California’s Economic Collision Course: Immigration and Water

Thomas Del Beccaro

You have heard it before: “As California goes, so goes the nation.”  If that is the case, the national economy will be harmed for decades to come because of California’s misplaced priorities today.  Indeed, by emphasizing high-speed rail over water and failing to deal with its debt crisis, California poses a long-term threat to our national economy and is on an economic collision course of increased immigration and lack of water.

California has more than 38 million residents. Despite net losses of millions of residents to other states, California continues to grow through immigration.  Latinos now equal the number of non-Hispanic whites in California.  With projections that show California’s population reaching 45 to 50 million within 20 years, you would think job creation would be job one for Jerry Brown.

Sadly, that is not the case today.  Despite a much-heralded recovery in the media and by Governor Jerry Brown, California still has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates.  Also, more than 30% of the nation’s welfare recipients are Californians – even though California has just 12% of the nation’s population.  It is not surprising, therefore, that California is ranked number one in poverty.

The cause for those bad statistics is bad government policy.  California is the most regulated, highest-taxed, most in-debt state in America.  According to government data, from the municipal to the state level, California governments have more than $1.1 trillion in debt – much of that tied to pensions.

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West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis

NASA images show drought turning California brown.


“…aquifers are emptying so quickly that the land itself is subsiding.”

August 17 at 7:21 PM

When the winter rains failed to arrive in this Sacramento Valley town for the third straight year, farmers tightened their belts and looked to the reservoirs in the nearby hills to keep them in water through the growing season.

When those faltered, some switched on their well pumps, drawing up thousands of gallons from underground aquifers to prevent their walnut trees and alfalfa crops from drying up. Until the wells, too, began to fail.

Now, across California’s vital agricultural belt, nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm. Streams and lakes have long since shriveled up in many parts of the state, and now the aquifers — always a backup source during the region’s periodic droughts — are being pumped away at rates that scientists say are both historic and unsustainable.

One state-owned well near Sacramento registered an astonishing 100-foot drop in three months as the water table, strained by new demand from farmers, homeowners and municipalities, sank to a record low. Other wells have simply dried up, in such numbers that local drilling companies are reporting backlogs of six to eight months to dig a new one.

In still other areas, aquifers are emptying so quickly that the land itself is subsiding, like cereal in a bowl after the milk has drained out.

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Veteran under fire for making furniture for military families testifies

Veteran under fire for making furniture

A veteran who makes furniture for military families in his garage at Lake of the Pines in Nevada County testified Wednesday in an appeal hearing before the homeowners association board.
Dennis Kocher, who is appealing an order from the association that he shut down his home-based furniture-making operation, said he testified for about 50 minutes, including answering questions from board members, and presented two supporting witnesses.

A neighbor across the street, who was identified as the complainant against Kocher, also testified before the board for about 20 minutes, Kocher said.

“They said they will let me know of their decision within 10 days,” Kocher said.

No media were allowed to attend the hearing.

Jeff Orcutt, who lives two doors down from Kocher, said the furniture-making has “never been a problem” and he has never been bothered by any noise or fumes in the four years he has lived in Lake of the Pines, a gated community in southern Nevada County. He said, in fact, Kocher was working in his garage the day Orcutt looked at the home with his real estate agent.

Osama bin Laden (not really) Crosses the US-Mexico border

Osama bin Laden (not really) crosses the Mexico-US border not once, but twice.

The official White House website includes a claim that ‘today border security is stronger than it has ever been.’

‘The border fence is a joke': Filmmaker crosses from US to Mexico dressed as Osama bin Laden as Border Patrol says ‘we can’t be everywhere at once’

A flamethrowing American conservative activist raised eyebrows in the U.S. on Monday by releasing a video of himself crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas, dressed as the late al-Qaeda terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Guerrilla documentarian James O’Keefe’s footage comes at a time when Americans are engaged in a national debate about border security. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have entered the U.S. illegally in recent months, drawn by a confusing White House policy that appears to offer amnesty for those who make it safely.

In Monday’s video release, O’Keefe focuses on the implications for national security: He illegally crosses into Mexico twice and returns – first in street clothes and again in army fatigues, wearing an Osama bin Laden Halloween mask.

The official White House website includes a claim that ‘today border security is stronger than it has ever been.’

But O’Keefe told MailOnline that his stunt proves the federal government’s policy is lax and needs a dramatic overhaul.

‘President Obama is trying to deny the obvious,’ he said.

‘We proved that border security is national security. The fence is not complete. The border is not secure. In fact, the video shows the border fence is a joke.’

‘The primary responsibility of the commander-in-chief is to protect the homeland,’ said O’Keefe. ‘With a single trip to the border, we proved that President Obama and Congress have failed miserably and are misleading America.’

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Watch this teacher’s union president go nuclear and threaten to beat up anyone who opposes Common Core

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Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, proved he was was a real hardass after he threatened to physically harm those that would oppose the progressive Common Core education initiative, the Daily Caller reports.

“If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew shouted during a speech at a convention in Los Angeles last month.

“You do not take what is mine! I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers’!”

Despite raucous applause from the audience, many people in attendance said they were scared for their lives.

“It was scary,” one audience member told the New York Daily News. “People were saying that he shouldn’t be around children.”

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Thousands Of Gallons Of Water Stolen From North San Juan Fire Department

NORTH SAN JUAN (CBS13) – Firefighters say thieves drove right up to their valve, cranked it open and started pumping thousands of gallons of water into a truck.

Neighbors of North San Juan in Nevada County are outraged.

“Water stolen here is just ridiculous; it’s a shame,” Sean Murphy said.

This theft cuts deep. Caleb Dardick says with the dry brush, the emptying of the tanks puts his family in danger.

“It’s absolutely terrifying. We count on our fire department to be ready and take care of us,” Dardick said.

It takes three to four days to fill the tanks back up. North San Juan neighbors are now waiting and hoping nothing happens until the 5,000 gallon drums are full again.

“If we get a wild land fire or structure fire in town, this is the water supply we have,” said Christopher Montelius with the North San Juan Fire District.

On average, a family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day. The thieves took 8,000 gallons of water from the tanks – enough to quench a family for 20 straight days.

Neighbors want cameras or locks on the tanks. Volunteer firefighters say they are reviewing all options.

“We are looking into different measures like camera surveillance maybe patrolling the area a little bit more,” Montelius said.

If sheriff deputies are able to catch the thieves, the penalty could be more than a fine.

“If we have a wild land fire or structure fire and pull up and there’s no water, if someone gets hurt or killed in that fire there is going to be severe consequences” Montelius said.

This is not even the first time this has happened. Neighbors say a school near Camptonville lost six thousand gallons two months ago.

Investigators believe the thief has to be someone with knowledge of water tank connectors and someone with a large enough truck to haul it away.

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Pot smokers sue San Diego, say long drives to dispensaries pollute air

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Medical marijuana smokers in San Diego say the city has forced their pot shops to locate in remote areas and that means the drives to and from will increase air pollution — and ultimately, harm their lungs.

The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has filed a lawsuit, saying the city is violating the California Environmental Quality Act, United Press International reported.

The suit names as defendants the Coastal Commission and the city of San Diego and claims the zoning laws put in place for marijuana dispensaries means patients have to actually get in their cars to drive to the remote locations — and the additional drive times will only increase the city’s air pollution levels.

On top of that, some patients, perhaps those without cars, will now have to grow their own marijuana plants, an activity that further contributes to global warming, the suit says, UPI reported.

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