#DianeFeinstein’s #Kavanaugh #sexcrime story turns out to be #fakenews

Screenshot 2018-07-06 at 05.51.26It turns out Christine Blasey Ford is hapless Diane Feinstein’s shill in the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault scam.

Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.

It turns out to be fake news. Judge, Ford’s star witness, says the incident never happened. It appears Ms. Ford is as pathetically stupid as Senator Feinstein. It’s time for both of them to go.

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#SouthPasadena officials rush to defend cops who executed #VanessaMarquez

Screenshot 2018-09-02 at 06.43.13.pngIt’s going to take a while for city officials to figure out how to get these killer cops off the hook.

That’s why South Pasadena officials are asking the public to be patient as authorities complete their investigation into the fatal police shooting of “ER” actress Vanessa Marquez at her home Thursday.

City officials said they welcome two separate investigations that have been launched by county investigators but “caution against preliminary judgments about the incident.”

“We believe our officers acted appropriately under a tragic set of circumstances,” said South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “We are asking the public to respect the investigative process and allow the Sheriff’s Department and D.A.’s office to gather and release the facts.”

Code-speak for “we’re going to keep these killers on the streets no matter what.”

As the story goes, police were performing a wellness check on Marquez, 49, at the request of her landlord. When they arrived at her apartment Thursday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said, she was having a seizure.

According to the Sheriff’s Department (a source no credible journalist would take seriously) officers and a county mental health clinician spoke to Marquez for more than 90 minutes but she was “uncooperative” when they tried to persuade her to accept medical attention.

So they shot her?

Marquez, who was best known for her turn as nurse Wendy Goldman on the medical drama “ER,” also starred in the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver” about East Los Angeles math teacher Jaime Escalante.

DeWolfe, the city manager, offered condolences to Marquez’s family but said city officials believe the investigations will show that the officers and mental health professional “made every attempt to resolve the situation peacefully” before using deadly force.

Hardly. The story offered up by the police is preposterous.

via http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-south-pasadena-shooting-20180901-story.html

Maywood mayor Ramon Medina Mojarro convicted for animal cruelty

Screenshot 2018-08-23 at 11.52.12.pngIf you are one of those people who thinks the government should take care of you, you may want to think again.

Maywood mayor Ramon Medina Mojarro has been convicted of animal cruelty for failing to care for his gravely ill dog.

Mojarro has been found guilty of one count of animal cruelty and one count of failure to care for an animal.

Prosecutors successfully argued that Mojarro’s mistreatment of his pitbull mix caused the animal to suffer from chronic illness. The dog had not been taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

The dog was emaciated, had severe muscle wasting, couldn’t walk or eat and had to be euthanized.

Mayor Mojarro is looking at up to one year in jail.

via Southern California mayor convicted of animal cruelty | State | bakersfield.com

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce endorses shooting galleries for junkies

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Having junkies around is apparently good for business. That’s one of the takeaways from Talia Hart, the president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

Her board voted to unanimously support the use of “safe injection sites” in San Francisco. In other words, shooting galleries for hard-core drug users.

That’s music to the ears of community leaders who are working feverishly to bring safe injection sites to town.

So on your next trip to the Bay Area, be sure to bring your heroin. Someday soon, after a long day of sightseeing and shopping, you’ll be able to relax and unwind in one of the city’s shooting galleries.

Ignore the tiny detail that possessing heroin, and most other junkie preferred mind altering chemicals, is still against state and federal law.

via SF Chamber supports safe injection sites – SFChronicle.com

Cops press for even more gun control in California

Screenshot 2018-08-23 at 08.36.31.pngThanks to the police, California is on the verge of making some of the most restrictive firearms laws in the country even tougher.

Lawmakers say they are simply bending to these demands for more gun control laws.

One bill would increase the age to buy all firearms to 21 and ban the sale of more than one gun in a month.

Other proposals would prohibit gun ownership for anyone involuntarily committed to a facility twice in one year for a mental health disorder or for an individual who has been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.

Police officers in California have a long history of opposing the Second Amendment. They have for years forcefully advocated for a society where they are the only ones allowed to possess firearms.

Ask your friends in Mexico how that’s working for them.

After Janus, vindictive union haters sue SEIU 521

Screenshot 2018-08-23 at 08.33.04.pngWinning a U.S. Supreme Court case apparently isn’t good enough for the vindictive union haters at the National Right to Work Foundation.

After their big Supreme Court win, the organization is suing Services Employees International Union Local 522 on behalf of William Hough, a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority worker who did not want to participate in the labor organization but still had so-called “fair share” fees deducted from his paycheck and handed to the union.

For 41 years, unions in certain states were allowed to collect those fees as a protection against “free riders,” or people who benefited from bargaining but did not pay for the union’s services.

The Supreme Court in June banned the practice for public sector unions, finding that government unions are inherently political and workers could not be compelled to support them.

In the new case, the Right to Work Foundation estimates that a ruling in Hough’s favor could force SEIU Local 521 to pay “millions of dollars” to government workers across central California.

via After Janus, Right to Work Foundation sues SEIU 521 | The Sacramento Bee

Sen. Joel Anderson: “You better shut up before I bitch slap you!”

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“You better shut up before I bitch slap you!”

“Thug Life” has taken on a new meaning in the California Legislature.

And now, State Sen. Joel Anderson is facing a legislative investigation after a female lobbyist accused him of threatening to “bitch slap” her and harassing her at a Capitol-area bar last week, sources say.

Stephanie Roberson, a lobbyist with the California Nurses Assn., filed a complaint with the Senate Rules Committee on Friday.

Anderson, a San Diego County Republican who is termed out this year, is running for a seat on the Board of Equalization, the state’s tax board.

A witness says Anderson first approached Roberson at a fundraiser and brought up the fact that Roberson’s organization never endorsed him. During the conversation, Anderson made comments about Roberson’s appearance and then threatened to hit her.

“You better shut up before I bitch slap you,” Anderson said to Roberson, according to the witness. He repeated the threat multiple times. A second witness corroborated the story.

Anderson was subsequently booted from the restaurant.

via Female lobbyist lodges complaint that state Sen. Joel Anderson threatened to hit her

The Judicial Branch’s Constitutional Provisions

JCLogo.pngBy Chris Micheli

The judicial branch of California state government, which is the largest judicial system in the country, is provided for in Article VI of the California Constitution. There are three levels of courts in this state: superior (the trial courts), appellate (the appeals courts), and Supreme (the highest court).

The Judicial Council is the rulemaking entity for the judicial branch and has promulgated the California Rules of Court and there are also local rules of court. Article VI of the California Constitution sets forth the duties and obligations of the judicial branch of government. Article Six has the following provisions:

Section One provides that the judicial power of the state is vested in the Supreme Court, courts of appeal, and superior courts, all of which are courts of record.

Section Two provides that the Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice and 6 associate justices and the agreement of four judges present at the argument is necessary for a judgment.

Section Three provides that the Legislature must divide the state into districts with each containing a court of appeal with one or more divisions and that each division consists of a presiding justice and 2 or more associate justices. Agreement of two judges present at the argument is necessary for a judgment.

Section Four provides that, in each county of the state, there is a superior court of one or more judges and the Legislature prescribes the number of judges and provides for the officers and employees of each superior court. In addition, this section provides that, in each superior court, there is an appellate division and that the Chief Justice assigns judges to the appellate division for specified terms.

Section Six provides that the Judicial Council consists of the Chief Justice and one other judge of the Supreme Court, three judges of the courts of appeal, 10 judges of the superior courts, two nonvoting court administrators, and any other nonvoting members as determined by the voting membership of the council, each appointed by the Chief Justice for a three-year term pursuant to procedures established by the council; four members of the State Bar appointed by its governing body for three-year terms; and, one member of each house of the Legislature appointed as provided by the respective house. In addition, this section provides that the Council appoints an Administrative Director of the Courts, who serves at its pleasure and performs functions delegated by the Council or the Chief Justice, other than adopting rules of court administration, practice and procedure.

Section Seven provides that the Commission on Judicial Appointments consists of the Chief Justice, the Attorney General, and the presiding justice of the court of appeal of the affected district or, if there are 2 or more presiding justices, the one who has presided longest or, when a nomination or appointment to the Supreme Court is to be considered, the presiding justice who has presided longest on any court of appeal.

Section Eight provides that the Commission on Judicial Performance consists of one judge of a court of appeal and two judges of superior courts, each appointed by the Supreme Court; two members of the State Bar of California who have practiced law in this State for 10 years, each appointed by the Governor; and, six citizens who are not judges, retired judges, or members of the State Bar of California, two of whom to be appointed by the Governor, two by the Senate Committee on Rules, and two by the Speaker of the Assembly.

Section Nine provides that the State Bar of California is a public corporation and that every person admitted and licensed to practice law in California is a member of the State Bar, except while holding office as a judge of a court of record.

Section Ten provides that the Supreme Court, courts of appeal, superior courts, and their judges have original jurisdiction in habeas corpus proceedings. Those courts also have original jurisdiction in proceedings for extraordinary relief in the nature of mandamus, certiorari, and prohibition. Superior courts have original jurisdiction in all other causes. The court may make any comment on the evidence and the testimony and credibility of any witness as in its opinion is necessary for the proper determination of the cause.

Section Eleven provides that the Supreme Court has appellate jurisdiction when judgment of death has been pronounced. When appellate jurisdiction in civil cases is determined by the amount in controversy, the Legislature may change the appellate jurisdiction of the courts of appeal by changing the jurisdictional amount in controversy.

Section Twelve provides that the Supreme Court may, before decision, transfer to itself a cause in a court of appeal. It may, before decision, transfer a cause from itself to a court of appeal or from one court of appeal or division to another. In addition, this section provides that the Supreme Court may review the decision of a court of appeal in any cause.

Section Thirteen provides that no judgment may be set aside, or new trial granted, in any cause on the ground of misdirection of the jury or of the improper admission or rejection of evidence, or for any error as to any matter of pleading, or for any error as to any matter of procedure, unless, after an examination of the entire cause, the court is of the opinion that the error complained of has resulted in a miscarriage of justice.

Section Fourteen provides that the Legislature must provide for the prompt publication of the opinions of the Supreme Court and courts of appeal as the Supreme Court deems appropriate and those opinions must be available for publication by any person. In addition, this section provides that the decisions of the Supreme Court and courts of appeal that determine causes must be in writing with reasons stated.

Section Fifteen provides that a person is ineligible to be a judge of a court of record unless for 10 years immediately preceding selection that person has been a member of the State Bar or served as a judge of a court of record in this State.

Section Sixteen provides that judges of the Supreme Court are to be elected at large and judges of courts of appeal must be elected in their districts at general elections at the same time and places as the Governor. Their terms are 12 years beginning the Monday after January 1 following their election. In addition, this section provides that judges of superior courts are to be elected in their counties at general elections. For vacancies, the Governor fills vacancies in those courts by appointment. A nomination or appointment by the Governor is effective when confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

Section Seventeen provides that a judge of a court of record may not practice law and during the term for which the judge was selected is ineligible for public employment or public office other than judicial employment or judicial office, except a judge of a court of record may accept a part-time teaching position that is outside the normal hours of his or her judicial position and that does not interfere with the regular performance of his or her judicial duties while holding office. In addition, this section provides that a judicial officer may not receive fines or fees for personal use. A judicial officer may not earn retirement service credit from a public teaching position while holding judicial office.

Section Eighteen provides that a judge is disqualified from acting as a judge, without loss of salary, while there is pending (1) an indictment or an information charging the judge in the United States with a crime punishable as a felony under California or federal law, or (2) a petition to the Supreme Court to review a determination by the Commission on Judicial Performance to remove or retire a judge. The Commission on Judicial Performance may disqualify a judge from acting as a judge, without loss of salary, upon notice of formal proceedings by the commission charging the judge with judicial misconduct or disability. The Commission on Judicial Performance shall suspend a judge from office without salary when in the United States the judge pleads guilty or no contest or is found guilty of a crime punishable as a felony under California or federal law or of any other crime that involves moral turpitude under that law. In addition, this section provides that the Commission on Judicial Performance may (1) retire a judge for disability that seriously interferes with the performance of the judge’s duties and is or is likely to become permanent, or (2) censure a judge or former judge or remove a judge for action occurring not more than 6 years prior to the commencement of the judge’s current term or of the former judge’s last term that constitutes willful misconduct in office, persistent failure or inability to perform the judge’s duties, habitual intemperance in the use of intoxicants or drugs, or conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute, or (3) publicly or privately admonish a judge or former judge found to have engaged in an improper action or dereliction of duty. When the Supreme Court reviews a determination of the commission, it may make an independent review of the record. If the Supreme Court has not acted within 120 days after granting the petition, the decision of the commission shall be final.

Section Eighteen Point One provides that the Commission on Judicial Performance must exercise discretionary jurisdiction with regard to the oversight and discipline of subordinate judicial officers, according to the same standards, and subject to review upon petition to the Supreme Court.

Section Eighteen Point Five provides that, upon request, the Commission on Judicial

Performance must provide to the Governor of any State of the Union the text of any private admonishment, advisory letter, or other disciplinary action together with any information that the Commission on Judicial Performance deems necessary to a full understanding of the commission’s action with respect to any applicant whom the Governor of any State of the Union indicates is under consideration for any judicial appointment.

Section Nineteen provides that the Legislature must prescribe compensation for judges of courts of record. A judge of a court of record may not receive the salary for the judicial office held by the judge while any cause before the judge remains pending and undetermined for 90 days after it has been submitted for decision.

Section Twenty provides that the Legislature must provide for retirement of judges of courts of record for age or disability.

Section Twenty-One provides that, upon stipulation of the parties, the court may order a cause to be tried by a temporary judge who is a member of the State Bar, sworn and empowered to act until final determination of the cause.

Section Twenty-Two provides that the Legislature may provide for the appointment by trial courts of record of officers such as commissioners to perform subordinate judicial duties.

Screenshot 2018-08-19 at 08.40.14Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law in its Capital Lawyering Program.

Stupid Oakland white supremacist threatened Spanish speakers over parking space, loses her job

Screenshot 2018-08-10 at 09.27.20.pngA really stupid Oakland psychologist stepped down from her role as CEO of an East Bay mental health clinic after she was captured on video claiming to be an immigration attorney and demanding that a group of people speaking Spanish and English move their parked vehicle from the curb in front of her home.

Clearly she’s the one who needs some mental treatment.

The taped encounter is the latest in a string of viral videos in which Bay Area residents have filmed and shared interactions with Liberal white bigots.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this bigot is psychologist Lesleigh Franklin.

Franklin stepped down from her position as the head and founder of the East Bay Family Institute, an Oakland-based center that provides mental health services and works with the immigrant community.

WTF???? Seriously???!!! She provides services to the “immigrant community”? Really???

The video is similar to the video of a white woman who confronted a group of African American people barbecuing near Lake Merritt. Another viral video showed a white woman calling police on an 8-year-old African American girl selling water in San Francisco.

The evidence continues to mount….Liberal white people in the Bay Area are basically racist jerks.

via New viral video shows Oakland woman threatening Spanish speakers over parking space – SFChronicle.com

Is Jackie Lacey going to let these sex criminals off the hook?

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Accused sex criminals Steven Seagal,  Harvey Weinstein, and Anthony Anderson.

The L.A. County district attorney’s office says that the Beverly Hills Police Department presented it with a third sex assault case involving Harvey Weinstein.

That case, and five others involving Weinstein presented by Beverly Hills and Los Angeles police.

Screenshot 2018-08-10 at 09.20.57.pngThe prosecutor’s office is also reviewing two investigations that the Los Angeles Police Department presented to it Wednesday, a spokesman said: one into a sexual assault allegation against action star Steven Seagal, and one into a sexual assault allegation against “Black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson.

Weinstein continues to deny his sex crime activity. Since last fall, dozens of women have accused the film mogul of using his power and influence to sexually exploit young women, including many aspiring actresses.

Seagal has over several decades faced more than half a dozen allegations of sexual assault, including rape. The allegations have been leveled by actresses, film workers and reporters.

He continues to deny his sex crime activity.

Anderson continues to deny his sex crime activity.

Will the District Attorney let them walk?

via Sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Steven Seagal and Anthony Anderson land on L.A. prosecutors’ desks

#Islamic indoctrination of “non-heritage” children in Sacramento schools

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Islamics are establishing a bigger foothold in Sacramento.

The program mixes Montessori pedagogy with StarTalk standards to create a fun, hands-on learning experience for heritage and non-heritage students, said Amira Kotb, the co-Executive Director of ALEFE, which is pronounced Aleph.

“We’re showing them that in order to learn about a culture, it needs to happen through a direct interaction with the culture,” Kotb told the Sacramento Bee.

Indoctrination is the clinical definition. By the way, are those “non-heritage students” your kids?

Marwa Swelam, a teacher at the summer camp, told The Bee she was surprised how quickly kids had picked up basic Arabic words and grammar.

Within the next 5 years, ALEFE hopes to found a multilingual Arabic charter school in Sacramento, according to the Sacramento Bee.

This program could easily fit into a broader pattern of behavior advocated by groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations and funded by the brutal dictators who run the Saudi government. Both have an aggressive goal of the Islamization of America.

It’s even more strange considering that California educators uniformly recoil from anything religious in our public schools. Yet they embrace programs like this.

ALEFE needs much less applause and much more scrutiny — on all levels.

via New ALEFE summer camp immerses kids in Arabic language, culture | The Sacramento Bee

#Stanford #rapist #BrockTurner is still a #rapist — judges reject request for new trial

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Stanford Rapist Brock Turner

An appeals court has rejected  Stanford University rapist Brock Turner’s bid for a new trial and upheld his sexual assault and attempted rape convictions.

That’s good news.

The three-judge panel of the 6th District Court of Appeal in San Jose ruled that there was “substantial evidence” that Brock Turner received a fair trial.

In 2016, a jury convicted Turner of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious woman outside an on-campus fraternity party.

During Turner’s trial, feckless Judge Aaron Persky rejected a prosecutor’s demand for a lengthy prison term and instead sentenced Turner to six months in jail. He was released from jail in September 2016 after serving three months.

Voters correctly recalled Persky in June.

via https://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article216344575.html

California Dems not so big on abolishing #ICE

Screenshot 2018-08-08 at 08.09.23.pngCalifornia’s top Democratic hopefuls are backing away from the “Abolish ICE” rallying cry that has emerged as a mantra for progressive activists.

No kidding. Democrat leaders here actually want to win some elections.

None of the Democrats running in the 10 most competitive House races in California support dissolving the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, according to a Bay Area News Group survey of the candidates over the last week.

Extremists have argued that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE — which was formed in 2003 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks — needs to be done away with to prevent abuses of undocumented immigrants. Attention on the idea grew over the last month amid a barrage of news stories about migrant children removed from their families.

Several polls have found that most Americans oppose abolishing ICE.  GOP operatives are ready to use that ammo. Last month, a SuperPAC backing congressional Republicans launched Facebook ads attacking Democratic candidates over the ICE issue. The ads, paid for by Defending Main Street PAC, declared that “liberal Democrats…are trying to abolish ICE and weaken our border security.”

So far, however, only about a dozen Democratic members of Congress have actually come out in favor of dissolving the agency. Even as potential presidential candidates, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have supported the idea, the vast majority of the party’s elected officials aren’t onboard. Party leaders like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, have kept their distance from the debate.

via Abolish ICE: Why California Dems aren’t joining the new progressive rallying cry – East Bay Times

Family schemes to free cold-blooded killer #ScottPeterson

Screenshot 2018-08-08 at 07.59.55.pngScott Peterson is guilty of adultery but not murder, his sister-in-law said in the family’s first comprehensive video interview with The Modesto Bee since his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, went missing nearly 16 years ago.

“We don’t have justice yet; we’re not there,” Janey Peterson said. “We can’t be content thinking we know what happened to Laci and Conner; we don’t.”

That’s rich.

This week, Scott Peterson’s lawyers are filing a final court document aimed at reversing the death-penalty verdict their client received in December 2004.

It’s the last in a standard series of six written pleadings before the California Supreme Court hears oral arguments and decides whether the one-time Modesto man will be executed for murdering his pregnant wife and their unborn son at Christmastime 2002.

The Supreme Court has overturned 10 percent of the nearly 200 capital punishment verdicts it has reviewed since 2009. So far this year, the court has reversed one of 16 death-penalty decisions.

via Scott Peterson’s sister-in-law, Janey: ‘We don’t have justice yet; we’re not there.’ | The Modesto Bee

Going strawless isn’t going to be enough to keep the garbage police away

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Garbage Police searching for evidence.

In the minds of enraged environmentalists, going strawless is not going to stop the flow of plastic trash into our landfills, streets and oceans. Even if every plastic straw ever produced disappeared, environmentalists would  still be angry.

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The earth has become a plastic hell.

After all, if Starbucks is handing out a billion straws to customers every year, it’s handing out a similar amount of plastic lids and cups to go with them.

Just imagine the array of single-use plastic items that consumers encounter every day at home, at the office, at school and at the store. Most of our food comes wrapped in some sort of plastic, as do most products we buy daily.

In the eyes of the Leftists, the earth has become a plastic hell, and it’s all your fault. Expect that knock on the door from the garbage police. They’ll be coming for you sooner than you think.

via Going strawless is good, but it won’t save the planet. Let’s go even further

No one is giving money to #JohnCox, other California Republicans

Screenshot 2018-08-04 at 07.25.51The latest state campaign finance reports are nothing but bad news for California Republicans. It seams as though they’ve succeeded in getting literally everyone in the state to hate them.

Republican John Cox, who is running for governor, has $1.64 million in the bank. Democrat Gavin Newsom has nearly ten times as much, $11.1 million left over after spending more than $18.4 million on a June primary.

Cox, who has never held political office, spent $5.4 million on his campaign in the first half of 2018. Of the $8.2 million he has raised in the past two years, about $5.5 million has come from his own pocket.

It’s a similar story in the other statewide races. No one is giving money to Republicans.

via John Cox, other California Republicans losing the money race to Democrats – SFChronicle.com

#BART crime wave continues: Only an idiot would get on a #BART train

Screenshot 2018-08-04 at 07.19.52Yet another incident at a BART station. Two men were involved in a fight and double stabbing aboard a train.

That’s how BART rolls.

The incident happened just an hour after a vigil for Nia Wilson who was fatally stabbed at the same station last month.

Only an idiot would get on a BART train.

via Another BART stabbing investigated hours after Nia Wilson’s memorial | abc7news.com

President #Obama endorses #BuffyWicks

Screenshot 2018-08-02 at 13.44.49.pngFormer President Barack Obama stepped into a Bay Area Assembly race, endorsing first-time candidate Buffy Wicks over Richmond City Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles.

Wicks was an early employee going back to President Obama’s first presidential campaign. She was also a key player in the White House effort to generate support for the Affordable Care Act.

via Why Obama endorsed in a California Assembly race | CALmatters

#GavinNewsom takes a commanding lead in the race for campaign dollars

Screenshot 2018-07-05 at 06.43.27Democrat Gavin Newsom emerged from California’s gubernatorial primary with a prodigious financial advantage over Republican rival John Cox, banking more than seven times as much money for the general election.

As of June 30, California’s two-term lieutenant governor and the front-runner in the race, has more than $11 million in the bank, while Cox has $1.5 million, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state Tuesday.

Newsom’s financial position is not surprising — he has led in fundraising since he entered the race in 2015. He is also seeing a burst of new contributions from donors who supported Antonio Villaraigosa, his top Democratic rival in the primary.

Cox, a wealthy Rancho Santa Fe businessman who donated $5.5 million to his campaign, has been receiving larger donations since he consolidated the GOP vote to place second in the June 5 primary. The GOP’s only hope is that he writes more seven-figure checks to his campaign.

via Newsom cashes in on primary victory, far outraising Cox in California governor’s race

REPORT: #Hollywood film industry still run by a bunch of #racist #sexist jerks

Screenshot 2017-12-10 at 08.04.01Hollywood still has an inclusion problem according to the latest study from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

The group’s ever-expanding annual report, “Inequality in 1,100 Popular Films,” covers the top 100 movies each year from 2007 through 2017 – shows no significant statistical improvement in the representation of women, people of color, LBGT characters or characters with disability over the past decade.

We’re not surprised and apparently we’re not alone.

It was a dissonance the researchers were prepared for. “A lot of us were familiar with the most notable examples of whitewashing,” says study co-author Marc Choueit.

via Hollywood Film Inclusion Sees No Improvement in Past Decade: Study | Hollywood Reporter

Supes ban weed in #Chinatown

Screenshot 2018-08-01 at 07.25.29.pngThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors have passed an ordinance banning cannabis dispensaries from opening in Chinatown.

The Chinese American community has been vehemently opposed to the idea of a dispensary opening in the neighborhood since California legalized recreational cannabis last year.

The ordinance, sponsored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents Chinatown, passed 8-3, with Supervisors Rafael Mandelman, Vallie Brown and Hillary Ronen voting against it.

Not pleased with her Chinese neighbors, Board President Malia Cohen gave a blistering statement against the ordinance, saying she was “appalled to even be sitting here with this legislation.”

Members of the Chinese American community argued there are a unique set of factors in Chinatown that makes a ban necessary: extremely dense housing, fears of gentrification and a cultural aversion to cannabis.

via One thing you won’t find in SF’s Chinatown: cannabis — supes ban pot stores – SFChronicle.com

 

#Racist jerks at #MountainView #Safeway call police on #AfricanAmerican #GoodSamaritan

Screenshot 2018-08-01 at 07.17.08.pngMountain View Safeway employees called the police to report Erika Martin for stealing.

The reality is she went to the store on Shoreline Boulevard with her family to help homeless residents.

Police determined that no crime occurred. Except the crime of Safeway employees being racist jerks.

The incident on the evening of July 8 was a case of racial profiling because employees associated her with an adult black man in the store they suspected of shoplifting.

“It made me really upset that somebody would accuse me of taking items knowing I was only there to do a good deed, but I was accused of doing something wrong,” Martin said. “It was just hurtful, just embarrassing.”

The Sunnyvale resident went to the Safeway with her son, two sisters, three nieces, and nephew after attending service at Christ Temple Community Church in Palo Alto. Martin said she and her son arrived first and gave dog food to a homeless man who she usually sees outside the store with his dog.

They’re lucky to be alive.

via Safeway calls police on African-American woman giving food to homeless

Disgraced perv pol #MattDababneh planning a political comeback

Screenshot 2018-08-01 at 07.04.54Disgraced former California lawmaker Matt Dababneh is plotting a political comeback.

Campaign finance reports indicate he’s transferred more than a million dollars into a 2022 lieutenant governor committee account.

Dababneh resigned from the Assembly last December, days after two women publicly accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

He denied the allegations but he resigned anyway. However he kept nearly $1.2 million in the bank for his 2018 re-election effort.

via Matt Dababneh transfers $1 million to CA campaign account | The Sacramento Bee

#SanFrancisco rallies to continue exploiting #HetchHetchy

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It’s lost in court, at the ballot, and in Washington, but the notion of ripping out the heart of San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy water and power system is rising from its policy coffin.

That’s because people around the world think what the city has done to Yosemite’s twin sister is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, recently met with Restore Hetch Hetchy, a group that seeks to level the century-old O’Shaughnessy Dam and drain the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park.

Zinke tweeted his delight at meeting with the tiny organization, saying he’s all about “different opportunities and options to restore public access and recreation in the valley.”

It’s great news. and it has the elites in the Bay Area in a panic. Their days of exploiting the environment and the people of California and the nation, may be coming to an end.

The Bay Area elites have no problem exploiting the environment in the pristine valley for cheap water and electricity, just as they have no problem lecturing you on the environment. The sacrifice is yours, not theirs.

via Editorial: Preserve Hetch Hetchy reservoir – SFChronicle.com

Another #epicfail for the California #BoardofEqualization

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California Board of Equalization

The California Board of Equalization has no shame. California’s brand new $290 million system for collecting sales tax is off to a rocky start.

What’s new?

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is swamped with complaints.

Small business owners are furious, the anger is forcing Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to waive penalties for people who file their returns late because of technical errors.

The quickly approaching deadline on Tuesday for businesses to report their second quarter sales tax is the first significant test for the department’s Centralized Revenue Opportunity System (CROS), a program that’s designed to modernize tax collection and to make it easier for the state to allocate revenue to various agencies.

The state has been developing the program since 2010, when the Board of Equalization sought to better manage the 36 taxes and fees it collected at the time. The agency contended it would increase tax revenue by creating an easier-to-use system.

It hired contractor Fast Enterprises to build it in August 2016, and the California Department of Tax and Fee administration took over the project last year when the Legislature stripped the Board of Equalization of almost all of its powers.

No matter how you look at it, the Board of Equalization is still an epic fail.

via CA sales tax program frustrates payers on July 2018 deadline | The Sacramento Bee

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy who executed woman in her car faces manslaughter charges

Screenshot 2018-07-29 at 09.59.29Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Wall will make his first court appearance Monday on charges of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting a woman in 2017.

Wall shot Evin Olsen Yadegar as she began to drive around a patrol vehicle after briefly stopping in a Ripon neighborhood.

Wall is far from the first law enforcement officer, including a handful in Stanislaus County in the past decade, to fire upon a suspect in a moving vehicle. Experts agree shooting at or into a vehicle is dangerous and ineffective.

That didn’t seem to matter to Wall….after all it’s what trigger happy cops do in California.

Never mind that it is the policy of the Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement that officers should move away from the vehicle instead of firing at its occupants.

To the police, every citizen is the enemy.

via As deputy faces manslaughter charges, there’s debate over policy of shooting at cars | The Modesto Bee

#VingRhames nailed by cops for being black, held at gunpoint in his own home

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Movie star Ving Rhames.

A police lieutenant said Saturday that the Santa Monica Police Department’s “Meet Your Neighbors” program began from two incidents of neighbors calling authorities to report two black people had supposedly broke into residences that turned out to be their own, one day after actor Ving Rhames told a radio audience that he was once held at gunpoint by police in Santa Monica in such an incident.

Rhames said Friday on Sirius XM’s “The Clay Cane” show that he was watching ESPN when he heard knocking at his door.

“I open the door, there’s a red dot pointed at my face from a nine millimeter,” said Rhames, who appears in the current release “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” He was ordered to put his hands in the air, adding that there were at least four officers and a police dog at his house.

Rodriguez also said a similar occurred September 6, 2015 and involved Fay Wells, a black woman who had locked herself out of her apartment.

via After police hold ‘Mission: Impossible’ star Ving Rhames at gunpoint in his own home, Santa Monica PD starts ‘Meet Your Neighbors’ program – Press Telegram

The #LATimes hates it when their friends are held to the same standard as everyone else

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James Gunn

The Los Angeles Times claims: “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, targeted by an online mob after alt-right conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich dug up some incriminating tweets and blog posts that Gunn generated many years ago.

According to the Times, the remarks, some of them dating back more than a decade and most of them reflecting the ethos of Troma, the legendary kitsch-schlock-horror B-movie outfit where Gunn got his start, included jokes about rape and pedophilia. They were meant to be satirical, but they were also flat-footed, unfunny and just generally awful. Gunn apologized for them six years ago, which seemed to meet the 2012 standard of atonement.

Last week, Cernovich, a Trump defender who the Times claims routinely mobilizes his followers to go after ideological opponents with baseless smear campaigns, put mindless Twitter users to work tarring Gunn as a pedophile.

Or then again, maybe Gunn us just a creep who thinks rape and pedophilia are really funny. As for the L.A. Times, welcome to the real world where your friends are held to the same standards as everyone else.

via We’re all bound and gagged by a new boss — social media mobs

Slumlord Supervisor Catherine Stefanie sued by tenant

Screenshot 2018-07-29 at 09.33.25.pngSan Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who represents the Marina and Pacific Heights, is being sued for wrongful eviction by her tenant.

Stefani was appointed by then-mayor Mark Farrell and is facing an electoral challenge this November.

In the complaint, Stefani’s tenant, Clifton Thomas, alleges Stefani and Christopher Bankovitch engaged in “unfair business practices” as his landlords, and caused him to suffer severe “mental, emotional, and physical stress.”

He also alleges Stefani engaged in a “wrongful eviction” by essentially allowing ongoing construction to prevent him from staying in his apartment for eight-and-a-half months, and is asking for damages in excess of $100,000.

via Supervisor candidate Catherine Stefanie sued by tenant for ‘wrongful eviction’ – by j_rodriguez – July 29, 2018 – The San Francisco Examiner

Nazi white-supremacist deputies have L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell confused

Screenshot 2018-07-27 at 08.19.00.pngLos Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has launched a comprehensive inquiry into secret deputy cliques and is looking into whether gangs that condone illicit behavior are operating within his ranks, he said Thursday.

McDonnell’s announcement at a meeting of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission comes two weeks after allegations surfaced that as many as 20 deputies at the Compton Station have matching tattoos featuring a skeleton holding a rifle.

A Compton deputy recently admitted under oath that he was inked with the skull logo in June 2016, about two months before he was involved in a fatal shooting.

Watchdogs said the revelations were alarming given the department’s long history of secret societies that promoted excessive force and enforced a code of silence.

The Sheriff wants the deputy unions to join in the “examination” of the issue. He stopped short of calling his effort an investigation. His confusion about the matter is understandable since he’s in charge of one of the biggest and most racist police organizations in the nation.

via L.A. County sheriff announces inquiry into secret societies of deputies and their matching tattoos

Police, news media, side against Bay Area’s African-American community

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John Lee Cowell (left) brutally murdered Nia Wilson (right)

John Lee Cowell apparently said nothing before he slashed two sisters with a knife on a BART platform Sunday, killing 18-year-old Nia Wilson, an African-American.

The police however so far say no hate motive has yet been linked to the stabbing.

KTVU, the Oakland-based news station ran an insensitive photo of Wilson. The picture purported to show her holding a gun…it was a cell phone.

Wilson’s uncle said Thursday he does not need the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to tell him what he already knows: Cowell is white and his nieces are black.

Supporters calling for justice for Wilson also fear Cowell is already working on a mental illness criminal defense. His family told KRON-TV that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

The African-American community in the Bay Area knows their lives are in constant peril in a society still steeped in prejudice. They also know the police, and the news media are not their friends.

via Black community sees racial hate motive in BART slaying – East Bay Times

Your kids learn nothing in school — California State Board of Education says “no problem”

Screenshot 2018-07-27 at 07.19.00.pngAt issue is whether the state will measure students’ performance over time, revealing which schools help students learn more from one year to the next. That would mean, for example, reporting how this year’s fifth graders compare to last year’s fourth graders at a given school. The current system instead measures how this year’s fourth graders compare to last year’s fourth graders, so it doesn’t reveal whether individual students are actually learning more.

Advocates for struggling students say measuring progress over time is key to closing the achievement gap that separates white, Asian-American and middle-class students from their black, Latino and low-income peers. For years, they’ve been lobbying state education officials to start measuring growth.

But after studying several ways growth could be measured, the state board of education delayed making a decision, saying the metric yielded volatile results that don’t necessarily show if achievement gaps are closing. Activists lined up at the board meeting this month to plead with the board to take action so that parents and educators can start seeing growth measures soon. But to no avail—the board voted simply to continue studying the idea.

via California Won’t Judge Schools On Whether Student Test Scores Improve Over Time—Not Yet, Anyway – capradio.org

Incompetent sex criminal doctor gets a free pass from the state Medical Board

Screenshot 2018-07-26 at 06.36.04A Bakersfield gynecologist who also practices cosmetic surgery will be placed on 42 months of probation starting Friday following allegations of gross negligence and sexual misconduct.

The terms of probation imposed by the California Medical Board on Dr. Jason Paul Helliwell, who has an office in northwest Bakersfield, include attending an ethics course, a program to assess his physical and mental health, and monitoring by another licensed physician who will submit quarterly written reports evaluating Helliwell’s performance.

Also, Helliwell, 46, is prohibited from practicing cosmetic surgery, with a few exceptions such as liposuction, according to the settlement. He must notify all patients he’s treating that he cannot perform cosmetic surgery, and keep a log of those notifications to be made available for inspection by the Medical Board.

During his probation, a third party must be present when Helliwell consults, examines or treats women patients in the office, according to the settlement.

The discipline stems from allegations made against Helliwell over a period of years.

So he’s a sex criminal and he’s incompetent. However the Medical Board, run by Helliwell’s pals let’s him stay on the job.  That’s California.

via Bakersfield gynecologist placed on probation by state Medical Board in connection with allegations of gross negligence and sexual misconduct | News | bakersfield.com

The LAPD didn’t protect anyone during Trader Joe’s incident

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The fact that store manager Melyda Corado was killed by a bullet fired from an officer’s gun is concrete evidence that what the police did failed to protect the people in that store.

One expert on police shootings said, “The alternative was to surrender the lives of hostages inside the store.” Were lives inside the store saved because Corado died? Ridiculous.

Another expert said the officers “handled the situation with textbook calm,” yet undercut his opinion by describing the shooting as “risky given the distance, the backdrop and the moving target.”

The reality is, the LAPD arrived with the intent of shooting up the place. They don’t care how many civilians die in the process. They just don’t.

Stay smart Angelenos…stay away from the LAPD.

via The LAPD didn’t protect anyone by accidentally shooting a Trader Joe’s manager

Assemblyman freaks out, goes off on election worker

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Assemblyman Ed Chau of Monterey Park

A Democratic assemblyman became so verbally abusive toward Secretary of State workers this spring that one of them pressed a “panic button,” drawing security officers who escorted the legislator out of the building.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in which he described Assemblyman Ed Chau of Monterey Park as having become “alarmingly irate in front of several staff.”

Chau was upset at the ballot designation of his main Republican opponent, Burton Brink. Brink, who retired last year after 29 years a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, describes himself in a ballot designation as a “retired sheriff’s sergeant.”

via Legislator’s “agitated” behavior prompts election worker to hit panic button | CALmatters

Actors rush to defend #JamesGunn’s #hatespeech

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Hollywood thinks jokes about rape, pedophilia, 9/11, and the Holocaust are hilarious.

After director James Gunn’s high-profile firing from the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” predictably, actors and celebrities have taken to social media to defend his indefensible behavior.

After all, hate speech can really only be committed by people Hollywood hates. Since Hollywood loves Gunn, what he says, even if it’s hate-based, is just fine.

After Disney announced that Gunn had been booted from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” for tweets joking about rape, pedophilia, 9/11 and the Holocaust, Gunn’s friends went into action.

Selma Blair tweeted in defense of the heartless director this weekend, urging Disney to rehire him and sharing a Change.com petition directed at Marvel.

Dave Bautista, who stars in the “Guardians” series also took to Twitter in support of the director saying, “What happened here is so much bigger then G3, @JamesGunn, myself, @Disney, etc.”

Note to Ms. Blair, Mr. Bautista, and the rest of Hollywood: Rape, pedophilia, 9/11, and the Holocaust are not laughing matters.

via http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-entertainment-news-updates-2018-actors-take-to-twitter-in-support-of-1532300645-htmlstory.html

Prosecutor pals let sex criminal L.A. County attorney off the hook

Screenshot 2018-07-23 at 07.31.16.pngA woman who was sexually assaulted by a Los Angeles County deputy public defender has been told to hit the road.

She was attacked in a Lancaster courthouse nearly three years ago but prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges citing “insufficient evidence.”

What are friends for, right?

Since she’s Mexican, so it’s easy for prosecutors to give her rapist lawyer a pass.

That’s why the L.A. County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division declined in June to file criminal charges after the Sept. 10, 2015 incident.

In a separate incident, a sheriff’s deputy recalled that a female inmate had said that the same attorney touched or groped her.

In yet another incident, a court clerk assistant, who had worked with the perpetrator, reported that he made several inappropriate sexual remarks, including that he wanted to “hook up” with her.

via L.A. County attorney accused of sexual assault of client; prosecutors decide against criminal charges – Press Telegram

San Diego County let child rapist keep foster children

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San Diego County officials let child rapist Michael Jarome Hayes keep foster children.

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.

via County failed repeatedly to stop sexual abuse of foster children, lawsuit alleges – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Judge issues gag order in Perez’s conflict case; MALDEF asks AG to investigate DA

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Kern’s days of being controlled by racist white elites may be numbered.

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.”

via Judge issues gag order in Perez’s conflict case; MALDEF asks AG to investigate DA | News | bakersfield.com

DA clears Tehachapi cops who shot an unarmed man

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Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green gives trigger-happy cops a pass….again.

To no one’s surprise, no charges will be filed against two Tehachapi Police Department officers who shot an unarmed man on May 24, 2017, according to Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green.

Green determined there “is no reasonable likelihood of a jury finding the officers violated the law beyond a reasonable doubt,” according to a statement released by the DA’s office.

Officers Jared McCombs and Bruce Medina shot Richard William Kollin for engaging in suspicious activity.

Green confirmed no gun was found on Kollin. Enjoy your Police State.

via DA announces no charges for two Tehachapi officers involved in 2017 shooting of unarmed man | News | bakersfield.com

Whites continue to shut #AfricanAmericans out of power in the Bay Area

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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.

She’s toast.

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.

via https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/London-Breed-is-the-exception-why-few-blacks-13086677.php

In California’s big battle over rent control – #CaGOP lines up behind the wealthy

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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.)

via California gearing up for big battle over rent control – SFChronicle.com

#Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies execute mentally ill #AfricanAmerican man on crowded freeway

Screenshot 2018-07-19 at 13.43.19A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy fired his weapon 19 times across six lanes of Highway 50 to execute a mentally-ill African American man.

Information about the extra-Constitutional killing of Mikel Laney McIntyre, 32, was finally released last week by Sacramento County.

The District Attorney’s review continues to take an unreasonably long time.  Clearly this is a police state crime that’s difficult for Sacramento’s white elites to cover up.

In all, three deputies — Gabriel Rodriguez, Ken Becker and Jeffrey Wright — fired 29 shots at Mr. McIntyre. McIntyre was unarmed.

Sacramento and the notorious St. Louis, Missouri suburb of Ferguson, have a lot in common when it comes to how justice is dispensed.

via New details lead to more questions in fatal freeway shooting by Sacramento sheriffs | The Sacramento Bee

Feds aren’t with #SanFrancisco’s plan for safe injection sites

Screenshot 2018-07-16 at 07.17.38.pngSan 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.

via Plan for safe injection site gets dose of reality over federal drug laws – SFChronicle.com

California Dems aren’t running on abortion rights

Screenshot 2018-07-16 at 07.12.52Democratic Party leaders and progressive groups portray Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a threat to abortion rights.

Except in districts where support for abortion rights isn’t the given that it is in the bluest parts of California.

Democrats running in the more conservative House districts that the party is trying to seize from Republicans aren’t rushing to make abortion their issue.

Most of the Democrats running in nine GOP-held House districts that the party thinks are in play aren’t taking their cues from the left.

via California Dems trying to flip the House aren’t running on abortion rights – SFChronicle.com

#HumboltCounty woman gets arrested all the time for narco-trafficking…never does much time

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Nancy Burks loves drugs.

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 Eureka woman’s multiple arrests exemplify Proposition 47, 57 issues

Judge censors #LATimes to protect crooked #Glendale cop

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Crooked Glendale cop John Saro Balian.

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.

via http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-legal-dispute-20180714-story.html

California Dems dump #Feinstein, #elitemedia stunned!

Screenshot 2018-05-23 at 07.15.29A 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.

via In rebuke of Dianne Feinstein, Kevin de León wins endorsement of California Democrats in Senate race

Fed-up resident slams #SanFrancisco in full-page Chronicle ad

Screenshot 2018-07-14 at 06.02.05An 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.

via http://www.businessinsider.com/san-francisco-woman-homeless-crisis-full-page-ad-2018-7

#SanctuaryState became a haven for chain saw psycho

Screenshot 2018-07-14 at 05.28.35Californians 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.

via Man suspected of attacking wife with chain saw was deported 11 times

Climate Scientists Call on Jerry Brown to End Oil Extraction in California

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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.

via Climate Scientists Call on Jerry Brown to End Oil Extraction in California – Pacific Standard

#CalPERS Reports 8.6% Gain, Beats Target

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CalPERS haters just got a bit of bad news.

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.”

via Calpers Reports 8.6% Gain on Investments, Beating Its Target – Bloomberg

California ordered to restore $331 million to fund for homeowners

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Governor Jerry Brown

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.

via California ordered to restore $331 million to fund for homeowners – SFChronicle.com

Assemblyman Devon Mathis Reprimanded For Sexual Comments

Screenshot 2018-07-12 at 10.50.56.pngCalifornia 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.

via California Lawmaker Reprimanded For Sexual Comments – capradio.org