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Feinstein’s Lost Clout Over Kavanaugh, Now Powerless on Judicial Appointments in Senate

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For decades Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein of California has had powerful and even unusual influence on judiciary nominations in California for District Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and even appointments of US attorneys across the state.

Yet a recent action by the Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee and a Senate vote on fifteen new nominees, makes it clear that Feinstein has totally and completely lost her ability to influence judicial appointments in the state, and it is all because of her shabby performance in the nomination, and attempt to delay the nomination, of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, coupled with a touch of betrayal from her own party leader in the Senate.

Under Democratic Presidents Clinton and Obama, Feinstein always had an important role in who was ultimately appointed to a Federal judiciary position in California. As a California Senator and top ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Feinstein was able to wield the mighty “blue slip,” a Senate custom, which gave her a practical veto on many Presidential nominations in the state. Even when Republican George W. Bush was President, Feinstein took on an outsized power to review, reject and approve Bush appointees in California, even before they got to the Senate floor, through a controversial judicial “commission” setup up during Bush’s term.  The result was Bush was forced to compromise again and again on California judicial appointments, and was only able to appoint and confirm a handful of solidly conservative judges in California during his eight years as President.

The power Feinstein had on these appointments for three decades has surely helped make the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unquestionably the most liberal circuit court in the nation. Up until last week, only six of twenty-nine appointees on that Court were Republicans. Yet now, Feinstein’s reign in liberalizing California Federal appointments is over. And it appears the Senator Democratic leader Chuck Schumer may have helped Senate Republicans to cut Feinstein’s influence as well.

This is because last week, after the Kavanaugh confirmation was behind them, the Senate quietly confirmed fifteen additional Trump Administration judicial appointments, including Republican Ryan Nelson to the Ninth Circuit. Further, last week the Judiciary Committee approved two more Trump Administration Ninth Circuit nominees, (one of whom, Patrick Bumatay, is not only a Republican, but will be the first openly gay judge to ever serve on the Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco) who will surely be confirmed by the full Senate after the November election. All three of these nominees were actively opposed by Feinstein and subject to her “blue slip” opposition. Schumer made a deal with Senate Republicans, despite Feinstein’s opposition, and according to news reports, what he got were two lower court nominees for East Coast courts who had been initially appointed by Obama but never confirmed. Thirteen out of fifteen was a pretty good deal for Senate Republicans to get quick approval now, and in the coming “lame duck” Senate, such a deal won’t be necessary because of Republican control. Thus, we can expect three new Republican members on the Ninth Circuit by the end of this year, all over Feinstein’s now powerless objections.

Feinstein had tried to make a last minute offer to the Trump Administration by publicly stating last week she would agree to seating Orange County Superior Court Judge and former Clinton-impeachment House Manager Jim Rogan to the Ninth Circuit, in return for also seating Nancy Koh, a Bay Area district court judge who had been nominated by Obama for the Ninth Circuit but whose nomination stalled in the Republican Senate. It appears that Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration didn’t think Rogan, a favorite of former “Never Trump” Republicans in California, or making a deal with Feinstein, who had held back Christy Blasey Ford’s letter against Brett Kavanaugh until the last minute and which was disclosed without Ford’s approval, was worth it. The result is that Feinstein was totally and completely cut out of the recent successful action moving three new Republicans forward to help remake the liberal Ninth Circuit, and that Feinstein was undercut by her own Senate leader in that process. Senate Republicans are still fuming over Feinstein’s role in attempting to derail that Kavanaugh confirmation, and their recent actions prove it. With Republicans looking to continue and perhaps even increase their control of the Senate as a result of the upcoming midterm elections, Ranking Member Feinstein’s influence on the Federal judiciary nationwide and especially in California appear deader than a doornail.

Time to hit the pause button on high-speed rail

High speed rail constructionJerry Brown did not invent the idea of a high-speed rail system to connect Northern and Southern California.

It was voted on by the state Legislature and ratified by voters years before he returned to the governor’s office in 2011. But for the last eight years, as cost estimates have skyrocketed and federal and private sector funding for the project has evaporated, Brown has become high-speed rail’s most persistent defender.

Only weeks away from the election to replace him, neither candidate for governor appears to share the depth of Brown’s commitment to a statewide rail system.

Fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom only talks about it under duress, and has indicated that he would adopt a much more gradual and incremental approach. Republican John Cox wants to scrap it altogether. Polling shows that public support has dropped considerably since Californians voted to authorize the project 10 years ago. …

Click here to read the full article from the Sacramento Bee

Bay Area exodus: Here are the companies that have moved headquarters or opened offices out of California

Families and businesses are leaving the bay Area—too much crime, taxes, high cost of living, gridlock on the freeways and educational systems used as indoctrination centers—even Leftists tech people want their kids to get a real education.

“The list of companies expanding elsewhere, or actually moving their Bay Area headquarters out of state, reads like a growing casualty count as the region’s business and civic leaders grapple with these quality-of-life issues. Depomed, Bare Escentuals, Jamba Juice, Krave Jerky and Bechtel are all relocating their headquarters while Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW), Lyft, New Relic (NYSE: NEWR) and Slack, just to name a few, are expanding beyond the Bay.

On Tuesday, Oakland-based startup Localwise said it will soon move its headquarters to Denver, where it plans to hire 50 people next year. The company has eight employees in Oakland.

“The big thing was quality of life,” Localwise co-founder and CEO Ben Hamlin told the Denver Business Journal, a sister publication to the San Francisco Business Times. “It’s never easy to ask people in the company to relocate, but it definitely helps when it’s a place where people really want to go. Our team members prefer to live in Denver versus Oakland.”

Why would you want your kids to go to school trying not to be a crime victim, stepping in human feces or forced to learn how to hate in a government school?

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Bay Area exodus: Here are the companies that have moved headquarters or opened offices out of California

By Mark Calvey, San Francisco Business Times, 10/9/18

 

Every week brings news of yet another Bay Area company that plans to move its headquarters out of the region — essentially saying enough is enough.

Enough with drug-users shooting up across from Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. Enough with walking by someone defecating in the street in the city’s Financial District, enough with avoiding confrontations with the homeless who appear mentally ill.

Those quality of life issues are on top of the escalating housing costs, growing traffic congestion and higher taxes that are likely to only get worse as President Trump’s tax overhaul means many of the Bay Area’s most successful residents will be paying more to the IRS.

The list of companies expanding elsewhere, or actually moving their Bay Area headquarters out of state, reads like a growing casualty count as the region’s business and civic leaders grapple with these quality-of-life issues. Depomed, Bare Escentuals, Jamba Juice, Krave Jerky and Bechtel are all relocating their headquarters while Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW), Lyft, New Relic (NYSE: NEWR) and Slack, just to name a few, are expanding beyond the Bay.

On Tuesday, Oakland-based startup Localwise said it will soon move its headquarters to Denver, where it plans to hire 50 people next year. The company has eight employees in Oakland.

“The big thing was quality of life,” Localwise co-founder and CEO Ben Hamlin told the Denver Business Journal, a sister publication to the San Francisco Business Times. “It’s never easy to ask people in the company to relocate, but it definitely helps when it’s a place where people really want to go. Our team members prefer to live in Denver versus Oakland.”

The rising costs of doing business in the Bay Area are also raising concerns among entrepreneurs and venture capitalists that the region’s reputation for risk-taking on promising startups could suffer.

“I believe the early-stage-startup ecosystem is at risk in Silicon Valley,” said Naveen Jain, co-founder of cryptocurrency startup Tari and a life-long Bay Area resident who moved to Nashville over the summer. “The goal for any early stage startup is not to die before you are able to find product-market fit and scale to a point where you are sustainable or able to raise money. This is becoming harder and harder to do in Silicon Valley.”

The Bay Area is also seeing large companies moving their headquarters out of the region. The states trying to attract the headquarters of California companies are becoming more aggressive. Tennessee is moving more squarely onto the list of states with no individual income tax when it eventually eliminates an income tax on interest and dividends above a certain threshold. That tax will be eliminated altogether in 2021, placing Tennessee on more equal footing with Texas, Florida and the handful of other states with no individual state income tax.

Back in Texas, the Dallas Business Journal is hosting a seminar next month for those wanting to join the 75 companies from around the country that have moved their headquarters to Dallas-Fort Worth in the last seven years. “Nearly as many regional offices have done the same,” the newspaper says in asking, “Ready to relocate?”

One recent victory for Dallas was San Francisco-based Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., (NASDAQ: CORE) a Fortune 500 company moving its headquarters to that Texas city in 2019.

Core-Mark President and CEO Scott McPherson said the central location, favorable operating costs and lower taxes in Dallas were big draws.

“It’s getting us in a much better position as a nationwide company to service our customers to be in a market that is, I’d say, employee friendly with a really high quality of life,” McPherson said.

 

Newsom CAUGHT Lying about Choo choo to Nowhere

This is what he says about building the choo choo to nowhere, “Newsom will concentrate on completing a high-speed rail line from the San Joaquin Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. The southern half of the ambitious project, from the valley into Los Angeles, will be delayed until the initial line proves to be financially feasible and can attract more money from taxpayers or private investors…

He’s optimistic that the line from the San Joaquin Valley to Silicon Valley can be built. That would allow tech workers to live affordably in Merced or Modesto and commute to well-paying jobs near San Jose.

Here are the facts—not a SINGLE government transportation system pays for itself—at the very best, 20% of the operating costs come from the fare box—the rest is subsidized by the taxpayers.  So, if he is waiting for the train to be finished when it is financially feasible, it can never be built.  Even the current scam is totally financed by the taxpayers—after almost twenty years not a dime has come from private investors.  Gavin News is using the train to pay off unions and crony capitalists—lets be honest, this is how corruption operates in California.

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Gavin Newsom’s bullet train to nowhere

John Sexton,  HotAir,  10/13/18

 

Gavin Newsom is the Democratic candidate for Governor of California who is widely expected to win next month thanks to the state’s overwhelming blue tilt. This week Newsom was asked about his plans for California’s bullet train project and he said he would settle for building half of it as a way to rescue the project that is already way over budget. From the LA Times:

Newsom will concentrate on completing a high-speed rail line from the San Joaquin Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. The southern half of the ambitious project, from the valley into Los Angeles, will be delayed until the initial line proves to be financially feasible and can attract more money from taxpayers or private investors…

He’s optimistic that the line from the San Joaquin Valley to Silicon Valley can be built. That would allow tech workers to live affordably in Merced or Modesto and commute to well-paying jobs near San Jose.

“It’s not a train to nowhere,” Newsom said. “It’s insulting to suggest the Central Valley is nowhere. This is an economic development project, connecting the fastest growing and most dynamic economic regions in the country. That project is achievable and realistic.

“The second phase [boring through the Tehachapi Mountains to Los Angeles] is an open-ended question.”

It’s not hard to see why Newsom is looking to cut back the scale of the project. Here’s a summary from a previous LA Times story.

In 2008, voters approved what was supposed to be a $33-billion railroad completed by 2020. Today — and check back tomorrow, because these numbers could change — the cost has exploded to an estimated $77 billion and the current completion date estimate is 2033.

Of the three funding sources, state money isn’t nearly adequate, federal money is no guarantee and private investment is nonexistent.

Hundreds of lawsuits over environmental concerns and the rail authority’s condemnations have jammed court dockets for years.

So what do you do when the cost of your rail project more than doubles? Newsom’s plan is to cut the project in half. Here’s a map of what we’re talking about:

The original plan was to create a bullet train that would connect the San Francisco/San Joe area in northern California to Los Angeles in southern California with stops along the way in the central valley. The new plan, if Newsom has his way, is just to build the northern part of the rail line from Fresno up to San Francisco and worry about the rest later or, more likely, not at all.

The problem with this plan should be obvious. If your goal was to connect California’s two population centers with quick, efficient high-speed rail, building half a train doesn’t get the job done. In fact, Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum called it “insane.”

He’s going to build a 150-mile HSR from Fresno to San Francisco? That’s insane. It’s about a 2-3 hour drive and it’s not exactly a congested route: Fresno has a population of only 500,000 and it’s hardly a hotbed of commuter service to the Bay Area. There are a grand total of four daily flights to San Francisco and none to San Jose. Modesto and Stockton add another 500,000 potential riders to HSR-North, but they’re literally only an hour from the Bay Area. This is going to be a ghost train.

Drum concludes, “It either goes from LA to San Francisco or it goes nowhere. In this case, building half a bullet train is like building half a skyscraper: it’s worse than building nothing at all.” James Moore, director of USC’s Transportation Engineering program, told the LA Times, “I can’t see any particular scenario in which we should continue to pour money down this rathole.” Maybe the fact that this is a big waste is dawning on people but, so far, it’s not dawning on the man likely to be our next governor.

For the record, I’ve ridden on the bullet train in Japan and it’s amazing technology. I’d love to see something like that built here but not at a cost of $77 billion for a train that will be significantly slower than air travel (because of all the stops) and not significantly cheaper. That just doesn’t make much sense. And building half of that system out into the middle of the state makes even less sense. It would actually make more sense to build something like this in southern California connecting LA to San Diego. If that trip (which takes about 90 minutes by car on the crowded 405 freeway) could be reduced to 30 minutes at a reasonable price, people on both ends of the line would buy tickets. By contrast, a bullet train to Fresno just sounds like a bad joke.

 

Jail Time Stripped Out of Nation’s Most Controversial Straw Ban

Great news for the restaurant owners and customers in Santa Barbara—you will NOT go to jail if you want a plastic straw or are given  one.  This also means you can still bring your own plastic straws without punishment.

How bad is the totalitarian city fo Santa Barbara?  They had a jail erm for giving a plastic straw in the original ordinance.  At this time it is out.  As for me—I have my own plastic straws and will tell a restaurant that I demand them to give me a plastic straw.  How about you?

“After several months of delays and amendments, the Santa Barbara City Council is back to banning straws. The new legislation would prohibit more plastic items but impose lesser penalities than the original ban proposed in July.

On Tuesday, the council voted 6–1 to reintroduce a bill prohibiting all food and beverage providers from providing customers with plastic straws or stirrers. Restaurateurs would also be barred from giving out plastic cutlery unless a customer specifically requests it.

You read that right—you will not get plastic knives, spoons or forks in this silly town.  Guess I will have to bring my own—or eat in a real town, not a made for TV horror story town.

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Jail Time Stripped Out of Nation’s Most Controversial Straw Ban

Santa Barbara’s new proposal would fine repeat violators up to $250 for handing out prohibited plastic straws and stirrers.

Christian Britschgi, Reason,  10/12/18

 

After several months of delays and amendments, the Santa Barbara City Council is back to banning straws. The new legislation would prohibit more plastic items but impose lesser penalities than the original ban proposed in July.

On Tuesday, the council voted 6–1 to reintroduce a bill prohibiting all food and beverage providers from providing customers with plastic straws or stirrers. Restaurateurs would also be barred from giving out plastic cutlery unless a customer specifically requests it.

Violators of the would be given a warning for a first-time offence, after which they could be subject to administrative fines of $100 to $250 per straw or stirrer. Harsh though that sounds, it is actually less strict that the initial legislation. Under the first version of the bill, repeat offenses would be treated as a code violation and thus a misdemeanor, opening up restaurateurs to potential criminal sanctions of $1,000 in fines and six months in jail.

Santa Barbara’s straw ban attracted national attention when it was first considered, with everyone from the San Francisco Chronicle and Fox News to Donald Trump Jr. highlighting the severe nature of the sanctions. In an attempt to quell the controversy, city officials insisted that the criminal penalties were boilerplate language and would be employed only in the most extreme instances of providing people with straws.

Assistant City Attorney Scot Vincent told Reason in July that criminal charges would only be pursued after multiple violations and if there were aggravating circumstances. Bryan Latchford, Santa Barbara’s outreach coordinator for environmental services, took the same line, saying that “the intention was never to issue fines or jail time.”

