Court Rules Women Can Live in Fraternities?

Women at Yale would like to become members of a fraternity.  The courts have allowed the lawsuit to go forward.  So, I expect men should want to join sororities—and live in the same rooms are the women.

“A panel of the Second Circuit heard a bid Thursday from a group of Yale University students who say the school’s fraternities violated the Fair Housing Act by not allowing students of any gender to live in their houses.

In 2016, Yale students formed the organization Engender, which seeks to advocate equity and inclusion on and around campus. Their first initiative was to integrate the school’s gender-segregated Greek life organizations.”

So the courts will be used to end the Greek system on campuses.  The next step is to force a quota system on the Dodgers, Giants and 49’ers to hire women for the team.  Why not, every player for these teams are men.  I bet not a single one of the teams allowed a woman to try out for the Team—to make up for this, the courts should force 50% of the Team, and 50% of the playing time, be given to women—that would be fair, right?

Second Circuit considers gender segregation in Yale fraternity housing

Female Yale students sought to join fraternities but were denied for being women, which they say violates the Fair Housing Act.

Emilee Larkin, courthousnews,  10/21/21    

MANHATTAN (CN) — A panel of the Second Circuit heard a bid Thursday from a group of Yale University students who say the school’s fraternities violated the Fair Housing Act by not allowing students of any gender to live in their houses.

In 2016, Yale students formed the organization Engender, which seeks to advocate equity and inclusion on and around campus. Their first initiative was to integrate the school’s gender-segregated Greek life organizations.

When several of their female-identifying members were denied membership from multiple fraternities, the organization sued Yale and some of the fraternities in 2019 for denying them access to fair housing.

In January, a federal judge dismissed Engender’s claims, finding no violation of the FHA. Engender has since dropped claims against Yale and a few of the fraternities, leaving only seven Greek organizations active in the case.

David Tracey, of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP, represented Engender on Thursday, arguing for a reversal on the grounds that the fraternities’ behavior clearly violates the FHA.

U.S. Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler pressed Tracey on the fact that his clients did not ask to live in the fraternity houses, but rather only asked to be members.

Tracey pushed back, saying that wanting to live in the house is implied when applying to be a member of the fraternity.

“The plaintiffs did everything a man would do to live in a fraternity house,” said Tracey. “You join a frat in part because you want to live in the house.”

Attorney for the fraternities Joan Gillbride, of Kaufman Borgeest and Ryan LLP, disagreed, saying a student cannot assume they will get housing with the fraternity simply for becoming a member; they still have to apply.

Further, Gillbride added that the students with Engender did not finish their membership applications nor did they attempt to apply to live in fraternity housing, where she notes non-fraternity members do live.

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer, an Obama appointee sitting in on the panel, questioned why the girls would bother applying for housing or a membership when many of the fraternities said “women need not apply.”

The fraternities’ counsel agreed.

“I agree that if they applied they would be denied,” said Gillbride. “We are not disputing that these are single-sex fraternities.”

Pooler, a Clinton appointee, pressed Tracey on rebuttal again as to why his clients did not specifically apply for housing.

Tracey argued his clients would not have thought to apply for housing when they were already denied membership.

“If you can’t be a member because you’re a woman, you would assume you would be denied housing because you’re a woman,” replied Tracey.

Pooler appeared unconvinced.

“You don’t know that they would have said that because you never asked,” said Pooler.

Engender says gender integration is crucial to create an equitable society for women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

“Segregating people by gender at any stage of their lives teaches them in-group biases and out-group stereotypes based on antiquated, sexist notions of men’s versus women’s roles in society,” Engender states on its website. “Gender segregationist policies fail trans and gender-nonconforming people by refusing the legitimacy of their gender identities and often excluding them entirely.”

Robert Silverman, a professor at Buffalo University, says Engender may have an uphill battle trying to prove their FHA claims.

“I think it is a difficult case to win because same-sex organizations are typically exempted from that part of the Fair Housing Act,” Silverman said. “There may be a route for the group to pursue through the university. They could try to get the university to change its policies on same-sex organizations affiliated with it, if there is a conflict with other university policies.”

Neither Tracey nor Gillbride immediately responded to email seeking comment.

U.S. Circuit Judge Eunice Lee, a Biden appointee, rounded out Thursday’s panel of three.

Can/Should Doctors be Trusted any More? Most Lying to Patients

Colin Powell, fully vaccinated, died of COVID.  How could that happen?  THz CDC reports over 15,000 vaccinated people died of COVID.  The rule is if a drug kills 100 people, it is pulled from the market—but government and doctors are still prescribing this deathly vaccine.  How bad is it?

“Dodd’s statement to Page Six said, “I already had the virus so I already had antibodies. I was protected and unlikely to get Covid again but got the vaccine because of travel restrictions. It made life a lot easier since I could show the card and not have to keep getting tested, but if the government would’ve allowed an antibody card I never would’ve gotten the shot.”

The statement continued, “Now I personally know of at least two otherwise healthy people who died of blood clots after getting the vaccine and three others who developed Bells Palsy. Another friend of mine who was fine before she got jabbed got Myocarditis and almost died and is still really suffering and she only got the vax because her employer required it.”

The media is an arm of government.  Sports and entertainment have tuned radically political.  But schools teach bigotry and hate.  Our police are afraid to arrest people.  Now we have to ask is my doctor giving me medical advice or parroting the policies of government.  Ba vaccines and medicine should be shelved, not mandated—and doctors have a responsibility to know the difference.  Now, along with the compromising of the military into a political ideologue organization, health care has become just another political weapon against the people.

Kelly Dodd explains why she ‘regrets’ getting the COVID-19 vaccine

By Caroline Blair and Eileen Reslen, NY Post/  10/20/21  

Kelly Dodd “regrets” getting the COVID-19 vaccine because she “already had the antibodies” and thinks that means she is “unlikely to get COVID again,” she exclusively explained to Page Six.

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” alum tweeted on Tuesday, “I got the vaccine … And regret it. I’m trying not to be a dick,” the last line an apparent reference to a cartoon about a character named “Dick” that “thinks the government cares about him.”

The “Rick & Kelly UNMASKED” podcast host expressed that “no one should be forced” to get the vaccine. She also referred to the COVID-19 vaccine as a “potentially deadly jab.”

Dodd’s statement to Page Six said, “I already had the virus so I already had antibodies. I was protected and unlikely to get Covid again but got the vaccine because of travel restrictions. It made life a lot easier since I could show the card and not have to keep getting tested, but if the government would’ve allowed an antibody card I never would’ve gotten the shot.”

The statement continued, “Now I personally know of at least two otherwise healthy people who died of blood clots after getting the vaccine and three others who developed Bells Palsy. Another friend of mine who was fine before she got jabbed got Myocarditis and almost died and is still really suffering and she only got the vax because her employer required it.”

“If people want to get this experimental vaccine that we now know only lasts a few months and doesn’t keep you from catching or spreading Covid, go get it but no one should be forced to do it,” Dodd continued. “If it’s so effective than [sic] the people who get it shouldn’t be worried about people who don’t.”

Enlarge ImageKelly Dodd now says she “never would’ve gotten” the COVID-19 vaccine.TheImageDirect.com, Instagram

Her statement continued, “And if this is all about the science, then look at the actual stats. Give natural immunity the same value as an experimental and potentially deadly jab. I know this virus has killed more than 700,000 people but more than 90% of them had preexisting comorbidities. They were already very sick and most were elderly.  For the general population, Covid has a 99% survival rate.”

Dodd ended her statement rhetorically asking, “Why are we demanding young healthy people risk their bodies for something that’s been proven not to work very well? And why is this such a controversial stance in America, where we used to value freedom and independence and choice so highly?  I feel like I woke up in the USSR.”

Enlarge ImageDodd’s COVID-19 remarks sparked major controversy in 2020.Getty Images

Dodd and husband Rick Leventhal chose the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because “it’s one shot, one time only,” Leventhal explained in the video Dodd posted in June. He added that it was a “historic day” for the couple.

The CDC and the FDA recommended the use of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine resume in April after a temporary pause. The blood clots Dodd mentioned are a rare adverse event called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, which have largely been in adult women younger than 50 years old.

As for the Bell’s palsy connection, a June study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Israeli doctors found no increased cases of Bell’s connected with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. A Hong Kong-based August study of 989,144 recipients of two COVID-19 vaccines published in the Lancet uncovered 44 cases of Bell’s palsy, leading researchers to conclude that “the beneficial and protective effects of the inactivated COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risk of this generally self-limiting adverse event.” 

Lastly, the CDC and FDA note that as of Oct. 13, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System confirmed 945 reports of myocarditis or pericarditis, “particularly in male adolescents and young adults.”

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective: Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines under what the CDC describes as “the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.”

Dodd made headlines over the last year for her controversial remarks on the pandemic, specifically referring to it as “God’s way of thinning the herd” in April 2020.

Dodd profusely apologized after the comment received major backlash online, calling her comment “ridiculous” and “stupid.” She claimed she “felt bad” for her remarks.

Public School in Davis, CA Tried to Make Kids Eat Lunch Outside in the Rain because COVID

Government has gone crazy.  Worse, government schools, with so called educational professionals have gone over the deep end.  Now they teach sex to fifth graders, hate to 8th graders and bigotry in all grades.  They abuse children by forcing them to wear worthless diapers on their faces, inhabiting their breathing and now want them to be guinea pigs to the drug industry and take a vaccine though no one knows the long term effect on the kids.

“Patwin Elementary School in Davis, California, sent a note to parents telling them to be sure to send warm coats to school with their kids as the students would be eating lunch outdoors due to COVID restrictions. “DJUSD students are required to eat outside at this time due to COVID restrictions,” the memo said.

The Globe is unaware of any public health orders requiring students to eat lunch outside in the rain “due to COVID restrictions.”

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Granite Bay) weighed in on Twitter: “A school district in Davis is forcing students to eat lunch outside in the rain to keep them “safe.” Cruelty to children has been normalized in California.”

Why weren’t the cops called to stop this child abuse?  Government schools have become abuse centers—at taxpayer expense.

Public School in Davis, CA Tried to Make Kids Eat Lunch Outside in the Rain because COVID

‘Cruelty to children has been normalized in California’

By Katy Grimes, California Globe,  10/20/21  

Patwin Elementary School in Davis, California, sent a note to parents telling them to be sure to send warm coats to school with their kids as the students would be eating lunch outdoors due to COVID restrictions. “DJUSD students are required to eat outside at this time due to COVID restrictions,” the memo said.

The Globe is unaware of any public health orders requiring students to eat lunch outside in the rain “due to COVID restrictions.”

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Granite Bay) weighed in on Twitter: “A school district in Davis is forcing students to eat lunch outside in the rain to keep them “safe.” Cruelty to children has been normalized in California.”

A Bay Area reporter replied to Kiley with this:

Here is today’s weather – it rained this morning and afternoon, more rain is predicted:

All that aside, the real story is that the school sent parents the official email breaking the news:

The Daily Mail reported on the story, noting this statement from Reopen California Schools founder Jonathan Zachreson:

“The inhumane treatment of children in California continues from masking all day, even outdoors, to having to sit on hot cement and now eating lunch in the rain.”

