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  • California National Guard Sets up in Downtown Sacramento

    01/17/2021 2:02:32 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 11 replies
    CBS 13 Sacramento ^ | 1/16/20 | Heather Janasen
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It’s an unusual sight to see in downtown Sacramento with the California National Guard set up for the next several days ahead of any potential unrest. Tanks and troops are scattered all around the area to protect government buildings. “I’ve never seen the Capitol with this level of security before,” said Timothy Dellavan. To him, the number of military mixed in among the ordinary was significant. Saturday was the first day 1,000 California national guardsmen deployed around the capital city. “It feels weird, it’s definitely uncommon,” said Mike Juliano, who walked around the downtown area in awe.
  • Drive to get COVID-19 vaccine to L.A. firefighters loses steam as 40% fail to show up

    01/16/2021 3:45:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | JAN. 16, 202110:57 AM | BEN WELSH, DAKOTA SMITH
    Late last year, firefighters were the first city workers given access to the shots. After an initial burst of activity, the number showing up to get the vaccine has plummeted. This past week only 143 firefighters visited one of the department’s vaccination centers, according to data released by the city Friday night. So far, 1,944 of the agency’s just under 3,400 members have been inoculated, leaving four in 10 vulnerable to the highly infectious coronavirus. The reluctance of L.A. firefighters adds to the list of healthcare workers in the state who are declining to take the vaccine... In a bid...
  • More Highly Transmissible Variant of CCP Virus Detected in 10 States: CDC

    01/16/2021 1:33:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 15, 2021 | Jack Phillips
    At least 10 state health departments in the United States have detected the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant of COVD-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, according to a new report. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in an update on Jan. 15, said that a “more highly transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7, has been detected in 10 U.S. states.” SARS-CoV-2 is another name for the coronavirus that is believed to have emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. Health officials warned that models have shown the B.1.1.7 strain of the virus has the...
  • Mystery ‘second suspect’ tied to infamous Night Stalker serial killer

    01/15/2021 2:18:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 14, 2 | Jamie Schram
    California authorities are investigating a “second suspect” linked to one of the most infamous serial killers in US history, “Night Stalker’’ Richard Ramirez, according to officials and new probe details revealed to The Post. Ramirez — the devil worshipper whose victims included a former Brooklyn mom — was tied to the 1984 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl before his death in prison in 2013, and cops have now ID’d a second male who they believe also was at the scene at the time, sources said. “This case is classified as ‘open’ due to the second-suspect issue,” said San...
  • Newsom mobilizes 1,000 National Guard troops amid concern over unrest ahead of inauguration

    01/15/2021 10:08:45 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ktla ^ | 01/14/2021
    State officials also Thursday erected a temporary 6-foot chain link fence around the state Capitol, bolstering other temporary and permanent barriers, and the California Highway Patrol has refused to issue permits for rallies that had been planned there. California has an active effort to recall Newsom, anger over the governor’s stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing spread of the coronavirus, and ample numbers of right-wing activists. The Capitol already has been the site of weekly weekend clashes between Trump supporters and counter-demonstrators. Hundreds of Guard members were deployed in Sacramento and elsewhere in the state last summer amid sometimes destructive protests...
  • Calif. bill would allow transgender, nonbinary students to choose name on college diplomas

    01/15/2021 3:20:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    SF Gate ^ | January 14, 2021 | by Bay City News Service
    California Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, on Thursday proposed a bill that would allow transgender and nonbinary public college students to use their preferred names instead of their birth names on diplomas. According to Chiu, recently introduced Assembly Bill 245 will ensure that diplomas don't mistakenly use a graduate's birth name, if they prefer to use a chosen name. Chu said the bill is especially important since transgender and nonbinary people face higher rates of discrimination in the workplace. Not having their preferred name on their diploma can create even more challenges, especially if the individual chooses not to openly...
  • 1 in 3 L.A. County residents have been infected by coronavirus since pandemic began, new estimate shows

    01/14/2021 8:22:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    LA Times ^ | 01/14/2021 | LUKE MONEY, RONG-GONG LIN II
    The estimate, based on scientific modeling, means officials believe more than 3 million of L.A. County’s 10 million residents have been infected with the coronavirus, including nearly 13,000 who have died. That’s more than triple the cumulative number of coronavirus cases that have been confirmed by testing. Officials have long believed that testing only captures a certain percentage of those who are infected because many with the virus don’t show symptoms or suffer only mild symptoms. The rising number of those infected has actually slowed the pace of coronavirus transmission, as the virus is increasingly coming into contact with people...
  • NASA Researcher Pleads Guilty to Concealing China Ties

    01/14/2021 8:16:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 14, 2021 | Eva Fu
    A senior NASA scientist pleaded guilty on Jan. 13 to lying about his ties to a Chinese-backed program designed to harvest talents from the West and transfer intellectual property to China, the Justice Department announced. Meyya Meyyappan, 66, joined NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1996 and has been the chief scientist for exploration technology at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley since 2006. He was charged with one count of making false statements and could face a maximum five-year prison sentence and up to $250,000 fine if convicted, according to a Justice Department press release. The...
  • Kevin McCarthy Won’t Back Effort to Remove Liz Cheney from Leadership Post

    01/14/2021 3:06:56 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jan 2021 | JOSHUA CAPLAN
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will not join efforts to remove House Republican Conference chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership role in the wake of her vote to impeach President Donald Trump over last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to a report. A spokesman for McCarthy confirmed the news to the Hill amid calls from several House conservatives for Cheney to be ousted. On Wednesday, Cheney was one of ten House Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment, with the measure passing by a count of 232 to 197. McCarthy voted against the move.
  • French Laundry celebrity chef Thomas Keller exits Twitter after year of growing backlash

    01/14/2021 11:34:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Jan. 13, 2021 | Janelle Bitker
    Taking his most drastic step yet in response to public criticism, celebrity chef Thomas Keller took down his Twitter account on Tuesday after almost a year of blowback. The departure from the social media platform comes after many critiqued him for Tweeting praise of a right wing billionaire. On Tuesday afternoon, the famed owner of Yountville’s the French Laundry posted thanking Sheldon G. Adelson, who had recently died, for his support of Keller’s restaurant in Las Vegas. “You will be missed,” Keller wrote. Adelson and his wife were President Donald Trump’s biggest donors in his 2016 and 2020 campaigns. Adelson...
  • Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA): "The Democrats have won everything in sight ... now they call for vengeance"

    01/14/2021 8:11:27 AM PST · by RandFan · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan 14 | Rep. Tom McClintock
    Rep. Tom McClintock: "The Democrats have won everything in sight -- the House, the Senate, and the presidency. In a republic that calls for magnanimity by the victors, only in a banana republic does it call for vengeance." Video... [4:33]
  • San Francisco Giants owner Charles B. Johnson donated max amount to pro-QAnon Rep. Lauren Boebert

    01/13/2021 10:27:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Jan. 13, 2021 | Alex Schultz
    According to FEC filings, in the lead-up to the 2020 general election, San Francisco Giants principal owner Charles B. Johnson and his wife Ann each donated $2,800 — the maximum allowable amount for congressional candidates — to Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., a QAnon sympathizer who tweeted about the location of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi during the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol that caused five deaths. Charles B. Johnson, 88, is a billionaire with decadeslong ties to the Republican Party. His donations have already come under scrutiny in recent years — an ESPN/FiveThirtyEight analysis from October revealed that since...
  • House Impeaches Trump, Again, First President in History to Reach 2x, 10 Republicans Vote Yes

    01/13/2021 2:09:38 PM PST · by conservative98 · 333 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jan 2021 | JOSHUA CAPLAN
    The vote to impeach President Trump was approved by the House by a vote of 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans supporting the measure. The following House GOP members voted in favor of the move: Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Rep. Peter Meijer (MI), Rep. Fred Upton (MI), Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), Rep. John Katko (NY), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL), Rep. Tom Rice (SC), Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (WA), Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA), and Rep. David Valadao (CA).
  • UNMASKED: Docs reveal California Governor’s secret $1B CCP deal

    01/13/2021 8:34:23 AM PST · by TedMartin · 17 replies
    PressCalifornia.com ^ | 1/12/21 | Staff
    ‘WE COULD OPEN CHAMPAGNE TOMORROW'Washington, DC – A conservative legal watchdog group has announced that it received hundreds of pages of documents revealing the contract materials and communications related to a $1 billion contract for face masks between the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Chinese Communist Party linked BYD. BYD reportedly has been barred by law from some federal contracts for providing faulty electric vehicles and lithium batteries to U.S. buyers. The documents, all 848 pages of which can be viewed here, reveal that an OES legal representative admits that the state deviated from their normal procurement...
  • Sen. Feinstein, 87, files initial paperwork to run for re-election in 2024

    01/13/2021 4:01:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    SF Gate ^ | January 12, 2021 | by Matthew Tom
    Dianne Feinstein 2024. That appears to be a real possibility after L.A. Magazine reported that the 87-year-old U.S. senator from California filed the initial re-election paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. By the 2024 election, Feinstein, who is already the oldest sitting senator, will be 91. If she were to win re-election and serve her entire term, she would be 97. It was just last month that prominent liberal commentators suggested that Feinstein should retire, citing "cognitive decline." "It's time for Sen. Feinstein to retire," wrote UC Irvine law professor and CNN contributor Rick Hasen. "She did some...
  • Sacramento County DA Blasts George Gascon, Blocks His Jurisdiction on Crimes There

    01/12/2021 3:57:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    NBClosnageles ^ | January 12, 2021 | City News Service
    Sacramento County's chief prosecutor has informed Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon that her office will no longer grant him jurisdiction over any crimes that involve Sacramento County because of Gascon's special directives that have been criticized by victims' advocates as too soft on crime. Gascon campaigned on criminal-justice reform, but many were taken aback by the lengths he went to when he announced upon taking office that prosecutors would no longer pursue the death penalty, try juveniles as adults, seek cash bail for misdemeanor and non-serious, non-violent felonies, or add gang and other enhancements to criminal complaints. In...
  • Vijaya Gade, Indian-American who spearheaded suspension of Trump's Twitter account

    01/12/2021 8:57:00 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 49 replies
    A 45-year-old immigrant from India and Twitter's top lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, spearheaded the decision to permanently suspend US President Donald Trump's Twitter accounts.
  • The Morning Briefing: Andrew Cuomo Reminds Us That He's the Worst Ever

    01/12/2021 6:21:58 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | JAN 12, 2021 | STEPHEN KRUISER
    Andrew Cuomo — Fredo the Elder — crawled out of the cave where he spends his days pulling wings off of flies and smelts participation trophies for his handling of the pandemic in his state to remind us that he is perhaps the worst governor in America. I only said “perhaps” because who knows what Gavin Newsom will do this week? ... he has led what might be the most botched vaccine rollout in the country. Originally he had set strict rules about who would have priority to receive the vaccine, and threatened to levy fines of up to $1...
  • Why so many people are getting swept to sea along California's coast

    01/12/2021 5:43:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    SF Gate ^ | January 12, 2021 | by Ashley Harrell
    A magazine editor visiting from Salt Lake City was walking along a Humboldt Bay jetty with her son. A school principal was on vacation, taking family photos by the sea in Mendocino Big River Headlands State Park. A father and his two young children were spending a Sunday at Blind Beach in Sonoma Coast State Park. A man in his 30s was hiking with friends along the coast in the Marin Headlands. A man and woman were searching for mussels on the rocks at Pescadero State Park. Then came the waves. Each of these people was swept from dry ground...
  • Lawmaker to unveil bill ensuring nothing — 'no airport, no highway, no school' — is named after Trump

    01/11/2021 11:14:47 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 98 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/11/2021 | Judy Kurtz
    Rep. Linda Sánchez says she's poised to introduce legislation that would ban virtually everything — "even a bench" — from bearing President Trump's name. “I don't believe that a seditious occupant of the White House should have — ever have anything named after him," the California Democrat said of Trump in an interview with People published Monday, referring to Trump's efforts to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election and his words of encouragement to a crowd of supporters before they laid siege to the Capitol on Wednesday. “I don't think that he deserves any of the benefits...