The CDC document is titled, “CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel.” It is dated July 13, 2020.
Buried deep in the document, on page 39, in a section titled, “Performance Characteristics,” we have this: “Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available, assays [diagnostic tests] designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA…” Continue reading “The Smoking Gun: Where is the coronavirus? The CDC says it isn’t available.”
Earlier this week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that requires newer model handguns in California to be microstamped.
Gun manufacturers and firearm advocates denounced the decision, noting that it not only violates Second Amendment rights and would increase black market activity and and non-registered weapons in the state, but would also hurt economically during a time of economic downturn. Continue reading “Firearm Microstamping Bill Signed By Gov. Newsom”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill that makes more income-eligible undocumented Californians able to get a tax credit designed for low-income earners.
Assembly Bill 1876 expands access to the California Earned Income Tax Credit, or CalEITC. Under the legislation, “all California tax filers, specifically undocumented ITIN filers who are otherwise eligible, may qualify for the CalEITC and the Young Child Tax Credit,” Newsom’s administration said in a release. Continue reading “Newsom signs bill making more undocumented Californians eligible for tax break”
One of our readers reached out early this evening—September 1st, 2020—letting me know he saw a formation of four MH-6 Little Birds flying in tight formation over Interstate 5 near downtown Los Angeles. I joked at the time that it will be just a matter of hours until people start freaking out due to the urban training operations they were likely about to execute. Just like clockwork, a few hours after the sun had set, the social media posts began emerging. People couldn’t understand what they were seeing, and how can you blame them? Watching blacked-out little helicopters, most of which usually run with no lights, ripping low over rooftops, landing on tall buildings and quickly departing, and even flying down city streets, is certainly concerning—any action movie will tell you that. But the reality is that it’s only the world’s best helicopter pilots that are tasked with the hardest missions practicing to fight future wars and to respond to terrorist incidents in what the Pentagon has dubbed ‘megacities.’ Continue reading “Here’s What All Those Black Helicopters Were Doing Zipping Around Los Angeles Last Night”
PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — Another El Dorado County restaurant was ordered to shut down after flagrantly refusing to follow mask and social distancing rules.
The county environmental agency suspended the health permit of Danette’s Brick Oven Pub this week. Continue reading “3rd El Dorado County Business Defies State Orders, Refuses To Shut Down”
EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) — The owners of two El Dorado County restaurants have lost their health permits after openly defying state health rules.
Café El Dorado and Apple Bistro face hundreds of dollars in fines, but the owners said they won’t close. Customers said they’ll keep coming if the doors stay open. Continue reading “2 El Dorado County Restaurants Lose Health Permits And Face Fines But Vow To Stay Open”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies have seized a gun and other items from an Orangevale man, saying he is a white supremacist who is a danger to others, officials said Tuesday.
Andrew Richard Casarez, 27, had his 9 mm pistol taken away from him July 15 after an anonymous group outed him as a white supremacist, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said. Continue reading “Sacramento County officials ID man as white supremacist, seize gun”
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday that he is abandoning the effort. Continue reading “LA County sheriff abandons effort to close gun stores”
Introduced by Assembly Member Levine
February 04, 2020
An act to amend Section 2000 of, and to add Section 2001 to, the Elections Code, relating to elections. Continue reading “Bill Text – AB-2070 Elections: compulsory voting.”
FRESNO, Calif. — They look like your typical caught-on-camera moments – thieves taking advantage of a crime of opportunity.
But as Visalia Police Lt. Ron Epp shows us, it’s what the homeowners did next, that landed them in jail. Continue reading “Visalia couple baited thieves, recorded beating them with bat, police say”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A security guard, a man and an “aggressive” dog were hurt by shrapnel after a Sacramento officer fired his weapon at the animal Wednesday night outside a Safeway store, police said.
Just before 7 p.m., the security guard called over an officer and said there was a man causing a disturbance who refused to leave the property at 19th and S streets in midtown, according to the Sacramento Police Department. Continue reading “3 injured after Sacramento officer shoots at dog outside Safeway”
SAN FRANCISCO — The California attorney general’s office urged a state appeals court Thursday to refrain from ordering it to review and publicly release a massive trove of records documenting investigations into police shootings, use-of-force incidents and officer misconduct.
Lawyers for Attorney General Xavier Becerra said a transparency law that took effect this year never intended for his office to commit the extraordinary resources needed to vet so many records. They sought to reverse a lower court’s order to turn over the records to news organizations that sued his office. Continue reading “Battle over police records reaches California appeals court”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people.
The bill was vetoed twice by former governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and goes beyond a measure that he signed allowing only law enforcement officers and immediate family members to ask judges to temporarily take away peoples’ guns when they are deemed a danger to themselves or others. Continue reading “Gov. Newsom Signs Gun Violence Prevention Law”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court says it’s legal to have small amounts of marijuana in prison – so long as inmates don’t inhale.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that California voters legalized recreational possession of less than an ounce (28 grams) of cannabis in 2016, with no exception even for those behind bars. Continue reading “California court: Prison pot is OK — if inmates don’t inhale”
A secretive men’s-only retreat hosted by an elite club that has included former U.S. presidents and business leaders will pay for security protection from a Northern California county after a majority of women on the board of supervisors on Tuesday reluctantly approved a $151,000 contract.
The three women and two men on the Sonoma County board unanimously approved the contract with the Bohemian Grove, a private campground owned by the exclusive Bohemian Club. It was the 15th consecutive year that a security contract was approved. The contract would reimburse the sheriff’s department for staff time and vehicle-related costs. Several supervisors cited the short period of time between their vote and the July 10-28 event as the reason for approving the deal. Continue reading “Secretive Men’s-Only Bohemian Grove Retreat Gets $151K Security Contract With Sonoma County Despite Criticism”