Drought-Stricken California

As a California resident, I have seen these actions coming…in fact, they should have been implemented prior to this. Our lakes are shrinking. Our rivers are drying up. Central California’s farming belt is struggling to survive, and we provide much of the produce to the nation. Summer is coming with its wildfire dangers. I have evacuated my home in the past because one of these fires got too close; it’s a stressful time–what do you take, what will be left when you come back.

From ABC News:

Save water or face the consequences: That’s Rick Silva’s message to the Los Angeles communities he patrols.

Silva is a water cop, or more formally a water conservation supervisor with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

In the video above, ABC News followed Silva around recently to get a feel for what it’s like patrolling the community for water wasters.

“We want to get the idea [out there] that you don’t need a green lawn for your house to look good,” Silva said. “See this home here took out their lawn completely and put in decomposed granite.”

Californians have been facing more water restrictions since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water conservation measures April 1 because of the state’s severe drought.

For the first time in California’s history, measures were implemented across the state in an effort to cut back on water use by 25 percent.

Silva’s job is to patrol the neighborhood and make sure residents are only watering during the appropriate days and hours. He says he likes talking to people in person at their front door.

“I prefer for them to be home. I’d rather keep it conversational,” Silva said. “We find that’s very effective, no need to be confrontational.”

The first warning for a resident misusing water is verbal, Silva said. The second warning is a $100 fine, the third warning is a $200 fine and it continues from there.

“We try to educate people,” Silva said. “Some changes may seem small, like turning off the water when you brush your teeth, but when you get a million people doing that it makes a difference.”

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As a side note from me; I was stunned by some of the comments on the news report. Believe me, I understand that California is a Liberal bastion. Liberals have been in control of the State Senate continuously since 1956. However, there are many Republicans/Conservatives such as myself who live here. We have friends and family here. To hear people in the rest of the nation say they hope we have a massive earthquake and drop into the ocean, or that they are not going to share their water with us, etc, to me says much more about their hateful, selfish attitudes than it does Californians.

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Police Raid Ends in 80 Year Old Man’s Death

This is a sad tale that never shouldn’t need to be told. On the morning of June 27, 2013, 80-year old Eugene Mallory was shot and killed in his own bed by police executing a search warrant for methamphetamines. No meth was found at the scene.

A team of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies crashed through the front gate of Mallory’s home in Littlerock, CA, a rural community on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The 80 year old retired engineer, his wife Tonya Pate, and stepson Adrian Lamos were sleeping. Pate and Lamos emerged, but Mallory, who had severe hearing loss, did not immediately awaken.

When it was all over, Eugene Mallory died of six gunshot wounds from Sgt. John Bones’ MP-5 9mm submachine gun. When a coroner arrived, he found the loaded .22 caliber pistol the two deputies claimed Mallory had pointed at them on the bedside table. Mallory had not fired a single shot, and no methamphetamines were found on the property.

The raid was based on a no-knock warrant, meaning deputies enter the home literally without knocking. The circumstances under which the shooting occurred are the subject of some dispute. According to Reason.com:

Deputies approached the house, and what happened next is where things get murky. The deputies said they announced their presence upon entering and were met in the hallway by the 80-year-old man, wielding a gun and stumbling towards them. The deputies later changed the story when the massive bloodstains on Mallory’s mattress indicated to investigators that he’d most likely been in bed at the time of the shooting. Investigators also found that an audio recording of the incident revealed a discrepancy in the deputies’ original narrative:

Before listening to the audio recording, [Sgt. John] Bones believed that he told Mallory to “Drop the gun” prior to the shooting. The recording revealed, however, that his commands to “Drop the gun” occurred immediately after the shooting.

To learn more about the case, including details of what the sheriffs’ found, watch the above video.  Tonya Pate has filed a wrongful death suit against the Los Angeles Police Department,  an agency plagued by prison abuse scandals, questionable hiring practices, and allegations of racial profiling and harassment in recent years.

