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California city council votes unanimously to outlaw new gas stations — and new pumps at existing stations. Expect more bans, Axios warns.

The city council in Petaluma, California, voted unanimously Monday night to permanently bar the construction of new gas stations as well as ban adding more gas pumps to existing stations, The Drive reported. According to local officials, the city already has enough places to fuel up internal combustion engine-bearing polluters.

What’s going on?

This new prohibition — which also includes language to streamline the process to add charging stations and possible hydrogen fuel cell stations — is part of the city’s attempt to push residents to shift to electric vehicles and get the city to hit its target of zero emissions by 2030, Gizmodo said.

According to the outlet, the bill is effective immediately for the city of 61,000 people that currently has 16 gas stations, with another one approved for construction later this year.

The bill claims, “Based on this inventory, there are multiple stations located within a 5-minute drive (2.1 miles at 25 mph) of every existing residence as well as all areas planned for residential development by the 2025 General Plan but not yet constructed.”

And the existing stations are not allowed to add more pumps, so if the city grows in population and gas becomes more in demand, well, people are just going to be out of luck.

Environmentalists are getting their way

Stand.earth, an environmental nonprofit group whose Stand Against Fossil Fuel Expansion Cities program pushed for the bill, celebrated the win, calling the ban “a massive step forward in the fight to protect communities and the climate from fossil fuels.”

Matt Krogh, the U.S. oil and gas campaign director at Stand.earth, told Axios that the current stations are providing all the fuel the community could need.

“This is not a ban on the existing gas stations, which are providing all the gas currently needed,” Krogh said. “The problem with allowing new gas stations is we don’t really need them and they’re putting existing gas stations out of business.”

“In California in particular, where state climate targets are required by law, new gas stations will have a short shelf life, and could be abandoned before they make enough money to pay for their own shut down and clean up,” he added in an email to Gizmodo. “This gas station ban is a common sense step to not get further bogged down by fossil fuel infrastructure.”

Krogh went on to praise Petaluma’s leadership for their bravery in being the first city to institute such a ban, noting that some 30 cities and counties have been instituting policies that imposed the Stand.earth agenda, Axios said.

The Petaluma effort has inspired more groups pressure local governments to ban gas stations, according to Axios, which added that the movement is spreading quickly.

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‘Propagating structural racism’: LA teachers union head blasts state’s school reopening plan — and ‘white, wealthy parents’ for rushing return

The president of the United Teachers of Los Angeles blasted California’s school reopening plan Monday, characterizing an element of it as “a recipe for propagating structural racism” — and also called out “white, wealthy parents” for “driving the push” to reopen schools too soon.

What are the details?

UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz uttered her words just hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Democratic lawmakers presented their reopening plan — a year after the state shut down schools over the COVID-19 pandemic, Politico said.

More from the outlet:

The much anticipated school reopening plan finalized over the weekend does not require schools to open but instead offers $2 billion in financial incentives for those that open before April 1. The proposal offers grants to schools that open transitional kindergarten through second grade by the end of March, as well as at-risk students in all grades. That includes districts in counties that are still in the state’s purple tier, with infection rates higher than what teachers unions have said are too unsafe for reopening.

Myrat-Cruz pushed back hard on the money aspect, saying lower-income communities will suffer because they already have higher infection rates.

“If you condition funding on the reopening of schools, that money will only go to white and wealthier schools that do not have the transmission rates that low-income black and brown communities do,” she said. “This is a recipe for propagating structural racism, and it is deeply unfair to the students we serve.”

Los Angeles Unified is the second largest district in America with about 600,000 students, Politico said, adding that it’s by far the largest in the state with roughly 10 percent of California’s public schoolchildren.

“We are being unfairly targeted by people who are not experiencing this disease in the same ways as students and families are in our communities. If this was a rich person’s disease, we would’ve seen a very different response. We would not have the high rate of infections and deaths,” Myart-Cruz said. “Now educators are asked instead to sacrifice ourselves, the safety of our students, and the safety of our schools.”

She said the union wants staff fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or be provided full access to vaccinations before schools reopen.

Myart-Cruz also said “some voices are being allowed to speak louder than others. We have to call out the privilege behind the largely white, wealthy parents driving the push for a rushed return.”


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Newsom’s push to get shots into the arms of teachers, along with steadily decreasing case rates across the state, has more and more districts moving up their timelines to reopen. California began Monday to designate 10 percent of the state’s vaccine doses for teachers and other on-site school staff, speeding up distribution across counties. […]

While the plan offers extra funding to schools willing to reopen to the state’s youngest students regardless of local virus case rates, it does not apply pressure on older grades until counties hit the less restrictive red tier. Under the plan, once counties move into the red tier — with daily case rates below 7 per 100,000 residents — schools eligible for the grant funding must open to all elementary grades, plus at least one grade in middle and high school.

The deal speeds up the clock and more strictly ties the grants to in-person instruction than what the Legislature proposed previously. If schools do not open by the end of March, they will start to lose a percentage of money for each day they remain closed starting April 1.

The outlet said Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner didn’t respond Monday to a request for comment on the state’s plan, adding that he’s criticized earlier versions of the state’s reopening plan and has “mostly aligned himself with the union’s positions in recent months.”

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Berkeley teachers’ union president caught dropping off kid at in-person private school despite fighting against reopening schools

Matt Meyer is the president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, the union that represents public educators in the notoriously liberal city, and has staunchly fought against reopening schools until all teachers have received the coronavirus vaccine.

But that has not stopped Meyer from taking his own daughter to a private school operating in person.

What happened?

Berkeley parents angry over their children being stuck in distance learning — despite guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that say schools can safely reopen without every teacher having received the COVID vaccine — followed Meyer, camera in hand, to catch the union president in stunning hypocrisy.


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The parents caught Meyer dropping off his 2-year-old daughter at a private preschool that is operating with in-person instruction, KQED-TV reported.

Dr. Shelene Stine — who has one child that attends the same private preschool as Meyer’s daughter and an older child in the Berkeley Unified School District — blasted Meyer for taking his daughter to a private, in-person school despite supporting the continued closure of public schools.

“I am a physician. It is definitively the scientific agreement that it is possible to deliver safe in-person education,” Stine told KQED. “It’s infuriating to know Matt Meyer says kids can’t wear masks when kids in his preschool wear them all day long.”

Jonathan Zachreson, the founder of Reopen California Schools, told KQED Meyer’s action were clear hypocrisy.

“It’s completely opposite of what he’s pushing,” Zachreson said. “So why is that safe for him and those people who work there [at the preschool], but not for all of the kids in Berkeley Unified and the teachers? The answer is: It is safe.”

How did Meyer respond?

The union president responded to critics by citing his “personal choice” to send his daughter to the school of his choice.

“I have my two-year-old in preschool. Unfortunately, there are not public schools for kids her age,” Meyer told KQED on Sunday.

Meyer also claimed that preschools like the one his daughter attends are “completely different universe from an elementary school in terms of size, services provided, outside space, and public health guidelines. I don’t have elementary school-aged children.”

When will Berkeley schools reopen?

Berkeley public schools have been shut down for in-person learning since the pandemic began last spring.

That will finally change this month after the Berkeley teachers’ union reached an agreement with the Berkeley Unified School District.

“Students in preschool through second grade would return to class on March 29, according to the agreement. Those in grades 3 through 9 would return on April 12. High schoolers in grades 10 through 12 would return on April 19,” Berkeleyside reported.

Part of the reopening plan includes mass vaccinations for Berkeley Unified School District employees.

Ironically, Meyer, before being caught taking his daughter to an in-person school, called the plan the “gold standard” and the “safest” option for students.

“This plan is the Gold Standard,” Meyer said. “Social distancing, mask-wearing, and vaccinations for adults will create the safest environment for in-person education for the end of this year.”

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Soros-backed DA, who now faces recall, hires prosecutor who called LAPD ‘barbarians’ and wants to abolish prisons

George Gascón, the Soros-backed Los Angeles district attorney, is facing scrutiny over his extremely progressive criminal justice reforms and the recent hiring of a new prosecutor who has exhibited anti-police sentiments.

It was revealed last week that Gascón hired Tiffiny Blacknell, a controversial public defender who has a history of expressing anti-police beliefs.

“I’ve confirmed D.A. George Gascon has hired public defender Tiffiny Blacknell to his administration as a Grade 4 prosecutor,” KTTV-TV investigative reporter Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter. “Blacknell served on Gascon’s policy committee during his campaign. She has called LAPD “barbarians” and says “prisons should be abolished.”

Melugin included a photo of Blacknell wearing a t-shirt that read: “THE POLICE ARE TRAINED TO KILL US.” He also included screenshots of Blacknell calling LAPD officers “barbarians,” and another of her tweets that declares, “Prison is obsolete. We need to reimagine America without it.”

Blacknell was criticized in 2020 after she allegedly helped negotiate a “sweetheart deal” with a suspected gang murderer. Blacknell reportedly went behind the backs of the victim’s family and the prosecutor. The deal was ultimately withdrawn.

Cindy Wallace, who has been a prosecutor in the DA’s office for almost 13 years, told KTTV, “It’s really unfortunate. I think it’s unfair. It seems like she was given some sort of preferential treatment for helping George Gascón’s election, being on the transition team, it’s nepotistic a bit.”

Eric Siddall, the vice president of the union representing prosecutors in the L.A. County DA’s Office, said she doesn’t have enough experience. “This is really about political cronyism rather than someone who actually meets the qualification standards of a Grade 4 position,” Siddall alleged.

As a Grade 4 prosecutor, Blacknell will purportedly be making up to $15,000 per month. The reported Twitter account of Blackwell has since gone private and her tweets are protected.

Gascón, whose campaign received over $2 million from leftist billionaire George Soros, is dealing with his own problems — he is facing a recall effort.

On Saturday, organizers held a “victims vigil” outside Gascón’s office in downtown Los Angeles. Organizers expected 100 people to attend the rally, where they planned to get 20 signatures from Los Angeles County residents, which is the necessary amount needed to file an intent to recall.

“The recall effort needs valid signatures from at least 10 percent of registered voters in the county, or just under 600,000 people, to qualify for the ballot, according to the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office,” NBC News reported. “Elected officials must be in office for at least 90 days before a recall effort can be officially launched. Gascón was sworn in on Dec. 7.”

The day he took office in December, Gascón announced sweeping criminal reform policy changes, including “an end to cash bail, a ban on prosecutors seeking enhanced prison sentences, and showing leniency to many low-level offenders,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Recall George Gascón website states:

He promised a softer and gentler criminal justice system that would reduce incarceration rates for minor offenders and place increased focus on mental health and addiction issues that plague our communities. But the moment he was sworn in as District Attorney, George Gascon instituted a series of directives to the prosecutors in his command that have nothing to do with a progressive approach to prosecution and have everything to do with a radical agenda that ignores victims, disregards the law and endangers the lives and livelihoods of all Angelenos.

The recall effort against Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom already has the necessary signatures ahead of the March 17 deadline.

Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell teased during his CPAC speech that he may run for governor of California if Newsom is recalled.

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TikTok video shows Gavin Newsom inside a restaurant while not social distancing

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was seen inside a restaurant in Fresno, California, where restaurants are only permitted to be open if they are outside because of Newsom’s own stay-at-home order.

Newsom is seen on a TikTok video and photos at the Los Amigos restaurant in Fresno. Based on Newsom’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” restrictions, Fresno is a purple tier area, which means the area has “widespread” COVID-19 infections. Purple tier regions prohibit bars, breweries, and distilleries to be open, plus indoor dining is banned. Only restaurants and wineries may offer outdoor service.

Despite Newsom’s own strict coronavirus constraints that he signed into effect, the governor was inside a restaurant. Newsom, who has preached social distancing to his constituents for months, is seen not physically distancing in the restaurant.

The video that was originally posted to TikTok shows Newsom with comedian George Lopez.

In a video posted by the restaurant, Lopez is seen without a face mask and not practicing social distancing, which Newsom has demanded all Californians practice since the beginning of the pandemic.

Chef Andrew Gruel, a prominent restaurateur in Los Angeles, claimed that Newsom was “dining/drinking” at the restaurant. He astutely noted that the restaurant had a table full of refreshments that commenters believe to be pitchers of water with limes or margaritas.

Gruel called for Newsom’s resignation on Twitter:

Newsom must resign ASAP. Yesterday he was inside a restaurant dining and doing a painfully cringe-worthy “bit” with George Lopez in a county that is NOT ALLOWED to have indoor dining. It is in purple tier. This is a slap in the face to every restaurant worker. Every citizen.

A spokesperson for Newsom’s office told Fox News that the governor did not dine at the restaurant. Newsom’s camp said he was there to meet with the restaurant’s owners, who received a COVID-19 relief grant.

Newsom infamously sparked criticism in November after he flouted his own coronavirus rules when he was caught dining at the luxurious French Laundry in Napa. The Michelin-star restaurant reportedly received $2.4 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans from the Small Business Administration, which is allegedly 17 times more than the average California restaurant.

California voters who are disappointed in Newsom’s leadership and hypocrisy during the coronavirus pandemic have started a petition to recall him. The petition organized by The Recall Newsom campaign purportedly has 1,825,000 signatures, more than the necessary threshold of 1,497,709 signatures.

During a speech at CPAC, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell hinted that he may run for governor of California if Newsom is recalled.

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Richard Grenell strongly hints at possible run for governor of California

Richard Grenell, a strong ally of former President Donald Trump, teased a possible run for governor of California.

Grenell delivered a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, where the former U.S. ambassador to Germany hinted at making a gubernatorial run in the deep blue state of California.

“If you want the best case possible for a recall campaign, take a look at my home state of California,” Grenell told the crowd at CPAC in Orlando, Florida. “California used to be Reagan country, the shining example of business innovation and middle-class success. But now when you think of California, you think of out-of-control wildfires, of rolling blackouts, of schools still closed, of shuttered business, of bans on fracking, and on wealthy people jumping the vaccine line.”

Grenell then took aim at Gavin Newsom, the current Democratic governor of California who is facing a petition recall.

“In my three decades in American politics I have never seen a better case for a recall than there is right now in California,” he added. “And of course, if a public official is still failing to deliver on their promises, and if you can’t limit their term or recall them in time, there’s always one other option: You can run against them yourself.”

Mercedes Schlapp, another former member of the Trump administration who was the White House Director of Strategic Communications, was in favor of Grenell running and told the crowd, “How wonderful was Ric Grenell? I don’t know, I think he’d make a great governor of California.”

Previously, Grenell dismissed the notion that he would run for governor of the Golden State. The former Acting Director of National Intelligence shot down a Politico report earlier this month that he was “laying groundwork for CA governor run should @GavinNewsom recall qualify.”

Grenell reacted to the report by tweeting, “Politico has pretended gossip is journalism.”

The deadline to submit signatures on a petition to recall Newsom is March 17, but the campaign already surpassed the necessary threshold of 1,497,709. As of Thursday, the petition had 1,825,000 signatures, according to The Recall Newsom campaign.

“However, it’s important to note that all those signatures need to be verified as authentic registered voters by the Secretary of State’s office before a recall elections is triggered,” KABC-TV reported.

Even if Newsom is recalled, it would be a tall order for Grenell, who is embraced by much of Trump’s base, to win the deep blue California. In the 2020 presidential election, Trump lost California by more than 29 percentage points to Joe Biden. As of November, registered Democratic voters outnumbered Republicans by almost two to one.

Donald Trump will speak at CPAC on Sunday.


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Almost a Year Later, There’s Still No Evidence Showing Governments Can Control the Spread of Covid-19

This article was originally published by Anthony Rozmajzl at The Mises Institute. 

 

As we approach the one-year anniversary of fifteen days to flatten the curve, we have yet to acquire any data suggesting that the past year of life-destroying lockdowns and politicized behavioral mandates has done anything to keep us safe from covid-19.

While discussions surrounding the reintroduction of nationwide lockdowns seem to have ceased—it’s impossible to ignore the lockdowns’ disproportionately deadly effects and the numerous studies demonstrating their futility—the media still retain their grip on the narrative that nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as mask mandates, curfews, capacity restrictions, gathering restrictions, and others remain necessary to prevail in our fight against covid-19.

Government officials, in lockstep with big tech and nearly all major news outlets, have controlled the NPI narrative to such an extent that its proponents have simply sidestepped the burden of proof naturally arising from the introduction and continued support of novel virus mitigation strategies, happily pointing to the fact that their ideas enjoy unanimous support from the corporate media and government officials all over the world. This seemingly impenetrable narrative rests, of course, on the critical assumption that NPIs, or behavioral mandates, have protected us from covid-19.

The One Chart That Covid Doomsdayers Can’t Explain

If there is one visualization the reader should become familiar with to highlight the ineffectiveness of nearly a year’s worth of NPIs, it would be the following chart comparing hospitalizations and deaths per million in Florida with those in New York and California, however, we will be focusing solely on the comparison between Florida and California.

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In light of everything our officials have taught us about how this virus spreads, it defies reality that Florida, a fully open and popular travel destination with one of the oldest populations in the country, currently has lower hospitalizations and deaths per million than California, a state with much heavier restrictions and one of the youngest populations in the country. While it is true that, overall, California does slightly better than Florida in deaths per million, simply accounting for California’s much younger population tips the scales in Florida’s favor.

Florida has zero restrictions on bars, breweries, indoor dining, gyms, places of worship, gathering sizes, and almost all schools are offering in-person instruction. California, on the other hand, retains heavy restrictions in each of these areas. At the very least, Florida’s hospitalizations and deaths per million should be substantially worse than California’s. Those who predicted death and destruction as a consequence of Florida’s September reopening simply cannot see these results as anything other than utterly remarkable. Even White House covid advisor Andy Slavitt, much to the establishment’s embarrassment, had no explanation for Florida’s success relative to California. Slavitt was reduced to parroting establishment talking points after admitting that Florida’s surprisingly great numbers were “just a little beyond our explanation.”

Does Compliance Explain the Discrepancy?

Invariably, the above graph will invoke responses pointing to Californians’ supposed lack of compliance relative to Floridians as justification for their poor numbers. On its face, this claim is patently absurd given that Florida has been fully open since September. But if we dig into the data a bit more, we find some relevant metrics that shed light on how frequently Floridians and Californians are engaging in behaviors that allegedly fuel covid-19 transmission. The following survey data—California is shown in blue, Florida in gray—is taken from Carnegie Mellon University’s Delphi Research Group. Beyond the red vertical line, Florida has had consistently lower hospitalizations and deaths per million than California.

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We can see that, relative to Floridians, Californians have consistently been doing a better job of avoiding social behaviors that allegedly fuel the spread of covid-19. Moreover, at no point was there a drastic change in behavioral patterns after December 17 indicating that Floridians had suddenly begun avoiding activities purportedly linked to covid transmission.

A quick glance at each state’s “social distancing score” also indicates, yet again, that Californians have been doing a better job avoiding activities meant to facilitate the spread of covid-19. Additionally, Google’s covid mobility reports, as of February 16, 2021, show that Californians partake in fewer retail and recreational visits—restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theaters—as well as fewer grocery store and pharmacy visits, which include farmers markets, food warehouses, and specialty food shops. Evidently, the whole “noncompliance” schtick is nothing more than a fraudulent excuse for explaining away undesirable trends.

More Metrics Rebutting the Mainstream Covid-19 Narrative

Moving on from the Florida-California comparison, national metrics also highlight the lack of correlation between the intensity of states’ NPIs—a methodology for determining this can be found here—and deaths per million.

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In fact, if we visualize case trends across all fifty diverse states, each state having varying levels of restrictions, you’ll quickly notice a pattern that presents itself quite similar across all fifty states: a bump in cases early to midway through the year followed by a much bigger surge in cases during winter months. The following data was retrieved from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

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Similar case patterns across fifty states is hardly an indicator of a government capable of influencing the course of the virus. Instead, research published in Evolutionary Bioinformatics shows that case counts and mortality rates are strongly correlated with temperature and latitude, a concept known as “seasonality,” which, once recognized, largely explains the failure of the past year’s NPIs.

Meanwhile, we can look at seasonally congruent regions to see whether or not varying degrees of behavioral mandates have had any noticeable impact on cases. What we find, thanks to seasonality, is that regardless of the timing or existence of mask mandates and other behavioral mandates, similar regions follow similar case growth patterns.

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For the firm believer in NPIs, these simultaneous and nearly identical fluctuations between cities within the same state and states having similar climates are inexplicable. After accepting seasonality as one of the driving factors behind case fluctuations, we can start speaking of “covid season” as pragmatically as we speak of “flu season.” A helpful visual of what covid season might look like, based on the Hope-Simpson seasonality model for influenza, can be found here.

Update on the Holiday Surge and Recent “Superspreaders”

Some of you may be wondering about the “holiday surges” that were supposed to have ravaged our hospitals following Thanksgiving and Christmas. Well, they never happened. Not only did the rate of covid-19 hospitalization growth decline after Thanksgiving, but hospitalizations also peaked less than two weeks after Christmas and have been sharply plummeting since! At the very least we should have seen a rapid increase in the hospitalization growth rate in the few weeks following Christmas.

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As a bonus for those who like to keep up to date with the latest installments of The Media Who Cried Superspreader, Alabama recently came under heavy fire after thousands of maskless football fans took to the streets to celebrate their team winning the national college football title. FanSided, among others, was quick to label the large celebration as a superspreader event, and health officials were worried that the Alabama superspreader was going to result in a huge case spike. Here’s what really happened.

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Miraculously, cases immediately plummeted after Alabama’s “superspreader” event and continue to plummet to this day. If that wasn’t enough, Mississippi, Alabama’s next-door neighbor, followed a nearly identical case pattern despite hosting no superspreader events.

Finally, in our most recent installment of The Media Who Cried Superspreader, we see that two weeks—two weeks being the establishment’s baseline lag time between superspreaders and their consequences—after millions of people gathered with friends and family to watch Superbowl LV, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to plummet.

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Despite the scary warnings and grim predictions of Superbowl gatherings, we find, yet again, a gaping hole in the mainstream covid-19 narrative. It would appear safe to conclude that the worst of the covid season is behind us.

Data show that from the few weeks prior to February 4, cases have fallen 45 percent in the United States—cases are still declining at a rapid pace despite mid-January warnings that the new variant would create a surge in cases—30 percent globally, and hospitalizations have dropped 26 percent since their mid-January peak. Yet there appears to be a general confusion as to how we’ve achieved these numbers. Did populations around the world unanimously begin complying with covid regulations? Did governments finally get serious about enforcing their mandates? These are some explanations we might hear, but only so long as cases and hospitalizations continue to trend downward.

It is very unlikely, however, that health officials will start pointing to seasonality as an alternative explanation for our continually improving numbers. To do so would be a tacit admission that nearly a year’s worth of heavily politicized behavioral mandates, life-destroying lockdowns, and devastating business closures were all for naught. But the data have spoken, and it is abundantly clear that attempting to socially engineer a respiratory virus out of existence is nothing short of a fool’s errand.

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Smash-and-grab in broad daylight caught on video — but victim isn’t about to let robber get away with it

San Francisco resident Forrest Lanning was driving through Golden Gate Park on his way back from lunch Wednesday,
KPIX-TV reported, when he caught an unusual sight ah

ead of him on the side of the road that led him to pull out his cellphone camera and start recording.

“I saw this guy at the car, and I thought he was just trying to open it, but then I saw him break the window, and then I’m like, ‘He’s doing one of those smash-and-grabs,'” Lanning told the station.


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Indeed, it was — but Lanning caught something else unexpected: The victim chased the robber across Martin Luther King Drive.

Video shows the robber starting off with a stolen suitcase and backpack:


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But once he notices the victim is chasing him, the culprit drops the suitcase in the middle of the street. The victim then shoves the crook by a waiting getaway car and wrestles the backpack from him.

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Now empty-handed, the robber gets into the passenger seat of the getaway car — but the incensed victim manages to whack the crook’s passenger window with his reclaimed backpack before the car beats it.

Lanning also got a photo of the suspects’ Chevy Impala — California license plate 5ZZN552 — and called police, KPIX said.

Turns out the victim and his family, including a toddler, were visiting from Seattle and had checked out of their hotel Wednesday morning, Lanning told the station.

“I’ve never seen it done in the neighborhoods; it’s always Golden Gate Park because where they know there’s tourists,” he added to KPIX. “Something needs to be figured out because this is a really rampant problem.”

How bad is it?

The station said city crime data shows that burglaries spiked 222%, robberies are up 74%, and car thefts increased 31% in the two districts that cover Golden Gate Park compared with the same period last year.

However, larceny thefts — which include smash-and-grabs and shoplifting — are down 44%, police told KPIX, noting the reason presumably is fewer tourists parking their cars in the city and many stores having been closed due to the pandemic.

One area resident told the station he frequently walks in the park and sees smashed glass on the ground from broken-into vehicles.

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School board VP: ‘Forcing’ teachers back to class before they’re vaccinated is ‘a very white supremacist ideology,’ akin to ‘slavery’

A California school board vice president argued that “forcing” teachers back into classrooms before they receive COVID-19 vaccinations “seems like a very white supremacist ideology” and is akin to “slavery.”

Chardá Bell-Fontenot, vice president of the La Mesa-Spring Valley Board of Education, sparred with numerous board members during Tuesday’s virtual meeting and even appeared to accuse district Superintendent David Feliciano of “racism” after he found some of her comments “offensive.”

What are the details?

The primary issue was setting a date for teachers to return to in-person instruction. While it appeared most of the individuals at the meeting — Bell-Fontenot’s video thumbnail was not onscreen, but her voice could be heard — were in favor of setting a return date, Bell-Fontenot was opposed to making a decision at the meeting.

While one of the proposals involved giving time for teachers to get vaccinated, at least one board member insisted that waiting wasn’t necessary. Bell-Fontenot took issue with the idea of “forcing” teachers to return to classrooms without being vaccinated, which she said “seems like a very white supremacist ideology” and akin to “racism.”

Several outlets said Bell-Fontenot did not respond to their requests for comment.

“We don’t have to give anybody any date!” Bell-Fontenot hollered at one point. “We don’t have to do anything that we don’t want to do right now. That’s what you don’t understand. I don’t know where you’re getting your information, or who’s telling you that we have to make a decision today, but that is not how this works.”

When a board member argued that a survey indicated 70% to 80% support for returning to school, Bell-Fontenot replied, “Who are the 70 to 80 percent, and where are they? I would like to know geographically from which school sites, which language groups, and how they conducted this feedback. Where? Please give it to me before I can make a decision. I can’t make one. I cannot make one. And I will not make one.”

When one individual said Bell-Fontenot could abstain from voting, Bell-Fontenot shot back, “There’s no reason to be nasty with me.” And again, when it was put to her that she’s “welcome” to vote no, Bell-Fontenot replied, “I know what I’m what I’m welcome to do, you guys. I do. And I know that what we’re doing is wrong.”

Throwing down with the superintendent

Amid the debate, Bell-Fontenot said, “None of you guys even know what you’re talking about right now. This seems like a mess. We should not be voting on this tonight. You guys don’t have all the information that you need. … You’re speaking from your heart, and that’s fine.” She added that a decision on a teacher return date should be pushed to the next meeting.

Then Superintendent Feliciano stepped in.

“I take great offense to the statement that no one on here knows what they’re talking about right now,” he told Bell-Fontenot. “I don’t believe that to be the case at all.”

“I wasn’t talking about you, David,” she replied. “I was talking about my fellow board members, especially the new ones.”

“I’m not speaking about me, either,” Feliciano answered. “I’m talking about your fellow board members.”

“They can speak for themselves if they have an issue with me; they can tell me,” Bell-Fontenot told the superintendent. “But you don’t need to speak for them, David.”

“I can speak for them if I choose to,” he replied.

It should be noted that while snippets of Bell-Fontenot’s arguments at the board meeting appear on the latter videos, a complete audio recording of the meeting can be found here. The relevant portion starts at the one-hour, fifteen-minute mark.

Feliciano also called Bell-Fontenot’s words “offensive.”

“Don’t say you can speak for others, that’s not appropriate,” Bell-Fontenot told him. “And it’s disrespectful. Like this is the second time you’ve disrespected me, David.”

When board President Rebecca McRae tried to move on and get Bell-Fontenot and Feliciano to discuss things in private, Bell-Fontenot hollered, “No, it doesn’t need to be private! … Racism doesn’t need to be private, Becky!”

Bell-Fontenot also didn’t seem to know the board meetings are recorded for the public, and when she was told they actually are and how to access them, she complained they aren’t “easily accessible.”

She also asked those at the meeting to “please stop trying to make me seem like I don’t know what I’m talking about, and like I’m dumb.” Bell-Fontenot added that she was “offended by the smirks on you guys’ faces.”

‘Racism’ challenged

Another individual at the meeting said she didn’t understand why Bell-Fontenot was “so upset.”

Bell-Fontenot replied, “You may not know me, but I’m not upset at all.”

The individual, a woman, went further and said, “I’m Hispanic, and I have four adopted children. We look like the U.N. So, that’s why when … you’re throwing out the racism, I don’t understand that.”

Measure passes

In the end, the board voted 4-1 in approval of Feliciano’s push to reopen the district’s classrooms, KNSD-TV reported, adding that a “hybrid” plan will begin April 19.

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MSM: Coronavirus Variant in California Looks “Increasingly Dangerous”

The mainstream media is using every scare tactic possible when it comes to getting as many people panicked into getting the vaccine as they can.  Now they are claiming “the devil is already here” when it comes to the California mutant strain of COVID-19.

As we have said time and time again, this is not going to end.  As long as people continue to fall for this charade and further chain themselves to the ruling class, we will all be dragged along with them.

KTLA5 even has an article out in which they quote a doctor who claims this new variant is “the devil.” Predictive programming? “The devil is already here,” said Dr. Charles Chiu, who led the UCSF team of geneticists, epidemiologists, statisticians, and other scientists in a wide-ranging analysis of the new variant, which they call B.1.427/B.1.429. “I wish it were different. But the science is the science.”

“The science is the science,” especially when one is being paid by the ruling class to make sure the science keeps the slaves in line. In a study that helps explain the state’s dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths — and portends further trouble ahead — scientists at UC San Francisco said the cluster of mutations that characterizes the homegrown strain should mark it as a “variant of concern” on par with those from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil.

Californians, along with the rest of the country, have been bracing for an onslaught of the more transmissible strain from the U.K. known as B.1.1.7. But they should know that a rival strain that is probably just as worrisome has already settled in, and will probably account for 90% of the state’s infections by the end of next month, said Dr. Charles Chiu, an infectious diseases researcher, and physician at UCSF. -LA Times

The solution will be more lockdowns, fewer links in your already short chain, and increased tyranny all over. This is literally what the rulers want.

The new evidence that the California variant could make people sicker, and vaccines less effective, should spur more intensive efforts to drive down infections, Chiu said. Those should include both public health measures, such as masking and limits on public activities, and a campaign of rapid vaccinations, he added. -LA Times

As we previously mentioned, now that the vaccines are out and already doing untold and underreported damage to many who take them, there could be a “push” of some kind to propagate those “hesitant” about taking the vaccine into doing so.  What better way than to make COVID-19 into COVID-21?

More COIVD-19 Vax Deaths: Think They’ll Blame This On COVID-21?

Remain alert and prepared. One of the most valuable skills right now will be discernment. Do not turn off your critical thinking and willingly submit to anyone. Keep your mind sharp, and your gear ready.

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The Fear Mongering Continues: Over 7,000 COVID-19 Mutations In India, Variants Spread In CA

According to several mainstream media outlets, there are over 7,000 coronavirus mutations and some could “pose serious risks.” A scientist in India has now said that among these variants N440K is spreading a lot more in the southern states.

Rakesh Mishra, Director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, said some of the new coronavirus mutations are a risk. Mishra, who is on a team of the CCMB scientists also published a paper on their findings – SARS-CoV-2 genomics: An Indian perspective on sequencing viral variants, said “There are more than 7,000 coronavirus mutations in [India].”

More COIVD-19 Vax Deaths: Think They’ll Blame This On COVID-21?

NBC Bay Area is reporting that at least one variant of the COVID-19 mutations is spreading rapidly in California. The fear is ramping up and we should not expect it to fade anytime soon.  Fear is how they get to control and manipulate the masses into their enslavement. We need to wake up.

The study found that cases of the COVID-19 variant first discovered in Denmark have spiked significantly over the past few weeks.

That is a big concern for San Francisco’s COVID-19 Latino Task Force, which continues to see a disproportionate number of new cases among the Latino population.

“We are the majority of the workforce that’s helping keep not just the city running but this country running,” Jon Jacobo with the task force said. “And that is why we see these disproportionate levels of infection.” –NBC Bay Area

The Science of Fear: How The Elitists Use it to Control Us & How to Break Free

The ruling class and propaganda outlets need you masked and to remain away from other human beings while they build this slave state around us. They keep trying to direct our attention toward fear, and there’s a reason.

Are Face Masks & COVID Rituals Occultist Symbols For Submission?

“It’s something to pay attention to,” he said. “Make sure we practice all the interventions that we know about, exclamation point, but not to let our guard down, but not to get panicked about it either.” And yet, we can all tell this is about panicking the masses and making sure as many people as possible remain in that panicked state of fear. “We’re not out of this,” Jacobo said. “The threat of a more infectious or deadly mutation is always lingering. I think that we have to stick to the basics, which is masking, social distancing.”

We all need to wake up.  This is not going to end well for us if we continue to allow these people ownership and “authority” over our lives and property.

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Entire California school board resigns after officials caught on hot mic trashing parents who wanted to reopen schools

An entire school board in northern California resigned after a video of the officials bashing parents went viral. In a virtual meeting, the school officials ridiculed parents who wanted in-person public education to resume. The video grabbed nationwide headlines.

Shortly after the video surfaced online, a petition sprung up that called for the resignation of the school board members, and quickly amassed thousands of signatures. The president and three other members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District resigned on Friday after they were caught on a hot mic leak lambasting parents who want schools reopened.

President Lisa Brizendine, as well as Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito, and Richie Masadas, all resigned after becoming infamous on the internet for trouncing parents, including insinuating that they’re drug users.

The district’s superintendent, Greg Hetrick, announced the board’s resignation on Friday and disavowed the “truly inappropriate comments.”

“The comments made were not in alignment with our vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders,” Hetrick told Fox News. “I know that we lost trust with the community. I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened.”

Hetrick said that the departing school board would temporarily be replaced by members of the Contra Costa County education board, according to Mercury News. The school district is about 50 miles east of San Francisco.

Brizendine issued an apology after announcing her resignation as president of the school board.

“I am raising a 10-year-old with special needs and having him home during this pandemic, while also holding down two jobs to support my family has been a huge stress,” Brizendine said. “I suffer with many of the same things that parents are going through from mental health issues to regression. My remark was callous and uncalled for and for that I am truly sorry.”

However, during the viral video, Brizendine didn’t seem to show empathy toward parents who are struggling to balance their new stressful pandemic lives where they have taken a greater role in the education of their children.

“It’s really unfortunate that they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back,” Brizendine said of parents in the video, which she thought was a private conversation with her peers, but was being broadcast to the public and recorded. She also insulted teachers by calling them “babysitters.”

School board member Richie Masadas seemed to suggest that parents are upset that classrooms are closed because children being home interrupts the adults smoking marijuana. Masadas said his brother is a cannabis delivery person, “and the clientele were parents with their kids in school.” He allegedly noted that the parents were angry because could no longer “smoke up” now that their kids are home.

Oakley Union trustee Kim Beede reportedly went on a profanity-laced tirade during the eight-minute video.

“Are we alone? “B****, if you’re gonna call me out, I’m going to f*** you up. Sorry, that’s just me.”

Beede, Masadas, and Ippolito issued an apology.

“We deeply regret the earlier comments that were made in the meeting of the Board of Education earlier this week,” the joint statement by now ex-board members reads. “As trustees, we realize it is our responsibility to model the conduct that we expect of our students and staff, and it is our obligation to build confidence in district leadership; our comments failed you in both regards, and for this we offer our sincerest apology.”

Ashley Stalf, whose 6-year-old daughter attends a school in the district, reacted to the school board openly disparaging parents.

“We meet regularly with the board as parents and we’re constantly sending in letters and emails and telling them our griefs and our strife’s over distance learning,” Stalf told host Steve Doocy on “Fox & Friends.” “It seems as of late that they mocked us, that we’re just complaining and we have nothing better to do.”

Stalf asked, “What are their true intentions, if they feel so freely that they can talk, you know, on a mic that may or may not be hot, what’s truly being said behind closed doors?”

Parents are frustrated since public schools in California have been closed for in-person education for months.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, declared earlier this month that schools shouldn’t reopen until the massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus plan is passed.


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Covid Cases, like Political Careers, are Dropping Like Rocks

This article was originally published by Jeffrey A. Tucker at the American Institute for Economic Research. 

New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who bears so much responsibility for the mess in his windswept state, last year wrote a book celebrating his role in managing the Covid crises. Now he is facing several investigations and unrelenting media criticism for his management of nursing homes. Not only did he force infected patients back into homes, resulting in many thousands of deaths; he is alleged to have worked to cover up his role and doctor the numbers to make the grim toll look less bad.

And he is not the only lockdown government facing serious problems. Governor Gavin Newsom of California is sinking in popularity and facing a serious effort to recall him – the state’s equivalent of an impeachment. It’s quite the fall from grace for a man who prided himself on his courage in locking his citizens in their homes. Meanwhile, the lockdown state’s Covid numbers look worse than Florida’s, a state with similar weather and demographics that has been fully and beautifully open since September.

At the very time when once-loved heroes of the lockdowns are facing political crises, Florida governor Ron DeSantis is riding a wave of love within his state and around the country. He took a bold stand for science and his gamble seems to be paying off for him. People are pouring into the state in hopes of living a normal life. While commercial and residential real estate are in deep trouble in New York, home prices around Miami are up 25%.

Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott faces his own issues; catastrophic freezing in his state with millions losing water and power, and facing life-threatening conditions. He wants to blame everyone but his own lockdowns that delayed maintenance of power plants and disrupted the normal functioning of the energy sector throughout 2020.

It’s not just political careers that are dropping like stones. The same is happening to Covid cases in the U.S.. The trend seems to defy prediction from January 20, 2021: the new US president said this about Covid-19: “things would get worse before they get better.” Then something very interesting happened. The number of cases of recorded infections of SARS-CoV-2 took a startling dive, falling fully 80% from the daily high on January 8th.

Source: CDC

Deaths have improved too but not at the same rate, yet.

Source: CDC

Keep in mind when you look at all these charts that they must always be viewed with the awareness that they never perfectly reflect reality. They are only as accurate as the inputs. For example, the case numbers are completely off for the first quarter of 2020 simply because there were few if any tests available. It’s entirely possible that cases during this period reached a high in the Northeast of the US that was never seen since, but we cannot know. If that is true, the perception of whether and to what extent we did experience a wicked second wave could be profoundly affected.

Case data are also affected by how many tests are actually administered. Those too are falling dramatically but not enough to account for the drop in cases. Testing can be impacted by people’s willingness to get tests (which in turn reflects the fear of the quarantine) and the extent to which professions are requiring them. The results of the testing are also highly sensitive to the settings of the test itself (the “cycle threshold” used to detect the presence of the virus).

Death data seems more decisively accurate but there are reporting lags that can delay accuracy by many weeks. In addition, there is an error term (how large?) due to misclassification. The CDC itself has made it clear that only in 6% of death cases is SARS-CoV-2 mentioned as the only cause. Those are the easy ones to classify. After that, it gets more complicated. “For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 3.8 additional conditions or causes per death,” says the CDC. Sorting all this out will require years of work in looking at death certificates and weighing factors.

Even given all of this, the drop is so precipitous as to cry out for explanation. It is hard for the politically minded not to notice the timing. It roughly coincides with the inauguration of the new president. If they really are so sensitive to factors like the Cycle Threshold in the PCR tests, would it not be relatively easy to dial-up and dial down the appearance of a pandemic based purely on software settings? The dramatic drop then could in theory be orchestrated. And it is rather amazing that on the day of the inauguration, the World Health Organization released a clarification on tests, urging testers to reduce the number of false positives by paying greater attention to Cycle Thresholds. Anecdotal evidence I’ve encountered suggests that testing labs have responded in kind.

If the WHO and the CDC wanted to avoid conspiracy theories that the pandemic was made to disappear with the incoming administration, they could have better timed this change in the Cycle Threshold.

Another explanation of the drop in cases is not contingent on such a cynical view toward public health. It relies on the tried and true observational truth about the behavior of viruses. Getting them and getting well means acquiring lasting immunities. That combined with vaccines leads to the endemic equilibrium known as herd immunity: the virus finds fewer and fewer hosts in the general population and becomes much more manageable.

This is the view of Professor Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, he highlights the role of a concept that has almost been absent from public discussion over the course of the last 12 months: natural immunity. He writes:

Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted?

In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing. Testing has been capturing only from 10% to 25% of infections, depending on when during the pandemic someone got the virus. Applying a time-weighted case capture average of 1 in 6.5 to the cumulative 28 million confirmed cases would mean about 55% of Americans have natural immunity.

Now add people getting vaccinated. As of this week, 15% of Americans have received the vaccine, and the figure is rising fast. Former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb estimates 250 million doses will have been delivered to some 150 million people by the end of March….

There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection. As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect Covid will be mostly gone by April, allowing Americans to resume normal life.

Many experts, along with politicians and journalists, are afraid to talk about herd immunity. The term has political overtones because some suggested the U.S. simply let Covid rip to achieve herd immunity. That was a reckless idea. But herd immunity is the inevitable result of viral spread and vaccination. When the chain of virus transmission has been broken in multiple places, it’s harder for it to spread—and that includes the new strains…..

Some medical experts privately agreed with my prediction that there may be very little Covid-19 by April but suggested that I not to talk publicly about herd immunity because people might become complacent and fail to take precautions or might decline the vaccine. But scientists shouldn’t try to manipulate the public by hiding the truth. As we encourage everyone to get a vaccine, we also need to reopen schools and society to limit the damage of closures and prolonged isolation. Contingency planning for an open economy by April can deliver hope to those in despair and to those who have made large personal sacrifices.

All of which is to say that we might be in the last days of the pandemic and the early days of seasonal endemicity – which is the natural course of every widespread respiratory virus ever studied. Why anyone imagined that lockdowns, political edicts, coercive controls, and the ruining and wrecking of normal social and economic functioning would change that is beyond comprehension.

Whatever your theory as to why cases are dropping like rocks – natural immunity, PCR testing changes, drops in tests, seasonality – none of it can be credited to political interventions. What the interventions might do, however, is cause dozens if not hundreds of political careers also to drop like rocks.

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LA Times editorial board tells city’s superintendent of schools ‘to put on his big-boy pants’ and reopen schools

To say that parents nationwide are tired of the mixed messages they’re getting from school district leadership, the state governments, and the teachers’ unions would be an understatement.

But parents are easy to ignore. American school districts have been doing it for decades.

From New York to Chicago to Portland, elected leaders are instead cowering to teachers’ unions and refusing to get teachers back in classrooms even as state and federal health officials repeatedly declare that it’s safe to return to in-person instruction.

In Los Angeles, teachers have been fighting going back to work for months now — and the cries of parents and students seemingly have been ignored by the bigwigs of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

However, one group in L.A. that is harder to ignore just jumped into the fray on the side of parents: the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times.

In a Wednesday editorial, the paper declared that the city’s school district “is officially out of excuses for keeping elementary schools closed” and that the superintendent “needs to put on his big-boy pants” and tell educators to get back into the classroom.

The paper noted that despite the fact that schools across the country have reopened with little risk and that elementary students are “far less likely” to get COVID or infect others and that there have been zero surges caused by reopened schools, L.A. Unified schools (and many others throughout California) have remained shuttered.

According to the paper, Superintendent Austin Beutner can finally open schools now because the county’s infection rate has fallen to the point where it is “officially safe” for every elementary school in the county to open.

Yet, Beutner — who has been in an ongoing struggle with United Teachers Los Angeles — still does not have any immediate plans to reopen, the Times said.

“There are no more excuses. Further delay is unacceptable,” the paper declared.

Beutner has been acquiescing to UTLA’s demands — getting school buildings ready for teachers and students, updating testing availability, and implementing an elaborate tracing regimen, not to mention pushing to get teachers vaccinated before returning (which public experts have repeatedly said is not necessary) — yet the union continues to stand in the way.

The Times has a message for Beutner: Get tough with the unions and demand that teachers get back to work — or understand they could find themselves out of work.

From the Times:

It’s not easy to go against UTLA, as Beutner learned during a bruising strike two years ago. But at this point, the superintendent needs to put on his big-boy pants, reopen schools and demand that teachers return or risk their jobs. Union leaders in turn need to realize that not only are students done a tremendous disservice by the continued closures, but most parents vehemently want their kids back in the classroom. The union is jeopardizing its own popularity if it continues to put the needs of students and families last.

It’s also time for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, the paper said, to “fall in line with the CDC” and get kids back into schools.

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‘Really f***ed up’: Progressive writer blasts Democrats for playing politics, cowering to unions, and ignoring science in refusal to reopen schools

Parents across the country have been clamoring for state governments to reopen schools, yet in blue states those calls are largely being ignored, while red states are far more likely to have reopened schools.

The Democratic intransigence on opening schools has not escaped Americans’ attention — both on the political right and left.

One Bay Area writer — and admitted left-wing progressive — is taking her fellow leftists and the Democrats they support to task for playing politics with kids’ lives by cowering to teachers’ unions and ignoring science in their refusal to get schools open again.

Dr. Rebecca Bodenheimer, an Oakland-based writer, posted what she called her “rant” about the politics involved in the fight over reopening schools this weekend — and she went directly after the “Democratic apathy” and the party’s ties to teachers’ unions.

Noting that experts in public health, including the CDC, have said it is safe to reopen schools and that reopening should be a priority, Bodenheimer lamented that “anyone can sit by and think this is an acceptable state of affairs for a developed country” and said it makes her “blood boil to see how little this country cares about kids.”

And then she went after the specific culprits in all of this: Democratic leadership and teachers’ unions.

“The politicization of this issue is what’s really f***ed up,” she wrote.

“Schools are largely open in red states and closed in blue ones,” Bodenheimer continued, pointing to “Burbio’s K-12 School Opening Tracker.”

The tracker — which features an “in-person index” based on weighted averages of virtual, hybrid, and in-person instruction — clearly shows that red states are far more likely to have students back in the classroom than blue states.

Bodenheimer has found herself flummoxed by the situation.

“It’s very difficult for me to understand the simplistic thinking that says: Trump said open schools, so we must keep them closed at all costs,” she said. “I have never felt so alienated from the people I usually align myself with politically. I will never understand how the left in this country has decided that advocating for putting kids first is somehow right-wing.”

She’s not the only one her in tribe noticing the left’s failure, she said. Liberal California parents like her are about ready to take out their frustration on Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom:

I’m hearing from progressive parents all the time who are so infuriated about the Democratic apathy around school reopening — from politicians like Gavin Newsom, who are willing to allow their stances to be dictated by teachers’ unions — that they’re considering supporting the recall effort, maybe even switching parties.

But she reserved her harshest criticism for the unions that have ignored the science surrounding the coronavirus and schools:

[H]ere’s the thing: parents are not willing to sacrifice their kids’ wellbeing for the sake of ideology or being a good leftist. And they shouldn’t. It’s our most important job to do what’s best for our kids. And if that means calling out teachers’ unions, so be it. I won’t stay silent while unions ignore the science and the entire public health community, and all the research telling us schools aren’t drivers of transmission, that spread is much lower in schools than in the surrounding community. Last March we didn’t know any better. But now we know — and we’ve known for months. Europe opened up in the fall. Florida, Texas, all the red states opened up. Rhode Island was one of the few blue states that was committed to putting kids first. Can you remember even one major outbreak that was tied to school transmission (not a handful of cases, but an outbreak)? I can’t. And teachers aren’t at greater risk either.

Many of the parents I’m working with on this issue see themselves as progressive and have until now supported organized labor and unions (I myself went to the picket line for Oakland teachers 2 years ago), but it’s so clear to us that teachers’ unions are dead wrong on this issue and that their interests are diametrically opposed to what’s best for our kids. Your own kid might be doing ok in remote learning, but by and large, kids aren’t doing well. Mine sure isn’t. Just remember: the principles of child development haven’t just vanished because we’re in a pandemic. It’s still not good to have our kids in front of the screen for hours upon hours every day. Kids still need to learn alongside other kids and still need to play with other kids. What I’m saying is, there’s no amount of improvement of distance learning you can do that will make it be a good platform for learning.

Unions and their allies, according to Bodenheimer, need to abandon their “absurd justifications” for not reopening — “like denying there’s any learning loss associated with distance learning or suggesting parents can be adequate substitutes for teachers” — and get back to work.

The teachers’ unions’ “tone-deaf and ridiculous” claims are undermining the proclaimed worth of teachers, she noted.

“If parents or anyone else could fill in so easily, why should we pay teachers more?” she asked. “Why should we value them as professionals?”

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The Reason Why A Lot Of People Are Leaving San Francisco Might Surprise You

Over the past year we have seen a mass exodus from major cities along the west coast, but what is happening to San Francisco is particularly sad.  Once upon a time, San Francisco was one of the most beautiful cities on the entire planet.  There is so much culture there, and the rolling hills make it a place like no other.  And thanks to the tech boom in Silicon Valley, it has become one of the most prosperous cities in the whole country.  So why have hordes of San Francisco residents decided to leave and never look back?

Well, there are a lot of factors at work.

First of all, the cost of living has gotten wildly out of control.  A postage stamp of an apartment will cost you thousands of dollars per month to rent, and a lot of people don’t like paying 17 dollars for a salad.

For others, the extremely high taxes and the insane politicians are more than enough of a reason to leave the state.  The lockdowns that were instituted by Governor Gavin Newsom have destroyed thousands of small businesses, and many former small business owners have pledged that they will never go back to California under any circumstances.

In San Francisco in particular, open drug abuse in the streets has made headlines all over the globe in recent years.  The streets are constantly littered with drug needles and piles of human feces, and that isn’t pleasant.

On top of everything else, there is always the threat of more wildfires and a giant earthquake could strike the coast at literally any moment.

But none of those things are what this article is about.

This article is about the huge spike in crime that is driving countless people away from San Francisco.

When he was able to get a job with a tech company four years ago, Kieran Blubaugh jumped at the chance to live in San Francisco, and at first everything seemed great

Kieran Blubaugh dreamed of living in California when he was growing up in Indiana. He played the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game and envisioned himself skateboarding down San Francisco’s crazy hills.

After paying off his student loans four years ago, he landed a job with a tech company and moved to San Francisco. At first, life was heavenly. He had a seven-minute commute on his motorcycle. He could pay $30 to see Incubus, one of his favorite bands, a short walk from his apartment.

Unfortunately, his infatuation with the region did not last long.

Even though he was located in a good part of the city, crime just kept getting worse and worse, and eventually he decided that enough was enough

Soon, however, his California dream soured. Thieves broke into his locked garage and did $8,000 worth of damage to his motorcycle, doubling his insurance rates. His dog nearly died after eating human feces on the sidewalk. Seeing people either getting arrested or being treated for an overdose outside a nearby building was a regular occurrence.

“And I live in a nice part of town,” said Blubaugh, 33.

With each passing year, the criminals just keep becoming even more brazen.

Not too long ago, San Francisco resident Ben Couillard had someone watch his house while he was away, and that individual actually had to confront someone that was trying to break into the house

He said the house sitter came face-to-face with the suspicious person who had turned his attention away from the vehicles and to the house.

“So she saw him through the window and basically when she asked him, you know, ‘Can I help you?’ Like, what are you doing as he’s trying to break in? And he said to her, like, ‘Go upstairs, (expletive) or I’ll kill you.”

What would you do if that happened to you?

You could call the San Francisco police, and they may or may not show up eventually.

Meanwhile, the junkies will continue to roam throughout your neighborhood as they search for things to steal so that they can sell them for more drugs.

The other night, San Francisco officials held a “virtual town hall” to discuss the crime wave.  Residents were told that criminals are starting to target residents more frequently because they don’t have many tourists to prey upon these days

San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen, District Attorney Chesa Boudin, and the captain of the police department overseeing the area, held a virtual town hall with residents of the community Wednesday night to address their concerns.

They attribute what they say is an increase in crime to “economic desperation” and “tourism has gone down so substantially in San Francisco that criminal rings that targeted tourists in areas that tourists frequent no longer have tourists there,” said Supervisor Ronen.

Please remind me not to visit San Francisco as a tourist any time soon.

Sadly, we are seeing the exact same thing happen to San Francisco that has happened to countless other communities all across the nation.  Like so many other major cities, it has become a crime-ridden, drug-infested hellhole, and this has happened even though northern California is swimming in hundreds of billions of dollars from the tech industry.

After telling a reporter why he left the state, Kieran Blubaugh was asked how conditions in the state could be improved.  This was his answer

“We need more police. There’s a general lawlessness that’s just scary.”

Isn’t that ironic?

The “defund the police” movement has been pushing California cities such as San Francisco to greatly reduce police funding, but Blubaugh insists that the solution is more police.

And Blubaugh is not exactly an elderly curmudgeon.  In fact, he is just 33 years old.

Of course the phrase “general lawlessness” could be used to describe the condition of the United States as a whole.  We have become an upside down society where good is evil and evil is good, and as a result we have totally lost our way.

Unless we completely reverse course, the “general lawlessness” in our country is only going to intensify in the years ahead.

But we aren’t going to reverse course, are we?

At this point, we appear to have a national love affair with evil, and the consequences of that love affair are going to be very bitter indeed.

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Another senseless attack on elderly man — 91 years old — on Bay Area street caught on surveillance video

On the heels of a
sickening attack caught on video against an 84-year-old man in San Francisco that resulted in his death earlier this month, a similar assault against an unsuspecting elderly man was caught on video in Oakland’s Chinatown, KGO-TV reported.

What are the details?

The 91-year-old victim was shoved from behind to the sidewalk outside the Asian Resource Center, the station said:

But the perp wasn’t done.

“The suspect then approached a 60-year-old man and 55-year-old woman from behind that were also walking in the 800 block of Harrison Street,” Oakland police said in a press release regarding the Jan. 31 attack, KGO reported. “The suspect pushed both victims to the ground, resulting in the woman losing consciousness. The man also suffered injury. Both victims were treated at a local hospital for their injuries.”

The 91-year-old victim suffered cuts, scrapes, and a bruised thumb, KRON-TV reported.

Suspect arrested

“We are filing charges against a suspect identified as Yahya Muslim,” Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said Monday, according to a KGO-TV follow-up story. “We have charged him with three counts of assault that involve three separate victims.”


Yahya Muslim Image source: Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

Muslim was booked Feb. 1 on an unrelated criminal case and jailed, the station said, adding that he’s also facing charges of inflicting great bodily injury and committing a crime against an elderly person. O’Malley said Muslim has two prior felony assault convictions, KGO noted.

An investigator from the DA’s office is looking into the case, KRON said, adding that it’s possible hate crime charges could come at a later date.

What happened in the San Francisco attack?

There is concern about an epidemic of unprovoked attacks against the Bay Area’s Asian population, particularly against the elderly.

Another violent attack took place Jan. 28 in San Francisco, as video captured the moment a man sprinted across a street toward an 84-year-old man walking across a driveway, slammed his body into the elderly victim, and knocked him flat on his back.

The victim — identified by family members as Vicha Ratanapakdee, a native of Thailand, KTVU-TV reported — was hit so hard he flew from the middle of the driveway and slid backward until the top of his head appeared to touch a garage door.

Ratanapakdee died Jan. 30, the station said.

Two suspects were arrested in connection with the attack.

Asian actors step up

Two Asian American actors put up reward money for information leading to the arrest of the Oakland suspect, KGO reported.

“Racist rhetoric from the pandemic have targeted us as being the reason for coronavirus. And so Asians across the board have been targeted, being pushed, attacked, spat on,” Daniel Wu said, according to the station. “Outside of San Francisco, in Los Angeles and in New York, these incidents are happening all over the country.”

Wu and Daniel Dae Kim both offered a $25,000 reward, KGO added.

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High school football player bashes Newsom in viral rant against lockdowns: ‘What a wasted final year of school’

A California high school football player went viral for his compelling rant against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictive COVID-19 lockdowns that have shut down team sports. Isaiah Navarro, who attends Paraclete High School in Lancaster, voiced his frustrations on all of the paramount life experiences that he was robbed of in his “wasted final year of school.”

“Zero offers, zero looks, zero commitments, zero time on campus, zero homecoming, zero prom, zero traditional graduation,” Navarro tweeted this week. “What a wasted final year of school.”

“Worked hard and dedicated for absolutely ZERO. Big shout out to @GavinNewsom! You got what you wanted,” the young man wrote, and tagged the Democratic governor of California.

After the tweet went viral with over 12,000 retweets and nearly 60,000 likes, Navarro remarked that he was “honestly humbled by the retweets and positive comments.”

“I know there are thousands in my shoes across this State,” the football player stated. “I do not want anything given to me, just a chance to show my value and be an asset. Gray shirt, red shirt, grass, turf or dirt. I will play anywhere, God willing.”

Navarro was invited to appear on “Fox & Friends,” where he said his plans for this fall are “working on myself” since the future of high school sports is in question in the Golden State.

His previous plans for his senior year during football were to win another defensive lineman of the year award and to be named MVP.

Navarro called out Newsom’s double standard coronavirus lockdowns that allow private schools to participate in sports, but public schools are barred from athletics — putting kids at a disadvantage in being awarded athletic scholarships.

When asked if Newsom hurt him financially by costing him a scholarship, Navarro responded by saying, “Yeah, he did, with a lot of opportunities that could have come along with the process of going towards offers and scholarships. With that being taken away was a huge thing taken away from high school students. It’s a big thing for us student athletes.”

“This is our only chance to help our family,” Navarro stated. “We want to support our family and relatives.”

“We love the sport, but being that taken away is a huge part of our lives,” he said.

Navarro said the reaction to his viral tweet has been “ridiculous.”

“I didn’t think I’d get this big of an audience to side with me and get this out,” Navarro said.

Newsom lifted the mandatory stay-at-home orders on Jan. 25, which allowed certain sports to return: cross country, golf, tennis, swimming, and diving.

However, time is running out on the 2021 high school football season. The California Interscholastic Federation said football’s end date this spring can be as late as May 1, but leagues around the state say the final date is April 17, according to CBS Sports.

“You go from the end date and work backwards,” Junipero Serra High School’s football coach Patrick Walsh said. “If we can start sometime in early March that gives us 5-8 games. I think all reasonable players and coaches would be happy with that.”

On Wednesday, Newsom defended his position.

“As I said, I not only have four kids who want to be educated, but they love sports,” Newsom stated. “So I recognize all of the benefits — physical and mental — as well as the benefits to teachers and parents who have kids who are engaged in physical activities in terms of our responsibility to support those children as well. We want to see this happen.”

“We want to do it safely and a lot of great data has been provided by the same groups that are suing us,” the governor said. “If I was concerned about lawsuits, I would have collapsed a year ago. We receive dozens of them every week. And some of them are from folks who are very close to us. It’s clarifying. It allows for focus. Some are specious, political. Others like this I think are quite legitimate in terms of what they ultimately want to achieve.”

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Supreme Court gives churches huge victory over California’s COVID-related ban targeting worship gatherings

The Supreme Court ruled late Friday that California cannot prohibit churches and other religious organizations from conducting services indoors because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was a massive victory for First Amendment rights.

However, the high court did not roll back all COVID-related restrictions enacted on religious gatherings in California.

What are the details?

Voting along ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that California cannot totally bar indoor worship gatherings.

However, the court’s majority of conservative-leaning justices were unable to agree on other restrictions enacted on religious gatherings, such as capacity limits and a ban on singing, which California argued are necessary for the public health.

From the Associated Press:

The justices said the state can cap indoor services at 25% of a building’s capacity. The justices also declined to stop California from enforcing a ban put in place last summer on indoor singing and chanting. California had put the restrictions in place because the virus is more easily transmitted indoors and singing releases tiny droplets that can carry the disease.

The justices were acting on emergency requests to halt the restrictions from South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista and Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, which has more than 160 churches across the state.

What did the justices say?

In his opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts reaffirmed that “federal courts owe significant deference to politically accountable officials with the ‘background, competence, and expertise to assess public health.'”

“The State has concluded, for example, that singing indoors poses a heightened risk of transmitting COVID–19. I see no basis in this record for overriding that aspect of the state public health framework,” Roberts added. “At the same time, the State’s present determination—that the maximum number of adherents who can safely worship in the most cavernous cathedral is zero—appears to reflect not expertise or discretion, but instead insufficient appreciation or consideration of the interests at stake.”

Meanwhile, Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, blasted California for having “openly imposed more stringent regulations on religious institutions than on many businesses.”

Gorsuch wrote that “California singles out religion for worse treatment than many secular activities” despite the fact that the Supreme Court recently made “it abundantly clear that edicts like California’s fail strict scrutiny and violate the Constitution.”

Gorsuch further accused California officials of “playing favorites during a pandemic, expending considerable effort to protect lucrative industries … while denying similar largesse to its faithful.”

Gorsuch concluded, “As this crisis enters its second year— and hovers over a second Lent, a second Passover, and a second Ramadan—it is too late for the State to defend extreme measures with claims of temporary exigency, if it ever could. Drafting narrowly tailored regulations can be difficult. But if Hollywood may host a studio audience or film a singing competition while not a single soul may enter California’s churches, synagogues, and mosques, something has gone seriously awry.”

The court’s three liberal justices — Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer — sided with California in full.

Writing the dissenting opinion, Kagan claimed the court’s decision “orders California to weaken its restrictions on public gatherings by making a special exception for worship services.”

“Justices of this Court are not scientists. Nor do we know much about public health policy. Yet today the Court displaces the judgments of experts about how to respond to a raging pandemic,” Kagan wrote. “Under the Court’s injunction, the State must instead treat worship services like secular activities that pose a much lesser danger. That mandate defies our caselaw, exceeds our judicial role, and risks worsening the pandemic.”

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64 arrested, 2 women rescued in sex slavery and human trafficking sting

An investigation by a multi-agency task force into online prostitution resulted in the arrests of 64 people in California. Operation Reclaim & Rebuild was led by the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.

From Jan. 24 to Jan. 28, sting operations were held in the California cities of Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Riverside, Palm Desert, and Temecula. Over the span of four days, there were 62 people arrested for solicitation of prostitution, one person for lewd purposes, and one person for aiding a person to commit prostitution, according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The task force also rescued two women who are believed to be sex trafficking victims. Authorities suspect that the victims were forced to engage in acts of prostitution against their will. The women were referred to victim services for assistance.

The operation was carried out by the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, La Quinta Special Enforcement Team, Palm Desert Special Enforcement Team, Lake Elsinore Special Enforcement Team, Temecula Special Enforcement Team, Riverside Police Department, and Murrieta Police Department.

Operation Reclaim & Rebuild is an annual multi-agency statewide initiative that focuses on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, identifying and arresting their captors, and disrupting demand for these vulnerable victims. Operation Reclaim & Rebuild is timed to coincide with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that human trafficking will not be tolerated in California.

During last year’s Operation Reclaim & Rebuild, which included more than 70 law enforcement agencies, 518 people were arrested, and 87 victims were recovered, including 11 minors.

Also in January, a multi-agency human trafficking operation led by the FBI rescued 33 missing children in California.

In November, the U.S. Marshals Service located 27 missing children in Virginia during “Operation Find Our Children.”

In October, the Marshals announced the recovery of 45 endangered children and 178 arrests in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.”

On Oct. 1, the Marshals Service said they rescued 11 children in New Orleans, two of whom were said to be in “extreme danger.”

On Sept. 21, U.S. Marshals recovered 35 missing children in Ohio during “Operation Safety Net.”

On Sept. 4, Marshals declared that they had rescued eight “highly endangered” missing children during “Operation Homecoming” in Indiana.

On Aug. 27, “Operation Not Forgotten” led to the discovery of 39 missing children in Georgia and Florida. Law enforcement stated that the children were between the ages of 3 and 17. Of the 39 endangered children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.

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Gavin Newsom’s approval rating takes massive nosedive as recall effort gains momentum

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, one of the Democratic Party’s rising stars, has taken a massive hit in constituent approval over the last several months.

What is the background?

California residents have weathered some of the harshest restrictions across the nation during the coronavirus pandemic, even having Newsom once rescind many of the restrictions only to enact a second lockdown during a spike in COVID-19 late last fall.

Tens of thousands of California businesses have permanently shut their doors. In fact, the exact number of closed businesses is difficult to ascertain, but as of September, the number stood at more than 19,000 — and that was before the second lockdown.

All the while, Newsom did not even follow his own guidance on COVID.

What does the new data show?

Polling data released Tuesday by the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies revealed Newsom’s approval rating has sunk to just 46%. The rating is not particularly bad for a first-term governor who is just two years into his tenure. In fact, the mark is around average.

However, the mark is significant because Newsom’s approval rating in September was 64%, according to the same polling institute.

That means Newsom’s approval has tanked 18 percentage points within a four-month span, turning him from one of the country’s most popular governors into one of the most unpopular.

Even more shocking is that just four months ago, the difference between Californians who approved and disapproved of Newsom’s job performance was heavily in Newsom’s favor, 64% to 36%. Now, more Californians disapprove of Newsom than approve of him, 48% to 46%.

Not surprisingly, a majority of respondents told the UC Berkeley polling institute that they disapprove of Newsom’s handling of the COVID pandemic, vaccine rollout, handling of the state economy, and balancing public health interests and the state economy.

“People are reevaluating how well Newsom is doing handling the pandemic. Once your job performance rating starts to decline, it’s more difficult to put it back in the right direction. You kind of accumulate negatives over time, ” Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll, said, the Los Angeles Times reported.

What about the recall effort?

What the poll revealed could not come at a worse time for Newsom, who could soon face a recall.

Rescue California, the organization campaigning to recall Newsom, has garnered about 1.3 million valid signatures of the 1.5 million needed to prompt a recall election this year, Fox News reported.

While it remains to be seen whether Rescue California can reach that threshold by mid-March deadline, the UC Berkley poll found that Newsom is certainly vulnerable to a recall effort.

In fact, 36% of the 10,000 respondents said they would vote against Newsom in a recall election, while 45% said they would vote for Newsom. Another 19% said they are undecided.

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Adam Schiff reportedly wants Gov. Gavin Newsom to make him California attorney general and get him out of Congress

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is reportedly hoping to leave Congress — by getting a promotion from California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

According to Axios, Schiff is currently lobbying Newsom to be appointed as California’s next attorney general, a position vacated by President Joe Biden’s nomination of Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Schiff’s effort is reportedly supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has come to rely on him as a close ally in the House, despite the fact that his departure from Congress could potentially make the Democrats’ narrow 221-211 majority even smaller.

Axios noted that as state attorney general, Schiff would be in a better position to launch a campaign for U.S. Senate in 2024 if 87-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) decides not to run for re-election. This wouldn’t be without precedent. Vice President Kamala Harris served as California’s attorney general before running for U.S. Senate and winning the seat vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement.

If Schiff were to be appointed attorney general, a special election would be triggered for California’s 28th Congressional District to fill the vacancy. The district, which is comprised of Hollywood, Burbank, and parts of Los Angeles, is a Democratic stronghold with little chance of flipping to the Republicans, even with the lower turnout generally associated with special elections.

Newsom has not yet made any indication if he’s likely to appoint Schiff or the various other persons jockeying for the open position. Other potential candidates mentioned for the job by the San Francisco Chronicle include Rob Bonta, a member of the state Assembly, and Rick Chavez Zbur, director of Equality California, a LGBTQ advocacy group

“It’s pretty clear that there are advocates for their favorites,” California political strategist Bill Carrick told Axios. “But it’s not clear that that will have any influence on the one person who will make the decision: Gov. Gavin Newsom.”

California’s current attorney general, Becerra, faces fierce opposition from conservatives as Biden’s nominee for HHS secretary. Becerra has no public health experience as an executive or administrator of public health programs. He is a career politician, serving 12 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2017 before being appointed attorney general of California by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Becerra has a reputation as a culture warrior for progressive causes and conservatives believe that if placed in charge of HHS, he will work tirelessly to erase President Donald Trump’s pro-life Title X policies, reinstating government funding for abortion providers, as well expand Obamacare to cover gender-reassignment surgery and abortion.

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Anti-vaxxer protesters shut down large vaccination site at Dodger Stadium

One of the largest coronavirus vaccination sites in the country was forced to temporarily shut down after a throng of protesters allegedly blocked the entrance to Dodger Stadium, where the mass COVID-19 vaccinations were being administered.

Approximately 50 protesters gathered at the entrance of the vaccination site around 2 p.m. on Saturday, causing the Los Angeles Fire Department to temporarily halt motorists from entering Dodger Stadium as a precaution, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The anti-vaxxers attempted to encourage people to not get the COVID-19 vaccine, held up anti-vaccination signs, and handed out pamphlets to motorists who were waiting in line for hours. The L.A. Times labeled the demonstrators as “members of anti-vaccine and far-right groups.”

The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement about the situation.

“We are aware of social media posts referring to protestors showing up at the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site,” the LAPD tweeted. “Preliminary reports are that protestors remained peaceful. The LAPD did NOT close the gates, and per LA City Fire, all scheduled vaccines will be delivered.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted about the protest.

“CA is working around the clock to provide life-saving vaccines to those on the frontlines of this pandemic. We will not be deterred or threatened. Dodger Stadium is back up and running,” Newsom said.

The vaccination site reportedly reopened by 3 p.m. The site is usually open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Andrea Garcia, the press secretary for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, said that everyone who had an appointment for Saturday would be able to get vaccinated.

There were no incidents of violence, according to the L.A. Times. The LAPD said no arrests were made during the peaceful protest.

Previously, Dodger Stadium was being used for widescale coronavirus testing. The MLB ballpark transitioned into a massive COVID-19 vaccination site in mid-January. City officials said the site would vaccinate up to 12,000 people a day.

California’s coronavirus vaccination effort had a rocky start. Two weeks ago, the Golden State was last in the percentage of coronavirus vaccine dosages used, but have rebounded since.

The Biden administration had made a goal to vaccinate 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of the president’s term. However, many have noted that this is not exactly an ambitious goal since that number would have likely be achieved at the current rate of vaccinations.

Possibly compounding problems, there is a report that the Biden administration can’t account for as many as 20 million vaccine doses that were sent to states across the country.

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Health care worker taken to ER just a few hours after getting second COVID-19 vaccine shot. Four days later he was dead.

An X-ray technologist from Orange, California, fell ill and was taken to an emergency room just a few hours after receiving his second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month — and four days later he was dead, the Orange County Register reported.

What are the details?

Tim Zook, 60, seemed quite hopeful in a Jan. 5 Facebook post, the Register said.

“Never been so excited to get a shot before,” Zook wrote above a photo of a Band-Aid on his arm and his COVID-19 vaccination card, the paper reported. “I am now fully vaccinated after receiving my 2nd Pfizer dose.”

It would turn out to be his final Facebook post.

Just a few hours later, Zook — an X-ray technologist at South Coast Global Medical Center in Santa Ana — had an upset stomach and trouble breathing, the Register said. By 3:30 p.m. his condition worsened so much that his co-workers walked him to the emergency room, the paper added.

“Should I be worried?” his wife, Rochelle, texted him when after receiving the news, the Register said.

“No, absolutely not,” Zook texted back, the paper noted.

“Do you think this is a direct result of the vaccine?” she texted, the Register noted.

“No, no,” he replied, according to the paper. “I’m not sure what. But don’t worry.”

The Register said Zook “passionately urged folks to embrace COVID precautions such as masking up and staying home as ICUs were inundated in December.”

Rapid decline

But Zook’s condition quickly worsened.

More from the Register:

There were suspicions of COVID and a diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Zook was put on oxygen, then — just four hours later — a BiPAP machine to help push air into the lungs. Multiple tests came back negative for COVID.

Shortly after midnight on Jan. 7, the hospital called. Zook was in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator to help him breathe. But his blood pressure soon dropped and he was transferred to UC Irvine Medical Center. “On Friday I get a call, ‘His kidneys are failing. He needs to be on dialysis. If not, he could die — but there’s also a chance he might have a heart attack or stroke on dialysis because his blood pressure is so low,’ ” Rochelle Zook said.

By 4 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Zook had gone “code blue” twice and was snatched back from the brink of death. There was a third code blue in the afternoon. “They said if he went code blue a fourth time, he’d have brain damage and be a vegetable if he survives,” Rochelle Zook said.

Zook died later that day, the paper said.

‘We are not blaming any pharmaceutical company’

“We are not blaming any pharmaceutical company,” Rochelle Zook told the Register. “My husband loved what he did. He worked in hospitals for 36 1/2 years. He believed in vaccines. I’m sure he would take that vaccine again, and he’d want the public to take it. But when someone gets symptoms 2 1/2 hours after a vaccine, that’s a reaction. What else could have happened? We would like the public to know what happened to Tim, so he didn’t die in vain. Severe reactions are rare. In reality, COVID is a much more deadly force than reactions from the potential vaccine itself. The message is, be safe, take the vaccine — but the officials need to do more research. We need to know the cause. The vaccines need to be as safe as possible. Every life matters.”

Zook’s widow also told the paper he had high blood pressure, but that for years it had been controlled with medication. Zook was slightly overweight but healthy, the Register added.

“He had never been hospitalized,” Rochelle Zook told the paper. “He’d get a cold and be over it two days later. The flu, and be over it three days later.”

More from the Register:

His death has been reported to the national Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, run by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control. The Orange County coroner has said the cause of death is inconclusive for now, and further toxicology testing will take months.

“The family just wants closure,” said Zook’s cousin, Ken Polanco of Los Angeles. ” ‘Inconclusive’ is not closure. The family wants the pharmaceutical companies to do more research — if there’s some sort of DNA that doesn’t work with this vaccine, if episodes like this can be prevented, they need to do what they can to pin that down.” […]

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System — which officials caution is a “passive surveillance system” and represents unverified reports of health events that occur after vaccination — has gathered more than 130 reports of death after vaccine administration thus far in 2021. A total of 1,330 adverse reactions have been reported, while more than 23.5 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered.

Experts caution that drawing a causal line between vaccination and death is often very difficult to do. When millions of people are being vaccinated — more than 13 million have gotten the Pfizer vaccine as of Jan. 26, and more than 10.5 million have received the Moderna vaccine — some would die for any number of unrelated reasons, as a matter of pure statistics.

What did Pfizer have to say?

A Pfizer-BioNTech spokesman told the paper that pharmaceutical company is aware of Zook’s death and is thoroughly reviewing the matter.

“Our immediate thoughts are with the bereaved family,” the company said in an emailed statement, the Register reported. “We closely monitor all such events and collect relevant information to share with global regulatory authorities. Based on ongoing safety reviews performed by Pfizer, BioNTech and health authorities, [the vaccine] retains a positive benefit-risk profile for the prevention of COVID-19 infections. Serious adverse events, including deaths that are unrelated to the vaccine, are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate as they would in the general population.”

The Orange County coroner said it has an open death investigation for Zook and will be conducting more tests as part of its autopsy protocol, spokeswoman Carrie Braun told the paper, adding that the coroner’s office will use its findings to issue a final determination concerning the cause and manner of death.

“If it’s determined there may be a correlation to the vaccine, we will immediately notify the OC Health Care Agency,” Braun added to the Register.

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