HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views, 5/1121

BIG STORY

Today I have TWO Big Stories:

  1.  STRONG rumor in Orange County that after many years as Chair, Fred Whitaker is considering resigning and getting back to his law practice and family full time.  There is, I am told, at least one very strong candidate to replace Fred.  He has recently come under a lot of heat for his promotion, very early of a OC GOP endorsement of Sen. John Moorlach for Supervisor—without speaking to the other GOP Supervisors first.  They all endorsed Kevin Muldoon, against Whitakers choice.
  2. Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert has announced her run for California Attorney General.  She had been a Republican, left the Party and denounced the Party and President Trump.  Now she may be in hot water with feminist groups—especially those in Sacramento in the community and in the Capitol itself.

Several months ago a charge of rape was made against then Assemblyman Bill Brough—he got thrown out in the primary.  In the several months the DA’s office has been investigating, yet no report has been filed—though it might be held up on the desk of DA.  Schubert is not giving an indication as to when, or if, she will release the investigative report and if appropriate bring charges against Brough.  The longer Schubert delays the release of the report, the more feminists will believe she is not willing to take on cases of sexual misconduct when it involved legislators or legislative staff.

TALKING POINTS

  1. Politico exposes the VANITY CAMPAIGN of Caitlyn Jenner:  “MUST READ — Caitlyn Jenner’s long game by Jack Shafer in POLITICO Magazine: The state of California allows candidates huge leeway on how they can spend their political donations, so a candidate can live off it and reward her friends with contracts and jobs. With former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale advising Jenner in the race, it’s easy to imagine a well-financed political campaign, and candidates can throw campaign money at election-night celebrations and other events; attorney fees; cars, computers, meals and gifts.’
  2.  This is a debate I did not see coming—which is a more communist city—San Fran or Moscow—and the San Fran Chronicle has entered the debate.  Maybe this explains why people are fleeing San Fran—even Progressives do not want to live under communism?

Is San Francisco more conservative than Moscow? Top San Francisco official says yes. // San Francisco Chronicle
3..  If the measles vaccine worked this poorly, government would declare a State of emergency.  Remember, the 3100 cases of people getting the virus, AFTER taking the vaccine, is just for California.  Is the vaccine valuable or just a placebo?  From the Sacramento Bee:

Coronavirus

California reports 3,100 ‘breakthrough’ COVID cases among the vaccine
  • 4.  Students understand the fact that government school declared “open” are so designated just to get money and so the unions can squeeze more mony to the teachers, without actual work.  Kids will not show up to do or learn nothing—and the data proves it.  This is from the California Playbook, “THANK YOU, NEXT — California high schoolers are saying no thanks to reopened campuses and are staying home,’’ by LATimes’ Paloma Esquivel and Howard Blume: During the first week of in-person learning at Panorama High School, drama teacher Patricia Francisco stood in the mini-theater talking on Zoom to her acting class.
  • 5  San Fran is filled with homeless everywhere drug addled politicians, corruption, human and dog feces on the streets, roads that do not allow cars and crime that is promoted and supported by the DA.  Any wonder these folks need clarification—is San Fran a legitimate town or a location for the troubled to hand out? This is from the SF Gate:

The American College of Rheumatology canceled its in-person convention that was scheduled to take place at San Francisco’s Moscone Center with 16,000 attendees in November 2021.

“Just last week, they reached out to us and notified the hotels,” said Joe D’Allesandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. “They felt it wasn’t practical to have a live conference without more clarity.”

D’Allesandro said the conference would have had at least a $30 million impact on the city. This was the largest conference that was still scheduled to take place this year. 

LEADERS LEAD

 (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.)

Eber: Eugene Debs died for our sins

Raise your hand if you can remember Eugene Debs?  For those of you who believe in reincarnation,  Bernie Sanders is todays version of Debs—a socialist who was really a communist, but refused to admit the truth.

“Their leader Eugene Debs, who actually ran for President more often than Joe Biden, summed up his view of the world in saying:

“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.”

As with Mr. Debs, the foundation of the Progressive political movement today is based upon income redistribution, utilizing socialism and Marxist ideology to achieve these objectives.  In this model, the central government takes on more responsibility for achieving the happiness of people.  The influence of money generated by capitalism is reduced because most profits of business are given back to the central government in the form of higher taxation.

If one takes a look at Biden-Harris Green New Deal Infrastructure plans, Eugene Debs, were he still living, would be proud of this proposal if implemented that includes:

His followers today are Biden, AOC, Pelosi, Harris and the rest of the Democrat/socialist clan. 

Eugene Debs died for our sins By Richard Eber

Richard Eber, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views,  5/11/21

Even in the times of Cancel Culture, where Leftist extremists are trying to change the past by eliminating historical figures they don’t care for; there are certain truths that never change.  One such principle is that history like geology always repeats itself.

With this in mind, we take a look at the Progressive political movement in California and the rest of the country.  While the likes of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Alexandra Ocasio- Cortez (AOC), Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, and the California legislature act as if they are offering an exciting new socialistic vision.  In reality, it is hardly that.

These individuals offer a brand of semi-Marxism that reminds us of Eugene Debs, who helped in 1905 to found The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), members of which were commonly termed “Wobblies”.  This organization once had 150,000 members.  Their message of social equality and revolution principally appealed to oppressed workers during America’s industrial revolution.

The residual effects of the Red Scare after WWI, the rise of the Soviet Union, and the Wobblies objections to the American Federation of Labor (AFL) being too conservative, basically put the organization out of business by the early 1930’s.

