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Stan Smith / June 30,2020

Commentary: A sad day for Encinitas community character and public safety

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By Mark Muir

I was saddened to see an overall lack of leadership by our Mayor and City Council members last week regarding funding for public safety and marijuana sales in Encinitas.

Selling and cultivating marijuana in Encinitas

As a former City of Encinitas Fire Chief, I spent my entire 35-year career evaluating risks vs. benefits before taking necessary actions.

The use of any drug, be it medical or recreational, involves risk. Marijuana is not automatically safe just because a state declares it to be legal. In California, the line between safety and risk became instantly blurred.

I can unequivocally offer my professional experience in sharing the many personal and community risks of allowing marijuana businesses: impaired driving, fatal crashes, addiction, schizophrenia, psychosis, cognitive impairment, lower IQ, normalization to our youth, and reduced home values.

These risks strongly outweigh the benefits of a small sales tax increase, which will quickly evaporate with the costly rise in both law and code enforcement.

The Mayor and City Council (with the exception of Councilmember Kranz), were unwilling to oppose the upcoming Encinitas ballot measure on legalizing cultivation and distribution of Marijuana within our City.

In addition, the Mayor failed to publicly disclose that she has accepted money from the Marijuana ballot initiative organizers. These actions represent a catastrophic failure in leadership to protect our community.

If you want marijuana, order it online, if you want to live in a marijuana free city, get in line and vote against this initiative!

Defunding the Sheriff’s Department

Stan Smith / June 30,2020

Here’s the latest Bay Area shelter-in-place rules

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As coronavirus cases continue to spike, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tightened restrictions around the state ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend.

The governor announced Wednesday that indoor businesses including restaurants, wineries and theaters in 19 counties –including two in the Bay Area– must immediately close and cease operations for three weeks.

Citing a 32% spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the last seven days, Newsom announced plans to step up enforcement of health rules and use “strike teams” to ensure compliance at workplaces and businesses.

What does this mean for Bay Area counties? We examined their latest public health orders.

Alameda 

After initially planning to enter the next phase of reopening on July 1, Alameda County announced plans to temporarily pause its reopening process on June 30, citing spikes of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The decision will prevent indoor dining, salons and barbershops and pools from opening, but it allows outdoor dining, religious and cultural ceremonies and summer schools to continue operating. Despite pulling back its plans to move into a phase which included “live sports without fans” to begin operating, Alameda County’s decision will not impact the Oakland A’s, who are reporting to the Coliseum this week for workouts in advance of Major League Baseball’s abbreviated season.

Alameda County has the highest number of coronavirus cases (5,977) of any Bay Area county, but it is not on the state’s watch list for further restrictions because it has met all data indicators including having a test positivity rate under 8% and having an adequate number of ICU beds and ventilators available to residents.

Stan Smith / June 28,2020

Russian bounty on US troops: Pelosi calls for intelligence briefing

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Russian bounty on US troops: Pelosi calls for intelligence briefing

CLOSE Pelosi calls for intelligence briefing

President Trump denies figuring out about an intelligence report that mentioned Russia paid a bounty to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.

USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – The White Home briefed a choose group of lawmakers Monday on intelligence reviews that Russia offered bounties to Taliban militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan, amid rising questions in Congress concerning the administration’s obvious inaction on the matter.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Chief Chuck Schumer demanded a categorized briefing for all Home and Senate members Monday, whereas the White Home downplayed the intelligence evaluation and mentioned President Donald Trump had not been briefed on the matter as a result of it had not been absolutely verified. 

“Congress and the nation want solutions now,” Pelosi, D-Calif, wrote in a letter Monday to Trump’s CIA director and his Director of Nationwide Intelligence. 

Pelosi and different lawmakers, together with some Republicans, mentioned they wish to know why Trump was not briefed on the intelligence evaluation and what steps the U.S. can take to punish Moscow for concentrating on American troops.   

Stan Smith / June 28,2020

DOJ Charges Four for Allegedly Trying to Dismantle DC Andrew Jackson Statue Near the White House

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DOJ Charges Four for Allegedly Trying to Dismantle DC Andrew Jackson Statue Near the White House

by Jake Dima

 

Four people have been charged following an attempt to dismantle a prominent statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House, the Department of Justice said Saturday.

All four of the men were purportedly caught on video allegedly either attempting to affix straps in order to bring down the monument or actively pulling the statue, according to the DOJ.

DOJ Charges Four for Allegedly Trying to Dismantle DC Andrew Jackson Statue Near the White HouseLee Michael Cantrell, 47, Connor Matthew Judd, 20, Ryan Lane, 37, and Graham Lloyd, 37, were charged in connection with a June 22 demonstration that tried, but failed, to rip down a statue of Andrew Jackson, the 17th president of the United States, according to a DOJ press release.

“The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will not stand idly by and allow our national monuments to be vandalized and destroyed,” Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin said in the press release.

“This Office remains steadfast in its commitment to protect the sacred First Amendment right of individuals to peacefully protest, but these charges should serve as a warning to those who choose to desecrate the statues and monuments that adorn our nation’s capital: your violent behavior and criminal conduct will not be tolerated.”

Stan Smith / June 12,2020

In vehicles, thousands demand president’s resignation in 10 Mexican states

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Guadalajara, Mexico, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- Amid the spike in infections due to the COVID-19 health emergency in Mexico, thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in at least a dozen states in the country, to demand the resignation of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

In the second mobilization of 2020 planned for Saturday and Sunday, the protesters arrived in vehicles or motorcycles and carried banners with the messages “Get out López!,” “#AMLOveteYA”, “Fuchi! Guácala! Get out! AMLO!” and “I don’t know you, but we need each other to change Mexico,” as they honked their horns.

In the state of Jalisco, in the west of the country, ruled by the activist of the Movimiento Ciudadano Enrique Alfaro party, one of the main opponents of the president, the caravan traveled several kilometers from the main avenues of the city, where some 2,000 cars were observed.

The mobilization was called by the National AntiAMLO Front (FRENAAA), with the intention of demanding the departure of the Mexican president, who responds to “foreign interests,” they said.

According to the organization, in addition to Jalisco, the mobilizations will take place in more than 120 cities, mainly in the states of Puebla, Morelos, Querétaro, Mexico State, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Guanajuato, Veracruz and Sonora.

“We are organizing on this citizen front to ask for the resignation of the president because in one year and eight months the government has not worked a single day for Mexicans and has only attended to an agenda of ‘Bolivarian foreign countries,'” Iván told Efe. Mendoza, one of the protesters.

He noted that the intention of the Mexican president seeks to bring an agenda of “communism to Mexico” and “return of a dictator.”

Stan Smith / June 08,2020

Police Chief: Some current Boulder department policies ‘fall short’ as officials press for, promise reform

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A caravan of motorists Tuesday evening cruised throughout Boulder, including just outside City Councilwoman Rachel Friend’s house, spooking her dog during a virtual meeting of elected officials and municipal staffers that was dominated by discussion of proposed local police reform.

The drivers, Friend said, made a bunch of noise and displayed a sign while driving down her street demanding the city overhaul its police department, and the councilwoman made a plea over the meeting’s broadcast for the activists to stop in part for the sake of her dog, saying she heard them and promised to oversee local law enforcement change.

Riley Mancuso said participants in the moving car rally were out “to show our support for de-funding, disarming and taking steps to disband the Boulder Police Department, immediately, in 2020, without waiting for the next budget.” They made their way down the streets of all the Council members, as well as City Attorney Tom Carr’s and City Manager Jane Brautigam’s.

The demonstration was the latest locally and just one of hundreds, perhaps thousands, that have occurred in the name of police reform and racial justice across the country in the days since a white Minnesota policeman, now facing a criminal murder allegation, was seen in widely circulated video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a black man who died during the arrest on May 25. The drivers acted following Monday comments from Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam that this year, amid a pandemic resulting in economic damage that left the municipal budget in tatters, is not a good time to make changes to currently allocated police department funding, and such conversations should be started during the 2021 budget cycle.

Stan Smith / June 05,2020

Crooked Manhattan DA Cy Vance Refuses to Prosecute Protest-Related Arrests “In the Interest of Justice”

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Crooked Manhattan DA Cy Vance Refuses to Prosecute Protest-Related Arrests “In the Interest of Justice”

Crooked Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. on Friday announced the DA’s office will not prosecute protest-related arrests “in the interest of justice.”

Cy Vance has been working around the clock to get his hands on President Trump’s tax records, but he will not prosecute violent rioters in his city.

New Yorkers against the lockdown were not extended the same break from the DA’s office.

This is pure Marxism.

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Via Manhattan DA’s office press release:

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today announced the D.A.’s Office’s policy regarding arrests on charges of Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct during ongoing demonstrations against the use of excessive force and killing of George Floyd. Previously, the D.A.’s Office’s policy was to offer individuals charged with these low-level offenses an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, meaning their cases would be dismissed within six months. Under the new policy, the D.A.’s Office declines to prosecute these arrests in the interest of justice. The Office will also continue to evaluate and decline to prosecute other protest-related charges where appropriate.

Stan Smith / June 05,2020

Obituary: Patricia Wojcik Moomey | The Daily Courier

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Pat was lifted up into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, Might 31st, 2020, after a full and rewarding life. She was born in Syracuse, New York on December 12, 1942, to Stanley Wojcik and Margaret Jackson Wojcik. She lived within the Syracuse space till 1964 after which moved to California. In 1967, her solely youngster, Douglas, was born. Pat met Keith Moomey in 1975 and so they married in April 1977.

Stan Smith / June 01,2020

Donald Trump Is Trying to Start a Race War

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Donald Trump Is Trying to Start a Race War

Donald Trump Is Trying to Start a Race War

President Trump has not hidden who he is. He started his presidential campaign, after slowly descending his gilded escalator, with a no-holds barred racist attack on Mexicans. Then, he began his time as president by banning Muslims from entering the country. Later that summer, he called white supremacists who terrorized blacks and Jews in Charlottesville, Virginia, “very fine people.” And now, his seemingly only policy solution to coronavirus has been to label it the “Chinese virus” and hope the racism would scare it away.

Racism courses through Donald Trump’s blood and is one of the foundational principles of his presidency. Which is why, when faced with one of the greatest uprisings against police brutality this nation has seen, a movement led by black people around the country and joined by all other people of color and white people as well, his only policy solution is to start a race war. And unfortunately, American law gives him the authority to do so.

Stan Smith / May 21,2020

How Democrats Stole Three Years of Our Lives

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It has taken Congressional Democrats’ quixotic attempt to remove President Trump three years to “prove” what millions of Americans already knew.

There was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

Hillary Clinton’s defeat falls on her shortcomings as a candidate as well as the president’s insatiable appetite for campaigning.

Still, that hasn’t stopped Democrats from chasing windmills. Last week, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) regurgitated #resistance talking points before claiming that he possesses evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

However, recently declassified Justice Department documents undermine Schiff’s purported claim — as do these quotes by Deep State exculpatory witnesses. (Newsmax)

1. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: “I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.”

2. On collusion, former FBI chief James Comey said that in May of 2017, “when I was fired as director, I still didn’t know whether there was anything to it.”

3. Obama Pentagon official Evelyn Farkas addressed “what we knew about the Trump staff’s dealing with Russians.” She confessed: “I didn’t know anything.”

4. Crowdstrike CEO Shawn Henry discussed Russia’s alleged hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers. “As it relates to the DNC, we have indicators that data was [sic] exfiltrated. We did not have concrete evidence.”

The list goes on and on. And yet Democrats would love to waste another three years of our lives.

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