The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to slam San Francisco with an official violation over their handling of the city’s out-of-control homelessness and the pollution generated by thousands living on the streets.
President Trump was speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One when he made the announcement.
“There’s tremendous pollution being put into the ocean because they’re going through what’s called the storm sewer that’s for rainwater,” Trump said. “And we have tremendous things that we don’t have to discuss pouring into the ocean. You know there are needles, there are other things.”
“We can’t have our cities going to hell,” he added. “These are great cities. And we can’t lose our great cities like this.”
The President was returning from a visit to California, where he stopped at fundraising events in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The warning comes the same day Trump announced his administration “revoked” California’s ability to regulate car emission standards within the state.
“The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER. This will lead to more production because of this pricing and safety advantage, and also due to the fact that older, highly polluting cars, will be replaced by new, extremely environmentally friendly cars. There will be very little difference in emissions between the California Standard and the new U.S. Standard, but the cars will be far safer and much less expensive. Many more cars will be produced under the new and uniform standard, meaning significantly more JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Automakers should seize this opportunity because without this alternative to California, you will be out of business,” posted Trump on Twitter.
The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER. This will lead to more production because of this pricing and safety……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
….far safer and much less expensive. Many more cars will be produced under the new and uniform standard, meaning significantly more JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Automakers should seize this opportunity because without this alternative to California, you will be out of business.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra claims the rule-change will hurt US automakers and vows to fight the policy in federal court.
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LIBERAL PRIORITIES: Newsom Ignores Homeless, Drugs, Human Waste; Says ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ Biggest Threat
California Governor Gavin Newsom continued to ignore his state’s escalating homeless crisis, widespread drug use, and human waste over the weekend; calling ‘Climate Change’ the biggest threat “we’ve seen in our lifetime.”
“Climate change will create the most dramatic social and economic transformations we’ve seen in our lifetimes. We need to get serious on the future of our country and how we preserve our planet,” posted Newsom on social media.
Climate change will create the most dramatic social and economic transformations we’ve seen in our lifetimes. We need to get serious on the future of our country and how we preserve our planet.https://t.co/gAuHQIF3eZ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 23, 2019
The two biggest cities in California -Los Angeles and San Francisco- are now facing “third-world problems” under Newsom’s leadership.
Last week, a California judge ruled that prisoners serving time in the state’s prisons can possess marijuana, but cannot consume the drug in any way.
“The 3rd District Court of Appeal’s 20-page ruling says the state’s voters legalized recreational possession of less than an ounce of cannabis in 2016, with no exception — even for those behind bars. The decision Tuesday overturned the Sacramento County convictions of five inmates who’d been found with marijuana in their prison cells,” reports Fox News.
“According to the plain language of…Proposition 64, possession of less than an ounce of cannabis in prison is no longer a felony,” decided a three-judge panel. “Smoking or ingesting cannabis in prison remains a felony.”
“The panel rejected the state’s argument that guards will lose control over prisons if inmates are free to possess small quantities of marijuana, noting possession can still be punished as a rules violation. Such punishments, The Mercury News says, could include having good behavior credits revoked,” adds Fox.
“It creates confusion,” Dan Olsen, a defense attorney, told FOX40. “If it’s illegal to take it in, it’s illegal to use it but now it’s not illegal to have it. It’s sort of like: what’s the point of making it not illegal to have it?”
The decision comes as the state legislature is poised to allow felons to serve on juries.
“SB310 will help ensure that California juries represent a fair cross-section of our communities…People with felony records have the right to vote in California. There is no legitimate reason why they should be barred from serving on a jury,” said state Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley.
“Currently, felons are prevented from serving on juries because of their obvious and inherent bias against prosecutors and law enforcement,” reports the Orange County Record. “If you honestly believe that jurors in California who’ve served time won’t be more lenient towards accused criminals, I’ve got a bullet train to sell you.”
LIBERAL PRIORITIES: San Francisco Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes, Ignores Homeless, Drug Use, Human Waste
Despite the region’s escalating homeless crisis, rampant drug use, skyrocketing rents, and illegal immigration, San Francisco set its sights on the biggest scourge facing the city: E-Cigarettes.
San Francisco became the first city in the US to ban the sale of E-Cigarettes this week; making it illegal for vendors to sell any product that vaporizes nicotine.
— Bloomberg (@business) June 25, 2019
“The city voted Tuesday to ban sales of e-cigarettes, making it illegal to sell nicotine vaporizer products in stores or for online retailers to ship the goods to San Francisco addresses. The ban will be the first of its kind to go into effect in the U.S. The ordinance will now go to the mayor to sign into law. Cigarettes and other tobacco products will remain legal in the city, along with recreational marijuana,” reports Bloomberg.
“This is groundbreaking legislation that shows local governments are prepared to step up,” [City Attorney Dennis Herrera] said. “What you will see in the aftermath of this legislation is other jurisdictions looking at what they might be prepared to do to protect their young people.”
California’s escalating homeless crisis took a turn for the worse last month, with local reporters finding San Francisco’s transient population living in makeshift tree houses across the Bay Area.
“The occupants of five to six ramshackle tree houses built in a private industrial park near Stevenson Boulevard and I-880 in Fremont are facing eviction,” reports CBS San Francisco.
“Crews equipped with chainsaws and handsaws have begun clearing out the structures and cutting off limbs in order to make it harder to reoccupy and easier to spot the homeless who are taking refuge in the trees. They are about halfway through the long line of more than 60 eucalyptus trees,” adds the local news channel.
“I think it’s a good idea actually, I think it’s actually something that people would benefit from if we had the right knowledge of trees,” said one homeless man.
“There’s a lot of us women who work here late … so I’m worried that I could be in danger,” added a female worker employed in the industrial park.
San Francisco’s residents continued to flee the region’s escalating homeless crisis this week; with new statistics showing the local transient population increasing by 17% since 2017 as officials pledge more than $300 million annually to regain control.
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