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Field Poll: Mayor Ashley Swearengin leads state controller's race

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A new Field Poll shows Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin leading the race for state controller. She's currently the choice of 28 percent of likely voters in the June primary.

Board of Equalization member Betty Yee is the pick for 19 percent of likely voters.

Assembly Speaker John Perez comes in third with 14 percent.

Another 1 percent prefer other candidates, and 38 percent are undecided.

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http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/politics&id=9500776


Swearingen is mayor of Fresno, is a right-winger and is looking to climb the political ladder. She successfully sold off the commercial trash pick up to a private company, then tried to do the same thing with residential trash service. The unions got together, got it on the ballot and her privatization efforts were defeated by 801 votes.

I know it's early in the 2014 election season but the title caught my eye and I thought I'd give everyone a heads-up as to who the enemy will be this year. And believe me when I say privatize-all-things-Swearengin IS the enemy.

Need some good slogans for today's events.

See EarlG's post:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024769909#post12

Give me some ideas. I need to make signs.

Thanks!

California Democrats Back Marijuana Legalization In Party Platform

California Democrats have approved a party platform including a plank calling for marijuana legalization, marking a major shift for the state party.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, state party delegates moved Sunday to adopt a platform that includes support for "the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol." The platform was adopted by a near-unanimous voice vote.

California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, formerly the mayor of San Francisco, made the case for the position change during the Democrats' 3-day convention in Los Angeles.

"It's time for all of us to step up and step in and lead once again in California, just as we did in 1996. We did just that with medical marijuana," Newsom said during his Saturday address to the convention. "But for almost 20 years now, we've sat back admiring our accomplishment while the world, the nation, and states like Colorado and Washington have passed us by. ... It's time to legalize, it's time to tax, it's time to regulate marijuana for adults in California."

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/09/california-democrats-marijuana_n_4931114.html


There are at least 2 initiatives that are currently gathering signatures for legalization. This time I'm almost sure it will pass.

It's absolutely amazing to me . . .

I sat on this board in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and watched the debate about whether or not to invade Iraq. To a person, TO A PERSON, EVERYONE on DU agreed that this was a terrible idea and it was all about oil and that we were being lied to about the reasons for ILLEGALLY invading another country having nothing to do with 9/11. TO. A. PERSON.

It's more than amazing, it is, as others have said, VOMIT-INDUCING that now, since President Obama is defending it, NOW it's justified. If there is any better definition of hypocrisy by those who defend PO whether he's right or wrong to now try and justify this invasion just because the president says so then I don't know what it is.

THIS is what blind loyalty does. You throw out your own common sense, your own integrity of thought and belief, your own logical conclusions just to throw blind allegiance to a person/ideology. It's nothing less than despicable and that's being kind.

Want to support local (and often family) farms? Want to eat healthy? Think about joining a CSA.

I often hear people decry the loss of the local family farms to big agra. Well, if you're serious about doing something about that I have a possible solution for you AND your local farms: CSAs. CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. Here's the rundown:

A farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables and/or fruits, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a subscription and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

I signed up with a local family farm that is certified organic. A few days before delivery, I e-mail in my order. The produce is delivered to a central location (some of them will deliver them straight to your house). The box contains fresh, ripe, LOCAL, organic veggies and fruits. When I pick up my produce, I hand in last-week's empty box which gets used again and again. So, the food has traveled less than 15 miles, I've used no plastic bags, I've used no more gas going to pick up my box than I use going to the grocery store, I'm supporting a LOCAL organic farmer and I get good, LOCALLY-GROWN produce. I'm eating healthy and being environmentally responsible all at the same time. AND, the farmer has a guaranteed stream of steady income. If you're interested, you can go to the website below, enter in your zip code and find CSA's in your area. If you're serious about wanting to save local farms, this is one way you can do it.


http://www.localharvest.org/


In Praise of CSA's

I know the C & B group LOVES Trader Joe's, but, as one who supports the buy-local campaign, I'd like to promote CSA's, or Community-Supported Agriculture. This is where you sign up with a LOCAL farm who is a member of a LOCAL CSA and we as consumers sign up to have fresh (hopefully organic) LOCAL produce delivered either to your home or, most likely, a central location for pick up.

Here's the one I belong to but I'm sure there's one in your area:

http://www.smithsfamilyorganicfarm.com/Home_Page.html

I get a once-a-week delivery of fresh, LOCAL, organic produce which is contained in a cardboard produce box. When I pick up my produce, I hand in last-week's empty box which gets used again and again. So, the food has traveled less than 15 miles, I've used no plastic bags, I've used no more gas going to pick up my box than I use going to the grocery store, I'm supporting a LOCAL farmer and I get good, LOCALLY-GROWN produce. I'm eating healthy and being environmentally responsible all at the same time.

If you're interested, here's a website in which you can type in your location and they will give you local CSA's:

http://www.localharvest.org/

Anyone "seen" One Grass Root?

She used to be a fairly prolific poster and I haven't seen her for awhile. Although she was always helping others I know she was going through some struggles herself. Anyone know what happened?

Just starting to sew and we started a cool first project.

I finally got around to taking my first sewing class. Oh, I've been sewing off and on for many years but didn't really know what the hell I was doing. Anyway, our first project was a "burrito pillowcase." I found a video that I thought might be interesting. I know you sewers out there are going to look at this and think this is pretty easy stuff and it is, but it's the first I've seen of it and I thought it was cool.

The Espoused One will be traveling to

Phoenix and Casa Grande next month. Need some REALLY GOOD local restaurants that aren't too expensive and are locally owned. Any suggestions?

Los Angeles Bishop Kept Altar Boy List From Police

Source: Associated Press

When Los Angeles police were investigating allegations of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest in 1988, they asked for a list of altar boys at the last parish where the priest worked.

Archbishop Roger Mahony told a subordinate not to give the list, saying he didn't want the boys to be scarred by the investigation and that he felt the altar boys were too old to be potential victims, according to a deposition made public Wednesday.

The detectives investigating allegations against Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, a visiting Mexican priest, ultimately got the names of the boys from parish families. They determined the priest molested at least 26 boys during his 10 months in Los Angeles, according to the priest's confidential archdiocese file and police records made public by attorneys for the victims.

Twenty-five of the alleged victims were altar boys and the 26th was training with the priest to be one, said Anthony DeMarco, a plaintiff attorney. It's not clear what impact Mahony's action had on the investigation, though at the time police complained that the archdiocese wasn't fully cooperating.

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Read more: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/california/SD-Los-Angeles-Bishop-Kept-Altar-Boy-List-From-Police-246140451.html?akmobile=o&nms=y
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