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  • Largest L.A. County employee union votes to approve contract including 10% raise

    11/25/2015 5:42:55 AM PST · by smartyaz · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/20/15 | Abby Sewell
    Workers represented by Los Angeles County's largest employee union voted to approve a tentative agreement with county management that would give them a 10% raise over three years. Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents more than 57,000 county employees, including nurses, social workers and clerical workers, tallied ballots Thursday after a month long voting process. Apart from the pay increase, the new contract would make Cesar Chavez Day an official county holiday starting in 2017, provide as much as an additional week of annual vacation every year and put some temporary workers on a path to full-time jobs....
  • Poll finds Dr. Carson tops GOP race in Colorado; top Republicans beat Clinton

    11/18/2015 8:05:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/18/2015
    Former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination among Colorado voters, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday which also finds that he is one of a number of Republicans who would soundly beat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the Centennial State in a general election match-up. In the race for the Republican nomination, the poll finds Carson leads in Colorado with 25 percent of the vote, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 19 percent, business mogul Donald Trump with 17 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 14 percent, Carly Fiorina...

    11/10/2015 7:18:00 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/10/2015 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    A whistleblower has emerged in the controversy of Governor Jerry Brown’s use of state oil experts to study his own family’s private land. Jennie Catalano, a mapping specialist for the California Department of Conservation, says she faced retaliation after complaining about being required to do personal work for Brown. It is illegal for politicians to use state resources for personal benefit. Brown says he used the same resources available to any Californian. The Associated Press confirmed the whistleblower complaint, which is separate from the original legal action by Kern County farmers alleging that Brown colluded with oil companies over the...
  • Latest Poll: Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz Make Gains in Republican Field

    11/06/2015 5:41:49 PM PST · by VinL · 33 replies
    BCNN2 ^ | 11/6/15 | Staff
    Donald Trump and Ben Carson remain the leaders in the Republican presidential field, both in California and nationally, but two freshman senators, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, have moved into a solid second tier, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows. Complete results of the poll, looking at voter attitudes one year ahead of the 2016 election, as well as the race on the Democratic side, will be released on Sunday. The poll, conducted online by SurveyMonkey, surveyed 2,009 voters in California and 3,035 nationwide. It has an error estimate of plus or minus 3...
  • 'He had far greater intentions to do damage': Police reveal twisted college freshman

    11/06/2015 1:07:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5 November, 2015 | Wills Robinson and Khaleda Rahman
    A reclusive student shot dead by police after stabbing four people in a California university campus attack 'had far greater intentions to do damage', Merced County Sheriff said Wednesday. Faisal Mohammad, a freshman who majored in computer science and engineering at the University of California was carrying highly flammable petroleum jelly, ziptie handcuffs, night vision goggles, duct tape and a hammer in his backpack when he was shot in the back by cops. In reference to the petroleum jelly, Sheriff Vern Warnke said: 'He had poor man's C4' - C4 being the dense, putty-like explosive used widely by the military...

    10/30/2015 2:25:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 29, 2015 | MARK HAYWARD
    The exterior of the Hollywood Tower Apartments, the inspiration for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride. (Photo: Loren Javier/flickr)In Hollywood horror, things rarely are what they appear to be. Filmmakers often build their haunted locations in the privacy of studio back lots or remote locations. However, the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles have provided a wealth of locations for horror films and TV shows, even inspiring a theme park attraction. These locations range from architectural masterpieces and landmark buildings to single family homes and hotels. But no matter their exteriors, each house shares a unique trait: a film location scout has...
  • 603 Alliance Caucus Cruz, Carson and Fiorina 1-2-3 Trump falters Bush & Co shut out

    10/17/2015 1:36:39 PM PDT · by Isara · 20 replies
    Da Tech Guy Blog ^ | October 17th, 2015 | Datechguy
    The 603 alliance had their caucus today at the Hopkinton State Fair grounds in Contoocook NH. The idea was to get conservatives in NH to unite behind a single candidate via a caucus. Ted Cruz has won, Ben Carson came in 2nd Carly Fiorina 3rd. Donald Trump failed to make the first cut not managing 25 votes, Jeb bush didnt manage a single vote. Under the rules if the winner of the 603 alliance caucus drops out of the presidential race the people pledge to support the 2nd place finisher and so forth. Expect updates Update 1 I arrived at...
  • California Lieutenant Governor wants to do background checkson ammo

    10/15/2015 8:57:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 10/15/2015 | Taylor Millard
    California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom wants to make it illegal for people to buy ammunition without passing a background check. Hes expected to announce the ballot initiative later today in San Francisco, and Los Angeles Times notes a similar law was rejected a few years ago. Newsoms proposal would also beef up rules for ammunition sales and purchases, applying the same rules that already exist for firearms. Someone buying bullets would be subject to the same background check as someone buying a gun. Similar proposals were introduced in the Legislature two years ago but did not pass.
  • California gun-control laws wrench leftward

    10/13/2015 8:27:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 10/13.2015 | Douglas Ernst
    Californias gun laws are some of the strictest in the U.S., but Gov. Jerry Brown still managed to wrench them tighter over the weekend. The Democrat signed Senate Bill 707 on Saturday, which expanded a current ban on having firearms within 1,000 feet of a school without permission of administrators. Concealed-carry permit holders no longer have an exemption. The legislation was introduced by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, months ago, and was signed by Brown without comment, the Sacramento Bee reported Saturday. Californias college campuses and K-12 schools should be sanctuaries for learning, free from the fear of gun violence,...
  • Rep. Jeff Duncan: House Must Select A Conservative Speaker

    09/29/2015 10:36:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 29, 2015 | Rep. Jeff Duncan
    In the wake of Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)s resignation, the House Republican Conference will begin the selection process for a new Speaker. We should know what we are getting.
  • House conservatives warm to McCarthy as Speaker

    09/25/2015 8:48:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 25, 2015 | Scott Wong
    With Speaker John Boehners (R-Ohio) job in doubt, House conservatives have been holding internal talks about a new leadership coalition that could include Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as Speaker and more conservative members occupying lower rungs on the leadership ladder.
  • Pope canonizes Junipero Serra, says faith is alive only when shared

    09/24/2015 2:17:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Catholic News Services ^ | September 24, 2015 | Cindy Wooden
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Canonizing the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person's faith is alive only when it is shared.
  • ISIS releases Kill List of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 172 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released Kill List, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • Rand Paul Casts His Lot With Glenn Beck Claims Tea Party Was "Rallying Against Donald" In 2010

    09/16/2015 1:27:14 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 16, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    SIMI VALLEY, California Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is aiming his guns at GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump ahead of the second presidential debate. While shooting a rifle, shotgun and pistol at Taran Tactical Innovations here, down the street from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Paul told reporters hes gunning for Trump. Paul fired at targets including a big stack of paper file boxes labeled the IRS Tax Code and at a bulletproof vest.
  • Jorge Ramos: Kate's Law "Completely Unfair" To "Millions" Of Illegals

    08/31/2015 3:20:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 81 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 31, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Univisions Jorge Ramos, the left-wing activist who confronted Donald Trump in Iowa last week and tried to make Trumps press conference all about him and his pet causes, told CNN this weekend that Kates Law is completely unfair to millions of illegal immigrants.
  • CA: Man who Killed two Robbers found Not Guilty of Murder, Guilty of Weapons Charge

    08/24/2015 5:40:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Kamhen "Omar" Saleh in suit and tie. Two years ago, a 20 year old California man withdrew $44,000 from the bank for the family business. He placed the money in a backpack in his vehicle. He also had a 9mm pistol in the vehicle. Two men attempted to steal the money; he saw one in his SUV and confronted him; ultimately shooting both men. In the confrontation they had occupied another vehicle, taking the backpack and money with them. From From abc30.com: At only 22-years-old he says he shot and killed two robbers in self-defense. Police say those two...
  • Census: Record 42.1 million immigrants in U.S., Mexicans drive latest surge

    08/13/2015 10:10:05 AM PDT · by jpsb · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 13, 2015 | Census
    A new analysis of legal and illegal immigrant counts by the Census Bureau revealed Thursday that there is a record 42.1 million in the United States, an explosion that is being driven by Mexicans flooding across the border.
  • 80% of California Latino Illegal Immigrant Families Live in Poverty Need Government Assistance

    08/12/2015 4:01:09 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 64 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 8/12/2015 | Jim Hoft
    <p> The United Way study Struggling to Get By delves well beyond even the recent Census Bureau analysis, which, by factoring in housing costs, already established California as the state with the highest percentage of poor people, at roughly one in four. United Way expanded this percentage by calculating what the charitable organization called the Real Cost Budget, which includes not only rent but also costs for child care, medical, health and transportation.</p>
  • California gives immigrants here illegally unprecedented rights, benefits, protections

    08/11/2015 3:57:51 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 11, 2015 | By Melanie Mason
    It started with in-state tuition. Then came driver's licenses, new rules designed to limit deportations and state-funded healthcare for children. And on Monday, in a gesture heavy with symbolism, came a new law to erase the word "alien" from California's labor code. Together, these piecemeal measures have taken on a significance greater than their individual parts a fundamental shift in the relationship between California and its residents who live in the country illegally. The various benefits, rights and protections add up to something experts liken to a kind of California citizenship. The changes have occurred with relatively little political...
  • CA: Homeless man Saves Woman, Survives Gunfight

    08/11/2015 6:51:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Paul Deleon On Wednesday, 5 August, 2015, an armed homeless man stopped a brutal assault on a teen-aged woman, then likely saved his own life in a dramatic gunfight. It occurred in Fresno County, California. From fresnosheriff.org: Deputies discovered there was a domestic disturbance nearby in the parking lot of Fresno Liquor (5596 E. Griffith Way). Two men in a white Lexus pulled up next to two women standing by the store. One of the men got out of the car and began to kick and punch one of the women, a 19-year-old. She was later determined to be...
  • CA: "Ghost Gun" used in Murder Suicide

    08/07/2015 5:20:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The "ghost gun" used in the murder/suicide in California was built with off the shelf parts, an 80% receiver, and a fair amount of machining. The police officer in the video says that crimes committed with guns made this way are rare. This is the first murder that he has heard of where one was used. From kron4.com: WALNUT CREEK (KRON/BCN) A 21-year-old Lafayette native built the firearms he used to kill a 19-year-old college woman before he turned the gun on himself at a home in Walnut Creek last month, police said Tuesday. Investigators say Scott Bertics...
  • Anyone near any of the numerous wild fires in CA?

    08/01/2015 7:25:41 PM PDT · by rey · 23 replies
    Is anyone near any of the many fires in CA? I am in Sonoma County and there is a a steady stream of emergency aircraft flying. There are over 70 lightening fires in Humboldt county and a dozen in Mendocino County. Looking at the state wide map there are over 25 major fires. We have been hazed over for 2 days from the smoke from the Rocky Fire near Clearlake that has consumed 25000 acres in a little over 3 days. I understand some of the fires in Mendocino and Lake County may be arson.
  • California Lawmakers Send Defiant Message to NRA After Taking Major Action on Gun Control

    07/29/2015 8:36:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    cnmnewz.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | unknown
    Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to make it illegal to be in possession of high-capacity ammo magazines, likely setting up a new Second Amendment battle in the Golden State. After passing the measure with a 12-0 vote, Councilman Paul Krekorian reportedly challenged the National Rifle Association.
  • Police probing death in LA find 1,200 guns, 2 tons ammo

    07/21/2015 2:54:33 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 61 replies
    LOS ANGELES Police investigating the death of a Los Angeles man uncovered an arsenal inside his home and garage more than 1,200 guns and about two tons of ammunition, authorities said Monday. Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andrew Smith called the number of rifles, pistols and shotguns staggering. Many had never been fired and some were still wrapped in boxes, with price tags still attached. "Our truck couldn't carry it all," Smith told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1HFAKVn). "We had to go back and make another trip."
  • Advocates for Immigrant Rights Brace for Backlash

    07/19/2015 10:11:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Immigrant-rights advocates predicted 2015 would be a banner year for their cause, with new breakthroughs that would make the Golden State more welcoming. For the first time in more than two decades, illegal immigrants can apply for driver's licenses. Prospects were good for a sweeping package of bills to expand protections for people in the country illegally. And Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to spend millions on free health care for low-income immigrant children -- and even create a new position in his administration: director of "immigrant integration." But all that optimism quickly dimmed July 1, when an illegal immigrant from...
  • Big 3 broadcast nets deep-six Obama's suburb-busting plan

    07/14/2015 9:55:15 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-14-15 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat-Media Complex have just told us what they fear the most as an issue in the 2016 election: President Obamas plan to fundamentally transform suburbia (as explained today by Jeannie DeAngelis). This is an issue that literally hits voters where they live, by using the denial of federal funding to override local control and force communities to provide low-income housing distributed to approved minority groups. Investors Business Daily reports that all three broadcast networks ignored the story that affects their viewers more directly than almost any other issue. The Big Three news networks all punted on covering one of...
  • Killing roils immigration debate

    07/08/2015 5:27:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 8,2015 | Mike Lillis
    The fatal shooting of a San Francisco woman in a popular tourist district, allegedly by an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record, has intensified the debate over immigration on Capitol Hill. It has also focused attention on the issue of sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal officials on deportations.
  • How Los Angeles Is Becoming a Third World City

    07/07/2015 5:05:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/07/2015 | By HCTOR TOBAR
    LOS ANGELES A GENERATION ago, this West Coast metropolis became a third world city. At least in the rhetoric of certain East Coast thinkers. A 1991 book by David Rieff cited visitors who were stunned by seeing nothing but brown faces, hearing nothing but Spanish on the streets. The arrival of coffee-colored Latino masses (like me and my Guatemalan-American family), together with the spread of Mandarin and Korean logograms on street signs, led Mr. Rieff to call this the capital of the third world. As a native of the city, I was offended to hear it tagged with such...
  • NASCAR Cuts Ties with Donald Trump After He Calls for Securing The Border

    07/06/2015 12:28:28 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 49 replies
    Breitbart.Com ^ | July 5, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    After Kathryn Steinle was allegedly gunned down by illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez on July 1, GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump said the heinous act brought into focus once more the need to build a wall to seal our southern border. NASCAR responded to the policy proposal by cutting ties with Trump, saying it will no longer use the Trump National Doral Miami resort for its postseason award banquets. Breitbart News previously reported that Sanchez had already been deported five times and had seven felonies on his record, but the immigration stance of President Obama, Governor Jerry Brown (D), California...
  • News Crew Mugged, Cameras Stolen at San Francisco Pier

    07/04/2015 6:30:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 46 replies
    An NBC Bay Area news crew was attacked early Thursday morning while reporting a story in a mugging that injured the photographer, whose camera gear was also stolen. A second station was also robbed of its gear. -excerpt- The brazen attack occurred just before 6 a.m. at Pier 14 in San Francisco, where the reporter and photographer along with several other news stations were covering a story about a woman who had been shot to death there the night before. -excerpt- As the two were about to go on air, a man pulled up to the curb in...
  • Anti-2nd Amendment gun smuggler, Democrat Leland Yee, headed to prison

    07/03/2015 7:18:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/3/2015 | Robert Laurie
    Were glad this criminal is off the streets, but well also be honest. We were hoping this one would go to trial because an anti-2nd Amendment Democrat who also happens to be an international gun-runner is just too much fun to pass up. Have fun in the slammer, Mr. Yee.
  • [illegal alien] Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

    06/29/2015 2:28:26 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 65 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 6/29/2015 | Simone Path
    Mondays big election law news came from the Supreme Courts penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizonas congressional districts. But before handing down its last three decisions, the court made voting-rights advocates happy by deciding not to review a different election case. Arizona citizens can continue to participate in voter registration drives without worrying about not having proof of citizenship documents, Shirley Sandelands, of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, said in a statement Monday. The case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al., was about whether Arizona and Kansas could require voters to prove their citizenship...
  • CA: Shooting Case Dismissed Second Time, Judge Rips DA Berberian

    06/24/2015 6:52:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    District Attorney Ed (the barbarian) Berberian was slapped down by another judge in the Dr. Simon self defense shooting case. The shooting occurred in Marin County, an environment notoriously hostile to the Second Amendment. From marinij.com: Judge Andrew Sweet dismissed in its entirety a grand jury indictment lodged against Dr. James Simon, saying District Attorney Ed Berberian made an inappropriate presentation to the grand jury that failed to tell jurors relevant details about the case, or told them details that had no relevance at all. The result, said Sweet, was substantial prejudice. Had Berberian proceeded appropriately, it is reasonably...
  • Couple Paints American Flag On Brown Lawn As San Jose Forces Water Cutbacks During Drought

    06/16/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | June 15, 2015 10:39 PM | Andria Borba
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) San Jose is forcing its residents to cut back on water use during the drought, so one couple found a patriotic solution to their ugly brown lawn by painting an American flag on it. Claudia Decker and her husband stopped watering their lawn in January. Tired of looking at the patchy turf and dirt, they wanted to increase their curb appeal. People are painting their lawns green because of the drought, Decker told KPIX 5. Instead of green, the couple painted an American flag on the lawn, in honor of Flag Day. The flag even...
  • Developers can be required to include affordable housing, California high court rules

    06/15/2015 11:16:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 15, 2015 | Maura Dolan, reporting from San Francisco
    The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that cities and counties may require developers to provide below-market-rate housing as a condition of a building permit...... Monday's decision stemmed from a constitutional challenge of an affordable housing ordinance passed in San Jose five years ago..... The law requires developers building 20 or more housing units to offer 15% at below-market rates or pay into a city fund. .........The community as a whole should bear the burden of furthering this interest, not merely some segment of the community.
  • CA: San Jose Gun Turn in (Buy back) gets 47 from one person

    06/09/2015 7:11:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A gun turn in (buy back) event was held in San Jose, California, on the 6th of June, 2015. The number of firearms turned in was meager for such a large population center, with one fourth turned in by one person. There are no photographs of the firearms turned in available yet, but it is highly probable that the 47 firearms turned in by one person were the collection of a family member who died. That is a common source of guns turned in at these events. From mercurynews.com : SAN JOSE -- A no-questions-asked guns buyback run by...
  • Jerry Brown: I Didnt Take a Shower This Morning

    06/08/2015 12:25:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 8, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    California Gov. Jerry Brown is attempting to implement the states first-ever mandatory water cutbacks, among voluntary measures, and he is leading by example: I didnt take a shower this morning, he told reporters in San Jose last week. Brown also said that he has cut back on drinking water, though he continues to enjoy coffee.
  • Water Revolution in Israel Overcomes Any Threat of Drought

    05/29/2015 12:59:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 29, 2015 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    ... Today, there is plenty of water in Israel. A lighter version of an old Israel is drying up campaign has been dusted off to advertise baby diapers. The fear has gone, said Mr. Zvieli, whose customers have gone back to planting flowers. As California and other western areas of the United States grapple with an extreme drought, a revolution has taken place here. A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. More than 50 percent of the water for Israeli...
  • Report: Deciphering Californias assault weapon ban list

    05/28/2015 7:49:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    guns.com ^ | 5/28/2015 | Chris Eger
    Guns classified by the DOJ as assault weapons cannot be bought, sold or transferred in the state unless it is to a licensed dealer. Indeed, even those on the lists will eventually disappear as state law only allows for their dismantling, transfer to law enforcement, or out of state sale by their current owners, forbidding even inheritance to family members.
  • Governor Brown Signs Multinational Climate Change Pact

    05/20/2015 6:16:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/20/2015 | Michelle Moons
    On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed onto a pact between 12 regions in seven countries, including four U.S. states, binding each to reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically. The goal of the cuts is to keep the rise in global average surface temperatures below 2 Celsius
  • CA: How many unsolved Homicides are Self Defense?

    05/20/2015 4:27:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Benjamin Jasper Carter In a previous essay, I mentioned that we do not know what proportion of unsolved homicides are justified homicides. The reason is that most homicides are violent criminals killing other violent criminals, and that because a person is a criminal, they are reluctant to report a self defense shooting to police. From the previous essay: In the United States, about 37.5% of the homicides are unsolved. In Chicago in 2013, the number was 75% unsolved. Most homicides involve criminals killing other criminals. How many of those would be justifiable if solved is unknowable; but clearly some...
  • Is desegregation dead?

    05/19/2015 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2015 | Heather Knight, Chronicle Special Report
    San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school and that is leading to less diversity [snip] A federal judge ordered desegregation, and in 1971 San Francisco put children on buses that crisscrossed the city so they could be in multiracial schools. The plan almost immediately ended racial isolation but it also helped drive families out of the district and into the suburbs or into private schools. Many Chinese families resisted integration, boycotting district public schools and creating their own private freedom schools for their children instead. From the 1960s to 1983, the school...
  • Supreme Court Weighs Review of San Francisco Gun Control Scheme

    05/15/2015 7:20:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | 14 May, 2015 | Damon Root
    <p>In its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court not only struck down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban, it also struck down D.C.'s requirement that all firearms kept at home be "unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device." According to the majority opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia, the individual right secured by the Second Amendment voids such requirements because it protects the right of the people to keep a "lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense."</p>
  • Hundreds Take Part In LAs Latest Gun Buyback Program

    05/10/2015 8:55:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | 5/9/2015 | unknown
    The steady stream of cars, reported Benedict, represented the people who not only wanted to be gun-free but also people looking for the gift cards credited to the generosity of Ralphs.
  • Tuna Company, 2 Employees Charged in Death of Worker in Oven

    Bumble Bee Foods and two employees were charged Monday with violating safety regulations in the death of a California worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna, prosecutors said.
  • INDUSTRY: CITY OF CRONIES (City of Industry,CA)

    04/26/2015 1:52:05 PM PDT · by Mark · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 04/26/2015 | Rebecca Kimitch and Steve Scauzillo Staff Writerss
    (LONG article, so this first:) ************************* BY THE NUMBERS $107.4 million: Amount City of Industry paid to Zerep Management, owned by former Mayor Dave Perez, from 1995- 2014 for street sweeping and other city maintenance $219.2 million: Amount Industry paid to other Perez family-owned businesses from 1995-2014 or trash collection and other services $133,000: Average amount Industry paid to Zerep every month in 2014 or street sweeping $20,000: Average amount Industry pays monthly now to R.F. Dickson Co. for street sweeping 50: Equivalent of full-time employees Industry paid Zerep for, based on labor charges. ...
  • Ed Peruta to Talk in Southern California on 25 April, 2015

    04/22/2015 6:10:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    When I was interviewing Ed Peruta, he sent me this notice of the event in Southern California where he will be giving a talk this Saturday. It is in Ramona, California. Ramona is located a bit North of San Diego. Here is a map of the location: This website gives directions from a number of locations. Here is a link to the website of the organization sponsoring the event. When I talked to Ed, he struck me as a dynamic and motivational speaker. I do not know if I will be able to attend, as I am traveling and...
  • California May Be In Play For 2016 Presidential Race..

    04/14/2015 9:55:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    CBS-8 ^ | April 14, 2015 | Emerson College Polling Society
    SOURCE Emerson College Polling Society BOSTON, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new poll conducted in California by the Emerson College Polling Society (ECPS) suggests that the perennially blue state, which has not been won by a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, may be in play for the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton holds a commanding 46-point lead over Senator Elizabeth Warren, her nearest potential rival for the Democratic nomination. However, in head-to-head matchups with the top two GOP contenders, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, Clinton's 53% to 47% edge is within the poll's margin of error of +/- 3.2%. California...
  • 10 New Laws Will Increase Poverty in California

    04/13/2015 11:55:56 AM PDT · by Mark · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 04/12/15 | Doug McIntyre
    The dominoes are toppling faster and faster. With each passing day the elites of America are pushing ahead with their plan to erase any distinction between legal and illegal immigration. The once cherished concept of citizenship continues to erode in the face of a relentless push to grant all the perks and privileges of citizenship to the uncountable millions who violated our nations laws when they entered the country illegally. Anyone who objects is vilified as a racist and xenophobe. While politicians of both parties conspire to turn the brilliantly inclusive American melting pot into a dystopian Tower of Babble...
  • CA: Torrance Police Settle for Illegally Destroyed Guns

    04/07/2015 5:53:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    California, especially California cities, have had a bad reputation for decades, of legally stealing firearms. This was primarily done with police officers confiscating firearms that they came across, without any crime being committed. Department policy was then to refuse to return the firearm unless a court ordered them to do so. As the process of obtaining a court order would ordinarily be much more costly than the price of a firearm, most people who had their firearms stolen by police simply did not bother in attempting to obtain a court order. The situation became so notorious that a law...