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THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CALIFORNIA - This site is dedicated to exposing the continuing Marxist Revolution in California and the all around massive stupidity of Socialists, Luddites, Communists, Fellow Travelers and of Liberalism in all of its ugly forms.


"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)

Friday, April 21, 2017

CORRUPT - $1.25 billion in high-speed rail bonds sold



"Corruptus in Extremis"

  • Corrupt Democrats drive the state deeper in debt to build a train no one will ride. (You can drive faster to San Francisco than this train will run.)
  • Corrupt Republicans refused to rock the pig's trough of spending by putting an initiative on the ballot to kill the bullet train. With no issue to run on Republicans lost seats in 2016 giving Democrats a super majority in the legislature.


(AP) — California's state treasurer says ongoing legal challenges didn't harm the sale of nearly $1.25 billion in high-speed rail bonds.
Spokesman Marc Lifsher says all the bonds were claimed Thursday and treasury officials are happy with the results.
He says there was wide participation by different sectors of the bond-buying market. The sale produced yields that would be expected under current market conditions.
The sale was broken into three offerings, with yields as high as about 2.4 percent and maturity dates as distant as 2047.
A Sacramento County judge is to rule next week on whether the California High Speed Rail Authority can now spend the bond money.
The lawsuit challenges legislation that opponents say goes beyond what California voters allowed when they approved nearly $10 billion in bonds in 2008.
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Amtrak rail lines in California.
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Nothing to Steal
An intelligent person would simply connect the Amtrak line that dead ends in San Luis Obispo with the Amtrak line at San Jose.  For a tiny fraction of the cost of the insane "high speed" rail fraud most of the state from Mexico to Sacramento would be connected by rail.
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Instead countless billions will be pissed away as payback to the businesses and unions that fund the campaigns of the Sacramento hacks.  All the special interests have their snouts in the trough of corruption. 

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner at Del Mar, CA
Simply connect San Jose and San Luis Obispo and you have a statewide rail system.  But easy and cheap are words the liar politicians have never heard.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ventura most closely matches California elections



And so goes California

  • The interesting thing to me is how the rather wealthy middle class of California has completely abandoned the GOP.
  • Solid middle class areas all over the state from Sacramento to Ventura, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Glendale and San Diego have thrown the GOP overboard and elected Democrats to the state legislature and to Congress.
  • The super rich in the Bay Area & Los Angeles vote Democrat. The poor districts vote Democrat. If the GOP can't even manage to appeal to middle class voters then the party is over.


(Sacramento Bee)  -  Pollsters and campaign consultants trying to discern California’s true bellwether for political proclivities may want to look no further than Ventura.
In last November’s election, the city of 108,000 was one of five where voters matched the preferences of California as a whole for all 19 statewide contests – president, U.S. Senate, and 17 ballot measures, according to the California Secretary of State’s recently released supplement to the statement of vote.
Moreover, Ventura’s vote totals differed from the statewide numbers by less than 1.4 percentage points per statewide contest on average.
In the campaign for Proposition 53, which sought to require a public vote on revenue bonds of $2 billion or more, 50.8 percent of Ventura voters voted no, just 0.2 percentage points more than the 50.6 percent overall no vote. For Proposition 55, which extended higher income taxes on wealthy filers, 63.6 percent of Ventura voters backed it, slightly above the initiative’s 63.3 percent approval statewide.
The largest disparity came in the race for president, where 58.3 percent of Ventura voters supported Democrat Hillary Clinton. Clinton carried California with 61.7 percent of the vote, 3.4 percentage points more. About 34.6 percent of city voters preferred Republican Donald Trump, roughly 3 percentage points above his statewide total.
Pleasanton, Monrovia, Martinez and La Mesa were also 19-for-19 on the November ballot measures, with 16 other cities 18-for-19 and 43 cities 17-for-19.
Besides Ventura, the cities with vote percentages most in line with statewide tallies were Monrovia, Gilroy, La Mesa and West Sacramento.
For a microcosm of non-California, on the other hand, head to Taft. Voters in the Kern County city of 9,500 duplicated the statewide outcome on just seven contests. And when it came to total percentage point disparity, voters in Berkeley strayed a whopping 448.4 percentage points from the 19 statewide tallies.




Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article144056054.html#storylink=cpy
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The Golden State Olden Days
President Ronald Reagan (R-California) with Ventura GOP
Congressman Bob Lagomarsino in the center and some pussy no new
taxes liar on the right.  Now Ventura is represented by Democrats.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

California and Scotland join forces to fight climate change



Retard Alert

  • Idiot California Democrats obsess over global "climate change" rather than deal with meaningful state issues.
  • Meanwhile Dems release tens of thousands of criminals from prisons, allow dams to fall apart, fund a corrupt high speed rail no one will use and make California a sanctuary state for illegal alien law breakers.


(CNBC)  -  The Government of California and the Scottish Government have signed a joint agreement which sees them commit to work with one another to fight climate change.
The agreement was signed on Monday by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Governor of California Edmund G Brown.

Among other things, the memorandum of understanding states both California and Scotland are looking to "capitalise on the huge potential of the Under2 MoU, the ambitious commitment to bold and decisive climate action covering over one billion people and over a third of the global economy to which both jurisdictions are signatories."

Signatories to the Under2 MoU agreement have committed to either cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels or to limit emissions to less than two metric tons per capita by mid-century.

"Scotland is making huge progress in delivering our climate change ambitions, but we are not complacent and there is still much to achieve," Sturgeon said.
"Today's meeting strengthened our relationship with the Government of California and I'm confident we can work together to achieve the targets set out by the Under2 MoU," she added.
For its part, California has ambitious plans when it comes to renewable energy and climate change.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mayors protest California becoming a Sanctuary State



Democrats Abandon American Citizens

  • Providing quality services for American citizens of all ethnic backgrounds means nothing to Democrats. 
  • Protecting the citizens of other nations who break our laws is all that matters to them.
  • The main reason Democrats exist today is to import as many illegal aliens as possible to drive down wages for the business interests who fund their campaigns.


(ABC 10 News)  -  California is one step closer to becoming a Sanctuary State. Today, eight mayors in San Diego County protested Senate Bill 54 moving forward. Meanwhile, lawmakers continue to work on a second bill to help protect immigrant rights. 
The proposal is to help immigrants in California fight against deportation. The bill would create a legal defense program regardless of the defendant's criminal background. Supporters say it would counter anti-immigrant rhetoric from the Trump administration. 
A separate bill kept immigrant advocates and local mayors divided at a meeting on Wednesday. Mayors from Poway, El Cajon, Coronado, Escondido, La mesa, San Marcos, Santee and Vista say it would put residents at a risk of danger.

If SB54 passes, they say state and local law enforcement would not be able to notify federal agencies of dangerous criminals being released from jail. 
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus says it prevents police officers from doing their jobs. 
"Fundamentally, SB54 would sever the lines of communication between local law enforcement and state and federal agencies. Agencies that are charged with keeping us safe and making sure people follow the law. That's bad news," said Vaus.
 
"If you take away a street cops' radio and they lose communication, its bad. If you take away their communication with other agencies. That's bad too."
 
Supporters of the bill say it further feeds into discrimination that tears families apart. 
 
SB54 needs two-thirds vote to pass. 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

L.A. Sheriff opposes “sanctuary state” bill, draws protests



Democrats Protect Law Breaking
Illegal Aliens


(Breitbart California)  -  Over 100 people gathered in front of the Hall of Justice in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening to protest L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s opposition to State Senate Bill 54, which would declare all of California a “sanctuary state.”
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, protesters held up signs that read, “One struggle, united” and “We demand immigrant rights.”
David Abud, with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, reportedly spoke over a loudspeaker against SB 54. He said McDonnell’s “argument is that if we don’t pass this, ICE is going to carpet-bomb our community with deportation. That is a ridiculous argument.”
Last month, 161 illegal aliens were arrested throughout Southern California by federal immigration authorities. (Some raids are reportedly ongoing.) The raids took place over the course of several days and resulted in the arrests of 680 illegal aliens across multiple states. That, in turn, upset many of the state’s Democratic lawmakers.
SB 54 was introduced by California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) in December. In February, Breitbart News reported that de Léon said that “‘half his family’ was in the country illegally, using false documents, and eligible for deportation under President Trump’s new executive order against ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions.”
According to the Daily News, McDonnell wrote to De León earlier this month: “SB 54 would not allow the safe transfer of custody; rather it would force immigration enforcement agents into our communities in order to search out and find the person they seek. While doing this, they will most surely cast a wide net over our communities, apprehending and detaining those not originally the target of the enforcement actions.”
Breitbart News reported that on Tuesday, newly re-elected L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti released a new set of protections for illegal aliens that cement the city’s status as a sanctuary city, and defy the Trump administration’s efforts to ensure compliance with federal law.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Democrats may exempt union members from paying taxes



"Corruptus in Extremis"

  • California teacher's unions pour countless millions in "legal bribes" into the campaign accounts of Democrats and in return they get the inside track to the State Treasury over all other groups.
  • Now the unions are pushing to have their bought and paid for lackeys in the legislature exempt them from paying taxes.


(KCBS) – In an effort to attract more people to teaching and keep educators in the profession, a California State Senate proposal would make teachers exempt from the state income tax. 

If Senate Bill 807 is approved, teachers would have to stay on the job for five years to qualify for the state tax exemption.

SB807 would also provide a tax deduction for the cost of attaining a teaching credential.

The legislature has not yet calculated the estimated loss in tax revenue to the state if the measure is approved.

California is struggling to recruit and retain teachers as baby boomers retire and meager starting salaries do little to attract young people to the profession.

According to the California Teachers Association, nearly one in three teachers leave the profession in the first seven years.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

This picture shows how much California is sinking



A Land of Crazy People

  • We keep building more water using homes, businesses and farms thinking water will "magically" appear on command.


(CNBC)  -  This picture from NASA's Earth Observatory shows how much land in California's Central Valley is sinking, due primarily to the drawing of groundwater during periods of drought.
Heavy rains have fallen on many parts of the state this winter, but the image above is a reminder of the lingering effects of drought, even in wetter times.
As the legend at the bottom of the picture suggests, the yellowest areas are those with the greatest degree of subsidence (the term for sinking land) and the bluest areas are those with the least.
As might be expected, the largest degree of subsidence occurred in southern California where the drought struck the hardest. In some places, the land sunk by nearly 30 feet.
California's Department of Water Resources commissioned NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to collect and analyze satellite data during the state's most recent drought, resulting in an initial report in 2015, and subsequent updates. The most recent shows land continued to sink since 2015, at a rate of as much as 2 feet per year in the worst spots.
"The rates of San Joaquin Valley subsidence documented since 2014 by NASA are troubling and unsustainable," DWR Director William Croyle is quoted saying in a recent post from NASA Earth Observatory. "Subsidence has long plagued certain regions of California. But the current rates jeopardize infrastructure serving millions of people. Groundwater pumping now puts at risk the very system that brings water to the San Joaquin Valley. The situation is untenable."
One of the problems that stems from the sinking land is that it fills in the underground gaps where groundwater collects when rain occurs, reducing storage capacity.
NASA also notes that state and federal water agencies have spent an estimated $100 million on related repairs since the 1960s.
The state passed its first-ever regulations around the pumping of groundwater in 2014.
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That sinking feeling
The sign reads, " San Joaquin Valley California Subsidence, 3M 1925 - 1977."  The Central Valley has been sinking from over pumping for a century.

(Water California.org)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lawnmowers under attack by Democrats



Democrats attack lawnmowers,
not overpopulation
Clueless California Democrats ignore the real
cause of pollution - too many people.


(NPR)  -  Those gas-powered leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and mowers you hear in your neighborhood aren't just annoying — they make a lot of pollution, too.

In California, they're about to pass cars as the worst air polluters, spewing out formaldehyde, benzene and particulate matter. According to Michael Benjamin at the California Air Resources Board, in just three years' time, the biggest single ozone polluter in the state is going to be all this gardening equipment.

"We expect that ozone-contributing pollutants from small off-road engines will exceed those same emissions from cars around the 2020 time frame," Benjamin says.

"Unless ARB adopts more stringent controls, emissions from this category are going to really become much more significant relative to cars," he says.

California — which currently goes by federal standards for its emissions regulations of small off-road gas engines — is considering requiring tougher emissions standards for small gas engines and to offer major incentives for landscaping businesses to change over to electric.

David Clegern of the California Air Resources Board says he is unaware of any other states pursuing programs other than exchanges for residential lawn and garden equipment or of other states lobbying the federal Environmental Protection Agency to adopt more stringent standards.

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The San Fernando Valley in 1900
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Insane Politicians
Politicians take a non-polluted, pristine California and pave every possible inch of it over with endless housing tracts, malls and freeways. Tens of millions of new people are added and it is not stopping to this day.
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So instead of ending the mindless population growth and its resulting pollution the idiot political hacks attack lawnmowers as the problem.
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And the Population Bomb keeps ticking.

Zero population growth is the answer, but I suspect we are 50 years too late.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Insane Democrats Go Bonkers Over Transgenders



The Insanity of Democrats

  • California dams, freeways, streets, sewers and schools are falling apart, but insane Democrats are only worried that men with a penis are not allowed to pee in the girl's bathroom.
  • What is worse is the Leftist Loon women of California eagerly demand that men be allowed into girl's locker rooms and school bathrooms.


(Los Angeles Times)  -  With news that the Trump administration is rolling back former President Obama's guidance on protecting transgender students, State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is reminding California students of their rights .

"California students will continue to have their civil rights protected," he said in a statement Wednesday. "California will continue to work to provide that environment for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students regardless of any misguided directives by the federal government and the Trump administration."

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jerry Brown knew about cracks in Oroville Dam



A Government of Idiots

  • Democrats have spent countless billions on the corrupt high speed rail boondoggle and on illegal aliens while dams and highway systems turn into crap.


(CNBC)  -  Six months before rushing water ripped a huge hole in a channel that drains a Northern California reservoir, state inspectors said the concrete spillway was sound. As officials puzzle through how to repair Oroville Dam spillway, federal regulators have ordered the state to figure out what went wrong.
Earlier inspection reports offer potential clues, including cracks on the spillway surface that if not properly repaired could let water tear through the concrete. In recent years, construction crews patched cracks — including in the area where water burrowed a huge pit last week.
Damage to the main spillway triggered a series of problems culminating with the first use of the emergency spillway, which quickly began eroding and threatened to unleash a torrent of water on cities downstream. On Tuesday, officials said the immediate danger had passed, and allowed nearly 200,000 residents to go home after evacuation orders scattered them for nearly two days.
Inspectors with the state agency that both operates and checks the dam, the nation's tallest at 770 feet, walked the half-mile-long spillway in 2014 and 2015 and did not find any concerns.
Workers inspect the Oroville Dam spillway failure Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

"Conditions appeared to be normal," the inspector wrote in reports from both years.
Last August, a team of inspectors did not check the channel on foot but instead from afar, also concluding that everything looked fine.
The inspection came as California was enduring a five-year drought, and the channel rarely was used to relieve pressure on Oroville Lake, which is about 70 miles north of Sacramento. An extraordinarily wet subsequent six months changed that. Dam managers were draining water from the fast-filling reservoir into the Feather River below when the pit appeared last week.
Experts said problems like the cracks in the concrete spillway and spots in nearby areas where water seeped from the reservoir through a hillside were common issues with dams. What mattered, said John Moyle, New Jersey's director of dam safety and flood control, was whether dam operators dealt with the problems carefully — patching cracks so they were watertight, and dealing with spots where water was leaking through so they didn't grow to undermine the concrete.
The Department of Water Resources declined to answer specific questions about the repair work, saying engineers were focused on ensuring public safety.
Robert Bea, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at University of California, Berkeley, said it's "obvious those repairs didn't work."
"We don't have details on the repairs, but they put cement into the cracks and troweled it over," Bea said. "I call it 'patch and pray.'"
On Monday, federal regulators told the department it must enlist a group of independent consultants both to assess what went wrong and to recommend long-term fixes.
Documents and interviews show that crews were patching cracks in 2009 and 2013. A water resources department spokesman said it was normal for maintenance crews to be troubleshooting cracks in the channel during dry summer months.
One resident of the region said he saw crews in the spillway at least once a year for the past several years.
"When they have four or five trucks down there, the only thing they have to do is fill cracks," said Don Reighley, a retiree and fisherman who several times a week drives past the channel to launch his boat into the reservoir.
One of the state inspectors who went to Oroville Dam in August said authorities may never know exactly what destabilized the spillway.
"Any type of evidence that might have been there is gone," Eric Holland of the water resources department's dam safety division said. "Everything has been washed away."
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