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April 28, 2017

California Republicans push plans to punish Sanctuary Cities (Video)

Allen said he introduced the bill to influence public opinion and urge the Trump Administration to clarify who among the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants should be deported.

Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento want California to become the nation’s first sanctuary state. Republicans tried to stop it Tuesday with legislation of their own.

“California’s Democrat politicians have been promoting a policy of sheltering criminals in our state who are in here illegally,” said California Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach. “Californians don’t want criminals who are here illegally to be sheltered in their communities.”

Allen’s bill did three things. First, it stopped state funds from going to any jurisdiction that claims to be a sanctuary or has sanctuary policies in place. Secondly, it mandated state law enforcement to cooperate directly with federal immigration officials. Third, it prohibited the use of tax money to defend criminal aliens.

Allen unveiled the bill alongside Agnes Gibboney, whose son Ronald da Silva was fatally shot by a previously deported illegal immigrant in 2002.

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April 27, 2017

Prof to admit students into geology class based on race

A geology professor at Pomona College is pledging to use racial preferences to decide which students to accept into a class with a strict enrollment cap.

A geology professor at Pomona College says she will prioritize students of color, immigrants, and low-income students for enrollment in a class with a strict 15-student cap.

A flyer advertising the course on “Southern California Earthquakes and Water,” an introductory geological science class with a particular focus on “the particular geologic challenges” of Southern California, expresses a particular desire for “students from a range of backgrounds whose varied perspectives will contribute to the course.”

Unlike most Pomona classes, the course is offered on a permission-only basis, which means that students must submit a written request—colloquially called a “PERM”—to the professor seeking “permission to enroll.” The professor sees all of these requests and may choose among them to fill his or her course.

Typically, professors treat PERMs as a waitlist, selecting students in the order in which they submitted their PERM requests. To the extent that preferential treatment is exercised, it is typically used to ensure that students majoring in a particular field of study are able to enroll in courses for their major ahead of others, who may simply be taking them to fulfill general education requirements.

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April 25, 2017

Students demand Pomona rescind offer to prof because she’s white

Students at Pomona College have published a letter demanding that administrators rescind their offer to hire Sociology Professor Alice Goffman because she’s white. The letter complains that the Sociology Department has not hired enough faculty of color to match the increased proportion of minority students. It also cites criticisms of Alice Goffman’s book about the impact of the drug war on inner-city communities, yet ignores the praise the book has received from other scholars.

Students at Pomona College have published a demand letter urging administrators to rescind their offer to hire Sociology Professor Alice Goffman because she’s white.

The “Letter to the Pomona College Sociology Department,” published last Friday argues that by hiring Goffman, the administration has neglected their commitment to promoting diversity and supporting women of color.

The collective of “Sociology students, alumni, and allies” open their letter by expressing their “anger” and “concern” regarding Goffman’s hire, calling it a “failure” to address the lack of professors of color on campus.

Further, they argue that because the majority (56.7 percent) of students in the Sociology department are now people of color, it is problematic for the department to continue hiring white people.

“The Sociology Department at Pomona College has not consistently had enough full-time faculty members of color to support its marginalized students,” they argue. “The vast majority of Sociology majors are students of color (and most are women of color), but the faculty are not at all representative of their students’ diversity.”

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Full Press Conference: Berkeley Young Republicans SUE School Over Ann Coulter Speech Controversy (Video)

University of California, Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus have filed a lawsuit against the university, saying it is discriminating against conservative speakers and violating students’ rights to free speech.

April 24, 2017

Ann Coulter: ‘Berkeley won’t give me a building so I’ll use a bullhorn!’

Coulter sues university – vows to give speech, no matter what.

Annpocalypse is coming to Berkeley.

Ann Coulter told WND that not only is she taking U.C. Berkeley to court, she is vowing to speak on the campus with or without its sanction.

“We’re suing!” Coulter told WND after her attorney’s deadline passed on Friday without a response from the university.

WND asked, does that mean you are trying to get an emergency injunction to force the university to host your event?

“Yes!” she replied.

And are you still planning to show up on Thursday and speak, no matter what?

“Yes! But Berkeley won’t give me a building so I’ll use a bullhorn,” Coulter declared.

A law firm representing the groups sponsoring her planned event is filing the suit, after its deadline of 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday passed without the university agreeing to live up to its agreement to let Coulter give a speech on campus.

The best-selling author is determined to give the home of the “free speech movement” a lesson in the First Amendment by making it live up to its self-proclaimed moniker. She has insisted to WND all week that she would show up to speak because it is her constitutional right.

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Immigrants flooded California construction. Worker pay sank. Here’s why

Construction in Los Angeles has shifted from a heavily unionized labor force that was two-thirds white to a largely non-union one that is 70% Latino and heavily immigrant.

Eddie Ybarra and Francisco Martinez, both in their 40s, work side by side building the walls of two of the newest condo buildings in downtown Los Angeles. They drive pickup trucks to work, park in adjacent lots and both take their lunch break around 10 a.m. That’s about all they share.

Ybarra, born in Los Angeles, has built a solidly middle-class lifestyle on more than two decades in the carpenters’ union, earning $40 an hour on top of a pension, healthcare and unlimited vacation days.

Martinez, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, works for a nonunion contractor, installing metal panels and other parts for $27.50 an hour. He doesn’t have retirement savings, his insurance doesn’t cover his family and he gets five vacation days per year.

The story of these two men illustrates the radical shift that has put construction front and center in the national debate over declining blue-collar jobs and President Trump’s views of immigration.

In the span of a few decades, Los Angeles area construction went from an industry that was two-thirds white, and largely unionized, to one that is overwhelmingly Latino, mostly nonunion and heavily reliant on immigrants, according to a Los Angeles Times review of federal data.

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April 22, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos Plots Comeback at UC Berkeley

Yiannopoulos wouldn’t say who is backing the effort, financially or otherwise, nor would he say which, if any, student group has invited him to speak at Berkeley.

Milo Yiannopoulos is plotting his comeback, allegedly to take place at UC Berkeley, whether university administrators like it or not.

“In light of recent controversies, I am planning a huge multiday event called Milo’s Free Speech Week in Berkeley later this year. We will hold talks and rallies and throw massive parties, all in the name of free expression,” Yiannopoulos said on his Facebook page Friday.

Yiannopoulos wouldn’t say who is backing the effort, financially or otherwise, nor would he say which, if any, student group has invited him to speak at Berkeley. When he was last set to speak there in February, protesters set fires, threw rocks and attacked fans, and the UC Police Department shut down the event.

Administrators are preparing for a similar reception for Ann Coulter when she attempts to speak on Thursday even after administrators told her she didn’t have permission to do so and moved her event to a different venue in the following week.

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April 21, 2017

Don’t Know Much About History: Politico Blames Trump for Berkeley Violence

Politico’s David Siders offered a revisionist history of the violent suppression of free speech at the University of California Berkeley on Thursday with an article titled: “How Berkeley became a hotbed of violence in the Trump era.”

In a classic example of question-begging, Siders, assuming Trump is the catalyst, began his farcical explanation with a visit by Trump supporter (and then-Breitbart editor) Milo Yiannopoulos to the Berkeley campus in February.

But suppression of free speech at Berkeley by leftist mobs began long before.

As recently as 2014 — during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Free Speech Movement, no less — a mob of left-wing radicals broke up a speech by entrepreneur Peter Thiel, bursting into the hall where he was speaking to students and forcing him to flee for his physical safety. The event occurred long before Trump declared his candidacy for the presidency, and even longer before Thiel became a Trump supporter.

In 2000, as Breitbart News’ Daniel J. Flynn recalled, “a similar mob, including many looking like they had crawled out from under a dock in the marina at the end of University Avenue, drowned my words with shouts of “murderer,” “racist,” and “Nazi.” They attempted to rip the microphone cord from the wall. A hirsute man ‘mooned’ me. And, in one last indignity, the hecklers seized my writings to fuel an actual book burning.”

Flynn added: “This all happened under the watchful eyes of two pleasant Cal policewomen.”

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The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast (Video)

“Many of the trees we grow evolved in temperate climates and can’t tolerate the stress of drought, water restrictions, higher salinity levels in recycled water, wind and new pests that arrive almost daily via global trade and tourism, local transportation systems, nurseries and the movement of infected firewood.”

The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.

“We’re witnessing a transition to a post-oasis landscape in Southern California,” says Greg McPherson, a supervisory research forester with the U.S. Forest Service who has been studying what he and others call an unprecedented die-off of the trees greening Southern California’s parks, campuses and yards.

Botanists in recent years have documented insect and disease infestations as they’ve hop-scotched about the region, devastating Griffith Park’s sycamores and destroying over 100,000 willows in San Diego County’s Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, for example.

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April 20, 2017

When California’s lawmakers target your family

Gina Loudon exposes shocking ‘political retaliation’ by Dems destroying state.

Any common-sense American would know that you can’t write a law to put one person out of business. That would be unconstitutional.

But that is exactly what the Democratic supermajority did to my husband. They wrote a bill to put him out of business.

This is political retaliation.

My husband and I moved here almost five years ago, with a plan to take this beautiful state back from the hands of those bilking it into destruction.

The Democrats, in their unfettered power, are destroying California. Most of the land that could be developed is owned by the state or the feds. If you fly over the coast of California, you learn that there are countless islands just off the coast that can never be developed. Under the waves, valuable crude oil that sits untapped, nevertheless seeps to the surface and onto beaches, by force of nature.

California’s highest-in-the-nation housing costs and highest-in-the-nation energy costs are of no concern to the progressives who dream of a total housing ban. They are utterly unconcerned that California’s productive population is leaving, a primary cause of California’s pecuniary dire straits.

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