#Hawaii goes to court to defend #ISIS…again

They come to our shores and slaughter our families. The state of Hawaii thinks that’s OK.

The state of Hawaii asked a federal judge in Honolulu on Thursday to clarify a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reinstated parts of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, arguing that the Trump administration had interpreted the court’s decision too narrowly.

In a court filing, Hawaii said the U.S. government intended to violate the Supreme Court’s instructions by improperly excluding from the United States people who actually have a close family relationship to U.S. persons.

The 90-day ban took effect at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT Friday) along with a 120-day ban on all refugees.

The Trump administration decided on the basis of its interpretation of the court’s language that grandparents, grandchildren and fiancés traveling from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen would be barred from obtaining visas while the ban was in place.

Think San Bernardino. Remember San Bernardino.

Source: Reuters


#Psychopath #Leftist destroys Arkansas’ new #TenCommandments monument

A Leftist psychopath yelled “Freedom!” as he crashed his vehicle into Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday, nearly three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma’s monument at its state Capitol, authorities said.

The privately funded Arkansas monument had been in place outside the state Capitol in Little Rock for less than 24 hours before it was knocked from its plinth and smashed to pieces.

Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren, Arkansas, was booked in the Pulaski County jail shortly after 7:30 a.m. on preliminary charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief. An arrest report lists his occupation as “unemployed/disabled.”

Arkansas’ granite monument weighed 6,000 pounds (2,721 kilograms). It was installed Tuesday morning on the southwest lawn of the Capitol with little fanfare and no advance notice. A 2015 law required the state to allow the display near the Capitol, and a state panel last month gave final approval to its design and location.

The American Civil Liberties Union had said Tuesday that it planned to file a federal lawsuit challenging the monument, calling it an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Developers, white elites, lawmakers, are behind California’s housing crisis

The law requires California cities and counties to produce prodigious reports to plan for housing — but it doesn’t hold them accountable for any resulting home building.

So in the end, poor people get cast aside by feckless politicians who are owned by developers.

State lawmakers have known about the law’s weaknesses for decades but haven’t fixed them. That’s the way the developers and their lobbyists in Sacramento want it.

Same for California’s white elites.

More than two-thirds of California’s coastal communities have adopted measures — such as caps on population or housing growth, or building height limits — aimed at limiting residential development, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

A UC Berkeley study of California’s local land-use regulations found that every growth-control policy a city puts in place raises housing costs by as much as 5% there.

Source: Los Angeles Times

#Democrat #elites rush to save #NancyPelosi

For San Francisco Rep. Nancy Pelosi, there’s nothing new about being targeted by Republicans. After 30 years in Congress and 15 years as leader of the House Democrats, it comes with the territory.

But since a devastating June 20 loss for an open House seat in the Atlanta suburbs capped a 0-for-4 run in GOP-friendly special elections, the 77-year-old Pelosi has found herself taking fire from fellow Democrats who argue that the famously liberal minority leader is just too controversial — and add, in whispers, too old — to effectively remain the face of the party.

“We can’t keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York, who hosted a meeting of about a dozen dissident Democrats in her office last week. “You have a baseball team that keeps losing year after year. At some point the coach has to go, right?”

Texas Rep. Filemon Vela was even more direct.

“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Nancy Pelosi on top,” Vela said in a Politico interview.

Pelosi’s backers were quick to defend her,  arguing that four humiliating special election losses were no big deal.

But for House Democrats, those results are hard to ignore, especially when they’re accompanied by a taunting tweet from Trump saying: “I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party.”

Despite the grumbling, no strong candidate has talked seriously about challenging Pelosi. The Democrat elites are having none of it.

Since party rules make it nearly impossible to challenge a Democratic leader before the end of the two-year congressional term, even those most eager for change are resigned to standing behind Pelosi through the 2018 elections.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

#Homeless camps overrun #Oakland

Welcome to Oakland.

The place looks like a Third World shantytown, a village for the city’s poorest on the fringes of its bustling center.

It’s one of about 100 such sprawling encampments in Oakland, and they’re not going away anytime soon.

They’re likely to get even bigger. The homeless population in Oakland has jumped by 25 percent since 2015.

Nearly 70 percent of homeless people are black, although African Americans made up 28 percent of the city’s 2010 census population.

More than 60 percent of Oakland’s homeless people lived in homes in Alameda County for more than 10 years before they landed on the streets.

And nearly 60 percent said money problems, not addiction or mental health issues, were the primary cause of their homelessness.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

California Supreme Court wipes out #CalChamber’s cap-and-trade case

California’s cap-and-trade law, which requires companies to buy permits to emit climate-changing greenhouse gases into the air, survived a legal challenge Wednesday when the state Supreme Court turned down an appeal by business groups.

The state Chamber of Commerce and allied groups argued that the fees authorized by the 2006 law were actually taxes that required approval by two-thirds of the Legislature. A state appeals court disagreed in April — ruling that businesses were merely required to pay for “the right to continue polluting” — and its ruling became final Wednesday when the state’s high court denied review of the case.

The vote was 6-0, with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye stepping aside from the case for undisclosed reasons.

A humiliating defeat for the Chamber.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Rohnert Park sex perv cop gets a slap on the wrist

It pays to be part of the Police State.

A 33-year-old former Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety officer was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in county jail after pleading no contest to two counts related to sexually harassing minors, prosecutors said.

Santa Rosa resident Garrett Piland was sentenced to the six-month term and three years of probation under the plea, which does not admit guilt, according to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.

Piland, both a police officer and a firefighter in Rohnert Park, was accused of making inappropriate sexual advances to two 17-year-olds who volunteered in the department’s “explorer” program.

Such programs, which bring young people on as volunteers who may have a career interest in the field, are common in Bay Area law enforcement agencies.

Piland’s sentence was a slap on the wrist. Shameful.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

#Leftists threaten to kill #SpeakerAnthonyRendon

The Leftists who have adopted assassination into an act of public policy have turned their wrath on Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

Anger over Rendon’s decision to shelve universal health care legislation in California has turned  into death threats against the Democratic leader.

