Colman: HANDLING IMMIGRATION

There is a difference between a migrant—someone who asks permission to be in this country and the government grants it.  Or an illegal alien who sneaks into our country steal tax dollars from the poor and middle class, crowd our schools and hospitals—then claim they have “constitutional rights.”  The President is shutting them off from housing vouchers, enforcing our regulations and changing the terms of asylum so that the illegal aliens have to prove they asked for it—and turned down—in another country.

Richard Colman is also concerned about the methods used to protect our borders—but has suggestions on how to end the crisis.

 To get rid of non-citizens, Trump could issue and executive order preventing non-citizens from opening bank accounts.  To open a bank account, a customer would have to provide proof of citizenship.

 To obtain a credit card or debit card, a person would have to provide proof of citizenship.

 To buy or rent living space, the individual would have prove that he is a citizen.

To buy gasoline, food, or medicine, proof of citizenship would be required.  To obtain a driver’s license or to rent a vehicle would require the same kind of proof.

To obtain employment or enroll in school, an individual would have to show that he is a citizen.

I would add just one thing more—under the current law it is illegal to hire an illegal alien.  Fine the employers the maximum—and if done a second time, seize the property and business.  Make criminals unwelcome in this country.  Anyone disagree?

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

HANDLING IMMIGRATION

By Richard Colman, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views  7/18/19 

President Donald Trump’s plan to round up — and perhaps deport — non-citizens is not effective.

The president’s plan, which began on July 14, 2019, picked up some non-citizens.  Most of them got away or were never contacted.

 No one knows how many non-citizens are living in the United States, but the number could be 23 percent of the nation’s 330 million people.

 Trump needs a tougher plan if he wants to achieve his goal of eliminating non-citizens from the nation.

 Here are few ideas — presumably unconstitutional — for eliminating non-citizens.

 These ideas are harsh and probably not in the national interest.

 To get rid of non-citizens, Trump could issue and executive order preventing non-citizens from opening bank accounts.  To open a bank account, a customer would have to provide proof of citizenship.

 To obtain a credit card or debit card, a person would have to provide proof of citizenship.

 To buy or rent living space, the individual would have prove that he is a citizen.

To buy gasoline, food, or medicine, proof of citizenship would be required.  To obtain a driver’s license or to rent a vehicle would require the same kind of proof.

To obtain employment or enroll in school, an individual would have to show that he is a citizen.

 All of these restrictions have an aura of dictatorship about t

If these restrictions were imposed, all kinds of businesses and individuals would object.

 And how would proof of citizenship be provided?  Would each person living in America have to have papers showing that he really is a citizen of the U.S.?

 These restrictions are reminiscent of the kinds of policies one would find in North Korea, the former Soviet Union, or Hitler’s Germany.

 A possible way to control who enters the U.S. is to put some sort of barrier around the whole nation.  Individuals who are not citizens but have visas could enter.  Those individuals without visas would be denied admission. 

 The barrier could be maintained by stationing American troops along all borders.  The troops could have orders to shoot to kill anyone trying to enter the U.S. illegally.  However, one would have to think of what the news media would do.  How would citizens of America (and inhabitants of other nations) react if they saw television pictures of illegal aliens being killed while trying to enter the U.S.?

 America’s reputation for being an open and welcoming society would be ruined.

 A radical plan for eliminating non-citizens would be to eliminate the American welfare state.  Under such a plan, anyone could enter the U.S., but there would be no government assistance of any sort.  Such a plan is unlikely to become law.

 For a foreigner to become an American citizen, several criteria would be needed.  The criteria would include a requirement that the applicant be free of disease and have no criminal convictions.  Another requirement would be fluency in English.  Also, the applicant must have a source of income (like a job).

 America has always been a beacon of hope to people living elsewhere.  Is there any better example of America’s openness than the nation’s admitting Albert Einstein, born a German Jew, to live in America?  Had Einstein stayed in Hitler’s Germany, he would have perished in a Nazi concentration camp. 

 In a 1939 letter to President Franklin Roosevelt, Einstein, then living in Princeton, New Jersey, warned that Nazi Germany might be developing an atomic bomb.  Roosevelt then ordered American scientists to begin work on such a weapon.  Would Roosevelt have acted without Einstein’s letter?

 There are millions of other Americans — in addition to Einstein — who came and have come to the U.S. to escape political oppression, poverty, and religious persecution.

 Two of America’s greatest accomplishments were the development of the atomic bomb and putting men on the moon.  Individuals born outside the U.S. were heavily involved in both projects.

 America should be proud of its history or immigration.  However, the U.S. today may not have the means to accommodate all persons who want to live in America.

 No one should be surprised if one billion foreigners worldwide wanted to live in America.

America cannot go on allowing large numbers of illegal aliens to enter the nation.  There is not enough room, and the costs would be prohibitive. 

 A bipartisan compromise involving both Republicans and Democrats would be needed to control who can and who cannot become a U.S. citizen.

 Americans should not expect any such compromise soon, if ever.

