G-D Bless America—The Story before the Original Presentation

These are troubling times.  In these times Americans unite against a common enemy—whether terrorists, gangsters, hurricanes or disease.  Below is the story of how G—d Bless America was written and produced.

Toward the end you will see a scene with Ronald Reagan—the other male in the scene is George Murphy who in 1964—24 years after this presentation.  Two years later Ronald Reagan became Governor of California.

Pass this along to your friends, bring a smile to them and a tear in their eyes.

G-D Bless America—The Story before the Original Presentation

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith  the best singof her time and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two. 

Here are the facts; The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of “God Bless America”. But before you watch it you should know the story behind the first public showing of the song. 

The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans. 

This was the era just before TV when radio shows were HUGE and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her; “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”

Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time. 

Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer Irving Berlin (who also wrote White Christmas) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that

he had written but never published, 22 years before – in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America . Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song. 

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, You’re In The Army Now. At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it’s Ronald Reagan. 

To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry…and for many generations of Americans to follow.

Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Many people don’t know there’s a lead into the song since it usually starts with God Bless America … So, here’s the entire song as originally sung. Enjoy it! Click below: Watch to the end.

 Kate Smith introduces God Bless America – YouTube

Eber: First amendment clashes with PC values

Free speech is endangered-by the Left. Rachel (the crier) Maddow told her audience she had proof Trump colluded with the Russians—she lied, but no one stopped her from telling more lies.  She then told the whopper about the Ukraine—she was in cahoots with Adam (the liar) Schiff who had his staff help draft the whistleblowers “compliant”, then swear he knew nothing about it.

Trump announced that in two weeks Navy medical ships would be in service in Los Angeles and New York—Maddow said they would not be ready for weeks or months.  Again, she lied.  Yet, though her “news”: show is fiction, like the “news” during Saturday Night Live, she is still on the air.  Yet, The Left hates Fox News and wants them to be stopped, as if government in the U.S. was like the Soviet Union.  Hypocrisy at its worst.

First amendment clashes with PC values By Richard Eber

Richard Eber, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views,  4/6/20 

As a matter of course, I often participate in a Saturday morning political discussion group that has been nick named the The Curmudgeons Coffee Club.  With the exception of me, most of those who attend these meetings are Progressive Democrats.

It has been next to impossible trying to reason with these people. Arguing that the world is flat or denying gravity is easier.  Lucky for me arguing about politics in our democracy is a sacred right protecting by the 1st Amendment.  It needs to be treasured no matter how distasteful others beliefs might be.

The Curmudgeons along with the progressive political office holders they support and the  #Me too crowd, seem to have a problem tolerating conservatives. They want dialog to be conducted by the terms of the politically correct (PC) play book concocted by the Left.  Having a perceived monopoly on facts vs. the uninformed opinions of others, does not make their playing field very even.

 Despite this disadvantage, I continue to battle each week, although such a task appears to be futile most of the time.  A good example was my response to an email tree which criticized the President for saying negative things about Joe Biden during the Corona Virus.

Richard– You are naïve to think that there is something remarkable that Donald Trump

is critical of the Joe Biden or any other Democrat running against him? At the same time you don’t question Chuck or Nancy ripping the President at every opportunity

This exchange was answered by one of the curmudgeons telling me, “Would those be rose colored glasses? Or glasses that sit uneven on the nose? Or maybe just blindness.

It got worse. A recent article was received from them to back up left wing beliefs penned by Lee Moran of the Huffington Post. It read in part:

Dozens of professors and teachers of journalism and communications have signed a scathing open letter calling out Fox News’ coverage of the corona virus crisis, describing it as “a danger to public health. Some 77 academics and journalists had signed the letter as of Thursday morning, accusing the widely watched conservative network of contributing “to the spread of a grave pandemic.”

 To these “medical experts” I replied:

This so called news story sounds like the argument we heard in the 1950’s that 3 out of 4 doctors recommend the ingredients of Anacin.” (So it must be good) Using such an argument, how can Moran’s data be even remotely considered a valid sample to base an opinion to be published?

It is inferred that if a bunch of leftist journalists at Columbia, believe that their opinions are factual, this must be the truth. On that note the Huffington News, given their past reporting, isn’t exactly a bastion of Journalism School ethics either.

After reading Moran’s story it is no wonder I currently prefer to stay out of partisan discussions. My present model follows what went on during WWII when Republicans and Democrats set aside their differences for the good of the Country.

