Union City Takes $$ From Gov’t Trains to help Workers and Families Instead

We all know that for years gas tax money, meant to fix roads and streets have been stolen, given to create bike lanes, develop money losing trains and buses and force the roads in California to be rated the WORST in the nation.  Now, in a man bites dog story, Union City, in the Bay Area, took money from the government transportation scam and is using it to fix roads and streets.  This will hold taxes down, provide the roads the people thought they voted for in the past and tells the scam artists that if things get too bad, even bad city councils will stop lying and provide the services the citizens want—not the special interests or unions.

The bad news is that like most other cities, this was done because the city is going bankrupt due to CalPERS—so they wanted to try to make it easier for people to get to work and bring jobs to the city.

“* This is not a transit/HOV project.  The Mayor and Public Works director note that this roadway would allow buses to drive on it, and state a vague intent that the roadway might potentially have a bus/HOV lane. BUT the Public Works Directors says that he is not explicitly planning to add bus lane because that is likely to require an updated Environmental Impact Report which would delay the project.

*But this project does not fund any express bus service, although it is using the category of funds whose purpose includes operating improved Dumbarton Corridor express bus service.

* The project is projected to carry increased car traffic – about 1000 additional peak hour vehicles into the 880 intersection – but has no features to reduce solo driving.”

Does this mean the city council members will be thrown out of the Democrat Party for failure to waste money and abuse taxpayers?  They would be welcomed in the Republican Party.

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Updates on East Bay Dumbarton Corridor Transit funds diversion

Greencaltrain,  2/23/18

As mentioned earlier this week, Union City is proposing to use all of its share of Alameda County Measure BB Dumbarton Corridor funds for transit, intermodal station, and bike/pedestrian funds to build the East West Connector – a major roadway designed to speed cars from Mission Boulevard to 880.  Here are a few things we’ve learned about this initiative to repurpose transit funds for a roadway:

* Organizations supporting East Bay transit and active transportation – including TransForm and Bike East Bay – who were heavily involved in crafting the Measure BB expenditure plan and organizing in support of passage – are deeply disappointed and dismayed.  They think this proposal violates the intent of the expenditure plan they supported.

* Project supporters are using Sierra Club’s opposition to rail in 2014 as justification for moving the funds from transit, intermodal station and active transportation to a major roadway.  But the Sierra Club does not support this funds diversion to a roadway.  The Sierra Club is working through its process of taking a position but key members state that diverting funds from transit/active transportation to a roadway is against their general policies.

This is not a transit/HOV project.  The Mayor and Public Works director note that this roadway would allow buses to drive on it, and state a vague intent that the roadway might potentially have a bus/HOV lane. BUT the Public Works Directors says that he is not explicitly planning to add bus lane because that is likely to require an updated Environmental Impact Report which would delay the project.

*But this project does not fund any express bus service, although it is using the category of funds whose purpose includes operating improved Dumbarton Corridor express bus service.

* The project is projected to carry increased car traffic – about 1000 additional peak hour vehicles into the 880 intersection – but has no features to reduce solo driving.

* Union City didn’t mention the East West Connector at all in their comment letter to SamTrans on the Dumbarton Corridor Plan. The mayor and staff are describing this project as their most important contribution to Dumbarton Corridor mobility.  If that’s the case, why did they not highlight this a few months ago when commenting on the Dumbarton Corridor Plan?

* This is a weak active transportation project. This high-traffic roadway is proposed to have an unprotected bike lane, buffered with lines of paint, and the project is using twice the amount of bike/ped funding that it would take to build other infrastructure in the bike plan.  Bike East Bay does not support this.

* Union City plans to apply for SB1 funds to backfill the Intermodal Station funds they are depleting for the roadway.   In addition, RM3 calls for more funds that would logically replace the transit funding depleted by this project.  The case to raise new funding transit/active transportation funding is weakened when the existing funds are drawn down to fund other projects.

* This project is a financial risk for Union City. Earlier this month (2/13), the Union City Finance Director proposed that the city declare a state of fiscal emergency, since they are currently drawing down Pension Trust Funds to fill a budget deficit.    Meanwhile, the city is proposing to take full responsibility for the $320 Million project, including any cost overruns.   Some Union City voters are dismayed by the fiscal risks.

On Tuesday evening, Union City City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to swap the transit funds to build the roadway on Tuesday.  On the same evening, they will decide on declaring a state of fiscal emergency.

 

CA Dems Will Have 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline at Party Convention

PrintCalifornia Democrats will have a 24-hour “sexual assault and harassment” hotline at this weekend’s party convention in San Diego as some top Democrats in the state have had to resign or come under fire because of allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.

