Category Archives: California

Barrie Trower: 5G Will Devastate Humanity While Those Behind It Remain Above The Law

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What Are 4G/5G?
https://whiskeytangotexas.com/2017/07/14/what-are-4g5g/

What You Need To Know About 5G Technology And It’s Effect On MANKIND
https://whiskeytangotexas.com/2018/01/28/what-you-need-to-know-about-5g-technology-and-its-effect-on-mankind/

Pulse Microwave Radiation Primer
https://whiskeytangotexas.com/2017/07/14/pulse-microwave-radiation-primer/

CA Bill SB 649: silent weapons systems….5G antennas
https://whiskeytangotexas.com/2017/07/14/ca-bill-sb-649-silent-weapons-systems-5g-antennas/

Plan To Install 50,000 Cell Towers In California Faces Opposition
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/06/28/plan-install-50000-cell-towers-california-opposition/

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Fun Police: California Rushes To Outlaw Elon Musk’s Toy Flamethrower

With pre-orders for more than 10,000 of the billionaire’s handheld (toy) flame devices garnered in just days, at least one lawmaker is looking to ban the Boring Company’s flamethrower.

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The $500 black and white rifle-like (toy) torch device was hyped by the Tesla and SpaceX tech mogul who announced that $5 million worth were sold by Monday. However, California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, a Los Angeles Democrat, said if he gets his way it’s not going to happen.

“We don’t allow people to walk in off the street and purchase military-grade tanks or armor-piercing ammunition … I cannot even begin to imagine the problems a (toy) flamethrower would cause firefighters and police officers alike,” said Santiago in a statement.

Though it is possible Musk is playing an elaborate prank — which Santiago points out — the lawmaker has introduced placeholder legislation to ban the (toy) devices should they prove to exist.

Laws governing the devices are few, with only California and Maryland having codified their use while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have no mandate to restrict them. Though there have been no notable incidents to cite, some lawmakers in Congress and elsewhere in recent years have strived to prohibit the storage, use and possession of (toy) flamethrowers.

For his part, Musk’s says his (toy) device — which despite its name seems more like an agricultural or roofing torch and doesn’t actually seem to “throw” flame — is “max fun for least danger” and he’d be “way more scared of a steak knife.”

Source: By Chris Egar | Guns.com

Weatherby Leaving California For Wyoming (video)


Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead was on hand at SHOT Show on Tuesday at Weatherby’s booth to announce the move from the West Coast to the Cowboy State.

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The rifle and shotgun maker this week went public with the news of the planned move of its corporate headquarters and manufacturing center from Paso Robles, California to Sheridan, Wyoming, and Mead was at the firearm industry trade show to welcome the company after over a year of negotiations that concluded with a $12.6 million grant package.

“This is wonderful for Wyoming and for Weatherby,” Mead said. “Weatherby’s firearms will now be made in Sheridan and shipped all over the world.”

The move, expected to bring 70 to 90 jobs and $5 million in payroll over the next five years to the state, will see the Sheridan Economic and Education Development Authority build a 100,000 sq. ft. complex and lease the site to Weatherby for 20 years. For the company’s part, they will pump in $2 million in investment and moving expenses.

According to the most recent statistics from federal regulators, Weatherby produced 3,036 rifles in 2015 and exported 335 overseas. For the same year, there were no large firearms manufacturers listed as operating in Wyoming, though some 20 small custom makers were producing rifles.

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Adam Weatherby, grandson of founder Roy Weatherby and current CEO of the company, said the move away from California just made sense.

“We wanted a place where we could retain a great workforce, and where our employees could live an outdoor lifestyle,” said Weatherby. “We wanted to move to a state where we can grow into our brand. Wyoming means new opportunities. We are not interested in maintaining; we are growing.”

Weatherby joins Magpul and HiViz Shooting Systems in recent relocation to Wyoming, with both of those formerly Colorado-based companies pulling stumps following harsh new gun control laws passed in 2013.

By Chris Egar | Guns.com

High Taxes Spark Sticker Shock For Legal California Dope Users

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A picture recently posted to Instagram shows a receipt for a shopping trip to Cookies LA, a licensed marijuana store in Maywood.

The receipt shows that the shopper bought an ounce of high-end cannabis, the maximum allowed under state law and enough to roll perhaps 40 joints.

His pre-tax tab came to $450. After taxes, the final bill was $587.25.

That receipt, and the posting on social media, are signs of the wave of sticker shock being felt among cannabis consumers.

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Many shoppers have been surprised by the tax rates that have taken effect since Jan. 1, when recreational cannabis sales became legal. Some of the receipts shared online include bright red circles around the tax line and are posted with hashtags like “#californiaisscrewingus” and “ididntvoteforit.”

The hefty taxes are also drawing complaints from some business owners and policy analysts who argue that the tariffs will keep the state’s massive black market for marijuana alive and well.

During a recent meeting in Sacramento, the state’s new Cannabis Advisory Committee agreed to discuss taxes at a future session. And Rich Miller, president of the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, asked the state to consider reducing the tax rate for seniors and medical patients.

But Keith Humphreys, a psychiatry professor at Stanford University who studies marijuana policy, is urging the state not to cave to pressure to reduce taxes rates just a few weeks after the legal market opened.

“I hope the state holds its nerve because this problem — if it even is a problem — will correct itself,” he said.

Where the taxes go

All cannabis legally sold in California now comes with a 15 percent excise tax. On its own, that rate is in line with, or below, the tax imposed in most other states that have legalized recreational cannabis.

But in California, that excise tax is just part of the tax bill. Most California cities that allow marijuana stores have tacked on local taxes, typically 5 to 10 percent. In a few cities, the local rate is as high as 15 percent.  That’s in addition to the regular sales tax, which typically runs between 8 and 10 percent.

Bottom line: Medical marijuana consumers are generally paying at least 20 percent tax on every purchase, and recreational consumers are paying between a low of 28 percent and as much as 40 percent.

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Here’s how that breaks down for that ounce of cannabis bought at Cookies LA in Maywood.

In the $450 sticker price, the store has already absorbed costs to comply with new state regulations and a tax on cultivators, which is $9.25 per dry-weight ounce of cannabis flowers, $2.75 per dry-weight ounce of cannabis leaves and $1.29 per ounce of fresh cannabis plant.

Of the $137.25 in taxes tacked onto that bill, the biggest portion, $67.50, is for the state marijuana excise tax. That revenue goes to drug prevention programs, environmental, cleanup, law enforcement and other dedicated causes approved under Prop. 64.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office predicted California could see $1 billion a year in revenue from the marijuana excise tax. Gov. Jerry Brown’s preliminary budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year anticipates a windfall of $643 million.

The next largest portion of taxes on the Cookies LA bill was $42.75 for state sales tax, with the rate in Maywood set at 9.5 percent. That revenue goes to local public safety, transportation and social services funds, plus the state’s general fund.

The final portion of the sales tax bill is $27 for the local city levy, set at 6 percent through a development agreement with Cookies LA. That revenue will fund Maywood city services.

That bill was much higher than the one Igor — a 35-year-old from Alhambra who declined to give his last name due to job and personal concerns — spent on his first recreational cannabis shopping trip.

Igor waited in a long line and paid $110 to buy infused mints, an infused chocolate bar and two different strains of loose cannabis flower this week at Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group. His tab included $21.81 in taxes.

“I knew it was going to be expensive. And I knew there would be a high tax. It did not bother me too much as I was just excited for this to be really happening in California,” he said. “It was important for me to support this new chapter in California history.”

He said he’s a light user, which means his purchase will go a long way. But down the road, Igor said he hopes to see prices drop as the market expands so that people on more limited and fixed incomes can have access to legal marijuana.

“I don’t think this should be something only the wealthy should enjoy,” he said.

Price drop coming?

The wholesale price of cannabis has been collapsing in states that have legalized marijuana.

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After-tax prices for recreational cannabis in Washington state. (By Kurt Snibbe, The Cannifornian)

In Washington, for example, Humphreys said an ounce of marijuana cost about $400 on the black market when the state launched recreational cannabis sales in 2014. The price of legal cannabis started to drop within three months, though, and it’s continued to plummet ever since. Today, he said it can run as low as $40 an ounce.

He expects the same thing will happen in California — perhaps even more more quickly than it dropped in Washington and Colorado, he said, since California eliminated a proposed 1-acre cap on marijuana farms. The state has already issued temporary licenses to more than 700 cannabis farms, with many more competitors expected over coming months.

“The price will go down really rapidly,” Humphreys said. “It will be much cheaper next year.”

And as the cost of marijuana drops, so will the taxes, since they’re set as a percentage of the sales price.

Related: Search our database to find the local tax rate in your city

Mary Callahan, 61, of Twentynine Palms said she’s smoked marijuana off and on since she was 15. She just bought her first legal recreational cannabis at a store in Palm Springs, spending $96 for a vape pen, quality oil and one preroll joint.

“I actually thought the prices were great,” she said. “Better than street prices.”

She said she appreciated getting a breakdown of potency levels in the products she bought, too.

“I feel I am getting a quality product, sold by a very knowledgeable and helpful staff,” she said.

Rather than worry about prices and taxes being too high, Humphreys believes the bigger long-term concern is cannabis becoming too cheap. That’s not good for addicts or other vulnerable populations, he said. And it’s not good for businesses and states relying on the revenue.

In the meantime, he said, the fact that we’re even having this debate might be viewed as a good sign for the emerging legal cannabis industry.

“This means that marijuana businesses have truly arrived because now they’re complaining about taxes like every other business.”

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California Government Payroll Increased By $1 billion In 2017, Twice As Fast As Prior Year

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is surrounded by unidentified SEIU workers after signing a bill creating the highest statewide minimum wage at $15 an hour by 2022 at the Ronald Reagan building in Los Angeles, Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

No wonder the state wants half of the businesses’ tax-cut savings. Someone’s gotta fund the bureaucrats.

From Sacrament Bee: California’s state payroll – excluding its universities – grew by more than $1 billion last year, twice the rate of growth as the previous year, according to new figures from the State Controller’s Office.

The 6 percent growth rate was not unexpected. More than half of the state’s workforce voted on labor agreements early last year that included substantial pay raises. Money for the raises was included in the 2017-18 state budget.

The largest contract, for Service Employees Union Local 1000, included one-time bonuses of $2,500 for more than 95,000 state workers. That’s worth more than $235 million in total compensation for employees the union represents.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation saw payroll increase by $452 million, or 9 percent. The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection logged an $87 million, or 13 percent, increase in payroll as the state experienced a horrible wildfire season.

The Sacramento Bee’s state worker pay database has been updated with more than 250,000 civil service and California State University salaries for 2017. To search all state employee salaries, visit sacbee.com/statepay.

The number of state employees outside of universities earning more than $300,000 increased from 456 in 2016 to 709 in 2017, a rise of 56 percent. Those employees, however, still make up only a sliver of the state’s workforce.

Most of the highest-paid state workers outside of universities are doctors and dentists in the state prison system. The union for those doctors negotiated a pay hike of up to 24 percent over the next four years early last year. Prison health officials cited the difficulty of filling vacancies as a justification for the contract.

The highest-paid state worker outside of universities remains Ted Eliopoulos, chief investment officer of CalPERS. He earned about $867,000 last year, up from $768,000 in 2016.

CalPERS saw an 11.2 percent return on its investments in fiscal year 2017. That came as stock markets soared, with the S&P 500 increasing by 15.2 percent over the same period.

The state’s payroll fell during the recession a decade ago before stabilizing around 2012. It has risen since then.

Adjusted for inflation, California’s state payroll excluding universities was about 5 percent higher in 2017 than during 2008. The state’s population has grown about 9 percent over that period.

Source: Fellowship Of The Minds

Global Communist Annexation of California from Union Accelerates

Tucker: The country’s biggest state is punishing its citizens for following federal law. California is fighting on the behalf of a foreign population that has no right to be here in the first place. Helping Americans isn’t the point. Illegal immigration makes their donors richer and ensures their re-election. #Tucker.

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California Attorney General: ‘We will prosecute’ employers who help Federal immigration sweeps

The state’s top cop issued a warning to California employers Thursday that businesses face legal repercussions, including fines up to $10,000, if they assist federal immigration authorities with a potential widespread immigration crackdown.

“It’s important, given these rumors that are out there, to let people know – more specifically today, employers – that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office,” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference. “We will prosecute those who violate the law.”

Becerra’s warning comes as fears spread of mass workplace raids following reports that immigration agents plan to target Northern California communities for deportations due in part to the state’s “sanctuary” law, which seeks to restrict local law enforcement agencies’ ability to cooperate with immigration authorities.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s acting director Thomas Homan told a Fox News host earlier this month that “California better hold on tight… If the politicians in California don’t want to protect their communities, then ICE will,” prompting a query from Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris to brief them on how raids are prioritized.

Wait Time for Concealed Carry in Riverside County, CA: Two Years

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The wait time for a concealed carry permit in Riverside County, California, now sits at two years.

That means a law-abiding citizen who applies for a concealed permit out of fear for his life has to find a way to survive unarmed while waiting 24 months to receive a permit allowing him to carry a gun for self-defense.

According to the Reno Gazzette Journal, the wait time for applicants who apply for a concealed carry permit in Riverside County “has climbed from a few months to two years.” This means law-abiding citizens like 56-year-old Steve Perkio have to apply with the understanding that it will literally be years before they get a permit.

Perkio already has a non-resident permit outside of California, and that permit allows him to carry in 26 states across the country. But California refuses to recognize any permit but its own, which means Parkio’s out-of-state permit is not valid in his home state. And it also means Parkio is at the mercy of the criminal element while he waits two years for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office to approve his concealed carry application.

And it should be remembered that even after two years, the issuance of a permit does not rest solely on Parkio being a law-abiding citizen but on Parkio being able to demonstrate “good cause” for carrying a gun daily. So he may wait two years only to have the sheiff’s office arbitrarily reject his application.

News of the two year wait in Riverside County comes on top of the report that Los Angeles County has only issued 197 permits for its 10.2 million residents.  The discrepancy in the meager number of permits issued in a such a large population was uncovered by the California State Auditor. Moreover, the NRA-ILA observed that the Auditor found the “good cause” requirement was arbitrarily followed, if at all, in many of the instances where permits were issued.

This brings us back to the earlier point on Perkio, that even after waiting two years and being a law-abiding citizen he may be refused a permit unless he proves “good cause.”

By AWR Hawkins | Breitbart

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NRA Readies Lawsuit Against California Ammunition Control

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The National Rifle Association is readying a lawsuit against California’s new ammunition controls and that suit focuses on the failure to meet “statutorily mandated” deadlines throughout the lead-up to the launch of the controls.

Breitbart News reported that the ammunition controls went into effect January 1, 2018. They bar out-of-state ammunition purchases and require that all in-state purchases be made from a licensed dealer. This shrinks the supply, which will inevitably drive up price. Moreover, they require that any ammunition purchased online be sent to a licensed in-state dealer, who will then charge a processing fee for the ammo, thereby driving the price up even further.

This is all a prelude to the state’s January 1, 2019, goal of instituting point-of-sale background checks for ammunition purchases. Those sales will also carry a fee, ubiquitously to cover the cost of the background check. But the fee will drive the price of ammo even higher.

The NRA-ILA clams certain “statutorily mandated” deadlines were missed throughout the process of getting the ammunition controls in place, and argues that the controls must be halted because of this.  According to the NRA-ILA, “The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposed ammunition vendor regulations after failing to meet the statutorily mandated deadline of July 1, 2017 and the effective date of January 1, 2018.”

The NRA has enjoyed recent success against California gun control. For example, on June 29, 2017, a “high capacity” magazine ban was blocked two days before its scheduled implementation. The ban was stopped via a suit brought by the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association.

U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez issued the ruling. ABC News quoted Benitez saying, “If this injunction does not issue, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: become an outlaw or dispossess one’s self of lawfully acquired property.”

Law-abiding firearm owners face a similar, “untenable choice” if the draconian ammunition controls are allowed to stand.

By HWR Hawkins | Breitbart