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A controversial study published by the RAND Corp. that claimed crime increased in Los Angeles after medical marijuana dispensaries were closed was officially retracted. The RAND study was published in September, linking increases in various crimes to the closure of dispensaries.
The report prompted public safety advocates to question the study. A Santa Monica think-tank reviewed all the data used by RAND and found substantial discrepancies.
The review found the report did not include crime statistics reported by the Los Angeles Police Department. In light of this new information, RAND pulled the plug on the study. RAND also said they have plans to conduct a new analysis, but explained it will take many months to complete.
With primary season approaching quickly, the Republicans have hoisted a new favorite — Herman Cain. A new Rasmussen poll shows Cain and Romney with 29 percent of the primary vote and Newt Gingrich moving up to third with 10 percent.
What a difference a month makes. Cain insists he will ride the wave all the way to the White House, but will need to raise a lot more money to stay competitive in crucial states — something he was able to accomplish during his tenure at Godfather’s Pizza.
California Governor Jerry Brown finally signed the Golden State’s version of the DREAM Act.
Part two of the controversial bill will release taxpayer money to illegal aliens seeking to attend public colleges without proving their immigration status to financial aid offices.
The move will allow prospective illegal alien students to compete with American citizens for precious college financial aid.
DC immigration think-tank, Center for Immigration Studies, released a new study today. The report concludes the current Department of Justice legal process used to query and deport illegal aliens or visa overstayers is ripe with flaws.
“Built to Fail: Deception and Disorder in America’s Immigration Courts,” details the inherent flaws immigration courts continue follow. Mark H. Metcalf, a former immigration judge, outlined the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) shortcomings in a 100-page report.
Metcalf contends DOJ’s erroneous statistical reporting leads to fewer deportations being executed, but perhaps more alarming, is the fact more than one million illegal aliens have been ordered to be removed from the U.S. yet they continue to live in America’s shadows.
A flurry of California state bills are being voted on during the waning hours of Sacramento’s summer legislative session, including babysitter’s workplace rights.
California’s lawmakers have pulled out all the stops when it comes to job-killing legislation. Summer highlights include what color Airsoft guns should be painted, the type of sheets hotels can use, and what type of cleaning work hotel maids can/can’t perform. Now they want to regulate babysitting.
Dubbed the “babysitter bill,” AB 889 has made its way to the California State Senate and would force folks who employ domestic workers, babysitters and maids to provide conventional workplace benefits.
It is now being reported that the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Kenneth Melson, will leave his BATFE post and join the Department of Justice (DOJ) staff. The continuation of “business as usual” in Washington D.C. reaffirms that accountability in federal agencies is hard to come by.
Both DOJ and BAFTE played major roles in the “gun walking” program that left at least one federal agent murdered and a number of other deaths south of the border in Mexico. The brouhaha eventually led to the suspension of “Fast and Furious,” but after months of investigations no one has been fired from either agency.
Part two of California’s DREAM Act that seeks to provide financial aid for illegal aliens hits the Senate floor. The controversial DREAM Act legislation is expected to pass along Democrat-led party lines.
AB 131 is sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) and proposes illegal alien students can compete for the $40 million in public financial aid like Cal Grants and other fee waivers.
Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed part one of the (DREAM ACT) college package AB 130 into law. This law granted illegal alien students access to the state’s $88 million in private financial aid.
Federal agents in San Diego have broken up a drug trafficking ring involving Iraqi immigrants who worked with one of Mexico’s biggest drug cartel.
Approximately 60 Iraqi immigrants were rounded up and arrested just east of San Diego after the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) completed a six-month investigation. The DEA Agents also collected drugs, grenades, assault weapons and homemade explosives.
Many of the (Christian) Iraqi’s arrested fled the Middle East to avoid threats from al-Qaida during the continuing wars. Authorities say the immigrants worked in concert with the Sinaloa cartel to transport weapons and drugs to Detroit, Michigan.
When it comes to law enforcement, the Escondido Police Department tends to lead California regarding rule-of-law policies. Police Chief Jim Maher prides himself on enforcing immigration and traffic safety laws on the books-sometimes to the chagrin of illegal-immigration activists. So when the issue of officer salaries boiled to the surface, the Chief knew negotiations wouldn’t be easy.
The Escondido Police Department (EPD) union leaders knew their salary negotiations would center on campaign promises made by the new Mayor Sam Abed. During the Mayor’s hotly contested political race, he informed voters he would reform employee unions to save the city money.
The arrogance of Democrats’ calls for the president to invoke the 14th Amendment to by-pass Congress to raise the debt ceiling demonstrates their lack of Constitutional knowledge, but also their ignorance of the basic checks and balances between the three branches of government.
The third-ranking House Democrat, James Clyburn, said if Congress delivers a short-term debt deal, the president should veto it. The Southern Democrat pointed to the Constitution that says “the validity of the public debt of the United States… shall not be questioned.” Therefore, Clyburn says, the President “should sign an executive order invoking the 14th Amendment” to end the debt ceiling issue.
In an alarming turn of events, ATF’s Project Gunrunner “Fast and Furious” is now said to include more programs located El Paso, Texas and Columbus, New Mexico, as well as “Operation Castaway” in Miami, Florida. These new alleged U.S. gun-smuggling rings are larger than those previously identified and include the sale of military-grade weapons directly to the Mexican Los Zetas cartel.
Reports from two former CIA agents conclude the U.S. government has set up shop in stash houses located in New Mexico and Texas. Former Director of Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Intelligence Center in El Paso, Phil Jordan alleges the Obama Administration knew about the sale of weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
A multiagency criminal sweep in San Diego arrested dozens of alleged Mexican drug-cartel members yesterday.
The task force titled ‘Operation Second Sole,’ arrested 43 “high value” drug-cartel suspects for trafficking drugs, weapons and stolen property. Authorities said these assailants engaged in “incredible acts of violence” throughout San Diego communities.
“Many of the suspects arrested today have significant criminal histories and were considered to be armed and dangerous,” San Diego Police Lieutenant Kevin Ammon said. “The success of today’s operation rid the county of a serious threat to the safety and security of our citizens.”
Congress voted yesterday for an amendment that would mandate any federal agency funded by the 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill to use the federal government’s E-Verify program for the hiring of employees.
House legislation, H.R. 2354, adopted the E-Verify amendment in the full Appropriations Committee. However activists promise it will find more scrutiny as it works its way through the full legislative process.
As reported here previously, Senator Grassley has been investigating ATF gun programs “Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious.” His investigations led to the discovery of Department of Justice and ATF misrepresentations the number of “missing or walked” firearms. An internal ATF inspection report finds, on average, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) loses track of roughly one million guns per year.
As demand for a special prosecutor rises in this scandal, the prosecutor assigned to litigate “Project Gunrunner” and its investigation companion “Fast and Furious” would find that the internal ATF report provides both statistics and a motive for a cover-up.
A July 4 meeting between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) front man Kenneth Melson and Congressional investigators revealed the Department of Justice has actively engaged in a “cover-up” and “remain silent” campaign concerning the controversial firearm program that allowed U.S. weapons to cross into Mexico in the hands of criminals.
The hush, hush meeting revealed a couple of things, first, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder knew a lot more about this operation than he has previously admitted and, second, Melson will not be the Obama Administration fall guy.
Are you having trouble paying your bills? Did your money tree perish in the backyard? If so, members of Congress have given the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), $1 billion to help a small group of homeowners avoid losing their homes.
It is no secret that the lagging economy is connected to the nation’s collapsing housing market, but picking winners and losers or class warfare will only anger millions of homeowners who are forced to solve their housing issues without government help.
The California State Assembly Labor and Employment Committee moved Senate Bill 432 “On Our Knees” one step closer to the governor’s desk. The proposed legislation is hoping to outlaw the requirement that hotel maids perform unsafe housekeeping duties like cleaning bathroom floors and making a bed without fitted sheets.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The hotel industry mounted an aggressive push back, but it failed to derail the bill as the California State Senate approved the injury-prevention bill on June 1.
According to a press release, the hospitality industry lobby has slammed the bill as another example of California’s “over legislating” and just another reason business is fleeing the bankrupt state.
It’s a typical Sunday afternoon in San Diego; the sun is shining, a breeze is blowing and the fire danger is high. Unfortunately, nearby residents recognize that the canyons are teeming with illegal migrant camps and any slip-up could ignite McGonigle canyon.
San Diego is no stranger to fires, in the fall of 2007; the entire region was literally on fire. And it’s only been four years since the devastating fires could be seen from space.
The Southern California wildfires that engulfed San Diego County burned more than 500,000 acres, destroyed 1,500 homes, killed nine people, injured 85 others and sent at least 60 firefighters to the hospital.
With close to a million acres scorched in Arizona, lawmakers as well as law enforcement officials are taking heat for stating that the worst wildfires in the state’s history were started by suspected illegal aliens.
Last weekend Senator John McCain (R-AZ) pointed his finger directly at illegal aliens and said they are either getting cold at night or trying to distract law enforcement from other illegal activity- namely drug smuggling.
As a result of this charge, Senator McCain was lambasted by both the liberal media and open border activists. However, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever quickly defended the Senator and said the evidence is overwhelming.
The San Diego Police Department has taken over the investigation of an overnight shooting death, in which a Border Patrol Agent is reported to have shot and killed a Mexican National. The illegal alien allegedly crossed the international border fence 1.5 miles east of the San Ysidro port of entry.
Border Patrol Agents reported that the agent on the scene encountered three illegal border crossers. Once the agent, who has not been identified, proceeded to question the suspects, the men fled and threw several large rocks.
It hasn’t taken former Assemblyman Fabio Fabian Nunez much time to embroil himself in another controversial piece of legislation. First, the assemblyman used his close personnel relationship with Governor Schwarzenegger to get his son’s sentence commuted for the murder of a fellow college student, and now the disgraced state lawmaker has taken on the airgun/Airsoft and BB gun industry.
When it comes to the firearms industry, State Senator Kevin deLeón (D-22nd) can always find new ways to insult voters and this time he has allowed former Democratic Assemblyman-turned lobbyist, Nunez, to add an amendment to SB798 excluding his clients in the paintball industry and saving them millions of dollars.
La Raza sent out an email blast this week to supporters urging them to demand that their local lawmakers “Save our babies! Stop extreme cuts to the WIC program.”
The La Raza email blast pointed out that “nearly nine out of ten Latino infants born in the United States participated in WIC in 2008. This program has been especially important for Hispanic expectant mothers, who are less likely to have access to prenatal care and medical information,” according to Jennifer Ng’andu, Deputy Director, Health Policy Project for La Raza.
Over the weekend, San Diego Border Patrol agents arrested three Mexican nationals in the early morning hours, smuggling more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana worth about a million dollars inside a panga-style boat.
It was the National Guardsmen, who were posted by the Obama Administration, that spotted the panga boat with three people aboard roaming the California coastline without navigation lights near Camp Pendleton Marine base. With the support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents (CBP), the Guardsmen monitored the panga boat until it came ashore near San Onofre State Beach approximately an hour later.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 yesterday to support state legislation allowing the city to opt out of Department of Homeland Security’s “Secure Communities” program that requires law enforcement officers to submit fingerprints of arrested people to immigration officials.
In an effort to crackdown on illegal immigration and comply with federal deportation orders, DHS created the program in 2008 in order to cross-check fingerprints of arrestees with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Former Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks, who is now a LA City Councilman, introduced the motion supporting the state legislation. Parks said the program targeted illegal immigrants convicted of violent crimes but the federal law has gone astray from its original purpose.
New details are emerging about the murder of a New Mexico rancher, Larry Link, 68, who was killed yesterday on his property.
Link’s ranch/ghost town is located approximately 47 miles from the U.S./Mexico border, and he moved to Stein, New Mexico to get away from the hustle and bustle of Phoenix.
“My uncle was a good man who deserved better,” Bill Link said.
Reacting to the murder, Los Cruces, New Mexico resident, Tammy Hopkins said the government continues to tell the American public, “We have no problem. I give one of them one night alone on my property, and they would damn sure change their minds!”