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  • California lawmakers consider new rules for political ads

    07/13/2019 8:09:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 13, 2019 | Andrew Oxford
    Elections come and go, but the season for political advertising sometimes seems to never end. Facebook users in California, for example, may have noticed ads in recent months showing a woman with duct tape over her mouth and text that warns: “Legislators are leaving sexual assault survivors from public universities out to dry.” The ads urge readers to sign a petition seeking to add public universities to legislation that would give students at private universities more time to sue their schools over sexual assaults. […] Now, California legislators are considering a proposal by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin that would require groups...
  • Taxing tampons isn’t just unfair, it’s unconstitutional

    07/11/2019 4:43:23 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 116 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 11, 2019 | Erwin Chemerinsky & Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
    If the government were to require that only men or only women had to pay a tax of several hundred dollars a year solely because of their sex, that would be an unconstitutional denial of equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Yet that is exactly the effect of the so-called tampon tax.
  • California to illegal pot shops: We’re coming for you

    06/21/2019 7:50:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 21, 2019 | Michael R. Blood
    California is planning to intensify its enforcement against the state’s thriving illegal marijuana market, including launching an ad campaign Friday that urges consumers to seek out licensed shops with safe products. The state has been under pressure by the legal industry to do more to stop the illicit pot economy, which in Los Angeles and other cities often operates in plain sight. According to some estimates, up to 80 percent of sales in the state remain under the table, snatching profits from legal storefronts. “We are going to start having a more aggressive enforcement stance to come after the illegal...
  • The working witches of Los Angeles just want you to be your best self

    06/16/2019 10:57:39 AM PDT · by thecodont · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | Jun 11, 2019 | 3:00 AM | By Deborah Netburn
    [...] What do you think of when you hear the word “witch”? Pointy black hats? The Salem witch trials? The free-spirited members of the pagan religion Wicca? Today’s working witches, whose prominence is growing thanks to social media, primarily see themselves as healers. They help clients who are struggling to cope with life’s hurdles — heartache, aging, misogyny, work stress — and who find that more culturally accepted remedies, such as therapy and meditation, aren’t enough. They want to help you be your best possible self, or as the Oracle puts it, “My contribution is to … cultivate beauty and...
  • High-speed rail route took land from farmers. The money they’re owed hasn’t arrived ( California)

    06/11/2019 4:29:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | JUN 10, 2019 | Ralph Vartabedian
    John Diepersloot squinted under a bright Central Valley sun, pointing to the damage to his fruit orchard that came with the California bullet train. He lost 70 acres of prime land. Rail contractors left mounds of rubble along his neat rows. Irrigation hoses are askew. A sophisticated canopy system for a kiwi field, supported by massive steel cables, was torn down. But what really irritates Diepersloot is the $250,000 that he paid out of his own pocket for relocating wells, removing trees, building a road and other expenses. “I am out a quarter-million bucks on infrastructure, and they haven’t paid...
  • San Francisco to force treatment on mentally ill drug users

    06/04/2019 10:47:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 4, 2019 | Janie Har
    San Francisco officials decided Tuesday to force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment, even if it goes against the spirit of a city known for its fierce protection of civil rights. Several members of the Board of Supervisors voiced deep concerns Tuesday about the possibility of taking away a person’s civil liberties, but the proposal for a pilot program passed 10-1. Mayor London Breed and other supporters say the move — known as conservatorship — is necessary to help people who are often homeless, addicted to drugs and have a mental illness, making them a...
  • All immigrants need access to affordable health care. But how is that accomplished?

    06/02/2019 8:34:33 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 86 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 02, 2019 | Dan Schnur
    In other parts of the country, they’re fighting about whether to build a border wall or whether to deport asylum seekers. But here in California we’re having an entirely different type of debate. When Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposed expanding health coverage to all undocumented immigrants up to age 26, his fiercest criticism came from those who felt his proposal was not nearly ambitious enough.
  • Software Maker Salesforce Tells Gun Retailers to Stop Selling AR-15s

    05/30/2019 6:17:30 PM PDT · by Little Pig · 112 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 5/30/2019 | AWR HAWKINS
    Business software maker Salesforce is telling gun retailers they must stop selling AR-15s if they want to continue using the company’s business applications. The Washington Post reports that Salesforce is a $120 billion San Francisco-based company whose “skyscraper…towers over the city as the tallest building and a major landmark.” They are now telling customers who sell firearms that they are barred from using Salesforce “technology to market products, manage customer service operations and fulfill orders” unless they cease selling AR-15s. Salesforce’s “Acceptable Use Policy” goes beyond a ban on AR-15s, to include any semiautomatic firearms “that have the capacity to...
  • California Assembly votes to tighten rules on contractors

    05/30/2019 6:34:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2019 | Andrew Oxford
    California residents working for companies like Lyft and Uber would get the rights of employees entitled to a minimum wage and workers compensation under a law the state Assembly passed on Wednesday. The sweeping bill, which now goes to the Senate, carries new standards defining whether workers are employees or independent contractors, upending how workers are treated in industries from trucking to the burgeoning gig economy. Under those standards, for example, workers could only be classified as independent contractors if they are free from the control or direction of an employer and they do work outside a company’s usual course...
  • Beverly Hills poised to end most tobacco sales

    05/08/2019 11:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2019 | John Rogers
    The smoke hasn’t cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales. The City Council in the world-renowned enclave of the rich and famous unanimously indicated Tuesday that it’s ready to snuff out most sales when it meets again on May 21. The proposal currently contains a loophole allowing cigarette-loving tourists to obtain smokes at hotels. Three plush cigar lounges would also be exempt from the ordinance. The city “has always taken the lead when it’s come to restricting smoking,” Mayor John Mirisch said. “Let us try to be a light...
  • Putting American flags on police cars sparks backlash in Laguna Beach [CA]

    04/13/2019 7:23:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Apr 13, 2019 9:55 AM | Faith E. Pinho
    A decision to affix an American flag graphic to the side of freshly painted Laguna Beach police cars is dividing residents who are alternately praising the image as patriotic or panning it as too aggressive. After hearing the criticism and acknowledging that the image they approved didn’t quite match the final results, officials agreed to reconsider their February decision to paint the Laguna Beach Police Department’s fleet of 11 squad cars. The City Council will take up the issue again at its Tuesday meeting. “People are screaming that the American flag on a police car is somehow or another …...
  • California set to seize 1,100 miles of coastline

    01/16/2019 9:10:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2019 | Chriss Street
    The California Coastal Commission is set to empower local government to take thousands of properties through eminent domain along 1,100 miles of coastline to prepare for sea level rise. Despite California being battered by 4-8 inches of torrential rain and flooding from an El Niño weather cycle, E&E News reported that the State of California in late January will authorize eminent domain authority for local jurisdictions to implement a “managed retreat” policy that will allow taking and demolishing coastal homes and businesses. […] CCC retreat guidance is expected to also entail dismantling and relocating of dozens of wastewater treatment and...
  • Church Sign Declaring ‘Bruce Jenner is Still a Man’ Vandalized Following LGBT Protests

    01/13/2019 6:30:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/10/19 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    WEED, California, January 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – After an American pastor refused to bow to pro-LGBT protesters’ demands that he change his church message board, he found the sign in ruins. Pastor Justin Hoke of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, Siskiyou County, California angered some folks when he put up a message on the marquee outside his church last week reading “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still a sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not.”Although he normally changes his sign from week to week, Hoke said he would not take down his message until...
  • Least-Educated State: California No. 1 in Percentage of Residents 25 and Older Who Never Finished

    12/19/2018 1:21:20 PM PST · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 19, 2018 | 12:49 PM EST | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    California ranks No. 1 among the 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 50th for the percentage who have graduated from high school, according to new data from the Census Bureau. Texas ranks No. 2 for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 49th for the percentage who have graduated from high school. 9.7 percent of California residents 25 and older, the Census Bureau says, never completed ninth grade. Only 82.5 percent graduated from high school. 8.7 percent of Texas residents...
  • California governor: Democrats are likely to spend too much

    12/19/2018 10:48:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 19, 2018 | Kathleen Ronayne
    Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown helped make his party even more powerful in California during the last eight years and now, less than a month before leaving office, he predicts that dominance will make it difficult for his successor to control Democrats’ hunger for spending and regulations. The leader of the most populous state has kept Democratic lawmakers in check by limiting spending on social programs in favor of saving it to protect against a future economic downtown. He sometimes butted heads with legislative leaders, warning spending too much now could hurt taxpayers or require budget cuts later. Democrats hold all...
  • Foie gras off Amazon’s offerings in California in settlement

    12/07/2018 6:03:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 7, 2018
    Amazon has agreed not to sell foie gras in California from birds that have been force-fed and pay civil penalties as part of a lawsuit settlement, a prosecutor said Friday. The lawsuit filed by prosecutors in Los Angeles, Monterey and Santa Clara counties accused the giant retailer of violating a 2004 state law banning sales of the fatty duck and goose liver delicacy if it was produced by force-feeding birds. A judge approved the settlement on Thursday between Amazon and the three prosecutors, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. Under the deal, Amazon agreed for the next five...
  • Democratic sweep in California raises GOP suspicion

    11/30/2018 1:57:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 30, 2018 | Michael R. Blood and Stephen Ohlemacher
    A combination of recent changes in California’s election rules have lengthened the ballot-counting process and upended traditional voting patterns in a year that Democrats captured a string of U.S. House seats in the state. Suspicious Republicans have pointed a finger at the state’s dominant Democratic Party, suggesting the changes intentionally left Republicans at a disadvantage. Whether Democrats have a clear edge is debatable. What’s not is that vote counts in California now routinely stretch long beyond Election Day. A stunning five million ballots, or more than 40 percent of the overall total, were counted after Nov. 6. Some counties still...
  • Ryan: There's Something 'Really Bizarre' About California's Election System

    11/30/2018 5:47:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    House Speaker Paul Ryan questioned California’s ballot-counting process after Democrats were able to flip several GOP-held seats.The state’s election system “defies logic to me,” he said during an interview with the Washington Post’s Paul Kane. “We had a lot of wins that night, and three weeks later we lost basically every contested California race. This election system they have, I can’t begin to understand what ballot harvesting is.”“We were only down 26 seats the night of the election and three weeks later, we lost basically every California race,” he continued. “This election system they have — I can’t begin to...
  • APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

    10/18/2018 1:56:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2018 2:36 PM EDT | Don Thompson
    California will reconsider life sentences for up to 4,000 nonviolent third-strike criminals by allowing them to seek parole under a ballot measure approved by voters two years ago, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday. The state will craft new regulations by January to include the repeat offenders in early release provisions. Gov. Jerry Brown also will not appeal a court ruling that the state is illegally excluding the nonviolent career criminals from parole under the 2016 ballot measure he championed to reduce the prison population and encourage rehabilitation. The state parole board estimates between 3,000...
  • California DMV Finds Another 1,500 People It Wrongly Registered to Vote, Among Them Non-Citizens

    10/08/2018 6:01:36 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    KTLA ^ | October 8, 2018
    Randall Marquis has lived in California for 31 years, but he knew it was a mistake when he received a notice last month that said he was newly registered to vote. He may have a state driver’s license, but he’s a citizen of Canada. “When I saw that card, I just threw it out,” Marquis said. “I know I’m not going to vote. I’m not allowed to vote, it’s stupid that I should be registered to vote.” The Newport Beach resident, who has a green card and is married to a U.S. citizen, was one of some 1,500 people who...