Rendon said Wednesday that he and his family have experienced “distressing” death threats since announcing late last Friday that the “woefully incomplete” Senate Bill 562 would not move forward this year.

“The threats that I’ve received are threats that, unfortunately, seem to be sort of a standard part of American politics these days,” he said of the messages.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

#PoliceState to stop suspending licenses for traffic fines

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to end the practice of Californians losing their driver’s license because of unpaid traffic fines. The law takes effect July 1.

Gov. Brown said the punishment doesn’t help the state collect unpaid fines and can send low-income people into a cycle of job losses and more poverty.

The policy will help ensure people’s lives are not derailed by traffic tickets, said Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Van Nuys Democrat who has championed the issue in the Legislature.

Brown approved the provision as part of a series of bills he signed Tuesday to enact the state budget. It will prevent courts from suspending someone’s driver’s license simply because of unpaid fines.

In March, about 488,000 people had suspended driver’s licenses for unpaid traffic tickets or missing court appearances, according to data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

#Trump to #Islamics….leave your laptop bombs at home

It’s about time.

US Homeland Security secretary John Kelly unveiled enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States in what officials said was a move to prevent an expansion of an in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices.

“Inaction is not an option,” Kelly said, saying he believed airlines will comply with the new screening. But he said the measures were not the last step to tighten security.

US officials are requiring enhanced screening of personal electronic devices, passengers and explosive detection for the roughly 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States from 280 airports in 105 countries.

Airlines that failed to satisfy new security requirements could still face future in-cabin electronics restrictions.

US officials told the airlines they have 21 days to put in place increased explosive screening and have 120 days to comply with other security measures, including enhanced screening of airline passengers.

Source: The Guardian

Over 100 Californians put to death under new law

Doctors put to death a total of 111 people in California using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their doctors.

A snapshot of the patients who took advantage of the law mirrors what’s been seen in Oregon, which was the first state to legalize the practice nearly two decades ago. Though California is far more diverse than Oregon, the majority of those who have died under aid-in-dying laws in both states were white, college-educated cancer patients older than 60.

The End of Life Option Act made California the fifth state in the nation to allow patients with less than six months to live to request end-of-life drugs from their doctors.

Source: LA Times

#Monsanto sues #California to keep their toxic spew in your life

The main ingredient of the pesticide Roundup will be added to a list of chemicals that California believes are linked to cancer, and products that contain the compound will have to carry a warning label by next year.

That designation under the state’s Proposition 65 rules won’t keep the chemical, glyphosate, off fields or garden store shelves. That’s because the proposition does not set rules on how chemicals are used. It just requires a warning that ingredients are “known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm.”

Glyphosate is sprayed on more than 200 crops across 4 million acres in California, including 1.5 million acres of almonds, making it the most widely used herbicide, according to the state Department of Pesticide Regulation, a branch of the state EPA.

School districts in Burbank, Irvine and Glendale have banned the chemical from their properties.

The state Environmental Protection Agency began the process of requiring the warning label nearly two years ago, but Monsanto sued.

A Monsanto spokesman said the company “will continue to aggressively challenge” the court decision.

Source: LA Times

Governor Brown signs biggest California budget ever

Gov. Jerry Brown placed his signature Tuesday on a $183.2-billion state budget, a spending plan that boosts public schools and programs aimed at California’s less fortunate while stashing away an additional $1.8 billion in the state’s long-term cash reserves.

The budget includes money for a few programs that Democrats insisted were a necessary response to the changing political times. Most notably, it includes $50 million to provide legal services for immigrants facing deportation.

The plan for California’s new fiscal year is balanced, in part, by the continued strength of income tax revenue. It also relies on a staggered start date for some of the spending demands made by the Legislature.

California government spending will hit a record high in the budget that begins July 1, up some $12 billion in just a single year.

Source: LA Times

Apparently #Republicans think #Obamacare isn’t all that bad

Senate Republicans retreated from a vote this week on their proposed health plan, dealing a setback to President Trump and the GOP effort to deliver on a bedrock campaign promise.

Apparently Republicans think Obamacare isn’t all that bad.

Republicans, such as Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia and Terry Moran of Kansas came out in opposition, saying the plan’s proposal to cut deeply into Medicaid would devastate sick people in their states. Susan Collins, R-Maine, had already said she could not vote for the bill.

Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, welcomed the possibility that the legislation, opposed by the Senate’s 46 Democrats, could eventually be abandoned.

Republican Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — said they could not vote for the bill.


Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Amazing! New #WellsFargo CEO actually defends the company’s criminal behavior

Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan recently spoke at a conference dedicated to good corporate governance. The bank he leads has confessed to employees creating up to two million fraudulent accounts in customers’ names.

He thinks the criminal enterprise he runs is just fine…he openly gushing about it.

For Sloan, the evening at Stanford presented an excellent opportunity to offer sincere contrition for the scandal, which has plagued Wells Fargo since last year. Sloan took a pass.

At a company recovering from scandal, “you have to be humble,” said Johanne Bouchard, a Bay Area consultant who advises boards and top executives. “‘We apologize. We didn’t think through the issues. We weren’t fully prepared.’ The board’s responsibility is to be about accountability.”

Not Wells Fargo. Their criminal activities apparently will continue.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Feckless #MarissaMayer defends feckless #TravisKalanick

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has absorbed well deserved blistering criticism for the way he handled allegations of sexual misconduct at the San Francisco riding-hailing service.

But he can at least count on the support of one big name in Silicon Valley: former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Speaking at the annual Stanford Directors’ College Tuesday, the hapless Mayer defended Kalanick, suggesting that he was unaware of the toxic culture brewing at Uber because of the company’s rapid growth.

Naturally, he was just the CEO of the company…who would have expected him to have a clue about what was going on.

Mayer’s name has come up in reports as a possible replacement for Kalanick at Uber, though there’s no indication the company has had talks with her.

The last thing Uber needs is this loser Mayer in charge. It’s great news for Lyft though.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Did the UPS killer stroll through the company’s metal detectors?

