Tag Archives: California

Zinke Blames “Environmental Terrorist Groups” For California’s Wildfires (Also Climate Change, Maybe)

NBC News reports: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s claim that “environmental terrorist groups” created the conditions that enabled California’s wildfires triggered substantial blowback from environmental groups, who chastised the Trump administration official for downplaying the role of climate change in the blazes. Zinke said in a radio interview with Breitbart News that environmental extremists were preventing the government from properly managing ...

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CALIFORNIA: State Senate Approves Bill Defining Conversion Therapy As Fraud, Allows Victims To Sue

Courthouse News reports: California is on the verge of shunning treatments that promise to “cure” patients of homosexuality through hypnosis, counseling and even electric shock sessions. The state Senate on Thursday cleared a proposal to list so-called conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice, bringing it under the umbrella of state consumer-protection laws and opening the door for victims to ...

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California Wildfire Suspect Is #QAnon #Pizzagate Nut

The Huffington Post reports: A man arrested on Tuesday in connection with a devastating wildfire in Southern California is a conspiracy theorist who posted videos about satanic rituals and QAnon. “This place is going to burn,” Forrest Clark, 51, allegedly texted a volunteer fire chief two weeks before an inferno enveloped Orange County, burning nearly 20,000 acres and destroying 12 ...

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CALIFORNIA: AIDS Healthcare Foundation Donates $10M To Dem-Backed Rent Control Ballot Measure

The San Jose Mercury-News reports: Amid a tense battle over rent control in California, real-estate interests are writing big checks to defeat a November ballot measure that would give cities more power to regulate what landlords can charge tenants — and the initiative’s backer responded this week with a $10 million cash infusion. “We know we will be significantly outspent ...

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California Wildfire Now Largest In State History [VIDEO]

The Los Angeles Times reports: The Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest wildfire in modern California history, scorching more than 283,000 acres and frustrating firefighters as it continues to leap across natural and man-made barriers in Lake County. The Ranch and River fires, which make up the complex fire, had grown to 283,800 acres as of Monday evening, according ...

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Trump Blames Wildfires On Environmental Laws

Newsweek reports: President Donald Trump has blamed environmental laws for the California wildfires raging through the state. In a tweet on Sunday, the president said the laws were not allowing water to be properly used—suggesting that was the reason behind the devastating fires that have scorched more than 290,000 acres (117,300 hectares) of land and left at least seven people ...

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CALIFORNIA: Social Media Posts Spur Hate Crime Charge For Man Accused In Murder Of Gay Student

The Los Angeles Times reports: A 21-year-old Newport Beach man charged with murder in the stabbing death of former high school classmate Blaze Bernstein will also face a hate crime sentencing enhancement, the Orange County district attorney announced Thursday. Orange County District Atty. Tony Rackauckas said prosecutors added the hate crime enhancement based on allegations that Samuel Woodward killed 19-year-old ...

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CALIFORNIA: Thousands Ordered To Flee As Raging Wildfires Create Own “Pyrocumulus” Weather Systems

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: As more than a dozen major fires roar across the state of California, some of them have burned so fiercely that they’re creating their own weather systems. Massive pyrocumulus clouds have formed over the Carr, Ferguson, Cranston and Mendocino Complex fires burning in four different parts of the state (Shasta County, near Yosemite, Riverside County, ...

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LOS ANGELES: Man Arrested With Explosives On Way To 2016 LGBT Pride Event Sentenced To Seven Years

The Los Angeles Times reports: An Indiana man who was headed toward L.A. Pride two years ago in a car filled with weapons, explosives and high-capacity magazines was sentenced to seven years in state prison on Thursday, officials said. James Wesley Howell, 22, pleaded no contest to possession of an explosive chemical, malicious possession of a destructive device and illegal ...

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CALIFORNIA: Man Who Vandalized Trump’s Hollywood Star In 2017 To Pay $20K Bail For Man Arrested Today

TMZ reports: The OG Donald Trump Walk of Fame Star vandal is coming to the rescue of the latest guy to take a pickax to Trump’s star by bailing him out of jail. You might recall, James Otis attacked Trump’s star in 2016 — also with a pickax — and we’ve learned he’s now stepping up to pay the $20k ...

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Vandal Destroys Trump’s Hollywood Star With Pickax

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed Wednesday morning by a man with a pickax that witnesses say he carried in a guitar case, police said. Officers were called around 3:30 a.m. to the star’s location on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue, where they found a small pile of rubble in place ...

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Court Boots “Three Californias” Measure From Ballot

The Los Angeles Times reports: The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to remove a measure aimed at dividing California into three states from the November ballot. In a brief order, the court said it acted “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on ...

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STUDY: San Francisco Rents Now World’s Highest

NBC News reports: Let’s face it, San Francisco is expensive. To make matters worse, a new study has now ranked the city No. 1 in the world with the highest rent and the list also includes three more Bay Area cities in the top ten: San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley. According to a study released by financial advice site Walletwyse, ...

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Pro-Trump District Attorney Suspended For Facebook Post: Why Hasn’t Someone Shot Maxine Waters Yet?

The San Bernardino Sun reports: The lead hard-core gang prosecutor in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is under investigation for a series of offensive rants on social media, triggering demands for his dismissal. Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem, who joined the D.A.’s Office 12 years ago, targeted outspoken U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady Michelle Obama, Mexican ...

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CALIFORNIA: Mother’s Boyfriend Charged In Torture Murder Of Child Who Said He “Liked Boys” [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A man described as a member of a violent gang was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the death of a 10-year-old boy in Southern California, officials said. The boy, Anthony Avalos, had recently come out as gay, a county official said, and some suspect that homophobia played a role in his death. Anthony Avalos was ...

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CALIFORNIA: Mother Suspected In Torture Death Of Ten Year Old Who Reportedly Said He “Liked Boys” [VIDEO]

The Los Angeles Times reports: Anthony Avalos came out as gay in recent weeks, and authorities are now investigating whether homophobia played a role in the death of the 10-year-old Lancaster boy, a county official said. Anthony was found mortally wounded at his home last week with severe head injuries and cigarette burns covering his body. Brandon Nichols, deputy director ...

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SCOTUS Sides With Fake “Crisis Pregnancy” Centers

Courthouse News reports: The Supreme Court struck down a California law on Tuesday that puts different disclosure requirements on pregnancy centers depending on the status of the licenses. A nonprofit called NIFLA, short for the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, brought the underlying case shortly after the California Legislature passed the Reproductive FACT Act in 2015. Among other ...

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“Three Californias” Initiative Makes November Ballot

CBS News reports: A proposal to split California has qualified for the ballot in November. CBS Los Angeles reports the California Secretary of State’s office says the straightforwardly named measure “Division Of California Into Three States” has reached enough signatures. When a person or group backing a measure says it has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, those signatures ...

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Death Sentence For Man Convicted In Torture Murder Of Child He Thought Was Gay, Life Sentence For Mother

NBC News reports: A California man was sentenced to death on Thursday for the killing of a young boy who prosecutors said was tortured because he believed the child was gay, and the boy’s mother was sentenced to life in prison. Los Angeles County state court Judge George Lomeli sentenced 37-year-old Isauro Aguirre after he was convicted late last year ...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Mayoral Candidate Mark Leno Holds Thin Lead, Would Be City’s First Openly Gay Mayor

San Francisco’s Fox affiliate reports: The race to see who will become San Francisco’s next mayor is still up in the air as of this morning with former state Sen. Mark Leno holding a narrow lead over Board of Supervisors president London Breed. Initial results from Tuesday’s election indicated a large margin in first-place votes for Breed. However, once San ...

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