WAZZUP DAWG: HOW IS CALIFORNIA DOING WITH ALL THOSE NEW TAXES PAID THIS YEAR?

Will they spend it or save it?

(I THINK I KNOW)

11-21-2017

Kalifornia

From Sacbee

The state budget is in good shape to weather a moderate recession, and lawmakers should be able to sock away more money in reserves next year, according to projections the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office issued Wednesday.

The LAO’s outlook shows the state would finish its 2018-19 budget year with more than $19 billion in reserves – assuming lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown don’t make any more spending commitments. About $11 billion is obligated for the state’s rainy-day fund.

Lawmakers could spend about $7.5 billion of the surplus, although analysts recommend that they save it to prepare for a recession.

The Legislature also probably will have flexibility to spend several billion dollars in money that’s set aside for kindergarten through community college education, the report says.

The report represents a projection of how the office thinks the economy will fare next year, and what that means for the budget. It projects that the state will collect $135.5 billion in taxes and fees for the 2018-19 general fund, up from $127 billion in the current budget.

The outlook could change quickly if the federal government makes significant changes to tax policy, scraps trade pacts or withholds health insurance reimbursements, the report warned. The Trump administration and Republican members of Congress have advocated for changes to those policies this year.

“Especially in the short term, withdrawal from the (North American Free Trade Agreement) would introduce added risks to the economic outlook,” the report says.

California lawmakers are eying the favorable budget outlook and recommending ways to spend – or save – money. Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, released a statement calling for the state to use some of the surplus for a large payment on the state’s public employee pension debt.

DAWG SAYS:

WE KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE AND THIS MONEY THAT HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE BACKS OF THE PEOPLE WILL NOT GO BACK TO THE PEOPLE. MAYBE THEY SHOULD LOWER SOME TAXES.

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MORE POLICING FOR PROFIT GONE BAD…….

ANOTHER CASH GRAB COST NEW ORLEANS MILLIONS

11-20-2017


A judge this week has ruled that New Orleans must pay approximately $28 million in refunds to thousands of people who paid fines for traffic camera tickets during the initial years of the enforcement program, according to the lead attorney in the class action lawsuit Friday (Nov. 17).

On Wednesday, Ad hoc Judge Robert Burns of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court ruled the city needs to return the money it collected on any tickets issued from Jan. 1, 2008, to Nov. 3, 2011, plaintiff’s attorney Joseph McMahon said. He estimates a total of 250,000 people deserve to be refunded for the fines.

Since 2008, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has installed 121 cameras known as “red-light cameras” to catch and penalize speeders in an attempt to improve safety conditions in city streets. These programs have received criticism from some lawmakers, who argue it is more of a “money grab” for municipalities trying to close budget gaps. Landrieu told The Associated Press in January, however, that traffic enforcement was the main factor behind the program in New Orleans.

Here’s where to find traffic safety cameras already in place.

The Department of Public Works oversaw the operations of the camera program in the beginning, until Civil District Court Judge Paulette Irons in November 2011 ruled that was a violation of the Home Rule Charter, McMahon said. After the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed her ruling, the city transferred the program to the supervision of the New Orleans Police Department.

“That first (of) almost three years of tickets were invalid,” McMahon said.

McMahon said the court on Wednesday ruled the city had to refund those invalid tickets. However, he expects the city will likely appeal the court’s decision. McMahon stressed there are probably “millions of dollars” in civil judgements against the city that are still unpaid.

“Maybe the city will try to do the right thing (after) taking money from its citizens that they shouldn’t have had to pay,” he said.

GQ’S CITIZEN OF THE YEAR…….

I HAVE NO COMMENT YOU TELL ME

STOCKTON POLITICIANS THE EXCEPTION OR THE NORMAL THESE DAYS…….

FROM 209TIMES

Stockton Councilmember Caught Committing Fraud, Costing Chavez Football Team Forfeiture of Entire Undefeated Season


By Motecuzoma Sanchez

November 8, 2017

Stockton, CA- Parents associated with the Junior football league have provided information showing that Stockton city councilmember Jesus Munguia Andrade cost the Junior Chavez Titans their entire season.

CHAVEZ TITANS,

Parents took notice during a game of Chavez versus Weston Ranch because Andrade lives in Weston Ranch where he campaigned and was elected just 12 months ago. He was also very adamant about helping the south side of Stockton as someone who grew up in Sierra Vista and also as a member of Michael Tubbs’ storefront campaign scheme, “Reinvent South Stockton”. Ironically the Junior Chavez Titans are in north Stockton.

If Andrade moved out of the district he was elected to represent he is no longer eligible to serve. If he used a fake address to make his son eligible to play for a team in an area that he did not live in then he committed fraud as an elected official.

Here is the complaint filed to the Commissioner of the Delta Youth Football League obtained exclusively by 209 Times:

DYFL Commissioner:

Re: Out of Area player

On behalf of the Weston Ranch Junior Cougars Football & Cheer program, I am officially submitting a formal request for an inquiry into the validity of a football participant on the Junior Titans Novice team.

I am a Novice coach and Sit on the Board of Directors of the Junior Cougar organization. To the Best of my knowledge, the quarterback for the Titans Novice Team (Joaquin Andrarde) is the son of District 6 Stockton City Councilman Jesús Andrarde. I also recognize Joaquin as a stand out youth baseball athlete that recently played last season with the Weston Ranch youth Baseball team.

It is my understanding of the DYFL rules that in order to participate on a DYFL football or Cheer team, one must reside in the boundaries set forth and voted on by the DYFL Members. Understanding that there are few exceptions to the rule (open area, split home, or a waiver) it is my belief that none of these exceptions are applicable in the case of Joaquin Andradè.

His Father being a councilman in district 6 suggests that he lives in either the south Stockton Vikings or the Weston Ranch Junior cougar boundaries. I believe him to live in Weston Ranch unless the family moved to North Stockton in the Chavez boundary area, thus meaning that Mr. Andradè is no longer a councilman representing south Stockton. However I don’t believe that to be the case.

We work very hard as an organization to provide a healthy community environment for our children in Weston Ranch, and want to continue to build on that camaraderie. It’s disappointing to see kids that should play with our growing program, skip out on working alongside neighbors.

I hope that the DYFL does it’s due diligence and get to the bottom of this concern. We want what’s best for all children, however if we begin to ignore rules, then we become no different than many of the other leagues that struggle with continuity.

Respectfully submitted,

Duane Lilly,

Board of Directors

Weston Ranch Jr Cougars

Upon investigation, conducted by Bruce Crosby, it was discovered that indeed Jesus Andrade had fraudulently signed his son up for the Junior Chavez Titans. Their president Eric Phillips was also placed on probation. Per league rules the team of some 60 children was forced to forfeit their entire season. They were undefeated. Until Andrade eclipsed that.

Several parents who wish not to go on record have expressed anger and frustration at Andrade’s unethical, dishonest, and selfish behavior. Some even are reporting that Andrade visited the team and apologized, promising to bring his partner Mayor Michael Tubbs to visit as if that’s any consolation.

Jesús and his political consultant Scott Winn have refused to comment on the matter at this time.

JESUS ANDRADE

It’s not just that he’s been caught for the second time this year. It’s also the fact that he, along with Michael Tubbs, has used the plight of the South Stockton for political and public support while his actions prove contrary to his own words.

LARRY FLINT BOUNTIES TRUMP…….

$10 MIL IS THE BOOTY

10-16-2017

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Pornography publisher Larry Flynt is offering “up to $10 million” to anyone who produces information that leads to President Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

So, I decided to do this…let’s see what happens. pic.twitter.com/Xpy4qrwHU7

— Larry Flynt (@ImLarryFlynt) October 15, 2017

He lays out the offer in a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post.

During last year’s presidential campaign, Flynt dangled $1 million to anyone who could turn over video or audio capturing Trump behaving in an illegal or sexually demeaning manner. That followed the release of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video in which Trump bragged of imposing himself on women.

TRUMP

In Sunday’s ad, Flynt asks for any “smoking gun” that is fit to publish and drives Trump from office. The White House didn’t comment.

A full page advertisement in the Washington Post warned that the 2016 election was “illegitimate in many ways.”

“Trump has proven he’s dangerously unfit to exercise the extreme power accrued by our ‘unitary executive,'” the ad read.

“Impeachment would be a messy, contentious affair, but the alternative — three more years of destabilizing dysfunction — is worse.”

Flynt cited the firing of former FBI director James Comey, the potential nuclear war with North Korea, the Paris Accord and Trump’s “racial dog-whistling” after the Charlottesville Nazi rally as reasons for his impeachment.

The porn magnate has previously offered money for information on Mitt Romney’s tax returns and Republican Congressman Bob Livingston’s extramarital affair, which led to his resignation in 1998.

CALIFORNIA EASE ON CRIME WITH PROP 47 RESULTS ARE IN…….

THREE YEAR EXPERIMENT HAS SOME EARLY RESULTS

10-14-2017

prop 47

Three years ago, there were some changes made to lessen California’s overpopulation in jails and prisons.

Voters approved Proposition 47, which would loosen law enforcement standards on crime. At the time, it was believed that taking these measures wouldn’t have much impact on crime.

Now, three years later, local law enforcement officials are pointing to that 2014 proposition approval as the reason for the drastic increase in crime in California.

Fox 11 Los Angeles reports that while arrests are down 30 percent since the new law, violent crime is up 40 percent in Los Angeles since Prop 47 went into effect, with many felony crimes downgraded to misdemeanors. That’s pretty significant.

Estimates show that, specifically, the Inland Empire region in California went from 9th in the nation in vehicle thefts to 5th in just a year, from 2015 to 2016.

Riverside police Sgt. Sean Brown noted: “The punishment is very minimal. If nobody goes to jail for committing a crime, what’s to prevent them from committing more crimes?”

