Tag Archives: California

CA: "Calexit" effort halted — but backers to try again soon

Source: Sacramento Bee

"Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to make California its own country have halted signature-gathering efforts, yet intend to try again in the coming weeks with a retooled proposal and campaign to qualify for next year’s ballot. A pair of leaders of the Yes California effort said Monday they were pulling the plug on the so-called Calexit proposal. The decision follows months of negative publicity surrounding the whereabouts and motivations of Louis J. Marinelli, a leader of the campaign who currently lives in Russia. Organizers said they want to make a clean break from any push tainted by perceived links to Russian leader Vladimir Putin." (04/17/17)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article145095209.html

CA: Cop caught on video taking down, beating alleged jaywalker

Source: CBS News

"A Sacramento police officer has been placed on administrative leave after throwing a pedestrian to the ground and striking him in the face multiple times in an incident captured on video, CBS San Francisco reports. … According to police, the officer attempted to stop the man '“who was observed crossing the street unlawfully. … The officer then got out of his patrol car and tried to detain him, but the subject walked away.' Police say 'the pedestrian began removing his jacket, challenging the officer to fight. The officer charged at the pedestrian to take him into custody. For an unknown reason, the officer threw the pedestrian to the ground and began striking him in the face with his hand multiple times. Within a few moments, additional officers arrived to assist in handcuffing the suspect.' According to police, the beating victim was held in the Sacramento Main Jail and released Tuesday morning due to 'insufficient grounds to file a complaint.'" (04/12/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sacramento-cop-caught-on-video-taking-down-beating-alleged-jaywalker/

CA: Law enforcement, grower lobbies whine about marijuana regulation relaxation

Source: Albany Times Union

"California law enforcement officials objected Wednesday to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed streamlining of the state's marijuana regulations, saying his plan could endanger public safety. Brown's administration released documents late Tuesday outlining proposed changes to square the state's new recreational pot law with its longstanding law on medical marijuana. But the California Police Chiefs Association representing all of the state's municipal police forces said the governor's proposal could turn traditionally small marijuana businesses into much larger ones controlling the entire supply chain from growing operations to retail sales." (04/05/17)

http://www.timesunion.com/news/crime/article/California-moves-to-unite-conflicting-cannabis-11051020.php

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/