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"It was a splendid population - for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish-brained sloths stayed at home - you never find that sort of people among pioneers - you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material. It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day - and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, "Well, that is California all over."

- - - - Mark Twain (Roughing It)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

California has the nation’s highest poverty rate


Shanty town in Fresno

Insane California

  • What is the point of living in the "Golden State" if most of the money you make goes to rent or to the bank for your home loan?


(Politifact)  -  California’s job and economic growth has outpaced much of the nation in recent years. That growth, however, has not eliminated one of the state’s biggest challenges: poverty.
This week, State Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes called poverty California’s No. 1 priority during a forum of legislative leaders in Sacramento.
Mayes, who represents parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, claimed the state’s poverty rate is higher than any state in the nation when considering factors such as cost-of-living.
"If you look at the official poverty measure in California, we’re about average with the rest of the country," Mayes said. "But if you use the supplemental poverty measure, we are in the lead. We have the highest poverty rate in the nation -- higher than New Mexico, higher than any of the southern states, Louisiana, Alabama, higher than Idaho."
We decided to fact-check whether the report Mayes cited really shows that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.
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From 2013 to 2015, California had America’s 17th-highest poverty rate, 15 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Official Poverty Measure. That measure uses income levels to determine poverty, but does not consider differences in cost-of-living among states. It lists the official poverty threshold for a two-adult, two-child family at $24,036 in 2015.
During the same period, California had the highest poverty rate, 20.6 percent, according to the census’ Supplemental Poverty Measure. That study does account for cost-of-living, including taxes, housing and medical costs, and is considered by researchers a more accurate reflection of poverty. For a two-adult, two-child family in California, the poverty threshold was an average of $30,000, depending on the region in the state, according to a 2014 analysis by Public Policy Institute of California.
Looking at state poverty rates, the second highest is Florida’s 19 percent, followed by New York’s and Louisiana’s shared 17.9 percent rate. The national average is 15.1 percent using the supplemental measure.
"I think Assemblymember Mayes’ comments are accurate," said Chris Hoene, executive director of the left-leaning California Budget Policy Center, which has closely studied poverty in the state.
Hoene said the high poverty rate in the supplemental report is driven by California’s stratospheric housing costs. He added that use of the supplemental measure has gained wide acceptance among researchers.
"I think in most quarters, that’s not disputed," he said.
Marybeth Mattingly, a researcher at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality added by email: "Basically, yes, this statement is (sadly) accurate."
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Homeless in San Francisco

Monday, January 16, 2017

California bullet train blasts through budget projections


Typical Los Angeles traffic jam.
Instead of building a statewide high speed rail that no one will ride, that money should have built urban rail systems to get cars off the freeways.


Not even started yet, and already $3.6 billion over budget and seven years behind schedule


(Legal Insurraction)  -  I have chronicled the saga of the California bullet train and its construction since 2012.
report obtained by The Los Angeles Times confirms my concerns about the project’s fiscal drain on our state. The review shows that this monstrosity will cost $3.6 billion more than original budget projection.
A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. 
The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices for federal grants and continuing failures to acquire needed property. 
The California High-Speed Rail Authority originally anticipated completing the Central Valley track by this year, but the federal risk analysis estimates that that won’t happen until 2024, placing the project seven years behind schedule.
Even more disturbing is that the estimated overrun is merely for the easiest leg of the track to be constructed. I shudder to think about how many more taxpayer dollars will be squandered to build the entire system.

Officials overseeing this project are quick to dismiss the report:
The rail authority’s chief executive, Jeff Morales, insisted to the Times that the project would cost less than the feds projected. 
“The point of doing this analysis is to identify the challenges and work through them,” he said. “They are not conclusions and not findings.”
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Los Angeles had the finest public transportation system in the world
until the government tore it out in order to spend money on buses.

The Los Angeles Red Car Rail System Built in 1901.
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Government Insanity
#1)  First you build an extensive light rail system.
#2)  Then you tear down that extensive light rail system.
#3)  Now you raise taxes to build another rail system
to replace the light rail system you just tore down.
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Yes, the Government is run by idiots.

Pacific Electric had over 500 miles of inter urban track in Los Angeles in the early 1900's. The image shows the "Red Cars" stacked for sinking in Los Angeles Harbor - sunk ostensibly for "fish habitat", but really sunk for General Motors Corporation profit.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Is your hospital trying to kill you?




Using an "A" to "F" grading system Hospital safety grade.org
publishes the safety scores for hospitals in California.


