Posts tagged California

Don’t let California Backslide to More Dirty Energy

I just signed the petition “Don’t let California Backslide to More Dirty Energy” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding.

Lalo Alcaraz or who ever put this graphic together nailed it.  Shame on #Murrieta, California.

Lalo Alcaraz or who ever put this graphic together nailed it. Shame on #Murrieta, California.


Escondido’s now-famous racism ran rampant in the room. Despite Escondido Commission Chairman Jeff Weber repeatedly emphasizing that, by law, the panel could only consider local land-use issues, the fear of being overrun with Brown People dominated the discussion.
The mood at the meeting was overwhelmingly hostile, coming after a concerted campaign waged via right wing blogs and news media whipping up fears of crime, disease and gangs.
By a 7-0 vote the commission decided not to approve the project, saying it would generate more noise and traffic in the neighborhood.

 (via Escondido Bigots Unite to Keep Migrant Child Shelter Out)

Escondido’s now-famous racism ran rampant in the room. Despite Escondido Commission Chairman Jeff Weber repeatedly emphasizing that, by law, the panel could only consider local land-use issues, the fear of being overrun with Brown People dominated the discussion.

The mood at the meeting was overwhelmingly hostile, coming after a concerted campaign waged via right wing blogs and news media whipping up fears of crime, disease and gangs.

By a 7-0 vote the commission decided not to approve the project, saying it would generate more noise and traffic in the neighborhood.


Pledge To Support Cannabis Reform

Prohibition is still dumber than a rock. Everybody on get the bus, now.

Tell your California Assemblymember: Stop dealers from selling killer cars to consumers!

Due to a loophole in California law, car dealers are allowed to sell used cars without repairing safety recalls first.  Millions of Californians are driving cars with unrepaired safety recalls, and most don’t even know it.

An analysis by CarFax shows that 36 million cars on the road right now — or roughly one in seven — are subject to a safety-related recall but have never been repaired. Good Morning America has gone undercover to investigate, catching car dealers telling consumers that used cars are “safe” and passed rigorous inspections, when they’re actually ticking time bombs.

It’s obvious that the law needs to change, but the car dealers are lobbying furiously because they don’t want to bother repairing the cars before they make another sale.

The next victim could be you, or someone you love, even if you don’t buy a recalled used car. You share the road with these cars every day. SIGN THE PETITION and send an email to your California Assemblymember and say:

“Support Senate Bill 686 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson to help keep Californians and their families safe from killer cars by making car dealers repair used cars with open safety recalls before selling them to consumers.”

Rates for probationer arrests as a percentage of all adult arrests after the onset of AB 109 — the prison realignment law enacted in late 2011 in response to federal court orders to reduce overcrowding — only went up two percent the next year, from 10 percent two years earlier.

Meaning, only one in eight adults arrested in 2012 was under probation supervision.

“I think that what this tells us is that the sky is not falling,” said Cynthia Burke, criminal justice research director for the San Diego Association of Governments. “It’s something that we need to keep looking at. But Probation, the Sheriff’s Department and the other partners are using evidence-based practices to try to supervise these offenders.”

Will you help advance Council President Todd Gloria's earned sick days and minimum wage measure?

Workers across the spectrum—retail, fast-food, tourism, clerical and many others—are speaking out. Each day, these low income earners are forced to make tough decisions: Can I pay the rent? Can I afford to stay home with my sick child?

Council President Todd Gloria’s measure will make a positive difference in the lives of more than 200,000 low wage employees. Stand with working San Diegans, a coalition of community and religious organizations and six Councilmembers who have voiced support for the measure. It is time to advance the earned sick days and minimum wage measure!

The Mayor and Council need to hear from you!

Stop the Utility Power Grab

Community Choice energy programs empower local communities to take control of decision-making about the sources and cost of their electrical power. Not-for-profit, democratically controlled Community Choice energy programs enable local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating green jobs and stimulating the local economy. These programs are dedicated to reducing consumer electricity demand, providing competitive electricity rates and maximizing the amount of renewable energy in their mix.

In California, Community Choice was made possible by state legislation enacted in 2002. Marin and Sonoma Counties were the first to establish Community Choice programs in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Other counties are currently considering establishing Community Choice programs, including Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey, among others.

In 2008, PG&E spent millions trying (unsuccessfully) to discourage Marin residents from choosing Marin Clean Energy. In 2010, PG&E spent $46 million on an unsuccessful ballot initiative (Prop 16) to change the California Constitution to require a two-thirds majority of voters to establish a Community Choice program. The voters spoke, but PG&E is still trying to kill off Community Choice and preserve its monopoly.

AB 2145 would effectively prevent Community Choice programs from operating anywhere in California. If this bill passes, Californians will be stuck with their dirty energy monopoly utility.

AB 2145 represents a backwards step for California. Don’t let utilities derail our clean energy future!

Living California Dream

I’m chasing my chihuahua around the swimming pool.

The dream part is that I don’t have to share the pool with anyone I don’t live with.

Sign the Petition to Let Us Vote Whether Money is Speech! (California Clean Money Campaign)