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  • [California:] Davis ordinance seeks middle ground in sugary beverage debate

    05/27/2015 10:52:49 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 27, 2015 | Sammy Caiola
    Do you want water or milk with that? Servers at Davis city restaurants will soon be asking that question to customers ordering kids’ meals with beverages, under a new ordinance designed to discourage sugary soda consumption. The ordinance, passed on a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday night, will require any Davis restaurant that offers a meal-with-drink kids’ menu to make water or milk, not soda, the primary option. Parents can still request soda at no extra charge, but must specifically ask for it. By Sept. 1, Davis restaurants must prove compliance with the city ordinance by submitting a copy of their...
  • Irvine (CA) repeals living wage ordinance

    05/27/2015 4:58:11 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 3 replies
    OC Register ^ | 5/27/2015 | SARAH de CRESCENZO
    IRVINE – The City Council late Tuesday voted 4-1 to repeal the city’s living wage ordinance, which requires some contractors that do business with Irvine to pay its employees a slightly higher rate than the state’s $9 per hour minimum. The ordinance has been in place since 2007 when a 3-2 vote signed into law the requirement that companies that have contracts with the city worth at least $100,000 in a 12-month period pay more per hour.
  • L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

    05/27/2015 3:46:48 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    The L.A. Times ^ | May 27, 2015 | PETER JAMISON, DAVID ZAHNISER AND EMILY ALPERT REYES
    Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business...
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • FIORINA: ‘TITLES ARE JUST TITLES,’ HILLARY’S ‘TRACK RECORD’ IS ME COLLAPSE AND THE RUSSIAN RESET

    05/27/2015 12:23:31 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued that “titles are just titles” and Hillary Clinton’s “track record” includes the collapse of the Middle East and the failed Russian reset on Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC. Fiorina said, “I come from a world where titles are just titles, and talk is just talk. It’s only in politics where titles and words mean a lot. In the rest of the world, it’s actually about what have you done, actions speak louder than words. People want to know are your words and your actions consistent and are they consistent over time. And so,...
  • Skeletal Remains Found in Fremont Matched to Swedish Student Who Vanished in 1982

    05/26/2015 9:16:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | May 26, 2015 | Jodi Hernandez
    Authorities say skeletal remains found in the East Bay Hills are those of a Swedish exchange student who disappeared more than 30 years ago. The Marin Independent Journal first reported Tuesday that the remains belong to Elisabeth Martinsson, a 21-year-old studying at the College of Marin who vanished on Jan. 17, 1982. The Marin County Sheriff held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to answer questions after intense public interest. Investigator Jamie Scardina said they got her positive identification from dental records in November, after skeletal remains were first found in Fremont's Morrisson Canyon in 2010. But he said his agency...
  • Pelosi: We're totally winning the war against ISIS. Y'know. On Twitter & stuff

    05/26/2015 12:02:35 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/15 | Robert Laurie
    That'll show 'em. MSNBC has a new show! It’s hosted by former Pennsylvania Representative Patrick Murphy (D-of course). It’s called “Taking the Hill” and this weekend it featured an appearance by everyone’s favorite former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Murphy asked Pelosi about Obama’s failing battle against ISIS, but Pelosi wasn’t interested in admitting that things aren’t going so well. Instead, she decided to highlight one of the areas where we are, apparently, making some truly “impressive advances” against our barbaric opponents. Are we bombing them back into the stone age? Not really. Are we killing them at a...
  • A Proposal for an Immigration Executive Order to Build a Border Wall

    05/26/2015 11:20:12 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 8 replies
    Attorney Website ^ | May 26, 2015 | James C. Wolf
    President Obama can flex his presidential power issuing Executive Orders regarding immigration. I propose the most urgent presidential mandate should be to build a border wall. As an immigration attorney based in California, I would benefit from the government ignoring the border and creating millions of new clients for my firm. But as an American, I want the Government to protect our soil and my family from threats coming across our southern border. Drug mules and Islamic State terrorists should not be able to waltz into the US. Therefore I have drafted a proposal, and an effectively free funding plan,...
  • Fraudulent Gay Marriage Study Dupes the Media

