California’s New ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law So Extreme Even ACLU Calls it “Significant Threat To Civil Liberties”
California adopted 15 firearms-related bills last Friday, including a controversial ‘red flag’ gun confiscation law which adds co-workers, employers and educators to the list of who can file a gun violence restraining order on those they say are a danger to themselves and others. Currently, only law enforcement and immediate family members can apply to temporarily confiscate peoples’ firearms. Most of the new laws take effect January 1, according to the LA Times.
Signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) after being vetoed twice by his Democratic predecessor Jerry Brown (who said that educators can work through family members or law enforcement if a restraining order is required), the gun confiscation bill is so broad that the ACLU said it “poses a significant threat to civil liberties” since guns can be seized from owners before they have an opportunity to contest the requests, and those making the requests may “lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment,” NBC San Diego reports.
All that’s needed for a co-worker or educator to file a complaint is to have had “substantial and regular interactions” with gun owners, along with permission from their employers or school administrators. Those seeking the orders will be required to file a sworn statement outlining their concerns.
The author of the bill, Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco, said that “With school and workplace shootings on the rise, it’s common sense to give the people we see every day the power to intervene and prevent tragedies,” citing a recent study which found that 21 mass shootings may have been prevented by a gun restraining order.
Meanwhile, a companion bill signed by Newsom and written by Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks allows gun violence restraining orders to last one and five years, though gun owners would be allowed to petition the state to get their guns back earlier. In another Ting-authored companion bill, gun owners who agree to voluntarily surrender their firearms can notify the court via a form, vs. a hearing which Ting says wastes time and resources.
California’s New Vaccine Law Against Medical Exemptions Puts Vulnerable Children in Danger
California Passes Law to Monitor Super-Harmful Chemicals in Drinking Water But Has No Plan to Remove Those Chemicals
The city will soon be sending notices to all residents about high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, more commonly referred to as PFOA and PFOS.
Dubbed “forever chemicals,” the two are “readily absorbed, but not readily eliminated from the human body,” according to the state’s Water Resources Control Board. Long-term exposure can damage an individual’s immune system, thyroid and liver. It can also cause cancer and harm developing fetuses and infants alike.
A certain level of PFOA and PFOS is acceptable in drinking water, according to the board, but any level of exposure to the chemicals can harm you.
“PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl Substances) is the climate change of toxic chemicals,” said Andria Ventura, toxics program manager for the advocacy group Clean Water Action. “They never go away. Virtually all Americans have them in their blood. Babies are born with them. … They’re some of the scariest things I’ve worked on.”
The Center for Disease Control has found PFAS in the blood of 98% of people 12 and older who were tested for the chemicals.
A spokeswoman for the State Water Quality Control Board said consumer-grade water filters are typically capable of filtering out both of the harmful chemicals.
Under the current legislation, local water districts are required to report to the state board if PFOA levels are above 14 parts per trillion. With PFOS, agencies only have to report if it’s above 13 parts per trillion.
But that doesn’t mean consumers would necessarily find out; local water suppliers are required only to inform consumers about the chemicals if combined they reach a threshold of 70 parts per trillion. That’s also when they’re required to turn off the water supply, provided it doesn’t disrupt customers’ service.
In updated guidelines from the State Water Resources Control Board, passed Aug. 23, the agency substantially lowered the threshold to notify both customers and the state.
Beginning Jan. 1, when the new law comes into effect, the acceptable threshold will only be 5.1 parts per trillion for PFOA, and 6.5 parts per trillion for PFOS. Additionally, when agencies notify the state’s governing board about the chemicals, each agency must also notify consumers.
The Pico Rivera Water Department, which the city owns and manages, supplies water to a little more than half its local residents. The state ordered the city to test nine out of its 10 active wells — and all nine had levels exceeding both the new and old thresholds.
On average, its PFOA levels were 15 parts per trillion; its PFOS levels were 36 parts per trillion.
The Pico Water District, which supplies about 45% of all drinking water to the city, also found contaminants in three out of four of its wells, according district Director Mark Grajeda.
PFOA levels ranged from 12 to 15 parts per trillion, although the chemical wasn’t detected at all in the third well.
PFOS levels for the same wells ranged from 16 to 25 parts per trillion; all of the wells had this chemical present.
A very small portion of the city has its water supplied by the San Gabriel Valley Water Company, which was ordered to test five of its wells, but neither chemical was detected.
The Central Basin Municipal Water District wholesales water to many retail districts across southeast Los Angeles County, including Pico Rivera. It was ordered to test two of its wells and both were found to be contaminated with 6.5 parts per trillion of PFOA and 28 parts per trillion of PFOS.
While the state has lowered the threshold for notification, officials haven’t changed yet the standards that determine when an agency must be ordered to stop using a contaminated well as a water source.
Sacramento: Democrats Unanimously Pass Mandatory Vaccine Bill Eliminating Exemptions in Committee to Final Vote!
Despite threats of arrests by the California Highway Patrol, opponents of SB 276 by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) who attended the Assembly Appropriations Committee hearing Friday at the California State Capitol, stood on chairs and voiced their opposition to the bill which will end all medical exemptions to state mandated childhood vaccinations.
Most of the parents protesting already have “vaccine-injured” children, and want the medical exemption for their other children.
Committee Chairwoman Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez opened the hearing Friday announcing that she would take SB 276 out of the order of bills scheduled “for the people who traveled.” And then she announced that the bill was passed out of the committee “on a ‘B’ roll call,” meaning all committee Democrats voted “yes” to pass it out, and all Republicans voted “no.”
That’s when the shouting and chanting started.
“You have not represented California for all,” the SB 276 opponents chanted, and chanted and chanted, while Gonzalez carried on with her hearing.
In prior hearings on SB 276, Sen. Pan said, “I want to make sure that every child who needs a medical exemption gets one. That is part of the purpose of this bill.”
But it hasn’t worked out that way.
California Schools to Teach Kids That Capitalism is Racist and that History Is Sexist
…Secondly, not content with trashing democracy, California, through its education department, is attacking capitalism as well. As noted in a Wall Street Journal column by longtime education reformer Williamson Evers, the state’s draft “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum,” which is self-defined as the “xdisciplinary [sic], loving, and critical praxis of holistic humanity,” describes capitalism “as a ‘form of power and oppression,’ alongside ‘patriarchy,’ ‘racism,’ ‘white supremacy’ and ‘ableism.’”
Amid a document full of loony lingo such as “positionalities,” “hybridities,” “nepantlas,” “misogynoir,” and “cis-heteropatriarchy,” the document all but glorifies Puerto Rican terrorists, convicted cop killers Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur, and other radicals, while somehow teaching mathematics in the context of “social justice.”
In sum, the curriculum effectively teaches that the entire economic system is benighted, violent change is valid, and America is evil.
Combined, these education standards and the assault on democratic choice amount to a self-parody of anti-American lunacy. If Californians don’t watch out, their next stop may be Venezuela.
California Passes Law Banning Trump from State Ballot Unless His Tax Returns Are Made Public
We’re thrilled to see the far-left in America has the same respect
for the Democratic process as their forebears did (for a reference to
their forebears, see here).
On Tuesday, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill requiring President Trump to either release his tax returns or he won’t appear on the ballot in the state.
Under SB 27, called the “Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act,” any
candidate running for president or governor in California must file
copies of their tax returns from the previous five years to the
California secretary of State, or their names will be stricken from the
ballot, the Hill reports.
Newsom argued that, as the largest economic engine within the US,
California has a “responsibility” to demand this additional information
(for the record: the Constitution doesn’t say anything about candidates
releasing tax returns – though the federal income tax didn’t exist back
“As one of the largest economies in the world and home to one in nine Americans eligible to vote, California has a special responsibility to require this information of presidential and gubernatorial candidates,” Newsom said.
“These are extraordinary times and states have a legal and
moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the
highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public
confidence. The disclosure required by this bill will shed
light on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, or influence from domestic
and foreign business interest.”
A Trump campaign spokesman called the new law “unconstitutional,” and
insisted that there was a good reason why California’s last governor,
Jerry Brown, refused to sign the legislation.
In a statement, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh called the move “unconstitutional.”
“There are very good reasons why the very liberal Gov. Jerry
Brown vetoed this bill two years ago – it’s unconstitutional and it
opens up the possibility for states to load up more requirements on
candidates in future elections. What’s next, five years of health records?” he said.
Murtaugh said states cannot add requirements to presidential candidates’ qualifications for running.
“The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone
to serve as president and states cannot add additional requirements on
their own,” he said. “The bill also violates the 1st Amendment
right of association since California can’t tell political parties which
candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election.”
Los Angeles Homeless Crisis Worsens By 16%
As Los Angeles officials were wasting taxpayer dollars to virtue-signal about Alabama’s abortion ban, the homeless crisis in the city increased by 16% while the overall county saw an increase of 12%.
According to the Los Angeles Times,
the number of people now living on the streets, in vehicles, or in
shelters steadily increased throughout the past year, following a small
decrease in the previous year.
“The annual point-in-time count,
delivered to the Board of Supervisors, put the number of homeless people
just shy of 59,000 countywide,” reports the outlet. “Within the city of
Los Angeles, the number soared to more than 36,000, a 16% increase.”
largely blame the problem on the lack of affordable housing while
vowing to pledge more taxpayer dollars into supposedly “fixing” the
problem. So far, government programs have done little to help. For
instance, the city’s Measure H sales tax
from 2017 barely scratched the surface of the problem by helping to get
roughly 20,000 people off the streets only to be outpaced by the number
of people that were becoming homeless.
“If we don’t change the
fundamentals of housing affordability, this is going to be a very long
road,” Peter Lynn, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless
Services Authority, told the Times. “If we don’t get ahead of
affordability, we’re going to be very hard pressed to get ahead of
“Overall, the service portion of the effort on mental health,
substance use, the issue of housing, rent subsidies, those are important
and we should stay the course,” County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
told the Times. “Where we have to work much harder is in the area of
Ridley-Thomas admitted that the numbers are
deeply discouraging following the small downturn in homelessness that
the previous year showed.
“At this point of unprecedented wealth
in the county of Los Angeles, we are equally confronted with
unprecedented poverty manifesting itself in the form of homelessness,”
County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told the Times. “Last year’s count,
we felt we were trimming in a way that would suggest we were getting
our arms around this. And yet this year we are pretty well stunned by
Illegal Alien with Violent Criminal Past Arrested in California Woman’s Murder
Police in California have arrested an illegal immigrant with known
gang ties and an extensive criminal history in the February killing of a
San Jose woman.
Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, was arrested Monday night in
connection with the murder of 59-year-old Bambi Larson; police say he
stalked her before stabbing her to death.
Larson, a systems manager in San Jose, did not show up for work on
Feb. 28. That seemed unusual to co-workers, who phoned her son to alert
Larson’s son and a co-worker went to her home in the 900 block of
Knollfield Way around 1:45 p.m. and discovered her body in the bedroom,
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said.
Police arrived and found Larson suffering from multiple stab wounds
consistent with a cutting tool, multiple lacerations to her body and
blunt force trauma. They also recovered a bloodied towel and footprints
from the scene near a sliding door.
California and 15 Other States Are Suing Trump Over His Border Wall Emergency Declaration
The State of California and fifteen other states sued President
Donald Trump on Monday over his declaration Friday of a national
emergency and his plans to redirect federal funds to the construction of
a wall on the southern border.
