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CalSTRS says pension funding gap has grown to $73.7 billion

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Sacramento Bee: CalSTRS said Thursday that its long-term funding shortfall has risen to $73.7 BILLION, a stark reminder of the financial issues facing the teachers’ pension fund.

The newest tally reflects CalSTRS’ financial condition as of last June 30. The pension fund said the shortfall grew by $2.7 BILLION in the 12 months since the previous valuation of June 30, 2012.

CalSTRS’ latest calculation comes as the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown continue to debate how to fix the teachers’ retirement fund. Brown originally said the Legislature could enact a funding plan for CalSTRS in 2015, but he also supported the decision by Senate and Assembly committees to hold hearings last month on the issue.

Two months ago, CalPERS approved a plan to raise contribution rates from state and local agencies to deal with a long-term shortfall of around $100 billion. Unlike the public employees’ pension fund, however, the teachers’ fund needs the Legislature’s permission to implement a rate hike.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System has been struggling financially for some time and was badly wounded by the 2008 market crash. It has enjoyed recent investment gains, and the worsening of its long-term deficit has actually moderated; it had earlier forecast that the gap would grow by almost twice as much as it did.

Nonetheless, the fund insists the Legislature must act.

“Since at least 2006, we’ve said that CalSTRS cannot rely solely on healthy investment returns to make up the ground lost to the economic downturns and market volatility of the past 14 years,” said CalSTRS Chief Executive Jack Ehnes in a prepared statement.

Although CalSTRS has enough cash to deal with its obligations for the foreseeable future, it is only 66.9 percent funded for the long term. The pension fund said its shortfall grows by $15 MILLION a day. If the problem isn’t corrected, CalSTRS said it expects to run out of cash by 2046. That’s actually three years later than the last time CalSTRS issued a prediction, but the pension fund said the problem can’t wait much longer.

The latest calculation “reflects a reality, affirmed by the Legislature, the administration and stakeholders, that stabilizing CalSTRS funding will require contribution increases,” Ehnes said. “These can be gradual, predictable and fair to all parties, while meeting the long-term needs of the system.”

Considering the monetary drain on this system, I expect that CalSTRS will have no money left to spend on anybody’s future.

DCG

Warning!! Much Duct Tape Needed. Obama Signs, Ahem “Farm Bill”

Ladies and Gentlemen, I don’t have much to say. This “Farm” Bill took 3 years to write and will cost 1 TRILLION dollars of our money. I have just pulled one line out and enlarged. Please go thru the rest of this “Farm Bill” and see how much “Farm” you can find. Thank you and if you need me I’ll be in the garage sucking on a tailpipe now.   

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By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR

PUBLISHED: 18:15 EST, 7 February 2014

Most of the bill covers food stamps, with the number of benefit recipients doubling since Obama took office
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Catfish oversight, weather radios and a Christmas tree tax: Meet the pork-filled $956 BILLION Farm Bill

  • The massive five-years agriculture spending plan, signed Friday by President Obama, includes a $3 million plan for Christmas tree taxes
  • Most of the bill covers food stamps, with the number of benefit recipients doubling since Obama took office
  • The U.S. will spend $1 billion per year loaning money to sugar barons so they can keep prices stable and avoid overseas competition
  • Another $100 million will go to study how to get Americans to buy more maple syrup
  • $1 million will buy weather radios for rural Americans, despite plunging hundreds of weather apps for smartphones and plunging access rates

The federal government pays for a $15 million ‘wool trust fund,’ runs a $170 million program to protect catfish growers from overseas competition, sets aside $3 million to promote Christmas trees, funds another $2 million to help farmers sell more sheep, and plunks down $100 million researching how to get Americans to buy more maple syrup.

And that spending is just three one-hundredths of one per cent of the Farm Bill that President Barack Obama signed Friday in Michigan.

Liberal and conservative watchdogs alike are hopping mad at what they say are pork-barrel projects included in the five-year agriculture spending law as home-state perks to lawmakers that are  unneeded or redundant.

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There’s a new 15-cent levy on every live-cut Christmas tree, a proposal that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack had blocked but will now be beyond his control. Tree growers will put the money into a fund for ‘industry-funded promotion, research, and information program[s],’ but the cost will inevitably be passed on to consumers.

The Farm Bill also includes $1 million in grant money to buy weather radios, despite the ubiquity of weather.com and the plummeting costs of both Internet service and smartphones.

And it continues a $200 million ‘market access’ program that has paid companies like Fruit of the Loom and McDonalds to run commercials.

One grant from that fund even funded a reality TV show in India aimed at promoting cotton. Another paid Welch’s $844,000 to hawk grape juice outside the U.S.

The conservative Club For Growth called the legislation, which took members of Congress three years to write, ‘a “Christmas Tree” bill where there’s a gift for practically every special interest group out there with a well-connected lobbyist.’

It’s $956 billion of spending overall in a ten-year period, sketched out in legislation 959 pages long – nearly $1 billion per page.

But most of that money goes to food-stamp and nutrition programs, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The 10-year spending total for those entitlements will hit $756 billion under the new law.

That amount is $8.7 billion less than the previous Farm Bill included, but trends suggest it may have to be revised. Since President Obama took office, the number of Americans receiving those benefits has nearly doubled.

One in five American households receive food stamps today. More than 1 million people were added to the rolls in 2013, including residents who live in the country illegally.

In the year 2000 the entire food stamp program cost $17 billion. Last year that figure was $78 billion.

The rest of the Farm Bill, all $200 billion of it, includes some subsidy payments to members of Congress and their families who are engaged in agriculture.

The left-leaning Environmental Working Group reports that in 2013, In 2013, more than $237,000 was paid to federal lawmakers and their spouses. All but two were Republicans.

Still, Democrats scuttled a bipartisan House amendment that would have required public disclosure of such payments. North Carolina Republican Rep Virginia Foxx and Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison pushed the transparency tweak unsuccessfully last year.

Also on some watchdogs’ lists of Farm Bill waste is an estimated $1 billion per year taxpayers lend out to protect the sugar industry against price fluctuations, shielding it – mostly in the form of just three companies – from being undercut by cheaper imported sugar.

The result also raises sugar prices nationwide.

‘By keeping an unnecessary catfish inspection program and refusing to reform crop insurance or eliminate the unnecessary sugar program, members of both parties and both chambers missed a golden opportunity to fundamentally shift agriculture policy from government-centric to one that embraces the free market and common sense,’ said David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.’

And the left-leaning Citizens Against Government Waste is no more enamored with the final law.

‘The bill is a disaster for taxpayers and has the potential to be even more expensive and wasteful than the abysmal 2008 Farm Bill that it is replacing,’ the group’s president, Tom Schatz, complained.

Obama signed it into law at Michigan State University alongside Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

He called it a ‘Swiss Army knife,’ with something for everyone, including the catfish lobby.

Taxpayer lobby groups failed to cut that industry’s hand-out from the Farm Bill, despite pointing out that there’s already a similar program funded by the Food and Drug Administration.

So as Obama yet again says to us, I say to Him..

Bite Me!

Bite Me!

~Steve~

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article

Henry Waxman To Resign. That’s 11 And Counting Folks.

The Rats are jumping ship. 

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He does look like a rat doesn’t he?

DEM CASUALTY LIST GROWS

by MIKE FLYNN 30 Jan 2014

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/30/Dem-Casualty-List-Grows

Each week, it seems another Democrat lawmaker announces their retirement from Congress. On Thursday, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) joined the growing list. It is only January, but 11 Democrat lawmakers have said they are quitting at the end of this current term.

Sen. Max Baucus (MT)

Sen. Tom Harkin (IA)

Sen. Carl Levin (MI)

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (WV)

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY)

Rep. George Miller (CA)

Rep. Jim Moran (VA)

Rep. Jim Matheson (UT)

Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC)

Rep. Bill Owens (NY)

Rep. Henry Waxman (CA)

All the lawmakers, with the exception of Owens had a lot of seniority and would have been in line for Chairman gavels on important committees if Democrats took control of Congress. The retirements could be an indication of how unlikely they think that is.

Two of the House seats, in UT and NC, are almost guaranteed to flip to the Republicans. Romney won those districts by 40 and 19 points respectively. That means Democrats need to flip 19 seats now, rather than 17.

