Thursday, September 29, 2011

Border Patrol snags 100 pounds of cocaine at San Diego checkpoint

The Interstate 8 Border Patrol checkpoint east of San Diego snagged more than a million dollars worth of cocaine headed to America’s streets yesterday.

Border Patrol agents became suspicious of a 52-year-old male Mexican national, who was driving a green Peterbilt semi-truck when he stopped at the checkpoint. Their suspicions were confirmed during the secondary inspection when the K-9 team located illegal narcotics.

The Border Patrol K-9 team located the cocaine near the rear-side of the passenger panel inside the truck. “Agents searched the truck and discovered a total of 42 bundles of cocaine concealed inside of an air vent,” CBP agents said.

“The cocaine weighed a total 107.48 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1,074,800. The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration,” according to agents.

The tractor trailer was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Since October 1, 2010, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents have seized more than 2,300 pounds of cocaine, more than 540 pounds of methamphetamine and 68,550 pounds of marijuana.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Alabama judge upholds parts of tough state illegal immigration law

Parts of Alabama’s new, strict illegal immigration law successfully escaped a federal judge ruling giving illegal immigration activists something to celebrate.

However, just like Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration bill SB1070, parts of the newly-minted law will hit the cutting-room floor

A President George H.W. Bush appointee, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn, said in her opinion that some of the tough immigration law provisions conflicted with other federal statutes, but many enforcement requirements were lawful.

Judge Blackburn explained that federal law does not prohibit checking legal status of K-12 school students, allowing law enforcement officers to hold suspected illegal aliens without bond, make it a felony to do state business with illegal aliens, or make illegal immigration a misdemeanor if immigrants are unable to provide legal papers at some point.

However, the judge’s order continued to block four key parts of Alabama’s illegal immigration law until she could further.

These measures include; making it a crime for illegal aliens to solicit work at day labor sites, allowing illegal aliens to file discrimination lawsuits after the illegal worker is fired, making it a crime to knowingly hire, harbor or transport an illegal alien and preventing business owners’ from taking any tax deductions on wages paid to illegal alien employees.

Church leaders who opposed Alabama’s tough new illegal immigration law released a statement about the judge’s ruling; “We are pleased to see some of the harsh and far-reaching elements of the law have been struck down. We feel that many of these elements, written by members of the State House and Senate who campaign on Christianity, are not representative of the message of Christ who welcomed the stranger despite country of origin or status," the group believed.

Judge Blackburn did not release a date when the constitutionality component of her ruling would be revealed.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

NYPD to stop arrests for small amounts of marijuana.

With seizures of marijuana along the southern border reaching record levels, a memo from the New York Police Department commissioner’s office said it will end arrests for the procession of small portions of pot.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly issued an internal memo to officers informing them not to report or charge offenders who happen to have small amounts of marijuana.

Kelly’s directive orders officers to overlook misdemeanor marijuana possession when the pot becomes ‘public’ after a person is asked to empty their pockets.

“As arrests for possession of minor amounts of marijuana have exploded over the last 10 years, the NYCLU has been working to protect New Yorkers from these senseless and illegal arrests,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “Today’s disclosure implicitly recognizes that police officers have gone too far. This comes as no surprise to the more than 100,000 people, predominantly black and Latino, who have been arrested over just the last two years.”

New York has already decriminalized the possession of marijuana, but the NYCLU contends police officers target minorities, require them to empty their pockets and then charge them with possession of an illegal substance. The NYCLU also says police officers are suppose to issue a ticket rather than put them in jail and force them to appear before a judge.

“In addition to this new order, however, the NYPD must now commit resources to training and monitoring officers to put an end to its decade-long marijuana arrest program and start complying with the Constitution and New York law. If it does so, we should see a huge drop in the number of marijuana arrests,” Lieberman finished.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Man toting fake gun shot by CBP agents in San Diego

The nation’s busiest international port of entry in San Diego was shut down last night after a pedestrian unexpectedly waved a fake gun prompting Custom Border Protection (CBP) agents to shoot the man as he fled into the U.S.

The shooting incident happened at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, at the pedestrian crossing area, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency spokeswoman Jackie Wasiluk said.

Wasiluk told reporters that the agency temporarily suspended processing of all northbound pedestrian travelers. Authorities continued to investigate the incident, but have not released the name or the nationality of the man who was shot.