However, it is impossible to avoid ideological fruit cakes engaging in divisive efforts to push political agenda’s regardless of the consequences. On that note I recently received this email from a Democratic PAC which read:

CNBC BREAKING NEWS: Trump’s approval ratings soar to 49%

Richard, Trump’s approval ratings are the highest they’ve ever been. We can’t believe this is accurate, so we’re re-polling top Democrats nationwide.

But you haven’t responded. Please answer immediately →

It’s like these people are more concerned with the President failing than with uniting to fight the Pandemic.  This disturbs me.  Apparently, in their minds, the welfare of the American people is secondary to the concept Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis championed;”Just win baby”.

I believe the continuous Trump bashing ends up being a modified form of treason. However Freedom of Speech protects even those who harbor such dark views that place ideology and political expediency over the health of our nation.  One would think those who treasure John Kennedy’s book Profiles in Courage, cringe at the partisanship being practiced today.

Among Democrats outside of Washington, we can look to Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom in California for strong leadership during these difficult times.  They have dealt with Covid-19 of late in an even handed way without blaming the Federal Government for the pandemic.

Instead of trashing the President at every opportunity, they have been concentrating on assisting their constituents .

At least for the most part Joe Biden has the sense to stay home fumbling with his teleprompter and not rattling cages with blatant partisan comments like his allies Nancy and Chuck. 

There will be plenty of time to address the American people prior to November3rd.

As the late Kenny Rodgers sang,”

You got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealing’s done

One might think about following Rodger’s advice in dealing with the Corona Virus.

It should also be noted that the majority of Americans approve of the way the President is dealing with the crisis.  They believe the pandemic needs to be dealt with in the present rather than through the perspective of the rear view mirror.

In reality CSNBC commentator Rachael Maddow is an outlier advising other networks not to air the daily press conferences of Donald Trump. It is her perception the President is always lying and dispensing disinformation to the people.  Instead she infers that the public are ignoran; thus should depend solely on far left news sources to filter information about the Pandemic.

Such thinking is complete B.S.  Even though it is easy to distain most of the opinions expressed on MSNBC and CNN, I watch them daily in order to receive a balanced briefing on what is transpiring on the Corona Virus front.  While it is perceived by the left I share the same bedroom with Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Judge Jeanine, this isn’t exactly the case

The liberal press might well heed my more enlightened approach and take on a temporary political makeover from letting their hatred of conservatives interfere with having a logical thought  process.

That indeed would be a “progressive” move in the right direction.

SF police issue first citation for violating stay at home order to abortion protester

Guv Newsom commuted the sentences of 19 murderers—between then who killed more than 30 people.  He is also releasing 3500 criminals from prison prior to the end of their sentence.  San Fran is releasing hundreds from jails—just to keep “social distance.

But San Fran arrested an 86 year old man protesting the murder (legalized murder) by Planned Parenthood.  This clearly explains how little Democrats think of the value of life.

This is an issue our candidates should use—the cleaning uot of our prisons of vicious criminals and the ending of the First Amendment y government.

This proves that you are never too old to have government in San Fran act like the government of Cuba or China.

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York August 31, 2015. Picture taken August 31, 2015. To match Insight USA-PLANNEDPARENTHOOD/ REUTERS/Lucas Jackson – RTX1RKFV

SF police issue first citation for violating stay at home order to abortion protester

Ronald Konopaski, 86, cited outside Planned Parenthood for allegedly failing to shelter in place

Michael Barba, SF Examiner,  4/3/20   

The first person cited by San Francisco police for allegedly violating the public health order requiring residents to stay at home is an 86-year-old anti-abortion advocate.

Ronald Konopaski was protesting outside the Planned Parenthood clinic at 1650 Valencia St. near Bernal Heights when police cited him for a misdemeanor Thursday.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak, a police spokesperson, confirmed the citation Friday and said that officers had previously admonished Konopaski for allegedly violating the order.

Andraychak said Konopaski was distributing leaflets on the sidewalk when police warned him Wednesday, and had a chair next to him when police cited him the next day.

Konopaski is the first and only person who the San Francisco Police Department has cited for a violation of the order as of late Friday afternoon, according to Andraychak.

Until Thursday, Police Chief Bill Scott had directed his officers to focus on educating the public to remain indoors during the coronavirus pandemic.

But as of Friday, Scott said officers would begin citing residents and business owners for violating the order after one warning.

“I’ll make this very clear, particularly for the business owners in our city,” Scott said at a noon press conference. “If we have to go back, we are not going to ask twice.”

In a phone call Friday evening, Konopaski said he was pacing back and forth in prayer when police cited him.

He had been at the clinic nearly every day since late February as part of a 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion.

He confirmed that police admonished him a day before the citation, but argued that the order violated his constitutional right to free speech and religion.

“The people who are opposing my being there are just using this order as a tool to engage the police to do their dirty work to get rid of me,” Konopaski said.

While he does not call it protesting, Konopaski said he has regularly set up outside the clinic for the last decade or so to pray for its closure and offer women “other options.”

He argued that what he does is an “essential service” that should be allowed under the order, and said that he remains six feet away from others.

“I’m 86 years old and I know how to take care of my health,” he said. “I’m following the order of this health thing even though I think that is a gross overkill or overreach.”

In an email, neighbor Bryan Spearry said he is one of the people who have repeatedly called 311 on protesters outside the clinic during the crisis.

“What they are doing right now is NOT essential,” Spearry wrote. “That they are standing so close to everyone walking down that sidewalk, especially right next to a hospital and next to a [Burger King] that accepts EBT, I was concerned.”

Matthew Prewett is another anti-abortion advocate who was at the clinic when police cited Konopaski.

“They said that being on the sidewalk would be an issue if anybody else passed because they would have to come within six feet of us,” Prewett said.

Prewett captured the encounter on video posted to social media. He was there with Pro-Life San Francisco founder Terrisa Bukovinac.

Prewett argued that police had selectively chosen to cite Konopaski.

“I see people violating the stay away order all the time in the Panhandle park and I have never seen police respond to that,” he said.

The order prohibits people from being outdoors except for essential reasons such as grocery shopping or picking up medicine.

It also includes exemptions for certain workers as well as homeless people.

Konopaski is due in court April 27, he said. The fine he faces is expected to be determined by a judge.

He said he does not plan to return to the Planned Parenthood soon, since police threatened to arrest him if he does.

Nolte: Voting by Mail Is a Terrible Democrat Idea that Invites Fraud

Here is how elections work in California.  In the middle of the night someone registers to vote—online.  No idea if it is a real person or a bot.  Then 30 days prior to the election, every “registered voter” receives a ballot.  It is “signed” sent to the Registrar of Voters.  At no time did a single human being see the entity that voted.  Then you have direct corruption of the system.

Election Integrity Project CA reports that in seven counties there are over one million illegally registered voters.  How do we know they are illegal?  Because these counties report that of the eligible voters, these counties have between 101% and 140% of those “eligible to vote, registered to vote.

These are the folks that have their ballots harvested—the million illegally registered.  Then you have the illegal aliens registered to vote—and the Secretary of State refuses to do an audit and take these folks—registered by the DMV—off the rolls.

California has not had an honest election in years. 

Nolte: Voting by Mail Is a Terrible Democrat Idea that Invites Fraud

John Nolte, Breitbart,  3/4/20

Democrats want to mail every American a 2020 ballot and have people come to your house to pick up those ballots.

Can you imagine?

Can you imagine mailing out some 150 million ballots to every registered voter and having some politicized “organizer” pick them up?

“Sir, I’m here to pick up your presidential ballot.”

“I haven’t filled it out. You know, I’m not really paying attention.”

“That’s no problem. Why don’t you let me help you with that.”

Seriously, can you imagine?

Or how about the very idea of these “organizers” in possession and in control of who knows how many hundreds or thousands of ballots?

Democrats tried that in Arizona for the 2016 election. But the state passed a law against it, against what is known as “community ballot collection,” and the Supreme Court, thankfully, upheld the law, but only after the depraved 9th Circuit ruled against it.

But this is what Democrats want; this is how Democrats are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic and all the death and economic destruction that goes with it… To push terrible ideas like nationwide vote-by-mail and community ballot collection.

Anyone who believes in election and ballot integrity understands that the safest way to vote, to ensure a legal and orderly process, is in-person voting with a government ID.

Willy-nilly vote by mail is a terrible idea. My God, that would mean mailing ballots to every single registered voter in the country… But only for now. You know that eventually, Democrats will demand that everyone of voting age is mailed a ballot.

So what you would have are some 150 million presidential voting ballots floating around the country… How many would go to the wrong address? How easy would it be to vote twice: once in person and once by mail? How easy would it be to vote using someone else’s ballots?

How about, this easy! And those are only the people who have been caught.

Democrats also want to provide “pre-paid postage for mail-in ballots and extending the postmark deadline to Election Day.”

Can you imagine?

If you can postmark as late as Election Day, and you have 150 million ballots floating around, and the polls close in your state at 7 p.m., and the votes are all counted by 10 p.m., and you’re a tad short… Good grief, you know, the next move will be to keep the post office open until midnight, so those “much needed” ballots can be post-marked on Election Day.

While I realize that five states already vote exclusively by mail — Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Utah — you at least have to mail the ballots yourself or drop them off at a polling place. Regardless, this is still a terrible idea. If nothing else, it greatly inflates the possibility of fraud and removes the most sacred of traditions: the secret ballot. Once you are behind that curtain, it’s just you and your own conscience. Filling out a ballot at home invites coercion and bullying from politicized family-members.

Democrats are not trying to make voting more convenient for Americans; Democrats are trying to make vote fraud all that much easier.

Swalwell Admits He is a Gigantic Hypocrite.

Eric Swalwell got elected to Congress by denouncing a 40 years incumbent for living in D.C., not the District.  Eric swore he would always live in the District in the Bay Area.  It only took him eight years to prove he is a liar.

Then you have the fact that less than a year ago he was swimming in college and credit card debt—according to him.  Now he is buying a $1.2 million duplex a mile from Congress.  This shows that lying about a President is a great way to make money—his book about the lies will be published in August—he will be laughing at his constituents and the American public as his parties in D.C. on a foundation of corruption and lies.

“Variety reported on Wednesday that Swalwell purchased a $1.2 million duplex in the Eckington neighborhood of D.C. Swalwell’s new home is a recently rehabbed, four-story Victorian. The home is roughly a mile from the capitol.

Over the past year, there have been hints, primarily on social media, that Swalwell no longer resided in the district. Swalwell was believed to have resided in a four-bedroom town house in D.C. He previously lived in Livermore. It’s unclear whether he still maintains an address in the district.

Now the question is, which Morel Six in his district is his using as his “residence”.  The media bought his lies, now he buys a million dollar house.

Swalwell buys $1.2 million D.C. duplex; his book’s publishing date pushed back

East Bay Citizen, 4/3/20   

More than eight years ago, Eric Swalwell promised voters in the 15th congressional district that, unlike the entrenched incumbent congressman who lived in Maryland, he would always live in the district and work in Washington, D.C. For many years, Swalwell kept his promise, flying back-and-forth between the Tri-Valley and central and south county district on almost a weekly basis. This appears to be no longer the case.

Variety reported on Wednesday that Swalwell purchased a $1.2 million duplex in the Eckington neighborhood of D.C. Swalwell’s new home is a recently rehabbed, four-story Victorian. The home is roughly a mile from the capitol.

Over the past year, there have been hints, primarily on social media, that Swalwell no longer resided in the district. Swalwell was believed to have resided in a four-bedroom town house in D.C. He previously lived in Livermore. It’s unclear whether he still maintains an address in the district.

Members of Congress are not required to live in the district they represent, but the vow to stay connected to his constituents was one of the main talking points he used to upset 40-year congressman Pete Stark in 2012. Swalwell often used Stark’s residency as a symbol to represent him out-of-touch with the district’s voters. One mailer during the 2012 campaign depicted Stark as missing. “Have you seen me?” it asked.

It’s also unclear how Swalwell is financing the purchase of the home. During his short run for president last year, numerous reports found his personal finances were drowning in credit card and student loan debts.

In addition, any financial windfall that could come from his forthcoming book purporting to give an insider’s look into President Trump’s impeachment will not come until later this year.

The book was originally scheduled to be released next Tuesday. Due to the pandemic, Swalwell announced on Friday that publication of the book has been pushed back to August.

Due to our current crisis, we’re delaying the publication of Endgame until August 4; I still look forward to sharing my account with you of the brave people who stood up to a corrupt president. For more info, see https://t.co/fNmpVPDSpL pic.twitter.com/Pyj4gqBaj0

— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) April 3, 2020

Newsom is Giving Emergency Grants to Illegal Alien Small Business Owners

California, per the Democrats is already, illegally, giving free health care to over one million illegal aliens.  Now in this time of crisis, honest small business people in California are on line to get government help, alongside illegal aliens.

“”Just yesterday I announced the work we’re doing to help small businesses. I very specifically mentioned in my remarks yesterday that there are many businesses, tens of thousands of businesses that do not and cannot get the support of the [Small Business Administration]. Those individual businesses we are making available these emergency grants through our Ibank to do these microloans to provide access. That’s an example of what we’re doing to provide support for people across the panoply, including those without documentation in the state of California.”

Tax cheats should start calling their write-offs “undocumented.” Do illegal aliens need to file and pay taxes in order to qualify for these small business grants? Can the cartels apply? 

When the recovery begins, note that being honest is no longer important in California.  Hope the GOP will make this a significant issue in November.

Newsom is Giving Emergency Grants to Illegal Alien Small Business Owners

Bronson Stocking, Townhall,   4/3/20   

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On Friday, a reporter from Telemundo asked California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom what emergency relief he would be providing for illegal aliens amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

“No state in America does more to help residents regardless of their immigration status,” the governor rightly assured the reporter. 

Newsom first bragged about the state’s healthcare coverage for illegal aliens before explaining how his administration is now helping illegal alien small business owners obtain grants while a large part of the American economy remains shut down.  

“Just yesterday I announced the work we’re doing to help small businesses. I very specifically mentioned in my remarks yesterday that there are many businesses, tens of thousands of businesses that do not and cannot get the support of the [Small Business Administration]. Those individual businesses we are making available these emergency grants through our Ibank to do these microloans to provide access. That’s an example of what we’re doing to provide support for people across the panoply, including those without documentation in the state of California.”

Tax cheats should start calling their write-offs “undocumented.” Do illegal aliens need to file and pay taxes in order to qualify for these small business grants? Can the cartels apply? 

The governor finished his answer by promising even more taxpayer giveaways for illegal aliens. 

“More will be done. More needs to be done.” 

San Fran continues to Mishandle the Homeless, Drug Addicts and Mentally Ill

Great news for the dopers, addicts, mentally ill of San Fran.  You won the lottery and due to the Wuhan Virus, you get to stay in the world famous Fairmont and other world class hotels—and get three meals a day.  No, no needed rehabilitation, social services—but you can have your drugs and drink in a world class hotel.

“The city is working to set up the Moscone Center as a shelter, a sensible idea. An even better one would be to revive the recently closed California Pacific Medical Center hospital campus and erect MASH-style medical units. These would allow for closely monitored and efficient care. In fact, the city could use this as an opportunity to provide intensive integrated treatment, including substance-abuse services.

Instead, Mayor London Breed and the Human Services Agency came up with the plan to route over 3,000 people currently living in shelters and navigation centers into hotels. The city is planning to put thousands of physically and psychologically sick people into private hotel rooms, in some of the most luxurious hotels in San Francisco—the InterContinental, Mark Hopkins, and The Palace. Occupants would receive three meals per day, hygiene products, and access to nurses.

Will the nurse provide clean needles?  This is San Fran and before the crisis they were giving away free needles.  Why do the Democrats refuse to help the homeless, the addict and the mentally ill?

Another Bad Idea in San Francisco

Sheltering homeless people in luxury hotels is likely to create new problems.

Erica Sandberg, City Journal,  4/3/20 

As the United States continues its “pause,” shuttering businesses and public spaces in order to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, residents are compelled to shelter inside their homes. Meantime, those who live on the streets remain outside. San Francisco is well known for its persistent homeless population, made up heavily of drug addicts, the mentally ill, or both. For now, individuals congregate in tents and encampments and drug suppliers continue to deal.

Before Covid-19 struck, San Francisco officials took no meaningful action to address the squalid conditions under which so many homeless people live. They threw money at the problem, but the problem grew. Homeless activists and some city leaders have argued that living on the street is a right, but today it presents a serious public-health dilemma: how will officials get homeless people to comply with social-distancing requirements, and what should they do with those who’ve contracted the virus?

The city is working to set up the Moscone Center as a shelter, a sensible idea. An even better one would be to revive the recently closed California Pacific Medical Center hospital campus and erect MASH-style medical units. These would allow for closely monitored and efficient care. In fact, the city could use this as an opportunity to provide intensive integrated treatment, including substance-abuse services.

Instead, Mayor London Breed and the Human Services Agency came up with the plan to route over 3,000 people currently living in shelters and navigation centers into hotels. The city is planning to put thousands of physically and psychologically sick people into private hotel rooms, in some of the most luxurious hotels in San Francisco—the InterContinental, Mark Hopkins, and The Palace. Occupants would receive three meals per day, hygiene products, and access to nurses.

At first glance, the plan appears sensible. The shutdown has devastated the hospitality industry, and hotels stand empty. Filling rooms with guests of any kind is attractive for hotel owners, especially since tax dollars will foot nearly all of the bill.

On closer examination, however, serious problems emerge. According to Matt Haney, a city supervisor actively promoting the proposal, occupants would be quarantined to their assigned rooms and be required to follow strict rules. But many of these future luxury hotel guests are hardcore drug addicts. How will the city manage their drug needs in the midst of a pandemic?

Haney concedes that intravenous drug use presents a major challenge to the city’s plan. It’s likely, for instance, that many guests will overdose in their rooms. Others may detox, alone and in agony. Providing addicts with access to maintenance medication such as Suboxone or methadone is a good idea, Haney says, yet these treatments require precise administration. No one has figured out the logistics of providing drug treatment to thousands of addicted residents who may not be interested in receiving it.

Additionally, if the hotels are quarantined, and drug dealers aren’t allowed in, what will prevent the contagious residents from leaving to score the substances they seek? As cravings intensify, violence may erupt that can put hotel staff and other occupants at risk. Armed security guards patrolling the halls and buildings might be required to keep the right people in and the wrong people out. Could the police be expected to maintain order and prevent antisocial drug addicts from leaving their rooms? Apparently the city will offer some type of case management, but there’s already a dearth of needed homeless services, including high-quality psychiatric care. Treating this service-resistant population is challenging under the best circumstances. “It’s not going to be a perfect system,” says Haney.

There’s also no exit plan. A four-month contract for the room occupants is being considered, but where all these people will go afterward is undetermined. California law stipulates that a person lodging in a hotel room for longer than 30 days is considered a tenant. Therefore, thousands of homeless people who have stayed in the posh hotels would become legal permanent residents, with protections against eviction.

Even Haney acknowledges the problem. “The city should make it clear that they would not be considered tenants,” he says. “It needs to be temporary. Once the emergency is over, they should leave.” Yet sending people back onto the streets will surely be met with resistance from homeless-rights activists, some government officials, and the homeless themselves. Who would want to pack up and move from The Palace, after all?

Few of the city’s decision-makers are looking at the long-term effects of placing sick, drug-addicted homeless people into hotel rooms. Once again, San Francisco is ignoring the law of unintended consequences.

The Golden State’s Failing Grade

How good is California in testing for the Wuhan virus?

“The website covidtracking.com—started by two reporters from The Atlantic—reports a startling statistic. Of the more than 59,687 pending Covid-19 tests in the United States, 59,100 of them are in California. This represents 99 percent of all pending tests nationally. It’s not because California is conducting more tests but because its tests are not being completed. Over the past seven days, the state has reported results for less than 13,000 tests, while the rest of the country finished close to 720,000.

Notice that Guv News never mentions the lack of testing results as part of our problems.  He talks about the homeless, kids not going to school.  But the basics—testing—he ignores now you know why?  Why hasn’t the California media, like the Times, Chronicle or Bee demanded answers—or even asked the question?

A nurse administers a test at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station, set up by the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

The Golden State’s Failing Grade

Why is California unable to complete Covid-19 testing?

Phillip Sprincin, City Journal,  4/2/20   

The website covidtracking.com—started by two reporters from The Atlantic—reports a startling statistic. Of the more than 59,687 pending Covid-19 tests in the United States, 59,100 of them are in California. This represents 99 percent of all pending tests nationally. It’s not because California is conducting more tests but because its tests are not being completed. Over the past seven days, the state has reported results for less than 13,000 tests, while the rest of the country finished close to 720,000.

Even if tests get completed, they are not reported and tracked. Until yesterday, Covidtracking.com was using a county health website for some statewide data because, in its words, “The state has been inconsistent in its timing of reporting.” On the night of March 29, the official state Covid-19 webpage had not been updated for over 48 hours. This is not encouraging performance during an epidemic.

I know someone who has been waiting more than 15 days to get test results. Two members of my family who exhibited Covid-like symptoms and were tested just received results, twelve days later. They were told that it would take five to six days.

The reason for this backlog is not clear, but it is surprising, given California’s leadership in biotech. Three of the Top Ten biopharma clusters in the country are in the Golden State.

South Korea showed that widespread testing to identify potential carriers is one of the most successful ways of combating the Covid epidemic. By the end of last week, the United States had finally reached South Korean levels of testing per capita, with over 100,000 tests per day. But California lags the rest of the nation. The state’s immediate public-health situation is not as dire as elsewhere—with twice New York State’s population, California has one-tenth as many deaths and hospitalizations—but its inability to complete testing efficiently raises the specter of a future intensification of the disease’s spread that could be avoided.

Phillip Sprincin is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Coronavirus Spread in High-Density Cities Halting Proposed More Density Housing Measures

Maybe the only good thing that comes from the Wuhan Virus is the start exposure that high density living is the cause of disease.  California has less than 25% of the virus cases that New York has.  In New York people live in little, but expensive hovels, on top of one another—California has sprawling communities.

In New York millions are elbow to elbow on buses, trains and subways.  In California we are bumper to bumper in bad traffic, getting to work.  Social distancing says that the closer we are the more prone we are to disease.

“As the New York Times put it, ‘Density is really an enemy’ in situations like this. And experts agree that California’s spread and lower density buildings helped diminish the coronavirus spread.

