Hunger Action Day: Photos

Hunger action day was held Wednesday May 22 at the state Capital. The day was a focused effort to promote and publicize bills AB 5, SB 283, AB 309, AB 191, and SB 134 at the legislature and with the public. Here is a quick summary of the bills. AB 5 – Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights SB 283 – Reentry and Job Support (for released prison inmates) AB 309 – CalFresh benefits for unaccompanied homeless youth AB 191 – Strengthening the connection between CalFresh and Medi-Cal SB 134 – No Hunger for Heroes Act James Kinchen and Tim Shadix, policy associate for the California Association of Food Banks. James related to me his story and how SB 283 would help inmates returning to society. In particular access to basic needs such as Calfresh and Calworks would encourage them to be productive members of society. Amanda Lasik and Peggy Hannagan provided me with an overview of AB 309 and its importance to the health and wellbeing of unaccompanied homeless youth. Frank Tamborello, planning director for the Day of Hunger event. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano spoke in support of the efforts of the Day of Hunger with specific focus on AB 5. The crowd supporting the assemblyman’s remarks. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano greets one of the people in attendance.   Two anecdotes describing the real world difficulties of […]

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Total Recall (2012)

I’ve only seen the original Total Recall once, and while I found it entertaining I was never smitten with it the way some people are. Maybe it’s the weirdness of the story, maybe it’s the weirdness of Paul Verhoeven’s direction. In any case, I was largely indifferent to the idea of a remake of the movie, especially if the director was going to be Len Wiseman, of Underworld fame. But when I saw the first trailer my interest was piqued, even if it was only because of the futuristic visuals. I’m disappointed to say that the visuals and the frenetic action scenes are the only reason this movie is watchable. In this second take on Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” we find our hero, Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) a factory worker who lives in one of two remaining “safe” zones on the planet. The rest of the world is uninhabitable after nuclear wars ravaged the surface. Quaid lives in a renamed Australia and commutes to his job in the leftovers of Europe via a gigantic elevator that goes through the planet core; one of the more ridiculous sci-fi aspects of the film, but an interesting one nonetheless. Quaid is unhappy with his boring factory worker life and begins to consider visiting Rekall, a place that manufactures and implants […]

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Bikers rally at the Capitol

  Two bills were on bikers’ minds Monday as they rallied at the Capitol. Hundreds of California motorcyclists, drivers and passengers, showed up for the yearly motorcycle rally sponsored by the American Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) Monday morning. They gathered on the Capitol building’s south-side in support of two bills that would change the state’s helmet law and throw out the motorcycle-only checkpoints. Legislators were scheduled to vote Monday afternoon after rally.  For results, CLICK HERE>>>

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New $5 Wine Tax Proposal? Say it Ain’t So!

Life. It’s good, but it hasn’t exactly been all rainbows and butterflies, what with the failing economy, record unemployment, escalating gas prices and health care ‘reform’—oh, and lest I forget, Tax Day, which is mere hours away. Nevertheless, no matter how bleak the headlines read with my morning Fruit Loops, I rely on my nightly glass of  ‘vinous panacea’ to ease the sting of the bureaucratic fingers digging deeper into my shallow pockets. Until now, that is. Adding insult to my fiscal injury, a couple from Southern California have proposed an initiative which would levy a massive 12,675% tax increase on alcoholic beverages. No, this is not a belated April Fool’s joke. Kent and Josephine Whitney of San Diego have penned The Alcohol Related Harm and Damage Services Act, or what I will heretofore refer to as TARHDS. Their initiative, which includes beer and spirits, as well as my fermented grapey goodness, proposes a tax increase that would add $5.07 per bottle of wine, about $6 per 6-pack of beer, and about (gulp) $17 per 750ml bottle of distilled spirits. They claim that funds raised from the tax would go to finance programs ‘that address alcohol-related injuries and damages’. Is it me, or does this have the familiar ring of the Lottery’s ‘Our schools win’ mantra, which was uttered to death during it’s successful campaign? […]

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