Who will be next for the door?

( Mama Pelosi is my hope ) 

Bye Bye,

Bye Bye,

~Steve~

UPDATE~~~ 

Sandra Fluke ‘Strongly Considering’ Run for Henry Waxman’s Seat

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/sandra-fluke-strongly-considering-run-for-henry-waxman-s-seat-20140130

The lawyer Rush Limbaugh once called a ‘slut’ is reportedly mulling a congressional campaign.

H/T        Will

Thursday Morning Chuckle.

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A man on his Harley was riding along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, God said, ‘Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.’

The biker pulled over and said, ‘Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want.’        

God replied, ‘Your request is materialistic; think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking; the supports required reaching the bottom of the Pacific and the concrete  and steel it would take! I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of something that could possibly help mankind.’             

The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said, ‘God, I wish that I, and all men, could understand women; I want to know how she feels inside, what she’s thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing’s wrong, why she snaps and complains when I try to help and how I can make a woman truly happy.’      

God replied: ‘You want two lanes or four on that bridge’.

~Steve~                                              H/T  hujonwi

 

OK, We Now Have 1 Million More Losing Insurance. Enough Is Enough!!!

I’m Mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it any more.

Make this our Battle Cry.

PS. May I add what is good is CBS is now on this story. It is out of the bottle and unstoppable. If we ever had a chance to destroy skippy and liberalism, this is it.

Seize The Moment!!!

Fight any way we have to. They have not played by the rules for 100 years. Lets make up for lost time. We don’t need violence. They have given us what we need.

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Calif. Insurance Commissioner: More Than 1M Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACA

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com                                                          November 12, 2013 3:10 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS Sacramento/AP)— Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to a two-month extension of about 104,000 individual policies after failing to give the required 90-day cancellation notice, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Tuesday.

The policies had been set to expire on Dec. 31 but will be extended until Feb. 28 for those who choose to re-enroll. Notices informing customers of the extension will be sent out this week, Anthem said.

Jones said the company notified the Department of Insurance that it failed to give enough notice because of a computer glitch and voluntarily offered to extend the policies.

Anthem spokesman Darrel Ng said a subset of individual customers was “inadvertently omitted from the original mailing” notifying them that their policies were being terminated. He declined to say how many Anthem customers were being notified their policies were ending.

More than 1 million cancellation notices have been sent to Californians as the Affordable Care Act begins allowing individuals to buy insurance through exchanges, Jones said. The federal law requires policies to offer minimum levels of coverage, forcing companies to terminate many existing plans. But Jones said that under the law, insurers have another year to do so.

In an interview with NBC News, President Barack Obama apologized for previously pledging that Americans would get to keep their health plan under Obamacare, despite millions receiving cancellation notices.

( He Lied Thru His Teeth )

Last week, Blue Shield of California said it would extend 113,000 policies by an extra three months after it failed to provide 180 days’ notice to customers. Blue Shield was required to provide a lengthier notification period than otherinsurers because it opted to switch from being regulated under the insurance commissioner’s office to the state Department of Managed Health Care.

The state health care exchange, Covered California, has been accepting customers since Oct. 1 but has yet to say how many people have signed up for new policies. It is expected to announce enrollment figures Thursday.

Jones said even though both insurance companies have extended their existing coverage, policyholders who are eligible for federal premium subsidies through Covered California will likely want to choose new policies by Dec. 15 so they can begin receiving the subsidies starting Jan. 1.

~Steve~                                   http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/11/12/calif-insurance-commissioner-more-than-1m-californians-having-insurance-cancelled-due-to-obamacare/

California lawmakers approve measure to allow driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

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Sacramento Bee: In the waning hours of the 2013 legislative session, the  Assembly on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill allowing undocumented illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses.

The surprise 55-19 vote moved California a signature away from putting into law a measure that immigrant advocates have sought fruitlessly for years, with past attempts thwarted by legislative vote and gubernatorial veto.

“This is a moment, members,” sponsor Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, said in closing remarks on the Assembly floor, “that years from now you’re going to look back on.”

In a statement released shortly after the vote, Brown signaled he will sign the bill. “This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally,” Brown said in the statement. “Hopefully, it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due.”

Earlier Thursday, the state Senate resuscitated the left-for-dead bill on a 28-8 vote and returned it to the Assembly, marking an apparent reversal: Alejo had said Wednesday that he would defer action on the measure until January.

But amid a late push from proponents – including members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and Gil Cedillo, a Los Angeles City Council member and former state lawmaker who perennially carried bills to offer undocumented illegal immigrants driver’s licenses – legislators pushed Assembly Bill 60 across the finish line.

By extending licenses to undocumented illegal immigrants, Alejo said, California would open a legal umbrella for everyone on the road to prevent situations in which immigrants face arrest, heavy fines and car impoundment when they are pulled over.

Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, said late amendments to the bill included a recognizable feature on the front and back of the license to satisfy federal requirements – as well as various provisions to guard against discrimination. Some supporters said it was unfortunate that the licenses would need special markings, but said the tradeoff was worth it.

A staff analysis of the bill suggested that undocumented illegal immigrants could apply for a driver’s license as long as they could provide some form of identification approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“This measure will ensure that all drivers on California highways are properly trained, properly licensed and properly insured,” de León said, adding that 10 other states allow undocumented illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses. “We are actually quite behind.”

He said the measure would make California roads safer, improve national security and allow immigrants to fully contribute to the state economy.

Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, also said it was important that drivers are trained and insured. “Not only is it the right thing to do, but our economy will benefit,” he said.

Some critics of the bill have argued that issuing licenses to undocumented illegal immigrants would not make them safer drivers and would not guarantee that they get insurance. Others continued to contend that distinguishing marks on driver’s licenses unfairly single out people and could help spur deportations.

While most Republican senators voted against the measure, none spoke on the floor. In the Assembly, opponents said privacy protections embedded in the bill — including language prohibiting employment and housing discrimination based on the new licenses — represented a step too far.

“As an employer, if they produce this driver’s license what am I supposed to do?” asked Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills.

Since 2000, Democratic lawmakers have been trying to restore the ability of undocumented illegal immigrants to drive legally after it was outlawed in 1993.

In 2003, then-Gov. Gray Davis signed a driver’s license bill, but it was repealed before it could take effect after Davis was ousted by recall. Several attempts cleared the Legislature but were vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Proponents said the current measure would go far to helping 2 million unlicensed drivers in California, many of whom need transportation to and from work.

Cedillo said undocumented illegal immigrants have continued to drive because they must. “We have the historic opportunity to end this situation by providing (illegal) immigrants with legal and safe means to get to work, take their kids to school, and to visit places of worship,” he said.

DCG

Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead…

Big POS Sis Steps down.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is stepping down Friday, a DHS official confirms.
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The former Arizona governor, who was named to her current role in 2009, will serve as the next president of the University of California system.

(credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will become the first female president of the University of California system, officials announced Friday.

“I am pleased to announce that the Special Committee has nominated Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to serve as the 20th president of the University of California,” UC Regent and Committee Chair Sherry Lansing said.

Napolitano, who will resign from her federal post Friday, will head the 145-year-old, 10-campus system that includes local schools such as UCLA, UC Riverside and UC Irvine. The UC system also includes five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

The system has more than 234,000 students, about 208,000 faculty and staff, more than 1.6 million living alumni and an annual operating budget of more than $24 billion.

Napolitano, one of 300 potential nominees reviewed for the position, received a unanimous vote of recommendation from the 10-member Special Committee, Lansing said.

“While some may consider her to be an unconventional choice, Secretary Napolitano is without a doubt the right person at the right time to lead this incredible University. She will bring fresh eyes and a new sensibility – not only to UC, but to all of California,” Lansing said. “She will stand as a vigorous advocate for faculty, students and staff at a time when great changes in our state, and across the globe, are presenting as many opportunities as challenges. A final decision on Secretary Napolitano’s appointment rests with the full Board of Regents. I can say with great confidence that the Special Committee has put forward a remarkably gifted candidate.”

The full Board of Regents will act on the recommendation Thursday, July 18, during a special meeting following the board’s regular bimonthly meeting in San Francisco.

