Tag Archives: California

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)


SCOTUS: Second Amendment doesn't apply in California, but does in Iowa

Source: USA Today

"The Supreme Court refused Monday to take on the next big battle over the Second Amendment: carrying guns in public. The justices won't hear a challenge to a California law that limits who can carry a concealed gun in public — a restriction that proponents of gun rights consider unconstitutional, but which the high court has yet to decide. In a related case, the justices also refused to hear the federal government's appeal of a lower court ruling that allowed two men with criminal records to win back [sic] their right to possess firearms despite a lifetime federal ban." (06/26/17)


CA: Brown proposes slight reduction in cannabis regulation nonsense

Source: KTLA 5 News

"Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators proposed Monday to allow medical and recreational marijuana to be sold out of the same locations. The pot industry had sought the change to cut costs and the number of operations. The co-location rule was one of dozens of new regulations contained in budget bills released Monday. They are aimed at merging regulations of medical cannabis, which the Legislature approved in 2015, and recreational marijuana, approved by voters in November." [editor's note: How about Brown and the legislators draw up a quick schedule of complete repeal of all state laws relating to cannabis? – TLK] (06/12/17)


CA: Two charged in 36 deaths in Oakland dance party fire

Source: ABC News

"The founder of a ramshackle collective who officials say illegally converted an Oakland warehouse into residences for artists and musicians saw himself as a guru and benevolent landlord trying to help people struggling to survive in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area. Instead, court documents say his reckless actions created 'a high risk of death' at the warehouse known as the Ghost Ship where 36 people died in a massive fire in December. Derick Almena, 47, and his right-hand man, Max Harris, 27, were each charged Monday with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths during an unpermitted dance party." [editor's note: If people die in fires at places with "permits" in Oakland, are the officials who issued the "permits" charged with crimes? If not, why is the absence or possession of a "permit" relevant? – TLK] (06/06/17)


CA: Cops claim teen they killed was holding a BB gun

Source: NBC 4 New York

"Officers shot and killed a teenager in the parking lot of his high school in San Diego Saturday morning after the teen called police to check on him and then allegedly pulled out a BB gun and pointed it at the officers. According to San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Acting Homicide Capt. Mike Holden, the 15-year-old boy called police asking officers to conduct a welfare check on a minor — himself — near Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) in Carmel Valley just before 3:30 a.m. …. Holden said that as the officers got out of their patrol car, the teenager pulled a gun out of his waistband 'and pointed it directly at one of the officers." (05/07/17)


California: Let's end unchecked police surveillance

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Dave Maas

"All surveillance is political. Nowhere is this more evident than on the local level when law enforcement acquires new surveillance technology. Too often, the political process advantages police over the public interest. In California, a new bill — S.B. 21 — offers the rare opportunity to shift the balance in favor of privacy. … This legislation would require that police departments, before acquiring or using new spying technology, obtain approval in advance to do so from an elected board during a public hearing. When police obtain such approval, they must also get approval of a use policy that includes privacy safeguards. The bill would require a biennial transparency report on surveillance technology …. The bill would also allow individuals to sue an agency if they’ve been harmed by a violation of the legislation." (05/02/17)


CA: Airbnb, HomeAway give in to San Francisco extortionists

Source: SFBay

"A settlement signed Monday morning in a lawsuit filed by Airbnb and HomeAway will ease the registration process for short-term rental hosts and help ensure that only those who are legally registered can list properties on the sites, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. … City law enacted in 2015 requires short-term rental owners to register with the city, obtain a business license and observe limits on the number of days a unit can be rented. It also prohibits multiple listings by the same host, requires that hosts be a permanent resident in the unit they are renting out and prohibits the use of affordable units with income restrictions for short-term rentals." (05/01/17)


CA: In dog bites man news, politicians are still appalled that they don't run every aspect of everyone's lives

Source: Washington Post

"California is trying to get control of its unruly medical marijuana industry. State regulators released draft regulations Friday intended to impose order on the loosely organized marketplace created over two decades ago. The proposal would establish the first comprehensive rules for growing, testing, transporting and selling medical pot in the state that is home to 1 in 8 Americans. Voters last year agreed to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults in 2018. The state is faced with the challenging task of trying to govern a vast, emerging cannabis industry with a projected value of $7 billion. Similar rules are being created for the recreational industry." [editor's note: How about a constitutional amendment — "the state legislature shall make no law respecting, or infringing on the freedom of Californians to engage in, the cultivation, sale or use of cannibas." Problem solved – TLK] (04/28/17)


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)