Their leader Eugene Debs, who actually ran for President more often than Joe Biden, summed up his view of the world in saying:

“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.”

As with Mr. Debs, the foundation of the Progressive political movement today is based upon income redistribution, utilizing socialism and Marxist ideology to achieve these objectives.  In this model, the central government takes on more responsibility for achieving the happiness of people.  The influence of money generated by capitalism is reduced because most profits of business are given back to the central government in the form of higher taxation.

If one takes a look at Biden-Harris Green New Deal Infrastructure plans, Eugene Debs, were he still living, would be proud of this proposal if implemented that includes:

  • Corporate taxes would almost double to help finance $6 trillion of new spending. In addition the super wealthy would pony up most of what they make personally to the IRS.
  • Cradle-to-grave assistance starting with free preschool, child care, college loan forgiveness, government medical care, 12 weeks of family leave, etc., would become a human right.
  • The central and state governments rather than the free market would determine where people live.  Single family homes as they are known today would become a relic of the past.
  • More of the economy than even now would be generated by the government.  Decision making on a local level no longer might be relevant as political power would almost all reside in Sacramento and Washington D.C.

If this sounds more like a Five Year Plan concocted by the old Soviet Union rather than a glimpse of the future in the land of the free and the brave, then perhaps I should be rethinking the contents of the pipe I’m smoking from these days.

If the plans of Joe Biden-Kamala Harris, ATC, and Bernie team seems to be far out in “Left Field”, just take a look what is going on in the California legislature with new housing bills.  Most of this legislation emanates from the unholy big city duo of State Senate leader Toni Adkins (D-San Diego), Housing Committee Chair Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco)

They believe control for urban planning should reside with Sacramento rather than locally where residents are calling the shots.  Among the worst of this year’s bills are:

SB-9 Authored by Atkins, it ends single-family zoning to allow up to 6 units where 1 home is currently located. This bill which is similar to defeated SB-1120 last year gives developers the right to destroy single family neighborhoods without getting approval from local government. It allows for 4 foot backyards and no parking requirements if the structures are within one half mile of a bus stop. The collateral damage these new structures would have on a community is not addressed in the bill

SB-10 This Weiner measure is similar to SB-1120 that was voted down last year. SB 10 lets a simple majority on a city councils override CEQA to allow 10-unit pricey market-rate apartments almost anywhere. Even worse this anti-environment bill enables city councils to override voter approved zoning and urban limits.

Other horrible pieces of legislation include AB-1322 that allows the State Attorney General to pressure cities and counties to exercise state housing policies.  It hopes the threat of litigation will make sure they cave in much like the way cities were forced to accept district elections.  SB-7 (Atkins) allows developers to ignore CEQA if they include a small number of affordable units within a $15 million project. Again, this is similar to SB-995 which failed in the last legislative session.

SB-6, SB-478, AB-1401, AB-989, and AB-1398 are more of the same.  They mostly represent the State taking over local planning decisions with legislation that has been voted down several times the past few years.

Gavin Newsom and his progressive cohorts just do not care. As stalwart Socialist-Marxist Lite Democrats, they feel no obligation to listen to the voices of suburban families who prefer not to be governed by city slicker politics.

Unfortunately these Golden State Democratic legislators face virtually no repercussions from voters because Republican opposition is virtually nil.  Unlike the Wobblies, who were quickly rejected by for being too radical, this group does pretty much what they please. Unlike Democrats in Congress, they do not face the wrath of voters in the mid-term elections in 2022.

Despite their early demise, Wobblies of yesteryear should be proud of what they accomplished.  Much of what they and Robert La Follett’s Progressive movement ideas can be found in Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal

Unlike what transpired 100 years ago, radical Wokes of today have the failures of communism, socialism, and totalitarian regimes to recount the failures of the past. Even with most of the media acting as Progressive cheerleaders, we have to ask how come they just do not get it?

Hopefully, history will end up repeating itself to bring down this Leftist juggernaut.

Recall Mania: Calexico Mayor Under Recall

Add the Mayor of Calexico to the long list of elected officials in California—from school board members to Governor that are facing a Recall.  The people of this State have had enough of the ies, omissions, corruption, criminal activity and support of criminal activity by elected officials.  We are tired of hatemongers and bigots running our schools—then teaching kids that some races are superior and others inferior.  That is systemic racism—run by government.

“Manzanarez says he first initiated a recall push against Fernandez after her 2019 arrest for driving under the influence.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested Fernandez for DUI in July of 2019 after an accident on Highway 111. She got hurt, the other driver did not. She pleaded guilty to the charges in January of 2020, and served probation and community service.

Folks will not wait a year, two or three to the next election before we can throw someone out of office.  It will be interesting to see how many of these will be successful.

EXCLUSIVE: Calexico mayor served with recall notice

Notice served on same day former Mayor Pro Tem sentenced to prison time – News 11’s Wiley Jawhary reports

CALEXICO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY, 5/8/21 

) – Calexico’s controversial mayor has been served with notice she’s being recalled.

Community activist Gilberto Manzanarez served Mayor Rosie Fernandez with the recall papers during Wednesday night’s city council meeting. The group “CalexicoNeedsChange” posted video of Manzanarez serving the mayor with the notice:

Manzanarez says he first initiated a recall push against Fernandez after her 2019 arrest for driving under the influence.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested Fernandez for DUI in July of 2019 after an accident on Highway 111. She got hurt, the other driver did not. She pleaded guilty to the charges in January of 2020, and served probation and community service.

Fernandez retained her seat on the city council, and even went on to be named mayor. Calexico does not elect its mayor, just its city council members. Council members then go on to select a mayor, and mayor pro tem, from among their ranks.

