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California's Communist Fascist Super Majority
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:12:43 PM »
http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_22111497/california-democrats-supermajority-powers-will-be-short-lived
California Democrats' supermajority powers will be short-lived
By Steven Harmon
mercurynews.com
Posted:   12/03/2012 08:48:42 AM PST

SACRAMENTO -- When Democrats last month achieved broad taxing powers by capturing supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, Democratic leaders immediately ruled out new taxes, saying they didn't want to be seen as overreaching just after voters approved Gov. Jerry Brown's $6 billion annual tax hike.

"We will exercise this new power with strength, but also with humility and reason,'' promised Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

But it turns out the call for restraint wasn't as magnanimous as it may have seemed.

That's because the Democrats' supermajority status will be short-lived, wiped out for most of 2013 because a spate of expected vacancies and special elections will whittle their ranks to below the two-thirds threshold in the Assembly.

"There will be a very short window that Democrats will have the supermajority," said Eric Bauman, vice chairman of the state Democratic Party. "So I've been cautioning party activists to be patient."

Assembly Democrats will lose their two-thirds majority in late April if, as expected, Assembly members Ben Hueso, D-Chula Vista, and Norma Torres, D-Pomona, win special elections for seats that open when two state senators leave for Congress. And the Assembly will likely lose two other members when one runs for the Los Angeles City Council and another leaps to the Senate after another senator also runs for the council. If that all happens, Assembly Democrats won't be able to recapture their supermajority until January 2014.

On Monday, Legislators return to Sacramento for a day of swearing-in, but Democrats are holding caucus meetings to hash out differences over how they will use the two-thirds power.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/04/california-democratic-supermajority_n_2237991.html
California's Democratic Supermajority Promises Not To Abuse New Power
Los Angeles Daily News  |  By Rick Orlov and Andrew Edwards Posted: 12/04/2012 5:56 pm EST
 
Fueled by a Democratic supermajority and a bumper crop of new faces, California lawmakers launched their new two-year session on Monday, planning to turn their immediate attention to health care and the state budget.
 
Democrats have a two-thirds majority in the Assembly and Senate for the first time since 1883. That means they have the power to approve new taxes and get constitutional amendments on the ballot without a single Republican vote, but they said Monday they will be cautious not to abuse that new authority.
 
In his remarks to the new Assembly, Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, noted the body has a "sober profound responsibility" facing it this coming year.
 
"We have a special moment as we begin a new legislative year," Perez said.
 
That supermajority may be short-lived because several seats are expected to open up in 2013 for special elections as members seek other elected offices before their legislative terms expire.
 
The new class is also marked by the highest number of freshman legislators -- 39 -- since 1966. But that's not likely to be matched anytime soon, as a new revision to term limits will let incumbents remain in the same office for a longer time.
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 02:57:24 PM »
Now that California unemployment rate is nearly the highest in the nation, Jerry Brown & Co super majority flexes it muscle to shutdown low wage jobs!!

http://www.turnto23.com/news/state/governor-jerry-brown-signs-bill-hiking-california-minimum-wage-092513
Governor Jerry Brown signs bill hiking California minimum wage
Posted: 09/25/2013
Christopher Weber  

Calling it a "matter of justice," Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature on a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.

The legislation signed Wednesday at a ceremony in downtown Los Angeles will gradually raise the current minimum of $8 an hour to $9 on July 1, 2014, then to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.

The increase is the first to the state's minimum wage in six years and comes amid a national debate over whether it's fair to pay fast-food workers, retail clerks and others wages so low that they often have to work second or third jobs.

Brown called the bill an overdue piece of legislation that will help working-class families and close the gap between "workers at the bottom and those who occupy the commanding heights of the economy."

The governor was joined by state legislators and business owners who supported the measure, saying increased wages would boost the state's economy.

The state Senate approved AB10 on a 26-11 vote Sept. 12, and the Assembly followed hours later on a 51-25 vote. Both chambers voted largely along party lines.

Miguel Aguilar, a worker at a Los Angeles car wash, thanked the governor for signing the bill.
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In opposing the measure, Republican lawmakers said increased wages would encourage businesses to cut jobs and automate.

The California Chamber of Commerce was against the bill, saying it will drive up businesses' costs by ratcheting up other wages and workers' compensation payments.

"Small business owners will now be forced to make tough choices including reducing employee hours, cutting positions entirely, and for many, closing their doors altogether," said John Kabateck, head of the California branch of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Federal law sets a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, but California is among 19 states and the District of Columbia that set a higher state minimum wage.
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http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-california-unemployment-jobs-20130920,0,7733287.story
California adds 29,100 jobs; state unemployment rate ticks up to 8.9%
By Ricardo Lopez
September 20, 2013, 7:33 a.m.

California employers added 29,100 payroll jobs in August, posting one of the largest job gains in the nation but the unemployment rate still ticked up to 8.9% from 8.7% the month before, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.  
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Since August 2012, California employers have added 223,900 net jobs. The state continues outpacing the U.S. in nonfarm payroll growth, but the rate has slowed slightly to 1.5% in the last year. Earlier this year, California's payroll growth rate hovered closer to 2%.

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate last month at 9.5% followed by Illinois at 9.2%.
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 05:04:58 PM »
fyi - pop California trends

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06000.html
Population, 2012 estimate    California  38,041,430 313,914,040 USA



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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2013, 03:18:27 PM »
On Brown's desk - illegal's drivers licenses ....

http://www.pewstates.org/projects/stateline/headlines/legislatures-consider-limits-on-prisoner-deportations-through-secure-communities-85899462642

Student Luis Enrique Gonzalez, 22 left, joins protestors in Los Angeles last September who demanded the passage of a bill known as the Trust Act. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown later vetoed the measure, which would have set strict limits on when state and local police could cooperate in the controversial federal immigration program called Secure Communities. Lawmakers in California, Connecticut and Massachusetts are pushing similar proposals again this year.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/09/25/203165_california-immigrant-drivers-licenses.html#.UkXWGCTn-Hs
California immigrant driver's licenses bring many questions
By JEREMY B. WHITE | The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —  The ride Isabel Medina was waiting for never arrived.

She and her husband, Felipe, both live in the United States illegally - they came from Mexico in 1996 - and one night eight years ago Isabel was in the hospital, waiting for Felipe to pick her up. He didn't show. She eventually made her way home to find that Felipe had been pulled over for a traffic violation. The car was impounded, the couple had to pay $1,500, and they never got the car back
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Soon, they could do so legally. After a decade of failed attempts, California appears poised to join the small but growing number of states that offer driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Assuming Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation on his desk, as he has said he would, California will move down a regulatory road to determine what, exactly, driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants look like. It is a question that fueled skepticism around the legislation, Assembly Bill 60, compelling the bill's author to briefly pull the measure as the 2013 session dwindled to its final hours.

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Asked about the new licenses potentially flagging her as undocumented, Medina sounded unfazed. She hopes Brown will sign a separate bill, known informally as the Trust Act, designed to limit deportations stemming from minor violations like traffic infractions. She also has been volunteering with an immigrant rights organization, the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and has acquired a new perspective.

"What I really think is that it's not time to be afraid," Medina said. "If you know your rights," she added, "you will be safe and have your family together here in the United States."

The Legislature has concluded its work; once Brown signs the bill, the agencies take over.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/09/25/203165_california-immigrant-drivers-licenses.html#.UkXWGCTn-Hs#storylink=cpy


http://www.limitstogrowth.org/articles/2012/04/15/california-governor-salutes-illegal-aliens-as-economically-valuable/
California Governor Salutes Illegal Aliens as Economically Valuable

04/15/2012

Gov Jerry Brown is known as a big friend of open borders and amnesty, and he even supported a state DREAM Act during his gubernatorial campaign. More recently, he demonstrated his loyalty to those issues by signing the DREAM Act into law so illegal alien college students can get a taxpayer-subsidized college education (at a cost of $65 million annually), even as the state is closing parks because of red ink.

Brown appeared on San Francisco’s KGO radio earlier this week and answered call-in questions. He thinks that “the undocumented” are a financial resource for the state, when even liberal columnist George Skelton estimates the cost of illegals to be at least $5 billion annually. (Ten billion would be a start.)

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When a caller asked about the cost of illegal immigrants to the state — and Owens followed up with remarks about the the undocumented population using school, prison and other resources — the governor didn’t skip a beat.

“Most of them are doing a hell of a lot of work, and most of the food you eat was picked by undocumented workers,” he said. “It’s one of the reasons California is still growing. We need people to buy homes. We also need immigration reform and border security, but don’t just scapegoat people … By the way if nobody came to California anymore, your property value would go down.”

Owens pushed that point, asking the governor if he really believed illegal immigrants help keep property values up.

“I’m telling you if 2 million undocumented people were rounded up tomorrow, and put on buses and sent to the foriegn countries from which they came, there would be a massive drop economic activity. They are working, buying things, paying for things,” he said.

Brown argued there ought to be a path to citizenship, noting he signed the Dream Act — allowing some undoucmented college students to apply for financial aide — and saying he is “glad” if a kids with farm worker parents go on to succeed in the business world.

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http://www.voxxi.com/trust-act-latinos-jerry-brown/
TRUST Act vetoed: Latinos lose trust in Gov. Jerry Brown   
Posted on October 3, 2012
By Ruben NavarretteImmigration
 
Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to give illegal immigrants driver’s licenses but vetoes TRUST Act.

SAN DIEGO — California Gov. Jerry Brown is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a Mexican hat dance.

The Democrat signed one bill that will probably wind up helping a small number of people and, with regard to another bill, issued a veto that will likely hurt many more.

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The bill that Brown signed gives driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants, i.e., DREAMers, who are given deferred action by the Obama administration. It impacts a sliver of the estimated three million illegal immigrants in California, most of whom come from Mexico. Nationwide, only about 120,000 DREAMers stepped forward to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. To date, according to an immigration lawyer who handled one of the cases, fewer than 100 people in the entire country have been granted the two-year reprieve from deportation.

Meanwhile, the bill that Brown vetoed—known as the TRUST Act—impacted thousands of lives. It would have barred local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration agents in detaining suspects for deportation unless they were charged with serious or violent felonies.

Currently, a nanny who is undocumented but has no criminal record can be pulled over for a busted taillight and get arrested, fingerprinted and handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

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Brown vetoes TRUST Act, insults Californians

Brown’s veto of the Trust Act was a mistake. But what was really offensive—and a wakeup call to Latinos who sheepishly give Democrats a pass on their immigration foibles while hammering Republicans—was how he tried to justify it.

The governor’s statement on the veto was only 226 words. Yet remarkably, in that small space, he managed to insult the intelligence of Californians three different times
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Re: California's Communist Super Majority
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2013, 03:34:10 PM »
Kalifornia WILL be indistinguishable from Mexico soon.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 02:16:15 PM »
Recorded Police Brutality? Calif. Bill Would Require Remote Phone Kill Switch



Lawmakers in California plan to propose a first-in-the-nation requirement that smartphones and tablets have “kill switches” to be used in case of theft, according to reports.

State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) plans to introduce a bill that would require all such devices to include some kind of feature that allows remote disabling by Jan. 1, 2015. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck all back the measure, which proponents argue would eliminate the black-market value of smartphones.

If a state as large as California passes the bill, it’s very possible it could become a de facto nationwide standard. At the end of December, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) called on industry to embrace a self-imposed ‘kill switch’ standard after high-profile thefts in her state. And, in November, 31 state attorneys general pushed for the same. In large cities, such as New York or Washington, D.C., roughly 40 percent of all thefts now involve smartphones. More than half of thefts in San Francisco now involve a mobile device, the city District Attorney’s office told the Associated Press.

According to a study of 2011 data by mobile security firm Lookout, the cities where residents are most likely to lose their phones are, in order: Philadelphia, Seattle, Oakland, Ca., Long Beach, Ca., Newark, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, New York and Boston. In Philadelphia and Seattle, residents lost smartphones an average of twice a year.

Industry and some consumers have voiced concerns that the feature could open doors to hackers or the government taking control of the devices.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/02/07/california-officials-want-your-smartphone-to-have-a-kill-switch/
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Re: California's Communist Super Majority
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2014, 02:19:23 PM »
Get ready for $1 plastic bag tax and or ban

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-agreement-reached-on-banning-plastic-carryout-grocery-bags-20140123,0,3607652.story#axzz2rMv8HpT2
Compromise bill would ban plastic bags throughout California
By Patrick McGreevy
January 23, 2014, 2:38 p.m.

SACRAMENTO -- Key legislative opponents of a bill to ban plastic single-use grocery bags in California have negotiated changes that they say will allow them to support a new measure and help it win enough votes to pass this year.