The party’s convention website reads:

Sexual Assault & Harassment Hotline: We have worked with national survivor advocates to establish a 24-hour hotline during the three days of the Convention where Delegates have a safe and confidential way to report an assault or threatening behavior against themselves or others. Information about the Sexual Assault & Harassment Hotline will be provided to Delegates when they register, and will be posted throughout the Convention.

Additional Security Following current best practices, we are stepping up the level of visible security at our Convention this year. We are taking this step for several reasons. First, we want to ensure adequate personnel to respond to any reports we get from Delegates or from the Sexual Assault & Harassment Hotline. We also want to ensure that there are plenty of trained professionals who can de-escalate potential problems before they turn into situations that threaten your safety. Lastly, in the unlikely event of a natural disaster or other major incident, we want to make certain everyone in the Convention Center is safe and secure.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “questions have been raised about the freewheeling — and at times risky — behavior at state party conventions” in California Democratic circles.

On Thursday, just a day before the convention, Democrat Tony Mendoza, a state senator from Artesia, resigned after he faced expulsion over sexual harassment allegations. As Breitbart News has noted, Mendoza reportedly “made an unwanted advance toward a 19-year-old intern and gave her alcohol in a hotel suite at a 2008 Democratic Party convention.” An independent investigation released this week found that Mendoza also “more likely than not” engaged in inappropriate behavior “toward six of his female colleagues, including four subordinates.”

Democrat Raul Bocanegra, who used to be an Assemblyman from Arleta, resigned last month after the Los Angeles Times reported that six women accused him of inappropriate behavior.

Democrat Matt Dababneh, who used be an Assemblyman from Encino and Woodland Hills, also resigned last month after “multiple women accused him of misconduct.”

Dabahneh was a longtime adviser to Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), who has also come under fire for creating a “toxic work environment” for his female employees. Eight former employees told McClatchy that no junior employee would have felt comfortable reporting sexual misconduct in his office.

“Congressman Sherman showed zero interest in the personal well-being of his staffers and there’s no reason to believe he would have cared or taken any action if a complaint was made,” a former staffer told the outlet.

Democrat Cristina Garcia, as Assemblywoman from Bell Gardens and a #MeToo leader who was even featured in Time magazine, has come under for fire for allegedly sexually harassing a male staffer, reportedly sleeping with fellow lawmakers to extract information from them, and allegedly dismissing other staffers who questioned her behavior.

In Orange County, Erik Taylor, a former county party chair, recently resigned as a campaign manager to a congressional candidate after allegations of impropriety were made against him, according to the Times.

Gubernatorial candidates like former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Treasurer John Chiang, and Delaine Eastin are expected to speak along with Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA). Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, impeachment activist Tom Steyer, and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) are also slated to address the convention.

This article was originally published by Breitbart.com/California

California Moves Hard Left

Gavin NewsomOur next election season is underway and unless something changes, Gavin Newsom will be our next governor. Even Gov. Jerry Brown is concerned about the “self labeled state of resistance” against Trump, Republicans and people of faith that is pushing California’s policies and political debate further left. Republicans, church pulpits that founded America or leading conservatives aren’t giving counterarguments or providing checks on unhinged spending and social policies that degrade families, single-family homes and middle class incomes. U.S. Senate races, statewide offices and Legislature races will be filled exclusively with Democrats – setting up races between the left and even harder left – foreshadowing the direction of the party in California and nationally. This younger generation of Godless, leftist Democrats who mock the values that built California will destroy our state the way Chavez ruined Venezuela.

Additionally, unhinged immigration that rewards chain migration, encourages a diversity visa lottery system and doesn’t deport every illegal alien in prison will turn this country deep blue the way California, New York, Illinois and increasingly former red state Virginia are now. Liberal magazine The Atlantic was prescient when it stated in early 2016 that America is moving left and unchecked immigration will destroy this country by importing people who bring leftist and communist values from China, Latin America and Islamic African nations.

To overly pious Christians, leading conservatives, #NeverTrumpers and the Republican establishment that hates Trump, his voters and what he stands for, let Joel Kotkin, a self-described Truman Democrat, be your guide on how he illustrates what the Democratic Party has become. Mr. Kotkin breaks down these “post-industrial information age Democrats” into three groups:

Corporate oligarchs exemplified by Google, Facebook, Silicon Valley, Causists obsessed with hot button issues (abortion on demand, gay marriage, global warming) the most critical to long-term Democratic ascendency, and Populists who bear much of the party’s ‘social democratic message and legacy’ (they are the least of the Democratic Party that gave America FDR, JFK, Pat Brown, Scoop Jackson).”

Each group exemplifies faux compassion while using the media, entertainment, education, government and the courts to intimidate and control any who oppose their policies to bow in serf-like fashion to their whims and desires. Foolish Republicans in California who believe that Democrats can be understood and worked with, instead of being fought against, don’t comprehend how systematically corrupt; evil and plain wrong are today’s Democratic Party.

