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  • Protesters Gather Outside Sacramento Planned Parenthood

    07/29/2015 8:38:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    fox40.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Ben Deci
    SACRAMENTO — So many Americans see the abortion debate as something that long ago devolved into not much more than a shouting match. Tuesday, it literally became one, as Sacramento protesters shouted to be heard over music that Planned Parenthood was piping outside its 29th Street clinic. But Tuesday, protesters say something there is different. “You know, I think this is a tipping point in American history,” said Wynette Sills, the Director of Californians for Life. The new energy in protests against Planned Parenthood comes from a series of videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. They are purportedly...
  • Widow of slain Sacramento deputy tells Congress of husband’s loss

    07/21/2015 11:28:18 PM PDT · by Mariner · 6 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | July 21st, 2015 | By Jim Miller
    A U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday highlighted growing frustration by lawmakers of both parties with some local governments’ refusal to fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities, as senators heard from the widow of a Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, who prosecutors say was murdered by an undocumented immigrant. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s scrutiny of federal immigration enforcement policies came a few weeks after this month’s killing of San Francisco resident Kathryn Steinle. The undocumented immigrant charged in that case, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, had a lengthy criminal record and was deported several times. San Francisco, a so-called sanctuary city, had...
  • Afghan engineer, who aided U.S. forces, killed and son injured when hit by car while bicycling

    07/13/2015 12:46:06 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/12/15 | Peter Hecht
    Father moved family to Sacramento amid security concerns in Afghanistan CHP: Driver, looking at text message, drifted into bike lane and struck dad and son ‘Charges are pending,’ spokeswoman says After risking his life working as an electrical engineer on U.S. military projects in northern Afghanistan, Mustafa Rafi believed he had found a safe haven for his family in Sacramento County. But less than two weeks after settling his family into a modest apartment, the 33-year-old was killed Sunday morning and his 8-year-old son suffered life-threatening injuries after a driver suspected of texting while at the wheel swerved into the...
  • FBI Looks Into Fiber-Optic Vandalism in Northern California

    07/01/2015 10:23:58 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 17 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JULY 1, 2015 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The latest snips occurred Tuesday, when someone sliced at least three fiber-optic cables in an underground vault in Alameda County east of San Francisco. The cuts disrupted Internet and phone service around Sacramento for 20 hours before service was restored.
  • Wave Broadband service restored after 'deliberate act'

    07/01/2015 9:51:51 AM PDT · by MeganC · 47 replies
    KCRA TV - Sacramento, California ^ | 7/1/2015 | David Bienick
    WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Service was restored late Tuesday night to all Wave Broadband customers in the greater Sacramento and Rocklin areas after a "deliberate act" caused a large outage, according to a Wave official. "The disruption to service in the Sacramento Rocklin markets due to the fiber cut of several partner carrier providers has been resolved," read a statement on Wave's website. "As of about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday night, phone, TV and Internet services are operating normally." The disruption to customers' phone, television and Internet services lasted nearly 20 hours as crews worked to repair fibers that were cut...
  • How have so many Loons escaped the left’s abortion industry?

    06/23/2015 10:27:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/23/15 | Doug Book
    According to numbers taken from the Guttmacher Institute and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), some 53 million legal abortions were performed between 1973 and 2013 (inclusive). This number is an approximation as California, New Hampshire and Maryland have refused to supply state abortion numbers during recent years. It is known that the number of abortions has declined over the past several years, for example, from 1.31 million in 2000 to about 984,000 in 2013. Though liberals are undoubtedly distraught that, in a year to year comparison, nearly 300,000 escaped the convenience of wholesale genetic profiling, a few unadulterated whack-jobs...
  • Teacher: I Don’t Teach Shakespeare Because He’s White

    06/15/2015 9:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/15/2015 | Blake Neff
    The Washington Post has published a guest article by a California teacher arguing that American high school students shouldn’t read Shakespeare because he’s a dead, white man. Dana Dusbiber, who teaches English in Sacramento, says she avoids Hamlet and all the rest because her minority students shouldn’t be expected to study a “a long-dead, British guy” (Dusbiber herself is white). And while Shakespeare is widely regarded as the premier writer of the English language, able to timelessly portray themes central to the human experience, Dusbiber says he only is regarded that way because “some white people” ordained it and he...
  • California to tighten vaccine law despite outcry over parental rights

    06/11/2015 11:23:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    The rash of tough pro-vaccine bills that infected state legislatures after the Disneyland measles outbreak has largely faded, and based on the uproar in California, it’s not hard to see why. The state capitol has been flooded off and on for months with parental-choice advocates drawing thousands for protests against Senate Bill 277, which would eliminate personal belief or religious exemptions and require all children without a medical exemption to be vaccinated before entering public school. And the outcry has only grown louder as the bill nears passage, spreading beyond the issue of vaccination safety and morphing into a full-blown...
  • Minimum-wage hikes meet mixed reaction in San Francisco

    06/01/2015 8:02:10 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 6 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | MAY 30, 2015 | BY PETER HECHT
    On May 1, S.F. increased rate to $12.25 an hour Voters support move, but some business owners, workers are uneasy Sacramento will study raising pay wage above the $9 state rate SAN FRANCISCO In this diverse and densely packed city, known for high living costs and soaring rents, 77 percent of voters last year approved a series of pay hikes that will boost San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. Yet there are tensions these days on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s multicultural Mission District over the minimum wage hike and what it means for businesses and...
  • CHP Dashcam Video Shows State Sen. Ben Hueso's DUI Tests

    04/24/2015 11:33:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Newly released California Highway Patrol dashcam video shows an impaired California State Senator Ben Hueso undergoing sobriety tests and answering questions before his August arrest. In the footage, the San Diego senator is seen driving the wrong way onto a one-way street in Sacramento on Aug. 22. He quickly U-turns, but a CHP officer is quickly on his tail, pulling him over at a nearby gas station. Hueso gets out of his car and is asked to do field sobriety tests. At the officer’s request, he walks back and forth in a straight line. He is then asked to do...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr. warns of vaccine-linked ‘holocaust’

    04/07/2015 8:55:34 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 53 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4-7-2015 | JEREMY B. WHITE
    With lawmakers preparing to vote on a bill blocking parents from skipping vaccinations for their children, prominent vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. arrived at the Sacramento screening of a film linking autism to the vaccine preservative thimerosal and warned that public health officials cannot be trusted. “They can put anything they want in that vaccine and they have no accountability for it,” said Kennedy, who walked onto and left a Crest Theater stage to standing ovations, of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wednesday afternoon will see the first hearing for a bill eliminating the personal belief...
  • Immigration sweep nets 18 in Sacramento, Yolo counties

    03/09/2015 7:13:16 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 03/09/2015 | Stephen Magagnini
    U.S. immigration authorities said Monday they have arrested more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants with prior criminal convictions, including 18 in Sacramento and Yolo counties.
  • Homeless ‘bill of rights’ up for Sacramento debate

    03/08/2015 7:47:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    CalWatchDog ^ | 06 Mar, 2015 | James Poulos
    t could soon get easier to live on the streets in the Golden State. As controversy swirled around the police shooting of a homeless and mentally ill man on Skid Row in Los Angeles, legislators in California considered a new set of regulations activists said would “decriminalize” homelessness by providing a so-called “right to rest” in public.
  • California bill would raise smoking age to 21

    02/03/2015 12:41:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    <p>A California Democrat has proposed a bill that would raise the state’s minimum smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to keep cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers.</p> <p>State Sen. Ed Hernandez introduced Senate Bill 151, which would make California the first state in the country to raise the minimum smoking age to 21. Similar proposals have previously failed in New Jersey, Utah, Colorado and Maryland.</p>
  • (from Yesterday) Today is Hijab Day at NP3 High School, a public charter school in Sacramento, Calif

    01/29/2015 3:21:24 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 17 replies
    JihadWatch.org ^ | January 28, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    A Jihad Watch reader in the Sacramento area has sent me this flier (click to enlarge), showing that today is NP3 Hijab Day at NP3 High School. NP3 stands for Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep; the school is in the Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento. This all started with a student at NP3 High who is an intern for the Hamas-linked terror organization the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). This student gave a presentation about Islamophobia and Islam at what was a mandatory staff meeting that also included an official CAIR representative. The school then now decided to sponsor an...
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • Sac City Council funds Planned Parenthood programs

    12/18/2014 9:13:37 AM PST · by Morgana
    KCRA ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Kevin Oliver
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —City Council member Angelique Ashby is among the most fiscally conservative of her colleagues, when it comes to spending her discretionary funds. Compared to other City Council members, last year Ashby spent the least -- about $35,000 on community service programs and local events. But that included giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. When we asked Ashby about that expenditure, it led to the end of our interview. "I donated to a scholarship. The money that I gave only could go to a scholarship fund for young single moms already selected to go to college,"...
  • Sacramento council funds spent on movie nights, bounce houses (Planned Parenthood)

    12/17/2014 3:47:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    KCRA ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Kevin Oliver
    When KCRA 3 asked Ashby about using tax dollars to contribute to Planned Parenthood programs, she defended the contribution, took off the microphone and walked away.
  • Lynching art project with live men at Sacramento State University stirs outrage [12/16/2013]

    11/29/2014 9:37:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/16/2013 | BY MICHAEL WALSH
    A college art project that had two men hanging from a tree branch with nooses around their necks has outraged and dumbfounded the student-artist's classmates and the outside world. Christina Edwards, a senior at Sacramento State University, defended the Dec. 4 performance/installation that was part of a series called "Restitution." "The purpose of this performance was to bring to light social injustices and the issues of inequality that impact me and my community as a whole," she wrote in an open letter to the school body, obtained by The Campus Culture. Edwards said that, as a young African-American woman, she...
  • Johnny Garlic’s Employee Shocked Restaurant Shut Down Three Days After His Hire (owned by Guy Fieri)

    11/11/2014 5:59:38 PM PST · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    KOVR CBS 13 Sacramento ^ | November 10, 2014 | Nick Janes
    A popular restaurant owned by celebrity chef Guy Fieri went out of business on Monday, leaving dozens of employees out of work. Britton Archie was told not to talk to CBS13, but he did anyway. “I got a phone call that says today’s your last day,” he said.
  • Carly Fiorina criticizes White House's objection to Israeli construction in East Jerusalem

    03/17/2010 7:52:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 232+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/17/10 | Kevin Yamamura
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina on Tuesday rebuked White House officials for their critical stance toward Israeli construction in East Jerusalem, joining a largely GOP chorus that has admonished the Democratic administration. Fiorina, appearing at the Sacramento Press Club, used the episode to demand that Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer confront President Barack Obama. "Today, I am calling on Barbara Boxer to add her voice to those in the Senate who have challenged the administration on this matter," she said. Boxer spokesman Zachary Coile said in an e-mail response that the senator "has always supported Jerusalem as the undivided...
  • The Landlady Tale — a true ghost story, a FreeRepublic Halloween tradition from Swordmaker

    10/31/2014 3:38:03 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Vanity—the Landlady's Tale Halloween Tradition | Copyright 2001 | Swordmaker
    The Landlady's Tale By SWORDMAKER copyright 2001 Preface The following story was told to me by the woman who rented my parents their first home in California when they moved to Sacramento in 1939. A devout Catholic (so much so that although she had been divorced by her husband, she did not consider the divorce valid and did not remarry until her husband died many years later) the landlady swore on her Bible, in front of my sister and me after she told us the story, that it was absolutely true. She was quite serious about it. In the 1970s,...
  • Sacramento-Area Cop Shooting Suspect Had Already Been Deported -- Twice

    10/26/2014 6:08:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 25 Oct 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Sacramento-Area Cop Shooting Suspect Had Already Been Deported -- Twice by AWR Hawkins 25 Oct 2014 819 post a comment Marcelo Marquez allegedly shot and killed a Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy and a Placer County Sheriff's Deputy, and also allegedly shot and wounded a second Placer County deputy and a civilian on Friday. On Saturday, authorities revealed that the suspect -- real name, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte -- had already been deported twice from the United States. According to Sacramento's KCRA, he was "sent back in to Mexico in 1997 and again in 2001."
  • CHP: 3 officers shot in Sacramento, Placer counties [California]

    10/24/2014 1:55:33 PM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    KCRA TV/NBC ^ | October 24, 2014 1:32pm | Staff
    The California Highway Patrol says at least three officers have been shot in Sacramento and Placer counties by a man and woman who are heavily armed.
  • Daily water allocation could be the next California drought strategy

