Do nothing #KamalaHarris now suddenly cares about your #healthcare

As California’s Attorney General for eight years, Kamala Harris stood by silently while her patrons in the Police State routinely gunned down the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color.

Now all of the sudden however, she’s interested in your healthcare.

Harris announced Wednesday that she intends to support a congressional effort to expand Medicare to all Americans.

“Health care should be a right, not a privilege,” she said. “This should not be a partisan issue. It shouldn’t even be a bipartisan issue. It should be a nonpartisan issue.”

Nothing in her comments suggests that your Fourth Amendment right to be safe from the Police State has any value to her.

That’s too bad…we had higher hopes for her when she took office.

Source: Sen. Kamala Harris announces support for ‘Medicare-for-All’ bill – East Bay Times

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Feckless #NGOs defend money grabbing schemes

According to the NGOs who wallow in millions of taxpayer dollars:

“In government, good intentions frequently have unintended consequences. Unfortunately, many of these unintended consequences can have irreversible impacts, costing lives, chilling innovation and disintegrating community institutions that have reliably served our neighbors for decades.

That’s the case with AB 1250. 

The bill would require all county contractors — many of whom are nonprofit Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs) — to spend a significant portion of their modest budgets on expensive audits, burdensome paperwork and administrative overhead.

In the short run, this would divert critical resources from vital services.”

Yeah, right. The real question reporters should be asking is why can’t these NGOs explain why they can’t account for all the free money they get from taxpayers?

Source: Opinion: AB 1250 is vivid lesson in unintended consequences

#SantaClaraCounty, #SanFrancisco, set out the welcome mat for #terror

Santa Clara County has asked a federal court to declare President Donald Trump’s order de-funding “sanctuary” jurisdictions unconstitutional in an attempt to make a preliminary injunction permanent.

The move aims to get a final ruling on a landmark lawsuit filed by the county in February, which was joined by co-plaintiff San Francisco. That would validate the county’s argument that Trump’s threats to strip federal funding from cities that don’t cooperate with U.S. immigration operations aimed at deporting undocumented immigrants are illegal.

Source: ‘Sanctuary’ cities: Santa Clara County seeks to permanently nix Trump’s defunding order – East Bay Times

Judge, #elitemedia, push #fakenews about voter-fraud panel

A federal judge on Wednesday tore into President Donald Trump’s voter commission for reneging on a promise to fully disclose public documents before a July 19 meeting, ordering the government to meet new transparency requirements and eliciting an apology from administration lawyers.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of Washington said the Election Integrity Commission released only an agenda and proposed bylaws before its first meeting at the White House complex last month.

Kollar-Kotelly said the panel’s after-the-fact argument was “incredible” when it said it did not believe documents prepared by individual commissioners for the July meeting had to have been posted in advance.

Fake News.

Source: Judge decries Trump’s voter-fraud panel

How the #racist #GOP screwed people after #HurricaneSandy

A platoon of Texas lawmakers who voted against aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2013 are scurrying to explain their votes in advance of being asked to vote for the same relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The explanation they’ve crafted almost unanimously to avoid being tagged as hypocrites is that they favored Sandy relief, but the bill they were presented as senators and representatives was filled with unrelated pork. As supporters of fiscal responsibility, you see, they simply couldn’t in good conscience vote for the $50.5-billion relief measure.

They are just rich, elitist liars. Don’t believe them.

Source: Republicans claim they voted down the Sandy relief bill because it was filled with pork. Don’t believe them – LA Times

Yawn! Another dumb #TimDraper scheme to split up California

Yawn!

If a tech billionaire in the Golden State has his way, California would be broken into three new states, with Sacramento and San Francisco anchoring the one in the north, San Diego anchoring the one in the south and Los Angeles anchoring the one in the middle.

The effort to break up California is the work of Timothy Draper, who you’ll remember from his failed attempt to break the state into six pieces in 2014.

Now he’s at it again and has already submitted the paperwork to propose a statewide ballot measure in 2018.

What a loser.

Source: A billionaire wants to split California into three new states – The San Diego Union-Tribune

#LATimes continues to pimp “catastrophic storms” climate change narrative

As if there has never been a bad storm before now.

The L.A. Times maintains that climate change could explain the intensity of Hurricane Harvey as well as other catastrophic storms that have hit the United States in recent years.

