Oklahoma Governor Bans All Nonessential State-Funded Travel to California

The nation/State of California has determined that unless your State has the right social policies and laws—based on California values—government officials, college conference attendees and more are not allowed to go to the offending State. For instance, Texas, North Carolina, Iowa, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi all have laws protecting the unborn.  California policy is to kill babies—so our State bans our officials from going to those States and more.  Now Oklahoma has been added to the banned list.

Oklahoma did not cry, whine or beg forgiveness.  Their Governor has banned his officials from going to California.  What would happen if the twenty some odd States Newsom and his totalitarians have banned did a joint ban of California? 

“On Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed an executive order halting all non-essential state travel to California.

Under Governor Stitt’s executive order only certain business, sports, and education events will be allowed to travel to California.

The move by the Governor comes two years after California banned state-funded travel to Oklahoma following former Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s signing of a law that allows adoption agencies to deny placing children into gay and lesbian couples based on religious or moral issues. It also follows San Francisco’s city-funded travel ban to Oklahoma and 22 others states with restrictive abortion laws and the barring of contracting business with any company in those states. San Francisco’s ban just began only weeks ago on January 1st.”

As a nation California is a leader in trying to divide and break up the union.  Maybe if the other States told Newsom to pound sand, maybe we could get an honest Administration in the Capitol.

Oklahoma Governor Bans All Nonessential State-Funded Travel to California

Oklahoma’s ban comes two years after California’s state-funded travel ban to Oklahoma

By Evan Symon, California Globe,  1/23/20    

On Thursday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed an executive order halting all non-essential state travel to California.

Under Governor Stitt’s executive order only certain business, sports, and education events will be allowed to travel to California.

The move by the Governor comes two years after California banned state-funded travel to Oklahoma following former Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s signing of a law that allows adoption agencies to deny placing children into gay and lesbian couples based on religious or moral issues. It also follows San Francisco’s city-funded travel ban to Oklahoma and 22 others states with restrictive abortion laws and the barring of contracting business with any company in those states. San Francisco’s ban just began only weeks ago on January 1st.

Governor Stitt’s ban was partially in response to the actions of California and San Francisco and the estimated millions that Oklahoma has lost as a result.

“California and its elected officials over the past few years have banned travel to the State of Oklahoma in an effort to politically threaten and intimidate Oklahomans for their personal values. Enough is enough,” said Governor Stitt in a statement. “If California’s elected officials don’t want public employees traveling to Oklahoma, I am eager to return the gesture on behalf of Oklahoma’s pro-life stance.”

However the Governor’s office did confirm that the ban was also partially signed due to President Donald Trump’s upcoming attendance at the National March for Life, the anti-abortion rally taking place Friday in Washington.

“It’s not solely about the bans, although that probably made them mad,” said Douglas Singer, a former speechwriter for a Health Group who often responded to new abortion laws. “We’ve seen this before. A president or higher elected official gets ready to give a speech about abortion, an act that doesn’t happen often, and a lot of people scramble to get mentioned in the speech.”

“Trump will at least give a statement around the March for Life, if not give a speech there. The Governor is likely playing for a mention to lock down support, as well as show that Oklahoma won’t be pushed around by ‘big, mean’ states like California, even though that ban has been in place for years.”

The travel ban, which isn’t expected to significantly affect California financially, went into effect upon signing. California’s current state travel-ban due to anti-homosexual and anti-abortion laws also includes states such as Texas, North Carolina, Iowa, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Feds Sue California Over Ban on Private Prisons

California, by edict, regulation, law and lawsuit has declared itself a separate nation, inside the U.S.  It has its own environmental, immigration, energy and climate change policies and treaties.  Now it has decided the Federal government, to house illegal aliens committing crimes in the State of California are not allowed to house them in private prisons.

“The federal government Friday sued California over its ban on private prisons, claiming the new law is unconstitutional, discriminates against the federal government and obstructs its ability to carry out operations.

AB 32, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year and effective Jan. 1, prohibits the operation of private detention facilities within the state.

But the new law wasn’t just written to address California’s previous reliance on private prisons to alleviate overcrowding in state-run facilities; the bill’s author, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, said in a statement after Newsom signed the bill that it was purposely aimed at federally contracted private prisons along the U.S.-Mexico border housing immigrant detainees.

Not only does the State use our police to protect criminals from foreign nations from ICE and Federal agencies, now it wants to force the Feds to ship illegal aliens out of State.  Actually, that is a great idea.  Lets send them all to private prisons in Alaska, North and South Dakota—or give them the choice of going to their home country.  Why do the Democrats hate freedom and the Rule of Law so much?

Feds Sue California Over Ban on Private Prisons

BIANCA BRUNO, Courthousenews,  1/24/20 

SAN DIEGO (CN) – The federal government Friday sued California over its ban on private prisons, claiming the new law is unconstitutional, discriminates against the federal government and obstructs its ability to carry out operations.

AB 32, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year and effective Jan. 1, prohibits the operation of private detention facilities within the state.

But the new law wasn’t just written to address California’s previous reliance on private prisons to alleviate overcrowding in state-run facilities; the bill’s author, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, said in a statement after Newsom signed the bill that it was purposely aimed at federally contracted private prisons along the U.S.-Mexico border housing immigrant detainees.