    09/29/2014 5:48:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | September 27, 2014 | Steve Scauzillo
    You probably know your Social Security number, your driver’s license number and perhaps the latest wrinkle in mattress marketing, your sleep number. But do you know your drought number? The latter represents the amount of water you are allowed to use per day. If you don’t know it, you probably should. Not knowing could cost you money. As California’s severe drought moves into a fourth year, state and local water agencies are working on something called “allocation-based rate structures,” a kind of precursor to water rationing that’s all the rage in Sacramento and in some areas such as Santa Cruz,...
  • New groundwater laws to have ripple effect on agriculture (w/video)

    09/18/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | September 16, 2014 | Angela Hart
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic groundwater legislation Tuesday, imposing new rules in the Golden State that could limit how much water commercial and residential users are allowed to pump from underground aquifers — a move decades in the works, spurred this year by California’s drought. The new laws, which take effect in January, will require local government officials to ensure use of groundwater basins is sustainable, protecting underground reserves and averting other environmental damage. The regulations could have a ripple effect on thousands of farmers and ranchers across the North Coast.
  • Leftist Lawmakers and Enviro-Extremists Created CA Water Crisis

    09/17/2014 8:13:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | August 30, 2014 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    On Friday, the California State Assembly outdid itself. You can always count on the leftist leaders of what is supposed to be the “people’s house” never lets a crisis go to waste. With the passage of AB 1739 (Dickinson-D), SB 1168 (Pavley-D), and SB 1319 (Pavley-D), 100 years of history was reversed. The authors painted a grim picture of California’s groundwater future. Most of what they said is true. The only problem they didn’t bother to tell you two key truths: 1.It was these same so-called leaders who give up our seat—the property owner and the farmer’s place at the...
  • Governor's Debate: Jesuit Prince vs. Hindu Upstart

    09/07/2014 7:56:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    It was not until Thursday night's debate in Sacramento between Gov. Jerry Brown and his GOP rival Neel Kashkari that I realized what a gift the challenger has given the Republican Party. Up until then, he hadn't impressed me much. Had Assemblyman Tim Donnelly won the runoff, he likely would have delivered some bon mots on illegal immigrants that would have dominated debate coverage and sent the rest of the party into a defensive crouch. If Kashkari had amassed the type of country-sized fortune as 2010 GOP nominee Meg Whitman, he likely would have waged a big-money campaign that would...
  • '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:
  • BREAKING NEWS: Patient at Sacramento hospital may have Ebola

    08/19/2014 8:23:09 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 121 replies
    dailymail ^ | 19 August 2014 | Zoe Szathmary for MailOnline
    A Sacramento hospital announced Tuesday that one of its patients may have Ebola. Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said in a release the patient is isolated. The hospital's Dr. Stephen Parodi said in the release 'We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.
  • Sacramento Kaiser Permanente Patient Being Tested For Ebola After Possible Exposure

    08/19/2014 7:41:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    CBS 13 ^ | 8-19-2014 | CBS13
    A patient admitted to Kaiser Permanente may have been exposed to the ebola virus, and test are currently being done to determine whether the virus is present, a representative has confirmed to CBS13. The unidentified patient was admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, and they have been placed in isolation. The medical center emphasizes all measures are being taken to protect the staff, and that the samples have been sent to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, who will test them. The tests are expected to take several days to complete.
  • Protest against Obama's illegal alien invasion, Sacramento, July 19, 2014

    07/19/2014 7:06:31 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 49 replies
    July 19, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    We had about a hundred people present at our anti-illegal alien protest in Sacramento today. We had people representing Oath Keepers, Overpasses for America, Free Republic and other groups, including a contingent of volunteers from the Bolinas Border Patrol. There was only one counter protester that I'm aware of and in the end she gave in and took up an American flag and a "Secure the Borders" sign. I overheard her say, "OMG, I've always been a flaming liberal and now I'm a member of the tea party!" But she was also an admitted lunatic and possibly an escapee from...
  • Drought Shaming Pitting Neighbors Against Neighbors On Social Media

