Saturday, April 1, 2017
The results of a new SurveyUSA poll of 500 Californians indicate most people do not support Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to increase a tax on gasoline to pay for road repairs and transportation improvements.
The new state road repair and transportation investment package is being considered by the California legislature. If passed, the bill would spend $52 billion over 10 years and take steps to guarantee the money is only spent on transportation. Some of that money would be raised through a gas tax and car fee....
6. State Republicans are calling the plan the largest gas tax increase in state history, adding $5 billion to Caltrans' budget of $10.5 billion. Do you think the additional funds are needed or should Calttrans make better use of gas tax revenue it currently gets?
23% Additional funds needed
61% Make better use of revenue
16% Not sure
Friday, March 31, 2017
New Crime in California: Performing Undercover Video Journalism While Not a Democrat https://t.co/oTO5Yi0LAi— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) March 31, 2017
You know who else loves to criminalize journalism and persecute political opponents? Putin. https://t.co/IXmgKW8EF5— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 29, 2017
To be clear @JerryBrownGov is proposing billions in new taxes so he can continue to spend current tax dollars on high speed rail boondoggle.
To be clear @JerryBrownGov is proposing billions in new taxes so he can continue to spend current tax dollars on high speed rail boondoggle.— Jon Fleischman (@FlashReport) March 31, 2017
Living in the Bay Area is both costly, and a pain to get around so it's no surprise a new survey found 40 percent of people say they're thinking of moving out.
RELATED: Company offering employees $10,000 to leave Bay Area
Millennials also agree. Things aren't necessarily working for them as they consider having families.
Reality sometimes hits you when you least expect it. Take living in pricey San Francisco.
"I'm tied to the Bay Area for now," said San Francisco resident Mike Boyadjian. "The jobs are here, but it is insanely expensive to live here."
Forty percent of people interviewed for a Bay Area Council survey said they are thinking of eventually moving out of the Bay Area.
"And that's up from 34 percent last year when we thought that was bad, so it's a trend that continues," said Bay Area Councilmember Jim Wunderman....
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
In sure Jake Tapper is all over this. https://t.co/Fk3AGBx4ll— CNN Lies & Is Hitler (@NolteNC) March 29, 2017
This is significant ... now congressional investigators have a name from the Obama administration & Hillary for... https://t.co/ohCnn68rqc— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) March 29, 2017
Your thoughts? https://t.co/vPrGBslCNZ— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) March 29, 2017
Here’s the quote from Fox News:
“I was urging my former colleagues, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration.
“Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy … that the Trump folks – if they found out how we knew what we knew about their … the Trump staff dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.”
For republican laws, seems you need the house, the senate & the presidency & still probably won't get. For dems? Seems you just need 1 judge
For republican laws, seems you need the house, the senate & the presidency & still probably won't get. For dems? Seems you just need 1 judge— Monica Anthony (@meanthony1) March 29, 2017
Today we recognize the men and women who served, the 58,220 killed in action and the 1,622 who never came home.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Freedom Watch notifies congress of a “Deep State” intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees were spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes.
Mr. Montgomery is trying to use a legal “whistle-blower” process and not follow the same approach as Edward Snowden.... FULL PDF AT THE LINK
SUCH IGNORANCE! R&B Artist Alicia Keys Thought This Was Cool To Do; Then Twitter RIPPED It Apart! https://t.co/UZ4hSknPzh— 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) March 28, 2017
The bill passed 215 to 205, with 15 Republicans joining 190 Democrats voting against it.
The FCC rules would have given consumers greater control over what their internet service provider can do with their data by requiring those companies to get permission from customers before using their information to create targeted advertisements.
The rules had not yet gone into effect....
The opposition to the regulations was led by Republicans and the telecom industry, who argue that they are too costly and confusing. They say the rules would have subjected internet service providers to restrictions that do not apply to websites like Facebook and Google, which also collect consumer information for data-driven ads....
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican who opposed the rules as a minority commissioner in October, applauded the vote in a statement, saying that he will work to impose a technology-neutral privacy regime.
“Moving forward, I want the American people to know that the FCC will work with the FTC to ensure that consumers’ online privacy is protected though a consistent and comprehensive framework," Pai said.
"In my view, the best way to achieve that result would be to return jurisdiction over broadband providers’ privacy practices to the FTC, with its decades of experience and expertise in this area.”
Democrats and activists waged a furious campaign against the bill, trying to peg Republicans as anti-privacy....
TWITTER Censors Search Terms? https://t.co/F4VgabcBGD— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 28, 2017
FACEBOOK vows to tackle blasphemous content... https://t.co/W5wjztyxrh— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 28, 2017
Odeh is scheduled to appear in court April 25 in Detroit, where she plans to plead guilty to "unlawful procurement of naturalization" in a deal that will allow her to leave the United States to avoid up to 18 months in prison.
She had been scheduled to undergo another trial after a U.S. appeals court vacated her 2014 conviction, saying an expert witness should have been allowed to testify that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from allegedly being tortured in prison when she gave the false answers.
The 69-year-old Palestinian activist was convicted in the 1969 supermarket bombing in Israel that killed two Hebrew University students.
The Trump administration has the opportunity to enact some real pro-growth reforms for the US energy industry.
We like. https://t.co/wIOgyCGh0K— PragerU (@prageru) March 28, 2017
The Trump administration has the opportunity to enact some real pro-growth reforms for the US energy industry. https://t.co/A16r5jKZs5— AFP (@AFPhq) March 28, 2017
We can’t power the economy on pixie dust and hope. It’s time to get to work. #EnergyIndependence— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) March 28, 2017
Pres Trump invites Egyptian Pres al-Sisi to make official WH visit April 3. Defeating ISIS and mideast peace process top agenda, says WH.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 28, 2017
Al-Sisi met with Pres Obama during UN session in 2014. He'll be first Egyptian Pres at WH since Mubarak in 2009.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 28, 2017
Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body.
The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Paul Ryan: 'We're still moving forward on healthcare' https://t.co/JL05SgN8AB— Tom Flowers 🎧 (@TomFlowers) March 27, 2017
Health Care: There's an Empty Net. Will Conservatives Take the Shot? - Breitbart https://t.co/OsRc98O5iX— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) March 27, 2017
At last, the DOJ is going to begin following federal immigration laws. https://t.co/3OyFJvnC2k— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) March 27, 2017
In Monday Presser AG Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries cities, they could lose billions of dollarshttps://t.co/1OXM7EAA8d— Warner Todd Huston (@warnerthuston) March 27, 2017
Today is a good day for American jobs. Four Congressional Review Act bills are now law. https://t.co/YsI4HRbnJp— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) March 27, 2017
Congress Takes Important Steps to Lessen Federal Footprint in Education. President Trump just signed two GOP-led measures that block key Obama-era education regulations.
President Trump just signed two GOP-led measures that block key Obama-era education regulations. https://t.co/p49GFwEthT— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) March 27, 2017
...Using the oversight authority granted to it by the Congressional Review Act, the Senate passed resolutions of disapproval for accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act and regulations for teacher preparation programs. These resolutions now proceed to President Donald Trump.
The use of the Congressional Review Act to roll back these regulations provides immediate relief for states and schools. It also prevents the Department of Education from promulgating substantially similar regulations in the future without congressional approval....
We have tried the accountability-enforced-from-Washington model for the last 15 years under No Child Left Behind, and it hasn’t worked.
The Senate’s vote against the Obama-era accountability regulations is a step in the right direction, though it still leaves significant power in the hands of the federal government. As Heritage Foundation expert Lindsey Burke noted upon passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, good intentions still produced a mediocre law.