“We’ve all seen the horrific humanitarian crisis playing out along the border. No human being deserves to be held in the well-documented cruel conditions in these for-profit, private facilities. For that reason, AB 32 was expanded to cover civil detention facilities as well as prisons,” Bonta said in a statement.

Arguing it was targeted by the new law, the Trump administration asked a judge Friday to bar California from enforcing AB 32 against the federal government and the private prisons it contracts with.

“California, of course, is free to decide that it will no longer use private detention facilities for its state prisoners and detainees. But it cannot dictate that choice for the federal government, especially in a manner that discriminates against the federal government and those with whom it contracts,” the government argues in its 17-page lawsuit filed in the Southern District of California.

The federal government also complains five exemptions written into AB 32 apply only to state contracts, and not to those held by the federal government. Among the exemptions are juvenile facilities and residential care facilities.

Private prison company The GEO Group sued the state over the new law in December, claiming it would be forced to shut down at least one of its facilities containing 5,727 beds.

In Friday’s lawsuit, the Department of Justice argued AB 32 is pre-empted by federal law and because it discriminates against the federal government and prevents it from carrying out its operations, in violation of the Supremacy Clause enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

Immigrant detentions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which can house 5,000 immigrant detainees in private detention facilities in California, is most affected by the law.

“AB 32 would critically undermine ICE’s mission to enforce the immigration laws, and in particular, to effectuate arrests and removals of criminal aliens subject to mandatory custody,” the government says in its complaint.

As an example, it points to the 44,000 immigrants detained in fiscal year 2019 which “would ultimately need to be relocated to neighboring states” under AB 32.

Transporting immigrant detainees would place “an enormous strain” on ICE air and ground transportation and could “adversely impact detainees’ ability to timely collect evidence if they have family or friends in California,” according to the lawsuit.

The government says the U.S. Marshals Service houses 1,100 inmates – over 22% of its inmates in California – in private prisons, all at the Western Region Detention Facility and Otay Mesa Detention Center near San Diego.

The Marshals Service only uses private detention facilities when no other space is available, according to the lawsuit.

And the number of detainees is expected to grow significantly: the government says its detention population in California is projected to increase 25% by fiscal year 2023.

“AB 32 would cripple USMS operations in California, especially in the Southern District of California. USMS would need to relocate nearly 50% of its inmates in the Southern District of California and nearly 30% of its California inmates when its contracts expire. These relocations pose significant harm to the USMS’ prisoner-management mission,” the government claims, noting the relocations would “cost significant taxpayer dollars.”

A “ripple effect” would affect other districts outside of California forced to house federal inmates, potentially creating overcrowding, the government warns.

“Relocation would also cause prisoners to be isolated from their families, who are usually located in California and may lack resources to visit the prisoner,” according to the lawsuit.

Transporting detainees to and from court hearings will also be more difficult under AB 32 and could cause delays in judicial proceedings.

Coordinating transportation will require three to four weeks advance notice, according to the lawsuit.

As for the Bureau of Prisons, 2,200 California inmates are housed in private detention facilities and would have to be relocated, including over 1,300 inmates at Taft CI and 10 Residential Reentry Centers throughout the state that house 900 inmates.

The Department of Justice declined to comment on the case.

The California Department of Justice did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

CA Gov. Newsom announces volunteering webpage to address homelessness

Every community has an agency to help the homeless.  Almost every Church helps the homeless.  Each community has a variety of non-profits that help the homeless.  Yet. Guv Newsom in Sacramento wants to pretend to help the homeless by having you, who lives in El Centro or Crescent City, sign up on a State web site in Sacramento.  Is this a joke, or just another scam by government pretending to help?

“In an effort to address statewide homelessness, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a webpage that lists volunteer opportunities, according to a Jan. 16 press release from the governor’s office.

The webpage — developed by California Volunteers, Office of the Governor —  is led by a bipartisan 25-member commission and a team of experts to encourage Californians to volunteer, according to its website. The webpage is part of the group’s effort to address state and community challenges by using public, private and nonprofit resources including AmeriCorps and community partnerships.

I wonder if anybody told Newsom that almost every city, like San Fran, Fresno,  and L.A. have city web sites that direct people to opportunities to help the homeless in their town—why is he wasting State tax dollars for this scam?  Oh, because he wants to run for President and pretend he believes in volunteers—instead of the billions he has wasted.

Tents from a homeless encampment line a street in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Some 7,000 volunteers will fan out as part of a three-night effort to count homeless people in most of Los Angeles County. Naomi Goldman, a spokeswoman of the organizer the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, said the goal is to “paint a picture about the state of homelessness.” (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

CA Gov. Newsom announces volunteering webpage to address homelessness

By Nina Narahari, DailyCal,,1/21/20 

In an effort to address statewide homelessness, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a webpage that lists volunteer opportunities, according to a Jan. 16 press release from the governor’s office.

The webpage — developed by California Volunteers, Office of the Governor —  is led by a bipartisan 25-member commission and a team of experts to encourage Californians to volunteer, according to its website. The webpage is part of the group’s effort to address state and community challenges by using public, private and nonprofit resources including AmeriCorps and community partnerships.

“Newsom prioritized tackling the homelessness crisis in our communities, so the California Volunteers’ plan, in creating the website, was to make it convenient and easy for people across the state to find opportunities in their communities to make a difference,” said California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday.

The webpage lists volunteer opportunities with organizations that serve individuals experiencing homelessness, according to the press release.

Fryday added that the program is intended for people in “all stages of life” and includes opportunities that can range from volunteering for an hour on a weekend to serving with AmeriCorps for a year.

To address major issues like homelessness, Fryday said it is important to engage all Californians and make it easier for people to contribute to the solution.

“We have had a lot of interest across the state. Wherever I go, people, and especially young people, always ask me, ‘What can I do to be part of the solution?’ ” Fryday said. “This website is an example of providing (an) answer to that question we get all the time. What I’m very optimistic about is that young people and all Californians want to serve and make a difference.”

The announcement comes after the end of Newsom’s statewide homelessness tour earlier this month. Fifteen travel trailers and a medical services tent were set up in Oakland to show Californians the resources the state will distribute and demonstrate state-local partnerships, according to the release.

Additionally, as a part of his 2020 state budget proposal, Newsom proposed more than $1 billion in homeless response funding, of which $750 million will be dedicated to the new Access to Housing and Services Fund and a new investment to reform MediCal.

Newsom also allocated $650 million toward State Emergency Homeless Aid, which includes $8.8 million for Alameda County, according to the release.

“We need all Californians and especially young people to engage in a real way on the big challenges facing our state,” Fryday said. “Tackling homelessness is a perfect example of how people can make a difference today.

Stein: U.S. Government continues to dump funds into an electrical sinkhole

In California alone, the added cost of “renewable” mandates on the utility companies adds $800 million a year to the cost of electricity.  That is a tax on the people of California.  Money taken from families and business, given to utilities that then give it to politically connected alternative energy companies—using climate change as the excuse to fleece us.

Lets’ be clear about what that means. First, it’s not renewable energy, it’s only renewable electricity, and more accurately its only intermittent electricity. Renewables have been the primary driver for residents of Germany, Australia, and California behind the high costs of electricity. Second and most important is, electricity alone is unable to support militaries, aviation, and merchant ships, and all the transportation infrastructure that support commerce around the world.

Everyone knows that electricity is used extensively in residential, commercial, transportation, and the military, to power motors and lite the lights; but it’s the 6,000 products that get manufactured from crude oil that are used to make those motors, lights, and electronics. Noticeable by their absence, from turbines and solar panels, are those crude oil chemicals that renewables are currently incapable of providing.”

This going to get worse.  By 2030 half the cars sold in California must be electric—Without oil, oil or nuclear power, the financial cost will be massive.  Money needed for families, for innovation will instead go to the politically connected, donors to the politicians than mandate high costs.  The good news is that Texas will welcome you—as will Idaho, Florida and most of the U.S.

U.S. Government continues to dump funds into an electrical sinkhole

By Ronald Stein, CFACT,  1/23/20   

Founder and Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure of PTS Advance, headquartered in Irvine, California

When I read the WSJ article “The Best-Laid Energy Plans” about the Government planning and subsidies that were supposedly intended to make America the world’s green-electricity superpower, create millions of jobs, and supercharge the economy, it brings to mind the most terrifying nine words in the English language: ” I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

In pursuit of a way to store the daytime intermittent electricity from solar panels, for use when the sun is not shining, the reality is closer to the financial failure at Crescent Dunes, a Nevada solar-energy plant that went gone bust after receiving a $737 million federal loan guarantee. No worries. It’s only taxpayer money,

Crescent Dunes was the first concentrated solar power system that generated solar power by using mirrors or lenses to concentrate a large area of sunlight onto a receiver  plant with a central receiver tower and advanced molten salt energy storage technology.

An inconvenient truth is that the sun sets each day, but the Obama Administration’s green planners had an app for that. They decided to invest in the Crescent Dunes facility that would use molten salt to store heat from the sun, produce steam, and generate electricity even at night. Government support would carry the project to sunny success.

Here are all the things that electricity can do for civilization:

  • Provide electricity to run the motors of vehicles, heating, air conditioners.
  • Provide electricity for lighting
  • Provide electricity for electronics
  • Provide electricity for the medical infrastructure

Energy storage could revolutionize industries in the next 10 years, but despite the preaching’s about these renewable saviors, it’s becoming obvious that due to their  intermittency and unreliability, and their inability to replace any of the chemicals from crude oil that account for the all the products in our daily lives, societies around the world may not be too thrilled about the needed social changes to live on just electricity.

Basically, electricity can power the motors, lights and electronics, but it can’t make the motors, lights and electronics! Even electricity could not exist without fossil fuels as all the parts for wind and solar renewables are made with fossil fuels.

We can be preached to forever about “clean electricity” messages, and bedazzle farmers with the prospects of on-going revenue from renewables, but the extensive mining worldwide for turbine and solar materials, and the decommissioning details, and the social changes that would be necessitated without the thousands of products from those deep earth minerals and fuels, remain the dark side of the unspoken realities of renewables.

Lets’ be clear about what that means. First, it’s not renewable energy, it’s only renewable electricity, and more accurately its only intermittent electricity. Renewables have been the primary driver for residents of Germany, Australia, and California behind the high costs of electricity. Second and most important is, electricity alone is unable to support militaries, aviation, and merchant ships, and all the transportation infrastructure that support commerce around the world.

Everyone knows that electricity is used extensively in residential, commercial, transportation, and the military, to power motors and lite the lights; but it’s the 6,000 products that get manufactured from crude oil that are used to make those motors, lights, and electronics. Noticeable by their absence, from turbines and solar panels, are those crude oil chemicals that renewables are currently incapable of providing.

We’ve had almost 200 years to develop clones or generics to replace the products we get from crude oil such as: medications, electronics, communications, tires, asphalt, fertilizers, military and transportation equipment. The social needs of our materialistic societies are most likely going to remain for all those chemicals that get manufactured out of crude oil, that makes everything that’s part of our daily lifestyles, and for continuous, uninterruptable, and reliable electricity from coal or natural gas generation backup.

Germany tried to step up as a leader on climate change, by phasing out nuclear and fossil fuels, and pioneered a system of subsidies for wind and solar that 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.   

Power prices in Germany are among the highest in Europe.  Today, German households pay almost 50% more for electricity than they did in 2006. Much of that increase in electricity cost is the Renewable Surcharge that has increased over the same period by 770%.

America is taking giant steps toward following Germany’s failed climate goals which should be a wake-up all for governments everywhere, but it appears that America, from California to New York, wants to follow the German failure. Like Germany, America’s renewables are becoming an increasing share in electricity generation, but at a HIGH COST. The emission reduction goals have increased the costs of electricity and transportation fuels and may be very contributory to America’s growing homelessness and poverty populations.

Hopefully, before committing to an all-electric world, we can achieve the technical challenges of discovering a green replacement for the thousands of products based on fossil fuels being provided to every known earth based infrastructure, and society will accept the consequences of altering their lifestyles that will result from less services and more personal input to accommodate losing the advances fossil fuels have afforded them.

Hand the energy economy over to the government in the name of climate change, and there will be countless more Crescent Dunes fiascoes. Alas, brings back again those most terrifying nine words in the English language:” I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

United Airlines FINANCES Travel for Attorneys for Illegal Aliens

The next time you fly on United Airlines, know that part of your fee goes to support of illegal aliens, their attorneys and the violation of Federal immigration laws.

“In an effort to fill the gap, OneJustice and the California Rural Legal Assistance are partnering to host two free legal clinics next month in San Luis Obispo County—one focused on expunging criminal records, the other on immigration assistance.

The expungement clinic will take place on Friday, Feb. 7, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the SLO Library Community Room. The immigration clinic is slated for Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Paso Robles Community Church.

Clinic participants will benefit from one-on-one consultations with private attorneys, who will be flown in from San Francisco and Los Angeles free of charge courtesy of United Airlines.

American corporations are making sure criminals from foreign countries get support.  I wonder if United Airlines gave free transportation to the family of Kate Steinle or the other victims of illegal aliens.

Learn your rights: Free expungement and immigration legal clinics to be held Feb. 7 to 8 

By Peter Johnson , News Times SLO,  1/23/20 

The Central Coast is what some social service experts call “a justice desert”—meaning, it has a shortage of pro bono lawyers and legal aid nonprofits to help low-income citizens navigate the justice system.

“There’s already a shortage throughout California,” explained Sharon Bashan, the pro bono justice program director at OneJustice, a nonprofit that consults with legal aid organizations statewide. “But then you have these justice deserts. We just realize there’s a high need.”

In an effort to fill the gap, OneJustice and the California Rural Legal Assistance are partnering to host two free legal clinics next month in San Luis Obispo County—one focused on expunging criminal records, the other on immigration assistance.

The expungement clinic will take place on Friday, Feb. 7, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the SLO Library Community Room. The immigration clinic is slated for Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Paso Robles Community Church.

Clinic participants will benefit from one-on-one consultations with private attorneys, who will be flown in from San Francisco and Los Angeles free of charge courtesy of United Airlines.

“All these attorneys are donating their time,” Bashan said. “We train them ahead of time.”

GET HELP Two free, local legal clinics are offered on Feb. 7 and 8—one focused on expunging criminal records, the other on immigration assistance.

Bashan said that the expungement clinics help people convicted of “non-serious, non-violent felonies” fill out the necessary paperwork to clear their records. Expungement can be a complicated legal process and unfriendly to the layperson, Bashan said.

“A lot of what we’re seeing is very old convictions, and folks who have rebuilt their lives and are trying to get a clean slate so they can provide for their families, remove the barriers to getting jobs,” she said. “They desperately want a chance at upward mobility.”

The immigration clinic will offer similar one-on-one assistance—on anything from naturalization applications, to DACA renewals, to immigration screenings, to general advice.

“What we’re trying to do is provide legitimate and high-quality legal services within the confines of a clinic,” Bashan said.

Bashan noted that immigrants are often subject to scams where people pretending to be qualified immigration attorneys steal their money—it’s called notario fraud.

