Cruel #LASD deputy ignored shooting call – made YouTube video instead

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy is under investigation after a video posted online showed him ignoring a shooting call while he recorded a message to his then-girlfriend, officials said Thursday.

The video posted on YouTube last month shows Deputy Jeremy Fennell in a patrol car talking into a camera as a dispatcher is heard relaying the shooting alert.

The deputy uses colorful language and then looks into the camera and says, “Someone’s getting shot. Oh well.”

“I know I gotta go, but I’m not gonna go because you’re mad. I want to make things right with me and you.”

As the 51-second video clip comes to a close, Fennell blows kisses and says he’ll see the woman later that evening.

Fennell’s ex-girlfriend, Priscilla Anderson, said she posted the video online because she wanted to bring attention to his behavior after being ignored when she contacted his supervisors.

She said the video was recorded in December.

“I was shocked and saying, ‘Oh my God. There’s no way you could do something like this,’” Anderson said Thursday as she recalled receiving the video.

She says she also sent the supervisors other videos of Fennell being rude to people on the street.

Anderson said Fennell sent her videos he recorded in his patrol car with fellow deputies to get her to call him back.

“They are treating the most serious police duties as though they are a joke,” Anderson’s attorney’s Ben Meiselas, said. “People’s lives have been placed in danger.”

An investigation was launched immediately after the agency learned of the shooting alert video, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Darren Harris said.

Read the whole story in the Los Angeles Daily News

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The bill for repairing California’s neglected infrastructure is going to be crushing

A plan to raise $52 billion over a decade for roads, bridges, and mass transit reflects a big, ugly bill that Californians have little choice but to pay.

Most of the money, to come from higher gas taxes and vehicle fees, would go to repair infrastructure that residents are already using — and, in many cases, have been using long and often enough that it’s falling apart.

Depressed oil prices and proliferating hybrid and electric vehicles have increased the need by cutting into gas-tax revenue.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who was joined by Democratic legislative leaders in announcing the plan, compared the need to a leaky roof that will get only leakier and costlier with neglect. “If you don’t pay now, you pay later — and more,” he said in an interview. “We’re not going to let the roads become undrivable.”

Most of the proposed revenue would come from raising the gasoline excise tax, which is levied on distributors, then passed on to drivers, from 18 to 30 cents a gallon.

The plan also would raise the diesel excise tax from 20 to 36 cents a gallon; more than triple the diesel sales tax, to 5.75 percent; and add a $100 fee for electric vehicles — which, so long as they’re not hovering to and fro “Back to the Future”-style, are tearing up the same roads as everyone else.

Brown noted that the most responsible way to do so is by charging the motorists who use the infrastructure.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Jurors convict hideous #SanBernardino deputy

A San Bernardino County jury convicted a sheriff’s deputy of assault for his role in the televised beating of a man in the high desert.

Jurors found Charles Foster guilty of assault under the color of authority by a public officer, a charge that carries up to three years in county jail.

Heather N. Phillips, who represented Foster during trial, said the deputy’s family was “devastated” by the verdict.

“Obviously we are disappointed. This was not what we were hoping for, and not what we expected,” Phillips said.

Clearly they expected the Police State to let the hideously brutal Foster off the hook. The jury knew better.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

#Feckless #Oakland continues to #evict #seniors from their homes

Oakland, ruled by Liberals, a city of unimaginable cruelty.

Dorothy DeBose was given 10 minutes to vacate the house she’s lived in for most of her life.

DeBose left without her medication, wallet and financial documents. The locks were changed. Her furniture and clothes — just about everything — are still inside the white house with a gabled roof on Bancroft Avenue in East Oakland.

Oakland’s housing crisis is more than skyrocketing rental prices. DeBose, who was trapped by a risky pay-option mortgage, fell behind in payments and had her house snatched so quickly that she didn’t learn the house had been foreclosed and sold until the eviction process began.

Between 2007 and 2011, there were more than 10,500 completed foreclosures in Oakland, according to the Urban Strategies Council, an organization focused on eliminating poverty.

It’s how they roll in Oakland. The brutality metered out on the streets and clearly approved by City Hall comes swiftly…especially if you’re old, poor, and defenseless.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

#SinglePayer health care system for California debated in Sacramento

Sen. Ricardo Lara on Thursday released some provisions of a proposed single-payer health care system that would drastically alter California’s insurance market, but details about how it would be financed are still pending.

Under the single-payer plan, the state would negotiate prices for services and prescriptions with providers, pharmaceutical companies and others.

Californians would be required to participate in the public program and insurance companies would be barred from offering coverage for services already included in the the plan, according to Lara’s office.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones told The Sacramento Bee on March 8, 2017 that other countries have cheaper insurance and better health outcomes because of their single-payer health care systems.

The Healthy California Act, also known as Senate Bill 562, would cover all medical care, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, dental, vision, mental health and nursing home care, according to a press release from Lara’s office.

The bill would eliminate co-pays and insurance deductibles, allow Californians to choose their doctor and referrals would not be required.

A nine-member unpaid board appointed by the governor and Legislature would oversee the health system. An advisory committee, consisting of doctors, nurses, consumers and other health care providers, also would guide public policy.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

EPA: California farmers can continue using deadly #chlorpyrifos on their crops

The Trump administration late Wednesday halted plans to ban a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, rejecting conclusions reached by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists during the waning days of the Obama administration that the chemical is harmful to farm workers.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pointedly announced he was “reversing the previous administration’s steps” by allowing farmers to continue using chlorpyrifos. “We are returning to using sound science in decision-making – rather than predetermined results,” he said in a prepared statement.

California officials, who already are battling the Trump administration over climate change and tailpipe emissions, could ramp up the state’s regulation of chlorpryifos in spite of Pruitt’s decision.

“It’s a pesticide that’s definitely on our radar,” said spokeswoman Charlotte Fadipe of the state Department of Pesticide Regulation. However, she said the state isn’t considering an outright ban on the chemical.

While applauded by farm groups, Pruitt’s decision infuriated a coalition seeking to ban the pesticide altogether, including the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, United Farm Workers and Natural Resources Defense Council. The coalition noted that chlorpyrifos was banned for most household uses in 2001.

Chlorpyrifos is a toxin that can affect the nervous system; children are particularly vulnerable, according to the advocacy group Californians for Pesticide Reform. Its use in agriculture can compromise food safety, according to the group, but the risk is especially high for farmworkers and people living in rural areas.

“It’s widely used in the Central Valley, a lot of orchard crops, a lot of row crops,” said Patti Goldman of Earthjustice, a law firm that sued the EPA in 2014 to get the chemical banned. “It’s probably used in more crops in California than anywhere else.” Goldman said her firm plans to continue fighting in court over the issue.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

#JudgeWatson extends order blocking travel ban – terrorists gain constitutional protection

Islamic terrorists everywhere are no doubt pleased.

Feeling the need to help ISIS and the rest of the Islamic terror world gain unfettered access to the United States, a federal judge in Hawaii has extended his order blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban several hours after hearing arguments.

Extending the temporary order until the state’s lawsuit was resolved literally extends constitutional rights to Islamics desiring to come to America to kill people and blow stuff up.

Read the whole story in the Mercury News

Spring thaw is a time bomb about to explode – Hapless California leaders remain clueless

The spring thaw is about to trash hapless California.

Thousands of feet above the Owens Valley, melting snow dribbles from granite cracks, succumbing to the sun’s warmth and gravity’s pull.

Glistening rivulets streak the recently drought-parched alluvial fans that spill toward U.S. 395, and along Owens River a mosaic of puddles reflects the fang-like peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the Inyo and White ranges to the east.

In sleepy towns such as Lone Pine, Big Pine and Independence, an all-but-forgotten sound adds to the serenity, as water again gurgles in every ditch and drain pipe.

But while a sudden abundance of snowmelt has rendered this landscape particularly stunning this spring, it has also stirred a cacophony throughout the valley, as crews with chainsaws clear culverts, dozers reshape reservoirs and backhoes clank and roar, digging brush from the concrete aqueduct in a frantic effort to protect a key source of Los Angeles’ water.

Meanwhile California’s leaders remain clueless.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Normal people fleeing the #BayArea by the tens-of-thousands

Choked by traffic and overwhelmed by skyrocketing housing costs, a greater percentage of Bay Area residents than a year ago now say they yearn to flee the region.

In a new Bay Area Council poll released Thursday, 40 percent of the region’s residents said they want to move away in the new few years, a marked increase from the 33 percent who said in 2016 they wanted to leave.

Even worse, the new survey found that young adults are more inclined to leave: 46 percent of millennials want to lead the charge out of the Bay Area in the next few years.

The departure of millennial professionals to other regions of the country could harm the Bay Area’s economy, the council warned.

The elites who run the Bay Area obviously could care less.

Read the whole story in the Mercury News

Bad news ladies, young men say they don’t want to be manly

Despite the decades-long drumbeat for gender equity, young American men still feel strong social pressure to adhere to traditional male roles to be tough, sexually aggressive and controlling.

That’s bad news ladies, most personally don’t believe in the tenets of old-style masculinity. They’ve become head-cases instead.

This disconnect between how they feel they should act and how they say they want to act leaves many young males in a sexual quandary.

Their bravado and outward posture that ‘all is fine’ masks deep insecurities, depression and frequent thoughts of suicide,” according to experts.

Compared to outside-the-box men, they engage in risky behaviors such as binge drinking and reckless driving, and are three to six times more likely to be victims or perpetrators of bullying and to sexually harass women.

For men outside the “box,” the dissonance between perceived social norms and personal beliefs looms large.

Basically these guys are losers. Maybe those old guys hitting on you at the clubs aren’t so bad after all ladies.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Incompetent #Oakland city government kills again

The West Oakland halfway house struck by a deadly blaze this week drew complaints about unsafe living conditions for years, but the city allowed well over a year to pass between the last two fire inspections, an apparent breach of a state law requiring annual reviews.

Oakland fire officials said Wednesday that the three-story building on San Pablo Avenue that was occupied by clients of nonprofit aid groups had been inspected seven times this decade: twice in 2010, twice in 2012, and once each in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

But the city, which is under pressure to identify hazardous buildings in the wake of December’s Ghost Ship disaster, released only the most recent inspection report, and would not talk about the results of the earlier visits.

As the Fire Department continued to investigate the blaze, the information about the fire inspections raised questions about actions by the landlord and the city.

What remained unclear was the reason for the gap between fire inspections of a building with a history of trouble, including a raft of violations logged by city building inspectors. It was also not known whether safety violations were found in the earlier fire inspections — and if they were, whether the city made sure they were corrected.

City officials declined to explain why fire inspectors had not visited the location sooner. Problems were known at the site at least as far back as Feb. 25, when a firefighter responding to a service call there flagged it for review, according to city records.

State law requires local fire departments to inspect residential complexes with three or more units annually.

Oakland’s idiot mayor, Libby Schaaf, said in an interview that the findings in the inspection three days before the fire didn’t warrant clearing the building, because the violations “did not amount to an imminent life safety threat.”

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

#Britain officially bails on the #losers in the #EuropeanUnion

It has been described as the most complex divorce in history, but Wednesday afternoon, the breakup began in earnest as Britain formally launched its move to leave the European Union.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, received a letter in Brussels hand-delivered by Sir Tim Barrow, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, which triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, setting off a two-year withdrawal process.

Minutes later, British Prime Minister Theresa May, who sent the letter to Tusk, announced in the House of Commons that her government was acting on the “democratic will of the British people,” who in June voted 52% to 48% to split from the 28-nation union.

In the minds of Liberal “New-World-Order” types, the move Wednesday signifies one of the greatest political changes the continent has faced since the end of World War II.

Meanwhile, in Scotland, where 62% of voters in the June referendum favored remaining part of the EU, the Scottish parliament voted Tuesday in favor of an independence referendum within two years, once the terms of Britain’s exit deal are known.

In Ireland there are concerns about the future stability of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement as the Republic of Ireland will remain in the EU, while Northern Ireland will be part of post- “Brexit” Britain.

May does not want Brexit to be seen as Britain turning its back on its European neighbors, but instead as finding a new way to exist as an independent, sovereign nation while maintaining robust economic, trade and intelligence ties with the continent.

She has also stressed that she would be willing to walk away from the negotiations at the end of two years with no deal, if the only option on the table is a bad one.

European leaders have naturally freaked-out.

The tone across the Channel on Wednesday was far from celebratory and Tusk struck a regretful tone during a news conference soon after receiving May’s letter.

More bad news for the hapless EU came as France announced it will hold presidential elections in April and May, and Marine Le Pen, one of the front-runners from the far-right National Front party, has vowed to hold a referendum on France’s membership in the EU.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

In #Mosul, #Islamic from #ISIS are posing as nice guys in order to gain access to the West

“We think he may be Islamic State,” the Iraqi police officer said.

The officer was seated behind the window of a trailer outside a United Nations displaced persons camp 20 miles south of Mosul. A laptop computer in front of him displayed a spreadsheet containing names of more than 40,000 Islamic State suspects.

Among them was the name of the bearded man standing before him, Ahmed Hussein Hasan.

Dozens of suspected Islamic State militants have been detained over the last two weeks as officers examine those flooding into the camps.

That’s how it’s going in Mosul. Islamic from ISIS are posing as nice guys, in order to gain access to the West. Of course the European Union and Liberals in America will embrace them, and more innocents will die.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Feckless #WellsFargo nailed for $110 million – Rat boss however pocketed millions

In the six months since Wells Fargo & Co. acknowledged opening millions of accounts customers didn’t authorize, the bank has junked its old sales incentives, replaced its chairman and chief executive, and paid $185 million in fines.

Bank customers, meanwhile, have received just $3.2 million in refunds. But soon they’ll be in line for much more.

On Tuesday, the bank agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed two years ago, a deal that could also put to rest 11 other class-action cases, many filed after the bank’s practices were thrown into the national spotlight last September.

The settlement, if approved by a federal judge in San Francisco, would provide payouts to all Wells Fargo customers who say they have been victims of the bank’s bad practices from 2009 until now.

Those payments would be on top of any money customers have already received as part of a settlement last year with the Los Angeles city attorney’s office and federal regulators.

So far the bank has paid refunds to holders of about 130,000 accounts.

The bank recently fired four senior managers, the highest-profile departures since former Chairman and CEO John Stumpf resigned last year.

Rat boss Stumpf received no punishment and walked away with millions. Wells Fargo makes us want to puke.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Feckless #BigOil continues to brutalize #Torrance

An investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has uncovered more safety and operational deficiencies at the Torrance refinery, including a “superficial” management structure and broken equipment designed to help contain any accidental release of toxic hydrofluoric acid that remained unfixed for “weeks.”

In addition, the EPA probe found that not only were critical safety systems untested, but the plant’s required risk management plan understated the danger to the community from a fire or chemical release because of several errors and inaccuracies.

The report was made public Tuesday, just hours before a Torrance City Council meeting where panelists were scheduled to debate whether to support a resolution written by Councilman Tim Goodrich that seeks to phase out the use of the acid at the refinery.

The refinery supposedly uses a modified form of the acid to make it safer, but industry critics and local activists have questioned whether it really is.

Goodrich called the EPA report “damning.”

“The revelations detailed in the EPA report underscore how dangerous modified hydrofluoric acid is, which is why we need a transition to a safer alternative,” he said.

The county Board of Supervisors has backed a similar resolution supporting a proposal by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to ban the chemical.

Read the whole story in the Los Angeles Daily News

Uber’s first diversity report: Pretty much whites only (but some Asians are OK)

Uber has its first report on diversity in its workplace, showing that the San Francisco ride-hailing company faces the same underrepresentation of women and non-Asian minorities — most notably among executives and tech workers — as most other major tech employers.

It’s the Jim Crow way of life in Silicon Valley.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and many other major Silicon Valley companies have released such reports annually for the past couple of years. The reports almost uniformly show that blacks and Hispanics account for only a small fraction of the companies’ employees.

Whites only…but a few Asians are OK.

Uber has been under pressure to do likewise. The world’s most valuable startup, worth close to $70 billion, is trying to rein in an aggressive workplace culture and repair its tattered image in the wake of a string of controversies this year that included allegations of sexual harassment, a video of CEO Travis Kalanick berating a driver and revelations about a program to evade law enforcement.

Face it, Uber is just another face of Silicon Valley’s racism.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Another fire, more senseless deaths…it’s the new normal in #Oakland

More senseless fire deaths in Oakland, the city known for its public safety brutality and incompetence. It’s the new normal.

The owner of the West Oakland halfway house where four people died Monday in a fire was a high-flying entrepreneur who once ran the Granny Goose potato chip company before he was convicted of lying to stock-market regulators and filed for bankruptcy.

The building’s main tenant was a nonprofit group with an ambitious mission to help homeless veterans, ex-cons and addicts, but it had sketchy finances and was fighting eviction from the property.

And the Oakland city agencies that were alerted to the building’s problems — including filth, busted plumbing and a lack of smoke detectors — did not take decisive action despite being under pressure to deal with unsafe housing in the wake of December’s Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people at an unsanctioned music event.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Orange County taxpayers are on the hook to defend psycho #ToddSpitzer

Orange County has chosen to fight a wrongful-termination lawsuit filed by a former aide to psychopath Supervisor Todd Spitzer.

Psycho Spitzer’s “raging temper” harmed her health, drove her from her job, and ultimately got her fired when she complained.

Spitzer announced the county’s decision on Tuesday evening in a statement basically belittling his former employee Christine Richters.

Spitzer is an abuser who has no place in public service.

Read the whole story in the Orange County Register

Becerra throws the book at Planned Parenthood sting operators

California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy of medical providers by filming without consent.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the charges against David Daleiden of Davis and Sandra Merritt of San Jose. The two operate the Center for Medical Progress, which has an Irvine mailing address.

The allegations say the pair filmed 14 people without permission between October 2013 and July 2015 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Dorado counties. One felony count was filed for each person. The 15th was for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy.

Becerra says they used a fictitious bioresearch company to meet with women’s health care providers and covertly record them.

Daleiden, told the Associated Press the “bogus” charges are coming from “Planned Parenthood’s political cronies.”

He could not be more correct.

“The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners,” Daleiden said.

In April of last year California Department of Justice agents raided his home, seizing all of his video footage along with personal information.

Daleiden and Merritt had previously been indicted in Texas on similar charges in January of 2016, but all of the charges were eventually dropped by July as prosecutors said a grand jury had overstepped its authority.

Expect the same in California.

Messages left seeking comment from Planned Parenthood representatives late Tuesday were not immediately returned.

Read the whole story in the Orange County Register

Want to buy a home? Better dump Prop. 13 first policy expert says

Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget and Policy Center in Sacramento, says that local governments need to boost local property taxes to gain flexibility to address housing costs in their areas.

Because of Prop. 13, the voter-backed measure that limits tax hikes on properties until they’re sold, local governments have to raise money from development fees, which discourages homebuilding, Hoene said.

Prop. 13 also limits the local government’s ability to finance affordable housing projects while discouraging existing homeowners from making improvements such as building more units on their properties, he said.

“[I]t doesn’t make sense for people to scream and yell about an affordability crisis and not take on the single biggest financing mechanism problem in the state.”

California is rapidly becoming a renter majority state, with 54 percent of households owning their own homes, the second-lowest homeownership rate in the nation. Because fewer renters can afford to buy a home, they are trapped in housing with rapidly escalating rents.

Read the whole story in the Orange County Register

Feckless bail bond industry panics over #Hertzberg/#Bonta reform bill

California lawmakers have unveiled a sweeping plan to overhaul pretrial release in the state that could virtually eliminate the use of money bail.

It’s about time.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, introduced legislation last December to change a system that clearly punishes the poor by keeping them stuck in custody if they cannot afford expensive bail rates.

Their proposal envisions instead a system of risk assessment to determine who is released and county services to ensure that offenders appear in court.

“It’s fundamentally broken,” Bonta said of California’s current bail law, which allows each county to set its own bail schedule by crime. Offenders can secure their release by paying the entire amount, to be returned at the conclusion of their case, or applying for a surety bond through companies that charge a 10 percent fee.

The whole scheme is designed to make money for the bail bond industry…lots of money. This money comes from poor people, clearly the targets of the government sponsored racketeering operation.

Senate Bill 10 and Assembly Bill 42 would jointly create a statewide risk assessment tool, as a handful of counties have already done, to determine during the intake process whether defendants pose a flight risk or danger to their communities. If not, low-level offenders would be released.

The feckless bail industry is in panic mode.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

#TimDraper: Another boring rich guy trying to tell Californians how to live

Tim Draper, another Silicon Valley rich know-it-all, is plotting new proposals to “make California a great government again.”

Yawn!

After spending nearly $5.3 million on the Six Californias effort, Draper said he’s been polling, meeting with analysts, interest groups and subject-matter experts, and studying various geographical reconfigurations and policy reforms to create a California 2.0. Whatever that’s supposed to mean.

To heighten the suspense, Draper said his team is expecting some assistance from “the Brits.” He’s heard from Nigel Farage, the British politician who led the UK Independence Party and masterminded Brexit.

Draper remains uncommitted on the separate Calexit proposal that would have the Golden State secede from the United States. A statewide Berkeley IGS Poll found it is opposed by nearly 70 percent of voters.“I don’t know how I’ll vote for that, but I am not actively supporting it,” he said. “Whether California is a part of the United States or outside the United States, we have got to make our government work in California.”

This guy Draper has yet to come up with an original thought.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

Poll: Californians not so keen on sanctuary cities for criminal illegal immigrants

In the face of de-funding threats from the Trump administration, a Leftist poll has suggested to the media that California voters support communities declaring themselves “sanctuary cities.”

But the Berkeley IGS Poll found that a majority oppose cities and counties being able to disregard federal requests to detain illegal immigrants who have been arrested and are pending release from custody.

Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll, said the findings show voters have less sympathy for unauthorized immigrants who have been arrested.

“Some voters are making a distinction between immigrants that local officials happen upon” vs. those who have been arrested, he said.

The Berkeley survey, conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies, follows Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ warning Monday that the so-called “sanctuary cities” stand to be stripped of Justice Department grants for state and local law enforcement if they refuse to comply with federal immigration law.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

Psycho #ToddSpitzer sued by former aide — ‘Raging temper,’ wrongful termination

He’s a whack-job…everybody knows it, and now the taxpayers are going to be on the hook for another Orange County political debacle.

A former aide to Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has sued the county and her ex-boss alleging that Spitzer’s “raging temper” toward employees caused her health problems and that when she requested to transfer to a new county position she was instead fired.

Christine Richters, 50, worked in Spitzer’s office from February 2013 through October 2016, said in her lawsuit, filed Friday, that Spitzer’s excessive time demands and practice of running his office “through means of fear and aggression,” caused her to experience anxiety, depression, hair loss and other health issues. She also alleges she was wrongfully terminated.

Spitzer did not return a request for comment.

Richters said her doctor recommended she seek a transfer to another county job due to the stress. But when she requested a transfer, citing her doctor’s recommendations, Richters said Spitzer told her, “No one leaves Spitzer unless they’re fired.” The lawsuit said she was fired soon after.

She is suing for unspecified monetary damages.

Spitzer’s Third District office has experienced a high rate of turnover in the last five months, during which it has lost two chiefs of staff, including Irvine City Councilman Jeff Lalloway, who resigned after four months.

Everyone in town knows Spitzer is a raging psychopath

Read the whole story in the Orange County Register

Governor’s Reorganization Plans

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By Chris Micheli

The California Constitution grants the Governor, subject to approval by the Legislature, the authority to “assign and reorganize functions among executive officers and agencies and their employees.” A reorganization of the executive branch of government is called a “Governor’s Reorganization Plan,” or more commonly known as a “GRP.”

Article 5, Section 6 of the California Constitution authorizes a statute to allow the Governor to reorganize functions among state agencies other than the remaining constitutional offices. As such, a GRP is actually a bill that is submitted to the Legislature for approval, after consideration by the Little Hoover Commission (LHC) at least 30 days prior to the GRP’s submission to the Legislature. The LHC’s role is set forth in California Government Code Section 8523, which was put into statute in 1974 by Chapter 1242.

Following review and one or more public hearings on the proposed GRP, the Little Hoover Commission offers a recommendation to the Legislature to either allow the GRP to go into effect or to reject the GRP. Each house of the Legislature has 60 calendar days to act on the GRP. The GRP takes effect on the 61st day after submission to the Legislature, unless a resolution rejecting the GRP is adopted by both the Senate and Assembly by a majority vote of each house.

Government Code Section 8523(a) requires the Governor to submit to the Little Hoover Commission “for study and recommendation any reorganization plan which he intends to submit to the Legislature” at least 30 days prior to submission of the GRP to the Legislature. Then the LHC must make its report to the Governor and the Legislature within 30 days of the date on which the Governor submits his or her GRP to the Legislature.

Pursuant to state law, the LHC may undertake a study of the GRP submitted to the Legislature and make reports to the Governor and the Legislature as it deems necessary. Prior to transmittal of a GRP to the LHC, the Governor must submit each GRP to the Legislative Counsel in order that it may be submitted to the Legislature in the form and language suitable for enactment as a statute. The Legislative Counsel also prepares a digest of the GRP.

Under Government Code Section 8523(b), it is the intent of the Legislature in requiring the use of statutory language to insure that GRPs submitted to the Legislature express clearly and specifically the nature and purposes of the GRP. Note that, under Section 8523(c), the Governor may submit a GRP directly to the Legislature if that GRP is substantially identical to a plan previously submitted to the LHC during the same legislative session.

The LHC’s role in the GRP process is advisory and the LHC begins that process by conducting one or more public hearings in order to provide a forum for affected agencies, constituencies and interest groups to comment on the proposed GRP. In addition to invited witnesses, the Commission hears testimony from other interests or members of the public who would like to testify.

The LHC assesses the GRP based on its broad mandate to assist policy-makers in “promoting economy, efficiency and improved service in the transaction of the public business.”  The LHC’s report offers a recommendation on whether the plan should go into effect. A GRP may be delivered to the Legislature at any time during a regular session, provided the Legislature has at least 60 calendar days of continuous session remaining to consider the plan.

The Governor’s reorganization process is an important one for the Governor to assign new duties or change existing duties of state agencies and departments. The last GRP was done in 2012 under Governor Brown to restructure various agencies and departments under this authority and control.

Chris Micheli is a registered lobbyist with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law in their Capital Lawyering Program.

California’s state and local leaders panic over Sessions’ call to end ‘sanctuary cities’

State and local leaders in California struck a defiant tone Monday, saying they would continue to protect people in the country illegally despite an announcement by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions that the U.S. Department of Justice would soon cut federal grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

Behind the scenes, they’ve pushed the panic button. Billions and billions in free money is hanging in the balance.

During an appearance in the White House briefing room, Sessions repeated previous statements from the Trump administration decrying the danger of sanctuary cities, which limit cooperation between local and federal authorities on immigration enforcement.

Through an executive order in January, President Trump first put cities and counties on notice that they would lose federal funding if they didn’t cooperate with immigration agents. The move has broad implications for California, a state that aggressively protects its immigrant population from deportation.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

#FreedomCaucus: #Trump is going to be stuck with these #racist #moron #elitist #jerks for a while

When hapless and incompetent House Speaker Paul D. Ryan pulled the plug on the GOP’s Obamcacare overhaul, lawmakers spilled out of the Capitol basement, angry, frustrated and stunned.

But Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), leader of the conservative and rebellious House Freedom Caucus that led the fight against the bill, was uncharacteristically quiet, downplaying his political victory and mulling over the next move.

Naturally, since he single-handedly screwed every Republican voter in America.

After defeating the GOP healthcare overhaul, the Freedom Caucus has roared back to relevance as a political power in the Trump era. It has reasserted itself as not just a renegade assemblage of mostly back-bench lawmakers, but as a core block of votes that Trump will need to push past the healthcare debacle to tax reform, budget battles and other issues.

President Trump is going to be stuck with these racist moron elitist jerks for a while.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Raiders’ statement on leaving: Screw Oakland, screw California

As we predicted, Raiders owner Mark Davis received nearly unanimous approval from his fellow owners to move his team to Las Vegas. It was a no-brainer decision. What business would stay in Oakland, and in California, given the opportunity presented by Governor Sandoval, the State of Nevada, and the City of Las Vegas.

Following the vote, the Raiders released the following statement from Davis:

“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness. I would like to thank Commissioner Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality.”

In short, screw Oakland, and screw California. You could see this coming a mile away. Another epic fail for Oakland, and California.

Read the whole story in the East Bay Times

Taxpayers pay $325K settlement because #SFUSD wouldn’t stop student sexual assault

A high school student who administrators neglected to separate from her sexual abuser has reached a settlement with the San Francisco Unified School District.

The Galileo High School graduate filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the SFUSD alleging that the district failed to enforce a restraining order against a student who groped her repeatedly in the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

District spokesperson Gentle Blythe confirmed Friday that the school district settled for $325,000.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Examiner

#Democrats new strategy: Stop being #racists

To regain political power, Democrats need to better direct their message at people of color who aren’t voting instead of conservative whites who have stopped listening to them.

That’s a big order since the Democrats have been for years the biggest supporters of the Police State. Killer cops who routinely execute the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color have been a huge part of the Democrat’s power structure.

However, that’s the conclusion of San Francisco’s Democracy in Color, which on Monday outlined a road map to victory that involves spending $500 million on field operations — instead of TV commercials — designed to turn out 10 million new progressive voters of color in 17 key states for the next presidential race.

That is assuming the Police State doesn’t get to these potential voters first.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Sacramento’s white elites clash over immigration (both sides are bigots)

It’s pretty humorous as Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s white elitist faction has proven to be every bit as bigoted towards immigrants, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color as the GOPers who support Sheriff Scott Jones.

Nevertheless, Steinberg took aim at Sheriff Scott Jones’ decision to host a public forum with the nation’s top immigration enforcement official, calling the decision “cynical” and “mean.”

We’re serious. Steinberg, the mayor of one of the nation’s most segregated and racist communities, actually said that.

Steinberg said he will be joined by a large group of protesters before the Tuesday forum with Jones and acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan. Labor unions, faith leaders and pro-immigrant groups are expected at the vigil, while state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is expected to attend the forum.

The Trump administration has pledged to crack down on illegal immigration, which would include withholding federal money from cities such as Sacramento and counties that offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was “urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws.”

Jones said he organized the forum to “find common ground to reduce conflicting information, eliminate ambiguity and reduce fear.”

Enjoy your Police State.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

California proposal throws more free money at college students

As if spending your student loan money (that you have no plans to pay back) on a spring break vacation wasn’t great enough already, California legislators have an even better deal for you.

The Children’s Savings Account Program created by Assembly Bill 34 aims to increase the number of young people who attend college. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, all of the roughly 500,000 children born in California each year would have a 529 tuition savings account opened in their name, with an initial contribution from the state. More free money for spring break!

Under the proposal, the state would give more money to the children of families with adjusted gross income of less than $75,000. The state also would match the contributions of those families. Philanthropic foundations and other groups also could give to the accounts.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

#CaGOP congressional seats at risk in 2018

The Republican epic fail in California keeps unfolding like a slow motion train wreck.

Darrell Issa, the combative and controversial Republican congressman from San Diego and Orange counties, is widely regarded as the nation’s most embattled GOP incumbent, and he knows it.

Once a Trump backer, he is now scrambling to put distance between himself and the president by embracing liberalism.

As Clinton was winning in Issa’s 49th Congressional District by 7.5 percentage points, Issa barely scraped by Democratic challenger Doug Applegate by 621 votes.

Applegate, a retired Marine Corps attorney, is running again.

Three other Orange County Republicans saw their districts opt for Clinton: Ed Royce, Mimi Walters and Dana Rohrabacher. So did suburban Los Angeles Congressman Steve Knight and two members in the San Joaquin Valley, Jeff Denham and David Valadao.

Clinton’s margin in Valadao’s 21st Congressional District was a whopping 15.2 percentage points, and that, coupled with the district’s lopsided Democratic voter registration margin, puts a target on his back.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

Governor’s role provided in the Constitution

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By Chris Micheli

Most of the powers of the executive branch of California government are found in Article Five of the state Constitution. The following is a description of those constitutional provisions affecting the Governor and his or her administration.

Section 1 vests the executive power in the Governor who is required to faithfully execute the law.

Section 2 provides that the Governor is elected every four years at the same time that Assembly members are and that he or she holds office beginning the Monday after January 1. The Governor must be a United States citizen and a resident of California for the past five years. The term of office is capped at two.

Section 3 requires the Governor to report to the Legislature each year on the condition of the State, usually referred to as the “State of the State” speech.

Section 4 provides the Governor can require officers and agencies to furnish information related to their duties.

Section 5 allows the Governor to fill a vacancy in office by appointment. This applies to other constitutional officers. That individual is confirmed by a majority vote of both the Assembly and Senate. That person shall complete the term of office for which he or she was appointed. If the person is not confirmed or refused confirmation by both houses within 90 days, then the individual takes office.

Section 6 authorizes a statute to allow the Governor to reorganize functions among state agencies other than the remaining constitutional offices (which are known as “Governor’s Reorganization Plans – GRPs”).

Section 7 provides that the Governor is the commander in chief of the militia and may call upon it to execute the laws of the state.

Section 8 provides the Governor authority to grant a reprieve, pardon and commutation, except for cases of impeachment. The Governor must report to the Legislature any grants and providing the facts and reasons for doing so. No pardons for persons twice convicted of a felony, unless the Supreme Court recommends it. The Governor may review decisions of the parole authority within 30 days of their recommendation. He or she may affirm, modify or reverse the decision based upon the same factors which the parole authority is required to consider. The Governor must report to the Legislature each parole decision he or she acts upon.

Section 9 requires the Lieutenant Governor to have the same qualifications as the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor is the President of the Senate, but may only cast a vote on a tie.

Section 10 provides the Lieutenant Governor will become Governor when a vacancy occurs. He or she shall act as Governor during an impeachment, when the Governor is out of state, or the Governor has a temporary disability. There is an order of precedence for succession to the Governor’s office or temporarily exercising the Governor’s functions. The Supreme Court has exclusive jurisdiction under this section to address any questions.

Section 11 provides that the Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Controller, Secretary of State, and Treasurer are elected at the same time as the Governor and are limited to 2 terms in office.

Section 13 provides that the Attorney General is the chief law officer of the state and it is his or her duty to uniformly and adequately enforce the laws of the state. The Attorney General has direct supervision over every district attorney and sheriff in the state related to the duties of their offices and may require them to make reports on crimes. If the Attorney General opines that a law is not being adequately enforced in any county, it is the duty of the Attorney General to prosecute any violations of law in place of a district attorney.

Section 14 provides that no state officer shall knowingly receive any salary, wages, commissions, or other earned income from a lobbyist or a lobbying firm. If any is received, then the state officer cannot make or participate in making for one year any action that would have a direct and significant financial impact on the lobbyist employer and would not impact the public generally. No state officer may accept any honorarium. The Legislature is required to enact laws that ban or strictly limit accepting a gift that would create a conflict of interest. No state officer may knowingly accept any compensation for appearing before or taking any action on behalf of another person before a state government board or agency. If any is received, then the state officer cannot make or participate in making for one year any action that would have a direct and significant financial impact on the person and would not impact the public generally. The Legislature is required to enact laws that prohibit state officers, agency secretaries and department directors from lobbying the executive branch for 12 months after leaving office.

Capitol observers should be familiar with the provisions of Article Five in order to understand the powers and duties, as well as the limitations on powers, of the executive branch. Thereafter, review of relevant provisions of the Government Code should be consulted to determine further laws affecting the Governor and his or her administration.

Chris Micheli is an attorney and registered lobbyist with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law.

Rep. Duncan Hunter: He should be punished for his crimes

Is Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, a crook or merely utterly incompetent in managing both his campaign and family finances? Everyone’s going to find out, it appears, given the confirmation that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the five-term congressman over his use of campaign funds for personal purposes.

The confirmation came in sync with the House Ethics Committee’s release of a report that said Hunter “may have converted tens of thousands of dollars of campaign funds from his congressional campaign committee to personal use to pay for family travel, flights, utilities, health care, school uniforms and tuition, jewelry, groceries and other goods, services and expenses.”

These are crimes.

Despite all the evidence, Hunter has pushed the idea that reporting about his improper spending is fake news spurred by liberal bias and dishonest media.

President Trump’s Justice Department doesn’t agree.

Read the whole story in the San Diego Union-Tribune

For the #RaiderNation, it’s Vegas Baby!

On Feb. 11, 2016, Raiders owner Mark Davis and hapless Oakland city officials got together at Oracle Arena and smiled in front of all the TV cameras. They agreed to a one-year lease extension at the Coliseum and pledged to work together to build a permanent facility for the football team.

They haven’t met since.

And now Davis, frustrated at the lack of progress toward getting a new stadium in Oakland and city officials’ vows not to spend taxpayer money to get one, is locked in on a move to Las Vegas.

NFL owners are set to vote on the team’s possible relocation at their meeting in Phoenix. Davis needs 24 of 32 owners to vote “yes,” though contingencies attached to a vote could push the final approval back to May, during the next owners’ meeting.

League sources expect the move to be approved. The Raiders are confident enough that they were planning a news conference near the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.

“Oakland is not really viewed as an alternative at this point,” one league executive said. “There’s nothing new on that end.”

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

How California screws first-time home buyers

If you’re a millennial living in California, buying your first home doesn’t come any harder. You’re pretty much screwed.

California ranked as the toughest state in the nation for first-time home buyers, who typically would be in the millennial age bracket of 18 to 34, according to a recent report by Claes Bell, an analyst with Bankrate.com.

There are several reasons the Golden State placed last in the report, including the relatively high cost of housing, the tight market for available entry-level homes and the struggle that millennials face in saving for a down payment.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

The biggest welfare queen in America may be San Francisco

San Francisco, possibly America’s biggest welfare queen, remains in suspense over the impacts of President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget” proposal released last week.

As a result, San Francisco’s budget process one of the most challenging in recent years.

This comes after a period of budget processes made easy by the influx of revenues from a booming local economy since 2011, giving city officials a break from having to make tough cuts to services. There was also the stability of policies with eight years of a Democrat as U.S. president.

Under Trump, San Francisco has no idea what financial hit to expect.“We likely have significant and severe federal funding cuts coming, but it is entirely unclear about the timing of them, what the ultimate scale will be,” City Controller Ben Rosenfield told the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Federal Select Committee.

San Francisco’s current budget relies on $1.2 billion in federal funds — 13 percent of its overall budget — and an additional $800 million in federal grants.

Most of the funding is for federal entitlement programs, including food stamps, Calworks and Medicaid.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Examiner

The CA National Guard is as corrupt as everything else in Sacramento

Nine months after he talked with a reporter to expose wasteful spending and mismanagement in the California National Guard, Maj. Joseph Lovelace abruptly received three unexpected performance reviews filled with what he viewed as false praise.

“With strong mentorship” and “supervision,” he was capable of making good decisions, one review read. He could succeed at a higher rank, it said, “with continued mentorship.”

The polite phrases carried an underlying message that senior Army officers recognize as career-killing language: Lovelace’s command did not want him to move to a higher rank, and without a promotion, the Iraq veteran would be compelled to retire.

Now out of the Army, Lovelace is still fighting to overturn the three performance reviews he received in a three-week cluster five years ago. By holding back his career by impeding his promotion to lieutenant colonel, he argues, the reviews effectively trimmed his lifetime earnings because he would have earned more money in retirement at the higher rank.

An Army investigation concluded in 2014 that the reviews were handled inappropriately, and two of his former supervisors have reported that Lovelace suffered retaliation after he identified himself as a source for Sacramento Bee stories in 2011.

But the reviews stand, and Lovelace is contesting them through a Pentagon agency, saying he was driven out of the National Guard for drawing attention to neglected problems.

Read the whole story in the The Sacramento Bee

The #GOP numbskulls who saved #Obamacare and #PlannedParenthood

Just when you thought Republicans couldn’t get any dumber, along comes the House Freedom Caucus.

President Trump on Sunday took hard-line congressional Republicans to task over last week’s failed attempt to push through a healthcare overhaul measure.

In his Sunday morning tweet, the president laid the primary culpability for the failure to push the measure forward on the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

Trump said the bloc of lawmakers, aided by conservative advocacy organizations Heritage Action and the Club for Growth, had “saved” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and Planned Parenthood, whose funding would have been cut by the measure.

The planned floor vote on the bill was hastily scrapped Friday when it became apparent that Trump and Ryan did not have the votes to win even in the Republican-controlled House.

The GOP-authored measure was intended as a high-profile repudiation of one of former President Obama’s signature achievements.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Gov. Jerry Brown not so eager to keep hating President Trump

With many of his fellow Democrats demanding multiple challenges to President Trump’s proposals, Gov. Jerry Brown said this week he will continue to support a more measured approach.

“We’re not going to bring stupid lawsuits or be running to the courthouse every day,” Brown said during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The governor’s interview, taped on Thursday in Washington, came at the end of a four-day visit where he sought common ground on issues ranging from transportation to disaster relief.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

#LibbySchaaf’s #EpicFail as #RaiderNation gets set to move to #LasVegas

Raiders fans filled a wing of the Oakland Coliseum with a cacophony of chants, stomping and speeches Saturday morning, their last stand to keep the team in town before NFL owners vote on a Las Vegas relocation this week.

Mayor Libby Schaaf implored team officials to restart negotiations, something she said they have spurned for more than a year, publicly revealing for the first time details on her conversations with league officers and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell — and the near silence she’s gotten from Raiders owner Mark Davis.

She’s a loser and a failure. Oakland fans should be furious.

Stadium proponents in Las Vegas want to build a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium using a mix of financing from Bank of America, the NFL and $750 million in public money from a hotel room tax.

Impoverished Oakland can’t possibly match that.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Hertzberg’s bill would fix California’s crooked bail system

Currently, California’s bail system is designed to do just one thing — make bail bond companies rich.

Hopefully this may change.

State lawmakers have unveiled an ambitious plan to reform how counties in California award defendants bail while they wait for their cases to be resolved or go to trial.

New language added Friday to bills by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) would prevent criminal defendants from having to post money as a condition of release from jail and would shift some power from judges to pretrial services agencies to assess the risks they would pose if allowed out in the community.

Under the legislation, each county would have to establish its own pretrial services agency to track inmates, remind them of court dates and develop “risk-assessment” tools to determine whether a defendant should be released. The programs, in use in other states, allow court and pretrial staff to use data and other evidence to determine whether a person is a risk to society or likely to flee their charges.

“The bottom line is we are trying to get to the point that the determining factor for pretrial release is not the size of your wallet, but the nature of your risk,” Hertzberg said. “Are you a risk to society? Are you a public safety risk?”

In California, where at least two federal lawsuits over bail practices are pending, 2015 data from the Public Policy Institute of California found more than 60% of people in county jails were awaiting either trial or sentencing.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

#SiliconValley tech rats busted for H-1B visa fraud

Two Bay Area tech executives are accused of filing false visa documents through a staffing agency in a scheme to illegally bring a pool of foreign tech workers into the United States.

An indictment from a federal grand jury accuses Jayavel Murugan, Dynasoft Synergy’s chief executive officer, and a 40-year-old Santa Clara man, Syed Nawaz, of fraudulently submitting H-1B applications in an effort to illegally obtain visas, according to Brian Stretch, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.

The men are charged with 26 counts of visa fraud, conspiracy to commit visa fraud, use of false documents, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to prosecutors. Each charge can carry penalties of between two and 20 years in prison.

Murugan, 46, is co-owner of Dynasoft, an employment firm based in Fremont with an office in India, according to the indictment. Nawaz is believed to have worked for several Bay Area tech companies, including Cisco, Brocade Communications and Equinix.

The H-1B visa program was designed to allow U.S. companies to hire skilled workers from around the world. The program is a lifeblood for local tech firms, bringing engineers, scientists and other professionals to the Bay Area. But critics say the program allows companies to replace U.S. employees with younger, cheaper foreign workers.

Read the whole story in the Mercury News

#EpicFail: Lead found in the drinking water of San Diego schools

A dog’s reluctance to drink from a bowl in a San Diego classroom led to the discovery of lead in the school’s water system, and testing of all pipes in the San Diego Unified School District will begin soon.

Seriously, our kids get water that a dog won’t drink.

After detecting contaminants that exceeded the state’s allowable level, the district contacted its water provider, the city of San Diego, which has agreed to test all district properties, including its 187 campuses, at no cost.

San Diego Unified Public Information Officer Andrew Sharp said that at the time of the lead discovery, the district already was in discussions with the city to test all water in its properties as part of a new program offered by the state.

Students at the two schools are receiving bottled drinking water until the issue is resolved.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Feckless #GOP sells out America: #Obamacare is here to stay

Republican leaders abruptly pulled their overhaul of the nation’s health-care system from the House floor on Friday.

The decision leaves President Barack Obama’s chief domestic achievement in place.

Speaker Ryan told reporters his party “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

The Republicans ultimately bowed to their masters in the insurance industry.

Read the whole story in the Washington Post

U.S. airstrike in Iraq blows up the wrong #Islamics

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is investigating whether it was responsible for an airstrike in the west Mosul neighborhood of Aghawat Jadidah March 17 that local civil defense officials said killed at least 200.

It would be the highest civilian death toll from an airstrike since the battle against the militant group Islamic State began more than two years ago and among the deadliest incidents in modern warfare.

“The coalition has opened a formal civilian casualty credibility assessment on this allegation, and we are currently analyzing conflicting allegations and all possible strikes in that area,” said U.S. Army Col. Joe Scrocca, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the coalition, who added that coalition forces routinely strike Islamic State targets in that area.

The incident is the latest of several fatal attacks in which dozens of civilians are alleged to have been killed at the hands of U.S. forces.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Supreme Court to decide election rigging case

A much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court showdown soon will decide whether America’s major political parties can continue to rig American elections without violating the Constitution.

The case of Whitford vs. Gill will test the court’s willingness to finally set constitutional limits on that long-standing, pervasive form of election rigging known as partisan gerrymandering.

Taking center stage in Whitford, and playing a pivotal role, will be the innovative idea of a San Francisco political scientist.

Eric McGhee’s “efficiency gap” model may prove to be the elusive standard the court has been seeking to enable the justices to identify and rein in excessively partisan gerrymanders.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Yes, he was an #Islamic: #ISIS sub-human #KhalidMasood committed #London massacre

All of the sudden, Khalid Masood, 52, the man behind the terror attack on Westminster in central London, is the subject on an intense police investigation which has seen nine people arrested throughout the UK.

Masood is believed to have mostly lived in the West Midlands and the city of Birmingham in central England.

Although he was known to police in the UK, intelligence officers did not consider him to be a criminal posing any immediate threat. WTF were these morons thinking?

Clueless Scotland Yard urged members of the public who knew Masood to step forward with any information which could help in their investigation.

“Our investigation focuses on understanding his motivation, his operation and his associates,” said Mark Rowley, Britain’s senior counterterrorism police officer. Huh? He was an Islamic. What more is there to understand?

ISIS has acknowledged that Masood was one of their stooges.

Masood lived in Saudi Arabia in 2005. He is thought to have returned to the UK the following year, but had returned to Saudi Arabia between 2008 and 2009. Saudi Arabia is the epicenter of the violent Islamic world.

Read the whole story in the Euro News

More sex crimes at #UCBerkeley

Renowned philosopher and UC Berkeley professor emeritus John Searle has regularly sexually harassed his students and employees, and the university has just as routinely covered it up, according to a lawsuit filed by a former research assistant who claims she was fired after she rebuffed and reported Searle’s unwanted sexual advances.

Joanna Ong, 24, alleges that a 50 percent pay cut was among the hostile actions taken against her at the Berkeley campus after she reported being groped and harassed by the 84-year-old Searle last year.

In a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday, Ong is suing Searle, the UC Board of Regents and unnamed defendants for unspecified damages on allegations of sexual harassment, assault and battery, hostile work environment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

The university, which has been riddled with similar complaints in recent years, claims it has has overhauled the way it responds to such cases.

Obviously that’s a lie.

Read the whole story in the Mercury News

Corruption is the cornerstone of #SanFrancisco government

“You pay to play here,” Zula Jones, a Human Rights Commission employee, told an FBI agent posing as a developer seeking access to Mayor Ed Lee. “We’re the best at the game.”

Jones’ recorded comments were played in court this week during a hearing on bribery and money laundering charges against her, former Human Rights Commission member Nazly Mohajer, and former school board President Keith Jackson.

It’s how they roll in San Francisco.

San Francisco does have an Ethics Commission. It’s a joke too.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Secret list ID’s hundreds of #LASD deputies who have committed crimes

Los Angeles County has 300 deputies loose on the streets, with badges and guns, who have committed serious misconduct.  The list is secret thanks to the deputies’ union, the organization that owns literally every politician in City Hall.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s civilian oversight commission backed Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s attempt to send prosecutors the names of the lawless deputies.

The county commission’s move makes it the latest group to support the sheriff in the battle over a secret list of 300 problematic deputies whose history of misconduct could damage their credibility if they are ever called to testify in criminal cases.

Not to mention the at-risk Angelenos they interact with on a daily basis.

The Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs has sued the department over the disclosure. They routinely defend killer cops.

The department says about 300 deputies have in their personnel files contained evidence of “moral turpitude.” Such acts could include accepting bribes or gifts, misappropriating property, tampering with evidence, lying, obstructing investigations, falsifying records, using unreasonable force, discriminatory harassment and family violence.

In short, they’re brutal, psycho, killer cops who do crimes.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

With #NorthKorea bearing down on the West Coast, #JerryBrown is worried

For Gov. Jerry Brown, the question isn’t why he spent so much time in Washington this week talking about the growing threat of nuclear annihilation — it’s why everyone else isn’t doing the same.

“Most people are kind of blithely unaware,” Brown said of the issue. “It doesn’t show up in the press. That’s why I say, ‘The end of the world is not news.’ ”

Brown, though, may be ready to launch a visible new effort to change that. His busy schedule in the nation’s capital this week was filled with discussions of disaster relief, transportation and healthcare. But those meetings were scheduled to accommodate time he spent with leaders of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce the threat of nuclear war.

Now that California is clearly in Kim Jong-un’s cross-hairs it’s probably time to worry.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Over the objections of bleating #Leftists, #Trump approves #Keystone pipeline

The Trump administration has issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The project, which would ship 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada’s tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries, had been rejected by the Obama administration last year.

During the campaign, President Trump vowed to undo the previous administration’s work on climate change.

He announced soon after taking office that he would seek to restart the pipeline project, a clear signal that he would move aggressively to promote oil development and lower gas prices.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

Greedy #SiliconValley goes begging to #Trump for #Caltrain funds

Greedy feckless Silicon Valley business and leaders fired off a letter to President Donald Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, asking them to make good on federal promises to allocate $647 million to electrify Caltrain from San Jose to Francisco.

The richest community on earth wants more free money from Washington.

The Federal Transit Agency reneged on the deal after 14 House Republicans who oppose another project — the state’s high-speed rail — voiced their objections.

After trashing President Trump during his campaign for the White House, it should become clear to Silicon Valley leaders that they should probably pay for this themselves. WTF were they thinking?

Read the whole story in the Mercury News