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  • California ‘Accidentally’ Releases Info of 3,500 Firearms Instructors

    01/19/2017 7:54:13 AM PST · by bkopto · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/19/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    The state of California “accidentally” released the private information of nearly 3,500 firearms instructors in October 2016. The information was released as part of the response to a Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) reporter’s Freedom of Information Act request. The reporter was seeking information on state Firearms Safety Certifications. Fox News reports that information on “3,424 firearms instructors” was inadvertently released. That information contained “dates of birth, driver’s license numbers and California identification numbers.” On December 28, 2016 — over two months after the release of information was discovered — “the California Department of Justice sent out a letter to...
  • Trump signals he's softening on immigration as he says he's 'working on a plan' that will make DREA

    It wouldn't allow the full title. Anyways, the subtitle: "He called the plight of children who were brought into the country illegally by their relatives 'a very tough situation' and suggested that he's thinking about letting them stay."
  • $1.9B miscalculation adds to California deficit projection

    01/18/2017 10:40:06 PM PST · by RckyRaCoCo · 36 replies
    KCRA/AP ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | AP
    Brown administration miscalculated costs for state's Medi-Cal program
  • These Orange County kids say why they're going to Trump's inauguration

    01/18/2017 5:54:23 PM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | January 18, 2017 | Susan Christian Goulding, Greg Mellen, Shane Newell and Nathan Percy
    Lots of Orange County kids are skipping school today and Friday – but not just for a trip to Disneyland or Mammoth. They’re flying to Washington, D.C. to witness a historic American tradition – the transfer of power from one president to the next.
  • UCSC done crying over Trump, hosts 'People's Inauguration' protest [UC-Santa Cruz]

    01/18/2017 9:52:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 63 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | January 17, 2017 | Anthony Gockowski
    The University of California, Santa Cruz is in the midst of a week-long “People’s Inauguration” to protest Donald Trump’s election, which “deeply troubled” administrators at the time. In a letter recently obtained by Campus Reform, the provost of Oakes College (one of ten academic colleges at UCSC) lamented the election of “a person who has been overtly and openly racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, ableist, cis-sexist, xenophobic, and much more while on the campaign trail.”
  • Former Ariz. Gov. Napolitano hospitalized due to side effects from cancer treatment

    01/17/2017 8:03:38 PM PST · by bkopto · 24 replies
    12 News KPNX ^ | 1/17/2017 | staff
    The University of California says President Janet Napolitano, a former Homeland Security secretary and Arizona governor, is in the hospital due to side effects from cancer treatment. UC said she was diagnosed with cancer at the end of August and her treatment is almost complete. She has continued to work at "full capacity," according to the university, while undergoing the treatment. Due to side effects, she was hospitalized Monday and is expected to be discharged this week, UC officials said.
  • Portions of Highway 89 buried under 30 feet of snow near Emerald Bay

    01/17/2017 8:19:20 PM PST · by Mariner · 61 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17th, 2017 | By Cathy Locke
    A 4-mile section of Highway 89 on either side of Emerald Bay remains closed, with some sections buried in up to 30 feet of snow, according to the California Department of Transportation. Caltrans maintenance crews are working to clear the highway, but with more storms expected this week, the highway won’t reopen until an extended period of dry weather allows workers to safely clear the area of snow and debris, according to a Caltrans news release. Motorists traveling between the south shore of Lake Tahoe and the north or west shore will have to use Highway 50 and Highway 28....
  • Woman gets 21 months in prison for cross-country anti-fur rampage

    01/17/2017 5:56:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | January 17, 2017 | Kristina Davis
    The Iowa farmer got the first call from his wife about 4:45 a.m., reporting that their mink were running all over the highway. Keith Conrad got into his truck and couldn’t comprehend the carnage he found — dozens of mink turned into road kill, some with their backs broken but still alive. Hundreds more were running amok. The 500 mink hadn’t escaped but had been freed by a pair of animal rights activists during a months-long, multistate campaign against the fur industry. By the day’s end, about 130 had died either on the highway or from heatstroke. Other farms have...
  • Todd Starnes: Church Won't Mention Trump's Name in Prayers, Fearing Microaggressions

    01/17/2017 1:29:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 54 replies
    Todd Starnes ^ | January 15, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    Parishioners at a California Episcopal church will no longer pray by name for the president of the United States over fears the name "Donald Trump" might trigger microaggressions among sanctified snowflakes. Mike Kinman, the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, broke the news to the congregation in a blog posting that was filled with all sorts of liturgical lunacy.
  • Judges Reject Orange County's Claim That Social Workers Didn't Know Lying In Court Was Wrong

    01/17/2017 7:30:00 AM PST · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    ocweekly.com ^ | 1-6-2017 | R. SCOTT MOXLEY
    Using taxpayer funds, government officials in Orange County have spent the last 16 years arguing the most absurd legal proposition in the entire nation: How could social workers have known it was wrong to lie, falsify records and hide exculpatory evidence in 2000 so that a judge would forcibly take two young daughters from their mother for six-and-a-half years? From the you-can't-make-up-this-crap file, county officials are paying Lynberg & Watkins, a private Southern California law firm specializing in defending cops in excessive force lawsuits, untold sums to claim the social workers couldn't have "clearly" known that dishonesty wasn't acceptable in...
  • Noor Salman, widow of Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen, arrested in San Francisco

    01/17/2017 1:49:51 AM PST · by Pontiac · 30 replies
    CBS Interactive ^ | 1/16/17 | Staff
    The widow of Omar Mateen, the shooter in the Orlando nightclub massacre, has been arrested in San Francisco, sources tell CBS News. Noor Salman is facing charges of aiding and abetting, as well as obstruction of justice in the case of the worst mass shooting in American history. She moved to the San Francisco area after the June shooting, in which her husband was killed by SWAT team members after slaughtering 49 people inside a popular gay nightclub.“Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night,” her attorney, Linda Moreno, said....
  • Noor Salman, Wife of Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen, Arrested

    01/16/2017 10:52:15 AM PST · by SSS Two · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | JAN 16 2017, 12:11 PM ET | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and TRACY CONNOR
    The wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the mass shooting, officials said. Noor Salman was taken into custody in California, where her family lives, but the case is filed in Florida, where her husband massacred 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in June. "I can confirm the arrest did occur," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on MSNBC. This is a matter that we continue to take very seriously," she said. "We said from the beginning we were going to look at every aspect of this case, every aspect of...
  • FBI arrests wife of gunman in Pulse Orlando terror attack

    01/16/2017 9:39:03 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 33 replies
    WFTV ^ | 1-16-2017 | WFTV
    ORLANDO, Fla. - The FBI has arrested the wife of the gunman in the Pulse terror attack, Channel 9 learned Monday. Noor Salman Mateen was married to Omar Mateen when he carried out his attack in Orlando last June. Read: Who is Noor (Salman) Mateen? FBI agents took Salman Mateen into custody at a home in Northern California, authorities said. Salman Mateen is charged with obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting the attempted provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Salman Mateen will be transferred from Northern California to the Middle District of Florida, the FBI said.
  • F.B.I. Arrests Wife of Killer in Orlando Mass Shooting

    01/16/2017 8:51:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/16/17 | Adam Goldman
    WASHINGTON — The wife of the man who carried out a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., has been arrested in connection with the mass shooting, a law enforcement official said Monday. Noor Salman was taken into custody by F.B.I. agents at her home outside of San Francisco.
  • California deputy arrested for firing gun at house party

    01/16/2017 2:29:35 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 18 replies
    Guns ^ | 1/16/17 | Jennifer Cruz
    A former Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy is out of a job and facing serious charges after he fired a gun during a confrontation at a party in Sacramento over the weekend. Kyle Rowland, 23, was charged with attempted murder. He joined the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department in October but was fired following his arrest. Authorities say Rowland got into an argument with another party-goer Friday. Rowland then left the party, but later returned with a gun. Shots were fired, but no one was injured.
  • Register to vote with Yes California's "Californian National Party"!

    01/16/2017 10:42:08 AM PST · by MeganC · 80 replies
    Via email from http://www.yescalifornia.org/ ^ | January 16, 2017 | Yes California
    Friend -- The cause of Californian independence requires us to adopt multiple lines of attack. Yes California is busy working to qualify a ballot measure that will give us the chance to hold a vote on independence on March 5, 2019. Register to volunteer to collect signatures if you haven't already, or chip in a few bucks if you can't. Now there's another way you can help the cause of independence and it will take just a few minutes. Yes California is reorganizing its political party, the Californian National Party, to begin running pro-independence candidates to local, county, and state...
  • Jerry Brown Wants 42% Gas Tax Hike to Bail Out CalPERS

    01/15/2017 9:58:11 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 114 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 15, 2017 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    Despite tax collection increasing by 50 percent in the last 9 years, California’s public pension insolvency is forcing Gov. Jerry Brown to propose a dangerously unpopular 42 percent increase in gasoline taxes and a 141 percent increase in vehicle registration fees. Breitbart News reported on January 9 that Gov. Brown announced that for the first time since 2012, California’s $122.8 billion General Fund Budget is in deficit by $1.6 billion. Despite a near bankruptcy during the financial crisis, California’s tax revenues have increased by about $43 billion in the last 9 years. Brown on Monday only suggested relatively painless spending...
  • Drought and storms prove again California needs more storage

    01/15/2017 9:29:21 AM PST · by Mariner · 29 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 15th, 2017 | By Dan Walters
    After a half-decade of drought, California has been buffeted this winter by a series of powerful rain and snowstorms that dumped countless billions of gallons of water on the state’s watersheds. Some of the deluge was captured in the form of mountain snows that will feed rivers and streams during the annual spring melt. But at lower elevations, it was rain, some retained in man-made reservoirs that had become seriously depleted, but most flowing swiftly to the Pacific Ocean. At one point last week, flows on the Sacramento River and its American River tributary were more than 130,000 cubic feet...
  • California's bullet train hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, federal report warns

    01/14/2017 4:56:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/14/2017 | Ralph Vartabedian
    California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning,...
  • Weekly Update: New Border Terror Threat?

    01/14/2017 11:22:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 14, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    California-DC Corruption Connection Trump Makes Good Moves On Ethics Issue Shootout at U.S. Consulate Part of Terrorist Attack Plan for Inauguration California-DC Corruption Connection I’ve often observed that, when it comes to public policy, the Obama Justice Department has been a locus of evil. And therefore it was concerning to see that the man who ran that Obama agency for years, the disgraced Eric Holder, has gotten himself a new, government-related gig. On January 4 liberal California legislative leaders announced that they are using tax dollars to hire former Attorney General Eric Holder and his law firm to assist...
  • California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential [tr]

    01/14/2017 6:33:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 13, 2017 2:45 PM | Ralph Vartabedian
    California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning,...
  • Peruta Team Asking Supreme Court to Hear Appeal

    01/14/2017 5:20:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    ammoland ^ | 13 January, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Edward Peruta and his fellow plaintiffs have decided to have their council petition the Supreme Court to hear an appeal to the last Ninth Circuit decision in The Peruta case.Edward Peruta applied to the San Diego County Sheriff for a permit to carry concealed. The Sheriff refused to grant him a permit. Peruta’s case was wrapped in with another case making its way through the courts, with other plaintiffs. The plaintiffs were ruled against in the district court and appealed to the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit ruled that County Sheriffs could not use their discretion to...
  • REPORTS: MILO UC Davis Event Cancelled After Leftists Tear Down Barricades, Engage In Violence

    01/13/2017 9:29:11 PM PST · by boycott · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1-13-2017 | ALLUM BOKHARI
    MILO’s event at the University of California, Davis has been cancelled after protesters tore down barricades and engaged in scuffles outside the venue. A camerman for ABC10 was also attacked with hot coffee.
  • California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun...

    01/13/2017 1:38:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Ralph Vartabedian
    California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices...
  • Justice For Kate

    01/13/2017 7:02:00 AM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 13, 2017 | Gerard Perry
    Our readers may be aware of the recent decision in the lawsuit by the family of Kate Steinle, a victim of San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy. The following represents the analysis of the Steinle ruling by someone whose expertise is the law. The court dismissed the family’s lawsuit against the County and City of San Francisco and former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. The court did allow one claim to go forward: the negligence claim against the federal government because a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger left his handgun in a backpack in an unlocked car in downtown San Francisco, which...
  • Rep. Barbara Lee to skip Trump inauguration, vows resistance

    01/13/2017 6:08:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2017 | Seth McLaughlin
    A Democratic congresswoman announced Thursday she plans on skipping Donald Trump’s inauguration next week as the 45th president of the United States, vowing instead to spend her time laying the groundwork for “resistance.” Rep. Barbara Lee of California said she can’t stomach the idea of attending the Jan. 20 ceremony after Mr. Trump ran “one of the most divisive and prejudiced campaigns in modern history.” “I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House,” said Ms. Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
  • Northern California has escaped the drought. Can it carry the state?

    01/12/2017 6:48:24 PM PST · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 12th, 2017 | By Dale Kasler, Phillip Reese and Ryan Sabalow
    After five years, is the drought over? The feds seem to think so, at least as far as Sacramento and most of Northern California are concerned. Thanks to an unusually wet winter, the closely watched U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that 42 percent of California now is considered free of drought. That includes Northern California from the Bay Area to the Oregon border. When the “water year” began in October, only 17 percent of the state was drought free, and a year ago the figure was 3 percent. Several other experts agreed that considerable progress has been made in alleviating...
  • Not so fast: California Republican says hiring Holder to fight Trump violates state constitution

    01/12/2017 4:53:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    A California GOP lawmaker is challenging the hiring of former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to fight the Trump administration, saying it may violate the California Constitution. Assemblyman Kevin Kiley has asked the California Attorney General’s office to investigate whether legislative Democrats ran afoul of the law by retaining Mr. Holder and his law firm, Covington & Burling, for $25,000 per month to do a job that can be performed by state employees. Mr. Holder was hired last week by the California legislature, which is controlled by Democrats, as outside counsel to provide advice on “our efforts to resist any attempts...
  • California Pays For Murderers Sex-Change

    01/12/2017 3:49:58 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 12, 2017 | John and Ken
    John and Ken detail just how out of control California's (and really, society as a whole) "fiscal common sense" is and why we as a state will stay in the red. So when a friend says schools are broke... point this story out to them: >>>>>>> California taxpayers will be funding a convicted murder's sex change operation, according to the prisoner's attorneys. Shiloh Heavenly Quine, 57, who is serving a life sentence for murder, will be receiving "sex-reassignment surgery" and will be transferred to a women's prison, the Los Angeles Times reported. The state of California will cover much of...
  • California's Real Debt Is $1.3-Trillion

    01/12/2017 3:46:53 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 12, 2017 | John and Ken
    John and Ken speak to Marc Joffe of the California Policy Center (http://californiapolicycenter.org/) in regard to these recent articles on the subject of California's fiscal emergency: ➤ California’s Total State and Local Debt Totals $1.3 Trillion (http://tinyurl.com/hh8qbss) ➤ Can California’s Economy Withstand $1.3 Trillion of Government Debt? (http://tinyurl.com/znjpu9b) One aspect Marc Joffe mentioned would be a way to overcome this "debt" is to increase California's population... however, we see through some recent stories... ★ California Won't Fall Into The Sea -- It's Moving To Texas Instead (http://tinyurl.com/ztyrxae) ★ The Exodus of People Moving Away From California Is Becoming an Avalanche...
  • Flames Erupt At Fire Station In Buena Park

    01/12/2017 9:32:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    cbs2la ^ | January 12, 2017 4:50 AM
    The fire was reported shortly after 4:30 a.m. near Western and La Palma avenues. According to the Orange County Fire Authority, at least one fire truck has been destroyed by flames.
  • Trump’s Tech Pal Peter Thiel Backs #Calexit

    01/12/2017 7:32:08 AM PST · by Cheerio · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Jan 2017 | Tim Donnelly
    #CalExit just received a big boost from an unlikely source: Peter Thiel, billionaire tech buddy of President-elect Trump. In a “Confirm or Deny” interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, the 49 year-old Thiel confirmed that he believed California should secede. Maureen Dowd: California should secede. Peter Thiel: Confirm. I’d be fine with that. I think it would be good for California, good for the rest of the country. It would help Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign. Apparently Thiel’s comment that “…it would help Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign” was made rather tongue-in-cheek. But it does raise an interesting question. With...
  • News w Vanity Question: California reservoirs fill; Can this help Lake Mead?

    01/12/2017 7:32:06 AM PST · by dangus · 49 replies
    1-12-17 | Dangus
    Nearly all of California's reservoirs are far above their historical average volumes for this date of the year. This is somewhat due to the La Nina, and it's a La Nina heading OUT of an El Nino, not into one, so a subsequent drought is unlikely. Reservoir levels are so high, that many are approaching their typical April peaks. And the snowcaps are already approaching their average post-winter depths. Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir, is at 81% capacity and 126% of average. Terminus reservoir is at 321% of normal. Statewide snowcaps are at 160% of normal for the date, and...
  • Trump should target Los Angeles first for “Sanctuary City” fight

    01/12/2017 6:24:55 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 33 replies
    © Copyright 2008-2017, Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 1:15pm | Leslie Eastman
    Trump will have broad presidential powers in dealing with “sanctuary cities”. I would like to propose he start with Los Angeles. To begin with, the area is filled with smug, anti-Trump elites like Meryl Streep. However, beyond that...the city is short millions ... and will have to borrow $70 million to meet expenses. Trump should unleash the full force of federal fury on this city, which is clearly in no fiscal condition for the upcoming battle.
  • Why California’s Silly Secession Scheme Can’t Succeed

    01/12/2017 4:26:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    America’s dopey adolescent California is sulking because Hillary lost, so now it’s talking big about moving out of Mom’s house. According to one local bison, who presumably speaks for much of the proggy herd, the rest of America is unworthy of the Golden State’s glorious presence anyway. I’m a resident of California, and I say, “Great – pack your crap and get out.” As tempting as it is to keep you in the Union as a cautionary example of what happens when liberals run everything, the pain you would suffer running away from home would be so overwhelming that it...
  • California Lt. Gov: We’ll Stop Trump’s Wall with Environmental Suits

    01/12/2017 4:15:35 AM PST · by kevcol · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 11, 2017 | John Binder
    California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with ‘The Golden State Podcast’ that he would use specific environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from being built, at least in southern California. . . . “I could wait about a year and a half until we finish our negotiations with Mexico, which will start immediately after we get into office,” Trump said as Breitbart News reported earlier. “But I don’t want to wait. Mike Pence is leading an effort to get final approvals through various agencies and through Congress for the wall to begin.” “I...
  • Getting SUV stuck in Oceano Dunes creek wasn’t the worst thing that happened to this driver

    01/11/2017 12:59:33 PM PST · by Vendome · 21 replies
    Monday went from bad to worse for two visitors at the Oceano Dunes when their SUV got stuck nearly up to its roof in Arroyo Grande Creek, and they ended up getting arrested once they made it to safety A video taken by KSBY reporter Megan Abundis shows the vehicle almost completely submerged in the creek. Two surfers who saw the vehicle in distress rushed in and helped the two occupants and a dog to safety. VIDEO AT LINK
  • Bill Nye Blames Global Warming For Devastating Floods In Northern Cali

    01/11/2017 12:03:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 94 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/11/17 | Michael Bastasch
    Bill Nye took to Twitter to blame man-made global warming for flooding across Northern California that claimed at least three lives over the weekend. Nye, who rarely misses a chance to link extreme weather to human activities, suggested California’s flooding meant we’d be better off not pulling out of the United Nations Paris agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. President-elect Donald Trump promised to “cancel” the Paris agreement the Obama administration signed in 2016. The Senate never voted on the agreement.
  • Paving the Road to Hell: California Decriminalizes Child Prostitution

    01/11/2017 8:11:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/11/2017 | By Carol M. Swain and Steve Feazel
    Often, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This expression certainly applies to California’s SB 1322, which prohibits the arrest, and in most cases, the detention, of minors engaged in the sex trade. The intent of the law is to treat these children as victims rather than criminals. However, instead of protecting children, the law will likely create more victims. SB 1322 allows for a child prostitute to be apprehended and temporarily held by law enforcement but not arrested or charged with a crime. The child can then be placed in a safe environment by the Department of...
  • Brother of San Bernardino shooter guilty in immigration case

    01/11/2017 12:04:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2017 7:41 PM EST
    The brother of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terror attack pleaded guilty Tuesday in an immigration fraud case stemming from the probe into the killings. Syed Raheel Farook entered the plea in federal court in Riverside to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, the U.S. attorney’s office said. […] Syed Raheel Farook, his wife and Russian sister-in-law were accused last year of conspiring to arrange a fraudulent marriage between the sister-in-law and Enrique Marquez Jr., who is charged with plotting with Syed Rizwan Farook to carry out earlier attacks and with supplying guns used in...
  • Minimum Wage Killing L.A.'s Garment District

    01/10/2017 4:18:13 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 5, 2017 | John and Ken
    Dennis Prager discusses a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed article regarding minimum wage entitled: "Leaving for Las Vegas: California's minimum wage law leaves businesses no choice" (http://tinyurl.com/hcnjzkq). Here is the bottom line: _______________________ Here's what the math looks like: I pay my employees $10.50 an hour, plus productivity bonuses. In addition, I pay payroll taxes and one of the highest worker compensation rates in the state. Even still, I could likely absorb a minimum wage as high as $11.50 an hour. But a $15-an-hour wage for my employees translates into $18.90 in costs for me — or just under $40,000 a...
  • California Republican challenges state's hiring of Eric Holder to fight Trump policies

    01/09/2017 11:06:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 9, 2017 | 9:45pm EST | Sharon Bernstein
    A California Republican state lawmaker is challenging the legality of a move by Democrats in the legislature to hire former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help in any legal battles with President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Assembly member Kevin Kiley has requested a formal ruling from state lawyers on whether the decision by Democratic legislative leaders to hire Holder and his firm, Covington & Burling, for $25,000 a month violated a provision in the state’s constitution that bans hiring outside counsel for work the state’s own lawyers can do. […] Kiley’s request came on the eve of hearings in the...
  • 173 mph wind whips Squaw Valley peak

    01/09/2017 8:40:36 PM PST · by Mariner · 28 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 9th, 2017 | By Amy Graff
    High winds whipped the Sierra on Sunday as an atmospheric river bringing rain and snow moved through Northern California. The most impressive gusts blew at 173 mph on a Squaw Valley summit and 175 mph atop a peak in Alpine Meadows. These bursts were far stronger than the 110 mph winds that were forecast to be the record-breakers for the day.
  • Large Brawl At Mall Leads To Pandemonium At Westfield Culver City

    01/09/2017 9:34:18 AM PST · by Jack Black · 73 replies
    CBS LA.com ^ | 1/12/17 | - unattributed by CBS -
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA.com) — A large fight at the Westfield Culver City mall Saturday led to pandemonium at the facility, officials said. The mall, formerly known as the Fox Hills Mall, was unable to handle a brawl between as many as 50 juveniles. Culver City Police were dispatched to handle the brawl. A SWAT team was also dispatched. Reports of a male with a gun, or an active shooter on scene, appeared to be erroneous. After police arrived, teens running through the mall appeared to set off panic among some shoppers. There were no reports of arrests or injuries. The...
  • Judicial Watch Seeks Eric Holder Contract Documents from California Legislature

    01/09/2017 12:28:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 9, 2017
    (Washington DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a records request with the California Legislature Joint Rules Committee seeking to examine legislative records regarding the state’s employment of former Obama U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.: All contracts between the California Legislature and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. or Covington and Burling. All communications between the California Legislature and former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. or Covington and Burling about the Legislature’s retention of Holder and/or Covington and Burling. On January 4, 2017, California legislative leaders announced that they have hired Holder to assist...
  • Hell gets ready to welcome Charles Manson

    01/09/2017 12:26:16 PM PST · by ColdOne · 71 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 1/9/17 | Jaimie Schram
    Charles Manson is on his death bed, according to a newly published report. “He’s not good. His health is failing,” TMZ quoted a source familiar with the infamous cult leader’s health crisis. Last week, Manson, 82, was taken out of Corcoran State Prison in California’s Central Valley and rushed to a hospital in Bakersfield about 60 miles away for emergency surgery to stop his intestines from bleeding, sources told The Post.
  • The Great California Earthquake of 2018: First State To Default

    01/09/2017 4:57:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 9, 2017 | Andrew Solomon
    If only it were just an earthquake. We could then just repair some damaged roadways or condemn a couple dozen buildings, then resume our lives. Maybe the Bay Bridge would need a section reattached. Or the last letter "D" in Hollywood would tip over. We'd send over some lumber reinforcements. No problem. This tragedy, however, has no asphalt-rending fault lines, except the ones in government, where the fault lies. I would like to direct your attention to something boring but infinitely informative regarding the nature of this mismanaged state. Employers who utilize labor pay into the FUTA, or the federal...
  • (12/05/16) Month Old Oakland Fire Article: More than 30 dead after fire in artist's warehouse

    01/09/2017 3:23:14 AM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 9 replies
    More than 30 dead in fire at artists’ warehouse in California | At least 36 people have died after a fire broke out in a warehouse that was home to an artists’ collective in Oakland, California. According to The Art Newspaper, the fire began during a party at the complex on Friday night, engulfing the entire building. The warehouse, known as the ‘Ghost Ship’, housed multiple studios where artists produced work in a variety of media. The New York Times reported on Sunday that the premises had been under investigation by health and safety officials for code violations: the property...
  • Watch Hugh Laurie Roast Donald Trump, Republicans at Golden Globes

    01/08/2017 6:50:55 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 116 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 8, 2017 | Dana Eisenberg
    Hugh Laurie absolutely roasted Donald Trump and the entire Republican party during his Golden Globes acceptance speech tonight. The actor won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for his work in The Night Manager, and he began his speech by saying “Thank you first to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this amazing honor. I suppose it’s made more amazing by the fact that I’ll be able to say I won this at the last ever Golden Globes…I don’t mean to be gloomy, it’s just that it...
  • Radical Queer Activist Arrested In Murder Of Woman At UC-Berkeley

    01/08/2017 4:25:32 AM PST · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 7, 2017 | Chuck Ross
    A radical left-wing activist who attends the University of California, Berkeley is the prime suspect in a fatal stabbing, and all one of his friends cares about is that he's labeled by his preferred pronoun in news articles covering the crime. Pablo Gomez Jr., 24, is suspected of stabbing one woman to death in Berkeley on Friday and injuring another in a separate incident. He was arrested by police in Burbank on Saturday afternoon. Berkeleyside, an independent news outlet in the liberal enclave, published a detailed account of the story on Friday. But it corrected the piece after a friend...