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Demorat-run Los Angeles County: Homeless death rate jumps by more than a third

The street of LA…

This will not surprise anyone who has followed the homeless crisis news of progressive-run cities (LA, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, etc.).

These cities spend BILLIONS trying to “solve” a problem they help to create. Yet they do NOTHING to actually help people in crisis situations and the law-abiding citizens who have to maneuver through feces, drug needles and criminals everyday on the streets. For example:

Liberal utopia of California: Business owners confront naked junkies and streets covered in feces, urine and syringes
Drugs, needles, feces and rats, oh my! Experience cocktails at a San Francisco bar while rats crawl around you
Failed city of Seattle: Police response to business owner whose customer was assaulted by homeless criminal, “you’re pretty far down the line, pal”
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…
Homeless Portland man receives probation & mental health/drug treatment at his 68th conviction

Last Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a that between 2013 and 2018 the number of homeless deaths doubled from 536 to 1,047. The overall death rate, which takes into account increases in the total homeless population in the area, was up by over a third in that same period.

Homeless in Los Angeles

From Fox News: “Put simply, being homeless in LA County is becoming increasingly deadly,” the report’s authors noted.”

Alcohol overdoses were the main culprit of deaths (27%) and the overdose death rate for homeless individuals was 26 times higher than among the general population.

Bureaucrats offered their concerns:

“This report is tragic, and reflects a true state of emergency on the streets of our community,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, one of the co-authors of the motion. “It is unconscionable and inhumane for society to continue to turn a blind eye to this plight.”

“This alarming increase in homeless deaths requires immediate action to improve the care for our most vulnerable populations,” Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “As we work hard to secure housing for those experiencing homelessness, we have a civic and moral obligation to prevent unnecessary suffering and death.”

Gov. Newsom’s recent budget includes allocating $2.4 BILLION to address homelessness through building shelters, offering rental assistance and converting hotels/motels into housing.

Read the whole story here.

I searched through Gov. Newsom’s press releases to see if he had any response to this devastating report. He did not.

LA Mayor Garcetti/LA Times photo

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s most recent press release (before this report came out) touted how they have built more shelters. It didn’t address treatment for alcohol, drugs or mental illness.

I’m not holding my breath that any concrete progress will be made to address the real problems in Los Angeles County.

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PG&E admits it may have sparked Kincade fire even with power shutdown to prevent fires

Man, California is a hot mess of a state.

From Daily Mail: Pacific Gas & Electric admitted its electrical equipment may have ignited a ruinous wildfire that spread across California’s wine country on Friday despite blackouts imposed across the region to prevent blazes.

The company said it didn’t de-energize a 230,000-volt transmission line near Geyserville that malfunctioned and finding a “broken jumper” wire on a transmission tower around 9.20pm on Wednesday.

Seven minutes later, the so-called Kincade Fire erupted in Sonoma County, near the town of Geyserville, forcing about 2,000 evacuations, burning 49 structures and leaving huge swathes of the state without power.

It was whipped up by the strong winds that had prompted PG&E to impose sweeping blackouts affecting a half-million people in Northern and Central California.

Just five percent of the fire is contained after 21,900 acres were burned, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), the state’s firefighting agency.

PG&E CEO Bill Johnson said it was too soon to know if the faulty equipment started the fire. He said the tower had been inspected four times in the past two years and appeared to have been in ‘excellent condition.’

PG&E CEO Bill Johnson

The disclosure came as firefighters simultaneously battled flames in Sonoma County’s vineyards, and a wind-whipped blaze that destroyed homes near Los Angeles.

Currently, there are seven active wildfires are raging across California that have burned nearly 35,000 acres.

In Northern California, the active fires are the Cabrillo Fire, Kincade Fire, Muir Fire and Nelson Fire. Meanwhile, the Mines Fire, Saddle Ridge Fire and Tick Fire are blazing in Southern California. Punishing Santa Ana winds pushed the Tick Fire into Los Angeles-area neighborhoods, burning at least six homes and putting as many as 50,000 people under evacuation orders.

In just a few hours, the blaze, one of four in the area, went from scorching a few hundred acres to more than 4,000, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Only five percent of it was contained as of Friday morning.