“It’s problematic,” she said. “You have these people who have escaped really harrowing situations in their home country, and these bad actors promise them the world. They take their money and put them in situations where they could potentially get deported.”

San Fran’s Market Street Is Going ‘Car Free’ Next Week — 7 Things You Need to Know

Going to San Fran on January 29 or soon after?  Don’t.  Expect traffic gridlock, chaos, economic disaster.  If you have a business along Market St., the main street in town, expects customers to be unable to get to your store, clients to be late or cancel their appointments.  That is when San Fran goes from 2020, back to 1880.

1. Why is the city banning private cars from Market Street?
The new ban is the beginning of a sweeping transformation of downtown’s most important thoroughfare. The changes, which will eventually include reconfiguration of sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, transit boarding areas, bike and bus lanes and more, is designed to improve the performance of transit on the city’s most important stretch of pavement and make it a safer place to walk, cycle and, yes, ride your favorite micromobility device.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says that during the morning and evening rush, more than 200 Muni buses use Market Street every hour and that easing traffic congestion there ought to improve transit performance throughout the city.

Of course traffic congestion will end—no cars, no congestion.  And, no business.  Watch as the side streets stack up with cars unable to move, watch as businesses lose money—and the homeless set up camp in the middle of Market Street—as if they own it.  The death of San Fran is not a murder-it is a suicide.

San Francisco’s Market Street Is Going ‘Car Free’ Next Week — 7 Things You Need to Know

Dan Brekke, KQED, 1/23/20 

Next Wednesday, Jan. 29, private vehicles will no longer be allowed to travel the busiest stretch of San Francisco’s Market Street, from near Van Ness Avenue all the way to the waterfront.

The prohibition on private vehicles marks the first tangible step in an ambitious city plan to remake its principal boulevard into a thoroughfare that will emphasize transit and feature a wide range of physical changes to make the street safe and user-friendly for pedestrians, cyclists and others who don’t happen to be moving through the city in cars.

On another level, this is the latest development in Market Street’s long evolution from the chaotic and often deadly boulevard depicted in a famous 1906 film.

Below: Questions and answers about Car-Free Market Street.

1. Why is the city banning private cars from Market Street?
The new ban is the beginning of a sweeping transformation of downtown’s most important thoroughfare. The changes, which will eventually include reconfiguration of sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, transit boarding areas, bike and bus lanes and more, is designed to improve the performance of transit on the city’s most important stretch of pavement and make it a safer place to walk, cycle and, yes, ride your favorite micromobility device.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says that during the morning and evening rush, more than 200 Muni buses use Market Street every hour and that easing traffic congestion there ought to improve transit performance throughout the city.

On the safety side, the SFMTA says that five of the city’s top 10 most dangerous intersections for pedestrians and cyclists are along Market Street. The agency says that since 2014, Market Street has averaged 106 injury collisions per year and that about three in five of people hurt in those incidents have been pedestrians or cyclists struck by vehicles.

2. When will private cars be prohibited from using Market Street, and what part of the street will be affected?
Private cars will be barred from using the section of Market Street from 10th Street east to Steuart Street early the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 29. The ban is permanent.

3. What vehicles will be allowed to use Market Street?

  • Muni buses and streetcars. Paratransit vehicles, too.
  • City-regulated taxicabs — those operated by Yellow Cab and Flywheel, for instance.
  • Vehicles with commercial license plates — generally trucks and delivery vehicles.
  • Emergency vehicles.

4. What’s going to happen to Uber and Lyft vehicles?
Uber and Lyft vehicles will not be permitted on Market Street from 10th Street east to Steuart Street. In part to accommodate passenger pickups and dropoffs, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is setting up new loading areas on Market’s cross streets.

5. Will there be a penalty for drivers of private vehicles who travel on the off-limits section of Market?
Yes. Those drivers can be cited for a moving violation. The penalty: a fine of $238 and a point on the license of the cited driver.

6. Will it be legal for private vehicles to cross Market Street?
Yes. Traffic on side streets will continue to be allowed to cross Market.

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7. What other changes are part of the ‘Better Market Street’ project? Where can I find more information?
All of Market Street from Octavia Boulevard 2.2 miles east to Embarcadero Plaza will get a makeover, including new sidewalks, pavement, train tracks and intersection improvements. The first phase of the project will focus on the stretch of Market between Fifth and Eighth streets and is scheduled to begin in 2021 and last through 2023. The second and final phase of construction has been slated to begin in 2023 and be completed in 2025. The total projected cost of the project, which includes replacing or upgrading infrastructure like sewer and water mains, traffic signals, streetlights, traffic signals and the electrical systems used by Muni streetcars and buses, has a price tag of $604 million.

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Suing California to Produce a State Checkbook

I serve as President of my Homeowners Association.  Anyone of the 227 homeowners have the right under State law to look at the books.  They have the right to see our income, expenditures, contracts, agreements and minutes of meetings—no questions asked.  Sadly, the people of California do not have the same right s as those in Homeowners Association.  If you want to see the books, contracts and memo’s, you have to sue the State.  Then the State will use your tax dollars to defend themselves from exposing the books.

“One easy step California can take is to join every other state in the union and open up its state checkbook for review. Allowing citizens, journalists, watchdogs, academics, and public policy experts to review state spending would help the state get its fiscal house in order.

Unfortunately, last fall, California State Controller Betty Yee (pictured) rejected our sunshine request for the state checkbook. Oddly, the rejection didn’t argue the law, but instead claimed that the controller couldn’t locate a single one of the 49 million bills she paid last year.

This admission provides a troubling clue to California taxpayers who are wondering how and where their money is being spent. The answer is the people spending it literally don’t know. Or they at least say that don’t.

California has a proposed budget of $222 billion.  Yet the State Controller can not produce a single check?  If a corporation or organization did that the Attorney General would close them down and indictments would be flowing.  How corrupt is the State of California?  They can not produce a single check written.

Suing California to Produce a State Checkbook

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By Adam Andrzejewski, Real Clear Politics,  1/23/20 

Just a few of the serious financial problems facing California include unfunded public employee pension promises, a potential state credit downgrade, an unprecedented homeless crisis, and a net out-migration of 912,000 residents since 2010.

One easy step California can take is to join every other state in the union and open up its state checkbook for review. Allowing citizens, journalists, watchdogs, academics, and public policy experts to review state spending would help the state get its fiscal house in order.

Unfortunately, last fall, California State Controller Betty Yee (pictured) rejected our sunshine request for the state checkbook. Oddly, the rejection didn’t argue the law, but instead claimed that the controller couldn’t locate a single one of the 49 million bills she paid last year.

This admission provides a troubling clue to California taxpayers who are wondering how and where their money is being spent. The answer is the people spending it literally don’t know. Or they at least say that don’t.

It is of course unimaginable, and laughable, that the state that is home to Silicon Valley can’t put basic transparency tech in place. That state’s feigned tech illiteracy begs the question: What are they trying to hide?

Taxpayers in California certainly want to know what’s happening to state funds. It shouldn’t take subpoenas and litigation to “find” up to $320 billion in annual state payments and show taxpayers how their money was spent.

So, our organization at OpenTheBooks.com, alongside our attorneys at Cause of Action Institute, a government oversight organization, filed an open records lawsuit in Sacramento state court. Our lawsuit begins the process of forcing open the state’s line-by-line expenditures.

We’ve never lost a state checkbook transparency fight. In 2012, we successfully sued Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (R), and, in 2018, we sued Wyoming State Auditor Cynthia Cloud (R).

We believe the open government movement is revolutionizing U.S. public policy and politics. Just like the microscope transformed medicine, big data is modernizing government.

The purpose of transparency isn’t to scold state officials but to encourage accountability, trust, and better public policy. Here are just three of many critical issues facing the Golden State that could be improved by transparency:

  • State credit rating: The state auditor just issued a report saying the state’s $1.1 billion accounting system (FisCal) is so flawed that it could lead to a state credit downgrade.
  • Corruption: Controller Yee claims that 99.7 percent of all state payments were properly paid even though she told us she can’t find her receipts. Betty Yee is probably the only one of 40 million Californians who believes state government is that efficient, effective, and honest. Yee estimates the state only loses a mere 0.3 percent (less than one-third of one percent) of state dollars every year through waste, abuse, and fiscal mismanagement. The state’s myriad problems suggest this is a fantasy.
  • Homeless populations: a 2014 state proposition taxed millionaires to provide funds for mental health services. How did San Francisco — home to 7,500 homeless people — manage its funds? Last summer, we published an interactive poop map featuring 130,000 instances of human waste in the public way, which is in part connected to the state’s homeless problem

California, a state whose $3 trillion GDP ranks it ahead of the United Kingdom, spends an enormous sum of money. The state spends more than $320 billion per year with federal taxpayers funding $106 billion of it. If taxpayers can’t follow the money, it will be hard for the state to address its mounting fiscal challenges.

Every state across America can produce a complete checkbook of public expenditures. Are we just dreaming’ to believe that California can produce a full record too?

Adam Andrzejewski is the CEO/founder of OpenTheBooks.com, dedicated to posting all government spending online.

Freelance Journalists Would Be Exempt from AB 5 in New Bill

Will those in the media get a pass from the forced unionization of AB 5?  Not a chance—because the bill to spare journalists is by a Republican State Senator.  I would hope the GOP also has a bill to exempt ride share drivers, truck drivers, Amway salespeople and other victims of the union control of the Capitol.

Everyone should have to decide to work, how they work, when the work and if they work.  If they want to join a union or the PTA, it should be free choice, not a government mandate.ate Bill 868, authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would also end the post AB 5 rule of limiting freelance journalists to 35 articles a year per publication. SB 868 would resume the practice of allowing freelance journalists of writing an unlimited number of articles a year and would not force media companies to give employment to those who write over the article limit.

AB 5’s article limits played a major part in the recent firing of hundreds of California journalists, ranging from large layoffs at Vox Media and College Humor, to smaller local newspapers that have needed to hire more port time writers to “pick up the slack” left open by more freelancer limits under the AB 5 law.

A better way to do this is to repeal AB 5, straight up.  Stop the attacks on the margins—support the workers of California fighting against the totalitarian instinct of the union owned Democrats. 

Freelance Journalists Would Be Exempt from AB 5 in New Bill

SB 868 is among the latest measures taken to weaken or remove the controversial independent contractor law

By Evan Symon, California Globe,   1/23/20     

On Thursday, a new bill that would exempt freelance journalists from the independent contractor redefining AB 5 law was introduced in the California Senate.

Senate Bill 868, authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would also end the post AB 5 rule of limiting freelance journalists to 35 articles a year per publication. SB 868 would resume the practice of allowing freelance journalists of writing an unlimited number of articles a year and would not force media companies to give employment to those who write over the article limit.

AB 5’s article limits played a major part in the recent firing of hundreds of California journalists, ranging from large layoffs at Vox Media and College Humor, to smaller local newspapers that have needed to hire more port time writers to “pick up the slack” left open by more freelancer limits under the AB 5 law.

Many journalist, newspaper, and other media groups have already come out in support of the new bill, with some noting that “It isn’t too late to reverse AB 5 and let people keep their jobs.”

“Assembly Bill 5 took a sledgehammer approach to an employment problem that required a scalpel, which consequently hammered many Californians who truly wish to remain their own bosses,” said Senator Bates. “The Legislature can begin to fix some of AB 5’s flaws by helping California’s newspapers and journalists continue to operate normally as they have in our state. Passing my legislation will help preserve quality journalism in many communities.”

Freelance journalists have been especially ecstatic with the bills introduction.

“We thought we were screwed,” said Monika Walters, a freelance journalist for 3 online magazines in California and New York. “They were literally taking away our ‘work when you want, where you want’ lifestyle which we have come to rely on. Not to mention a lot of our work.”

“Now we have a shot.”

No opponents have come out against the bill yet, but AB 5 author and fervent defender, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) will more than likely be against the bill. While she has defended the bill since it was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom last year, Gonzalez has come out on record as stating that the 35 article limit was ‘arbitrary’, a position that may be hard to defend when the bill comes up for debate and voting later in the year.

In addition to SB 868, SB 867 was also introduced as a sister bill. SB 867 aims to exempt newspaper distributors and carriers from AB 5 for a year and would give companies a year of relief to figure out how to operate and distribute under the new law.

Author Senator Bates intends SB 867 more for smaller, independent newspapers who currently have financial strain and need the extra year to find a way to work while also remaining profitable.

SB 867 and SB 868 are currently being referred to Senate committees where they will be voted on in the coming months.

DA Boudin orders prosecutors to stop seeking cash bail

In New York, thanks to a no cash bail policy a bank robber, even after four bank robberies was allowed to go back on the streets.  Within a day, he robbed his fifth bank.  The same city continued to arrest an illegal alien for drunk driving—no cash bail.  That is until he got drunk and killed someone.  People die because of this policy.  This policy creates new victims.

“Newly elected District Attorney Chesa Boudin took a step toward ending San Francisco’s cash bail system on Wednesday, implementing a new policy that prioritizes defendants being released ahead of trial rather than held behind bars.

The policy explicitly prohibits assistant district attorneys from asking a judge to hold a defendant using money bail. Instead, prosecutors will use a “risk-based system” to ensure that defendants who are not a flight or public safety threat are quickly released under varying conditions.

The problem with the policy is that once released the criminal can leave the city, State of country, with no ability to force them back to face trial.  This is a get out of jail freed card.  And, since 75% of arrested criminals repeat in two years, that means we have guaranteed more victims.  Visit San Fran at your own risk, if the drug dealers or prostitutes don’t get you, you still have a great chance to have your car broken in.  Crime?  That is the new industry of San Fran and the DA is promoting it.

Photo credit: Michael Coghlan via Flickr

DA Boudin orders prosecutors to stop seeking cash bail

Michael Barba, SF Examiner,  1/22/20   

Newly elected District Attorney Chesa Boudin took a step toward ending San Francisco’s cash bail system on Wednesday, implementing a new policy that prioritizes defendants being released ahead of trial rather than held behind bars.

The policy explicitly prohibits assistant district attorneys from asking a judge to hold a defendant using money bail. Instead, prosecutors will use a “risk-based system” to ensure that defendants who are not a flight or public safety threat are quickly released under varying conditions.

Boudin, the child of incarcerated parents, had promised to end cash bail during his campaign in November. Critics of the bail system have long argued that it disproportionately holds people of color behind bars based on wealth rather than risk.

“For years I’ve been fighting to end this discriminatory and unsafe approach to pretrial detention,” Boudin said in a statement. “From this point forward, pretrial detention will be based on public safety, not on wealth.”

The policy cements the progress toward ending money bail that former District Attorney George Gascon made after first introducing an algorithmic risk assessment tool in 2016.

But under Gascon, there was no formal policy banning the use of money bail by the office. And until now, prosecutors still requested money bail in some cases, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Under the new policy, prosecutors will still be allowed to request that a defendant be detained ahead of trial in certain serious felony cases and when “the defendant’s release would result in great bodily harm to others or the defendant’s flight.”

”Pretrial detention shall be the last option, only after all release conditions have been considered and determined to be inadequate to protect public safety or to reasonably ensure the defendant’s return to court,” the policy reads.

Specifically, prosecutors can seek to hold defendants without bail in felony cases involving acts of violence on another person, threats of great bodily harm against another person or sexual assault offenses on another person.

“District Attorney Boudin’s policy is a great step towards a more just system,” John Raphling, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. “For too long, prosecutors have used money bail and pretrial incarceration as leverage to pressure people to plead guilty regardless of actual guilt. Boudin’s policy favoring pretrial release is a welcome change and will help build the credibility of our courts.”

HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views, 1/24/20      

“A people that wants to remain ignorant and free … wants what never has been and never will be” ~ Thomas Jefferson.”

BIG STORY:

It looks like the SCAM of this election can be found in the 15th State Senate District.  There are seven candidates, only one does not give a phone number or phone, per the Secretary of State.  Only one candidate had been a Democrat for the past ten years, then just in time, changed his registration to Republican, to qualify to run as a GOP’er—even though there was already a Republican filed.  What is the story of this abuse of the voters—especially Republicans?

The Democrats have several big name big buck candidates in the race.  The first GOP candidate has little money.  But “King Makers” are backing Johnny Khamis, a San Jose City Councilman, who until recently was a Republican.  He held a press conference, left the GOP and became an NPP—and stated the reason was his dislike of President Trump (I am cleaning it up).  Yet some “king makers” prefer an anti-Trump, non-Republican to a Republican.  Why did they add a Democrats turned Republican in the race?

Since it is a TOP TWO, by having TWO GOP’ers in the race, they divide the Republican vote, making it easier for Khamis to make it to the Top Two for the November ballot.  This is why folks are leaving the GOP or refusing to register as Republican, they see those responsible for winning elections opposing Republican getting onto the November ballot.  How many Republicans in November will choose between an anti-Trump former Republican and an anti–Trump long time Democrat.  This is how vote suppression happens—they see games played and stay home.

This is how the Secretary of State, on the web site lists this Democrat turned Republican:

Ken Del Valle

370 N 4th St #4

San Jose, CA 95112

Army Staff Sergeant

No phone, no email, no web site.  Anybody know him or his phone number?  Send it to me, I would like to speak with him.  Thanks.

CONTENT

  1.  Real activism—protesting AB 5 in the Capitol
  2. OCGOP requests CRP rescind endorsement of Assemblyman Tyler Diep
  3. Yolo and Solano County GOP join for major fund raiser
  4. Tulare County GOP fund raiser
  5. Pres. Trump State of the Union Watch Parties
  1. This is REAL GOP activism—holding a rally and protest, to defend working Californians from the goonish unions trying to force people into paying dues—becoming slaves of forced unionization.  Congrats to the Nevada County Republican Party for promoting the event!!  The Nevada County Republican Party is hoping residents will join a rally opposing Assembly Bill 5 at 10 a.m. Tuesday on the steps of the California State Capitol building. The party posted an invitation to the rally on Facebook and created an event page for it, but said it’s not involved in organizing the rally.
  2. The Orange County Republican Party has officially requested the Board of  Directors of the California Republican Party to rescind their endorsement of Assemblyman Tyler Diep.  It is urgent the CRP acted quickly, since until it does, Diep can claim in ads and mail pieces that the California Republican Party endorses him.  It will be important for the Board to hold an immediate meeting, not wait till the next Board meeting in mid-February.
  3. Yolo and Solano County GOP Committee’s show how to raise money, volunteer energy and educate the public.  Activism is from the ground up.  Still time to get tickets. LEADERS LEAD.
Yolo County Republican Party Dinner at Jelly Belly Factory
January 25, 2020 6 pm – 9:30 pm Doors open 5 pm
The Republican Parties of Yolo and Solano County invite you to our 2020 Lincoln Reagan Dinner in the banquet room of the Jelly Belly Factory, 1 Jelly Belly Lane in Fairfield, CA.

Guest speakers are BURGESS OWENS (former Oakland Raider Super Bowl Champion, Entrepreneur, Conservative, and Best Selling Author) and TREVOR LOUDON (New Zealand Author, Epoch Times Columnist, and Political Activist). Guests will also have a chance to meet candidates running for Congress and the CA legislature. Dinner is included.  Choices include Prime Rib, Roasted Salmon or Vegetarian.

Refer to
www.yologop.org for more information and to order tickets. Note: Click on “Click Here to Purchase Tickets” then scroll down to select the tickets you desire. Or call 530-389-4458.
  •  Don’t miss the Tulare County Republican Party 2020 Lincoln Dinner.  February 20, 2020
    Terrie to RSVP: 559-789-3757 or [email protected]

Special Guest Missouri Congressman Billy Long!

  • On February 4, at 5:00pm, President Trump is to present the State of the Union speech to Congress. This is a great opportunity to bring together Trump supporters, people new to politics and to expand our base of supporters.  The California Political News and View is promoting WATCH PARTIES.  If you want to know how to do it or need other help, please call me at 805-795-1271.

 (Periodically the California Political News and Views will publish tidbits of political news, to keep you in the loop of what the pooh bahs know.  The phrase “tom/tom’s” comes from my mentor, Lorelei Kinder who never passed a rumor, just called to tell me what she heard on the “Tom/Tom’s”.  This column is named in her honor.)