Violent Crime Spikes In CA While Falling Nationwide: FBI Report

The California economy is collapsing.  Major cities like San Fran and Los Angeles are collapsing.  Jobs, businesses and families are fleeing California.  Crime is going up while police protection is declining—and in many cities and counties the cops do not make arrests because the DA’s refuse to prosecute.

“Violent crime was up 3.7 percent in 2022 in California even as violent crime rates dropped across the country, according to new FBI crime data released this week.

Nationally, violent crime was down slightly, by 1.7 percent to pre-pandemic levels, according to the 2022 Crime In the Nation report from the FBI. At the same time, property crimes — especially auto theft — rose considerably, by 7.1 percent nationally and 7.6 percent in California.

Notable trends showed a spike in gun violence among juveniles, an increase in hate crimes especially targeting Jews, a spike in carjackings and an increase in crimes committed by groups.

For California these numbers are even worse than reported—Los Angeles refused to provide their numbers!  Imagines adding LA crime to the mix?  Feel safe in California?  Only if yu are a supporter fo the Second Amendment.

Violent Crime Spikes In CA While Falling Nationwide: FBI Report

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Both violent crime and property crime spiked in California, according to a new report from the FBI.

Kristina Houck,Patch Staff, 10/20/23     https://patch.com/california/piedmont/s/ist4l/violent-crime-spikes-in-ca-while-falling-nationwide-fbi-report?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert&user_email=bbcc180233d904e7bc40c85a94d0dbb245da880faa595650384375b3fc541d84

Nationally, violent crime was down slightly, by 1.7 percent to pre-pandemic levels, according to the 2022 Crime In the Nation report from the FBI. (Shutterstock)

CALIFORNIA — Violent crime was up 3.7 percent in 2022 in California even as violent crime rates dropped across the country, according to new FBI crime data released this week.

Nationally, violent crime was down slightly, by 1.7 percent to pre-pandemic levels, according to the 2022 Crime In the Nation report from the FBI. At the same time, property crimes — especially auto theft — rose considerably, by 7.1 percent nationally and 7.6 percent in California.

Notable trends showed a spike in gun violence among juveniles, an increase in hate crimes especially targeting Jews, a spike in carjackings and an increase in crimes committed by groups.

The report comes with a caveat, however. In the past, the annual snapshot of crime in the United States has been criticized as missing data from some of the country’s largest cities, including New York and Los Angeles. For the 2021 report, for example, only 62.7 percent of agencies representing just 64.8 percent of the U.S. population submitted data.

A change in collection methods helped, and this year, the data represents 83.3 percent of all agencies whose jurisdictions cover 93.5 percent of the population.

Last year was the second in a row that violent crime went down, a big turnaround from the 29 percent increase in the murder rate in 2020, a year of huge pandemic-related social disruption and upended support systems.

Richard Rosenfeld, a criminal justice professor emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, told The Associated Press the drop in violence can be attributed largely to the fact that the “stresses and strains” associated with the pandemic have abated.

“By and large, what we’re seeing is simply a return to something approaching normal after the big changes associated with the pandemic,” Rosenfeld said.

Violent crime includes murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault and robbery. The biggest dips nationally were in homicides (6.1 percent) and rape (5.4 percent). Aggravated assaults decreased by 1.1 percent, but robbery was up by 1.3 percent.

In the most recent 2022 report, the violent crime rate was 380.7 per 100,000 people. That’s statistically the same as the pre-pandemic 2019 violent crime rate of 380.8 per 100,000 people.

In 2022 in California, there were 62,410 violent crime incidents, and 70,279 offenses reported in the Golden State by 559 law enforcement agencies that submitted National Incident-Based Reporting System data, according to the report. That covers 52 percent of the total population.

In the most recent 2022 report, the violent crime rate was 499.5 per 100,000 people in California.

The data offers a snapshot of gun violence in America. Nationally, firearms were used in 80.3 percent of murder and manslaughter crimes. And although violent crime was down overall, the number of crimes committed with one or more guns was up 0.6 percent to 488,900 in 2022, according to the data.

Also, more minors were shot in 2022 than in the year prior. Both fatal and non-fatal gun injuries decreased for adults, but among juveniles, fatal gun violence increased by a staggering 11.8 percent, from 1,300 to 1,500. The number of non-fatal gunshot incidents for juveniles was also up 10.67 percent, from 61,800 to 68,300.

Also in the report:

Property Crimes

The 7.1 percent increase in property crimes was driven by a 10.9 percent increase in motor vehicle thefts nationwide. Carjackings were up 8.1 percent, and nearly 90 percent involved one or more assailants with a weapon, according to the FBI. More offenders are working in groups, with a 13 percent increase in arrests with two or more suspects. Most carjackings occur at night, between 8 p.m. and 4 p.m., and males under age 18 represent about 18 percent of those arrested.

Overall national property crime rates were even higher on college campuses, spiking to 35.4 percent in 2022 with more than 6.5 million reports of larceny — that is, property theft without violence.

In 2022 in California, there were 349,241 property crime incidents, and 349,241 offenses reported.

In the most recent 2022 report, the property crime rate was 2,343.2 per 100,000 people in California.

Hate Crimes

Reported incidents of hate crimes were up 0.5 percent with 11,634 reported incidents, the highest number since the FBI began tracking such data in 1991. Hate crimes against Jews were up more than 37 percent to 1,122 incidents.

“Reported hate crime incidents across the country have once again reached record highs, with anti-Jewish hate crimes at a number not seen in decades,” Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement.

The complete analysis is found on the Crime Data Explorer.

