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  • "PG&E shares spike after suspected wildfires arsonist is arrested in Northern California"

    10/17/2017 4:58:56 PM PDT · by HereInTheHeartland · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | CNBC
    "Shares of California utility PG&E rose 7.51 percent Tuesday on word about a suspected arsonist arrested in Sonoma County."
  • Jesus Campos, Vegas security guard shot before rampage, appears to have vanished

    10/17/2017 5:49:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 85 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 16, 2017 | by Melissa Etehad, Ruben Vives and Jaweed Kaleem
    The story seemed straightforward: The unarmed security guard approached Stephen Paddock’s room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, distracting the gunman and potentially saving lives. He was hailed a hero by many, even as the story changed. Twice. Now, the man that many want to honor and who can help bring clarity about the timeline of the shooting has vanished from the public eye, less than two weeks since the Oct. 1 massacre, which left 58 people dead and more than 500 others injured. David Hickey, president of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of...
  • A-LIST 'ASSAULT' Oscar-winning actor caught up in Weinstein sex abuse scandal (tr.) (Kevin Spacey)

    10/16/2017 7:24:40 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 79 replies
    The Sun ^ | 10/16/2017 | Benjy Potter
    In a reference to Weinstein, she said on social media it was “time the dominoes fell”. We are not naming the star or his accuser for legal reasons. But an insider said: “Rumours about this actor have circulated for years. “Lots of people are making allegations after what’s happened with Weinstein. “But no alleged victim of this particular man has spoken publicly as yet.” The A-lister’s outing came as it emerged yesterday:
  • California governor sides with DeVos on due process in vetoing campus sexual-assault bill

    10/16/2017 6:25:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 16, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    State Senate Bill 169 would have codified Obama-era Title IX guidanceCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Monday a bill to codify the aggressive Obama-era campus federal sexual-assault guidance, echoing concerns about the rights of the accused raised previously by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Mr. Brown said it was “time to pause and survey the land” before moving forward with more regulations “when we haven’t yet ascertained the full impact of what we recently enacted” with California’s 2014 affirmative-consent law. “Since this law was enacted, however, thoughtful legal minds have increasingly questioned whether federal and state actions to prevent and redress sexual...
  • California Becomes First State To Legally Recognize A 'Third Gender'

    10/16/2017 12:35:08 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    The Politistick ^ | October 16, 2017
    California became the first state in America to legally recognize a third gender after Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation Sunday. State drivers' licenses, birth certificates, and other identity documents will now allow residents to check "non-binary" rather than just male or female, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday. [Snip] Many in the transgender community reported difficulty traveling when the gender on licenses and other identification conflicted with their appearance ...
  • Leader of California Senate to challenge US Sen. Feinstein

    10/16/2017 9:50:31 AM PDT · by qam1 · 50 replies
    Ap va Yahoo ^ | 10/16/17 | Michael Blood
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California legislative leader announced Sunday he will challenge U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, setting up a 2018 contest between two Democrats that will highlight generational, geographic and ideological contrasts in the party that dominates state politics. The 84-year-old Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor and grande dame of California Democrats, will face state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, 50, a Los Angeles Hispanic who is largely unknown statewide. In a brief video announcement posted online, De Leon promised to work for job growth and economic security in Washington, recalling his single immigrant mother who...
  • Return to Normalcy seems distant in Sonoma County (re fires)

    10/16/2017 8:01:41 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 32 replies
    Press Democrat- Santa Rosa, Ca. ^ | 10/15/2017 | Derek Moore
    long Highway 12 through Sonoma Valley, world-famous vineyards beginning to show off their brilliant fall hues are now juxtaposed against a jarring backdrop of mountains blackened by flames. Majestic parklands ringing the valley have been scarred, including Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Hood Mountain Regional Park near Kenwood, where flames Sunday continued to send a massive plume of smoke into the sky visible for miles, fueling fresh rivulets of anxiety for both residents and firefighters. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Tom Siragusa, an assistant chief for the San Francisco Fire Department and Petaluma resident who has worked in the...
  • $4.4 Billion Bay Area Transportation Plan — to Be Paid for by Higher Bridge Tolls — Sent to Governor

    10/15/2017 8:12:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    KQED ^ | September 15, 2017 | Dan Brekke
    If you live in the Bay Area, you’ll be hearing a lot about Senate Bill 595 over the next year or so. If you’re a regular user of any of the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges — that’s all of them, except the Golden Gate Bridge — you’ll want to pay close attention. SB 595, which won final passage Thursday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, provides for a vote in the nine Bay Area counties next year to raise bridge tolls by as much as $3. If the Bay Area Toll Authority, the agency that oversees the bridges,...
  • Gaye LeBaron: Tubbs fire revives memory of a blaze that now haunts Santa Rosa

    10/15/2017 7:24:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    pressdemocrat.com ^ | October 14, 2017, 5:57PM | Gaye LeBaron
    Three years ago, I wrote one of those anniversary pieces that columnists love so dearly. It marked 50 years since two devastating wildfires raged through Sonoma County at the same time, threatening both Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley. The Hanly fire and the Nunn’s Canyon fire of late September 1964 were tagged in our files as the most devastating in the county’s history. The column revisited the Hanly fire and was a bit preachy in places, suggesting (as columnists do — relentlessly) that there were lessons that week might have taught us. But didn’t. The Hanly fire and the...
  • Marin Voice: Toll road is the only practical solution for Highway 37

    10/15/2017 4:16:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Marin Independent Journal ^ | September 24, 2017 | Jerry Meral
    Highway 37 began life as a private toll road, and was later converted to a state highway. But climate change and sea-level rise will doom the road unless something is done. For the short term, the ridiculous two-lane section between Sears Point and Vallejo needs to be widened to match the rest of the road, which is four lanes. Wetlands surrounding the road also need to be restored. It would be reasonable to use some toll money for wetlands restoration, in part to mitigate the effects of construction. Even with the new funding approved by the Legislature by raising the...
  • Watch as Berkeley firefighters arrived in Santa Rosa, stunned by scope of Tubbs Fire

    10/15/2017 3:40:38 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 130 replies
    SF Gate / Berkeley Fire Department ^ | 10/15/17 | Alix Martichoux
    NOTICE: If you hate California and have nothing good to say, move on. You are NOT wanted on this thread. Get lost. If you have a heart, please watch the video of the Berkeley Engine 6 firefighting team helping out in Santa Rosa. This is heart-wrenching. There are links to contribute to those who have lost everything. A group of Berkeley firefighters was called out to help fight the Tubbs Fire early Monday morning. They thought it was a "large grass fire," but arrived in Santa Rosa to find hundreds of homes and businesses burned. This video was taken and...
  • 12 hours of mayhem: San Jose police arrest five in crime spree

    10/15/2017 3:01:38 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/13/17 | Jason Green
    Police this week arrested an 18-year-old San Jose man and four juveniles in connection with a roughly 12-hour crime spree that included an attempted murder, residential burglaries and a carjacking. The crime spree began just before 10 p.m. Wednesday when three suspects stole merchandise from a Walgreens at 1130 Bird Ave. and knocked a clerk to the ground who tried to stop them... Roughly an hour later, four suspects tried to break into a residence on the 2500 block of Cottle Avenue, Tepoorten said. The homeowner grabbed a gun and confronted the suspects in the front yard, where he was...
  • Audit documents [California] state employees sleeping on the job, riding in limos...

    10/15/2017 2:21:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    L A Times ^ | 10/14/2017 | Morgan Cook
    UC Davis professor spent $996 for three limousine trips and collected $197 in other improper travel reimbursements during two months in 2015, according to a new state report. A state Department of Industrial Relations employee was photographed numerous times sleeping at his work station or texting and reading on his personal cellphone. The employee’s estimated “down time” over a roughly yearlong period cost taxpayers an estimated $5,411 An administrative office within the Department of Corrections hosted an illegal raffle for charity in December 2016. Tickets cost $1 each, and prizes included gift baskets containing ammunition and alcohol. State auditors said...
  • California Officially Declares State Of Emergency Over Deadly Outbreak (Hepatitis)

    10/15/2017 11:03:04 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 62 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | October 14, 2017 | Jack Davis
    California declared a state of emergency Friday after a deadly hepatitis A outbreak has spread faster than the state’s ability to supply the vaccine that can ward off the disease. The declaration allows the state to “increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in order to control the current outbreak,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement, according to CBS News. So far, 581 people in California have been sickened with disease, which targets the liver. Hepatitis A is potentially fatal for people who with liver diseases, such as hepatitis B or C.
  • Editorial: California burns: Where’s the president?

    10/15/2017 6:31:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 118 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 15, 2017 | Chronicle Editorial Board
    As raging wildfires devour the lives, homes and dreams of Californians in an unprecedented scale, one voice has been conspicuously mute through day after day of crisis: President Trump. This is not a man who is reticent to let Americans know what is foremost on his mind. He is also someone who should have learned by now — after devastating hurricanes and the Las Vegas massacre — that Americans expect their president to step forward with empathy and resolve in moments of national trauma. Yet Trump has offered no more than a few perfunctory words about the Wine Country fires...
  • Hands-off forest management goes up in smoke

    10/14/2017 8:24:07 AM PDT · by Twotone · 34 replies
    Register Guard ^ | October 10, 2017 | Nick Smith
    Sam Krop’s characterization of catastrophic wildfire on public and privately owned forest lands (guest viewpoint, Oct. 4) doesn’t match the reality of what Oregon experienced this summer. But I can see why Cascadia Wildlands and other special interest groups oppose solutions such as the Resilient Federal Forests Act. These bills untie the hands of our federal land managers, and provide them with more tools and resources to restore the health of our public forests, before and after a fire. Has “hands-off” forest management reduced the size and severity of forest fires? Are we choking on less wildfire smoke every summer?...
  • SURPRISE! Southern Cal Abandons Harvey Weinstein’s $5 Million Gift For Women Filmmakers

    10/13/2017 6:17:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/12/17 | Eric Owens
    The University of Southern California has rejected a $5 million donation from Harvey Weinstein in response to allegations that Weinstein sexually abused scores of women for decades.The Hollywood movie producer’s generous $5 million donation would have funded — wait for it — an endowment for women filmmakers at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.Southern Cal administrators decided to refuse the gift after a USC student, Tiana Lowe, launched a Change.org petition urging the school “to finally muster the moral spine to refuse Harvey Weinstein’s blood money in exchange for its soul.”“Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood kingmaker and production pioneer, is not...
  • Democratic Congressman: Trump Has ‘An Uncontrollable Personal Need to Pour Disgusting Liquids on…’

    10/13/2017 2:59:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 13, 2017 | Staff
    1 min. video of nut Brad Sherman at link. (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Brad Sherman (D.-Calif.) said in a speech on the House floor on Thursday that President Donald Trump has “an uncontrollable person need to pour disgusting liquids on anything associated with President Obama.” In July, Rep. Sherman filed articles of impeachment against President Trump—that have gone nowhere in the House—and last week put out a press release entitled “The Case for Impeaching Donald J. Trump.” In his speech on the House floor, which was televised on C-SPAN and reported in the Congressional Record , Sherman did not specify exactly...
  • Death toll hits 31; wildfires become deadliest in state’s history

    10/13/2017 11:50:52 AM PDT · by Mariner · 79 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 13th, 2017 | By DAVID DEBOLT
    After four days of terrorizing Wine Country and surrounding regions, the Northern California wildfires on Thursday became the deadliest in state history, with 31 confirmed fatalities and more expected. The most destructive of those, the Tubbs fire, killed at least 15 people, and new figures told of its destruction. Santa Rosa lost 2,834 homes and approximately 400,000 square feet of commercial space, and Mayor Chris Coursey expects the numbers to grow. “We all have suffered a trauma here,” the mayor said. He is said it will take time to recover “from this incident. The city of Santa Rosa has suffered...
  • ‘Ash and bones.’ Death toll in fires hits 31, sets state record

    10/13/2017 10:54:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 77 replies
    SacBee ^ | October 12, 2017 4:10 PM | By Sam Stanton, Benjy Egel And Darrell Smith
    One was a 14-year-old boy found dead in the driveway of his Redwood Valley home, where his parents were badly burned and his 17-year-old sister so badly hurt she had both her legs amputated. Some were found dead in cars and trucks as they tried to flee the firestorms, or inside homes where they apparently were trapped. Still others were discovered as piles of ash and bones, as though they already had passed through a cremation chamber. By Thursday, officials throughout Northern California had begun cataloging the death toll of the huge fires that broke out Sunday night and plowed...