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The citizen-led Oakland Police Commission unanimously rejected a request by the Oakland Police Dept to buy a second bullet-proof BearCat armored vehicle, citing concerns that the force is relying too heavily on militarized weapons and that the money could be better spent on more community-oriented programs.

“For me, it's not the Bearcat itself,” Commissioner Ginale Harris said at the meeting. “It's the people who use it. We are far away from de-escalation tactics. We used the BearCat and it got a really bad rap when Joshua Pawlik was killed. It's the decision-making that makes us very leery.”

“Aggression meets aggression,” Commissioner Anderson said. “We know that law enforcement has been used as a tool of oppression for decades, since our inception as a country. My concern is that becomes the default, that it’s always the tool used for fear of retaliation.”

At its June commission meeting, police argued that the BearCat is the most effective ballistic protection in the department's tool kit and is used “upwards of 150 times a year."

"There was a whole lot of missing data," Police Commissioner Tara Anderson said in an interview. "Really helping us to understand how this tool has been utilized in the past is going to be the best information moving forward as to whether or not we continue to use the existing BearCat and any policy restricting its use."

To compare other departments in the Bay Area, San Jose does not track the use of its BearCat deployments and San Francisco police haven’t responded to a public records request filed in June.

The BearCat Armored Tactical Vehicle is made by the Massachusetts-based Lenco, which touts on its website that it’s among the most “widely trusted SWAT vehicles in North America” and used by more than 700 federal, state and local agencies. The BearCat is designed for tactical emergency medical support, bomb detection, diplomatic protection and fire response.

The debate over militarized equipment is not specific to Oakland. It’s representative of an ongoing national controversy: Whether this type of gear and tools are just a flashy show of force or whether they are actually the best ways to save lives.

In Oakland, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick believes the latter. In June, she wrote the commission explaining why the Tactical Operations Team wants a second BearCat. She said armored vehicles’ capabilities “far exceed” what a patrol car can do in terms of ballistic protection and can be stocked with tools needed to drive into a critical incident.

She said a second BearCat could be used to help block in suspect cars, would reduce the wear-and-tear on the old one which is 12 years old, and could be deployed if a second critical incident breaks out in a different location.

At the June 27 meeting, Capt. Randall Wingate told the commissioners that the “Bearcat is the only vehicle we have that can actually stop bullets.” He added that there is nothing that “even comes close” to more effectively coming in between bullets and the “flesh of officers.”

In addition to being deployed emergencies, Oakland police also say they deploy the BearCat to sporting events and community outings, in part, so they can deter threats and use in rescue situations. And at peaceful events, such as the Boy Scouts or the Polar Plunge, Kirkpatrick said the BearCat is often “well-received” by the public.

However at this year’s Juneteeth Festival, a celebration of the announcement abolishing slavery, police rolled out the BearCat out and got a mixed reaction, with fear and anger from some Black community members.

"This shows how they feel about black events in the black community,” organizer Jhamel Robinson said.

“This triggered my trauma,” a community member wrote on Facebook.

“Why the militarized show of force?” Betty Tyler asked.

The military-gear and training debate plays out in other cities too.

In the Bay Area, progressive activists convinced the Alameda County Board of Supervisors this spring to end the Urban Shield anti-terror training exercises and weapons expo, arguing the program encouraged racial profiling and legitimized the use of assault weapons and armored vehicles by police. But the Alameda County Grand Jury criticized that move saying Urban Shield was a rare training opportunity and canceling the program makes residents “more unsafe.”

The San Diego City Council Monday tentatively approved an ordinance that would require gun owners to store guns in a locked container or disable them with a trigger lock when not in use or being worn on their person.

City Attorney Mara Elliott proposed the ordinance last month with the intention of reducing accidental shootings, children's access to guns and suicides. According to Elliott, 46% of gun owners in the U.S. who have children do not secure their guns and 73% of youngsters aged 9 and under know where their parents keep their guns.

Since 2002, the state has mandated that all guns sold in California have an accompanying trigger lock approved by the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Firearms. Elliott said the ordinance is a "common-sense approach" to building on current state requirements.

The proposal's supporters and opponents gave public comment on the proposal for nearly two hours before the council's 6-2 vote. The measure's supporters included gun control advocacy groups like San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention and Never Again California as well as Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego.
Wendy Wheatcroft, founder of San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention, framed the ordinance as a way to keep military veterans, first responders and law enforcement officers from committing suicide in addition to keeping guns away from children. As of June 19, 97 police officers and 46 firefighters have killed themselves in the U.S. since the beginning of this year, according to Wheatcroft.

