Brutal L.A. firefighter who attacked citizen for giving out Halloween candy…gets no punishment

An L.A. firefighter choked and seriously injured a man giving out Halloween candy. His sentence? No jail

Video shot on Samuel Chang’s cell phone on the Halloween night he was physically confronted by three men including two off-duty Los Angeles firefighters.

For nearly six minutes, Samuel Chang gasped in desperate, ragged breaths as four men held him down on a Chatsworth street on Halloween night.

Chang went limp. The men who had been holding him down quickly performed CPR, and paramedics were called.

Chang would remain hospitalized for weeks — suffering a hemorrhage, kidney failure, severe head trauma and other injuries that he says still affect him to this day — and Los Angeles police detectives later concluded he was the victim of a felony assault at the hands of an off-duty city firefighter, court records show.

After criminal charges were filed against Eric Carpenter in December 2015, a probation report concluded Carpenter deserved at least a year in jail, noting Chang could have died.

But prosecutors recently gave Carpenter a plea deal that spared him any time behind bars, and he remains on duty as a city firefighter.

In other words, no punishment.

The outcome has infuriated Chang’s family and his attorney. It’s clear Carpenter received preferential treatment from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Carpenter’s lawyer, Michael Goldstein, served as Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey’s campaign finance director when she was elected in 2012, according to his website. He has donated thousands of dollars to her political accounts over the years, according to campaign finance records. And Lacey’s statements of economic interest show Goldstein has given her $200 worth of sporting tickets and pastries worth $100.

Carpenter deserves to be in prison. It’s clear that Michael Goldstein and Jackie Lacey should join him there. Criminal brutality of this type against citizens by police officers and firefighters has become all to common in California. It must be stopped.

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

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#Islamics in #California continue to call for killing #Jews

Another California imam has drawn criticism after delivering a sermon laced with inflammatory remarks about Jews, calling them “unjust tyrants” and praying to Allah to “destroy them.”

Imam Mahmoud Harmoush’s comments came during a July 21 sermon delivered at the Islamic Center of Riverside, video of which was translated and published by the nonprofit Middle East Media Research Institute.

The Islamic Center of Riverside also posted a 31-minute video of the sermon on YouTube.

In his sermon, Harmoush accuses Jews of plotting to take over Palestinian territory, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, and “most of the Middle East.” He also referenced the recent turmoil surrounding the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, one of the city’s holiest sites revered by both Muslims and Jews.

“Oh, Allah, liberate the Al Aqsa Mosque and all the Muslim lands from the unjust tyrants and the occupiers,”

In English, the imam also urged those gathered at the mosque: “Wake up, it is time to be a Muslim. Prayer is not the only thing.”

The comments came the same day as an imam in Davis delivered his own controversial sermon, praying for the Al Aqsa Mosque to be freed “from the filth of Jews.”

“Oh, Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one,” Imam Ammar Shahin said at the Davis Islamic Center.

The remarks from Shahin and Harmoush prompted a firestorm of criticism and were quickly condemned by Jewish organizations.

Dan Schnur, executive director of the American Jewish Committee in the Los Angeles region, described Harmoush’s comments as “a hate crime, pure and simple.”

Source: LA Times

#RINO #MitchMcConnell owns the #Obamacare #RepealAndReplace #EpicFail

Mitch McConnell is helping the Trump presidency fail. That’s not the outcome the Senate Republican leader intended, of course. But that’s what he achieved last week when he presided over the apparent collapse of his party’s seven-year campaign to repeal Obamacare.

Presidents succeed when they deliver on their core campaign promises, and tend to fail when they don’t. A president who thinks strategically tries to begin his tenure with a legislative victory, to bolster an image of competence and strength.

Instead, President Trump’s first big legislative effort just ended in a stinging loss. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but McConnell, the owlish Kentuckian with a now-dented reputation as a legislative wizard, was the man in charge.

Source: LA Times

93 California dams need reassessment before next flood season — don’t hold your breath

After the concrete spillway at the Oroville Dam crumbled under heavy use earlier this year, the Division of Safety of Dams decided to review more than 100 dam spillways that were considered vulnerable to similar issues because of their age and capacity and size of the communities they protect, the agency said.

On Thursday, the DSOD released a list of the 93 dams that it concluded need further inspection.

“These assessments may require acquiring additional information to adequately evaluate the spillways’ ability to perform satisfactorily during a flood event,” the agency said. “It will not be known which spillways, if any, will need repairs until the comprehensive assessments are completed and reviewed by DSOD.”

The DSOD’s call for reassessments comes as state officials are still trying to determine precisely what caused the failures at Oroville Dam. The Oroville Dam was built five decades ago, but officials noted that other dams in the state are much older.

Don’t expect things to get better anytime soon. It’s best to move to higher ground.

Source: LA Times

#Islamics gain a foothold in California’s poultry plants

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Mark Lauritsen, director of the food-processing division at the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, estimates that nationwide tens of thousands of Islamics are part of the roughly 250,000 unionized meat and poultry plant workers.

In California, most of the meatpacking industry is located in the Central Valley. It’s become one of the biggest employers for refugee resettlement agencies and other nonprofits aiding the population in those areas.

The growing unrest and bloodshed in the Middle East and elsewhere provided a refugee population from which to fill the labor vacuum, said Lavinia Limon, chief executive officer and president of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a resettlement organization.

Source: LA Times

Leftists join with Conservatives to crush #HighSpeedRail

California’s high-speed train project is likely to continue to be buffeted by environmental challenges as a result of a decision by the state’s top court.

In a 6-1 ruling last week written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the California Supreme Court decided that federal rail law does not usurp California’s tough environmental regulation for state-owned rail projects.

The decision has broad significance, lawyers in the case said.

It clears the way for opponents of the $64-billion bullet train to file more lawsuits as construction proceeds and also allows Californians to challenge other rail uses, such as the movement of crude oil from fracking.

So far there have been about a half a dozen lawsuits challenging environment impact reports for two rail segments in the Central Valley. Three of the suits are still pending.

More lawsuits are expected when the rail authority finalizes plans for construction in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.

Legal experts expect an even bigger firestorm of lawsuits when environmental impact reports are released for the Silicon Valley and parts of Los Angeles, possibly next year. The reports will reveal where the lines will be built.

Source: LA Times

An army of #homeless overrun #BART

When it comes to the homeless population on BART, there are three categories of people, says Armando Sandoval, BART’s homeless outreach worker and crisis intervention trainer: those willing to accept help, those who refuse it and those whose mental state leaves them unable to decide either way.

On any given day, he and BART police encounter each, he says. And, as homelessness rises in some parts of the Bay Area — Santa Clara and Alameda counties in particular — Sandoval said the agency is experiencing an influx of people using the system as a shelter.