Californians would pay at least 10 cents for each recycled paper bag or resusable plastic bag they get from the grocery store, and single-use plastic bags would be prohibited starting next year under a new compromise bill to be introduced by lawmakers, officials said Thursday.

After three unsuccessful attempts to outlaw plastic carry-out grocery bags, supporters of the bill say they are confident it will receive at least the 21 votes needed in the Senate for passage.

“This breaks a decade-long deadlock on a statewide solution,” said Mark Murray, executive director of Californians Against Waste. “This bill is going to eliminate some 20-billion single-use plastic bags that become litter.”

The agreement will be announced Friday at a Vernon plastics plant that had opposed last year’s bill but supports the new measure, in part, because it includes financial incentives for retraining workers.
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The new bill will start out in the Assembly, which previously had approved a similar measure.
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Comments:

artdmainman at 3:08 PM January 24, 2014
This is total garbage. I find nothing wrong with the plastic bag use. This  ban so far haven't served any purpose that I've see since they started banning plastic bags in stores, at least in the copycat city of Long Beach since they always like to follow suit to whatever LA does except putting up a grading systems for restaurants. Now you have to pay another 10 cents for a paper bag for your groceries, and some stores have paper bags without handles on them. How 1960's is that? What a dumb law so far that doesn't make to much sense. I hope this bill doesn't pass.

barbelr at 9:43 AM January 24, 2014
The plastic bags that I get from the store are never single use.  They go through a lot before I get rid of them.  Single use bags are the ones you put your fruits & veggies In Oh, and the meat.  How many salmonella cases have there been here because of “reusable bags”?  What sense is it to ban grocery bags (as single use) & not ban the others?  Get your friends to gather & buy bags from wholesales.  The money collected by the stores is a tax.  If it is a tax the people should vote.  I also think is should be voted on city by city.

One last thing, the governor wants us to use less water, so I have stopped recycling.  Our city wants the stuff to be clean.  To get it clean I have to use water.  Well no more. I’m tired of the state telling us what to do.

droberts0018 at 12:11 AM January 24, 2014
We'll being in Los Angeles and having gone through this I think this is something that should be added to a ballot that the people of California vote on. This state just keeps trying to find new ways to tax us. Anyone that tells you this isn't a tax is crazy. I really can't wait until I can leave this state. Until then I went to amazon and bought 900 plastic bags for $20.50 less the 3 cents a bag. Not the 10 cents the city wants me to pay.   Oh yeah and since this went into effect in Los Angeles the stores no longer offer you anything for bringing in your reuseable bags and I now notice at Ralph's the cashier rings you up and let's customers bag their own stuff. Watch out box boys your days are numbered

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Re: California's Communist Super Majority
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2014, 02:57:28 PM »
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http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/03/13/california-democrats-regain-supermajority-in-state-senate/
California Democrats Regain Supermajority in State Senate
KQED News Staff and Wires |   March 13, 2013
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“They’ll get their supermajority, I think, by late fall, and so if there’s any need to pass any two-thirds bills, they’ll still be able to do it eventually,” he said


http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/06/california-democrats-wrap-up-budget-flex-supermajority-power.html
June 15, 2013

California Democrats wrap up budget, flex supermajority power

As the state Senate finished voting today on a bill to extend a tax on managed care plans, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters at the back of the room, "That is what's called a supermajority."


The measure was a relatively modest part of the annual budget package wrapped up by the Legislature today, but it required a two-thirds vote and afforded Democrats an opportunity to flex the supermajority power they gained in November elections.

Democrats in the Assembly mustered two-thirds not only for the managed care tax, but also for a bill that would ask voters to lower from two-thirds to 55 percent the voter-approval threshold for a local government to incur bonded indebtedness for certain public improvements. It is one of several Democratic proposals to lower the voter-approval threshold on local tax and revenue measures.

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Assemblyman Don Wagner, R-Irvine, said, "You know and I know that bond is just a four-letter word for tax."
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Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the spending plan before the next fiscal year begins July 1. After the Senate and Assembly adjourned for the day, he issued a statement on Twitter
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http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/01/06/state-lawmakers-promise-fiscal-prudence-with-californias-budget-surplus/
State Lawmakers Promise Fiscal Prudence With California’s Budget Surplus

January 6, 2014 9:25 PM
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The independent Legislative Analyst’s Office is projecting a $3.2 billion surplus, the first one in years, and many Democratic constituencies have their eye on the money after years of cuts to state programs. Several Democratic lawmakers already are advocating for higher spending on certain programs, although the party’s leadership is preaching a more conservative approach.
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Also Monday, three Democrats who won special elections were sworn in to the Assembly, restoring the party’s two-thirds supermajority in that house: Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, of Los Angeles; Matt Dababneh, of San Fernando; and Freddie Rodriguez, of Pomona
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Oh back in Oct Brown signed the trust Act:

http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/10/05/39668/california-gov-jerry-brown-signs-trust-act-into-la/
Gov. Brown signs 'Trust Act' prohibiting detaining undocumented for deportation in minor arrests
 KPCC Staff with Associated Press | October 5th, 2013, 11:16am

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into California law that prohibits the LAPD and other local law enforcement agencies from detaining people for deportation if they are arrested for a minor crime and otherwise eligible to be released from custody.

AB4 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, was one of eight immigration-related measures Brown signed on Saturday. The governor also approved a bill allowing lawyers to be admitted to the California bar even if they're living in the U.S. illegally.

“While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead," Brown said in a statement. “I’m not waiting.”

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Other immigration related bills that the governor signed:
•AB 35 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Provides that immigration consultants, attorneys, notaries public, and organizations accredited by the United States Board of Immigration Appeals are the only individuals authorized to charge a fee for providing services associated with filing an application under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's deferred action program.
•AB 524 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – Provides that a threat to report the immigration status or suspected immigration status of an individual or the individual's family may induce fear sufficient to constitute extortion.
•AB 1024 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Allows applicants, who are not lawfully present in the United States, to be admitted as an attorney at law.
•AB 1159 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Imposes various restrictions and obligations on persons who offer services related to comprehensive immigration reform.
•SB 141 by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) – Requires that the California Community Colleges and the California State University, and requests that the University of California, exempt a United States citizen who resides in a foreign country, and is in their first year as a matriculated student, from nonresident tuition if the student demonstrates financial need, has a parent or guardian who was deported or voluntarily departed from the U. S., lived in California immediately before moving abroad, and attended a secondary school in California for at least three years.
•SB 150 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Authorizes a community college district to exempt pupils attending community colleges as a special part-time student from paying nonresident tuition.
SB 666 by Senator Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Provides for a suspension or revocation of an employer's business license for retaliation against employees and others on the basis of citizenship and immigration status, and establishes a civil penalty up to $10,000 per violation.
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Re: California's Communist Super Majority
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2014, 04:01:57 PM »
"Abolish all taxation save that upon land values." -- Henry George

"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill." -- Thomas Edison

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Re: California's Communist Super Majority
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2014, 05:19:17 PM »
But I thought "communists" preferred the property tax
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yes they do .... Give me a break California is the TOP taxing state!!!  lets see, 55 Billion in income taxes every year! So only 2 billion out of the total 112 billion they ripped off ... and the corporation (collectives) pay next to nothing ....

http://www.governing.com/gov-data/state-tax-revenue-data.html

Tax revenues increased in all but five states in fiscal year 2012, with some recording noticeable gains. In all, states collected $794.6 billion, a record-high that represents a 13 percent increase from 2010 totals, not adjusting for inflation

2012:
California total taxes:  112,372,263,000
 property taxes: 2,079,878,000

Oh and yes there was the HEARST and other original land holders (PG&E) provision written into the prop 13 prop tax provisions !

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/19/us/hearst-corp-near-deal-to-preserve-vast-california-ranch.html
Hearst Corp. Near Deal to Preserve Vast California Ranch

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The American Land Conservancy is expected to spend more than $100 million for Hearst's development rights, with financing from public and private sources.

The Hearst Corporation has been considering developing the property for decades, most recently presenting a plan for a luxury golf resort, a 650-room hotel and a dude ranch. The proposal provoked a public outcry and was voted down by the California Coastal Commission in 1998.

Last year, the company took a different tack, entering negotiations with the Nature Conservancy and the Conservation Fund. Those negotiations broke off earlier this month -- a confidentiality agreement prevented the parties from saying why -- and Hearst turned to the American Land Conservancy, a group based in San Francisco that has brokered public trust land deals throughout the country.
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Hearst said the 27 homes would be developed east of coastal State Highway 1. It was unclear how large they would be. In holding onto the 27 lots, Hearst is abandoning rights to build on 244 others. The company said the inn it was proposing would be significantly smaller than the 375-room structure recommended by the Coastal Commission staff.

http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/214530?uid=3739920&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21103364667231
Large private  Land Holdings In California





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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2014, 08:03:17 PM »
When you have one party - Slush Money seems to appear out of no where ....

So where is the WATER coming from? Oh, there isn't any!!!  They spend 1/2 a billion and get NO water for it!!! 

So really this is a political payoff slush fund that will be used to ensure the super-majority thru the midterm elections that are coming up! Reminds me of the Magic bean story! Trading the milk cow for a handful of beans!


http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-jerry-brown-drought-proposal-20140219,0,7394095.story#axzz2torpdpxd
Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil new $687-million drought proposal
By Anthony York
February 19, 2014, 11:04 a.m.

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders will unveil a $687-million proposal Wednesday afternoon aimed at helping California deal with its drought emergency.

The new legislation would speed up the spending of millions of dollars aimed at improving water conservation and cleaning up drinking water supplies, while increasing penalties for illegal diversion of water supplies.

Most of the money in the proposal -- about $550 million worth -- would come from existing bond money approved by voters, according to sources familiar with the proposal. There are no new taxes or fees on water use in the plan.

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The proposal would also tap $40 million in money raised from fees on polluters to enhance water and energy conservation projects.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-12/government-money-is-no-answer-to-california-drought.html
Government Money Is No Answer to California Drought
By Steven Greenhut  Feb 12, 2014

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With no way forward, the state’s water wars have reignited, as the usual suspects -- farmers, cities, environmentalists -- battle over “their” fair share. The conflict has intensified since officials announced late last month that water agencies can expect zero deliveries from the California State Water Project this year. This is the first time in the project’s history that the enormous system of dams and canals won’t provide any water, leaving local regions largely on their own.

The most divisive battleground has been in Washington. California Republicans representing agricultural districts pushed through a House bill that would divert water away from river restoration and other environmental projects and toward farms. Democrats are expected to kill such legislation in the Senate. If they don't, President Barack Obama will veto the bill, on the grounds that it "would undermine years of collaboration between local, state and federal stakeholders to develop a sound water quality control plan."
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"You cannot conserve what you don't have," said Gary Arant, a board member of the San Diego County Water Authority, referring to environmentalists' efforts to fight more dams and other storage projects (reflecting his personal view, and not necessarily that of his agency).
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http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/02/jerry-brown-to-announce-650-million-in-drought-aid.html
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The plan being announced today would direct roughly $475 million toward local governments that are ready to build drought alleviation projects. The money would come from Proposition 84, a water bond voters approved in 2006.

The bill also calls for spending roughly $50 million -- largely from a housing bond voters approved in 2006 -- to provide emergency food and shelter to people who are out of work because the farms they normally work on are fallow due to drought.

Another roughly $40 million from cap-and-trade funds would be spent on water efficiency projects that save energy, while roughly $80 million from a 2006 flood bond would be available for projects that prevent flooding while making more water available for dry times, such as infrastructure to capture storm water.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/02/jerry-brown-to-announce-650-million-in-drought-aid.html#storylink=cpy




http://www.water.ca.gov/sbe/about/ibonds.cfm

INFRASTRUCTURE-RELATED BOND ACTS OF 2006
Proposition 84 - Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006

This act rebuilds and repairs California's most vulnerable flood control structures to protect homes and prevent loss of life from flood-related disasters, including levee failures, flash floods, and mudslides; it protects California's drinking water supply system by rebuilding delta levees that are vulnerable to earthquakes and storms; by authorizing a $4.09 billion dollar bond act. (Division 43 (commencing with Section 75001) of the Public Resources Code

Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Finance Committee

Proposition 84 - The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006


http://naturalresources.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=5921

The Man-Made California Drought


Get the Facts:
Fallow farmland in California's Central Valley.

• California’s water storage and transportation system designed by federal and state governments includes 1,200 miles of canals and nearly 50 reservoirs that provide water to about 22 million people and irrigate about four million acres of land throughout the state.

In May 2007, a Federal District Court Judge ruled that increased amounts of water had to be re-allocated towards protecting the Delta smelt – a three-inch fish on the Endangered Species List.

• Because of this ruling, in 2009 and 2010 more than 300 billion gallons (or 1 million acre-feet) of water were diverted away from farmers in the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay – eventually going out into the Pacific Ocean.

• This man-made drought cost thousands of farm workers their jobs, inflicted up to 40 percent unemployment in certain communities, and fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile farmland.

Unemployment remains at a regional average of 17%. With current precipitation at near-record lows, the same regulations will be imposed pushing unemployment even higher.

The Pelosi-led Congress did nothing to reverse the plight of the San Joaquin Valley and even obstructed repeated Republican actions to reverse the situation. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act reflects Republican promises to avoid another man-made drought.

H.R. 1837, The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act:

• H.R. 1837, The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, is a comprehensive solution that would restore water deliveries that have been cut-off due to federal regulations and environmental lawsuits, ensure a reliable water supply for people and fish, secure water rights, and save taxpayer money by ending unnecessary and dubious government projects.

• The bill could create up to 30,000 jobs, generate up to $300 million in expedited federal revenue, and save American taxpayers and ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

• Highlights of the bill:
◦Restores water deliveries to communities by codifying the historic, bipartisan State/Federal agreement known as the “Bay-Delta Accord.”
◦ Reforms punitive federal laws, the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act in order to provide fairness to ratepayers, promote transparency and accountability, and save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

◦ Allows water users to pay off federal debt early.

◦ Protects and secures private property and senior water rights.


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Re: California's Communist Super Majority
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2014, 09:30:07 PM »
Nothing like the one-party system --- he was a good party member !!!

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The indictment charges Ron Calderon with mail fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.




http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/California-Sen-Ron-Calderon-Expected-to-Surrender-to-Federal-Authorities-246880131.html
California Sen. Ron Calderon Surrenders to Federal Authorities, Pleads Not Guilty

Calderon, who was traveling when the 24-count indictment against him and his brother were filed last week, surrendered to authorities on Monday.
 By Andrew Lopez

|  Monday, Feb 24, 2014  

The 56-year-old Montebello Democrat was traveling when the 24-count indictment was announced on Friday, and FBI officials said he agreed to surrender when he returned.

Prosecutors said Calderon accepted about $100,000 in cash bribes, chartered plane trips, high-end golf trips and gourmet meals. Calderon allegedly accepted these bribes in exchange for supporting or opposing legislation.

•California Sen. Ron Calderon Accused of Accepting $100,000 in Cash Bribes


Wearing handcuffs and shackles, Calderon pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday and was set to be released upon releasing his passport and his wife signing a $50,000 surety bond. A trial date was set for April 22.


Tom Calderon, the state lawmaker’s brother, also faces charges in connection with the alleged scheme.

“The charges allege that the defendants traded influence for cash, and used kickbacks and other tactics to keep the system working in their favor,” said Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge.

The indictment charges Ron Calderon with mail fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.

Ron Calderon is also accused of paying his daughter $39,000 for a bogus office job and paying around $30,000 for his son’s schooling.

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Prosecutors said Ron Calderon accepted $28,000 in bribes from Michael D. Drobot, former owner of the now-closed Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, in exchange for supporting legislation that “delay or limit changes in California’s workers’ compensation laws relating to the amount of medical care providers are reimbursed for performing spinal surgeries.”

Drobot has agreed to plead guilty regarding a major health care fraud scheme in another case announced by the U.S. Attorney’s office Friday.

The charges against the hospital executive involve tens of millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks in exchange for a huge number of patient referrals who received spinal surgeries. The referrals led to more than $500 million in bills, which were fraudulently submitted and, in large part, paid by the California worker’s compensation system, prosecutors said.

Law-enforcement sources described the allegations as what could be one of the largest health care fraud cases in state history.

Drobot is suspected of having had a heavy hand for some 15 years in the alleged kick-back scheme, which exploited the spinal pass-through law, which Ron Calderon allegedly kept on the books after receiving bribes from Drobot, authorities said.

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If convicted, Ron Calderon faces up to 396 years in prison. Tom Calderon faces up to 160 years behind bars.

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Re: California's Communist Super Majority
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2014, 09:42:57 PM »
Goering liked art too !!!  The Peoples art has disappeared. ...

Nothing like a one party system - all those perks payoffs for influence and skimming off the top ...




http://www.sfweekly.com/2014-02-19/news/arts-commission-loaned-artwork-inventory/full/
Outsider Art: The Arts Commission Isn't Entirely Sure Where All of its Paintings Are Hanging
By Joe Eskenazi Wednesday, Feb 19 2014

Last week, SF Weekly visited all the de Young Museum paintings on loan to public officials that it could — until Supervisor Eric Mar's staff gave us the boot.

A longer, less certain, and far less satisfying art tour would be chasing down the San Francisco Arts Commission's 754 works on loan to 183 city agencies and offices. That'd be a lot of art even if you knew where it all is.

The Arts Commission does not.

Absent that vital knowledge, its "Loan Program" has been on hold for several years; a "comprehensive inventory" of its roster was initiated in January 2013. In short, the Arts Commission has been reticent to lend out any more art until it's certain it knows exactly where the art it already has loaned out is located (or not located). "The inventory will inform us if there are works that are unaccounted for," sums up commission spokeswoman Kate Patterson-Murphy.

And yet, even if they did know, they wouldn't let on: "For security reasons, we don't make a practice of sharing the exact locations of the two-dimensional artworks," says Patterson-Murphy.

The inventory is expected to conclude in July. At that point, perhaps, the Arts Commission can decline to share the location of the paintings it can't find.

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http://www.sfweekly.com/2014-02-12/news/de-young-eric-mar-sheriffs-office/
Museum of Scattered Art: We Visit the de Young Paintings Loaned to Elected Officials -- Whether They Like It or Not
By Joe Eskenazi Wednesday, Feb 12 2014

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Attaining political office in San Francisco, it turns out, comes with an upside other than being ritualistically berated in public by Rose Pak at the Chinese New Year's Parade. Salvation Army décor was all well and good in the days of wine and roses. But a grown-up San Francisco leader requires wall art that doesn't resemble something haggled over at a yard sale. Enter the de Young: The museum runs a program loaning portions of its collection to government officials in a grandiose effort to class up the collective joint.

A number of these paintings now hang far from San Francisco indeed.

A William Bradford depiction of Yosemite, we are told, is mounted directly behind Sen. Dianne Feinstein's desk in her D.C. office.



Our calls to Rep. Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco bureau querying if two Northern California landscapes were hanging within view of the man answering the phone were, per office policy, shunted to her D.C. bureau. This led to the surreal situation of a man in Washington, D.C., being tasked by a man in San Francisco to tell SF Weekly what that man in San Francisco can see in his office.

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Four de Young works — all European, interestingly — are housed in the governor's mansion.

The lieutenant governor's office in Sacramento, meanwhile, was described to us as "a glorified closet" — which somehow houses 23 de Young paintings; perhaps some hang from the ceiling.

Queries about 23 loaner paintings blindsided a Sacramento official answering the phone there. A woman in San Francisco was tasked by the woman in Sacramento to tell SF Weekly what that woman in Sacramento couldn't see in her office.

No one called back.
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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2014, 02:57:28 PM »
http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/02/28/22694/how-corrupt-is-los-angeles
How corrupt is Los Angeles?
Patt Morrison | February 28th, 2012, 11:26am

Is Southern California one of the most corrupt regions in the country?  Yes, if you take the contents of a new study from the University of Illinois at face value.

[ http://cbschicago.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/leadingthepack.pdf ]

The study, spearheaded by professor Dick Simpson and his colleagues, ranked Southern California as the second-most corrupt city in the county, second only to Illinois. The yardstick for corruption was federal convictions for extortion, bribery, conflicts of interest and election crimes involving elected officials, government workers and private citizens.

"There's always been a long, long history of corruption and bending the law in the Southland,” said veteran journalist Bill Boyarsky. “This area is so vast there's so much going on that the corruption hasn't been shown-up yet
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Re: California's Communist Super Majority
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2014, 10:31:06 PM »
So they say there is no voter fraud ? Oh yes there is,,, He thought he would never be called on it in the one party state.

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-rod-wright-verdict-20140127,0,2754903.story#axzz2uOYKHj45
California Sen. Rod Wright convicted of perjury, voter fraud
By Jean MerlThis post has been updated, as indicated below.
January 28, 2014, 11:16 a.m.



A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial.

The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. He had pleaded not guilty and said he thought he had been following the law in 2007 when he took steps to run for the seat he has held since late 2008.

In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then the 25th Senate District.

They accused him of lying on voter registration and candidacy documents and of casting ballots in five elections he was not entitled to vote in from the Inglewood address.

Prosecutors said Wright actually lived in a more spacious single-family home in upscale Baldwin Hills. He bought the house in 2000, but it was in another district.

Wright, 61, said he bought the Baldwin Hills home in part to use its top floor as an office and never intended it as his primary residence.  

He said he believed he was following the law when he registered to vote and did other things to make the Inglewood property his legal residence. He arranged to have a "dwelling place" in a house at the back of the apartment building with his common-law stepmother and longtime tenant, Wanda Sanders.  

He moved in some clothing and personal items, according to trial evidence and testimony. Wright said he thought he was on solid legal ground and never intended to deceive voters
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Wright made no comment after the verdict was read, but his attorney said Wright would appeal

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But, He was no longer a good party member....

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/16/local/la-me-rod-wright-20111216
Harassment claim against legislator settled in secret, records show
December 16, 2011 |By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

State Senate leaders privately approved a $120,000 settlement with a legislative aide who accused Sen. Roderick Wright of making inappropriate comments. The Times obtained the document through a public records request.

Reporting from Sacramento — The state Senate secretly paid $120,000 to settle a claim by a legislative aide that she was sexually harassed by Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood), according to her attorney and government documents released this week.

Senate leaders acting behind closed doors approved the payment to Fahizah Alim, who was a district coordinator for Wright, in an agreement that required "no publicity." The document, approved last year, said the deal was made "to avoid the costs, uncertainty, and operational burden of a further dispute.''
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Asked why taxpayers, rather than individual lawmakers, fund the payouts, Trost said the complaints and their resolution are matters "between employer and employee," and the Senate is the employer.

The Senate routinely settles such claims privately, with confidentiality clauses that leave taxpayers in the dark.

In 1975, the Legislature broadly exempted itself from the California Public Records Act, determining that "records of complaints to or investigations conducted by . . . the Legislature" need not be disclosed. The exemption applies to the Assembly as well as the Senate.
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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2014, 01:52:37 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/15/Al-Jazeera-and-Corruption-in-California
One-Party Rule Leads to Corruption in California
by James V. Lacy  16 Nov 2013

Paul Krugman, the liberal Nobel Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times, thinks California is making an economic comeback.

He attributes this mostly to the Republican party’s steady decline in the state, which left Governor Jerry Brown “free to push an agenda of tax hikes and infrastructure spending that sounds remarkably like the kind of thing California used to do before the rise of the radical right.”  

But the results of Brown’s most recent tax increases are hardly relieving economic pressures on the nearly two million Californians that remain unemployed in the Democrat-dominated state, whose numbers are growing, not declining.

The truth is that the Democrats, who totally control policies in the state by virtue of "supermajorities" in both houses of the State Legislature, are making California increasingly poorer; the Census Bureau announced last week that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation for the second year in a row. Yet despite California's dreary economic conditions, some of California's Democratic lawmakers are making themselves or their campaign committees richer in a personal sort of "economic comeback," and, in some cases, they are doing so by breaking the law.

One recent investigation into payoffs in the State Capitol has been breathtaking. Powerful liberal Democratic State Senator Ron Calderon recently had his office in the state capitol building raided by the FBI’s Public Corruption Squad. According to the FBI’s search warrant, which was obtained and released by the Al Jazeera American Network, probable cause for the raid included allegations that the Senator had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for legislative favors, including: $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent; another $28,000 in bribes from a hospital executive; and tens of thousands of dollars more in bribes paid to the State Senator’s brother through a nonprofit organization.  

In other investigations, a Democratic Assemblyman from Watsonville was fined by the state’s campaign finance commission for illegally coordinating his successful election with an independent effort that spent tens of thousands of dollars. Another former Democratic State Senate leader faces “record fines” for misusing his campaign funds on concert tickets, fireworks, and expensive dinners.
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The Calderon case also offers more than a penumbra of evidence that the current “one-party” political control in Sacramento is not a healthy thing for the state’s politics, let alone its policies. Liberals in the media like Paul Krugman might like to deride the “dysfunction and grid-lock” a competitive GOP presents to the ability of Democrats to achieve their liberal policies. However, fewer Republicans in the halls of power may also mean less oversight of those in charge, the potential for even more corruption, and not so surprisingly, reliance on curious, independent, and out-of-the-mainstream media outlets like Al Jazeera to help protect the public interest.