14 Hospitals penalized by California Department of Public Health



(Los Angeles Daily News)  -  More than a dozen California hospitals, including two in the San Fernando Valley, were fined nearly $1 million in penalties by the state’s health department for everything from failing to prevent patient deaths to causing serious injury during surgery.
Pacifica Hospital of the Valley, in Sun Valley, faces a $75,000 penalty because the facility failed to maintain exit alarms that could have prevented a patient from leaving his room and jumping from the roof to his death in 2013, according to an inspection report conducted by the California Department of Public Health. The fine was the hospital’s second “immediate jeopardy” administrative penalty.
State health inspectors said in their report a patient who was agitated was able to leave his room. He then “entered the stairwell and gained access to the roof top through the unlocked door (door alarm was not functioning), dropped from the roof top landing onto the patio concrete below causing his death.”
Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys was penalized $50,000 by state officials because a patient sustained burns on her right earlobe, right lower neck and right chest wall during a surgery in which a laser was used in a highly oxygenated room.
Requests for statements from officials at Valley Presbyterian and Pacifica Hospital went unanswered Friday.
Meanwhile, Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park also faces a $50,000 fine for “failing to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow procedures for safe distribution and administration of medication,” according to a statement issued by the department.
The penalty comes as a result of an incident at the hospital in November 2012 in which a nurse administered the incorrect medication to a pregnant mother. As a result, the baby’s heartbeat slowed abnormally, and the mother was forced to deliver via an emergency cesarean-section procedure.
The mistake put the unborn baby at risk for bleeding in the eye, irregular heartbeat, seizures and slow heartbeat, according to a department report.
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Inland Empire Area

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bye Bye California Republican Party


A crowd gathers to view the corpse of the rare and
nearly extinct California Republican elephant.

The Incredible Vanishing GOP

  • While the column below is from a Leftist point of view the voter registration numbers do not lie. The GOP is slipping into 3rd place behind independent voters.
  • The collapse of the California GOP is partly due to the fact that the party does not stand for anything
  • For example, in the last election the GOP refused to put a proposition on the ballot defunding the insane, unpopular and corrupt high speed rail system. (GOP donors are also feeding at the high speed rail trough.) With no major issue to rally the public the GOP collapsed giving Democrats super-majorities in the legislature.
  • Call me a "crazy" Blogger but if you do not stand for anything why should people vote for you?


(Orange County Register)  -  The election results were in more than month ago. Except in California and a couple of other states, Republican Donald Trump drew a robust number of presidential votes, enough to put him in the White House even if it fell well short of a plurality.
But there was nothing robust about the performance of his party mates here in America’s largest state.
They lost seats in the state Legislature and barely held onto a piddling 14 out of 53 seats in California’s congressional delegation. Unless things change soon, they only promise to get worse and worse over the next few years for the state GOP.
If past is prologue, the state’s Republican Party will soon become the third choice of Californians registered to vote — and 78 percent of those eligible to register are in fact registered — fully 19.4 million of us, according to the count delivered by Secretary of State Alex Padilla four days before November’s Election Day.
California Secretary of State
That overall number is up about 1.2 million over the last four years, despite forecasts that far fewer people would sign up to vote this time because outgoing President Obama was not on the fall ballot.
And yet the Republican number is way down. Over those same four years, the state’s GOP lost 312,000 voters even as population climbed and Trump spent much of May campaigning here, at many stops encouraging his supporters to register Republican.
This was obviously not enough. For as Republican registration nosedived to just 26 percent of registered voters, Democratic registration was up about 775,000, for a net gain of more than 1.1 million voters over their Republican rivals in just four years.
In registration numbers, that created a huge shift into the “no party preference” (NPP) category, now the No. 3 choice for registered voters at 24.2 percent of registrants, barely 300,000 voters behind the Republican tally.
Over four years, the NPP total is now about 25 percent above its level of four years ago, gaining more than 900,000 voters, the largest increase of any political group, or in this case, a non-group.
There’s some comfort here for Democrats, who have seen many thousands of Republican voters convert to their column or drift into NPP-land.
But more of them are choosing to switch to the NPP column than into the Democratic fold, which translates as a warning to the Dems: Don’t get smug.
For the GOP isn’t losing voters just because of its brand. It’s hurting because it’s out of step with the majority of Californians, whose fall votes favored gun controls, legalized marijuana and higher tobacco taxes, just a few causes Republican Party officials refused to back.
If a party gets too out of step with the voters its candidates seek to represent, it is doomed.
But many Republicans, voters and officials alike, prefer to stick to their very conservative guns, refusing to bend even a little on hard-line stances they’ve long held. “We wouldn’t be offering a choice if we changed,” said one party official.
In effect, they’re borrowing a line from the 19th Century Kentucky Sen. Henry Clay, who said “I’d rather be right than president” — and never became president despite three national runs.
Like Clay, the GOP will keep losing elections unless and until it bends at least a little. And if it won’t bend to fit the preferences of the clear majority of California voters, it soon may have runoff spots in even fewer races than it did this fall.
That’s the real meaning of all those complicated voter registration numbers.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

California gun sales up ahead of new gun control limits


An unarmed woman is a helpless woman.

Leftist Gun Grabbers on the March

  • Loon Leftists keep pecking away at gun ownership rights. Only the 2nd Amendment prevents them from gun confiscation.


(Mercury News)  -  With six new gun control bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July, sales of semi-automatic rifles have more than doubled in California over last year.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that the California Department of Justice shows 364,643 semi-automatic rifles had been sold by Dec. 9 whereas 153,931 rifles were sold last year.
Rifles with bullet buttons for the quick swap of ammunition magazines and other soon-to-be banned features have also skyrocketed. Statewide sales are up 40 percent by early December.
The new gun controls reclassified semi-automatic rifles that have certain features as assault weapons. The features added to the prohibited list include a protruding or forward pistol grip, a thumbhole stock, a folding stock or a flash suppressor. Assault weapons have been banned in California since 1989.
Nearly one million firearms were purchased in California as of Dec. 9, the most recent state data available, compared to more than 700,000 guns sold in all of 2015. Sales have likely soared beyond one million guns since then, the newspaper reported.
Steven Serna came into Pacific Outfitters sporting goods store in Ukiah last week to buy a semi-automatic rifle before new gun control legislation limits the gun’s features in California.
He wanted to purchase an AK-47 rifle but there were none to be found at the store. The deer hunter lamented that he should have purchased one earlier this year.
Todd Lyly also visited the store last week to talk with his friends behind the gun sales counter about the new laws.
Lyly said he will convert his weapons so they are complaint with the new regulations, most likely by installing a fixed stock. But he said it’s a superficial change that he expects will mostly impact law-abiding people and not violent criminals already disinclined to follow the law.
“It’s frustrating,” Lyly said.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Democrats fund free lawyers for illegal aliens



Democrats:
"U.S. citizens can go to Hell"

  • While American citizen homeless vets freeze on the streets during winter we see soulless Leftists Democrats fund free lawyers for illegal alien law breakers.

(Orange County Register)  -  Los Angeles County leaders have voted to set aside $3 million to help provide lawyers to immigrants facing deportation in response to the election of Donald Trump.
The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to set aside the funds over the next 18 months.
During a lengthy meeting, many residents voiced support for the plan as a matter of justice. Some opposed, saying there are more pressing needs like homelessness.
The money will go toward a $10 million immigrant legal services fund being created by the county, city of Los Angeles and private foundations.
Cities and counties in Democratic strongholds across the country have been funding immigration lawyers in response to Trump’s promises to boost deportations.
California state lawmakers have proposed a bill to provide lawyers to immigrants facing deportation.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Democrats to permanently ban oil and gas drilling?



Lunatic Democrat Jerry Brown:
"Cars run on magic juice delivered by unicorns."


(Front Page Magazine)  -  California Gov. Jerry Brown wants President Barack Obama to permanently ban new offshore oil and gas drilling in the state – except of course, on Brown’s personal land.
In an attempt to lock in environmental protections before President-Elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Brown sent a letter this week to the president saying that allowing any new oil and gas drilling would be detrimental to climate change goals and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
President Barack Obama last month released a plan to ban any new drilling off the coasts of California, Oregon or Washington until 2022.
A six-year ban on oil and gas drilling wasn’t enough for California Gov. Jerry Brown, who will be gone from the Governor’s office in 2018.
Brown’s latest ploy is another in a long line of maneuvers to set California apart from the rest of the country on climate change policy, and is an end-run at Trump, who has said he plans environmental policy roll backs at the Environmental Protections Agency.
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Democrats are Insane
Loony Leftist Democrats use oil to drive their cars to their Comintern meetings. Those Democrats who bother to work for a living also use oil to get there. The entire economy runs on energy. But Leftists want to shut down the economy in the name of global warming.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Cops to grill citizens on what race they belong to



Back to the Future
"Are you now or have you ever been a Jew."


  • In order to prevent "discrimination" insane Racist Leftists now want the Big Brother Police State to grill and catalog people about what race they belong to during traffic stops. It is just a matter of time until cops are ordered to demand the religion of those who are stopped.


(Los Angeles Times)  -  Police officers in California will soon track the race of those they pull over for traffic stops or encounter in the street, according to proposed guidelines released Friday by Democrat Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.

The new rules, established by the passage of Assembly Bill 953 in 2015, are designed to help understand biases in policing efforts across the state. 

"Racial and identity profiling weaken public trust and have debilitating effects on communities," Harris said in a statement. "These regulations and data will help law enforcement improve policing practices and strengthen accountability.”

Aside from demographic information on race, gender and age of the person stopped, officers will have to record and collect the location, duration and reason for each stop under the proposed regulations. 

Officers also will be required to document the actions they take and the result of the encounter. The attorney general's office will make the data public by each law enforcement agency through its criminal justice data website, OpenJustice

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What do the Race Police do?
California Democrats want cops to grill model-actress Naomi Campbell about her race.  She is of Afro-Jamaican and Chinese ancestry. So which "race" is to be entered on government forms and which race would be the one that is "discriminated" against?

Racist Democrats
Racist Democrat policies want Californians like Jessica Alba to be grilled by cops about her race. Jessica is of DanishWelshGermanEnglish, Mexican and French ancestry.  So which "race" is to be entered on government forms and which race would be the one that is "discriminated" against?

The Insanity of Liberal Racism
Actor Dwayne Johnson's father is of Black Nova Scotian origin, and his mother is of Samoan heritage.  The insane racists of the Left are not sure what to do with Americans of mixed race who do not fit into their fantasy world of "pure blood" racial groupings.