Harvey is the latest in little over a decade of “500-year” and “100-year” floods that once were considered rare.

Climate change probably will mean that that biggest storms become even bigger.

Source: Catastrophic storms, once rare, are almost routine. Is climate change to blame? – LA Times

#DianeFeinstein is nice to #POTUS, #racist #Left goes berserk

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s rare kind words for President Trump have Democrats in an uproar and left her scrambling to explain that she really didn’t mean it when she told a San Francisco audience Trump still “can be a good president.”

“Look, this man is going to be president, most likely for the rest of this term,” she said during an hour-long, question-and-answer “conversation” with former East Bay Rep. Ellen Tauscher at the city’s sold-out Herbst Theatre Tuesday night. “I just hope he has the ability to learn and to change. And if he does, he can be a good president. And that’s my hope.”

The statement, even with the caveats, shocked the Feinstein-friendly crowd at the Commonwealth Club event, which reacted with stunned silence punctuated by quiet exclamations, scattered boos and nervous laughter.

She abandoned the Left’s racist narrative…now she’ll have to pay the price.

Source: Feinstein’s kind words about Trump anger Democrats – San Francisco Chronicle

California continues to believe in the fantasy that the planet can run fine only on “clean energy”

California lawmakers are considering a future without the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity, a step that would boost the renewable energy industry and expand the scope of the state’s battle against global warming.

Good news if you’re in the “renewable energy” industry and you’re looking for some free money from Sacramento.

If approved at the end of the legislative session next month, the proposal would eventually ensure only clean energy moves through the state’s electricity grid.

Source: California’s goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy – LA Times

Violence continues to overwhelm #Sacramento

One law-enforcement officer was killed and two others wounded when a gunman carrying a high-powered rifle shot through the door of his hotel room, then leapt out over a balcony and led police on a brief chase.

He was captured minutes later when he crashed and was wounded by responding officers.

Deputy Robert French, a 21-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, died from a gunshot wound.

Source: Gunman kills deputy, wounds 2 from California Highway Patrol

Disgraced #Uber CEO’s case going to arbitration

Hours after watching his replacement, incoming CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, address employees for the first time at an all-hands meeting, Travis Kalanick, who was pressured to resign from the company in June, was handed a win: A fraud lawsuit filed against him by Uber investor Benchmark was sent to arbitration.

“Mr. Kalanick is pleased that the court has ruled in his favor today and remains confident that he will prevail in the arbitration process,” a spokesman for Kalanick said in a statement. “Benchmark’s false allegations are wholly without merit and have unnecessarily harmed Uber and its shareholders.”

A Benchmark representative said the firm is looking forward to “presenting the facts” as the case proceeds. “This case is fundamentally a question of integrity and values, and the facts will fully support Benchmark’s position,” the representative said in a statement.

Benchmark, an early Uber investor and major shareholder that controls a board seat, filed the suit against Kalanick in mid-August alleging that the former CEO defrauded the firm into approving three additional board seats and giving Kalanick appointment powers.

The lawsuit sought to void three board seats created last year, one of which Kalanick currently occupies, which would in effect remove Kalanick as a company director.

The lawsuit alleges that Kalanick withheld information from Benchmark.

Source: Benchmark’s lawsuit against ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will go to arbitration – LA Times

Rich developers about to cash-in on “affordable housing” bills

Democrats are about to achieve one of their top priorities for this legislative session: passing bills to confront California’s affordable housing shortage.

It’s a two-year session and this is only the first year. So if the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown can pull off a housing victory in the next few days, as they expect, it’ll be relatively swift action and something to high-five about.

Source: Thanks to effective legislating, California lawmakers may soon pass affordable housing bills – LA Times

Media elites defend #Antifa violence and brutality

The masked, black-clad, anti-fascist protesters, better known as “antifa,” faced new criticism this week and calls to be labeled as a gang following weekend violence in Berkeley, where the group has come under fire.

Few people know the group’s history, what it stands for or whether they are dangerous. Some have debated whether they are the moral equivalent of neo-Nazis.

Wearing protective gear and masks have allowed “antifa” members to remain anonymous and free of risk of retaliation.

The group’s philosophy has given many of its members the motivation to use violence.

The elite news media loves Antifa.

Source: Is ‘antifa’ a gang? Why Berkeley protests gave the group a bad name – The San Diego Union-Tribune

L.A. City Council gives Columbus Day the boot

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate Columbus Day from the city calendar, siding with activists who view the explorer as a symbol of genocide for native peoples in North America and elsewhere.

Over the objections of Italian American civic groups, the council made the second Monday in October a day in L.A. to commemorate “indigenous, aboriginal and native people.” It replaces a holiday that served as a touchstone for Italian Americans, marking the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean.

Italian Americans voiced anguish over the proposal, telling council members it would erase a portion of their heritage. Some said they supported the creation of Indigenous Peoples Day as long as it is held on a different date.

That idea was unacceptable to Chrissie Castro, vice chairwoman of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission. She argued that city lawmakers needed to “dismantle a state-sponsored celebration of genocide of indigenous peoples.”

Several U.S. cities — including Seattle, Albuquerque and Denver — have already replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

Source: L.A. City Council replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on city calendar – LA Times

#SanctuaryState measure likely to become law…chaos to follow

California’s so-called “sanctuary state” bill, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León as a direct response to President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deport “bad hombres” and undocumented immigrants, is well on its way to becoming law.

The measure has already passed the state Senate and is expected to win approval in the Assembly.

Source: ‘Sanctuary state’ measure likely to become law in California | The Sacramento Bee

Nonprofits continue to scam San Francisco

A San Francisco nonprofit that received $1.5 million in city grants to help the homeless hasn’t kept a clear record of where the money is going and could be in danger of losing its nonprofit status.

An audit released Monday by the city controller found several severe problems at the United Council of Human Services, which offers hot meals at its Mother Brown’s Dining Room on Jennings Street and supportive permanent housing in 35 Hope Houses scattered throughout the Bayview.

Among the issues the report cited were $88,140 in expenditures that were either misclassified, undocumented or submitted with ineligible receipts, along with a board whose members didn’t seem to understand how the organization was run.

Source: City audit finds poor accounting at SF nonprofit that helps homeless – San Francisco Chronicle

Siding with #Antifa, #Berkeley mayor asks Cal to cancel #FreeSpeechWeek

In the aftermath of a rally Sunday that ended with brutal left-wing anarchists crushing a free speech rally, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin urged UC Berkeley on Monday to cancel conservatives’ plans for a Free Speech Week next month.

Source: After melees, Berkeley mayor asks Cal to cancel right-wing Free Speech Week – San Francisco Chronicle

Housing bond moves ahead

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders agreed late Monday to a $4-billion bond aimed at the 2018 ballot that would fund low-income housing developments and subsidize home loans for California veterans.

The decision comes as the Legislature considers a package of legislation designed to address the state’s spiraling housing affordability crisis. The bond measure, Senate Bill 3, is one of three key bills designed to increase state spending on low-income housing and ease local restrictions on home building.

Source: California lawmakers reach deal on affordable housing bond – LA Times

Judge strikes down law that would have given free money to politicians

A Superior Court judge has struck down a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would have allowed cities, counties and the state to provide public financing of political campaigns, ruling that it violates a ban on that use of taxpayer dollars established nearly 30 years ago.

Judge Timothy M. Frawley in Sacramento ruled that the financing law, which was signed last September, “directly contradicts” Proposition 73, an initiative approved by voters in 1988 that bans use of public money for campaigns.

Source: Judge invalidates law that would have allowed public financing of political campaigns in California – LA Times

Everyone is getting sick of #Antifa and their brutal left-wing violence

Of the dozens of organizations that turned out for Sunday’s mass protest against racism here, one group was impossible to miss.

Its members dressed head to toe in black, with masked faces and some bearing pastel-painted riot shields that read “no hate.” These ultra-violent militants billed themselves as a security force for progressive counter-protesters, vowing to protect them from far-right agitators.

As soon as the protest got underway, some of those in masks would resort to mob violence, attacking a small showing of supporters of President Trump and others they accused, sometimes inaccurately, of being white supremacists or Nazis.

Source: ‘Antifa’ violence in Berkeley becomes problem for left-wing activist community – LA Times

Census bureau will pay you to be counted

Let’s imagine a scenario: A government official comes into Boyle Heights, a historically Latino neighborhood in East Los Angeles, and makes a proposition to a group of residents. In exchange for answering a few basic questions about their lives, the government will guarantee them a pot of money to help pay for child care, education and prescription drugs.

Seems like a winning proposition, right?

It already has a name: the U.S. census. Every decade, the census aims to count every person in our country – no matter who they are, where they were born or how much money they make. This information is used to allocate federal funds for public services and also draw election districts.

Source: What California Latinos have at stake in the next census | The Sacramento Bee

Reporters nailed red-handed for #fakenews

Screenshot 2017-08-28 at 23.05.24Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were based on bogus information from a hoaxer who falsely claimed to work in law enforcement.

Claude Taylor tweeted fake details of criminal inquiries into Trump that were invented by a source whose claim to work for the New York attorney general was not checked, according to emails seen by the Guardian.

The allegations were endorsed as authentic and retweeted by his co-writer Louise Mensch.

The source’s false tips included an allegation, which has been aggressively circulated by Mensch and Taylor, that Trump’s inactive fashion model agency is under investigation by New York authorities for possible sex trafficking.

Source: Lurid Trump allegations made by Louise Mensch and co-writer came from hoaxer | US news | The Guardian

Following the Legislative Process in California

By Chris Micheli

For members of the public, there are numerous avenues to follow the California legislative process. Among the information that is valuable to utilize is that found on the Internet, but there is also Cal Channel to watch hearings and floor sessions. Among the methods that individuals can utilize to following legislation are:

Legislative Information website found at www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov anyone can review the text of bills, analyses, bill histories, the status of pending bills, votes, etc. And, you can track a bill’s actions by “subscribing” to a bill.

Real Audio — this allows individuals to listen to live hearings, floor sessions and press conferences over the Internet.

Televising the Assembly and Senate — the Senate (found at http://senate.ca.gov/tvschedule )and Assembly (found at http://assembly.ca.gov/audioandtv )televise all floor sessions and many committee hearings. These can be watched on Cal Channel or on some local cable stations.

Bill tracking services that require payment of a fee for subscribing include State Net (found at https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/products/state-net.page ) and Capitol Track (found at http://www.capitoltrack.com/ ).

The Assembly Daily File and Senate Daily File contains the Officers of the Assembly and Senate, the Order of Business, the tentative schedule for the entire legislative session, as well as the bills that are scheduled to be heard on the floor and during committee hearings. There are also Daily File publications for Extraordinary Sessions once convened.

The Senate Daily Journal is the official record of business for the Senate and is published on a daily basis. The Journal lists bill introductions, parliamentary motions, and roll call votes in policy committees and on the Senate Floor. Any official action taken by the body is recorded in the Senate Daily Journal.

The Assembly Daily Journal is the official record of business that has been transacted in the Assembly on a daily basis. This publication shows all roll call votes, notes parliamentary motions, lists bill introductions, and records any other official actions taken by the Assembly.

The Senate History shows all actions taken on measures from the start of the legislative session. It contains detailed actions taken on Governor’s appointments requiring Senate confirmation. Also, the History is a source for several useful charts such as tracking member bill limits, chapters and vetoes.

The Assembly History is a publication that gives a comprehensive list of all actions taken on every bill. It is published in weekly volumes by the Assembly. Legislation dating back to 1850 can be viewed using the Assembly Chief Clerk’s archive publication feature.

Legislative Calendar provides the key dates and legislative deadlines for the current year of the Legislative Session, including bill introduction deadline, policy and fiscal committee deadlines, house of origin deadlines, recess dates, etc.

In general, legislative information is available on the Internet at the following California State Assembly Web site: www.assembly.ca.gov and Senate Web site: www.senate.ca.gov. You can also review the Assembly Chief Clerk Web site at www.clerk.assembly.ca.gov as well as the Senate Secretary Web site at www.secretary.senate.ca.gov.

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

California politicians do everything they can to keep you from buying a house

Half the state’s households struggle to afford the roof over their heads. Homeownership-once a staple of the California dream – is at its lowest rate since World War II. Nearly 70 percent of poor Californians see the majority of their paychecks go immediately to escalating rents.

Nice going California.

Source: California’s housing crisis – it’s even worse than you think

California Democrats continue to let the police monitor your cellphone

In California, a 2015 law requires law enforcement agencies to seek permission at public meetings to buy the StingRay device, and post rules for its use online.

A Los Angeles Times review of records from 20 of the state’s largest police and sheriff’s departments, plus the Alameda County district attorney’s office, found some agencies have been slow to follow or have ignored the law.

Several that partner with federal agencies to work on cases are not subject to the law’s reporting requirements. The result is that little information on StingRay use is available to the public, making it hard to determine how wide a net the surveillance tools cast and what kind of data they gather.

Enjoy your Police State.

Source: California passed a law boosting police transparency on cellphone surveillance. Here’s why it’s not working – LA Times

#SinglePayer #losers in California still don’t get it

A bill to establish single-payer healthcare screeched to an abrupt halt earlier this summer — but that hasn’t blunted its continuing influence on California politics.

That’s because single-payer supporters just don’t get it. The Democrat elites, who do the bidding of the California Medical Association, greedy hospitals, the insurance industry, and PhRMA don’t want it.

Source: The debate over single-payer healthcare in California isn’t going away. Here’s why – LA Times

To help #WallStreet banks, #GOP targets mortgage interest deduction

For decades, the ability to deduct the interest on a home mortgage has been one of the most untouchable sacred cows of the tax code.

It is particularly revered in Los Angeles and other areas with high real estate prices, where the annual tax savings can be the difference between being able to afford a house or continuing to rent.

Now, Republicans crafting legislation to overhaul the federal tax system and cut rates are considering placing new limits on the home mortgage interest deduction.

And thousands of Californians could feel the pain.

Source: If GOP scales back the mortgage interest deduction, Californians would be hit hardest – LA Times

The #CaGOP’s pathetic #JoshNewman #recall power grab

After another miserable performance in the 2016 state election, California Republicans are looking to an age-old device to regain some semblance of power: the recall.

They have targeted state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who won office in an almost evenly split district by less than 2,500 votes. While the recall leaders have publicly focused on Newman’s vote to raise the gas tax, their real motive is a pathetic attempt to strip Democrats of their two-thirds majority in the state Senate.

Source: The GOP is attempting a recall power grab in California – LA Times

#Racist California doctors give less care to sick babies of color

An infant’s race and ethnicity affect the quality of care they receive in California neonatal intensive care units, according to a study by the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Asian American and white infants received the highest overall quality of care, according to the scoring system.

African American infants had slightly lower scores compared with Asians and whites. Hispanic infants and infants classified as “other,” which include American Indian and Alaskan Native infants, had significantly lower scores.

Source: Babies’ race affects quality of care in California neonatal intensive care, study says – San Francisco Chronicle

“Nonbinary” gender bill looks like it’s heading to the Governor

Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow Californians to opt for a “nonbinary” gender marker on all forms of state identification.

Wiener’s bill would allow Californians to opt for a “nonbinary” gender marker on all forms of state identification. It’s not yet clear which alphabetical abbreviation will be used, though “X” appears to be a leading candidate.

Supporters of the bill say the nonbinary marker would allow those who do not identify as either male or female to more easily navigate the tasks of daily life.

Source: 3rd gender option for state IDs advancing in Legislature – San Francisco Chronicle

Bail bondsmen recruit allies to defend their slave trade

The cause du jour for apparently uninformed liberals regarding criminal law is based on a principle that poor defendants without money are unjustifiably held in jail pending trial simply because they can’t afford bail and are, thus, the objects of unconstitutional discrimination by unequal treatment.

They demand the system be changed, that new “tools” such as computer algorithms be used to decide whether a defendant can be safely released without depositing bail, and they say that a pretrial assessment will ensure a released defendant won’t endanger the crime victim or other people, and will show up for every hearing and trial.

This flies in the face of the California Constitution and voters’ demand that public safety be the primary consideration.

Source: Don’t replace judges’ bail assessment with an algorithm – San Francisco Chronicle

President of SEIU California zeros in on taxpayers

The Service Employees International Union gives workers a voice by standing up to (taxpayer) greed.

Even in a state like California, passing legislation that acknowledges the power of ordinary (union) people is a fierce struggle against the powerful forces (taxpayers) that are committed to hoarding the power for themselves.

Source: Why the SEIU backs 4 bills in California Legislature – San Francisco Chronicle

Hate dominates MTV VMAs 

Screenshot 2017-08-28 at 06.51.02The VMAs, hosted by a forgettable Katy Perry with performances by Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran, was tamer than most years, not relying on the shock value and wild antics of past shows. Instead, touching performances and powerful speeches took center stage.

Paris Jackson also spoke out against the First Amendment, “these Nazi white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville, and all over the country, that as a nation with liberty as our slogan, we have zero tolerance for their violence and their hatred and their discrimination. We must resist,” Michael Jackson’s eldest daughter said before presenting an award.

Trashing Berkeley by Leftist anarchist is still OK though.

Source: MTV VMAs full of emotional, political moments; Lamar wins 6 – SFGateMTV VMAs full of emotional, political moments; Lamar wins 6 – SFGate

Uncontrollable masked anarchists violently seize Berkeley

An army of anarchists in black clothing and masks routed a small group of right-wing demonstrators who had gathered in a Berkeley park Sunday to rail against the city’s famed progressive politics, driving them out — sometimes violently — while overwhelming a huge contingent of police officers.

Source: Masked anarchists violently rout right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley – SFGate

#Bigots and kooks in the #CaGOP continue to drive away normal people

 

Conservative Republicans in the state Assembly dumped their moderate leader last week, and it was hardly a shock.

That historically has been what Assembly Republicans do mostly: oust their leaders.

They’re collectively a grouchy bunch. You’d be, too, if you were perpetually stuck in the minority and practically irrelevant in serious lawmaking.

Source: With Chad Mayes’ ouster, Assembly Republicans did what they often do: Dump their leaders – LA Times

#WillieBrown…perhaps the only American politician who understands President #Trump

Willie Brown is the only Democrat who gets it when it comes to President Trump.

He writes in the San Francisco Chronicle:

The U.S. now has a third political party — it’s called Trump.

Brown says President Trump repeatedly refers to his supporters not as Republicans, but as the “movement.”

“And the movement has no problem skewering Republicans and Democrats alike. As far as the Trumpites are concerned, the two political parties are species of reptiles inhabiting the same swamp in Washington.

Where all this leads is anybody’s guess, which makes it all the more fascinating to watch.

Source: Trump leading his followers into a 3rd party – San Francisco Chronicle

Yolo County wants to let MS-13 gang members walk

Portraying them as violent criminals swept up during a gang crackdown, the federal government sent at least seven undocumented teenagers from their homes in New York to a high-security detention center in Yolo County.

But the head of that facility says his agency could not verify the gang allegations and pushed to have the boys released to less-restrictive facilities.

Yolo is one of only two facilities in the United States with high-security housing for undocumented minors in federal custody. The facility provides 24 beds to immigration authorities, paid for by a federal grant, but legal custody of the minors remains with the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Source: Yolo County says feds failed to prove that undocumented kids jailed in Yolo were gang members | The Sacramento Bee

Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, wants to use cap and trade funds to electrify commuter rail

In past years, lawmakers earmarked 60 percent of cap-and-trade money to the voter-approved high-speed rail, housing near transportation hubs, inner-city rail and low-carbon transit.

The $1.4 billion is the remainder we’re talking about.

Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who chairs the budget subcommittee, wants to aim high by using some of the money to electrify commuter rail, a worthy effort in the fight against climate change.

“The investment needs to have a big impact,” Wieckowski told an editorial board member. He’s right. Alas, some legislators have lesser ideas.

Source: CA legislators must not waste $1.4B cap and trade fund | The Fresno Bee

#HepatitisA running rampant in #SanDiego

San Diego County is in the throes of the worst single-state Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States in 19 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s foodborne illness-tracking database.

According to the latest report from the county Health and Human Services Agency, there have been 352 cases of Hepatitis A, 264 related hospitalizations and 14 deaths since late November 2016.

Ten of the deaths have occurred since early July.

This is a public health disaster.

Source: Hepatitis A outbreak needs broad response – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego continues to evict the poor

In theory, most landlords could give renters a break if they have an issue that just lasts a month, but HousingWorks says in San Diego County’s tight rental market that means landlord discretion toward tenants can be very picky. The countywide apartment vacancy rate is at 3.7 percent, said real estate tracker CoStar.

Source: How eviction can be prevented for the poor – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sadistic Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy brutally breaks intoxicated man’s arm

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Wesley Dean was looking to inflict pain on a jail inmate when he wrenched the man’s hand high behind his back, breaking his arm just above the elbow.

After the inmate sued the county, Dean admitted during a sworn deposition that he used excessive force.

The brutal thug cop snapped the suspected drunken driver’s humerus bone and intentionally stomped on inmate Charles Huntsman’s bare foot six times as he pushed the intoxicated man toward a cell.

Orange County officials have denied all the claims for damages.

Source: VIDEO: Are Southern California jailers injuring inmates with abusive ‘chicken winging’ holds? – Orange County Register

In L.A., home ownership is apparently for whites only

There is a significant racial home ownership gap in metro Los Angeles, according to new data.

The study, from apartment rentals website Apartment List, found that 44.4% of whites own a home in the L.A. area, more than double the African American home ownership rate of 21.4%.

Asians have the highest rate of ownership, at 50.6%, and the Latino rate is 30.6%.

The report, which is based on census data, also analyzed racial gaps by comparing the rate of white home ownership to the average rate of all other races combined.

Black people have the lowest ownership rates in 42 metros, while Hispanics have the lowest rate in seven.

Source: Twice as many whites own a home in metro L.A. as African Americans – LA Times

In wealthy, white, West Hollywood, a young black man’s death doesn’t mean much

After Gemmel Moore was found dead of a drug overdose in the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic fundraiser Ed Buck, the contrasts between the two men immediately jumped out to Moore’s family.

Moore was 26, black and poor. He had been homeless and had worked as an escort. Buck was 62, white and wealthy, a well-known figure in LGBTQ political circles.

Now, Moore’s family and friends — who have questioned whether the drugs that killed him were self-administered — are wondering whether those differences in race, class and connections factor into how the investigation into his death is being handled.

Source: In West Hollywood, gulf between young black man and wealthy white political donor fuels concern about death investigation – LA Times

#FakeNews: #RNC votes to condemn white supremacists

In a purely symbolic and meaningless gesture, the Republican National Committee says it has denounced white supremacists.

According to SFGate.com, Republicans “walked the tightrope Friday in carefully but resolutely denouncing white supremacist groups without criticizing President Donald Trump.”

To the absurd Leftist, the act of breathing by President Trump is itself an act of racism and bigotry.

In reality, the RNC merely rubber-stamped a meaningless policy talking point. Everyone knows the Republicans welcome all voters…no matter how bigoted they may be. Winning elections for the white elites who run the GOP is all that matters.

Source: RNC votes to condemn white supremacists over groans of some – SFGate

Great news! Sacramento County sheriff Scott Jones won’t seek re-election

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announced Friday that he will not run for re-election in 2018.

The Sheriff’s Department released a copy of correspondence Jones sent to employees Friday saying that he would not seek a third term.

Great news for the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color.

Source: Sacramento County sheriff say he won’t seek third term | The Sacramento Bee

#SacramentoPD failing on 911 response

Earlier this month, the Sacramento Police Department received a letter from the state’s Office of Emergency Services, warning that the department has not met the state’s standard of answering 95 percent of all 911 calls within 15 seconds.

The department was unable to say how long it takes, on average, for someone dialing 911 in the city to reach a police dispatcher.

Source: Sacramento police ask for more dispatchers to more quickly answer 911 calls | The Sacramento Bee

City of San Francisco fails to block #FirstAmendment

San Francisco officials scrambled to make plans for a rescheduled so-called right-wing gathering today at a Western Addition park, one day after organizers canceled a scheduled rally in the Presidio.

Members of the group Patriot Prayer said they planned to hold a 2 p.m. press conference. The group had secured a permit for rally Saturday afternoon at Crissy Field but scratched their plans Friday, complaining that officials had unfairly labeled them white supremacists and created dangerous conditions for the event.

Source: SF makes hurried plans to handle right-wing event in Alamo Square – San Francisco Chronicle

LAO analysis debunks #FakeNews about California teacher shortage

Disregard what you’re hearing by so called nonprofit, nonpartisan media ventures that purport to explain California’s policies and politics.

According to the Legislative Analyst’s office many credentialed California teachers are not teaching.

The LAO estimates that more than 10,000 teachers in California have active credentials but are not currently teaching.

Some of these individuals might not have been able to find jobs during the recession. Some of these teachers, however, are likely to enter or return to the profession in the future.

A nationwide study by the National Center for Education Statistics found that of those teachers who began teaching in 2007–08 and left the profession within their first five years, 58 percent had either returned or expected to return to teaching in the future.

Other nationwide studies have shown that over one–quarter of all teachers hired in a given year have taught at some point in the past.

Source: The 2016-17 Budget: Proposition 98 Education Analysis

California Deputy Attorney General Bungles Non-Investigation of OC Jailhouse

Well done OC Weekly…well done!

Like the wide receiver who spikes the football before reaching the end zone, Murphy would learn he’d prematurely celebrated. Goethals not only rejected his tacit defense of the indefensible, rampant OC law-enforcement corruption, but, on Aug. 18, the judge also issued a ruling that a few months ago seemed improbable, if not impossible. He sided with Sanders, who, it turns out, wasn’t the country bumpkin in the courtroom. Citing the sheriff’s four-and-a-half-year stretch of disobeying his orders in People v. Scott Dekraai, as well as Murphy’s decision to join Hutchens in hiding evidence, Goethals removed the death penalty as an option.

Source: California Deputy Attorney General Bungles Non-Investigation of OC Jailhouse-Snitch Scandal | OC Weekly

#ESPN president humiliated by #RobertLee scandal

The sports network is experiencing backlash for pulling an Asian-American announcer from his usual duties of calling a University of Virginia football game — all because his name was deemed to be “triggering” in the wake of the Charlottesville protests.

Instead of owning it, ESPN president John Skipper blamed someone else for the network’s epic fail.

The feckless Skipper owes Lee and apology, and probably a raise.

Source: ESPN President Blames ‘Someone With a Personal Agenda’ for Flap Over Robert Lee Replacement – SFGate

#EdLee cant’s stop #FreeSpeech rally…#BayArea #Leftists excited about upcoming violence

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area and National Park Service will issue a permit for a First Amendment rally in San Francisco by far-right activists.

“We cannot deny a permit to anyone planning to exercise their First Amendment rights based on their political stance or beliefs,” the park service wrote in a statement. “We can deny a permit application for public safety reasons if the event raises such significant public safety concerns that law enforcement cannot manage the event.”

Mayor Ed Lee, spitting on the First Amendment, said, “that’s a self-justifying argument,” he said. “I remain deeply disappointed and opposed to the issuance of this permit.”

The Bay Area’s violent Leftists are excited. Expect them to vastly outnumber the permitted activists…and expect lots of violence.

Source: Feds grant permit for ‘Free Speech’ rally at Crissy Field – by j_rodriguez – August 23, 2017 – The San Francisco Examiner

Pundit mocks the poor and their inability to live in the Bay Area

Sure, you can buy or rent homes relatively cheaply in gritty little towns off Interstate 5 in the San Joaquin Valley. Inland land prices in California are typically below the national average, the analyst reported.

But there aren’t many job opportunities on the San Joaquin Valley’s west side, except for picking crops. And during the drought, there was a serious shortage of drinking water in some places. It had to be trucked in. Wells ran dry.

The jobs are in the Bay Area, where it’s practically impossible for a middle-class family to move.

Source: Why the Legislature probably can’t fix California’s affordable housing problem – LA Times

Brutal San Luis Obispo County jailers exterminate mentally ill man

Andrew Holland’s legs and arms were shackled to a chair in a jail observation cell, where he sat in his own filth, eating and drinking almost nothing, for nearly two days in January. He was naked except for a helmet and mask covering his face and a blanket that slipped off his lap.

Brutal San Luis Obispo County jailers say Holland, who had schizophrenia, was restrained because he had been hitting himself in the head and was kept there because he refused to not harm himself further. Within 40 minutes of being unbound, he had stopped breathing.

Holland’s death has provoked fake outrage from Leftist public officials. Soon enough they will pay off his family and forget about him, The hideous jail will remain a gulag.

Source: Today: A Mentally Ill Inmate’s Final 46 Hours – LA Times

Angry citizens demand Sacramento deal with the homeless

Angry citizens cited a lack of affordable housing and a failure of key agencies to work together to coordinate services as key reasons for the increase.

Mayor Steinberg has vowed to remove 2,000 people from the streets of Sacramento during the next three years.

A recent census found that more than 3,600 people are homeless on any given night in Sacramento County, a 30 percent increase since 2015.

Source: Hundreds jam church, demand action on homelessness | The Sacramento Bee