“Out here, we’re spread out,” said Dr. Lee Riley, professor of infectious diseases at the University of California Berkeley in an interview. “People use cars, the public transportation system is terrible. Whereas in New York City, you have the subways, the buses, Times Square, people living in your small apartment buildings.”

Proposed density bills in the California legislature such as the recently defeated SB 50 and the new housing density bill SB 902 have also been criticized by disease experts.”

I would hope all the cities that are being sued by the State of California counter sue.  Better, if Newsom and the Democrats were willing to admit the scientific facts—high density creates disease.

Coronavirus Spread in High-Density Cities Halting Proposed More Density Housing Measures

Current bills and local plans losing support over highly visible drawbacks in pandemic

By Evan Symon, California Globe,  4/4/20   

Many California lawmaker plans to increase the number of high-density building to alleviate the housing crisis have lost much support in the last month due to the effects of COVID-19 coronavirus in populated areas.

“California dodged a huge bullet”

“We’ve seen the reports of buildings in New York that have been flooded with people infected by the coronavirus because of how many people were inside,” explained Dr. Arthur Chatterjee, a housing density expert who has been monitoring the number of coronavirus cases in dense buildings in the US, UK, and India. “It’s what led to higher numbers in Iran as well. And we’ve been finding them to be time bombs inside each one.”

“Door handles are touches, lift buttons are pushed, people pass by closely, live next to each other closely, and also share things such as laundry facilities. In a public area, with precautions, it’s spread much more thinly if it all. But in a flat or an apartment complex, we’ve seen story after story like that.”

“California dodged a huge bullet. If they had them, cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles might have been like New York by now. We’ve all seen the curves by this point. Buildings with a lot of people have been a large factor in that.”

California low-density buildings and spread have helped reduce coronavirus spread

As the New York Times put it, ‘Density is really an enemy’ in situations like this. And experts agree that California’s spread and lower density buildings helped diminish the coronavirus spread.

“Out here, we’re spread out,” said Dr. Lee Riley, professor of infectious diseases at the University of California Berkeley in an interview. “People use cars, the public transportation system is terrible. Whereas in New York City, you have the subways, the buses, Times Square, people living in your small apartment buildings.”

Proposed density bills in the California legislature such as the recently defeated SB 50 and the new housing density bill SB 902 have also been criticized by disease experts.

“Like I said before, you really dodged a bullet there,” continued Dr. Chatterjee. “If these had been in effect and those buildings were built, cases would be up. I cannot give you an estimate, but based on the fact that they would draw poorer people, who are much more likely to use public transportation and who have been hit particularly hard by Coronavirus, California would have had a lot more deaths by now and would be on track for a New York level of crisis.”

“I understand you have a housing crisis, but these are very disturbing ‘what if’ scenarios here. I agree you need more housing, but these are contagion traps in what was proposed here. I’d be shocked if people still thought this would be a food idea moving forward.”

Proponents of denser housing blame poor public health response

Supporters of denser housing largely remain undeterred by the coronavirus when it has to do with solving the housing crisis. Backers, such as SB 50 and SB 902 author Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), had even foreseen these arguments.

“Of course people will abuse the coronavirus pandemic for other political goals,” stated Senator Wiener in an interview for Politico. “Some of the anti-housing activists, there’s an undertone that it’s somehow unhealthy to live in a dense urban environment. I’m confident they’ll latch onto this.”

The Senator even pointed out that the pandemic was more of a public health issue rather than a housing density problem, using Hong Kong and Singapore’s generally low rates as examples.

“This contagion is not about whether you live in a densely populated area or a less densely populated area; it’s about whether you have a good public health response to a pandemic, and Hong Kong and Singapore had a fantastic response,” added Wiener. “The U.S. did not. It’s not because of density or lack of density, it’s because they did a good job and we did a bad job.”

Many health experts have agreed that many states and cities failure to act quickly did lead to a greater spread of the disease. California and other states like Ohio have been cited as examples of acting quickly to reduce the curve by having stay-at-home orders, although it’s not the sole factor for having overall fewer cases of coronavirus.

There is still debate over whether housing density or a public health failure is more to blame in places with higher numbers. Many who have studied the spread in New York and Italy have even gone to say that both were equally responsible. But the hit to denser areas in California has already been showing major effects to current denser housing initiatives.

Denser housing advocates losing support

“We’ve lost about half of our members since St. Patrick’s Day,” lamented Carlos Gomez Ochoa, who leads a Los Angeles group to pass denser-housing laws. “It’s not that they are out with the coronavirus. They’ve seen what the coronavirus has been doing to buildings we held up as models of what should be built.”

“One of our members has a sister in New York that lives in a high-density, low-cost building that was built only a few years ago. We always used this as to what LA should build.”

“We found out a few days ago that there are dozens of cases in that building alone now. And that’s just one example.”

“A lot of people left because they saw things like that. Our Facebook group had a lot of people leave and we had to downgrade our Discord channel recently because of the drop.”

“Every reason has been because of ‘seeing what a disease can do to these places’ or something similar.”

“Our sister group in Oakland saw a 40% drop, and another LA group we share things with is debating whether to continue on now because they lost so many members. Everyone is just seeing these denser buildings as death traps for them and their children.”

“We’ve been trying to tell people this is just short-term and that it’s good in the long run for housing, but they have been coming back with ‘What if something else like it comes?’ or ‘What if healthcare doesn’t improve? How will we be protected in places like these then?’. And I admit, I haven’t found the answers.”

“I may sound defeated now, but if this continues, the Nimbys are going to win.”

“We just didn’t know how fast a disease could spread in buildings we’ve been wanting for years.”

LA County: $400,000 to hire 2 PR firms to guide coronavirus messaging—Feds/State to Pay

This is corruption, pure and simple.  The L.A. County Board of Supervisors, the Health Department, every Board member, the Sheriff, all have PR people on the government payroll.  Since this is a crisis the grifters get to bottom feed.  Two politically connected PR firms are going to be paid a total of $400,000-for PR during the crisis.

What can they do, except taking tax dollars?  They can issue reports on what the Board is doing?  Why can’t the current government employees do this?  Same for the Health Department and the Sheriff.  Why are they doing this?  This looks like a political payoff, pure and simple.  Second, it does not cost the L.A. County Board of Supervisors a dime—it will be paid by the State of California and the Federal government.

If Schiff and Pelosi want an oversite committee, this is where they start, with payoffs to the political connected to do the work that is supposed to be done .  “On March 30, global public strategy firm Mercury Public Affairs was retained by L.A. County, also at a cost of $200,000.

The contract reveals the county is submitting to have the cost reimbursed via federal, or state disaster aid money.

The disaster is that the DA does not step in stop the contracts and investigate the corruption.

LA County spending $400,000 to hire 2 PR firms to guide coronavirus messaging

By Bill Melugin, FoxLA,  4/4/20 

LA County spending $400,000 to hire 2 PR firms to guide coronavirus messaging

LOS ANGELES – FOX 11 has obtained contracts showing that Los Angeles County has hired not one, but two public relations firms to craft and guide the county’s coronavirus messaging, despite the fact that the county already has fully staffed, paid communications teams, and the county is also hoping to be reimbursed with disaster relief funds.

In an email to FOX 11, Fraser said they were hired to draft press releases and talking points, monitor public perception of COVID-19, and the county’s response to it, amongst other things.

On March 30, global public strategy firm Mercury Public Affairs was retained by L.A. County, also at a cost of $200,000.

The contract reveals the county is submitting to have the cost reimbursed via federal, or state disaster aid money.

“Ultimately, FEMA is going to ask why they are trying to get refunds for a PR firm in a time like this,” said L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

The Sheriff told FOX 11 he feels the county’s move to hire the PR firms doesn’t make much sense.

“It’s kind of a strange set of priorities because we have a fully staffed communications team, and we spend millions of dollars on that communications apparatus within county government,” Villanueva said.

As FOX 11 reported Wednesday night, Villanueva was stunned when he says the county informed him they will not pay his deputies who were ordered to quarantine in March. Now, the Sheriff questions why the county will spend $400,000 for PR purposes.

“I’d like to know how many ventilators that would have paid for, how many masks?” Villanueva asked.

Campaign finance reports also reveal that Fabian Nunez, a former lawmaker in the California State Assembly, whose now a consultant at Mercury, donated the maximum $1,500 allowed to supervisor Kathryn Barger’s campaign in February.

[Photo] Campaign finance record showing a consultant at Mercury, one of the PR firms that was hired by the county, donated the maximum amount of money allowed to Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s campaign.

For the past two days, FOX 11 has reached out to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for comment as to why the hiring of these PR firms was a necessary expense, but the Board’s communications director never responded.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office told us she’s unavailable to respond.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office referred FOX 11 to county CEO Sachi Hamai.

Hamai’s office told FOX 11 she has no comment.

“What added resource does hiring these firms bring to the problem?” Villanueva said. “Probably nothing that I’m aware of, and that’s something that they’re going to have to defend with the taxpayer.”