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On Saturday, October 8th, Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial ‘Dream Act’ into law for California.

Here is the breakdown of what the Dream Act is based on their website at www.dreamact.info:

 

 

The DREAM Act

Over three million students graduate from U.S. high schools every year. Most get the opportunity to test their dreams and live their American story. However, a group of approximately 65,000 youth do not get this opportunity; they are smeared with an inherited title, an illegal immigrant. These youth have lived in the United States for most of their lives and want nothing more than to be recognized for what they are, Americans.

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Sen. Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

Currently, only Texas and New Mexico have an equivalent ‘Dream Act’ policy going on right now.  It is pretty funny that California wasn’t the first state to begin this, but then again, gays can’t even get married yet here.  Here is a quote from Governor Jerry Brown about the signing of the Dream ACT:

‘”Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Brown said in a written statement issued by his office.’

Last year Brown signed into law a similar bill that allowed illegal immigrants the ability to receive privately funded scholarships.  These two combine to create the ‘California Dream Act’.  Some opponents of this act cite California’s budget woes, and putting an ‘illegal’ immigrant before another native born American.  Also, other opponents fear that their classes and chances for scholarships will be diminished by the introduction of a potential large group with access that they didn’t have before.

Here is a quote directly Reuters:

‘Under the new law, written by Senator Gil Cedillo, a Los Angeles Democrat, those same illegal immigrants would be eligible for aid from the University of California, California State university system and the state’s 112 community colleges.

They could also apply for Cal Grants, which are cash awards based on academic performance.’ REUTERS

This is a phenomenal achievement and gives California’s and other American’s the ability to understand that children who were born here or were taken here as children did not have a choice.  Chances are, they have lived here for their entire lives and now have the opportunity to achieve their dreams beyond high school just like their peers.  They will have an equivalent chance to receive funds and opportunities beyond what they have grown to expect and learn about America.  This is a big win for the West Coast, where we haven’t had many proggressive moving ‘wins’ in a while.
By: Darryn James

 

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Don't Pass Go, Don't Take Your Medicine!

When I went down to Bakersfield, California recently and asked my friends and family about the Pot culture there, it came as NO surprise to me that all of the clubs that had been opened over the last one or two years were already being targeted and shut down.  Seeing that Bakersfield is the most conservative county in all of California (check resources here) is the main reason this comes as no surprise.  As such, people who have been given the opportunity to use marijuana by their doctor will have to resort to going back to the grind of waiting on someone to pull through a deal and make them feel like drug addicts; doing something illegally that they feel they should have a right to do normally.

Now, I’m reading articles about the FEDS coming after the rest of the state pot clubs.  Dispensaries in San Diego and San Francisco have at this point, began receiving notices from major attorneys representing the United States explaining that the clubs have 45 days to close shop before they come through.

‘In an escalation of the ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and the nation’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry, at least 16 pot shops or their landlords received letters this week stating they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The state’s four U.S. attorneys were scheduled Friday to announce a broader coordinated crackdown… They state that federal law “takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana.”‘

Wow, so states can’t decide for themselves if it’s citizens should be able to smoke marijuana or grow marijuana for medicine?  How many more news features do we need to see about how good pot is for patients, for the economy, and for jobs growth?  Just alone in California, allowing pot clubs to stay open and thriving will help on these fronts.  Patients would be able to get the medicine that they have been prescribed by their doctor, who has obviously (hopefully) done research or read about the research of how much better it is as a natural drug over man-made pills.  It’s funny that we live in an age where these man-made prescription pills are legally accepted and endorsed by the same politicians (and doctors) who receive money for endorsing them.  I can’t believe the hypocrisy.

And now here comes Federal agents knocking down the door of my local pot club here in San Francisco sometime in the near future.  I wonder if it will ever come to pass at all, or if the federal government is just playing bullshit.  I guarantee that Californian’s will not stand by and let it happen… we almost passed a law last year to allow anyone over 21 to smoke marijuana when they want in the comfort of their own home… it is not going to swing the other way anytime soon, and ESPECIALLY not from some broken down federal government who hasn’t been getting laid at home and is coming over to our bed to try to get laid, but it’s rape I tell you!!! It’s rape!!!!

By: Darryn James

Muni management, pointing to the agency’s anemic finances, has moved to put the kibosh this year on year-end payouts from a special trust fund set up for the city’s transit operators.

Unless the decision is reversed – the operators’ union is reviewing its legal options – there will be no annual disbursement, which in years past has put up to $3,000 extra into each worker’s pocket at the start of the winter holiday season.

The cumulative hit to Muni would be $3.5 million this year, said management spokesman Paul Rose. Muni’s operating budget this year is $775 million.

It is “beyond dispute that the SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) remains in a state of fiscal crisis. The agency has exhausted its reserves; service cuts remain in effect; and the agency is facing another deficit for the upcoming fiscal year,” Debra Johnson, the agency’s director of administration, explained in a memo to the head of the operators’ union.

At the same time, she dangled the prospect that at least some money could be freed up at the negotiating table. “We invite you to bargain over what amount, if any, that the SFMTA shall contribute to the trust fund for the current fiscal year,” she said.

But Rafael Cabrera, acting president of Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, told The Chronicle Friday that there’s no need to negotiate.

“The MTA has a legal obligation under the charter to fund the trust fund,” he said. “The attorneys are involved and it’s going to be a legal fight.”

Prior to the current fiscal year, which began July 1, Muni spent nearly $18 million in the past three budget cycles to replenish the trust fund. The contribution is based on a complex formula set in the City Charter. It takes into account the benefit packages provided to transit operators in the two highest-paying agencies.

Pay for Muni operators, the second-highest among comparable agencies in the United States, is based on a similar formula.

San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved a Charter amendment in November to abolish the automatic compensation calculation and force Muni operators to bargain for pay and benefits during contract negotiations. The idea behind the ballot initiative was to give management more leverage at the bargaining table to cut labor costs by getting rid of inefficient work rules.

However, Cabrera contends that until the current contract expires at the end of June 2011, management is obligated to make the trust fund payments.

Nathaniel Ford, executive director of the Municipal Transportation Agency, said Friday that question is being researched by the city attorney. But for now, “our current position is that the operators are not getting the payouts this year.”

E-mail Rachel Gordon at rgordon@sfchronicle.com.

via Muni management moves to stop year-end payouts.

So sad, but true.

Francisco Castaneda died while being held in a deportation facility, after telling officials that his penis was killing him.. literally.  During his time in North Kern Prison in Delano, California, Castaneda made the claim to officers and his doctors that he needed immediate attention.  Mulitple times his doctors recommended that he get a biopsy of the growth, but the Chief Physician of two different locations in California both rejected the claims from their Doctors on staff.  Finally, when he officially got approval for a biopsy, he was released soon after without any treatment.  Within the next few days, Castaneda would undergo great pain, including the amputation of his penis, before dying like some sort of government trash dumped into the Gulf.

His family sued the shit out of the state, claiming that he died while on their hands, and that this could have been prevented had he the attention he deserved as a human being in the most prestigious fucking country in the world.. the US of A.

Luckily, his daughter will be getting $1.5 million of that money – and this case is now going against the Federal Government in April of next year.

my heaven.

Even though just a little more than half of the California voters voted against Prop 19, Oakland will resume its plan of taking marijuana out of the ‘taboo’ market.

In it’s City Council meeting, Oakland officials have decided to ratify the application process of these soon to be government-sanctioned ‘amazing’ pot farms.  In the same measure, Oakland is also allowing for a doubling in medical marijuana despensaries.

Even though the sale of medical marijuana is authorized by state and local regulations, pot farming has largely operated in the shadows. Oakland wants to change that, and is planning to do so on a grand scale.”

Some of the changes that they are making to the application process is that it requires applicants to undergo farming licenses requirements, background checks, and that they have the money to do what they are doing (financially backed).

The city is hoping that these changes will help in the organization of dealing with a city where pot farms are allowed.  🙂


(11-08) 21:23 PST Burbank, Calif. (AP) —

I'll be back!... to smoke a j

The Hollywood actor-turned-governor signed a law five weeks ago that made possession of up to an ounce of marijuana the equivalent of a traffic ticket. It carries a penalty of no more than a $100 fine and no arrest or criminal record.

He defended the law Monday, telling Jay Leno on NBC‘s “Tonight Show” it is a good idea.

According to a transcript of the interview, Schwarzenegger says: “No one cares if you smoke a joint or not.”

On Election Day, voters rejected an initiative that would have allowed adults age 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.

The governor, who is wrapping up his final term, told Leno the ballot proposal went too far.

IIA Says:  Damn Straight!

WOW, what a great video!  Great job guys!  I personally know the people behind this video, and know that everything they have said is true.  THINK ABOUT IT!  If everyone that wants to smoke is already smoking, then why aren’t we taxing it?

I totally get that it might be against what you believe  – but you’ll have to get used to the idea that pot is around to stay – and come to terms with it – BECAUSE IT IS ALREADY PRESENT EVERYWHERE!  Vote YES ON PROP 19!