CBP agents did not explain what led to the shooting of the man, but those at the scene described the weapon a starter-type gun (used in track events).

The San Diego Police Department released a statement regarding the event. The unnamed man "approached a pedestrian booth and attempted to walk through without being fully screened" by CBP border agents.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

San Diego Mansion deaths take a new twist

After weeks of speculation, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department ruled two suspicious deaths of Max Shacknai, 6, an accident and Rebecca Zahau, 32, a suicide. However, the law enforcement ruling didn’t jibe with Zahau’s family.

Now that media have obtained Sheriff Department warrants and medical examiner reports the mysterious deaths have launched family, Coronado residents and conspiracy theorists to poke holes in the case that grabbed national attention this summer.

The deaths took place in a multi-million dollar mansion located in an upscale sleepy beach-side San Diego community and involve billionaire Jonah Shacknai, who earned his wealth in the lucrative beauty products industry.

A few weeks of tough media scrutiny regarding Shacknai’s possible involvement has prompted the billionaire took write a letter to the California Attorney General. Shacknai asked the state attorney to conduct a second review in order to end any more speculation that the deaths were nothing more than coincidental accidents.

San Diego authorities reported that the July 13 nude hanging death of Zahau, whose hands and feet were tied behind her back, were self-inflicted. The Sheriff concluded Zahau’s motive for suicide was the news she received via voicemail that the son of her billionaire boyfriend, who fell from the second story of the famous mansion two days earlier, would most likely succumb to his head injuries.

However, some investigators say there was no such call on her ATT phone bill. The medical examiner’s report also unrevealed new details the Sheriff Department failed to disclose at the conclusion of their investigation.

The first detail is tape residue on Zahau’s wrists and ankles. There was no tape recovered near the crime scene. And the second surprise were unexplained contusions to her head.

Once the new investigation elements were released, the media began the feeding frenzy that ultimately led Shacknai to write the attorney general and request another look into the “undeniably strange circumstances” surrounding his son and girlfriend.

“Following the enormous losses of Max and Rebecca, it is intolerable to sit back and watch my other children and the rest of my family, and my former wife Dina’s family, tormented with these unfounded rumors and accusations,” Shacknai said in a portion of the letter to the attorney general.

Leading the charge against the San Diego Sheriff Department’s ruling is Zahau’s sister, Mary, who repeatedly told authorities and the media that her sister would never take her life. Mary Zahau said her sister’s Christian religious beliefs would prevent her from taking her life and the fact she was found nude with a t-shirt stuffed in her mouth raised even more red flags.

“We just know truth prevails,” she said. “I’m in the process of finding out the truth about who killed my sister.”

Despite the family’s objections to the Sheriff Department investigation conclusion, Sheriff Bill Gore remains steadfast in his department’s abilities and said; “Science is our best witness in this case. It is not biased and it doesn’t lie.”

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Illinois to offer illegal alien deportation advice hotline

If Illinois residents are facing deportation threats, there is a new telephone hotline available that will dispense advice.

The confusion of deportation proceedings will become a little easier for those who call volunteers at the Jane Addams Hull House.

The new hotline will provide information regarding attorneys, social services and comfort for illegal aliens under the threat of deportation. The 24-hour-a-day service will be staffed by volunteers and is modeled after similar homeless or domestic violence centers.

The volunteers have been provided with deportation proceeding checklists in order to determine the right course of action for illegal immigrants and provides assistance in Spanish, Korean, Portuguese and English.

"In the last five years, 48,330 people have been deported from the Chicago ICE region, leaving an estimated 80,550 children without a parent," the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee told NBC Chicago. "The ICIRR is partnering with 35 social service agencies ... to launch the country’s first 24-hour hotline for families facing the crisis of deportation."

Those needing help with deportation proceedings can call 855-435-7693 or 855-HELP-MY-F(amily).

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Ninth Circuit Court rules in favor of day laborer’s right to assemble

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed the district court's decision in Comité de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach v. City of Redondo Beach that struck down the City of Redondo Beach's anti-solicitation ordinance as a "facially unconstitutional restriction on speech."

The court cited the “well-established principles of First Amendment law,” and the court concluded that the city’s “Ordinance fails to satisfy the narrow tailoring element of the Supreme Court's time, place and manner test.”