Pleasanton resident Dan Allari said he’s noticed an uptick in the homeless population on BART in general since the winter.

Source: Mercury News

#BART wants you to knows its trains are full of criminals

Bay Area Rapid Transit police shared this image of a poster that will be translated into multiple languages and displayed on trains as part of a campaign to raise rider awareness of cellphone thefts.

They hope a campaign they are rolling out will help lower numbers on cellphone thefts.

Police said thefts spiked at the start of the year.

Look at the bright side…at least now BART is owning up to the fact that its trains are full of marauding criminals.

Source: Mercury News

Phony #Republican #Schwarzenegger continues to suck up to #Democrats

Arnold Schwarzenegger was really enjoying himself at the cap-and-trade deal signing out at Treasure Island the other day, even spending a bit of personal time with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

“He was concerned about the impact of the new rules against sanctuary cities on us,” Lee said. “At first I thought it was a bit strange because Arnold is a Republican, but then I remembered that he actually supported sanctuary cities when he was governor.”

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

#AmericansLoveDrugs: State sponsored, taxpayer funded, drug use coming to California

California communities could open centers inviting addicts to shoot up hard drugs under a bill that has cleared the state Assembly and now awaits a vote on the Senate floor.

Here’s how the concept — modeled after a supervised drug injection center in Vancouver, British Columbia — works:

A user walks into a government-run clinic with heroin in his pocket. He’s greeted by a nurse who directs him to wash his hands before offering an array of clean needles. He sits down at a sterile booth, rolls up a sleeve and shoots up.

As the high sinks in, he makes his way to a chill-out room for a cup of coffee or juice. There, staff members watch for signs of overdose, prepared to administer life-saving medication if needed.

Nothing like this exists in the United States. AB186 would make California the first state in the nation to permit illegal drug use in designated places.

The Assembly bill would allow eight counties — San Francisco, Alameda, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Mendocino, San Joaquin and Santa Cruz — and the cities within them to approve supervised drug injection programs.

Visitors to the clinic would have to bring their own drugs, and they would be shielded from criminal charges for using at the site.

Hey, it’s how we roll in California…after all, everyone knows Americans love drugs.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

California’s housing scam enriches developers and the real estate industry

California now has the highest poverty rate in the nation when the cost of housing is taken into account. Since 2005, more than 2.5 million Californians have been forced to leave the state in search of an affordable home.

We are told a big lie, that the solution to our housing crisis is to get government out of the way and leave it to the free market to let affordable housing magically “trickle down” to lower-income households. The truth, though, is developers build to make a profit, not to provide a social need. Luxury housing doesn’t trickle down, at least not at a scale to bring down rents in a meaningful way.

If we want to meet our housing needs, we need solutions that tackle the problem directly, instead of continuing to reward the same actors who are getting rich off the crisis. If we want affordable housing, we need to build affordable housing, instead of cutting more than 70 percent of affordable housing funding since 2008, as California has done.

Source: San Francisco Examiner

After failing on #healthcare reform, #Conservatives turn to taxes

Republican lawmakers, bruised by a failed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, are now turning their focus to tax reform, and they’ll be getting a multi-million dollar boost from American Action Network, a major outside group aligned with House leadership.

The organization expects to spend as much as $20 million on a pro-tax reform effort dubbed the “Middle Class Growth Initiative,” AAN told McClatchy. The program will promote tax cuts for “working families and small businesses,” as well as a reformed tax code “that will be simpler, fairer and pro-growth,” according to the organization.

As part of the effort, AAN is pledging to spend $5 million in August alone, and is kicking off the initiative with a $1 million member-specific radio ad buy slated to run in 34 congressional districts, from Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s Miami-area district to Rep. Mark Meadows’ North Carolina seat to Rep. David Valadao’s in California’s Central Valley.

American Action Network, for its part, is seeking to offer a comprehensive message on tax reform through radio, television, mail and digital ad buys, and through organizing at a grassroots level, ensuring that pro-tax reform advocates are at events, such as town halls over the August recess, and helping to facilitate activities like op-eds in local papers from community leaders and other politically prominent figures. The project has a hashtag: #GrowthForAll.

Source: Sacramento Bee

If you lose an election, should your crimes be forgiven?

To the Left it seems, if you lose the election your crimes should all be forgiven.

Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, but some Republicans in Congress are intensifying their calls to investigate her and other Obama administration officials.

Well, yes…if there is suspected wrong-doing there should be an investigation.

As investigations into Russian meddling and possible links to Trump’s campaign have escalated on both sides of the Capitol, some Republicans argue that the investigations should have a greater focus on Democrats.

Democrats who have pushed the election probes “have started a war of investigative attrition,” said GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

King is absolutely right.

Several officials from former President Barack Obama’s administration and Clinton’s campaign have appeared before or been interviewed by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as part of the Russia investigation.

Democrats brought this fiasco on themselves.

Source: Sacramento Bee

#WellsFargo’s latest tactic: Steal, and if caught just say you’re sorry

Scandal-plagued Wells Fargo is back in hot water for signing customers up for products that they didn’t need or want. This time it’s auto insurance, and the bank says it may have cost about 20,000 people their cars.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo acknowledged that it enrolled roughly 570,000 auto loan borrowers for what’s known as collateral production insurance on their vehicles when the customers already had appropriate insurance.

The feckless company will pay $80 million in refunds and account adjustments to those people.

Nearly a year ago, Wells Fargo admitted that its employees opened up to 2 million accounts for customers without getting their permission in order to meet overly aggressive sales goals. The bank paid $180 million in fines and penalties and recently reached a settlement to pay an additional $142 million to customers through a class-action lawsuit.

That scandal cost then-CEO John Stumpf his job, but he kept millions of dollars in stolen money.

Wells Fargo should be prosecuted for a hate crime. It’s CEO and board of directors should be sent to prison.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

#UCDavis #Islamic who preached that all #Jews should die now says he’s sorry

 

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The psycho Islamic who runs the the Davis Islamic Center recently came under fire for saying, “Oh Allah, liberate the Al Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews … Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one,” has apologized.

Ammar Shahin’s July 21 sermon set off a firestorm of criticism after a videotaped excerpt was translated and distributed.

Shahin’s psychopathic rants were roundly criticized by local and national Jewish leaders. A few of them wrote a complaint to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Later, Davis Mayor Robb Davis participated in a press conference with a mix of religious leaders in order to provide political cover for Shahin.

Islamic Center officials earlier this week made the phony claim that the imam’s comments had been taken out of context by “Islamophobic news organizations.”

In reality, Shahin said what he said.

In his sermon, spoken in Arabic and English, Shahin spoke of the history of Jerusalem and voiced outrage over events surrounding Al Aqsa Mosque. He encouraged fellow Muslims to rise up and speak out as well.

