401 results for 'california'
...or a dead body, location dependent. Wikipedia illuminates the multiple meanings of the same numbers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten-code#10-0s The code systems are sometimes based on, or refer to penal codes, but not always. And since laws vary from state to stateâ€¦ What if California adopted such a program and stopped using codes? Would the numerical flirtation of 318 in license plates, hinting at illegal exposure, be lost? Without code, potential roommates on Craigslist might not be able to express substance friendliness. What would happen to all the fictional... (more)
Yes, people walk in L.A. Well, Santa Monica to be more specific. Actually, the Third Street Promenade to be exact. Hey, itâ€™s a start. While the car is still king of southern California and the sidewalks for the peasants, certain communities have made a concerted effort to create public spaces, which bring people together in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Santa Monicaâ€™s Third Street Promenade is one of the success stories. Stretching from Broadway to Wilshire and only three blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the Promenade is lined with hundreds of shops and restaurants, plus three first-run... (more)
It hasnâ€™t been a full 48 hours since the votes were tallied and already there is a challenge to Californiaâ€™s new sexual predator law, known as Jessicaâ€™s Law. An unnamed registered sex offender has filed a complaint about the new sexual predator law in California and already a judge has issued an injunction to stop the law from going into effect. The offender contends that the law is unfair because, according to the law, he has to wear a GPS bracelet for the rest of his life. His argument is that he has already paid his debt to society and therefore he should be exempt from the law because... (more)
...before you start buying up repossession properties which the banks will be selling for pennies on the dollar. If you donâ€™t believe that real estate can retract by such a large percentage, just tell that to Ben Stein. Ben recently wrote a piece about his experience with the southern California housing market. Apparently, in the early 90â€™s, Ben purchased a home in Malibu for approximately $600K. He said that within a year of his purchase, the housing market had fallen to where he couldnâ€™t sell his house for $350K even if he tried; there just simply werenâ€™t any ... (more)
... but actually entire galaxies about 10 thousand of which each containing millions of stars apiece. This number is what exists in the space of a pencil eraser and it would take hundreds of thousands more to fill the entire sky that wraps around us. At the same time as this picture was taken California elected the Governator, the Cubs lost the World Series, and Saddam Hussein was captured by Coalition forces. For many, these three events were the most important things to occur and their entire lives were tipped upside down by them. However, were they really as important as the reporters... (more)
On October 28th, some of the biggest bands from Orange County (and one from San Diego) got together for a night of spooky costumes, brief movies, and great music. Strangely enough, while all of the bands were southern California residents, none of their members listed their location as an influence. Whether their dream is to live elsewhere (Matthew Mason, guitarist of Great Glass Elevator, explains â€œThe thought of Alaska inspires me more than Orange County.â€), or a slight resentment for their homeland (Jarret Killen, guitarist of Narwhal, complains that â€œCalifornia is a weird place to make... (more)
Who ruined California's Public Schools?
"Illegal immigrants." That's the accusation that is being tossed around these days. "Illegal immigrants have flooded the state! And public schools are choking on the excessive amount of students! Not to mention that most of the students can't even speak English!" I hear this sentiment echoed through different media channels daily from the CNN policy analysts in their stripey fancy suits to some over weight lady in a fanny pack being interviewed on her front lawn in Sylmar. The fingers all point to the "broken border." Currently, there is political... (more)
It seems pretty simple. People who smoke are going to vote against Proposition 86, and people who don't will vote for it. Which means that it ought to pass, since only 14% of Californians smoke cigarettes. Upon further inspection, however, the matter is not that simple. Proposition 86 plans to implement the first tobacco excise hike since 1998. The new tax will add $.13 to each cigarette (that's $2.60 a pack) and about $4 to each can of smokeless tobacco. Its passing will create The Tobacco Tax of 2006 Trust Fund in the State Treasury. Through this trust fund, profits will be directly... (more)
...and propositions on television, interspersed between partisan newscasts and anything-but-reality shows. And we have also seen the cost of gas at the pumps rise exponentially, while oil companies bear record-breaking profits. It makes us angry, but what are we to do? Especially here in California, where gas prices are some of the highest in the country. Legislation currently at hand is attempting to address our concerns about fuel consumption. The problem with elections is that it's nigh impossible as a layperson to make an educated choice at the polls. Though none of us want to... (more)
...lauded Proposition 87 and presented it as key step in breaking the United States' addiction to oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"CGI was designed to tackle big global challenges in bite size pieces," President Clinton said. "This is a very, very good thing to do and, since California is our biggest state, it pumps 190 million tons of pollution into the air from cars, trucks and buses that run on gasoline and diesel every single year. This is a big deal. I'™m very grateful to them." Free tickets are available at this website http://www.yeson87.com/. Go to the website... (more)