“For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security. The opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, who serve on the frontlines of our nation’s efforts to protect our communities and families from harm, has been the highlight of my professional career. We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation’s emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity. After four plus years of focusing on these challenges, I will be nominated as the next President of the University of California to play a role in educating our nation’s next generation of leaders. I thank President Obama for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history, and I know the Department of Homeland Security will continue to perform its important duties with the honor and focus that the American public expects,” Napolitano said in a statement.

The 55-year-old served as governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, when she was named Secretary of Homeland Security.

Current UC President Mark G. Yudof announced in January that he would step down from the office in August after a five-year term.

 Sorry, but ding dong the Bitch is Gone. Karma Sis Karma. It’s gonna bite your ugly arse yet.

~Steve~

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/07/12/secretary-of-homeland-security-janet-napolitano-to-become-head-of-uc-system/

July 12, 2013 8:45 AM

 

California intent on punishing Boy Scouts

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California Senate votes to revoke Boy Scouts’ nonprofit status

Sac Bee: Even as the Boy Scouts of America moves to allow gay youths to join its troops, the California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would revoke the organization’s nonprofit status because it does not permit the participation of openly gay adults.

“They are out of line with the values of California and should be ineligible for a tax benefit paid for by all Californians,” Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said as he introduced his bill. “SB 323 brings our laws into line with our values.”

The measure calls for revoking the tax-exempt status of youth groups that discriminate against participants on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification.

While the text of the bill does not specifically mention the Boy Scouts, analyses of the legislation and discussion among senators Wednesday made clear that it targets the organization.

We’ve given the Boy Scouts ample time to solve their discrimination problem. And they’ve chosen a path that still leads to discrimination,” Lara said of the organization’s recent vote to allow participation by gay youths.

“While it is a step in the right direction, continuing a ban on (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) adults is based on absurd assumptions and stereotypes that perpetuate hate and homophobia. What does this mean, that up until 17 you’re fine to be in the Boy Scouts but on midnight of your 18th birthday you turn into a pedophile or a predator? What kind of warped message does this send?”

The bill passed the state Senate 27-9, receiving the bare minimum of votes required. It needed two-thirds support because it changes California’s tax code. Three senators did not vote: Democrat Rod Wright and Republicans Anthony Cannella and Bill Emmerson. The bill now advances to the Assembly.

Lara promotes himself as the first openly gay person of color to be elected to the California Senate. Last week, he was one of 10 gay government officials from across the country to receive an award from the White House for being “Champions of Change.”

These Commies in charge will never be satisfied. They are punishing an organization simply because the Boy Scouts don’t fully endorse their lifestyle. Next thing you know is the state will be going after churches, no doubt.

DCG

What part of “shall not be infringed” does CA not get?

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Senate passes series of gun, ammunition bills

SF Gate:  Invoking  the image of recent mass shootings, Democrats in the state Legislature on Wednesday passed a series of firearms bills designed to reduce the chances for widespread carnage even as opponents warned that the  measures would not keep weapons from those intent on committing  horrific crimes.

Among  other changes, the bills that passed between the Senate and the Assembly would expand the list of people who are prohibited from owning firearms, require permits and a fee when buying ammunition, and ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable ammunition magazines.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who pushed the ban on detachable magazines, said the bills would close loopholes in existing laws, keep firearms away from dangerous people and strengthen requirements for gun ownership.

He  said banning rifles that can be reloaded quickly with detachable magazines would not end gun violence but that it would help. “How many lives will we save? I would bet many,” he said.

Republican  lawmakers said repeatedly that the bills did not address the root of the problem  — mental instability — and would only hurt law-abiding gun owners if they became  law. Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, said much of the legislation effectively criminalized legal behavior.

“This  will not affect criminals one whit,” he said in response to the bill that would  require a background check and permit to buy ammunition. “They will get their  ammunition. It certainly will disable law-abiding Californians.”

The bills were among roughly three dozen that were introduced in the Legislature this year as lawmakers in California and other states sought to respond to the mass shootings in Connecticut and Colorado. Other states, including New York,  also have approved tough firearms laws this year.

Lawmakers  are acting on hundreds of bills this week as they face a Friday deadline to pass  bills from one house to the other, marking the midway point in the year’s  legislative session. The bills passing the Senate on  Wednesday included:

—  SB47, which prohibits so-called bullet buttons and other devices that gun  manufacturers use to circumvent the state’s assault weapons ban and allow swift  reloading. A similar bill, AB48, passed in the Assembly.

—  SB567, which changes the definition of a type of shotgun that is already banned  in the state to include a shotgun-rifle combination.

—  SB53, which requires ammunition buyers to get a permit, have a background check and pay a fee.

—  SB396, which bans ammunition magazines over 10 rounds, including those that people already own.

—  SB755, which expands the list of those prohibited from owning weapons to include people convicted of additional drug and alcohol offenses.

—  SB683, which expands the requirement for a firearms safety certificate from  handguns to rifle purchases.

—  SB374, which prohibits the sale, purchase, manufacture, importation or transfer of semi-automatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines.

The  Assembly passed AB500 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, which requires gun owners to safely store their firearms when someone who lives in the home is prohibited from owning a weapon because of mental illness or a criminal record.

The  bill also allows for a seven-day extension on the current 10-day waiting period  for weapons purchases if the state Department of Justice needs the extra time to complete a background check and requires dealers to notify the justice department when the buyer has taken possession.

“All components of this bill will keep firearms out of the hands of people who should not have them and ensure our registry system and background checks are working,”  Ammiano said on the floor.

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Republicans  opposed the bill, calling it an assault on an individual’s right to bear arms.  They say the longer waiting periods will become normal. “The  idea that you can deny an individual a right … because that individual happens to live with someone who is on the armed prohibited persons list, I think is  deeply offensive,” said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks. He  added, “I think that’s just flat out un-American.”

Other  Republican lawmakers, as well as Democratic state Sen. Rod Wright, said many of the bills would invite legal challenges on Second Amendment grounds that would cost the state money. Wright, who represents south  Los Angeles and opposed the bills, likened a permit system for ammunition purchases to requiring people to register before buying gasoline to put in  their vehicle.

He  said criminals would always find a way around new restrictions, such as buying  ammunition secondhand on the street.

When are these politicians going to accept the fact that criminals don’t follow gun control laws?

Requiring people who buy ammo to get a permit, have a background check, and pay a fee is downright scary. I’ve had people who don’t shoot buy me ammo for a birthday gift. Why should they, or any legal gun owner, be required to report to the government what kind of ammo they are purchasing? Alas, this is Kalifornia. Can’t fix those stooped politicians.

DCG

Here Comes Skippy Care. You Have to Pass It To Know What’s In It.

And So It Begins. This will be fun.

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CVS Ordering Workers To Reveal Weight, Health Info.

March 21, 2013 12:37 AM

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/03/21/cvs-ordering-workers-to-reveal-weight-health-info/

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Pharmacy giant CVS has told workers in the Bay Area and around the nation to reveal their weight and other health information, or pay extra for health coverage.

The company announced Wednesday what it called “A Plan for Health,” that features a mix of rewards and penalties for employees.

Among the measures, employees must report their weight, body fat, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Workers must also be tobacco free or enroll in an addiction program by next year.

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Employees who refuse will have to pay $50 more for health coverage each month, totaling $600 a year.

In a video released by CVS, a top executive said the plan is progressive and cutting edge. “These changes aren’t just about costs, they’re about us, each of us taking personal accountability for our own health,” said Lisa Bissacia, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

“(CVS Executives) better get some pretty good legal counsel and decide whether your policy is really legal, because the policy as announced is not legal,” said Richard Schramm, a Bay Area employment lawyer.

Schramm told KPIX 5 the company is trying to tell employees what they can and can’t do on their off time.

“If we granted that right to employers, employers could tell employees who to date, who to see, what kinds of foods to eat, what to drink, all kinds of behavior off site could be controlled. And that’s absolutely not the law in California,” he said.

KPIX 5 tried talking to employees at a CVS location, but they refused to comment on the plan.

Company officials said personal information is given to WebMD, and that CVS will not have access to employee’s personal health information.