James V. Lacy’s first book, Taxifornia, is being published by Post Hill Press and will be in bookstores early next year.

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http://www.city-journal.org/2013/23_1_calpers.html
Steven Malanga

The Pension Fund That Ate California

CalPERS’s corruption, insider dealing, and politicized investments have overwhelmed taxpayers with debt.

Winter 2013

After spending years dogged by unpaid debts, California labor leader Charles Valdes filed for bankruptcy in the 1990s—twice. At the same time, he held one of the most influential positions in the American financial system: chair of the investment committee for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund for government workers.

Valdes left the board in 2010 and now faces scrutiny for accepting gifts from another former board member, Alfred Villalobos—who, the state alleges, spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to influence how the fund invested its assets. Questioned by investigators about his dealings with Villalobos, Valdes invoked the Fifth Amendment 126 times.



California taxpayers help fund CalPERS’s pensions and ultimately guarantee them, so they might wonder: How could a financially troubled former union leader occupy such a powerful position at the giant retirement system, which manages roughly $230 billion in assets?

The answer lies in CalPERS’s three-decade-long transformation from a prudently managed steward of workers’ pensions into a highly politicized advocate for special interests. Unlike most government pension funds, CalPERS has become an outright lobbyist for higher member benefits, including a huge pension increase that is now consuming California state and local budgets. CalPERS’s members, who elect representatives to the fund’s board of directors, ignored concerns over Valdes’s suitability because they liked how he fought for those plusher benefits.

CalPERS has also steered billions of dollars into politically connected firms. And it has ventured into “socially responsible” investment strategies, making bad bets that have lost hundreds of millions of dollars [ Think of "the Producers" - they don't count the failure on Brodway] .

Such dubious practices have piled up a crushing amount of pension debt, which California residents—and their children—will somehow have to repay.
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Yet another feature of CalPERS that has cost taxpayers is double-dealing by the board, ranging from awarding contracts to political donors to alleged outright corruption.

In 2010, Jerry Brown, California’s attorney general at the time, launched a lawsuit accusing Alfred Villalobos of trying to bribe current board members (including Charles Valdes) to win investment business for his clients, mostly large financial firms that wanted a piece of the huge CalPERS portfolio. Villalobos pulled in $47 million as a go-between, the suit charged. A month after the lawsuit was announced, Villalobos filed for personal bankruptcy, temporarily blocking the suit. In 2011, the Internal Revenue Service accused him of intentionally depleting his assets while in bankruptcy, including gambling some away in Nevada casinos. News reports revealed that Villalobos had previously filed for bankruptcy, a decade before serving on the CalPERS board.

The lawsuit also accused former CalPERS chief executive Fred Buenrostro of accepting gifts from Villalobos. Separately, a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit filed last year accused Buenrostro of forging a document to help Villalobos win a big payment from a client. An internal CalPERS investigation quoted Buenrostro’s wife as calling her husband a “puppet” of Villalobos. The report also pointed out that Buenrostro often intervened with the CalPERS staff on behalf of his acquaintances in the investment world—“friends of Fred,” as the staffers called them.

Buenrostro and Villalobos have denied any wrongdoing, and investigations continue. In December 2011, after more than a year’s delay, a judge finally ruled that the state’s case against Villalobos could proceed, his bankruptcy filing notwithstanding.

These blockbuster allegations of influence-peddling came after nearly a decade of warnings of apparent conflicts of interest within CalPERS, prompting Businessweek to observe “an unpleasant whiff of pork-barrel politics rising from the board.” One example involved Ron Burkle, a major political donor in California. Burkle was a significant giver to Angelides’ campaign for treasurer, and he employed another board member, former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, to do legal work for him. But Burkle’s closest ties were with Governor Gray Davis: he gave $600,000 to Davis’s gubernatorial campaign and appointed Davis’s wife to the board of directors of one of his companies. CalPERS invested some $760 million in Burkle’s private equity funds from 2000 through 2002
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As former Schwarzenegger economic advisor David Crane, a California Democrat, has said of the fund’s managers and board: “They are desperate to keep truths hidden.”

Steven Malanga is the senior editor of City Journal and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His latest book is Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer.

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/among-hedge-funds-worry-over-new-california-lobbyist-law/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Alfred Villalobos, center, was accused of giving gifts to officials to steer cash to favored managers.
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California is the latest state to try to curb “pay-to-play” practices. New York State barred placement agents from soliciting the Common Retirement Fund after a series of highly publicized cases brought by Andrew M. Cuomo, then attorney general and now governor.

http://calpensions.com/2011/03/22/calpers-corruption-the-cabal-and-the-culture/
CalPERS corruption: the cabal and the culture


Fred Buenrostro

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The incident is mentioned in a report issued last week by CalPERS, an 18-month special review by a national law firm commissioned in the fall of 2009 after a survey of private equity firms found Villalobos received more than $50 million in fees.

The review describes how former CalPERS board member Fred Buenrostro, described as a Villalobos “puppet” by an ex-wife and girlfriend, used his later position as CalPERS chief executive to try to steer CalPERS investments to Villalobos clients.

A 25-year board member, Charles Valdes, who declared personal bankruptcy twice while chairing the CalPERS investment committee, is said to have had a reputation for liking travel and gifts from money managers seeking CalPERS investments.

A 37-year board member, the late Robert Carlson, met with the other four at the Lake Tahoe home of Villalobos in 2004 to discuss a CalPERS contract with Medco, now under state and federal investigation for paying Villalobos $4 million.

The CalPERS auditorium is named in honor of Carlson, with his name emblazoned over the entrance. The review said Buenrostro was hired as CalPERS chief executive in 2002 with the support of Shimada, Valdes and Carlson.
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One thing that didn’t change: CalPERS rejected another request from the Los Angeles Times for records, this time connected to investments in firms that use placement agents involved in kickback schemes in New York.

But the Times went to court and, after a lengthy legal battle, won a settlement this month that apparently requires CalPERS to hand over most of the records requested by the newspaper.


http://documents.latimes.com/calpers-special-review/
Report of the CalPERS special review

In a scath­ing re­port, a former chief ex­ec­ut­ive of the Cali­for­nia pub­lic em­ploy­ee pen­sion fund was ac­cused of pres­sur­ing sub­or­din­ates to in­vest bil­lions of dol­lars of pen­sion money with polit­ic­ally con­nec­ted firms.
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http://gulagbound.com/28094/the-origins-of-communism-in-california/
The Origins of Communism in California
April 6, 2012, 5:51 pm by AJ

Examining the long march to Communism in California shows that it took Progressives over a hundred years to achieve their totalitarian California dream.

In 1879, the NY Times reported on the new California Constitution which was instigated by… wait for it… the Labor Party. Wouldn’t you know, community organizers peddling their Communism way back then. In the article, “Communism in California,” notice that their oppressive, totalitarian dream was instituted through taxation and taking control of land and railways. Does this sound similar to what they’re doing at an accelerated pace today? It certainly parallels what Nancy Pelosi brought to the House floor in 1992, which she called “Agenda 21″ and said it is the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development program.

Most notable in the 1879 NY Times article is the author’s apparent realization of the danger of enacting a mild form of Socialism that would lead to a Communist California, while at the same time finding comfort in the fact that it’s happening in a “distant part of the country.” The author may have presumed it would prove disastrous before infecting other States and spreading throughout the US like a violent and deadly virus. Little did the author know that it would be emanating from our very own White House, with an iron fist, within 130 years.



http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F30D1FFF385A137B93CBA9178ED85F4D8784F9
COMMUNISM IN CALIFORNIA (Published May 9, 1879)
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“… it is clear that the efforts of the conservative people of California have not been able to stem the tide which has lately set toward Communism in the Golden State. It must be said that the experiment of a mild form of Socialism is now about to be tried in one of the States of the Republic. Perhaps it is just as well that it should be tried in a distant part of the country, and in a State which always makes much of its own griefs, as well as of its own advantages. There never was a serious desire for a remodeling of the Constitution of California until the so-called Labor Party became an important factor in the politics of the State…”
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A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era. Not only did SEIU help to organize the rally in conjunction with communists, they marched side-by-side with communists, while union members carried communist flags, communists carried union signs and altogether there was no real way to tell the two apart.

The communists freely and proudly declare their affiliation. And SEIU has no problem marching arm-in-arm with them

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SEIU devoted $28 million to Obama’s campaign, making SEIU “the organization that spent the most to help Barack Obama get elected president.”

Furthermore, who is Obama’s favorite White House guest and one of his closest confidants? The individual who has visited the Obama White House the most: SEIU President Andy Stern, who has visited 53 times. Obama is closely linked with SEIU. SEIU is closely linked with communists. You do the math.

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Until recently, the average American has regarded fascists and Communists as equally noxious and equally malignant. As well they should have. But the drive these days by the left side of the spectrum is to make communism and socialism somewhat less remarkable and more palatable. For two years, they angrily denied the Tea Party accusation that Obama’s policies and supporters had a socialist bent.

But in recent months, as the accusation has started to gain traction, the new leftist tactic has become: “What’s so bad about socialism after all? You’re demonizing a very popular and respectable ideology!”
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCBk9ip7AjE&feature=player_embedded
Communists and SEIU Members march together at May Day Demonstration, L.A., Ca.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R84e20KH7_Y
Young Communists at May Day protest, Los Angeles, Ca 5/1/2011

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SEIU - Government Backed Retirement funds:

http://www.seiu.org/a/members/retirement-security.php
Retirement Security

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has more than 2 million public and private sector members in the United States and Canada.  Our members work primarily in public service delivery, health care, and property services.  These members participate in more than 50 instate, county, and municipal pension funds in 19 private ("Taft-Hartley") funds with more than $1 trillion in assets.

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The Capital Stewardship Program was created by the 2000 SEIU Convention to facilitate a more active partnership between SEIU and the trustees, administrators, advisors and investment managers of our members' pension savings in the pursuit of benefit improvements and of prudent, responsible, and financially sound investment policies.

SEIU takes very seriously the fiduciary duties contained in the statutes and precedents governing pension fund administration. The Capital Stewardship Program seeks to make certain that our members' pension funds are managed in a manner consistent with their long-term economic interests. We consider this our primary goal, and one that is consistent with encouraging responsible investment and proxy voting policies, active ownership and responsible business behavior by companies our funds invest in.
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http://www.atpa.com/Taft-Hartley.html

Taft-Hartley Trust:
 • Is one way private sector unionized employees can obtain health & other benefits through a Taft-Hartley Multi-employer Health & Welfare Plan.
• Plan can be formed by a single employer, but this is unusual.
• Multi Employer fund is almost always set up under Section 302(c)(5) of the Taft-Hartley Act.
 
Taft-Hartley Plans:
 All Taft-Hartley Plans Share 5 Basic Characteristics:
 • 1 or > employers contribute to the plan
• The Plan is collectively bargained with each participating employer
The Plan & its assets are managed by a joint Board of Trustees equally represented by labor & management
Assets are placed in a Trust Fund
• Employees can change employers without losing health / pension coverage, provided the new job is with an employer who participates in the same Fund.
 

http://nlpc.org/stories/2014/01/13/top-ten-union-corruption-stories-year
Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year
Submitted by Carl Horowitz on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 21:12

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There was no shortage of corruption last year of the more traditional sort.  Among noteworthy ripoff cases, Tyrone Freeman, during the last decade a rising star of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a player in Los Angeles County politics, was convicted by a jury on more than a dozen criminal counts. He eventually received a 33-month prison sentence.
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6) Southern California SEIU boss convicted and sentenced. Tyrone Freeman, former head of the 180,000-member Service Employees International Union Local 6434 in Los Angeles, and a related organization, until late 2008 had been a major force in area labor and political activism. But an expose that year by the Los Angeles Times revealed extensive self-dealing and fraud by Freeman, especially on behalf of family members. Months later, then-SEIU International President Andrew Stern, upon reviewing the evidence, banned him for life from union activity. A long hiatus followed, but in July 2012 a federal grand jury indicted Freeman on 15 counts. In January 2013 a trial jury convicted him on 14 charges. This past October, Freeman received a 33-month sentence and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $150,000, though his actual take, according to the SEIU, had exceeded $1 million.
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1) Unions back amnesty/immigration surge legislation; ignore dissenters. No legislation has the capacity to shape America's long-term future, and for the worse, than the "Gang of Eight" Senate immigration bill (S. 744), introduced in April and passed by the Senate by a 68-32 margin in June. Under the guise of fixing a "broken" system, this amnesty/surge surge proposal would double and possibly triple existing levels of immigration, creating almost intolerable strains on law enforcement and public benefits availability - a self-fulfilling prophecy, if ever there was one. The AFL-CIO played a central role, along with business and ethnic interest groups, in developing the bill. So eager have labor bosses been to secure passage that they have ignored credible objections by unions whose members are on the front lines of border protection and customs enforcement.

http://capoliticalnews.com/2011/10/28/seiu-exposed-is-it-the-most-corrupt-organization-in-america/
SEIU Exposed–is it the most corrupt organization in America?
by Stephen Frank on 10/28/2011

When bribe payers are not allowed to see the books of an out of control radical organization, you know something is wrong.  Remember the money this union collects are bribes–if you do not pay them bribes you are not allowed to work–this scam is protected by government–Democrats who get part of the bribe money to win public office–sounds like a conspiracy to me–and totally corrupt.

