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State Farm to drop 72 K CA Homeowner Policies
« Reply #950 on: March 25, 2024, 04:45:23 PM »

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Re: State Farm to drop 72 K CA Homeowner Policies
« Reply #951 on: March 26, 2024, 03:18:31 AM »
"Unaware of the irony, CA insurance commission says they plan to investigate:"

  - this says it all, although unaware dramatically understates their hostility to the freedom required in the concept of forming private contracts. How can you have consenting parties, essential element of a contract, if the parties don't have the right to not consent?

And they would argue back to me, without using the f word, doug, welcome to california, what is it you don't understand about fascism?

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California Judge Disbars Trump Lawyer
« Reply #952 on: March 28, 2024, 12:15:57 PM »
Heck, they aren't even attempting to hide the ample thumb atop the scale, scales of "justice" in this case:


Kamala Donor Judge Disbars John Eastman for Representing Trump

Corrupt California State Bar which protected corrupt lawyers, targeting Trump's lawyer.

March 28, 2024 by Daniel Greenfield 12 Comments

Corrupt. Totalitarian. Par for the course.

I was privileged to listen to John Eastman speak twice and lay out his case at David Horowitz Freedom Center events, including at the Restoration Weekend in New Orleans and at an event in Los Angeles. Both times, Eastman spoke compellingly about what he had gone through in the lawfare campaign to destroy him for representing Trump.

That includes the California bar’s effort to disbar him. An effort that has at least temporarily succeeded.

A California judge on Wednesday recommended disbarring a lawyer at the center of former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

State Bar Judge Yvette Roland found John Eastman culpable on 10 of the 11 counts filed by the California State Bar last year. The state bar sought to strip Eastman’s license to practice law in the state over “false and misleading statements” about purported election fraud and his role in “provoking” the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

“In view of the circumstances surrounding Eastman’s misconduct and balancing the aggravation and mitigation, the court recommends that Eastman be disbarred,” Roland wrote in a 128-page decision.

This is the work of an abusive kangaroo court and a political appointee.

Yvette Roland, who had specialized in employment law, as a president of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, had been appointed to the State Bar Court by former Speaker Toni Atkins, whose main claim to fame was being the first lesbian in that position, and who tried to climb to the governorship on her record of Trump bashing.

Judge Yvette Roland donated to Kamala Harris in the past, as well as Obama. She’s a partisan Democrat handing down a partisan ruling that penalizes political opposition.

It’s par for the course in California, which has become a totalitarian one-party state, not so much because of a disproportionate demographic political tilt, as because the state became a test lab for leftists using every possible tool to suppress the opposition. Now that’s going nationwide.

Eastman will appeal, but the point here is intimidation as much as anything else.

Now the California State Bar Court has itself been notoriously enmeshed in scandals and been accused of corruption.

The State Bar of California has failed to effectively discipline corrupt attorneys, allowing lawyers to repeatedly violate professional standards and harm members of the public, according to a long-awaited audit of the agency released Thursday.

The audit of the State Bar was ordered last year by the Legislature in the wake of a Los Angeles Times investigation that documented how the now-disgraced attorney Tom Girardi cultivated close relationships with the agency and kept an unblemished law license despite over 100 lawsuits against him or his firm — with many alleging misappropriation of client money.

Earlier this month, a Chicago law firm accused Girardi and other lawyers at his defunct firm of running “the largest criminal racketeering enterprise in the history of plaintiffs’ law,” pocketing millions from clients, vendors and fellow attorneys.

That Girardi’s serial misconduct went unchecked for decades has forced a reckoning among the legal establishment. In addition to the State Bar’s acknowledgement of past mistakes, the agency has also been conducting a broad investigation into whether its own employees or other agency insiders helped Girardi skirt scrutiny. That investigation is ongoing, Duran confirmed.

Until recently, this was all playing out with allegations of RICO violations by the State Bar and million-dollar gifts.

Disbarred Los Angeles lawyer Tom Girardi funneled more than $1 million in gifts and payments to an investigator at the State Bar of California and the investigator’s wife, a USC accounting professor, according to a report released Friday.

The long-anticipated report, the result of a year-and-a-half investigation by a law firm working for the State Bar’s governing board, detailed how Girardi cultivated and sustained an “extensive network of connections at all levels” of the agency tasked with regulating California’s legal profession and described corruption beyond what is publicly known.

The law firm’s investigation also documented how numerous State Bar officials with close ties to Girardi killed complaints that came into the agency or improperly closed cases about the lawyer’s alleged misconduct.

After failing to take action against lawyers who were allegedly committing massive fraud, the State Bar went after John Eastman for… having the wrong politics.

That’s the California Democratic machine in a nutshell.

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/kamala-donor-judge-disbars-john-eastman-for-representing-trump/

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Re: California Judge Disbars Trump Lawyer
« Reply #953 on: March 28, 2024, 12:31:59 PM »
Outrageous.  Chapman was Dean of the Chapman University Law School.

Zacarias Moussaoui has a right to have legal counsel advocate on his behalf.  Donald Trump doesn't.

Of course they are trying to scare all good lawyers from ever assisting Trump.

I think it's called, operation backfire.

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Sausage Making Case
« Reply #954 on: March 28, 2024, 04:36:43 PM »
A follow up to a piece I believe Crafty originally posted regarding a tax carve out in a recent minimum wage bill that contained a very specific carve out for a Newsom donor:

California’s ‘Paneragate’ Shows How Lobbyists Are Now Crafting Laws
March 25, 2024
By LEE E. OHANIAN
Office of the Governor of California
Also published in California on Your Mind Tue. March 19, 2024
Bloomberg recently broke a story about a bizarre exemption from California’s new fast-food franchise regulations—which include a $20 minimum wage and oversight of working conditions from a politically appointed council—for those franchises that “produce and sell bread as a standalone item.” The exemption first drew media attention last fall when it was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. When a reporter asked Newsom about the strange carve-out, Newsom responded, “That is how the sausage is made,” with no further explanation.

Newsom now regrets his “sausage” comment from last September, because Bloomberg was told that the exemption is not just your generic sausage but was included to satisfy none other than Newsom. Why? Because a key beneficiary of the exemption was Greg Flynn, the owner of 24 Panera Bread franchises in the state. Flynn and Newsom attended the same high school, they had a business transaction about 10 years ago, and Flynn has contributed over $160,000 to Newsom’s campaigns.

Bloomberg’s story went viral, including articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post. After the story broke, Newsom responded a few days later that the appearance of “pay for play” for Flynn was “absurd,” but he again provided no explanation for how the exemption came to be.

State lawyers are now claiming that Panera is in fact not exempt, even though they produce bread on site and sell it as a standalone item. Why? Because the lawyers are now saying the exemption requires that the bread dough must be made from scratch on the premises. Panera bakes the bread on site, but the dough is made at another facility. Regarding the exemption, the law says nothing about where bread dough is made to qualify for the exemption. This is obviously revisionist history that happens to be extraordinarily politically convenient for Newsom and state legislators.

Flynn has not commented on whether or not Panera is exempt from the law, but he stated he would pay the $20 minimum wage, which will take an uncomfortably hot political spotlight off him.

Since the Bloomberg story broke, the claim that Flynn’s relationship with Newsom had nothing to do with the exemption is becoming harder to swallow, and the degree of influence that political lobbyists had on the bill is being shown to have been far beyond any previously reported.

No one in Sacramento is willing to say why or for whom the exemption is there. The bill covers the state’s major fast-food franchises, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, Del Taco, Chipotle, Panda Express, Jersey Mike’s, and Carl’s Jr., among others. None satisfy the exemption. So just who qualifies? KCRA, the NBC news affiliate in Sacramento, confirmed Bloomberg’s story with multiple sources who indicated that the law’s exemption was included to obtain approval by the governor and reflects Flynn’s influence. There are no plausible explanations for the carve-out other than Panera. In fact, there are no alternative explanations for the exemption whatsoever.

Someone knows—perhaps many people know—but won’t talk. Certainly, the author of the bill would know, yes? No. Assemblyman Chris Holden wrote the bill, but he doesn’t know how the Panera exemption got there. How is this even possible? Because Holden was not part of the final negotiations on the bill.

So, just who was crafting the legislation if the bill’s author wasn’t? The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), that’s who. Despite the unwillingness of those involved to go on the record, KCRA reporter Ashley Zavala, who has been covering the story closely, managed to get an SEIU director to admit that there was a political impasse regarding the bill’s final negotiations and that state leaders asked the SEIU to “figure this out.”

There is a line between political advocacy and political influence. And beyond that, there is a line between political influence and who ultimately makes policy. “Paneragate” shows that both of those lines have been blatantly crossed. Advocacy groups provide input. They certainly don’t write laws. Even worse, the SEIU required those involved in finalizing the bill to sign nondisclosure agreements. The SEIU claims this was done to create an atmosphere of trust. I suspect everyone else sees it as a way of keeping those involved from talking about what appears to be “pay for play.” The use of nondisclosure agreements in the legislative process is highly unusual and clearly flies in the face of political transparency.