The proposal's opponents said it infringes on their Second Amendment rights, particularly for gun owners who do not have children living with them. Under current state law, gun owners are required to keep firearms in a secure container or disabled with a device like a trigger lock only if they live with a person who cannot legally have a weapon under state or federal law.

Opponents also argued the proposal is unenforceable and that locking a gun in a safe would make it difficult to access and use in a moment of self- defense. Wendy Hauffen, executive administrator for the San Diego County Gun Owners political action committee, suggested breaking the law should be an infraction rather than a felony or misdemeanor.

"This will allow the storage conversation to be had, which is stated as one of the purposes for passing this regulation, while not filling jails full of violators," Hauffen said. "Criminalizing normal activity has the potential to ruin a lot of innocent lives and this is especially a concern in a city like San Diego, where we have so many residents such as active-duty military, who come from so many other states where this kind of law doesn't and would never exist."

According to Elliott, the San Diego Police Department will enforce the law by finding improperly stored guns in a home during a visit for another reason such as a domestic disturbance. Elliott compared the proposal to the state's 1986 law requiring drivers to wear a seatbelt; at that time, highway patrol officers could only cite drivers for not wearing a seatbelt during a traffic stop for another infraction. City Councilwomen Vivian Moreno and Barbara Bry voted in favor of the bill at the June 5 meeting of the council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, sending it to the full council without recommendation. City Councilman Chris Cate was the only member of the four-member committee to vote against the proposal, calling it unnecessary, overreaching and difficult to enforce. Cate and City Councilman Scott Sherman voted against the ordinance Monday, with City Councilman Mark Kersey absent. The technically nonpartisan council's six Democrats -- including Campbell, Moreno and Bry -- all voted in favor. Sherman suggested the solution to curbing accidental gun deaths is gun safety education for children and young adults.

"In World War II, 90% of the kids going into the military were proficient in firearm use. Today, it's about 30," Sherman said. "Most of them have never touched a gun in their life or know the consequences of what a gun can do because nobody has taught them."

The vote is the first of two required for the ordinance to become law, allowing residents a second opportunity to comment on the proposal. The council did not indicate if it plans to hold the second vote prior to the beginning of its summer recess on Aug. 7.

FBI agents are examining 'secret society' groups that exist within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, including the "Bandito" group at the East LA station, federal and local law enforcement sources confirmed Thursday. Another group that calls itself "the Reapers" recently was mentioned in an Inspector General's report on the rehiring scandal of former deputy Caren "Carl" Mandoyan, who claimed membership in the group as a way to amplify an alleged threat of violence. Many members of the Reapers displayed tattoos of the grim reaper.

Several lawsuits have described the Banditos as an outlaw group that exercised control over the management of the East LA station, even though its alleged members ranked as deputies and sergeants, not the lieutenants and captains who are supposed to be in charge.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who has promised to confront rogue deputy groups, said in a statement Thursday that the department was not aware of any FBI investigation into subgroups from the East LA station, where he has deep ties.

"However, in the event that an investigation is initiated, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will provide our full cooperation."

FBI agents are examining deputy cliques that exist within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, including the "Bandito" group at the East LA station, federal and local law enforcement sources confirmed Thursday.Another group that calls itself "the Reapers" recently was mentioned in an Inspector General's report on the rehiring scandal of former deputy Caren "Carl" Mandoyan, who claimed membership in the group as a way to amplify an alleged threat of violence.

Many members of the Reapers displayed tattoos of the grim reaper.

The FBI declined to comment late Thursday.

Several lawsuits have described the Banditos as an outlaw group that exercised control over the management of the East LA station, even though its alleged members ranked as deputies and sergeants, not the lieutenants and captains who are supposed to be in charge.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who has promised to confront rogue deputy groups, said in a statement Thursday that the department was not aware of any FBI investigation into subgroups from the East LA station, where he has deep ties.

"However, in the event that an investigation is initiated, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will provide our full cooperation."

The news comes after a group of deputies filed legal claims against the county, saying they are the victims of the Banditos who terrorize young, Latino deputies working in East LA. It sparked an investigation by the county Inspector General's Office and a review of costs of lawsuits against members of sheriff's deputy cliques or gangs over the last three decades.

Small business owners in San Diego County are sounding an alarm over thousands of dollars in losses to shoplifters. The problem is that those shoplifters don't appear to be facing any consequences. Under Prop 47, anything stolen below a $950 value keeps the crime as a misdemeanor.

A 7-Eleven franchise owner told NBC 7 every single day shoplifters come in and take what they want if they keep it under a certain amount.

"It’s happening every day, hour by hour,” said 7-Eleven Franchise Owner, Jassi Dhillon.

At every one of his six locations, he said snacks fly off the shelves, but are often not paid for.

“It’s unbearable. It’s out of control. You will have the same guy coming in five times a day, picking things out," said Dhillon.

He said it feels it's no longer a priority for police because it’s now considered petty theft.

"It's becoming a lifestyle for us now because we can’t do anything much except take the loss you know," said Dhillon.

He showed NBC 7 several surveillance videos from his cameras recording people shoplifting.

The owner hopes the city will step in to do something because right now they claim police have their hands tied.

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells is aware it's become a major problem for small business owners, now that a group of 7-Eleven store owners are speaking up.

The group said that by the time officers arrive, the shoplifter has left or is not concerned about the ticket they get.

"Usually ends up in the trashcan and it’s just the lawlessness really that the city doesn't prescribe to," said Wells.

Dhillon said he loses between $15,000 and $20,000 a quarter at every location. He hopes law enforcement does more in the future to help curb the growing problem.

"For them, these are small crimes, but this is how the crimes grow. This is where they start. This is where they move onto bigger ones. Please don't wait for something bad to happen," said Dhillon.

Assembly member Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, authored AB 137, which would prohibit people from altering the stability of levees or bypasses, as well as prohibit people from living and camping on the structures. The legislation would make it a misdemeanor charge.

“I saw the story on KCRA3,” Cooper said. “For the past five or 10 years, we spent over $3 billion to shore up our levees. And we’ve seen levee breaks here in the Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and how devastating it can be.”

A KCRA3 investigation found some encampments along Sacramento River levees in the Natomas area were digging and carving into the levee, posing a threat to thousands of homes on the floodplain.

“The encampment site was about 25 to 30 feet in width and went down about 4 or 5 feet,” said Kevin King, with Reclamation District 1000. “Unfortunately, when that happens, it does compromise the integrity of the levee.”

RD 1000 is responsible for the American and Sacramento river levees surrounding Natomas.

“The district has seen a rapid expansion in the encampment and excavation into the levee system over the last 18 to 24 months,” King said. “One of them was a set of sloped stairways as a walking path because some of the levee embankments are pretty steep. We felt that we needed some immediate help to make sure the levee system wasn’t at risk.”

RD 1000 identified three sites along a 6-mile stretch of levee that needed repairs and cleared roughly 80 encampments.

Cooper said the bill passed the state Senate and will head to the state Assembly next month.

“It is critical infrastructure,” Cooper said. “We want to make sure that law enforcement or whoever, park rangers, have the ability come out there and enforce those laws and make sure we maintain the integrity of those levees. That's really the most important thing.”

On Friday Governor Gavin Newsom defended firing California’s top oil industry regulator for issuing too many hydraulic fracturing permits, but offered no details on whether he plans to ban or limit the oil extraction process in the state.

Newsom’s chief of staff fired Ken Harris, the head of the state Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, on Thursday after revelations that, during the governor’s first six months in office, the state approved fracking permits at twice the rate it did in the year before under former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Newsom, who opposes fracking, said he was unaware that so many permits had been issued by the agency, known as DOGGR. The Democratic governor said his administration is still in the process of reshaping California’s executive agencies, adding that he has been consumed with crafting his first state budget, dealing with the aftermath of the Pacific Gas & Electric bankruptcy, and other pressing issues.

“There’s a lot of things that, unfortunately, come to your attention with a government as large as ours,” Newsom told reporters during a morning news conference inside his Capitol office. “I don’t think anyone who was paying attention, including the individual that’s no longer there, is unaware of my position on fracking. I’ve been very explicit about it.”
Newsom’s actions follow a report by two environmental and consumer advocacy groups, FracTracker Alliance and Consumer Watchdog, which found that along with the increase in fracking permits, a number of California’s top oil regulators and officials held investments in major oil companies, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The findings were first reported by the Desert Sun newspaper.

