Illegal alien killer walks, #SanFrancisco lawyers mock President #Trump

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Leftist San Francisco jurors have found a illegal immigrant felon not guilty of murder in the killing of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier with a stolen gun.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Steinle was fatally shot in the back in 2015. Garcia Zarate didn’t deny shooting Steinle and said it was an accident.

Under the city’s “sanctuary city” law, the San Francisco sheriff’s department had released him from jail despite a federal immigration request to detain him for deportation.

After the trial, Garcia Zarate’s lawyers mocked President Trump.

Associated Press



#RussellSimmons accused of harassment and sexual assault

Screenshot 2017-11-30 at 08.13.13Russell Simmons is stepping down from his companies in the wake of an accusation of harassment and sexual assault.

Simmons, the founder of hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings and CEO of Rush Communications, released a statement on Thursday after screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of forcing her to have sex with him. She detailed the encounter in a guest column published by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.


Report: #AlFranken sexually assaulted Army veteran during USO tour

Screenshot 2017-11-30 at 08.03.40Pathological sex criminal Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is facing a new allegation of inappropriately touching a woman after an Army veteran accused him of groping her during a USO Christmas tour in the Middle East.

Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio, told CNN in report Thursday that Franken had cupped her right breast when she stood next to him for a photo.

Kemplin, who was deployed to Kuwait at the time, is the fifth women in two weeks to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct.

She is the second woman to accuse Franken of inappropriate behavior during a USO tour.

Three other women allege Franken grabbed their buttocks while posing with them for photos during separate campaign events.

San Francisco Chronicle

#MattLauer is only sorry because he got caught

Screenshot 2017-11-30 at 07.55.01He’s only sorry because he got caught.

For 20 years, Lauer has been a constant presence on early-morning television, prepping viewers for the day’s news, scandals, setbacks and celebrations. The on-air staff of “Today” was, to many, an extended family, anchored by its boyish patriarch and a succession of smart and lovely female co-hosts.

Of course the problem with having a patriarch, boyish or no, is that it establishes a patriarchy. Ever since Jane Pauley met Bryant Gumbel, networks have clung to the notion that a successful morning show requires some sort of “marriage” in the middle, a bantering between the sexes to give the downtime juice and make viewers feel like they were hanging out with friends over their morning coffee.

Unfortunately, the dynamic of many of these shows, including “CBS This Morning,” from which Charlie Rose was recently canned for similar reasons, is based on the man having the bigger role (and, inevitably, paycheck.)

The longer Lauer reigned at “Today,” the more the marriage in the middle came to resemble one of the grimmer bigamous situations in “Big Love,” with Lauer at command central, surrounded by equally talented yet clearly not as high-status female co-hosts and co-anchors.

Two of whom — Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb — had to do the dirty work of breaking the Lauer news, which they had obviously just received themselves, on Wednesday morning.


Los Angeles Times

While #JohnConyers hides out in the hospital, lawyer says he won’t resign

Screenshot 2017-11-27 at 07.52.13Disgraced U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ attorney told the Free Press on Wednesday that the congressman has “no plans to resign at this juncture” over sexual harassment claims.

Attorney Arnold Reed of Southfield also disputed a report from WDIV-TV (Channel 4) Wednesday evening citing unnamed sources that Conyers plans to stay in Congress but announce in January that he will not run for re-election next year, saying the report is “not accurate, there is nothing definitive.”

Earlier Wednesday, the Free Press reported that U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus had denied that the caucus, which was co-founded by Conyers, was urging him to resign, saying, “We think that is a decision for him and his family and his constituents to make.”

The 88-year-old Conyers flew back to Detroit from Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night amid a swirl of sexual harassment allegations, and he missed several votes, including a unanimous one Wednesday in favor of requiring all U.S. House members and staff to undergo training to prevent sexual harassment.

CNN reports Conyers is hiding out in a Detroit hospital.

So far, three Democratic members of the U.S. House have called on Conyers to resign: U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Kathleen Rice of New York. Conyers stepped down as the ranking Democrat of the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday.

Another staffer, whom the Free Press has not named, filed a federal lawsuit against Conyers this year alleging sexual harassment and then withdrew it when a judge refused to seal the court record.

Meanwhile, Buzzfeed reported on a complaint filed by an anonymous former female staffer that was settled in 2015 for more than $27,000 in office funds, raising questions as to whether it was proper use of taxpayer dollars. And CNN on Tuesday reported on accusations made by another former staffer, Deanna Maher, who said Conyers groped her and on one occasion entered a bedroom where she was and took off his clothes.

Detroit Free Press

Creepy sex criminal #MattLauer apologizes, sort of

Screenshot 2017-11-30 at 07.28.49Fired sex criminal Matt Lauer issued an apology Thursday in response to allegations of sexual misbehavior that cost him his job at NBC News.

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in a statement.

Blah blah blah. In the end, he’s still a sex criminal who deserves to be in jail.

Since NBC announced Lauer’s firing, the New York Times and Variety have published detailed accounts of other women who complained of inappropriate behavior by the co-anchor.

Los Angeles Times

#ProjectVeritas continues to panic the #elitemedia

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Project Veritas has used disguises and hidden cameras to uncover blatant liberal bias among journalists.

In an interview with The Associated Press, James O’Keefe said the effort was part of a broader project to use deception as a means to gain access to news organizations including the Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN and others.

“If we’re doing something on The Washington Post, it’s in the context of getting them on tape to tell the truth, and to admit either their biases or how the paper works or how honest they are,” he said.

Another O’Keefe project led to the demise of Acorn, a community organizing group that O’Keefe portrayed as engaged in criminal activity via hidden camera videos. He used a hidden camera to record as he brought a young woman posing as a prostitute to the group’s offices. O’Keefe later agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit based on the Acorn incident.

East Bay Times

California Legislature continues to protect sex criminals

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If enough male predators were forced to pay with their careers, their wallets and their reputations — really pay — there’d be more of them keeping their mouths shut and their hands off.

At least they’d stop to think twice.

This is especially true of politicians whose careers depend on their public images. To stay employed, after all, they must compete in popularity contests.

In other high-profile fields — entertainment, media — alleged harassers recently have been getting fired soon after victims went public with accusations.

In politics, the creeps normally can be fired only by voters. That must wait until the next election. Meanwhile, the political system usually does its best to stall token in-house investigations and cover up any embarrassing findings. Culprits too often aren’t revealed. And victims frequently lose their jobs.

Los Angeles Times

After President #Trump slams the #Islamics, #elitemedia runs to their #safespace

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday retweeted a string of videos from a British political group showing violence being committed by Muslims.

The elite media freaked out immediately and dove for their safe spaces.

The tweets drew a sharp condemnation from the Islamic loving British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office.

Brushing off the criticism in an evening tweet, Trump said May instead of focusing on him should “focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom.”

The President is correct.

Mercury New

#Islamics continue to overrun #Europe

Screenshot 2017-11-30 at 01.57.56In Europe, Islamics currently make up roughly 5% of the population. However, in some countries, such as France and Sweden, the Muslim share of the population is higher. And, in the coming decades, the Muslim share of the continent’s population is expected to grow – and could more than double, according to Pew Research Center projections.

These demographic shifts have already led to political and social upheavals in many European countries, especially in the wake of the recent arrival of millions of asylum seekers, many of whom are Muslims. In recent national elections in France and Germany, for instance, immigration — and particularly Muslim immigration — were top issues.

Pew Research


Expect more carnage as #ISIS fighters return to #Europe

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The recent loss of its so-called “caliphate” will cripple the Islamic State group but the terror threat posed by the extremists is not over yet, the European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator said.

Gilles de Kerchove says that there hasn’t been a massive flow of IS fighters returning to Europe as many had feared following the group’s loss of territory in Syria and Iraq, adding that the intelligence services describe the fighters’ return as “more a trickle than a flow.”

However, people inspired by the ideology remain a threat and the group is likely to entrench in other parts of world with “weak governance” such as Libya or Afghanistan, the EU official said.

“With no physical ‘caliphate’ anymore, it will be much more difficult for the organization to repeat what they have done and attract so many people,” de Kerchove said. “That does not mean that the game is over. We still have to address the ideology. More and more, we see in Europe (people) inspired by terrorism, home-grown terrorism.”

He said Islamic State “will probably develop in one way or the other in some parts where you have weak governance. Either more weak governance like in Libya or Afghanistan or where it’s more difficult to police, like in the Sinai.”

An attack on a mosque in Egypt’s northern Sinai region last week killed more than 300 people.

Associated Press

#NBC knew #MattLauer was a pervert but looked the other way

Screenshot 2017-11-30 at 01.44.01NBC knew for at least two weeks that major exposes on Matt Lauer appeared to be coming.

Variety posted a story that indicated this has been a longstanding problem at NBC, raising questions about just how much management may have known.

The accounts of Lauer’s behavior at NBC are the result of a two-month investigation by Variety, with dozens of interviews with current and former staffers. Variety has talked to three women who identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment by Lauer, and their stories have been corroborated by friends or colleagues that they told at the time.”

Several women told Variety they complained to executives at the network about Lauer’s behavior, which fell on deaf ears given the lucrative advertising surrounding ‘Today.’

The New York Times followed up by reporting that two more women have filed complaints with NBC.

Fox News

#GarrisonKeillor fingered as a sex pervert

Screenshot 2017-11-29 at 13.56.55Garrison Keillor, the former host of the weekly radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over alleged improper behavior.

In a statement, MPR said it would stop distributing “The Writer’s Almanac,” a daily five-minute show featuring poetry and literary anecdotes. It will also change the name of “A Prairie Home Companion,” now hosted by Chris Thile, and cease rebroadcasts of shows hosted by Keillor.

In its statement, MPR said it learned last month of an allegation regarding behavior that occurred while Keillor was the host of “A Prairie Home Companion.” Keillor retired from the show in 2016. The station hired outside counsel to conduct an investigation, which is ongoing.

Jon McTaggart, the president of MPR, said in the statement that he decided to sever all ties with Keillor’s companies.

Keillor for his part, doesn’t think he or is pal Al Franken, have done anything wrong.




#Trump haters despondent as the U.S. economy continues to expand

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Led by a rise in business investment, the U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 3.3 percent from July through September, its fastest rate in three years.

The Commerce Department estimated Wednesday that third-quarter growth exceeded the 3 percent annual expansion it had initially reported last month.

The performance, achieved despite damage from two devastating hurricanes, marked the fastest expansion in gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of economic output — since a 5.2 percent annual spurt in the third quarter of 2014.

The estimated growth for the July-September quarter marked an improvement on 3.1 annual growth in the second quarter and a 1.2 annual pace in the January-March quarter.

Mercury News

Sex criminal #RomanPolanski is still at large and considered dangerous

Screenshot 2017-11-29 at 09.06.49Harvey Weinstein — who made headlines for sexual harassment allegations against him — had been one of the Hollywood cheerleaders who led the brigade in defense of Polanski back in 2009.

