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« Reply #600 on: April 11, 2017, 07:46:35 AM »

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/
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« Reply #601 on: May 14, 2017, 08:59:54 PM »

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/05/09/sleepbus-la-sf-overnight-official/
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« Reply #602 on: May 14, 2017, 09:43:03 PM »


"To get the word out, the company is offering one-way trips for $48. That's expected to go up to $65 once things are fully up and running, but that's still cheaper than the cheapest nonpromotional airfare you're going to find, even on a budget carrier like Southwest. Add in the convenience of its pickup and drop-off locations at the Caltrain station in San Francisco and the Santa Monica Pier in LA and the SleepBus strikes us as a viable alternative to air travel, and a far better option than the Greyhound – at least until the high-speed train is complete."

Don't hold your breath on waiting on that.
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« Reply #603 on: May 22, 2017, 07:40:00 AM »

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-1026-debbaudt-prop-47-anti-20151026-story.html
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« Reply #604 on: June 29, 2017, 07:34:28 PM »

http://abc30.com/politics/federal-judge-blocks-california-law-that-bans-magazines-holding-more-than-10-bullets/2165329/
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« Reply #605 on: July 18, 2017, 08:51:00 AM »

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/ca-controller-reports-revenues-2-68-billion-short-of-2016-17-budget-act/
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« Reply #606 on: July 18, 2017, 08:54:27 AM »

second post

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/california-government-retirement-plans-are-more-than-50-underfunded/
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« Reply #607 on: July 18, 2017, 09:42:56 AM »

"http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/california-government-retirement-plans-are-more-than-50-underfunded/"

no biggie ; they will simply steal more money from the likes of me to fund their golden shutes

why not let Zuck fund them?

he believes in minimum wages!

but of course not the he should fund it.  Again just people the likes of me.

Little Prick.

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« Reply #608 on: August 30, 2017, 06:23:22 AM »

In response to pre-litigation demands from the NRA and CRPA, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to repeal a city ordinance prohibiting the sale or transfer of “ultracompact firearms” in Los Angeles.  The city ordinance defined “ultracompact firearms” as handguns with “an overall length of six and three quarter inches (6.75”) or less or an overall height of four and one half inches (4.5”) or less, as measured with the magazine detached.”

The repeal of the ordinance was a direct result of NRA and CRPA attorneys threatening legal action against the City.

Gun owners in California are already subject to the strictest gun-control laws in the country, including a statewide restriction on the sale of handguns that are not listed on DOJ’s “Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale.”  By banning the sale of certain handguns labeled “ultracompact” under the ordinance, the City prohibited the sale or transfer of certain handguns that are listed on DOJ’s roster—handguns that have been tested and are specifically approved for sale in California.  Because the ordinance conflicted with state law in this respect, the ordinance is “preempted” by the state law and invalid.

On September 20, 2016,NRA and CRPA attorneys submitted a pre-litigation demand letter to the City, pointing out that the ordinance was preempted because it conflicted with the state law regulating what handguns can be sold, and was therefore invalid. The City stalled the repeal, but NRA and CRPA attorneys submitted repeated public record requests, and relentlessly pushed the City attorney’s office until the City finally repealed the ordinance.

Significantly, this isn’t the only recent NRA/CRPA victory in Los Angeles worth celebrating.  In 2015, the City adopted an ordinance prohibiting the possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.  The NRA and CRPA filed a lawsuit challenging the restriction.  That lawsuit, titled Bosenko v. City of Los Angeles, included 30 duly elected California Sheriffs, two law enforcement organizations, CRPA, and a number of individual gun owners as plaintiffs.

The following year, both Proposition 63 and Senate Bill 1446 were enacted, making it a violation of state law to possess these standard capacity magazines.  As a result, the City’s ordinance was duplicative of and preempted by the state laws.  In exchange for dismissal of the Bosenko lawsuit the City agreed to amend their ordinance to include a “sunset” provision so the ordinance would expire and be invalid and unenforceable after July 1, 2017, the date which the new state laws were set to take effect.

The city ordinance has now expired.

