January 16, 2022

New California Tax Proposal Could Spur Mass Exodus from State

An ambitious proposal in California would create a single-payer healthcare system, but it would also increase the state’s tax revenue by almost double, potentially triggering a mass exodus from the state.

According to a report, Jared Walczak, vice president of state projects at the Tax Foundation, said that the legislation would impose a $163 billion per year tax increase — effectively doubling state collections. That increased revenue comes with a cost, though, one borne by taxpayers that could push residents to lower-tax states.

If the proposal is enacted, “you would expect to see a substantial exodus of businesses and middle- and high-income earners,” Walczak said.

Residents have already left the state in droves, with California’s population declining by 0.8% last year while other states like Florida and Texas saw increases.

“All things equal, people would want to locate in areas in which their after-tax income would be maximized,” said Kyle Pomerleau, a senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “So if they could do the same exact job and live in a place that was just as nice but they could earn more money after taxes … they pick the place with the lower tax burden.”

Under the new proposal, the top marginal income tax rate would rise to 18.05%, a significant increase from the current 12.3% rate that those at the top of the bracket are paying.

Some groups are already lobbying against the measure.

“Completely abolishing the current system in face of unrelenting pandemic by annually taxing Californians hundreds of billions of dollars is not the solution,” said Preston Young, a policy advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce.


Aggressive new California tax hike proposal could accelerate exodus from state

January 11, 2022

Newsom Proposes Free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) proposed free healthcare for all low-income residents of his state, including individuals who are there illegally.

Newsom unveiled his California Blueprint plan, a budget proposal that costs more than $200 billion. The plan, Newsom said, addresses five of the state’s biggest challenges. The governor outlines plans, including creating a new statewide gun buyback program, housing for the homeless, and expanding the state’s health care coverage to all low-income residents, regardless of immigration status.

“Governor Newsom’s blueprint will make California the first state in the nation to offer universal access to healthcare coverage for all state residents, regardless of immigration status,” the press release reads.

“Here’s the big one: California is poised to be, if this proposal is supported, the first state in the country to achieve universal access to health coverage,” Newsom said during the conference. “So, what does that mean? It means full-scope Medi-Cal, including long-term care, [In-Home Supportive Services], and behavioral health to all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status.”

If approved, the measure would allow undocumented migrants to obtain state-funded abortions.

The plan would be fully implemented by January 2024, Newsom said.


Newsom proposes health coverage for all immigrants in California

January 10, 2022

Gunmakers Would Be Liable For Deaths Under New California Bill

Some California Democrats want to make it easier to hold gun manufacturers liable for shooting injuries or deaths.

Advocates for the measure say it aims to circumvent a federal law that prevents these types of lawsuits and enables the firearm industry to behave recklessly.

Critics of the bill say it’s an illegal overreach, and its true intention is to force gun manufacturers to go out of business.

“Almost every industry in the U.S. is held liable for what their products do. … The gun industry is the one exception,” Assembly member Phil Ting said. “Financial repercussions may encourage the firearms industry and dealers to be more responsible.”

Assembly members Chris Ward and Mike Gipson co-authored the bill, known as AB 1594. Gipson’s son, his son’s fiancé, and a man named Gary Patrick Moody were shot in Los Angeles in April 2020. Gipson’s son and his fiancé survived, but Moody was killed.

“This is absolutely personal to me,” said Gipson, a former police officer.

However, gun advocates rebuked the bill, calling it another attempt by progressives to ban guns. Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, compared it to suing Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) because he owns a winery and people were drinking and driving after using his products.

“He can’t ban guns, but he’s going to try to bankrupt lawful firearms-related businesses,” Paredes said.


California Bill Would Make It Easier to Sue Gun-Makers

January 7, 2022

LA County Confirms First ‘Flurona’ Case

Officials at a COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles County confirmed the first local case of the so-called “flurona” — a combination of the flu and the coronavirus.

Officials said a child tested positive for Influenza A and SARS-CoV-2, Fox11 reported. The boy’s mother tested positive for COVID-19 the following day. The family had just returned from a trip to Cabo San Lucas.

“Our new year’s resolution was to flatten the curve. And now, simply put, it’s now turned into a nightmare. The technicians are fatigued. Sometimes it feels like there’s no end in sight,” said Steve Farzam, 911 COVID Testing’s chief operating officer.

Roughly 3,000 people are tested daily at Farzam’s site in Brentwood, according to Fox11.

“Our resources have been so inundated with the vast amount of folks who are getting tested. We’re seeing folks who do have some basic cold symptoms, getting repeated tests, showing up almost every day of the week for a COVID test,” Farzam said. “If we can capture influenza-positive early on, then we could presumably prevent them from coming back every day, so we can save those tests for the people who really do need them.”


‘Flurona’ in California: Testing site in LA County confirms first known local case

January 2, 2022

How a California Man’s Vote for Hillary Clinton Led to Life in Prison

A California man received a sentence of 35 years to life in prison after fatally shooting a woman and injuring her husband during an argument over the 2016 presidential election.

Jurors found that John Kevin McVoy Jr. intentionally used a firearm to kill Susan Garcia, 33. Prosecutor Irene Lee said that Garcia held her young son in her lap when McVoy opened fire.

McVoy and Susan’s husband, Victor Garcia, were members of a garage bang, Below the Faultline.

McVoy arrived at the Garcias’ home while they were hanging around the kitchen table with two friends while then-President Barack Obama’s farewell speech played on television.

The group engaged in a discussion about politics, and someone asked McVoy who he voted for. When McVoy said he voted for Hillary Clinton, Victor Garcia snapped his fingers, pointed to the door, and said, “Get the (expletive) out of my house.”

Prosecutors said McVoy then drew the revolver and fired a shot at Victor Garcia, hitting him in the head. He then turned the gun to Susan Garcia, who turned to shield their son as he fired. The bullet hit her in the left arm first and then penetrated her organs. She died inside the home.

Victor Garcia underwent two brain surgeries and now has metal plates in his head.


A Hillary Clinton vote leads to murder and life in prison for California man

December 11, 2021

California Will Become Abortion ‘Sanctuary’ if Roe Overturned

With the imminent possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, California abortion clinics and advocates announced a plan to make the state a “sanctuary” for those seeking the procedure.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) created the California Future of Abortion Council, consisting of more than 40 abortion providers and advocacy groups. The council released a lengthy list of 45 suggestions for the Golden State if Roe is overturned.

“We’ll be a sanctuary,” Newsom told The Associated Press. “We are looking at ways to support that inevitability and looking at ways to expand our protections.”

The report suggests providing travel expenses, like gas, lodging, and transportation, for out-of-state patients seeking an abortion. It also recommends that lawmakers reimburse providers who provide service to patients who can’t afford to pay.

Newsom said he’ll include some of the 45 recommendations in his upcoming January budget proposal.

Currently, the state’s Medicaid program pays for abortions for low-income residents. California is one of six states that require private insurance companies to cover the procedure.

The pro-choice research group, The Guttmacher Institute, said that 132,680 abortions were performed in California in 2017.


California plans to be abortion sanctuary if Roe overturned

December 6, 2021

California Organized Robbery Suspects Released Through State’s Zero-Bail Policy

Fourteen suspects accused in the “smash and grab” coordinated robberies have been released from custody, in part due to California’s new zero bail policy.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Michel Moore said all fourteen suspects, including one minor, met the criteria for the zero bail policy. The measure requires judges to consider what a person can afford when setting bail.

“All the suspects taken into custody are out of custody, either as a result of one juvenile, or the others as a result of bailing out or zero-bail criteria,” Moore said at a press conference.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said his office still intends to file charges for the robberies.

“Our office has been collaborating with multiple law enforcement agencies and, once all the evidence has been gathered, we will review the cases to determine what criminal charges should be filed,” Alex Bastian, Gascon’s special adviser, said in a statement. “These brazen acts hurt all of us: retailers, employees and customers alike.”

Moore said that Los Angeles stores were hit by organized thefts 11 times between November 18 and 28. He added that the robberies cost the stores over $338,000 in stolen merchandise and $40,000 in property damage.


Fourteen ‘smash and grab’ suspects released, some through California’s zero-bail policy

December 2, 2021

California Officials Deem ‘Looting’ a Racist Term

As California is experiencing a wave of organized robberies, state officials say not to refer to it as looting, which could be considered a racist term.

“As the Bay Area grapples with a wave of seemingly organized smash and grab robberies this weekend, policing and journalism analysts are cautioning against the use of the term looting,” reporter Julian Glover told a local media outlet.

While luxury stores across the state experienced thefts exceeding $1 million, the crimes aren’t considered looting under California Penal Code. State law defines looting as “theft or burglary … during a ‘state of emergency,’ ‘local emergency,’ or ‘evacuation order’ resulting from an earthquake, fire, flood, riot or other natural or manmade disaster.”

Using the term looting to describe the crimes in California carries a racist sentiment, said Lorenzo Boyd, a former police officer and a professor of criminal justice and community policing at the University of New Haven.

“Looting is a term that we typically use when people of color or urban dwellers are doing something,” Boyd said. “We tend not to use that term for other people when they do the exact same thing.”


‘Looting’ deemed racist term, California experiencing ‘organized robbery’

November 26, 2021

80 Looters Ransack a Luxury Department Store [Video]

Approximately 80 people ransacked a Nordstrom store in the San Francisco area, which authorities described as an “organized theft.”

The Walnut Creek Police Department said it had arrested three people in connection with the incident at the luxury department store.

“The remaining participants in this criminal mob fled from the area in cars at high speeds,” officials said.

NBC Bay Area reporter Jodi Hernandez posted videos on Twitter, showing cars blocking the street outside the store as people fled and the police making arrests at gunpoint.

“The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority, and we’re doing everything we can to support them through this situation,” Nordstrom’s senior manager of corporate communications, Grace Stearns, said in a statement.

Stearns said five employees were treated for minor injuries, but no one sustained serious injuries. The suspects assaulted two workers and pepper-sprayed another, police said.

Authorities are now reviewing surveillance footage to identify additional suspects.


UPDATE: Police Warn of More Mass Robbery Attempts After Looters Ransack Walnut Creek Nordstrom

November 10, 2021

West Hollywood now has the highest minimum wage in the country

West Hollywood, California, will soon provide the highest minimum wage in the country after the City Council voted to increase pay to $17.64 an hour.

The new wage takes effect in January for some workers and will gradually increase every six months until July 2023. The city’s wage will eventually surpass the state’s minimum, which is set to hit $15 by 2022 for businesses with more than 25 employees.

“Fewer than 10 percent of our jobs pay enough to live in the city,” Councilmember John D’Amico said. “I believe we are now righting the founding wrong of this city. Keeping West Hollywood workers in a position where they cannot be our neighbors and worse, they have to learn how to live without a reliable income, this has to finally no longer be acceptable.”

The council voted unanimously for the increase. The order also expands paid vacation, sick, and personal time for workers.

“[The] cost of living is rising everywhere — it’s getting more and more expensive to live, work and raise a family. Our minimum wage should reflect that reality,” Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath said.


West Hollywood votes to set highest minimum wage in US

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