Two examples illustrate this truth when leading Democrats attended a private dinner with the president of Iran and Louis Farrakhan in 2013 while former President Obama had a smiling picture taken in 2005 with the vile, anti-Semite Farrakhan when he was a Senator. The press, Congressional Black Caucus and Democratic leaders buried these secrets to further the cause of electing Democrats and warring against American values. Meanwhile, Trump has a better approval rating than Obama, despite the relentless attacks, at the same point in his presidency, which is simply amazing.

And what have decades of “phantasmagorical imbecility,” from feckless Republicans and leftist Democrats wrought California for my generation to clean up? The poorest business climate, some of the highest tax rates, and largest number of people living in poverty. Moreover, Los Angeles now ranks as having the worst traffic congestion in the world, California is possibly in another drought without any water capture infrastructure built in recent memory; and The Stanford Pension Institute says, “that CalPERS has a $1.4 trillion unfunded liability.” These could be some of the reasons why more people are migrating out of California. California could use economic growth since our GDP growth rate has slipped to 35th in the nation.

The irony is Trump’s economy has rescued California’s Unemployment Insurance Fund, which has been insolvent since 2009. It was bailed out by the federal government under the Obama administration but the “Trump bump” means California can pay back the $10.2 billion borrowed from the Treasury between 2008-2012. But California’s Democratic legislators never miss an opportunity to “trash President Trump.” Environmental policy and “settled science,” though, is where the Democratic Party isn’t willing to have a serious, reasoned debate to answer what if anything can be done; or if there even is man-made global warming since climates obviously change.

However, is that due to carbon emissions or the earth’s weather patterns that have taken place for millions of years? Two recent studies question the earth warming and the worst case scenarios touted by Al Gore and former President Obama being void of scientific validity. Billions keep flowing for Democratic politicians, interest groups and those vested financially to keep the science settled and the environmental shibboleth of global warming moving forward into the next election cycle while California will ban any crude oil coming from Trump’s offshore drilling plan that could provide billions in economic benefits.

So what can be done against this type of incompetent rule? Fight back. For starters here’s how to approach environmentalists with this statement and then question by Dr. Walter Williams:

“Sixty-Five million (65) years ago the Earth experienced one of the most rapid and extreme global climate changes recorded in geological history named the ‘Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum,’ when oceans were 18 to 27 degrees hotter than today and Antarctica was home to temperate forests, beech trees and ferns. The earth also had no permanent polar ice caps. In the past 65 million years, the Earth’s temperature has increased and decreased with no help from mankind. Therefore, can mankind really stop climate change and what is the correct earth temperature?”

Make no mistake we are in a fight the way the Marines were in an inch-by-inch fight for territory in the Pacific during World War II. Walk precincts, support candidates with your money and realize it will take numerous election cycles, but voters are realizing Trump’s economic strategies are working. It really is the economy stupid. Most importantly, WALK PRECINCTS and get the message to voters about Trump’s economy that is helping Republicans, why single-family homes aren’t being built causing prices to skyrocket (appointed agencies like the Southern California Association of Governments that has counterparts in San Diego and Northern California are the reasons) and why we are terribly vulnerable to the next recession due to some of the above-mentioned reasons.

Inform voters about unfunded pension obligations in the trillions, horrible inequality, sensible ways to protect children in our schools and Democratic leaders that don’t reflect their communities; but most of all, fight back. Run for office locally, regionally, statewide and federal offices but have your facts down, platform legitimized and reasons for running, because Democrats are on the hegemonic march to crush your lives, kill off families and destroy anything that gets in their path by any means possible.

Todd Royal is a geopolitical risk and energy consultant based in Los Angeles.

Desperate John Cox Attacks Travis Allen for Supporting a Tax Cut

John CoxAfter spending millions of dollars only to see his poll numbers drop, John Cox is getting desperate.

Today he sent out his most deceptive email yet.

First, he attacked our campaign for an email that was sent out by our volunteers which had a grammatical error in it. As a result, it incorrectly touted support from some groups that have supported Travis in the past, but are not yet supporting him for governor. However, the email clearly states that it was sent out by volunteers to volunteers.

We understand failing campaigns grasping at straws to attack their opponents, but going after volunteers is a new low in politics.

Our campaign has signed up nearly 40,000 volunteers that are working hard to elect the only conservative candidate and Take Back California. We are proud of them and are thankful for the many hours of hard work they are putting in to Reclaim Our State.

If attacking our volunteers wasn’t low enough, he decided to use a deceptively edited video to continue to spread misinformation about Travis’ record and attacked Travis for voting for a tax cut.

Travis is pro life and has consistently affirmed that all life has value. In 2017, Planned Parenthood gave Travis 0% on their scorecard.

In 2016, Travis did not get a 0% on their scorecard because he voted to support two bills that did not have anything to do with the life issue but, among many groups, also happened to be supported by Planned Parenthood.

John Cox knowingly took video of Travis speaking about his 2017 scorecard and edited it to make it seem like Travis was being dishonest about his 2016 score.

Not only was this deceptive, but an attack on Travis for voting on a tax cut.

As we all know, there isn’t a tax cut that Travis Allen does not like.

In 2016, a bill that removed the sales tax on tampons came up in the Legislature, which was supported by a large number of groups, many Republicans, and even planned parenthood. Was this bill gimmicky? For certain.

However, it was still a tax cut and Travis has vowed to lower taxes at any chance he gets. He certainly wasn’t going to vote to oppose a tax cut despite of how small and limited it may have been.

Republicans should support tax cuts and we should work together to elect the only conservative candidate running for governor: Travis Allen.

Mueller Indictments of Russians—Makes Case Against Illegal Aliens

The Mueller indictments may be the best action he takes.  While there is ZERO chance any of the trolls of Moscow will agree to a trial in the U.S., the cause of action is really about illegal aliens.  In the following trade the term Russians for illegal aliens:

“The indictment charges the defendants with working in concert to travel to the United States under false pretenses, and to steal identities of U.S. citizens to create email accounts and establish fake social media accounts so they could publish content and organize political rallies using false personas. Flouting the Federal Election Commission’s ban on foreign money in electioneering communications, they also conspired to conceal their political expenditures by funneling them through PayPal and other online financial entities (wire fraud and bank fraud), and failed to register with the Justice Department as foreign agents.

But Russians aren’t the only foreign nationals working to interfere in United States affairs. Many are here illegally, are politically active in grassroots organizations, post on social media, and attend protest marches. In fact, it’s fairly commonplace. Mexican and other foreign nationals participate in all kinds of activities to influence public opinion and government policy, just as the Russians named in Mueller’s indictment allegedly did. Many of them may be colluding with their governments to evade our laws and subvert their enforcement.

If collusion is a Federal crime, then who is colluding with the illegal aliens?  Feinstein, Harris, Brown Pelosi, Obama, Clinton and the other Socialists Democrats.  Should they be indicted for collusion?  Donald Trump has opened up a hornets nest for the Left—showing their corruption and hypocrisy.  This is going to be a long term disaster for the Democrats.  How do they explain the corruption of their Party while running for office?

Protesters chant during a May Day demonstration outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Francisco on Monday. Thousands are expected to take to the streets across the United States to participate in May Day demonstrations.

Mueller Indictment May Be Bad News for Illegal Aliens

By Ruth Papazian|, American Greatness,  2/21/18

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 37-page indictment against three Russian entities and 13 Russian individuals may have legal implications for illegal aliens residing in the United States, and could serve as grounds for deportation.

Mueller accuses the Russian nationals of “knowingly and intentionally conspiring to defraud the United States” by hindering the functions of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of State for “the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016.”

The introduction of the indictment lays out the theory of the case against the Russians:

The United States of America . . . regulates the activities of foreign individuals and entities in and affecting the United States in order to prevent, disclose, and counteract improper foreign influence on U.S. elections and on the U.S. political system. U.S. law bans foreign nationals from making certain expenditures or financial disbursements for the purpose of influencing federal elections. U.S. law also bars agents of any foreign entity from engaging in political activities within the United States without first registering with the Attorney General. And U.S. law requires certain foreign nationals seeking entry to the United States to obtain a visa by providing truthful and accurate information to the government. Various federal agencies, including the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of State, are charged with enforcing these laws.

The indictment charges the defendants with working in concert to travel to the United States under false pretenses, and to steal identities of U.S. citizens to create email accounts and establish fake social media accounts so they could publish content and organize political rallies using false personas. Flouting the Federal Election Commission’s ban on foreign money in electioneering communications, they also conspired to conceal their political expenditures by funneling them through PayPal and other online financial entities (wire fraud and bank fraud), and failed to register with the Justice Department as foreign agents.

But Russians aren’t the only foreign nationals working to interfere in United States affairs. Many are here illegally, are politically active in grassroots organizations, post on social media, and attend protest marches. In fact, it’s fairly commonplace. Mexican and other foreign nationals participate in all kinds of activities to influence public opinion and government policy, just as the Russians named in Mueller’s indictment allegedly did. Many of them may be colluding with their governments to evade our laws and subvert their enforcement.

While the scope of the political activity permitted to illegal aliens under 2 U.S.C. §441e (contributions and donations by foreign nationals) and the First Amendment has not been resolved by the courts, illegal aliens clearly are subject to the same restrictions as the defendants in the indictment.

The defendants are accused of “knowingly and intentionally conspir[ing] to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of State in administering federal requirements for disclosure of foreign involvement in certain domestic activities.”

