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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bill Calling for First Ever Public-Private Earthquake Warning System Goes to Governor's Desk


September 14, 2013

SB135 now goes to CA Governor Brown for signing by October 13. It calls for coordinated public-private earthquake alert system plan by 2016.

Scotts Valley, CA, September 14, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Scotts State Senate Bill 135, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), directs the California Office of Emergency Services, to develop a statewide earthquake warning system partnering with private industry.

“I embrace private sector involvement,” said Padilla,” Private sector involvement in the system, both from a funding standpoint and from an expertise and technology standpoint.”

Industry members applaud the announcement and the inclusion of private firms, in the process.

Seismic Warning Systems is operating a network of detection devices throughout the state in more than 45 sites. The sites include fire stations, schools, hospitals and businesses.

“Our number one priority is to save lives, but earthquake early warning can also save billions of dollars in damage to business and infrastructure,” said George Dickson, CEO and Founder of Seismic Warning Systems.

Dickson adds, “Working with regional government, first responders and schools, our team has already developed a cost effective regional earthquake warning system. Our technology alerts in less than a second, with no blind spots and no false positives to date.”

Earthquake early warning is based on detecting the start of the earthquake (P-wave) and distributing a warning before the damaging shock waves (S-waves) arrive. There are two basic methods of analyzing P-waves. One is a standalone site with sensors; the other is a network of regionally distributed sensors. Seismic Warning Systems is unique in that it merges the two methods into a single system.

SB135 first policy step

Senator Padilla's bill does not fund the process but calls on OES to identify funding for it by January 1, 2016. Budget analysts set the cost at $100M for the network’s construction and $15M annually for operations over a five-year period. “We’re encouraged the State is focused on developing a California model and confident that with industries assistance and collaboration, Statewide Earthquake Warning can be achieved via public private partnerships for a fraction of those estimates,” said Scott Nebenzahl, VP Sales and Director of Government Affairs for Seismic Warning Systems.

About Seismic Warning Systems

Seismic Warning Systems, incorporated in 2001, develops, manufactures and markets QUAKEGUARD products and services. QUAKEGUARD minimizes property damage, protects equipment and prevents human injury and loss of life. The current patented sensing technology; NETQUAKEGUARD detects P-waves (the non-destructive primary earthquake waves) in advance of damaging S and R waves.

Scott Nebenzahl, VP of Sales and Government Affairs
Seismic Warning Systems
5619 Scotts Valley Dr.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066(831) 440-1122

Driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants stir debate


By Richard Winton, Hector Becerra, and Kate Mather, September 13, 2013

 Bertha Diaz, Araceli Sanchez, Antonio Bernabe

 Bertha Diaz, left, and Araceli Sanchez recount their daily struggles of driving without a California license during a news conference at Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, with CHIRLA senior organizer Antonio Bernabe, right, on Friday.

California’s move to allow more than a million immigrants who are in this country illegally to receive driver's licenses marks a significant but controversial advance in the long campaign to decriminalize their day-to-day lives.

The new bill comes after some of California’s top law enforcement officials, including Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, expressed strong support for the idea. They argued that immigrants should not fear cooperating with police or feel harassed simply because of their immigration status.

Activists have complained for years that undocumented immigrants stopped at drunk-driving checkpoints have their car impounded even if they are sober because they don’t have valid licenses. Police also say these immigrants tend not to have auto insurance, resulting in more hit-and-run accidents.

Kim Raney, president of California Police Chiefs Assn., said his organization only backed the plan after it was amended to add various security measures. His biggest concern was that the driver’s license could be used as identification for air travel, potentially causing problems with federal security agencies.

“These licenses will include a special watermark on the front and language on the back that makes it clear that this license is for driving only and not identification,” said Raney, who is also the chief of police in Covina. “TSA and federal officials and law enforcement will all be aware that these grant driving privileges only and aren’t confirmed identification.”