“Today's decision sets a strong precedent [for] day laborer rights and stands as one in a line of successful cases brought by MALDEF on behalf of the rights of day laborers in the Ninth Circuit over the last dozen years,” a Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) statement read.

“Today's en banc Ninth Circuit opinion resoundingly vindicates the First Amendment rights of day laborers throughout the western United States,” Thomas Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel said. “Dozens of similar ordinances throughout the region that purport to prevent day laborers from speaking on sidewalks are now even more plainly violative of the Constitution. Each municipality with such an ordinance should immediately suspend and repeal its law. The longstanding principle that the right of free speech belongs to everyone has been significantly bolstered by this decision.”

The Executive Director of National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Pablo Alvarado, also commented on today’s decision.

“Today’s decision is an outcome of a struggle in the courts and in the streets that began in the early 90's. The ordinances were intended to render day laborers invisible; but the struggle against these ordinances has made day laborers more visible, more powerful.”

The decision overturned a 2-1 panel ruling.

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$4 million worth of drugs snagged by San Diego Border Patrol

San Diego Border Patrol agents arrested a legal resident for smuggling more than 330 pounds of cocaine inside a tractor trailer at the Interstate 8 checkpoint.

Agents encountered the 46-year-old male Mexican national at the checkpoint driving a bright red Freightliner tractor trailer. During the inspection process, Border Patrol became suspicious of the driver’s nervous demeanor and sent him to the secondary inspection station.

“A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the tractor trailer resulting in a positive alert. Further inspection revealed two non-factory compartments inside the fuel tanks,” said Scott Simon, Border Patrol AgentSan Diego Sector Information and Communication Division. “Agents discovered 130 bundles of cocaine with a total weight of more than 334 pounds and an estimated street value of $3,346,600 inside the compartments.”

In a separate apprehension, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Interstate 15 checkpoint nabbed a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen for smuggling 78 bundles of marijuana in the rear seat and trunk of his vehicle. “The total weight of the drugs was more than 416 pounds with an estimated street value of nearly $250, 000,” Simon said.

Border Patrol said the suspected smugglers and illicit narcotics were taken into custody and respectively turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Border Patrol Agents seized all the vehicles.

Since October 1, 2010, San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents have seized more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine, 473 pounds of methamphetamine, and 68,550 pounds of marijuana.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

San Diego County votes to implement E-Verify

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors took one step away from sanctuary-city leanings today and adopted the use of E-Verify for all new hires.

Chairman Bill Horn and Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who introduced the new county regulation, garnered enough support from other County Supervisors to implement the federal Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System (E-Verify) for all new County employees.

The federal government computer system, E-Verify, is assessable online and determines if prospective employees are legally able to work in the U.S.

DHS champions the E-Verify program that is used by both private and public sectors with a 96.8 accuracy rate.

“This is a positive step for the County, especially in tough economic times,” San Diego County Supervisor and Chairman Horn explained. "E-Verify is a way to help ensure that jobs are only going to those who can legally be employed and protect businesses and eligible job-seekers, all at no cost to the County. I would like to see if this can be used to require county contractors to implement the program.”

The County of San Diego will start the implementation process by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) establishing the city’s new E-Verify requirement.

“I’m optimistic that this important step will preserve jobs for legally-eligible workers by upgrading to a system superior to the one the county currently uses,” said Supervisor Jacob. “I will be tracking the effectiveness of E-verify to see whether wider use will help turn off the jobs magnet that encourages illegal immigration.”

The federal E-Verify program compares information provided by a prospective employee, like Green Cards or Social Security numbers, to DHS and Social Security Administration records that keep track of employment status. San Diego will begin using E-Verify on October 21, 2011.

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Basketball star Magic Johnson to end school drop outs in Los Angeles.

NBA Basketball great and former Los Angeles Laker, Magic Johnson announced today he will partner with Edison Learning, a New York education company, that seeks to curb school dropout rates in urban cities.

The basketball MVP said he is shooting to end the sky-rocketing student dropout rates in urban cities and will accomplish this challenging task by setting up dropout prevention and recovery centers.

The “Magic Johnson-Edison Learning Assist,” program will work with Edison Learning to keep at-risk disadvantaged youths interested in a high-school diploma.

