How to Save a Comatose CA GOP:  Memo To California Republican Party Chair Jessica Patterson

If you are going to save yourself, you need to admit you have a problem.  I am feeling like the California the Republican Party is like Joe Biden—blame everybody else for your troubles, but not take responsibility.

It is not the Democrats that have caused the California Republican Party to stop a real voter registration effort since March, 2013—no they did it to themselves.  It is not the Democrats that caused such a weak CA GOP that the November ballot will not have a Republican running for one Board of Equalization seat, possibly a Statewide office, 7 congressional, 6, State Senate and 20 Assembly seats—we did it to ourselves.

How to Save a Comatose CA GOP:  Memo To California Republican Party Chair Jessica Patterson

Editorial by Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views, 6/20/22

King Gavin is running hard for office—no, not Governor, he is running for President.  At last count he had more than $20 million in his governors re-election account.  The Lt. Governor—can anybody name this person who had her father BUY the seat four years ago—is in hiding, worse than Biden during the 2020 election.  The AG candidate is going to win big by accusing his opponent of being a Trumper—when in fact he is a No Trumper.  Do you think the GOP is going to do anything serious, other than endorse, our candidate for Treasurer—while promoting and raising money for our Controller candidate, as if he was the only GOP’er on the statewide ballot.

The best asset of the California Republican Party is JOE BIDEN.  He is the only one who can save the CA GOP.

This is a story that can only be told in California.  In the 30th Congressional District the LAGOP and the California Republican Party endorsed Rhonda Baldwin Kennedy to run against Adam Schiff, the hoaxer from Glendale.  The winner of the race was Maebe A. Girl (his legal name)—he is not transgender but a self-proclaimed drag queen.  See his website here: https://maebeagirlforcongress.org/

How bad is the GOP in California?  Someone who spent only $500 almost beat out a GOP’er for Superintendent of Public Instruction:  “—”This San Francisco math teacher’s longshot campaign to lead California’s public schools is still alive ,” by the East Bay Times’ Kayla Jimenez: “[Ainye Long’s] run for office was so grassroots that she said she spent just over $500 and campaigned by carpooling with a former sorority sister. In a tumultuous time for the California public school system, largely incited by the COVID-19 pandemic, Long’s surprise showing has stirred up a once-sleepy re-election campaign for California’s superintendent of schools Tony Thurmond.”

Worse, Politicio tells the truth about California politics:  “From Politico California Playbook, 6/13/22:

In one-party California, Democratic differentiation has eclipsed partisan affiliation. Interest groups spend millions of dollars to paint Sacramento a particular shade of blue, and dozens of open seats have intensified a scramble to shape a decade of governance. Several races for open Democratic seats effectively ended last week as voters elevated a Democrat and a Republican, all but ensuring the Democrat wins in November. A few others will proceed to money-soaked Dem-on-Dem matchups.”

We have another nominee that is being sued for being a deadbeat DAD, escorted out of the Nixon Library for trying to start a fight, marched with the BLM and proudly informed the public he has an AK-47.  This person was also endorsed by LAGOP and the4 CRP.

One last GOP nominee:  This person is running against Maxine Waters—after spending six months in jail for stalking and contempt of court.

At the same time the CRP Board “unendorsed” three people—who NEVER asked to be endorsed==for the dime of being conservative and not backing down.

Until the California Republican Party runs candidates, registrars voters, stop endorsing people who should be shunned, we will continue to be as Congressman Tom McClintock calls it, “the stupid” Party.

ACTION ITEMS TO BECOME A REAL POLITICAL PARTY AGAIN IN CALIFORNIA

  1.  Stop attacking conservatives.
  2. Stop running candidates against conservatives, just bvecuase they are conservative.
  3. Create a real voter registration effort.  This is the best time to do it, because Joe Biden is on our side—creating inflation, hih gas and food prices, supporting bigotry and racism, weak foreign policy, allowing the drug cratels to run our borders and supporting criminals, lootings and riots.  Folks are fed up with Biden and his totalitarian Soviet style Democrats.  As the race in Texas #$ for Congress proved, even in an 84% Hispanic district a Republican can win (while in CA a +4 GOP district is going to have a Democrat State Senator, thanks to $50,000 from the GOP Senate Leader)
  4. Vitalize the volunteer base.  Work to expand it, have it lead the voter registration effort, let it lead the way to victories on school boards and city councils.  Train them to speak out at forums, council and board meetings, calling talk radio shows and challenging Democrats at townhall meets.
  5. To win in November, we need to remind folks that California Democrats are helping Biden destroy the nation.  Why haven’t the Dems spoken out against the reel cause of inflation, high gas and food prices and rising crime? Go after the Biden/Pelosi led Democrat Party.  Not just with press releases.
  6. Strengthen the County Committees—make sure they welcome visitors and non members to meetings, not kick them out. Have them provide a Political Plan and monthly audits of the progress.  If needed, provide them with a Plan.  The strength of the Party is not in a high rise office building in Sacramento, but in the communities of the State.
  7. Spend time in the churches—especially the Hispanic and Asian churches.  Voter registration, political information—show how the Democrats are anti-religion, anti-family and harm job creation.  Of course discuss how unsafe the streets are due to Democrats wanting to unfund the police and put criminals on the streets like Boudin, Gascon and Biden (he wants illegal alien criminals on the streets).
  8. Start recruiting, vetting and building candidates for the 2024 election.  Get real.  Except for a couple of congressional seats, we know how November will turn out.  Now is the time to rebuild the foundation of the Party, create positions on a few issues and pound away at them.  At the same time look for those who are articulate, have a real community background, train them in policy and issues.  Start developing candidates for city council to Congress for 2024, now.
  9. Open up the Party to all who want to participate.  Stop using proxies to keep control of the CRP.  It appears you would rather big a BIG fish in a SMALL pond, than a small fish in a large pond.  Being Chair of a Party is no big deal if all you are doing is watching the Party get smaller in number of voters, vis a vis the Democrats and losing legislative seats.  You should be the commander of a warship, not the titanic.

As always, I and others are willing to keep rebuild the Party.  You have our phone numbers.  With or without you, we will rebuild the California Republican Party—with values, principles and winning candidates.

Texas’s Gov. Abbott blocks and breaks that gargantuan incoming caravan

While the demented Biden is blaming everybody for the illegal alien surge, inflation, high gas and food prices and his lateness to realize that Ukraine needed help, Joe is helping another foreign country—China.  He is about to take the tariffs off of China that were instituted under Trump.  When he does that he harms American manufacturers, American workers the American economy.  He does help his Chinese patrons (why won’t the Biden family open the books to see how much they have taken from the Chinese Communists—we already know Hunter Biden took millions from them and per Hunter, SHARED the money with his father Joe.

So while Joe should be in a Memory Assisted Care (and Jill Biden charged with elder abuse) the Governor of Texas is trying to do what he can to save his State from the ravages of an incoherent President.

“When Mexico last week granted federal humanitarian travel permits to 15,000 U.S.-bound third-country migrants who’d formed the largest caravan in Mexican history, most planned to head straight to the border to cross illegally into the Texas towns of Del Rio and Eagle Pass.

But now those thousands of federal permit holders have collided with an unusual and wide-ranging Coahuila State police roadblock operation that is systematically halting buses carrying the migrants all over that state, detaining and deporting some, and thwarting federal government will.”

Few, if any, of those thousands are finding their way over the Rio Grande into the Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector. Mexican state police are blocking northbound commercial buses at the bus station in the Coahuila state capital of Saltillo, and at many other stations, and emptying migrants from trucks and vans at checkpoints on all roads leading into that state’s border cities of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, and Acuna, across from Del Rio, according to Mexican press reporting.

Thank you Gov. Abbott for doing the work supposed to be done by a U.S. President.  Unfortunately the current one is not sure what town he is in.

Texas’s Gov. Abbott blocks and breaks that gargantuan incoming caravan

By Monica Showalter, American Thinker,  6/16/22 

Joe Biden is letting one of the largest illegal migrant caravans in history move into the U.S., with no effort to stop it.

Texas’s governor, Greg Abbott, isn’t. 

According to a very interesting report by Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies, the record-sized 15,000-strong caravan has run into interference from the Texas governor, and his counterpart in the adjacent Mexican state of Coahuila, who had the foresight to sign an agreement in April about border security. Bensman writes:

AUSTIN, Texas — When Mexico last week granted federal humanitarian travel permits to 15,000 U.S.-bound third-country migrants who’d formed the largest caravan in Mexican history, most planned to head straight to the border to cross illegally into the Texas towns of Del Rio and Eagle Pass.

But now those thousands of federal permit holders have collided with an unusual and wide-ranging Coahuila State police roadblock operation that is systematically halting buses carrying the migrants all over that state, detaining and deporting some, and thwarting federal government will.

Few, if any, of those thousands are finding their way over the Rio Grande into the Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector. Mexican state police are blocking northbound commercial buses at the bus station in the Coahuila state capital of Saltillo, and at many other stations, and emptying migrants from trucks and vans at checkpoints on all roads leading into that state’s border cities of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, and Acuna, across from Del Rio, according to Mexican press reporting.

The migrants who thought they were a day or two away from crossing into Texas, where the Biden administration will admit most of them, are reported to be infuriated. In many cases, the state authorities are “deporting” the immigrants they catch, although it was unclear to where. The operations have sparked civil disobedience disturbances in Saltillo, protests elsewhere, and closure Tuesday of the international bridge between Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras when 100 of the caravan migrants tried to hop a train over and battled Mexican authorities who stopped them.

The migrants think they’re pretty entitled to enter the U.S. free of charge and vetting.

What happened here was that Abbott and his Mexican counterpart in Coahuila, Gov. Miguel Angel Solis, signed a security agreement two months ago to keep the border area secure.

The impetus for the agreement was Abbott’s shutdown of Texas-Coahuila border trade, with intense truck inspections that slowed commerce as Abbott’s troopers searched vehicles for evidence of migrant smuggling.

What drew headlines at the time was Abbott’s transport of illegal migrants to Washington, D.C., but the power move on his part was in the laborous truck inspections which was a problem for the Mexicans. The Mexican governor wanted that stopped, because it was hurting the normal economic activity of Coahuila, and he (along with three other Mexican governors, accordin to Bensman) signed the agreement with Abbott to get it stopped.

That’s why the roadblocks and ship-backs in Coahuila, courtesy of Mexican state police, are going strong now. The Mexican state cops aren’t putting up with these caravans from the migrants from some 150 countries at the expense of their own economy. They’re breaking these cartels up and sending the migrants back, one truck at a time.

The president of Mexico permitted their sending, and Joe Biden of course, had planned to welcome all comers. But the two governors wanted normal life to go on, and the Mexican governor got busy with his end of the bargain to put a stop to the whole thing right then and there.

Bensman’s report is absolutely fascinating in its detail about the agreement in place that was as good as gold for breaking up the vast migrant caravans heading to El Norte. 

For that, Joe Biden should thank him for saving him from a public relations disaster. Which of course, he won’t. 

What we see here is an amazingly good creative effort, by two governors to keep life normal, and illegal migrant disorder away from Texas. The Coahuila governor keeps cross-border trade in his home state. The Texas governor is spared the expense and mess of yet another border surge inundating his state. This has a rather interesting echo of how President Trump used to deal with Mexico — with direct force and action — shutting down the border until Mexico agreed to play ball on the “remain in Mexico” pact.