The involvement of the SEIU, one of the largest labor unions within the state, has a huge political influence component itself, because California’s new fast-food law exempts franchisees who have a collective bargaining agreement. In California, more than 300,000 employees work in fast-food franchises, with few covered by a union contract. By creating a fast-food minimum wage that significantly exceeds the statewide minimum of $16 per hour, and by creating a fast-food employee relations oversight council, the new law has made collective bargaining much more palatable for franchisees. Like California’s awful 2020 law that forces many independent contractors to become employees (AB 5), the new fast-food law is a union payoff.

Nineteen Republican state lawmakers have signed a letter sent to state attorney general Rob Bonta requesting that his office investigate Paneragate. Thus far, Bonta, who was originally appointed to his position by Newsom, has not responded to the request, and I can’t imagine he ever will pursue an investigation.

To sum up, here’s what’s in Newsom’s “sausage”: A nondisclosure agreement crafted by a labor union negotiating the final stages of legislation, without the author of the bill. A one-off political carve-out that no one will own, and that ex post facto appears to benefit no one, despite multiple sources reporting it was created for a significant Newsom donor. An attorney general who is unresponsive to an investigative request from 19 lawmakers.

California needs new political transparency laws. A good model would be Florida’s transparency law, which permits anyone to inspect and copy any state, local, or municipal record. No nondisclosure agreements there.

Paneragate shows just how far California lawmaking has declined. And what should be an embarrassing stain on the state’s political leadership is simply business as usual, with all involved parties clamming up and hoping it dries up and blows away. Why do we accept such an abysmal level of governance?

 
LEE E. OHANIAN is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Senior Fellow

https://www.independent.org/news/article.asp?id=14887


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California Fascism: Barrier to exit
« Reply #956 on: April 08, 2024, 11:30:56 AM »
The government policies forced the business out of business, and now they get sued for closing.  Welcome to the Third Reich, I mean California, and as California goes, so goes the nation.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2024/04/san_francisco_to_allow_residents_to_sue_fleeing_groceries_that_don_t_give_six_months_notice_before_closing.html

One more time, are you fkg kidding me?
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California, blue states, Colorado etc.
« Reply #957 on: April 12, 2024, 06:31:55 AM »
https://www.theepochtimes.com/article/democrats-used-a-bold-strategy-to-turn-colorado-blue-now-the-gop-wants-to-win-it-back-5624966?src_src=epochHG&src_cmp=rcp

Can Colorado be flipped back?  (Minnesota too.)

Cut 10 points off their margin.  Margin of victory or defeat matters.

1. Message   
2. Money 
3. Winning strategy
All intertwined.

GOP needs to be more competitive in Colorado (and California) (and MN) (and Virginia) and so on.

We are currently vacationing in Berkeley, studying the blue model up close.
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California water supplies
« Reply #959 on: April 13, 2024, 10:54:22 AM »
https://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/rescond.pdf

Thanks to Climate Change ( :wink:)

all reservoirs are above historical averages:

https://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/products/rescond.pdf

The Greens look like this =>  :-o :cry:

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Newsom’s Fast Food Folly Comes Home to Roost
« Reply #961 on: May 09, 2024, 02:31:32 PM »
10K jobs lost since $20/hr wage mandated:

California Loses Nearly 10,000 Fast-Food Jobs After $20 Minimum Wage Signed Last Fall
April 26, 2024
By LEE E. OHANIAN
California Governor / Flickr
Also published in California on Your Mind Wed. April 24, 2024
Last September, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 1287 into law, which includes a $20 per hour minimum wage for fast-food workers and a fast-food regulatory council which has the authority to raise the industry’s minimum wage annually. But between last fall and January, California fast-food restaurants cut about 9,500 jobs, representing a 1.3 percent change from September 2023. Total private employment in California declined just 0.2 percent during the same period, which makes it tempting to conclude that many of those lost fast-food jobs resulted from the higher labor costs employers would need to pay.

More fast-food job losses are coming as the new minimum wage took effect earlier this month. This includes losses at Pizza Hut and Round Table Pizza which are in the process of firing nearly 1,300 delivery drivers. El Pollo Loco and Jack in the Box announced that they will speed up the use of robotics, including robots that make salsa and cook fried foods.

Fast food prices are up since the law took effect on April 1. In less than one month, Wendy’s increased prices by 8 percent, Chipotle’s prices have increased by 7.5 percent, and Starbucks prices are up by 7 percent. McDonald's has announced it will be raising prices, and many other fast-food franchises have announced hiring freezes.

