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What could possibly go wrong? California to consider allowing 16 year olds to vote

No. Just. No.


Only in California. There is a bill before the Legislature would amend California’s constitution to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to cast ballots exclusively in school district and community college board elections.  This is because, proponents argue, these are the very races in which the kids have the most at stake. Thankfully, they still wouldn’t be able to vote in  congressional or legislative contests or help pick the next president.

Lorena Gonzalez

Lorena Gonzalez

The Sacramento Bee reports that the woman behind this is Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (Democrat, San Diego). She said, “I think they’re mature enough and they have firsthand experience of what’s going on in schools – they should have a voice in it. The decisions that are made at local school boards and community college boards are affecting them probably more than anything else.”

Gonzalez also said her then-high-school-age daughter was frustrated that she had no say when teachers were laid off during the recession. Gonzalez noted that extra dollars flow to school districts with a large number of English language learners, many of whom have noncitizen parents who can’t vote in elections that help determine how that money will be spent.

Gonzalez called her proposal a way to encourage more participation. California Voter Foundation head Kim Alexander agreed with that premise.

“If people can vote on something relevant to them when they’re 16 years old, they might develop a lifelong habit of voting, and if you get kids voting when they’re still in school, then you have an institution through which you can teach them how to become voters,” said Alexander, whose organization has not taken a formal position on the bill.

Not everyone is on board with this idea. Jon Fleischman, a conservative blogger and political consultant, said enfranchising adolescents would not lead to better election outcomes. “Part of determining the age by which people vote has to do with a combination of maturity and life experience. I think somebody at the age of 16 years old is really a child, not an adult,” Fleischman said. “This is not an age at which you’re ready to be making weighty decisions about public policy.”

Read the whole story here.

Every Communist’s dream: a public education indoctrination institution teaching the kids how to become voters. You know the teachers would give them a bias and liberal slant on just how to vote.


California issues 650,000 driver’s licenses to illegals in 2015

¡Claro que sí!


Since last January, an estimated 605,000 driver’s licenses were issued to undocumented immigrants illegal aliens in California.

Fox News reports that immigrant rights groups and traffic safety experts have hailed the law because, they say, it means more drivers will be properly trained, licensed and more likely to have car insurance. “We believe that this new law increases safety on California roads by putting licensed drivers behind the steering wheel,” Artemio Armenta, a spokesman for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, told the Los Angeles Times.

But some have complained that under the bill, many applicants have had to wait longer to get an appointment. And even with an appointment, they have to wait in long lines.

Of Course, California taxpayers footed the bill to accommodate the illegal aliens. Before the law was implemented, the California DMV hired 1,000 temporary employees, opened four additional processing centers and extended hours of operation to include Saturdays. “It certainly overloads the system,” Ann Coil, Santa Ana Tea Party Patriots coordinator, told the Orange County Register recently. “And, again, we’re giving priority to people who aren’t citizens.”

The licenses have “federal limits apply” printed on them – meaning that federal officials and law enforcement officers in other states are not required to accept them as a valid form of identification.

The bill was part of a host of immigration-related pieces of legislation that have recently become law in California. In August, Brown signed a bill outlawing the use of the word “alien” within California’s labor code, one that permits noncitizen high school students to serve as election poll workers and one that protects immigrant minors in civil lawsuits.

California, which at 22 percent has the nation’s largest percentage of undocumented immigrants illegal aliens (yeah, I said alien!) eligible for driver’s licenses, is one of 12 states in the U.S. to allow them to obtain licenses.

Read the whole story here.



CA lawmaker hopes to lure Tesla buyers for visits with tax exemption


Tesla Motors is an American automotive company that designs electric cars and manufactures them in California. They cost $100,000 or more. They also can catch on fire. A senator in California believes that a tax credit on purchasing one of these cars (in his state) is enough to lure you there for a visit. Yes, he’s a democrat.


According to the Sacramento Bee, Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is pursuing a bill that would eliminate the sales tax on new automobiles manufactured in California for out-of-state buyers. His goal is to spur a business of “industrial tourism,” attracting customers who come for the car and stay to see the sites.

A small group of electric vehicle companies fall under the provisions of Senate Bill 680 – primarily Tesla, which is in Wieckowski’s district and sponsored the legislation.

Wieckowski says it’s not a handout to Tesla, which already ships tens of thousands of its vehicles each year to customers outside California that only pay registration fees and sales taxes in their home states. Rather, he hopes that, price being equal, those people may feel drawn to come pick up their new rides in person, as some luxury automobile buyers do in Europe.

We think that California is an attraction. We think that people want to go down to a Tesla factory to see it,” Wieckowski said. “The government can be an incubator for these ideas.”

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Read the whole story here.


Your “hope and change”: Californians face tax bite of up to $10,000 per family if no health insurance

While you fret about your finances, upcoming taxes and  Obamacare penalties, Jonathan Gruber is laughing all the way to the bank.

Obamacare Screw U

Covered California has a message for you peons: sign up for health care coverage or pay the price. They urged consumers Wednesday to sign up for Obamacare coverage by the Jan. 31 deadline or face stiff tax penalties. Last November, I did a blog post on how the IRS has set much higher penalties for not having health care insurance. Read it and weep.