The Every Student Succeeds Act missed the opportunity for real reform by maintaining dozens of ineffective programs and high levels of federal spending, and by failing to incorporate the policies contained in the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) provision.
One of the strengths of our federal system is the possibility of innovation and experimentation in the decentralized context of the states. The A-PLUS provision would allow states to opt out of the complex federal regulatory environment and direct dollars toward any education purposed allowed under state law.
Pres Trump signs 4 bills nullifying Obama Admin regulations including 3 he called "federal power grabs" in land management & education. pic.twitter.com/fi6CeJpSPU— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 27, 2017
Proud to stand behind @POTUS today for BLM 2.0 repeal. Now it's time to get to work toward #EnergyIndependence
Please tell me this is photoshopped. Please? https://t.co/WezDQx6IvT— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 25, 2017
No, Lincoln actually wore that hat in 1865; it was found at Ford's Theater. https://t.co/SblPYHNnf0— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 26, 2017
The Trump administration can do quite a bit to break down Obamacare through executive actions. https://t.co/IjLzFHgc9D— Axios (@axios) March 27, 2017
Housing is so expensive across California that Joel Singer, CEO of the California Association of Realtors, said last fall that “only about one-third of our fellow citizens can afford to buy a median-priced home in the Golden State, down from a peak of 56 percent just four years ago.”
...Californians who own their homes spend more than a quarter of their total income on housing, the highest ratio in the nation. In 2014, Golden State renters paid 33.6 percent of their income on housing — third-highest in the nation. Despite rent-control laws — actually, in part due to those laws — San Francisco has the most unaffordable rental costs in the world, according to Nested, an international real estate service. Los Angeles is tenth on the list. Three of the five costliest housing markets in North America are found in California: San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles.
The housing crisis isn’t confined to the state’s elite coastal enclaves. In Riverside County, part of a region east of Los Angeles known as the Inland Empire, only 39 percent of households “are able to purchase a median-priced home, which in February was $334,440 for a single-family home,” the Desert Sun reported last March. The national average is 58 percent.
The California housing crunch is the product of a dire shortage of homes. Over the last decade, developers have built an average of 80,000 homes each year. But that number is about 100,000 units short of what’s needed to keep up with demand. According to the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the state will need to build roughly 1.8 million units between 2015 and 2025 “to meet projected population and household growth.” That would be like building more than 10 new Oaklands or nearly six new San Joses over that time.
Developers aren’t fools. They know that there is a great demand for housing in California. The profit motive would make them happy to build all those additional Oaklands. But California’s regulatory climate and development policies have eaten away at that incentive. The hurdles to building homes are high and solidly rooted: the most imposing is the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which allows opponents of development to shut down projects in the courts, often with no environmental basis. But because the lawsuits can disrupt and suppress projects, the law has become, as the Hoover Institution’s Loren Kaye says, a “tool for abuse.”...
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Excellent read for those who don't believe that the GOP and or Trump are having many successes in DC.
Since Trump entered the White House two months ago, the House has passed 14 resolutions disapproving of Obama-era regulations under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Senate has approved 10 resolutions, and President Trump has signed three measures into law.
The CRA allows Congress to do away with regulations through an expedited legislative process that prevents the minority from using the Senate’s filibuster. The catch is that Congress only has a window of 60 legislative days in which it can reach back into 2016 to repeal a regulation through this process.
The White House has indicated Trump intends to sign all of the measures approved by Congress with the use of the CRA. The deadline for Trump to sign these repeals is May 9.
Excellent read for those who don't believe that the GOP and or Trump are having many successes in DC. https://t.co/Ucyn2jE2hh— Bill Postmus (@billpostmus) March 26, 2017
President Trump will issue an executive order on Tuesday to begin undoing former President Obama's rule on carbon emissions, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said Sunday.
"This is about making sure that we have a pro-growth and pro-environment approach to how we do regulation in this country," Pruitt said on ABC's This Week....