Recall Effort Against SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin Turns In 83,487 Signatures, Likely Enough To Trigger Recall Election

It looks like the June primary will have on the San Fran ballot the Recall election of the District Attorney of Moscow, ur, San Fran, Chesa Boudin—the son of convicted terrorists and murderers.

“The second recall effort against Boudin, spearheaded by Safer SF Without Boudin, a group that has said that Boudin failed to keep promises of real criminal justice reform and police accountability, said on Friday that they had received 83,487 signatures, 32,162 more than the 51,325 required to put the recall issue on the ballot.

“It says a lot about the anger and the fear that San Franciscans have about what’s going on in the community,” said Safer SF Without Boudin Co-chairwoman Mary Jung on Friday. “People are still calling us wanting to know whether or not they can sign today to be part of the signatures being turned in.”

We ill be watching Pelosi, Mayor Breed , Kamala Harris and other elected officials from San Fran to s if the endorse the Recall or support the crime wave.

Recall Effort Against SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin Turns In 83,487 Signatures, Likely Enough To Trigger Recall Election

Recall election would be held in June should enough signatures be verified

By Evan Symon, California Globe,  10/23/21 

A recall election of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was made all but certain on Friday after it was announced that 83,487 signatures, more than 30,000 more than needed, had been submitted to San Francisco election officials.

Elected in 2019, Boudin quickly drew the ire of many residents for removing crime categories and refusing to prosecute most criminals in the city. These measures, which in addition to an already rising crime rate, lingering effects of the increased felony threshold rate Prop 47 law, and the COVID-19 pandemic, led to skyrocketing crime numbers in San Francisco in 2020, with figures remaining high in 2021 across most categories.

Retail groups have blamed Boudin personally for the high crime rates, with many businesses, such as Walgreens, pulling many stores from the city because of how much money they lost in the past few years from thefts and unprosecuted criminals.

As soon as they legally could, several groups began multiple recall petitions against Boudin. While the first petition failed to get even the minimum 51,325 signatures needed for a recall, supporters for the second petition with a deadline two months later had more luck. A still high crime rate and businesses being shut down because of the crime were large factors, as were many signers being spurred by the failed recall of Governor Gavin Newsom last month and another recall effort against several San Francisco School Board members getting enough signatures to be on the ballot.

The second recall effort against Boudin, spearheaded by Safer SF Without Boudin, a group that has said that Boudin failed to keep promises of real criminal justice reform and police accountability, said on Friday that they had received 83,487 signatures, 32,162 more than the 51,325 required to put the recall issue on the ballot.

“It says a lot about the anger and the fear that San Franciscans have about what’s going on in the community,” said Safer SF Without Boudin Co-chairwoman Mary Jung on Friday. “People are still calling us wanting to know whether or not they can sign today to be part of the signatures being turned in.”

“Our goal was to garner at least 70,000 signatures, so we exceeded even our own goal,” added group spokeswoman Andrea Shorter. “The demand was great.”

A likely Boudin recall election in 2022

Many cheered the news of Boudins’ likely upcoming recall vote on Friday, including many in the law enforcement community.

“You would not believe how many citizens, police officers, and business owners called me today on this,” said Frank Ma, a former law enforcement official who now works as a security advisor for businesses in the Bay Area to the Globe on Friday. “Everyone has been trying to fight back against this crime wave the best they could, and the city kept saying it wasn’t that bad or just pointed to stats and made no real effort to listen to the people. Boudin in particular just avoided the issue, and to many, was on the side of criminals.”

“Everyone is taking note now. A lot of the city actively hates him and wants tougher criminal measures. Maybe now Boudin will go down to a Target or some businesses in the Tenderloin and ask people what he can do. That’s the only way he can get out of this in my opinion. When officers on patrol want to know what’s wrong, they hold a community meeting or simply ask the people when walking around what’s up in their part of town. Even with so many not really liking law enforcement post-George Floyd, you’ll still get honest answers out of people. That’s where Boudin should start. He’ll find that that what he thought was best for communities really has not been.”

On Thursday, Boudin, seeing preliminary signature numbers and the strong possibility of a recall fight next year, held a rally vowing to fight the recall attempt.

“The reason that so many of you voted for me in 2019 was because of promises I made you. This has nothing to do with the facts or the real challenges our communities are facing,” said the DA on Thursday “This has everything to do with disrespecting the will of the people.” Boudin then also said that he has continued to act on his campaign promises from two years ago.

Supporters of Boudin, including former State Senator Mark Leno, added that the recall election of Boudin would go against the wishes of voters.

“This is recall madness and we have to stop it or this just the new way of life and truth doesn’t stand in the way, respect for the voters,” said Leno on Friday.

However, recall supporters responded to those remarks on Friday.

“But that’s why we have recalls,” added Ma. “They do something very wrong, like cause a crime wave and criminals getting away with crimes, so we get rid of them for doing that. Also, note that most supporters are not defending Boudin but are rather saying ‘respect the four year terms’. That really tells you something.”

Should enough signatures be verified by San Francisco election officials, the Boudin recall election would be held in June 2020 during the Primary elections. Should voters recall him, San Francisco Mayor London Breed would choose an interim DA, with a special DA election to be held during the November election later next year.

SEIU scandals: time to limit union politics

The SEIU is corrupt.  It forces workers to pay bribes or they do not get to work.  That is corruption—legal in California.  Now we find, one after the other, SEIU leaders indicted for corruption that even the Democrats can not allow.

“This particular election had received more attention than usual because the winning candidate, Richard Louis Brown, campaigned on an unusual platform. “Take the labor organization out of politics completely,” the Sacramento Bee explained.

The union not only is the largest representative of state-government workers, but provides electoral muscle for the Democratic Party. The SEIU chapter donated $1 million to oppose the recall and its Political Action Committees spent (in cash and other contributions) $17 million over the past decade, according to the Bee report.

So money stolen from workers was used by the SEIU to continue the arrogance and destructive policies of Newsom. The largest SEIU in the State elected a president that wants to get the union out of politics—so a rogue meeting was held and his powers were transferred to those who want to use stolen money to radicalize and collapse the State of California.

SEIU scandals: time to limit union politics

By The Editorial Board, Press-Enterprise,   10/23/21  

While California political observers focused on an unfolding gubernatorial recall election during the spring and summer, another major state election was taking place. Members of the powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 were voting for a new president.

This particular election had received more attention than usual because the winning candidate, Richard Louis Brown, campaigned on an unusual platform. “Take the labor organization out of politics completely,” the Sacramento Bee explained.

The union not only is the largest representative of state-government workers, but provides electoral muscle for the Democratic Party. The SEIU chapter donated $1 million to oppose the recall and its Political Action Committees spent (in cash and other contributions) $17 million over the past decade, according to the Bee report.

Brown made the sensible argument that instead of promoting unrelated progressive political priorities (e.g., raising the minimum wage and reducing immigration restrictions), the union could best serve its members by focusing on the traditional aspects of unions, such as improving bargaining agreements. Such arguments were music to our ears.

Despite his grassroots support, other union leaders weren’t willing to put up with this radical change in direction. Last week, its board voted to transfer the president’s leadership authority to a hand-picked chairman. Brown’s foes also pointed to harassment and wrongful-termination allegations as further justification for their move, per the report.

Brown has fought back by comparing the meeting to a lynching and arguing that the power-stripping vote was illegal. That dispute in a local chapter is not the least of SEIU’s problems. Attorney General Rob Bonta filed tax-fraud, embezzlement and other criminal charges against the executive director of SEIU California (who has resigned, but disputes the allegations) following an investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission.

The unions clearly need to get their houses in order, but the controversies have wide-ranging political importance given the outsized roles these unions play in California politics. We’re not fans of government unions in general, but it’s about time they stay in their lane – and stick to helping members rather than muscling lawmakers.

Non-citizens likely to get right to vote in San Fran school board recall

San Fran is giving up the ghost of honest elections.  They will allow illegal aliens to vote in local elections—only the State and Federal Constitution stop the city from allowing them to vote for President and Governor.

“The Board of Supervisors is poised to approve legislation on Tuesday that expressly allows certain non-citizens to vote in recall elections for school board members.

The legislation, co-authored by supervisors Connie Chan and Myrna Melgar, permanently extends the right to vote in school board elections to a select group: parents, guardians and caretakers of San Francisco children under 19 years old.

Eligible non-citizens must also reside in San Francisco, be of legal voting age, and not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

For the local elections now it is easy to stuff the ballot box—with criminals.

Non-citizens likely to get right to vote in San Francisco school board recall

Supervisors set to approve measure that would open ballot to parents, guardians of minors in SF

Ida Mojadad, SF Examiner,  10/22/21   

The Board of Supervisors is poised to approve legislation on Tuesday that expressly allows certain non-citizens to vote in recall elections for school board members.

The legislation, co-authored by supervisors Connie Chan and Myrna Melgar, permanently extends the right to vote in school board elections to a select group: parents, guardians and caretakers of San Francisco children under 19 years old.

Eligible non-citizens must also reside in San Francisco, be of legal voting age, and not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

“Being able to cast my ballot for the San Francisco Board of Education means that my existence is seen, my voice is heard, and our family’s life matters to our community,” said Hwaji Shin, parent of a public school student, in a September statement.

Proposition N, which voters passed in 2016, granted the right to non-citizens to vote in school board elections through 2022; however, recall elections were not specified. The Department of Elections indicated in April that non-citizens could not sign petitions to recall school board members or vote until the next regularly scheduled school board election in November.

The legislation, co-sponsored by eight supervisors, is up for a vote at Tuesday’s regular Board of Supervisors meeting. Elections staff already posted notices informing voters that eligible noncitizens may participate in the Feb. 15 recall.

In general, opponents of the recall have been supportive of non-citizen voting. The recall is directed at school board President Gabriela López, who is facing a recall alongside Vice President Faauuga Moliga and member Alison Collins. Moliga and López welcomed the news when reached on Thursday afternoon. Collins and recall organizers were not reached in time for publication.

“Although many families are concerned about this recall election’s waste of funding, time and energy, I am glad to see the Dept. of Elections is honoring non-citizen parents’ ability to continue to exercise their right to vote,” López said in a text.

Prop. N has not yet resulted in high participation. In the November 2018 election, 65 noncitizens registered to vote, followed by just six in November 2019 and 36 in November 2020, according to Department of Elections Director John Arntz. Since eligibility can change, they must register to vote for each election.

The era of Trump may have been a factor in the low participation. Following the former president’s election, supervisors added a warning that information provided by non-citizens, some of whom might be undocumented, to register may be obtained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and that the naturalization application process includes a question of whether they have ever registered or voted in an election in the country.

“It really was an uphill battle from day one,” said Eric Cuentos, senior director of family engagement at Mission Graduates and member of the Immigrant Parent Voting Collaborative. “San Francisco is able to be a leader in the expansion of voting rights and ability to be part of the decisions that actually impact peoples’ lives. We’re going to double down on the strategies we have before that we know works, which was meeting people where they’re at.”

Although the White House has changed hands, immigration advocates are frustrated that federal immigration policy is hardly different. But Cuentos believes the improved political climate will mean more registrations, and the uncommon right is still appreciated.

“What’s been very clear since 2016 is we’ve seen how important it is for our non-citizen residents and families to get involved and have a say,” Chan said. “I know that only if my mom had the support and resources and ability to participate in the election to make decisions on our school system, I think she would’ve been a lot more active and feel empowered to be a voice for the immigrant community.”

San Fran To Require Proof Of Vaccination To Poop On The Sidewalk

Did you think this is satire?  We could debate it—but after San Fran closed down a burger joint for the crime of selling burgers, not asking for vaccine passports, it could be true.

““We can’t believe the brazenness of some people,” said Mayor London Breed, “being out and about and defecating in broad daylight without proof of vaccination. Well, that’s changing. If you’re smearing feces on something and aren’t vaccinated, there is going to be trouble.”

Reactions from San Francisco citizens were largely positive. “Our city is run by escapees from an insane asylum,” said one man.

The good news is that people with an IQ over room temperature are leaving town.  Last year the schools lost 3500 students’—it could be worse this year as kids must war diapers on their face for 8 hours, without any scientific proof this is just the government punking the kids.

Finally: San Francisco To Require Proof Of Vaccination To Poop On The Sidewalk

BabylonBee.com, 10/21/21  

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—People just pooping willy-nilly on the sidewalk in San Francisco has been a long-time problem, and City Hall is finally taking action. Now they will require proof of vaccination before people can use the sidewalk as a restroom.

“We can’t believe the brazenness of some people,” said Mayor London Breed, “being out and about and defecating in broad daylight without proof of vaccination. Well, that’s changing. If you’re smearing feces on something and aren’t vaccinated, there is going to be trouble.”

Reactions from San Francisco citizens were largely positive. “Our city is run by escapees from an insane asylum,” said one man.

“That’s literally true,” said another. “They somehow broke out of an asylum for the criminally insane and took over city hall, and we don’t know what to do. Someone, please help us!”

There is now talk of requiring proof of vaccination before someone is allowed to shoplift from a Walgreens, though many city officials worry that would be too onerous.

West Coast, Messed Coast: ‘Let it Burn,’ Animal Style

Education is California is about indoctrination into totalitarian values—real education is a minor part of the school effort.  California has 13 million in poverty—and Newsom is spending $350 million to give COVID tests and vaccines to illegal aliens—in violation of Federal law.  Our health car system is collapsing and the cops have been neutered—we live in a State where illegal aliens and crimes are protected.

“We have it on good authority that this life form runs In-N-Out Burger at Fisherman’s Wharf, where the iconic restaurant got into trouble for serving people hamburgers.

We should have known a city that pays pooper scoopers $100,000 a year and hooks up addicts with $60,000 tents at Fentanyl Flats would spare no expense to hire COVID vaccine passport inspectors. Indeed, an eagle-eyed regulator caught the burger seller selling burgers without asking for papers.

Instead of letting the city give it the old CVS and Walgreens bum rush, In-N-Out raised a noticeable stink, which is very difficult to do, what with San Francisco being the fetid fecal capital of the United States of America and all.

Sen. Barry Goldwater once said he had a plan to save America.  “He will allow California to recede into the ocean”.  If you believe Al Gore that will happen.

West Coast, Messed Coast: ‘Let it Burn,’ Animal Style

By Victoria Taft, PJ Media,  10/22/21  

There is surprising news from Baghdad by the Bay — San Francisco — where “West Coast, Messed Coast” can reliably report the thrilling discovery of vestigial traces of what was previously believed to be extinct testosterone-charged life forms.

We have it on good authority that this life form runs In-N-Out Burger at Fisherman’s Wharf, where the iconic restaurant got into trouble for serving people hamburgers.

We should have known a city that pays pooper scoopers $100,000 a year and hooks up addicts with $60,000 tents at Fentanyl Flats would spare no expense to hire COVID vaccine passport inspectors. Indeed, an eagle-eyed regulator caught the burger seller selling burgers without asking for papers.

Instead of letting the city give it the old CVS and Walgreens bum rush, In-N-Out raised a noticeable stink, which is very difficult to do, what with San Francisco being the fetid fecal capital of the United States of America and all.

COVID cops closed the In-N-Out — the city’s only one — for one day while the regulators and hysterical critics pilloried the burger purveyor in falsetto tones of horror for selling burgers without asking for papers and ID. You may insert your own observation about the Left and voter ID here. Gah head, talk amongst yourselves for a second.

In-N-Out then issued a statement that was a welcome sign of testicular fortitude.

On Thursday, October 14, the San Francisco Department of Public Health closed our restaurant at 333 Jefferson Street because In-N-Out Burger Associates (employees) were not preventing the entry of Customers who were not carrying proper vaccination documentation.

[…] After closing our restaurant, local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer, then act as enforcement personnel by barring entry for any Customers without the proper documentation.

[…] We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government. It is unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe to force our restaurant Associates to segregate Customers into those who may be served and those who may not, whether based on the documentation they carry, or any other reason.

California Drove Truckers Out of Business. Now Store Shelves Are Empty

Why do we have a crisis at the ports?  The DMV has stopped the registration of thousands of trucks.

Literally the empty shelves and shortages were planned by the Democrats and environmentalists, to move us away from good paying jobs and a land of prosperity. Last year, California’s DMV began refusing to register thousands of trucks with an estimated 100,000 trucks under threat. With “green” trucks costing $70,000 more, this was a non-starter for already troubled independent owner-operators and even larger companies.

That was part of the plan.”

California Democrats and their environmentalist special interests had set out to crush the state’s ports and trucking industry. Had everything gone as planned, this would have been a slow and gradual process. Costs would have crept up and deliveries would have fallen off without an immediate catastrophic impact. But then the pandemic and its consequences arrived.

This was the plan of the environmentalists and the Democrats to make our economy look like Cuba workers belong to the State.

California Drove Truckers Out of Business. Now Store Shelves Are Empty

Democrat regulations are holding the entire economy hostage.

Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage Mag,  10/22/21  

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Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

After a long cross-country flight, I made it out of LAX and into an Uber. I wasn’t in the mood to talk, but the driver was. And hearing that I was a journalist, he wanted to tell me a story. I’ve heard a lot of stories over the years, but this may have been the most important one I let go.

He hadn’t always been driving an Uber at 11:30 at night. Not all that long ago he used to have his own business with 7 trucks before he was bankrupted by California’s insane regulations.

I listened, but didn’t pay enough attention. The impact of California’s Democrat legislative supermajority on truckers was just another data point alongside what was happening to freelancers of all kinds and a lot of small businesses. Stories like this were everywhere and there was little interest in them even in conservative circles outside the tarnished golden state.

Back then we still lived in a world where you could walk into a thousand stores with fully stocked shelves. People ordered from Amazon and expected its burgeoning last mile delivery service to make products magically appear overnight. Just in time inventory systems were more efficient and any day now products would be delivered by self-driving cars or aerial drones.

2020 and 2021 have given this Big Tech fantasy world and the rest of us a good kicking.

The massive supply chain mess that’s leaving stores empty and orders unfulfilled doesn’t have a single point of failure, but dozens of them. China’s energy shortages, the overhyped predictive powers of Big Data, the fragility of the global economy, fuel costs, and welfare state worker shortages are all players. But California’s truck bans are a key link in the great failure chain.

While I was riding home that night, California trucking companies were going bankrupt at a rapid rate. Few outside the industry were paying attention or understood what that might mean.

2019 was described as a “bloodbath” for the trucking industry with 640 trucking companies across the country filing for bankruptcy in just the first half of the year. Thousands of truck drivers were left unemployed. Many went into the expanding last mile delivery business, some as contractors for Amazon. But California truckers and businesses had their own special woes.

Two years ago, Governor Newsom signed the Democrat supermajority’s Assembly Bill 5 into law. While AB5 was billed as a crackdown on Uber and Lyft, forcing the companies to treat l freelance contractors as employees, the gig economy companies pushed Proposition 22 so that they were the only ones exempt from the law. (A Democrat judge has since illegally blocked the approved ballot measure while falsely claiming that it was unconstitutional.)

AB5 however was less about Uber than it was about outlawing freelance employees in order to force them into unions. The union power grab inconvenienced Uber and Lyft, but crushed freelance workers in a variety of fields including journalism. One of the fields was trucking.

Over the summer, the California Trucking Association actually went to the Supreme Court to fight AB5 and allow owners and operators to use independent contractors. The CTA listed 70,000 owner operators. In the years since AB5, Ubers have become scarcer and more expensive, which is what the law was actually designed to do, but the consequences to the trucking industry have been far worse albeit invisible to most people until now. While truckers are still protected from AB5, many in the industry are not willing to bet their future on SCOTUS.

AB5 was not only the assault on the trucking industry by California Democrats who were aggressively trying to unionize the industry and to impose environmental regulations on it.

Last year, the California Air Resources Board issued a press release boasting that it had taken a “bold step to reduce truck pollution”. The bold step required switching to electric trucks.

“We are showing the world that we can move goods, grow our economy and finally dump dirty diesel,” Jared Blumenfeld, California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection, sneered.

Jared and California certainly showed the world something.

While the ultimate truck ban was scheduled for 2045, an initial phase-in of 5% to 9% begins in 2024. Last year, California’s DMV began refusing to register thousands of trucks with an estimated 100,000 trucks under threat. With “green” trucks costing $70,000 more, this was a non-starter for already troubled independent owner-operators and even larger companies.

That was part of the plan.

California Democrats and their environmentalist special interests had set out to crush the state’s ports and trucking industry. Had everything gone as planned, this would have been a slow and gradual process. Costs would have crept up and deliveries would have fallen off without an immediate catastrophic impact. But then the pandemic and its consequences arrived.

Business at California’s ports dropped during the pandemic. The loss of traffic convinced trucking companies and owner operators who were already battered by AB5 and the green truck ban that it was better to just downsize or pull out entirely. And when port activity rebounded, there was a huge hole in the delivery infrastructure that backed up the entire system.

Biden called for ports to operate around the clock, but that’s not going to magically bring back thousands of trucks or truckers. California Democrats still haven’t changed their regulations and without that, there’s no incentive or even legal structure that would allow trucks to operate.

The resulting disaster is likely to accelerate the ongoing shift of shipping from California ports. Democrats imposed their green shakedown not only on truckers, but on shipping. With companies moving to Texas, Houston was already becoming a more appealing alternative. It’s now at capacity as everyone is looking for alternatives to the California economic disaster area.

But much of our imports and exports still depend on the California bottleneck that begins with Communist China and ends in Communist California. The red-to-red pipeline has savaged our economy and wrecked imports and exports. Newsom’s survival and the Dem legislative supermajority which passes more extreme leftist regulations every session means that things will only get worse. A radical party that actively seeks to dismantle the economy is in power in Sacramento and its regulations have the ability to hold our entire economy hostage.

What happens in California unfortunately doesn’t stay there unless it’s waiting on a ship.

Restore local control over land-use decisions

SB 9 and SB 10 have taken away the right of your city council to determine housing, zoning and permits.  Now Sacramento will set a quota of new housing—and due to the news laws almost no single family housing and almost all affordable/slum housing.  Worse, in a single family neighborhood apartment houses will be erected—enough so decent people will leave the State, leaving the housing to the poor and the illegal aliens—the rich will live in gated and walled homes.

“Senate Bill 9 requires city governments to approve these developments in any area that the state law allows them, which is virtually everywhere with a few exceptions, such as wetlands or protected habitat. Local officials can’t hold a public hearing to consider the projects. They can’t require studies of the projects’ impact on the environment or the community. They can’t require new multi-family developments to have off-street parking. They can’t impose fees on developers to help pay for water, sewer or power infrastructure, schools, street repair, sanitation or public safety services.

According to the new state laws, the only thing city officials can do is sign off.”

It will take a ballot measure by the people to return housing policy to the community.

Restore local control over land-use decisions

By Susan Shelley, Pasadena Star News,  10/22/21   

Single-family zoning has been abolished in the state of California. The moment the recall election was behind him, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bills 9 and 10, and now low-density neighborhoods everywhere in the state could become construction sites as developers turn single-family homes into two homes plus two accessory dwelling units, also known as “granny flats.”

Senate Bill 9 requires city governments to approve these developments in any area that the state law allows them, which is virtually everywhere with a few exceptions, such as wetlands or protected habitat. Local officials can’t hold a public hearing to consider the projects. They can’t require studies of the projects’ impact on the environment or the community. They can’t require new multi-family developments to have off-street parking. They can’t impose fees on developers to help pay for water, sewer or power infrastructure, schools, street repair, sanitation or public safety services.

According to the new state laws, the only thing city officials can do is sign off.

However, according to the state constitution, the people of California have the power to change this with a citizens’ initiative. And a coalition of local officials is currently working on doing exactly that.

Initiative No. 21-0016 was submitted to the state attorney general on August 26 and is awaiting an official title and summary for the circulating petitions so signature gathering can begin.

“The purpose of this measure is to ensure that all decisions regarding local land use controls, including zoning and regulations, are made by the affected communities,” the initiative states. “Community development should not be controlled by state planners, but by local governments that know and can address the needs of, and the impacts upon, local communities.”

Senate Bill 10 looks like it is giving local communities control over development, but in fact it allows a government body, such as a city council, to override voter-approved initiatives on land use issues. So even if voters put certain areas off-limits for development, SB 10 allows local government bodies to toss out those restrictions and encourage developers to turn a single-family home into a ten-unit apartment building plus four “granny flats,” without a public hearing or any reports on the impact of the project on the environment, parking or traffic.

If this was a game of rock-paper-scissors, SB 9 and SB 10 are the rock that smashes the scissors of local zoning. But the local control initiative is the paper the covers the rock.

The initiative would amend the state constitution and establish once and for all that when a state law conflicts with a county or city provision, plan or regulation regarding zoning, development or use of land, the local measure prevails over the conflicting state law. And the initiative specifically protects voter-approved local measures that regulate zoning, development or land use, stating that these shall not be “overturned or otherwise nullified by any legislative body.”

There’s an exception in the measure that would continue to allow state control over areas governed by the California Coastal Act of 1976, as well as for the siting of a large power plant or a water, communications or transportation infrastructure project. Local governments would not be able to stop these projects that address “a matter of statewide concern” and are in “the best interests of the state.” But the authors were careful to specify that a transit-oriented development project, whether residential, commercial or mixed use, is not to be considered a “transportation infrastructure project.”

The initiative’s proponents are a diverse group. John Heath is the executive director of a non-profit affordable housing and property management firm in South Los Angeles. He’s also the co-founder of United Homeowners’ Association, a non-profit volunteer organization representing residents of View Park, Windsor Hills and View Heights, communities located midway between USC and LAX and likely to be targeted by developers for densification. Bill Brand is the mayor of the already dense community of Redondo Beach. Peggy Huang is mayor of Yorba Linda, a city that had to evacuate residents during major wildfires in 2008 and 2020. Jovita Mendoza is a council member in the northern California city of Brentwood. Dennis Richards is a former planning commissioner for the city of San Francisco.

They’re calling their measure the Brand-Huang-Mendoza Tripartisan Land Use Initiative and say it will “Stop the Sacramento Land Grab.” It will reverse existing state laws, including SB 9 and SB 10, that take zoning authority away from local communities, and it will block any future efforts by Sacramento to force cities to approve increased density where it isn’t wanted.

The initiative has financial backing from Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Weinstein has also filed a lawsuit against the state of California seeking to strike down SB 10 over its “clearly unconstitutional” provision allowing a two-thirds vote of a government body to override a voter-approved initiative.

Barring action by the courts, SB 9 and SB 10 take effect in January. Californians who live in neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes could see the first construction fences going up on their streets before the Rose Parade floats have wilted.

Anyone who would like to join the fight to reverse these laws and prevent future one-size-fits-all housing density laws can go online to StopSacramento.org and sign up to volunteer. If proponents can collect roughly 1 million signatures of registered voters to get the measure on the November 2022 ballot, the abolition of single-family zoning in California could be short-lived.

UC Berkeley Students Happily Pledge Money to Help the Taliban Kill Americans Inside the U.S.

In 1919 U.S. Attorney General Palmer held raids against communists all over the nation.  That was also the year Cal Berkeley held its first riot—in support of the Communists.  Today, our Administration supports the Taliban and at Cal students’ are collecting money for the terrorist organization—going to Cal is for those that can’t afford to go to Moscow University.

“Anyone who may still be skeptical about the assertion that today’s college students are taught to hate America should take three minutes to watch this video from filmmaker Ami Horowitz, in which he asks students at the University of California, Berkeley to pledge money to the Taliban so that the jihad terror group can strike inside the United States and kill Americans.

“We’re trying to raise money for the Taliban,” Horowitz tells student passersby, and as if that wasn’t hard enough in itself to believe, he piles on more absurdities: “Tax deductible. I mean, if you earn money in Afghanistan, so that’s probably less helpful to you guys.” Horowitz explains to one man: “We’re Taliban 2.0. We’re kinder, gentler. Not really, but okay. You know, it’s our, it’s the way, it’s the way we roll.”

You also know the Governor, Lt. Governor and the Chancellor have said nothing about this fund raising for terrorists—did you expect them to oppose it?

UC Berkeley Students Happily Pledge Money to Help the Taliban Kill Americans Inside the U.S.

By Robert Spencer, PJ Media,  10/21/21  

Anyone who may still be skeptical about the assertion that today’s college students are taught to hate America should take three minutes to watch this video from filmmaker Ami Horowitz, in which he asks students at the University of California, Berkeley to pledge money to the Taliban so that the jihad terror group can strike inside the United States and kill Americans.

“We’re trying to raise money for the Taliban,” Horowitz tells student passersby, and as if that wasn’t hard enough in itself to believe, he piles on more absurdities: “Tax deductible. I mean, if you earn money in Afghanistan, so that’s probably less helpful to you guys.” Horowitz explains to one man: “We’re Taliban 2.0. We’re kinder, gentler. Not really, but okay. You know, it’s our, it’s the way, it’s the way we roll.”

Those who stand there and take all that seriously get even more: “We want to be able to train our fighters to fight back against American interests. There’s a lot of weapons that were left there, we need money to train them how to use it against American forces.” It gets even worse: “We want to train our fighters to strike back against American interests around the world and in the homeland.”

Horowitz knows just what to say to move woke Berkeley students to open their wallets: “Before America got there, we used it as a base to strike against America. We want to do that again….We got to fight back, you know? And America’s destroying the world, and we want to secure it for striking against the American homeland.” He tells another student: “So we want to be able to create a bulwark against America in Afghanistan, to fund and help its enemies around the world strike back against American interests, both abroad and in the homeland.” And: “Basically we want to create a safe space for enemies of the United States….9/11 was a lesson, but this is, they didn’t learn their lesson from 9/11. We want them to do that again like we did it in 2001.”

The pitch couldn’t have been clearer that the money was going to go for jihad massacres on American soil. Horowitz tells a student that he wants to “create a safe haven for America’s enemies.” To another avidly listening young woman, he says, “We want to strike the US both abroad and in the homeland, to teach them a lesson. Life means nothing to them, and America needs to be brought to heel.” The student replied: “Very true.”

Other students in the video respond enthusiastically as well. To one young woman, Horowitz says, “I don’t know if you know that much about American imperialism.” She responds, “Oh, yes, yeah.” Horowitz continues: “So you know how damaging the US is.” Her reply: “Definitely!”

One student hears Horowitz’s pitch and responds, “Okay, that sounds great!” Another tells him, “Appreciate what you’re doing here.” A third says, “What you’re talking about is really important and I agree with you fully.” One young man tells Horowitz, “I would work for you.” One student pledges $50; Horowitz gives him a hug and exclaims, “Do you know how many Taliban fighters we can train on that?”

Horowitz told the New York Post: “Every time I dream up an idea for a new video, I always have the same conversation with myself: ‘I’ve gone too far, this is too insane.’ There’s no way that people will accept the premise I’m going to present them with. I thought, ‘How can I go to a major American university and ask people to give me money for the Taliban, specifically to kill Americans? What universe do I have to be in to find American kids willing to give me money to kill Americans?’ But that’s exactly what we found. This is probably one of the only times where if someone punched me in the face, I’d be happy. Not a single person told me to go to hell or go f–k myself….The majority of people who stopped and talked to me decided they’d give me money for this — to fund the Taliban and specific use of proceeds to kill Americans, and strike back at America, and fund a new 9/11 on the US homeland.”

Even the cameraman, whom the Post describes as “a left-of-center San Franciscan,” was shocked, and asked Horowitz, “Am I being punked right now? Are these actors? I don’t understand what’s happening.”

I do. So do you. Every day at UC Berkeley, these students’ professors regale them with propaganda about how America is an evil agent of imperialism, colonialism, and racism, and that the Americans among them should regard their American nationality with shame. This relentless indoctrination bears the fruit it was intended to bear: a generation of Americans who not only wouldn’t fight to defend this country but would cheerfully aid in its destruction. That fruit is what this video shows us.

Are Californians Just Boiling Frogs?

Like a frog thrown into lukewarm water, the people of California have taken a lot of time to realize the pot is boiling—enough to destroy our lives in the former Golden State.  Education has turned into a weapon.  This, while the police are being neutered.  Taxes continue to grow and the cost of living is the worst in the nation.  Worse, California has more people in poverty, 13 million, then most States have residents.

Crime:  It started with the Three Strikes Rule — someone who commits a crime doesn’t really have to face the consequences unless they do it three times. (Yeah, so we are giving them a chance to turn their lives around before they are penalized. And after all, our prisons are too crowded.) Now, at least in Contra Costa County, the criminal is entitled to your possessions if they “need it more than you do.”  And it’s not actually a crime unless the value is more than $800.  Security is posted at doors of stores like Apple but solely as a deterrence; the “hired guns” are not allowed to stop the smash and grabs or pursue the shoplifters. So, thugs don’t even run anymore – they grab the merchandise, fill their bags and brazenly strut out onto the streets into waiting cars.

Just last week, Walgreen’s announced it would close five stores in San Francisco due to crime.  How are we letting this happen? Instead of cracking down on the criminals, good businesses are closing.  This isn’t just lost revenue for the business, it’s a lost resource for the surrounding neighborhoods; it’s lost jobs; and, it’s lost tax revenue for the city.  All because we don’t have the cojones to say stealing is wrong and punish those who do it.

San Fran closed down the local In-and Out  Burger for the “crime” of selling burgers and not being the health department or Gestapo.  It took time to get to the point that like in Nazi Germany, government is using business to do the stuff that would be illegal if done by government.

Are Californians Just Boiling Frogs?

By RedState Guest Editorial, 10/20/21  

In a conversation with a colleague recently, he queried, “How did California get into this mess, this deep?  Why is the only conservative bastion left down in San Diego?”  I responded “Apathy. Complacency.”

But it reminded me of an analogy I heard years ago.  If you toss a frog into a pot of boiling water – he’ll jump out instantly.  However, put that frog into a pot of cold water and slowly start raising the temperature and he’ll never notice.  He’ll actually boil to death.

That’s what has happened in California – and likely in other deeply blue states.  Nobody came in and flipped a switch. It has happened slowly and methodically over my lifetime. And as we accept little signs of crazy, it’s the camel’s nose under the tent.  Once you’ve accepted a little crazy, big crazy isn’t far behind.

“Evil triumphs when good people do nothing.”  The author of that quote is in question.  But regardless of who said it, he/she was right.  I’m not calling Democrats evil; nor am I calling those who laud California’s liberal policies evil.  But I do think that when conservatives don’t speak up, when we let the government decide what is best for us, when we say “it’s not THAT bad”… that complacency has long-lasting effects.

Well, we’re experiencing it right now, aren’t we? And people are starting to jump out of the pot as the water is getting hotter.

Let’s look at a few examples.

Immigration: In the past, we looked the other way if someone employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper or gardener. Most people didn’t even ask about their status. (Okay, there aren’t that many, and at least they are doing a needed job. They are hard-working.) Now, immigrants are given more benefits than native Californians. They get free health care, free college tuition. You aren’t even ALLOWED to ask their immigration status (ask the police about that!)

Crime:  It started with the Three Strikes Rule — someone who commits a crime doesn’t really have to face the consequences unless they do it three times. (Yeah, so we are giving them a chance to turn their lives around before they are penalized. And after all, our prisons are too crowded.) Now, at least in Contra Costa County, the criminal is entitled to your possessions if they “need it more than you do.”  And it’s not actually a crime unless the value is more than $800.  Security is posted at doors of stores like Apple but solely as a deterrence; the “hired guns” are not allowed to stop the smash and grabs or pursue the shoplifters. So, thugs don’t even run anymore – they grab the merchandise, fill their bags and brazenly strut out onto the streets into waiting cars.

Just last week, Walgreen’s announced it would close five stores in San Francisco due to crime.  How are we letting this happen? Instead of cracking down on the criminals, good businesses are closing.  This isn’t just lost revenue for the business, it’s a lost resource for the surrounding neighborhoods; it’s lost jobs; and, it’s lost tax revenue for the city.  All because we don’t have the cojones to say stealing is wrong and punish those who do it.

Do you know that now in San Francisco there are so many car break-ins that, if your car is broken into and something is stolen the response is not, “That’s horrible. What a violation of privacy! I hope they catch the guy”? It’s, “You should know better. Never leave anything in your car.” It’s gotten to the point where it’s YOUR fault if your car gets broken into!

Drug Use: It started with designating certain areas of San Francisco as “safe” drug zones. (Well, I guess that’s okay, right? Keep them in one area.) Then we supplied the drug users with clean needles.  Fast forward to the pandemic and we are putting them up in luxury hotels to get them off the streets…and still supplying them with free drug paraphernalia.

Sexuality: It started with designating bathrooms as unisex. (After all, a man may not actually “identify” as a man, right?)  We all got used to that. But now Legos ™ is rebranding their products to be gender-neutral. How are colorful plastic bricks even gender-specific? Honestly, a girl or boy can build anything with those! It’s up to the parents to help them build whatever they dream of (in whatever color or gender.) And California has just passed a law stating that retail stores must have gender-neutral toy sections.

I will tell you, I was a tomboy growing up. My parents had no problem buying a dump truck or GI Joe for me to play with. They did not stick to the doll aisle or buy me only things that were pink. Do we really need to legislate how stores display their products?

And don’t get me started on gender pronouns. It is all the rage to include your preferred pronouns on your e-mail signatures now: she/her/hers, he/him/his…. I can get that if your name is Pat or Chris (flashback to the SNL skit where no one was really sure what Pat was.)  And as someone who has a low voice, I’ve been called “Mr.” on a telephone call. I have no problem correcting them. But now. Now, people are wanting to be referred to as “they!” My high school English teachers must be rolling over in their graves. “They” refers to more than one. So, unless you have multiple personalities, you aren’t a “they.” You can be an “it” if you aren’t sure if you are a him or a her.  And if you don’t respect their pronouns, you are chastised or seen as rude and intolerant.

How did we get here? Complacency. Is it too late? The water in that pot is heating up, and we frogs are jumping as fast as we can. But I don’t think it is boiling yet. There is still time to act.

In May 1983, addressing the National Rifle Association’s Annual Members Banquet, President Ronald Reagan said:

“America is no stronger than its people – and that means you and me.  Well, I believe in you, and I believe that if we work together, then one day we will say, ‘We fought the good fight.  We finished the race.  We kept the faith.’  And to our children and our children’s children, we can say, ‘We did all that could be done in the brief time that was given us here on earth.’”

The problem is, some of us have stopped fighting. We are that frog that is slowly being boiled. And if we don’t jump soon, the next generations will suffer.

Patty Deutsche is a native Californian, a Reagan Administration alum, and an unapologetic conservative.  As a communications consultant, she is frustrated at having to watch her words so that people don’t feel offended.  The liberals who talk about speaking their “truth” and being their “authentic self” need to hear a few other “truths.”  She can be reached at https://www.volterracomms.com/about.

California sees worst jobs gain in 8 months as unemployment claims soar

California has the highest taxes in the nation.  We have the highest cost of living, housing, water and energy in the nation.  We have the most poverty in the nation.  The big story is that w have over 100 ships waiting to be unloaded, but due to a lack of trucks, they can’t.  Not mentioned is the CAUSE of this disaster.

The DMV has either stopped the registration of thousands of independent trucks or held them up—either way, Newsom is the direct cause of the empty shelves.

“California was adding jobs at a torrid pace of over 100,000 per month over most of the first three quarters of 2021 but in September employers added just 47,000. At 7.5%, California’s jobless rate remains well above the national average of 4.8%.  

After contributing nearly 50% of the nation’s new jobs in August, California created 24% last month but was outgained by both Texas at 95,000 and Florida with its 84,000 new hires.

The chickens have come home to roost—bad policies are killing the economy.

California sees worst jobs gain in 8 months as unemployment claims soar

After being outgained in new jobs by Texas and Florida last month, California owns the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 7.5%.

Nick Cahill, Courthousenews,  10/2/21   

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — Mirroring the national trend, new hires slowed considerably in California in September as the Golden State recorded it weakest jobs gain in eight months and now claims the highest unemployment rate in the nation alongside Nevada.

California was adding jobs at a torrid pace of over 100,000 per month over most of the first three quarters of 2021 but in September employers added just 47,000. At 7.5%, California’s jobless rate remains well above the national average of 4.8%.  

After contributing nearly 50% of the nation’s new jobs in August, California created 24% last month but was outgained by both Texas at 95,000 and Florida with its 84,000 new hires.

California’s disappointing month is part of the national slowdown as the delta variant continues to hamper the U.S. economy. Each of the last two national jobs reports fell short of expectations even as unemployment rates dropped in most states.

Reacting to September’s jobs report, California Governor Gavin Newsom took the long-range view and highlighted the state’s overall pandemic recovery.

“Our economic recovery continues to make promising progress, with 812,000 new jobs this year and regaining over 63% of those jobs we lost to the pandemic,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “As we continue averaging record job creation, our work is more important than ever to get more Californians back on the job and support those hardest hit by the pandemic.”

California has added jobs in every month this year except January but is still nearly 1 million below its pre-pandemic total.

Experts attributed the underwhelming update to the latest wave of the pandemic which again is plaguing the state’s summer tourism sector.  

Compared to 33,000 new jobs in August, the state’s leisure and hospitality industry reported 23,000 last month. Hirings at restaurants and entertainment venues slowed in many popular tourist destinations, including San Diego where the sector cut 1,500 jobs.  

“After robust gains so far this year, the state’s job machine has throttled down to a slower speed,” said Loyola Marymount University economist Sung Won Sohn.

While the state’s labor force is showing signs of growth — the participation rate is up to 61% compared to 59% at this time last year — Sohn said the outlook for California’s economy is “not bright.”

Throughout the pandemic, career restaurant workers have left the industry in droves in search of safer, higher paying jobs. Sohn says California’s mammoth quest of recovering the 2.7 million jobs lost in the beginning months of the pandemic is being impeded by labor shortages.

Meanwhile an alarming number of Californians continue to seek unemployment benefits, as last week the state contributed 31% of the country’s new claims. Initial claims dropped 19% across the rest of the U.S. but they spiked 27% in California during the week of Oct. 16.

Since March 2020, California has paid out $177 billion in unemployment benefits and has been forced to borrow nearly $20 billion from the federal government to cover the staggering costs.

With coronavirus cases continuing to drop across the state, others are more optimistic about California’s short-term outlook.

Jeffrey Clemens, an associate professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego, pointed to Texas and Florida which saw robust September job gains after the latest pandemic wave began to crest. He says California’s improving pandemic numbers could spur similar job growth for the nation’s most populous state.

California’s seven-day testing positivity rate, a key indicator of community spread, has plummeted to 2.1% and it is one of six states where the level of transmission is considered “moderate” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to data derived from the pair of federal surveys, California has far more unemployed than any other state at 1.4 million. Next is Texas, at 796,000 unemployed, New York’s 663,000 and Florida’s 517,000.

Other states with unemployment rates above the national average of 4.8% include Texas at 5.6%, New York’s 7.1%, Illinois at 6.8%, Pennsylvania at 6.2% and Arizona’s 5.7% rate.

Jobless rates dropped across the board last month in California’s major counties, including Los Angeles which improved from 9.7% to 8.2%. Rates in other counties include San Diego, 5.6%, San Francisco, 4.1%, Orange at 5%, Sacramento’s 6.1% and Fresno’s 7.8%.

The next monthly jobs update is scheduled for Nov. 19.