SoCal Assemblyman Dababneh (D-LA) accused of Sexual Harassment | Dec 04 2017

Valley Assemblyman Matt Dababneh accused of sexually assaulting Sacramento lobbyist

|| LA Daily News

Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, D-Van Nuys (2013 photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News )

 

“Assemblyman Matt Dababneh was accused by two women Monday of sexual misconduct, becoming the latest Los Angeles-area state legislator to face allegations of harassment.

At a news conference in Sacramento, lobbyist Pamela Lopez said that Dababneh, a Democrat who represents the West San Fernando Valley, pushed her into a bathroom during a 2016 party at a Las Vegas hotel and masturbated in front of her. Former legislative staffer Jessica Yas Barker said Dababneh regularly made inappropriate comments when both worked for Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks.

Dababneh put out a statement Monday afternoon denying Lopez’s charge.

“I affirmatively deny that this event ever happened — at any time,” the statement said. “I am saddened by this lobbyist’s effort to create this falsehood and make these inflammatory statements, apparently for her own self-promotion and without regard to the reputation of others. I look forward to clearing my name.”

But at least one San Fernando Valley elected official, Los Angeles school board member Kelly Gonez, called on Dababneh to resign.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-South Gate, said Dababneh would step down as chairman of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee while an investigation of the Lopez incident is investigated by an outside law firm hired by the Assembly Rules Committee.

The allegations came after weeks of rumors about Dababneh as cases of sexual harassment have come to light in California politics and other industries.

A week earlier, Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Arleta, announced he was resigning immediately as harassment charges against him grew, and state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Cerritos, was stripped of committee leadership positions pending an investigation of harassment allegations.

Also last week, Lopez testified at an Assembly subcommittee hearing on sexual harassment about an incident involving a state legislator. But she didn’t identify Dababneh as the legislator until Monday.

Lopez described the incident in a letter to Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, and other lawmakers, including Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Burbank, chairwoman of the Assembly Rules Subcommittee on Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Prevention and Response.

“On January 16, 2016, Mr. Dababneh and I were two of the many invited guests at a party to celebrate two mutual friends who were planning to get married,” Lopez’s letter read. “Most of the guests in attendance were political professionals, including many colleagues and associates I have known for years. I should have had no reason to fear for my safety.

“When I went to the bathroom after being at the party for a few hours, I felt the weight of a body push me into the restroom. I heard the door slam behind us. When I turned around, I saw that it was Matt Dababneh. He stood blocking the door and began to masturbate and move toward me, urging me to touch him.

“It was a terrifying experience. During the time he blocked me in that room, my instincts were focused on escaping without any physical contact and in a way that would not cause a scene. Before the ordeal ended, he told me not to tell anyone.”

Lopez wrote that she was moved to identify Dababneh after hearing members of the Assembly subcommittee say they were committed to protecting victims of sexual harassment from retaliation.

She said Dababneh, through his attorney, “has tried to silence me by threatening to sue me for defamation if I persisted in reporting this assault.”

….Continue reading more @ LA Daily News

Was the Kate Steinle Verdict the New OJ? | Dec 04 2017

Not guilty verdict in shooting by illegal immigrant offers sanctuary from common sense

|| LA Daily News  |  Doug McIntyre

“As a rule, I don’t offer opinions about books I haven’t read and movies I haven’t seen. I feel the same way about trials I haven’t followed. I mean really followed, the way the whole country hung on every twist in the O.J. Simpson case.

Last week, a jury in San Francisco acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zararte of murder in the 2015 shooting of Kate Steinle. While I was aware the trial was taking place, I wasn’t in the courtroom when the prosecution and defense teams made their arguments. I didn’t read transcripts of the witnesses’ testimony, only cursory news reports that would occasionally catch my eye. Still, I was predisposed to believe Zarate guilty.

It’s fortunate for Mr. Zarate I wasn’t on the jury.

To recap, on July 1, 2015, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant with a history of arrests who had previously been deported 5 times, claims he found a gun wrapped in cloth under a bench along the waterfront in San Francisco. The gun went off/was fired — depending on which version of his story you believe — striking 32-year old Kate Steinle in the lower back. The bullet tore through Kate’s abdominal aorta, ending her life.

Surveillance video led police to Zarate, then going by the name of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, one of several aliases he used. The Steinle case blew up in the media not just because Kate was a beautiful young woman struck down in broad daylight while walking with her dad, but also because it shoved the disaster of San Francisco’s sanctuary policies onto the front burner, an issue that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House.

Zarate was eligible for a 6th deportation at the time of the shooting. Had then-San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirarimi held him for deportation, as Immigration and Customs Enforcement has requested, he would not have been sitting on that bench to find a gun or anything else.

Zarate told investigators the gun went off accidentally when it fell to the ground after he unwrapped it. Then he changed his story, telling police he stepped on the gun, causing it to go off. But his story changed yet again; this time he admitted he fired the gun but said he was aiming at a seal.

What’s not in dispute is Zarate tossing the gun into San Francisco Bay before running from the scene.

During the trial, it was revealed the bullet that killed Ms. Steinle ricocheted 12-feet from where Zarate stood and struck Kate 78 feet away. This makes it highly unlikely Zarate was deliberately aiming at Kate and may well have led to the not guilty verdict.

By centering their case around the theory Zarate was playing a perverse game of Russian Roulette — firing randomly at passersby — the prosecutors may have overplayed their hand and undermined their credibility with the jury.

Still, the judge had given the jurors the option of finding him guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter. Amazingly, or perhaps not if you consider we’re talking about San Francisco, they only found Zarate guilty on a minor gun charge.

Jose Garcia Zarate’s immigration status and previous arrests were never introduced as evidence in this case. “Nothing about his immigration status, nothing about the fact that he is born in Mexico had any relevance as to what happened on July 1st, 2015”, said his defense attorney.

And that’s true to a point.

But there is another point — if San Francisco had turned Zarate over to ICE as requested, Kate Steinle would be alive today.

If San Francisco didn’t advertise, literally, on bus benches and public transit, they’re a sanctuary city, Jose Zarate may not have chosen San Francisco as his American destination.

“We just want to get this over with and move on with our lives,” said Kate’s father, Jim, after the jury’s verdict was announced. “We want to think about Kate on our terms. Nothing’s been on our terms. It’s been on everyone else’s terms.”

And, of course, he’s right. Kate Steinle’s death became a political football in the 2016 presidential election and remains so to this day. Sadly, Kate is hardly the only victim of illegal immigrant violence.

In Los Angeles, some of us will never forget the 2008 murder of Jamiel Shaw II by a convicted gangbanger, Pedro Espinosa, who had been behind bars 24 hours before killing Shaw. I will never forget introducing Jamiel’s dad to Danielle Bologna, whose husband and two sons were also murdered by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco.

Or Don Rosenberg whose son, Drew, was run down and killed by Roberto Gallo, then living and driving illegally in the City by the Bay. The list of the dead is far too long for this column.

Kate Steinle’s death furrowed Don Lemon’s brow on CNN as he tried to comprehend the strange term “sanctuary city,” as if he had never heard it before, but those of us in Los Angeles have had 39 years’ experience with sanctuary policies, ever since Special Order 40 was implemented by the LAPD back in 1979.  Proponents claim it makes America safer. Tell that to Jim Steinle.

ICE will once again attempt to deport Jose Garcia Zarate. Will San Francisco cooperate this time? And if so, how long before he’s back in the United States, thanks to our porous borders and the unwillingness of cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles to enforce our own laws?”
….Continue reading more @ LA Daily News

 

The Aftermath of the Kate Steinle Trial Acquittal of Illegal Alien Murderer | Dec 03 2017

‘#BoycottSanFrancisco’ Goes Viral as SF Defends Sanctuary Policies

|| Breitbart

“#BoycottSanFrancisco is going viral as San Francisco defends its sanctuary policies in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial.

On November 30, Breitbart News reported that a California jury found seven-time felon and five-time deported illegal alien Jose Garcia Zarate not guilty of murdering 32-year-old Kate Steinle in 2015 in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, local leaders denounced Trump’s position. State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) said, “People have every right to be critical of the verdict and speak out about that…[but] the president is using this to fan the flames of hatred against immigrants, to demonize immigrants.”

Former State Sen. Mark Leno (D) also criticized Trump, claiming he has “no shame.”

Mayor Ed Lee’s (D) spokeswoman said, “San Francisco is and always will be a sanctuary city.”

Twitter users throughout the nation and the world reacted to the defense of sanctuary policies by taking #BoycottSanFrancisco viral.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

 

‘0 Minutes’: MSNBC Ignores Kate Steinle Trial Verdict

|| Fox News Insider

“While most networks offered mixed coverage to the trial of an illegal immigrant accused of killing Kate Steinle, one network ignored the case’s verdict altogether, Pete Hegseth reported.

Hegseth said MSNBC did not cover the verdict of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate at all.

Zarate was found guilty on a weapons charge, but acquitted of more serious manslaughter and murder charges.

“They ignored it all together because to them it wasn’t news,” The Federalist’s Bre Payton said.

Payton said Zarate didn’t deny shooting Steinle, but the fact that the 45-year-old is a five-time deported illegal immigrant felon didn’t fit the network’s narrative.

Hegseth said CNN moderately covered the verdict, but dropped coverage in favor of reporting that Gen. Michael Flynn [Ret.] pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities when that story broke.”

….Continue reading more @ Insider

 

 

PIER 14 SHOOTING

‘I was horrified’ Pleasanton residents outraged at Kate Steinle verdict

|| ABC7News.com

“SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) —

Reaction came down quickly from residents in Kate Steinle’s hometown of Pleasanton Thursday night after a not guilty verdict was read out by the jury.

“I thought it was ridiculous. I honestly thought it was ridiculous,” said Pleasanton resident Victoria.

The shocking verdict in the murder trial has many in Pleasanton fuming.

“I was horrified it would be a not guilty,” said another resident Diana Armario. “To me and everybody I know it was just an obvious guilty verdict.”

Steinle grew up in the East Bay town about 40 miles outside San Francisco and graduated from Amador Valley High School.

She was living in San Francisco when she decided to take that fateful walk onto Pier 14 with her father.

Many Pleasanton residents have been invested in the case and were stunned by the jury’s decision. They say justice has not been served.

“It’s just shocking that someone would get away with shooting a gun and murdering somebody and get away with it really,” said

“If I’m somebody who is walking with my daughter in San Francisco and the next thing, she ends up dead — somebody has to pay the price,” said Pleasanton resident Tony Budema.

Some blasted San Francisco for being a sanctuary city. And Steinle’s accused killer, who was deported five times, should have never been allowed to be there.

“You know one of the things about San Francisco being a sanctuary city is something that I personally don’t agree with and I think this is a perfect example of it,” added Liz Venema.

Steinle’s family still lives in Pleasanton. They were not in court when the verdict was read but told the San Francisco Chronicle they were “shocked and saddened.”

…..Continue reading more @ abc7news.com

 

 

 

Kate Steinle’s Killer Found Not Guilty in San Fran | Nov 30 2017

Five-Times-Deported Illegal Alien Jose Zarate Found Not Guilty in Murder of Kate Steinle

|| Breitbart

“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.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

 

Follow On for Kate

|| Paul Brady

 

 

Mexican Troops Deployed to Los Cabos to Quell Epidemic of Drug Violence | Nov 29 2017

Mexico Deploys Military to Pacific Beach Resort Areas to Quell Cartel Violence

|| Breibart

“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.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

Illegal Immigration Advocate Rep. Luis Gutierrez to leave Congress | Nov 28 2017

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.”

…..Continue reading more @ Chicago Sun-Times

 

Amnesty Champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez Quitting Congress, Says Chicago TV Station

|| Breitbart

“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.

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

 

ANOTHER ONE! Dem Congressman Arranged Secret “Severance Package” For Staffer Over Misconduct Claims

|| theGatewayPundit

“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.”

….Continue reading more @ TGP

Al Franken Says He Will Be More Careful in Future Groping | Nov 27 2017

Franken: ‘I Cannot Speculate’ If More Women Will Come Forward, Allegations Have Been a ‘Shock’

|| Breitbart

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.

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart