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Kincade fire revisited

On October 23,2019 a fire ignited in Northern California. The location was next to John Kincade Road. southeast of the town of Cloverdale in Sonoma county. A place that I am very familiar. It’s where I grew up and called home for many years..  Spending about 35 years in Sonoma county(home of the Bohemian Grove) , there are few places within the county I haven’t left my footprint. That would include The Geysers geothermal field located in California’s Mayacamas Mountains which John Kincade Road passes through. The birth of the Kincade Fire.
Cal fire reports fire starting at 9:27 pm..  If you do a Google search you will find the media reporting start times at 9:24 pn and 9:27 pm.   When the fire was called in, we are told the caller reported a power line was down.  The caller or  the report of the power line being down has not been confirmed.   Unconfirmed or not , the media still reports it as if it were factual evidence.  The media is also leading people to believe it was at a location of a PG & E  high power transmission tower PG &E claims that one of its  lines e failed  at exactly 9:20 pm.   Four  or seven  minutes (depending which media organization is reporting it) before the fire started.  Here is a photo of  the tower and the location. Image 1A
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Image 1A

There is a video that is being circulated that shows the exact time and location the fire started.  The various media organizations claim this  video proves where, how, why and when the fire started.  They insinuate the power line broke on the transmission line tower, shut the light off at powerplant  building (seen in the photo) and that the broken power line started the fire 4 minutes or 7 minutes later,  at that very location.  I’m going to use that video and show you that the fire started at/or  before their 4 minute or  7 minute claim.  I’ll also show you that the fire ignited at a different location. Vindicating PG & E for being the cause of this fire.

The video they/we are using was filmed from around 20 to 21 miles away.  The camera was located on a tower in Santa Rosa.  It’s part of a network of cameras placed throughout California set up to spot fires. The  Image 2A is a nightshot of the location of the transmission tower from 20 miles away.    The bright light is the location of the building by the transmission tower.  On the right in the image there is a map.  The yellow triangle at the bottom is the camera’s location and the yellow balloon is where the light is located at.  This is the camera that captured the frames in the video.

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Image 2A

The  video is a time lapse video.  It’s presented at a higher speed. When played at the speed presented, it appears that the light went out and the fire started at the same location.  I’ve provided the video below.

The video can be deceiving when only viewed at the higher speed. What I did was slow the video down, closer to actual time, to get a better understanding of  the actual time the fire bwecame visable.  I managed to capture four frames back to back. One frame was at 21:19:51(the last time the light was on).  Next frame was at 21:19:55(no light, no fire visable).   Next frame was at 21:20:09(first time fire becomes visable but difficult to see so I tossed it).  Final frame is at 21:20:13(when the fire becomes clearly visable).

Keeping three frames I stacked them  frame by frame so that you can see all three events occurred within a 18 second time period.  Image 3A  The bottom frame is when the fire becomes visable.  The middle frame(red box) shows the time between the light being visable and the fire being visable.  The top frame show the last time the light was visable. Notice the times.  The fire becomes visable within 18 seconds after the light shut off.  Proving the fire started long before 9:24 pm or 9:27 pm. There was no 4 or 7 minutes later.  Also, notice the locations of the light and the fire.  Two different locations.  Remember, this is being filmed from 20 miles away.  The fire and light appear close together.  As you get closer to the event, the distance between the two locations is far greater.

Image 3A

In the next image I took 1/2 of the first frame and 1/2 the last frame and matched them together to show the 2 different locations. Image 4A

Image 4A

The video and images clearly show that the fire started at a different loication and long beforew the 4 or 7 minutes. So where was the ignition point?  Taking the informatioin I had available, I did the following. I knew the distance from the camera was around 20 to 21 miles away. The angle was about 2 degrees difference between the fire and the light.  I used the method in Image 5A and came up with the results in Image 6A.

Image 5A

In Image 6A the red ballon is the location of the powereplant building with the light that shut off and the transmission tower that supposedly started the fire.  My results led me to believe  fire started in the area circled in green.  My location is pretty close to the location Cal Fire post as being the ignition point of the fire as seen in  Image 7A( Cal Fire, red ballon. The blue circle is location  the media is pushing).

image 7A

Something I should also mention is that the fire became visable from 20 miles away within 18 seconds.  The fire had to have been burning a lot longer than 18 seconds to be visable at that distance.  The only other way to get a fire to flash that quickly is by using  an accelerant.  In the case of an accelerant, there would have been a huge flash when the fire was ignited.  Exactly what a witness in this next video mentioned.

Additional talking points

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The media is focused on that single location as being to ignition point.  Why don’t they put some attention on the owner of the powerplant building where the light shut off?  The owner is Calpine.  Calpine ownes the majority of the powerplants at The Geysers.  They claim to have shut their facilities down due to high winds.  Why?  Winds have zero effect on geothermal plants.  PG & E owns all the high power transmission lines.  Wind would have no impact on the powerplant.  Also, the powerplants generate their own power.  PG &E high power transmission line failing would not shut the lights off at the power plant.  Even if it was connected to the plant.  Powerplants provide electricity to PG &E, not the opposite way around..  Any line failure of PG &E would never shut the power off at the powerplant.

Calpine is owned by Energy Capital Partrners(ECP). ECP has owned assets in every major power market in the USA. Their portfolio can be viewed here.

Cal Fire

It’ was fairly easy to eliminate the transmission tower as being the cause of the fire.  Why doesn’t Cal Fire speak up?

Cal Fire resources  .

“CAL FIRE owns and operates over 3,000 fire and emergency response and resource protection vehicles. In support of its ground forces, the CAL FIRE emergency response air program includes 23 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers, 11 UH-1H Super Huey helicopters, and 14 OV-10A airtactical. From 13 air attack and nine helitack bases located statewide, aircraft can reach most fires within 20 minutes”.

In addition I found the following.  They have 61 dozers,  50 fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft which include  , 2 Air King A200 and   1 or more of the  following, Dornier Do-228, C-23A Sherpa (SD3-30), Air Tractor AT-802A “FireBoss” ,  Grumman S-2T, Lockheed P-2 Neptune, CL-215/ Bombardier 415 “Superscooper”, Douglas DC-7,McDonnell Douglas MD-87, British Aerospace Bae 146/ Avro RJ85, L188 Electra,  Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Boeing 747, DC-10,  AH-1 Firewatch “Cobra” ,Sikorsky S-61, Sikorsky S-64, Sikorsky S -70 “Firehawk”,Eurocopter AS-332L,  Boeing-Vertol BV 107, Boeing 234 “Chinook”, Kaman “K-Max”, Bell 212, Bell 205 A++, Bell 412, Bell 407, Bell 206B “JetRanger”,  Bell 206L-III “LongRanger”, Eurocopter AS350 AStar, MD 500D,    Aérospatiale SA 315B “Lama”, Alouette 316B, Lockheed C-130, UH -60 “Blackhawk”, Boeing CH-46 “Sea Knight”, CH -47 “Chinook”, Sikorsky CH-53E “Super Stallion” (Sikorsky S-80E).  For details click here.

Cal Fire’s budget is up to 2.6 billion dollars.

Besides wondering why Cal Fire has all the military class aircraft that we never see,   I have to ask ” with all the money spent on Cal Fire and the inventory of helicopters and dozers that they own,  why did the decide to contract out for fire suppression instead of using their own inventory?”  Cal Fire didn’t use any of their dozers or helicopters for the kincade fire,

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California has become a “hustling ground” for the state leadership(Democrats).   Clearly it looks as if they are using Cal Fire and  fire disasters to scame money out of Californians as well as tax payers throughout the USA.  The residents in California end up suffering the most.  Cal Fire knows exactly what caused the Kincade fire. Democrats have made it clear that they want to control/ownership the power supply in California.  Cal Fire’s silence only helps them attain that goal.  Cal Fire’s leadership is a joke.  Back in the day we used to have smoke jumpers that would have shut this fire down. Where are they?  More time was spent talking about, watching the fire then was spent on fighting it.  Totally disgusting.  Having some experience fighting forest fires I understand it’s difficult work so I commend those that actually fought the fire. My appreciation goes out to you.

I am in no way a fan of PG &E.  I am far less a fan of the democrat leadership.   It would be nice to see a little bit of integrity coming from their way. I don’t believe for one second that PG &E is responsible for the Kincade fire.  PG &E had shut the power down at 5:00 pm earlier that day. The light we saw in the video had to be running on the powerplants own electricity. Also, the high power transmission lines are built to handle winds up to 145 mph.  Another thing that never gets mentioned is that there are other companies that have power lines in the same area.

