President Obama's Weekly Address: It’s Time for the Senate To Do Its Job
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/30/2016 11:33 AM
Washington, DC...Hi, everybody. It’s now been 45 days since I nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Judge Garland is a man of experience, integrity, and unimpeachable qualifications. Judge Garland is someone who Senate Republicans are on record saying is “a man of accomplishment and keen intellect;” a man who’s “honest and capable;” a man whose “reputation is beyond reproach.” Those are all quotes from Republicans in the Senate.
San Andreas, CA...San Andreas – Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will require burning permits within State Responsibility Areas of Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Eastern Stanislaus County and Eastern San Joaquin County. Burn hours vary; contact the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) for hours.
San Andreas, CA...For the appointment of Sheriff this special meeting is being held so the Board of Supervisors may conduct a public interview of the five (5) candidates. All of the candidates have submitted their application packets, meet the requirements to occupy the position of Sheriff and have participated in first round interviews by a ranking committee made up of law enforcement professionals.
Cal Fire Investigation Report Finds PG&E at Fault for 2015 Butte Fire Calaveras County Supervisors Demand Hundreds of Millions in Compensation for PG&E Negligence in Butte Fire Catastrophe
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2016 01:46 PM
Calaveras County, CA...The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors today said it will pursue all legal avenues and seek hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. after a Cal Fire investigation determined the utility was guilty of causing the 2015 Butte Fire. The County said it will also seek an investigation, penalty and fines from the California Public Utilities Commission for PG&E’s responsibility for the fire’s devastation and damage.
CAL FIRE Investigators Determine Butte Fire Caused By Tree Into PG&E Powerline
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2016 01:54 PM
Sacramento – After a thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the 2015 Butte Fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a Pacific Gas & Electric Company powerline. Investigators were dispatched as part of the initial response to the Butte Fire and immediately began working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. The ensuing investigation uncovered evidence that contact between a tree and a PG&E powerline near Butte Mountain Road in Amador County sparked the fire on September 9, 2015. The fire burned for 22 days and spread into Calaveras County before the blaze was fully contained. The fire became the 7th most destructive wildfire in California’s history. Two civilians lost their lives and more than 900 structures were destroyed by the fire. At its peak, nearly 5,000 firefighters battled the blaze. Resources included 519 fire engines, 18 helicopters, 8 airtankers, 92 hand crews, 115 bulldozers, and 60 water tenders...
Sacramento, CA...California residents who have filed their income tax returns by April 18 must wait a little longer to breathe a sigh of relief. Even after mailing their tax forms, Californians still have 12 more days until they've collectively earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year. Calculated annually by the Tax Foundation, Tax Freedom Day is when Americans have earned enough money to pay their annual tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels. California's Tax Freedom Day lands on April 30 this year, six days after the national mark of April 24.
Supervisor Candidates Nights On May 5th & May 11th
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2016 02:22 PM
San Andreas & Copperopolis, CA...The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association, the Angels Camp Business Association and the Valley Springs Area Business Association will host our Annual Candidates Night for District 1 and District 4. During this event, each candidate will be given the opportunity to speak on their vision for the county and will be given a series of business related questions. The District 1 Candidates Night will be held on May 5, 2016 from 6pm – 8pm at the San Andreas Town Hall located at 24 Church Hill Street in San Andreas. Running for this district supervisor position will be Cliff Edson, Sharon Romano and Gary Tofanelli.
Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Europe
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2016 07:44 PM
Hannover, DE...(Hannove Messe Fairgrounds)...Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Guten tag! It is wonderful to see all of you, and I want to begin by thanking Chancellor Merkel for being here. (Applause.) On behalf of the American people, I want to thank Angela for being a champion of our alliance. And on behalf of all of us, I want to thank you for your commitment to freedom, and equality, and human rights, which is a reflection of your inspiring life. I truly believe you’ve shown us the leadership of steady hands -- how do you call it? The Merkel-Raute. (Laughter.) And over the last seven years, I have relied on your friendship and counsel, and your firm moral compass. So we very much appreciate your Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Traffic Advisory...Striping This Week On Hwy 26 In Calaveras County
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/25/2016 11:56 PM
Calaveras County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on eastbound and westbound State Route 26 (SR-26) from Shelton Road to SR-49 for striping operations. Crews will begin work on Sunday, April 24, 2016, through Friday, April 29, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Motorists should expect 10 minute delays. Alternate routes should be taken whenever possible.
President Obama's Weekly Address: Building a Fairer and More Effective Criminal Justice System
Posted by: thepinetree on 04/23/2016 12:09 PM
London, UK...Hello, everybody. Today, there are some 2.2 million people behind bars in America. Millions more are on parole or probation. All told, we spend 80 billion taxpayer dollars each year to keep people locked up. Many are serving unnecessarily long sentences for non-violent crimes. Almost 60 percent have mental health problems. Almost 70 percent were regular drug users. And as a whole, our prison population is disproportionately black and Latino.