Thursday, July 09, 2015

Ms. Stenie was buried today and understand what exactly happened in the release and arming of Sanchez is still unclear.

July 8, 2015
By Jaxon Van Derbeken 
Mirkarimi’s agency (click here) requested custody of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez as he was completing a 46-month stint in federal prison in March in San Bernardino County, according to a Sheriff’s Department letter obtained by The Chronicle. Lopez-Sanchez had been deported five times to Mexico and had been imprisoned for illegally re-entering the U.S.

The federal Bureau of Prisons alerted the Sheriff’s Department in March that Lopez-Sanchez was going to be released. Mirkarimi’s agency, realizing that Lopez-Sanchez was wanted on a $5,000 bench warrant related to a 1995 marijuana possession-for-sale case, asked prison officials March 23 to hold him and to notify San Francisco authorities “when the subject is ready for our pick-up....
...In the end, the legal division told deputies they had no basis to hold Lopez-Sanchez, and he was released April 15. He was arrested last week in the July 1 shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle on San Francisco’s waterfront, and has pleaded not guilty to murder charges....

So, the immigration agencies was disregarded and Sanchez was released. And somewhere between April 15 and July 1, Sanchez stole a gun from a federal agent from the BLM and shot a rather wonderful woman. 

To make things more strange, Sanchez has two other alias.

July 6, 2015
By Lee Romney, Cindy Chang and Joel Rubin

Federal authorities (click here) give his real name as Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate. But the Mexican national has also traced a path through the U.S. immigration system and criminal courts for nearly a quarter of a century as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez and Juan Jose Dominguez de la Parra....

Sanchez's recent history reveals someone entrenched in the drug culture.

...Handed over to the San Francisco County Sheriff's Department in March on a bench warrant for a 20-year-old marijuana sales case, he was cut loose when prosecutors declined to charge him.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had lodged an "immigration detainer" with the Sheriff's Department asking to be "notified prior to his release," but "the detainer was not honored," ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said in a statement....

...California's Trust Act, which went into effect in January 2014, bars local law enforcement from detaining defendants with most minor convictions past their release dates in order to hand them over to ICE, but it allows jurisdictions to turn over people such as Sanchez with past felony convictions....

Actually, at first glance, the law doesn't seem to be the issue. I think it can be modified to state a longer period of detention if ICE can't respond before the release date, but, the time would have to be as minimal as possible otherwise the judge from Clackamus County is correct. It would be unconstitutional to hold anyone beyond what a release date stated. - 4th Amendment

The fact the law wasn't honored by San Francisco's lawyers is the issue IF ICE provided a warrant or other legal requirement. The San Francisco County attorneys will have to answer questions on how they came to the conclusion it was correct to release Sanchez with such a long criminal record. 

The law states an illegal immigrant can be detained by a sanctuary city if, "unless there is a warrant or other legal requirement to do so,".

...The issue was complicated further when a federal court in Oregon ruled in April 2014 that Clackamas County had violated a plaintiff's 4th Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities beyond her release date. A slew of jurisdictions that had been complying with the detainer requests soon stopped doing so....

Sanchez's case is among more than 10,000 in California and 17,000 nationwide since January 2014 in which an ICE request that an immigrant in the country illegally be detained for pickup was declined or ignored, ICE officials said....

There needs to be a way to discern a difference in detention between an illegal immigrant without a record and one with a record, especially a record such as Sanchez. There was an observation made recently that Mexican illegal immigrants comprise 77 percent of the illegals in federal prison and 16 percent of all inmates, including Americans, in federal prisons.

It is obvious with Sanchez that Mexico is completely unsuccessful in handling a dangerous person. He returned five times to the USA. So, when illegals are dangerous they are in prison in the USA. 

The question with Sanchez is his status with ICE. Did they issue a proper document to detain Sanchez? And considering there seems to be a large number of illegal aliens with criminal records released from January 1, 2014 would Sanchez have been released anyway?

Those are the issues facing this case. Sanchez was known to have a significant criminal record. He was brought to San Francisco County because of a 20 year old warrant. And that was a 20 year old warrant. Sanchez has been between the USA and Mexico for over 20 years.

The charges were dismissed by the county attorneys and when asked if he should be detained for ICE, the response was no Sanchez was to be released. According to statements in the media about 2 days ago, ICE did not issue the proper documents to detain Sanchez. 

There should not be this much ambiguity over the law. This is what happens when a law is not adhered to; people die.

The other issue is the gun and how Sanchez got his hands on it. Regardless of what I am reading there is no clear understanding of how the gun was found and taken in order to kill a woman on Pier 14.

There are at least two issues that contributed to the death of a 30 year old woman.

