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  • Rep. McClintock's meeting heats up amid Trump criticism

    02/22/2017 6:37:01 PM PST · by Mariner · 16 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | February 22nd, 2017 | KCRA Staff
    MARIPOSA, Calif. (KCRA) — Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Roseville, held another heated town hall meeting Tuesday night as anti-Trump critics and Trump supporters became rowdy. More than 500 people filled the seats at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in Mariposa. Those in attendance included McClintock's supporters and opponents. Many came carrying signs about the Affordable Care Act and planned to actively oppose McClintock's support of President Donald Trump, but supporters of McClintock were also loud. The room roared when McClintock was asked about Trump potentially withholding federal funds from California. "As far as sanctuary cities, I don't believe any jurisdiction should receive federal...
  • Lawyer Says ICE Agents Waited Outside Pasadena Courtroom for His Client, Then Confronted and Arreste

    02/22/2017 5:53:59 PM PST · by Republic Rocker · 112 replies
    [Updated Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 7:50 a.m.] In an unusual incident which has prompted concern among area lawyers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested a man federal officials said was a previously deported Mexican national with a prior felony conviction for drug trafficking at the Pasadena Courthouse on Tuesday. According to Virginia Kice, Western Regional Communications Director/Spokesperson for ICE, Enforcement and Removal Operations officers arrested the unidentified man at the courthouse after earlier efforts to locate him at a residence or place of employment proved unsuccessful. The man’s attorney, Los Angeles criminal lawyer Octavio Chaidez, said the immigration...
  • What’s Coming? A Dramatic Shift in EPA Priorities

    02/22/2017 5:41:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    warrsupwiththat? ^ | 22 February 2017 | Anthony Watts
    Scott Pruitt Signals Dramatic Shift in EPA PrioritiesThe Wall Street Journal, 22 February 2017 Amy Harder In speech before employees, the new chief emphasized giving business certainty about rulesScott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, spoke to employees of the agency in Washington on Tuesday PHOTO:JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS WASHINGTON—In his first speech as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt stressed a dramatic change of priorities at the agency, stating the importance of the agency’s communication and relationship with businesses but giving few details about policy changes.Mr. Pruitt didn’t touch on the hard-fought issues that arose during his confirmation process, including...
  • Accused Hit and Run Killer Had Been Deported

    02/22/2017 2:59:46 PM PST · by gubamyster · 26 replies
    KFI AM 640 (CA) ^ | 02/22/2017 | Eric Leonard
    A man booked on suspicion of murder - after he allegedly killed a woman in North Hills while fleeing the scene of another car crash - had been removed from the United States to Mexico five times between 1998 and 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Estuardo Alvardo, 45, was arrested Sunday afternoon after the fatal crash at Sepulveda and Plummer Streets and was being held in lieu of $1,050,00 bail, according to jail records. Prosecutors were expected to consider filing charges Wednesday. The LAPD said Alvarado was initially involved in a minor wreck at Lassen St....
  • Police Chief Blames California Early Release Program for Cop’s Murder

    02/22/2017 1:58:04 PM PST · by davikkm · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY
    Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper has blamed Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial early prison release program for the murder of one of his officers on Monday. Officer Keith Boyer, 53, was shot dead when he and his partner, Patrick Hazell, responded to a traffic accident in a tony suburb of Los Angeles known as Whittier’s Friendly Hills on Monday morning. At an emotional news conference later that day, Piper laid the blame squarely on AB 109, which Gov. Brown signed into law in 2011. “We need to wake up. Enough is enough,” Piper said. “This is a senseless, senseless tragedy that...
  • Accused Cop Killer Could've Been Locked Up Longer

    02/22/2017 2:11:56 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    kfi640amiheart.com ^ | 2/22/17 | Eric Leonard
    Prosecutors from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Wednesday they’d asked a judge to sentence the gang member accused of murdering a Whittier Police Officer to four years in prison in 2014. An L.A. Superior Court judge sentenced Michael Mejia to half that. Mejia completed the prison term last April and was released on probation. In the ten months since, Mejia has been arrested, jailed, and released at least five times under the supervision of L.A. County Probation Officers, until he was wounded in a shootout Monday morning and arrested on suspicion of murdering Whittier Police Officer Keith...
  • California Bans Students From Traveling To ‘Anti-LGBT’ States

    02/22/2017 1:47:55 PM PST · by ColdOne · 65 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/22/17 | Jason Chulack
    California has created a travel ban of its own, which prohibits its own public university students from traveling to “anti-LGBT” states. The law that went into effect Jan. 1 prohibits state-funded travel to states that are not LGBT-friendly, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The law prevents students of the University of California and California State University from traveling to four states outlined by California attorney general Xavier Becerra, including Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. The California State University intends to follow this new state law, a university spokesperson tells The Daily Caller. “Inclusivity and diversity are fundamental values...
  • Storm: 10 trillion gallons over next 7 days for CA #LakeOroville watershed ...

    02/21/2017 11:07:42 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 54 replies
    warrsupwiththat? ^ | 2 days ago February 19, 2017 | Anthony Watts /
    Last week, I said that up to a foot of rain could be seen in the Lake Oroville watershed due to a series of “supersoaker storms” coming through. Now, the largest of the storms is bearing down. Dr. Ryan Maue of WeatherBell says there’s going to be an unbelievable “10 trillion gallons” in the next 7 days as more storms come through. Excessive rainfall on way to California 4 to 10 inches of rain along coast from Santa Cruz north … same for mountains above Oroville. –Dr. Ryan Maue on TwitterResult in California over next 7-days is widespread heavy rain...
  • U.S. Govt. Prosecuting Elderly Army Vet for “Posting” American Flags in VA Facility

    02/21/2017 6:45:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Will Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ) continue wasting taxpayer dollars to criminally prosecute a 74-year-old U.S. Army veteran for posting two American Flags in a southern California Veterans Administration facility? The absurd case was initiated under President Obama, but is set to go to trial in federal court next month under new DOJ leadership. The military veteran faces up to six months in jail for the ghastly offense of affixing Old Glory at a site honoring those who served their country. Judicial Watch reached out to Sessions’ office but has not heard back from the new Attorney General after...
  • Road collapse closes Highway 41 access to Yosemite National Park at Fish Camp

    02/21/2017 6:15:10 PM PST · by daisy12 · 24 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | February 21 2017 | Jim Guy
    Highway 41 to Yosemite National Park is closed at Fish Camp, the California Highway Patrol and park officials reported Tuesday. Caltrans reported the roadway is closed eight-tenths of a mile south of the park at Summerdale Campground. The agency doesn’t project the roadway reopening until March 10. A washout Feb. 9 eroded the southbound shoulder of the highway, said Caltrans spokesman Cory Burkarth. Since then, Caltrans has had one-way traffic controls in place while agency workers inspected the roadway several times a day. On Tuesday morning, Caltrans workers noticed the northbound lane was starting to sink and banned tour buses...
  • Suspect in Whittier cop killing, East LA slaying was AB 109 probationer

    02/21/2017 3:22:18 PM PST · by lowbridge · 50 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | February 21, 2017 | STEPHANIE K. BAER
    A man suspected of killing a Whittier police officer in a shootout Monday, hours after slaying his cousin, was released from prison under a controversial program that many law enforcement agencies blame for an uptick in crime, authorities said. Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, of Los Angeles, was identified Tuesday by authorities as the suspect in the fatal shootings of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer and 46-year-old Roy Torres, the suspect’s cousin. Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said Mejia was released from state prison in April 2016 following a grand theft auto conviction in...
  • California’s Biggest Security Threat? Climate Change, Says Former Adviser

    02/21/2017 11:47:55 AM PST · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    KQED News, San Francisco ^ | February 20, 2016 | Sarah Craig
    Charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, cybersecurity and terrorism are topics that have recently dominated the national security conversation. But according to Richard Clarke, it’s climate change that poses an imminent threat to our nation’s shores. Clarke is the former U.S. national security adviser who gained notoriety after criticizing the George W. Bush administration for the war in Iraq, saying Bush is guilty of war crimes. Clarke is concerned about chaos that will occur not just in California, but around the globe from rising seas that could displace millions of people.
  • Paroled gang member kills California officer responding to traffic accident: police

    02/21/2017 9:29:13 AM PST · by simpson96 · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/20/2017 | Robert Jablon
    A gang member who was recently freed from jail killed his cousin and stole his car Monday then shot and killed a California police officer and wounded his partner before being wounded himself, authorities said. Whittier Officer Keith Lane Boyer died and Officer Patrick Hazel was wounded when they answered a report of a traffic accident in the eastern Los Angeles County suburb. A motorist pointed out the location of the car that had rear-ended his vehicle, and the officers approached the driver. "When they get him out of the car, they go to pat him down for weapons, they...
  • Evacuations ordered due to levee breach south of Manteca

    02/20/2017 8:08:52 PM PST · by Mariner · 65 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | February 20th, 2017 | KCRA Staff
    MANTECA, Calif. (KCRA) — A levee near Manteca was breached Monday night leading to mandatory evacuations in the area, according to San Joaquin County officials said. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for people living within the below boundary:.... The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the pictured area on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, due to a levee breach south of Manteca. The warning is set to expire at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Paroled gang member fatally shoots Calif. officer after car crash

    02/20/2017 5:23:39 PM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/20/17 | ap/foxnews
    "When they get him out of the car, they go to pat him down for weapons, they can see he's got tattoos all over his face and all over his neck," Corina said. The man then pulled a semi-automatic handgun and opened fire at the officers, who were wearing bulletproof vests and shot back, Corina said. Boyer, a 25-year police veteran, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Hazel and the alleged gunman were hospitalized in stable condition, Corina said.
  • Judge Blocks Baca’s Brain Doc

    02/20/2017 3:32:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 1 replies
    kfi640iheart.com ^ | 2/20/17 | Eric Leonard
    A federal judge has ruled defense lawyers for Lee Baca will not be allowed to call an Alzheimer’s expert to testify at the former L.A. County Sheriff’s upcoming corruption retrial. U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson granted in a written ruling the prosecutors’ motion to exclude the testimony of Dr. James Spar, who defense lawyers said would tell jurors it was possible Baca was suffering from the early effects of Alzheimer’s disease during one relevant event. “Evidence linking defendant’s current diagnosis to the charges is entirely speculative and inadmissible, is the product of unreliable methodology, artificially limited facts, and bare...
  • Whittier police officer killed in shootout; 2nd officer, suspect injured

    02/20/2017 2:08:17 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 39 replies
    abc7 ^ | 2-20-17 | abc7
    WHITTIER, Calif. (KABC) -- A Whittier police officer was killed and another was wounded when they were fired upon while responding to a traffic accident Monday morning, authorities said. ~SNIP~The suspect, described as a "gang member type," was also in stable condition at the hospital. The identities of those involved in the incident were not immediately released.
  • Nestle Joins Thousands Of Companies Leaving California Over Anti-Capitalist Lawmakers and Activists

    02/20/2017 11:55:52 AM PST · by lowbridge · 38 replies
    Gateway pundit ^ | February 19, 2017 | Ryan Saavedra
    According to an article from Investor’s Business Daily, Nestle is leaving the state of California and moving to Virginia to get away from the liberal state. Nestle’s headquarters is moving from Glendale, California which is near Los Angeles to Rosslyn, Virginia which is near Washington D.C. Sticking to it’s ignorant true-self, an official from Glendale, California said that Nestles departure was “no big deal,” and was actually an opportunity for them as the company moves thousands of jobs away from the area.
  • California Goes One Step Beyond ObamaCare, Proposes Single-Payer Healthcare System to Include Illega

    02/20/2017 11:16:44 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/18/17 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    Full Title............................California Goes One Step Beyond ObamaCare, Proposes Single-Payer Healthcare System to Include Illegal Aliens..............................California Democrats made a surprise move late Friday to foil President Trump’s promise to repeal ObamaCare—by introducing a stand-alone, single-payer healthcare system in California. The Mercury News reported that two California lawmakers Friday introduced legislation to replace private insurance with a government-run health care system covering all 38 million Californians—including its undocumented residents. “We’ve reached this pivotal moment,” Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), told the Mercury News in an interview Friday, “and I thought to myself: `Look, now more than ever is the time to talk...
  • ICE: 949,382 illegals with 'removal orders' still free, raids get just .07%

    02/20/2017 7:24:49 AM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/20/17 | Paul Bedard
    Despite media reports of a massive crackdown by President Trump on illegal immigrants, just a tiny percentage of the nearly 1 million on the government's deportation list have been arrested, according to statistics provided to Congress. The 680 seized in recent sweeps by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents represent just .07 percent of the 950,062 with deportation orders as of May 21, 2016. ... There are an estimated 3 million illegal immigrants with criminal records in addition to their illegal status and the administration has said it will make them a priority for removal. The numbers in the ICE...
  • He's the founder of a Californian independence movement - just don't ask him why he lives in Russia

    02/19/2017 8:40:37 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 18 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 2-19-17 | Adam Taylor, The Washington Post
    Louis J. Marinelli is a man on a quixotic mission: to help California secede from the United States and become an independent country. Surprisingly, this quest has been going relatively well of late. Marinelli's group, Yes California, is attempting to collect 585,000 signatures necessary to place a secessionist question on the 2018 ballot. Buoyed by California's already tense relationship with President Donald Trump, the campaign has received a large amount of press coverage and support over the past few months. But for the 30-year-old Yes California president, there remains one annoying problem: People keep asking him why he lives in...
  • U.S. Transportation department executive approved grant days before taking job with rail contractor

    02/19/2017 9:01:04 PM PST · by blueyon · 25 replies
    LATimes ^ | 2/18/17 | Ralph Vartabedian
    "U.S. Transportation department executive approved grant days before taking job with rail contractor" A top Obama administration executive at the U.S. Department of Transportation approved a $647-million grant for a California rail project in mid-January and less than two weeks later went to work for a Los Angeles-based contractor involved in the project, The Times has learned. The grant provides a significant part of the money required to install a $2-billion electrical power system on the Bay Area’s Caltrain commuter rail system, allowing the rail to retire its diesel locomotives.
  • George Takei Claims His Anti-Donald Trump Poll Was Hijacked by 'Alt-Right Virgin Trolls’

    02/19/2017 5:58:56 PM PST · by drewh · 49 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | | 8:52 pm, February 19th, 2017 | by Adam Pribila
    witter Polls are best used for things like figuring out what the best side is at Thanksgiving Dinner (stuffing) or how sick it would be if Dave Navaro were your father (hella sick). Twitter Polls are NOT best used for things relating to politics. Because the last election. Apparently everyone’s favorite USS Enterprise helmsman George Takei didn’t get that memo. Saturday saw the outspoken liberal taking to the microblogging platform with a question for his followers: “Trump says the media is the true enemy of the American people. So lets take a poll. Who do you think does MORE HARM...
  • If Oroville Dam Failed, Residents Likely Would Not Be Advised in Time

    02/19/2017 2:05:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2017
    Communities immediately downstream of California's Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation's tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago. Regulators at the time recommended that state officials implement more public-warning systems, carry out annual public education campaigns and work to improve early detection of any problems at the dam. Six years later, state and local officials have adopted some of the recommendations, including automated warnings via reverse 911 calls to...
  • My Freep on CNN Hollywood

    02/19/2017 12:51:09 PM PST · by BOOHA · 52 replies
    me | 2/19/2017 | Booha
    I live close by CNN Hollywood, CA so I thought to remind them that they are the king of fake news.
  • Inside the black bloc militant protest movement as it rises up against Trump

    02/19/2017 12:49:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/19/17 | Paige St John
    The movement first made its presence felt in California more than two decades ago, then built its forces amid the protests against the Iraq war.Out of the sea of largely peaceful antiwar demonstrators marching in San Francisco’s Financial District in 2003, a more militant subgroup emerged. Its members wore black masks, black jackets, black hoods and helmets. They smashed windows and looted military recruitment offices.Since then, the so-called black bloc protesters have become a force in the Bay Area and beyond. They have been blamed for violence during protests in Oakland over corporate power and police abuse, notably the case of Oscar...
  • Living Beneath a Wall of Water: Can Oroville Residents Trust the Dam Will Hold?

    02/18/2017 11:05:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/17 | DALE KASLER, RYAN LILLIS AND JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS
    The music was snapped off, and the lunchtime chatter at the Keg Room quieted down. Bartender Vivian Jenkins cranked up the volume on the two TVs hanging over the bar as “The Young and the Restless” ended and the real daytime drama came onscreen: the noon media briefing from Oroville Dam, 3 miles up the road. Friday’s episode brought encouraging news. Progress was being made on releasing water from Lake Oroville, while work crews continued to patch the dam’s troubled emergency spillway. Kory Honea, the Butte County sheriff, reminded viewers “we’re still operating under an emergency situation” and they needed...
  • Oroville Dam: What made the spillway collapse? (California)

    02/18/2017 4:49:41 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 55 replies
    San Jose Mercury News and Propaganda ^ | February 17, 2017 | Paul Rogers, Coverup Department
    How did a giant, gaping hole tear through the massive Oroville Dam’s main concrete spillway last week, setting in motion the chain of events that could have led to one of America’s deadliest dam failures? Dam experts around the country are focusing on a leading suspect: Tiny bubbles.The prospect is simple, yet terrifying and has been the culprit in a number of near disasters at dams across the globe since engineers discovered it about 50 years ago. In a process called “cavitation,” ...
  • Tear Down this Dam?

    02/18/2017 12:51:12 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 14 Feb 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Tear down this dam? © Getty Images Oroville dam, the tallest in the nation, is currently in danger of structural failure. Thousands living downstream from its desperate cascading water releases are evacuating their homes in Hollywood disaster-film fashion. Something premodern and apocalyptic like this was not supposed to have happened in a postmodern California of Google, Hollywood, and Napa Valley wineries. California’s politicians and pundits in recent years of drought swore the state was entering a cycle of permanent drought (and thus saw no need to start construction on a single dam to store the rain and snow that supposedly...
  • Feb. 18 update: How full are Northern California reservoirs and rivers?

    02/18/2017 11:54:06 AM PST · by Mariner · 25 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 18th, 2107 | Sacramento Bee Staff
    These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley for Saturday, February 18, 2017. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service. Want to compare to yesterday? See reservoir and river levels for February 17, 2017. For February 16, 2017. RESERVOIR CONDITIONS ENDING MIDNIGHT, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
  • Oroville Dam sees turnover with private contractors

    02/18/2017 8:14:25 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 37 replies
    ABC10, KXTV ^ | Feb. 17, 2017 | Staff
    Private contractors at the Oroville Dam have had to fire some of their workforce because of issues ranging from positive drug tests to violating the state's Department of Water Resources' social media policy. There has also been turnover because of unqualified workers. Private contractors hired to work on the dam have to vet their own employees, according to DWR spokesman Chris Orrock, who noted that no state employees have been let go because of these reasons. Crews are being brought in as needed, as space is tight, DWR Acting Director Bill Croyle said.
  • Biggest Storm of the Season Prompts Evacuations

    02/18/2017 1:25:58 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    kfi640am.com ^ | 2/17/17 | kfi
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The occupants of 180 homes in Duarte were under mandatory evacuation orders in the face of today's expected storm, which forecasters said would be the biggest so far this season, threatening to unleash monster winds, flash flooding, mud slides and cascades of debris down slopes stripped bare by wildfires. The evacuation orders were issued Thursday, before any rain appeared, and were due to go into effect at 7 this morning, when the alert level for neighborhoods below the Fish Fire burn area will be raised to red. Additionally, classes were canceled at Valley View School in...
  • Pope Francis encourages meeting of popular movements in California [George Soros Ties]

    02/18/2017 12:57:26 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    CNA ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | CNA/EWTN News
    Stockton, Calif., Feb 17, 2017 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday sent a message of encouragement to the hundreds of religious and community leaders participating in a meeting of popular movements being held this week in California. “It is the Church, the Christian community, people of compassion and solidarity, social organizations. It is us, it is you, to whom the Lord Jesus daily entrusts those who are afflicted in body and spirit, so that we can continue pouring out all of his immeasurable mercy and salvation upon them,” Pope Francis said in his Feb. 17 message to...
  • Flood threat: Don Pedro spillway to open if storm delivers forecasted rain (CA)

    02/17/2017 7:12:52 PM PST · by keat · 28 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | February 17, 2017 | Ken Carleson
    comes with the storm due Monday and Tuesday, which could drop close to 5 inches of rain in the watershed above the dam in western Tuolumne County. “We are required to open the spillway when Don Pedro is at 830 elevation,” the spokesman said Friday. “With the current forecast, it shows it will be reaching 830 feet.” McMillan was not certain what day the spillway gate would be opened, but more likely Tuesday. It would be the second time Don Pedro’s spillway has been activated in the history of the dam, which opened in 1971. “It is important to note...
  • UC Police ask community for help with Milo Yiannopoulos protest investigation (with photos)

    02/17/2017 6:47:57 PM PST · by SSS Two · 31 replies
    Berkeleyside ^ | Feb. 17, 2017, 12:23 p.m. | Tracey Taylor
    The UC Police Department is asking the community for help with its investigation into the Feb. 1 protest on campus triggered by the slated appearance of far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The protest, which began peacefully, turned violent when it was disrupted by 100-150 mostly black-clad agitators. An estimated $600,000 worth of damage was done on campus and in downtown Berkeley, and several people sustained injuries. In an alert sent out Friday morning, UCPD published photos of 21 individual protesters it believes are suspects, as well as four photos of groups of people (view photos). It is asking that the community...
  • 150,000 Cubic Yards of Debris Stand in the Way of Oroville Dam's Hydroelectric Plant Restart

    02/17/2017 5:09:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | FEB. 17, 2017 | Joseph Serna and Louis Sahagun
    Officials at Lake Oroville reduced the rate of water release once again Friday as workers continued make repairs to a damaged spillway and clear debris from a hydroelectric plant. State Department of Water Resources engineers will decrease the flow of water in the Oroville Dam's main spillway from 80,000 cubic feet per second to 60,000 by Saturday morning, giving crews space to dredge debris from a pool at the bottom of the spillway, said DWR acting director Bill Croyle. Engineers had been pumping water out of the lake at 100,000 cfs for several days to make room for incoming storm...
  • Torrential Rain Will Threaten The Desert Southwest This Weekend

    02/17/2017 3:58:38 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Accuweather.com ^ | Alex Sosnowski
    The storm producing torrential rain in coastal Southern California into Friday night will also threaten lives and property in the deserts of Arizona, California and Nevada this weekend. In a sense, the rainfall will be like a fast-moving tropical system. A general 1 to 3 inches of rain will fall with locally higher amounts over the south-facing slopes of the mountains into Saturday night. "Much of this rain may fall in a few hours' time, which is more than enough to cause significant runoff, flash and urban flooding due to the landscape in the region," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan...
  • Elon Musk to dig tunnel to ease traffic in LA, but he doesn't yet have permission

    02/17/2017 3:13:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 26, 2017 | Olivia Solon
    Elon Musk announced plans to start digging a traffic-easing tunnel under Los Angeles “in a month or so”, but city planning bodies say he doesn’t yet have permission.The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has been mulling the idea since December, when he revealed his frustrations with congestion in the city. “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging,” he said on Twitter.“It shall be called The Boring Company,” he added. “Boring, it’s what we do.”At the time it wasn’t clear whether he was joking, but today’s announcement suggested he was not. Elon...
  • AP Exclusive: If [Oroville] California dam failed, people likely stuck

    02/17/2017 11:09:41 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 51 replies
    SF Gate ^ | February 17, 2017 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    Communities just downstream of California's Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation's tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago. The state Department of Water Resources informed federal dam regulators that local emergency officials "do not believe there is enough time to perform evacuations in the communities immediately downstream of the dam during a sudden failure," according to a Feb. 8, 2011, letter reviewed by The Associated Press. Absent "significant" advance...
  • Parents Speak Out After Wild Fight At Grover Cleveland High In Reseda [CA] [ed]February 16,

    02/17/2017 9:02:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    CBS LA ^ | February 16, 2017 | Staff
    Parents of students at Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda spoke out Thursday about the way the school handled a full-out brawl. The fight was caught on tape. A security guard was reportedly beaten during the Wednesday fight that occurred around 11 a.m. on the campus at Tampa and Saticoy.
  • How full are Northern California reservoirs and rivers?(nice graphs)

    02/17/2017 6:41:08 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | 2/16/2017 | Staff
    These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service. RESERVOIR CONDITIONS ENDING MIDNIGHT, FEBRUARY 15, 2017 This graph shows California reservoirs, with percentage capacity (the first number) and percentage of historical average (the second number). Updated graphs are available here, at “Selected Reservoirs Daily Graphs. Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article133224899.html#storylink=cpy
  • A disaster at the Oroville Dam could easily become a crisis for Los Angeles too

    02/16/2017 7:08:38 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 39 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 13, 2017 | The Times Editorial Board
    Southern Californians have been drinking from the Feather River — and washing in it, flushing with it and sprinkling it over their lawns — for nearly a half century without giving it much thought, so the emergency at distant Oroville Dam provides a jolting reminder of our dependence on the wetter, northern part of the state. A disaster there could easily become a crisis here.
  • CoreLogic: $13.3B in Reconstruction at Risk in Northern California Dam Failure

    02/16/2017 1:09:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | February 15, 2017
    Roughly 50,047 single- and multi-family residential homes could be damaged with an estimated reconstruction cost value of $13.3 billion if the Oroville Dam in California were to fail completely, according to new data analysis from CoreLogic that included the six primary counties in that area. Fears of flooding from the nation’s tallest dam, which reaches 770 feet, prompted evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people. A word from our sponsor: Sponsored by: Water Security Solutions U.S. Click here for more info.How does Western Security Surplus work to your advantage? How do we keep ahead of the competition? And what motivates us...
  • Obama Stimulus Funds:$22 Million Went to California Dam in ‘Good Shape’,$0 for Failing Oroville Dam

    02/16/2017 4:00:54 PM PST · by davikkm · 17 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Ryan Saavedra
    Millions Went To California Dam In Good Shape The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that of the $34 billion that the State of California received from Obama’s 2009 stimulus package, $0 went to the failing Oroville dam while millions went to a dam that was in ‘good shape’. From The Free Beacon: Despite more than a decade of warnings about Oroville, there is no public record of the country’s tallest dam receiving any of the more than $34 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sent to California for infrastructure projects. Over $22 million in stimulus funds did go...
  • Several Of Nation’s Most-Used Structurally Deficient Bridges Are In Los Angeles

    02/16/2017 12:08:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    Nine of the ten most-traveled structurally deficient bridges in the country are in Southern California, according to the report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Six of those are along the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles. A bridge is considered to be structurally deficient if one of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure is considered to be in “poor,” or worse, condition. ... California has identified 4,088 bridges that are in need of repair at an estimated cost of $13 billion.
  • ‘Overdose!’ Obama Crony Janet Napolitano Hospitalized After Drug Blackout

    02/16/2017 11:13:45 AM PST · by Bodleian_Girl · 80 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Sharon Churcher
    Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was hospitalized after a near-fatal “accidental overdose” of cancer medication, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned. The University of California previously announced that 59-year-old, who has been serving as President, was hospitalized Jan. 18. Citing her privacy, the UC refused to reveal any details about the terrifying event, which occurred at the school’s President’s House in Alameda, CA., and called it a “complication” of her cancer battle. But a Radar investigation can reveal that Napolitano was unconscious for hours before a staffer discovered her body — and that an accidental overdose of her cancer medications was...
  • (9th Circus) Court Says Californians Need (10 days) to Cool Off After Gun Buy

    02/16/2017 10:39:41 AM PST · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | February 14, 2017 | David Lombardo
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower-court decision that would have struck down a 10-day waiting period for certain firearm purchases. The lower-court decision would have allowed existing gun owners and people with concealed-weapons permits to immediately take possession of a lawfully purchased firearm. [Snip] 9th Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder ... said someone who already owns a hunting rifle may want to buy a larger-capacity weapon that will do more damage when fired into a crowd. "A 10-day cooling-off period would serve to discourage such conduct and would impose no serious burden on the core...
  • UC San Diego Students Protest Visit by ‘Oppressive and Offensive’ Dalai Lama

    02/16/2017 9:45:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Heat Street ^ | February 16, 2017 | Kieran Corcoran
    Students at the University of California, San Diego are protesting an upcoming visit by the Dalai Lama – claiming the Tibetan leader is “oppressive”. Chinese students are leading objections to the event, which will see the Dalai Lama give a commencement speech on graduation day. They have claimed that his presence is offensive because of his campaign to make Tibet more independent – contrary to the Communist government’s position that Tibet is a region of China under their control.
  • Man Who Plotted With San Bernardino Terrorist Expected To Enter Plea

    02/16/2017 8:42:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/16/2017
    Enrique Marquez Jr., 25, entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, admitting to one count each of providing material support to terrorists and making false statements in the acquisition of firearms. Marquez will formally acknowledge his crimes during a hearing at 9 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal at the federal courthouse in downtown Riverside. ... Marquez admitted that he was the actual buyer of the two high-capacity semi-automatic rifles that Farook and Malik armed themselves with. He also said he made plans with Farook to commit mass murder at the library or cafeteria...
  • The Media Is Already Linking Oroville Dam Disaster To Global Warming

    02/16/2017 7:09:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 15, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    A number of news outlets claim the near collapse of the Oroville dam's emergency spillway in California is a glimpse of what man-made global warming could bring. "Oroville Is a Warning for California Dams, as Climate Change Adds Stress," the New York Times reported. "Broken California Dam Is a Sign of Emergencies to Come," reads an article published in Scientific American, adding that "[c]limate change is leading to more extreme rainfalls that can overwhelm infrastructure."