Archives for 2018

Candace Owens Announces First Blexit Rally: ‘We’ll See You in Los Angeles’ (Blacks Leaving Plantation)

Great news for FREEDOM.  January 20 in Los Angeles a freedom rally will be held!!  What is BLEXIT?  It is black American exiting from the liberal plantation!!

““In celebration of the White Woman’s March crashing and burning— we’d like to formally announce the first 2019 #BLEXIT rally,” Owens said, knocking the left-wing group oft-accused of anti-Semitism and which had to cancel its California event reportedly over fears that attendance would have been “overwhelmingly white.”

“We’ll see you in Los Angeles on January 20th!” Candace Owens said.

“It’s undeniable that the minority conservative movement is growing. Everyday more and more of us are waking up to the realization that we are pawns in a white liberal game for power,” Owen told Breitbart News in an email Sunday, adding that, “2019 will be about pulling us all together— Black, Hispanics, and Asians who are fed up with the Left— to create a grassroots campaign against the poisonous ideologies of Socialism and extreme liberalism.”

Owens launched Blexit — black America’s exit from the “liberal plantation” — to much fanfare in October.””

The California Political News and Views will give more information as it becomes available.  Will Facebook ban those who promote this event—after all blacks belong to the Democrat Party and the Liberal Plantation!

"Angry Nancy Pelosi" by Edalisse Hirst, courtesy elalisse, Flickr

“Angry Nancy Pelosi” by Edalisse Hirst, courtesy elalisse, Flickr

Exclusive — Candace Owens Announces First Blexit Rally: ‘We’ll See You in Los Angeles’

Jerome Hudson, Breitbart,  12/30/18

Conservative firebrand Candace Owens announced that the first Blexit rally will take place in Los Angeles, California.

“In celebration of the White Woman’s March crashing and burning— we’d like to formally announce the first 2019 #BLEXIT rally,” Owens said, knocking the left-wing group oft-accused of anti-Semitism and which had to cancel its California event reportedly over fears that attendance would have been “overwhelmingly white.”

“We’ll see you in Los Angeles on January 20th!” Candace Owens said.

“It’s undeniable that the minority conservative movement is growing. Everyday more and more of us are waking up to the realization that we are pawns in a white liberal game for power,” Owen told Breitbart News in an email Sunday, adding that, “2019 will be about pulling us all together— Black, hispanics, and asians who are fed up with the Left— to create a grassroots campaign against the poisonous ideologies of Socialism and extreme liberalism.”

Owens launched Blexit — black America’s exit from the “liberal plantation” — to much fanfare in October.

Speakers at the event include, Owens, Brandon Tatum, David Harris Jr., Rob Smith Jr. and Major Williams, among others. A question and answer segment is also expected during the event, which is free to the public.

“We have more scheduled events which we will be announcing soon in Dallas, Texas — Memphis Tennessee, Fort Lauderdale, and of course — Chicago. I suggest Democrats pay attention, because we are done being used as their voter mules,”  the Turning Point USA leader said. “Our plan is to move the minority vote 20 points by 2020. It can be done and the Left knows that— which is why they have rushed to smear virtually every major black conservative thought-leader upon the political stage.”

“BLEXIT is the real #TimesUp movement,” said Owens, alluding to the star-studded anti-sexual harassment movement.

“We will no longer allow liberal extremists to continue to use our skin complexion to gain progress and power for absolutely no one but themselves,” she added.
Check here for more information on the upcoming Blexit event.

 

Socialist California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

Jerry Brown has his own foreign policy for the Socialist State of California.  He has his own immigration and environmental policies’—all different from those of the United States and the rest of the nation.  So, it should come as no surprise Brown and his Democrat buddies want their own Internet and Internet policies.

“A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet. In July, California passed a privacy law, similar to the European Union’s policies, which will give users more control about the data companies collect about them. Governor Jerry Brown followed by signing a net neutrality law in late September meant to replace federal rules banning broadband internet providers from blocking or otherwise discriminating against lawful content, as well as a law that requires bots to identify themselves if they promote sales or try to influence an election.”

Like china, California is setting itself up to censor the Internet—china does not allow Google, Facebook or dozens of others web sites in its nation.  What is to stop Sacramento from stopping conservative thought like Drudge, Lucianne, The Federalists, Townhall and others from being seen in this socialist State?  All Sacramento has to do is declare them racist, bigots, hate mongers or just conservative—and they are gone from California.  Freedom?  Not is the totalitarian California.

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California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

Klint Finley, Wired,  12/29/18

The Chinese internet is not like the internet in the rest of the world. More than 150 of the world’s 1,000 most popular internet sites are blocked in China, including Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Instead, domestic platforms like Baidu, WeChat, and Sina Weibo thrive.

Internet freedom advocates have worried that the internet will fracture into multiple national “splinternets” since France banned Yahoo’s ecommerce users from selling Nazi paraphernalia in the country in 2000, whether due to state censorship or well-intentioned policies that alter the web experience. The Tor Project says at least a dozen countries, including Pakistan and Russia, censor the internet. Meanwhile, search results within the European Union can differ from those elsewhere due to its right to be forgotten law, and web publishers around the world are still grappling with the effect of the sweeping EU privacy regulations that took effect this year.

A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet. In July, California passed a privacy law, similar to the European Union’s policies, that will give users more control about the data companies collect about them. Governor Jerry Brown followed by signing a net neutrality law in late September meant to replace federal rules banning broadband internet providers from blocking or otherwise discriminating against lawful content, as well as a law that requires bots to identify themselves if they promote sales or try to influence an election.

These are hardly the first attempts by a state to regulate online life. Illinois, for example, has a biometric privacy law that has been invoked to cover facial scanning software used by Facebook and Google. And states such as Washington have also passed net neutrality rules. But California’s size and the sweeping nature of its regulations, especially when taken together, set it apart from other states.

Milton Mueller, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy and author of the book Will the Internet Fragment?, calls policies like California’s net neutrality law and Chinese censorship “alignments” rather than “fragmentation” for technical reasons. But he does think such policies can be dangerous. “We’re undermining what’s good about the internet, the ability to offer services anywhere, the permissionless innovation idea,” he says.

Mueller likes the idea of bots having to identify themselves, for example. The new law will require that anyone who automates all or “substantially all” posts to platforms with at least 10 million monthly US visitors to disclose that the account is run by a bot or bots, if the account is being used to promote products or services or to influence an election. But Mueller worries about the effects of implementing the policy at a state level. “It encourages this trend of breaking up the internet into different islands of jurisdiction that could be worse than the benefit that might be achieved by this,” he says.

Rather than splinter the internet, Mueller says California’s laws could over time become national, or worldwide, standards, depending on how publishers apply them. He points to the way a dozen other states have adopted California emission standards for new cars. Some companies, including Microsoft, have opted to follow European data privacy laws worldwide and offer a privacy dashboard that enables users to delete or download the data the company has collected from them.

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Others note that California’s rules aren’t radical departures from how the internet already works. “I think that California, like Brussels, certainly might set the bar for compliance on several important tech issues,” says Woodrow Hartzog, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University. “But this might not lead to balkanization in the way we’re seeing in China and Russia.”

For example, the privacy rules passed in California are similar to those passed by the European Union. In that sense, rather than fragmenting the internet, California would be bringing the state or possibly the country into harmony with other countries.

In the case of net neutrality, the purpose of the rules is to avoid fragmentation by ensuring that people’s ability to access content doesn’t vary from one broadband provider to the next. Stanford University law professor Barbara van Schewick points out Europe had a patchwork of different net neutrality rules until the EU passed more unified regulations in 2015. The patchwork era of net neutrality in Europe didn’t result in fragmentation, van Schewick argues.

It’s also possible that California’s laws won’t stick. The Department of Justice has already sued California over its net neutrality law, arguing that only the federal government has the authority to regulate interstate communications networks, while Congress considers multiple proposals to regulate net neutrality at the federal level. California agreed to pause the law while lawsuits play out over federal regulators’ decision to dismantle net neutrality rules. Meanwhile, the tech industry is lobbying Congress to pass a less stringent national data privacy law that would override California’s law.

“I think the more likely outcome in our system is national legislation as lawmakers heed industry complaints over facing a ‘patchwork’ of laws,” says Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington specializing in privacy and cyber law. “A lot of folks see privacy legislation as nigh inevitable.”

But with Washington’s gridlock, nothing is inevitable.

IRS unable to recoup nearly $1 billion in Obamacare subsidies

ObamaCare is a disaster in every facet.  It has cost jobs, created family bankruptcies, closed business, forced people to pay penalties then can not afford because they could not afford to pay for health care.  Those with a “card” still did not have health care—just a card.

“The IRS overpaid nearly $4 billion to Obamacare customers through tax credits last year, and because of the way the law is written it can’t even try to collect on a quarter of that, the Treasury Department’s inspector general reported this week.

All told, the Treasury Department paid out roughly $27 billion in Obamacare subsidies in the 2018 tax-filing season, with overages accounting for $3.7 billion of that. Only $2.7 billion was recaptured.

The $1 billion left over is small compared to the overall federal budget, but it is 20 percent of the president’s border wall funding request that’s spurred the current government shutdown.”

Obama gave $150 billion of YOUR dollars to the terrorists in Iran, created a health care plan that killed health care for millions and still could not get the payments right—while the President is trying to save American lives, stop human trafficking and the drug cartels—for $5 billion.  Why are Democrats afraid of being safe?

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IRS unable to recoup nearly $1 billion in Obamacare subsidies

 

By Tom Howell Jr. – The Washington Times, 12/27/18

The IRS overpaid nearly $4 billion to Obamacare customers through tax credits last year, and because of the way the law is written it can’t even try to collect on a quarter of that, the Treasury Department’s inspector general reported this week.

All told, the Treasury Department paid out roughly $27 billion in Obamacare subsidies in the 2018 tax-filing season, with overages accounting for $3.7 billion of that. Only $2.7 billion was recaptured.

The $1 billion left over is small compared to the overall federal budget, but it is 20 percent of the president’s border wall funding request that’s spurred the current government shutdown.

Overpayments were built into Obamacare, with most people who buy insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges collecting subsidies through the IRS to help them afford their plan premiums.

The amount they get during the year is based on their expected earnings.

At the end of the year they’re supposed to square what they expected to earn with what they actually got, and since some of them saw higher incomes — through raises, promotions or better jobs — they have to repay the IRS.

