S.F. Supervisor: Banning Sex-Selective Abortion of Girls Is Racist

Unwilling to accept the Democrats' victory on the topic, San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu (D) introduced his own resolution this week to make San Francisco the first city in the U.S. to oppose any bans on sex-selective abortions. He claimed that such bans would cause discrimination against Asian-American women.
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S.F. Supervisor: Banning Sex-Selective Abortion of Girls Is Racist

Unwilling to accept the Democrats' victory on the topic, San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu (D) introduced his own resolution this week to make San Francisco the first city in the U.S. to oppose any bans on sex-selective abortions. He claimed that such bans would cause discrimination against Asian-American women. 18 Sep 2014, 3:30 AM PDT

CalPERS Dumps Hedge Funds: High Fees & Lousy Returns

Once, CalPERS, as an international leader in public sector investments, led public pension plans to embrace hedge fund investing fully. Yet after suffering high fees, lousy returns, and fraud, many of those same plans will follow CalPERS in dumping hedge funds. 17 Sep 2014

Steve Jobs Banned his Children from Using an iPad

Although Steve Jobs is credited as the best technology innovator in the history of Silicon Valley, he was actually an art major in college. Jobs credited his creative talents as the secret sauce in building Apple Computer as the most valuable company in the world. 17 Sep 2014

LAUSD Wants to Return Grenade Launchers

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified school police officials decided they would reject the military weaponry that they acquired through the federal government’s 1033 Program, which Congress passed in the early 1990s so that law-enforcement agencies could procure excess Defense Department supplies. 17 Sep 2014

Cyclists vs. Drivers: Tensions Mount as California Mandates 3-Foot Buffer

A new California State law, that went into effect on Tuesday, which requires motorists to give at least three feet of space between their vehicles and cyclists has drivers complaining that they are being unfairly targeted and requesting law enforcement apply the same level of scrutiny and accountability to their biking companions on the road. 17 Sep 2014

SF Gives OK to Legal Aid for Illegal Immigrant Kids

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to spend $2.1 million over the next two years so that illegal immigrants in the city can have lawyers for fast-tracked deportation proceedings, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Over 2,000 juveniles or parents with children are waiting for those proceedings. 17 Sep 2014

Silicon Valley Getting Attitude Adjustment over Privacy Concerns

The Silicon Valley tech giants that have been engaging in widespread internet surveillance of their customers’ shopping preferences, general attitudes, and deepest life-style secrets have failed to appreciate the mounting global concern over their record on online privacy and security. Yet after losing tens of billions of dollars in sales and facing government scrutiny, Silicon Valley giants like Apple and Google are only beginning to understand they need a big attitude adjustment to prevent deeper reputational damage to their business model. 17 Sep 2014

Navy Jet Pilot Identified, Presumed Dead Following Mid-Air Collision

The Navy has revealed the identity of the pilot still missing after two F/A-18 Hornet Jets collided in mid-air shortly after taking off from the USS Carl Vinson last Friday evening. Extensive search efforts for the 26 year-old pilot, Lt. Nathan Poloski, were called off Sunday and he was declared presumed deceased Monday, September 15. 16 Sep 2014

Golden Gate Bridge Workers Go on Strike

On Monday, it was announced that 50 workers from the Golden Gate Bridge District would go on a one-day labor strike Tuesday to voice their disdain with recent proposals surrounding wages and health care premiums. Unions are saying a proposed three-year contract which plans to offer a 3 percent increase in wages will be negated when considering the additional 2 percent increase in health care premiums workers will incur. 16 Sep 2014

San Francisco Chronicle Rejects Prop. 45

The San Francisco Chronicle has urged readers to vote no on proposition 45, an attempt to let state regulators have control over insurance prices. Under current California law, the state insurance commissioner can deem health insurance rate increases to be excessive, but cannot veto the rates. Prop. 45 would change that, giving the commissioner the power to intervene if an increase in rates was judged to be excessive. 15 Sep 2014

Support for Death Penalty Plummets to 50-Year Low in California

Support for the death penalty among California voters is at its lowest point in nearly fifty years, according to the findings of a recent Field Poll. Curiously, both Democrats and Republicans favor keeping the death penalty, although the +5 margin among Democrats is substantially lower than the +50 margin among Republicans. 15 Sep 2014

Garcetti Wants Neighboring Cities to Hike Minimum Wage

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, suddenly realizing his populist appeal to hike the minimum wage might trigger businesses to leave the city and relocate in nearby areas, is pressuring cities near Los Angeles to impose a hike in their minimum wage, according to the Los Angeles Times. 15 Sep 2014

Triple Digit Heat Restricts SD School Days in Midst of Serious Drought

SAN DIEGO, California -- Extreme temperatures have led San Diego County area schools to implement "minimum day" schedules for schools with less than 100% classroom air conditioning.The high heat comes as the county is in the midst of a 20% mandatory conservation Drought Alert, and huge swaths of California are listed in the highest level, exceptional drought. 15 Sep 2014

Tesla in Nevada? A Win for California, Says Brown

The day after Nevada lawmakers approved a package of tax incentives worth $1,538,000 per job to persuade California based Tesla Motors Inc. to build its Gigafactory battery plant in the state, California Governor Jerry Brown, who is rumored to be preparing a Presidential run, told the Sacramento Bee on Friday that “Nevada’s tax breaks are California’s benefit” if they put electric cars on California roads. 15 Sep 2014

Environmentalists Sue over Crude-by-Rail

The environmental group Earthjustice, funded by George Soros and joined by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics, is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in order to prevent crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation to be moved to California. 15 Sep 2014

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