September 27, 2020
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It was a bad year for Southern California homebuilders – OCRegister

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It was a tough year for Southern California homebuilders.

As 2019 started, builders found themselves stuck with the largest inventory of unsold residences since the Great Recession. Rising interest rates and economic anxieties cooled house hunting, making the builders’ big bets on higher-priced homes a poor choice. So for much of the year, builders were forced to discount slow-selling homes while retooling plans to create lower-priced product.

Two new rankings of the nation’s fastest-selling “master-planned communities” — neighborhoods carved from large parcels of undeveloped…

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Musings from the ‘public nuisance’ – OCRegister

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Now that the Christmas shopping season is officially over, my mailbox is no longer as full as my gut; no more pamphlets on the price of rump roast at Stater Bros, coupons from Domino’s or pleas for donations to the Salvation Army.

Hell, even Bed, Bath and Beyond is giving it a rest.

Which is why I noticed a letter from the Palm Springs Police Department immediately.

In the first paragraph, the city declared me to be a “public nuisance.”

Yep. I’m accused of damaging the ambiance of my neighborhood.

I guess you could say I’m the Dennis Rodman of Palm Springs.

Why?

Well, after…

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Orange County schedules forums about hate incidents in schools – Los Angeles Times

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The Orange County Human Relations Commission will join the county Department of Education in presenting two public forums this month exploring the impact of hate-driven incidents among students, schools and their communities.

The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the department’s headquarters at 200 Kalmus Drive in Costa Mesa and will focus on discussions by parents and students on their experiences with hate on school campuses. Information gathered at the forum will then be used at a second meeting for teachers, counselors and school administrators scheduled for 8 a.m….

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Laura Parker and Paul Mason among hundreds urging NEC to “open up” – LabourList

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Laura Parker, former coordinator of Momentum, and Paul Mason, ex-BBC journalist, are among the hundreds of members who have signed an open letter urging Labour’s ruling body to  “open up”.

In a letter addressed to Labour NEC members, who are meeting this afternoon to agree leadership election rules, high-profile activists organised by anti-Brexit organisation Labour for a Public Vote have called for further democratisation of the party.

635 activists from 327 local parties have signed the letter, from openly Corbynsceptic figures Luke Akehurst of Labour First and Nathan Yeowell of…

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In newly blue Orange County, Democrats struggle over how far left is too far – Los Angeles Times

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Emma Jenson, standing in front of over 200 Bernie Sanders supporters gathered in the parking lot of a Santa Ana office park, asked for a show of hands to see who had knocked on doors for the 2016 election.

Few had.

“Notice that my hand didn’t go up,” the San Clemente resident said. “But things are different now. This is what democracy looks like.”

The ostensible reason for the recent Sunday evening rally was the opening of Sanders’ Orange County campaign office. But Jenson’s remarks about how Democratic people power can beat Republican might resonated with the crowd for reasons…

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Woman killed and man critically injured in Compton shooting – Los Angeles Times

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Three people are dead and a fourth is hospitalized after shootings in Compton, Huntington Park and Lake Forest, sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday.

Two people were shot in Compton early New Year’s Day, leaving a mother dead and a man critically wounded.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the 2200 block of West 154th Street at 12:40 a.m. after receiving a report of a shooting.

Deputies found a woman and a man who had both been shot in the chest, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez, a department spokeswoman. The woman died at a hospital. The man was in…

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POLITICO Playbook: Who will Dems pick to prosecute Trump? – Politico

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HOUSE DEMOCRATS will unveil articles of impeachment today, recommending to remove the president from office for obstructing Congress and abusing his power. AT THE SAME TIME, DEMOCRATS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO…

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Pete Buttigieg Backs Supervised Injection Facilities For Illegal Drugs – Marijuana Moment
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Pete Buttigieg Backs Supervised Injection Facilities For Illegal Drugs – Marijuana Moment

Speaking at a town hall event in Iowa on Friday, Buttigieg was asked about his plans to combat the opioid crisis. The mayor said that while harm reduction policies may be “divisive” in the U.S., “it’s a good example where leadership is going to get us in the right direction—specifically my presidential leadership will seek to get us in the right direction.” He said restrictions on medication-assisted therapy such as caps on how much methadone a physician can prescribe should be lifted, needle exchange programs should be expanded and states should be able to experiment with supervised injection facilities. “Many states are looking into supervised injection,” he said. “I don’t think we should stop states from looking at that because I think they should have a chance to prove—it’s very controversial, I get that—but they should have a chance to prove that it can save lives and, if they do, we shouldn’t stand in the way.”
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Congressman Rouda and Senator Schatz lead bipartisan letter to AG Barr on improving cannabis research – Orange County Breeze

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Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) and Senator Brian Schatz (HI), sent a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Barr urging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to amend current policies to improve research on cannabis. The letter was also signed by Senators Cory Gardner (CO) and Kamala Harris (CA) as well as 17 additional Members of Congress.

Said Rouda, “Our nation’s cannabis research laws are archaic. Forty-seven states have legalized some form of cannabis consumption – we must ensure our federal agencies and other licensed institutions can comprehensively study the…

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K9 Cop Ends Standoff With Elder Abuse Suspect – San Juan Capistrano, CA Patch

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ORANGE, CA — A K-9 officer helped end a several hours long standoff between an elder abuse suspect and Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, authorities said.

The suspect was barricaded in a home in unincorporated Orange for over nine hours on Sunday until the Orange County Sheriff’s Department sent a K-9 inside to get him, OCSD spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

The standoff started about 1 p.m. in the 8000 block of Magnolia Avenue, Braun said.

The sheriff’s department could be heard announcing that a warrant was being served for the arrest of the man in his 60s for suspicion of…

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Lawmakers File Resolution Demanding Congress Apologize For The Racist War On Drugs – Marijuana Moment

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A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers from the House and Senate sent a letter to the Justice Department on Friday, requesting a policy change allowing researchers to access marijuana from state-legal dispensaries to improve studies on the plant’s benefits and risks.

The letter, led by Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), cites feedback from federal health agencies, which have said that existing restrictions on cannabis have inhibited research. One problem in particular is that there’s only one federally authorized manufacturer of research-grade marijuana.

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Man Wanted for Elder Abuse Barricaded in Home – NBC Southern California

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A suspect wanted on suspicion of elder abuse was refusing to come out of his home to respond to law enforcement on Sunday.

At around 3 p.m. Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s deputies responded to a call about elder abuse on the 8000 block of Magnolia, Carrie Braun, director of Public Affairs and Community Engagement for the Sheriff’s Department, said.

The Sheriff’s department revealed that the suspect is believed to be a man in his 60s while the victim is his relative, but cannot yet confirm other details about the incident. 

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Pension costs hitting home across the state — hard – OCRegister
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Pension costs hitting home across the state — hard – OCRegister

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District came into being 14 years ago when four small fire departments serving farms and small towns east of Modesto merged. The district now flirts with insolvency, a case study in how rapidly growing costs for pensions and other employee benefits are clobbering local governments. Four years ago, Stanislaus Consolidated had 80 employees, most of them firefighters, and more than $13 million in revenues. However, as budget documents reveal, its expenses, mostly for salaries, were already beginning to outstrip income.
‘Scrutiny and double standards’: Katie Hill’s downfall splits Democrats – POLITICO
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‘Scrutiny and double standards’: Katie Hill’s downfall splits Democrats – POLITICO

“I’ve only been here for 10 months, but it’s unbelievable, the kind of scrutiny and double standards that I’ve seen,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), said in an interview, adding that it is particularly difficult for a woman or a person of color. “This place can be extremely defeating. You’re coming as your unapologetic self. You’re coming as a real person,” Tlaib added. “They’re not ready for people like Katie and I, for people who are different... We needed Katie here and I hope she changes her mind.”
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Michelle Steel endorsed by majority of California Republican congressional delegation – Orange County Breeze

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Michelle Steel, Vice-Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, announced she has been endorsed by the majority of the California Republican congressional delegation with the endorsements of the following Congressmen:

  • House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
  • U.S. Representative Ken Calvert
  • U.S. Representative Paul Cook
  • U.S. Representative Tom McClintock
  • U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa

“As a County Supervisor and the Vice-Chair of the Board of Equalization, Michelle Steel has made accountability to taxpayers her top priority. We can trust Michelle to be a strong and vocal leader…

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HR 4527, Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act, receives endorsements – Orange County Breeze

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H.R. 4527, the Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act, introduced by Representatives Harley Rouda (CA-48), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), and Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), received endorsements from the following organizations:

  • Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
  • International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
  • National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)
  • National Sheriffs Association (NSA)
  • California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA)
  • California Professional Firefighters (CPF)
  • Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS)
  • Orange County Professional Firefighters…

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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan SMART Infrastructure Act – Water Finance & Management
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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan SMART Infrastructure Act – Water Finance & Management

U.S. Reps. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) and Brian Babin (R-Texas) have introduced H.R. 4687, the Sustainable Municipal Access to Resilient Technology in Infrastructure (SMART Infrastructure) Act, along with Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.). The SMART Infrastructure Act supports innovation and open competition in procurement, allowing the United States to rebuild America’s infrastructure efficiently and sensibly.