California Community Replaces Stolen Gifts for Soldier's Family
Robberies, burglaries and thefts accounted for most of the rest. In one eyebrow-raising tapes instance, a man drunkenly "stole his neighbor's lawn mower and some frozen food items," according to the pardon message. A California woman burglarized a home "and took food to feed her children," another message states. The number of people receiving pardons just before Christmas fell one short of the total number of pardons Brown handed down in 2012. Brown pardoned 128 convicted criminals in 2012, 79 of them on Christmas Eve, a marked increase from the 21 pardons he issued in 2011. The gubernatorial pardons came several days after President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates serving long terms for crack-cocaine related offenses, Obama's latest effort to soften a legacy of harsh drug-related penalties. PHOTO: Gov. <br>Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/12/california-governor-jerry-brown-pardons-127.html
Residents of Lodi, Calif., joined together to replace Christmas gifts and other items stolen from the home of an active-duty soldier just before he returned from Afghanistan. Cpl. Christopher Petrossian was getting ready to surprise his wife, Cheryl, and their two daughters at the Sacramento airport last week when he received a call informing him that their home had been robbed. About $5,000 worth of items, including their gifts and electronic equipment, were taken, ABC News reports. Officer Eric Bradley was one of the police officers to respond to the break in, and when Bradley discovered that the burglarized home belonged to a soldier and his family, he encouraged his fellow police department employees to donate money and gift cards to the Petrossians. <br>Read more: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20769382,00.html
Covered California pushing for more Latinos
If this was your daughter, wouldn't you want her to wake up in the next five minutes?" celebrity tape said Omari Sealey, the girl's uncle. Complications after tonsil surgery Jahi was declared brain dead December 12, three days after tonsil surgery. The case has drawn national attention and sparked protests from some local leaders who say the hospital should have provided better care. On Monday, a judge appointed Dr. Paul Fisher, chief of pediatric neurology at Stanford Children's Hospital, to evaluate Jahi as an independent expert. Fisher testified Tuesday that Jahi meets the criteria for brain death. Alameda Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo previously ruled that the hospital must hold off on any decisions regarding discontinuing life support until December 30 and encouraged both sides to work together. <br>Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/24/health/jahi-mcmath-girl-brain-dead/index.html
California governor Jerry Brown pardons 127, mostly for drugs
To the contrary, California's property taxes and high business income and sales taxes practically substitute for a severance tax. ABOUT BLOWBACK: FAQs and submission policy California has the highest corporate income tax in the Western United States. Hiltzik compares California's tax burden to Texas, which has a severance tax but does not have a state income tax.Furthermore, California has the highest statewide sales tax rate in the nation. Alaska has a severance tax but no state sales tax. To compare California -- a state ranked by the Tax Foundation as having the third-worst business tax climate in the U.S. <br>Read more: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-oil-severance-tax-blowback-20131224,0,1922366.story?track=rss
California judge won't extend order keeping brain-dead girl on ventilator
"On the other hand, our primary goal is to prevent consumer deception." The national standard of "all or virtually all" leaves plenty of wiggle room for interpretation. The FTC will suggest ways for companies to comply, but the decision on what meets the FTC guidelines is left to the nation's civil courts, just as California civil courts determine whether a product meets the state standard. In California, it's against state law to include a "Made in America" or "Made in the USA" label when any part of the product "has been entirely or substantially made outside of the United States." That means every single part essentially twitter has to be made and assembled in the United States to carry a "Made in the USA" label in California. But representatives for business say it's a standard that's virtually impossible to meet in today's global market. A proposed revision of the law, SB 661, would allow goods containing foreign-made parts to be advertised as "Made in America" or similar phrases -- as long as the parts cannot be found in the United States and as long as the foreign parts constitute a "negligible part" of the final product. Circuit boards used in the Bulldog LED lights, in Burlingame, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. <br>Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24790568/california-lawmakers-consider-changing-standard-made-usa
Think California is too generous with oil companies? Think again.
December 24, 2013 (AP) Health officials say test results have fallen within an expected range for a Southern California high school where a student was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Riverside County health officials said Monday that 126 students at Indio High School had positive skin tests for possible exposure to the contagious illness and are being asked to follow-up with chest X-rays. More than 1,300 people were tested on Friday during a four-hour clinic at the school. The county health department says no more than 10 or 15 percent of students should test positive. Officials last week called for the testing after a student was diagnosed with tuberculosis in November. Barbara Cole, the department's director of disease control, says two other students who had abnormal chest X-rays are still being examined for the disease. <br>Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/california-schools-tb-tests-expected-range-21318909
California lawmakers consider changing standard for 'Made in the USA'
Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Shanti Jensen (left) explains the Covered California plan to Walter... Font Page 1 of 1 Ledy Ordonez isn't surprised that Latinos in California have been slow to sign up for coverage under federal health law, even though they've been a top priority for enrollments in the state. "They're scared," the 43-year-old Fremont woman said as she worked at her imported clothing and jewelry stand at a farmers' market in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. "They're afraid if they put in an application for their children ... they'll get http://lyndonwphm.blogs.experienceproject.com/2697549.html deported." Disappointing enrollment figures for Latinos are causing Covered California officials to rethink they way they reach out to this population, which is considered key to the success of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in the state. Latinos account for more than half the state's nearly 7 million uninsured residents, but they accounted for only about 13 percent of the enrollees in Covered California during the first two months of operation. <br>Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Covered-California-pushing-for-more-Latinos-5091746.php
California School's TB Tests in Expected Range
Family members and their lawyer said after the proceedings that they had not yet decided whether to dispute the medical findings or appeal the latest decision by Alameda County Superior Judge Evelio Grillo to a http://lyndonwphm.blogs.experienceproject.com/2697549.html higher court. "I just want to kiss Jahi's warm face like I do every day," her grandmother, Sandra Chatman, said outside the courthouse. The girl's uncle, Omari Sealey, said the hearing left him feeling "numb," adding "We're still trying to digest it." Jahi was admitted to Children's Hospital and Resource Center in Oakland on December 9 for surgery to remove her tonsils but ended up being declared brain dead three days later following complications from the operation, hospital officials have said. The family's lawyer, Christopher Dolan, said the surgery, aimed at treating Jahi's sleep apnea, was considered routine, but after surgery Jahi began bleeding profusely, suffered a heart attack and then brain swelling. The judge granted a restraining order on Monday barring doctors from taking Jahi off the ventilator - a machine that has kept her breathing artificially - against the family's wishes any sooner than 5 p.m. <br>Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/california-judge-won-39-t-extend-order-keeping-022552849.html