California is a complete disaster. There are areas of Los Angeles that have conceded control to the homeless. Blocks and blocks of shanty towns where the police don’t even bother coming through and bothering them. The state’s finances are a mess. The attorney general is making following the law against the law when it comes to immigration. Taxes are out of control. California has the highest poverty rate in the union. It’s out of control and there really isn’t any other way to slice it.
Now, things are about to get even worse.
A federal judge has decided to make it harder for police to fight back against violent street gangs in Los Angeles.
From Los Angeles Times:
The city of Los Angeles has been barred from enforcing nearly all of its remaining gang injunctions, the latest blow to one of the city’s oldest and most controversial law enforcement initiatives.
In a 22-page order issued Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled that the American Civil Liberties Union is likely to prove that most of those subject to the remaining injunctions suffered a due process violation, since the city did not give them an opportunity to challenge the civil restraining orders in court.
The order is believed to mark the first time a judge has blocked Los Angeles officials from enforcing the injunctions, which were born from a time in the late 1980s and ’90s when gang activity in the city gained national attention. Their use has been credited by law enforcement with helping reduce gang-related crime.
From The Daily Caller:
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled Thursday that Los Angeles can no longer enforce gang restrictions deemed unconstitutional by the ACLU.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the restrictions helped seriously curb gang violence in the 1990s, yet were attacked by the ACLU on the grounds that they target gangs rather than individual gang members and violate due process in doing so.
Phillips was appointed to the California Central District court by former President Bill Clinton in 1999.
Catch that last part?
Clinton appointee. Of course.
Just more lawlessness in California encouraged by a liberal judge.
It’s pretty remarkable that California doesn’t even really seem interested in fixing all of their problems. It’s a place dominated by the very rich and the very poor and the middle class has basically evaporated.
They are fleeing at alarming rates.
From Orange County Register:
California has a leakage problem. Not only are businesses leaving the state in waves, people are quitting in large numbers, too. The middle class is pouring out, productive workers are seeking better lives elsewhere, and those who have found the California dream too expensive to pursue are realizing they can actually reach their goals in other states.
The force driving the human flight is California’s high cost of living. As Steve Lopez wrote in a column earlier this month, “California, the place where anything was possible, has become the place where nothing is affordable.”
The biggest financial headache in this state, and probably the highest hurdle to finding that middle-class life that’s more easily attainable in Las Vegas, is the housing migraine. The portion of California households that can afford a median-price home is smaller than one in three, the California Realtors Association reported. Already steep, and climbing still, prices can in some cases lead to ruin for those struggling to pay for even a modest home.
Who can blame them for leaving?
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]