How did longtime company driver Jimmy Chanh Lam get inside the windowless building with two guns and a box of ammunition?

On the morning of the shooting June 14, Lam apparently strolled right through a metal detector at an employee entrance and set off the buzzer and red lights — but nonetheless was allowed in.

Once inside, Lam opened fire with a stolen semiautomatic assault pistol, killing two co-workers and wounding two others, before walking outside and fatally shooting a third driver. Then he went back inside and shot himself to death when he was confronted by police.

The clueless SFPD declined to comment on how Lam gained entry to the building and referred questions about security there to UPS.

Company spokeswoman Kim Krebs said, “It is too early to speculate on what may have occurred, (and) there is no additional information to share.”

They’re scrambling for a cover story.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland poured millions into failed non-profit

A report by the Alameda County civil grand jury, released last month, revealed  that the Oakland City Council disregarded open-government laws.

Yawn…it’s Oakland, a city incapable of self-government.

That’s not all the report revealed.

It also found that Alameda County provided a $1 million bailout to a financially troubled East Oakland nonprofit. The grand jury found that the county Board of Supervisors gave preferential treatment to the nonprofit, Youth Uprising, over other community-based organizations.

Youth Uprising runs education, employment and wellness programs for at-risk children, and among its board members is county supervisor Nate Miley.

You’d think that would put the county in a pretty good position to know what was going on at the nonprofit, but the report says the county was clueless.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Moorlach leads #CaGOP’s super-minority in bleating over road repairs

The Professional Engineers in California Government union has been salivating to fill vacancies at Caltrans and add 400 to 500 positions in the next fiscal year.

However in May 2014, the Legislative Analyst’s Office reported that Caltrans was overstaffed by 3,500 engineers, costing more than $500 million a year. A year later, the state auditor found abuses at Caltrans that included one employee playing golf for 55 days, as his supervisors approved his time sheets.

In response to the LAO’s report, Republican Senator John Moorlach wrote Senate Bill X1-9 to bring Caltrans into parity with transportation agencies in most other states, eventually requiring it to contract out 50 percent of architectural and engineering services.

The engineers’ union effortlessly killed that bill. Now the union wants more.

Republican’s say it’s a case of union power versus the needs of the people of the state.

Then again, thanks to years of inept GOP leadership, Moorlach’s opinion really doesn’t matter.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Josh Newman Recall: #CaGOP submits signatures after duping voters

The California Republican Party announced Tuesday that it submitted nearly 85,000 voter signatures on a petition to recall Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton.

The campaign needed to come up with 63,593 total signatures by mid-October to force a recall vote in Senate District 29. The signatures must be certified by election officials before the measure can qualify for the ballot.

The Newman campaign questioned the authenticity of the recall effort and said a vote will cost the district $3 million that would be better spent on schools and public safety.

State election officials are investigating allegations that signature gatherers mislead voters by saying the recall petition will repeal the $52 billion gas tax recently approved by the Legislature.

The recall will not impact the gas tax approved by the Legislature.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Rules of Statutory Construction for the Non-Lawyer

Screenshot 2017-06-22 at 08.11.04By Chris Micheli

For those working in and around the State Capitol, it is important to understand the general rules of statutory construction, even as non-lawyers. What is the purpose of statutory construction? The general rules of statutory construction are used in interpreting statutes by the courts. However, by understanding these rules, those drafting statutes can be guided by the rules that the courts will use in interpreting those statutes. That is why even non-lawyers should familiarize themselves with the rules.

While courts are not required to follow these rules of statutory construction in every instance, they are intended to guide the courts in determining what the intent of the Legislature was in enacting the particular statute. The general rule of statutory construction is to effectuate the intent of the Legislature which basically requires the courts to give the statutory language its usual and ordinary meaning.

The fundamental rule of statutory construction is known as the “plain language” rule. This rule provides that, when the meaning of a statute is clear and unambiguous, there is usually no need for a court to apply any of the rules of statutory construction because the “plain meaning” of the statute can be ascertained without resorting to the use of extrinsic aids. Under this rule, if the statute is clear, then the courts presume that the Legislature meant what it wrote in the statute and the courts give effect to the plain meaning of the statute.

In order to resort to the general rules of statutory construction, a court determines that there is ambiguity in the statutory language and, as a result, it is unclear what was intended by the Legislature in enacting the statute. The courts have determined that a party demonstrates statutory ambiguity by providing an alternative meaning to the statutory language. As a result, if the statutory language can be given more than one interpretation, then a court generally must consider extrinsic aids to determine the purpose of the statute and the intent of the Legislature.

Among the extrinsic aids are the legislative history of a statute, the public policy surrounding its enactment, the statutory scheme in which the language exists, and other related items. In this regard, the language of a statute should be construed in light of the rest of the statutory scheme in which the particular statute is found. The goal of the courts is to harmonize the parts of the statute by considering the context of the statutory framework. For example, statutes related to the same subject should be interpreted consistently.

In regards to interpreting general versus specific statutes, if a specific statute is deemed to be inconsistent with a general statute that covers the same subject matter, then the specific statute is usually deemed to be an exception to rule provided by the general statute. In addition, as a general rule of statutory construction, courts must construe an exemption in a statute narrowly.

In a similar vein, a more recently enacted statute generally is given more weight than an earlier enacted statute. In other words, if two statutes cannot be reconciled and appear to be in conflict, the recently-enacted statute will take precedence over the earlier-enacted statute.

Another important rule is that, when interpreting a statute, a court will give significance to each word in a statute in determining the legislative purpose. So, the last antecedent rule provides that any qualifying words are to be applied to the words or phrases immediately preceding the qualifying word(s) and are not interpreted as extending to other words.

One type of rule of statutory construction provides that, where general words follow a list of particular items, the general words will be interpreted to apply only to those items of the same general nature or class as those set forth in the statute.

Another statutory construction rule provides that a statute which lists specific items will prevent the inclusion of other items. Also, courts generally interpret the word “may” as being permissive, while the word “shall” is interpreted to be mandatory.

There is also an important rule that statutes are presumed to operate prospectively, rather than retroactively, unless there is evidence that the Legislature intended the statute to be applied retroactively. So, the presumption is against retroactive application, unless the Legislature has plainly determined by express statement or other indicia that it was their intent to apply the statute retroactively.

Again, the fundamental role of the courts in interpreting a statute is to determine the intent of the Legislature and give effect to the legislative purpose. When the statute is unclear or ambiguous, then the courts are to look to the variety of extrinsic aids to assist them. The California courts have provided explicit guidance regarding which extrinsic aids are permitted to be used. In this regard, the legislative history, as well as the general circumstances surrounding the enactment of the statute, can and should be considered by the courts in order to properly determine the intent of the Legislature.

Finally, the courts generally give deference to the interpretation of a statute given by an administrative agency that has expertise and is charged with interpreting and enforcing a statute. While not necessarily a rule of statutory construction, it is important to take this point into consideration when there is an agency determination regarding the meaning of a statute.

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.

Feds give two thumbs up to Delta tunnel project

The Delta tunnels got a crucial green light from two federal agencies Monday when scientists said the controversial project can co-exist with the endangered fish that inhabit the waters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

In a pair of long-awaited decisions, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service said the tunnels, known as California WaterFix, aren’t likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the Delta smelt, Chinook salmon, steelhead and other imperiled species.

“WaterFix will not jeopardize or threaten endangered species, or adversely modify their critical habitat,” said Paul Souza, regional director with Fish & Wildlife, which is responsible for protecting Delta smelt. Barry Thom, regional administrator at the Fisheries Service, said his agency made a similar conclusion that “the project doesn’t deepen any harm.”

The lengthy documents, known as biological opinions, represent a pivotal point for the project.

Other regulatory hurdles remain. The State Water Resources Control Board is in the middle of months of hearings on whether the project would harm water users and the environment.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Study proves #SFPD thugs are #racist

In San Francisco, black people are held in jail longer than whites, their cases take longer, they are convicted of more serious crimes and they serve longer sentences.

So says a recent study by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, which was commissioned by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

The root of this disparity is not prosecutors or the courts. Instead, the study found it is mostly in the hands of police, who book black and minority defendants on more severe charges when they are jailed.

Once defendants are booked with the more severe charges, the rest of their cases are impacted as they move through the courts, according to the study.

The study sheds light on an often opaque process in the courts before defendants go to trial.With these new findings, the Public Defender’s Office hopes to help close this gap by creating a pretrial unit that will address booking issues before a formal charge is brought.

As it stands, defense attorneys know nothing about a case or client until a charge has been filed by prosecutors, who can only work with the evidence provided to them by police.

The whole system is stacked, by the racist SFPD, against people of color.

Source: The San Francisco Examiner

Lying #CNN journalists get the boot for #fakenews scam

CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

It was total CNN B.S.

The story was posted on the network’s website on Thursday and was removed, with all links disabled, Friday night. CNN immediately apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member who was reported to be involved in the meeting.

The story’s author, Thomas Frank, was among those who resigned, according to a network executive who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues. Also losing their jobs were Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor in CNN’s Washington bureau, and Lex Harris, head of the investigations unit.

It’s another brutal blow for the failing network that that President Trump has frequently derided as “fake news.”

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

If you’re a Sacramento cop and you murder someone, you either retire, or maybe get fired

The Sacramento Police Department took steps Monday to fire an officer who fatally shot a mentally ill black man last July in North Sacramento, following a yearlong investigation into the controversial incident.

The department has finished preliminary paperwork for the termination of Officer John Tennis, according to four sources familiar with the action but not authorized to speak publicly.

It is unclear if the move is directly tied to the shooting. “Unclear”? WTF does that mean?

Tennis, a 26-year member of the force, fired eight of the 18 shots aimed at Joseph Mann, 50, who was armed with a pocket knife with a 3.5-inch blade and acting erratically when police first encountered him in a residential neighborhood near Del Paso Boulevard.

Both the police department and City Attorney James Sanchez declined to comment on what they described as a personnel matter.

The other officer involved in the fatal shooting, Randy Lozoya, retired on April 1, according to department spokesman Sgt. Bryce Heinlein. It is unclear if Lozoya faced discipline over the shooting since police personnel and disciplinary records are confidential under state law.

A call to Tennis’ lawyer Monday was not returned. The police officers’ union also did not respond.

So if your’re a Sacramento cop and you murder someone, you either retire, or maybe get fired. Enjoy your Police State.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Adios #Islamics! Supreme Court allows President #Trump’s #travelban

The Supreme Court has upheld the Trump administration’s 90-day ban on travelers from six Islamic countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it.

The action is a clear victory for President Donald Trump.

President Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours after being cleared by courts.

The ban would apply to Islamics from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Supreme Court rejects #2ndAmendment challenge to California’s #CCW limits

In another epic fail for California gun advocates, the Supreme Court has rejected a major 2nd Amendment challenge to California’s strict limits on carrying concealed guns in public.

The justices turned away an appeal from gun rights advocates who contended most law-abiding gun owners in San Diego, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area are being wrongly denied permits to carry a weapon when they leave home.

The Court let stand a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which held last year that the “2nd Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public.”

So if you’re a gun owner in California, and you are still sending your hard earned money to the morons pictured above thinking they are going to help you preserve your’s Second Amendment rights…stop it. They are not going to help you, they’re simply going to squander your money away living large in Sacramento.

Source: LA Times

California routinely lets crooked cops testify in court

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Justin Walter told a jury how he had pulled over a sport utility vehicle for an expired registration tag.

The veteran sergeant went into detail about the stop — how he saw the SUV’s passenger sneak his hand between his seat and the center console. How he had considered the man’s furtive movements suspicious and decided to search the vehicle. And how he had found a few grams of methamphetamine in the spot where the passenger’s hand seemed like it had stuffed something away.

But more than a year after Walter’s testimony led to the conviction of Emil Alseranai on a drug charge, the case has become focused on what the sergeant did not tell the court or anyone else involved in the case: that Walter had previously been found liable by a federal jury in a civil lawsuit accusing him and other deputies of using false evidence or false testimony in a man’s arrest.

In short, cops lie all the time in court and innocent people go to jail. It’s  a great tool for law enforcement and the courts to railroad the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color into prison.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: LA Times

California’s legal system…the essence of #racism

Sentencing enhancements sound great to the white elites who run California. The sheep that continue to vote for them feel safer.

The last time the U.S. was facing a terrible drug epidemic that was wreaking havoc on communities, brutally racist California instituted a series of extra punishments and longer jail sentences for “chronic” drug offenders.

Chronic, as in the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color…not the white elites.

Meanwhile, harsh jail terms have been incredibly expensive for taxpayers, and they’ve eroded the prospects and stability of our communities.

Not to mention they’ve done nothing to stop Americans from sucking, snorting and slamming illegal drugs at a mind-boggling rate unlike anywhere else on the planet.

Face it…Americans love drugs…and racist California loves brutalizing those that can’t defend themselves.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland plans to let sex-perv cops off the hook

The Oakland police supervisors who oversaw the bungled investigation into the department’s scandal involving a sexually exploited teenage girl may never come up on administrative charges.

At issue are repeated delays in the city and federal court investigations into the matter, and their possible effect on the one-year statute of limitations for disciplining police for alleged misconduct under the state Peace Officers Bill of Rights.

New Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick — who would have a big say over possible discipline for any Police Department investigators who fouled up, is only now going through the case in detail.

Meanwhile, the one-year clock on filing any disciplinary charges is ticking. Loudly.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Homelessness continues to inundate San Francisco

On the face of it, San Francisco’s homeless problem should have improved dramatically over the past year.

After all, last summer Mayor Ed Lee formed the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to focus on the city’s most perplexing problem.

The city spent $275 million on homelessness and supportive housing in the fiscal year that ends Friday, up from $241 million the year before. Starting Saturday, that annual spending is projected to hit an eye-popping $305 million.

Public Works cleanup crews were busier than ever, picking up more than 679 tons of trash from homeless tent camps since June 1, 2016, and collecting more than 100,000 used syringes from the camps in that time span.

But, despite all the money and effort, reality on the streets hasn’t improved. In many ways, homelessness in San Francisco is as bad as ever.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

California’s new gun laws: Own a gun? You’re probably a criminal

Sweeping new gun laws passed last year by California voters and legislators require those with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition to get rid of them by July 1.

The question is: how many of California’s 6 million-plus gun owners are actually going to comply, even though violators face potential jail time if they’re caught?

Talk to gun owners, retailers and pro-gun sheriffs across California and you’ll get something akin to an eye roll when they’re asked if gun owners are going to voluntarily part with their property because Democratic politicians and voters who favor gun control outnumber them and changed the law.

In conservative, pro-gun Redding this week, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko joked that gun owners were lining the block to hand their magazines in to the sheriff’s office (In reality, no one has turned one in). He said his deputies won’t be aggressively hunting for large-capacity magazines starting next month.

“We’re not going to be knocking on anybody’s door looking for them,” Bosenko said. “We’re essentially making law-abiding citizens into criminals with this new law.”

California banned the sale of high-capacity detachable magazines in 2000, but it remained legal to possess them, except in cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and Sunnyvale that enacted local bans.

That changed this fall when voters and lawmakers passed overlapping gun laws that require Californians to to surrender to the state any magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

The law provides no state funds to compensate owners for their magazines, and there’s no way to track whether gun owners give them up.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Feckless #BOE goes on another furniture buying binge

A feckless state tax agency under budget sanctions by Gov. Jerry Brown is spending $1.7 million to buy furniture and other equipment for a new office in Los Angeles County.

The furniture alone is expected to cost $835,000 for the new Board of Equalization office.

That’s about eight times the sum that the tax-collecting agency planned to spend on furniture in 2014 when it developed a proposal to move 160 workers and their equipment from Norwalk to a new site in Cerritos.

“I don’t know what they’re spending money on. It’s just furniture,” said Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma.

Yeah, right. Alarmed…got it.

She was “alarmed” by a June 1 memo from the agency’s executive director, David Gau, disclosing the probable equipment and furniture costs for the move.

However Ma and her colleagues unanimously voted to approve the move in September.

It is not clear whether the total cost of the move has changed because the agency refused to answer questions about its relocation of Southern California staff.

Officials from the Department of Finance and the Department of General Services, which also reviewed the moving plan at different times, could not say how the proposal had changed from one that reused existing equipment to one that relied on new materials.

The Legislature placed a provision in the 2016 budget that required the Board of Equalization to gain the consent of the Department of Finance and the Legislature’s joint Budget Committee before signing new leases for offices.

Last year, The Sacramento Bee exposed board member Jerome Horton for spending $130,000 to decorate his office.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Cal Fire and CHP vehicles routinely flaunt parking laws

Some workers who drive official state vehicles getting away with parking illegally while regular drivers scramble to find scarce parking spots downtown.

It’s how the Police State rolls.

As many as nine Cal Fire vehicles habitually park all day long at one- and two-hour street parking spots adjacent to the state Fire Marshal’s office at 12th and S streets in Sacramento.

None had been issued tickets.

It isn’t fair if people with official vehicles can do as they please.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

#SouthernCaliforniaEdison screws home solar users

Installing a home solar system will soon cost more thanks to feckless Southern California Edison.

Starting July 1, Edison customers will face a $75 fee to connect to the electrical grid system. They also now will have to pay a “public-benefit fee” that will cost most homeowners about $10 a month.

It looks more like a “Southern California Edison benefit fee” to us.

The fees chip away at the financial incentive for homeowners.

For now, homeowners will still benefit from “net metering,” in which they are compensated for the energy they contribute to the electrical grid at the same rates the utility charges its residential customers.

Don’t expect this to last much longer.

The new fees stem from a vote last year by the corrupt California Public Utilities Commission. The commission is a wholly owned subsidiary of the energy industry.

Source: Press Enterprise

No one is taking #BradSherman seriously any longer

Blah, blah, blah, impeach the President, impeach the President, blah, blah, blah,

The “i-word” has been on the tongues and in the tweets of several of California’s House Democrats. Rep. Jackie Speier has said impeachment is “really the only way we can go” if the facts show President Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation. Rep. Ted Lieu tweeted a photo of his weekend reading: a report on the impeachment process. Rep. Maxine Waters led a chant of “Impeach 45!” at the recent L.A. Pride Parade.

But only one member of Congress has actually begun the procedure: Brad Sherman, an 11-term Democrat who represents Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, has drafted and circulated articles of impeachment.

Meanwhile, the police in his district continue their brutal war on the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color.

Sherman’s move puts him at odds with House Democratic leaders, who have tried to quell talk of impeachment to keep the focus on the economy, healthcare and the investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election.

Passing the measure will be nearly impossible under a Republican-controlled House, and then it would take a two-thirds vote of the Republican-controlled Senate to remove Trump from office.

Sherman has said he has “no illusions” that the proposal will pass anytime soon, but he has other goals. Self-aggrandizement, grandstanding, and wasting taxpayer money.

Sherman is just a loser.

Source: LA Times

#WillieBrown says #HouseDemocrats are stuck with loser #Pelosi

Willie Brown says Nancy Pelosi is catching unholy hell from her Democratic colleagues over the Georgia special election debacle.

He says his phone is ringing off the hook with complaints about Pelosi.

The line in each call is pretty much the same — that the Democrats will never regain control of the House or even the Senate if Pelosi remains the “face of the party.”

The bad news is Pelosi’s replacement would be Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland. The 78-year-old Hoyer just another loser like Pelosi.

So Dems are pretty screwed. Bummer for them.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco supervisors spike request to help constituents

While most San Francisco supervisors are pushing to redirect budget money to pet causes like neighborhood safety and food pantries for the homeless, Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen also wants $160,000 set aside to pay for a fourth aide in her office.

Ronen — who was chief of staff for former Supervisor David Campos — says she needs the help because the amount of work in her City Hall office is “absolutely insane.” She says her three aides are working up to 15-hour days to keep up with the avalanche of emails, calls and other public contacts.

The move has some inside City Hall rolling their eyes. While none of Ronen’s colleagues is publicly criticizing her, jerk Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s reaction to an earlier proposal to give all board members an additional aide was, “Over my dead body.”

Too bad constituents.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Crooked #WilmaChan shakes down #AlamedaCounty taxpayer for church pals

Crooked Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan improperly intervened with the county Probation Department to help secure a contract for a mega-church in her district.

The story began in 2012 when the Probation Department entered into a $30,000 contract with Acts Full Gospel Church in East Oakland to act as spiritual counsel to the estimated 120 teens being housed at Juvenile Hall in San Leandro and the neighboring Camp Sweeney, a prison for teens.

Over the next two years, the church’s contract rose to $90,000 annually.

The church sought another big increase for 2015. Enter Chan, the former state assemblywoman whose supervisorial district includes the church.

Chan wanted $100,000.

A grand jury concluded in its report that Chan had “exceeded” her authority by getting involved in the contract process.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

#Phony #BernieSanders bleats about California’s universal health care bill

Phony populist Sen. Bernie Sanders is not happy with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, who on Friday called a proposed California universal health bill “woefully incomplete” and killed it for the year.

“I am extremely disappointed that the speaker of the California Assembly is refusing to allow S.B 562, the single-payer health care bill passed by the state Senate, to come to the Assembly floor for a vote,” Sanders said in a statement issued Saturday.

Having recently urged California to be the nation’s leader in instituting universal health care policy, Sanders has been a strong supporter of Senate Bill 562, which would create a universal, publicly funded health care system for the state.

It is worth noting that Sanders did absolutely nothing to help with the legislation.

After his comments, Sanders got in his limo a was driven away.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Have Sacramento area residents had enough of the #Islamics?

It appears some in the Sacramento region have had their fill of being lectured to by the community leaders and media about how wonderful the Islamics are.

Local law enforcement officials are investigating two possible hate crimes at Islamic centers in Sacramento and Davis.

These are the same law enforcement officials who routinely execute the poor, the homeless, people of color and the mentally ill.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday that it is investigating an incident at Masjid Annur Islamic Center in south Sacramento. Officials said a sheriff’s deputy was waved down by a citizen shortly after 2:30 p.m. and was led to a burned Quran filled with bacon, hanging by a handcuff from a fence.

The Masjid Annur Islamic Center is the largest mosque in the greater Sacramento area.

In a separate incident reported Friday night, during Ramadan Taraweeh prayers at the Islamic Center of Davis, officials said someone driving by in a car threw pages torn out of a Quran. They said pages littered the mosque when police responded to the site.

It was the second time this year that the Islamic Center of Davis has been the target.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Despite the courts, the number of #terror #Islamics coming to the U.S. drops

Despite the courts, the number of refugees, and the terrorists among them, admitted to the United States was cut by nearly half in the first three months of the Trump administration.

Government statistics show that more than 25,000 refugees were permitted to enter and reside in the United States at the end of the Obama administration. In the initial months under President Trump, the number fell to 13,000.

The statistics were released by the Department of Homeland Security, based on information supplied by the State Department.

Countries of origin were largely unchanged. In both periods, two-thirds of the arrivals came from five countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Myanmar.

Refugees from two of those countries — Syria and Somalia — would have been banned under Trump’s executive order against entries from certain Muslim-majority nations, but federal courts have blocked the order.

So thanks to the courts, the countries that export terrorists who want to kill American and blow up our stuff, are still able to get killers into our country…albeit at a slower rate.

Source: LA Times

Stupid California gun laws did nothing to stop UPS shooter

More California gun control epic fail.

It seems that a United Parcel Service worker who killed three of his fellow delivery drivers and then himself in San Francisco last week wielded a MAC-10-style “assault pistol” with a 30-round magazine.

