Tuesday, September 27, 2022

California Moves To Protect Women Seeking Reproductive Care

 Governor Newsom Signs Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan and Attorney General Bonta’s Groundbreaking Legislation Protecting Digital Information on Abortion

Amendments to AB 1242 protect digital information stored by California companies

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s bill AB 1242, sponsored by Attorney General Rob Bonta, has been signed by Governor Gavin Newsom and will go into effect immediately. The law forges a legal path to protect reproductive digital information handled by companies incorporated or headquartered in California. The bill also prevents the arrest of individuals or the disclosure by law enforcement of information in an investigation related to any abortion already legal in California. Together, these provisions ensure that California courts and California laws cannot be used to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of abortion-related actions that are legal under California law.

"California is leading the nation when it comes to protecting reproductive rights – I’m grateful that Governor Newsom continued to advance this mission by signing AB 1242 into law today," said Attorney General Bonta. "This first-in-the-nation law helps shield those seeking or providing reproductive healthcare against wrongful prosecution and ensures that California laws and California courts are not used to facilitate investigation or prosecution of abortion-related actions that are legal in our state. I’m proud to have sponsored this important legislation by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan, and I will continue to use every tool in the toolbox to protect reproductive rights.”

“California is setting a national privacy standard,” said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan. “As pro-choice states, we must be just as proactive in protecting abortion rights as extremist states have been in destroying them.”

AB 1242 prohibits the arrest of anyone for aiding or performing a lawful abortion in California and prohibits California law enforcement from sharing information or assisting in an investigation related to a lawful abortion with out-of-state agencies. Additionally, the bill requires out-of-state law enforcement agencies seeking data or records from corporations in California using our warrant streamlining law to provide an attestation that the investigation does not involve any crime related to an abortion that is lawful under California law. In sum, these provisions ensure that California courts and California laws are not used to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of abortion-related actions that are legal under California law.

AB 1242 takes an innovative legal approach to protect user data. The law blocks out-of-state law enforcement officers from using our laws to execute search warrants on California corporations in furtherance of enforcing or investigating an anti-abortion crime. For example, if another state wants to track the movement of a woman traveling to California seeking reproductive health care, the state would be blocked from accessing cell phone site tower location data of the woman by serving a warrant to the tech company in California. In addition, if another state wants Google search history from a particular IP address, it could not serve an out-of-state search warrant at Google headquarters in California without an attestation that the evidence is not related to investigation into abortion services.

The bill was joint-authored by Assemblymember Mia Bonta (D-Oakland) and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), and co-authored by Assemblymembers Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), Boerner-Horvath, (D-Oceanside), Calderon (D-Whittier), Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), Cervantes (D-Corona), Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), Holden (D-Claremont), Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), Friedman (D-Glendale), Haney (D-San Francisco), Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), Rubio (D-West Covina), Petrie-Norris (D-Newport Beach), Weber (D-San Diego), Wicks (D-Berkeley) and Wilson (D-Fairfield), Senators Wiener (D-San Francisco), Caballero (D-Merced), Skinner (D-Oakland), and Pro Tem Atkins (D-San Diego).

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital Radiothon Eureka and Crescent City

 Since the Bicoastal Media radio stations in Eureka Ca. started raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital over 2 million dollars have been raised to help children fight cancer and other diseases.

It is happening again this Thursday and Friday on three great FM music stations and on three different genres. It goes from 6 am to 7 pm Pacific on the following Eureka California stations. 

www.kred923.com and how it all started. It's Hot Country at 92.3 FM. 

Other formats in the radiothon are Classic Hits at www.cool1055.com at 105.5 FM and Power 96 FM Today's Best Hit Music at 96.3 on the local dial also available at www.Power96.3.com  Pick either Rollin on kred, The Rock and Roll Burlyman on Cool 105 or Jase on Power 96.3

Call between the hours of 6 am to 7 pm 1-800-942-8771 to become a partner in hope.

For Crescent City use the KCRE website at  https://kcrefm.com/

We can change the world. One child at a time. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A Tree With Two Kinds Of Leaves?

From UC Davis California

 Redwoods have two types of leaves, one to make food and the other to absorb water

Study is first to estimate whole-crown water absorption in a large, mature tree

Leaf types shift places on the tree depending on if environment is wet or dry

Findings can help scientists monitor trees’ adaptability amid a changing climate

Redwoods are among the most well-studied trees on the planet, and yet their mysteries continue to surprise and delight scientists and nature lovers. 

