Tag Archives: California

California Democrats' never-ending war on the poor

Source: The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut

"California Democrats frequently bloviate about helping the poor and downtrodden, yet two recent examples — a campaign by the nation's second-largest public-school district to crush charter alternatives and new state legislation that will boost the cost of housing development — demonstrate how liberal policies can be a direct assault on the financial prospects of the state's lowest-income residents. California's largest school systems are bureaucratic disasters that send the most incompetent teachers to those schools in need of the best teaching help. There's a reason parents camp out overnight to get their kids accepted into various magnet and charter schools in Los Angeles, Oakland, and elsewhere. And California has the highest poverty rate in the nation (24 percent), according to a newer Census Bureau standard that accounts for our inordinately high cost of living." (03/09/17)

https://spectator.org/california-democrats-never-ending-war-on-the-poor/

CA: Former Stockton mayor arrested, accused of stealing from kids club

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"Moments after returning from a vacation in Colombia, former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested Sunday at San Francisco International Airport on suspicion of mishandling money when he ran a youth organization more than two years ago. Silva, 42, was transported to the San Joaquin County Jail, where he was held in lieu of $1 million bail. … Silva's attorney said the allegations may be retaliation after the former mayor beat back a felony charge in a previous case in which Silva was accused of using a cell phone to secretly record a strip poker game in his bedroom at a city-run youth camp for underprivileged children. Authorities also alleged that Silva made alcohol available during the game." (03/05/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ex-Stockton-mayor-arrested-accused-of-stealing-10979319.php

US House votes to block California retirement scheme

Source: San Jose Mercury News

"Despite a plea from California Gov. Jerry Brown, the state's GOP representatives voted unanimously Wednesday on a resolution to block California and other states from setting up 401-K-type plans for private-sector workers who lack retirement benefits — a measure that sailed through the U.S. House of Representatives on a party-line vote. The resolution, which now moves to the U.S. Senate, could jeopardize a program that Brown signed into law last fall to set up retirement savings accounts with automatic payroll deductions for as many as 7 million low- and middle-income workers whose employers don’t offer 401-k plans or other benefits. Illinois, Connecticut, Maryland and Oregon have passed similar initiatives." (02/15/17)

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/15/jerry-brown-urges-california-delegation-to-vote-no-on-gop-attempt-to-block-state-auto-iras/

California secession? How it could happen in practice

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by James R Rogers

"Rumblings of secession talk in California, as in Texas a few years back, raises the question of how, if ever, a state might secede from the Union without war. The legal issue surrounding secession in the Civil War era concerned whether states might unilaterally secede from the Union under the Constitution. The answer, underscored by force of arms and the U.S. Supreme Court, was a definitive 'no.' That states may not unilaterally secede from the Union, however, does not mean there is no route by which a state might secede peacefully, and even legally." (02/13/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/02/13/california-secession/

CA: Evacuees stranded with no end in sight to Lake Oroville crisis

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"The crisis at Lake Oroville may grind on for weeks or longer — leaving the nearly 200,000 people ordered to evacuate on Sunday in limbo as crews work to flush water out of the reservoir and shore up a badly eroded emergency spillway, officials said Monday. State water officials have been purging nearly 100,000 cubic feet of water per second out of the reservoir's damaged but functioning primary spillway, an effort that brought the level down below the lip of the emergency spillway Sunday night, averting catastrophe. … More rain is forecast to soak Lake Oroville and the surrounding mountains beginning Wednesday night, increasing the urgency of the work being done at the reservoir." (02/13/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Evacuees-stranded-with-no-end-in-sight-to-Lake-10929579.php

CA: LAPD police union whines over settlement for family of man its members killed

Source: Los Angeles Times

"The union representing Los Angeles police officers says it's 'unfortunate' the city council approved a $1.5 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot by police during a[n alleged] struggle over an officer's gun. Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally says Wednesday the settlement with Ezell Ford's family sends the wrong message. … A police oversight board had found the officers had no reason to stop Ford, violating department policy." [editor's note: I agree it's the wrong message for the taxpayers to foot the settlement bill. If the killers were required to cover the check — perhaps with help from their union — it would encourage more responsible behavior – TLK] (02/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-latest-union-decries-settlement-in-la-police-shooting/2017/02/08/235a5606-ee4f-11e6-a100-fdaaf400369a_story.html

Calexit will never happen

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

"It's almost always an issue when people get excited and get their hopes up. This is an idea deeply rooted in Buddhism, and basically stems from the notion that, if you do not expect any particular thing to happen, then you cannot be disappointed. The contention — one I agree with — is that this discord between a person's expectations and reality (how things actually turn out) is the root of unhappiness. … So when I see lots of people eager to see #CalExit, it worries me. Mass expectations can be particularly dangerous, as we've seen post-election with how people who firmly expected Hillary's victory have reacted to President Trump. There's a reason that 'the masses' came to be a pejorative, after all." (02/08/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/02/08/calexit-will-never-happen/

Calexit

Source: Ayn R Key
by Ayn R Key

"An independent California would be no libertarian paradise. Unrestrained by the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, the first thing to be eliminated would be any and all firearm rights. Still, if this were to go forward, the prospect for liberty as a whole look promising due to the ramifications outside of California. The first thing to notice is the electoral balance. It is possible for Democrats to be elected to the presidency due to the 55 electoral votes provided by California, just as it is possible for Republicans to be elected due to the 34 electoral votes provided by Texas. Absent California, the Democratic Party would be at a serious loss …. This would swing the rest of the country strongly Republican. That is not necessarily good for liberty in itself, but the eventual result could become a cascade of secession from other heavily Democrat states finding themselves in a country that has just swung strongly Republican." (02/07/17)

http://aynrkey.blogspot.com/2017/02/calexit.html

CA: Violence at UC Berkeley prompts Trump funding threat

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"President Trump threatened to eliminate federal funds from UC Berkeley, prompting an outcry from city and university officials, the morning after police shut down an event featuring the right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos when destructive demonstrations erupted at the campus. 'If UC Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?' the president tweeted early Thursday morning. UC Berkeley received $370 million in federal grants from 2014 to 2015. The federal dollars went toward funding multiyear research projects and other expenditures, according to the university’s website." (02/02/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Trump-update-Protest-at-UC-Berkeley-prompts-10902945.php

The Free Speech Movement in flames

Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

"Last night, Sproul Plaza was in flames. Students amassed outside the Martin Luther King Jr Student Union to protest the appearance of Trump cheerleader and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Protesters held up placards saying 'We REFUSE to accept fascist America' and 'BASH THE FASH.' Then a mob of black-clad 'anti-fascists' broke through police barricades, smashed windows, threw fireworks and set a light pole on fire. The event was cancelled and the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement became the site of its spiritual death. Where Berkeley radicals 50 years ago put themselves on the line for unfettered free speech, for the right of students to listen and speak and reason, their pimpled heirs are practising the must ugly, irrational form of censorship: censorship of the mob." (02/02/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-free-speech-movement-in-flames-berkeley-milo/