Manzanarez says he, and other local activists, have opposed that decision from the beginning. He says he’s organized protests against city leadership, and has been a vocal critic of city policies on his own.

Fernandez was served on the same day two of her former political colleagues were sentenced to time in a federal prison.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former Calexico Mayor Pro Tem David Romero, and former commissioner Bruno Suarez-Soto to two years behind bars on bribery charges. Prosecutors say Romero and Suarez-Soto agreed to facilitate a cannabis dispensary license in exchange for $35,000. Both men pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges. They’re scheduled to report to prison on June 21.

Bialosky: Lies, Damned Lies

In 1983 Dr. Fauci announced you can catch AIDS by being in the same room of an AIDS patient.  He was the same person who told us close society for 15 days and the COVID virus will be gone.  Now he is telling us we might have wear a mask forever—yes, forever—even though every study shows the masks are worthless.

“The saying is actually “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics. “It was popularized in the United States by Mark Twain; the originator is in question. As you are aware the Democrats characterized almost everything President Trump said as a lie. The Washington Post stated there were 30,573 lies or misstatements during his term of office. Yet, times have changed, and we have a new president. How is he doing on the lying scale?

In their quest to defame President Trump, WAPO nitpicked everything he said. I read the list when it was mere 1,000 and I thought they were joking. Virtually none of the statements were of a serious public policy nature and many were repetitive. If you care to you can call them lies, but they were not damned lies. That is where we come to President Biden, who not only tells lies, but damned lies.

Yet, not a word about the goofy, mindless, incoherent statements of Joe Biden.  Government, in conjunction with media is promoting the lies of government.  It should be exposing them.

Lies, Damned Lies

Posted by Bruce Bialosky, Flashreport,   5/9/21   

The saying is actually “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics. “It was popularized in the United States by Mark Twain; the originator is in question. As you are aware the Democrats characterized almost everything President Trump said as a lie. The Washington Post stated there were 30,573 lies or misstatements during his term of office. Yet, times have changed, and we have a new president. How is he doing on the lying scale?

In their quest to defame President Trump, WAPO nitpicked everything he said. I read the list when it was mere 1,000 and I thought they were joking. Virtually none of the statements were of a serious public policy nature and many were repetitive. If you care to you can call them lies, but they were not damned lies. That is where we come to President Biden, who not only tells lies, but damned lies.

We are not talking about his claim of his wasteful bill mischaracterized as infrastructure generating 19 million new jobs. This falls under the third part of the saying – statistics. Even the MSM shot down that claim immediately because it was grossly foolish and inaccurate. Why Biden and his minions tried to foist this charade on us brings into question their judgment of our brain power. They must think we are all stupid or they believe the MSM will just echo anything Biden puts out there.

Let us focus on two damned lies that President Biden keeps purporting. They are damned lies because he and every one of his political cronies who repeat the lies must know they are lies. They continue the lies because their policy goals cannot be accomplished without perpetuating these lies. And the fact they are lies is not debatable.

I addressed an issue of whether WAPO was going after Biden to their fact checker and received a prompt response. Glenn Kessler stated they have run many fact checks on Biden. I certainly give him credit for his quick and professional response. But the fact checks are the problem.

President Biden stated “Most people don’t know, you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check.” That is a truly clear statement, and it is a damned lie. This is known as the “gun show loophole” that does not exist. Anybody who goes to a gun show and buys guns from a licensed dealer goes through the same checks they would in a store.

A small percentage of sales at gun shows are people selling their personal guns. Not many do at a gun show because it costs a decent amount of money to be a vendor at the show. People can sell or give their own guns to others and they do not have to go through background checks. They don’t generally do it at gun shows. You can believe that those sales should go through background checks as well. But to make believe this is a major issue and that background checks do not happen at gun shows is despicable. Other leading Democrats have stated the same thing (Nancy Pelosi for one), but President Biden is outright lying. The WAPO questioned it, but did not call it a lie. They defined it has “half-true.”

The purpose of restricting the rights of legal gunowners is why Biden and others repeat this lie over and over again.

The other damned lie is the one about the Georgia voting law. The statements Biden has made contain multiple misstatements which could be characterized as purposeful lies. He claims Georgia shortened the voting hours when they actually expanded them. He makes the racist claim that tightening the voter ID rules will limit people (Blacks) from voting. But the damned lie which he and his cronies keep repeating is: ”And it makes it a crime to provide water to voters while they wait in line.”

When accurately stating that it restricts delivering water or food within 150 feet of a polling station, they conveniently leave out is that this law applies to people who would be campaigning for any candidate or issue.

Restrictions on campaigning in close proximity to a polling place exist in every state for good reason. The good reason is so self-evident it would be insulting to define it here. The people who make the disgusting arguments against the Georgia law know this. They would never endorse campaigning at a polling place but are so anxious to pass HR1 and completely revamp and nationalize our election laws they are willing to say and do virtually anything.

The law does provide for poll workers handing out water. Also, there is nothing stopping voters from bringing their own water (or scotch) or whatever. In this way Americans might want to become more like Californians. It seems they are always walking around with a water container in their hand as if they are in the Sahara Desert, 50 miles from an oasis. It is so ingrained in the culture that whenever I leave a restaurant, they offer a drink for the road. I tell them I will brave the ten-minute drive back to my office.

Biden tells damnable lies that are only to confuse voters and get them to support his policy goals which they would not do otherwise. There are others which I am sure you can point out. His lies are ones he must know are lies. He could not be that ignorant or confused. This makes him definitively more dangerous than his predecessor.