Additionally, Ontario police Sgt. Jeff Higbee noted that the laws mean there is “little to no jail time associated with a single theft.”

California Assemblyman Matt Harper further explained that the rise in crime was correlated to the proposition, telling Fox News: “California is certainly having a significant problem with the increase of crime in our state.”

Harper added, “The only thing that’s really showing a difference in terms of how we approach crime and criminals is this change in our law allowing people to be able to go out on the streets, which previously they would have stayed in prison and not be committing crimes. To play these nonviolent offender games [is] a recipe for disaster.”

Those commenting on Fox 11 Los Angeles’ Facebook post about the story had a lot to say, as you’d expect, with comments such as: “You don’t say. Hmmmm I wonder who could have predicted that releasing a bunch of criminals would cause the crime levels to raise…let me think.”

Another person added: “Voters got what they wanted. Didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see how this was going to play out.”

One commenter just wants things to return to the way they used to be, writing: “Can the douchebags up in Sacramento just admit this was a stupid experiment that proved to be a failure and just go back to business as usual. Putting bad guys where they belong and far away from our families.”

This person didn’t pull any punches, noting: “This state deserves EXACLY what YOU voted for! It’s always ok until something happens to you or someone in you family by one of the dirtbags YOU helped out!” Another person responded: “And to top it all off, it’s still one of the most expensive states to live in. Californians are literally paying a premium to live in those conditions! Maybe smog kills brain cells?”

Along the same lines, this person noted: “Here in California law makers screw us over like crazy. There are props/laws that somehow manage to pass that we as citizens are COMPLETELY against and when we try to fight it it’s as of the most important stuff is put at the bottom of the list.”

HERE IS HOW DAWG FEELS ABOUT IT:

https://dawgonnit.com/2017/07/16/prop-47-aftermath/

https://dawgonnit.com/2015/07/09/crime-in-la-surges/


CALIFORNIA SHERIFFS APPEAL TO THE FEDS FOR HELP IN THE SANCTUARY STATE STATUS…….

THE FEAR IS GANGS LIKE MS-13 WILL

HAVE A SAFE HARBOR IN CALIFORNIA

10-10-2017


California’s sheriffs are calling on the GOP-controlled Congress to intervene and pass a federal law to change the state’s sanctuary state status, warning the law that ties their hands too tightly will only increase the chances of another high-profile tragedy.

The sanctuary state law, which Gov. Jerry Brown (D.) signed Thursday but doesn’t go into effect until January, is the most far-reaching of its kind in the country and places sharp limits on how local law enforcement agencies can communicate with federal immigration authorities.

It would also make it a crime to enforce federal immigration laws on the premises of all schools, hospitals, libraries, and courthouses in state, which is home to an estimated two million immigrants.

Making the entire state a sanctuary for illegal immigrants is California’s latest salvo in its war with President Donald Trump over immigration policy, but law enforcement officials say it’s the state’s citizens who will pay the price with higher crime rates and avoidable tragedies.

SHERIFFS ASSN

National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson said Thursday that sheriffs across the country are deeply “saddened and disappointed” that the governor signed this “reckless” bill into law.

“It is unfortunate that California’s law enforcement has become pawns in this political game, but they will continue to do their jobs diligently to protect their communities,” he said

“We also implore leaders in Washington to take action and pass sensible legislation that would prevent careless legislation from hamstringing law enforcement and would give them the tools to combat dangerous policies like this.”

Most of the state’s sheriffs argue that the law limits their ability to remove dangerous, repeat offenders from their communities.

They remain concerned despite late changes that Gov. Brown helped negotiate that would grant police the ability to inform Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials of violent felon’s police have taken into custody.

Sheriffs said the law would prevent police from notifying ICE of self-admitted members of MS-13 or other gangs if they were arrested for misdemeanor crimes such as assault and battery, possession of narcotics, being under the influence of narcotics, or driving without a license.

“If a gang member is arrested or charged with misdemeanor or a felony that is not covered by the law, we would be precluded from contacting ICE,” California State Sherrifs’ Associate President Bill Brown told the Washington Free Beacon.

“My concern is that, statewide, we’re going to have this issue—that you end up with a known gang member in custody for a particular crime that is not covered and we wouldn’t be able to make that notification.”

Police also worry that the law is too light on illegal immigrants who have been arrested for drunk driving. Police can only call federal immigration authorities if they arrest an illegal immigrant with a violent felony on his or her record. In California, a person must be convicted four times in a decade for it to be considered a felony, law enforcement sources said.

KATE STEINLE

They have repeatedly predicted that the law will open the door to another high-profile tragedy similar to Kathryn “Kate” Steinle’s death in 2015 at the hand of an illegal immigrant who had been deported a total of five times.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to stop other cities and states from following California’s lead.

“The State of California has now codified a commitment to returning criminal aliens back onto our streets, which undermines public safety, national security, and law enforcement,” said Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley.