McConnell threatens shutdown to keep corporate political spending secret

McConnell threatens shutdown to keep corporate political spending secret

The need for a disclosure rule on corporate political spending is clear. Since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, corporate money has flooded into the electoral process, to the tune of billions of dollars. Much of it has been channeled through dark money conduits like nonprofits and trade associations. Investors should not be left in the dark as to whether executives are spending funds on political causes that may run counter to shareholder interests.

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Summer in the fall: Triple-digit temperatures, Santa Ana winds keep Southern California hot

The mercury reached a sizzling 104 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, higher than many inland locations that are typically 10 or more degrees warmer during the hotter parts of the year.   

But it was hot all over the place.

The all-time recorded high in Oxnard had been 104 degrees in 1939, but the mercury Monday peaked at 105 degrees. The average high temperature in Oxnard this time of year is 74 degrees, according to Intellicast.

“This time of year you get those wild swings,” said meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. 

While temperatures attained record levels in some areas, not so in Los Angeles, which reached 109 degrees on Sept. 26 in 1963.

The record high for Sept. 27 is 113 degrees, set in 2010. Forecasters say that mark will not be threatened on Tuesday because the trend is headed in the other direction, with the high expected to be a still-toasty 95 degrees, according to weather.com.

Temperatures should continue to fall throughout the week, and the humidity is expected to rise. 

Santa Ana winds, with gusts that reached as high as 40 miles per hour, were largely responsible for the oven-like conditions that raised temperatures some 20 degrees higher than average. Winds were expected to calm down in the Los Angeles area for the remainder of week.

On such hot days, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends that residents avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when its burning rays are strongest. 

Health officials also recommend that residents set their thermostats between 75 and 80 degrees. Those who don’t have air conditioning are advised to take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility.

The county also operates a number of community cooling centers, a list of which can be found here.

The dangerous combination of heat, dry conditions from years of drought and strong winds also makes for explosive fire conditions.

Dangerous fires were raging in other parts of the state.

Trains on the Gold, Green and Blue lines ran at restricted speeds Monday.

Running trains at lower speeds on hot days reduces the likelihood of a power substation overheating, which could put sections of a line out of service, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Anna Chen said. The overhead wires that power L.A.'s light-rail system also dip closer to trains on hot days, which can increase the likelihood of damage.

"The wires can get a little loose, and we want to be careful," Chen said.

Encinitas Ranks 23rd on List of Best Calif. Cities to Raise a Family

Encinitas Ranks 23rd on List of Best Calif. Cities to Raise a Family

WalletHub’s analysts therefore compared 240 Golden State cities to determine which among them is most conducive to family life. In making such a comparison, we examined each city across 21 key metrics, ranging from “number of attractions” to “number of pediatricians per capita” to “unemployment rate.” Scroll down for the winners, additional expert commentary and a full description of our methodology.

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Marines, sailors march for suicide awareness

Marines, sailors march for suicide awareness

“I was thinking about how as a young Recon Marine I’d respond to a suicide pep talk,” said Robichaux. “I’d probably be a little arrogant and not want to listen. But I’ve been on the other side of it. After eight deployments to Afghanistan in the special operations community, I know that’s one extreme. The other is just military service and the stress it brings. Military life will change you 100 percent. The change will be either for the worse or the better, that’s up to you.”

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Early childhood education matters to Latinos and everyone else

Early childhood education matters to Latinos and everyone else

This is not just a moral issue — although it is that as well — but also an economic issue. The overwhelming research shows that disadvantaged children who receive a high-quality early childhood education are more likely to earn higher wages, live healthier lives, avoid incarceration, raise stronger families and contribute to society.

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What’s Trestles Worth?

By Jake Howard

What’s a surf spot worth? If you live around San Clemente or Dana Point, you know your local break’s worth quite a bit. From San Onofre to Salt Creek, we raise our kids on the sand, enjoying the sunny lifestyle while creating memories to last a lifetime. A child’s first wave, the first time they glide and trim down the line, their first contest trophy—it’s all priceless stuff. But there’s also a significant financial perk to having a world-class surf spot in your backyard.

This week, the World Surf League’s Hurley Pro has been in town, which means not only have we had a chance to cheer on hometown heroes Tanner Gudauskas and Kolohe Andino, but the power of the surf business has been in full bloom. The world’s best surfers and their entourages are staying in local hotels, booking neighborhood vacation rentals, shopping in area boutiques and sampling the myriad culinary delights. Not only that, so are their fans. And that’s where the real money is.

The average visitor to Trestles spends between $80 and $138, according to a 2012 Surfrider Foundation study by Chad Nelsen, with approximately 330,000 surfers from around the world heeding the call of the cobblestones every year. The estimated annual revenue generated from Trestles is approximately $26 million. So to the salty guy down at Lowers complaining about the “pros taking over,” there is an upside.

In fact, after polling over 5,000 surfers, Nelsen’s study found that there are about 3.3 million people in the United States that surf. And they surf a lot. They surf on average 108 days a year, drive an average of 10 miles per session and contribute an estimated $2 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

When one considers that Trestles makes up $26 million of that number, it reveals just how valuable a resource it is. For comparison, it’s estimated that Maverick’s brings close to $24 million into Half Moon Bay every year, and in 2016, it was reported that the Superbank on the Gold Coast of Australia brought approximately $15 million into the Gold Coast community.

With the Hurley Pro grinding through heats on Friday afternoon—while wildcard Gudauskas was upsetting world champion Gabriel Medina in Round 3 of the contest—the shops up and down El Camino Real and Del Mar in San Clemente enjoyed brisk business. As the west wind blew, it had the feel of a busy summer weekend, but instead it was 1 p.m. on a weekday afternoon.

“It’s like a trade show around here,” joked resident and former pro surfer Chris Drummy, walking into a local watering hole with friends.

“It’s so good to come to town and see old mates, watch some great surfing and soak it all in,” said Andy King, Drummy’s lunch date and the head coach of the Australian national surf team. “It’s a pretty special little corner of the world.”

Meanwhile, on a sleepy block down by T Street, contest sponsor Hurley had rented a large home for some of their team. With room to sleep seven, an international conglomeration of surfers, photographers, videographers and manager types called it home for the duration of the contest’s two-week waiting period.

“We try and stay in this place every year. It’s comfortable, and it’s quiet,” described women’s world champion Carissa Moore of her accommodations.

Besides just the fans and competitors, the entire event production crew has to be put up in town, which constitutes a small army. On average, it costs about $3 million to produce a world tour contest, and that number’s probably closer to $5 million when it comes to a combined event with men and women. All of the personnel, from judges, to on-air talent, to administrative staff, need a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. Never mind all of the equipment and gear that needs to be rented, as well as local hired help.

“We’re down here all day long, making sure folks are safe and everybody’s taken care of,” noted one of the seasonal lifeguards. “When summer ends, I have to work another job, so I’ll definitely take as many hours down here as I can.”

The Hurley Pro is one of the biggest events in San Clemente all year long. Thousands deal with the traffic and parking to make their trek to the shore. Online, the contest draws millions of eyeballs to its hours and hours of live webcasting, promoting not only the talent of the surfers, but also the splendor of the area.

Arctic drilling is a threat to America’s national security. Here’s why.

Arctic drilling is a threat to America’s national security. Here’s why.

Because the Arctic Ocean is such a remote and unforgiving place, oil produced there won’t reach consumers for two or three decades due to the long lead times required to make the necessary infrastructure investments. That’s well past the point when the world needs to have transitioned toward cleaner fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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Pence Says Trump's Agenda in Step With House GOP

Pence Says Trump's Agenda in Step With House GOP

Pence said Ryan's rebukes of Trump for a few controversial statements would not complicate efforts to present a united GOP front. Pence said he believed Trump's "Make America Great Again" mantra fell in line with the House's agenda. - See more at: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/pence-says-trumps-agenda-step-house-gop#sthash.u6pQLW8J.dpuf

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Mike Stein made permanent Encinitas Fire Chief

The city of Encinitas has appointed Acting Fire Chief Mike Stein to the position of Fire Chief effective immediately. In his role, Stein will serve as Fire Chief for the cities of Encinitas, Del Mar and Solana Beach as part of a Cooperative Management Services Agreement established between the cities in 2009.

Hired by the city of Encinitas in September of 2013, Stein has since held the positions of Fire Battalion Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and Acting Fire Chief. He has over 26 years of firefighting experience and has served in every rank beginning with Reserve Firefighter.

“With almost three decades of firefighting experience, Chief Stein is an asset to the community,” Encinitas City Manager Karen Brust said in a release. “Over his three years at the Chief Officer level for the city of Encinitas Fire Department, including serving the last eight months as Acting Fire Chief, he has performed at an exceptional level. We’re confident Chief Stein will continue to keep our communities safe.”

Stein, a third-generation firefighter, worked for the San Miguel Fire District for 23 years prior to coming to Encinitas.

In 2009, as a Fire Battalion Chief, he was assigned to the city of San Diego’s Office of Homeland Security where he managed a regional training program for both fire and law enforcement personnel from around the entire county. In 2013, he was given the Major’s Award from the U.S. Army Sergeant of the California Emergency Management Agency for his work in Homeland Security.

Applegate Family Response

Colonel(ret) Doug Applegate

I'm disappointed that somone is making disrespectful and uninformed personal attacks against our family. Congressman Issa is lying about our family because he doesn't want you to focus on the face the he's been failing you and your family.

Renee & Loren Applegate, Doug's Children

Congressman Issa is lying about our dad, Colonel Doug Applegate. Dad worked with mom to give us the best life possible, the Congressman should be ashamed of himself.

Priscilla Greco, ex-wife of Colonel Doug Applegate

I'm disappointed that someone is making disrespectful and uninformed personal attacks against our famiy. Doug and I are parents first, and we raised two amazing children together. I support his run for Congress and I will be voting for him in November. I support his run for Congress and I will be voting for him on November 8th.

Darrell Issa's challenger is getting financial and strategic support from House Democrats hoping for an upset

Darrell Issa's challenger is getting financial and strategic support from House Democrats hoping for an upset

The DCCC has added Applegate to their Red to Blue Program, which means the first-time candidate will get financial and strategic help from the national party. It also alerts donors to new candidates that could use their help.

"Col. Applegate has proven his deep commitment to helping middle-class families get ahead and keeping Americans safe," DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján said in a statement.

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Nine weeks before election day, here are the 12 California congressional races we're watching

Nine weeks before election day, here are the 12 California congressional races we're watching

In recent weeks Democrats have increasingly focused on the 49th District held by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who finished with a surprisingly low 50.8% of the vote in the primary.

His opponent, retired Marine Colonel Doug Applegate, earned 45.5% of the vote. He hasn’t held office before, and it could take a lot of money to knock the wealthiest member of Congress from the seat.

The district includes parts of Orange and San Diego counties and includes Camp Pendleton, San Clemente, Oceanside and Vista.

Gonzales called it a long shot, but worth keeping an eye on the size of any potential Democratic “wave” on Nov. 8. 

 

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On Labor Day, Little Reason For Workers To Celebrate

On Labor Day, Little Reason For Workers To Celebrate

Private-sector union decline since the late 1970s has contributed to wage losses among workers who do not belong to a union. This is especially true for men, particularly non–college graduates. For nonunion private-sector men without a bachelor’s degree or more education, weekly wages would be an estimated 8 percent ($58) higher in 2013 if union density remained at its 1979 levels.

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Voters Should Stand Up to Trump's and Issa's bullying

Voters Should Stand Up to Trump's and Issa's bullying

Despite the unbelievable ugliness throughout this campaign cycle, what gives me hope is that voters have a better option. Although Issa has safely held his seat for eight terms, his continued endorsement of Trump, and the parallels in their approach and behavior, are causing voters to turn to his very qualified opponent, retired Marine Col. Douglas Applegate.

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Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

September 3, 2016

Many people in Congress, almost all of them Republicans, express doubt about climate science, with some of them promulgating conspiracy theories claiming that researchers have invented the issue to justify greater governmental control over people’s lives. So far, this ideological position has been immune to the rising evidence of harm from human-induced climate change.

 
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