By Nina Totenberg | NPR
The Supreme Court term that just concluded was a small taste of what is to come. In all, 13 of the cases decided by a liberal-conservative split, Justice Kennedy provided the fifth and deciding conservative vote.
By Nina Totenberg | NPR
The Supreme Court term that just concluded was a small taste of what is to come. In all, 13 of the cases decided by a liberal-conservative split, Justice Kennedy provided the fifth and deciding conservative vote.
The Sacramento Bee reports that Mayor Darrell Steinberg is scouring the city for plots of land where three 200-bed homeless structures in large tent-like structures could open.
Basically the Mayor wants to build a repository, round up all of the city’s homeless, and warehouse them.
Not everyone is happy about it. City Council members say they will oppose shelters on city-owned parcels in their districts. One council member has declared his part of town is off limits until his colleagues do their part first.
Clearly, mayor Steinberg is clinging to the idea of building a gulag for the city’s undesirables and keeping them far away from the city’s white elite neighborhoods.
Due to the mounting opposition throughout the community, the mayor’s office and homeless service providers are pressing forward. They are secretly identifying locations for consideration.
It’s probably the worst kept secret in Sacramento.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has slammed President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. He says the policies are “heartbreaking” and that they need “to stop.”
That really pleased the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle. Their recent puff-piece gushed about Cook’s social conscience.
OK, he’s a Leftist who likes open borders. Got it.
Cook has also spoken out about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which protects undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors, and the H-1B work visa program, which has seen changes under Trump that have discouraged some applicants.
H-1B visas help him import cheep labor to prop up his corporate empire. We get that too.
However Cook conveniently sidesteps the rising tensions between China and the U.S. over tariffs. Apple manufactures most of its iPhones in China. In order to make millions for himself and his shareholders, Cook does whatever his Chinese masters order him to do.
So he bashes President Trump and America. Got it.
In the most hypocritical move of all, Cook claims Apple has been an outspoken advocate for user privacy. Cook has slammed Facebook in particular as well as other companies that offer free, advertising-supported services.
Cook says nothing about government censorship in China. There, the government censors everything it doesn’t like. Cook is OK with that, and in order to make millions, Apple goes along with anything government censors want.
The bottom line is this: Cook, and Apple, could care less about privacy, human rights, immigration reform, or any other topic that could stir one’s social conscience.
They only care about money. Cook and Apple, are willing to say or do anything to make more of it. Hating President Trump and remaining obedient to Chinese President Xi Jinping are good for the bottom line.
Anthony Avalos, a 10-year-old Lancaster boy, was murdered in his home. Now child welfare officials are trying to cover it up.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Anthony was found mortally wounded at his home last week with severe head injuries and cigarette burns covering his body.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services knew all about the abuse the child repeatedly suffered before his death. They did nothing.
Even more disturbing, Anthony’s mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva, have not been charged with any crimes related to Anthony’s death.
Anthony’s aunt, according to the Times, said she began alerting DCFS in 2015, when she noticed bruises and other injuries that the children told her were caused by Leiva. She said the children also reported Leiva locking them in small spaces where they had to urinate and defecate on the floor. Leiva was convicted in 2010 of domestic abuse.
Heather Barron and Leiva were the subject of at least 16 calls since 2013 from school administrators, a teacher, a counselor, family members and others to DCFS and police alleging child abuse, sources told The Times for an article Sunday.
At least 13 of those calls were received by DCFS and specifically mentioned Anthony as the alleged victim, Nichols said.
Officials did nothing.
Multiple reports confirm Anthony and his six siblings were tortured. They were denied food and water, sexually abused, beaten and bruised, dangled upside-down from a staircase, forced to crouch for hours, locked in small spaces with no access to the bathroom, forced to fight one another, and forced to eat from the trash.
The feckless DCFS denies it did anything wrong. They are just as culpable in Anthony’s death as his parents.
Puerto Ricans make up less than 1 percent of California’s population. Yet California Sen. Kamala Harris has emerged as one of the most vocal champions of the American territory in Congress as the island struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
With so many homeless here in California, it seems logical to ask why Harris is putting in such energy into this effort?
Scratch the surface just a bit and you’ll see why — pure political opportunism.
According to the Sacramento Bee, her efforts could give her a political boost in a couple years, if she makes a run for president in 2020.
Harris really could care less about Puerto Ricans. It’s a safe bet to assume she feels about them the same way she feels about California’s homeless who she routinely ignores.
She does want the votes however. Puerto Rico holds its own presidential primary, and it could be a factor in a protracted Democratic primary race. Along with that, recent hurricanes have pushed more Puerto Ricans into Florida…a swing state.
Puerto Rico’s homeless will get about as much support from Kamala Harris as San Francisco’s homeless. In the end, the poor continue to suffer. The rich, like Harris, continue to cash-in.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Assemblywoman Shirley Weber is sponsoring legislation that would change the standard for using deadly force from “reasonable” to when it’s “necessary” to prevent imminent and serious injury or death to an officer or other people.
The bill miraculously passed the Senate Public Safety Committee, but it still faces an uphill battle to get to the governor’s desk.
Killer cops from every corner of California are flooding into Sacramento to try to preserve their right to kill just about anyone they want for any reason.
David Mastagni, a lobbyist for the California Peace Officers Association, told the committee the bill would create “a hindsight, second-guessing game that puts not only the officers at danger but puts the public at danger as well.”
Not really. Mastagni is just pushing the false narrative used by the police to defend their lawless behavior. Especially behavior directed against people of color. Their actions are brutal and driven by racism. Countless police killings over decades bear that out.
However the bill might saves the lives of untold numbers of people of color, who along with the poor, the homeless and the mentally ill, are gunned down on a routine basis by California cops.
Police officers are rarely prosecuted under the current standard. Their unions own the district attorneys, and most of the politicians around the state. In California, your constitutional protections become worthless the moment you interact with the police.
The questions remains, will the elites who have created this system, ever change it? We’re not optimistic.
PG&E is going to pay billions for the Wine Country wildfires the headlines blare.
No they won’t. You will.
The eye-catching headlines are nothing more than click-bait.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and its parent company, PG&E Corp. claim they will take a $2.5 billion charge to cover expected losses from October’s deadly Wine Country wildfires.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle the financial pain may just be beginning.
Not really. The fix is in. You, the ratepayer, will be paying. Don’t take our word for it, ask the people in San Bruno.
The hand-wringing Chronicle goes on to report that the damage charge is larger than PG&E Corp.’s 2017 profit of $1.66 billion. Trust us, PG&E executives are not going to give up their limos just to pay off your claim.
Homeowners, businesses and local government agencies have filed roughly 200 lawsuits seeking to hold the utility responsible for the fires, which erupted during a powerful windstorm on Oct. 8. Total liability estimates range as high as $15 billion.
These lawsuits will take decades to settle. Victims will be long gone when that time finally comes. PG&E lawyers are counting on it.
Meanwhile PG&E’s lobbyists are coasting in Sacramento.
The bottom line is, the financial pain is indeed just beginning…for PG&E ratepayers.
The elites in California who run our state have reached a deal on consumer privacy. As usual, when this kind of thing happens, it’s a good deal…for them.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Democrats in the California Legislature and a wealthy San Francisco developer have reached a tentative agreement to enact major new consumer privacy rules in exchange for the withdrawal of a measure privacy activists were poised to get on the November ballot.
Taking away your right to vote on this issue is their good deal gift to you. The Governor has yet to sign off on this. Let’s hope he doesn’t.
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 would allow customers to ask businesses to reveal the personal information it gathers on them and block the businesses from selling the information.
That sounds reasonable. After all, it’s your information, why should you surrender it so someone else can sell it, just because you buy a pair of socks online?
Business groups who own most all of our state legislators didn’t think so.
The “compromise” legislation, still allows “information sharing” between companies. That means companies can still sell your personal information.
It’s not a good deal. Then again, when was the last time you got a good deal from your legislator?
According to the Sacramento Bee, Tom Steyer is emphatic that the United States is not addressing its biggest issue. By broaching the subject and forcing others to do the same, he is constantly ruffling feathers.
Intentionally or not, the billionaire Democratic activist is creating a major rift within his own party going into midterms.
In short, Tom Steyer is screwing things up for other Democrats and they’re not happy about it.
Steyer has spent close to $50 million dollars ranting against the President on T.V. He lives in a fantasy world that his petition drive will lead somehow to impeachment.
All this despite the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s fake investigation continues to be the butt of jokes on the national stage.
Steyer is desperately trying to leverage his enormous personal fortune into political power. He’s failing miserably.
The Bee goes on to say that a recent Quinnipiac University poll reported a drop in support for even beginning the impeachment process if Democrats take control of the U.S. House. The majority of Independents oppose beginning impeachment proceedings, according to the poll.
Many national Democrats don’t want to have the conversation Steyer is leading. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is one of them, calling the issue a “gift to the Republicans.”
She said the Democratic Party needs to offer voters a substantive policy agenda that is not centered around opposing Trump.
Even with all of his wealth, and his willingness to spend it on other Democrats, Steyer still hasn’t gotten many others in his party on board the impeachment train.
In the end, Steyer is really just another clueless California billionaire ranting on the political stage.
In America, five magic words can get you killed and there’s nothing you can do about it.
The words, “I fear for my life,” uttered by any police officer, is all that’s necessary for the police to execute you or your family in cold blood. They will never be held accountable.
California’s legislature isn’t about to change that anytime soon. Although separating children from their parents at the border is deemed cruel and abusive by our elected leaders — gunning those same parents down for no good reason on the streets of Los Angeles or San Francisco is still OK.
Law enforcement organizations remain vehemently opposed to any changes in the current policy.
Witness the recent debate over Assembly Bill 931, which would increase the state standard for lethal use of force from “reasonable” to “necessary,” to become law.
The Sacramento Bee reports that though the measure passed its first policy committee, it faces a lengthy and complicated path ahead in a Legislature historically hesitant to cross law enforcement.
The Bee reports that law enforcement officials have sharply denounced the proposal, which they contend would put officers’ lives in danger by opening up their split-second decisions to further scrutiny in a courtroom.
The Peace Officers Research Association of California also brought up concerns about retraining more than 100,000 California police under the new standards.
Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat who claims to be on the side of the people when it comes to this issue, questioned whether a lack of resources for training was their real issue with supporting the bill, because when “law enforcement makes it a priority, we find a way.”
Her colleague Sen. Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, said. “It always blows me away when law enforcement fear for their life only when they’re facing black and brown people…It blows me away me when black and brown men and women don’t even get to the jail. They don’t even get a chance to be arrested.”
In the end, after all this hand-wringing, apparently we need to retrain our police officers to not murder people, and we just don’t have the money.
Not very comforting, especially if you happen to be African-American or Latino.
It’s interesting to note that Democrats continue to haul in truckloads of campaign cash donated by the police unions. Mitchell and Bradford didn’t say much about that at the hearing. Don’t expect they, or their colleagues, will be turning this money down anytime soon.
Until Democrats make campaign money from killer cops as radioactive as money from Big Tobacco or the chemical industry, you can expect this double-standard to continue.
A rent control initiative will be on the ballot this November. It’s long overdue.
It didn’t take advocates long to qualify the measure. The rents are too damn high and everyone knows it.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the measure would repeal a 23-year-old state law that sets tight limits on all forms of rent control across California.
The 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act said any local rent control passed after February 1995 would not apply to large amounts of housing stock, including new apartment buildings occupied after that date, single-family homes, duplexes and condominiums. Local politicians and activists seeking to pass new laws could only limit rent increases for tenants living in housing built before that year.
Cities that already had rent control were grandfathered into the law.
Now everyone wants into the act.
The Bee goes on to report that in 1995, then-Democratic state senator from the Central Valley, (now U.S. Rep.) Jim Costa, joined forces with a Republican assemblyman from Orange County, Phil Hawkins, to author the state law seeking to blunt the rent control movement.
It worked well. At present, only 15 cities have some form of rent control. California has 58 counties and 482 municipalities. That means that the 467 remaining cities and towns are prohibited from protecting renters from runaway rent hikes and evictions.
Slumlords hate the idea of widespread rent control. Costa-Hawkins has made the rich richer and the poor poorer. Business as usual for California leaders.
When the #MeToo movement started to gain momentum, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office scrambled frantically to deal with it.
Lots of hand-wringing, lots of new guarantees and safeguards to make workers and staff feel good.
Meanwhile, it’s starting to look like city officials scrambled just as frantically to cover up and quash complaints.
According to the Los Angeles Times, officials have provided no details about instances of “inappropriate behavior” reported by staff members in Mayor Garcetti’s office since he was elected in 2013.
The mayor’s office has admitted to the Times that “there have been a few incidents of inappropriate behavior reported to supervisors, and they were each handled appropriately.”
Not very forthcoming.
The Times hasn’t dug very hard into this issue. They like Garcetti. Editors and reporters fantasize about him becoming the Democrat’s candidate to challenge President Trump in 2020.
So it’s pretty obvious they’re willing to look the other way when it comes to sex crimes in the mayor’s office. The Times will say they’re digging deep, but trust us, they are not.
We are not so willing to look the other way. If you work for Mayor Garcetti’s office and have been the victim if a sex crime, please contact us. We will report it.
The Los Angeles Times reports that two years ago, Los Angeles voters overwhelmingly approved a $1.2-billion bond measure to pay for new housing for homeless people.
The Times goes on to say that another $20 million is now being allocated to set up temporary shelters, with Mayor Eric Garcetti offering up an equal share to each council district, and $10 million more has been offered up for homeless services of all kinds.
Angelenos are far from excited about the plan. Now, local lawmakers are facing their own “resistance” movement and they’re not happy about it.
Los Angeles leaders have allowed the homeless to turn the city into a third world enclave, complete with squalor, disease, crime and death.
So far city hall has put the burden on Los Angeles residents to welcome more homeless into their neighborhoods, and pay for them at the expense of their own homes, and their own safety.
Koreatown has been a favorite target of the City Council. After all, Koreans aren’t white, and they’re not elite, so dumping the homeless in their neighborhood seems like the logical thing to do by Los Angeles’ white leaders.
Venice is another target. Venice has never been that clean or nice to begin with. Lots of drug users and lots of crime. However even Venice residents recoil at the threat of a homeless gulag in their community.
There is discussion about dumping L.A.’s homeless elsewhere. Some have suggested in the Inland Empire, and Bakersfield. Now that’s an “L.A.” idea for sure.
Mayor Garcetti has pledged that any community that welcomes a shelter will also get more cleanups and police patrols. That’s definitely an acknowledgement that the shelters will destroy property value and put lives in danger. Not a very appealing argument Mr. Mayor.
Everyone knows that these “temporary shelters” will end up being permanent. It is going to be the new normal in Los Angeles. The only question remaining is which neighborhoods will be targeted by the city’s white elites.
According to the elite white journalists at the San Francisco Chronicle, “London Breed’s historic ascent to the mayor’s office has sent currents of optimism and hope rippling through San Francisco’s African American community.”
As if somehow the brutal racist thugs in the San Francisco Police Department will all of the sudden come to embrace the African-American citizens they’re out to ethnically cleanse from the city.
The ongoing police genocide targeting the poor, the mentally ill, the homeless, and people of color has had an impact. After generations of brutality, African-Americans make up just over five percent of the city’s population.
Naturally San Francisco’s African-American community is optimistic. We wish them the best because they deserve nothing less.
We remain cautious however. The SFPD is a tool of the white elites who run the city. Their visceral hatred for everyone who isn’t like them has not changed.
The Fresno Bee is running an editorial entitled The real ‘fake news’ is Devin Nunes’ ad about The Bee.
It’s pretty fun stuff.
The Bee says, “You might be seeing or hearing an ad paid for by the campaign to re-elect Devin Nunes as congressman for the 22nd District. The Fresno Bee is the subject of his ad. Actually, his anger at The Bee is the real subject, but Nunes hides it behind wanting to protect what he calls a family owned winery and vineyard.”
The Bee has been all over a fake news allegation attacking Nunes for somehow sponsoring and endorsing underage drinking and prostitution.
Here’s what the Bee says is “the background”:
“Nunes is an investor in a Napa winery called Alpha Omega that is owned by a friend. In 2015 the winery owner auctioned off for charity a ride in the San Francisco Bay on the Alpha Omega yacht. A winery employee was on board to help serve the guests. According to a civil lawsuit she filed, rich men brought sex workers aboard, some of them appearing underage, and the men proceeded to have sex and do drugs in the open. The employee then sued on various grounds, including civil rights violations, intentional infliction of emotional distress and sexual harassment. She also sued for violation of fair employment laws, alleging that after the incident, Alpha Omega stopped assigning her shifts. The case concluded with a confidential settlement.”
It appears as though the Bee is treating hearsay from a from a plaintiff’s over-the-top complaint as fact. The bottom line, the Bee jumped on the bandwagon in order to damage Nunes chances at re-election.
So Nunes defended himself against this fake news story with his own political ad to set the record straight with his constituents.
Incensed, the Bee sanctimoniously maintains that “thoughtful viewer or listener knows from the get-go that political ads are not meant to be the truth, but rather, deliver a point of view. Such is the case with this one.
“Thoughtful viewers or listeners” should heed the same advice when reading the Fresno Bee.
The Bee rambles on, saying Nunes’ ad claims: “The Fresno Bee has worked closely with radical left-wing groups to promote fake news stories about me.”
The fact is the Bee is a left-wing political newspaper. Everyone knows that. To believe they don’t have regular contact with left-wing groups is really a stretch.
Being a Leftist news publication is certainly the Bee’s prerogative. A strong political point of view is the cornerstone of American newspaper tradition.
Thoughtful readers understand this about the Fresno Bee. Which is probably why their newspaper circulation rate continues to plummet.
The despicable Elizabeth Holmes has stepped down as the CEO of Theranos, the company she founded in order to bilk millions out of investors.
Holmes has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud. Chief Operating Officer Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani has been indicted as well.
It’s great news!
It is not known if authorities are investigating board member and former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz.
In all, Holmes and Balwani are charged with nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Holmes and Balwani maintain they are innocent.
Investors believed Holmes when she claimed that Theranos’ technology could run blood tests using just a few drops of blood, a process that was much less expensive than testing methods currently being used. She lied.
Besides investors, Holmes and Balwani lied to doctors and patients as well, pushing them to use Theranos technology even though they knew they could not produce accurate and reliable results.
In short, they were willing to kill patients to make money.
Holmes and Balwani are looking at as much as 20 years in the slammer. They both deserve every second of it.
Slumlords in California are gearing up to battle rent control initiative that has qualified for the November ballot.
The initiative would make it possible for cities and counties to approve strong rent control laws.
The initiative is a direct result of the failure of local and state lawmakers to address a widening housing crisis that has pushed many into homelessness and others out of the state.
Meanwhile, slumlords have gotten rich, really really rich. And rats across the state have flourished.
The initiative in necessary because a 1995 state law known as the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act has forced tenants rights activists hand.
Legislators passed the law to protect slumlords by making in nearly impossible for rent control measures to be put in place at the local level.
The law did not restrict cities that already had rent control measures in place. However only a handful of communities across the state had such measures in place before the law was passed.
The initiative would lift all restrictions on rent control in the state.
Brandon Smith, an African-American man from Sacramento was arrested. Nothing new about that. The Sacramento Police Department routinely rousts African-American men for little or no reason.
Mr. Smith’s so called crime. Drinking.
While Mr. Smith was handcuffed, he began breathing heavily and told officers he thought he might be having a heart attack. It’s all on video.
Officers verbally abused Mr. Smith and ignored his request for medial attention.
Mr. Smith died a short time later.
Sacramento’s ethnic cleansing continues.
Leftist experts say Proposition 47 is doing a great job of keeping people out of jail.
Public Policy Institute of California says Propositoin 47 reduced recidivism rates among lower-level offenders.
PPIC says Proposition 47 succeeded in its “intended effect of reducing incarceration numbers.”
That’s the kind of report you’d expect when people who do crimes aren’t arrested.
The report suggests Proposition 47 has been a big break for white offenders. Not so much for Latinos and African-Americans. People of color keep going to jail as usual.
By-the-way, California saw a 13 percent uptick in the violent crime rate from 2014 to 2016. PPIC glossed over this fact.
Since Proposition 47 passed, larceny thefts have skyrocketed, especially vehicle thefts.
Proposition 47 is working great…if you’re a criminal. Especially a white criminal.
A Sacramento area solar company has been sued for racial harassment. The company is facing two lawsuits.
According to the Sacramento Bee, an African-American employee at Vivint Solar, a home automation and energy company headquartered in Utah, says a manager repeatedly called him a variation of the N-word.
More shocking, the manager, along with other employees, built a clubhouse out of cardboard boxes around their desks, spray-painting “White only” on it.
The African-American employee, Teshawn Solomon, reported the harassment to a regional manager, showing him photos of the clubhouse. The regional manager didn’t take action to curtail the harassment, and later told him not to speak to human resources.
Go figure, they’re from Utah after all.
Exasperated, Mr. Solomon finally quit his job.
Vivint Solar clearly knew what they were doing when they located in Sacramento. The city has become the ‘Ferguson of the West’, an haven for white supremacists who espouse racial animus towards people of color.
The City of Sacramento has Vivint’s back on this. Mr. Soloman has a long way to go before he gets justice.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, racial bias is all around us, but perhaps nowhere is it more damaging than when it happens to children in school.
The San Francisco NAACP has called a state of emergency for public schools in the city, citing a stubborn achievement gap between black students and all other students. A gap that has persisted for 25 years.
The Examiner points out that the gap remains even when income is taken into account. Poor white students consistently outperform their black peers. In 2016-17, 74 percent of black students in the San Francisco Unified School District did not meet state standards in at least one subject area.
This comes as no surprise. San Francisco’s elite white leaders have consistently targeted people of color with unequal protections under the law. So why would anyone expect the city’s education system to be any different?
The Examiner reports that black students in schools are treated more punitively than white students. That bias causes black students to experience higher rates of punishment, which takes away from instruction time.
That’s a polite way of saying that the San Francisco school system puts African-American students on the prison-track, and white kids on the college-track.
No surprise there.
The cornerstone of California’s community colleges could be summed up this way: Epic Fail.
We give community colleges lots of money every year, which the faculty squanders away.
Students are the losers…as usual.
Feeling the heat for their abject failure, the Sacramento Bee reports that the faculty union for the community college district in the Sacramento area has passed a vote of no confidence in system Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley.
If it sounds Orwellian, it is. It’s how faculty members think and act. They fail, so it must be someone else’s fault.
According to the Bee, they criticize Oakley, who took over in December 2016, for ignoring faculty input as he has advocated for a wide range of changes, including the new funding formula that will, for the first time, consider student performance in determining college budgets.
In other words, the Chancellor didn’t conceed to every one of their union’s demands so they’re having a meltdown.
“Statewide, there’s definitely a rebellion brewing,” Gayle Pitman, a professor of psychology and president of the Academic Senate at Sacramento City College told the Bee. “Faculty aren’t being brought to the table. They aren’t being engaged the way we’ve traditionally been engaged.”
It is a rebellion. A rebellion of policymakers who are pretty fed up with throwing good money at faculty members who don’t deliver. Expect the rebellion to continue.
It wasn’t that long ago when California politicians were promising Elon Musk the moon and the stars if he’d put his huge battery manufacturing plant in the state.
Musk wisely picked Reno instead and California politicians like Senator Ted Gaines had a meltdown.
Musk and Tesla were right of course. Moving their operations out of California was, and still is, the right thing to do.
Even so, Tesla still has a pretty big footprint in the state.
So now the Legislature is going after Musk.
California’s only car manufacturer is the target of a new rule under development by two state agencies that would require it be certified as a “fair and responsible workplace” for its customers to be eligible for taxpayer-backed state electric vehicle rebates.
According to the Sacramento Bee, those rebates are key incentives in Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to put 5 million electric vehicles on California roads by 2030. They take thousands of dollars off the price of buying a new Tesla car, and unions want lawmakers to withhold them from companies they believe have unfair labor practices.
According to Angie Wei, a lobbyist for the Labor Federation, “The goals of a clean environment and a thriving middle class are inseparable for the Labor movement and we are committed to achieving both.”
That sounds nice. It’s great political cover for legislators.
Soon afterwards, California lawmakers approved the rule changes in a provision they placed in the state budget a year ago, a move designed to give the United Auto Workers and the California Labor Federation a lift in their efforts to unionize Tesla’s Fremont plant.
The rule will be going into effect soon. When it does, expect state regulators to move immediately against Tesla. The attack will be lead by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the California Air Resources Board.
There you have it. It’s nothing more than a Tesla shake-down.
It’s payback for Musk and a reward for the UAW and the Labor Federation. It’s how we roll in California Mr. Musk. Why haven’t you learned yet?
It’s no secret that Republicans enjoy trashing immigrants…especially those immigrants from Latin American. The elite media makes sure the GOP’s inherent bigotry gets a complete airing in the public domain.
They’re not so good when it comes to Democrats however.
Take for example “Operation Streamline” which President Obama embraced during his administration.
Data shows that the overall impact of Operation Streamline was to move immigrants away from administrative removal proceedings (or simply returned across the border) and into the criminal justice system.
Until 2005, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents would mostly use administrative removal procedures or the civil immigration system to remove illegal entrants. Under Streamline, agents refer individuals entering the United States illegally to the United States Attorney’s Offices for fast-track criminal prosecutions in federal district courts.
Some courts processed as many as 70 individuals per day.
The Obama administration expanded the program, which it incorporated into a broader border security measure known as the Consequence Delivery System, which had other measures aimed at increasing the consequences of illegal entry to deter individuals from returning to the United States after deportation.
Given that these prosecutions led to a large number of convictions and prison sentences for non-citizens who committed immigration offenses, the program’s growth guaranteed that these individuals entered federal prisons in greater numbers.
So instead of deporting illegal immigrants back to their country of origin, the Obama administration threw them into federal prison by the thousands. Families were separated, children were orphaned, lives were destroyed.
The elite media didn’t seem to notice.
It was an October afternoon when 13-year-old Andy Lopez, wearing shorts and a blue sweatshirt, walked down a sidewalk in Santa Rosa, carrying a plastic pellet gun.
When Officer Erick Gelhaus, spotted the 5-foot-3 teenager, he thought the boy might be carrying an AK-47.
From 60 feet away, Gelhaus jumped out, crouched behind the door and shouted “Drop the gun!”
Naturally, Andy turned around at the sound of the office’s command. As he did, Gelhaus brutally fired eight shots into the boy, killing him instantly.
His police union pals hailed Gelhaus as a hero. The white elites who run Santa Rosa patted him on the back for doing a great job.
Now they’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to shield the killer cop from being sued by Lopez’s parents.
They say gunning down a teenager in cold blood is OK.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Sonoma County’s white elite lawyers are urging the justices to “support the common sense proposition that officers need not wait for a gun to actually be leveled or pointed at them before responding with deadly force to protect themselves and the public.”
It’s a frightening Orwellian take, but it’s how the Police State rolls.
Moderate Democrats in San Francisco are really upset about the new ranked-choice voting system.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, they want it gone.
The city’s elites, who support London Breed, are pushing the idea.
They live in fear of the progressives, especially Mark Leno.
Like most elites, the live in fear of democracy in general and like a voting system they can rig.
The reality is, this year’s election proved ranked-choice voting worked. The howling of the elites confirms it.
This year’s Black Women’s March was hosted by Sacramento’s Black Women United organization and the theme was “Can I live?”
Imani Mitchell, president and founder of Black Women United, explained the event’s theme in an op-ed for the Sacramento Bee.
Imani, like most African American women in Sacramento, would like the same rights granted by the Constitution that everyone else gets.
They are tired of Sacramento’s’ Jim Crow policies that treat the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people of color as if they were the enemy.
California state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, showed up. The African American senator paid lip service to the crowd that had gathered for the event.
The fact is, in the end, neither Mitchell, nor her Democrat colleagues who control the Legislature have done anything to help people of color.
They remain squarely in the camp of the brutal police unions who donate huge amounts of money to Democrat political campaigns.
Don’t expect this year’s march to change things in Sacramento. The city’s white elites remain firmly in control.
The Los Angeles Daily News reports on a stunning research study that shows just how much California corporations steal from their employees. Yes, we said steal.
Here’s just a bit from the Daily News report:
More than 500 large U.S. companies have paid out $8.8 billion in wage-theft claims since 2000 and more than half are from California, a new report finds.
The companies — including mega brands Wells Fargo, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 24 Hour Fitness, Oracle and Smart & Final — have boosted their profits by forcing employees to work off the clock or by not paying their required overtime, according to “Grand Theft Paycheck: The Large Corporations Shortchanging Their Workers’ Wages.”
The study was published June 5 by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First and the Jobs With Justice Education Fund.
The longstanding practice of denying workers fair wages is “pervasive” and “goes far beyond sweatshops, fast-food outlets and retailers,” according to Philip Mattera, lead author of the report.
The report analyzed 1,200 successful wage-violation lawsuits brought against large companies that have been resolved either by a verdict or settlement from 2000 through May 1 of 2018. Employers in those cases have collectively paid out billions on behalf of workers that range from cashiers and security guards to financial advisers and pharmaceutical sales representatives.
Those same 500-plus companies paid another $400 million in penalties to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
Most of the companies accused of wage theft are highly profitable. Among the dozen most penalized corporations, all but two had an annual income of more than $2 billion in the most recent fiscal year, the report said. Wells Fargo and a few others each logged more than $20 billion in profits.
It’s amazing. The full story is well worth the read.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, President Trump is likely to support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana.
That’s great news for weed loving Californians. It’s also the right thing to do. The federal vs. state conflicts around the country over legalized cannabis is a problem that can be easily dispensed with.
Naturally, Democrats in California will hate the President even more if he helps the state to put this thorny issue behind us. They will be wrong in doing so.
The Times is right, this would indeed be a major step that would reshape the cannabis industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown. There’s little debate that Attorney General Jeff Sessions approach to the issue is pathetically wrong-headed.
Sessions continues to make threats against states and law abiding U.S. citizens who are in compliance with their state’s cannabis laws. He needs to be shut down on this issue once and for all.
You could say it’s good money after bad.
Governor Jerry Brown is approving a half-a-billion dollar give-away to cities and counties so they can clean up their homelessness disasters.
Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento told Capitol Public Radio, “We have homelessness, just, everywhere…Our neighborhoods, our downtowns, our parks, our public places. And so, we know what works. We know we need more emergency shelter beds. And so there is a one-time infusion for that.”
Really? We know what works? Seriously? Judging by the fact that the state is awash with the homeless it’s probably more accurate to say we don’t know what works.
Capitol Public Radio also reports that the budget agreement also includes a proposed November ballot measure that would ask voters to free up $2 billion in previously approved mental health funding to address California’s homelessness crisis. That money is currently locked up in court.
So the half-billion in the budget is just a drop in the bucket. Don’t expect much in the way of results.
The Associated Press is reporting that Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has come out in opposition to a rent control measure that may be on the ballot in November.
That’s no surprise. Steinberg has been to tool of the white elites in the city’s development community for decades.
“Their initiative is a threat,” Steinberg said. “If it got on the ballot and it passed, I think that would be a problem.”
Indeed. A threat to developer’s bottom lines. That’s a problem for the Steinberg.
It was an in-your-face move by Steinberg targeting housing advocates and labor groups who have been gathering signatures for the measure.
So in reality, even though the mayor says housing affordability is real problem in Sacramento, Steinberg and the white elites aren’t going to do anything about it.
Great news for developers and slumlords.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the California Republican Party may be able to survive in an increasingly diverse California by making Asians “white.”
According to the Times, the strategy has worked marvelously well for the Republican Party of Orange County.
The Times analysis goes like this: Contrary to any portrayal as racist troglodytes, the GOP here has proven a pioneer in diversifying O.C.’s politics. The man who created the county’s modern-day GOP, Tom Fuentes, was Mexican American. The first Latino on the Orange County Board of Supervisors was Republican Gaddi Vasquez. Although Latinos sure as heck don’t embrace him as one of their own, even O.C. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas is half-Mexican.
For some magical reason, Orange County Republicans are totally OK with Asian American politicians.
The Times’ analysis is correct. Asian American Republicans dominate Orange County politics. Three of the five members on the Board of Supervisors are Asian Americans; the clerk-recorder is a Vietnamese refugee.
This fall, there’s a strong possibility the county will send two Asian immigrants to the state Senate and three to the Assembly. Many more young, diverse GOP faces are waiting in line in local offices.
So why do Republicans still loath Mexicans, the state’s largest demographic?
The Sacramento Bee is reporting that Assembly Democrats want Gov. Jerry Brown to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit in such a way that people who do not have Social Security numbers can apply for it.
That’s Leftist code-speak for undocumented immigrants.
The proposal is meant to help poor Californians recover some of their state income tax.
According to the Bee, a household with two children and an adjusted gross income of up to $22,309 would be eligible for a tax credit. The maximum credit for a family of that size is $2,467.
OK, a tax break for undocumented immigrants being pushed by Assembly Democrats and Governor Brown really isn’t news.
As you would expect, a long list of immigrant and social service advocacy groups support the effort.
What is significant is no organization is on record as opposing the expansion. Only one Republican, Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore voted against it in a committee hearing.
Capitol Public Radio reports that Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is maneuvering to renew and increase a portion of the city’s sales tax.
The city’s Measure U sales tax was first passed by voters in 2012 and currently raises around $50 million a year to pay for police, fire, and parks, services that were impacted and lost during the recession.
The tax is set to expire next year.
The “parks services” is really just eyewash, Measure U was and still is a payoff to the city’s brutal police department by Sacramento’s white elite leaders. It will fund pay raises for the thug cops who have been terrorizing communities of color.
Feeling the heat from the police unions, Steinberg is asking his city council colleagues and voters to re-up it this November election.
Amazingly Steinberg is using the brutal police execution of Stephon Clark to justify the tax overhaul.
A dubious Barry Accius, founder of Voice of the Youth leadership program, says he’s waiting to see Steinberg’s plan for spending the money before he decides whether to support it.
Mr. Accius is smart for being suspect.
Steinberg said the other estimated $25 million from the increased Measure U tax could be allocated to neighborhood-based services, public safety and investments to get young people ready for the workforce.
Yes it “could” be. However it won’t. It will go to fund more police to crack down on the poor, the homeless, the mentally-ill and people of color.
Facebook has admitted it has been sharing users’ personal data with Chinese phone company Huawei, despite warnings from U.S. intelligence agencies.
According to Fortune, Facebook insists it’s no big deal. The company maintains that the data in question never left people’s phones, and was not stored on Chinese servers.
As if any of that matters. The damage has been done.
Even though it’s no big deal, Facebook says it will wind down its deal with Huawei by the end of this week.
Facebook now admits that it had arrangements with four Chinese companies: Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL. However, Facebook vice president Francisco Varela said, the social network approved everything those companies built.
U.S. intelligence chiefs earlier this year warned Americans against using phones made by Huawei, which are also marketed under the youth-oriented Honor brand. FBI Director Christopher Wray said Huawei’s access to the U.S. market “provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information [and] conduct undetected espionage.”
Huawei was founded by a former People’s Liberation Army engineer called Ren Zhengfei, and its overseas expansion has been largely funded by lines of credit from state-owned Chinese banks.
Santa Clara voters booted rapist loving Judge Aaron Persky from office yesterday. Justice has been served.
Persky is the rat who sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for the rape of an intoxicated, unconscious woman outside a campus frat party.
Prosecutors had asked for a six-year prison sentence. Turner wound up serving three months under a policy aimed at reducing jail overcrowding.
According to the Mercury News, Persky’s decision in the Turner case two years ago sparked widespread fury, fueled by the victim’s powerful impact statement that rapidly spread worldwide on social media and was read aloud in Congress and on national television.
According to the East Bay Times, Facebook is disputing media reports about how it shares data with device makers from Apple and Amazon to Samsung.
The allegations is that these companies are given access to Facebook users’ information. Facebook says it’s nothing like the access that led to the Cambridge Analytica controversy.
We think they’re lying. Facebook will sell your children if there’s a buck in it for them.
According to media reports, Facebook had struck deals with device manufacturers that allowed them full access to information on users and their friends. Critics contend the vast amounts of information shared with Apple and other phone makers included data on users’ friends that had supposedly barred access.
So basically Facebook lied. Again.
If you like drugs, we mean really hard drugs, then San Francisco is the place for you. Hard drugs are plentiful, easy to access, and cheap.
No wonder the city by the bay is such a popular destination for drug loving Americans.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the place to go to score is the Mid-Market area. There you’ll find everything you need.
Drug dealers, some of whom are awaiting trial for previous busts swarm the area. Near a school? Not a problem. Little things like the law won’t slow you down.
The dealers have everything, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, all packaged for you. The transactions are easy.
You get busted? No problem. Judges in San Francisco let you out of jail on your on recognizance. It’s really no big deal.
While you’re taking in San Francisco’s warm drug dealing hospitality don’t fret about the possibility that any of this will come to an end anytime soon.
The Chronicle also reports that in what may be the largest opium seizure in California history, the Monterey County sheriff’s department has siezed more than 34,000 pounds of opium poppies over the course of five weeks.
That’s no doubt the tip of the iceberg. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more where that came from. The heroin will keep coming.
Enjoy San Francisco drug loving Americans. Enjoy!
The ‘Me Too’ movement wiped out California Democrat’s supermajority in Sacramento.
However the Sacramento Bee reports that Assembly is poised on Tuesday to win special elections for seats that were left vacant when former Assemblymen Matt Dababneh and Raul Bocanegra were forced out due to sex crime allegations.
Assembly Democrats need only to win one of the two special elections that will be decided this week to hit a supermajority threshold again.
That shouldn’t be a problem
In the Senate however, Sen. Josh Newman is facing a tough recall election on Tuesday. Sources tell CalNews.com that the race right now is a coin-toss.
The Bee correctly points out that without Newman, a supermajority is out of reach in the upper house. If he wins however, Democrats will enjoy two-thirds power in the closing days of the session.
That’s a big deal.
It’s the same old story from the Los Angeles Police department.
Nine people were arrested in South Los Angeles after “bottles were thrown at police officers” sent to break up a gathering of more than 100 people, many believed to be gang members.
In reality, the LAPD rousted African-Americans who were attending a reception after the funeral of Cassandra Brown, who died of cancer on Mother’s Day. She was 47. Her funeral was at a nearby church.
Following their usual pattern after learning a large number of African-Americans are hanging out together, police clad in riot gear went to the area “after getting complaints about a barbecue with loud music.”
LAPD declared an “unlawful assembly” and started rounding people up.
“Sadly, it culminated into people spitting on my officers and throwing bottles,” said LAPD Capt. Louis Paglialonga.
Right Louis. As if reasonable people would believe anything you say.
Nine people were arrested according to NBC News.
If the Bay Area is so great, why does everyone want to leave?
The East Bay Times reports that despite the Bay Area’s natural beauty and booming job market, nearly half of its residents in a recent survey now want to get out, citing a creeping disillusionment with the high cost of housing.
Forty-six percent of Bay Area residents surveyed said they are likely to move out of the region in the next few years — up from 40 percent last year and 34 percent in 2016.
Bay Area home prices have been climbing for six years, setting another record in April, when the median sale price hit $850,000 — up 13 percent from a year ago.
For 800K you don’t get much. A dump of a house in a crappy neighborhood and a miserable commute.
Recent efforts by policy makers, affordable housing organizations, developers and others are a joke. Everyone knows it.
According to the elites, the survey indicates Bay Area residents are disillusioned. Nonsense. Bay Area residents are angry, real angry….and it’s the weekend before Election Day.
Bottom line, the Bay Area is a great place to live, if you’re rich. For everyone else, not so much.
At a “Gavin for Governor” fundraiser last summer in Newport Beach, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom accepted a big donation from a controversial Russian émigré.
Yuri Vanetik, who according to the Sacramento Bee has an extensive history of misrepresenting his business dealings to investors and the U.S. Justice Department made the contribution.
Newsom and Vanetik are apparently pals who were seen recently partying together at the fundraiser.
Confronted by the media, Newsom campaign spokesman Jason Kinney told the Bee that the campaign would return the contribution, “effective immediately.”
According to McClatchy news, Vanetik has a questionable history. It appears that Vanetik violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act for conducting work on behalf of Ukrainian politicians without registering as a foreign agent.
It’s not collusion though, right?
Governor Brown has officially made the water police a permanent part of California life.
Supposedly all in the name of establishing new statewide standards to encourage water conservation. It sounds good. Certainly California needs some help in this area.
What the governor has done in reality is lay the groundwork for permanent water rationing targeting the entire population of California.
Starting in 2022, there will be a per person water-use “goal” of 55 gallons per day. By 2030 the “goal” will be reduced to 50 gallons per day.
Keep in mind these “goals” will eventually become mandatory. It’s just how authoritarian governments like California’s think. So get ready.
On a brighter note, the same package of legislation requires urban and agricultural water suppliers to develop annual water budgets and have plans in place for dealing with drought.
Shedding more light on California’s water mafia and the business interests who own it is a good thing.
What’s driving this movement by the government isn’t simply a desire by the government to control your water supply, and as a result you, even more tightly.
The reality is California’s leaders have left the state’s water infrastructure to crumble. It can no longer keep up with demand. Greater demand means higher prices and higher taxes.
State Water Resources Control Board data, according to an analysis by McClatchy, estimates that nearly 400,000 Californians do not have access to safe drinking water.
The McClatchy analysis indicates that in many communities, people drink, shower, cook and wash dishes with water containing excessive amounts of pollutants, including arsenic, nitrates and uranium.
Making matters even worse, water providers continue to scam the system, violating safe water standards and racking in millions in quick profits. Millions more Californians are exposed to unsafe water.
The deteriorating situation validates the state’s claim that water limits are necessary.
You can be sure of one thing. Water, and water rationing, will continue to be big money in California. So expect to pay more for your daily ration of 50 gallons.