During his campaign for governor, Newsom vowed to “tighten” state oversight of fracking and oil extraction in California, which is the fifth-largest crude oil producer among the nation’s 50 states. When he took office he also promised to accelerate California’s transition to 100% renewable energy.

Newsom has not taken action to curtail fracking. On Friday, the governor said he does not have the authority to impose a moratorium on permits for fracking, a process that uses drilling and large volumes of high-pressure water to extract gas and oil deposits.

“Legally, the governor of California cannot do that. I explored that during my transition,” Newsom said. “What we have done is we fired the person responsible for signing those permits at DOGGR, and I’ll be appointing a replacement that shares my values and not the values that were expressed in his actions.”

He declined to say if he issued a directive to DOGGR to curtail fracking permits.

A federal judge demanded the Pacific Gas and Electric Company [PG&E] justify why it’s spending money to influence state politics and not using the money to improve the safety of its power grid instead.

“The Court has learned from [ABC10] that PG&E has made large campaign contributions to political candidates, even quite recently.” Federal District Judge William Alsup wrote in his order. “The offender shall set forth the full amount of campaign contributions…and shall explain why those campaign contributions were more important [than] replacing or repairing the aging transmission lines... and removing or trimming the backlog of hazard trees, and increasing vegetation management.”

In an investigation of state records, ABC10 found that California’s politicians and political groups accepted $4.4 million in donations from PG&E while the company was a convicted felon, serving its sentence for federal felonies connected to the San Bruno gas explosion, a disaster that killed eight people. It's not illegal for a convicted felon — whether person or corporation — to donate campaign money. And it's not illegal for the politician to accept it.

PG&E refused to answer ABC10’s questions about whether it was morally right to spend that money to influence California’s politics while serving a sentence of probation for federal crimes, but a judge supervising PG&E’s probation is ordering the company to answer to him.

PG&E donated to the campaigns of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-California), state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and 8 out of 10 state lawmakers, who are voting on bills this week that could decide PG&E’s fate. The money was accepted by numerous elected officials from both the Democratic and Republican party.

“PG&E is a convicted felon,” said Mark Toney of The Utility Reform Network, a customer advocacy group. “Why should a company going into bankruptcy have enough money and be spending their money on buying elected officials?”

Victor Gonzalez says he suspects his politics and support for President Donald Trump in a predominantly liberal area may have something to do with the vitriol he's been receiving.

He says he's a proud Latino Republican and has lived in Pico Rivera his entire life. Gonzalez sifted through a series of racist letter as he spoke with Fox 11's Bill Melugin. The most recent one came about two weeks ago.

"They're making racial comments saying we're wetbacks and we should go back to Mexico," said Gonzalez. Another letter reading, "Nobody knows you wetbacks, how did you escape the caravan in Tijuana."

Words like, "You people have made this neighborhood look like a ghetto in East L.A., are all of you from Mexico...you're living like a bunch of [derogatory term for Hispanics]," are included in the letter.

Another letter tells the family to go back to Tijuana with the rest of the immigrants and that "you belong behind a wall with the rest of [your] people...so get the hell out."

Most disturbing, the letters also made racist comments about his wife in the yard and him loading up his pickup truck. Victor believes whoever is behind these letters has physically come to his house and watched them.

All of the letters are signed as "The Neighbors."

Gonzalez says he doesn't believe the letters were written by his neighbors, but from a liberal fanatic upset by his Trump banners and MAGA hat - and he has a message for whoever it is.

"Now If these people found out that I'm a Republican, then so be it - you're not gonna throw us out of here or push us out of Pico Rivera, because Pico Rivera is our home."

The letters were reported to police and U.S. Postal Service. Both of those agencies say they are looking into it.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- ICE raids on illegal alien families with outstanding deportation orders are set to begin this Sunday, according to a new report.

The New York Times late Wednesday night stated the10 cities targeted will be San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Atlanta.

The report says ICE's goal is to deport the families as quickly as possible. Family members arrested together will be held in family detention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas according to the Times.

"Collateral" deportations also appear to be a part of the plan. In those situations, authorities may detain immigrants who happen to be on the scene, even if they are not the intended target of the raid.

Mayors London Breed and Libby Schaaf have opposed the plan. Last month, Breed said the raids were created to "inflict as much pain and fear as possible."

President Trump previously postponed the raid, giving lawmakers time to work out their own immigration proposals.