In fact, Jerusalem was founded in approximately 3000 BC. The Al Aqsa Mosque was not built until 691 AD. In Shahin’s make believe world, it’s the other way around.

After being caught red-handed inciting terrorism, Shahin said he intends to improve his relationships with leaders of other faiths.

We don’t think he means it.

Source: Los Angeles Times

 

#Republican #elite saved #Obamacare and don’t give a damn if you’re getting #screwed

This guy already has his free healthcare. He’s gotten rich in Washington using the government to screw you.

If you’re hating the Republican Party in light of their epic failure to reform Obamacare, you’re not alone.

The collapse of Republicans’ drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act is prompting a wave of GOP anger and anxiety across the country, as the defeat has widened divisions within the party and emboldened Democrats hoping for major gains in the 2018 midterm elections.

This Republican loves Obamacare. He’s already got his free healthcare so screw you.

The implosion of legislation to remake the U.S. health-care system has Republicans worried not just because they have failed to deliver on a marquee campaign pledge, but because it casts doubt on the broader promise to be a can-do governing party after years in the opposition.

The party splintered and turned on itself in the hours after the predawn Senate vote rejecting a last-ditch GOP health-care bill. House Republicans grumbled about their Senate counterparts. Conservatives complained about centrists who cast the deciding votes. And the chasm between congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump, who has threatened to help mount primary challenges to wayward Republicans, widened.

This Republican misses the good old days of segregation. He’s already got his free healthcare, so screw you.

Many Republicans saw the Senate vote as the death knell for the party’s seven-year-old promise to repeal the Obama-era health law. It was a triumph for the Democratic Party and the anti-Trump “resistance” movement, whose demonstrations supporting the Affordable Care Act at congressional town-hall meetings pressured Republicans and helped boost the public’s once-tepid support for the law.

Chris Wilson, a GOP pollster says that the party can’t walk away from its promise to overhaul the health-care system.

“The GOP base won’t stand for being lied to for seven years,” said Mr. Wilson. “The GOP has to do something that they can defend next fall. ‘We tried and failed, now re-elect us’ isn’t going to work.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

#FakeNews #NYTimes panics over#Democrat’s #Islamic I.T. spy story

The fake news New York Times is in a panic.

For months, legitimate news outlets have built a case against Imran Awan, his wife, two brothers and a friend, piece by piece.

With the help of his family and a cushy job on Capitol Hill, Awan, the Pakistani, had managed to steal computer hardware, congressional data and even — just maybe — a trove of internal Democratic National Committee emails that eventually surfaced last summer on WikiLeaks.

Democrats could have hired African-American, Asian-American, or Latino information technology specialists. Instead they decided to hire #Islamics from Pakistan, a country overrun with terrorists. One has to wonder why?

Making matters worse, the story swirls around Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who is the former chairwoman of the committee and an ally of Hillary Clinton’s.

Awan was arrested by the F.B.I. and United States Capitol Police on as he tried to board a flight to Pakistan.

Some basic facts appear to be clear. Mr. Awan had been employed by the House of Representatives as an I.T. specialist since 2004 and his wife, two brothers and a friend began similar work in subsequent years.

Over the years, he contracted to work part time for more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress, including Ms. Wasserman Schultz.

After the authorities briefed lawmakers about the investigation this spring, the Democrats reluctantly began to cut ties with Awan.

Source: New York Times

Even the #FakeNews @WashingtonPost has to admit the U.S. economy is doing great

Much to the obvious dismay of the Washington Post, the U.S. economy rebounded strongly between April and June, government data showed Friday morning, driven by a pickup in spending from the federal government and consumers.

The country’s gross domestic product, a broad measure of economic activity, grew 2.6 percent at an annualized pace in the second quarter of 2017, the Commerce Department said.

Economists had expected growth to rebound from a weaker reading in the first quarter, which is typically dragged down due to seasonal problems with measurement. GDP grew at an annual rate of 1.2 percent in the first quarter, compared with 1.8 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Growth was buoyed by investment from sectors like information technology and the oil and gas industry, which is finally reinvesting as global oil prices recover from previous lows, said Charles Seville, senior director at Fitch Ratings. “Investment, which has disappointed over the past couple years, is coming back, and that’s an encouraging sign for the future,” he said.

The current economic expansion is already the third-longest on record, surpassed only by periods of growth in the 1960s and 1990s.

Other measures give a picture of a healthy economy. Employers continue to add jobs at a steady pace, and the unemployment rate fell to a 16-year low in May, before ticking up in June.

Companies such as Boeing, Facebook and Shell reported strong quarterly earnings this week, spurring U.S. stock indexes to fresh highs.

Source: Washington Post

State Supreme Court deals another blow to the #BulletTrain

U.S. law does not allow state-owned rail projects to completely bypass California’s strict environmental regulations, the state Supreme Court said in a decision that ensures further legal complications for the planned $64-billion bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The high court overturned a lower court ruling and gave renewed hope to those who have used the California Environmental Quality Act to challenge the high-speed rail project championed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“It basically says that California has a right to control its own railroads and decide whether they should be required to consider carefully the environmental impacts of their projects,” said Stuart Flashman, who represents several San Francisco Bay Area cities in a lawsuit that contends the bullet train project violates state environmental law.

Richard Frank, an environmental law expert at the UC Davis School of Law, said the ruling, however, was not a “sweeping or unqualified victory” for those who have challenged the high-speed rail project. That’s because the court also said in some cases, U.S. law will trump the state’s statute.

“The standard that the California Supreme Court sets here is a fact-based one,” he said. “In some circumstances, there will be federal pre-emption but not on a blanket basis.”

The case pitted the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority against Central Valley farmers concerned about the bullet train’s effect on agricultural land.

In a 6-1 ruling, the state Supreme Court said a lower court interpreted federal law too broadly when it said the U.S. trumped state environmental review.

The ruling came in a lawsuit that challenged plans to introduce freight trains on a Northern California rail line. The suit was not directly connected to the high-speed rail project, but farmers and the rail authority said in legal briefs before the ruling that the decision could apply to it.

Source: LA Times

All of the sudden #SanDiego is excited about #BorderWall money

Congress could vote as early as today for a spending bill that would kickstart the building of a border wall in San Diego and Texas.

The $1.6 billion request in a House spending bill from Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, would include $251 million for 14 miles of secondary fencing in San Diego, and earmark $38.2 million for future wall construction along the entire border. A border wall between the United States and Mexico was a keystone of President Donald Trump’s campaign.

All that money has politicians in San Diego salivating.

The border wall money is included in an amendment that is tied to military funding. If the Rules Committee approves that amendment, it would avoid a vote in the full House where moderate Republicans would likely vote against border wall funds.

The spending package, called a minibus, would also put Democrats in an awkward position to have to vote against funding for the military and veterans.

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

#Homeless tsunami crushing #politicallycorrect small business in #SanFrancisco

Politically correct small business owners in San Francisco are compassionate about their homeless community.

Small business owners “understand” their plight.

That’s why a tsunami of homeless people are overrunning their establishments.

Customers will not patronize them if access to their stores and restaurants are blocked or if they feel unsafe. Customers frequently avoid these situations and leave, thus having a detrimental financial effect on businesses.

There’s also the impact on the quality of life with sidewalks inundated with trash and detritus, not to mention disposed needles.

So much for being politically correct.

#Republcians save #Obamacare

When RINO John McCain wins, America loses.

Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump’s agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol.

Unable to pass even a so-called “skinny repeal,” it was unclear if Senate Republicans could advance any health bill despite seven years of promises to repeal “Obamacare.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky put the health bill on hold and announced that the Senate would move onto other legislation next week.

President Trump responded on Twitter: “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”

A key vote to defeat the measure was cast by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Two other Republicans — Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — joined McCain and all Democrats to reject the amendment.

The amendment was a last resort for Senate Republicans to pass something — anything — to trigger negotiations with the House.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

#California has too much #marijuana

A leader of California’s marijuana industry warned Wednesday that the state’s cannabis growers produce eight times the pot that is consumed in the state so some will face “painful” pressure to reduce crops under new state regulations that will ban exports after Jan. 1.

Some marijuana growers will stay in the black market and continue to illegally send cannabis to other states, which is also not allowed under federal law, said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers’ Assn.

“We are producing too much,” Allen said, adding state-licensed growers “are going to have to scale back. We are on a painful downsizing curve.”

He said some marijuana growers may stop, while others just won’t apply for state permits.

Source: LA Times

#SFPD thug arrested for #childpornography

A 10-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography, the department announced.

Authorities said Officer Joshua Enea, 37, of Antioch, has been placed on suspension without pay

Police union does whatever it can to keep crooked cops on the street.

and removed from contact with the public in the latest scandal to hit the troubled department.

This is nothing new. Over the last few years, San Francisco officers have been embroiled in controversial shootings and corruption allegations, and have been accused of exchanging racist text messages among each other while discussing the public they serve.

The Contra Costa County district attorney’s office charged Enea on Wednesday with one count of possession of child pornography, but an arraignment date has not been set.

Based on San Francisco’s record, Enea will be back on duty in short order. Enjoy your Police State.

Source: LA Times

#EmilysList targets evil white men and #MimiWalters in California

It’s not just the national Democrats who have a wish list of Republican incumbents they’d like to unseat in 2018.

Emily’s List, the group that aims to elect women who support abortion rights, has identified 50 congressional and Senate seats nationwide as part of their “On Notice” program to flip seats in the midterm election.

The group has identified seven California Republicans, the largest number of any state. They all occupy seats the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has also prioritized. They are:

10th District: Rep. Jeff Denham (Turlock)
22nd District: Rep. Devin Nunes (Tulare)
25th District: Rep. Steve Knight (Palmdale)
39th District: Rep. Ed Royce (Fullerton)
45th District: Rep. Mimi Walters (Irvine)
48th District: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (Costa Mesa)
49th District: Rep. Darrell Issa (Vista)

Emily’s List says the roster of priority seats is their biggest ever and that the incumbents who hold them have built “appallingly anti-woman, anti-family records.”

Basically Emily’s List just hates white men who disagree with them. We’re not sure what to make of Mimi’s inclusion though…perhaps just bad luck.

Source: LA Times

#SanFrancisco throws its doors wide open to killer immigrants

San Francisco stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in Department of Justice grant funding designed to steer people away from drugs and out of jail after the Trump administration announced new rules designed to punish sanctuary cities.

But even as San Francisco leaders said Wednesday that they received $1.5 million last year from the program targeted by the administration, they said their pro-immigrant policies complied with federal law and could not be invoked to deny such aid.

According to the new guidelines for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program — the largest federal criminal justice funding program — local jurisdictions must allow agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, into their jails to meet with people thought to lack citizenship.

They must also notify ICE at least two days before releasing an inmate wanted for deportation, so that federal agents can pick them up, according to the rules. San Francisco’s sanctuary laws limit the city’s cooperation with immigration agents, and jail officials must only notify ICE about an inmate’s release if the person’s rap sheet fits a strict criteria.

“So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions announced the changes to the grant’s requirements on Tuesday amid a barrage of criticism from President Trump over his decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election.

San Francisco has been a focus of the debate over sanctuary laws in part because of the July 2015 killing of Kate Steinle on Pier 14. The illegal immigrant accused in the shooting had been recently released from San Francisco jail rather than turned over to immigration agents under the city’s sanctuary policies.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

#LindsayGraham, #MarcoRubio try to block #HillaryClinton investigation

House Judiciary Committee Republicans Wednesday heeded President Donald Trump’s relentless calls for more investigations into Hillary Clinton, agreeing to seek documents relating to the FBI probe of her private email server.

“If it’s in the public interest to investigate the Trump administration, it is most certainly in the public interest to investigate the real crimes by the real criminals,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a committee member.

Republican lawmakers had been resisting reopening inquiries into Clinton and Democrats’ conduct during the campaign.

The feckless Republican controlled Senate has been reluctant to launch any new inquiry, though Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, raised questions Wednesday about Democrats and Republicans in a hearing on foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

Grassley said he has asked the Department of Justice about Democratic National Committee officials allegedly working with Ukraine’s government to “undermine” Trump’s presidential campaign.

“The law needs to be enforced consistently and evenhandedly,” Grassley said. “Otherwise, it won’t be taken seriously.”

There was little sentiment among Republican senators, though, to look further into Clinton and her campaign.

“It harkens back to the notion of a banana republic,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of what he called Trump’s “inappropriate” calls for investigations into Clinton. “It’s what dictators do, they look to punish their enemies.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Senate Intelligence Committee member, noted that Clinton’s missing emails as secretary of state were investigated by the FBI. As a result, he said, there appears to be no need to reopen the case.

“As for me, I prefer to look to the future, not the past,” Rubio said of Trump’s tweets agitating for Clinton investigations. “It’s time to move on.”

Source: Sacramento Bee

#AlexPadilla censors California voter data

California’s secretary of state says he won’t comply with a second request for voter data from President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the commission’s vice chairman, sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Wednesday asking again for voters’ names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories if state law allows that information to be public.

State law does in fact make such information public.

In June, the commission requested the data for voters in all 50 states. Padilla and officials in at least 16 other states have refused.

Trump formed the commission after suspicion that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

Source: Sacramento Bee

#California loves its new #climatechange tax

Public support for the state’s battle against global warming remains strong and growing, according to a new poll from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

Seventy-two percent of California adults back last year’s law requiring the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Fifty percent said climate policies would create more jobs, the highest level since the question was first asked seven years ago.

At the same time, a majority of Californians said they didn’t know anything about the state’s cap-and-trade program, which lawmakers recently voted to extend until 2030.

Both the governor and the Legislature have a 51% approval rating on environmental issues.

Source: LA Times

General Rules of Lobbying

By Ray LeBov and Chris Micheli

Many, if not most, lobbyists can articulate their own “rules of lobbying.” We are no different. Based upon our years of experience lobbying the legislative and executive branches of California state government, we have compiled the following “general rules of lobbying. Some are simple rules, such as:

Be trustworthy

Never threaten or make personal attacks

Be kind to everyone involved in the process

Prepare for your lobbying work

Be proactive

Develop good people skills

Address opposition arguments

Be respectful

Develop relationships

Be a valuable resource

Be patient

Have good timing

Know your subject matter

Tell the truth and keep your word

These qualities usually contribute significantly toward making a successful lobbying career. What other qualities help make an effective lobbyist? Becoming an effective lobbyist requires an understanding of the legislative or regulatory process, as well as an understanding of the policy and political aspects of legislation they are working on, and knowledge of the players in the process.

A successful lobbyist possesses the experience and knowledge to combine all of these qualities. Lobbyists should be credible spokespersons for their clients and their interests to decision-makers. In order to do this, lobbyists must be able to analyze issues and solve problems, to strategize and to implement tactics to manage a proposal from an idea into a law, to have the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, and to do so in an ethical manner.

Perseverance is critical to a lobbyist’s success because there are often many twists and turns and obstacles that one faces in both the legislative and regulatory processes, if not seemingly imminent outright final defeats, on the way to ultimate victory. But do not make the mistake of thinking, as many do, that persistence is the sole component of perseverance. Patience is an equally important part of perseverance.

As important as possessing the knowledge, skills and qualities to be successful, lobbyists should strive to avoid making some of these common mistakes:

Failure to do your homework, including reading the text of the bill and understanding the issue being addressed, alternative solutions, and points that are raised by the opposition.

Not managing client expectations or setting unrealistic expectations that cannot be met.

Ignoring staff, whether majority or minority party, as they play such a critical role in the process.

Not tempering persistence with patience, as both of them are required in equal quantities.

Not telling the truth, or telling a half truth. Your reputation for honesty is critical to your success. Staff and elected officials quickly learn those lobbyists who deal in fact, rather than hyperbole.

If you put something in print (to share with even one other person), assume it will be read by everyone.

Not living by the adage of “not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Don’t lose a potential victory by pursuing an unattainable goal for too long.

Sending the wrong messenger to communicate the client’s point of view.

Forgetting that enacting a statute may not be the end of the war. A legislative win or loss may just be the battle. In the case of a non-self-executing statute, a regulatory agency plays a huge implementation role. The lobbyist’s job is not always over then the bill is enacted.

Finally, as many writers have observed, in order to be successful, a lobbyist must possess the qualified of determination, honesty, integrity, and hard work,

Over the past ten years, 41-year Capitol veteran Ray LeBov and his Capitol Seminars have set more than 2,000 participants on the road to lobbying success. Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. and guest lectures for Capitol Seminars.

Nearly 1 million #undocumented #immigrant driver’s licenses issued in #California

This should drive the dying, shrill, white racist community in bigoted California over the edge.

Nearly a million undocumented drivers could be licensed in California by the end of the year.

Through June 2017, the Department of Motor Vehicles has issued approximately 905,000 driver’s licenses under Assembly Bill 60, the law requiring applicants to prove only their identity and California residency, rather than their legal presence in the state.

AB 60 was intended to bolster public safety and reduce penalties for undocumented immigrants who drive. When it finally took effect at the beginning of 2015, making California the 10th state to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the country illegally.

A study released by Stanford University researchers in April credited the law with reducing hit-and-run accidents statewide by at least 7 percent in its first year of implementation. Supporters have suggested it may also be a responsible for a surge in organ donors.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

#Latinos continue to be brutalized by #California’s polluted communities

California has made great strides in scrubbing smog from its skies, yet pollution remains a problem in some parts of the state, with 44 percent of Latinos living in communities with poor air quality compared to about one-quarter of non-Latinos, according to a new state Senate report.

Once again we see that white Californians think only about themselves.

The study, commissioned by the Legislative Latino Caucus, comes as Gov. Jerry Brown will be in Bell Gardens at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to sign Assembly Bill 617, part of last week’s package of bills to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The measure by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, arose from longstanding complaints by environmental justice activists that the state’s efforts to fight climate change have done little to improve the lives of people near the ports of Oakland and Long Beach, the Inland Empire, the San Joaquin Valley and other parts of the state with historically poor air quality.

The bill directs the California Air Resources Board to step up monitoring of local pollution sources and to craft solutions, including penalties. It also requires the air board every five years to produce a statewide strategy to reduce toxic air contaminants in places with high pollution.

Poor air quality isn’t the only type of pollution Latinos are more likely to face. Half of Latinos live in high-pollution areas, compared to about one-fifth of non-Latinos, according to the Senate Office of Research report – compiled with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the state Department of Finance and other sources.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

Congratulations to new citizens!

Only 20 newly minted citizens were chosen to be naturalized at the annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, held this year for the first time in more than four decades in San Francisco.

The conference sees judges, attorneys and other staff from the Ninth Circuit Court meet to discuss matters of the day, but also observes an annual tradition: the naturalization of people.

On Monday, 20 immigrants from more than a dozen nations became citizens of the U.S.

Source: San Francisco Examiner

More bad news for #Democrats, #WassermanSchultz IT staffer busted trying to flee the U.S.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology staffer was arrested on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan.

Did you get that? Irman Awan was trying to fly to Pakistan to escape the authorities. Pakistan….where terrorists live. He was Wasserman Schultz’s IT guy.

The 37-year-old Awan of Lorton, Virginia, was arraigned Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on one count of bank fraud. He pleaded not guilty and was released pursuant to a high-intensity supervision program, including the restriction that he not travel beyond a 50-mile radius of his home, according to the court.

Source: Associated Press

#Trump to #transgenders in the military — You’re fired!

President Donald Trump has made the executive decision to ban transgenders from serving in the military, reversing yet another major decision by the Left-wing Obama administration.

As usual, he bypassed the elite media and made the announcement in a tweet series posted this morning.

Trump stated that after serious consultation with military experts, the U.S. cannot allow transgenders to serve in the armed forces because of medical costs and disruption posted by integrating these individuals.

During his campaign, Trump emphasized that he would consult with generals to handle the problems of political correctness infesting the military.

So basically, the President delivered on another campaign promise. The elite media is currently having a meltdown.

Source: The Daily Caller

Can the hapless #Democrats unseat the pathetic #DuncanHunter?

With the primary election less than a year away, six motivated Democrats are maneuvering to gather support from the party faithful — as well as disenchanted Independents and Republicans — all with the aim of challenging Duncan Hunter, the embattled GOP incumbent in the 50th Congressional District.

Hunter’s latest hurdle came in March when the Justice Department announced an investigation into possible campaign violations. That comes on top of earlier allegations into Hunter improperly using thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use, prompting an investigation by the House Ethics Panel. The investigation was recently turned over to the FBI.

Other questions have been raised about “unusual spending by Hunter’s campaign, including flying the family rabbit on a plane and payments to nail salons, his children’s private school and a Phoenix resort,” it continued.

Basically he’s a loser.

Having said that, the pathetic Congressional Democrats face an uphill battle in dumping Hunter.

Hunter is now serving his fifth two-year term, having first been elected in 2008 after his father, with the same name, had been a long-time incumbent.

Source: San Diego Free Press

Cops ridicule panhandler, then lecture charitable citizens

A police department in Wyoming is asking people to stop giving money to panhandlers and instead give to local charities.

The Cheyenne Police Department took to Facebook Sunday afternoon after they arrested an intoxicated panhandler they frequently deal with.

The post read, in part, “We want to illustrate that there are better ways to help the transient population than to give them money for panhandling. This person collected $234.94 in just a few hours of asking for money.

Rather than feeding someone’s alcohol addiction, you can donate directly to local charities such as the Comea Shelter where your money will assist the homeless in a much more effective way.”

The post quickly went viral with more than 30,000 shares and 24,000 likes and caused a stir with the thousands who commented on it.

One woman wrote, “Just when I think this place can’t get any more backward. I will give MY money to whoever I please. You’re seriously telling us, like we’re children, how we should treat people?”

Another woman said, “Public shaming, nice. Cheyenne Police Department should be ashamed of themselves. What they do with their money is none of your business and Addiction isn’t a punchline in a Facebook post. Awful.”

Source: Fox News

‘Merica is the fattest!

A detailed report in the latest New England Journal of Medicine is winning alarmed attention in Washington because it finds that American children and adults are leading the obesity parade.

“The highest level of age-standardized childhood obesity was observed in the United States, 12.7 percent,” said the report.

“The United States and China had the highest numbers of obese adults,” added the authoritative study.

Obesity is no secret in the U.S., but the continued domestic epidemic, especially after the former Obama administration declared war on it, is alarming officials.

In rich and poor countries, obesity rates increased, indicating “the problem is not simply a function of income or wealth. Changes in the food environment and food systems are probably major drivers. Increased availability, accessibility, and affordability of energy-dense foods, along with intense marketing of such foods, could explain excess energy intake and weight gain among different populations.

Source: Washington Examiner

#MinneapolisPD comes up with #fakenews story to defend #killer #Islamc cop

A woman “slapped” the back of a Minneapolis police car shortly before an Australian was murdered in cold blood by an psycho Islamic cop.

That’s the story coming from the Minneapolis Police Department.

Justine Damond, 40, was executed by Islamic cop Mohamed Noor after she called to report a possible rape in the area on 15 July.

The department’s spin continues…the Islamic’s partner has told officials he had been startled by a loud noise just before Ms Damond arrived at the vehicle.

Noor was hired as a cadet in March 2015, becoming eligible to be a sworn officer six months later.

In typical Police State fashion, Noor was described by police chief Janee Harteau as having completed training “very well” and being “very suited to be on the street”.

The feckless Harteau has since resigned over the shooting.

Source: Sky News

#Idiot #German girl joins #ISIS, learns the hard way about #Islam

The teenage girl from Germany whom Iraqi security forces discovered in a tunnel in the northern city of Mosul last week has spoken of her regret at joining the ranks of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), according to German media reports.

Soldiers found Linda W., 16, with four other women in Mosul’s Old City, the site of weeks of intense fighting between Baghdad’s elite forces and ISIS militants. Images of her capture were widely shared on social media.

German prosecutors have confirmed her identity to be the same as the German teenage girl who fled her hometown near the eastern city of Dresden last summer. She now appears to regret ever joining the jihadi group.

“I just want to get away from here,” she was quoted as saying by German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which also said that she had married an ISIS fighter in Mosul. “I want to get away from the war, from the many weapons, from the noise.”

She added: “I just want to go home to my family.”

Yet she may never be able to correct her regret. Iraqi forces are not seeking her extradition, so she may face trial in Baghdad, where she is languishing in an Iraqi prison.

German security services say more than 900 German nationals have left the country to fight for ISIS in the Middle East, at least one-fifth of them being women.

There is a lesson to be learned here. Don’t be like Linda W. She’s an idiot.

Source: Newsweek

#SpeakerRyan sides with #RINOs and #Democrats, defends #RobertMueller

Speaker Paul Ryan insists on defending special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department’s baseless, elite media driven investigation into the Russia election interference, saying he’s “anything but” a Democratic partisan.

Ryan pointed to Mueller’s resume and his tenure as FBI director under the Republican administration of former President George W. Bush.

“Remember, Bob Mueller is a Republican, who was appointed by a Republican, who served in the Republican administration, who crossed over and stayed on until his term ended,” Ryan said.

Right, he’s a RINO partisan.

Standing up to losers like Ryan, Trump and his team have warned that they will take action if Mueller takes the investigation beyond its scope of Russian election meddling.

Trump told The New York Times in an interview last week it would be out of line for the special counsel to investigate his and his family’s financial records as part of the probe.

Source: The Hill

#Racist #loser #JebBush continues to attack President #Trump

Racist loser Jeb Bush has called out his fellow Republicans as hypocrites — for not publicly condemning President Trump.

Six-plus months into Trump’s presidency, and losers like Bush still can’t get behind their own Republican leader.

Bush is why Trump won. He doesn’t get that. His rich racist loser friends don’t get that either.

Source: Washington Times

#Islamics use #fake holy site to attack #Israel

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday urged all Islamics to visit and protect Jerusalem after violence broke out over metal detectors that Israel installed and later removed from a sensitive holy site in the city.

“Protect” is code-speak for kill Jews.

Israel installed metal detectors at entrances to the site, which also includes the Dome of the Rock, following an attack on July 14 that killed two Israeli police officers.

Killers Palestinians viewed the security measures as Israel asserting further control over the site and deadly clashes erupted during protests.

Source: Daily Mail

This is a “better deal”? #Democrats screw veterans

House Democrats voted to deny GOP leaders big-enough majorities to restore funding for a key veterans health care program.

Democrats united to defeat a $2 billion bill to replenish for six months the emergency Veterans Choice Program, which subsidizes private medical care outside the Veterans Affairs Department for veterans facing lengthy wait times and is set to run dry in August.

Following the vote, House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) fired back at Democrats, contending the bill had bipartisan support ahead of Monday’s debate.

Source: POLITICO

Hapless GOP lawmakers continue their hollow rage against the fire prevention fee

A fire prevention fee levied on nearly 800,000 rural California properties was so reviled by Republican lawmakers, landowners and taxpayer groups that they tried a referendum, a lawsuit, and five pieces of legislation to repeal it during the last six years.

But this week, a measure to suspend and eventually repeal the fee was finally approved by the Legislature — after Democrats offered it as a bargaining chip to entice Republicans to help pass an extension of the state’s cap-and-trade climate program.

“This is a huge victory,” Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) said. “Six years ago the fire tax illegally forced people in fire-prone areas to pay $80 million a year, and not one cent has gone to putting more boots on the ground.”

But other Republicans say the suspension came with a price, and some feel the price was too high. A lawsuit challenging the fire fee and seeking refunds will continue to be pursued, activists say.

Source: LA Times

Willie Brown: @realDonaldTrump keeps winning

No matter what you think of Trump’s policies or personality, he has beaten Democrats on every angle.

The stock market is up. Unemployment is down.

And Trump has gotten nearly every nominee he wanted, including Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, which was absolutely critical to fulfilling the Republican agenda.

Even his inability to repeal Obamacare has turned into a backhanded win for Trump, if for no other reason than that it’s freed him from having to come up with a workable alternative, which he clearly does not have.

And you have to admit, Trump’s made-for-TV White House is certainly entertaining.

Perhaps Trump’s biggest accomplishment is that, after six months, he’s still in office. And that may be the Democrats’ biggest frustration of all.

Source: Failure? Trump is beating Democrats left and right – San Francisco Chronicle

How California Democrats turned into environmental traitors

The Assembly passes the bill, 55-21, with a few Republicans voting yes and a few progressive Democrats voting no. Thanks progressive hero Mark Stone! Thanks progressive champion Monique Limon! Thanks vulnerable Democrats Sabrina Cervantes and Sharon Quirk Silva! Donate $3.98 to express tangible thanks!

Brown and leaders congratulate each other. Sure enough, they’ve passed something, anything, and it sucks. Accolades pour in for the governor’s negotiating skills from across the country and the world. Only those paying close attention to Capitol politics know that it’s yet another win for Big Oil. Not the climate. Not the lungs of California’s poorest communities.

Source: Daily Kos

Republicans on the hot seat

California’s congressional races are pivotal to Democratic efforts to flip the House, and there are already more than 60 candidates in more than a dozen battleground districts for the 2018 election.

It is 16 months before the 2018 general election and candidates have until March to file to run for Congress. But it isn’t unusual for them to start campaigning so early in order to try to advance to a general election runoff by securing one of the top two spots in the June primary. It gives them plenty of time to raise the more than a million dollars often required to win.

Many of the challengers recently filed their first financial reports, and political insiders and donors are looking closely for indicators of who has fundraising ability. A strong early fundraising figure can deter potential rivals or draw support from the national political parties. Weak fundraising can encourage new opponents to enter the race.

Some incumbents are already sitting on lots of cash as opponents line up to challenge them.

Source: LA Times

Democrat redistricting will save McClintock in 2018

Regina Bateson was one of 750 people who at an April town hall listened to Republican Congressman Tom McClintock voice support for efforts by leaders of his party to scrap Obamacare, question the science behind climate change and dismiss the need for an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

It was a pivotal moment for her. That’s because Regina is basically a useful idiot, manipulated by the Left.

So it’s no surprise that soon after, she launched her campaign for California’s 4th Congressional District, a deep-red Republican stronghold encompassing the heart of the Sierras that McClintock has represented since 2009.

“Tom McClintock does not reflect the values of the 4th District. He does not act in the best interests of the district,” said Bateson, 35, a former U.S. State Department foreign service officer who recently returned with her family to her hometown of Roseville.

Bateson, a Democrat and political newcomer, is one of more than 40 Democrats challenging Republican incumbents next year in 11 of the 14 House seats California Republicans hold in Congress.

Thanks to redistricting, controlled by here Democrat friends in Sacramento, Republicans have dominated the sprawling, rural district for three decades.

Last year was no different. McClintock easily defeated his Democratic challenger, winning nearly 63 percent of the vote in a district that also went 54 percent for Donald Trump.

So Bateson is basically a loser, talking trash, and wasting people’s time. A useful idiot.

Source: Sacramento Bee

Democrats looking for billions more to fund affordable housing

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders last week touted their “shared commitment” to reach a deal to address the state’s housing crisis, after securing the supermajority needed to extend California’s cap-and-trade program to 2030.

Early signs however suggest that hammering out a deal could be tricky.

The biggest problem? Reaching a deal on an annual source of funding for affordable housing.

Liberal Democrats say when Brown dissolved redevelopment agencies in 2011, cities and counties across the state lost roughly $1 billion a year that helped them build affordable housing. That loss has exacerbated the state’s housing crisis, some say.

Senate Bill 2 from state Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would replace some of that funding by levying a new $75 to $225 fee on real estate transactions, generating an estimated $225 million per year.

Senate Bill 3 from state Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would put a $3 billion general obligation bond for housing before voters next year. Senate Bill 35 from Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would streamline the approvals process for new construction.

Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said last week that a deal will include a general obligation bond for housing, a permanent funding source for affordable housing and regulatory reform, but they did not include additional details.

Source: Sacramento Bee

California doing everything possible to keep criminal immigrants on the streets

About a dozen immigration agents huddled just before dawn outside an Ace Hardware store in Jurupa Valley, a semi-rural city in Riverside County.

They were equipped with firearms, protective vests and intelligence on the morning routines of the six men they were seeking.

It was 4 a.m. Thursday, June 22, and many of the men would soon be on their way to work or coming home from a night shift.

While immigrant advocates have voiced concern about recent enforcement operations, ICE says it could be taking a higher number of convicted criminals into custody — and more easily — if not for internal law enforcement agency policies and state laws.

“These policies that some cities and jurisdictions have created — that’s definitely hampered us,” said David Marin, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Los Angeles. “So we’ve had to sort of adjust our resources to go out into the communities and apprehend these individuals instead of apprehending them in a secure environment.”

Now, ICE officials say they would be further constrained by the possible implementation of Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act. The legislation, sometimes referred to as a ‘sanctuary state’ bill, has been passed by the state Senate and is making its way through the Assembly.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

 

Pervert #LAPD thug charged with sexual assault of 15-year-old girl

The Los Angeles police officer at the center of a scandal roiling the department’s signature youth initiative has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old member of the cadet program, prosecutors announced Friday.

Robert Cain, 31, was charged Thursday with two counts each of oral copulation of a person under the age of 16, lewd acts upon a child and unlawful sexual intercourse, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Cain’s arraignment in a downtown courtroom Friday morning was delayed as he remains in custody in San Bernardino County in connection with felony weapons charges that arose from the investigation into the cadet scandal.

Cain is accused of sexually assaulting the cadet in three separate incidents at three different locations on June 14. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years and eight months in state prison.

Some hero eh?

Source: LA Times

Determining Whether Amendments Are Germane

By Chris Micheli

In the California Legislature, as with several other legislative bodies around the country, there is an initial question regarding whether amendments to existing bills must be “germane” to the subject matter of the existing bill. As described in legislative glossaries, “germane” refers to whether a proposed amendment is relevant to the subject matter in the bill.

In California, the Office of the Legislative Counsel may opine on germaneness, but the determination of germaneness is decided by the Presiding Officer of either the State Assembly or State Senate, subject to an appeal by the membership. In other words, the ultimate determination of whether amendments are germane to an existing bill rests with the legislators in either house. Each house of the Legislature has rules related to determining whether amendments are germane.

ASSEMBLY

There are several rules in the State Assembly regarding the issue of “germane” bills regarding their subject matter. Pursuant to Assembly Rule 47(d), the Committee on Budget may introduce a bill that is germane to any subject within the jurisdiction of the committee in the same manner as any Assembly Member. Any other standing committee may introduce a total of five bills in each year of a biennial session that are germane to any subject within the proper consideration of that committee.

Under Assembly Rule 92, titled Amendment to Be Germane, provides that an amendment to any bill, other than a bill stating legislative intent to make necessary statutory changes to implement the Budget Bill, whether reported by a committee or offered by an Assembly Member, is not in order when the amendment relates to a different subject than, is intended to accomplish a different purpose than, or requires a title essentially different than, the original bill.

Furthermore, Rule 92 states that a motion or proposition on a subject different from that under consideration may not be admitted as an amendment. An amendment is not in order that changes the original number of any bill.

SENATE

Under Senate Rule 23(a), similar to its Assembly counterpart, a standing committee may introduce a bill that is germane to any subject within the proper consideration of the committee in the same manner as any Senator. Under Subdivision (b), a committee may amend into a bill related provisions that are germane to the subject and embraced within the title and, with the consent of the author, may constitute that bill a committee bill.

Under Subdivision (e), there is a distinction drawn to amendments to rewrite a bill. The first inquiry is whether the amendment is germane to the previous version of the bill, but adds a new subject to the bill that is different from, but related to, the contents of the bill. Subdivision (f) acknowledges new bills when an amendment creates a new bill if the amendment changes the subject of the bill to a new or different subject.

Senate Rule 38.5 requires every amendment proposed to be germane.

In order to be germane, an amendment must relate to the same subject as the original bill, resolution, or other question under consideration. A point of order may be raised that the proposed amendment or an amendment now in the bill, resolution, or other question under consideration is not germane, so long as the question is within control of the body.

In that case, Rule 38.5 provides the President pro Tempore must decide whether the point of order is well taken. In the absence of the President pro Tempore, the Vice Chair of the Committee on Rules decides whether the point of order is well taken. If, in the opinion of the President pro Tempore or the Vice Chair of the Committee on Rules, the point of order is well taken, the question of germaneness is referred to the Committee on Rules for determination.

Thereafter, the Committee on Rules must make its determination by the following legislative day. If the point of order is raised and referral is made on the last legislative day preceding a joint recess, the Committee on Rules makes its determination before adjourning for the recess. The matter remains on file until the determination is made.

Finally, if, upon consideration of the matter, the Committee on Rules determines that the amendment is not germane, then the bill, resolution, or other question is stricken from the Daily File and may not be acted upon during the remainder of the session, provided that the author of a bill, resolution, or other question must be given the opportunity to amend the bill, resolution, or other question to delete the portions that are not germane. If that occurs, then the bill, resolution, or other question may continue to be acted upon. If the Committee on Rules determines that the amendment is germane, the bill, resolution, or other question may be acted upon by the house.

Chris Micheli is an attorney and legislative advocate at the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law in its Capital Lawyering Program.

#JoshNewman lawsuit: Another chapter of the #CaGOP’s #epicfail

It’s another chapter in the story of the California Republican Party’s epic failure.

Bleating Republican activists and a hysterical anti-tax organization filed a lawsuit Thursday to scrap a new law that revised the rules for California’s recall elections, accusing Democrats of a blatant attempt to help an embattled state senator keep his job.

The court challenge to the law, enacted as part of last month’s new state budget, comes after critics of state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) submitted some 85,000 voter signatures to force a special election on whether he should be removed from office.

“For them to come in and try to pass a law undercutting a legitimate exercise of direct democracy, we feel that the court’s not going to like that very much,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Newman, elected to the Senate in 2016 after narrowly defeating his GOP opponent, became the target of the recall campaign after voting in April for a $52-billion transportation package that includes both new fuel taxes and an additional annual fee for vehicle owners.

That effort then prompted legislative Democrats to add a provision to the state budget, extending the amount of time between a recall petition effort and the actual election. The new law also gives voters a chance to remove their signatures from the petition, as Democrats have accused supporters of the Newman recall effort of misleading voters into thinking a special election would be focused on repealing the new gas tax.

Source: LA Times

Maybe kicking all those #Mexicans out wasn’t such a good idea after all

Driscoll’s is so secretive about its robotic strawberry picker it won’t let photographers within telephoto range of it.

But if you do get a peek, you won’t see anything humanoid or space-aged. AgroBot is still more John Deere than C-3PO — a boxy contraption moving in fits and starts, with its computer-driven sensors, graspers and cutters missing 1 in 3 berries.

Such has been the progress of ag-tech in California, where despite the adoption of drones, iPhone apps and satellite-driven sensors, the hand and knife still harvest the bulk of more than 200 crops.

Now, the $47-billion agriculture industry is trying to bring technological innovation up to warp speed before it runs out of low-wage immigrant workers.

California will have to remake its fields like it did its factories, with more machines and better-educated workers to labor beside them, or risk losing entire crops, economists say.

Driscoll’s, which grows berries in nearly two dozen countries and is the world’s top berry grower, already is moving its berries to table-top troughs, where they are easier for both human and machines to pick, as it has done over the last decade in Australia and Europe.

“We don’t see — no matter what happens — that the labor problem will be solved,” said Soren Bjorn, president of Driscoll’s of the Americas.

Maybe kicking all those Mexican workers out isn’t such a good idea after all?

Source: Los Angeles Times