Fresno Teachers Association files unfair practice charge against Fresno Unified School District–More Extortion of Children

Is it fair for teachers to blackmail the community and students?  Maybe the kids would be better off without government education based on racism, failed curriculum and sexual grooming?

“”We are absolutely respectful of our teacher’s right to engage in a concerted work stoppage,” said Henry.

The California Public Employee Relations Board will listen to both sides and determine if an investigation needs to be conducted.

Meanwhile, the district is preparing for the possibility of a strike.

On Wednesday, the school board approved over three million dollars to help cover the costs of a strike.

“Making sure that our schools stay open, safe, and full of learning. These are the additional materials, supplies, hands-on-deck that we need to make that happen,” Henry explained.

The fix is in—even the school district approves of strikes by teachers.  Need more reason to support school choice?  Give the kids an education lesson, not a union extortion lesson.

Fresno Teachers Association files unfair practice charge against Fresno Unified School District

ByVince Ybarra, ABC 30, 10/20/23  https://abc30.com/fresno-teachers-association-unfair-practice-charge-fusd-infringement-of-labor-protections/13945652/

The Fresno Teachers Association has filed an unfair practice charge against Fresno Unified School District alleging infringement of labor protections.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — After failed attempts during contract negotiations, the Fresno Teachers Association filed a claim against Fresno Unified with the California Public Employee Relations Board on Friday.

It centers around a number of communications made by Fresno Unified Administrators.

That includes email communications and announcements discouraging participation and making threats for those with the intent to participate in a potential strike.

“We take our educators’ rights very seriously. And what we have here is a district that openly gives directives, if you will, to intimidate our educators,” said Manuel Bonilla, president of the Fresno Teacher Association.

Fresno Unified Chief Communications Officer Nikki Henry says the district plans to respond to FTA’s claims in the coming days.

“We are absolutely respectful of our teacher’s right to engage in a concerted work stoppage,” said Henry.

The California Public Employee Relations Board will listen to both sides and determine if an investigation needs to be conducted.

Meanwhile, the district is preparing for the possibility of a strike.

On Wednesday, the school board approved over three million dollars to help cover the costs of a strike.

“Making sure that our schools stay open, safe, and full of learning. These are the additional materials, supplies, hands-on-deck that we need to make that happen,” Henry explained.

Bonilla says he’s disappointed by that decision.

“You could not spend that money and invest that money into the classroom and into our educators and avoid this altogether,” Bonilla said.

The district’s strike readiness plan includes $2 million for curriculum, $451,000 for health services, $176,000 for safety and security, and $410,000 for substitute hiring and orientation costs.

Officials say they need fewer than 2400 substitute teachers if every Fresno Unified school teacher goes on strike. The substitute teachers will go through the hiring process, which includes a background check and being fingerprinted. Then, they will go through a four-hour orientation.

Early estimates show classroom sizes will grow by adding five additional students to each class

The district says it depends on attendance.

Right now, it’s estimated that 86% of students will continue to come to class.

“Our values are that our kids are able to work toward achieving their greatest potential. And we can only do that if we have our schools open,” Henry said.

“Kids are our focus. And we are want to also make sure that we are having the best quality educators in those spaces.”

The FTA president says the two groups are in talks to meet next week for more negotiating.

The final vote on whether or not teachers will authorize a strike is expected to be released by Monday.

Bidenomics: U.S. Budget Deficit Explodes 23% Higher to $1.7 Trillion

A few months ago the House GOP made a deal to keep the government open.  It was a deal we could not afford.  Last week, in just a week, the national debt increased by $106 billion dollars.

“The U.S. budget deficit increased 23 percent to $1.7 trillion, an increase of $320 billion, in the year after the Biden administration pushed through the Inflation Reduction Act which it claimed would close the government’s funding gap.

The explosive growth in the deficit came as revenue fell $457 billion from a year ago and expenses decreased by just $137 billion. Total spending for the year came in at $6.134 trillion.

Revenue is down and spending is up.  Can we afford to keep government open without massive cuts in spending and regulations?  We are headed toward a disaster.  The interest on the national debt is approaching one trillion dollars a year—more than our military budget.  When does the house of cards collapse?

Bidenomics: U.S. Budget Deficit Explodes 23% Higher to $1.7 Trillion

JOHN CARNEY, Breitbart,  10/20/23     https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2023/10/20/budget-deficit-rises-to-1-7-trillion/

The U.S. budget deficit increased 23 percent to $1.7 trillion, an increase of $320 billion, in the year after the Biden administration pushed through the Inflation Reduction Act which it claimed would close the government’s funding gap.

The explosive growth in the deficit came as revenue fell $457 billion from a year ago and expenses decreased by just $137 billion. Total spending for the year came in at $6.134 trillion.

Spending would have been higher if the Supreme Court had not declared Biden’s student loan forgiveness program illegal.

The deficit adds to the U.S. debt total, which the government said earlier this week had reached $33.6 trillion. That is more than $250,000 per household and more than $99,000 per person in the U.S. The Pete G. Peterson Foundation has calculated that if every household in the U.S. contributed $1,000 a month to debt reduction, it would take 21 years to pay down the debt.

Bidenflation Busted the Budget

Much of the increase in the deficit can be chalked up to the runaway inflation sparked by super-sized spending programs—including the Inflation Reduction Act’s $500 billion in new expenditures and tax breaks, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, and $1 trillion of infrastructure outlays—pushed for by Biden administration.

As a result of inflation, Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustments drove up the program’s cost of $134 billion, for example.

The Federal Reserve was forced to raise interest rates at a record pace and downsize its mammoth balance sheet in an effort to bring down inflation, raising the cost of government borrowing. Outlays for interest on the public debt increased $162 billion, going from $475 billion to $659 billion.

Interest expense as a percentage of GDP rose to 3.3 percent, the highest level since 2001. According to the Pete Peterson Foundation, the U.S. government is spending $2 billion a day on interest payments.

Higher interest rates also lowered the amount of revenue the government receives from the Federal Reserve, adding to the deficit.

The banking failures triggered by higher interest rates resulted in a $101 billion increase in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation outlays.

On Friday, President Joe Biden asked Congress to authorize aid to Ukraine and Israel, requesting a massive $106 billion in spending the administration claims will go to bolster “national security.” Around $61 billion of that total is for additional spending on aid to Ukraine.

Government revenues in 2023 fell to 16.5 percent of gross domestic product.

The Buck Stops…With The Other Guys

The Biden administration quickly blamed its predecessor for the budget shortfall, attempting to deny responsibility for the fiscal situation of the government.

“This year, the effect of the Trump tax cuts on revenues and deficits is clear,” said a White House official.

The administration continues to claim the economy is doing extremely well despite polls showing widespread rejection of Biden’s leadership on the economy.

“The U.S. economy remains resilient despite global headwinds,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.

While the consensus among economists no longer calls for a recession in the near term, a recent Wall Street Journal poll showed that the economy is expected to grow slightly less than one percent next year. The Conference Board said this week that it still expects the economy to fall into a “shallow recession” next year.

Family-owned California trucking company ceasing operations after 95 years

Want to see the results of Bidenomics and the Newsom socialist program?

“A third-generation family-owned trucking company and brokerage — Certified Freight Logistics, headquartered in Santa Maria, California — is ceasing operations on Saturday after 95 years.

Scott Cramer, president of Certified Freight Logistics (CFL), said he notified employees on Aug. 22 that the trucking company and freight brokerage, which employs 157 workers, including 101 linehaul and local truck drivers, would begin layoffs on Saturday with the wind down of the company concluding on or about Nov. 18. 

Gas prices and regulations are killing small business in California.  This closing adds to the cost of transportation of food around the State—adding to our inflation.

Family-owned California trucking company ceasing operations after 95 years

Certified Freight Logistics’ president cites ‘current market conditions’ for closure

Clarissa Hawes, Freightwaves,  10/19/23    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/family-owned-california-trucking-company-ceasing-operations-after-95-years

A third-generation family-owned trucking company and brokerage — Certified Freight Logistics, headquartered in Santa Maria, California — is ceasing operations on Saturday after 95 years.

Scott Cramer, president of Certified Freight Logistics (CFL), said he notified employees on Aug. 22 that the trucking company and freight brokerage, which employs 157 workers, including 101 linehaul and local truck drivers, would begin layoffs on Saturday with the wind down of the company concluding on or about Nov. 18. 

CFL, which hauled refrigerated food and fresh produce for major retailers throughout the western U.S., also filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notification in August with the California Employment Development Department of the company’s impending closure.

Cramer told FreightWaves he is working with truck dealers about early lease terminations, adding that the “current freight conditions have been pretty difficult.”

“Management has been attempting to maintain profitable operations but current market conditions have made it difficult to operate without a loss,” said Cramer in a statement to FreightWaves. “Pandemic volume demand, equipment availability issues, increased costs followed by falling freight rates and reduced volume put us in a place to have to make this difficult decision.” 

Cramer said the company has arranged transition services for its employees, including many who have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Besides closing its headquarters in Santa Maria, CFL will close its yards in Stockton, California, and Sumner, Washington.

“The company delayed any decision for some time while trying to resolve the fundamental operating issues and is no longer able to viably operate,” Cramer said. 

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El Paso Mayor Sends 178 Buses of Illegal Aliens to Sanctuary Cities But Not a Peep From Critics

This is what El Paso has done.  Soon, the Democrat Mayor of San Diego is going to have to do the same—Biden is shipping about 1400 illegal aliens a day into San Diego—and that does not count the illegal aliens that come to SD on their own.

“Next thing you know, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser decided to send out some migrant buses on his own. El Paso is frequently overrun by illegal aliens. The city’s resources are stretched beyond their limits. There is not enough shelters to house them. They are often just turned out on the street because there are no beds available. Leeser appealed to the Biden administration for help. El Paso does get help from FEMA but not enough. So he is using migrant buses separate from Governor Abbott’s program.

Leeser has ramped things up lately. He has sent 178 busloads of illegal aliens to New York, Chicago and Denver in less than a month. Good for him.

Here’s the kicker. No one is saying a word about Leeser’s migrant buses. The sanctuary city mayors spew all kinds of ugly diatribes every time a bus that Abbott sends arrives in a blue city. Not when the buses from El Paso arrive. Leeser says the difference is that he is hosting and working with leaders from the Chicago area.

Then you have NYC Mayor Adams screaming about Gov. Abbott bussing illegal aliens into his city—and Adams turns around and tries to bus the illegals into upstate New York cities.  The best answer is to close the border and deport the law breakers.  But Biden has no idea what is going on, so expect millions more to come here next year.

El Paso Mayor Sends 178 Buses of Illegal Aliens to Sanctuary Cities But Not a Peep From Critics

KAREN TOWNSEND, HotAir,   10/19/23    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2023/10/19/el-paso-mayor-sends-178-buses-of-illegal-aliens-to-sanctuary-cities-but-not-a-peep-from-critics-n586036

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser escapes the critical rhetoric that is thrown at Governor Greg Abbott over sending migrant buses to sanctuary cities. Why is that?

Is it because Leeser is a Democrat and Governor Abbott is a Republican? Probably. Governor Abbott began sending migrant buses to sanctuary cities to help ease the overcrowding in border communities through his Operation Lone Star initiative. Texas taxpayers fund the migrant buses. Big blue sanctuary cities across the country have preened as though they are better than everyone else by spouting popular progressive talking points. All are welcome here, they say, and legal status doesn’t matter. The mayors of the sanctuary cities said they would have services ready to handle illegal aliens. So, Governor Abbott took them up on their offers of hospitality. Migrant buses rolled from Texas to New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Denver.

Next thing you know, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser decided to send out some migrant buses on his own. El Paso is frequently overrun by illegal aliens. The city’s resources are stretched beyond their limits. There is not enough shelters to house them. They are often just turned out on the street because there are no beds available. Leeser appealed to the Biden administration for help. El Paso does get help from FEMA but not enough. So he is using migrant buses separate from Governor Abbott’s program.

Leeser has ramped things up lately. He has sent 178 busloads of illegal aliens to New York, Chicago and Denver in less than a month. Good for him.

Here’s the kicker. No one is saying a word about Leeser’s migrant buses. The sanctuary city mayors spew all kinds of ugly diatribes every time a bus that Abbott sends arrives in a blue city. Not when the buses from El Paso arrive. Leeser says the difference is that he is hosting and working with leaders from the Chicago area.

‘We will continue conversations with Mayor Johnson and his team to ensure a coordinated and collaborative response among our cities to the humanitarian crisis we are facing,’ said Estrella Escobar, Lesser’s chief of staff said in a statement.

Elected leaders from Chicago claim they have made it clear they don’t want El Paso to send anymore asylum-seekers north

‘What we have shared with the mayor of El Paso is that there is no more room in Chicago,’ Alderman Will Hall told the ABC station in Chicago.

‘He gets it. What we have expressed is for whatever partners they have in Texas to help us in Chicago, which he is assigning now, and we started the conversations with the not for profits here to help us.’

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We know Leeser isn’t hosting Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson because he has backed out of his promise to visit the southern border to see Biden’s border crisis for himself. Leeser may be talking about and coordinating migrant buses with Chicago officials but he has not said he will stop the buses going to Chicago.

More than 7,700 illegal aliens have been bussed out of El Paso since the city began its busing program on September 22. Chicago has received the most buses – 73. There have been 55 buses sent to New York City and 50 have gone to Denver. These are not part of Abbott’s program. Abbott also buses illegal aliens from El Paso, as he does from other border towns.

Governor Abbott has sent 58,000 illegal aliens to Democrat cities since last year.

The rate that Mayor Leeser is going, he’ll catch up with Abbott’s migrant bus program in no time. Even when he doesn’t stop sending them to Chicago, as that city’s politicians are asking, he won’t receive the treatment from critics that Abbott receives. Democrats stick together and are very reluctant to criticize each other. That’s how it is.

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Abbott says the migrant buses will not stop until the border is secured. I assume Mayor Leeser is on the same page.

Why Government Education is a FAILURE–Refuse to Teach English/Reading

This is not a joke, nor is it satire.  Below is an ad for a “literacy program”.  They call it a “Literacy Ecosystem”. 

Then you use a great phrase, “Evidence-aligned literacy instruction has shown to be effective in classrooms across the country.”  Anybody know what that mean?  Let me tell you.

It is a fancy phrase, meaning nothing—except you as a parent are too stupid to understand education.  Do not complain about your child not being proficient in reading or English—they problem is yours.  Oh, and millions are being spent to keep our children ILLITERATE—by using nonsense words to explain.

This is why government education is a failure.

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Good News??  More Californians Moving to Florida Arizona, Not Texas

For Arizona and Florida this is great news.  To Texas, they have to work harder.  To California it is a disaster.  It is like do you want to die by a knife or poisoning?  Either way you are dead.

“There was a slight but noticeable decrease from more than 107,000 people fleeing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) state for Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) in 2021 to just over 102,000 in 2022, the Associated Pressreported. However, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) saw the number of ex-Californians in the state of Florida jump from about 37,000 people in 2021 to more than 50,000 in 2022.

The number of residents who left California for the swing state of Arizona leapt from more than 69,000 to 74,000 in the same period of time.

Within the last year, the “Golden State” has faced a net loss of more than 113,000 residents, taking into account new births as well as people moving into the state. In total, the AP reports that “more than 343,000 people left California for another state last year, the highest number of any U.S. state.”

Of course the people leaving are not the illegal aliens.  Even with illegal aliens added to the mix, California still has a net loss of population.  It is the productive people who create the revenues that are leaving.  It is the illegal aliens, who cost a lot of money and grief that are replacing them.  A recipe for economic disaster.

Goodbye, Gavin: More Californians Fleeing to Arizona, Florida While Fewer Opt for Texas

OLIVIA RONDEAU, Breitbart,  10/20/23  https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2023/10/20/goodbye-gavin-more-californians-fleeing-arizona-florida-fewer-opt-texas/

California is losing hundreds of thousands of residents to more conservative states, but the number headed for Texas has slightly dropped, with more opting to make Arizona or Florida their new home.

New state-to-state migration figures released Thursday showed that while the flow of Californians to the Lonestar State has been the largest interstate movement in the last two years, the amount has decreased as Texas real estate prices grow.

There was a slight but noticeable decrease from more than 107,000 people fleeing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) state for Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) in 2021 to just over 102,000 in 2022, the Associated Pressreported. However, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) saw the number of ex-Californians in the state of Florida jump from about 37,000 people in 2021 to more than 50,000 in 2022.

The number of residents who left California for the swing state of Arizona leapt from more than 69,000 to 74,000 in the same period of time.

