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  • Cafe X opens in San Francisco, bringing robots to the coffee shop

    02/24/2017 9:29:48 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | Jan 30, 2017 | John Mannes
    Cafe X opens in San Francisco, bringing robots to the coffee shop Posted Jan 30, 2017 by John Mannes (@JohnMannes) The world’s first coffee shop opened in Constantinople in 1555. Four hundred and some years later, Cafe X is putting a twist on that old barista model. Opening in San Francisco today, the startup is opting instead to have a large robotic arm craft your caffeinated potions. Founder Henry Hu noticed that baristas spent a majority of their time moving cups around while making espresso drinks. So, much like anyone’s natural reaction to that epiphany, Hu decided to build a...
  • Questions Surround Shooting of (86 Year Old)Retired Navy Veteran in His Own Home

    02/24/2017 9:06:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/24 | Stephen Stock, Michael Bott, Michael Horn and Rachel Witte
    Oid Sheriff’s deputies violate procedure during a September 2016 welfare check?NBC Bay Area’s Investigation raises questions about whether Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies violated their own policies and procedures leading up to the shooting of Saratoga homeowner Eugene Craig in September, 2016. Senior Investigative Reporter Stephen Stock reports in a video that first aired on Feb. 23, 2017. An attorney for the family of 86 year-old Eugene Craig says sheriff’s deputies violated their own department policy when they kicked in the doors and confronted Craig in his living room during what was supposed to be a “wellness” or “welfare” check....
  • The 25 Best Beaches In The US, Ranked

    02/24/2017 7:12:36 AM PST · by blam · 105 replies
    BI ^ | 2-24-2017 | Chloe Pantazi
    • TripAdvisor has released its 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards, naming the 25 best beaches in the US. • Florida's Siesta Key Beach claims the title of America's best beach, followed by coastal stretches across the country in Hawaii, California, Georgia, and more. • TripAdvisor also found the cheapest month to visit each beach destination, and the average rate for a hotel room there. The world is full of gorgeous beaches, so it's easy to forget that the US has some spectacular beaches of its own — especially if you don't live along the coast. TripAdvisor's 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards, which...
  • California State Sen. Janet Nguyen Removed From Senate Floor for Voicing Differing Opinion

    02/23/2017 6:25:02 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 53 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/23/17 | Katy Grimes
    "I was told I could prepare a statement for my Senate website or my Facebook page," Nguyen said. California State Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), was forcibly removed from the Senate Thursday morning for offering a different perspective on the late Sen. Tom Hayden, a Democrat with a well-known and lengthy history of communist sympathies. The perspective Sen. Nguyen offers is first hand. Her family escaped communist Vietnam and came to the United States in search of freedom in 1981 during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
  • Majority of California Is Out of the Drought After Weeks of Record-Setting Rain

    02/23/2017 2:33:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    KTLA ^ | 23 Feb 2017
    A year ago, some Californians never thought this day would come. But after being battered by weeks of record-setting rain, the vast majority of the state is out of drought.
  • Pasadena City Manager Will Not Renew Police Agreement w/ ICE

    02/23/2017 11:56:55 AM PST · by Republic Rocker · 7 replies
    In an unexpected move which took local activists by surprise, Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell announced at Wednesday evening’s Public Safety Committee meeting that he would not execute a Memorandum of Understanding between the Pasadena Police Department and Immigration Customs Enforcement which is up for renewal. The long-standing, but only recently publicly revealed, agreement technically mandates the Pasadena Police Department to assist federal immigration authorities with “any investigation or joint operation” within the City’s borders. Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez said Sunday, however, that previous versions of the agreement have never been acted upon, and that the Police Department maintains...
  • 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...
  • Where in the World is Gov. Jerry Brown?

    02/22/2017 5:46:43 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/22/17 | Katy Grimes
    California is in a crisis. Actually, California has many crises taking place, including a crisis of leadership The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.—Dwight D. Eisenhower California is in a crisis. Actually, California has many crises taking place, including a crisis of leadership. This lack of leadership has led to glaring misplaced priorities, and now, a crisis of tremendous proportions of aging and severely damaged infrastructure.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Long Persecuted, Assyrians Find Safe Haven in the Central Valley

    02/21/2017 5:10:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KQED ^ | 2/20 | Alice Daniel
    Alice Daniel FEBRUARY 20, 2017 SHARE Inside the Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock there’s a large banquet hall, a catering company and a radio station that broadcasts Assyrian music. “The music that you’re hearing, this is the original language. We speak the modern Aramaic dialect,” says the club’s president, Sam David. Assyrians are some of the earliest Christians. They’re indigenous to Mesopotamia, which is defined as the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, including much of modern-day Iraq. Assyrians also scattered to parts of modern-day Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Iran. Audio Player 00:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase...
  • 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...
  • It’s Official: Los Angeles Traffic is the World’s Worst

    02/21/2017 2:03:26 PM PST · by xzins · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Feb 2017 | Jae C. Hong
    Los Angeles officially has the worst traffic in the world, a new study has revealed. Global traffic research firm INRIX reports that Angelenos spent an average of 104 hours stuck in traffic in 2016. The study also notes that traffic and congestion costs each Los Angeles driver “$2,408 each and the city as a whole $9.6 billion from direct and indirect costs. Direct costs relate to the value of fuel and time wasted, and indirect costs refer to freight and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic, which are passed on to households through higher prices.” INRIX noted that...
  • Every 200 years California suffers a storm of biblical proportions — this year’s rains are just...

    02/21/2017 10:02:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    The Verge ^ | Feb 21, 2017, 11:15am EST | Rachel Becker
    California has seen worse: massive floods have swept through the state about every 200 years for at least the past 2,000 years, climate scientists Michael Dettinger and Lynn Ingram recount in a 2013 article. The most recent was a series of storms that lasted for a near-biblical 43 days between 1861 and 1862, creating a vast lake where California’s Central Valley had been. Floodwaters drowned thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of cattle, and forced the state’s government to move from Sacramento to San Francisco. More than 150 years have passed since California’s last, great flood — and a team...
  • 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.
  • Dam 'stuff happens' when Gov. Moonbeam is in charge

    02/20/2017 3:49:32 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 2-20-2017 | Barbara Simpson
    It really gives you a good feeling when your leader, the guy in charge of the whole shebang, reacts to a near catastrophe that could have killed thousands, displaced millions and cost billions by saying, “Stuff happens.” He didn’t even show up to take a look at the disaster scene. In fact, he doesn't even plan to. But that’s Jerry Brown for you, the governor of the state of California. He’s not known as “Governor Moonbeam” for nothing.....That’s all bad enough, but now Californians face the reality that many of the state’s more than 1,500 dams and reservoirs might fail,...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Police Locked in Standoff in Bodega, Nearby Roads Closed

    02/19/2017 1:52:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Sonoma County sheriff's officials are at the scene of a standoff situation Sunday afternoon in the unincorporated community of Bodega. At 11:55 a.m., sheriff's officials said they were involved with a barricaded suspect in the area and had closed several roads. According to sheriff's officials, Bodega Highway is closed between state Highway 1 and Joy Road. Salmon Creek Road is also closed between Bodega Highway and Tannery Creek Road. Further information was not immediately available.
  • 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...
  • 2 Men Allegedly Carjacked, Ran Over Man Trying To Flee Oroville

    02/18/2017 11:02:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 18, 2017
    Authorities have arrested two people accused of carjacking and running over a man preparing to flee when authorities ordered those living downstream from the Oroville Dam to evacuate. Butte County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that 27-year-old Cody Bowles and 31-year-old Lucia Ripley were arrested Friday in the town of Biggs. The office says the man was loading his vehicle with the engine running when Bowles and Ripley armed with a shotgun jumped in
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • California Water Woes / and laughs

    02/18/2017 6:04:26 PM PST · by bboop · 13 replies
    self ^ | 18 February 2017 | self
    Here's a funny one. Liberal neighbor has aha moment. She told my husband - a geochemist/ water scientist - 'We thought it was so cool when they took out the Hetch-Hetchy dam (up by Oroville!!) and put in nature trails and little exhibits, so it could be back to the natural way it is supposed to be. But right now that doesn't seem like it makes very much sense. AND all the trails and exhibits were washed out by all this rain and flooding. Husband: "Yes, the humans got lost in the shuffle." Another liberal bitten by reality. For some...
  • ‘California is a nation, not a state’: A fringe movement wants a break from the U.S.

    02/18/2017 5:26:41 PM PST · by Boomer · 67 replies
    WaPo ^ | February 18, 2017 | Katie Zezima
    “I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of an independent California,” Geoff Lewis said as he stood in a glass-walled conference room adorned with California’s grizzly-bear flag and a sign reading “California is a nation, not a state.”
  • California ..One Step Beyond ObamaCare, ..Single-Payer Healthcare System to Include Illegal Aliens

    02/18/2017 9:57:23 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/18/2017 | 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. {..snip..}
  • 260 Drought Maps Show California's Deep Drought and Current Recovery

    02/17/2017 11:56:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/17 | Kyle Kim and Thomas Suh Lauder
    Persistent precipitation in recent months have significantly improved California's drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Extreme to exceptional drought – the most severe levels – have been virtually lifted in the entire state since it first appeared on Jan. 24, 2014.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Glory, Be! Lake Berryessa's Glory Hole Is Spilling Over

    02/17/2017 5:27:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, February 17, 2017 | Amy Graff
    Lake Berryessa's Glory Hole is spilling over for the first time in 10 years. The reservoir two hours north of San Francisco reached full capacity and an elevation level of 440 feet Friday at 6 a.m., and began spilling, according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokesperson Janet Sierzputowski. The unique spillway operates similarly to a bathtub drain
  • Beating Milo: How Berkeley Defeated the Alt-Right’s Biggest Troll (They think they won!)

    02/07/2017 11:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    It's Going Down ^ | February 7, 2017 | Anonymous Contributor
    If you were involved last night, thank you. I’ve never felt safer on campus than I did when you walked in! It felt so affirming for someone to stand up against misogyny on a campus that blames rape victims not perpetrators, and protects sexual harassers. If the antifas hadn’t come, Milo would have endangered my undocumented students, so I am so grateful! – PhD candidate / Graduate Instructor at UC Berkeley (name withheld) ****** On February 1, Milo Yiannopoulos was invited by the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) to perform in UC Berkeley’s Pauley Ballroom at 8pm. Since December 2016, hundreds...
  • 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...
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti accused of being silent on city’s rising crime

    02/17/2017 7:45:53 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 02/17/17 | Elizabeth Chou
    The violent crime rate rose for a third consecutive year in Los Angeles, but that’s not something Mayor Eric Garcetti is eager to highlight ahead of the March election, one mayoral challenger said this week. During a candidate forum hosted by the Northridge East Neighborhood Council, Mitchell Schwartz, a political strategist who is attempting to unseat Garcetti, accused the mayor “of hiding and suppressing the police reports from last year” by not holding his annual news conference to discuss the end-of-year crime statistics. Garcetti’s campaign spokesman, Yusef Robb, fired back Thursday, calling Schwartz’s accusation a “cockamamie conspiracy theory” and blamed...
  • 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...
  • The student Left’s culture of intolerance is creating a new generation of conservatives

    02/17/2017 9:23:22 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/17/2017 | CHARLIE PETERS
    Student demands for censorship get a lot of coverage. Spiked Online’s Free Speech University Rankings, now in its third annual edition, argues that there is a “crisis of free speech on campus”. By analysing the censorious policies and actions that have taken place on British campuses, Spiked concluded that 63.5 per cent of universities actively censor speech and 30.5 per cent stifle speech through excessive regulation. You can barely go a few days without encountering a new op-ed covering censorship on campus. Maajid Nawaz describes the students demanding censorship as members of the “regressive left”. Milo Yiannopoulos calls them “snowflakes”....
  • Strongest storm in years taking aim at Southern California

    02/17/2017 7:44:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Hailey Branson-Potts
    The storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches of rain on Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and 5 to 10 inches on south-facing foothills and coastal mountain slopes, according to the National Weather Service . A flash flood watch has been issued for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Friday morning through Saturday morning.
  • 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...
  • US gov't: Arrested Seattle 'dreamer' admitted gang ties

    02/16/2017 3:30:21 PM PST · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 16 Feb 2017 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle area man detained by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children admitted to having gang ties, the U.S. Justice Department said in court documents filed Thursday. Ramirez "stated 'no, not no more,' when asked if he is or has been involved with any gang activity," the government said in documents filed in U.S. District Court. Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, called the allegation "wholly fabricated." The court documents also said Ramirez, who is Mexican and arrived in the U.S. at age 7,...
  • Flooding Concerns Heightened in South Bay as Full Anderson Reservoir Expected to Overflow

    02/16/2017 12:20:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Bob Redell and Brendan Weber
    Rising water filling up Santa Clara County's Anderson Reservoir, which was 99.3 percent full as of Wednesday, is expected to flow over the dam's spillway as a result of this week's impending storms. Unlike the potentially catastrophic situation with Lake Oroville's emergency spillway, the Anderson Reservoir's operational spillway is not at risk of failure, according to Santa Clara Valley Water District officials. Despite that good news, officials in Santa Clara County are warning residents living along Coyote Creek and near Kelley Park to be on the lookout for potential flooding. Water officials for the past month have been releasing water...
  • GOP Rep's 71-Year-Old Staffer Injured During Anti-Trump Protest at Office

    02/16/2017 2:49:24 PM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    Fox news ^ | February 15, 2017
    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) says that one of his staffers was knocked unconscious during a protest at his Huntington Beach, Calif., office on Tuesday. In a statement, Rohrabacher’s office said that the protesters were part of a nationwide movement calling themselves Indivisible, which has vowed to resist President Donald Trump’s agenda by trying to occupy Republican congressional offices. Kathleen Staunton, 71, who has managed Rohrabacher's office since his first term in 1989, apparently attempted to leave through the front door to go to the bathroom, when “a protester yanked the door open, causing her to fall and hit her head."...
  • (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...
  • Oroville Dam Update

    02/16/2017 5:55:51 AM PST · by keat · 60 replies
    February 16, 2017, 5:42 a.m .PST | self
    It rained through most of the night in the Oroville area. A storm passed over and is currently dumping rain in the foothills and mountains to the east of the lake. It's a warm storm and can be expected to trigger some snow melt and runoff. As of 5 a.m. the reservoir level stood at 870 feet, 30 feet below the lip of the emergency berm. Inflow from the storm should begin late today and max out over the weekend. It remains to be seen whether this will cause the lake to rise dangerously as releases continue at the maximum....
  • Obama stimulus funds went to California dam in good shape, but not to Oroville.

    02/16/2017 3:15:16 AM PST · by gattaca · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The 2009 stimulus package funded millions of dollars for safety improvements for a dam in California that was in “good shape,” but not to the Oroville Dam that is now on the verge of a spillway crisis. Nearly 200,000 residents north of Sacramento were ordered to evacuate after fears that erosion would cause the emergency spillway to fail, which would lead to “catastrophic flooding“ from a 30-foot wall of water. 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...
  • Strangers Help Two Oroville Dam evacuees Keep Their Valentine’s Day Wedding Plans

    02/15/2017 9:47:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    KFOR ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2017 | KATRINA BUTCHER
    A couple displaced by the Oroville Dam evacuations almost had their Valentine’s Day wedding plans canceled -- were it not for a number of fellow evacuees and Placer County workers who helped put on an impromptu wedding at the evacuation center. Henry Rueda and now-wife Leotta's marriage was 10 years in the making, but Sunday they were forced to evacuate their Olivehurst, California, home for the Placer County Fairgrounds, with about 300 other displaced residents. Authorities ordered people to leave the area when a hole developed in an eroded area of the spillway, raising concerns that the spillway could fail...
  • Super-soaker: Atmospheric River taking aim on beleaguered #OrovilleDam

    02/15/2017 6:25:32 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 13 replies
    Watts up With That ^ | Feb 15 2017 | Anthony Watts
    We’ve already had two big events like this so far this year, now forecasts show a clear pattern of a heavily moisture laden “atmospheric river” taking aim directly onto the Oroville Dam watershed over the next week. Accumulated precipitation forecasts show that the Lake Orovile watershed will score a direct hit with the maximum amount of precipitation over the next 10 days (see graphic near bottom of this article). Meteorologist Paul Dorian of Vencore Weather writes: There have been many occasions in the past in which floods have followed droughts in California and this recent time period is yet another...