GOP crybabys suspend deal with NBC News for February debate

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Republicans were angered by what they characterized as petty, non-substantive questions by debate moderators Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood designed to embarrass the candidates.

Harwood asked Donald Trump whether he was running a “comic-book version of a presidential campaign.”

Jeb Bush was asked to explain why his campaign was doing so poorly in the polls, Carly Fiorina was asked why Americans should hire her when she had been fired by Hewlett-Packard and Marco Rubio was asked if he should “slow down, get a few things done first” before running for president.

Source: GOP suspends partnership with NBC News for February debate – Las Vegas Sun News

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#Islamic #terrorist released from Gitmo, sues government

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Britain’s final detainee is spending his first weekend with his family in nearly 14 years after he arrived back in Britain yesterday following his release from the US prison. Mr Aamer, 46, may now pursue legal proceedings which were initiated on his behalf, against the British security services and government departments for their alleged complicity in his transfer to Guantanamo Bay, and their failure to prevent it and his ill-treatment.

Source: Shaker Aamer ‘In Line To Receive Compensation’

@CMAPhysicians win again: your doctor could be a killer but you’ll never know

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Medical associations do everything they can to keep bad doctors around.

The state Medical Board on Friday agreed to set up a task force and called for more public outreach but stopped short of requiring doctors on probation to notify their patients as requested by a nationwide consumer advocacy group. Meeting in San Diego, the board unanimously denied the petition from the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, saying that it was overly broad and could hurt the doctor-patient relationship in instances in which physicians are on probation for minor violations.

Source: State Medical Board won’t require doctors on probation to tell their patients – LA Times

#PoliceState Update: Thug cops use tasers to brutalize citizens

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Searching for a way to curb fatal border shootings, Border Patrol leaders decided in 2008 that their agents needed a new weapon on their belts. The agency began to supply Tasers, a hand-held device that delivers a paralyzing electric charge, as a way to end confrontations quickly and safely. But in scores of cases along the border, the Tasers became instruments of excessive force, a Los Angeles Times analysis found.

Source: How Tasers became instruments of excessive force for the Border Patrol – LA Times

Ryan sells out Central Valley Republicans over immigration reform

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Two Central Valley Republicans say that newly selected House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision not to focus on immigration reform while Barack Obama is president won’t stop them from trying.

Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and David Valadao (R-Hanford) have been among the most outspoken members of their party pushing for comprehensive immigration overhaul.

“It’s time to have a full debate,” Denham said Friday.

But the speaker has pledged to hold off — an olive branch to members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, who have balked at his past support for measures to provide a path to citizenship and increase the number of foreign-worker visas.

Source: Central Valley Republicans plan to pursue immigration without Ryan’s blessing – LA Times

#Racist Wine Train owners still can’t grasp the fact that they’re bigoted jerks

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Owners of the Napa Valley Wine Train sought Friday to dismiss part of a lawsuit by 11 women, 10 of them black, who were kicked off the train in August — the women’s claim that they were slandered when a manager said they were being unruly and aggressive.

Source: Wine Train seeks to have part of women’s lawsuit thrown out – SFGate

When the future of the Earth is at stake, nothing else seems to matter

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One of the biggest problems with Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to battle climate change is the “do or die” nature of the situation. Based on his rhetoric, there’s little room for debate over costs, benefits, details and oversight. When the future of the Earth is at stake, then nothing else seems to matter.  A new brouhaha over one of Brown’s signature anti-climate-change projects illustrates this situation.

Source: More trouble for governor’s rail project – Steven Greenhut, San Diego Union-Tribune

Low oil prices force Chevron to cut more than 6,000 jobs

Stung by lower oil prices, Chevron Corp. reported Friday that it will lay off 6,000 to 7,000 employees worldwide. Chevron, based in San Ramon, gave no indication where most of the cuts would fall among its global workforce of 64,700. The company employs 3,200 people at its headquarters and another 3,300 elsewhere in the Bay Area, most at its Richmond refinery.

Source: Chevron to cut more than 6,000 jobs worldwide – San Francisco Chronicle

HP breaking-up: Good news for Cali voters

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One of the nation’s most storied tech companies will split in two this weekend, another casualty of seismic shifts in the way people use technology — and big-company sluggishness in responding.

HP’s board decided last year to create two smaller companies, each with a narrower focus.

Source: HP, a Silicon Valley icon, is ready for its break-up – The Sacramento Bee

Brown nails SoCal cities with fines for failing to meet water conservation targets

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Beverly Hills and three other Southern California cities were slapped with fines Friday for not conserving enough water, marking a new phase in the state’s response to the historic drought. While announcing that the state overall met its monthly conservation goals in September, officials said Beverly Hills, Indio, Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District missed their mandates by wide margins.