“Improving the quality of life for people residing in urban areas is my life's passion,” Johnson explained as his reason to address the broken government (public) education system. “When just over 40 percent of students in Los Angeles, Houston, and Baltimore are graduating from high school, and less than 30 percent of black males in New York, Detroit and Miami, steps need to be taken to recapture these
students into the education system to better their opportunities in life.”


An Edison Learning spokesperson, Michael Serpe said they are the school turnaround experts and operate more than 390 schools in the U.S., England and the Middle East. The company sets out to encourage youths to stay in school and even return to school after they dropout by providing high-tech learning centers open before and after public schools traditionally close.

The NBA star, Johnson, is not paying for the centers, says Serpe. “The basketball hall-of-famer is, however, lending his name to the centers, which will be branded ‘Magic Johnson Bridgescape Learning Centers.’”

Serpe contends that the attachment of Magic’s name, as well as his presence, will garner more awareness for the centers and hopefully boost enrollment.

Serpe said Edison Learning is currently negotiating with Los Angeles Unified School District officials about operating centers in urban LA.

“The education professionals at Edison Learning have established a solid record for improving urban and under-performing schools,” Johnson said. “The work they have done on behalf of children in some of the most challenging schools and communities in the nation are the reason I chose to work with them in this effort.”

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

U.S. man wanted by FBI for possible 9/11 retaliation attack

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of September 11th attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a photo and description of an American citizen wanted for questioning for a possible retaliation terror attack in New York, and Washington DC.

The FBI bulletin states;

“This is believed to be one of the men counter terrorism chiefs say are plotting a terrorist attack in America on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11. An image of American-born 22-year-old Jude Kenan Mohammad has been posted on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.

He has been linked to what officials have called a credible but unconfirmed al-Qaeda threat to set off a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington.

Mohammad is among three al-Qaeda leaders that investigators believe pose a particular threat because they have lived in the U.S.

Should that mission prove impossible, the attackers have been told to simply cause as much destruction as they can.

Mohammad, who was born in Florida, dropped out of North Carolina’s Fuquay-Varina High School in 2006 and left the U.S. two years later to visit Pakistan, his father’s homeland.

A federal grand jury in North Carolina indicted him and seven other men in 2009 on charges that they conspired to carry out terrorist activities around the world. Two of the men have pleaded guilty, and the trial of four others is set for September 19 in New Bern.

Federal authorities have never arrested Mohammad in the case, saying that they believe he has been in Pakistan since the indictment was issued.”

Anyone with information on this man is encouraged to contact federal or local authorities. To view the wanted poster with more description details; Terrorist Wanted Poster

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Friday, September 9, 2011

California to snuff out “open carry” of firearms

The last legal wrangling over Californians’ right to carry unloaded firearms in public (AB144) will fight with other legislative bills for Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

Currently the state of California imposes one of the nation’s toughest firearm restrictions leaving law-abiding gun owners with more rules and regulations to jump through than an old-fashion medicine man selling snake oil.

Gun slingers in California have recently flaunted their ability to openly carry unloaded firearms at public locations, including Starbucks and beach cities. Insiders claim it was this behavior that sent over-zealous lawmakers in California to pass legislation preventing law-abiding residents from taking their guns along when they run errands.

"This is not the wild west," said State Senator Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles who also penned the ‘flat or fitted sheet’ for hotel maid’s bill). "How discomforting can it be if you walk into a restaurant, a Starbucks, a Mickey D’s and all of a sudden you see someone with a handgun?"

Conservative Republican lawmakers contend this is just another regulation on a long list to restrict honest residents from protecting themselves. California law currently allows residents to carry ammunition on their person, but not in the weapon itself.

"Don’t turn law-abiding citizens into criminals," State Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) said. "The more we chip away at our ability to protect ourselves, it’s undermining our freedoms."

The bill was written on behalf of some Police Chief’s and Sheriff’s Departments by Assemblyman Antony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge).

“They are tied up dealing with calls from the public about gun-toting men and women in the coffee shop,” Portantino claimed. However, the number of "open carry" complaints were never disclosed.

Marc Halcon, President of California Association of Firearms Retailers recently responded to new firearm laws; “One of the most fundamental rights we have as citizens of this country is the right to feel safe and secure, not only in our homes but within our community. Although I question the logic of carrying an 'unloaded' firearm, I understand the concern of some of our lawmakers. This entire situation would be solved in a matter of minutes if the State of California would follow the vast majority of the other states and allow for the 'shall issue' provision for law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon. A secondary benefit would be an increase in State revenue generated by the fees and tax's associated with allowing a 'shall issue' licensing process for law-abiding citizens.”

This hasn’t been the first effort to ban “open carry” weapons, last year Democrat State Assemblywoman Lori Saldana’s bill AD-76 failed to pass during a lame-duck session.

The bill will now head back to the assembly to record a few amendments, which is expected to pass the Democratic chamber, and then head to Governor Brown’s desk.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mercedes loaded with cocaine seized north of San Diego

Border Patrol Agents seized a Mercedes Benz loaded with 26 pounds of cocaine at the Interstate 5 border checkpoint just north of San Diego.

A K-9 team alerted agents to the trunk of the Mercedes where Border Patrol found a large black duffel bag containing 10 brick-shaped packages of cocaine. “The total estimated street value of the narcotics was $266,110,” according to a CBP press release.

A 31-year-old male American citizen was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for suspicion of drug smuggling.

In a separate smuggling attempt, Border Patrol Agents apprehended a 23-year-old male Mexican national trying to smuggle 28 bundles of cocaine. Once agents sent the nervous driver to the secondary inspection area, K-9’s sniffed out the drugs worth approximately $285,000, in the wheel well of a Dodge Ram pickup.

The Mexican national, who was in the country legally, was taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the DEA for further investigation. The U.S. Border Patrol impounded both vehicles.

According to Border Patrol, since October 1, 2010, San Diego Sector agents have confiscated more than 1,800 pounds of cocaine.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Illegal immigrant sues Nebraska to pay for prenatal care

A pregnant illegal immigrant, who applied for free medical treatment and was denied because she resides illegally in America, has sued the state of Nebraska.

Sarah Roe, 33, currently lives with her husband and tried to received medical assistance from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for her unborn child.

Once Roe was denied coverage, she filed a lawsuit through the Nebraska Appleseed Center claiming her unborn child was entitled to state-funded medical care.

According to Roe and her lawsuit documents, she has paid out-of-pocket expenses to monitor her unborn child. Roe even admits that her legal status in this country is an “ineligible alien” that disqualifies her for state-funded medical coverage. However, Roe contends the unborn baby does qualify for free healthcare.

The Nebraska Appleseed Center claims the state over-stepped its boundaries to end a program that recently covered illegal pregnant mothers through Medicaid. The result is a class-action lawsuit against the state.
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Nebraska state officials told the Associated Press that approximately 800 illegal immigrants and 700 legal residents were cut off from Medicaid (free care) in March 2010. The federal government ordered the state to eliminate the Medicaid program because it broke federal government rules.

The loophole in this unique pregnancy coverage allowed illegal immigrants free health care at the expense of taxpayers, regardless of legal status.

However, other medical providers in the state offered these women discounted or free care despite the federal government’s decision.

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California looks to change law regarding driver’s license and car impoundments

Rolling closer to passage is California AB 353 a bill seeking to allow those driving without a valid driver's license (either suspended or unable to obtain one due to legal status) to prevent impoundment of their vehicles.

Currently state law mandates drivers caught, usually at safety checkpoints, are written up and their cars impounded for up to 30 days. Authors of AB 353 contend that illegal immigrants and the Latino population in general are more susceptible to losing their impounded vehicles altogether. (The fines and fees can cost more than the car is worth).

Gil Cedillo, (Democrat from Los Angeles and whose campaign treasurer, Kinde Durkee was arrested over the weekend by the FBI for political-related fraud), claims that police impound unlicensed driver's vehicles to raise additional money- something that places an undue burden on Latino families.

AB 353 co-sponsor Michael Allen (D- Santa Rosa) contends; “Checkpoints in some communities have veered off course from the intended purpose, placing more emphasis on impounding the vehicles of sober, unlicensed drivers than on removing the most dangerous drivers from our roads. AB 353, in partnership with my bill, AB 1389, will clarify the original intent of the Legislature — as well as cities, counties and law enforcement — with regard to impoundments and help peace officers devote more time, energy and resources toward deterring and catching intoxicated drivers.”
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Hispanic activists’ contend illegal aliens are unfairly targeted and receive the lion’s share of traffic infractions. They also note that these Hispanics earn significantly less than their counterparts and are unable to pay the costly impound fees that can exceed the car’s value.

However, those on the other-side of the aisle believe unlicensed drivers need to pay the price for unlawfully operating a vehicle.

"If we lower this standard, what we are doing is encouraging more people without driver's licenses to be on the roads," said Joel Anderson (R-San Diego and just named the recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) ‘Legislator of the Year’ Award). There is a reason they don't have a driver's license. It's not because they are a good driver."

Anti-immigration activists also warned that the legislation would remove a big deterrent to illegal immigrants driving without a license.

“It seems if there is a law that inconveniences illegal aliens, they [legislators] are willing to change it,” Ira Mehlman, a Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) spokesperson said.

Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher echoes Anderson’s statement that impounding vehicles are a consequence of breaking the law. “We are a rule-of-law city. The traffic-related crime statistics continue to fall by significant numbers in our city. These safety/sobriety checkpoints are working. It’s why the majority of residents aren’t complaining.”

The proposed law would allow drivers to call a family member or friend who is legally licensed to drive to take the vehicle home without paying fines. Proponents of AB 353 also say these checkpoints are set-up as a way to make money for the police departments.

“That notion is ridiculous our traffic safety statistics don’t lie. Our streets are safer because we enforce the law,” Maher finished.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Taxpayer money for California DREAM Act near reality-sparks talks of a recall

California’s taxpayer-funded version of the DREAM Act inched closer to reality as it leaped out of the state Senate 22-11 along party-line votes.

The legislation now moves back to the assembly to reconcile changes and is expected to pass solely on Democratic votes. From there it will head to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for the expected signature.

The legislation would allow illegal aliens to apply for public financial aid for college tuition forcing American citizens to compete for precious college funding. Some of the coveted financial aid programs that would open up to illegal aliens include; Cal Grants, college grants and community college assistance.

The Golden State’s analysis of the legislation found AB 131 has a $40 million price tag and is expected to take effect just after the 2012 elections.

A few weeks ago AB 130, a bill that allowed illegal aliens to accept private financial aid, passed through the California legislature and was signed by the governor.
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California’s disgraced Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar bills during the past eight years, but the state’s anomaly during the 2010 election cycle essentially gave Democrats power of all branches of government, something that ensured the Golden State would lead the country where President Obama failed.

Anti-DREAM Act activist vowed to voice their concern and launch a recall effort.

One group taking calls from angry Californians’ is Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said; “We have spoken to people in Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego and they are all talking about the‘re-call’ if AB 131 becomes law. We recalled Davis and we can recall Brown!”

Activists like FAIR say they haven’t heard this much fervor from California residents in years.

In 2003, former-Democrat Governor Gray Davis lost a recall fight over huge deficit-spending irked voters. Lucky Californian’s were then treated to seven years of Governor Schwarzenegger.

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California parents beware lawmakers seek to regulate your babysitters

There is a flurry of California state bills being voted on during the waning hours of Sacramento’s summer legislative session, including babysitter’s workplace rights.

California’s lawmakers have pulled out all the stops when it comes to job-killing legislation. Summer highlights included; what color Airsoft guns should be painted, the type of sheets hotels can use, what type of cleaning work hotel maids can/can’t perform and now they want to regulate babysitting.

Dubbed the “babysitter bill,” AB 889 has made its way to the California State Senate and would force folks who employ domestic workers, babysitters and maids to provide conventional workplace benefits.

Some of the required regulations being bandied about include; regular 10-minute breaks, vacation time, workers’ compensation, 30-minute lunch breaks, as well as overtime.

Parents contend they would have to hire two caregivers in order to meet California’s new state regulations.
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If AB 889 passes in the Senate, domestic employees would be allowed to sue families for not complying with state law forcing adults to either stay at home with their children or leave younger kids alone without any supervision.

The babysitter bill was written by Democrat Assembly Members Tom Ammiano (D- San Francisco) and V. Manuel Pérez (D- Indio) and would also require parents’ provide time cards and pay stubs.

“What’s next, five-star vacations? Or do I need to become a tax expert when I pay my babysitter at the end of day,” Debbie Levins said. “I can barely get by working fulltime as it is and would have to fire my sitter and make other arrangements if this ridiculous bill passes. This state is nuts.”

The current recession has left California with double-digit unemployment and regulating the babysitting business may only serve to eliminate entry-level jobs and pose a safety threat for children.

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