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  • DWP To Explore Pricing Tiers Based On Residents’ Water Usage

    09/02/2014 3:05:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 2, 2014 8:41 AM | Jon Baird
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Would adding a more complex pricing structure at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) encourage customers to cut back on their water usage? KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports a recent UCLA study found that while some residents have stepped up conservation efforts, others have leveled off as the statewide drought continues to worsen. Last month, City Councilmen Felipe Fuentes and Mike Bonin introduced a motion (PDF) to have the DWP explore a number of conservation policy changes, including “an increasing block rate structure for DWP customers with more than two tiers, in which...
  • 7-Year-Old Boy Struck in Chest During Target Practice: Sheriff

    09/02/2014 11:06:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    A 7-year-old boy from the Bay Area was flown to the hospital after he was injured while target practicing with a .22-caliber rifle as his father stood nearby. El Dorado County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Becker told NBC affiliate KCRA in Sacramento that the boy complained of chest pain and had a "hole in his T-shirt" after pieces of a bullet apparently ricocheted into his chest on Saturday at the family's property off of Bottle Hill Road in Georgetown, near Auburn. "The parents were watching," Becker told KCRA. "His dad was right there." Becker did not state who fired the bullet...
  • Now Even One Of The Most Democratic States Is Turning On Obama

    09/02/2014 6:57:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/02/2014 | Hunter Walker
    A Field Poll released on Tuesday showed President Barack Obama's approval rating had dropped to a record low in the staunchly blue state of California. This decline includes the state's most left-leaning cities, which Field's director described as a particularly bad sign for Obama. "These are constituencies that have been strong followers," Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said, according to the Sacramento Bee. The poll showed Obama's approval rating in California at 45%, down from a second-term high of 62% following his 2013 inauguration. It was also down 5% from the previous Field Poll, which was released in June, making...
  • Legal Defense Funds of Suspended California Senators Receiving Donations (shoulder fired missiles)

    09/02/2014 2:15:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    JD Journal ^ | 9/02/14 | Jim Vassallo
    The amount of money political candidates in the state of California can collect for campaigns is tightly governed, but for legal defense funds, donors are permitted to donate much more, according to KPCC. In March, the state senate, voted to suspend three members who were charged or who were convicted of felonies. The legal bills for senators Ron Calderon and Rod Wright are being paid for by a mix of politicians, political action committees and even corporations. Senator Leland Yee has a committee to college legal defense donations working for him as well. None of the legal defense funds setup...
  • Hiking L.A.'s Minimum Wage Is A No-Brainer [So Says DNC Mega-Donor and Billionaire Eli Broad!]

    09/01/2014 5:30:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 1, 2014 | ELI BROAD
    Op-Ed Hiking L.A.'s Minimum Wage Is A No-Brainer Minimum wage Fast food workers protest low pay, demanding a $15/hour minimum wage outside during a two-day nationwide strike. (Los Angeles Times) By ELI BROAD Raising the minimum wage isn't just good for workers: It's good for business Could you support your family in Los Angeles on the current minimum wage? Raising L.A.'s minimum wage will be a win all around Of all major cities in the country, Los Angeles has the highest percentage of population living in poverty. After decades of slow job growth and stagnant wages, 28% of Angelenos —...
  • FEDS ENCOURAGING DEPORTED ILLEGAL ALIENS TO COME BACK TO US

    09/01/2014 9:19:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 1, 2014 | by KRISTIN TATE
    HOUSTON, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to allow thousands of illegal immigrant deportees to return to the U.S., so long as they have ties to Southern California. Taxpayers will additionally fund a media campaign in Mexico, alerting deportees that they may be eligible to come back to the United States. An agreement outlining the new settlement was announced in late August, according to the Los Angeles Times. The plan, which only applies to Southern California, was reportedly drawn up in response to a lawsuit that was filed last year by the American Civil Liberties...
  • Tesla Motors Dealing as States Play Factory Poker

    08/31/2014 5:13:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | August 31, 2014 | Justin Pritchard
    From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs. It's how Tesla is deciding where to build. Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.
  • Feinstein: Obama maybe ‘too cautious’ on ISIS, but plans are underway

