U.S. officials say that the Trump Administration had made requests for paperwork needed to pardon Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher and other troops on or around Memorial Day.
Eddie Gallagher is accused of killing a wounded ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017. Congressman Hunter (R-San Diego) has been an ardent supporter of Chief Gallagher and has been advocating in Washington on Eddie's behalf, including showing exonerating video footage to others in Congress to bolster support. Chief Gallagher’s trial is set to begin on May 28. Eddie Gallagher’s lead attorney, Tim Parlatore, joined KUSI over the phone this morning to talk about a possible pardon.
Other service members on the possible pardons list are believed to include the case of a former Blackwater security contractor recently found guilty in the deadly 2007 shooting of dozens of unarmed Iraqis; the case of Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn, the Army Green Beret accused of killing an unarmed Afghan in 2010; and the case of a group of Marine Corps snipers charged with urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said they had not seen a complete list, and did not know if more service members were included in the request for pardon paperwork.
The 71-year-old former California governor was interacting with fans during a skipping competition at his Arnold Classic Africa sporting event when a man drop-kicked him from behind.
The attacker is seen being restrained following the incident.
Schwarzenegger thanked fans on Twitter for their concern, but insisted there was "nothing to worry about".
The video footage, shared widely on social media, shows Schwarzenegger posing for photos and filming at the Johannesburg event on Saturday when the man attacks him with a flying kick.
The Terminator star stumbles forward after the kick, while the attacker falls to the ground, where he is immediately restrained by a security guard.
The man was later handed over to police officers, event officials said.
Schwarzenegger tweeted to his more than four million followers: "I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realised I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you."
The Arnold Classic Africa event takes place every May and features a range of events including bodybuilding and combat sports.
The California Energy Commission has concluded “market manipulation” to be one factor in why the state’s gas prices are so high, and has proposed a five-month study to pin down why motorists here pay more than those in the rest of the country.
California motorists were paying an average of $4.05 a gallon for gasoline on Friday, the highest price in the country and $1.20 more than the national average, according to AAA.
“The Energy Commission has identified a number of possible causes that could explain the residual price increase in California, ranging from refinery outages to potentially market manipulation,” the panel said in a six-page memo to Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The commission concluded that a study should be conducted “to thoroughly quantify the possible causes discussed in this memo. The Energy Commission proposes to spend the next five months examining those causes and reporting back to the Governor.”
The memo was sent to Newsom, who requested a review of the high gas prices last month and on Friday supported the planned deeper dive into the issue.
“We appreciate the work of the Energy Commission and look forward to reviewing their findings,” said Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for the governor.
The oil industry responded Friday by saying that causes for the state’s gas prices include market forces, the state’s environmental rules, such as a requirement for special blends of gas, as well as the state’s decision in 2017 to raise the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon to pay for road repairs.
“This report provides further evidence of what market experts and government agencies have maintained for years: there are many factors that influence movement in the price of gasoline and diesel, but the primary driver is the dynamics of supply and demand of crude oil,” said Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Assn.
The initial review by the Energy Commission said that California gasoline prices have “diverged noticeably from U.S. averages” beginning in 2015 when an explosion at the Torrance refinery interrupted supplies.
“While that outage lasted roughly one and a half years, the increase in California gasoline prices remained well after the restoration of normal operations at Torrance,” the report said.
The “residual” price impact ranging of between 17 cents and 34 cents per gallon has remained in the market, and might be explained in part by other refinery outages and crude prices, the report said.
Others have labeled the differential in price as a mystery surcharge, the cause of which is debatable.
The commission said that at least part of the explanation for the residual cost could be the ”practice of higher-priced brand retailers of gasoline — Chevron, Shell, Exxon, Mobil, and 76 — to charge higher prices than unbranded, ARCO and hypermart retailers, for essentially the same product.”
That issue would be a focus of the five-month study, the commission said.
“While this practice is not necessarily illegal, it may be an effort of a segment of the market to artificially inflate prices to the detriment of California consumers and could account for at least part of the price differential,” the memo said.
The Caldwell family is currently living in a tent in a Tijuana shelter while waiting for legal entry in to the US.
