California Dreaming

And sometimes we wish it was a dream…here are some recent news stories out of California that just make you want to shake your head.Straw Fines

One CA lawmaker, and one media outlet known to be on the fringe, has a unique approach to battling plastic waste. In a bill introduced in the CA legislature by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderone and backed by the L.A. Times, it would be against the law for restaurants to offer straws unless customers asked for them. In addition, servers could be fined up to $1000 for any violation.

No Police Allowed

A coffee shop in Oakland, CA has said it will refuse to serve police officers in uniform.

The Hasta Muerte Coffee Shop has announced that it will refuse to serve officers in order to “physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves.”  The shop reiterated its policy in a letter to the police union and said it will rely on  the support of the actual community to keep this place safe, not police.”

Police are there to serve, and if the shop doesn’t want police to keep its property and people safe, it seems appropriate that the police should act in accordance with that request and never go to that address no matter what the circumstances.

The Governator Says People Should Be Held Responsible for Global Warming (Except for Himself, Of Course)

In other news out of California, actor and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in an interview that he is planning to file a lawsuit against several oil companies for causing global warming and “knowingly killing people all over the world.”

He is so concerned about global warming, that he drives a Hummer and reportedly also has his own 747 plane (which he leases back to an airline when he is not using it).

Beyond Sanctuary Cities

Though a couple of weeks ago now, since we talking about California…Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has decided that being a ‘sanctuary city’ and refusing to help federal officials looking for illegal immigrants, usually those accused of a crime, is not enough.  She decided that she would warn immigrants of upcoming enforcement.

She recently released an official press statement saying that she had information from federal law enforcement that they were going to be conducting raids, issuing a warning to flee.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting Director Thomas D. Homan said Ms. Schaaf’s warning was “no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘Police!’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to an entire community.”

Mayor Schaaf says that she is no longer just refusing to cooperate and defended her decision to warn of upcoming law enforcement raids because she was protecting law abiding immigrants.   A spokesman for ICE said most of those targeted for arrest were wanted for crimes and cited the example of rmando Nuñez-Salgado, whom the agency called a “documented Sureño gang member”, had been deported four times and who has already had multiple felony convictions.

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