This stuff is illegal in California. Way way way illegal. Politicians…we’re just letting you know.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Lying #Republican aren’t really going to do anything about Dodd-Frank

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives recently passed a bill meant to repeal a landmark law enacted under President Barack Obama.

The Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010, was designed to prevent another banking meltdown like the one that precipitated the Great Recession, the worst economic crisis in the United States since the 1930s.

But no matter how much President Trump wants to unravel his predecessor’s legacy, he and his allies must know that even outright repeals cannot negate the new realities unleashed by the laws. Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care has morphed from just another cog in the U.S. economy to a fundamental expectation that all citizens, regardless of age, income or geography, should receive some level of care.

Similarly, Dodd-Frank has created new facts: mainly, the belief that banks must not again become too big to fail and that taxpayers must not bail them out if they do. That mind-set will remain no matter what happens to the law.

“Dodd-Frank is not going away,” said Jackie Prester, a former federal bank examiner who now chairs the financial services transactions group at Baker Donelson law firm in Memphis. And while Congress will probably wind up just tweaking Dodd-Frank, the real issue is not the law itself but rather how the regulatory agencies implement it, she said.

So it’s just more trash talk from the GOP…nothing more.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

#MarissaMayer’s reign of destruction continues

When Marissa Mayer took over Yahoo five years ago, one of the key parts of her strategy was buying smaller companies more for their talented engineers than for their products.

Silicon Valley veterans talk about companies having their own DNA, a corporate genetic code stitched together from the experiences and skills of the people who work there. For Mayer, the goal was to refresh Yahoo’s gene pool.

Mayer’s startup shopping spree didn’t pan out. Her reign of destruction continues.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

California Assembly can’t deliver on universal health care bill

It seems the Republican congress isn’t the only legislative body that is having trouble putting together a functional healthcare plan. In California, free and unlimited healthcare remains but a dream.

This week, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon put the brakes on a sweeping plan to overhaul the health care market in California, calling the bill “woefully incomplete.”

Rendon announced plans to park the bill to create a government-run universal health care system in Assembly Rules Committee “until further notice” and give senators time to fill in holes that the bill does not currently address.

Even senators who voted for Senate Bill 562 noted there are potentially fatal flaws in the bill, including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or the realities of needed action by the Federal government and voters to make SB 562 a genuine piece of legislation,” Rendon said.

Democratic Sens. Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, who introduced the proposal, acknowledged the bill was dead for the year.

The abrupt announcement shields members of the Assembly from having to take a difficult vote that could be used against them by critics or supporters of the policy.

The decision serves a major blow to the California Nurses Association, a vocal supporter of the legislation, and is unlikely to endear Rendon to newly energized activists within his Democratic Party, who greeted him with loud boos at the state convention last month.

“Because this is the first year of a two-year session, this action does not mean SB 562 is dead,” Rendon said. “In fact, it leaves open the exact deep discussion and debate the senators who voted for SB 562 repeatedly said is needed.”

The California Nurses Association, sponsors of the bill, now hate Speaker Rendon, and plan on turning the full force of their fury and rage against him.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

“I wanted to be Charlie’s favorite guy” – Manson animal to remain in prison

Gov. Jerry Brown will not parole for Charles Manson follower and convicted psycho killer Bruce Davis.

It’s the fifth time Davis has been recommended for parole by a state panel only to see it blocked by a governor, and continues Brown’s unflinching pattern of refusing to allow anyone from Manson’s “family” to be freed.

On Feb. 1, the parole panel recommended release for the 74-year-old Davis, who is serving a life sentence for the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. Davis was not involved in the more notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by Manson’s group.

Brown in his written decision acknowledges the factors that led the board to recommend parole for Davis: His efforts to improve himself, his academic progress, and 25 years with no discipline for misconduct.

But he said these things are “outweighed by negative factors that demonstrate he remains unsuitable for parole.

“These cult murders have left an indelible mark on the public — the Manson Family is still feared to this day,” Brown wrote. “Incredibly heinous and cruel offenses like these constitute the ‘rare circumstances’ in which the crime alone can justify a denial of parole.”

Also, Brown added “his continued minimization of his own violence and his role in the Manson Family further shows that he remains an unreasonable risk to the public.”

Source: Sacramento Bee

America’s police officers are trained to kill black people

It keeps happening, because the racist Police State wants it that way.

A black or brown person gets killed by police, and there are no consequences. There is no justice.

It’s how the Police State rolls.

This week’s Exhibit A. Watch the video of Philando Castile being shot and killed by Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer in Minnesota.

After Yanez approached his car, Castile, a black man, informed Yanez that he had a firearm, a gun he was lawfully registered to carry. Yanez told Castile not to reach for the gun, and Castile said he wasn’t.

Yanez yelled, “Don’t pull it out!”

The gun Castile had remained in his pocket, but Yanez still fired seven — seven — shots. As Castile moaned and as his white T-shirt began turning crimson, Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who along with her 4-year-old daughter were passengers in the car, live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.

On June 16, Yanez, who said he had feared for his life, was acquitted of manslaughter and two counts of endangering Reynolds and her daughter.

To recap, a man who politely disclosed that he was licensed to carry a gun and who was complying with orders was killed in front of his family because a police officer became frightened out of his wits. By black skin.

This kind of thing doesn’t happen to white people.

What happened to Castile happens to black and brown people across this great country, including in the Bay Area.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Hideous #LAPD child molester arrested

A Los Angeles police officer was arrested Thursday and accused of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 15-year-old member of the department’s cadet program, the latest embarrassment stemming from an investigation into thefts and other misconduct tied to the program.

Officer Robert Cain, 31, allegedly had sex in the past month with a teenager suspected with other cadets of being involved in the recent thefts of police cruisers and other LAPD equipment.

Cain also allegedly knew of, and helped facilitate, the string of thefts that has rattled the department in recent days.

Despite the evidence against him, Cain’s bail was set at an measly $75,000. One of the perks of serving the Police State.

Source: LA Times

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions wants and even bigger #PoliceState

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has vowed to crack down on crime by sending more criminals to prison for longer periods of time.

