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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Violence on the rise in Calif. jails following reforms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — County jails that account for the vast majority of local inmates in California have seen a marked increase in violence since they began housing thousands of offenders who previously would have gone to state prisons. So, we reduce the inmates in state prisons by moving inmates to county jails, overcrowding them. Staff and inmate assaults decrease in ... Read More »

In God we trust, maybe, but not each other

Internal and external focus, as discussed in a previous post, count. Economics matters. Lack of involvement with others — “sitting home watching U-tube instead of meeting people in neighborhood activities” probably is most significant. These days, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. Half felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the ... Read More »

Can’t read well, attacks those who can

A brief scan of the commentary following a letter about trash contracts suggests that many of the attackers are unable to understand what they read, or else they are unwilling to keep their promises.,0,5142800.story Experts on Costa Mesa who live in Newport Beach, and elsewhere, including, supposedly, Sacramento, are vigorously defending the Sanitary District. Apparently they believe that the ... Read More »

Stockton map to bankruptcy

Large debt owed the California Public Employees Retirement System has been an issue in three city bankruptcies triggered by revenue losses during the recession. Whether public pensions can be cut in bankruptcy has yet to be tested. The “Stockton Plan” is to increase taxes and report finances more “creatively.” It delays the inevitable; when the payments exceed city income, ... Read More »

It’s not the tools

Nov 26 Police tools and oversight Police carry firearms, nightsticks and Tasers, and they drive powerful automobiles. They are capable of causing death and disability in a multitude of ways; they have the tools. They are sworn to protect the public, but our safety lies in their integrity, not in the tools they carry. A rogue cop is dangerous, not ... Read More »

Mayor runs business meeting not speakers’ forum

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Nov 25 Self-defined victims A frequent commenter cited an opinion from a First Amendment advocacy group that included the following: “. . . a First Amendment right to speak in public comment sessions as long as they stay within the subject matter limitations . . . members of the public can be subject only to reasonable and content-neutral time, place ... Read More »

Another “Ninety-five Theses” needed

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Nov 24 Unions have hegemony Hegemony is influence or authority over others. It refers to an indirect form of government and of imperial dominance. This government rules by implied power, rather than by direct force. Until recently the United States enjoyed hegemony in the Middle East, based upon its military power and coalitions. Similarly, Britain had hegemony in the Falklands, which ... Read More »

Labor negotiations

Nov 23 One reason for starting to bargain with an offer lower than what you will accept is to avoid setting high expectations that lead to later impasse. The hockey league negotiations fell into this category; management, wanting as little disruption of the season as possible, began with a generous offer. “Once the rank-and-file employees learned of the munificent management ... Read More »

Explore the new features

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November 23 Explore the site, add your views  CMConserve  has added features and rearranged the page to increase its utility and make it easier to use. Try clicking on a few of the new elements — they may help you plan your day or week. New Stuff: The calendar expands to monthly view, and is updated with reference URLs as ... Read More »

More people should do their homework

Godfather Politics noted in an article: The following is from “Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, feminist Gloria Steinem said that she hoped that her receiving of the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama would be ‘honoring the work of Margaret Sanger.’” “Sanger wrote the following in the article “The Eugenic Value of Birth ... Read More »