ICE is not commenting on the specific details on the operation ahead. The plan is being heavily criticized by Democratic lawmakers and some mayors who say they will not cooperate with ICE. Many immigrant advocates have started campaigns to make sure people know their rights when ICE agents show up at their doors.

People who live in a Venice Beach neighborhood are fed up with homeless people renting vans to sleep in that are parked on public streets. It's a problem that is not confined to this Venice neighborhood, as the homeless population in California has reached crisis levels.

In the stretch on Riviera Avenue near Grand Boulevard, three vans come back registered to the same person: he's known as the "vanlord."

Neighbors said he rents them out for as much as $300 a month, moving them from street to street.

"Any homeless people watching - don't rent from people like this!" Lucas Dark said.

Dark is a homeless man who's looking for the so-called vanlord because he says he's been renting a van for the past 12 weeks, and paying $300 a month.

But Tuesday, the van was moved with all his belongings inside. He says the vanlord has more than a dozen vehicles that he rents out on Craigslist.

It's illegal to sleep in a vehicle on designated residential streets in Venice Beach. Neighbors said along with taking up limited parking spaces, some van dwellers toss sewage and trash on public sidewalks.
"We've seen them dumping buckets; coming out and dropping their pants and using driveways as a latrine," said Mark Ryavec of the Venice Stakeholders Association.

Neighbors have called the Los Angeles Police Department about the vanlord but have yet to receive a response.

LAPD said they're aware of the problem with van rentals and they are investigating. But they admit it's a hard problem to solve because they have to catch the person inside the van during overnight hours in order to issue a citation.

Berkeley city council member Kate Harrison has introduced an ordinance that would prohibit the use of natural gas in new buildings, both residential and commercial.

"When you burn carbons, it's not just going into the atmosphere and creates greenhouse gases. It also affects people's health in terms of children with asthma. It has a severe health impact," says Harrison.

The proposed ban would start with new low-rise residential buildings and expand to all new buildings over time. Harrison says this measure would lay the groundwork for Berkeley to comply with a state law that says 40 percent of new buildings would need to be in compliance by 2030.

"We're just getting a little ahead of the curve so we ensure the new buildings which will last for 100 years already meet that standard," says Harrison.

Supporters passed out signs at Tuesday night's city council meeting in advance of a possible vote next week. They say indoor pollution is caused by natural gas.  

"How rapidly our climate is change and our eco system is collapsing. We have to make this change," says Kelly Hammargren who supports the proposed ban on natural gas.

Restaurant owners are also speaking their minds on the proposed ordinance. Chef Phil Simms at Spats in Berkeley been cooking professionally for 13 years and uses all natural gas powered appliances. "You can pretty much get the temperature better with gas...been using gas for so long. Why would you change it," says Simms. A ban is unnecessary. "You know, if it's not broken, don't fix it."

A group of residents in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city, seeking to stop construction from starting on a homeless navigation center in the area

The suit was filed in Sacramento County Superior Court by Safe Embarcadero for All, a collection of area residents. “The lawsuit is really a last resort for us. We didn’t want to file a lawsuit because it’s expensive, it’s acrimonious. But we’re really backed into corner where the city wasn’t engaging with us,” said Wallace Lee of Safe Embarcadero for All.

The lawsuit claims that the City of San Francisco acted outside of the public trust because the seawall lots are covered by the State Land Use Commission. It also says the city has cut a sweetheart deal for itself with the Port of San Francisco by only charging $400,000 for land that is valued at over $100 million dollars.

“The city has obligations as trustees of the property to get fair market value if they’re going to use it for a non-trust use and they haven’t done that here,” Lee said.

The suit also claims the city ignored environmental regulations. Lee and other members of Safe Embarcadero for All say they want to help the homeless, just not in the middle of residential areas.

“It’s not reasonable to put a navigation center in a densely populated residential area when the way that the city runs them, it’s undeniable that they have negative impacts on the surrounding community. And those negative impacts shouldn’t be put where there are 10,000 residents,” Lee told KPIX 5.

In a statement, the San Francisco City Attorney’s officer said all environmental and land use laws were followed. It went on to say: “The City is trying to put roofs over people’s heads and get them indoors. Others are filing baseless lawsuits to keep people out in the cold. Rather than trying to shift the problem to someone else’s backyard, everyone needs to do their part.”

Residents have also complained that Mayor London Breed failed to include them in the decision-making process when she first announced plans for the SAFE Navigation Center back in March.

Billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer is joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after saying earlier this year that he would not make a bid for the White House.