Nevertheless, when the bill was kicked back to committee—so that plastic stirrers could added to the list of prohibited items—Santa Barbara officials also decided to strip out any potential for jail time. At the time, City Attorney Ariel Calonne argued for keeping criminal penalties for major violators. “The point I tried to make was we don’t know whether we’re going to be dealing with an innocent vendor who gives out one straw, or we’re going to have Lime Bikes dumping 10,000 straws,” said Calonne at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Calonne’s suggestion fell on deaf ears. The new bill says plainly that the ban “shall not be criminally enforceable.” More explicit protections for the disabled community were also included, making clear that food and beverage providers can still give out plastic straws on an on-demand basis for those who have difficulty drinking without them.

Disability activists still came out against the ban, arguing that it would deter restaurants from keeping straws on hand even for people who need them.

“It is our concern that food and beverage providers will just simply stop buying straws, and will therefore not have them available for individuals with disabilities when requested,” said Dani Anderson, executive director of Santa Barbara’s Independent Living Resource Center, at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Anderson recommended amending the bill to penalize businesses that did not keep straws on hand.

The lone elected official opposing the straw ban was Councilman Randy Rowse, who, while stressing that “no one on either side of the argument thinks that straws are a good thing,” argued that the amended straw ban was confusing and a waste of city resources.

“We’ve complicated things. We’ve complicated to the point of where we’ve used an amazing amount, an embarrassing amount of staff time and resources,” said Rowse during Tuesday’s hearing. “Today, after all the readings, after all we’ve come back to, we’re still asking questions. The disabled community has some serious questions.”

Rowse argued for a voluntary approach to cutting back on straws, but was ultimately overruled by proponents who saw in their straw ban bill an opportunity to change the world.

“The more we connect the dots from straws, to food waste, to transportation, the easier it will be for people to make the necessary changes,” said Kathi King of Santa Barbara’s Community Environmental Council.

“The straw is unique, and it is symbolic in many instances,” said Councilman Eric Friedman, saying he hoped other communities would follow his city’s example. “We are Santa Barbara, we pride ourselves on our legacy of environmental stewardship and policy, and when we act, others listen.”

Tuesday’s meeting introduced the amended straw ban for consideration, but the city council will have to vote again to officially adopt it. If passed, it will go into effect in July 2019.

 

United Nations Wants $240 a Gallon Gas Tax—Not Joke or Typo

How sick is the United Nations?  One of its agencies is demanding that we add a $240 a gallon tax on gas.  That means a fill-up of you 15 gallon tank would cost approximately $3000.  In other words, the United Nations wants to put the civilized world back into the stone age.  Need another reason to leave the UN?  We can afford its corruption, violence or hate of freedom and successful people.

“A United Nations special climate report suggests a tax on carbon dioxide emissions would need to be as high as $27,000 per ton at the end of the century to effectively limit global warming.

For Americans, that’s the same as a $240 per gallon tax on gasoline in the year 2100, should such a recommendation be adopted. In 2030, the report says a carbon tax would need to be as high as $5,500 — that’s equivalent to a $49 per gallon gas tax.”

It is time to end our financing of this hate freedom/hate American organization.  Without us, it collapses.  New York has a serious housing shortage and homeless problem—turn the building into a homeless shelter—at least it would be doing some good for a few people.

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A $240 Per Gallon Gas Tax To Fight Global Warming? New UN Report Suggests Carbon Pricing

Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller,  10/12/18

 

  • A new U.N. report suggests a $240 per gallon gas tax equivalent is needed to fight global warming.
  • The U.N. says a carbon tax would need to be as high as $27,000 per ton in the year 2100.
  • If you think that’s unlikely to ever happen, you’re probably right.

A United Nations special climate report suggests a tax on carbon dioxide emissions would need to be as high as $27,000 per ton at the end of the century to effectively limit global warming.

For Americans, that’s the same as a $240 per gallon tax on gasoline in the year 2100, should such a recommendation be adopted. In 2030, the report says a carbon tax would need to be as high as $5,500 — that’s equivalent to a $49 per gallon gas tax.

If you think that’s an unlikely scenario, you’re probably not wrong. However, it’s what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report, released Sunday night, sees as a policy option for reducing emissions enough to keep projected warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The IPCC’s report is meant to galvanize political support for doubling down on the Paris climate accord ahead of a U.N. climate summit scheduled for December. The report calls for societal changes that are “unprecedented in terms of scale” in order to limit future global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the stretch goal of the Paris accord.

However, the costs of meeting that goal are high based on the IPCC’s own figures. (RELATED: Here’s What The Media Won’t Tell You About The U.N.’s New Climate Report)

In order to effectively keep future warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the IPCC says carbon taxes would need to range from $135 to $5,500 per ton in 2030, $245 to $13,000 per ton in 2050, $420 to $17,000 per ton in 2070 and $690 to $27,000 per ton in 2100.

To meet the goals of the Paris accord, which seeks to limit future warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, the IPCC says carbon taxes would have range between $10 and $200 in 2030 and $160 and $2,125 in 2100.

That’s equivalent to a gas tax as high as $1.70 per gallon in 2030 to nearly $19 per gallon at the end of the century. That’s less onerous than limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but still no walk in the park.

California and many European countries have policies to price carbon dioxide emissions and mandate green energy, including cap-and-trade systems and carbon taxes. But carbon prices under those systems are nowhere near where the IPCC says they need to be.

The IPCC said the “price of carbon would need to increase significantly when a higher level of stringency is pursued.” However, the group’s report tacitly acknowledges the unlikelihood that governments will enact astronomical taxes on energy.

“While the price of carbon is central to prompt mitigation pathways compatible with 1.5 [degree Celsius]-consistent pathways, a complementary mix of stringent policies is required,” reads the IPCC’s report.

In the U.S., Republican lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a resolution opposed to carbon taxes in July. Democrats called for a price on carbon dioxide in their 2016 party platform, but they haven’t made much effort on that front since the failure of cap-and-trade legislation in 2010.

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida introduced carbon tax legislation shortly after all but five of his GOP colleagues in the House voted to oppose such a bill. Curbelo’s bill would tax carbon dioxide at $23 a ton — nowhere near what the IPCC calls for.

However, the IPCC suggested a lower carbon tax could be used in conjunction with command and control policies, like regulations and bans on coal plants, could achieve “generate a 1.5˚C pathway for the U.S. electric sector.”

But that point only serves to undermine Curbelo’s bill, which would put a moratorium on some environmental regulations and possibly eliminate some if emissions goals are reached.

The IPCC noted the “literature indicates that the pricing of emissions is relevant but needs to be complemented with other policies to drive the required changes in line with 1.5°C-consistent cost-effective pathways.”

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Buzz over Bay Area exodus likely to intensify in 2019 as higher tax bills arrive

Great news for Texas—the California legislature and Governor have put into place the highest taxes in the nation, along with the worst freeways, highest cost of living, failed government education and a legislature in 2019 that is even worse.  It is almost as if the Texas Chamber of Commerce were financing the California Democrat Party—to make sure the best and brightest leave our State.

“One of the biggest Bay Area losses for 2019 will be Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. (NASDAQ: CORE), which will move to Dallas-Fort Worth next year. The Fortune 500 company is the second-largest distributor to the nation’s convenience store industry, with 100 of its 9,000 employees working at the corporate headquarters.

“While San Francisco is our long-time home, the business has expanded dramatically over the years,” said Scott McPherson, president and CEO of Core-Mark. “Being closer to our customers and more central to our divisions will create cost and logistical efficiency for us.”

Some expect the corporate relocations out of the Bay Area to escalate in 2019 as the region’s senior executives find themselves paying higher taxes following Trump’s tax overhaul that limits the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes to just $10,000.

Who is to blame?  Brown and his Democrat buddies—they created the economic conditions forcing productive people to leave the former Golden State.  Will the November 6 election results start the roll back of economic disaster for the State?

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Buzz over Bay Area exodus likely to intensify in 2019 as higher tax bills arrive

By Mark Calvey,, San Francisco Business Times,   10/13/18

Companies large and small have captured headlines with expansions or headquarters relocations out of the Bay Area, but a growing number of startups say 2019 is when they’ll actually pack up and leave the region.

The Golden State has lost its shine for some individuals and companies, triggering debates in the Bay Area’s business community on whether an exodus is actually underway, and if so, how broad is the out-migration.

The Bay Area Council business advocacy group takes issue with talk of an exodus, while others are too busy trying to keep track of the dearly departed.

One of the biggest Bay Area losses for 2019 will be Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. (NASDAQ: CORE), which will move to Dallas-Fort Worth next year. The Fortune 500 company is the second-largest distributor to the nation’s convenience store industry, with 100 of its 9,000 employees working at the corporate headquarters.

“While San Francisco is our long-time home, the business has expanded dramatically over the years,” said Scott McPherson, president and CEO of Core-Mark. “Being closer to our customers and more central to our divisions will create cost and logistical efficiency for us.”

Some expect the corporate relocations out of the Bay Area to escalate in 2019 as the region’s senior executives find themselves paying higher taxes following Trump’s tax overhaul that limits the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes to just $10,000.

The California Association of Realtors this week described “the substantial surge in homebuyers fleeing the state,” which has prompted some enterprising Bay Area real estate firms to create services to help residents leave.

Yesteryear’s strategy of luring a business owner to build a factory and hire locally is a distant memory. Today, companies set up shop where talent wants to live. Just look at Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) national search for a second headquarters, driven by a search for a city where the talent lives or will move to based on a city’s urban amenities, cost of living and other factors.

So it was no surprise this week when Oakland-based jobs site Localwise said it was soon heading to Denver. In discussing the move and big expansion plans for 2019, founder Ben Hamlin said: “The big thing was quality of life. It’s never an easy task to ask people in the company to relocate, but it definitely helps when it’s a place where people really want to go. Our team members prefer to live in Denver versus Oakland.”

Unfortunately, the Bay Area’s high housing costs, traffic congestion and rising cost of living aren’t challenges that will be resolved in the short-term.

Among the companies that have already told the San Francisco Business Times that they’re moving out of the Bay Area in 2019 is Varo Money. Varo, founded in 2015, plans to move its headquarters to the Salt Lake City area when it opens the nation’s first all-mobile national bank, Varo Bank, most likely next summer.

“Salt Lake City is a more sustainable place to do business,” Colin Walsh, co-founder and CEO of Varo Money, said last year in discussing with the Business Times why the company’s headquarters was heading to Utah.

The fintech will continue operating an “important office” in San Francisco, Walsh said, echoing what other startups have said about maintaining a Bay Area presence.

Last year, San Francisco-based Automattic, which is the company behind WordPress.com and other sites, took the unusual step of shuttering its office and having everyone work from home. That’s become a key selling point in the company’s recruiting pitch: “Automattic is a place like no other: our fast-growing team of 650-plus works from home — or any other location they choose — in one of 59 countries.”

Apparently the pitch is working. Elsewhere on the company’s website, the startup touts that it now has about 800 employees in 69 countries, speaking 84 different languages.

Others are opening offices outside the Bay Area. Bill.com CEO René Lacerte said his Palo Alto-based fintech plans to establish offices around the country in the year ahead to hire in those markets. He said it’s too soon to disclose those locations.

Leaders at some of the Bay Area’s most promising startups talk in furtive whispers about their plans to open offices in other parts of the country, but quickly add that they’re not ready to talk about it publicly, at least not yet. Maybe they’ll have more to say in 2019.

 

Even in California, Electric Vehicle Sales Are Meager. So Here Comes a New Campaign …

If it weren’t for your tax dollars the electric vehicle sales in California would be almost nothing.  Imagine Henry Ford going to Washington or Sacramento and telling the politicians how important cars will be to the future of the nation.  He then demands the government, taxpayers, subsidize the purchase of his cars—for “the good of the nation”.  Ever happened—but we bought cars anyway.

“Electric cars have been on the market for some time now but surveys show that even in California adoption has been slow.

A new initiative called Veloz, however, hopes to change that with a multimillion dollar public awareness campaign announced Wednesday.

Auto giants are teaming up with California officials and local power utilities to launch the nonprofit, whose mission is to accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles in the state.

Currently California has about 350,000 electric vehicles on its roads, according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. While the rate of electric vehicle adoption significantly outpaces other states, California still has far to go to reach Gov. Brown’s mandated goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.”

Add to this the 72 cent a gallon tax on gas that starts on January 1, 2020, and you understand why California is forcing the productive and the middle class out of State—we can no longer afford the totalitarian State of California.  Can you?

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Even in California, Electric Vehicle Sales Are Meager. So Here Comes a New Campaign

Amel Ahmed,  KQED,  10/10/18

Electric cars have been on the market for some time now but surveys show that even in California adoption has been slow.

A new initiative called Veloz, however, hopes to change that with a multimillion dollar public awareness campaign announced Wednesday.

Auto giants are teaming up with California officials and local power utilities to launch the nonprofit, whose mission is to accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles in the state.

Currently California has about 350,000 electric vehicles on its roads, according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. While the rate of electric vehicle adoption significantly outpaces other states, California still has far to go to reach Gov. Brown’s mandated goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.

The Veloz membership includes 35-plus organizations, all with a stake in the transportation sector, including General Motors, Southern California Edison and the California Air Resources Board.

“We’re seeing the effects of climate change in California here today,” Ron Nichols, president of Southern California Edison, said during Wednesday’s press call.

“We’ve seen droughts and wildfires intensifying, and that’s one of the many reasons that electrifying transport, we believe, is imperative to addressing the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”

Veloz’ mission is to “create a movement,” says Executive Director Josh Boone.

The biggest impediment to electrifying transportation has been the lag between public perception and the pace of developments, according to Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board.

“Clearly the lack of awareness is a critical hurdle that we have had to overcome early on, despite  . . .  costs coming down, number of models increasing, number of charging stations out there,” she said on Wednesday. “We have to show the public that these things are available.”

Nichols described the campaign as the “largest multistake holder, multimillion-dollar campaign” for electric vehicles in North America.

The group has a nearly $4 million budget, with half that amount coming from Electrify America, a public awareness initiative launched by Volkswagen as part of a legal settlement related to cheating on emissions tests for its diesel vehicles.

The group’s first set of ads, dubbed “opposites attract,” will feature a cheeky take from “unusual spokespeople” promoting electric cars, according to Boone.

The new initiative follows a similar campaign launched in May in multiple states on the east coast dubbed “Drive Change. Drive Electric.” 

Veloz plans on raising additional funds for future campaigns.

 

VIDEO: Republican Justin Fareed’s Campaign Canvasser Allegedly Chased, Assaulted

Democrats are bullies.  If it isn’t Antifa or #blacklivesmatter, it is goons trying to stop free speech on the campuses or in the communities.  Now the totalitarians are attacking Republicans that work on political campaigns.

Video released by Republican Justin Fareed’s congressional campaign Friday shows a man chasing someone the campaign identified as Isaac, a college student and Fareed canvasser.

Isaac alleges the man assaulted him during the chase, according to the Fareed campaign. “Why are you attacking me?” Isaac can be heard yelling back to the man who appears to slow as he realizes he is being recorded. “Because! You’re lying!” the man yells:

Fareed campaign manager Austin Stukins recounted the incident to Breitbart News. According to Isaac, he was canvassing the neighborhood, visiting houses on a list identified by the campaign. He was leaving campaign materials and asking questions at the door. He was also encouraging people to get out to vote.

Isaac said he tried to have a conversation with the man in the video when he answered the door. Isaac talked about Fareed’s race, expressed concern over protecting the city’s streets, and talked about Kate Steinle, the young woman who went to school in the congressional district and was killed by an illegal alien.

The real goal was not to harm the Fareed volunteer.  It was to tell other Fareed and GOP volunteers that if you work for a candidate bring your running shoes and makes sure your medical is paid.  Remember, a few weeks ago Rudy Peters, the GOP candidates against the immature Congressman Eric Swalwell had a vile hater try to stab him while giving out literature at a Street Fair.  A few days ago the NYC HQ of the Republican Party was attacked—this is a bullying effort by the Left to shut up the Republican Party.

Photo credit: Michael Coghlan via Flickr

VIDEO: Republican Justin Fareed’s Campaign Canvasser Allegedly Chased, Assaulted

Michelle Moons,  Breitbart,   10/13/18

Video released by Republican Justin Fareed’s congressional campaign Friday shows a man chasing someone the campaign identified as Isaac, a college student and Fareed canvasser.

Isaac alleges the man assaulted him during the chase, according to the Fareed campaign. “Why are you attacking me?” Isaac can be heard yelling back to the man who appears to slow as he realizes he is being recorded. “Because! You’re lying!” the man yells:

Fareed campaign manager Austin Stukins recounted the incident to Breitbart News. According to Isaac, he was canvassing the neighborhood, visiting houses on a list identified by the campaign. He was leaving campaign materials and asking questions at the door. He was also encouraging people to get out to vote.

Isaac said he tried to have a conversation with the man in the video when he answered the door. Isaac talked about Fareed’s race, expressed concern over protecting the city’s streets, and talked about Kate Steinle, the young woman who went to school in the congressional district and was killed by an illegal alien.

The man began yelling and screaming, according to Isaac’s account, which Fareed’s campaign communicated to Breitbart News. Isaac said he told the man he was not trying to fight and just wanted to have a conversation. When he turned to leave, he said the man proceeded to chase him, and during the chase, the man hit him in the back. Immediately thereafter, Isaac said he was able to get his camera turned on and start recording.

The video shows a man in chase who relents as he sees the camera rolling. The man’s response to being asked why he is attacking Isaac is that he believes Isaac is lying. The man then turns away, and when Isaac tells him he is going to report the assault, the man turns again, screams, claps, and says, “Go ahead!”

Fareed’s campaign told Breitbart News on Saturday that Isaac has contacted police in Paso Robles, California, and the incident has been filed. Isaac has expressed an intention to press charges against the man for punching him in the back.

Stukins said Isaac is a good kid who has taken the time to participate in the electoral process. He portrayed Isaac as the kind of kid who does not pick fights.

“We’re supporting Isaac in every way we can,” Stukins said. Isaac “hasn’t let it discourage him” and has already returned to canvassing for the campaign. “It doesn’t discourage Isaac. It doesn’t discourage our campaign,” said Stukins, who called it unfortunate that people feel the need to react as the man in the video did.

“The way to handle discourse in politics these days is not through violence,” Stukins told Breitbart News.

The GOP highlighted violent images and comments against Republicans in an ad. Rep. Maxine Waters is seen calling on supporters to physically intimidate Republicans and tell them they are not welcome. Johnny Depp, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, and Kathy Lee Griffin are shown and heard with words and images encouraging assassinating President Donald Trump. Former Attorney General Eric Holder last Sunday told supporters to kick Republicans.

When candidate Fareed learned of the incident, he said, “As a society, we often express concern that Millennials aren’t involved enough in our civic process and aren’t informed about the issues. Isaac took the time to study the issues and become involved. It’s sad and discouraging that this is the response he gets for his efforts.”

“We cannot resolve the serious issues facing our country if we allow bitterness and violence to take hold. Politics must not ever overshadow basic human decency or incite such viciousness,” Fareed went on. “This type of behavior will never be acceptable to me, regardless of which side of the political spectrum it comes from. I call on Salud Carbajal to join me in renouncing those who call for or incite acts of violence in our country, our state, and particularly our own district.

Congressional candidate Fareed is a Republican challenging Democrat Rep. Salud Carbajal in California’s 24th Congressional District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rap Sheet: ***594** Acts of Media-Approved Violence and Harassment Against Trump Supporters

This article speaks for itself.  Though it reports 594 instances of violence and harassment against the GOP, its candidates and supporters, it is a partial listing.

The goal of the bullies from the Left is to assure Republicans have no candidates or volunteers—after all, who wants to jeopardize their lives and health for a campaign?   The smears against Kavanaugh were a warning shot to other potential nominees, we will destroy your lives with lies and hate if you try to serve your nation.

This is a particle list.  Click on the headline of the article to read all 594 listed acts of hate and bullying by the Left.

  1. October 6, 2018: Kavanaugh Protesters Accost an Elderly Trump Supporter

  2. October 6, 2018: Sen. Collins Flooded with Abusive Tweets Threatening Death, Violence

  3. October 5, 2018: Protesters Chase Graham To His Car Saying They Will Remove Him From Office

  4. October 4, 2018: Republican Senators Hit With Death Threats Amidst Kavanaugh Fight

  5. October 3, 2018: Ricin and threatening letter sent to Trump

  6. October 2, 2018: 2 hospitalized after exposure to powdery substance at Cruz’s Houston campaign office

  7. October 2, 2018: GOP Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) assaulted by protesters

  8. October 2, 2018: Video: Leftist protester kicks pro-life woman

  9. October 1, 2018: Vandals Hit IL GOP Headquarters With ‘RAPE’ Graffiti

  10. October 1, 2018: Senator Mitch McConnell Badgered At Airport By Anti-Kavanaugh Activists

  11. September 30, 2018: Georgetown prof: White GOP senators in Kavanaugh hearing ‘deserve miserable deaths’

  12. September 27, 2018: Republican Senators doxxed by Democrat Congressional intern

  13. September 25, 2018: CNN Defends harassment of Ted Cruz

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Rap Sheet: ***594** Acts of Media-Approved Violence and Harassment Against Trump Supporters

John Nolte, Breitbart,  11/13/18

When not calling Trump supporters “Nazis” as a means to dehumanize us, the establishment media like to whine about the lack of civility in American politics, even as they cover up, ignore, downplay, or straight-up approve of the wave of violence and public harassment we are seeing against supporters of President Trump.

It is open season on Trump supporters, and the media is only fomenting, encouraging, excusing, and hoping for more… The media are now openly calling Trump supporters “Nazis” and are blaming Trump for a mass murder he had nothing to do with. This, of course, is a form of harassment because it incites and justifies mob violence.

Here is the list, so far, and remember that if any one of these things happened to a Democrat, the media would use the story to blot out the sun for weeks. Remember how crazy the media went over a nobody rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask, a GOP staffer who criticized Obama’s daughters? And yet, hundreds of Trump supporters are harassed and brutalized and the media only dutifully report them, if at all. That is because the media are desperate to normalize and justify violence and harassment against Trump and his supporters.

And while the media openly encourage this violence against us, the media also campaign to disarm us, to take away our Second Amendment right to defend ourselves.

This list will be updated as needed. Back-filling it will be an ongoing project…

Here is a video channel dedicated to documenting the dozens and dozens of assaults against Trump supporters.

Please email jnolte@breitbart.com  with any updates or anything you think deserves to be added to this list. Also, if you see errors — duplicate postings or events misinterpreted as attacks on Trump supporters, please let us know. Unlike the establishment media’s reporting, we want this list to be comprehensive and factual.  

  1. October 11, 2018: A truck with ‘Trump 2020’ bumper stickers was left at a bar overnight. Someone set it on fire.
  2. October 10, 2018: Susan Rice’s Republican Son Assaulted at Pro-Kavanaugh Event
  3. October 10, 2018: Eric Holder Tells Dem Activists: ‘When They Go Low, We Kick ‘Em’
  4. October 10, 2018: CNN says mobs have “constitutional right” to chase Republicans out of restaurants
  5. October 9, 2018: Hillary Clinton opposes “civility” with Republicans.
  6. October 8, 2018: Leftist Teacher Tweets: “So Who’s Gonna Take One For the Team and Kill Kavanaugh?”
  7. October 8, 2018: Antifa Takes Over Portland, Harasses Old Man for Disobeying
  8. October 8, 2018: Rand Paul’s Wife: I Sleep with a Loaded Gun Thanks to Leftists’ Threats
  9. October 8, 2018: Vancouver man says his truck was set on fire for supporting Trump
  10. October 7, 2018: Sen. Cory Gardner claims wife received a beheading video over Kavanaugh vote.
  11. October 6, 2018: Kavanaugh Protesters Accost an Elderly Trump Supporter
  12. October 6, 2018: Sen. Collins Flooded with Abusive Tweets Threatening Death, Violence
  13. October 5, 2018: Protesters Chase Graham To His Car Saying They Will Remove Him From Office
  14. October 4, 2018: Republican Senators Hit With Death Threats Amidst Kavanaugh Fight
  15. October 3, 2018: Ricin and threatening letter sent to Trump
  16. October 2, 2018: 2 hospitalized after exposure to powdery substance at Cruz’s Houston campaign office
  17. October 2, 2018: GOP Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) assaulted by protesters
  18. October 2, 2018: Video: Leftist protester kicks pro-life woman
  19. October 1, 2018: Vandals Hit IL GOP Headquarters With ‘RAPE’ Graffiti
  20. October 1, 2018: Senator Mitch McConnell Badgered At Airport By Anti-Kavanaugh Activists
  21. September 30, 2018: Georgetown prof: White GOP senators in Kavanaugh hearing ‘deserve miserable deaths’
  22. September 27, 2018: Republican Senators doxxed by Democrat Congressional intern
  23. September 25, 2018: CNN Defends harassment of Ted Cruz
  24. September 25, 2018: Ted Cruz and Wife harassed out of DC restaurant
  25. September 20, 2018: Brett Kavanaugh and family receive death threats
  26. September 12, 2018: Resistance Makes Rape Threat to Susan Collins Staffer over Kavanaugh Vote
  27. September 11, 2018: DC police investigate threat to commit mass shooting at a MAGA event in Trump International Hotel
  28. September 11, 2018: Threats of Rape and Strangling’ Force Writer Into Hiding After Anti-Abortion Tweet
  29. September 11, 2018: Trump Hater Attacks California GOP House Candidate wth Switchblade
  30. September 10, 2018: Hispanic Immigrant says she was spit on in Santa Monica for Trump hat.
  31. September 10,2018: Broadway Star Carole Cook on Trump: ‘Where’s John Wilkes Booth When you Need Him?
  32. September 6, 2018: Media and Leftists Harass Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and His Family
  33. September 6, 2018: Black Trump Fan Booted from Bar for Wearing Trump Hat
  34. September 6, 2018: Arsonists hit Albany County GOP Headquarters in Laramie, WY.
  35. September 5, 2018: TV Writer Hopes Kavanaugh Daughters ‘Go to School Without Being Shot’
  36. August 31, 2018: Dem Rep. Ruben Gallego Threatens Immigration Officials
  37. August 28, 2018: California student arrested for stealing MAGA hat from classmate, slapping teacher
  38. August 19, 2018: Dad Dares Daughter To Knock Off Guy’s MAGA Hat For 100 Bucks. She Does It.
  39. August 18, 2018: Trump supporter assaulted by aging punk rocker.
  40. August 14, 2018: CNN’s Chris Cuomo justifies and encourages violence against Trump supporters.
  41. August 12, 2018: TX Restaurant forced to close social media accounts over photo of Jeff Sessions
  42. August 9, 2018: FBI announce arrest for contract killing threat of ICE agent via Twitter
  43. August 9, 2018: Antifa blocks Infowars reporter’s access to park
  44. August 8, 2018: Democrat protester harass GOP rep. “Shame on your Mexican wife!”