The Sacramento Bee reports how this year the IRS penalties are hitting harder. The penalties will range from a minimum of $700 for an individual to as much as $10,000 for a family of four, depending on income. The average penalty in 2016 will be $969. That’s a 47 percent increase from last year, according to a recent analysis by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

Peter Lee, Director of Covered California

Peter Lee, Director of Covered California

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state’s health care exchange for Obamacare policies, spins the mandate as good news. He said, “The bigger penalty is showing up at an emergency room and walking out with a bill in tens of thousands of dollars*.” Or, he added, not getting regular checkups because of no insurance and then developing a late-stage cancer that went undetected. “Californians have a choice in signing up or rolling the dice and taking a big gamble.”

*Under my new individual plan, I would still have to spend $6,000 for an emergency room visit (if many services were warranted). That’s my deductible for the cheapest plan I could afford, which costs me $308 per month.

As you know, under Obamacare tax penalties are considered a “shared responsibility” payment by those who can afford to buy health care coverage but choose not to do so. The penalties are either 2.5 percent of household income (up to a cap) or $695 a person and $347.50 per child, whichever is higher.

As of last week, Lee said more than 230,000 (less than 1% of their population) Californians have signed up for Covered California policies during the three-month enrollment season, which started last November.



California governments low on workers, high on payrolls

Shocker, not.


Nearly a third of Californians (approximately 12 million) live in 77 “economically challenged” cities – that’s equal to the entire population of the state of Ohio — and a quarter of all challenged cities in the country are in California.

In September, federal officials released three major economic reports that painted a dark picture of California’s economy.

And California taxpayers have never paid more for public worker pensions, but it’s still not enough to cover the rising number of retirement checks written by the state’s largest pension plan. Even before the stock market’s recent fall, staffers at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System were worried about what they call “negative cash flows.”

Maybe that’s because they have over-bloated government agencies and associated benefits that are not sustainable? The Sacramento Bee reports that California has 12 percent of the nation’s population, but only 11.1 percent of its state and local government workers, a new Census Bureau report reveals.

But whatdoyaknow: Those workers received 14.4 percent of the nation’s state and local payroll in March, 2014, the month chosen by the bureau for its snapshot. Those statistics indicate that California has below-average bodies on its public payrolls but above-average costs.

Nearly half of California’s state and local employees – 869,321 to be exact – were working in the state’s K-12 schools and public colleges, with another 112,911 in hospitals and just over 100,000 in police agencies.



77 California cities on ‘economically challenged’ list

And yet they consistently vote for democrats.

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This should come as a shock to no one: Nearly a third of Californians (approximately 12 million) live in 77 “economically challenged” cities that’s equal to the entire population of the state of Ohio — and a quarter of all challenged cities in the country are in California. “Economically challenged” cities have high levels of poverty, and low levels of income and employment. They are defined as those with unemployment rates of 9 percent or above, and/or with more than 20 percent of adults living in poverty.

And if that isn’t bad enough, the report from the National Resource Network says California’s distressed cities are more than a quarter of the 297 U.S. cities over 40,000 population that fall into that category. Nationally, about 30 percent of cities are classified as economically challenged, but in California it is 40 percent.

The five most populous California cities singled out in the report are Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Long Beach and Riverside. The 72 others are mostly in inland regions, with the small smallest being Coachella, near Palm Springs, home to low-wage farm and resort workers.

Three of the cities on the list – San Bernardino, Stockton and Vallejo – have declared bankruptcy in recent years.

No surprise here. Liberals in charge there don’t understand math. California, and local governments, are broke.

Public pensions are broke: Even as California taxpayers pay more for the pensions, it’s still not enough to cover costs.

And spending money you don’t have is apparently not an issue in California. Half of California’s illegal aliens– about 1.4 million — have incomes low enough to qualify for full Medi-Cal benefits should California legislative proposals to offer coverage to the undocumented ever be enacted.

And the Census Bureau reported in September that California’s official poverty rate for 2014 was 16.3 percent, somewhat higher than the national rate of 14.7 percent.



More California seniors work full-time into their late 60s and early 70s

Hope you have some money saved as I’m sure this is a trend that doesn’t affect just Californians.

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Sacramento Bee:  A growing proportion of Californian seniors are working full time, a sign that many have not saved enough for retirement, according to a Bee review of new census data. About 14.3 percent of Californians between 65 and 75 worked full-time, year-round in 2014, up from 7.5 percent in 2000.

As Baby Boomers become seniors, that translates into almost 440,000 senior citizens working full time last year in California, more than double the number from 2000.

A few things are likely behind the trend. First, the federal government has gradually raised the age when seniors can receive full Social Security benefits. It was 65 in 2000; it currently sits at 66; it will be 67 by the end of the next decade. (Even so, the number of Californians 67 and older working full-time has also doubled in the last 15 years.)

Economics likely plays a role. About 140,000 seniors working full-time earned $30,000 or less in 2014, the census figures show. And roughly 30 percent of U.S. households with members age 55 or older have zero retirement savings, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Others simply choose to keep working. About 95,000 senior citizens in California worked full-time and earned $100,000 or more last year, census figures show.

The most common jobs for working seniors last year were business manager, CEO, administrative assistant, lawyer and retail sales clerk, the data show.

The state’s largest urban areas are driving the trend. Portions of the Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego metros have the highest concentration of seniors continuing to work full time. In the Sacramento region, the areas with the highest proportion of working seniors are Citrus Heights, western Roseville, and central Sacramento.