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The images, including a Photoshopped depiction of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) on all fours in a bikini with her tongue hanging out, prompted House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) to ask that his column be taken off the website.

“We didn’t condone them,” said Matt Sparks, a spokesman for McCarthy, referring to the website’s pictures. “We thought it was the right thing to do to ask for the column to be removed.”

Another image on the website, called Breitbart California, superimposed Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg’s face on a topless female body. The picture’s tag line says the website will be “covering Cali-sized IQs & cup sizes.” Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown was shown with a body builder’s muscle-bound physique.
Isn’t that nice that one powerful Republican official is learning what limits are and restraint is?

Sign the petition: Pass SB 1132 California Fracking Moratorium

I signed a petition to The California State House and The California State Senate which says: "Tell California State Legislators to support a fracking moratorium now and vote yes on SB 1132.”

Will you sign this petition?

Someone didn’t make the turn on to H Street.

Someone didn’t make the turn on to H Street.

Cesar Chavez has become a holiday, a stamp, a foundation, a national monument and a street and school in Delano. It is not surprising as the Latino community becomes a demographic force in the U.S. that 48 years later, a movie is being shown nationwide about the farmworkers movement, with Cesar Chavez at the romantic helm. Unfortunately, in the Hollywood version of historical dismissal, Filipino farmworkers are once again denied the proper recognition they deserve. In a recent appearance at UCLA, the director Diego Luna told a Chicano studies audience, “We have to send a message to the industry that our stories have to be represented. And with the depth and the complexity they deserve.”

Indeed, in the age of American ethnic diversity, it is all about representation, all about visibility — a spiritual mission to bring you, our fathers, back in the light. History might have worked in favor of Chavez in the past decades, but many Filipino Americans will do what it takes to put your names in the pages of American movements. A new documentary titled, Delano Manongs, interrogates the erasure of Filipinos from the farmworkers movement and presents the story from the point of view of the leader of the movement himself, Larry Itliong. In 2013, the New Haven Unified School District of Union City, CA renamed Alvarado Middle School Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School. Even a new generation of Filipino Americans on the East coast, the Pilipino American Unity for Progress (Unipro), has made your invisibility part of their discourse.

I just took action to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign an executive order to stop food stamp cuts in California.

In a state with over a 100 billionaires - more than any other state in the USA, this is absurd. I that think you should sign, too.

If you live in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont, one of your senators is a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee. Their vote could be pivotal for keeping Michael Boggs from a lifetime appointment.
Sign and send the petition—Reject Michael Boggs’s nomination to the U.S. District Court in Georgia.

If you live in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont, one of your senators is a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee. Their vote could be pivotal for keeping Michael Boggs from a lifetime appointment.

Sign and send the petition—Reject Michael Boggs’s nomination to the U.S. District Court in Georgia.

Tell California regulators to reject plans to build new polluting gas plants near our families!

State authorities are about to vote on a proposed plan giving Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric a pass to build new polluting gas-fired power plants in Southern California. These “natural gas plants” are anything but “natural”.

Particulate matter and ozone emissions from these plants are known to exacerbate asthma rates in our already polluted communities. And guess where these power plants are often built? Probably not by wealthy mansions but right near where Latinos and other working-class families live.

There is a better way. Renewable energy sources like solar and energy conservation, among other clean alternatives, are far better solutions. This is what our Latino community in Southern California would prefer. In fact, a recent poll released by The Sierra Club jointly with Presente.org showed that Latinos support a replacement strategy favoring clean renewable energy over polluting power plants.

Tell the PUC to stand strong against giving Southern California’s utilities a pass to build more polluting gas-fired power plants in our communities!

I asked Murray about another development that disturbed me at the hearing last week: Two police officers tried to shred Esparza’s credibility by saying she’d somehow consented to being raped. One said that after Ramirez overpowered her, Esparza “consented to Gonzalo raping her.” Another testified that because Patricia was too weak to fend Gonzalo off, she “allowed Gonzalo to rape her.”

It should be obvious, especially to anyone in law enforcement: There is no such thing as consenting to being raped. It’s a contradiction in terms. For police and prosecutors to create any other impression is to blur the definition of rape in a way that disserves victims everywhere.

Murray, however, said, “I’ve heard a million people say she was raped. Really? There’s been no finding of that and I know of no evidence of that except the accused murderer’s statement of it.”

Road Side Memorial in El Cajon, CA

This closure is in response to a significant increase in wood poaching crimes occurring along the parkway. These crimes usually
involve cutting burl and bunion growths from both standing and fallen old-growth redwood trees. The wood is then sold for construction materials, ornamental furniture, and souvenirs. This type of wood is becoming increasingly rare and the most plentiful supply is often found on park lands.