August 4, 2022

Details of Paul Pelosi’s DUI Arrest Emerge

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), allegedly showed “signs of impairment” including “symptoms of alcohol intoxication” when he was arrested in May for driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

According to court documents, Paul Pelosi’s Porsche and another driver’s Jeep had “major collision damage” in the May 28 crash. The other driver was identified as John Doe.

The DUI report claims that Paul Pelosi handed responding officers his driver’s license and an 11-99 Foundation card — a charity supporting California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers. Pelosi reportedly had “red/watery” eyes and was “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.”

According to the documents, Pelosi was the only occupant of his vehicle and was in the driver’s seat when officers arrived at the scene.

Responding officers reportedly transported Pelosi to a CHP office in Napa and took a blood sample. Paul Pelosi had a blood alcohol level of 0.082 — higher than the state’s legal limit.

On Wednesday, Amanda Bevins, Paul Pelosi’s lawyer, pleaded not guilty to both counts on her client’s behalf. He is due back in court on August 23 for a settlement conference, Fox News reported.

The outlet obtained and published the court documents as the House Speaker visited Taiwan this week.

Sources: Newsweek, Fox News

August 3, 2022

3 Governors Declare States of Emergency

1914: Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France, beginning World War I.

Three U.S. states have now declared states of emergency over monkeypox outbreaks.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency on Monday after more than 800 cases of monkeypox were reported in the Golden State, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing, and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment, and outreach,” Newsom said.

“We’ll continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community-fighting stigmatization,” he added.

Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) declared a state of emergency after 500 cases were reported.

“I am declaring a state of emergency to expand the resources and coordination efforts of state agencies in responding to, treating, and preventing the spread of MPV,” Pritzker said.

New York was the first state to declare an emergency over monkeypox.

“More than one in four monkeypox cases in this country are in New York State, and we need to utilize every tool in our arsenal as we respond,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said in a July 29 statement. “It’s especially important to recognize the ways in which this outbreak is currently having a disproportionate impact on certain at-risk groups.”

According to the CDC, almost 6,000 monkeypox cases have been reported in the U.S.

Source: Business Insider

July 12, 2022

California Doctor Pitches Floating Abortion Clinic to Bypass Bans [Video]

A doctor from California is floating the idea of a buoyant abortion clinic in the Gulf of Mexico as a way to bypass bans in southern states.

Dr. Meg Autry, an obstetrician and gynecologist, told The Associated Press that her idea is to provide a clinic aboard a ship in federal waters, where state laws don’t apply.

“There’s been an assault on reproductive rights in our country and I’m a lifelong advocate for reproductive health and choice. We have to create options and be thoughtful and creative to help people in restrictive states get the health care they deserve,” said Autry, a professor at the University of California San Francisco.

Autry said the clinic would offer first trimester surgical abortions, contraception, and other care.

“This is closer and faster access for some people, particularly for working people that live in the southernmost part of these states,” she told the outlet.

Autry said they’re still in the fundraising stage through the non-profit organization PRROWESS (Protecting Reproductive Rights Of Women Endangered by State Statutes).

Many details are still in the works, as well, Autry said, including where the boat would launch and how women would get there.

July 6, 2022

Couple Fined More Than $1,500 For Parking in Own Driveway

A San Francisco couple has parked their car in their driveway for the past 36 years — until the city said it’s illegal.

Judy and Ed Craine say the city sent them an email telling them they couldn’t park in their carport anymore.

“We got this email saying we can’t park in the pad anymore. I said what, that’s crazy,” Ed Craine told ABC7.

The city’s Planning Department imposed a steep fine: $1,542, plus another $250 per day until they moved the car.

“I wrote them back saying I thought this was a mistake,” Judy Craine said.

The couple says they’ve been parking there for nearly 40 years, and as far as they know, the space has been used for parking since the house was built in 1910.

Despite the couple’s disbelief, the city says that rules are rules.

“I recognize that the property owner is frustrated. I think I would feel the same way in their situation,” Planning Chief Dan Sider told ABC7 in an email. “But the Planning Code doesn’t allow for the City to grandfather illegal uses on account of their having flown below the radar for a length of time.”

March 9, 2022

Lawmaker Stopped By Airport Security After Loaded Gun Found in Bag

Transportation Security Administration officials found a loaded pistol in California Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s luggage.

The TSA contacted the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, which confiscated the weapon until Cooper returned to California.

The California lawmaker’s office said Cooper, a retired law enforcement officer running for Sacramento sheriff, accidentally brought a bag containing a loaded firearm to airport security.

While Cooper declined to comment on the incident, he stressed that, as a retired sheriff’s deputy, he was fully within his rights to carry a firearm.

Under California’s penal code, it is unlawful for a person to “knowingly possess” a firearm or other weapons within secure areas of airports. But it makes an exception for “a retired peace officer with authorization to carry concealed weapons.” The law prohibits retired peace officers from bringing guns onto airplanes.

Sgt. Rodney Grassmann of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said that a person typically arrives at airport security with a prohibited weapon “once every three to four weeks.”

According to Grassman, people who are not active military or peace officers are subject to misdemeanor citations, but the law for retired law enforcement is a “murkier area.”


California lawmaker stopped at airport security after loaded gun found in bag

February 7, 2022

Black Lives Matter Halts Fundraising Following Threats of Legal Action

Black Lives Matter has shut down all of its online fundraising days after California and Washington’s attorneys general demanded that the group submit delinquent financial disclosures for 2020.

“We take these matters seriously and have taken immediate action,” a Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) spokesperson said.

“We have immediately engaged compliance counsel to address any issues related to state fundraising compliance. In the interim, we have shut down online fundraising as we work quickly to ensure we are meeting all compliance requirements.”

In a letter dated Jan. 31, 2022, California Attorney General Rob Bonta informed the organization that it was prohibited from soliciting or disbursing funds due to its failure to submit an annual report for the 2020 tax year as required.

Bonta threatened to hold the charity’s leaders personally liable for late fees. 

Washington had reportedly ordered BLM to “immediately cease” all fundraising activities within the state on Jan. 5.


Black Lives Matter halts online fundraising after California, Washington threaten legal action

February 2, 2022

California DOJ Issues Warning to BLM Over Missing Financial Records

1653: New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)

The California Department of Justice sent a letter to Black Lives Matter (BLM), warning that the charity’s leaders could be held personally liable if they neglect to provide financial records within 60 days.

“The organization BLACK LIVES MATTER GLOBAL NETWORK FOUNDATION, INC. is delinquent with The Registry of Charitable Trusts for failing to submit required annual report(s),” the letter reads.

The letter comes after a report found that no one has been in charge of BLM or its $60 million in funds since its co-founder, Patrisse Cullors, resigned in May.

Until the organization submits its 2020 Form 990 and other financial records to the state DOJ, BLM is prohibited from “soliciting or disbursing charitable funds.”

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the legal entity representing the national BLM movement, faces fines for “each month or partial month for which the report(s) are delinquent.”

“Charitable assets cannot be used to pay these avoidable costs,” the letter states.

“Accordingly, directors, trustees, officers and return preparers responsible for failure to timely file the above-described report(s) are personally liable for payment of all penalties, interest and other costs incurred to restore exempt status.”

On Tuesday, Paul Kamenar, counsel for conservative watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center, said his organization is filing a complaint against BLM over its lack of transparency.

“The National Legal and Policy Center will be filing a formal complaint with the Attorney General of Washington to impose the maximum penalties on BLMGNF for their flagrant and repeated violations of the charity disclosure laws in that state and it seems in many others,” Kamenar said.


California threatens to hold BLM’s leaders personally liable over missing financial records

January 24, 2022

California Driver Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter in Tesla Autopilot Crash

State prosecutors filed vehicular manslaughter charges against the man who drove a Tesla on Autopilot and ran a red light, slamming into another car and killing two people in 2019.

The driver, Kevin George Aziz Riad, is the first person in the U.S. to be charged with a felony for a fatal crash involving a partially automated system.

Riad, 27, faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bail while the case is pending.

Police said a Model S was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left a freeway and ran a red light, crashing into a Honda Civic at an intersection on December 29, 2019.

While the criminal charges against Riad aren’t the first involving an automated driving system, they are the first to involve a widely-used driver technology.

In Arizona, authorities filed a charge of negligent homicide in 2020 against a driver Uber had hired to take part in the testing of a fully autonomous vehicle on public roads.

The vehicle, an SUV with the human backup driver on board, struck and killed a pedestrian.

By contrast, an estimated 765,000 Teslas are equipped with Autopilot in the U.S. alone.


Tesla driver charged with vehicular manslaughter over fatal Autopilot crash

January 16, 2022

New California Tax Proposal Could Spur Mass Exodus from State

An ambitious proposal in California would create a single-payer healthcare system, but it would also increase the state’s tax revenue by almost double, potentially triggering a mass exodus from the state.

According to a report, Jared Walczak, vice president of state projects at the Tax Foundation, said that the legislation would impose a $163 billion per year tax increase — effectively doubling state collections. That increased revenue comes with a cost, though, one borne by taxpayers that could push residents to lower-tax states.

If the proposal is enacted, “you would expect to see a substantial exodus of businesses and middle- and high-income earners,” Walczak said.

Residents have already left the state in droves, with California’s population declining by 0.8% last year while other states like Florida and Texas saw increases.

“All things equal, people would want to locate in areas in which their after-tax income would be maximized,” said Kyle Pomerleau, a senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “So if they could do the same exact job and live in a place that was just as nice but they could earn more money after taxes … they pick the place with the lower tax burden.”

Under the new proposal, the top marginal income tax rate would rise to 18.05%, a significant increase from the current 12.3% rate that those at the top of the bracket are paying.

Some groups are already lobbying against the measure.

“Completely abolishing the current system in face of unrelenting pandemic by annually taxing Californians hundreds of billions of dollars is not the solution,” said Preston Young, a policy advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce.


Aggressive new California tax hike proposal could accelerate exodus from state

January 11, 2022

Newsom Proposes Free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) proposed free healthcare for all low-income residents of his state, including individuals who are there illegally.

Newsom unveiled his California Blueprint plan, a budget proposal that costs more than $200 billion. The plan, Newsom said, addresses five of the state’s biggest challenges. The governor outlines plans, including creating a new statewide gun buyback program, housing for the homeless, and expanding the state’s health care coverage to all low-income residents, regardless of immigration status.

“Governor Newsom’s blueprint will make California the first state in the nation to offer universal access to healthcare coverage for all state residents, regardless of immigration status,” the press release reads.

“Here’s the big one: California is poised to be, if this proposal is supported, the first state in the country to achieve universal access to health coverage,” Newsom said during the conference. “So, what does that mean? It means full-scope Medi-Cal, including long-term care, [In-Home Supportive Services], and behavioral health to all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status.”

If approved, the measure would allow undocumented migrants to obtain state-funded abortions.

The plan would be fully implemented by January 2024, Newsom said.


Newsom proposes health coverage for all immigrants in California

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