15 May 2018
Sexually transmitted diseases dramatically increase in California – San Francisco Chronicle, 2018/05/14
The internet has helped love bloom for many couples, but it’s also played a role in a 45 percent jump in sexually transmitted diseases over five years in California, a surge not seen in nearly three decades, health officials said Monday.
More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported in California in 2017, a 45 percent increase compared with five years ago, according to a report by the California Department of Public Health.
Dr. James Watt, chief of the division of communicable disease control for the Department of Health, said social media played a significant role by helping people find anonymous sex partners.
“It makes it easier for people to meet people they don’t already know to have sex,” Watt said. “The internet allows for a broadening of sexual networks, and the broader that gets the more opportunity you have for sexually transmitted diseases to spread.”
The jump is all the more alarming for health officials considering that sexually transmitted diseases have increased every year for six years.
11 May 2018
Police respond to reports of shootings at two different schools in Palmdale, California – UK Telegraph, 2018/05/11
Police in California were called to two different schools in the town Palmdale on Friday morning following reports of two separate shootings.
The alarm was raised at Highland high school in Palmdale, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, at around 7am local time.
One person was shot in the arm, and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
Police were then called to Manzanita elementary school at around 7:30am, for what Los Angeles county sheriff said appeared to be a false alarm.
The two schools are around seven miles apart.
A man is in custody in connection with the Highland high school incident, LA county sheriff’s office said.
They described him as a Hispanic juvenile male. A gun was found on the scene.
5 May 2018
Hollywood Child Protection Act Ignored; Here’s Why It Is Important – Deadline, 2018/04/30
One of the key California laws designed to protect child actors from sexual predators has gone largely ignored and unenforced since it was enacted five years ago. The law requires publicists, managers, acting coaches and headshot photographers who work with child actors to be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check to screen out registered sex offenders.
A Deadline investigation, however, has found that not a single Hollywood publicist who represents child actors has obtained a permit.
The law, AB 1660, prohibits registered sex offenders from “representing or providing specified services to artists or performers under 18 years of age.” Fingerprints and FBI background checks are required to ensure that registered sex offenders don’t skirt the law by working under assumed names.
The bill had wide support. It was backed by the MPAA and by the Association of Talent Agents. SAG and AFTRA, pre-merger, were both behind it, too, and so were the Talent Managers Association and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, among many other groups. The only opposition came from an organization called California Reform Sex Offender Laws – now the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws – which lobbies for the rights of convicted sex offenders.
Hollywood’s publicists, however, haven’t gotten the message. A database maintained by the state’s Department of Industrial Relations lists 292 valid permit-holders who are legally allowed to work with child actors. It’s intended as a guide to parents, but a Deadline review of every permit-holder reveals that not a single publicist holds a Child Performer Services Permit.
From interviews, it’s clear many publicists don’t even know about the law, while others mistakenly think it doesn’t apply to them.
The law was put into play so that people convicted of abuse would not be allowed to work with kids. The article goes into past cases where people have used fake names to work with kids after they had been convicted of child sex crimes.
17 Apr 2018
Breaking: Referendum to Split Calif. Into 3 States Will Be on Ballot – The Western Journal, 2018/04/12
According to a press release this week, the CAL 3 initiative surpassed the number of signatures needed to present the measure to voters in this year’s election. If state officials determine the documents are genuine, it would then qualify as an initiative to be added this November.
Tim Draper, a venture capitalist whose idea would see the state’s population roughly split into thirds to create a trio of new states, celebrated the feat that he says will allow Californians to weigh in directly at the ballot box.
As explained on its website, the initiative would separate the state according to a number of socioeconomic factors in an attempt to level out disparities that currently exist.
LINK: Compare the CAs
4 Apr 2018
Police: Exchange student accused of shooting plot had over 1,600 rounds of ammunition – CBS, 2018/04/03
Police say a foreign exchange student who was arrested on suspicion of threatening to shoot up his school had built a gun and had over 1,600 rounds of ammunition, CBS Philadelphia reports. An Tso Sun — an 18-year-old foreign exchange student from Taiwan who was studying at Monsignor Bonner Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School — had hundreds of rounds for an AR-15, an AK-47 and a 9 mm handgun he built himself from parts purchased online. The parts are virtually untraceable.
Sun was allegedly planning to unleash carnage on the school on May 1. Court records show he told a classmate about the possible attack, who in turn blew the lid off the plan once he alerted a school employee.
Good job by all involved… especially the classmate who told the school authorities.
I am going to say this slowly… No guns were removed from law abiding citizens in the arrest of this individual. No discussion of gun control legislation was necessary.
It just took a classmate who responded to evil, and authorities that did their job (which did not occur in FL).
Also – if the TV media that uses kids in times of chaos to push an agenda… if they are really interested in helping the issue – then push this story – and let those thinking about committing these crimes know that people are on their case – and they will be punished.
21 Mar 2018
San Ramon Police Chief says California’s “soft on crime” approach has led to 44% increase in robberies – Danville-San Ramon Updates, 2018/03/18
San Ramon Police Chief Dan Pratt … highlighted that San Ramon’s property crime rate increased 19% in 2017, up to 981 from 825 reports of larceny, theft and other crimes in which items were taken. He also shared violent crime, specifically robberies, had increased 44%, from 39 to 56.
Pratt attributed the crime spike to recent California legislation – specifically AB 109, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57. According to Pratt, the state legislature’s “soft on crime” approach has resulted in reduced prison sentences and more criminals coming into the city to commit crimes. Prior to recent years’ legislation, burglaries were classified as felonies but are now considered misdemeanor thefts if the stolen property value is under $950, Pratt said.
His report specifically cites issues with Prop 57, which was passed in 2016 to release certain “non-violent” felons from prison early and eliminated penalties for some repeat offenders. The proposition defines “non-violent offenses” as domestic violence, human trafficking of a minor, some assault and battery charges, rape of an unconscious person, among other crimes, according to the report. Nearly 70% of voters in Contra Costa County voted in favor of the proposition.
Being soft on crime results in more crime… but, that’s what they wanted by approving the proposition.
5 Mar 2018
Lawmakers Review Malloy Tax Plan – Hartford Courant, 2018/03/02
A key legislative committee debated Friday over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s revenue package that covers hiking taxes on cigarettes, gasoline, real estate sales and hotel rooms.
As the state is facing a deficit of nearly $200 million in the current fiscal year and higher deficits in the future, the tax-writing finance committee is facing a deadline of April 6 to craft a tax package in order to balance the state’s budget.
As part of the budget, Malloy is also proposing establishing highway tolls in Connecticut for the first time in three decades and raising the gasoline tax by 7 cents per gallon over four years.
The SALT deduction in the new federal tax plan is also a factor.
The new law, signed by President Donald Trump, imposes a cap of $10,000, but many large properties in Fairfield County and around the state have real estate taxes of more than $10,000 per year. The owner of a waterfront mansion in Darien, for example, can pay as much as $80,000 per year in property taxes.
Sullivan said that 66 percent of the $10.8 billion in impact in the SALT deduction is from people with incomes ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 per year.