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(ECOLOGY) READ: Interactive Fire Map Of The LA Fires Sept. 4, 2009…

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(Note This map is not interactive, it is just a snapshot of the original which can be found here)

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September 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

(READ): California Garage Sale: State Holds Giant Garage Sale To Raise Funds…

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Source: The Huffington Post/AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping that the “Great California Garage Sale” will turn government clutter like surplus prison uniforms and office furniture into cash to bulk up the state’s depleted finances.

On offer as the state clears out clutter are nearly 600 state-owned vehicles and thousands of pieces of office furniture, computers, electronics, jewelry, pianos, even a surf board, a food saver and an Xbox 360 gaming system.

State officials estimate the giant two-day yard sale being held at a state warehouse will bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition to clearing out office products, the state is also selling unclaimed property from state parks and items confiscated by law enforcement, said California Department of General Services spokesman Eric Lamoureux.

The prison department contributed dental chairs and surplus prison shirts and jeans.

“This is a win-win for the state and for shoppers,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement Tuesday announcing that a selection of items also would be sold on eBay and Craigslist. “Together we are eliminating waste and providing great deals in this tough economy.” Read More

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August 28, 2009 at 8:38 am

(READ): Broke, California Holds Huge Garage Sale…

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Source: Newser.com/Los Angeles Times

yardsale(Newser Summary) – Just how bad has California’s budget crisis gotten? So bad that it’s holding what it’s calling the “Great California Garage Sale” this weekend, hoping to unload piles of junk and wasteful property that the state’s accrued over the years. Hundreds of items will be available, from BlackBerrys to desks to cars and CHiPs motorcycles,  [Governor] Arnold Schwarzenegger has even signed some of the items to drum up interest.

A few things have already been listed on eBay and Craigslist, because California is hip like that. But what could be the most interesting untold story here, writes Andrew Malcom of the LA Times, is how California got some of this stuff in the first place. Among the weirder items: a surfboard, antique piano, and dentist chairs.

Kevin Spak

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August 26, 2009 at 9:16 am

(READ): Obama reaffirms commitment to gay rights…

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Source: SFgate

(06-30) 04:00 PDT Washington

Countering criticism that he’s done little on gay rights, President Obama commemorated the 40th anniversary of the birth of the modern movement by welcoming its leaders to the White House on Monday and reaffirming his commitment to their top priorities.

“I want you to know: You have our support,” Obama told members of the core Democratic constituency as he and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a cocktail-and-appetizer reception in the East Room for Gay Pride Month. It’s been four decades since the police raid on New York City’s gay Stonewall Inn that spurred gay rights activism across the country.

Obama added that, as activists work to change minds and laws, “I will not only be your friend, I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/30/MN2C18FS7H.DTL&type=gaylesbian#ixzz0OyYpHSDK

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August 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm

(READ): Stanford scientists scan 2,500-year-old mummy…

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Source:  Yahoo! (AP)

Alisa Eagleston, left, and Elizabeth Cornu, both conservators ...

Thu Aug 20, 7:50 PM ET

Alisa Eagleston, left, and Elizabeth Cornu, both conservators with the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum cover an Egyptian mummy after it underwent a scan at the Stanford Medical Center in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. Scientists in California are using computer scans to help unwrap the mysteries of a more than 2,500-year-old mummy. The mummy, believed to be an ancient Egyptian priest named Irethorrou, belongs to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. The tests could help piece together what life was like in Egypt in an era just before the Persian conquest, when the last native Egyptian dynasty ruled.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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August 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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WATCH: Drought Map For Aug 2009

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Source: DNN and NIDIS.

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According to the NIDIS (National Intregrated Drought Information System) a lot of California is in a Severe drought, at the same time temperatures are lower for July than average.  Also it appears that the drought was worse in January 2009 oddly enough. It doesn’t help that the bread basket of California (The Central San Juaquin Valley) is also having water shortages due to a 2″ fish, and other red tape that makes it extremely difficult to release enough water to the farmers that deserately need it. A good deal of farmers are going out of business because of the lack of water.

The latest maps indicate no relief in the near future, not what the farmers need to hear right now, we’re sure. Although I tend to lean (OK I’m about as far left-wing as they come) But how long do these farmers have to suffer over a 2″ fish? How many jobs do we have to loose in an already horrid job market? The pumps are turned off because the mino fish gets caught up in the pump harming the fish. As much as I’d hate to give any praise to Fox News(I’m gagging here!), they did a half decent job on the problem:  Feel free to comment (Nice comments please! Hate messages and spam will not be permitted on this site)

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August 13, 2009 at 9:08 pm

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READ: California wildfire forces 600 to evacuate homes

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Source: Press TV

Local authorities have ordered some 600 people to leave a residential area in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California due to an out-of-control wildfire.

Some 250 homes and buildings in Bonny Doon, approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-east of San Francisco, are threatened by the fire, Santa Cruz county Spokeswoman Dinah Phillips told the local media. Read More

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August 13, 2009 at 8:15 pm

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