According to Reason.com:  The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declined multiple requests to comment on this story.

http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/02/13/police-shoot-kill-80-year-old

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/115178-police-shoot-kill-80-year-old-man-bed/

 

Court Overturns CA Concealed-Carry Rule

In a blow to California gun law, a Federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a requirement by San Diego County that residents show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm. The ruling could force local governments across California to revisit the way they license handguns.

Acting on a 2009 law suit, a three member panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that San Diego County’s restrictions infringed on citizens’ Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms.

Liberal run California is doing everything it can to force restrictive gun laws on its citizens. One state law largely bans the open carrying of firearms in public.  Combine that law with the San Diego County “good cause” rules, and residents are effectively barred from carrying a gun altogether, the panel said.

“In California, the only way that the typical, responsible, law-abiding citizen can carry a weapon in public for the lawful purpose of self-defense is with a concealed carry permit. And, in San Diego County, that option has been taken off the table,” Justice Thomas O’Scannlain wrote in the 77-page opinion for the majority.
Read more at http://joemiller.us/2014/02/court-overturns-concealed-carry-rule-blow-california-gun-law/#xhoB8OYcDUigZ23S.99

“In California, the only way that the typical, responsible, law-abiding citizen can carry a weapon in public for the lawful purpose of self-defense is with a concealed-carry permit.  And, in San Diego County, that option has been taken off the table,” Justice Thomas O’Scannlain wrote in the 77 page opinion for the majority.

California, with some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, allows residents to carry a concealed weapon if they meet several requirements.  Among these are:  completing a training course, demonstrating good moral character, and establishing “good cause” to have the gun.

Interpretation of the statute is left up to individual jurisdictions, and San Diego County took one of the most restrictive by refusing to accept self-defense or concern for personal safety as a “good cause.” Applicants are required to demonstrate a special need or a specific risk in order to establish good cause.

Lawyers for both sides agreed that the “Landmark Ruling,” if upheld, would force cities and counties across the state to issue permits to anyone who met the other requirements and who sought to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense.

“The 9th Circuit confirmed that the government no longer gets to pick and choose which law-abiding citizens may exercise their constitutional right to carry a firearm for self-defense,” said attorney Chuck Michel, who represented the plaintiffs challenging San Diego’s restrictions in the case. “This is a landmark ruling for the state of California. No longer will criminals have the security of knowing that their victims are defenseless in public.”

http://joemiller.us/2014/02/court-overturns-concealed-carry-rule-blow-california-gun-law/

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBREA1D03D20140214?irpc=932

 

My Utility Bill – $704.34

My utility bill is $704.34.  My heart skipped a beat when I opened the envelope and saw that figure.  What??  That’s outrageous.  In some states–not here in California–but, in some states, you can rent an apartment for that amount of money.  My payments for two cars don’t come to that!

Okay, taking a deep breath and trying to get my heart back into a normal rhythm.

I begin to justify the charge in my mind.  We are blessed to live in a fairly large home, 2500-2600 sq. ft., so we realize electricity is going to be costly, especially in the summertime with the A/C running.  And, yes, I’ll admit that we need to replace the downstairs windows.  The upstairs has been upgraded to new energy-efficient windows, and we’ll get to the downstairs…if we don’t go broke paying the utility bill.  My kitchen stove is electric, and that draws a lot of juice.  There are 6 people in the house, so the washing machine goes almost non-stop.   Too, my voice is hoarse from the oft repeated, “Turn off the lights!”  And, to be completely honest, the bill is for two months and includes electricity, water, and trash collection.  Oh, and a charge for ambulance service in the area.  But, still, isn’t this highway robbery?  My A/C was never set below 80 degrees.  They can charge this type of money simply because they CAN!

