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Tesla Shakes Down California for Battery Subsidies

Tesla Motors mined middle class taxpayers for a $495 million loan to build a subsidized car in California for uber-wealthy elitists to thumb their noses from the car-pool lane at the peasants in the low class lanes. Now they want another slurp at the taxpayers’ trough for subsidies to finance, build, and operate a $5 billion, 6,500-employee battery factory. 21 Apr 2014, 7:21 AM PDT

Does Corruption in California Have Coattails?

Calderon’s refusal to resign, and his choice to continue to receive a taxpayer-funded paycheck, all but guarantees Ken Cooley will spend the rest of his campaign having to answer questions about Calderon and his knowledge of the alleged corruption. 21 Apr 2014, 7:00 AM PDT

Dem Honda's Silicon Valley Campaign Office is Inside SEIU HQ

Democratic Congressman Mike Honda, (D-CA), from the high-tech 17th congressional district in Silicon Valley, has a rather curious place for his campaign headquarters, the San Francisco Chronicle reports: inside the headquarters of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 521. 20 Apr 2014

LA GOP Stands with Sriracha

Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha Hot Sauce, received backing from the GOP in the battle the saucemaker is having with the city of Irwindale, CA. The Republican Party of Los Angeles County (RPLAC) issued a statement announcing its unanimously-supported resolution supporting the Sriracha sauce company. 20 Apr 2014

'Shrimp Boy' Lawyer Says FBI Entrapped, 'Wined and Dined' Chow

The attorney representing alleged Chinatown gang boss Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow says that the FBI entrapped his client, and "wined and dined" him using "millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases," the Associated Press reports. Chow was indicted in March, together with State Sen. Leland Yee and several others, in a complex prosecution involving allegations that included bribery and gun-running. 20 Apr 2014

Jerry Brown Pardons Marijuana Convicts

More than two-thirds of the 63 pardons issued by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday were for drug-related crimes, including "selling, transporting or manufacturing" marijuana, the Sacramento Bee reports. 20 Apr 2014

California Braces for Intense Wildfire Season

On the heels of one of the worst droughts the state has ever experienced, California is bracing for another big challenge as summer approaches: wildfires. Thus far in 2014, the Wall Street Journal reports, fires have been breaking out in California at twice the normal rate, and firefighters are already on 24-hour rotations. 20 Apr 2014

San Diego's SPAWAR Faces Funding Squeeze

San Diego’s SPAWAR, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, has brought economic prosperity and technological innovation to the local and national economy. But sequester cuts may mean sharp cutbacks for SPAWAR--and consequently damaging ripple effects to local economies and community residents. 20 Apr 2014

4/20 Day: Marijuana on California's Other Religious Holiday

For many observing 4/20 Day, this Easter Sunday is just another day to enjoy getting high in the sunshine with friends. The day also coincides with the final, sacred two days of the Jewish holiday of Passover, starting at sundown. Jewish law discourages marijuana use, but unlike the Sabbath, when fire may not be used, smoking is tolerated on weekday festivals. Undoubtedly, some of the faithful will be "passing over" more than the matzah. 20 Apr 2014

Sacramento Judge Rules for State in Co-Ed Bathroom Case

In a major setback to California voters, a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a motion by California to squelch subpoenas that sought records to verify that signatures had suspiciously been invalidated by the California Secretary of State in the referendum drive to overturn the California State Legislature’s intrusive Co-ed Bathroom Bill. 19 Apr 2014

Coachella Marks First Death from OD

Kimchi Truong, 24, of Oakland, California, has died of an overdose from drugs or alcohol while attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. She reportedly collapsed around 2 AM on Saturday and was transported to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indo and thereafter to Desert Regional Medical Center. 19 Apr 2014

The World's Most Viewed Picture: Blissful Sonoma Hillside

The world’s most viewed picture is the default wallpaper titled “Bliss” that appears on the Windows XP operating system. The peaceful hillside image that rests below blue skies and feathery white clouds is estimated to have been seen by one billion people. 19 Apr 2014

Restitution ordered over dead, dying reptiles

A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution. 18 Apr 2014

Deep Nuke Sea: Nuclear Power Plants Online & over the Horizon

Here’s an interesting idea: floating nuclear power plants, out in the ocean. You want your nuke plant far away from people? Out of sight, even? Check. You want the plant to be safe from earthquakes? Check. Even tsunamis are much less of an issue further away from shore, because it’s the shallower water near land that makes the wave action more violent. So “check” on that safety concern, too. 18 Apr 2014

Pelosi and the Pope: A Tale of Two Thursdays

On Thursday, April 17, known as Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday on the 2014 Christian calendar, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Pope Francis both participated in a foot-washing ritual, but apparently with very different goals. 18 Apr 2014

Fly to Tijuana, Walk to San Diego

The Associated Press reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has approved plans for "the nation's first cross-border airport terminal." The terminal, run by Otay Tijuana Venture, would include a pedestrian bridge connecting Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California. The company would pay border enforcement costs. 18 Apr 2014

CalPERS Admits 52% Underfunding on State Employee Pensions

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) just admitted that the state-managed pension plan, that provides retirement for the state and almost 1,600 local government agencies, is 52% underfunded and will be forced to jack up taxpayer funded contribution rates by about $1.518 billion. 18 Apr 2014

Hollywood: Reaganomics for Me, Obamanomics for Thee

The Los Angeles Times reports that the entertainment industry is again out begging any state that will listen, including of course California, for more Reganomics. Tax cuts! Hollywood wants Big, fat slices of tax cuts! Tax cuts for the for rich! Tax cuts to make the rich richer! The nationwide Hollywood-beg is on for billions in corporate welfare. 18 Apr 2014

Failed Hollywood Art Gallery Had A-List Creditors

The Los Angeles Times reports that on March 17th, the relatively new Perry Rubinstein Gallery in Hollywood filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, leaving a slew of upset creditors and unresolved lawsuits in its wake. According to papers filed in California Central Bankruptcy Court, the gallery has assets totaling between $500,000 and $1 million, and liabilities of between $1 million and $10 million. 18 Apr 2014

Board Drama Brings Hope for San Diego Opera

Shouts were reportedly heard from outside a closed-door San Diego Opera board of directors meeting that lasted four-and-a-half hours Thursday afternoon. In an eruption of emotions, some board members exited the meeting prematurely with anger, shouting and dramatic flair. Members are scrambling to solve the Opera’s financial woes before the impending April 29 shutdown. 18 Apr 2014

Poll: Bipartisan Support for Change to Prop 13

The landmark Proposition 13, passed in California in 1978, may be in for some revision. A whopping 69% of respondents surveyed in a new Field Poll state that they would approve reassessing business properties after they are sold or transferred, which heretofore has only been the province of residential properties. 18 Apr 2014

Disney Touts ESPN Prowess to Settle Wall Street Nerves

With Wall Street concerned that Disney’s sports network goliath, ESPN, may be negatively impacted from increasing operating costs and competition from Fox Sports 1, Disney CEO Bob Igor unleashed a barrage of upbeat statements about it during Thursday’s investor meeting in Bristol, CT, Forbes reports. 18 Apr 2014

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