“The SEIU’s Persuasion of Power appears to be wearing thin even within its own membership. Over the last several months, SEIU members have been asking questions about SEIU policies with respect to use of membership dues for politics, excessive executive compensation, member intimidation, misleading propaganda and election irregularities.

A recent article, NLRB Quickie Election Fact Check, exposes an SEIU training document (in place while Member Becker was that union’s Associate General Counsel) that encourages organizers to “steal, steal, steal.”

Evidently SEIU members in California feel this philosophy is being applied to its own membership. Mariam Noujaim a.k.a. “Mariam the Mighty” and Erica Soules are leading a group of  disgruntled SEIU members who are demanding the SEIU open its financial records so members can see how dues money is being spent through www.HelpSaveOurState.com (see State Worker Takes on Union to Save California). In fact, Erica took the fight national with an appearance on Fox Business News where she exposed the SEIU’s misuse of membership dues for political purposes (see America’s Nightly Scoreboard).”

This is corruption–the SEIU needs to be closed down, like law enforcement would close any gang.  What do you think?

http://devilatmydoorstep.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/seiu-exposed/

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Cal State Pay-to-play trip to Cuba:

http://capoliticalnews.com/2013/12/02/ethically-challenged-fined-500000-lobbyist-takes-sacramento-legislators-to-cuba/

As of Sept. 12, seven of the eight legislative members on the spring-break trip to Cuba have been identified.

Attendees include: Achadjian, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, D-San Diego; Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego; Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles; Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley; state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello; and state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston.

In 2010, Anderson and Platinum Advisors “paid $500,000 to settle claims by New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo stemming from a yearlong investigation into so-called pay-to-play practices in city and state pension fund investment partnerships,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
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On behalf of Platinum Advisors and in partnership with Californians Building Bridges, we are excited to invite you to join us on an upcoming trip to Havana, Cuba during December 2-7, 2013,” Anderson wrote on Platinum Advisors letterhead. “In 2010, I founded an exciting nonprofit organization, Californians Building Bridges (CBB), which gained independent approval from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control in 2011 to travel to Cuba and coordinate educational exchanges.”

Nevertheless, despite overwhelming evidence that the nonprofit is a subsidiary of the lobbying firm, Californians Building Bridges denies that lobbying will occur on the trip.

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Despite its tax-exempt status, Californians Building Bridges has little to show in the way of charitable activities. Californians Building Bridges, according to its most recent tax return, provided no financial support to domestic or international charities.

In fact, Californians Building Bridges, which spent $652,200 last year, has never spent a penny in support of grants or contributions to other charities, according to the two tax returns that are publicly available. Yet the organization’s mission, according to its tax return, listed as a priority making “one-time financial grants and donations of supplies and materials to charitable organizations that lack their own resources or do not qualify for assistance through existing agencies and organizations in their region.”
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http://sfbay.ca/2014/03/26/anti-gun-leland-yee-tangled-in-weapons-charges/
Famously anti-gun in public, State Sen. Leland Yee has fought loudly for stricter gun laws as a state senator and assemblyman.

After the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., Yee said:  ”Assault weapons are killing little kids, babies.”


Yet Yee’s image as an anti-gun crusader was punctured Wednesday as page after page of a federal criminal complaint accused the State Senator of bribery, corruption and, perhaps most surprisingly, allegedly acting as an intermediary in a multi-million dollar conspiracy to traffic assault rifles and other weapons out of the Philippines.

More at SFBay: http://sfbay.ca/2014/03/26/anti-gun-leland-yee-tangled-in-weapons-charges/#ixzz2xBq3pQlk

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fbi-california-state-sen-leland-yee-arrested
California lawmaker faces gun, corruption charges
By PAUL ELIAS and SUDHIN THANAWALA
— Mar. 26, 2014 11:49 PM EDT



California Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in San Francisco. The FBI has filed a 137-page affidavit outlining a detailed corruption case against Yee, who is accused of asking for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover agent to an arms trafficker. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

The allegations against Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI criminal complaint that names 25 other defendants, including Raymond Chow, a onetime gang leader with ties to San Francisco's Chinatown known as "Shrimp Boy," and Keith Jackson, Yee's campaign aide. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms.

Yee is also accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and cash payments to provide introductions, help a client get a contract and influence legislation. He or members of his campaign staff accepted at least $42,800 in cash or campaign contributions from undercover FBI agents in exchange for carrying out the agents' specific requests, the court documents allege.

Investigators said Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired missiles, and explained the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the U.S., according to an affidavit by FBI agent Emmanuel V. Pascua
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Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, flanked by 14 other Democratic senators at a news conference in his Capitol office, called on Yee to resign from the Senate or face suspension.
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Chow is accused of money laundering, conspiracy to receive and transport stolen property, and conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes.

He was denied bail because he was deemed a flight risk and a danger to the public. The Department of Homeland Security has been trying to deport Chow, who is not a U.S. citizen, since he was released from prison in 2005.

Yee is the third Democratic state senator in California to face criminal charges this year. Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County, and Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted on federal corruption charges. Wright and Calderon are taking a voluntary leave of absence, with pay, although Republicans have called for them to be suspended or expelled.
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A man was charged last year for threatening Yee over legislation that he proposed to limit rapid reloading of assault weapons. Lee also authored legislation that that would have required the state to study safe storage of firearms.

Chow acknowledged in an unpublished autobiography that he ran prostitution rings in the 1980s, smuggled drugs and extorted thousands from business owners as a Chinatown gang member, KGO-TV reported two years ago.

In 1992, he was among more than two dozen people indicted on racketeering charges for their alleged involvement in crimes ranging from teenage prostitution to an international drug trade mostly involving heroin.

Chow was later convicted of gun charges and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He spent 11 years in prison and was released in 2003 after he cut a deal with the government to testify against another high-ranking associate.

Chow recently has been held up as an example of successful rehabilitation. The Sacramento Bee reported he was praised by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in 2012 as a former offender who had become a community asset and Chow was also praised by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for his "willingness to give back to the community."


See:

Norman Hsu - jan12 trial delayed? - update - Hillary China - news blackout?

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2007/09/chinese-gang-leader-raymond-shrimp-boy.html

Sunday, September 09, 2007
Chinese Gangster "Shrimp Boy" Chow Comes Clean on Hsu




http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-hsu-convict20-2009may20,0,5551189.story

Norman Hsu convicted of breaking campaign finance laws
The former fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democrats is found guilty of using clients' names as fake donors to Democrats' campaigns to avoid federal rules limiting contributions.
By Michael Muskal
12:14 PM PDT, May 19, 2009
Norman Hsu -- a fundraiser for top Democrats, including Hillary Rodham Clinton -- was convicted this morning in New York of violating federal campaign finance laws.

The federal jury began deliberating late Monday afternoon and returned a guilty verdict on all counts after an hour of deliberation this morning, it was announced. Sentencing for the former financier and fugitive, who is already serving time in connection with California fraud charges, was set for Aug. 19.

The federal trial began May 12, just days after Hsu pleaded guilty to 10 counts of wire and mail fraud, admitting he had cheated investors of at least $20 million in a Ponzi scheme.

The current campaign violation charges accuse Hsu of using clients' names as fake donors to Democrats' campaigns to avoid federal rules that limit contributions to candidates.

At the trial, prosecutors for the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York played tapes of then-Sen. Clinton praising Hsu's fundraising efforts.

Hsu was a key fundraiser for Clinton, now secretary of State, throughout last year's presidential primary cycle. It was part of his rise to prominence within Democrat circles over about four years. During that time he hosted a string of lavish events for Democrats and typically identified himself as an apparel executive.

Starting in 2003, Hsu raised more than $1.6 million for Clinton and other Democrats. Around the same time, he started the Ponzi scheme and used those clients' names to circumvent campaign laws, according to prosecutors.

Hsu carried out his fundraising while trying to hide a criminal past. In 1991, California authorities accused him of running a scheme to cheat investors out of $1 million. He had claimed to have contracts to buy and sell latex gloves, but California prosecutors alleged there were neither contracts nor gloves.

Hsu agreed in 1992 to plead no contest to a reduced charge, but he fled before sentencing.

Last August, Hsu turned himself in, posting cash bail of $2 million. Then he fled again. He was recaptured after collapsing aboard a train in Colorado.

After Hsu's past was detailed in a Los Angeles Times article, candidates gave away his direct donations and the Clinton campaign refunded more than $800,000 raised by him.

In describing the Ponzi scheme, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Hsu and his company, Next Components Ltd., raised tens of millions of dollars from investors by promising returns of 14% to 24% every 70 to 130 days. The money was supposed to be used for short-term loans to businesses.

Hsu is serving a three-year sentence on the 1991 fraud charges.

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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2014, 03:16:54 PM »
 The Super Majority in California can only Remember Tomorrow: HUH?

 Jerry Brown and his clowns live in a tomorrow that will never come...these dopes sit in circles and meditate about: HUH?

 ...for those who do not understand Eastern Mysticism : WELL; you had better do some research: as California has been in this mode for decades: and New York is the same.
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Calif Anti Gun Senator Arrested By FBI For Conspiring To Traffic Guns

Oh - now understand that there are now three suspended ca senators With  "paid leave" ... The one Demoncat party can't hide the shame much longer , but it's a one party town so they get away with Murder ... Oh and there are not even talks of "special elections" to replace the "selected" Demoncat liars and crooks... with new demoncat liars and crooks...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/28/us-usa-california-lawmakers-idUSBREA2R1K420140328
California senate suspends three lawmakers in criminal probes
By Laila Kearney

Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:50pm EDT

(Reuters) - The California state Senate suspended three Democratic lawmakers on Friday who have been the subject of criminal probes, including Leland Yee, who was arrested this week in an FBI sweep on corruption and gun trafficking charges.

The Senate voted 28-1 to suspend the three, all of whom have been charged with or convicted of criminal wrongdoing in separate cases, in a move that further erodes what had once been a Democratic two-thirds super-majority in the Senate.

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The suspensions with pay, the first in state history from the senate, deal a major blow to Democrats in an election year as they seek to use large majorities in both houses of the state legislature and all statewide offices to push through key projects. A spokesman for Steinberg said the suspensions would take effect immediately.
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TWO OTHERS ALSO SUSPENDED

The senate also suspended fellow senators Ron Calderon, who was indicted last month on corruption charges, and Rod Wright, who has been found guilty of voter fraud. Both had already been on paid leaves of absence.

Calderon is charged in a federal grand jury indictment with taking some $100,000 in cash bribes, along with plane trips, golf outings and jobs for his children, in exchange for influencing legislation.
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Friday's suspension measure was opposed by Republican Senator Joel Anderson, who favored expelling the senators rather than suspending them with pay. "What we're doing is incentivizing bad behavior with this resolution," Anderson said.

[ Oh they lost the Super majority with the paid leave of Calderon ... Beginning in March ...

But they have mostly corrupt RINOS that give their vote for favors ...
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http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/California-Democrats-lose-power-of-supermajority-5285956.php
California Democrats lose power of supermajority
Melody Gutierrez
Updated 6:27 am, Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sacramento --

- In the days last year after California Democrats secured a supermajority - a voting bloc that lets their party pass taxes or bonds - many pondered how that new political muscle would be used.

Now it's a question of what Democrats will do without it.

Democrats lost their supermajority in the state Senate on Sunday after a Los Angeles County Democrat took a paid leave to fight legal troubles, the second to do so.
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Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello (Los Angeles County), announced Sunday he will take a paid leave of absence to fight federal political corruption charges stemming from an FBI investigation into bribery. Calderon pleaded not guilty and is out on bail.