Polanski, the Oscar-winning director who fled the United States in 1977 before being sentenced for sexual intercourse with a minor, had just been arrested in Europe and faced possible extradition to the U.S.

Polanski had plied his young victim with alcohol and drugs and moved on her physically despite her objections, and when she feared getting pregnant, he had anal sex with her.
She was 13 years old.

Los Angeles Times

Brown tackles pension reform while the #CaGOP watches from the sidelines

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Gov. Jerry Brown is the only politician in California willing to confront the issue of pensions and, in the process, take on public employee unions, among California’s best-financed and most powerful political players. That’s good for taxpayers and for the financial stability of the state and local governments.

The California Republicans are nowhere to be found.

Sacramento Bee

Assembly lied about sex crime “nondisclosure agreements”

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It’s suddenly become obvious how the Legislature, ever so progressive and always ready to tell the rest of us how to live, has managed to tap dance around policing itself against the most basic of workplace hazards: creeps who would lord positions of power over underlings in service of their own needs. Leaders don’t ask and they make it hard for women to tell.

Sacramento Bee

#Sacramento City Council throw millions at greedy insurance company

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As if insurance companies aren’t rich enough already, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved a multimillion-dollar incentive program designed to lure the West Coast headquarters of a Fortune 500 health insurer.

The vote was a major step in persuading St. Louis-based Centene to build a new corporate hub in North Natomas that could eventually employ 5,000 people. The company’s board of directors still has to vote on whether to place a corporate center here and is expected to take that vote early next year.

“I believe this is just the beginning of growing a high-wage private sector economy to supplement and compliment our public service sector here in Sacramento,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. “We’re talking jobs here, real jobs, and this is a big deal.”

Sacramento Bee

Politically correct #ESPN continues to hemorrhage money, employees

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ESPN is eliminating 150 production and technical employees as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future.

The company says the layoffs, which were announced Wednesday morning in a memo to employees, don’t include on-air talent and will have a minimal impact on the network’s signature SportsCenter news program.

“The majority of the jobs eliminated are in studio production, digital content, and technology and they generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and re-direct resources,” ESPN president John Skipper wrote in memo. “We will continue to invest in ways which will best position us to serve the modern sports fan and support the success of our business.”

The 38-year-old network has been squeezed by rising fees to broadcast live events. ESPN also has lost about 10 million subscribers during the past six years, based on estimates by Nielsen Media Research.

Daily News

San Francisco set for legal weed sales in January

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday for a 600-foot (180-meter) buffer zone between stores and schools, although vocal members of the city’s Chinese immigrant community had lobbied for a much larger barrier.

The board also rejected provisions that would have allowed neighborhoods to limit the number of pot shops or ban them outright. Pot advocates considered those provisions unfriendly.

Cannabis supporters cheered when supervisors finally voted late Tuesday. They had rallied earlier in the day to encourage supervisors to hurry up and establish rules so businesses could start preparing.

Sacramento Bee

Hairline cracks detected in new #OrovilleDam spillway

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Hairline cracks have been detected in sections of the newly reconstructed flood-control spillway at Oroville Dam.

State and federal officials said they’re confident the cracks don’t pose a safety problem and don’t need to be repaired. However, the state Department of Water Resources, which operates the dam, said it will monitor the concrete surface of the spillway during the rainy season and beyond.

DWR hired Omaha-based contractor Kiewit Corp. to rebuild the spillway after it cracked in two last February, triggering an emergency that led to the evacuation of 188,000 downstream residents.

Kiewit is $500 million job for the job. You think we’d get a little better product.

Sacramento Bee

#NPR fires sex pervert editor

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A top editor at National Public Radio (NPR) has left the network after three journalists filed sexual harassment allegations against him.

David Sweeney, who was NPR’s chief news editor, “is no longer on staff,” acting senior vice president of news Chris Turpin said in a memo to staff.

The exit is the second high-level departure at NPR over sexual harassment allegations over the past month.

Michael Oreskes, the network’s senior vice president of news and editorial director, was forced to resign after two women accused him of forcibly kissing them when he was Washington bureau chief at the New York Times in the 1990s.

CBS News


Sex crime update: It’s the end for #MattLauer’s boys’ club

Screenshot 2017-11-29 at 08.20.20Lauer, who reportedly earned $25 million a year, is out at NBC News due to an allegation of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Initial reporting indicates that a junior employee filed a sexual harassment complaint based on an incident at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and subsequent incidents.

CNN Money says Lauer’s coworkers knew “multiple” outlets were reporting stories about his misconduct. And Lauer’s attitude toward women has been called into question in the past.

During a 2012 interview with Anne Hathaway, he asked her what “lesson” she had learned after paparazzi snagged an upskirt photo. He had greeted her by noting that everyone had “seen a lot of her lately.”

New Republic

#HarveyWeinstein facing sex trafficking charges

Screenshot 2017-11-28 at 13.46.01Harvey Weinstein engaged in sex trafficking by traveling to Europe and luring an aspiring actress from London to a hotel room where he sexually assaulted her, according to a new lawsuit filed against the disgraced movie producer.

The suit filed by Kadian Noble in federal court in Manhattan alleges that Weinstein went to London in 2014 and “groomed Kadian by telling her that he had a role in mind for her and that ‘it will be good for you.’” Later that year, he approached her again at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes, France, and asked her to come to his hotel room to watch her demo reel, it says.

Weinstein “knew that the promise of a role or the use of his influence on her behalf would entice Kadian into his hotel room, and knew that once there he was in a position to force the sexual activity he desired,” the suit says.