The lawsuit, as expected,
was filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and was joined
by attorneys general from “Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii,
Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New
Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia — all of which have Democratic
attorneys general and all but one of which are led by Democratic
governors,” the Wall Street Journal noted Monday.
However, ten of the 26 Democrat attorneys general have not joined the lawsuit — at least not yet, as of Tuesday.
filed in federal court in the Northern District of California, decries
what it calls “President Donald J. Trump’s flagrant disregard of
fundamental separation of powers principles engrained in the United
States Constitution.” It adds:
Contrary to the will of Congress, the President has used
the pretext of a manufactured “crisis” of unlawful immigration to
declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated
for drug interdiction, military construction, and law enforcement
initiatives toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border.
This includes the diversion of funding that each of the Plaintiff States
The complaint continues through several familiar talking points from the Democratic Party:
The federal government’s own data prove there is no
national emergency at the southern border that warrants construction of a
wall. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) data show that unlawful
entries are near 45-year lows. The State Department recognizes there is a
lack of credible evidence that terrorists are using the southern border
to enter the United States. Federal data confirm that immigrants are
less likely to commit crimes than are native-born Americans. CBP data
demonstrate that dangerous drugs are much more likely to be smuggled
through, not between, official ports of entry—rendering a border wall
ineffectual at preventing their entry into this country.
Later in the complaint, the states claim that the border wall is not
only unnecessary, but that it will also cause environmental damage. The
complaint also claims a border barrier will not block “drug smuggling
California Motor Voter Policy Launched Before It Was Ready, But in Time for the Mid-Terms that Favored Democrats
One way non-citizens are registering to vote (and ultimately vote) is through the criminal ‘motor voter’ program.
Recall, the ‘Motor Voter Act’ was signed by Bill Clinton in 1993 and
has expanded exponentially by Democrat lawmakers since it went into
effect in 1995.
California is one of the worse offenders being that they give non-citizens, including illegal aliens driver’s licenses.
It gets worse…
The new ‘motor voter’ plan the Democrats in California rolled out last year calls for the DMV to automatically register people who came into their offices.
What could possibly go wrong?
Now it is being reported
that California elections officials warned Secretary of State Alex
Padilla that the DMV was not ready to launch this aggressive motor voter
program, but California went ahead anyway and the results were a
disaster (for Republicans).
Via the SacBee:
“There wasn’t the appropriate readiness to go forward in
April, and that was brought to the Secretary of State,” said Dean Logan,
registrar for Los Angeles County, adding that he “definitely expressed
concern” to the Secretary of State’s Office, as well as Padilla himself.
“The concern from registrars across the state, including myself, was
not a resistance to moving forward. We supported the move to the New
Motor Voter program in the long term. The concern was had there been
adequate testing and development to be ready for the June election.”
California moved forward anyway.
The DMV has since acknowledged making 105,000 registration errors since Motor Voter began on April 23, 2018. Some customers were registered with the wrong party. Others who wished to opt out of the program were nevertheless signed up.
At least one non-citizen was added to the voter rolls, and the
Secretary of State’s Office is continuing to investigate whether more
non-citizens were included.
“The decision to launch Motor Voter was jointly made by the Secretary
of State’s office, DMV, CDT, and Governor (Jerry) Brown’s
Administration,” Padilla said in a statement
issued by his office. “This project took into consideration workload
and logistics for all partners. While I have expressed frustration with
some of the data transfer errors since the launch of Motor Voter, the
program has been an overall success, adding over 800,000 new voters to
the rolls. I look forward to working with Governor Newsom and his
administration to continue improving voter registration at the DMV.”
Holland, president of the California Association of Clerks and Election
Officials says he also warned Alex Padilla not to launch the program so
close to the midterm elections.
“Our recommendation was not to deploy it that close to an election,”
he said. “That was the opinion of most registrar of voters.”
The SacBee reported that this program ultimately hurt Republicans and flipped at least one district for the Democrats.
The Cloward-Piven Strategy to Replace Americans Is in Full Force in California