Sanctuary Los Angeles Frees Illegal Aliens Charged with Murder, Sex Crimes

Los Angeles is trying hard to be both the movie capitol of the world and the crime capitol of the world.  While movies are not being made, crime is being made every minute in this Third World City.

“The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency detailed in a report the extent to which Los Angeles County officials are taking measures to shield criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.

In one case, for instance, a 40-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador was released back into the community on August 26 after having been convicted of homicide, robbery, and terrorist threats.

Another example involves a 34-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who was released on August 23 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after having been charged for allegedly molesting a child, as well as for lewd and lascivious acts.

Likewise, a 55-year-old illegal alien from Honduras was released last month after having been previously deported following charges that he had sex with a minor. Other illegal aliens recently released by the Sheriff’s Office include:

Literally, the City of Los Angeles is fighting hard to keep criminals on the streets and to create more victims.  Los Angeles is a war zone—with government stoking the fires by putting known criminals from foreign countries in the streets.  Go to L.A. is you are protected and your will is up to date.

Sanctuary Los Angeles Frees Illegal Aliens Charged with Murder, Sex Crimes

John Binder, Breitbart,  9/27/20   

The sanctuary jurisdiction of Los Angeles County, California, continues to release illegal alien career criminals back into communities, including those charged with murder and child sex crimes.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency detailed in a report the extent to which Los Angeles County officials are taking measures to shield criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.

In one case, for instance, a 40-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador was released back into the community on August 26 after having been convicted of homicide, robbery, and terrorist threats.

Another example involves a 34-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who was released on August 23 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after having been charged for allegedly molesting a child, as well as for lewd and lascivious acts.

Likewise, a 55-year-old illegal alien from Honduras was released last month after having been previously deported following charges that he had sex with a minor. Other illegal aliens recently released by the Sheriff’s Office include:

A 36-year-old illegal alien from Pakistan convicted of grand theft, possession of a controlled substance, evading a peace officer, and dangerous weapons who was released on September 9.

A 21-year-old illegal alien from Honduras with multiple convictions and charges for battery and terrorist threats, and who has a removal order, who was released on September 1.

A 36-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, and who has a removal order, who was released on September 1.

A 34-year-old illegal alien from Mexico with more than a dozen convictions and charges for grand theft, fraud, and drug possession, who was released on August 31.

A 31-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador with more than a dozen convictions and charges for drugs, fraud, theft, and weapons, who was released on August 24.

“The sad truth is that these individuals are often released and returned into immigrant communities to potentially victimize other immigrants, and the crimes we are talking about span things like homicide, kidnapping, rape, robbery, battery, fraud, theft, drug offenses, crimes against children, weapons charges — these are not law-abiding people who anyone should want in their community,” ICE official Dave Marin said in a statement.

In August, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva vowed that the county would only honor ICE detainers — that is, requests for a transfer of custody — on illegal aliens after agents have gotten a judicial warrant signed by a judge.

The maneuver allows Los Angeles County officials to absolve responsibility, even though ICE agents are not required to obtain judicial warrants for illegal aliens and judges are not permitted to issue warrants for civil immigration violations.

ICE officials have previously said that Los Angeles releases up to 100 criminal illegal aliens every day. Likewise, federal immigration officials have said that 8-in-10 illegal aliens released by sanctuary jurisdictions like Los Angeles go on to commit additional crimes.

Colman: CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS NEEDS TO WIN ELECTIONS

The Democrats own every State office and have a super majority in both the Assembly and State Senate.  Of 53 congressional districts, only seven have Republicans—and both U.S. Senators are Democrats.  It is because the Democrats have better policy and better strategies or is it because the Republican Party in California has a lack of doing the basics.

For instance:

Since March, 2013, the California Republican Party has not done a voter registration effort.

Instead of supporting its nominees, it has been “unendorsing candidates” and Regional Vice Chairs have told candidates the Party will not help them because they are not targeted races.

Look at where we have elected officials—Along the Coast from San Diego to the Oregon border, except for Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham in San Luis Obispo the GOP has ZERO legislative electives.

How do the Trump supporters support the California Republican Party when there are FOUR CRP delegates that are openly PRO-Biden—including Mike Madrid, a founder of the Lincoln Project, which is also trying to defeat several GOP U.S. Senators, including Lindsay Graham.  They proclaim that are delegates to the CRP AND want Trump defeated—the Chair and the Board has known about these people for months, still all are allowed to stay using the CRP as cover for their promotion of Joe Biden

Saving the future of California is at stake.  But first the California Republican Party needs to be saved.  We need an aggressive CRP—throughout the State, not just in a few Districts. This can be done—by getting the grassroots to do the voter registration, letters to the editor, attending town halls and challenging the Democrats.  We can work for candidates, from city council to Congress and President, we do not need instructions on what to do by Sacramento.

CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS NEEDS TO WIN ELECTIONS

By Richard Colman, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views  9/30/20

The California Republican Party needs to start winning elections.

For over 20 years, California has been dominated by the Democratic Party.  The Democrats control all state-wide elective offices and both houses of the state legislature.  In each legislative house — the State Senate and the State Assembly — Democrats have more than a two-thirds majority. 

