Model Really Work? The alleged success of the California model is one of the more intense
controversies in the nerdier corners of public-policy debate. For many progressives, California's metastasizing
liberalism proves you can have Scandinavian-style social policies and tax rates and still have robust economic growth.
For conservatives, California is like a bumblebee. On paper, [it] shouldn't be able to fly — and yet it
does. Thus the cottage industry on the right of prophesizing California's inevitable demise.
California Mexico Again. After the November 2016 election, California governor Jerry Brown, a three-time
presidential loser, denounced the victorious Donald Trump and pledged that the Golden State would go its own way, perhaps
even launching its own satellites. Brown's attorney general Xavier Becerra, once on Hillary Clinton's short list as a
running mate, also defies the federal government. Senate boss Kevin de León, which is not the name on his birth
certificate and voter rolls, authored the state's sanctuary legislation that has made false-documented illegals, even
criminals, a privileged, protected class. In early January, after the legislation kicked in, California's Assembly
speaker Anthony Rendon took things to a new level. "There is no sensible place for barriers between California and
Mexico," said Rendon, heading south with fellow Democrats on a four-day mission to Mexico.
Francisco Requires Poop Maps To Help Pedestrians Avoid Human Waste. For those who have maintained that San
Francisco is full of ... whatever, there is now living proof. How much poop is there on the streets of the City by
the Bay? Would you believe there is an online map to track human feces on the city's streets? There is.
According to Fox News, one area of the city reported a 140% rise in feces. As Jay Caruso of RedState noted, "Public
urination is so widespread it has damaged subway elevators and escalators, building walls and power poles." When did the
gleaming jewel that was San Francisco become a repository for poop? Mayor Willie Brown terminated ordinances; city
district Attorney Terence Hallinan would not prosecute "victimless" crimes involving drugs and prostitution.
What's the Matter with California?
The progressives who control every aspect of the state's government are not necessarily stupid people, but they are
malign. They understand that increasing welfare spending only encourages the arrival of more recipients on whom to
spend it, and the high likelihood that those new constituents will vote Democrat as soon as they are able, legally or
otherwise. Already, some 55 percent of "immigrants" receive means-tested benefits, while only 30 percent of native
Californians do so. California's army of bureaucrats contributes as well, as does the state's highly restrictive land-use
ordinances and environmental restrictions, which drive up the cost of housing in what is already the nation's most expensive
California is the 'poverty capital of the America'. An excellent op-ed in the L.A. Times today by Kerry Jackson
is on why California — with its liberal politics and generous welfare system — is the "poverty capital
of America." According to the Census Bureau, one out of five California residents is poor. This despite the state's
per capita GDP rising twice as fast in the last five years as the national average. From 1992 to 2015, state and local
governments spent nearly $1 trillion to help the poor. The state, with 12% of the American population, is home today
to about one in three of the nation's welfare recipients. Jackson then reaches the not so astonishing conclusion:
"The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse."
is liberal California the poverty capital of America? Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the
country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is
poor. That's according to the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food,
utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income. Given robust job growth
and the prosperity generated by several industries, it's worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the
state's per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%,
compared with 6.27%).
Laws USA? California Prosecutes Man for Anti-Muslim Posts. California is already flouting federal immigration
law with its "sanctuary" status. Now it's also ignoring the most American of laws — the First
Amendment — prosecuting a man simply for posting five anti-Muslim messages to Facebook. The hapless
defendant is 41-year-old Mark Feigin, who expressed his opinions at the Islamic Center of Southern California's (ICSC)
Facebook page in 2016. Feigin is certainly an acerbic, acid-tongued, foul-mouthed fellow, and he admits to sending the
messages. But while many may not like their substance and/or style, they're clearly an example of constitutionally
Rainbow Textbooks Adopted
in California. Late last year, the California board of education brought to an end a decades-long campaign to
emphasize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender historical figures in state social-studies/history textbooks, approving
K-8 volumes that make identity politics of all kinds the core of the subject. California has had enormous influence
on the nation's history textbooks in the past, and single-interest groups have long flocked to Sacramento to try to gain
expanded, favorable inclusion. The LGBT lobby has been notably assertive. [...] In 2006, Sen. Sheila Kuehl of Santa
Monica — the state's first openly gay legislator — introduced a bill that would require textbooks
to include LGBT contributions to state and national history.
federal court rules high school football player can't be ordered to stand for national anthem. A California
federal court has ruled that a high school football player cannot be ordered to stand for the national anthem before
games. The decision, made by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Dec. 21, struck down
statutes enforced by the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday [12/30/2017].
The district prohibited students from "kneeling, sitting or similar forms of political protest" at sporting events and "required
students and coaches to "stand and remove hats/helmets during the playing or singing of the national anthem," according to court
Prosecuting Man For Anti-Muslim Insults. Here in the United States of America, the California Attorney General
is actually prosecuting a man for Internet insults.
Insane California Laws That Will Be Implemented On Monday. [#3] Employers can't ask applicants abouttheir salary history:
Private employers — yes, private employers — can't ask people who want money from them silly questions like how much money they've made in
the past or are making at their current job. It will be interesting to see the inevitable unintended consequences of AB 168.
It will be at least a little more difficult for a company to gauge what a reasonable offer looks like without knowing what an applicant is
currently making or recently made. Sure, employers will ask questions like, "What would you like to make?" and smart applicants will
clarify their expectations at some point in the interview process. But, really, it's not the government's business how an employer and
an applicant work out any mutually benecial agreement.
Jerry Brown Pardons Immigrant Felons Facing Deportation. In California governor Jerry Brown's endless attempts
to drag California to third world nation status, he is now pardoning immigrants convicted of felonies in order to save them
from being deported.
becomes 'sanctuary state' as Gov. Brown defies Trump administration. California became a "sanctuary state"
on Thursday [12/21/2017] as Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation protecting illegal immigrants in defiance of
the Trump administration. The bill, approved by the state's legislature last month, bars police from asking people about
their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities in most cases starting Jan. 1.
Tax Could Drive More Middle-class Residents From California. A proposal to charge California drivers for every
mile they drive threatens to bring an end to a way of life in the Golden State. For decades, the California lifestyle
was almost synonymous with Californians' love affair with the automobile. The Golden State's freeways were legendary,
and Californians' fascination with cars was celebrated in a number of car-themed songs during the 1960s (e.g., "The Little
Old Lady From Pasadena," "Little Deuce Coupe"). The scenes of teenagers cruising in their cars in American Graffiti were
based on the memories of the film's director, George Lucas, during his own teenage years in early 1960s Modesto. But
the combination of impossibly heavy traffic on those beloved freeways, the state's imposition of ultra-strict automobile
emissions requirements, and increasingly higher gasoline taxes have diminished considerably the joy that Californians
experienced driving their cars.
$15 Minimum Wage Will Destroy 400,000 Jobs. California's massive state-wide jump to a $15 minimum wage could
conservatively cost around 400,000 potential jobs, according to a new Employment Policy Institute study. "California
Dreamin' of Higher Wages," strives to evaluate what the state's jump to a $15 minimum wage will mean when it fully kicks in
in 2022 by attempting to contextualize it with the empirical effects of previous minimum wage increases in the state going
back to 1990. The results are pretty dire. They believe that by the time the minimum wage fully kicks in the
state will have lost 400,000 jobs as a consequence. These job losses will not be evenly distributed throughout the state's
workforce. They will hit food service, retail, and agriculture jobs the hardest. Overall, this a four percent loss
of jobs out of workforce estimated at around 10 million.
Real Talk For Conservatives About 2018. We conservatives need to get our heads right about the mid-terms or
liberals will end up guzzling patriot tears and their gloating will be flat-out intolerable. We're not doomed in
2018 — I mean, it's not like tax reform or pulling out of the Paris Climate Scam, which have already killed
millions of people, including me and you. But, if we fail to get on course for victory then we're going to see Nancy
Pelosi and the Gropeocrats back in charge and trying to make America into California. Trust me. You
do not want to live in the United States of California.
still hasn't paid a dime of the $1.2 billion in claims from people whose homes and businesses were destroyed by Oroville Dam
crisis. California has not paid any of the $1.2 billion claims stemming from the Oroville Dam crisis, it has
emerged. The main spillway of the nation's tallest dam was heavily damaged in February, after heavy rains forced the dam
operators to continue using it[.] The flows exacerbated damage to the structure, eventually carving a massive gash through
the concrete spillway.
Sued by Students & Parents for Failing to Teach Literacy. A group of parents and students has filed what it
hopes will be a landmark lawsuit against the State of California for its public schools failing to teach literacy.
Public Counsel and the prestigious Law Firm of Morrison & Foerster sued the State of California, the State Board of
Education, the State Department of Education, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for their
collective failure to provide every child in the state access to literacy as required under the California Constitution.
CA Dems in Trouble Over High Costs, Jobs, Taxes & Illegal Aliens. California Democrats could be in trouble in
2018, with the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finding registered voters' top concerns are the traditionally
Republican issues of high cost of living, jobs, taxes, and illegal immigrants. The USC poll found that the most
important concerns for voters are the high cost of living, at 21.8 percent; followed by jobs, at 9.9 percent;
taxes and fees, at 8.9 percent; and illegal immigration, at 6.9 percent.
Jerry Brown, President of the Independent Republic of California. David Siders writes in Politico that California Governor
Jerry Brown, as he visits Europe en route to the United Nations climate talks, is functioning rather more like the leader of a country
distinct from the United States than merely the governor of one of fifty states within that powerful union.
price per gallon up 17 cents in Los Angeles since gas tax took effect. The average price for a gallon of gas in
Los Angeles County is up 17 cents compared to last week after a new 12-cent gas tax was tacked on at the pump. In
Orange County, the average price-per-gallon is 18 cents more than it was one week ago.
California: Proof That
Everything The Liberals Run Turns [Bad]. [Scroll down] It seems to be a habit of government leadership on
the far Left to make everything they govern worse than they found it. It's not only a habit, it seems to be a
requirement. If you challenge them they double down! Again, why? California Democrats want a free college
education for all, including illegals. Free healthcare for all, including illegals. They want more taxes and,
according to Governor Brown, Californians that don't want to pay more taxes are selfish. Democrats who run this state
don't want to explain what they did with the tens of millions of dollars they took from Californians in the guise of taxes
then redirected away from the projects they collected it for. And now, not only do they want Californian's to pay
again, but they also want the Federal government to bail them out. Yup, it's everyone's fault but theirs! And
we all get to pay for it.
the sanctuary state, will reap the whirlwind. Earlier this month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 54, a
historic state law that thumbs his state's nose at federal authority. Beginning in January, the law states, California officially
becomes a so-called sanctuary state. The term "sanctuary" is, of course, not univocal. It was once used to describe a
sensible law enforcement strategy, by which otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants who report crimes or cooperate with the police
are not asked about their immigration status, lest they hesitate to help authorities in the future. Unfortunately, that is not
what "sanctuary" means in this case.
first state to legally recognize third gender option. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday [10/15/2017]
signed new legislation that will allow state residents to choose a gender option other than male or female on official documents.
The legislation, a top priority of civil rights groups, also makes it easier for transgender people to change their gender
identification on birth certificates or driver's licenses.
California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen. California
health care workers who "willfully and repeatedly" decline to use a senior transgender patient's "preferred name or pronouns"
could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law. [...] The bill itself is aimed at
protecting transgender and other LGBT individuals in hospitals, retirement homes and assisted living facilities. The
bill would ensure those facilities accommodate transgender people and their needs, including letting them decide which
gender-specific bathroom they prefer to use. "It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to
take any of the following actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person's actual or perceived sexual orientation,
gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status," the bill reads.
Sues Trump For Granting Employer 'Choice' on Obama Birth Control Mandate. California wasted no time filing a
lawsuit against the Trump Administration, claiming it discriminated against women when it rescinded the Obama-era mandate
that requires employers to pay for birth control in their healthcare plans.
exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday
that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the
infection. The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are
HIV-positive. Modern medicine allows those with HIV to live longer lives and nearly eliminates the possibility of
transmission, according to state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), authors
of the bill.
to become a 'sanctuary state' in 2018. Gov. Jerry Brown placed new limitations on state and local law
enforcement's ability to help the federal government enforce immigration violations by signing California's controversial
"sanctuary state" bill into law on Thursday [10/5/2017]. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León introduced Senate
Bill 54 weeks after the 2016 election to stifle President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to ramp up deportations and
prevent the federal government from using California police officers to accomplish his goal.
Fight. [Scroll down] California passed Prop 8, with Blacks supporting it at the 70%+ level, which
defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Prop 8 passed with 52% of the voters supporting it. Yet the Democrat
governor and the Democrat attorney general refused to defend the law as they were required by their oath of office. That
alone shows that Democrats are fascists; it's not up to the governor to decide which laws are constitutional or not; that's
the job of the courts. However, the state courts supported the legality of Prop 8. Not to be deterred,
Democrats took it to a federal court where a closeted gay judge who stood to benefit from ruling against Prop 8
suppressed the will of the people of California.
advancing universal free school meals for California's hungriest kids heads to Assembly. A bill approved in
Assembly Appropriations this past week would expand free and reduced breakfast and lunch for hundreds of thousands of
students on Medi-Cal. SB 138 — the "Feed the Kids Act" will address childhood hunger by removing a massive
layer of bureaucratic red tape from the State school meal program enrollment process and by serving all students in very high
poverty schools for free. The legislation would develop a universal enrollment process by ensuring that all school
districts utilize Medi-Cal data to seamlessly enroll income-eligible students in free and reduced-price school meals.
220 languages spoken in California, courts face an interpreter shortage. Federal law enforcement began
investigating California's courts seven years ago after receiving complaints that two Korean-speaking women in Los Angeles
had been denied court interpreters. Courts in other states also were examined and faulted. Along with California,
they began working to comply with U.S civil rights law, which bars discrimination based on national origin. Failure to
act meant the possible loss of federal money. But nowhere has the task been so challenging as in California, the most
linguistically diverse state in the nation.
Tries to Leverage Hurricane Harvey to Fund $20 Billion Flood Control. California hopes to leverage the attention on Hurricane
Harvey flooding to convince the federal government to fund some of the $20 billion needed to repair the dilapidated Central Valley
flood control infrastructure. Harvey has killed at least 34 and caused over $190 billion in damage thus far. The
1,000-year flood is expected to cost the U.S. economy about 1 percent of GDP, or $190 billion, according AccuWeather.
Crime Wave Follows Criminal Justice Reform. In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, which
downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. As Debra Saunders reminds us,
proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. Unfortunately, this
utterly counterintuitive notion has not panned out. In San Francisco, according to a police spokesman, theft from cars
is up 47 percent this year over the same period in 2014. Auto theft is up by 17 percent. Robberies are up
23 percent. And aggravated assaults are up 2 percent. (To be fair, burglaries are down 5 percent).
How about Los Angeles? It has seen a 12.7 percent increase in the overall crime this year, according to the
Los Angeles Times. Violent offenses are up 20.6 percent; property crimes by 11 percent.
initiative would legalize psychedelic mushrooms. California would become the first state in the nation to
legalize psychedelic mushrooms if a long-shot ballot initiative passes muster with voters next year. The measure is
backed by a legalization activist who says he kicked his heroin habit with the help of a mushroom trip in Death Valley.
It would exempt Californians over the age of 21 from a state law that criminalizes mushrooms containing psilocybin, the
compound that gives some mushrooms psychedelic properties. "There is a cultural fascination with mushrooms that goes
really deep," said Kevin Saunders, the activist behind the initiative. "The soccer moms are all pretty much, for lack
of a better term, high now, and some of them are taking mushrooms."
Set To Be First State To Add "Gender X" Designation To Licenses. Up until now, state issued identification
cards around the country have limited gender designations to 'male' and 'female' because, well, biological science has
historically taught us that those were the only two options. But that hateful and narrowed-minded micro-aggression
perpetrated by our genetic code will no longer be tolerated in the state of California, whether it's a scientifically proven
fact or not. As the San Francisco Chronicle points out today [8/29/2017], California's legislature is currently
considering SB 179 that will add a new "nonbinary" gender designation to the state's identification cards.
Sues California to Allow More Illegals to Vote. An ACORN offshoot and other left-wing pressure groups are suing
California in federal court because the state hasn't made it easy enough for Democrats to flood voter rolls with illegal
aliens and foreign nationals who aren't legally eligible to vote. Throughout the years Mickey Mouse, Mary Poppins, and
celebrities living and dead were registered to vote because now-defunct ACORN and its allied groups were allowed to pollute
the voter rolls.
Could Start Jailing People Who Don't Use Transgender Pronouns. A bill that passed the California state senate
and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person's
preferred pronoun. The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but
if passed, those who "willfully and repeatedly" refuse "to use a transgender resident's preferred name or pronouns" could be
slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. The state
senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. Since then, the Assembly Judiciary committee recommended the bill
unanimously and the General Assembly held its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday [8/23/2017].
III? New ballot measure plots route to California independence. On Thursday, people unhappy with California's
place in the United States filed yet another proposed ballot measure that could lead to the Golden State striking out on its
own. This time, the goal is convening a U.S. constitutional convention to overhaul what proponents call a moldy
national blueprint out of step with life in California. The measure says a reworked Constitution should include a
provision creating a "clear and reasonable path for states to achieve complete independence from the United States should
any state so choose." No state has become independent under the existing U.S. Constitution.
Illegal Immigration, California Decides They Really Like The 10th Amendment. If you remember back to the debate
over Arizona's SB1070, a law that allowed law enforcement to enforce federal law as written, California, California law
makers, and California papers took the stance that immigration was the purview of the federal government, and that states
couldn't change that in the least. Today, though, as we discuss illegal aliens, California wants to do its own thing[.]
California Can't Fix
Its Housing Problems. Even California's liberal Democrats are starting to understand that the state's housing
crisis is fundamentally a supply-and-demand problem. Home prices have soared to astronomical levels, with a median
price above $750,000 in the nine-county Bay Area and nearly $700,000 in Orange County. Years of growth controls and
local regulations have restricted housing supply and added as much as 40 percent to the price of every new home
that's built. Housing is the key reason California has a 24 percent poverty rate (using the U.S. Census Bureau's
new cost-of-living-adjusted index), the highest in the nation.
create youth shortages in California. Socialism has long been associated with shortages, and nowhere is that
more evident than in California, land of surf, sun, skiing, skateboarding, and other youth-oriented pursuits. The
socialists have managed to chase out the youth.
Guide to How Bad the Democratic Party Is Right Now. In the Golden State, the progressive wing of the party is
irate that California Democrats shelved a $400 billion state-based single-payer initiative. Death threats were hurled
at state lawmakers for tabling the measure, which met a legislative death because it had no funding mechanisms within the
bill. Also, the leadership election to lead the state's Democratic Party has led to a contested election, where the
establishment figure won, but the Bernie Sanders supporting insurgent has failed to concede.
Election in Broad Daylight. Here in California, the Democratic leadership is busy rigging rules in an election.
The issue is covered on the front pages. But Democrats control every lever of power, so nothing can derail their efforts to save a
vulnerable Democratic senator from a recall. Now the state's ethics watchdog, the California Fair Political Practices Commission,
is in on the action.
Watch threatens to sue California - after finding 11 counties with more registered voters than eligible citizens. Dems will often argue
that such fraud is "not widespread," but they're loathe to define what, exactly, 'widespread' means. How many bogus votes need to be cast before
blue states care? Enter Judicial Watch. They're threatening to sue the state of California because Governor Moonbeam's voter rolls have gone
completely off the rails. In 11 counties, Judicial Watch found that there were more registered voters than citizens of legal age.
Sometimes by as much as 144%[.]
Think Our Elections Are Fair?: 11 California Counties Have More Registered Voters Than Voting Age Adults. Right
now there are plenty of Democrats who think Russia hacked our elections, but they'll laugh at Trump's accusation that illegal
immigrants stole the popular vote from him (which is very likely). The truth is that our elections are seriously
compromised, and not by the Russians. The latest example of this fact comes from California, where it was recently
discovered that there are 11 counties that have more registered voters than eligible voters.
County hands $1.3 billion to illegals for welfare. Los Angeles County is a massive draw for illegals, with more
than a million flocking there and setting up home — and now we know why. Not only is it hallowed sanctuary
ground; it's also, apparently, taxpayer-dole-out central. Look at this, from Robert Rector with the Heritage
Foundation: "They get $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend," he said, speaking of the costs of education, police,
fire, medical and housing that illegals get, compared to what they pay back by way of taxes. This isn't conjecture.
It's based on analysis of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services database. Among the findings:
In 2015, more than 58,000 families received $602 million in benefits. In 2016, more than 64,000 families received
Risks Billions in Sanctuary City Suit Against Trump Administration. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
is launching a preemptive legal assault against the Trump Administration's promise to pull tens of billions of dollars of
federal funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate in enforcement against illegal aliens. Attorney General
Becerra is leading a coalition of 300 cities, 18 counties, and the State of California that intend to sue the Trump
Administration over U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' plan to begin cutting off funding to jurisdictions tagged by the U.S.
Justice Department as "sanctuary cities" that harbor illegal aliens from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents,
according to the Sacramento Bee.
Watch Warns California: 11 Counties Have More Voters than Voting-Age Citizens. Judicial Watch, a conservative
watchdog organization, has sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on behalf of the Election Integrity
Project, noting that there are 11 counties in the state with more registered voters, and alleging that the state may
be out of compliance with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
Says We Can't Increase Immigration Enforcement Because No One Will Pick Our Fruit. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned
that President Donald Trump's immigration plan would severely cripple the agriculture industry in a Wednesday evening [8/2/2017] interview.
"We're the largest agricultural producer in America[.] It's a $50 billion industry. We employ tens of thousands of agricultural
workers," The Democratic senator said on CNN. "They are among a class that this would be prohibited. It would cripple agriculture if
they didn't have the people coming in to do this work[.]"
tells state workers: Kick ICE out of California labor offices. California's top labor law enforcer wants
federal immigration agents to stay away from offices where state investigators weigh claims about underpaid employees and
workplace retaliation. Labor Commissioner Julie Su last month directed her staff to turn away Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agents unless the federal officers have warrants. Her directive followed three instances over the past 10
months in which immigration agents sought information about California workers who had filed claims against employers.
In two cases, immigration agents attempted to attend hearings where investigators discuss claims with workers and their
employers, Su said. In all three cases, the agents left when they were asked, she said.
County Paid Out $1.3 Billion In Welfare To Illegal Aliens. On the bright side, it's expected that the Los Angeles County will
spend $200 million less in 2017, as fewer illegal aliens arrive and more have left, mostly due to allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) to do their job, to enforce the laws that are on the books, unfettered by politicians and political appointees. We keep being told that
illegal aliens are a boon for our economy. Well, the illegals are getting $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend. It sure seems that
they are more of a drain on taxpayer money that giving more back.
Debates 'Calexit' Supporter Who Calls CA 'Not the US'. Tucker Carlson reported that the United States may lose
a star on its flag for the first time ever, if "Calexit" becomes reality. Carlson said the Calexit movement wants
California to become an independent country through a ballot initiative in 2018 that would require 585,000 signatures to get
started. Shankar Singam, a supporter of Calexit and vice president of the California Freedom Coalition, told Carlson
such a split does not have to be "hostile."
is working to avoid a shortage of legalized marijuana, state pot czar says. With Nevada suffering a shortage of
legalized marijuana, California's state pot czar said Wednesday [7/19/2017] that efforts are being made in her state to make sure
sufficient licenses go to farmers, testers and distributors to supply retailers. Providing temporary, four-month licenses
to support some businesses including growers is planned "so we don't have a break in the supply chain," Lori Ajax, chief of the
Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, said in testimony at a legislative hearing. Legal sales began July 1 in Nevada,
but it immediately became clear there was not enough supply to meet demand, in part because unique rules provide alcohol
wholesalers exclusive distributor rights. California does not have the same limits on who can distribute cannabis.
Judicial Council racial sensitivity bureaucrats dress up as black convicts for office party. If anyone needed
proof that California is over-larded with do-nothing, malevolent bureaucrats, maybe the Judicial Council's Halloween party,
which featured racial sensitivity bosses dressed in blackface and turning their cubicles into jail cells, is just that
example. Sure enough, it's an agency that oversees racial sensitivity programs for California's court system.
Percent of American Welfare Recipients Live in California. The liberal state of California is a prime example
of why liberal policies must not be adopted anywhere around the country as one-third of America's welfare recipients reside
in the state.
Democrats Target Conservative College Students. California state senator Josh Newman, Fullerton Democrat, was
the key vote to approve Jerry Brown's recent $5.2 billion tax hike that jacks up what Californians will pay for gasoline,
diesel fuel, and vehicle fees. At the California State University in Fullerton, College Republicans Amanda McGuire,
Ryan Hoskins and Brooke Paz led efforts to recall Newman. The state Democratic Party responded by changing the rules on
recall elections and targeting the three students with a lawsuit. "This lawsuit intends to stop the petition from
circulating and halt the recall process, falsely citing deceptive messaging as grounds for suing," explains a press release
from the College Republicans. According to the Republicans' secretary Ryan Hoskins. "This lawsuit is the
definition of frivolous and more than an obstruction of the very processes that every Californian should hold dear."
California Ever Thrive Again? The basket of California state taxes — sales, income and
gasoline — rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom.
After years of drought, California has not built a single new reservoir. Instead, scarce fresh aqueduct water is still
being diverted to sea. Thousands of rural central California homes, in Dust Bowl fashion, have been abandoned due to a
sinking aquifer and dry wells. One in three American welfare recipients resides in California. Almost a quarter
of the state population lives below or near the poverty line. Yet the state's gas and electricity prices are among the
nation's highest. One in four state residents was not born in the U.S.
Democratic Party Sues Conservative College Students In Unprecedented Move. Three members of the Cal State Fullerton College Republicans
have been named in a lawsuit backed by the California Democratic Party in retaliation for their work to recall State Senator Josh Newman, who was
the pivotal vote in support of April's $52 billion gas tax increase.
Dems panic over their tax hike. Democrats control both houses of the California State Legislature with 2/3 majorities, allowing
them to pass any bills they wish, with no possibility of obstruction from the powerless GOP. As Democrats will when they feel empowered,
they recently passed a major hike in gasoline taxes that will take over $5 billion a year more from the pockets of motorists.
on SF's $190K Payout to Illegal Immigrant: 'You Shouldn't Pay a Criminal for Breaking the Law'. An illegal
immigrant is set to be awarded $190,000 from San Francisco after police turned him over to immigration authorities, which is
a violation of the city's sanctuary policy. Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, who is from El Salvador and was living in the U.S.
illegally, walked into a police station on December 2, 2015, to recover his stolen car. When he left the station, U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immediately took him into custody. Figueroa-Zarceno recently reached the massive
settlement agreement with the city attorney's office. The agreement must be approved by the city's Board of Supervisors.
terminally ill end lives under new California law. California health officials reported Tuesday that 111
terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after a 2016 law made the option legal in the
nation's most populous state. The data was part of the California Department of Public Health's first report on the law
since it went into effect June 9, 2016. According to the data generated from forms doctors were required to submit between
June 9 and Dec. 31, 2016, a total of 191 people received life-ending drugs after being diagnosed with having less than
six months to live and 111 people took them and died.
three more states on California's banned travel list. California is restricting publicly funded travel to four
more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. All
totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states. The new additions to California's restricted
travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota. They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee
as states already subjected to the ban. California Attorney Xavier Becerra announced the new states at a Thursday press
conference, where he was joined by representatives from ACLU Northern California and Equality California. "We will not
spend taxpayer dollars in states that discriminate," Becerra said.
Minimum Wage Madness Begins to Kill Off California's
Restaurant Industry. The restaurant industry is a canary in California's coalmine of moonbattery. Minimum
wage insanity is killing it: [...] It's bad enough in big cities on the coast. Wages, like prices, are lower inland and
in smaller towns. That means that one-size-fits-all central planning is even more unsupportable regarding the minimum
wage. Unemployment is already significantly higher away from the coast in California.
descent to socialism. California is widely celebrated as the fount of technical, cultural and political
innovation. Now we seem primed to outdo even ourselves, creating a new kind of socialism that, in the end, more
resembles feudalism than social democracy. [...] This new progressive synthesis promises not upward mobility and
independence, but rather the prospect of turning most Californians into either tax slaves or dependent serfs.
single-payer health plan amounts to political stunt. On Thursday [6/1/2017], the California state Senate made
the bold move of voting to create a single-payer health system without having any idea of how to pay for it. Ostensibly
spurred by concerns over the future of the Affordable Care Act at the federal level, Senate Bill 562 by Sens. Ricardo
Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would create a single-payer system which would cover health expenses for
every resident in California. Considering the magnitude of such a proposal, the very least that is owed is a thorough
accounting of how exactly such a program would be paid for. After all, according to estimates from a legislative
analysis provided to the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 22, the proposal is anticipated to cost $400 billion
per year, more than double the state budget.
California, Ready To Spend $400 Billion For Your Single-Payer Disaster? California's so-called progressive
Democrats, fresh off their classy "flipping off" of Donald Trump at their state convention, now want to flip off the entire
state by imposing a reckless, economy-destroying single-payer health care system on the state's citizens. If voters
don't stop this madness they'll get what they deserve.
California Single Payer Healthcare Will Double State Expenditures. The state of California seems determined to
go broke. They want to institute a single payer healthcare system but the cost would be astronomic. In fact, it
would be more than the state's budget.
Considers Sanctuary State Legislation to Protect Pot Industry. California lawmakers are talking about doing for
their state's new marijuana industry what they are also trying to do for illegal immigrants: create a sanctuary state where
local police are ordered not to cooperate with federal authorities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the man who has
the power to unleash enforcement of the federal anti-marijuana law that could shut down the multibillion marijuana industry
in California and every other state where smoking weed for the fun of it is legal.
Affair With Communism. A bill narrowly passed the house in California, repealing part of the law enacted during
the Cold War era in our country's history when communists were really active and infiltrating our government, attempting to
overthrow it. The bill proposed to eliminate the section which allowed the firing of public employees if they were
members of the Communist Party. The bill now goes to the Senate and its author, Democrat Assemblyman Rob Bonta, hopes
that it will pass. "Assemblyman Randy Voepel, a Southern California Republican who fought in the Vietnam War, said
communists in North Korea and China are still a threat." Assemblyman Travis Allen, also a Republican, said that "this
bill is blatantly offensive to all Californians. Communism stands for everything that the United States stands against."
moves to let Communists work in government. The California government may soon employ openly Communist people
in its ranks. The state assembly passed a bill Monday that would repeal a policy that had made being a member of the
Communist Party a fireable offense. The legislation was supported along party lines with most Republicans opposing it
while Democrats mainly favored the policy. It would overturn a bill was signed into law during the Red Scare of the
1940s and 1950s when Americans worried Russian spies were trying to take over the country.
State Assembly Votes to Make Communism Great Again. Being a communist would no longer be a fireable offense for California
government employees under a bill passed by the state Assembly. Lawmakers narrowly approved the bill Monday [5/8/2017].
Democrats Make Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day Disappear. Monday April 24 was Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day and in Los Angeles
thousands marched in the street outside the Turkish consulate. Up in Sacramento, ruling Democrats ignored the Armenians and instead held
"Muslim Day at the Capitol," hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Road To Single-Payer Ruin. Never let it be said that California doesn't march to the beat of a different
drummer. While the rest of the country has had second, third and even fourth thoughts about having a single-payer
health care system, the Golden State boldly marches forward into fiscal oblivion.
Is Seceding from the Constitution. The entire nation has of course watched as the city of Berkeley and the
University of California, Berkeley ceded control over free speech to violent left-wing mobs. Both the city and the
campus have placed the safety of rioters over the liberty of their conservative citizens, refusing to protect that liberty on
the dubious grounds that someone might get hurt. Thus, city and school leaders have knowingly and intentionally granted
a heckler's veto to the far-left, in effect making the First Amendment a dead letter at one of the nation's (and the world's)
most prominent universities. The rot extends far beyond Berkeley. Just this week, the California assembly's
judiciary committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of AB 569, a bill that would prohibit religious employers from enforcing
entirely normal rules of Christian conduct on their employees. Thus, it would be illegal for Catholic schools to
require that their employees choose life rather than get an abortion.
latest move to "fight the wall" is truly something out of La La Land. There are still budget battles and (probably) blockades
from the 9th Circuit to come, but sooner or later the President is going to get some work started on the border wall. But if and when
he does, California is laying some landmines in advance for any private contractors who dare to bid on the job and pour a single yard of
concrete. In a move being dubbed, "Build it and be banned," California legislators are proposing to impose a permanent ban for
government contracts on any company who takes part in the project.
gas tax hike prompts fierce backlash from the right. A 12-cent gas tax hike recently approved by California's
Democratic leaders has prompted a huge backlash on the right, with a grassroots coalition vowing to ensure it never takes
effect. A combination of AM-radio talk show hosts, a consumer advocacy group and a GOP assemblywoman have joined forces
to battle the measure — set to kick in this November — that would give California the dubious honor of
the second-highest gas tax in the nation at 73.2 cents per gallon. Only Pennsylvania residents will pay more, with a
Mayor Is Member of Militant Leftist Organization's Facebook Group. The mayor of Berkeley, California, is a
Facebook member of a leftist militant organization that has been linked to violent incidents in the city. Mayor Jesse
Arreguin's personal page shows he's a Facebook member of Defend Affirmative Action and Integration and Fight for Equality By
Any Means Necessary (BAMN). According to a 2001 article in the East Bay Express, BAMN, founded in 1995, is
"allegedly a front group for an obscure Detroit-based Trotskyist political party called the Revolutionary Workers League."
Even by UC Berkeley standards, students considered the group extreme.
Payer Is Fool's Gold For California. While the latest Republican attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare may
have failed, Democrats in California and in D.C. are just getting started in their effort to eliminate the health law.
Unfortunately, they're angling to replace ObamaCare with something even worse.
arrests are plummeting across California, fueling alarm and questions. In 2013, something changed on the
streets of Los Angeles. Police officers began making fewer arrests. The following year, the Los Angeles Police
Department's arrest numbers dipped even lower and continued to fall, dropping by 25% from 2013 to 2015. The Los Angeles
County Sheriff's Department and the San Diego Police Department also saw significant drops in arrests during that period.
has fewer arrests, but not necessarily less crime. The number of arrests by police in California has plunged in
recent years, but that doesn't necessarily represent good news on crime, according to an analysis published Saturday [4/1/2017].
Angeles Middle School Faces Budget Cut For Having Too Many White People. Los Angeles parents are outraged after
their middle school announced budget cuts because there are too many white students, according to Sunday [3/26/2017]
reports. Walter Reed Middle School announced there would be layoffs and larger classes because the school's white
student body is too big, reports ABC 7. The Los Angeles Unified School District gives schools money only if
white students make up no more than thirty percent of the student population.
Chief Justice: Enforcing Immigration Laws Goes Against The Rule Of Law. Since when is moving to another
country against the law? And since when do we enforce the laws we have on the books?
Farage and the 'Bad Boys of Brexit' set their sights on splitting California in two. The 'Bad Boys of Brexit'
who led the campaign to break Britain away from the European Union have taken on a new exit challenge: splitting California
into two states. Former UKip leader Nigel Farage and Leave backer Arron Banks have just returned from the United States,
where they helped raise $1million (£800,000) for a 'Calexit' campaign, which would split California into two eastern and
western regions. There are several 'Calexit' campaigns competing for a referendum in the United States, with one aiming
to remove the state from America entirely as a response to President Donald Trump being elected last year.
Bill Would Make Not Disclosing HIV+ Status to Partner Just a Misdemeanor. People who are HIV positive have long
been required to disclose this status before engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse. Considering the life-threatening
condition caused by HIV, it stands to reason that potential partners have a right to know, since the disease is easily passed
through sexual contact. However, in what is being described as a test of just how much feelings have changed on the disease,
a group of lawmakers in California have presented a bill that will make it no longer a felony to engage in unprotected sex without
disclosing the condition to their partner, instead making it a misdemeanor. Because of "the stigma."
does it take to be a librarian in San Francisco? 1) You have to know how to shelve books. 2) You have to know
how to check out books. and 3) You have to know how to inject heroin addicts with anti-narcotics drugs.
Francisco's withdrawal from national terror intelligence network hikes risks, officials say. San Francisco has
taken its defiance of the feds to a new level, ending its cooperation with the FBI in an anti-terror initiative begun after
9/11 — a move crtitics say could get innocent people killed. Critics say the sanctuary city by the bay's latest
decision to forego cooperation with Washington, by dropping out of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, could put lives at
risk. The JTTF has been credited with foiling 93 Islamist terrorist attacks and plots against the U.S. since 2001,
including 12 this year, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation. There are another 1,000
investigations into suspected terror activity nationwide.
festering problems the Democrats cynically ignore. [#5] The connection between illegal immigration and California's electoral power:
California declared itself a sanctuary state and now houses a quarter of the nation's illegal immigrants. The elected officials at all levels of
that state government will openly defy any attempts to enforce existing federal law that could reduce the number of illegal immigrants. The
massive presence of illegals distorts our representative system. There are at least 4 million illegals in California. It
requires a special liberal variety of naïvité to believe that none of them votes. Even if none does, they are all counted in the census,
which determines congressional representation and some federal funding allocations. If only citizens were counted, California would have
five fewer congressional seats and electoral votes. Those seats would go to, for example, Ohio (2), Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The
Democrats who've declared California a sanctuary state know exactly what they are doing.
12,209,605 Medicaid/CHIP Enrollees Outnumber Populations of 44 States. In the fall of 2013, the Obamacare
exchanges opened to enroll people in health insurance plans for 2014. The average number of Medicaid/CHIP enrollees in
California in July-September 2013 — the last quarter before the Obamacare exchanges opened — was
7,755,381, according to CMS. By November 2016, the latest month for which CMS numbers are available, the number of
Medicaid/CHIP enrollees in California was 12,209,605. That is a three-year increase of 4,454,224 — or
Goes One Step Beyond ObamaCare, Proposes Single-Payer Healthcare System to Include Illegal Aliens. California
Democrats made a surprise move late Friday to foil President Trump's promise to repeal ObamaCare — by introducing
a stand-alone, single-payer healthcare system in California. The Mercury News reported that two California lawmakers
Friday introduced legislation to replace private insurance with a government-run health care system covering all 38 million
Californians — including its undocumented residents.
Dam disaster is yet another example of California's decline. A year ago, politicians and experts were predicting
a near-permanent statewide drought, a "new normal" desert climate. The most vivid example of how wrong they were is that
California's majestic Oroville Dam is currently in danger of spillway failure in a season of record snow and rainfall.
That could spell catastrophe for thousands who live below it and for the state of California at large that depends on its stored
water. The poor condition of the dam is almost too good a metaphor for the condition of the state as a whole; its possible
failure is a reflection of California's civic decline.
spent on high-speed rail and illegal immigrants, but ignored Oroville Dam. The flood danger from the Oroville
Dam receded Monday, but California was hit by a wave of criticism for failing to heed warnings about risks to the spillway at
a time when the state spent generously on illegal immigrants and high-speed rail. California Gov. Jerry Brown, a
Democrat, came under fire amid reports that federal and state officials for years rebuffed or ignored calls to fortify the
massive 50-year-old dam, which provides water to more than 20 million farmers and residential consumers. "What's
Governor Brown doing?" former state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican, asked in a Monday [2/13/2017] post on Facebook.
"The same thing he's been doing for decades — obstructing progress."
Goes Confederate. "Calexit" supporters brag that they will have enough signatures to qualify for a ballot measure calling for California's secession
from the United States. [...] [California] hosts the largest numbers of impoverished and the greatest number of rich people of any state in the country. Eager
for cheap service labor, California has welcomed in nearly a quarter of the nation's undocumented immigrants. California has more residents living in poverty
than any other state. It is home to one third of all the nation's welfare recipients. The income of California's wealthy seems to make them immune from
the effects of the highest basket of sales, income, and gas taxes in the nation. The poor look to subsidies and social services to get by. Over the last
30 years, California's middle classes have increasingly fled the state.
Lawmakers Want 'Third Gender Option' for Drivers' Licenses. Legislation introduced in California would create a
third gender option on drivers' licenses and expedite the process for individuals to change their sex on their birth
certificate without undergoing a sex change. The "Gender Recognition Act," sponsored by state senators Toni Atkins of
San Diego and Scott Weiner of San Francisco, would add "nonbinary" to the list of male and female genders on state
Democrats propose adding third, nonbinary gender option for driver's licenses and other official documents.
California driver's licenses and birth certificates could have a third option for gender in addition to male or female under
legislation unveiled Thursday [1/26/2017] by Democratic lawmakers. The bill by state Sens. Toni Atkins (D-San
Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would establish a new nonbinary gender marker for official state documents.
Lawmakers framed the measure as an expansion of rights for transgender, intersex and other people who do not identify as male
California's Recipe for
Voter Fraud on a Massive Scale. The media have exhibited a pathological determination to ignore any possibility
of voter fraud, in spite of mountains of evidence to the contrary.
Lt. Gov: We'll Stop Trump's Wall with Environmental Suits. President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to
build a border wall along with U.S.-Mexico Border will be challenged through environmental lawsuits, according to California's
second-highest official. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with 'The Golden State Podcast' that
he would use specific environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from being built, at least in southern California.
The Editor says...
In this case, environmental laws are being used as weapons. The matter at hand has nothing to do with the protection of the environment.
One thing politicians and environmentalists do well: they obstruct and impede their enemies' progress.
Picky-Choosey Attitude to Complying with Federal Immigration Laws. California, the would-be renegade state that
has declared itself a statewide sanctuary for illegal aliens, has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to "defend" it
against expected actions from the incoming Trump administration (such as, presumably, withholding federal funds for its
sanctuary status); and has a referendum petition circulating that would direct it to secede from the Union. Yet the
state finally has found an immigration-related law that it can love.
Napolitano Triples, Quadruples Down On Supporting Illegal Aliens. University of California President Janet Napolitano has
tripled down on her support for illegal aliens in the United States. She has also openly challenged the incoming Trump
Administration on the policy of deporting illegal aliens. In a recent speech Napolitano stated that the University of
California system supports illegal alien students and will provide them with millions of dollars in financial aid.
Great California Earthquake of 2018: First State To Default. I would like to direct your attention to something
boring but infinitely informative regarding the nature of this mismanaged state. Employers who utilize labor pay into
the FUTA, or the federal unemployment tax, at a rate of 6% and are credited back an offset of 5.4% that they previously paid
the state, leaving a small federal liability of only 0.6%. However, if the state-run U.I. trust gets overdrawn, as it did
in California for going on its third year now, it automatically pulls an emergency loan out from the federal government to
service the underfunded account. And if that is not repaid by November 10, and it defaults, then the government forces
employers to pay it. They just defaulted. Our company received a mystery bill in the mail two weeks ago, explaining
our new $15,000 owed. We got a shock, as it was not expected. I presume that many employers won't be able to pay it.
Still a Mad, Mad California. Abstract idealism on behalf of the distant is a powerful psychological narcotic that allows caring progressives
to dull the guilt they feel about their own privilege and riches. Nowhere is this paradox truer than in California, a dysfunctional natural paradise
in which a group of coastal and governing magnificoes virtue-signal from the world's most exclusive and beautiful enclaves. The state is
currently experiencing another perfect storm of increased crime, decreased incarceration, still ongoing illegal immigration, and record poverty.
All that is energized by a strapped middle class that is still fleeing the overregulated and overtaxed state, while the arriving poor take their places
in hopes of generous entitlements, jobs servicing the elite, and government employment.
CalExit! Now that America is on the road to free
government, the Progressives are talking about secession again. The big one is CalExit, a movement to have California break off
from the rest of the country. This has been spurred by the election, where normal Americans broke mostly for Trump, but
Californians voted in heavy numbers for the anti-American candidate. If you look at the bill of particulars on the CalExit
site, the inability to dictate election results to the rest of the country is one reason they want to leave. [...] The major benefit
of losing California is we would lose their trillion in bad debt that threatens to destroy the bond market. California has been
able to kick its problems down the road because of its statehood. It is the stinky pile of sub-prime mortgages in the AAA rated
MBS. Independence would force some responsibility on California. It could also force reform on the Cult of Modern Liberalism,
which has thrived by shifting the costs of its polices onto others. If not, the rest of us would be free of them anyway, which is
L.A. city and
county creating $10-million legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation under Trump. Los Angeles city
and county leaders on Monday [12/19/2016] unveiled a $10-million fund to provide legal assistance for residents facing
deportation, the region's boldest move yet as it prepares for an expected crackdown on illegal immigration by Donald
Trump. If approved by lawmakers, Los Angeles' two top government agencies could find themselves in the position of
using public funds to challenge policies sought by the White House and Republican Congress.
Gift to Its Neighbors: Expanded Cigarette Smuggling Opportunities. For too many years, Arizona has led
the pack — or at least taxed the hell out of it — with among the higher cigarette taxes in the
West. "A cigarette tax higher than in neighboring states and cheaper prices on American Indian reservations have helped
fuel a growing black market for cigarettes in Arizona," the Cronkite News Service reported in 2014. It's true that few of
us actually paid that $2.00 per pack tariff for a pack of smokes; with every single state bordering us stealing less from
smokers and a long, handy border with Mexico, half of all of the cigarettes sold in the state are smuggled from elsewhere,
according to research by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Tax Foundation. Many Arizonans avoid getting
mugged by enjoying life on the receiving end of smuggling routes. But we could be benefiting by running goods in
the other direction.
Senator Boxer Attempts To Block Her Own Bill. California Tea Party activists have long battled the bureaucrats
and politicians over policies related to water. One of the most well-known of the myriad of issues is the diversion of
water from farms in the Central Valley (a major source of this nation's fruits and nuts... outside of San Francisco, that
is). One goal of this reallocation of a prime agricultural resource is the protection of a bait fish known as the Delta
Smelt. Last week, the House of Representatives easily passed a major water bill that includes emergency aid for Flint,
Mich., and boosts U.S. ports, dams and waterways. This bill, known as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), was
initially co-authored by the notorious Senator Barbara Boxer, who infamously derided a Brigadier General for referring to her
California to release "non-violent" rapists, shooters,
hostage takers. Whenever a proposition comes on the ballot in California to release criminals from jail, it
always passes, since the criminals already outside of jail outnumber the law abiding citizens. That's why it will come
as no surprise when California voters vote for Proposition 57 which will release "non-violent" criminals. The only
problem is that California has a very expansive definition of "non-violent" in its legal code: [...]
Electoral College would allow California to impose imperial rule on a colonial America. California has been called the Left Coast for
quite a while. Just about everyone in Silicon Valley except Peter Thiel and in Hollywood except Pat Sajak supported Clinton. White middle
class families have been pretty well priced out of the state by high taxes and housing costs, and the Hispanic and Asian immigrants who have replaced
them vote far more Democratic. Those developments have put California increasingly out of line with the national average. In 2012, six
states and D.C. were more Democratic. In 2008 it was eight states and D.C.; in 2004 it was seven. Now it is only one, and not by much.
Anti-Trump Riots Are a Smoke Screen. Many seem bewildered by the anti-Trump riots and demonstrations. [...] They know
full well that they aren't going to overturn the election. These privately funded forces are being used to create pressure to
destroy the Electoral College so they won't have to deal with it next election. This is how the Left operates. Make a big
deal over here to force the hidden agenda over there. The plan is to make enough trouble that Congress will move to abolish the
EC to get some peace. For clues as to who is behind this effort, one only has to watch to see which member of Congress proposes
such action. The answer of course is California Senator Barbara Boxer.
the shark. This election confirmed, if it was needed, the death spiral of the state's Republican Party.
Thanks, in part, to Donald Trump — and his magnetic anti-appeal among Latinos, women and the educated —
the GOP did even worse here in the presidential race than in 2012, when it couldn't muster 40 percent support, and has lost
several legislative seats, allowing the Democrats to re-establish their coveted two-thirds supermajority in the Assembly —
and possibly in the Senate as well. The progressives also won most of the major propositions — most critically,
the extension of a high income tax rate on the state's affluent population through 2030. We may have more freedom to smoke
pot, but it won't be so easy to start a business, buy a house or build a personal nest egg, if you are anything other than a
trustifarian or a Silicon Valley mogul, or are related to one.
Voters to Decide Whether Schools May Teach Students in Spanish. Voters in California will weigh in Tuesday on a
decades-old debate about bilingual education in the state's public school system. The outcome ultimately could
determine whether California schools will continue to be required to teach in English, or may use Spanish or another
language. Although largely overlooked in a crowded election season, the issue has split Californians into two camps,
those who believe the country benefits from a multilingual society and those who believe such policies hurt students and
serve only to further ethnic and racial divides.
Attorney General: Use Of Term 'Illegal Alien' Is Offensive, Must Stop Treating 'Undocumented' As
Criminals. This is the chief law enforcement officer in California.
Stamp Craze: U.S. Spends $3.6 Billion to Give $70 Billion in Benefits. Not only does the government spend a breathtaking
$70 billion a year to give a record number of people food stamps, it wastes billions more to administer the bloated welfare program.
Some states spend a lot more than others to distribute the free food vouchers and the discrepancies are downright outrageous. The government
dedicates $3.6 billion annually just to administer food stamps (renamed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to eliminate stigma),
according to a federal audit that includes mind-boggling figures. For instance, California, the state with by far the largest food-stamp
roll, spends a lot more than the national average to execute the federal nutrition program. The Golden State doles out an average of
$34.06 a month for each of its 2 million food stamp cases while other states, like Ohio, spend only $9.55. Some California counties
are off the charts with administration costs.
7 Ugliest Propositions on the California Ballot. [For example,] Prop. 57 — Jerry Brown's "Let's Put
Violent Criminals Back On The Street" Act is a terrible measure. Don't be fooled by the false and misleading ballot
title and summary that leftist Attorney General Kamala Harris put on this one — it will reduce prison sentences
for many, many violent criminals and put them back on the streets. Worst of all — the sentencing
"reforms" in it are retroactive — so victims of violent crimes trying to recapture some dignity and meaning in
their lives will be re-victimized because of this cruel and dangerous ballot measure.
Officers Ordered To Shoot Only After Non Lethal Options Exhausted. Los Angeles Police officers must now exhaust
all forms of non-lethal means before shooting a suspect. The L.A. Police Commission approved a wide array of law
enforcement reforms Tuesday including training for officers to help in de-escalation and verbal skills when faced with a
violent perpetrator. According to Police One, the academy already teaches recruits to use all non-lethal means prior to
shooting their service weapon, but establishing a policy at the department level means LEO's may be punished for not using
another means instead of their firearm.
cleansing? California town now less than 10 percent white. Ethnic cleansing used to be a bad thing.
But in America, when it happens to white people, it's called progress and the "new face of California." The town of Santa
Ana has been almost 100% purged of white people. They were pushed out not by tanks and machine guns, but by a massive
influx of people speaking a different language and bearing a different culture who expected everyone to adapt to their
norms. Today Santa Ana is nearly 80% Hispanic and less than 10% white. We have a city in America that now
demographically perfectly mirrors many cities in Mexico.
Proposition 55 passes, the state budget will rely even more on California's highest earners. If voters approve
Proposition 55, the state will continue depending on [Paul] Taybi and other wealthy Californians to fund a significant
portion of schools, parks, road repairs, police, prisons and many other government services. Those paying the higher
rates, which kick in for single and joint filers making more than $263,000 and $526,000 a year respectively, contributed
almost $34 billion in income taxes in 2014, roughly a third of all state general fund revenue. California's
reliance on the wealthiest taxpayers means the state is especially vulnerable to their bottom lines.
petitions to become first state to offer ObamaCare to illegal immigrants. California's health care exchange is
requesting that it be allowed a waiver from ObamaCare regulations in order to allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance on
the exchange — which would make California the first state to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants. In a
Sept. 30 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Covered California's Executive Director Peter Lee said
that the Affordable Care Act has been "tremendously successful" in the state and has cut the rate of uninsured in half.
Could Go Wrong: California Lets Felons In Jail Vote. Forget about the fact that the great majority of felons vote
Democrat; California Governor Jerry Brown had no political motivations at all when he signed AB 2466 on Wednesday [9/28/2016]
allowing thousands of felons in California to vote. Starting January 2017, convicted felons still in jail will be able to cast
rejoice over legalization of child prostitution in California. Social justice warriors everywhere rejoiced at
the news that California has decriminalized, or effectively legalized, child prostitution. After all, prostitution is
basically a victimless crime, right? And progressives have spoken loudly about emptying jails of "non-violent" offenders.
governor signs bill allowing felons to vote from their jail cells. Convicted felons serving jail sentences in
California county jails will now get to participate in an activity besides three meals a day and recreation time: voting in
elections. Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation into effect as part of a reform backers say will help prisoners
transition back into society while still serving time for their crimes. The bill he signed would let thousands of
felons doing time in county jails to vote in California elections, the LA Times reported.
tax could quadruple original claim. It turns out that the average property tax bill required to support BART's
proposed $3.5 billion bond measure on the November ballot could be as much as four times what the transit agency
claimed. Two months ago, I reported that the taxes needed to pay off that bond borrowing would be about double BART's
public estimate. Well, it could be even twice that. That's because legal language in Measure RR allows BART to
issue bonds at up to the state limit of 12 percent interest, far higher than assumed for the previous estimates.
Could Let Felons Behind Bars Vote, Despite What the State Constitution Says. California Gov. Jerry Brown
is considering whether to sign a bill that would allow tens of thousands of incarcerated felons to vote, while continuing to
deny the vote to others. The Legislature sent a bill to Brown's desk that would restore voting rights to an estimated
50,000 convicted felons who are behind bars in county jails, but not to felons who are serving their sentence in prisons.
official suggests taking slaveholders' names off schools. George Washington, the guy on the quarter, could soon
be facing the ax in San Francisco as surely as his fabled cherry tree. The president of the San Francisco school board
thinks it's time to consider renaming schools that bear the names of slave owners — including Washington and his
friends and fellow presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Board President Matt Haney said Tuesday [9/6/2016] he
will introduce a resolution before the board this month to clarify the rules for renaming San Francisco schools with an eye
to encouraging the communities at Washington High School, along with Jefferson and Monroe elementary schools, to consider
whether they want to make a change.
California Dream Built on Ignorance. The Democrat-owned legislature — the ones that are not in jail
or under indictment — passed a bill that would gradually raise the minimum wage from $10 to $15 in 2022. The poll
says 64 percent of Californians support that. That is while 66% of them believe that people will be laid off and 65 percent
say that businesses will leave the state. What would have been interesting is if the people who took the poll would have asked
poll participants: Would you support the increase if your son or daughter were laid off? Would you support it if your
spouse's business relocated to Utah, North Carolina or Texas? It is always easy to say that policies are good when they are
affecting the other person or their family.
California city is paying people not to commit crimes. A San Francisco suburb is testing a controversial
strategy to combat the gun violence that's plagued the community — paying people not to commit crimes. The
experiment known as "Advance Peace" is being conducted in Richmond, Calif., and works like this: The 18-month
fellowship hires convicted felons to "court" troubled youth — who so far have avoided arrest due to lack of
evidence — with offers of cash and out-of-town vacations if they mend their ways. If, after six months,
a "fellow" in the voluntary program begins to achieve specific goals, they can earn up to $1,000 a month.
Victory for Religious Freedom at Christian Universities in California. A California lawmaker who is sponsoring
a bill that would have allowed the use of taxpayer dollars to punish and publicly shame Christian universities for operating
according to their beliefs has removed an offending provision from the legislation. In announcing his legislation in
April, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D), sponsor of SB 1146, had referred to his action of denying First Amendment rights
to religious schools as closing a "loophole that allows private universities to discriminate against students and staff based
on their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation."
bill SB 1146 threatens minorities and the poor. Current California law exempts religious schools from
nondiscrimination laws in cases where applying these laws "would not be consistent with the religious tenets of that
organization." This is sensible and reflects our nation's founding principles of religious freedom. For years now,
this policy has worked well, enabling church-run colleges and universities to hire personnel and establish policies and expectations
regarding religious practice and personal conduct that reflect their beliefs and values. SB 1146 proposes to drastically
narrow that historic exemption so that it would only protect seminaries or other schools that train clergy and ministers.
Muslim Appreciation Month.
The State of California is planning to proclaim August Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month. Why? Because CAIR
wants them to! Turns out, California isn't Mexifornia after all. It's Caliph-ornia.
Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.
Remember the false report that Obama was going to name November to be National Muslim Appreciation Month? The terrorist
facilitators at CAIR apparently do — except for them, the fake story isn't satire; it's an excellent suggestion.
California is run by the sort of people who might agree. [...] Readers may recall that just last year 14 people were killed
and 22 seriously injured in a Muslim terror attack right there in California. But no month will be set aside to honor
victims of Islam, because that would be Islamophobic.
the US city with the highest pot use. San Francisco has a new claim to fame: The city has the highest
rate of marijuana use in the country, according to a new survey. In the survey, which was conducted from 2012 to 2014
nationwide, 15.5 percent of people in San Francisco said they had used marijuana in the past month. That's much higher
than the national average of 7.7 percent. Perhaps not surprisingly, parts of Colorado (where recreational marijuana use
is legal) also had high rates of marijuana use. About 14.8 percent of people in the northeastern part of the state, the
Denver area, and the northwestern and southwestern parts of the state reported using marijuana in the past month.
California Ever Thrive Again? There was more of the same-old, same-old California news recently. Some 62 percent of
state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predications of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed
rail — before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the
area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason. The basket of California state taxes — sales, income,
and gasoline — rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom.
After years of drought, California has not built a single new reservoir. Instead, scarce fresh aqueduct water is still being diverted
to sea. Thousands of rural central-California homes, in Dust Bowl fashion, have been abandoned because of a sinking aquifer and dry
wells. One in three American welfare recipients resides in California. Almost a quarter of the state population lives below
or near the poverty line. Yet the state's gas and electricity prices are among the nation's highest.
Reps Urge Obama To Stop California From Giving Illegals Obamacare. House Republicans representing California
pressured the Obama administration to stop its plan to expand Obamacare to illegal immigrants in the state Wednesday
[6/30/2016]. Rep. Darrell Issa spearheaded the effort in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services
signed by a number of California representatives slamming the plan's potential to further stagnate the economy and increase
the burden on taxpayers in the state. The California legislation would allow for a waiver permitting illegal immigrants
in the state to buy private health insurance through the Obamacare exchange — allowing an estimated 390,000 more
people the option to purchase plans.
Will Decide Whether to Legalize Cannabis This Fall. Yesterday [6/28/2016] the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult
Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) officially qualified for this November's ballot in California. [...] Like the legalization
measures approved by voters in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, the AUMA would let adults 21 or older possess up to
an ounce of marijuana at a time. Like all of those states except Washington, it also allows sharing (up to an ounce)
and home cultivation (up to six plants per household). Unlike the four states that have legalized marijuana so far, the AUMA
explicitly allows deliveries to consumers and on-site consumption at businesses licensed for that purpose. Both of those
options would be subject to approval by local governments, which also could ban marijuana businesses entirely and regulate
(but not ban) home cultivation.
to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant. California's last nuclear power plant will be
phased out by 2025, under a joint proposal announced Tuesday morning by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and labor and
environmental groups. Under the proposal, the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County would be retired by
PG&E after its current Nuclear Regulatory Commission operating licenses expire in November 2024 and August 2025. The power
produced by Diablo Canyon's two nuclear reactors would be replaced with investment in a greenhouse-gas-free portfolio of
energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage, PG&E said in a statement.
California In Power Grid Emergency: "All Customers Should Expect 14 Days Without Power". The power grid
is under direct threat as a result of the unprecedented, but little reported, massive natural gas leaks at Alisco Canyon that
was ongoing for four months as an intense summer heat wave sets in. California will have its first test of plans to
keep the lights on this summer. With record-setting heat and air conditioning demand expected in Southern California,
the state's power grid operator issued a so-called "flex alert," urging consumers to conserve energy to help prevent rotating
power outages — which could occur regardless.
Blackout California. The shutdown
of the leaking Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility has caused a loss of about 70bcf of stored gas that Southern
California utilities have historically counted on to see them through the hot, high-demand summer months. The
California Independent Service Operator (CAISO), which manages the California grid, estimates that as a result all customers
should expect to be without power for a total of 14 days this summer. Some 21 million Southern Californians
stand to be directly affected. Are blackouts on such a scale likely? It seems they are.
The Editor says...
Yep, the lights and the air conditioning won't work for a few days — in the hottest part of the year — but they sure got rid of all those
nuclear power plants, didn't they? Yessir, they sure managed to outlaw coal in their state. I'll bet they wish they could
wash their dishes, but they sure saved Mother Earth from certain destruction.
Francisco Charter Amendment Would Grant Illegal Immigrants a Vote in Local Schools. A potential San Francisco
ballot proposal could give illegal immigrants a voice in Bay Area schools. A charter amendment by San Francisco
Supervisor Eric Mar is intended to grant illegal immigrants with children in school the right to vote in San Francisco
Unified School District school board elections. Two similar measures were presented in the past, but they were rejected
by voters. "The time is right for San Francisco to make history, to pave the way for immigrant parents to have a say in
the policy decisions that impact their child's education and who gets to sit on the Board of Education," Mar said in a statement.
to ask feds to allow undocumented immigrants to use Obamacare. California could become the first state to ask
the federal government to let undocumented immigrants buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation Friday that attempts to allow people in the country illegally to
purchase the insurance through Covered California without costing the state or federal government anything.
Federal judge rules
California transgender inmates must get some female items. A federal judge ruled Thursday [6/9/2016] that California prison officials must let
transgender inmates have more female-oriented commissary items including nightgowns, robes, sandals, scarves and necklaces as part of a settlement that will
make the stat the first to pay for an inmate's sex reassignment surgery. California agreed in August to provide some items to transgender inmates who
are housed in male prisons, aside from providing surgery to 56-year-old Shiloh Quine. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nandor Vadas decided that the policy didn't
go far enough. He said transgender inmates housed in men's prisons should have many of the same items provided to female inmates. Shiloh's
attorneys argued that the state was keeping some items from transgender prisoners "based solely upon gender norms" rather than security concerns.
The End of the Free-Speech Consensus.
What happens when the consensus for free speech evaporates and those with political power become willing to use any means necessary to silence
people who hold unpopular views? We'll probably soon receive the answer in California, as the state's dominant Democrats set the stage for
prosecutors to take action against climate-change "deniers." "A landmark California bill... would make it illegal to engage in climate-change
dissent clearing the way for lawsuits against fossil-fuel companies, think tanks and others that have 'deceived or misled the public on the risks of
climate change,'" explains a Washington Times report. The bill, S.B. 1161, passed through two committees but ultimately was shelved.
But like most "landmark" bills, this one will keep coming back until it passes. The bill even comes with an Orwellian name, "The California
Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act."
Francisco Moves to Open Voting to Illegals. San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Eric Mar says the political
climate is right to grant illegal immigrants the right to vote. While even notoriously liberal San Francisco voters have
rejected past efforts to grant voting privileges to illegals, Fox News reports that Mar thinks the backlash against Donald Trump
will yield a strong turn-out of Latino and anti-Trump voters to the polls to pass his proposed charter amendment.
Bill Threatens California's Religious Schools. A California state bill its sponsors say will prevent discrimination
based on sexual orientation and gender identity at private universities is threatening to expose faith-based schools to enormous
legal threats, school officials warn. SB 1146, introduced in February by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens,
which passed the state Senate May 26, is designed to close "a little-known loophole" in California law under which private
colleges can make admission, housing, and faculty decisions based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation,
according to a press release from Lara's office. Lara is part of the state Legislature's seven-member California Legislative
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus, which advocates for LGBT rights.
for us, another for you. The California state Senate voted 28-8 Wednesday [6/8/2016] to exempt itself from the pointless
gun-control laws that apply to the rest of the populace. Legislators apparently think they alone are worthy to pack
heat on the streets for personal protection, and the masses ought to wait until the police arrive. This is just one of
many bills Golden State politicians used this legislative session to set themselves apart from the little people, the ones
who pay their inflated salaries. Annual compensation for legislators averages about $140,000, not counting luxurious
perks such as taxpayer-funded cars and free gasoline. By comparison, the average Californian earns $50,000 a year, and
the unemployment rate is 11.9 percent — far above the national average. Exact salaries for state assemblymen and
senators are obscured by the use of a "per diem" payment scheme that shelters a significant chunk of income from taxation.
Francisco to try yet again to give illegal immigrants voting rights. After two failed bids to grant voting
rights to illegal immigrants, some San Francisco officials believe they have found the man who can make it happen:
Donald Trump. A proposed charter amendment drafted by Board of Supervisors member Eric Mar would give illegal
immigrants with kids in the public school system the right to vote in school elections. Voters have rejected two
previous ballot proposals, but Mar is betting on anti-Trump sentiment to carry the pro-illegal immigrant proposal if he can
get it on the November ballot.
You Share Undercover Exposés of Planned Parenthood, You Could End Up in a California Jail. The
California legislature is considering a bill that would make it impossible to expose Planned Parenthood with recordings
unless they give their permission, but it is even worse than that. Anyone who publishes, shares, emails the recordings
would also be held liable for criminal prosecution. The bill moved to the State Senate last week. This is a
serious effort. Abortion mills are the latest protected class.
Crazy Election Quirks Limit Voter Choices and Create Chaos. New polls show that the Democratic primary in
California is neck and neck between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. If the election is close, and Hillary narrowly
wins, it could be because arcane and suspect rules gave her an artificial advantage. A Hillary win would rob Sanders of
the ability to claim momentum and would blunt his efforts to fight for the nomination up until the Democratic convention.
California has made such a royal mess of its entire primary system that it needs to do a complete overhaul to restore the
credibility of the system.
is Correct about the California Drought. On Friday, May 27, the prospective Republican candidate for president
Donald Trump went to the city of Fresno, the capital of California's farming community, and declared: "there is no drought!"
This seemingly brash statement was met with ridicule and scorn across the blogosphere — how could anyone make such a
so-called "stupid" statement when everyone knows that California has experienced a historically high dry spell since 2013?
But was Trump right? Arguably yes. Here's why.
Excellent Examples of Investigative Journalism on Migration Topics. There has been all too little investigative reporting
regarding immigration matters, but there were two remarkable exceptions to that last month, and a third late last year. These
three long, well researched articles dealt with scandals in a huge California visa mill, multiple problems in the EB-5 program, and
in the H-2B program for temporary alien non-agricultural workers, perhaps the most ignored of the migration trouble spots.
Senate sidelines bill to prosecute climate change skeptics. A landmark bill allowing for the prosecution of
climate change dissent effectively died Thursday [6/2/2016] after the California Senate failed to take it up before the deadline.
Senate Bill 1161, or the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016, would have authorized prosecutors
to sue fossil fuel companies, think tanks and others that have "deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate
change." The measure, which cleared two Senate committees, provided a four-year window in the statute of limitations on
violations of the state's Unfair Competition Law, allowing legal action to be brought until Jan. 1 on charges of climate
change "fraud" extending back indefinitely.
moves to criminalize undercover filming at Planned Parenthood. In the wake of an undercover investigation into
Planned Parenthood's alleged fetal trafficking operation, the California state legislature is considering a bill that would
criminalize publishing secretly recorded video footage of "health care providers." AB 1671, which has been backed
by Planned Parenthood, would criminalize the publication of confidential interactions with state-licensed medical personnel,
including abortionists and clinician staff, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $10,000 fine per violation.
Dead are Alive and Voting in California. The only question is how many Undead-Americans will vote for Bernie
Sanders over Hillary Clinton. Because the dead are voting. And we must not deny the franchise to undead Democrats.
That would be wrong and un-American. It would put us on the wrong side of history. California can lead the way to the
restoration of voting rights for the dead, right after voting rights for felons.
to Pay California to Finance FREE MediCaid Health Care for Illegal Aliens. The responsibility of the Fed is to
keep illegal aliens out of this country — instead Obama is importing them and giving them "free" health care —
while cause honest citizens to pay higher taxes, receive lower quality health care and to crowd the system so honest Americans
must wait while the Obama imports get their care.
Political Water Wars Heat Up. Water wars are historic undertakings in California. Countless other
publications have written recently about the proposed ballot measure that would redirect High Speed Rail bond money for
water-related projects and prioritize the use of water, But what makes this story interesting is the coalition of opponents,
their motivations and techniques being employed. The Committee to Stop the Special Interest Water Grab, led by David
Guy, president of the Northern California Water Association, Tim Johnson, president of the California Rice Commission and a
"contract administrator" at California Rice Industry Association, and political operative Steve Maviglio of Forza Communications
and big supporter of High Speed Rail, have launched an all-out assault campaign against the California Water Priorities Initiative.
Lawmakers reject John Wayne Day
over racism concerns. What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late,
world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments.
Looks to Cover Illegal Immigrants Under Obamacare. In an unprecedented move, California legislators look to
extend Obamacare health coverage to the state's estimated 2.6 million illegal immigrant population. If passed and
signed into law, California would be the first state in the nation to request illegal immigrants be covered through a state
exchange, the Los Angeles Times reported. It is against the law for California to allow illegal immigrants to enroll in
Covered California, the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange, Sally C. Pipes, president and CEO of the pro-free-market
Pacific Research Institute, told The Daily Signal in an emailed response. "The law does not allow illegals to enroll in
the state exchanges or the federal exchange Healthcare.gov," Pipes said.
Could Get Hands on Billions in Private-Sector Retirement Funds. Instead of addressing the estimated $600 billion
in unfunded liabilities in California's beleaguered public-employee pension system, Democrats in Sacramento have instead decided to
"solve" a growing pension crisis in the private sector. In 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed a measure that created an
investment board and authorized a "feasibility study" of various options for a state-backed private-pension system. That
study came out last month, and the legislature is now vetting bills that would put its recommendations into action. The
plans under consideration would mandate participation in the new state-run retirement system for firms with five or more workers,
though the workers themselves could opt out. Employers that don't comply would face fines and other penalties.
California Reverts Back to the Wild West. [Scroll down] Today I generalize that about every old rural
farmhouse in these environs can be characterized by three traits: a) the house is a rental and not connected with the
corporate fields around it; b) there are two to three families, in illegal fashion, living in ramshackle trailers and sheds
on the property; c) the authorities don't dare enforce zoning or health laws, on the grounds that enforcement is a bad
investment of their limited time and budget. If I find a dead dog dumped on the alleyway (as I have three or four times
over the last 12 months), with a rope around his neck and his insides exposed from dog fighting, I bury him and pass on
calling the animal-control people. In fairness to them, what would they do, run an investigation into rural dog
fighting — in a state in which felons are routinely released from prisons and jails, and sanctuary cities offer
amnesties? I suppose a Queensland with his face ripped off is small potatoes. (Does multiculturalism trump the
ASPCA or PETA?) Nor do I ever contact the state EPA or the county when monthly I collect baby carriages, car seats,
tires, used paint cans, old Christmas trees, mattresses, and dirty diapers dumped on the side of the road —
despite occasional junk mail signifying the address of the polluter.
Francisco Torn as Some See 'Street Behavior' Worsen. From her apartment at the foot of the celebrated zigzags
of Lombard Street, Judith Calson has twice peered out her window as thieves smashed their way into cars and snatched whatever
they could. She has seen foreign tourists cry after cash and passports were stolen. She shudders when she
recounts the story of the Thai tourist who was shot because he resisted thieves taking his camera. And that is her
tally from the last year alone. [...] Recent data from the F.B.I. show that San Francisco has the highest per-capita property
crime rate of the nation's top 50 cities.
Love Finds a Way in Oakland.
This month, Oakland's City Council voted 5-3 to adopt "Love Life" as the city's motto. [...] "Love Life" is the brainchild of
Donald Lacy, whose daughter LoEshe — the name means "Love Life" in Nigerian — was killed near McClymonds
High School in 1997. The 16-year-old died in the sort of senseless random gang-turf shooting that has taken too many young
black lives in Oakland. [...] Enter racial politics. Because Schaaf and some motto foes are white, while McElhaney and some
other supporters are black, "Love Life" fans suggested that opponents lacked empathy for victims of street violence.
group sues San Francisco over open-air urinal. A religious organization has filed a lawsuit against the city of
San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and indecent from a popular park. The Chinese Christian
Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from the
iconic Dolores Park. The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only with plants for privacy,
"emanates offensive odors," "has no hand-washing facilities" and "it's offensive to manners and morals."
California AG Harris Be Investigated for Tax Code Violations? California attorney general Kamala Harris is the
state's top charity regulator, overseeing California's Registry of Charitable Trusts. Ms. Harris has decided to
bypass federal law expressly requiring her to obtain Schedule B information directly from the IRS on a case-by-case basis if
she has a legitimate need for donor information to enforce her state's charitable solicitation laws. Instead of abiding by
federal law, she's employing a dragnet method, demanding that all charities registering with her office submit their Schedule B
donor lists to the Registry in order to solicit contributions from Californians.
Francisco Passes Fully Paid Parental Leave Bill. San Francisco could soon become the first city in the nation
to provide both parents with six weeks of fully-paid parental leave after a birth or adoption. The measure, which was
unanimously passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday [4/5/2016], will now require the signatures of Gov.
Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Both have indicated they will sign.
of a Living Wage: A California Bookstore Owner's Minimum Wage Story. After more than a decade at the helm of
her bookstore, Ann Kinner faces an uncertain future because of new measures at the city and state level to raise the minimum
wage. On June 7, San Diego residents will vote on a ballot measure to raise the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour
in 2017. This proposal, coupled with a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday raising the state minimum wage to
$15 an hour by 2022, has left Kinner in knots.
Department Of Justice Raids David Daleiden's Home. The California Department of Justice raided the home of
David Daleiden, the pro-life journalist behind the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood's harvesting and sale of
human organs from aborted children. Daleiden explained in a Facebook post that authorities with the California
Department of Justice raided his home Tuesday afternoon and seized all video footage of Planned Parenthood employees'
involvement in selling organs from aborted babies — including damning footage which has yet to be released.
Daleiden noted that the California Department of Justice serves under the authority of California Attorney General Kamala
Harris, who has benefited politically from Planned Parenthood: [...]
Parenthood: David Daleiden Speaks out on Home Raid. Undercover investigator David Daleiden's home in California
was raided Tuesday [4/5/2016] by officials under the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris has
been investigating Daleiden for months, after his video exposé of Planned Parenthood's alleged baby-parts scheme.
His videos allegedly showed Planned Parenthood personnel actively negotiating the sale of the livers, lungs, hearts and other
organs of aborted unborn children.
Activist Claims Planned Parenthood Videos Caused Raid At His Home. An anti-abortion activist who made undercover videos at
Planned Parenthood clinics said in a social media posting that California Department of Justice agents raided his home Tuesday [4/5/2016].
to Pay $5400 to Make Poor Sick People Dead. California Medical — its version of Medicaid — will
pay $5400 for the drugs to make the suicidal terminally ill poor, dead. Worse, Medical recipients don't have access to good
cancer treatment and doesn't pay well for palliative care.
California is first state
to approve $15 minimum wage. California has become the first state in the nation to approve a statewide $15
minimum wage. Both the State Assembly and State Senate passed the measure on Thursday afternoon [3/31/2016].
Governor Jerry Brown said he would sign it on Monday. "No one who is working full time in California should
live in poverty due to a low wage," said Democratic State Senator Mark Leno, who cosponsored the bill.
California's Non-Urban Cities Under a $15 Minimum Wage. If anybody is wondering why so many California
residents outside of the big cities want to break away and make their own states, just take note of the news today that
California legislators have made a deal with the all-powerful unions to jack up the minimum wage for all industries and all
employers across the state to $15 by 2022 and then tie future increases to inflation. Small business in California will
have until 2023 to comply. There are 13 counties in California that still have double-digit unemployment figures,
according to the state's own data. The data isn't seasonally adjusted, so keep in mind that unemployment naturally rises
at the start of a new year. But even taking into account an adjustment there are significant populations in the state
struggling to find work. None of these high unemployment counties are connected to the big cities.
Francisco mayor bans city workers from traveling to North Carolina. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a
statement Friday [3/25/2016] he doesn't want any city workers to travel to North Carolina unless necessary in wake of its legislation
which blocks anti-discrimination for gay, lesbian and transgender people. "We are standing united as San Franciscans to
condemn North Carolina's new discriminatory law that turns back the clock on protecting the rights of all Americans including
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals," Lee said in the statement.
Alto residents who earn up to $250,000 a year to qualify for subsized housing. The well-heeled California
neighborhood, where a plot of land recently sold for $2.7 million, is home to some of America's richest entrepreneurs who
work a few miles away in Silicon Valley. With house price averages an eye-watering $3 million, even those earning
$250,000-a-year are spending two-thirds of their monthly salary (around $14,000) paying off their mortgage. It means
workers such as teachers, janitors, firefighters, social workers, police officers and more are not paid enough to afford the
local rent, driving up congestion as they commute in.
AG Kamala Harris wants your private information from the IRS. Charity donor information on Schedule B is protected under federal
law as confidential. Charities and their donors worry that imperious, uber-liberal Ms. Harris will leak this confidential information to
their ideological opponents and her allies. Among its various acts of lawlessness and lawbreaking, Lois Lerner's IRS was caught leaking
this type of confidential donor information of the National Organization for Marriage to its opponents.
Weirdness of Illegal Immigration. When someone ignores a federal statute, then it is naturally easy to flout
more. In Los Angeles, half the traffic accidents are hit-and-run collisions. I can attest first-hand that running from an
accident or abandoning a wrecked vehicle is certainly a common occurrence in rural California. Last night on a rural road,
a driver behind me (intoxicated? Malicious? Crazy?) apparently tried to rear-end me, then turned off his lights, sped up, and
at the next stop sign pulled over swearing out the window in Spanish. In this age and in these environs, why would one call
a sheriff for a minor everyday occurrence like that? The point is simply that when there is no federal law, no one has any
idea how several million arrive in the U.S., much less what exactly they were doing before their illegal arrival. [...] To read the
local Fresno Bee is to collate a daily tally of stabbings, shootings, gang violence, carjackings, thefts, and chop
shops — without any exegesis why this is so. Cuts in law enforcement? Therapeutic approach to the law?
A complete failure to integrate and assimilate the second generation of illegal immigrants? The inability to offer jobs in
a command state economy?
CA's Knee-Jerk Bill Forbids Travel to Un-PC States.
Hopefully, this Californian lawmaker puts more thought into the other bills he introduces. This week, Evan Low, a Democrat,
introduced a bill that would ban California state employees from traveling to states that passed a version of the Religious
Freedom Restoration Act. "No one wants to send employees into an environment where they would be uncomfortable," Low
reportedly said, as if hurt feelings are enough to hamper the state's ability to cooperate with other members of the union.
But here's the kicker: the lawmaker doesn't know how many states his little bill would affect. Furthermore, the bill would
only apply to government employees. [...] This isn't the first time Low introduced a bill for the gay-rights community. Last May,
Low co-authored a resolution with two other California lawmakers responding to the FDA's blood donor guidelines that forbid sexually
active homosexuals from donating blood.
violation of federal civil rights laws. In August 2014, the California Department of Managed Health Care,
suddenly and without prior notice, issued a mandate to private market healthcare plans in California requiring them to cover
all abortions as a "basic health care service" — including late-term and gender selective abortions. (Prior to
this mandate, California limited coverage to medically necessary abortions.) The new mandate violates a longstanding federal
civil rights law — the Weldon Amendment. Congress first enacted Weldon in 2002 to protect healthcare providers
and insurers from governmental discrimination on the basis that they choose not to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or
refer for abortions. The victims of this type of governmental discrimination have only one recourse: file a complaint
with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR). This has proven entirely futile.
is considering a travel ban on states with anti-gay laws. Like always, lawmakers jammed a mountain of bills
into the legislative queue just ahead of the Feb. 19 deadline to introduce them. Many of them affect state employees.
Some would install new laws and regulations that pile on workload (it happens every year to DMV staff) or by altering some aspect of
how state government itself conducts business. Now, with the 30-day waiting period to start hearing those measures just ahead,
here's one to watch: Assembly Bill 1887 by Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from Campbell. Low wants to prohibit
state employees from government-funded travel to states that have "a law in effect that sanctions or requires discrimination on the
basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression," according to his bill's language.
The Editor says...
Is homosexuality really that important to California politicians? No, but control certainly is. The government wants
unlimited power to control the way we act and think, and the ability to make us associate with those whom we would prefer to avoid.
The New California Crime Wave. Something
amazing has happened in California. First, a brief background: Crime rates across the state, after a long period of steady decline, had
reached fifty-year lows in 2014. Then, that November, a 60 percent majority of California voters — presumably incapable of
accepting such good news without a measure of collective guilt — decided that it would be a really enlightened idea to pass Proposition 47,
a ballot initiative bearing the cheery name "The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act." The purpose of this measure was to downgrade many types of
drug possession and property crimes from felonies (punishable by more than a year in prison) to misdemeanors (which often entail no prison time
at all). For the benefit of squeamish skeptics, the self-assured proponents of Prop 47 condescended to explain that these reduced
penalties would not only alleviate prison overcrowding, but would also make California's streets safer by placing drug offenders into warm-and-fuzzy
treatment and counseling programs, rather than into disagreeable prison cells. If you think this sounds like a familiar old tune, you're quite
correct. It was #1 on the left-wing hit parade throughout the 1960s, when it became the theme song of skyrocketing crime rates across the United
States. And now the Golden Oldie is back, in the Golden State. The tangible results of Prop 47 were both immediate and breathtaking.
Within a year, there were some 14,000 fewer inmates in California's state prisons and local jails, just as the Proposition's backers had promised.
But the other half of their promise — improved public safety — somehow failed to materialize.
Francisco Public Library hosts drag queen story hour for children. What do drag queens and children have in common?
They both find joy in wrapping themselves in feather boas and all things shiny and glittery. A San Francisco nonprofit recognizes
this shared interest in dressing up and is joining forces with the San Francisco Public Library to bring drag queens and children
together. Radar Productions, a group giving voice to queer writers and artists, will be hosting Honey Mahogany at the Eureka Valley
Harvey Milk Memorial Library, March 12, noon to 2 p.m, in the heart of the Castro District. Dressed in fabulous drag-queen
garb and full makeup, Honey will be reading stories, painting children's faces and passing out cookies.
California Law Forces Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advertise Abortions. Did you hear about the new bill that California Gov. Jerry
Brown has signed into law? [...] The bill he signed (AB775), named the Reproductive Fact Act, aims to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer
women and girls compassionate alternatives to abortion. Under penalty of ruinous fines for every "violation," the law orders the pro-life centers
to post notices and tell mothers that they can abort their babies and have California taxpayers foot the bill via the state's expansive Medi-Cal program.
workers in San Diego barred from uttering 'biased' term 'Founding Fathers'. The traditional reference to America's patriotic patriarchs is
considered gender biased, and a city manual banning the term was reinforced this week with verbal orders, according to legal watchdog group, Pacific Justice
Institute. "At a time set aside to honor American icons to whom we owe our constitutional freedoms, it is offensive and indefensible that the City of
San Diego is directing employees not to even mention the Founding Fathers," Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said in a statement
provided to FoxNews.com. The warning against referring to Washington, Jefferson, Adams and company as "Founding Fathers" first appeared in a section
of a city-issued manual titled, "Bias-Free Language."
Hiring 1,000 New DMV Bureaucrats, California Issues 605,000 Licenses To Illegals. After spending $141 million
to hire nearly 1,000 new Department of Motor Vehicle employees to process driver's license applications in the wake of AB60 —
the California law to issue driver's licenses to 1.5 million illegal immigrants — the results are in, and it's clear the
bureaucrats have kept busy. Tuesday [2/9/2016], the DMV said it had issued 605,000 shiny new driver's licenses to illegal
immigrants, with the full 1.5 million expected to be in place in the next two years. The total accounted for more than
half of the licenses issued in 2015. But that's not searchable in a database, accounting to True The Vote.
"unprecedented mass forgiveness" of convicts raises more than a few questions. In case you hadn't heard,
California's governor has been on something of a binge in terms of releasing convicts from prison and reforming the
system to be more fair to everyone. Prison reform and rehabilitation vs isolation is all the rage these days it
seems. The Washington Post ran a feature this week on how wonderfully this has been going and it certainly makes
a grade A effort to paint a happy face on these proposals.
You Can Now Urinate in Public in San Francisco. San
Francisco has installed an outdoor urinal in Dolores Park near the Mission District as part of the more than $20 million renovation of the recreation
area in an attempt to combat a "rampant" public urination issue. "The more options we can give them to relieve themselves, the better for the parkgoers,"
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener told the Associated Press.
San Francisco park
debuts open-air urinal. San Francisco's iconic Dolores Park is now home to the city's first open-air urinal, the latest
move to combat the destructive scourge of public urination in the City by the Bay.
Harris crosses lines of both privacy and the law. California Attorney General Kamala Harris must be so ambitious that she is
willing to tempt fate of multiple civil lawsuits and even criminal charges so she can intimidate her ideological opponents — and
even her supporters. Ms. Harris oversees licensing of charities across the country that ask Californians for contributions. She's
also a candidate for the United States Senate. In disregard of the 1958 landmark civil rights decision NAACP v. Alabama and post-Watergate
reforms to the Internal Revenue Code to protect tax information privacy, Ms. Harris is now telling charities and other nonprofit organizations
that in order to get from her a charitable solicitation license they must first provide her office a confidential federal tax schedule listing
their most valuable donors.
Obamacare, Medi-Cal ballooned to cover 1 in 3 Californians. California officials never anticipated how many
people would sign up for state-run health insurance under Obamacare. The state's health plan for the poor, known as
Medi-Cal, now covers 12.7 million people, 1 of every 3 Californians.
Enough Abortions in California. California is such a pro-abortion state that: 1. It allows non-doctor nurse
practitioners to terminate fetal life. 2. Its voters have twice refused to vote in a "parent notification" law, requiring
that parents of underage girls be told — not approve, just notified — that their daughter had an abortion.
And now: 3. Crisis pregnancy centers — that help women choose to give birth by providing counseling and material
support — will be required to post notices of where abortions can be obtained with phone numbers, as well as that they might
be obtained for free.
Can't-Do State: California's Man-Made Drought Continues. The first desalination plant in a state dragging
itself through a drought has finally opened — a welcome event but also instructive in how nearly impossible it is
to build anything useful in California. [...] The Carlsbad desalination plant was proposed in 1998 and took almost 18 years
to build. But only three of those years were actually spent building. The rest were wasted on politics and the usual Golden
State regulatory and bureaucratic tangle. One of the plant's investors told a California writer that the duplicative state
approval process alone delayed the project by at least a decade and added about 10% to total costs.
San Francisco Is Needle City. In
1997, I went to a "needle exchange" in San Francisco to see firsthand how the "harm reduction program" prevented the spread of HIV among addicts.
[...] Under the new order, San Francisco Department of Public Health spokeswoman Rachael Kagan explained, "you don't need a needle to get a needle."
Users who show up at a "syringe access" center can get a "starter kit" of 20 needles. If they want more than 20 needles, they
have to present used needles. I walked into a nearby facility and walked away with my own starter kit in a discreet plain brown bag.
San Francisco now asks users to leave their discarded syringes in drop boxes at public toilets, pharmacies and clinics. I got a "sharps"
disposal box with my 20-needle kit. Alas, there's another oft-used disposal venue — city streets and sidewalks. If you
walk around the city, then you've seen the used needles.
Half of immigrants in state illegally could
be eligible for Medi-Cal expansion, study finds. Half of Californians in the country illegally would be eligible for the state's healthcare
program for the poor if it were expanded under a proposal by legislators, a new report finds. Some California politicians are pushing to open up
the $91-billion Medi-Cal program to people here illegally, since such immigrants are not allowed to sign up for insurance under Obamacare.
20 'Worst Small Cities in America' in California. The annual WalletHub's 2015 "Best & Worst Small Cities in
America" found that all 20 of the worst small cities in America to live in are in California.
California: A state of death. Shortly after
signing a bill allowing assisted suicide in California, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed another measure that forces pregnancy crisis
centers to "offer information about affordable contraception, abortion and prenatal care." The information is to be displayed in the
form of a sign tacked to the crisis center's door and must include a phone number to the nearest county services office where family free
or low-cost family planning services can be obtained. Deceptively labeled the Reproductive FACT Act, the measure requires women seeking
help with an unplanned pregnancy to be informed of alternatives, including abortions, which the pregnancy crisis centers do not perform.
Does the government want you to die? Gov. Brown and
his Democratic Party majority in the California state Legislature have benevolently given people the "right to die." Assisted suicide is
now legal in California, but we have to ask ourselves: What is the government's incentive to help people die?[...] The government does not
need give anyone permission to commit suicide. And that leads to the question: What motivates a government to give you permission
to end your life and assist you in the process?
Brown Cooks Up A Recipe For California Voter Fraud. Just months after handing out California driver's licenses
to illegals, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law to automatically register every driver to vote. Supposedly, it's to raise
turnout. More likely, it's inviting fraud. So how does opening up U.S. presidential elections to the votes of any of the
citizens of El Salvador, Armenia, Mexico or China sound? Foreigners have complained for years about wanting to vote in U.S.
elections and in California. And now they may get their wish — unless California's Gov. Jerry Brown is somehow
kept from enacting AB 1461, a bill to automatically register every recipient of a California driver's license to vote.
Non-Citizens Will Now Vote in At Least
One State. Governor Jerry Brown just sold out the American vote in California. He signed a new version of the Motor Voter
Act that will register every eligible California citizen who acquires a driver's license or renews a license at the Department of Motor Vehicles to
vote. This is after he made all illegal aliens eligible for diver's licenses. Eleven states allow illegal aliens to get driver's licenses.
Brown Approves Automatic Voter Registration at DMV for Californians. Targeting California's 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 to the DMV to obtain or renew a driver's 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.
opens the door to more voter fraud with new motor voter law. California's Governor had a busy weekend, breaking out his pen and signing
nearly two dozen bills into law. Most of them centered on the voting process in the Golden State, but while liberals are taking a victory lap
there are hints that these maneuvers are going to signal trouble down the line. The big ticket item in the legislative package was the "New Motor
Voter Law." This brainstorm will make voter registration automatic for any person receiving a new driver's license or renewing an existing one.
ozone will require radical transformation of California's trucking industry. At a laboratory in downtown Los
Angeles, a big rig spins its wheels on massive rollers as a metal tube funnels its exhaust into an array of air quality
sensors. Engineers track the roaring truck's emissions from a bank of computer screens. The brand-new diesel
truck is among the cleanest on the road, the engineers at the California Air Resources Board testing lab say. Even so,
its 550-horsepower engine spews out more than 20 times the smog-forming nitrogen oxides of a typical gasoline-powered
car — and that won't be good enough for the state to meet stricter federal smog limits adopted this month.
to become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. California will become
the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry
Brown announced Monday [10/5/2015] he had signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year.
mom claims retailer booted her for complaining about man in girls' restroom. A California mom who says she was
recently kicked out of a sporting goods store after alerting a manager that man had frightened her young daughter in the
women's restroom is demanding answers — and a policy change — from the Washington-based chain.
The woman, who spoke to FoxNews.com but asked not to be identified, said she was shopping with her 12-year-old daughter and
the girl's younger friend when her daughter told her what had happened moments earlier at an REI sporting goods store during
a shopping trip in late August.
Housing' Fraud. Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of "affordable housing," as among
politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same
politicians and their supporters. A recent survey showed that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San
Francisco was just over $3,500. Some people are paying $1,800 a month just to rent a bunk bed in a San Francisco apartment.
It is not just in San Francisco that putting a roof over your head can take a big chunk out of your pay check. The whole Bay
Area is like that.
Wrong with California in One Photo. Nationwide gasoline prices are below $3 a gallon. But here in California it
is not unusual to see prices still over $4 a gallon. So what do liberals here want to do? Pass a law that mandates
reducing gasoline consumption by 50 percent by the year 2030 — just 15 years from now. This proved
too much even for some Democrats — the ones who represent actual poor and (previously) working people in the Central
Valley, unlike the West LA and Silicon Valley and San Francisco Democrats who represent smug rich people who drive Teslas.
These old-style Democrats said they would not vote for the bill.
issuing free diplomas to high school students who flunked out. Plenty of state school systems are struggling
with ways to not only keep up with national mandates and restrictions, but to boost their graduation rates so they can
maintain their funding and reduce criticism from the public. California seems to have come up a rather unique, back door
approach to the problem. You could always take tens of thousands of former high school students who flunked out and simply
give them a diploma anyway.
Will Give Free High School Diplomas To Kids Who Flunked Out. The California High School Exit Exam (CASHEE) was
created in 2004, and is intended to make sure that students have a rudimentary grasp of English and mathematics before being
awarded a high school diploma, and to counter the phenomenon of students receiving passing grades while learning almost
nothing. The test is hardly complex. The math test, for instance, only covers 8th grade-level material and
can be passed if students answer 55 percent of questions correctly.
of California considering recognizing a "right" to be "free from ... expressions of intolerance". The policy
specifically condemns the expression of particular viewpoints as "intolerant," as having "no place at the University of
California," and a violation of others' rights to be "free from ... expressions of intolerance." For instance, articulating a
view that people with various intellectual disabilities are incapable of various intellectual tasks, or people with various
physical disabilities are incapable of various physical tasks, would be condemned by the authority of the University.
Articulating a view that there are cultural (or even biological) differences between ethnic and racial groups in various
fields — condemned by the authority of the University, without regard to the arguments for or against the particular
assertion. It's just an up-front categorical rule; whatever you want to say along these lines, we don't want to hear it,
we don't care what your arguments are, we'll condemn it, and faculty and students have a right not to hear it.
California Assembly Approves Assisted Suicide
Bill. The ghost of Brittany Maynard came back for yet another haunting Wednesday [9/9/2015] when the California Assembly voted to
allow physician-assisted suicide by a vote of 43-34. After having lost in the California Senate back in June due to efforts largely from
the Roman Catholic Church, the merchants of death simply regrouped and returned to the lower house of the legislature to approve the End of Life
total compensation for Redwood City firefighters — at least $226,365. Back in February 2014 the
California Policy Center publicly announced the Transparent California website, developed in partnership with the Nevada
Policy Research Institute. An article covering this announcement was posted on the Forbes Magazine website, entitled
"Hundreds Of California Government Employees Are Paid Over $400,000 A Year," which a review of 2013 Transparent California
data (2014 data is still being assembled) easily confirms. As a matter of fact, in 2013, total compensation in excess of
$400,000 was paid to 1,292 public servants in California. A staggering 2,818 of California's public employees collected
total compensation in excess of $300,000 in 2013.
Bums Bury San Francisco in Feces. San
Francisco is also a center of leftism. The liberals running the city have laid out a red carpet for dysfunctional street people,
who come from all over the country to collect their freebies and crap on the sidewalk. Combined with the policy of no longer
incarcerating any but the most obviously violent lunatics, this has reduced the city to a cross between a mental institution and a sewer.
Dianne Feinstein Wants Obama to Wall-off 1 million Acres in Desert. U.S. Senator Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
asked President Barack Obama on Friday [8/21/2015] to bypass Congress and use the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create three new
national monuments in the California desert. The move would extend federal protection over more than 1 million acres
of mountain ranges, sandy expanses and forests running roughly between Palm Springs and the Nevada border.
one showed up for California's green jobs rush. In 2012, California voters were peppered with grandiose promises, such that
they could not resist approving Proposition 39. [...] Naturally, it did not work at all. On Monday, the Associated Press
reported that the program has "created" just 1,700 jobs in three years — just under 600 jobs per year or roughly five
percent of what was promised, at the cost of $175,000 per job. Even that paltry figure fails to account for opportunity
costs — i.e. jobs lost statewide because of the forced diversion of economic resources away from productive industries and
toward green energy. The number of net jobs created is likely zero or less than zero, which is to say that probably a few hundred
or a few thousand jobs have been destroyed so far at a cost of $300 million.
moves to provide interpreters in all court cases. Legal advocates say throughout the state, litigants in
divorce, child custody, eviction and other civil cases who have difficulty with English are going into court without
SB3, the Minimum Wage Hike. California has embarked upon a dangerous experiment. The Democrats who secured
total control of the statehouse have been the most productive group of legislators at passing bills in the last 50 years.
Most of these bills were passed stealthily to avoid media scrutiny. The last minimum wage hike was rammed through without
much media attention. The same with the Sick Leave Law that went into effect in July of 2015. These two new costs, when
combined with the federal ACA have increased the cost of labor roughly 35% overnight. None of these assaults on California
businesses were sensibly staggered, nor was the business community even consulted. It's as if the feeling that exists
under the Capital building is a childlike free-for-all to greedily get as much vote-buying, pro-labor legislation in before the
window closes. And now comes SB3, which is to amend the last minimum wage and take it higher, much much higher, for the
The Collapse of California.
The place they once called the Golden State is providing a sobering look at America's possible Third World future. [...]
California now has the highest rate of poverty in the country. The drought, which is also not being helped by the rapid
increase in population, is now drying up entire rivers. Not surprisingly, the "watchdog press" is chiefly concerned with
making sure people don't connect the dots between an overcrowded, Third World demographic profile and a Third World way of life.
Without immigration reform,
California citizenship will have to do. It started with in-state tuition. Then came driver's
licenses, new rules designed to limit deportations and state-funded healthcare for children. And on Monday
[8/10/2015], in a gesture heavy with symbolism, came a new law to erase the word "alien" from California's labor
code. Together, these piecemeal measures have taken on a significance greater than their individual
parts — a fundamental shift in the relationship between California and its residents who live in the
country illegally. The various benefits, rights and protections add up to something experts liken to a
kind of California citizenship.
Brown doesn't want California to use this word for immigrants. Gov. Jerry Brown signed
a trio of immigration-related measures Monday [8/10/2015], including one removing the word "alien" from
California's labor code because it is seen as a disparaging term for those not born in the United
States. Brown also signed into law legislation allowing noncitizens in high school to serve as
election poll workers and protecting the rights of immigrant minors in civil lawsuits.
Flags Of Corruption Over Huntington Park. In a page-one headline, the Los Angeles Times hailed the
appointment of illegal immigrants to two Huntington Park, Calif., civic commissions as a milestone that "charts a
bold path for immigrants." It was booster journalism at its worst, gushing about illegals gaining participatory
"rights" in U.S. public life that had supposedly been unjustly denied them. It also stood in stark contrast
with the multiple local press reports — KPCC, KTLA, CBS-LA and more — which reported the event
as primarily cause for angry protests.
of California convicts to regain voting rights. California restored voting rights Tuesday [8/4/2015]
to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state
official that they could not participate in elections. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the
settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which sued on behalf of
nearly 60,000 convicts who became ineligible to vote when then Secretary of State Debra Bowen determined in
2014 that community supervision was equivalent to parole.
Medi-Cal explosion. California is coming face to face with the reality of one of its biggest Obamacare successes:
the explosion in Medi-Cal enrollment. The numbers — 2.2 million enrollees since January — surprised
healthcare experts and created unforeseen challenges for state officials. Altogether, there are now about 11 million
Medi-Cal beneficiaries, constituting nearly 30% of the state's population.
Finds Massive Financial Mismanagement In West Covina. It was a bumbling city that
didn't know how much it was collecting or spending. It signed large contracts without proper bidding
and hired administrators without vetting their qualifications. Its city manager spent lavishly on
meals and arrangements for council members with the city credit card. And it lost $1 million by
selling a developer land it wasn't legally allowed to sell. Those were the findings of a state audit
released Thursday [7/9/2015] that blistered the management of West Covina, whose roiling politics usually
make few ripples outside its east San Gabriel Valley boundaries.
Is A Microcosm Of American Mediocrity. California keeps reminding us what has gone
astray with America in recent years. The state is in the midst of a crippling four-year-old
drought. Yet it has built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the New
Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the state's storage
reserves — a critical project that was almost canceled by endless environmental lawsuits
and protests. Although California has almost doubled in population since the dam's construction,
its politicians apparently decided that completing more northern and Sierra Nevada water projects
was passe. So the parched state now prays for rain and snow rather than building reservoirs to
ensure that the next drought won't shut down the state.
regulators approve higher electricity rates for most residents. Electric bills are set
to rise over the next few years for most household customers served by California's major
investor-owned utilities, including Southern California Edison. The increases are a result of
sweeping changes approved Friday [7/2/2015] by the California Public Utilities Commission —
the first statewide rate overhaul since the 2000-01 energy crisis. Modest and moderate consumers of
electricity will bear a greater share of costs, while many larger users of electricity will see
their bills shrink or increase less rapidly.
Water Board Prioritizes Fish Over People. As severe drought conditions in California
continue to worsen, state officials have started to roll out with new regulations to prioritize
various water interests. On Wednesday [6/24/2015], the State Water Resources Control Board
adopted new emergency regulations to protect endangered and threatened fish. Low flows in four
tributaries of the Russian River cause "high temperatures, low oxygen levels and isolated pools of
water that can kill fish," such as the coho salmon and steelhead trout.
budget deal to make state first in nation to offer health care to undocumented kids. The $115.4 billion agreement
announced Tuesday [6/16/2015] is expected to win easy approval from the [California] Senate and Assembly before the fiscal year begins
July 1, and its immigrant health care provisions were touted by its backers as a necessity in the face of federal inaction.
The Editor says...
Sometimes there's a reason for "federal inaction." In fact, "federal inaction" is often the best we can hope for.
8:00 PM[:] I'm on the upstairs balcony looking out over miles of lush countryside. It's quite
scenic, something in between verdant Tuscany and the aridness of Sicily. I can hear the ag pumps of
the surrounding farms everywhere churning 24/7. In a normal year they would never be turned on, as
river water irrigated the fields and recharged the water table. Then come two sirens. Will the
power go off? Quite often, someone after too much to drink goes airborne and hits a power pole on
these rural roads. I got back inside in case things go dark to review the mail. The local irrigation
district has not delivered water in four years (what do ditch tenders do when canals and ditches are empty?)
and now wants a tax hike to keep up with increased expenses. In fact, half the mail seems to be
drought information from various agencies.
the federal government ever had sex? Law professors Stephen J. Schulhofer and Erin
Murphy are trying to update the criminal code when it comes to sex offenses, believing current
definitions of rape and sexual assault are antiquated. The focus of their draft is on what
constitutes consent. It adopts the "yes means yes," or "affirmative consent" model that was
passed in California last year. The California law applies only to college campuses, however.
The Editor says...
Really, I try to keep this web site "family friendly," but when you keep track of all the things liberals
do, in places like California, and then put it on a web page, it's not easy to avoid topics like promiscuity.
Unsustainable Comeback. Sometime this year, the Federal Reserve is expected to
increase interest rates. When that happens, many experts believe the market will correct as
investors exit equities. Any setback in the stock market will eviscerate California's income taxes.
California's sexual re-education camps
are coming soon. Not content to redefine consent to mean asking permission before
every step of the sexual process, California is now on the path to teaching high school students the
proper way to have sex — because human nature is now wrong. [...] This means that every
time two college students have sex they have to act like they've never met before and ask for
approval for everything from the first kiss and touch through intercourse. I tried multiple
times to ask the sponsor of the California bill, State Sen. Kevin de Leon, how someone could prove they
obtained consent under his law, but only received press releases and quoted paragraphs from the bill.
Senate OKs health coverage for many immigrants here illegally. The state Senate on
Tuesday [6/2/2015] approved a hotly debated measure that would allow many immigrants in the state
illegally to sign up for special healthcare programs that would offer the same benefits as Medi-Cal.
The action comes just days after lawmakers significantly scaled back the plan, which originally
would have offered state-subsidized Medi-Cal to people in the country without authorization.
crisis puts California Democrats on defense. Wherever he goes, Tom Del Beccaro asks
California voters which they would prefer: high-speed rail or more water. Invariably,
the answer is the same. "Everybody says water," said Mr. Del Beccaro, a Republican who's
running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2016. "I think every dime
that exists should be allocated there. [But] we are spending more than 15 times the amount
on a train than we are on new water. "In my speeches, I also ask people to raise their hand if
they think we have a train crisis," he adds.
finds millions in overtime pay at L.A. transportation department. Last year, the
average employee who paints stripes on roads and installs street signs for the Los Angeles
Department of Transportation made $48,100 in overtime, almost six times what most other city workers
received. Four supervisors claimed $70,000 in OT, and one manager drew $155,319, effectively
tripling his salary. Those and other findings were in a transportation department audit issued
Tuesday by City Controller Ron Galperin. It revealed in particular that workers in the paint and
sign division collected what Galperin characterized as "staggering" amounts of overtime, costing the
city $3.3 million in a single year and raising concerns that some of the extra pay might have been
Los Angeles, unions make an offer companies can't refuse. From the truth is stranger
than fiction except if you're in Los Angeles and/or dealing with union personnel file we learn what
happens when reality slaps high-sounding abstract liberal theory in the face. In this instance,
reality wins. Sort of.
Angeles becomes the biggest city yet to approve a $15 minimum wage. The Los Angeles
City Council voted overwhelmingly Tuesday [5/19/2015] to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020,
up from the current $9 an hour, making the city the largest in the country to set a target that has gone from
almost absurdly ambitious to mainstream in the span of a few years. The bill, which will need to clear
a final vote, passed by a margin of 14-1.
infrastructure. A month ago, we spent a spring break week in southern California. The
weather was glorious, and we had a wonderful time. But we were appalled by the third-world condition
of California's roads and highways. California's highways are not just decrepit and pocked with
potholes, they are downright dangerous. Billions of dollars would be required to bring California's
roads, bridges, cloverleafs and related infrastructure up to the level that is taken for granted in,
say, South Dakota. But California's Democrats have higher priorities, whether it is doling out
dollars to the party's supporters, funding environmental projects that will never see the light of
day, or finding new ways to attract illegal immigrants.
Rings The Mission Bell For Voter Fraud. A bill to automatically register all drivers
is speeding through the California legislature. In a state that already offers driver's licenses to
millions of illegals, this is an invitation to massive fraud. Advanced by Democrats, Secretary
of State Alex Padilla and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, AB 1461 automatically registers anyone
applying for a California driver's license as a voter in local, state and federal elections. It's
all in the interest of supposedly increasing voter participation. This has the hideous look of a
back-door bill to encourage illegal immigrants to vote in elections they have no right to vote in,
in a country they have no loyalty to.
Ethos water comes from drought-stricken California. Starbucks' Ethos bottled water,
while promising to help children around the world "get clean water," is quietly helping to drain
drought-ravaged California of its precious H2O, according to a report. The $1.95-a-bottle water
is sourced, in part, from a bottling plant in Merced, Calif., which is ranked in the "exceptional
drought" category by the US Drought Monitor, according to the report.
of Los Angeles police chief indicted for corruption. The police chief for the Port of
Los Angeles has been charged with corruption in an alleged kickback and bribery scheme.
An ironic drought
in California. The present four-year California drought is not novel — even
if President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old
and common. Predictable California dry spells — like those of 1929-34, 1976-77 and
1987-92 — more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric
pressures and ocean temperatures. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million
residents during a drought — well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell
in the early 1990s. Much of the growth is due to massive and recent immigration.
California's class-based water
woes. If you can put aside for the moment the New York Times' stubborn use of the
"farmers use 80% of the water in California" canard,
this article isn't
too bad. It certainly notes the deep class divisions that are taking place in the state.
To put it simply: the rich buy their way out of the restrictions and everybody else can't.
Farmers Don't Use 80 Percent of California's Water. This is a textbook example of how the media
perpetuates a false narrative based on a phony statistic. Farmers do not use 80 percent of California's
water. In reality, 50 percent of the water that is captured by the state's dams, reservoirs, aqueducts,
and other infrastructure is diverted for environmental causes. Farmers, in fact, use 40 percent of the
water supply. Environmentalists have manufactured the 80 percent statistic by deliberately excluding
environmental diversions from their calculations. Furthermore, in many years there are additional millions
of acre-feet of water that are simply flushed into the ocean due to a lack of storage capacity — a
situation partly explained by environmental groups' opposition to new water-storage projects.
Guacamole. That California's catastrophic drought is a result of global warming has
become a commonplace of contemporary political rhetoric. That truism isn't true: Most scientific
accounts of California's current dry spell link recent low precipitation to naturally occurring atmospheric
cycles, not to global warming. Indeed, most of the global-warming models relied upon by those advocating
more-invasive environmental policies predict that warming would leave California with wetter winters —
winter precipitation being critical to the snowpack-dependent state — rather than the drier winters
at the root of the state's current water crisis.
Red ink could
kill Covered California. Indeed, there's no more money coming from Washington after
the state exhausts the $1.1 billion it received from the federal government to get the Obamacare
exchange up and running. And state law prohibits Sacramento from spending any money to keep the
exchange afloat. That presents an existential crisis for Covered California, which is facing a
nearly $80 [sic] budget deficit for its 2015-16 fiscal year.
Detail Culture of Secrecy at California's Obamacare Exchange. Aiden Hill's introduction to the secretive culture at
Covered California came in his first days on the job. He had just been hired to head up the agency's $120 million call
center effort when he emailed a superior April 18, 2013, and got a text message in reply: ["]Please refrain from writing
a lot of draft contract language in government email ... And don't clarify via email ... No email.["]
Idea: California Is So Over. California has met the future, and it really doesn't work.
As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human
and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American
land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and
poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state's middle- and working classes.
say California drought caused by misguided environment policies. In an average year,
California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but
environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the
freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state's population exploded to nearly 40 million
people. The current drought has left farms parched and residents under strict water consumption
orders, but some say it didn't have to be that way.
can now be fined for long showers! I reported that California Governor Jerry Brown
unveiled the state's first water restrictions in response to the "mega-drought". As I foresaw, the
rules have turned out to be more about revenue generation than resource protection. What I did not
predict is that my teen son and his lengthy showers would make him the latest environmental villain.
blamed for California drought. For California Gov. Jerry Brown to crack down on shower-taking and toilet-flushing
to save precious quarts of water as millions of gallons flow into the Pacific Ocean doesn't make a lot of sense to Travis
Allen. [...] With everyday Californians now on the hook for drastic conservation measures, Republicans say the time has
come to focus on the real culprit: a state and federal regulatory framework, fueled by environmental litigation,
that requires a certain aquatic environment for at-risk fish while making it nearly impossible to build dams and other
the Environmentalists are Destroying California. In 2007, they mobilized around saving
the Delta Smelt, a three-inch baitfish, as an outgrowth of a policy that for decades put animal life
and vegetation ahead of drinking water and food. The Delta Smelt requires a rare and somewhat
precise mixture of fresh and salt water. It is by any measure a fragile species. In
August 2007, Federal Judge Oliver Wanger ruled that the fresh water pumped into the Central Valley,
the lifeblood of its economic base, threatened the survival of the Delta Smelt. He ordered a
severe reduction in the water directed to Central Valley agriculture. The ruling (subsequently
reversed for sloppy science and then upheld) resulted in a loss of thousands of jobs and acres of
farmland. [...] The fight over the Delta Smelt [...] is a fight between people who value a
baitfish over productive farmland and America's food resources.
hot water issue in the California drought discussion. The California governor's recent
proclamation that Californians must cut water usage by 25% certainly caught the attention of
Californians and pundits nationwide. Featuring threats of fines of up to $500 per day, and even
restrictions on personal shower habits, Governor Brown wasted little time getting right to class warfare
over our green lawns. Unfortunately, he and the ruling Democratic Party once again resorted to
draconian rationing measures and heavy-handed fees, while offering no leadership and no real solutions
to California's current water crisis.
browning of California's green movement. Indeed, an adequate water supply isn't a
luxury issue for Californians, and no serious attempt has been made by liberals viewing the
environment with alarm to deal with it. In part, this is due to the fact that lack of moisture can't
be immediately linked to climate change. And unlike California's initiatives to reduce so-called
environmental threats through various governmental actions, the options for dealing with droughts are few.
The only real alternative is drastic conservation that would impact significantly on the lives of citizens.
An alternative such as desalination of ocean waters isn't feasible because it's a long-term project, and the
residue supposedly left in the Pacific from implementation would adversely affect marine life.
More on the California
Water Waster Fink Squads. Remember that thing I wrote yesterday about how Long Beach, California
was going Full Metal Snitching on 'water wasters?' Guess what! Yup, it's going statewide.
Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters. Water authorities
are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light
of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought. The Long Beach Water
Department says sprinklers at a McDonald's restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard went on for 45 minutes
at a time, twice a night, for an undefined number of nights. Complaints continued to mount as water
pooled and wasted. The department, however, could do little about the wasting. That was before
the smart meter.
The Editor says...
It's easy enough to wield this weapon against McDonald's without much public outcry, but when
it is used against residential water customers, watch out!
Governor Moonbeam Regulates Bathroom Activities.
Changing behavior is what liberal fascists are all about. For them change — specifically,
coerced change — is an end in itself. Stalin figured it out long ago: control food,
control people. But Democrats are doing him one better. Control water, control food production
and people. How will the authorities know if you took too long in the shower? One way is if your
neighbors rat you out, just as in any other police state. Another is the smart meter: [...]
Spend 4 Billion Gallons to Save a Few Fish? In the the [sic] heart of California's
drought-parched Central Valley, fruit and vegetable supplier to the nation, a water district is
defying a federal order to give some endangered trout a 3.9 billion gallon water ride out to sea.
And it could be the first skirmish in a much wider conflict. The Endangered Species Act protects
steelhead trout, a small population of which are attempting a recovery in the Stanislaus River,
which flows out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains into Modesto, in the San Joaquin Valley. So
earlier this week a federal fisheries agency — it's unclear which one, and there are
several — told the California branch of the Bureau of Reclamation (another water agency)
that the fish needed more water to get out to the Pacific. The bureau in turn passed the order
to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District, telling them to let a pulse of water through the dam
on the Stanislaus.
order parched California farm district to use 9 billion gallons of water to save 29 fish.
These eco-Marxists are completely insane. Off their rockers.
Plants Soak Up Billions of Gallons of Water in California. California's terrible
drought has become — like just about everything else in the United States — a
political issue. Many liberals have taken to blaming anthropogenic climate change for the drought,
while some conservatives have placed the blame at the feet of "liberal environmentalists." The
political point-scoring is tiring and just plain silly, given that the drought is almost certainly a
result of natural processes — processes that we humans, conservatives and liberals alike,
have precious little to do with. Another problem is that our partisan pugilists are conflating two
separate issues: the drought, which is the lack of rainfall that California has suffered over the
past four years, and the water shortages, which may indeed have some man-made causes.
Present Bills to Protect Undocumented Immigrants. A group of California lawmakers on
Tuesday [4/7/2015] presented a package of measures to strengthen protection of undocumented
immigrants and thus alleviate the "political paralysis" in Congress over approving immigration
reform. "In California, there are about 40 million residents... of Mexican, Central American and
Asian origin. So, today we're presenting a package of 10 measures to protect undocumented immigrants,"
Kevin de Leon, the Democratic president pro tempore of the California Senate, told Efe.
Police Settle for Illegally Destroyed Guns. California, especially California cities,
have had a bad reputation for decades, of legally stealing firearms. This was primarily done with
police officers confiscating firearms that they came across, without any crime being committed.
Department policy was then to refuse to return the firearm unless a court ordered them to do so. As
the process of obtaining a court order would ordinarily be much more costly than the price of a firearm, most
people who had their firearms stolen by police simply did not bother in attempting to obtain a court order.
Fiorina blames liberal environmentalists for Calif. water crisis. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is blaming California's water crisis on "liberal environmentalists" who
are "willing to sacrifice other people's lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology." "With different
policies over the last 20 years, all of this could be avoided," Ms. Fiorina said in an interview Monday [4/6/2015]
on Glenn Beck's radio show, The Blaze reported. "Despite the fact that California has suffered from droughts
for millennia, liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single new water
conveyance system over decades during a period in which California's population has doubled."
California Apocalypto. I think that we've come full circle in California: from the
premodern Wild West of the 19th century to a decadent postmodernism that is every bit as feral,
though the roughness of ascension is always preferable to its counterpart in decline. The day before
Easter, Sacramento tried to stage the world's largest public Easter egg hunt. From news reports it
seems quickly to have devolved into a Darwinian free-for-all, where the ochlos swarmed the
few who played by the rules.
An Engineered Drought.
We're suffering the ramifications of the "small is beautiful," "spaceship earth" ideology of our
cocooned elites. Californians have adopted the ancient peasant mentality of a limited good, in which
various interests must fight it out for the always scarce scraps. Long ago we jettisoned the can-do
visions of our agrarian forebears, who knew California far better than we do and trusted nature far less.
Now, like good peasants, we are at one another's throats for the last drops of a finite supply.
is in one of its worst-ever droughts because people are growing too much weed. The
current drought in California, one of the most severe on record, could have been exacerbated by
marijuana cultivation, scientists say. Some marijuana farms are sucking more water from the
ground than can be replaced, threatening the state's water entire supply, according to a study
published in the Public Library of Science journal. The amount of water being used to cultivate
marijuana was said to be "unsustainable" in the report.
Rain Dances in California.
On February 14, 2014, President Barack Obama arrived on Air Force One in Fresno, California, with
Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein aboard. [...] The Democratic entourage, ringed by Secret
Service, posed in the fallow field for Associated Press and the television cameras. It had no clue
how to solve California's water problems. It could have been doing rain dances, for all the good it
was doing. The fact is, the four were doing rain dances for MSM — all of them —
Obama, Boxer, Feinstein, and Brown. [...] A White House that has hijacked drought to serve its ideological
ends makes sound water allocation more difficult to achieve.
Accredits Nation's First Muslim College ... Founded By Jihadists. The same California
college board that accredited Stanford and Berkeley has certified the nation's first Muslim college
in what the left is cheering as a breakthrough for diversity. In fact, it's a breakthrough for
jihadism. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges last week officially —
and naively — recognized Zaytuna College, making the Islamist school eligible to receive
federal grants and accept foreign Muslim students on visas. But before liberals celebrate too
loudly, they should know that Zaytuna was founded by pro-jihadists who hate America and Jews and
want to turn America into an Islamic state.
The Scorching of California
by the Green Radical Left. In the 1970s, coastal elites squelched California's
near-century-long commitment to building dams, reservoirs, and canals, even as the Golden State's
population ballooned. Court-ordered drainage of man-made lakes, meant to restore fish to the
1,100-square-mile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, partly caused central California's reservoir
water to dry up. Not content with preventing construction of new water infrastructure,
environmentalists reverse-engineered existing projects to divert precious water away from agriculture,
privileging the needs of fish over the needs of people. Then they alleged that global warming,
not their own foolish policies, had caused the current crisis.
Planned Parenthood workers who taught high school sex-ed, revealed to be sex-toy instructor and
'pleasure activist'. Parents with students at one California high school recently
learned that two Planned Parenthood employees who taught their impressionable children sex education
also held down some controversial side jobs. One of the sex-ed instructors at Acalanes Union High
School in Lafayette also taught a class on sex toys at a nearby shop while the other identified herself
as a 'pleasure activist' on her now-deleted Twitter profile. The job history of the two teachers
was revealed after parents learned about the school's partnership with Planned Parenthood and demanded
the curriculum be changed.
Core Follies: California report cards to include grades for 'grit', 'gratitude', 'sensitivity to
others'. The entire state of California pubic education system is to begin grading
students on matters a teacher cannot possibly know or evaluate objectively. In a sign of descent
into full indoctrination camp mode, the Common Cores standards adopted by the state are calling on
teachers to grade students on their "grit, gratitude, and sensitivity to others."
Tiny Doo facing long prison sentence over lyrics. Song lyrics that glorify violence
are hardly uncommon. But a prosecutor in California says one rapper's violent lyrics go beyond
creative license to conspiracy. San Diego-based rapper Tiny Doo has already spent eight months in
prison, and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted under a little-known California statute
that makes it illegal to benefit from gang activities.
The Editor says...
Is it not true that every television news show in Los Angeles and Oakland and San Diego features occasional
stories about gang activity? Do those TV stations therefore benefit from gang activities?
bars judges from belonging to Boy Scouts. California's Supreme Court voted Friday to
prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates
against gays. The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its
ethics advisory committee barring judges' affiliation with the organization. In 1996 the state
Supreme Court banned judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation,
but made an exception for nonprofit youth organizations.
California health care
on suicide watch. California, thanks to Obamacare and its exchange, Covered California, has
no one to blame but itself. The state is imposing costly rules and regulations on the health
care system, causing a death spiral in health care delivery.
single-stall restrooms now required in West Hollywood. West Hollywood law requiring
all single-stall restrooms in businesses and public places to be gender-neutral will go into effect
this week. The law, which will have no impact on multiple-stall restrooms, mandates that any
facility designed for use by no more than one person not be restricted to a specific sex or gender
identity by signage, design or installation of fixtures.
stop pursuing nearly 79,000 fugitives. Nationwide, police and prosecutors quietly told
the FBI they had abandoned their pursuit of nearly 79,000 accused felons during the past year and a
half, a USA TODAY investigation found. They have given up chasing people charged with armed robbery
and raping children, usually without informing their victims. Police in one county in California
reported they would no longer pursue three of their most-wanted fugitives and a man charged with a
murder for which prosecutors have sought the death penalty.
pushes to expand immigrant health care. President Barack Obama's executive order to
spare some immigrants from deportation has galvanized Democrats, immigration groups and health care
advocates in California to push for expanding health coverage to a segment of the population that
bill would require retailers, restaurants to pay their employees double on holidays. A
California lawmaker said she will introduce a bill that would double the pay of employees who work
over Thanksgiving and Christmas. "I've watched how the retailers and restaurateurs continue to
expand their hours and open up on these holidays that are traditionally family holidays," Assemblywoman
Lorena Gonzalez told the Sacramento Bee. "What people are being called in to do now is a real slap
in the face of family values, frankly."
Why I Don't
Mind Working Retail Thanksgiving Day. For the last two or three years, people have
been complaining about Black Friday starting earlier and earlier and claim to feel badly for poor
oppressed retail workers who have to work on Thanksgiving Day rather than spend it with their
families. So here's my take, as an actual retail employee who does work on Thanksgiving.
is not doing enough to wreck the country. I believe that the economy can potentially
absorb five million additional gardeners and nannies. The challenge will be to create a corresponding
number of rich young liberals to hire them. I was relieved to hear that California Governor Edmund
Gerald "Jerry" "Moonbeam" Brown, Jr., who has welcomed all five million amnesty recipients to his state,
has proposed a new Middle Class tax that will subsidize wealthy left-wing yuppies to bridge the gap between
a livable wage for illegal immigrants and that which liberals are willing to pay them. Brown sees this
as a first step in his campaign to become the Democratic Party's candidate for President of Mexico in 2016.
Orders Churches To Fund Abortions — Or Else. For the past four years, the
Obama administration and its friends on the Left were careful to claim that they still strongly
support religious liberty while arguing that Hobby Lobby's Green family, Conestoga Wood Specialties'
Hahn family, and others like them must lose. Principally, they contended, religious liberty
protections could not be applied to Hobby Lobby because (1) It is a for-profit corporation,
(2) It isn't a church (and thus not a true "religious employer," and (3) It is wrong on the
science — Plan B, a copper intrauterine device, et cetera, they claimed, do not cause
abortions. They implied, if not claimed outright, that they would surely support religious freedom
in another case, but Hobby Lobby was unworthy to claim its protections. The State of California
is now calling their bluff.
One more reason to flee California:
Diego agrees to turn recycled wastewater into drinking water. Acknowledging California's parched new
reality, the city of San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water.
next big political fight: Plastic grocery bags. Go to a grocery store in California
and buy all the milk, eggs and vegetables you want. But there's one thing you won't find at the
checkout line, beginning July 1, 2015: Plastic bags to carry your stuff home. Gov. Jerry Brown
(D) on Tuesday signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first state
to prohibit stores from using the ubiquitous carry-alls. Shoppers will be charged 10 cents
for every paper bag and heavy-duty plastic bag they use.
Plastic Bag Ban And A State's Death Wish. California, as is its wont, enacted another
bunch of silly laws this week, topped by a ban on the plastic bags that we all find so handy. [...]
Nobody likes a "torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself," as
Brown says. Yet plastic bags still end up where they shouldn't be. The answer, however, isn't to
ban the bags, which people use not only for groceries but for everything from toting lunches to
picking up pet droppings. The solution is to penalize those who foul the commons, not just with
plastic bags but with all kinds of other litter. Californians actually may be worse off with the
ban. It could, for example, actually make people sick, since the reusable bags that shoppers are
being urged to switch to can harbor food-borne illnesses.
Voters to Decide on Sending Fewer Criminals to Prison. California voters appear poised
to scale back the heavy reliance on incarceration they once embraced, with a measure that would
transform several lower-level, nonviolent felonies into misdemeanors punishable by brief jail stays,
if that, rather than time in a state penitentiary. The referendum on Nov. 4 is part of a
national reappraisal of mass incarceration.
becomes first state to ban plastic bags. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed
legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action
by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems.
Gives $3 Million to Groups Providing Free Legal Aid to Illegal Aliens. California Gov.
Jerry Brown is channeling the "progressive spirit" of California in his latest act as governor.
Turns out he just signed a bill that would give $3 million in grants to non-profits that would offer
unaccompanied alien minors legal counsel- which is $1 million more than what the federal government
planned to give in grants nationwide.
School Purging Library of ANY Book with a Christian Author or Theme. Ask me again why my children are homeschooled.
Why not $20 an hour? Or $50?
Angeles approves $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers. The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday [9/24/2014]
to raise the minimum wage for hotel workers to $15.37, one of the highest wage requirements in the country. Hotel workers
in yellow shirts packed City Hall as the council voted 12 to 3 to approve the measure, which will go into effect for
hotels with at least 300 rooms beginning in July. Hotels with 150 rooms or more will have to meet the wage
requirement a year later.
Brown signs package of bills to encourage
voting. Months after statewide voter turnout hit a historic low of 25% in this year's primary election, Gov. Jerry Brown on
Friday [9/26/2014] signed eight bills aimed at getting more Californians to participate in the political process. He also signed
dozens of other bills Friday — a hodgepodge that included new rights for gay and transgender Californians, a requirement
that state prisons expand the availability of condoms to inmates and measures that promote the "farm to fork" movement to increase
consumer access to fresh food.
Brown at UN Climate Change Summit: 'Carbon Pollution Kills!' Arriving in NYC aboard the People's Climate Train,
which travelled across the country from Emeryville California, Sister Ayya Santussika, a Buddhist nun, said that climate change
is a "moral issue" and affects everyone of us. [...] Gov. Brown signed some bills on Sunday [9/21/2014] that mandates an increase
in the amount of electric cars for California, reduces the time it takes to get rooftop solar panel permits, and establishes new
regulations to restrict atmospheric pollutants.
The Editor says...
Carbon dioxide is not carbon, for the same reason that water is not hydrogen. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
supports life. It is not a threat. It is not pollution.
"What do you call a man who claims voters' choices have no place in government?"
Final Nail In Prop. 187 Is Really A Blow To California's Voters. [I]n 1994, millions
of California's voters, by a margin of 59% to 41%, voted in favor of denying "free" welfare,
education and other benefits to illegal immigrants on the clear logic that a burglar who breaks into
someone else's home doesn't have the right to eat the owner's food. It was a legitimate decision
for a people to make, given that in any democratic system, the participants have the right to
control the purse. But [Governor] Brown's statements and those of his political allies, including
those in the press, suggest an imperial contempt for the will of California's voters.
'spiking' to cost CalPERS nearly $800 million, controller says. Taxpayers and local
governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million stemming from "legal" pension spiking over
the next two decades, the state controller said Tuesday [9/9/2014]. The price tag came as Controller John
Chiang issued a new audit of the California Public Employees' Retirement System. The audit of 11
state and local government agencies found no illegal pension spiking but concluded that the country's
largest public retirement fund makes itself vulnerable to the practice by not aggressively reviewing
its 3,100 member agencies' payroll records.
1 in 10 California workers are here illegally, study finds. A report released Wednesday [9/3/2014] by
researchers at USC found that immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce
and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product. The study, which was conducted in
conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, was based on census data and other statistics, including
data from the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security. It looked at a variety of ways the
estimated 2.6 million immigrants living in California without permission participate in state life.
Rep. On Drought: Democrats Believe 'Fish Are More Important Than People'. Rep. David
Valadao (R-Bakersfield) lashed out at Democrats, including congressional opponent Amanda Renteria,
on California's urgent drought problem, saying Democrat policies will fail to provide relief for
millions of Central Valley residents living with severe water shortages. [...] Valadao is not the
only one in the district blasting the allocation of water resources. Area farmers are angry after
the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation began releasing 25,000 acre-feet of water from Northern California's
Trinity Lake to help protect the native salmon population on Saturday [8/30/2014], even as farmers have
repeatedly asked for more water to help grow food.
Lawmakers Aim To Ban English Only Instruction in Public Schools. On Tuesday [8/26/2014], a few
hours after Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto said that Illegal Aliens deserve justice in the USA
and Gov. Jerry Brown welcomed all illegal immigrants to California, lawmakers in Sacramento passed a
proposed ballot measure seeking to dismantle the English-only mandate for public schools and
increase multilingual education programs.
Gov. Jerry Brown
Reveals That California Has Just Seceded From the Union and is Now Part of Mexico. This Democrat
Party is completely out of control. It has succeeded in its century-long quest to fundamentally
transform destroy our form of government.
Liberals love freedom of expression — until they disagree with it.
CA Looks To Ban
Confederate Flag. A bill sits on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk to ban California from
displaying or selling the Confederate flag or objects with images of it. The state's Legislature
passed the bill nearly unanimously last week. Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, D-Compton, introduced
the legislation after his mother discovered the Capitol gift shop sold a replica of Confederate money
that contained a picture of the flag, according to the L.A. Times. The lone dissenting vote among
the 67 cast was from former California GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks.
He argued the bill would infringe on free speech.
Jerry Brown To Mexican Illegals: 'You're All Welcome In California. On Monday evening [8/25/2014], California Governor Jerry
Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California. According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and
California." He "nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn't matter if they had permission to be in the United States."
"You're all welcome in California," Brown reportedly said.
Dumb Idea From Los Angeles. The city of Los Angeles is considering paying voters to
encourage turnout. Needless to say, it's a ridiculous idea that will reward low-information voting,
foster political demagogues and breed corruption.
AG Kamala Harris to appeal ruling against death penalty. A federal judge's "flawed"
decision declaring California's enforcement of the death penalty unconstitutional will be appealed,
state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced Thursday [8/21/2014]. Harris will ask the U.S.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn last month's ruling by U.S. District Judge Cormac J.
Carney, who said decades-long delays and uncertainty about whether inmates will be executed violated the
Constitution's ban on cruel or unusual punishment. Harris personally opposes the death penalty but
promised voters she would enforce it.
Supreme Court Rejects Dems' Anti-'Citizens United' Ballot Measure. On Monday
[8/11/2014], the California Supreme Court blocked an "advisory" ballot measure that Democrats had
hoped to include on the November ballot, with a view to increasing turnout among apathetic voters.
The non-binding measure, Proposition 49, asked voters if they felt the Supreme Court's 2010
Citizens United ruling should be reversed.
Brown: Affluent Families Not Producing' Children. Giving what was dubbed the
"California Welcome," Gov. Jerry Brown told attendees at the 31st Annual National Association of
Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Conference in June that affluent families seemed to not be
"producing" children in the state. "I don't know what the affluent families are doing," Brown
said. "They're not producing or something, because half the kids in schools are from low-income families."
The Editor says...
Get a clue, Governor. ALL of the kids in public schools are from low-income families. Anybody with any money
sends their kids to private schools. Like Mr. and Mrs. Obama, for example.
Releases Thousands of 'Lifers' from Prison. California continues to stretch the
imaginations of non-liberals. One unthinkable policy is Governor Brown's policy by which thousands
of presumably dangerous prisoners originally sentenced by juries to life sentences in the slammer
are being set free. A Friday [8/8/2014] radio segment on the California Report was downright cheery
about cons being released into local communities. [...] In other words, don't be scared, little
citizens — the murderers and rapists have been taught techniques in anger management.
Big Labor Keeping The L.A. Water Dept. From Replacing Old Pipes? Not an outlandish
question. The water main that broke near UCLA last week was ninety years old, which isn't unusual
here in the City of Angels. The only things more common than fault lines running under this city are
ancient water pipes. It's a situation that even the mayor admits isn't going to get better soon.
As is typical with bureaucracies, the problem is blamed on a lack of money. As is also typical with
bureaucracies, it is really more a problem of prioritization and budgeting than available funds.
duty for Calif. taxpayers? Bill would create new welfare program. California is
weighing a first-of-its-kind welfare program that would subsidize diapers for needy families, though
some lawmakers say the plan's a stinker. Assembly Bill 1516, written by Assemblywoman Lorena
Gonzalez, a Democrat from San Diego, would create the taxpayer-backed program within the state's
existing welfare network, called CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to
Kids). Families that qualify for CalWORKS could be eligible for $80 a month to buy diapers
for children under the age of 2.
One of Obama's big ideas for reforming
health care failed a test in California. "We need to bundle payments so you aren't
paid for every single treatment you offer a patient with a chronic condition like diabetes, but
instead paid well for how you treat the overall disease," Obama told the crowd of physicians.
Obama was articulating what would become one of the key payment reforms in his health care
law — a proposal aimed at giving incentives to providers to control costs by rewarding
them for providing less expensive care. But a study published in the journal Health Affairs
looked at an ambitious three-year pilot program of bundled payments in California that was funded by a
$2.9 million grant from Obama's 2009 economic stimulus package — and found that
the program was such a massive failure, it could hardly get off the ground.
soared, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says. The cost of health insurance for
individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did last
year, the state's insurance commissioner said. But Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones predicted
that insurers will ease up in the coming year to prevent California voters from approving tough new
rate controls on the November statewide ballot as Proposition 45. Insurers and opponents of
Proposition 45 dismissed Jones' comments as misleading and politically motivated.
The Editor resorts to mocking derision:
That's brilliant! As long as they're at it, why not limit the price of gasoline to a dollar per gallon?
they stand? Billionaire in push to carve up California into six states. A billionaire
tech investor says he has enough backing to put on the ballot a plan to split California into six
states. Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital
firm that has invested in such tech companies as Twitter, HotMail, Skype and Tesla, told Reuters he
has the 808,000 signatures needed on a petition to force the measure onto a public referendum in
Are Sucking the Life Out of California. The new California gold rush is a bit, well,
nutty: According to USDA predictions reported Monday [7/14/2014], farmers will harvest a record 2.1 billion
pounds of almonds this year. That's great news for almond-lovers, but not-so-great news for California,
which produces 80 percent of the world's almonds. A single almond requires 1.1 gallons of water
to produce, and seeing as the state is currently in the middle of a devastating drought, that's water farmers have to
drill deep for — 2,500 feet deep, in fact.
Removes 'Husband' and 'Wife' from California Marriage Law. One word can make all the
difference when it comes to definitions. Exhibit A: exchange the words "husband and wife" for a more
inclusive term, and you have the phrase "I now pronounce you spouses." In the state of California,
they are paying special attention to keep their vernacular as progressive as possible. Governor
Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Monday [7/7/2014] to formally make marriage gender-neutral to reflect the state's
allowance of same-sex unions.
We had a wonderful water storage system for 23 million people in 1980. But it proved completely
inadequate for the 40 million plus of 2014, who assumed household and drinking water, irrigation supplies,
and clean hydroelectric power came out of thin air.
boom in the West. Erected on the edge of hundreds of acres of crops in Kern County,
Calif., crews are currently working around the clock on a massive well. At first glance, you may
think they're drilling for oil. But this project is digging for something of a different value.
Third generation farmer Devon Yurosek and his family have invested heavily in the two thousand foot
water well on their farmland. In the midst of the worst drought in California's history, the
Yuroseks need water to help grow pistachios, pomegranates and cherries. Their well is just one of
a number popping up throughout the area.
Keep Up With Joneses' Water Use. In five months since the drought emergency was
declared, Californians have cut their water consumption only 5 percent compared with recent years,
according to state officials — a far cry from the 20 percent that Gov. Jerry Brown called
for in January. So, faced with apparent indifference to stern warnings from state leaders and
media alarms, cities across California have encouraged residents to tattle on their neighbors for
wasting water — and the residents have responded in droves. Sacramento, for instance,
has received more than 6,000 reports of water waste this year, up twentyfold from last year.
of splitting California into six states gathering signatures. Advocates for Six
Californias, a plan to split the Golden State into a half dozen separate states, are holding a
petition drive this weekend to get their plan on the ballot in 2016. The idea is the brainchild
of Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist from Menlo Park — or as he hopes to some day
call it, the state of Silicon Valley. Draper has sunk $2 million into signature
gathering for the proposal.
Case Is California's Education Earthquake. [Scroll down] Teachers gain lifetime tenure after
just 18 months, before their training is even done. It's almost impossible to dismiss them, no
matter what their transgressions — perversion, drug dealing, child pornography, sexual
assault, you name it. The regulations are so cumbersome, it's impossible to fire anyone.
There's also a layoff system that ensures that seniority trumps performance, resulting in top-performing
teachers being laid off over under-performing deadwood who've just been on the job longer. It's a
Mafia-like protection racket for the worst of the worst.
Tops List of 10 States With Highest Taxes. The Tax Foundation has ranked the states by their
state income tax rates and among the highest are California, Hawaii, and Oregon.
Legislators Are Highest Paid in USA. Stateline's data, which indicated California legislators are
averaging a base salary of $90,526 per year, is a few months old, and that base salary will be raised to $95,291 in
December as a result of a decision last year by the California Citizens Compensation Commission. The Commission
is also considering a further raise. In addition, the legislators receive an additional tax-free "per diem"
of $141.86 per day every day the Legislature is in session. The closest average salary to the California legislators
is in Pennsylvania, where the average salary is $84,012.
Cheer California's Latest Plan to Sink Its Economy. Environmentalists are gleeful at
the news reported last week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration that the amount of
recoverable oil from California's Monterey Shale formation — predicted to be the
nation's largest reserve of oil — is a whopping 96-percent below original production
estimates. In response, more than 100 environmental groups signed a letter to the California
Legislature calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and other "stimulation" techniques
that ultimately would be needed to develop this oil field. They say the new estimates are
"undercutting the misguided rationale" for allowing fracking before more studies are done.
v. California: The Most Important Court Case You've Never Heard Of. This school year,
parents learned a tough lesson: The only force on behalf of the public interest is an interested
public. And sometimes the students show us the way. Nine public school children have been
courageously taking on the government in California, where their right to a sound education is rooted in
the Constitution. A judge's decision is expected soon, and their lawsuit is being watched closely in
takes first step toward curtailing water rights. Some farmers and community water districts in drought-hit
California could soon face limits on their ability to use water from strained streams that flow into the Sacramento River.
The California Water Resources Control Board adopted regulations on Wednesday to limit water use during summer months, the driest
season and the time of year when farmers are most likely to need water to irrigate their crops.
California City May Drop Lawsuit Against Sriracha Sauce Maker. The mayor of Irwindale
said he will ask the City Council to drop the public-nuisance order and lawsuit against the maker
of Sriracha hot sauce, possibly bringing the months-long conflict to an end. The move comes after
members of Gov. Jerry Brown's office visited the sauce factory.
The Editor says...
The factory had been recently visited by elected officials from Texas who were actively trying to lure the
factory away from California. That would be a really good reason to drop the lawsuit.
CEO Compares California to Communist Vietnam. David Tran is the founder and CEO of
Huy Fong Foods, the maker of the famously tasty Sriracha hot sauce. Grappling for months with
regulators and politicians in southern California about the spicy scents that his factory emits,
Tran recently compared meddlesome government to that of a communist country. It might sound
hyperbolic, but he does know a thing or two about living under the nightmarish bureaucracy of a red
utopia. NPR explains that Tran "escaped" Socialist Republic of Vietnam and "its many intrusions"
three decades ago to start a new life in The Land of the Free.
battle over: Victory for chili as council throws out 'public nuisance' declaration and lawsuit against hugely
popular hot sauce factory. In a victory for chilli fans around the world, a town that is home to
the fiercely popular Sriracha hot sauce company has removed its status as a "public nuisance" and thrown out a
lawsuit that threatened to halt its production. The simple piquant condiment that inspired a global
community of foodies — and whole books of dedicated recipes — had been in undeniably
hot water following complaints from local residents.
In California we don't trust. It
may come as little surprise that Californians are not very trusting of their state government. After all,
Californians have had to deal with more than our fair share of budget crises, tax increases, corruption, mismanaged
agencies and boondoggle projects. Given that California residents have been conditioned for many years to
accept this as the normal state of affairs, it may astound some of us to learn that most other state governments
have earned far greater levels of trust from their citizens.
win prayer battle against California city council. Atheists who complained about pre-meeting
prayers conducted by members of the Pismo Beach City Council in California can now claim a win.
Council members say they're going to stop saying prayers at public meetings and that the volunteer
chaplain will no longer be invited to give the opening invocations, The Blaze reported. They've
also agreed to pay a symbolic settlement of $1 to each of the the two plaintiffs — and
another $47,500 to cover the two plaintiffs' legal fees.
Encourages Schools To Teach About Racial Significance Of Obama's Presidency. A bill that passed the Assembly with
unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach students about the racial significance of Barack
Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts.
California is proposing to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from serving as judges because the Boy
Scouts do not allow gay troop leaders, The Daily Caller has learned. In a move with major legal implications,
The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy
Scouts as practicing "invidious discrimination" against gays, which would end the group's exemption to
anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group.
Two Dems Accuse Party Leaders in CA-33 of Changing Rules
to Favor Wealthy Insiders. Two Democratic Party candidates in the primary race for
California's 33rd congressional district in West Los Angeles have accused local party officials of
using an arbitrary fundraising minimum to favor established insiders — then raising that
minimum at the last moment to exclude them from a recent candidates' forum.
Unemployment Holds Steady at Dismal 8.1%. In March, according to the Los Angeles Times, the rate
was 8.1%. In February, it was exactly the same. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the state
only added 11,800 net new jobs in March, many of them in construction, government, education, and health
services. [...] While California remained miserable, unemployment rates in 17 other states rose.
Calif. farmers to get more water. Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more
water as state and federal officials ease water cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday [4/18/2014].
Affirmative Action In California. The express train hurtling to return racial preference
admissions to California — in the form of State Constitutional Amendment 5, which if
placed on the ballot and approved by voters would have overturned Prop. 209 — has just been
derailed 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.
spoils system starting to fall apart in California. California's ruling Democrats are in danger of splintering
their coalition over an attempt to re-introduce affirmative action, which has been banned ever since the passage of
Proposition 209 in 1996, which banned the use of racial preferences by the state, including in higher education.
Democrats Await Fallout After 3 Are Caught Up in Scandals. One state senator was charged with
conspiring to traffic in arms from the Philippines, and taking bribes from undercover F.B.I. agents including
one who posed as a marijuana dealer. Another was accused of taking bribes from federal agents impersonating
Hollywood film executives. And a third was convicted of perjury and voter fraud after lying about where he
lived when he ran for office. All three are Democratic state senators from California, and their recent
legal problems have brought rare bad news to a party that has come to thoroughly dominate politics in this state
but now looks besieged by high-profile corruption cases.
did 287,000-plus Californians vote for Leland Yee? One of the odder stats of Election
Night: As of Wednesday morning, 287,590 Californians had cast ballots for indicted state Sen.
Leland Yee for secretary of state. That's good for nearly 10 percent of the vote. That's also
more votes than five other secretary of state candidates who haven't been indicted received.
The poster boy for liberal hypocrisy ignored by national media, but
outrages San Francisco. The liberal media are trying to ignore his arrest, but California State
Senator Leland Yee is such an amusing piñata of liberal hypocrisy that even his home town liberal newspaper
is joining in the mockery fun. [...] Outlets like CNN which ignore this embarrassment to liberals do so
at their peril.
Costs Dems Their Supermajority in California. Two years ago, California Democrats celebrated victory
in a decades-long struggle to win a supermajority in the Legislature, where a two-thirds majority is required for
any tax increase. It was the latest chapter in a long descent into inconsequence by California Republicans,
who hold no statewide offices and party registration of only 29.3 percent of the voters. But corruption
has achieved what the Republicans could not. The supermajority is now down the drain as three of the Golden
State's 27 Democratic state senators have within the past two months been convicted or indicted on charges ranging
from bribery to gun-running.
Jerry Brown calls for Democratic senators to resign. Gov. Jerry Brown called on three
scandal-plagued state senators to resign on Friday, speaking out for the first time on a series of
criminal cases that have sapped Democrats' power in the Capitol and tarnished the Legislature's image.
Dems Worried Their Corruption Scandals Will Benefit GOP. The unethical and illegal behavior of
Democratic state senators in California, where Democrats have total control of the state legislature, is giving
the state's Democratic Party concerns that the GOP may use the misbehavior to regain power. Since the
beginning of 2014, every month has featured a Democratic state senator either being arrested or convicted.
The latest arrest came Wednesday, as Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco was arrested on federal corruption charges.
state senator arrested in FBI raids along with Asian gang leader known as 'Shrimp Boy'. State Sen.
Leland Yee and Raymond Chow, were taken into custody after a series of raids by federal and gang task force
officials, but the charges against them remained undisclosed.
senator Leland Yee arrested in FBI sweep. A longtime California politician who was praised for his efforts to
make government more transparent and authored gun control legislation was arrested Wednesday, accused of conspiracy to deal
firearms and wire fraud. The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI affidavit in support
of a criminal complaint against him and 25 other people. The affidavit was unsealed on Wednesday, as Yee was
scheduled to appear in court.
California state senator
arrested in FBI sweep. A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted
26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic
state senators who face criminal charges this year.
approves highest-in-state $12.30 minimum wage. The Richmond City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday [3/18/2014]
in favor of an ordinance that would raise minimum hourly pay in the city to $12.30 an hour by 2017.
California Seeks to Redefine Consensual Campus Sex as Rape.
In endorsing a bill in the California legislature that would require "affirmative consent" before sex can occur on campus,
the editorial boards of the Sacramento and Fresno Bee and the Daily Californian advocated that sex be treated as "sexual
assault" unless the participants discuss it "out loud" before sex, and "demonstrate they obtained verbal 'affirmative consent'
before engaging in sexual activity." [...] Defining sex as rape merely because there was no verbal discussion in advance
trivializes rape and brands innocent people as rapists (including some people who themselves have been sexually victimized
in the past). Disturbingly, it's not just sex they want to regulate, but also "sexual activity" in general.
law so stupid California legislature seeks to repeal it two months after it took effect. California's state legislature is
seeking to repeal an idiotic law that took effect January 1st. It turns out that some feel-good regulatory efforts generate
enough blowback that they can actually be reversed.
Gas Prices May Jump From California
Emissions Law. California's greenhouse gas reduction law already has shaken up the state's industrial sector, costing it
more than $1.5 billion in pollution permit fees.
California mom takes down cross on road after group's protest, more appear. A grieving California mom who, under pressure
from an atheist group, went to the site where her son was killed to remove a memorial cross was met at the scene by a throng of supporters
who planted crosses of their own. "They said they have to take that one down," Doug Johnson, a Riverside resident who traveled to
the site with his daughter and six home-made crosses, told The Riverside Press-Enterprise. "But they didn't say anything
about putting another one up."
California's Drought Isn't
Due To Global Warming, But Politics. President Obama visited California's drought-hit Central Valley Friday, offering handouts and blaming global
warming. But the state's water shortage is due to the left's refusal to deal with the state's water needs.
California auto buyers favor Toyota Prius; rest of U.S.
prefers trucks. Toyota's Prius was the best-selling vehicle in the state for the second consecutive year in 2013, highlighting California's
radically different taste in automobiles. Nationally, Ford's F-Series truck has been the bestselling vehicle for more than three decades.
The Prius ranked 16th in sales nationally.
Court overturns restrictions on concealed guns in much
of California. In a significant victory for gun owners, a divided federal appeals court Thursday [2/13/2014] struck down California
rules that permit counties to restrict as they see fit the right to carry a concealed weapon in public. The 2-1 ruling by a U.S. 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals panel would overturn restrictions on carrying concealed handguns, primarily affecting California's most populated regions, including
Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco.
California's Worst Water Enemy: Its Governor. California Gov. Jerry Brown has blasted as "unwelcome and divisive" a desperately
needed drought-relief bill in Congress that will likely win in the House soon. That's rich coming from a man who's done nothing.
Kiddie Porn Does Not Count as "Moral
Turpitude" to S.F. Govt. A former high-ranking San Francisco government employee convicted of felony possession of child pornography
will continue to receive his government pension because, according to city regulations, evidence of "moral turpitude" is required to revoke a pension
yet viewing violent kiddie porn does not qualify as moral turpitude.
Caltrans accused of trying to
hide Bay Bridge problems. A Caltrans engineer and an outside expert working on the Bay Bridge eastern span accused agency officials
of discounting warnings about cracked welds on the bridge, and telling them not to put their concerns in writing to keep them from becoming public,
according to a report commissioned for a state Senate committee.
California Agency Plans 'Green' Car Vouchers for the
Poor. One longtime critic of federal transportation spending once concluded that it would be less expensive for the government to buy
every new transit rider a Jaguar XJ8 than it would be to build certain new rail systems. Unfortunately, California officials may not have
realized that the idea of buying people new cars wasn't a serious proposal as much as a way to illustrate a point about excessive spending.
California Adopts Failed
Venezuelan Model Of Energy Management. In California, energy officials warn that the state and others like it face a catastrophic collapse
of its power grid due to the many green energy schemes that have made managing energy flow difficult. "Energy officials worry a lot these days
about the stability of the massive patchwork of wires, substations and algorithms that keep electricity flowing," reported Evan Halpert in Tuesday's
[12/03/2013] Los Angeles Times, citing wind, solar and geothermal energy coming online. At a minimum, higher costs would be a certainty as
officials attempt to mitigate the effects of their own green energy policies, if not a total grid collapse.
Slow Motion Gun Confiscation in California. California
has established gun confiscation squads that move through California confiscating guns that were registered. As predicted in the
essay "Gun Registration is Gun Confiscation" written in 2000, gun confiscation is not being implemented in massive door to door
searches, though such confiscations have happened in recent history, such as in the Philippines in 1972, and even during a flood
in Canada this year (2013).
Do single-family homes
threaten the planet? A plan to squeeze most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area into multifamily housing offers a
test case of whether land-use bureaucracies nationwide, encouraged by the Obama administration, should be allowed to transform
American lifestyles under the pretext of combating climate change. Currently, 56 percent of households in the nine-county
Bay Area live in single-family homes. That number would drop to 48 percent by 2030, under a high-density development blueprint
called Plan Bay Area, recently enacted by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the region's Metropolitan Transportation
California's alternative-energy program under scrutiny.
California is spending nearly $15 million to build 10 hydrogen fueling stations, even though just 227 hydrogen-powered vehicles exist in the state
today. It's a hefty bet on the future, given that government officials have been trying for nine years, with little success, to get automakers to
build more hydrogen cars. The project is part of a sprawling but little-known state program that packs a powerful financial punch: It spent
$1.6 billion last year on a myriad of energy-efficiency and alternative-energy projects.
California's Brown Signs Bill Permitting Non-Physician
Abortions. The legislation, which had been pushed vigorously by Planned Parenthood, had been strongly opposed by pro-life groups and some physicians, arguing that it amounted
to legalizing back-alley abortions for profit.
Brown signs bill to allow children more than two legal parents.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will allow children in California to have more than two legal parents, a measure opposed by some conservative
groups as an attack on the traditional family. Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in
California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.
Contempt For Its Citizens, California Issues Driver's Licenses To Illegals. California's new law letting illegal aliens have driver's licenses
represents a shift in ruling-class priorities from the interests of citizens to those of politically well-organized pressure groups.
Brown vetoes bill to allow non-citizens on juries.
Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.
Brown: Illegal Immigrant Driver's Licenses [are] 'Only the First Step'. It's been a whirlwind month for Gov. Jerry Brown — four
weeks in which the California chief executive's desk saw an anti-paparazzi bill and a bill to allow non-physicians to perform abortions, and he
himself lofty praise in Rolling Stone. The latest bill to pass his desk, granting illegal immigrants the ability to apply for driver's
licenses in the state, is "only the first step" of a national movement, the governor told a crowd yesterday [10/2/2013].
Gov. Brown signs
another bill easing conditions for immigrants. Law enforcement officials in California who arrest immigrants in the country illegally
will be prohibited from detaining them for transfer to federal authorities unless they committed a serious crime under one of several bills signed
Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown to ease conditions for immigrants.
California grants driver's licenses to
illegal immigrants. California's governor signed a bill Thursday [10/3/2013] granting illegal immigrants driver's licenses, in a decision
immigrant rights groups hailed as a major step forward for their movement. The country's largest state becomes the latest to reverse course and
grant legal driving privileges to illegal immigrants.
California's Illegal Immigrants, a Great Week. On September 4, in a shocking vote to undermine
safety and to erode federal immigration law enforcement, the California Assembly passed AB 4, the
so-called TRUST Act. AB 4 would prohibit state and local police from honoring U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement detainers in all but the most extreme cases. An ICE detainer advises a state
or local law enforcement agency that it seeks custody of a criminal alien for arrest and removal.
However, when ordered by the state to ignore ICE detainers, local jails must release criminals back onto
the street where they can continue their lives of crime.
Don't tell mom the babysitter's unionized.
If Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has his way, your babysitter soon could join a union and cost you a lot more. The San Francisco Democrat has authored
several domestic-worker unionization bills that have been vetoed by California governors. Now he's back with Assembly Bill 241, which just
passed both houses of the Legislature and is awaiting a signature or veto from Gov. Jerry Brown.
California becomes first state in nation
to regulate ride-sharing. California regulators have approved the nation's and state's first rules for fast-growing ride-sharing companies that
connect passengers to drivers via smartphones.
California passes 'job killer' increase
in minimum wage to $10. While the Economic Policy Institute estimates that the wage increase will affect more than 2.3 million California
workers, groups like the California Chamber of Commerce opposed the bill, calling it a "job killer" that will drive up business costs "worse than any predicted
rate of inflation increase."
California governor to sign driver's
license bill for illegal immigrants. California Governor Jerry Brown said on Friday he would sign a bill authorizing the state to
provide driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, a last-minute reversal of his position.
Ice cream parlor permit hassles
chilling. Tuesday is inspection day for building owner John Vicars. He's got a commercial property on College Avenue, right
in the heart of Oakland's busiest shopping district. His quest is simple: to see an ice cream parlor opened on the ground floor of
the building. But his journey has been a regulatory nightmare. It's taken him nine months to prepare 1,700 square feet of retail
space to the city's satisfaction — at least to where they were satisfied enough to actually come out to inspect it.