It what appears to come right out of the “Make America Great Again” playbook, Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on Sunday released a seven-page letter he sent to U.S. President Donald Trump detailing how he plans to improve Mexico’s economy and security when he takes office in December so that Mexicans do not feel the need to migrate.
“There will be many changes,” he promised in the letter. “And in this new atmosphere of progress with well-being, I’m sure we can reach agreements to confront together the migration phenomenon as well as the problem of border insecurity.”
Lopez Obrador also suggested the two countries draft a development plan backed by public funds and invite Central American countries to join, with the aim of making it “economically unnecessary” for Central Americans to migrate.
Marcelo Ebrard, who is slated to become Mexico’s foreign minister, read the letter aloud to reporters gathered at Lopez Obrador’s political party headquarters. Ebrard said Trump had received the letter.
The incoming Mexican president plans to cut government salaries, perks and jobs. Savings from those cuts, he says, will be directed toward social programs and infrastructure. He also plans to reduce taxes for the private sector in the hopes of spurring investment and job creation.
Making Mexico Great Again….??? This isn’t going to set well with The Resistance.
When a 6-year-old boy identified as A.G. in court records told his social worker in January 2006 that his foster father was hurting him, she dismissed his request for a new home.
When staff members at a family recovery center saw A.G. acting out sexually in 2007 and told the county they suspected his foster father was abusing him, the county did not intervene.
When San Diego County sheriff’s deputies in 2008 took A.G. to the county’s emergency shelter for children after an incident involving a neighbor child, A.G. told social workers that he was being sexually abused. He was returned to his foster father, Michael Jarome Hayes, within 18 hours.
Those lapses are alleged in a 2016 lawsuit by A.G. and his twin brother, M.G. They are suing the county and 14 of its social workers for leaving them at Hayes’ mercy despite more than a dozen reports of suspected abuse from an educator, a lawyer, a psychologist and others.
County social workers ignored some reports completely. They failed to properly investigate others, deciding again and again to the keep the children in Hayes’ home, according to the lawsuit.
Racist Kern County just can’t seem to stay out of the news.
Attorneys for the civil rights organization known as MALDEF asked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to request a probe of D.A. Lisa Green’s office to determine if her decision to file charges against Supervisor Leticia Perez, who represents the Latino-majority 5th District, may have been “motivated by pressure from other County officials who seek to retaliate against Supervisor Perez as a result of her trial testimony” in a recent federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed against Kern County officials.
MALDEF won a court order in March requiring the county to redraw its supervisorial district lines — a change that creates a second Latino-majority district in the county’s northwest corner.
“Intimidation through prosecution is one of the oldest means of maintaining and reinforcing power structures that exclude minority group members,” MALDEF president Thomas A. Saenz said in a statement. “The timing of the inquiry and the unusual nature of these misdemeanor charges warrant an investigation to ensure that Kern County is not engaging in retaliation; such retaliation is unlawful and a grave threat to civil rights.”
As the celebration of London Breed’s inauguration as San Francisco’s first black female mayor fades, a more ominous statistic looms: There’s a chance the Bay Area will have no African American representatives in the Legislature after the November election.
That’s just how the rich white people who run the Bay Area want it.
The only African American on the ballot for a seat in the Legislature — Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles — squeaked into the general election by 726 votes. She received half as many votes as primary winner and fellow Democrat Buffy Wicks in Assembly District 15, and she has a fraction of the cash on hand that Wicks has.
The winner will replace Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, a Democrat who is now the only African American representing the Bay Area in Sacramento.
Rep. Barbara Lee is the only African-American member of Congress “between here and Los Angeles,” as the Oakland Democrat put it.
The war being waged by the Police State is a big reason why. In the 1970’s African-Americans made up more than 13 percent of the population in the Bay Area. That number is 6 percent today.
Lee said that when she first ran for Congress in 1998, her district was 34 percent African American. Now it’s 18 percent.
While Bay Area white elites wring their hands and pay lip-service to racial equality, the police continue to exterminate people of color. Extra-constitutional killings in the Bay Area are commonplace.
Meanwhile the wealthy continue to drive up the cost of rent and control who gets a job. In the Bay Area, African-Americans don’t have a chance.
Proposition 10 would overturn California’s Costa-Hawkins Rent Control Act and let local governments impose any form of rent control on any type of rental housing within their jurisdictions.
Wealthy Californians hate it.
What the measure boils down to is whether housing “is an essential, like a human right — something that everyone needs and deserves, or whether one views housing as just another commodity that should be bought and sold and rented without limits,” said Prop. 10 supporter Dean Preston, executive director of Tenants Together, a statewide nonprofit for renters rights.
If Prop. 10 passes, local jurisdictions could impose rent control on all property types, including single-family properties and new construction. They also could prevent landlords from charging whatever they want when a unit turns over. This is known as vacancy control.
The California Democratic Party voted to support Prop 10.
Its main sponsors are the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and its president, Michael Weinstein, and the Coalition for Affordable Housing. Other backers include the Service Employees International Union, the California Teachers Association, the California Nurses Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Backers have raised $2.36 million.
The Republican Party is against it. They remain solidly behind rich people.
Other opponents include the California Apartment Association and the California Rental Housing Association, which represent landlords, the California Chamber of Commerce, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (a labor union), the California Realtors Association and the NAACP. (The NAACP usually sides with rich developers in return for a generous “donation” to their leaders.)
In a sign of Democrats’ enthusiasm over the chance to take back the House of Representatives, Democratic congressional candidates outraised Republicans in nearly all of California’s most competitive House races over the last fundraising period.
Taking their political activism to a new public level, Josh Campbell, a former FBI supervisory special agent, told CNN on Friday that law enforcement officials are getting completely fed up with the Republican Party’s regular attacks on their work.
Campbell told CNN that many within the FBI are furious watching President Donald Trump and his party trying to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe by impugning the integrity of the FBI.
Recent hearings on Capitol laid bare the FBI’s aggressive campaign to undermine President Trump. This is the clearest signal yet that the FBI is planning on retaliating against Republicans, especially conservatives who have outed the agency for its pro-Clinton work and its disdain for the U.S. Constitution.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has been warned by the city attorney that opening a real injection site, where drug users can shoot up under supervision, could get her in hot water with the federal government.
The Mayor and members of the the Board of Supervisors could be held criminally liable under federal drug statutes if they attempted to move ahead with the injection centers.
This is serious stuff. New guidelines issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March apply the death penalty to numerous drug-related crimes under existing law.
City officials estimate that as many as 22,000 intravenous drug users shoot up in San Francisco, leaving behind tens of thousands of dirty needles in the process. San Francisco freely dispenses millions of clean needles a year on demand.
For at least the third time since July 2017, 69-year-old Nancy Lee Burks of Eureka was arrested on suspicion of narcotics activity.
Less than three and a half hours later she was released from Humboldt County jail.
California Proposition 47 reduced penalties for some crimes, Proposition 57 increased parole and good behavior opportunities for nonviolent felons and Assembly Bill 109 transferred the responsibility for housing some felons from the state prisons to county jails.
So people like Nancy can do as many drugs as they want with little fear of prosecution.
Burks gets arrested a lot, but never seems to do much time. That’s because American love drugs.
The sales of narcotics is still a felony, but lawmakers have labeled it as a nonviolent offense. So it’s really no big deal to be a narco-trafficker anymore.
A federal judge has ordered the Los Angeles Times to remove information from an article that described a plea agreement between prosecutors and a Glendale police detective accused of working with the Mexican Mafia.
The Times decried the move as highly unusual and unconstitutional.
The agreement was supposed to have been filed under seal, but it was mistakenly made available on PACER, a public online database for federal court documents.
In response to the order from U.S. District Judge John F. Walter, The Times revised the article to eliminate information about the sealed document. The newspaper intends to contest the order.
“We believe that once material is in the public record, it is proper and appropriate to publish it if it is newsworthy,” said Norman Pearlstine, executive editor of the Los Angeles Times.
The detective, John Saro Balian, pleaded guilty on July 12 to three counts: lying to federal investigators about his links to organized crime, accepting a bribe and obstructing justice by tipping off a top criminal target about an upcoming federal raid.
After the article was published, Balian’s attorney sought a temporary restraining order, which Walter granted Saturday afternoon.
A stunned California press corps is reporting that the California Democratic Party “took a step to the left” by endorsing” liberal state lawmaker” Kevin de León for Senate.
It was a stinging rebuke of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
The endorsement was an embarrassment for Feinstein, who is running for a fifth full term, and indicates that Democratic activists in California have soured on her flip-flopping on important issues, and wealthy inside-the-beltway lifestyle.
De León received 65% of the vote.
“We have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century,” De León said in a statement shortly after the endorsement was announced.
An anonymous resident of San Francisco placed a full-page ad San Francisco Chronicle Friday to draw attention to the city’s homelessness crisis after an alleged experience with a scissors-wielding homeless man in a downtown cafe left her feeling “horrified.”
The woman detailed her account in the ad, titled “Watch your backs — nobody else is.”
“The San Francisco city fathers and those who should be held accountable for our public safety have for years let us down by catering to the lowest common denominator,” the ad says. “We, the tax paying, responsible contributing members of society have had our quality of life as San Franciscans seriously compromised, dangerously so.”
The homelessness crisis continues to stoke tensions in San Francisco, as city residents increasingly complain that they don’t feel safe walking around highly-trafficked areas with large homeless populations.
Californians might be all that excited abut their sanctuary state law after reading about Alejandro Alvarez Villegas.
Villegas attacked his wife with a chain saw in their home with their three children inside, according to Whittier police. The 32-year-old then fled the scene in a stolen car.
Villegas had been deported 11 times since 2005, immigration officials said.
Department of Homeland Security databases indicate Mr. Alvarez-Villegas is a serial immigration violator.
Immigration officers have lodged a detainer against Alvarez, requesting that local authorities notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before his release to allow them to take the man into custody.
It remains to be seen what law enforcement officials do.
Besides blatantly and repeatedly violating U.S. immigration laws, Alvarez pleaded no contest in 2013 to one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one count of using or being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Later that year, he pleaded no contest to driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or higher.
Over two dozen climate scientists sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to phase out oil and gas production in the state before the start of the Global Climate Action Summit, a climate-focused conference in September.
The letter endorses earlier calls from more than 800 organizations and 100 local elected officials across the state for Brown to put an end to fossil fuel extraction in California, which is one of the nation’s top oil-producing states.
The climate scientists’ letter notes that the Paris Agreement’s target will be impossible to meet if oil and gas production continues unabated around the globe—and as the sixth-largest economy in the world, California is uniquely positioned to lead the way on a future without fossil fuels.
Shutting down thousands of wells and phasing out new extraction permits would reduce emissions by some 425 million metric tons over the next 12 years, the letter notes.
Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important and potentially dangerous for tech giants to police themselves.
On Friday, company president Brad Smith urged lawmakers in a blog post to form a bipartisan and expert commission that could set standards and ward against abuses of face recognition, in which software can be used to identify a person from afar without their consent.
“This technology can catalog your photos, help reunite families or potentially be misused and abused by private companies and public authorities alike,” Smith said. “The only way to regulate this broad use is for the government to do so.”
The system, with $351 billion as of June 30, had an estimated 71 percent of the funds it needs to meet its long-term liabilities, up from 68 percent at the end of fiscal 2017. Its annual target is 7 percent. In the 2016-2017 fiscal period Calpers reported an 11.2 percent gain. Public pensions are struggling to meet long-term liabilities as they face obligations from a wave of longer-living retirees and as risks rise that the nine-year bull market will end.
“While we are pleased with the positive returns, we’re focused on improving our funded status,” said Marcie Frost, Calpers chief executive officer, in the statement. “This will take time and will require us to explore new, forward-thinking approaches to our investments, particularly in private equity.”
California’s planning bodies have shown themselves to be woefully inadequate when it comes to fast-tracking affordable housing — but when it comes to quick approvals of glittering sports arenas for billionaire team owners and millionaire players, they are amazingly fleet of foot.
Facebook invited a group of journalists to a presentation on how the social network is combating fake news, according to CNN. But when pressed about why Facebook won’t take down InfoWars, an extreme right-wing media outlet that peddles false conspiracy theories, Facebook said InfoWars did not violate its community standards and highlighted the company’s commitment to free speech.
On Thursday, Facebook — on Twitter — clarified its stance about why it will not remove InfoWars from its platforms, saying there are outlets on both ends of the political spectrum producing what some may consider fake news.
“We see Pages on both the left and the right pumping out what they consider opinion or analysis – but others call fake news,” tweeted Facebook. “We believe banning these Pages would be contrary to the basic principles of free speech.”
When California received $410 million in 2012 as part of a nationwide settlement with major banks accused of abusive foreclosures, Gov. Jerry Brown used $331 million to pay state agencies in housing and other programs to cover their deficits.
Now a state appeals court has ordered the money be used for its original intent: to help homeowners who suffered foreclosures.
The money was “unlawfully diverted” from a settlement fund that was designated for programs directly assisting homeowners, the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento said Tuesday. A Sacramento County judge had reached the same conclusion but found he lacked authority to order the state to redirect the money, a finding the appeals court rejected.
California Assemblyman Devon Mathis was reprimanded last month for making sexual comments.
The Assembly Rules Committee says Mathis’ comments violated the chamber’s sexual harassment policy.
Mathis’s office says the unsubstantiated allegation stemmed from a political blog post accusing Mathis of sexual assault based on an anonymous interview with someone who claimed to have knowledge of it.
Mathis will be required to complete sensitivity training.
Supervisors voted 4-0 to direct county counsel to draft the question that could appear on the ballot in November, potentially raising the sales tax in the unincorporated county from 7.25 percent to 8.25 percent.
Fifth District Supervisor Leticia Perez was absent from the meeting.
Facing an Aug. 10 deadline, the supervisors have one scheduled meeting left, on July 24, to decide on giving unincorporated county voters the opportunity to raise their sales tax 1 cent for every dollar spent.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood brought the proposal to the supervisors. He said his department needs the funds to bolster the ranks of deputies, which have been depleted after years of lean budgets.
Complicating the matter is a measure already approved by the Bakersfield City Council that could result in a 1 percent sales tax increase for city transactions.
If passed, the city plans to spend the money partially on public safety measures.
You may recall that this Youngblood is the same red-neck buffoon who said that it is better “financially” to kill suspects than to “cripple” them.
Supervisor Sandra Fewer made the motion to reject Marshall’s reappointment Tuesday, saying “After watching the Rules Committee meeting yesterday I am compelled to make a motion to reject the mayor’s nomination for the reappointment.”
During that hearing, Board President Malia Cohen had a series of tense exchanges with Marshall where she called into question his willingness to stand up to the San Francisco Police Officers Association and his commitment to implementing police reform.
She also noted that Marshall sided with the union in his support for the controversial neck hold called the carotid restraint. The commission banned officers from using this hold in December 2016.
Police reform supporters had also criticized Marshall and called on the board to reject his reappointment.
They are of course correct. Marshall is a tool of the San Francisco Police Officers Association. His “leadership” is of no value to the community. Good riddance.
The hideous racist gang prosecutor in San Bernardino County has been put on administrative leave while the District Attorney’s Office investigates discriminatory comments he made on social media.
San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem made profanity-laced comments about Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady Michelle Obama and Mexican immigrants.
In one post, Selyem wrote of Waters, saying “being a loud-mouthed (expletive) in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this (expletive) by now.”
In another he speaks of a suspect in an officer-involved shooting, saying “That s-bag got what he deserved” and “had he stopped being a complete (expletive) and listened to the police, he wouldn’t have gotten shot.”
Both Selyem’s Facebook and Instagram accounts have been deleted.
Selyem, who has been a lead attorney in the Central Hardcore Gang Unit for 12 years, faces disciplinary action that could include termination.
As expected, Tesla Inc. has reached a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build a factory that would rival production from its lone U.S. assembly plant, as Elon Musk takes his biggest step yet to expand overseas.
The electric-car maker’s planned capacity for the factory is 500,000 vehicles a year, the Shanghai government said in a statement. Bloomberg reported earlier that Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, would be in the city for an event with the government Tuesday. A Tesla representative in China didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
For decades, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has struggled to combat secretive cliques of deputies who bonded over aggressive, often violent police work and branded themselves with matching tattoos.
A federal judge called out the problem nearly 30 years ago, accusing deputies of running a “neo-Nazi, white supremacist gang” named the Vikings within the Lynwood station. Others followed with names such as the Regulators, Grim Reapers, Rattlesnakes and the Jump Out Boys. Inside the county’s central jail, the 2000 Boys and 3000 Boys ran roughshod over the lockup’s toughest floors.
Now, despite past attempts by sheriff’s officials to discourage internal cliques, fresh allegations have arisen of deputies in the department’s Compton station adorned with matching skull tattoos.
One deputy acknowledged in a recent deposition that he and 10 to 20 of his colleagues at the station had the tattoos but denied there was a formal clique. No rational person would believe him.
“Tolerant” Los Angeles remains dominated by white supremacist cops.
The tolerant and environmentally friendly people of San Francisco can continue trashing the Hetch Hetchy valley.
The push to drain Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and restore the Sierra canyon to its natural state was rejected by the courts — again — Monday, though opponents of the dam said they plan to take their fight to the California Supreme Court.
In a legal case that has been a thorn in the side of the city of San Francisco, California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno ruled that a Tuolumne County judge was correct two years ago when he tossed a lawsuit seeking to raze the city-run reservoir.
Restore Hetch Hetchy, a Berkeley group, has argued that San Francisco should not have rooted its water supply in a national park because it overran a pristine valley and violated a provision of the state Constitution requiring reasonable water use. But the appeals court agreed with the lower court that the city had federal permission to build the reservoir and didn’t need to meet the state standard.
For critics of the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, this case is a poster child for the need for reform. Signed by Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1970 and often referred to as “see-kwuh,” the law calls for “preventing environmental damage, while providing a decent home and satisfying living environment for every Californian.”
Environmentalists say CEQA does just that, supplying some of the strongest protection and transparency in the nation.
“CEQA is the fundamental law in California for environmental protection that also protects the right of the public to be informed about projects that are going into our neighborhood,” said David Pettit, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
But critics, particularly developers, say court decisions and opportunists have broadened and weaponized the law so it actively impedes housing, particularly in urban areas.
“This is not about the environment,” said Jennifer Hernandez, an attorney at Holland & Knight and one of the state’s most vocal advocates for change to the law. “This signature environmental law is being hijacked to advance economic interests.
The lead hard-core gang prosecutor in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is under investigation for a series of offensive rants on social media, triggering demands for his dismissal.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem, who joined the D.A.’s Office 12 years ago, targeted outspoken U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady Michelle Obama, Mexican immigrants and the victim of a police shooting in Facebook and Instagram posts.
Selyem is the lead attorney in a unit tasked with cracking down on criminal gang activity. Selyem is now the subject of an internal investigation, sources said.
Selyem hung up on a reporter when reached by phone. He did not return calls and emails seeking comment on the posts that appeared under his name. Both his Facebook and Instagram accounts have been deleted.
Before his accounts were deleted, Selyem’s rants were captured in screenshots.
Selyem apparently is an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump. Beneath a Facebook post offering free tickets to Trump’s presidential inauguration, Selyem wrote, “I love that all of you liberal f—–g p—–s are so filled with hate. Gonna be a long 8 years for you scumbags. choo choo trump”
Basically this guy Selyem is a brutal racist thug. He shouldn’t be allowed to have a badge or a firearm. As long as he’s holding down a public position as an officer of the courts no one in San Bernardino County is safe.
Thousands of tech workers from top companies, includingGoogle,AmazonandMicrosoft, have recently led large-scale internal rebellions against their employers. The wave of employee outrage is largely over the use of companies’ technology in controversial government contracts — from facial recognition software sold to law enforcement, to drone technology for the military and work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Zeke Hernandez, president of the Santa Ana League of United Latin American Citizens told The Sun, “It is disgusting that a public official sworn to protect the public would have these ugly viewpoints,” he said. “The district attorney needs to take any and all appropriate action to let the public know that it does not agree with Selyem’s hateful rhetoric.”
Failed Republican efforts on immigration reform could jeopardize support within the party for President Donald Trump’s wall funding — and Trump has threatened to shut down the government if he doesn’t get it.
Republicans who pushed a bill that would have granted a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers along with $25 billion in border security gave a range of answers when McClatchy asked if they would still support funding the wall without action for Dreamers. Their bill failed last week by a large margin.
But one leader in that effort, California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham, who took a 30-second pause before answering the question, said it does put his vote at risk.
“I’ve been very clear that I want a permanent fix for Dreamers …. that has to be a part of any solution,” Denham told McClatchy, referring to people who came into the country illegally as children with their parents.
Lucio Lanza has been sued by startup founder Rachel Danae Vachata, 29, who alleges a drunken Lanza groped and sexually harassed her in the summer of 2017 after sitting next to her on a red-eye commercial flight.
Three additional women who have told the Mercury News they were sexually harassed by Lanza, 73, who runs a venture capital firm in Palo Alto.
The women described strikingly similar incidents in which Lanza groped them suddenly and without permission in public settings.
The three women all worked in a tech sector in which Lanza is among the most important funders.
Naturally, Lanza denies any inappropriate behavior.
However the evidence seems to indicate he’s pretty much a drunken sex criminal.
San Francisco, as well as numerous urban and agricultural water suppliers, under the plan would face new limits on how much water it draws from the San Joaquin River and its tributaries in the Sierra Nevada.
While the restrictions would help move once free-flowing waterways closer to their natural states, providing a boon for the freshwater-starved Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and such threatened fish as coho salmon, the effort comes as cities and farms are already facing tighter water supplies because of changing climate and drought.
Many fear they won’t get the water they need or will have to pay a lot more for it going forward.
San Francisco officials were still reviewing the plan, but they said they, too, were yet to find improvements from a proposal released last year.
The Public Utilities Commission had warned that the initial plan, if left unmodified, would force new water restrictions on city residents or raise customer rates in order to fund additional sources of water, like desalination.
The agency, which serves San Francisco and many Bay Area suburbs, has largely been free of regulation because of privileged water rights at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite. Hetch Hetchy, however, sits on the Tuolumne River, one of the rivers now targeted for higher flows.
The ABA’s decision to withdraw the measure in exchange for limited protection for a specific industry blindsided many interests in the Capitol, including taxpayer organizations which were excited for an opportunity to campaign for strong taxpayer protections in an absurdly high-tax state.
Whether the Taxpayer Protection Act would have passed will be the subject of speculation for years. But it’s now a moot point. What isn’t moot, however, is whether the deal itself, and the similar negotiated agreements on measures addressing issues related to lead paint and consumer privacy, are a reflection of good government or whether they lead to “extortion light.”
Google went on the defensive this week after a report revealed instances in which human employees of third-party app developers sifted through Gmail users’ emails.
“No one at Google reads your Gmail, except in very specific cases where you ask us to and give consent, or where we need to for security purposes, such as investigating a bug or abuse,” Suzanne Frey, director of security, trust and privacy for Google Cloud, wrote in a blog post Tuesday.
But Gmail users who give apps access to their emails do so at their own risk. Frey said third-party app developers go through both automated and manual reviews.
The Gmail questions come in the aftermath of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, which highlighted the access that third-party app developers have to Facebook users’ personal information.
In that case, the political data firm accessed the information of up to 87 million users of the social network without their permission after buying the data from a Cambridge University researcher.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg later told news site Vox that the company can “stop messages from going through,” and the company confirmed to Bloomberg that it can scan through Messenger users’ messages automatically.
With new blazes burning across Northern California and more than a dozen of last year’s wildfires freshly blamed on Pacific Gas and Electric Co., it’s an awkward time to consider pardoning power companies that start fires.
And yet that seems to be what the governor and lawmakers are determined to do.
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic and Republican leaders said in a statement this week that a joint legislative committee will work to “update rules and regulations for utility services in light of changing climate and the increased severity and frequency of weather events.”
Like an earlier memo from the same bunch, the announcement adopts PG&E talking points blaming recent fires on global warming while glossing over the utility’s role.
The trouble is that close examination of last year’s fires has not produced a portrait of an innocent company that did everything right and faces billions of dollars in potential damages anyway.
State fire officials have found not only that PG&E’s equipment caused all 16 of the fires they have finished investigating but also that in most of those cases, the utility might have broken the law.
Citing a need for unity, Sen. Dianne Feinstein won’t seek the California Democratic Party endorsement she was unlikely to receive anyway in her re-election campaign.
“I am respectfully asking you to vote no endorsement in the U.S. Senate race,” Feinstein said in a “Dear Friend” letter to the 350-plus party executive board members who will vote on the endorsements July 14 in Oakland. “Republicans would like nothing more than to see Democrats fighting each other … at the exact time we need to come together and focus on the general election.”
The party’s increasingly progressive rank and file has moved from Feinstein’s more moderate and pragmatic views.
It saves her a lot of embarrassment.
For Kevin de León’s supporters, Feinstein’s announcement was little more than a face-saving measure after she realized that her chance of winning an outright endorsement was slim at best.
The key protections that were removed, will be restored. The exact language of the bill won’t be made public until August, when the Legislature returns from summer recess and it can be officially amended into SB822.
Net neutrality bars broadband and wireless internet providers from using their networks to favor certain websites and apps, especially those they own or have financial ties to, over others.
The bill has drawn intense interest across the country, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — who rarely weighs in on state legislation — pushing for California to pass the bill in hopes that other states will do the same as a backdoor to restoring the regulations.
President Trump “has transformed ICE into a cruel deportation force, one that targets and detains children and law-abiding families with the same intensity as high-level criminals,” Newsom said Tuesday in a statement to The Chronicle. “The agency needs fundamental reforms, and most of all, we need a president who respects immigrants and their families.”
That position puts Newsom in the same neighborhood as another California Democrat, Sen. Kamala Harris, who called last week for “starting from scratch” with an overhaul of the 15-year-old agency.
Newsom staked out his position on the same day as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Sanders, who like Harris is pondering a presidential run in 2020, called for “restructuring” ICE.
Like other possible Democratic presidential hopefuls, Sanders is steering clear of calling for “abolishing” ICE, a battle cry on the left that has led President Trump to accuse Democrats of advocating “open borders.”
Low- and middle-income home buyers who enter a lottery this month could win up to $375,000 toward the purchase of a house or condo in San Francisco.
The deadline for entering the city’s Downpayment Loan Assistance Program is July 31, but entrants must first take a home buyer education workshop and get prequalified for a mortgage from a participating lender.
The down-payment assistance is a no-interest, 30-year loan that requires no monthly payments. It’s due when the owner sells, moves, transfers title or decides to repay it.
At that point, the owner pays the original loan amount and a proportionate share of any increase in the home’s value (determined by the sales price or an appraisal).
The city has $15.2 million available this year, which could fund at least 40 loans. Last year, it had about $10 million available and funded 26 loans, with four more pending. The program received about 200 applications, so the odds of winning were almost 7-1 — much better than other city housing programs.
The past three years have been particularly dismal for affordable housing in Sacramento, a city that had previously distinguished itself from affluent suburbs by requiring developers to accommodate low-income residents.
Of the 5,500 housing-unit building permits issued by the city between 2015 and 2017, only 98 were for apartments or houses that people with salaries in the minimum wage range or a little higher could afford, according to a city review. And none of those 98 got any city help.
At the same time, Sacramento rent hikes have topped the nation among large cities. The average rent in downtown and midtown Sacramento now stands at $1,786 for an 848-square-foot apartment, according to Colliers International research.
Centuries of European domination of North and South America began to erode and eventually mostly disappear when a courageous group of English subjects signed their names to a proclamation written by Thomas Jefferson on the July 4, 1776. The world would change forever when that declaration was signed.
Its worldwide effect is best described by Francisco Saavedra de Sangronis, a Spanish diplomat and finance minister to the West Indies.
“What is not being thought about at present, what ought to occupy the whole attention of politics, is the great upheaval that in time the North American revolution is going to produce in the human race.”
The first to break away from European domination was America, soon to be named the United States. Next came Mexico (1810 to 1821) and Central and South American countries eventually named Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and the other Spanish colonies south to Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).
The changes do not outlaw affirmative action, which the Supreme Court has upheld several times, most recently in 2016.
Opponents and proponents of affirmative action said Tuesday’s move sent the strongest message yet that the Trump administration could be ready to fight the policy in court or investigate institutions it views as relying too much on affirmative action.
Sure, prosecutors risked walking away empty-handed if they pursued the case. That’s a risk with any case. The question is how great was that risk — and would it have been worth the gamble?
Moreover, the deal deprives the families and public of a trial that could have brought out the facts. It leaves them unable to ascertain the wisdom of never bringing charges against the building owner, Chor Ng.
The families still have a civil case against Almena, Ng, the city of Oakland, PG&E and others. Perhaps we’ll learn more from that case, which is scheduled to begin in October 2019.
In short: Most Americans do not want a ban on abortion, and favor its availability especially early in pregnancy and in cases of rape and incest, threats to the mother’s life, and severe fetal abnormality.
But they also favor restrictions that are incompatible with current Supreme Court jurisprudence.