White Liberals Watch In Amazement As Black Man Acquires ID

Stacey Abrams is an attorney, ran for Governor of Georgia.  Kamala Harris was smart enough to  be the mistress of Willie Brown to get her career started—and she is an attorney—but both  think their fellow black Americans are not smart enough to get a photo ID on their own.  Systemic racism is proven by Abrams, Harris (who went to work for someone she called a racist!)        Newsom, Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats.  They believe blacks are not smart.

How much do they think about black being dumb?  ALL are supporters of the eugenics driven Planned Parenthood, which in 2019 killed 117.646 black babies—a eugenics driven genocide—and the Democrats support it.

“White liberals gathered in the town of Hampton Falls were shocked and astonished as local black man, accountant, and father of three Michael Sparkton walked right into a DOT office and acquired an ID without any assistance from liberals whatsoever.”

Think this is satire?  Abrams, Harris and the rest do not.

White Liberals Watch In Amazement As Black Man Acquires ID

BabylonBee.com, 56/21   

HAMPTON FALLS, IA—White liberals gathered in the town of Hampton Falls were shocked and astonished as local black man, accountant, and father of three Michael Sparkton walked right into a DOT office and acquired an ID without any assistance from liberals whatsoever.

“It was amazing — he was smart, clean, and articulate enough to walk right in and acquire the ID without consulting us white people at all,” said anti-racist activist Chloe Ryder to reporters. “He walked right in and got the ID, no questions asked. We thought it would be way above his intelligence level because, well. You know what I’m saying, right? Yeah. You know.”

Reporters said they did not know, and Ryder was forced to whisper, “because he’s black and I don’t think he’s capable of doing it!”

At publishing time, the liberals were amazed to see he had walked up to a vending machine and purchased a bottle of water all by himself.

Walgreens Closes 10th Store in San Frano. Read. Why in last sentence below:

San Fran is closing down.  No tourists, cars on just a few streets, homeless everywhere—along with dog and human feces.  Tech companies either leaving town or telling employees NOT to come into the office.  Crime is protected by the police and DA—the victims are forced to buy a gun, leave town or at least lock themselves in their homes.

“Pharmacy giant Walgreens has closed its 10th store in the San Francisco area, prompting residents to blame rampant shoplifting caused by the city’s soft-on-crime policies. 

The store is set to permanently shut its doors on March 17, and the move has drawn an online petition against the closure, which accrued over 200 signatures at the time of publishing. The closure is the third since mid-October 2020, and those living in the area reported brazen thefts at Walgreens pharmacies throughout their hometowns. 

“All of us knew it was coming. Whenever we go in there, they always have problems with shoplifters, ” a regular customer, Sebastian Luke, told the San Francisco Chronicle

Crime is the cause and the DA and cops look the other way.  How many people lost their jobs because law enforcement refuses to do its job?  No wonder no major convention are booked into San Fran for 2021.

Walgreens Closes 10th Store in San Francisco. Read Why in last sentence below:

Walgreens shutters 10 stores in San Francisco as residents point to rampant shoplifting

by Jake Dima, America Wake-Up,   3/4/21    /

Pharmacy giant Walgreens has closed its 10th store in the San Francisco area, prompting residents to blame rampant shoplifting caused by the city’s soft-on-crime policies. 

The store is set to permanently shut its doors on March 17, and the move has drawn an online petition against the closure, which accrued over 200 signatures at the time of publishing. The closure is the third since mid-October 2020, and those living in the area reported brazen thefts at Walgreens pharmacies throughout their hometowns. 

“All of us knew it was coming. Whenever we go in there, they always have problems with shoplifters, ” a regular customer, Sebastian Luke, told the San Francisco Chronicle

One October incident was caught on video as Inside Edition reporters were following a story on the rampant larcenies. A thief, donning black clothing, was seen on video scaling a counter, grabbing an air vent, and leaving the store on a scooter as shelves in the store were left bare from similar sprees.

“I feel sorry for the clerks, they are regularly being verbally assaulted,” Luke said. “The clerks say there is nothing they can do. They say Walgreens’ policy is to not get involved. They don’t want anyone getting injured or getting sued, so the guys just keep coming in and taking whatever they want.”

At the time, Walgreens declined to provide a reason for the store closures but indicated “the safety of our team members and customers is our top concern.” The drug store chain did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner

When a store employee was asked about why the shelves were empty, he said, “Go ask the people in the alleys, they have it all.”

One store in the San Francisco area reportedly lost $1,000 a day to theft, and some have pointed to the city’s homeless as a potential culprit. Law enforcement at the time responded by stationing uniformed officers near the businesses, but the move didn’t last, and officers were quickly pulled away from the post. 

The San Francisco Police Department told the Washington Examiner that it is “aware of incidents of retail theft there where groups of suspects enter stores, grab product and merchandise and flee,” and insisted “larceny crimes are down significantly” in the city and “officers routinely check in with merchants.”

Under California law, (Proposition 47) theft under $950 is considered a misdemeanor, but many prosecutors, throughout the state, including SF DA Chesa Boudin, have opted to not arrest or free those charged with the offense, rather than holding them in jail for the maximum sentence of six months.

DA, Boudin’s parents were convicted of murder and he was raised in Chicago by the violent and criminal Weather Underground founders, the radical Marxists, Bill Ayres and his wife Bernadine Dohrn, who assist Barack Obama in his political endeavors. Before becoming the San Francisco DA, Boudin was a translator for Hugo Chavez, the Marxist who took over Venezuela.

Who’s Leaving California—and Who’s Moving In?

Illegal aliens, imported by Biden and Newsom are moving into California.  Productive middle class are leaving, to protect their financial and physical future.  The rich are leaving—like Elon Musk—because California has become a suburb of Moscow politics.

“The 2020 census results are in: California experienced its slowest growth rates ever during the 2010s. This slowdown was enough to cause an unprecedented loss of a seat in the House of Representatives. But it is part of a decades-long trend, the consequence of fewer births, more deaths, a slowing of international migration, and—capturing a great deal of attention—a large migration out of California to other states.

Last year California had a net loss of 182,000 people—first time in history we lost population.  The bad news is Newsom might beat back the Recall.  The better news is that if he does, you will see people leaving California much quicker.

Who’s Leaving California—and Who’s Moving In?

Hans Johnson, PPIC,  5/6/21   

The 2020 census results are in: California experienced its slowest growth rates ever during the 2010s. This slowdown was enough to cause an unprecedented loss of a seat in the House of Representatives. But it is part of a decades-long trend, the consequence of fewer births, more deaths, a slowing of international migration, and—capturing a great deal of attention—a large migration out of California to other states.

Much has been made of the California exodus, and rightly so. This migration, over the decades, has the power to reshape the state. During the 2010s about 6.1 million people moved from California to other states, while only 4.9 million people moved to California from other parts of the country.

People who move to California are different from those who move out. In general, those who move here are more likely to be working age, to be employed, and to earn high wages—and are less likely to be in poverty—than those who move away.

Those who move to California also tend to have higher education levels than those who move out—an especially important factor given the state’s strong need for college graduates. Notably, this gain in educated residents is concentrated among young college graduates (generally, adults in their 20s) looking for opportunities as they start their careers.

Also of note: people who move to California have higher incomes than those who move away. Some have argued that the opposite is taking place—that California’s relatively progressive and high personal income tax rates drive out higher-income residents. But the fact is that California has been losing lower- and middle-income residents to other states for some time while continuing to gain higher-income adults. In the past five years the flow of middle-income residents out of the state has accelerated.

Most people who move across state lines do so for economic or family reasons. The vast majority of adults who left California in the 2010s cited jobs (49%), housing (23%), or family (20%) as the primary reason (according to the Current Population Survey). The PPIC Statewide Survey finds that one-third of Californians have seriously considered leaving the state because of housing costs.

Highly educated, high-income workers are certainly helpful to the state’s bottom line: they contribute to state tax revenue and use relatively few social services. But the larger picture painted by these trends illustrates the economic challenges faced by many lower- and middle-income Californians. The state’s high cost of living, driven almost solely by comparatively high housing costs, remains an ongoing public policy challenge—one that needs resolution if the state is to be a place of opportunity for all of its residents.

This Week in Campus Insanity Vol. 43

This may explain why the educated elite support the murder, ur, abortion, of babies of color.  In the U.S. in 2019 Planned Parenthood killed 117,646  black babies.  In any language, that is genocide.  Now a professor approves of the sterilization, forced of Muslims.

Columbia University Professor Argues That Detention, Sterilization of Uyghurs Does Not Constitute Genocide  | The Daily Wire

Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs argued the term “genocide” is an inaccurate term for China’s treatment of Uyghurs in a Project Syndicate op-ed. The author admits, however, that taking steps to reduce a population’s birth rate—like forced abortions and sterilizations, which China has enforced on detained Uyghur women—does constitute genocide, according to international law.

Systemic racism is alive and well, on American campuses—and white liberal professors are the biggest haters.

This Week in Campus Insanity Vol. 43

Alex Nester, Washington Free Beacon,  5/8/21   

Welcome back to Campus Insanity, a weekly roundup of the craziest developments at our nation’s 4,000-plus institutions of “higher education.”

6. Yale Researcher Gives New Ant Species a ‘Non-Binary’ Scientific Name | The College Fix 

Yale taxonomy expert Douglas Booher suggested adding the “gender non-binary identifier ‘they’” as a suffix to the name of a recently discovered ant species, Strumigenys ayersthey. While species names typically end with either a masculine or feminine suffix, Booher intended to honor gay rights activist Jeremy Ayers with the plural pronoun.

5. U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee Workshop Helps Participants To ‘Confront Whiteness’ | The College Fix

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosted “Reflective Justice” experts Lisa Anderson-Levy and Catherine Orr, professors at Beloit College, to teach students how to “confront whiteness.” The discussion was part of the university’s “Honors Antiracism Event” series.

4. Tulane Hosts Anti-Racism Teach-in With Profs Divided by Race | Campus Reform

Tulane University’s “Anti-Racism and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Teach-in” for faculty was divided by “affinity group” during the lunchtime session. The first registrants received a free face mask “with the 5 Anti-Racist and EDI Teach-In key learning goals” as well as a free copy of “antiracist” scholar Ibram X. Kendi’s Be Antiracist workbook.

3. Cornell Students Defend Racially Segregated Rock Climbing Course | Washington Free Beacon

Cornell University students supported racial segregation after the school allowed white students to enroll in a “BIPOC Rock Climbing” course, which was originally offered to “people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color.” One student said critics of the class should focus less on why the class was segregated and more on why the school needed to segregate students. 

2. Columbia University Professor Argues That Detention, Sterilization of Uyghurs Does Not Constitute Genocide  | The Daily Wire

Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs argued the term “genocide” is an inaccurate term for China’s treatment of Uyghurs in a Project Syndicate op-ed. The author admits, however, that taking steps to reduce a population’s birth rate—like forced abortions and sterilizations, which China has enforced on detained Uyghur women—does constitute genocide, according to international law.

1. Iowa State Professor Says She Limits Interactions With White People ‘As Much As Possible’ | Campus Reform

Iowa State University sociology professor Rita Repulsa, who spoke at a recent “Diversity and Inclusion panel,” tweeted that she limits her interactions “with yt people as much as possible.” Repulsa also tweeted that she changed her profile picture because “someone called me white the other day…. I think the fuck not.”

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California Republicans Can Learn From Texas Republicans

Texas Republican remind the Hispanic community that the GOP is pro-life.  The California Republican Party, in its Platform says we are pro-life—yet our Party leadership does not go to Hispanic churches to let them know we support babies.  Instead, we have a leading candidate for Governor, Kevin Faulconer who supports open borders, higher taxes, bigger government and the pro-choice movement.  All of these have harmed the Hispanic community.

It is not enough for CRP leaders and our elected officials to be “personally” pro-life, but we must go into the ethnic pro-life communities—black and Hispanic, for support.

In 2019 Planned Parenthood, supported by the Democrats killed 117,646 black babies—that is a genocide—where is the CRP press release opposing the genocide of black babies?  Until we speak out on issues that personally affect people of color—and show how the historically racist Party, the Democrats, have harmed them, we will continue to lose elections and support.  Just ask this question of a black family—which Party defended slavery?

‘Things Have Shifted Dramatically’: Conservative Hispanic Leaders Explain Why Texas Voters Are Shifting Republican

Mary Margaret Olohan, Daily Caller,   5/7/21     

  • The Republican party in Texas is drawing Hispanic voters disillusioned by the Democratic party’s extreme values, two Hispanic Republican female leaders with Democratic backgrounds told the Daily Caller News Foundation. 
  • “I am starting to see this need to connect with the Hispanic community and let them know nationwide that it’s the Republican party that offers opportunities,” Adrienne Pena-Garza, chair of the Hidalgo County Republican Party, told the DCNF. 
  • “The Hispanic culture really aligns with pro-life, pro God, and pro country,” Republican Texas candidate Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez said. “Those are the values of the Republican party. Democrats have just simply gone too far to the left and towards socialism.”

The Republican party in Texas is drawing Hispanic voters disillusioned by the Democratic party’s extreme values, two female Hispanic Republican leaders with Democratic backgrounds told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

South Texas saw both a liberal decline and a conservative surge during the 2020 election, The New York Times reported, a surge that has emboldened Republicans hoping to win in Latino communities throughout the United States. Hispanic female Republicans are stepping up to the plate, the publication reported.

“I am starting to see this need to connect with the Hispanic community and let them know nationwide that it’s the Republican party that offers opportunities,” Adrienne Pena-Garza, chair of the Hidalgo County Republican Party, told the DCNF.

Pena-Garza grew up in Texas as the daughter of a Democratic state legislator who switched parties and became a Republican around 2010. Pena-Garza told the DCNF that her father’s community reacted very strongly to his switch, noting that he had been beloved as a Democrat but was treated with incivility as a Republican.

But Pena-Garza also switched parties, concerned by the policies and talking points she was witnessing from Democratic lawmakers.

“Things have shifted dramatically,” she said. Republican Texas candidate Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez is challenging Democratic Texas Rep. Vicente Gonzalez in next year’s race — but this second time challenging Gonzalez may pan out differently for De La Cruz-Hernandez due to shifting political alignments, and the district’s shape may be altered later this year, the Times reported.

De La Cruz-Hernandez told the DCNF that she was first registered as a Democrat but switched to the Republican party because her “values changed.”

 “I grew up as a strong Catholic,” she said. “This area has got strong Catholic roots today, Christian roots. Being pro-life and pro God was very important to me as an individual. And my family is a family that has served its country. My grandfather served in World War II and in the United States Navy, and my brother served 20 years honorably in the United States Air Force. I saw that the Democrat party was just moving quickly to the left and towards socialism. And those just did not did not align with my values any longer.”

“The Hispanic culture really aligns with pro-life, pro God, and pro country,” De La Cruz-Hernandez said. “Those are the values of the Republican party. Democrats have just simply gone too far to the left and towards socialism.” 

Both De La Cruz-Hernandez and Pena-Garza criticized President Joe Biden’s administration’s policies that have allowed so many migrants to cross the border into the United States in recent months.

“I love this country,” De La Cruz-Hernandez said. “I want to see this country protected and that protection to come through strong borders and law and order. And what President Biden has done is essentially opened our borders down here in South Texas. And so we need to immediately implement the rules and policies of the previous administration, which includes to build the levee wall that the previous administration had, to re-install the Remain in Mexico Policy and to stop the Catch and Release System.”

Silicon Valley saved California during Covid, but people still want to leave

Here are three statements from this article that explain the population loss in California and the movement of start up companies out of the State.  But, but Hewlett Packard and Oracle, long time California companies, with lots of holdings, left the State.  ““Companies that have been around for 20-plus years like Google that have huge capital investments in the region, they’re not going anywhere,” she said. “The real question is the next generation of companies.”

Then you have this:

Twitter employees are no longer tethered to the office or to any particular location. The same is true for workers at Atlassian and Dropbox. Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that, under the company’s latest plans, about 60% of employees will be in the office a few days a week, 20% will be in new offices and 20% will be home.

Zendesk is consolidating from four offices in San Francisco to just one, the headquarters on Market Street. The cloud software company, which employs more than 4,500 people worldwide, said it has reclassified 40% of its roles as remote, and the other 60% of employees will be required to come in two days a week.

