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  • California's first transgender mayor Raul Ureña is kicked out of office after opponents mount 'transphobic' recall campaign

    04/20/2024 2:01:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 20, 2024 | Martha Williams
    Calexico has voted to oust the first transgender mayor in California in a long awaited recall vote as the politician blames transphobia for the decision. Mayor Raul Ureña, 26, identifies as a transgender woman and prefers she/they pronouns. Ureña was elected into office in 2020 at the age of 23 and came out as gender-fluid and transgender in 2022 - after her re-election. She eventually started wearing dresses and makeup in official appearances, which riled up voters who felt duped because they believed they were voting for a gay cisgender man and not a transgender woman. However, on April 16...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Biological Male Quietly Joined Women’s NCAA Division I Volleyball At San Jose State University

    04/17/2024 1:41:01 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 25 replies
    Reduxx has learned that a feminine male has been participating in elite women’s collegiate sports in California after his biological sex was reportedly withheld from his teammates and his opponents. Blaire Fleming, born Brayden, is currently playing women’s Division I volleyball for San Jose State University in the reputable Mountain West Conference. Speaking to Reduxx, the mother of an opposing player revealed that her suspicions were first raised during the 2022-2023 season. “I first watched my daughter play Blaire via live stream and then in person for a second match,” the mother, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “My daughter...
  • Anti-Israel activist slapped with 18 felonies for threatening to 'murder' city council

    04/16/2024 2:36:58 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04 16 2024 | Jon Brown
    An anti-Israel activist in California sobbed in court Friday after she was slapped with 18 felony counts for allegedly threatening to murder members of the Bakersfield City Council. Riddhi Patel, 28, pleaded not guilty to the charges she faces after making incendiary comments to officials during the public comment portion of a city council meeting last Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Patel, who served as economic development coordinator for the nonprofit Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment in Bakersfield, railed against the city council and Republican Mayor Karen Goh for not backing a Gaza ceasefire resolution against...
  • California farmers depleted groundwater in this county. Now a state crackdown could rein them in

    04/15/2024 3:21:11 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 45 replies
    Cal Matters ^ | APRIL 15, 2024 | RACHEL BECKER
    Kings County agencies and growers may face probation and millions of dollars in fines — which could be the first step toward the state wresting control of groundwater.
  • Labor group says California $20 min wage ‘just the beginning’ vows to extend to all sectors despite layoffs

    04/12/2024 8:26:44 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 04/12/2024 | Fox Business
    A fair wage advocacy group is demanding that California’s new $20 minimum wage law for fast food workers be extended to all sectors to help working-class people who are struggling with the state’s high cost of living. FOX Business spoke with Saru Jayaraman, president of One Fair Wage to discuss what she described as the skyrocketing levels of home insecurity and food insecurity post-pandemic. Fast food workers winning a $20 minimum wage, she said, “was just the beginning.” Jayaraman pointed to the exorbitantly high cost of living in the Golden State where, in some counties, an individual would need a...
  • EXCLUSIVE Hairy-chested, dress-wearing trans mayor of Mexican border town says they're being 'bullied' out of office and will become more vulnerable without the protection of being an elected official

    04/11/2024 7:23:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 11, 2024 | Martha Williams
    California's first transgender mayor has said she has to watch her back as 'bullies' are staging a recall to oust her. Calemexico Mayor Raul Ureña, 26, identifies as a transgender woman and prefers she/they pronouns. Ureña, the first transgender mayor along the entire US/Mexico border, told DailyMail.com that she recalls feeling 'so good' whilst wearing a dress at the age of 10. However, Ureña has claimed that her gender identity has been used against her throughout the elected official's political career. The mayor said that as a transgender person, you always have to watch your back - but says that...
  • Bill to Prohibit Public Libraries From Banning Books Passes Assembly Committee

    04/11/2024 2:12:46 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    California Globe ^ | April 11, 2024 | Evan Symon
    A bill that would prohibit public libraries from banning books or other materials because of topic or content passed the Assembly Education Committee in a 5-1 vote with 1 abstention on Wednesday. Assembly Bill 1825, authored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), would specifically require the governing board or body of each public library to establish a written policy for the selection of library materials and the use of library materials and facilities. The bill would require the policy to establish that library materials shall not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to the creation...
  • California is giving up to $150,000 to help first-time homebuyers

    04/07/2024 2:10:59 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    KTLA ^ | April 6, 2024 | Vivian Chow
    Applications for California’s down payment assistance program for first-time homebuyers are now open. The state-funded program, called Dream For All, will be giving out $250 million to assist thousands of first-time homebuyers this year. Buyers can receive up to $150,000 towards their purchase.
  • Coachella's Popularity Is Falling

    04/07/2024 2:12:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 4/06/24 | Shannon Power
    Coachella, the iconic music festival held in the California desert has raised eyebrows this year for all the wrong reasons, leading some to question long-term viability. But experts have reflected on Coachella's poor performance and spoke to Newsweek about the wider state of the music festival industry. In 2023, it was the first time in 11 years that the festival did not sell out both its weekends and this year it has taken one whole month to sell out the first weekend. Considering over the past few years tickets sold out anywhere between 40 minutes to four hours, some have...
  • Burger King, In-N-Out and other chain locations in California raise prices after minimum wage increase: report

    04/06/2024 6:40:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 103 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 4/05/24 | Jeffrey Clark
    Prices for burgers, fries and other fast food items have increased at various restaurant chains across California, according to a recent report. A New York Post investigation revealed that some fast food chains in the Los Angeles area raised prices on April 1, after new California statewide legislation went into effect Monday enforcing a $20 minimum wage for restaurants that have at least 60 locations nationwide, except those that make and sell their own bread. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the legislation, AB 1228, into law in September. In addition to the pay raises, it also establishes a "Fast Food Council,"...
  • San Francisco Considers Forcing Grocery Shops to Remain Open Amid Crime

    04/04/2024 3:02:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 122 replies
    When in doubt, blame businesses for closing their doors instead of the crime that has made it unsustainable for them to operate. San Francisco might even do you one better: force the businesses to stay open anyway. One of the 11 members of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is floating reviving a vetoed 1984 law that would force grocery stores to stay open against their will. Supervisor Dean Preston calls it a “good idea” because of the risk of “food insecurity” that comes with grocery stores closing. The law in question would require stores to give a whopping six-month notice...
  • California’s $20 fast food minimum wage balloons menu prices — with some chains increasing costs by nearly $2

    04/02/2024 12:54:51 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 76 replies
    NY Post ^ | 04/02/2024 | Genevieve Wong and Steve Nelson
    You’ll be dropping a lot of dollar on that Whopper. Menu prices at fast food chains across California have increased, as a new law went into effect requiring them to pay a $20-an-hour minimum wage to workers from Monday. The Post checked menus at several restaurants in the Los Angeles area to see if the costs are already being passed onto consumers — with mixed results. The biggest leap on was at a Burger King, where a Texas Double Whopper meal cost $15.09 on March 29, but surged to $16.89 on April 1, a price whopping increase of $1.80 for...
  • Downtown LA slammed as 'third world' as shocking video shows homeless camped out on trash-covered sidewalks after setting FIRE in middle of the road - with Elon Musk summing up eyesore in one word: 'Wow'

    03/30/2024 11:22:27 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 30 2024 | ALICE WRIGHT
    Downtown Los Angeles has been described as 'third world' after shocking footage revealed a homeless encampment with open fires in the street and trash-covered sidewalks. The startling video, posted to X by Fox News reporter Bill Melugin, shows dozens of homeless people sitting and standing on filthy sidewalks on the corner of San Pedro Street and 6th Street in the Skid Row neighborhood of LA. Some are seen standing around an open fire in the street, just moments away from the Midnight Mission, a $17 million center for the homeless.
  • Sudden closure of luxury appliance store Pirch leaves SoCal customers frustrated, confused

    03/24/2024 8:09:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    FOX 11 ^ | March 23, 2024 | Gina Silva
    LOS ANGELES - Many Southern California customers are frustrated and confused to learn that they might not be receiving their expensive appliance orders, purchased through the luxury appliance store Pirch, when all locations suddenly closed this week. "Are we getting our merchandise? Are we getting a refund?" asked one customer, Maribell Rodriguez. Rodriguez told FOX 11 that she has yet to receive any answers from Pirch regarding her order since the company's abrupt closure Wednesday. She is in the middle of a home renovation and just took out a $20,000 loan to pay for the appliances. "I really feel that...
  • California Town Swamped By 14,000 Abandoned Cars

    03/23/2024 6:19:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 3/21 | Ryan Erik King
    Oakland City Council approved funding to hire more tow companies and use the state DOT’s vacant lots.Oakland, California is struggling to deal with a deluge of abandoned vehicles across the city. According to the Oakland Department of Transportation, 13,856 cars were reported abandoned over a six-month period in 2023. The city ran out of space in its storage lots and is renting even more room to hold the excess. In total, Oakland is spending $1 million on storage. Anecdotally, car theft is the root of this problem. ABC7 Bay Area reports the Oakland Police Department will not respond to...
  • Tuberculosis is spreading in California, officials say. Silent bacteria could be why

    03/21/2024 6:26:50 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 20, 2024 | Julia Daye
    California is facing a steep rise in tuberculosis cases. In 2023, the number of tuberculosis cases increased by 271, or 15%, from 2022, according to California Department of Public Health data released in February. The rate of TB in the Golden State has increased each year since 2020, with it now holding the highest number and one of the highest rates of TB cases in the country. And deaths are also mounting.
  • Sacramento has approved a plan to give low-income Black and Native American families $725 a month, no strings attached

    03/19/2024 7:07:27 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 67 replies
    Business Insider via MSN ^ | 03 18 2024 | Kenneth Niemeyer
    Sacramento County is joining a growing list of places around the United States offering no-strings-attached payments to its lowest-income residents. The Sacramento Board of Supervisors approved the basic-income pilot program last week. It's set to offer $725 a month to low-income Black and Native American families. The county is funding the program through a partnership with United Way. Sacramento County has partnered with United Way for other basic-income programs in the past. About 100 families received $300 monthly from the county in its first program, which began in June 2021 and lasted through May 2023. United Way is still tracking...
  • LA battles spate of 'burglary tourists' as marauding gangs from Chile, Ecuador Colombia and Peru jet in on 90-day visas and ransack millionaire mansions before fleeing back to South America

    03/18/2024 1:16:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/18/24 | Stephen M. Lepore
    The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a task force to try to crack down on 'burglary tourists' who use the US tourism visa system to commit crimes. Cunning criminals from Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru target wealthy neighborhoods in places with relaxed criminal justice laws to conduct home burglaries - before returning home with the loot while out on bail. The troubling trend of 'lanzas internacionales' - translated to 'international thieves' - dates back at least two years across America, while the problem has also reared its ugly head in the United Kingdom. Authorities in Los Angeles announced the...
  • Wild video captures truck plowing into crowd during LA street takeover, onlookers’ sad reaction (I love LA!)

    03/17/2024 5:51:54 PM PDT · by vespa300 · 21 replies
    BPR ^ | 3/17/2024 | Chris Donaldson
    A wild video of a street takeover in Los Angeles speaks volumes about life in contemporary America and the infatuation with attention in the age of social media. In the footage shown live on the Kick streaming platform, the action begins when a silver pickup truck is spinning donuts around a barrel with fire roaring out of it as a huge group of people are gathered around to check out the City of Angels’ popular spectator sport. While driving in circles, the driver loses control, careening off course and plowing into the crowd that was gathered on the street.
  • Study finds California’s semi truck electrification comes with enormous costs that hit consumers

    03/11/2024 8:35:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies
    Just The News ^ | March 10, 2024 11:17pm | By Kevin Killough
    Powering the nation’s long-haul trucks with electricity would require the same amount of electricity for more than 46 million homes every year. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In 2022, California adopted regulations that required all new cars, trucks and SUVs sold in the state to be zero emissions by 2035. Immediately, 17 states eyed the electric vehicle mandates and started considering their own. That was on top of the Biden administration’s own tailpipe standards, which many say function as a federal EV mandate. The vision of a forced electric vehicle transition hasn't quite gone as California and the Biden administration have hoped. But in...