Archive for December, 2011

December 31, 2011

New Laws Ring in the New Year

A wide range of new legislation goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. 

from making it a crime to sell a live animal on any street or in any parking lot, to honoring law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty with a special medal—become effective Jan. 1, 2012. 

In 2011, all 50 states and territories met in regular session and enacted close to 40,000 new laws on issues across the board. Laws do not always become effective on Jan. 1, however. State constitutions or statutes usually establish when they go into effect, or sometimes, an effective date is written into the specific piece of legislation.  Read More…

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December 31, 2011

Jerry Brown builds political operation to win tax vote, re-election —

David Siders in the Sacramento Bee — 12/31/11

For 11 months Gov. Jerry Brown raised almost no money and conducted few political exercises outside the Capitol.But in a spate of private meetings and fundraisers in recent weeks, his political apparatus stirred. Brown quietly raised more than $1.2 million in two weeks for his campaign to raise taxes.  Read More…

December 30, 2011

CA Supreme Court Rules on Redevelopment Agencies

Court: State can put an end to local redevelopment agencies

By BRIAN JOSEPH / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Cities across California were sent reeling Thursday by a state Supreme Court ruling that could spell the end for about 400 local redevelopment agencies.

The court ruled on the constitutionality of a pair of bills passed by the Legislature in June. Assembly Bill 1x 26 sought to help balance the state budget by eliminating local redevelopment agencies and seizing their money. Assembly Bill 1x 27 would have allowed redevelopment agencies to remain in operation – if they voluntarily agreed to give the state a portion of their property tax dollars every year.  More…

December 30, 2011

California: new laws on shark fins, gas pipelines —

Wyatt Buchanan in the San Francisco Chronicle — 12/30/11

Hundreds of bills approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor take effect with the start of the new year, including laws banning minors from using tanning beds, raising the age that children must use car booster seats and prohibiting the open carrying of handguns.   Read More…

December 30, 2011

Little evidence redistricting plot worked —

 Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the Contra Costa Times — 12/30/11

 Since when did insider politics about a wonky political mapping process attract so much attention? Last week, apparently. A New York-based investigative nonprofit’s story detailing congressional Democrats’ covert campaign to influence redistricting in California has inspired equal parts partisan invective and armchair analysis. Read More…

December 29, 2011

GOP set to give Obama another Big Victory!

December 29, 2011

Californians to Watch: Jon Coupal leads Howard Jarvis group into tax war

By Torey Van Oot/tvanoot@sacbee.com
Last modified: 2011-12-29T06:36:02Z/Published: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 – 12:00

What to expect in 2012? Jon Coupal is preparing for “nuclear war.”
As the president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Coupal will play a critical role in the effort to defeat any tax increases up for a vote next year.
He’ll also be on the offensive. His group has proposed a spending limit and is backing another measure to curb unions’ political influence by banning paycheck deductions to build campaign war chests.  Read more here:

December 29, 2011

CA loses 947,000 jobs in five years

by Stephen Frank on 12/27/2011 ·

This is all you need to know:  “That represents a drop of 6.26 percent of its jobs, going from 15,117,100 nonfarm jobs in November 2006 to 14,170,100 in November 2011.”

Thanks to the amateur Arnold, and now the professional Jerry, California has lost one million jobs.  At the same time, people are moving here, illegal aliens are still coming and stealing the limited jobs.

California is not in a recovery, except in the old mind of Jerry.  We are in a a generation long Depression–and the Democrats and Arnold set the polices to make it happen.

Still a proud Californian? There are more jobs looking for workers per capita in North Dakota than in California.

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December 29, 2011

$10,000 per day for hotel suite

Pelosi Rents $10,000 per DAY Suite in Hawaii for herself

by Stephen Frank on 12/27/2011

San Fran Nan is a 1%-er pretending to be among the poor of this nation.  While folks in this country are begging for jobs she is quietly spending time in Hawaii.  Nan does work hard trying to take money from your family–enough so you can not go on vacation.  But Nan is openly thumbing her nose at the 99%.

 “While the president and his family are vacationing with much fanfare, publicity, and controversy, the former Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, champion of the poor and the disenfranchised, “is once again spending her Christmas at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii.” The cost? $10,000 per day.  More…

December 28, 2011

Nature of Sustainable Development / United Nations AGENDA 21

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Michael Shaw of http://www.freedomadvocates.org explains the real purposes of United Nations Sustainable Development (UN AGENDA 21) He goes over the goals of these designs, which would make any freedom loving person gasp. Sustainable Development isn’t as it sounds, its not about “Sustainable” “Development”, its not about people being “self sustaining” and its not about “Development” as the American mind understands it. You will learn about how they redefine words and give them new meanings to “fool” we the people. You will learn how poison is sold as sugar; basically that’s what’s going on.

Do you think your “private property” is an evil thing? Well the United Nations does. You will be amazed and upset at what is going on in the name of “saving the Earth”. We all love the Earth, its our home, but some very powerful people understand that we do care and they have found that’s the best way to fool us towards their desires and against us. Come and learn what is being played out today on mankind towards our very destruction towards the glory of a few fat cats who really don’t care about us or the world, only their “Vision” under themselves for the world, and its not very nice at all, in fact its very evil.

December 28, 2011

“State Champions”

Wild Bill and Best States – Worst States

December 28, 2011

State Senator Not Running for Open California Seat —

 Kyle Trygstad Roll Call  Jim Sanders in the Sacramento Bee — 12/28/11

National Democrats were dealt a blow today, losing a top recruit in a competitive open seat in California. State Sen. Michael Rubio announced he will not run for the 21st district, leaving the party without its highly touted candidate for the new Central Valley-based seat created in redistricting.  Read More…

December 28, 2011

Brown the Elder and Brown the Younger

12.27.2011

At a wide-ranging meeting with reporters to discuss his accomplishments in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown “invoked” — his verb — his father, Gov. Pat Brown several times.

Discussing the role of the chief executive and the Legislature and how, in the interest of “comity” the governor sometimes signs bills with little impact or import merely to forge a better working relationship with lawmakers, Brown noted that his father was “very hesitant to veto” bills that had a “strong vote” in the Legislature.   More…

December 28, 2011

Tea Party Express Offers Support To Michele Bachmann »

 Tea Party Express Offers Support To Michele Bachmann The Sacramento, Calif.-based Tea Party Express offered support for Michele Bachmann in the 2012 Republican Presidential primary race, but did not officially endorse the candidate. Tea Party Express said in a statement that, while it has not endorsed any candidate, it remains committed to backing the conservative candidate best positioned to beat President Barrack Obama in 2012. More »
December 27, 2011

High Speed Rail Authority Caught in Gigantic Whopper–No Million Jobs With $200b boondoggle

 by Stephen Frank on 12/26/2011

The people in charge of the amateur Arnolds choo choo train use Jon Lovitz as their press release  writer.  He always lied on Saturday Night Live and laughed about–just as the incompetent who lied to get $9 billion of our money–now wants to steal $191 billion more.

“So how many jobs will be generated if the nearly $99 billion California High-Speed Rail Authority is ever built?

State and federal boosters have claimed 1 million jobs would result.

But a newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News, cranked up its calculator and says the railroad “would create 20,000 to 60,000 jobs during an average year.”

The Mercury News says if the rail system is finished, it would generate only “a few thousand” permanent jobs.”

You know you are a crook when spending tax dollars the mainstream media outs you with facts.  I want to know who goes to jail for this theft?  This is more money stolen than even Bernie Madoff dreamed of ripping off the public.  Will any DA or Attorney General do something, if a private investor lied this much their bail would be $10 million and a leg bracelet.  More…

 

December 27, 2011

Memorial to fallen stirs controversy —

J. Harry Jones in the San Diego Union-Trib — 12/27/11

The Marine Corps will soon decide whether two crosses that sit atop a remote hill in Camp Pendleton as a memorial to fallen troops should be removed.  Read More… 

 
 
Friends and families of Marines who died in battle have placed memorials in the hills above Camp Horno in the northwestern part of Camp Pendleton.
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December 27, 2011

New lines indicate hard contests in 2012 —

 Jim MILLER and BEN GOAD in the Riverside Press — 12/27/11

For the past 20 years, most legislative elections in Inland Southern California have been ho-hum affairs. Republicans dominated the region, and Democratic caucuses had better prospects elsewhere.  Read More…

December 26, 2011

Editorial: Even profitable firms fleeing California

Published: Dec. 22, 2011 Updated: Dec. 25, 2011 3:26 p.m.
California businesses can expect little sympathy from leadership in Sacramento.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Democratic reaction to the news that Waste Connections, aArticle Tab: image1-Editorial: Even profitable firms fleeing California $3.6-billion company and major Sacramento-area employer, is headed to Houston to seek a friendlier business climate tells other businesses all they need to know about the attitudes of those who run California’s government.

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, gave these clueless and snarky remarks in response to the news: “In this instance you have a company that is, in fact, profitable, making significant revenue gains in 2011 and 2010. That doesn’t speak to a bad business climate here in California when a good company is able to thrive in that way. So whatever Mr. Middelstaedt’s (company CEO) reasons are to leave the great state of California, I know I’m pushing back.”  More…

 
December 26, 2011

Restaurant fined $400,000 for hiring illegals

San Diego eatery employed 91 illicit immigrants over several years


Posted: December 25, 2011/10:54 am Eastern/© 2011 Associated Press

A judge fined the owner of a popular restaurant and bakery nearly $400,000 Thursday for employing illegal immigrants in a rare case of federal prosecutors charging an employer with illegal hiring.

Michel Malecot, 59, was spared prison time and his fines and penalties were below the $650,000 sought by federal prosecutors.

Malecot, a naturalized U.S. citizen from France and a major donor to local charities, appeared to hire illegal immigrants at The French Gourmet out of compassion rather than to take advantage of them, said U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan, who also ordered five years of probation.

The case has drawn attention from restaurant owners because criminal prosecutions of employers are fairly rare. Federal prosecutors face high burdens of proof to show that employers knowing hired illegal immigrants.
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December 26, 2011

California Sues Fannie and Freddie

 California Attorney General Sues Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac California Attorney General Sues Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac »
California’s Attorney General filed lawsuits against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last week, demanding that the companies respond to questions in a state investigation. More »
December 26, 2011

Double dipping retirees eyed by Gov. Jerry Brown —

Lewis Griswold in the Fresno Bee — 12/26/11

 Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan for sweeping public pension reform would hit the pocketbooks of employees who hope to collect a pension check and paycheck at the same time.It’s a common practice statewide — especially in law enforcement — and the central San Joaquin Valley is no exception.  Read More…

December 26, 2011

State senator aims to double lobby fee in California — to 14 cents a day —

Karen de Sá in the San Jose Mercury — 12/26/11

California’s 1,000 registered lobbyists are so influential they’re known as the “The Third House.” Many work from gleaming office towers that overshadow the state Capitol dome, making it look like just so much cheese for the snatching. Yet the price of such unmatched access is barely a bar tab — just $25 in lobbying registration fees a year — when some states charge up to $1,000. Read More…

December 26, 2011

New year brings new risks for California politicians —

Jean Merl in the Los Angeles Times — 12/26/11

The ‘top-two’ primary system and legal challenges to redrawn districts have created much uncertainty. But experts say the new election environment will help keep officeholders and candidates on their toes. Read More…

December 24, 2011

PG&E Wants Fee for NOT Changing Meters

PG&E: Customers can keep old meters
San Francisco Business Times by Lindsay Riddell, 12/19/11

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.    said today it asked its regulators to approve a request to let customers who want to opt out of a smart meter program keep their old meters.

The Northern California utility initially said it would turn off the radio transmitter inside the smart meter for those customers who didn’t want a smart meter. And it has asked the California Public Utilities Commission to approve a plan to let it do so, and to let it charge a fee to the customers that chose not to have the utility turn off the radio.  More…

December 24, 2011

Redistricting California

How Democrats Fooled California’s Redistricting Commission

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by Olga Pierce and Jeff Larson/ProPublica, Dec. 21, 2011, 3:38 p.m.

This spring, a group of California Democrats gathered at a modern, airy office building just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The meeting was House members only — no aides allowed — and the mission was seemingly impossible.  More…