Leaving California: These places will pay you to move there

It’s the talk of the town these days: With a booming job market pushing real-estate prices through the roof, jamming freeways and making the most quotidian of tasks seem downright wearisome, a lot of California residents are either heading for the exits or are already gone.

Consider the San Jose Mercury News’ story this week of the startup offering to pay residents $10,000 to pull up roots and leave town. Why? As a way to get workers to move to more affordable places around the country, then pair them up with companies that can’t afford the bottom-line-busting salaries typical across the high-cost Golden State.

Still, while the company, called MainStreet, might be pushing Californians out, some states, cities and towns across the nation are pulling in the other direction, offering benefits of all kinds and cold hard cash to bring in the recently uprooted. …

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Gov. Newsom’s Vision for High-Speed Rail Boondoggle Doubted by Many

Discussions at Tuesday’s state Assembly Transportation Committee hearing in Fresno highlighted the uncertainty existing within the state Legislature that fully building out Gov. Gavin Newsom’s vision of California’s high-speed rail project is the best way to proceed.

That difference of opinion is not only among legislators within Newsom’s own Democratic party, but members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s board of directors.

The 119-mile route segments now under construction for the project span from Madera, just north of Fresno, to a rural orchard near Shafter to the south — an estimated cost of $15.6 billion.

What Newsom wants is a 171-mile operating line of electric-powered trains from Merced to Bakersfield as an interim step toward a statewide bullet-train system. To do that will require another $4.8 billion to not only extend the tracks and signal systems, but to buy the trains and build the electrical system to power those trains. …

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San Francisco’s New DA: Public Urination ‘Will Not Be Prosecuted’

San Francisco’s pee problem could soon get worse.

Chesa Boudin, the urine-and-feces-plagued city’s incoming district attorney, pledged during the campaign not to prosecute public urination and other quality-of-life crimes if he was elected. Boudin declared victory Saturday night after results showed him winning a plurality of votes in the DA race.

“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes. Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted,” Boudin vowed in response to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) questionnaire during the campaign. …

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The Complex Web of New Voting Laws

You might have heard by now that San Diego County’s attempt to deal with a new state law allowing same-day voter registration caused a great deal of drama.

That law, SB 72, requires county elections officials to offer conditional voter registration and provisional voting (same day registration) at all polling places.

San Diego County’s top elections official, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu, urged the county to open four satellite centers to help accommodate a possible surge in same-day voter registration – and to approve spending a good deal of money to make it happen.

After some arguing, bureaucratic maneuvering and outright lies about the voting process, the board approved the expense. …

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Lawmaker wants $500 million to help California college students with food and housing

A little over two months ago, Angel Huerta was working two jobs, attending UC Riverside full time, and didn’t know where he would find his next meal.

“Often, I went two days without eating anything,” the 21-year-old senior said Wednesday, Nov. 6. “On most days, I’d only have one meal.”

The stress associated with food and housing insecurities, Huerta said, caused his grades to drop. He was placed on academic probation. That’s when he sought the help of the on-campus food pantry, and it made a huge difference. He is no longer on probation and is on track to graduate in June 2020, he said.

“I wish I’d gotten help earlier,” he added. “It made a big difference in my life.”

Huerta spoke Wednesday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut in support of legislation proposed by Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, to help students like himself – those who are in college, working two or more jobs, and struggling to make ends meet. …

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691,000 People Moved Out of California Last Year

Does it feel like all your friends are moving out of state? It’s because they are.

We’ve got more than goodbye parties and U-Haul shortages as evidence: Newly released census data shows approximately 691,000 people moved from California to another U.S. state in 2018. About 501,000 people moved from another state into California over the same time period.

It’s the seventh year in a row that more people have left the state than moved in, reports KNTV.

Where all the California refugees going? The No. 1 destination is Texas, which may not come as a huge surprise. For starters, it’s a big state with the second-largest population after California. Jobs there are also plentiful — Texas added more jobs last year than any other state (the unemployment rate is about 3% in Texas). …

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Apple pledges $2.5 billion to fight California housing crisis

(Reuters) – Apple Inc on Monday said it would commit $2.5 billion to easing a housing shortage that has driven up prices across California, with most of the money dedicated to funds that will be run either with or by the state government.

One billion dollars will go to a jointly run fund with state officials aimed at jumpstarting delayed or stalled affordable housing projects. Another $1 billion will go to a state-run fund to provide first-time home buyer financial assistance to teachers, nurses and first responders such as police and firefighters, among others.

In an interview with Reuters, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company felt a “profound responsibility” to improve California’s housing crisis. Apple’s current headquarters – a ring of gleaming metal and glass nicknamed the “spaceship” in Cupertino, California – sits less than five miles from the suburban family home where co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak assembled the first Apple computers in the 1970s. …

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Vote on Impeachment Inquiry Continues Witch Hunt

The House of Representatives voted 232-196 on Thursday to approve a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The vote was nearly on party lines, with two Democrats voting against the resolution.

Trump victory spokesperson Samantha Zager argues that the vote goes to show that the impeachment witch hunt has been a sham from the beginning, and Democrats have thrown all precedent, due process and transparency out the window in their fanatical quest to take down President Trump.

“Democrats like Josh Harder, TJ Cox, Gil Cisneros, Katie Porter, Harley Rouda, and Mike Levin chose to side with Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and the socialist squad over their constituents, and have officially committed political malpractice. Americans will remember how these Democrats chose to pursue division and investigation over progress and promises” said Zager.

Background information:

  • This resolution is deeply flawed and gives Democrats on the Intelligence Committee – led by Adam Schiff – ultimate power, breaking with precedent.
  • Before their resolution 110 Members were allowed to participate in the investigation. Now, only 22 Members will be allowed to participate, meaning hundreds of millions of Americans won’t have their Representative involved in this partisan process.
  • Despite Democrats’ attacks, RNC internal polling conducted weekly from 10/1 to 10/24 shows support for President Trump has increased by 3 points since Pelosi announced this charade.
  • In target states, voters oppose Democrats’ efforts to remove President Trump from office by a 14-point margin, and 70% believe this is “all politics.”
  • Independent voters nationally oppose Democrats’ efforts to remove President Trump from office by a 13-point margin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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