As the Globe reported Tuesday, “A new report by the New York Times found that Florida’s Coronavirus case average per capita is lower than all but two states – Hawaii and Louisiana. And California is tied with Florida for that spot.”

“California tied with Florida at 14 per capita,” the report said. If Florida, which is fully opened with no mask or vaccine mandates, is lower than all but two states, and California is toed with Florida, why does California still have mask and vaccine mandates?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced October 1st his controversial new mandate to require school children to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to be allowed to attend school, “following full FDA approval,” the Globe reported. This mandate launched Monday’s statewide school walkout and protest at the State Capitol, where more than 5,000 patents, teachers and kids protested the mandate.

Putting this new mandate into perspective, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley replied, “Gavin Newsom just announced a vaccine mandate for K-12 students, days after opposing one for prison guards. California kids made the mistake of not giving millions to his campaigns.”

The message from Patwin Elementary to parents was eventually reversed, with the school “later sending another email saying the school would stagger lunchtime routines to ensure kids could eat under cover.”

Parents are repudiating the outrageous school policies and it is working.

On a side note, the City of Davis California is the same city that declared streetlights “light pollution,” and assessed locals a 3% annual utility cost increase to pay for “converting street lights to solar/blue to reduce light pollution;” and they built a tunnel for frogs to use as safe passage instead of crossing the road risking being crushed by cars.

Major Los Gatos project promised 270 affordable apartments. Only 50 are happening.

Did you really think Los Gatos, one of the most exclusive and expensive towns in the nation would permit full scale slum making by government fiat?

“One of the oldest jurisdictions in Santa Clara County, Los Gatos is made up of 71% single-family homes with a median price of $2.1 million on the current market.

Construction of below-market rate housing often falls short. Under the current housing cycle between 2015 and 2023, as mandated by the state, Los Gatos has to add total 619 units. So far, the town approved 279 units—52% of which are market rate units. That’s a total of 146 market rate units, 81 moderate income units, 49 very low-income units and three low-income units approved during this period.

Do you think folks who own homes worth north of $2 million will allow government to devalue their equity in homes?

Major Los Gatos project promised 270 affordable apartments. Only 50 are happening.

by Tran Nguyen, San Jos Spotlight, 10/20/21 

The town of Los Gatos learned a tough lesson when it placed a big bet on the North 40 project to deliver affordable housing.

One of the oldest jurisdictions in Santa Clara County, Los Gatos is made up of 71% single-family homes with a median price of $2.1 million on the current market.

Construction of below-market rate housing often falls short. Under the current housing cycle between 2015 and 2023, as mandated by the state, Los Gatos has to add total 619 units. So far, the town approved 279 units—52% of which are market rate units. That’s a total of 146 market rate units, 81 moderate income units, 49 very low-income units and three low-income units approved during this period.

“We have, at best, a handful of very low-income units in Los Gatos, so this is a tremendous improvement over what we’ve created over the last 20 years,” Vice Mayor Rob Rennie told San José Spotlight.

Los Gatos officials in 2015 promised at least 270 affordable housing units from one of the town’s largest projects — North 40 — to address a housing crisis that has priced many out of the upscale town. But as of this year, the project will only provide 50 below market rate apartments for seniors — falling far short of what the town envisioned and needed for its housing goal.

Slanted for the east side of town, the 44-acre mixed-use housing development, North 40, was decades in the making and touted as a game changer. The property was the last privately-owned orchard grove in the area. Rows of walnut groves still lined a portion of Los Gatos Boulevard and caught the eyes of commuters on Highway 17.

When a developer submitted a plan in 2016 with only a fraction of the housing below market, the town voted it down. The developer, Grosvenor, sued and won. When the town council was mandated to rescind its rejection and approve the plan, the outcome was a bitter pill to swallow.

Santa Clara Superior Court judge Drew Takaichi ruled in favor of the developer saying the proposal already satisfied the total  number of required housing units.

“That was a lesson for Los Gatos,” Mayor Marico Sayoc told San José Spotlight. “You can specify your desires. But ultimately, you could not impose more than what is in policies and regulations.”

The project has moved forward but affordable housing wasn’t in the North 40 blueprints.

A lesson learned

The desirable North 40 area is bounded by Lark Avenue, Los Gatos Boulevard and Highways 85 and 17. It was once home to a walnut orchard that was predominately owned and operated by the Yuki family in Los Gatos.

The property sat empty for decades, but chatter about development began when the owners started working with Grosvenor, one of the world’s largest development firms, to build a village-style mixed-use project in 2008.

The town spent years crafting the North 40 Specific Plan, a land-use document that guided the development to ensure the massive housing project would fit into Los Gatos’ small town character. The plan was adopted in 2015, allowing developers like Grosvenor to bid for the project.

In 2016, Grosvenor proposed a plan to build as many as 320 housing units, including 50 low-income units for seniors, and 66,000 square feet of retail on about 20 acres of the site. SummerHill Homes would tackle the market rate housing, and Eden Housing would build the senior units, according to the proposal.

The proposal was not without opposition and delays. Grosvenor faced fierce backlash from hundreds of residents with the group “Town not City,” who said adding that much new housing would strain the town’s already overcrowded school system and worsen traffic jams. They worried about the “look and feel” of the project.

Before adopting the specific plan for North 40, Los Gatos had planned for 156 very low-income units, 84 low-income and 30 moderate units at the North 40 project in its housing element—a document mandated by the state that details the town’s housing needs and its plan to address those needs.

The Grosvenor’s proposal fell far short of the town’s affordable housing plan, Los Gatos councilmembers said. The council voted 3-2 to reject the plan in 2016, citing opposition from hundreds of residents and the town’s desire to see housing units spread out more.