Philip Caldwell describes the living conditions and dangers associated with the migrant caravan members - "I wish I could say that everyone in the caravans were good people, but they are not. They're robbing and stealing, and killing, and raping women - they're even stealing babies and selling organs."
Caldwell was born in Alabama and met his wife Dulce 13 years ago. She was an illegal immigrant living in the US and when she was deported, Philip left the US to stay by her side. Hoping to return to the US, Philip is now waiting out the legal process with his wife and three children in a tent shelter in Tijuana.
The Caldwells are trying to raise funds for the necessary paperwork and tests needed to continue the legal immigration process and have asked for help. San Diego Catholic Charities can take donations intended for the Caldwell family.
In Gilroy, increased tariffs have Christopher Ranch rejoicing. Garlic is the crop that defines the town of Gilroy and Christopher Ranch, is their biggest employer.
"Today we're producing about a million pounds of fresh California garlic a week...that's going to be fresh garlic, roasted garlic, peeled garlic, jarred garlic you name it," said Ken Christopher, executive vice president of Christopher Ranch.
And now, they're ramping up to almost double production thanks to the newly increased tariffs against China.
"Since then we've been waiting for this moment. And now it's a 25-percent tariff on all inbound Chinese garlic. So it's a great day here in the garlic capitol of the world," said Ken.
A great day, to follow many difficult ones. In recent years the market has been flooded with inexpensive Chinese garlic, sold below the cost of production.
Chinese garlic would go for about $20 a box, as compared to $60 a box for California grown.
"Back in the early 1990s, there were 12 commercial garlic farmers across the U.S. Well, since the illegal dumping of Chinese garlic, we're down to three," he said.
But for Christopher Ranch, the tariffs signal a chance to level the playing field. At least for awhile. And so they're adding shifts and equipment while they can.
Christopher says, "It means everything. It means we're going to have a chance to expand acreage. we're going to have a chance to get into more markets than before. We're going to increase employment and we're going to invest in infrastructure."
Christopher Ranch also has their sites set on the future.
While the tariffs may be temporary, they're hoping their market gains can be permanent.
"We're not pro Republican, we're not pro Democrat, but we are pro American and pro American farmers," he said.
Hundreds of detainees from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities in Texas and other sectors will be flown to San Diego for processing beginning Friday, officials just announced.
Three flights a week will arrive in the San Diego sector from the Rio Grande Valley carrying approximately 130 people per flight, Interim Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison said.
The detainees will be from facilities that are overwhelmed with a high number of undocumented immigrants, some of whom have claimed asylum, Harrison said.
They are not expecting to receive any unaccompanied minors. There is no end date for the program.
Flights will land at San Diego International Airport and the detainees will be moved to neighboring Border Patrol stations, including Brown Field, according to CBP officials.
Harrison made the announcement at a briefing Friday. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 attending the media briefing but were not allowed to capture any of the official statements on camera. San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said his office is working with the Health and Human Services Agency and the Rapid Response Network to help incoming families.
The windshield of a Chevy minivan was impaled by a stolen Caltrans tri-pod thrown by a homeless man Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP said the tripod, which belongs to a Caltrans survey team, was stolen from the corner of Neasham Circle and Front Street in Sacramento around 10:34 a.m.
Five minutes later, the tripod was deliberately thrown from 2nd Street, west of Interstate 5, and went through the windshield of the passenger van traveling south on the interstate.
The event caused a medical emergency for the vehicle occupants, and CHP said they were transported to UC Davis for evaluation.
After a short foot pursuit and struggle, the suspect, a 32-year-old transient, was detained. He was taken to the South Sacramento CHP area office for questioning. Investigators said more follow-up investigation is needed for the incident.
The suspect was later booked into the Sacramento County Jail for an active warrant and resisting a police officer.
Officers are investigating this incident as attempted murder.
According to an article in the Daily Caller, President Trump wants to use the “tremendous powers” of the Insurrection Act to deport illegal immigrants.
“We’re doing the Insurrection Act,” one official is reported saying.