So, I start to research solar panels for the roof.  I have a friend who just had them installed, and they can already see a difference in their bill.  It all sounds good….until I read this article this morning:

Firefighters alarmed by latest rescue risk:  solar panels.  “Firefighters across the nation are alarmed at the prospect of battling blazes in buildings topped with solar panels, which can create new risks of roofs collapsing, an inability to gain footing and even potential electric shock.”

I never thought about electric currents in the house in relation to firefighters, but according to this article, electricity is typically shut off prior to entering a burning structure.  Solar panels, however, continue to send electric current into the walls of the house.  This causes a shock and burn hazard to the firefighters.  Also, the solar panels take up the space that firefighters generally use for “ventilation” during structure fires.  There is the danger of slipping and falling, especially on the pitched roof that most homes have.  Also, the risk of the roof collapsing is much greater due to the weight of the panels.

The expense to install solar panels can run anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000.  Obviously, that’s not something I am going to rush right into.  There are many things to factor into that decision.  And, now with the new information that I might lose the entire house, or worse, a firefighter might be injured or killed due to fire because of the risk of solar panels…?  I guess I’ll sit down and write a check to the utility company.

Last summer my highest bill was $500.

This year – $704.34

Next year?  $1000?  

Is my income keeping up with the increases?  Laughable!  Are homeowners being subjected to the equivalent of being held up at gun point?  I think so, because we have few options available to us.

California Confiscating Legally-Owned Guns

california-gun-confiscation-620x400I haven’t been able to verify this story, yet, but nothing would surprise me about the liberal government in my state.

Reports indicate that California has established a list of people who have legally-owned and registered firearms, but don’t deserve to have their 2nd Amendment rights preserved.  The list has been expanded by the State Legislator to include what they call “prohibited persons.”  It appears that this list is an ever-growing and changing over-reach by the state government, which includes such minor offenses as being behind on state taxes and not paying toll fees in a timely manner.

California is a money-strapped state…one could say the state is broke.  But, somehow, they managed to come up with $24 million to hire additional officers to track down 20,000 people whose names appear on the list.  Wouldn’t this money and man power be better used to break up the gangs in our state, and confiscate their guns?

Raids have already begun.  One gun-owner, Joe Mendez, reports that police shoved M16’s within inches of his face when they raided his home.  He was taken into custody and his legally-owned firearms confiscated.

I think this clearly shows how the government will use gun registration to take firearms away from lawful citizens.  We are coming closer and closer to living in a police state.  Sleep well, my friends…you never know when that knock might be on your door.

 

California Law Empowers Transgenders in Public Schools

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I’ve been giving this incident some thought, and just have to share them.  When did we give our country over to special interest groups?  How did it happen that the majority doesn’t matter anymore?  How did we reach the point where we expose our children to unisex bathrooms in public school?  When did we decide that parents don’t have the last word in what is acceptable for their children?

By signing this bill into law, Governor Brown thumbed his nose at all the parents who disagree with having a person of the opposite sex in the bathroom with their child.  He “overrode the objections of Republican lawmakers who said the bill would undermine parental choice and put school children into uncomfortable situations.”

By signing this bill into law, Brown is saying that the feelings of the majority of children come in second to the feelings of one child.  Thinking back to my school days, I would have been humiliated and devastated to have to share a bathroom with boys.  Of course, I understand that children these days are exposed to the world much sooner than I was, due to the internet, loose controls on TV programs, and movies, but still…  And, excuse me for bringing this up, but think about young girls just getting adjusted to having periods.  It’s private.  It’s a big change in your life.  You don’t want the opposite sex in the bathroom with you.

As a conservative woman, mother, and grandmother, I am appalled at the lack of thought and understanding shown by the liberal Democrats who have been running my state for decades.  In their minds, ideology and agenda trump real people, and in this case, impressionable children will suffer the consequences.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/08/brown-signs-bill-empowering-transgender-students.html#storylink=cpy

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown signs the state budget during a ceremony at the Capitol, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Sacramento as Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, and Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, right, celebrate in the background. The Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling.