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    To many illegal voters voting for free stuff. Also, liberal corruption IMO! Place is a shit hole!
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    Poll: 72% Of San Francisco Residents Say Bay Area Quality Of Life Has Declined

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    California goes tax wild, eyes levies on everything from water to tires



    By Andrew O'Reilly | Fox News








    Republicans point fingers after blue wave in California

    Party officials survey the damage after a tough midterm election which left Republicans holding just seven of California's 53 House seats; chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt reports.




    With the tax-filing deadline just days away, California residents are worried that a slew of proposed levies on everything from soft drinks to water to tires and car batteries could soon see even more money going out of their pockets in the state that already has the nation's highest income tax.
    As Californians grapple with that 13.3 percent income tax – and some leaner-than-usual refunds this year due to the recent federal tax overhaul – lawmakers in Sacramento are looking at a range of other revenue sources. Members of the legislature's Democratic supermajority argue that these new taxes are vital to shore up the state coffers and to provide crucial services such as repairing crumbling infrastructure, cleaning up toxic wells and fighting obesity.


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    Overall, the California Tax Foundation has added up more than $6.2 billion worth of tax increase proposals pending in the state legislature, with that number expected to rise as bills are amended.
    But the state’s minority Republican leaders bemoan these new proposals, arguing that Californians are already burdened by some of the highest taxes in the country and the new charges would only worsen the state’s mounting affordability and housing challenges.
    “We have the highest gas tax in the nation and the majority party has gone as far as taxing our air,” California State Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove said in a statement to Fox News. “Now, they are proposing to tax our water, soda, tires, and more. Higher taxes won’t solve California’s affordability and housing problems, and they will only make things worse.”
    A spokesperson for the California Democratic Party declined to comment to Fox News, instead directing questions to lawmakers who proposed the pieces of legislation.
    One of the most controversial proposals to come out of Sacramento this year is a proposal from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to tax drinking water in order to clean up contaminated water in the state’s low-income and rural areas.
    He told reporters earlier this year that the lack of access to safe drinking water in the state is a "disgrace."



    The proposal, which if enacted would levy a fee of between 95 cents and $10 a month on residents' water bills depending on meter readings, has divided members of Newsom’s own party. Tax and fee increases require support from two-thirds of lawmakers and, despite Democrats holding roughly 75 percent of the legislative seats in the state, some representatives from moderate and agricultural strongholds balk at the water tax idea.
    State Sen. Anna Caballero has proposed using the state’s $22 billion surplus to create a trust fund to pay for water improvements. The move by Caballero has been championed by taxpayer associations in the state.
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    “A state-imposed tax would not only be an outlier from a national perspective, it would be for California as well,” John Coupal, the president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), said in a statement. “Moreover, there are other ways to fund the one-time $150 million cost of necessary water system improvements.
    Coupal added: “Not only is there federal funding specifically available for this purpose, California has passed several statewide bonds that have allocated hundreds of millions of dollars for clean water infrastructure improvements.”
    Along with water, another liquid has come under the scrutiny of lawmakers in California: soda.
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    Following a national trend – and concerns over the risks of obesity and diabetes – Democratic lawmakers in the state have proposed a tax on the sugary beverages, which include soft drinks, sweetened iced teas, coffees and sports drinks. While details have remained vague on how much these taxes would be, Democratic Assemblyman Richard Bloom has supported a 20-cent-per-ounce tax in previous proposals.
    “We have ignored this crisis for too long,” Bloom said in January. “We are standing on the edge of a cliff and addressing this health crisis requires a multi-pronged approach like the one you see today.”
    A recent Los Angeles Times report highlighting some of these tax proposals noted that polls show residents already think they're overtaxed. Republicans and representatives of the beverage industry argue that the tax would unfairly hurt businesses and consumers, particularly those in lower-income communities.
    The “burden of paying the tax would disproportionately fall on some groups relative to others,” said Steven Maviglio, a spokesman for the American Beverage Association.
    Besides beverages, Democrats are looking to pass Assembly Bill 18, which among other things looks to tax the sale of handguns and semiautomatic weapons in order to generate funding for gun control programs.
    The bill, which was sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine, would implement “an excise tax on the sales of handguns and semiautomatic rifles” and then hand over the resulting revenue to the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (CalVIP).
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    “California needs to bolster violence prevention initiatives so that they are commensurate with our state’s tough gun laws and as effective as violence prevention programs of other states,” Levine said in a statement earlier this month.
    California already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country and, beginning in 2019, state ammunition dealers will be required to maintain logs of all sales – including those of bullets. The state has already restricted online sales of bullets so they can only be delivered to licensed dealers and not someone’s home.
    The gun-tax legislation has drawn heavy criticism from gun-rights and hunting groups.
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    In an effort to curb opioid addiction and fund drug treatment programs, lawmakers in California have introduced a bill that would impose a one-cent-per-milligram surcharge on prescription opioids sold in the state.
    “California’s opioid epidemic has cost state taxpayers millions and the lives of too many of our sons and daughters,” Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty said in a statement. “We must do more to help these individuals find hope and sobriety. This plan will provide counties with critical resources needed to curb the deadly cycle of opioid and heroin addiction in California.”
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    In the state with the most drivers in the U.S., lawmakers are also looking to tax parts of automobiles to fund other government programs and initiatives.
    In February, Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden proposed a $1.75 fee on every new tire put on a car, while in December another bill was proposed to levy a $1 fee on every lead-acid battery made by a manufacturer and sold in the state until 2022. The tire tax is estimated to generate $57 million to pay for stormwater cleanup.
    There is also a proposal to tax oil and gas extraction in the state, which would not only put California in line with every other major oil-producing state in the U.S., but would bring in an estimated $1.5 billion a year.



    While lawmakers supporting these moves say they will improve the lives of all Californians and help the state maintain its large surplus, critics say all they do is allow the state to spend more money at the expense of working residents.
    “As they spend more and more money, we raise the cost of living on everyone in the state,” Will Swaim, the president of the California Policy Center, told Fox News.
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    citizens of Laguna Beach believe the new police cars with the American flag painted inside the letters of "POLICE" are racist and very aggressive

    ha ha, these fvcking lunatics! the american flag portrayed on a police car is aggressive and racist? ... maybe simply being American is racist and, ahemm, very aggressive? please, just leave.....

    (and how can a car be racist or aggressive?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    citizens of Laguna Beach believe the new police cars with the American flag painted inside the letters of "POLICE" are racist and very aggressive

    ha ha, these fvcking lunatics! the american flag portrayed on a police car is aggressive and racist? ... maybe simply being American is racist and, ahemm, very aggressive? please, just leave.....

    (and how can a car be racist or aggressive?)


    I'm not sure if you'd understand. Aside from not understanding Canaanites, you probably have no experience with Mexicans. In their culture they are raised with the US as an enemy and their "vicitimizer" and the reason for any negatives in their lives. The US flag is a symbol of racism and they hate it. Not all think that way, but many do.

    Whereas Israel wants to bleed the U.S. dry (see Netanyahu's comments), Mexicans also view the United States as a cash cow to exploited. Again, not all, but a great majority. Their children are Mexican in their eyes (even if born in the US and even if they view them as chicano gringos) and their children view themselves as Mexicans before they are American.

    Anyways, in the end it's a numbers game. The lesser the number, the less of outrageous behavior is tolerated. The greater the number.... well, you'll see California become full-blown 3rd world in about 30 years.

    California is toast. You can watch time capsule videos of California in decade by decade segments. It goes from civilized Europe to planet of the apes in present day.
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    heard they're changing to a mexican flag decal
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    President Trump needs to start mentioning this, especially on the campaign trail. That is, rub Nancy's face in her city's human feces.

    Disgusting left wing shithole!

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    Mapping San Francisco's Human Waste Challenge - 132,562 Cases Reported In The Public Way Since 2008

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    By many measures, San Francisco is a world-class city. It’s a tourist mecca that boasts 25 million visitors each year. It’s home to wonders of the modern world – the Golden Gate Bridge and its iconic cable cars – as well as powerful progressive politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Governor Gavin Newsom, and U.S. Senator (and presidential hopeful) Kamala Harris.
    The broader San Francisco Bay Area can also claim Silicon Valley and its booming economy.
    But the city itself is in trouble. Today, San Francisco hosts an estimated homeless population of 7,500 people. Affluent sections of the city have become dangerous with open-air drug use, tens of thousands of discarded needles, and, sadly, human feces.
    Since 2011, there have been at least 118,352 reported instances of human fecal matter on city streets.
    New mayor, London Breed, won election by promising to clean things up. However, conditions are the same or worse. Last year, the number of reports spiked to an all-time high at 28,084. In first quarter 2019, the pace continued with 6,676 instances of human waste in the public way.
    We reached out to San Francisco Mayor London Breed for comment regarding our findings and the continued trajectory of the human waste problem. This column will be updated with any response or comment.


    Our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com plotted all reports of human waste since 2011 using latitude and longitude address coordinates of all cases closed by the San Francisco Department of Public Works.
    Using our interactive map, just click a pin and scroll down to review the results (all closed cases by neighborhood) rendered in the chart beneath the map. Available data is the result of resident reporting to the city’s 311 dispatchers during the years 2011-2019.
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    San Francisco's human waste challenge 2011-2019: an interactive map with 118,352 cases.
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    There were 118 city neighborhoods affected. However, 72-percent of all cases since 2008 were reported in just ten neighborhoods: 1. Tenderloin (30,863); 2. South of Market (23,599); 3. Mission (19,150); 4. Civic Center (6,232); 5. Mission Dolores (4,096); 6. Lower Nob Hill (3,654); 7. Potrero Hill (2,489); 8. Showplace Square (2,022); 9. North Beach (1,826); and 10. Financial District (1,810).
    Thirty ZIP codes in the city were affected. However, just four locations had the highest concentration of human feces – between 10,000 and 23,000 events each.
    #1 ZIP Code 94102:
    Since 2008, over 23,800 cases of human waste were reported in the heart of San Francisco. There were 13 reports of human feces in front of City Hall; 17 events at the U.S. Marshals office; and 67 reports at the Tenderloin police station on Eddy Street.
    Affected neighborhoods include Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Tenderloin, Cathedral Hill, Lower Haight, and Downtown/ Union Square. Avoid the intersection of Eddy Street and Jones Street – this address was the third all-time with 366 cases.
    #2 ZIP Code 94103:
    Human waste was reported 19,275 times within this prominent San Francisco ZIP code. Roughly one in every three cases citywide occurred in the two ZIP codes of 94102 and 94103 – they border each other. Neighborhoods affected include Mission, South of Market, Mission Dolores, Showplace Square, and Mint Hill. Avoid the address 786 Minna Street, as it ranked sixth all-time with nearly 300 events since 2008.


    Plotting the case reports of human waste in ZIP 94103 since 2008. Click here to review the interactive map.
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    #3 ZIP Code 94110:
    Since 2008, there were 13,450 instances of human waste reported. That’s an average of 135 reports per month for the last 99 months in this area. Neighborhoods affected include Noe Valley, Peralta Heights, Mission, Potrero Hill, Dolores Heights, and Bernal Heights. The intersection of Mission Street and Sycamore Street was the all-time highest address with over 930 events – and 20 Sycamore Street was second all-time with another 450 cases.
    #4 ZIP Code 94109:
    A prestigious area home to such landmarks as the San Francisco Maritime National Park, Great American Music Hall, The Regency Ballroom, and the Liholiho Yacht Club. There were 11,287 instances of human waste within this ZIP code. Neighborhoods affected include Tenderloin, Cathedral Hill, Lower Nob Hill, Polk Gulch, Russian Hill, and Pacific Heights.


    Graph showing year-over-year increases in the human waste challenge in San Francisco.
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    The city has taken steps to crack down on the crisis. Over the last year, the Department of Public Works instituted what the San Francisco Chronicle called a “Poop Patrol.” Consisting of five teammates, the Chronicle estimated each employee earned a hefty $184,000 in pay, perquisites and pension benefits.
    Using this payroll information, we quantified the taxpayer cost of each human waste case last year: $32.75. And that’s not including the sunk costs in trucks, fuel, and equipment such as the steam cleaning unit.
    At the turn of the 20th century, San Francisco was called “The Paris of the West.” Locals were more humble and self-titled San Francisco as the Golden City. Pardon the expression, but lately there has been a brownout in the Bay Area.
    San Francisco politicians have been among the most vocal proponents of reducing inequality across the nation. That’s a noble endeavor, but perhaps, their struggle should start closer to home.
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    California restaurants may add climate change surcharge: 'We as chefs want to do the right thing'
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    California restaurants and diners volunteering to add new tax to help environment
    Restaurateurs and diners are saying yes to a new 1% surcharge on their bill. The tax will fund farmers in their attempt to incorporate environment friendly practices.


    Dining out may get more expensive in California.


    As part of an initiative aimed at combating climate change, restaurants will have the option to adhere to the Restore California Renewable Restaurant program and add a one percent surcharge to diners’ bills. The extra money will go to support environmentally friendly farming practices.




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    Though the surcharge is voluntary for both restaurants and customers, Anthony Myint – owner of popular Mission Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission district, and founder of the non-profit Perennial Farming Initiative responsible for the new program – has been adding a 3 percent carbon neutral surcharge for the past six months and raised nearly $20,000, according to local reports.


    "This issue of climate change, is obviously massive and future generations don't have the chance to opt out," Myint said to KTVU. "We as chefs want to do the right thing and shopping organic and at farmers markets doesn't really feel like enough."


    Myint, who told KGO that it costs each diner at Mission Chinese about 10 to 15 cents to offset the restaurant’s carbon use, said 25 restaurants around the world are contributing to carbon neutral programs. The new initiative will take it one step further and raise money for farmers to move away from chemical pesticides and adopt more sustainable practices.


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    The new program was created as a collaboration with the California Air Resources Board, the state’s Food and Agricultural Department and the Perennial Farming Initiative.
    The new program was created as a collaboration with the California Air Resources Board, the state’s Food and Agricultural Department and the Perennial Farming Initiative. (Perennial Farming Initiative)


    "If every single restaurant had to do it, it would raise $1 billion annually," Myint said to KTVU. Also nothing the surcharge could raise $10 million annually if just 1 in 100 California restaurants adopted the initiative.


    The new program was created as a collaboration with the California Air Resources Board, the state’s Food and Agricultural Department and the Perennial Farming Initiative.


    "I hope customers feel free to decline the fee if they don't believe in climate change, or they're on a tight budget, or for any reason," he said to KTVU. "That's why it's optional, but I think it's kind of powerful for all of us to work on climate change by default, a few cents at a time."


    The Restore California Renewable Restaurants program will start rolling out statewide in the fall.


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    This is not the only upcharge facing diners who plan on eating out.


    More and more restaurants across the country have added surcharges to patrons’ checks to help cover the cost of health insurance and paid sick leave.


    The extra fee is most common in San Francisco due to the “Healthy SF” or “SF Mandates” ordinance, which passed in 2018.
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    We see this (but not enough) on Fox, a few web sites like Breitbart and Gateway Pundit, that is "it". A few million people watch Fox out of 140,000,000 voters. We hear Fox gets more viewers than CNN or MSNBC but that is small potatoes. ABC/NBC/CBS/ all the TV media, Hollywood, academia, YouTube/Facebook/Google/Twitter all stifle the message about California.

    So the other >130,000,000 voters do not understand what a disaster this socialist state, California, $ 2,000,000,000,000 in debt, is right now. Let all illegals in, feed them, clothe them, educate them, provide health care....

    AND California will get much worse, soon.

    Too bad most voters do not know this.
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