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U.S. Mexico Border Closed in Tijuana Due to Mexico Gas Protests | Jan 2017

U.S. reopens freeway access into Mexico after Tijuana gas protest

– San Diego Union-Tribune

“Continuing unrest over gasoline price hikes in Mexico flared up at the Tijuana border crossing Saturday night as a large protest prompted U.S. authorities to block access into Mexico from San Ysidro for nearly four hours.

Southbound Interstates 5 and 805 began to reopen to motorists wanting to cross the border about 9:15 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The demonstration at Tijuana’s El Chaparral port of entry was among several held throughout Mexico Saturday — including a protest that turned violent outside a Rosarito Beach gasoline distribution center.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and the California Highway Patrol began diverting southbound I-5 and I-805 traffic about 5:30 p.m. “to support the government of Mexico’s inbound (vehicle inspection) operation,” said Customs spokesman Ralph DeSio.

Motorists were diverted onto state Route 905, and those wanting to enter Mexico were directed to the port of entry at Otay Mesa.

San Diego police noted 45 minutes later that southbound traffic on I-805 had backed up to Main Street in Chula Vista.

Pedestrians were still allowed to cross south.

Traffic going north from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry remained open and was being processed as usual, an official said.

Protesters had taken over inspection lanes of El Chaparral earlier in the afternoon.

Tijuana resident Mario Osuna said videos of the demonstration on Facebook showed several hundred protesters had swarmed Mexican customs officials at El Chaparral and were waving southbound travelers through without having to stop for vehicle inspections or to pay taxes on purchases made in the U.S.

Osuna said the protesters were not blocking cars.

“The situation down here is kind of getting out of control,” said Osuna, who works in online marketing and sales.

The protest was organized on Facebook by a Baja California student group, said demonstrator Israel Castellon, 30, a law student. He objected to President Enrique Peña Nieto’s move to deregulate the country’s energy sector, causing the gasoline price increase.

“Peña Nieto is not my president. He has carried out stupid reforms that have been harmful to citizens and benefited politicians or those from the privileged classes,” Castellon said. “Those who have been hurt are those who have the least.”

At 8:30 p.m., about three-dozen protesters who remained left the ghostly quiet port of entry. They sang the Mexican national anthem and chanted in Spanish: “The people united shall never be defeated.” They promised to return Sunday.

On Wednesday in Arizona, similar protests led Mexican authorities to close the border crossing at Nogales, Sonora, for southbound traffic.

Such hard border closures are rare and usually stem from officer-involved shootings, as was the case twice in 2014, or bomb scares.

In 2013, about 300 teachers from Tijuana protesting federal educational reforms blocked several northbound traffic lanes at San Ysidro for about an hour.

Also Saturday, in northern Rosarito Beach, a five-day protest outside the region’s main storage facility turned violent when a man drove a truck into a group of officers posted nearby.

Video showed a small yellow pickup driving straight into the line of riot police, then backing up and speeding off.

Eight officers were injured, two of them seriously, said Pedro Hernandez, commissioner for the Federal Police in Baja California. Hours after the early morning incident, hundreds of state, federal and local police descended on demonstrators who since Monday had been blocking access to the facility.”

….Continue reading @ UT San Diego

 

The 9/11 attacks could have been derailed in San Diego, had the CIA not spiked a memo alerting the FBI to Saudi Spy | Sep 2016

9/11 could have been stopped in San Diego

– San Diego Reader

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“The 9/11 attacks could have been derailed in San Diego, had the CIA not spiked a memo alerting the FBI about an Al Qaeda terrorist who was coming to the United States and ended up living here in 2000.

Former FBI agent Mark Rossini, who was assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, said CIA officials blocked the memo to the FBI because the agency was complicit with Saudi intelligence agents who were trying to recruit Khalid al-Mihdhar and/or Nawaf al-Hazmi. Mihdhar and Hazmi, both Saudis, lived in Clairemont and Lemon Grove in 2000 and were in the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.

Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi and former Clairemont resident who many local Muslims suspected of being a Saudi spy, was assigned to shadow Mihdhar and Hazmi, said Rossini. When asked if Bayoumi was also supposed to recruit the terrorists, Rossini said, “Of course he was. How else could he just bump into them and get them an apartment? That’s the whole point. It’s an outrage.”

Bayoumi’s story was told in the San Diego Reader’s July 27 issue. He emerged as the most enigmatic character in the 9/11 saga. Bayoumi claimed that he met Mihdhar and Hazmi by accident in a Los Angeles restaurant on February 1, 2000, and persuaded them to move to San Diego. On February 4, 2000, he was helping the pair fill out a rental application and move next door to him at a Clairemont apartment complex. He also helped the terrorists open a bank account and paid their first month’s rent, for which he was promptly reimbursed. Bayoumi claimed he was simply doing a favor for fellow Muslims. Investigations by the FBI and 9/11 Commission concluded that Bayoumi did not have prior knowledge of the attacks and the assistance he gave the terrorists was unwitting. Neither body addressed the possibility that he may have been ordered by Saudi intelligence to recruit the pair, though their reports acknowledged that Bayoumi was suspected of being a Saudi agent who kept tabs on local Saudis.

Rossini, whose job was counterterrorism, is the first law-enforcement official who investigated the 9/11 attacks to call Bayoumi a Saudi spy. Rossini lives in Europe and was interviewed by phone while visiting family in New York City.

The unsent memo was mentioned in the report by the Office of the Inspector General, which investigated the bureau’s role leading up to the attacks. The report documents how a CIA analyst stopped the FBI agent who wrote the memo from sending it to his superiors. The analyst also ordered Rossini and the memo writer not to even informally tell FBI headquarters about the memo’s contents: a two-paragraph note that said Mihdhar was a member of Al Qaeda and had a U.S. visa. Had the CIA allowed the memo to be sent, Rossini said, he is “200 percent” confident that the 9/11 attacks “would have been stopped.”

….Continue reading @ San Diego Reader

9/11 Islamic Terror Link to LA Culver City Mosque | Aug 2016

 

Hillary’s Saudi Campaign Money | June 2016

Failed Nukes At San Onofre – San Diego Tribune | Aug 2016

San Onofre Nuke Fiasco – It’s Not just the Steam Generators that Failed –  Jan 2016

UT San Diego

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“When alloy tubing in one of the new steam generators at San Onofre leaked a small amount of radiation four years ago this week, engineers at Southern California Edison immediately instituted emergency protocols and shut down the nuclear plant.

 

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Neither of the twin domed reactors on the north San Diego County coast have produced a spark of electricity since.

No one disputes what caused the failure — excessive wear in hundreds of tubes designed to drive hot steam through massive turbines is the confirmed culprit, numerous investigators and analysts found.

But what has become increasingly disputed since the plant went dark is the question of who is responsible for flawed replacement steam generators being installed and who should pay for the failure.

Edison, the San Onofre operator and majority owner, said it had no knowledge of design flaws that led to the Jan. 31, 2012, breakdown. Edison places the blame with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Japanese firm hired to design and build the replacement steam generators.

“SCE was unaware of the steam generator defects until they were discovered after the tube leak in 2012,” spokeswoman Maureen Brown said in a statement. “It was up to MHI, as the designer and manufacturer, to decide what design features to include that would result in safe RSGs” or replacement steam generators.

Billions of dollars are at stake in the plant’s failure, and so far, the lion’s share of the tab is being covered by the ratepaying public.

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Following a November 2014 vote by the California Public Utilities Commission, customers of Edison and minority owner San Diego Gas & Electric have been paying $3.3 billion of the $4.7 billion in identified closure costs, or 70 percent.

That balance remains controversial, as numerous lawsuits wind their way through various courts and the commission itself is the subject of state and federal criminal investigations over its ties to utility companies, which own the plant.

Edison, the San Onofre operator and majority owner, said it had no knowledge of design flaws that led to the Jan. 31, 2012, breakdown. Edison places the blame with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Japanese firm hired to design and build the replacement steam generators.

“SCE was unaware of the steam generator defects until they were discovered after the tube leak in 2012,” spokeswoman Maureen Brown said in a statement. “It was up to MHI, as the designer and manufacturer, to decide what design features to include that would result in safe RSGs” or replacement steam generators.

Billions of dollars are at stake in the plant’s failure, and so far, the lion’s share of the tab is being covered by the ratepaying public.

 

Disastrous Outcome

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Some of the first documents made public that raised questions about Edison’s oversight of the San Onofre project were written by Dwight Nunn, a now-retired company vice president. They surfaced in 2013, right before Edison decided to close the plant for good.

More than 10 years ago, Nunn wrote to the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries general manager.