In his view, imprisoning more criminals would make families safer, and fewer people would break the law if there were more severe punishments for crimes such as drug offenses.

Great, just what bankrupted California’s prison system. It’s wonderful news for the Police State, but awful news for taxpayers.

In a recent memo to federal prosecutors, Sessions instructed them to pursue the harshest punishments legally allowed, a reversal of an Obama-era move giving federal lawyers more leeway to reserve such prosecutions for repeat offenders and people who had committed the worst of crimes.

Department of Justice officials hope the changes at the federal level — where a sliver of crimes across the country is prosecuted — will trickle down to a similar approach to crime in states.

That’s just great…more thug cops brutalizing citizens. Enjoy your Police State.

Source: LA Times

John Chiang hits the road, becomes a media darling

As California treasurer, John Chiang is most comfortable immersed in the state’s finances and rattling off numbers that would sail over average voters’ heads.

But as he embarks on a yearlong tour of the state for his gubernatorial bid, Chiang is trying to show off another side: He’s taking jabs at his rivals, meeting with voters in neighborhood stores and taquerias and doing anything he can to raise his name recognition in the state he hopes to lead, but where few voters know who he is.

As a result, the California media is gushing about him.

With his understated style and lower-profile office, Chiang has not been as visible as Newsom and Villaraigosa — both former big-city mayors with national profiles — something he readily acknowledges on the stump.

“[I’m] the fiscally responsible progressive. It doesn’t capture everybody’s imagination at the outset,” he said at a recent Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum luncheon, when asked about how he would break through in the field.

“But as people start thinking … we’re getting huge responses.”

Source: LA Times

Feckless #BorderPatrol agent pleads guilty to being a rat drug smuggler

It turns out another one of our “heroes” turns out to be a rat.

Appearing in a federal courtroom in San Diego, Noe Lopez pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and attempted distribution of cocaine.

He faces a possible minimum sentence of 10 years for each of the two counts and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

Lopez, a 10-year Border Patrol veteran who worked out of the Imperial Beach station, was arrested Dec. 14 as a result of a two-month undercover sting.

Lopez struck up a friendship with a man he met at a party and later began communicating with through an online messaging app. During their conversations, Lopez bragged about how he could smuggle drugs left at strategic points along the border fence and told the man he would do it for a fee.

The man relayed this information to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Source: LA Times

Being lazy and stupid won’t help Democrats take back Congress

The Democratic loss in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday was a bank-buster, with Democrats dropping over $25 million to make a race of it in a traditionally Republican district in suburban Georgia.

This smarts even more when you consider that this campaign cash would be enough for Democrats to compete in and win all seven of the Republican California congressional seats that Hillary Clinton carried in the presidential election.

Democrats are 24 congressional seats short of eliminating the Republican majority in Congress.  The House runs through California.

Democrat elites need to wise up.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Effective Dates of Statutes

By Chris Micheli

In the California Legislature, legislation that contains an urgency clause takes effect immediately upon the Governor signing the bill and it being chaptered by the Secretary of State. With the exception of measures which take effect immediately, tax levies, and bills calling an election, bills enacted in the first year of the regular session before the Legislature adjourns for the “interim study recess” go into effect on January 1 of the following year. This rule applies in the second year of the Session as well.

The general rule for the effective dates of statutes is found in the California Constitution, Article IV, Section 9(c). That section provides:

(c) (1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subdivision, a statute enacted at a regular session shall go into effect on January 1 next following a 90-day period from the date of enactment of the statute and a statute enacted at a special session shall go into effect on the 91st day after adjournment of the special session at which the bill was passed.

(2) A statute, other than a statute establishing or changing boundaries of any legislative, congressional, or other election district, enacted by a bill passed by the Legislature on or before the date the Legislature adjourns for a joint recess to reconvene in the second calendar year of the biennium of the legislative session, and in the possession of the Governor after that date, shall go into effect on January 1 next following the enactment date of the statute unless, before January 1, a copy of a referendum petition affecting the statute is submitted to the Attorney General pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 10 of Article II, in which event the statute shall go into effect on the 91st day after the enactment date unless the petition has been presented to the Secretary of State pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 9 of Article II.

(3) Statutes calling elections, statutes providing for tax levies or appropriations for the usual current expenses of the State, and urgency statutes shall go into effect immediately upon their enactment.

Chapter 6 of the California Government Code also deals with the operation of statutes and resolutions. The general rule concerning the effective dates of statutes is found in Section 9600(a), which provides that a statute enacted at a regular session shall go into effect on January 1 next following a 90-day period from the date of enactment of the statute and a statute enacted at a special session shall go into effect on the 91st day after adjournment of the special session at which the bill was passed.

The exceptions to this general rule are found in Section 9600(b) of the Government Code, which provides that statutes calling elections, statutes providing for tax levies or appropriations for the usual current expenses of the state, and urgency statutes shall go into effect immediately upon their enactment.

 Readers should also be aware of Government Code Section 17580, which provides:

No bill, except a bill containing an urgency clause, introduced or amended on or after January 1, 1989,that mandates a new program or higher level of service requiring reimbursement of local agencies or school districts pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution shall become operative until the July 1 following the date of on which the bill takes effect, unless the bill specifically makes this section inapplicable or contains an appropriation for the reimbursement or a specification that reimbursement be made pursuant to Section 17610.

Finally, readers should be aware of the rules regarding initiatives and referendums, which are found in the Constitution, Article II, Section 10 (statutes) and Article XVIII, Section 4 (constitutional amendments or revisions).

Under these rules, for example, a non-urgency bill passed on September 5, 2017 would take effect on January 1, 2018. A non-urgency measure, however, that is enacted in the second year of the two-year session would go into effect on January 1 following a 90-day period from the date of enactment. By contrast, statutes enacted at a special session take effect on the 91st day after the adjournment of the special session at which they were passed.

The delays in the effective dates of the statutes enacted at regular and special sessions provide a 90-day interval between the enactment and the effective date of the statute as is required by the Constitution in order to permit the circulation and presentation of a referendum petition requesting that the statute, or a part of it, be submitted to the electorate.

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.