Wright's paid leave

Calderon's departure came days after state Sen. Roderick Wright, D-Inglewood (Los Angeles County), announced he will take a paid leave while waiting for a trial judge to validate a felony conviction for lying about where he lived to run for office.

A jury found Wright guilty of eight felony counts of voter fraud and perjury in January, but he is asking the judge to toss out the convictions because of ambiguity about the definition of residency.

Calderon and Wright, both moderate Democrats who did not always vote with their party, will continue to receive their $95,000 salary.

Some Republican state senators are calling for Wright and Calderon to be permanently expelled   from the upper house, arguing that a suspension allows for political manipulation.

"There's nothing prohibiting them from returning at will and voting," said Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine (San Diego County). "And that's the problem."


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http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-27/california-democrats-corruption-charges-make-jerry-browns-job-much-harder
Corruption Charges Against California Democrats Are Making Jerry Brown's Job a Whole Lot Harder
 By Karen Weise     March 27, 2014

California Democrats should have had a good 2014: The economy’s on the mend and the state’s budget woes have become far less acute. Yet the first three months of the year have not been kind to the state’s Democrats. State Senator Leland Yee was arrested Wednesday on corruption charges, which allege (PDF) that Yee was involved in a conspiracy to traffic weapons and wire fraud. That followed last month’s indictment of another state senator, Ron Calderon, for allegedly accepting $100,000 in bribes. And in January, State Senator Rod Wright was found guilty of eight felony charges related to election and voting fraud. Assuming Yee goes on leave (as Calderon and Wright have done) instead of stepping down, Democrats will have just 25 voting members in the Senate—two seats short of the 27 they need for a supermajority.

In California, a supermajority is required to raise taxes or amend the constitution.

If the accused senators resign, Governor Jerry Brown could call special elections to fill their seats—and given the composition of their districts, Democrats would surely be elected. But they haven’t stepped aside. Calderon, who pleaded not guilty and is fighting his charges, and Wright, who is appealing his conviction, are both on paid leave. Yee hasn’t publicly responded to the charges against him.
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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2014, 03:19:10 PM »
it's like everyday there's something .... now prefilled voter registrations for the Demoncat party?!!
Now what's weird is this is part of ACA ObamaCare ...

Motor voter comes to Obamacare - which there is no proof of citizenship ( like the dmv) ... so we are signing up millions of illegal aliens for the next election ... hmmm How am I not surprised?


http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/03/30/covered-california-sends-out-voter-registration-card-pre-marked-democratic-party
Covered California Sends Out Voter Registration Card Pre-Marked For Democratic Party
(ABC 10 News)

LA MESA, Calif. - A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state's Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an "x" in the box next to Democratic Party.

The couple – who did not want their identity revealed – received the letter and voter registration card from their health insurance provider Covered California, the state-run agency that implements President Obama's Affordable Care Act.



http://www.10news.com/news/local-couple-upset-after-receiving-pre-marked-voter-registration-card-from-covered-california-03282014

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Covered California began mailing out voter signup cards to nearly 4 million enrollees last week after being threatened with a lawsuit by voting rights groups. But that does not explain the pre-filled out voter registration card.


http://www.news10.net/story/news/politics/john-myers/2014/03/21/lawsuit-prompts-california-obamacare-agency-to-help-register-voters/6719069/


Facing a deadline of early next week for a voting rights lawsuit in federal court, California's health insurance exchange appears to have agreed to send out almost 4 million voter registration forms to those who applied for health insurance since October 1.

The key word, though, is 'appears.'
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http://archive.news10.net/capitol/article/264691/525/Covered-California-must-boost-voter-registration-efforts-say-critics
Covered California must boost voter registration efforts, say critics
9:31 PM, Dec 3, 2013

California may be leading the nation in health insurance enrollment, but critics say it's lagging in complying with a federal law that encourages voter registration -- a problem that could lead to a lawsuit before the end of December.

"It's an embarrassment, frankly," says Lori Schellenberger, director of the California Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

At issue is whether Covered California, the state agency created to implement the Affordable Care Act, must do more to help register voters under existing law.  The ACLU and other organizations believe the agency isn't doing enough, and have threatened possible legal action to force action.

"They are required by state and federal law to allow every single applicant the right to register to vote," says Schellenberger.

The debate largely focuses around the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, better known as the 'Motor Voter Law,' which focused on including voter registration as part of the services available at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

But the law goes further than just the DMV, requiring voter registration services be made available by any agency that provides public assistance.
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« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2014, 07:28:16 PM »
http://calwatchdog.com/2014/04/07/ca-senate-scrubs-websites-of-3-democrats-in-scandals/
NEW: CA Senate scrubs websites of 3 Democrats in scandals
April 7, 2014
By John Hrabe 

The California State Senate has scrubbed its website and deleted the online archives of three Democratic state Senators that face criminal charges ranging from weapons trafficking to public corruption.

As of April 5 at 7:00 PM, the websites of Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ron Calderon of Montebello, and Rod Wright of Inglewood, all of whom have been placed on paid leave, no longer include any mention of the disgraced lawmakers. The website removal is a devastating blow to journalists and members of the public who will no longer be able to investigate past votes, bills and legislative connections of the disgraced lawmakers.


Attempt to cover up for other State Senators?

Incoming Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, has admitted that he was served with a subpoena in the Ron Calderon corruption case.

De Leon, who is mentioned 49 times in the FBI’s 124-page complaint against Calderon, is believed to have arranged a $25,000 payment from the Latino Caucus to a nonprofit controlled by Ron Calderon’s brother, Tom. It remains unclear why the State Senate deleted the web archives of the disgraced Senators. However, several other California lawmakers have been cited in the ongoing public corruption cases involving Yee and Calderon. “As set forth below, Senator de Leon caused $25,000 to be contributed to Californians for Diversity, the California corporation controlled by Thomas Calderon in exchange for Ronald Calderon not to challenge Senator Lara to become the Chairman of the Latino Caucus,” the FBI affidavit
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Thwart public, press from investigating

In addition to pictures and video clips, the websites also contained substantial information detailing the Senators’ votes and known legislative ties, which could implicate other members of the Senate. In contrast to his public image as a gun control advocate, Yee had never successfully passed a gun control bill during his 11 year career in the state legislature, as reported by CalWatchdog.com. Other outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, have published Yee’s most hypocritical press releases. Paradoxically, Yee, who has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in open government, had assembled one of the Legislature’s most comprehensive and detailed web archives.

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- See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2014/04/07/ca-senate-scrubs-websites-of-3-democrats-in-scandals/#sthash.pmOuRQN7.dpuf
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/23/us-usa-politics-california-idUSBREA3M1SD20140423
California lawmakers, bruised by scandal, turn to ethics training
By Sharon Bernstein

SACRAMENTO, California Wed Apr 23, 2014


California lawmakers, their reputation tarnished by fraud and corruption scandals, on Wednesday took a break from normal business to attend ethics training, the latest step by the state Senate to repair its image as elections loom.

The all-day, mandatory sessions, held behind closed doors away from the Capitol in Sacramento, were scheduled after three Democratic senators faced criminal charges in a spate of embarrassments for their party, which dominates the state's Legislature.
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Re: California's Communist Fascist Super Majority
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2014, 03:00:40 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/05/21/Judge-Leland-Yee-Evidence-Will-Be-Kept-Secret
Judge: Leland Yee Evidence Will Be Kept Secret
by William Bigelow  22 May 2014, 5:29 AM PDT

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled on Monday that the government’s evidence in the case against state Sen. Leland Yee must be kept secret until further notice, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Breyer is concerned that if the information is made public, undercover agents could be compromised and other individuals who were not a part of any criminal activity could be named.

Breyer wrote, "Such disclosure risks not only bodily harm to undercover agents, but reputational harm to individuals who would be collateral damage."

Breyer’s decision was protested by a lawyer for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, a reputed gangland figure. J. Tony Serra, Chow’s lawyer, asserted that he should have the option of revealing evidence so he could fight the government’s charges.

Because of Breyer’s decision, defense lawyers cannot make public the evidence they receive from prosecutors, although future evidence contained in publicly filed court documents may not be affected.

Serra was alone in his protest; the other lawyers eschewed joining him, according to the Mercury News, but some media echoed his complaint.

The charges against Chow include gun trafficking, conspiracy, and money laundering. The indictment against him includes Yee, who is accused of taking bribes for political favors.

In July, federal prosecutors are expected to update the indictment against Yee and the other defendants with new racketeering charges.
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« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2014, 02:44:56 PM »
http://americathemovie.com/blog/?p=184
Viet refugee now tycoon says California officials no better than Communists
May 15, 2014     

He fled his native Vietnam with virtually nothing and has built a hot sauce empire — but says dealing with California bureaucrats and excessive regulations isn’t that different from his Communist homeland

“David Tran is the founder and CEO of Huy Fong Foods, the maker of the famously tasty Sriracha hot sauce,” writes Zenon Evans for Reason.com. “Grappling for months with regulators and politicians in southern California about the spicy scents that his factory emits, Tran recently compared meddlesome government to that of a Communist country.”

Huy Fong Foods is a hot sauce company based in Rosemead, California that was founded in 1980 on Spring Street in Los Angeles‘s Chinatown. It has grown to become one of the leaders in the Asian hot sauce market, especially Sriracha sauce.

The company is named for a decrepit Panamanian freighter, the “Huey Fong,” that carried Tran and 3,317 other refugees out of Vietnam in December 1978.

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But now he’s wondering if settling in California was a mistake, writes Evans. “It might sound hyperbolic, but he does know a thing or two about living under the nightmarish bureaucracy of a red utopia.”

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It’s not the first time he’s spoken out about the issue. He previously accused the local government of wanting to shut him down. Last month the city council deemed the $80 million business a “public nuisance” for giving off a peppery odor. In 2013, the city sued Tran (despite lobbying to get him to move Huy Fong Foods there in the first place) and California’s health regulators shut down the factory for 30 days.

Tran has received offers from public officials throughout the country that want to court Huy Fong Foods.

Texas, which is far more business-friendly than California, has made the biggest push.

Because his peppers are grown locally, Tran is reluctant. He did indicate that he may open another factory elsewhere to meet the growing demand for his popular hot sauce.

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« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2014, 07:20:05 PM »
 The on going question?
 Was the Vietnam war necessary. Ho Chi Minh was a revolutionary, a rebel, who sought to rid French rule from his nation. He didn't begin in favor of communism. He did seek American assistance & thought highly of our principles.
 One of his most famous speeches at the beggining of the revolution while under French domination.
A frail-looking wisp of a man advanced to the microphone. “All men are created equal,” he declared, as all of Hanoi listened. “They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” He paused and then elaborated. “This immortal statement,” he explained, “was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: all the peoples on earth are equal from birth, all the peoples have a right to live, to be happy and free.”

“But gradually he and his fellow North Vietnamese were viewed as agents of international communism, not admirable rebels against colonialism. Mr. Logevall bemoans the fact that Ho’s admiration for American political ideals and French culture did not lead to a life-sparing compromise.”

Ho was clearly admiring of the Americans in 1945, and he actively sought their help. As a sweetener, he had allowed some of the men under General Giap to rescue downed American pilots.
   
Cuba, had the USA aided the revolution to rid Cuba of Batista and his crew he wouldn't have gone communist.
  Problem, far to many American Corps and organized crime $$$$$$$$$$$ were involved.
Cuban dictator Batista falls from power - History Channel
www.history.com/.../cuban-dictator-batista-falls-fro...
The United States government had supported the American-friendly Batista regime
 
Could these incidents have been avoided, you decide.

Puzzling isn't it..                                P.S.   Sorry to rant.
                       
P.S.S..Control is control no matter what name ya give it. .. I had to post after reading T's post about Vietnamese refugee. 
 Our political system was based on we the people, were warned time and time again about tyrants, sh**tbags getting into Gov positions, our forefathers demanded we pay attention and beware.
                We are Americans, but  I have wonder about the past presidents and their parasitic suklings.

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« Reply #26 on: July 07, 2014, 09:14:48 PM »
Ho Chi Minh was a revolutionary, a rebel, who sought to rid French rule from his nation. He didn't begin in favor of communism

That's  not so , Uncle Ho was trained in the Soviet Union and during WWII he started out working with the Communist Chinese.

He worked both sides of espionage in Vietnam, French and Japanese, and he sold out all the French agents there to the Japanese (they died), So, the OSS recruited him to replace the French in Indochina,  and he in turn, recruited other communist agents to create his network. By the end of the war only Uncle Ho's communist agents were in Vietnam ...

