he beat her with a stick


He had no other choice, Steve Poizner is trailing Meg Whitman  in the polls by more than twenty points.     The Republican gubernatorial  debate was held at the Tech Museum in San Jose sunday.

For most of the debate Whitman was playing defense……

Sound Bytes

On Whitman’s Resignation from the Goldman Sachs Board Amid Controversy over here Receipt of Preferential Stock Deals as Ebay CEO:

Whitman: “As Donald Trump say’s , I fired them. I didn’t like the management. I didn’t like the culture,and I got off.  I did not do anything wrong.  With 20/20 hindsight,would I do it again?  No, I could see afterwards what the conflict looked like”

Poizner’s Response: “Wow, you really don’t get this, Meg (Goldman Sachs) started to feed you these sweetheart deals, and you made a fortune, and …until you got caught you didn’t think you you did anything wrong. Ebay shareholders sued you and they sued you for a huge conflict of interest….The fact is your judgement was terrible back then.

On Whitman’s support for US senator Barbara Boxer in 2004

Whitman: “I did support Barbara Boxer…She was against new taxes on the internet.”

Poizner: “Because Barbara Boxer took a certain position on the internet tax that would personally benefit her and her investment funds.  is that the way you make decisions about who to endorse?”

On Arizona’s Immigration Law

Poisner: ” I support what’s going on in Arizona. They’ve taken finally the power into their own hands to do something about illegal immigration… Clear Meg Whitman supports some from of ammnesty…Amnesty is a huge magnet and that’s a mistake.”

Whitman:” I understand the frustrations that Arizona has on this law. I have a better plan to stip illegal immigration… I am 100% percent against amnesty.  But I can’t leave this subject without reminding everyone that legal immigration built this country.  In the Central Valley we need a guest worker program that works for the agricultural industry.

Poizner hit hard, and Whitman’s inexperience is clear, however, what I have are transcripts, I did not see the debate.

If Poizner appeared too aggressive, it could backfire for him as it did Rick Lazio, when he debated Hillary Clinton in the New York Senate Race.

He may get traction from Goldman Sachs and Barbara Boxer.   As this morning (monday) Poizer is on the airways.     Meg Whtiman has avoided press conferences,on the net  she is being called “Runaway Meg”.   Her avoidance could backfire, (anyone remember Sarah Palin?  Of the three candidates, she is the most controversal  and  the press has questions and they aren’t going away..

The argument over who is more conservative is laughable as both candidates are from the liberal Bay Area..    Poizner is going for broke, has painting himself so far to the right, (his support of Arizona’s Immigration law )if he wins the primary, this positioning will hurt him in fall. .

Whitman’s initial  media blitz was very successful, she risks overload.    Californians needs to get to her  She needs to address those difficult questions as her opponents has..   In the debate.  Her statement “legal immigration built this country was brilliant” are there more gems?

Her positions isn’t as polarizing as Poizner, however, she is up against Brown,who was born into politics, its in his blood.   The last seven millionaire/billionaire self financed  candidates have failed in this state.

All will be revealed in November

CITYFELLA

Sacto Schools ok with same sex prom companions


 

By Ed Fletcher, Sacamento Bee 05/03/2010

A high school prom is a rite of passage that should be a source of joy, not worry, anxiety or fear, regardless of the student’s relationship status or sexual orientation, say local school administrators.

To make the prom inclusive, schools have developed policies to encourage students to come as singles or with friends, and education officials hope that also makes same-sex couples feel welcome.

The measures in place in schools in Placer County, the most right-leaning of Sacramento’s four-county region, are representative of what other school districts do for school dances.

There’s a good chance a same-sex couple wouldn’t be noticed, said school administrators interviewed by The Bee.

That’s a marked difference from the experience of a Mississippi teen whose school in March canceled its prom to avoid a legal confrontation over allowing her to attend the prom with a female date.

“If it were a gay couple, we would be fine with that,” said Steve Williams, a spokesman for the Roseville Joint Union School District. “We treat (our students) the same.”

Officials from Roseville Joint Union, Western Placer and Placer Unified school districts each said they welcome all students and that same-sex couples attending school dances did not encounter any problems or resistance.

Officials from San Juan and Folsom Cordova school districts cited similar policies allowing students to buy single tickets or as a group.

But interviews with students provide a more nuanced picture.

Last year’s homecoming dance was a coming-out party of sorts for Del Oro student Taylor Donnot and her girlfriend, who also attends the Loomis school.

It was their first formal dance as a couple, and like most other attendees they were doing it up. Her date wore a formal black dress. Donnot added some pizzazz to her black slacks and dress shirt with a matching rainbow tie and suspenders.

She said school administrators and teachers were great: “They just wrote the names down like it was no big deal.”

But once the dance started, the looks, laughter and comments were impossible to miss, she said.

“Since I’ve been ‘out’ for so long, it didn’t faze me. But it really hurt my girlfriend,” Donnot said. “Words hurt no matter what, but I just try to shake them off.”

She said her experience attending her junior prom in March was noticeably better.

“You could still hear people whispering, but it wasn’t as bad,” she said.

Del Oro’s student body president, Emily Hentschke, said the campus and some of her friends are split on gay rights issues.

Hentschke said she thinks gay students should be just as welcome at the prom as straight students. A handful of the girl-girl couples have attended, she said, but she can’t recall any gay males attending as a couple.

“It’s really sad that they have to hide it or feel like they can’t go to a school event because of it,” Hentschke said.

Hide it is exactly what 2005 McClatchy High School graduate Morgan Hollis did. She knew it. He knew it. Many at the school knew it. But for the sake of appearances she went with a male friend to her senior prom.

Because many homosexual youths shy away from attending their high school proms, the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center hosted its second Gay Prom earlier this month.

Just under 100 teens – most of them gay – dressed up to dance to Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson at the April 24 event, said Hollis, the event’s lead organizer.

“We tried to make it as close to an actual prom that they would have at school,” she said.

Louis Gomez, a manager at the center, said it’s important that kids have a safe space.

“We want to provide a prom for the queer youth,” said Gomez. “We want to make sure they can experience a prom in a same space like everyone else, without the fear that they will be rejected.”

School administrators preach the same thing – regardless of the students’ sexual preference, or whether students have a date.

“Come with a group of friends and have a good time. It’s a healthy thing,” said Mike Garrison, the principal at Rocklin High School. “You hear about people that don’t go to the senior ball because they didn’t have a date. It’s a good thing they get to go with their friends. They don’t have to be upset about it 20 years down the road that they didn’t go to their senior ball.”

20,000 people with no where to go


In the seventeen years I have lived in Sacramento, Arco Arena has been topic one, overshadowing budget shortfalls, service cut backs, under performing schools.    There are many who believe the cities image would be devastated if the Sacramento Kings left Sacramento.     Despite its short comings, Arco Arena  averaging  200 events a year ,is one of the busiest venues on the west coast.

Saturday night May 1 I’m in downtown San Jose on Santa Clara Street looking for an freeway on ramp.    As I neared the freeway, the traffic stopped, impatient drivers began making u-turns as we inched forward, I thought to myself, there must be a traffic accident ahead, its was 10:42pm.

Another impatient driver in a red Chrysler in the right lane ,abruptly cut in front of me to make a u-turn, forcing me to brake.  Suddenly, there were many cars stuck in the middle of the street.

I have heard about grid lock, but never experienced it……  For some strange reason, cars in the right lane was inching forward.   Changing lanes was futile, there where cars in the middle of Santa Clara unable to move, and drivers in the right lane unwilling to allow other vehicles in.     As the cars inched forward,  I saw flashing lights, it was the San Jose Police, directing traffic away from HP Pavilion.  Allowing taxis and limos to turn on to a small street but forcing other cars to turn around, after 5 or so minutes it was gridlock on Santa Clara.

Suddenly there were thousands of people on both sides of Santa Clara, walking to the surrounding parking lots…  Many walking between cars.   Unable to move, I turned my engine and lights out and watched smiling Eagles concert fans walk pass me.   It was now 11.25pm.  Even though functioning  lights and crosswalks, the concert goers had priority and we were forced to sit.

The clouds grew smaller and the officer  started picking up the orange cones in the street.  We continued to sit,waiting for instructions, as he loaded the cones on to the hood of his car, the car to my immediate right, pulled forward and drove around the police cruiser.  the officer oblivious to the waiting cars, focused his attention to the cones.  When I pulled in front of the arena(one block away) it was 11.46pm.

There seemed to be a light rail station across the from the arena, but no one was walking in its direction, also absent were buses.

I have seen the future and it isn’t pretty. 20,000 fans looking for their cars.

Sacramento’s Regional Transit doesn’t serve Arco Arena, Hughes Stadium, or the Sacramento International Airport.

The Arena in Sacramento is Natomas works for most locals. Easy parking, easy access to two freeways where it is……

When the discussion of an Arena near the amtrak station and public transit, I was encouraged…    I’ve lived in San Francisco and New York  where public transit is part of the culture.     The Att ballpark is a block away from Cal Trans for those who live in San Jose and the Peninsula.  Penn Station and Subways are below Madison Square Garden.

But this is Sacramento, home of the drive through  and where many feel it is beneath them to take public transportation.

Unlike San Jose, there is only  J Street in and I street out of downtown, the only alternative would be city streets to  the other freeway on ramps one to two miles away.   The other wrinkle, is while the new arena will be larger , there will be fewer spaces.

Perhaps in the three to six years ,  2.6 million people will have changed their driving habits and embrace public transit.    Who knows in the next three to six years, the economy here in Sacramento, will have fully recovered.  Like San Jose’s VTA, Regional Transit isn’t 24 hours.

Cynical or common sense?

When the Cal Expo site was being discussed,citizens questioned the impact of the Arena on busy business 80. The Stadium Boosters and our leaders didn’t have a response.    Now the downtown site is back into play, the leaders say, this will be the best thing to happen to downtown.     The issue of traffic is silent… There are no studies on effect of traffic will have  on the existing businesses.

There is enough room at the current Arco site to build another Arena along side.

Built in 1988, there had been no significant changes to the Arena. No event signage,  nothing.     Close remodel and expand this 22 year old relic.   Currently the team is struggling to fill the seats.  Move the team south for a year to the new and underused 10,000 seat Stockton Arena.

The NBA is struggling, teams are calling 2011-the make or break year.  Clear minds within the state are questioning the swap… They would have to make major changes to Arco. to use it as an exhibit hall,..are the needed modifications part of the complex swap?   A  Remodel would be less than rebuilding, skilled architects redesigned the forty four year old  Oakland Arena adding nearly 5000 seats,  Oklahoma City’s  Ford Center is being remodeled, and the world famous 40+ Madison Square Garden is being remodeled.

But is the arena enough? , there are many under performing  teams struggling, up for sale in some of the newest arenas, some cant pay their rent.   Currently the Sacramento Kings is one of those under performing teams, in the Kings favor, they are the landlords.     If it isn’t broken…….

CITYFELLA

Mayor urges Sacramento to shun Arizona over immigration law


By Ryan Lillis
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010 – 2:08 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010 – 2:22 pm

Mayor Kevin Johnson is urging the city of Sacramento to sever economic ties with Arizona over that state’s new immigration law.

In a posting on his blog today, Johnson wrote he applauded moves by California and San Francisco officials to distance themselves from Arizona.

“I fundamentally believe Sacramento should do likewise, severing any economic ties to Arizona in expression of our city’s belief that justice is not an arbitrary weapon wielded according to skin color and appearance,” Johnson wrote.

Arizona’s law requires local police to demand proof of legal status if officers suspect a person is an illegal immigrant.