 Nonetheless, America should always maintain its tradition of keeping liberty alive and allowing qualified persons to become citizens.

CAUSE: Radical Pay $39,000 + Benefits To Take Over a Community

Why do Democrats win?  They are organized—outside their Party—to make believe they are community people, when they are actually outside agitators.  CAUSE is just one of the groups—it is the successor to the discredited ACORN, the socialist totalitarian organization.  Now we see it is in Ventura and Santa Barbara County.  Read it carefully, they real plan is to radicalize the Hispanic community.  The affect?  To make California look like a Central American Banana Republic.

“The Santa Paula Community Organizer’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Building a base of CAUSE grassroots leaders among working-class, immigrant families in Santa Paula, by:
    • Conducting house-meeting campaigns including personal visits to recruit Santa Paula residents to become grassroots community leaders involved with CAUSE
    • Developing and growing two committees, each with a goal of 30 Santa Paula residents and a core of 15 leaders, one composed primarily of Spanish-speaking immigrant adults and one composed primarily of high school age youth

Be afraid, be very afraid.  Check to see if a similar organization is in your county.

Santa Paula Organizer

George Soros

Central Coast Alliance United for a sustainable Economy. 

Santa Paula Organizer Job Description

 ABOUT CAUSE:

Founded in 2001, CAUSE’s mission is to build grassroots power to realize social, economic and environmental justice for the people of the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

CAUSE is currently seeking a Santa Paula Organizer responsible for developing grassroots community leaders and coordinating their leadership in organizing city-based social, economic, and environmental justice issue campaigns. The position will be supervised by the Organizing Director and will work directly with a team of six other organizers.  The position will be based in our office in Santa Paula.

The Santa Paula Community Organizer’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Building a base of CAUSE grassroots leaders among working-class, immigrant families in Santa Paula, by:
    • Conducting house-meeting campaigns including personal visits to recruit Santa Paula residents to become grassroots community leaders involved with CAUSE
    • Developing and growing two committees, each with a goal of 30 Santa Paula residents and a core of 15 leaders, one composed primarily of Spanish-speaking immigrant adults and one composed primarily of high school age youth
    • Facilitating biweekly meetings with each committee to develop and coordinate community organizing and advocacy campaigns around issues in Santa Paula
    • Working with grassroots leaders to develop their political education, leadership skills such as speaking to news reporters and elected officials, facilitating meetings to coordinate strategic campaigns, and doing outreach and organizing to mobilize their communities
  • Working in support of other CAUSE campaigns as part of Organizing Team
  • Recruiting and training grassroots leaders to volunteer on get-out-the-vote efforts including door-to-door canvassing and phonebanking during elections
  • Interacting with donors and involving grassroots leaders in fundraising
  • Linking neighborhood-based issues with regional, state and national issues

JOB REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)required
  • Bicultural competency preferred
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent preferred
  • Prior employment and/or intern experience with transferable skills to that of a Community Organizer preferred
  • Prior employment and/or intern experience within Latinx immigrant communities preferred
  • Prior employment and/or intern experience with electoral work preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for social, economic and/or environmental justice
  • Experience with and desire to work with diverse cultures and the ability to engage people from a variety of backgrounds on a one-on-one basis or group format
  • Ability to interact professionally with elected officials, donors, board members, leaders of ally organizations, and news reporters
  • Strategic and analytical approach to political issues
  • Strong written and verbal skills including large group presentations and public speaking
  • Experience with using common office computer programs (Microsoft Word, Publisher and Excel) as well as web-based Google applications (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Hangout)
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to set own work priorities, manage responsibilities and time
  • Flexibility and willingness to work long hours and weekends, and be able to travel throughout region, state and nation

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Valid drivers’ license and dependable access to a car to drive for work required.

WORK SCHEDULE

This position has flexible hours and may often include evening and weekend work.
 

COMPENSATION

Starting pay for this position is $19/hour or approximately $39,500 per year. Compensation includes paid holidays, vacation, bereavement, sick time and comprehensive health benefits including medical and dental, as well as a monthly stipend for use of cellphone and car.

 APPLYING

The deadline to apply for this position is Friday, August 2nd.  Interview process will include a formal interview with senior staff and an interview with CAUSE grassroots leaders.  Please e-mail resumes with cover letter to Hazel Davalos at hazel@causenow.org. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.

 CAUSE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

Sacramento Democrats Tell Federal Government How to run its Prisons—and Where: Hint: NOT in California

The Democrats really want to help illegal aliens.  One way is to OUTLAW the Federal government from using private detention centers to house the criminals from foreign countries.  Actually, there is no problem with that.  I hope private firms set up numerous camps in South and North Dakota, maybe Alaska.  So, if they escape they go to Canada—and they get to love a cold weather country.  Imagine January in North Dakota when you come from Guatemala. 

Of course, this is also another example of Democrats opposing jobs for people and revenues for communities and schools.  All in an effort to protect law breakers.

  • Private prisons would be barred from operating in California. The bill includes private lock-ups used to detain undocumented immigrants.—Assembly Bill 32 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, Oakland Democrat.”