“I am concerned that there is the potential that design flaws could be inadvertently introduced into the steam generator design that will lead to unacceptable consequences (e.g. tube wear and eventually tube plugging),” Nunn wrote. “This would be a disastrous outcome for both of us and a result each of our companies desire to avoid.”

Ray Lutz of Citizens Oversight, a San Diego nonprofit group fighting to reverse the San Onofre settlement, said the letter shows Edison could have prevented the failure.

“The Nunn letter really showed us that the utility knew they had a big problem,” Lutz said. “It’s clear when you read it that SCE was taking a very close look at everything going on with the design, so for them to say they didn’t know it could fail just isn’t true.”

For Edison’s part, it says Nunn’s letter shows how thorough the company was in making its concerns known to Mitsubishi, and gaining assurances from the manufacturer that the steam generators would be safe.

While Edison and Mitsubishi executives traded correspondence in the early days of the project, engineers from the two companies convened in Japan to tackle the more technical issues. Notes from some of those meetings have been posted on the Edison website as part of the company’s effort to keep ratepayers informed about the shutdown.

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According to the public meeting notes, Edison was aware that Mitsubishi was venturing into new ground when it won the $680 million bid to design and manufacture the San Onofre replacement steam generators.

“MHI has experience with small (steam generators) and the SONGS RSGs have large U-bends, therefore the prior MHl experience is invalid,” notes from the first day of those meetings state.

On another page, one attendee makes this notation: “The SONGS OSGs (original steam generators) had tube wear problems so they don’t see why the RSGs will be any different. They suggest a comparative analysis of the OSG and RSG.”

Brown said Mitsubishi was responsible for designing the replacement steam generators, and that Edison challenged the process along the way. SCE pointed out, for example, that Mitsubishi was experienced building smaller steam generators and “MHI should not assume that a scaled up design would work,” she said.

“MHI agreed with SCE’s comment and repeatedly assured SCE that it was engaged in a rigorous evaluation of the safety of its design for the SONGS RSGs,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, unbeknownst to SCE at the time, MHI did not in fact live up to its promises, due largely to flaws deeply embedded in its proprietary computer codes.

Hirsch, the UC Santa Cruz nuclear policy expert, said Edison “absolutely” should have reported its design concerns to federal regulators.

It took NRC one day — one day! — to discover the computer error that was at the heart of the steam generator failure,” Hirsch said. “But because Edison tried to avoid a license amendment that would have required NRC review and a potential public license amendment hearing, and didn’t disclose to NRC problems like the void coefficient concern, NRC only did that review after the steam generator failed.”

…Continue reading from the Jan 2016 article @ San Diego Union Tribune

– Yes, it is a fiasco on every level, for ratepayers, for the utilities, for the stockholders, for the environment. We deserve better than this type of monumental failure. Now we see Governor Jerry Brown is caught up in this maelstorm along with Senate candidate and current California Attorney General Kamala Harris./CJ

 

 

Kamala Harris Questioned about Conflict of Interest in San Onofre Edison Closure Deal during Senate Debate

– KPBS

Senate candidate and current California Attorney General Kamala Harris was asked her opinion on a recent Public Utilities Commission plan to keep the San Onofre nuclear waste on site for the foreseeable future. Harris declined to answer stating as AG she was representing the CPUC as well as conducting a criminal investigation into the CPUC and the plant closure deal.

The moderator correctly pointed out that the two issues were not related when Harris let out the bombshell that she was conducting a criminal investigation into the nuclear plant and ‘the conduct that took place there.’

This appears to the tip of a very large iceberg here. In the middle of her Senate campaign, Kamala Harris faces a huge conflict of interest in a major scandal. The deal ironed out between the CPUC and Edison was clearly illegal, Harris has evidence as the result of a search, and now we find that Gov Jerry Brown is refusing to release emails related to the matter./CJ

– The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article on the issue the moderator is raising here.

 

Historic Jobs and Company Exodus from California Since 2008 | Aug 2016

9,000 Companies Have Left California Since 2008

– Breitbart

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“At least 9,000 companies have left California from 2008 to 2015, according to the 378 page study by Spectrum Location Solutions titled, California’s Forty Year Legacy of Hostility to Business.

Joseph Vranich, president of site selection consultants Spectrum Location Solutions (VLS) in Irvine, found that roughly 9,000 California companies moved their headquarters or diverted projects to out-of-state locations in the last seven years due to the Golden State’s “hostile” business environment. 

Vranich reports that the bitter negative perceptions of California for business began during Jerry Brown’s first chaotic two terms as California Governor from 1975 to 1983. Things got so bad that the Governor instructed his aides in 1977 to begin wearing “California Means Business” buttons.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Brown tried to convince reporters on a late 1970s junket to Japan that “Our economic climate is very good.” He added, “I think this is dissipating a good deal of the political rhetoric surrounding the business-climate talk.”

VLS points out that despite the growing anti-business environment, California’s economy grew for the next three decades due to wonderful scenery and climate, a workforce with technical expertise, and trade access to Asian nations.

But since the start of the Great Recession and accelerating after Brown’s election as governor in 2009, a mass exodus of businesses from the not-so-Golden State to more “friendly” locations like Texas and Nevada occurred.

Vranich told the Dallas Business Journal that companies that are leaving California to escape escalating costs and regulations can move to Texas or Nevada that have no income tax and high relative purchasing power. According to Vranich, “I even wonder if some kind of ‘business migration history’ has been made.”

VLS estimates that many former California companies that moved to more business friendly locals have experienced “astonishing” operating cost savings of 20 up to 35 percent.

The top 10 states that California businesses have relocated to over the last seven years are in the following order: (1) Texas; (2) Nevada; (3) Arizona; (4) Colorado; (5) Washington; (6) Oregon; (7) North Carolina; (8) Florida; (9) Georgia; and (10) Virginia.

Los Angeles was at the top of the list of the 10 California counties that suffered the highest number of disinvestment events. L.A. was followed by: (2) Orange, (3) Santa Clara, (4) San Francisco, (5) San Diego, (6) Alameda, (7) San Mateo, (8) Ventura, (9) Sacramento, and (10) Riverside counties.

The Tax Foundation using data from The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated the difference in purchasing power for $100 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Only Washington D.C., New York, and New Jersey got less purchasing power than California’s $88.97. That compares to $103.73 for neighboring Arizona and a national high of $115.34 in Alabama.

VLS has found that on a national basis, Democrat-leaning northeast and west coast areas get less purchasing power for their dollars, compared to the Republican-leaning southeast and mid-west.

The Tax Foundation established a direct inverse correlation between purchasing power and the percentage level of state tax rate. California, with a 13.3 percent top state tax bracket, leads the nation.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart

The Trump Critique of a Politicized Federal Judiciary | June 2016

Donald Trump Is Correct To Hit ‘La Raza Lawyers of California’ Federal Judge For Latino Identity Politics

– Breitbart

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So why blast Trump for his Jeffersonian view of the judiciary?

“Trump’s suggestion that a Hispanic judge may treat him unfairly because of Trump’s border security proposals, such as the wall, challenges the claim that liberal judges engaged in identity politics are never biased against non-liberals. And while Democrats were enraged by Trump’s challenge, Trump struck fear into the hearts of establishment Republicans not accustomed to challenging the politically correct code to which they have previously surrendered.

Hillary Clinton immediately launched a political advertisement. The ad claimed that Trump’s questioning of Judge Curiel’s impartiality was “the definition of racism.” It also incorporated the growing list of Republicans condemning Trump’s Curiel criticism.

But what exactly had Trump done wrong? How was it unreasonable to suggest that a judge belonging to a group pledging to advance Latino interests might be biased against the man who wants to build the wall that hinders the interests of Latino politicians?

Had we not just witnessed Latinos in San Jose throw eggs and sucker punches at Trump supporters, and wave the Mexican flag? Had not McConnell himself, by hoping Trump would change his standard rhetoric, conceded that liberal Latinos – of which Curiel belongs – viewed Trump’s proposals with animus?

If one listened to Hillary and her cabal of Republicans, Trump is a modern day version of Orval Faubus – the Arkansas governor who resisted court ordered integration of schools. But that conclusion is based on left-wing fan fiction that holds any time a white male questions a protected minority the motivation must be rooted in discriminatory animus.

Judge Curiel’s integrity is not being questioned by Trump just because of his Hispanic heritage. Trump is merely asserting that a person’s heritage does not foreclose a proper inquiry into their political activism and potential biases; he is suggesting that Curiel – a man who supports awarding an illegal alien a scholarship – might not view favorably a man who wants to deport the said scholarship recipient.

Recusal is a common theme when pro-choice advocates run up against pro-life judges. Recently, some scholars wanted Justice Antonin Scalia to recuse himself from McCullen v. Coakley; a case concerning abortion clinic buffer zones. But such requests are rarely viewed in a negative light.

The fact is seeking recusal – even if just discussing it – is a great way to preserve the integrity of the bench. Federal judges are appointed for life, unelected, and reviewed by other unelected judges. It is why Thomas Jefferson warned the federal bench could easily become a “despotism of an oligarchy.”

So why blast Trump for his Jeffersonian view of the judiciary? Democrats know Hillary is in trouble. They know the economic outlook is bleak and for almost 8 years the party has had no answers. It is why Hillary is making much ado about nothing and, frankly, the voters don’t care about the judicial politics of one class action lawsuit.

But this debate is not just about Trump or Trump University; it is about a politically correct double standard that permits liberals to use the faith of pro-life judges to boot them from a case, but calls questioning the ethnicity based activism of a liberal judge racism. And this is a concept the voters understand.

Liberals made Trump’s comments about race because they know a reasonable personmight conclude Curiel’s activism creates the appearance of impropriety. The sad thing is Republicans, much like a battered spouse, are so accustomed to the politically correct abuse they accept it as the new normal.

By validating Hillary’s race card, Republican leaders have exhibited one of the worst examples of Stockholm syndrome. And when the dust settles, Newt will see that he and his fellow Republicans are the ones who made the “inexcusable” mistake.”

…Read more @ Breitbart

 

What Would Thomas Jefferson Say?

 

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Jefferson was plainly alarmed by the possibility of judicial tyranny. 

You seem to consider the judges the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges … and their power [are] the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and are not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves … . When the legislative or executive functionaries act unconstitutionally, they are responsible to the people in their elective capacity. The exemption of the judges from that is quite dangerous enough. I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves. …. — Letter to Mr. Jarvis, Sept, 1820

Jefferson plainly had an answer against judicial tyranny. 

This case of Marbury and Madison is continually cited by bench and bar, as if it were settled law, without any animadversions on its being merely an obiter dissertation of the Chief Justice … . But the Chief Justice says, “there must be an ultimate arbiter somewhere.” True, there must; but … . The ultimate arbiter is the people …. — Letter to Judge William Johnson, June 1823

He saw where judicial tyranny was leading. 

When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated …. —Letter to C. Hammond, July 1821

…Continue more @ the Tenth Amendment Center

 

 

Meet The Pro-Illegal Immigrant Groups The La Raza Lawyers Of San Diego Consider Part Of Their ‘Community’

– DailyCaller

“The San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (SDLRLA), the group which Trump University lawsuit Judge Gonzalo Curiel is a member of, considers various pro-illegal immigrant organizations as part of its “community.”

The SDLRLA’s website includes a side-panel on their site titled “Community” which includes links to a variety of groups, including the National Council of La Raza.

“Please note, the San Diego Lawyers Association is not affiliated with the National La Raza Council,” the president of the SDLRLA, Luis O. Osuna, told The Daily Caller in a statement. However, this link is not the only connection between the SDLRLA and the National Council of La Raza. The San Diego previously publicized a La Raza announcement in 2012 about gay marriage.

The SDLRLA is also an affiliate of the Hispanic National Bar Association. The former president of this group, Rafael Santiago, was on the board of the National Council of La Raza. ”

…Continue reading @ DailyCaller

 

Activist Trump University / La Raza Judge Now Attempts To Re-Seal Court Documents…

– theConservativeTreehouse

“Candidate Donald Trump previously accused Judge Gonzalo Curiel of having a bias, a specific political and agenda bias, to the benefit of the plaintiffs in the case; and it appears he is correct.

Yesterday it was discovered that Judge Curiel, an activist for illegal immigration, works on behalf of San Diego La Raza immigration activists to select illegal aliens for scholarships.

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Today his inherent rush to judgement surfaces once again, as Judge Curiel now tries to reverse course on a decision to unseal court records.

His original order unsealed court documents which were unredacted and exposed the personal information of people within the civil lawsuit.  Today, claiming it was a “mistake“, Judge Curiel tries to put the toothpaste back in the tube:

…More @ theConservativeTreehouse

– It should be noted the idea for Judge Curiel’s appointment to the Federal Court was Barbara Boxer’s idea./CJ