The Insurrection Act of 1807 gives the president authority to use the military to fight “unlawful obstruction or rebellion” within the U.S.
An official said the president will potentially declare the U.S. as full and say the country cannot accept any more illegal immigrants.
“If you take a ship and it holds 1,000 people maximum — one more person and the ship is going to collapse,” the official said. “The country is full.”
“Our hospitals are full, our detention centers are full,” the official added.
One official pointed to the president’s travel ban, expressing concern that the use of the law might provoke legal action. They also followed up by mentioning that the travel ban was eventually declared constitutional by the Supreme Court.
George H.W. Bush was the last president to use the law, during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Dwight D. Eisenhower used it during his presidency to desegregate schools in the South.
One official pointed to the president’s travel ban, expressing concern that the use of the law might provoke legal action. They also followed up by mentioning that the travel ban was eventually declared constitutional by the Supreme Court.
Illegal immigration levels have hit their highest since 2007, with more than 100,000 illegal immigrants apprehended at the border in April.
In February, Trump declared a national emergency in order to move funding to build a wall. Multiple senior administration officials said Trump sees the little-known law as a powerful tool to help his crackdown on illegal immigration..
A new survey shows that the homeless population in the Silicon Valley area has exploded, with the largest increase in San Jose.
The survey, which was federally mandated, shows that Santa Clara County has seen a 31% increase in the homeless population over the last two years. In 2017, the county had 7,394 homeless. Today the numbers stands at 9,706.
In San Jose, 6,172 homeless now live in the city compared to 4,350 in 2017, which is a astounding 42% increase.
"We are not reducing homelessness because as quickly as we’re able to house one individual three more people are being pushed outside,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo in a news conference Thursday.
Homeless advocate Scott Wagers of CHAM Deliverance Ministries believes that county and city leaders could do more, and that the existing policies are failing the homeless.
“We’re losing the battle and the war when it comes to housing,” Wagers said. “These government approaches just aren’t effective and these numbers prove it. Numbers don’t lie.”
A military F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse on Opportunity Way in Riverside near March Air Reserve Base late Thursday afternoon.
Cal Fire crews hurried to evacuate the building. Twelve people suffered minor injuries and were treated on scene for exposure to debris from the crash and decontaminated before being taken to a local hospital, said Cal Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera.
The crash was reported at about 3:30 p.m. The pilot ejected from the plane and parachuted onto the base, according to officials. It's unclear if the pilot suffered any injuries in the incident but officials say the pilot is being medically evaluated at the hospital.
The pilot was the only person inside the plane at the time of the crash and said the plane may have experienced a "possible hydraulic failure."
The San Diego City Council passed an Emergency Ordinance that places a limited ban on residents sleeping overnight or living in their cars within city limits.
The council approved the new law 6-3 after more than three hours of debate and public testimony at City Hall. As the law was approved as an Emergency Ordinance, it takes effect immediately.
Dissenting votes were cast by Council President Georgette Gomez and members Monica Montgomery and Chris Ward.
It’s basically a restoration of a law that was previously in place, a nearly 36-year-old ban on sleeping in vehicles, that the council unanimously voted to repeal just last February. The city had not enforced the old ban since last year, when a federal judge issued an injunction because the ban was unconstitutionally vague in how the city defined a person as living in a car.
The new ordinance considers residents to be living in their vehicle if they use it for sleeping, bathing or preparing meals.
The ordinance also makes it illegal for people to sleep in their vehicles from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (unless no shelter beds are available or approved parking lots are open) or at ANY time within 500 feet of a residence or school (excluding public colleges and universities).
The Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee approved the proposal last month, sending it to the SD City Council for a final decision.
Council members and community members in favor of the revised ban said San Diego has been flooded with homeless as a result of the City Council's repeal of the ban living in vehicles last February. They emphasized that the goal is to encourage people living in their vehicles to use monitored parking lots where they can safely sleep overnight and have access to social services. - - and to help their jobs, as residents have been in an uproar over the trash, feces, drugs, and crime that have spiked in their neighborhoods over the last few months.
Earthquakes, wildfires, floods. If you live in California, you’re likely aware of these natural hazards and the dangers associated with them.
But according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report, California is also home to eight volcanic areas, posing threats categorized from moderate to very high. Seven of these areas are considered active, with molten rock bubbling underneath.
These volcanic hotpots span the length of California from Medicine Lake in the far northern region of the state down to Salton Buttes near the U.S.-Mexico border. Clear Lake volcanic field, in Lake County, is roughly 100 miles from both San Francisco and Sacramento.
Other active sites include Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic Center in Northern California, as well as Long Valley Volcanic Region near Mammoth Lakes, and Coso Volcanic Field, east of a string of unincorporated communities along Highway 395.
The report, titled "California’s Exposure to Volcanic Hazards," was compiled by the USGS California Volcano Observatory in collaboration with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Geological Survey.
Based on records of volcanic history, geologists calculate the chance of an eruption in California over the next 30 years at 16 percent. For comparison, scientists have pegged the 30-year probability of a major earthquake in the Bay Area along the San Andreas Fault at about 22 percent.
Jessica Ball, a geologist with the California Volcano Observatory and a co-author on the report, says many Californians aren’t aware of the possibilities of a volcanic eruption in the state. Volcanoes operate over longer timescales, she said.
“In California, earthquakes tend to take front and center. We have had more of them in the 20th century and 21st century than we have had volcanic activity. So it’s sort of out of people’s memories that we’ve got active volcanoes in the state.”
The Trump administration canceled nearly $1 billion Thursday in federal money for California’s high-speed rail project, further throwing into question the future of the ambitious plan to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The administration said it might also try to force California to return $2.5 billion that has already been spent.
The move by the Federal Railroad Administration came several months after President Donald Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom sniped at each other over the project.
Trump made the rail line an issue when he seized on Newsom’s remarks in February that the project as planned would cost too much and take too long.
Newsom has shifted the project’s immediate focus to a 171-mile line in the state’s Central Valley, but he said he’s still committed to building the full line.
Still, federal officials said California has repeatedly failed to make “reasonable progress” and abandoned the original vision.
Newsom declared the action “illegal and a direct assault on California” and said the state would go to court to keep the money.
“This is California’s money, appropriated by Congress, and we will vigorously defend it in court,” the governor said in an emailed statement.
Voters initially approved about $10 billion in bond funds for the project in 2008. It faced repeated cost overruns and delays since then. It’s now projected to cost more than $77 billion and be finished by 2033.
Nearly 15,000 homeless encampment cleanups were conducted last year in Los Angeles, a process that begins with officers clearing people from the area before sanitation workers remove trash and other items.
The cleanups cost taxpayers millions of dollars, but some residents who live near the encampments said they are usually repopulated soon after sanitation crews are done. It's a seemingly endless cycle that leads neighbors to ask whether there are better ways to spend that tax money.
It takes hours to remove used needles, bottles of urine and piles of garbage, then powerwash the sidewalk. But just minutes after the crews leave, the homeless encampment is re-populated and the sidewalk is once again littered with the hazardous byproducts of life on the streets.
"You’re wasting time, money, effort," said Dylan, who lives in the homeless encampment near the 405 Freeway and Venice Boulevard.
"It’s not a good use of our tax dollars," said resident Roman Samiley.
When officers clear the encampment, the homeless individuals just mover farther into his neighborhood to wait out the cleanup, Samiley said. During the brief relocation, they leave behind garbage that is never picked up.
Some people walk from the encampment to urinate and defecate on residential streets. If the human waste is outside the yellow tape sanitation workers use to mark off their cleanup boundary, it's also left behind.
"It just pushes the trash into our streets," Samiley said. "Our streets are worse after these clean ups. If you come back the day afterwards, after a major cleaning, it looks the same or worse."
The I-Team obtained and analyzed records of all homeless encampment cleanups and found the city conducted nearly 15,000 of them in 2018. That costs taxpayers $31 million per year, just to pay the sanitation workers. Add another $4.7 million to pay for Los Angeles police officers assigned to protect sanitation crews.
No one at City Hall could tell NBC4 the cost of LA Department of Transportation officers used to control traffic around the encampments or the cost of outreach workers who hand out snacks.
"There's an absolute better way that the city could be spending all this money," said Becky Dennison, of Venice Community Housing.
Dennison and infectious disease doctor Jeffrey Klausner of UCLA have visited the 405 Freeway encampment. They said conditions there are a breeding ground for disease and taxpayer dollars could be better spent to place portable toilets at every large homeless encampment.
Newsom spoke one-on-one with KCRA 3 on Wednesday to discuss his plans on health care, mandate requirement, covering illegal immigrants through age 26 for free, prescription drugs, and the DMV. Here are three key things to know about Gov Newsom's plan::
1) Will Newsom’s proposal require me to buy health insurance?
Gov. Newsom wants to expand health care coverage for more Californians, but that means consumers who fail to buy health insurance will be forced to pay a penalty. The so-called individual mandate was neutered after President Donald Trump took office.
“Your premiums went up substantially last year. Not on the natural, but because of the elimination of that mandate," Newsom said. "In California, our premiums went up 9%, but 5% could be attributed to the elimination of that mandate.”
Newsom said the plan will build the individual health care mandate back into the system.
“We want to take then the revenue that generates to increase subsidies and expand subsidies into the middle class, to address some of the anxiety around the costs,” he said.
Newsom’s proposal is running into some resistance.
“First of all, the individual mandate is a tax,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “A mandate is really holding a gun to someone’s head and saying you shall pay for this or else."
“Young people are going to be told they’re going to have to participate in this program whether they’d like to or not, and the money they generate will be used to subsidize other people’s health care,” Coupal added.
Newsom said his health care plan would cost about $330 million annually, but he insisted it would save money in the long run.
“If we don’t have a mandate in California, your insurance premiums, every single person watching, will continue to go up, but go up at a higher rate than if we otherwise had the mandate,” Newsom said.
2) Who else is included in Newsom's expanded health care plan?
The biggest beneficiaries might be undocumented illegal immigrants up to age 26.
“We’re paying for sick care,” Newsom said. “We have universal sick care in California.”
Critics of the plan say it will incentivize illegal behavior, but Newsom claims there's no evidence of that.
“While there’s an upfront cost in expanding coverage, regardless of your immigration status for people up to 26 years old, no other state has done that,” he said. "(People should) know that it’s about cost savings, because at the end of the day, you’re already providing that coverage by right, in the emergency rooms in uncompensated costs that are hitting your premiums and hitting the taxpayers in every county in this state.”
3) What about prescription drugs?
Newsom wants to use the collective purchasing power of the state of California to lower the cost of prescription medications.
“We’re pooling all that purchasing in the state to have the largest purchasing pool outside the federal government and the VA (Veterans Administration) itself,” Newsom said.
“Now, we’re bringing in counties -- L.A. County was first," he added. "We’ll be announcing later this week a number of other counties that are joining our purchasing pool, and eventually we’re going to get the private sector to join in. That is going to bring down the cost of drugs for all of us."
Gov Newsom also highlights his efforts to streamline the states notoriously mismanaged Department of Motor Vehicles.
Homeless campers are being accused of disturbing the dead and desecrating the peaceful environment of the Sacramento Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
“Walking on them and urinating on them, it’s so disrespectful,” said Dorene Perez, who has a sister and grandfather buried there.
She can’t believe homeless, who’ve set up camp in a vacant field adjacent to the cemetery property, are now disrespecting their loved ones.
“There’s a lot of family, a lot of history there,” said Sarah Clement, who has generations of family and her nephew who passed away before his first birthday buried at the cemetery. “I get to go visit him in the ground and I want them to stay off that ground and leave my baby alone.”
The sheriff’s department estimates there are up to 35 tents set up near the cemetery. The property is surrounded by a barbed wire fence, but people have cut a hole in it to make access easier and the problem is getting worse.
“I wouldn’t do that to their family and they shouldn’t do that to ours,” Clement said.
The sheriff’s department says these people are trespassing on private property, and are working with the property owner and the cemetery to keep homeless out.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday that the deadliest wildfire in California's history was caused by PG&E's electrical transmission lines.
The Camp Fire, which destroyed 18,804 structures and resulted in 85 civilian fatalities in and around Paradise — a city of 27,000 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills — started in the Pulga area of Butte County, according to CalFire. Investigators found that strong winds, dry vegetation and warm temperatures caused the extreme spread of flames into Concow, Paradise and east Chico.
"The cause of the second fire was determined to be vegetation into electrical distribution lines owned and operated by PG&E. This fire was consumed by the original fire which started earlier near Pulga," CalFire said in a news release.
PG&E did not immediately offer comment.
A second flashpoint was found, the agency said, near the intersection of Concow Road and Rim Road in Concow. That fire, Cal Fire says, was found to be caused by “vegetation into electrical distribution lines owned and operated by PG&E.”
That fire soon became part of the original fire, which ultimately claimed 86 lives.
CalFire has referred its findings to the Butte County District Attorney’s office. That’s something CalFire has done in cases where investigators suspect an underlying violation of state regulations or laws. CalFire did not say what violation is suspected in the Camp Fire, however.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey confirmed Wednesday that CalFire determined a regulatory violation was suspected in the fire, but he declined to elaborate.
He said his office has three years to decide whether to seek criminal charges but stressed he believes a decision will be made within “weeks to months.”
He said his office is considering various felonies, either against the company or individuals, as the investigation continues.
“We are looking at reckless arson and involuntary manslaughter, that involves a homicide with gross negligence, as a potential,” he said.
“We need to know what did PG&E know, and what should they have known,” Ramsey said.
PG&E, the state's largest utility, filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year after being overwhelmed by tens of billions of dollars in potential wildfire liabilities.
SB 24: College Student Chemical Abortions Authored by Senator Connie Leyva (D-San Bernardino)
Summary: This bill mandates California public university health centers offer students chemical abortions as a “basic health service.”
Senate Bill 24 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday.
SB 24 will require all university student health centers to offer medicated abortions by January 1, 2023. The bill would also create the College Student Health Center Sexual and Reproductive Health Preparation Fund, which would be administered by the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
According to the bill,
“While all of the SHCs have the minimum requirements for medication abortion provision: a private exam room, ability to do pregnancy testing and counseling, and licensed clinicians, none of them are fully equipped to provide medication abortions. All SHCs would need training; even though a few sites have a clinician trained in abortion care, they are not currently providing care. Most CSU SHCs would also need an ultrasound machine and nurse hotline.”
A medication abortion is a two-step process that can happen up to ten weeks into a pregnancy. A woman does the first step in the clinic and is given a second drug to take at home. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use in 2000. In 2014 medication abortions accounted for 31% of all non-hospital abortions and 45% of abortions within the first nine weeks of gestation.
None of the University of California or California State University campuses currently offer abortion services. Students are instead referred to outside providers.
The legislature did approve a version of this bill last session, but Governor Jerry Brown vetoed it.
SB 24 is being supported by ACLU California, California Academy of Family Physicians, and Planned Parenthood.
It is opposed by several groups, including California Catholic Conference, Berkeley College Republicans, and Right to Life of Central California.
Both the UC and CSU system raised concerns.
“estimates proposed grants would be insufficient to cover costs in the readiness phase (2019 – 2023). We estimate a funding shortfall of $4.6 to $7.8 million across the 11 UC student health centers. Beginning January 1, 2023, no source of funding is provided in SB 24. Without funding, the student health centers will incur ongoing costs in the range of $2.2 to $3.2 annually. Unless financing is made available post 2023, by the state or foundation, this cost will fall to students.”
CSU raised a number of concerns:
Equipment costs. Campuses will need to buy equipment to be in compliance. The CSU assumes a cost of $37,556 for ultrasound at each of our campuses (total of $863,788), and additional ongoing maintenance costs.
Training costs. $10,067 per campus to provide training (total of $231,541).
Establishing agreements with local hospitals. CSU doctors do not do inpatient care via the CSU, or have hospital admission privileges. Agreements are difficult to negotiate with local hospitals because CSU students are not required to have insurance, and it is unclear who would be responsible for paying the costs associated with the emergency room visit if the student did not have insurance.
Liability. The CSU’s existing health malpractice insurance would likely cover the costs (settlements, judgments, defense attorney fees and costs), assuming a possibility that underwriters may increase premiums based on the number of claims. For any incident related to SB 24, the CSU would be responsible for the first $5 million of costs. Campus deductibles would range from $35,000 to $900,000, depending on the campus. The remaining costs would be covered by the California State University Risk Management Authority (CSURMA) fund, which is a system-wide pool to support all CSU risk financing operations.
Billing. The CSU does not currently bill insurance, and it would be extremely costly to move to a billing system. While 12 CSU campuses utilize Family PACT, a publicly-funded, family planning clinical services program administered through the Department of Health Care Services, this is not the same as billing Medi-Cal or private insurers. Insurance-billing is not a viable option for CSU health centers.
At a cost of $800,000.00, San Jose police are starting up regular patrols of the creeks and rivers in the city to fight crime and bring enforcement to an area that has often been a lawless part of the city. The money is not coming from the city, instead the Santa Clara Valley Water District is paying for patrols for the safety of their employees, who have to go into areas where the homeless encampments are to do their job.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday enacted the first ban by a major city on the use of facial recognition technology by police and all other municipal agencies.
The vote was 8 to 1 in favor, with two members who support the bill absent. There will be an obligatory second vote next week, but it is seen as a formality.
Police forces across America have begun turning to facial recognition to search for both small-time criminal suspects and perpetrators of mass carnage: authorities used the technology to help identify the gunman in the mass killing at an Annapolis, Md., newspaper in June. But civil liberty groups have expressed unease about the technology’s potential abuse by government amid fears that it may shove the United States in the direction of an overly oppressive surveillance state.
Aaron Peskin, the city supervisor who announced the bill, said that it sent a particularly strong message to the nation, coming from a city transformed by tech.
“I think part of San Francisco being the real and perceived headquarters for all things tech also comes with a responsibility for its local legislators,” said Mr. Peskin, who represents neighborhoods on the northeast side of the city. “We have an outsize responsibility to regulate the excesses of technology precisely because they are headquartered here.”
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, the top Republican on the chamber's budget committee, called Newsom's plan "nonsensical."
The proposal is part of Newsom's budget, which he's now negotiating with lawmakers. He touted it at a round table with small business owners Tuesday to kick off a statewide tour of his health care policies. It's an approach Newsom has been using during his first five months in office to bring his policy ideas directly to people who would benefit from them amid behind-the-scenes negotiations with state lawmakers.
California would pay for the new subsidies by taxing the uninsured. Newsom wants to bring back a law requiring everyone to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. The mandate was a key piece of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, but Republicans in Congress recently eliminated it.
"There is a certain irony in paying for subsidies to help some people buy insurance with penalty payments from people who are going without," said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for health reform at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Levitt noted if the subsidies entice more people to buy health insurance, there will be a smaller pool of uninsured people to fund them.
But Newsom's budget skirts that potential problem by eliminating the new subsidies in three years. Lawmakers would have to vote to keep them. It's one of several proposals Newsom linked a so-called sunset provision to, arguing the state may not have enough money to sustain them in future years, and to make it sound like reasonable legislature with that ridiculous caveat. And if you're illegal, well, hell - you get it for free, future Democrat!
"It's just a pragmatic way of looking at the world in an honest way," Newsom told reporters. "Perfect is not on the menu. But better than any other state in America is."
While California would be the first state to provide financial help to people making up to 600 percent of the poverty line, it would not be the first to reinstate the individual mandate. New Jersey and Massachusetts are among several states that have already reinstated it.
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte pointed out many potential problems with Newsom plan, and said offering incentives for incomes as high as $150,000 for a family of four may not help the state lower its uninsured rate.
Six months after Alicia Rock’s home burned down in Butte Valley, she says debris removal has been delayed over CalOES concerns of protecting “listed” species on her land, including possibly an endangered species of frog.
Rock says part of moving on from the fire is clearing the burnt rubble out.
So she filled out the forms and got a green light for cleanup. The clean-up was set for this week, then came a surprise. The creek on her property is now preventing the debris cleanup because of environmental concerns.
“I was bumped,” Rock said. “Because that is what it is—you get bumped.”
A CalOES spokesperson said there is a concern of debris during a removal flowing into the watershed—and there could be as many as 800 homes like Rock’s in the Camp Fire burn zone.
CalOES issued a statement reading:
“As we await resolution on this matter, which is expected in the coming days, 141 debris removal crews continue to clear more than 100 properties each day…”
“It’s completely road blocked me,” Rock said.
Rock supports environmental protection laws but says its red tape to remove her debris that has her so frustrated.. “We are six months out from this disaster that everybody knows about,” Rock said. “And we still don’t have any protocols to give to a contractor to clean up this situation that’s on a watershed.”
"It feels a little ridiculous, honestly,” Rock said.
She has no idea when her property can be cleared. Once it is, she’ll rebuild right away. Rock says she worked through all the paperwork to get greenlit for debris removal—then found out this week she had been bumped due to "listed species" being possibly affected by debris removal from her property. First the heartbreak of the enormous loss of home and property, then the endless delays and redtape the residents are forced to deal with before they can even begin rebuilding their lives.
A Southern California school district has placed four teachers on administrative leave after a photo surfaced showing the group smiling as one held a small noose in a classroom. As there is no context given for the photo (and no white maga hat wearing Nigerians or Jussie Smollett around), some parents are scratching their heads, but several African American parents are so outraged by the photo, they have decided to pull their children out of the school.
Palmdale School District Superintendent Raul Maldonado said in a statement this week that he is appalled and has also placed the principal of Summerwind Elementary School on leave pending an investigation.
Two African American women said they were pulling their children out of the school, and several African American men echoed the same sentiment.
Tierra Harris emotionally explained to her daughter why she was being removed from the school.
"Do you know what they use that for? They use that to hang African American people!" she said.
Breyon Clemons said she was pulling her child out for good.
"My child will not walk onto this plantation, absolutely not," she said.
"My son is leaving today, and he is not coming back to the school until they are fired!" said Juan Dillard.
Maldonado, the superintendent, said the situation is not a reflection of the community
Pete Buttigieg has come out of nowhere in just the past couple of months and is trying to capitalize with 10 fundraising events in California this week, including a public event Friday in San Francisco, where tickets quickly sold out.
Democratic strategist Garry South says the growing buzz about Buttigieg’s success in wedging his way into California’s lucrative fundraising base has shocked many longtime politics watchers in the state. “I think the amazing thing is that nobody is ceding California to Kamala Harris ... no one is abandoning California to the native daughter — which tells you something,’’ he says. “Why would he come out here and spend four days if he thought she had California locked up?“
Susie Tompkins Buell, a top Democratic donor based in California, was an early backer of Harris but recently sent out invitations for a fundraiser benefiting Buttigieg as well.
A Grass Valley Charter School fundraiser set for this weekend is canceled, after social media posts by conspiracy theorists connected the event to a possible terror attack.
Law enforcement confirmed the far-fetched threats described in the posts are not credible, but event organizers made the decision to cancel out of an abundance of caution.
The third annual Blue Marble Jubilee at the Nevada County Fairgrounds was expected to draw big crowds on Saturday.
"Insane,” Grass Valley Charter School Foundation president Wendy Willoughby said. “This is ridiculous.” “It’s ridiculous and something you sort of you want to laugh it off as something that doesn’t have a lot of merit,”
Former FBI Director James Comey posted a tweet using the hashtag #fivejobsivehad.
A deep-state conspiracy theorist took that tweet, dissected it, and came up with an acronym from Comey’s five jobs that are the same as the initials in the Grass Valley Charter School Foundation. Then pointed out letters in the tweet that spelled “jihad” — and posted it to social media.
Willoughby and Foster say out of concern someone could take the message seriously, they felt forced to cancel their fundraiser.
“These theories although based in no reality or fact or evidence can often drive unstable people to do really dangerous things,” Willoughby said.
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