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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)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

San Joaquin Valley is California's hottest political spot

The San Joaquin Valley is one of the few friendly areas for the GOP.

"The Republican Party in California is
no longer a statewide party."
 Allan Hoffenblum
Republican strategist

(Fresno Bee)  -  When it comes to competitive political races, nowhere in California beats the San Joaquin Valley -- at least at the state and federal levels.

Heading into November, this part of the state has two congressional races and a state Senate race that are considered competitive. Three other seats in Congress, the state Senate and the state Assembly could be at play -- if not this year, then likely in the future.

Political experts say the region between Modesto and Bakersfield -- centered on Fresno -- is one of the few parts of California where Republicans can still challenge Democratic Party supremacy.

"The Republican Party in California is no longer a statewide party," said Allan Hoffenblum, a longtime Republican strategist and author of the California Target Book, which tracks the state's elections. "It's a regional party. And you're in one of the regions."

Only the Inland Empire of Riverside and San Bernardino counties can come close to the San Joaquin Valley when it comes to competitive races, political experts said.

This year, the region's competitive races are the 21st Congressional District clash between incumbent Hanford Republican David Valadao and his Democratic Party challenger, Amanda Renteria, the 10th Congressional District race pitting incumbent Turlock Republican Jeff Denham against Democrat Michael Eggman and the 14th State Senate race with incumbent Hanford Republican Andy Vidak and Democrat opponent Luis Chavez.

Each of the seats is held by a Republican, but in the case of Valadao's 21st Congressional and Vidak's 14th state Senate seat, Democrats dominate in voter registration. In Denham's district, Republicans hold a slight edge, though registration for both parties is below 40%.

Add in Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is the Republican candidate for state controller, and the greater San Joaquin Valley is certain to see plenty of politicking, whether it's by campaign mailers, television or radio commercials or town hall appearances.

Buying media -- be it television or radio ads -- is also cheaper in the San Joaquin Valley than in places such as Los Angeles and Orange counties. That gives both parties a fighting chance to be competitive, said Tim Clark, a Sacramento-based political consultant who is running Swearengin's campaign.

"The media markets in Fresno and Bakersfield make it easy to have a conversation about politics," he said.

That conversation is likely to start in earnest after Labor Day on Monday, the traditional kickoff of the fall campaign season.

The Young Guns Network, a national Republican group, has booked $235,000 in ads in the Fresno and Bakersfield markets before Election Day -- almost certainly aimed at the Valadao-Renteria contest.

In the meantime, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's ad buy is from mid-October through Election Day and totals around $550,000 for the Fresno and Bakersfield media markets.

At the same time, Valadao has raised $1.8 million and has $1.2 million cash on hand, and Renteria has raised $1 million and has $400,000 in the bank, according to their latest campaign finance reports.

Valadao's campaign has also purchased more than $200,000 in television ads in both the Fresno and Bakersfield markets, and that is just for the period from Sept. 9-29.

Renteria is expected to go on television soon.

"The action is in the Central Valley because that is the area that is truly a two-party area," said Tony Quinn, a longtime political analyst in California and former Republican legislative aide.

Other races could be competitive at some point, but might not be this year.
12th State Senate
of GOP Senator Anthony Cannella

They are the 16th Congressional District seat held by Fresno Democrat Jim Costa, the 12th state Senate seat represented by Ceres Republican Anthony Cannella, and the 32nd Assembly District held by Bakersfield Democrat Rudy Salas.

The political territory held by Cannella and Salas has been competitive for well over a decade, and during that time has been held by both Democrats and Republicans. For instance, Valadao preceded Salas in the Assembly seat, though it was then known as the 30th District. Before Valadao, it was another Republican, Danny Gilmore, and prior to him, Democrat Nicole Parra.

Costa's district -- parts of Fresno and Madera counties and all of Merced County -- covers areas long held by moderate Democrats, but one nonpartisan political prognosticator says the district is marginally competitive this year.

It all comes down to candidates and money, political experts said. And this year, the challengers in each of the three districts are lacking in money or are not considered to be top-tier candidates.
In the 32nd Assembly District race, for instance, Delano Republican Pedro Rios gave Salas a good fight two years ago. Salas won 53%-47%.

This time around, Rios' campaign is close to broke. It was in the red as of June 30, and late contributions have only managed to bring Rios to around the break-even point. Salas, in the meantime, had more than $630,000 in his campaign account as of June 30, and has been steadily raising money since then.

