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November 13, 2017

In the Heart of ‘The Resistance,’ California Conservatives Are Invigorated

“It’s almost an inverse proportion: The less powerful we got in California, the more powerful we got nationally,” said Ben Shapiro, a writer and commentator from Southern California.

California conservatives are feeling a strange sense of invigoration these days. Yes, they are vastly outnumbered, shouted off college campuses and scolded that their way of politics is an anachronism in this bright blue bulwark of the liberal resistance.

But California has become, however improbably, a leading exporter of the energy that is animating the conservative movement, and it is giving rise to some of the loudest new voices on the right, from the West Wing to the radical fringe.

Some of the most strident conservatives in President Trump’s orbit have honed and hardened their political identities in California. There is Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s ousted but still influential chief strategist, who was showered with standing ovations when he spoke at the state Republican convention in Anaheim last weekend. And there is Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser from Santa Monica who has helped shape the White House’s restrictive immigration policy.

Several of the most aggressively pro-Trump media outlets and personalities, which provide a critical line of support between the president and his base, are based in California, like Mr. Bannon’s nationalist-oriented Breitbart News and Michael Savage, a radio host who has raised the specter of civil war if Mr. Trump is removed from office. Two of the far-right’s best-known pro-Trump conspiracy theory peddlers, Mike Cernovich and Charles C. Johnson, work from California.

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November 12, 2017

For many Palm Springs homeless, heroin comes before food and water. The problem is getting worse

Far away from the worst of a national crisis, heroin is still taking hold of people living on the streets.

The day started off lucky for Blake Pricer. Overnight, he had locked himself in a laundry room at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and slept a few hours in relative safety. After waking up to the sound of pounding on the door from hotel staff wanting to reclaim the territory, Pricer was back on the street and back to his relentless quest.

The one thing Pricer needed was heroin, which meant the first thing he needed was cash. Good fortune came through when he began opening mailboxes and quickly found $13 and some checks he hoped to sell later.

With that small amount of money in his hand, Pricer, who is 26, thin and tattooed with shorts hanging past his knees, easily found someone to sell him the drug. He then rode a stolen bicycle downtown to a cooling center where homeless people like him could rest, eat and take a shower. He parked the bike and walked inside to a bathroom where he clandestinely injected heroin into his arm. It wasn’t quite 9 a.m.

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November 7, 2017

Jerry Brown and the state Democrats’ legacy is crime and homelessness

Mass release of criminals combined with the decriminalization of petty crime has led to encampments full of the desperate and dangerous. This mess is so bad that the Santa Ana River is now known by local residents as “Skid River.”

There’s not much the state of California does efficiently. If you need to get your license plates in the mail, want your tax refund, or God forbid need Sacramento to fix a clerical error, you need the patience of a saint — the bureaucrats will do things in their own sweet time, whether you like it or not.

But when it comes to the wholesale emptying of the prisons, they’re Johnny-on-the-spot.

Whether it’s Assembly Bill 109, Proposition 47 or Proposition 57, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrat-controlled state Legislature seemingly can’t put violent criminals on the streets fast enough.

Just think of them as being the O.J. Simpson jury with term limits.

Recently, I wrote a column about Senate Bill 620 — which would strip mandatory sentencing enhancements for criminals convicted of committing a felony with a gun — and noted that legislation like this has resulted in a ballooning crime rate and homeless population.

I made this claim based on various conversations I’ve had with local law enforcement, city officials and litigators, but was having a tough time finding hard data.

And as it turns out, I’m not the only one.

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November 1, 2017

Up To 100 Teens, Some With Tasers, Run Wild In Amusement Park, Beat And Rob Patrons

Even the security supervisor reported being taunted and jumped by five assailants. “When the guard flipped one to the ground, he said, the others fled.”

The Halloween advertisement for Great America, a huge amusement park in Santa Clara, California, not far from San Francisco, told park goers that “Fear is waiting for you.”

It sure was.

As many as 100 marauding youths, some armed with Tasers, assaulted and robbed patrons, terrifying thousands of park goers, many of whom fled. The mayhem on Saturday, with about 20,000 people in the park, occurred during the 10th annual Halloween fest and broke out about 10:30 p.m., The Mercury News reported.

Park patrons reported encountering groups of robbers, some armed with Tasers, who ran through crowds stealing mobile phones, purses, and backpacks and sending visitors fleeing for exits. Some panicked visitors tried to scale park fences. About 30 patrons were injured, by one security guard’s estimate.

“It was terrible,” said a San Francisco mom who had brought her 17-year-old daughter and a friend to the haunt. “A kid in a hoodie ran up and pried the phone out of my hands.”

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October 31, 2017

English is dying in California (Video)

Must watch video from Lauren Rose.

October 27, 2017

CSU Chancellor eliminates cultural studies requirement

CSU Chancellor Timothy White recently issued an executive order seeking to standardize curricula across the system, but Cal State-Northridge is apoplectic about the ramifications. The order eliminates a category from the General Education curriculum that formerly housed the school’s ethnic, gender, women’s, and cultural studies courses, of which it professes to be quite proud.

California State University’s Chancellor issued an executive order Tuesday that has students and at least one system president reeling in frustration.

According to an email obtained by Campus Reform, CSU Chancellor Timothy White proposed Executive Order 1100, which will effectively remove the so-called Section F from the system’s General Education (GE) requirements—the section that requires students to earn six credits in comparative and cross-cultural studies.

Most, if not all, ethnic, gender, women’s, and cultural studies classes are housed under Section F, meaning students will no longer be required to complete courses in this area prior to graduation, prompting backlash from students and some university leaders.

CSU, Northridge President Dianne Harrison, for instance, issued a Tuesday statement decrying the order and assuring her students of solutions.

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UCLA Republicans protest security fees for Shapiro speech

Republican students are demanding that the University of California-Los Angeles not force them to accept a “bizarre” security fee policy for a November 13 speech by Ben Shapiro. The policy requires that at least 70% of attendees be UCLA students, otherwise the Bruin Republicans club will be required to cover the full cost of security for the event.

Republican students are demanding that the University of California-Los Angeles not force them to accept a “bizarre” security fee policy for a November 13 speech by Ben Shapiro.

According to a letter sent on the club’s behalf by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the proposed “70/30 agreement” would require that 70 percent of attendees be UCLA students, stipulating that should this quota not be met, the individual officers of Bruin Republicans would be held financially responsible for security costs assessed by the administration.

The letter asks the school to “immediately rescind the security fees assessed to Bruin Republicans for the upcoming Event and confirm that [the Bruin Republicans] will not be required to sign the contract or comply.”

According to Bruin Republicans Vice President Tyler Fowlkes, the UCLA administration has advised the group that specific cost estimates cannot be given until the week of the scheduled event, but has already “openly acknowledged” that there is “no way” the Bruin Republicans will be able to fund the event considering the added costs.

Fowlkes told Campus Reform that he believes UCLA’s response to the letter “will depend upon outcry,” noting that “public opinion can very much shape policy” because according to the First Amendment, “Anybody should be able come and speak at a public university regardless of political affiliation.”

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October 21, 2017

California DMV workers issued hundreds of bogus truck driving licenses for bribes, feds say

The probe has now grown to include DMV offices the length of California and dates back to 2011. It involves multiple payoffs of thousands of dollars to DMV workers to alter computer records, court records say.

The undercover sting operation that led to bribery charges against two California Department of Motor Vehicles employees this week is part of a major, six-year probe by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies that so far has resulted in charges against eight individuals and the revocation of hundreds of commercial truck driver’s licenses around the state, court records show.

The latest employees to be charged were named in documents unsealed Thursday in federal court in Sacramento. The government alleges they took bribes from Southern California truck-driving school owners to alter DMV records to show applicants had passed their written and driving tests to allow them to obtain licenses to drive tractor trailers and buses.

Those defendants were identified as Lisa Terraciano, 51, who worked in a DMV office in Winnetka, and Kari Scattaglia, 38, a DMV manager who worked in offices in Granada Hills and Arleta.

Online records indicate she is the daughter of Vito F. Scattaglia, a deputy chief of investigations and enforcement for the DMV in Southern California. Kari Scattaglia was paid $52,500 last year, according to The Bee’s online state salary database.

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October 20, 2017

Adios, California by Steve Baldwin

A fifth-generation Californian laments his state’s ongoing economic collapse.

It’s not easy watching California self-destruct. After all, my four sons are 6th generation Californians. One relative of ours journeyed here prior to the Gold Rush when the state population was just a handful of people. Family lore has it he was a gunslinger who, victorious in a gun duel, headed to California to avoid the law. He ended up ranching on what is now known as Mammoth Mountain. Other family members took part in the gold rush and one ended up discovering gold in 1895 in the Mojave Desert. My grandparents arrived in Kern County in the 1930s and worked as teachers educating the children of oil workers shortly after the discovery of oil in that region.

Proud of my heritage, I had this urge to run for the state legislature, so I did and I won. I was hoping I could do something in Sacramento to slow the decline of the Golden State. But it was not to be. I quickly discovered that the legislature was so dominated by far left ideologues, there was nothing that could be done to reverse course. My Democrat colleagues were not concerned one bit about how their policies were destroying the economic golden goose that made California so famous worldwide. Indeed, they actually believe their big government and nanny state policies have made California the model of how progressives can succeed in governing. Seriously.

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October 17, 2017

ICE Detainer Issued for Suspected Wine Country Arsonist in Sonoma Jail

The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) issued a detainer request on the Sonoma County Jail for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson in Wine Country fires that have killed at least 40 residents.

Breitbart News reported earlier this week that Sonoma County Sheriffs had arrested Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, 29, at Maxwell Regional Park in Sonoma County after a series of reports of ongoing fires in the region. Mr. Gonzalez was observed around 3:00 p.m. PDT wearing a jacket and walking “out of the creek area and a plume of smoke behind him,” according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Mr. Gonzalez, who is homeless and reportedly known by law enforcement to have been living under a nearby bridge, claimed he was cold and had lit the fire to stay warm. But it was a balmy 78 degrees when he and the plume of smoke were first observed.

Mr. Gonzalez was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for suspicion of felony arson. His bail was set at a steep $110,000, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff Public Information Officer.

Sargent Spencer Crum told Breitbart that Mr. Gonzalez is also on a U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) detainer request, despite Sonoma County declaring itself as a “sanctuary county” in May 2014. The county only cooperates with “ICE holds” if the prisoner has been convicted of a felony or any misdemeanor offence that falls within the Trust Act within the last five years. Mr. Gonzalez’s immigration status has not yet been announced.

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