Ship them to North Dakota and see how many come here.

This ‘sanctuary’ state

Dan Morain Whats Matters,  7/16/19 

As President Donald Trump threatens mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, California legislators press ahead with legislation that would toss monkey wrenches into the efforts.

Sounds familiar: Reacting to Trump’s election, California Democrats in 2017 passed so-called sanctuary state legislation limiting cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Now, they seek to go further:

  • Private prisons would be barred from operating in California. The bill includes private lock-ups used to detain undocumented immigrants.—Assembly Bill 32 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, Oakland Democrat.
  • Private security guards would be barred from helping to arrest or transport individuals for ICE—AB 1282 by Assemblyman Ash Kalra, San Jose Democrat.
  • Private prisons would be required to notify the California attorney general whenever there’s a death in the facility. The state would have to issue a public report on the circumstances surrounding the death—Senate Bill 622 by Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, Los Angeles Democrat.

Durazo: “Deaths deserve some kind of investigation. ICE investigating themselves is not good enough.”

There’s a union angle. Correctional officers’ unions oppose private prisons. The Riverside Sheriff’s Association, which represents deputies and jailers, supports all three measures, writing: 

  • “Private actors owe a legally mandated fiduciary obligation and duty to maximize profits for shareholders. In contrast, our members are sworn to uphold the law.”

By the numbers: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security houses up to 5,700 immigration detainees in California, a legislative staff report says.

California Democrats Protected This: Feds charge nearly two dozen suspected MS-13 gang members with seven murders

California, thanks to the Democrats, have become a haven for criminals from foreign nations.  In this story, it tells how the vile MS-13 gang came to California and stayed—the police could and would do nothing.  Now seven people are dead—thanks to Newsom and friends.  When will the DA’s and the Department of Justice act the ability of criminals to stay out of jail.  In this case it took the Federal government to stop it—neither L.A. County nor the California Attorney general did anything until the Federal government came into the State to save lives.

“Federal authorities have charged nearly two dozen people in California with crimes linked to the MS-13 gang.

An FBI, Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department joint task force arrested 22 alleged gang members and potential members on 12 charges related to the murder of seven people over the past two years, according to Fox 11.

The indictment, unsealed Monday, details the murders of rival gang members, gang members suspected of helping police, and a homeless man who was living in a park that the MS-13 gang considered its own.”

Feel safe in California?  You shouldn’t—politicians do not allow cops to do their job in protecting us.

Feds charge nearly two dozen suspected MS-13 gang members with seven murders

by Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner,  7/16/19 

Federal authorities have charged nearly two dozen people in California with crimes linked to the MS-13 gang.

An FBI, Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department joint task force arrested 22 alleged gang members and potential members on 12 charges related to the murder of seven people over the past two years, according to Fox 11.

The indictment, unsealed Monday, details the murders of rival gang members, gang members suspected of helping police, and a homeless man who was living in a park that the MS-13 gang considered its own.

“We have now taken off the streets nearly two dozen people associated with the most violent arm of MS-13 in Los Angeles, where the gang is believed to have killed 24 people over the past two years,” U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement. “This investigation has been an unqualified success. The collaborative law enforcement effort solved several murder cases and dealt a severe blow to members of the gang who engaged in acts of brutality not seen in the region for over 20 years.”

The indictment detailed several instances of MS-13 gang members using machetes to chop up victims and dispose of their bodies.

Newsom: Spend $60 Million a Year to Connect Illegal Aliens to FREE Health Care/Lie to Feds

We all know that the Democrats an Guv Newsom are spending $300 million to give 300,000 illegal aliens free health care. Buried deep in the budget is another $60 million to set up an agency that will help ALL illegal aliens to get free health care.  Why isn’t this front page news?

““Health navigation and advocacy centers are necessary,” said Lynn Kersey, executive director of Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) in Los Angeles, an advocacy, education, training and health services organization for women and their families. “We help not only pregnant or undocumented women, but also homeless pregnant women, men and the elderly. We need people to fight for them.” 

One of MCHA’s clients, Maria Lopez, left her native Guatemala 13 years ago. Both she and her husband are still undocumented. When Lopez was pregnant with her daughter Magali more than three years ago, Lopez received full-scope Medi-Cal health services.

When that coverage expired after her daughter’s birth, Lopez retained emergency Medi-Cal — a service that pays medical costs only for hospital emergencies — although she prefers not to use it for fear that she’ll be deported for using a government benefit. 

Like many immigrants, Lopez fears being declared a “public charge” to the federal government, which could hurt her chances of adjusting their immigration status. Her daughter Magali receives full-scope Medi-Cal benefits since she’s a U.S. citizen.

By NOT reporting Lopez to the Federal government, the State of California is violating the Federal funding agreement.  Not only should she be reported—but the State needs to reimburse the Federal government for the theft of funds.  This is why government can not be trusted or respected—the corruption permeates the whole system.

Health Navigators’ Connect Undocumented To California’s Expanding Health Network

By Jacqueline Garcia and Virginia Gaglianone, USC Center for Health Journalism Collaborative, Capitol Public Radio,  7/11/19 

With health care leading much of California’s legislative agenda, a state program that connects people to health services has become a vital gateway for millions of uninsured residents to California’s often complicated but expanding public health system. 

The mission of the “health navigators” program is to guide, inform and support individuals in need of health coverage. At the same time, health navigators clarify often incorrect information that reaches patients, such as which services immigrants can access without putting their visa applications at risk. 

The future of the program, which until recently was uncertain, became clearer last month after Gov. Gavin Newsom dedicated funding for it in the state budget. That budget allocated $60 million for the health navigators program over two years, about the same amount as its last allocation.

“Health navigation and advocacy centers are necessary,” said Lynn Kersey, executive director of Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) in Los Angeles, an advocacy, education, training and health services organization for women and their families. “We help not only pregnant or undocumented women, but also homeless pregnant women, men and the elderly. We need people to fight for them.” 

One of MCHA’s clients, Maria Lopez, left her native Guatemala 13 years ago. Both she and her husband are still undocumented. When Lopez was pregnant with her daughter Magali more than three years ago, Lopez received full-scope Medi-Cal health services.

When that coverage expired after her daughter’s birth, Lopez retained emergency Medi-Cal — a service that pays medical costs only for hospital emergencies — although she prefers not to use it for fear that she’ll be deported for using a government benefit. 

Like many immigrants, Lopez fears being declared a “public charge” to the federal government, which could hurt her chances of adjusting their immigration status. Her daughter Magali receives full-scope Medi-Cal benefits since she’s a U.S. citizen.

The 44-year-old mother said she also refuses to ask for food stamps — a program her daughter could benefit from — or apply for My Health LA, which helps undocumented people access primary care doctors.

“We’ve heard a lot of things, and many of them that aren’t true in the end,” Lopez said.

Her situation is common among the thousands of undocumented Latina women in the United States who postpone and neglect their reproductive health. 

“Many immigrant women don’t visit the doctor until they’re pregnant, so it’s important to take advantage of that moment,” Kersey said. 

“When women are pregnant, they get comprehensive health coverage, everything they need, regardless of their immigration status,” she said. “Many things can be discovered during pregnancy that could have been unknown to the woman.”

Health navigators open doors to health services that many immigrants feared were closed, said Celia Valdez, director of enrollment and outreach at MCHA. The group ended up helping Lopez access the care she was entitled to.

“Although reluctant to apply for Medi-Cal at any given time, Maria Lopez did so,” Valdez said.

“Maria said she didn’t want to apply for CalFresh even though she knew her family was eligible. She said her husband was against it.”

Celia Valdez (green shirt), Director of Outreach and Education, Maternal and Child Health Access, serves clients at the center’s USC satellite office.Aurelia Ventura / La Opinión

In addition to fears about the consequences of using government benefits, some undocumented patients must overcome language barriers, including some who cannot read or write, Valdez said.

“Oftentimes people lose their Medi-Cal simply because they don’t renew it or make mistakes when filling out the application,” she said.

Connecting to health services

Each month, MCHA connects about 950 people to health services, mainly enrollment for insurance, with guidance from health navigators.

Roxana Gaspar arrived from Guatemala 25 years ago and has been getting help from MCHA for 23 years. She not only visits the center to renew her emergency Medi-Cal benefits, but also attends classes and information workshops there. Gaspar has two children, ages 22 and 23.

Her social worker, Debbie Winski, has offered information and assistance to Gaspar since her baby was 20 days old. “God put her in my path,” Gaspar said.

“Debbie saw me giving soda to my baby and she came up to me to talk. … I wasn’t aware of what I was doing,” she said.

Gaspar, who suffers from type 2 diabetes, has emergency Medi-Cal and is in the process of getting My Health LA so she can access primary care. MCHA helps her apply for a range of benefits. 

“For example, they helped me get the insulin pen because I didn’t qualify for it, but I didn’t know how to use needles (insulin) either. My medication changes all the time. I don’t know how to read and many times I don’t even know what I have to take,” Gaspar said. “I don’t have anything. I live alone with my puppies and sometimes I can only eat once a day.” 

Margarita Valdez, who arrived from Hidalgo, Mexico in 1994, continues to take classes at MCHA.

“I came (to MCHA) when my older children were young, more than 15 years ago,” recalled Valdez, whose children are now 20 and 23 years old. 

She visits the center now with her younger daughters, ages 5 and 7. They participate in informational workshops, personal development classes and even theater classes. MCHA also offers activities and child care while their mothers attend the workshops. 

“When I arrived, I was afraid of everything, but thanks to these classes, I learned the language. Here I receive permanent support. My children have very good memories of the center,” Valdez said. 

Health Navigators extended

In March, a coalition of statewide health organizations, including MCHA, submitted a proposal to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, requesting $15 million from the state’s general fund for two years — equivalent to $30 million. That would be matched by federal funding for a total of $60 million to “restore and continue disclosure, enrollment, retention and use of Medi-Cal assistance.”

A UC Berkeley Labor Center study revealed that, since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, the state’s uninsured rate has fallen dramatically from 17.6% to 7.2%. However, California is now seeing a substantial decline in Medi-Cal and Covered California enrollment for the first time in years, partly due to immigrants’ fear of using services, rising health care costs and the repeal of the individual mandate. 

Newsom’s budget expands health coverage to an estimated 90,000 low-income undocumented individuals from 19 to 26 years old. In 2016, California had already expanded Medi-Cal to all undocumented children from income-eligible families. 

Celia Valdez acknowledged that enrolling in health plans can be complex. Health navigators take the time to fill out the paperwork, coordinate services for the sick and find care for those who need special treatment.

Most importantly, however, health navigators help people feel safe in their communities — in health clinics, local agencies and even in schools.

“In our center, people don’t have to visit a government agency,” Valdez said. “We focus on the whole family, documented or undocumented.”

San Fran to Charge 25 cents for grocery bags–NO bags for fruits or vegetables

San Fran really is trying to nickel and dime people out of town.  Now they want you to pay a quarter, instead of a dime for a grocery bag.  Think that will save the planet.  Looks like those in charge had a bad batch of marijuana.

“Despite concerns over financial impacts and a lack of data, the city’s small business advisory panel this week threw its support behind Supervisor Vallie Brown’s proposal to raise the charge on checkout bags to 25 cents.

The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee is expected to vote Monday on the proposal. If approved, it would take effect in July 2020.

The legislation also bans pre-checkout plastic bags, like those used for produce and bulk items, and requires them to be recyclable or compostable, as checkout bags have been since 2007.

The bigger story is now plastic bags for your fruits or vegetables!!    Just another inconvenience caused by the whack jobs of San Fran..enough to make you move out of the insane asylum.

Small Business Commission backs plans to charge consumers 25 cents per checkout bag

BEN GARVER — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE A cashier bags groceries at the Big Y in Pittsfield, Monday, February 4, 2019. Big Y is phasing out single use plastic bags and reusable bags are for sale at every checkout. Pittsfield is close to phasing out the bags in the entire city.

Increase intended to encourage the use of reusables

Joshua Sabatini,  SF Examiner,  7/4/19

Despite concerns over financial impacts and a lack of data, the city’s small business advisory panel this week threw its support behind Supervisor Vallie Brown’s proposal to raise the charge on checkout bags to 25 cents.

The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee is expected to vote Monday on the proposal. If approved, it would take effect in July 2020.

The legislation also bans pre-checkout plastic bags, like those used for produce and bulk items, and requires them to be recyclable or compostable, as checkout bags have been since 2007.

“We’re really trying to get rid of people getting paper also. It’s not only plastic,” Brown told the Small Business Commission recently. “We need to use reusable bags.”

Brown argues that raising the existing checkout bag fee that merchants must change customers from 10 cents to 25 cents, the current charge in 10 other cities in California, will boost reusable bag use and cut down on waste.

But Small Business Commission Vice President Mark Dwight said that The City is unsure what bag use is today and without a baseline it’s challenging to make a case for the fee hike and not possible to gauge its effectiveness. He questioned whether it was worth the hassle it might cause merchants to explain the fee hike to customers.

“I just don’t like to see legislation that has good intentions, but it doesn’t actually address the problem,” he said.

The commission unanimously recommended approval of the legislation, but with the caveat that the Department of the Environment needs to figure out how many people are currently not bringing their own bags before it takes effect. The department has agreed to do the study, the San Francisco Examiner confirmed Wednesday.

Department officials said they did an informal survey after the 10 cent bag fee went into effect in 2012 and found that around 60 percent of shoppers brought their own bags, but could not provide the current percentage. They noted other jurisdictions with 25 cent fees report 90 percent of shoppers bring their own bags.

“You have a data point which now is outdated. Good news it was 60 percent right out the shoot,” Dwight said. “It has now trickled through our whole society here in San Francisco and if it is still 60 percent I would be shocked. I’ll bet that it is higher than that.”

Small Business Commission chair Stephen Adams took issue with the charge, but ultimately voted for the proposal.

“I don’t like this,” Adams said. “I worry about the poor and low-income people, who do bring a bag but for whatever reason what if they forget?”

Brown noted that there is no bag fee for those who are on food stamps. “We don’t want to punish anyone on this 25 cents. Twenty-five cents can add up. We want to encourage people to bring your own bag,” Brown said. “You can carry bags so easy. There is such a variety of bags.”

Alexa Kelty, zero waste specialist at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, said that the 2016 voter-approved state law permits the use of thicker plastic bags and they are seeing more stores use those bags rather than paper bags “probably because it is cheaper.”

“Some of the motivation behind this ordinance was really getting at how can we reduce the usage of these thick plastic bags,” she said.

Miriam Zouzounis, a Small Business Commissioner whose family owns a corner store, expressed concerns about the indirect costs, even though merchants keep the revenue collected for the fee.

“We lose money when our prices go up and this essentially is what is happening,” Zouzounis said. “Your lunch is going to be 25 cents more now. Consumers interpret that as this store is increasing their prices. It is going to be an indirect loss.”

Peter Gallotta, a spokesperson for the Department of the Environment, said that they plan to do outreach to consumers and conduct a campaign around refusing and reusing.

“We really want to make that a part of the culture of San Francisco when people say, ‘You know what, I don’t need a bag, I can carry my sandwich just wrapped in the paper.’ That is the culture we are hoping to push forward so that folks are not going to experience that charge.”

Bags aren’t the only concern for Brown. She also said she wants to figure out a way to address materials used in home deliveries, like from Amazon and meal kits.

“When we look at the environment and we look at all the cardboard, the bubble wrap, the plastic, everything that they put in there to drop off at your door or food service at your door we should actually also be charging them,” Brown said. “We are going to work forward on that. That isn’t fair. They are huge issue with our recycling.”

She added, “I think there will be another piece of legislation addressing that.”

US media sector braces for brutal year for jobs

This is not going to be a good year for those working in the legacy/Fake News media.  Not enough folks want to watch hate and fiction, they prefer the truth and news.  The Left is not a large enough audience—and even they do not need to pay for the misrepresentations and Democrat press releases—they can watch Don Lemon or Rachel Maddow for free—and get their fill of lies tears and hate.

“The consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas reported this week that media companies, which include movies, television, publishing, music, and broadcast and print news, announced plans to cut 15,474 jobs so far this year, of which 11,878 of which were from news organizations.

That is nearly three times more than the 4,062 cuts announced in the media sector in 2017 and the highest total since the economic crisis in 2009.

That explains why so many former SF chronicle, Bee, Times and AP reporters are now working for online newsletter and newspapers. 

US media sector braces for brutal year for jobs

Washington (AFP) – The struggling US media industry is facing its worst year for job layoffs in a decade as news organizations continue to cut staff and close shop, according to a new survey.

The consultancy Challenger Gray & Christmas reported this week that media companies, which include movies, television, publishing, music, and broadcast and print news, announced plans to cut 15,474 jobs so far this year, of which 11,878 of which were from news organizations.

That is nearly three times more than the 4,062 cuts announced in the media sector in 2017 and the highest total since the economic crisis in 2009.

“Members of the media, especially journalists, have had a tough few years,” said Andrew Challenger, vice president of the Chicago-based firm.

“Many jobs were already in jeopardy due to a business model that tried to meet consumer demand for free news with ad revenue. As media outlets attempted to put news behind pay walls, in many markets, consumers opted not to pay.”

Some of the notable events this year included the closing of the Youngstown Vindicator, the only daily in the Ohio city, with 144 jobs lost, and the sale of the New Orleans Times-Picayune resulting in the loss of most of the 250 newsroom jobs.

But the troubles have also impacted the digital sector with BuzzFeed cutting 200 employees in January and Verizon eliminating 800 jobs in its media division, which includes Yahoo, AOL, and HuffPost, the Challenger report noted.

The report noted that media companies have been unable to keep pace with Facebook and Google in tailoring ads for customers based on their interests, making it hard to generate online revenue.

It also noted that a rise in browser ad blocking extensions has made it increasingly difficult to monetize online news.

“Job cuts and consolidations are likely to continue until these companies are able to find ways to create growth in revenue streams,” Andrew Challenger said.

He added that subscription-based models will only work if news organizations can convince consumers of the importance and value of their news.

“Another possibility for media companies is to monetize users’ personal data, as Facebook and Google have,” he said.

“There are obvious ethical implications and potential legal issues, however, especially as privacy laws begin to pass in various jurisdictions across the country. Ultimately, the quality of the country’s news will start to decline if we as users refuse to pay for it.”

Crackdown: ICE issues notices of fines to illegal aliens

What a joke.  Illegal aliens do not show up for hearings, why would anyone expect them to pay a fine?

“The civil penalties for violating immigration laws have existed since 1996, when President Bill Clinton (D) signed a hard-line bill into law. In the rare instances when fines have been assessed, they have been lower, about $1,000, said Laura Lynch, senior policy counsel for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Trump has repeatedly blasted sanctuary jurisdictions for not helping immigration officials detain and deport immigrants, even those arrested for a crime, and earlier this year swept out ICE’s acting director and his homeland security secretary, saying he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction.

Now Trump is going to enforce these laws.  I have a better idea, forget the fines and enforcement the rest of the laws on immigration, stop giving welfare, housing, education and jobs to illegal aliens.  The issue ends in a week, just fine businesses that hire illegal aliens and seizure their property.  A few examples of that and the problem goes away.

Crackdown: ICE issues notices of fines to illegal aliens

Karen Townsend, HotAir,   7/3/19  

President Trump signed an executive order in 2017, not long after taking office, to enforce civil penalties against illegal aliens to beef up efforts to hold them accountable, as well as those who assist them by providing sanctuary. Penalties began being assessed by federal officials in December 2018 and the process is progressing to the step of notifying those involved. That includes illegal aliens seeking sanctuary in churches to avoid deportation.

These fines are nothing new, though rarely issued in the past. To read some reporting on the enforcement by the current administration, you would not know that. President Clinton signed on to fining illegal immigrants during his presidency. The fines were reduced later and during Obama’s administration, he implemented a more lax policy that allowed those here illegally to remain safe from deportation as long as they broke no other laws. Faced with unparalleled illegal migration, President Trump is using everything at this disposal to try and ease the burden. That includes issuing fines, though there is no reasonable expectation that they will be paid.

The civil penalties for violating immigration laws have existed since 1996, when President Bill Clinton (D) signed a hard-line bill into law. In the rare instances when fines have been assessed, they have been lower, about $1,000, said Laura Lynch, senior policy counsel for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Trump has repeatedly blasted sanctuary jurisdictions for not helping immigration officials detain and deport immigrants, even those arrested for a crime, and earlier this year swept out ICE’s acting director and his homeland security secretary, saying he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction.

The stories meant to tug at your heartstrings are being written as I type this. The open borders crowd want no consequences for jumping the line and entering the country illegally. President Trump and his administration are trying to use a carrot and stick solution here. Trump delayed sanctuary city raids by ICE in order to allow some time for Democrats to join with Republicans to fund border operations. It is reasonable, though, that he continued on with civil penalties. Lawyers for the illegal aliens protest on social media, as you would expect. Trump is not just a bad orange man, he’s also Dr. Evil.

There are two types of fines being issued. One is more costly than the other. There is an appeal process and a 60 day deadline to file one.

ICE said it is issuing two types of fines. One targets immigrants with outstanding deportation orders, such as Ortez Cruz, threatening them with penalties of up to $799 a day. In a year, an immigrant could accrue fines of more than $291,635.

A second fine targets immigrants who agreed to leave the United States voluntarily and then did not. They would typically face a lesser fine of up to $4,792 total, although an immigration judge could increase or decrease the penalty slightly.

People seeking sanctuary in churches because of outstanding deportation orders will be fined. Immigration lawyers call this intimidation. Supporters of America’s sovereignty might call it enforcing the rule of law.

Lizbeth Mateo represents Edith Espinal-Moreno, who has been living in a church in Ohio since she was ordered removed from the U.S. in 2017. Mateo said Espinal-Moreno moved to Ohio as a teenager but was forced to return to Mexico. She tried to return and present herself for asylum but her application was denied. To avoid being deported and separated from her two children, who are U.S. citizens, she took sanctuary in the Columbus Mennonite Church, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

According to the letter from ICE, provided to ABC News, Espinal-Moreno is being fined $497,777, because she “willfully” refused to leave the country or comply with ICE orders.

“My fear is that they’re gearing up toward going after the churches that are providing sanctuary to these people, they’re trying to intimidate my client and other people like her and they’re trying to intimidate the community,” Mateo told ABC News.

Notices of fines have to be issued before the fine is levied. Once ICE issues the fine, an appeal can be made to the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals. As I said above, there is no real expectation of these fines being paid by those here illegally. It is, however, a tool to discourage those thinking about coming here outside of the legal process.

“ICE is committed to using various enforcement methods — including arrest; detention; technological monitoring; and financial penalties — to enforce U.S. immigration law and maintain the integrity of legal orders issued by judges,” ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke said in a statement.

Now that letters are being delivered to notify illegal aliens of civil fines coming their way, President Trump expects Congress to continue working on immigration reform. Those ICE raids that were delayed before the 4th of July recess because of the supplemental funding for the border passed by Congress will begin if Congress doesn’t address asylum laws on the books.

The letters come as the Trump administration prepares to carry out delayed immigration sweeps of migrant families who have received deportation orders. President Trump said Monday, while signing legislation providing $4.6 billion in funding to address the influx of migrants from Central America, that the immigration raids will begin after the July 4 holiday if Congress can’t pass new restrictions on asylum laws.

Holding Congress accountable to do its job is needed now more than ever as the conditions on the border continue to deteriorate. Not doing so is what got us into this mess in the first place and continued on for decades during the administrations of both Republican and Democrat presidents.

Silicon Valley Is a Clear and Present Danger to Our Rights

This could be the4 civil rights fight of the 21st century—should private social media companies own our private data and they sell it for a profit.  Should a private company be allowed to end free speech of those supporting freedom.  Who will stop the Fake News presented by the social media companies?

“But that pales in comparison to what else Silicon Valley is using your personal data for when it comes to developing general artificial intelligence in pursuit of automation and singularity. Your data is like nitric oxide and jet fuel to the algorithms feeding general AI. Now add that to the premise of Moore’s Law, which is the idea that the speed of processors doubles every two years. Technology is advancing at an incredible pace. But our thinking—especially policymakers’ understanding—is lagging badly. “

This is what Congress should be investigating—not the political motivated corruption of the FBI, the CIA and the Justice Department in their efforts to create a coupe. 

Silicon Valley Is a Clear and Present Danger to Our Rights

By Ned Ryun|, American Greatness,  7/4/19   

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the battle over personal data, free speech and the free flow of information between the American people and the tech giants is heating up. As the Googles and Facebooks of the world take an unconstitutional role in deciding what speech and information should be online, it’s becoming clear much more is at stake than first meets the eye. 

It’s also becoming apparent that there are some voices on the Right who are either deeply naïve and ignorant about what is at stake or they are in fact paid collaborators of the tech companies. 

Most people who use social media are not entirely sure what their personal data is being used for, or to what extent they’ve actually given permission for the use of such data. Fact is, most people have given far more permission to the tech companies than they may realize. 

As Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) pointed out, users of Facebook and other “free” services have been paying for them with their valuable personal information; there is nothing free in life, trust me. In light of the DASHBOARD Act, cosponsored by Warner and Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Facebook even changed the wording of its user agreement to acknowledge for the first time it is paid by companies to show those companies’ advertisements to you by using your personal data. 

But that pales in comparison to what else Silicon Valley is using your personal data for when it comes to developing general artificial intelligence in pursuit of automation and singularity. Your data is like nitric oxide and jet fuel to the algorithms feeding general AI. Now add that to the premise of Moore’s Law, which is the idea that the speed of processors doubles every two years. Technology is advancing at an incredible pace. But our thinking—especially policymakers’ understanding—is lagging badly. 

We now see reports that robots will be replacing upwards to 20 million workers by 2030, most of which will be in manufacturing industries. What happens to the workers who are displaced? Where will they go? Even assuming a period of transition, what will become of an older generation of workers over the next 30 or 40 years? A universal basic income isn’t the solution for many different reasons, including the dignity that comes with actual work. I’ve suggested a new Great Works Program funded by royalties earned from energy exploration and use on federal lands. 

Regardless of what the solutions might be, no one is really discussing them. Nor is anyone really discussing what the end goal is for Big Tech and the Silicon Valley oligarchy lurking in the wings. These companies are betting hundreds of billions of dollars to realize their vision for the future, which is “the singularity” in which robots run the world. This isn’t a joke or the stuff of science fiction. This is fast becoming real life, funded by people and companies who are convinced they know how to make us all “happier and healthier.”

In exchange, our lives as a self-governing people would come to an end. Freedom of speech and assembly would disappear along with the free flow of information. And while our leaders dither, this self-appointed oligarchy is running full speed ahead. The monopolies that have been allowed to form are also accelerating the process, and yet we have some on the Right mumbling about “muh free market” and how that will solve the problem.

Some of those spouting these ideas are hardcore libertarians like the Koch brothers and their allied groups, who should be ostracized and ignored. I have some rules in life, which include little kids should not play with matches and libertarians should not play with real politics. Both end badly. 

There are others who are also spouting such idiocy, including David French and his colleagues at National Review, which has received, multiple times, direct funding from Google. Some of us think that perhaps French and his type are deeply ignorant (certainly plausible) or they’re just paid collaborators of the tech companies. Neither of those two scenarios is good. Any organization on the Right, whether a publication or think tank, that has accepted Big Tech money should be viewed with great suspicion on these questions. 

It is incumbent upon the American people to come fully awake on these issues and demand our elected officials, in the immediate, protect our rights. To delay is to ensure the demise of our freedoms and to submit to the coming singularity and tech oligarchy.

“We’re Number 50!” In Friendliness to Business, California Comes in Last Place

The title tells the whole story. We all knew this, now an NBC legacy media network confirms what we knew—California is not good for business, children or other living things.

“This is not exactly bragging material, but not to worry. California still has the highest income and sales taxes in the nation, and recently imposed a new tax on gasoline. In May, the state senate approved Senate Bill 258, which acknowledges that “California is experiencing increased homelessness” and provides “services for pets whose owners are without a home.” 

That was a bill I missed—we will take care of the pets of the homeless—maybe we should take care of the homeless?

“We’re Number 50!” In Friendliness to Business, California Comes in Last Place

K. Lloyd Billingsley, Independent,  7/15/19 

To rank America’s Top States for Business, CNBC “put all 50 states through a rigorous test and graded them based on more than 60 measures of competitiveness in 10 broad categories. Each category is weighted according to how frequently states use them as a selling point in economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the attributes they use to sell themselves. CNBC’s criteria was developed with guidance from a diverse array of business and policy experts and official government sources, along with input from the states themselves. And our metrics are based on publicly available data from a variety of sources.”

In the category of “business friendliness,” California ranks number 50, dead last with an “F” rating. In the category of “cost of doing business,” California also comes in at 50 and manages an overall ranking of 32, closer to bottom-feeder Rhode Island than Virginia, ranked number one overall. 

This is not exactly bragging material, but not to worry. California still has the highest income and sales taxes in the nation, and recently imposed a new tax on gasoline. In May, the state senate approved Senate Bill 258, which acknowledges that “California is experiencing increased homelessness” and provides “services for pets whose owners are without a home.”