Johnson said he would begin working with the City Council on the issue. The mayor has e-mailed council members to gather their ideas and gauge their interest in his proposal. Severing ties with Arizona would likely require a resolution passed by the council.

It was unclear today what, if any, economic ties Sacramento has with Arizona.

Johnson wrote that “immigration must be managed with thoughtful, fair and productive protocols,” but that the Arizona law “contradicts the foundation of American justice on multiple levels.”

Johnson wrote that he had “deep personal sadness” when he was traded from the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers to the Phoenix Suns in 1988 because Arizona had rescinded a holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a year earlier.

“I still have many friends in Arizona and know the state is not a land filled with hatred,” Johnson wrote. “But sometimes Arizonans need a reminder of their foolishness. If we shun them, maybe they will get it.”

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Cailfornia Insurance Commissioner Steve Poiznier wants to be Govenor


STEVE POIZNER WANTS TO BE THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA 

 

 

Who is He?

Born 53 years ago in Houston Texas, he earned his bachelor degree from the University of Texas, he earned is MBA  from the Stanford Business School.. Poizner founded and served as CEO of Strategic Mapping Inc a softwares company that developed a program to display geographic date on digital maps..  He also founded SnapTrack Inc, which pioneered technology that put GPS receivers into cell phones, he served as CEO until he sold the company to Qualcomm in 2000..  Steve Poizner and his wife Carol and their daughter lives in the San Francisco Bay Area (Los Gatos)

Polictial Background

In 2004 he unsuccessfully ran for the 21 district of the State Assembly. In 2006, he ran and was elected to the office of insurance Commissioner. He is a life member of the council on Foreign Relations.  In 2008, President George W Bush  to serve of the Honorary Delegation in Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel. Mr Poizner also co-founded the California Charter Schools Association. 

Why Should you vote for him…

 Steve Poizner says he is the only true conservative in the race.  He has a plan to close the State’s 20 billion  General Fund budget gap. A plan to create jobs , social issues ,Education,Government Reform,Immigration,Public safety,Reduce State Spending and a comprehensive,long term solution to the states water problems,

The Big Three

He voted in favor of Proposition 8 and as governor  will oppose efforts to legalize gay marriage. Believes marriage is sacred and that it should be defined as being between one man and one woman.

opposes AB32 and believes the governor should have to power to get water to where its needed. He would explore every legal option and will take California’s case to the US Supreme Court if necessary to ensure that Californians  who need water have access to it.

As governor he would  cut taxpayer funded benefits to illegal immigrants. Hold employers responsible for not  following the law. End Sanctuary city practices and secure our borders.

Assets

Mr, Poizner has been endorced by conservative Rep. Tom McClintock. As Insurance commissioner he has gone after big insurance companies and has cut spending in his department.

Liabilities

The large GOP endorsements and contributions has gone to his opponate  Meg Whitman.who once had a commanding 49 point lead over Poizner.  Recent ads has reduced her sizeable lead however she has considerable more money to spend between now and June 8th.

 

Sources: Wikepedia, , Sevte Poizner for Govenor, San Francisco Chroncile.

Walmart Pays Females Less?


For nearly ten years the retail giant Wal-Mart has fought against a class action lawsuit brought by six women in 2001.    

In law, a class action or a representative action is a form of lawsuit where a large group of people collectively bring a claim to court and/or where a class of defendants are being sued.

The women accused Wal Mart of gender discrimination saying the retailer paid  women less for doing the same jobs as men and female employees received fewer promotions and waited longer for them.

Wal Mart wanting to avoid a class action lawsuit  appealed to the court.  wanting  the women to sue individually.  They argued that the rules of class actions lawsuit should not apply because each outlet operates  as an independent business.  The federal appeals court disagreed  and said the class action lawsuit can go to trial.

The lawsuit exposes Wal Mart to billions of dollars in legal damages since this suit may include more than 1.5 million women.  

The exposure  may hurt Wal Mart as the vast majority of its shopper is female

CITYFELLA

Sources: Wikipedia and Usa Today

Whitney Houston: Too Soon


Money makes the world go round, and Whitney or her management team should cancel whats left of her tour.   The clues were there in the beginning , her performances on the morning shows promoting her album was poor.   The nerves, the insecurities were evident.

Drugs, heroin and crack cocaine nearly destroyed Natalie Cole , before she sought help in 1983.  Part of the process of recovery is a gradual return.to a form of normality.  Her early post treatment performances did not have the confidence of the women who once had her own network special

M’s Houston return has been anything but gradual, its seems she went from rehab, to the stuido to Oprah.   Many years have past since her last tour.   The reviews from the current tour are in, her failure to hit the high notes, cutting songs short or forgetting them altogether are leaving her loyal fans with less than a warm feeling who have paid upwards of three hundred dollars per ticket.

From  Australia to her performance in London,  Sunday night was poor, with hundreds of angry fans leaving the arena. .  Her performances were  similar to those on the morning shows..  The nerves we saw on TV, people are paying hundred of dollars to see live.    Her return should have been slow, playing smaller venues allowing  her to regain her footing.

Whitney Houston’s voice is one of the wonders of this Generation.  Her life is well documented, her loyal fans wants her to succeed.  Her story is a common one, her struggle is simlar to those of people you know, the difference is she is in the public eye. Some performers never recover, others takes years.  It took many years  for  the likes of Bennett,Charles, Garland  to recover. .

The poor notices has to have an effect on her overall recovery.  At the end of the day, her the promoters and her fans will survive, the question is, will Whitney Houston?

CITYFELLA

Couple Faces Jail For Kissing


  • British Couples face jail in Dubai
  • Karen McVeigh
  • guardian.co.uk, Sunday 14 March 2010 19.25 GMT
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  • Britons arrested for kissing in DubaiThe British pair were arrested in Dubai after a mother complained her child had seem them kissing. Photograph: Jorge Ferrari/EPA

    Two Britons accused of kissing in public in Dubai face up to a month in prison after a mother complained her child had seen them.

    Ayman Najafi, 24, from Palmers Green, and a female friend named by the Sun as tourist Charlotte Lewis, 25, launched an appeal in a Dubai court today but will have to wait three weeks to find out if they have been successful.

    Najafi, who has lived in Dubai for the past 18 months, and Lewis were arrested last November and accused of kissing, touching each other intimately and consuming alcohol.

    The pair, currently free on bail, were also fined 1,000 dirhams (£178) for illegal consumption of alcohol, the lawyer said. They had their passports confiscated and were to be deported after the completion of their jail sentence.

    A lawyer for the pair said there had been no inappropriate kissing and the pair were just friends. “There was no lip kissing. It was just a normal greeting that is not considered offensive,” Khalaf al-Hosani told AFP, adding the complainant’s testimony was contradictory.

    A verdict is expected on 4 April.

    Najafi’s mother, Maida, said that she hadn’t slept or eaten for two days since hearing the news, but insisted her son was a “well-behaved, decent Muslim” who knew the rules in the emirate.

    From her home in Palmers Green, she said: “I’m still waiting for news. When he spoke to me yesterday he was shattered, exhausted and confused. He told me: ‘Don’t worry about me, I’m all right.'”

    She said that her eldest son, who was due home for his birthday in a couple of weeks, had vowed to clear his name.

    “I haven’t slept or eaten for two days but I know he’s a strong man and he’s tough. He’s a fighter and he is going to do well.

    “He’s not a very strict Muslim but a decent Muslim and he knows the rules over there.” She said that her son did not have a girlfriend and she did not know his co-accused.

    Dubai’s misdemeanours court reportedly heard evidence from a mother who initially complained to police. She said she was offended by the couple’s behaviour at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, where she was dining with her daughter.

    A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “A British national was arrested in Dubai on 27 November. Consular assistance was provided at the time.”

    The case is the third in under two years in which Britons have fallen foul of decency laws in Dubai. Dubai’s burgeoning foreign population, which now outnumbers that of Emirati nationals, has sparked concerns that the pace of change is threatening the conservative region’s social and religious identity.

    In 2008, a British couple narrowly escaped jail after being found guilty of engaging in drunken sexual activity out of wedlock and in public. This year, a British couple who shared a Dubai hotel room escaped trial for having sex out of wedlock by producing a marriage certificate.

    Meg Whitman wants to be the next Governor of Cailfornia


    MEG WHITMAN WANTS TO BE THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF CAILFORNIA

     

     

    Who is She?

    Born 53 years ago on Long Island, New York.  Meg Whitman is a self made billionaire. Between March 1998 to March 2008 she was the CEO of the famous auction site EBAY.  Harvard Business Review names Whitman the 8th best performing CEo of the past decade.  Meg or Margaret has an MBA  from Harvard Business School and is currently married to Griffith Harsh IV ,they have two sons and lives in San Francisco Bay Area (Atherton)

    Political Background

    While she had never held office, Meg is no stranger to politics.  She was involved in Mitt Romney’s bid for president in 2008, she was listed as his finance co-chair on his exploratory committee and  his National Finance Team.  Whitman joined John McCain’s presidential campaign as a national co-chair after Romney left the race.

    She was a speaker at the 2008 Republican National convention.

    Why Should you Vote for her….

    The priorities for Meg Whitman is to Create Jobs, Cut Government Spending, and Fix Education..  While there are many issues in the state,she believes its best to start only a few things and finish them.  She promises not to raise taxes and to lower taxes for business,making the state more business friendly.

    The Big Three

    She supports Prop 8, reversing the right for Gay Marriage. however, she felt those couples married before the ban should be recognized.

    She strongly disagrees with the current governor Schwarzenegger position on Global Warming Solutions  Act of  2006 and would suspend AB32 (which she view as a job killer)and would return water to the farmers.

    She say’s she is 100 percent oppose to any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants. She promises to get tough on employers who hire illegals.

    Assets

    Ms Whitman has been  endorsed by  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Arizona Senator John McCain , Former Secretary of State Condolisa Rice. Cash, she has spent nearly 60 million dollars and has planned to spend upwards of $150 of her own dollars.

    Liabilities

    Her voting record, Ms Whitman hasn’t voted in many elections, which she admits as atrocious. campaigning and contributing to Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.   She is pro choice  She was in favor of the bank bailout in 2008, looming still is her close relationship with the embattled Goldman Sachs,(she was a board member) the firm some say made her millions.    

    Sources: Wikipedia, Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times, Salon com,Factcheck.org and the San Francisco Chronicle

    Channeling Lucy


    Weekend in a small town visiting a close bud.

    A free deluxe room in a small town with a whirlpool…

    A large whirlpool….   I know there are Jacuzzis in heaven.

    I fill the whirlpool with water……    Arrange, remotes, Gatorade,  within fingers reach…

    Excited, I dive in the whirlpool….   Water being too hot, I dive out.

    Cold water to the rescue.

    Wiser, this time… I check the water’s temperature with my hand,before diving in…..

    The controls for the whirlpool is on the far wall of the room.    I set it for maximum 30 minutes.  lower the lighting.

    Heaven, I’m in Heaven and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak

    I am never leaving this room, I say to myself….

    As I lower myself in, the height of the water raises,  the jets are wonderful, then suddenly I noticed the water level dropping…..

    I’m now being squirted in the face with one of the jets, the other jets is spraying water accoss the room,  water is on the ceiling hitting the lamp shades and the walls

    Responding to this carnage ….  I stretched my body as far as I could and with legs, arms and other various body parts I blocked  most of the  jets….

    It seems,  in returning to the tub, I stepped on this push kinda  drain….

    With towels and hair dryer in hand,  I dried the walls and the lamp shades and carpeting… I was able to save myself from any embarrassment.

    While I filled the whirlpool, I  did not turn it on for the rest of the weekend….

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