Yet the authors of the 2010 law were afraid if people faced the threat of a big tax bill they would shirk Obamacare coverage altogether, so the law set limits on how much the government could claw back.

In 2017 the government paid $5.8 billion in overages and had to leave $3.5 billion on the table.

The 2018 season was better on both counts.

Timothy Jost, a Washington and Lee University law professor who tracks the law, said most of Obamacare exchange’s customers at this point have likely been through the process before and have learned the ropes.

“I think with people getting more experienced and renewing instead of submitting new applications, people have a better chance [of estimating] what their income will be over time,” he said.

He also said insurers might be more proactive about encouraging enrollees to report changes in their income during the year.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, also said the IRS is “presumably is getting better at running the system as a whole, and as more of the population is employed fewer are having a radical change in their incomes that would lead them to hit the cap.”

Republicans are particularly chagrined by the overpayments, pointing to it as evidence that the 2010 law’s subsidy structure is flawed.

Yet a House GOP bill in 2017 that would have recaptured all of the overages, as part of a multiyear transition to a new health care system, was discarded by the Senate.

Democrats, poised to take the majority in the House next year, have vowed to defend Obamacare against any major changes, leaving GOP lawmakers to complain about ongoing hiccups.

“As we’ve known from its inception, Obamacare is incredibly complex and has created unprecedented burdens for patients and providers,” said Jesse Solis, a spokesman for GOP members of the House Ways and Means Committee. “House Republicans have worked on a bipartisan basis multiple times to improve the recoupment of improper overpayments. We hope Democrats choose to work with us in the next Congress to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent properly.”

The parties probably won’t see eye to eye on Obamacare any time soon, however.

House Democrats plan to push bills that would increase the law’s subsidies or expand other government insurance programs, as Republicans continue to insist on free-market reforms.

The main wild card is a lawsuit that argues Congress’ decision to gut the “individual mandate” penalty rendered the rest of the law unconstitutional.

A federal judge in Texas sided with state Republicans trying to take the law down. If upheld on appeal, it would force Capitol Hill to revisit the sweeping 2010 health law.

44 Numbers From 2018 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

2018 was a crazy year—thought you should see some of the weird stuff that happened.

#1 One study found that the average American spends 86 hours a month on a cellphone.

#2 A different study discovered that 37 percent of all Americans have eaten fast food within the last 24 hours.

#3 90 percent of the beer that Americans drink is produced by just 2 gigantic corporations.

#4 McDonalds feeds approximately 70 million people a day globally.  Pornhub gets more than 78 million visits a day.

#5 60 percent of all Americans actually believe that they have seen a ghost.”

In the comments section please add material you think should be discussed.  Let others know about the craziness in your town!

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44 Numbers From 2018 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse,  12/31/18

Was 2018 everything that you expected it to be?  Every year contains surprises, but 2018 truly turned out to be a year that we will never forget.  Over the past 12 months we witnessed great political shaking, Wall Street experienced the worst downturn that we have seen since 2008, the crust of our planet was rattled by an increasing number of major seismic events, social decay spread like wildfire, and America continued to become even more divided as a nation.  In comparison, 2017 was rather bland and boring, and I truly believe that one day we will look back on 2018 as a major turning point.

It is amazing that 12 months has flown by already.  It seems like the years just keep getting faster, and perhaps that is because we are all getting older.

In any event, the following are 44 numbers from 2018 that are almost too crazy to believe…

#1 One study found that the average American spends 86 hours a month on a cellphone.

#2 A different study discovered that 37 percent of all Americans have eaten fast food within the last 24 hours.

#3 90 percent of the beer that Americans drink is produced by just 2 gigantic corporations.

#4 McDonalds feeds approximately 70 million people a day globally.  Pornhub gets more than 78 million visits a day.

#5 60 percent of all Americans actually believe that they have seen a ghost.

#6 The middle class continues to decline, and at this point half of all American workers make less than $30,533 a year.

#7 During the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats were able to pick up 40 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Those that were forecasting a “red tsunami” were completely and totally wrong.

#8 Kevin Spacey’s incredibly creepy YouTube video entitled “Let Me Be Frank” in which he promises that he will never be held accountable for his actions has already been viewed more than 8 million times.

#9 Since 2007, the total amount of student loan debt in America has nearly tripled.

#10 The suicide rate in the United States has risen by 33 percent since 1999.

#11 Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for Americans from age 15 to age 24.

#12 Netflix recently made a deal to renew streaming of “Friends” for another year for 100 million dollars.

#13 According to the United Nations Population Fund, 40 percent of all births in the U.S. now happen outside of marriage. But if you go back to 1970, that figure was sitting at just 10 percent.

#14 13 million households in the United States do not always have enough food to eat.  So if you have enough food to eat every day, you should consider yourself to be very blessed.

#15 According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, almost 1 out of every 4 children in rural areas is currently living in poverty.

#16 At this point, almost 52 percent of all children live in a home that receives monthly help from the federal government.

#17 Over half a million people are homeless in the United States right now.

#18 Today, a million Americans are living in their RVS, and that number is rising with each passing year.

#19 Social decay is clearly evident even in our most prosperous cities.  One recent investigation found 300 piles of human feces on the streets of downtown San Francisco.

#20 62 percent of all U.S. jobs do not pay enough to support a middle class lifestyle.