It's a similar story on the 12th Senate District, which includes the western quarter of Fresno County, all of Merced County and other parts of the northern San Joaquin Valley as well as all of San Benito County and half of Monterey County.

Cannella is being challenged by Democrat Shawn Bagley, who only has around $30,000 in his account -- including $25,000 from the state Democratic Party -- while Cannella has more than $930,000.

Starved for Money
In the landslide Democrat year of 2012 GOP Mayor Pedro Rios pulled
47% of the vote. In this year of a strong GOP tide the party is starving
him of funds.  He is broke.  Treating Hispanic Republicans like this
drives them right into the arms of the Democrats.

Hoffenblum, the Republican strategist, said the district could be competitive if Bagley was better financed, but for now is only being watched because Democrats hold a voter-registration edge of 13 percentage points.

Finally, there is Costa's 16th Congressional District. Again, money is a major issue. Republican challenger Johnny Tacherra's campaign is nearly broke at this point, while Costa has around $760,000.

Without adequate cash, experts say, it is hard for challengers like Tacherra to get their name and message to voters, especially in a district like Costa's, where Democrats hold a nearly 16-percentage-point registration edge.

Under the right circumstances, any of those three districts could be competitive, political experts said. Add those to the three that are competitive this election cycle, and that's why the region is the epicenter of competitive California politics.

"The Central Valley from Modesto down to Bakersfield, it has ebbed and flowed for two decades," Clark said, citing swings in both voter registration and which political party has held a particular seat.

Every Republican knows you have to win big here, he said, and every Democrat knows that if you can beat the Republican Party here, you can win statewide.

Said Clark: "The San Joaquin Valley remains the electoral hot spot in the state."

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/08/29/4095091_the-san-joaquin-valley-is-californias.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

From the Fresno Bee.com

The GOP Drops the Ball Again
GOP Mayor Pedro Rios got 47% of the vote two years ago in this Southern San Joaquin Valley district.  As a reward for his hard work the GOP is starving Rios for funds this year.
One has to wonder why the GOP even exists.  Why even bother to run candidates if they refuse to back them?  If Republicans won't step up to the plate then maybe the party should dissolve itself or just stop running candidates and let the Libertarians or a new party have a shot.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Daily water allocation could be next in California

Water Rationing is Coming
  • The moronic do nothing People's legislature self masturbates over plastic market bags, bullet trains and the "racism" outrage of the moment but refuses to vote to build desalination plants to create new water.  

(San Gabriel Valley Tribune)  -  You probably know your Social Security number, your driver’s license number and perhaps the latest wrinkle in mattress marketing, your sleep number.

But do you know your drought number?

The latter represents the amount of water you are allowed to use per day. If you don’t know it, you probably should. Not knowing could cost you money. As California’s severe drought moves into a fourth year, state and local water agencies are working on something called “allocation-based rate structures,” a kind of precursor to water rationing that’s all the rage in Sacramento and in some areas such as Santa Cruz, Irvine and Santa Monica.

Here’s how it works: Your local water company, special district or city assigns you and your household a number in gallons — a daily water allocation. Usually, one number applies to maximum indoor water use, i.e. showers, kitchen and bathroom faucets, dishwashers, clothes washers, etc., and an extra allocation is assigned for outdoor use such as lawn irrigation.

Using census records, aerial photography and satellite imagery, an agency can determine a property’s efficient water usage.

At the Irvine Ranch Water District, number of residents, amount of landscaping and even medical needs are factored into a household’s water allocation or water budget.

“We want you to stay within that budget. That way we know you are using water in an efficient way,” according to an instructional video on the Orange County water agency’s website.

While some call it a more equal way to meter out mandatory water conservation, others call it social engineering. Some say the idea simply will not work.

In July, the State Water Resources Control Board passed stage one emergency regulations, giving powers to all local water agencies to fine $500 per violation.

“We were concerned with the lack of alarm we were hearing,” said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. “Our reservoirs are low. Half of the state’s storage is gone. It’s a frightening situation.”

Read More . . . .

Friday, September 26, 2014

L.A. forces large hotels to raise worker pay

Democrats Target Large Hotels
  • The Democrat L.A. City Council voted to force large hotels only to pay a $15.37 minimum wage.  Smaller hotels are exempt and thus have a marketing advantage over their larger competitors. 
  • Democrats are working overtime to drive as many jobs out of the People's Republic as possible.

Workers at big hotels in Democrat run Los Angeles have won one of the highest minimum wages in the United States after a campaign by unions and civil rights groups.
The city council voted on Wednesday night to establish a minimum hourly wage of $15.37 for employees of hotels with more than 125 rooms, a decision expected to boost campaigns for better wages in other industries and cities.

Hotel workers in yellow T-shirts packed city hall and cheered as the council voted 12 to 3 for the ordnance, delivering a potentially landmark victory for the living wage movement and a defeat to business groups who warned of job losses reports The Guardian.

“We’re thrilled that the city has passed such a historic ordnance,” said Ruth Dawson, a staff attorney and reproductive justice fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of South California, which was part of the coalition lobbying for the measure.

Most of the affected workers – estimated to range in number from 5,300 to 13,500 – were women and many were mothers, so a living wage meant reproductive justice as well as economic, said Dawson. “We hope this decision will extend far beyond LA as an example.”

The city council’s decision followed nation-wide momentum this year to alleviate so-called poverty wages. Eleven state legislatures approved minimum-wage increases. President Barack Obama lobbied to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. Seattle voted for a gradual rollout of a $15 overall minimum wage. Eric Garcetti, LA’s mayor, wants to raise the city’s overall minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017.

A coalition of neighbourhood councils, advocacy groups and unions such as Unite convinced LA’s city council that workers at dozens of big hotels merited special attention. It cited research suggesting the wage increase would boost the local economy and allow parents, some of whom do two jobs to make ends meet, spend more time with their children.

Opponents said city hall ignored two other reports which warned of job losses. “Today a whole bunch of people in the hotel industry lost their jobs; they just don’t know it yet,” Ruben Gonzalez, of LA’s chamber of commerce, told the LA Times.

Christopher Thornberg, a partner of Beacon Economics, which produced one of the two critical studies, said hotels around LA’s international airport shed 10% of their jobs in the six years after city hall mandated a pay rise for the area’s workers in 2007. Hotels in the rest of LA county, in contrast, gained 10% more jobs in the same period, he said.

Welcome to Socialism
Toyota's Los Angeles area headquarters and its
5,000 jobs are moving to Texas.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Water "Relief" Spending Filled With Pork

"Corruptus in Extremis"
  • The "drought relief" cash being shoveled out by the Democrat Legislature has tons of pork that has nothing to do with creating new water. 

(Associated Press)  -  California water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

More than $200 million in expedited bond funding would benefit 110 projects throughout the state, ranging from the city of Mt. Shasta to San Diego, under the draft recommendations by the state Department of Water Resources. The agency plans to make final decisions by Oct. 31.

The Democrat run Legislature approved fast-tracked legislation, SB103 and SB104, to address the immediate effects of the three-year drought on communities while accelerating bond funding for public works projects that will better prepare agencies for future droughts.

"There's many ways we can better use the water we have," Brown said when announcing the legislation. "You can't manufacture water."

(Translation - Brown is a fucking idiot. Water is manufactured every day. It is called desalination.)

For example, more than 100,000 households received boxes from food banks while 2,000 farm workers received help to pay the rent, according to the Department of Social Services and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

The package also has funded work for young people through the California Conservation Corps. The agency says it has used money to pay for programs to clear brush and other wildfire hazards across the state, including at Silverwood Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California and Mount Tamalpais in Marin County.

Jerry Brown:
"You can't manufacture water."
A senile Jerry Brown appears not to know that nations from Australia to Saudi Arabia actually manufacture water for their needs. It is called desalination. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Write-In Votes Continue to be Banned in California

Banned in California
Lisa Murkowski won a write-in vote in Alaska.

"Corruptus in Extremis"
  • The corrupt Democrats and Republicans forced through a law banning all write-in votes in November. 
  • As a "bonus" all small opposition political parties are prevented from appearing on general election ballots so the voters are FORCED to vote for the special interest funded major parties.

(Ballot Access News)  -  U.S. District Court Judge David Carter refused to require California to show write-in space on ballots for the November 2014 election. Milonopoulos v Bowen, central district, 2:14cv-5973.

The denial of injunctive relief is mostly based on the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision Burdick v Takushi, which upheld Hawaii’s ban on write-in space on ballots. The order denying injunctive relief does not take into account that Hawaii ballot access to the general election was far, far easier than California’s current access to the general election, for Congressional elections.

 In Hawaii, a minor party candidate for Congress could appear on the general election ballot if his party was a qualified party and the candidate won his party’s primary, which could be accomplished with a single vote if no one was running against that candidate in that party’s primary.

By contrast, in California, no one can get on the November ballot unless he or she places first or second in the June primary. Even a candidate supported by 30% of the voters may (depending on how the other candidates poll in the primary) fail to qualify for the November ballot.

United States Senate election in Alaska, 2010
Write-inLisa Murkowski (Incumbent)101,09139.06%
RepublicanJoe Miller90,83935.11%
DemocraticScott McAdams60,04523.21%
LibertarianDavid Haase1,45900.56%
IndependentTimothy Carter92700.36%
IndependentTed Gianoutsos45800.18%
Write-inOther write-in votes1,14300.44%
Invalid or blank votes2,78401.08%
Voter turnout52.3%

See more at United States Senate election in Alaska, 2010 

Sample of a FREE Election
Eight parties in the new Swedish Parliament. Freedom. What a concept.

A Warning to American Readersk
American readers, please do not be frightened by the chart above showing many different political parties.  This is something that the rest of the world calls a free election.  Free elections have not existed in the U.S. for multiple generations.
The United States stands almost alone in the world where the same two corrupt Washington D.C. funded parties magically win 100% of all elections to our House of Representatives.  Other nations where the same parties win 100% of the elections are North Korea and China.
Unless the American people rise up and demand real election reform we are doomed to be ruled over by a corrupt, centralized and criminal oligarchy.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

GOP State Controller Candidate Ashley Swearengin May Vote For Jerry Brown

GOP Mayor Swearengin to Support Brown?

The rats are jumping from the sinking California GOP ship.

It was a double indignity for Neel Kashkari this weekend when not just one but two fellow Republicans on November's statewide ballot declined to endorse his campaign to oust Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

When Kashkari reached for an analogy Saturday to describe the party fracture, he invoked the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off Italy in 2012, killing 32 people.

"When a ship hits the rocks, it's a human tendency to run for a lifeboat," he said. "I understand that. I'm trying to keep everyone in the ship, and right the ship, and get the ship moving again," reports the Los Angeles Times.

Such was Kashkari's fate as California Republicans met in Los Angeles for a convention that was supposed to celebrate the party's unity.

The gathering opened on a sour note Friday, when the evening's keynote speaker, state controller candidate Ashley Swearengin, told reporters she was still mulling whether to vote for Kashkari or Brown. "I'm looking at the two candidates like other Californians are," she said.

Part-time James Bond villain and former Obama
supporter Neel Kashkari.

And Pete Peterson, the Republican running for secretary of state, said in an interview that he was not endorsing Kashkari — or anyone else on the statewide ballot — and did not plan to vote a straight party ticket.

The extraordinary display of disunity led Ron Nehring, a former state Republican chairman and underdog candidate for lieutenant governor, to vent his fury in a profanity-tinged email to party brass just before midnight Friday, after news organizations began reporting the dust-up.

"This does NOT help the party, and it distracts from the efforts made to convey a positive theme," Nehring wrote. "The coverage is not of a party expanding its reach. It's about a party that isn't unified because its candidates can't get it together and get on the same page."

Party leaders played down the disagreement. "A lot is being made out of a few tea leaves there," said state party vice chair Harmeet Dhillon.

But for both Swearengin and Peterson, distance from the party could prove to be an asset in a state that has largely favored Democrats for two decades.

Swearengin, the mayor of Fresno, said California "needs some independence when it comes to watching the treasury."

Swearengin has rebuffed Kashkari's efforts to campaign together and broken with him on his signature issue, the bullet train that Brown wants to build between Los Angeles and San Francisco. She supports the project as an economic boost for the Central Valley; Kashkari calls it "the crazy train."

The friction is also partly personal: Kashkari irked Swearengin by not giving her advance warning that he was going to spend a week posing as a homeless man in Fresno in an effort to spotlight poverty and joblessness on Brown's watch.

For his part, Peterson said he was declining to publicly back Kashkari because a secretary of state needs to run state elections in a nonpartisan fashion. He also suggested that Republicans should reclaim the progressive reform traditions of the Theodore Roosevelt era.

"I'm not running for a lifeboat," he said.

Read More . . . .

California voters gather around to see
a rare site - the nearly extinct Republican elephant.

Friday, September 19, 2014

California GOP kicks off convention in Los Angeles

Rand Paul to address GOP
  • Once again the California "Republican Party" that represents no one is holding its convention.
  • The so-called "delegates" are chosen by Sacramento and Washington Elite interests.  Not one delegate is elected by the rank and file voters of the state.
  • REFORM  -  If the GOP gives a damn about their voters (which they don't) then how about holding a convention in every county where Republicans can gather, debate the issues of the day and elect delegates to the state GOP convention?  But that will never happen.  What you believe in has no meaning to the corrupt Elites.

Just weeks before California voters begin casting mail ballots, about 1,000 of the state’s Republicans will gather in Los Angeles this weekend at their biannual convention. This year’s theme: “Reclaim California.”

It’s a tall order for a party that is struggling -- California Republicans remain at a historic low in voter registration, are vastly outgunned financially by their Democratic rivals and are unlikely to elect a statewide candidate in November.

But the state remains critical in national politics, as reflected by the top speakers at the three-day gathering at the Marriott near Los Angeles International Airport.

Sen. Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will address delegates and guests at a luncheon on Saturday. The Kentucky senator has been spending a lot of time in California, connecting with traditional donors as well libertarian-leaning constituencies as he seeks to plant a flag in the crowded GOP presidential field reports the L.A. Times.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, the second-highest-ranking Republican in Washington, D.C., speaks Saturday evening.

The sole statewide candidate who has a prime-time speaking slot is Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is running for state controller. All of the other statewide candidates -- including gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari -- have been relegated to the sleepy Sunday morning general session.

That’s a notable departure from years past, when top-of-the-ticket gubernatorial and Senate candidates, such as 2010 nominees Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, were lauded at glitzy convention lunches and dinners.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nudists accused of stealing water to fill swim pool

The Green Bridge passes over full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville
near the Bidwell Marina on July 20, 2011, in Oroville, California, followed
by current drought levels on Aug. 19, 2014.

That Sinking Feeling
And yet another day passes without the California legislature acting to build a string of desalinization plants.

On the Lighter Side - A nudist resort in the San Francisco Bay area has been accused of stealing water from a local creek during the state's severe drought, according to local news media.

Authorities from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which protects wildlife habitat, said the clothing-optional Lupin Lodge had been diverting water, some of which was used to fill the resort's swimming pool, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
The lodge, situated near Los Gatos in the San Francisco Bay Area, was stealing about 6,000 gallons of creek water per day for more than seven weeks, Midpeninsula assistant general manager Kevin Woodhouse told the Times.

After discovering the alleged diversion, rangers from Midpeninsula arrived at the camp and ripped out a pipeline that had been funneling water to the resort, said the San Jose Mercury News.

And one nudist who encountered the rangers during his morning hike on Midpeninsula property was threatened with a citation for trespassing, reports the newspaper.

"They said, 'You can't be here. You're on our property,'" said Errol Strider, 70, one of about 50 full-time residents who live in yurts, cabins and trailers on the 110-acre property, which was founded in the 1930s. "I was wearing tennis shoes and my little fanny pack," he told the Mercury News. "I discreetly turned my fanny pack to a front pack where it stayed for the rest of the conversation."

The owners of the resort, Glyn and Lori Kay Stout, told the Times that they have a historic right to the water, which they said they have used since a drought in the 1970s and need to keep an 87,000-gallon water tank full in case of fire and for topping off the skinny-dipping pool near the clubhouse.

(Huffington Post)

And the water levels keep dropping.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

L.A. Schools get Grenade Launchers, Armored Vehicle

Every High School Needs One

Los Angeles Unified School District police officials are considering whether they need the armored vehicle and grenade launchers they received from the U.S. military.

The military hardware at the disposal of LAUSD police officers includes a 20-foot-long, 14-ton armored transport vehicles, much like the ones used to move Marines in Iraq combat zones.

The armored vehicle is worth $733,000, and the school district’s police force got it from the government for free reports CBS News.

How would LAUSD use such a vehicle?

“For us? That vehicle would be used for extraordinary circumstances,” LAUSD police Chief Steve Zipperman said.

The armored vehicle, which is stored at a secret location, has been in the department’s possession since July.

The district is also in possession of grenade launchers, which it received for free from the military after 9/11.

We are ruled over by the insane.
The perfect vehicle to patrol the teacher's parking lot.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Proposal to Split California Into 6 States Fails to Make Ballot

The Dream is Over . . . For Now

(KTLA News)  -  The controversial “Six Californias” initiative has failed to make it onto the 2016 ballot, the Secretary of State’s Office said Friday.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the initiative simply did not have enough valid signatures when they completed the standard random sampling of petition signatures.

The plan, backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper, was to split California into six smaller states. He says the state is too large to govern efficiently.

One of the states would have been Silicon Valley, which included wealthy San Francisco and San Jose.

Sacramento was lumped in with Marin County to form a northern California state. Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside anchored three other states.

A sixth state was made up of the northern-most area of the state.

Draper and others who backed the “Six Californias” initiative turned in more than 1.1 million signatures this summer. Friday, the California Secretary of State’s office said “the total number of signatures … filed with all county elections officials is less than 100 percent of the number of qualified voters required to find the petition sufficient”.

A separate plan to group several northern counties, including Siskiyou and Modoc, is in the works to form a 51st state – known as Jefferson.

Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do

Friday, September 12, 2014

California bill would ban police drone spying without warrant

Protecting the Constitution
  • At last Democrats and Republicans working together to protect the Bill of Rights and our freedoms.

Drones may seem like a dream for law enforcement agencies wanting to put cameras in the sky for easy airborne surveillance, but a bill that sailed through the California legislature seeks to require a warrant for all but the most urgent spying reports Cnet.

Introduced by Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, the would-be law, known as the Unmanned Aircraft Systems bill, easily passed both houses of California's Democratic-majority legislature late last month. It is now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. Brown has until the end of September to make a decision.

Although the bill addresses and permits many non-law enforcement uses by government agencies of drones -- which it refers to formally as "civil unmanned aircraft systems" -- the heart of the proposed law is geared toward ensuring that police obtain court-issued warrants before deploying the flying devices for most surveillance.

To many, that's key given that drones equipped with sophisticated camera equipment are increasingly able to hover quietly and for long periods of time at altitudes well below where helicopters, which police have long used for warrantless surveillance, can fly.

The legislation, AB 1327, would allow police free use of drones in "emergency situations" such as fires, hostage crises, chases, and search and rescue, as well as to help first responders, among other situations. But beyond that, the bill would require probable cause and a court-issued warrant.

"The [US] Federal Aviation Administration, by 2015, has been mandated by Congress to authorize drones to be integrated into our airspace, and so it's on our doorstep," said Sam Chung, Gorell's policy director. "Right around the corner, drones will be integrated into our airspace. So it's up to states to implement common sense privacy laws."

The FAA's mandate comes even as NASA has begun an effort to implement a traffic management program, much like that which oversees standard aircraft, for commercial drones.

Added Chung, "We wanted to put in privacy restrictions so the public is assured it's not going to be monitored" without a warrant.

For now, it's unclear what decision Brown will make. A spokesperson told CNET that the governor doesn't comment on pending legislation.

Read more at Cnet.com/news

Judge Napolitano:
"Government Violating 3rd/4th/5th/9th Amendments from 30,000 Ft. Above"

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vote for one candidate - several times: It could become legal in Santa Clarita elections

Reform Voting for State Offices Too
While we are at it we need to reform elections for the legislature
and restore democracy instead of rule by the Elites
who buy and sell legislators.

In the Los Angeles County city of Santa Clarita voters may become the first in California to elect city and community college officials by cumulative voting.

The little-used system would allow voters to cast multiple votes for the same candidate. For example, in a City Council election to fill three seats, a Santa Clarita voter could cast three votes for just one candidate, or distribute votes to two or three candidates.

After hearing arguments on Monday, Superior Court Judge Terry Green approved cumulative voting in Santa Clarita city and the Santa Clarita Community College District. The ruling could help resolve lawsuits claiming violations of the California Voting Rights Act, according to attorney Kevin Shenkman.

With cumulative voting, individuals who are part of a minority bloc of the population could amass their votes behind a single candidate and win a seat, Shenkman said. He represents two plaintiffs who had sued to eliminate the traditional at-large voting system used in Santa Clarita elections reports KPCC News.

The suit against the city, the college district and the William S. Hart Union High School District in Newhall alleged that Latinos, who make up 30 percent of the city's population, could not amass enough votes to win representation. The Hart high school district is in the process of dividing into voting districts for future elections.

But the city and community college boards wanted to avoid splitting their jurisdictions into districts. They reached a mediated resolution in January to use cumulative voting instead, Shenkman said. Monday's hearing was intended to confirm that cumulative voting is a legal remedy in California.

Santa Clarita makes no admission of a violation of the state voting rights laws in entering the settlement, said Brian Pierik, assistant city attorney.

The settlement also calls for city elections to move from April to coincide with state and federal elections in November of even-numbered years, he said.   That will be done either by consolidating city elections on the county ballot, or by the city holding its own elections on state and federal election days.

Non-Latino whites make up about 56 percent of the city population, with Asians representing 8.5 percent and African-Americans making up 3.5 percent. The city's lone Latino councilmember, Dante Acosta, was elected this year.

The California Voting Rights Act requires that cities, counties and other local governments abolish at-large voting systems if plaintiffs can show at trial that voting patterns are polarized along racial or ethnic lines.

The vast majority of governments that have faced voting rights lawsuits in California have chosen to abandon at-large voting systems in favor of districts. Those include Whittier, Compton, Anaheim and numerous school districts.

Santa Clarita's tactic of cumulative voting might offer another option to city councils reluctant to face the horse-trading and turf battles that can come with elective districts. Cumulative voting is used in Peoria, Illinois, and in Port Chester, New York.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Steve Fox - The GOP's #1 Target

Democrat Steve Fox - #1 Target
  • Democrat perennial candidate Steve Fox accidentally won a GOP held Assembly seat by only 145 votes in the 2012 Obama landslide.  This makes the district target #1 for the California Republican Party.

(Sacramento Bee)  -  Between terse responses, his asthmatic wheeze labors across the table. Wearing a dark suit with two pea-sized stains around the buttons, Steve Fox briefly makes eye contact before shuffling across his Capitol office and returning with a collection of campaign buttons.

A half dozen pins sit snugly in the frame – Fox for hospital trustee, for college board, for city council and, improbable as it sounded at the time, for the 36th Assembly District. Fox knows nobody expected him to make it to Sacramento. When he won his seat by 145 votes in 2012, the self-described conservative and former Republican became the first Democratic legislator to represent the Antelope Valley in 34 years.

Republicans will need his seat if they want to prevent Democrats from again controlling a supermajority in the Legislature’s lower chamber. That leaves the 61-year-old freshman as the most vulnerable incumbent in recent memory.

The district is 36.9% Democrat, 37.3% GOP
and 25.8% independent and smaller parties.
Unlike two years ago, when then-Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez said he was trying to win five target races and had the fortune of winning six, Democrats are all in for Fox. Party leaders have helped him land high-profile legislation, loaned him a stable of talented political operatives, coordinated a massive voter-registration drive in his district and directed a stream of contributions to his campaign account.

“We picked up this seat thanks to Mr. Fox, and we are going to help him keep it,” Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins said in a recent interview. “I know he comes off as a really nice, congenial, ‘thank you, Madam Speaker’ (guy). But he didn’t get elected in a district that no one thought we would take without having an underlying tenacity. He’s going to stick to it. Don’t underestimate him.”

Though Fox finished the primary 8 percentage points behind Republican Tom Lackey, the accidental assemblyman, as he’s sometimes called, has spent his life quieting skeptics. A janitor-turned-math teacher, Fox took the bar exam 28 times before opening his law firm.

“Nobody’s perfect,” he said through a nagging cough, the result of severe allergies. In the courtroom, clients say he reminds them of the disheveled but wily 1970s TV detective Columbo.

Fox estimates he’s stood for election more than 100 times going back to his youth. Asked if his wife of 33 years ever tires of the constant campaigns, he jokes that the running part she’s used to; it’s the winning that’s new. Fox was recalled 16 months after being elected to the Antelope Valley Hospital District. He ran to regain his seat and finished first among five contenders for three seats. He has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on his own campaigns.

“He is a hardworking individual who has gotten here only through his wit and ability to maneuver,” said Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Burbank. “For me, he’s the perfect example of don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/06/6684903/unlikely-assemblyman-steve-fox.html#storylink=cpy

Fox’s district is centered in Palmdale and Lancaster, rival Los Angeles County cities separated by what locals call the “cactus curtain.” Experts attributed Fox’s win to a trio of factors: shifting demographics that favor Democrats, increased voter turnout in a presidential election year and a relatively uninspired campaign run by Republican Ron Smith.

Democrats are laying the groundwork to rally potential voters in what is expected to be a low-turnout year. Nancy Bednar, a political science professor at Antelope Valley College and Democratic activist, said while the party will likely exceed its goal of registering 20,000 voters, she still expects the competition to be significantly more fierce.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/06/6684903/unlikely-assemblyman-steve-fox.html#storylink=cpy

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California State Assembly elections, 2012
Primary election
RepublicanRon Smith15,09735.1%
DemocraticSteve Fox14,16032.9%
RepublicanTom Lackey13,79532.0%
General election
DemocraticSteve Fox66,00550.1%
RepublicanRon Smith65,86049.9%
Democratic gain from Republican


High Desert of the Antelope Valley
The 36th Assembly District is located in the Antelope Valley.  The district includes communities in both Los Angeles and Kern Counties. 
The Antelope Valley is located in northern Los Angeles County, California and the southeast portion of Kern County, California, and constitutes the western tip of the Mojave Desert. It is situated between the Tehachapi and the San Gabriel Mountains. The valley was named for the pronghorns that are said to have roamed there until being eliminated by hunters and bad weather in the 1880s. The principal cities in the Antelope Valley are Palmdale and Lancaster.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

10% of California workers are illegal aliens - Black Americans are shafted

Black Americans sold out by Democrats.

Racist Democrats: "Fuck You" to Blacks
  • Democrats have decided to totally screw over African-American citizens of the United States in favor of their brand new favorite ethnic group: illegal alien Hispanics.
  • Unemployment rate:  5.3% for whites, 7.5% for Hispanics and Black unemployment has increased from 10.7% to 11.4%.  (CNS News)
  • Democrats insist that illegal aliens be given jobs, free education, free medical care and free lawyers to fight deportation while Black American citizens go without.

A report released Wednesday by researchers at USC found that illegal aliens here in the People's Republic of California make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce.

The study, which was conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, was based on census data and other statistics, including data from the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security reports the Los Angeles Times.

USC sociology professor Manuel Pastor, who worked on the report, said it shows how integrated immigrants are into daily life in California.

"It's a population deeply embedded in the labor market, neighborhoods and social fabric of the state," said Pastor, who is a co-director of USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

Advocates for more inclusive immigration policy say the economic contributions of immigrants are another reason they should be allowed to stay.

“Every one of California’s immigrants helps shape our state’s economic and civic vitality,” said Reshma Shamasunder, director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. She said President Obama should take immediate action to limit deportations and “honor these contributions and advance economic prosperity.”

But those who call for stricter enforcement of existing immigration laws say assessments of immigrants' share of the GDP does not account for the large cost governments incur in providing schools and other services to illegal aliens here illegally.

Steven Camarot, of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors stricter restrictions on immigration, also said that bigger economies are not necessarily better.

"A bigger economy doesn't mean the people are richer," he said.

It found that of the 4.4 million immigrants living in the greater Los Angeles region, 1.1 million are here without permission.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

California lost Tesla factory to Nevada

Nevada Wins More Jobs
Jerry Brown comes up short yet again.

California’s campaign to land Tesla Motors Inc.’s 6,500-employee battery factory has failed, with northern Nevada emerging Wednesday as the apparent destination.

The Associated Press and other media, quoting anonymous sources, said Tesla has chosen a site near Reno for its much-coveted $5 billion “Gigafactory,” capping a multi-state beauty contest that dragged on for months.
Governor Brian Sandoval
Republican, Nevada

Tesla and Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval confirmed that a “major economic development announcement” would be made Thursday at the state Capitol in Carson City. “We continue to work with the state of Nevada and we look forward to joining the governor and legislative leaders (Thursday) in Carson City,” Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said in an email to The Sacramento Bee.

The disclosure came a little more than a month after Tesla acknowledged that it broke ground earlier this summer at an industrial park a few miles east of Reno. The developer of the park, Lance Gilman, told The Bee in an email that he plans to attend the announcement in Carson City.

Tesla insisted a month ago that it hadn’t finalized a decision regarding the Reno site. Elon Musk, chief executive of the Palo Alto electric-car manufacturer, said then that the company would continue to evaluate other locations and might break ground at multiple spots before reaching a conclusion.

An anonymous source told AP on Wednesday that Tesla still plans to prepare another site for construction – either as a backup in case Nevada falls through, or as a second factory. Jarvis-Shean told The Bee that “discussions with other states in the process are ongoing.”

Officials in the Reno area were careful not to start celebrating. “There’s no news until the press conference,” said Mike Kazmierski of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. “Other than that, I think everybody’s pretty excited.”

Officials throughout California were left disappointed. Gov. Jerry Brown had made Tesla a priority, and the Legislature considered a package of regulatory and financial incentives for the battery factory. However, California lawmakers adjourned over Labor Day weekend without acting on the bill.

The bill’s co-author, Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, said legislators were considering a streamlining of the California Environmental Quality Act, plus assorted investment-tax and job-training tax credits.

Tesla, he said, was making additional demands “that I think were beyond what California could do.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/03/6676033/tesla-reportedly-chooses-nevada.html#storylink=cpy

According to the Gazette-Journal, the governor plans to call the Nevada Legislature into special session next week to vote on incentives for Tesla.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/03/6676033/tesla-reportedly-chooses-nevada.html#storylink=cpy

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And the winner is . . .
Reno to get 6,500 new jobs.  Jerry Brown fails again, and the moronic Sheeple of the People's Republic will re-elect him in a landslide.