Source: Beverly Hills, other cities hit with fines for failure to meet water conservation targets – The Sacramento Bee

National Republicans think recruiting from a cast of perennial failures and racist cops will help them beat Ami Bera

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National Republican leaders are talking to three prominent potential candidates about challenging Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove in next year’s election. Former Rep. Doug Ose, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and former Sheriff John McGinness have been approached by the National Republican Congressional Committee about running in suburban Sacramento’s 7th Congressional District.

Should all three Sacramento County Republicans pass on the opportunity, others mentioned as possible contenders are Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, a 12-year incumbent with deep roots in the region, and former state Assemblyman Roger Niello of Fair Oaks.

Source: Who are national Republicans recruiting to unseat Ami Bera? – The Sacramento Bee

Lawsuit claims Cal Fire director stiffed grieving families

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All these people really care about is getting more of your money into their pockets.

A fired Cal Fire official who lost his job amid scandal says Director Ken Pimlott ordered him to withhold death-benefits information from grieving families of fallen fire pilots, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in a Sacramento court.

The complaint contends that Pimlott and his No. 2, Janet Barentson, knew that state law requires Cal Fire pay death benefits when a contracted fire pilot is killed in the line of duty. At some point, Assistant Chief Mike Ramirez, an administrator at the department’s Ione Academy who also worked with deceased firefighters’ families, discovered the law and brought it up with both superiors, the lawsuit says.

Source: Lawsuit: Cal Fire director ordered grieving families kept ignorant of death benefits – The Sacramento Bee

#BlackLivesMatter becoming a real irritant for elite white Democrats

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The hundreds of members of the fresh crop of community activists—many of whom came of age during the 1992 Los Angeles riots—reject the traditional tactics of the “old guard.” Despite their relative youth, they have adopted acts of civil disobedience used during the 1960s civil rights era and are more interested in pushing city officials and politicians to make change than in sitting on their commissions and boards—and waiting.

Source: Longtime L.A. civil rights leaders dismayed by in-your-face tactics of new crop of activists – LA Times

Judge says child rapist Roman Polanski can remain free

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Child rapist Roman Polanski to remain free.

Roman Polanski cannot be extradited to the United States from Poland, a judge there ruled Friday, granting the famed director yet another legal reprieve in a case that has dogged him — and some Los Angeles prosecutors — for nearly 40 years.

The judge in Krakow said that returning Polanski to the country from which he fled in 1978 after having pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl could violate the octogenarian director’s human rights by exposing him to the possibility of confinement.

Source: Polish court backs Roman Polanski, rejects U.S. extradition request – LA Times

In Cali, if you’re rich and white, you’ve got plenty of water…

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They are doctors, lawyers, athletes and titans of technology and finance. They live on well-kept estates in exclusive enclaves in tony towns. And they share a distinction — they’re still guzzling water as if California isn’t mired in a historic drought.

Source: New list of water hogs includes bankers, lawyers, former Warrior – San Francisco Chronicle

Cali Dem feeding frenzy continues as Block, Atkins fight it out

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For collectors of cringe-worthy moments, the Tuesday night meeting of the Uptown Democratic Club was a bazaar.

At one point, out of nowhere, a distraught club member started keening. “I’m damn tired of people coming in and getting involved in our party, our club, our business!” the woman wailed, adding, “I want the rest of you to get out of the place!”

For one night, a political club with relatively few members, low profile and near-zero clout was transformed into a fiery straw poll pitting incumbent state Sen. Marty Block against Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

Source: Block, Atkins fire first shots in Dem civil war – San Diego Union-Tribune

So much for inclusion – Cali candidates mostly white men…

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White men represent two of every three names appearing on the ballot in 2012 and 2014 from the federal level down to counties, according to the “Who Runs (in) America?” report released Thursday by the Reflective Democracy Campaign of the Women Donors Network.  Overall, 90 percent of candidates are white, 73 percent are men, and 66 percent are white men.

Source: Report: Calif., U.S. candidates mostly white men – Political Blotter – Politics in the Bay Area and beyond

Kamala Harris continues to blow through campaign cash

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Democrat Kamala Harris, the favorite to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer next year, is burning through campaign cash nearly as rapidly as she raises it. She is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on mail fundraising appeals, a large campaign staff anchored in Los Angeles and prominent fundraisers scattered across the country.

