When a California lawmaker convened a routine televised meeting recently, little did she know the firestorm that would ensue. “The initial live video view was, one could say, a little risqué,” tweeted Dan Walters, a veteran political journalist in Sacramento. “Someone must have said something, because after a recess, the camera angle was much different and G-rated.” Diplomatically, Walters did not mention the name or sex of the Appropriations committee chair, but the Twitteriti soon identified her as Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), author of the much maligned gig economy law backed by the unions that cratered the state’s freelance economy.
As the state of California prepares to send mail-in ballots to more than 20 million registered voters ahead of the general election, concerned citizens have raised questions about the role of hired experts with ties to partisan Democratic groups. The Democracy Fund, hired by Secretary of State Alex Padilla in to oversee the mail-in ballot program in California until January 15, 2021, purports to be non-partisan. But its primary sponsor, Pierre Omidyar, an eBay billionaire who attended the University of California, Berkeley, has given millions of dollars to leftist causes and media outlets and Democratic Party candidates and groups.
Redding, Calif. – A military veteran and business owner expressed the frustration of many when he addressed elected leaders in a public hearing over California’s prolonged lockdowns. Carlos Zapata took the Shasta County Board of Supervisors to task at the public forum, saying the coronavirus restrictions are threatening the lives of his family and many others. “I’m telling you our families are starving [but] you guys can sit here with your jobs — you’re going to sit here and get paid to fall asleep,” he said. “You better be happy we’re good citizens, but it’s not going to be peaceful much longer.”
Santa Clara, Calif. – The freak weather plaguing California took a strange twist in the wind this week, as a mysterious circle of black smoke wafted over the South Bay. Shocked residents captured it on video as heavy thunderstorms bombarded the Bay Area. Such a rare phenomenon usually takes place over active volcanoes, which can eject smoky vortexes of steam and gas, sometimes as wide as 600 feet in diameter. The cause of this smoke circle remains unknown. However, it was associated with a powerful lightning bolt that struck moments before next to Levi Stadium, home of the 49ers.
The California Senate is considering legislation to use taxpayer funds to pay for hormone blockers and sex change operations for minors. The bill, after passing the Senate Health Committee by a 7-1 vote last week, moves to the Senate Appropriation Committee and then the Senate floor before the end of the month. As noted by health experts, the use of cross-sex hormones and surgeries for adolescents would permanently destroy their reproductive systems, a fact which bill backers seem inclined to ignore. AB 2218 initially asked for $15 million to start the fund. It passed the State Assembly with little debate.
A San Diego city councilmember heatedly criticized those not following social distancing mandates or wearing masks in Ocean Beach, urging authorities to arrest non-compliant people. Covid is “the worst virus in the history of medicine,” fumed Councilmember Jennifer Campbell next to a popular beach park. “The county sheriff should be here arresting people who are not wearing masks, who aren’t distancing. Behave or you’re going to be in big trouble.” Some in the park disagreed. “If you want to have a riot, that’s okay. If you want to get drunk at a bar, that’s okay,” one resident complained.
One of the premier West Coast hotels required a hazardous materials cleanup crew, the result of the city’s policy of housing the homeless with taxpayers funds during the Covid crisis. The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, a luxury hotel atop swanky Nob Hill, dispatched unruly guests to another undisclosed property. Afterwards, a hazmat team arrived to tidy up the premises. Since city and state civil servants unveiled Project Roomkey, San Franciscans have been horrified by a series of revelations. As for the latest at the Mark Hopkins, residents theorized on Twitter about the cause: A meth lab? Bodily fluids? Used drugs? Ghostbusters?
A proposed amendment to California’s Handguns Certified for Sale law seems like a minor change at first, but Second Amendment advocates warn it would amount to a de facto ban on handgun sales in the state. AB 2847, would relax the state’s microstamping requirements, but also remove three older handgun models for every new handgun it adds to the official roster of those safe for sale. “It’s really a backdoor handgun ban that would slowly remove guns and make it so that guns could not be added in the future,” cautioned guns rights activist Reno Mays.
San Francisco’s district attorney acknowledges that the city is plagued by drug sellers from Honduras, but frets that arresting them isn’t really worth it. Chesa Boudin, a former public defender who vowed as a candidate to prosecute fewer criminals, is not inclined to address how the surge in drug sales during Covid lockdowns was affecting city residents, and instead focused on the plight of the drug dealers. Many were trafficked and their families were at risk at home if they cooperated with authorities, Boudin said in a webinar last week. Therefore, authorities shouldn’t arrest or prosecute them, he said.
An interesting development since the Covid lockdowns in San Francisco has been the stealthy placement of homeless people in luxury hotels, such as the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill. As it turns out, the government is using unlikely public employees who otherwise would have likely been furloughed to serve as vice couriers for them. One such city staffer, for example, was a curator with the San Francisco city museums before the shutdown. Being the museums were closed, this person would stay on the payroll as a “runner, delivering meals, liquor, weed and cigarettes to the homeless in their hotels.
Volcano, Calif. – This circa 1850s settlement in the Northern California mountains was originally known for its odd name and rich gold mines, but then a strange wartime experience brought it a different notoriety. During the Civil War, the citizens were divided between Union and Confederate sympathizers. As Volcano’s gold help pay for the Union cause, those favoring the rebellion conspired to steal it to divert south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The Unionists, called the Volcano Blues, smuggled a big cannon, called “Old Abe,” into town to scare the Confederate faction, known as Knights of the Golden Circle…
While many well-meaning liberals support Black Lives Matter, few realize that the group is dedicated to dismantling the institution than help blacks more than any other. The avowed Marxist organization sees the family as the product of “Western imperialism” and wants to rid society of it, according to its mission statement. That doesn’t sit well with Kevin McGary, longtime chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of California. “There’s a lot of things that supposedly the Black Lives Matter stands for that are really anti-black lives,” McGary said in an interview this week.