Five-Times-Deported Illegal Alien Jose Zarate Found Not Guilty in Murder of Kate Steinle
“A jury found seven-time felon, five times deported illegal alien Jose Garcia Zarate not guilty in the case of the 2015 murder of Kate Steinle Thursday evening.
The only count Zarate was found guilty on was felony possession of a weapon.
Thirty-two-year-old Steinle was shot and killed on a pier in San Francisco in 2015 while walking with her father. Her final words were pleas to her father for help, as she died in his arms.
Zarate, previously known as Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, previously confessed to shooting Steinle in a jailhouse interview with a local ABC News affiliate. He also told the outlet that he had chosen to go to San Francisco because he knew it was a sanctuary city.”
Mexico Deploys Military to Pacific Beach Resort Areas to Quell Cartel Violence
“In response to the cartel violence that has engulfed the once peaceful tourist beach resort towns of La Paz and Los Cabos in Baja California Sur, the Mexican government announced the deployment 2,000 military and police officers to restore peace.
The Mexican government deployed 1,200 Mexican Navy Infantrymen and 800 federal cops called Gendarmes in an apparent response to the recent murders of the state’s human rights commissioner Silvestre de la Toba Camacho in Los Cabos and a state police commander in charge of the communications system in La Paz. As Breitbart Texas reported, Baja California Sur has gone from 147 murder cases between January and October in 2016 to having 409 during the same time frame in 2017.
Ricardo Barroso Agramont, a senator of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), told local news outlet BCS Noticias that the Mexican Navy would assume command of the state and local police forces in La Paz and Los Cabos.
The Gendarmes or gendarmerie is a federal force created in 2014 for hotspots where the local municipal and state police are unable to control cartel violence. The Gendarmerie officers receive special training in Colombia, Chile, Spain, France, and the United States.
This escalation of violence in Baja California Sur is linked to a split within the Sinaloa cartel and a push by the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) to take control of key beach resort areas.”
Rep. Luis Gutierrez to retire from Congress, sources say
|| Chicago Sun-Times
“Signaling the end to a quarter century career in Congress, Rep. Luis Gutierrez will announce Tuesday that he will not seek re-election, Democratic sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Northwest Side Democrat has been one of the more high-profile Latino politicians in the country, advocating forcefully for immigrant rights, since he became a U.S. representative 25 years ago.
Gutierrez, 63, planned to make his retirement announcement Tuesday in Chicago, the sources said.
He has a news conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant.
The sources added that Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Chicago, likely will run to succeed Gutierrez in next year’s election with Gutierrez’s endorsement. The sources said 22nd Ward Ald. Ricardo Muñoz was expected to run to replace Garcia on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.
Gutierrez and Garcia are scheduled to appear at a campaign kickoff event for Garcia at Mi Tierra restaurant in Little Village — Garcia’s neighborhood — at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Neither Gutierrez and Garcia returned calls seeking comment Monday.”
Amnesty Champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez Quitting Congress, Says Chicago TV Station
“The Democrats’ leading pro-amnesty legislator, Chicago Rep. Luis Gutierrez, is quitting Congress, according to a Chicago TV station, NBC 5.
The station reported Monday evening:
NBC 5 has learned congressman Luis Gutierrez will announce Tuesday he is not running for re-election after 24 years on Capitol Hill, sources say. Guitterez telephoned key democratic leaders late this afternoon to let them know of his plans. Calls to Guitterez tonight have not been returned.
Gutierrez’s departure comes as his allies recognize the sinking prospects in 2017 for a no-strings “clean Dream Act” for 3 million illegals, including the 690,000 ‘DACA’ beneficiaries
In 2013 and 2014, Gutierrez was the leading Democratic pushing for House approval of the unpopular “Gang of Eight” amnesty-and-cheap-labor act.
For example, he worked closely with Rep. Paul Ryan to fashion a secret amnesty bill — even though the amnesty push was so unpopular that it cost Chuck Schumer nine Democratic seats plus the Senate majority in November 2014.
But Gutierrez’s 2017 push for a December amnesty is being blocked by hostile polls, Donald Trump’s immigration principles, top-level GOP opposition and tepid backroom support from Democrats.
For example, an amnesty for young illegals is a “top priority” for only 23 percent of American voters who identify as Independents, says a November poll by Morning Consult and Politico. The no-strings amnesty was strongly opposed by 16 percent in the November survey, and likely by many of the 23 percent of people who say they have no comment or don’t know.
Also, a November 27 report by the McClatchy news service included an admission by an amnesty proponent that the push for a December amnesty is losing ground:
“Two months have now passed, and I’m sad to report that we’re arguably further away from a solution today than we were then,” said Neil Bradley, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s chief policy officer.
ANOTHER ONE! Dem Congressman Arranged Secret “Severance Package” For Staffer Over Misconduct Claims
“Yet another Democrat Congressman is embroiled in a hush fund scandal. This time the lawmaker in question is Democrat Rep. Raul M. Grijalva.
The Arizona lawmaker arranged a “severance package” in 2015 for a staffer threatening a lawsuit claiming Grijalva was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment.
Washington Times reports:
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva quietly arranged a “severance package” in 2015 for one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming the Arizona Democrat was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment, revealing yet another way that lawmakers can use taxpayer dollars to hide their misbehavior on Capitol Hill.
While the Office of Compliance has been the focus of outrage on Capitol Hill for hush-money payouts in sexual harassment cases, the Grijalva payout points to another office that lawmakers can use to sweep accusations under the rug with taxpayer-funded settlements negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, which acts as the attorney for all House offices.
The employment counsel negotiated a deal for taxpayers to give $48,395 — five additional months’ salary — to the female aide, who left her job after three months. She didn’t pursue the hostile workplace complaint further.
“On the advice of House Employment Counsel, I provided a severance package to a former employee who resigned. The severance did not involve the Office of Compliance and at no time was any allegation of sexual harassment made, and no sexual harassment occurred,” Rep. Grijalva stated to The Washington Times.
“Under the terms of the agreement, had there been an allegation of sexual harassment, the employee would have been free to report it. Regrettably, for me to provide any further details on this matter would violate the agreement,” Grijalva added.
That makes two new Capitol Hill Democrats that are now embroiled in misconduct scandals this week.
Rep. Al Green (D-TX) is under fire following reports he had sex with a drug-addicted staffer and then sued her after she threatened to go public with the encounter. Green is one of the loudest voices on Capitol Hill calling for President Trump to be impeached.”
Franken: ‘I Cannot Speculate’ If More Women Will Come Forward, Allegations Have Been a ‘Shock’
Senator says he will learn from mistakes he can’t remember…..
“Monday at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) addressed the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.
Partial transcript as follows:
REPORTER: Yesterday you were unable to answer the question of whether more women would be coming out with allegations. It does seem that that’s a question that only you can answer. What is the reason, can you tell us, that you can’t definitively say more women have not come out with more allegations, of these kind of stories?
FRANKEN: Sure, if you had asked me two weeks ago would any woman come forward with an allegation like this, I would have said no. So, I cannot speculate. This has been a shock and it’s been extremely humbling. I am embarrassed. I feel ashamed. What I’m going to do is I’m going to start my job. I’m going to go back to work. I’m going to work as hard as I can for the people of Minnesota and I’m going to start that right now. Thank you, all.
Editorial: After audit debacle, fire UC President Napolitano
|| San Jose Mercury News
“For the good of the University of California system, it’s time for President Janet Napolitano to go.
When a state audit revealed in April that her office was sitting on $175 million of undisclosed reserves, we sharply criticized her, but stopped short of calling for her firing.
But now an independent report released last week shows how Napolitano and top assistants interfered with that audit to try to ensure her office was cast in a positive light.
Despite her public mea culpa, Napolitano doesn’t fully own responsibility for her serious transgressions. The buck stops at the top. Not at her two senior assistants, who recently resigned.
The Office of the President should be run to better the UC system, not to protect Napolitano’s reputation.
UC regents last week chastised her for “poor judgment” that set in motion an “unacceptable” course of conduct. Nevertheless, the board declared it “fully supports her continuing leadership.”
She should have been shown the door.
Napolitano heads the 10-campus university system and her office serves as the administrative center. Last year, the state auditor sent surveys to each campus trying to ascertain how well the office was performing. The answers were to be kept confidential.
But Napolitano directed campus chancellors to first submit the responses to her office for review. A independent investigation, commissioned by the regents and headed by former state Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, reveals the extent of the meddling.
In a conversation with us Monday, Napolitano continued to insist that she was trying to help the campus chancellors. But, the Moreno investigation found, the chancellors never wanted help.
She claimed her lawyers had approved her office reviewing the answers. In fact, UC attorneys advised that, while pre-screening the survey responses was legal, it was a bad idea.
The Office of the President, the attorneys presciently warned, “should think carefully about creating an appearance that (it) is biasing the results of the survey, which likely would be a subject of criticism in the final audit report.”
When UC Santa Cruz sent its answers directly to the auditor, Napolitano called the chancellor of that campus. She was “furious,” the chancellor recalled, and proposed that he withdraw the survey answers, which he did.
The Moreno investigation found that officials at campuses self-censored answers, knowing that Napolitano’s office would review them. Even still, Napolitano’s staff sent back five campuses’ survey responses for changes.”
CA Assembly To Press: Stop Asking Us About Sexual Harassment
“Let’s be clear. Everyone in the government at the federal, state and local levels is very concerned about the ongoing sexual harassment crisis and they want you to know that they’re all over this problem. Evil shall be rooted out wherever it’s found, exposed to the sunshine of public scrutiny and eliminated, providing women with the safe, healthy working environments they should have always had. Unless, that is, you’re talking about the halls of government itself.
Out in California, the land of progressive equality and human rights, the Golden State’s legislature has been getting some polite inquiries from the state’s largest newspaper, the Los Angeles Times. Reporters there got wind of a history of sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers and their staffers, many of which may have been settled under conditions of anonymity. So let’s have a list of all of those, shall we?
The response of the assembly? Stop asking because we’re not going to tell you.
The California Legislature has refused to release additional information on sexual harassment complaints requested by the Los Angeles Times in the wake of widespread scrutiny on how the Capitol handles such matters.
Officials representing the Senate and Assembly each said late Tuesday that they were denying a request by The Times, submitted on Nov. 3, for data beginning in 2006 for “all cases involving current and former employees of the [Legislature], current or former members, or any other person who was the subject of an inquiry by the [Legislature] where the charges were found to be true, discipline was imposed or the complaints were judged to be well-founded.”
Daniel Alvarez, the secretary of the Senate, and Debra Gravert, the chief administrative officer of the Assembly, cited the Legislative Open Records Act in denying the request. The act says certain records are exempt from mandatory disclosure, including personnel files and records of complaints to or investigations conducted by the Legislature.
Did you catch that excuse being offered by the assembly? They’re citing the hilariously named Legislative Open Records Act, which states that the public records of the taxpayers’ employees in Sacramento are to be an open book… unless, of course, the records in question involve, “personnel files and records of complaints to or investigations conducted by the Legislature.”
Perish the thought! Why in the world should the public have a right to see records of investigations and complaintsinvolving the people they vote into office and pay the salaries of? That’s just crazy talk there, fellas.
All the legislature was willing to provide the LA Times with was “summary data” which indicated that more thirty sexual harassment complaints were received regarding the august body’s members since 2006 alone. Which legislators specifically? None of your damn business, peasants. We don’t have to tell you and we specifically wrote the law that way to make sure you don’t bother asking. The only one we know of for sure so far is Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), but he’s already resigning after six women went public with such accusations against him.
Is any of this sounding familiar yet? It should, since we have a similar law at the federal level. The equally laugh-out-loud, inappropriately named Congressional Accountability Act is what allowed for sealed records and taxpayer-financed slush fund settlements for victims of members of Congress when they’re accused of discrimination or harassment. As that linked article from the NY Post reminds us, “this year alone, the US Treasury has confidentially paid $934,754 to settle sexual harassment and other complaints against members of Congress and their staff.”
Meanwhile, Al Franken keeps trying to make lame excuses –
SENATOR AL FRANKEN Tells Victims …SORRY, I’M JUST A BIG HUGGER
“Senator Al Franken is clearly trying to save his job, but his answer to the various women who have accused him of sexual assault/harassment is sketchy … he says he just likes to hug a lot.
Franken issued a statement on Thanksgiving Day, saying, “I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations. I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many.”
He goes on …“Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that. I’ve thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations.”
Franken did not address the photo of him appearing to grab a sleeping Leeann Tweeden’s breasts.
He did say he feels terrible about his misdeeds and ends with this …“And let me say again to Minnesotans that I’m sorry for putting them through this and I’m committed to regaining their trust.”
Meltdown: Fewer Than 1 In 4 Minnesotans Want Franken To Stay In Senate
“Al Franken’s colleagues on Capitol Hill and former colleagueson Saturday Night Live might be circling the wagons around him after two allegations of sexual harassment have emerged. The one group that really matters has not — his constituents. A new poll commissioned by local ABC affiliate KSTP shows that only 22% of Minnesotans believe Franken should remain in office, with the remainder split almost evenly between waiting out a Senate Ethics Committee investigation and an immediate resignation. Veteran political analyst Steven Schier notes that there is no good news for Franken anywhere in this poll.”
Two More Women Accuse Sen. Al Franken Of Inappropriate Touching
“Two more women have told HuffPost that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) touched their butts in separate incidents. These are the third and fourth such allegations against Franken in the past week. Leeann Tweeden, a radio host, wrote last week that Franken had kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour. On Monday, Lindsay Menz accusedFranken of groping her at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.
The two additional women, who said they were not familiar with each others’ stories, both spoke on condition of anonymity. But their stories, which describe events during Franken’s first campaign for the Senate, are remarkably similar — and both women have been telling them privately for years.
In a statement to HuffPost, Franken said, “It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events.”
The first woman, who spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity because she’s worried she’ll be harassed online for making the allegation, said Franken groped her when they posed for a photo after a June 25, 2007, event hosted by the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus in Minneapolis.
“My story is eerily similar to Lindsay Menz’s story,” the first woman said. “He grabbed my buttocks during a photo op.”
The second woman told HuffPost that Franken cupped her butt with his hand at a 2008 Democratic fundraiser in Minneapolis, then suggested the two visit the bathroom together. She spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear that the allegation could affect her position at work.
“My immediate reaction was disgust,” the second woman said. “But my secondary reaction was disappointment. I was excited to be there and to meet him. And so to have that happen really deflated me. It felt like: ‘Is this really the person who is going to be in a position of power to represent our community?’”
“I can categorically say that I did not proposition anyone to join me in any bathroom,” Franken told HuffPost.
‘We Stood Next To Each Other … And Down His Hand Went’
The first woman, a 38-year-old book editor who was living in Minneapolis at the time, told HuffPost that she had just finished performing with a feminist choir at the Women’s Political Caucus event, which Franken and his wife, Franni Bryson, attended. After the ceremony, she and other members of the choir approached him for photos.
“My mother loves Al Franken. She listened to Air America [on which Franken had a radio show] every day,” the first woman said. ”I saw him and asked if we could take a photo together for my mother, and we stood next to each other … and down his hand went.”
HuffPost spoke to two sources close to the first woman who corroborated her account.
One fellow choir member, Sarah, remembers not only being there for the groping incident but hearing another choir member say that Franken wouldn’t stop looking at her chest.
Ten years ago, it was easier to shrug off predatory behavior as “boys being boys,” Sarah said, especially when that predatory behavior came from a political ally.
“At the time … people weren’t as willing to speak against people they felt like were on their side,” Sarah said. “It’s really disappointing. And it’s crappy. Ten years ago we were also at an age where there was still a feeling of powerlessness, or that boys will be boys.”
People are saying that this is a right-wing conspiracy. It’s not. I’m a liberal person. … I voted for him after this happened.
The first woman’s best friend, who likewise wished to remain anonymous, remembers hearing about the groping incident the day after it happened.
“She was in this all-women’s choir and he was at an event where she performed, and she told me that he basically grabbed her ass,” the best friend said. “It was a ‘Can you believe this happened to me?’ kind of thing.”