The moment of the gun shot was facilitated by ambiguous handling of the detainment request and the negligence of a federal agent to secure his gun.   

July 9, 2015
By Chris Nguyen

The memorial service for San Francisco resident and Pleasanton native Kathryn "Kate" Steinle who was fatally shot on San Francisco's Pier 14 last week was held at a winery in Pleasanton Thursday afternoon....

My sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Kathryn Steinle.
Mr. Trump is financing his own campaign. That is admirable. He does not want have to compromise to millionaires and billionaires. However, he may find there are people that would like to donate to his campaign. He should accept donations even though unnecessary. The reason he should accept donations is the fact people who vote like to feel they have taken part in something. 

Running for office is about the people, not the person. People believe they are important to the candidate when they donate. The little guys want to provide a way to say thank you and we appreciate the ambition to govern. 

I suppose he has many reasons to not accept donations into a campaign fund, but, he should consider it. It will be an investment for people into the future and they just might stay with him knowing he was gracious enough to include them. He should think about it. A dollar, five dollars or ten or more matters when it comes time to promote and vote. 

Bumper Sticker - "I own a piece of tomorrow with Donald Trump."

I thought David Duke was voted out of office.

In 2012 Ezra Klein found 14 reasons why Congress was the worst ever. Today they sincerely proved this Congress is far worse than any other. They passed a bill that enforces racism. I never thought I'd see the day. 

I thought the country's Republican Party was slated to welcome minorities as an important electorate in the USA. I thought this was going to be the Congress that would embrace the Hispanic vote and work toward Immigration Reform. Wow, was I wrong. They have every reason to be ridiculed and cast as the "Congress of Hate." Even Lincoln didn't have this problem. 

I look forward to President Obama vetoing any bill that comes to his desk with racist directives. I don't care what bill it is. Hatred is not what the American people value. 

July 13, 2012
By Ezra Klein

This week, (click here) the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On its own, such a vote would be unremarkable. Republicans control the House, they oppose President Obama’s health reform law, and so they voted to get rid of it.
But here’s the punchline: This was the 33rd time they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Holding that vote once makes sense. Republicans had promised that much during the 2010 campaign. But 33 times? If doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result makes you insane, what does doing the same thing 33 times and expecting a different result make you?...

I don't see any hurry to negotiate with Iran or reconcile trade agreements. Happy adjournment.

There is only one person(s) capable of bringing all the House Republicans to cast a hate vote; the Kochs. Their silence is deafening. 

I would fully expect any donor to the Republican Party to think twice before writing that check. 
I congratulate Governor Haley on moving to a safer place for all South Carolinians. I am sure her thoughts ranged across the state including some of the most important people to South Carolina's future. 


She received respect for her courageous asking to bring citizens of South Carolina that much closer together. That is important.

Donald Trump is correct Ford is buiding engine and transmission plants in Mexico.

What Donald Trump stated is that this plant was for cars sold in the US. 

We enable (click here) our plants and facilities around the world to produce world-class products for customers everywhere. We ensure flawless and efficient vehicle assembly and the design and installation of the production tooling that makes it possible.

I am not surprised former President Calderon won't talk to Mr. Trump. This is the thing, we have witnessed the loss of jobs in the USA because of outsourcing. Will there be good paying jobs lost in the US because of this plant? If this is a new facility in Mexico while American jobs are static or even increasing because of this plant, then there isn't much to complain about. 

The sincere way of protecting American jobs is to grow the Middle Class in other countries. When there is a global Middle Class the economic markets will be incredibly successful. However, the Middle Class of one society may have very different product demands due to a difference in culture. Does Wall Street understand what steps are required to bring about a strong Middle Class in all countries? I am not sure they do.


Production Supervisor (Process Coach - Production)


Engineering Specialist - Controls


Controls Engineer


Global Labor Optimization Industrial Engineer 

Above are the job openings at Ford for Americans. There are currently 98 openings. All are skilled jobs that require college degrees, except, for the Production Supervisor. The Production Supervisor position(s) can be filed with High School graduates, but, they need to have years of experience with Ford or a similar company. There are better paying jobs to those on the assembly line that can be filled by those assembly line workers. None of these jobs are manufacturing positions in an assembly plant. Supervisors are not direct manufacturing jobs. 

The Mexico plant looks like a 'ground to car' manufacturing plant. They are pouring hot metal into engine block molds and transmission parts to build engines and transmissions out the door to assembly plants in the USA. I am assuming these important drive train components will be shipped to the USA for assembly.

Good paying jobs are vital to a global economy that will thrive and grow. The USA has sacrificed dearly while Wall Street outsourced jobs. The idea behind investments in other countries is that the manufacturing will raise citizens out of poverty and into a position to participate in a growing economy, not a subsistence economy.

Up to this point the majority of outsourced jobs put huge profits in the pockets of stockholders and CEOs. CEOs have been rewarded with enormous bonuses to do exactly what they did to the US Middle Class. Those actions by a company have caused stemmed growth relying only on population growth and even then there weren't people within the reach of their products.

The jobs in Mexico is vital to that economy. Of that I have no doubt. But, will the jobs result in increased demand for products from the USA? Will people in Mexico be purchasing cars assembled in the USA? Or will these jobs dissipate into an internal economy that will never benefit the USA trade gap?

To raise people out of poverty is a difficult thing and for Wall Street to seek to grow by building stronger Middle Classes in countries around the globe is an achievement all by itself. But, we don't want another failed company. Are the CEOs looking at the whole picture. Does a CEO see a quick bonus at any cost, or is the CEO growing a community globally that actually sell more product and increase company profits permanently. It is the CEO that increases profits through long term planning that will be the one best receiving the bonus and only a bonus reflecting the increased profit structure for the company.

This is Ford. Ford has been a company with long range plans. They were the 'last man standing' in 2008 because they were looking toward long term goals when they borrowed money while at zero percent interest. These monies were not needed, but, with a zero percent interest the investment was made to fill the treasury to over flowing. These plants are probably a direct result of that long term strategy. 

I have no way to know if Ford did their homework to sustain jobs in the USA at current levels while making investments in foreign countries. I have no doubt this decision to build engines and transmissions in Mexico is due to NAFTA. I hope Ford is also building a safe plant with environmental concerns both inside and out to protect lives. Knowing Ford that is not an option. I do not believe Ford will build plants anywhere that imperil lives. So, in this instance I'd have confidence in realizing these jobs in Mexico will translate into growth. 

That should be the real goal of Wall Street. Their growth needs to be real and continuing and sustainable to add more and more foreign markets to bring about a Middle Class. Sacrificing the Middle Class in the USA is not a reflection of a sustainable company.

I wish Ford good will to understand the USA will not be hurt by this investment, but, will find opportunity to expand markets and bring down the USA's trade deficit. In many ways if this is a Ford we have come to call our own, we can be confident in the decision to build these plants. We look forward to greater demand of USA products because of Ford's investment today.

April 17, 2015 
Mexico City 

Further building (click here) its lineup of increasingly fuel-efficient engines and transmissions, Ford today announced a $2.5 billion investment in two new facilities building a new generation of engines and transmissions in the states of Chihuahua and Guanjuato, respectively.

The investment, which comes during the celebration of Ford’s 90th anniversary in the country, will bring 3,800 direct new jobs plus additional indirect jobs to Mexico. Ford officials announced the investment today during a ceremony with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other members of the country’s Federal Government.

“Ford is making a significant commitment to our business in Mexico with investment in two new facilities, while aiming to make our vehicles even more fuel-efficient with a new generation of engines and transmissions our team in Mexico will build,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of The Americas. “These new engines and transmissions will help deliver even better driving experiences and fuel economy gains for customers around the world.”...

Let me state this as well. I would be far more confident regarding this investment by Ford if the Mexican government is open to Union representation of their employees. A Union will bring the work force condition to the table and insure a better quality of life that lends itself to increased of foreign trade. The Mexican government has to work to defeat corruption which can be rampant in the country. 

I would hope the Mexican government can also provide a strong secure environment that won't destroy a company because of drug cartels.

This is from the Charleston "Post and Courier."

Thank you South Carolina.

I don't know what it is to be an African American to realize my friends, relatives and elected officials are in continual threat of death because of the hate filled values of some people. I do know it scares me to think about their safety. I feel helpless to protect them, but, this is a beginning to tell those that hate it will not be tolerated. 

I appreciate this action by the South Carolina legislation. It and Governor Haley have acted to honor State Senator Pinckney. I don't want to imagine what it would be like today, if the South Carolina House acted any differently. It was a great act of love of brethren we witnessed in this legislation and I thank you very much.

Rep. Wendell Gilliard and other representatives of the Lowcountry gather to remember the victims of the Emanuel AME Church shootings before the House voted early Thursday morning to bring down the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds. Paul Zoeller/Staff 

July 8, 2015
Cynthia Roldan 

...House members (click here) first approved of the bill on a 93-27 vote around 12:58 a.m. They followed up with a second and final 94-20 vote around 1:11 a.m. 

Gov. Nikki Haley said in a written statement that House members, as senators did before them, served the state and her people with great dignity. 

“I’m grateful for their service and their compassion,” Haley said. “It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state."... 

There are more pictures, including, Rev. Jessie Jackson (click here).