#21 In 1980, the average American worker’s debt was 1.96 times larger than his or her monthly salary. Today, that number has ballooned to 5.00.

#22 Over half the country now receives more in government transfer payments than they pay in taxes.

#23 According to one recent study, the “rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991”.

#24 More than 100 churches in the United States are dying every single week.

#25 If you go back to 1986, just 10 percent of all young adults were “religiously unaffiliated”, but now that number has jumped all the way to 39 percent.

#26 According to one recent survey, Americans from the age of 18 to the age of 29 favor Democrats over Republicans by a 66 percent to 32 percent margin.

#27 One study found that one-third of all American teenagers haven’t read a single book in the past year.

#28 The number of married couples with children in the U.S. just reached a 56 year low.

#29 In the city of Baltimore, approximately one out of every four babies is born as an opioid addict.

#30 According to the New York Times, approximately 110 million Americans have a sexually-transmitted disease right now.

#31 It is being projected that the total amount of plastic in the oceans of the world will exceed the total weight of all fish by the year 2050.

#32 90 percent of all seabirds in the world now have plastic in their stomachs.  Back in 1960, that number was sitting at just 5 percent.

#33 In August, we learned that the number of global earthquakes over the last 30 days had risen to a level that was 50 percent above normal.

#34 In September, an all-time record high seven named storms were swirling across the globe simultaneously.

#35 In October, we witnessed the third largest single day point crash in stock market history on the exact same day that the third most powerful hurricane in U.S. history made landfall.

#36 In November, the Camp Fire destroyed 14,000 homes and businesses in northern California.  It was the most destructive wildfire in the history of the state.

#37 According to the official Twitter account of Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, they had wind chills of between -70 and -75 degrees on Thanksgiving morning.

#38 In the aftermath of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rattled Anchorage, the state of Alaska was shaken by more than 1,400 earthquakes.

#39 In early December, the largest earthquake in 45 years hit eastern Tennessee.

#40 During the last full week before Christmas, the Dow fell 1,655 points.  That was the worst week for the stock market since the financial crisis of 2008.

#41 The National Retail Federation was projecting that total Christmas spending would surpass $465,000,000,000 in 2018. Only 25 countries on the entire planet have a GDP that is greater than that number.

#42 In 2017, the Dow was either up or down by 1 percent or more just 8 times.  In 2018, it happened 64 times.  Volatility has returned to Wall Street in a major way, and that is a really bad sign.

#43 A recent survey of corporate financial officers discovered that 82 percent of them believe that a recession will have started by the end of 2020.

#44 During 2018, the U.S. national debt increased by nearly 1.4 trillion dollars.  We are now almost 22 trillion dollars in debt, and there is no end to our debt problems on the horizon.

 

Chuck Todd says his show is ‘not going to give time to climate deniers’

NBC and Chuck Todd have made it clear—“Meet the Press” is an affiliate of the Democrat Party—it is not a show based on discussion, it is based on bias and prejudgment.  Only one side is allowed to be hear.  Kind of like a college campus, indoctrination, not education.  This show used to have great debates on the issues of the day.  Today chuck Todd make it clear—only one theory is allowed, no debate.  Al gore won’t debate climate change, because he is ignorant.  Now we know chuck Todd is just as ignorant.

“”This morning, we’re going to do something that we don’t often get to do: dive in on one topic,” Todd said after showing video clips of dramatic weather incidents in the last year. He continued that climate change is “a literally earth-changing subject that doesn’t get talked about this thoroughly, at least on television news.”

“Just as important as what we are going to do is what we’re not going to do,” Todd said. “We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The earth is getting hotter and human activity is a major cause, period.”

“We’re not going to give time to climate deniers,” Todd added. “The science is settled even if political opinion is not.”

In fact, the whole show was of deniers—folks that refuse to believe science and prefer polemics and politics, while using junk science to kill off jobs and reality.  Meet the Press has become a cartoon version of the news media.  Sad.

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Chuck Todd says his show is ‘not going to give time to climate deniers’

By Emily Birnbaum, The Hill, – 12/30/18

NBC’s Chuck Todd at the beginning of “Meet the Press” on Sunday said that his show is “not going to give time to climate deniers” before hosting an hour-long panel with lawmakers and experts about the consequences of climate change.

“This morning, we’re going to do something that we don’t often get to do: dive in on one topic,” Todd said after showing video clips of dramatic weather incidents in the last year. He continued that climate change is “a literally earth-changing subject that doesn’t get talked about this thoroughly, at least on television news.”

“Just as important as what we are going to do is what we’re not going to do,” Todd said. “We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The earth is getting hotter and human activity is a major cause, period.”

“We’re not going to give time to climate deniers,” Todd added. “The science is settled even if political opinion is not.”

Todd last month received criticism after “Meet the Press” hosted a panelist who denied the existence of global warming.

Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute on the show cast doubt on global warming, citing cold temperatures.

Todd on Sunday said that his show would not not “confuse weather with climate.”

The climate panel included multiple scientists and experts, as well as potential presidential contender Michael Bloomberg, climate activist California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.).

“We need to stop covering the debate and start covering the story, so that people see that this is real, and so that politicians take a more pragmatic approach and find solutions that are actually achievable,” Curbelo said at one point. He said that his hometown, Miami, floods once a month and scientists have predicted it will one day be underwater.

A federal report released last month concluded that climate change is poised to slash the U.S. economy and substantially diminish the day-to-day lives of all Americans if leaders do not confront the issue of climate change head-on. The report concluded that around 92 percent of climate change stems from human activity.

Another report, released in October by the the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warns that the world might be on a path toward catastrophic climate change if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t cut dramatically by 2030. The Trump administration also refused to endorse that report in a subsequent U.N. conference.

President Trump and top members of his administration stand at odds with the bulk of the international and scientific communities as they express skepticism about the validity of human-caused climate change, Brown and others on the panel said.

“[Trump] is very convinced of his position,” Brown said. “And his position is that there’s nothing abnormal about the fires in California or the rising sea level or all the other incidents of climate change.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) after the show applauded Todd’s decision to focus on the issue.

“Congratulations to Chuck Todd and Meet the Press for holding a serious discussion about climate change,” Sanders tweeted. “Will this be a breakthrough moment for mainstream TV, which rarely discusses this issue?”

 

New State Laws Range from Emergency Alerts to Plastic Straws, Scooters and Breastfeeding at Work

It is my belief that if you try to live by the law, you will still violate several laws every day—even without knowing it.  Today, hundreds of new laws are on the books—both nationally, in the State and locally.  Below is an example of some of the laws.  Be careful if you own a restaurant—some cities insist plastic straws are more dangerous than syringes—like San Fran.  Then you might have to have a breast feeding facility in your place of business—and NOT a rest room?  Why is California so expensive and crazy—just look at Sacramento.

“The cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara enacted emergency ordinances to ban the scooters, while the county is imposing a tax on them for using public rights of way.

While local municipalities want to curb their use, a new state law is providing more incentives to ride them. Assembly Bill 2989, authored by Assemblyman Heath Flora, R-Ripon, exempts riders over age 18 from wearing helmets.

Another local controversy has involved single-use plastic straws, with Santa Barbara enacting an ordinance restricting their use to customers with disabilities. AB 884, authored by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, is slightly less restrictive, with restaurants required only to provide plastic straws on demand.

In addition, under SB 1192 authored by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, restaurants will only be able to serve milk and water for children’s meals, unless parents ask specifically for juice.”

Who needs parents when you have politicians—they can tell everybody how to live.  Freedom?  Not even found in California textbooks.

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New State Laws Range from Emergency Alerts to Plastic Straws, Scooters and Breastfeeding at Work

Local legislators Hannah-Beth Jackson, Monique Limón were busy authoring new bills to take effect Jan. 1

By Joshua Molina, Noozhawk, 12/30/18

 

Hundreds of new California laws signed by outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown go into effect on Jan. 1, some of them with origins or interest in Santa Barbara.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, was the author of several of the laws, which are effective with the new year, on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 834 prohibits the leasing of state waters for new construction of oil and gas-related pipelines and other infrastructure needed to access offshore platforms in federal waters.

“Oil spills are devastating to our local economy, environment and marine life,” Jackson said in a statement. “With SB 834, California is sending a strong and unequivocal message that we will not let the Trump administration destroy our precious coastal community for economic gain.”

SB 821, also authored by Jackson, will allow counties to automatically enroll every resident in a targeted emergency notification program. Residents will still have the ability to opt out of alerts, however.

One of particular interest to Montecito residents is Jackson’s SB 917, which requires insurers to cover a loss from debris flows, landslides or mudslides if an insured disaster, such as a wildfire, is the proximate cause of the damage and would otherwise be covered.

The sudden appearance of electric scooters has been a controversial topic in Goleta, Santa Barbara and unincorporated Santa Barbara County, which have taken steps to control their presence. The cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara enacted emergency ordinances to ban the scooters, while the county is imposing a tax on them for using public rights of way.

While local municipalities want to curb their use, a new state law is providing more incentives to ride them. Assembly Bill 2989, authored by Assemblyman Heath Flora, R-Ripon, exempts riders over age 18 from wearing helmets.

Another local controversy has involved single-use plastic straws, with Santa Barbara enacting an ordinance restricting their use to customers with disabilities. AB 884, authored by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, is slightly less restrictive, with restaurants required only to provide plastic straws on demand.

In addition, under SB 1192 authored by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, restaurants will only be able to serve milk and water for children’s meals, unless parents ask specifically for juice.

Under a previously approved state law, the minimum wage continues to increase, en route to $15 an hour by 2022.

In 2019, worker pay will rise to $11 an hour for companies with 25 employees or fewer. Pay for employees at larger companies will increase to $12 an hour.

AB 216, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, requires election offices to provide prepaid stamped envelopes so voters won’t have to buy stamps to mail in their ballots.

In addition, Californians will also be able to choose their gender category of male, female or nonbinary on their driver’s license or state ID application, in a bill authored by state Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

AB 1066 — authored by Gonzalez Fletcher, enacted in 2016 and effective in 2019 — requires overtime pay for farmworkers who work more than 55 hours in a week or 9½ hours in a day, at farms with 26 or more employees.

Assemblywoman Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, authored AB 1976, which requires employers to make space available for women to breastfeed, other than a restroom.

Limón also authored AB 1877, which requires the state Office of Emergency Services to create a library of translated emergency notifications and a translation style guide. The bill also would require designated alerting authorities to consider using the library and translation style guide when issuing emergency notifications to the public.

Under the law, municipalities must translate emergency notifications as a condition of approving their applications to receive any voluntary grant funds with a nexus to emergency management performance.

Democrat Cox Wants Immigration Reform–Not Really

Democrat TJ Cox is not as smart as he thinks he is.  He wants “immigration reform” due to an illegal alien murdering a police officer.  Cox  supports SB 54—Sanctuary State status for illegal aliens.  He supports protecting them from arrest and deportation.  The person he supports murdered a cop.

I do agree with Democrat Cox, we need immigration reform.  And, we can get it, without passing a single piece of legislation.  The reform?  Enforce our current immigration laws—that would be a reform

Democrats do not want immigration reform—they want Open Borders and amnesty for illegal aliens that commit crimes.  How many people have to die before Americans get angry at the Democrats for protecting and promoting criminals from foreign nations?

“At a Friday news conference announcing the arrest of 32-year old Gustavo Perez Arriaga, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson blamed California’s sanctuary state law, SB 54.

“This could have been preventable. Under SB 54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants this criminal has out there, law enforcement would have been prevented, prohibited from sharing the information with ICE about this criminal gang member,” Christianson said.

Cox Wants Immigration Reform

“If we have comprehensive immigration reform, then the jails will be able to inform people. Law enforcement should be working collaboratively, to be able to communicate across the board. … Sanctuary city laws were set up to assist law enforcement, so people felt free to be able to come to their law enforcement, to be able to report crimes.”Congressman-elect TJ Cox”

The death of the police officer is due to Cox, Jerry Brown and the Democrats that prefer criminals to safe Americans.  Shame on us for allowing this.

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After Police Killing, Cox Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

David Taub, gwire, 12/28/18

Congressman-elect TJ Cox (D-Fresno) says the killing of a Newman police corporal allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant illustrates the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

Cpl. Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department died Wednesday (Dec. 26) after attempting to stop a suspected DUI driver.

At a Friday news conference announcing the arrest of 32-year old Gustavo Perez Arriaga, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson blamed California’s sanctuary state law, SB 54.

“This could have been preventable. Under SB 54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants this criminal has out there, law enforcement would have been prevented, prohibited from sharing the information with ICE about this criminal gang member,” Christianson said.

Cox Wants Immigration Reform

“If we have comprehensive immigration reform, then the jails will be able to inform people. Law enforcement should be working collaboratively, to be able to communicate across the board. … Sanctuary city laws were set up to assist law enforcement, so people felt free to be able to come to their law enforcement, to be able to report crimes.”Congressman-elect TJ Cox

Cox didn’t support the sheriff’s conclusion.

“If we have comprehensive immigration reform, then the jails will be able to inform people. Law enforcement should be working collaboratively, to be able to communicate across the board. …Sanctuary city laws were set up to assist law enforcement, so people felt free to be able to come to their law enforcement, to be able to report crimes,” Cox said.

Cox said that SB 54 is a tool for the community to report crimes without fear.

“What we’ve got right now is the exactly the opposite. People don’t come forward to report crimes because they know if they show up and they are undocumented, they are going to be deported,” Cox said.

Trump and the Border Wall

President Donald Trump, on Twitter, used the killing of Singh to push for the building of a border wall.

Cox said that a border wall is an ineffective idea.

“A border wall is a 12th-century solution to a 21st-century problem,” Cox said.

The issue has been a sticking point between Trump and Democratic leadership during the partial federal government shutdown.

“What this is all about is, Mr. Trump being able to make political points with his base,” Cox said. “The border wall represents such a small, tiny fraction of our government spending, that he’s going to shut down the entire government?”

Cox will be sworn in on Jan. 3, representing the 21st congressional district.

 

Jerry Brown gives rural Californians the middle finger

Jerry Brown does not like California.  He is trying to build a $200 billion choo choo to nowhere-while there is no ridership for the finished product.  He has declared that foreign felons need to be protected to assure more honest citizens become crime victims.  As Governor he stole water from farmers and raised the cost of food for the poor and middle class.

“Here’s an exchange reported between Brown and MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon:

“You won your gas tax fight, but rural Californians didn’t like it,” Todd said.

“No, they don’t.  They don’t like a lot of things.  They voted against housing bonds, they voted for the Republican Cox who didn’t even make 40 percent,” Brown said, referring to his reelection’s vote margin.

He then went on to divide residents of his own state into the categories of “red” and “blue,” siding with the wealthier, more Democratic residents on the coast, who have a majority and want to raise taxes on rural Californians.

“There is the same divide in California as in America.  The red is different than the blue, and it is associated definitely with rural areas,” he said.”

Like Hillary Clinton, Jerry Brown is a rich, white elitist, loves the rich and looks down on the middle class and poor.  Brown hates rural California and America because those folks have standards and values, principles and Faith.  All the things he opposes.

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Jerry Brown gives rural Californians the middle finger

By Monica Showalter, American Thinker,  12/31/18

Now that he’s heading out of office, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown has let his hair down as to what he really thinks of people who don’t live on California’s coast.

Here’s an exchange reported between Brown and MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon:

“You won your gas tax fight, but rural Californians didn’t like it,” Todd said.

“No, they don’t.  They don’t like a lot of things.  They voted against housing bonds, they voted for the Republican Cox who didn’t even make 40 percent,” Brown said, referring to his reelection’s vote margin.

He then went on to divide residents of his own state into the categories of “red” and “blue,” siding with the wealthier, more Democratic residents on the coast, who have a majority and want to raise taxes on rural Californians.

“There is the same divide in California as in America.  The red is different than the blue, and it is associated definitely with rural areas,” he said.

He certainly likes to kick them when they’re down now that he won’t have to face them at the polls anymore.

It’s particularly creepy because it skirts the facts of the matter: that rural voter are suffering from Brown’s gas tax, and his only response to that is his lip-curling contempt for their sufferings.  Those rural voters are hardest hit by Brown’s gas tax, given that they must drive long distances and pay for gas used in farm machinery, which hurts their economic interests disproportionately.  As for the gas tax, well, it’s used to put in bike paths and construct more highways for the benefit of urban voters.  The detested tax was put up for a vote in the midterms, and sure enough, it lost, based on, you guessed it, ballot-harvesting (pre-vote polls showed it would win).

Brown’s explanation of their anger is amazingly contemptuous: Brown cites the fact that urban and coastal voters far are more numerous than rural voters, and his logic suggests that because the urban voter numbers are bigger, they must be better.  All in for tyranny of the majority, it seems.  Majority Uber Alles, is that it?  He could put some left-wing lawyers out of business on that logic if he really believed it.  But in Brown’s mind, it applies just to rural voters.

It’s the kind of statement that recalls the “Rockefeller Salute” given by Nelson Rockefeller, who on his political exit famously extended his middle finger to hecklers.  Since he and his kind were known as “Rockefeller Republicans,” that’s pretty much all that’s remembered of his political legacy.

Brown is far more contemptuous of voters than Rockefeller ever was, maybe the result of his having grown rich in office, contrary to his Mister Austerity reputation from years ago.

Now he’s heading off to Colusa to live on a bucolic boutique ranch, what with the romance of nature and all (Marie Antoinette was all into that, too, with her “playing shepherd” thing), and good luck to him when his barn catches fire, his horses get out, his horses need evacuation from a fire, or his water tank springs a leak.  Rural people survive by helping each other.  I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Jerry Brown needs some ranch help from his neighbors some fine day.

As for the rest of us, the main thing his latest insult reminds us all of is that he won’t be missed.

 

 

San Fran ambitious goal to eliminate traffic deaths slipping further out of sight

San Fran is the place where to get to your favorite restaurant or visit your CPA you step over the homeless and step in poop—all over town.  This is a town where the police protect foreign felons from ICE, in order to assure more Americans become victim.  San Fran is a place where in 2017 there were 31,000 car break ins and only 1.7% arrests—not even convictions!  Now we find being a pedestrian is dangerous—not just for the poop—or the free needles given to addicts so they can overdose and die, but crossing the street is dangerous.

“As of the end of November 2018 the number of traffic deaths on San Francisco streets for this year was at 22, four more deaths than at the same time in 2017, and two more deaths than at 2017’s end.

Those traffic deaths involve anyone killed in a vehicle, including passengers and drivers, as well as pedestrians and cyclists killed in collisions.

Officials have not released a traffic death count for December, but on Dec. 12 a 58-year-old woman was struck and killed by a driver while she walked in Nob Hill, pushing The City even farther from its achievements last year.

San Fran is quickly becoming a West Coast version of Venezuela—they must be very proud.

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City’s ambitious goal to eliminate traffic deaths slipping further out of sight

 

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, SF Examiner,  12/23/18

 

Zero traffic deaths by 2024.

That’s the ambitious goal San Francisco has set itself, a mandate made under the late Mayor Ed Lee and championed by The City’s politicians and departmental leaders.

But as 2019 approaches, it’s a goal that is slipping away.

As of the end of November 2018 the number of traffic deaths on San Francisco streets for this year was at 22, four more deaths than at the same time in 2017, and two more deaths than at 2017’s end.

Those traffic deaths involve anyone killed in a vehicle, including passengers and drivers, as well as pedestrians and cyclists killed in collisions.

Officials have not released a traffic death count for December, but on Dec. 12 a 58-year-old woman was struck and killed by a driver while she walked in Nob Hill, pushing The City even farther from its achievements last year.

The year’s numbers so far also include one more cycling street death than in 2017.

“From what we know about fatal collisions about people on bikes, we’ve taken a slight step backwards from 2017,” said Brian Wiedenmeier, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Wiedenmeier pointed to an influx of Uber and Lyft vehicles, which city studies have shown crowd areas of town already known to be dangerous to walk and bike in, as creating dangerous conditions on the road. He also said an increase in new residents makes reducing the total number of people killed difficult, though The City has made strides in making its streets safer.

“We’re seeing the result of trying to cram more cars in San Francisco every day,” Wiedenmeier said.

Though the San Francisco Police Department is responsible for enforcing the rules of the road, it is also slipping in its goal to ticket dangerous drivers.

SFPD’s plan to stop dangerous driving is called the “Focus on Five.” About 50 percent of all SFPD traffic citations must, under this mandate, focus on the five most dangerous driving behaviors: speeding, red-light running, failing to yield to pedestrians while turning, failing to give pedestrians the right of way and running stop signs.

Research shows those driving behaviors are the leading cause of pedestrian, cyclist and driver deaths. Yet, officers are slipping away from this 50 percent Focus on Five goal, despite meeting it for roughly a year previously.

From August 2016 to May 2017 roughly 50 percent of all SFPD traffic citations hit the 50 percent Focus on Five goal, but that number that slipped, slipped and slipped further away as 2018 neared. Those citations peaked again in May 2018, when the goal was again reached, but by September SFPD hit lows not seen since 2015.

About 38 percent of all traffic citations were in the Focus on Five categories in October 2018, the most recent month data is available.

“You see a reduction unfortunately in 2018,” SFPD Cmdr. Teresa Ewins told the Police Commission during a Dec. 5 presentation.

“That’s for many different reasons,” she said. “A lot of events we participated in. A lot of operations to reduce violent crimes in certain areas … our obvious goal in 2019 is to bring that number up to 50 percent.”

Though SFPD is lagging, Walk SF Executive Director Jodie Medeiros said more cops are not the answer. Instead, California needs to pass laws allowing automated speed enforcement technology, an effort that has so far stalled in the state legislature due to opposition from law enforcement groups who fear job losses.

“With the reality of growing vehicle traffic, The City needs to face the fact that even when they have sufficient numbers of traffic cops on the streets, it still won’t be enough,” Medeiros said in a statement. “Traffic officers can’t be everywhere at every moment of the day in our busy city. We have to get automated speed enforcement in San Francisco ASAP.”

A City Hall hearing held by Supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Sandra Fewer revealed SFPD is training 16 new traffic cops, the first personnel increase to SFPD Traffic Company in three years.

The unit primarily tickets traffic scofflaws, though police across The City are also responsible for ticketing within their districts and play a large part in the lagging Focus on Five numbers.

Valencia Street in particular, Mandelman told the Examiner previously, “is a traffic nightmare.”

Valencia is a known hot-spot of Uber and Lyft double-parking. At the Dec. 5 Police Commission meeting, Ewins said Uber and Lyft are “getting leeway right now” as they engage in talks with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on developing methods to make their drivers safer.

San Francisco aims to reach its “Vision Zero” goal through three major efforts: traffic enforcement via SFPD, education efforts to help curb dangerous behaviors, and engineering streets to be safer with changes like new bike lanes and wider sidewalks.

On that last note, San Francisco is stepping up, officials said.

SFMTA Director of Sustainable Streets Tom Maguire told the SFMTA Board of Directors, who make traffic decisions every month, that The City has re-engineered roughly 80 percent of its streets to be safer since crafting its Vision Zero mandate.

“I would say we have almost certainly invested more in Vision Zero engineering than any city in the country,” he told them. “All of the streets reflect how aggressive you have been there,” in voting to approve safety changes.

But the SFMTA is far from done, he said.

At an SFMTA board workshop in January, “we will head a strategic conversation about things board and staff can do to make that final push to zero.”

Nine arrested in human trafficking sting in antelope Valley

Add human trafficking to the crimes that Jerry Brown and the Sacramento Democrats are protecting.  Add the abuse of women to the acts of Brown and his buddies—SB 54 stops law enforcement from obeying Federal law and turning over foreign felons to ICE.  Instead the Democrats protect criminals, in order to create more victims—honest American citizens and residents of our State.

“Among the most abominable, heinous crimes that thrive around the world is human trafficking, which involves millions of victims.

The Global Slavery Index 2018 estimates that on any given day in 2016, there were 403,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in the United States, a prevalence of 1.3 victims of modern slavery for every thousand in the country.

On Dec. 18, nine people were arrested during a human trafficking sting conducted in Lancaster, by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, along with deputies from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.”

While the criminals were arrested in Lancaster—Los Angeles county—the crimes for the arrest happened in Santa Clara County, 300 miles away.  Brown and his friend shave made California safe for criminals from foreign nation—who will speak for the women abused and the people murdered by illegal aliens and Democrat politicians making these easy crimes.

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Nine arrested in human trafficking sting

Antelope Valley Press,  12/27/18

Among the most abominable, heinous crimes that thrive around the world is human trafficking, which involves millions of victims.

The Global Slavery Index 2018 estimates that on any given day in 2016, there were 403,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in the United States, a prevalence of 1.3 victims of modern slavery for every thousand in the country.

On Dec. 18, nine people were arrested during a human trafficking sting conducted in Lancaster, by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, along with deputies from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

The detectives arrested Keeyale Jackson, 22, of Lancaster, for an outstanding no bail, felony warrant for pimping.

The offense was committed in Santa Clara County, where the warrant was issued.

Another adult female was detained for prostitution and offered victim-centered services from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. Both females were booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

Seven of those arrested were male adults who solicited undercover Sheriff’s deputies for various sex acts. Those males were transported and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.

Participating in the operation were task force partners from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Unified School Police, State Parole, the Los Angeles County Probation Department and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Human Trafficking Bureau at 323-526-5156.

Persons who prefer to provide information anonymously, may call Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).

In addition, smart phones may be used by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile App on Google play or the Apple App Store or by visiting http://lacrimestoppers.org.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau houses the L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force.

The task force is a collaboration of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, social service agency and non-government and community-based organizations investigating and serving the needs of commercially exploited adults and minors victimized for purposed of sex and labor.

The L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address the victim’s needs through a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach.

The task force employs a regionalized strategy that crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers.