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  • Cal Poly braces for protest as College Republicans plan to host ‘rape culture’ denier [L. Southern]

    05/23/2017 6:41:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    San Luis Obispo Tribune Review ^ | 5/23/17 | Andrew Sheeler
    A month after Cal Poly hosted a series of events as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Cal Poly College Republicans plan to host a speaker who once said, “There is no rape culture in the West.” Lauren Southern, a Canadian conservative-libertarian activist, onetime political candidate and self-published author of “Barbarians: How Baby Boomers, Immigrants and Islam Screwed My Generation,” is scheduled to speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in room 286 of the Fisher Science building. The event is titled “Return of Traditional Women.” Southern is part of a cadre of young, conservative provocateurs including Milo Yiannopoulos...
  • Big Sur hit again as huge landslide covers Highway 1

    05/23/2017 4:37:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 85 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Updated 3:49 pm, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | Curtis Alexander
    The isolation that came to Big Sur this year when wet weather closed several roads has deepened with a giant mudslide across Highway 1, just south of the small community of Gorda (Monterey County). A quarter-mile-wide wall of mud and rock barreled over an oceanfront stretch of road Saturday night, fortunately on a section of the highway where there was no traffic because the area was already closed due to smaller slides. The new slide is certain to postpone the opening of Highway 1 at Big Sur’s southern end, a link to the dramatic coastline that was expected to open...
  • Want Single-Payer, California? Go for It!

    05/23/2017 2:49:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush ^ | May 23, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: California. California is pushing for a single-payer health care system. Democrat leaders — “progressives” in California — want the state to just get out of Obamacare totally and replace Obamacare with a single-payer, state health care system. From the Sacramento Bee: “It would cost $400 billion [per year] to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system…” Do you know what the California state budget is per year? It’s $180 billion. The state budget of California is $180 billion. The Democrats there are serious in proposing that California go single payer. It would...
  • California Cover Up–Billions to Prop Up Collapsing Pension System

    05/23/2017 10:12:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    California Political Review ^ | May 22, 2017 | Stephen Frank
    Guv Brown is going to “loan” $6 billion from a previously unknown slush fund to keep CalPERS doors open. That is after he GIVES then $500 million, so they can keep sending out checks. This is an economic disaster for the people of California—and another reason to leave for a Free State beofre your family finances are destroyed. ... employees don’t share in the cost of Unfunded Liabilities. 100% of that cost falls on citizens, whose services get crowded out and taxes get raised to pay off the liabilities. Jerry Brown proposes to borrow from a citizen-funded restricted fund to...
  • The price tag on universal health care is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget

    05/23/2017 9:06:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 22, 2017 | BY ANGELA HART
    The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday. California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag. Employers currently spend between $100 billion to $150 billion per year, which could be available to help...
  • Occupy Silicon Valley: The next populist movement may be aimed at tech wealth, report says

    05/23/2017 3:43:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 22, 2017 | Evelyn Cheng
    Standout gains in large technology stocks like and Apple show just how much the sector is disconnected from the sluggish growth on the rest of Main Street, one notable strategist said in a report titled "Occupy Silicon Valley." The tech stock rally "could ultimately lead to populist calls for redistribution of the increasingly concentrated wealth of Silicon Valley," Bank of America Merrill Lynch's chief investment strategist, Michael Hartnett, said in a report released Monday.
  • Public-Private Partnerships Will Not Save U.S. Infrastructure

    05/23/2017 1:09:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | May 17, 2017 | Stephen Miller
    This week, while Donald Trump ensnares himself in the most serious threat to his presidency to date, Congress is, to some extent, continuing with the typical business of government. A series of hearings during “Infrastructure Week” are focusing on the administration’s rumored infrastructure plan.Although the White House has been talking up private infrastructure investment as a replacement for public funding, a panel of experts told Congress that, even with perfectly executed public-private partnerships, the federal government still needs to provide its own support — especially for projects, like transit lines, that aren’t guaranteed to generate toll revenue for profit-seeking investors.This...
  • US approves $650M for San Francisco Bay Area train system

    05/22/2017 2:51:08 PM PDT · by Drago · 42 replies
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (AP) ^ | May 22, 2017 | JULIET WILLIAMS
    SAN FRANCISCO - The Trump administration announced Monday that it will fully fund a $650 million federal grant for electrification of a San Francisco Bay Area train system that also would help California's high-speed rail project.
  • LAPD officers join Compton students for father-daughter dance

    05/22/2017 11:49:50 AM PDT · by Mark · 21 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/20/17 |
    LAPD Officers Join Compton Students For Father-Daughter Dance Friday was a night of celebration in Watts for dozens of young princesses. The gymnasium at Compton Avenue Elementary School magically transformed into a beautiful ballroom - all for the annual father-daughter dance. The music was thumping, feet were moving and smiles were everywhere! "I really like the fact that these beautiful ladies are being empowered. They're being shown that they are princesses in their own right, and all are individuals and all are appreciated here," father Jesse Melano said. But not all of these young ladies have a father figure in...
  • Citrus Heights Neighbors Say Nuns are Trapping, Relocating Their Cats

    05/22/2017 11:38:30 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 32 replies
    Fox 40 (Californina) ^ | May 19, 2017 | Mark Demsky
    Police in Citrus Heights, along with Animal Control, have become involved in the case. They say the two nuns were upset that cats were getting into their garden. "For lack of a better term, these two ladies were at their wit's end and they just wanted some peace, and if they couldn't move themselves then they might be able to move the other half of the problem, which was the cats," Boehle said.
  • How some Southern California drug rehab centers exploit addiction

    05/22/2017 10:47:54 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    ---SNIP--- As broke as he is, Solomon is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chronic drug users like Solomon are commodities, exploited by a growing world of drug and alcohol rehab operators who put profit ahead of patient care. Everything from the opioid epidemic and Obamacare to prison realignment and legal loopholes has created conditions in which unethical operators can flourish, using addicts to bilk insurance companies and the public out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Though many legitimate centers remain, critics and long-time insiders say a darker version of the industry is emerging, built around an illicit world...
  • After years of planning, California is likely to roll out its earthquake warning system next year

    05/22/2017 10:18:04 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/22/2017 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    California will likely roll out a limited public earthquake early warning system sometime next year, researchers building the network say. New earthquake sensing stations are being installed in the ground, software is being improved, and operators are being hired to make sure the system is properly staffed,(snip) The new sensor stations are particularly important for rural Northern California, where gaps in the network have put San Francisco at risk for a slower alert if an earthquake begins on the San Andreas fault near the Oregon border and barrels down to the city.(snip) More work still needs to be done to...
  • Schwarzenegger says you can have four Hummers and still save planet

    05/22/2017 9:54:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/22/17 | AFP
    Arnold Schwarzenegger has four Hummers and likes nothing better than getting up at 5am to ride his Harley Davidson to the beach for breakfast. Yet "The Terminator" star insists that should not stop him being an environmental evangelist. "Saving the planet is also about technology," the former California governor told AFP, putting his foot on a chair and wagging a skull-ringed finger to make his point. Three of his Hummers run on hydrogen, vegetable oil and bio-diesel and he's hoping to put an electric engine into the fourth. "You know one day soon we are going to have hydrogen-fuelled planes....
  • Popcorn: The Self-Destruction of “The Democracy,” as Seen in California

    05/22/2017 6:38:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | May 22, 2020 | Arthur Schaper
    Until the American Civil War, the political party of slavery, secession, segregation, and now socialism, referred to itself as “The Democracy.” After the slow burning of DNC leaks, Crooked Hillary’s corruption, the dripping frauds of the DNC elections, and recently the chaos of the now-concluded California Democratic Party convention, it’s clear that there is nothing democratic about the Democratic Party. I commiserate with my California liberal, progressive, Democratic friends. They really believe that that more government, more socialism is the answer to our nation’s ills—but at least they believe in a fair, just process. But fairness and big government don’t...
  • Was This Cal State LA Student Detained by Border Patrol Because of Her Activism? (Deport!)

    05/21/2017 6:11:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies ^ | May 21, 2017 | Jenifer Van Laar
    Cal State Los Angeles student and "undocumented" immigrant Claudia Rueda, 22, got up Thursday morning to move her family's car (you don't want your car parked on the street on street cleaning day), and when she exited the car she was met by Border Patrol agents and detained . By Friday night, Rueda had been transferred to ICE custody for removal proceedings. That much of the story is not in dispute. Rueda's attorney and friends say the actions are retaliatory and that she was individually targeted Thursday because she's an activist for (illegal) immigrant rights. Rueda's mother was detained...
  • California Democratic chair race angers 'Berniecrats'

    05/21/2017 5:31:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2017 | Jonathan J. Cooper
    California Democrats narrowly selected longtime party insider Eric Bauman to be the leader of the largest state Democratic Party, angering and frustrating supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders who threw their support behind an insurgent challenger. [Snip] The hotly contested race reflected the deep divisions within the Democratic Party, which despite a universal commitment to fighting President Donald Trump has not fully healed from last year’s contentious presidential primary between Sanders and Hillary Clinton. [Snip] For many Sanders supporters, emotions are still raw following what they feel was an unfair nomination contest and Saturday’s California election felt like a repeat. [Snip]...
  • Tom Perez Bombs Speech, California Dem Chair Tells Protesters ‘Shut the [bleep] Up’

    05/20/2017 6:21:25 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 45 replies ^ | 05/20/17 | Michael Sainato
    <p>The rift within the Democratic Party was on full display at the California Democratic Party Convention on May 19 in Sacramento, California. Progressives joined members of National Nurses United, protesting the Democratic Party establishment’s refusal to support single payer healthcare system. Rather than follow through with Democratic rhetoric that healthcare is a human right, establishment Democrats have responded to voters by scolding and attacking them.</p>
  • ICE Agents Staked Out Near Church Raise Concerns In Sacramento

    05/20/2017 8:05:07 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 38 replies
    CBS Sacramento Via Drudge ^ | May 18, 2017 | Lemor Abrams
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Fears of deportation have placed a cloud over a Sacramento church. The Del Paso church La Vida serves as a sanctuary for the local Hispanic community. Federal immigration agents were caught staking out at the church during services. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have a policy to avoid sensitive places, including houses of worship. Pastor Alex Vaiz’s Sacramento church is a safe place for people from all walks of life. “A good number of our church are immigrants,” said he said. But Vaiz says that sanctuary is now threatened, after federal immigration agents staked out across...
  • A Moreno Valley man went in for a green card, but was deported instead

    05/20/2017 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Press-Enterprise ^ | May 19, 2017 | By ALEJANDRA MOLINA
    Ramon Ruiz Ortiz of Moreno Valley went to San Bernardino’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office at 10 a.m. May 11 to interview for a green card giving him permanent residency. By 7 p.m., he’d been deported to Tijuana. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officials said he applied using a false name and that he had been removed previously and then had returned here illegally, making him ineligible for a green card, according to ICE. Now, his family and an attorney representing the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino are trying to figure out what happened to the man...
  • What’s a manbassador? Graduating MBA student shows the way

    05/20/2017 6:46:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    UC Berkeley News ^ | May 19, 2017 | By Gretchen Kell
    Patrick Ford, who graduates from UC Berkeley today with an MBA, is a standout at the Haas School of Business. Berkeley News recently talked with Ford about the origin of his mission, “Guy Talk” and other manbassador activities at Berkeley-Haas and post-graduation plans. What is a manbassador, and where did the name and idea come from? Manbassador is a more memorable name for the universal term “male ally.” A male ally is a man who works to end gender discrimination by supporting and being an advocate for women. I started noticing and caring about gender equity as an undergrad. Some...