marypickforded asks: My dad’s a car got stolen last night from the parking area under our apartments. He’s a photographer and it had his camera and other tools and papers in there. If you could please send this out/signal boost, I’d really appreciate it. He doesn’t know what to do. It’s a 2008 Toyota Solara Convertible and it may/may not (now) have the license plate MNDGSMZ. It’s around the Lafayette, CA area and the police have also been notified, so if you find it please call (925)284-5010. Thank you infinitely.
» SFB says: Sure, we’ll offer up a signal boost for you. (The phone number for the city’s police department is above; here’s their site.) She also notes that the vehicle is all black. If you happen to be in the region, be sure to keep an eye out! And good luck finding your dad’s vehicle! — Ernie @ SFB
» Nearly one million signatures in California: In a fairly unprecedented move, voters — not politicians — will get to decide on the issue of genetically-modified food. This has food producers, who previously could deal with politicians without too much issue, freaked out. The result? Lately, lobbying groups with such names as the “Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition (CACFLP)” and the “California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA)” have been ratcheting up their fight against these bills — and some of the lobbyists behind them have worked for the tobacco industry. Hey lobbyists! If you need some help fighting this, we have an idea for another organization: “California Citizens Against Organizations With Unwieldy Scary Names To Convince You Not To Vote For This Bill We Don’t Like (CCAOWUSNTCYNTVFTBWDL).” You’re welcome, guys.
» What happened: Police believe Cortez was shot and killed after his father, Mauro Cortez, was mistaken to be a member of a rival gang. The mix-up is attributed to a purple T-shirt he wore which read, “I own a Honda. Be nice to me.” As for the donation, Timothy Leiweke, the president of AEG (the firm that owns the Kings) noted: “During such an exciting time such as this we can’t lose sight of the importance and responsibility we all share in keeping our community safe.”
We got letters saying, ‘You guys are going to get what you deserve. You’re going to bring drug dealers, all this crime and lowlife in here.’Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association board member Carl Fricke • Discussing the anger over a decision by director George Lucas to turn some of his California land into low-income housing, not long after the director scuttled plans to build a digital studio there. The studio created frustration among homeowners — the prospect of low-income housing has instilled outright anger and uneasiness into the residents. “It’s inciting class warfare,” claimed one resident group head. Lucas, meanwhile, claims he was trying to do something good for the area. His community outreach spokesperson at Lucasfilm, Tom Forster, put it like this: “George, being the great guy that he is, doesn’t want to build more housing for rich people since Marin is loaded with them.” Boom.
» The Not So Golden State: Back in January of this year, California state officials were anticipating a $9.2 billion budget shortfall for 2012 — an enormous deficit, though considerably less than the $26 billion that faced Governor Jerry Brown when he took over in 2010. Brown announced,while revealing the startling new figure, that he’ll be placing an initiative on the November ballot to raise the sales tax by .25%, and add an income tax surcharge for wealthy Californians. If the initiative fails, expect deeper than anticipated spending cuts to follow.
That’s what a new antitrust case alleges: Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar find themselves facing a new antitrust lawsuit in California. The accusations come from five software engineers, who allege that the companies conspired to stifle pay and job mobility in an effort to cut costs. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected the companies’ request to dismiss the suit, saying,” The fact that all six identical bilateral agreements were reached in secrecy among seven defendants in a span of two years suggests that these agreements resulted from collusion, and not from coincidence.” source