For Texans, this has to be a relief. There’s not a thing Joe Biden can do to stop this, and the caravan itself will be diminished in its impact with a simple solution that seems to be working, at long last getting home the message that lawlessness has some consequences for lawbreakers, too. Joe Biden could have done this, but of course, he didn’t. If a solution can’t be done through Biden, well, Abbott and his Mexican counterparts will show how this is done. Kudos to Abbott.

State’s juvenile prison workers score $50,000 bonuses

Just for staying on the job, the job they get paid to do, the unions got a “bonus” of $50,000 for prison workers—to do what their contract called for—to work in the prisons.  This is a payoff to the union guard union that finances a lot of Democrat5 campaigns—a thank you for allowing radicals to kill off California.

“As California dismantles its youth prisons, the governor and six labor unions strike a deal to pay out lucrative retention bonuses capping at $50,000.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and six labor unions have struck a deal to give up to $50,000 in bonuses to keep juvenile prison workers on the job, as first reported by CalMatters in March.

Between now and next year, California taxpayers will pay about $54.5 million for the incentive payments, according to estimates by the Department of Finance. 

Actually, this is NOT about California prison guards.  It is about King Gavin using our tax dollars to tell the unions around the nation, as he runs for President, he will pay any price to get their support.  Especially if the price does not come out of his pocket, but yours.  More proof King Gavin is running for President.

State’s juvenile prison workers score $50,000 bonuses

BY BY RHONDA LYONS, CalMatters,   6/16/22   

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As California dismantles its youth prisons, the governor and six labor unions strike a deal to pay out lucrative retention bonuses capping at $50,000.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and six labor unions have struck a deal to give up to $50,000 in bonuses to keep juvenile prison workers on the job, as first reported by CalMatters in March.

Between now and next year, California taxpayers will pay about $54.5 million for the incentive payments, according to estimates by the Department of Finance. 

The contracts represent one of the largest retention bonuses the state has ever offered to employees.

finance department spokesperson said the agreements estimate that 1,019 direct care and 211 non-direct care employees will meet the criteria for some amount of bonus.

The Division of Juvenile Justice, which is overseen by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, is hoping the payments will help stave off worker shortages that have beset the agency since Newsom announced the division’s dismantling. All of California’s youth prisons are expected to close by June 30, 2023, sending youth offenders to county detention centers. The division is working to place juvenile justice employees in other state jobs inside the department. 

“The stipends … are part of a thoughtful and purposeful process to ensure consistency and public safety throughout the transition,” Vicky Waters, a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told CalMatters in an email.

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The labor agreements will “support (the division’s) operations and the delivery of programming and treatment to youth…” wrote Erika Li, chief deputy director for the finance department, in a letter to state lawmakers. 

The taxable bonuses have been in the works for months. 

The money will be prorated and divided among those who work directly with imprisoned youth and those who mostly work for headquarters in Sacramento. Direct care employees  — youth prison guards, plumbers, teachers and chaplains  — could receive the full $50,000 if they continue working for the division until the planned closures. Non-direct care employees — deputy directors, executive assistants and nursing consultants, for instance — could receive up to $25,000.

The Division of Juvenile Justice has four facilities set to close, with most employees working in Stockton and Camarillo. In Stockton, where the median household income is $58,393, about 400 prison employees are eligible for the cash infusion to themselves and the local economy. 

By law, if the agreement is more than $1 million in net costs per bargaining unit, the Legislature would have to approve it. The contracts are divided by fiscal year, and the first installment is only up to $5,000 per person. 

However, next year, the bonuses will tally $52 million, requiring legislative approval. 

“Some of the $5,000 stipends are already being disbursed to eligible staff,” Waters said. “They will continue in the following months.”

All of the unions representing youth corrections employees in the bonus negotiations made donations to stop Newsom’s recall last year. The largest contributor was the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which gave $1.75 million, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

In a letter to the Department of Finance, Nancy Skinner, chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, said the new budget will require the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to issue reports to the committee on how many employees qualify for the payments for each installment period, vacancy rates and the costs. 

Coach Kennedy Case Is a Threat to ‘American Democracy,’ Sports Illustrated Says

To Democrat politician’s prayer, faith and religious observances are a danger to the totalitarian State they want.  Now you can understand why they also do not support the Constitution or the Rule of Law.  They are Totalitarian Anarchists.

“A featured article in Sports Illustrated published on Monday characterizes a possible U.S. Supreme Court victory for a former high school football coach’s right to public prayer in Bremerton, Washington, as a “further erosion of the separation between church and state.”

In the lengthy profile of coach Joe Kennedy, writer Greg Bishop noted that the magazine conducted extensive interviews with Kennedy and his legal team, along with “15 other interviews, including five with independent scholars or legal experts who hold no vested interest in the outcome.”

Despite the misgivings of at least two of these legal experts, the article is framed with this headline: “When Faith and Football Teamed Up Against American Democracy.”

Glad we have people like Joe Kennedy to stand up for freedom, religion and against hate—for that is what the Democrat Party stands for today, hate.

Coach Kennedy Case Is a Threat to ‘American Democracy,’ Sports Illustrated Says

Dan Hart, Daily Signal, 5/15/22 

A featured article in Sports Illustrated published on Monday characterizes a possible U.S. Supreme Court victory for a former high school football coach’s right to public prayer in Bremerton, Washington, as a “further erosion of the separation between church and state.”

In the lengthy profile of coach Joe Kennedy, writer Greg Bishop noted that the magazine conducted extensive interviews with Kennedy and his legal team, along with “15 other interviews, including five with independent scholars or legal experts who hold no vested interest in the outcome.”

Despite the misgivings of at least two of these legal experts, the article is framed with this headline: “When Faith and Football Teamed Up Against American Democracy.”

Jeremy Dys, First Liberty senior counsel, who is part of the legal team representing Kennedy, was perplexed by Sports Illustrated’s portrayal of the case.

“The article seems like it was written by two people—one sympathetic to Coach and one completely out of touch with reality,” Dys told The Washington Stand. “All Coach has ever wanted is the opportunity to pray by himself for 15-30 seconds at the 50-yard line after the game.”

The story stretches back to 2008, when Kennedy, Bremerton High School’s assistant football coach, began a simple tradition of taking a knee at the 50-yard line after the games ended and offering a short prayer. Over time, football players began to voluntarily join Kennedy as he prayed.

Eight years later in September 2015, the superintendent of Kennedy’s school district notified him that he must end his prayer ritual. Kennedy declined, and Bremerton High School fired him. The coach filed a lawsuit against the school district, and his case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Critical public reaction to Sports Illustrated’s article has been swift, with many arguing that the story displays a fundamental misunderstanding of religious freedom as enumerated in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

“I knelt and prayed after every game I played in the NFL,” tweeted former NFL placekicker Jay Feely in response to the article. “It was my way of publicly thanking [G]od. With all the challenges in today[’]s society we should encourage faith not discourage. Freedom OF religion is very different than freedom FROM religion.”

“Actually, the Court affirming Coach Kennedy’s right to live his faith upholds the bedrock of our democracy—it doesn’t erode it,” tweeted Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.

“‘The machine backing him’ is the [U.S.] Constitution,” tweeted the Media Research Center’s Nicholas Fondacaro, referring to the article’s description of religious freedom advocacy as “a powerful right-wing machine.” “And it’s telling that Sports Illustrated thinks the Constitution is a threat to ‘democracy.’”

Arielle Del Turco, assistant director of Family Research Council’s Center for Religious Liberty, underscored the First Amendment’s protection of religious free exercise.

“Coach Kennedy’s simple act of praying alone at a high school football game isn’t ‘eroding’ America’s constitutional protections,” she noted. “To the contrary, coach Kennedy is utilizing his First Amendment right to religious freedom, which protects his ability to choose his beliefs and live out his faith, including in the public square.”

“It’s bizarre and misleading for anyone to insinuate that a simple act of private prayer is a threat to democracy,” Del Turco continued. “The fact that Sports Illustrated is willing to publish this assertion points to a larger trend of growing secular intolerance toward Christians in America.”

“We must push back on faulty understandings of the Constitution that insist Christians hide all public displays of their faith. This is simply untrue,” she concluded.

Originally published by The Washington Stand

Cal State professor: White people shouldn’t ask to come to Juneteenth cookout

A hate crime is being committed on a college campus and the Attorney General of the U.S. and the AG of California are ignoring it.  We expect DA Gascon to ignore it—because it is hatred expressed by a college professor against white people.

“White people should not ask Melina Abdullah if they can come to her Juneteenth cookout – she has already made up her mind.

“Attention white people… Please don’t ask if you can come to the cookout…” the California State University Los Angeles professor tweeted on Monday. “#Juneteenth is freedom day for Black folks. It should be #Reparations day for white folks,” the professor of Pan-African Studies told white people.

This George Wallace imitator is being paid by California taxpayers.  Imagine what she teaches in her classes!  Hate is the goal of Newsome, otherwise he would have her fired.  If a white professor had said that about black people, the professor would be tarred and feathered and forced to admit he is a bigot.  Shame on the Democrats for not opposing racism.  They do not and this is proof.

Cal State professor: White people shouldn’t ask to come to Juneteenth cookout

MATT LAMB, College Fix,  6/15/22 

It should instead be a ‘reparations’ day for white people

White people should not ask Melina Abdullah if they can come to her Juneteenth cookout – she has already made up her mind.

“Attention white people… Please don’t ask if you can come to the cookout…” the California State University Los Angeles professor tweeted on Monday. “#Juneteenth is freedom day for Black folks. It should be #Reparations day for white folks,” the professor of Pan-African Studies told white people.

Juneteenth occurs on June 19, but it is a federal holiday on Monday, June 20. It commemorates the date, two and half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, that Union troops in Galveston, Texas were informed that “the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free,” according to Juneteenth.com.

Congress and President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021.

Abdullah has a history of sharing her thoughts on racial issues.

She called the trial of actor Jussie Smollett for faking hate crimes in Chicago a “white supremacist charade.” Abdullah, who advocates for an abolition of the police and prison, said in an ideal world Smollett would not have even gone to trial.

She stated:

In an abolitionist society, this trial would not be taking place, and our communities would not have to fight and suffer to prove our worth. Instead, we find ourselves, once again, being forced to put our lives and our value in the hands of judges and juries operating in a system that is designed to oppress us, while continuing to face a corrupt and violent police department, which has proven time and again to have no respect for our lives.

Abdullah has criticized “white saviors” who “swoop in” to help black people. “It assumes that we don’t have our own solutions, our own plans, to disrupt white supremacy because white folks have lived in a world where they are really centered in the universe,” she told Mashable. “They think that every solution should be with them at the front of it.”

She also tried to get the Young Americans for Freedom group canceled on campus for a “Build the Wall” display.

She called the display “blatantly racist” and wanted CSU LA to “immediately revoke all permits for such programming and student groups that make such hateful work their core.”

King Gavin Putting Presidential Run in FULL Gear

Instead of negotiating with the Legislature to finalize a budget, King Gavin has been denouncing the governors of Florida and Texas every chance he gets, wants California to become the mass murder capitol of the United States.  At the same time he is trying to merge California with Mexico and create a Super State of criminals, law breakers an budget busters.

“Hey everybody, it’s Governor Gavin Newsom, and I know we’re all on this platform in search for the ‘truth,’ but the truth is, I’ve not been able to find a simple explanation for the fact that we have a red state murder problem. Eight of the top ten states [with] the highest murder rates happen to be red states. So the question is simple, what are the laws and policies in those states that are leading to such carnage?”

Newsom is correct that some of the most murder-prone states lean Republican overall. What the governor of crime-ridden California fails to mention is that the violence in those states is driven by their bluest areas — the cities.”

The poor guy does not realize he is a joke and could not be elected dog catcher in most States.  But, California is not most States.   We have the most people an firms fleeing the State, leaving behind the elderly, the illegal aliens, the very rich and the very poor.  We are a collapsing State.

Gavin Newsom Joins Donald Trump’s Truth Social to ‘Call Out Republican Lies’

ALLUM BOKHARI, Breitbart,  6/16/22 

In a surprise move, the Democrat Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, said he would be joining Donald Trump’s social network, Truth Social in a bid to “call out Republican lies.”

“I just joined Trump’s Truth Social,” said Newsom in a tweet from his official account. “Going to be on there calling out Republican lies. This could get…interesting.”

The governor’s first post on Truth Social was a short video, addressing what Newsom said is a “red state murder problem.”

Hey everybody, it’s Governor Gavin Newsom, and I know we’re all on this platform in search for the ‘truth,’ but the truth is, I’ve not been able to find a simple explanation for the fact that we have a red state murder problem. Eight of the top ten states [with] the highest murder rates happen to be red states. So the question is simple, what are the laws and policies in those states that are leading to such carnage?”

Newsom is correct that some of the most murder-prone states lean Republican overall. What the governor of crime-ridden California fails to mention is that the violence in those states is driven by their bluest areas — the cities.

Louisiana, the state with the highest rate of murders in the country, contains the overwhelmingly Democrat cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, which were the sixth and seventh most murder-prone cities in the country as of 2019, according to FBI statistics.

Missouri, the state with the second-highest murder rate, contains the overwhelmingly Democrat city of St. Louis, which in 2019 had the highest murder rate in the United States.

Other blue cities in red states have also hit the top ten list of deadliest cities in recent years: Memphis, Tennessee, Birmingham, Alabama, and Little Rock, Arkansas. The residents of all of these cities overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.

$5.3 billion: San Jose to San Francisco high-speed rail costs balloon by over 200%

From what the “fondling” Arnold told us, the cost of the train to nowhere has gone up by $90 billion.  It was supposed to be finished from L.A. to San Fran by 2023..now they might get a portion of that by 2035, if the money does not run out.  The original route has been scuttled.  The winners are Wall Street, unions and greedy corporations—the rest of us are losers.

“Plagued by years of funding shortages and spiraling costs, California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project suffered another unexpected blow this month in a new report that more than tripled the cost estimate for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment to a staggering $5.3 billion.

The new price tag is part of a report that completes a years-long environmental clearance process for the 48-mile corridor that would carry bullet trains down the Peninsula on electrified Caltrain tracks at 110 miles per hour and eventually on to Southern California.”

King Gavin ran for Governor in 2-18 on the basis he would stop the scam—now he is a major part of it, trying to scam all Americans of another $5.3 billion.

$5.3 billion: San Jose to San Francisco high-speed rail costs balloon by over 200%

Overall cost for bullet train could soar to $120 billion

By ELIYAHU KAMISHER, Bay Area News Group, 6/16/22 

Plagued by years of funding shortages and spiraling costs, California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project suffered another unexpected blow this month in a new report that more than tripled the cost estimate for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment to a staggering $5.3 billion.

The new price tag is part of a report that completes a years-long environmental clearance process for the 48-mile corridor that would carry bullet trains down the Peninsula on electrified Caltrain tracks at 110 miles per hour and eventually on to Southern California. It outlines three stops, a controversial rail yard in Brisbane and money allocated to everything from protecting Monarch butterflies to restoring Bent-flowered fiddleneck habitat.

But the environmental document released last week also includes the new price tag for the recommended route through the Peninsula, which is more than three times the figure penciled into the High-Speed Rail Authority’s 2022 business plan.

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These eye-popping budget revisions are partly due to inflation, real estate costs and supply chain woes impacting megaprojects around the country. But they also underscore the shaky grip the High-Speed Rail Authority has on cost projections for the embattled rail project, a vision that has already morphed into one of California’s most expensive and controversial undertakings.

Brian Kelly, CEO of the High-Speed Rail Authority, said the agency is in a bind over cost estimates because without funding they are unable to structure budgets on an accurate timeline.

“I don’t really think it’s fair to ask us, ‘Gee, what are your cost estimates to get somewhere’ when nobody is providing us funding to get there,” said Kelly. “That just puts us in a guess-forever position.”

Even with the dramatically higher cost figures, the San Jose-to-San Francisco link is relatively cheap and less disruptive compared to other segments of the project because it relies on existing Caltrain tracks and stations. Unlike the line connecting the Central Valley to Silicon Valley, there’s no massive tunnel boring operation involved.

Louis Thompson, head of a state-mandated peer review group, said some estimates in the budget blueprint are years out of date just as lawmakers are haggling with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to commit the remaining $4.2 billion in voter-approved money to finish building the Central Valley segment of the rail line from Bakersfield to Merced, often dubbed the “train to nowhere.”

“There’s no official updating of the (budget) numbers due until 2023,” said Thompson. “So what is the Legislature buying into?”

When voters green-lit the project in 2008, they were promised a two-hour and 40-minute ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with connections to Sacramento and San Diego at a cost of $45 billion. Since then the estimated price tag has more than doubled.

The 2022 business plan — approved in April without the inflated costs for San Jose to San Francisco — already tacked on an extra $13 billion, bringing the higher-end cost up to $113 billion for the entire project. In an interview, Kelly said it could go up to $120 billion.

The Bay Area segment would include stops at three expanded Caltrain stations — Diridon in San Jose, Millbrae and 4th and King in San Francisco. Eventually, rail officials hope the line will extend to the Salesforce Transit Center. The project would straighten track, improve safety at road crossings and modify at least eight Caltrain stations to make way for bullet trains along the Caltrain corridor.

Still, high-speed rail into the Bay Area is going to have to overcome opposition from Peninsula cities that are already threatening litigation. They say a bullet train forsakes critically needed new housing developments in favor of a rail project that may never come.

“It’s like a two-year-old with a train set. Just building his train set from point A to point B,” said Clayton Holstine, the city manager for Brisbane, which is looking to build housing on land desired by the High-Speed Rail Authority. “From my perspective, they’re in a silo.”

A train through the Bay Area is not likely to begin operating over the next decade. The authority only identified funding to build a 170-mile Central Valley link at a cost of $23.8 billion. Even that segment, which is championed by Gov. Gavin Newsom as a critical testing ground for high-speed rail, is likely to need a new source of money.

“They just barely have the funding potentially to do Merced to Bakersfield,” said Helen Kerstein, a high-speed rail expert at the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. “There’s certainly a risk that additional funding may be needed to even do that piece.”

The biggest source of high-speed rail funding is currently revenue from California’s cap-and-trade program, which forces companies to buy greenhouse gas credits based on how much they pollute.

Now the rail authority is turning to Washington hoping that President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill will give the struggling rail project new financial momentum. But unlike some East Coast train plans, there’s no dedicated funding for California’s mega-rail blueprint leaving high-speed rail to compete for dollars alongside transit projects across the country.

“It is still much less expensive than if you were trying to get the same mobility benefits with freeway and airport expansions,” said Kelly. “So it’s still a bargain and still worth doing.”

American Civil War has Started:  FBI Protecting the Insurrectionists While Framing Honest Citizens

The FBI used to represent the best of American law enforcement.  Today it is the KGB, the private police of the demented Joe Biden and the coup creating Washington Democrat Party.  Instead of investigations, they save time by lying about activities of honest citizens—then keep them in jail without legal protections, so far going on 18 months!  At the same time a radical Putin like group has been firebombing and vandalizing pro-life centers and threatening the lives of the volunteers who work to save babies lives.

It is not a secret—no investigation is needed—they openly have announced they are involved in a bloody civil war.

““We offered an honourable way out,” it says. “You could have walked away. Now the leash is off. And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue.”…

The letter claimed responsibility for various attacks already seen in the cities of Portland, Eugene and Gresham in Oregon, as well as in Olympia, Lynwood and Vancouver in Washington state. In Maryland, the group claims to have carried out actions in Reisterstown and Frederick.

Here’s more of their statement, via the Catholic News Agency:

“You could have walked away. Now the leash is off. And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue,” the post says.

“Rest assured that we will, and those measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti,” the post says. “Sometimes you will see what

These are terrorists and the FBI has decided to go after parents who do not want racism in their schools and grooming in the classroom.  What is the difference between the FBI today and the KGB of the Soviet Union?  Not much.

Left Wing Group “Jane’s Revenge” Announces “Open Season” on Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

“Everyone with the urge to paint, to burn, to cut, to jam: now is the time. Go forth and manifest the things you wish to see.”

Posted by Mike LaChance, Legal Insurrection,  6/17/22 

A shadowy pro-abortion group called “Jane’s Revenge” has issued a statement declaring “open season” on pro-life centers and organizations. They have also claimed credit for related attacks that have already happened.

The Biden Justice Department, which seemingly had no problem with the idea of labeling parents at school board meetings as terrorists, has yet to issue a public statement on this.

This is all based on the leaked opinion about Roe vs. Wade. Radicals are trying to send a message.

Danielle Wallace reports at FOX News:

Letter signed by radical abortion group Jane’s Revenge declares ‘open season’ on pro-life pregnancy centers

The pro-abortion radical group dubbed “Jane’s Revenge” that’s claimed responsibility for various arson attacks and vandalism since the leak of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade published a new letter Tuesday declaring “open season” on pro-life pregnancy crisis centers.

The letter spoke of a supposed 30-day deadline for all pro-life groups to cease operations and condemned those “who impersonate healthcare providers in order to harm the vulnerable.”

“We were unsurprised to see thirty days come and thirty days pass with no sign of consilience or even bare-minimum self-reflection from you,” the letter dated June 14 reads. “History may not repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes, and we’ve already seen such stanzas where medical autonomy is stripped away, humanity is increasingly criminalized, and merely surviving becomes largely untenable.”

It then warns to pro-life groups “your thirty days expired yesterday.”

“We offered an honourable way out,” it says. “You could have walked away. Now the leash is off. And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue.”…

The letter claimed responsibility for various attacks already seen in the cities of Portland, Eugene and Gresham in Oregon, as well as in Olympia, Lynwood and Vancouver in Washington state. In Maryland, the group claims to have carried out actions in Reisterstown and Frederick.

Here’s more of their statement, via the Catholic News Agency:

“You could have walked away. Now the leash is off. And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue,” the post says.

“Rest assured that we will, and those measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti,” the post says. “Sometimes you will see what we do, and you will know that it is us.”

The post threatened harassment to the point when “Eventually your insurance companies, and your financial backers will realize you are a bad investment.”

The post says that any “anti-choice group” that ceases operations will not be targeted.

“But until you do, it’s open season, and we know where your operations are. The infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive. We will never stop, back down, slow down, or retreat. We did not want this; but it is upon us, and so we must deal with it proportionally,” the post says.

“Through attacking, we find joy, courage, and strip the veneer of impenetrability held by these violent institutions,” it says.

Addressing allies of the group, the post says, “Go do one of your own. You are already one of us. Everyone with the urge to paint, to burn, to cut, to jam: now is the time. Go forth and manifest the things you wish to see. Stay safe, and practice your cursive.”

California to create teaching credential covering pre-K through 3rd grade that requires literacy training

Did you know you could be a credentialed teacher in California, teaching PK-3 grade and NOT have to show you can teach reading?  Any wonder our schools are failures—it starts at an early age with teachers not qualified to teach being given credentials.

“The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing agreed this week to create a new teaching credential for pre-kindergarten through third grade that will require teacher candidates to show they are trained in how to teach reading.

The decision came after the commission addressed criticisms that a separate credential that lacked  identical literacy instruction coursework and a reading performance test could undermine separate efforts to improve reading instruction in elementary grades.

Guess too many parents complained about unqualified teachers in the classroom—protected for years by the greedy unions and Democrat politicians getting donations from the unions—with money stolen from the teachers.  You were told by your school board you had the best teachers—they lied and your kids paid the price.

California to create teaching credential covering pre-K through 3rd grade that requires literacy training

Commission ties future reading reforms and performance test to PK-3 credential

JOHN FENSTERWALD. EdSource,  6/17/22 

A preschool student shows his classmate a spider he made from pipe cleaners and a paper cup.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing agreed this week to create a new teaching credential for pre-kindergarten through third grade that will require teacher candidates to show they are trained in how to teach reading.

The decision came after the commission addressed criticisms that a separate credential that lacked  identical literacy instruction coursework and a reading performance test could undermine separate efforts to improve reading instruction in elementary grades.

UPDATE ON SENATE BILL 488

Senate Bill 488 requires the California Commission on  Teacher Credentialing to report back annually to the Legislature on progress toward replacing the multiple choice RICA assessment on the ability to teach reading with a literacy performance assessment by 2025. Go here to read the first year’s report

The critics included two influential legislators who questioned whether the commission had the authority to establish an early childhood education teaching credential – particularly one that could “sidestep” reforms to teach foundational reading skills. The commission tried to assure them that wouldn’t happen.

Establishing an early childhood education credential has been talked about for years and was a recommendation in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2020 Master Plan for Early Learning and Care. But it has gained urgency because of the phase-in by 2025 of transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds plus plans to expand state-funded pre-kindergarten.

The Palo Alto based Learning Policy Institute projects between 12,000 and 15,000 teachers will be needed to fill transitional kindergarten positions, and yet only about 8,000 new teachers – about an average of 1,000 teachers per grade – have annually been joining the teaching workforce by earning the existing TK-8 “multiple subject” credential.

Hanna Melnick of the institute said one source of TK teachers could be the estimated 29,000 child care teachers in California who already a hold bachelor’s degree, one of the prerequisites of the new credential; some of those could be women of color who staff many child-care centers.

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Another source could be elementary school teachers who want to teach TK, with its smaller class sizes, if they take an additional 24 units of college courses on early child development, which would also qualify them for the new PK-3 Early Childhood Education Teaching Credential, as it will be formally called. As of August 2023, TK teachers who have a multiple subject credential will also have to have the additional credits in order for their districts to receive state funding for students in those classrooms.

Beside filling vacancies, the new credential would improve learning, said Deborah Stipek, former dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education and an early childhood authority who served on the governor’s task force.

California is one of few states in the country that hasn’t had a teaching credential focused on young children and one of the few in which most teachers receive their credential in a one-year program after earning a bachelor’s degree. “As dean of Stanford for 12 years, I was aware of the constraints to cram instruction through a multiple subject credential covering 3 to 13-year olds,” she said. “You can’t imagine how frustrating that is.”

It’s important that early education teachers fully understand the neuroscience and emotional growth of young children and that instruction in math, science and reading from grade to grade track their development, she said.

Third grade is critical in literacy development; the ability to read at grade level is a strong indicator of future success in school. And yet only 48.54% of all third graders in California met or exceeded standards in English language arts in 2019, the last year before the pandemic. Only 37% of low-income students, 31% of Black students and 38.5% Hispanic students were reading at grade level.

Battle over literacy standards

Last October, the Legislature decided that one answer to this problem is to revamp how teachers pursuing a multiple subject credential are instructed to teach reading in teacher preparation programs. Senate Bill 488 set up a 4-year plan to end the state’s Reading Instruction Competence Assessment or RICA, a multiple choice and short answer test with a low pass rate that many teachers revile as a poor method of measuring instructional competence (see readers’ comments to this EdSource article). Replacing it would be a literacy performance assessment that all multiple subject credential seekers must pass. In order to determine what the assessment would measure, the bill charged the credentialing commission with revising the teacher performance expectations for teaching reading. A 27-member working group is expected to complete a draft of these expectations this fall.

Decoding Dyslexia CA and other advocates of reforming how reading is taught have hailed the passage of SB 488 but questioned whether it would apply to the PK-3 credential. After reading the proposal for the new credential the commission would consider, Sen. Susan Rubio, D-Baldwin Park, the sponsor of the legislation, and Assemblyperson Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, concluded that it wouldn’t and opposed it in a June 13 letter to the commission.

“Establishing a new multiple subject credential administratively, for the very grades in which reading instruction competence is the most important, means that none of the protections in the law would apply,” they wrote in a June 13 letter, urging the commission not to proceed with the new credential.

Others expressed opposition or suggested alternatives.

“California has a literacy crisis and claims to be focused on getting all kids reading by 3rd grade. Instead, this new PK-3 ECE credential paves the way for teachers in K-3 classrooms who haven’t been trained in how to teach reading. It’s not fair to teachers and it’s not fair to kids,” said Lori DePole, co-state director of Decoding Dyslexia CA.

In a written comment, Rachel Hurd, a San Ramon Unified board member, suggested that the commission focus on the immediate need, a credential for transitional kindergarten and pre-kindergarten, and postpone a kindergarten to 3rd grade credential. “As a state, we cannot let a teacher shortage allow us to risk lowering the bar for any of our students. Further, setting teachers up for failure is the worst thing for teacher retention,” she wrote.

The California Teachers Association suggested creating a PK-3 strand within the multisubject credential and not a separate credential. “We value coherence across credentials and oppose any effort to fragment the teaching field,” it stated. The Association of California School Administrators favored exempting experienced child care teachers who qualified for an expedited PK-3 credential from taking the performance assessment.

But the proposed PK-3 credential also was enthusiastically supported by child-care advocates and universal transitional kindergarten supporters, including Kidango, the largest pre-school provider in the Bay Area, and Early Edge California.

In response to the comments, the commission staff revised its proposal four days before its June 15 meeting. It emphasized that subject matter requirements for PK-3 teacher preparation programs include rigorous age-appropriate instruction in math, English language arts including the teaching of reading, dyslexia and English Language Development. Candidates also should pass RICA or “an alternative Literacy Performance Assessment developed in response to SB 488.”

But the revision also said that teacher prep programs could develop their own literacy performance assessment, technically already permitted under state law, as long as the commission approved it. This option angered literacy reformers like Todd Collins, a Palo Alto Unified board member and organizer of the California Reading Coalition, who called it an ”end-run around SB 488.”

After a lengthy discussion and many public comments, commissioners adopted the revised PK-3 proposal while specifying that reading standards adopted under SB 488 would fully apply. Commissioners clarified that any alternative literacy performance assessment proposed by a teacher preparation program must prove it will be as reliable and valid as a state assessment – a high bar that would be difficult to achieve, and rare, said Mary Vixie Sandy, the commission’s executive director.

After the vote, DePole of Decoding Dyxlexia said she was “encouraged” that the commission committed to including the new SB 488 literacy requirements in the new credential pathway and apply a new performance assessment to both multiple subject and PK-3 credential candidates.

Stipek urged the commission to adopt the proposal, which she said struck the right balance between a focus on child development and rigorous training in math and literacy instruction. “It’s as good as it is going to get now. It’s time to go to the next step,” she said.

The next step will be for the commission staff to draft regulations, incorporating the commission’s recommendations for standards and performance expectations, and then begin a months-long public comment and revision process. Universities and other credentialing programs would begin offering credential courses for the PK-3 credential in fall 2023.

Meanwhile, the workgroup for implementing SB 488 will continue drafting new literacy standards and teacher performance expectations toward the goal of replacing RICA with a performance assessment starting July 2025.

Supporters of SB 488 hope that the combination of stronger, research-based standards and the performance assessment will transform reading instruction statewide. Sandy is optimistic.

“Performance assessments drive learning more powerfully than standardized tests,” she said.

Los Angeles DA policy pays for funeral of cop killer

This is the most disgusting story of the year, maybe decade.  A career criminal let out of jail early by Soros owned DA George Gascon kills TWO cops.  Gascon is going to have the taxpayers pay for the funeral of the cop killer!!  Why?  Became cops killed him.

“Gascon, who has been sued by his own prosecutors and blasted by law enforcement due to policies seen as anti-victim, issued a directive on Dec. 7, 2020, that funds funerals, burials, and mental health services for “individuals killed by police” and others.

“It is so far from my way of thinking [that] I can’t imagine such a concept,” former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley told the Washington Examiner. “This is beyond disgusting. It insults the memories of the two fallen officers. Shame on Gascon.”

What more needs to be said==RECALL GASCON

Los Angeles DA policy pays for funeral of cop killer

by Tori Richards,  Washington Examiner,  6/15/22 

Los Angeles County will pay for the funeral of a gang member who died in a police shootout after killing two officers, according to a mandate issued by beleaguered District Attorney George Gascon.

Gascon, who has been sued by his own prosecutors and blasted by law enforcement due to policies seen as anti-victim, issued a directive on Dec. 7, 2020, that funds funerals, burials, and mental health services for “individuals killed by police” and others.

“It is so far from my way of thinking [that] I can’t imagine such a concept,” former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley told the Washington Examiner. “This is beyond disgusting. It insults the memories of the two fallen officers. Shame on Gascon.”

Officers Michael Paredes and Joseph Santana were shot to death Tuesday night by Justin Flores when they responded to a 911 call at a motel room in the Los Angeles suburb of El Monte. Flores opened fire on the pair when he opened the door to his room and was later shot to death by additional officers in the parking lot, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

Anger surrounding the deaths intensified within the DA’s office and law enforcement when news broke that Flores was given a sentencing deal on a gun charge last year that resulted in 20 days in jail instead of three years. He also refused to file a violent felony “strike” in a prior case that adds substantial prison time, according to court records.

If Gascon had not low-balled those two cases, Flores would still be in custody this week, Cooley said.

Gascon has been a lightning rod for community anger over light sentencing policies that have diminished California’s once-staunch pro-victim judicial system that locks up violent offenders for lengthy terms, including for life. Cooley and Villanueva are heading a recall campaign that now has enough signatures to qualify for an election.

“It’s just so tone deaf to the harm inflicted on the families by this coward,” Villanueva said. “It’s a blanket policy that all cops are wrong and murderers and those who are killed are always the victims. I don’t think taxpayers should be underwriting criminal conduct.”

The opening statement of the policy is directed toward survivors of crime.

“When a person has been harmed, wronged, or experienced loss at the hands of another, they need justice and healing. The criminal justice system must ensure that they have the rights and resources necessary to defend themselves, as well as services to facilitate their re-entry to the community,” the policy states.

But it goes on to say that victims are entitled to compensation, including those killed by police “regardless of the state of the investigation or charging decision.”

News of the policy spread throughout the DA’s office after the El Monte shooting. It was pushed along by a Facebook post by veteran prosecutor John Lewin, who is assigned to the esteemed Major Crimes Division.

Lewin wrote: “George Gascon, how dare you even try to justify your incompetence and dereliction of duty! The blood of those two dead police officers, because you illegally refused to follow the law and file a strike against their killer, is clearly on your hands! Had you done your job and not broken the law these two brave men would still be alive!! You and your pro-criminal agenda are responsible for this tragedy!!”