Jerry Brown: Wildfires Show ‘the Horror’ of Climate Change

Former California Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown warned that the recent wildfires in California are a taste of what is to come if our leaders do not act on climate change.

“I said it was the new normal a few years ago,’’ Brown told Politico. “This is serious … but this is only the beginning. This is only a taste of the horror and the terror that will occur in decades.’’

“And it will occur in various spots: in America, in Africa, in Canada,’’ Brown added. “It’s unpredictable, other than the fact that it will get worse in present trajectory. Washington, under [President] Trump, is doing very little — and even the Congress has been unable to mobilize under Washington.’’

Brown released his statement as several wildfires prompted current California Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency.

Newsom, a Democrat, received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to combat the brush fires spreading throughout Los Angeles.

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Rep. Katie Hill to Resign Amid Allegations of Sex Scandal with Staffers

Freshman Rep. Katie Hill is resigning from Congress after facing allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with staffers in her office and on her congressional campaign.

“It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community and our country,” Hill wrote in a letter announcing the news after it was first reported by POLITICO.

“This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation,” Hill added.

Hill did not specify a resignation date in her letter but multiple people with knowledge of her plans said she could step aside as soon as Nov. 1. …

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Sex Scandal and Nude Photos Bring Election Risk for Rising Democratic Star

California U.S. Rep. Katie Hill has apologized to friends and supporters for engaging in an affair with a campaign staffer, but Susan Slates still feels let down by the 32-year-old Democrat who arrived in Congress just this year.

Slates is a beauty salon owner in Hill’s hometown of Agua Dulce, a lightly populated expanse of grassy hills and horse ranchettes north of Los Angeles. She tightens her lips when asked about Hill, who in addition to acknowledging the affair with the young female staffer now is under investigation by a congressional committee for an alleged intimate relationship with a male senior aide, which Hill denies.

“Disappointed,” Slates, a Democrat, said flatly. But she quickly jumped to Hill’s defense, saying anything she did pales in comparison to what’s she’s witnessed under President Donald Trump. “I still love her,” she added. …

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One-Party Democrat Rule Not Working Out Very Well For California

Mere months after the Democrat-backed gas tax took effect, Californians are furious with increased prices at the pump, and Gavin Newsom and the California Democrats are looking for someone other than themselves to blame.

Seeing as Newsom and the Democrats have tried for years to inflate gasoline prices, it should be obvious that their over-regulation and astronomical taxes are behind the higher prices. But instead, Newsom is investigating oil companies and retail outlets as a smokescreen to distract his constituents from directing their anger at him.

And as Newsom attempts to shift the blame elsewhere, gas stations in California have said that the state is responsible for most of the cost.

“Gavin Newsom and the California Democrats have failed working Californians. Their radical policies come at a significant burden to taxpayers, and it is time for them to address the real issues their far-left agenda has caused, like the housing crisis, homelessness, and deteriorating infrastructure.” – Trump Victory Spokesperson Samantha Zager

Ethics Panel Opens Investigation of Rep. Katie Hill

The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday opened an investigation into Rep. Katie Hill after a conservative website published unsubstantiated accusations that she had an improper relationship with a staffer.

The bipartisan leadership of the Ethics panel announced the probe of the freshman California Democrat, noting “public allegations” that Hill “may have engaged in a sexual relationship with an individual on her congressional staff.”

The panel noted that it is casting no judgment on the validity of the charges, which were based in the report on anonymous sources.

Lawmakers have come under intense criticism for being slow to update Capitol Hill’s rules on sexual harassment but finally passed an ethics change last year that, among other steps, banned lawmakers from having sexual relationships with staff aides. …

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Another Round of Intentional Power Shutoffs Hits California

California’s largest utility started yet another round of intentional power cuts to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires, frustrating residents two weeks after it left nearly 1 million customers in the dark for days.

The latest blackouts started Wednesday and will affect parts of 17 counties that include wine country Sonoma and Napa at least through Thursday afternoon.

Red flag warnings are in place for more than 25 million people in Northern and Southern California, which means soaring temperatures, low humidity and stronger winds will increase the risk of fire dangers.

About 179,000 Northern California customers will lose electricity in the latest shutoff, the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said. But the number of affected people will be higher since customers include houses and businesses. …

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Gavin Newsom pardons 3 Californians to spare them from deportation

Gov. Gavin Newsom pardoned three people to spare them from deportation Friday, arguing they reformed their lives after making mistakes when they were young and should not be sent out of the country.

They are among several clemency actions announced Friday afternoon, including two commutations for people who committed crimes when they were young but were sentenced to what the governor determined were unjustly long sentences, Newsom’s office said.

He also pardoned Curtis Reynolds, a 59-year-old man from Sacramento Country, who was convicted of six drug felonies including possession for sale between 1998 and 2003. Since those convictions, Newsom’s office says Reynolds has become a dedicated volunteer in the community and helps people struggling with addiction.

The three pardoned men facing deportation are all from Los Angeles County and were all brought into the United States legally as children. The pardons will help strengthen their cases to remain in the country. …

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Number of homeless people among county’s jail population growing

Almost 40 percent of people in San Diego jails were homeless when arrested last year, marking a significant increase from the previous two years, a study released Thursday showed.

According to the San Diego Association of Governments report, 39 percent of people (180 individuals) interviewed within two days of their arrests in 2018 said they had been primarily homeless in the previous month. In 2014, 22 percent (160 individuals) said they were homeless before their arrest.

Even more people questioned in 2018 said they had experienced homelessness at some time in their lives. Of those interviewed last year, 66 percent said they had experienced homelessness, while 60 percent said the same in 2014. …

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Major Southern California Fault Line Eyed After Unprecedented Movement

A major southern California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 temblor started to move for the first time in 500 years following a series of earthquakes in the Mojave Desert over the summer, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science.

The study by geophysicists from the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that the Garlock Fault – which runs east to west for 185 miles from the San Andreas Fault to Death Valley – has slipped .8 inches since July. This is the first movement documented on the fault in the modern historical record.

“This is surprising, because we’ve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior,” Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech and lead author of the paper, told the Los Angeles Time.  “We don’t know what it means.”

Satellite images show the process called fault creep began after Southern California experienced its largest earthquake sequence in two decades beginning on July 4. A magnitude 6.4 foreshock rocked the Mojave Desert about 120 miles north of Los Angeles before a magnitude 7.1 mainshock hit the next day in addition to more than 100,000 aftershocks. …

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Kamala Harris’ Unflattering Record of ‘Accomplishments’

During the Democratic presidential candidate debate Tuesday, Kamala Harris touted her “accomplishments” as California’s “top” law enforcement officer.

But what really were those accomplishments?

Research from the RNC reveals her record to be not as flattering as she’d like:

  • Fought to keep inmates locked up in overcrowded prisons so they could be used for cheap labor.
  • Fought to kill Proposition 19 in 2010, a measure that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use, though she now supports federal legislation that would do just that.
  • As California AG, she jailed thousands on marijuana charges and was against legalizing marijuana, but now she wants to legalize it.
  • As California AG, she defended capital punishment.
  • She “championed” a law that put the parents of truant kids in jail. But as a candidate for president, she has been caught trying to cover up her record on truancy.
  • As San Francisco DA, she called the decriminalization of prostitution “completely ridiculous.” But earlier this year, she made a flip-flop and said she supports decriminalizing prostitution.  
  • As San Francisco DA, Harris made increasing bail costs a priority. 
  • As San Francisco DA, Harris prosecuted a mentally ill woman who was shot by San Francisco Police. A Loyola Law School professor said of Harris, “Somebody used very poor judgement in deciding to bring these charges.”
  • As recently as last year, she boasted that as San Francisco DA, she “nearly tripled the number of misdemeanor cases taken to trial” but now she wants to “drastically [limit] the number of people we expose to our criminal justice system.”