California Sets Up Ebola Hotline to Calm Panicked Residents

The California Department of Public Health has established an Ebola hotline to calm panicked residents, as two Sacramento-area residents are being monitored for possible symbols of the deadly hemmorhagic fever. In a statement Tuesday, state public health director Dr. Ron Chapman said that the Ebola hotline, 855-421-5921, had been established "to answer questions from those concerned about the possibility of Ebola in California."
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California Sets Up Ebola Hotline to Calm Panicked Residents

The California Department of Public Health has established an Ebola hotline to calm panicked residents, as two Sacramento-area residents are being monitored for possible symbols of the deadly hemmorhagic fever. In a statement Tuesday, state public health director Dr. Ron Chapman said that the Ebola hotline, 855-421-5921, had been established "to answer questions from those concerned about the possibility of Ebola in California." 23 Oct 2014, 5:44 AM PDT

Beyond the Propaganda: How I'm Voting on California Propositions

California’s general election turnout is predicted to be dismal this year, with less than half of eligible voters likely to turn out. Two factors include a lack of competitive statewide races, and ballot measures that don’t inspire activism. Speaking of statewide ballot measures, voters will see six of them, and here’s my take, and how I’m voting on them. 23 Oct 2014, 5:09 AM PDT

How the Measure LC Campaign Lies to Santa Monica Voters

Supporters of Measure LC, a local ballot initiative that would allow the Santa Monica City Council to close the municipal airport when its operating agreement expires next year, have resorted to blatant lies in an effort to fool the public. Their goal is to defeat a rival initiative, Measure D, that would require any change to the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) to be approved by the voters in a referendum, effectively reducing the council's power. 22 Oct 2014

Is Bloom "Greenwashing" the Public?

New data gathered by public agencies and a data analysis by NBC Bay Area News reveal that Bloom Energy, which makes the Bloom boxes that supply power and supposedly act as cleaner producers of energy, may be hoodwinking the public with its overestimates of the green-efficiency of its product. 22 Oct 2014

'Django' Officer: I Could Be Fired for Speaking Out

LOS ANGELES, California -- Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jim Parker said in an interview on Tuesday evening that he fears he could lose his job for providing TMZ with audio from his brief detainment of Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts last month. Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas were officially charged on Tuesday with one count each of lewd conduct, and could face up to six months of incarceration and a $1,000 fine if convicted. 22 Oct 2014

Report: Michelle Rhee Not Actually Registered in Sacramento

An investigation by CBS News' Sacramento affiliate has revealed that former D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee, who is Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s wife and has been campaigning for his "strong mayor" campaign, Measure L, is not even eligible to vote in Sacramento. Measure L would amend Sacramento’s charter to give the mayor direct power over hiring and firing the city’s manager, and veto power over the city council. 22 Oct 2014

Flash Report: Beware Mailers from Fake Republican Groups

John Hrabe of the Flash Report reports that a shady group calling itself the "California Republican Taxpayers Association" has been sending slate mailers that actually support tax hikes to registered Republican voters in the state. The group, which Hrabe says may be operating in violation of state law, purports to oppose taxes but--for the right price--misleads Republican voters by backing candidates and ballot measures that will raise taxes. 22 Oct 2014

WhatsApp Founder Says He Is Ashamed of Past Behavior

WhatsApp Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum, whose mobile-messaging company was acquired by Facebook for $22 billion this year, confronted a dicey past as he joined the Facebook board as the third-largest shareholder. Koum apologized for actions that resulted in a 1996 restraining order for verbal and physical threats against his ex-girlfriend, along with changing her school records to prevent her from attending classes. 22 Oct 2014

Brother: Bell Gardens Mayor Killed 'in Cold Blood'

The brother of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo, who was murdered by his wife three weeks ago, is claiming that Lyvette Cespo did not kill her husband in self-defense, but instead executed a premeditated killing "with malice and in cold blood." 22 Oct 2014

BDS Fail: Israeli Ship Docks in Long Beach, Despite Protest

LONG BEACH, California -- A group of pro-Palestinian activists with the group "Block the Boat" failed Monday to block an Israel-based cargo ship from Zim Integrated Shipping Service from docking. The group, affiliated with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, could not stop the ship from unloading, but delivered a message of disdain for the State of Israel. 22 Oct 2014

Not So Fast: Stock Market Fall Will End 'California Comeback'--Laffer

Arthur Laffer made his name as the USC professor who helped give credibility to the Reagan Administration’s supply-side economics, based on the idea that higher tax rates inadvertently result in lower taxes collected. But California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent State of the State address claimed raising taxes to the highest level of any state in the nation has led to what Brown calls the “California Comeback.” Laffer has taken to the opinion page of the Orange County Register week to defend supply-side principles and call Brown lucky that a hot stock market and mega-IPOs temporarily postponed California’s road to financial ruin. 22 Oct 2014

L.A. City Council Advances GMO Ban, Despite 2012 Vote on Prop 37

Radical environmental activists convinced the Los Angeles city council Tuesday to draft an ordinance banning the production or sale of genetically modified organisms (GMO) within the city limits, less than two years after the voters of California rejected Proposition 37, which would have forced the labeling of GMO foods. The ban flies in the face of scientific evidence that there is no significant public health or environmental hazard from GMO. 22 Oct 2014

'Django Unchained' Actress, Boyfriend Charged with Lewd Conduct, Could Face Jail

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, who entered the national spotlight for allegedly "crying wolf" by claiming that her brief detainment by the LAPD in September was racially motivated, has been formally charged with lewd conduct. If convicted, she and her boyfriend Brian James Lewis, who was also charged, could face up to six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine. 21 Oct 2014

California Nurses Continue to Demand Better Ebola Protection

A nurse from Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medial Center has reported that she and a host of nurses at her hospital and throughout California are still not prepared to handle the Ebola virus. She also pointed to the questionability of the equipment being used in her facility should a patient infected with the deadly hemorrhagic disease arrive for treatment. 21 Oct 2014

Change: Among Students, Republicans Crushing Democrats on Social Media

For eight years, Americans have been told that Democrats have a decisive advantage among young people, and especially on the Internet. That might have been true with the rise and re-election of Barack Obama. But as his presidency falters, and as Republicans invest in technology, the tide is rapidly turning. In fact, among students, Republicans are now far ahead of Democrats on social media, winning on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. 21 Oct 2014

Could Spelling Be Latest Victim of Anti-Vaccination Epidemic?

Though some have speculated that former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Tori Spelling, who has been quarantined in a Los Angeles hospital with severe coughing, might have enterovirus-D68 or even Ebola, the symptoms she has shown--especially coughing fits--are more consistent with whooping cough, or pertussis. That disease has exploded in California in recent months, as the wealthy and well-educated have refused pertussis vaccination. 21 Oct 2014

White House Admits U.S. Border Crisis--to Oppose Ebola Travel Ban

One of the best arguments against a travel ban against the African countries where Ebola has broken out is that it would be ineffective, given the porous U.S. borders. Someone determined to travel to the U.S. would find a way. Surprisingly, that is the argument trotted out by White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to explain why there is no travel ban. Previously, the White House has touted its efforts toward border security. 21 Oct 2014

Second Poll Puts Khanna Even in CA-17

Democratic challenger Ro Khanna claimed last week to have tied incumbent Democrat Mike Honda in the race for California's 17th congressional district. Honda's pollsters countered by claiming he was 15 points ahead of Khanna. Now, a second--and independent--poll has apparently vindicated Khanna's claim, placing him within the margin of error, just two points shy of Honda with two weeks left before Election Day on Nov. 4. 20 Oct 2014

Yes on D, No on LC: The Simple Case for the Santa Monica Airport

SANTA MONICA, California -- There are fourteen candidates for just three seats on the Santa Monica city council. There are a multitude of federal, state, and local offices. There are even some controversial statewide ballot questions. But the one issue that seems to be most visible on the streets of this coastal city of some 90,000 inhabitants is the fate of the Santa Monica Airport, or SMO, a small municipal and charter airport facility. 20 Oct 2014

Man Allegedly Steals Ambulance Sent to Treat Him

A man being treated by paramedics on Sunday night in downtown Los Angeles stole the ambulance that was sent to treat him and led police on a chase before crashing into a minivan and sending two women to the hospital with minor injuries. 20 Oct 2014

SEIU Supporting GOP Candidate for BART in SF

In the unlikeliest of scenarios, the hardline leftist Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 is essentially supporting a GOP candidate for a seat on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors. 20 Oct 2014

Hardline Leftists in SF Ponder a Less-Left Future

Hard-line leftists in San Francisco took a double body-blow last Tuesday, as Ted Gullicksen, 61, the executive director of the San Francisco Tenants Union, died on the same day that the voice of the leftist movement, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, closed its doors for the last time. 20 Oct 2014

Central Valley Farmers Refuse to Give up Fight vs. High-Speed Rail

Frank Oliveira says that he and a group of Central Valley farmers who oppose Gov. Jerry Brown's "bullet train" plan are getting really good at playing whack-a-mole. The co-chair of Citizens for California High-Speed Rail Accountability (CCHSRA) says that with every setback they soldier on. Last Wednesday's news that the California Supreme Court declined their petition to review a major case regarding funding for the construction of the $68 billion bullet train project was met with disappointment, but not surprise. 20 Oct 2014

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