    08/31/2014 8:54:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 45 replies
    - The Washington Times - ^ | Sunday, August 31, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday that President Obama is notably cautious — “maybe, in this instance, too cautious” — but insisted the U.S. and its allies will coalesce behind a plan to beat back the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria before their well-funded sources take Baghdad.
  • Nipsey Hussle Arrested For Getting Involved in Another’s Arrest

    08/31/2014 2:24:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rebecca Grace
    Rapper Nipsey Hussle has been arrested for interfering in the arrest of a man authorities were after for violating his probation. The incident occurred on the night of Friday, August 29th. Police responded to a report that a man had violated his probation and was currently located in a clothing store in downtown Los Angeles. Upon searching the store for the alleged parole violator, they came across Hussle, who committed an undisclosed action that authorities viewed as obstructing an officer which subsequently resulted in his arrest. He was released shortly after his arrest after posting bail in the amount...
  • Bill would expand stealth bomber tax credit

    08/30/2014 9:48:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    msn.com ^ | August 14, 2014 9:05 PM ET.
    Dueling bidders for a major Pentagon stealth bomber contract would be eligible for massive tax credits under a bill that's on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Brown has been pushing for an aerospace tax credit that could help companies create thousands of jobs near Palmdale. In July, lawmakers grudgingly approved a $420 million tax credit that would benefit a joint bid being submitted by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. The governor signed the fast-tracked AB2389 into law after his office assured competitor Northrop Grumman Corp. that it would receive a similar deal.
  • 49ers, Giants Respond to Alleged Dog Beating Video

    08/30/2014 7:19:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Aug 29, 2014
    The San Francisco Giants and 49ers both said Thursday they are "disturbed" by allegations that the CEO of the company that provides concessions to AT&T Park and Levi's Stadium was caught on video kicking and abusing his dog. Media reports have circulated surveillance video of a man identified as Centerplate CEO Desmond Hague kicking a frightened puppy and choking it with its leash in a Vancouver elevator last month. The Connecticut-based company handles food and beverage sales at numerous entertainment venues, including for the Giants and 49ers. Its Board of Directors said in a statement that it has censured Hague,...
  • California Welfare Vacations (Video)

    03/20/2013 3:50:47 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 4 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 03/20/2013 | David Spady AFPCA
    Take your blood pressure medicine or just double up on your meds before watching this video. David Spady of Americans for Prosperity California takes you on a fact filled tour of the welfare abuse and fraud in California. Post your comments or your favorite cassarole recipe.
  • What would the Koch brothers do to the Los Angeles Times?

    04/24/2013 6:24:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/24/2013 | Harold Meyerson
    On May 21, Los Angeles voters will go to the polls to select a new mayor. Who will govern Los Angeles, however, is only the second-most important local question in the city today. The most important, by far, is who will buy the Los Angeles Times. The Times is one of the eight daily newspapers now owned by the creditors who took control of the Tribune Co. after real estate wheeler-dealer Sam Zell drove it into bankruptcy. Others include the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel and the Hartford Courant. The Tribune board members whom the creditors selected...
  • 'Wandering stones' of Death Valley explained

    08/29/2014 3:15:01 PM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 39 replies
    nature ^ | 27 August 2014
    Ending a half-century of geological speculation, scientists have finally seen the process that causes rocks to move atop Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above Death Valley, California. Researchers watched a pond freeze atop the playa, then break apart into sheets of ice that — blown by wind — shoved rocks across the lake bed. Until now, no one has been able to explain why hundreds of rocks scoot unseen across the playa surface, creating trails behind them like children dragging sticks through the mud. “It’s a delight to be involved in sorting out this kind of...
  • High-Tech Sleuthing Cracks Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks

    08/29/2014 12:16:04 PM PDT · by zeugma · 11 replies
    Livescience ^ | August 27, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    The first witnesses to an enduring natural mystery are an engineer, a biologist and a planetary scientist who met thanks to a remote weather station. Lacking direct evidence, explanations for this geologic puzzle ran the gamut, from Earth's magnetic field to gale-force winds to slippery algae. Now, with video, time-lapse photographs and GPS tracking of Racetrack Playa's moving rocks, the mystery has finally been solved.
  • Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

    08/28/2014 6:11:20 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 29 August 2014 | Anonymous
    For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have photographed these "sailing rocks" being blown by light winds across the former lake bed. Richard Norris and James Norris said the movement is made possible when ice sheets that form after rare overnight rains melt in the rising sun, making the hard ground muddy and slick. On Dec. 20, 2013, the...
  • Mystery of California's 'Wandering Stones' solved

    08/28/2014 10:20:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4:07PM BST 28 Aug 2014 | By Hannah Marsh
    It's a geological enigma that's had scientists speculating for half a century. But the mystery behind Death Valley's 'Wandering Stones' has finally been uncovered. It was previously unknown what caused the rocks to move across Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above California's Death Valley, leaving their distinctive trails behind them. But researchers have witnessed a thin layer of water freezing over the lake, before breaking into sheets the thickness of a window pane and nudging the rocks as they were blown by the breeze. “It’s a delight to be involved in sorting out this kind of...
  • Are the gods playing marbles on Mars?

    06/11/2013 7:21:19 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 6/11/13 | Victoria Jaggard
    (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona) A rolling stone gathers no moss – but on Mars it can nevertheless cloak itself in mystery. This NASA image shows the track of a boulder that rolled across the Nili Fossae region of Mars. For now it is anyone's guess what set the rock in motion. This false-colour picture (click on it for higher resolution) was posted on 7 June to the Beautiful Mars Tumblr feed, a collection of high-resolution shots from the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It shows dark, jagged tracks left in the soil by a lumpy boulder, probably...
  • Pictures: What Drives Death Valley's Roving Rocks?

    09/12/2010 11:01:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 49 replies · 2+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | September 8, 2010 | Christine Dell'Amore
    One of the mysterious peripatetic, or roving, rocks of Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada sits at the end of a curved track in a summer 2010 picture. Found in the Racetrack—an aptly named dry lakebed, or playa—the moving rocks have stumped scientists since the 1940s. For instance, the rocks are thought to move as fast as a walking person, but they've never been seen in action. Previous studies have shown that gravity or earthquakes can't explain the objects' movements. Now a student-research project led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has lent support to the idea that,...
  • The Racetrack in Death Valley

    07/23/2010 6:14:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Smith College ^ | Lena Fletcher and Anne Nester
    Actively studied for 50 years, the rocks that mysteriously move around the dried lake bed playa in Death Valley, called the Racetrack, are yet to have an unquestionable explanation for their movement. ... In 1976 Robert Sharp and Dwight Carey diputed the ice-sheet theory. They analyzed the tracks and concluded because of track characteristics and the geometries of the tracks relative to each other that ice sheets could not have been involved in forming the tracks and moving the rocks. Sharp and Carey concluded due to the non-parallel nature and the crossing of some trails that it would be impossible...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 4-10-02

    04/10/2002 1:41:02 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 276+ views
    NASA ^ | 4-10-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 April 10 Unusual Rocks in Death Valley Credit & Copyright: Joe Orman Explanation: How did those big rocks end up on that strange terrain? One of the more unusual places here on Earth occurs inside Death Valley, California, USA. There a dried lakebed named Racetrack Playa exists that is almost perfectly flat, with the odd exception of some very large stones, one of which is pictured above....
  • Look What They Found on the Moon!

    08/23/2010 11:07:10 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 55 replies
    http://channels.isp.netscape.com ^ | 8 / 23 / 2010 | --From the Editors at Netscape
    By now, most of us know there is water on the moon. But did you know that it comes in three flavors and there is so much of it--158 billion gallons--that it could fill all of Seattle's water needs for three years? It turns out there is water all over the lunar landscape, which is rather astonishing since astronomers were convinced for such a long time that it was bone dry. Discovery.com and Space.com report this all changed when actual measurements were taken using the Mini-SAR and Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3 or "M-cubed") instruments on India's Chandrayaan-1 moon probe and...
  • The Strange Rubbing Boulders of the Atacama

    10/11/2011 3:03:04 PM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies
    Geological Society of America ^ | October 11, 2011 | Unknown
    Boulder, CO, USA – A geologist's sharp eyes and upset stomach has led to the discovery, and almost too-close encounter, with an otherworldly geological process operating in a remote corner of northern Chile's Atacama Desert. The sour stomach belonged to University of Arizona geologist Jay Quade. It forced him and his colleagues Peter Reiners and Kendra Murray to stop their truck at a lifeless expanse of boulders which they had passed before without noticing anything unusual. "I had just crawled underneath the truck to get out of the sun," Quade said. The others had hiked off to look around, as...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi Commercial on Climate Change

    05/13/2011 12:56:46 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 23 replies
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | May 13, 2011 | Matthew Burke
    VIDEO: Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi don't agree on much, but they do agree on the government's involvement in "climate change", as you can see from this 2008 joint ad.
  • Nancy Pelosi Says American Women Always Victims: 'Starved,' 'Force-Fed'

    08/30/2014 2:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 29, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    For House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the “war on women” and victimhood are always in style when election season rolls around. According to CNS News.com, on Thursday, Pelosi said on a conference call that American women have been victims throughout the history of the nation. “It was a struggle all the way,” Pelosi said. “Women marched. Women starved. Women were starved. Women were force-fed. Women could barely speak up in their own homes.” She continued: Women left their homes to take the message. And it was successful, and the right to vote, again, so precious, so hard fought. ......
  • California Dem moves to outlaw some civilian body armor

    08/30/2014 2:39:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 30, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Bob Owens at Bearing Arms talks about a new piece of Democrat legislation which, rather than trying to ban various types of weapons, seeks to restrict civilians from using certain classes of body armor. These anti-gun Democrats keep failing to stop us from having guns… and so they seem intent on making sure that we cannot defend ourselves against theirs. HR 5344, the laughably titled “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act,” is nothing more or less than attempt ban Level III and higher body armor that can defeat most common rifle ammunition, such as the steel plate armor sold by AR500...
  • Sheriff's Staff Calls Response to Metcalf Attack a Debacle

    08/30/2014 2:31:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
    It was a major attack on a South Bay electrical substation, but first responders are now saying that a member of Congress—and the public—may not be getting the truthThree members of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office who responded to a major attack on a South Bay electrical substation last year recently revealed their belief that those in charge mishandled critical decisions just hours after the incident. Around 1:30 a.m. on April 16 last year, an attacker or attackers opened fire on Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Metcalf substation located off Highway 101 in south San Jose. Bullets from a...
  • Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to 'States Where He's Still Popular'...

    08/30/2014 1:11:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-30-14 | Tom Blumer
    A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that "The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular." The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that's the case is quite short: "Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California." That's it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when "Tricky Dick" was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently...
  • Gang comment led to two Santa Ana shootings, prosecutor says

    08/30/2014 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Pelham · 23 replies
    OC Register ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | ERIC HARTLEY
    A court hearing provided new details of the killing of Nancy Hammour, a 28-year-old woman whose body was found under a bridge in Newport Beach. The prosecutor said Irvin Tellez killed Hammour as the two rode in a car because she started screaming after seeing him shoot a woman in the face. Tellez could face life in prison without possibility of parole if he’s convicted and a jury finds the murder was committed for the benefit of a gang. Deputy District Attorney Jim Mendelson said the violence started shortly after midnight Sept. 2, 2013, when Jaime Rocha pulled to the...
  • California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

    08/30/2014 1:29:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2014 4:27 AM EDT
    California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier. …
  • 'Yes means yes' standard for sexual encounters in California schools

    08/29/2014 8:32:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Boy, am I glad I'm not in college anymore California has become the first state to adopt a "yes means yes" standard for sexual encounters. The law "would require 'affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement' by each party to engage in sexual activity." And not just at the outset of the tryst, as this article in the Washington Post explains:
  • California Democrats Pass Bill Allowing Illegal Aliens to Practice Medicine

    08/29/2014 6:02:15 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 26 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 29, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    California Democratic State Senator Ricardo Lara of Long Beach, CA hailed the passage of SB-1159, lifting citizenship requirements to the state's Business and Professions code. The bill first proposed by the California Democrat in February of this year, will allow illegal aliens to obtain all professional licenses, including the practice of medicine. Senator Lara, long tied to Latino activist groups long-cited for racist attitudes and rhetoric against white, black and Asian Americans, celebrated the passage with an announcement on Twitter. The bill is largely a "red pen" measure in which Lara and his allies in Sacramento simply amending current California...
  • California Schemin' & The Anarchy of Amnesty

    08/28/2014 8:44:29 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 10 replies
    Self | 8/28/14 | Me
    The Governor of California says all “illegals” are welcome. Congratulations, Jerry Brown, for they were already welcome...long before they were ever illegal! So please, Mr. Governor, if you may, why do we even have immigration laws, a naturalization process, or internationally recognized borders? For the same reason your mansion has doors, locks and a discernible property line? That’s right, don’t politicize a simple issue solely to demonize Republicans and conservatives because you’re racist victimization agenda obscures the truth. Barack Obama, our own hijacked government, is personally arranging for illegals to enter America – without any health or criminal background checks...
  • On second try, California plastic bag ban passes Assembly

    08/28/2014 4:27:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | August 28, 2014 | BY JEREMY B. WHITE
    With a prominent grocery workers’ union back in support, the California Assembly voted on Thursday to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Just days after the measure could not muster the 41 votes needing to pass, falling short at 38, it passed on a 44-29 vote. Seven Democrats who withheld votes on the previous attempt pivoted to vote aye. Lawmakers turned back Senate Bill 270 on Monday as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union withdrew crucial labor backing for the sweeping prohibition. Central to the union’s reversal was a provision allowing grocery stores to offer paper or...
  • California drivers brace for costly new gas tax

    08/28/2014 6:26:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/27/2014 | William La Jeunesse and Laura Prabucki
    Californians already pay the nation's second highest gas tax at 68 cents a gallon -- and now it will go up again in January to pay for a first-in-the-nation climate change law. ... Estimates of the cost of the tax vary. The California Air Resources Board, the Golden State's premier anti-pollution agency, predicts the new tax will raise gasoline prices from 20 cents to $1.30 per gallon. A prominent state senator who helped author the bill estimated the cost at 40 cents a gallon. Environmental activists downplay the cost, but hail the impact. "We're going to now tackle probably 40...
  • Compton Officials Urged To Drop Plan To Arm School Police Officers With AR-15s

    08/28/2014 1:39:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 28, 2014 8:43 AM
    COMPTON (CBSLA.com) — Community leaders in the city of Compton Thursday were expected to demand officials rescind a policy that would arm school police officers with AR-15 assault rifles. The Compton Unified Board of Education approved the Urban Police Rifle (UPR) policy (PDF) in June to improve security on campus by allowing specially-trained officers to purchase and possess the semiautomatic rifles while on duty, according to The Los Angeles Times. According to the Board, the policy “will provide a more effective means to protect the students, staff, community, and police personnel in high risk and/or dangerous situations.” Under the plan,...
  • Illegal Aliens Storm the Beach in San Diego, Second Attempt Thwarted

    08/28/2014 12:22:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | August 28, 2014 - 11:23 AM | By Craig Bannister
    Illegal aliens successfully landed on a San Diego beach in a panga boat on Monday and ran to shore - but, when another group tried the same thing on Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) agents were waiting for them. Around 7am Monday morning, a horde of illegal aliens stormed a San Diego beach after coming ashore in a panga boat. They sprinted across the beach and climbed over a wall, entering the city Seven of the illegal aliens were spotted by helicopter and later apprehended several blocks from the beach; the CBP is still looking for at least ten...
  • California mulls bill to remove guns from potential offenders (Misleading, actually confiscation)

    08/28/2014 12:26:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 27, 2014 | Joaquin Palomino
    A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence advanced in California on Wednesday, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state's legislative session. The measure was introduced after police near Santa Barbara said they were unable to confiscate weapons from a man who later went on a rampage and killed six people, despite concern from his family that he was in poor mental health and might become violent. The bill passed the senate 23-8. It passed the assembly once, but...
  • Stunning before and after images of California's drought

    08/27/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 54 replies
    Vox ^ | August 27, 2014 | Brad Plumer
    California is currently suffering through its worst drought in at least a century, with 82 percent of the state facing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. The before-and-after photos below offer a visual look at just how staggering the change has been.
  • Gov. Brown to Illegals: You're All Welcome In Caliornia (America the other Mexico)

    08/27/2014 6:29:06 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 26 replies
    agenda21radio.com ^ | 8/27/14 | Paul Preston
    On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California. According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is “the other Mexico,” Brown “spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California.” He “nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn’t matter if they had permission to be in the United States.”
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 14 Lineup Announced

    08/26/2014 10:57:29 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 2 replies
    My favorite weekend of the year.....lots to choose from. It's all free. Great for lovers of all types of Americana music. 2014 Lineup.
  • GOV. JERRY BROWN TO MEXICAN ILLEGALS: 'YOU'RE ALL WELCOME IN CALIFORNIA'

    08/26/2014 9:58:36 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/26/2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California. According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California." He "nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn't matter if they had permission to be in the United States." "You're all welcome in California," Brown reportedly said. Brown has made California a sanctuary state by signing the Trust Act, giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. He has also expanded financial...
  • Calif. Lawmaker To Protest Mexican President's Visit Because Of U.S. Marine Jailed In Mexico

    08/25/2014 9:14:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/22/2014 | Fox News Latino
    A California state assemblyman plans to stage a protest outside the governor’s mansion next week to demand that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who is to be honored at luncheon there Aug. 26, ensure the release of a U.S. Marine held captive in Mexico. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who recently lost in a bid to become the Republican nominee in the gubernatorial election in November, declined an invitation to the luncheon and assailed Gov. Jerry Brown for hosting the luncheon in honor of the Mexican president. "I am writing to decline your luncheon invitation,” read the letter Donnelly sent Brown, which...
  • New York and California Migration to Other States is Helping Liberals Take Over America

    08/24/2014 7:30:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/24/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    America is suffering from two failed state colonization problems.One is migration from failed states in the Third World. The second is migration from failed liberal cities and states like California and New York City to more traditional and less densely populated parts of the country.The pattern is simple for both. Carry on the same destructive behavior that wrecked your country/city/state after you moved to get away from it.The same people fleeing high taxes, high crime and poor services are exporting the same problem by voting for liberal politicians. That helped make it possible for Obama to win nationally and for...
  • Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

    08/24/2014 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2014 12:54 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn’t keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. […] As California faces an historic drought, more residents are following in Blankenship’s footsteps and tearing out thirsty lawns to cut down on water use. Water agencies across the state have been encouraging the change by offering thousands of dollars in rebates to help homeowners make the switch to a drought-friendly landscape with better odds of surviving dry spells common to the local climate. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which covers 19 million...
  • Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

    08/24/2014 9:48:41 AM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 46 replies
    AP, Town Hall ^ | August 24, 2014 | unknown
    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands on Sunday. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck just before 3:30 a.m. miles from Napa in California wine country was felt widely, breaking water mains, causing more than 100 gas leaks, leaving two adults and a child critically injured, damaging some of Napa Valley's famed wineries, and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. Dazed residents too fearful of aftershocks to...
  • California's Drought Is So Bad, Its Mountains Rose Half an Inch

    08/24/2014 5:02:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 8-23-2014 | Robert Sorokanich
    Just how massive is that water loss? In a paper published this week in Science, the team estimates the deficit at nearly 240 gigatons, or 63 trillion gallons of water. That much water spread across the entire western United States would run four inches deep. If there's one piece of good news here, it's that the uplift of the tectonic plates in the drought zone shouldn't change the likelihood of earthquakes or other seismic events. "This will change the stress on faults, but by an amount that's really small," Agnew told Popular Science. That's probably small solace to the people...
  • Oakland Marchers Hold Up Mirrors To Officers In Protest Over Ferguson, Police Shootings

    08/21/2014 3:06:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    KPIX-TV ^ | August 20, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Protesters against the police actions in Ferguson, Mo. as well as police killings of other suspects in California and other states gathered in Oakland on Wednesday. A couple of hundred demonstrators gathered at Oakland Police headquarters on 7th and Broadway and faced off with officers in riot gear. Some protesters unveiled a new tactic, by holding up mirrors in the faces of officers. “I was holding up the mirror because I wanted the police to just look at themselves. Especially if they were about to take some kind of action just so they had to acknowledge what they were doing,”...
  • The "Brad Pitt" Housing Recovery: Existing Home Sales Up 5% For Million Dollar Homes

    08/21/2014 1:56:39 PM PDT · by MRourke85 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/21/2014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The “Brad Pitt” housing recovery is doing well, if you can afford a million dollar home like Brad Pitt. Or like many households in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Washington DC and other expensive housing markets. NAR Housing Market July Of course, mere mortals (known as America’s middle class) are not qualifying for a mortgage as they used to due to stagnant labor markets. rmincavh Especially when The Fed is helping only the million dollar housing market. It must be wonderful to be a part of the million dollar housing club, like Brad Pitt.