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Los Angeles targets contractors who might work on border wall

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Council member Gil Cedillo believes Mexico, not three US states, is California’s “dearest” neighbor

Demorats: All for bullying when it fits their political agenda.

From Fox News: The city of Los Angeles wants to require contractors to reveal whether they have ever been involved with President Trump’s border wall construction.

City lawmakers say residents have a right to know whether companies are working on the controversial agenda.

The city council voted on Tuesday to require companies working with the city to say whether they had worked on building, design, or sold materials for “any proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States of America.”

“We want to know if there are people who do business with the city of Los Angeles … who wish to profit from building a wall that would divide us from our nearest and dearest neighbor Mexico,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo.

Tim Murphy, board president of CALBX, called the move “absurd” and said it sets a dangerous precedent for discrimination against companies.

“They’re moving beyond the political theater and hyperbole that this issue generates,” Murphy told “Fox & Friends.” “They are creating, in fact, a political blacklist, threatening any company that would express an interest, not actually build, but express an interest in working on the border wall.”

State Sen. Ricardo Lara wants to expand the move, preventing all of California from doing business with companies involved in the border wall.

Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, are threatening a government shutdown over border wall funding when the government must negotiate a new federal budget in October.

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L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

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LA Times: Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.

The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business owners, such as restaurateurs, who said they would have trouble complying with the mandated pay increase.

Hypocrite Hicks

Hypocrite Hicks

But Rusty Hicks, who heads the county Federation of Labor and helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition, said Tuesday night that companies with workers represented by unions should have leeway to negotiate a wage below that mandated by the law.

“With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them,” Hicks said in a statement. “This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.”

Coalition representatives said the proposed exemption would ensure the city complies with federal laws which they say give collective bargaining agreements precedence over local ordinances. They also contend that it would keep L.A.’s ordinance consistent with previous city wage laws.

Some business leaders criticized the proposal, however, calling it ironic in light of union leaders’ past opposition to special considerations for some employers. “I’d refer everyone back to the statements of labor leaders over the past seven months that no one deserves a sub-minimum wage,” said Ruben Gonzalez, senior vice president for public policy and political affairs with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which opposed the minimum wage increase passed by the City Council.

Gonzalez said the change sought by labor officials could pressure companies into letting employees unionize as a way to seek relief from the mandated wage hike. “Once again, the soaring rhetoric of helping the working poor is just a cover for city government acting as a tool of organized labor,” he said.

The City Council voted last week to gradually increase the hourly minimum wage to $15 over the next five years. Since then, City Atty. Mike Feuer has prepared an ordinance that would put the increases into effect. The council’s Economic Development Committee is scheduled to review the language on Friday.

Last fall, the council approved an ordinance increasing the minimum wage at large hotels to $15.37 per hour. That law says that provisions of the hotel wage hike may be waived in workplaces that have collective bargaining agreements.

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Creeping tyranny…

LA council urges curbs on derogatory radio speech

FresnoBeeThe City Council called on TV and radio broadcasters Wednesday to keep their hosts from spouting crude slurs, citing Rush Limbaugh’s reference to a woman as a “slut” and a KFI show calling Whitney Houston a “crack ho.”

The council voted 13-2 for a resolution urging Los Angeles stations to do everything in their power to ensure that their on-air hosts do not use and promote racist and sexist slurs over public airwaves.  The resolution also states that it’s important for stations to hire more women and minorities.

The measure has no legal force and Councilman Richard Alarcon said its message would be “mild and weak” in comparison to the reach of radio. However, he and other council members argued that it was proper for the ethnically diverse city to speak out against what they called hate speechGovernment has no right to suppress “hateful, vile, despicable speech,” but society should not tolerate it, Councilman Paul Krekorian said. “We can drown out that hatred with a loud chorus.”

The measure was sponsored by three black council members and supported by civil rights and minority media groups. It was broadened after originally naming only KFI-AM and its owner, Clear Channel, which carries Limbaugh and owns hundreds of stations nationwide.  Clear Channel said it supported the spirit of the council action.  “Clear Channel Los Angeles and KFI support the spirit of the LA City Council resolution regarding the need for diversity of personnel, inclusionary programming, and appropriate on-air language across all media,” Clear Channel said in a statement.

At the council meeting, speakers said the focus was on conservative radio shows such as the one hosted by Limbaugh, accusing them of trading in crude stereotypes of blacks, women and Latinos.  “It’s ugly. It’s violent. They’re inciting others to violence,” said Alex Nogales, head of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.  The resolution specifically cites recent remarks by Limbaugh and KFI’s John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou.

Spare me this selective outrage.  Where were these people when “hateful, vile, despicable speech” was coming from these liberals on the radio and tv?

  • Keith Olbermann calls Michelle Malkin a lipstick meatbag
  • Bill Maher calls Sarah Palin a “dumb t*at”
  • Ed Schulz calls Laura Ingraham a right-wing slut
  • Sly Sylvester (talk show host) said “…I had heard at one point Rebecca Kleefisch (Republican Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin) pulled a train, but that must have been a different story I was reading about.”
  • David Letterman calls Sarah Palin a slut
  • Keith Olbermann implied that female conservative commentator S. E. Cupp should never have been born
  • Jimmy Fallon’s drummer played “Bit*ch” song during Michele Bachmann’s appearance on his show (ABC called it “quite the trick”)
  • Cloris Leachman calls Sarah Palin a slut on the Wendy Williams show

And beyond that, since when did government believe it’s their role to monitor free speech?  Who gets to define “hateful”, “vile”, and “despicable”? Be very leery of any resolution that a government agency adopts concerning our First Amendment or any of our rights.  Because in this day and age it is nothing more than an attempt to silence you, especially if you are a conservative.

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