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Police clear US protest camps

its a pity that these people lost sight of their goal. Here in CA and specifically in Oakland they were hurting the very people they were thought they were helping. Businesses all around the camp were vandalized as well as lost revenue. When people who claim to want to help those in need turn away those in need it is time to pack it it.  (Nov 15, 2011 | post #1)

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Responding to complaints from animal rights activists, Ca...

out of all the issues CA faces this is where we spend the money? Clearly those who protest this have no actual education in how it is done or the actual affects on the animals. After visiting a farm in France where this is done I have to say I dont know what the problem is. The animals practically line up at feeding time. For all of you who protest this ask yourself: how many items of clothing do I own that contains leather? I am sure a few of you will say none, but for the rest, just shut up about things you do not understand.  (Sep 12, 2011 | post #1)

California

Brown offers plan to help job growth in California

if he wants to help the californian economy he needs to figure out a way to stop companies from sending jobs to China. Want to have money in the economy? Keep it here. Money spent buying items produced in China means money leaving our economy and entering theirs.  (Aug 26, 2011 | post #2)

California

Bill limiting funeral protests sent to Brown

I am all for freedom of expression and speech, but there is a proper time and place.Funerals are not it. Sign it!  (Aug 19, 2011 | post #1)

California

California TV reporter shot by BB gun

I am outraged that Los Angels will get in an uproar when a minor is shot by a police officer after pointing a pellet gun at the officer but that are going to see if charges can be brought by two minors shooting at a news van? SERIOUSLY?? Agreed that this is not the largest story to break lately but after the mess last year and all the money Senator De leon has wasted with senate bill 798 I would think that he would be first in line to linch these two. Oh wait, he did nothing to the minors brandishing pellet guns in public nor to the parents of said minors who allowed them out of the house, at night, to play in the street with pellet guns. Consistancy, thats all I ask!  (Jul 31, 2011 | post #2)

California

Opponents of Calif gay history law seek referendum

*sighs* people just dont get it. from the article: this bill is about teaching historical figures and not just LGBT people also from the article: The new law also requires California public schools to teach the contributions of disabled people. So, its fine to teach about disabled people but not about lgbts? really? I think that it is important to learn about where you come from and not to be intolerant. Intolerence has put this country in dire straights before and if we dont get our head right it will again. A long time ago the country owned slaves and women couldnt vote. If people choose to not grant everyone the rights of the privelaged few we have gained nothing in the last 235 years.  (Jul 27, 2011 | post #4)

California

Brown signs California Dream Act

While I think that if you want to get an education in this country you should get a work visa I also have no delusion about where a bulk of the agricultural labor comes from. But at the same time Cali has so many other financial problems I don¬ít know if adding one more is a good plan.  (Jul 26, 2011 | post #13)

California

Californians to Receive Unemployment Benefits in Debit Cards

cause I am sure that debit cards are cheaper to do than printing checks. And lets not forget the state employees who will not get paid for printing and mailing them. Not to mention the waste of plastic that could best be used elsewhere. But hey, if we are going to completely tank out states economy, lets go out with debit cards- it seems fitting. And one question-where are the debit cards being made? I would bet good money they are coming from China  (Jul 11, 2011 | post #1)

California

First hearing to abolish death penalty on Thursday

and what will it cost to keep those on death row if their sentance becomes life in prison? How will the families of those wronged by said prisoners feel when those who did them wrong will not get the punishment some court felt they deserved? Removing the death penalty will only harden criminals as now they will not have to fear it. As has been stated on other threads on this topic- you want to solve the problem, step up the process. A 30-30 and a box of shells is much cheaper than the $4 million stated in the article. A firing squad may be old school, but it is cheaper and would create a few jobs.  (Jul 6, 2011 | post #1)

California

Calif. city's lifeguards could see benefit cuts

Boardwatch "No, the beaches should not be controlled by anyone. As Americans we have a right to our public lands." Sadly this is not the case. While yes public lands are held in trust for the American people it is like holding a trust for a minor. They get access to it when they are responsible enough to use it. Public land that the public has access to uncontrolled gets destroyed. That is the reason the government controls it. Cruise any public park and look at the grafitti, the trash on the ground and the damage to equipment and facilities. Public beaches are bad enough with illegal fires, the smuggled in glass that gets broken and not cleaned up and the mess from the uncontrolled animals. At least the patroling rangers and lifeguards keep the mess in check. However, Checkpoint3, privatizing is an interesting idea. Would keep them cleaner and less crowded. I get tired of watching people park and walk into state beaches past the pay station because they are too cheap to pay the 5 or 6 bucks to get in. Americans have become too cheap now adays. They dont want to spend the money because they dont have the money cause they keep buying things made in China and sending the money out of the country. STOP SENDING JOBS TO CHINA!  (Jul 1, 2011 | post #7)

California

New Calif budget relies on rosy economic outlook

Well, in the article I think lies the key to the salvation of CAs budget. Quote 1: "Yet the budget also relies on optimistic projections that tax revenue will be about $12 billion higher in the coming fiscal year than projected in January, largely because the wealthy are doing so well." paraphrase 1: The rich are doing very well. Quote 2: "If revenues fall short by more than $1 billion, universities, local libraries, in-home support programs and various other services would be cut. paraphrase 2: If the rich dont spend their money the peope who dont have it will loose more services. Quote 3: "While the budget passed with only Democratic votes, Republican lawmakers declared victory because the 2009 increases to the personal income, sales and vehicle taxes were not renewed." paraphrase 3: The republicans got peope to vote to not increase taxes to pay for the services people want/need. And to paraphrase the article, as I see it: The Californian lower and middle class is screwed yet again unless some miracle happens and the economy rebounds and yet they all continue to shop at Wal-Mart and send their money to China. If no one is working then no one is making money and if no one is making money then no one is spending. STOP SENDING JOBS TO CHINA!  (Jul 1, 2011 | post #3)

California

Calif. city's lifeguards could see benefit cuts

You are assuming Boardwatch that people who use public beaches have common sense. A crossing guard at every street corner, no but possibly at the ones where there have been many fatalities. Much in the same way that the road service determins how many caution and warning signs to put on any corner- by the amount of fatalities. We all know very well that common sense isnt common. I agree that a volunteer service would be cheaper. My uncle was part of a volunteer fire brigade in his small town. He was also part of a search and rescue team that specalized in mine rescue. That said, the training that he took and the resources they needed to maintain their equipment, pay for training and ceritfication to volunteer was not cheap. I think that if the lifeguards are not charging that they should. Up north in Cali we have beaches that are 'use at your own risk' and every year people die in the surf. Having a lifeguard on duty probably would not have saved them. As ome comedian put it, 'ya cant fix stupid.' I would like to point out again that the lifeguards mentioned in this article are taking steps to reduce their finacial cost on the city. There have been too many other cases all through CA and I believe hte rest of the US where unions are refusing to take cuts and play roulette with the union workers to see how many will keep their jobs. I think that the lifeguards should at least recieve some credit on that point. I know that everyone is looking for places to save money in this time of ecomonic strife but picking on those who save people for a living seems odd. I know something needs to be done but keeping the economy moving means spending money in the local economy. If no one is working no one is getting paid so no one is buying anything. So spend locally!!  (Jun 30, 2011 | post #4)

California

Calif. city's lifeguards could see benefit cuts

At the same time they are one of the first groups that are willing to take cuts to their salary and pensions. So, kudos to them for understanding and looking for a fix to save their jobs rather than simply wait to see who gets cut and hope it isnt them. Yes it may seem trivial and crazy that they make that much money but you ask the next person whos life is saved if they think its worth it. But your right, it would be great to save a few bucks by not compensating those who risks their life to save others. We should let things like lifeguards, fire departments and hell why not the police all contract to the lowest bidder. After all, its not like the risk their lives or anything.  (Jun 29, 2011 | post #2)

California

Bill seeks to abolish death penalty in California

Well, perhaps allowing them means to commit suicide it a way to save money? Issue inmates on death row a length of rope and walk away. I agree something should be done but I dont think not commiting sentence is a way to do it. I say commute it faster and stop paying for them.  (Jun 28, 2011 | post #2)

Top Stories - Supreme Court

Supreme Court Rejects Ban on Violent Video Games

damn straight they shouldnt. It is up to the parents to control what their childeren play or dont play. At the same time, the did spend all that money on all the warning lables. I would think that there should be some sort of way to allow rental places to not rent a mature title to two 13 year olds who wander in. I mean if they are with their parents then its up to the adult but if two minors come in the rental establishment should be able to say no. Because in this lawsuit happy environment there will be some parent who will try to sue if their child happens to have 'problems' after playing one of those games. They will forget about the 'allowing them to go to the store and rent what they want' as bad parenting and assume its all the games fault.  (Jun 27, 2011 | post #2)

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