Within the last year, the “Golden State” has faced a net loss of more than 113,000 residents, taking into account new births as well as people moving into the state. In total, the AP reports that “more than 343,000 people left California for another state last year, the highest number of any U.S. state.”

As Breitbart News reported in April, California lost roughly half a million people between the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic and mid-2022.

Despite California being the most populous U.S. state, housing costs are among the main motivators for people running for the hills, according to Manuel Pastor, a professor of sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

“We are losing younger folks, and I think we will see people continuing to migrate where housing costs are lower,” Pastor told the outlet. “There are good jobs in California, but housing is incredibly expensive. It hurts young families, and it hurts immigrant families.”

Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the second-largest state-to-state movement is from New York to Florida, which generally remained the same from 2021 to 2022 with about 92,000 movers.

 “Overall, more people living in one U.S. state moved to a different state last year in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic than they did in the previous year,” the AP observed of the numbers.

San Fran:  Drug Dealers Give Away Samples Near School

How do you market a product?  One way is to give away samples—like you get at Costco.  In San Fran, drug dealers work hard to build up their client base.  What better base than children at a school.  Give them a free bit of drugs and they will steal to get the money to buy more.  The good news is that the DA, cops and the community are allowing this murder of young kids by watching and doing nothing.

“A homeless convicted child sex offender has set up camp near a San Francisco Catholic school and public library — along with large signs offering “free fentanyl” for new users and “meth for stolen items.”

Joseph Adam Moore, 46, was imprisoned for six years for sex crimes, having molested a 12-year-old girl — and was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl just a month after getting out of prison, according to records obtained by the San Francisco Standard.

The sex offender has also been arrested five times since 2007 for failing to notify authorities of his address as a sex offender, according to the outlet.

I’m a bit curious as to how a tent on a sidewalk could have an address, but what I would really like to know is how an egregious parole violation like this hasn’t landed him in the crowbars for a longer stint. Moore seems pretty unrepentant about his latest business venture.

Living in San Fran with children is in my opinion child abuse.

San Francisco’s Meltdown Continues: Homeless Convicted Pedophile Operates Drug Giveaway Near a School

By Ward Clark, RedState,  10/21/23  https://redstate.com/wardclark/2023/10/21/san-franciscos-meltdown-continues-homeless-pedophile-operates-drug-giveaway-near-a-school-n2165386

I’ve written before about how my Dad visited San Francisco in late 1945 when he was stationed post-war in Victorville, California. San Francisco was then one of the world’s great cities, which was pretty impressive to the 22-year-old farm kid from Iowa that my Dad was back then. He described clean streets, beautiful architecture, great restaurants, and just generally a fine, prosperous city. What I don’t think I’ve mentioned is that 10 years later, my uncle George saw Frisco as well, as he was in the Army in 1955, stationed at the Presidio. He loved to talk about the city and how Chinatown was one of his favorite weekend haunts.

Dad and Uncle George are gone now, but they certainly wouldn’t recognize San Francisco today, after decades of uninterrupted progressive government. In the latest outrage, a  homeless convicted pedophile set up his own open-air drug market near a Catholic school and a public library.

A homeless convicted child sex offender has set up camp near a San Francisco Catholic school and public library — along with large signs offering “free fentanyl” for new users and “meth for stolen items.”

Joseph Adam Moore, 46, was imprisoned for six years for sex crimes, having molested a 12-year-old girl — and was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl just a month after getting out of prison, according to records obtained by the San Francisco Standard.

The sex offender has also been arrested five times since 2007 for failing to notify authorities of his address as a sex offender, according to the outlet.

I’m a bit curious as to how a tent on a sidewalk could have an address, but what I would really like to know is how an egregious parole violation like this hasn’t landed him in the crowbars for a longer stint. Moore seems pretty unrepentant about his latest business venture.

He is now living in a tent on Ninth Avenue near the Stella Maris Academy and the Richmond District library — with photos showing hand-written signs saying “Meth for stolen items” and “free fentanyl 4 new users.” 

“It’s not a joke,” Moore told the San Francisco Chronicle of the drug signs while confirming he was a registered sex offender. 

“Yeah, this is actually happening,” he also told the Standard with a laugh at his offer to sell drugs.

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See for yourselves: 

Note the warning on the tweet. The video contains coarse language.

It is becoming apparent that the City by the Bay may be too far gone. The residents of that metropolis keep putting the same lunatics in charge of the asylum, and “asylum” is certainly an apt term these days for much of the Bay area. Oh, sure, some local business geniuses have decided that a marketing campaign is the answer to the city’s woes, but if that isn’t this month’s greatest example of whistling past the graveyard, it will do until a better one comes along. 

Joseph Moore’s open defiance may be the final symptom of the city’s decay. Oh, he was finally arrested, on Friday. But it will be surprising if the unrepentant Moore isn’t back out on the streets in short order, no doubt to set up his drug bazaar in a new location.

As of 1 p.m. Moore was being booked with charges pending, said Sgt. Kathryn Winters, a spokesperson for the Police Department. He did not yet appear in booking records for the San Francisco County Jail. The arrest followed an undercover investigation launched by Capt. Chris Canning of the Richmond District police station, who sent a team out to confront Moore and tell him to clear his structure, Supervisor Connie Chan wrote in an email to constituents on Friday.

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It’s hard to think of a time in American history when our major cities have been in this precipitous decline. Crime rates are rising, housing prices are through the roof, and there is actual piracy going on in the Oakland harbor. 

At least the impeccably coiffed Governor Newsom has the time to visit Israel.

It’s hard to see a way forward for these big blue cities. It’s not likely that the residents there will suddenly start electing free-market, free-trade, capitalist-leaning politicians to local offices, pols who will cut spending, streamline city operations, enforce laws, and clean up the streets. One would have to think if that was possible, it would have happened by now — somewhere. One success story could encourage more; one city that chose free enterprise, deregulation, and de-zoning to allow for more affordable housing to be built by the private sector, encouraging development, entrepreneurship, and business; one city that chose to enforce local laws to cut back on rampant shoplifting, open-air drug markets, human waste on the streets — that could make a big difference and, indeed, seems an awful lot like a return to simple sanity.

Instead, it seems the decay will continue, and it’s important to note that this isn’t exclusively an American problem. Major cities the world over are deteriorating. Are there any major cities in the United States or elsewhere that we can still say are among the world’s great cities? Today I would place Tokyo in that category, but American and European cities seem to all be bent on self-destruction.

Bidenomics ADDS $106 Billion to National Debt in ONE Week

This is what you need to know:

“The Treasury’s FiscalData platform shows $106.12 billion has been piled onto America’s debt in the seven-day stretch ending on October 18th.

After crossing the $33 trillion mark on September 15th, total outstanding US debt now stands at $33.62 trillion – an increase of about $17.71 billion per day.

In a new interview with Bloomberg TV, Rockefeller Capital CEO Greg Fleming says he’s concerned about the rising debt burden and the impact”

At the same time, Biden wants to spend over $100 billion  to save the borders of Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan—and only $4 billion for our own borders, so he can allow terrorists, drug dealers, human sex traffickers and MS-13 gang members into our nation—not a dime will be going to the deportation of the seven million he has allowed illegally into our country.

$106,120,000,000 Added to US Debt in One Week As Rockefeller Capital CEO Issues Warning to Investors

Daily Hodl Staff, 10/20/23  https://dailyhodl.com/2023/10/20/106120000000-added-to-us-debt-in-one-week-as-rockefeller-capital-ceo-issues-warning-to-investors/

The total amount of debt owed by the US government is skyrocketing.

The Treasury’s FiscalData platform shows $106.12 billion has been piled onto America’s debt in the seven-day stretch ending on October 18th.

After crossing the $33 trillion mark on September 15th, total outstanding US debt now stands at $33.62 trillion – an increase of about $17.71 billion per day.

In a new interview with Bloomberg TV, Rockefeller Capital CEO Greg Fleming says he’s concerned about the rising debt burden and the impact that America’s interest payments will have on growth.

“On the current trajectory, interest payments on the federal budget will exceed military expenditures by 2027. So higher for longer has a big impact on the fiscal side of the equation, which is relevant to all investors because the US debt situation is definitely a concern…

If we have a recession, you could see a double-digit deficit as a percentage of the federal budget. So with that kind of fiscal spending already embedded in the economy, will there be enough growth for investors in the US market? It’s a real concern that the fiscal side of the equation could be a headwind for investors going forward.

So you have that that investors are focused on. And then you have the Fed, who’s obviously been raising rates to try to deal with inflation. Those higher rates are also working their way into the fiscal situation. So you have a headwind on the monetary policy side. You’re likely to have an increasing headwind on the fiscal policy side. So investors look more cautiously at the medium-term outlook for the US.”

New data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows the US government’s spending exceeded its revenues by $1.7 trillion in the now concluded 2023 fiscal year.

That represents a $300 billion jump from the year before.

California weighs ending climate credits for cow poop

This is NOT a joke.  It is not satire from Rich Eber or Babylon Bee.

“California is America’s dairy capital, with more than 1.7 million cows producing about $10 billion worth of milk last year — but these cows and other livestock in California also produced the climate-altering equivalent of almost 23 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2020. Most of that is methane emitted by cow manure and from their farts and belches.

California’s strategy for cutting its methane footprint has so far hinged on providing incentives, mostly to the dairy industry. In doing so, the state has spawned a complicated, niche industry dedicated to capturing dairy methane and selling it as a renewable fuel. California does this through grants for construction of digesters — recovery systems that trap the methane from manure — and valuable climate credits from its Low Carbon Fuel Standard program.”

Cows are killing the climate—so are light bulbs, gas stoves, air conditions, gas cars—ion fact, you can find a mental case claiming your breathing is killing the climate.  And to save the climate all you have to do is spend money that does not exist—and cause the cost of living to skyrocket, to make special interests rich—and the people poor.

California weighs ending climate credits for cow poop

BY ALEJANDRO LAZO, CalMatters,  10/19/23    https://calmatters.org/environment/2023/10/climate-change-cows-credits/

IN SUMMARY

California grants climate credits for fuel made from cow manure, but there’s a paradox: The state’s program encourages collection of methane yet promotes natural gas.

As California seeks to lead the nation on battling climate change, perhaps no debate is more fraught than the one over climate credits for cow poop.

More than a decade ago, California helped spark a boom in biofuels — produced from plants or animal waste — with its first-of-its-kind Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The program forces carbon-intensive fuel companies to pay for cleaner burning transportation fuels.

But as the state eyes an electric future, winding down support for some of the fuels the standard helped proliferate is proving highly contentious. The case of biofuel made from dairy farm manure is perhaps Exhibit A of those tensions.

The California Air Resources Board is planning to overhaul its fuel standard, including consideration of a 2040 phaseout of credits that put a premium on using methane emitted by cows to produce natural gas. About half of the state’s methane emissions come from dairy and livestock, so collecting the gases wafting off of manure keeps them out of the atmosphere and offers a renewable source of fuel.

But the paradox is that dairy biogas is used to produce a combustion fuel — which the state is on a path to phase out, especially for cars and trucks. The air board is considering a phaseout of the dairy credits because they encourage natural gas production, which emits greenhouse gases. 

The manure debate has major implications for California’s role as a climate leader. During New York Climate Week last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom launched an international climate initiative aimed at reducing global methane emissions. Under a state law, California must cut its methane emissions 40% from 2013 levels by 2030.

The reason for the urgency: Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that’s responsible for up to 30% of the world’s global warming that is driving climate change. Unlike other greenhouse gases, methane breaks down in about a decade, meaning curbing it could quickly reduce some of climate change’s impacts.

California is America’s dairy capital, with more than 1.7 million cows producing about $10 billion worth of milk last year — but these cows and other livestock in California also produced the climate-altering equivalent of almost 23 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2020. Most of that is methane emitted by cow manure and from their farts and belches.

California’s strategy for cutting its methane footprint has so far hinged on providing incentives, mostly to the dairy industry. In doing so, the state has spawned a complicated, niche industry dedicated to capturing dairy methane and selling it as a renewable fuel. California does this through grants for construction of digesters — recovery systems that trap the methane from manure — and valuable climate credits from its Low Carbon Fuel Standard program.

The biofuel produced by collecting methane from dairy and swine manure is used to produce natural gas that powers heavy-duty trucks and other fleets — the equivalent of 21 million gallons of diesel fuel in the first three months of the year, according to air board data. 

The state program “creates significant environmental and environmental justice impacts…The pollution of groundwater, odors, air quality, massive ammonia emissions and flies.”

PHOEBE SEATON, LEADERSHIP COUNSEL FOR JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Producers of dairy biogas say phasing out the special credits for capturing methane would upend what has been a success story, devastating the industry and halting the state’s progress on methane reductions.

“If they do that, then that essentially takes away most of the value — in terms of this gas being low-carbon — and really undermines the whole reason we do this,” said Daryl Mass, chief executive of Mass Energy, a digester developer company that has built numerous methane-capturing projects on California’s dairy farms. “If the rules change, and that gas is no longer low-carbon, then we don’t really have a business model.”

But environmental groups and others are pushing for a more aggressive phaseout. They say the credits support industrial dairy farms that pollute rural, low-income communities in the Central Valley.

“The state has decided — instead of regulating methane emissions — to incentivize and provide preferences for the production of methane in a manner that also creates significant environmental and environmental justice impacts,” said Phoebe Seaton, executive director of the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, a Fresno-based environmental advocacy group. “One is the pollution of groundwater, (and) odors, air quality, massive ammonia emissions and flies.”

Phasing out credits for dairy gases 

Born out of the state’s 2006 climate law, the goal of the air board’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard is reducing the climate impact of transportation fuels by 20% between 2013 and 2030. Companies that produce more carbon intensive fuels must buy credits to offset their emissions, while lower-scoring fuels produce credits that can be sold. The fuels are graded using a “life cycle” evaluation that judges not just how clean those fuels burn, but also the carbon dioxide emitted during their production and distribution.

The program has reduced the carbon footprint of fuels, particularly for medium and heavy-duty trucks. So much so that the price of the program’s credits have plummeted as producers have rushed into the market: The credits fell to a weekly average price of $62.93 last week, compared to $180.87 two years prior. A large bank of unused credits now exists.

The board’s staff is expected to unveil its plan to overhaul the Low Carbon Fuel Standard before the end of this year and the board would vote in early 2024. The agency is considering making the carbon intensity requirements for fuels more stringent, weighing a 30% reduction by 2030 and 90% by 2045. 

The board also could limit credits to only dairy biogas used in California. Currently the rules allow credits if it is injected anywhere into the North American natural gas pipeline. 

Most concerning for California dairies, and the dairy biogas industry, is an effort to do away with “avoided methane crediting.” Currently dairy biogas is allocated a very low carbon intensity compared to other fuels, because it comes from captured methane. 

The Air Resources Board says that eliminating this crediting by 2040 will both support the digester development in the near-term while sending a long-term signal that the state support won’t last forever.

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  1. BecomeOn a recent afternoon, the Calgren Renewable Fuels facility loomed over Highway 99 like an agroindustrial cathedral amid the almond orchards, cornfields, dairy farms and canals surrounding it.

Travis Lane, chief executive of Calgren near the Tulare County town of Pixley, said doing away with this crediting would likely render a considerable part of his biogas operation worthless.

“There’s no reason to do it (otherwise),” Lane said. “You’re going to push people back to fossil natural gas.”

For the last 14 years, making biofuels out of organic matter has been the company’s business model.In a county where cows outnumber people, Calgren has gone all in on making natural gas from methane captured from 20 of Tulare County’s dairy farms.

But the cost of trapping the methane from farms, transporting it, cleaning it and injecting it into the state’s natural gas pipeline makes dairy biogas uncompetitive compared to other fuels. Lane said the proposal to phase out the special treatment of dairy biogas caught him by complete surprise.

About seven miles away, the origin of Calgren’s natural gas supply sat close to the ground like a tethered balloon.

At Legacy Ranches, Jared Fernandes, 51, a third-generation dairy farmer, jumped atop his dairy digester to demonstrate the strength of the massive industrial tarp, which covers an unseen manure lagoon about the size of a football field.

“They said you can drive a car on this — they say it’s that strong,” said Fernandes, his stocky frame undulating against the relentlessly flat terrain.

Flies swarmed. Nearby a mechanical contraption whirred, pumping fresh solid manure onto a growing brown pile. The solids are saved as fertilizer while the liquid gets pumped into the covered lagoon. 

Walking on the tarp — filled with the gaseous methane — was similar to stepping on a bounce house at a child’s birthday party.

“I wanted to be on the cutting edge, with a company that was going to help me do it. I would never have done this on my own.”

JARED FERNANDES, LEGACY RANCHES

Fernandes first saw a methane digester as an 8-year-old child in the 4-H agriculture program. He was born into the dairy business and has always appreciated technology and the latest developments in ag tech, but installing a digester on his own dairy never made financial sense — until Calgren approached him in 2018 with a plan to build his digester and lease the land.

A digester uses bacteria that feed on the waste in a covered environment, producing biogas and fertilizer for crops. Fernandes provides the cow poop to Calgren, under the terms of his “manure supply agreement,” and Calgren pays him based on the price of the biogas, largely dictated by the prices of credits created under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

His digester, constructed by Maas Energy and Calgren, cost $3.5 million to build, according to Calgren, paid for by a $1.5 million grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture plus $2 million in private investment. Fernandes’ farm is one of 20 participating in a cluster that feeds into Calgren’s pipelines, which serves SoCal Gas.

Without the digester, Fernandes said he would have just kept the manure in an open lagoon, with climate-changing methane bubbling and popping and rising into the air uncontained.

“I wanted to be on the cutting edge, with a company that was going to help me do it,” Fernandes said. “I would never have done this on my own.”

At Legacy Farms, Fernandes manages 3,000 Jersey cows, the light brown breeds that can produce high-fat butter and protein-rich milk for less feed than their popular rivals, the black and white Holstein breeds.

A proliferation of dairy digesters

California has 120 digesters operating on dairy farms, serving 128 dairies, according to Dairy Cares, which promotes the digester approach to methane reduction. An additional 99 are under development. Most of these projects are in the Central Valley, where California’s industrial scale dairy industry is situated. The state has 17 other clusters with a model similar to Calgren’s serving ancillary dairies.

While the technology has existed for decades, the industry took off in earnest in the Central Valley when the California Department of Food and Agriculture began providing grants for digesters in 2015.

Big players, including the oil industry, have taken interest in digester investment. BP in 2021 announced a plan to develop renewable natural gas in partnership with three California dairies. Shell said it has similar plans with dairies outside of California.

Chevron, which last year announced a joint venture with California Bioenergy, wrote to the Air Resources Board that removing the credits for biogas “will lead to cancellations of future digester projects and shutdown of existing projects.”

But environmental groups say the Low Carbon Fuel Standard incorrectly treats the methane from the large manure lagoons as a naturally occurring phenomenon rather than as the result of deliberate industry practices. The use of lagoons to store manure slurry flushed out of animal pens has proliferated in recent decades as farms have consolidated and ncreased in size.

Maria Arevalo, 74, a former agricultural industry worker turned environmental advocate, said people in Pixley, where she lives, suffer from diseases and discomforts from air pollution, including asthma, sleep apnea, burning noses and eyes, and headaches.

She said the smells and flies from the large dairies surrounding her town have gotten worseShe doesn’t believe the digesters have helped.

“The aroma smells like ammonia, and when you smell that ammonia smell you can really feel it. Your nose burns when you breathe it in,” Arevalo said in an interview with CalMatters.

Inside Climate News reported that processed manure from the digesters might be responsible for increased ammonia emissions. Ammonia is a toxic gas that can cause respiratory effects and aggravate asthma.

Reward an industry or regulate it?

The debate over rewarding or regulating the dairy industry comes down to which is better: a carrot-or-stick approach.

Earlier this year, state Sen. Ben Allen, a Redondo Beach Democrat, introduced Senate Bill 709 at the behest of environmental groups seeking to require the board to directly regulate the dairy sector like it does other methane-producing industries, like landfills. It’s a two-year bill to allow for more discussion of the issue, a spokesperson for Allen said.

“No other industry is treated as if their pollution is naturally part of a baseline and then lavished with incentives to essentially stop polluting…That’s problematic,” James Duffy, a now-retired Air Resources Board transportation fuels branch chief told CalMatters. He has written letters in support of the demands by environmentalists to eliminate the credits.

“If you excessively reward an industry for poor historic environmental performance — that itself is troubling — but it also serves to distort the market against potentially more sustainable alternatives.”

Last month the air board held an eight-hour meeting with extensive public comments. At the end of that meeting, some board members were left grappling with the complexities of encouraging the development of a biogas market, if only to a point and temporarily. Other board members appeared determined to end the subsidies for dairy biogas.

“No other industry is treated as if their pollution is naturally part of a baseline and then lavished with incentives to essentially stop polluting… That’s problematic.”

JAMES DUFFY, FORMER AIR RESOURCES BOARD BRANCH CHIEF

Gideon Kracov, a board member who represents the Los Angeles basin’s air quality board, said he supports the change, adding that California should not support any biofuels past 2040, because the fuels were meant to serve as a temporary solution. 

“These are bridge fuels that we do not want in the transportation sector after 2040,” Kracov said.

An air board report indicated the dairy industry was on track to reduce methane emissions by the equivalent of 4.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, achieving those declines through the use of the state’s digesters and an expected decline in herds.

That’s well short of the 9 million that the industry needs to reach by 2030 to comply with California law. One option that many are banking on is approval of a feed additive by the Federal Drug Administration that will reduce so-called enteric emissions, which are cow burps and farts

But Michael Wara, director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at Stanford University, said the board isn’t accurately measuring emissions because its estimates are based on herd surveys and projections and not actual measurements.

Wara told the board at an environmental justice meeting last month that California needs more exact data from farms if it is to accurately track progress toward a 40% methane emissions reduction target, as required by law.

“We believe that something substantially more accurate is required to know whether we are in compliance,” Wara said.