September is Natl Suicide Prevention Month — Stop California AB 2X 15

September is Natl Suicide Prevention MonthSeptember is ‘Natl Suicide Prevention Month’ Lets Start it by Praying for All Those Thinking About Ending Their Lives, Especially for Those Who are Looking for Doctor-Assisted Suicide —Respect Life Los Angeles

UCLA Study Finds Many ‘Hidden Poor’ Among California Senior Population

California Governor Jerry Brown adjusts his earpiece during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico CityGov Moonbeam, How’s he Working Out for You?
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(KPCC) More than 770,000 Seniors in California are not making enough to get by but are not considered poor enough by the Obama Administration, according to a UCLA health policy study challenging the definition of poverty in America.

According to the study brief released on Monday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, about 340,000 California residents 65 or older are considered poor based on the Federal Poverty Level which makes them eligible for public assistance programs but in an analysis of 2009-2011 U.S. Census data the researchers concluded about 772,000 more Seniors in California could use help but are not considered ‘poor enough’ Imelda Padilla-Frausto, a graduate student researcher at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and lead author of the study said Monday.

“They don’t have enough income to meet a minimally decent standard of living,” — the ‘hidden poor’ made more than the 2011 poverty level which was $10,890 a year for someone living alone but their annual income was less than $23,364–the amount a Senior need to make ends meet according to the Elder Index which estimates the cost of living county-by-county raking into consideration how much one spends on housing, medical care, food and transportation.

Padilla-Frausto said the federal-poverty level is too rigid to measure whether people need assistance because it sets an across the board guideline (standard) no matter how expensive one state or area may be compared with the rest of the country.

The UCLA study found more single Seniors among the ‘hidden poor’ in rural areas such as Nevada, Plumas and Sierra Counties in Northern California–Imperial County has the highest percentage in the state. More than 40% of its elderly residents are living just above the federal poverty line but below the California Elder Index.

Grandparents raising their grandchildren and Seniors who have adult children living with them are more likely to be among the ‘hidden poor’ according to the UCLA study.

California Auditor: Most State Entities Vulnerable to IT Security Breach

CA Personal DataCalifornia Personal Data at Risk –Image: CalWatchdog

(AllGov) Although California is a prime-target for computer data breaches, only 4 out of 77 state entities responding to surveys from the California State Auditor, indicated that they were in full compliance with security standards.

They were crummy at “information and asset risk management, information security incident management and technology recovery.” The audit warned that their vulnerabilities could prevent them from performing day-to-day operations which could jeopardize public health, wealth and safety.

The Auditor laid blame at the feet of the California Dept of Technology — Not only is the department not addressing these deficiencies, “until our audit, it was not aware that many reporting entities had not complied with its requirements.”

Forty one of the entities surveyed by the Auditor had told the technology department they were 100% compliant with security standards. As it turns out only 4 were. — The Auditor’s emphasizes that important private data could include medical, tax and other sensitive information, like Social Security numbers.

In June, the federal ‘Office of Personal Management’ announced a major hack that exposed personal information of about 20 million current and former federal employees and job applicants.

According to California Auditor Elaine  Howle, “Given the size of California’s economy and the value of its information, if unauthorized parties were to gain access to this information, the costs both to the state and to the individuals involved could be enormous.”

More here from News Factor Network

Protest Planned Parenthood Rallies Take Place Nationwide Saturday

Homeless Children Increasing in California — Major Announcement Coming Soon of New Homes for Orphaned Children

America's Youngest Outcasts2.5 Million Children in America — 1 in 30 Children Go Without a Home
to Call Their Own Annually — They’re America’s Youngest Outcasts

(LA Daily News) The number of homeless children across the nation is a very serious problem but especially troublesome is California according to a Researchers with the National Center on Family Homelessness with the state accounting for one-fifth of the homeless children.

Nationally between 2012 and 2013 the number of children experiencing homelessness  increased 8% — California which ranked 48th in child homelessness, the rise was 4% increasing from 505,562 in 2012 to 526,708 in 2013

  • Realizing the serious nature of the critical need of ‘Homes for Children’ we’ll soon be announcing our exciting plans to establish and open new homes for orphaned and homeless children.

Should you wish to help in anyway or may know of others who may, please contact me directly by email:

  • Cristy Li — CristyKaiRuiLi@gmail.com

Stop California AB 2X 15 Doctor Prescribed Death

Honor SeniorsHuman Life is a Sacred Gift from God –Image: Respect Life LA 

“This morning, proponents of doctor-prescribed suicide once again put the lives of California’s poor, sick and disabled at risk. SB-128 which was defeated in July, has come back for a Special Session as AB 2X 15 

This process allows legislators to fast-track this bill, it attempts to push a life or death issue into law quickly without adequate review or debate…Legalizing assisted suicide will endanger the lives of the poor, those in immigrant and minority communities.”
Archbishop Jose Gomez, Archdiocese Los Angeles@Facebook

  • Please Join Today in Opposing Assisted Suicide — Contact Your Assembly Member here and Tell Them Doctor Prescribed Death is Bad for California

Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Louis of Toulouse, Patron Saint of Mission San Luis Obispo

St Louis of Toulouse

St. Louis of Toulouse (1274-1297)
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(Franciscan Media) Born in Italy Nocera the son of Charles II of Anjou, King of Naples according to SQPN and Great-Nephew of Saint Louis IX (Feast Day: 25 August) and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (Feast Day: 17 November) Louis at an early age exhibited early signs of attachment to prayer and compassion to those in need. As a child, he would take food from the castle to feed the poor.

When Louis was 14 yrs old, he along with two of his brothers were taken as hostages to the King of Aragon’s Court as part of a political deal involving their father. At the Court, Louis was tutored by the Franciscan Friars under which he made great progress both in his studies and spiritually. — Like St.Francis of Assisi Louis developed a very special love for those afflicted with leprosy.

While still a hostage, Louis decided to renounce his royal title in favor of his brother Robert and was Ordained a Priest at the age of 23 — Very shortly thereafter Fr. Louis was appointed Bishop of Toulouse.

The Franciscan spirit pervaded Fr. Louis: “Jesus Christ is all my riches, He alone is sufficient for me,” Bishop Louis of Toulouse kept repeating.

Even as Bishop, Fr. Louis continued to wear the Franciscan Habit and sometimes would yet go out a beg for charity–Bishop Louis of Toulouse assigned a Friar to offer him correction, in public if necessary and the Friar always did his job.

Bishop Louis of Toulouse service to the Diocese was richly blessed, in no time he was considered a Saint — Bishop Louis of Toulouse set aside 75% of his income to feed the poor and maintain Churches, each day he would feed on average 25 poor people at his table.

On this date in 1297 at the age of 23, Bishop Louis of Toulouse fell asleep in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ — In  1317 Bishop Louis of Toulouse was Canonized by Pope John XXII

  • Publishers Note: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was the 5th California Mission founded in 1772 and named after St. Louis of Toulous by Fr. Junipero Serra who will soon be Canonized a Saint by Pope Francis, during the Holy Father’s visit to the United States next month.

More here on Saint Louis of Toulouse by American Catholic

California Wildfires Burn Out of Control in Areas, Volunteers Continue to Wait For Call From Cal Fire

California FiresFires Burning Throughout California Today –Image: NSPR News

 (LA Daily News) Firefighters continue battling a blaze that has scorched more than 300 rugged acres and has burned six structures in the Castaic Lake area, the U.S. Forest Service has reported.

Warm FireThe ‘Warm Fire’ in Castaic Lake Area has Grown to 300+ Acres
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The ‘Warm Fire’ erupted about 3:30 PM Sunday near the shuttered  Warm Spring Rehab Center according to the Forest Service–the fire was 30% contained this morning with 3 helicopters and a DC-10 tanker being used in the firefight.

There are reports that Cal Fire has received word from volunteers offering to work in the fight to help contain the wildfires but have not received replies. One such volunteer waiting to be contacted said:

“I know how to use a shovel, hoe and rake…one would think if you can breathe Cal Fire can use all of the help they can get.”

Maybe not? Since the 1940s its reported that California has depended on the cheap labor of ‘volunteer Inmates’ to help control wildfires. California Dept of Corrections boasts the largest Inmate firefighting in the country with around 4,000 Inmate Firefighters–Unlike civilian volunteer firefighters with Cal Fire who make $9.00 an hour, Inmates are paid $1.00 an hour when they’re on the lines risking their lives battling wildfires.

Which likely is the explanation why at least one such civilian volunteer has not received a call from Cal Fire and may never will?

Related: About 4,000 — 30% of Cal Fire Firefighters are Prisoners

You’re Invited to 5th Annual Votive Mass in Honor of ‘Our Lady of the Angels’ Saturday 29 August

LA 235 BirthdayJoin Archbishop Jose Gomez and Thousands of Catholics at
Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels on Saturday 29 August at 3:00 PM for a Very Special Votive Mass in Honor of the Feast of Los Angeles Namesake ‘Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles’ Followed by a Grand Marian Procession for a Fiesta to Celebrate Los Angeles 235th Birthday

For More Information: Archdiocese of Los Angeles

California Environmental Regulator has a Plan to Permanently Kill Jobs & Prosperity as We Know It

California RepublicCalifornia Exodus: Go East Young Man… -Image: Political News Now

(Bloomberg) Just ask California Air Resources Board Regulator Mary Nichols how to kill jobs and end prosperity in the ‘Golden State’ and she’ll tell you her plan: Ban the internal combustion engine from all roadways and force automakers to sell nothing but electric cars statewide. 

There’s just a little tiny huge problem with this latest brainstorm from the wacky environmentalist left says Ozzie Zehner Researcher, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and Author of Green Illusions, who in 2013 wrote in IEEE Spectrum that electric cars lead to hidden environmental and health dangers, together with producing only ‘marginally’ fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their gasoline or diesel counterparts adding:

A Norwegian study published October, 2012 in the ‘Journal of Industrial Ecology’ compared life-cycle impacts of electric vehicles. The researchers considered acid rain, airborne particulates, water pollution, smog and toxicity to humans as well as depletion of fossil fuel and mineral resources. According co-author Anders Stromman, ‘electric vehicles consistently perform worse on or par with modern internal combustion engine vehicles, despite virtual zero direct emissions during operation.’

“Moving from petroleum fueled vehicles to electric cars begins to look more-and-more like shifting from one brand of cigarette to another…Lets not be seduced by high-tech illusions.”

Related: Study Electric Cars No Greener than Gasoline Vehicles –UPI