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$500 to Snitch on a Drug Dealer:  The town of Warren, Michigan is offering $500 to people providing law enforcement with information leading to the arrest of drug dealers.  Jason Colthorp of click on Detroit reports that the program called People Against Illegal Drugs (PAID) will pay the rewards from drug forfeiture funds.  "This program means that all Warren residents will be the eyes and ears in our war against drug pushers," said Warren Mayor Jim Fouts.  The identity of the tipsters will remain confidential, but they will have to provide a contact name and number to receive the reward. 

CA Becomes Sanctuary State:  Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 54 into law today, making California a sanctuary state...sort of.  Fox News reports that in his signing statement the Governor noted that the new law will prevent the "commandeering of local officials" to do immigration work.   But as reported in the LA Times, the Governor insisted on "drastic" amendments to the original bill to allow state law enforcement to grant federal agents access to county jails and exchange information about illegals who have committed crimes in the U.S with federal authorities.  The law prohibits police officers from asking the immigration status of people they come in contact with, but officers most California cities have been forbidden from doing this for years.  The outcome of the sanctuary cities lawsuits attempting to block the cutoff of federal funds to cities which refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities, could have a significant impact on the state, which suffers from huge pension fund liabilities, the highest poverty rate in the U.S. and a crumbing infrastructure.     


Have I read that right? Does California actually have the highest poverty rate in the USA? Is it worse than, say, Mississippi? If so, wow!

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's supplemental measure of poverty, 20% of Californians live below the national poverty level, the highest of any state. California's Public Policy Institute reports that another 20% of Californians are "near poverty." The state has been so busy pissing money away on social programs, welfare for illegals and the highest per pupil spending for its failing public schools that it has neglected basic maintenance on its roads, dams and prisons. The state is also hemorrhaging retirees and businesses, due to the high taxes, fees, regulations and costs for energy, water and food.

California does not have the highest poverty rate according to this article (also based on Census data):


It also does not spend the most per pupil on education:


Also "illegals" (otherwise known as undocumented immigrants) are not eligible for "welfare" (although they may benefit indirectly through their children or other ways):


Also, there are indications that "California exports its poor to . . . other states, while wealthier people move in":


In other words, the question of whether California is a crumbling hellhole of liberalism is largely in the eye of the beholder.

Once again, and likely in vain, I lament that the content of this blog increasingly consists of Breitbart-esque social commentary (which already exists in ample amounts elsewhere) and less and less frequently offers useful and high-quality information for prosecutors (which is difficult to come by).

Thank you notablogger for your thoughtful comments. If you are a prosecutor and appreciate high quality information, we suggest you drop
Wikipedia as an accurate unbiased source.

California's poverty level is going to be difficult for you or anyone else to debate:


Even Politifact confirms California's poverty status: http://www.politifact.com/california/statements/2017/jan/20/chad-mayes/true-california-has-nations-highest-poverty-rate-w/

We get five Pinocchios for tarring CA per pupil costs, but your education spending numbers are for 2014. Numbers for more recent years under Jerry Brown's multi-billion dollar "Local Control Funding Formula" are not available, but it is safe to say this substantial increase in spending will put CA among the highest, it is doubtful that CA will ever outspend New York or DC: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/10/01/walters-latest-academic-tests-underscore-californias-education-crisis/

If undocumented immigrants who are indeed here illegally don't get welfare...what should we call the free food, housing, education, medical care, college tuition and driver's licenses California provides to the roughly 2.35 million illegals in the state: http://www.ppic.org/publication/undocumented-immigrants-in-california/ Government data compiled by NEE put the cost at just over $30 billion, 17.7% of the state budget. https://www.nationaleconomicseditorial.com/2017/02/21/costs-illegal-immigration-california/

If California is exporting his poor, it is not happening fast enough to overcome the nation's highest poverty rate as documented above. Internal Revenue Service data shows that, while poor people are indeed leaving, the largest group of outmigrants tends to be middle-aged people making between $100,000 and $200,000 annually. Since since 2010, the Golden State has seen an overall net outflow of $36 billion from these migrants (and that counts only the first year of income): http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/24/leaving-california-after-slowing-the-trend-intensifies/

One of the nation's leading business relocation firms estimates that roughly 10,000 companies have left the Golden States since 2008: http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/another-big-company-departs-california-will-last-one-to-leave-shut-the-lights/

When you refer to Breitbart-esque news sources, do you mean sources such as the San Jose Mercury News, the East Bay Times, Politifact, The Sacramento Bee, and Investors Business Daily cited here? While you defend your views with wikipedia, the Sacramento Bee, Politifact, and Governing, a magazine for government employees.

We are not perfect, but it is possible that you judge us unfairly.

How interesting.

In the same post that you voice opposition against "Breitbart-esque social commentary" and supposed inaccuracies, you criticize the correct legal term (illegal alien) for a piece of "social commentary" pushed by groups like La Raza.

"Illegal alien" and "illegal immigrant" are the proper phrases unless you and La Raza know more than SCOTUS.

Do you?

See Arizona v. United States, 132 S. Ct. 2492 (2012).

"SB 54 would limit state and local law enforcement agencies from communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent all state and local police forces from questioning and holding people on immigration violations."

I have some dealings with Federal Marshalls.
A federal officer said yesterday that what California did, means that federal officers
will have to risk their lives conducting raids, instead of simply being safely handed the aliens at the jail.

My take: what an anti-law enforcement, anti-public safety, reckless thing to do!

This devalues the lives of law enforcement for the sake of protecting illegal aliens.

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