U.S. Marshals Conclude Targeted Gang Operation–While Obama Brings In More Gang Members

It does not make sense.   The U.S. Marshals are rounding up gang members and other criminals. They spent lots of money to round up bad people. At the same time Barack the First gave amnesty to 36,000 convicted criminals—instead of having the prisons turn them over to ICE, Obama has allowed them to go back on the streets. Now he has opened the borders to tens of thousands of cartel criminals, terrorists and young people ready to steal us blind—once the government gives them health care analysis, treatments and prepare them for life in the shadows as illegal aliens.

I would make more sense to stop the criminals at the borders than having Marshals put in danger trying to arrest long term gangsters and illegal aliens.

“The operation resulted in the arrests of 104 individuals, 27 of whom were known gang members. During the operation, 8 firearms were also recovered. Additionally, 10 grams of Cocaine, 2 pounds of Methamphetamine, and one pound of black tar heroin were seized. Of the 9 arrests for murder/attempted murder, 7 were wanted by the Oakland Police Department..”

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U.S. Marshals Conclude Targeted Gang Operation
Multi Agency Two Week Operation leads to 104 Arrests

U.S. Marshals Office, 7/1/14

 

Oakland, CA – The U.S. Marshals in the Northern and Eastern District of California today announce the conclusion of a two week operation which resulted in the arrest of 104 wanted violent fugitives and gang members from throughout the region.

Centered in the cities of Oakland and Sacramento, the United States Marshals Service’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, along with several state and local agencies, conducted a two week high-risk fugitive initiative targeting gang members and violent offenders. These fugitives, whose charges ranged from probation violations to murder, were singled out because of their propensity to commit violence in the streets of California, whether through the crime itself or through their gang associations and their violent backgrounds.

The operation resulted in the arrests of 104 individuals, 27 of whom were known gang members. During the operation, 8 firearms were also recovered. Additionally, 10 grams of Cocaine, 2 pounds of Methamphetamine, and one pound of black tar heroin were seized. Of the 9 arrests for murder/attempted murder, 7 were wanted by the Oakland Police Department. The 104 arrests were broken down as follows:

  • 104 Total Arrests

  • 9 Murder/Attempted Murders

  • 9 Assaults

  • 14 Burglary/Robberies

  • 10 Weapons Offenses

  • 3 Sexual Offenses

  • 2 Failure-to-appear/report

  • 32 Narcotics/Drug Offenses

  • 1 Fraud

  • 24 Parole/Probation Violations

“This operation, as with past operations we have conducted in a similar fashion, continue to highlight the efforts and the ability of the federal government to fight crime at the local, as well as regional and national level,” said U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe. “As we all know, crime is not contained to major cities, and criminals have vast networks throughout the region and the nation which help them to hide from justice and facilitate the commission of additional crimes. As we continue to discover, crime in Oakland does not always stay in Oakland. Criminals move in and out of city borders, using their regional and national criminal associations and networks to avoid capture. With the resources of the United States Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Forces, we are uniquely positioned to be able to intercept these criminals and bring them to justice.”

“My office applauds the extraordinary work of the U.S. Marshals Service and all the other law enforcement agencies in removing these high-risk fugitives from our communities and keeping our cities safe,” U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. “These people need to understand that no matter where they go, or how hard they try to hide, we will use the resources of the federal government to find them and hold them accountable for their actions.”

Among those arrested during the operation were the following individuals:

  • Alpacino McDaniels – DOB: 07/01/1985 – Charged with Murder – McDaniels was wanted for his role in a murder which took place on the 800 block of Meade Ave, in West Oakland, in 2013. McDaniels was located in Rancho Cordova, CA, by the US Marshals Task Force on June 17, 2014, and taken into custody without incident. McDaniels is alleged to have been associated with the “Meade Street Boys.”

  • Brian Infante – DOB: 01/05/1973 – Charge with Rape – Infante was wanted for rape by the San Francisco Police Department since early 2014. Infante was found and apprehended without incident in San Leandro, CA, by a team from the U.S. Marshals Northern District of California.

  • Julian Contreras – DOB: 04/18/1992 – Charged as a Parolee at Large and with Attempted Murder – Contreras was wanted by the Napa Police Department with attempted murder after an incident in 2014 where Contrares, along with several other individuals, allegedly robbed a home and accosted and individual inside. Contreras is alleged to have ties to the “Norteno” gang in Napa, CA. Contreras was located at a home in Sacramento, CA, by a team from the U.S. Marshals Service and taken into custody without incident.

  • Douglas Chenelle – DOB: 04/27/1942 – Charged with Sexual Battery – Chenelle was wanted by the Vallejo Police Department for an assault of a person in a wheelchair. Chanelle was a caregiver at a Vallejo facility which cared for mentally and physically disabled adults and children. Chanelle was located by Vallejo Police Detectives and U.S. Marshals on June 19, 2014, in Vallejo, and taken into custody without incident.

This operation was a joint effort, consisting of teams from the U.S. Marshals Eastern District and Northern Districts of California, the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the following agencies:

  • Fairfield Police Department

  • Vallejo Police Department

  • Solano County Sheriff’s Department

  • Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)

  • California Highway Patrol

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF)

  • Sacramento County Probation

  • Stockton Police Department

  • California Department of Corrections

  • Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office

  • Oakland Police Department

  • San Francisco Police Department

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

  • San Jose Police Department

  • Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

  • Fremont Police Department

  • Long Beach Police Department

  • San Francisco Sheriff’s Office

  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

  • Santa Clara Co Specialized Enforcement Team (SCCSET)

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States. The U.S. Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

 

Ring: Union Grip on California’s Government Still Stronger than Ever

Every once in a while some Democrats in Sacramento go crazy and vote for the needs of the community and families instead of the demands of unions. A few days ago Hispanic and black legislators actually voted NOT to increase joblessness—they voted against raising an artificial minimum wage. But, when it comes to getting rid of bad teachers or perverted teachers, the Democrats stayed with the unions. Higher taxes, anti-farmer environmental laws, bigoted laws harming people of ALL colors and much more—nothing stops the unions in their quest for power.

As an example of the increasing power grab here are a couple of new pieces of union legislation:

AB 1834 (Williams) would allow 14,000 graduate students working part-time as research assistants at the University of California and California State University to unionize. Students. Working part-time. Unionized. We’re trying to lower the tuition costs for higher education, not raise them even more.

  • AB 1550 (Rendon) would add up to 60 more days to an already thorough and lengthy collective bargaining process in schools by effectively ending the right of school districts to implement their “last, best and final offer.” This will add significant costs and further undermine school districts’ abilities to efficiently operate their schools.”

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Union Grip on California’s Government Still Stronger than Ever

By Ed Ring, Union Watch, 7/1/14

Before anyone gets out the balloons and starts celebrating the Harris vs. Quinn decision too much, step back, sober up, and reflect on the scope of what happened, and where it puts us in this war. To use a WWII analogy, we just won the Battle of Britain. The Luftwaffe no longer dominates the skies over London. That’s significant. This is, perhaps, as Churchill once said, “the end of the beginning.” But from Al Alamein to Stalingrad to the Beaches of Normandy, our ultimate destiny still hangs in the balance.

To carry this metaphor further, California today might be compared to Nazi occupied Europe in 1941, where the possibility of liberation was years in the future, if ever. While across America the forces of freedom celebrate what is indeed a strategic victory, in California, an occupying army continues to build their own 21st century version of Fortress Europa.

To appreciate the undiminished political supremacy public employee unions still have in Sacramento, the State Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee hearing on June 23 provides a good example. From an anonymous source, we have learned that in this hearing, opponents of seven labor-sponsored bills never had a chance of stopping even one of them. The recent addition of two new pro-union Committee members (President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and incoming pro Tem Kevin De Leon) all but guaranteed the outcome in advance. These bills advance public employee union goals at the significant expense of local governments, their budgets and taxpayers statewide. Examples:

  • AB 1611 (Bonta) would make schools file written notice with a union about changes it needs to make to an employee’s schedule, even for something as unpredictable as a flu outbreak. The costs of the state-mandated notification and negotiation requirements will come out of state education funds – money that could have gone to the classroom instead.
  • AB 1824 (Rendon) would allow a retired employee to increase a designated beneficiary’s benefits – in violation of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013. Now starts the gradual undoing of the Act.
  • AB 1834 (Williams) would allow 14,000 graduate students working part-time as research assistants at the University of California and California State University to unionize. Students. Working part-time. Unionized. We’re trying to lower the tuition costs for higher education, not raise them even more.
  • AB 1550 (Rendon) would add up to 60 more days to an already thorough and lengthy collective bargaining process in schools by effectively ending the right of school districts to implement their “last, best and final offer.” This will add significant costs and further undermine school districts’ abilities to efficiently operate their schools.
  • AB 2126 (Bonta) would eliminate the law requiring unions and government agencies to request mediation or arbitration jointly, letting one side or the other file unilaterally, and then require the Public Relations Employee Board to appoint a mediator within five days. There aren’t enough mediators in the state to handle the anticipated increase in requests within that timeframe, which will lead to a backlog and delays and the hiring of private mediators at much higher rates in order to meet the arbitrary timeframe.

Comparing any political movement we don’t like to the bad guys in WWII is a cheap trick. Sorry. But the reality of unions infiltrating government and enabling its drift towards authoritarianism is not a frivolous comparison. Public sector unions run California. They control the outcome of all significant legislation. Their agenda is inherently oriented towards bigger, more expensive, more expansive government, with the interests of government workers inevitably prioritized over the interests of private citizens.

Moreover, government unions are the enablers of cronyism and corporatism. Nearly all of California’s major corporate interests cooperate as junior partners with these unions. And through their pension funds and through their insatiable need to spend beyond their means, California’s government unions partner with powerful and very opportunistic financial interests.

Most tragically, government unions create a privileged class of government workers, granting them levels of compensation and job security that are far beyond our capacity to provide all citizens, and far beyond the ability of taxpayers to subsidize. Within our ranks of public servants, these unions corrupt and embitter the impressionable with poisonous adversarial rhetoric, while protecting the inept and alienating the finest.

Government unions cannot be “bargained” with. Unlike private sector unions, there is no legitimate argument whatsoever for the existence of government unions. At the state and local level, especially in California, they are the primary force behind the erosion of our freedoms and the ebb of our prosperity. They must be eliminated.

Harris vs. Quinn has slowed the advance of government unions. Nothing more. Put away the balloons. Hunker down. There’s going to be a lot more blood, toil, tears and sweat before this is over.

California Cities Lead Nation in Car Thefts

California needs to have the proudest citizens (and non-citizens) in the nation. Highest taxes, the worst environmental laws, voted for ten straight years as the State with the worst business climate. We have lost over one million productive people to Texas—in exchange Barack the First is giving us Central American illegal aliens. The tech industry is re-making San Fran into a nerds paradise for the rich and newly famous.

Add to the California best and worst list the fact the former Golden State is also the car theft capitol of the nation. No one will note that Arnold and Jerry released 52,000 criminals and thousands of other convicted criminals never went to prison. Realignment—a car thefts victory.

“Bakersfield, California came in at #1 with a rate of 725 car thefts per 100,000 residents last year. The City of Fresno came in at #2, followed by Modesto, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Stockton-Lodi Region, and Redding.

Spokane, Washington, which came in at #7, was the only city on the list outside of California. The Vallejo-Fairfield region, San Jose, and Yuba City rounded out the top 10.”

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California Cities Lead Nation in Car Thefts

California City News, 7/1/14

California is known for its beaches and sunshine. But this time the Golden State has taken a title that no one covets, calling home 9 out of the top 10 “hot spots” for car theft.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, California cities—especially those in the Central Valley—top the list of metropolitan cities with the highest rates of stolen cars.

Bakersfield, California came in at #1 with a rate of 725 car thefts per 100,000 residents last year. The City of Fresno came in at #2, followed by Modesto, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Stockton-Lodi Region, and Redding.

Spokane, Washington, which came in at #7, was the only city on the list outside of California. The Vallejo-Fairfield region, San Jose, and Yuba City rounded out the top 10.

The numbers were almost as bad back in 2012 when eight out nation’s 10 auto theft hot spots were found to be in California.

“California has always had the most auto thefts since we have been taking statistics starting in the early 1960s,” said bureau spokesman Frank Scafidi. “That is because it has many more vehicles than any other state in the country.”

Scafidi mentioned other factors as well, including the preservation of older cars as a result of milder weather, the existence of large ports which facilitate smuggling, and California’s close proximity to the border.

California topped the list of stolen automobiles nationwide with 176,745 vehicle thefts in 2013. It was followed by Texas (69,664), Florida (38,195), Washington (28,123), and Illinois (26,302).

Read more about the rankings and see a complete list here.

 

Government Printing Office offering buyouts, early retirements

Why does the Federal government have a $17 trillion deficit? Because it does not know how to hire based on need—it hires based on the need of unions to raise money to buy more office holders through election victories. The Government Printing Office wants to give $25,000 to 100 employees to get them to retire or leave. There is a better idea—why not transfer them to the Border Patrol head office and get trained agents out in the field.

Or get these folks to work for the VA in their specialties. No need to fire anybody, there is more than enough attrition in government agencies to absorb 100 workers—without paying them $2.5 million. Sounds more like another union scam. When they get the money, then they transfer to another agency.

“GPO conducted buyouts and early retirements in 2011 that the agency said saved about $24 million. Since 1980, GPO has reduced its workforce by 70% as the result of using new technologies, according to the agency.”

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Government Printing Office offering buyouts, early retirements

By ANDY MEDICI, Federal Times, 7/1/14   http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20140701/MGMT01/307010010/Government-Printing-Office-offering-buyouts-early-retirements?odyssey=nav|head

The Government Printing Office is offering its employees buyouts and early retirements as part of a shift toward digital publishing, according to an announcement.

The buyouts and early retirements will be extended to the agency’s 1,850 employees. The GPO hopes 100 employees will take it up on its offer. The agency needs to complete the buyouts and retirements by the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Employees will be offered up to $25,000 to leave the agency. The actual amount is based on a formula, so some may get less, according to the agency.

“Unlike most Federal agencies, GPO operates like a business, covering most of its costs through the income we earn for the provision of information products and services,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “As the Government’s publisher, we’re committed to ensuring that our staffing and other requirements match our customers’ needs in this digital age.”

GPO conducted buyouts and early retirements in 2011 that the agency said saved about $24 million. Since 1980, GPO has reduced its workforce by 70% as the result of using new technologies, according to the agency.

The Government Printing Office is offering its employees buyouts and early retirements as part of a shift toward digital publishing, according to an announcement.

The buyouts and early retirements will be extended to the agency’s 1,850 employees. The GPO hopes 100 employees will take it up on its offer. The agency needs to complete the buyouts and retirements by the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Employees will be offered up to $25,000 to leave the agency. The actual amount is based on a formula, so some may get less, according to the agency.

“Unlike most Federal agencies, GPO operates like a business, covering most of its costs through the income we earn for the provision of information products and services,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “As the Government’s publisher, we’re committed to ensuring that our staffing and other requirements match our customers’ needs in this digital age.”

GPO conducted buyouts and early retirements in 2011 that the agency said saved about $24 million. Since 1980, GPO has reduced its workforce by 70% as the result of using new technologies, according to the agency.

Eric Holder: Hates Americans That Speak English in the Workplace by Employer Workplace

The United States is an English speaking nation. We have one language. Imagine working in a facility with numerous languages, with many employees not understanding other employees, nor understand the needs of the customers, due to a language barrier. A privately owned company in Wisconsin has a solution—they mandate that everybody speak English. It should be noted you cannot become a citizen of the United States without speaking and reading English, that is the law—even if Barack the First refuses to enforce American laws.

Want chaos in the workplace, demand chaos in the community? Eric Holder has figured out how to do it—make this a nation of many languages so people cannot communicate—that only the special interests can control the various language populations.

The bigotry of the Department of “Justice” rivals that of any organization in American history.

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U.S. Sues American Co. For Requiring Workers to Speak English

Judicial Watch, 7/1/14

The United States government is actually suing a private American business for discriminating against Hispanic and Asian employees because they don’t speak English on the job.

It involves a Green Bay Wisconsin metal and plastic manufacturer that fired a group of Hmong and Hispanic workers over their English skills, “even though those skills were not needed to perform their jobs,” according to the feds. More importantly, forcing employees to speak English in the U.S. violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, says the Obama administration.

Here’s the twisted explanation from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws; the Civil Rights Act protects employees from discrimination based on national origin, which includes the linguistic characteristics of a national origin group. Therefore, according to this reasoning, foreigners have the right to speak their native language even during work hours at an American company that requires English.

Requirements of English fluency and so-called English only rules are often implemented to make what is really discrimination appear acceptable, says the government attorney handling this case. “But superficial appearances are not fooling anyone,” he assures. “When speaking English fluently is not, in fact, required for the safe and effective performance of a job, nor for the successful operation of the employer’s business, requiring employees to be fluent in English usually constitutes employment discrimination on the basis of national origin — and thus violates federal law.”

Under President Obama the EEOC has taken a number of unprecedented actions to protect foreigners in the workplace, including illegal immigrants. In 2009 the agency issued a controversial order making a workplace English rule illegal. The directive came after the EEOC bullied a national healthcare firm to pay nearly half a million dollars to settle a discrimination lawsuit in which the government alleged that Hispanic workers were punished for speaking Spanish.

The agency has been on a roll ever since, taking legal action against businesses across the country accusing them of everything from discriminating against minorities for running criminal background and credit checks to discriminating against Muslims for not allowing hijabs on the job. The criminal background and credit checks disproportionately exclude blacks from hire, according to EEOC lawsuits against several companies. Businesses that forbid Muslim women from wearing a hijab at work violate religious rights guaranteed under the nation’s civil rights laws even when all head coverings are banned for all employees, the EEOC asserts

Last fall an Obama-appointed federal judge handed the administration a major victory, ruling that a Muslim woman’s civil rights were indeed violated by an American clothing retailer that didn’t allow her to wear the head scarf as required by her religion. The EEOC had filed the lawsuit against retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch, accusing it of religious discrimination for firing 19-year-old Umme-Hani Khan for wearing a hijab at a northern California store. The company, which focuses on hip casual wear for consumers aged 18 to 22, has a policy against head covers of any kind for its employees.

Court Decision Saves $20 Million per Year in Bribes Paid to Union in Illinois—for Low Income Workers

The unions in Illinois (and trying to do the same in California) stole $20 million from women taking care of their disabled children and relatives. While the State was giving them a stipend, to save even more tax dollars, the unions got to their paychecks first, stealing money from the women and disabled. This may be the lowest type of corruption of unions, ever.

Finally the Supreme Court ruled that stealing from those helping the disabled relatives were victims of union theft in a cabal with government. That has now ended. The unions in Illinois now have $20 million LESS to buy politicians. Do not worry for them, they will just raise the amount they steal from other government employees. As expected it was a crooked Democrat Governor, now in prison, that allowed the theft.

“Pamela Harris, a 52-year-old woman who collects several hundred Medicaid dollars each month to care for her disabled child, sued the state after discovering that a portion of the Medicaid payments was being siphoned off to the SEIU, a major Democratic donor. Quinn, continuing a policy put in place by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.), decided that mothers like Harris could be classified as state employees and be forced into the union.”

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‘Harris’ Ruling Could Cost AFSCME, SEIU Tens of Millions

SCOTUS struck down law requiring home health care workers to give money to unions

BY: Bill McMorris, Washington Free Beacon, 6/30/14

The Supreme Court ruling that struck down coercive union membership among Illinois home health workers could cost unions tens of millions of dollars, according to labor observers.

The court ruled 5-4 that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D.) violated the First Amendment when he forced home health care workers, many of whom were caring for sick family members, to pay union dues. The ruling will impact the SEIU and AFSCME, the two unions that earned millions from the scheme, according to Paul Kersey of the Illinois Policy Institute.

“There’s $20 million a year they are used to getting from home care people and [home] daycare people and they won’t be receiving that soon,” he said. “This should bring an end to that.”

Pamela Harris, a 52-year-old woman who collects several hundred Medicaid dollars each month to care for her disabled child, sued the state after discovering that a portion of the Medicaid payments was being siphoned off to the SEIU, a major Democratic donor. Quinn, continuing a policy put in place by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.), decided that mothers like Harris could be classified as state employees and be forced into the union.

The Supreme Court majority agreed with Harris’ argument that she was not a state employee and was thus ineligible for union membership. The ruling did not surprise David Phippen, a management-side labor attorney at Constangy, Brooks, & Smith.

“This was a plan to expand the map, to keep more people labeled public employees, so [unions] could add them to the dues paying rolls,” he said. “It’s outrageous because no one in their right mind thought they were state employees.”

The Harris case could soon spread outside of Illinois. Thirteen other states currently force home health workers and daycare workers to give part of their Medicaid payments to unions. The Supreme Court’s decision has laid the foundation to challenge those state policies, according to Patrick Semmens, spokesman for the National Right to Work Committee, which represented Harris in the suit.

“This will help us in existing challenges we have going to end these types of schemes in other states,” he said.

The decision could strike a devastating blow to national labor groups, despite the fact that home health care workers in Illinois paid as little as $30 a month to the unions, according to Semmens.

“We’ve estimated that there are as many as half a million people who aren’t state employees being called state employees for the purpose of paying dues,” he said.

The National Right to Work Committee said that the Harris fight was the beginning, rather than the end of its push to end coercive public sector unionism.

The ruling focused only on Illinois Medicaid recipients, meaning that home health care providers in states, such as California, Connecticut, and Oregon were not yet free to opt out of the union. Semmens said the committee is willing and able to represent workers in those states, who object to the policies.

“A Supreme Court case doesn’t enforce itself in other situations,” Semmens said. “It’s a very important win for individuals, but it’s not a magic wand that’s going to make this go away. We still have a lot of work to do.”

Phippen said that doing away with coercive unionism could take a long time, but that the Supreme Court’s ruling could prove a domino in a series of blows to public sector unions.

“The logic [of the ruling] would apply if the facts were similar,” he said, adding that “it’ll take other ‘employees’ complaining,” in order to spur change in the other states.

Semmens is optimistic.

“Frankly, there’s going to be a lot more enforcement necessary… we’ve seen many times when unions lose cases, but don’t tell people they have new rights, the ability to opt out,” he said. “The decision has shifted the legal framework in favor of the individual.”

City of Irvine: We Were Taken Advantage of by Politically Well Placed Consultants—Might Sue

For years the cronies at the Irvine City Hall have spent millions with their friends to promote the “Great Park”, formerly El Toro Marine Air Base. The Park really doesn’t have much to offer that most other parks have—benches, sand box, swings, areas for BBQ’s, etc. But a PR firm has been getting millions for its promotion—they even created a brochure (wonder if there is a brochure for Griffith Park or Central Park)? Now the new council—not friends of the PR firm are threatening to sue, have asked for criminal investigations and in general want to end the vast waste of tax dollars promoting nothing.

“The new Republican council majority and other critics say what has been accomplished at the park doesn’t merit the over $200 million spent, with much of that money steered to no-bid contracts for consultants who helped bankroll the Democrats’ election victories. And auditors in their preliminary report claim to have already found major waste and abuse.

However, Krom and fellow Democratic Councilman Larry Agran say the investigation is a ploy by their opponents to win elections, generate headlines and justify privatizing hundreds of acres of the park. This smear campaign, the Democrats argue, tarnishes Irvine’s carefully honed public image.”

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Irvine Preparing to Sue Former Great Park Consultants

By ADAM ELMAHREK, Voice of OC, 7/1/14

The Irvine City Council has hired the same law firm tasked with cleaning up the city of Bell to explore whether Irvine can sue former Great Park consultants for improper billings, according to Councilwoman Christina Shea, who sits on a subcommittee that is overseeing a forensic investigation into park contracts.

Shea’s acknowledgement came during last week’s regular council meeting when Councilwoman Beth Krom requested an update on the investigation. Krom had asked why the city changed special counsel — hiring the firm Aleshire & Wynder to replace Jones & Mayer.

Shea said Aleshire & Wynder was hired because the firm has extensive expertise in that area of the law. But, citing confidentiality, she wouldn’t say more, so it remains unclear which former consultants might be sued or for how much.

Shea and her Republican colleagues unseated the Democratic majority in 2012 after promising to deliver fiscal accountability to the Great Park, which was supposed to rival New York’s Central Park but instead became a poster-child for government boondoggles. A forensic audit was among the Republican majority’s first official council actions.

The new Republican council majority and other critics say what has been accomplished at the park doesn’t merit the over $200 million spent, with much of that money steered to no-bid contracts for consultants who helped bankroll the Democrats’ election victories. And auditors in their preliminary report claim to have already found major waste and abuse.

However, Krom and fellow Democratic Councilman Larry Agran say the investigation is a ploy by their opponents to win elections, generate headlines and justify privatizing hundreds of acres of the park. This smear campaign, the Democrats argue, tarnishes Irvine’s carefully honed public image.

Frustrations among the Democrats reached a boiling point at the meeting, with Agran butting heads with an attorney representing Aleshire & Wynder. The attorney said Agran’s comments were veering off the agenda and potentially violating the state’s open meetings law.

“You are not in a position to censure my comment,” Agran said.

Agran and Krom complained that the two-member subcommittee, comprised of Shea and fellow Republican Jeffrey Lalloway, is overly secretive, endowed with the power to hire and fire lawyers at will and subpoena former contractors and staff. Meanwhile, the public – and even the city manager – are left in the dark, the Democrats say.

Agran also blasted the forensic audit’s price tag. He said that when you add $640,000 in contracts for the Newport Beach-based audit firm Hagen, Streiff, Newton & Oshiro Accountants, a contract for a retired judge to oversee subpoenas, special counsel and staff costs, the total cost of the investigation is approaching $1 million.

“All the things you’re investigating, you’re perpetuating with this witch hunt, masquerade of an audit,” Agran said.

Agran and Krom also took issue with an Aleshire & Wynder attorney’s public introduction, which included the attorney’s background in deposing former Bell City Manager Rober Rizzo. Rizzo and other city leaders were indicted for a massive public corruption scheme.

“To compare what has gone in the city of Irvine to the city of Bell is absolutely blasphemous,” Agran said.

In an interview before the firm was hired, David Aleshire, who is a senior partner in the firm and an Irvine resident, defended the city’s use of subpoenas to compel uncooperative consultants into producing documents and being questioned by auditors.

“It’s hard to believe that people contracting with the city, that the contracts would not require them to disclose this information and you’d have to go through this process,” Aleshire said.

Aleshire also defended the structure of the investigation’s oversight – including a retired independent judge to oversee the subpoenas – as securing the process from being overly politicized.

Shea said the results of the investigation would be publicly available in a report in as soon as two months. The results, she said, will be compelling.

“I’m sure when the report comes out you’ll be very interested,” Shea said.

Obama Hiding Illegal Aliens On Military Bases From Members of Congress—Corruption? Child Abuse?

You would think an American Congressman, from Oklahoma, would be allowed to be on a military base in Oklahoma to view possibly thousands of young kids, imported by the President to come to this Base. Instead the military refused to allow a Congressman to enter the area where the children were, not allowed to speak to any of the kids nor see the living conditions for these imported kids.

Yet the President wants $2 billion to “help” these kids. I should also mention that military doctors are under orders, court martialed if violated, not to tell the public about any of the diseases brought into this country by these kids. Wonder why whooping cough and measles are epidemic? This is happening at the same time tens of thousands of young people with no medical care coming into our nation.

““Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks,” Bridenstine said in his statement.

Though unable to get inside the facility, Bridenstine described its exterior.

“A new fence has been erected by HHS, completely surrounding the barracks and covered with material to totally obscure the view,” he said, adding that “every gate is chained closed.”

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Photo courtesy Morning Calm News, flickr

U.S. Congressman Blocked From Entering Child Immigrant Facility

Chuck Ross, Daily Caller, 7/2/14

An Oklahoma Congressman who visited an Army base being used to house illegal immigrant children now wonders what the federal government is hiding after he was denied access to the facility.

“There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine said in a statement following his visit Tuesday to Ft. Sill Army base near Lawton.

The Department of Health and Human Services has set up housing at Ft. Sill and two other military bases – Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Ventura County Naval Base in Oxnard, Cali. – to house thousands of unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, who were apprehended at the southern U.S. border.

Bridenstine went to Ft. Sill to observe the conditions under which the 1,200 UACs there are living and to find out to whom they would be released.

But when he showed up at the facility, Bridenstine says he was told by a guard with a security unit which calls itself the “Brown Shirts” that he could not observe the children or their living conditions.

When the congressman spoke to a manager and HHS official, he was told he would have to schedule a formal visit for July 21.

“Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks,” Bridenstine said in his statement.

Though unable to get inside the facility, Bridenstine described its exterior.

“A new fence has been erected by HHS, completely surrounding the barracks and covered with material to totally obscure the view,” he said, adding that “every gate is chained closed.”

“What are they trying to hide?” Bridenstine asked. “Do they not want the children to speak with Members of Congress?”

The heavy security and limited access Bridenstine observed appears to be common at other HHS facilities. Besides using military bases to house UACs, HHS is exploring other non-military facilities throughout the country.

Fox News reported that staffers with the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, who call themselves the “Brown Shirts” on account of their tan t-shirts, stand watch at the Lackland camp. A counselor at the base there called the atmosphere “submissive” on account of the guards, who forbid contact between the immigrant children and outsiders.

And as The Daily Caller reported last month, HHS created an atmosphere of secrecy when it placed numerous restrictions on members of Congress and staffers who were invited to tour the UAC facility at Ventura County Naval Base. The agency barred attendees from speaking to the children or staff or from taking any pictures. (RELATED: Obama Admin Forbids Lawmakers From Taking Photos Of Illegal Immigrant Facility)

According to the latest official figures, 52,000 UACs and 39,000 parents with children have been apprehended at the border. That number is nearly double the flow of immigrants compared to the same time last year.

The UACs are being transported to Ft. Sill and other facilities because, rather than turning the children away at the border, U.S. immigration policy requires that they be put into the care of HHS while they await deportation proceedings. HHS seeks relatives or sponsors for the UACs. It is unclear what percentage of UACs are returned to their home countries.

Requests for comment submitted to HHS and to Baptist Family & Children’s Services were not returned.
 

HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

ObamaCare we were told was not for illegal aliens. Now we know that over 1,000,000 illegal aliens have bought this high priced inferior health care plan. That number does not include the illegal aliens, possibly 300,000 or more just in California, that bought plans in State Exchanges. Add to that another million that lied about their income to gain subsidies—after all why should they pay for an inferior plan, let the taxpayers put up the bucks?

ObamaCare makes Bernie Madoff look like an honest person. Tens of billions spent on people gaming the system, the President allowing foreigners’ to abuse our health care institutions and agencies meant to protect the public working gard to harm honest citizens.

“A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country.”

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HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

by Wynton Hall, Breitbart, 7/1/14

A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country.

The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application “inconsistencies” are related to verifying “Citizenship/national status/lawful presence.” Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.

Moreover, the Inspector General report only covered the federal Obamacare exchanges to determine how the Obama administration resolved verification problems through December 2013. As for the 15 state-run Obamacare exchanges, the report says four–Oregon, Nevada, Vermont, and Massachusetts–are simply “unable to resolve inconsistencies.”

As the Washington Post reported in May, as many as one million Obamacare enrollees may be receiving incorrect taxpayer-funded subsidies due to Obamacare’s continued technical failures and inability to properly verify income and citizenship eligibility.

One year ago, conservatives warned that the Obama administration’s decision to use the so-called “honor system” for income eligibility was merely a backdoor way to get as many individuals on the public dole as possible.

The Office of Inspector General determined that “the federal marketplace was generally incapable of resolving most inconsistencies.”

Obamacare will cost U.S. taxpayers $2.6 trillion over the next ten years.

Protecting Incompetent Teachers Fosters Income Inequality

Want minorities to have a great future—give them great teachers. Want to assure minorities need government assistance, have mediocre jobs and lack of opportunities. Unions make sure that those who pay dues, not good or bad teachers, are in the classroom. The unions are only concerned about money. Think your child is safe? It takes months, sometimes years to get criminals out of the classroom—remember they have rights—your children do not.

“Teachers should be proud. Instead, they are fighting tooth and nail to preserve what few other workers have: virtually guaranteed lifetime employment. Teachers in California receive tenure after less than two years on the job, a practice former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger tried, and failed, to change. As pointed out in The Economist recently, “A teacher in California has a one in 125,000 chance each year of being sacked for incompetence…. Teachers’ jobs are about 3,750 times more secure than those of private-sector workers.”

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Protecting Incompetent Teachers Fosters Income Inequality

Liz Peek, Fiscal Times, 7/2/14

The ground shook in California recently, and for once, it had nothing to do with shifting tectonic plates. Instead, a judge finally validated what many people have argued for years: that the union-mandated tenure rules for teachers keep poor and minority kids from getting a decent education.

This decision will not mean an overnight change in the pernicious defense of our dismal public schools by unions and their Democrat backers. However, if it survives the inevitable appeal, it could break through the logjam of job-protecting rules that doom so many of our youngsters to lifetimes of failure, crime and homelessness. That is not an exaggeration.

Judge Rolf Treu’s ruling in Vergara v. California declared that union protections of incompetent teachers were a violation of a student’s constitutional right to an education – a right affirmed in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case that ordered the desegregation of U.S. schools. Ironically, the judge was swayed by testimony (backed up by many studies) that teaching is the most important variable in education.

In a landmark decision affecting California’s education system, a judge has struck down tenure protections for the state’s public school teachers. Ryan Takeo reports. (6/10/14)

Teachers should be proud. Instead, they are fighting tooth and nail to preserve what few other workers have: virtually guaranteed lifetime employment. Teachers in California receive tenure after less than two years on the job, a practice former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger tried, and failed, to change. As pointed out in The Economist recently, “A teacher in California has a one in 125,000 chance each year of being sacked for incompetence…. Teachers’ jobs are about 3,750 times more secure than those of private-sector workers.”

This should be a rallying cry for Republicans across the country. The GOP needs an every-man issue. Fairness in education could be a powerful campaign plank and policy goal. Who doesn’t want their kids to have opportunities – the kind only available to those who get a decent education?

In the past, Democrats have portrayed Republicans who fight for better public schools as anti-teacher. That has been effective; even as their kids fail to advance, many parents feel loyalty to the homeroom instructor – loyalty typically bolstered by union-fed campaigns.

As cities like New York become laboratories where charter schools distinctly outperform public schools, however – leading to huge waitlists for coveted spots in those high-achieving institutions – parents may be coming around. A recent Gallup survey of Americans’ attitudes towards various institutions noted that confidence in public schools was only 26 percent, down from 34 percent in 2011 and 50 percent in 1987.

That would be a shocking fall from grace if it were not so well deserved. Parents are not blind; they know their kids get passed along year after year, emerging at best with a high school degree, but few skills. They know that nothing so determines their path in life as the quality of their education.

The failures of our K-12 system contribute to the current student debt crisis. President Obama has encouraged every young person to seek advanced education – college or vocational training. In 2012 Obama argued, “We are talking about somebody going to a community college and getting trained for that manufacturing job that now is requiring someone walking through the door handling a million-dollar piece of equipment… And they can’t go in there unless they have some basic training beyond what they received in high school.”

The reality is that young people could apply for jobs in manufacturing – as they did for generations – with only a high school degree, except that our K-12 system now does so little to prepare them for such work. According to a study by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education on college preparedness, “About one-quarter of incoming students to [two-year colleges] are fully prepared for college-level studies. The remaining 75 percent need remedial work in English, mathematics, or both.”

Note that two-year colleges are most likely to attract low-income and minority students. We are not preparing these students for college courses because our K-12 system is broken – hence the need for post-high school education and the pile-up of student debt.

Yes, it would be nice if everyone could attend college, but the reality is that many young people would be better served by earning a robust high-school degree that would open doors to a middle class life. New York City’s schools chancellor Carmen Farina has signed onto re-emphasizing vocational studies in high school. She gets it: Not every kid is prepared to go to college, but every kid needs the tools to earn his or her way in the world.

This issue is tailor-made for Republicans. First, it is the right way forward. The divide between haves and have-nots that so many lament in this country starts in the home, for sure, but is exacerbated in the classroom. Next, the GOP preaches self-reliance and individualism; it’s pretty hard to stand on your own two feet when you can’t read. Also, Republicans seriously need to connect with minorities, and especially Hispanics.

For Hispanics, education has always been big. People might be surprised to learn that in the 2012 election, 55 percent of Hispanics cited education as their number-one concern, ahead of “jobs and the economy” (54 percent) and ahead of immigration (34 percent). In 2013, that interest resulted in a higher percentage of Hispanic high school graduates (49 percent) enrolling in college than whites (47 percent). This is a priority the GOP should jump on.

Republicans should not attack teachers. They should push loudly and insistently for reforms to tenure and other job protections – and for rewarding good teachers. Ask Americans: Why should bad teachers keep their jobs? It’s that simple.

With the financial crisis receding, the emphasis should not be costcutting but rather making public education better – for all our children. GOP candidates can quote President Obama, who in 2012 said, “We should allow schools to replace teachers, who, even with the right resources and support, just aren’t helping our kids to learn.” For once, he was right.