Grosvenor argued that the proposal to include 50 senior, affordable units already met the town’s inclusionary policy, which requires developers to carve out 20% of new units for below market housing. The other reasons, it said, were subjective issues that were not ground for a rejection. 

The developer sued—and won—with more than 200 affordable units no longer part of the project. Judge Takaichi noted that the town can only reject a development based on specific plan and zoning standards, forcing Los Gatos to reconsider the project. The council then approved the number of units as proposed, effectively ending Los Gatos’ pipe dream of building hundreds of affordable units..

Many changes

The North 40 project under development still has a total of more than 300 housing units but the composition has changed dramatically from what the town envisioned. It includes a mix of 253 market-rate homes, condos and townhouses targeting empty nesters and young professionals, with a starting price at $1.2 million—as well as 50 below market housing for seniors. The project also has more than 66,000 square feet of retail shops.

Sayoc, who sat on the housing element advisory board and the council at the time, said she thought by specifying the level and numbers of affordable units in the specific plan, Los Gatos would get what it asked for.

“But going through the process, especially the process with the court, we understand that it’s strictly based on our current inclusionary policy,” Sayoc said. “That’s a lesson we learned along the way.”

Los Gatos Community Development Director Joel Paulson defended the town’s plans, saying the town is only required to demonstrate to the state that it plans for housing at all income levels. There is no penalty for the town to not enforce the plans.

“Ultimately, (North 40) was developed at different levels, which is very common,” Paulson said, “We can’t require developers to meet the numbers we included in the plan.”

The remaining 20 acres in the North 40 lot still sit empty, town officials said. It is zoned for commercial and 33 more housing units, according to the specific plan. Grosvenor is exploring options to add even more multi-family homes on the acreage, but it needs town council approval, Paulson said. Los Gatos has received no application as of last week.

“The developers have been having several community meetings,” Sayoc said. “They are in listening mode… before they actually designate any plans and (submit) any applications.”

Town councilmembers are still holding out hope for a more diverse housing inventory with more affordable options in Los Gatos.

“I think we have many opportunities looking forward to get real affordable housing,” Los Gatos Councilmember Matthew Hudes told San José Spotlight. “But we have to be really careful about doing it in a way that’s compatible with the character of the town.”

California ports, key to U.S. supply chain, among world’s least efficient, ranking shows

This is what you need to know:  There are 351 container ports in the world.  L.A. is listed at 328 and Long Beach is listed at 333.  Add to that AB 5 killing independent truckers at the ports, the high coats of fuel, the union rules—and you have a Christmas without a lot of presents.

“The total number of ships waiting to unload outside the two adjacent ports hit a new all-time record of 100 on Monday. Americans’ purchases of imported goods have jumped to levels the U.S. supply chain infrastructure can’t handle, causing delivery delays and snarls.

Top port honors went to Japan’s Yokohama and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on the ranking. Finishing out the top five were Chiwan, part of Shenzhen’s port in Guangdong Province; South China’s Guangzhou port; and Taiwan’s Kaoshiung port.

Ports in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa dominated the top 50 spots, while just four U.S. ports cracked the top 100 – Philadelphia (83), the Port of Virginia (85), New York & New Jersey (89) and Charleston, South Carolina (95)”.

California used to be a world leader in prosperity and progress.  Now it is a world leader in poverty, corruption and being a Third World State.

California ports, key to U.S. supply chain, among world’s least efficient, ranking shows

By Lisa Baertlein, Reuters, 10/19/20 

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LOS ANGELES, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Southern California’s Los Angeles and Long Beach ports handle the most ocean cargo of any ports in the United States, but are some of the least efficient in the world, according to a ranking by the World Bank and IHS Markit.

In a review of 351 container ports around the globe, Los Angeles was ranked 328, behind Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam and Alaska’s Dutch Harbor. The adjacent port of Long Beach came in even lower, at 333, behind Turkey’s Nemrut Bay and Kenya’s Mombasa, the groups said in their inaugural Container Port Performance Index published in May.

The total number of ships waiting to unload outside the two adjacent ports hit a new all-time record of 100 on Monday. Americans’ purchases of imported goods have jumped to levels the U.S. supply chain infrastructure can’t handle, causing delivery delays and snarls.

Top port honors went to Japan’s Yokohama and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on the ranking. Finishing out the top five were Chiwan, part of Shenzhen’s port in Guangdong Province; South China’s Guangzhou port; and Taiwan’s Kaoshiung port.

Ports in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa dominated the top 50 spots, while just four U.S. ports cracked the top 100 – Philadelphia (83), the Port of Virginia (85), New York & New Jersey (89) and Charleston, South Carolina (95).

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted trade around the globe, snarling trade and exposing the frailty of a supply chain built for predictable, just-in-time movement of goods.

The United States is the world’s biggest consumer, importing goods valued at roughly $2.5 trillion a year. President Joe Biden is fighting for massive federal funding to modernize crumbling infrastructure – including seaports. Government control, 24/7 operations and automation help make many non-U.S. ports more efficient.

Biden is pushing port executives, labor union leaders and major retailers like Walmart(WMT.N) to attack shipping hurdles that are driving up the price of goods and raising the risk of product shortages during the all-important holiday season.

Southern California port executives are coaxing terminal operators, importers, truckers, railroads, dock workers and warehouse owners to adopt 24/7 operations in a bid to clear clogs that have backed up dozens of ships offshore and delayed deliveries to stores and e-commerce fulfillment centers.

Allowing 400 lower-income homes has some Rancho Palos Verdes residents worried

Rancho Palos Verdes is an upscale, single family community.  Now it could be the first California city to be made into a slum courtesy of Newsom and his Sacramento Democrats.

“Adding nearly 650 low-to-moderate income housing units in Rancho Palos Verdes has some residents and City Council concerned about traffic and density issues in the city.

At its Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council discussed its response to a state law that requires periodic assessments of housing needs by region.

The Southern California Association of Governments, a joint powers authority comprising 191 cities that is in charge of this area’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment, released a plan for local housing needs earlier this year.

Note that the decision to do this was NOT made by the city council, but by an unelected regional body.  No need to vote for council members any more—this slum housing created by bureaucrats will make that worthless.  You will not be able to vote for those who make these decisions.  That is called a totalitarian nation.

Allowing 400 lower-income homes has some Rancho Palos Verdes residents worried

The city’s plan to do its part to ease Southern California’s housing crisis has residents concerned about increased traffic and density

By Michael Hixon, Daily Breeze,  10/21/21 

Adding nearly 650 low-to-moderate income housing units in Rancho Palos Verdes has some residents and City Council concerned about traffic and density issues in the city.

At its Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council discussed its response to a state law that requires periodic assessments of housing needs by region.

The Southern California Association of Governments, a joint powers authority comprising 191 cities that is in charge of this area’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment, released a plan for local housing needs earlier this year.

SCAG used a complicated formula that includes affordability, income, home values, proximity to transit and jobs among other factors to determine how many new homes each city within the region should allow.

But finding adequate sites within RPV to meet the state’s housing allocation is a challenge, said Ken Rukavina, the city’s Director of Community Development at the meeting Tuesday.

All cities and counties must prove they have “land that is appropriately zoned for residential development affordable to all income categories,” according to a draft Housing Element update prepared by BAE Urban Economics.

According to Matt Kowta, managing principal at BAE, the city, to reach that allocation, would need to allow builders to construct homes for 647 housing units across the city. Kowta said approximately 400 of those units would be considered lower-income units.

There are around 50 candidate sites around the city that could be rezoned to allow for an increase in residential development, Kowta said at Tuesday’s meeting.

“We do recognize that a large portion of the sites that have been identified are non-vacant sites that would require either infill or redevelopment to get those new units and per state law,” said Kowta, adding it would eventually be up to the private sector to develop the housing.

Rukavina said they are not concentrating the potential new housing in one area.

“We really need to spread it out, which is why we looked at all commercial areas in the city for potential mixed-use, so that we don’t eliminate the commercial aspects but allow for housing,” Rukavina said.

Councilmemeber David Bradley said the City Council has not recommended the report yet, which will up for review in early February. He said the city is trying to access what it can do and had been “backed into this” by the state.

“Here are the possible places within the city, in a city that has no good places to put (647) units,” Bradley said.

About a dozen residents who spoke at the meeting had the same sentiment.

Traffic was an issue, especially on Western Avenue. The City Council agreed Western Avenue should not take the brunt of the RHNA allocation.

“I think it is really ludicrous to ruin such a beautiful area, such a quaint area, losing the character, and trying to approach something that it’s not really feasible for the area,” said RPV resident Francesco Funiciello.

“To add more traffic is just insanity,” added Adriana Peacock.

Anita Garner said it would “result in irreversible damage to our neighborhoods.”

 “The city of Rancho Palos Verdes should look into taking legal action against this unrealistic mandate of 647 units,” Garner said.

Mayor Eric Alegria said the city has gone through the formal appeal process of its RHNA allocation in regards to the number of units required and was denied, as were other jurisdictions. The city had requested a 54-unit reduction.

“We’ve taken that step and we are also in the process of assessing state or legal options that are available to municipalities,” Alegria said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council decided to remove Miraleste properties from the potential sites as well as properties along Palos Verdes Drive South, due in part to land movement, according to city spokesperson Megan Barnes.

In comparison, for other smaller South Bay cities such as Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, the RHNA requirement is 774 and 558, respectively. In Redondo Beach, the number is 2,490 and in Torrance, the South Bay’s largest city, the allocation is 4,939.

Rukavina said at Tuesday’s meeting the city continues to accept public comments through Nov. 4.

Iconic Target Store on Mission St to Close Amid Shoplifting Tidal Wave

San Fran Mayor Breed says her town has no crime problem.  Yet 22 chain drug stores have closed due to shoplifting permitted by the State and city government—sometimes with the police watching as the theft goes on.

“Mayor London Breed challenged that narrative. She attributed the closings to demographic shifts and the Chronicle dutifully reported that “the five stores slated to close had fewer than two recorded shoplifting incidents a month on average since 2018” (while acknowledging that few stores bother to report a crime that now routinely goes unpunished). Everyone who has stood in line at a drugstore and watched thieves shove hundreds of dollars of items down their pants knew that Breed was mistaken at best or lying at worst.

Now, in a Globe exclusive, San Francisco Police Department has revealed that the iconic Target on Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets will be shutting its doors before the end of the year.

“This store loses $25,000 a day to shoplifting,” an SFPD officer told the Globe in lengthy, taped interviews conducted this week. “That’s $25,000 that walks out the door on average between 9 and 6 every day.”

$25,000 is not shoplifting, it is a shopping spree.  No business should have to endure those losses.  We are witnessing the collapse of San Fran.  What is the next store to announce it is closing?

EXCLUSIVE: Iconic Target Store on Mission St to Close Amid Shoplifting Tidal Wave

SFPD tells Globe Mayor Breed falsely claims it’s not about theft, begs company to stay

By Ken Kurson, California Globe,  10/21/21   

Last week, after Walgreens announced that five additional outlets in San Francisco would be closing on top of the 17 that already have been shuttered since 2019, the company claimed that changes in both the law and prosecutor attitudes and made it impossible to run a profitable business in the city.

Mayor London Breed challenged that narrative. She attributed the closings to demographic shifts and the Chronicle dutifully reported that “the five stores slated to close had fewer than two recorded shoplifting incidents a month on average since 2018” (while acknowledging that few stores bother to report a crime that now routinely goes unpunished). Everyone who has stood in line at a drugstore and watched thieves shove hundreds of dollars of items down their pants knew that Breed was mistaken at best or lying at worst.

Now, in a Globe exclusive, San Francisco Police Department has revealed that the iconic Target on Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets will be shutting its doors before the end of the year.

“This store loses $25,000 a day to shoplifting,” an SFPD officer told the Globe in lengthy, taped interviews conducted this week. “That’s $25,000 that walks out the door on average between 9 and 6 every day.”

(The Globe is redacting the officers’ names because of critical remarks made about Mayor London Breed and District Attorney Chesa Boudin that could potentially endanger their jobs.)

“This store does between $80,000 to $120,000 in sales every day. And they lose 25 of it [meaning $25,000]. Even if they’re making 25% profit, the stealing takes that down to zero.”

Asked if the presence of armed, uniformed police officers had any deterrent effect on thieves, one officer was blunt in his assessment.

“They don’t care. There’s no consequences. Literally zero consequences. I’ve kicked out… I’ve been here since 9 AM today. I probably have already kicked out eight or nine people and I’ve recovered a thousand dollars worth of stuff alone off of that. Whether we kick them out, tell them they can’t come back, whether I put them in handcuffs and take them down to the county jail—there is no difference. Because they will not be prosecuted by the district attorney. Therefore, there is nothing documented that they can’t come back here. You know, they get no time in jail to think about what they did, right? There is zero consequence. And that’s why in this store the same exact people come in every other day and in the city the same couple percent of people are the same people committing all the car break-ins, all the robberies and all the shootings, any aggravated assaults right in town where there’s more street people, people fighting. It’s all the same exact people, and there are zero consequences. Therefore you take them to jail they get out of jail. They do it again. It’s a big circle.”

The store has already taken measures to decrease the catastrophic shrinkage. In July, the retailer cited an “‘alarming rise’ in thefts at its San Francisco stores” and cut its hours. The store had been open from 8 am to 10 pm and is now open only from 9 am to 6 pm. One officer told the Globe the new hours inconvenienced hard-working San Franciscans who struggle to buy their diapers and Diet Cokes before 6 pm.

 “Their hours, all Targets in San Francisco right now compressed their hours, right? Every store is 9 AM to 6 PM, which pisses everybody off down here because a lot of people get off work at 6 o’clock and they come in and they are like, ‘What? Target is closed?’ … ‘Yeah, Target is closed.’ It is out of control. … They are closing the one on Bush Street. There’s one on Bush and Sansome, right there. They are closing it in a month. Right before Thanksgiving. That one is closing partly because the Financial District isn’t back you know, right.”

But according to this officer, the Mission Street Target will also be closed by the end of the year despite having solid revenue, because they cannot get the shoplifting under control. “In San Francisco, the only reason why they haven’t closed. They want to have it here, right, and this is the biggest one in San Francisco.”

In addition to the limited hours, the retail giant has taken other measures. The Mission Street store locks not just those items that have become commonplace at high-theft areas throughout San Fran such as Tylenol and razors, but also, in a first for California Globe, Tide and other heavy, large laundry detergents were also behind lock and key. Vitamins, false eyelashes, Nicorette, skin creams, Lego, water bottles, hairdryers and even bulky low-priced items like body wash all are protected by sophisticated anti-theft equipment. Even the “fancy” toothpaste. All of which, of course, raises costs for the honest hard-working shoppers and slows the checkout process for all. It also means an embarrassing quest to find a customer service person who now needs to be told of a shopper’s smelliness, dry skin and frizzy hair.

Still, they steal. Earlier this week, a reporter from the Globe spotted a man shoving food down his pants without a worry in the world. And even when items are not exactly removed from the store, they’re still stolen. When the Globe reporter went to buy Fig Newtons, every single package on the shelves had been opened and had several delicious cookies removed. A display of Hershey’s Kisses had been magically transformed into a “grab a free handful” situation by the industrious residents of the SOMA.

On a recent visit, one red-vested employee was busily installing additional theft guard barriers.

And none of it has been enough to ward off the imminent shuttering of a beloved—and necessary—local institution.

Care to enjoy a Frappuccino while you shop? Just take it. Drink it. Then put the empty on the shelf. Like Reese’s Pieces? (Who doesn’t!) Just rip off the top and pop ’em down like they did in E.T. It’s not only gross, it’s completely demoralizing to the staff. Irene, a checker, told the Globe that she gets furious watching customers steal while she works hard to pay for what her family needs. And now her store will be closing.

The Globe told the police officers that we, like all of the world, had seen store security officers routinely ignored by aggressive shoplifters. But we expressed surprise that even the full-time presence of two armed and uniformed SFPD wasn’t enough to deter this level of crime.

One officer told us, “Our chief of police actually came in a couple of months ago and did the same thing you did. He literally was like shocked that everything was locked up and he didn’t understand why and that’s kind of a little naïve on his end, but the same thing. And one worker went up to him and was almost like tearing up and she was like, ‘If you don’t have officers here tomorrow I’m not coming to work.’ We’re here for the theft, sort of, but our main objective in essence is to protect the employees, because all the people that come in. The security guards tell these people all day long, “Get out, get out, get out.” And what do they do? They flip them off or berate them or want to bite them or hit him – anything. So that in essence was more of our responsibility. We get a lot of the product back that’s stolen, but it’s impossible to catch everybody, especially when they are concealing it in bags. They go out all day, there are four fire exits here, they go right onto the street, right? And it’s hard when security can’t touch them. They can’t touch them. They can’t grab your arm and say ‘Hey, put that back.’ They’d be fired, there would be a lawsuit.”

So if the in-store security is hamstrung by these rules, why aren’t the police tackling these thieves?

According to one officer, “They give us more leeway, but they still don’t want us, again, on the floor tackling somebody for taking like a couple of pairs of pants, right. Stealing $50 worth of merchandise…”

In 2021, Target made $27.3 billion in profit on sales of $93.6 billion, which is a healthy margin of 29.3%. But the store on Mission already has some of the highest labor and security costs in the entire chain.

Mayor Breed Begs Target to Reconsider

This particular Target is a critical institution for a neighborhood that is already struggling with social ills. Aggressive panhandlers routinely perch outside the entrance and human feces on the street has gone from a rare shock to disgustingly commonplace. Visitors to Frena, the scrumptious Israeli bakery and café around the corner, now have to be buzzed in like they’re selling fine jewelry.

And of course, there’s a political component here. The Globe asked the officers why the store hadn’t closed already, since the full-time presence of uniformed PD hadn’t been able to stem the tide.

“The manager told me this a few weeks back, that’s where I got all the numbers from, but you know our mayor, London Breed, everybody would lose their mind, they’ve been very adamant, ‘Do not close this place,’ but Target they don’t care. They are like, they see the numbers, right, and that’s why our boss is like, ‘We will get you whatever you need,’” (meaning that’s why SFPD has provided so many resources to this particular private business).

And still it hasn’t worked. The officers expect the Mission St. Target to close by the end of the year.

According to one officer, “In 2019, Walgreens in San Francisco lost—all Walgreens —lost $25 million in theft. That’s why if you go to every Walgreens pretty much there’s an officer sitting at a Walgreens anywhere you go all over and they are still closing Walgreens, and it’s still the same thing here – the same people, the same daily essential products or whatever. And if you go to 16th and Michigan, they have like a fence there, and they sell all of this stuff that they take here. It’s out of control.”

Asked for a final thought on what could possibly reverse course, one officer said, “Got to change the process. The prosecution has to change.” Another chimed in: “It will never change.”

Shipping Costs Surge: $17,000 to Ship Container to California from Asia, Up from $3,800 in 2020

Inflation?  This is one reason the cost of goods has gone up.

“When Donald Trump was president in 2020, the price to ship a container from Asia to California was $3,800. That price spiked to $17,000 in October of 2021, according to supply chain technology company Freightos.

Freightos also revealed that shipping to the east coast is more expensive than the west coast, with rates reaching $20,000.

The increase in shipping cost is primarily due to the supply chain crunch, which is jamming seaports, trucking companies, and warehouses.

In the end, it is the consumer that pays for the corruption of government and the policies making it difficult to get  product unloaded at ports.

Shipping Costs Surge: $17,000 to Ship Container to California from Asia, Up from $3,800 in 2020 

Wendell Husebø, Breitbart,  10/21/21  

Shipping costs are surging around the globe, causing the price of sending a container from Asia to the West Coast to increase many times over.

When Donald Trump was president in 2020, the price to ship a container from Asia to California was $3,800. That price spiked to $17,000 in October of 2021, according to supply chain technology company Freightos.

Freightos also revealed that shipping to the east coast is more expensive than the west coast, with rates reaching $20,000.

The increase in shipping cost is primarily due to the supply chain crunch, which is jamming seaports, trucking companies, and warehouses.

More than 100 ships were reported this week to be anchored off the coast of California while waiting their turn to dock and unload full containers. But the seaports are stocked so high that ports are forcing vessels to wait up to two weeks before unloading.

The delay in unloading the containers at the ports delays the ships’ return voyage to Asia to collect more containers for the next shipment, which only backlogs ports in Asia and further delays the flow of goods to the United States.

The large number of containers piled at American docs is primarily due to the low supply of truck drivers. President and CEO of the American Trucking Association told CNN on Tuesday the supply chain crisis is short 80,000 drivers, a “record high.”

The association also conveyed the demand for truck drivers in October is 30 percent more than it was before the pandemic began.

Even if there were enough truck drivers to move the containers from the seaports, available warehouses are becoming more expensive and rare, further driving up the cost for consumers to receive goods.

President Joe Biden has responded to the supply chain crisis by demanding a few ports remain operational for 24 hours a day. Yet many endpoint destinations are closed during the night, so truckers are not able to deliver the containers until the morning.

US President Joe Biden speaks during an event honoring the Council of Chief State School Officers’ 2020 and 2021 State and National Teachers of the Year on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2021. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden’s plan may have unintended consequences, however, as truckers are dropping containers in residential neighborhoods near the seaports. “UCTI Trucking Company, located in Wilmington, California, only has the capacity of holding 65 containers, the report said,” Breitbart News reported. “As a result of limited space, the trucking company has been lining the streets of the nearby neighborhood in front of the homes of nearby residents.”

While trucking companies are dropping freight in the wrong locations, absent from stores and customers, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has also been absent from his post. Buttigieg has taken paternity leave since mid-August with his husband and two children. Buttigieg’s absence has been defended by the White House while they weigh whether to deploy the National Guard to confront the crisis.

Lunar Cratered Streets Paid for Budget Busting Union Raises

Driving in Los Angeles is like driving in a war zone that has just been bombed.  Except in this case, L.A. refuses to fix the potholes—instead makes sure the union are well paid, so that those forced to join the union or not work feel like they are getting something for their bribes.

“During the Garcetti administration, General Fund revenues have increased by more than 50%, or $2.3 billion.  This does not include the infusion of cash of $640 million from Washington in each of the last two years. But at the same time, very little of this multibillion increase was spent on our streets, sidewalks, parks, and the rest of our deteriorating infrastructure.  

Interestingly, only a small portion of the $1.3 billion infusion from Washington pursuant to the American Rescue Plan was devoted to the City’s infrastructure.  Instead, the cash infusion allowed the City to eliminate the Structural Deficit, balance its budgets, and replenish the Reserve Fund. 

Like any other corrupt government, L.A. took money claiming it would be spent for one thing, then lied and spent it on other things.  That is why the voters should say NO massive bond approval—the streets will see almost nothing of the money.

Lunar Cratered Streets Paid for Budget Busting Union Raises 

Jack Humphreville . City Watch LA,  10/21/21  

LA WATCHDOG – The City of Los Angeles is considering a number of large infrastructure projects that will result in significant tax increases if approved by the voters.

These include $4.5 billion for street repairs, $1.5 billion for sidewalk repairs, and $2 billion for recreation and park facilities.  Underlying the need for the $8 billion to repair our neglected infrastructure is that the Mayor and City Council have financed raises and excellent benefits for City employees by neglecting and underfunding our streets, sidewalks, and parks [see below].  

During the Garcetti administration, General Fund revenues have increased by more than 50%, or $2.3 billion.  This does not include the infusion of cash of $640 million from Washington in each of the last two years. But at the same time, very little of this multibillion increase was spent on our streets, sidewalks, parks, and the rest of our deteriorating infrastructure.  

Interestingly, only a small portion of the $1.3 billion infusion from Washington pursuant to the American Rescue Plan was devoted to the City’s infrastructure.  Instead, the cash infusion allowed the City to eliminate the Structural Deficit, balance its budgets, and replenish the Reserve Fund. 

Rather, a major portion of this $2.3 billion increase went to meet the demands of the campaign funding leaders of the City’s public sector unions.  For instance, in October of 2019, the Mayor and the City Council approved budget busting labor agreements that resulted in cumulative deficits over the following four years of an estimated $1.5 billion.  There were also other generous labor agreements during the Garcetti administration that added to the City’s budget woes and Structural Deficit.  And there will be more of the same in the future unless there is reform. 

The result will be that the City will ask us to approve the issuance of billions in bonds to finance the repair of our neglected streets, sidewalks, and parks.  If approved, this will result in a significant increase in our property taxes.  At the same time, the Mayor and the members of the City Council will put on a full court press, telling us why it is vital to our quality of life to pass the bond measure.  Their efforts will be backed up by considerable cash from the leaders of the public sector unions who have much to gain.  

Before proceeding, the City needs to develop a detailed plan for the repair of our streets, sidewalks, and parks as well as their future maintenance.  We will also need to have a better understanding of the financing as well as the source of funding for ongoing maintenance expense.  And finally, we must demand that any bond measure include budget reforms, including a provision that the City will not enter into any labor contracts that will result in a deficit.

*[Note: The $8 billion does not include $2 billion for the expansion of the Civic Center and Convention Center, $650 million for the expansion of the Zoo, $1 billion in flood control improvements, $4.5 billion for the Capital and Technology Improvement Plan, or $8 billion to comply with the Clean Water Act by 2037.]  

(Jack Humphreville writes LA Watchdog for CityWatch. He is the President of the DWP Advocacy Committee and is the Budget and DWP representative for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council. He is a Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate. He can be reached at:  [email protected]) 

Climate Change Group Boycotts D.C. Voting Rights Event over ‘Zionist’ Participation

Looks like the so called climate change group in D.C. is actually a supporter of Palestinian terrorists.  They are afraid to be in the SAME protest as Jews!!  Seriously, these are real bigots—guess they have already taken their class in Critical Race Theory and are full blown haters.  This does show they hate Jews more than cars!

“The District of Columbia chapter of the Sunrise Movement, a radical group of climate change activists, announced Wednesday that it would not participate in a local voting rights rally because of the involvement of “Zionist” groups.

In a statement, which is now “protected” from view on Twitter, but remains archived, Sunrise DC announced that it was refusing to speak at the rally due to the participation of a number of Zionist organizations.”

It specified: “This [sic] includes the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, which are all in alignment with and in support of Zionism and the State of Israel.”

At least the environmentalists are honest—they hate jobs, they hate work and they hate Jews.

Climate Change Group Boycotts D.C. Voting Rights Event over ‘Zionist’ Participation

Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart,  10/21/20  

The District of Columbia chapter of the Sunrise Movement, a radical group of climate change activists, announced Wednesday that it would not participate in a local voting rights rally because of the involvement of “Zionist” groups.

In a statement, which is now “protected” from view on Twitter, but remains archived, Sunrise DC announced that it was refusing to speak at the rally due to the participation of a number of Zionist organizations.”

It specified: “This [sic] includes the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, which are all in alignment with and in support of Zionism and the State of Israel.”

The statement went on to state a number of false claims about Israel, including the claim that it occupies Gaza, which is run by the Hamas terrorist group. It also urged the voting rights group, the Declaration for American Democracy, to expel the Jewish pro-Israel groups.

Zionism is the belief in the right of Jewish people to self-determination in the historic land of Israel. It is the founding idea of the State of Israel; to be anti-Zionist is to deny Israel’s right to exist. Given the fact that the State of Israel has been a refuge for millions of Jews in the aftermath of the Holocaust, including those fleeing new waves of persecution, anti-Zionism is virtually synonymous with antisemitism, in effect if not also in intent — especially when Israel is signed out for criticism.

There are Jewish groups on the left and on the right who support Israel, though left-wing groups are more critical lately.

The Times of Israel reported that the Anti-Defamation League said that Sunrise DC’s stance was simple antisemitism.

The Sunrise Movement has been prominent in supporting the Green New Deal favored by many Democrats in Congress.