Kadian, 31, claims at one point, Weinstein put her on the phone with a Weinstein company producer who told her she “needed to be ‘a good girl and do whatever he wished,’ and if she did, then ‘they would work’ with her further,” it says.

After that, it alleges he molested her and forced her into the bathroom to watch him masturbate.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Another #BayArea cop busted for sex crimes

Screenshot 2017-11-28 at 09.07.43A San Leandro police officer faces criminal charges after admitting to having sex with a 17-year-old girl he met while working as an instructor in his department’s Explorer program for young people interested in pursuing law enforcement careers, court records show.

Officer Marco Becerra “confessed to being in a sexual relationship with the victim,” a city police sergeant wrote in a court declaration. On Nov. 8, Alameda County prosecutors charged Becerra, 26, with three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, known as statutory rape.

The department has suspended its Explorer program while it conducts an internal review, the chief said. The program is designed to give young people, ages 14 to 19, a head start in a career in law enforcement through training and community work.


San Francisco Chronicle

#BillClinton: Waiting for the biggest fish of all to get caught

Screenshot 2017-11-28 at 09.04.35.pngWith sex crime allegations piling up like cord wood in Washington and in the Leftist elite enclaves around the country, everyone, including the staff here at, is waiting for the biggest fish of all to get caught.

That’s right, former President Bill Clinton. It’s no secret he likes the ladies. So far the elite media has given him a free pass to prey at will on women on the job and off.

How much longer can the Leftist elites hold out? Only time will tell.

Sex crime allegations continue to pile up against #JohnConyers

Screenshot 2017-11-27 at 07.52.13A former deputy chief of staff said Rep. John Conyers made an unwanted sexual advance toward her and touched her inappropriately twice.

Deanna Maher, who ran a Michigan office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, told The Detroit News that there were three instances of inappropriate conduct.

She says the first was in 1997, when she rejected his offer to share a hotel room and have sex.

The others involved unwanted touching in a car in 1998 and unwanted touching of her legs under her dress in 1999.

The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation of Conyers. Meanwhile Conyers and his attorneys act like this is not big deal.

Modesto Bee

Punishment starts for Legislative sex criminals

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Sexual harassment allegations continued to roil the California political landscape Monday, as one Democratic legislator announced his immediate resignation and another was stripped of key posts by his colleagues.

The dramatic developments set the stage for the first legislative examination of the issue since it engulfed the state Capitol six weeks ago. The focus on sexual harassment — propelled by high-profile allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo social media movement — began with an open letter from more than 140 women denouncing a “pervasive” culture of misconduct in state government. The missive did not identify any legislators or others accused of misbehavior.

In the weeks since, women came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior by both Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra and state Sen. Tony Mendoza.

Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) submitted his resignation Monday morning, one week after The Times reported that six women had accused the legislator of unwanted physical advances or unwelcome communications. He is the first lawmaker to step down amid the current climate of heightened scrutiny over sexual harassment.

Less than an hour after Bocanegra resigned, a Senate committee voted to suspend Mendoza (D-Artesia) from leadership positions, including a powerful committee chairmanship, pending the outcome of an external investigation into sexual harassment allegations made by three women.

Los Angeles Times

President #Trump mocks Pocahontas again; #Leftist media takes the bait

Screenshot 2017-11-28 at 08.38.25President Donald Trump made a remark the elite media called racist at an event honoring Native American World War II heroes by referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” the Associated Press reported.

“We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago,” Trump said to the crowd at the White House as he recognized three World War II code talkers. “They call her Pocahontas. But you know what, I like you.”

It wasn’t the first time Trump has referred to the first female Massachusetts senator as “Pocahontas.”

He started accusing Warren of lying about her heritage and called her “Pocahontas” at a campaign rally in June, 2016, according to the Washington Post, when Warren was campaigning in support of Hilary Clinton.

Warren has been accused of faking her Native American Heritage to get ahead in her political career, particularly in the 2012 Massachusetts race for senator.

In 2012, she was under scrutiny for her alleged Native American heritage as she listed herself as a minority in the directory of law professors.

Sacramento Bee

Another sex criminal surfaces from the ranks of the Leftist elites

Screenshot 2017-11-28 at 08.34.50Gary Goddard, the producer and theme park attraction designer, is taking a leave of absence from the company he founded amid allegations that he sexually assaulted minors.

The Goddard Group, a North Hollywood entertainment design company, announced late Monday that Goddard’s duties will be assumed by Taylor Jeffs, the company’s director of design.

Goddard is stepping back to allow the company and its employees to “continue their projects undistracted by recent allegations made against him,” Chief Operating Officer Barry Kemper said in a statement.

Anthony Edwards, a now 55-year-old actor whose television credits include 14 years on “ER,” alleged in an essay published on Medium on Nov. 10 that Goddard molested him before the age of 14 and raped his best friend, whom he did not name. A week later, former actor Bret Douglas Nighman backed Edwards’ account.


Los Angeles Times

Brown targets pensions, unions freak out

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Gov. Jerry Brown got most of what he wanted when he carried a proposal to shore up the state’s underfunded public employee pension plans by trimming benefits for new workers.

Five years later, he’s in court making an expansive case that government agencies should be able to adjust pension benefits for current workers, too.

A new brief his office filed in a union-backed challenge to Brown’s 2012 pension reform law argues that faith in government hinges in part on responsible management of retirement plans for public workers.

“At stake was the public’s trust in the government’s prudent use of limited taxpayer funds,” the brief reads, referring to the period when he advocated for pension changes during the recession.

Naturally California’s mighty labor unions are freaking out.

Sacramento Bee

California leaders mock the President, and his followers, then ask for favors

Screenshot 2017-11-24 at 07.42.42Now all of the sudden California’s elites want help from President Trump.

With prospects dimming for a deal this year to prevent young undocumented immigrants from deportation, California business leaders and other sympathetic groups are planning a massive push over the next few weeks to force the issue to the top of Washington’s agenda.

Activists see their December bid as their last, best shot to save some 800,000 immigrants, known as “Dreamers,” who are participating in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. DACA has enabled those young people – more than a quarter of whom live in California – to gain temporary legal status and protection from deportation. That protected status expires March 5, 2018, putting their worker permits in jeopardy and making them vulnerable to deportation.

In California, the impact on the economy would be significant. Business groups estimate the state has 188,000 DACA workers. “Our employers are worried about what happens if we no longer have the DACA protection,” Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Gary Toebben said last week on a call with other California business leaders. “They’ve hired these young people and they want to keep them as part of the workforce.”

Good luck with that.

Sacramento Bee


A Comparison of the President and Governor in the Lawmaking Process

aptopix_trump_south_korea_20425By Thomas Nussbaum and Chris Micheli

Of interest to those involved in the legislative process, we can learn important points from understanding the role of the chief executive at the federal and state levels and his or her role in enacting legislation at both levels of government. The value in looking at the two chief executives is to better understand the role of the executive branch in the lawmaking process.

Fundamentally, both the U.S. President and the California Governor draw their authority from the federal and state constitutions concerning their respective roles in the lawmaking process.  Federal and state statutes also provide additional duties and responsibilities for the chief executives in the adoption of laws. Their respective roles are similar regarding the legislative and budget processes, even if some of the specifics differ. Appreciating these similarities and differences will help observers better understand the role of the chief executive.

The executive branches of the state and federal governments play similar roles, but they also have different aspects, as we briefly discuss below. Obviously, the Governor and executive branch of state government are based upon their federal counterparts. In broad terms, both federal and state chief executives are involved in the lawmaking process in that they propose and ultimately sign budgets, they sign or veto legislation, and they make appointments of executive branch employees who interpret and administer the laws.

Screenshot 2017-11-23 at 07.48.57Both the President and the Governor make major policy addresses to their respective legislative bodies (e.g., the State of the State speech each January by the Governor and the State of the Union speech each January by the President) that establish the priorities of the chief executives. With these speeches, the President and Governor outline their major policy initiatives for the upcoming legislative term, as well as their major budget priorities. As a result, these speeches help direct legislators by understanding the wishes of the chief executive.

One difference is that the Governor can call the Legislature into extraordinary session to address specific issues, such as a natural disaster, a budget crisis, or some other high profile public policy issue. However, no such authority rests with the President. Because the Governor can call legislators into special session, this is a clear way for the Governor to prioritize an issue and help dictate the ultimate outcome of the legislation needed to address that policy issue.

The President and Governor propose their respective budgets for the operation of the federal and state governments, which are reviewed and modified by the legislative branch. The Governor (through the Department of Finance – DOF) actively participates in the Legislature’s review and adoption of the State Budget by providing details and analysis of the Governor’s budget priorities. Similarly, the President (through the Office of Management and Budget – OMB) attempts to persuade the Congress to adopt his or her budget proposals by working interactively with both houses of Congress to advance the President’s spending priorities.

California law gives the Governor significant authority to reduce or control expenditures, especially with respect to the executive branch of government. More important, the State

Constitution (Article IV, Section 10(e)) provides the Governor with “line item veto” authority—meaning the Governor can reduce or eliminate any of the thousands of individual appropriations made in the annual Budget bill. This authority makes the Governor very powerful in budget negotiations because he or she can reduce or eliminate budget appropriations. As such, the Governor truly has the final say over budget expenditures in this state.

Other provisions of law give the Governor authority to reduce or control expenditures during the Budget year—especially with respect to agencies under the Governor’s control. Through proposed funding, budget control language, and item veto authority, the Governor can encourage or discourage policymaking by particular agencies, as well as influence legislative authority over those agencies. Moreover, the Governor can use personal persuasion and positive or negative publicity to goad agencies into action.

Similarly, the President is required to annually prepare and submit a comprehensive federal budget to Congress for the fiscal year that begins on October 1 (31 U.S.C. 1105). The President sets out his priorities and proposes policy initiatives in the federal budget soon after Congress convenes in January. Unlike the Governor, the President does not have line-item veto authority. This fact creates more of a level playing field between the executive and legislative branches of government in the final adoption of the federal budget.

OMB is the implementation and enforcement arm of Presidential policy with the following major functions that it performs: budget development and execution; coordination and review of all significant federal regulations by executive agencies, to reflect Presidential priorities; and, legislative clearance and coordination (review and clearance of all agency communications with Congress, including testimony and draft bills) to ensure consistency of agency legislative views and proposals with Presidential policy. The Governor’s DOF has similar duties, but not quite the level of power vested with the OMB. The OMB plays a critical role in the legislative and budget processed because of its broad portfolio.

As part of the lawmaking process, both the President and Governor meet with legislative leaders (especially those of his or her same political party) in attempts to reach compromise on major legislation, as well as the initial introduction of executive branch priorities that need legislation. The chief executives also meet and communicate with individual legislators in attempts to secure their votes or reach compromise on pending bills. And the President and Governor bring legislative leaders together with major stakeholders to discuss and fashion legislation in an effort to ensure their views are included in their final versions of bills.