And finally this:

“Fellay, 28, knew that her prospective employees would face similar financial decisions. The average home in Denver is about one-third the price of a San Francisco house, according to Zillow, and Colorado’s state income tax of 4.6% is roughly half what the typical tech worker would pay in California.

“Unless you’re one of the few people who had an insane exit, the prospect of buying a house in San Francisco is pretty much nonexistent,” said Fellay, who graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, about 30 miles from Denver. “The talent pool for some key roles in high-growth tech is concentrated in San Francisco, but it’s been easier than I thought it would be to hire.”

California was not murdered—it committed suicide.

Silicon Valley saved California during Covid, but people still want to leave

Ari LevyCNBC,  5/6/21 

  • Five of the six biggest public market debuts in tech last year were from California companies, and the other one, Palantir, just moved away.
  • California continues to attract an outsized amount of venture funding, with start-ups in the state raising $84.2 billion last year, according to the National Venture Capital Association.
  • Still, California critics say the state is losing its grip on tech thanks to high housing costs, poor governance, and a hostile climate of wildfires and drought.

Gavin Newsom, center, smiles next to his wife Jennifer Newsom, left, and Senator Kamala Harris, during a rally in Burbank, California, last May.

Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images

For all the talk of a California exodus, the largest U.S. state is in the midst of an economic resurgence.

When Covid-19 shut down much of the economy in early 2020 and forced office workers to log on from home, some in the tech industry packed their bags, publicly announcing their permanent departure from California. Others just hit the road, uncertain of where the future would take them.

Whether it was high taxes, political disenchantment, rising crime rates or the devastating wildfires that arrived earlier than normal and produced toxic air across wide swaths of the West Coast, California residents found many reasons to seek refuge elsewhere. For those with office jobs, escaping was easy because they could suddenly work from mountains, beaches, campsites and rental homes along the way.

Some of the criticisms of California are the same as ever: State income taxes are the highest in the country. Regulations are stifling. Red tape is everywhere. Living costs are crazy.

Others were Covid-specific: The response has been choppy and seemingly arbitrary. Schools and businesses were closed for way too long. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, looked like a hypocrite for attending a dinner party at the French Laundry restaurant, where a meal costs around $300 a person, while many businesses in the state were shuttered and citizens uncertain as to whether it was safe to go out at all.

Newsom’s erratic leadership frustrated enough people to inspire a recall campaign that’s likely going to hit the ballot this fall, echoing the successful 2003 recall of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and his replacement by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But despite all the fuss, it turns out that the industry best prepared to weather the pandemic was still centered in California. Even as notable names like Oracle, Palantir and Hewlett Packard Enterprise decamped and population growth stagnated, the financial success of the tech sector during the Covid pandemic helped propel California to a $15 billion tax surplus for the upcoming fiscal year — a sharp turnaround from last year’s projected $54 billion deficit.

The stock prices of Apple, Facebook, Alphabet and Netflix soared to all-time highs. Shares of videoconferencing company Zoom climbed fivefold as it became a household name. Emerging companies Snowflake, Airbnb, DoorDash and Unity held some of the biggest IPOs on record, producing windfalls for employees and investors.

Now, as vaccinations mount and California sports the lowest Covid-19 positive rate in the country, Hollywood is poised for a rebound, tourism is set to come back and popular theme parks are reopening their gates.

Bill McDermott, CEO of cloud software vendor ServiceNow, said his employees are starting to return to Silicon Valley as signs of life reemerge. He said workers temporarily scattered to states including Texas, Florida, Colorado and Idaho.

“We already see the band coming back,” said McDermott, who moved to California when he took the ServiceNow job in 2019, after almost a decade running German software company SAP. “Silicon Valley is still the heartland of innovation around the U.S. and the world. California will do just fine.”

Here today, gone tomorrow?

The debate about whether California is flourishing or failing is too nuanced for social media, where it’s defined by GIFs, one-liners and cherry-picked data points. In the Twitter tech bubble, the argument plays out between rich techies who’ve left for business-friendly cities like Miami, Austin, Texas, or Denver, and locals who post pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge at daybreak or Twin Peaks at sunset, with captions like, “truly miserable here.”

The data is equally messy.

In March of this year, California added 119,600 jobs from the prior month. The 0.7% increase was topped by only 11 states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

However, the year-over-year numbers for California are still bleak. The state has lost 1.35 million jobs since March 2020, for a 7.7% decline, fifth worst among the 50 states.

Five of the six biggest venture-backed debuts on the public market last year were from California companies, according to the National Venture Capital Association’s annual yearbook, and the other was Palantir, which had only just left for Colorado. California’s start-up scene attracted 34% of total funding last year, and venture investing in the state surged 28% to a record $84.2 billion, the NVCA said.

But those numbers are backward-looking and say nothing about trends happening at the earliest stages of start-up development.

In the same report, the NVCA said that “meaningful investment activity” is taking place outside of the traditional hubs, and Covid-19 has caused tech talent to disperse. “The impact this migration of talent will have on investment and startup patterns will be felt as the industry continues to evolve,” the report said.

For California’s financials, the more immediate concern is the move toward remote work and the uncertainty about what that means for tax revenue. The state’s budget surplus for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, is largely the result of taxes on the highest earners with big tech salaries and outsized investment gains.

The $185 billion that Californians made in capital gains income last year produced $18.5 billion of tax revenue. Are those people staying or going?

Why pay so much for housing?

As the pandemic proved that employees could be productive without working in a central office, many Bay Area companies are giving employees the flexibility to live and work wherever they want.

Twitter employees are no longer tethered to the office or to any particular location. The same is true for workers at Atlassian and Dropbox. Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that, under the company’s latest plans, about 60% of employees will be in the office a few days a week, 20% will be in new offices and 20% will be home.

Zendesk is consolidating from four offices in San Francisco to just one, the headquarters on Market Street. The cloud software company, which employs more than 4,500 people worldwide, said it has reclassified 40% of its roles as remote, and the other 60% of employees will be required to come in two days a week.

“It allows us to really get diverse talent, which is a huge focus for us,” said Zendesk Chief Operating Officer Jeff Titterton, who lives in San Francisco, in an interview this week. “This town, while it’s diverse, is not as diverse as we want it to be.” But Titterton is still optimistic about the future of San Francisco and said it remains “the center of tech.”

Others like venture capitalist Keith Rabois of Founders Fund, the most vocal cheerleader for Miami’s emergence as a tech hub, see a more fundamental shift taking place.

“I believe the headquarters of the companies, the employees of the companies will be more fragmented,” Rabois, who moved to Miami from San Francisco last year, told CNBC’s “TechCheck” last week. “They’ll be distributed in Berlin, they’ll be distributed in New York, they’ll be in Miami. They’re not going to be headquartered in Silicon Valley.”

As tech workers ponder their future, no problem plagues California more relentlessly than the cost of living.

Housing prices are second highest in the country, behind only Hawaii. And despite a double-digit drop in rent prices last year in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose, those three cities are still among the six most expensive markets in the U.S., according to Zumper. Four other California cities are in the top 10.

That’s why residents are fleeing to places like Texas and Arizona, said Christopher Thornberg, an economist and founding partner of research firm Beacon Economics in Los Angeles.

“They’re leaving because there’s no housing for them,” Thornberg said.

Companies are making the same considerations. Tesla CEO Elon Musk moved to Texas last year and threatened to shift car production out of California after quibbling with lawmakers over Covid-19 restrictions. However, Thornberg said the big issue for Tesla is not regulations but rather, “How do you assemble cars in a state when there’s no housing for car assembly people?”

Sky-high housing costs drove Melanie Fellay, co-founder and CEO of business software start-up Spekit, to Colorado. After three years working in San Francisco’s tech scene, she moved to Denver in 2018.

Fellay, 28, knew that her prospective employees would face similar financial decisions. The average home in Denver is about one-third the price of a San Francisco house, according to Zillow, and Colorado’s state income tax of 4.6% is roughly half what the typical tech worker would pay in California.

“Unless you’re one of the few people who had an insane exit, the prospect of buying a house in San Francisco is pretty much nonexistent,” said Fellay, who graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, about 30 miles from Denver. “The talent pool for some key roles in high-growth tech is concentrated in San Francisco, but it’s been easier than I thought it would be to hire.”

Spekit raised a $12.2 million financing round in March, after holding all of its investor meetings over Zoom. Fellay said there’s still a fundraising advantage as a founder in the Bay Area because of the proximity to top investors, but being somewhere else is no longer an impregnable barrier.

A hostile climate

Venture firms are rapidly adapting to the new reality. They’re seeing companies launch in a wide variety of locations, including an increasing number with no physical home at all.

Kim-Mai Cutler, a partner at early stage firm Initialized Capital in San Francisco, said companies in her firm’s portfolio were becoming more distributed before the pandemic. Now that more entrepreneurs have experienced a year of remote work, virtual meetings and hiring over Zoom, they’re concluding that the Bay Area advantage is no longer worth the costs.

Start-ups face a very different set of circumstances than the tech giants, Cutler said.

“Companies that have been around for 20-plus years like Google that have huge capital investments in the region, they’re not going anywhere,” she said. “The real question is the next generation of companies.”

Lux Capital’s Peter Hebert said there are still plenty of Silicon Valley companies in areas like biotech and hardware that are itching to get back to the office or the lab. But software and internet companies are all over the map, some letting leases expire and going fully remote and others treating 2020 like a gap year, with plans to soon return to their normal homes and offices.

“It feels like we’re still in this experimentation where people are testing out new living situations and where they have the ability, thanks to tech, to try new things,” said Hebert, whose firm has offices in New York and Silicon Valley. “I think we’ll end up somewhere between what we’ve seen over the past year and what was normal over a year ago.”

Then there’s climate change.

As the summer months near, Californians have to prepare for what state officials warn could be another devastating fire season due to drought-like conditions and rising temperatures. Last year was the most damaging in California’s modern history, resulting in some of the worst air quality in the world in August and September, including one day when the sky turned orange and the sun never appeared.

With Californians forced indoors in the middle of a pandemic and unable to open their windows, editorials popped up with headlines like, “California, We Can’t Go On Like This,” and “California Is Becoming Unlivable.”

For some people in the state who were already fed up, the fires and smoke were the last straw. For venture capitalist Josh Felser, the crisis marked a different kind of turning point.

Felser, who co-founded Freestyle VC in 2008, decided to refocus all of his attention on climate investing. Felser lives in the Bay Area and describes himself as a “borderless investor,” seeking out deals across the U.S., Europe and South America.

But when it comes to climate technologies, California is the center of innovation, Felser said, making it perfectly situated to find the solutions to its most existential problem. The numbers back up his premise.

In a report titled, “The State of Climate Tech 2020,” published in September, PwC wrote that San Francisco-area start-ups in the space have raised $6.9 billion, more than triple the amount raised by companies in Boston, the second-leading hub.

“One of the reasons I’m not leaving California is I think this state has only itself to blame if it doesn’t lead the whole for-profit climate movement,” Felser said. “Whatever tech was to the ’90s and early 2000s, climate will be to the next 20 years.”