The threat of hot, dry, winds driving flames far and wide was met with fleets of aircraft and more than 500 firefighters on the ground, who tried to protect homes where backyards were surrounded by trees and brush.

‘We know of at least six [homes that have burned] but that number may rise,’ Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger in a news conference on Thursday night. ‘We cannot let our guard down. We’re going to fight this aggressively.’

About 10,000 structures are threatened, but it is unknown how many have been damaged or destroyed, reported CNN. No injuries were reported but fire officials say a firefighting helicopter was struck by a bird and its windshield damage, forcing it out of the fight until Friday.

Alejandro Corrales tearfully watched her home burn on a ridge in Canyon Country, taking with it her mother’s ashes, other belongings and possibly a pen full of pet sheep. Luckily, her daughter managed to take some small pets and all three of her children were safe. You start thinking about all the things you can’t get back,’ Corrales told KCBS-TV.

‘Everything in the house is gone, the panels on one of the pens where we have some rescued sheep was too hot for my daughter to open and so she couldn’t let them out … so I’m probably sure that we lost them, too.’

The Santa Ana winds, with gusts of 45mph to 60mph, are expected to continue through the weekend and into early next week.

Southern California Edison, which cut power to more than 31,000 customers on Thursday, was considering additional power cuts to more than 386,000 customers. The shutdowns were designed to prevent fierce winds from hurling branches into power lines or toppling them, sparking wildfires.

Read the whole story here.

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CA governor Newsom pardons 3 convicted illegal aliens to prevent their deportation

California is a “sanctuary” state that violates U.S. immigration laws by giving shelter to people who are here illegally. According to a just-released Yale-MIT study, there are 22 million “undocumented immigrants,” i.e., illegal aliens in the U.S.

In a news release yesterday, October 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, announced that he has granted four pardons and two commutations.

But the news release doesn’t name or identify who the recipients of the governor’s pardons and commutations are; one must click on a link to a State of California Executive Department’s PDF document on “Pardons” to find out. It turns out that three of Newsom’s pardons are facing deportation to their countries of origin.

FoxNews reports that the three men — originally from El Salvador, Iran and Cambodia — broke the law as teens or young adults, served their sentences and have taken steps to rehabilitate themselves, the governor’s office said.

According to reporter Sophia Bollag of the Sacramento Bee, Gov. Newsom pardoned the three “to spare them from deportation…arguing they reformed their lives after making mistakes when they were young and should not be sent out of the country.”

Here are the three men whom Newsom had pardoned so that they would not be deported (sources: State of California Executive Department’s PDF document on “Pardons”; Sacramento Bee):

  1. Arnou Aghamalian was convicted in 1999 for the crime of accessory after the fact (helping set an empty car on fire), for which he received a sentence of three years’ probation. He now owns a solar energy company. Aghamalian came to the U.S. as a refugee at 15 and faces deportation to Iran.
  2. Victor Ayala, 38: From 1999 to 2002, Ayala was convicted of three misdemeanor theft charges, a misdemeanor hit-and-run, and a felony for robbing an electronics store and pushing the store’s security guard. For all of the five charges, Ayala received only sentences of probation. He now runs a carpet cleaning business and faces deportation to El Salvador.
  3. Thear Sam, 41: Sam was convicted in 1996 of robbery (stealing a man’s backpack and wallet), for which he received a sentence of three years’ probation. In 1998, he was convicted of accessory to a felony (helping a car thief evade the police) with a prior felony conviction, for which he was sentenced (and served) two years eight months in prison. Sam came to the United States at age 4 as a refugee fleeing the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

According to FoxNews, Gov. Newsom’s office claims that all three men live in Los Angeles County and were brought to the U.S. legally as children:

  • Aghamalian entered the U.S. with his family at age 15 as a refugee from Iran. He and his wife are the parents to newborns twins.
  • Ayala’s parents brought him legally into the U.S. from El Salvador when he was 2. Ayala is now a father of three who owns a carpet-cleaning business.
  • Sam entered the U.S. legally as a 4-year-old refugee fleeing Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge. His wife and daughter are both U.S. citizens and he’s worked for 17 years at an aviation company.

That makes no sense.

If all three men, when they were children, had been brought to the United States legally by their parents, why would they now face deportation?

Note that this claim — that the Newsom’s office says the three men were brought to the United States legally when they were children — is reported by the news media, but is not in the State of California Executive Department’s PDF document on “Pardons”

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California man who relied on oxygen pump died 12 minutes after PG&E cut power to prevent fires

From Daily Mail: A Northern California man dependent on oxygen died just 12 minutes after Pacific Gas and Electric shut down power to the area as part of an effort to prevent fires.

El Dorado County Fire Chief Lloyd Ogan said on Friday that a call was placed to the fire department from Pollock Pines after 3.30am on Wednesday. Crews arrived at the scene and found Robert Mardis Sr., 67, unresponsive and were unable to revive him, according to the Mountain Democrat.

Ogan said the man’s oxygen equipment required power, but could not say whether the shutdown was related to his death.

Mardis Sr.’s daughter, Marie Aldea, told FOX 40 that her father had several health issues and she believes the power cuts were involved in his death.

She said: ‘He had health issues. He had really bad COPD, which didn’t help, and he had congestive heart failure and other health issues, but the power going off and him not being able to get to his oxygen is, I believe, is what did it.’

Mardis Sr.’s oxygen tank reportedly lost power during PG&E’s power shutdown and he was unable to reach his battery-operated oxygen tank in time.

‘He’ll never see my kids get married, he’ll never see his grandchildren,’ Aldea said. ‘How do you fix that? You don’t. You can’t. Something got taken away from me that I can never get back, and I will miss my father forever.’

PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith said it has not been able to confirm the accuracy of the report.The power company told Fox 40: ‘We have no information on incident and have not been able to confirm the accuracy of the report. We refer you to local officials in El Dorado County.’

Governor Gavin Newson spoke out on Friday about the tragic death. ‘Losing a family member is horrific and to the extent this was the reason why, I hope that is investigated and I hope those responsible are held to account,’ he said.

The news of his death comes on the heels of the deaths of two others from the wildfires on Thursday: a man in his 50s who suffered cardiac arrest and Lois Arvickson, 89, after a fire swept through her mobile home park. It’s unclear whether the unnamed victim was pronounced dead at his home or in another location.

Winds gusted dangerously as forecast before calming in Northern California, where PG&E faced hostility and second-guessing over its widespread shutoffs.

Governor Gavin Newsom criticized PG&E and ordinary customers complained about the inconveniences caused by the unprecedented blackouts that began midweek.

PG&E, though, suggested it was already seeing the wisdom of its decision borne out as gusts topping 77mph raked the San Francisco Bay Area amid a bout of dry, windy weather.

‘We have found multiple cases of damage or hazards’ caused by heavy winds, including fallen branches that came in contact with overhead lines,’ said Sumeet Singh, a vice president for the utility company. ‘If they were energized, they could’ve ignited.’

Because of the dangerous weather in the forecast, PG&E cut power on Wednesday to an estimated two million people in an area. PG&E said on Friday that it has restored electricity to about 543,000 businesses and residences.

Another 195,000 customers had remained without power. Experts say a customer includes between two and three people. Areas without power includes Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties, where people are on their third day without electricity.

Butte County is where a fire started by PG&E equipment last year decimated the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.

The utility says power also remain out in of Kern County in the southern part of the state’s agricultural Central Valley, where strong winds prompted PG&E to cut power on Thursday.

The utility it was able to restore power after winds subsided and workers could inspect its power lines.