Source: Kamala Harris spending big chunk of money raised for Senate race – The Sacramento Bee

Clueless Cali hires convicted felon, puts her to work in state hospital

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State officials want to know how a woman licensed as both a nurse and psychiatric technician could admit to a federal felony and then continue to work at Patton State Hospital – even after she was sentenced and on parole. Angela Alicia Sanker, whom state records identify as Angela Jackson, remains licensed despite a 2014 sentence for fraudulently obtaining a passport.

Source: Licensed state worker admitted federal felony, kept working for California – The Sacramento Bee

Unlike Western leaders, #Putin wastes no time in hunting down Islamic terrorists

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Russian air strikes on Syria have killed nearly 600 people, a third of them civilians, since Moscow started its aerial campaign a month ago, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which collects information from a network of sources on the ground, said the Russian strikes had killed 185 civilians and 410 fighters from various insurgent groups.

Source: Month of Russian Air Strikes on Syria Kill Nearly 600

Cali Supremes to killer cop…stay in in prison!

The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to hear the case against a former Los Angeles police detective who was convicted of gunning down her ex-lover’s new wife in 1986 at the condominium where the couple lived in Van Nuys.

The state’s highest court denied a defense petition seeking its review of the case against Stephanie Lazarus, an art theft investigator and 25-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran who was convicted in March 2012 of first-degree murder for the Feb. 24, 1986 killing of Sherri Rasmussen.

Source: State Supreme Court refuses to hear case against former LAPD detective convicted of murdering romantic rival

Quentin Tarantino (rightly) slams killer cops, feckless unions bawl like babies

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The Los Angeles Police Department’s largest union has thrown its support behind the NYPD’s call for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films after the “Pulp Fiction” director referred to some police officers as murderers during a rally in New York City over the weekend.

Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally said comments like Tarantino’s encourage attacks on officers and said the union would support the call for a boycott of his films.

Tarantino flew from California to New York City to take part in a protest against police brutality on Saturday, and comments he made during the march quickly drew the ire of the New York Police Department’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Assn.”I’m a human being with a conscience,” Tarantino said, according to the Associated Press.

“And if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”

Source: LAPD union joins NYPD in call to boycott Quentin Tarantino films – LA Times

Praying football coach can’t seem to follow the rules – gets the boot

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Earth to coach, the rules are for everybody, even you.

The coach of a Washington state high school football team who prayed at games despite orders from the school district to stop has been placed on paid administrative leave.Bremerton School District officials said in a statement late Wednesday that assistant football coach Joe Kennedy’s leave was necessitated because of his refusal to comply with district directives that he refrain from engaging in overt, public religious displays on the football field while on duty as a coach.

Source: Praying football coach placed on paid leave by district – San Jose Mercury News

California voter law could disappoint salivating Dems

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Judging from Twitter traffic and other indices of political weather, Democratic activists are downright giddy about California’s new “motor voter” law. They see the state’s voter rolls swelling by more than 6 million persons, most of whom would be Democrats, leading to higher voter turnouts and protecting the party’s candidates from otherwise declining participation.Had the measure, Assembly Bill 1461, passed in its almost-final form, that buoyant attitude might have been justified. To get enough votes for Senate passage, however, it underwent a major change, weakening its potential impact.

Source: Dan Walters: California voter law could disappoint salivating Dems – The Sacramento Bee

Idiot Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy lets accused killer walk

Screenshot 2015-10-29 at 08.02.23A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy was reassigned this week after a murder suspect went to turn himself in at the main jail in San Jose, but was turned away and told to talk to San Jose police instead.

The suspect, 28-year-old Hugo Castro, was eventually arrested on suspicion of murder after his ex-girlfriend’s body was discovered stabbed to death in a San Jose apartment Monday morning.

But the incident at the jail marks another episode of questionable tactics employed by the sheriff’s office, which came under fire earlier this year when three deputies were charged with murder after the beating death of an inmate.

Source: Accused killer trying to surrender brushed off at South Bay jail – San Francisco Chronicle

Someone Sued DuPont for Poisoning the Drinking Water… and Won

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DuPont has been dumping the chemical, C8 (Perfluorooctanoic Acid), into the water supply near its facility in West Virginia for decades, igniting too many lawsuits to count. Carla Bartlett of Ohio is the first in over 3,500 lawsuits against the company to actually win. DuPont has known of the chemical’s toxicity since the 1950’s, but continued to manufacturer it.

Source: Someone Sued DuPont for Poisoning the Drinking Water… and Won : Waking Times

Does bloated Caltrans deserve more cash?

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Californians of all political stripes are in rare agreement the state’s infrastructure of roads, bridges and freeways is woefully underfunded.

But the Legislative Analyst’s Office and the state auditor often find misspending, bad priorities and bureaucratic problems at the California Department of Transportation.

For instance, auditors found 3,500 unnecessary positions there. That problem was reinforced by the auditor’s report from August spotlighting a Caltrans engineer who played golf on 55 workdays – yet his time sheet was approved by the agency.

Source: Does bloated Caltrans deserve more cash? – Steven Greenhut,  San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego To Pay $99K To Settle Pervert Filner’s Sex Harassment Claims

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The City Council Tuesday settled a lawsuit brought by two of about 20 women who alleged they were sexually harassed by former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

The council, on an 8-0 vote, gave final approval to a deal to pay $99,000 to settle claims by nurse Michelle Tyler and Katherine Ragazzino, a former Marine.

Source: San Diego To Pay $99K To Settle Filner Sexual Harassment Claims – KPBS

#PoliceState Update: More prisoners not formula for less crime

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When federal officials begin to free 6,000 prisoners this week it will be one of the largest prison releases in U.S. history.

It also will be a symbolic blow to the lock-’em-up, tough-on-crime approach that has made the United States home to the world’s largest prison population.

That approach has never been sustainable for both economic and social reasons.

Source: More prisoners not formula for less crime

Thug cops turn schools into war zones

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The FBI on Tuesday launched a federal civil rights investigation into whether Richland County Senior Deputy Ben Fields, who was suspended without pay, broke any laws during the fracas inside a math class.

But the encounter also has many questioning why a police officer was needed in the first place.

Source: Violent South Carolina classroom arrest adds to ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ debate – LA Times

Beef industry as bad as Big Tobacco…

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, analyzed decades of research and for the first time put processed meats in the same danger category as smoking or asbestos.

The results aren’t that shocking in the U.S., where many parents fret over chemicals in cured meats and the American Cancer Society has long cautioned against eating too much steak and deli.

Source: UN agency links hot dogs and other processed meat to cancer – San Francisco Chronicle

In Steinberg, Sacramento’s white elitist Dems get one of their own for mayor

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Steinberg is so enthusiastic about becoming mayor that his candidacy had become the worst-kept secret in the region. It’s hard to avoid bumping into someone who hasn’t talked to Steinberg about his plans. He’s intently listened to advice from anyone and everyone on the subject. But he’s had this on his mind for a long time.

Source: Marcos Breton: Darrell Steinberg makes mayoral race the most interesting in years – The Sacramento Bee

Wealthy Silicon Valley donors back anti-death penalty initiative

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A proposed ballot measure to abolish the death penalty in California has attracted some big-dollar help from Silicon Valley.

Anti-capital punishment activist Mike Farrell, a former star of the TV show “MASH,” filed “The Justice that Works Act” last month.

Supporters await clearance from the attorney general’s office to begin collecting the 365,880 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

Already, though, some deep-pocketed donors are lining up behind the proposal.

Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform, proponents’ campaign committee, late last week reported a $150,000 donation from Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings, $150,000 from Stanford computer science professor Nicholas McKeown, and $10,000 from Integrated Archive Systems, a company led by prominent Democratic donor Amy Rao.

Source: Silicon Valley donors give early to abolish death penalty – The Sacramento Bee

Royal Marine kills #Islamic terrorist, Brits throw him in prison

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Members of the Armed Forces have been ordered not to attend a Westminster rally later this week where more than 1,000 people are expected to turn out in support of Sgt Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine convicted for killing a Taliban fighter.

Commanders fearing a public show of support from troops for Blackman have repeatedly warned them they face disciplinary punishment if they attend the event in London.

Source: Troops warned not to attend Sgt Alexander Blackman rally – Telegraph

No such thing as a ‘child prostitute’

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The state’s child-welfare and law-enforcement systems are incapable of dealing with the problem – in large part because they don’t understand the nature of the problem. They insist on viewing teens (who often have been victims of sexual abuse since extremely young ages) in the same way they view adult prostitutes – as people who have chosen to be sex workers. There’s evidence this attitude is changing, but there’s still a long way to go.

Source: No such thing as a ‘child prostitute’ – Steven Greenhut, San Diego Union-Tribune

As a Boss, Carly Fiorina Was Just Another Silicon Valley A$$hole

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This photograph tells you everything you need to know about Carly Fiorina. It would do Leni Riefenstahl proud.

At Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina studiously avoided the employee cafeteria, eating lunch in her glass office despite pleas from aides to mingle with rank-and-file workers.

She swore allegiance to the values of the company’s humble, Ford Taurus-driving founders, reciting their words at meetings.

But she traveled in a chauffeured car — and when introducing herself in the employee newsletter, she highlighted her 52-foot yacht.

Source: As a Boss, Carly Fiorina Was a Contradictory Figure at Hewlett-Packard – The New York Times

‘Walking while black’ – White drivers are more OK with running over black pedestrians

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Sadly, it seems, “walking while black” can have dangerous consequences.

That’s because a recent study suggests motorists are less likely to stop for an African-American pedestrian in a crosswalk.

A black pedestrian’s wait time at the curb was about 32 percent longer than a white person’s.

Black pedestrians were about twice as likely as white pedestrians to be passed by multiple vehicles.

Source: ‘Walking while black’ can be dangerous too, study finds – The Washington Post

Garcetti, DWP nonprofit is shaking down ratepayers

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Critics question why DWP ratepayers are subsidizing the 4-year-old nonprofit.

There are also concerns about LACI’s oversight. One of LACI’s start-up companies, for instance, makes green tableware in a Taiwanese factory, a product seemingly unrelated to the DWP’s goals.

“What are ratepayers getting back?” said DWP watchdog Jack Humphreville. “Even if this is about creating jobs, it’s not the ratepayers’ responsibility to pay for economic development.”

Source: DWP is funding green companies, but will ratepayers benefit?

Britain’s Tony Blair admits the war on terrorism has been a giant f*ck up

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has acknowledged that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was partly responsible for the emergence of the Islamic State militant group in the Middle East.

Blair told CNN “there are elements of truth” in the assertion that the war in Iraq caused the rise of Islamic State, which now controls a large swath of Iraq and Syria.

“Of course, you can’t say those of us who removed Saddam in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015,” he said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Blair added that the “Arab Spring” revolutions, which began in 2011, had also played a part by allowing the Islamic fundamentalist militant group to flourish in civil-war-torn Syria and then Iraq.

And he said the “sectarian policy” of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim-led government was also a factor in destabilizing the country.

Source: Britain’s Tony Blair apologizes for ‘mistakes in planning’ in Iraq – LA Times

Pathetic Schwarzenegger hit with lawsuit over disease-ridden Cali jails

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California’s worst governor…ever.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing a lawsuit from the family of a prisoner who allegedly died after contracting a disease in jail while the actor was governor.

Schwarzenegger has been previously sued over his alleged negligence by inmates, and he is now facing a further lawsuit over the death of Rodney Taylor, Sr., who was held at Avenal State Prison from 2010 to 2014.

His family, who filed the legal papers, claim Taylor was exposed to the infection while in custody and it eventually killed him.

They accuse Schwarzenegger and other politicians of neglecting to “warn and properly educate” about the disease and failing to eliminate the virus.

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger hit with further lawsuit over California disease-ridden jail – Daily Dish

Unfortunately for Cali, the @CAGOP fantasy of killing High Speed Rail may come true

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The California High-Speed Rail Authority hasn’t yet chosen an exact route through the mountains. It also is behind schedule on land acquisition, financing and permit approvals, among other crucial tasks, and is facing multiple lawsuits. The first construction began in July — 2 1/2 years behind the target the authority had set in 2012.

Source: Report: $68B bullet train project likely to overshoot budget – San Francisco Chronicle

Feckless San Francisco has ignored homelessness and is paying the price

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This is a homegrown problem that’s been exacerbated by the city’s economic boom. Seventy-one percent of the homeless population were individuals living in San Francisco when they became homeless, according to January’s count.

Source: San Francisco has ignored homelessness and is paying the price – San Francisco Chronicle

#Islamic #racists push anti-Semitism at UC

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Shaken by several anti-Semitic events on campuses this year, the University of California began work over the summer on a statement of “principles against intolerance.”

Some Jewish groups asked that a broad U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which includes comments “demonizing Israel,” be adopted as part of the policy; that set off further controversy as supporters of Palestinians and faculty objected to what they regarded as infringement of their free speech.

Source: AM Alert: Seeking to address anti-Semitism, UC tries again to write ‘principles against intolerance’ – The Sacramento Bee

Our politicians’ tendency is to temporarily patch problems and then move on

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The state’s extraordinarily complex socioeconomic matrix makes gathering support for any major policy decision extraordinarily difficult.

Our politicians’ tendency, therefore, is to temporarily patch problems as they arise and then move on.

We’ve seen lots of patchwork politics in recent years.

Source: Dan Walters: Half-a-loaf solutions fall short – The Sacramento Bee

Paid leave hasn’t been the death blow to businesses that opponents warned of

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It hasn’t been the death blow to businesses that opponents warned of, according to studies over the past decade. California’s employment growth outpaced the U.S. average by 2 percentage points during that time, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Source: California shows how paid leave law affects businesses: Not much – The Sacramento Bee