Delving into the particulars of each of the eight counts:

Based on the theory of the case, foreign nationals in the U.S. illegally, as well as those who aid and abet them in evading deportation, could also be charged with similar offenses under 18 U.S.C. §§371 and 1028A:

  • Noncitizens who overstay their visas have defrauded the State Department if they didn’t truthfully divulge their intentions to a U.S. consular officer when they applied for nonimmigrant visa.
  • The number of noncitizen adults who illegally registered to vote was estimated between 800,000 and 2.2 million in 2013. A 2014 study by professors of political science at Old Dominion University and George Mason University found that “non-citizen voting likely changed 2008 outcomes including Electoral College votes and the composition of Congress.” Illegal aliens who have registered to vote in the U.S. and/or have voted in elections have defrauded the FEC.
  • Illegal aliens routinely purchase Social Security numbers, green cards, birth certificates, and other fake documentation to create false personas to apply for jobs, fraudulently claim tax credits on state and federal tax forms, and apply for Federal Housing Administration-backed loans. In addition to aggravated identity theft, they are committing perjury on W-9 forms and tax forms—and are involved in a conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Since 2009, courts have ruled that using false documentation to obtain work is not grounds for immediate deportation—but being party to a criminal conspiracy to obtain and use a phony social security number could be considered “a crime of moral turpitude,” as it is “a continuing offense.”

Going by the charges in Mueller’s indictment, purchase and use of false documentation is a conspiracy to use fraud and deceit to impair, obstruct, and defeat the lawful functions of the State Department, the Department of Justice, the IRS, and the Social Security Administration, among other government agencies. Also complicit in these crimes are:

  • Developers of smartphone apps and text messaging services that warn illegal aliens when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers are conducting sweeps at homes, workplaces or traffic checkpoints are interfering with the lawful functions of the Department of Homeland Security and of ICE.
  • City and state legislators who have enacted legislation or ordinances to create sanctuary jurisdictions, and the officials who enforce policies that thwart the lawful functions of ICE, are conspiring to defraud the United States. Foremost among them are lawmakers and officials in California, which enacted legislation to become a “sanctuary state.”

Earlier this month, several immigration rights groups filed a suit against ICE alleging the agency is “unconstitutionally using its power to suppress political dissent by targeting outspoken immigration activists for surveillance and deportation,” reports The Hill. The complaint states: “The Government’s targeting of activists on the basis of their core political speech is unfair, discriminatory, and un-American. And it violates the First Amendment.”

Based on the theory of Mueller’s case, they could be charged with several of the same felonies under 18 U.S.C. §371, which may strengthen the case for deporting them and other illegal aliens. And a host of state and local officials, grassroots organizations and others who impede the enforcement of federal immigration law, or abet identity theft and other fraud, could theoretically be prosecuted for 18 U.S.C. §371 offenses as well.

 

San Fran Nan: Hire Illegal Aliens to “Mow Grass by the Border”

This is NOT a joke.  San Fran Nan Pelosi has a Democrat Plan for border security.  She wants to hire illegal aliens mow the grass near the border.  Why, so illegal aliens can’t sneak into the nation in high grass?  Now you know why I demand she stay as leader of the Democrat party—we need her to speak out and explain what Democrats stand for and against.  They have two favorite words—RESIST and NO.  How can’t we win seats in November with that as the Platform of the opposition Party?

“However, the solutions she offered up were drastically more nonsensical than the idea of a border wall. She highlighted the most ridiculous approach — “mowing the grass” — by stating, “that’s something.”

“Let’s talk about where a more serious structure might be necessary, where fencing will do, or mowing the grass so people can’t be smuggled through the grass — that’s something — levies, technology, personnel.”

Republicans could not pay for her words.  In fact, I hope the GOP has a fund to allow Nancy and Hillary to tour the country.

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Pelosi’s Border Solution: ‘Mowing The Grass’

Amber Athey, Daily Caller, 2/22/18

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said during a Tuesday interview that she thinks “mowing the grass” along the border could be one solution to border security.

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Pelosi denounced the idea of a border wall during the interview, which was broadcast on Facebook live, stating that such an idea is “never going to happen.”

“Well, I’m not the wall’s biggest advocate in Congress, but I do know that representatives in the House and Senators in that body from the border wall areas have some serious objection to a wall,” Pelosi explained. “Because they know how detrimental it can be to the community trade, to all of the other aspects of a border.”

However, the solutions she offered up were drastically more nonsensical than the idea of a border wall. She highlighted the most ridiculous approach — “mowing the grass” — by stating, “that’s something.”

“Let’s talk about where a more serious structure might be necessary, where fencing will do, or mowing the grass so people can’t be smuggled through the grass — that’s something — levies, technology, personnel.”

Facing specter of drought, California farmers are told to expect little water

If all goes well, our Central Valley farmers will receive 20% of the water they need to grow our food.  What does this mean?  I just bought some blueberries from State Brow in Simi Valley.  It came from a firm in Dominquez, California—South Bay of L.A.  But the small print shows the blueberries were grown in Chile.  Our farmers could not grow enough in this country—so we had to import them.  Why?  Lack of water.

“The agency said it can’t yet provide an initial allocation figure for many Sacramento Valley water agencies because of the lack of rain and the legal requirement that plenty of water be kept in Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in California, to protect endangered species of Chinook salmon.

Those left in the dark for the time being includes some urban agencies in the Sacramento area such as Placer County Water Agency and the San Juan Water District, although officials stressed that those agencies aren’t in danger of running short of water.

At a time when farmers need to prepare to seed the crops for the Spring and Summer, they do not know how much water they will get.  What is the fastest growing crop in the Central Valley?  Farms using the land to “grow” solar panels—not food.  Our water is allowed to flow into the ocean, water is used for the delta smelt, salmon and other fish.  We have the water, government has priorities other than people, food and our economy.

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Facing specter of drought, California farmers are told to expect little water

By Dale Kasler, Sierrastar,  2/20/18

It’s starting to look like a drought year for California farmers who depend on water from the federal government.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Tuesday that most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta who get water from the federal Central Valley Project will receive just 20 percent of their requested allocation this year.

Although the numbers could change and the allocations could increase this spring, the initial figures reflect the abysmal precipitation California has received so far this winter. “We have extremely low snowpack and limited anticipated runoff,” said David Murillo, the bureau’s regional director.

The agency said it can’t yet provide an initial allocation figure for many Sacramento Valley water agencies because of the lack of rain and the legal requirement that plenty of water be kept in Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in California, to protect endangered species of Chinook salmon.

Those left in the dark for the time being includes some urban agencies in the Sacramento area such as Placer County Water Agency and the San Juan Water District, although officials stressed that those agencies aren’t in danger of running short of water.

Still, the announcement was sobering. Despite last winter’s record rainfall, Californians must “prepare for the potential of return to drought conditions,” said Federico Barajas, deputy regional manager of the bureau.

The Sierra Nevada snowpack is just 20 percent of normal and most of the state has received rainfall levels that are well below average.

So far, however, conditions aren’t as bad as during the worst of California’s five-year drought. In some years, farmers south of the Delta received no water from the Central Valley Project, prompting many of them to dramatically increase the amount of water they pumped out of the ground.

Last winter’s record Northern California rainfall filled most of the state’s reservoirs and will ensure that most of the irrigation districts and municipal agencies that belong to the CVP will get at least some water from the feds.

At the San Juan Water District in suburban Sacramento, for instance, the reservoir conditions provide a cushion against the uncertainty of not receiving an initial allocation.

“The good news is that Folsom Lake has a lot of water in it,” said San Juan general manager Paul Helliker, whose agency pulls water from the reservoir and has supplies outside of the Central Valley Project. “That does give us some comfort.”

The State Water Project has set an initial allocation of 20 percent for all of its farm and municipal customers. The CVP doesn’t distribute its water equally, however, because some of its customers have special historic water rights that provide for more generous deliveries. While many of the farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are getting an initial allocation of only 20 percent, others have been told to expect 30 percent or more. The “settlement contractors,” a select group of Sacramento Valley rice farmers, have been given an initial allocation of 100 percent.

The short-term weather forecast does offer some relief. The National Weather Service said the Sierra is expected to get as much as 8 inches of new snow starting late Wednesday. Because it’s so cold, snow levels could drop to as low as 1,000 feet. However, forecasters said the incoming storm isn’t expected to bring heavy precipitation.

UC-San Diego refuses to cancel course on films of Woody Allen

UC San Diego has no problem with Hollywood types (even if they live in New York) that abuse under age girls.  In the case of Woody Allen, it has been known for decades that he had sexual relations with an underage girl—he is the American version of Roman Polanski, without the conviction.  So when 21,000 asked the school NOT to hold a course on his films, it did not matter—his “brilliance” is more important than his perversions.

““As many of you know, a public petition was initiated several weeks ago with the purpose of cancelling a current course on the films of Woody Allen, a staple elective in the Theatre and Dance Department,” the Academic Senate wrote. “This, of course, raises serious issues concerning academic freedom, utterly independent of any specifics pertaining to allegations about Woody Allen.”

The petition, which currently has more than 21,000 signatures, was created by UCSD theater student Savanah Lyon with the goal of permanently taking the course “off the books forever” so that future students will not “have to see that pedophile glorified” in the classroom.”

Maybe they can have Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey moderate the discussion?

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UC-San Diego refuses to cancel course on films of Woody Allen

Nikita Vladimirov, Campus Reform, 2/21/18

   

·  The University of California, San Diego is refusing to cancel a course on “The Films of Woody Allen” despite a petition with more than 20,000 signatures demanding it be “taken off the books forever.”

·  Allen has denied allegations that he sexually abused his adopted daughter when she was a child, but the petitioners assert that the course has “glorified” a man they unreservedly label a “pedophile.”

·  The UCSD Academic Senate responded to the controversy with a statement defending academic freedom, which according to the petition shows that faculty members “do not care about the statement it makes to survivors everywhere.”

The University of California, San Diego is refusing to cancel a course on “The Films of Woody Allen” despite a petition that has received tens of thousands of signatures.

In a statement last week, the Academic Senate pushed back against demands that the class be cancelled based on unproven sexual abuse allegations against the filmmaker, stressing the importance of academic freedom on campus.

“This, of course, raises serious issues concerning academic freedom, utterly independent of any specifics pertaining to allegations about Woody Allen.”

“As many of you know, a public petition was initiated several weeks ago with the purpose of cancelling a current course on the films of Woody Allen, a staple elective in the Theatre and Dance Department,” the Academic Senate wrote. “This, of course, raises serious issues concerning academic freedom, utterly independent of any specifics pertaining to allegations about Woody Allen.”

The petition, which currently has more than 21,000 signatures, was created by UCSD theater student Savanah Lyon with the goal of permanently taking the course “off the books forever” so that future students will not “have to see that pedophile glorified” in the classroom.

“I have emailed all of the people in charge in an attempt to appeal to their sense of reason, humanity, and morality to stop this class and take it off the books so that no one can teach this class again,” she states in the document. “I have been met with dismissal, unprofessionalism, and dehumanizing rhetoric.”

Addressing the university’s academic freedom argument, Lyon complains that administrators “do not care about the statement it makes to survivors everywhere,” suggesting that there are “thousands” of other directors whose films could be used to teach the same concepts.

“This class might not be able to be cancelled in its current quarter but it can be taken of the books forever so that no one will ever have to see that pedophile glorified in an educational institution again,” the petition concludes, encouraging supporters to email both the Theatre Department chair and the instructor of the Woody Allen course.

The Academic Senate, however, only underscored the university’s commitment to academic freedom, stating that the university “is responsible for vigilantly maintaining and promoting the First Amendment guarantee of free expression of ideas and opinions on campus and for encouraging critical, deliberative, and informed debate on controversial issues.”

The statement adds that “this responsibility is manifested both in our valuing and respecting the right of students to express their deeply held views, and our valuing and respecting the right of our faculty, in accordance with fundamental principles of academic freedom, to choose what they teach.”

The Senate also concluded that “cancelling or removing this or any other course for the reason that it contains the study of controversial material, or even material widely regarded as morally problematic, would undermine both the value of free inquiry and the associated rights of faculty to engage in such inquiry by choosing their course content.”

Lyon criticized the university’s response in a Facebook post Tuesday, pledging to continue to speak out “every time I feel something goes against what’s right.”

“I tried, I tried as hard as I could, and the people around me and across the globe tried as well,” she wrote. “The odds were stacked up against me from the beginning and yet still I took it to the next step each time. It’s hard to believe what would’ve been enough to get them to remove it from the books.”
Campus Reform exposes the liberal bias and abuse against conservatives on America’s colleges and universities.

As a Campus Reform reader, you know about the abuse taking place at our nation’s higher education institutions, and you know how important it is to bring these stories to light.

College campuses are no longer bastions of higher learning. Professors indoctrinate students with their agendas. They even silence conservative students with their attempts to suppress free speech.

 

It is illegal for this student to be in the country. So how is he attending UC Berkeley?

The law is clear.  If you are given a visa, it has an expiration date.  You have the right to have it extended by asking for an extension.  But, if you do not get an extension—you need to go home.  In the case of Luis Mora, he does not give a damn about our country or its rules.  He thinks he is the center of the universe and we revolve around his wants and desires.  So there is a honest California citizen unable to attend Cal Berkeley because there seat is taken by a self absorbed, narcissistic, criminal.

“The case reveals a strange loophole in United States immigration law: No federal law expressly prohibits a public university from admitting an immigrant student who does not have all the proper paperwork; in fact, some courts have found their education is allowed under the constitution, regardless of their immigration status, according to one legal scholar interviewed by The College Fix.”

It is time to make California great again—by enforcing the laws and putting our taxpayers and children before foreigners that break our laws?  What do you think?

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It is illegal for this student to be in the country. So how is he attending UC Berkeley?

Coy Westbrook, The College Fix,  2/22/18

Luis Mora, the University of California, Berkeley student who was detained last month by Immigration and Custom Enforcements, was in the country on a visa that expired several years ago. He was denied DACA status by the federal government. He was in the country illegally. Nevertheless, he is able attend a major public university, even qualifying for in-state tuition.

How?

The case reveals a strange loophole in United States immigration law: No federal law expressly prohibits a public university from admitting an immigrant student who does not have all the proper paperwork; in fact, some courts have found their education is allowed under the constitution, regardless of their immigration status, according to one legal scholar interviewed by The College Fix.

Mora was brought to the United States when he was eleven years old, according to the UC Berkeley student activist group Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education, or RISE.

Mora–whose visa expired two years ago and whose deferred-action application was denied by the federal government–was arrested by border patrol agents in December of last year and transferred to federal immigration custody.

The UC Berkeley community agitated for Mora’s release, with the chancellor of the university “taking all appropriate actions” in order to return the student to campus. After two weeks in custody, Mora was released on bail. He is scheduled for a court hearing next year. In the meantime he will continue to attend UC Berkeley, according to the university.

A spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Campus Reform last month that Mora “lacks the necessary visa to be legally enrolled in a university” and “should never have been allowed to enroll in the first place,” but that claim appears to conflict with some legal analysis, according to an immigration expert at the University of California, Irvine.

“No federal law expressly prohibits a state university from admitting an immigrant student present in the country without authorization,” Jennifer Chacón, a senior associate dean at UCI Law, told The College Fix via email. “Unless such laws or policies are expressly prohibited by Congress, conflict with federal immigration law or pose an obstacle to that law, the state’s laws and policies are not preempted by federal immigration law.”

“States can’t enact their own immigration laws — federal law controls admission and removal of immigrants — but states can and do regulate the lives of the immigrants within their borders in many ways, and state regulation of this kind generally is perfectly lawful if it is not preempted and does not violate other constitutional rights.”

“In fact, there is federal constitutional case law that prohibits states from DENYING K-12 education to undocumented students,” Chacón added. “So educating undocumented students isn’t contrary to federal immigration law and in some cases, courts have found such education to be constitutionally required.”

The College Fix repeatedly reached out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement via email seeking clarification on the legalities of Mora attending UC Berkeley. Nobody from the department responded.

The student activist group RISE also did not respond to request for comment from The Fix; nor did the University of California’s office of the presidency or UC Berkeley’s office of the chancellor.

Reached via telephone, Berkeley spokeswoman Janet Gilmore declined comment.

According to Campus Reform, when asked, officials at UC Berkeley “tactfully denied receiving ‘any requests from ICE to cancel a student’s registration.’” Berkeley officials stated that Mora “is in excellent academic standing, attending all his classes diligently, and a positive contribution to our Berkeley community.”

 

Stanford: Men Claiming to be Women Can Attend Women Only Gym Classes

I love Stanford—it is a pervert’s haven.  What would happen if tomorrow I decided I was a “woman”?  Under the rules of the University, I could go into the women’s locker room and take a shower.  How sick is that.  The Left says we should believe science—I agree—DNA, not the thought of the day, perversion or confusion decides your gender.

“It started offering “Women’s Only Training” on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, an idea hatched by the chairs of the “Inclusivity Committee” of the Recreation and Wellness department, according to The Stanford Daily.

The limitation is only applied to men who identify as men, however: Men who identify as women are allowed in the space at all times.

This method of “Inspiring a healthier Stanford” may in fact violate both the law and “Stanford’s own statement of nondiscrimination,” Perry told the Stanford student in an email the professor shared with The College Fix.

Is there is IQ test to allow an Administrator a job at Stanford?  Do students have to have a modicum a common sense—or do you have to be a pervert to qualify for enrollment?

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Stanford protects inclusivity by banning men from the gym twice a week

Jorin Burkhart, The College Fix, 2/22/18

Michigan State University operated a women-only lounge going back to the Great Depression. The University of Michigan-Flint has excluded whites and males from consideration for certain faculty awards.

Economist Mark Perry filed civil rights complaints against both practices. Now the UM-Flint professor is training his sights on another gender-segregated space: a gym at Stanford University.

A student at the elite private university asked for Perry’s help publicizing the new no-men hours in a space at Stanford’s Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center.

It started offering “Women’s Only Training” on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, an idea hatched by the chairs of the “Inclusivity Committee” of the Recreation and Wellness department, according to The Stanford Daily.

The limitation is only applied to men who identify as men, however: Men who identify as women are allowed in the space at all times.

This method of “Inspiring a healthier Stanford” may in fact violate both the law and “Stanford’s own statement of nondiscrimination,” Perry told the Stanford student in an email the professor shared with The College Fix.

Perry suggested the segregated workout program was hypocritical in a full analysis: “So in the new upside-down world on college campuses, ‘excluding’ half of the campus from a university facility for four hours per week is celebrated as advancing ‘inclusivity’?”