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The coroner has determined that PG&E wasn’t at fault for this man’s death. That was quick…

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California governor signs 15 new gun-control bills, incl. America’s worst red-flag law

On Friday, October 11, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Democrat, signed 15 gun-related bills into law, further tightening the state’s already-stringent Second Amendment restrictions. The laws will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, oppose the new laws. (Los Angeles Times)

The 15 new gun control laws include:

“Red flag” laws:

  • AB 12 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) extends the duration of a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) to a maximum of five years.
  • AB 61 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) allows an employer, coworker, or an employee or teacher to file a petition requesting a gun violence restraining order. Note that this bill had been vetoed twice by Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposes this law because AB 61 “poses a significant threat to civil liberties” in that a restraining order can be sought before a gun owner has an opportunity to dispute the request, and because those making a request under the new law may “lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment.” (Fox News)
  • AB 164 by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) holds any person subject to a valid restraining order, injunction, or protective order issued out of state to the same restrictions on buying or possessing firearms in California as they are under in the state where the order or injunction is operative.
  • AB 339 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires law enforcement agencies to develop and adopt written policies and standards regarding the use of gun violence restraining orders.
  • AB 1493 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) authorizes a person who is the subject of a gun violence restraining order to petition to submit a form to the court voluntarily relinquishing their firearm rights.

Laws on firearms sales:

  • SB 61 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) prohibits the sale of a semiautomatic centerfire rifle to any person under 21 years of age, and applications to purchase more than one semiautomatic centerfire rifle in any 30-day period, with a few exceptions.
  • SB 376 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) prevents individuals from selling large numbers of firearms without a license by capping the number of annual sales at 5 transactions or 50 firearms.
  • AB 645 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires packaging for firearms to contain a warning statement on suicide prevention.
  • AB 879 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) requires, starting in 2024, that the sale of firearms precursor parts be conducted through a licensed firearms precursor part vendor.
  • AB 1669 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) updates existing law by applying the same gun show regulations that already apply to firearms dealers to ammunition vendors, and ensures that sufficient funding is available for firearm regulatory efforts.
  • AB 1297 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) requires any local authority issuing concealed firearm licenses to charge an applicant a fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license, and eliminates the existing $100 limit on processing fees for concealed firearm licenses.
  • AB 893 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunitions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the County of San Diego, the City of Del Mar, the City of San Diego.

Other laws:

  • AB 1548 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) codifies the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
  • AB 1603 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) codifies the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program to help reduce violence in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence.
  • AB 521 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) requires, with the adoption of a resolution by the University of California, the UC Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, Davis to develop multifaceted education and training programs for medical and mental health providers on the prevention of firearm-related injury and death.

There’s a petition to recall Gov. Newsom. To sign, go here.

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Liberal utopia of California has the highest poverty rate in the nation

Los Angeles, CA

From Sacramento Bee: California, typically one of the most prosperous and progressive states, is also one of the poorest.

That’s according to new data from the US Census Bureau that offers insight into the economic status of people in California and the nation. The annual release of survey data measures income, poverty and insurance status.

For California, that means another reminder that the state’s poverty rate of 18.2 percent is exceeded only by Washington DC, which has a poverty rate of 18.4 percent when you account for the cost of living. It accounts for about 1 in every six residents.

The state’s poverty rate in 2018 was about 5 percentage points higher than the national average of 13.2 percent, using the “supplemental poverty measure” that accounts for the cost of living in each state, namely food, clothing, housing and utilities. Only states in the Deep South like Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida came close with poverty rates floating around 16 percent.

In recent years the federal government has released two measures of poverty. The “official measure” is used to determine eligibility for government programs. Researchers, particularly in California, say the supplemental poverty measure best captures the state’s high cost of living.

The state’s share of poor residents has steadily fallen from 20.6 percent in 2015. Policy experts say the data reflect California’s efforts and future challenges.

“The data point to two key challenges for the state. One is that a key driver of our high poverty rate is the relatively high cost of living in a lot of parts of California,” said Sara Kimberlin, a senior policy analyst with the California Budget and Policy Center.

“At the same time, earnings except for those at the highest end of the wage spectrum have seen wages that have not really grown in recent years.”

Overall, the report was a mix of grim and expected new figures. Still, the numbers are a striking contrast to the state’s efforts to combat poverty, raise wages and provide insurance for all its residents.

Read the whole story here.

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President Trump proposes addressing California homeless crisis; liberals decry him as “Hitler”

We all know that the homeless crisis in California is bad, very bad. See the NSFW video below.

Demorat-run cities are plagued with streets lined with syringes, feces and urine. There are 124 confirmed cases of typhus in Los Angeles with fears of the Bubonic Plague making a comeback. Even leprosy has found its way back into California!

Man infected with leprosy

President Trump’s administration is actually considering doing something to help the people living on the streets of California. From the HuffPo story:

“Trump administration officials were in Los Angeles this week to learn about the city’s homelessness crisis and explore avenues for addressing the broader issue across the state.

Among the proposed options is a plan to clear street encampments in Los Angeles and other cities and move the homeless people into government-run facilities, according to a report by The Washington Post.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Staff from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office on Tuesday took officials from the White House, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Domestic Policy Council on a tour of the city’s skid row.

The group visited several homeless shelters, including a facility that recently opened in South L.A. as part of a new $20 million program called A Bridge Home, according to Garcetti’s office.

“Like many Americans, the President has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies of overregulation, excessive taxation, and poor public service delivery are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement.

“In June, the President took action and signed an Executive Order to confront the regulatory barriers to affordable housing development, a leading cause of homelessness,” the statement said. “President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy.”

The administration’s visit follows months of harsh critique from President Donald Trump over California’s rising homelessness. “We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate,” Trump said in a Fox News interview that aired in July. He singled out Los Angeles and San Francisco, slamming the “liberal establishment” and saying, “You take a look at what’s going on with San Francisco. It’s terrible.”

State and city officials appeared cautiously optimistic about the talks on Tuesday but called for concrete and appropriate action from the administration.

Nathan Click, a spokesperson for California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times: “Every level of government — including federal — should step up and put skin in the game. If the president is willing to put serious solutions – with real investment – on the table, California stands ready to talk. He could start by ending his plan to cut food stamps, gut health care for low-income people, and scare immigrant families from accessing government services.”

Read the whole story here.

Apparently wanting to do something for the homeless (which local and state bureaucrats are incapable of doing) is just Orange Man Bad.

Some of the comments from the HuffPo story:

“They used to call them concentration camps in nazi Germany.”

Trumps whole premise for the reason there is a homeless crisis in CA is wrong. Homeless people migrate to CA from other states because of the mild climate. Severe homeless began during the Reagan administration when he striped funding form mental institutions and patients were put out onto the street and states started busing people to other states and dumping them. Every Republican administration since then has added to the problem by eliminating the social safety nets , housing programs, etc., as much as they could get away with. Trump is probably one of the worse. The government institutions he speaks of will be internment camps out in the desert somewhere with forced labor camps to replace the migrant workers he is keeping out of the country.”

“Looks like Trump is ready to start the round ups. The similarities between Trump wanting to send homeless people to encampments has an uncanny resemblance to Hitler’s roundup of the Gypsies.”

“More fodder for his private concentration camps. I guess kids just aren’t enough.”

“Sounds like what Stalin did at first? First come the concentration camps,then come the purges?

Here come the death camps… at the very minimum they are going to put a lot of very vulnerable people into a very dubious place that will only amplify the traumas they have experienced to date.”

“Are we still pretending that Trump’s concentration camps were only going to be for asylum-seekers at the border. This time it’s homeless US citizens. Who’s next?”

Trump’s solution: Concentration Camps. Figures.”

“Didn’t the Germans do that same thing to Gypsies? Look how that turned out.”

TDS is real folks, very real.

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Demorat-run Los Angeles: 124 confirmed cases of Typhus amid fears Bubonic Plague is affecting homeless

From Daily Mail: An explosion of rats in Los Angeles has lead to a surge in cases of Typhus and could pave the way for a public health crisis.

According to Reform California, there have been 124 confirmed cases of Typhus in LA County this year.

On top of the increase in Typhus cases, experts fear the return of a disease that wiped out a third of Europe in the 12th century, the Bubonic Plague.

Though the city has only three confirmed cases of the plague in the past 40 years, the conditions on the streets of LA make it a perfect breeding ground for plague carrying rats.

The reason for such a large influx of rats is largely attributed to the city’s increasing homeless population.

According to Dailywire, people living on LA streets grew by 16 per cent between 2018 and 2019. They added that the amount of people without somewhere to live has caused sanitation in problem areas to fall short with trash and feces piling up on the street.

These conditions can attract rodents and cause a perfect breeding ground for rat-borne diseases.

California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, acknowledged the city’s severe sanitation problem, astonished that a medieval disease could be making its rounds in a modern city like LA.

Typhus is most likely to be found in people in close proximity to rodents but other stray animals like cats and opossums also carry the disease. Symptoms typically begin within two weeks of exposure and can include chills, nausea, vomiting, body aches, loss of appetite, stomach pain and rashes.

Without treatment, Typhus can eventually lead to organ failure and death.

Plague, though not as deadly as it was 600 years ago, can still be fatal if left untreated. The most famous symptom is a large pus-filled swelling or ‘bubo’ which grows in the groin or under the armpit. This is usually accompanied by seizures, muscle cramps, fever and chills.

See also:

Dr. Drew: Bubonic plague is likely already in Los Angeles
Infectious typhus, fueled by homeless, reaches epidemic levels in southern California
New York Times admits Democrat-run cities are unlivable. Dr. Drew predicts major epidemic in filthy Los Angeles this summer

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Appears that San Francisco cares more about their homeless criminals than law-abiding citizens

Would you trust that this guy will show up for his trial?/SF Police Dept. photo

Just like Seattle, it appears that San Francisco has no desire to hold the homeless accountable for their criminal actions.

Both demorat-run cities allow the homeless to rule the streets with no real consequences for their actions. No wonder both cities have become such sh*tholes.

The latest out of San Francisco? A 25-year-old man – with no permanent address in San Francisco – was released from jail after attacking a woman at the front door of her condo building. He was charged with false imprisonment, attempted robbery and misdemeanor battery.

As reported by Katie Dowd at the SF Gate, the perp is to return to court next month.

Um yeah, you can be assured he’ll return for his trial next month. He’s also ordered to stay away from the victim.

According to the victim, police took 30 minutes to arrive. Yet SF Police say they responded in 22 minutes.

The victim tweeted the following to Gov. Newsom:

“@GavinNewsom Please watch this video of me getting attacked at my front door less than 72-hrs ago. The man who attacked me was released this morning because the judge, Christine Van Aken believes that this man is not a danger to our community. “PLEASE SAVE OUR CITY!!”

Read all the details at the SF Gate here.

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Beinvenidos a California: Lawmakers agree to health benefits for illegal aliens

From SF Gate: California will become the first state to pay for some adults living in the country illegally to have full health benefits as the solidly liberal bastion continues to resist the policies of Republican President Donald Trump’s administration.

Democrats in the state Legislature reached an agreement Sunday afternoon as part of a broader plan to spend $213 billion of state and federal tax money over the next year. The legislature is expected to approve the deal this week. The agreement means low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Only those in that age group whose incomes are low enough to qualify for the program would get the health benefits. State officials estimate that group will be about 90,000 people at a cost of $98 million per year. The state Senate had wanted to expand the proposal to include adults 65 and older, but the Newsom administration argued it would cost too much.

Sen. Holly Mitchell

“California believes that health is a fundamental right,” said state Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat who led the budget negotiations.

The move is part of a larger effort to make sure everyone in California has health insurance. The proposal also makes California the first state in the country to help middle-income families pay their monthly health insurance premiums. It means a family of four earning as much as six times the federal poverty level — or more than $150,000 a year — would be eligible to get about $100 a month from the government to help pay their monthly health insurance premiums.

But to pay for part of it, the state will begin taxing people who don’t have health insurance. It’s a revival of the individual mandate penalty that had been law nationwide under former President Barack Obama’s health care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2017 overhaul to the tax code.

Republicans on the legislative committee negotiating the budget voted against the proposal, arguing it was not fair to give health benefits to people who are in the country illegally while taxing people who are here legally for not purchasing health insurance.

The budget agreement still must be approved by the full state Legislature. State law requires lawmakers to enact a budget by midnight on June 15. If they don’t, lawmakers would lose their pay.

The health care proposals are a win for first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who proposed both of them. Several lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state legislature wanted to go further by offering health coverage to all adults living in California illegally. But Newsom opposed that, noting it would cost $3.4 billion.

Read the whole story here.

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