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Filner Harassment Scandal Grows As Second Woman Comes Forward

Yeah, how outrageous! Everyone knows that if you sexually harass someone, it's supposed to fall off your permanent record after exactly five (5) years, and the victim is never allowed to talk about it again!

July 23, 2013 at 7:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Will Trayvon Martin Case Impact Race Relations In San Diego?

"But for the first time I feel like he's telling us he's not the American president, but a black man."

You know, he can be both at the same time.

July 23, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former Communications Director Sues Filner For Harassment

She filed it. Now she's holding a press conference.

Irene McCormack is the woman that Bob suggested work for him without her panties on.

July 22, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gay And Muslim: Living Between Worlds

"It's for her and her immediate family to deal with--not her high school, KPBS or the general public."

Actually, it's just for her to deal with. It can be anyone else's business if she wants it to, including immediate or extended family, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, KPBS, or the general public. Who are you to say otherwise?

July 16, 2013 at 8:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner Defiant As Details Of Alleged Sexual Harassment Emerge

But he did admit he needs help. That's not shameful. What's shameful is saying that the City should pay for that treatment, which he also said.

I'm done with Filner.

July 16, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former Filner Supporters Provide Details Of Sexual Harassment Allegations, But Not Identities Of Women

"This is a Coup d'etat by the developers that run this town and they play dirty."

Are u willing 2 sign a legal document testifyin 2 these facts?

July 15, 2013 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters Ask Filner To Resign Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Bob Filner told my mom she was ugly. She is, but it wasn't Bob Filner's place to say so. I bet Carl DeMaio would've told her she was the prettiest woman he'd ever met. I should've voted for him.

July 11, 2013 at 12:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Soaring Temperatures Threaten Migrants In The Desert

Finally, Sessions adds up many means-tested programs, which are aimed at people with low incomes, but then divides the figure by the number of people under the poverty level — even though millions of people above the poverty level receive these benefits. That also significantly gooses up the figure for spending per household.

At first glance, many might assume that Sessions is saying this is how much money is given to each household under the poverty line. Sessions’s staff fiercely disputed that, noting that the chart says “equates,” which they say indicates it is not claiming that this money is spent only on people below the poverty line.

But that impression is certainly left, particularly given the way Sessions discussed the figure at the hearing: “We spend enough on federal welfare to mail every household living beneath the poverty line a check for $60,000 each year.”

In testimony before the House Budget Committee in 2012, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation said that simply dividing the means-tested spending by the number of the poor “can be misleading because many persons with incomes above the official poverty levels also receive means-tested aid.” He recommended dividing the figure by the bottom third of the income distribution, which yielded a figure of $36,000 for a family of four.

The Congressional Budget Office, in a report this month, had an even more nuanced approach, estimating the average federal spending per household in 2006 for the 10 largest means-tested programs (worth about 75 percent of Sessions’s total) by different income quintiles. For the lowest quintile, the figure is nearly $9,000, after adjusting to 2012 dollars.

In both cases, when a more nuanced approach was taken, the headline number shrinks.

July 2, 2013 at 6:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Soaring Temperatures Threaten Migrants In The Desert

Check your facts.

The chart concludes that welfare spending “equates” to $168 in cash per day for each household in poverty, which it says exceeds the median income by 20 percent. Alternatively, as Sessions put it at the hearing, this amounts to $60,000 per year, compared to a median income of $50,000 in 2011.

We had long discussions with Sessions’s staff about this figure, which they contend is mathematically correct and intended to illuminate the money now spent by the federal government on low-income people. But we have some serious problems with both the numerator and denominator in this calculation.

First, health-care spending, especially Medicaid, makes up nearly 50 percent of the total figure. But a majority of Medicaid spending goes to the elderly and disabled, not families with children.

Moreover, health-care spending is different from food stamps or the earned income tax credit in that such aid generally does not add to a family’s income level; instead, such assistance helps pays for bills that are the direct result of how sick or disabled a patient is. (That’s why so much of Medicaid spending is directed to the elderly in the last years of life.)

“Medicaid is a federal program that is intended to provide health-care services to people who are poor or near-poor,” responded a Sessions aide. “It also provides health benefits to sick people, but those people must first meet certain income criteria (and in some cases an asset test) in order to qualify for the benefit. In other words, being sick alone doesn’t qualify one for Medicaid in the same way as being hungry doesn’t qualify one for food stamps.”

Still, while the chart compares what Sessions terms welfare spending to median income, the Census Bureau does not include health benefits (such as employer-provided health care) in that calculation, even though such benefits account for half of the welfare side of the ledger. (See Page 29.) So, he’s really comparing apples and oranges.

July 2, 2013 at 6:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Soaring Temperatures Threaten Migrants In The Desert

"I'm an 18 year old high school graduate here in Salinas. Guess I'd better get a job. Should I walk across the street to the lettuce farm and start bending over all day long for $5/hour, or take the bus over to the library and sign up for one of those numerous Government Entitlement Programs that pay me to do nothing? Gee, I sure do hate working, so I'll go with the Government Entitlement Program!"

- how the fictional characters in CaliforniaDefender's head think.

July 2, 2013 at 12:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )