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  • California May File Lawsuit to Force Churches to Fund Abortions

    03/22/2017 5:05:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | march 22, 2017 | MICA
    California is the only state in the U.S. that requires health insurance plans to cover elective abortions. Its onerous mandate even forces churches and other religious groups to pay for abortions in their employee health plans. The new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in Congress could change that, and some California leaders are upset. The Sacramento Bee reports the proposed American Health Care Act would get rid of taxpayer-funded subsidies for insurance plans that cover elective abortions. If enacted, all of the health insurance plans in the California exchange would no longer be subsidized, according to the report. Here’s...
  • Judge allows California high-speed rail funding to continue

    03/22/2017 3:33:09 PM PDT · by davikkm · 18 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge is rejecting opponents’ latest attempt to stall California’s $64 billion high-speed rail project. But Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei said Wednesday that he will consider their arguments before the state issues voter-approved bonds next month. He set a hearing for next month to consider their motion for a preliminary injunction.
  • Hidden Camera Video Shows SF Teachers’ Union Rep Bragging About Hitting Students

    03/21/2017 10:00:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | March 21, 2017
    A teacher’s union rep was caught on hidden camera admitting he hit a student and got away with it. Now he’s in the hot seat. In the video, a man identified as Antonio Mankini is heard saying, “I can see grabbing a kid, I can see throwing a kid up against a locker. Not that I’ve ever done that, okay once, maybe twice.” Mankini is a math, science and technology teacher on leave from James Lick Middle School and who is now the Staff Organizer and Treasurer of United Educators, San Francisco – the union that represents all of San...
  • Youtube's most Senile and Liberal pinko oldfartrants

    03/22/2017 8:17:19 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 10 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Several days ago, one of my arch nemesis oldfartrants, a senile old hippie bum from West LA who has a YouTube channel advocating socialism has now called for the overthrow of Donald Trump. This, after spending nearly a decade referring to Conservatives as traitors and opponents of Barack Obama as seditionists. He attacks Trump comparing him to Hitler and attacking other conservatives such as Ron Paul, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, Sarah Palin and so on. Yet now its not treason anymore to be in dissent, its no longer treason to want to overthrow an elected official like Trump or...
  • Judge Upholds Trump Supporters’ Right To Sue San Jose For Failing To Protect Them

    03/21/2017 8:17:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 3/20/17 | Nickarama
    Do you remember the Trump rally in San Jose last year when many Trump supporters were attacked by a mob of leftists, seemingly unhindered by police who were there? The people assaulted certainly remember the event and they’ve brought suit against the city for the failure to protect them. The city tried to get the case dismissed, but the judge has decided to allow the suit to continue, in a win for the Trump supporters. According to CBS Local: “We’ve seen video appearing on international local and national media that shows the police standing by as people were getting gruesomely...
  • CA Teachers Union Official Admits to Hitting Students, Covering Up For Other Abusive Teachers

    03/21/2017 4:19:17 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/21/17 | Katy Grimes
    News reports of the Project Veritas teachers union investigations appear to be more upset with the undercover investigation than the teachers and union reps covering up child abuse A teachers union video released this week by Project Veritas shows a California teachers union covering up for abusive teachers. In the video, a San Francisco teachers union official admits he has hit students before, but “made it look like an accident.”
  • California's Boondoggle Bullet Train Goes Off The (Fiscal) Rails

    03/21/2017 8:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    IBD ^ | 03/21/2017
    State Waste: The Golden State's vaunted bullet train project, planned to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, may be in its financial death throes. If so, it's probably the best fiscal news for the Golden State in years. To say that Gov. Jerry Brown's pet project, the so-called high-speed train, is troubled would be an understatement. From the very beginning, it has been a testament to political hubris, fiscal irresponsibility, outright lies and abysmal planning. The bullet train idea was floated on a blustery gust of political promises in 2008, when proponents put the high-speed rail to the state's voters...
  • Waiter fired after asking customer for proof of residency

    03/19/2017 11:42:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2017 2:43 PM EDT
    A waiter was fired from a Southern California restaurant after asking customers to prove they had legal residency before serving them. The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that 23-year-old Brenda Carrillo says she and a friend got the question at Saint Marc in Huntington Beach. Carrillo says the waiter later asked her sister and another friend to see their proof of residency. …
  • Harvard-educated lawyer gets 40 years for bizarre kidnapping

    03/18/2017 2:40:05 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | March 17, 2017 6:56 pm | AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Muller was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for a kidnapping so elaborate and outlandish that investigators first thought his victims were carrying out a bizarre hoax. The Harvard University-trained lawyer and former Marine who meticulously planned his attack was tripped up months later by a stupid mistake: He dropped his cellphone at a burglary scene. Here’s how it all went down: ___ THE ATTACK AND THE VICTIMS Denise Huskins and boyfriend Aaron Quinn told police they awoke about 3 a.m. March 23, 2015, in their Vallejo home northeast of San Francisco to find...
  • 50 years ago Saturday, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland

    03/18/2017 1:54:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 18, 2017 | Mark Eades
    ANAHEIM – A half-century ago today, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland with great fanfare, and Ron Hanford was there. “It lived up to everything,” he recalled, now 71 and living in Rancho Cucamonga. This week, like so so many times over the years, he was back enjoying Disneyland – and Pirates... It was the last attraction overseen by Walt Disney, opening three months after his death. What is now a 15-minute journey in a boat that bobs past fireflies, pirates firing off cannons, drinking pirates and those trying to escape a jail cell – with that catchy tune...
  • Has the tech bubble peaked? Signs that the startup boom may be fizzling

    03/18/2017 5:10:35 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 Mar 17 | Olivia Solon
    Startups are beginning to run out of money and investors are becoming more discerning. How does this compare to the time leading up to the dotcom crash? If you were looking for an apartment in the Bay Area 18 months ago, realtors recommended you took your checkbook to viewings and were prepared to fork out for the deposit and first month’s rent – that’s $8,000 to $10,000 for a two-bedroom place in San Francisco – on the spot. “There was no negotiation because there were 10 people behind you saying, ‘We’ll take it’,” said Ron Stern, CEO of housing relocation...
  • California’s Teacher Tax Break (exemption from state income tax)

    03/16/2017 6:55:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 15, 2017
    California schools have many problems, but a teacher shortage isn’t one of them. Democrats in Sacramento nonetheless want to throw millions of dollars at this fake problem by exempting veteran teachers from state income tax while ignoring the real systemic inequities in education. Unions promote the conceit of a teacher shortage whenever they’re seeking more money, which is basically all the time. Over the last six years—that is, since California voters approved a tax hike on the wealthy—state spending on education and the per pupil allotment have increased by 55%. Yet many school districts are now threatening layoffs. Santa Ana...

    03/15/2017 11:29:47 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 123 replies
    TMZ ^ | March 15, 2017 | TMZ
    Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage was attacked in a Bay area restaurant Tuesday night, and it sure seems there's a Trump connection. We're told Savage was eating dinner at Servino Ristorante in Tiburon at around 8:30 PM, when a guy started mocking Savage's legal last name, screaming, "weener, weener." We're told the guy threw Savage to the ground, after allegedly shoving Savage's poodle, Teddy, out of the way.
  • Former Sen. Isadore Hall, Now ALRB Member, Levels Threats in Obscenity-laced Tirade

    03/14/2017 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/14/17 | Katy Grimes
    California Senate President pro Tempore ​Kevin ​De León is facing another scandalous issue A letter from Sen. Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) spelled out an appalling episode, in which several fruit growers whom Hall allegedly threatened, on the eve of his confirmation hearing to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
  • California bar exam’s passing score should be lowered, critics say

    03/14/2017 7:38:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 14, 2017 | Dominic Fracassa
    The State Bar of California has agreed to launch a comprehensive assessment of whether the minimum score needed to pass its bar examination should be lowered to allow more prospective attorneys to pass. In recent weeks, a growing chorus of voices — from state legislators to law school deans to court officials — have registered urgent concerns that the lowest score needed to pass the exam, commonly referred to as the “cut score,” is too high, flunking would-be attorneys who would qualify to practice law nearly everywhere else in the country. That sense of urgency has increased since November, after...
  • 16 Reasons Not To Live In California

    03/12/2017 8:23:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/12/2017 | Michael Snyder
    Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,It has been said that “as California goes, so goes the nation”.  That is why it is such a shame what is happening to that once great state.  At one time, California seemed to be the epicenter of the American Dream.  Featuring some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the entire world, the gorgeous weather and booming economy of the state inspired people from all over the world to move to the state.  But now people are moving out of the state by the millions, because life in California has...
  • Anti-hate rally ramps up after slur-filled San Jose altercation

    03/12/2017 7:25:33 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | March 12, 2017 | Eric Kurhi
    With recent hate-fueled shootings of minorities in Kansas and Washington — and an alarming confrontation closer to home in downtown San Jose — about 75 community members gathered downtown Sunday to urge action in what they called an increasingly hostile post-election atmosphere.
  • Colt's New Agent 1911 -- Why Can't I Buy One In California?

    03/12/2017 2:45:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 68 replies
    American Cowboy Chronicles ^ | March 12, 2017 | Tom Correa
      Dear Friends, Have you ever had a chance to buy something but didn't, then later kick yourself in the ass for not doing so. Well, that's the way I'm feeling about not buying a Colt New Agent 1911. Why can't I buy one? Well, it has to do with new Colt 1911s not being sold in California anymore. Colt rifles are accessible to residents of California, and so are Single Actions, but not the Colt 1911 or any of its versions including the Colt New Agent. In May of 2015, believe it or not, the California DOJ's endless...
  • Could you change your opinion of Trump? We ask Bay Area voters

    03/11/2017 11:02:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | March 11, 2017 | Annie Sciacca, Tatiana Sanchez, Julia Prodia Sulek and Ethan Baron
    Chaos and uncertainty have defined the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, and it appears there is nothing more American these days than having a baked-in opinion about our brash, unpredictable tweeter-in-chief. So, halfway through Trump’s first 100 days in office, we thought it was a good time to ask: Can you ever see yourself changing your mind about President Trump? Never, said Claudia Corona, a 25-year-old hydrogeologist from Oakland. “I will continue to oppose him until he steps down or gets impeached,” she said. “I want nothing to do with this man. I am frankly ashamed to speak the same...
  • Man arrested after jumping White House fence, claiming to be Trump’s friend

    03/11/2017 9:24:32 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 32 replies
    WTOP ^ | 3/11/17 | Lara Bonner
    “I am a friend of the President. I have an appointment.” These were the words a California man said to a U.S. Secret Service officer after jumping a fence and entering restricted White House grounds late Friday night, according to charging documents filed in filed in U.S. District Court. The man, who police identified as 26-year-old Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran of Milpitas, California, was discovered in the restricted area of the White House when an officer approached him to ask him whether he was a pass-holder, police and court records said. That’s when Tran replied that he did not have a...
  • ‘You hired illegals?’ Chaz Bono’s complaint about ICE arrest of housekeeping staff raises questions

    03/11/2017 6:28:42 PM PST · by dynachrome · 77 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 3-11-17 | Doug P.
    Immigration & Customs Enforcement officials arresting and departing people in the U.S. illegally has increasingly raised the ire of the Left. One person with a personal complaint about such actions is Chaz Bono: Follow Chaz Bono âś” @ChazBono My housekeeper's helper along with husband&children were arrested by ICE. @JerryBrownGov What R you doing about this?
  • Berkeley Removes 20,000 Free Online Videos to Comply with Insane Department of Justice Ruling

    03/11/2017 11:33:23 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 87 replies
    ©2017 Reason Foundation ^ | |Mar. 7, 2017 8:31 am | Robby Soave
    Berkeley previously housed an online library consisting of more than 20,000 videos of lectures. These videos were free and accessible to the public. But they are free no longer: next week, administrators will withdraw access to anyone who isn't a Berkeley student or professor. Two employees of Gallaudet University—a school for the deaf in Washington, D.C.—filed a complaint with DOJ alleging that Berkeley's online content was inaccessible to the hearing-disabled community. After looking into the matter, DOJ determined that Berkeley had indeed violated the Americans with Disabilities Act Berkeley had two choices: spend a fortune adding closed captioning to the...
  • Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens asks Trump administration to help her hold undocumented immigr

    03/11/2017 7:34:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 10, 2017 | Jordan Graham
    Full title: Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens asks Trump administration to help her hold undocumented immigrants With most California governments and police agencies resisting President Donald Trump’s push to increase immigration enforcement and deportations, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is bucking the trend, telling the Trump administration she wants her department to cooperate more closely with federal immigration agents.Last month, Hutchens met with several high ranking members of Trump’s administration in Washington D.C., in part to communicate how her department, and possibly law enforcement in other large American counties, would be willing to impose federal immigration laws.Her message: Neighborhood enforcement...
  • San Francisco Seeks to Freeze Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Cuts

    03/10/2017 8:48:11 AM PST · by davikkm · 36 replies
    The City of San Francisco sought an injunction Wednesday against President Donald Trump’s executive order to block federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” complaining the move could be devastating to the city’s bottom line. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, City Attorney Dennis Herrera asked a federal judge to freeze the order until a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality is resolved. If “defendants strip all federal funds from San Francisco, the result will be ‘catastrophic,’” Herrera wrote in seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court, the Chronicle reports. “Under this cloud of uncertainty and budgetary sword of Damocles, San Francisco must adopt...
  • L.A. officials to ICE: Stop calling yourselves police

    03/10/2017 11:23:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | March 10, 2017 | Catherine E. Shoichet
    It's a detail that stands out in photos of recent immigration roundups across the country: federal agents wearing clothing that labels them as "police." Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say it's an accurate word for them to use, and it can mean the difference between life and death in volatile situations. But elected officials in Los Angeles say they want the practice to stop. When ICE officers call themselves "police," they claim, it's misleading and endangers public safety. How long has this been happening? What's the debate? And why is it coming up now? The history It isn't new for...
  • Schwarzenegger Considered Contender For CA US Senate Seat

    03/09/2017 10:06:21 PM PST · by TBP · 26 replies
    Red State ^ | March 9, 2017 | Scott Hounsell
    Pay higher taxes. Watch Rachel Maddow. Colonoscopy. See Trump naked. These are things on the list of stuff I would rather do than have Arnold Schwarzenegger as a US Senator. It was reported today in Politico that the Former-Governor of the Golden State is being considered as a viable candidate to run for Senate for the projected-vacant seat of Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein will be 38,324 years old in 2018 (kidding, she will be 85), is expected to retire. With Trump in the White House, no democrat is looking forward to the prospect of sitting in a minority party seat in...
  • Santa Clara University Reverses Student Vote, OKs Conservative Group

    03/09/2017 11:05:16 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | March 6, 2017
    Students did not think Turning Point USA was an appropriate fit for the campus, but a vice provost overrode the decision.A conservative student organization, fighting for a toe-hold of official recognition in the liberal Bay Area, scored a victory at Santa Clara University where a vice provost overturned a student senate decision and granted a charter to Turning Point USA. In an unprecedented move, Vice Provost of Student Life Jeanne Rosenberger announced late Friday that the group — which espouses “fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited government” — qualifies for Registered Student Organization status. That makes the group the first...

    03/08/2017 5:38:07 AM PST · by waus · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | 3/8/2017 | waus
    New video just put out by Ca. DWR shows work to date performed over the past weekend. Great video showing damage and construction.
  • Trio of non-binary gender changes granted in SF (Further down the drain)

    03/07/2017 6:33:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Bay Area Reporter ^ | March 2, 2017 | Seth Hemmelgarn
    A trio of San Franciscans have changed their gender to non-binary, becoming the first in the city to do so. The three people's petitions, which were filed in December, were granted February 16 without hearings. David Strachan, 69, said he made the change because he has "an intersex condition," and both his "sexual body" and his gender are neither male nor female. "I have a non-binary DNA makeup, and it just makes sense to have a non-binary gender on top of it," said Strachan, who identifies as "a non-binary, intersex person who's in a relationship with a man." Strachan added,...

    03/07/2017 11:29:10 AM PST · by RummyChick · 43 replies
    tmz ^ | 3/7/17 | tmz
    Hollywood celebrities are being hit left and right by burglars ... but as far as the crooks are concerned they're nobody special, because high-end break-ins are out of control this year. TMZ broke the story, Dodgers star Yasiel Puig was the latest to be hit, with thieves making off with more than half a mil in jewelry. Other celebs hit include Alanis Morissette, Cesar Millan and Derek Fisher. Law enforcement tells us ... they believe the celebs were not targeted because they flaunted their jewelry and other riches on social media. The sources say these celebs all live in ritzy...
  • Sen. Pres. de León Claims Sen. Janet Nguyen ‘enjoyed the 15 minutes of fame,’ Over Senate Eject

    03/07/2017 12:53:43 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/07/17 | Katy Grimes
    Several of the rally attendees told me that what happened to Senator Nguyen, they had witnessed communists in Vietnam doing to their people. They were astounded this could happen in the California State Senate in the United States Several hundred members of the Vietnamese American community traveled to the State Capitol in Sacramento, CA Monday to demonstrate their support of Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), including more than 100 Vietnamese Americans who rode the bus from Nguyen’s Orange County district. Nguyen was forcibly removed from the Senate Floor Feb. 23, 2017 for speaking about the late Senator Tom Hayden, and...
  • Trump’s border wall is estimated to cost $8 million to $25 million per mile [Go for it! Build now!]

    03/06/2017 11:14:03 PM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/6/2017 | Stephen Dinan
    ... from $8 million to $25 million a mile, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said ... will ask for some money in the next couple of weeks... possibility that much of the new barrier will be fencing, rather than a complete concrete wall stretching the 1,950 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. ... steel, ... concrete, combination of concrete and steel ... supplement with different types of technologies ... Some 654 miles of the border currently have a barrier, though just 354 miles are covered by a substantive fence designed to keep out people and vehicles. Another 300 miles are...
  • California Congressional Delegation Plans for ‘Resistance’

    03/06/2017 6:17:21 PM PST · by davikkm · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | MICHELLE MOONS
    Golden State Democrats in Congress are heralding plans to “resist” with every tool available as they relentlessly attack the new Trump administration. Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Linda Sanchez declared that Democrats intend to employ every procedural device“to slow down or stop the worst of what they will attempt to accomplish,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Sanchez called public sentiment “the biggest tool in our toolbox.” She also said that Democrats plan to force Republicans into uncomfortable votes, like a recent party-line vote on the President’s tax returns. “We cannot at this point stop the legislation....
  • Berkeley Riot Explodes: Trump Supporters Beaten to Ground as Rally Turns Into Bloody Nightmare

    03/06/2017 5:59:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | March 5, 2017 | Kyle Becker
    A pro-Trump rally at the University of California, Berkeley turned into a violent, bloody riot Saturday evening. The civil disturbance led to several attendees in pro-Trump clothing and American flag regalia being assaulted. Police in riot gear, and even a man in a gas-mask looking helmet and makeshift shield with an American flag intervened after currently unidentified men were assaulted and beaten on the ground. Some Trump supporters were pepper-sprayed by opposition, according to Buzzfeed News.
  • The California Chuck E. Cheese's where TWO mass brawls broke out in a WEEK

    03/06/2017 3:27:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 6, 2017 | Forrest Hanson
    A Southern California Chuck E. Cheese's saw two brawls among adults this week. The establishment in Victorville, about 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, saw one fight erupt over tickets and another over an accidental push. Customer Sharon Cabrera shot footage of the first fight, which she uploaded to Facebook and YouTube.
  • Trump administration deals a big setback to Caltrain (Trump puts the brake on Bullet Train)

    03/05/2017 3:51:28 PM PST · by MaxistheBest · 65 replies ^ | 02/27/2017 | Matier & Ross
    In the first big hit to the Bay Area from the Trump administration, newly minted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has put the brakes on $647 million for Caltrain to go electric — and in the process pretty much killed for high-speed rail coming to San Francisco anytime soon. “It puts the (electrification) project in serious jeopardy,” Caltrain spokesman Seamus Murphy said Friday. Caltrain carries about 60,000 riders a day between the South Bay and San Francisco, but its diesel-driven trains are both costly to operate and slow. Officials see electrification as a way both to increase ridership and save money...
  • 10 Arrested in Berkeley, Elderly Man Assaulted Following Violent Anti-Trump Protest

    03/05/2017 5:44:50 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/4/2017 | CHARLIE NASH
    Ten people were arrested in Berkeley, California on Saturday following an anti-Trump protest that sought to counter a march in support of President Trump. “A total of 10 people were arrested, including five for battery, four for assault with a deadly weapon and one for resisting arrest,” reported The Marin Independent Journal on Saturday. “Police reported items confiscated among the combatants were: ‘metal pipes, bats, 2x4s and pieces of wood. A group with bricks was detained, and their bricks confiscated.'” ...snip... UFC veteran and professional MMA fighter Jake Shields was even forced to rescue a man who was being assaulted...
  • Holder Admits to Coup Led By Obama

    03/05/2017 3:59:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2/3/17 | The Common Sense Show
    Freeing America One Enslaved Mind At A Time
  • Scattered fistfights break out at pro-Trump rally in Berkeley

    03/04/2017 7:07:53 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 61 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 4, 2017 | Lizzie Johnson
    At least 10 people were arrested and many others bloodied or bruised as a Berkeley rally by supporters of President Trump turned violent Saturday afternoon when fistfights broke out between marchers and counterprotesters, and crowds of masked anarchists joined the fray.
  • California Supreme Court Says Emails And Texts on Officials' Private Accounts Are Public Records

    03/04/2017 9:05:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    California Supreme Court Says Emails And Texts on Officials' Private Accounts Are Public RecordsGovernment employees in California cannot keep the public from seeing their work-related emails and texts sent on personal devices and through private accounts, the state's Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, closing a loophole that justices said could have allowed the "most sensitive and potentially damning" communications to be shielded. With the ruling, California joins a growing list of states that treat public business done through private accounts as public records. "This ruling is a model for giving government transparency laws meaning in the digital age," said Matthew...
  • Fury at 'dangerous' California law that would allow cyclists to ROLL PAST stop signs

    03/04/2017 3:15:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 56 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 3, 2017 | By Forrest Hanson For
    A proposed California law would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs. The law would allow bicyclists to continue past stop signs provided there was no oncoming traffic and they felt safe doing so. Stoplights would not be affected under the law.

    03/04/2017 2:41:13 PM PST · by aquila48 · 44 replies
    KGO News ^ | 3/4/17
    Arguments were heating up in Berkeley as demonstrators on both sides of the debate over President Donald Trump's policies clashed Saturday afternoon. People participating in the "March 4 Trump" demonstration to show support for President Trump were met by members of the group "By Any Means Necessary," and other protesters, which had planned a counter-demonstration. More than a dozen Berkeley police officers were keeping a close eye on the demonstrations, but video shared on Twitter showed shouting matches erupting and getting physical between the two groups.
  • Calif. lawmakers file FOIA demanding info on ICE activities

    03/04/2017 2:19:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 4, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Lawmakers in California have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to look into the activities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the state, the Huffington Post reported Friday. According to the report, the request was filed in order to retrieve “information about recent Department of Homeland Security policies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement activities.” The measure was filed by two Democratic lawmakers, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, who argue that transparency is crucial to many California residents. “When the safety of Californians is at stake, we must demand greater...
  • California State Employee Played Games, Watched Videos Online During Work Hours: Audit

    03/04/2017 1:16:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Mar 2, 2017
    Report finds widespread misuse of state resources and other improprietiesA Fresno State University employee was paid an estimated $22,000 for time he was playing online games and watching YouTube videos at work, according to a state auditor's report released Thursday. The case was one of 10 highlighted in the report on investigations into improper activities by state employees during the second half of last year. The state employees, who were investigated after whistleblower tips, cost the state nearly $40,000 through misuse of state resources, improper payments and other issues, according to the report. The report also identified instances where state...
  • Tension Mounts Ahead of Berkeley Rallies to Celebrate, Oppose President Trump

    03/04/2017 11:37:35 AM PST · by aquila48 · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, March 3 | Thom Jensen
    A march to support President Donald Trump is planned on Saturday in Berkeley — one of dozens planned nationwide to show support for the new president. The "March 4 Trump" in Berkeley is the only event planned in the Bay Area and is one of three expected in California. Marches were previously planned in Los Angeles and Sacramento, but organizers decided to cancel those in an attempt to bolster attendance at other events. By Friday afternoon, more than 100 people had said they were attending the Berkeley march on the event's Facebook page. Several commenters were trying to arrange rides,...
  • Layoffs, budget cuts prompted UC Berkeley to pay out $306,000 for PR contract

    03/04/2017 9:08:36 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Mar 4 2017 | SAM STANTON AND DIANA LAMBERT
    Faced with a $150 million budget deficit at UC Berkeley, university administrators were grappling last year with how to break the news to faculty and the media about the need for major spending and staffing cuts. The solution? University officials bypassed Berkeley’s own communications staff and approved spending $419,400 to hire an outside public relations agency “to address media and stakeholder backlash,” newly released documents indicate.
  • Denial is a River in California: Can Oroville Spark New Dam Building?

    03/04/2017 8:44:51 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 27 replies
    MasterResource - free market energy blog ^ | March 4, 2017 | Wayne Lusvardi
    “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” – Mark Twain “Consider a narrow river valley below a high dam, such that if the dam burst, the resulting flood of water would drown people for a considerable distance downstream. When attitude pollsters ask people downstream of the dam how concerned they are about the dam’s bursting, it’s not surprising that fear of a dam burst is lowest far downstream, and increases among residents increasingly close to the dam. Surprisingly, though … the concern falls off to zero as you approach closer to the dam! That is, the people living immediately under...
  • San Francisco drops out of FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force

    03/03/2017 2:42:00 PM PST · by mandaladon · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3 Mar 2017 | John Sexton
    The Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is a partnership between local police and the FBI aimed at uncovering and preventing terrorist plots before they happen. Last week the city of San Francisco announced it was suspending its cooperation with the JTTF. From Fox News: “In my opinion, the decision by the mayor and the police chief to withdraw the San Francisco Police Department from the JTTF is really narrow-minded,” said Mark Rossini, a retired FBI special agent, and founding executive of the National Counterterrorism Center, who served as a representative to the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center. “Politics aside, and the mayor...
  • California Snowpack 185% of normal, another big snow on the way

    03/03/2017 9:05:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    warrsupwiththat? ^ | / 12 hours ago March 3, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    From the “California is in a permanent drought due to climate change – because we said so” department comes this good news from NASA, CA DWR, and NOAA From NASA:Abundant Snowpack Blankets the Sierra NevadaMarch 3, 2017 Snowpack on the Sierra Nevada provides one-third of the water consumed by California citizens, farmers, and businesses each year. For the first time in at least five years, there should be more than enough of it.According to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the water stored as snow in the Sierra Nevada range was 185 percent of the long-term average for the...
  • Pro-Donald Trump march, counter-protesters expected in Berkeley

    03/03/2017 8:04:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | March 3, 2017
    BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- Marches are scheduled all over the country Saturday by those who say they want to show support for President Donald Trump. One of those events is planned for Berkeley where it's already stirring up controversy. "I think it is a civil rights issue. That people who support Donald Trump, who support the President have a right to make that known," Berkeley College Republicans member Jack Palkovic told ABC7. Palkovic says he plans to participate in a march on Saturday. A video and a Facebook event page announced the protest organized by Rich Black. He's listed as...