Tag Archives: California

CA: San Diego pols to consider "allowing" marijuana cultivation/sale

Source: Los Angeles Times

"San Diego on Monday may join a small group of California cities willing to allow a local marijuana supply chain to sell the drug to both medical and recreational customers. The City Council is scheduled to consider a proposal to legalize local cultivation, manufacturing and testing of marijuana and related byproducts like edibles when new state laws take effect in January. … It’s not clear whether a majority of San Diego’s politically divided nine-member council will support allowing cultivation, manufacturing and testing. The panel’s five Democrats have shown more enthusiasm than the four Republicans." [editor's note: In what universe is it any of their business what people grow, sell and consume? – TLK] (09/09/17)


Here come more tax increases!

Source: The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut

"The California Supreme Court this week issued a stunning blow to California’s taxpayers with a convoluted ruling that lets local governments collude with public-employee unions to raise certain taxes without a supermajority vote. Californians already must deal with a state government that views tax hikes as the solution to every problem. They will soon see the same approach dominate at the municipal level, as well. If conservative groups don’t respond with an initiative to overturn the ruling, this could be the beginning of the end of longstanding property-tax protections first enacted with 1978’s tax-limiting Proposition 13 and 1996’s Proposition 218. Ironically, two of the court’s most liberal members — both appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, and one a former Obama administration official — were the only justices to see the dangerous ramifications here." (08/31/17)


CA: Masked [alleged] anarchists violently rout right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"An army of [alleged] anarchists in black clothing and masks routed a small group of right-wing demonstrators who had gathered in a Berkeley park Sunday to rail against the city’s famed progressive politics, driving them out — sometimes violently — while overwhelming a huge contingent of police officers. Hundreds of officers tried to maintain calm in and around Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park before the 1 p.m. 'No to Marxism in Berkeley' rally …. But once again, counterdemonstrators frustrated efforts by police, who numbered about 400. As the crowd swelled to several times that size, officers stepped aside and allowed hundreds of people angered by the presence of the right-wing rally to climb over the barriers into the park, said Officer Jennifer Coats, a spokeswoman for Berkeley police." (08/27/17)


CA: Border patrol thugs abduct 30 after discovering tunnel

Source: New York Daily News

"Border Patrol agents arrested 30 immigrants suspected of crossing a Southern California border Saturday through an underground tunnel, federal authorities said. Officers found a crude opening and a ladder inside the tunnel north from the Otay Mesa border entrance shortly after 1 a.m., U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement. Authorities took 23 Chinese citizens and seven Mexicans into custody for questioning. Some of the immigrants tried getting back into the tunnel, but it’s unknown if anyone made it back to Mexico, a CBP spokesman told The San Diego Union-Tribune." (08/27/17)


CA: Anti-immigration group dwarfed by conterprotesters at beach

Source: US News & World Report

"A small group of people demonstrating against illegal [sic] immigration in Laguna Beach were outnumbered on Sunday by hundreds of counterprotesters who gathered on the same stretch of sand to denounce racism in the coastal California city. The group America First! said it wanted to focus attention on what it says are victims of DUI crashes and gang-related crimes committed by people living illegally [sic] in the U.S. Organizer Johnny Benitez said the group also wanted to protest 'cheap labor' from those here illegally [sic]. … Police officers, some on horseback, separated the groups as business carried on in the picturesque city of about 23,000 people. A short distance away, beachgoers gathered for a drum circle and a plane flew overhead pulling a banner that said 'Hate is beneath us.' Police said there were no significant incidents as officers continued to monitor the crowd Sunday evening." (08/21/17)


CA: Organization files initiative to end "Top Two," restore semi-closed primaries

Source: Ballot Access News

"On August 11, Thomas E. Palzer and his organization Foundation to Stop Top Two filed a proposed constitutional initiative with the California Attorney General. … It would return California to the system used between 2001 and 2010. Parties would again have their own nominees and their own primary ballots. Each party would decide for itself whether to let independent voters vote in its primaries." (08/16/17)


CA: Wealthy San Francisco residents lose private street over tax bill

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"Residents of an illustrious San Francisco private street where homes sell for millions have had the street itself bought from under them. Presidio Terrace is now owned by two investors, Tina Lam and Michael Cheng, who snapped up the private road for about $90,000 (£69,039, €76,203). The street — parking, pathways and all — was sold by the city over a $14-a-year tax which went unpaid for decades. Wealthy residents say they knew nothing about the sale until it was done The result is that residents no longer own the road, pavements, trees, or any of the common land — and might have to pay its new owners for parking." (08/08/17)


CA: Video of road pirate pointing gun at victim draws mixed reactions

Source: United Press International

"Video of a California police officer pointing a gun at a passenger for nine minutes during a traffic stop has gone viral, leading some to criticize the officer's tactics. The video, taken in Campbell, Calif., in July, and posted to Facebook by a person who goes by the name of 'Feo Mas,' shows the officer with his gun pointed at the passenger, who repeatedly asks the officer to lower the weapon. 'Why are you still pointing the gun at me, bro?' the man says. 'My hands are right here.' The man's hands are visible, on his lap or in the air, throughout the video." (08/07/17)


California's very expensive free lunch

Source: Palm Beach Free Press
by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.

"California’s state senate’s unipartisan passing of a sweeping single-payer health care bill, the Healthy California Act, has drawn attention to single payer as a solution to the decaying Affordable Care Act. The ACA decreased competition and plan availability in health insurance and leaves patients holding the bag of unaffordable premiums, deductibles, and copays. It’s no surprise that a majority of state residents polled were in favor of universal, government-run health care — as long as it doesn’t raise their taxes. But as the fanfare died down, pragmatists in the state assembly put the bill on hold as 'woefully incomplete.' The unrealistic bill provides that every California resident, regardless of age, employment, or immigration status, would be eligible for coverage with no premiums, copayments, or deductibles." (06/28/17)


CA: 111 ended their lives with doctor-prescribed meds in first year of aid-in-dying law

Source: Sacramento Bee

"On Tuesday, in its first-ever mandated statistical report on California’s aid-in-dying law, the state Department of Public Health cataloged illnesses, ages and other data, but it began with a total: 111 terminally ill adults took doctor-prescribed drugs last year to end their lives. … The majority, or 58.6 percent, of those who sought the drugs suffered from cancer, 18 percent had a neuromuscular disorder such as ALS and Parkinson’s, and others had heart disease and respiratory diseases. The median age of people using the new law was 73, with 42 percent age 80 and over." (06/28/17)