For priority issues, both the President and Governor propose specific legislation that a member of the legislative body then carries on behalf of the chief executive. In California, the Governor may even propose specific legislation to take to the voters via the initiative route. This can be accomplished through legislation (which requires a 2/3 majority vote of both houses) or the collection of signatures to place the measure on the statewide ballot. This avenue of a ballot measure is not available to the President. So, he or she can only work directly with Congress on legislation. Taking a measure directly to the people for a vote is not an option at the federal level.

Nonetheless, similar to the Governor at the state level, while the President does not have the direct power to enact federal statutes, he or she has considerable authority to move and influence legislation. The President has the power to recommend legislation by virtue of Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution (“such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient” and “give to the Congress information of the state of the union”). The President, through a member of Congress, can introduce legislation. The Administration frequently drafts the text of its legislative proposals which are then introduced by leaders/members of the President’s party.

In terms of final actions on legislation, the President has a “pocket veto” (i.e., a bill is vetoed if it is not acted upon during the required period of time), as opposed to a “pocket signature” rule that exists in California (i.e., a bill becomes a state law if the governor does not act upon it within the required period of time). The President and Governor have a specified period of time in which to sign or veto legislation sent to his or her desk. Neither chief executive utilizes this approach very often, but it is still available if needed.

As you can see in this brief overview, both chief executives place a crucial role in the lawmaking process at the federal and state levels of government. As a co-equal branch of government, the President and Governor must approve legislation passed by the legislative branch of government. Because of this important role, the chief executive can often dictate the ultimate outcome of legislation and fashion bills in a form acceptable to them.

Thomas Nussbaum is the former Chancellor of the California Community Colleges. Chris Micheli is a lobbyist with Aprea & Micheli, Inc. Both are Adjunct Professors of Law at McGeorge School of Law.

A college degree in America has become a money scam, and people are catching on

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There is an increasingly vocal campaign to transform higher education in America.

Though U.S. universities are envied around the world, some want to reduce the flow of government cash to what they see as elitist, politically correct institutions that often fail to provide practical skills for the job market.

A single year at many private universities costs more than the median U.S. household income of $59,000. Though most students receive financial aid, a four-year degree can cost more than a quarter-million dollars. Tuition at public universities has soared, too, and a degree can easily cost more than $100,000.

It’s not just the money: Dozens of the most prestigious schools reject more than 80 percent of applicants, and the admissions system often favors the wealthy and connected.

Basically a college degree in America has become a money scam, and people are starting to catch on.

Mercury News

Humiliated #JohnConyers stripped of his committee leadership role

Screenshot 2017-11-27 at 07.52.13Humiliated sex criminal Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, says he will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately during his long tenure in Congress.

It’s the least he can do.

In a statement, the 88-year-old lawmaker made clear he would prefer to keep his leadership role on the committee, which has wide jurisdiction over U.S. law enforcement, from civil rights and criminal justice to protections against sexual harassment.

But Conyers acknowledged maintaining the position would be an undue distraction.

It’s not much of an admission of guilt, but it’s a step in the right direction for his victims.

Media reports say Conyers’ office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidentiality agreement to settle a complaint in 2015 that she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances.

Also published were affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately — rubbing their legs and backs — or requesting sexual favors.

At least one House Democrat, Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York, has called on Conyers to step down. Two other Democrats, Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., co-chairman of the largest group of congressional liberals, have said Conyers should step aside from his leadership role on the Judiciary committee.

In a statement, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she welcomed Conyers’ decision to step down from his committee leadership post.

San Diego Union-Tribune

#Islamics continue to us the Mexican border to invade the U.S.

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The arrests of six Middle Eastern men caught entering the United States illegally from Mexico two years ago set off alarm in border states.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called it a matter of national security and invoked the Islamic State group in a statement calling for stepped-up border security in response to the arrests.

The five men from Pakistan and one from Afghanistan were arrested at a time when the Islamic State group was committing some of its bloodiest acts, just days after coordinated bombings and shootings in Paris heightened fears about attacks in the U.S.

Despite the facts, government officials under the Obama administration had long denied there have been any arrests of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border with ties to the Islamic State.

Merced Sun-Star

#AlFranken can continue to lie to himself…but the rest of us know the truth

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Despite the overwhelming evidence, including hideous photos of his sex crimes, Al Franken still can’t admit he’s a predator.

The Minnesota Democrat accused of groping women without their consent, says he doesn’t remember if he ever touched a woman inappropriately while photos were being taken.

Three women allege Franken grabbed their buttocks during separate incidents at campaign events. A fourth woman says Franken forcibly kissed her on a USO tour.

In an interview aired by CBS Monday, Franken says: “I take thousands and thousands of pictures, sometimes in chaotic and crowded situations. I can’t say I haven’t done that. I’m very sorry if these women experienced that.”

Franken added that he has to be “a lot more careful” when he meets someone: “I’m going to make sure that this does not happen again.”

He’s contemptible. Franken can continue to lie to himself…but the rest of us know the truth.

Merced Sun-Star

#MaxineWaters draws deep-pocket opponent

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Republican Omar Navarro is trying again to unseat Rep. Maxine Waters, but this time, he has a new set of high-profile friends. Trump confidant Roger Stone is a campaign advisor, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls weekly, and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones hosted him on his popular show.

Now a group of major GOP donors that spent millions on ads to elect President Trump also plans to take on the Los Angeles congresswoman in next year’s midterm election.

Either Trump supporters see a path to victory in a southern Los Angeles district where 60% of voters are registered Democrats, or they just want to punish one of the president’s most vocal detractors, a longtime legislator who is a darling of anti-Trump liberals.

Far-right rising star Navarro says it’s a bit of both.


Los Angeles Times

Greedy California Association of Realtors targets senior’s homes

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An overhaul of Proposition 13, California’s landmark tax-control measure, could go before state voters next year under a plan adopted last month by the California Association of Realtors.

The trade group is launching a signature drive to put a new proposition on the November 2018 ballot that would expand tax breaks for homeowners age 55 and older or those who are disabled.

If passed, the proposition would allow senior and disabled homeowners to transfer their low, existing Prop. 13 tax assessment to a new home anywhere in the state, using the option as often as they choose and paying any price for their new home.

Realtors say the provisions would help older owners “locked in their homes” because they’re reluctant to give up low Prop. 13 tax assessments when buying a new residence. Realtors maintain at least 70 percent of seniors haven’t moved in 17 years.

Let’s be real about this…realtors never do anything to help anyone, except themselves. This ballot initiative is a scam.

Orange County Register

No one cares about the #CaGOP candidates for governor

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The two top GOP candidates for governor will meet for their first debate in the Inland Empire just after New Year’s Day.

The world yawns.

Assemblyman Travis Allen and businessman John Cox will face off on Jan. 4 at a gathering of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots, said John Berry, a spokesman for the group.

The 90-minute debate will take place at the Mill Creek Cattle Company restaurant in Mentone and is open to the public.

Polling shows that they have little support from California voters. Allen was backed by 15% of voters who plan to cast ballots in the June primary, while Cox received the support of more than 11%, behind the top Democrats running for the seat, according to a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.


Los Angeles Times

Sacramento officials talk a good game but in the end, ignore gun violence

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In late August, the city of Sacramento faced a crisis: Gun violence in certain neighborhoods seemed out of control.

The police department was investigating five open gun-related homicides, and 13 people in the city had died from gunshots during the year. The latest incident was a drive-by shooting in Meadowview, linked to an online battle of insults between local rap artists with gang ties. It quickly became the breaking point in a summer of bloodshed. Community activists and city leaders stood in the park where the shooting happened and agreed on one thing: What was being done to stop gun crime wasn’t effective.

Sacramento’s City Council called a special meeting on Aug. 29 and unanimously voted to approve a three-year, $1.5 million contract for Advance Peace, a controversial mentoring and intervention approach to curbing gun violence that was pioneered in Richmond, Calif.

Nearly three months later, the city’s contract with Advance Peace is in limbo, gun violence continues and the organization is considering going elsewhere.

Sacramento Bee

Black Friday gun sales break records

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On Friday, the FBI received 203,086 requests for instant gun background checks, according to USA Today – nearly a 10 percent increase from the year before and a new record for background checks in a single day.

That’s not an anomaly. According to the FBI, the previous two records for background checks were also set on Black Friday.

The FBI didn’t provide any analysis behind the spike, but the biggest shopping day of the year may come at a moment of worry for people who fear someone from the government may knock on their door someday and confiscate their guns.

Meanwhile, it appears the FBI will have to figure out how to deal with the onslaught of background checks.

According to USA Today, the agency has “struggled to keep pace with the volume of firearm transactions and still properly maintain the databases of criminal and mental health records necessary to determine whether buyers are eligible to purchase guns.”

Last year, when it processed some 27.5 million background checks, it had bring in personnel from other units.

Sacramento Bee

What to do with yesterday’s sex criminals…?

Screenshot 2017-11-26 at 07.48.50Men who thought they had nothing to fear suddenly do, as Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., can attest. He now faces a Senate investigation because a Los Angeles radio show anchor, Leeann Tweeden, posted a photo of Franken smiling for the camera with his hands over her breasts. She was asleep in a flak vest. The incident occurred in 2006 during a USO tour — before Franken was elected to the Senate.

Franken has apologized for the incident. What is not clear, though, is whether the Senate should adjudicate an incident that exceeds the statute of limitations.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

White people having a meltdown

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Only one thing can save the Republicans from themselves: the Democrats. Although they have shown remarkable unity as part of the anti-Trump resistance, the Democrats themselves suffer deep-seated divisions. Most critically they are moving left at a time when more voters seek something more in the middle. Certainly this progressive tilt has done little to reverse their own declining popularity; public approval of the party has sunk to the lowest levels in a quarter century.

Orange County Register

California will probably never execute anyone again

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When the California Supreme Court upheld a voter initiative in August to speed up executions, some death penalty advocates assumed lethal injections would resume before the end of the year.

Three months after the court’s action, both backers and opponents of the death penalty concede that executions might be more than a year away.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has yet to finalize an execution protocol, which is necessary to resolve a federal court case that has blocked lethal injection in California for nearly 12 years. An injunction stopping executions also is pending in state court.

“Brown is the shot caller” in the litigation over lethal injection, said Michele Hanisee, president of the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys for L.A. County.

Hanisee expects the state to finalize a lethal injection protocol by January, but if Brown “doesn’t want it to move forward quickly, it won’t move forward quickly,” she said.

Los Angeles Times

#Democrats scramble to divert the public’s attention from sex crimes

Screenshot 2017-11-26 at 07.15.18It’s not Charlie Rose parading naked in front of young female employees, or Rep. John Conyers firing a woman who wouldn’t have sex with him, or Roy Moore in his 30s cruising the mall for teenage girls that should be at the top of the American outrage list — disgusting as all those alleged actions are.

The real issue we need to deal with is the overarching, fundamental absence of equality for women in America.

So there’s a solid underpinning of societal discrimination behind the thousand indignities, little and big, that women have to deal with to this day. The shortage of women running the show, the pay inequities, the unequal distribution of child-raising responsibilities — America has come by these things not by accident, but by design.

San Francisco Chronicle

Someday #Equifax might actually be punished

Screenshot 2017-11-26 at 07.07.54The man behind the effort to start that conversation is a San Francisco real estate developer who started thinking a lot about the issue after a cocktail party conversation with a tech engineer.

“He said, ‘If people just knew how much we knew about them, they’d be really worried,’” Alastair Mactaggart recalled of that chat with the engineer.

Some two years later, Mactaggart is poised to spend enough of his own money to ask Californians to consider a sweeping 2018 ballot measure that could shift the balance of power over data sharing to consumers and punish businesses that don’t toe the line.

The initiative that he’s introduced, now being circulated for voter signatures, would make two major changes to California law and perhaps set a powerful precedent in the national debate over consumer privacy.

Los Angeles Times


#Millennials made bad choices, now they want everyone else to pay

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Millennials have been called entitled, narcissistic and coddled. But perhaps the defining characteristic of my generation is indebtedness.

Some 42 percent of Millennials, notably those from 18 to 29 years old, report some level of student loan debt. If the indebted individuals formed a political party, the membership would eclipse the percentage of Millennials who identify as Democrats or Republicans.

What’s more, if the more than 31 million indebted Millennials formed a state, only California would have a larger population.

This enormous amount of debt shapes Millennials’ everyday decisions and jeopardizes the financial future of our generation and nation. Unfortunately, things may get even worse.

San Francisco Chronicle

#JeffFlake and his family seek a #safespace from #SheriffJoeArpaio

Screenshot 2017-11-26 at 06.56.08A federal lawsuit set to go to trial next month marks the latest legal action brought against former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio over allegations that he pursued a trumped-up criminal case to get publicity and embarrass an adversary.

The political opponent in this case: U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake.

One of Flake’s sons filed a malicious-prosecution lawsuit, saying Arpaio pursued felony animal cruelty charges against him and his then-wife in a bid to do political damage to the senator and gain publicity.

Austin Flake and his wife were charged in the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs in June 2014 at a kennel operated by his in-laws. The Flakes were watching the dogs when the in-laws were out of town. The dogs died when an air conditioning unit failed in a small room where the animals spent the night.

Los Angeles Times

Killer #Islamic’s death toll tops 300 in #Egypt

Screenshot 2017-11-25 at 09.55.21The killer Islamics arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque’s door and windows, and just as the imam was about to deliver his Friday sermon from atop the pulpit, they opened fire and tossed grenades at the estimated 500 worshippers inside.

When the violence finally stopped, more than 300 people, including 27 children, had been killed and 128 injured.

It’s how the Islamics roll.

San Francisco Chronicle

#Airbnb continues to rip-off poor communities

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Flanked by cameras, the activists marched into the glossy lobby of the downtown building and demanded to speak to the general manager.

The Olive Street building, they argued, had been approved by the city as condominiums and then turned into an “illegal hotel.” The website for Level Furnished Living advertises luxury suites that rent for hundreds of dollars a night. After a string of people recounted their housing woes, they handed over a letter for company executives.

“They need to know that they’re operating illegally,” said Susan Hunter, an L.A. Tenants Union activist clad in a red shirt urging “Universal Rent Control Now.”

But the company that owns the downtown tower says it has every right to rent out its rooms to travelers, thanks to a little-known provision in city law.

Los Angeles Times

The police continue to blatantly ignore the Constitution

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New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using the signals constantly emitted by their cellphones.

Civil liberties and privacy groups are increasingly raising objections to the suitcase-sized devices known as StingRays or cell site simulators that can sweep up cellphone data from an entire neighborhood by mimicking cell towers. Police can determine the location of a phone without the user even making a call or sending a text message. Some versions of the technology can even intercept texts and calls, or pull information stored on the phones.

At least 72 state and local law enforcement departments in 24 states plus 13 federal agencies use the devices, but further details are hard to come by because the departments that use them must take the unusual step of signing nondisclosure agreements overseen by the FBI.


Sacramento Bee

The chemical industry continues to do crimes

Screenshot 2017-11-25 at 09.29.47.pngAmericans have grown accustomed to hearing apologies from everyone from cheating car-makers to cheating presidents, but a Fortune 500 chemical company with a pollution problem in North Carolina is following a different model: don’t apologize, don’t explain.

For six months, Wilmington, Delaware-based Chemours Co. has faced questions about an unregulated chemical with unknown health risks that flowed from the company’s plant into the Cape Fear River, which provides drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people.

The company has said virtually nothing in its own defense about chemicals it may have discharged for nearly four decades, and it skipped legislative hearings looking into health concerns.

Earlier this month, North Carolina environmental regulators said they might fine Chemours, revoke its license to discharge treated wastewater into the nearby river and open a criminal probe. State officials said the company chose silence over reporting a chemical spill last month as required.

Sacramento Bee

More on #JanetNapolitano’s crimes

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California State Auditor Elaine Howle wants University of California regents to consider disciplining university employees who repeatedly interfered with a state audit, tried to hide their actions, misled investigators and withheld requested information until threatened with court action, according to a private report by her office obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Howle’s office began investigating UC interference in a state audit on the performance of UC President Janet Napolitano’s office after a whistleblower complaint early this year.

Like a separate inquiry commissioned by regents whose results were released last week, Howle’s investigation determined that Napolitano approved a plan instructing the UC system’s 10 campuses to submit responses to confidential questionnaires about her office for review by her aides before sending them on to the state auditor.

Both investigations found that Napolitano’s aides asked campuses to tone down or delete criticisms.

Los Angeles Times