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It appears that they’re micromanaging and handcuffing the FBI investigation in the extreme.

I don’t know how they analyzed it, but Vox presents the comparison.


Once again, women get fucked.


The Times Standard covers.

I’m actually very embarrassed that the analysis is on official county letterhead.


This should clear up some confusion.

Thanks to Redheaded Blackbelt for the posting.


“At the same time, my greatest fears have been realized – and the reality has been far worse than what I expected. My family and I have been the target of constant harassment and death threats. I have been called the most vile and hateful names imaginable. These messages, while far fewer than the expressions of support, have been terrifying to receive and have rocked me to my core. People have posted my personal information on the internet. This has resulted in additional emails, calls, and threats. My family and I were forced to move out of our home. Since September 16, my family and I have been living in various secure locales, with guards. This past Tuesday evening, my work email account was hacked and messages were sent out supposedly recanting my description of the sexual assault.”

Christine Blasey Ford’s full opening statement.

Proposition 1 – Affordable Housing Bonds – Yes


Would allow the state to sell 4 billion dollars in bonds for several affordable multi-family housing programs.  About half of it goes for low interest loans to construct housing near public transportation – “in-fill” housing (so no requirements for building parking to accommodate increased residency – I have a problem with this, but not enough of one to oppose the measure) with assistance to public and private projects for which the housing must remain low income for 55 years.  The measure allocates money for home loan/down payment assistance, for construction of infrastructure (again near public transportation, and some money for farm worker housing both rental and owner-occupied (I’m really skeptical that much of the latter would be generated).

Its what bonds are for.  The opposition is all about the problems with bond-indebtedness and taxes.

It won’t solve the problem by a long shot.  It’ll benefit about 50 thousand families, but it could also have some derivative positive effects for others in terms of stimulus and keeping home prices and rents down in a state in which homes are 2.5 times the national average in price and rent is about 50 percent higher than average.

But yes.


Proposition 2 – Bonds to fund housing program for mentally ill homeless – Yes


Apparently, the science says that the best way to combat homelessness is to provide homes.  Seems obvious, but really getting someone off the street and into a safe place has apparently worked wonders for the long term.  It doesn’t solve all problems, but is effective as a game changer in the lives of mentally ill and it’s not just a liberal pipe dream.  The data says it’s effective.

2 billion in bonds would be sold to go into the “No Place Like Home Program” which arose out of Proposition 63 which allocated money for mental health programs.  Currently there is a court decision pending as to whether the program is what voters had in mind when they funded mental health programs.  This measure would decide the matter for the courts.

It is supported by Mental Health America of California.  It is opposed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness which argues that it will divert money from actual treatment and fails to address systemic problems of zoning restrictions against such housing.  It also argues that counties are already required to provide housing and (by implication) that it should be covered by the general fund.

These points are well taken, but it’s one thing to argue that counties are required to provide housing.  It’s another to bring the housing into existence.  This should have been instituted years ago, but an attorney has hogtied it all in courts.  We need the housing.  We can fight for funding for the accompanying treatment.



Proposition 3 – yet another bond measure for water – No

This is a bond measure which was unfortunately cooked up behind closed doors by a coalition of lobbyists who ensured that the bulk of the money goes to very specific projects in what was basically a “pay to play” process.  The almond industry was heavily represented.  The Sierra Club is opposed.

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Great letter in the NCJ.

And now let the usual suspects of anonymous detractors be predictable.

I wonder if this event was put onto Kavanaugh’s calendar.


September 2018