Most California cities already ban recreational cannabis stores. A few want to ban home deliveries as well. A coalition of California local governments is suing the state’s top marijuana regulator for legalizing the home delivery of recreational cannabis. On Thursday, 24 cities and Santa Cruz County filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), alleging that the BCC’s decision in July 2018 to allow for door-to-door pot delivery statewide violated Prop. 64, California’s legalization ballot initiative. That measure, passed in November 2016, ended marijuana prohibition but left local governments with wide discretion over how to regulate the newly legal industry. That includes th
Attorney General Bill Barr testified Wednesday that he believes "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign in 2016, as he vowed to review the conduct of the FBI's original Russia probe -- and the focus of a related internal review shifted to the role of a key FBI informant. "I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated. … I think it’s my obligation. Congress is usually very concerned with intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane," he testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, while noting that "spying on a political campaign is a big deal." BARR VOWS MUELLER REPORT RELEASE 'WITHIN A WEEK,' AS DEMS RIP 'UNACCEP
Pacific Gas & Electric’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January – coming after three years of deadly, destructive wildfires in its service areas and never-ending concerns about its safety record – hasn’t stopped the negative headlines. The giant investor-owned utility’s proposal revealed last month to provide at least $235 million in bonusesto its employees drew incredulity both from attorneys for wildfire victims suing PG&E and from those closely monitoring its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A decision on the request could come Tuesday from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali. Gov. Gavin Newsom also again made clear that he would not be nearly as accommodating as predecessor Jerry B
Foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard was Clinton campaigner in 2016 After President Trump threatened to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and threatened to shut down the border with Mexico, Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard, said “Mexico does not act on the basis of threats. We are a great neighbor.” Ebrard is a former Mexico City mayor and contender for president of Mexico but many Californians may be unaware of his campaigns in the United States. “It was after hearing Donald Trump speak,” Ebrard told Francisco Goldman of the New Yorker in November, 2016, “that I decided to get much more involved, beyond just giving opinions.” Ebrard compares Trump to Hitler and charges t
SAN FRANCISCO Lanes on a major bridge connecting the San Francisco Bay Area were closed after chunks of concrete fell from the upper deck to the lower deck for the second time this year. The California Highway Patrol posted an alert about the Richmond-San Rafael bridge closure shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. Two lanes and a shoulder were shut on the eastbound side. They reopened after about an hour and a half. It was not clear what caused the concrete to fall. All lanes on the bridge were closed February 7 after large chunks of concrete fell onto the lower deck. The San Francisco Chronicle says despite the fact that the bridge has been forced to close twice in two months, the span was not cons
California’s law banning gun magazines that hold more than 10 bullets went back into effect Friday afternoon, one week after a San Diego federal judge ruled that it was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez issued a stay Thursday on his March 29 ruling that the law violated the Second Amendment rights of gun owners and that its passage was an overreaction to high-profile gun crimes. Benitez issued the stay following a petition from Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office which has appealed the decision declaring the law unconstitutional to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “We are pleased that the judge stayed the effect of his decision pending our appeal,” Becerra sai
Monterey is a big hot spot for New California State. On the weekend of April 6-7, 2019 the Good Old Days in Pacific Grove fair was held and in the middle of the whole thing sat the NCS booth with Dawn Jones leading the way. Tens of thousands of people who attended the annual Good Old Days in Pacific Grove got their first glance at New California. People were eager for information and have been wanting more about the New California State Movement. Many thanks to the Monterey New California State Monterey County Committee for all their hard work and effort to build their county.
Soviet-style central planning is coming closer in California. ITS HERE!!! On April 2, 2019, a bill to destroy the ability of local government to regulate land use passed the California State Senate’s Housing Committee by a vote of 9 to 1. The bill, Senate Bill 50 (SB 50), would compel local communities to construct high-density housing within one-quarter mile of a frequently-used bus stop or one-half mile of a train station. The sponsor of the bill is State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). Wiener’s bill would allow developers to construct high-rise, high-density housing in transit-rich areas. Under the bill, local communities would lose the power to determine building heights, housing
RURAL vs URBAN HAMILTON, Mont. - As small towns elsewhere saw prosperity pass them by in favor of the big cities, something unusual happened to this rural hamlet tucked in the Bitterroot Valley: It flourished. Two local boys came home from college and launched a microbrewery that takes in more than $1 million in annual sales. Retirees arrived in droves, drawn by affordable land and recreation opportunities in the area's snow-frosted mountains and trout-filled streams. And the federal government's Rocky Mountain Laboratories opened a state-of-the-art biosafety facility to investigate the deadliest viral diseases, including Ebola. As U.S. economic growth in the past decade assumed an increasin
A new Public Policy Institute of California poll shows the number of state residents worried about the cost of government pensions is at a 14-year low. In recent remarks to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, new state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond rejected the idea that pension costs were generally a major problem for school districts around the state. But a recent comprehensive review by the Bond Buyer painted a starkly different picture. Based on interviews with officials in credit-rating agencies and the state’s Fiscal Crisis Management Action Team (FCMAT), as well as reviews of financial records from large school districts across the state, it forecast a wave of
SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Chamber of Commerce today released its annual Job Killer list, which includes 24 bills that would harm California’s economic growth and job creation should they become law. “These bills represent some of the worst policy proposals affecting California employers and our economy currently being considered by Legislature,” said CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg. “Some of these bills have been rejected time and again by the Legislature or vetoed by the previous Governor. Legislators should, instead, focus on removing impediments to economic growth and creating upward mobility for all Californians.” In March, CalChamber identified AB 51 (Gonzalez; D- San Diego)
For the first time since the 2017 rain season the Oroville Dam main spillway reopened with an initial release of 5,000 cfs of water flow. The spillway was ruptured on February 7, 2019 when large chunks of concrete were pushed by back pressure out of the spillway as water flowed over the deck. The rupture was followed by the dam over topping on February 11, 2017 at the emergency spillway. Then on February 12, 2017 an emergency evacuation of 190,00 people as the dam neared complete failure. Both the main emergency and main spillways were rebuilt at a cost of $1.1 billion dollars.