California now has the highest-priced fast food in the country, but there is an obvious limit to how much further prices can climb. “I can’t charge $20 for Happy Meals,” noted Scott Rodrick, a Northern California McDonald’s franchisee.

It is nothing short of bizarre that California would choose to specify a substantially higher minimum wage for its fast-food industry, which tends to hire workers who are much younger than other industries, which have a minimum wage of about $16 per hour. About 30 percent of fast-food workers are teens, and another 30 percent are between twenty and twenty-four years old. With 60 percent of its workforce twenty-four or younger, the fast-food industry stands in sharp contrast to the other industries, in which only about 13 percent of workers are that young.

Young workers have less experience than older workers and are still in the process of building skills, both of which tend to limit the amount of value that young workers can create for an employer. Young workers are also expensive from a human resources standpoint, because they require significant training and because they tend to move in and out of employment frequently, reflecting school schedules. Annual worker turnover in the fast-food industry exceeds 100 percent, which raises employer recruiting and training costs significantly.

Fast-food employers have few alternatives to a $20 minimum wage other than cutting their workforces or raising prices, as fast-food profit margins are slim, averaging 5‒8 percent. Labor advocates typically argue for the need of a “living wage” when it comes to the pay of less-skilled workers. But this ignores the fact that many of those workers are part time, and it also ignores the fact that fast-food owners and their investors must receive adequate compensation for their time and capital. Living wages can mean no wages, which is what has happened for over 9,500 California fast-food workers since last September.

The genesis of the new law is one of the uglier pieces of legislation to have come out of Sacramento. Minimum wage and “living wage” laws almost always are tied to unions, because they typically provide exemptions for workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement. This one is no exception. For over a decade the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) tried to unionize fast-food workers, but failed, despite spending $100 million in the process.

The union then turned to its legislative friends in Sacramento to create a new law in which a regulatory council, which would of course be dominated by union representatives, would regulate wages and working conditions in the fast-food industry, unless of course the restaurant agreed to collective bargaining. The Legislature passed this law, Assembly Bill 1228, in 2022, and Newsom signed it, but it was so onerous that the industry gathered enough signatures to put the law in front of voters in a 2024 ballot referendum. Legislators panicked, knowing that voters would likely overturn the law. A new bill, AB 1287, was crafted that substantially weakened the regulatory authority of the fast-food council, and the industry agreed to remove the ballot referendum.

But the ugliness of the new law doesn’t stop there. The 2023 law includes a strange exemption from the $20 wage for fast-food restaurants that bake their own bread and sell it as a stand-alone item. Why? According to several sources familiar with the bill’s negotiations, the exemption was included to satisfy Newsom, because one of his political donors, Greg Flynn, owns several California Panera Bread franchises, which bake their own bread and sell it as a stand-alone item.

After this exemption came to light in the national media in February, Newsom responded to allegations that the bakery exemption reflected a political payoff for his donor as outrageous, but he provided no other explanation for why such a one-off exemption was provided, and he still hasn’t. Newsom received more criticism in the media when it was reported that a restaurant he partially owns near Lake Tahoe posted a job listing for a table busser at $16 an hour. With a $37 pasta dish and a $67 steak dinner on the menu, the restaurant doesn’t qualify as fast food, so it is not required to pay the $20 minimum wage. And while Newsom is not involved in managing his businesses since becoming governor, many still find it tone-deaf that the spirit of the legislation that he is so proud of is not being followed by his family business.

The $16-per-hour job posting in Newsom’s restaurant is informative regarding the market price of restaurant service workers. The restaurant is not paying more because it doesn't need to. It can find qualified applicants at $4 less per hour than the fast-food minimum wage, even in Lake Tahoe, which is a high cost-of-living area.

The job will be filled in Newsom’s restaurant, and perhaps it has already been filled. But there are over 9,500 California jobs that no longer exist because they can’t pay what Newsom’s restaurant is paying. And that is the saddest bit of this ugly new law.

 
LEE E. OHANIAN is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a Professor of Economics and Director of the Ettinger Family Program in Macroeconomic Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

https://www.independent.org/news/article.asp?id=14919



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Wait, Our Wage Edicts Impacts Services? Who Knew
« Reply #964 on: May 28, 2024, 04:36:00 PM »
The $25/hr chickens come home to roost in CA. WSJ editorial:

California’s $25-an-Hour Minimum-Wage Boomerang
Gov. Newsom now says the law he signed last October would add to the state’s fiscal woes. He ignored warnings at the time.

Progressives in Sacramento rarely think twice before burdening businesses. But lo and behold, they are having second thoughts about California’s new $25-an-hour minimum wage for healthcare workers. Why? Because its burdensome budget costs are threatening liberal programs.

California’s Democratic Legislature is scrambling this week to delay the state’s higher healthcare minimum wage, which is scheduled to take effect on June 1. It’s not uncommon for politicians to reverse themselves, but California Gov. Gavin Newsom is walking back a law that he signed only last October. What’s changed?

The state’s budget deficit has ballooned to $45 billion. Mr. Newsom projects that the new healthcare minimum wage would cost the state $4 billion more a year owing to higher Medicaid costs and compensation for workers at state-owned facilities. Legislative analyses warned about these costs, but Mr. Newsom signed the law anyway.

Thus the minimum wage for healthcare workers is set to rise to between $18 and $23 an hour this Saturday, depending on the type and size of healthcare provider. California’s current minimum wage for all workers is $16 an hour. Nearly all workers at healthcare facilities including janitors will have to be paid at least $25 an hour by 2028.

Democrats shrugged when healthcare providers warned that the wage mandate could force cuts to patient services. Who cares if Californians wait longer before being seen at the ER? But now Democrats worry that the state’s higher health costs could force bigger government spending cuts. Oh no. Californians may have to wait even longer for their bullet train to nowhere.

Mr. Newsom is proposing to tie health worker minimum-wage increases to the state’s general fund revenue and to exempt state facilities. But once capital-gains revenue picks up again, California’s private healthcare providers will be stuck paying for the wage mandate, which they will ultimately pass on to patients. Far better to repeal the $25 wage minimum en toto.

As usual, Democrats don’t want to eat their own lousy cooking. Gov. Newsom this spring also signed legislation to carve out fast-food restaurants on government property from California’s new $20-an-hour fast-food minimum wage, which kicked in last month. Democrats don’t want the mandate interfering with government concession licenses.

California’s wage minimums are another illustration of how progressive mandates boomerang. Average weekly earnings for leisure and hospitality employees in California have declined by 2.6% over the last year owing to a steep drop in hours worked. By contrast, those average weekly earnings rose 3% nationwide, 3.2% in Florida and 5.2% in Texas.
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Average hourly earnings for California leisure and hospitality workers have also increased more slowly—2.1% compared to 3.8% nationwide—no doubt partly because the state’s softer labor market has reduced competition for workers.

When government raises wages above what the market commands, employers will increase prices and reduce labor. California, QED.

https://apple.news/A5Ap8FcbLSa6ci4OIWLpiGQ

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VDH on The Arnold as Cali governor
« Reply #965 on: May 29, 2024, 06:03:14 AM »
listen to the March 28th

at end he says there is a rumor that Arnold may have been forced to the far left by his Kennedy wife who knew of his affair while he was still governor and agreed to keep it quiet till after his term if he would move Left.

Not clear this was true but his move left may have been simply his caving to the reality of the evolution of Cali politics.
Cal. will never have a Repub governor again unless the Latins turn right.
Pretty daunting to do that but perhaps possible.
Except for the illegals who keep flooding in.

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Re: California
« Reply #966 on: May 29, 2024, 06:31:04 AM »
Arnie started out with some real gusto and pushed hard for a couple of good initiatives, but lost to the power of the public unions etc and then kind of gave up.

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Hydrant Hiatus
« Reply #968 on: June 14, 2024, 08:54:34 AM »
302 LA fire hydrants stolen from the streets & sold as scrap metal. Putting out fires sans water? Might have to coin a new term: Zen firefighting.

https://thepostmillennial.com/302-fire-hydrants-have-been-stolen-from-la-streets-since-2023?utm_campaign=64470

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Re: Hydrant Hiatus
« Reply #969 on: June 14, 2024, 09:36:18 AM »
302 LA fire hydrants stolen from the streets & sold as scrap metal. Putting out fires sans water? Might have to coin a new term: Zen firefighting.

https://thepostmillennial.com/302-fire-hydrants-have-been-stolen-from-la-streets-since-2023?utm_campaign=64470

When they were stealing the copper out of my houses the City didn't a rat's ass about it.  They stole two catalytic converters from me (3 if you count when they stole the whole van).  So what.  Now they steal from the City...

Who are these "recycling centers" that fund and profit from the stolen goods racket?  Why is my business SO regulated and theirs is not?

Do we have a topic for 'Crimes Worse than Trump's Bookkeeping Errors'?    :wink:
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