Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Jean Quan recall petitions could hit streets soon —

  Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle — 11/30/11

The petitions to recall embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan have been all but cleared for takeoff and could be on the streets by next week.  Read More…

November 30, 2011

Top analyst warns state could waste $6 billion over high-speed rail —

Mike Rosenberg and Steve Harmon in the San Jose Mercury Dan Weikel in the Los Angeles Times — 11/30/11

The state’s top analyst on Tuesday not only questioned the legality of launching a high speed-train, but also warned legislators that starting construction on the rail line could be a $6 billion waste of tax funds at the expense of social services, education and other transportation projects. Read More…

November 30, 2011

A Bustling Month for Initiatives


November has been a banner month for direct democracy in California – Just ask the offices of the Attorney General and the Secretary of State.

Through November 29th, 26 proposed initiatives have been submitted to the Attorney General for title and summary. Some of the submissions are duplicates or revised versions of the same proposal.  Read More…

November 28, 2011

Inland Region’s lawmakers abstained on lots of bills in 2011

JIM MILLER in the Riverside Press — 11/28/11

— Instead of voting yes or no, members of Inland Southern California’s legislative delegation abstained on hundreds of bills that came before the full Assembly and Senate this year.  Read More…

November 28, 2011

Walters: Education aimed at specific skills begins a comeback in California

Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee — 11/28/11

— As Californians worry – with good reason – whether the state will ever truly recover from recession and re-emerge as a global powerhouse, they know that education is one major factor.  Read More…

November 28, 2011

‘3 strikes’: Proposed law tries to restore intent —

Marisa Lagos in the San Francisco Chronicle — 11/28/11

 As California braces for more budget cuts and moves forward with a plan to reduce its prison population by 33,000 inmates, opponents of the state’s “three strikes and you’re out” law are preparing to ask voters to make major changes to the harsh sentencing mandate.   Read More…

November 27, 2011

Financing California Schools

Getting Down to Facts:
A Research Project Examining California’s School Governance and Finance Systems

“Getting Down to Facts” is a research project of more than 20 studies designed to provide California’s citizens with comprehensive information about the status of the state’s school finance and governance systems. The overall hypothesis underlying this research project is that improvement to California’s school finance and governance structures could enable its schools to be more effective.  Read More…

November 26, 2011

California Billionaires

November 2011

There are more California billionaires than ever, and the state of California has more billionaires than any state in America.

In fact, one of every nine billionaires in the world is a Californian, officially making California the Billionaire Capitol of the WorldSee List

November 25, 2011

Close California Nuclear Plants

A nonpartisan analysis finds a proposed state ballot initiative would force California’s two nuclear power plants to shut down, causing electricity rates to jump dramatically and possibly resulting in rolling blackouts. More

November 25, 2011

GOP Sues California

GOP sues in fed court over Calif congressional map

By AP News/Wednesday, November 23, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican group led by former congressman George Radanovich has filed a federal lawsuit over California’s newly drawn congressional maps, after the state Supreme Court previously declined to take up a challenge.  Read More

November 25, 2011

Lake Tahoe Resorts to Year-Around Business

LAKE TAHOE — A bill signed Monday by President Barack Obama could turn Lake Tahoe ski resorts into year-round playgrounds. But don’t expect waterslides down your favorite run, because that is now clearly illegal.  Read More
November 25, 2011

Lawsuit Filed Against “Top-Two” Voting


The Peace & Freedom Party and the Libertarian Party of California, along with the Green Party of Alameda County, have filed a lawsuit complaining that Proposition 14, the “top-two” measure passed in June 2010 by the voters, violates the…


November 24, 2011

Klamath Dam

Klamath dam comments deadline extended

Comments demonstrate ‘a lot of passion and information on both sides of the issue’


Capital Press

YREKA, Calif. — People now have until Dec. 30 to comment on the proposed removal of four dams from the Klamath River and related fisheries restoration efforts.

The federal government extended the deadline for comments on the nearly $1.1 billion project’s environmental analyses, which were unveiled Sept. 21. The analyses claim the dam removals and related fisheries restoration efforts could help to significantly increase salmon harvests without directly affecting farmers’ water supplies in the basin.  Read More…

November 24, 2011

West Hollywood Fur Ban Backlash

November 23, 2011

West Hollywood, California has banned the sale of fur citywide, and it is the first such fur ban in the United States of America.

The West Hollywood City Council voted to make illegal the sale of any clothing made of animal fur, including wool.  Read More… 

November 23, 2011

California in Top 5 Ugliest Districts

Top 5 Ugliest Districts: Partisan Gerrymandering 101

No one said redistricting was a pretty process, but in some cases Congressional mapmaking gets downright ugly.

It’s not a coincidence that a couple of the most awkwardly shaped districts have a minority population of at least 50 percent. Mapmakers often get creative to adhere to the Voting Rights Act.  Read More…

November 23, 2011

SOPA Sucks

SOPA, the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’, is an Internet anti-piracy copyright bill that shuts down websites and blogs under the guise of copyright protection.

The global backlash against SOPA is huge, global, angry and incredibly loud as the firestorm of outrage grows by the minute.  More…

November 23, 2011

Fun Quiz

Quiz: Determine Who You Should Support For President

This is quite an interesting site. You input thoughts on the issues and boom. You see which candidates match up to you the best. It shows you their answers to the questions along with quotes from them.  Take the Quiz

November 23, 2011

LA Offers Bribes to OWS Group

Report: LA Mayor Offering Farmland and Office Space if the Occupiers Will Just Leave Already

I can’t decide if this is knuckling under to the illegal occupation, or a clever strategy to get rid of them.

Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters a package of incentives that includes downtown office space and farmland in an attempt to persuade them to abandon their camp outside of City Hall, according to several demonstrators who have been in negotiations with the city.  More…

November 23, 2011

Lucky to be An American

November 22, 2011

Spy Planes Over California

November 17, 2011

Spy planes will soon be flying over California on police surveillance missions, spying on citizens, tracking all movement and videotaping all activities.

Filmed surveillance by spy planes overhead has never been forced on American citizens — until now.  California is, once again, first in the nation.
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November 22, 2011

WALTERS: Rocky recovery still painful

By DAN WALTERS North County Times | Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 5:00 am |

Technically, California’s economy is recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. But it sure doesn’t feel like it.  Read more:

November 22, 2011

Billionaires, insiders plan to place $10-billion tax hike on 2012 California ballot

LA Times — Joining the battle over California taxes, a group of billionaires and political insiders say they will place a $10-billion tax increase on the November 2012 ballot. The Think Long Committee, which includes Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, former governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles philanthropist Eli Broad, says its proposal would provide $5 billion more for public schools every year and billions for public universities and local governments. Although the group has prepared a report outlining its proposals, it has not taken the preliminary steps needed to place the ideas before voters.  Read More…

November 21, 2011

2011 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Legislative Report Card

California Commentary

November 20, 2011
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The 2011 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Legislative Report Card is out and, from the perspective of citizen taxpayers and homeowners, the grades of the majority of legislators are so poor that, if they were school children, they’d be grounded.  Read more >>

November 21, 2011

Two officers suspended following UC Davis police pepper spray attack

  • Shocking videotape shows police dousing students staging passive sitdown protest with pepper spray
  • Two campus officers suspended
  • School chancellor ignores calls to step down claiming she has worked hard to make the campus ‘a safe place for all’
  • School task force to look into police response as students stage silent protest

By Hannah Roberts/Last updated at 8:43 PM on 20th November 2011

Two campus police officers caught in shocking video footage using pepper spray on student protesters have been suspended, UC Davis announced today.

In a statement, school Chancellor Linda Katehi announced that the officers were on administrative leave. She also said that she accepted ‘full responsibility’ for Friday’s incident.

The videotape shows an officer using the spray on a group of protesters who appear to be sitting passively on the ground with their arms interlocked.
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November 20, 2011

Evicting Landowners

The Antelope Valley is a vast patch of desert on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, and a segment of the few rugged individualists who live out there increasingly are finding themselves the targets of armed raids from local code enforcement agents, who’ve assembled into task forces called Nuisance Abatement Teams (NATs).
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