    05/26/2015 7:30:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 23, 2015 | Don Irvine
    The mainstream media have some egg on their face today after being forced to retract their reports on a gay-marriage study that was found to have been based on fraudulent research. IMG_0004The study, which appeared in the December 12, 2014 edition ofScience, claimed that support for same-sex marriage among voters increased with the use of door-to-door canvassing, especially if the canvasser was gay. Supporters of gay marriage, who were excited about the results, have now been brought back to reality after one of the authors of the study, Donald Green, a Columbia University political scientist, asked Science to retract the...
  • you walk in MY heavenly jurisdiction " GRACE" [charismatic caucus]

    05/26/2015 8:14:59 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-26-15 | Holy Spirit
    Your jurisdiction is heavenly for your "BEING" is founded in Me . Therefore your turf is forgiveness for this is what you walk in and I AM your Referee and Authority. So take on My strategy for I shall not forecast My movement to the enemy , would you ?! I am your Counselor and Guide to which you bring the warming embers of your love to and in return I crown you in My Majesty for you are dressed in My Righteousness. Now "as you believe in Me to BE your ALL" " I SHALL" and " I WILL"...
  • Prominent Democratic Donor Called Scott Walker a ‘Dumb (bleep)' for Something 60% of Americans Share

    05/26/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joe Perticone
    Hillary Clinton is heading to the Sunshine State this week to spend time with one of Florida’s most influential Democratic donors, trial lawyer John Morgan. Morgan is not just praising Clinton’s candidacy, but actively bashing her potential Republican rivals. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan took shots at Wisconsin Governor and prospective 2016 candidate, Scott Walker: “Walker would be the first president with a GED.”The Democratic donor attempted to insult Walker for not obtaining a college degree, which he opted out of in order to get started with his career. Morgan continued, calling Walker cruel names in an...
  • The Assisted-Suicide Movement Goes on Life Support

    05/26/2015 7:17:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2015 | Aaron Kheriaty
    [subtitle] A George Soros-backed effort in California has stalled, the latest sign of weak backing for the deadly practice. In the past 20 years, more than 100 campaigns to legalize assisted suicide have been introduced in various states. All but three have failed. In 2012 the same Massachusetts voters who elected Elizabeth Warren and re-elected Barack Obama gave the thumbs down to doctor-assisted suicide. Compassion & Choices -- the "death with dignity" organization formerly called the Hemlock Society -- saw a 40-point lead in Massachusetts polls evaporate on election day, despite millions of dollars in campaign spending. Bills this year...
  • Attorney Drives Initiative to End Alimony in California

    05/25/2015 4:54:13 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Patch.com ^ | 8MAY2015 | Paige Austin
    An Orange County software consultant said today his divorce prompted him to write an initiative that would end alimony. “I was able to experience first-hand the many pitfalls associated with the process,” said Steve Clark, executive director of the Huntington Beach- based CalAlimonyReform.org. “The amount of time and money coupled with the emotional stress was more than I could have ever anticipated.” Backers of the initiative received permission this week from Secretary of State Alex Padilla to begin gathering signatures. The group has until Nov. 2 to obtain valid signatures from 365,880 registered voters -- 5 percent of the total...
  • SeeBS: GOP Could Suffer Fallout If Supreme Court Rules To Eliminate Obamacare For Millions

    05/25/2015 10:41:24 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | May 25, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in late June could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by the president’s health care law. But it is Republicans — and not White House officials — who are talking about damage control. If that sounds wrong, check the math.
  • Fiorina, Carson jostling to move into the top tier

    05/24/2015 9:40:08 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | MAY 24, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    The Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) kicked off this week in Oklahoma City and many of the GOP presidential hopefuls were on hand to make their pitch. Two of them in particular caught the notice of the political reporting class as well as the attendees. Carly Fiorina gave a very well received stem winder which had the crowd on their feet, and rather than going after her fellow primary contenders, her sights were set on the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. Fiorina is keeping with a familiar theme which she established right out of the gate. In an era when the media...
  • Lake Mead Water Level Mysteriously Plunges After Nevada Quake

    05/24/2015 8:13:40 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 68 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 24 May 2015 | Tyler Durden
    A 4.8 magnitude earthquake (originally reported 5.4) shook Las Vegas and surrounding areas Friday morning causing roads and bridges to be closed. The quake went little-reported outside of local news (since there was at first glance minimum damage caused) but, since the quake's occurrence, something considerably more worrisome has occurred. In the 36 hours since the quake's occurrence, water levels at Lake Mead have plunged precipitously. While we know correlation is not causation, the 'coincidence' of an extreme loss in water levels occurring in the aftermath of one of the largest quakes in recent Vegas history does raise a suspicious...
  • Why LA's $15 Minimum Wage Will Really Be $19.28

    05/24/2015 8:57:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jed Graham
    The Los Angeles City Council this week voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But the effective cost for employers likely will spike to nearly $20, at least for full-time workers. Once all the nonwage costs are added, including payroll taxes, paid sick leave and the big one — ObamaCare's employer mandate — minimum compensation for a full-time worker could rise as high as $19.28 an hour by 2020, an IBD analysis finds. That would amount to a jump of $10.67, or 124%, since June 2014. Seemingly absent from the minimum-wage debate has been the reality that...
  • Vandals destroy dam, release 49 million gallons of water into Bay

    05/24/2015 3:07:47 PM PDT · by infool7 · 78 replies
    KRON 4 ^ | 5/23/2015 | Mario Sevilla
    Fremont (KRON) — Fremont police say vandals attacked an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek that resulted in the loss of nearly 50 million gallons of water. Police believe that those responsible entered a restricted area sometime on Thursday morning and intentionally damaged the dam. “The dam, which is instrumental to the Alameda County Water District’s water supply operations, suffered irreversible damage,” police said. According to police, more than 150 acre-feet of water – or 49 million gallons – washed past the destroyed dam and into the San Francisco Bay. With California enduring a crippling four-year drought and no signs of...
  • Oakland Police Rescue Man Kidnapped for Ransom, Held in Trunk of Car

    05/23/2015 11:16:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    An Oakland man who was kidnapped for ransom on Thursday night was found safe in a nearby city Friday morning locked in the trunk of a car when officers arrested two suspects in the incident, police said. The victim, a single male adult, had his hands and feet bound by the suspects but only suffered minor injuries and is now at home with family members, according to Officer Frank Bonifacio. Lt. Nishant Joshi said the victim told police he didn't know why he was kidnapped but authorities believe he was targeted. He said police are trying to determine if there...
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal Told She's Had Her Last Day In Hollywood ('too old' for 55yr love interest)

    05/23/2015 11:21:20 AM PDT · by drewh · 63 replies
    LA List ^ | May 22, 2015
    Last month a brilliant Amy Schumer sketch came up with a perfect, darkly comic phrase to describe the Hollywood phenomenon of beautiful actresses being put out to pasture after they're deemed too old: "Last F-able Day." Julia Louis-Dreyfuss explained it this way: "In every actress' life, the media decides when you finally reach the point where you're not believably f-able any more." In the skit, Tina Fey says, "Nobody really overtly tells you, but there are signs." But someone in Hollywood decided to be very upfront with Maggie Gyllenhaal that, essentially, her day has passed. Gyllenhaal didn't name names but...
  • Former UN Lead Author: Global Warming Caused By ‘Natural Variations’ In Climate

    05/22/2015 4:53:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 22, 2015 | by Michael Bastasch
    Global temperature change observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years, according to a new paper by a former Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) lead author. Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes over the 20th Century. What Lloyd found was that the standard deviation of the temperature over the last 8,000 years was about 0.98 degrees Celsius– higher than the 0.85 degrees climate scientists say...
  • How L.A.’s New Minimum Wage Could Hurt the Poor [by earning too much to get food stamps]

    05/22/2015 9:21:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 22, 2015 | Monica Potts
    If someone’s pay suddenly doubles, she may lose rental assistance, child care subsidies, and more. In L.A., a worker who currently makes $9 an hour and works 40 hours a week (which is not a given, but that would be a full-time workload) will earn $360 a week, or about $1,440 a month and $18,720 a year, before taxes. If that worker is a mom with two children, she is below the poverty line. She qualifies for a bevy of federal and state programs like food stamps, rental assistance, child care subsidies, health care for her children, and Medicaid because...
  • Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation

    05/22/2015 11:01:06 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 22, 2015 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    The Obama administration is expected in the coming days to announce a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. Environmentalists have praised the new rule, calling it an important step that would lead to significantly cleaner natural bodies of water and healthier drinking water. But it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests, including farmers, property developers, fertilizer and pesticide makers, oil and gas producers and a national association of golf course owners. Opponents contend that the rule would stifle economic growth and intrude...
  • The face of America’s enemies: Hollywood quislings donating to Socialist Democrats

    08/16/2014 10:10:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/16/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Hollywood’s enemies of American freedom are busy undermining the life we have built and hope to keep. These social parasites, who have the wherewithal to live anywhere after they complete the destruction of America, are opening their checkbooks to the Democrats who will carry out the end game for America if we let them. People like Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Barbra Streisand, whose personal lives have nothing whatsoever in common with our own, are pouring out their “One percenter” fortunes to force us to live as they deign we should live. In an effort to save Democrat...
  • Streisand-Backed Measure to Block Whole Foods Wins in Malibu

    11/05/2014 4:45:57 PM PST · by rktman · 106 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 11/5/2014 | unknown
    The ballot item, Measure R, spearheaded by actor, director and producer Rob Reiner and backed by entertainment-industry figures including Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks and David Geffen, passed with 59 percent of the vote, according to election results released today.
  • Hollywood stars shine for Hillary: Spielberg, Clooney, Streisand and Hanks back her..

    04/12/2015 6:25:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 12, 2015 | By Caroline Graham
    A glittering line-up of Hollywood stars is poised to back Hillary Clinton's bid to become US President by raising millions for her campaign. The former Secretary of State and wife of ex-President Bill Clinton is expected to announce her 2016 candidacy today in a video released on social media. And political pundits say plans are already in place to hold fundraising parties as early as next month. Mrs Clinton's most high-profile Hollywood backers include director Steven Spielberg, and actors George Clooney, Barbra Streisand and Tom Hanks. DreamWorks studio boss Jeffrey Katzenberg has said: 'Hillary is the best qualified candidate. She...
  • Barbra Streisand Fails to Notice That 6.6 Million Jobs Have Gone Missing

    04/08/2015 10:09:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/08/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Poor Barbra Streisand. Just last week the renowned economist (who also describes herself as a “singer,” “actress,” and “activist”) penned an opinion piece titled “Have You Heard the Good News?” about how well the economy is performing under Barack Obama. It was a pep rally of sorts, and all that was missing were the pom-poms. “President Obama’s Administration, with only opposition from the Republicans,” she gushed, “has steadily helped put more than 11 million Americans back to work in the private sector.” Then two days later the dismal jobs report for March was released. Bad timing, for sure. The statistic...
  • Obama dines with Streisand, Springsteen, Kardashian and Hollywood Elite

    05/14/2014 7:55:32 PM PDT · by Syncro · 30 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | May 14, 2014 | Staff
    Obama dines with Streisand, Springsteen, Kardashian and Hollywood Elite The contrast could not be greater! While President Obama was hobnobbing with Hollywood's liberal elite in southern California, we were in middle America rallying working-class Americans to vote in the midterm elections.  President Obama claims to represent the working class, yet has never had a real job and prefers the company of liberal celebrities like Barabra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Kim Kardashian, and Bruce Springsteen.   The President's hypocrisy could be smelt all the way in Minneapolis, MN where Diana Nagy was joined on stage by patriotic Americans President Obama was...
  • California drought: What would Israel do?

    05/22/2015 1:08:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 41 replies
    Jweekly ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Dan Pine
    From a distance, the reservoir appears topped by a flotilla of rubber duckies. On closer inspection, the water’s surface is packed with thousands of free-floating, 13-inch plastic balls, clustered to form an undulating cover. Developed by the Israeli startup Neotop (formerly known as Top-It-Up), the mass of balls serves as a floating cooling tower, reducing surface temperatures, algae and evaporation up to 95 percent. It’s one of many potential water-saving solutions to come out of Israel’s high-tech dream factory. This could make a difference in California. With the state’s reservoirs at historic lows — the two biggest, Shasta Lake and...
  • Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Strikes North Of Napa May 21, 2015 8:32 PM

    05/21/2015 8:38:54 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | May 21,2015 | no attribution
    NAPA (CBS SF) — A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Napa County Thursday evening, the largest quake to hit the Wine Country since a magnitude 6.0 struck the area. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 7:53 p.m. about 9 miles north of Napa and 6 miles east northeast of Yountville, at a depth of 9.3 miles. Calls flooded into the KPIX 5 newsroom from all around the Bay Area to report feeling the earthquake, including calls from El Sobrante, Pinole, Colma, and Fairfield. The quake was mostly felt in the North Bay and Napa County, but people...
  • CA: How many unsolved Homicides are Self Defense?

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

    05/21/2015 9:36:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/15 | Robin Respaut and Rory Carroll | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese state firms are poised to be strong contenders in the race to make high-speed trains that will sprint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, part of a $68 billion project to bring the service to the United States for the first time. While "bullet train" manufacturers from Germany, Japan, South Korea, and France are expected to be among those jockeying for the estimated $1 billion train contract, China’s ability to offer low prices and hefty financing appear to make it the one to beat, say lobbyists and industry insiders. Lacking experience in the technology, California...
  • Snoop Dogg: I’m Voting For Hillary

    05/20/2015 11:54:51 AM PDT · by drewh · 48 replies
    CBS DC ^ | May 19, 2015 6:54 PM | staff
    Rapper Snoop Dogg is giving his two cents on the 2016 presidential election and his favorite is clear: Hillary Clinton. Snoop Dogg appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” on Sunday and spoke out supporting the former secretary of state and democratic candidate. Obama: Refusing To Act To Slow Effects Of Global Warming Amounts To ‘Dereliction Of Duty’ “I would love to see a woman in office because I feel like we’re at that stage in life to where we need a perspective other than the male’s train of thought,” the entertainer in response to a viewer’s question. “And just...
  • Liberal Billionaire Steyer, Univision Network Also In Bed With The Clinton Foundation

    05/20/2015 11:15:42 AM PDT · by drewh · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 19, 2015 | 8:26 PM EDT | By Alatheia Larsen
    The Clinton Foundation scandal continues to spread ever since the news broke that it did not disclose millions of dollars of donations from foreign governments and businessmen. It’s already infected ABC, as anchor George Stephanopoulos was forced to apologize for personal undisclosed donations to the foundation. He has yet to acknowledge or apologize for some of the other connections that have surfaced. But the connections don’t stop there, they extend to other prominent lefties and to a Spanish-language media outlet. Through its Too Small to Fail initiative, The Clinton Foundation is tied to Tom Steyer and the American Spanish language...
  • Scott Hounsell, target of politically-motivated discriminatory prosecution, proven innocent

    05/19/2015 12:07:50 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 13, 2015
    LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Calls for the resignation of Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, were made after an investigatory article from the Washington Examiner exposed him and his staff for what appears to be a politically-motivated, discriminatory and malicious prosecution of an innocent man.
  • Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

    05/19/2015 2:48:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 19, 2015 | By JENNIFER MEDINA
    LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest city voted on Tuesday to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9 an hour, in what is perhaps the most significant victory so far in the national push to raise the minimum wage. The increase — which the Los Angeles City Council passed in a 14-1 vote — comes as workers across the country are rallying for higher wages. The impact is likely to be particularly strong in Los Angeles, where, according to some estimates, more than 40 percent of the city’s work force earns less than...
  • ISIS Threatens More Attacks On American Soil; Names States and Time Frame

    05/15/2015 5:32:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies
    While ISIS claimed responsibility two days after the attack, there was no immediate indication that the terror group in Iraq and Syria had contact with Simpson or Soofi, who both lived in Phoenix. Meanwhile, U.S. authorities continue to search for clues that could possibly link Sunday’s shooters with the Islamic State.
  • Two Rotting Whales in Pacifica Torn Apart, Buried After Neighbors Complain of Stench

    05/19/2015 10:22:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | May 19, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez and Stephanie Chuang
    After some haggling over which jurisdiction was responsible for two dead whales washed up in Pacifica, crews on Tuesday began ripping up mammal flesh and burying the weighty beasts after neighbors complained of their rotting stench. An excavator dug into the whale flesh, tearing skin and muscle, before getting ready to sink the pieces of blubber and bone deep into the sand. Pacifica's Interim Chief of Police Dan Steidle said that after more than a month of discussion, it's been determined that the area where the whales washed up on April 14 and May 5 belong to the San Francisco...
  • People for the American Way's Sanchez Says GOP Needs Accountability in Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

    05/19/2015 10:07:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Latin Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Latin Post presents "Turnout," a series featuring leading Latino politicians, government leaders and advocacy groups discussing and debating the most important issues facing the Latino voting bloc. Listen to the Unedited "Turnout" Interview with People for the American Way's Coordinator for Political Campaigns Carlos Sanchez:(AUDIO-AND-VIDEO-AT-LINK)More than two-thirds of the U.S. Latino electorate live in six states -- Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas -- but one progressive advocacy organization has been working on having anti-Latino and anti-immigrant representatives accountable and heard for Latinos across the country, especially for the presidential election season. With people entering their names for...
  • California drought: Silicon Valley faces sweeping water cuts

    05/19/2015 4:36:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2015 | By Kurtis Alexander
    Nearly 1 million Silicon Valley residents will face strict water quotas — and pricey surcharges for going over — under what will soon be the Bay Area’s most far-reaching rationing plan in four years of drought. For most customers, who live in single-family homes and townhomes, the limit will be 70 percent of what the average household used in the same period in 2013, meaning an average 30 percent cutback. The move comes as the state hands down mandatory reductions for California’s 400 biggest water agencies in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency drought declaration. The rationing plan will not...
  • 20 Republicans Who Joined Pelosi Refuse To Condemn That She Called Republicans ..‘Un-American’

    05/19/2015 6:44:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 May 2015 | Edwin Mora
    All 20 Republican lawmakers who voted against an amendment that prevents illegals from enlisting in the U.S. military refused to answer questions from Breitbart News regarding the expedited citizenship most illegals would have been eligible for once they joined the armed forces. They also each refused to answer whether they agree with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling their Republican colleagues who voted for the amendment “xenophobic” and “un-American.” That means that for now, the 20 Republicans who defected and joined Democrats in opposing the amendment are allowing Pelosi’s comments to remain unchallenged. ... There is a core...
  • Is desegregation dead?

    05/19/2015 9:08:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2015 | Heather Knight, Chronicle Special Report
    San Francisco gives parents a say in where their children go to school — and that is leading to less diversity [snip] A federal judge ordered desegregation, and in 1971 San Francisco put children on buses that crisscrossed the city so they could be in multiracial schools. The plan almost immediately ended racial isolation — but it also helped drive families out of the district and into the suburbs or into private schools. Many Chinese families resisted integration, boycotting district public schools and creating their own private “freedom schools” for their children instead. From the 1960s to 1983, the school...
  • Tim Cook on meeting George Wallace as teen: 'It felt wrong, like I was selling a piece of my soul'

    05/17/2015 9:36:42 PM PDT · by boycott · 60 replies
    AL.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Crystal Bonvillian
    Apple CEO and Alabama native Tim Cook had some choice words on Sunday about meeting former Alabama Gov. George Wallace when he was a teenager. Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, spoke of Wallace during a commencement address he gave at George Washington University. According to Business Insider, the Robertsdale native told the graduating class an anecdote about visiting Washington, D.C., as a 16-year-old who had won an essay contest at school. Before leaving for D.C., Cook had the chance to go to Montgomery and meet Wallace, who was notorious for his opposition to racial...
  • SAN JOSE: Muslim predator arrested for attempting to rape a 13-year-old girl after...

    05/18/2015 4:02:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/18/15
    By BI: San Jose police have arrested a MUSLIM man accused of forcing himself on a 13-year-old girl as she returned home from school. The suspect has been identified as Mohammad Khaliqi, 31, of San Jose. Police arrested him in the 1400 block of School St. in San Leandro on Friday morning. He’s facing multiple counts of burglary, attempted sexual assault and false imprisonment.ABC News On Tuesday, the man followed the girl as she walked home from school. She told investigators he had forced his way through the front door of her home as she went inside. She fought him...
  • U.S. Pregnancy Centers Getting "Glitter Bombed" for Mother's Day

    05/17/2015 7:20:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Pregnancy Help News ^ | May 8, 2015 | Suzanne Burns
    Just in time for Mother’s Day, pregnancy help organizations nationwide are receiving encouragement from an unusual source. Pro-choice group, Glitter Bombs For Choice (GBFC) has taken credit for at least six so-called “glitter bombs” in California, eight more in Ohio, with one report of a mailing to a pregnancy center in West Virginia, according to Heartbeat International, in the past week. These “glitter bombs” are typically hand-written cards with a small, sealed packet of glitter inside. When the card is opened, the glitter packet ruptures, sending pieces flying everywhere. The mission of these special deliveries, according to GBFC’s website, is...
  • (Democrat) California Senate Candidate Caught Ridiculing Native Americans

    05/17/2015 2:39:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Time ^ | May 16, 2015 | Justin Worland
    [California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a U.S. Senate candidate] Sanchez used an offensive gesture before a group of Indian Americans [Snip] In a video captured by an observer, Sanchez tells a story about how she was invited to an event by what she thought was a Native American group. “I’m going to his office, thinking I’m going to meet with a… ” Sanchez said before clapping her hand over her mouth and making a chanting sound.
  • Dem Rep Wins ‘Top Gun’ In Shooting Competition, Calls For More Gun Control

    05/17/2015 7:40:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/16/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Representative Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) (D-CA-5th Dist) won “Top Gun” at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation annual shooting competition this past week then commented on his hopes for the passage of more gun control. Thompson stood with Gabby Giffords on March 4 and reintroduced Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) failed expanded background check legislation. It has gone nowhere fast since that time.
  • Waterboarding Worked (It Should Have Never Been Stopped)

    05/17/2015 6:09:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Dianne Feinstein of California arguably used to be the CIA's best friend on the Democratic side of the Senate. I think it's fair to say that San Francisco voters were not enthusiastic about her pro-intelligence posture during the George W. Bush presidency. One thing DiFi has going for her, though, is that it's hard even for critics to not crack a smile at her famously idiosyncratic stubborn streak. She's old-school. She makes up her mind and digs in deep. And then something else sticks in her craw. As Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chairwoman during President Barack Obama's first six...
  • Republican presidential hopefuls heading to Oklahoma City this week

    05/16/2015 10:13:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsOK ^ | May 17, 2015 | Chris Casteel and Randy Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The road to the White House goes through downtown Oklahoma City this week as hopefuls in the crowded Republican field audition on a stage ideally suited for their messages about military power, religious liberty and energy independence. Eleven Republicans with presidential aspirations — including some who have not officially declared their candidacy — will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which begins at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday and ends Saturday with the release of a straw poll. “This is a huge event for Oklahoma City,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, who will address the conference and introduce some...
  • Middle School Principal Bought Jewelry with School Credit Card

    05/16/2015 10:52:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, May 15, 2015 | ony Kovaleski, Liza Meak and Mark
    Sources from Oak Grove School District in San Jose want the superintendent to do something about a middle school principal with what they say are questionable spending habits. The sources came to the NBC Bay Area Investigative after they say the Superintendent’s office didn’t do enough to address their concerns about Bernal Intermediate School Principal Kristina Clecak. “Someone has to listen. Someone has to look at this,” said a district employee who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation. “Our job is to protect the public’s money to educate these children.” In October, the Investigative Unit requested Clecak’s expense...