PG &E initiated its power shut offs were more than likely done because high winds automatically shut down their wind generators thoughout the state.  It wasn’t fire they were worried about.  They were worried about not being able to supply the power needed.

The high winds have zero to do with climate change,  If a person wants to know what causes the weather all they would need to do is see who was flying “weather modification” missions earlier that week.  That’s the cause of California droughts and all the dead trees through out California.  That’s why we have man made aluminum dust covering a large part of the state.

My last to thoughts today are “Never believe anything that comes out of the mouth of a California politician or State official, at any level.  They are always lying to you” and “The fire evacuations during the Kincade fire were not done to save people.  They were done because they didn’t want you to see what they were doing.”   Even if you saw something…….

More than 100 of the approximately 430 cell sites in Sonoma County were knocked out of service because of a loss of power Monday, the peak day for cellphone network outages during the 11-day period since the Kincade fire erupted on Oct. 23, according to Federal Communications Commission records.

To see in more detail how Gavin Newsome waste tax payer dollars, click here.

Respectfully,

Deplorable Patriot

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Sanctuary California: Illegal alien shoots deputy, sparks manhunt & chase

From Fox News: A California sheriff is calling for immigration reform in his state after he says sanctuary city policies freed a violent illegal immigrant who went on to shoot a police officer and lead cops on a wild, high-speed chase.

Guadalupe Lopez-Herrara, 51, was taken into custody Thursday, a day after the Merced County’s Sheriff’s Office says Lopez-Herrara shot a deputy attempting to arrest him for allegedly violating a restraining order, FOX26 reported.

“This person is not a legal citizen within the United States,” Merced Sheriff Van Warnke said at a press conference Thursday. “We had him in our custody in January of this year. And because of the folks in Sacramento limiting our ability to cooperate with ICE, we could not turn him over.

The deputy, a sergeant with the sheriff’s office, sustained non-life threatening injuries after police say Lopez-Herrara, described as a known violent criminal, shot him in the leg and vest Wednesday.

A shootout subsequently broke out between Lopez-Herrara and deputies — but Lopez-Herrara managed to hide behind shrubbery and open fire, pinning down cops long enough to allow his escape.

Several law enforcement agencies launched a manhunt but were unable to locate him until the following morning. A high-speed pursuit ensued after Lopez-Herrara was spotted in a stolen truck on Highway 46, FOX26 reported.

The chase — which reached speeds of 120 mph — ended when Lopez-Herrara hit a spike strip.

Police say Lopez-Herrera fired shots at them from inside the vehicle, but he was stopped by a K-9 and taken into custody.

“Bottom line is our immigration policies need to be revamped because we’re gonna continue to have more of this situation happen…We knew ahead of time this guy’s potential for violence was there,” Warnke said.

Sanctuary city laws in California have limited local law enforcement’s ability to convey information to federal agencies about illegal immigrants taken into their custody.

Warnke said Lopez-Herrara has a violent history that includes assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault, spousal abuse and possession of narcotics.

He is currently being held at the Merced County Jail.

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Petition to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom

There is a petition on Change.org to recall California governor Gavin Newsom.

The petition says:

Governor Gavin Newsom in addition to Governor Jerry Brown have declared California a Sanctuary State, importing illegal immigrants to replace the people of California, and give them California’s tax payer funded goods and services in order to alter the voting demographics against Americans, and in favor of Democrats.

Recently, in 2019 within months of taking office, Governor Gavin Newsom pulled troops off the southern border when President Trump attempted to stop illegal immigrant caravans from entering the United States which threaten all of the United States not just California, and continues to allow immigrants to flow into California threw the Southern border.

Because Democrat Governor Jerry Brown and his Lieutenant Governor, now Governor Gavin Newsom declared California a Sanctuary State.  These policies have rapidly increased California prison population and homeless encampments with illegal immigrants, and impacted public schools, and prohibit State Law Enforcement to cooperate with Federal Law Enforcement, ie ICE who’s job is to deport illegal immigrant criminal offenders.

Californians did not vote for Sanctuary Cities, or for California to feud with President Trump to bring in illegal immigrants to replace Californian citizens.

Therefore, here is a petition to Recall Governor Gavin Newsom.  If you agree please sign the Petition.

Thank you for your time.  Make California Great Again!

For more information on the process to recall a California Governor, goto: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/recalls/procedure-recalling-state-and-local-officials/

The Last Californian Governor to be recalled was Governor Gray Davis, who was replaced by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FES7QLDVLKo&t=69s

As of the writing of this post, 22,031 have signed the petition. The goal is 25,000 signatures.

To sign the petition, go here.

~Eowyn

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Federal judge strikes down California’s ban on “high-capacity” magazines

A voice of reason in CA: Judge Benitez

The judge was born in Cuba and appointed by GWB.

From Daily Mail: A federal judge declared California’s ban on high-capacity gun magazines over 10 rounds as unconstitutional on Friday, following a lawsuit by the state’s arm of the National Rifle Association.

On Friday San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez ruled the law against high-capacity gun magazines was unconstitutional, blocking the state from enforcing the voter-approved ban outlined California’s Proposition 63.

The proposition was made to prevent the use of such magazines, which are often used in mass shootings and passed on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

California law has prohibited buying or selling of magazines with over 10 rounds since 2000, but those who had them before then were allowed to keep them.

In 2016, the Legislature and voters approved a law removing that provision.

The California arm of the National Rifle Association then sued and Benitez sided with the group’s argument that banning the magazines infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

He cited stories of three women confronted by armed intruders in their homes. The woman with a high capacity magazine was able to kill an intruder and call for help, while the two other women ran out of bullets.

‘Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,’ Benitez wrote in his 86-page order as he declared the law to be unconstitutional, granting a summary judgement in favor of gun owner Virginia Duncan and the California Pistol & Rifle Association.

Benitez cited the stories of three women who were at their homes in Florida and Georgia and were shot by gun-weilding intruders who broke into their homes. He suggested that the women were unable to stop the assailants because they had lower capacity guns to defend themselves.

You say high capacity; I say standard and necessary!

In one case a pajama-clad woman who had a high-capacity magazine attached to her weapon was able to take on three armed intruders, while simultaneously calling for help on her phone.

In the other two cases the women without additional ammunition ran out of bullets.

‘She had no place to carry an extra magazine and no way to reload because her left hand held the phone with which she was still trying to call 911,’ the judge wrote, saying she killed one attacker while two escaped.

Chuck Michel, an attorney for the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association, said the judge’s latest ruling may go much farther by striking down the entire ban, allowing individuals to legally acquire high-capacity magazines for the first time in nearly two decades.

‘We’re still digesting the opinion but it appears to us that he struck down both the latest ban on possessing by those who are grandfathered in, but also said that everyone has a right to acquire one,’ Michel said.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement that his office is ‘committed to defending California’s common sense gun laws’ and is reviewing the decision and evaluating its next steps.

‘Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,’ Benitez wrote in his 86-page order as he declared the ban on high capacity magazines to be unconstitutional.

Read the whole story here.

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Call these legislators to stop California’s water tax

With the election of Democrat Gavin Newsom as governor, and of Demonrats to a majority in California’s State Assembly (61 D, 19 R) and Senate (28 D, 10 R), socialist California hurtles further down what economist Friedrich Hayek called “the road to serfdom”.

As DCG reported in her post of January 13, 2019, Newsom proposed in the 2019-20 state budget a new water tax, euphemistically called the “safe and affordable drinking water fund” that would “enable the State Water Resources Control Board to assist communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, in paying for the short-term and long-term costs of obtaining access to safe and affordable drinking water.”

The details of the proposed tax are unknown, but a similar proposal was abandoned by then-Governor Jerry Brown last year after failing to garner enough support in the legislature. Under Brown’s plan, California residents would have been taxed 95 cents a month, or $11.40 a year.

In a Facebook post, Konstantinos Roditis, Vice Chairman of Reform California and the 2018 Republican nominee for California State Controller, writes:

Despite California’s cost of living being unsustainable, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to add yet ANOTHER tax — this time on your water. Between the gas tax, a car tax, and even a tax on text messages (which we killed), Gavin Newsom and weak Sacramento politicians like the ones below are coming right for your wallet…again.

We’re launching a massive campaign to make sure that these Water Tax Weaklings vote NO on the Water Tax.

The legislators to contact are:

  1. Sen. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas)
  2. Assembly member Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside)
  3. Assembly member Tasha Horvath (D-Encinitas)
  4. Assembly member Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks)
  5. Assembly member Brian Maienschein (R to D – San Dieg0): This POS changed parties from Republican to Democrat on Jan. 24, 2019, after he was elected.
  6. Assembly member Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach)
  7. Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton)
  8. Assembly member James Ramos (D-Highland)
  9. Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside)
  10. Assembly member Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita)
  11. Sen. Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana)

Source: Wikipedia

To find out who your California senator and assembly member are, go here. Once there, click the embedded links to contact them.

~Eowyn

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Tuesday Funnies!

. . . and political truth memes

H/t CSM and Maziel

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CA Gov. Newsom pushes new health care plan to help illegal aliens

Elections have con$equences.

From Fox News: Shortly after he took office on Monday, California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom unearthed an unprecedented new health care agenda for his state, aimed at offering dramatically more benefits to illegal immigrants and protecting the embattled Affordable Care Act, which a federal judge recently struck down as unconstitutional.

The sweeping proposal appeared destined to push California — already one of the nation’s most liberal states — even further to the left, as progressive Democrats there won a veto-proof supermajority in the state legislature in November and control all statewide offices.

“People’s lives, freedom, security, the water we drink, the air we breathe — they all hang in the balance,” Newsom, 51, told supporters Monday in a tent outside the state Capitol building, as he discussed his plans to address issues from homelessness to criminal justice and the environment. “The country is watching us, the world is watching us. The future depends on us, and we will seize this moment.”

Newsom unveiled his new health-care plan hours after a protester interrupted his swearing-in ceremony to protest the murder of police Cpl. Ronil Singh shortly after Christmas Day. The suspect in Singh’s killing is an illegal immigrant with several prior arrests, and Republicans have charged that so-called “sanctuary state” policies, like the ones Newsom has championed, contributed to the murder by prohibiting state police from cooperating with federal immigration officials.

As one of his first orders of business, Newsom — who also on Monday requested that the Trump administration cooperate in the state’s efforts to convert to a single-payer system, even as he bashed the White House as corrupt and immoral — declared his intent to reinstate the ObamaCare individual mandate at the state level.

The mandate forces individuals to purchase health care coverage or pay a fee that the Supreme Court described in 2012 as a “tax,” rather than a “penalty” that would have run afoul of Congress’ authority under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Last month, though, a federal judge in Texas ruled the individual mandate no longer was a constitutional exercise of Congress’ taxing power because Republicans had passed legislation eliminating the tax entirely — a move, the judge said, that rendered the entire health-care law unworkable.

As that ruling works its way to what analysts say will be an inevitable Supreme Court showdown, Newsom said he would reimpose it in order to subsidize state health care.

Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program, now will let illegal immigrants remain on the rolls until they are 26, according to Newsom’s new agenda. The previous age cutoff was 19, as The Sacramento Bee reported.

Additionally, Newsom announced he would sign an executive order dramatically expanding the state’s Department of Health Care Services authority to negotiate drug prices, in the hopes of lowering prescription drug costs.
In his inaugural remarks, Newsom hinted that he intended to abandon the relative fiscal restraint that marked the most recent tenure of his predecessor, Jerry Brown, from 2011 to 2019. Brown sometimes rebuked progressive efforts to spend big on various social programs.

“For eight years, California has built a foundation of rock,” Newsom said. “Our job now is not to rest on that foundation. It is to build our house upon it.”

Newsom added that California will not have “one house for the rich and one for the poor, or one for the native-born and one for the rest.”

In a statement, the California Immigrant Policy Center backed Newsom’s agenda.

“Making sure healthcare is affordable and accessible for every Californian, including undocumented community members whom the federal government has unjustly shut out of care, is essential to reaching that vision for our future,” the organization said. “Today’s announcement is an historic step on the road toward health justice (First time I’ve heard of “health justice.” Liberals always love to distort language.) for all.”

Read the whole story here.

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Gavin Newsom addresses his affair in context of #MeToo era

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One little detail Newsom didn’t mention in his “#MeToo” moment: The woman Newsom had an affair with, Ruby Rippey-Tourk, was the wife of his friend and campaign manager, Alex Tourk.
From SF Gate: In the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, when several politicians have been routed from office for sexually inappropriate behavior from years ago, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom offered an answer for voters who might be hesitant to support him for governor because of a 2007 affair he had with a subordinate while he was mayor of San Francisco.
“I would say the same thing that I said (then) to the voters in San Francisco: that I acknowledged it. I apologized for it. I learned an enormous amount from it,” Newsom said Monday during an onstage interview at the University of San Francisco. “And I am every day trying to be a champion and a model — not just for women and girls — but to deal with the issue that we need to focus on, which is the crisis with men and boys in this state and in this country.” He described a culture of “toxic masculinity” where men are responsible for much of the violence in the nation.
In 2007, Newsom — who was then separated from his first wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle — publicly apologized for having a consensual affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, who was then his commission appointments secretary.
A subsequent City Attorney’s Office report into whether it was proper for Rippey-Tourk to receive $10,154 in “catastrophic illness pay” from the city after she left her job after the affair, uncovered nothing illegal, but raised questions about whether she should have been eligible for the payments. According to the report, the pay was based on her acceptance into the city’s Catastrophic Illness Program, or CIP.
The report said it is supposed to be offered to employees with “a life-threatening illness or injury, as determined by the Department of Public Health” to “reduce hardship and suffering of catastrophically ill city employees.” The report questioned whether Rippey-Tourk, who took leave from City Hall in May 2006 to enter a substance abuse program, should have been eligible for that program.
Newsom was speaking Thursday at the University of San Francisco as part of the university’s series of one-on-one interviews with the top gubernatorial candidates co-sponsored by Politico and the school’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.
Asked by Politico’s Carla Marinucci, who conducted the interview, whether he had any similar transgressions since that time, Newsom said, “Of course not.”
He applauded the courage of the women who have publicly called out inappropriate sexual behavior in Sacramento.
Last week, the state Senate and Assembly released documents revealing 20 substantiated complaints of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior against lawmakers or high-level legislative staffers over the past 12 years. They included cases against six current and former elected officials, including one of Newsom’s gubernatorial candidate rivals — Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach (Orange County). Allen was found to have routinely gotten “unnecessarily close” to one female staffer in 2013, including sitting close to her while sliding his foot to touch hers.
In a statement, Allen said, “There has never been anything in any of my actions that has been inappropriate, and nor will there ever be.”
On policy, Newsom said Monday that he would make addressing homelessness a focus of his governorship and outlined several ways he would address the problem, including appointing a statewide homeless czar (Hey Newsom: See Seattle and how well that idea has worked for them).
That leadership has been lacking for decades in California,” Newsom said. “There has been no intentionality supporting local and regional efforts to address the issue of homelessness emanating from Sacramento. None. There are no statewide goals to end homelessness. There is no vision to end homelessness in the state of California.
“I’m going to step up significantly on this issue,” he said.
With $19.5 million in the bank, Newsom has a vast fundraising lead over his opponents and is the early poll leader, too. Newsom was the top choice of 26 percent of the likely voters responding to a December 2017 Berkeley IGS Poll, with Villaraigosa at 17 percent. Two Republicans — Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox and Allen, R-Huntington Beach — each grabbed 9 percent, with Chiang and former Superintendent of Public Instruction Eastin each getting 5 percent. Another candidate, former Sacramento-area GOP Rep. Doug Ose, entered the race in January and was not included in the polling.
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California sheriffs oppose Gavin Newsom’s gun control initiative

There’s still some common sense in California.

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Gun grabber Newsom


California sheriffs announced Monday that they are opposing Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s gun-control measure aimed for the fall ballot, arguing it would not prevent criminals from obtaining guns and ammunition via the black market or theft, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Instead, the proposal would place additional restrictions on law-abiding people who want to buy ammunition for recreational use, retain guns and magazines that are currently legal or pass down historical or family heirlooms, the California State Sheriffs’ Association wrote in a letter to Newsom’s campaign.
“Effectively, this measure will create a new class of criminals out of those that already comply with common sense practices that now exist,” wrote President Martin Ryan, Amador County sheriff and PAC Chair Gregory J. Ahern, Alameda County sheriff . “The focus of efforts to reduce gun violence in this state should be on those responsible for that violence, not those that have no intent to do harm.”
The sheriffs note that they remain supportive of domestic violence restraining orders, existing background checks and waiting periods to purchase firearms.
But their position on the measure could add institutional heft to a coalition led by gun-rights groups. The chief critic to date had been the California Rifle & Pistol Association, whose Coalition for Civil Liberties considers the planned measure the biggest threat to gun rights in California in more than three decades.
Newsom’s proposal, which must collect 366,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot, would require most people to pass background checks to buy ammunition, sales of which must be made through licensed vendors and reported to the Department of Justice.
While California has some of the nation’s most restrictive firearms policies, including a 1999 ban on assault weapons, it would expand that prohibition to high-capacity magazines grandfathered in by the law. If it passes, the owners would need to sell them to a licensed dealer, transfer them out of the state or turn them in to law enforcement to be disposed of.
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Newsom is working with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and their bid is backed by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose and others.
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The Lucifer Alliance: Secret group of powerful leftwing moneybags

Did you know that in 2012, the State of California “contributed” more than any other state to President Lucifer’s reelection campaign? And most of California’s campaign contributions came from the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area (think Hollywood), second only to Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Playing an important role in California’s campaign contributions to the POS is a secret, invitation-only group of leftist moneybags who call themselves the Democracy Alliance, which funneled some $100 million into the 2012 election.

Given the group’s leftwing ideological proclivities — pro-Obama, amnesty for illegals, gun control, climate change, abortion, gay “rights” — it should more appropriately be called the Lucifer Alliance. And that’s how I’ll refer to the group in this essay.

Although the Democracy Lucifer Alliance discloses neither its members nor its beneficiaries, information has leaked out over time. Three of its members are very well known. They are:

  1. The old goat, George Soros: billionaire international currency speculator and backer of President Lucifer. On April 9, 2007, Soros held a fund-raiser for Obama where this picture was taken:

Soros fundraiser

2. Chris Hughes: The 29-year-old co-founder of Facebook.

Chris_Hughes

3. Peter Lewis, chairman of Progressive Insurance (which is why you should not buy your auto insurance from Progressive!):

In early May of this year, the group held a 5-day semi-annual conference in a luxury ocean-front resort in Laguna Beach, Calif., to which the Los Angeles Times was granted exclusive access.

Matea Gold reports for the L.A. Times, May 4, 2013, that the Democracy  Lucifer Alliance is an influential network of some of America’s wealthiest “liberal” political donors. Comprised of roughly 100 members who pay annual dues of $30,000, the Alliance itself does not make donations. Instead it requires its members to contribute at least $200,000 a year to organizations in the Alliance’s portfolio.

The group intentionally has a low profile and  “carries significant sway on the left,” with deep-pocketed members like Soros, Hughes, and Lewis. Rob McKay, a San Francisco-based philanthropist is the Lucifer Alliance’s chairman.

Since its founding by strategist Rob Stein in 2005, the Democracy Lucifer Alliance has contributed some $500 million toward “progressive” leftwing candidates and causes, including the “liberal” think tank Center for American Progress; Media Matters for America, which aims to debunk conservative claims; and Catalist, which maintains a voter database used to help campaigns target potential supporters.

At the Laguna Beach conference, the group selected the pro-Obama Organizing for Action (OFA) and immigration reform groups such as the National Immigration Forum as some of its top 2013 funding priorities.

OFA is a nonprofit group formed by the POS’s top political aides that has been pressing for Congress to pass a universal background check for gun buyers, among other issues. The Democracy Lucifer Alliance has brought in about $5 million for OFA in the first quarter of 2013, with a goal to raise a total of $50 million by year’s end.

The Laguna Beach conference drew more than 150 donors and activists for sessions on topics such as the economy, gun control and climate change. Among the activists pitching to the donors was OFA executive director Jon Carson. Speakers at the conference included California Gov. Jerry Brown, California Lt. Gov. and former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, and Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration.

By the end of the conference, members had pledged to distribute $50 million this year to an array of groups on the left, a sum leaders said was particularly impressive in light of last year’s costly election campaign.

Stay tuned for Part II of “The Lucifer Alliance,” on the names and identities of 38 less-famous but equally pernicious members of the Alliance!

H/t California Political News & Views and  Matthew Continetti of the Free Beacon.

~Eowyn

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