AB5 Explainer

California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), which purports to protect workers from evil employers who want to misclassify them as independent contractors, went into effect January 1, 2020. Written by the California Labor Federation and sponsored by former union president Asm. Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), the bill was designed to unionize Uber, Lyft, Doordash drivers and the like, but has had far-reaching impacts on numerous professions (including freelance writers).

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"Santa" Eric Garcetti Gifts Homeless People in DTLA With Wheeled Trash Bins

Two of Los Angeles' major challenges - homelessness and festering heaps of uncollected garbage - go hand-in-hand. If Mayor Eric Garcetti had even a pinch of common sense his latest proposal, involving both topics, could be useful.

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Cough It Up, CA: State's Anti-Trump Lawsuits Have Cost $21 Million (So Far)

(Reposted from RedState with permission.)

In the land of Trump haters, California is a titan.

And as such, it's not afraid to try to sue the pants off the President at every possible turn.

Hence, here's some high-dollar news for residents of the Golden State: Over the past three years, Cali's charged taxpayers $21 million for its legal disputes with The Donald.

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Machete-Wielding Carjacker Killed by LAPD - Only After Officers First try "Less Lethal" Force

Huey Lewis once wrote (and sang), "Hollywood and the Sunset Strip is something everyone should see; Neon lights and the pretty pretty girls, all dressed so scantily..."

The scantily-clad girls are still there, but nowadays it might be safer to see the area through the lens of a camera. While seated on a couch hundreds of miles away. Nowadays visitors to the area must step around sleeping bums, hop over piles of s**t, try to not slip on a piss-covered Walk of Fame, dodge homeless schizophrenics with buckets of diarrhea, and pray to not be carjacked by a machete-wielding homeless man while minding their own business in the Chick-fil-A drive thru.

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KTLA: EPA Says 'Piles of Human Feces' Polluting CA's Waterways

All of the people urinating and defecating on the streets have to be contributing to some clean water laws, right? After all, when it rains, everything is washed into the LA River and into the Pacific Ocean. Looks like the State of California, whose leaders crow about their environmental responsibility, might be running afoul (pun intended) of the Clean Water Act.

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Response to Ruth Luevanos and Mini Fact-Check

One of our founders, Jennifer Van Laar, wrote a response to her city councilwoman Ruth Luevanos' recent video, which we are cross-posting here. The following is a transcript of Luevanos' video with Van Laar's comments and fact-checks interspersed.

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Long-Time LA Union Rescue Mission Leader Calls for "FEMA-Style" Response to Homelessness

For more than 20 years, Rev. Andy Bales has been on the front lines of fighting homelessness in Los Angeles. As the CEO of Union Rescue he’s watched as the city’s homeless population has surged out of control, creating a massive public health crisis.

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NBC: Widespread Voting Fraud Scheme Targets Los Angeles' Homeless

They say voter fraud isn't the reason we've been left with inept, corrupt leaders in this state, but a newly-unsealed indictment reveals a voter fraud scheme was targeting Skid Row residents in at least two elections.

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While Garcetti's in Hawaii, 12 Tons of Trash Fester in Downtown LA

After a fire (sparked by a homeless encampment) destroyed the Priceless Apparel building in downtown LA in February 2018, businesses have used the space to illegally dump tons of trash and junk. Business owners and community activists called 311 to request cleanup more than two dozen times, but their requests were ignored until this week.

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Dr. Drew Warns of Imminent Bubonic Plague Outbreak in Los Angeles

Dr. Drew Pinsky, a California-based physician who now hosts a talk radio show, correctly predicted the current typhus outbreak in Los Angeles about 18 months ago. Now he is sounding the alarm about a potential outbreak of the bubonic plague in the Los Angeles area, saying that unless conditions change quickly and drastically, Southern California will be dealing with a horrific epidemic.

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