This is documented in the book "OSS in China" by Maochun Yu ,,, somewhere I have a photo of Ho with the OSS...


http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/baross.html
The OSS and Ho Chi Minh
Unexpected Allies in the War against Japan
Dixee R. Bartholomew-Feis

New in Paperback: March 2009


The men of General William Donovan’s newly-formed Office of Strategic Services closely collaborated with communist groups in both Europe and Asia against the Axis enemies. In Vietnam, this meant that OSS officers worked with Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh, whose ultimate aim was to rid the region of all imperialist powers, not just the Japanese. Ho, for his part, did whatever he could to encourage the OSS’s negative view of the French, who were desperate to regain their colony. Revealing details not previously known about their covert operations, Bartholomew-Feis chronicles the exploits of these allies as they developed their network of informants, sabotaged the Japanese occupation’s infrastructure, conducted guerrilla operations, and searched for downed American fliers and Allied POWs.
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http://davidfday.com/2013/10/what-could-have-been/


In the  photo above, American OSS (Predecessor to the CIA) “Deer Team” members pose with (then) Viet Minh leaders Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap during a military training at Tan Trao, in the mountains north of Hanoi in August, 1945. Deer Team members standing, l to r, are Rene Defourneaux, (Ho Chi Minh), Allison Thomas, (Vo Nguyen Giap), Henry Prunier and Paul Hoagland, far right. Kneeling, left, are Lawrence Vogt and Aaron Squires. (Rene Defourneaux).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_Chi_Minh
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In 1923, Nguyễn (Ho) left Paris for Moscow, where he was employed by the Comintern, studied at the Communist University of the Toilers of the East,[16][17] and participated in the Fifth Comintern Congress in June 1924, before arriving in Canton (present-day Guangzhou), China, in November 1924.

In 1925–26 he organized "Youth Education Classes" and occasionally gave socialist lectures to Vietnamese revolutionary young people living in Canton at the Whampoa Military Academy. These young people would become the seeds of a new revolutionary, pro-communist movement in Vietnam several years later. According to Duiker, he lived with and married a Chinese woman, Tăng Tuyết Minh (Zeng Xueming), on 18 October 1926.[18] When his comrades objected to the match, he told them, “I will get married despite your disapproval because I need a woman to teach me the language and keep house.”[18] She was 21 and he was 36.[18] They married in the same place where Zhou Enlai had married earlier, and then lived in the residence of a Comintern agent, Mikhail Borodin.[18]
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Chiang Kai-shek's 1927 anti-communist coup triggered a new era of exile for Nguyễn. He left Canton again in April 1927 and returned to Moscow, spending some of the summer of 1927 recuperating from tuberculosis in the Crimea, before returning to Paris once more in November.
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... In early 1930, in Hong Kong, Nguyễn Ái Quốc chaired a meeting with representatives from two Vietnamese communist parties in order to merge them into a unified organization, Communist Party of Vietnam.

In June 1931, he was arrested in Hong Kong. To reduce French pressure for extradition, it was (falsely) announced in 1932 that Nguyễn Ái Quốc had died.[21] The British quietly released him in January 1933. ... He moved to the Soviet Union, where he spent several years recovering from tuberculosis. ...

In 1938, he was allowed to return to China and served as an advisor to the Chinese Communist armed forces, which later forced China's government into exile on Taiwan.[9]
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http://www.historynet.com/ho-chi-minh-and-the-oss.htm
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Deer Team Meets a "Mr. Hoo"

Two months before Thomas' farewell dinner with Ho and Giap, he and six others from Special Operations Team Number 13, code-named "Deer," had parachuted into a jungle camp called Tan Trao, near Hanoi, with directions to proceed to the headquarters of Ho Chi Minh, whom they naively knew only as a "Mr. Hoo." Their mission, as they understood it, was to set up a guerrilla team of 50 to 100 men to attack and interdict the railroad from Hanoi to Lang Son to prevent the Japanese from going into China. They were also to find Japanese targets such as military bases and depots, and send back to OSS agents in China whatever intelligence they could. And they were to provide weather reports for air drops and U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) operations on an as-needed basis.

Thomas had parachuted in on July 16, 1945, part of a three-man advance team that also included radio operator 1st Sgt. William Zielski and Pfc Henry Prunier, their interpreter. Not knowing who or what to expect when they reached the drop zone, Thomas and his team soon found themselves surrounded by 200 guerrilla fighters who greeted them warmly and showed them to their huts. They then met with Ho Chi Minh, who called himself "C.M. Hoo," at his headquarters to coordinate operations with him. Thomas had no idea that Ho was a Communist, spoke Russian or had visited the Soviet Union. Nonetheless, Ho openly discussed politics with Thomas, stressing not only the abuses by the French, but also his desire to work with the French toward a solution.

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Ho was not around much, but when Defourneaux saw him, his first impression was of a sick old man clearly suffering from some disease. In one of the ironies of history, the Vietnam War, at least with the Communists under Ho Chi Minh, might never have happened if the Americans hadn't arrived when they did.

"Ho was so ill he could not move from the corner of a smoky hut," Defourneaux said. Ho didn't seem to have much time to live; Defourneaux heard it would not be weeks but days. "Our medic thought it might have been dysentery, dengue fever, hepatitis," he recalled. "While being treated by Pfc Hoagland, Ho directed his people into the jungle to search for herbs. Ho shortly recovered, attributing it to his knowledge of the jungle."
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comintern

The Communist International, abbreviated as Comintern and also known as the Third International (1919–1943), was an international communist organization initiated in Moscow during March 1919. The International intended to fight "by all available means, including armed force, for the overthrow of the international bourgeoisie and for the creation of an international Soviet republic as a transition stage to the complete abolition of the State
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The Comintern had seven World Congresses between 1919 and 1935.
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The Comintern was officially dissolved by Joseph Stalin during 1943.
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« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2014, 12:29:02 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/26/Jerry-Brown-to-Mexican-Illegals-You-re-All-Welcome-in-CA
Gov. Jerry Brown to Mexican Illegals: 'You're All Welcome in California'
by Tony Lee  26 Aug 2014, 9:07 AM PDT

On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California." He "nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn't matter if they had permission to be in the United States."

"You're all welcome in California," Brown reportedly said.

Brown has made California a sanctuary state by signing the Trust Act, giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. He has also expanded financial aid to illegal immigrants by signing the California DREAM Act. Peña Nieto reportedly "thanked state officials for embracing foreigners citing measures that extend state benefits to immigrants."

Even during the border crisis, Brown reportedly vowed "to find ways to shorten long waits at the Tijuana-San Diego international border crossing," saying, "If we can put a man on the moon, we can put a man from Mexico to California in 20 minutes."

In 2012, 28% of Californians were born outside the United States, according to The New York Times. Hispanic voters reportedly "made up 19.2% of California voters" in 2010. And according to Pew Research, Latinos make up nearly 40% of the state's population and have made California "only the second state, behind New Mexico, where whites are not the majority and Latinos are the plurality."

Even though the University of California has admitted a record number of Hispanics, the Latino Caucus has vowed to make affirmative action and bilingual education top legislative priorities.

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/republican-snubs-mexican-prez-for-holding-u-s-marine/




Republican snubs Mexican prez for holding U.S. Marine

Skips governor's honorary luncheon to join protest outside mansion
Published: 08/19/2014 at 10:30 AM

Instead of accepting an invitation from California Gov. Jerry Brown to attend a luncheon honoring the president of Mexico at the governor’s mansion, a Republican state assemblyman will lead a protest at the official residence during the event in support of a U.S. Marine held captive south of the border.

Brown, a Democrat, will hold the luncheon honoring Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Aug. 26.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was invited to the event, but he delivered a scathing response to Brown on Monday regarding the continued imprisonment of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, which he exclusively shared with WND.

State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Calif.

Tahmooressi, who served two combat tours of duty in Afghanistan, has been in jail since March after driving near the Mexican border and getting caught in a traffic lane that prevented him from making a U-turn back to the U.S.

He was jailed in Mexico because he was carrying his personal weapons, which although legal in the U.S., are illegal in Mexico.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/republican-snubs-mexican-prez-for-holding-u-s-marine/#qOVT2xXRkJ3If62d.99


http://lasvegastribune.net/time-demand-freedom-marine-sergeant-tahmooressi/
Way past time to demand freedom for Marine Sergeant Tahmooressi
by Perly Viasmensky
 July 16, 2014

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« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2014, 11:43:58 AM »
The Bag police are on the way ...
They couldn't get this past in a proposition and get any votes , but with a super communist/fascist majority anything is possible  ... This like out of a science fiction pulp novel in the '60s , if this measure is so popular why aren't supermarkets offering this as a competitive benefit?


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/30/california-plastic-bag-ban_n_5740332.html
California Plastic Bag Ban Would Be First Of Its Kind In The Nation
 Reuters 
 Posted:  08/30/2014 4:00 am EDT

By Aaron Mendelson

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug 30 (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America.

A number of cities and counties in California and other U.S. states, including Hawaii's Maui County, have made it illegal for grocery stores to pack purchases in plastic. But at the state level, opposition from plastic bag makers has usually prevailed.

The California Senate voted 22-15 for the bill, which must be signed into law by Sept. 30 by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has not signaled a position on the measure.

"Single-use plastic bags not only litter our beaches, but also our mountains, our deserts, and our rivers, streams and lakes," said state Senator Alex Padilla, who sponsored the bill.

Padilla backed a similar measure last year but it failed by three votes. The fate of this bill was uncertain until the waning hours of the session after falling three votes short in the state's Assembly on Monday.

But after picking up the support of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the bill passed a second vote in the Assembly.

The measure would ban grocery stores from handing out single-use grocery bags with customers' purchases, and provide money to local plastic bag companies to retool to make heavier, multiple-use bags that customers could buy
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« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2014, 05:57:13 PM »
f**kin "California".
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« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2014, 01:05:02 PM »
Now he says he'll sign the plastic bag bill ...

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-brown-plastic-bags-ban-20140904-story.html
Gov. Brown says he will sign bill that would ban plastic grocery bags
September 4, 2014, 9:07 PM|Reporting from Sacramento

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, during Thursday night’s gubernatorial debate with Republican rival Neel Kashkari, said he plans to sign a law that would make California the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags..

“I probably will sign it, yes,” Brown said during the televised debate. “ In fact, I’ll tell you why I’m going to sign it …. There are about 50 cities with their own plastic bag ban, and that’s causing a lot of confusion.’’
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Kashkari responded that “no chance would I sign” the plastic bag ban if he were governor.

Kashkari, a former assistant U.S. Treasury secretary who oversaw the federal bank bailout, then criticized other bills passed by the Legislature this year, including measures limiting high school football practices and legislation permitting dogs at outdoor restaurants.

“What they’re not working on is rebuilding the middle class,” Kashkari said. 

California lawmakers last week approved legislation banning plastic bags, such as those available to customers in supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies. Supporters argued the ban would reduce litter on beaches and streets as well as garbage being dumped at landfills.

The hotly contested bill, strongly supported by environmentalists, would allow stores to charge customers 10 cents for paper or reusable plastic bags as an alternative. Similar bans are already in place in more than 100 California cities and counties, including Los Angeles County and San Francisco. Those regulations would remain intact.
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The bill was opposed by bag makers, who warned of job losses, and Republican legislators, who viewed the measure as an unnecessary government intrusion.
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http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/gop-challenger-hammers-brown-california-governors-debate

GOP Challenger Hammers Brown in California Governor's Debate

'He's raising your gas prices to fund his vanity project, the high-speed train. What I call the crazy train.'
9.5.2014 |
 Larry O'Connor

In the first debate between Governor Jerry Brown and GOP challenger Neil Kashkari, Californians saw exactly why the 76-year-old Brown refuses to submit to a second debate.  Kashkari, a business man and political neophyte, relentlessly hammered his career politician opponent on jobs and education leaving Brown appearing old, slow and unresponsive.
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Kaskari pointed out the dismal four-year record of the Governor regarding jobs, education and poverty and mocked Brown for pitiful legislation like plastic bag bans and a recent law allowing restaurant patrons to bring their dogs to establishments. "The time for incrementalism has long since passed, governor," Kashkari said. "We actually need bold reforms to rebuild the middle class. Plastic bags isn't going to do it."

He also pledged to end the high-priced, unpopular high-speed rail project that Brown has championed.  "He's raising your gas prices to fund his vanity project, the high-speed train. What I call the crazy train."

When asked after the debate if he will agree to participate in another exchange of issues and ideas with his challenger before election day, Brown said, "I think we've exposed the differences."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC8xyMVg_IY
Kashkari slams Brown over Tesla in gubernatorial debate
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« Reply #31 on: September 05, 2014, 05:51:48 PM »
the new  California Voting block for Jerry Brown ,...   ( I couldn't believe this was in the LAtino Times ...)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-new-immigrants-california-economy-20140903-story.html
Nearly 1 in 10 California workers are in country illegally, study finds
 By Kate Linthicum  contact the reporter
September 3, 2014, 12:45 PM

A report released Wednesday by researchers at USC found that immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product..

lRelated Bullet train foes ask California Supreme Court to overturn decision.

The study, which was conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, was based on census data and other statistics, including data from the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security. It looked at a variety of ways the estimated 2.6 million immigrants living in California without permission participate in state life.

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http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-california-construction-underground-economy-20140829-story.html
1 in 6 California construction workers labors in shadows, study finds
August 31, 2014, 9:00 AM

Informal workers [Illegal Aliens] are a growing part of California’s economy — a shift keenly felt in the construction industry, where 1 in 6 workers is either off the books or misreported, new research has found..

Construction businesses in the state employ roughly 895,000 workers, according to a report by downtown Los Angeles research group Economic Roundtable that was released Sunday. In 2011, 143,900 of those workers labored unofficially.

Some 39,800 workers were misclassified by employers as independent contractors, despite not owning their own tools or setting their own schedules. An additional 104,100 workers weren’t recorded at all.

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California lost out on $473 million in 2011 because of informal construction work, according to the study. The state was stiffed on $264 million in workers’ compensation payments, $146 million in disability dues and $64 million in unemployment insurance.
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Payroll fraud, labor violations and tax evasion related to shadow construction work occurs on multimillion-dollar private and taxpayer-funded projects alike, according to David Kersh, executive director of the nonprofit watchdog group Carpenters/Contractors Cooperation Committee.

Companies who rely on unreported or incorrectly categorized workers can low-ball other bidders for contracts

http://ftp.iza.org/dp6423.pdf

The Shadow Economy and Work in the Shadow:
What Do We (Not) Know?

1. INTRODUCTION
Fighting tax evasion, the shadow economy and informal (illegal) employment have been important policy goals in OECD countries during recent decades. In order to do this one should have knowledge about the size and development of the shadow economy and shadow economy labor force as well as the reasons why people are engaged in shadow economy activities.
Hence, in this paper I am mainly concerned with the size and development of the shadow economy, black activities or undeclared work, and the shadow economy labor force. Tax evasion is not considered in order to keep the subject of this paper tractable and because too many additional aspects would be involved1. Also tax morale or experimental studies on tax compliance are beyond the scope of this paper2.
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« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2014, 06:49:25 PM »
George Carlin put it best:

"Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents; and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities; and they're elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do, folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces. Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens...you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. And term limits ain't gonna do you any good, you're just gonna wind up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So maybe -- maybe -- it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here."



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« Reply #33 on: September 07, 2014, 12:10:47 PM »
The future voting block of Mexifornia: 1/3 Latin Americans

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/09/05/Gov-Jerry-Brown-Nearly-30-of-CA-Kids-Illegal-or-Don-t-Speak-English
Gov. Jerry Brown: Nearly 30% of CA Kids Illegal or 'Don't Speak English'

During Thursday night's California gubernatorial debate against Republican Neel Kashkari, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) revealed that nearly 30% of the state's schoolchildren are either illegal immigrants or do not speak English.

Brown, who recently said that illegal immigrants from Mexico were "all welcome in California," praised his administration's immigration policies. He said that California is "setting the pace" on immigration laws and mentioned bills he signed that gave driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, made California a sanctuary state (Trust Act), and granted in-state tuition to illegal immigrants (CA DREAM Act). Brown then said that these policies were necessary because "about 30%" of schoolchildren in California are "either undocumented or don't speak English."

A California Immigrant Policy Center report found that there are 2.6 million illegal immigrants in California (or 26% of all immigrants) while illegal immigrants make up nearly 10% of the state's workforce, including "38% of the agriculture industry and 14% of the construction industry."

According to The New York Times, 28% of Californians were born outside the United States in 2012 and, according to Pew Research, "Latinos make up nearly 40% of the state's population and have made California 'only the second state, behind New Mexico, where whites are not the majority and Latinos are the plurality.'"

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Jerry Brown in his Jesuit Robes:




“I am applying the truth I was brought up on.” The truth of the Jesuits’ founder, Ignatius Loyola, whose principles, says Brown, have “worked for 400 years.” – Jerry Brown

Jesuits are also known as “God’s Marines” and as “The Company” like the CIA. In 1958, Jerry Brown above with his father, Governor Edmund G. Brown, completed a three-year study at the Jesuit-seminary Sacred Heart Novitiate. Brown’s fourth year, he was at U.C. Berkeley and graduated a year later with a BA degree. This would strongly suggest that his studies at Jesuit Novitiate were undergraduate work and he completed the fourth year of Jesuit studies at U.C. Berkeley. Four years is generally considered the time required to become a full fledged clandestine Vatican II (infiltrate secular society) Jesuit Priest, a foot soldier for the Pope and the Catholic Church.


http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/photo-gallery/jonestown/?flavour=mobile

Jim Jones stands next to California politician Jerry Brown

http://www.brasscheck.com/jonestown/pics.html

Jones delivered votes for Jerry Brown's campaign for governor. As governor, Brown ordered the Temple's records removed from San Francisco to Sacramento just weeks after the Jonestown murders
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Re: California's Communist Fascist Super Majority
« Reply #34 on: October 24, 2014, 01:35:15 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/10/24/Brown-s-Lead-Is-All-from-Latinos-Kashkari-Leads-among-Whites
Brown's Lead Is All from Latinos, Kashkari Leads Among Whites

A new Public Policy Institute of California poll reveals that the huge lead California Governor Jerry Brown holds over his challenger, Neel Kashkari, can be attributed to one salient factor: Brown’s massive lead among Latino voters. The poll's data show Brown is winning 73% of votes from Latinos, as opposed to 19% for Kashkari.

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California has the most Latino residents of any state, over 14 million. Brown’s state budget projected that Latinos are now the largest single racial/ethnic group in the state, comprising 39% of the population. California and New Mexico are the only states where whites are not the majority and Latinos are the plurality.
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« Reply #35 on: November 05, 2014, 12:14:49 PM »
http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-california-elections-20141105-story.html#page=1
Gov. Brown coasts to historic fourth term
November 5, 2014, 12:30 AM

California voters decisively elected Gov. Jerry Brown to a historic fourth term Tuesday, a rare bright spot for Democrats on a night when Republicans celebrated huge victories in the rest of the nation..

Brown handily defeated GOP challenger Neel Kashkari and voters also approved the two propositions that the incumbent championed — a $7.5-billion water bond measure and a state rainy-day fund. Brown pointed to those victories as he ruminated on his reelection outside the historic governor's mansion in Sacramento shortly after the polls closed.
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"This fourth term, no one's ever had it, no one's ever going to have it again," said Brown, the son of a former governor. "I take the responsibility and the opportunity very seriously, and every part of my mind, my body, my imagination, I'm going to throw into this next four years."
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Re: California's Communist Fascist Super Majority
« Reply #36 on: November 05, 2014, 03:13:03 PM »
Californians also handed the prison industrial complex and prison guards union a defeat by making drug possession offenses a misdemeanor instead of a felony.  However they fell for the health insurance industry complex propaganda on prop 45 which would have regulated health insurance increases.


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« Reply #37 on: November 05, 2014, 03:59:07 PM »
Californians also handed the prison industrial complex and prison guards union a defeat by making drug possession offenses a misdemeanor instead of a felony.  However they fell for the health insurance industry complex propaganda on prop 45 which would have regulated health insurance increases.

The point of this Prop 47 was to allow thousands of (drug mules) deportable illegal aliens to stay now because they are no longer "felons" . It's all part of the plan...

Let me make it clear that I don't believe any user of drugs should be put in prison for it . If society wants to help you get off them great, but how does prison help?

Also the US Supreme Court is forcing California to unload some prisoners due to overcrowding ....

This also allows the state to commit selective incarceration, rather than equal punishment under the law...


http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-ff-pol-1101-proposition47-20141101-story.html#page=1

Prop. 47 puts state at center of a national push for sentencing reform
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 Five major foundations, headlined by a philanthropic group run by New York billionaire George Soros, have poured millions of dollars to push for changes in California's policies on crime and imprisonment. The campaign is aimed at shaping public opinion, media coverage, research and grass-roots activism on the issue.

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Soros' Open Society Foundations in 2012 also gave a $50-million grant to the National Drug Policy Alliance to "advance drug policy reform" in states across the nation.

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http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/14/2464141/californias-governor-is-still-intent-on-defying-the-supreme-court-on-prison-overcrowding/
California Governor Is Still Intent On Defying The Supreme Court On Prison Overcrowding
 by Nicole Flatow Posted on August 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court once again reiterated its position on California’s prison overcrowding: It’s still not okay. The high court refused to temporarily block the latest federal court ruling that California must find a way to release 10,000 inmates by the end of the year to comply with a previous high court ruling that the state’s prison overpopulation amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
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Re: California's Communist Fascist Super Majority
« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2014, 11:35:31 AM »
See? Prop 47 was exactly written to match the BO "it's not amnesty" don't deport guidelines!!!
Bo gets a lot of info from the California donor/traitors ...
 


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/after-obama-action-dhs-sets-new-immigration-rules-drunk-drivers-sex-abusers-drug-dealers-gun-offenders-not-top-deportation-priorities/article/2556517
New DHS immigration rules: Drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, gun offenders not top deportation priorities
 By Byron York  | November 22, 2014 | 8:49 am
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Priority Two offenders, whose cases are less urgent than criminals in Priority One, include the following:

aliens convicted of a "significant misdemeanor," which for these purposes is an offense of domestic violence; sexual abuse or exploitation; burglary; unlawful possession or use of a firearm; drug distribution or trafficking; or driving under the influence; or if not an offense listed above, one for which the individual was sentenced to time in custody of 90 days or more (the sentence must involve time to be served in custody, and does not include a suspended sentence)

DHS further defines a "significant misdemeanor" as an offense for which the maximum term of imprisonment is one year or less, but greater than five days. In addition, the guidelines contain a possible out for illegal immigrants accused of domestic abuse. "Careful consideration should be given to whether the convicted alien was also the victim of domestic violence," the guidelines say. "If so, this should be a mitigating factor."

Priority Two also includes "aliens convicted of three or more misdemeanor offenses, other than minor traffic offenses or state or local offenses for which an essential element was the alien's immigration status." But there's an important footnote to that. The three offenses must arise out of three separate incidents. If an illegal immigrant committed a single act that resulted in multiple misdemeanor charges, it would count as one charge for DHS counting purposes
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: California's Communist Fascist Super Majority
« Reply #39 on: November 22, 2014, 11:39:54 AM »
See? Prop 47 was exactly written to match the BO "it's not amnesty" don't deport guidelines!!!
Bo gets a lot of info from the California donor/traitors ...
 


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/after-obama-action-dhs-sets-new-immigration-rules-drunk-drivers-sex-abusers-drug-dealers-gun-offenders-not-top-deportation-priorities/article/2556517
New DHS immigration rules: Drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, gun offenders not top deportation priorities
 By Byron York  | November 22, 2014 | 8:49 am
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Priority Two offenders, whose cases are less urgent than criminals in Priority One, include the following:

aliens convicted of a "significant misdemeanor," which for these purposes is an offense of domestic violence; sexual abuse or exploitation; burglary; unlawful possession or use of a firearm; drug distribution or trafficking; or driving under the influence; or if not an offense listed above, one for which the individual was sentenced to time in custody of 90 days or more (the sentence must involve time to be served in custody, and does not include a suspended sentence)

DHS further defines a "significant misdemeanor" as an offense for which the maximum term of imprisonment is one year or less, but greater than five days. In addition, the guidelines contain a possible out for illegal immigrants accused of domestic abuse. "Careful consideration should be given to whether the convicted alien was also the victim of domestic violence," the guidelines say. "If so, this should be a mitigating factor."

Priority Two also includes "aliens convicted of three or more misdemeanor offenses, other than minor traffic offenses or state or local offenses for which an essential element was the alien's immigration status." But there's an important footnote to that. The three offenses must arise out of three separate incidents. If an illegal immigrant committed a single act that resulted in multiple misdemeanor charges, it would count as one charge for DHS counting purposes

  If any of us did these crimes, they woul LOCK US UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY.

  ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC.
I'M A DEPLORABLE KNUCKLEHEAD THAT SUPPORTS PRESIDENT TRUMP.  MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND KEEP HIM SAFE.