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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)

Monday, July 24, 2017

How Assembly GOP Leader Chad Mayes became Benedict Arnold to many California conservatives

In this Monday, July 17 photo, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, left, leaves a Sacramento press conference with, from left, Gov. Jerry Brown, state Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto and Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Visalia. Mayes, Berryhill and Mathis voted with Democrats to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program to 2030.

GOP Jumps in Bed With Jerry Brown

(Press-Enterprise)  -  Pressure is mounting on Assemblyman Chad Mayes to step down as Assembly GOP leader after he helped Democrats extend an anti-pollution program loathed by conservatives who already feel marginalized in deep-blue California.
At a gathering at Riverside’s Mission Inn on Thursday, July 20, the Riverside County Republican Central Committee voted to ask Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, to explain his support for extending the state’s cap-and-trade program at the committee’s next meeting. Otherwise, the committee will ask Mayes to relinquish his leadership post.
“There’s a great deal of contention and anger right now with Republican voters,” said county GOP Chairman Jonathan Ingram.
To many thinking people there is little
difference between the parties.

Between cap-and-trade, which is estimated to raise gas prices by as much as 73 cents per gallon by 2031, and the legislature’s earlier passage of a 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase, “you’re looking at a substantial increase to working people,” said Ingram, a Murrieta councilman.
A high-ranking California Republican official also is calling for Mayes’ ouster. And Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, cited Mayes’ actions on cap-and-trade in announcing her resignation as assistant GOP leader Thursday.
The backlash erupted after Mayes and seven other GOP lawmakers, including Assemblyman Marc Steinorth of Rancho Cucamonga, voted for AB 398, which extends cap-and-trade to 2030. Cap-and-trade allows businesses to buy licenses to emit pollutants, with the number of licenses gradually declining in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Many Republicans see cap-and-trade as an over-regulating excuse for raising taxes that will boost already high gas prices and give Gov. Jerry Brown more money for high-speed rail, a project opposed by conservatives.
Mayes’ critics are incensed that he would not only vote for the bill, but encourage other Republicans to support cap-and-trade as well. After the bill passed, Mayes shared the stage with Democratic lawmakers at a Sacramento press conference.
Mayes, who was not available for comment Friday, has defended his vote, saying Republicans managed to get concessions from Democrats in exchange for GOP support of cap-and-trade, including the rollback of a fire prevention fee paid by property owners in rural areas.

“Today, we proved that Sacramento can rise above the partisan fray of our country to do right for all Californians,” Mayes said in a news release.
“This plan cleans up the environment for future generations and cuts the cost of taxes, fees and regulations by $16 billion a year for ordinary Californians. Protecting the earth and protecting your paycheck is no longer an either-or decision.”
Mayes, a former Yucca Valley mayor who was first elected to the Assembly in 2014, represents the Pass, San Jacinto, most of Hemet and desert communities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
With Democrats holding a supermajority in Sacramento, Mayes has been willing to work with them to further the GOP’s agenda. But that olive branch is considered a knife in the back to many conservative Californians who feel ignored if not powerless in a state where GOP voter registration has been declining for years.
Blowback started almost immediately, with self-described nationalist Joseph Turner on Tuesday denouncing Mayes’ cap-and-trade vote and accusing him of having an extramarital love affair with his predecessor, former Assembly GOP leader Kristin Olsen.
“It is time for an actual Republican to lead the Republican Party,” Turner wrote in a news release.
Harmeet Dhillon, a San Francisco lawyer and member of the Republican National Committee, took to social media to call for Mayes to be replaced as leader of the 80-member Assembly’s 25 Republicans.
“Many conservatives are rightly outraged at the Assembly Leader’s actions in not only voting for a bad bill on cap and trade, but also pressuring several of his colleagues to vote for the massive carbon tax scheme, and then taking a victory lap with the Democratic leadership and later comparing himself/his actions to Ronald Reagan,” Dhillon wrote on Facebook. “Nope.”
John Berry, a cabinet member with the Redlands Tea Party Patriots, said his group is considering pulling support for Republicans who voted for cap-and-trade.
“We’re just absolutely livid how (Mayes) sold out,” Berry said. “The whole idea that they’re going to sell us this whole nonsense about global warming and tank the economy (and expand government control over peoples’ lives), it’s as un-conservative as you can get.”
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GOP bought off to approve Brown's Cap and Trade

The Incredible Vanishing GOP

  • The "Conservative" GOP refused to put an initiative on the ballot in 2016 to kill the corrupt bullet train. With no issue for Republicans to campaign on Democrats won a super-majority in the legislature.
  • Now the "Conservative" GOP cuts a deal with Brown on Cap and Trade telling the public the deal might help kill the bullet train in way out in the year 2024.  Pure Bullshit.

(Sacramento Bee)  -  To get Republicans and business groups on board to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program, Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders in the Legislature agreed to several provisions:
▪ Suspending the state’s six-year-old fee paid by some 800,000 rural property owners for fire prevention. Republicans, who represent many of the areas where the fee is charged, have been trying to get rid of it for years through the courts and legislation. On average, property owners pay about $117 a year.
▪  Extending through 2030 an existing sales tax break for manufacturers and research and development companies.
Eliminating sales and use tax that energy companies pay on purchases for renewable energy projects, such as solar, biomass and wind energy.
▪  A constitutional amendment that would require a one-time, two-thirds vote in 2024 to re-set spending of the cap-a-trade revenues. Republicans see this as a future way to cut off funding for high-speed rail, a project most of their members detest.
Brown and leaders also agreed on a couple things to help assuage liberal Democrats:
▪  Assembly Bill 617, a companion bill by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, was added to the package to help poor communities that advocates say are disproportionately hurt by air pollution. Most environmental justice organizations, however, say it does not go far enough.
▪  Brown, who has been at odds with liberal lawmakers over ongoing funding and his demand for streamlined environmental review to build housing, has agreed to work toward a deal.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Stockton to pay men not to shoot each other?

(KCRA)  -  Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs condemned the violence in the city over the weekend and is considering a couple different ways to combat crime, including one that pays people not to commit crimes.

There were four homicides in Stockton between Monday and Wednesday night, bringing the total number of killings in the city to more than 24.

Tubbs released a statement Wednesday night after the string of violence.

"All life is sacred and even one homicide is too many ... overall, crime continues to trend downward but we must remain vigilant," Tubbs said.

The city is exploring a couple options in the hopes of curbing the number of violent crimes in the city.

The first option is out of Detroit called Project Greenlight. In this situation, live cameras would be set up inside and outside of businesses in Stockton, and the cameras would be monitored in real-time from the police headquarters.

The second option is more controversial out of the Bay Area. Richmond's Advance Peace uses taxpayer dollars to pay men with firearm history to not shoot guns.

In exchange, the men can participate in adult fellowship, mentorships and job opportunity programs.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

California’s top Republican won’t be running for governor

The Worthless Republican Party

  • In 2014 the only candidate for Governor the GOP could put up was an Obama supporter.
  • In 2016 the GOP refused to put an initiative on the ballot to defund the corrupt bullet train to nowhere.  With no platform to run on the GOP paid the price by giving Leftists a super majority in the state legislature.
  • And in 2016 the GOP failed to even run a candidate for U.S. Senate allowing a Democrat vs Democrat general election.

(Sacramento Bee)  -  San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Friday he will serve the remainder of his term, dashing the hopes of many Republicans who viewed him as their strongest contender in next year’s governor’s race.
“I’m honored that so many across our state are strongly encouraging me to run for governor,” he said in a statement ahead of the holiday weekend. “However, my first commitment is to San Diego.”
Faulconer had long maintained that he wouldn’t run for governor, despite popping up in polls as the leading Republican contender to advance beyond next June’s primary.
He faced increasingly vocal calls from fellow Republicans in recent weeks to formally shut the door on the prospect. During that time, supporters launched a full-court press to try to draw him into the race, using polling to argue that a divided Democratic field would help him to a November runoff against one of the Democrats. Many saw him as a moderate Republican who could appeal to the state electorate’s fiscal conservatism while not alienating Democrats on social issues and environmental polices.
His confirmation likely increases the chances that former Assemblyman David Hadley of Manhattan Beach enters the crowded governor’s race. Businessman John Cox of northern San Diego County and conservative Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach previously announced their runs, raising fears among the GOP that they would scatter the GOP vote and allow two Democrats to slip into the runoff.
While the field remains unsettled, the front-runner in polls and fundraising is Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Others include former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Treasurer John Chiang and ex-state schools chief Delaine Eastin.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

California paid Arizona to take its excess solar power

I Say Yes to Solar

  • As something of a Conservative Environmentalist I say yes to solar. During this current heat wave Californians with solar panels have been able to run their central air without fear of overloading and blacking out part of their city.

(Los Angeles Times)  -  On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power.

Well, actually better than free. California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren’t using to avoid overloading its own power lines.

It happened on eight days in January and nine in February as well. All told, those transactions helped save Arizona electricity customers millions of dollars this year, though grid operators declined to say exactly how much. And California also has paid other states to take power.

The number of days that California dumped its unused solar electricity would have been even higher if the state hadn’t ordered some solar plants to reduce production — even as natural gas power plants, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, continued generating electricity.

Solar and wind power production was curtailed a relatively small amount — about 3% in the first quarter of 2017 — but that’s more than double the same period last year. And the surge in solar power could push the number even higher in the future.

The California Legislature has mandated that one-half of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030; today it’s about one-fourth. That goal once was considered wildly optimistic. But solar panels have become much more efficient and less expensive. So solar power is now often the same price or cheaper than most other types of electricity, and production has soared so much that the target now looks laughably easy to achieve.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Democrats block deportation of illegals while pushing pot

Democrats Want to Keep You High
and Protect Illegals

(ABC News)  -  California lawmakers voted Thursday to set rules for the state's nascent marijuana industry and to quash the growth of federal immigration detention as part of a $125 billion state budget lawmakers approved for the next fiscal year.
Lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a measure merging the state's longstanding medical marijuana law with the much more permissive rules voters approved last year to legalize pot sales to people 21 and older. The state will develop standards for organic marijuana, allow pot samples at county fairs and permit home deliveries.
The Legislature also backed a measure to limit new beds for immigration detention, dealing a blow to the Trump administration's efforts to boost deportation. The measure prevents local governments from signing or expanding contracts with federal authorities for immigration detention facilities. It also calls for the state's attorney general to review conditions at the centers.
The marijuana and immigration provisions are pieces of a one-year budget plan that increases money for education and social services while imposing new financial restrictions on the University of California following a scathing audit. It cleared the Assembly and Senate mostly along party lines with only a handful of Republicans in support.
Brown, a Democrat, has called the budget "balanced and progressive." Legislative Democrats said it would help alleviate poverty while building up savings for a future economic downturn.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

GOP Registration Collapses in California

California Looks to Become Venezuela
It might help if the GOP actually stood for something
instead of being "Democrat Lite"

(Sacramento Bee)  -  Good luck finding a California city these days where most voters are Republicans.
Fifteen years ago, Republicans comprised more than half of the voters in 66 of California’s 482 cities. Today, they are a majority in just 14 cities, according to the latest data from the California Secretary of State.
The population of those 14 cities represent less than 1 percent of the state’s city dwellers.
By contrast, the number of cities where most voters are Democrats has remained fairly steady at around 140 during the last 15 years.
No political party captures more than 50 percent of voters in 328 California cities, largely due to voters that decline to state a party preference. Democrats outnumber Republicans in 201 of those 328 cities.
In the Sacramento region, more than 50 percent of voters in Loomis, Roseville, Lincoln, Rocklin and Folsom were Republicans 15 years ago. Today, only Loomis can make that claim.
For instance, 52 percent of Folsom voters were Republicans 15 years ago; today that figure has fallen to 41 percent. About 30 percent of Folsom voters are Democrats, similar to fifteen years ago, and the rest are unaffiliated or members of third parties.
California has become increasingly liberal over the last two decades, with a plurality consistently favoring Democratic presidential candidates. In 1997, Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state Assembly by a margin of 43 to 37. Today, that margin stands at 55 to 25.
These maps show California cities where more than 50 percent of voters were registered Republican in March 2002 and February 2017.
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The collapse of the GOP

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

California Bullet Train Gets Greenhouse Gas Funding

Follow The Money

  • The political hacks will steal from any pot of cash they can find in order to fund the train to nowhere and keep the $$$$ flowing to their campaign contributors.

(AP) — California regulators did not abuse their discretion when they decided to pay for the state's high-speed rail project with money from a greenhouse gas emissions program, a Sacramento County judge said in a ruling made final on Monday.
The Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund, which opposes the bullet train, argued that constructing the $64 billion project would create more pollution than it would eliminate for at least a decade.
The state has argued high-speed rail will help it meet its greenhouse gas-reduction targets.
But the lawsuit by the group based in San Rafael contended that the California Air Resources Board underplayed the bullet train's harmful environmental effects and exaggerated its environmental benefits. The board relied on the California High-Speed Rail Authority's environmental analysis and failed to account for the tons of cement to be used in construction, the lawsuit argued.
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang ruled that the decision by the California Air Resources Board was not arbitrary and capricious.
The state has argued that the bullet train will reduce emissions by taking vehicles off state roads.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Socialist Medicine Moves Forward in California

The People's Republic
The Socialist Democrat super majority is determined to abolish private insurance businesses

(ABC 10)  -  A California bill to replace health insurance companies with universal government-funded care is advancing to a vote in the full Senate.

But Democrats who back the measure have not identified a way to pay for the estimated $400 billion annual cost.

The single-payer health care bill cleared a hurdle Thursday when it passed the Appropriations Committee in a 5-2 party-line vote.

SB 562 has energized liberals at a time when President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are looking to overhaul former President Barack Obama's health care bill.

Supporters say a single-payer system would redirect insurance company profits and administrative costs to patient care.

Insurance companies and business groups say the bill would upend the health care system and its costs would cripple businesses.
A vote in the state Senate is expected next month.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Socialist Democrats to base traffic fines on your income

New Democrat Slogan:
"Fuck anyone with money"

(New York Times)  -  A bill in the State Legislature would make California the first state to assess traffic fines by income level: The poorer you are, the less you would pay.

The sponsor of the bill, State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg, says California’s traffic fines are “ridiculously high” and unaffordable for low-income families. Many fines don’t get paid.

An amnesty program that allowed violators to pay only a fraction of fees owed expired in March. It sought to chip away at California’s $10 billion in unpaid traffic fines.

Mr. Hertzberg’s bill, one of many being considered in current budget negotiations, would also make it illegal to suspend someone’s license because of nonpayment of a fine.

According to a report published this month by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, an advocacy group, California’s traffic fines are among the highest in the nation.

Running a stop sign has a base fine of $35, but once court fees are added it can cost $238, the group calculated.

The report, Paying More for Being Poor, makes the case that the traffic system is discriminatory because of racial profiling by police officers: Black drivers are more likely to be pulled over for no cause.

Elisa Della-Piana, the legal director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, also makes a case purely on income grounds.

“Many folks see that we have an unfair system,” she said. “You have two people, each of whom rolled through a stop sign. One mails in a check. The other doesn’t have enough money and experiences license suspension, arrest, job loss. Those are disproportionate consequences.”

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