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cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/80512 > The victims’ ages ranged from 13 to 52, including six children, and the average age was the mid-20s, Moore said.

NIMBY: Steph Curry Opposes Affordable Housing in His Neighborhood
cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/79657 > Like most successful liberals, Curry is a supporter of Joe Biden. According to the Washington Free Beacon, he and his wife Ayesha joined a non-profit in 2021 that was dedicated to “bridging the racial wealth gap.” Curry has been a supporter of Black Lives Matter and was one of the NBA players to take a knee during the National Anthem. He also has a $30 million mansion. Which is all pretty much standard-issue Leftwingery. > > But, despite his public display of solidarity, Curry is more than a little concerned about a plan to put high-density affordable townhomes in his tony neighborhood. The Currys were so aghast at the idea of the “little people” sharing their space, they wrote a letter to the town of Atherton, CA, in protest. The Currys are upset about the townhomes “looming” directly behind them, as well as their privacy and safety. Outkick published an excerpt of the letter to the city: “We hesitate to add to the ‘not in our backyard’ (literally) rhetoric, but we wanted to send a note before today’s meeting. Safety and privacy for us and our kids continues to be our top priority and one of the biggest reasons we chose Atherton as home.” The Currys also want the city to install taller fencing and create landscaping to protect the sight lines to their property.

California Democrats consider wealth tax — including for people who moved out of state
Assemblyman Alex Lee, a progressive Democrat, last week introduced a bill in the California State Legislature that would impose an extra annual 1.5% tax on those with a "worldwide net worth" above $1 billion, starting as early as January 2024. As early as 2026, the threshold for being taxed would drop: those with a worldwide net worth exceeding $50 million would be hit with a 1% annual tax on wealth, while billionaires would still be taxed 1.5%. Worldwide wealth extends beyond annual income to include diverse holdings such as farm assets, arts and other collectibles, and stocks and hedge fund interest.

Give me medical freedom
cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/76053 > “Prescribe Freedom” will make permanent several important medical freedom protections that prevent, among other things, discrimination against those who do not wear masks or refuse to get the mRNA jab. The legislative proposal will also permanently protect freedom of speech and religion for medical professionals and the public. California has purposefully sprinted in the opposite direction with the passing of a “misinformation bill” that restricts the speech of medical professionals and seeks to penalize them if they dare to openly buck the prevailing narrative. > > DeSantis wants to ensure that medical professionals and Floridians have the freedom “to disagree with the preferred narrative of the medical community.” Per the promotional flyer below, the measures permanently prohibit mandates for mRNA jabs and masks in schools and permanently prohibit vaccine passports in Florida. In addition, it will ensure employers in the state cannot hire or fire based on vaccination status permanently.

Open the Books Report: Charity Run by Jennifer Newsom Continues to Solicit Donations Despite Being Out of Compliance
cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/75023 > While nonprofits are exempt from paying federal taxes, they must comply with state and federal reporting requirements to protect taxpayers’ interest. > > In a report from Open the Books, it appears Newsom’s nonprofit seems to have failed to do this, yet continues to collect donations “from individuals and large corporations that have supported her husband and conducted business with the state of California.”

A Tale of Two States: the Contrasting Fiscal Fortunes of Texas and California
The contrasting realities offered a preview of some of the political arguments likely to play out in the U.S. Capitol in coming months — as did the contrasting comments from two high-profile governors discussed as potential presidential candidates.

'Very Volatile Moment': Newsom Slashes Budget After Turning $98 Billion Surplus Into $22.5 Billion Deficit in Single Year
Funny the timing Now, just five days into his second term, Newsom is singing a different tune. The governor announced a strategy of spending "delays," including on mental health, preschool "inclusion" grants, climate programs, and University of California capital investment. His budget also proposes using federal dollars to make up for reductions to the state’s much-touted climate initiatives.

California Bill To Punish Doctors For 'False' Covid-19 Information Goes Into Effect
cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/72556 > Under the new law (AB 2098) which took effect Jan.1, the state's Medical Board would categorize dispensing information - such as the effectiveness of Ivermectin, or the Covid-19 vaccine's rapidly waning efficacy, as unprofessional conduct.

California and New York Now Require All Private Insurance Plans to Fully Cover Abortion if They Offer Maternity Care Coverage
cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/71979 > California also passed Proposition 1, which guarantees a person’s “fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives.”

Amid high taxes already killing the middle-class, skyrocketing crime rates, rampant homelessness, and an unaffordable housing crisis, the one-party system on the West Coast essentially turned California into a feudal state, or as some conservative leaders called it, a socialist nightmare. “If you talk to demographers, they’ll say that one of the factors is the cost of housing,” Palmer said. “And that’s continued to be a challenging issue for the state.”


cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/69109 > "Got 'em in my livestock operation, and that's why we put a rope on some of 'em and take 'em to the slaughterhouse," Corkins continued, prompting a guffaw from Gomez-Heitzeberg. "Just bothers me when the bad actors are paid staff and they're faculty," who are "hard to get rid of."

This attempt to create a new state — which would be the first since Hawaii in 1959 — is a proposition for the county just east of Los Angeles, which has suffered from sharp increases in cost of living. It would hinge on approval by the California State Legislature and Congress, both of which are highly unlikely. There have been more than 220 attempts to break up California over its 172-year history, all of which have failed.

The fact is California is difficult, often impossible, to live in if you’re in the middle class. The wealthy can afford to live here, although they often leave too, because that 13.3 percent top income tax rate really digs in, especially when they dream of moving to 0 percent Texas, Florida, or Nevada. The poor suffer, but California has a generous welfare state, so it’s easier in many ways for low-income residents than living in another state. It’s the middle class, the rock bed of any society, that bears the brunt of California’s brutal living conditions—amidst the sublime weather. There are three areas where the middle class is hammered: taxes, high housing costs, and a broken education system. Let’s look at them as we peer toward 2023: a little winter organizing of our political mentalities.

cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/68019 > "They were offered an open bar," said parent Gabriel Lozano, who also revealed that the students were interviewed by police. They were offered an open bar and to socialize with the half-naked men, the dirty Santa that offered and made disgusting comments to our children."

cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/67802 > The programs—all of which are publicly funded—violate both the United States and the California state constitution, lawyers say, as well as civil rights laws that ban race discrimination in contracting and by the recipients of government funds.


cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/67073 > The measure would allow a judge to decide if an adult who engages in oral or anal sex with a child must register as a sex offender if that person is within ten years of the age of the victim.

Perfect Storm Fuels Massive Natural Gas Price Spikes on West Coast; Northern California Hits $55/MMBtu
cross-posted from: https://exploding-heads.com/post/66969 > “I’ve seen prices spike before, but over a short period of time,” said Michael Wiliamson. His consulting firm Williamson Energy purchases wholesale natural gas for end-use customers in California. “This sustained period of high prices has never happened before. There’s a lot of different things going on, and they’re all falling at the same time.”

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