Steyer made the announcement Tuesday, casting himself as an outsider who will oppose what he calls "the hostile corporate takeover of our democracy."

The 62-year-old from California is one of the most visible and deep-pocketed liberals advocating for President Donald Trump's impeachment. He surprised many Democrats in January when he declared he would focus entirely on the impeachment effort instead of seeking the White House.

Since then, Steyer has said he's grown frustrated at the pace at which the Democratic-controlled House is approaching Trump.

Despite becoming a national voice on the impeachment issue, Steyer made no mention of it in his campaign announcement.

He tweeted a video and wrote: "It's true. I'm running for president."

His announcement also comes one day after Bay Area Congressman Eric Swalwell said he's dropping out of the race.

AB 392, first introduced by California Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D–San Diego), changes how police across the state are expected to evaluate conditions and dangers before resorting to deadly force. Currently, the state requires that police have a "reasonable fear" that they were in danger. Thus, police can argue that the use of deadly force is justified based on what they think might happen, even if it turns out that they were mistaken and there was no actual threat.

Senators approved the measure Monday on a 34-3 vote. It previously cleared the Assembly 67-0. California lawmakers have now sent it to Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign.
It would allow police to use deadly force only when it is necessary to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious injury to officers or bystanders.

Assembly Bill 891 cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee Monday.

If it becomes law cities and counties with more than 330,000 people would be required to establish a safe parking program by June 1, 2022. The safe parking programs would be required to have a bathroom facility and onsite security. Those wishing to use the safe parking would need to apply and possibly undergo a background check.

Analysis done by the Homeless Policy Research Institue found most safe parking programs that already exist require those who want to participate have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance; sex offenders and recent violent felons are also generally prohibited from using the lots.

Once the safe parking programs are established, cities and counties would work with local nonprofits to make sure those who live in their cars know about the option.

The money spent by cities and counties to provide safe parking lots would be eligible for reimbursement by the state, which could cost in the low millions annually.
The bill’s author, Asm. Autumn Burge (D- 62nd District), said the bill is needed California deals with a housing crisis. “Establishing a safe parking program in California’s most populated cities and having at least one in each county will provide a safe place for vehicle dwelling. These programs can be overseen and controlled by local entities, they will result in these vehicles being moved away from nightly street parking and into designated lots, and create a sense of normalcy for individuals who are living out of their vehicles. The goal of this measure is to help transition these individuals into more stable and permanent housing.”

The man shot by a sheriff's deputy at the Sonoma coast is a YouTube engineer, apparently experiencing a bad acid trip.

The drug-fueled rampage on the Fourth of July left eight people injured, including four of the friends Betai Koffi was vacationing with.

Koffi, 32, is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot at least three times.
He faces six felonies, including carjacking, multiple assaults, and two counts of attempted murder.

"LSD, acid, is not very common but it's a very dangerous drug to use," said Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt Spencer Crum.

"We're really lucky that none of those victims died in this, really lucky."

Koffi and five longtime friends, arrived in Bodega Harbor Wednesday for a five-day stay in a vacation rental.

The next day, members of the group consumed acid, and Koffi used seven times as much as his companions.

"Several members of his party took a half tab of acid, but Koffi took four doses of acid and had a really bad trip with it," said Crum.

That trip ended in front of Claire Tamo's house on Pelican Loop Road.

Thursday evening, just after 8 p.m., she heard officers shouting, then gunfire.

"They were yelling at him but apparently he didn't stop, and they started shooting, probably about ten to twelve shots," Tamo told KTVU.

Koffi's Facebook page shows he is a Stanford educated software engineer who worked at Microsoft before moving to YouTube.

But with too much LSD in his system, he was hallucinating and aggressive.

He punched, stabbed, and choked his friends when they tried to calm him down, and keep him inside the rental.

Determined to leave, he crashed his rental car into the garage, and took off on foot.

He encountered a security guard who patrols the subdivision, and attacked him.

"He picks up a landscape light, yanks it out of the ground, and stabs the security guard with the pointed metal end of it," described Sgt. Crum, "and knocked the security guard down."

Koffi took off in the guard's pickup truck and mowed down a couple walking along the street.

Then he drove onto a bluff, aiming for another couple, who dove out of his way, but a second woman was hit.

"He's intentionally running people down, intentionally ran four people down," said Crum, noting that home security cameras on several houses captured Koffi's rampage.

"They couple that did not see it coming, who are walking arm in arm, it's really sad," said Crum. "And when you watch the video you can't help feel emotional."

Most residents of the quiet ocean-front community were unaware of the mayhem as it happened.

"Crazy, that is just crazy," said longtime homeowner Richard Nogleberg, "and up on the hills, especially with the wind, we can't hear anything, so we didn't hear the gunshots."

The bizarre incident ended swiftly, once a Sheriff's deputy and CHP officer arrived.

By that time, Koffi had driven through a private yard, hit a wall, and continued back onto the road.

When he saw the law enforcement vehicles, he drove straight toward them, and the deputy who was out of his car, began firing.

Koffi continued accelerating and rammed the CHP cruiser, amid the gunshots.

He was hit at least three times through the windshield and airlifted to the hospital, along with the first woman he ran over.

"If this guy had kept going who knows what he could have done to other people," said Crum, "because he was blatantly going after people, driving after them."

The deputy who opened fire has four years with the sheriff's department. Santa Rosa Police are conducting the investigation of the officer-involved-shooting, the county's first in 2019.

Koffi's friends were apologetic, and after giving statements to investigators, cut their holiday short and left Bodega Bay.

The sheriff's department intends to release the deputy's body-worn camera footage shortly.

San Diego Assemblymember Brian Maienschein joined KUSI to discuss AB 1548

AB 1548, as amended, Gabriel. California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services within the office of the Governor and under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services and makes the Office of Emergency Services responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies.
This bill would establish the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program under the administration of the director to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission, as specified. The bill would make the operation of the program contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for these purposes.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
----- Bill Text Follows

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 8588.9 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8588.9. (a) The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program is hereby established under the administration of the director to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations, including schools, clinics, community centers, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and similar locations that are at a high risk for violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
(b) The California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program shall provide grants for the purpose of hardening soft targets that are nonprofit organizations and at a high risk for violent attacks and hate crimes, as described in subdivision (a). Grant money may be distributed to applicants for all of the following security enhancements:
(1) Security guards.
(2) Reinforced doors and gates.
(3) High-intensity lighting and alarms.
(4) Any other security enhancement consistent with the purpose of the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program.
(c) An applicant shall not be granted an amount greater than two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000).
(d) The operation of the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program is contingent upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for purposes of this section.
(e) The director shall adopt, as necessary, application procedures, forms, administrative guidelines, and other requirements for purposes of implementing and administering the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program. All application procedures, forms, administrative guidelines, and other requirements developed by the director pursuant to this subdivision shall be exempt from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).

California Congressman Eric Swalwell announces he has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nominee for President and answers a few questions at his press conference.

A newly released video capturing a family’s brawl at Disneyland this weekend has prompted police to reopen their investigation into the fight, authorities said Monday.

Officers were called to the theme park on Saturday to help break up the melee, which began between a brother and sister but quickly involved other family members, Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

The video, which was getting attention after being posted to YouTube on Sunday, shows a woman appearing to spit in her brother’s face in Mickey’s Toontown. It quickly escalated to blows and hair-pulling as several people were knocked to the ground over the course of nearly five minutes.

Others in the family intervened, as did bystanders who tried to break up the fight. It took Disneyland security several minutes to respond, the video shows. Parkgoers were calling for help amid children’s screams and cries.

Anaheim police arrived after the fight was over, Wyatt said. The family members declined to cooperate with authorities and were escorted off Disneyland property.

“Any type of violence is inexcusable and will not be tolerated,” Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Liz Jaeger said in an email. “Those involved were immediately removed from the premises and turned over to the Anaheim Police Department.”

Police took an initial report but couldn’t move forward without the family’s cooperation, Wyatt said. Once officers saw the video, they reopened the case and will work with prosecutors to see if any charges should be filed, such as disturbing the peace, domestic violence and assault.

California Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord 11th) joins Phil Matier to discuss partisan politics in the media, over the years in Congress, and his personal outlook on the current state of Congress.

"The police department is proud to welcome 'HP RoboCop' as an official member of the police force," said Huntington Park Police Chief Cosme Lozano in a statement. "The extra help will definitely give the officers more time to focus on other community issues. I am confident he will fit right in."

The "HP RoboCop" has been patrolling Salt Lake Park since it was previewed at the City's 5K event in May 2019.

"HP RoboCop's capabilities are extremely impressive," said Huntington Park City Manager Ricardo Reyes. "In particular its ability to use its microphone to deter criminal activity and its mobility to patrol large open spaces."

"HP Robocop" is an autonomous sophisticated data machine that is meant to serve outdoors. It will act as an extra set of eyes and monitor areas such as parks, city buildings and corridors where police might not have the time to consistently patrol, according to Huntington Park city officials.

It will serve as a deterrent to crime and disruptive activity and also provide the police force with 360-degree HD video footage, city officials added. HP RoboCop also has other technology features that will prove to be beneficial in day-to-day operations and follow-up investigations.

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After declaring a state of emergency, Gov. Gavin Newsom traveled to Ridgecrest to survey the damage caused by the 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes that shook Southern California Thursday and Friday,

“You’re gonna rebuild - I don’t think that, I know that,” said the California Governor during a press conference at City Hall late on Saturday afternoon.

After touring some damaged areas in Ridgecrest, Newsom said he was very certain the rebuilding would make Ridgecrest and surrounding areas even stronger.

“The last 48 hours have been extraordinary, not only for all of us here in California, but I imagine for people around the world wondering what’s happening in our state,” he said.

“It’s been a remarkable many months in California. I just got off the phone five minutes ago, quite literally five minutes ago with the President. We were just reflecting on the fact that six months ago, we were battling a fire in Northern California, the Camp fire in Butte County battling fires at the same time, concurrently, down in Southern California, the Woolsey fire. Now, earthquakes.

Newsom recounted a couple of his experiences with earthquakes, having had similar experiences in San Fransisco.

“As a former mayor of San Francisco, fourth generation California and San Francisco, earthquakes are familiar to me as they are to everybody down here.

“The flag of San Francisco is a phoenix rising, came out of the ashes in the 1906 earthquake. And the phoenix rising is symbolic because San Francisco rose from those ashes and became stronger, more resilient city as a consequence of people committing to each other committing to a sense of community, committing to their city, the state in this nation, collectively, who we are as a people.

“And I think that resiliency that same level of commitment is demonstrable. When you walk around this community, I’ve had the privilege of spending time the mayor, with your district attorney, the police chief, many other leaders, city administrators, city council members, members, the Board of Supervisors, I had a chance to talk with people more resolved than ever, to rebuild. Rebuild with an enlightening sense of what this community can be moving forward.

“And I think some of the most interesting conversations we had, we’re in that spirit of ‘how can we be stronger? How can we be better, how can be more self-reliant, not just more resilient as a community and our expression was one of commitment.’

Newsom said he had no doubt that President Donald Trump would support the rebuilding efforts.

“We are, as a state are as well,” he said. “And so I’m here in that spirit. Spirit of gratitude, spirit of respect for the leadership behind me, to the first responders, many of them that are getting their first meal in a long time.

“Many of them haven’t seen their kids, many of their kids who haven’t seen their parents that are in shock, quite literally in shock, because they’re scared to death to go back home and tell mom or dad, get back home and make them feel safe to all of those folks here, across not only this city, in this remarkable naval base"

Melissa Caen and Phil Matier listen to former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown stating his beliefs about President Trump possibly refusing to leave office, and how the situation with Iran and China will be resolved, suggesting they were concocted for political gain. KPIX's Melissa Caen then explains how the stock market has nothing to do with who is President.

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it is amusing to watch them troll sanity itself

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Phil Matier, and Melissa Caen discuss Kamala Harris becoming the target of opposition research now that she has climbed in the polls. Matier poses the question of the 'acceptable' targeting of white, male Joe Biden versus black, Indian, female Kamala Harris.

Protesters took to the streets today in reaction to bike lane plans that could eliminate all parking spaces on North Park’s 30th street.

The plan is part of the city’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases by encouraging people to ride their bikes. In order to do so, they would eliminate around 420 parking spots between Juniper St. and Howard Ave.

The city wants to create dedicated bike lanes on 30th street, and while many cyclists are in favor of the idea (like .00005% of the population), residents and business owners in the area are concerned. Protesters claim that businesses need the parking spaces that would be eliminated, and that accidents could rise as a result of the changes. Another concern is for delivery trucks, garbage trucks and loading zones; the plan would eliminate these spaces, as well as hindering handicapped access.

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if you're above the age of 16 and riding a bicycle on the streets, go home and rethink your life. This isn't the 1800's anymore, we pave streets for motor vehicles, not bicycles.

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