    07/14/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors are tattling on neighbors for wasting water and some are taking their drought shaming to social media. If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re being watched while you water your lawn, there’s a good chance you are during this historic drought. In Sacramento, water wasters can face fines, and the enforcer may be someone who lives right next door. Terrance Davis with the city department of utilities says he’s seeing a trend of drought shaming. “Our water use complaint calls have gone up exponentially from the last 2 years,” he said. Karen Halbo lives in River...
  • California Flooded With People Tattling on 'Water Wasters'

    07/06/2014 7:16:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    California's drought is creating a deluge of tattletales, after government officials encouraged residents to snitch on their neighbors for wasting water. The state declared a drought emergency five months ago, but residents have only cut their water usage by about 5 percent, reports The New York Times, cutting back much less than the 20 percent Gov. Jerry Brown asked for in January. And since people aren't heeding the warnings from the state, cities in the state are asking residents to report their neighbors for wasting water, and are finding that people are all too willing to tell on each other....
  • Tuberculosis outbreak at Sacramento high school

    07/02/2014 12:26:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2014 3:17 PM EDT
    A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday. Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said. …
  • Great moments in journalism: how NOT to report on women priests

    05/19/2014 1:19:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | May 19, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    First, check out this video from the CBS affiliate in Sacramento. You can read the transcript here.This is poor on so many levels. Reporter Maria Medina should be embarrassed. My only conclusion is that it’s sweeps month and the affiliate is desperate for ratings.Some observations:1. There’s the hyperbolic writing: “…a new practice emerging that could change Catholicism forever.” Well, actually, no. It’s not a practice, and it’s not really new. It’s a splinter movement by a small minority of dissident Catholics who are not recognized by the Catholic Church and, in fact, are automatically excommunicated for attempting ordination. And...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 4 May 2014

    05/04/2014 5:01:10 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 218 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 4 May 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 4th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, California; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Richard Williams, father of tennis players Serena and Venus Williams.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabber; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.
  • The Buzz: Leland Yee promises to fight corruption in ballot statement

    04/29/2014 7:32:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | April 27, 2014 | Jim Miller and Alexei Koseff
    <p>Arriving now in the mailboxes of more than 10.6 million California voter households: Sen. Leland Yee’s pledge to fight corruption.</p> <p>Yee, indicted earlier this month on corruption and conspiracy charges, paid $6,250 for a statement touting his secretary of state candidacy in the voter information guides that began going out Thursday for the June 3 primary.</p>
  • CA Dems block expulsion of legislator convicted of 8 felonies: Protecting the supermajority.

    02/28/2014 8:44:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/28/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That adage has more application than usual in California, where Democrats hold all of the statewide offices and supermajorities in the legislature. They can enact any policies they want, with only the judicial branch offering belated checks on their power. And when I say belated, that’s literally the case with state Senator Rod Wright, whom a jury found guilty in January of committing eight felonies regarding his residency and eligibility for the office he held.Normally, politicians who get that kind of a verdict have the decency to resign. If not, the body in...
  • Leland Yee case: Disgraced California state senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns

    04/20/2014 2:41:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April `19, 2014 4:19pm PDT | Aaron Kinney and Jessica Calefati
    Beginning in early 2011, state Sen. Leland Yee repeatedly solicited bribes to fund his San Francisco mayor and California secretary of state campaigns, according to the FBI agents who brought him down last month. But he appears to have devoted more time and energy to a far more lucrative pursuit: crafting or carrying legislation benefiting special interests who supply campaign contributions. It's a practice that's all too common in Sacramento, but Yee was a master. :snip: Yee introduced 20 bills from 2011 to 2014 that advanced a special interest over the public interest, according to this newspaper's review of his...
  • All 29 defendants in massive corruption case appear in court (RAT Yee & shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/18/2014 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/17/14 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A story that sounds like a movie script is slowly grinding its way to trial. All of the 29 defendants in the massive corruption case involving suspended State Senator Leland Yee and reputed gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow appeared in federal court Thursday. With so many defendants, lawyers, and documents, the judge is trying to set up a system to manage what could be an unwieldy trial. What makes it even harder is that not everyone's on the same page. The frustration is beginning to show. There are 29 defendants, even more lawyers, a 137 page...
  • California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers, including Leland Yee

    04/07/2014 4:54:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 4/07/14
    The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases. The Senate removed pictures, video clips and legislative archives over the weekend involving Democratic Sens. Rod Wright of Los Angeles, Ron Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco. All that remains on the websites is information about their Senate districts. The three men have lost the rights and privileges of a senator, which include having a Senate-maintained website, said Mark Hedlund, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
  • Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?

    04/06/2014 8:09:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | April 6, 2014 | by Andrew Walden
    Homeless Tent Cities have proven a disaster in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento and other mainland cities where they have been tried. Homelessness Industry organizers set up their tents in an area--and the meth-addled denizens generate a crime wave targeting local businesses and residents as they seek out anything they can steal to buy drugs. Exasperated local officials pay the organizers off in order to get them to move into a different jurisdiction where the cycle of crime and shakedown begins again. In Honolulu, unofficial tent cities are now set up in strategic locations designed to pressure the tourism industry, the Chinatown...
  • Keith Jackson, former S.F. education official, accused of murder-for-hire

    03/27/2014 6:18:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nanette Asimov
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Keith Jackson, accused by the FBI on Wednesday of being involved in a murder-for-hire scheme and a gun- and drug-trafficking conspiracy, was San Francisco's top elected educator during the late 1990s.
  • Sen. Yee charged with trafficking firearms in sweeping FBI probe

    03/26/2014 6:32:21 PM PDT · by bkopto · 26 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | 3/26/2014 | Staff
    State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was charged Wednesday with conspiring to commit wire fraud and traffic firearms, part of a sweeping public corruption case outlined by federal prosecutors. The charges sent shock waves through the San Francisco and Sacramento political establishments, as FBI agents searched Yee's Capitol office. Last year the FBI raided the offices of Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), who was targeted in a bribery sting. SNIP The indictment alleges Yee and Jackson defrauded "citizens of honest services" and were involved in a scheme to traffic firearms in exchange for thousands in campaign donations to the senator. SNIP...
  • (Anti-Gun CA Democrat Busted for Arms Trafficking) State Senator Accused of Gun Charges

    03/26/2014 7:33:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | March 26, 2014 | PAUL ELIAS, SUDHIN THANAWALA
    State senator accused of gun charges SAN FRANCISCO — A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI criminal complaint that names 25 other defendants, including Raymond Chow, a onetime gang leader with ties to San Francisco's Chinatown known as "Shrimp Boy," and Keith Jackson, Yee's campaign aide. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms. Yee...
  • California lawmakers reconsider bare-hand food ban

    03/26/2014 6:13:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are beginning to back away from a new law that bans bare-hand contact with food in restaurants and bars, with the Assembly Health Committee voting unanimously Tuesday to repeal and revisit the regulation. The vote follows opposition from chefs and bartenders who say they were taken off guard by the new regulation. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last year requiring restaurant workers to wear gloves or use utensils when handling ready-to-eat food, including the rice in a sushi roll and the mint in a mojito.
  • Calif. state Senator Yee's arrest adds to Democrats' scandals

    03/26/2014 4:14:54 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Carla Marinucci
    The federal corruption and bribery charges leveled against state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco mark the third embarrassing scandal this year for Senate Democrats and their party, which control both houses of the state Legislature and every statewide office in California.Coming on the heels of recent tangled legal troubles of two other high-profile Los Angeles County Democratic state senators - Ron Calderon of Montebello and Rod Wright of Baldwin Hills - Yee's arrest may now hand the beleaguered state Republican Party an opening in a midterm election year, political observers say.
  • Leland Yee reportedly arrested in corruption case

    03/26/2014 10:12:28 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 44 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Kale Williams
    SAN FRANCISCO -- State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested on public corruption charges Wednesday morning amid raids of his office in Sacramento and searches by the FBI in San Francisco, several media outlets reported.
  • Another anti-gun California lawmaker in legal trouble today 

    03/26/2014 9:55:23 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    examiner.com ^ | march 26, 2014 | dave workman
    Anti-gun California State Sen. Leland Yeehas been indicted on charges of public corruption, according to a breaking story in the Sacramento Bee and other news agencies, making him the second high-profile Golden State gun control proponent to wind up in trouble in the past month. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the FBI is serving “multiple arrest and search warrants this morning” in relation to the case. KCRA News reported that Sen. Yee, an ardent gun control proponent and sponsor of a bill last year to limit magazine capacity on so-called “assault weapons” and require fixed magazines on such firearms, is a Democrat.