California Democrats are stuck with tired, old ideas such as using government to solve every problem.  These Democrats ought to following the ideas of former president Bill Clinton, a Democrat, but also a strong supporter of entrepreneurial innovation — like the kind seen in Silicon Valley.  Republicans ought to embrace the kind of work done by Google, Apple, Facebook, and Intel.

Republicans ought to support California agriculture vigorously.  All over the world, people need food.  California can help supply this food.  There might come a day when an aggressive and hegemonic China will need food to support its 1.4 billion people.  China has a history of famines.  History shows that men do not starve quietly.  California agriculture, by supplying food to China, might be able to help halt Chinese plans to dominate the world during the 21st century.

From the 1940’s to the 1990’s, California Republicans were able to win elections.  In 1942, 1946, and 1950, Earl Warren, a Republican, won three gubernatorial races.  In 1953, Warren left the governor’s office to become Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Other California Republicans have been successful.  Richard Nixon was a congressman a U.S. Senator, vice president, and president of the United States from 1969 to 1974.  Ronald Reagan was a two-term governor (1967-1975) and president of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

Two other Republicans each served two terms as governor.  George Deukmejian was governor from 1983 to 1991.  Pete Wilson served as governor from 1991 to 1999.

Another Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was governor from 2003 to 2011.

Today, the California Republican Party is a shadow of its former self.

Winning elections involves making compromises.  The California Republican Party, under weak and timid leadership, is not turning matters around.

So what should California Republican do?

Here are five ideas:

(1) Present an optimistic image for the future.  Talk about jobs, economic security,  education, and environmental protection.

(2) Call for more individual responsibility.  Government cannot — and should not — do everything.

(3) Employ financial restraint.  State budgets must be balanced.  There is a need for tax reform but not additional taxes.  State spending must be brought under control.  California’s current tax system is too reliant on stock market gains.  And pensions for public employees must be replaced by defined contribution plans like the 401(k) system.  Property taxes in California must be kept where they are or lowered.

(4) Reform primary and secondary school education.  There is not enough parental choice in attending public schools.  California Republicans should endorse charter schools, which are public schools not dominated by reactionary teachers’ unions.

(5) Support affordable post-secondary school education.  California has a large community-college system (116 such colleges), over 23 state universities (formerly state colleges), and the 10-campus University of California.  In the early and mid-1960’s tuition at the University of California was $180 per year.  Today, undergraduate tuition is about $13,000 per year.  While a state-subsidized post-secondary education may be seen as a gift, the money spent on such education is really an investment.  In general, college graduates will earn twice as much as non-college graduates, and their higher state tax payments will cover any subsidies.  A study by Georgetown University showed that college graduates will earn $1 million more over a lifetime of work.  Another study by the Pew Research Center showed that a college graduate will earn $17,500 more per year than a non-college graduate.

What, if anything, should Republicans say about social issues like gay marriage and abortion?  The answer is simple.  Leave social matters to consenting adults.  Government does not need to become involved.

Individuals who call for reform of the California Republican Party are often called RINOS (Republicans In Name Only).  If being a RINO means winning elections, so be it.

Hard, right-wing Republicans will fume at a California Republican Party that takes moderate stands on issues.  Let them fume.  It’s always better to have a winner than a loser.

Billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach slams California over taxes, may leave state

They are leaving.  The middle class and the rich.  If they can get out, they will.  Not only do we have the highest income taxes in the nations—ad going up, a Democrat has a bill to tax your income TEN YEARS after you leave the State.  Watch as that bill starts moving in Sacramento in the Spring, as the rich and middle class leave before it takes effect.

“Billionaire bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach is considering packing his bags to escape the “incompetent governance” of California.

Elon Musk, Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro, to name just a few, are leaving California to escape incompetent governance,” Gundlach tweeted on Saturday evening. “The ‘response’ from Sacramento?  Wealth and massive income tax increases on job creators (AKA ‘the wealthy’).”

Gundlach, who did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for additional comment, has an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion, per Forbes. His firm, DoubleLine Capital, has more than $137 billion in assets under management.

While Gundlach hasn’t said where he is considering relocating, on Sunday evening he tweeted a picture of himself wearing a cowboy hat.

When he leaves, watch as fiancé and hedge fund folks flee the State as well—massive tax losses due to Democrats preferring criminals, illegal aliens and poverty to success and prosperity.

Billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach slams California over taxes, may leave state

Gundlach’s net worth is estimated at $2.2B

By Jonathan Garber, FOXBusiness, 9/28/20   

Billionaire bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach is considering packing his bags to escape the “incompetent governance” of California.

Elon Musk, Joe Rogan and Ben Shapiro, to name just a few, are leaving California to escape incompetent governance,” Gundlach tweeted on Saturday evening. “The ‘response’ from Sacramento?  Wealth and massive income tax increases on job creators (AKA ‘the wealthy’).”

Gundlach, who did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for additional comment, has an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion, per Forbes. His firm, DoubleLine Capital, has more than $137 billion in assets under management.

While Gundlach hasn’t said where he is considering relocating, on Sunday evening he tweeted a picture of himself wearing a cowboy hat.

Other wealthy Californians have already announced their departures from the Golden State after legislators last month proposed a 0.4% wealth tax on anyone who has a net worth of $30 million or more. The tax would also apply to former residents for 10 years before phasing out completely.

An additional proposal would raise the state’s top income tax rate to 16.8%, up from 13.3%.

The potential tax changes are being considered after Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said in May the state faces a $54 billion budget deficit due almost entirely to the COVID-19 pandemic.

High taxes are only part of the equation for Californians who are considering moving out of state. They are also dealing with high living costs, a wave of civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, wildfires and rolling blackouts while increasingly being given the chance to work from home.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro announced earlier this month that he was relocating the headquarters of his media company, The Daily Wire, to Nashville, Tenn., due to a declining quality of life in California.

Shapiro’s announcement was weeks after comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan said in July that Los Angeles was “overcrowded” and that he wanted to live somewhere with “more freedom.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk started the trend in May when he said he was considering moving the electric vehicle maker’s headquarters to Austin, Texas.

The company has since announced plans to open its second U.S. assembly plant in the city, but has not said if the location would serve as its headquarters.

In April, Musk railed against the U.S. government-mandated coronavirus closings and restrictions, labeling the moves as “fascist.”

CA To Redress Discriminatory Transportation And State Park Names

Now they are going to change the names of parks, forests and even bridges throughout the State.  While we have the highest poverty rate in the nation, highest taxes, homeless and the 36% more unemployed than the national average—the Sacramento Democrats want spend time and money on name changes—while one million Californians are unable to gt their unemployment check due to the corruption and incompetence of Sacramento.

“California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, State Parks Director Armando Quintero and Department of Transportation Director Toks Omishakin made the announcement Friday and will collaborate on the steps to redressing and renaming discriminatory placards around the state.

“It is past time to revisit historic names that stem from a dark legacy that includes discrimination, violence and inequity,” Crowfoot said in a statement.

The news follows a year’s long conversation about the names of national monuments, geographic markers and transportation names associated with the Civil War, the genocide of Native Americans and other leftover remnants of institutional racism.

Does it matter?  California is not going to get tourists anytime soon—and the resident are packing up and leaving.  Hopefully the illegal aliens and the very rich will enjoy the new names as the rest of the nation’s laughs at us.

CA To Redress Discriminatory Transportation And State Park Names

In light of a national discussion surrounding racism and discrimination, CA officials move to change names of some features and routes.

By Kat Schuster, Patch Staff, 9/28/20    

CALIFORNIA — State officials announced Friday that it was time to reconsider discriminatory names of California State Park features and transportation systems. State agencies said they will also expand representation of marginalized communities and increase transparency surrounding changes made to the geographic names in California.

California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, State Parks Director Armando Quintero and Department of Transportation Director Toks Omishakin made the announcement Friday and will collaborate on the steps to redressing and renaming discriminatory placards around the state.

“It is past time to revisit historic names that stem from a dark legacy that includes discrimination, violence and inequity,” Crowfoot said in a statement.

The news follows a years long conversation about the names of national monuments, geographic markers and transportation names associated with the Civil War, the genocide of Native Americans and other leftover remnants of institutional racism.

As a first step in this process, Gov. Gavin Newsom moved to proclaim Sept. 25 as Native American Day.

The urgency to rid the state of such names increased following the massive wave of Black Lives Matter protests, which have kept protestors on the ground marching since George Floyd’s death at the knee of a police officer on May 25.

“Recent protests over racial inequality have spurred a national conversation about institutional and systemic racism in the United States. That conversation includes a new reckoning over monuments, symbols and names found in our public spaces,” Crowfoot said. “We are committed to continuing this dialogue in an open and transparent way.”

The state’s Parks and Recreation agency has started a list of racist markers and features around the state, according to the announcement, and will begin consulting California Native American tribes to update signage, exhibits and provide access to educational materials for student programs.

“This is a generational moment that calls for the California Department of Parks and Recreation to take stock of and critically examine our state’s historical legacy,” Quintero said. “We want every Californian, whether they are first generation or the 500th generation, to feel welcome in parks and see stories shared by all voices.”

Crowfoot said he plans to direct the state’s Natural Resources Agency to select more members from the following agencies: The Native American Heritage Commission, California State Library, California African American Museum and California Department of Transportation, as well as the legislative Selective Committee on Native American Affairs and Black, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucuses.

Cal Trans also rolled out plans to review and redress locations within the state’s transportation system.

“Transportation is meant to bring people together, bridge divides, cross immovable boundaries and connect people from all walks of life,” Omishakin said in the statement.

A different perspective on the booking process

A different perspective on the booking process

San Fran has a DA that does not charge criminals for crimes.  The DA allows criminals to get out of jail right after being booked, without any cash bail or way to assure they will stop committing crimes or even show up for hearings and trial.  What is the result?

“San Francisco crimes year-to-date under Boudin: 

  • Homicides +33 percent
  • Arson +48 percent
  • Burglaries +42 percent”

No wonder decent people are fleeing the City—it is safe as Teheran!  This is a war zone—and the DA sides with the criminals.  If you go to San Fran and get mugged, robbed or physically harmed, it is possible that your insurance will not pay off—you went into a war zone, you should have known better.

Rebuttal to Tim Redmond and Chesa Boudin

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, Photo: SFGov.TV

Photo credit: Michael Coghlan via Flickr

by Lou Barberini, Marina Times 9/20/20 

September 2020

In his September 21 blog, Tim Redmond claimed my recent article was inaccurate when I ascribed the sexual assault on a juvenile girl by a released burglar as the responsibility of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Both Redmond and Boudin have asked for my source, which I will disclose. Also, this week my source informed me that it was actually an attempted rape.

To believe Boudin’s assertion (through Redmond), readers will have to believe that the San Francisco court system has instructed the district attorney’s office that they must run arrestee’s cases through a computer algorithm, and the district attorney’s office is prohibited from independently evaluating a case after a person is arrested. Perhaps Boudin can document which statute authorized that power grab.

My recent articles have exposed Boudin’s many misrepresentations, such as claiming someone involved in a murder was in jail for a 14-year-old marijuana case; claiming he filed charges on a murderer, but really let him out on a misdemeanor; and having a burglar captured on video and caught with the merchandise let go because DNA was not collected. As a document to my accuracy, Boudin has not issued a single official statement refuting any of the above cases or my attribution of the attempted rape to his stewardship of the DA’s office. Instead, Boudin has spoon-fed filtered information to Redmond as his political bodyguard.

Redmond’s first line of attack was to associate me with the San Francisco Police Officers Association, but the union did not allow me to submit an article for the last 11-years of my career. Strike one!

Next Redmond insinuated statistics from the SFPD Dashboard were inferior to the district attorney-generated crime stats. However, public records requests documented that Boudin also used SFPD Dashboard as references for his Twitter feed. Strike 2!

Redmond’s last defense of Boudin was that I was inaccurate when I pointed the finger that it was Boudin’s responsibility that a young girl was subject to an attempted rape.

There are four reasons why I believe Chesa Boudin personally opened the door for a burglar to roam free and eventually burglarize again and attempt a rape on a juvenile girl.

FIRST, THE ALGORITHMS

An August 1, 2016 San Francisco Chronicle article reported that District Attorney George Gascon was instrumental in bringing algorithms (artificial intelligence compute decision making) to San Francisco courts: 

San Francisco is seeking to modernize its bail system by using a computer algorithm to predict whether a defendant might re-offend or bolt if freed from jail, an effort to reform long-standing practices that many in the city’s justice system believe penalized the poor and opened up potential racial bias.

In layman’s terms, the San Francisco DA’s office was encouraging the use of a robot prosecutor and umpire, instead of human experience, to determine whether or when a suspect should be released. Facial recognition is not allowed, but computer umpires are?

In November 2016, a 20-year-old man breaking into cars at Twin Peaks was put on felony probation. Then, per a KQED article on August 18,  2017, the same 20-year-old was arrested on July 4, 2017 for gun possession. On July 11, using the scores from DA Gascon’s algorithms, the judge released the 20-year-old into the public. (Was there even a prosecuting attorney in the courtroom?) Only 5 days later, the 20-year-old returned to Twin Peaks with a buddy and was involved in a robbery and murder of a 71-year old tourist, named Edward French. 

Not learning from French’s murder, neither Gascon nor Boudin reduced the use of the algorithms. (If Gascon or Boudin were running Boeing, 737 MAXes would still be in the air.) I found no Boudin statements where he disparages the robot umpires. The district attorneys I have spoken to claim Boudin is actually a strong advocate of algorithms. Anyway, Boudin’s silence is complicity. 

Per my source, a direct contact of Boudin, it was the algorithm that released the burglar/rapist. Thus, Boudin has perpetuated the use of robot umpires as substitutes for human experience, and positioned himself so that if anything goes wrong, he just blames the computer. In a sense Redmond is correct: Boudin didn’t release the potential rapist, he just pushed the button that enabled the computer algorithm to release the prisoner. 

SECOND, THE NON-CASH BAIL ENVIRONMENT

Upon his swearing-in, Boudin argued that arrestees’ having to come up with bail was discriminatory and onerous on the poor. In January 2020, Boudin instituted a no-bail system so that poor prisoners could expedite their freedom, which included the burglar/attempted rapist. 

Just a few weeks after the burglar/attempted rapist was set free, San Francisco Superior Court reversed Boudin’s no-bail policy⎯ too late for the traumatized girl. In a Bay City News June 19 statement, Boudin said, “The overwhelming majority of people released on zero-bail did not offend.” Hey Boudin, tell that to the poor girl.

THIRD, COVID-19

Boudin has consistently used Covid-19 as a health excuse to both reduce incarceration and accelerate the release of arrestees. In the same Bay City News article, Boudin said, “San Francisco jails have successfully avoided a major outbreak of Covid by listening to medical experts and keeping the jail population low.” Meanwhile, the San Francisco homicide and burglary rates increased proportionally.

FOURTH, BOUDIN DOESN’T PROSECUTE ANYWAY

Per the district attorneys I have spoken to, they claim Redmond and Boudin are misdirecting their readers by claiming SFPD’s report was received late. The timing of the report is only a factor because Boudin had a no-bail policy (at the time) and continued to substitute algorithms for real-life assistant district attorneys. If either of those two factors was removed, the timing of the report would have been insignificant. However, it is Boudin’s philosophy that arrestees should spend as little time at county jail as possible, so he changed the game clock and then blamed SFPD.