Raney said the plan should put an end to many of the headaches police departments deal with concerning unlicensed immigrant drivers.

“You either have a license or you don’t have a license. You have no reason not to be insured.” he added. “This should end the entire debate over impounds.”

But the larger debate about how immigration laws are enforced is far from over.
Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington said the new California law amounted to a “quasi-amnesty.”

“The whole point of immigration law is to make it impractical to stay here illegally,” he said. “This is doing the exact opposite. The point of this is to make it practical to live here illegally.... What it means is the government is formally incorporating illegal aliens into institutions of our society.”

Indeed, backing from law enforcement is far from universal. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, who has spoken against giving undocumented immigrants licenses in the past, said Friday that his position had not changed. “I just think that if someone is in the country illegally, for us to give them a legal ability to drive makes absolutely no sense,” he said. “That… really bothers me.”

Youngblood challenged the idea that giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses would eliminate insurance issues in hit-and-run or other collisions. A license was no guarantee the driver would carry insurance, he said.

“It’s not with our citizens,” he said. “So how could it be with people in the country illegally?”
Beck on Friday called the new law “a big step forward in making our roads safer.”

He has been an outspoken supporter of issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, arguing that doing so would reduce the number of hit and run accidents because undocumented immigrants would have less fear of being caught for driving and of not having insurance.

Over the last few years, Beck and the L.A. Police Commission have moved to ease rules for when police officers impound the cars of undocumented immigrants.

The move was opposed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents rank-and-file officers. The union argued that the new policy violated state law by stripping officers’ discretion to impound cars. The union, along with Judicial Watch in Washington, sued the city to have the policy tossed out. In August, a judge ruled the LAPD policy was illegal but did not immediately strike it down, allowing it to remain in effect pending appeals.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that once the law is signed, the U.S. Justice Department will  review whether it undermines federal immigration laws.

The bill, A.B. 60, would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a driver’s license to a person who cannot prove that he or she is authorized under federal law to be in the country—as long as they meet all other qualifications for having a license. According to an examination of the fiscal effects of the law, it could generate about $50 million in revenue over three years, but also cost between $140 million to $220 million over the same period of time, with about 1.4 million new driver’s licenses being issued.
Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to
 announce that he would sign the bill, saying in a statement that it would “enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally.”

Many Say: We Choose The Tattler Weekend News


September 14, 2013


(Mod: Once again we have scoured the vast reaches of the Internet to bring you what we feel are the most important stories of our times. It is not a job that we take lightly, nor do we feel that we have any ideological or other situational bias in the selection of these stories. It's just that we don't like a lot of things, and posting articles that put them into a bad light brings a measure of joy to our troubled hearts. I challenge you to come up with a better, or at least more realistic, reason for doing this. Here is the news.)

Four area water agencies sue El Monte firm (San Gabriel Valley Tribune link) The San Gabriel Valley Water Co. for many years has been extracting groundwater in San Bernardino County beyond its rights — and without paying for it — according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

The complaint, filed in San Bernardino Superior Court, alleges that each year since 2005, the San Gabriel Valley Water Co. and its subsidiaries, Fontana Water Co. and Fontana Union Water Co., have extracted thousands of acre-feet more per year than a base amount established decades ago.

San Gabriel water company services communities that include Arcadia, Baldwin Park, Montebello, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, West Covina, Whittier and parts of unincorporated Los Angeles County.

Water has allegedly been removed from the Rialto-Colton Basin, where the draw-down may cause water users in the area to purchase more expensive water from other sources.

The four plaintiffs are the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, the city of Colton, the city of Rialto and the Rialto-based West Valley Water District.

The SBVMWD provides water from the State Water Project for direct use by 13 retail water agencies from Rialto to Yucaipa that serve more than 700,000 residential and business customers.

(Mod: So the same guys who put all kinds of deleterious chemicals into our soon to be drinking water are also now accused of being thieves? And if these guys haven't been paying for water, should we have to do so? The ethical dilemmas that face us are great.)

California county votes for secession from state, cites overregulation (Fox News.com link) Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state.
The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday for a declaration of secession, the Record Searchlight of Redding reported.

The vote appears mostly symbolic since secession would require approval from the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress, but supporters say it would restore local control over decision making. They want other rural counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon to join them in the creation of a new state called the State of Jefferson.

"Many proposed laws are unconstitutional and deny us our God-given rights," Gabe Garrison of Happy Camp said at the meeting. "We need our own state so we can make laws that fit our way of life."

Garrison was among more than 100 people who attended the meeting, and most were in support of the declaration, according to the Record Searchlight. The declaration does not launch any type of formal process toward secession, but only reflects the county's support, said Tom Odom, the county's administrative officer.

The idea to create the separate state of Jefferson goes back decades. It gained momentum in 1941, when the mayor of a southern Oregon town called on counties in the region and their neighbors in California to form a new state. The goal was to raise attention to the region's poor roads. The movement became popular, especially in Siskiyou County, where residents have long felt that their concerns are overshadowed by more populated parts of California. It was shelved after the attack at Pearl Harbor, though its spirit lives on today.

Another proposal that came up two years ago in Riverside County called on more than a dozen mostly conservative counties to break off and form the state of South California.

(Mod: We posted an article a while back about South California. It would have bordered the eastern edge of the Angeles National Forest, which would have technically put us right near the border. Separating from Sacramento sounded like a pretty good idea, actually. Though there are some here in town we would have gladly left behind.)

Steinberg shelves main environmental measure to aid arena effort (Sacramento Bee link) Following last-minute negotiations with the governor, state Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg shelved his main environmental reform bill Wednesday night, and instead pushed forward with a bulked-up alternative bill – one that includes provisions to assist in development of Sacramento’s downtown arena.

Steinberg announced he was setting SB 731 – his major California Environmental Quality Act overhaul bill – aside after talking with the governor Wednesday night. In doing so, he added two key statewide CEQA changes to SB 743, a newer bill, which had been more focused on streamlining the Sacramento Kings arena project. The fine points of those amendments were still being negotiated after session Wednesday.

SB 743 seeks to speed the judicial process for handling environmental lawsuits, limit the courts’ ability to stop construction and add mediation to the mix. Steinberg said he would add a provision at the governor’s request that gives the governor’s Office of Planning and Research the go-ahead to develop a new way of measuring traffic impacts of major projects, based on total “vehicle miles traveled” rather than intersection congestion. He also said he’s adding a section that reduced the need to do environmental studies for certain commercial mixed-use projects near transit, if those projects are part of a “specific plan area.”

(Mod: It is refreshing to see the author of such Sacramento so-called environmental action laws as SB 375 and SB 1 ditching almost everything he's claimed to stand for in order to help a couple of his billionaire pals build a downtown basketball arena.)

DiFi attacks New Media journalists (Cal Watchdog link) A year ago California voters gave Sen. Dianne Feinstein another landslide victory even though she refused to debate her opponent, Elizabeth Emken, who for once was a decent GOP candidate. DiFi must believe she’s in the House of Lords.

Now Baroness DiFi wants to define as a “journalist” only those in MainStream Media. New media would be considered peons with no First Amendment protections. Matt Drudge, the most famous and influential of the New Media Journalists, tweeted that she was a “Fascist.”

What’s so great about the MainStream Media anyway? In 2003, Judith Miller of the august New York Times, the most prestigious newspaper ever, stovepiped lies about Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” from the Republican Bush administration into the pages of her newspaper.

Then there was the infamous Pulitzer Prize that went to the MSM’s second most influential paper, the Washington Post, for a manufactured story by Janet Cooke, “Jimmy’s World,” about a supposed 8-year-old heroin addict.

Baroness DiFi’s position is especially embarrassing for Silicon Valley, whose billionaire investors mostly backed her. They’ve built the infrastructure of alternative media that, finally, take us outside the government-MainStream Media axis, and their own senator stabs them in the back! Baroness DiFi still wants to live in the Dark Ages of 1993, the year before the Web Awakening of 1994.

(Mod: Calling Dianne Feinstein a "fascist" just because she wants to outlaw Internet alternative news reporting might be a little harsh. Well, OK, maybe not.)

Citrus College board of trustees sends residency questions to state attorney general (San Gabriel Valley Tribune link) Despite warnings that they would continue to waste taxpayer money on a “witch hunt,” the Citrus College Board of Trustees voted to let the state attorney general decide whether or not Trustee Gary Woods is holding office illegally by not being a resident of the district he represents.

The board at its Tuesday meeting heard a presentation from Christopher Keeler of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, the attorney hired to advise the board on the allegations against Woods, and voted 3-2 to authorize an application for leave to sue in quo warranto, with Woods and Trustee Edward Ortell dissenting.

Quo warranto, as defined by the attorney general’s website, is an action filed to remove a public official from office. Applications to sue an officeholder are reviewed by the state’s Opinion Unit, which approves or denies the action. Lawsuits are maintained by the attorney general, the website states.

The report, Keeler summarized, included information from Citrus College Faculty Association’s past president John Fincher, who presented the initial allegations in March that Woods lives, not in the one-bedroom senior apartment in Azusa, but a home in Sierra Madre that he co-owns.

It also included a report of limited surveillance by a licensed private investigator held Sept. 5-7 last week, where Woods was witnessed leaving the Sierra Madre residence early in the morning and returning to the home late at night on at least two of the days the surveillance was conducted, as well as traveling to the Azusa apartment complex at 7 a.m. Saturday and leaving less than an hour later. The committee also visited Woods’ Azusa apartment on Sept. 5, witnessing the trustee’s living quarters and noting that the phone line and answering machine were in working order.

(Mod: Well, there you go. Who would have ever thought that living in Sierra Madre would be grounds for termination?)

Scathing obituary tells of abuse, highlights fight against child abuse (Christian Science Monitor link) Anyone expecting a sweet remembrance of the life and times of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick was in for a surprise if they opened the obituary pages this week in the local newspaper.

Johnson-Reddick died at a Reno nursing home Aug. 30 at the age of 79, according to her daughter, Katherine Reddick, 58, now a psychology consultant for a school district outside Austin, Texas.

Katherine Reddick said she decided to share the story of their painful physical and mental abuse after consulting with her brother, Patrick Reddick, 58, who lives in Minden south of Carson City. They said they grew up with four siblings in a Carson City orphanage after they were removed from their mother's home and had been estranged from her for more than 30 years.

"Our greatest wish now is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America," the obit said.

Six of Johnson-Reddick's eight children were admitted to the Nevada Children's Home from 1963 to 1964 after they endured regular beatings, sometimes with a metal-tipped belt, and other abuse at the hands of their mother, Patrick Reddick said. He said he's had phone calls from "all over the world" about the obituary.

"Everything in there was completely true," he told The Associated Press on Thursday, describing her as a "wicked, wicked witch."

He said they wanted to "shame her a little bit" but that the "main purpose for putting it in there was to bring awareness to child abuse ... shame child abuse overall."

"People doing that right now, they can read that obit and think," said Patrick Reddick, who last saw his mother more than three decades ago.

(Mod: Below is that obituary.)

Marianne Theresa Johnson- Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Sept. 30, 2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible. While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.

On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the afterlife reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children. Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.

Most of us have found peace in helping those who have been exposed to child abuse and hope this message of her final passing can revive our message that abusing children is unforgivable, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a “humane society”. Our greatest wish now, is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America.

(Mod: There has to be a movie in that somewhere.)

This concludes our Dianne Feinstein proscribed Internet activities for today.