Both Proposition 63 and Senate Bill 1446, however, suffered a major defeat in federal court after District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez issued a preliminary injunction in the NRA and CRPA supported case of Duncan v. Becerra. That injunction prohibits California from enforcing the state law banning the possession of standard capacity magazines that can hold over 10 rounds. Now that the state law has been enjoined, and because the Los Angeles ordinance is no longer in effect as of July 1, there is no law prohibiting the possession of standard capacity magazines in the City of Los Angeles.

This is welcome news for many California gun owners, including those who do not reside in Los Angeles.  Thousands of law-abiding gun owners routinely travel through city limits to reach popular ranges such as the Angeles Shooting Range and other destinations that require traveling through city limits with firearms and the magazines that would have been prohibited.

Please continue to check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight webpage for updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California.
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« Reply #609 on: September 14, 2017, 10:00:30 AM »

I don't mean to beat up on California; it's a great place.  My beef is with leftism and all their lies and their failures.

Experiments in Democracy  It turns out that the state fighting hardest against income inequality has the highest poverty rate.  The state that pays people the most to be poor has the most poor people.  Incentive economics working!  The regulations in housing that protect the haves, hurt the have nots.  Laws like minimum wage that knock people out of their first job, also knock them out of their second, third and fourth jobs too.  Who knew?  (us)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article172973181.html
California’s poverty rate remains nation’s highest

The state that bans drilling has no drilling revenues, and so on.  The state the promised pensions without revenues to pay them has budget challenges. 

The state that had no qualms, even linguistically, about making housing unaffordable with 'affordable housing laws' has the most homeless.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/09/12/75575/california-s-housing-costs-are-driving-its-no-1-po/
California's housing costs are driving its No. 1 poverty ranking

It's not like socialism is failing everywhere it's tried.  We still have the USSR and Chavez-Venezuela's shining examples...  okay, scrap that.

When will they ever learn? 
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« Reply #610 on: September 14, 2017, 10:14:25 PM »

They will never learn. Every leftist thinks they will be the ones with the clipboards, telling others what to do.


I don't mean to beat up on California; it's a great place.  My beef is with leftism and all their lies and their failures.

Experiments in Democracy  It turns out that the state fighting hardest against income inequality has the highest poverty rate.  The state that pays people the most to be poor has the most poor people.  Incentive economics working!  The regulations in housing that protect the haves, hurt the have nots.  Laws like minimum wage that knock people out of their first job, also knock them out of their second, third and fourth jobs too.  Who knew?  (us)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article172973181.html
California’s poverty rate remains nation’s highest

The state that bans drilling has no drilling revenues, and so on.  The state the promised pensions without revenues to pay them has budget challenges. 

The state that had no qualms, even linguistically, about making housing unaffordable with 'affordable housing laws' has the most homeless.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/09/12/75575/california-s-housing-costs-are-driving-its-no-1-po/
California's housing costs are driving its No. 1 poverty ranking

It's not like socialism is failing everywhere it's tried.  We still have the USSR and Chavez-Venezuela's shining examples...  okay, scrap that.

When will they ever learn? 
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« Reply #611 on: September 15, 2017, 06:21:44 AM »

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/repeal-proposition-14-to-restore-meaningful-choice-in-california-elections/
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« Reply #612 on: September 20, 2017, 08:49:39 PM »

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/09/20/quentin-kopp-bullet-train-flashman
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« Reply #613 on: October 06, 2017, 09:25:52 AM »

Jerry Brown signs sanctuary STATE bill into law.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Jerry-Brown-signs-bill-making-California-a-12255884.php

They don't respect our laws.  How is this different than Roy Moore not implementing gay marriage passed by one swing vote activist Supreme Court Justice?
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ccp on Catalonia leaving Spain:  "Like California separating from US."

Okay, what if they did?

What if we respect self determination.  They already have split.  Let them go.  We will need some ports and to keep our military assets that they don't want anyway.  They can keep their share of the debt.  I'd like to see that repayment schedule.  Much of the state can stay, let them vote county by county or precinct by precinct, and let others join them.  Hopefully we can negotiate free trade and travel for anyone who was a citizen before the split.

Here is a political map as recent as 2000.  Note red and blue reversed!



