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California Fire Fleecing Season Begins

Posted by feww on May 6, 2009

Calif wildfire scam is bipartisan

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Some 1,200 homes have been ordered to evacuate amid threat of  a wind-driven wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County.


A helicopter makes a drop [in the ocean] on a fire near Santa Barbara, Calif. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

The blaze reportedly erupted Tuesday afternoon and is burning about a square mile of brushlands  on the foothills of Santa Barbara. The residents are being told that the  winds are forcing the fire toward their homes.

“Evacuations have been ordered for neighborhoods spanning an area about 2 1/2 miles wide, and part of State Route 192 has been closed.” AP reported.

Meanwhile, ABC News reported that $81 million would be slashed from Cal-Fire’s budget, eliminating more than 600 full-time and 1,100 seasonal firefighting positions,” commenting that no doubt it will slow response time.

Governor Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order for more money to go to the “fire industry.”

“He urged Californians to approve the special election ballot measures that’ll give Cal-Fire, among other state agencies, the money it needs.”

“I don’t like to use scare tactics or anything like this, but fire protection, without any doubt, will suffer if those measures fail on May 19th,” Schwarzennegger said.

[But does that mean the whole of California would go up in smoke, Gov., if the voters didn’t approve?]

Cal-Fire Chief Del Walters took the opportunity to issue a more direct threat:

“We fight fire aggressively, and we get right on the fire. And if we don’t have enough people to do it, in some instances, fires will get larger.”

[And if the whole of California isn’t good for a fire so big that it would scare the LD out of you, the chief would no doubt throw in Oregon and Washington for good measure!]

As for the irresponsible people who are allowed by the criminally negligent authorities to live in or at the age of forestland, it’s high time they came to their senses and stopped destroying our ailing national treasures.

“We are probably going to go back to a volunteer service where we’re going to have to maintain our own water and do more work in order to protect. It’s hitting home,” said Belinda Brunell.  [Belinda Brunelle and Bill Downey have property in the Sequoia National Forest.]

Devil knows why any responsible state would allow its voters to live in a national forest!

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California Out of Cash by February 2009

Posted by msrb on December 24, 2008

California will run out of cash in two months: State Controller

Please, will all the contractors, state employees and anyone else who have ripped off the state return their loot?

As a French investment manager who put $1.4bn into Madoff’s Ponzi scheme commits suicide in New York, California State Controller sounds the bankruptcy alarm bells in Sacramento.

New York

The body of Thierry Magon de La Villehuchet, 65, a co-founder and chief executive officer of Access International Advisors, was found today. The company raised money mainly from wealthy European investors. Madoff was arrested on Dec. 11 for allegedly running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Image: Source. Image may be subject to copyright.

Sacramento

California State Controller John Chiang in a letter to the governor and Legislature said Monday: “There will be no shelter from the storm as the state’s cash position will remain negative throughout the remainder of the fiscal year.”

California is facing a $41 billion budget deficit.

“Cash-preserving options no doubt will have the unintended effect of deepening and prolonging the recession that has crippled our state’s economy,” Chiang warned. The state’s Pooled Money Investment Board has already pulled the plug on $3.8 billion in loans to finance about 2,000 infrastructure projects.

Chiang says he wants to make sure the state won’t have to default because that could further damage the state’s credit rating.

California may have to issue billions of dollars worth of IOUs to anyone owed money, however, even that may not be a viable long-term option, Chiang says.

“Given the current financial instability of the banking industry, it is highly unlikely that the banks, if they accept the IOUs at all, will be able to do so for any sustained period of time,” Chiang said.

Schwarzenegger with his wife Maria Shriver at the 2007 Special Olympics in Shanghai, China.

Schwarzenegger and his family currently live in their 11,000-square-foot (1 022 m²) home in Brentwood. The family owns vacation homes in Sun Valley, Idaho and Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Schwarzenegger does not have a home in Sacramento. However, whenever he is in the state capital, he lives in the Hyatt Regency hotel suite. The suite costs about $65,000 a year. Source

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Shock and Awe Southland Fires Take No Prisoners

Posted by feww on November 16, 2008

Southland Fires: ‘Designed’ for rapid dominance

Tell Schwarzenegger major damage from big fires is preventable!

As if designed by the same neocon gang who advised Pentagon on the Iraqi invasion, the ‘shock and awe’ Southland fires left behind a trail of destruction, burning hundreds of structures and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.


Baghdad after the 2003 “Shock and Awe” campaign? No, the destruction path blazed by Tea fire in Montecito November 14, 2008. (Photo: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times). Image may be subject to copyright.

The Southland fires were fundamentally intelligent, politically bullying, democratically inclined, technically shape-shifting and above all demanding. They demand lots of “respect” [Syn: Money.]

As if a game of chess played by the world’s top 10 players, they maneuvered through the neighborhoods, wrong footed all concerned, destroyed properties and checkmated thousands of residents. The trail of destruction spanned neighborhoods from Orange County to Santa Barbara.

Some of the fire-related stats:

  • More than 30,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes
  • Interstate 5 and the 91 and 71 Freeways, were closed down.
  • About 800 mobile homes were destroyed in a a community in Sylmar.
  • Some 100 houses and apartments were damaged or destroyed in Riverside and Orange counties.

A fire in Corona, Riverside County, named the Freeway Complex fire damaged or destroyed up to 100 homes in Corona then crept through Ana Canyon into Orange County, destroying or damaging about 50 homes in Yorba Linda. The fire then spread to Anaheim Hills, consuming 70 homes and 60 apartments. The fire blackened about 80 sq km.

Total acreage consumed: 6,000 acres by Saturday night [ was just 5% contained.]

Sayre fire in Sylmar, which started Friday night, swept through the Oakridge Mobile Home Park destroying at least 500 housing units. By Saturday night It had spread over at least 8,000 acres.

Tea fire which destroyed 111 homes and threatened 1,500 others, was about 40% contained by Saturday night.

Schwarzenegger who toured the area devastated by Tea fire said: “When you walk around the area that was destroyed, it looks like hell.”

He declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Orange counties, following similar declaration for Santa Barbara County. Schwarzenegger said: “I feel awful for the people whose homes were destroyed.”

Major damage from all fires are preventable!

Well, Gov. Schwarzenegger instead of feeling so awful, lets do something about it. Let’s get an independent report on how to prevent property damage from most of these fires. Here are some hints on what to look for:

  1. The average per acre cost of clearing bushes and shrubs in SoCal’s fire prone areas (the Moderators will tell you if the cost is exaggerated.)
  2. Total acreage of the strategic locations that need to be regularly cleared to prevent 99% of the fire damage from occurring.  (Again, the Moderators would scream blue murder, if the numbers are too high, or too low).

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