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Drug Culture Thrives Among Techies in Silicon Valley

The Mercury News reports that a frightening scenario is unfolding in Silicon Valley: employers and employees in the rapid-paced, high-tech culture are turning to illicit drugs as strong as heroin in order to keep up with the frantic pace of their jobs. 27 Jul 2014

Drought Attracting Rattlesnakes to California Homes

Sacramento’s CBS 13 is reporting that the severe drought affecting California is triggering a movement of rattlesnakes toward homes. Interviewed by CBS 13, rattlesnake wrangler Len Ramirez commented, “We’ve made four calls today and tonight; I don’t know how many I’m going to make this evening, but it’s going to be a long evening.” 27 Jul 2014

At $84,489, California Teachers Are Highest-Paid in America

Forbes Magazine recently wrote, “It is one of the most commonly held bits of conventional wisdom in this country: that teachers are grossly underpaid.” But a new survey of W-2 data from over half of the public school systems in California found that the state’s average teacher pay and compensation was $84,489 last year. That figure is 50% higher than the national average of teacher compensation and over three times the $27,519 average annual compensation for all Americans. 27 Jul 2014

San Diego Mayor Zip Lines Over 'Gotham City' at Comic-Con

All smiles–sporting black shades and dressed business-casually in trousers, a shirt, and tie–San Diego's Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave a "woo-hoo!" and a thumbs up as he zip lined over Gotham City to officially kick off the 45th annual Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday. 26 Jul 2014

Leland Yee Hit with Racketeering Charges Under RICO Law

A new federal racketeering indictment unsealed on Friday charges California state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) with operating a "cash for votes" criminal enterprise. The indictment replaces charges brought against Yee in March, when he was indicted on arms trafficking and public corruption charges. 26 Jul 2014

Save Our American Dream: Fight Reverse Discrimination in College Admissions

I am a proud naturalized American citizen. When I immigrated at 14, I learned that if I worked hard and did my best, this country would give me the opportunity to make my dreams come true. My father taught me this, while he worked as a cook to support our family, finally rising to own Sir Wiener even though he spoke little English. 26 Jul 2014

San Diego Iraqis Furious at ISIS Takeover

The Islamic State's (ISIS) brutal takeover of Iraq has had a devastating effect on Southern California's Iraqi community, particularly in San Diego, which is home to the second-largest community of Iraqi Christians in the world.  25 Jul 2014

Women Convicted in Nightclub Brawl Death

The Orange County Register reports that on Thursday two women, Candace Marie Brito and Vanesa Tapia Zavala, were sentenced to up to 11 years in jail for beating another young woman to death outside a Santa Ana nightclub. 25 Jul 2014

LA Parents Rally to Save Charter Schools

A California charter school chain threatened by the Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) with closing may have two of its schools saved in court, as concurrently parents protested in front of a downtown Los Angeles courthouse. 25 Jul 2014

Oakland Woman Gambles While Children Left in Hot Car

An Oakland mother who allegedly left two of her children in a hot car outside a casino while she gambled was arraigned on two counts of misdemeanor child endangerment on Thursday. According to a police affidavit, the woman outright ignored two police officers who had entered the casino with one of the children in an effort to find her. 25 Jul 2014

In LA, Obama Blames His Supporters for His Failures

"What happened is y'all didn't vote. And that's when all kinds of ... stuff happened," said President Barack Obama to a crowd of his Democratic donors in Los Angeles. This is not the first time the president has lashed out at his Democratic constituents. 25 Jul 2014

Taxpayer Group Files Suit to Block Dems' 'Citizens United' Referendum

Earlier this week, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed a legal action seeking to remove an "advisory measure" pleased on the ballot by California's ultra-liberal legislative Democrats, working in tandem with an equally left-of-center Governor Jerry Brown, in a in a craven effort to try and give liberal voters a reason to turn out and vote this November. According to HJTA, the placing of such a non-binding plebiscite on the ballot is an "illegitimate exercise of legislative power."  25 Jul 2014


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