California Sees Surge in Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

This is a ridiculous article.  It makes claims that in lots of SMALL ways Asian-Americans are being harassed.  Yes, it is wrong to bully or abuse anyone.  But what is being done is small potatoes, a little here, a little there.  Left out is the latest move by the California Democrat Party and Guv Newsom to discriminate against Asian-American is a BIG way—with the approval of government.

That would be the effort to return to affirmative action for enrollment in our schools.  Asian students are about 40% of the UV system.  Under the Democrats discriminatory law, that would be cut to 15%.  The same discrimination goes for government hiring and giving of government contracts.  That means the State of California will, by law, be the most hateful, anti-Asian American organization in the State—and it has police powers the KKK never had to enforce its racism.

Do we want California in 2020 to become the Mississippi of 1960? 

Newsom SUPPORTS Discrimination Against Asian-Americans

California Sees Surge in Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

California County News, 07/8/2020  

California has recorded a surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans over the past three months. Between March and June, there were 832 recorded incidents against Asian Americans in the state, according to the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action. That total includes 81 physical assaults and 64 potential civil rights violations.

Asian American advocacy groups blame xenophobic sentiments surrounding the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China. They also point to racist statements by President Donald Trump, including his recent jokes about the “Kung Flu” at campaign rallies and his consistent references to the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus.”

The groups have called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to launch a state task force that would look at ways to enforce anti-discrimination and civil rights laws. In a statement, Newsom’s spokesperson said: “Racism and xenophobia have no place in California — not during a public health emergency when it is essential we come together to support all of our communities — not ever.”

New Ad Highlights California’s Increasing Dependence on Foreign Oil (Terrorist Nations)

40% of the nation’s oil imports are because California imports 70% of its oil.  While we have more than enough oil for our own use and to export, Newsom prefer buying from terrorists than giving jobs to Californians.

“Instead of continuing such heavy dependence on unreliable foreign sources of oil – and sending roughly $25 billion overseas each year in the process – California could choose to continue to produce oil in state, under the most strict environmental and public health protections in the world.

As Cal State Bakersfield economics professor Mark Evans told the Bakersfield Californian in November of last year, the state’s plan to limit production effectively means the state will buy oil from the Middle East instead of from California. Evans also rejected the notion that limiting in-state production is a means to achieve climate goals, pointing out that increased imports will result in increased emissions as tankers bring oil to our ports from other continents.

The anti-Israel Democrat Party, led by Newsom in California, is working hard to finance the terrorists, so they have money to kill off Israel.  This is another government policy of anti-Semitism—as always, led by Democrat.

Photo Courtesy of Rusty Stewart, Flickr

New Ad Highlights California’s Increasing Dependence on Foreign Oil

Extracting Fact, 1/27/20  

As state agencies in Sacramento move to restrict in-state production, a new ad is highlighting the direct impact on California consumers and businesses: increased prices and even greater dependence on unreliable foreign sources of oil. 

California already imports 70% of the oil it uses every day. While the state makes up just 13% of the U.S. population, it consumes more than 40% of the country’s oil imports. 

As the new ad from Californians for Energy Independence notes, there are risks that come with heavy reliance on foreign oil. Last summer, markets were roiled by a drone missile strike on production infrastructure and a series of attacks on tankers in the Persian Gulf. Decreasing in-state production makes California consumers and businesses even more dependent on these unreliable sources for crucial energy supplies. In 2018, more than half of California’s foreign oil imports came from the Middle East.

Instead of continuing such heavy dependence on unreliable foreign sources of oil – and sending roughly $25 billion overseas each year in the process – California could choose to continue to produce oil in state, under the most strict environmental and public health protections in the world.

As Cal State Bakersfield economics professor Mark Evans told the Bakersfield Californian in November of last year, the state’s plan to limit production effectively means the state will buy oil from the Middle East instead of from California. Evans also rejected the notion that limiting in-state production is a means to achieve climate goals, pointing out that increased imports will result in increased emissions as tankers bring oil to our ports from other continents.

So, while Sacramento pursues policies that economists reject as folly, California consumers and businesses carry the burdens: increased prices and increased risks through heavy dependence on unreliable foreign oil.

CDC director: Keeping schools closed poses greater health threat to children than reopening

Unions want to keep the schools closed—but still get full pay and benefits.  Take the money and run.  Now the Center for Disease Control has issued its statement about the schools staying closed:

“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said Thursday that the health risks of keeping schools closed are greater than those of opening them, amid a push by President Trump to have students in classrooms this fall.

“I’m of the point of view as a public health leader in this nation, that having the schools actually closed is a greater public health threat to the children than having the schools reopen,” Redfield told The Hill’s Steve Clemons.

Once again the union take the side of those wanting to harm our kids, limit their education and ability to be successful as adults.  We need to educate our children.  Only in the worst of the Third World nations are children kept from an education.  That is what California is turning into.

CDC director: Keeping schools closed poses greater health threat to children than reopening

By Peter Sullivan, The Hill,- 07/09/20

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said Thursday that the health risks of keeping schools closed are greater than those of opening them, amid a push by President Trump to have students in classrooms this fall.

“I’m of the point of view as a public health leader in this nation, that having the schools actually closed is a greater public health threat to the children than having the schools reopen,” Redfield told The Hill’s Steve Clemons.

The comments in favor of reopening schools from Redfield come as Trump presses for schools to reopen. On Wednesday, the president criticized the CDC in a tweet for “their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools,” raising fears about the politicization of the country’s leading public health agency.

Redfield said in Thursday’s interview, as he did earlier in the day on ABC, that the CDC is not changing its existing guidelines for schools, but will be issuing additional guidance to provide more clarity. He said that guidance will address the role of parents and the importance of facial coverings in schools.

“I think really people underestimate the public health consequences of having the schools closed on the kids,” Redfield said at an event hosted by The Hill and sponsored by the Biosimilars Forum. “I’m confident we can open these schools safely, work in partnership with the local jurisdictions.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics has also called for students to return to classrooms, citing the educational and social harms to children of being away from school for a prolonged period of time.

But education groups like the American Association of School Administrators and the American Federation of Teachers say much more funding is needed to safely reopen schools, and that districts are already facing severe budget shortfalls due to the economic downturn sparked by the coronavirus.

Redfield demurred when asked about the need for more funding on Thursday.

“I think we’ve got to see the plans that the different schools and jurisdictions come up with,” he said.

The Trump administration has not put forward a specific plan for aiding school districts in reopening. Asked on Wednesday about what the plan is for areas like testing to help reopen schools, Vice President Pence said, “the plan is to continue to do what we have done from the very beginning,” pointing to existing testing efforts.

“I don’t think we should go overboard in trying to develop a system that doesn’t recognize the reality that this virus really is relatively benign to those of us that are under the age of 20,” Redfield said. He added that there is a need to “protect the vulnerable,” such as children with underlying conditions, as well as teachers, but did not go into detail on how to do that.

“We’re prepared to work with each school or each school district,” he said.

Here’s What Some Local School Districts Plan for Upcoming School Year Amid Fluctuating Virus Cases

While this story in being published in mid-July, it is not accurate.  Not that the author wanted it to be wrong, but government is changing its rules and conditions on a daily basis.  Add to that, the unions are refusing to go back to the classrooms—why not, get paid full salary and benefits, doing little real education.

“The San Diego Education Association (SDEA), a local union that represents teachers, released details on their proposal to safely get educators back into classrooms. The bargaining team met with SDUSD to discuss their demands as the scheduled Aug. 31 start date looms.

For in-person learning to begin, the SDEA is asking for the following conditions to be met first:

  • “A downward trajectory, or near zero incidences, of documented cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rates for at least 14 days in local communities;”
  • Frequent testing of students, staff and when necessary, parents;
  • Fully funded prevention measures.

These are just plans, nothing in concrete.  Government schools are no longer reliable sources for education—have not been for a long while.  Now, they have an excuse to cash paychecks and not work.  Those most affected will be the children in poverty and many kids of color.  Racist?  You bet, expect anything else from government?

Here’s What Some Local School Districts Plan for Upcoming School Year Amid Fluctuating Virus Cases

School districts in San Diego, Carlsbad and the South Bay have scheduled the new school year to begin in August, but a concerning trend of positive COVID-19 cases may put their plans in jeopardy

By Karla Rendon-Alvarez and Nicole Gomez, NBC Los Angeles,  7/8/20   

San Diego County school districts are trying to adapt to ever-changing calls by health officials while planning students’ return to school as the number of positive COVID-19 cases continue to fluctuate locally.

For weeks now, the upcoming school year has been a hot topic of discussion as parents weigh the option of sending their children back to school or opt for digital learning as the virus continues to rage.

The county reported on Tuesday 578 new cases of the novel coronavirus out of 5,530 tests for a 10% positive rate – the first time in months local cases reached double digits.

Local

Regardless of the numbers, President Donald Trump urged state and local leaders to reopen schools, saying officials who have decided to keep them closed are doing so for political gain rather than the safety of their residents.

“It’s very important. It’s very important for our country,” the president said at a press conference on Tuesday. “It’s very important for the wellbeing of the student and the parents so we’re going to be putting a lot of pressure to open the schools in the fall.”

Locally, several school districts have revealed their plans to reopen.

Carlsbad Unified School District announced it intends to start school on Aug. 25, with plans to open campuses that will have safety protocols put in place. The North County school district said it would give the option of 100% distance learning for students who aren’t ready to go back.

Questions Continue on How to Best Reopen Schools

San Diego County school districts have detailed different approaches on how to reopen school but given how unpredictable the coronavirus pandemic is, questions have emerged.

Sweetwater Union High School District students are scheduled to go back to school on Aug. 3 with virtual learning through the end of the month as the spread of the virus is monitored.

The South Bay has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with National City taking the most impact.

As for San Diego Unified School District, it plans to begin the new school year on Aug. 31 with plans to reopen campuses, have distance learning and hybrid learning. SDUSD Board vice-president Richard Barrera told NBC 7 that the district’s plans may be in jeopardy if the current, concerning trend of the coronavirus continues.

“Our primary focus is on the health and safety of students and staff,” he said. “We need to see a downward trajectory of COVID infections, hospitalizations, etc., before we can reopen safely.”

The San Diego Education Association (SDEA), a local union that represents teachers, released details on their proposal to safely get educators back into classrooms. The bargaining team met with SDUSD to discuss their demands as the scheduled Aug. 31 start date looms.

For in-person learning to begin, the SDEA is asking for the following conditions to be met first:

  • “A downward trajectory, or near zero incidences, of documented cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rates for at least 14 days in local communities;”
  • Frequent testing of students, staff and when necessary, parents;
  • Fully funded prevention measures.

Millions In Coronavirus Relief Loans Went To Chinese Real Estate Company At Center Of FBI Bribery Probe in L.A.

The American taxpayer was going to be the financier of a corruption of Los Angeles public officials.  The good news is that the bribe givers and takers have been indicted, but the money has gone to a Chinese firm, when it was meant to help Americans.

“The Trump administration loaned between $4 million and $10 million in coronavirus relief funds to a real estate company whose chairman allegedly bribed a Los Angeles city councilman with nearly $260,000 in poker chips, escort services and $600,000 in payments to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Jose Huizar, the city councilman, was arrested on June 23 on charges that he accepted $1.5 million in bribes to help the developers of various real estate projects in downtown L.A.

A federal criminal complaint filed against Huizar said that a Chinese billionaire — identified in court filings only as “Chairman E” — provided bribes to Huizar for help advancing a development project to build a 77-story skyscraper in Los Angeles.”

Instead of handing out money, government should open up for business.  What do you think?

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Millions In Coronavirus Relief Loans Went To Chinese Real Estate Company At Center Of FBI Bribery Probe

Chuck Ross,  Daily Caller,  7/9/20   

  • At least $4 million in PPP loans went to a real estate company at the center of a federal bribery investigation involving a Los Angeles city councilman.
  • Shenzhen New World Group, owned by Chinese billionaire Wei Huang, received two PPP loans for hotels it operates in Los Angeles. 
  • Jose Huizar is accused of accepting more than $800,000 in bribes from a real estate company chairman referred to in a federal indictment as “Chairman E.” 
  • Charging documents against Huizar make it clear that the real estate company in question is Shenzhen New World Group, which is working on a 77-story skyscraper project in Huizar’s district. 

The Trump administration loaned between $4 million and $10 million in coronavirus relief funds to a real estate company whose chairman allegedly bribed a Los Angeles city councilman with nearly $260,000 in poker chips, escort services and $600,000 in payments to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Jose Huizar, the city councilman, was arrested on June 23 on charges that he accepted $1.5 million in bribes to help the developers of various real estate projects in downtown L.A.

A federal criminal complaint filed against Huizar said that a Chinese billionaire — identified in court filings only as “Chairman E” — provided bribes to Huizar for help advancing a development project to build a 77-story skyscraper in Los Angeles.

The federal complaint says that Huizar took at least 19 trips to Las Vegas with the developer between March 2012 and February 2017. Prosecutors also alleged that the developer covered Huizar’s expenses in Las Vegas, including “flights, hotel rooms, spa services, meals, alcohol, prostitution/escort services” and  $259,500 in casino gambling chips.

The complaint does not identify the Chinese real estate company or its chairman by name, but the skyscraper project matches one proposed in 2018 by Shenzhen New World Group, a China-based conglomerate owned by Wei Huang. (RELATED: Paycheck Protection Program Supporting More Than 51 Million Jobs, Administration Says)

The company submitted an application for the development project on June 7, 2018, according to documents filed with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.

Court records show that on July 20, 2018, the FBI obtained a search warrant for communications involving Huang and his firm, which began doing business in California in 2010.

News reports from June 2018 noted that the Shenzhen New World skyscraper, if built, would be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, displacing the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times noted in a report about Huizar’s arrest that details in the federal filings matched the Shenzhen New World project.

The Real Deal, a website that covers the Los Angeles real estate market, first reported the coronavirus relief loans to Shenzhen New World.

The funds, issued under the Paycheck Protection Program, went to two of Shenzhen New World Group’s limited liability corporations (LLCs), Shen Zhen New World I and Shen Zhen New World II. The LLCs control the L.A. Grand Hotel and Sheraton Universal Hotel, respectively.

California business registration documents show that Huang signed the articles of incorporation for both LLCs in 2010. Shenzhen is proposing to redevelop the L.A. Grand Hotel into a 77-story skyscraper.

The Treasury Department on Monday released a database of PPP loan recipients, showing that both of the LLCs received between $2 million and $5 million each.

The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration distributed $522 billion in loans to nearly 5 million businesses to help them businesses pay employees amid the economic downturn brought on by the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Daily Caller News Foundation received a loan under the program, as did multiple other news organizations.

Hotels have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus lockdowns, as business and personal travel has grounded to a halt.

While PPP received bipartisan congressional support, some lawmakers and government watchdogs have questioned whether the program will be a prime target for abuse given the urgency with which Congress passed the legislation that funded the paycheck program.

The Government Accountability Office, a government watchdog, said in a June 25 report that “the limited safeguards and lack of timely and complete guidance and oversight planning have increased the likelihood that borrowers may misuse or improperly receive loan proceeds.”

Borrowers of PPP funds are required on applications filed with the Small Business Administration to certify that they are not engaged in any activity deemed illegal under federal or state law. Applicants are also required to disclose whether they are the subject of any indictment or criminal complaint.

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors in Utah charged the owner of a trucking company with submitting fraudulent loan documents for a $210,000 PPP loan by falsely claiming he was not under federal indictment.

Shenzhen New World has not been accused of any criminal wrongdoing in the investigation of Huizar. There is no indication that Shenzhen New World misappropriated its PPP funds.

The complaint against Huizar, who has held office since 2005, alleges that the Chinese developer provided the bribes in part because of his position as chairman of the city council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee.

“HUIZAR was poised to significantly benefit Chairman E’s desire and plans to redevelop Property E and transform it into a 77-story skyscraper, making it the tallest building west of the Mississippi River,” the complaint against Huizar says.

“This project would require official acts from HUIZAR at various stages of the City approval process.”

Huizar’s former aide, George Esparza, pleaded guilty on May 27 to racketeering charges as part of the probe.

According to Esparza’s plea agreement, he said that the Chinese developer began paying Huizar after he introduced a motion to keep the head of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety in his position.

Virginia Clark, who is listed as the point of contact on Shenzhen New World’s applications for the skyscraper, did not respond to a detailed list of questions about the PPP loans and the FBI investigation of Huizar.

The Small Business Administration, which approves the PPP loans, did not respond to a request for comment. Huizar’s lawyer also did not respond to a request for comment.

Democrats climate policy follows Germany’s failed plan

Germany’s, thanks to its open door policy on immigration has turned into a crime ridden nation.  It has brought down the standard of living and created for the first time in 60 years race related crimes and riots.  Now we find the economic juggernaut that was once German  has slowed down to a negative growth State—in major part because rules and laws vis a vis “climate change” has made cost of manufacturing too high and employment cost go even higher.

“Germany tried to step up as a leader on climate change, by phasing out fossil fuels, nuclear, and pioneered a system of subsidies for wind and solar. This sparked a global boom in manufacturing those technologies. Today, Germany is failing to meet its climate goals of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions even after spending over $580 billion by 2025 to overhaul its energy systems. Germany’s emissions miss should be a “wake-up call” for governments everywhere.   

Today, German households pay almost 50% more for electricity than they did in 2006 as power prices in Germany are now among the highest in Europe. Much of that increase in electricity cost is the Renewable Surcharge that has increased over the same period by 770%. Germany has learned that clean energy is not energy in totality as wind and solar only provide renewable electricity, and more accurately its only intermittent electricity at best. Renewables have also been the primary driver behind the high costs of electricity for residents of Australia and California.

Literally they used government policies to push people into poverty and jobs out of the country.  Sadly, Joe Biden wants the same for the United States.

AOC and Katie Porter–Economy killers

Democrats climate policy follows Germany’s failed plan

By Ronald Stein, CFACTS,  7/9/20  

The social changes with COVID-19 may have been prelude to life with less fossil fuels. We have seen extensive self-imposed social adjustments to transportation that are very similar to what will be required to live with less fossil fuels in the future, i.e., with virtually no airlines, cruise ships, or automobiles.

The major caveat and benefit to the world’s populations is that the pandemic occurred in the present. This allowed the world to take advantage of petroleum derivatives for thousands of products that were not available before 1900. Those “oil” products were a major benefactor to the medical and the communication sectors that supported a worldwide medical attack against COVID-19 and gave businesses the technology to continue operating virtually.

Electricity alone may support a simplifier lifestyle but cannot support the huge energy needs of transportation infrastructures, nor provide the thousands of products that societies demand from those petroleum derivatives that are the foundation of economies around the world.

The focus of America’s climate policies has been toward the energy industry that was virtually non-existent before 1900. Today, America has less than five percent of the world’s population (330 million vs. 8 billion) but targets its energy policies onto an industry that did not exist a century ago.

The oil and gas industry is not just an American business with a few stateside refineries to service the demands of its residents, but an international industry with more than 700 refineries worldwide that service the fuel and product demands of almost 8 billion living on earth.

More important than the various fuels to the world to operate planes, trucks, militaries, construction equipment, merchant ships, cruise ships, and automobiles are the more than 6,000 products that come from the derivatives of crude oil. This to include every part in solar panels and wind turbines.

Germany tried to step up as a leader on climate change, by phasing out fossil fuels, nuclear, and pioneered a system of subsidies for wind and solar. This sparked a global boom in manufacturing those technologies. Today, Germany is failing to meet its climate goals of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions even after spending over $580 billion by 2025 to overhaul its energy systems. Germany’s emissions miss should be a “wake-up call” for governments everywhere.   

Today, German households pay almost 50% more for electricity than they did in 2006 as power prices in Germany are now among the highest in Europe. Much of that increase in electricity cost is the Renewable Surcharge that has increased over the same period by 770%. Germany has learned that clean energy is not energy in totality as wind and solar only provide renewable electricity, and more accurately its only intermittent electricity at best. Renewables have also been the primary driver behind the high costs of electricity for residents of Australia and California.

While the shift to reduce America’s oil and gas industry, the United Nations warns that the unintended negative consequences of the shift to the exotic minerals and metals used to produce the parts for industrial wind and solar electricity and electric car batteries are highly concentrated in a small number of countries and their extraction and refinement pose a serious threat to worldwide ecological degradation and heinous human rights abuses.

In addition to the United Nations warning, there are numerous documentaries about the atrocities the workers are put through in the cobalt mines, i.e. actually digging the mines by hand along with horrendous living conditions. Amnesty International has documented children and adults mining cobalt in narrow man-made tunnels along with the exposure to the dangerous gases emitted during the procurement of these rare minerals.

The Democratic Climate Policy projects the prevention of 62,000 premature deaths in America every year by 2050, but the Democrats’ supporting the demise of America’s oil and gas industry should speak up and take accountability for supporting the elimination of the industry that could reverse the annual fatality atrocities occurring in those poor countries. Those underdeveloped locations in the world, mostly from oil and gas starved countries, are experiencing 11 million child deaths every year, mainly from preventable causes of diarrhea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery, or lack of oxygen at birth.

For those Western politicians, entertainers, and other elites who think climate change is the biggest threat facing mankind, they need to take responsibility. Beginning with imagining the future atrocities to most of the current world population of 7.7 billion that’s projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100. Six out of seven humans alive today live in developing nations. Most of the poor are trying to live in abject poverty but dying by the millions every year.

Those children in poor countries still lack purified drinking water, sewage sanitation, adequate nutrition, reliable electricity (or any at all), adequate health care, i.e., the infrastructures and products we take for granted that are all based on deep earth minerals and fuels. And by the way, adults in those poor countries barely live past 40 years of age.

There are more than two billion people today who are still without reliable electricity and thus forced to burn cow dung and rotted wood for energy. As an example, 600 million Africans do not have electricity, or reliable sources of electricity, to run their hospitals, turn on the lights, or cook their food.

America is taking giant steps toward following Germany’s failed climate goals which should be a wake-up call for governments everywhere, but it appears that America, from California to New York, wants to follow the German failure.

The Democratic Clean Energy Climate policy remains unconcerned with the worldwide ecological degradation and human rights abuses. These which result from the mining for exotic minerals and metals that are highly concentrated in a small number of foreign countries and are used to produce parts for industrial wind and solar electricity and EV batteries.

New Data Confirms Ventura County Economy Can’t Afford General Plan Changes

Ventura County, even before the COVID crisis, was in a recession.  High taxes, land locked up away from development and creation of new jobs, pension plans bankrupting the cities and schools that are failures.  All of that added up to businesses leaving, not growing and some leaving or closing.

  • “Citing record low growth of 0% over the past five years, experts had warned in mid-2019 that the region’s economy was “either in recession or very close to recession.” In addition, according to Census Bureau data, tens of thousands of residents left the region between 2013 and 2017 due to affordability concerns.
  • A recent Brookings Institution analysis based on 2018 data ranks the Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura region an alarming 55th out of 56 in economic performance when compared to peer metro areas of 500,000 to 1 million people. The analysis showed the region lagging on key indicators like job growth, productivity, and median earnings, which declined by 6.6% over the study period.

Once the virus came about, what was left of the County has collapsed.  This is a County is trouble.  Until it opens up for business and development, this County will cont9nue its spiral into Third World status.

New Data Confirms VC Economy Can’t Afford General Plan Changes

Extracting Fact,  7/9/20  

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the Ventura County economy was showing signs of major trouble:

  • Citing record low growth of 0% over the past five years, experts had warned in mid-2019 that the region’s economy was “either in recession or very close to recession.” In addition, according to Census Bureau data, tens of thousands of residents left the region between 2013 and 2017 due to affordability concerns.
  • A recent Brookings Institution analysis based on 2018 data ranks the Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura region an alarming 55th out of 56 in economic performance when compared to peer metro areas of 500,000 to 1 million people. The analysis showed the region lagging on key indicators like job growth, productivity, and median earnings, which declined by 6.6% over the study period.

Of course, the economic damage brought by COVID-19 has only added to the challenges in Ventura County: new data shows that half of all low-income workers in the region have lost jobs or faced reduced wages in recent months. More than 106,000 Ventura County residents filed unemployment claims between March 1 and mid-June, raising the region’s unemployment rate from under 4% to 13.5% in a matter of weeks.

Still, despite the massive economic challenges and uncertainties – and as the region’s hospitals enter “surge” plans as they run out of beds for COVID patients – the Ventura County Board of Supervisors is unnecessarily pushing ahead with a General Plan update that will shape the next two decades of economic life in the region. And, even in the face of alarming economic data, some Supervisors continue to champion adding new policies to the General Plan that will cut even more jobs and eliminate tax revenues for key priorities like K-12 schools and public health and safety.

While the Supervisors’ General Plan update process has already faced criticisms for restricting and circumventing public input on proposed changes, many business leaders are now asking whether the county should be moving to finalize the 20-year plan at all, given all the unknowns posed by COVID-19.

How can Ventura County expect to make hugely important decisions about the next 20 years when we don’t even know what the next 20 days will be like? The General Plan update doesn’t have a statutory deadline or timing requirement, so why are local officials rushing to complete it amidst the current challenges and unknowns?

Instead of unnecessarily rushing to finish a flawed General Plan update process in the middle of an ever-changing public health crisis, Ventura County should pause and focus on the basics: coordinating the ongoing COVID response and recovery, and rebuilding the regional economy to attract jobs and support local businesses

Wells Fargo to Fire 1,000’s—Then Gives $400 Million to Firms Based on Race

Wells Fargo is firing thousands of bank employees.  Then they are turning around and donating $400 million to race based business, so they can hire people.  When will the lawsuits start?  They start when the fired employees realized the bank is practicing discrimination—using shareholder money to fire folks, so organizations based on race ONLY, can get the money.

“Wells Fargo announced Thursday that it is donating the $400 million in fees it earned off the federal Paycheck Protection Program to nonprofit organizations that primarily assist Black and other minority owners.”

 They are not doing it for veterans, so why discriminate based on race, I thought we had laws about that?

 In affect Wells Fargo is telling its white customers we do not want you.  That is racist.  Is anybody going to call them out for being bigots?

Photo courtesy [email protected], flickr

Wells Fargo preparing to cut thousands of jobs: Report

Fox Business, by Evie Fordham 7/9/20

Wells Fargo is preparing to cut thousands of jobs later this year in an effort to reduce costs, according to a report from Bloomberg Law. The plans being drawn up by Wells Fargo executives could eventually lead to tens of thousands of jobs being cut, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the confidential talks. Wells Fargo declined to comment on the report. Wells Fargo Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry had alluded to cuts in June. “There will come a time, and I assume at some point this year, when we get back to executing on programs that are in place and some

Wells Fargo donates $400M to assist struggling minority businesses

Star Tribune [Minneapolis, MN], by Jeffrey Meitrodt, 7/9/20

To help small businesses survive the pandemic, Wells Fargo announced Thursday that it is donating the $400 million in fees it earned off the federal Paycheck Protection Program to nonprofit organizations that primarily assist Black and other minority owners. Wells Fargo, which lost many business customers after bungling their PPP applications, wound up processing more than 185,000 PPP loans worth a total of $10.4 billion, the fifth highest loan total in the banking industry, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. “We can see that small businesses are hurting,” said Jenny Flores, head of small business growth philanthropy at Wells Fargo.

Hayward school trustee calls out colleague for her white privilege

If you are white, you are not right in the Hayward school district.  If you are white, and suggest ways to unite people, you are a racist for suggesting it.  Only if you are white, declare the need for Segregated classrooms, conference rooms, conferences and dorms exclusively for people of color, can you survive without harassment and bullying by the bigots of the BLM Movement (that means ALL the BLM supporters).

“A proposal by a white Hayward school board member to create an “antiracist agenda” policy was met with resistance after the board’s sole black board member called out her “privilege” during a meeting on Wednesday night.

The policy written by Hayward school board member Dr. April Oquenda was viewed by two of her colleagues as an act of white privilege because they believed she sought to override existing policies regarding race and equity already in the process of being formulated by the school board, said Dr. Annette Walker, a two-term Hayward school board member, who is black.

Walker accused Oquenda of creating a policy and attempting to move it through the school district administration without board input and without acknowledgement of the work already being done by the board. “You’re really speaking to me with your privilege tonight, to be honest,” Walker told Oquenda.

BLM teaches if you are white you are a racist—so no matter what you say and do it is a racist statement or policy.  The Democrats that founded the KKK would be proud of this modern day racist movement, BLM.

Hayward school trustee calls out colleague for her white privilege

Steven Tavares, East Bay Citizen,  7/8/20 

A proposal by a white Hayward school board member to create an “antiracist agenda” policy was met with resistance after the board’s sole black board member called out her “privilege” during a meeting on Wednesday night.

The policy written by Hayward school board member Dr. April Oquenda was viewed by two of her colleagues as an act of white privilege because they believed she sought to override existing policies regarding race and equity already in the process of being formulated by the school board, said Dr. Annette Walker, a two-term Hayward school board member, who is black.

Walker accused Oquenda of creating a policy and attempting to move it through the school district administration without board input and without acknowledgement of the work already being done by the board. “You’re really speaking to me with your privilege tonight, to be honest,” Walker told Oquenda.

Walker said she supports the intent of the proposal, but added Oquenda’s policy initiative was not pursued in an inclusive way. Earlier in the meeting, Walker played audio of a board meeting in 2017 in which she asked for similar policies to help the school district’s black students. However, there has been little movement toward that goal during her eight years on the board, Walker later commented.

 “Why are we fast-tracking this? Is this a white privilege move? That’s what I’m feeling like,” Walker said.

“I know I am emotional right now, but I am unapologetically black,” Walker continued. “This means a lot to me. I’ve been working on this for years and I don’t think it should be dismissed because what has been happening in the last 30 days when we’ve been working on this for the last 400 years.” Walker’s reference to the last month is the social activism that has followed the death of George Floyd.

Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso went further asserting the perceived rush to implement the anti-racist policy is because a majority of the current board is white. He later said the three white board members were engaging in “political pandering.”

“I’m actually offended,” Reynoso said. “The way we’re being portrayed right now, as if we weren’t doing anything. As a matter of fact, now we have three white-majority board members–just because they felt like taking actions now–now the staff is moving forward on something.”

Reynoso also criticized Oquenda’s policy proposal for not including Latinos. “I want people to understand when I say, Black Lives Matter, of course, they matter,” Reynoso said. “But when I say All Lives Matter, too, don’t forget there are so many kids in cages that look like me at the border. There’s so many families that are separated that look like me at the border. Don’t forget about them.”

Oquenda apologized for any appearance that she was pushing her policy ahead of work already being done by Walker and the board in regards to race and equity at the school district.

But Reynoso continued with his criticism of Oquenda. “This is what white privilege looks like. The colored people aren’t good enough to fix this, but we will come in and save you,” Reynoso said.

School board members Dr. Ken Rawdon and Dr. Robert Carlson were also caught flat-footed by Walker and Reynoso’s comments. Rawdon apologized and cited his own “white fragility” and privilege on Wednesday night. Carlson, meanwhile, caught the ire of Walker earlier in the meeting when he attempted to quickly move the anti-racist agenda policy item before she could make public comments. “Don’t silence me tonight, Dr. Carlson,” Walker said.

When Carlson again attempted to interrupt Walker, she admonished him. Walker asserted Carlson had obtained further discussion on the agenda item from other board members. Walker later raised the question of whether Carlson had violated the Brown Act. “I’m a little upset because I am a black life that matters, so give me a little time here,” Walker continued.

Oquenda, who is a first-term member of the school board, has spoken at length about acknowledging her own white privilege in recent weeks. On Wednesday night, she prefaced the night’s developments by speaking about systemic racism and urging whites to realize their implicit biases toward black people. “This took centuries to build and it has perpetuated itself over time,” Oquenda said.

“I have to redo or reconsider a lot of my thoughts and thinking. I encourage all of us to answer that call of excavating our hearts and our mind to see where do we have our own nooks and crannies that we need to examine. The ways that we have taken in this pervasive water we swim in that is whiteness and white supremacist culture,” she added.

Despite Oquenda’s intentions, this is not the first time she has faced push back for her efforts on race. Two weeks ago, Oquenda penned a opinion piece on her personal blog that slammed charter schools for being inherently racist. However, her sentiment on the issue failed to hit the mark for some.

A response to Oquenda’s piece was penned by a blog centered on Oakland schools that has been widely disseminated in the Hayward area. In the posting, the author called out Oquenda for grandstanding on the issue of Black Lives Matter.

“I have never seen April from Hayward.  I have never even heard of April from Hayward until she sent an email, playing on Black Lives matter, but exploiting it for a narrow political gain, on some anti-charter nonsense.  This is the worst form of opportunism, so please stop,” the post read. The author later apologized for the tone of the piece after speaking with Oquenda.

California’s Cap and Trade Runs Out of Emissions….and Money for Pet Political Projects

Cap and Trade was always a scam, now it is totally exposed as such.  The crazy idea was to sell your pollution “rights” to those not polluting as much, and the government makes billions in the transfer.  In the end the amount of pollution is the same, but private sector jobs and our ability to compete in the world market is hampered.

““Be careful what you wish for. You might get it” said the proverbial Aesop (260 B.C.) in one of his ancient Greek fables.  Something like this is playing out with the California Legislature that is getting just what it said it wanted when it passed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 in Assembly Bill 32, which created the state’s Cap and Trade Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s) from polluting industries. But lawmakers are just now learning that if you run out of emissions, you run out of revenues.

Cap and Trade was devised to gradually reduce industrial emissions to the level that existed in 1990. Anything over the emission targets would require industries to buy or trade pollution permits (called “allowances”) in a quarterly market auction, rather than paying pollution fines or taxes.”

Sacramento charlatans have run out of pollution to transfer—but we still have the high speed rail and other crony capitalist/unions scams to pay for.  Watch as our taxes go up. That is the end goal, less for the private sector, more for the government sector and lots for the corrupt system to divide up the spoils of power.

California’s Cap and Trade Runs Out of Emissions….and Money for Pet Political Projects

‘It’s not the emissions but the revenue that concerns the Legislature’

By Wayne Lusvardi, California Globe,  7/9/20  

Be careful what you wish for. You might get it” said the proverbial Aesop (260 B.C.) in one of his ancient Greek fables.  Something like this is playing out with the California Legislature that is getting just what it said it wanted when it passed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 in Assembly Bill 32, which created the state’s Cap and Trade Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s) from polluting industries. But lawmakers are just now learning that if you run out of emissions, you run out of revenues.

Cap and Trade was devised to gradually reduce industrial emissions to the level that existed in 1990. Anything over the emission targets would require industries to buy or trade pollution permits (called “allowances”) in a quarterly market auction, rather than paying pollution fines or taxes. 

Due to the government-created coronavirus business shutdowns, California’s greenhouse gas emissions are reported to have fallen the most since World War II (minus 5% in 4 months), which is what environmentalists have long said they wished for. But along with this drop, Cap and Trade revenues from industrial purchases of pollution allowances dropped from $600-$850 million per quarter in 2019 to $25 million in May 2020 – a 97 % decrease.

These revenues are used to fund 25 percent of the California High Speed Rail project and a number of non-profit agencies in disadvantaged communities involved in “improving public health.”

In response, on March 1, California Senators Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and state Assemblywoman Christina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, sent a letter to the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, Jared Blumenthal, purporting to be concerned about Cap and Trade meeting its air quality objectives during the business shutdown. Specifically, the letter asked if too many emission permits had been sold in an economy artificially depressed by business shutdowns due to the virus panic? Assemblywoman Christina Garcia stated: The legislature, the nonprofits, the activists now need to figure out how to take advantage of this opportunity.”

On April 22, Blumenthal and Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board, replied: “GHG emissions in California have declined faster than anticipated. This decline will yield unused allowances at the end of 2020.”  Blumenthal further stated Cal-EPA would undertake a comprehensive review of the Cap and Trade Program to ascertain if it required modification even though emissions have dropped beyond their wildest dreams.

To understand more about the proposed revisions to the Cap and Trade program, California Globe interviewed Tom Tanton, Director of Science and Technology Assessment for the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute, and former principal policy advisor to the California Energy Commission. 

Question 1: The legislature has been asked to evaluate revising the Cap and Trade program now that revenues have fallen, despite a simultaneous historic drop in emissions.

Tanton: “It is astounding that the legislature is surprised, as the program is designed and intended to reduce emissions, which has happened, however, for entirely different reasons.”

Question 2: Now the legislature wants to covertly find a way to increase revenues during what may be a prolonged economic depression to fund the legislature’s pet political projects and patrons without calling it a tax. 

Tanton: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Question 3: It is interesting that emissions have dropped to an historic low due to virus epidemic shutdowns of the economy.

Tanton: “I believe this standard was met earlier without the virus.” 

Question 4: Apparently CARB never factored a (man-made) economic depression into their program models.

Tanton: “Nor many other emission-reducing factors. Nor did they consider an emission increasing factor (actually a slower reduction) due to government ineptitude in ‘fighting a market failure.’”

Question 5: California’s Cap & Trade Program pollution allowances to private industry dropped from $600 million in February 2020 at its February auction to $25 million out of $57 million worth of pollution permits auctioned at its May auction. In its Cap & Trade Program design was a man-made economic depression accounted for?

Tanton:  “Nor many other emission-reducing factors. Nor did they consider an emission increasing factor (actually a slower reduction) due to government ineptitude in ‘fighting a market failure.’ Nor were technological advances. The earlier, Great recession in 2008, resulted in emission targets in AB32 being met, but the program had to continue.”

Question 6: In a few words, what are some of the more cost-effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the upper atmosphere (not same as visual smog)?

Tanton: “For any measure to be ‘cost effective,’ the cost of reduction needs to be less than the benefit from reduction. The latter is typically measured by the ‘social cost of carbon.’ Some simple measures like improving the efficiency of power plants can go long way to reducing emissions, but are difficult to implement when other favored, but sporadic, technologies like wind and solar cause them to operate like your car in stop-and-go-traffic…way lower efficiency and way higher emissions. Allowing power plants to operate more in a steady state would be one way. Another way would be to increase water allotments to farmers, rather than flushing it out to sea, allowing them to increase crop production… that photosynthesis eats up carbon pretty well.”

Question 7: One of the proposed reforms in the 334-page proposal to amend the program is to set up a system of so-called market floating prices for pollution permits.  By withholding allowances from the market prices rise and as allowances are released prices fall.  But currently the way prices are set for allowances is by regulatory fiat, not markets.  Then why is this called a market program?

Tanton: “Well, if you listen carefully they often say ‘market-like.’ A true market is a set of willing sellers and willing buyers. The former is missing entirely, while the latter is pretty iffy. The fiats were implemented to avoid real chaos emulating the 2000 energy crisis.”

Question 8: If there is another consecutive low revenue auction, wouldn’t that result in a lot of price unpredictability? 

Tanton: “There is no doubt it’s there. Another low revenue auction would wake those still enamored with it to its ludicrous nature.  It would also likely be a lagging indicator of business flight from California.  Less snarky, it may just be an indicator of the on-going re-structuring of the California economy (less making, more doing. Less manufacturing and more services) to less carbon intensive activities.  I’ve always said AB32 was industrial policy more so than environmental.” 

Question 9: Data I found says 13,000 businesses have moved out of California since 2007.  To what degree are emissions decreasing due to cap & trade and to relocations? 

Tanton: “Ahh, there’s the rub. Emissions are not decreasing due to cap and trade, in my humble opinion. Emissions that continue are just paid for through a system of indulgences. (that’s what cap and trade does, but makes you pay for them.)  Relocations, if they are a relocation and not a shut down, just continue the emissions but elsewhere (in the businesses new location). That, my friend, is called ‘leakage.’ There are two types: economic leakage (jobs and GSP) and emissions leakage (emissions.)  But the emissions are of global import, sayeth the AGW crowd and matters not if they occur in-state or in, say, Idaho or Indonesia. It’s just virtue signaling.”

Question 10: New Assembly Bill 398 limits the allowances that industries can use to offset pollution that is estimated will result in a $16 billion increase ($4 billion per quarter) in Cap and Trade revenues.  How will this new revenue generating formula work out?

Tanton: “Part of the problem is that the compliance mechanism is so complex and sensitive to minor perturbations, so the politicians’ answer is to make it more complex and sensitive? The foundation upon which the courts decided Cap and Trade was not a tax was an argument that it was a fee for permission to emit.  That seems to have all but been forgotten. The diminution of offsets as a way to control emissions, in order to maintain state revenue levels, pretty clearly shows it’s not the emissions but the revenue that concerns the Legislature.”