Posts tagged California

The border bombshell that's completely wrong

There’s just one problem: Duncan Hunter appears to have made up his claim out of whole cloth.

If U.S. Border Patrol officials had actually caught 10 Islamic State militants at our border, it would be an extremely important national development. But the reason “there’s nobody talking about it” is that this never actually happened in reality.

Danny Vinik reached out to a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, who said on the record, “The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground. DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

Which raises the question of whether one congressman – and only one congressman – has secret knowledge about bizarre circumstances that no one else can verify, or whether that congressman made stuff up during a Fox News interview.

Vice President Biden is forced to apologize when he says things that are true, while Republican members of Congress don’t have to apologize, ever, when they say things are demonstrably ridiculous.

Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater | DeSmogBlog

It was revealed yesterday that the California State Water Resources Board has sent a letter to the EPA confirming that at least nine of those sites were in fact dumping wastewater contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants into aquifers protected by state law and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Tell Gov. Brown to Sign SB 1124!

Our healthcare shouldn’t cost us our home.

That’s why we’re asking you to email Governor Brown to demand that he sign SB 1124 into law now!

Without this bill, California will remain one of only 10 states that collects for all medical care for Medi-Cal recipients, including the total premiums paid to a health plan. That means that when someone insured by Medi-Cal passes away, their family members can be stuck with big bills.  Too often this means losing family homes to pay the bill.

SB 1124 (Hernandez) would require the state to only collect what is required under federal law, prohibit collecting from the estate of a surviving spouse of a Medi-Cal beneficiary, and require DHCS to provide information free of charge, of the total amount of Medi-Cal expenses that would be subject to asset seizure.

Will you tell Governor Brown to sign SB 1124 now?

Fixing Keep Your Home, California

Four years ago, $2 Billion was set aside to help struggling California homeowners with foreclosure crisis. California really needed it - the crisis cost many families their homes and wiped out millions in household wealth. But four years later, we’re still struggling. Banks continue some of the same practices which launched us into crisis, and that $2 Billion dollars sits mostly unspent – tied up in bureaucracy, concessions to the big banks and program complications. 

But we know there is so much that needs to be done with that money RIGHT NOW! So many families are still at risk of losing their homes. There’s no reason that the more than $1 Billion remaining shouldn’t be spent faster and more effectively.

That’s why today ACCE is launching our campaign to fix the Keep Your Home California program. We believe that the program will be able to help thousands more homeowners in need with some smart changes such as:

  • Increasing outreach about the program
  • Making it easier for non-profits and public entities to access and use the funds to help more homeowners into affordable homes.
  • Removing major eligibility restrictions that prevent homeowners from getting the help that they need
  • And increasing the relief amounts and assistance for those who still need it.  


Ken, California needs to use these funds to save as many homes as possible now. We can’t delay any longer and that’s why we’ve launched this campaign. Be on the lookout for more events to come as we take our demands to CalHFA, and our campaign to the streets.

FBI Files Link Christian Televangelist To Mafia, Gun Running, Narcotics, White Supremacism - The New Civil Rights Movement

The co-founder of the world’s largest Christian evangelical television ministry has been linked in FBI files to the Mafia, gun running, narcotics, money laundering, anti-Semitism, white supremacism, and other activities around the world.

It was always fun driving up the 405 through Costa Mesa, seeing this guy’s palace along side the freeway, knowing how many people he was duping around him.

Sign the petition: Healthcare Should Not Be a Loan! STOP California from Taking the Homes Of Deceased Medi-Cal Recipients

CA SENATE: Provide paid sick days to every CA worker to ensure healthy workplaces and healthy workers

Roughly 33% of California’s workforce, nearly 6 million California workers, cannot take an hour off of work to care for themselves or a loved one who is sick without putting their pay or job in jeopardy. Workers without paid sick days must either work while sick or forego wages — losing three days of pay can equate to a whole month’s worth grocery bill for a low-income family.

Public health is very much at risk when we force people to work while sick and expose customers, co-workers, and others to often very contagious illnesses. Additionally, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows that 1.3 million emergency room visits could be avoided if the patients had access to paid sick leave, giving them time to visit a doctor when they were sick.

Research shows that sick workers are roughly half as productive as healthy workers—a disparity that dwarfs the cost of three sick days per year. More than $160 billion is lost annually in our national economy because of low productivity when workers show up to work sick.

Nearly 23 percent of adults in the US report that they have lost a job or have been threatened with being fired for taking time off due to illness or to care for a sick family member.

In the recently released “Shriver Report,” more than 90 percent of single women said paid sick day reform was the most important policy that their employer could adopt to improve their lives.

Connecticut is currently the only state with a statewide law on sick days. The Center for Economic and Policy Research found 3 out of 4 employers in Connecticut said the law had a positive impact on business. Fifteen percent of employers said productivity increased and 30 percent said it resulted in increased morale.

AB 1522 creates a new workplace standard similar to minimum wage or the 8-hour workday. AB 1522 allows workers to seek redress for being cheated out of the sick days they earn.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the SD City Council to Stand With Working Families

Alliance San Diego is supporting the campaign to raise the minimum wage in San Diego. As part of the Raise Up San Diego coalition, we are backing the San Diego City Council efforts led by Council President, Todd Gloria (CD 3).

The campaign has progressed rapidly and a compromise with small business was recently announced by Council member Gloria to raise the minimum wage in San Diego. The compromise would raise the minimum wage to $9.75 in 2015, $10.50 in 2016, and $11.50 in 2017. Indexing the increase to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) would start in 2019 and there would be no exemptions. (read and see more here:

Recently, ASD’s Spring Civic Engagement Program (May 5- June 2, 2014) engaged voters on the question of raising the minimum wage. Voters, north and south of Interstate 8, strongly supported raising the minimum wage in the city of San Diego. We talked to more than 5,800 voters and 83% agreed to raising the minimum wage (only 9% said no to the wage increase). It is clear that San Diego residents think more needs to be done to support working class families in San Diego. Raising the minimum wage would increase wages for approximately 172,000 workers locally and put $267 million into their pockets annually.

Ask your city councilmember to support raising the minimum and make it possible for working class folks to take care of their families to call or email their city council member. It’s important that your city councilmember hear from people that support this effort to Raise Up San Diego!


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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.