Tag Archives: California

Report: ICE gang plans major mass abduction caper in San Francisco area to strike against federalism

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to [abduct] more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that [unconstitutional federal] immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state, according to a source familiar with the operation. Officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, declined to comment Tuesday on plans for the operation. … The source who spoke to The Chronicle said the plan calls for [gang members] to be flown in from other parts of the country to help carry out the operation. The sweep could span more than one day and will include [beatdowns, abductions and extortion activities at] work sites suspected of illegally [sic] employing undocumented immigrants, the source said.” [editor’s note: Put a few of the ICE gang-bangers down like rabid dogs and haul the rest off to jail (general population). That would give the survivors and their co-conspirators elsewhere a strong incentive to give up the thug life and get real jobs – TLK] (01/16/18)


New California declares independence in bid to become 51st state

Source: USA Today

“The founders of New California took an early step toward statehood Monday with the reading of their own Declaration of Independence from California, a state they describe as ‘ungovernable.’ Their solution: Take over most of current-day California — including many rural counties — and leave the coastal urban areas to themselves. … Claiming the authority of Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the aspiring 51st state plans to convince California’s legislature to split the state before submitting the resolution to Congress.” (01/16/18)


Some Republicans think left turn is a “new way”

Source: The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut

“Some bad ideas — and bad politicians — just won’t go away. Former California Republican Assembly leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, who was pressured to leave his top leadership post after signing on to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 10-year extension of the business-killing cap-and-trade program, has announced a ‘new’ plan to help the GOP ‘regain its relevance,’ as the Los Angeles Times put it this week. It’s more likely to put an end to any vestige of relevance the collapsing party may still have.” (01/11/18)


Paying more at the pump will not fix California’s roads if politicians keep raiding the gas tax fund

Source: Independent Institute
by William F Shughart II & Kristian Fors

“From the beginning in 1923, the stated purpose of the gasoline tax was to build and maintain roads. The revenue, along with a ‘transportation improvement fee’ and taxes on diesel fuel, is earmarked for California’s Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program, which is equivalent to the highway trust funds of other states and the federal government. For this reason, the tax on gasoline is called a user fee. It is justified as a way of forcing drivers to pay for the wear and tear they impose on public roads. The more miles people drive, the more gasoline they burn, and the more tax revenue flows into the fund.
But the user-fee justification breaks down for drivers of electric vehicles, who do not pay gas taxes at all, and for the owners of hybrid and other highly fuel-efficient cars and trucks.” [editor’s note: It also breaks down as a massive subsidy of 18-wheelers by passenger automobile drivers, as the former put far more wear and tear on the roads in proportion to the fuel they use – TLK] (01/05/18)


CA: Customers line up for broad legal pot sales

Source: McClatchy DC Bureau

“Customers hoping to be among the first in California to purchase marijuana legally lined up early Monday, as the arrival of the new year brought with it broad legalization of cannabis, two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use. Just after midnight, some raised joints instead of champagne glasses. … The nation’s most populous state joins a growing list of other states, and the nation’s capital, where so-called recreational marijuana is permitted even though the federal government continues to classify pot as a controlled substance, like heroin and LSD. Pot is now legal in California for adults 21 and older, and individuals can grow up to six plants and possess as much as an ounce of the drug. But finding a retail outlet to buy non-medical pot in California won’t be easy, at least initially. Only about 90 businesses received state licenses to open on New Year’s Day.” (01/01/18)


CA: Legal marijuana arriving after decades of underground dealing

Source: USA Today

“A new gold rush is sweeping California as the state prepares to launch legal marijuana sales Monday, bringing the powerful and largely underground economy finally into public view. Marijuana has long been one of California’s most important cash crops, albeit one many visitors would never see amid the vineyards and avocado farms. Now, tens of thousands of entrepreneurs are rushing to carve out a slice of an about-to-be-legal market that has grass-growing cannabis evangelists colliding with out-of-state suits eager to make a now-legal buck. And there’s a lot to be made: The state’s existing marijuana black market is worth $13.5 billion, according to cannabis financial analysis firm GreenWave Advisors, while the legal market could be worth $5.1 billion in 2018.” (12/28/17)


CA: Victim shoots woman during Stockton home invasion robbery

Source: KCRA 3 News

“Two people were arrested after breaking into a home Saturday, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said. Joshua Keamohuli, 27, and Alicia Agundez, 34, were arrested on charges including assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, home invasion robbery and numerous weapon charges, deputies said. … deputies said Keamohuli and Agundez broke into a home. Deputies said a man was awakened by the pair after they demanded money and beat him with a wooden pole. The man fought back and Agundez pulled a gun, deputies said. The two began fighting over the gun and the victim was able to shoot Agundez in the leg.” (12/24/17)


CA: Brown pardons two men facing deportation

Source: The Hill

“California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Saturday reportedly pardoned two men just days before they were scheduled to be deported for crimes in the U.S. Brown granted pardons to 132 individuals, and commuted 19 prison sentences. Among those pardoned were Mony Neth and Rottanak Kong, both Cambodian men who were picked up during October immigration sweeps …. Kong was convicted in 2003 on a felony joyriding charge, while Neth was convicted on a felony weapons charge in 1995. Both served jail time.” (12/24/17)


CA: San Francisco cop being probed for sex with a minor kills self in mall parking lot

Source: New York Daily News

“A San Francisco police officer who killed himself after being pulled over by police in a neighboring city was under investigation for child sexual abuse in Las Vegas, authorities said Tuesday. Antonio Cacatian, 49, shot himself Monday afternoon after San Francisco police requested help arresting him. Police in the nearby city of Richmond, where Cacatian lived, pulled him over in a shopping mall parking lot and officers retreated to their cars when they heard a gunshot, Lt. Felix Tan said. … Cacatian was under investigation over allegations that he may have committed sexual acts with a child under the age of 14 in 2014, Las Vegas Metropolitan police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer told the San Francisco Chronicle.” (12/20/17)


SCOTUS will hear challenge to California law requiring anti-abortion groups to promote state-funded abortions

Source: KSRO News

“The Supreme Court on Monday said it will consider whether a California requirement for pregnancy centers in that state to provide information about publicly funded abortion and contraceptive services violates free-speech rights. The petitioners, which say they are ‘life-affirming pregnancy centers,’ argue that California’s Reproductive FACT ACT, ‘Forces licensed pro-life medical centers to post notices informing women how to contact the State at a particular phone number for information on how to obtain state-funded abortions, directly contradicting the centers’ pro-life message.’ And that petitioners argue is a violation of the First Amendment, both its protections of speech and of free exercise.” (11/13/17)