California Almond Growing Becomes More Mechanized

This item from Stanislaus County has some fascinating frontline farm information about the changing job market in agriculture because of machinery. Almond trees are easy to manage, compared with pickier crops like peaches, so the nuts are growing in popularity among farmers.

Part of almond attractiveness is the application of mechanical technology. Farm robots and simpler [...]

Chinese Air Pollution There Spreads Here

The Los Angeles Times had an interesting front page graphic on Wednesday, showing that Beijing’s air pollution is many times that of the famously smoggy City of the Angels.

The chart goes with a news article about the struggle of Chinese people to convince their government to tackle cleaning up their nation’s air, a hugely expensive [...]

Los Angeles: Street Vendors Increase Because of Unemployment

Here’s another sign of the jobless recovery: more people turn to peddling stuff on the street because they cannot find regular employment. Governor Jerry Brown has touted California’s improved economy during his campaign for re-election, but the unemployment rate remains at a painful 7.4 percent compared with the nation’s 6.2 percent in July.

A recent study [...]

Father of Son Killed by Illegal Alien Campaigns for Strict Law Enforcement for Public Safety

Don Rosenberg lost his son Drew in 2010 when the young man was struck on his motorcycle by an illegal alien who ran over him three times.

In the following years, Rosenberg has campaigned for traditional law enforcement to protect public safety, including standard licensing for citizens not illegals and continuing the impounds of vehicles driven [...]

Sacramento: Tim Donnelly Protests Unjust Mexican Imprisonment of American Marine

On Tuesday, the Assemblyman Donnelly rallied against the wrongful jailing of Marine Andrew Tahmooressi who took a wrong turn into Mexico with a few legal weapons in his vehicle. The arrest occurred on March 31 and Tahmooressi has been imprisoned in dirtbag Mexico ever since. Nevertheless, the United States continues to treat hostile Mexico as our [...]

Record Number of Out-of-State Students Are a Jackpot for University of California

The University of California continues to increase its numbers of out-of-state and foreign students to pay full tuition. Each non-Californian pays an extra $23,000 annually, and the UC bean counters like that.

Monday’s Los Angeles Times article did not mention one unsightly ball and chain on UC’s finances, namely the subsidies provided by unwilling taxpayers to [...]

America’s Largest Reservoir Is at Its Lowest Level Ever

Here in northern California, local TV news has a lot of coverage about the water shortage, which I don’t remember happening during previous droughts. So the situation is bad, with millions more people using water when there is less of it.

True, most of the water supply goes to agriculture, not home faucets, but the farms [...]

Sacramento: Diverse Cabbie Update

In May, I reported hopefully about the California capitol city taking steps to improve its taxi service: Sacramento Requires Diverse Taxi Drivers to Speak English — Protests Follow.

Complaints had been accumulating about unpleasant smells emitted from diverse drivers and poor language skills, including one or two gripes per month from people who ended up at [...]

California Releases Thousands of 'Lifers' from Prison

California continues to stretch the imaginations of non-liberals. One unthinkable policy is Governor Brown’s policy by which thousands of presumably dangerous prisoners originally sentenced by juries to life sentences in the slammer are being set free.

A Friday radio segment on the California Report was downright cheery about cons being released into local communities. The title [...]

California: Mulling the Freelance Class

The front page of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times headlined with “Laboring in the shadow of recession,” which is actually a story about freelancing out of necessity in the bleak job market. Individual cases of human struggles to survive economically are told along with the some of the societal changes which contribute.

There are a few statistics [...]

Stockton: Norteno Gangsters Rob Bank and Kill Hostage

The news story of Wednesday’s crazy-violent bank robbery in Stockton has gotten a lot of play here in the Bay Area. Hundreds of shots were fired in a chase and shoot-out with 20 cop cars pursuing the robbers at a high speed through three communities. Two of the three criminals were killed, and one hostage, [...]

Six Californias Initiative Lives!

The project to divide America’s unwieldy, corrupt state into half a dozen chunks had disappeared from the news in recent months, but now has re-emerged, Phoenix-like, onto the political scene. If the petitions have enough valid signatures then it’s off to the election for the voters to have their say.

Of course, the only area of [...]

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