I want to pay my respects to the late Diane Feinstein. I think she was a brilliant Senator, just, even, centrist, pragmatic and fair. Did she hang on too long? Perhaps, but against the vast scale of her career, I will give her that, she was a giant and will be sorely missed in a Congress that has so few people of her stature, intellect and mettle.
I was touched by Mitch McConnell's warm and kind words about his late friend and colleague, there is way too little of that type of comity in today's Senate. Thirty years ago, people like Orrin Hatch, Ted Kennedy, Warren Rudman, Diane Feinstein, George Mitchell, William Cohen and John McCain worked together, irrespective of party.
We have way too little of that in today's polarized world. Haven't seen a bipartisan Congress since the Clinton years.
Restaurants are closing, long time businesses are pulling up stakes. People are sick of it.
In a February survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, 76% of respondents said violence and street crime is a big or at least somewhat of a problem where they live. And for good reason: violent crime increased by 13.5% from 2019 to 2022 statewide.In Oakland, violent crimes jumped by 18% from 2019 to 2022, according to police department figures provided to the state. The department reports that robbery is up 33% this year compared to last year, and commercial burglary is up 9%.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The top prosecutor for a San Francisco Bay Area county was playing defense as she absorbed criticism from furious residents of its largest city — a tense meeting that felt like a proxy for a mounting recall fight.People packed a church in an affluent Oakland neighborhood in late July to demand progressive Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price answer for disturbingly pervasive carjackings and assaults, often shouting questions over her answers.“I voted for you, but I don’t feel safe here,” said a woman who described being pulled out of her car, at gunpoint, on a recent morning.But Price had some backup, supporters — some summoned by a social media post urging them to “show up in force” and challenge “opponents of criminal justice reform” — were at the church to insist that Price was being unjustly maligned for enduring problems.
Of course, Price's policies and decisions are not just hurting white people, they are hurting black, brown, asian, pretty much everybody. People no longer feel safe in their communities with their soft on crime attitudes.
Price said in an interview Monday that she was honoring voters’ mandate to dismantle an abusive and discriminatory system built on “racial and gender and economic disparities.” She pointed to disproportionate rates of incarceration and punishment among Black people — often driven by excessive penalties — to argue they had for decades been “stiffed by the justice system.”Price argued that the recall push was “consistent with the history of fighting against racial oppression in this country. Racism is real, and it does not evaporate just because we won the election.”Price’s supporters say the longtime civil rights litigator has done precisely what she campaigned on. She has sharply curtailed the use of sentencing enhancements that add time for factors like gang membership, sought to avoid condemning people to life without parole, revived probes of police shootings and jail deaths, reviewed old convictions and expanded oversight of a troubled county jail.
OAKLAND, Calif. - The two men accused of killing toddler Jasper Wu in a shootout on a Bay Area freeway no longer face the possibility of life without parole or a death sentence after prosecutors reduced the charges against them.Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price removed the special circumstances charge for defendants, Ivory Bivens, 24, and Trevor Green, 22, KTVU learned Wednesday.Both men appeared in court on Thursday but their arraignments were pushed back until July 25. Neither have entered a plea.