Scientists from the University of California, Davis, discovered that redwood trees have two types of leaves, and those leaves have completely different jobs, according to a study in the American Journal of Botany. Together, these functionally distinct leaves allow the world’s tallest trees to thrive in both wet and dry parts of their range in California, without sacrificing water or food.

Read More at the link below


Monday, March 14, 2022

The GOP Is Actually Running on Raising Taxes on the Poor and Destroying Medicare and Social Security

 Check this out. 

Some in the GOP want to make the poor and impoverished pay Federal Income Taxes. This is real. Rather than raise the national minimum wage to a "living wage" at full time, they just want to put the squeeze on those not as fortunate as the billionaires that fund their GOP campaigns. 

The poor already pay taxes if they have a phone or internet, not to mention sales taxes in most places on everything but cold food. Then there are excise taxes, disposal fees, transportation taxes, gas taxes, utilities taxes and other taxes and fees. As a proportion of income, the poor pay a much larger percentage of taxes than millionaires and billionaires. 

The story below is from Common Dreams dot org. There are no commercials, fees or hoops to jump through. If you like the site, make a donation if you can. 

READ MORE https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/03/11/gop-actually-running-raising-taxes-poor-and-destroying-medicare-and-social-security

Monday, March 7, 2022

No Easy Way To Be Free

 In light of the recent news from Europe, I have no answers, solutions or eloquent words to share, just a song. Music can go beyond words. 

 Although this is about a civil war which our country has gone through, the current events and Russian aggressions against civilians in Ukraine is not the same. However, it should remind us that we must always be diligent to call out injustice and war crimes where they exist.

 No easy way to be free. 

 Listen To The Who and Slip Kid

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight ...
I've got my clipboard, text books
Lead me to the station
Yeah, I'm off to the civil war
I've got my kit bag, my heavy boots
I'm runnin' in the rain
Gonna run till my feet are raw
Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
And I'm a soldier at thirteen
Slip kid, slip kid, realization
There's no easy way to be free
No easy way to be free
It's a hard, hard world
I left my doctor's prescription bungalow behind me
I left the door ajar
I left my vacuum flask
Full of hot tea and sugar
Left the keys right in my car
Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
Only half way up the tree
Slip kid, slip kid, I'm a relation
I'm a soldier at sixty-three
No easy way to be free
Slip kid, slip kid
Keep away old man, you won't fool me
You and your history won't rule me
You might have been a fighter, but admit you failed
I'm not affected by your blackmail
You won't blackmail me
I've got my clipboard, text books
Lead me to the station
Yeah, I'm off to the civil war
I've got my kit bag, my heavy boots
I'm runnin' in the rain
Gonna run till my feet are raw
Slip kid, slip kid, slip out of trouble
Slip over here and set me free
Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
You're slidin' down the hill like me
No easy way to be free
No easy way to be free
No easy way to be free
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Pete Townshend
Slip Kid lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Spirit Music Group

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

A Serious Injustice Is Taking Place In California And It Is Ruining Lives

If you have been accused of a crime in California you may be arrested. Once in custody however, things get murky. One would expect a trial and sentencing. Either you broke the law and have to pay the price or you prove you didn't and they set your free. That isn't the way it is working. People are sitting in jail for years without being tried or sentenced. Some without so much as a preliminary hearing. 

This is a dark side to our state that cannot stand if we are to believe in true law and order anymore. You can't just hold people behind bars for years over an accusation. 

A few years ago I got a sneak peek of the California Judicial System from the inside and believe me, it is not a place that you would want a friend or family member to have to endure.

 To be fair, those with families that have money can usually pop for the bail money and be on the streets after their first hearing. 

That hearing is supposed to take place in less than a week. But that isn't happening for everyone in the system. 

Although the following is almost a year old now, I'm sure a lot of people missed it or just don't care that we are housing people against their will that have not had a trial or been sentenced. The cost to tax payers to house people that have not been proven to have broken the law is astronomical. 

Robert Lewis at Cal Matters put together some startling statistics about what I witnesses with my very own eyes and it should scare the hell out of you. 
Here is a sample:
DeAndre Davis has been waiting 651 days in a Sacramento County jail. Charged with the murder of a 21-year-old man shot during a robbery in 2019, he hasn’t been tried and he hasn’t been sentenced — and he hasn’t even had a preliminary hearing to decide if there’s enough evidence to take him to trial.


Friday, February 18, 2022

Attorney General Bonta: Assembly Bill 1594 Will Increase Firearm Industry Accountability

 California is taking a play from the Texas folks that have outlawed abortion to "save lives". The US Supreme Court has seemingly given California the go ahead with their strange interpretation of the Texas law that allows state residents to enforce laws rather than law enforcement.  

Today, California's Governor Gavin Newsom said: “If Texas can use a law to ban a woman’s right to choose and to put her health at risk, we will use that same law to save lives and improve the health and safety of the people in the state of California".

Here is a press release from California's Attorney General on the subject.

Attorney General Bonta: Assembly Bill 1594 Will Increase Firearm Industry Accountability

SAN DIEGO – California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Brady Campaign (Brady) today announced Assembly Bill 1594 (AB 1594), legislation that will restore the rights of Californians to hold the firearm industry responsible for their misconduct. Authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting, and sponsored by Attorney General Bonta and Brady, the bill governs the sale and marketing practices of firearms manufacturers and distributors who do business in California, requiring them to make reasonable efforts to prevent their products from being used unlawfully. If gun industry members fail to take proper precautions in their marketing and distribution, AB 1594 will authorize the Attorney General and individual Californians to file civil suits to recoup the damage from those failures.   

“No industry should get a special exemption from protecting their customers, but especially not an industry responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans every year,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta. “In 2005, the federal government stripped Americans of the right to hold gun manufacturers and distributors responsible for the damage their conduct causes when their products are used unlawfully – leaving only a narrow exception for such lawsuits. Today, using that exception, we begin the process of restoring these rights in California. AB 1594 requires the gun industry to take reasonable steps to make sure their products are not used unlawfully. If the gun industry ignores this responsibility – one that is common for companies in nearly every industry in the country – this bill gives victims and their families an additional legal pathway for holding the firearm industry financially responsible.”

“In too many instances, victims of gun violence are denied their day in court because of the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” said Brady President Kris Brown. “AB 1594 would begin to remove this barrier to justice in California, clearing the way for those hurt by irresponsible and negligent gun industry actions to hold the industry accountable. This bill will create real accountability and incentives for the gun industry to reform its practices and prevent gun violence.”

“We must make our communities safer. Almost every industry in the United States can be held liable for what their products do, but the gun industry is not held to the same standard. Financial repercussions may finally push them to be more responsible by improving their practices and adhering to California’s strict gun laws,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

“California lawmakers have long been the leaders of the gun violence prevention movement and today's announcement continues that work,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action and California resident. “The gun industry should take note of another much needed wake-up call from our state leaders today: act recklessly and illegally, and you'll be held accountable. Our grassroots volunteers are proud to support this bill and eager to help get it passed into law this session.”

In the United States, nearly every industry is held legally responsible when their misconduct harms consumers. Yet despite this, in 2005, the federal government enacted the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). PLCAA provides the firearm industry unique and broad freedom to operate with little to no liability. 

However, one exception to PLCAA allows civil suits to proceed against gun manufacturers. A civil suit may proceed if the gun manufacturer or distributor knowingly violates a state law regulating the sale or marketing of the product, and if that violation was a direct cause of the harm the individual who brought the suit suffered. AB 1594 would create a clear path within California state law for the public and the Attorney General’s Office to hold gun manufacturers and distributors responsible for their unlawful conduct.

California remains among the states with the lowest number of gun deaths per capita. However, the number of homicides in the state rose from 2019 to 2020, and nearly 90% of the increase was a result of a rise in homicides committed with a firearm. 

Attorney General Bonta is committed to promoting and defending commonsense gun laws at the state and federal level to help keep the public safe and reduce incidents of gun violence in California communities. Last November, Attorney General Bonta secured a victory in a lawsuit challenging California’s ban on large-capacity magazines. In October, Attorney General Bonta announced a joint effort with the San Francisco District Attorney against ghost gun kit manufacturer and retailers Blackhawk Manufacturing Group, Inc.; MDX Corporation; and GS Performance, LLC. The lawsuit alleges that the companies undermined and evaded multiple state firearms laws. In September, Attorney General Bonta led a coalition of state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending New York’s law regulating when individuals may obtain a license to carry firearms in public. In August, Attorney General Bonta supported a Proposed Rule by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives that would help regulate ghost guns by clarifying the agency’s definition of what qualifies as a firearm. Attorney General Bonta has also urged Californians to use the state’s Gun Violence Restraining Order law to help keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others. Attorney General Bonta is currently defending the state’s assault weapons ban.

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