Can we build ports in the 2000 'blue' areas?
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« Reply #614 on: October 08, 2017, 02:08:55 PM »



http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-gov-brown-downgrades-from-felony-to-1507331544-htmlstory.html
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« Reply #615 on: October 08, 2017, 02:18:06 PM »


Just in case you were wondering what a society in decline looks like.
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« Reply #616 on: October 10, 2017, 09:59:35 PM »

https://conservativetribune.com/ice-reminder-illegal-aliens/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=AE&utm_campaign=can&utm_content=2017-10-09

Up first, this mans' city?
http://www.speroforum.com/a/EXJKOGZVTR41/81864-California-mayor-colludes-with-Mexican-diplomat-over-immigrant-safe-spaces?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OXVKINDFUR28&utm_content=EXJKOGZVTR41&utm_source=news&utm_term=California+mayor+colludes+with+Mexican+diplomat+over+immigrant+safe+spaces#.Wd2erHrcCeQ
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« Reply #617 on: October 15, 2017, 01:02:59 PM »

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/09/28/gov-brown-signs-bill-allowing-felons-to-vote-in-jail/#.WeJPGotsPwM.facebook
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« Reply #618 on: October 15, 2017, 06:22:50 PM »

   
"Gov. Brown signs bill giving jailed felons right to vote IN JAIL"

nice........       huh
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« Reply #619 on: October 16, 2017, 02:37:59 PM »

5 Bills Get Governor's Signature
 
This time every year, Gun Owners of California waits patiently to assess the damage of Governor Jerry Brown’s pen.  Speculating what he would sign or veto has always been a crapshoot of sorts, and this year was no exception; there were hints he would sign some bad ones and veto a few, but in the aftermath of the Las Vegas tragedy, the guessing stopped.  His deadline was midnight October 15, so when the clock struck 12 last night, we learned the good news – and the bad.
 
GOOD NEWS:
 
•   VETOED  SB 464 / HILL/ D  - That’s right – Governor Brown said NO to this bad boy, which was one of Gun Owners top legislative priorities.  SB 464 would have required firearm dealers to install security measures such as concrete pillars in front of stores/and or vaults that meet certain standards.  In spite of the veto, GOC will not forget that Big 5 Sporting Goods worked out a deal with the author to protect large retailers like themselves that would have put smaller dealers in financial jeopardy. In his veto message, the Governor stated “This bill would require additional security enhancements on the premises of all licensed firearms dealers in California. State law already requires that firearms dealers enact security measures to avoid theft. Local jurisdictions can-and have-gone further by adding additional specific requirements. I believe local authorities are in the best position to determine what, if any additional measures are needed in their jurisdictions.”
We agree; GOC lobbied the Legislature and the Governor heavily on this ill-conceived and costly proposal.
 
BAD NEWS:
 
•   SIGNED    AB 7 / GIPSON / D – Prohibits the open carrying of an unloaded long-gun in unincorporated areas of the state.  This is an unnecessary statewide mandate; this could have easily been addressed by local authorities.
 
•   SIGNED  AB 424 / MCCARTY/ D – Removes authority of school officials to authorize a CCW license holder to carry on school grounds.  Unfortunately, the Governor no longer believes this decision should left in the hands of those officials responsible for the safety of the students and staff.
 
•   SIGNED  AB 1525 / BAKER/ R – Requires additional statements on the dangers of owning a gun to be printed on the actual firearm packaging.
 
•   SIGNED   SB 536 / PAN / D – Requires the Department of Justice to provide information on gun violence restraining orders to anti-gun the Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California; permits DOJ to cherry-pick who gets what data.

•   SIGNED   SB 620 / BRADFORD / D - After initially failing by a significant margin, this so called “criminal justice reform” bill passed after some serious arm twisting by the Democrat legislative leadership.  The Governor approved the bill which gives courts the discretion to NOT issue mandatory sentencing provisions for the felony use of a firearm.   In our opinion, SB 620 represents an extraordinary double-standard on guns and has the real potential of putting the safety of Californians in jeopardy.

(MARC:  What is the problem here?  Sounds to me like it allows for discretion for the judge in sympathetic cases , , ,)

The real good news is that the Governor, the Senate and the Assembly have done their damage for 2017, but this doesn’t mean that Gun Owners will be relaxing just because the politicians are taking a break.  We are busy working in the courts, are gearing up for the 2018 legislative session, and most importantly, next year’s elections.  Stay Armed and Informed with GOC!
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« Reply #620 on: October 17, 2017, 01:41:27 PM »



http://mailchi.mp/471c0bed3a54/gun-laws-for-gun-owners-seminar?e=0332f322fa
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« Reply #621 on: October 31, 2017, 11:24:41 PM »

https://spectator.org/adios-california/
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« Reply #622 on: November 20, 2017, 11:14:34 AM »

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/
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« Reply #623 on: December 26, 2017, 08:03:12 PM »

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/watch-the-water-grab-california-warns-nestle/
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« Reply #624 on: January 03, 2018, 07:32:17 AM »

California: New Year and New Restrictions as the Legislature Convenes the 2018 Session
 

2018 is already off to a rough start in California as DOJ has failed to implement the necessary regulations to allow ammunition vendors to sell ammunition. As previously reported,  recent changes to California law require ammunition vendors, businesses that sell ammunition but who are not licensed to sell firearms, to be in possession of a valid ammunition vendor license by January 1, 2018 in order to continue selling ammunition in California. The law required DOJ to implement the necessary regulations no later than July 1, 2017, but DOJ failed to even propose the regulations until July 14, 2017. Those regulations are still pending as the Office of Administrative Law has until January 16 to render a decision. As a result, many ammunition vendors remain in limbo on how to conduct their business because of the failure to implement the necessary regulations in a timely manner.  Efforts by NRA and CRPA attorneys to have DOJ stay enforcement have fallen on deaf ears.

In addition to the new ammunition vendor requirements, school administrators no longer have the authority to allow carry by persons with concealed carry permits onto school campuses as a result of AB 424 passed in 2017.  Further, those with newly classified “assault weapons” have until July 1, 2018 to register their firearms as “assault weapons,” or convert them to compliant or featureless configurations. More information can be obtained by viewing one of our several webinars. Background checks on ammunition purchases do not go into effect until July 1, 2019.

The legislature will convene on Wednesday January 3. Continue to check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight webpage for updates on legislation as it is introduced and moves through the legislative process along with other issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California.
 
 
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« Reply #625 on: January 10, 2018, 01:18:40 PM »

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/10/30/gov-jerry-brown-signs-bill-removing-penalty-using-gun-crime/
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« Reply #626 on: January 11, 2018, 07:27:35 AM »

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/california-court-approves-of-secret-deals-with-unions-keep-public-in-the-dark/
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« Reply #627 on: January 13, 2018, 11:28:53 AM »



California’s Political Charity

Democrats propose a gimmick to help the rich avoid federal taxes.
by  The Editorial Board
Jan. 12, 2018 7:00 p.m. ET

Much has changed in Donald Trump’s first year as President, including some progressive principles. Lo, California Democrats in 2016 campaigned to extend a tax hike on the rich. Now they’re promoting a gimmick to help reduce their wealthy residents’ tax burden.

State Senate President Kevin de Leon, who is challenging U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in the June primary, complained last week that the new GOP tax law “offers corporations and hedge fund managers massive tax breaks and expects California taxpayers to pick up the costs.” It’s the “worst tax policy in the history of this country. Perhaps the world.”


In fact, some California taxpayers are among the law’s biggest beneficiaries—to wit, Silicon Valley titans such as Apple, Facebook and Google. California tech companies are sitting on more than $500 billion in cash overseas, which they will now be able to repatriate at a discounted tax rate.

But speaking of bad tax policies, Mr. de Leon has proposed legislation to help high earners avoid the new $10,000 state-and-local tax deduction limit. Taxpayers would receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to a new California Excellence Fund, which they could then deduct as charity. Taxpayers can deduct up to 60% of their income for charitable contributions under the new federal reform.


The Senate leader cites as his model private-school scholarship tax-credit programs in other states that function like vouchers. However, these charitable contributions help nonprofits or parents who want to send children to private schools. Mr. de Leon’s “excellence fund” would exist within the General Fund, and donations would be appropriated by the legislature. The only beneficiaries of this “charity” would be the donating taxpayer—and politicians.

In other words, Democrats in Sacramento want to help the rich dodge federal taxes. According to IRS data, California’s 71,000 taxpayers with million-dollar incomes deducted on average $462,500 in 2015 compared to $6,940 for individuals making between $50,000 and $100,000. Few California middle-class taxpayers will be harmed by the $10,000 deduction cap since the standard deduction has doubled to $12,000.

Neither the IRS nor federal courts are likely to allow this charity dodge. The IRS disallows deductions for charitable contributions to the extent that a taxpayer benefits—for example, paying $10,000 at a charity auction for an artwork valued at $8,000 would only yield a $2,000 deduction. In 1989 the Supreme Court ruled that contributions “made to such recipients with some expectation of a quid pro quo” are not deductible.

The one reform Mr. de Leon isn’t proposing is a cut in California’s top marginal tax rate of 13.3%, including the three percentage-point increase that Democrats pushed in a 2012 referendum. Rates on individuals making more than $250,000 also increased. Democrats successfully pushed to extend the tax hikes through 2030 in November 2016. The federal GOP tax reform means that the effective top state and federal combined marginal rate for Californians increases by 2.7-percentage points in 2018—to 50.3% from 47.6%.

Revenues are soaring due to strong income and capital-gains growth. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday proposed a $132 billion budget that forecasts a $6 billion surplus. While the Governor wants to add some revenue to the state’s $8 billion rainy day fund, this will quickly vanish in the next recession—unless Democrats raid it first after he leaves office. State tax revenues fell cumulatively by more than $70 billion following each of the past two recessions.

California’s steeply progressive tax code has encouraged a boom-bust revenue and spending cycle. Reducing taxes on high earners would impose spending discipline and ameliorate the effects of the limitation of the state-and-local tax deduction. Alas, Democrats in Sacramento seem mainly interested in boosting their favorite charity—themselves.
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« Reply #628 on: January 14, 2018, 11:38:33 PM »

Some great data in here:

http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-jackson-california-poverty-20180114-story.html
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« Reply #629 on: January 16, 2018, 04:22:18 PM »

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/01/the-devil-is-in-the-diablo.php

California Public Utilities Commission ratified the plan to shut down California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, even though, as one of the last nuclear power plants built, it could easily be re-licensed for another 20 years.  Diablo Canyon produces twice a much electricity as all of California’s solar panels, and PG & E is closing Diablo Canyon largely because of the state political mandate that electric utilities source 50 percent of their power from “renewable” sources by the year 2030, and nuclear power doesn’t count.
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Nuclear energy is carbon-free, you idiots.
https://grist.org/article/its-time-to-go-nuclear-in-the-fight-against-climate-change/

The Green or whatever you call far left climate alarmists are driving carbon emissions up!  Germany eliminated nuclear, burns more coal.
http://www.theenergycollective.com/robertwilson190/328841/why-germanys-nuclear-phase-out-leading-more-coal-burning

Do they ever acknowledge that nuclear is carbon free and has the best safety record? 

Diablo is designed to withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.  If unacceptable earthquake risk is the reason for closure, why not close it now?
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« Reply #630 on: January 18, 2018, 01:33:43 PM »

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/
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« Reply #631 on: January 19, 2018, 03:36:59 PM »

https://californiapolicycenter.org/permanent-water-rationing-coming-california/

Meanwhile in MN, Lake Superior is holding 555 Billion gallons of water (for sale) per inch of depth.  The Great Lakes added 5.1 trillion gallons in 12 days last April.
http://www.mlive.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/04/great_lakes_gain_mind-boggling.html

The drought isn't global - or year-round.
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« Reply #632 on: January 20, 2018, 12:33:49 PM »



http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/on-the-chopping-block-gov-brown-joins-the-chorus-of-those-predicting-coming-pension-cuts/
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« Reply #633 on: January 23, 2018, 02:01:26 PM »

Automatically registered to vote if they have a driver's license...  ??

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/alert-starting-april-1-california-dmv-will-automatically-register-illegal-aliens-to-vote-by-court-order/
https://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/28/dmv-licensed-800000-undocumented-immigrants-under-2-year-old-law/

http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20180122/settlement-may-open-door-to-voter-fraud

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/01/illegals_in_california_with_drivers_licenses_eligible_to_vote_after_april_1.html
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Illegal voting is or should be (additional) grounds for deportation.
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« Reply #634 on: January 27, 2018, 09:05:47 AM »

We have been quite hard and critical on California here, yet the WSJ is reporting a Gov. Brown turning a $27B deficit into a $6B surplus for this coming year?

How did this happen?

How did we miss this?

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Jerry Brown’s Legacy: A $6.1 Billion Budget Surplus in California

The governor hopes to avoid the fate of predecessors who left office with big deficits
 


California Governor Jerry Brown took office in 2011 with a $27 billion deficit and drastically slashed spending. In 2012, he staked his governorship on a tax increase that voters approved that year and reauthorized in 2016.
By Alejandro Lazo and
Jan. 10, 2018 5:40 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES—California Gov. Jerry Brown appears poised to exit office next year with a top political priority in hand: free from the massive budget deficits that had weighed on his predecessors.

Buoyed by tax increases passed under his administration and a strong economy, Mr. Brown said Wednesday that the state is projecting a $6.1 billion surplus for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.


The governor proposed socking most of the money away in a rainy-day fund whose creation he pushed for in 2014. Nearly 70% of the state’s projected revenue of about $135 billion next fiscal year is derived from personal income taxes, according to the governor’s office.

The state’s fiscal health is especially crucial as it faces myriad challenges: record natural disasters, housing shortages and changes to federal tax regulation—all while it ramps up opposition to the Trump administration on several major policy fronts.

As is his custom, the governor warned of an inevitable economic slowdown.

“California has faced 10 recessions since World War II, and we must prepare for the 11th,” he said. “Let’s not blow it now.”

Mr. Brown has been preaching frugality for years—he kicked off one past budget talk with Aesop’s fable about the thrifty ant and the lazy grasshopper.


Mr. Brown took office in 2011 with a $27 billion deficit and drastically slashed spending. In 2012, he staked his governorship on a tax increase that voters approved that year and reauthorized in 2016.

His spending plan for 2018 calls for $131.7 billion of general fund spending. Including special funds and bonds, which are pools of restricted money that can only be used for specific projects, total proposed spending next fiscal year is $190.3 billion.

The governor’s budget document marks the start of roughly six months of negotiations with the Democratic-controlled legislature.

The state’s budget must be approved by June 15, so it can be enacted July 1.

Many in Mr. Brown’s party, which wields the power to raise taxes with two-thirds majorities in both state houses, have pushed for increased spending on social programs as the state has recovered from the last recession.

On Wednesday, Republicans called on the governor to return some of the budget surplus to voters—saying they were overtaxed.

Assemblyman Vince Fong, a Republican from Kern County and a former staffer of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said the forecast windfall was evidence that a gasoline tax increase passed by Democrats last year was unnecessary.

“We do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem,” Mr. Fong said. “Taxpayers work hard for their income—we should work just as hard to protect it.”

State officials and economists said planning for the 2018-2019 budget cycle had been particularly difficult this year.

They said state finances are facing a notably volatile period, given changes to federal tax law poised to hit California especially hard.

“I think there’s more financial uncertainty between Washington and Sacramento than in the past,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, director of the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson Forecast, a leading forecaster.

California, along with other high-cost and high-tax states, is considering ways to lessen the impact of the federal tax overhaul, which will raise taxes on a significant number of high-earners in the state.





State senate leader Kevin de León introduced legislation last week that would allow California taxpayers to donate to a fund and deduct 100% of the donation, essentially turning state tax payments into a deductible charitable contribution.

Other Democratic-led states, including New Jersey, are considering similar tactics to push back against what their leaders see as an unfair politically motivated move by the Trump administration against blue states.

While Mr. Brown warned of a slowdown Wednesday, he also touted increased funding in the state’s public schools and infrastructure programs as well as his efforts to pay down debt taken on by previous administrations.

Mr. Brown’s two most immediate predecessors were consumed by state budget woes at the end of their tenures. Democrat Gray Davis was recalled from office in 2003 after a recession, an energy crisis and controversial cuts led his popularity to sink.

Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger defeated Mr. Davis in the recall election, but he too was consumed with deficits as state coffers were pummeled by the last recession.

“One thing governors don’t like is to be presiding over a hemorrhaging budget because people do blame them,” Mr. Brown said Wednesday. “And for that reason, if none other, we are going to keep this steady as we go.”
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« Reply #635 on: January 27, 2018, 09:38:06 AM »

Second post

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455820/california-secession-good-done-soft-correctly?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NR%20Daily%20Saturday%202018-01-27&utm_term=NR5PM%20Actives
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« Reply #636 on: January 27, 2018, 02:29:44 PM »

quote author=Crafty_Dog
We have been quite hard and critical on California here, yet the WSJ is reporting a Gov. Brown turning a $27B deficit into a $6B surplus for this coming year?

How did this happen?

How did we miss this?

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"California’s finances are only in order if one ignores the trillion-dollar gorilla in the room, which is the state’s gigantic unfunded pension liability for which taxpayers are on the hook.."
https://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickgleason/2016/07/26/camyth/#1c1e0db27113
http://www.pensiontracker.org/index.php

Economists and public finance experts point out that more realistic assumptions about rates of return put the state’s unfunded pension liabilities at nearly $1 trillion, or eight times the current general fund. That’s just the state’s unfunded pension liability. Unfunded retiree health benefits are another daunting challenge for California.

“Retiree health care expenses are largely unfunded but are an obligation for the state’s taxpayers just like pension benefits,” notes the California Policy Center’s Bill Fletcher “The best estimate we’ve seen for unfunded retiree health care is $150 billion,
https://californiapolicycenter.org/tag/unfunded-pension-liabilities/

Half of Calif tax revenues (48%) come from the top 1%, the most volatile sector.  That is up with the markets and up with tech, but potentially catastrophic in the ordinary course of peaks and valleys.

The Dems number one measure of economic success is income inequality where California ranks first meaning worst.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/05/news/economy/california-unequal/index.html
http://www.measureofamerica.org/congressional-districts-2015/
They fail by their own standard.  Does it make you feel better in Central Valley that Google and Apple are doing well?

Cost of living: Incomes in the richest areas of California need to adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP).  In other words, does $70,000 of income go further in a city where houses cost a million than 50,000 goes where houses cost 150,000.  You need to adjust for AFTER TAX INCOME and cost of living to compare incomes in different areas.

The poor areas of California are just poor.
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« Reply #637 on: January 27, 2018, 02:39:30 PM »

https://conservativepost.com/jerry-brown-has-done-it-illegal-immigrants-will-vote-in-california/
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« Reply #638 on: February 01, 2018, 01:45:41 PM »

Stories of the poor getting poorer in Calif do not refute other stories of the rich getting richer in Calif or that income inequality is getter wider.
http://dogbrothers.com/phpBB2/index.php?topic=1897.msg108411#msg108411

L.A.'s homelessness surged 75% in six years.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-how-we-got-here-20180201-story.html
"We are moving more homeless families and adults into housing," said Phil Ansell, director of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative. "What we have less control over is the inflow...

"We are dealing with historical consequences of bad decisions made 10 years ago to guarantee a right to sidewalks..."


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« Reply #639 on: February 09, 2018, 07:43:48 AM »

https://www.facebook.com/JoinTravisAllen/videos/1761944957231523/?hc_ref=ARQ-V3QykNFfV4bCNEXZKo3xNNjoGusKfQiS1n8aXuXxQpbAkq4rjKu1p1SM-PntJZ4

https://jointravisallen.com/
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« Reply #640 on: February 16, 2018, 11:54:06 PM »

It would appear Breitbart continues with dishonest headlines , , ,

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/10/30/gov-jerry-brown-signs-bill-removing-penalty-using-gun-crime/
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« Reply #641 on: February 19, 2018, 05:14:52 PM »

https://amgreatness.com/2018/02/19/understanding-california-mind/
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