Just about any urban DA, not coming from the progressive angle, would have kept the burglar in the county jail. In the first week of demonstrations, SFPD arrested 117 burglary suspects. Boudin, how many of those 117 burglaries did you achieve a felony conviction for and how many burglars served after the conviction?

Boudin will sell to the public that he has “filed” felony cases, but then he immediately lets most of the arrestees out on misdemeanors or transfers them into nonprofit programs. It is like a neighborhood complaining that drivers are speeding past the local elementary school. Police come in droves and pull over hundreds of speeders, but the problem doesn’t go away. Then the neighbors learn that though they witnessed the cops citing speeders, in fact the cops were only citing for seat belt violations. It’s the Boudin bait-and-switch! 

Since it didn’t matter what time the SFPD report came in, readers should ask themselves what is the name of the human prosecutor that represented San Francisco’s interests against the future attempted rapist? And, if it was just an algorithm that made the decision, then it was Boudin that opened the prison door that allowed the trauma and attempted rape committed on a young girl. Strike 3!

Now for my source: It’s actually Tim Redmond. Every time Redmond asked me a question, I responded with numerous questions. It was Redmond, through his conversations with Boudin, who confirmed my suspicions of the robot umpire ⎯ algorithms. It was Redmond who disclosed the sexual encounter was an attempted rape. 

Redmond is a passionate writer, but he appears to have weak skepticism genes. He seems to fall for anything progressives serve him. In February, Redmond wrote how Boudin’s friend, Vilaska Nguyen, lived in District 7 for ten years. It was my article that corrected Redmond in that Vilaska had spent a full 10 of the previous 10-¼ years in District 11. Redmond has amended the original article, but only because of the clarity I provided. 

During my email exchange with Redmond, I concluded every email with, “Have Chesa call me.” It was pretty obvious; like a voyeur, Boudin was hiding behind Redmond’s questions. 

Boudin, you were quoted in Redmond’s article, and in your Tweet you acted surprised like it was independent journalism. It was such an obvious setup ⎯ it’s like a third grader sending dozens of Valentine Day cards to himself and then bragging to the class how popular he is. Avoiding my requests to speak with you, not responding to my letter last week, is a sign Boudin is afraid and hiding under Redmond’s mask. 

San Francisco crimes year-to-date under Boudin: 

  • Homicides +33 percent
  • Arson +48 percent
  • Burglaries +42 percent

Vote ‘No’ on Affirmative Action Proposition 16. Here’s Why

If you love discrimination and hate, then vote for Prop. 16.  If you want a colorblind society, a community based on trust and honor not bigotry and divisiveness, then vote NO on Prop. 16.  This measure could have been written by the KKK.  If approved it will deny a large number of California, of Asians heritage, the right to attend the UC or State College system—discrimination, racism.  If passed California in 2020 will be more like Alabama in 1950-a racist, hate filled State.

“By repealing Proposition 209, the State, the City, the County, the University of California, and any other governmental entity will be able to engage in affirmative action programs to promote diversity.  

Unfortunately, the proponents of Proposition 16 (Allows Diversity as a Factor in Public Employment, Education, and Contracting Decisions) have not provided us with any hard data on the level of diversity at the UC and Cal State systems or the progress that has been made since 1996 as well as over the last five to ten years.  

Despite the ban on affirmative action, the UC and CSU systems have made significant progress.  Over 50% of the students are women.  The number of first generation college students has increased considerably as have the enrollment of traditionally underrepresented minorities and students from low income families.”

When you are filled with hate, facts man nothing.  If the goal is discrimination, just make charges based on thin air to get your way.  That is how totalitarian societies work.  If passed, watch as qualified students leave the State—and do not return except to visit family.  We will lose a lot of bright people on the sword of hate.

Vote ‘No’ on Affirmative Action Proposition 16. Here’s Why

Jack Humphreville, City Watch LA,  9/28/20 

LA WATCHDOG–If approved by the voters, Proposition 16 would repeal Proposition 209, a constitutional amendment that was approved by 55% of the voters in 1996.  Proposition 209 stated: 

The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. 

By repealing Proposition 209, the State, the City, the County, the University of California, and any other governmental entity will be able to engage in affirmative action programs to promote diversity.  

Unfortunately, the proponents of Proposition 16 (Allows Diversity as a Factor in Public Employment, Education, and Contracting Decisions) have not provided us with any hard data on the level of diversity at the UC and Cal State systems or the progress that has been made since 1996 as well as over the last five to ten years.  

Despite the ban on affirmative action, the UC and CSU systems have made significant progress.  Over 50% of the students are women.  The number of first generation college students has increased considerably as have the enrollment of traditionally underrepresented minorities and students from low income families.       

Nor have the proponents provided us with any hard data on level of diversity of employees at the public level.  

The State has made considerable progress as 58% of the State’s civil service employees are non-white, a significant increase over the last five years.  More than likely, the same is true with the City of Los Angeles, especially in the ranks of employees hired over the last ten to fifteen years.  

The proponents have also not made any attempt to determine the incremental costs associated with preferential contracting programs, an amount estimated to be billions of dollars a year that our cash strapped governments cannot afford.  

Our politicians love affirmative action.  It allows them to tip the scales in favor of their friends and cronies and provides another avenue for pay-to-play corruption.  This was certainly the case prior to 1996 which is one of the reasons why Proposition 209 was approved by the voters despite a vigorous and well-funded opposition.    

The current system is working.  UC and CSD systems have diverse student bodies and are continuing to make progress.  Our public employees already represent a cross section of Californians and Angelenos.  And contracts are awarded based on best available price, not preferential treatment.    

The proponents tell us that affirmative action will help promote diversity in the most diverse state in the country.  But they have not provided us with any information to back up their claims.  Without full disclosure and transparency, Proposition 16 does not deserve our support.  

Vote NO on Proposition 16.  

Program busing homeless out of San Fran sees sharp decline

This is the master plan of San Fran to get rid of the homeless—give them bus tickets out of town.  This is a great policy.  Maybe Los Angeles could trade 12 homeless to Fresno for 2 homeless, with Fresno sending 5 homeless to Oakland?  We could clog up the freeways with the transfer of homeless.

“A program that gives hundreds of homeless people bus tickets annually to go live with family and friends outside of San Francisco has seen participation plummet since COVID-19 began.

Homeward Bound purchased tickets for just two homeless people per month in April, May and June to ride Greyhound buses to their destination of choice, according to data from the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, which administers the program.

Last year in April alone the program paid for 46 tickets and the year before 44, according to the most recent data presented by the department.

In July there was a slight increase to nine, whereas last year in July there were 55.

You read that right.  The homeless want to leave the cold of San Fran in December, get a bus ticket to Palm Springs to spend the Winter.  This is how the Left thinks the problem is solved.  What a joke—on the taxpayers financing the travels of the homeless, not finding them training, jobs and homes.

Program busing homeless out of SF sees sharp decline

City to reopen in-person Homeward Bound office to boost participation

Joshua Sabatini, SF Examiner, 9/28/20  

A program that gives hundreds of homeless people bus tickets annually to go live with family and friends outside of San Francisco has seen participation plummet since COVID-19 began.

Homeward Bound purchased tickets for just two homeless people per month in April, May and June to ride Greyhound buses to their destination of choice, according to data from the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, which administers the program.

Last year in April alone the program paid for 46 tickets and the year before 44, according to the most recent data presented by the department.

In July there was a slight increase to nine, whereas last year in July there were 55.

The drop off is concerning for the department.

The City has relied on the program since 2005 to reduce the homeless population and has set goals to place in permanent supportive housing about as many as they place on buses. Both outcomes are counted as reported “exits” from homelessness.

“Homeward Bound offers the most exits from homelessness of any program in our system of care, last year, the year before and pretty much every year, so this coming down to two a month is heartbreaking,” Abigail Stewart-Kahn, interim director for the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, told the Local Homeless Coordinating Board earlier this month.

“It’s understandable and it’s heartbreaking,” she said.

The drop off is attributable to a number of factors.

Greyhound bus routes have decreased due to the pandemic, city officials said, and social service offices have closed due to coronavirus, forcing the program to go online only.

Emily Cohen, a spokesperson for the department, told the San Francisco Examiner in May that while the program never stopped accepting referrals, the demand for the program was “significantly reduced.”

“We have seen less interest in the program, fewer travel options are available and fewer families are willing/able to receive people during the shelter in place orders/ public health crisis,” Cohen wrote in an email in May.

Jennifer Friedenbach , executive director for the Coalition on Homelessness, told the Examiner that “the program has limited value as most unhoused San Franciscans became homeless as housed SF residents.”

“However, I’m not surprised usage has decreased given that no one seems to be able to figure out how to access the program during COVID — office is closed and phone isn’t answered,” she said.

But The City hopes participation will increase with the reopening of the in-person office at 1235 Mission St., Deborah Bouck, a spokesperson for the department told the Examiner last week.

Bouck said the offices are scheduled to open in early October with a staff of seven. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm.

“The office will adhere to City guidelines while providing socially distant assistance for people without a phone or internet service, who cannot access the online form,” she said. “Health checks will be conducted with anyone entering the building.”

Greyhound requires all riders to wear face coverings, according to its website.

The fiscal year that ended June 30 saw just 394 homeless sent out of San Francisco though Homeward Bound, according to the data. Meanwhile, 989 were placed in permanent supportive housing.

In fiscal year 2019, there were 562 who were bused out of The City and 1,006 placed in supportive housing.

But the program has experienced an overall decrease in recent years.

In fiscal year 2018, there were 741 homeless who took a Greyhound ticket through the program and rode away, while 1,157 were placed in supportive housing, according to the data.

The program pays for the bus tickets after checking to see if they have friends or family they can move in with upon arrival at their destination. The program has had its critics, who argue it is not solving homelessness but rather moving it around. There is also a lack of data on whether participants remain housed with their family and friends after they arrive to live with them.

The department declined to provide information about the destinations of the 15 who used the program between April and July, citing privacy concerns.

“Homeward Bound conducts follow-up outreach with calls to ensure that people arrive and that their housing is established,” Bouck said. “Homeward Bound plays a critical role in fulfilling the department’s mission to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time.”

New law makes sustainable transit easier, faster and cheaper to implement

California government just does not get it.  The Sacramento Democrats really believe Grandma is going to walk or ride her bike to see her grandkids in Orange County, while living in Ventura County.  The Democrats believe people will go back to dirty, disease laden, crime ridden busses and trains—that are unreliable, with unions striking to extort the public.

“A bill designed to prevent sustainable transportation projects from getting bogged down in laborious, time-intensive environmental review was signed into state law Monday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Supporters of SB 288 believe it will make projects such as pedestrian safety tools, protected bike lanes, light rail and bus lanes easier and cheaper to implement as well as help the state fight climate change and promote economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus.”

Another reason for business to leave the State—image delivering your goods and products amid the bikes and pedestrians clogging the roads—and the very high cost of gas due to tax policy and environmental regulations. I bet Newsom is not riding his bike to work each day—he has a State car, a State driver, an armed bodyguard.  Do you?

New law makes sustainable transit easier, faster and cheaper to implement

SB 288 will add a number of climate-friendly infrastructure projects to CEQA exemption list

Carly Graf, SF Examiner,   9/28/20 

A bill designed to prevent sustainable transportation projects from getting bogged down in laborious, time-intensive environmental review was signed into state law Monday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Supporters of SB 288 believe it will make projects such as pedestrian safety tools, protected bike lanes, light rail and bus lanes easier and cheaper to implement as well as help the state fight climate change and promote economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus.

“It’s important now more than ever that we move swiftly to drastically cut down on carbon emissions, and that we all work together to spare the air. SB 288 will help get us back on track,” state Sen. Scott Wiener, who co-sponsored the legislation, said in a statement.

The California Environmental Quality Act is intended to ensure projects and permits across the state don’t cause environmental harm, but its lengthy review process can end up delaying otherwise climate-friendly transportation initiatives.

SB 288 would add a number of sustainable transportation projects to the list of CEQA statutory exemptions, which should streamline their approval and construction.

The law will help “limit carbon emissions by jumpstarting sustainable transportation projects across the state” and “put Californians back to work building these important, green infrastructure projects,” Wiener said in a statement.

As wildfires have ravaged the West Coast, Wiener and other supporters have emphasized the urgent need to encourage and facilitate climate-friendly development.

Gwen Litvak, senior vice president of the Bay Area Council, an economic development association that co-sponsored the bill, said that existing exemptions are “fairly narrow,” and “don’t cover some of the projects we really need to help get transit moving more quickly or bring down project costs.”

For example, she said, the current exemptions apply to passenger rail or commuter services on existing rights of way, but don’t specify bus rapid transit, light rail or buses.

Any project that claims to be sustainable won’t just receive CEQA exemption automatically. It would be subject to analyses that prove it is in fact, critically-needed to advance sustainable transit.

Guardrails exist within the bill to make sure only truly sustainable projects are exempted from CEQA. They include requirements that they be publicly owned, within an existing public right of way and urbanized area and can’t result in the demolition of affordable housing.

Projects over $100 million must also complete a racial equity analysis with suggestions for mitigations, provide a business case and host a minimum of two public meetings annually during construction.

SPUR and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, two regional groups, also co-sponsored the bill.

Litvak said examples of San Francisco projects that her organization hopes to see expedited with the signing of SB 288 include the Fulton Street Safety & Transit Project, the Embarcadero Enhancement Project, the Excelsior Neighborhood Traffic Calming Project and the Leavenworth Quick-Build Project, among others.

Backers of SB 288 say its impact will help usher San Francisco and all of California out of the COVID-19 economic shutdown by minimizing administrative costs — in terms of dollars, time and resources — as well as creating jobs and helping to craft a more sustainable, lasting vision for the state.

O.W. Lee moves entire furniture operation out of California, into Texas

Large firms and small are fleeing California.  Here are 200 employees moving to Texas, getting out of the 10 Freeway corridor in Ontario, gridlocks when there is no pandemic.  With high taxes and crazy environmental laws, all furniture companies left in California are looking to move.  This firm, instead of growing in California, will grow by 2.5 times by moving to Texas.  Immediately, they save 13% of operating costs—by NOT paying for corporate income tax.  They will get lower priced housing, half the price for energy and water and gas for cars a buck a gallon cheaper!

“The manufacturer of patio furniture will leave its 157,000-square-foot facility in Ontario, California and invest $24 million into an existing 412,000-square-foot building in Comfort, Texas. Some of the company’s 200 manufacturing employees will make the move – the rest it will have to hire for in Texas.

Lee will receive an abatement of between 25 and 50 percent over its first seven years in Comfort, reports the San Antonio Business Journal.

Texas is a Free State.  California is the Socialist Paradise.  Texas provides kids with an education, California provides indoctrination.   The future is Texas—the disaster in California.

O.W. Lee moves entire furniture operation out of California, into Texas

By Robert Dalheim, Woodworking Network,   9/24/20 

COMFORT, Texas – Outdoor furniture manufacturer O.W. Lee will move its entire operation out of California and into Texas early 2021.

The manufacturer of patio furniture will leave its 157,000-square-foot facility in Ontario, California and invest $24 million into an existing 412,000-square-foot building in Comfort, Texas. Some of the company’s 200 manufacturing employees will make the move – the rest it will have to hire for in Texas.

Lee will receive an abatement of between 25 and 50 percent over its first seven years in Comfort, reports the San Antonio Business Journal.

The family-owned O.W. Lee has made outdoor furniture in Southern California for more than 65 years. 

New report estimates school closures’ long-term impact on the U.S. economy at more than $14 trillion

Every day we get more depressing news about the politically motivated lock down of America by Democrats.  Over 80 years, the economy will lose close to $15 TRILLION.  But that is just about dollars and sense.  It does not take into consideration the emotional depression, the reality that education is meaningless to many, the loss of education for many who wanted to go forward with careers, instead being told that must first admit they are racists and indoctrinated with classes in socialism and hate for the Constitution and freedom.

“In the U.S., for example, the closures could ultimately amount to a loss of almost $14.2 trillion over the next 80 years, according to the study, released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an international group with 37 member countries that promotes economic growth policies. Another three months of learning losses could stretch that figure to almost $28 trillion.

The authors suggest, however, that schools could recoup some of those losses by “individualizing the instruction,” in which students work at their own speed to master academic goals.

Note that just three more months of school closed to classroom education, means the $15 trillion grows to $28 trillion.  Government is causing an economic disaster that will last for 80 years.  Had enough?  Homeschool, Education POD’s, private schools flee that closed government schools—save the lives of your children.

New report estimates school closures’ long-term impact on the U.S. economy at more than $14 trillion

Linda Jacobson, Los Angeles School Report,  9/28/20   

The data shows the number of countries with school closures because of the pandemic between February and the end of June. (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)

This year’s school closures won’t just result in the loss of students’ academic skills; it could negatively impact the economy for the rest of the 21st century, new research predicts.

In the U.S., for example, the closures could ultimately amount to a loss of almost $14.2 trillion over the next 80 years, according to the study, released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an international group with 37 member countries that promotes economic growth policies. Another three months of learning losses could stretch that figure to almost $28 trillion.

The authors suggest, however, that schools could recoup some of those losses by “individualizing the instruction,” in which students work at their own speed to master academic goals.

“Unless schools get better, the current students will be significantly harmed. Moreover, the harm will disproportionately fall on disadvantaged students,” wrote economists Eric Hanushek of Stanford University and Ludger Woessmann of the University of Munich. They added that “permanent learning losses are not inevitable if countries improve the learning gains of their students in the future.”

The new research was featured this week in another OECD paper and a webinar using existing data from international studies to analyze the impact of the pandemic on key educational indicators.

The potential long-term damage to the economy is “why it is important for education systems to get back on track as quickly as they can,” Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s director for education and skills, said during the online event. Schleicher notes that even if school performance were to immediately return to pre-pandemic levels, countries would continue to see economic declines. That’s because “learning loss will lead to skill loss, and the skills people have relate to their productivity,” he wrote.

Drawing from surveys and data gathered before the appearance of COVID-19, Schleicher puts issues such as education spending and students’ use of technology in the context of what schools have experienced since March.

He notes the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act, enacted in March, as one example of what countries have done to prevent deep, short-term cuts. But he also notes that the effects of the pandemic on education spending could be long-lasting.

“Forecasts predict that the pandemic will lead to slower growth in government spending in the coming year,” he wrote, “and that if the share of government spending devoted to education were to remain unchanged, education spending would continue to grow but at significantly lower rates than before the pandemic.”

Using OECD’s 2018 Teaching and Learning International Survey, the paper also demonstrates the degree to which online platforms and resources influenced how students and teachers performed prior to the pandemic.

“Digital technology became the lifeline of technology,” Schleicher said during the webinar. “Suddenly, teachers’ and students’ technological skills became critically important.”

The data show that the U.S. was better positioned than some countries, such as Finland, France and the Czech Republic, to make the transition to remote learning, but not as prepared as Denmark, New Zealand and Australia.

Average class sizes before school closures in March are also likely to determine how quickly schools are able to accommodate in-person learning again. At the primary level, average class sizes in the U.S. line up with the OECD average of 21; Chile had the highest class sizes before the pandemic, with 31, and Costa Rica had the lowest, with 16.

“Countries with smaller class sizes may find it easier to comply with new restrictions on social distancing provided they have the space to accommodate the number of students safely,” Schleicher wrote.

During the webinar, Schleicher also offered lessons for the U.S. based on recent OECD studies and test results.

“The U.S is lucky that it has a lot of money in education, but I don’t think it’s using its resources very wisely,” he said, adding that there’s more funding going toward an “industrial structure” and district bureaucracy than quality classroom instruction. One chart in his presentation, for example, showed that the U.S. ranks last in teacher salaries compared with 29 other countries.

Much of the education spending in the U.S., he added, still goes toward “wealthy students.”

“Align the resources with needs,” he said. “Where you can actually make most of the difference is [with] the students who need it most.”

In their paper, Hanushek and Woessmann also recommend that school systems work simultaneously on improving distance learning and reopening schools.

“Comprehensive measures must be taken to ensure that learning takes place everywhere again,” they wrote. “It is possible and important to build upon the new organization of schools to ensure that the schools are actually superior to the pre-COVID schools.”